Player representatives from all 32 teams were informed by phone on Monday that the NFLPA plans to vote on Wednesday on approval of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and the recertification of the union, sources told Pro Football Weekly's Eric Edholm.
The vote is contingent on the players and owners resolving any outstanding issues before then. The players will meet in Washington, D.C.
The owners then are expected have their chance to vote on the deal on Thursday at league meetings in Atlanta. League sources have indicated that memos have been sent out to every team's onwerships group, asking for their attendance.
If both sides agree to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the lockout could be over by Friday morning. Sources also told PFW that free agency tentatively is slated to begin a week from Thursday, on July 28. Prior to that date, teams would have a three-day window to re-sign their own prospective free agents as well as sign the college free agents who were not drafted in April.
Among the issues that need to be resolved are several legal cases, including the 'Tom Brady vs. NFL' antitrust lawsuit. It was reported earlier Monday that lawyers from both sides are working to settle all the cases in one "global" settlement, which would allow the league to open its doors for business.