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Posted By Christopher Rowe On Jul 25 2011 @ 3:20 pm In NFL | No Comments

The NFL lockout is over! After 132 days football is back in business. Players can go to facilities and talk with coaches, draft picks can be signed and there is a new CBA in place. Really all that was missed was a few minicamps, postdraft spin and the leisurely pace of free agency so now we get it all at one time!

NFLPA announced that Commissioner Roger Goodell will be at the NFLPA headquarters in Washington this afternoon. Training camps will begin over the next 48 hours with teams able to begin free agent negotiations as soon as 10 AM Tuesday morning. Free agent transactions can’t be enacted until the paperwork can be delivered to the Commissioner’s Office on Friday morning. It would serve the teams well to review the new rules of the CBA prior to the start of free agency.

[1]Teams can report to training camp 15 days before their first preseason game, as has been the general rule in the past. Nothing is official, as of yet but that means we’ll see offseason activity this very week. For the Eagles with a game against the Ravens scheduled for Aug. 11 (first night of the preseason), that means they can report to Lehigh on Wednesday. Nine other teams also will begin Training Camp Wednesday, with 10 teams starting Thursday, 10 Friday and two Sunday. By this time next week, all NFL teams will have reported to training camp.

[2]Reports are that player agents will be briefed on the new rules of the CBA during a conference call this afternoon at 2 p.m., with a separate call for NFL general managers at 3 p.m. and head coaches at 5 p.m. While those times are fairly flexible, it is safe to expect that within 48 hours, all parties involved will have been briefed on the new CBA. Draft picks need to be signed, free agency will be a compressed frenzy of activity and veterans expecting to be cut should except to be quickly signed by new teams at reduced rates (thanks to the salary cap).

Finally time to hit the field and make it happen.


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