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With the news that both the players and owners have ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the football world reacted to the completed lockout and looked forward to the upcoming season. Here is how several teams responded to Monday's announcement.

Eagles celebrate lockout's end

Through a statement released by the Eagles, Eagles head coach Andy Reid said he was pleased that the labor dispute was behind him and that the league can get back to work.

"I'm happy that the NFL and its players can get back doing what they love to do," Reid said. "The coaches can get back to coaching. Players can get back to playing and we're all pleased about that."
 
Team owner Jeffrey Lurie added, "I'm glad we were able to reach this agreement without interrupting the season for our fans. In the end, both sides gave enough to get the deal done, and we can all go back to work feeling good about what was accomplished. A 10-year contract is unprecedented in professional sports. By the time this contract ends, the NFL and its players will have been able to play 33 uninterrupted seasons of football.

"I want to thank our fans for their patience. Now we can get back to football — and that's what we are all really looking forward to."

Jets inform fans they are ready for Super Bowl run

Woody Johnson, the owner of the Jets, was glad the lockout was finished so his team could return to the field.

"I am pleased to share with you that we have come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and the 2011 season is under way," Johnson said in a statement.

"I look forward to welcoming the players back and being with all of you when the team takes the field. Your loyalty and passion help fuel us on a daily basis and drive our pursuit of a championship.

"This agreement would not have been possible without a lot of hard work and compromise on both sides. I would like to express my gratitude to all involved, in particular Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith as well as the host of owners and players that contributed to this effort.

Broncos thanks fans for patience during lockout

With a new head coach and new quarterback, the Broncos were one of the teams most affected by the lockout. Team owner Pat Bowlen, a member of NFL's labor committee, said he was appreciative of the patience showed by fans over the past four months.

"I am very pleased with the commitment shown by the National Football League, its owners and the players to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that is fair for everyone. As co-Chair of the NFL's Management Council Executive Committee, I applaud the hard work of my fellow committee members throughout every step of this process," Bowlen said through a team-issued press release.

"On behalf of our entire organization, we are extremely appreciative of the patience and trust that this community has shown in the Denver Broncos during the negotiations. We care greatly about the special relationship we have with our fans, and it was our responsibility to resolve this matter and return football to the field. The loyalty of our fans, in particular our season ticket holders, has been truly remarkable over the last few months.

"Although the offseason was unsettling for everyone, this agreement will ensure the continued growth and prosperity of this league well into the future. I am thrilled that it is finally time to turn our attention back to the game that all of us love.

"There is tremendous energy and anticipation in our building with head coach John Fox and his staff eager to resume working with our players and getting back on the field. John Elway and the personnel department are ready to execute their free agency plans to improve our team.

"We are all excited in advance of the 2011 season and are looking forward to a successful year of Broncos football."

Titans excited for offseason to start

Both Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt and head coach Mike Munchak told fans through a statement that they were ready to start building their team's roster and working with players.

"We have crafted a plan for our roster and now we will implement that plan. There are a number of our own players that we would like to have return and we have targeted certain players in the veteran free agent market. This will be an unusual time and the roster will be evolving throughout the preseason, but I am confident that it will be where we want it by the time we start the regular season," Reinfeldt said.

"This has been a long offseason and we have taken advantage of that as a staff. We are really excited that there is a labor resolution and now we can get the team together to starting building something special," added Munchak. "I have been in the players' shoes and I know they are eager to get started; and I look forward to being able to interact with them again. I want to thank the fans for their patience. I have been as anxious as they have been to get going and now we get that chance. We are going to put together a team that will make them proud."

Ravens are ready to get going

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said that Monday's news was a major positive for the league, and that he is proud of everyone involved for reaching an agreement.

"This is a good day for the NFL, all of its members and fans of our league. I congratulate the Commissioner (Roger Goodell) and the Players' Association leadership for reaching this agreement. We're excited to have the players coming back to our facility in Owings Mills, and we know the coaches are chomping at the bit to get the team ready for the season. I salute our Ravens players for the way they handled this process, particularly Domonique Foxworth, who was instrumental in getting this agreement completed.
 
"I'd also like to give a salute to members of our Ravens family, who continued to work hard and be productive in recent months. We'll be ready for training camp and the season. It's time for football."

Chargers pleased the lockout is done

Chargers president Dean Spanos issued a press release stating how excited he and his club are for football to be back.

"I couldn't be happier to put this behind us and get back to football. I can't wait for the football season start," Spanos said. "I really want to thank the fans for their patience throughout this process. It has been a very difficult period for all of us.

"This new agreement is fair for both sides. Neither side got everything they wanted. It will give us labor peace for 10 years and helps secure the long-term future of the game. It will allow pro football to be even better, safer and more competitive, and to grow and prosper into the future. Bottom line, it's good for the game and the fans who love it so much."

Vikings ready to resume football

Vikings president Mark Wilf and head coach Leslie Frazier said they were looking forward to starting training camp and returning the team back to the postseason.

"Today is an exciting day for Vikings fans and NFL fans throughout the country," Wilf said. "With a labor agreement in place, we will now turn our full attention to football and preparations for a successful 2011 season. We appreciate the patience and support of Vikings fans throughout this process.  Under Coach Frazier's leadership, we look forward to sharing an exciting season of football with our fans."

Frazier added: "It is tremendous to know that we can once again hit the field and get back to football. I feel very good about how our coaches have been preparing all offseason, and we are ready for the staff and players to start working together to help us accomplish our goals. It is terrific that we can now get into training camp and have our players start working and competing at their respective positions so we can begin to lay the foundation for success. I look forward to seeing our fans in Mankato."

Chiefs thank fans for patience

Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt thanked both sides for getting a deal done, but gave his greatest thanks to the loyal fans who stood by as a new CBA was worked out.

"Today, a new labor agreement was reached between the NFL and the NFL Players Association," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "I want to commend Commissioner Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith, the players' executive committee and the NFL clubs for working together to find a mutually-beneficial solution that will allow our game to thrive for many years to come.
 
Most importantly, I want to thank our fans for their enduring passion for football and the tremendous patience they have demonstrated throughout the challenges of the last several months. Our entire organization has been working hard to prepare for the 2011 season, and we are excited to get back to football when we open training camp at Missouri Western in St. Joseph, Mo."

Bills owner excited in his team for 2011 season

Bills owner Ralph Wilson told reporters he is pleased the lockout is done and that everyone can now look forward to training camp and the season.

 "I am happy that the players and the owners have reached an agreement," Wilson said. "This has been a long, arduous process for everyone. But in the end, we have a deal that is fair to both our players and the teams and, at the same time, protects the integrity of our game heading into the future. And that is extremely important as we move forward. To our fans, I say thank you for your patience and your understanding during these past four months. So with this great news today, it is time for all of us to focus on the 2011 season and look ahead to Training Camp. I'm excited about the direction our team is heading as we enter the upcoming season and I know our players and fans share in that excitement."

Lions pleased talks are completed

Tom Lewand, the president of the Lions, issued a statement saying the deal is fair for everyone, but that he's glad the negotiations are done.

"First and foremost, we are happy for our fans because all they ever wanted was for us to play football and, thankfully, that's what we are getting ready to do. This agreement is a big win for NFL football and for all NFL fans because it helps secure the long-term health of our game," Lewand said.
 
"It is a fair deal for players and teams. We will be able to grow the game and appropriately share that growth with our players as partners. It is a deal that places a high priority on player safety and on the integrity of our game.
 
"Both sides worked extremely hard throughout this process. All involved are to be commended on getting a deal done in time to avoid any disruption to the 2011 regular season.
 
"I want to especially thank our player representative, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and all Lions players who conducted themselves so professionally over the past several months. We are excited to see them again beginning tomorrow."

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