The NFLPA can now stop asking to see the league’s financial records or otherwise demanding justification for the current effort to adjust the player compensation system. The union has acknowledged, sort of, the reason for the present labor mess.
The players snookered the owners five years ago, and now the owners want to level the playing field.
“I think what really happened is in 2006 we got such a great deal,” NFLPA president Kevin Mawae told Sirius Mad Dog Radio. “I mean, the players got a good deal and the owners felt they got it handed to them and it’s kind of a revenge factor, ‘Let’s get back what we felt like we lost,’ and things like that.”
We have to give Mawae credit for a good recovery. But it was too late. He said what we already knew that both sides have known. The owners are making sure the rest of us know it, too; it’s the latest headline at NFLLabor.com.
So the players can stop feigning ignorance as to the reasons for the league’s desire to adjust the deal and the players can stop telling anyone who’ll listen that they’re willing to extend the current deal (why wouldn’t they be?) and the players and the owners can sit down and work this thing out before the fans turn on both sides.
We’re not irritated only with the union on this. We’re irritated with the league, too. The owners created this mess by doing a bad deal in 2006, primarily since they weren’t inclined to deal with rules of the “last capped year,” which would have required multiple teams to suffer the short-term consequences of past mismanagement of the salary cap.
In the end, 30 presumably smart and shrewd owners agreed to the deal, and only Mike Brown and Ralph Wilson, who were ridiculed by us and others, stood firmly against the proposal.
Our present concern is that the owners now want revenge, and that they’ll end up with “such a great deal” of their own that, at some point in the future, the players will feel compelled to strike.
So why not declare everyone even, especially in light of the money saved in the uncapped year, with most teams at or below what would have been the salary floor, do a fair deal, and move on? (Or move out?)
We appreciate having the content. But we’d rather be focusing on free agency and the offseason and the draft and all the other stuff that we’ll otherwise be focusing on again once the two sides wake up and find a way to continue nearly two decades of labor peace.