Now that the NFL regular season is over, teams will be signing mostly practice squad players and young players to “futures contracts”. Basically all that means is the player is signed to be on the training camp and preseason roster with that team. All players that were on practice squads to finish out the season with the non playoff teams, are now free agents and are free to sign futures contracts with any team. Playoff teams are still making transactions as the normally would in the regular season.

It’s already been quite busy, as far as the off-season is concerned, and it has only been 2 days. So far we have seen Washington Redskins head coach, Jim Zorn get fired, and will be replaced by long time former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan. It is also a pretty much safe bet that he will bring with him, Houston Texans offensive coordinator, and son, Kyle Shanahan. The Buffalo Bills cleaned out their entire coaching staff, and it is heavily rumored that former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick already is getting a coaching staff together to become the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills. The Chicago Bears announced they are keeping Lovie Smith in as head coach, and Lovie announced the release of Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, Ron Turner. A few names that have popped up as Ron Turner’s eventual replacement are former 2009 Buffalo Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell, and the ever so popular name of Mike Martz even is rumored to be interested in the position. Also, Bears linebackers coach, Rod Marinelli is rumored to be getting a promotion to new defensive coordinator for the Bears. Within the next week or so we will see if the new Cleveland Browns Head of Football Operations Director, Mike Holmgren, will keep Eric Mangini as his head coach for the Browns, or choose to go in another direction.

As I mentioned before in a previous post, I will be keeping you up-to-date with all the news and rumors throughout the off-season. Everything from the “Head Coaching Carousel”, to players signed to “futures contracts”, to “2010 Free Agency”, to the updated attempts for a new collective bargaining agreement, and how that will affect free agency in 2010. I will be giving you updated listings on who will be free agents by position, weather or not they will be restricted or unrestricted free agents, and all the movement of players via trades or signings. This will be my first year blogging this out, so bear with me. My goal is to give you the viewers, as much information as possible, and be as up-to-date as possible.

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