Tony Gonzalez says lockout is ‘close to being done’

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) scores a touchdown in front of Philadelphia defender Ellis Hobbs (31). AP

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) scores a touchdown in front of Philadelphia defender Ellis Hobbs (31). AP

UPDATE, MONDAY 8:20 A.M.  — Sides agree to terms, players to vote today, Falcons could report on Wednesday.

We’ve been monitoring the NFLPA talks in D.C. from a far.

I figured that I better take a break from planking on the deck and pass along a blog.

ESPN is citing sources that the NFLPA’s executive committee will recommend approval of the labor deal on Monday.  The owners approved the deal last Thursday at a hotel near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The union membership would then have to approve the deal in a majority vote and then re-certify as a union.

FOX is reporting that the two sides have agreed to terms.

Sports Illustrated in reporting that the players have a 11 a.m. conference call scheduled where they could likely vote to officially end the lockout.  

Falcons player representative Tyson Clabo was asked Sunday night via text if we should expect some good news on Monday and he sent a text back saying, “I hope so.”

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez senses that the 131-day labor strife is coming to an end.

“This deal is so close to being done I can feel it, I think that it will get done in the next few days and we can get back to some football!,” Gonzalez sent out via Twitter.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was working out, making sure that he’ll pass the fitness test.

“Just finish working out, (I)  had to run 20  (110-yard) sprints and it’s hot. I finished under 15 seconds on all them #beast,” White twitted.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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11 comments Add your comment

Bang's Falcons

July 24th, 2011
10:46 pm

It’s about time!

SCFalcon

July 24th, 2011
11:02 pm

Jonkdawg

July 25th, 2011
12:14 am

yeah all is good, no more lockout.

Jonkdawg

July 25th, 2011
12:16 am

What is next?

Soulman

July 25th, 2011
2:59 am

Signing vets and rookies, picking up a DE i free agent, going 11-5, Playoff here we come

Dr. Warren

July 25th, 2011
3:35 am

Why was Atlanta chosen as the negotiation headquarters?

ToccoaBird

July 25th, 2011
6:29 am

Just get it done already

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 25th, 2011
8:24 am

Dr. Warren — Atlanta and Chicago, site of the June special meeting, were picked because of their Airports.

Who cares

July 25th, 2011
9:44 am

Who cares…college football is the best

BAMA dude

July 25th, 2011
11:57 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 25th, 2011
8:24 am
Dr. Warren — Atlanta and Chicago, site of the June special meeting, were picked because of their Airports.

…plus the vast array of Gentlemens’ Clubs.

hiramsaint

July 25th, 2011
5:05 pm

tony g should be an authority on “close to being done”