Chiefs To Play Big Role In Labor Negotiations

As the NFLPA and the league’s owners negotiate a new CBA over the next year, the Kansas City Chiefs are the only team with two players on the executive committee, which is run by free agent center Kevin Mawae.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sean Morey, Kansas City offensive guard Brian Waters, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson, Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Mike Vrabel and Indianapolis Colts Jeff Saturday make up the rest of the group.

Saturday, the Colts player representative, doesn’t think a deal will get done until after the new year.

“I feel like everybody’s just like, “Why are we negotiating now?  What’s the hurry?  We have until next March.  Let’s just go play this [2010] season and see who balks first.  Who gets scared first.’  I think all of us are going to wait until the end and then we’ll have to get it done in a short amount of time.  I think the best work gets done then.”

It does seem appropriate the franchise that was founded by Lamar Hunt would be the only team with two players on the executive committee.  Hopefully when negotiations heat up both Waters and Vrabel play an integral part.

With that being said, for the sake of having their heads in the game all season long it would be better for the players if they put their role in negotiations on hold until after the season.  That’s not to say that veterans like Vrabel and Waters can’t handle more than one thing at once, but I (and presumably Todd Haley) would rather every Chiefs player had a limited number of distractions.

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