One of the last hurdles to finalizing a deal between players and owners is the putting on of the pads.
Yes, the pads.
One player told me that players want to limit the number of days of fully-padded practices during training camp.
"They have to look at our futures," the player said. "They have to cut back on it. We don't need it as much as they think we do."
I can hear coaches screaming right now. They won't any part of that.
But the reality is they don't need to hit as much as they do. Some would say it will hurt tackling, but teams don't tackle anyway.
I think it will be good to cut back on the contact.
More important: The players' bodies will feel that way when they retire.