First, I'd like to say to you fantastic group of people that I hope you had a fantastic Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever other holiday you may celebrate with your family and friends. I've been on this site for several years and it makes being a Bears fan in California that much better having a great collection of intelligent individuals to kibitz with about all things related to our Bears. Here's to a great off-season and an even better 2014.
Having taken care of that, I thought it might be useful to go through some of the commonly-used vernacular during this time of the NFL calendar. These terms may be related to free agency, player contract situations, or the draft. So without further ado, here is the Ultimate Guide to Off-season Vocabulary.
Re-sign: The term commonly used when a player in a contract year decides to remain with his current team by signing a new contract. ex.) The Bears have re-signed Jay Cutler to a 4-year deal.
Resign: To quit or give up one's job. ex.) After 50 years of working as CEO, my uncle chose to resign.
Draft Bust: A player that was held in high regard coming into the draft only to display sub par skills at the pro level. See Also: Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell, most of Jerry Angelo's first round picks.
Emery'd: The sensation that occurs when there is a seemingly obvious choice for the team to draft, but instead they pick a wildcard player that doesn't seem to fit the team's scheme but is physically gifted and versatile. ex.) We just got Emery'd with that pick.
Non-Mandatory Team Workouts: The few workout sessions that sound like they're optional, even though they are very much not optional.
Mandatory Team Workouts: The workout sessions where you know which players are really serious about their contract holdouts.
TCO 2.0: 1. A commonly used acronym for the second year of the Trest Coast Offense. 2. A thing that is, in fact, a thing and will become even more of a thing in year 2. ex.) TCO 2.0 is definitely a thing.
The Dead Zone: The period of time between the draft and the preseason where nothing really happens and we all are on the brink of losing whatever feeble grip we still may have on our sanity. Side note: It is going to be OK, we'll all get through it together.
Alright y'all that's all I've got.Thanks for reading and if you have any other important words or phrases that you think everyone should know, put them in the comments so we can all be well-versed in the NFL off-season language.