In an interview with SB Nation on Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is ready to negotiate -- instead of litigate -- whenever the (former) union is ready. In an interview with SB Nation on Friday, head of the (former) union DeMaurice Smith said the two sides can still negotiate (pointing out that they're actually part of the class counsel now) towards a settlement.
So what's the problem? Where's the negotiating?
Kansas City Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel participated in a roundtable interview with ESPN on Friday from the NFLPA's meetings in Marco Island, Fla. and suggested one way to negotiate is cutting out some folks that, from the union's view, have been divisive.
"We are willing to negotiate. But we don't want to negotiate with Bob Batterman, Jeff Pash or Roger Goodell," Vrabel said, referring to the NFL's outside labor counsel in Batterman and its executive vice president and lead counsel in Pash. "Our executive committee needs to negotiate with Jerry Jones, Bob Kraft, Jerry Richardson -- their executive committee. People that are willing and can agree to a deal. Jeff Pash can't agree to a deal."
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, along with other NFL owners, have pointed the finger at the union for walking away from the table. Vrabel points the finger at the league saying they're not interested in getting a deal done.
We get it. Both sides wants us to know the other side isn't interested in getting a deal done. Here's an idea: prove your side is the one that wants to get a deal done by sitting down to negotiate and, you know, get a deal done!
(H/T chief stevie_k)