At a time when the owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell uniformly want to see more negotiation with the players and mixed signals are coming from the players regarding whether negotiations will occur before the April 6 hearing on the motion to lift the lockout while the Brady antitrust case continues, NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith says that there’s no reason talks can’t occur.
“What came out of the Reggie White lawsuit?” Smith said during a Thursday interview with Mike Francesa of WFAN in New York. “A CBA that has done nothing but grow the game. We have lawyers and class counsel who are representing us. There’s no reason why those lawyers and class counsel and lawyers for the league can’t get together and talk and negotiate.”
Smith needs to tel that to the NFLPA* source who told Adam Schefter of ESPN that there’s “no chance” of any negotiations before April 6. Even though Smith technically has no power over the negotiations, he is the once and future leader of the union, ruling now discreetly as the head of a legally impotent trade association. But Smith is still calling the shots, and if he wants negotiations to occur, he simply needs to tell the lawyers to turn on their meters and get to work.
To quote the immortal words of Mickey Goldmill, “What are we waitin’ for? Take us!“