ATLANTA -- Among the details of the labor plan NFL owners approved here Thursday night is this key date for the Eagles: Sept. 20.
That’s the final day to sign a franchise player to a multi-year contract or extension. If the Eagles want to make a longer deal with Michael Vick, they’ve got to do it by then, immediately after week 2 of the regular season.
Vick is locked in for the year, having signed his franchise tender before the lockout began, but surely he’ll want the security of an extended contract.
The Eagles will first have to focus on free agency, with a frenzy of activity possibly beginning Wednesday, if players ratify the deal owners advanced last night. But soon after they finish their shopping, expect attention to turn to Vick.
As the labor world turns
NFL executives and general managers, including the Eagles’ Joe Banner and Howie Roseman, are meeting this morning to go over the details of the rules in the new CBA, finding out about free agency regulations and other quirks that will dictate how they operate going forward.
Much of the media and all of the owners have left town, giving the feeling of the smoke clearing here and GMs sorting out exactly what they have been left with.
Everything at this point hinges on the players approving the deal, though, and it’s unclear if they will. Reports have varied widely from players being willing to vote to them being dug in and not expecting to do so today. If they do vote today, players can begin showing up to facilities Saturday, as outlined in the NFL timeline. Free agency and trades would officially start Wednesday, though teams can start talking to agents and other GMs Saturday – again, if players OK the deal. This statement, though, released just before 11:30 am, makes it sound less likely that they will take action today.
“Player leadership is discussing the most recent written proposal with the NFL, which includes a settlement agreement, deal terms and the right process for addressing recertification. There will not be any further NFLPA statements today out of respect for the Kraft family while they mourn the loss of Myra Kraft.” It was signed by NFLPA president Kevin Mawae.
The funeral for Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, is today.