Feb 8, 2011
With the 2010 season in the books, we now move on to what should be a very interesting off-season. Speculation on the labor deal, free agency, and further coaching changes are in full swing, so let us take a look at the latest news from around the league.
Eddie Royal undergoes hip surgery … and could be out for up to six months. While he could return for OTAs in May (if they take place), the recovery may end up keeping him sidelined even longer. Despite the injury, Royal didn’t miss any games in 2010 and caught 59 balls for 627 yards and 3 TDs playing primarily out of the slot. Royal is entering his fourth season in the league and the final year of his rookie deal.
Darrelle Revis wants Chad Ochocinco … to join him as a member of the New York Jets. Revis said he’s been in Ochocinco’s ear during the last week and believes the veteran receiver could do well as a Jet. However, Ochocinco is still under contract to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 and the Jets have some decisions to make on free agent WRs Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards.
New Bengal OC Jay Gruden hasn’t spoken to Carson Palmer … and was in Cincinnati on Monday to begin getting on the same page with his staff in terms of philosophy. Gruden said he wouldn’t interject himself in the trade demands made by Palmer, but would talk to the quarterback if asked. Gruden did say he was going forward as if Palmer would be the starter in 2011.
o Even though Cardinal HC Ken Whisenhunt admitted the team has an “open-door policy” he said WR Larry Fitzgerald wouldn’t be making the decision on who will play QB for the team in 2011.
o A rumor that Saint HC Sean Payton would be joining the Cowboys was quickly killed by the Saints and likely came from the news that he and his family are planning to make their new residence in a suburb of Dallas.