The NFLPA is meeting at 11 A.M. ET time today to vote on the proposed CBA from the NFL owners. The NFLPA is reportedly set to vote unanimously in favor of the new CBA, thus ending the NFL Lockout and beginning a frenzy of free agency moves.
Once the deal is passed – assuming it is approved – teams can immediately begin talking with unrestricted free agents and moves will be made quickly and in large flurries. Trades will not become official until Saturday, if not later, however.
The NFL has hopefully gotten off fairly well in this lockout, having only to cancel the Hall of Fame game and nothing more. Supposing something goes wrong in the meeting with the players, it would make it highly possible that we would miss a large chunk of the regular season.
Considering this, the players have made it publicly known that they will not be pushed around by the owners, that they will not be forced to a decision. Today, however, seems as if they have no choice as to pass this CBA, and if they do not, they will be in a dire situation if they expect to play the 2011 season.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen got word from inside the NFLPA Executive Committee that no vote has been taken yet as of 12:45 ET. The committee is still reviewing the details of the deal. It is important that all members of the committee have a full understanding on what they are voting on, but worrisome nevertheless.