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WASHINGTON (AP) — Let’s talk Peyton Manning touchdown passes, not antitrust lawsuits.
Finally, 4½ months after the NFL’s first work stoppage in 24 years, Commissioner Roger Goodell could say the words fans awaited: “Football’s back.”
With a frenzy.
Goodell and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith both used that phrase Monday while announcing their agreement on a 10-year deal to end the lockout that began in March.
Players could report to team facilities today for physicals, meetings and to pick up playbooks. Training camps begin on Wednesday for 10 teams, with the other 22 starting workouts throughout the rest of the week.
“As a fan of the game, I’m pleased the two sides have reached a deal and, as a professional, I want to get back to work,” Manning said.
There’s tons of work to do, including what promises to be a wild free agency period. Teams, however can’t sign anyone until Friday.
The negotiations to end the lockout were anything but. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft took note of that.
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