President of the now decertified NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and former Tennessee Titan center, Kevin Mawae, has expressed a degree of optimism that there will be NFL football in 2011. But like most of us, he has no idea when.
On Tuesday, Mawae spoke to a group of Music City business leaders in Nashville, stating: “We sit here at a time of uncertainty and say, ‘When will football be played?’ My answer to you as fans is I don’t know. My hope to you as the Players Association president is that I believe that we will play in 2011, but under what system I do not know.”
He also said that it took three or four months just to get a one page response from the ownership, which is apparently dragging its feet in trying to get this whole mess resolved. According to Mawae, initial proposals on key issues such as rookie contract structure, health benefits for retired players, and deliberations on the length of the season “went one way and never came back.”
Drew Brees has also previously come out and said that he believes that this lockout will end in time for there to be a 2011 season in the NFL. As a fan, I sure hope so. We should be talking about undrafted free agent and free agent signings, OTAs, and getting ready for mini camp.
The case is set to go before the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 3rd.