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More evidence emerges that De Smith said nothing about CBA talks

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What began as a bang with a tweet from Adam Schefter of ESPN has become a whimper.

Schefter sounded the CBA alarm via a text from an agent who was in the mandatory meeting with NFLPA executive director De Smith.  “”Not close on one single issue,” the agent said.  “This WILL go into September.”

Since then, far less ominous accounts have emerged.

One agent told us that the characterization of Smith’s comments was flat-out wrong.  Also, Schefter backtracked considerably, calling his tweet the “opinion” of one agent and thus not a direct quote from De Smith.

Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that one agent said Smith deflected multiple questions regarding the status of the negotiations, and that Smith consistently declined to talk about anything that happened during seven days of mediation.  Smith, per Freeman, instead focused on “contingencies” in the event of a lockout, making the agent session no different than the meeting the league held Thursday with coaches and General Managers.

In our view, nothing can be read into the developments — good, bad, or otherwise.  Both sides must show that they’re prepared for a lockout, in order to possibly avoid one.  So the fact that both sides continue to make preparations for a lockout means nothing.

Think of it this way.  When the parties to a lawsuit are engaged in settlement discussions are trial approaches, do they stop preparing for trial?  Hell no.  They prepare even harder, because failure to do so would force the unprepared side to take something less than the best deal possible in the eleventh hour.

So pardon us for not yet flushing the sense of guarded optimism that has arisen in the past week.  Nothing said or done by either side in the past 24 hours leads us to believe that a protracted lockout is definitely coming.

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12 Responses to “More evidence emerges that De Smith said nothing about CBA talks”
  1. bigho203 says: Feb 25, 2011 4:34 PM

    Here we go with the little kid games. Just get a deal done so everyone could proceed with the free agency PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. stairwayto7 says: Feb 25, 2011 4:42 PM

    ESPN making up stories? shocking!

  3. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Feb 25, 2011 4:43 PM

    I hate DeMoron Smith.

  4. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 25, 2011 4:52 PM

    Schefter is always wrong. How is this guy still credible?

  5. 2011to2020lions says: Feb 25, 2011 5:22 PM

    GIVE ME MY FRICKIN OFF SEASON, and quit messing around

  6. alanschech says: Feb 25, 2011 5:27 PM

    no one cares why or how…get it done……get the deal done…..i guarantee no football fan cares about anything else

  7. stairwayto7 says: Feb 25, 2011 5:56 PM

    9 game season people, just accept it. A new union boss, a commish who never went thru a CBA, neither played in NFL and they want to see who has bigger “kuhuna’s”! No deal until last sept early oct with bad football play in 2011.

  8. billsfan1 says: Feb 25, 2011 6:17 PM

    Schefter went down hill since leaving NFL network

  9. mackenzie83 says: Feb 25, 2011 6:21 PM

    I am inclined to think my virtual league will get more viewers than the NFL will this season.

  10. hobartbaker says: Feb 25, 2011 6:33 PM

    Reporters find it difficult to interview Smith when he emerges from the building. Almost immediately he is surrounded by strangers looking to purchase illicit drugs, a prostitute, or banned automatic weapons.

  11. bradjames33160 says: Feb 25, 2011 7:00 PM

    All right, let’s get something done now. I honestly think the Tuesday meeting is a good portent and in the best case scenario a CBA agreement is reached. The worst case scenario (I hope), they extend the end of the league year. Quit jerking off losers and BRING US OUR FOOTBALL!!!

  12. Kave Krew says: Feb 25, 2011 9:31 PM

    “Mad Dog” Schefter back at it again. Good afternoon everybooooodddddyyyyyy. Hey there Mikey- say something funny.

    In the end the info Adam passed on will more than likely be true, but he jumped at the first sign of spit coming out of anyone’s mouth that was close to the action. Just calm down Adam, calm down.

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