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Almost nothing can derail a deal now

Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith, AP

As another week of negotiations comes to an end, all signs are that a deal between the NFL and its players is so close that those in the room can practically taste it.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported Friday evening that an agreement is expected on a new deal early next week, and there is almost nothing that can stop it now.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke briefly to reporters today and, although he wouldn’t come right out and say it was close, certainly seemed to be pleased with the progress that has been made. Jones is staying in town over the weekend to keep working toward an end to the lockout next week.

All expectations are that the owners will vote to approve a new deal on Thursday in Atlanta.

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55 Responses to “Almost nothing can derail a deal now”
  1. eastsideballa says: Jul 15, 2011 7:13 PM

    Yesss! Finally! Allah Akbar!

  2. trbowman says: Jul 15, 2011 7:13 PM

    Are you ready for some football???

  3. footballfanatic3431 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:14 PM

    Somebody pinch me…

  4. PurpleRaid18 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:16 PM

    For God’s sakes… don’t jinx it!

  5. winstonhussein says: Jul 15, 2011 7:16 PM

    Oh boy, I can’t wait to debate which side won and which side lost.
    My money’s on the Fat Cats.

  6. 0mattfrye0 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:18 PM

    Is that a new deal or are you just happy to see me ?

  7. nineroutsider says: Jul 15, 2011 7:18 PM

    Don’t jinx it!!!

  8. jm11890 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:18 PM

    demoron will not give in easy. he will continue to use this as his 15 minutes of fame cause once its over he goes back to irrevelancy

  9. bangyourhead4 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:19 PM

    Can You Smell The Pigskin In The Air!

  10. clblay78 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:25 PM

    Perfect. It’s about time. I’m craving any kind of football talk minus lockout and James Harrison.

  11. p4hbiz says: Jul 15, 2011 7:26 PM

    So that means it will get done in another month or so..

    DirecTV don’t send that bill just yet!

  12. 7370355q says: Jul 15, 2011 7:26 PM

    cheers to those who said we wouldn’t have an agreement until october!!!

  13. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 15, 2011 7:27 PM

    I wonder if there is any combination of owners with enough stones to help block this deal when they vote on the 21st. I don’t care which owners they are, something tells me they’d all become the anti-”America’s Team” for years to come if they try.

  14. MisterDeol says: Jul 15, 2011 7:28 PM

    time to turn my focus to fantasy football :)

  15. mathsimillion says: Jul 15, 2011 7:29 PM

    This is the first time in the whole 4 months that they’ve decided to work through a weekend. That can only be a good thing meaning that a deal is indeed finish-able soon.

    The only problem I have is that the Owners meeting should be bumped up to Tuesday :) .

  16. ingloriousmaster says: Jul 15, 2011 7:29 PM

    Yesss! Finally! Allah Akbar!

    ———————————————————–
    It’s “allahu akbar”, and its not a phrase I would use with elation. Good work all sides to finally (we hope) get a deal done.

  17. Soulman45 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:30 PM

    Thank you I have my fix for to day my feel good story it work every time.

  18. brubaker15 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:33 PM

    “Almost” ONLY counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. and the derail in this case has a name= Lawyers

  19. bennyblanco99 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:34 PM

    REALLY….
    Like they couldn’t have done this same exact thing months ago?!?

    I guess the plan was to torture and string us all along from the beginning but who cares…. I WANT SOME FOOTBALL!!!

  20. fifthorkid says: Jul 15, 2011 7:34 PM

    Famous Last Words……I guess nobody is aware of a certain Mr. Murphy who can strike at anytime. I won’t believe it until its all said and done and the fat lady is singing.

  21. bucfandango says: Jul 15, 2011 7:38 PM

    @eastsideballa,

    Take your “Ally Akbeer” and shove it up your @SS.

  22. texanfan23 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:39 PM

    The four horsemen are drawing nigh….

  23. sdw2001 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:41 PM

    eastsideballa says:
    Jul 15, 2011 7:13 PM
    Yesss! Finally! Allah Akbar!

    ——

    Don’t understand the 56 dislikes. Well done as far as I’m concerned.

  24. melonnhead says: Jul 15, 2011 7:41 PM

    Ataaboy Jerry, put in that work.

  25. 2011to2020lions says: Jul 15, 2011 7:42 PM

    I am pretty HAPPY right now, because it feels like it really will happen. I don’t see the cold water coming this time.

  26. mypuppyfarted says: Jul 15, 2011 7:42 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Even then I might not give a damn, though. After we fans have been taken on a ride by all these greedy millionaires and billionaires I might just decide to stay home on Sundays.

  27. spartyfi says: Jul 15, 2011 7:47 PM

    Why inglorious? Doesn’t it mean God is great? I don’t see the problem.

  28. jamie54 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:48 PM

    ……and Mikey will be soon changing his underwear when it comes across. Said a long time ago wake me up when it’s July 15 so here we are after so many meaningless wasted stories all with the same ending, “…and we all are waiting for the lockout to end.” Now I wonder if all those laid off will be rehired with back pay. These people make in a year what most of the top execs piss away after dinner. Take care of the hired help owners, instead of the shleps who got you in this mess.

  29. raven4life21 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:50 PM

    like i said, I will believe it when I see photos of the players practicing at their team facilities!

  30. themitchdraft says: Jul 15, 2011 7:51 PM

    Almost nothing can derail a deal now, but the sides are still MONTHS apart.

  31. djstat says: Jul 15, 2011 8:00 PM

    why are these lawsuita complicated, “Your Honor, my clients would like to withdrawal their suit”. CASE DISMISSED

  32. vetdana says: Jul 15, 2011 8:03 PM

    Does this mean that everyone will now…bow….

    Reach back, pull out their wallets, and then
    ….throw it at them ?

    Not Me…..Count Me Out !

  33. lgbarn says: Jul 15, 2011 8:06 PM

    As someone who has hated the likes of Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder, I say a big “Thank You” to Jerry Jones for your leadership in getting this thing across the goal-line.

    I’m about to throwup in my mouth now.

  34. rcali says: Jul 15, 2011 8:11 PM

    Too bad you season ticket holders are going to have to pay for those worthless pre-season games. Ouch!

  35. bison4me says: Jul 15, 2011 8:24 PM

    Being a Redskins fan, I’m happy Jerry Jones is staying over the weekend. Just in case one of those lawyers start talking smack to try and derail the progress, Jerry’s there with some Texas Justice. Every time some idiot attorney opens his mouth, he’ll be drowned out by the sound of a shotgun racking.

  36. jdandcoke says: Jul 15, 2011 8:28 PM

    sorry…but any fan who was ever the least bit bothered by this whole thing was wasting a lot of time and energy on nothing. i personally would not have gotten worried for another month.

  37. mcp0401 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:31 PM

    This is great news! However they should have kept working on the last items and finished this thing…

  38. reptar24 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:32 PM

    So tomorrow we’ll see a story that says “NFLPA says sides still not close to deal.”

  39. iamthorny says: Jul 15, 2011 9:04 PM

    This is fantastic news. I had no freaking clue what to talk to my wife about during Sunday’s in the fall and winter…

  40. bobwhitequail says: Jul 15, 2011 9:07 PM

    What does Chester Pitts have to say about all this? (kidding!) New CBA = no more chester pitts or Kessler in the media, ahhh got to love it!

  41. iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin says: Jul 15, 2011 9:15 PM

    I only have one thing to say right now, and that is I don’t like Jerry Jones. Maybe it’s just his public persona. I dunno — never met him personally.

  42. bucforever says: Jul 15, 2011 9:30 PM

    I refuse to get excited until I see somebody in pads! On the field in pads! Ok?

  43. phillysports7 says: Jul 15, 2011 9:36 PM

    why till thursday?! anyways, better then then no season at all :D

  44. zibikbeer says: Jul 15, 2011 9:58 PM

    eastsideballa says: Jul 15, 2011 7:13 PM

    Yesss! Finally! Allah Akbar!

    ______________

    All those thumbs down show how racist and ignorant pft planet is. Same thing goes for all the comments about Cam Newton.

    @bucfandango

    Take that comment of yours and shove it up yours buddy. stfu

  45. isuschu says: Jul 15, 2011 10:03 PM

    Great! Now just get the deal hammered out and signed in time to get free hot wings at Buffalo Wild Wings, that would be SWEET!

  46. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 15, 2011 10:09 PM

    How about The Rapture? That could derail them, no?

    Strike that. What am I thinking? All these guys will still be here.

  47. gdixon3421 says: Jul 15, 2011 10:15 PM

    Wait is this a dream? Anywho let’s get that ball in the end zone! Fantasy football here we come!

  48. barronhastoholdorakpo says: Jul 15, 2011 10:17 PM

    Not sure why Jerry is trying hard to get this season going. This year will be the fall apart year for the overrated cowgirls. Rebuild begins next year. Romeo is crushed again, Dez and coaches begin to really clash, and the OL has to bring on Barron to hold Orakpo again. Cry boys, cry….you will dwell in the cellar for years to come.

  49. bubbabart says: Jul 15, 2011 10:23 PM

    Announcer saying…and he hasn’t thrown a pick in 243 attempts….JINX!

  50. hoobsher says: Jul 15, 2011 10:41 PM

    but believe me…theyll try to find something.

  51. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 15, 2011 11:15 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 15, 2011 7:27 PM

    I wonder if there is any combination of owners with enough stones to help block this deal when they vote on the 21st. I don’t care which owners they are, something tells me they’d all become the anti-”America’s Team” for years to come if they try.

    ________________________________

    Why would enough owners vote against it when they just took the players to the woodshed?

  52. eaglesfanxx says: Jul 16, 2011 12:30 AM

    And… Exhale, breath. Thank you for restoring order in my chaotic life. I can stop taking anti-depressants (just kidding). I love the NFL and I’m going to have a few well-deserved drinks. I won’t be driving tonight. Good night.

  53. thetooloftools says: Jul 16, 2011 7:38 AM

    “Almost nothing can derail a deal now” = “hey everyone, watch this” (just before a disaster happens).

  54. larryfinfan says: Jul 16, 2011 8:16 AM

    “Almost nothing can derail a deal now” except for a few boneheaded players, a few boneheaded lawyers and a few boneheaded owners…wait…we’ve got the recipe for a deal NOT being done, don’t we ???

  55. fcs34 says: Jul 16, 2011 9:32 AM

    “Almost nothing can derail a deal now.”

    Except the Russian winter. It’s always messing up the best laid plans

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