I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the sounds of popping pads and grunts and groans of the scrimmage battles. Multiple sources are reporting that NFLPA executives and player reps will meet tomorrow to ratify the agreement ratified by the owners on Friday. As reported here, the NFL owners effectively painted the players into a corner with that move, forcing them to either agree to the CBA or strike.
If, as expected, the NFLPA votes affirmatively on Monday, then the dominoes start falling that would have all teams in practice mode by Saturday. A 72 hour window would begin on Wednesday with all teams having that period to negotiate with their own free agents. On Friday, teams could then begin signing undrafted free agents and their own draft picks.
For the Bengals, it would appear that an agreement on Monday would salvage training camp at their Georgetown facility. For Cincinnati and every team, this preseason promises to be one of constant flux as teams sign free agents and draft picks. Four full weeks of preseason games have never been more critical as teams try to fit in new pieces and work off the rust that comes with no offseason workouts.
For the Bengals, this time will be especially critical as new offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden installs his offense that has question marks at all the skill positions. Stay with us at Bengals 101 for up-to-the-minute reports as the Bengals begin preparations for 2011.
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