Goodell will do “whatever is necessary” to get a deal done

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There has been plenty of talk over the past several months regarding the things that folks are willing to do in order to restore labor peace.  At times, the words have seemed more hollow than a chocolate Christmas tree ornament.  As the process arrives at the ending point, here’s hoping that folks mean what they say, when they say they want to get a deal done.

And that’s supposedly what Commissioner Roger Goodell is saying, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.  Goodell, sources told Mortensen, will do “whatever is necessary” to finish the process, including going to Washington to personally meet with the NFLPA* Executive Committee to explain the proposed deal.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the members of the decertified union’s governing body will meet in Washington beginning today, and continuing into Tuesday.  Per Breer, the team-by-team player representatives will arrive Wednesday.  Breer explains that the goal will be to explain the proposed deal to the player reps, so that they can then pass the information along to their teammates.

Still, the time line remains a bit confusing and unclear.  Mortensen has reported that a 72-hour window for signing current free agents will open on Friday, only a day after the owners approve the transaction.  So when between now and Friday will the players reconstitute the union and formally settle the Brady antitrust lawsuit?  NFL general counsel Jeff Pash previously insisted that the doors won’t open until all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed; there’s a lot of i-dotting and t-crossing to be done before Friday.

So there’s something that seems a little strange about all of this.  But we’re willing to remain hopeful.

After all, Roger Goodell is willing to do “whatever is necessary” to put this all to bed, once and for all.

48 responses to “Goodell will do “whatever is necessary” to get a deal done

  1. Cue Roger Goodell and Jeff Pash fishing in a row boat with Ralph Wilson and Mike Brown. Wilson and Brown start to say a Hail Mary…

  2. OK, we got the “they want to get a deal done” Monday quote out of the way. Will someone please step up and be quoted on some of the other daily statements.

    “There is still a lot of work to be done”

    “We think we have a fair proposal on the table”

  3. 3octaveFart says: Jul 18, 2011 10:31 AM

    He’s had two years to do “whatever is necessary”.
    Now he’s just priming to start taking the credit…

    3octaveFart says: Jul 18, 2011 10:32 AM

    Reporter: Have the owners opened their books yet?
    Goodell: OK, anything BUT that…
    ——————————————————

    I don’t recall the last time anyone mentioned the books being an issue. This must be you just trying to bash the owners. Most of us have moved on from the blame game. I guess you haven’t yet.

  4. I am not a big fan of Goodell, or De Smith for letting this get to this point, but I am glad they are both doing what needs to be done to try and finish this without missing any games. As a fan that is all I was really worried about. I just hope that my team is prepared to move fast when free agency starts.

  5. I’m feeling something bad coming… this seem to good to be true for all of this to start Friday.

  6. They will agree to the deal. The lawyers can then spend the next few weeks doing the paperwork, while the league is back in business. NO WAY they wait for all the fine points to be hammered out by the legal teams. Those lawyers no how to run up bills…milk the process for whatever its worth.

  7. Sounds like he’s caving in to the union and could care less about the 32 organizations that hired him. It’s time he and the owners take a stand and be firm.

  8. After all, Roger Goodell is willing to do “whatever is necessary” to put this all to bed, once and for all.

    ——————–

    You could start by advocating to the owners that playing hard ball with the union was counter productive. You could have told the owners that a lock out would alienate the fans.

    But that ship already sailed. In doing nothing to avert this lock out, Goodell has been exposed as the “the hired help” singing whatever song his masters tell him to.

  9. This week is going to tell us an aweful lot about whether a deal will get done or not. If each side starts talking to the media and then we hear about a deal next week (instead of this week), I see bad things on the horizon.

  10. With some of the remaining issues cropping up, I think the reports from Mort were a bit optimistic. The new agreement and the start of free agency may be pushed back a few days. That’s fine.

    It’s going to be fun when this free agency period kicks off.

  11. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says:
    Jul 18, 2011 10:37 AM

    “I don’t recall the last time anyone mentioned the books being an issue. ”

    You must be new here.

  12. Roger Goodell is the puppet, not the puppeteer.

    He has done exactly as he was told to by his bosses. He pushed this as long and hard as he could up to the point where revenue streams (games) were threatened.

    To all the people who say this could have been done months ago if the two sides had met more- you just don’t understand business. That was never going to happen. Contentious negotiations are always dragged out as long the two sides can afford to drag them out.

    Neither side was willing to move in March/April/May because nothing was at stake. And don’t tell me about the quality of football suffering this season- as long as you are watching (and paying), and you will, it doesn’t make a bit of difference to them.

    That’s why I always believed no games would be missed (and they won’t). The owner’s couldn’t afford to miss games (or weren’t willing to take the financial hit) and players had nowhere else to go to make money.

    Contrast that to the NBA lockout, where they surely miss games, perhaps even an entire season. The finances in that league are such a mess that there are teams that would actually lose LESS money if the season is cancelled than they would if it was played, and many players have the opportunity to make money overseas.

    Looking forward to an insane free agency period starting sometime next week.

  13. The owners have their schedule for activities and nothing is going to stand in the way, including dotting i’s and crossing t’s. Free Agency is starting Friday come hell or high water. The union only needs to reconstitute to get approvals on retirement and drug testing, but can get a waiver until it can be completed, that can be gotten Wednesday when the players meet to have the contract explained to them. Quite frankly if Mankins and Jackson want to be free agents, then the owners will let them be free agents, only two owners would vote against it, the Patriots and Chargers, and that certainly doesn’t constitute an issue with the vote passing. I don’t see anything that is being written as being a show stopper as far as getting owners to vote on Thursday and starting free agency on Friday. Quite frankly, the owners got what they wanted with a rookie wage scale and will hold out till late Wednesday to see what they can get the players to cave on and everything else they will relent on and the deal will be done.

  14. @twitter:Chapman_Jamie

    Oh, really? And you have been commenting here how long? Freaking owner shill.

  15. If only he had done this back in April, we could have bypassed all the where will Nnamdi sign and conflicting labor reports and all that other filler that was given throughout the lockout…

  16. What if James Harrison were on fire and Goodell had to piss on him to put out the fire? Would he even do that?

  17. Must be getting close. Goodell is coming out now. Wants to take credit for getting it done in time for a full season. How the heck did this GiBo get to be comish of the NFL?

  18. Poor choice of words, Rog.

    realitypolice says:
    Contrast that to the NBA lockout, where they surely miss games, perhaps even an entire season. The finances in that league are such a mess that there are teams that would actually lose LESS money if the season is cancelled than they would if it was played

    The NBA owners claim that, but I have a tough time buying it. It’s more along the lines that the owners are after a CBA so lucrative not only in terms of annual profit but franchise values that they’re willing to give up an entire season to get it.

  19. 3octaveFart says:
    Jul 18, 2011 10:32 AM
    Reporter: Have the owners opened their books yet?
    Goodell: OK, anything BUT that…

    ————–

    In what other business could employees demand that? “I want $6 of every $10 that comes through the door….oh, AND I want to see your books!”

    Bring back the scabs!

  20. “What if James Harrison were on fire and Goodell had to piss on him to put out the fire?”

    If he had any piss in him, there would be a signed deal.

  21. At this point, it feels like we’re playing an endless game of “made you look.” I don’t want to hear anything else from any of these people until the deal is done and free agency opens.

  22. The “Union” will see to it that a deal is delayed. The leadership could care less about it’s membership or the industry that feeds them.

  23. He will do “whatever is necessary”, unless it means getting it done when it should have been, months ago.

    Goodell is just trying to save face at this point and poising himself to look like some scale-tipper when in fact, he’s been as much of the problem as the owners and players.

  24. He’s been sucking off Brady, Manning, and Brees for years and couldn’t get a deal done for 2 years.

    So what’s changed?

  25. olcap says:
    Jul 18, 2011 11:25 AM
    @twitter:Chapman_Jamie

    Oh, really? And you have been commenting here how long? Freaking owner shill.

    ________________________________
    I’m reeeaaaalllllyy gonna miss this pathetic strawman “owner/player” shill namecalling stuff when this is all over…NOT.

  26. whats the deal with all this anti union talk?
    without unions we as the working class would have hours,wages, etc equivalent to that of a second world country

  27. Roger Goodell is willing to do “whatever is necessary” to put this all to bed, once and for all.

    How about letting James Harrison use him as a tackling dummy for the first week of camp?

  28. @olcap
    @3octaveFart

    What does posting history have to do with knowledge of the situation? If you have posted irrelevant material on the site for over a year and a new poster posts something more meaningful (which is what happened here), you believe the former is a more qualified speaker because they have been around longer?

    Way to rationalize.

  29. Biff Hammer says:
    Jul 18, 2011 11:50 AM
    3octaveFart says:
    Jul 18, 2011 10:32 AM
    Reporter: Have the owners opened their books yet?
    Goodell: OK, anything BUT that…

    ————–

    In what other business could employees demand that? “I want $6 of every $10 that comes through the door….oh, AND I want to see your books!”

    Bring back the scabs!

    THANK YOU for taking the two worst pro-Owner’s Union arguments out there and wrapping them up in a nice little package.

    1. The owners are demanding and fighting for a system where a percentage of revenues are shared with the players. , ie the oh-so-popular salary cap. Therefore it’s prudent for the players to know how much revenue is coming in.

    2. It’s illegal to bring in scabs during a lockout.

  30. why does it seem like the owners are bending over backwards to get a deal done while the players fight over every little item? Also love how this site is so pro player even when everyone can see the players are dragging this now.

  31. The union doesn’t exist anymore. DeMo saw to that. The individual players need to vote and kick DeMo out. Goodell has done a pretty good job dealing with these a-holes.

  32. thefiesty1 says:
    The union doesn’t exist anymore. DeMo saw to that.

    Incorrect.

    At the request of the Owner’s Union, the Eighth Circuit Court rejected the decertification of the NFLPA.

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