Negotiators for the NFL and the NFL Players Association met for three hours yesterday at league headquarters in New York to continue negotiations on a possible extension of the collective bargaining agreement, but did not come to an agreement, according to a league spokesman.
NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw and several members of his staff met with Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and two new members of the league's negotiating committee -- Denver owner Pat Bowlen and Carolina owner Jerry Richardson.
Upshaw was not available to comment, but he has been pressing the league for a larger share of total revenues before he will agree to what would be the fifth extension of the contract, which runs out after the 2007 season. Upshaw said two weeks ago that unless an extension is completed by October, it would be difficult to to persuade players to extend the current contract, which includes no salary cap in the 2007 season.
Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league was not prepared to characterize yesterday's talks. After the session, Upshaw accompanied Tagliabue on a private plane to Foxboro, Mass., for the season opener between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.
Another source familiar with yesterday's discussion in New York said Tagliabue was delivering the message that new people would be involved on the league's negotiating team and that he essentially was taking over as chairman of the negotiating committee. Tagliabue indicated his new negotiating team, which also will include New England owner Robert Kraft and Pittsburgh team president Art Rooney II, will meet next week in an attempt to come up with a new league proposal to the union.
* EAGLES: Running back Brian Westbrook cut off contract talks with Philadelphia because the sides are far apart on a long-term extension.
* GIANTS: Running back Tiki Barber said he signed a two-year contract extension with the team.