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Jeff Pash: NFL Players Only Wanted To Talk Money

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Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown - who, if you remember, was one of two current league owners that voted against the current CBA back in 2006, alongside the Buffalo Bills' own Ralph Wilson - was feisty last weekend after labor negotiations broke down between the NFL and NFLPA, leading to union decertification and a lockout.

"It came down to the obvious point that all the union cared about was the money and these other things certainly didn’t matter enough," Brown said at the time.

In an interview with SB Nation on Thursday, the NFL's executive vice president and lead negotiator, Jeff Pash, addressed Brown's comments, and whether or not he thought that those sentiments were universally held among league owners.

"I don't know if that’s what many owners around the league feel, but I think Mike was reflecting what he heard in the mediation session late Friday afternoon where in responding to the comprehensive proposal we had made to them, they didn’t want to talk about anything other than what the cap numbers were," Pash said. "They didn’t want to talk about the health and safety improvements, they didn’t want to talk about benefits, they didn’t want to talk about improved pensions for retired players, they didn’t want to talk about the drug program or the steroid program, they didn’t want to talk about disciplinary matters. The only thing they wanted to talk about was the cap number. I think Mike was reflecting what he heard from the players."