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A.J. Smith: I was denied chance to assist in labor negotiations

AJ Smith

San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith watches the NFL football training camp from a balcony Monday July 26, 2010 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)


If you are anything like me, you’ve probably thought to yourself over the last few weeks: “Man, these contentious labor negotiations sure could use a bridge builder like A.J. Smith.”

It turns out the often-ornery Chargers G.M. was thinking the same thing.

“I volunteered my services,” Smith told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “But my request was denied.”

Acee insists Smith would “very much” like to be part of the NFL group working towards a new CBA. (And not just to make Jeff Pash and Jerry Richardson look like softies in comparison.)

The league apparently didn’t consider Smith’s request for too long.

“Let’s just say it was someone high up in authority, and it was denied before I got to finish my sentence,” Smith said.

We’ve finally found a decision by the league office that the players can agree with.