As NFL lockout negotiations shift to Atlanta, let's take a quick look at what we're likely to see taking place.
The NFLPA is expected to vote on a new deal Wednesday, followed by owners doing the same on Thursday. There are still loose ends to tie up, but as local sports fans observed during the great Atlanta Thrashers relocation, loose ends are rarely enough to do enough damage to derail something this big. That was three mixed metaphors, if you're tracking.
But what happens after a deal is done?
On Friday, the league should be open for business, if all goes well. Free agency likely won't begin until late next week, following a 72-hour period during which teams will have a chance to very quickly re-sign as many of their current players as they'd like to hang on to. For the Atlanta Falcons, this will primarily center on the offensive line, but you can review the rest of the list here.
Speaking of the Falcons, Roddy White has revealed teams want players on campuses (campi) by Monday or Tuesday, though some teams have reportedly made it known they plan on bringing in players by Saturday. Saturday! Pro football on Saturday!