The NFLPA executive committee has ratified the owners’ proposed CBA agreement this afternoon and NFL operations are expected to begin as soon as this evening.
DeMaurice Smith has announced he will hold a joint press conference this evening with Roger Goodell and others to make a more official announcement, but it seems all the questions and problems are finally done with.
The players will still have to vote individually to reinstate their players’ union and collectively agree to the CBA, but now that all player reps have unanimously agreed to the deal everything from here on out is a mere formality. Some reports have said free agency could begin as early as tonight and trades could begin as early as tomorrow morning. More on the specifics as they come.
UPDATE: According to ESPN’s John Clayton, select teams could begin reporting to training camps as early as Wednesday. As the Eagles have one of the first slate of preseason games, I’d expect them to start camp as soon as possible. Teams can begin cutting players (Quintin Mikell?) as early as Thursday, and full-pad practices could begin this weekend. Keep checking back for more updates. Or follow us on Twitter (@insideiggles) for up-to-the-second updates.