On day 126 of the NFL lockout, it is being reported, but not confirmed that the CBA will soon be signed and that everyone in the NFL will go back to work starting Friday. The NFL players are expected to vote on the new deal tomorrow, while the owners will vote on Thursday where it may become ratified barring a setback.
The only thing that may slow up the process for a week at most is the players’ anti-trust lawsuits. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Vincent Jackson, and Logan Mankins are among ten players filing law suits against the NFL.
Mankins and Jackson may be the hold up, because they are asking for compensation for not being unrestricted free agents last year. They had both been players in the league for five years during last years’ offseason, and due to a lack of a CBA, they were unable to receive a higher pay check and were forced to sign low paying tenders when they would usually be allowed to be unrestricted (yes, three million dollars is considered low in the NFL).
If these lawsuits can be settled by today or tomorrow, you may see the free agency period starting Monday. There would first be a three-day period where teams can sign rookies and their own Free Agents, but then starting Thursday the league-wide Free Agency would start.
Get ready for some football!