WASHINGTON - Members of the decertified NFL players union are scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss a proposed labor deal that could end the lockout, but union president Kevin Mawae said there is no specific timetable for an agreement.
Mawae spoke briefly outside of the NFLPA headquarters in Washington, DC on Wednesday morning.
"The players are not in a rush," Mawae stated. "There is no timeline of July 21 [when owners are scheduled to meet in Atlanta for similar discussions]. Our timeline is to get the best deal for our players. We went to play football and we want to go back to work. We're going to get the right deal for our players."
Numerous reports this week have indicated that the sides are close to completing a new collective bargaining agreement that would end the four-month long lockout.
Talks between lawyers for the league and players have been ongoing in New York, and other reports indicated that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and union chief DeMaurice Smith spoke late Tuesday night.
If the players' committee approves the proposed deal, it would be sent to a vote for the entire union and a simple majority would be needed for ratification.
The owners could then vote on the proposal Thursday in Atlanta. Approval from 24 of the 32 owners would be needed to ratify the deal.