NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, along with owners and players, will meet on Wednesday as they continue negotiations to come to an agreement on a new labor deal and end the NFL lockout.
Momentum over the last few weeks has been generally positive with several key sticking points, like the revenue split and the rookie wage scale, still being finalized.
The NFLPA released a statement from three of its most recognizable players -- QB Peyton Manning, QB Tom Brady and QB Drew Brees -- indicating that the time is now to do a deal.
"We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done."
The statement continued: "This is the time of year we as players turn our attention to the game on the field. We hope the owners feel the same way."
Like most statements released by the players and owners, this one is aimed at winning the public relations battle. The players want to put pressure on the owners to do a deal as quickly as possible that will put the players back to work and ultimately get them paid.
Will it work? We can only hope.