On Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to all players regarding the current labor dispute, summarizing the terms of the league’s most recent offer and asking the players to urge the NFLPA* to continue the dialogue.
Several players have responded verbally and, in Chris Kluwe’s case, via whiteboard. Now, a written response for the group could be coming.
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that players will be sending a joint response to Goodell. The letter presumably is being drafted at the NFLPA*’s ongoing meetings in Marco Island, Florida. (Hopefully, they won’t get too creative.)
We still believe that most players would be in favor of resuming negotiations between now and April 6, if they truly understood the nature of litigation risk — and if someone were to explain to them that there’s no guarantee Judge Susan Nelson will grant a preliminary injunction lifting the lockout while the Brady case proceeds through the litigation pipeline.
In the event that there are players out there who haven’t been informed of the risks and realities of the motion on which their leaders seem to be banking, we’ll break the situation down thoroughly on Sunday, hopefully converting the legalese into language a non-lawyer will be able to understand.
And it will be a fair, objective assessment of the motion. We’ve been accused of being pro-owner and we’ve been accused of being pro-player. Which likely means we’re striking the right balance.