Smith, union leadership at contract odds

Updated: April 21, 2009, 6:38 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Nearly six weeks after he was elected as Gene Upshaw's successor, new NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith is without a contract. And based on an NFLPA executive committee memo from last week, the two sides remain far apart on several components of a potential deal.

The memo, from labor attorney Stephen M. Saxon to members of the union's executive committee, was obtained by ESPN. Dated April 16, it includes details and a synopsis of a recent executive committee conference ...

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