Quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have gone to a hurry-up offense in an effort to bring the NFL lockout — An agreement is just around the corner!!! No, not this corner, the next one. — to a conclusion.


(Steven Senne / AP)

“We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done. This is the time of year we as players turn our attention to the game on the field. We hope the owners feel the same way.”

The NFL quickly replied, with spokesman Greg Aiello saying via Twitter:

“We share the view that now is the time to reach an agreement so we can all get back to football and a full 2011 season. We are working hard with the players’ negotiating team every day to complete an agreement as soon as possible.”


(Lenny Ignelzi / AP)

Meanwhile, representatives for both sides returned to negotiations today in New York with the possibility of losing a game — the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams — looming increasingly larger.

Although there’s no date by which the game would have to be scrapped, Aiello did tell the Chicago Tribune earlier this week “time is admittedly running short.”