It’s Back: NFL Players and Owners Reach Deal on New CBA

Demaurice Smith and Roger Goodell adress the media in light of the new CBA agreement.

The NFL Lockout is now over after a dispute of over 4 months. The players finally voted today on a deal that will allow for the NFL season to start on time meaning no one will have to drastically change their Sunday plans come this fall. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was quoted as saying “This is a long time coming, and football’s back.” NFLPA Director Demaurice Smith admitted that not every side got what they wanted in the new deal, but that the deal was fair for both sides.

The owners gained the majority of the $9 billion in dispute throughout the negotiations and earned a 53% share of annual league revenues. The players gained several amendments to practice time limits and off season work. The day of two a days may be over and players hope to see a safer game that will result in fewer injuries.

The NFL has outlined the timeline for how teams are to operate going forward. Tomorrow at 10am, trading begins, teams can sign rookies and un-drafted free agents, and teams can negotiate with veteran free agents. On Thursday at 4:01pm, teams can start to cut players. On Friday at 6pm, teams can officially sign free agents to contracts. By August 4th, teams must be within the salary cap. Training Camps are set to start up by Wednesday.

The NFL  will only lose the Annual Hall Of Fame Game to the lockout but, players and owners alike are happy to know that no regular season games will be lost.

Nnamdi Asomugha will undoubtedly be one of the most coveted free agents now that the lockout is over.

The rapid nature of negotiations will certainly lead to an exciting offseason for trade and free agent rumor hounds. Free Agents like Nnamdi Asomugha, Ray Edwards, DeAngelo Williams, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Ike Taylor and maybe even Brett Favre if speculation turns into reality, may all be prizes for the quickest acting teams. One major difference with this offseason is that teams will not be granted exclusive negotiation rights with their own free agents due to the little time available to the teams. Trades will also be a big part of the offseason as players like Kevin Kolb will certainly find new homes within the week.

All signs point to Kevin Kolb heading from the Eagles to the Cardinals to join forces with Larry Fitzgerald and to get a crack at being a number 1 QB.

So breathe easy NFL fans. Football is indeed back. It shows a good example that when you work together and come to the table and negotiate, things can  get done. Wonder if there is another institution, one that perhaps runs our everyday existence, that can learn from that statement. Anyway, enjoy the rapid player movement that will come from the lockout and pay close attention because if you blink you will certainly miss something.


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