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.

69 responses to “Stunning momentum puts settlement on fast track

  1. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

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

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

    DING, DING DING!!!

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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…

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  18. 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…

  19. 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?

  20. 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…

  21. 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!

  22. @ 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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