The day has finally arrived!
The 32 player representatives voted unanimously Monday afternoon to approve the deal agreed to by both sides hours earlier. The vote now goes as a recommendation to the 10 plaintiffs in Brady antitrust lawsuit, who have agreed to sign off on the settlement.
The 32 team player reps began a conference call at 11 a.m. ET to go over a summary of the deal, with some of the key points of contention pulled out ad explained. Sources say there is no opt-out in the deal, so the current agreement will last for 10 years without the ability to renegotiate.
Meanwhile, the sides have agreed to a timeline that would allow some transactions and league business to begin Tuesday, sources with direct knowledge of the situation told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
The process to get to the league year, including rules for full unrestricted free agency between teams includes "wrinkles" and will be more complicated than expected.
According to the documents being forwarded to all agents from the NFLPA, obtained by La Canfora, they key dates to the league year would be as follows:
Monday: The free agent list will be published at 6 p.m. ET.
Tuesday: Facilities open "for training, conditioning" and "classroom" work; trading period begins (no time specified); teams can start signing undrafted free agents and their own draft picks at 10 a.m. ET; teams can begin negotiating with any free agents -- their own and those who were with other teams.
Thursday: Waiver period begins and teams can begin terminating contracts at 4:01 p.m. ET.
Friday: Full free agency begins -- teams can begin signing their own free agents and those who played with other teams at 6 p.m. ET.
The NFL Players Association has scheduled a Monday conference call at 2 p.m. ET to brief agents on the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement.
So as "Players Reportedly set to Vote On Agreement Monday", let's turn this thread into a PARTY!!!