NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith met once again on Thursday to discuss the NFL labor deal, but this time they expanded the talks to include owners and players for the first time this week.
Sitting down with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan at a Minneapolis law firm were a handful of owners -- John Mara of the New York Giants, Clark Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs, Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots -- and players including Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts, Brian Waters of the Kansas City Chiefs and Domonique Foxworth of the Baltimore Ravens.
According to the AP, the NFLPA held a half-hour conference call to update players following the meeting. According to the source, "no big news" was discussed.
The July 4 holiday has long been considered by some as a target date for a deal. There is only one day left before the holiday begins. It's unlikely an agreement could be made by then right now, though next week is beginning to look possible as both sides seem closer than they've been in a long time.