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Bills’ NFLPA* rep: “We’re definitely optimistic”

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Although NFLPA* chief DeMaurice Smith is urging players not to get their hopes up that the lockout will end soon, Bills safety George Wilson, the team’s NFLPA* representative, said that after hearing from Smith this week he’s feeling good about where things are going.

We’re definitely optimistic we’re moving in the right direction,” Wilson told the Associated Press. “Right now we feel like we’re having meaningful discussions. . . . We feel we have the right people in the room, discussing the right things and both sides want to get a deal done. But even though we’re moving in the right direction, we’re not there yet.”

By saying that the right people are in the room, Wilson is using the same NFLPA* talking point that Smith used after the latest round of negotiations wrapped up Thursday. Wilson also said, “There’s definitely going to be talks every week because time is of the essence,” in a sign that the NFLPA* thinks the right people will remain in the room.

Still, one source told the AP “not much progress” was made in the fourth round of recent meetings, in Boston this week. If they’ve got the right people in the room and they’re still not making much progress, that would have to temper any optimism.

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10 Responses to “Bills’ NFLPA* rep: “We’re definitely optimistic””
  1. cuzidid42 says: Jun 25, 2011 3:53 PM

    They need to be in these meetings more than 2 days a week if time is of the essence.

  2. trbowman says: Jun 25, 2011 3:55 PM

    Sounds like the same talking points. “We have the right people in the room, not there yet blah blah blah.”

    Mid July is the earliest they’ll get a deal done, and even that might be a bit optimistic.

    The fact that they’re still only meeting twice a week just goes to show they’re not feeling as much pressure as they should be.

  3. cletusvandam says: Jun 25, 2011 4:18 PM

    Apparently the “right people” still only want to work 2 days a week

  4. backuppunter says: Jun 25, 2011 4:21 PM

    just going to keep holding my breath, either football starts or I pass out, either way i lose brain cells.

  5. bobwhitequail says: Jun 25, 2011 4:43 PM

    “Still, one source told the AP “not much progress” was made in the fourth round of recent meetings, in Boston this week. If they’ve got the right people in the room and they’re still not making much progress, that would have to temper any optimism.”

    He may be referring to when Kessler came back into the picture briefly (I think it was on Thursday?). Kessler is like a pigeon, he comes in and craps all over everything and then flies off.

  6. skinsfaninfl says: Jun 25, 2011 5:21 PM

    the Players are used to working two days a week … Sundays and Mondays …

    Perhaps when we reach August 1st … the pace will pick up … to three days a week (Thursday Night Football, don’t ya know) …

    Sheez !!!

  7. pflynn20 says: Jun 25, 2011 6:19 PM

    Optimstic?? These guys meet for 2 days every other week and we expect them to hammer out a deal? Pfffffffff

  8. qj1984 says: Jun 25, 2011 9:40 PM

    Look I understand these guys have lives and families but its crunch time. Say goodbye to the wife and kids for a few weeks and get this thing hammered out.

  9. polishkingski says: Jun 26, 2011 12:42 AM

    @ backuppunter….very funny man, very funny. wish i thought of it myself.

  10. lostsok says: Jun 26, 2011 2:56 AM

    Remember, just because they’re MEETING just two days a week doesn’t meant they’re not WORKING on the other days. This comes down to a lot of jargon and complicated wording, and just saying “how ’bout this…?” isn’t enough. I’m sure on other days they are looking at options and how to present those options.

    Have faith. There’s still over a week until the 4th.

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