INDIANAPOLIS IN - JANUARY 08: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on in the huddle against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8 2011 in Indianapolis Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
So, in this latest round of premature celebrations that the NFL lockout has ended, the timeline for the beginning of the 2011 league year is as follows:
Monday: The NFLPA members will vote on the CBA that owners agreed to last week. Adam Schefter says this vote is a 'formality.'
Wednesday: Lockout lifted. Players can return to team facilities. Teams can sign collegiate free agents and negotiate with own free agents.
Thursday or Friday: NFLPA re-certifies as a union.
Saturday: New league year begins. Free agency begins.
Again, all this is subject to change if (when) both sides do something stupid and start arguing with each other again. But, for now, it seems the craziness will begin on Wednesday.