BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Drew Brees
For the second time in the past week, the deadline for negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA is less than 24 hours away, scheduled for 10:59 PM Central Time, Friday night--exactly a week after the original deadline, which was extended last Friday afternoon.
Whether the two sides have made any significant progress since then, we don’t know. But the two sides still seem to be a way off on several key issues, and the negotiations haven’t seemed any less contentious than they have been all along.
Fearing the league’s first work stoppage since 1987, and apparently not all that encouraged that today will produce an agreement between players and owners, Saints’ quarterback and active member of the NFLPA, Drew Brees, took to Twitter to preemptively apologize to fans.
“I am very sorry that you as fans have to endure this,” Brees wrote, per ProFootballTalk.com. “Football is more than just a game for all of us. We will keep fighting . . . always.”
Brees then explained the Players’ Associations latest gripes with the owners, stipulating, of course, that the players are doing all they can to avoid a lockout:
“To our fans – I give you my word that we as players are doing everything we can to negotiate with the NFL towards a fair deal. The NFL brought this fight to us – they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request. They refuse to give that information to us. They think we should just trust them. Would you? We have a responsibility to our players – past, present, and future, to advance this league forward, not take 3 steps back.”
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