Clayton on lockout: ‘I’m hearing a lot of good things’

Jul 5, 2011, 5:14 PM | Updated: Jul 6, 2011, 11:11 am

Roger Goddell and DeMaurice Smith may come to a labor agreement by the end of the week. (AP)

By Jacob Thorpe, special to

Fans may not have to wait much longer for real NFL news, at least that’s what “The Professor” John Clayton thinks.

Clayton came on the Kevin Calabro Show Tuesday for his daily dose of Coors Light Cold Hard Facts and said some encouraging developments may all but ensure that the NFL season will start on time.

“I’m hearing a lot of good things,” Clayton said. “It looked pretty grim last Thursday, and then they go into Thursday’s meeting and Arthur Boylan – who’s been mediating this thing – kind of kicked them in the rear, the owners, and said, ‘Guys, let’s focus here because remember we’ve got a lot of decisions coming and you’re not going to like them if we have to make these decisions in court.'”

Clayton said that during the meeting the owners agreed to give the players 46 percent of all revenues, which is inching closer to the players’ demand of 48 percent. He said that they’ve effectively come to terms on free agency and the rookie wage scale and that the owners are no longer asking for an 18-game season.

“They’re down to the deadline,” Clayton said. “They’re down to, you pick a day – [either] Friday, Saturday or Sunday. And if they don’t get it done by then, then this thing probably isn’t going to get done and it’s going to start costing revenue, costing games, costing prestige, and that’s why I think you’re close enough now to close the gap and get this thing done.”

Clayton also took time to address rumors that the Seahawks have offered Philadelphia a first- and third-round pick for quarterback Kevin Kolb, a rumor that Clayton promptly dismissed.

“It would be too pro-Philadelphia,” Clayton said. “I just don’t see a first and a third right now because there’s not enough teams bidding.”

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