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Packers: NFL Lockout Deal Next Week?

Legendary senior writer jclombardi reports NFL labor deal probably coming next week.


ESPN–NFL Lockout unresolved issuesThe outstanding unresolved issues according to sources: (1) Players want restoration of $320 million in lost benefits from the 2010 uncapped season (2) Players want to limit use of the franchise tag on unrestricted free agents to a one-time application (3) Settlement of the Brady antitrust lawsuit involving 10 named plaintiffs  (4) Workman’s compensation (5)  Settlement of the television damages case stemming from U.S. District Judge David Doty’s ruling that owners did not act in the best interests of players as directed by the previous CBA in creating “lockout insurance.”  Under a ratified agreement, teams would have an exclusive 72-hour window to negotiate contracts with their free agents Friday before those players hit the open market at the start of league-wide free agency on July 25th.

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