Current players would be able to stay in the medical plan for life. They also will have an injury protection benefit of up to $1 million of a player’s salary for the year after his injury and up to $500,000 in the second year after his injury.
A total of $50 million per year will go into a joint fund for medical research, health-care programs, and charities.
If the players approve the deal, the NFL would get back to work right away:
_On Saturday, teams can stage voluntary workouts at club facilities, and players may be waived. Contracts can be re-negotiated and clubs can sign draft picks and their own free agents. Teams can also negotiate with, but not sign, free agents from other clubs and undrafted rookies.
_On Sunday, teams can sign undrafted rookies.
_On Wednesday, free agency opens in full, and all training camps will open with a 90-man roster limit; activities that day will be limited to physicals, meetings and conditioning. All clubs must be under the salary cap.
But first, the players must approve the deal. Buffalo’s Wilson said he was not aware of a players’ vote having been scheduled for Friday.
AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Howard Fendrich, AP Sports Writers Jon Krawczynski, Teresa Walker, Charles Odum, John Wawrow and Rachel Cohen, and AP freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd contributed to this report.
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