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Ravens cornerback and NFL Players Association executive committee member Domonique Foxworth isn’t hopeful that a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached by Friday’s deadline.
“Things haven’t been great, as you’ve heard,” Foxworth said of the negotiations during an interview on CNBC Thursday afternoon.
“It’s really hard to say with any certainty that anything positive is going to happen in the next couple days. After I leave here, I’m going back and we’re going to continue to work until the late hours of the night and see what we can get done by tomorrow evening.”
Essentially, it boils down to the financials. According to reports, the NFL is seeking an additional $700 million off the top of the revenue pool to cover increasing operating costs.
The NFLPA wants to see team-by-team financial reports in order to see if the extra money is worth it, they say.
The NFL made a disclosure offer earlier this week, which general counsel Jeff Pash claimed was the most information ever provided to the NFLPA and more than even what’s given to the league’s 32 teams. But the NFLPA rejected the disclosure for not being detailed enough.
“It’s laughable,” Foxworth said. “The numbers that they have offered can be extrapolated from the numbers printed in Forbes magazine. It’s nothing substantial. The idea that they can ask for a billion dollars from us without giving us the opportunity to really crawl through their numbers is somewhat disrespectful.”
Foxworth likened the situation to buying a car but not being able to take a test drive.
“It’s really aggravating for us,” he said. “We asked for these numbers two years ago at this point and it took them all the way until a couple days ago to offer us two numbers.”