Colts center Jeff Saturday, a member of the NFL Players Association's executive committee and a frequent participant in labor negotiations before talks broke down March 11, think it's a good decision that the NFLPA won't call for a boycott of the draft by incoming players.
The NFLPA announced yesterday it will hold a three-day celebration welcoming the new players to the league, but that its activities won't interfere with the draft, which begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.
"I just think you kind of get into the point where it affects fans, and I don't think anybody wants to do that," Saturday told NFL Network's Rich Eisen on Total Access Monday night. You leave it up to the player, let them make the decision on where they want to be on draft day, however they want to do that. I think it lends itself to being the best for everybody.
"I think it's a tough decision for them to make, whether do you go up and shake the commissioner's hand being locked out, or do you skip it?" Saturday said. "And I think there's a lot of pressure that will come from their agents, from their families and from a lot of different areas. So I don't feel like it will be an issue that veterans will necessarily go after those guys or give them any kind of hard time. Your rookie (year) is tough no matter what; you're going to catch your share of flack. So I don't think that will necessarily be the one issue they catch it about."