According to The Score’s Zach Zaidman (and numerous other sources), the Chicago Bears will open training camp in Bourbonnais on Friday. Before we get to camp, there is still a ton of work to do.
In the bigger picture, the very latest information regarding the end of the NFL lockout is leaking out. Here’s the very latest timeline according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
A source at the highest-level had earlier told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that those talks might begin as soon as Monday afternoon and the league year would have begun Aug. 2, if the NFL Players Association signed off on it.
The updated timeline from league sources:
• Monday: The NFL will announce that teams can go to 90-man rosters and the official free-agent list will be distributed to teams.
• Tuesday: Teams can reach agreements with rookies and undrafted free agents beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Teams can reach agreements with all free agents and signed players are allowed to enter team facilities.
• Wednesday: Players can begin reporting to training camps 15 days before their first preseason games. According to the proposed timeline, 10 teams would report on Wednesday, 10 more on Thursday and 10 additional teams on Friday. The New York Jets and Houston Texans would be the last two teams to report, on Sunday.
• Thursday: Teams can begin to cut players at 4 p.m. ET.
• Friday: Teams can begin filing transactions to the league office at 6 p.m. ET.
• Aug. 4: Deadline for recertification and ratification of the collective bargaining agreement by the players.
In short, a bunch of deals will be agreed upon in the next couple of days, but nothing will get submitted officially until Friday evening, so between now and then, you’ll see a lot of “reportedly” and “allegedly” or “sources are reporting” about the Free Agent Frenzy to end all frenzies. Stay tuned for all of the latest information right here at Bear Goggles On.