Here are statements from less than a month ago: Clearly talking tough with the underlying threat of..."Get a deal now or kiss the cap bye-bye forever." As mentioned in numerous other threads, if you lose the cap you also lose the salary floor, revenue sharing as we know it and probably a couple of teams. Now here is today's statement: Ummm...why can't you continue negotiating during an uncapped year? Bluff called. The players now realized (or realized all along but didn't state it publicly) that they stand to lose big in 2010. Besides the hundreds of players sitting on RFA tenders instead of UFA megabucks, owners are likely to use the uncapped and unfloored year to align their salary structures more to their liking...meaning less than 60% of revenue to player salaries. One other interesting quote: Total and complete crap. The players have agents that are paid to be informed of trends in the market. That is a not-so-subtle threat of a collusion lawsuit if salaries tumble across the league in a suspicious way. I read this as the players getting slowly backed into a very tight, scary and money-deficient corner. While owners laugh in a large room wallpapered with the DirecTV contract.