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Lockout Winding Down; Where It Stands

by Phil Sullivan on July 18, 2011

There are so many reports about the NFL lockout being close to coming to an end. has an excellent recap of where things stand right now.

  • The new deal will be for 10 years.
  • Owners and players will return to the negotiating table in a mediation setting on Monday and Tuesday to settle a handful of unresolved issues.
  • The owners could ratify the new CBA on Thursday at the league meetings in Atlanta.

When would the season start?  According to Chris Mortenson, it would be on time.

  • League-wide free agency would start on 7/25.
  • Teams would have a 72 hour window leading up to 7/25 to sign their own free agents.

What changes would be made to training camp and off-season workouts?

  • One key concession made by the owners will effectively eliminate two-a-day practices during training camp as a health and safety issue that players termed critical to an agreement, the sources said.
  • Teams will be allowed to have some helmetless and padless non-contact walk-through practices in lieu of a second training camp practice on the same day.
  • Teams will also reduce offseason workouts from 14 on-field organized team activities (practices) to nine. Six of those nine practices must be helmetless.

Phil Sullivan

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