SAN JOSE Linebacker Takeo Spikes said Friday that NFL players are still reviewing information from the NFL owners' collective bargaining agreement proposal and wouldn't be bullied into conforming to the owners' timeline.
Appearing on ESPN's SportsCenter, Spikes, the 49ers' player representative, called the owners' passage of their proposal a "straight power play."
Immediately after the owners voted Thursday in Atlanta, the league released a tentative timeline that would have opened the doors of team facilities and allowed teams to begin negotiating with free agents today.
That timeline is delayed as the player representatives review the terms of the proposal and continue to negotiate with owners.
"We're not under any pressure. We're not going to rush to anybody's timeline," Spikes said. "Until a deal is fair that comes across the table and is expressed and explained to the entire body of players then that's when a deal will be reached."
Spikes said he and his fellow player representatives were optimistic about a possible deal when they met Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
But when they learned about the owners' proposal Thursday, they found it contained additional items in particular language about supplemental revenue sharing that hadn't been discussed with players.
"That was the first time we had heard something of that matter," Spikes said. "So it raised a lot of red flags."
Spikes said there was no deadline for the players to review and vote on the owners' proposal. The 49ers are scheduled to open training camp Thursday, although that also will be delayed if there is no agreement by the middle of next week.
Quarterback Alex Smith said during the week that a full training camp was essential for the 49ers, who must learn the new offense run by incoming coach Jim Harbaugh.
"The more days we have, the more it's going to help," Smith said. "They all add up."
Still, the anger expressed Thursday and Friday by some of the player representatives, who accused the owners of strong-arming them into a deal they had not reviewed, did not appear to trickle down to the rank and file.
Smith and a dozen other 49ers arrived Friday at San Jose State, where they have been working out during the lockout, and said they would continue to do so until the lockout is lifted. Smith said he had no animosity.
"We're not there," he said. "We're reading about it like everyone else. No (anger). We're out of the loop like everyone else."
Smith said he and his teammates have been receiving regular email updates from Spikes and guard Tony Wragge, the team's assistant players' representative.
Defensive end Justin Smith said he wasn't agitated over the process.
"I figure they call you when it's time," he said. "I'm not getting into the back and forth. It's pretty simple for me."