(article from Adam Schefter...) ... there was a point Tuesday when talks clearly regressed. One person close to the talks went so far as to say, "This almost blew up yesterday." How close it got to that point is a matter of opinion. The moment may have come shortly after lawyers from both sides were brought back into the process at an undisclosed location in the Washington, D.C., area. As tensions rose and anger grew, two sources said NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith instructed his lawyers to "stand down." With lawyers removed from the direct negotiations, the process was said to be getting back on track and to be in a good spot. The scenario Tuesday is an example of how tenuous the talks can be and how quickly they can be derailed... All I can say is: Attention Lawyers: Get OUT of the F*k_ng Way! To the NFL, owners and NFLPA: lock the lawyers out of the room and get a verbal deal done to the 99.9% completion mark. Then bring the lawyers in only when you need them strictly to finalize the fine print of the deal. Put the paperwork in front of them, duct tape their mouths and instruct them to iron out the legalities so the papers can be signed.