NFL player agent Joe Linta wants to see the proposal that the NFL made to the NFLPA last week in Minneapolis, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
“I’d like to see it myself so when I talk to my 45 guys, I can show them what it is – since there is no union,” Linta said. “I would like (Pittsburgh Steelers president) Mr. Rooney to forward the offer to me. I represent two percent of the union, I’m not insignificant. Let me ask you something, who has the players’ back more, the players union or the player’s agent? Why can’t I get copy of this and disseminate it to my players?”
Among the players Linta represents is Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk, a longtime player representative, dating back to his days with the Minnesota Vikings, and an outspoken critic of the late Gene Upshaw’s performance as NFLPA Executive Director.
Linta was critical of the negotiations between NFL and NFLPA, which he says hasn’t taken advantage of agents, who negotiate for a living, out of the loop.
“These guys are driving these players right off a cliff right now. I told a father of one of my players who got drafted, it’s 50-50 this season is not going to happen,” said Linta. “These coaches are starting to go looney-toon too.”