Golden Nuggets: NFL Lockout Soon To Wrap Up? Edition

I'm back covering for Ninjames as we continue down the path hopefully towards a resolution to the NFL lockout. Yesterday saw a big stumbling block removed as the owners backed down on the right of first refusal. They wanted to be able to tag two or three players per team with a right of first refusal on their contract, which would have basically been restricted free agency for the player, minus draft pick compensation. The players would have none of it and the owners finally backed down.

We had an open thread last night as folks discussed a mix of labor topics and random topics. I'd say for today barring any significant news feel free to use this as that sort of open thread. At this point, a deal will likely wrap up early in the coming week as long as the details remaining don't cause too many hiccups. At that point both sides would vote on the deal and then we'd finally have ourselves some football. I wouldn't put it past either side to see some kind of snafu before a deal gets done, but hopefully they've learned their lesson over the last few weeks. Fingers crossed. On to the links...

Aldon Smith isn't worried about rookie wage cap (Branch)

Free agent rookies waiting for NFL lockout's end (Branch)

49ers Free Agency: The signing they need to make (Lynch)

New NFL rookie wage plan moves labor deal closer (SFGate.com)

Soon-to-be-busy Baalke addresses 49ers' hot topics (Maiocco)

In good hands: Rookie Miller learning passing game from Kaepernick (Barrows)

How likely are the 49ers going to land a big name during free agency? (Examiner.com)

All you need to do is be on the sidelines for two minutes (Press Democrat)

So, Trent Baalke's playing the hand he is dealt? (Press Democrat)

Frank Gore looks forward to playing for Harbaugh, competition at RB (SI.com)

Youth Impact Program is in Full Swing (49ers.com)

NFC West: Oldie but goodie (Sando)

Yesterday on Niners Nation

Golden Nuggets: NFL Lockout Optimism Hanging Around? | Fooch
Trent Baalke Speaks: 49ers GM On Free Agency, Camp Alex, Etc | Fooch
Questions Facing The 2011 49ers: Who Will Be Frank Gore's Primary Backup? | nocal81
NFL Lockout News: Isn't Rookie Wage Scale Win-Win? | Fooch
Caption This: Jim Harbaugh & Colin Kaepernick | Fooch
Patrick Willis Feeling Fresh For New Season | Fooch
NN NFL Tournament of Badness: Cowboys Being 'America's Team' and New Referee Rules | Ninjames
Friday Evening Open Thread: Tick Tock Goes The Lockout Clock | Fooch

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