Report: Player reps meeting through weekend

Posted July 22, 2011 @ 5:32 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 5:32 p.m. ET Friday

The NFLPA player representatives told players around the league that they will meet on Monday to discuss their options regarding a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to ESPN, but NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said he does not know about the reported email and there is no such meeting. The players plan to work through the weekend.

ESPN's Adam Schefter obtained a letter from player reps that recommend that players "stay put and keep doing what you are doing where you are doing it. We will meet again on Monday to discuss our options and the direction we want to go. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks for your patience. Your Player Reps."

However, Judy Battista of the New York Times tweeted that Atallah, nor NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, knew anything about the aforementioned email. Three player reps told PFW's Eric Edholm that they had not received the email.

Earlier Friday, the NFLPA said it would not release a public statement out of respect to the Kraft family. Patriots owner Robert Kraft's wife Myra died on Wednesday.

The owners voted 31-0 on Thursday evening to approve a new CBA that would end the lockout. The players had a conference call later that night and did not vote. ESPN did report that the NFLPA executive board and player reps plan to continue reviewing the proposal the owners agreed to, and a vote theoretically still could take place Saturday or Sunday. No vote will be taken Friday.

An opt-out clause and compensation for Chargers WR Vincent Jackson reportedly are among the lingering issues. Jackson's representatives reportedly are still asking for $10 million or no franchise tag for life. Patriots OG Logan Mankins withdrew his demands.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that players are seeking a clause that would allow either the players or owners to opt out, with penalties, seven years into the 10-year agreement, although that is not expected to be a deal breaker.

The way we see it

Work still can be done during the weekend within the ranks of the NFLPA to move closer to their ratification of the CBA, but this likely will push the NFL's proposed calendar back a day or two. If this situation lasts beyond Wednesday, July 27, then the first week of the preseason could be in jeopardy, but for now, the Hall of Fame game remains the only casualty.

The players made it clear Thursday night that they were not appreciative of the way the owners handled things. The players did not like the pressure being put on them and believed they needed more time to go over the details.