NFL owners ended their special labor meeting Wednesday night after a three-hour meeting in Washington without taking any action, just 30 hours before the collective bargaining agreement with the players expires.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said more mediation sessions were expected.
“The committee has not made any decision as to what will happen upon expiration of the current agreement if we don’t have a new one by tomorrow night,” Aiello said.
Earlier Wednesday, a large group of owners and players’ union president Kevin Mawae participated in mediated contract talks for the first time. The ninth session at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service also included NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and all 10 members of the owners’ labor committee and lasted about four hours.
“We’re talking,” Mawae said when he left. “It’s better than not talking.”
The CBA runs out at midnight EST as Thursday becomes Friday, and among the possibilities are that the owners lock out the players or that the union decertifies.
VICK SIGNS DEAL
Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles after earlier being designated as the team’s franchise player. A team must pay a franchise player the average of the top five salaries at his position, so Vick would make an estimated $20 million under this tag.
The Green Bay Packers released linebacker A.J. Hawk, who was scheduled to earn $10 million in 2011. Baltimore Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata reportedly signed his $12.5 million, one-year franchise tender. Running back/returner D.J. Ware signed a contract extension with the New York Giants.