Like Andrew Brandt, the former Packers chief negotiator has been reminding us all along through this process of the collective bargaining agreement, nothing’s agreed on until everything is agreed on …
However, news reports published just a few minutes ago indicate that it looks like the players association is to meet Monday with the task of recommending the recertification timeline which will clear the way for the signing of a new CBA.
Talk about good news!
However, we’ve all been duped into thinking things were on the path to a signed agreement before, only to be left short of the goal line on what was seemingly fourth and inches.
While we here at lombardiave.com are cautiously optimistic (where have you heard that before?), we are also excited about the news that it appears after significant work behind the scenes today a presser is expected to be held by players association officials Monday to announce the news.
It is ESPN’s Chris Mortenson and John Clayton who said that “significant progress” was made today and that the recertification timeline of the union is to be recommended on Monday, clearing the way for a deal. However, much is still uncertain … such as whether it will be a 10-year deal or whether the players have negotiated for a seven-year opt-out.
It’s also expected that the preseason (with the exception of the Hall of Fame game, which has already been cancelled) will go on as planned. Some teams could be in camp as soon as Wednesday.
The free agency period could begin as soon as this coming Saturday.
Adam Schefter is saying, “Welcome back football,” but NFL Network’s Albert Breer is not quite as confident at this point as of the 6 p.m. hour Saturday. He said talks continue and used the term “standy” when describing the status of the players association’s executive committee.
Either way, it sounds like the association is moving the fat lady front and center for Monday morning.
Let’s hope her voice is loud and clear.