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Allen Optimistic On Recent Labor Talks


Speaking at a charity golf tournament on Monday, general manager Bruce Allen expressed some optimism that recent labor talks between owners and players are finally headed in the right direction.

"The fact that the both sides are negotiating and having productive dialogue, I think it bodes well for having a deal in the near future," Allen said. "The more there's dialogue, the better chance you have to get a deal done."

With NFL training camps typically starting at the end of July, the fate of the football season could rely heavily on both parties working together in the next few weeks.

"We're going to get a Collective Bargaining Agreement by negotiating," said Allen, who was part of the league's negotiating team when the NFL and NFLPA held meetings in Washington, D.C. last March.

Allen made his comments at the 8th Annual Red Cross Golf Tournament in the National Capital Region at the Trump National Golf Club.

The tournament raises money for Red Cross programs and services in the National Capital Region community. Along with Allen, Redskins alumni and Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed Medical Center were in attendance.

"Nothing could be better today than the Redskins, who have a longtime partnership with the American Red Cross, to be involved," Allen said to the crowd of golfers. "The American Red Cross worldwide represents exactly what we want our country to be known for – sticking together and helping each other."

The Red Cross was appreciative of the Redskins organization coming out to help give back to the community.

"It's very important," CEO of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region Linda Mathes said. "There are so many things the Redskins and the Red Cross have in common. We'd love to continue that relationship and that partnership in a way that benefits the community and benefits the Redskins and the Red Cross all at the same time."

The Red Cross has 41 major disaster operations going on in 28 states due to recent severe weather across the nation, Mathes said.

"The money raised by this golf tournament helps us be there whenever, wherever and for whoever," Mathes added – perhaps not knowing the Red Cross might be beckoned shortly to the golf course.

"If I hit you with one of my golf balls," Allen joked with the crowd, "the American Red Cross will help you out."

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