Kevin Mawae: Jerry Angelo will see how unified players are

Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo took a dig at the NFLPA earlier this week when his intention was to defend quarterback Jay Cutler, who has been roundly criticized by players from around the league for coming out of the NFC Championship Game with a sprained left knee.

It’s been a surreal thing as an avalanche of negativity has come Cutler’s way in the age of social media. It turns out Cutler has a Grade II MCL sprain.

“I think it’s crap, I thought they were a union,” Angelo said Monday in his news conference at Halas Hall. “If that’s the way they unionize themselves, they got bigger issues than the one that they have with the owners.”

When NFLPA president Kevin Mawae was told of Angelo’s remarks Wednesday morning on “Mike and Mike” on ESPN Radio, he didn’t take kindly to them.

“It does no good for me to respond to that,” Mawae said. “There are many things I can say to the management, the general managers and the owners of the world about what they’re doing in their own house. The players are more united now than ever and I think Jerry Angelo will find that out soon enough.”

The players are going to have to remain unified because as much as they paint this labor matter as a dispute between major market teams and small market teams, it’s also a different issue for veteran players vs. younger players.

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