Player quotes are pouring in following the earlier announcement from Atlanta that NFL owners unanimously voted to terminate the Collective Bargaining Agreement following the 2010 season.
Texans kicker Kris Brown, who serves as the Texans' NFL Players Association representative along with tight end Mark Bruener, had plenty to say on the matter after Tuesday's OTA practice:
"Basically, for the next, really the next three years, nothing is going to change," Brown said. "All it says is that we're going to sit down and talk about negotiating... Our league has been very prosperous. We've had a lot of labor peace over the last 10, 15 years. So any time you're talking about anything that could affect labor, it is a big deal. But there is time on our hands. We do have some time. Again, our leadership will sit down and visit with the owners and figure out where each side stands on the major issues."
Said cornerback Dunta Robinson on if he was worried about an uncapped year in 2010:
"Well it's 2008, so it's getting close. It's one of the things that runs through your mind, that uncapped year. (There are) probably guys that's going to be signing a lot of short deals trying to get as much as they can in the year 2010, but like I said, it's a rough situation, man, but I guess the owners feel like they've got to do what they got to do and we as players feel the same way."
Added Texans Pro Bowl middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans:
"It's definitely something we're concerned about, even though it's not affecting us right at the moment. But it's definitely something that's going to affect us in the future and our players that are coming in after us, so we're definitely concerned about that because it's our union and we're all sticking together on that. We definitely would have hoped that we could've got something done.
"...(A potential lockout in 2011) would definitely be a big concern because I don't think either side wants a lockout. Hopefully, like I said, hopefully we can come upon some agreement. In any negotiations, there's always one side pushing for more and one side not trying to give up as much, so with that hopefully we can come to a means of some time of agreement."
More to come shortly.
- Nick Scurfield