NFL player says deal is not close, tells Roger Goodell to “drop his nuts”

Not everyone is feeling optimistic about a labor deal being approved by July 21.

One nameless NFL player that spoke to Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com believes the owners are using the media to pressure players into a deal.

“All that is hype coming from the owners side to try and put pressure on us to do a deal. They want to make us look bad. It’s simply not true. There is a lot of work to be done. They are not close,” the player said. “Consider where that information is coming from, it’s the owners. Their reason is to try and create all this false hope to put more pressure on us.”

While we’d love to know if the player has direct knowledge of daily labor developments, his point is fair to consider. It wasn’t long ago we heard the end of June as a realistic target. Then July 4, then July 15, and now July 21.

The player says he’d be “shocked” if we had a deal in 10 days.

“Do it one-on-one like their predecessors used to do. When Gene Upshaw and Paul Tagliabue went into a room, they got it done. That’s what needs to happen now,” the player said. “The players in there are smart, but they don’t know how to close a deal. As for Goodell, he needs to drop his nuts. He needs to have the power to do a deal. It needs to be two guys in a room.”

102 responses to “NFL player says deal is not close, tells Roger Goodell to “drop his nuts”

  1. Talk about needing to drop your nuts, the dude wouldn’t even give out his name. What a tool.

  2. By “his nuts” you’re referring to Raheem Brock, Pacman Jones & Kenny Britt? Those are 3 nuts he’d gladly drop, but the NFLPA thinks they’re misunderstood, fun-loving guys.

  3. Chester Pitts is a tool and an absolute coward–calling out Goodell for refusing to drop his nuts, while hiding behind Pete Prisco’s apron.

  4. Lol yeah “Roger Goodell, drop your nuts and man up.” — “Hey make sure my name isn’t on this article, I don’t want to get in trouble or for people to know who I am.”
    Wonder how valid this player even is…
    Demaurice Smith even said himself that they are working hard and are getting closer, things are happening and moving in the right direction. They better have a deal done soon.

  5. Well it is true.

    All you hear is the owners saying how close we are before Smith or a player comes out and say we’re not.

    Anyone else find that weird?

  6. Let me guess,you cant tell us his name…I dont buy it”.Give up the players name,Peter Prisco if you cant tell us who said this..I calling it BS,We all know PP is all about the player’s,an possibly making this up

  7. It’s funny how when an unnamed source says that a deal is close, everybody here is tripping over themselves saying how wonderful it is, but when an unnamed source paints a gloomy picture everyone want to cut his head off or say he has no guts for not revealing himself.

  8. Lol AMAZING report. Un-named player tells someone to drop their nuts. Priceless hypocrisy. And all too typical.

  9. Lol, tells somebody to drop his nuts and yet remains anonymous.

    He’s right though, there won’t be a deal until August at the earliest. Obvously, I hope I’m wrong….but I doubt it.

  10. Stop everyone! A deal has NEVER BEEN CLOSE! The soonest a new deal will be signed is Sept 27! Then regular season begin Oct 30! If no deal signed by Oct 14, no NFL!
    The media and so called experts will continue to say a new deal is days away so fans think they have an idea what is going on…..How many times have ESPN people said a deal was weeks away????

  11. I think I’ll believe Mike, Adam Schefter, Mike Freeman, and every other person who is “in the know” that says that a deal is close.

    A deal is close. They really are at the 5 yard line, but they keep getting stuffed.

  12. Yeah! LOL!

    And an unnamed player complaing to the media ISN”T trying to use the media to try and pressure the owners to do a deal?!?! PHHT!

    When will these players ever trying thinking about their claims BEFORE they spout the idiotic comments?

  13. Dude is a Coward and an Idiot!!! How can it be just 2 guys in a room when you need 24 owners to vote yes on the deal>>?? CHILD PLEASE!!!!

  14. wizgoblin says:
    Jul 11, 2011 5:10 PM
    Let’s all keep in mind this report is coming from Pete Prisco. I think that about sums it up.

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    EXCELLENT POINT!!!!
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  15. Everybody stop bashing the players and wake up… Owners are playing the political game here and you all in the trap…

  16. Both sides are using the media so it’s funny seeing one side accusing the other of using it to their advantage.

    The owners leak a deal is close to their advantage and the players leak a deal isn’t close for their own advantage. And both sides are intentionally leaking info knowing it’s going right to the media.

    That’s why it’s best to just watch what they are doing and not what they are saying. Judging by what’s happened up to this point it’s very clear both sides are serious about getting a deal done and have made progress to it and both sides want it done sooner to save preseason rather than later.

  17. Or maybe the good news is coming from the players side because most of them are concerned about beginning to lose paychecks, or in the case of free agents, having jobs.

    The players have fought a good fight, but concession need to be made. Their careers are far too short to be stubborn just to be stubborn.

    Hate to tell the players, but the owners will still be around when most of the current players are fighting for TV and coaching jobs. They will never get back the money they lose.

  18. t16rich says:
    Jul 11, 2011 5:05 PM
    Shut up Brady!!! Drop your own nuts and say your name.
    ————————————————————

    After watching and listening to Brady for over a decade, I’d like to think Tom would chose a different, more educated phrase than “drop his nuts.” Prob was a WR, DB, or RB.

  19. Aside from the gutlessness of the tough talking anonymous player… would one of the players leadership have spoken out if it was just owner pressure?

  20. Trusting the info of a “nameless player” is about as smart as getting in a van marked “free candy.”

    I know this is a rumor site, so it’s fair game, but this is the least trustworthy info posted here since the SNAFU began.

  21. This is the media’s fault. Breaking “news” is all they care about. I get someone to tell me a deal is close, you get someone to tell you it’s not close. We each submit a report from our unnamed source and we have done our job for the day.

  22. notice how eveyone had jyly 15th targeted now all of a sudden its the 21st? hahaha im done wit this mess… F’em all!!! Baseball is what ill be watching.. GO PHILLIES!!!!

  23. Wow, the players be badass from the sound of this guy.

    Wonder why they are locked out instead of on strike if they be soooo bad.

  24. I’m sure that the owners consider themselves intellectually superior to the players, not to mention more seasoned businessmen, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all that they use those kind of tactics. But I really don’t care. JUST GET IT DONE!

  25. Player A misses the good old days, one on one between Gene Upshaw and Paulie Walnuts.

  26. The players are millionaire morons. The owners are billionaire morons. The lawyers are getting richer and the players are getting screwed.

    Bring on the damn replacements.

    twitter.com/vincenthale

  27. LOL at people that folks who post here under aliases such as bearskoolaid1985 and thetechnocrat bashing the player for not using his real name.

    But I agree with what the guy is saying- it’s a good tactical strategy for the owners to make people think that a deal is right around the corner. This would raise the hopes of not only the fans but the players, who are anxious to start spending their money again.

  28. gimmeabruschi says:
    Wonder why they are locked out instead of on strike if they be soooo bad.

    Under the terms of the CBA the owners opted out of, the players agreed not to go on strike during the duration of the agreement.

    So you can now stop wondering.

  29. If Madden were broadcasting the deal, he would say… “90% of the deal is half posturing.”

    This is how you know they are close…the posturing has really picked up over the last few weeks and will continue. Sure, they are going to have some more “the sky is falling” moments, but it is close to happening…believe that.

    The owners can’t stand the thought of losing one cent of preseason money, the lockout was done to motivate themselves apparently…

  30. t16rich says:

    Shut up Brady!!! Drop your own nuts and say your name.
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    Ummm…it ain’t Brady. His nuts are firmly deposited in that “Murse” (Man-Purse) Gizzelle got him before they got married.

  31. So…Two men in a room with one asking the other to “drop his nuts.”

    I have officially crossed the TMI line with this Lock-out.

  32. tommyf15 says: Jul 11, 2011 6:15 PM

    gimmeabruschi says:
    Wonder why they are locked out instead of on strike if they be soooo bad.

    Under the terms of the CBA the owners opted out of, the players agreed not to go on strike during the duration of the agreement.

    So you can now stop wondering.

    _______________________________

    So, the players chose not to strike. I wasn’t sure because I thought they chose not to strike.

    Thanks for clearing that up tommy.

  33. tommyf15 says: Jul 11, 2011 6:13 PM

    LOL at people that folks who post here under aliases such as bearskoolaid1985 and thetechnocrat bashing the player for not using his real name.
    ____________________________________

    Except none of us are making decisions on this negotiation so who cares if our names are public? When you as a member of a negotiating team want to put personal insults out there to a member of the press and not own them, you are a coward. And if he would be held in contempt of court over it if it got out then here’s an idea…DON’T SPEAK TO A MEMBER OF THE MEDIA except in platitudes… either on or off the record…especially a pathetic shock jock type like Prisco. I dislike Goodell but at least when he idiotically smack talked the HC of the team I root for as well as the QB of the Steelers, he put his name on it.

    I don’t think all the positive comments about a deal being in the offing soon have owner sources either. Most REPUTABLE type reporters usually identify them as ” a source close to the negotiations” which leaves it up for interpretation whose side it is saying it.

  34. I bet the annonymous player believes in the ancient alien theory and the 911 truth too….

  35. What’s wrong with being an anonymous source? The people saying that the sides are close to a deal have been anonymous (if I’m not mistaken). So why is this player a coward for not coming forward?

    I agree with the player that this is probably some kind of tactic by the owners. I hope they get a fair deal, I have no patience with the owners, most of whom have just lucked into their franchises and don’t even have to pay for their own stadiums. It’s just ridiculous.

  36. gimmeabruschi says:
    So, the players chose not to strike. I wasn’t sure because I thought they chose not to strike.
    Thanks for clearing that up tommy.

    I’ll type slower this time…

    As per the CBA the players couldn’t strike.

  37. Seems like every day “a deal is imminent – ESPN”, then some rep comes out and says they’re still so far apart. I am so tired of hearing this, let me know when the lockout is over, I couldn’t care less how close or far apart they are. I’d almost welcome back Brett Favre watch… ALMOST…

  38. bigvinnyinjax says:
    Bring on the damn replacements.

    It’s illegal to bring in the damn replacements during a damn lockout.

    If that was an option I’m pretty damn sure the damn owners would being in the damn replacements, since that would be a damn good strategy in winning this damn labor war.

  39. I just got home from work… 10 hours… I will never make 1 million dollars in my life…. I will struggle to make the rookie minimum…. And the players have the never to say that???? Get a FREAKING job or go do your job… It doesn’t really matter, you prima donnas! Good grief!

  40. This is the game both sides have played with the media this whole lockout. Owners leak deal is close, then a player leaks that it isn’t.

  41. Don’t slam the no-name mouth. Blame the messenger who is the real scapegoat for publishing blather and drivel. PFT.

  42. Have Dee Mo spit them out. What a joke this whole thing is. it will be done before August, this is a S Load of posturing, and all of us sheep have been hanging on every new developement all along. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I officailly hate Lawyers and D-bag shirt and Ties in front offices etc.

  43. Yeah this guy is a classless piece of turd if he is commenting on what is going on with the negotiations. This is a huge part of the problem…a bunch of guys not being able to keep their word and not following the rules…keep the negotiations confidential turd and get in there and get things done. Pretty simple if you ask me!!!!!!!

  44. “All that is hype coming from the owners side to try and put pressure on us to do a deal. They want to make us look bad.”

    I really don’t think the owners are trying to make the players look bad. You guys (the players) seem to be doing a great job of that on your own. Look at who represents you guys, two lawyers who are in no hurry to get a deal done so the can continue to fill their wallets. Do you think they care when you start missing paychecks? Since we don’t know what player made these comments in this story, I shall just call him the Nutless Wonder.

  45. I like the picture of the handful of nuts. The unnamed player does bring up a point that Roger Goodell is merely a figure head with enough power to make the league look it’s best to some control test group.

  46. whythecardinals says:
    I just got home from work… 10 hours… I will never make 1 million dollars in my life…

    Yeah, but you have a job, a place to live, and access to the internet, which is a lot more than many people have. And those people would likely think you should be grateful for what you have and not bitter that you don’t have what football players have.

    So stop whining.

  47. I say if a guy wont go on record or give his name, then we shouldnt even be reporting it as news!! and yes, at this point, its the players holding this thing up!!! we will see who is begging to get a deal done when September rolls around and they arent getting that game check!!! better get a deal done now fella’s, cause once it gets to that point, the Owners will hold allthe cards and they will be going ALL IN!!!!

  48. tommyf15 says:Jul 11, 2011 8:55 PM
    “Yeah, but you have a job, a place to live, and access to the internet, which is a lot more than many people have. And those people would likely think you should be grateful for what you have and not bitter that you don’t have what football players have.

    So stop whining.”

    Perhaps, you misunderstood… I am not complaining. I am pointing out the obvious: over paid pre-madonnas that have no freaking clue what hard work is…. Oh, that’s right they are out there sweating and getting hit… Well, too bad…. one day the vast majority of the players will have to get a job, like the rest of us. I’m ticked off at the arrogance and conceit of these entetainers, who forget who pays for the tickets…

  49. tommyf15 says: Jul 11, 2011 6:59 PM

    gimmeabruschi says:
    So, the players chose not to strike. I wasn’t sure because I thought they chose not to strike.
    Thanks for clearing that up tommy.

    I’ll type slower this time…

    As per the CBA the players couldn’t strike.

    ____________________________

    Oh, I get it now. The contract the owners decided to throw in the crapcan and nullify is the one the players had to honor by not striking, even though it no longer existed as a binding article since it was thrown in the crapcan already. So instead of striking they threw the union in the crapcan and continued to negotiate as if there were still a union then cried to the courts to bail them out.

    Boy, I bet those players sure would strike if they could.

    Thanks for clearing this up for me tommy. And special thanks for typing slowly so even I could understand it.

  50. The player’s point is clearly accurate. We keep hearing new dates for an imminent agreement, and we run to kick the football like Charlie Brown. Not this time, Lucy!

  51. “over paid pre-madonnas that have no freaking clue what hard work is….”

    The majority of pro athletes who make it for sustained time, above the average years of service in their league, have worked harder than most people ever will. By a ton. The average person can’t fathom it.

    Contrast that with trust fund baby Jeff Lurie. Who never worked a day in his life.

    Let’s face it, most Americans DON’T work that hard. We, as a culture, transitioned to a service economy long ago. We largely push buttons and talk on the phone. Our “research” is, by and large, Google searches (look at CNN if you don’t believe me). Most of what we do in work or play is fully automated.

    So, please. I understand there is bitterness out there regarding pro athletes, but to discount their work ethic is silly.

  52. While the lockout continues, the players in their part time work will continue to say:

    Hi, Welcome to McDonald’s, may I take your order please..

  53. What players are working at McDonalds?

    Or is that just wishful thinking, fueled by bitterness over your life situation?

    Speaking of which, McDonald’s is still hiring. Turns out that most of America won’t do those jobs either. And you wonder why illegal immigrants find work here…

    Yeah, Americans are “hard workers”. Right.

  54. Lock two guys in the room – you can’t come out until you have an agreement.

    BTW – those little chewy things you’ve both been eating? They’re laced with ex-lax.

    Problem solved

    PLAY BALL!!!

  55. gimmeabruschi says:
    Jul 11, 2011 9:53 PM
    Oh, I get it now. The contract the owners decided to throw in the crapcan and nullify is the one the players had to honor by not striking, even though it no longer existed as a binding article since it was thrown in the crapcan already. So instead of striking they threw the union in the crapcan and continued to negotiate as if there were still a union then cried to the courts to bail them out.

    Boy, I bet those players sure would strike if they could.
    ——————————————–
    Apparently you still DON’T get it. The owners did not tear up the contract. They exercised an opt-out clause that was part of the contract, which simply stated they didn’t intend to extend the current CBA under it’s existing terms upon it’s expiration. The clause was allowed into the contract by Upshaw because he knew the contract was loaded in favor of the players and it got the owners to agree to it. The pendulum has to swing back closer to center in this CBA or it won’t work either.

    And no, the players WOULDN’T strike if they could, for two reasons: An offseason strike accomplishes nothing, and you can’t strike w/o a union. They chose a different leverage tactic which was to dissolve the union and sue the league for anti-trust violations, which were in fact not violations during the existence of the union, they were agreed-upon working conditions. Striking means no pay, lawsuit means a chance to grab billions for doing nothing.

  56. I have copied the best post I read here about all the “rumors” and claims it’s settled , no it’s not, yada yada, and it’s the media’s game that is winning. Having all the dummies out there in LA LA LAND – just waiting in front of the tube for the latest – breathless – update.

    And hey – the players are following their pied piper lawyer – DeMaurice – the Finger – Smith – who promised them nirvana if they would only sue here, and sue over there, and hey – we’re bi-winning everywhere.

    The owners are making The Finger and the NFLPA look like high school players trying to defend against a pro passing attack.

    The sensibel post:
    rabidmike says:
    Jul 11, 2011 5:55 PM
    This is the media’s fault. Breaking “news” is all they care about. I get someone to tell me a deal is close, you get someone to tell you it’s not close. We each submit a report from our unnamed source and we have done our job for the day.

  57. klunge says:

    And no, the players WOULDN’T strike if they could, for two reasons: An offseason strike accomplishes nothing, and you can’t strike w/o a union.

    _____________________________

    You forgot a reason. They’re locked out.

  58. whythecardinals says:
    I just got home from work… 10 hours… I will never make 1 million dollars in my life…

    And “tommyf15” says
    Yeah, but you have a job, a place to live, and access to the internet, which is a lot more than many people have. And those people would likely think you should be grateful for what you have and not bitter that you don’t have what football players have.

    So stop whining.
    ———————————————————-OK Peyton, we’ll stop whining, when you and your buddy Tom stop crying about being “taken advantage of” by the owners. Ya, taken advantage of to the tune of about a $million per game! STFU and play, or get a real job. Oh that’s right, you don’t need the money, forget about the job!

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