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Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 1:18 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning issued a statement on labor negotiations recently, and as we noted earlier, it was a pretty bold statement, even though the words might seem similar to a normal press release.

On Wednesday while on XX Radio 1090 in San Diego, Brees confirmed our belief about the statement, and made some even stronger noise about the current state of the lockout, pointing ou that a deal is "very close," and that "few details" remain in nailing down a labor agreement.

"We've taken a significant setback in overall revenue in terms of what we've offered them compared to what we were making," Brees said. "I feel like there's a fair deal there -- we all do -- and we think it's time to step up and make a deal."

And that's precisely why the three most notable players in the current labor negotiations issued a statement regarding their stance.

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"Yesterday we felt like there's a fair deal on the table and we need to make sure everybody knows this and make sure the owners know this because the season is just around the corner," Brees said about the statement the players issued.

Brees also addressed the issue of retired players, stating that the current players would take care of them in the negotiations, and pointing out that the folks at the current bargaining table are actually pretty close to being retired themselves.

"Maybe they DO have a seat at the table," Brees said about retired players. "I'm the second-youngest guy at the table … these are guys who going to be retired players soon.

"And they're certainly looking out for those guys."

That's gotta be nice to hear if you're a retired player. But much nicer to hear? Brees' comments about how close a deal is and that the players did in fact take a "substantial" cut in order to make something happen.

Obviously there are reasons why they'd do this, and there are probably other areas in which they're going to benefit -- hello, massive free-agent class! -- that enabled them to give up more money.

That's not important. What's important is finishing this puppy off and getting everyone on the football field in time for a normal year of NFL action.

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Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

Out of all of this rhetoric, the words that mean the most are:  "Yesterday we felt like there's a fair deal on the table and we need to make sure everybody knows this and make sure the owners know this because the season is just around the corner,"

FAIR DEAL.   Get the signatures on the dotted line.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

As long as their are so many Lawyers involved, they will prolong this process AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.  As I have mentioned before in other posts, the Lawyers (for both sides) would like to keep this going for YEARS if they could.  We all should know this. 

There is 0% chance the HOF game will be played on time.  People wake up.  These statements (that are released by players and owners) need to be to said to the Press for political reasons and to save face for the game.

This is not getting done soon..The new head of the NFLPA is in over his head, and many owners want to flex their muscles.
On the Mike Francesa show in NY, Mike went ON THE RECORD saying "he knew for a 100% fact that at LEAST 10 NFL owners want to cancel the season".  A fact.  Francesa would not go on the record unless he knew this for a 100%.  A matter of fact, for him to go on the record and say the words "AT LEAST 10 owners", you know that number would have to be at least 15 for him to stick his neck out like that.

In any event, due to the current NFLPA's lack of leadership, they are letting the Lawyers have too much power on their side.  Say what you want about Gene Upshaw, but he knew what he was doing, and had the respect of the owners.

As a big fan, I hope I am wrong about this.  I really do.  I hope you all make fun of me, because a deal is struck in the next 2 weeks.  But I just do not see this happening.  I believe the earliest this gets resolved (I mean EARLIEST) is early September...

All these BS articles...It's just that Talk is Talk, and actions always speak louder than words...    

The actions have not spoken to anything encouraging...

 




Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

As long as their are so many Lawyers involved, they will prolong this process AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.  As I have mentioned before in other posts, the Lawyers (for both sides) would like to keep this going for YEARS if they could.  We all should know this. 

There is 0% chance the HOF game will be played on time.  People wake up.  These statements (that are released by players and owners) need to be to said to the Press for political reasons and to save face for the game.

This is not getting done soon..The new head of the NFLPA is in over his head, and many owners want to flex their muscles.
On the Mike Francesa show in NY, Mike went ON THE RECORD saying "he knew for a 100% fact that at LEAST 10 NFL owners want to cancel the season".  A fact.  Francesa would not go on the record unless he knew this for a 100%.  A matter of fact, for him to go on the record and say the words "AT LEAST 10 owners", you know that number would have to be at least 15 for him to stick his neck out like that.

In any event, due to the current NFLPA's lack of leadership, they are letting the Lawyers have too much power on their side.  Say what you want about Gene Upshaw, but he knew what he kept things together and knew what he was doing, and had the respect of the owners.

As a big fan, I hope I am wrong about this.  I really do.  I hope you all make fun of me, because a deal is struck in the next 2 weeks.  But I just do not see this happening.  I believe the earliest this gets resolved (I mean EARLIEST) is early September...

All these BS articles...It's just that Talk is Talk, and actions always speak louder than words...    

The actions have not spoken to anything encouraging...

 


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Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:36 pm
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Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

Uh... players DO need to take care of their own money. It's not a pyramid scheme or social security where current players pay the mortgage on retired players houses and rookies will pay for current players lifestyles someday. He was dead on about players often not being responsible with their earnings and ending up badly in debt or bankrupt. It's not the job of current players or the NFL to bail them out. I know once I leave my job I won't be paid for life from my former company. I fail to see how stating the obvious means he's a "fraud".



Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

It really doesn't matter what anyone believes!  Anything positive is good by me.  I think they have the groundwork done and agreed upon, and the language is what is left.  Hey that makes sense so again just wait for the word and let the games begin.

Older players need to be taken care of period.  Rookie wage scale needs to be taken care of period.  Games have to be played period.

Happy football my brothers!



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

Brees is trustworthy?Two months ago he made a statement that former players need to take care of their money and not depend on current players and it took hall of famer Sam Huff to set him strait.He now is talking about taking care of the retired men who bulit this game so he could make his tens of millions?Please this guy is as much a fraud as the rest of them.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

I find a players perspective and opinion more reliable than an owner or any reporter covering this saga.  Just two weeks ago Chris Mortensen used the analogy of two realtors agreeing on the sale price of the home but were still negotiating who would fix the backyard fence.  Still, I hope Drew Brees is a trustworthy source and the end is in sight.    



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

I'll believe it when I see it. Just the other day, Robbie Gould, the Bears player rep, said he expects more than just the Hall of Fame game to be called off. Chris Harris, a Bears safety, warned to not believe the hype built up for a deal in the immediate future. And it's been close before. Remember the reports from early June? Remember how one outlet reported that team employees were being told to get ready to come back to work in the next few days? Whoops. Like I said, I'll believe it when I see it.


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