Posted by Ryan Wilson
One source told CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman on Saturday that so much progress was made in negotiations between owners and players that a deal was near. The source also thought a vote on a new collective bargaining agreement might come in the next 24-48 hours.
"So close that the executive committee might vote as soon as Sunday," Freeman writes, "though the player source felt Monday was more likely."
Either way, we'll take it. We've gone more than four months without football and at this point anything short of "SEASON CANCELED" is encouraging news.
Perhaps more evidence that the end is near: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported via Twitter that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "have worked directly to assure that nothing goes off path. Exec committee called this a.m. Expect presser Monday."
Mortensen added that Smith and Goodell are "working directly on couple finishing details but [the] trust is there. … In fact, Goodell may be invited to [the Monday] presser."
Given all the false starts in recent days, we'd understand your skepticism. NFL Network's Albert Breer isn't yet willing to commit to a Monday press conference, instead opting for "standby mode."
"NFLPA currently has its executive committee and player reps on standby for Monday," he tweeted Saturday afternoon. "If things keep going well, likely exec comm comes to DC."
PFT's Greg Rosenthal also is trying to keep things in perspective. "We’ve learned to that a deal isn’t done until it’s done, so we’re tempering our optimism slightly."
Meanwhile, we can only imagine that ESPN's Adam Schefter is taking perverse pleasure in stirring the pot. Here is the entirety of his tweet from Saturday afternoon.
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