NFL Lockout Over!
As of Wednesday the 27th the NFL Lockout is completely over and behind us. The players and owners were able to work out a deal that the two parties could agree upon. It was the longest lockout in NFL history lasting 137 days.
Players and owners really worked together on this issue and were able to resolve it in a fashionable manner. One of the key people in resolving this lockout was Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, who recently lost his wife, but was able to still hold his emotions and allow for the collective bargaining agreement to be solved. But, now as fans of the game we can get back to what we love, which is football.
Now when you turn the television to ESPN it is no longer a sad broadcast between the players and owners, but rather enjoyable. Teams are now allowed to negotiate with free agents and discuss matters that will hopefully help their teams. As a fan of the game we are now listening to matters that are much more pleasurable. Teams are making key additions to their team such as adding a new wide receiver or defensive back to improve their team.
Since the end of the lockout teams have been discussing deals like crazy. There have been many possible rumors such as Kevin Kolb being shipped out of Philadelphia and landing in Arizona. Also there are talks of Donovan McNabb being traded to Minnesota. Since all free agent signing and trades have been on hold, everything is happening so quickly right now with teams lining themselves with new players and releasing ones that feel that they are holding the team back. According to sources Jets have agreed to some sort of deal with Santonio Holmes worth around $50 million dollars.
As a NFL fan I would say that this is one of the most exciting times for NFL teams as they are re-arranging their teams and getting ready to show up to training camp and get this NFL season rolling. It was great to see that the NFL players and owners agree upon a deal. Though they had their disagreements and battles they were still able to come together as one and make sure that we still have football in the start of September.
On another note, I hope that other leagues around the country were witnessing what was going on with the NFL and do understand that for a successful league, such as the NFL the two parties must be on the same page, something I hope the NBA hopefully does.