Finally! The NFL lockout ended this afternoon with the players agreeing to the owner’s final proposal.
OK, now that that’s out of the way, here’s what’s important:
— Eagles players can officially report to team facilities on Tuesday morning at 10:00 ET. They can’t officially start practicing but they can get physicals, lift and work out, and start classroom sessions with coaches. The Eagles are one of ten teams that will then officially open camp on Wednesday, with ten others opening Thursday, ten more Friday, and the final two on Saturday.
— This is huge – teams can begin negotiating trades on Tuesday morning. My prediction: Kevin Kolb and possibly a late-round pack will be traded to Arizona Tuesday afternoon for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a third-round pick.
— Also on Tuesday, teams can start signing their draft picks and undrafted free agents. They will also be allowed to start negotiating with their own free agents as well as free agents from other teams, but deals cannot officially be made until Friday evening at 6:00pm ET.
Here’s the complete NFL timeline, per philly.com (they don’t indicate where they lifted it from):
July 25: NFL will publish the 2011 Free Agency List, which will become effective July 29, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., New York time.
July 26: At 10:00 a.m., New York time, Club facilities open. Players may report for physicals and voluntary strength and conditioning.
— At 10:00 a.m., New York time, Trading begins for 2011 League Year.
— Rosters expanded to ninety (90) man limit.
— At 10:00 a.m., New York time, Clubs may negotiate with and SIGN their own Drafted Rookies and any Undrafted Rookie. Clubs may have such players report to the Club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing.
— All 2011 Contracts signed on or after July 26 shall be binding upon the player and the Club when signed, but shall not become effective unless a CBA is ratified by the NFLPA (August 4)
— At 10:00 a.m., New York time, Clubs may NEGOTIATE with, but not sign, or extend Offer Sheets to, their own UFAs, RFAs, Exclusive Rights Players and Franchise Players and other Clubs’ UFAs, RFAs, non-exclusive Franchise Players and free agents.
July 26-27: A Club may require a player to report for a mandatory physical examination in order for the player to qualify for any bonus in a preexisting contract if the “measuring date” for such a bonus has been changed pursuant to CBA Article 11 (Transition Rules for the 2011 League Year).
July 27: Camp opens for ten Clubs whose first preseason game is on August 11 (ARZ, BLT, DAL, DEN, JAX, NE, OAK, PHI, SD, SEA)
July 28: Camp opens for ten Clubs whose first preseason game is on August 12 (ATL, CIN, DET, KC, MIA, NO, PIT, SF, TB, WAS)
— At 4:01 p.m., New York time, waivers begin for the 2011 League Year
July 29: Camp opens for ten Clubs whose first preseason game is on August 13 (BUF, CAR, CHI, CLV, GB, IND, MIN, NYG, STL, TEN)
— At 6:00 p.m., New York time, Clubs may SIGN, or extend Offer Sheets to, all eligible players, in addition to Drafted and Undrafted Rookies. Clubs may have such players report to the Club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing. Eligible players may visit or try out at any Club facility.
— Veteran players who sign Player Contracts on or after 6:00 p.m., New York time, on July 29 shall be required to report to, and remain with, their Clubs, except that, prior to the start of the 2011 League Year on August 4, such players may not participate in on-field activities, workouts, weight training or other physical activities, but shall be required to attend meetings, classroom instruction and any other non-physical activities scheduled during the Club’s preseason training camp.
— The restrictions set forth above shall not apply to Drafted or Undrafted Rookies who are under contract, regardless of the date upon which such players signed their Player Contracts. If any such player is injured as the result of participating in training camp activities, the terms of the player’s contract shall cover such injury whether or not the CBA is ratified.
— If a preexisting contract contains a “measuring date” related to Salary and/or the exercise or non-exercise of any Club option, which measuring date: (A) was expressed as a calendar date that fell between March 11, 2011 and July 25, 2011 or (B) was expressed solely as being related to a certain number of days from the start of the 2011 League Year, such measuring date shall be deemed amended to be 4:00 p.m., New York time on July 29, 2011, provided the player has undergone any physical examination required by the Club on July 26 or 27. If the player fails or refuses to undergo such physical, as directed by the Club, the measuring date shall be extended by one day for each day the player fails to report for the physical.
July 31: Camp opens for two Clubs whose first preseason game is on August 15 (NYJ, HST)
Aug: 4: First day of 2011 League Year at 4:01 p.m., New York time, assuming NFLPA has ratified the CBA
— Top 51 begins at 4:01 p.m., New York time
— All Clubs must be within the Salary Cap at 4:01 p.m., New York time
— All 2011 contracts signed on or after July 26 become effective at 4:01 p.m., New York time, assuming NFLPA has ratified the CBA.
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