Already? Wow, that went by fast....
A deal could be done by Thursday and we could possibly have the free agency "supermarket sweep" by next week at this time. We personally cannot wait to see what that looks like.
Will teams be conservative, or will they rush the department store doors like the old ladies used to do on the morning after Thanksgiving?
On the lockout front, what was really accomplished by this whole exercise? Well, the owners got their piece of the revenue pie back and the veterans players - the voting block of the NFLPA - got theirs, too.
The players, like any good, old American union sold out their unborn. Rookies will make less and their contracts will be shorter. Free agency will be at four years flat with no right-of-first-refusal clause. Not too bad a tradeoff.
I said from the beginning, the owners are going to get their money back and the players will receive more freedom in the marketplace as a reward for giving it to them.
The retired players? Well, they'll be something in it for them. Just like there was for Fredo Corleone...
The deal is reported to be for ten years. Perhaps by that time, some of those chapeaus DeMaurice Smith has been sporting will be back in style.
The Giants are sitting on the edge of their recliners, bags by the door, waiting for the phone to ring. There isn't one player who isn't ready to report. It's past the point of being a vacation, now.
Michael Strahan would have loved this...