Smith plans meetings with players

Updated: April 24, 2009, 12:07 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- New NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith will travel to Houston, Dallas and New Orleans next week to meet with players.

He said he plans to meet with about four teams a week for the next seven weeks and also would be willing to meet with owners.

Speaking at a news conference Friday, Smith emphasized collective bargaining agreement negotiations won't get anywhere unless there's full disclosure of financial statements.

"I'm confident we will reach a deal," Smith said. "Our guys want to play football, the fans want to see football, people who work in the stadiums want to keep their jobs."

Smith, who's been working without a contract for six weeks, wouldn't discuss talks for his deal.

"I'm not going anywhere," he said. "I've got a job to do."


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