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Shiancoe: Call me when it's ready

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings draft Updated: July 20, 2011 - 4:17 PM

Update: The Associated Press and NFL Network are reporting that no vote will be taken today by the NFLPA.

While the lead and/or alternative player representatives from NFL teams met Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C., to be debriefed by the NFLPA on the proposed new collective bargaining agreement,  a group of players continued workouts on the University of Minnesota campus.

This included Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who is as tired of hearing about the lockout as most fans.

"I'm to the point, man, I'm like, 'Look, just call me when it's ready,'" Shiancoe said. "I don't care about all this other stuff. I don't care about any hypothetical dates. Just give me the date. That's all I care about so I'm going to be ready to go. I'm pretty sure a lot of other people feel the same way I feel. It's been a long, drawn out ordeal."

ESPN reported a vote by the Players Association on a proposed deal that would include a new CBA and settlement of all legal issues in the NFL lockout will take place Wednesday.

A majority vote by the players will be necessary to ratify an agreement. Owners would then vote on the proposed CBA on Thursday in Atlanta and it will take 24 "yes" votes from the 32 clubs for that to pass.

The end of the lockout would give the Vikings an opportunity to get players back into Winter Park and the expectation is that they would try to get their younger guys to the Eden Prairie facility as soon as possible. Aside from first-round pick Chrisitan Ponder the draft picks from April haven't had an opportunity to discuss football with their coaches.

Ponder only got that chance because he arrived at Winter Park during the brief time the lockout was lifted. However, it's not expected that the Vikings would try to hold any type of quick minicamp before reporting to trainig camp on July 31.

"I got a chance to talk to De Smith [executive director of the NFLPA] last week in depth and he reassured me that things are moving in the right direction," said Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who is in charge of the workouts at the Gophers facility. "[Smith wanted me to] let the guys know to make sure they're ready for camp and getting their bodies in shape because they are working hard for us. He reassured me of that so I'm optimistic things will be getting done here shortly."

Shiancoe was asked if he was keeping up on some changes in the proposed CBA, such as the rookie wage system.

"What I do follow is supposedly no more two-a-days," Shiancoe said. "That's what I do follow."

Asked if he was disappointed that two-a-day practices likely will be no more, Shiancoe joked: "I'm sad about that. I want to get out their twice a day in the heat for three, four hours."

 

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