Boylan, who is credited with keeping talks going between NFL owners and players, turned what could have been a breakdown of talks into a late-night marathon meeting a week ago.
As players and owners (and Boylan) get back together today for what is planned to be two days of talks, there is a formidable day that follows – Saturday.
On Saturday, Boylan is scheduled to go on vacation. He has informed both sides of this fact and, after keeping both sides on point the last two weeks, it will be like the principal leaving the detention room and leaving the delinquents on the honor system.
According to reports late Wednesday, lawyers were working with the legalese of the framework of an agreement that owners and players began to forge last week during that extended meeting. It is another sign that a deal could be close.
The owners and players are set to sit down across from one another today and Friday in an attempt to finalize the deal. If Boylan is allowed to leave before a deal is finalized, a more rigid hard-line may be drawn. A deal appears close at hand, but if Boylan leaves town without a deal, all bets are off.
At this point, however, it would seem like the only ones that would bite would be Daniel Snyder's Redskins or Al Davis' Raiders, who live in the past and could be convinced Favre "still has it." Favre's agent, Bus Cook, did not return a message seeking comment, and long-time Favre friend Ryan Longwell told FOXSportsNorth.com that Favre is happy in retirement. At this point, a potential return looks like only a rumor.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.