news: Retirees join conversation as talks progress toward deal

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Legal teams and staff for the owners and players continued their meetings on Tuesday, hammering out details and language on a new agreement while also working through litigation settlement proceedings.

Lawyers and staff are working into the early evening with the goal of having a completed document to present to the NFL Players Association executive committee Wednesday and owners on Thursday in Atlanta. At this point, according to sources, it appears very realistic that will happen.

According to a source, the plan now is for some training camps to open a day late, and others to open on time. The Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, scheduled to open camp at the end of this week and play each other in the Hall of Fame Game on August 7, would be delayed by “a few days,” according to the plan.

A few new guests were present at the negotiating table Tuesday, with the retired player group that’s part of the consolidated Brady & Eller et al v. the National Football League et al case in attendance. Attorney Michael Hausfeld led a group that included former Minnesota Viking Carl Eller and ex-Buffalo Bill Joe DeLamielleure.

“We were left out,” Eller told NFL Network on his way in. “But it’s good to be back. … It’s our position to be here. That’s why we’re here.”

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