Despite recent reports that negotiations have regressed, there appeared to be signs of progress this week. Four days of negotiations took place in Minneapolis, and commissioner Roger Goodell and the head of the players association DeMaurice Smith joined forces to address rookies in Florida. Still, the NFL's longest work stoppage continues.
"We'll continue to meet next week, and the goal is to get a deal done," Smith said yesterday.
"We'll be back at it again next week," the league's lead negotiator Jeff Pash added.
Talks are expected to continue on Tuesday in New York City. At least they're talking.