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Reports: New items in CBA; timeline for getting on the field now surfacing

Ever so slowly, reports about what is contained in the new collective bargaining agreement are surfacing.

Over the weekend, we saw the reports about fewer contact days in camp and now this morning the report about protections for career-ending injuries, especially for rookies, has been implemented.

In keeping in line with the players association and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s focus on player safety, the new wrinkle, as reported this morning by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, will allow an injured player to recoup up to $1.5 million.

Pro Football Talk’s report about the new protections said, “… if the rest of the rookie’s contract in years two-through-four totaled more than $1.5 million, he would get $1.5 million.  If the remainder of the rookie’s contract was less than $1.5 million, he would get all the money due to him.

And in other recent news coming out of league offices, it seems that free agency could begin as soon as 12 a.m. tomorrow morning, Tuesday, July 26, at least according to Jay Glazer, and if everything gets approved today.

Glazer said that, starting tomorrow, teams will be able to start making trades and signing rookies, both draft picks and undrafted players. Though free agents from other teams can’t be signed until 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Friday, July 29, teams will be permitted to talk with them and line up deals in principle beginning tomorrow, Tuesday.

Ten teams would report Wednesday, 10 would report Thursday, and 10 would report Friday.  The final two teams, the Jets and Texans, would report on Sunday.

Not sure when the Packers will report at this point, but we’ll keep an eye on that.

No doubt these timelines are going to change, so stay tuned.


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