Via some ESPN sources, labor talks will resume this week – but don’t hold your breath because there will likely not be an agreement reached.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith, their colleagues and constituents all appeared in good spirits Friday as they left the office building where they met and either walked away or climbed into black cars waiting by the doors.
“We’ll continue to meet next week, and the goal is to get a deal done,” Smith said on his way out.
But according to another more realistic ESPN source, a deal is unfortunately out of reach by weeks end:
Sources on both sides maintain there remains significant work to be completed after negotiations almost disintegrated last week before “getting back on track.” The same sources say that an agreement is within reach but unlikely to be achieved this week.