Call me crazy but I would have expected a possible new collective bargaining agreement to have been announced by now.
The trade association formerly known as the NFLPA is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to evaluate a new deal proposal and owners have been planning to take an approval vote on said proposal this Thursday for quite some time.
Only one thing is missing: a proposed deal.
Recent reports have continued to be positive and obviously both sides are close but yesterday's meetings ended without a deal. That means it's looking less and less likely that players and owners will be approving anything this week because, as Mike Florio said late yesterday evening, 'they're cutting it pretty damn close.'
So I'd assume that unless an announcement comes sometime today, expectations will need to be adjusted and a new soft deadline will need to be set. In fact, that's exactly what Howard Balzer of 101ESPN.com is now reporting. Instead of opening the three-day exclusive free agency period this Friday on July 22nd, it appears a more likely opening of the free agency period will be delayed until Monday, July 25th.
Which would suck. But we've waited this long, what the hell's another three days, right? Still, I'm holding out hope that news of a completed deal will break today, like within hours. Until then, I'll just sit here pondering life's greatest mysteries like whether the Hall of Fame game will be cancelled or whether the NFLPA should be allowed to resume its union status.
Just get it done already!