The NFL owners and NFL Players Association have agreed to extend the deadline of the CBA expiration for 7 days.  This comes just one day after the two sides agreed to push the deadline back 24 hours. Previously, the CBA was set to expire last night.

There’s obviously still major issues to be hammered out, but this extension does appear to be a sign that an agreement could get done sometime in the near future. Sources from both sides told Yahoo! sports writer Michael Silver as much yesterday.

It should be worth noting that this extension merely allows them more time to negotiate. It does not extend the signing period for players that are currently free agents. So as of now, those players are in a holding pattern and unable to sign anywhere. All the extension means right now is that the sides aren’t giving up and bringing the issue to court, it doesn’t mean it’s business as usual in the NFL.