As NFL owners, league officials, NFLPA representatives and players reconvene for negotiations aimed at a new collective bargaining agreement, three high-profile quarterbacks who are suing the league on antritrust grounds have issued a statement saying it's time to complete the process.
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, all of whom are named plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the league, released a statement this morning saying the lockout needs to end pronto.
"We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done," the statement reads. "This is the time of year we as players turn our attention to the game on the field. We hope the owners feel the same way."
As part of any deal, the antitrust litigation must be settled, and it sounds as if the quarterbacks are ready for that to happen. But only if they get a CBA that is to their liking. Notice, for instance, they said that the players' proposal is fair, but there is no mention of the owners' proposal.
Either way, it's the latest strong signal that things are coming down to the wire, and a deal appears to be within reach.