Dallas Cowboys: CBA

Sources: Latest NFL timeline starts Tues.

July, 25, 2011
Here's the latest proposed timeline on when free-agent and trade negotiations may begin, according to ESPN's John Clayton, citing sources.
  • Monday: The NFL will announce that teams can go to 90-man rosters and the official free-agent list will be distributed to teams.

  • Tuesday: Teams can reach agreements with rookies and undrafted free agents beginning at 9 a.m. CT. Teams can reach agreements with all free agents and signed players are allowed to enter team facilities.

  • Wednesday: Players can begin reporting to training camps 15 days before their first preseason games. According to the proposed timeline, 10 teams would report on Wednesday, 10 more on Thursday and 10 additional teams on Friday. The New York Jets and Houston Texans would be the last two teams to report, on Sunday.

  • Thursday: Teams can begin to cut players at 3 p.m. CT.

  • Friday: Teams can begin filing transactions to the league office at 5 p.m. CT.

  • Aug. 4: Deadline for recertification and ratification of the collective bargaining agreement by the players.
  • Source: Latest timeline for end of lockout

    July, 25, 2011
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    According to an NFL source at the highest level, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting this is what the latest timeline would look like if the lockout indeed ends late Monday morning.
    According to the projected timeline, the new league year would officially start Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. CT.

    Before that:

  • Teams can sign their own free agents and begin talking with other unrestricted free agents Monday afternoon.

  • Teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT but those contracts would not take effect until Aug. 2.

  • Teams can begin talking trades Monday afternoon. Any trades would become official on Saturday, July 30.

    Players would begin to report to their teams on a staggered scheduled. Another league source said it was unclear what teams would be allowed to do between the opening of camps and Aug. 2, when the league year officially begins.

  • Of course, this is all subject to change.

    Jones: Labor could limit coaching changes

    October, 28, 2010
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    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Need another reason to root against a lockout? It could save Wade Phillips' job.

    Jerry Jones was asked specifically Thursday whether the uncertain labor situation would affect his decision on whether to fire Phillips. Jones, whose 1-5 team was considered a preseason Super Bowl contender, answered in broad terms.

    “I haven’t changed head coaches during the season,” Jones said. “I wouldn't try to or weigh how that impacts decisions, but certainly you aren't going to see a lot of coaching changes as we go into next year.”

    When asked for clarification, Jones didn’t go into any more detail.

    “I mean just what I said,'' Jones said. “As we go into next year, I don't see a lot of coaching changes. Period.

    “That's about it. I'm not going to go into why. I'm just saying that I don't see that you're going to see a lot of that.”

    There are two reasons why it makes sense for owners to be cautious changing coaches this offseason.

    The first reason is purely financial. Coaches under contract will still be paid next year, regardless of whether there is an NFL season. Phillips signed a new two-year deal after last season.

    The second reason is due to the challenges new coaches would have if there is a lockout. There is a distinct possibility that organized team activities, minicamps and perhaps even training camps will be cancelled or shortened. Those are the times when new coaches implement their schemes and philosophies.

    And those appear to be the only two reasons why Jones would even consider not firing Phillips.