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Chiefs QB Matt Cassel Not Optimistic New CBA Is Reached By March 3

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HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws passes during warm ups before playing the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 17 2010 in Houston Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws passes during warm ups before playing the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 17 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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We didn't hear much during the season from the Kansas City Chiefs players about the labor situation between the NFL owners and NFL Player's Association. The Chiefs have two NFLPA Executive Committee members in Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel so they chimed in now and again but for the most part they were quiet (or at least not as loud as Antonio Cromartie).

Now, arguably the most recognizable Chief, Matt Cassel, has added his two cents on the labor deal. Speaking on the Petros and Money Show on FOX Sports Radio Friday night, here's what Cassel said on the labor negotiations:

"It'll be interesting," he said. "I think that they're so far off in terms of how they want to do the profit margins, the split there with the revenue sharing and all that. I believe that they won't meet the deadline by March 3rd. Now, I could be completely off but at the same time I do believe we'll get a deal done hopefully before next season.

"A lot of that is, I believe, that the owners are smart enough to realize that they don't want to hurt our fan base. We're the most popular game in the world right now -- maybe not soccer -- in America we're the most popular game. I don't think they want to take a chance of losing that but it's all profit for them, you know."

Interesting words from the Chiefs quarterback. He joins a long list of folks who don't believe a deal will be done by March 3. He's also not immune to applying some public pressure by indicating that the consequences of the labor situation will be the fault of the owners, and that "it's all profit for them". I'm guessing that last part is a reference to the NFLPA's claim that the owners will still make money in the event of a lockout via in large part of the league's TV deal in addition to the lack of player costs.

It's a standard reaction from the players' side of things but I found Cassel's words interesting since we hadn't heard from him about it.

Here's audio of the entire interview. The relevant portion comes between the 7:31-8:10 mark.