NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw said yesterday his union will reject a new contract offer being put together this weekend by owner representatives unless it includes some concessions.

Jack Donlan, executive director of the NFL's Management Council, which represents the owners, said yesterday "the proposal we will make to them will leave the players in better shape than they are in many areas. I think he {Upshaw} will find some new things in there."

Donlan said he could not discuss specifics of the new proposal until Upshaw has a chance to see it.

He also said he would prefer more negotiation on the settlement proposal, which he hopes to complete by Monday.

"With the magnitude of the issues that are on the table, the parties would have to sit down in a room and start going at it at some intensity for a long period of time and that's just not the history of this union," Donlan told United Press International.

But Upshaw told UPI he was not satisfied. "{Donlan's} going to try to put together a proposal that he says is a 'framework for settlement.' He says it's not a take it or leave it {proposal}, but you can only rearrange within this proposal. That's not bargaining. We're not going to accept it," Upshaw said.

Management Council spokesman John Jones said Donlan hopes to get the new proposal into Upshaw's hands on Monday before the NFLPA's executive committee meeting with all 28 player representatives Tuesday. At that meeting, the representatives will likely announce a strike date.

Jones said the proposal will cover "a lot of economic areas," such as the players' pension program. But he added that the proposal probably will not meet Upshaw's demand that union representatives on the 28 teams be protected against being traded or cut.

The NFLPA points to the fact that eight of 28 player representatives or alternate representatives have been cut, traded or forced to retire since the beginning of early summer minicamps.

They are: Cleveland's Curtis Weathers, Mike Davis of the L.A. Raiders, Johnny Linn of the Jets, San Francisco's Bill Ring, Tampa Bay's Jerry Bell, Seattle's Michael Jackson, Brian Holloway of the Patriots and Karl Swanke of the Packers, who was an alternate player representative.

The two sides have not met in person since Wednesday, when they negotiated for 4 1/2 hours. Thursday, Upshaw and Donlan spoke by phone for approximately 90 minutes before talks broke down over the union's demand for protection for player representatives.

The two sides have yet to discuss the major issues that separate them -- free agency without compensation and an increase in guaranteed contracts for the players, a rookie salary cap and mandatory random drug testing for the owners. No new talks are scheduled.

Donlan said yesterday, "I honestly believe the union has some responsibility to bargain. I find it strange that they can seek change on over 300 places and not want to meet with us. They went off for two weeks to meet with their players. How would they have felt if we had said to them, 'Well, we're going out now for two weeks to meet with the owners.' How do you get a contract if they won't bargain?"

Upshaw announced yesterday that NFL players across the league have been asked to participate in "solidarity handshakes" before final preseason games this weekend, with players from opposing teams meeting before kickoff to show support for the union.

Asked if the Management Council has planned its next move in case the players reject the upcoming proposal, Jones said, "all of the energy right now is on preparation, refining; further refinement of our ideas to bring them into line."

The union has been without a collective bargaining agreement since last Tuesday, when its five-year contract with the owners expired. Players have struck in each of the four seasons in which the collective bargaining agreement expired -- 1968, 1970, 1974 and 1982 -- but only in 1982 was the regular season affected.

In the last week, a couple of prominent players -- San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana and New York Jets running back Freeman McNeil -- have said they may not participate in a strike if it takes place. McNeil told the New York Times Friday he would play if management fielded a strike team.

"I couldn't go out because of the way I am. I signed a contract. When you have a contract -- whether it's as a parent or anything else -- you honor it," he said.

Washington Redskins player representative Neal Olkewicz said last week he wasn't surprised the union did not have the support of all players.

"I think as long as we have the majority, and we do, that things are fine. We're not going to get every single player; in fact, I'm a little surprised there haven't been more dissenters," he said.

Donlan said the 1987 negotiations are appearing more and more like the ill-fated 1982 talks that degenerated into a bitter 57-day strike. "The personalities are different, but not a whole lot else is different," Donlan told UPI.

Upshaw said despite his friendship with Donlan, it will take significant movement on issues to avert a strike.

"It's been stated that Jack Donlan and I are so close that we could go out and pick out furniture together," he told UPI. "We could, but he's into antiques and I'm into art deco."

In 1982, Upshaw was a player for the Los Angeles Raiders and Ed Garvey was the union's executive director.