The NFL lockout continues on, but it does appear we are getting closer to an actual agreement between the owners and players.

It's just that it's going to take longer than anticipated.

It was widely assumed that the two sides would have an agreement by July 15th. That was a very popular date flung around in the media, but it appears that nothing will be done by then.

Instead, the latest is that it will be at least until July 21st, when the owners have a big meeting of their own. Even then, there's no guarantee that a deal will be done by then. It's assumed that if a deal is agreed to at that time, it will still take about a week for the league to open up.

For a complete look at the latest speculation about the lockout and what type of timelines we might see, click here for what ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen think may go on.

Let's hope they are right and we can finally get the lockout behind us.