May 4, 2011
Hurry up and wait! That is how we would describe the idea of an expedited hearing. While we are waiting, some news continues to trickle in pertaining to a possible major trade and players holding their own workouts at local high schools and colleges.
Motion for expedited appeal granted … by 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which set June 3 as the date for arguments to begin in St. Louis. The league requested the expedited appeal and the process of briefs begins with the league’s opening brief due on May 9. The players must respond on May 20 with the league responding to that on May 26. Although the hearing is still just under a month away, that is considered very quick in comparison to the usual process, which according to Clerk Michael Gans, wouldn’t take place until October or November. The ruling on the appeal, based on it being expedited, could come down in mid-June. The lockout remains on after the court granted an expedited stay last Friday, but that could be lifted (or remain) based on the court’s ruling of a full stay, which could come as early as Wednesday.
Trade expected to send Kolb to Arizona … according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who appeared on the network’s NFL Live show on Tuesday. Schefter believes that once the lockout is over, Kolb will definitely be traded, with all signs pointing towards Arizona, which would please Larry Fitzgerald. Schefter also mentioned that the Bengals, 49ers, and Seahawks all discussed the possibility of trading for Kolb, although the Bengals and 49ers appear to be out of the running after they selected Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick, respectively in this past weekend’s draft. Neither the Cardinals nor the Seahawks drafted a QB and both teams appear to be without a legitimate starting option. As we mentioned yesterday, there is reportedly a deal on the table that would net the Eagles a 2012 1st-round pick for Kolb, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see additional picks and/or other players exchanged in the deal as well.
- According to a Cowboy source, WR Dez Bryant skipped a workout organized by teammates, such as QB Tony Romo, that saw between 40-45 players attend. Bryant has yet to comment on the situation, but this latest absence is a bit troubling after he no-showed a meeting with owner Jerry Jones last week.
- In other player-organized workout news, Drew Brees and about 40 Saints worked out at Tulane, while Eli Manning led passing drills with ten Giant players at Hoboken High School in New Jersey.
All this news is, in fact, “Bigger Than Us”