Atlanta is host to one of the most dysfunctional and combative ownership group in pro sports history (Atlanta Spirit). But it appears we may get a closeup view of what NFL peace looks like.
I predicted the other day that the NFL and the Players Association likely would have the structure of a new collective bargaining deal in place in the next seven to 10 days. The thinking was, if it goes longer than that, a significant loss of revenue will follow. Now AJC alum and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting that there is a “growing belief” an agreement will be in place in time to be ratified at the July 21 league meetings in Atlanta.
ESPN quoted one owner as saying, there’s “no reason to believe it won’t get done” and reported that others familiar with the talks “now think an agreement in principle will be put in place in the next seven to 10 days.”
So it’s probably safe to start speculating on some of the movement in free agency — the Falcons are considering Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards — and to begin preliminary work on your Fantasy League draft.
The original list of NFL training camp dates has the Falcons opening in Flowery Branch on July 29. Their preseason opener is Aug. 12 against Miami at the Georgia Dome and the regular season starts Sept. 11 at Chicago.
Finally, some good news.
By Jeff Schultz