10-year deal nearly complete, and Bears to open camp Friday

SHARE 10-year deal nearly complete, and Bears to open camp Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NFL players and owners agreed to terms on a 10-year deal in the wee hours of Monday morning, and the pact will be finalized soon in a vote by players.

That, however, is expected to be a formality, and clubs will scramble to start business — months worth — Tuesday.

The Bears, meanwhile, are among the teams that will open training camp Friday. Players are expected to report Thursday to Bourbonnais.

Player reps and NFLPA executive committee members started a conference call at 11 a.m. EST. Agents were informed that there would be a conference call to brief them on rules today at 2 p.m.

Among the key points of the deal:

* There is no opt out clause, which players had been pushing for. That means this is a hard 10-year labor deal.

* Clubs will be able to start talking to free agents and sign rookies and undrafted free agents starting Tuesday.

* Clubs can release veterans starting Wednesday, which could be awkward since some teams will open camp Wednesday.

More to come throughout the day.

The Latest
Police say Nathaniel Huey Jr. was a ‘credible suspect’ in the September shooting deaths of a family of four. Huey allegedly had a relationship with the slain woman.
By 5 a.m. Tuesday, the inbound Kennedy and Edens Expressway as well as lanes and ramps will be fully reopened and reversible express lanes will resume normal operations.
The officer was driving an Infiniti SUV in the 300 block of North State Street around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. She told officers she dropped her phone and took her eyes off the road to grab it, according to a police report.
The Bears’ decision to have a surveyor examine the south parking lot of Soldier Field, as a source confirmed Thursday, is the latest example of the team exploring options for a new stadium outside of Arlington Heights.
Lawmakers must consider new taxes, combining four regional transit agencies under one board and changing fee structures. The report recommends the state prop up public transit with $1.5 billion.