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The NFL Returns

Here are the details.  Things get fun starting tomorrow.  Thanks to PFT for the fine breakdown.

Today, the NFL will publish a Free Agency List.

On Tuesday, team facilities will open for voluntary training, conditioning, and classroom instruction.

On Tuesday, trades can begin.

At 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, teams may sign drafted rookies, undrafted rookies, and negotiate with (but not sign) their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, exclusive-rights players, and franchise players.

Also, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, teams may negotiate with, but not sign or give offer sheets to, other team’s unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, and franchise players.

At 4:01 p.m. ET on Thursday, teams may waive or terminate player contracts.

At 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, teams may renegotiate existing player contracts.

Also at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, teams sign their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, exclusive-rights free agents, and franchise players.

Also at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, teams may sign unrestricted free agents fromother teams, restricted free agents from other teams, and franchise players from other teams.

No payment of any kind can be made to any player until the CBA has been ratified by the players.

The 2011 league year will begin no later than August 4.  When the 2011 league year begins, teams must be under the salary cap.  (Specifically, their highest 51 cap numbers must fit under the cap.)

Thus, look for some teams to possibly go over the projected cap this week, and then to find a way to get under the cap before the official start of the league year.

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  • Oh goodie..the fun begins....do not the players have to ratify the CBA first. Or has this been already agreed to verbally and the vote just a formality.

  • it is all final

  • MATE MA'A TONGA!!!!

  • In reply to Crown:

    Wait until you see this defensive line this year. Pep, Izzy,
    Favre Breaker, Melton, Adams, Paea, Toeina.

    Adams is going to play like a man possessed. Now that i see this lineup i am not sure they are going to go after another defensive lineman. This is the perfect opportunity to get 2 OL or 1 OL and 1 WR.
    I see Melton making a big impact this year. he is bulked up and iff his motor can stay high he is going to put foot to ass this year.
    Toeina and Paea are the Tongan Terrors and I think their drive and passion will result in some great D line play.
    If Wootton's knee is fully healed i think he will step up this year as well. This is his shot to make a name for himself.

    How do you say Bear Down in Tongan?

    I can't wait until later this week to see how everything shapes up.

  • Let the feeding frenzy begin!

  • Well, well, well. Looks like the collective heads may be pulled out of dark places after all!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    That is going to be one HUGE proctology bill.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Indeed! But they have the money.

    (Oh, and I'm so happy the site is working properly now; you know, like it used to!)

  • Please.. get someone who can block...

    Why did we draft a QB to develop if we are going to just bury him down the depth chart?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    my man, that is exactly what you do with Qb's you are trying to develop over a bunch of years. However, there is no reason why Cutler can't be QB for 10 years if we have an offensive line and some weapons.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Here are three reasons:

    1. Porous offensive line.
    2. Mike Martz
    3. Type 1 diabetes.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I hear ya doc, but i think we will address number 1, pressure from Lovie and Tice will temper number 2 but number 3 is a crapshoot. It could fuck him up later or he could do a great job of keeping it in check and be totally fine....unless they schedule us for a ton of night games. He always plays like shit at night.

  • All I can hope for is:

    1. Jerry to be dropping false hints about what we will do the exact opposite of when shit starts flying tomorrow.

    2. If we do not get at least 2 Olinemen, I pray that John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome, and ray ray will prison-style gang rape jerry on the way to his car in the parking lot one night… as sweet sweet retribution for his draft-day insolence.

    3. Cutty might as well get back on the horse and marry that vacuous tramp, because he just might not see the middle of the season (or the rest of his life) without some new linemen.

    4. I honestly won't know what to do if we don't get linemen.... seriously. A part of me will die and won't awaken again until angelo gets cutty killed, we drop a bunch of totally winnable games (you know, winnable if we didn’t STILL have the worst oline in the NFL 4th year running), and the fucking McCaskey's are forced to shitcan asshole and get a real GM.

    Please god, let all the inane rumors just be an olinemen-run smoke screen. oh please oh please. There has to be a god.

  • Hell Yes. Give me football.

    Happy Birthday Sweetness!

  • Obviously, we have completely misread Jerry...he's found a gem of an offensive lineman who somehow has disappeared off of everyone's radar (I hope he is not dead.)

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Brad-Smith-56618

    No worries, folks - he wouldn't go spending hard-earned cash on a tweener that has no true position, doesn't fulfill an area of immediate need, and catches fewer passes than Brandon Moundofmoolah.

  • For the record, this comment code still blows goats. Wow, I am commenting too fast ON MY FIRST COMMENT?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP, thanks for the props on the last thread btw.

    Let's add to our shit-list:
    * no ghost posts/data loss
    * Login remember
    * Live fucking links?!?
    * No links off the side of the 'frame'

    Jimmy, you listening buddy? I will say that I do like the fact that if I fuck up my login, it at least keeps my email in there, but if they damn well had remember me we wouldn't need that.

    Also, where the fuck is GP (you've been in and out GP), Coach, FQ, Shady, Ghost, and the rest of the boys? Football's back, get your asses back here!

  • Can you say "Cap Issues" boys and girls?

    Jerra's Cowboys are FOURTEEN MILLION DOLLARS over the cap!

    Bwahahahahaha.

    4-Letter folks says the Queens are $4 million over and have our old friend, Bernard Berrian, in the crosshairs to remedy that situation.

  • Football is BACK baby! Now stay tuned to watch Jerry Angelo and his buddy Tim Ruskell botch the most important free agency period of their careers.

  • In reply to Shady:

    good to see you back Shady. I am nervous but since this is do or die for Angelo i have to believe he won't fuck it up. If he gets Brad Smith i will have him killed though**

    **killed means I will just be really fucking disgusted with him. Like if i caught him peeing into the pool at a bbq.

  • I think Jerry needs to use our cap space on a punter.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Wait! Oh my God!!! He doesn't READ this thing, does he?

  • 34 Mil under the cap leaves the Bears with a ton of work to do - and it begins by re-signing Kaptain Kreutz to a 3 year deal. I have to say the best move of the season so far was by Jay Cutler getting rid of the hot reality star fiance Kristin Cavalleri. I saw what happened to Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson and we all know how that turned out. I don't want to see Jay Cutler holding hands with Kristin Cavalleri shopping in California, I want to see Jay Cutler holding hands with Mike Martz scheming in Bourbonnais.

  • Happy belated birthday in heaven Sweetness! You remain The Man.

    IT'S OVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!!!

    Lions TAMED !
    Packers FUDGED !
    Vikings RAPED !

    Oh yes my Bear brothers - OH YES !! Where did all these rumors come from? Where's the beef? I like me some Brad Smith. Talented mofo. But I hate hearing that the "Bears are interested in ...." - why would they allow it be known who they're interested in? It's just bad for negotiations, right?

    Braylon "dropsies" Edwards? Plus he's not 6'5 .... he's not even 6'4 .... he's Shabba-sized. DWI? No thanks. Malcom Floyd please. Brandon is still the wet dream.

    Osi "Concussed Cutler" Umenyiora? Yes please. Awesome. Picture that D-line if you will .... Osi, 8-ball, Izzy, Meltdown, Woot-Woot, Big Toe, Muscles and Pep. Who cares who we have at corner if you let those dogs loose ......

    Can't see them giving up a first hough, all said and done. That first needs to bag us a new center or a new Urlacher next year. Happily give up a second for Brandon though.

    What up Shady?

    All good so far ..... football is back .....Cutty's ditched the poon .... let's roll.

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