In an Atlanta hotel lobby waiting for the NFL owners to announce that they have a new deal. Could be here all day. One issue that could get in the way: owners won't cut a deal until the players drop their lawsuit. The suit is an absolute deal breaker.
So we wait, standing on the shiny floor, sunshine flowing through the big windows. We line the corridor, waiting for owners to walk past and likely say nothing.
But the commericial was right. There is no next best thing to being there. So we wait.
Easier in the bar last night. There was Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins. Guy next to me said, let's charge our drinks to Jones. I said, no, I don't play that way. I have ethics. So how about we charge them to Snyder?
Standing at the bar and not drinking were Carolina Panther owner Jerry Richardson and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
As soon as the agreement is announced, and I assume it will be late today, the story becomes free agency.
I think the Panthers will make a run at all of theirs, including defensive end Charles Johnson, and DeAngelo Williams.
They will spend millions. They'll spend most of it to retain their own free-agents and to try to sign stars who aren't free-agents to long-term contracts.