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Source: 'It's almost over'

Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:34 pm
A source with direct knowledge of the talks between owners and players describes them this way:

"We're at the half-yard line. The ball was just snapped. Now we gotta punch it in."

Excuse the football cliche but it was the official's way of saying this: this deal is all but done. Unless there is a massive amount of subterfuge that would make the CIA blush, the negotiations should be completed within the next 24-48 hours. A handshake agreement, I'm told, could come this weekend or early next week at the latest.

When the two sides reached firm agreements on the rookie wage scale and salary cap number over a 13-hour marathon meeting -- the cap will be around $120 million, I'm told -- some of the other issues fell quickly into place.

There are no more major sticking points. Just some minor to mid-major. One is judicial oversight of the CBA. The owners have long hated the courts having jurisdiction. Contrary to reports that has yet to be finalized.

But, now, mostly, lawyers are performing a close examination of the language of the 500-plus page document and cleaning up a few details.

I was also told that NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell, commissioner, have discussed how they are going to address the media at the completion of a deal. But the source couldn't determine when exactly they had this discussion.

It's almost done. It's just about over. The only thing left is the touchdown dance.

Or, if you prefer, the only thing left is to hand the football to the ref post-score.
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Tags: Lockout
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:52 pm

Source: 'It's almost over'

Let's not forget that we didn't even actuallly miss any football, so why should this even matter to you, me and the average fan? I don't care if they do this every offseason as long as they sort it out before training caps begin... okay that was an exxageration for effect, the lockout was annoying
Because it doesn't sound like this was really for much of anything. I'm willing to sacrifice football now for the long-term future. In fact, I fully intend to sacrifice the season and watch soccer instead. I think my time will be better spent not watching the Cardinals this year.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:06 pm

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Maybe it is supposed to stay at $120M and isn't tied into future increases in revenue?  Otherwise you have to wonder why this lockout even happened.  If they're going to raise the cap so much anyway what is dispute exactly?

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:38 pm

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Tell me again, why many posters blast Freeman (or any other media outlet) for giving the public tidbits of information.  It's a tweet/blog/FB world... and he's just adding his CBA updates.

I'm well aware that we all want the news that the CBA has been agreed upon by both NFLPA & owners.  Well..., except for maybe rodponton, who's looking for one side to be exploded into smithereens.  But, did we all think that this negotiation would be handled quickly?  Seriously, those that knew this was going to be similiar to waiting in the beer line, in the middle of the 3rd qtr, for the last 2 - $10 brews... please, raise your hands.  Wink

Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:51 pm

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$120 MILLION?  Holy crap. 

Dan Snyder will have Redskins 1 in the air to the west coast before the ink is dry...


Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:47 am

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lets get his done

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:26 am

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It is due to these rookie contracts that have been given out the last few years and because of owners like Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder that we are in this mess to begin with.  They want to buy all the good players to Dallas and Washington and make it like Yankees-Red Sox.  If we got rid of them, especially Jerry, we won't run into this problem again.
Whoa nelly, don't forget about the ridiculous contracts Al Davis has given out the last few years.

Actually many owners have contributed to the problem.

I agree the jurisdiction of the courts over disputes is a big issue. I am sure the owners would rather have arbitration required. We'll see if they can agree on a solution quickly.

I really want to know what the new deal says about Franchise tags and the number of years to become a free agent.

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:26 am

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It's not an article dumbass!  It's a blog.  Know the difference

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