As you might have caught in the video I posted last night of the informal team workouts, David Akers had some things to say about the current state of the NFL Lockout. As one of the Eagles’ union reps, he's been in contact with NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith and seems to be urging him to get a deal done
"I called De Smith myself and just said, ‘You know what, what's going on here? Where are we really and where are the owners at and what are we doing actively to get this thing done?'"
Akers is certainly one of the players that stands to really lose from the lockout as he's an unrestricted free agent whose team just drafted his replacement. He'll be looking for a new team and a payday and clearly the lockout is preventing that. He says that he actually doesn’t think the owners and players are that far apart.
"To me, I don’t think we’re off that much ultimately, in that I think cooler heads need to prevail and sit down and kind of get out of the core system right now and just figure out the best scenario for the owners, the players and obviously the fans who support the entire league," Akers said. "So it’s discouraging right now to kind of be in this limbo not really knowing when the season’s going to start, if it’s going to start, you know, and everything that kind of goes along with it. So I would just hope that cooler heads ultimately prevail right now."
With all due respect to Akers, if the owners and players aren’t that far apart, someone should tell the union leadership. As late as last week, DeMaurice Smith was still branding the owners’ offer as "the worst deal in the history of professional sports." That sounds pretty far off to me.