What they’re saying about Thursday’s developments

Browns Pro Bowl WR/KR Josh Cribbs was one of many NFL players taking to the airwaves Thursday, urging fans to be patient and revealing some of the issues still in dispute between owners and players.

“Things (remaining to be solved) as far as health care for retired players, pads during practice and how long can two-a-days go,” Cribbs said on NFL Network. “This is a 10-year deal. We can’t enter into it lightly. So fans have to understand that until we can completely dissect the CBA, we can’t go forward.

“We hate that it’s being put out there that the lockout is over when the reality is that we’ve just made significant progress. We don’t want the fans to look at the players in a negative way, but it’s a process.”

Also appearing Thursday on NFL Network:

Saints FB Heath Evans said owners tried to pull a fast one on the players.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers said players are itching to start camp, but they trust their reps.

Redskins TE Chris Cooley said players want to get it right, even if it takes an extra day or two.

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew stressed that players have a lot at stake in a 10-year deal.

Seahawks player rep Chester Pitts clarified comments he made Wednesday that ending the lockout could take as long as two weeks.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello characterized Thursday’s back-and-forth as “all semantics.”

And Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King discussed his impressions of the relationship between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.

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