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NFL trade deadline moved back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2012 – 12:24 pm

The NFLPA has reached an agreement with the NFL to move back the league’s trade deadline.

On Thursday morning the two sides agreed to move the trade deadline back two weeks from the Tuesday after Week 6 (Oct. 16th) to the Tuesday after Week 8 (Oct. 30th).

That could prove to be a very advantageous week for the Bills to swing a deal should their roster situation require it. Buffalo will be on their bye week in Week 8, so they’ll have the time to really focus on whether they need to make a move at that time.

There was also a rule change to injured reserve as teams will be able to re-activate one player on injured reserve. So a player with a long term injury who may be healthy enough to play before the close of the regular season would be able to come off I-R and play again.

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NFLPA re-established

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2011 – 11:21 am

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, the players have re-established themselves as a union. That was the first step. The Bills themselves voted Friday on recertification.

AlbertBreer It’s official – In advance of today’s CBA negotiations, the NFLPA has reestablished itself as a union. Done deal, trade association no more.

Now the NFLPA and the league will meet this weekend to negotiate the final terms of the new CBA.

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Joe D. takes on Brees

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2010 – 2:44 pm

Joe DeLamielleure is calling out Drew Brees for what the Pro Football Hall of Fame guard believes is a “window dressing” resolution to put two retired player representatives on the NFLPA Player Board of Representatives.

The reason DeLamielleure feels the motion rings hollow is because those two seats do not have votes. They’d literally be figureheads with no voting power. So the Bills Wall of Famer wrote an open letter to Brees on the heels of his resolution at the NFLPA meetings in Hawaii last week where he again champions the cause of increased disability benefits for retired NFL players.

The entire letter can be found here.

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NFLPA exec in town

Posted by Chris Brown on May 5, 2009 – 7:00 pm

New NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith is in Buffalo today and is addressing the Bills players at One Bills Drive this afternoon.

Smith has been making his way to each NFL city to introduce himself personally to the men he represents. The Bills were apparently next on that list.

Smith has been well received by the players thus far as he has been pretty successful in not only galvanizing the union, but helping all players put a face to a name.

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Troy Vincent in interesting NFLPA battle

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2009 – 3:12 pm

Former Bills defensive back Troy Vincent is one of the five remaining candidates for the NFLPA Executive Director post, formerly held by the late Gene Upshaw, and according to some he’s not the preferred candidate of the Association’s legal counsel.

Pro Football Talk is speculating that a smear campaign against Vincent could ensue as a result to eliminate him as a candidate. The NFLPA hierarchy apparently prefers former Dolphins DE Trace Armstrong.

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