• Teams can sign their own free agents and begin talking with other unrestricted free agents Monday afternoon.
• Teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents Tuesday at noon ET but those contracts would not take effect until Aug. 2.
• Teams can begin talking trades Monday afternoon. Any trades would become official on Saturday, July 30.
It going to be a long week for the NFL talking heads. As a football junky this is great news to get me till UM fall camp. Free agency being compacted into one week...Oh my.
Hey, check out my Top 11 News Updates from the NFL Lockout Negotiations:
11. In a stunning reversal, the owners have now agreed to pay players "time-and-a-half" for games that go into OT
10. A key compromise was reached when the Players Association responded to the owners' proposal to shorten halftime by requesting that, in exchange, a row of Honey Buckets be installed on all NFL sidelines
9. The ongoing controversy over endorsement royalties for the New Orleans Saints' new voo-doo dolls of opposing players is proving to be a much more difficult sticking-point than originally expected (can I get a rimshot?)
8. A bloc of veteran quarterbacks are reported to be resisting the proposed transition to a fluorescent Nerf football. Spokesperson Brett Favre was quoted as saying, "In my day, footballs were brown." An unnamed league official, when asked for a response, said, "What the f**k does Favre know? He was in Wrangler commercials. Recently."
7. A tentative agreement has been reach on "casual Sundays," in which players will be permitted to wear khakis and polo shirts instead of the regular NFL uniform
6. Though defensive players are already subject to league-imposed fines for such things as "tackling too hard," the owners--in response to perceived fan interest in increased offensive production--are asking for the authority to impose fines on defensive players for new infractions such as "covering receivers too effectively" and "maintaining too much gap integrity."
5. A group of NFL kickers has broken away from the negotiations in protest after the Players Association voted to approve a proposal to begin all games with a "throwoff" in place of the usual kickoff, and to require all kickers to wear pink single-bar facemasks.
4. Insiders are saying the owners now may agree to guaranteed contracts, provided any player signing such a contract provides his team a vial of semen and authorizes management to use it in breeding future prospects
3. The negotiations have reached a serious impasse over whether NFL pensions should be calculated based on a life expectancy of 48 years or 51 years.
2. Owners withdrew their proposal for an annual preseason exhibition game to be played on the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier after learning that carrier flight decks are actually wider than 53 yards
1. After a prolonged mediation session lasting into the wee hours, both sides have finally agreed to include a "no-trade-to-the-Arizona Cardinals" clause standard in every NFL contract.
Happy Friday & Go Blue!
with Taylor Lautner
Funny, but even a lot more of these won't fill the void of no NFL season.
Knock on wood, it looks like we're finally heading in the right direction to end the lockout.
Per Jason Cole @ Yahoo! Sports:
NFL could be back in business by July 15
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Now that NFL owners appear to have cleared a significant hurdle on the way to labor peace with the players, the question for the league is simple: How fast can they get the league year started?
The short answer is sometime on or just before July 15. By that point, the league may be reopen for business on a permanent basis, meaning free agents could get signed and draft picks could start to meet with coaches for the first time in hopes of catching up as much as possible by the start of training camp.
Please let the billionaires vs millionaires squabble come to an end...
Not a complete surpirse and SIAP didn't find anything on the search
Although it seems its not written in stone just yet
The NFL has made some significant changes to their rules. Kickoffs will take place from the 35 yard line with 5 yard starts for members of the coverage team..
All scoring plays will be reviewed and confirmed by the official in the replay booth.