May 5, 2011
Stay Watch: 2011 continues as we wait to hear if the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis grants the NFL a stay, which would extend the lockout at least another month through the expedited hearing on June 3. For now, we bring you actual football news.
Bryant shows up … After Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant were unable to meet last Friday about Bryant’s recent off-the-field troubles, but Bryant was finally with his teammates Wednesday as the Cowboys conducted workouts. QB Tony Romo said Bryantmoved around well, which, if true, is a good sign for someone who had surgery to repair a fractured fibula five months ago. Bryant missed the first day of informal player-led workouts because of a family issue but said he plans to be there for the rest. Bryant is a big key to the Cowboy offense this season, as if he stays healthy and focused, he has the talent to become a big-time receiver and certainly showed flashes of that last year. Roy Williams clearly isn’t the player he once was, and there’s plenty of room for Bryant to emerge as a playmaker on the outside opposite Miles Austin.
No decision made on Talib … Star Buccaneer CB Aqib Talib has drawn headlines for all the wrong reasons, but HC Raheem Morris said, despite reports to the contrary, the team is not ready to cut ties with him yet. A Dallas County Grand Jury will hear evidence May 18 concerning Talib’s alleged involvement in the firing of a gun at his sister’s boyfriend in March. Talib was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and police say they believe his mother was also involved. Talib intercepted six passes in 11 games last season and was placed on IR in December with a hip injury. He has the skills to be one of the game’s elite corners, but this is not the first time he’s been in trouble with the law, and he was suspended for the Bucs’ 2010 season opener. If the legal mess doesn’t get cleared up, it’s hard to imagine him continuing to play in Tampa.
Braylon wants to stay in New York … Whenever free agency finally begins, the Jets face a dilemma at WR, as Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and Brad Smith are all free agents. It may be difficult to pay both Holmes and Edwards, and Holmes has been thought of as the Jets’ top priority over Edwards. It makes sense for the Jets, as Holmes is the better all-around receiver and is one of the most talented guys in the league, although Edwards had a strong year as a deep threat in 2010. The 28-year-old Edwards will be an unrestricted free agent, and he hasn’t ruled out accepting a slight discount to stay with the Jets. Holmes’ situation is up in the air, as he was offered a restricted tender but said he won’t sign for just one year. Edwards said he is more than willing to play a secondary role, and despite the inconsistency of Mark Sanchez, it appeared to work out fine for most of last year.
- If you’ve missed the uproar over Steeler RB Rashard Mendenhall’s, um, questionable tweets following the death of Osama bin Laden, feel free to catch up here.