Posted Sun Jul 24th by Jon Heath
We know you’ve heard this a thousand times before, but it again looks as if the end of the lockout is in sight.
The NFL Players Association and the league’s owners have reached agreement on the remaining points needed in their 10-year labor deal, sources from both sides said.
Despite the fact the new agreement will require a majority vote from the players, that part of the deal between the two sides is considered a formality, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The NFLPA is making plans for a major press conference Monday. But first the player reps’ executive committee is scheduled to fly to Washington, D.C., on Sunday so they can vote Monday.
In short, the players basically have to ratify the deal and football will be back again. Reportedly, if a new deal is reached Monday, Training Camps will start Wednesday with Free Agency beginning on Saturday.
There will be many changes under the new CBA, three of which are touched on after the jump.
- In-season padded practices will decrease dramatically.
In addition to getting to practice without pads the first three sessions of Training Camp and eliminating two a days, players will only have to pad up fourteen times during the regular season. That’s right, during the 17 week regular season stretch, team’s will be allowed a maximum of only 14 padded practices. Team’s that make the playoffs will be permitted one practice per week during the post season. Such a limited amount of contact practices may be cause for concern, as it could cause game-day injuries to increase.
- Rookie contracts will also decrease dramatically.
As has been touched on previously, the new Rookie Wage Scale (RWS) will affect linebacker Von Miller more than other Bronco. The 2010 second overall selection,
The new minimum salaries for players will be raised to $50,000 and will increase over time. This will affect a large number of players.
We’ll have more updates for you this week, hopefully about the lockout being lifted and what comes next.