papasmurfbell Posted February 13, 2011 Share Posted February 13, 2011 http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/13/jay-feely-jerry-richardson-insults-intelligence-of-players/ Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are considered two of the smarter NFL quarterbacks alive. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson reportedly still treated them like children in a CBA negotiating session last Saturday. Speaking on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio in New York, Cardinals kicker Jay Feely passed along a story from last week’s brief bargaining session in Dallas that Brees and Manning attended. “Jerry Richardson . . . he’s going to criticize Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and their intelligence in our meeting Saturday?” Feely said. “And sit there and say dismissively to Manning ‘Do I need to help you read a revenue chart son? Do I need to help break that down for you because I don’t know if you know how to read that?’” We agree with Feely’s point: condescension isn’t going to help get a deal done. Respect is necessary on both sides. Richardson, who has taken a leadership position among the owners in the negotiation, has been called the “least flexible and most pessimistic” of the owners. “Logical minds can sit there and come up with a deal, but once you bring up emotion, then you get in the way of logic,” Feely said. The entire interview is worth a listen, and Feely makes a cogent case on behalf of the players. Our one small quibble is that continuing to publicly talk about the particulars of a negotiating session could get in the way of a deal too. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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