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NFLPA Approves Deal To End Lockout

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Representatives from the NFL Players Association voted unanimously to approve the deal proposed by team owners to end the lockout.

NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith said in a brief news conference after the vote on Monday that much still needs to be done to formalize the agreement, but the deal addresses issues key to players, including health and safety and benefits.

"To our fans, I know you love this game as much as I do," said Smith. "And I know it's been a very long process since we stood here back in March."

Players still have to formally unionize and vote on the collective bargaining agreement.

"It's been a long time coming," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a news conference after Smith's. "Football is back and it's great news for everybody."

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Assuming everything goes as planned, teams will begin sending their free agent lists to other teams on Monday. Trade discussions between teams can begin on Tuesday, and teams can start signing rookies and undrafted free agents on Wednesday. Wednesday is also the day teams are expected to start reporting to training camps.

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