Progress Made, But Work Remains

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NFL owners and NFLPA representatives on Friday concluded a crucial week of positive negotiations that resolved many of the key points toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. But the amicable talks grounded to a halt when the two sides came to loggerheads over the issue of right-of-first refusal for free agents.

NFL sources confirmed to that players balked at an owners’ proposal to retain some sort of right-of-first-refusal control over players who have completed four or more years of NFL service. Owners are seeking a free agency process that would allow them to retain key veterans by matching any contract offer from another team.

Following the discussions in New York City, the NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement Friday afternoon promising the negotiating process would continue, but cautioning that work remains to finalize a CBA that would...

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