Under the detailed report from ESPN, doors would open July 21 and clubs would allow voluntary training of the new rules for both teams and agents.
As per the agreement, the following dates would become the new NFL calendar for 2011:
Under this scenario, the July 28 shotgun start to the season would create a free-agent frenzy of signings. An interesting part of the proposal would be the deadlines for rookies and signed veterans disgruntled with their current contracts to report to earn a season toward free agency. Under the current rules, players can hold out through midseason and still earn a year of credit if they sign by Week 9.
It is appearing more likely that a deal is going to get done that would largely save not only the regular season, but the preseason as well (except the Hall of Fame Game, scheduled for Aug. 7).
< br> However, under this scenario, it would appear as though training camp for the Vikings in Mankato would get scrapped. The Vikings have said they would need to know by July 18 whether a deal can be done. Under the current scenario, it is unclear whether the new NFL timetable will allow the team to head to Mankato. The Vikings will likely respond soon if the framework of an agreement is reached.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.