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Rams, NFL Back in Business

Posted by nickwagoner on July 25, 2011 – 8:48 PM

– All sides were smiling Monday as the NFL and NFLPA announced they had come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. And with that, it’s finally time for some football.

– The Rams, as well as the rest of the league will be allowed to open their facilities to players who want to come in for physicals and/or conditioning on Tuesday at 9 a.m. CST. They will open training camp on Friday with the first full practice likely to come Saturday.  Below, I’ve put in the timeline of important dates to know.

– Tonight: The league will publish the 2011 free agency list at 5 p.m. CST.

– Tomorrow: At 9 a.m., players can come to the Russell Training Center for physicals and/or voluntary strength and conditioning. The trade market will also open at that time. In addition, teams can begin negotiating contracts with their drafted rookies as well as sign undrafted free agents.

Teams can also begin negotiating with their own free agents as well as other clubs’ free agents. Teams cannot sign any of those players at that time but can begin discussions.

– Wednesday: Training camp opens for all 10 teams who have a preseason game on Aug. 11. Those teams are Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, New England, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Diego and Seattle.

– Thursday: Training camp opens for all 10 teams that have a preseason game on Aug. 12. Those teams are Atlanta, Cincy, Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Washington.

At 3:01 CST on Thursday, the waiver wire will open for business.

– Friday: Training camp opens for all 10 teams that have a preseason game on Aug. 13. In addition to the Rams, those teams are Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Cleveland, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Minnesota, the Giants and Tennessee.

At 5 p.m. CST, clubs can sign or extend offers to all free agents. Those players can also begin visiting franchises and cities or have try outs.

Any free agent that signs with a club will not be allowed to practice with his new team until August 4 but will be required to stay with the club and participate in meetings, classroom work and any other non physical activities with the team.

– August 4: The beginning of the new league year at 3:01 CST. All teams must be under the salary cap at this time.

Note: The Rams cannot hold a padded practice until Monday, August 1. In addition, they will not hold an actual practice until Saturday.

– Details on camp and which practices will be open to the public will be released as soon as possible.

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2 Responses to “Rams, NFL Back in Business”

  1. By vernon55 on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    It’s about time! Let’s get down to business. By the way, Los Angeles will welcome you back with open arms.

  2. By stantonderrick on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I am a long time big Rams fan I was born and raised in St. Louis, unfortunately I now live in the Denver area – don’t care to much for the Broncos, – I know Josh McDaniels is going to do a great job with Sam, and I wish him all the luck and success — the Bronco fans think that Josh was a failure but I say given what he had to work with no man could have done better, I watch him take a bad team to a not so bad team- -, I am a big Josh and Sam fan and I am sure they will have a few surprises for the NFL this year ___ GO RAMS I will be watching

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