Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson, who also serves as the team's player representative, weighed in on the NFL's labor situation after today's practice.
"The owners fully intend to lock us out," Hutchinson said on Friday, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. "That’s why they negotiated a TV contract that would pay them with the lockout happening (in 2011). They fully wanted this to happen because they made sure they were going to be compensated if in fact there was no season played...
"You’d think the people at the top (in the NFL) would realize what lockouts and strikes have done to basketball, baseball and hockey over the last two decades, let alone what it did to the NFL with the work stoppage in the late ’80s," Hutchinson said. "You’ve got something going on here that you’re on the brink of taking international and being successful at. You don’t want to jeopardize anything with the general public and the fans hearing us squabble about money."
For Hutchinson's thoughts on what the NFLPA has done to brace for a lockout and an "enhanced" regular season, click here.