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NFL Owners Approve New CBA, Key Dates Outlined

Jul 21, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

The owners voted this evening in Atlanta and have agreed to a new CBA which now has to be ratified by the NFL Players Association for the league year to begin. Free agency could start next Wednesday.

The owners voted this evening in Atlanta and have agreed to a new CBA which now has to be ratified by the NFL Players Association for the league year to begin. Free agency could start next Wednesday.

From the official NFLLabor.com:

NFL clubs approved today the terms of a comprehensive settlement of
litigation and a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement with the
NFL Players Association.

The vote was taken at a league meeting in Atlanta where the clubs
were briefed on the terms of the agreement and the rules for the
transition into the new League Year. The agreement must be ratified by
the NFL Players Association in order for the league year to begin.

Here are some of the key dates, from the same website,:

JULY

July 23                     Voluntary training,
conditioning and classroom instruction permitted until first day of
clubs’ preseason training camps.

July 23                     Pre-2011 League Year
Period commences. 2011 Free Agency List to be issued and will become
effective on the first day of the 2011 League Year (July 27).
Clubs/players may begin to renegotiate contracts. Clubs may begin to
sign Drafted Rookies and their own UFAs, RFAs, Exclusive Rights Players
and Franchise Players.

July 23                     Waivers begin for the 2011 League Year.

July 23                     Starting at 2:00 PM ET,
clubs may negotiate with, but not sign, Undrafted Rookie Free Agents,
free agents, and other clubs’ UFAs, RFAs, and Franchise Players.

July 24                     Starting at 2:00 PM ET, clubs may begin to sign undrafted rookie free agents.

July 27                     2011 League Year
commences at 2:00 PM ET, provided NFLPA has ratified CBA. Free Agency
Signing Period begins. Clubs may sign free agents and other clubs’
Unrestricted Free Agents. Clubs may sign Offer Sheets. Trading period
begins. All Clubs must be under the Salary Cap. Top 51 rule applies.

July 27                     Expand rosters to 90-man limit.

July 27                     Training Camps open for
all clubs, provided NFLPA has ratified CBA. Day One activities limited
to physicals, meetings, and conditioning. No pads permitted on Day Two
or Day Three.