The biggest hurdle in the CBA negotiations has been conquered. The two sides have reportedly reached an agreement on the revenue split and are now in the final stages of hammering out a new CBA. This deal is set to be complete before the NFL owners meetings on July 21. And with the shortened time period and the hopes of not missing any preseason games, an accelerated NFL transaction schedule has been put in place.
The one last piece to be put in place for a new CBA to be ratified is working out the details of the rookie wage scale. It is widely believed that both sides agree there should be a rookie wage scale so there will be one. The details include exact figures as well as year limits on rookie contracts. The assumption is that the new wage scale rookie contracts will be four year contracts.
There is no word yet on whether the new free agent rules will affect existing restricted free agents such as Zach Miller. If the contract rules are retroactive, four year veterans such as Miller will be unrestricted free agents. If they are not retroactive, those rules will only be placed on all rookie contracts from this point forward.
Another possibility is that due to the last minute nature of this deal, they decide to hold off on changing the free agency rules until next offseason. We will soon find out.
This new schedule, according to various sources, would hopefully allow all the necessary transactions that would typically be staggered over the entire 6 month offseason to take place within three weeks time. It will make for some excited and often nail biting days over the next month so stay tuned.
Here is that tentative schedule:
July 21: Teams begin voluntary training camps
July 25: Teams can begin signing undrafted free agents as well as attempting to re-sign free agents.
July 28: New league year begins along with FREE AGENCY
August 2: Rosters set at 90 players
August 3: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
August 7: Teams may match offer sheets
August 12: Deadline for rookies to sign contracts
August 16: End of restricted free agent signing period.
Keep in mind that this schedule is tentative and is completely dependent upon a new CBA being put into place as of Thursday, July 21.
The Raiders camp is supposed to start the last week of July but with this new schedule, it is more likely to start the first week of August. The first Preseason game is scheduled for August 11. If the plan is still to have training camp in Napa this year, the Raiders would have just 8 days of mandatory training camp time before packing up and heading back to headquarters.
If the contract is indeed signed by the July 21, as many believe it will be, we are in for a flurry of action that would make Michael Bay blush.
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Good post Levi!
Interesting to see how the rushed schedule might look like - really compressed, will cause some headaches around the league! Good thing Big Al was proactive with some key FAs..
I really hope an agreement is close to happening...This whole process has taken way to long, and my hope is that neither side will try to throw in a new wrinkle once the dotted lines are about to be signed.
That's why i'm excited to see some Al Davis magic!!! he may be a nutcase overall, but he knows HOW to spend his money. he wants to win now, and he will listen to his HC ... I can't wait anymore ... grr... I have lost all patience with this whol thing.
I didn't know that it would take a week for FA to kick in ... ouch. that hurts even more!
let the Nnamdi sweepstakes begin... it'll be a sad time. I love you Awesome-One!! play well on what ever team you decide to go to as long as it isn't anyone in the AFC West or East ... the Nation will miss you.
All signs are pointing to making it up elsewhere in Nnamdi's absence. that is going to be the exciting part.
@DARKKUSH Really hope that Awesome One goes to a legit contender and not just the biggest bidder - he at least deserves to play in a SB, and if he feels that another team gives him a better chance then he has dedserved the chance imo - as long as it is not with the Chargers (and he is too classy to do something stupid like that*)..
As it turns out, Big Al was pretty proactive when signing the majority of our key free agents - teams who have several important players to sign could really struggle with this schedule if they will not overpay! Could make up for an interesting signing frenzy of both UDFAs as well as UFAs!
NFLN and ESPN ...
@Harder2000 @DARKKUSH I'm thinking Ravens or Eagles is where he would have the best chance of getting something, although with the Ravens drafting Jimmy Smith that looks a little less likely. The Eagles will be very busy. They look like they are likely to sign Plax and if they were to sign our #21 they could have the best CB duo in the NFL.
Anyways, this is slightly off topic but with the lockout it gave me time to do a bit of writing and I sent in an entry to raiders.com for being the International Fan of the Week and surprisingly I have been accepted. I would like you all to have a read, I hope you enjoy.
Yeah, it was a great day, would have wished it was a Raider tailgate party though - as you say, it would be an ocean of Silver and Black! Would be a great experience!
Haha, yeah, all the donkey fans were ruining the place, but it was a good day none the less! Too bad you were stuck with them, should have been seated near us - must have been at least 80 Raider fans just around where we were seated, made up for a lot of good football talk!
Actually think they made up for the 'homegame loss' pretty well - with all the red flags and the chants, pretty good! Hopefully next time will be just as good!
I'm going to San Diego to study for six months here from august, so i will fly to Oakland to watch the games, think i can make 1 preseason game, four regular season homegames and one or two awaygames, but it depends on the last details of the schedule.. Looking forward to join the black hole! Will be an experience as it is my first time in the US - have been following Silver and Black since i was a child though, was given a Raider cap on my 1 year birthday, been watching the games as long as i can remember - excited to finally get to watch some games live!
@Harder2000 I wish I was sitting near you! I was literally surrounded, mainly, by Broncos fans..
Really great day actually, had a lot of fun. Did you enjoy the NFL at Wembley??
It is sort of a shame that Al will never move a game there. 90000 sellout, great international publicity. Wembley would literally turn itself into a blackhole!
@ukraider78 Eagles could very well be the destination, and with Asante that could become a great duo! Also like the Lions as a potential surprise, as they have a very good and young Defense which desperately lacks help in the secondary! If Stafford remains healthy, and with the new additions as weapons, they are only a couple of Olinemen away from being a contender imo!
Great read with the International Fan of the Week - always good to see the Silver and Black around the World! And a good article!
I was at Wembley as well in '10, wearing the Silver and Black, and where i was seated the majority actually wore Raider gear!
Raidernation is Global! And we will return to our rightful place as World Champions - Just Win Baby!