Hall has no fear regular season games will be lost in fight
When DeAngelo Hall wasn’t taking a shot at Jay Cutler or riffing on the large melon on the shoulders of Jason Kidd’s son, he did talk some football.
In an appearance last week on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, the Redskins cornerback was asked on a scale from 1 to 10 how much he fears missing regular season games as a result of the NFL’s ongoing labor dispute.
“Zero, zero,” Hall said. “I don’t know if I’m being naive about it or what, but I just feel like it’s so much money out there. You know what I mean? To be honest, to be giving these fans, you know, releasing the schedules on time and having the draft, and having all these things and all this buildup, you’re not going to buildup, buildup, buildup and then pfffft, nothing.
“I mean, the deal — like any other deal — it always gets done the last minute, the last second. I remember the year I came here, that half a year, and I was about to go to free agency, and I’m like ‘man, the Redskins haven’t called me and we’re trying to get this deal done’, and I literally had flights booked to other teams to start visiting because free agency hit at 12 o’clock, and finally at like 11:59 with seconds left we reached a deal. That’s how it happens.”
That’s good to know. The problem right now is it’s hard for anyone to pinpoint a specific deadline for a labor deal in order for the regular season to start on time, Sept. 8 at Lambeau Field. An agreement will be made and then there will be a grace period while teams get a handle on the new collective bargaining agreement. Then, there will be a period for free agency.
Obviously, teams need a training camp too. Your guess at a hard deadline is as good as any right now. Keep in mind, the NFL has created three weeks of wiggle room. The league can push back the start of the season that long and only have to move Super Bowl XLVI back one week.
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