NFL Lockout News: Owners, Players Returning To Table This Week

Lawyers for NFL owners and players met on for five hours on Monday and they'll get back together on Tuesday as they continue to hammer out details of the next labor agreement. After the lawyers on Monday and Tuesday, the owners and players will rejoin the table on Wednesday.

I'm sure the two sides are putting in a lot of work and when they're not meeting face-to-face they're doing other work aimed at ending the NFL lockout. But from my vantage point it certainly doesn't seem like they're busy. They met last Friday and waited five more days before meeting again. 

The clock is ticking. The deadline to save the first preseason game could be days away. The Rams and Bears line up on Aug. 7 for the first exhibition game of the year and some are already talking as if it's not a big deal if that game is sacrificed. In the long run, it's not a huge deal but each side should be doing whatever they can to avoid that scenario. 

This Friday will be July 15, which is one of those artificial deadlines a lot of media folks have been pointing to. The following week, on July 22, the Rams and Bears will open the first training camp of the year so that's more of a hard deadline to get a deal done, allow them to open training camp and then prepare for some sort of free agency period.

So Tuesday is another lawyer day and the principals will get back to the table on Wednesday.

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