|Reports: NFLPA could vote on proposal as early as Monday||07.23.11 at 9:11 pm ET|
According to several reports, the NFLPA’s executive committee and all 32 player reps are set to meet early next week in Washington — perhaps as early as Monday — and if both the players and owners continue to make progress toward an agreement on Sunday, the players could vote on a proposal that could bring the four-month lockout to an end.
The owners ratified the deal on Thursday afternoon, but the players did not vote Thursday night, with several of them indicating they needed more time to examine the proposal. However, after some rough going late last week, there’s a growing sense of optimism that a deal could be in place by Monday or Tuesday of next week — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith were reportedly in touch via phone on Saturday while lawyers continued to work through the particulars of the 10-year deal.
If a new deal is signed early in the week, the NFLPA would reportedly recertify as a union some time soon after that, and it’s believed that team facilities would open on Wednesday. In addition, free agency and trading could start the same day, while training camps would open on Friday and the preseason could begin the weekend of Aug. 11-15.
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