Really, The NFL Lockout Might Finally Be Finished
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL players and owners have agreed on a 10-year deal, which the players will vote on tomorrow, and should the majority of the players vote in favor of the deal (as they are expected to), the players association will hold a "major" press conference on Monday afternoon.
ESPN has also provided a timeline for how the next week is expected to play out, should the vote- which is being considered by most as a formality- pass.
• Monday: NFLPA's executive committee votes whether to recommend approval of the CBA approved by owners on Thursday. Then, a player rep from each of the 32 teams votes whether to recommend approval of the CBA.
• Wednesday: Players from some teams report to facilities and vote whether to recertify the NFLPA as a union and accept the proposed CBA.
If the NFLPA has gotten the necessary votes, teams can also start contract talks with their own players, including free agents and draft choices.
• Friday: The remaining players report and vote whether to approve recertification and the CBA. If the NFLPA then receives the necessary 50-percent-plus-one-vote majority in approval, then it recertifies as a union.
• Saturday: Free agency starts and teams can officially sign players.
An expedited free agency period will be sure to bring almost-unfollowable craziness, but with the news that a football season may finally be upon us, we'll take the few negatives that will come along with this huge positive.
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