In case you needed more confirmation that this will end today, the NFLPA announced that Roger Goodell will be at the NFLPA headquarters in Washington this afternoon.
Reactions are starting to come in via Twitter, including this one from Brandon Graham: "So happy lockout is officially over and we can start this road to the ship!!"
According to reports, teams can report to training camp 15 days before their first preseason game, as has been the general rule in the past. Nothing is official, as of yet.
For the Eagles, with a game against the Ravens scheduled for Aug. 11, the first night of the preseason, that means they can report to Lehigh on Wednesday. Nine other teams also will begin Wednesday, according to the NFL Network, with 10 teams starting Thursday, 10 Friday and two Sunday.
Also, reports are that agents will be briefed on the new rules of the CBA during a conference call this afternoon at 2 p.m., with a call for general managers at 3 p.m. and head coaches at 5 p.m.
The NFLPA has confirmed that a vote is scheduled after a conference call, which began at 11 a.m.
“Once we vote to approve, the discussion of collectively-bargained issues can begin,” said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, a member of the NFLPA’s Executive Committee. “The health and safety issues of both current and former players are just as important as all the other issues.”
NFLPA president Kevin Mawae termed any talk of timeframes as media speculation.
“Players started this process two years ago with an emphasis on health and safety, and we will end the process talking about health and safety when we ratify,” Mawae said. “We don’t feel that we are in a rush,” Mawae said. “Our goal is to get it right.”
It is almost time to actually start talking in earnest about players and who will be on the Eagles' roster next season.
Among the positions of need is along the defensive line, particularly at end where the pursuit of a complement to Trent Cole seemingly continues, especially with Brandon Graham's knee injury being more extensive than initially reported. Along with a torn ACL, Graham has microfracture surgery. He is hoping to be cleared to begin practicing at some point in September.
A report today in the Atlanta Journal Constituion indicates that Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards could land with the Eagles. There had been some thought that Edwards could go to Atlanta, but the Falcons are planning to concentrate their resources on signing their own free agents.
Edwards, 6-5, 268, is in his sixth season. He had nine sacks last year with the Vikings after posting 8.5 in 2009.
So, when will the frenzy begin? Good question. There are about 126 different timelines floating around today with various reports. Hard to get a sense of which one is most accurate.
The one thing that does make sense is the idea of staggered reporting dates for training camp. Roger Goodell said last week that the league wanted every team to have the same amount of time to prepare.
How that could impact the Eagles is this ... With the Hall of Fame Game canceled, the Eagles are among the teams scheduled to play on the first night of the preseason, Thursday, Aug. 11, against Baltimore. That could mean they would have the ability to be among the first teams to report.
The NFLPA announced that a conference call with the executive committee and the player reps for the 32 teams was scheduled for 11 a.m. today. The press release said no vote was scheduled, but it is expected a vote will happen after the conference call.
"Representatives of the NFL and the players have been working diligently to arrive at a settlement agreement that is both long term and fair," the release said.
According to multiple reports, the sides worked deep into the night and agreed to terms after 3 a.m. Of course, the players still need to approve those terms.
More to come on what should be a busy day ...
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