The NFL players' union filed a collusion claim against the league's owners, another move in the back-and-forth between the sides as they near the expiration of their labor contract.
The union originally had until December – 90 days after the start of the season – to accuse teams of conspiring to restrict players’ salaries last offseason, but the league agreed to extend that deadline.
“They have filed that claim. They filed it probably a week ago. There has been no activity at this point. But it’s something that was not unexpected,” the league’s lead labor negotiator, Jeff Pash, said Tuesday, when owners met in Atlanta. “It’s just another piece of litigation that we have to work our way through. So we will do that.”
The case is before Stephen Burbank, the same special master who is considering a complaint about the league’s TV contracts, which the union says were set up to guarantee the NFL money even if there were a lockout this year.
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Union spokesman George Atallah said Tuesday he could not comment on the collusion case. Pash said no date has been scheduled for a hearing.
“It is something they were committed to doing. Their attorneys told us that they didn’t see any reason to delay it any further,” Pash said. “Our reaction was, ‘That’s fine. If you feel you have a claim and want to file, go ahead and file.’ ”
SINGLETARY TO VIKES
Ex-San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary is joining former Chicago Bears teammate Leslie Frazier’s staff with the Vikings.
Singletary will be the linebackers coach and assistant head coach under Frazier, who was named head coach two weeks ago.
MCDANIELS TO RAMS
The St. Louis Rams hired former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as their offensive coordinator.
McDaniels, 34, replaces Pat Shurmur, who was hired to coach the Cleveland Browns last week.
McDaniels parlayed success as an offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots into his first head coaching job, and at age 32 was the NFL’s youngest coach in 2009 when he took the job in Denver.
RAIDERS GET COACH
Hue Jackson officially began his career as Oakland Raiders head coach vowing to take the team back to the playoffs and beyond.
Jackson was introduced at a news conference by owner Al Davis. Davis says he picked Jackson to replace Tom Cable because he proved as offensive coordinator that he could get the Raiders’ offense into the end zone.
Denver running back Laurence Maroney was arrested in St. Louis on drugs and weapons allegations. ... Indianapolis fired longtime running backs coach Gene Huey. ... Chad Pennington has decided to attempt a comeback from his fourth shoulder surgery after lasting two plays with the Miami Dolphins this season. ... The Baltimore Ravens promoted secondary coach Chuck Pagano to defensive coordinator, replacing Greg Mattison. ... The Panthers announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who worked as the tight ends and assistant head coach for the Chargers’ No. 1-ranked offense in the NFL last season. ... The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Matt Gutierrez to a reserve/future contract.