The NFL and the NFLPA today agreed to attend mediation in the hopes of hammering out a new CBA. The news has been generally bad of late, and this may help with public perception at the very least.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, an independent U.S. government agency, will oversee negotiations in Washington beginning Friday. The mediator won't be able to impose any terms, but may be able to help focus the talks. Overall, though, don't expect miracles.
The NFL press release can be reviewed here.
The NFLPA's release is a bit shorter and is below: