The NFL Players Association released a statement this afternoon saying it "accepted" the league's offer and was willing to sign an agreement. The offer, of course, was a statement on the NFL's Labor website that says: "No current player needs to take a pay-cut as a result of our proposal."

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So a deal is in place? Hardly. The union's statement was really just a cute tweak at the NFL. And the NFL jabbed right back.

"The union's latest statement is simply another call to preserve an unacceptable economic system," said a statement from the NFL. "It intentionally misstates our proposal, does nothing to improve the benefits for retired players, and would depress the growth of the league. The union has known for a long time that the current deal does not work. Proposing over and over again that we continue an unacceptable arrangement cannot be considered serious bargaining. The union also knows that we are not proposing an 18 percent cut in player compensation or anything like it. The growth of our game in the last decade has resulted in player compensation nearly doubling. As we have told the union on more than one occasion, by working together to institute a rational system of rookie pay, continue to build stadiums, grow the game in this country and internationally, and restructure the season, everyone, including the players and fans, can benefit."