Bengals’ Whitworth believes labor deal close

Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, the team’s representative to the players trade association, said he foresees an agreement between owners and players being reached within the next month and that football will continue on schedule.

Owners and players met for another round of labor talks Tuesday in Maryland.

“All along we just needed to sit down together,” Whitworth said on NFL.com’s Cover Two podcast with Bucky Brooks and Steve Wyche. “The problem we really had before was nobody could get around the attorneys and lawyers and all these kinds of things and just talk and figure this thing out. Finally we got a chance where you’ve got owners and players and (NFLPA Executive Director) DeMaurice Smith and all those guys sitting face-to-face and negotiating.

“That’s how you get a deal done. You don’t hire an attorney to get you a contract when you get drafted. You get an agent to negotiate. Once we got around the legal stuff, we started to make ground and I think we’re really close.”

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