NFL Players & Owners Agree To New CBA Terms! Free Agency To Start Soon!
After years, months, weeks and days of haggling over all the details of a new collective bargaining agreement, the NFLPA and NFL finally came to an agreement on terms in the wee hours of Monday morning, FOXSports.com has learned.
The NFLPA player representatives and players still must vote to approve it, but at this point it appears a formality.
Sources within the negotiations told FOXSports.com that under the new agreement, the schedule will be different than originally reported. Under the new terms, team facilities will open as early as Tuesday and training camps will begin Thursday for 10 teams, Friday for another 10 and over the weekend for the remaining 12 teams.
There is still a chance that some unforeseen obstacle somehow can stall the agreement again, although that now seems unlikely.
Players will begin arriving at team facilities Tuesday to vote to recertify the NFLPA as a union. Once they do, they can negotiate terms for the league’s drug programs, player discipline fines, workers comp, etc.
For months there have been reports surfacing that a deal was close to completion, only to be false. Fans have hung on report after report hoping for a new deal and for pro football to return. It appears the NFL will be back without any games except the Hall of Fame Game being canceled.
While details have yet to emerge, an e-mail from Drew Breese himself has stipulated that Free Agency could start as soon as Tuesday. This would negate the rumor that each team would receive 72 hours to sign their own free agents. More updated will be posted as their available. I expect a lot more Vikings related news to follow!