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“Had the union known about prior collusion, the union would never have agreed to these cap reallocations.”

Kessler said the union relied on numbers and information the NFL provided and had “not a shred of evidence about this … until March 12.”

“The NFL never told us these were for cap violations. The exact opposite …”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello responded with: “There was no collusion. There was no agreement. These claims are totally unfounded.”

That issue will be decided in the courts, but the accusations and nasty tone evident seemingly every day is reminiscent of the lockout. With the exception that at least football fans knew where to focus their attention during the work stoppage? Now? No clue.

“It’s a little unusual,” said Gabe Feldman, a sports law professor at Tulane University. “We thought we had 10 years of labor peace and we now have to put labor peace in quotes. We are seeing an ever-increasing number of battles between both sides over every decision, major and not so major.

“`Part of it is both sides are trying to protect what they bargained for in the new agreement. Part of it is when you have an incredibly complex agreement that was negotiated under a very short and tense time frame, it’s not a complete surprise that there will be some disputes of some of the language.”

All these confrontations can’t bode well for the remainder of the CBA, which expires in 2021. If Jerry Jones still is running the Cowboys then, he expects that he and the league will have been through many more disagreements with the union, both trivial and monumental.

“The leadership that is there now very much will get toe-to-toe with you on any matter,” Jones said Tuesday at an owners meeting. “I don’t think that anything that materially affects our game is lacking with the players’ counsel.”

Wonder what he thought the next day?