At the beginning of the week people were expecting the players to vote Wednesday and for the owners to ratify the agreement at their meeting Thursday. The players still have not voted, now two days after the owners ratified the proposal 31-0.
The owners put a deadline of Tuesday for the players to vote on it.
Early today, we learnt that Chargers Vincent Jackson had backed off from his request of $10-million dollars of free agency. This is big news because it keeps all the plaintiffs on the same side and it is one less thing remaining on the plate.
As Saturday went on, more progress was revealed.
John Clayton and I reporting major progress in talks today. Players committee meet Mobday in DC to hopefully recommend approval.
The vote is being said to be on either Monday or Tuesday and most likely approved.
The league year would then begin as soon as Wednesday with training camp opening Friday for all teams.
None of this is written in stone yet and mostly speculation but if all goes well, it would open free agency on Saturday. Now, teams would be allowed to negotiate starting Wednesday but no one can be signed until Saturday.
There are still some issues that need to be resolved for the new CBA, but some of them can't be figured out until the players re-certify as a union. They would fill out re-certification cards Wednesday when they are allowed back into team facilities.
The players were trying to get an opt out clause after seven years in the deal but per profootballtalk.com, it looks like the deal will be a firm 10 years.
If it gets done in this time frame, it seems that the full preseason would be saved starting August 11th.
It looks like there is a light at the end of the long tunnel. If everything works out, get ready for the most fun, action packed offseason that you will ever experience.