The NFL published a new calendar for the start of the 2011 season and it's about what we thought it would be. The action starts on Tuesday and continues through the weekend when full free agency opens.
Here's a glimpse of the schedule this week:
Monday: The NFL will release a list of the 2011 free agents.
Tuesday: At 10:00 a.m. (ET), team facilities will open. Also at that time, trades can begin. Teams can begin signing their own drafted rookies and other undrafted free agents. They can also negotiate with other teams' free agents but can't sign those players yet.
Wednesday-Saturday: Training camp opens for all teams.
Friday: Starting at 6:00 p.m. (ET) teams can sign other teams' free agents so this is when full free agency starts.
One caveat is that deals that are agreed upon this week don't become official until the players officially reform as a union and ratify the new CBA. That will happen before Aug. 4.