NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith broke some news early in his Monday talk on PFT Live. (Still going as we type this.)
Smith told Florio that NFLPA* class counsel sent a letter to the NFL Monday morning regarding possible negotiations on before April 6. The letter reminded the NFL that settlement discussions on the class action suit can occur anytime.
It is the clearest sign yet from the NFLPA* that talks could re-start soon, despite a report that said there was “no chance” it would happen before April 6.
“I think that the most important way we can move forward is we can sit down as businessmen and . . . deal with the lawsuit that is pending, and if both sides want to sit down and have civil, informative, and mutual conversations where we exchange relevant information, isn’t that the way we make sure football is played?” Smith said. “Isn’t that a way to make sure the owners’ interest are served? Isn’t that a way to make sure the players’ and fans’ interest are served?”
As Florio responded, that’s refreshing to hear.
We haven’t heard that message clearly over the last ten days. The owners have said repeatedly they want to meet. Now Smith says he welcomes conversation and a letter was sent to the owners Monday.
Let’s just hope we see quick action following these strong words from Smith.
UPDATE: Smith called the latest NFL offer the worst deal in the history of sports again, unprompted.
UPDATE II: Here’s video of Smith: