All reports indicate that the NFLPA have finally crossed the t’s and dotted the lowercase j’s, and after much back and forth this past weekend, are ready to vote on the new NFL CBA. It is expected that the NFLPA will convene on Monday and recommend that the new labor deal be accepted. From that point, the new CBA will be voted on and likely accepted, and then the players have to vote to re-certify the union. That will really kick-start the new league year, and we’ll be underway! Here are the upcoming key dates when things should be moving and shaking:
- Monday, July 25: NFLPA reps from all 32 teams will vote on the new CBA, which should be recommended by the NFLPA executive committee.
- Wednesday, July 27: Some players can return to team facilities. Once there, they will vote to re-certify the union. If there are enough votes, teams can start contract negotiations with their own players, draft choices, and free agents, though they cannot sign any new players yet.
- Friday, July 29: Any remaining players can return to team facilities and vote to re-certify the union. The NFLPA should be re-certified as a union by the end of the day Friday.
- Saturday, July 30: NFL free agency begins and teams can begin signing players.