Washington Redskins players, head coaches and other players met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of a meeting between the NFL and players to discuss a possible new union.
In a joint statement, the NFL Players Association and the NFLPA said the players “will engage in an open dialogue and discuss any potential future steps” to resolve their issues.
The union also said the talks are not connected to the labor dispute between the league and players and that they will remain in the “pursuit of a peaceful resolution.”
It said it will “continue to explore all opportunities to ensure a lasting and peaceful union for all players in the National Football League.”
The union said it wants to “immediately move forward on a collective bargaining agreement that will provide a fair playing field for all teams and players.”
NFL players had been planning to meet with the union’s top brass at the league headquarters in Washington Tuesday morning.
The meeting is scheduled to last until Thursday.
NFL players and coaches have been meeting with the league’s executive vice president of labor, Trent Baalke, and union leadership in recent weeks, but those meetings have been largely peaceful.
NFL owners have rejected a plan that would have allowed players to strike and would have required the players to get a vote.