The NFL and the players’ union are back in the office of mediator George Cohen with the chances that the two sides would reach a labor agreement, or even just agree to extend mediation, remote.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, a member of the NFL Players Association’s executive board, is present and tweeted:

To our fans - I give you my word that we as players are doing everything we can to negotiate with the NFL towards a fair dealless than a minute ago via Twitter for AndroidDrew Brees

The NFL,” Brees added in subsequentfurther tweets, “brought this fight to us - they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request. 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.”

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...alwaysless than a minute ago via Twitter for AndroidDrew Brees

From the other side, Jerry Jones, one of several owners present, told reporters as he entered the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service office: “Hopefully we’ll have something for you in an hour or two.”