Commissioner Roger Goodell’s email to players on Thursday has seemingly only served to inflame the majority of its recipients.
Jaguars fullback Montell Owens had a different take on it. He told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union that he thought Goodell’s letter was “heartfelt.”
“I read through it and I understand we’re all trying to come to some agreement,” Owens said. “I do know the negotiating table is where this is going to get resolved. I really commend him on that and his efforts of really wanting to get things done.”
Wow, that was a nice change of pace. It’s jarring at this point to hear either side of this argument actually say something giving the other side a sliver of credit. It’s almost like Owens realizes it is necessary for both sides to have folks who are willing to bridge the labor divide.
Goodell’s letter was mostly scorned, but the core message in it is hard to argue: Let’s get back to the negotiating table.
With comments like those from Owens and Mike Vrabel on Friday, maybe it can actually happen before April 6.