July 11, 2011
NFL PAGERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO49ERS NEWS 49ERSVIDEOGregg RosenthalProFootballTalk.com
It remains to be seen whether the NFL can meet their new July 21 target for ratification of a new labor deal. Its worth remembering that targets have been missed before this offseason, and closing a deal is the hardest part.REPORT: NFL targeting July 21 for new labor deal
No matter when the lockout ends, the timeline of logistics should remain consistent.
Four days after the ratification: Teams will be able to sign undrafted players. On the same day, teams will get a three-day window to re-sign their own players. Its safe to say tampering will go nuts in this period as agents shop deals around.Seven days after ratification: Free agency starts. So does the league year. A lot of huge deals figure to be signed within hours. Magic.
12 days after ratification: Rosters will be set at 90 players. Thats a lot of signing in a very short amount of time.
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