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Goodell: Extension Of Talks A Positive Sign

After the NFL and the NFLPA agreed to delay the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement until next Friday evening, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters outside the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington D.C. that "the fact that we're continuing this dialogue is a positive sign."

Even though the CBA has been extended, there is a moratorium on player transactions. Teams can still talk to its own players or players who have been released, but not sign anyone.

NFL Executive VP of Labor Jeff Pash told reporters that the discussions on Friday were "good" and that the NFL looked forward to resuming the negotiations on Monday.

"We're going to continue to work, I think we're in a stage where the issues have been joined. There's been a tremendous amount of discussion. It's time for us to dig, to dig deep and try to find solutions and try to be creative and try to compromise in a way that will work for everybody. The Commissioner has been really clear, if both sides give a little everyone can gain a lot," Pash said. "There's been enough discussion and enough substance to the discussions that the mediators thought it made sense to come back and have at it."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:10 p.m., March 4

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