From the AP Wire – Union: Talks have sense of urgency

December 28th, 2010

During a media conference call, NFLPA Executive Committee members Brian Dawkins (Broncos) and Mike Vrabel (Chiefs) express optimism and frustration with the NFL’s proposals. Both players say that CBA talks have sense of urgency. Read excerpts of the story here via Associated Press:

Associated Press
NEW YORK — Union executive committee member Brian Dawkins says he believes NFL owners and players have a sense of urgency to avoid a lockout because they don’t want to alienate fans.

“I would think common sense would say at the end of the day, after all the fighting and after all the words are said, we understand who butters our bread,” the veteran Denver Broncos safety said Tuesday. “That’s where the urgency comes in at.”

Dawkins and fellow NFL Players Association executive committee member Mike Vrabel alternated between optimism and expressing frustration with the league’s proposals during a conference call about negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The current deal expires March 4, raising fears of a lockout. One major sticking point is the NFL’s desire to go from 16 regular-season and four preseason games to 18 and two.

Dawkins and Vrabel said the league hadn’t offered enough in return for what they believe will be shorter careers — and therefore less money made — with the longer regular season resulting in more punishment for players’ bodies.

“I don’t think with good conscience we could say, ‘Guys, this is all we could get for you for 18 games. Go out there and strap it up and hope you make it through,’ ” said Vrabel, a veteran linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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