Apr 18, 2011
The draft is quickly approaching, but most of the focus remains on the mediation discussions taking place in Minnesota. With the gag order in place, not a lot of information has come out from either side, but it won’t stop us from keeping a close eye on the situation with the hope that some good news will finally come.
Mediation to resume Tuesday … after the two sides met for 14 hours over last Thursday and Friday. With both sides being ordered to keep the details of their meetings quiet, the most we’ve gotten in terms of news is sources claiming that the break in mediation is related to the sensitivity of the talks, with one of the lead plaintiffs, Carl Eller, noting that the two sides are moving forward and were sent home on Friday with “homework” to think about over the three-day break. Another source said the two sides are “serious” when it comes to the negotiations and the possible ramifications if things were to break down again. In addition to their legal counsel, the league was represented by Commissioner Roger Goodell, Patriot owner Robert Kraft, Chief owner Clark Hunt, Panther owner Jerry Richardson, Steeler President Art Rooney II, and Falcon President Rich McKay. The players’ side included Mike Vrabel, Ben Leber, and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.
Stafford shows off his arm … while taking part in the University of Georgia’s spring game quarterback challenge. While the competition wasn’t anything more than a fun exhibition, Stafford ended up victorious after throwing some quick outs and some downfield passes, including a 45-yard bomb, which was dropped by a fan participating as a receiver. The Lion QB looked relaxed and without any limitations throwing the football, which jives with the team’s belief that Stafford will be able to stay on schedule as he continues his comeback from shoulder surgery.
- Matt Hasselbeck hopes to return to the Seahawks despite not getting a deal done before the CBA expired. HC Pete Carroll had said that re-signing Hasselbeck was a top priority, although that thought process may be different with the draft just over a week away.
- The Titans have reportedly given GM Mike Reinfeldt an extension that will keep him with the team through 2014. Reinfeldt’s previous contract was set to expire this year.
And now the official song of the lockout: Fitz and the Tantrums – MoneyGrabber