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The Lockout Isn't Over, But We May Know When It's Over

They've still got some negotiating to do. From ESPN:

With the NFL closing in on a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement, owners and players will return to the negotiating table in a mediation setting on Monday and Tuesday to settle a handful of unresolved issues, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

Chris Mortenson goes into the list of issues to be worked out, which are not insignificant, but nobody seems to expect them to hold up the NFL season. From ESPN:

Under a ratified agreement, teams would have an exclusive 72-hour window to negotiate contracts with their own free agents Friday before those players hit the open market at the start of league-wide free agency on July 25th.

Backing up from July 25th by 72-hours means the lockout would end on July 22.

Daryn Colledge already floated the idea, he's just kidding, on Twitter for fans to be "in the streets and demand my return." His Twitter account was funny today as he and T.J. Lang tweeted as Jason Wilde speculated on who might replace Colledge if the Packers don't re-sign him. It was an odd exchange because I've speculated on keeping free agents I don't know how many times over the years, but I've never actually expected the player involved to respond in real time.

There are a lot of free agent rules that haven't been disclosed, some parts of which are still under negotiation including the franchise tag and the potential free agents involved in the anti-trust lawsuit, so it's still a little speculative as to which Green Bay Packers are exactly free agents. I expect we'll find out the exact situation early next week.