Musings from the Pacific Northwest Quarantine
By David Alexander
AFC West Correspondent & NBA Analyst & Knights Sports Radio Contributor

–Having been involved in contract negotiations in a past life, I found a lot of the comments regarding the NFLPA vote interesting.  I’m betting many of those who spoke had never actually been involved in collective bargaining.  From my perspective, these negotiations were typical of what often happens between a union and employer.  Those who are well paid want to focus on working conditions (in this case, a 17th regular season game). Those whose financial situation is not as secure wanted their money now!  The close vote was indicative of the division of labor in the National Football League.  Although I was not a fan of a ten-year agreement (how about the right of either side to reopen negotiations after 5 years?), both sides wanted labor peace.  Rest assured, there are a number of owners who think the league gave too much to the players.  There’s a saying in contract negotiations – if you got everything you asked for, you didn’t ask for enough!

–Don’t want to rain on Tampa Bay’s parade, but $50 million guaranteed for a 43-year-old quarterback? Hope it works out.  I’m old enough to remember the end for John Unitas, Joe Namath and others.  Life comes at you fast and Father Time is undefeated (look at that—two clichés in one sentence!).  Bruce Arians has a challenge ahead.  Let’s not shed tears for the Patriots.  The toughest decision for coaches and general managers is when to let an older player go.  Most personnel guys would like to cut players a year early, while coaches often wait a year too late.  Chuck Noll, the architect of the Steelers dynasty of the ‘70s and ‘80s, once said his biggest regret was letter some of his veteran players hang around too long.  As much as we ponder the future of Brady in Tampa, my guess is Belichick will figure out how to keep things humming in New England.  And I say that as a Jets fan!

–Time to cancel the 2020 Summer Olympics.  Even the most optimistic forecast on COVID-19 says we’re at least a month away from “normal” activities.  I understand that Japan has invested a lot of resources to putting on the games, and let’s not forget all that TV money.  No one could have anticipated what’s happening now, but we can assure a better future.  Right now, that means postponing the Olympics.