Report: Agreement to end lockout has been reached
|07.24.11 at 10:42 am ET|
According to ESPN.com, sources from both the NFL Players Association and the NFL owners have reached an agreement on what were the remaining disputed points in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, paving the way for a new 10-year labor deal. A majority vote is still needed from the players, but that, according to the report, appears to be a formality.
The players reps are flying into Washington D.C. Sunday in preparation of voting on the new deal, having already started plans for a Monday press conference to announce the agreement.
If the NFLPA’s executive committee accepts the new deal, as expected, some training camps will be scheduled to begin Wednesday, with others kicking off Friday. There is also a thought that there could be a vote to recertify the union as early as Friday.
Teams could potentially open contract talks with their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents and draft choices Wednesday. However, no contracts could be signed until July 30 at the earliest. In that scenario, teams would also be able to renegotiate contracts with players from their own team starting as early as Wednesday.
Upon recertification of the union, free agency could start Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and rosters would be allowed to expand to 90 players.
It is still uncertain when teams would be able to sign undrafted free agents.