For weeks, the NFL and NFLPA quietly negotiated what would be a comprehensive new drug policy. On Wednesday night, word of significant progress trickled out. Since then, the reports have intensified, with plenty of corroboration and details and intriguing possibilities like lifted suspensions for Wes Welker and Josh Gordon.
The negotiations have remained in flux, with signs of progress balanced by evidence of a retreat. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the two sides moved farther apart on Saturday night.
Currently, a deal isn’t close. Which makes sense, given that the window for putting suspended players back on the field for Week One has closed. Look for the talks to continue and a deal to remain possible unless and until one side or the other completely shuts down the negotiation process.
As PFT reported on Saturday, the earliest anything could happen is Monday or Tuesday, given that a deal would have to be approved by the board of player representatives. Given that most of them are, you know, playing football today, it’ll be hard to expedite the process.