All signs point to the NFL and players inching closer to a labor agreement that would not only save the season but keep training camps and exhibition games intact.
If there isn't a growing peace, both sides are doing an awfully good job of faking it.
In a scene that would have been unimaginable in the toxic aftermath of the NFL Players Assn. decertification and ensuing lockout by club owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, leader of the union-turned-trade association, took the stage together Wednesday at the NFLPA's rookie symposium in Sarasota, Fla.
Of the negotiations, Smith told the rookies: "The goal is to get this done fast but right so that everything can start on time."
Afterward, Goodell called it "a great opportunity" to meet with the rookies but didn't go into detail about the ongoing negotiations, which are scheduled to continue in Minnesota through Friday. Goodell and Smith traveled to Florida together.