Jul 25, 2011
Not only is today a great day for America, but the entire football world. What began when the owners opted out of the last CBA back in 2008 ends today when the lockout is lifted thanks to the owners and players agreeing to a new CBA. You make take this moment to high five the nearest person.
Players, owners agree to new CBA … pending an approval by the players vote on Monday, although that is considered a formality at this point. The players will participate in a conference call scheduled for 11am ET and the vote is expected to take place when the executive committee is in place. What happens after that has been widely contested. Some, including Jay Glazer, report that facilities can open as early as Tuesday, with trades and draft pick signings occurring as early on Tuesday, and unrestricted free agency beginning Friday at 6pm ET. However, others, most notably Adam Schefter, report that teams can begin talking to free agents and talking trades Monday afternoon with signings beginning Tuesday at noon ET. However, new contracts wouldn’t take effect until August 2 and trades wouldn’t be official until Saturday. Teams would report on a staggered schedule to begin training camps 14 days before their first preseason games. These details should be finalized later in the day, so be sure to continuing following this list on Twitter for the latest information.
FAVRE IS BACK! … Or maybe not. On Friday, a report circulated that the Eagles had interest in signing Brett Favre to backup Michael Vick once the team traded Kevin Kolb away. Considering Favre’s knowledge of the West Coast offense and Vick’s injury history, he would be a nice veteran backup to have as second-year QB Mike Kafka isn’t ready to take the #2 spot just yet. Vick chimed in on his Twitter saying, “I would be honored to have Brett Favre as a backup. That will be amazing learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career.” That tweet has since been deleted…hmmm. However, other team sources called the possibility “the longest of long shots” and that “a lot of things would need to fall into place” for Favre to end up in Philadelphia. Favre nor his agent Bus Cook have commented on the matter. Stay tuned!
- Saint WRs Marques Colston and Robert Meachem are fully recovered from their respective off-season surgeries according to their trainer. Colston underwent microfracture surgery after the season and Meachem had surgery to fix a left ankle problem that bothered him for much of the 2010 season.
- Matt Forte believes he deserves a contract extension, but doesn’t want to hold out. While not getting into financial details, Forte did say he would like something in the range of five years, which he classified as a “long-term deal.”
- The Patriots will be without LB Tully Banta-Cain after he underwent surgery Friday to fix a lingering abdominal tear problem he made worse by working out in the off-season. The surgery went “outstanding” and wasn’t considered major.