I feel like I’ve had this article prepped and ready to go for the past three days and I’ve finally gotten tired of waiting. The NFL and NFLPA are reportedly very close to a new CBA that would give the players 48% of the shared revenue and end the lockout. Unfortunately before anything can get done everyone has to sit down and talk even more, lawyers have to work on the language and we have to hope everything continues to hold together just a little bit longer.
Here are the facts: the sides are currently meeting in Boston to iron out the nuances and specifics of a CBA that would give the players 48% of the revenue and allow 4th year pros to enter the free agency pool as unrestricted free agents. They are currently tweaking a rookie wage scale and several other components like credits for owners for stadium construction and pension plans for retired players.
Ultimately though, and I hate to say it, Roger Goodell has been right. This wasn’t going to get done in the courts, and the courts seem to have agreed with that. It’s not by accident that the court system is taking its sweet time to review the case and insisting the two sides meet in mediation sessions. Ultimately, nobody wins when a 3rd party comes in and makes the decisions for you, and I think the NFL as a whole is finally coming around on that point.
Now we just need to wait for the deal to be finalized and for an announcement to come regarding the start of the new league year. That’s when the fun really starts and free agency, the signing of draft picks and OTA work can finally begin. Hopefully we are at the end of that proverbial road and football is right around the corner.