CBA deal nears, but don’t pop the corks yet …

We're hoping that players like Clay Matthews will be sweating and giving interviews as early as this weekend. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Andrew Brandt, that knowledgeable former Packers negotiator, knows this football business best and that’s why we here at lombardiave.com have been following his sage advice through this entire CBA negotiations issue: It’s not agreed upon until EVERYTHING is agreed upon.

So, with that in mind, we take Jay Glazer’s announcement very early this morning announcing “Sources: NFL, NFLPA agree to CBA terms” with at least a small grain of salt.

We all know what transpired yesterday. We all know that players and inside sources were tweeting, emailing and commenting about the fact that the league and players were very close to agreeing to a deal after breakthroughs in negotiations – namely the obstacles surrounding the reinstitution of the players’ association and whether there will be a 10-year deal or a deal that gives players an opt-out option.
All that is well and good, but like Brandt said, it’s not a done deal until everything is agreed upon and as of Monday morning it appeared that the only thing that could screw things up is the class action suit filed by Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller and other retired players.

While it seems clear that this agreement is steamrolling its way through to acceptance at this point, even Glazer acknowledged in his posting this morning that “[t]here is still a chance that some unforeseen obstacle can somehow stall the agreement again, although that now seems unlikely.” That “unforeseen” issue would be the Eller action.

And because of the minute chance that the “unforeseen” could bring the whole thing down, we here at lombardiave are not popping the tops on the root beer yet.

Needless to say, it’s going to be an eventful day today. If the recent past is any indication, anything can happen and probably will.

So hang on for the ride … it could be bumpy or it could be smooth … we are hoping for the latter.

If things go as planned, facilities could be opened as early as Tuesday, and training camps could open for 10 teams Thursday, another 10 teams Friday, and the final 12 over the weekend.  Free agency, per Glazer, could start as early as Friday or Saturday.

As for the Packers and when they will hit the field … all of that information is still under wraps. We will report it here as soon as the word is given.

Topics: CBA, Jay Glazer, NFL, NFLPA

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