The NFL is holding a smaller committee meeting today at a hotel near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The meeting in a precursor to Thursday’s special meeting. There is one item on the agenda for the special league meeting and a press conference is scheduled.
If the players approve a new collective bargaining agreement today in Washington, D.C., the league’s owners are setting up to vote on ending the lockout. The owners will need 24 of 32 votes to end the lockout.
If all of the votes line up, the league’s worst labor situation since 1987 will be averted. The league locked the players out on March 11, touching off a legal battle that reached the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, one level away from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Some of the key topics at the Atlanta meeting will include the league’s business calendar, free agency, rookie salary system and rules and regulations for player transactions.
The Falcons are set to handle their 11 free agents, then jump into the free agency market for a defensive end, sign the drafted rookies and then add a group of undrafted rookie free agents.
Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White said on a national television appearance on Tuesday that the players were expecting to report next Tuesday.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog