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Freeman: 80-85% Of NFL's CBA Deal Is Done

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The stream of positive news continues from the NFL/NFLPA negotiations this week. The two sides met today and have now decided to continue the negotiations into tonight. In fact, a source told CBS Sports' Mike Freeman that a deal is 80-85% done.

One source with intimate knowledge of the discussions tells me negotiations are 80-85 percent complete. They've made such fast progress, I'm told, it's catching many of the principals by surprise. Some are now canceling vacations, believing an agreement will be reached within a matter of days.

He says that a major sign that thins have changed is the tone of the recent meetings.

The tone of the meetings has taken such a dramatic turn it has indeed been like a different set of gatherings. The players, I'm told, had no trust in anything ownership said during the initial mediation sessions but that has completely changed. Different proposals are exchanged almost daily. The two sides are, well, finally and heartily negotiating.

It looks like we're getting close.