We don’t really know if the players are going to rock the vote today. If Puff Daddy had his way, they would vote or perish immediately, but unfortunately washed-up rapping gangsters don’t carry any leverage in NFL labor negotiations.
We’re not going to make any predictions right now. Given the vast wasteland of reports circulating as we reach noon on another day of lockout purgatory–like the ones in this morning’s links–prognosticating an outcome for today is a fool’s game at best. Even Chris Mortensen is spinning in circles after first reporting that a player vote would happen today, before backing off and saying that a vote will more likely take place either over the weekend or early next week.
No one knows what the hell is going on, but doesn’t not necessarily reflect positively or negatively on the direction of the players’ thinking after the owners ratified the CBA last night. It’s somewhere in between, but at least we know that the players are considering the terms in the proposal supported by the owners. And we know this because Kevin Mawae, the president of the NFLPA, said so in a statement that will be the last words we hear from the players today.
“Player leadership is discussing the most recent written proposal with the NFL, which includes a settlement agreement, deal terms and the right process for addressing recertification. There will not be any further NFLPA statements today out of respect for the Kraft family while they mourn the loss of Myra Kraft.”
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith is away from the discussion and attending the funeral for Myra Kraft, the wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft who lost her battle with Cancer earlier this week.
That event clearly adds perspective to the labor squabble, but in Smith’s absence the work continues. The players will sift through the paperwork and consider a proposal that could give the league labor peace for the next decade.