Negotiations to end the NFL lockout have advanced to a point where several teams are reportedly instructing their players to prepare to return to the team facility this weekend. The owners and players are in the final stages of negotiations for a new labor agreement and it's believed that both parties will vote on the agreement by Thursday.
If that's the case, and the lockout ends on Thursday, then Friday is when players could start returning to the team facility. In one of the clearest signs yet that the lockout will be ending this week, some teams have reportedly told their players to prepare to come home this weekend.
TE Jeremy Shockey told a website that he was instructed to return to Charlotte on Friday. PFT reports that the Packers players have been told to prepare to come back to Green Bay on Saturday. I'm sure players on other teams have been told the same.
It's looking more and more like the players and owners will both vote yes on the new labor deal by Thursday and the doors could open on Friday.
It's getting closer, folks. Very close.