Dear Mr. Fujita,
I am writing to you today on not only on behalf of all Cleveland Browns fans, but also on behalf of fans of the NFL across the nation and the globe. I hope you take a minute to read my letter, if only to get a fan's perception of the current labor negotiations amongst your peers and the league ownership.
I would like to start off by simply thanking you for your hard work both on and off the field for the Cleveland Browns. I truly hope the Browns provide an environment that encourages you to finish your career in Cleveland, as I believe this organization can never have too many individuals like yourself.
I would also like to urge you to encourage your fellow colleagues around the league to end the dispute with the owners as soon as possible. As fans, we do not have access to all the information that you and your colleagues do, so we do not fully understand what is at stake.
I more than likely speak for most fans when I say we don't really care who is right or who is wrong in these negotiations; we just want to see football being played on Sundays this fall.
More importantly, as a Browns fan I understand that you probably want these negotiations to end quicker than most players, as you and your teammates cannot familiarize yourself with the new coaching staff until the lockout ends.
That is why I am asking you to use your influence as a executive committee member of the former NFLPA to make sure that the court-ordered negotiations are actually producing results. The quicker the dispute ends, the quicker you guys can work toward building the Browns into AFC North contenders.
How long do you think the current NFL lockout will last?
Finally, I would like you to consider the precarious position you and your peers are putting this year's rookie class in. Whomever your organization drafts in a couple of weeks will not be able to suit up with the Browns until the lockout ends. That only puts them further behind the eight-ball, as once work resumes, they will have to go through contract negotiations.
Again, I do not care what the end result of these negotiations are as long as it means football resumes in the fall. I think most of my fellow peers would feel the same way.
Please take these points into consideration when you and your peers sit down the bargaining table with NFL ownership next week.
Cleveland Browns fan (and NFL fan) since 1985