Saints QB Drew Brees, a key member of the team of players representing the NFLPA at negotiations in Washington, D.C., stated the union's case on the social media site Twitter this morning.
Brees' statement laid out a key issue - that the 32 NFL owners have refused to provide complete transparency on their financial situation to justify a $1 billion shift in revenue sharing in favor of ownership.
"To our fans - I give you my word that we as players are doing everything we can to negotiate with the NFL towards a fair deal. The NFL brought this fight to us - they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request. They refuse to give that information to us. They think we should just trust them. Would you? We have a responsibility to our players - past, present, and future, to advance this league forward, not take 3 steps back"
Brees then delivered a final message that was both poignant and a harbinger of the impending failure of the negotiations:
"I am very sorry that you as fans have to endure this. Football is more than just a game for all of us. We will keep fighting...always."