Significant progress on a major sticking point in the NFL labor impasse - soaring rookie salaries - during marathon talks has raised hopes that a tentative agreement in principle could perhaps come within 24 hours, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
They cautioned, however, that other key issues remained for owners and players to resolve, including free agency and new offseason workout rules.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the negotiations aimed at ending the NFL's four-month-long lockout are supposed to be confidential.
Owners and players met for nearly 15 hours Thursday. They will meet again today.