The NFL lockout continues to roll along with deadlines like training camp and the preseason looming. Already, three teams have decided to abandon traveling for camp and deciding to stay home due to the uncertainty. The latest report from ESPN indicates a couple of important nuggets.
First, the players feel they've made significant concessions and may have reached their limit.
However, one member of the players' negotiating team who has been a constant presence at the table said that players feel they have made significant concessions and overtures "that have not been reciprocated."
The two sides are very close so feeling as if you've reached your limit on compromise is to be expected. Let's hope those limits won't preclude the two sides from coming to an agreement.
Second, the latest key dates in the negotiations are the talks on Wednesday and Thursday with the owners and players returning to the table.
He stated that negotiations Wednesday and Thursday will be the most telling days on whether an agreement indeed will be finalized within the July 21 time frame because "we've basically reached the limits of compromise."
These are all indications that the two sides are close to a deal. It's been reported that a handshake agreement is possible sometime this week so we're hoping that the key parts of Wednesday and Thursday include coming to an informal agreement on a new CBA.
Stay tuned for more NFL lockout news as the season continues to get closer and closer.