BOURBONNAIS IL - JULY 30: Fans clamor for an autograph from Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears after a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30 2010 in Bourbonnais Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
OK, I think at this point we're all fairly optimistic that a deal is coming soon. Enough info has leaked out about the proposed agreement that it finally feels real. Sometime in the next couple weeks it'll be a reality. The latest is that the NFL may allow expanded rosters for training camp.
From Jason La Confora of NFL.com:
The competition committee has broached the idea of expanding training camp rosters for 2011, considering all of the offseason training activities and teaching time that has been lost, as well as the months of evaluation teams would normally have to work with depth players and prospects. The idea has been embraced by numerous general managers I spoke to this week and would receive significant support by their ranks if put to a vote.
This may allow some young free agents to step in and show something. I think it's a great idea.