Posted by Eye on Football Staff
Update (5:05): There are multiple outlets reporting that the players are leaving their meetings without voting today.
CBSSports.com's own Mike Freeman has learned this is because of the "massive volume of information" they're having to currently digest (mentally, of course) when looking over the settlement documents.
There is also a report from SI's Jim Trotter (since confirmed by the NFL Network's Albert Breer) where he cites sources who said that the players voted "conditionally" to "forward the settlement agreement to named plaintiffs." The conditions being that some outstanding issues be resolved before the vote is official.
In other words, the guys listed on Brady v. NFL -- Tom Brady, Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees -- will get a chance to review the settlement agreement and progress the settlement talks forward while the NFLPA continues to review the documents on hand.
All of this means it's possible -- and perhaps even likely -- that we see the owners and players vote on the CBA on the same day, Thursday. It also means if you had "Wednesday, July 20" in your office lockout pool, you just lost.
Earlier today, we told you about NFLPA president Kevin Mawae saying the association wouldn’t be tied to a deadline of July 21 to hold a vote on a new labor deal.
"Our timeline is to get the best deal for our players,” he said. “We're not going to agree to any deal unless it's the right deal for all the players."
Apparently, the players haven’t agreed that the proposed deal is, in fact, the right deal for them.
As the various reporters in Washington who are waiting for the NFLPA to finish their meeting (and maybe vote one way or the other) have spoken and tweeted, there has been no vote taken today.
And by the reports that some players, including Bengals T Andrew Whitworth, have left the building, it's unclear at this point whether the owners will have the chance to vote on ending the labor struggle at their meeting Thursday in Atlanta.
That’s not to say the deal won’t be passed by the NFLPA at some point soon. Hell, it's possible the vote still takes place today. It’s just taking a little bit longer than some thought it might.
Which, in this labor environment, is pretty much par for the course.
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