Manning nearing free agency

The '03 season is only halfway through, but we're only four months away from the start of free agency.

Updated: October 30, 2003, 3:40 PM ET
Pro Football Weekly
It seems like just yesterday that Jake Plummer was mulling offers from the Broncos and Bears, trying to decide where to continue his playing career after escaping Arizona as an unrestricted free agent.

The same could be said of Hugh Douglas, who chose the Jaguars and $27.11 million, or of Takeo Spikes, who shuffled off to Buffalo after the Bengals refused to match the Bills' offer to the transitional free agent.

It all happened only eight months ago, as the 2003 free-agent signing period began last March.

Although we are only two months into the '03 regular season and still three months from determining the champion of Super Bowl XXXVIII, we are only four months away from the start of the next free-agent signing period.