An update was expected from NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith at 2:00 PM EST Friday, but as it turns out, that update was only for the players.
And, on a conference call Friday afternoon, Smith has reportedly informed players that "the plan is to decertify," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
As we mentioned earlier, the NFL reportedly presented a "revised" deal to the union on Friday.
And, most likely, that deal would either cause the players to decertify today (if it didn't provide enough concessions) or hammer out an extension (if it did).
Ergo, it seems likely that the NFL's proposal didn't meet what the union was looking for in terms of concessions on the "core issues."
Well, either that or the players do truly believe that decertification, and the resulting antitrust case that will result -- gives them the greatest opportunity to land the best deal out of the labor negotiations.
They may be right. Or they may be crazy. And there might even still be time left before it actually matters -- as more and more reports of the decertification plan leak out, there's also a very guarded sense of optimism that things could still change between now (3:00-ish EST) and the deadline for decertification.
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