Buford – The Falcons’ seven-on-seven practice on Tuesday was the most spirited one in weeks.
Perhaps, it was the first appearance of Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White or it may have been the news that the NFL Lockout could be coming to a close in two weeks, according to the Washington Post.
“Hopefully, they can get it done,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. “I’ve seen kind of the same reports that everybody else has seen. Like I’ve said all along, I’ve got good faith in both sides that we’ll come to an agreement and be able to get this worked out so that we can get back to work.”
Ryan and the rest of the Falcons hope that a deal is reached by early July, which would give them time to get ready for the normal start of training camp. The Falcons reported for training camp on July 29 last season.
Also, an early July settlement would allow for teams to have a frenzied couple of weeks of free agency if a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Neither, the NFL nor the trade association has commented about being close to a settlement.
“You never know what’s true and what’s not,” Ryan said. “I hope it gets done as soon as possible. I think it’s good that they are working together and trying to come to an agreement. Whether if it comes next week or in the next few [weeks], we just hope it’s done before training camp would normally roll around.”
Since the NFL owners imposed the lockout in March, the NFLPA decertified and filed a lawsuit in federal court. The Eight Circuit Court of Appeals has not ruled on the NFL’s appeal of an injunction to block the lockout that was granted by the District Court.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog