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Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Posted on: July 21, 2011 8:13 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 9:49 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

There was much rejoicing in the land of NFL fans on Thursday night when the NFL owners voted 31-0 to ratify a settlement agreement. There's just one problem: it's not exactly in-line with what the players were expecting.

CBSSSports.com has obtained an email from NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to the players a few moments ago that indicates precisely how they feel.

"As you know the Owners have ratified their proposal to settle our differences. It is my understanding that they are forwarding it to us," the email reads. "As you may have heard, they apparently approved a supplemental revenue sharing proposal. Obviously, we have not been a part of those discussions.

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"As you know from yesterday, issues that need to be collectively bargained remain open, other issues such as workers compensation, economic issues and end of deal terms remain unresolved.

Smith's email concludes in a fashion that should sufficiently point out how differently the players view the owners' proposal.

"There is no agreement between the NFL and the Players at this time," Smith concludes. "I look forward to our call tonight."

The biggest fear for everyone involved is that the players might see the owners' decision to approve their own deal as a way of pushing public perception against the players. And that's entirely possible, but we won't know for sure until the end of the NFLPA call.

One thing's for sure, though: this isn't over yet.



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Comments

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

who cares? please stay out, FOREVER



Since: Jul 5, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

These players had no intention of negotiating in good faith from the start!!! This only confirms it!!



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

heres hoping they never sign, nba too!!!!!!!!



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Play football and make tons of money, or choose not to and find a different job.

Yeah, cuz, you know, the Richest Guy is always in the right. Undecided




Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Idiotic response, Canada.  Instead of asking "will you be fired?", perhaps you should wonder why wages and job security for regular folks have dwindled through the years: Destruction of Unions.

Plus, let the owners--who tried to pull a fast one today--hire scabs.  I won't be watching second rate players who break union lines.  I will not pay DirecTV full price for crap football.  These guys are the reason I watch football.  Remember, you lovely owners once said that new stadiums will revitalize cities.  Then, when the players pointed out that a loss of games will hurt cities with NFL teams, the owners said, "HAHAHA!!!! What? What?  No, no, no.  The cities will be fine." 

Really?

Keep defending these clowns.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

come on.... owners made way more concessions... stupid players. youre supposed to make less tan your boss!
idiots 



Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Play football and make tons of money, or choose not to and find a different job.




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

This is far from done. Wow. Smith needs some help writing an email. Who starts out 2 sentences….with “As you know”, Smith-doesn’t want to make a deal….at this time. It’s hard to tell, what/who he represents?? How much focus it put the retired NFL players?

Then, there is Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins, who are part of the Brady v. NFL plaintiffs, each want $10 Million to drop the pending litigation. VJ…is the same player offered $3.2M last year and he didn’t sign until late Oct. he made…maybe $200K. VJ was tied for 4<sup>th</sup> in the league in yard per reception, Tied for 10<sup>th</sup> in TDs, Tied for 9<sup>th</sup> in rec. yards. Who’s consulting with these players??




Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

I say bring on the replacements. The players and owners have had since march to get this settled. I personally cannot see how the players think they deserve equal to or more money than their bosses. They already (a lot do) dwarf the HC's salaries. Every time the ball gets set for play some idiot moves the damn ball!!!! The quality of play will not be as high but, at least there would be Sunday and Monday football. There would def would be guys playin that wanted to play! I TOTALLY agree with the fact that the retirees need to be looked after, especially those before the 80's BUT, I have a hard time bein sympathetic with men that make more money in a week than most of us do in a lifetime, hell some make more in a game than many do in a month or more. If ya don't like layin your body down...so to speak...to play a game, that yes is dangerous then get the hell out and let a hungry player in. Sports salaries ...in all major team sports...is gettin out of hand. I think Albert Pujols is a great player..BUT!!!...he is not worth $30 million a year...NO ONE IS!! I know that's baseball but it's time to rein shite in!!Hell is AP demands it then trade his arse to a team willin to pay it and stock your bullpen with quality. SORRY I went off base...pun...lol. I'm sick of hearin how bad millionaires are havin it and it's the players makin the most money that are doin the bloody whingin and cryin!!!!!!! Sign the bloody deal and play football....for the people payin your wages...the FANS!! Selfish brats.



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Screw 'em all. If they can't get it figured out, then screw 'em. Find something else to do on Sunday... enjoy your kids, play pickup basketball, throw darts, read a book, whatever, but screw the NFL if they don't get it figured out. I have no time to hate or get distressed if these blowhards can't figure it out. There's only one way a fan can have say in this, and that's to have a life and be happy with it if there is no football. It'll be back eventually - let the rich bastards lose some money while we save the hundreds it takes for the privilege to watch them play. Get it done players and owners or SCREW YOU!


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