As the league and the players' union attempt to utilize the next 72 hours in order to work out an impasse that translates to 3.8 percentage points of the NFL total football revenue, a league source has given us some specific information regarding the magnitude of the deal that's on the table.
Under the league's offer, a minimum of $22.2 billion would be paid to players in the form of salary from 2006 through 2011, and more than $4 billion would be devoted to benefit plans.
This translates to a minimum salary cap in 2011 of a whopping $134 million. Minimum.
Under the league's offer, the benefit money would increase from $16.5 million per team in 2005 to $29.2 million per team in 2011.
That, my friends, is a crapload of dinero.
Sure, the NFLPA wants to push those numbers even higher. But breaking it down per player and per year, our guess is that the numbers really aren't that much different.
With the union demanding 60 percent of all football revenue and the NFL at 56.2 percent, the positions cry out for a resolution in the range of 58 percent. Under this deal, everyone would continue to make a lot of money.
Without this deal, the NFL would still be a money-making proposition, but the party would be over and the door will be open for the other pro sports leagues to regain some of the luster that they've lost as the NFL has become the best diversion on the planet.