NFL owners and players, including DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell, met last week for "secret" talks in Chicago. Those "secret" talks continue this week and the two sides have issued a joint statement confirming that.
NFL owners and players continue to be engaged in confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan. Both sides met again this week as part of ongoing court mediation. Those discussions are expected to continue.
NFL Network reports the meetings are taking someplace in Long Island.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello identified those on the NFL side participating in the talks: Goodell, Panthers' Jerry Richardson, Chiefs' Clark Hunt, Chargers' Dean Spanos, Patriots' Robert Kraft and Giants' John Mara. And for the players it was Kevin Mawae, Dominique Foxworth, Jeff Saturday, Mike Vrabel and Tony Richardson.
Ideally, these talks take a turn for the serious and the two sides reach an agreement. I think that's possible but, every time I gain some optimism, something happens to strike it back down. But I'm still holding a glimmer of hope that something comes out of these meetings.
Stay tuned for more NFL lockout news.