The National Football League Players Association made it official this morning, announcing that the league and the players had agreed to a settlement agreement and a new CBA.
The news conference included NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith and league commissioner Roger Goodell standing together at the podium.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Goodell said. “Football is back and that’s the good news.”
Albert Breer of NFL.com has the full report here. The deal is for 10 years, with no opt-out.
An emotional New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who recently lost his wife Myra to cancer, apologized to fans for the lockout.
Indianapolis colts center Jeff Saturday then stepped forward and thanked Kraft for taking the time to help negotiate the deal, even why his wife was battling the final stages of cancer, and said that Kraft was the man who saved football.
Saturday consoled a teary Kraft at the podium.
So what does this mean for the Seattle Seahawks moving forward? Here’s the latest timeline.
Today, 3 p.m. Pacific time: The league will release an official free agent list.
Tuesday, 7 a.m. Pacific time: Teams can sign undrafted rookie free agents and rookie draft picks. Seahawks facilities are open to players under contract. Teams can also begin to negotiate with their own free agents and unrestricted free agents from other teams. However, teams can’t sign unrestricted free agents until Friday.
Wednesday: The Seahawks could begin training camp, although they were initially scheduled to open camp this weekend.
Thursday, 1:01 p.m. Pacific time: The league waiver wire returns, and teams can’t release players and terminate contracts.
Friday, 3 p.m. Pacific time: Teams can sign unrestricted free agents.
Aug. 4: League year begins.