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NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:42 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:59 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The last 36 hours have been pretty crazy in the NFL world, and we still have a ton of confusion whether teams can negotiate with free agents and whether teams can allow players to work out in their facilities.

The only team that actually allowed players to work out was the Giants – most clubs allowed players in the building but that was about it. But it’s still unclear (and the opinions vary wildly depending mostly on whether you’re a plaintiff or a defendant in the Brady v NFL case) if the NFL is truly open for business.

The NFLPA is trying end the speculation, and according to has told agents to begin negotiating with teams for their free agents, even though the NFL hasn’t started the clock on the 2011 season.

From the article:
The letter states that "unless or until" U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issues a stay of her ruling to end the NFL-imposed lockout, as the league has asked, the NFLPA believes business should begin now. If a player's contract has expired, the letter states "class counsel believes that you and your agent can start negotiating."

The letter, which provides a primer and a question-and-answer segment about the latest developments in the courts, goes on to state that if a team "refuses" to cooperate in negotiations with a free agent, "you should contact class counsel immediately." The letter also provides appropriate contact information.
During a conference call Tuesday, NFL attorney Jeff Pash was asked what kind of rules would be in place if the court decides not to issue a stay.

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Said Pash: “I think again that depends on what the scope of the injunction is and whether there is a stay. If the players got the injunction they requested last night, that would suggest a different set of rules. If that request is denied or the underlying injunction is stayed pending appeal, then that would dictate a different response. There’s a considerable degree of uncertainty about what exactly the scope of the relief is in light of the filing by the players last night. I think we don’t agree on all that many things, but I think Jim Quinn said it well last night when he said, ‘What we need to do is let the dust settle for a day or two,’ I think those were his words, and see if a stay is put in place.  Then we’ll all know more and be able to go from there.”

That didn’t stop agent agent David Canter from making phone calls. He told that he contacted seven organizations, and the general consensus was they couldn’t negotiate because "we don't know what rules we are functioning under.”

The league right now is in absolute chaos, and if Nelson doesn’t grant a stay to the owners, things will get very interesting very quickly.

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Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:52 pm

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

How can a decertified union give advice?  They either exist or don't.  

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:56 pm

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

yea the owners will be glad to negotiate with the free agents--what are the fools leading this former union drinking?  the morons are trying to run their business for them and punish them financially but hell yeah bring them free agents on in here so we can throw some cash at them now that some lib judge that knows NOTHING about the business of football has sided with the players--big surprise there.  I bet the owners cant wait for a call from some slime bag like drew rosenhaus selling them another dose of T.O.  Happy Days are here again right boys--thats why nobody except the little giants (who need all the practice they can get) let these important people into their facilities.  Only a matter of time now until Morry stars hinting that race is playing a part of the non action that is sure to follow in the short term.

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