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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Report says NFL players will vote today, but Kevin Mawae says they are ‘not tied’ to Thursday deadline


Kevin Mawae, with NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah, outside the NFLPA offices. (Susan Walsh / AP)
Although ESPN reports that NFL players will vote today on a collective bargaining agreement that would end the lockout, players are “not tied” to a Thursday deadline, Kevin Mawae, president of the NFL Players Association, said today.

“We want to go back to work,” Mawae said outside the players’ association offices in Washington, D.C., “but we will not agree to a deal unless it’s the best deal for the players.”

Owners are assembling in Atlanta and the hope was that they would be able to review and vote on the proposal Thursday. Twenty-four owners must approve the deal.

The 11:30 a.m. update roundup:

No prize for plaintiffs: It appears that the 10 players who allowed their names to be used in the lawsuit against the league will not be compensated for that. (In 1993, Reggie White and others were granted free agency.) Earlier reports that Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Vincent Jackson, et al had sought lifetime exemptions from franchise tagging had created a stir among players. “The deal we're working on is the one that's best for all the players in the NFL and not just four guys,” Mawae said.

Myra Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, died this morning after a long battle with cancer. Kraft has played a prominent role throughout negotiations.

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