Today was the first day in over a week that didn’t involve a bargaining session between the National Football League and its players association. For seven consecutive days, the two sides worked toward establishing common ground on the major issues that have separated them for the last two years.
And they were also remarkably quiet, honouring an agreement that they’d keep the media out of the process.
And while the details of the talks remain sealed, we had a chance today to get an indication as to the progress the two sides have made with exactly one week remaining on the current collective bargaining agreement. That’s because NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith addressed a group of player agents in a meeting at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
A number of personal accounts have flooded the smartphones of the NFL’s top newsbreakers, confusing pretty much anyone trying to get a feel for the situation via Twitter.
The wildness started with a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter a little after noon Eastern, and things only got weirder from there…
So we don’t know what to think right now. It sounds as though a lot of paranoia filled the room, as agents probably have the most to lose in the case of a lockout. I’m not Freud, but paranoia and pessimism often ride together. And there’s also a chance many of these agents weren’t around the last time professional football dealt with a work stoppage — they might not realize how quickly things can turn around.
Stay tuned. Next week is going to be a freakin’ mess.