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DeMaurice Smith, left, former executive director of the NFL Players Association, addresses the media as Texas A & M's Von Miller, back left, who plans to enter the NFL draft, and San Diego Chargers' Vincent Jackson, back right, listen outside the Federal Courthouse after an NFL antitrust lockout hearing Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in St Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after the judge handling the NFL lockout lawsuit urged the sides to go “back to the table,” the players and owners both expressed a willingness to do so. The hitch: Each offered to meet for talks in a setting the other finds unpalatable.

A lawyer representing MVP quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and other players suing the NFL wrote U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson on Thursday to say they’re willing to engage in mediation overseen by her federal court in St. Paul, Minn.

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