NFL Lockout Update: Players won’t vote until Monday

DeMaurice Smith, (C) executive director of the National Football League Players’ Association, speaks to the media outside a Manhattan law office after a meeting between the league and the players’ association regarding labour negotiations, in New York, July 15, 2011. The NFL moved closer to an agreement with its players on Friday that would end a four-month-old work stoppage and ensure the $9-billion league opens as scheduled in September. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the players aren’t planning to vote on the owners’ proposed CBA settlement until Monday now.

From Rotoworld:

A previous “high-ranking source” told ESPN that a vote was possible on Saturday. Schefter confirms two sides have had “constructive dialogue” since Thursday night, which is a good sign. However, the players want to do a vote “on their own terms,” and one of the biggest obstacles is the demand of Chargers franchise player Vincent Jackson to either receive monetary compensation or unrestricted free agency as part of the CBA. At this point, we don’t anticipate any NFL transactions before the middle of next week. The tentative target date for full-blown free agency may be two Sundays from now.

Hey, I’m all for anything that delays this process even more. It’s not like these past five months haven’t been nauseating or anything…

There was a report that came out this morning from that stated teams could begin negotiating with restricted, unrestricted and college free agents starting on Saturday. Hopefully there’s truth to that report because it would at least allow the free agent process started. Teams couldn’t sign players of coursed, but if they were at least able to contact free agents then maybe once the CBA is signed everyone can hit the ground running.

That said, the six people who have read my columns this week know that I have my doubts regarding whether or not teams have already been contacting players during the lockout. They’re not supposed to, of course, but I have a hard time believing that teams have been sitting back patiently waiting for the new CBA to be signed. I have a feeling that we’re going to see a mass frenzy of signings right after the lockout is lifted next week. Granted, that doesn’t prove that teams have been in contact with players but it’ll at least grow my suspicions.

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