New York Jets guard Brandon Moore, one of the team's assistant player representatives, said Thursday's decision by the NFL and the union to extend the current collective bargaining agreement for another 24 hours is cause for optimism.
"It's very encouraging," Moore told ESPNNewYork.com. "It was also encouraging when the NFL labor committee showed up a couple of days ago and got involved in the negotiations. Those are steps in the right direction."
The Jets, like all the teams, are waiting anxiously as the labor showdown continues in Washington, D.C. Unlike many teams, the Jets have opted not to re-sign any of their potential free agents under the current CBA. General manager Mike Tannenbaum has said he wants to wait before a new agreement is in place before making any significant moves and the 24-hour extension won't change that stance, according to a source.
The outcome of the labor dispute also could have a profound impact on the salaries of the Jets' coaches, including Rex Ryan. If there's a lockout, they will be hit with a 25 percent pay cut that will go into effect by the end of the month. Tannenbaum's salary also will be slashed by 25 percent, along with all employees under contract in the football operation.
Those employees were told by owner Woody Johnson that the lost wages will be recouped in full if there are no lost games due to the lockout.
As for the players, those with families spent Thursday scrambling to adjust their health-insurance benefits to coincide with the 24-hour extension. Their league benefits expire with the CBA, meaning the players have to apply for COBRA.
"If you have a wife and kids, you don't want lapses in your coverage," Moore said. "We've spent a lot of time on the phone, calling the COBRA people and trying to get prescription cards for the kids."
Moore said he hasn't been bombarded by teammates looking for insider updates on the negotiations.
Said Moore, "I guess everybody is glued to their TV and the Internet."