Packers president Mark Murphy’s statement last night as reported by Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press Gazette today, “NFL owners are done negotiating,” is pretty tough sounding, especially coming from a former player who should know better.
“We’ve put our pens down,” Murphy said. “We’ve negotiated in good faith with the union. We’ve reached an agreement on all the key points.
“They know what we ratified and they’re voting to ratify the same thing.”
was made last night during the hectic few hours of finger-pointing and miscommunication, but it still emphasizes the point that there are and always will be deep divisions between employees and management.
With sideways glances and mistrust, the players were pissed yesterday when the owners passed their own version of the collective bargaining agreement … a document that players said they hadn’t fully seen and wanted to study before even considering a vote.
So, that’s the task the players continue yet today. Though there are some who have said a vote may still be forthcoming today, that possibility seems to dim with each passing hour … though one should never say never.
But to get back to Mr. Murphy’s comments … as a player in a past life he should know how the members of the players association would react to such statements. This is supposed to be a negotiation, with both sides sharing ideas and coming to resolutions together.
That’s why it’s disturbing to hear him say such things.
Our hope is that the players membership wasn’t listening or just brushed his comments off … as they should. They were made in the heat of the moment and he probably wishes he had them back … kinda like that last pass Brett Favre threw in the championship game against the Giants.
Let’s just hope Murphy doesn’t regret his words as much as Favre regretted throwing that pass.