If the NFL plays a full season, everybody will be fully reimbursed for lost wages.
By the time they reconvene in mid-May, the landscape of their discussions could be completely different.
The Dolphins and four other teams have been fined or been told the NFL is investigating them for violating offseason rules prohibiting contact with players.
The NFL’s lead labor negotiator, Jeff Pash, said that Friday’s proposal contained various new provisions. He said owners offered a 10-year deal.
“The parties have not achieved an overall agreement, nor have they been able to resolve the strongly held competing positions that separated them on core issues,” mediator George Cohen said.
On Thursday, the union complained that none of the owners met with any of the players on hand.
Even though there were small-group talks between NFL and union representatives on the 15th day of mediation, no one gave any indication that progress was made.
After two extensions, the collective bargaining agreement is now due to expire Friday. If a new deal isn’t reached by then, there could be another extension.
The NFL proposed this week to provide new financial data, but the union said it wasn’t enough to satisfy the players’ call for full disclosure.
Union chief DeMaurice Smith has predicted the league will lock out the players after the March 4 expiration.