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NFL Lockout: Talks Improved After 'Threat' From Players

It was just a couple of days ago that QB Drew Brees went on a San Diego radio station and announced that a deal with the owners was "very close". This caused quite a few people, including other players, to douse cold water on the the idea that the two sides were close suggesting that they were in fact not as close as Brees made it sound.

And now here we sit on Friday with reports that the rookie wage scale is, in principle, completed. A deal could be done within 24-48 hours, according to reports. 

So what happened? According to Mike Freeman of, the owners made concessions on several key topics after some sort of threat from the players.

The question is: what was that thing? What caused the owners to make such grand concessions? I'm told the owners didn't conceede out of the goodness of their hearts. I'm told the players made a threat that scared the hell out of the owners (and I don't think it was court related). But no one will tell me what the threat was.

Interesting. I wonder what the threat was. If it wasn't court-related, I can't figure out what leverage the players would have. 

Like many of these situations, the real story may not come out until after this is settled.