Patriots player representative Matt Light has said in the past that he agrees with owner Robert Kraft that a deal between the owners and players could get done quickly if the two sides would just sit down and talk, without the lawyers.
But Light doesn’t sound optimistic anymore.
“Look, at this point, believe nothing that you hear and none of which you see. I just think it’s a bad state right now,” Light told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “It’s a bunch of people who are arguing over points that have nothing to do with what’s at the heart of the matter. Unfortunately, all the players and fans and everyone that’s affiliated through the NFL in some way and some shape, they’re all being affected by it. And that’s a lot of people. That’s not just the players. That’s not just the owners. That’s a huge industry that’s wrapped around a lot of good people (who) at the end of the day just want to see a deal get done.”
According to Light, a lockout is coming that will affect players not just in March, but likely for many months after that. And he’s advising other players to act accordingly.
“[H]ang in there, hang tight, don’t go out there and spend foolishly,” he said. “And understand you need to have a few more reserves in the tank than you did in the past.”