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"Surprising progress" at labor meetings
Posted Jun. 14 at 09:33 PM
As recently as last week, there was grim talk about the league preparing for a shortened NFL season. Today, there's speculation that a deal could get done before, as Mayor Vaughn might say, "we have a panic on the Fourth of July."
That's the kind of optimism coming out of the ongoing labor talks, where some are saying a new collective bargaining agreement is "80 to 85 percent complete." There's even talk that the CBA could be set in "a matter of days."
Heady stuff, which is great news for everyone. No details, beyond the fact that "major concessions" are apparently being made by both sides. Look for information on such key issues as whether big names will be unrestricted free agents or not, and whether there will be a rookie salary cap, to leak out over the next several days.
At this point, maybe we'll even get a minicamp of some sort before the start of training camp, which could begin on time (late July). Dare to dream.
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