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NFL Free Agency Timeline

The lockout is all but over in the NFL with the NFLPA agreeing to a deal with the owners on a new collective bargaining agreement. With the league year having been delayed by a few months, this next week is going to be a frenzy with roster moves. The NFL has announced what the transaction and free agency timeline is going to look like now that the new CBA is in place:

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Monday: The free agent list will be published at 6 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday: Facilities open "for training, conditioning" and "classroom" work; trading period begins (no time specified); teams can start signing undrafted and drafted free agents at 10 a.m. ET; teams can begin negotiating with any free agents -- their own and those who were with other teams.

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Thursday: Waiver period begins and teams can begin terminating contract at 4:01 p.m. ET.

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Friday: Full free agency begins -- teams can begin signing their own free agents and those who played with other teams at 6 p.m. ET.    

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As the article on NFL.com points out, all of this is contingent upon the NFLPA recertifying as well as both the players and owners ratifying the CBA - which looks like a given at this point.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.