The longest work stoppage in NFL history came to an end Monday when the players unanimously signed off on the new collective bargaining agreement, paving the way for a new 10-year agreement between both sides.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith were joined by several key figures in the process like players Jeff Saturday and Domonique Foxworth and owners like Robert Kraft of the Patriots and Carolina’s Jerry Richardson. As a group, they all stood together Monday afternoon after a 136-day lockout just outside the NFLPA offices in Washington, D.C. and heralded the return of the game.
“It’s been a long time coming, but football’s back, and that’s great news for everybody,” said Goodell.
“Thanks to everybody who has been involved in this,” Smith said. “It has been a very, very long process.”
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Following a Monday conference call, the NFLPA unanimously ratified the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement will now go to the plaintiffs in the Brady vs. NFL lawsuit, and if they sign off on the settlement — and they have already agreed to sign off on the deal — the NFL is close to ending its four-month lockout, the longest work stoppage in NFL history, with training camps expected to open sometime later this week. For more updates, check out weei.com/patriots.
According to multiple reports, the Patriots will open their training camp Wednesday. Under terms of the deal being considered by players, teams will be allowed to open camps 15 days before their first preseason game. That means the Patriots would join the Broncos, Cardinals, Cowboys, Chargers, Eagles, Jaguars, Raiders, Ravens and Seahawks as first to open. On Thursday, the 49ers, Bengals, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Falcons, Lions, Redskins, Saints and Steelers would start workouts, followed by the Bears, Bills, Browns, Colts, Giants, Packers, Panthers, Rams, Titans and Vikings on Friday. The Jets and Texans would be the last to open, starting camp on Sunday.
Also, ESPN is reporting that teams will be able to sign free agents and rookies starting Tuesday.
The Patriots are scheduled to open the preseason on Thursday, Aug. 11, with a game in Foxboro against the Jaguars.
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Multiple media reports indicate that the players and owners reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement early Monday morning, pending the approval of the NFLPA executive committee and the players reps, which is expected to come later Monday. (The NFLPA leadership is scheduled to hold a conference call late Monday morning.) While there differing accounts as to what the league timeline will be going forward, many reports indicate that NFL facilities will open as early as Tuesday and training camp could start for teams as early as Thursday, with free agency starting later in the week.
For more updates, check weei.com/patriots.
A hot rumor over the weekend was that 41-year-old Brett Favre would join the Eagles as a backup to Michael Vick. Sunday morning, this tweet appeared on Vick's account but was later removed: I would be honored to have Brett Favre as a backup. That will be amazing learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career. According to The Inquirer of Philadelphia, the move is unlikely to happen, with an Eagles source referring to it as the longest of long shots.
Read about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss the Bruins' Saturday win over Minnesota, sans Patrice Bergeron, with yet another goal from Brad Marchand
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Lucy are talking Patriots, Red Sox, Presidents and a whole lot more.
Mikey and Mut are talking about free agent running back Matt Forte, and whether he would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.
The morning show and midday show have been trading barbs for a day and half now. Glenn, Lou and Christian respond to a particularly heated, Kirk Minihane.More from this show
Podcastgate was still alive on Friday, and after listening to Kirk's podcast with Barstool Sports found Dave Portnoy, Glenn wanted to address some of the accusations levied against him.More from this show