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Where have you gone, Seth Joyner? Remember when Joyner patrolled the outside-linebacker spot for the Eagles and plays were actually made? Joyner’s best years for the Eagles were his three Pro Bowl seasons of 1990-92 when he combined for 20½ sacks, eight interceptions, 12 forced fumbles and five fumbles recovered. His best one season was probably 1991 when he had 6½ sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
There have been other big days over the last six weeks, as NFL players and owners have worked to resolve their differences and end a lockout that will reach its 122nd day when face-to-face talks resume Monday. But this week, those days start to count in a whole different way. The parties have been working against deadlines since starting this phase of negotiations in suburban Chicago on May 31. Those deadlines are no longer on the horizon, now, with July 15 — this Friday — long have been pegged internally as the date when a deal needed to be agreed to in order to save the preseason in full.
There is a growing belief inside league circles that the NFL and NFL Players Association will have an agreement in place that can be ratified during the July 21 league meetings in Atlanta, according to sources familiar with the state of negotiations. As one NFL owner said this weekend, there’s “no reason to believe it won’t get done.” Other people familiar with the talks now think an agreement in principle will be put in place in the next seven to 10 days, a handshake deal that would allow each side to ratify the deal to start the 2011 season.”
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