What's the most important issue in the NFL right now?
The Collective Bargaining Agreement, or CBA for short. This is a MAJOR issue, so big that most execs of the NFL aren't going to the Pro Bowl but staying behind to come up with some sort of plan to meet halfway with the players.
Here's the rub. The CBA ends after next year, thus making the salary cap null and void. We all know that once this tool was installed into the NFL environment, it wasn't going away.
Now, here's the main rub for this year. Players contracts that are up now or after next year are in a major limbo area. Will teams sign any player to a long term contract now knowing that possibly the salary cap will be gone after this year? Doubtful. Look for the NFL to really push both sides to get this thing settled and settled quickly.