Posted on March 3, 2011 at 1:46 PM
Whom do you side with?
WASHINGTON - A person with knowledge of the NFL labor talks tells The Associated Press that the league and the union are discussing the possibility of extending the deadline for the end of the current collective bargaining agreement.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the federal mediator overseeing the negotiations wants the proceedings kept private.
"This is uncommon ground for us," says Cowboys tight end Jason Witten who was on the Mike and Mike show on ESPN.
" We don't know what to expect. On the surface it's kind of tough because we look at it and say, it's profitable and the game is as good as it's been, but at the same time, what the owners concerns are. I think as players, you just want to play."
The league and players' union are meeting for a 10th day with a federal mediator. The current CBA is due to expire at midnight.
"For all of us, we're kind of waiting and seeing," Witten says."None of us have been in this situation and well lean on our executive director DeMaurice smith and all of the executive committee members have the show us where do we go from here."
Witten is in Florida this week but says he's staying in touch to see what happens.
"Oh i'm pro active, there is no question," Witten says. "I think you have to be just because all of us are affected by this. There is no question that you have to be pro active and get that information as much as you can.
Without a new CBA, the league could lock out the players. The union also could decertify and have the players take their labor
fight with the league to court.