Not sure who Howe's source is, but it does shed some light on things.. Source: Players 'Optimistic' That NFL, Player's Association Can Agree on New CBA With Additional Extension - NFL - NESN.com Some of the things the players want: 1) Pro-rated raises for the 18 game season 2) Better Healthcare 3) Better Pension 4) How the owners plan on spending the extra billion they want off the top. Said that the Rookie Wage scale is a done deal. Said it something both sides wanted. Said could be in place for 2011 if they get CBA done prior to 2011 Draft.