Players Vote Unanimously To Approve New CBA; NFL Lockout Over

FOXBORO (CBS) – The league’s first work stoppage since 1987 is now over after player representatives for all 32 teams voted unanimously to approve the new collective bargaining agreement, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said.

The framework on a deal was agreed upon Sunday, leaving Monday’s vote as a formality. Still, the vote ensures that the NFL is back in business, beginning almost immediately. obtained a letter sent to player agents from the NFLPA, which lays out the schedule of NFL events over the next few days:

July 26 — Team facilities will be open for voluntary training, conditioning and classroom instruction.

Teams can sign their drafted players, as well as undrafted free agents.

The trading of players can begin.

Teams can negotiate, but cannot sign or give offers sheets to their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents and franchise players.

July 28 — Beginning at 4 p.m. ET, teams can begin to waive or terminate players.

July 29 — Unrestricted free agency begins July 29 at 6 p.m. and clubs can begin signing players — their own or other teams’ players. No payment can be made to players until a CBA is signed.

Aug 4 — The league year can begin no later than today.

WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche reports

The lockout began back in March and last about 4 1/2 months.

WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve has more

The new CBA has no opt-out clause for players or owners, meaning there will be guaranteed peace between the sides for 10 years.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones has reaction from local businesses

The previous CBA contained an opt-out clause, which owners exercised before the 2010 season.

Related: Patriots’ Possible Free Agent Targets

According to’s Matt Pomeroy, teams will open training camp from Wednesday through Saturday:

Wednesday: Broncos, Cardinals, Cowboys, Chargers, Eagles, Jaguars, Patriots, Raiders, Ravens, Seahawks

Thursday: 49ers, Bengals, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Falcons, Lions, Redskins, Saints, Steelers.

Friday: Bears, Bills, Browns, Colts, Giants, Packers, Panthers, Rams, Titans, Vikings.

Saturday: Jets, Texans

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whose wife Myra passed away last week, apologized to fans for the lockout.

  • Ed Dracut

    I am all a twitter. You mean that multi millionare owners have worked out a deal with the multi millionares players and the NFL aka the National Felon League will play. WOW there is a GOD!!!!!

  • Italo

    So glad to hear that these grown men making a lifetime-financial-security-ensuring living by playing a little boys’ recreational game, will get to pad their bank accounts with more benefits and dollars soon. After all, we do need to have our priorities. ;-o

    • BJD

      Well, why shouldn’t they be able to pad their bank accounts with more dollars? They do not get very many benefits. Their career could be over at the drop of a hat. I think they get paid an outrageous amount of money for playing a game, however we the fans support that. If we weren’t to watch the games, go to the games, buy the merchandise, then they wouldn’t have the money to pay the players. And after all, this is America, why not try to earn more money? Isn’t that the American dream?

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  • joe

    I am so sick and tired of the usual ignorant comments from people like ITALO. The millionaires vs. Billionaires argument and the sarcastic “im glad they will be able to feed their family” or “I make 50k a year and these guys are complaining over splitting 9 billion?” Or my favorite “I would take half of what they make to play a game for a living”. No you wouldn’t. First, you couldn’t do what they do. If you could, then you would be in their shoes. There are just under 2,000 people out of 300 million in this country who can do what they do. The majority of them will physically, and I mean severely physically pay for it the rest of their lives.

    As much as I would like to, I couldn’t do what they do. Instead I own a small construction company (no, I’m not a millionaire) But if I could do what they do? I would want to make every last penny I could when I could. There are no guaranteed contracts in football and the average career is under 5 years. One major injury you could first be paralyzed and second never play again. Anyone making these comments would do the same dam thing if you were in their shoes. If you didn’t its probably due to the amount of concussions you’ve had from playing.

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