We now begin the first full week of the official NFL lockout. We have come to know DeMaurice Smith and Jeff Pash far more than we all care to have known them. We have heard the term CBA, revenue sharing, and other terms far more that we needed to. All we want is the offseason to really begin. Maybe this would not have the effect on us that it does not in other seasons, but this offseason is very important to us.
The Cardinals have major needs and they cannot address them in the lockout -- no trades, no free agent contracts. We especially want to know who will be the 2011 quarterback. There is some optimism for John Skelton, but if he ends up being the starter in 2011, then we are likely in for a long year again.
My question to you is this. Whom do you side with more, the owners or the players? Do you side with either? After the jump I will share once again the things that both the league and the NFLPA are saying.
The NFLPA (now decertified as a union) has wanted to keep playing football. It was okay with playing under the CBA the way it was. The league is trying to brace itself in the case that the economy were to hit them as it has in other sports and leave them in a position to not be able to make any money at all.
The players wanted financial statements showing teams needing more revenue.
The league says it made changes in the amount of allowed drills and meetings. They claim never to have laid a hand on him. They came to terms on a rookie wage scale to allow veterans to get more money. But the owners would like to take an additional billion dollars before splitting the rest.
Specifics can be found for the players' side on nfllockout.com and for the owners on nfl.com.
Now, regardless of what was wanted, there is now a lockout. The players union decertified and the owners locked them out. We all now must wait, with the only thing that will happen being the 2011 Draft.
What is your take on the lockout? Who bears most of the blame in your opinion?