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Stunning momentum puts settlement on fast track

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With a deal in place on the rookie wage scale, the NFL and the players apparently are moving quickly toward a full and complete CBA.

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN (via Chris Mortensen’s Twitter page) reports that a settlement is now on the fast track.  Chris Mortensen of ESPN (via Chris Mortensen’s Twitter page) reports that, at the current pace, a deal could come within the next 24-to-48 hours.

Per Mort,”[e]ven skeptical participants among negotiating teams are almost stunned at momentum resolving remaining issues.”

The remaining issues include the question of whether free agency with fewer than six years of service will be subject to a “right of first refusal,” whether judicial oversight will apply to the labor deal, and whether and to what extent league-imposed discipline will be reviewed by someone other than the Commissioner or his designee.  As to the last two issues, Mort reports that a panel of three retired judges is being considered for the purposes of overseeing all discipline and disputes, which would address the league’s desire to keep the courts out of the process of interpreting the CBA — and which would address the players’ desire to keep the Commish from having final say over any discipline he imposes.

Regardless of how it all works out, it now appears that a deal is within striking distance.  Just in time to save the preseason and all the money that goes along with it.

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69 Responses to “Stunning momentum puts settlement on fast track”
  1. jm11890 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:11 PM

    give me my cold water now!!!!

  2. reillyb1 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:12 PM

    Scoreboard.

  3. ffootballontwitter says: Jul 14, 2011 10:12 PM

    Hallelujah! Get the stinkin’ litigation over with.

  4. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:13 PM

    Can’t wait!

    –Bart

  5. footballfanatic3431 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:14 PM

    Oh no…oh no oh no oh no oh no oh no…..

    I’m getting excited…

  6. texansmike says: Jul 14, 2011 10:15 PM

    Christmas in July. Here’s to no scrooge.

  7. sakatak says: Jul 14, 2011 10:16 PM

    High five’s all the way around!

  8. honolulubluekoolaid says: Jul 14, 2011 10:17 PM

    Really? No cold water? Pinch me, must be dreaming!

  9. boneyardbuc says: Jul 14, 2011 10:17 PM

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

  10. jtfris says: Jul 14, 2011 10:18 PM

    Que De Smith with some cold water.

  11. honolulubluekoolaid says: Jul 14, 2011 10:18 PM

    Let’s play some football!

  12. h8dansnyder says: Jul 14, 2011 10:18 PM

    “Stunning momentum” has also cleaned out my colon. Big deal. I’ll believe it when the ink is dry.

  13. typhilly21 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:18 PM

    Yay?

  14. greenmeattruck says: Jul 14, 2011 10:19 PM

    Disgusting brinksmanship- that’s all this is. Both sides knew all along that no money would be lost on either side and the season would be played as usual, but if they didn’t push their issues in negotiations, they would have to answer to the sides they represented. The vultures will now end their foolish squabbling and feast on the carcass of apathetic fans (myself included) who love the game too much to walk away from the teams and the sport that we love.

  15. apdaddy77 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:19 PM

    Wow. (he says with hopes raised again) im getting a quarter chub. Lets finish this thing.

  16. imatulsadawg says: Jul 14, 2011 10:21 PM

    Nine billion dollars. Both sides may be procrastinators, posers, and blowhards, but even they’re not that dumb. Now let’s play some football!

  17. drevilstolemymojito says: Jul 14, 2011 10:23 PM

    Wake me up when the deal is done. Then I’ll send in my season ticket payment.

  18. jaggedmark says: Jul 14, 2011 10:24 PM

    I’m sure things have sped up. Goodell can’t wait to get the lockout ended so he can suspend Harrison.

  19. dylanmusicfane says: Jul 14, 2011 10:24 PM

    do the deal. I’ve been fighting with my gf for the past 24 hrs and need something positive. lol. go pack go!

  20. jutts says: Jul 14, 2011 10:24 PM

    Pre-Season, Money, you’ve got to be kidding… Without the pre-season the owners would have lost a bundle. It’s about time. Period.

  21. stine5150 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:26 PM

    I hope so

  22. bubbabart says: Jul 14, 2011 10:27 PM

    Grown men acting like little kids….finally realizing they were playing with fire!

  23. jrs1972 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:30 PM

    I’ll be back at midnight for the standard “we’re nowhere near close” from unnamed sources post, I assume it will be ready by then?

  24. stevo8drum says: Jul 14, 2011 10:30 PM

    Yippy!!!!

  25. gregski79 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:31 PM

    All sounds good!!! How about we get some details on things like rookie wage scale, roster sizes, etc?

  26. goawayeverybody says: Jul 14, 2011 10:31 PM

    Yay! :)

  27. tumtum1288 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:32 PM

    Funny I’ve heard striking distance for the past month it seems now. I think my striking difference is much different then the medias. Strikes tend to come quick.

  28. rambo08 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:32 PM

    It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

  29. mannynh says: Jul 14, 2011 10:33 PM

    ” Just in time to save the preseason and all the money that goes along with it.”

    ========================

    DING, DING DING!!!

  30. Spencer says: Jul 14, 2011 10:33 PM

    So the people that predicted a deal on or around the 15th were correct. Go figure.

  31. therealsmiley says: Jul 14, 2011 10:33 PM

    Here we go baby!! Opening day endzone here I come!! Hail!!

  32. leftysmoke says: Jul 14, 2011 10:35 PM

    We’re almost there! Let’s get the season started and get back to enjoying the game that we all love.

  33. hansenbrothers says: Jul 14, 2011 10:35 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  34. pantherfan89 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:36 PM

    Thats what im talkin about!!! Now tell me this couldnt have been done weeks ago? God Im ready for free agency!!

  35. kremis says: Jul 14, 2011 10:36 PM

    Also, Brett Farve is coming out of retirement to be a backup at Green Bay. Announcement will follow 30 seconds after the NFL announces a new CBA agreement is reached!

  36. sonic5abi says: Jul 14, 2011 10:37 PM

    Back 2 back great news. That’s a first.

  37. jetsetfred says: Jul 14, 2011 10:43 PM

    And the Whistles Go Whoo Whooooooo!!!

  38. annnann says: Jul 14, 2011 10:47 PM

    Will an anonymous NFLPA* come out and say “don’t believe the hype, no progress made”?

    Anyways, let’s hope for more good news. For now, I will remain cautiously optimistic.

  39. texansmike says: Jul 14, 2011 10:47 PM

    Wait till that panel of judges get done with Harrison. Haha!!!

  40. Little Earthquake says: Jul 14, 2011 10:48 PM

    I just did a Lambeau Leap on the backyard fence.

  41. cowboysfan18 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:49 PM

    Sweet Jesus, sounds like we’re getting really close to seeing, ” CBA done, free agency begins Monday.” Something like that would be awesome.

  42. skoobyfl says: Jul 14, 2011 10:50 PM

    Can I pay for all these goods at my door ??

  43. sketchydave says: Jul 14, 2011 10:53 PM

    A source of a source with knowledge of the source of a source who is familiar with the lockout has a source of a trustworthy source who says a source who is the neighbors source familiar with the situation says that no deal is close to being finalised but depends what you mean by finalised but the deal could happen in time for football…

  44. atmedic8daily says: Jul 14, 2011 10:53 PM

    I’ll smoke to that!!!!

  45. coleman121280 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:58 PM

    CHRISTIAN PONDER = ROTY FOO’S!!!!!

  46. ShaneShake says: Jul 14, 2011 10:59 PM

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    She’s giving me excitations
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    (Oom bop bop good vibrations)
    She’s giving me excitations
    (Oom bop bop excitations)
    Good good good good vibrations
    (Oom bop bop)
    She’s giving me excitations
    (Oom bop bop excitations)
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    (Oom bop bop)
    She’s giving me excitations
    (Oom bop bop excitations)

  47. donttouchthedirtypenny says: Jul 14, 2011 11:01 PM

    I think that news gave me a boner

  48. irchs1963 says: Jul 14, 2011 11:09 PM

    It’s really sad that we fans are so controlled by these greedy bxxxards, both the Owners & Players….their arrogance astounds me !! Instead of rejoicing, we should take them to task for not addressing this issue over two years ago. They created this mess all because of Greed !! Any way, just my opinion…

  49. southmo says: Jul 14, 2011 11:09 PM

    New cap will be 120 million as rumored earlier, despite the claims by some commenters that there’s no way in the world that would ever happen.

    Plus 21 million in benefits.

    The rookie wage scale should help teams fit under the cap. Unfortunately, I’m afraid my Cowboys still might get hurt a bit by this…. (small price to pay for having football back)

    Is it too late to lock out Jerry Jones as GM?

  50. russin010 says: Jul 14, 2011 11:14 PM

    The deal was on the fast track

    - Lawrence Taylor’s latest attorney

  51. redbear18 says: Jul 14, 2011 11:22 PM

    Yes! Let’s wrap it up and start the season!

  52. sharkcatcher says: Jul 14, 2011 11:29 PM

    The Raiders are winning the AFC WEST. MARK IT DOWN.

  53. hydenja says: Jul 14, 2011 11:29 PM

    The team that wants the lockout to end the most. The Detroit Lions. Can’t wait

  54. cfz28 says: Jul 14, 2011 11:41 PM

    Oh my god

  55. rpiotr01 says: Jul 14, 2011 11:42 PM

    “Alright team, we’re so close! Know what that means? Four day weekend!”

  56. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 14, 2011 11:45 PM

    How can you be stunned? There was NO WAY they were going to let this cost them real money…either side. It was a total farce and a sham as far labor disputes go. Real working people everywhere should be outraged that these spoiled fools use our courts and are given special treatment by the government. Uggh.
    Now get on the fricken field and STFU.
    Oh and I still dont want to be forced to pay for pre-season games…hmmn, that issue got swept under the rug neatly eh…the one issue that fans care about…

  57. abqpacker says: Jul 14, 2011 11:52 PM

    Who’s ready for some football!

  58. edenprairiemn says: Jul 14, 2011 11:54 PM

    As tiring and exhausting as it’s been to hear about the lockout for the past year, I don’t think it’s taken away from the game. I think all of us NFL fans are ready for some football!

  59. 305phinphan says: Jul 14, 2011 11:56 PM

    I haven’t been this excited since the birth of my daughter and son!

  60. ronnie89 says: Jul 15, 2011 12:01 AM

    Hell yes!!! Let’s go BRONCOS!!! DeAngelo Williams welcome to DENVER!!!!!!!!

  61. dasmol says: Jul 15, 2011 12:21 AM

    @ PFTiswhatitis says:

    “How can you be stunned? There was NO WAY they were going to let this cost them real money…either side. It was a total farce and a sham as far labor disputes go. Real working people everywhere should be outraged that these spoiled fools use our courts and are given special treatment by the government. Uggh.
    Now get on the fricken field and STFU.
    Oh and I still dont want to be forced to pay for pre-season games…hmmn, that issue got swept under the rug neatly eh…the one issue that fans care about…”

    Spot on. All the way to the paying for pre-season.

  62. youngking21 says: Jul 15, 2011 12:39 AM

    RAIDERS 24/7/365

  63. sdboltaction says: Jul 15, 2011 2:25 AM

    AFC West… Probation Nation? Nah.

    Quiefs? Nah.

    Denver glue factory? Nah.

    SAN DIEGO SUPER CHARGER TIME, FOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yea, I know, whatever… I’m just glad to be talkin’ smack (on something other than all the typos on PFT) and getting back to what really matters!!!!!!!!!!! Watching Norv drive my team into the ground :( Oh well, there’s always next year, right?…. humpf

  64. tmaczoozoo says: Jul 15, 2011 2:34 AM

    That sounds good…

  65. Sayre Bedinger says: Jul 15, 2011 2:43 AM

    drevilstolemymojito says:
    Jul 14, 2011 10:23 PM
    Wake me up when the deal is done.

    …He said as though he’s not checking PFT for every new update and commenting on it.

  66. lostsok says: Jul 15, 2011 4:58 AM

    What I want to know is if all the “fans” on this site that claimed they were THROUGH WITH FOOTBALL FOREVER are going to stick with their words?

    Go away! The real fans who understood this was a necessary process and patiently waited for it to resolve itself…DON’T NEED YOU.

  67. socalboy08 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:16 AM

    “Winning”

    Go Niners

  68. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Jul 15, 2011 8:56 AM

    I don’t understand this. James Harrison, would you please explain what this really means. I trust your intellect.

  69. tombradyswig says: Jul 15, 2011 9:27 AM

    let’s drink!!
    and smoke!!

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