A memo was spread around to all NFL teams today noting that the league will compel the teams to open the doors of their training facilities tomorrow, finally letting NFL players use them. This may mark the beginning of the end of the NFL Lockout. Maybe.
See, the problem is that the Eighth Circuit Court may still grant the NFL a stay on appeal, and if that happens, then the lockout is still completely on and this memo will be quickly lost to the sands of times.
So we’re in a position where the NFL appears to be acquiescing, except they’re not really going very far into opening the league yet. The memo does state that they’re working on a plan to open free agency and trades as well as determine the start of the league year, but the actual court order from Judge Susan Nelson compelled them to start the league year immediately.
So ultimately, we have more questions than answers right now. Just like the rest of this process. On the bright side, it seems like the NFL is actually on some sort of path to getting on the right side of legality. So that’s a plus.