Today we celebrate July 4th, but we also morn the 111 day of the NFL lockout.
It’s been a mixed bag of negotiations for fans and anyone involved with this year’s NFL lockout.
The negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA seem to be making progress, but the latest news paints a more realistic outlook.
Owners felt they were bullied into the last collective bargaining agreement and it appears the players lawyers seem to be marching to the beat of their own agenda.
Owners are reported offering a very fair 50-50 split, but some owners are not happy with this.
The latest trouble facing football isn’t just lawyers being lawyers or owners being owners.
Today, Profootball Talk’s Mike Florio reported veteran players want to avoid the preseason entirely.
Players being players?
Some players want to avoid the preseason altogether so they don’t have to report to training camp and avoid losing positions which creates more posturing.
Neither the NFL nor the players would profit from this feeling so its pointless, but showcases the internal bickering.
Worse, Tom Brady has a massive antitrust lawsuit pending against the NFL.
In fact, Mike Freeman of CBS Sports stated about the lawyers true intent saying, “Owners believe and I think they’re correct, the two men want to delay a settlement as long as possible so they can propel the Brady antitrust lawsuit to the brink.”
Meaning NFLPA lawyers want to push for the season to pass without a deal so NFL players can own a piece of the NFL themselves due to the leverage it causes.
If that statement is true those same lawyers would profit tremendously from that ruling.
It’s becoming more apparent things are not as peachy as everyone expects or hopes.
Bottom line, we aren’t there yet.
NFL news at perhead.