This is a story fresh off the pressers, so I'm trying to get this information to you as soon as I can before I head off to college. First of all, don't worry! This is voluntary from both sides. This isn't Washington coming in to take over the NFL and sell the company off to Canada or something. This is a 3rd party program offered by Washington in order to help both sides come to an agreement. It is an agency available to all companies to serve as the go-between for the unions that make up their workforce.
You can find more information about this program at the following link.
Hopefully this is a step in a positive direction, and a sign that negociations will resume very soon. Do not lose faith Panther fans! With a 3rd party helping to nudge them along, we may have our football yet!