Now is the time to stop worrying about how else you can ignore your families on fall Sundays and legal jargon that we can only pretend to understand. The news we have been waiting for is finally here: the NFL lockout is over.
Both the NFL Players Association and 32 team representatives have unanimously approved the new deal, meaning the NFL can finally resume operations. Teams will begin filing into training camps this week, with the Cleveland Browns coming back to Berea on Friday.
The league released the official list of unrestricted free agents today (which can be found here), and teams can begin negotiating with undrafted free agents, rookies, and unrestricted free agents on Tuesday. However, talks could begin as early as this afternoon.
While some debate whether or not the Browns will make a big splash in the free agent market, there’s no denying that the Browns have plenty of cap room to work with, as they are about $20 million under the new salary cap figure of $120 million. This means the Browns have the opportunity to add depth at a number of positions, most notably at defensive end, safety, linebacker, and wide receiver.