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The timeline given to Executive Committee and player representatives

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Everyone has a timeline, so we decided we should get one, too.

We got ours from a pretty good source.  It’s the actual hard copy that was presented this morning to the NFLPA* Executive Committee and board of player representatives for consideration.

Titled “Article 11, Transition Rules for the 2011 League Year,” here’s what the document provides.

Today, the NFL will publish a Free Agency List.

On Tuesday, team facilities will open for voluntary training, conditioning, and classroom instruction.

On Tuesday, trades can begin.

At 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, teams may sign drafted rookies, undrafted rookies, and negotiate with (but not sign) their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, exclusive-rights players, and franchise players.

Also, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, teams may negotiate with, but not sign or give offer sheets to, other team’s unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, and franchise players.

At 4:01 p.m. ET on Thursday, teams may waive or terminate player contracts.

At 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, teams may renegotiate existing player contracts.

Also at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, teams sign their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, exclusive-rights free agents, and franchise players.

Also at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, teams may sign unrestricted free agents from other teams, restricted free agents from other teams, and franchise players from other teams.

No payment of any kind can be made to any player until the CBA has been ratified by the players.

The 2011 league year will begin no later than August 4.  When the 2011 league year begins, teams must be under the salary cap.  (Specifically, their highest 51 cap numbers must fit under the cap.)

Thus, look for some teams to possibly go over the projected cap this week, and then to find a way to get under the cap before the official start of the league year.

UPDATE: Here’s the training camp reporting dates for each team.

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38 Responses to “The timeline given to Executive Committee and player representatives”
  1. skoobyfl says: Jul 25, 2011 1:17 PM

    Seems like a good plan, I’d sign off on it.

  2. gregjennings85 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:18 PM

    Start it up!

    Yeah!

  3. chuckyd317 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:18 PM

    Woot Woot…

  4. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 1:19 PM

    Looks like I picked a bad week to go on vacation.

  5. jimr10 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:19 PM

    Why do they continue to drag their feet? That tells me things are not done yet. The opera ain’t over til the fat lady sings.

  6. dcbassguy says: Jul 25, 2011 1:20 PM

    Now I’m starting to get “butterflies” in my stomach!

  7. pnut87 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:20 PM

    Just make it official already. I want an excuse to break into that 6-pack of beer I bought last night.

  8. lionfan419 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:21 PM

    Lions need to sign J. Joseph!

  9. gregwestlake says: Jul 25, 2011 1:24 PM

    This might be one of the best weeks of my life

  10. pappysarcasm says: Jul 25, 2011 1:24 PM

    When do the players pee, and when do we get to see the “idiot” list?

  11. leftysmoke says: Jul 25, 2011 1:24 PM

    Free Agency should start tomorrow. It’s not like we won’t know who is going where before Friday anyway… Let them sign!

  12. carlgerbschmidt says: Jul 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    The march to repeat begins. How can you not believe? Even the Road Blow believe! I’m hearing reports that there is a Type B Road Blow on the back highways just north of Juneau in the shape of a “52” with a “G” in the cracks below it – Just one more reason to know that we will repeat as Super Bowl champions!

  13. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    The Cowboys are expected to be $20 million above the cap. Time for some much needed house cleaning.

  14. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    It’s Christmas in July!

  15. jacksaysfu says: Jul 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    I’m so happy I’m about to freaking cry! !

  16. Kaz says: Jul 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    I’ve waited 5 months for some football activity and now I act like I can’t wait another day. It should make for an exciting week. Can’t wait.

  17. ampats says: Jul 25, 2011 1:26 PM

    Which day in August does Rex Ryan hoist his annual pre-season Lombardi which he has won every off season for the past three seasons?

  18. jthv83 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:27 PM

    The future’s so bright in Tampa Bay, we’re gonna dust off those polorized Maui Jims Jon Gruden sold us and sit back and watch these young Bucs take the NFL to the woodshed.

  19. southcakpanther says: Jul 25, 2011 1:28 PM

    sweet

  20. quirtevans says: Jul 25, 2011 1:28 PM

    “look for some teams to possibly go over the projected cap this week, and then to find a way to get under the cap before the official start of the league year.”

    Pretty obvious, Mike, considering that some teams are already over the cap, and considering that all teams can start signing rookies on Tuesday, but can’t cut anyone until Thursday.

  21. zoxitic says: Jul 25, 2011 1:30 PM

    Let the frenzy begin.

  22. michaelahughes says: Jul 25, 2011 1:31 PM

    Football!!!!!!!!

  23. biggerballz says: Jul 25, 2011 1:32 PM

    yes finally!

  24. shiftyshellshocked says: Jul 25, 2011 1:35 PM

    This might have been worth the wait! Skol Vikes.

  25. silverhornet says: Jul 25, 2011 1:39 PM

    Nice to see that the NFL has realized the “tampering season” has already begun.

  26. nicbsbll2 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:39 PM

    So why exactly must teams wait till Friday to actually sign the player when they can talk to them tomorrow?

  27. jrillah10 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:39 PM

    Go Bucs!!!

  28. purp4lyfe says: Jul 25, 2011 1:39 PM

    Otherwise it’s gonna be a “NFL Blender”. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?? SKOL!!

  29. itsmammoth says: Jul 25, 2011 1:40 PM

    You already know Dallas is about to make a splash.

    Haters get your keyboards on stand-by.

  30. skins3yearplan says: Jul 25, 2011 1:43 PM

    Here is where the Skins trade Haynesworth for a 5th rounder to the Bills. Enjoy the cold Albert.

    The new era starts now with John Beck! Umm, yeah.

  31. bittersonicsfan says: Jul 25, 2011 1:45 PM

    @ all the people who post

    I love you, your comments to all these speculation articles have kept me warm at night. FOOOOOOTBAAAAL!

  32. nortonfest says: Jul 25, 2011 1:47 PM

    Awesome news Mike. Should be a fun week. No work will be done by 54% of the population!

    Any news on when my fantasy draft wil be?

  33. lionfan419 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:51 PM

    Best news of teh day is that K. Cavalerri is single again:) God Bless Her!

  34. steelcity09 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    Time for some high stakes fantasy football!!!

    Whos’s with me?

    Signing up today at NFFC and FFPC!

    Leagues are starting to fill fast as of today so jump in with me:)

  35. hendawg21 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:23 PM

    Ok now how many Brett Favre rumors will we here now I see he’s already a backup candidate in Philly…LOL

  36. BroncoNick says: Jul 25, 2011 2:58 PM

    Sweet! So Orton can be traded tomorrow? Awesome!

  37. 706vet says: Jul 25, 2011 3:40 PM

    Kolb will be in Arizona in time for dinner.

  38. denverdude7 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:46 PM

    Here is another timeline to chew on. This one involves how quickly the NFL and DirectTV will begin digging ever deeper into our wallets. The following posts have been added to every article I can even loosely tie it in with. Please feel free to copy and paste to your hearts content.

    Here’s the post:

    DirectTV has added the Sunday Snap to the NFL Sunday Ticket package and now charges nearly $400 for the season. That’s right !!! No opt-out option on the Sunday Snap either. But wait for it, wait for it… DirectTV is now offering new customers the entire package for free. I’ll give you one guess who the loser in the NFL lockout really is. You see him every morning in the mirror.

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