NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae yesterday discussed the labor negotiations on Sirius XM’s “Mad Dog Radio.”
“I think what really happened is in 2006, we got such a great deal,” said Mawae, an eight-time Pro Bowl center who retired prior to the 2010 season. “I mean the players got a good deal and the owners felt they got it handed to them and it’s kind of a revenge factor, ‘let’s get back what we felt like we lost,’ and things like that.”
NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash expressed the same view of the 2006 agreement in a different way yesterday.
“We have said we don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves,” Pash said, “but it is not an agreement that has worked out in a satisfactory way. Rather than kick the can down the road another four or five years, let’s figure out how we can get a system in place that will be positive for players and positive for clubs.”
Clearly, there is no argument here.