As the NFL continues its frenetic pace of signings and releases, some of the players who have been released have played significant roles in the recently-concluded labor effort.
A source with knowledge of the situation, but who has requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject, tells PFT that the NFLPA will be monitoring “with vigilance” any decisions to cut player representatives and alternate player representatives.
Since Tuesday, three players fit that category. Receiver Derrick Mason (pictured) was the Ravens’ representative, and center Shaun O’Hara was the Giants’ rep. Tackle Max Starks served as the alternate in Pittsburgh.
Whether the NFLPA can prove retaliation is a much bigger, and more convoluted question. For now, the message to every team is that the soon-to-be-reconstituted union wants to be sure that none of the men who led the effort on behalf of all players lose their jobs because of it.