The NFL lockout rolls on past it's 100th day but we're hearing more and more positive reports regarding the negotiations between the owners and players. The owners held a meeting in Chicago on Tuesday and the vibe coming out was that now is the time to do a deal. Reporters have suggested a new CBA could be done within a few weeks but, as Colts owner Jim Irsay said, the talks are "fragile" and can still break down.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed following the owners meetings on Tuesday that he and other owners would be meeting with a contingent of the players for further negotiations. The two sides have met over the past few weeks in Long Island, outside of Baltimore and now this week it will be the Boston suburbs, according to reports.
It appears we're heading into the final few weeks of getting a deal done without interrupting training camp. Reports have suggested a new CBA needs to be delivered by mid-July in order to save training camp. Goodell said after Tuesday's meetings that they don't have a drop dead date....yet.
Is there a drop dead date? There isn't but obviously, time is moving quickly and we are fast approaching the training camp period. There is an urgency for everybody to get this done.
A sense of urgency is very, very important. I think both sides are feeling that and I think that's a good thing.
Let's hope this NFL lockout can end in the next few weeks and we never find out what the owners drop dead date is.