The end is finally in sight, football fans: by the end of this week, everything could be back to normal in the NFL. It was reported on Sunday that both the owners and the NFL Players Association had reached an agreement on the remaining points in the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
With the actual players’ votes merely a formality at this point, we can finally begin to look beyond this lockout, which includes the beginning of free agency. According to the updated NFL timeline (which seems to change every five minutes), teams will be able to begin the free agent bonanza on Tuesday morning. This includes signing rookies, undrafted free agents, and all other free agents in the league.
As players begin to report to training camps throughout the week (the current word is that the Browns could open camp as early as Friday), transactions that occur in that time can start being filed to the league office on Friday at 6 p.m. ET. That means this week is about to be a wild, roller coaster ride of rumors and free agent signings and the Browns are expected to be right in the middle of it.
More news will be pouring in throughout the day, so stay tuned. But, hey, football is back everyone!