CBA agreed, ratification, free agency next

Scout.com has obtained an email from New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees that outlines the details that follow the signing of the new CBA.

Following a turbulent time in NFL history where players were locked out for four months, labor peace has finally been achieved.

Well, almost.

According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the league and the decertified NFL Players Association finally agreed to terms early Monday morning.

Now, the NFLPA executive commmittee, player representatives and rank-and-file members have to vote to approve it. That's not expected to be a problem, though.

What's next?

Per the report and according to an e-mail from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, free agency would begin as soon as Tuesday at noon.

Under the time table described by FOX, team facilities could open Tuesday with training camps beginning Thursday for 10 teams, Friday for another 10 and over the weekend for the 12 other teams.

The players would begin recertifying as a union after reporting to team headquarters.

An e-mail from Brees obtained by Scout outlines the following details to follow:

As has been the case with this entire process, it looks like the details and schedule has changed for training camp and free agency. This is the latest although I cannot confirm anything at this point. I just want to make you aware as to what is being discussed so nothing catches you by surprise."

Free Agency - It now looks like free agency will begin at noon on Tuesday and it will be open free agency. There will be no 3 day grace period for teams to sign their own players. It will be open for anyone to sign anywhere.

Training Camp - It looks like the NFL is trying to force teams into camp on time. This would move us to a report date of Thursday, July 28. We would have physicals, conditioning, and meetings on this day. The day before would be a travel day and the hotel would be open that night for guys to check in as well as physicals but nothing mandatory until Thursday.

I will keep you updated with the latest information. Unfortunately, it tends to change very quickly. Just stay prepared for anything.


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