NFL lockout over; players to approve new deal

posted at 12:40 pm on July 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Later today, the decertified NFL Players Association will announce that they have accepted the deal offered by the owners, ending the months-long lockout and putting the 2011 season back on the calendar.  Facilities will open almost immediately, and most teams will have camp open by the end of the week:

According to NFL Network, The Associated Press and Fox’s Jay Glazer, NFL owners and players have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement and are on the cusp of ending the 136-day old lockout.

USA TODAY’s Jarrett Bell says the union will hold a press conference between noon and 2 p.m. ET today. The players executive committee and 32 team reps are expected to cast their final votes via conference call at 11 a.m. The plaintiffs in the Brady antitrust case are expected to rubber stamp the deal after that.

“It’s going well, we’ve got some good news,” Saints FB Heath Evans said on NFL Network. The league and (still decertified) NFLPA finally came to terms early Monday morning (3:52 a.m. ET according to Glazer).

After the camps open, the NFLPA has to go through the process of getting recertified as a union.  The process will moot the antitrust lawsuit brought by Tom Brady and other players as a means to pressure the league into ending the lockout.  Until that process is completed, disciplinary action and drug testing cannot resume, although it should not take long to recertify; the union should be back to full operation by the end of the week as well.

When owners announced the unanimous vote last week on the new collective bargaining agreement, they promised fans a full schedule in 2011 but fewer exhibition games.  You know who that helps, right?

Folks, we’re really sorry for this. We really are. But it’s our duty to keep our Spidey-Senses up for NFL news, and we’ve caught wind of a … well, we’re searching for the right word to describe it … rumor. Howard Eskin of 610 WIP Sports Radio in Philadelphia has it out there that the Eagles are interested in possibly procuring the services of …

Br…

Bre…

Brett Fa…

Say it!  Say it!

The worst part is that though Favre has made no noises about returning to the game after retirement (again), his possible tenure with the Eagles makes all the sense in the world, especially given the time constraints of the (potential) new CBA. If the league year starts next Wednesday, training camps will be limited at best, and we all know how Favre has enjoyed playing his own tune when it comes to that part of the preseason — he was very transparent in his last two retirements, both of which had him with the Minnesota Vikings when those retirements were retracted.

The Eagles have Kevin Kolb on the trading block, which means they have fully committed to Michael Vick as their franchise QB.  Vick sent out a supportive tweet yesterday for having Favre as his backup, hoping to learn Favre’s skills for dealing with defenses.  Would Favre agree to warm the bench in a final season?  He’d better hope to warm the bench, because as last year showed, he no longer has the quickness to make up for a lack of protection.  He’d be better off in the coaching booth or the broadcast booth than behind center in the NFL, training camp or not.

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Scr*w football. Go Cubbies!
*btw:Michael Vick is a dog-killing d*ck!*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Ditto. lol

Fallon on July 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM

NFL Network said last night the Favre rumors are just that; no chance he’s coming back to hold a clipboard.

AS for the NFL players- they now don’t need to work as hard in the off-season or pre-season as the local high school kids. They better put on one helluva product…

BKeyser on July 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I had conditioned myself to care less and less about the NFL during the lockout and now it turns out that I care very little about the upcoming season.

myrenovations on July 25, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Sorry, not interested. Football can go the way of the do-do for all I care, I am tired of the BS associated with what was once an entertaining sport.

jackal40 on July 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Vick is a ticking time bomb

faraway on July 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM

YAY! Now I can watch my Green Birds choke in the playoffs … AGAIN!

Hey, at least they’re consistant.

Tony737 on July 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Ditto. lol

Fallon on July 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I just discover to my delight, that the Cubs swept the DisAstros over the weekend.
There’s actually a team out there that the Cubs can beat!
Cool!
///

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM

E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!

Akzed on July 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Thank You Bill Belichick.

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM

I think the NFL players are a bunch of spoiled brats!

That said, I can’t wait for football season. Then hockey.

Amjean on July 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Football? Football? What’s a football? With unconscious will my voice squeaked out ‘football’.
Santa Claus: Okay, get him out of here.
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] A football? Oh no, what was I doing? Wake up, Stupid! Wake up!
Ralphie: [Ralphie is shoved down the slide, but he stops himself and climbs back up] No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
Santa Claus: You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.

orbitalair on July 25, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Alternate Headline:

Billionaires to Millionaires:”Be Felonious AND Rich!”

TugboatPhil on July 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM

E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!

Akzed on July 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Con-VICK! Con-VICK!
I’m sooo glad that I’m a baseball babe.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Baseball people are so annoying.

Football is far, far more interesting than baseball.

Always has been, always will be.

It’s just the truth.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Con-VICK! Con-VICK!
I’m sooo glad that I’m a baseball babe.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM

No criminals in baseball, no!

NEVER!/

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM

NCAA football has never had a strike nor a lockout.

Vashta.Nerada on July 25, 2011 at 12:57 PM

That’ll get ‘em off the streets. Major reduction in crime expected.

viking01 on July 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM

NCAA football has never had a strike nor a lockout.

Vashta.Nerada on July 25, 2011 at 12:57 PM

This is true.

I always knew if the NFL screwed this season up, I would still have my SEC Saturdays.

Thankfully, Sunday will be there too.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM AND 12:53 PM

Get ovah yourself!

thebrokenrattle on July 25, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Con-VICK! Con-VICK!
I’m sooo glad that I’m a baseball babe.

the aptly named annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Akzed on July 25, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Then hockey. – Amjean

Amen!

And UFC all year ’round!

Tony737 on July 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM

NFL Network said last night the Favre rumors are just that; no chance he’s coming back to hold a clipboard.
BKeyser on July 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I heard he and Anthony Weiner are going in together on some kind of Twitter or Facebook partnership.

a capella on July 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I don’t mind watching the NFL here or there, but it’s half the sport that baseball is.

Go Twins!

AUH2O on July 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Like I care. What infuriates me is that I am forced to pay higher cable bills to subsidize ESPN’s rates for big time “athletes”.

Make it a pay only channel and see what happens.

sdillard on July 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Football is far, far more interesting than baseball. – Brian

Baseball is great … if you can’t fall asleep … “The wind-up … the pitch … ball one …”

ZZZZZZZZZZZ out like a light!

Tony737 on July 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM

the aptly named annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Akzed on July 25, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I agree.
*smirk*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM

No criminals in baseball, no!

NEVER!/

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM

I don’t think there’s anyone that was involved in dog-fighting.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I’m orginally from Bearssss territory.
Booor-ING!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Cool — we get to see the WORLD CHAMPION GREEN BAY PACKERS again this season.

Mr. D on July 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Let me know when they approve Rush Limbaugh as an owner. Until then…GO VOLS!

flyfisher on July 25, 2011 at 1:10 PM

I don’t think there’s anyone that was involved in dog-fighting.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 1:07 PM

There were plenty of future Hall of Famers whose record breaking streaks were steroid fueled frauds.

That damaged the integrity of the entire league and the sport itself.

Vick is one guy.

He did his time.

You can’t drag the whole SPORT down based on one guy.

What about NCAA football?

Far bigger and more entertaining than college baseball.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 1:11 PM

’bout time. I’m ready for some FOOTBALL!!!

cartooner on July 25, 2011 at 1:11 PM

heh! Favre facedown on the turf. Too bad…..

ted c on July 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Cool — we get to see the WORLD CHAMPION GREEN BAY PACKERS again this season.

Mr. D on July 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

whoopee

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I’m orginally from Bearssss territory.
Booor-ING!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I certainly would be much more likely to watch the Bears over the Cubbies any day of the week, twice on Sunday. :)

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Go Oregon!

Make an effort, Seahawks!

Mallard T. Drake on July 25, 2011 at 1:14 PM

There’s actually a team out there that the Cubs can beat!
Cool!
///

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Which little league team? :P

Anyway…THANK GAWD we’ll have a football season. Guaranteed this is the year my Jetties go to the Superbowl. And I don’t want to miss that! wOOt!

JetBoy on July 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I certainly would be much more likely to watch the Bears over the Cubbies any day of the week, twice on Sunday. :)

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 1:13 PM

And I bet you enjoy weekly trips to the dentist as well, right?

Pretty much the same thing if you’re from Chicag….I mean, RAHMVILLE.

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Scr*w football. Go Cubbies!
*btw:Michael Vick is a dog-killing d*ck!*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Cubs?!!! They meet the Cardinals in a few days and will be smacked around something fierce!

Vince on July 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Would Favre agree to warm the bench in a final season?

If the Eagles want Favre to coach Vick they should … hire him as a coach. A helluva lot cheaper than a #2 QB, I would think.

Jaibones on July 25, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Cubs?!!! They meet the Cardinals in a few days and will be smacked around something fierce!

Vince on July 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Forget the Cubs! Everyone out here is watching the White Sox…….to see when the next time Manager Ozzie Guillen is going to go nuclear and finally get his sorry rear end fired!

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Cubs?!!! They meet the Cardinals in a few days and will be smacked around something fierce!

Vince on July 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Exactly. I like the ALTwerp, but publicly rooting for that pathetic franchise is juvenile. They are hopelessly bad.

Jaibones on July 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

And I bet you enjoy weekly trips to the dentist as well, right?

Pretty much the same thing if you’re from Chicag….I mean, RAHMVILLE.

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Hey, the Bears would be playing against another professional football team, so even if they were awful, the other team would be worth watching.

I’m not from Chicago, I’m from the South, but I always catch the Bears-Packers games. That’s one where the records don’t matter, they just bludgeon each other mercilessly.

They didn’t used to call the NFC Central the Black and Blue Division for nothing.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Wished I could say I care….but I don’t.

I’m sick of pro sports. It’s just greed and disdain for those fans who are finding it harder, and harder to enjoy the sport.

It’s no longer a game, or sport…it’s just a business.

capejasmine on July 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Exactly. I like the ALTwerp, but publicly rooting for that pathetic franchise is juvenile. They are hopelessly bad.

Jaibones on July 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Hey, Saints fans wore bags on their heads for 30 years, until they won the Super Bowl.

Anything can happen.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM

He’s all yours Philadelphia LOL!

I’m more interested this year in what happens on Saturday with regard to football. The Vikings are beyond hope for a few+ years.

gophergirl on July 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I don’t mind watching the NFL here or there, but it’s half the sport that baseball is.

Go Twins!

AUH2O on July 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM

WOO HOO! and Gophers :)

gophergirl on July 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Baseball is great … if you can’t fall asleep … “The wind-up … the pitch … ball one …”

ZZZZZZZZZZZ out like a light!

Tony737 on July 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Yeah, I know.

I’m yawning just thinking about it.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Excellent!!

Amjean on July 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM

It was the owners, not the players.

GO PATS!

dogsoldier on July 25, 2011 at 1:55 PM

As an Eagles fan, I wanted a real criminal, Plexico Burress, (why do you think we have a jail in our stadium), not a gold digger.

GO BIRDS!!

djaymick on July 25, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I don’t think there’s anyone that was involved in dog-fighting.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 1:07 PM

You are correct…raping, killing,illegal gambling, throwing games, throwing and seriously injuring batters, but no dog abuse…

right2bright on July 25, 2011 at 1:57 PM

GO PATS!

dogsoldier on July 25, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Cheaters.

:P

JetBoy on July 25, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Scr*w football.

Yeah, I can agree with that…at least at the pro level.

Go Cubbies!
annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Wait…what? Baseball!?! Why would a baseball fan be against football? The seasons hardly overlap. What do you watch in the off season? Talk about silly. The only things that compete with baseball for coverage are NASCAR, soccer, and watching the grass grow.

Hockey fans, yeah sure we don’t care as much for football or basketball…cause the over-coverage of the two means we can’t see hockey on TV. What ticks us off more than anything is when they are showing POKER instead of a good hockey game. Blah!

Pattosensei on July 25, 2011 at 2:11 PM

After Adrian Peterson made his claim that playing in the NFL was just like slavery, he didn’t even bother to show up here in Oklahoma for his very own football camp. Coward, and ignorant one at that.

silvernana on July 25, 2011 at 2:33 PM

As far as I am concerned this season, It’s all about Saturday Night….. in Baton Rouge.

Geaux Tigers!!!

ttime500 on July 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Our economy is in shambles, and yet we have billions to stage these modern gladitorial games. Something doesn’t smell right.

teacherman on July 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Ahhh, so the dirty revenue-sharing socialists worked it out.

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Exactly. I like the ALTwerp, but publicly rooting for that pathetic franchise is juvenile. They are hopelessly bad.

Jaibones on July 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

^&()$#! Sux fans!
Grrr.

Btw Vince: My Cubs tee-that I bought in ’08-says ‘Edmonds’ on the back. *grin*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Ahhh, so the dirty revenue-sharing socialists worked it out.

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Huh — woulda guessed you were a fan of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Mr. D on July 25, 2011 at 4:15 PM

There are few loves in my life, but football is one of the major ones. Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, my t.v. knows were to go.

ArkCon on July 25, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Ahhh, so the dirty revenue-sharing socialists worked it out.

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Wow the NFL is a form of government. Good to know./

Sheesh you’re as dumb as they come.

So if my wife and I share and pool our money we are socialists?

Dimwit.

CW on July 25, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Say it! Say it!</blockquote>

Ok, but I’m going to say it ala Something About Mary movie:

Fawwwvvrre…

Liberty or Death on July 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM

“A special thanks to Myra Kraft who, even in her weakest moment, allowed Mr. Kraft to come and fight this out. Without him, this deal does not get done … he is a man who helped us save football.”

– Jeff Saturday, Colts C & player representative

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjeAuVvtXcQ

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM