Another thing the commissioner said was that talks are "ongoing" to settle the labor (dis) agreement. To paraphrase 'the good news is that the owners and players are talking.'
Which is probably iinaccurate. Sure, they've exchanged voicemails. But the owners haven't really discussed the major issues and come to consensus, so it would be hard for them to negotiate with the players. There are many issues with the salaray cap, revenue sharing, the draft, payouts to players, stadium funds, etc, etc, etc.
And these all need to get ironed out by the owers first...
IMHO, this will not resolve itself by the end of the 2010 campaign. So, in all likelihood, there will be a lockout in 2011.
...and for the Dolphins that leaves me uneasy. They're "building for the future" and maybe next year they make a good showing and get back to the playoffs with a run toward a title likely in.....a year when there's a lockout.
How the landscape of the NFL will change is anyone's guess. All this building may lead to naught...