After joining the talks in New York for about seven hours, Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller thought an agreement would be reached this week. He also said retired players won’t stand in the way.
After leaving negotiations, Eller headed to a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“They want to get these games going, and they want to have a season. That’s their focus,” Eller said. “Our issues are very, very critical – very important – but they don’t really have much to do with whether the game goes on or not.”