I've been told it's not a deal killer, but players apparently are still trying to get an opt out worked into their agreement with the NFL.
As the 10-year proposal stood when it was presented by owners last Thursday, there was no opt out. Players would like to see that changed. Of course, they wanted to see it changed last Thursday, too, but the idea was rejected when the subject was broached that morning.
Sources close to talks late last week said it was open for discussion, but I was told it would be "a hard sell" with owners. Apparently, players want the flexibility to opt out of the agreement after the eighth season -- a freedom that isn't dissimilar to what owners gained under the last agreement.
That was signed in 2006, with owners opting out two years later. It was that move that led to last season's uncapped year and the four-month lockout that is about to end.