James is taking some much deserved time off this week, and I thought "Heck, I can fill in for him in his absence." (Congrats to him on graduating law school, or whatever he just graduated from. I think it was law school.)
I'd like to direct you to this article from the ever-reliable DOL at the AJC. Basically, he's saying that some Falcons are starting to get worn out from no hope of a new CBA. For a little over a month, they've been getting together and working on their own time.
Matty voices both his concern and his reassurance:
"I think the longer that it goes on, the tougher it becomes," quarterback Matt Ryan said.
"I’ve got faith in the union and I have faith in the league that both sides will come to an agreement," Ryan said. "We’ll see what happens on June 3 with the ruling. We still have time to get this thing done. I think we’ve got the right people on both sides to get it done. We’ll be playing when we need to play."
However, Snelling, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, voiced a different opinion:
"We kind of wonder at some point, what are we really fighting for?" Snelling said. "Do we want to play, do we want to just keep these things through the courts? I know that a lot of guys may feel like going through the courts and taking it to the end and waiting for a judge to make a ruling may work, but after they make another ruling, we still don’t have a collective bargaining agreement."
This is understandable, in Snelling's case. He wants to get paid, and he deserves to get paid, but he can't talk with any teams until this CBA is done. I feel like a lot of players feel this way. The "What are we really fighting for?" argument, that is. This really bites, I tell you what.
This thing seems like it's never going to end. I feel bad for the season ticket holders, to be honest. The people that pay good money to see their teams play and may not be able to because the players and owners can't agree on anything.
However, The NFL and NFLPA met in Chicago this week. Some more mediation went down, and it seems that little headway was made, if any. But hey, at least they're trying. There's starting to be a sense of urgency in the discussion rooms, so hopefully we'll get a fair deal done sooner rather than later.