"We didn't get everything either side wanted," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said. "But we did arrive at a deal that is both fair and balanced."
Now, it's official as the NFL finally has a new labor deal after a four-month lockout.
"Big smile!" Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth wrote on his Twitter account. "Footballs back, footballs back) unanimous."
After months of acrimony, a nasty labor dispute is over as the decertified players union and the league have hammered out a 10-year accord.
It's more good news that the most popular professional sports league is back in business.
"Finally allowed to play football again," Jets safety Jim Leonhard wrote. "I've been waiting for this since December 3rd. Go Jets!!"
Signings of undrafted rookies and rookie draft picks can begin Tuesday, veterans can be cut Thursday and teams may negotiate with their own unrestricted free agents beginning Tuesday.
Beginning on Aug. 4, the Rule of 51 applies as the new league year officially begins.
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