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Injunction effort for rookies and free agents likely tabled until Monday

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Before news broke on Thursday of a deal finally being struck on the rookie wage scale, based on significant concessions being made by the owners, we were told that the players had decided to delay until Monday any action on a possible effort to lift the lockout as to players not under contract (i.e., rookies and free agents).  The dramatic progress that came on Thursday rendered that legal strategy largely moot.

But it’s not completely moot yet.  With several issues remaining and the owners possibly tempted to seize upon the overwhelming sense that a deal is coming to draw a line in the sand on matters like the right of first refusal and judicial oversight, the players need to continue preparations for filing the motion on Monday as leverage against the owners refusing to bargain.

If progress continues to be made on Friday, the motion likely never will be filed.  But the players must leave that sword (or, to use terms James Harrison will understand, gun) on the table until an agreement in principle is reached.

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8 Responses to “Injunction effort for rookies and free agents likely tabled until Monday”
  1. bangyourhead4 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:55 AM

    NOOO! Don’t Do It!!

  2. readimgram1 says: Jul 15, 2011 9:01 AM

    Right of First refusal is an idiotic reason to hold up the deal. you all had you shot to resign the FAs before the became FA. You have Franchise and Transition tags you applied to those you felt worthy…

    Drop it and get the deal done!

  3. dccowboy says: Jul 15, 2011 9:03 AM

    “leverage against the owners refusing to bargain.”

    By that you really mean ” leverage against the owners refusing to cave.”

  4. raven410 says: Jul 15, 2011 9:14 AM

    The water is getting cooler in the glass…

  5. southbeachtalent says: Jul 15, 2011 9:18 AM

    They’re bluffing, We should have a deal by next week. I am going to ask for the day off to PARTY! and set up my fantasy league…

  6. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 15, 2011 9:24 AM

    dccowboy says: Jul 15, 2011 9:03 AM

    “leverage against the owners refusing to bargain.”

    By that you really mean ” leverage against the owners refusing to cave.”
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    Funny, that’s how I read it too!

  7. gtmann says: Jul 15, 2011 9:28 AM

    If this injunction is filed I say it is time for the NFL rank and file to grow some new brains and a BIG pair of b@lls . Smith, Kessler and gang are not working in the players best interest, only their own. If this happens it is time to fire them all, drop all existing lawsuits, form a new union, elect either Troy Vincent or Brian Dawkins as director, elect new player reps, and get a deal done .

    I understand this will be a long process and likely cost us the season, but it won’t take any longer than all of these suits and appeals. It is time to get someone in the room who has your (players) and our (fans) interest at heart rather than their own agenda !!!!!

  8. gregjennings85 says: Jul 15, 2011 10:24 AM

    Just. Get. It. Done. Already.

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