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NFL Lockout almost over, CBA finished

Posted on: July 24, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: July 25, 2011 9:38 am
Smith, GoodellPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The labor deal -- and the path to NFL football in 2011 -- is finally, truly done. Well, almost.

That’s the report from’s own Mike Freeman, who writes that the owners and players have agreed to a new CBA.

"It's done," one player source told Freeman. "We have an agreement. Now we just have to vote."

[More from Mike Freeman: Lockout updates]

Now, the majority of the players (50 percent, plus one) have to agree to the deal in order to end the lockout for good. Players will fly into Washington on Sunday in order to go over last-minute details. They’re then expected to vote Monday, and a news conference should occur shortly thereafter.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, once the deal is ratified, free agency and training camp likely will begin on the same day.

Saturday was a huge day in moving along negotiations, and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly worked hard together to make sure there wasn’t any additional trouble between the two sides.

On Monday, the NFLPA executive committee will meet in Washington, and it’ll pass along its recommendations to the players -- to ratify the new CBA AND to reform the NFLPA as a union -- who will have to sign off on both deals in order to begin the new league year.

The plaintiffs in the Brady v NFL case (including Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, who reportedly dropped his demand to be paid $10 million or be exempt from the franchise tag) would then have to consent to the deal, and the lawsuit -- and any other judicial matters between the two sides -- would be kaput.

And most importantly, we’d have football again.

UPDATED (11:46 a.m. ET): Freeman is reporting that the new league year can't start until the fifth day after the CBA is ratified and signed, and training camps couldn't start until two days after that. So, we still have a little time before the players officially get back to work.

UPDATED (12:29 p.m. ET): If you wanted a small dash of cold water on your red-hot "LOCKOUT IS ALMOST OVER" news, the Associated Press provides it for you. In its small story about the NFLPA executive committee meeting Monday, the AP cites sources that it's not certain whether a vote will be held to recommend the deal. So, keep that in mind before you start partying too hard tonight.

UPDATED (1:15 p.m. ET): While's Clark Judge reports that the NFLPA is still trying to tweak the opt-out clause in the new CBA (or the fact there is no opt-out clause), he also writes that it's not a deal-breaker. Probably because it'll be a hard sell to the owners -- who, you'll recall, opted out of the last CBA. The players would like to get an opt-out clause after the eighth year of the 10-year CBA.

UPDATED (1:19 p.m. ET): Freeman writes that team facilities will be open to players from when the new CBA is signed until training camp begins. Which is not unexpected, but probably necessary.

UPDATED (9:22 p.m. ET): Jason LaCanfora of writes that Saints QB Drew Brees has sent an e-mail to teammates saying it's "expected" that the new CBA deal will be signed Monday. But Brees also, not surprisingly, hedged his bets, writing that the final ratification could come Tuesday or Wednesday as well.

Brees also writes that free agency could start as early as Friday. Saints training camp, says Brees, would open July 31 with a 2 p.m. meeting.

UPDATED (9:37 a.m. ET, Monday): NFL owners and players agreed early Monday to the terms of a deal to end the lockout, and players were expected to begin the voting process later in the day, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The NFLPA executive committee is expected to meet Monday and vote on the final agreement around 11:00 a.m. ET.

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Since: Mar 26, 2012
Posted on: March 26, 2012 10:46 pm

NFL Lockout almost over, CBA finished

That was great news.

Since: Mar 4, 2012
Posted on: March 26, 2012 9:21 am

NFL Lockout almost over, CBA finished

Cool beans!!!

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:06 am

NFL Lockout almost over, CBA finished

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Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:35 pm

NFL Lockout almost over, CBA finished

Now that the NFL lockout is over, it’s time to look at the real issues of the day, or at least of the season. Here’s a look at the top 10 issues facing the NFL as we head toward the start of free agency and training camp:
Kolb is all but delivered to Arizona barring a massive offer to trump what the Cardinals are about to give up. After that, Hasselbeck is probably headed for Tennessee and McNabb could end up in Minnesota, although that’s tenuous. Orton is the least likely to move and still has a good shot to remain the starter in Denver because  still has much to learn.

This isn’t as bad as you might think considering that roughly 500 of them will be draft picks and undrafted rookies whose contracts are fairly standard. However, the fact that so much work has to be done before everyone reports to camp by Sunday will make for one frenetic week. It will be fast, furious and fun. Cell phones will have to be charged constantly.

While the focus will be on the star players on the market, such as, and, the interesting part will be to see which teams or players panic and sign either too early or for too little money under the rushed circumstances.

 That will be the big question facing a number of veteran players in free agency. They will have to quickly decide if it’s better to stay with previous team, where they likely will know the system and the coaching staff, thus allowing them to play their best on short notice. Or will players risk changing teams and going to a new place, where picking up the system may be hard and where a new set of coaches will not know them as well. While that won’t be a problem for the top players in free agency, it will weigh significantly on the middle class of the league.

 Conversely, teams will have to measure short-term and long-term needs more than ever this season when they choose between veteran players who know how to play and rookies who have little or no clue. This will be a particularly difficult problem for teams that think they have to a chance to make a playoff run this season. Expect at least three or four teams to go heavy with a number of veterans on one- or two-year contracts.

  owner Jim Irsay keeps believing he’ll get a discount from Manning on a long-term deal, something in the area of $22 million a year.

Sorry, ain’t happening.

The richest deal in the history of the league is going to be just that. Manning is currently due $23.6 million next season as a franchise player. If Manning refuses to sign a long-term deal, the Colts will have to franchise him again. Under that scenario, Manning could make between $80 and $85 million over the next three seasons.

There is no incentive for Manning to take a serious discount off that figure. Though there have been reports that offseason neck surgery could sideline him during the start of camp, Irsay has publicly expressed no concerns. We’ll see if it has any bearing on contract talks.

 After more than seven months of waiting, the eight new head coaches (Ron Rivera in Carolina, Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco, Hue Jackson in Oakland, John Fox in Denver, Mike Munchak in Tennessee, Jason Garrett in Dallas, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland and Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier) will finally get to start working with their teams.

Frazier and Garrett have a head start, having taken over on an interim basis last year. And Jackson was previously the Raiders’ offensive coordinator. However, each of these coaches have a lot to do in a very short amount of time.

 For the 254 guys who got drafted (and another 250 or so who will get signed), training camp is going to be a blur.

The hard part will not only be getting them into football condition physically, but getting them mentally ready to handle even a limited amount of the game plan. For quarterbacks, this offseason has been a disaster.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:38 am

NFL Lockout almost over, CBA finished

Damnit! I just drafted Kessler and Jeff Saturday in the first round of my "Walking into a building with a bag over his shoulder" fantasy league. I own the WIABWABOHS fantasy leagues! Do I need to pull out my trophy from the NBA lockout of 1998? I'll do it. Now I'm going to have to scout picks for the NBA's WIANWABOHS draft next month.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:33 am

Report: New CBA is finished; football on horizon

Democratic governor and his cronies left a billion dollar debt by paying each other off. Your Socialcrat senators left the state to avoid the  dealing with the issue. Liberals like to use other people's money and not spend their own. Liberal's motto-have Not met a person's money I did not like and a tax increase for everybody but me!
Hilarious. If you haven't figured out by now that "Liberals" (you know, the bad people who are screwing up this country) are really both parties and both ends of the political spectrum, each and every wholly owned and operated by corporations, for corporations, you need to turn off the television and the radio. They are doing you no good.

Also, if you are talking about Wisconsin, then it's the Bizarro-world Wisconsin where everything you just said is exactly the opposite of what actually happened. Don't worry, though; you won't have to spin and twist and contort yourself rewriting history. As I've already explained, it would have happened exactly the same had it gone the made-up way you've posted.

The sad fact is, both parties and every point on the political spectrum are all subsidiaries of Corporate America, the real "government", and the trend of transferring all wealth to the corporations will continue until people stop believing the horse-puckey being shoveled down their throats by the media whores on the left and the right. Until the citizens of this country get off their asses and make the change they want, all we can expect is more empty, pig-ignorant carping about Liberals and Conservatives.

The end. Are you ready for some football?

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:04 am

Report: New CBA is finished; football on horizon

I demand more Boring Replays.....

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:45 am

Report: New CBA is finished; football on horizon

I am a die hard Packers fan, but I love your comment. He is playing the retirement too long. How long before he is back and how long before they kick his butt to the curb and he stops treating the NFL like a soap opera. Love the comment. Better yet what team wants the Favre drama? Im sure Oakland would take him HAHA

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