Thursday, December 18, 2014

Player reps vote for CBA; Free agency to start Friday

UPDATE:

Player reps vote for CBA; Free agency to start Friday

UPDATE:

NFL player representatives voted unaminously to approve the collective bargaining agreement, according to NFLPA spokesman George Attalah.

"It's unanimous," he tweeted.

The recommendation from the reps then goes to the Brady plantiffs who filed suit against the NFL. They have already agreed to sign off on the settlement. And then finally, the 1,900 or so players will have their opportunity to vote, but it is expected the deal will pass by a landslide majority.

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Eagletarian: Assessing the Eagles' free agents

Teams can start negotiating with free agents and start signing their draft picks on Tuesday. Free agency will start on Friday. It is still uncertain when the Eagles will begin training camp, but reports are Wednesday.

FROM EARLIER:

NFL owners and players have agreed to the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement, FoxSports.com reported early this morning.

Some other media outlets have reported that a deal is not 100 percent done, but that it should be finalized sometime today.

The NFLPA will hold an 11 a.m. conference call with its player representatives, a league source said. A vote could come at that time. After the reps vote, 1,900 players would vote individually. A majority vote -- 50 percent plus one -- would be needed to accept the CBA proposal.

There are conflicting reports on when free agency would begin. FoxSports.com and others have reported it will start Friday at 6 p.m. ESPN is reporting that free agency begins Tuesday at noon, and that teams can sign their own free agents this afternoon and also begin negotiating with other free agents.

They would also be permitted to discuss player trades with other teams at that time.

The Eagles, of course, are expected to trade backup quarterback Kevin Kolb once they are allowed. Many believe that a deal with the Cardinals could be announced minutes into free agency. The most logical trade has the Eagles exchanging Kolb for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with perhaps a draft pick from Arizona tossed in.

The Eagles have more than a dozen players that will be unrestricted free agents, but may only try and sign linebacker Stewart Bradley, running back Jerome Harrison and punter Sav Rocca.

The deal would also let team facilities open Tuesday and some training camps could begin as soon as Wednesday, according to FoxSports.com, with others opening Thursday, Friday or Sunday. NFL Network reported that Eagles training camp would start on Wednesday.

The Eagles have said they are committed to holding their training camp at Lehigh University. Whenever they open camp they will have approximately two weeks to prepare for their preseason opener when they host Baltimore on Aug. 11.

This is all pending a player vote, but the players are expected to rubber stamp a deal approved by the NFLPA executive committee.

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