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Chiefs plan lockout work

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Add the Kansas City Chiefs to the list of teams whose players are making plans to practice on their own if the owners lock them out.

Chiefs safety Eric Berry says he and many of his teammates have already agreed to get together in Kansas City in early April if a lockout prevents the team from organizing an offseason program.

“That’s the date we kind of set to come up and either have a meeting or something to kind of get on the same page,” Berry told the Kansas City Star. “We’ll probably move toward something like that, just to make sure we’re all in accord. Our goal is to come out ahead. I’ve been talking to everybody in the off-season. They’re pretty much ready to go. Everyone’s been working out and getting ready for this upcoming season. We don’t know when it’s going to start but I’m pretty sure the Chiefs are going to be ready.”

Added Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, “We will have to get the people together.”

Of course, the Chiefs don’t “have to” get together at all. If the owners are choosing not to pay the players, the players don’t have to work for free.

And a willingness to work for free may be harmful to the union’s cause. If the players tell the owners they’re going to practice for free during a lockout, there’s less incentive for the owners to get an agreement done quickly.

So it wouldn’t be surprising if some of the more pro-union players on the Chiefs chime in and say they shouldn’t be organizing lockout workouts. Even if Chiefs fans have to love the fact that the team’s two best young players are dedicated enough that they want to work, whether they’re locked out or not.

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12 Responses to “Chiefs plan lockout work”
  1. randyinman says: Mar 6, 2011 9:11 AM

    They say they want to work. Lets see if they do it.

  2. jbaxt says: Mar 6, 2011 9:24 AM

    Good to know the Chiefs have 2 rising stars that aren’t greedy a-holes.

    If my boss extends my work schedule to where I lose 2 weeks of vacation, I expect to make some extra money for those 2 weeks. Hourly wage earners might see it as something called “time and a half”, but I don’t expect my boss to offer any additional profits from those 2 weeks.

    In NFL player terms, your extra 2 weeks mean you only have 5 months off instEad of 4 and a half. Oh and say your average NFL player makes $500,000 a year. You’re making $40,000 a month. More than the average joe makes in a year. You worried at the extended season? Then don’t be a wasteful dumba$$ and make a reasonable investment with your salary. Play for 5 years and retire if you’re so worried about your body.

    Owners own, you’re basically a seasonal employee and easily replaceable. Especially for guys out of work, fee agents, and younger guys in the league. They will be the stars in the next few years anyway. Let the greedy old retired DA’s hold out, sign young talent, the league will be weak for a couple years and then we’ll be back to normal.

    Play that hand, or come work with me, make $60k and dream of playing a game for $500k.

  3. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 6, 2011 9:42 AM

    “And a willingness to work for free may be harmful to the union’s cause. If the players tell the owners they’re going to practice for free during a lockout, there’s less incentive for the owners to get an agreement done quickly.”

    Wow, you guys have really stretched logic to the breaking point before just for the sake of having something to write about, but come on…

  4. rjov says: Mar 6, 2011 9:42 AM

    They are just saying they’re working out together, that’s not the same as working, practicing, drawing up plays.

    I work out for free 4 days a week, and then punch a clock for 8 hours, not a big deal.

  5. bunjy96 says: Mar 6, 2011 9:57 AM

    Of course the players from all the teams are going to work out in one form or another.

    Its in their best personal interests to do so. Those that don’t will be behind the rest when formal practices again begin.

    It will have zero affect on the CBA negotiations.

    Who wrote this? I have some of what he is smoking.

  6. Kave Krew says: Mar 6, 2011 9:57 AM

    Another awesome sign of solidarity on the eve of one of the biggest weeks in the NFLPA history.

  7. riverhorsey says: Mar 6, 2011 9:59 AM

    Chiefs have the mindset to win

  8. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 6, 2011 10:13 AM

    Charles needs the work. After all, he is still a “developing player” according to his idiot coach.

  9. tjtalk says: Mar 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    All I hear about is the lockout.

    How about this… if the players want to split every singe type of revenue (jersey sales, TV revenue, DVD sales) so that all is “fair”, how about we add in the player endorsements into this total? Endorsement money is just more money you make for being a football player. Peyton Manning makes $13MM a year in endorsements for being a football player. If the owners need to be fair by bringing everything they make to the table, the players should do the same.

  10. yokoromo says: Mar 6, 2011 11:07 AM

    Working out or practicing together in no way undermines the NFLPA or their negotiations. The idea that not working out together is a symbolic “show of solidarity” that will bring the owners to their knees is rediculous.

    Not being prepared for the season (if/when there is one) will hurt the individual players far more than the owners. If there is a season, people will still buy tickets even if the players aren’t as sharp as they used to be, but individual players may very well lose their starting spot or their job if they do not come back ready to play.

    The only thing that hurts the NFLPA solidarity is players openly saying they want to settle so that they can get paid.

  11. burntorangehorn says: Mar 6, 2011 1:05 PM

    Teams that have worked hard to stock the roster with guys who are team-oriented, want to win instead of just collect the best possible paycheck, and have hard work in their blood are going to reap some rewards if there’s a lockout. They should stand out from the pack, with less parity.

  12. jjackwagon says: Mar 7, 2011 2:47 PM

    They should get together and start working. The way they got embarassed by the Chargers, Raiders, & Ravens, they definitely need all the extra work they can get. You don’t have to like it but you know it’s true.

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