The NFL and the NFLPA agreed on a second extension on Friday, this time lasting seven days and extending the time to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement to March 11, 2011. The two sides will resume negotiating on Monday under the supervision of mediator George Cohen.
Teams are still forbidden to to execute player transactions, free agency isn’t beginning, things are still at a stand-still, but there is no lock-out or decertification yet and talks seem to be productive. The 24 hour extension agreed upon yesterday allowed the players union to review the owners’ most recent proposal. Hopefully this thing gets figured out without a work stoppage. I’m still not especially confident of that, but here’s hoping. Here is the ESPN report.