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Cromartie: Let's return to negotiating table

Posted on: March 20, 2011 11:24 am
 
A. Cromartie wants the players and owners to return to the bargaining table. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Andy did an admirable job Saturday of keeping track of all the letters and e-mails emanating from the computers of the NFLPA and the NFL owners that flew through the universe with reckless abandon.

There was this letter that the players wrote in response to Roger Goodell’s letter from last week.

The players’ letter then inspired lead negotiator Jeff Pash – who the players no longer even want in the bargaining room – to write this response to the response.

Like most of you (and us), Jets CB Antonio Cromartie is apparently tired of all the back and forth. As he tweeted Saturday, Cromartie – who, at times, has been critical of the NFLPA’s strategy – wants to see more progress between the players and the owners.

Wrote Cromartie:
“Im tired of all this emailing each other. How abt the owners and the NFLPA get ur behinds back to the table and talk it out there.”

Then, he makes a pretty good point regarding the permanent injunction hearing next month that could end (or not end) the lockout:

"We as players r depending on t/ April 6th hearing which could go either way. Susan Nelson could side w/ us or keep t/lockout going then wht? … If judge Nelson keeps the lockout we lose all the leverage. So in others words bump April 6th ruling get back 2 the table and handle it.”

Cromartie, on his timeline, also praises Jaguars Pro Bowler Montell Owens, who called Goodell’s original e-mail “heartfelt” and declared that the negotiating table is where a deal will get done. This essentially agrees with what the owners, who clearly don’t want to have to litigate this issue, have been saying.

So, you’ve got a mostly-unified NFLPA which has been resolute in bashing the owners’ offer. But now you’ve got two players – one high-profile and the other a Pro Bowler – who are agreeing with the owners (at least on returning to the bargaining table).

The owners have to like that.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Cromartie: Let's return to negotiating table

That Antonio Cromartie would be the very first player to break ranks was utterly predictable BEFORE the lockout. The man has nine babies by eight different women on which to make child support payments. Even when flush, the man's notorious for being unable or unwilling to keep up with them. The dude has got to be worrying about going to jail sooner than later.
Shoot, in his shoes, I might shoot the other 1,700 players dead so that I could stuff the ballot box and get back to work.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Cromartie: Let's return to negotiating table

The owners are not asking the players to take a pay cut, they are asking them to take a smaller percentage of the revenue.  As the revenue is scheduled to go up, the smaller percentage would still mean a rasie for the players.  I would rather have 10% of a dollar than 20% of a quarter.  I would hope that makes sense for most people.  And, the reason there are no negotiations taking place now is because the union has decertified, not because the owners have a lockout.  The talks could have continued, but the union went to court and forced a stop to them.
That may be so, but it is till wrong and illegal as the league itself breached the contract.  No player should ever trust the owners after this fiasco.  Remember, this is a lock out, not a strike.  It is the owners who are 100% responible for the loss of the season.  And to somehoe think that the players aren't critical to the league's success, I have one word for you: USFL.  Real football fans watch to see the most talented PLAYERS on the field.  They could care less about the owner.  If the NFL started over with new players, without a doubt a new league would pop up to employ the real players, and the real football fans would follow.  The owners have acted in bad faith, have refused to negotiate, offer up 11th hour nonsense, negotiated contracts with TV for only themselves (really someone should go to jail for that one - talk about criminal breech of contract...).

What I do know is that I will never disparage a player for holding out again after this stunt the owners pulled. Integrity is dead.  What do we expect?  Jerry Jones sells non-existent seats, why wouldn't he cheat his own employees?  The players want to play and the owners don't ant them to.  Period.  It truly is that simple.



Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Cromartie: Let's return to negotiating table

That's a surprise! With all of the paternity suits he is facing, small wonder he needs to have the pay checks to keep coming. The thought of no pay checks probably has him in panic mode.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Cromartie: Let's return to negotiating table

LSUSMC! How about the extra billion the owners want back?

The "billion dollars the owners want back" is just a phrase used by the union.  The owners want to share less money with the players, but it is not money the players would give back as no checks would be written.  Every player contract would still be the same.  The owners want to share less of the overall revenue, but even with that, the money going to the players would still be more than it is now, just not as much as the players want.  The pie itself is getting bigger, so even if the players get a smaller piece, it is still a bigger piece than they got last year. 



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Cromartie: Let's return to negotiating table

The owners took most of that off the table in their final offer, still not good enough for the union though. Maybe the players/union/agents should go join the UFL and see how the money is over there.  



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Cromartie: Let's return to negotiating table

LSUSMC! How about the extra billion the owners want back?


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