With the NFL lockout over, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to open One Buccaneer Place up to the players on Tuesday and begin training camp on Thursday. NFL free agency will start on Friday at 6:00 p.m.
The NFL lockout is over. On Monday, the NFL players and owners agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement that will ensure that the entire 2011 NFL season takes place. The NFL will be staggering training camp openings so that each team will have two weeks prior to the first preseason game to practice.
The Buccaneers are set to open training camp at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday. The team is expected to release a training camp schedule later on Monday. It is unclear as to how many days will be open to fans – if any – due to the prolonged lockout.
Here is a timeline with regards to the new league rules and how they affect the Buccaneers this week:TUESDAY
• The facility will be open to Buccaneers players to voluntarily watch film, meet with coaches or do conditioning on Tuesday.
• Armed with a salary cap of $120.375, all NFL teams will be allowed to begin signing drafted and undrafted rookies at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. There will be caps in place for both drafted and undrafted rookies beginning this year, and team will have an extra $6.5 million to spend on player salaries this year by using up to $3.5 million to pay veterans performance-based bonuses and can borrow up to $3 million against next year’s salary cap if a team so chooses.
• Also on 10:00 a.m. teams may negotiate with – but not sign – their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, exclusive rights free agents and franchise players, in addition to other team’s unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents.
• Trades involving NFL players can also begin on Tuesday.THURSDAY
• Bucs training camp will open at One Buccaneer Place. It is uncertain as to which days, if any, will be open to the public.
• At 4:01 p.m. on Thursday, teams are allowed to waive or terminate the contracts of players.FRIDAY
• At 6:00 p.m. on Friday, free agency begins and teams are allowed to sign their own players and the players from other teams. No cash can be paid out to players until the new CBA is officially ratified.
• Also at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, teams may renegotiate player contracts.Information from NFL Network was used in this report
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