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NFL timeline released

Posted by Darren Urban on July 25, 2011 – 1:34 pm

Here is the first part of the NFL timeline that was just sent out from the league office (all times are Eastern, making them three hours earlier for Arizona). As of now, the Cardinals have not yet put out their own timeline for training camp, and reporting to “camp” on the league timeline doesn’t necessarily mean camp in Flagstaff. It may just be reporting to the Tempe facility. That’s all to be announced:

July 25                        NFL will publish the 2011 Free Agency List, which will become effective July 29, 2011 at 6 p.m., New York time.

July 26                        At 10 a.m., New York time, Club facilities open. Players may report for physicals and voluntary strength and conditioning.

At 10 a.m., New York time, Trading begins for 2011 League Year.

Rosters expanded to ninety (90) man limit.

At 10 a.m., New York time, Clubs may negotiate with and SIGN their own Drafted Rookies and any Undrafted Rookie. Clubs may have such players report to the Club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing.

All 2011 Contracts signed on or after July 26 shall be binding upon the player and the Club when signed, but shall not become effective unless a CBA is ratified by the NFLPA (August 4)

At 10 a.m., New York time, Clubs may NEGOTIATE with, but not sign, or extend Offer Sheets to, their own UFAs, RFAs, Exclusive Rights Players and Franchise Players and other Clubs’ UFAs, RFAs, non-exclusive Franchise Players and free agents.

July 26-27                   A Club may require a player to report for a mandatory physical examination in order for the player to qualify for any bonus in a preexisting contract if the “measuring date” for such a bonus has been changed pursuant to CBA Article 11 (Transition Rules for the 2011 League Year).

July 27                        Camp opens for ten Clubs whose first preseason game is on August 11 (ARZ, BLT, DAL, DEN, JAX, NE, OAK, PHI, SD, SEA)

July 28                        Camp opens for ten Clubs whose first preseason game is on August 12

(ATL, CIN, DET, KC, MIA, NO, PIT, SF, TB, WAS)

At 4:01 p.m., New York time, waivers begin for the 2011 League Year

July 29                        Camp opens for ten Clubs whose first preseason game is on August 13 (BUF, CAR, CHI, CLV, GB, IND, MIN, NYG, STL, TEN)

At 6:00 p.m., New York time, Clubs may SIGN, or extend Offer Sheets to, all eligible players, in addition to Drafted and Undrafted Rookies.  Clubs may have such players report to the Club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing.  Eligible players may visit or try out at any Club facility.

Veteran players who sign Player Contracts on or after 6:00 p.m., New York time, on July 29 shall be required to report to, and remain with, their Clubs, except that, prior to the start of the 2011 League Year on August 4, such players may not participate in on-field activities, workouts, weight training or other physical activities, but shall be required to attend meetings, classroom instruction and any other non-physical activities scheduled during the Club’s preseason training camp.

The restrictions set forth above shall not apply to Drafted or Undrafted Rookies who are under contract, regardless of the date upon which such players signed their Player Contracts. If any such player is injured as the result of participating in training camp activities, the terms of the player’s contract shall cover such injury whether or not the CBA is ratified.

If a preexisting contract contains a “measuring date” related to Salary and/or the exercise or non-exercise of any Club option, which measuring date: (A) was expressed as a calendar date that fell between March 11, 2011 and July 25, 2011 or (B) was expressed solely as being related to a certain number of days from the start of the 2011 League Year, such measuring date shall be deemed amended to be 4:00 p.m., New York time on July 29, 2011, provided the player has undergone any physical examination required by the Club on July 26 or 27.  If the player fails or refuses to undergo such physical, as directed by the Club, the measuring date shall be extended by one day for each day the player fails to report for the physical.

July 31                        Camp opens for two Clubs whose first preseason game is on August 15 (NYJ, HST)

August 4                      First day of 2011 League Year at 4:01 p.m., New York time, assuming NFLPA has ratified the CBA

Top 51 begins at 4:01 p.m., New York time

All Clubs must be within the Salary Cap at 4:01 p.m., New York time

All 2011 contracts signed on or after July 26 become effective at 4:01 p.m., New York time, assuming NFLPA has ratified the CBA


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24 Responses to “NFL timeline released”

  1. By Skiptim on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –

    Who do you call first, Adrian Wilson or Larry Fitzgerald?

    My guess is Wilson.

  2. By MIKE G on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren Hope all is well! Glad football is back and we can start thinking about preparing for the opener against Carolina. I hope we don’t trade DRC
    for Kolb. I personally would not offer anything more than a second round pick for him. The next month will fly between free agency and the exhibition games
    with every team working at a feverr pace to make up for some lost time. I think this season more than any other will prove the meddle of how good the Cardinal front office will be. Between trades,signing free agents,rookies and
    current players they will be busy. Hopefully they will make good decisions. Do you think there will be a good number of players voluntarily showing up at the facility tomorrow????

  3. By Audrey on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Darren,
    Im posting this for a co worker who is usually right: No Kolb, yes to McNabb and Plaxico.

  4. By AzCardsFan911 on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    what is the top 51?

  5. By Austin on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By tyman on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    I really hope that if we pick up kolb, that we keep derick anderson as the back up plan. Skelton is risky and I think if given the chance Anderson might turn out to be a good back up. He has the chip on his shoulder and really only lacks a little bit of touch on the ball in my opinion.

  7. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Skiptim —

    RE: Wilson/Fitz

    That’s because you always text Fitz, not call.

  8. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Players Tuesday

    Your guess is as good as mine.

  9. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    AzCardsFan —

    RE: Top 51

    In the preseason, the salary cap is determined by the top 51 cap numbers on the roster. When the regular season begins, the cap is determined by the entire roster (53 plus anyone on injured reserve).

  10. By Steve on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. By Dave on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Ok now that the lockout is over, time to fix the banner so I dont have to stare at flags and fans. Fitz, Wilson, DRC and THT are my nominations to put up. Around the Whiz of course.

  12. By mike k on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    I want credit for this at 1001 am tomorrow morning. SEA TRADES DB MARCUS TRUFANT, OLB LEROY HILL AND A CONDITIONAL 2ND PICK FOR KEVIN KOLB.

  13. By brad oneill on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Darren what do you think about the new rule where you get an extra qb for the roster. will we stick with 3 or might we be able to squeeze in 4 now?

  14. By Paul H on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for info Darren. best of luck the next few weeks reporting. Hope you got some decent sleep this last weekend. you will need it.

  15. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Brad —

    RE: QB

    Rule just means third QB isn’t “inactive.” Roster still at 53 so it’s not an “extra” QB.

  16. By Jim in Missouri on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren, curious about the “trading begins” at 10 a.m. Tuesday entry.

    Does that mean teams have to wait until 10 a.m. before negotiating with other teams on trades, or does that mean trades can be worked out at any time, but 10 a.m. is the start of when trades can be filed with the league office and officially announced?

    I would think if there is a QB coming in via trade, they will want him to be officially on the roster and ready to get to the facility and start work by about 10:02 a.m. Tuesday.

  17. By Connor on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Who was the Cardinals player representitive during this lockout, my guess would be Wilson, Fitzgerald or Haggans.

  18. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Jim in —

    RE: Tuesday work

    A good question. I read it as everything can be talked about at 7 a.m. Arizona time (10 a.m. Eastern) tomorrow, but nothing can be official/finalized until Friday at 3 p.m. Arizona time. But safe to say, we’re all kinda following this on the fly.

  19. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Connor —

    RE: Player rep

    It’s Jay Feely, with Levi Brown second in command.

  20. By Brandon on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    when will the fan day in flagstaff be this year? i know its a bit off topic i was just curious lol

  21. By Judy on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Please do not trade DRC.I would rather go with Skelton than to let DRC go.When can they start cutting players?I hope the first one gone is Derek Anderson.

  22. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    Brandon —

    RE: Camp dates

    Those are yet to be announced.

  23. By Scott H on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    YES!!! There will be football!!! And it’s a beautiful thing! Unfortunately, the Cardinals have most likely been hurt very badly by this delay in getting things started. Regardless of who is going to be the QB, they are going to suffer from the lack of OTA’s, a full training camp, a full preseason, etc. Getting a new QB into your system is challenging enough even when you have all of that to work with. Doing it under this incredible time crunch would be hard for anyone.

  24. By Kavstar on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    No Kolb, yes to McNabb and Plaxico.

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