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Labor Negotiations Morning Update

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Moments before 10 a.m., NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith stopped in front of the Federal Mediation building and offered his condolences to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"This morning, our thoughts an prayers are with the folks in Japan," he said. "There are some things that keep and make sure all things are in perspective, so we're going to head inside today and try get some work done. But our thoughts and prayers are for peoiple who are digging out right now and people who are preparing for the worst.

"We'll talk to you guys a little bit later."

Smith didn't take any questions.

The NFLPA contingent was over 18 strong and included New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who took to Twitter this morning.

"The NFL brought this fight to us - they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request," Brees wrote on Twitter. "They refuse to give that information to us. They think we should just trust them. Would you?"

"We have a responsibility to our players - past, present, and future, to advance this league forward, not take 3 steps back," Brees wrote. "I am very sorry that you as fans have to endure this. Football is more than just a game for all of us. We will keep fighting."

Nine of the 10 members of the NFL's labor committee arrived for the meeting today, with the current extension set to expire this afternoon. The only one missing was New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is abroad.

The owners and the league's officials didn't have much to say.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said there would be an update in an hour or two, which didn't make any sense. And NFL general counsel Jeff Pash said, "We're going to do our best."

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