NFL, Players Strike Deal

NFLPA board, 32 team reps unanimously approve the terms
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2011 10:20 AM CDT
Updated Jul 25, 2011 1:25 PM CDT
The Green Bay Packers' Nick Collins (36) celebrates with teammate Clay Matthews (52) after returning an interception for a touchdown during this year's Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – The 136-day-old NFL lockout is finally ending: Owners and players hit on a deal this morning after negotiations over the weekend, the AP reports, and the NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms. The final pact is for 10 years and has no opt-out clause, meaning the league can expect smooth sailing on the labor front through the 2021 draft, reports USA Today. Team facilities could open today, with re-signings starting today and rookie signings beginning tomorrow. Veteran free agent signings could start Friday.

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