Draft of agreement could be presented to players Wednesday

Representatives for the owners and players are working into the evening in New York tonight trying to put the finishing touches on an agreement that will bring us football soon.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the goal is to have a completed draft for a new collective bargaining agreement to present to players on Wednesday. The player representatives for the 32 teams are going to meet in Washington, D.C., Wednesday and this could give them a chance to review the details of a proposed agreement.

Then, the players could share their discoveries with their teammates and move toward a vote. Owners, of course, are scheduled to meet on Thursday near the airport in Atlanta when they could ratify a new deal.

There are still unresolved issues, most prominent today a settlement with the plaintiffs in the Tom Brady lawsuit vs. the NFL. But sentiment seems to be that the sides are approaching a deal that could be completed before the weekend, setting the stage for real, actual football business to begin next week. Won’t that be a relief when it happens. Stay tuned. It’s only been a ride that’s lasted more than four months.

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