Players involved in labor negotiations with the NFL traveled to Minnesota on Monday, but not just to meet with their legal team. They are there for a fifth round of "secret talks" with the league, a source with knowledge of the situation said.
Minnesota is home to Arthur Boylan, the U.S. magistrate judge assigned to run court-ordered mediation and who has been present for the previous talks. Constants in the room during past talks have been NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, New York Giants owner John Mara, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson,Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth and Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday
The clock is ticking to get a deal in place in time to have training camps started on time and, more importantly for ownership, not to lose any preseason games.
Which explains the following report from Chris Mortensen:
For the first time since these round of negotiations began, NFL & players have committed to 4 straight days of talks thru Friday in Minn.
Lots to get through but the signs are encouraging.
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