NFL Lockout: Lawyer-Only Meetings Scheduled, Are Likely A Positive Sign

The last 48 hours have seen incredible progress as the NFL owners and players work towards a new collective bargaining agreement and an end to the NFL lockout. Thursday evening saw an agreement on a rookie wage scale and Friday saw the owners drop their request for a right of first refusal on veteran free agents. However, Albert Breer sent out a tweet today that could arguably be the most optimistic piece of information thus far.

Sides have no plans for owners & players to meet again unless necessary. Details expected to be worked out via email, phone, thru lawyers...less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


We've been told repeatedly that this is down to the details and the major issues have been worked out. Given the developments of the past two days, no further meetings between the owners and players would provide further support. The last few weeks have included days with only lawyers working on language, but those were always followed by more formal bargaining sessions between the two sides.

Although Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith are still conversing through the weekend, all reports indicate that even the final significant issues have been settled. One of the final such issues was player concerns surrounding player safety and the culture of the game as it related to organized offseason workouts. Earlier today Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN that there had been some resolution to this matter. It was a "deal-breaker" issue, too, so if there are no more player/owner meetings planned, that would indicate the issue is settled and done.

For more on the NFL lockout, keep following this StoryStream.

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