For the past few weeks, NFL owners have circled their July 21 meeting in Atlanta as a date they would vote to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association.
With that deadline one day away, and several issues remaining to be resolved before a CBA is complete, NFLPA President Kevin Mawae says the players are not tied to a July 21 deadline, The Associated Press reports.
“We want to go back to work, but we will not agree to a deal unless it’s the best deal for the players.”
Legal teams for the NFL and NFLPA have been working on the document in Manhattan, with the hope that it can be presented to the NFL Management Council Executive Committee (CEC), which is meeting in Atlanta, and the NFLPA’s Executive Committee in Washington, D.C., who would decide on recommending the agreement to the rest of the owners and player representatives for all 32 teams.
If a document is completed and recommended by the CEC, the owners are expected to vote on it on Thursday before holding a labor seminar for team executives that night and Friday. A players’ vote is expected to be on both the CBA and a decision to re-certify the union.
Once agreed upon, teams and agents are also expected to have 72 hours to review the document before opening up a 72-hour window where teams can process and evaluate returning players, sign undrafted rookie free agents and negotiate with their own free agents before the unrestricted free agent signing period begins.