NFL Daily Haze: Four Days Into Labor Negotiations, Optimism Springs

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NFL Daily Haze: Four Days Into Labor Negotiations, Optimism Springs
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There just might be football next year after all.

Call me crazy, but I am starting to feel a little more optimistic about labor peace now that both sides have negotiated four days in a row. Sure, it happened behind closed doors and there have been no public statements about the meetings.

So we do not really know what is going on or about what they are discussing. Maybe they are talking about the NBA All-Star game. Or what to have for lunch. Or global warming. Who knows?

Still, you have to feel a little optimistic as a football fan that something might finally be getting done.

The two sides were not really all that close a few weeks ago. They might not be close now. But they are getting closer by the day. We all know that football will be back, there is too much money involved for the alternative. So it is only a matter of time, and the clock finally appears to be ticking.

Will the deal get done by March 3? I still doubt that. But soon thereafter, I could see it happening now.

Which means that free agency may not be that far off after all. And then, the NFL draft. And then, training camp.

And then, football.

Here are today’s great reads:

  • Joe Flacco may or may not be in the "top 10 best quarterbacks in the league" list yet according to the experts, but he certainly has become a starting QB in fantasy leagues. And that makes him a top-12 quarterback in the eyes of fantasy experts. [ProFootballTalk]
  • The Chargers slapped the franchise tag on Vincent Jackson and it sounds like he has accepted that he will not be receiving a long-term extension from the team anytime soon. That is all good news for Philip Rivers, who should start the 2011 season with his top wide receiver on the field instead of at home. [FanHouse]

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