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NFL, union extend CBA talks for 7 days

Updated: March 5, 2011, 8:45 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- Timeout, NFL. And NFLPA.

Buying time to try to close big gaps on big issues, the NFL and the players' union agreed Friday to extend the deadline for negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement by a week.

The current labor deal had been set to run out Thursday night. But the sides used an initial 24-hour extension to discuss and vote on the second, lengthier delay. Now the league and union will take a break over the weekend to assess their positions, resume mediation ...

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