An agreement to end the NFL lockout is close, so close that you can practically hear the mosquitoes screaming. As talks continue today, the NFL notified all 32 teams to have a representative at the owners’ meeting Thursday in Atlanta in anticipation of voting to approve a collective bargaining agreement with players.
According to ESPN’s report, a seminar would follow Thursday and Friday in which team executives (up to four from each team) would be given information on the beginning of the league year, the beginning of free agency, the rookie wage system, and other key items.
Obviously, there’s a lot in flux right now. At the moment, Sports Business Journal’s Liz Mullen, citing sources, reports that agents and teams would have three days to study new rules and three days in which to sign undrafted rookies and players who were on the team last year. After that, free agency would start.
It is not certain yet when players would report to teams. As of now, the Hall of Fame game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, set for Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio, is still on.
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