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Source: Union and league agree to seven straight days of negotiations

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FILE - At left, in a Feb. 7, 2010, file photo, NFL Commissiner Roger Goodell is shown at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. At right, in a Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries, Part II” in Detroit. Goodell and Smith began their latest negotiating session for a new collective bargaining agreement Thursday, Feb. 25. 25, 2010, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/File)


After a week without communication, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to do nothing but talk for a week.

A league source (but not a league office source) tells PFT that the league and union have agreed to seven straight days of negotiations. This development was disclosed in a conference call with agents. The seven straight days will kick off Friday.

Thursday included two tiny steps forward for everyone hoping for a resolution by early March. The two sides agreed to federal mediation and now have agreed to the kind of sustained discussions necessary to get a deal done.

It’s a start.