May 24, 2011
Blah blah lockout blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah appeal blah blah court. That should cover the big happenings, so now we can go ahead and give you another Fantasy Guru Daily.
NFL cancels Rookie Symposium… The first event casualty of the lockout isn’t going to get fans too upset, maybe because most of them don’t even know what it is. And honestly, it probably won’t get the rookies too upset either. The annual symposium, at which the rookies are taught about the history of the game and warned about the risks of being a wealthy young male and celebrity, has been axed thanks to the lockout. The symposium was scheduled to kick off June 26 in Canton, and it would have been required attendance for any rookie. Now, those rookies are left without this guidance, but more importantly still have not been taught about their new jobs from their coaches. That being said, as NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt commented on Twitter, the symposium is “well-intentioned” but it’s hard to imagine any player getting truly bent out of shape about losing a glorified lecture retreat to the lockout. As we’ve said for a while now, once actual games and actual paychecks appear to be threatened, then these young rookies or veterans with flaky roster positions (if not wealthier veterans who have spent unwisely) are going to begin to sway. The cancellation of this symposium is an example of how the lockout can devour anything that’s in its path, but actual games (of the regular-season variety) won’t be threatened until late July, at the earliest. For now, that’s good news, but it’s also an example of how long this thing can still go to annoy us without actually taking games off the schedule.
Bengals still refuse to trade Palmer… If there’s one thing Bengal president Mike Brown is not, it’s a pushover. Say what you want about the guy, but he was one of the two owners who voted against the last CBA back in 2006, and had more owners joined his cause at that time, we might not be in this labor mess right now. So it isn’t surprising that Brown is steadfastly standing behind his position to either suit up Carson Palmer as the team’s starting QB come Week One or, essentially, let him rot. At the annual spring owners’ meetings, which started this week in Indianapolis (where Super Bowl XLVI will be held in February), Brown told NFL Network that Palmer “is important to [the Bengals]. He’s a very fine player, and we do want him to come back. If he chooses not to, he’d retire. And we would go with Andy Dalton.” Palmer, for what it’s worth, also does not seem to be wavering. His Cincinnati home has apparently already sold, so it looks like it might be early retirement for Carson, once we can actually confirm those things.
Jets might have interest in Moss… While we had hoped we would be able to confirm our suspicions by this point, we’ve always had a feeling that the Jets would not bring back both Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards in 2011. Holmes is the better receiver, so if we had to pick one, it would be Braylon that would play elsewhere in 2011. So what would happen to the deep threat that Mark Sanchez had developed chemistry with? How about replacing him with an old division rival? Should Bray-Bray go bye-bye, Randy Moss could be an attractive name for the Jets. Perhaps most importantly, Moss is coming off a terrible season and should theoretically be much cheaper than Edwards. And he’ll be asked to run in a straight line for a winning team, something he does best.
- Bill WR Lee Evans knows he had a terrible year last year and is looking to put it behind him.
- Dolphin QB Chad Henne believes the lack of movement at the QB position thus far this off-season represents a vote of confidence in his abilities. Of course, there hasn’t been free agency yet…
- Joe Dolan