Mack not happy about public Pierce negotiations

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

Joe Mack did not deny a TSN report Wednesday that the Bombers made an offer to Buck Pierce on Wednesday and that the free-agent quarterback made a counter offer.

The Bomber GM simply expressed disappointment that news of the negotiating had gone public. Mack didn't mention anyone by name, but it sounded like he was admonishing Pierce's agent, Brian Cox, for spilling the beans.

"Sometimes representatives need to be careful about what they put out there, because it could end up being counterproductive for their client if something doesn't happen," Mack said after Wednesday night's annual Bomber fan forum.

"I think sometimes when a representative does that, his thought process is a little bit misguided, where he maybe thinks he's increasing the leverage. I'm not really sure why they do that.

"There's nothing that we have to announce right now, and there's nothing imminent. It's just an ongoing process."

Mack would like to have his team's quarterback situation brought to "a focal point in the next week to 10 days."

In other words, the Bombers and Pierce will either come to an agreement or agree to move on apart.

"I don't see any reason to let it drag on too long," Mack said.

LABOUR WOES AHEAD? The Montreal Gazette has acquired e-mails that CFLPA executive director Stu Laird sent to players recently, warning them to prepare for a work stoppage in June.

Bomber player representative Doug Brown said the tone of Laird's e-mails was not necessarily dire.

"It's important that players are aware and always prepare for a rainy day. That's all it is," said Brown, who attended Wednesday's Bomber fan forum.

"I don't think it's foreshadowing or some sort of indication of the apocalypse. It wasn't supposed to get out, but since it is I would just say it's a preparedness thing."

Brown is confident a new deal will be worked out before the current collective bargaining agreement expires in June.

"It has to. It's in nobody's interests for it not to," he said. "Compromise is the name of the game, and for one group not to compromise, it wouldn't make any sense."


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