Mark Maske of the Washington Post provides the latest update on the NFL labor situation, which includes player mulling over the conditional CBA proposal agreed upon by owners on Thursday.
Maske says players have calmed a bit after being angered by the owners’ agreement to a proposal that according to the players included several ancillary issues that were not collectively negotiated.
Maske: “In the players’ view, some provisions, including drug-testing matters and pension issues, cannot be negotiated until the players re-form their union, which they dissolved in March the day before the lockout began.
“The players’ side also believes the process for re-forming their union and ratifying the deal should be different from what the owners have set forth. The players think it could take as long as two weeks to complete the proper steps to re-form the union, while the league, which never accepted the union decertification as valid, asserts it could happen in short order.
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“The players want the two sides to work out a settlement of the players’ antitrust lawsuit against the owners first and the NFL to lift the lockout at that point.
“Under the players’ plan, free agency would begin and teams would open training camps while the players are in the process of re-forming their union, and the collective bargaining agreement could be completed after the union is re-formed.
“According to several reports, the players also are interested in adding an opt-out clause to the deal that could be exercised after seven seasons.”
While the players and owners still have some work to do, Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports the two side have agreed upon the overall economics of the proposal,
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reviews the franchise’s strike-shortened 1982 season, which included the firing of Seattle’s first head coach, Jack Patera.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times catches up with Seahawks fifth-round pick safety Mark LeGree, who had to go back to a summer construction job that he finished on Thursday because of the lockout.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network pegs Kyle Orton, Donovan McNabb and Tarvaris Jackson as possible solutions for Seattle’s quarterback situations if Matt Hasselbeck is not brought back.
Nate Davis of USA Today takes a look at the top guards and centers available once free agency begins.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle discusses five ways to improve Seattle’s defense, including restructuring Marcus Trufant and Lofa Tatupu’s contract, freeing up more money for the team to spend in free agency.
Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle talk to Seahawks receiver Mike Williams about the lockout and the possibility of Tarvaris Jackson playing in Seattle in this audio link.