It also has implications for the draft. How do teams sign the players they draft? Do they bother? How will the delay affect the development of the rookies?
The NFL is the hottest professional sports league right now in the United States. They should remember the lessons that baseball had to learn from the 1994 strike debacle. They could easily alienate the fans from the game and wound themselves. I would suggest getting back to work at the negotiation table. Now.