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Woody: We'll get a deal done

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Woody Johnson is ever the optimist, so it's no surprise the Jets owner thinks a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached.

Johnson, whose franchise is implementing furloughs for employees and is slashing the salaries of those in the football operations department by 25 percent as long as there is a work stoppage, is sure the NFL's labor issues will be resolved in time for a season come fall.

The NFLPA decertified yesterday  -- leading to the owners locking the players out as expected -- and the NFL is about to be entrenched in its first work stoppage since a players' strike in 1987. Yet, Johnson isn't worried.

“It may take longer than we all had hoped, but New York Jets fans should know that a deal will get done and I remain confident that there will be NFL football in 2011," Johnson said in a statement released by the team. "Although I was very disappointed that the union chose legal maneuvering over negotiating, I am convinced that our differences can be resolved at the bargaining table.

"We care deeply about our players and will continue to work towards an agreement that is fair and reasonable for everyone – the fans, the players and the teams. The goal for the Jets will not change – we are committed to bringing you a championship.”

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