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NFL Lockout: Owners, Players Agree To Extend Deadline Until 5:00PM Friday

The talks will continue meaning there is still hope in the ongoing labor situation between NFL owners and the NFLPA. The two sides agreed tonight to extend the deadline of the current CBA until 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The two sides will not meet tomorrow, however, as George Cohen, the federal mediator, talks with both sides about extending the deadline even further, perhaps seven to 10 days.

The NFL released the following statement regarding the extension:

“George Cohen has announced that the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to extend the expiration of the CBA for 24 hours and continue negotiating under the direction of Mr. Cohen. The CBA now is scheduled to expire on Friday night at midnight.

The agreement by both sides to refrain from comment on the negotiations remains in place."

Part of Thursday’s agreement was that, even though an extension was granted, the league year has ended with player transactions. Teams no longer can cut, re-sign players or make any player moves after 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, until there’s a new CBA.

League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the transaction freeze via text, saying teams are free to negotiate with players and agents, but signings are prohibited.

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