According ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter, free agency could begin as soon as Monday "if the NFL Players Association signs off on a timeline being discussed." Though the new league year would officially begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, teams would be able to sign their own free agents Monday afternoon.
Teams can "begin signing unrestricted free agents" this Tuesday (July 26), though contracts wouldn't take affect until the beginning of the new league year. Additionally teams can make trades this afternoon, becoming official on Saturday, July 30.
The NFLPA is making plans for a major press conference Monday. The NFLPA executive committee will begin meeting at 11 a.m. ET on Monday.
Following that, a recommendation has to be made by the 32 player representatives, likely via conference call. As of late Saturday night, no time had been set for that vote, but it is expected to occur Monday after the executive committee votes to recommend approval, according to the high-ranking official.
Despite the fact the new agreement will require a majority vote from the players, that part of the deal between the two sides is considered a formality, according to sources.
The executive committee is also expected to vote to recommend recertifying itself as a union, according to the source. A recommendation also has to be made by the 32 player representatives on that count.