Breaking News: Free agency pushed back

Free agency has been pushed back three days.

Just hours after NFL owners voted to continue their standoff with the NFL Players Association, the league extended its deadline for free agency by three days, putting off what threatened to become a mass purge of high-priced players from rosters.

League vice president Joe Browne announced the delay Thursday afternoon, seven hours before the midnight deadline.

The owners' vote after a 57-minute meeting earlier in the day had seemed to end 13 years of labor peace between the league and its union.

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