The situation with the labor deal is likely to come to a head as early as Monday.
The NFL announced plans to have a "limited free-agency period" between the time after the SuperBowl and the March 3rd date. The owners are aligned, and are expected to apply tags such as 'restricted' and 'unrestriced' and 'franchise' to players thus allowing for free-agency.
But not so fast. The players content that the language in the CBA doesn't allow for that until *after the new league starts*. The NFL claims it allows for it in the offseason, which includes this time period. As I've said before, I'm no expert, and the language seems a little vague. But I generally have to side with the players on this one.
The players have threatened to take it to court, if the NFL proceeds with its plan - essentially their claim is that if there is a free-agent period, ANYONE not under contract can sign with any team...and of course they contend that there can't be free agency now because of the lack of a salary cap, and the inability to trade which are laid out in the CBA specifically.
This is going to get contentious fast, I believe...