The new CBA is done. It's left the oven and is now headed for a vote. The proverbial icing. Here's how voting will likely go based on NFL sources I've spoken to.
The player executive committee will vote whether to pass or not either on Monday or Tuesday. The agreement will pass easily.
DeMaurice Smith will announce the vote saying it is a great day for the players. He's holding the press conference for a specific reason. More on that in a moment.
There would next be a conference call with all 32 player reps. This is where it would get interesting. Like any deal, if it's a good one, both sides will find something they don't like in it. That's the case with the players and owners. Owners hate parts of this deal and players do as well.
The challenge for Smith on the call is the same as Roger Goodell when owners voted: keep the extremists at bay and make sure his membership understands the bulk of the deal is a good one.
There will be some players unhappy with the new CBA and like owners there are extremists on the player side. On the call Smith must keep them from taking over. That is where his press conference will come in. Smith will be talking to his player reps as much as he is to the general public. He'll be softening them up.
The player reps take the CBA to the general membership and then a vote is taken.
A simple majority is needed to pass and it will pass the general membership. No question. There's no chance Smith would have agreed to the new CBA if he didn't think it would pass. So it will.