Today, in the most unsurprising news ever, there was no official agreement reached in the ongoing NFL lock-out negotiations. But, they are apparently even closer than they were last night, which was apparently pretty close. There is hope that they can knock this thing out over the weekend. Then of course the players have to ratify the agreement. Also, it should be noted that both sides are under a gag order from mediator Arthur Boyle, so I’m not sure where all the information is coming from anyway. Regardless, there appears to be tangible progress.
Depending on who you read there are a few things that are still holding up the deal. ESPN is writing that the owners are standing firm on their demand for first right of refusal on up to three free agents. The players are understandably refusing to grant this request.
According to Albert Breer, the hold-up has nothing to do with the first right of refusal situation. In a tweet, Breer said that it had more to do with player safety issues in the off-season and the settlement issues related to the actual lawsuit that took place.
In reality, both sides probably still need to agree on these three things and many more. Again, any information we have is coming from negotiations that are under a gag order. No doubt, much of what we are hearing is slightly skewed. We won’t truly know what’s holding up this deal until it’s all been agreed upon and football has begun again. At that point, we won’t care anyway. Keep your fingers crossed this weekend.