Mar 8, 2011
Extended CBA talks have begun, and as they continue for this week, there will not be much else to talk about in the NFL world. Despite the extension, there will not be any roster moves, so we are stuck anxiously waiting for a deal to hopefully get done.
Back to mediation … Representatives of the NFLPA and the league reconvened in Washington on Monday for Day 12 of mediation and the first day since extending the deadline a week. Not surprisingly, there wasn’t much news to report, and we should get a greater sense of what’s going on as the week progresses – just like last week. The closer we get to the deadline, the more pressure there is for the two sides to act. Perhaps the most important thing to watch will be whether or not the NFL actually opts for more financial transparency and opens its books. The National Football Post’s Andrew Brandt says an agreement hinges on the word “risk.” So, once again, we sit here and wait and hope for the best come Friday.
Benson could stay in Cincinnati … While QB Carson Palmer apparently wants nothing more than to leave the Bengals, RB
Cedric Benson continues to be open to a return to the team. This comes after a season in which Benson rushed for 1111 yards and 7 TDs but saw the offense struggle and get away from the power game. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and struggled to consistently get going behind a struggling line. However, the team got rid of OC Bob Bratkowski, and Benson has apparently hit it off with new OC Jay Gruden. If he returns, Benson could be one of the lone holdovers on an offense that could see Palmer and WRs Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens all leave town.
Bresnahan lands DC gig … After weeks of waiting, the Raiders finally named their new defensive coordinator, picking Chuck Bresnahan for the job. Bresnahan was hired Feb. 1 by Hue Jackson as a “defensive coach,” and he apparently did enough in the last month to prove that he’s deserving of a second stint as the Raiders’ DC. He previously held the job from 2000-03 under Bill Callahan, helping the team to three AFC West titles and a Super Bowl appearance. He went on to spend three years as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator and last served in the same capacity for the UFL’s Florida Tuskers. Unfortunately for Bresnahan, he likely won’t get the luxury of having All-Pro CB Nnamdi Asomugha in the lineup, as Asomugha is likely headed elsewhere in free agency.
- We pass along our best wishes to NFL Films president Steve Sabol, who suffered a seizure on Saturday and is in stable condition at a hospital in Kansas City.
- Jet WR Braylon Edwards, who is set to become a free agent, is fighting his DUI charge and will be due back in court May 16. After his appearance on Monday, Edwards reiterated that he’d like to stay with the Jets.