CANTON, Ohio — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith each grabbed a side of the massive 300-page collective bargaining agreement between the players and league owners and exchanged a relieved handshake while posing for the cameras.
And just like that, 4½ months of acrimony, anger and posturing from both sides during the protracted NFL lockout was over.
Smith and Goodell signed the new CBA on the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday morning, a largely ceremonial gesture after the players agreed to ratify the 10-year agreement Thursday night.
One fan shouted "thank you" to Smith as he took his seat, with Smith answering "more than welcome."
Though players were eager to get to work, not every team walked in lockstep to ratify.
Pittsburgh's players voted no, citing the rushed nature of the deal — the Steelers didn't receive a copy until 3 p.m. — and the agreement's inability to address Goodell's role as judge and jury for on-the-field discipline.
"We felt it was shoved down our throats," Pittsburgh defensive tackle Willie Colon said Thursday.
Steelers re-sign LB Woodley for six years
LaMarr Woodley took to Twitter around 6 a.m. Friday morning to break the news about his six-year, $61.5 million deal with the Steelers.
"I set my alarm and I decided I was going to tweet this first thing in the morning," the linebacker said. "That was the whole thing — breaking the story first."
The deal is front-loaded with bonus money, helping Pittsburgh to get some room under the $120.4 million salary cap.
BEARS: The team canceled a practice in front of fans at Soldier Field because the turf was deemed unsafe for the players.
BILLS: Receiver David Nelson missed practice and was being evaluated a day after having difficulty catching his breath in practice. Coach Chan Gailey said the problem seems to have "calmed down," and that he expected the former Florida receiver to return to practice within a day or two.
CHARGERS: Wide receiver Malcom Floyd agreed on a two-year deal worth at least $5 million, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
EAGLES: Mike Patterson returned to camp two days after his seizure but there is no timetable for when the defensive tackle can return, if he can. Patterson spoke to coach Andy Reid but did not answer questions. "I'll talk some more about it, but not right now," he said.
GIANTS: First-round pick Prince Amukamara finished his first practice hours after signing a four-year, $8.18 million deal.
JAGUARS: Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis signed a five-year deal for about $35 million, including nearly $17 million guaranteed.
JETS: At 32, running back LaDainian Tomlinson is not only back for his 11th season this year, he also said he plans to play in 2012. Tomlinson leads all active players with 13,404 career rushing yards and is sixth all-time.
PANTHERS: Defensive tackle Ron Edwards (torn triceps), who just signed a three-year, $8.5 million free agent deal last week, is out indefinitely. Rookie offensive lineman Zack Williams (torn ACL) is expected to have surgery and miss the season.
SAINTS: Former Bears center Olin Kreutz agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $4 million with incentives.
TITANS: Linebacker David Thornton retired after nine seasons in the NFL. He missed last season while recovering from hip surgery.