Report: Meeting for contract negotiators set for Thursday
It sounds like owners won’t be the only ones converging on Atlanta for a meeting Thursday.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL has sent a memo to teams informing them that key executives should also expect to attend meetings in Atlanta. The plan is to hold a meeting after a new potential collective bargaining agreement is ratified. In the meeting, the new CBA would be explained to key players such as contract negotiators.
This is an important and necessary part of the process because free agency cannot begin and clubs cannot start signing their draft picks until they have a complete grasp and understanding of the new system.
At some point you would expect the NFLPA to inform agents of the new guidelines too, otherwise they’ll be relying on the people they’re negotiating with to lead them along in what should be a turbulent process with so many players to be signed so quickly.
The process remains fluid. When free agency will begin and when training camps will open remains very much up in the air.
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