There isn't supposed to be any communication between players and league personnel during the NFL lockout but, guess what, some of them have talked anyway. Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com has an intriguing story reporting that several owners have contacted star players advising them that the litigation strategy employed by the NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith, is not the best route to getting a deal done.
Per Freeman, the calls were designed to divide the players. It's unclear when the communication took place but Freeman reports the league is aware of it.
The calls were made to pressure the players into fracturing. To publicly chirp. To point fingers. But a funny thing has happened on the way to dividing the players, as many among ownership and in the media expected would happen by now. It hasn't.
It's interesting, to say the least. The players have yet to splinter like many (including myself) had expected. The true test could come when players start to miss game checks but hopefully progress continues to be made on a new CBA and we don't have to test that.
If we're going to get a deal done in the next few weeks, then it's probably best we don't have anymore stories like this publicly pointing the finger at one side or the other. Both sides seem to be getting quiet, which is when the deals usually come.