Lockout to End Today
According to multiple sources, the lockout is to end today. Here are the latest details according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The expected NFL free agent frenzy might begin as soon as Monday afternoon if the NFL Players Association signs off on a timeline being discussed…
According to the projected timeline, the new league year would officially start on Aug. 2 at 4 p.m. ET.
• Teams can sign their own free agents and begin talking with other unrestricted free agents Monday afternoon.
• Teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents Tuesday at noon ET but those contracts would not take effect until Aug. 2.
• Teams can begin talking trades Monday afternoon. Any trades would become official on Saturday, July 30.
Players would begin to report to their teams on a staggered scheduled. Another league source said it was unclear what teams would be allowed to do between the opening of camps and Aug. 2, when the league year officially begins.
According to the proposed timeline, 10 teams would report on Wednesday, 10 more on Thursday and 10 additional teams on Friday. The New York Jets and Houston Texans would be the last two teams to report, on Sunday.
The report dates would be back-timed to 14 days before teams play their first preseason games.
The NFL Players Association and the league’s owners reached agreement on the remaining points needed in their 10-year labor deal this past weekend, sources from both sides said.
The NFLPA is making plans for a major press conference Monday. The NFLPA executive committee will begin meeting at 11 a.m. ET on Monday.
Following that, a recommendation has to be made by the 32 player representatives, likely via conference call. As of late Saturday night, no time had been set for that vote, but it is expected to occur Monday after the executive committee votes to recommend approval, according to the high-ranking official.
Despite the fact the new agreement will require a majority vote from the players, that part of the deal between the two sides is considered a formality, according to sources.
The executive committee is also expected to vote to recommend recertifying itself as a union, according to the source. A recommendation also has to be made by the 32 player representatives on that count.
Major breakthroughs in Saturday discussions set up the timetable for the resolution to the 130-day lockout.