The news from Albert Breer that the NFL and NFLPA have reached an agreement on the financials of a new CBA is now hitting and posted to NFL.com. If you know how these events unfolded then you know the roadblocks were never really about an 18 game season, or rookie pay scales but rather how the two sides would carve up the $9 billion pie. With the financials done we could see a deal finalized in the next couple of days potentially opening free agency within the next week.
The result, it appears, is that the economics of the deal are, essentially, done. A lot of details remain, though it's hard to envision those left standing in the way of a deal.
It seems that the final financial hurdle involved working out how rookies would be compensated. The final agreement entails NFL rookies not being allowed to restructure their initial contract for three years, while the owners relented on the price tag of a 5th year option, now allowing rookies to make top of the market money at their position. This seems like a very equitable way of dealing with the situation.
We'll have more details as they unfold, but consider this the true beginning of the end to the lockout.