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As Free Agency Nears, The CBA Remains Up In The Air

On Monday, NFL teams can begin talking to players who will officially become free agents when the new league year begins Wednesday. But that clarity teams are seeking around a potential new collective bargaining agreement and the free-agent rules that accompany whether or not it comes to pass isn't going to be available until that point either.

The NFL Players Association, with so many players still trying to decide how to vote on the current CBA proposal, pushed back the close of vote until 8:59:59 p.m. Arizona time on Saturday night, a couple days after it was originally going to close. Because of that late finish, the NFL moved the deadline to use the franchise and/or transition tags on potential free agents all the way to 8:59:59 a.m. Arizona time on Monday -- one second before the "legal tampering" period begins. If the new CBA were to pass Saturday, teams can only use one tag. If it does not, teams can use both tags if they choose.

The NFLPA also elected a new president to replace the outgoing (and former Cardinal) Eric Winston, with Browns center J.C. Tretter earning the post Tuesday.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith