Source: NFLPA* tells players that a deal isn’t close

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And just as all signs and momentum were pointing toward the looming resolution of the lockout via a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the weekly blast of ice water has arrived.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith told the players, “Don’t believe the hype.”  Smith also said that a deal isn’t close.

Now, it’s possible that this is part of an effort to reduce the perception that an agreement soon will be reached.  If enough players come to that conclusion, the NFL could choose to take a hard line on one or more of the remaining issues, forcing the NFLPA* to choose between conceding the point or killing a deal that the players think is done.

The fact that the news cuts against everything that has been reported, and everything that we’ve been hearing, makes us think/hope that Smith is simply trying to get the players not to believe that a deal is coming soon, even if it possibly is.

Either way, they need to keep working, every day and around the clock, if they plan to get a deal done in time to salvage all or part of the preseason.  And if it’s true that a deal isn’t close, then the it’s even more important for the parties to continue meeting on a daily basis until the deal is done.

68 responses to “Source: NFLPA* tells players that a deal isn’t close

  1. Right, because DeMaurice Smith couldn’t go 5 days without doing something to ruin the labor talks.

  2. Please don’t tell me he actually used the words, “Don’t believe the hype.” I seriously can’t stand almost anything he says.

  3. I guess your sources…not sources the people you quote are wrong. Then again with the Mickey Mouse blog, the next post headline will be “NFLPA* tells players a deal is almost done”. This site is so bi-polar.

  4. Mo told the players to relax and not worry. “I know it’s still June, and the best part of the summer is still ahead. We’ll make sure you get to enjoy it.”.

  5. if i were the owners id give this BS two more weeks to get straightened out. if no deal is done than the owners need to close up shop for the year. tell demaurice that they’ll talk to him next april. eff these players already.

  6. I don’t think these turds understand how truly frustrated and pissed the fans are at all their antics aimed at seeing who can piss higher up the tree! Nice picture of DeMaurice Smith on this thread! He looks like a genuine bloviator and rabble rouser, which is no doubt exactly what he is! Major league baseball is starting to look better and better compared to these clowns! They’d better get this damned thing done SOON, or I predict a rush to the exits on the part of NFL fans. Enough of this crap is WAY too much!!!!

  7. Just off the press. A deal has been made to put Dufus, commie Moron Smith in a cage @ The Philadelphia Zoo. All we need is Union approval

  8. If they don’t play I’ll be pissed, but until then this may be the most entertaining offseason ever. This damn story has more twists, lies and strange bedfellows than a daytime soap. In a normal year I’d be pinning for any kind of news that didn’t involve players from my team being arrested while waiting for camp to start. Between a ridiculous free agency period on the horizon and constant news I’m digging it… Until the second games are missed and I start burning effigies.

    Just trying to find the touch of grey here.

  9. I think the perception (and reality) is that the owners have the leverage and the players are conceding. D just doesn’t want to lose his street cred………

  10. Remember what I told you all about Smith and his phony college education,..hes a fraud,…and his only goal is no NFL in 2011,…Iv been telling you all this for over a year and it is of course true.

  11. De Smith is the one holding everything up. I am convinced he wants to stay in the courts. The players need to throw him out on his butt.

  12. Some part of the message confusion in this matter can be blamed on the respective public relation officers. Former Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saheed Al-Shareef, and former Oakland Ca. preacher Harold Camping.

  13. If a 10-year deal is signed, no one will care what De Smith has to say anymore. He hasn’t had his chance to prance around a courtroom yet, and we all know he’s not done talking. He doesn’t WANT a deal to get done until his time in the spotlight runs out. That’s been the problem all along.

  14. who the heII is this Smith guy anyways! im getting so sick of hearing about this shlt! i just want some football already and these greedy SOBs are about to lose my support. go fins!

  15. This thing needs a woman’s touch. Give me a couple of hours with these guys. I’ll try speaking softly. But if that doesn’t work, I’ll be sure to carry a big frying pan.

  16. Well, according to MY even closer source with MORE knowledge of the situation, NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith told the players, “Don’t trust whitey”. Smith also then said, “see a doctor and get rid of it.”

  17. Not sure why it would matter if the players that aren’t involved in the negotiation in anyway have any opinion at all. They dont have any more power to stop this lock out then the rest of us. D-bag Smith can say whatever he wants cause the only people listening are the ones who cant do anything about it anyway.

    So if he says a deal isn’t close its because when a deal is done he knows he’s out of a job. His contract will NOT be renewed and he knows it.

  18. mushin9 says:
    Jun 23, 2011 2:44 PM
    If they don’t play I’ll be pissed, but until then this may be the most entertaining offseason ever. This damn story has more twists, lies and strange bedfellows than a daytime soap. In a normal year I’d be pinning for any kind of news that didn’t involve players from my team being arrested while waiting for camp to start. Between a ridiculous free agency period on the horizon and constant news I’m digging it… Until the second games are missed and I start burning effigies.
    ______________

    You should become a Viking fan. Our offseasons are always full of entertaining news. Regular season too, I guess. The postseason doesn’t tend to be as entertaining…

  19. My guess is it depends on your definition of close. IMO, two or three more weeks of negotiations to reach an agreement in principle, as has been speculated, is not that close. Sure its closer than what we’ve seen from previous negotiations but not close. Close would be, we’ve already agreed in principle and we’ve just got to clean up some minor issues.

    So, yeah based on all that has been reported and my definition of close, I dont see anything wrong with this. The media is making it like a deal could be brokered tomorrow and anyone with common sense can see thats just not the case.

  20. shoulda used a photo of Debbie Downer instead of the blowup doll.

    this guy will never say anything positive….even when the deal is done.

  21. Whew…I feel better now that the predictable cold water splash has hit us for the day.

    This lockout is so predictable and I’m totally over it. Wake me when the deal is signed.

  22. Look up DeMaurice Smith in the dictionary and the definition would be sleezy, publicity hound, ambulance chasing lawyer. From the beginning, Smith has made it well known that he was seeking a long drawn out confrontation with the league. He wants to drag this out for as long as possible so he can keep watching himself on TV.

    And whoever was the m0r0n who said this has been the most entertaining off season ever I guess is a big court TV fan and not a real NFL fan because this has been anything but an entertaining NFL off season.

  23. Don’t believe the hype. Yaaaaa boiiiiiiiii! So git up, git git down, DeBag Smith is a joke in yo town.

  24. I noticed DeMaurices contract with the players union expires come March of 2012……might this have something to do with him dragging out the negotiations?

  25. D. Smith is the worst thing to happen to football. His ego and self interests come before the players and the fans.

  26. Deb says:
    Jun 23, 2011 2:56 PM
    This thing needs a woman’s touch. Give me a couple of hours with these guys. I’ll try speaking softly. But if that doesn’t work, I’ll be sure to carry a big frying pan.
    ____________

    That would work for me.

  27. Things were going fine without the lawyers. Now, in comes this bozo and he screws things up!

  28. I think a group of players should re-form a union and negotiate directly with the owners. Those who want to be represented by Smith can sit out for the rest of their lives.

  29. People need to relax. Nobody on either side of a negotiation likes to say that things are “close” until they’re actually done. Too much chance of having it fall apart.

  30. Exactly. Nobody wants to poison the talks by leaking that it’s almost done. This could mean something, but it probably doesn’t. Non story. Next topic.

    #PLEASEENDLOCKOUTNOW

  31. NFL, NFLPA* you just screwed up. Not only have I been catching the NHL buzz during the Playoffs, now I’m looking forward to the draft. By the way I love my new Blawkhawks Jersey I got for Fathers day from the NHL site… Yep that’s right I told the kids no NFL merch. I don’t want to support either side. So now the owners missed out on 52%, and the players 48% of the profit if I would have bought a Peppers Jersey…

  32. I hate De Smith…. I wish the players would just fire this guy and hire someone with a level head. He seems like the kind of guy that is hard to work with…
    Please don’t let this be true….

  33. the players have a choice. Take 48 percent of 10 billion or bag groceries. Its a tough one

  34. DeMoron I don’t believe you. However, once the CBA is signed, your blood should seal the deal. Yes, this tool should be crucified. Enough of this piece of crap trying to ruin my football.

  35. Every time I hear “Don’t believe the hype” I get the image in my head of Flava Flav screeching that line out, neck-clock waving in the air (like he just doesn’t care!)

    Public Enemy = Demaurice Smith?

    coincidence?

  36. I love how DeMaurice Smith sharing an honest evaluation with the players somehow makes him the bad guy.

    The St. Louis court needs to finally make a decision and end the lockout.

  37. i hate to say it ….but i told you so….This is NOT OVER ….until a CBA is signed , sealed and delivered…..no matter how much we want it to be !!

  38. I haven’t seen this reported anywhere else so I’m skeptical but we shall see. and thank you PFT for deleting my previous comment on this for no reason. all i said was i have doubts about this article

  39. I’m not a fan of D Smith but some of you guys like oldbyrd calling him a “commie” are hysterical. Is it really that hard to understand that it’s the players who want a free market system,while the owners,those hardcore capitalists, want their own version of socialism.
    Some of you right wing nutjobs really need to grow a brain.
    And please by all means keep clicking the thumbs up on racist posts like the one by peytonwantsaflag. It shows exactly where most of you are coming from.

  40. What is this NFL you are refering to?

    Honestly, I have found other interests to occupy my time. Who knew radio control truck racing was SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Source: NFLPA* tells players* that a deal isn’t close

    there, i fixed it for you.

    bring in the scabs.

  42. the players*, as represented by the nflpa*, dont want a free market system.

    at first they wanted to dictate terms. the nflpa* still wants to do that.

    the players at this point want their jobs back any way they can get them. cant eat bling.

  43. Why expect DeMoron to stop lying to the players?
    Won’t he receive additonal compensation the longer this goes on? He has a troublesome big mouth surrounded by five pound lips. A funny shaped head, too. No wonder he always wore those pimp hats.

  44. I told you guys not to drink the koolaid until it was a done deal. I don’t believe anything that is reported!! I’ll believe it all when an official deal is done, everything else is just false hope and stories by sites like this to keep us tuned in.

  45. give me a break revischrist- I should just let you wallow in your ignorance -Google “don’t trust whitey, see a doctor and get rid of it” and see what you come up with.

    Somebody as culturally ignorant as you really has no business commenting on a public forum.

  46. commandercornpone says:
    bring in the scabs.

    Sorry, but it’s illegal to hires scabs during a lockout.

    Watching “The Replacements”was one of the worst things that happened to a lot of football fans. It wasn’t a documentary.

  47. terminatorlikesmaids says:
    Can anyone tell me how D Smith is in a position to negotiate a CBA. The NFLPA does not exist, right?

    1. It exists as a trade association.

    2. The judges in MN and MO instructed the sides to keep negotiating, and the owners agreed not to use that as a means to claim that they really haven’t decertified.

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