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NFL Would Operate on "Transition Rules" Upon Deal Ratification

If there is a deal in place by July 21st as Chris Mortenson and Adam Schefter of ESPN are reporting, the NFL would operate under "Transition Rules" while every detail of the new CBA is worked out. The Transition Rules lay out a timeline for teams to operate under pending the July 21st ratification of a new deal.

So, what are the transition rules?

The Transitional Rules were originally outlined to go into effect on July 1st, but as a deal was not done by then, here is an assumed modified schedule if a deal would be ratified by July 21st:

  • July 21: Educate the clubs on the news league rules and allow voluntary training for teams and agents.
  • July 25: Sign undrafted rookies, as well as give free agents a chance to re-sign with their teams.
  • July 28: League year starts and free agency begins.
  • Aug. 2: Rosters must be set at 90 players.
  • July 14: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
  • Aug. 7: A four-day match period for teams to match restricted free-agent offer sheets.
  • Aug 12: Deadline for rookies to sign contracts (not yet agreed upon).
  • Aug. 16: Signing period for restricted free agents ends, as does the signing period for franchise and transition tenders.
  • Aug. 29: Deadline for players to report to earned credit for an accrued season toward free agency.

Sounds good to me. Now... let's get it done?