Apr 11, 2011
We are in lockout purgatory right now with no answer from Judge Susan Nelson yet, but we could get some answers soon with a key development expected to be announced.
More mediation on the way … If you’re a fan of football – which we assume, given that you’re reading this sentence – it seems that you should like Judge Susan Nelson. Although she hasn’t ruled on lifting the lockout yet, signs last Wednesday appeared to be pointing in that direction. Now, ESPN reports that Nelson will impose mediation on the NFL and the players early this week. The main question still to be answered is the location of mediation. The NFL wants more of George Cohen in Washington, and we all know where that got us last time: weeks of staring at Twitter and reporters standing on street corners for nothing. Meanwhile, the players want mediation under the court in Minnesota. At this point, anything done under the court’s supervision is probably a good thing, speaking only in terms of having football in 2011. For most fans, the only concern is having football, so we’re all for Judge Nelson taking control here and trying to get things done.
Filling Peyton Manning’s shoes … In the history of football, few players will have a tougher job filling someone’s shoes than the next starting quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. Not only is Peyton Manning one of the best QBs ever, but you might as well call him head coach of the team too. Well, Colts vice chairman Bill Polian said the Colts could draft their next QB in a few weeks. Or, in his words, “I don’t think you can dismiss” the possibility. The Colts will pick at #22 in the 1st round, and the team has worked out TCU’s Andy Dalton and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick so far. Both have risen into the late 1st/early 2nd round discussion, but picking one at #22 would probably be a reach, especially for a Colts team that needs to address its offensive line problem.
- Free agent Jet WR Santonio Holmes made it clear he wants a multi-year deal, saying he won’t sign his one-year tender if he’s made a restricted free agent. Holmes has five years of experience, and if 2010 rules are used, he’d be a year away from unrestricted free agency.