Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel has played a big part in the NFL Players Association’s talks with the owners. Now the veteran has a new idea he is bringing to the table: change the people sitting across from the players at that table.
“[W]e 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.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league accepts Vrabel’s invitation to negotiate but didn’t rule out the top executives’ participation.
“The NFL’s negotiating team — accompanied by the three owners Mike mentioned, Jerry Jones, Jerry Richardson and Robert Kraft — is prepared to meet immediately. Just tell us when and where,” Aiello said of the Cowboys owner, the Panthers owner and the Patriots owner.
This bickering back and forth got old as soon as it started.
Listen, I don’t care who needs to be at the table to get a deal done, but figure it out quickly. Both sides claim they want to negotiate, so stop yapping to the press and get behind closed doors so we can start talking about football — and just football — again.