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The five greatest words in sports

The Browns are back baby!

The NFL and the players finally signed a settlement agreement on Monday, approving a 10-year collective bargaining agreement with no opt-out clauses.

“This is a long time coming, and football’s back,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at a press conference announcing the deal, “and that’s the great news for everybody.”

According to

  • The free agent list was made available on Monday
  • Tuesday: Facilities open “for training, conditioning” and “classroom” work; trading period begins (no time specified); teams can start signing undrafted free agents and their own draft picks at 10 a.m.; teams can begin negotiating with any free agents – their own and those who were with other teams.
  • Thursday: Waiver period begins and teams can begin terminating contracts at 4:01 p.m.
  • Friday: Full free agency begins – teams can begin signing their own free agents and those who played with other teams at 6 p.m.

Training camps can open on Wednesday – the Browns will reportedly start on Friday – but no teams can be in pads until Saturday.

“I’m just glad it’s over. It feels like a weight has been lifted,” Browns linebacker Scott Fujita said in an e-mail to local media. “I’ve spent countless hours this off-season away from my family, working toward this agreement. To say I’m tired would be an understatement. I just want to move past this and enjoy these last few days with my wife and kids before I leave for training camp. It’ll be nice to join my teammates in Cleveland and get back to business as usual.”

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2 thoughts on “The five greatest words in sports

  1. I prefer “Super Bowl champions Cleveland Browns” personally. 😉

  2. I think that is something we can all get behind!

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