In addressing what’s left to sort out in the NFL CBA negotiations, Jerry coined a new term — “circumcising a mosquito”. I hope things haven’t gotten that bad. Circumcising a mosquito seems like it would be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible. Hopefully, Jerra just meant that the last remaining details are small and should be easy to sort out. And, from the sound of things, that is the case.
The biggest obstacle at this point is all of the outlying lawsuits that resulted from this mess. They still need to make sense of the Doty ruling on the television revenue dispute. The players feel like they are entitled to health benefits from 2010, ones they agreed to surrender because of the uncapped season. And then there is the ten player anti-trust lawsuit. According to ESPN, both sides would like to include these legal cases in the impending agreement and wrap up this business all at once. Otherwise, things could be slowed down significantly while they navigate through courtroom red tape.
The good news is that everything appears to be on track for an official agreement on Thursday. Today, the NFL tentatively set Friday as the date for a new rules seminar. Since so much has changed, this is necessary for everyone involved. After all the parties are educated on the new CBA, it looks like the weekend will be the calm before a chaotic three week storm that begins on Monday.
If all goes according to plan, Monday will be the day that teams can sign undrafted free agents and will mark the beginning of the three day window teams have been given to lock down their own free agents. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Doug Free signs during that time frame. After the three day window, all hell will break loose next Thursday.
The next question that must be asked is what the Cowboys will do about training camp. Ideally, they won’t have a road camp this year. There is so much off-season work that needs to be done, it makes the most sense to operate out of Valley Ranch. But, Jerry also knows the importance of catering to his fan base, which is obviously immense in San Antonio. Either way, I bet he can make money no matter where camp is held.
We are slowly inching closer to a resolution. Soon, there will be football.