NFL Lockout: Owners And Players Involved In Chicago Meeting

As you know by now, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith met in Chicago on Wednesday night presumably to discuss the status of the lockout. The optimism you might find brewing resides in the fact that the two sides are actually talking -- without lawyers.

Indeed, the meeting included a handful of players and owners but no lawyers.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the owners' contingent included Goodell, Cowboys' Jerry Jones, Panthers' Jerry Richardson, Patriots' Robert Kraft, Giants' John Mara and the Steelers' Art Rooney.

The players group included Smith, Kevin Mawae, Mike Vrabel, Jeff Saturday and more.

Regardless of what happens in court, the two sides still need to hammer out a long-term agreement and that will be done by the leaders of both organizations -- not the lawyers. So this is an encouraging sign, although I'm cautiously optimistic considering all the good signs that have shortly turned into bad signs throughout this ordeal. 

Stay tuned for more NFL lockout news

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