Players vote to OK deal to end NFL lockout

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms of a deal to the end the 4½-month lockout.

Owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal last week, but some unresolved issues still needed to be reviewed to satisfy players; the owners do not need to vote again.

The sides worked through the weekend and wrapped up the details Monday morning on a final pact that is for 10 years, without an opt-out clause, a person familiar with the deal told the AP.

Owners decided in 2008 to opt out of the league's old labor contract, which expired this March. That's when the owners locked out the players, creating the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

Teams could start signing draft picks and rookie free agents tomorrow. They could also start conversations with veteran free agents on Tuesday and signings could begin on Friday.

Ten clubs would open training camp Wednesday with ten opening Thursday and then ten more on Friday. The last two training camps would open Sunday.

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