NFL Lockout: No deal coming until weekend?

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney (L) talks with New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft during the NFL’s Super Bowl XLV football game in Arlington, Texas, February 6, 2011. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will play in today’s game. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported this morning that a player vote on the owners’ proposed CBA settlement appeared likely for Friday. But he is now backing off that claim and says a deal may not wrap up until sometime this weekend.

Rotoworld.com has the details:

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has backed off an earlier report that a player vote “appears likely” for Friday, now suggesting an agreement won’t come until this weekend.

NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith is at the funeral of Patriots owner Bob Kraft’s wife Myra in Boston Friday. Negotiations on outstanding issues will hit the back burner while player reps review the owners’ proposal. Should the vote be delayed until Saturday or Sunday, the proposed free agency process also figures to be pushed back.

First and foremost, I was sorry to read about Bob Kraft’s wife. That certainly puts this lockout situation into perspective and is a reminder that there are much more important things in life than football. According to the Boston Globe, Myra devoted her time to “numerous causes,” including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. I am sorry for the Kraft’s loss.

In related lockout news, NFLLabor.com is reporting that the proposed CBA approval allows for teams to begin negotiating with restricted, unrestricted and college free agents this Saturday. That said, teams can’t actually sign another team’s free agent before next Wednesday, so no actual free agent movement will occur until then.

Whether it’s Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or sometime early next week, it appears that the NFL lockout will be over with soon.

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