Updated 11:27 a.m. ET
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, three Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NFL, released a statement on Wednesday expressing their belief that the lockout needs to end quickly.
The statement reads:
"We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done. This is the time of year we as players turn our attention to the game on the field. We hope the owners feel the same way."
The statement comes just before an important day of negotiations in New York, where both representatives for the players and owners will be present, along with lawyers for both sides. It is believed that a rookie wage scale is the biggest issue the two sides still need to agree on.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello responded to the players' statement with a comment from the league.
"We share the view that now is the time to reach an agreement so we can all get back to football and a full 2011 season. We are working hard with the players' negotiating team every day to complete an agreement as soon as possible," the NFL's statement says.