Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, reports that the NFL approached the Players Association about the idea of tossing out Browns WR Josh Gordon’s year-long suspension in return for an agreement on HGH testing.
According to Florio, this took place a few weeks when Gordon was still in the process of appealing his suspension.
The NFLPA wouldn’t agree to the deal and are reportedly instead seeking a deal that offers more benefits to players across the board, rather than a select few.
The two sides continue to be at odds over Roger Goodell having final say in appeals cases and Florio mentions that the divide appear to be big enough to prevent a deal from taking shape at some point in the near future.
There are other issues standing in the way of an agreement.
NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah told The Associated Press on Friday that the NFL is trying to include a provision that would allow them punish players for alleged DUI cases before the due process has played out.
“They want to immediately discipline for an arrest,” said Atallah, via USA Today. “…We prefer to discuss these issues directly with the union.”
We’ll have more updates regarding a new drug testing policy as the news is available.