After the legal end of the CBA battle started in Minnesota, the negotiations are returning to the state this week.
It's going to be a busy week as the NFL's summer tour makes a stop in Minnesota this week. Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith will meet without players or owners present for the meetings.
The talks bring the lockout full circle. Magistrate Judge Arthur
Boylan, who has been overseeing the negotiations, is from Minnesota, which may explain why the talks have been moved here. In the past, the two sides have met in New York, Chicago, suburban Boston and the Maryland shore. Minneapolis will be the fifth stop on the latest round of talks.
It isn't sure if home cooking will help Boylan get a resolution to the lockout, which began March 12, but having the key players for both sides continuing to meet is viewed as a good sign that resolution can be done before games are canceled.
The announcement comes on the heels of word getting out that Smith was meeting with some players in Minneapolis Monday in preparation for the face-to-face meeting with Goodell.
Former Vikings QB coach Kevin Rogers finished spring workout activities last week in his new job, as quarterbacks coach at Boston College. Rogers was among the offensive coaches cut loose after Leslie Frazier was named head coach.
In an interview with The Daily Republic newspaper in Mitchell, S.D., Chad Greenway said that, unlike most players slapped with the franchise tag, he was happy to sign it. He said that, knowing the lockout was coming, he was happy to sign a one-year franchise tender rather than be left in limbo as to when he would potentially become a free agent.
Among those joining Greenway at his dual sports camp Monday was Vikings center John Sullivan.
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