Several NFL owners including Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, and Jerry Richardson on Wednesday made a secret trip to Chicago, it was first reported by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
The story was confirmed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen on Thursday morning, and added the fact that not only were those three owners present, but also Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney and the Giants John Mara were also in attendance, along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith.
NFL player were representives were led by Kevin Mawae, Mike Vrabel, and Jeff Saturday. It was also reported by the Washington Post that mediator Arthur Boylan was even a part of the ongoing negotiations.
The negotiations started Tuesday night and will continue all the way through mid-day Thursday in hopes of coming up with a solution to the ongoing battle concerning a new CBA, money being the under lying issue.
I think that the fact that the NFLCA threw their support behind the players this past week, helped in guiding both sides back to the negotiation table.
It looks like maybe the stalemate is coming to an end, neither side wants the courts to be the deciding factor over their fate.
Hopefully with this round of negotiations will allow both sides to put their ego’s aside, and finally hammer out a new and long overdue deal.