NFL players and their leadership tried to make a few things perfectly clear Friday:
They consider the letter commissioner Roger Goodell sent them a day earlier an attempt to create “dissension.”
They refute the league’s contention that the union walked away from negotiations.
They dispute the owners’ depiction of their last-minute offer made last Friday in Marco Island, Fla. They say it wasn’t close to acceptable because it would have made salaries a fixed cost and eliminated the players’ chance to share in higher-than-projected revenue growth. They say the proposal would cut players’ take of more than $9 billion in annual revenues from 50 percent to 45 percent in the first year of a new contract.
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Former Seahawks guard Pete Kendall, who was the union’s permanent player representative, called the league’s offer “kind of the old switcheroo.” Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark, his team’s main representative, called it “probably the worst deal in sports history.”