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Fleur-de-Links: March 11, 2011


Drew Brees
Not once have the players asked for more money during this negotiation. That is a FACT. I don't expect anyone to feel sorry for us

Drew Brees
We have a responsibility and at some point you just have to stand up for what is right

Drew Brees
Past players sacrificed a great deal to give us what we have now in the NFL, and we will not lay down for a second to give that up
Howard Shatsky
by JasonLaCanfora
One immediate consequence of decertification, Ive already received an email saying the NFLPA is discontiniuing its agent regulation system.

Jeff Duncan
No. They asked, though. RT @: @ did the state require benson to turn over books before they gave him all our tax money?

Jason La Canfora
Jeff Pash details the NFL's proposal to the union, and says "no decision" made yet on a lockout. Owners also say support future mediation

The @ releases a statement regarding CBA talks -

Tracy Porter
And for all those calling me out on . Yo time is coming

Jay Glazer
by j_bushrod7475
I cover the NFL, games, players, NOT lawyers and litigation. Absolutely ridiculous its all come to this!

Jason La Canfora
Cohen says "no useful purpose would be served" by further mediation now. If both sides asked for it later, he'd welcome more mediation then

Jason La Canfora
Mediator George Cohen says sides made some progress over 17 sessions but could not resolve "strongly held" differences on core issues

Chase Daniel
Look at this picture! My thoughts and prayers go out to every one involved in this catastrophe.

Jason La Canfora
Judge Doty will be considering an injunction to prevent any potential lockout, as part of the Brees, Brady, Manning case vs. NFL, which ...

Heath Evans
"@: @ what role can coach payton have with players or is his allegiance to owner" He loves us but hes n a tight spot!

Jason La Canfora
NFLPA officially dissolved. No longer has authority to collectively bargain for players. Is now a trade association. Judge Doty has papers

Chase Daniel
Fans, don't worry & stay positive that we will get this worked out! Trust is what we ask for...we play this game for you, the fans!

NOLA Saints Nation
NFLPA decertifies. Pathetic. Owners and players deserve equal blame. Lockout imminent. Only getting uglier from here. Greedy people

Jeremy Shockey
Stay positive Fans this will get worked out.. Trust is all we ask for!!!

DeMario Pressley
I just wanna play football

Pierre Thomas
Driving back to gotta be ready for the cold weather but it's all good cuz I got dat


KA BOOM!!!!!!!!!:

Union applies for decertification | ProFootballTalk
Well, now things are about to get ugly. The NFLPA announced they applied for decertification on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET, following an ultimatum issued by NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith.  The union asked the league around 4 p.m.

John Mara says union wasn’t serious about negotiating | ProFootballTalk
In a rapid-fire press conference outside the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, Giants co-owner John Mara bluntly but respectfully accused the union of failing to proceed in good faith during the recent stretch of bargaining.

DeMaurice Smith To Players: NFLPA Expected To De-Certify From NFL " Who Dat Dish | A New Orleans Saints Blog

What's next for the NFL? |
Read this next line very slowly. $9 billion dollars. You get that?  Read it again. $9 billion dollars. The NFL players and owners are telling us that they are merely looking for a way to slice up one of the biggest money pies the world has ever seen. This little game of verbal karate they're playing would make for...

NFL players union decertifies as talks break down |
League's first work stoppage since 1987 a near-certainty

NFL issues statement on negotiations |
'NFL calls on union to return negotiations immediately'

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees defends NFL Players Association's decision to decertify |
Brees: 'At some point you just have to stand up for what is right'

Report: Goodell has freedom to move "drastically" | ProFootballTalk
As the NFLPA and the NFL continue to meet in Washington during what could be the last day of mediation before Litigeddon, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that, during a Thursday conference call with owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell received "the freedom to move drastically, if need be," t...

NFLPA questions NFL's desire to negotiate before extension deadline - NFL -
"We were told we were going to be meeting with the owners at 4 o'clock," said George Atallah, the union's assistant executive director of external affairs. "It is now 6:15, and we just received word that the owners broke for dinner without any formal bargaining or negotiating sessions today between players and owners. We're disappointed. We were -- as we have been for the last two years -- prepared to negotiate. Instead, we were stuck here waiting. This is a $9 billion business. The players shouldn't have to be treated like this, and the fans shouldn't be kept waiting, either."

Rhetoric rises, clock ticks down on NFL talks
"Everyone knows where the calendar is," lead NFL negotiator Jeff Pash said Thursday night. "Everyone knows what's potentially on the table tomorrow."

Judge Doty looming large over NFL labor negotiations |
Owners gave him the power in 1993

Mediator needs to step up, stand up, take control | ProFootballTalk
As the negotiations between the NFL and the players' union head toward an implosion, there's one man who's in position to try to get this thing back on track. George Cohen.

League, union facing potentially dramatic fan backlash | ProFootballTalk
A little while ago, I saw the horrifying images of a debris-filled Tsunami swallowing pristine farm land in Japan.  And as news of more and more lives lost emerges, the message to the men gathering at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in D.C. became obvious.

Drew Brees: "I am very sorry that you as fans have to endure this" | ProFootballTalk
On what may be the last day of negotiations between the owners and the players before a work stoppage that leaves fans furious at both sides, one of the highest-profile members of the union is already offering fans an apology.



Saints assistant Jones gets 3 years probation | Saints | — Baton Rouge, LA
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Breaking down Garrett Hartley's contract - NFC South Blog - ESPN
We told you last week kicker Garrett Hartley signed a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. Now, it’s time to shed some more light on



Jeremy Shockey calls Panthers "an intriguing situation" | ProFootballTalk
"It is something that I had a chance to meet with a bunch of teams and meet with a bunch of owners and things like that but to me, I had this thing, sort of a gut feeling and it is exciting, it is a young ball club compared to some of the other ball clubs I have been in and it is a very intriguing situation for me," Shockey said on WFNZ in Charlotte via