Mar 10, 2011
Welcome to the CBA Daily! While not a lot of positive news have come from talks taking place this week, we have been careful not to overreact knowing that the situation looked grim just one week ago before the sides agreed to two extensions.
Day 14 of mediation is in the books … and while the two sides continue to squabble over the amount of financial data released by the league, we did get some interesting tidbits from NFLPA executive DeMaurice Smith. He noted that the league lowered the amount of addition revenues taken off the top from $1 billion to $800 million, although he said that number is still too high because of the lack of financial information needed to agree to that number. As part of the last CBA, the NFL received $1 billion off the top, so they’re now looking for $1.8 billion in their latest proposal. While the idea of an 18-game season was never something the NFLPA seemed very interested in, it has been a topic that’s remained part of the negotiations although Smith revealed that the league never formally proposed an 18-game schedule. Thursday’s meetings will see the entire NFL labor committee, except Patriot owner Robert Kraft, in attendance in addition to a large player contingent and the representatives who’ve been involved in negotiations the entire time.
Falcons give GM Thomas Dimitroff extension … to keep him with the team long term. This was the second major extension handed out by the team in the last month, as they also gave HC Mike Smith a new deal in February. Since Dimitroff and Smith joined the Falcons in 2008, they’ve gone to the playoffs in two of the last three years, including an AFC South title in 2010. Even though the team missed the playoffs in 2009, they had their first back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history and expanded that to three straight seasons after their impressive 2010 campaign.
o QB prospect Cam Newton is expected to have private workouts with at least eight teams, including the Panthers, Bills, Vikings, and Redskins.
o Former Heisman Trophy-winner RB Mark Ingram was able to shorten his 40-yard dash time from 4.61 at the scouting combine to 4.53 at Alabama’s pro day on Wednesday.