Mar 7, 2011
Roster moves are done for the time being, as all eyes are on the ongoing CBA talks. Even though negotiations have been extended, the deadline for roster moves passed last Friday, which has put the league at a standstill until a new deal is reached, which will hopefully happen this week.
NFL, NFLPA resume talks … on Monday afternoon after agreeing to an extension last Friday. The two sides were expected to use the weekend to figure out their plans of action heading into this week’s talks. While an extension of talks came down to the two sides agreeing to seven more days of mediation, teams are no longer allowed to make any roster moves with the CBA considered expired. Multiple reports have suggested the sides are far apart on revenue splits, but that they’ve also made significant progress in the last two days of talks compared to the little that was accomplished in the two years leading up to the deadline. Before the sides agreed to an extension last Thursday, the NFLPA was apparently just minutes away from decertifying, which would have taken the negotiations from discussion to litigation. Talks will start up at 3pm EST, and are expected to last into the night.
Plaxico Burress to be released from jail … three months early, which means instead of late September, he’ll be conditionally released on June 6. Burress has applied for early and work release on multiple occasions, but was denied every time. His ability to leave early is typical of inmates who’ve served 6/7ths of their sentence. After missing the last two seasons due to his incarceration, the former Giant and Steeler will be looking to resume his NFL career and agent Drew Rosenhaus said the receiver has interest from at least two teams. Burress, who’ll turn 34 in August, last played in 2008, appearing in 10 games for the Giants, catching 35 balls for 454 yards and 4 TDs.
Tom Brady still in a walking boot … after having surgery in January to repair a stress fracture in his foot. With Brady’s timetable for return expected to have him on the field for the preseason, it’s not a shock to see him still wearing the boot just under two months after the surgery. Brady was on the injury report for most of the second half of the 2010 season due to the foot problem, but didn’t miss any starts despite skipping practices to rest up.
o According to WR James Jones, the Packers did give him an RFA tender before the deadline last week despite an initial report that said Jones didn’t receive an offer from the team. The Packers also took care of HC Mike McCarthy, giving him a multi-year extension.
o TE Zach Miller received the highest RFA tender from the Raiders and indicated he’d be happy to return to Oakland. QB Bruce Gradkowski said he didn’t receive any offers from the team and had no talks with them about returning in 2011.