By Mike Freeman, Associated PressNFL players are set to meet with representatives of the NFL Players Association at the league’s annual meeting in Phoenix on Tuesday, as the NFL and players’ union continue to hammer out new collective bargaining agreements.
The meeting will likely include representatives of all 32 teams, as well as representatives of former players and coaches.
The NFLPA has indicated that its goal is to strike an agreement by mid-March.
The meeting will begin at 11 a.m.
ET (1900 GMT) at the Arizona Convention Center in downtown Phoenix.
The players’ association is scheduled to hold the bargaining session Monday in New York City, with representatives from the union’s bargaining unit, the Players Association, the NFLPA and the league set to attend.
The union has said it is seeking an additional $25 million in compensation for players, with a $1 billion cap.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that he expects a deal to be reached by the end of the week.
“We’re going to do everything we can to get it done as soon as possible,” Goodell said.
“It’s a priority of mine, and I’ve got the support of the players, and that’s what I’m trying to get done.”
The players union and the NFL have had two previous meetings over the past two months, after the sides agreed to new collective-bargaining terms in early March.
The sides reached a tentative agreement in January, and both sides have indicated that the next two weeks will be key.