Mar 4, 2011
Thursday might have been the biggest off-season day in the NFL in a long time. The NFL and NFLPA agreed to a 24-hour extension on the volatile CBA talks, and we are now in a more positive position in regards to the potential of a relatively unaffected off-season than we have been in a long time. That didn’t stop teams from making moves before Thursday’s perceived CBA expiration. Now, it’s Groundhog Day. If the two sides agree to a longer extension, many believe a new CBA before the draft is inevitable. Amazing how things change on deadline.
About the CBA extension… We could give you a ton of links here, but there was a really good primer from Yahoo’s Mike Silver on what this whole thing means and how we got to this unlikely point. Essentially, reports are that the players have already agreed to a 10-day extension suggested by federal mediator George Cohen, and the ball is in the owners’ court. The owners are widely expected to accept the offer, and a new CBA could be right behind. As always, we implore you to follow ESPN’s Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) on the issue. He’s worked on both sides of the table, and he’s been the only major personality who hasn’t painted doom and gloom since Day One. Turns out, he’s been right. There are so many other things we can talk about at this point – potential lawsuits, decertification, etc. – but we’ll choose to keep it simple and keep looking at the light at the end of the tunnel.
Roster moves… There were a ton of moves made before the perceived CBA deadline in terms of cuts, tenders, re-signings, and whatnot, and we’ll make our best effort to list the significant ones right here, in kind of a CBArmageddon version of Quick Hits:
- The Redskins didn’t need the official first day of free agency to make their typical big splash. They signed veteran S Oshiomogho Atogwe to a five-year deal on Thursday, giving LaRon Landry a very interesting tandem partner.
- The Panthers signed TE Jeremy Shockey to a one-year deal. This is a significant move, because offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is expected to bring the TE-heavy Charger offense eastward with him to Carolina.
- The Texans made a big splash, signing TE Owen Daniels to a four-year extension, DT Shaun Cody (who can play NT) to a two-year deal, and RB Derrick Ward to a one-year deal.
- The Saints made extensions with RB Pierre Thomas and K Garrett Hartley official.
- The Chargers signed S Bob Sanders to a one-year deal.
- The day after releasing him, the Packers signed LB AJ Hawk to a new five-year deal, essentially reworking his contract.
- The Dolphins re-signed OL Richie Incognito to a three-year deal.
- Patriot OL Stephen Neal announced his retirement.
- The Vikings signed DE Brian Robison to a three-year deal.
- Recently released RT Damien Woody is not ruling out a return to the Jets.
- The Browns re-signed both QB Seneca Wallace and LB D’Qwell Jackson.
- The Jaguars made some significant roster moves, including signing TE Marcedes Lewis to his franchise tender. Also, WR Mike Sims-Walker indicated on his Twitter account that he will not return to the team.
- The Broncos cut DTs Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams, while keeping around DT Kevin Vickerson.
- The Raiders do not appear interested in retaining LG Robert Gallery.
- RB Kevin Smith and LB Julian Peterson look to be done as Lions.
– Joe Dolan