Originally posted by dtg_9er:
People posture all the time in negotiations and it usually turns out to be meaningless once an agreement is reached. He works for the owners and won't undermine their stance.
If they go to mediation the owners will need to compromise and this may be one of the things they give up.
If there is a lockout the owners will be drawing a line in the sand and hoping the union crumbles. This seems to be a very risky propostion for guys who just signed a huge TV contract. It may be a time when neither side can afford to go the distance and mediation becomes the obvious answer.
Edit: It's impossible to predict what would be traded during this process. 18 games for no Franchise Tag? Too many variables to consider.
Well, I'm not trying to speculate. I'm just giving the news as it's been reported.
If you want speculation, here's my impression:
1) It was reported that the League was telling teams not to use the franchise tag prior to January 27th.
2) On January 27th Goodell has a meeting with 10 reporters in which he says that he expects the franchise tag to be enforced next season.
3) On January 30th all major sporting news sources report that the Eagles will place franchise tag on Vick. No mention of CBA in the articles.
You could put on a tin foil hat and say that the NFL controls the media.
We'll see how things turn out.
One last note: Vick is having financial issues... not rich right now, lots of debt. Franchise tag for a QB is a lot of money. From what I read, Vick is not able to negotiate a contract extension because of some of the wording in his current contract. If he signs the franchise tag contract, he might be able to negotiate an extension.
Speculate on that scenario if you wish.