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DeMaurice Smith Confirms CBA Deadline Extension, Hopes For New Deal

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith spoke to reporters following the announcement that the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a seven day extension of the CBA deadline. The new deadline will now be Friday, March 11th for the two sides to come to an agreement.

As usual, Smith didn't (and couldn't) say anything about the progress, or lack thereof, they've made in negotiations.

I'm not going to talk about where we are [in negotiations].

Federal mediator George Cohen has requested a media blackout and the two sides have respected that (publicly, at least). As for other topics he covered, Smith did confirm that the two sides will be taking the weekend off from negotiations with each other to regroup and get back at it on Monday.

There's a commitment from both sides to engage in another round of negotiations at the request of the mediation service. We look forward to a deal coming out of that.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports this is expected to be the final extension. So next Friday, it will be a new CBA or decertification plus a lockout.