Feb 10, 2011
With the labor deal under a month away from running out, we will be keeping a close eye on the negotiations in the coming weeks. While teams cannot do much in terms of roster moves, they can release players and use their franchise tags. Today, we have news pertaining to all of those topics.
Peyton Manning could be franchised by the Colts … if the two sides are unable to come to terms on a new contract. The deadline for a possible new deal appears to be March 3, when the current CBA expires. Teams can start using the franchise tag today, but will have until only February 22 to make that decision. If Manning is franchised, he would make in the area of $23 million in 2011. The two sides could continue to negotiate a deal and remove the tag if one is completed. Neither the Colts nor Manning’s representatives would comment on the discussions that have taken place. Despite a myriad of injuries to Colt offensive players, Manning set a career high with 4700 yards on 450/679 passing while throwing 33 TDs and 17 INTs. The Colts won the AFC South with a 10-6 record, but were ousted from the playoffs by the Jets in the Divisional Round.
NFL, NFLPA cancel Thursday CBA discussions … after meeting in Dallas last Saturday and in Washington on Wednesday. There are still future meetings in place, but the two sides are quickly running out of time to get something done before the March 3 deadline. Benefits for retired player, a possible rookie wage scale, and the division of revenue have been major points of contention. Neither side would discuss anything that took place in Wednesday’s meeting.
Browns release six players … including NT Shaun Rogers, DE Kenyon Coleman, and LBs Eric Barton and David Bowens. Rogers had his share of trouble off the field and never reached his potential under former HC Eric Mangini, so his release wasn’t a shock, when you consider he was going to make upwards of $6 million in 2011. Coleman, Barton, and Bowens all came over from the Jets, where they played under Mangini. All six players are immediately eligible to sign with other teams.
o The Chargers are expected to keep WR Vincent Jackson around by placing the franchise tag on him. That would pay Jackson more than $10 million in 2011.
o Raven LB Ray Lewis confirmed he will return to play in 2011. Lewis was drafted by the team in 1996 and has been with them for his entire career.
o Ray Horton was hired by the Cardinals to become their new defensive coordinator. Horton spent the last seven years as part of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coaching staff, including the last four seasons coaching the defensive backs.