Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon
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Chargers players can report to the team’s facility at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and training camp will begin Wednesday at Chargers Park.

Just hours after a joint press conference to announce settlement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, NFL teams began negotiating with rookies on Monday evening. Players under contract can begin reporting Tuesday morning, the same time as teams and veteran free agents will begin negotiations. Training camp for almost a third of the league, including the Chargers, begins Wednesday. Free agents can be officially signed beginning Friday, though no free agents can participate in actual practices until Aug. 4.

While the timing is tight, the Chargers’ game schedule remained intact. That was important to Chargers player rep Nick Hardwick, who approved Monday’s CBA proposal, and team president Dean Spanos, who was in the negotiating room for most crucial sessions and has been receiving national recognition for his role in labor negotiations.

Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson held out for the first seven games of last season, was suspended for the next three and was slapped with the franchise tag before the lockout began.

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