With the beginning of the end of the longest work stoppage in the history of the NFL today, the madness of the shortened offseason can finally commence, just days before teams will begin meeting for training camp. This should be interesting.
Anyway, the latest timeline, per ESPN’s John Clayton, goes something like this:
Today, a complete list of free agents will be distributed to teams, and it’s expected that the league will announce that teams can go to 90-man rosters.
Beginning at 9 AM C.T. on Tuesday, teams will be able to agree to deals with rookies and undrafted free agents, as well as with all free agents. Players already under contract with teams will be able to enter team facilities for the first time since April.
Teams will report to training camp 15 days before their first preseason game. For 15 teams, including the Cowboys, this means Wednesday. Another 15 teams will report on Thursday, and the Jets and Texans will report on Friday.
Also on Thursday, teams will be able to cut players beginning at 3 PM C.T. Teams can begin filing transactions with the league office at 5 PM C.T. on Friday. A week from Thursday, August 4, is the deadline for the ratification of the new CBA and recertification of the union by the players.
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