What they've proposed so far, Upshaw has said, is playing 17 games for the price of 16, an offer the players would reject out of hand.
"All this means is that we will have football now until 2010 and not until 2012," Upshaw said in a conference call, according to the Associated Press. "We will move ahead. This just starts the clock ticking. If we can't reach agreement by 2010, then we go to no-man's land, which is 2011."