The NFL and NFLPA are resuming their meetings on Thursday morning as we now stand just hours away from the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The deal expires at midnight tonight -- that's actually midnight eastern so 11:00 p.m. in Arrowhead time -- and after that we're not quite sure what we're in for.
What we know right now is that the two sides will be meeting this morning along with a federal mediator. The NFLPA's group includes executive director DeMaurice Smith, union lawyers and current and former players, including Kansas City Chiefs G Brian Waters and former Chiefs FB Tony Richardson, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.
So we're back to waiting.
By the way, someone asked me yesterday: Why is it important to get a deal done now?
My answer: If you don't get a deal done now, you may not get a deal done until August when preseason and training camp pick up. There's no real deadline until then. And if there's no deal in August, there won't be any offseason workouts which would hurt teams and we may or may not lose free agency. If a deal isn't done now, there's no motivation to do a deal for a while. Check out @joelherring to see the response from the other side.