Former Rams, Giants and Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner believes the lockout is going to end in time for the 2011 NFL season to begin as scheduled. But those on the players’ side may not be happy to hear how Warner thinks that’s going to happen.
Warner told USA Today that he thinks it’s the players who are going to have to budge and meet the demands of the owners to get a deal done.
“I’m still optimistic that they’re going to find a way to make sure there’s football,” Warner said. “The players have too much to lose. And as much as I hate to say it, at some point, the players have to give in. And, hopefully, they can gain some other things on their side. But ultimately, they have too much to lose.”
Warner’s comments are a bit surprising coming from a player, but they’re consistent with his previous comments that the players got a great deal on the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, and that it’s not realistic to expect to keep that deal forever.
So Warner, who left millions of dollars on the table when he decided to retire, thinks the current players are going to have to give up some money, too.