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Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:33 am
 

Mawae: players reviewing NFL proposal



Posted by Ryan Wilson

In light of a hectic Thursday that included NFL owners voting to approve the new collective bargaining agreement, and the players subsequently declining to, NFLPA President Kevin Mawae released a statement Friday morning.

"Player leadership is discussing the most recent written proposal with the NFL, which includes a settlement agreement, deal terms and the right process for addressing recertification. There will not be any further NFLPA statements today out of respect for the Kraft family while they mourn the loss of Myra Kraft."

Myra Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, passed away Wednesday and the funeral was Friday morning.

Although it appears that the NFLPA will not vote on the proposed CBA today, there is still a sense that a deal will get done soon.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Cassel: Offseason 'went as well as it could have'

Posted by Bryan Fischer

MALIBU, Calif. -- With the NFL lockout days -- possibly hours -- away from ending, plenty of veterans are getting in one last workout before heading to their respective in-season homes and awaiting instructions.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is wrapping up a week-long trip to Southern California to visit family but decided to head up to Pepperdine University to work out Wednesday and dropped in on Nike's Elite 11 quarterback competition. The seven-year veteran spoke with many of the country's finest high-school quarterbacks and even went through drills with the youngsters steps from the Pacific Ocean.

"I'm having a blast," Cassel said with a grin. "It's always fun to come out here and mess around with these young bucks that will come up and hopefully not take my job. It's fun because of the youthfulness and energy and excitement that's going on in a lot of these kids' lives being recruited at these big-time universities."

Cassel is an Elite 11 alum, having been put through the paces as a senior at nearby Chatsworth High before enrolling at USC. Though he didn't start a game for the Trojans, the path that ultimately led him to starting in the pros was part of the advice he relayed to the young signal-callers.

"What I always remind these guys of, especially playing the quarterback position, is you better get used to adversity," Cassel said. "Everyone of us is going to face it, whether it's on the field or off the field. You just have to continue to work hard and be a leader and be accountable to your teammates."

It's certainly been an offseason full of adversity for the Chiefs (and every other NFL team for that matter) this year. Though the lockout has wiped away most of their team activities, Cassel has managed to find some time for players to come together this summer and get some work in lieu of team-organized activities.

"It's been going well, we had a mini-camp where about 50 guys showed up and we've also had a lot of guys come out and participate in just throwing sessions," he said. "It went as well as it could have gone this offseason under the circumstances. 31 other teams have to go through the same thing so hopefully we'll be on track."

Recent signs that the NFL and NFLPA are getting close on a deal has increased optimism among players in the league looking to get back on the field Cassel said.

"As players, we all hope something will get done soon," he said. "We want to get back out there and get to work. It has been a difficult offseason for a lot of people, and I'm sure with all the new coaches and the turnover, it will be a tough transition for a lot of people."

Bryan Fischer mans CBS' Eye on Recruiting blog -- read it here and follow him on Twitter. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Cassel: Offseason 'went as well as it could have'

Posted by Bryan Fischer

MALIBU, Calif. -- With the NFL lockout days -- possibly hours -- away from ending, plenty of veterans are getting in one last workout before heading to their respective in-season homes and awaiting instructions.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is wrapping up a week-long trip to Southern California to visit family but decided to head up to Pepperdine University to work out Wednesday and dropped in on Nike's Elite 11 quarterback competition. The seven-year veteran spoke with many of the country's finest high-school quarterbacks and even went through drills with the youngsters steps from the Pacific Ocean.

"I'm having a blast," Cassel said with a grin. "It's always fun to come out here and mess around with these young bucks that will come up and hopefully not take my job. It's fun because of the youthfulness and energy and excitement that's going on in a lot of these kids' lives being recruited at these big-time universities."

Cassel is an Elite 11 alum, having been put through the paces as a senior at nearby Chatsworth High before enrolling at USC. Though he didn't start a game for the Trojans, the path that ultimately led him to starting in the pros was part of the advice he relayed to the young signal-callers.

"What I always remind these guys of, especially playing the quarterback position, is you better get used to adversity," Cassel said. "Everyone of us is going to face it, whether it's on the field or off the field. You just have to continue to work hard and be a leader and be accountable to your teammates."

It's certainly been an offseason full of adversity for the Chiefs (and every other NFL team for that matter) this year. Though the lockout has wiped away most of their team activities, Cassel has managed to find some time for players to come together this summer and get some work in lieu of team-organized activities.

"It's been going well, we had a mini-camp where about 50 guys showed up and we've also had a lot of guys come out and participate in just throwing sessions," he said. "It went as well as it could have gone this offseason under the circumstances. 31 other teams have to go through the same thing so hopefully we'll be on track."

Recent signs that the NFL and NFLPA are getting close on a deal has increased optimism among players in the league looking to get back on the field Cassel said.

"As players, we all hope something will get done soon," he said. "We want to get back out there and get to work. It has been a difficult offseason for a lot of people, and I'm sure with all the new coaches and the turnover, it will be a tough transition for a lot of people."

Bryan Fischer mans CBS' Eye on Recruiting blog -- read it here and follow him on Twitter. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 11:51 am
 

Mawae: NFLPA 'not tied to a timeline of July 21'

Posted by Will Brinson

Have we all taken for granted that a labor deal has to be in place by July 21 (Thursday)? Perhaps, yes. So it's a bit sobering to hear NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, speaking to reporters before the NFLPA's executive committee gets set to review a proposed labor deal, downplay the significance of that date.

"We're not tied to a timeline of July 21," Mawae said outside the NFLPA offices before heading in to review the proposal. "Our timeline is to get the best deal for our players. We're not going to agree to any deal unless it's the right deal for all the players."

See, again, everyone's assumed -- because of the good vibe going down in labor negotiations -- that the executive committee would walk into the NFLPA offices today, take a look at the deal, tell all the players they were good to go and then everyone would collectively high-five and football would be back.

It's pretty obvious from Mawae's comments that such a scenario isn't guaranteed. And that he's not necessarily "in-tune" with another potential sticking point -- the settlement of the Brady v. NFL class-action lawsuit.
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"Obviously this litigation with the named plaintiffs -- there's a process and I'm not familiar with the legal part of it," Mawae said.  "Whatever argument there is going on between them, I think there's a lot of sensationalism going on."

Look, his lack of clear-cut understanding of how the named plaintiffs will end up being compensated doesn't mean Mawae's not in touch with those guys. It's necessary for Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins and the rest of the guys on the lawsuit to settle their legal issues with the NFL before we see a settlement.

And maybe at the end of the day, there's an approved proposal that's heading to the owners' meeting in Atlanta for ratification tomorrow.

But Mawae's comments are a tangible reminder that there are lots of moving parts in this deal, and even though everyone seems full of sunshine and rainbows when it comes to a labor deal getting done, it's still not done yet.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Report: framework for new CBA could come Friday



Posted by Ryan Wilson

The lawyers for the owners and players met again Wednesday as they continue to work toward a new collective bargaining agreement. And sources tell ESPN that both sides hope to reach a "true framework for a new CBA by the close of business Friday."

If there weren't already enough reasons to end the lockout as soon as possible (the reasons now number into the hundreds of millions), here's another: U.S. District Judge Arthur Boylan, the mediator in the talks, is scheduled to go on vacation Saturday, ESPN reports. And after taking the July 4th weekend off, both sides are committed to staying in New York and working through the weekend if it means getting a deal done.

We have written previously that the lockout could end as early as Sunday, July 10.

For weeks, mid-July had been the cutoff to guarantee that no preseason games were lost, and that training camps would open on time. It would also allow for an abbreviated free-agency signing period.

More from NFL Network's Albert Breer, who appeared on Wednesday's Total Access:
I'm told that today was a very productive day of talks. The talks went right into Wednesday evening, a long day, and it's interesting some of the signs you see during the day watching what was going on. At two o'clock … one of the league's lawyers and the drug czar came in … at a about five o'clock, management counsel lawyers came into the room and they were going over a lot of clarifications and the details of the language of a potential deal. It looks like they've made progress here in finalizing some of the paperwork … that would go into a new collective bargaining agreement.

It doesn't mean that anything's done -- the bigger issues still need to be hashed out -- but what this does is set the stage for a deal when the bigger issues are worked out.
Breer added that "there's a chance this could get taken care of by the end of this week. I think [Thursday] is a very, very big day."

Some fans continue to be cautiously optimistic while others, understandably, are of the "we'll believe it when we see it" mindset. Given all that's happened in the previous four months, we can't blame them. Although we don't have tangible evidence of progress on the labor front, we're taking it as a good sign that the Cowboys have scheduled training camp and that the Hall of Fame game between the Bears and Rams is still a go.

If we're lucky, by the start of next week, the 2011 season will be officially underway and we can get back to worrying about the truly important stuff. Like how many games the Panthers will lose, or which team will actually take a chance on Tiki Barber

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Freeman: NFLPA to hold call with players today

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier this week, the owners met in Chicago so they could hear an update on the labor negotiations and so they could discuss where they were going in the near future.

Now, it looks like the players will get their turn.

CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman is reporting that the NFLPA will hold a conference today at noon to discuss with the players the latest on the negotiations.

As Freeman writes, “This is an important step, not so different from the owners being updated this week. If players react positively to agreement constructed so far, then it will be easier to further negotiate with owners.”

On Wednesday, Freeman talked to five players who said they liked what they heard so far about the new CBA.

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 9:18 am
 

Goodell: 'It was a good day' but 'lot to be done'

GoodellPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Now that the owner’s meeting in Chicago is adjourned after a five-hour talk between all 32 today, commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the assembled media masses and sounded somewhat optimistic.

“It was a good day in the sense that we had a full discussion on the issues and I think our ownership continues to be determined to reach an agreement and play that full season,” Goodell told reporters. “They are united. They believe that in the best interest of the game we need to correct various aspects of collective bargaining. Everyone’s determined to try to get that done and still have the full 2011 season.”

The owners aren’t staying overnight in Chicago -- Goodell said not to read anything into that -- but they discussed a long laundry list of ideas and proposals for the new CBA. Some of those owners and Goodell are also planning to meet with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith Wednesday and Thursday in the Boston suburbs, according to various reports.

While the owners weren’t expected to vote on a new deal today, it’s not out of the question they could do so soon after the meetings in the Northeast.

“There’s a lot to be done,” Goodell said. “Obviously you’d want to have the agreement fully negotiated and reflected in the documents. Secondly, you’d have to go to the various bodies, the players and there is some litigation involved with this ... that would have to get resolved also. Those steps would have to take place and would be done on an expedited basis as possible.

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“I think the ownership has a better understanding of the framework and I think we have a better understanding of the various issues and priorities within the membership. Obviously, we are negotiating with the players and the Players Association and that’s what we’ll resume doing."

But what about the fans? Are you worried that they’re getting anxious about whether they’ll see football in 2011.

“I speak to fans all the time and the anxiety level is very high,” Goodell said. “I think the best thing I can tell them at this stage is we’re working as hard as we possibly can and we’ll go the extra mile to try to reach that agreement. We know how important football is to fans, and we want to deliver on that.”

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: June 20, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Rookie wage scale still needs to be addressed

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though the issue of a rookie wage scale likely won’t keep a new CBA from coming together -- there’s still, for instance, that tiny issue of how to split up $9 billion -- it still is a topic on which the owners and the players will have to reach consensus in order to end the lockout.

According to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, sources tell him that a rookie scale “could limit contract length for non-quarterback first-round picks to four years while other draftees could sign three-year deals, allowing a faster track to free agency (albeit restricted free agency in some cases). Another provision could eliminate option bonuses and other triggers that stretch salary cap dollars.”

Assuming that rookie wage scale is negotiated into a new CBA, you can pretty much forget about seeing owners -- who will meet in Chicago on Tuesday -- give a contract like No. 1 pick Sam Bradford received in 2010 ($50 million guaranteed) or No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford got in 2009 ($41 million).

Panthers No. 1 pick Cam Newton, who perhaps could have fetched as much as $60 million guaranteed during the previous era, most likely will get less than that from the Panthers when he finally can sign.

"It won't be the same," Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, via the newspaper. "We all know that it's a common area of interest between us and the players. So it's reasonable to assume that there will be some changes there."

And while many players and fans believe the money saved by not paying rookies so much money would float uphill to the veteran players, that’s not a view held by all. In fact, some believe the more money that rookies can earn makes everybody that much more valuable.

Like agent Tom Condon, who told Bell, “Historically, contracts for rookies at the top of the draft helped veteran players.”

Of course, Condon has represented six of the past eight No. 1 picks, so he has a miniscule reason to hope top picks continue to make top money.

But ultimately, it’s hard to fault players who believe rookies should actually accomplish something in the NFL before they’re paid tens of millions dollars.

Which is why a rookie wage scale is going to happen.

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