A sense of urgency fills the NFL owners’ meetings Tuesday as they discuss progress made in recent talks with the players.
With the clock ticking down to the midnight expiration of the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Roger Goodell and the NFL’s negotiating team arrived at a federal mediator’s headquarters about 45 minutes ahead of the NFLPA.
The NFL and the players’ union no longer have months or weeks or days to reach a new CBA. If they don’t get it done before Thursday turns to Friday on the East Coast, pro football’s first work stoppage since 1987 is almost a certainty.
Colts owner Jim Irsay says he still plans to make Peyton Manning the NFL’s highest-paid player, even if that requires putting the franchise tag on the four-time league MVP next season.