Reports: NFL Owners' Contingent Mulling Ten-Day CBA Extension

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks with the media on March 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFL and the players' union agreed to an extension of the current collective bargaining agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Multiple reports have surfaced this morning that following yesterday's 24-hour extension of the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, federal mediator George Cohen is attempting to get the NFL and NFLPA to agree to another extension - this time, it would be ten days - to hammer out a new agreement.

According to NFL.com, the players' union has already agreed to the ten-day extension - and that they will begin the process of decertifying on Friday night if the league owners do not agree to it. The 24-hour extension, according to the report, was agreed to in order for commissioner Roger Goodell to gauge the owners' interest in - and perhaps attempt to persuade them to agree to - the proposed ten-day extension.

Naturally, nothing is set in stone at this point - but simply from a PR standpoint, it would be catastrophic for the league to begin the process of a lockout at this point. But 5:30 PM this evening is still the latest deadline, as that's the time frame that the union plans to have decertification documentation filed. Stay tuned.

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