MMQB Mailbag: Court decision will not jumpstart labor talk with union
There's not a lot of clarity in the wake of
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Nor should he. The league's counsel,
I've said this for the past year, and I'm sure I'll say it for the next nine months: These labor deals always come together (or not) at the 11th hour, and I don't expect real progress 'til next spring at the earliest.
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The one thing the union and the league have agreed on in all prior bargaining agreements -- and I'm sure it won't change -- is the need for a draft. It's the basis for the competitive balance in the NFL, and as much as I think the union wants to see a sea-change in how the business of pro football operates, I don't see any way either side ever negotiates the draft out of business.
I know you can't just throw out accusations against players with no evidence, but I just think a lot of fans are frustrated and fed up with the total shock displayed by talking heads when news comes out about an athlete's positive test or association with a tainted doctor. We've already been talking amongst ourselves about this stuff, so it just gets so tiresome when professionals act like they can't believe it. Maybe we turned a corner with the
You're talking about two different subjects here, I think. Yes, I think it's naïve to be shocked every time a guilty PED guy surfaces, and now I'm surprised at nothing. But Favre? If you're suspicious about him trying to avoid drug-testing, the fact is until a player files retirement papers, he is subject to all the testing rules of football. If he is in the NFL's drug-testing programs and is called to give a sample in the offseason, he has to comply. (I doubt he's in the program, by the way, but any player who is in the program is subject to being tested year-round.)
I don't think players will be pleased. I haven't spoken to any of them about it, but usually players want to do things in warm climes -- golf, the beach -- in their free time. Now, some of them will be excited, I'm sure, to go clubbing in Manhattan on Monday night and Tuesday night, but other than that, most of their time is spoken for, and the thought that they'll be at hotels in Hanover, N.J., and Teaneck, N.J., for a week in February won't be really popular with them, in my opinion.
For two years, he produced more big plays than any other return man ever had in a two-year period in NFL history. The Bears have depth at the receiver position, and I just think they'd be smarter to make sure he touches the ball 50 times in the return game this year.