Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, a regular participant in the NFL labor talks that broke down last week, says the owners’ decision to lock out the players was “difficult but necessary” according to the Associated Press.
Allen made his first comments on the lockout in a letter to Redskins fans posted Tuesday on the team’s website.
“Unfortunately, the union’s abandonment of bargaining and subsequent decertification led to the league’s difficult but necessary step to lock out, something we tried hard to avoid,” Allen wrote. “We remain committed to getting a new deal done and believe that the fastest way to a fair agreement is through mediation and not litigation.
“We share your disappointment with the lack of progress. The offer that the union walked away from was fair and addressed many of the key issues, including a rookie compensation system, enhanced player healthy and safety measures, improved retired player benefits and compromises on the union’s financial demands.”