Last week the plaintiffs in the Brady vs. NFL case -- otherwise known as the NFL lockout antitrust lawsuit -- held a conference call with, among others, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. The call was an update of sorts on the status of the negotiations with the owners and not much new information was revealed.
On Tuesday, there will be another conference call with the plaintiffs. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the call is expected to update them on where the talks currently stand.
It's not believed a deal is imminent so the fact that the plaintiffs are involved in the call doesn't necessarily mean a deal is coming. Like with most of the calls involving players, I wouldn't be surprised if the contents of the discussion leaked.
Lawyers for each side met on Monday and Tuesday as they continue to hammer out the legal language in the next labor agreement. On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, as well as other owners and players, will return to the table. That's when the real negotiations will continue in the hopes that they can come to an agreement to end the lockout.
The biggest impediment at the moment appears to be the rookie wage scale. The owners of course want to keep the players under contract as long as possible, while bringing down the total dollars paid to draft picks, and the players want to get the rookies to free agency within four years.