Report: Deal could be in place in two weeks

After clandestine meetings during the course of the last two weeks, have the NFL owners and players edged close to making a deal?

Maybe.

Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reported this morning that a “framework agreement” could be in place for the two side “in about two weeks.”

If that is the case, there would be ample time for free agency for veterans and the undrafted college free agents. Training camps would also be able to start on time, which would mean none of the preseason games would be lost. Yes, those preseason games mean revenue too.

It will be interesting to see if some type of accommodation is made by the league for the teams with new head coaches. They’re typically afforded an extra minicamp during the offseason. Will they be permitted to start training camp a little bit earlier than the other teams in order to get the ball rolling?

Well, we’re getting ahead of ourselves with that. If Kaplan is accurate – and there is a buzz that progress has been made since the clandestine meeting the sides had in suburban Chicago last week – a new CBA could be in place easily in advance of July 4. The owners and players also met this week in New York, and Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports there have been talks over the phone since.

Keep your fingers crossed.

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