Hey, it is finally that day we have all been waiting for! Mediation is back! Woohoo! The NFL and decertified NFLPA will meet in front of Judge Arthur Boylan, and while any negotiating sessions could theoretically help lead to an agreement between the two sides, we will not hold our breath until there is a ruling from Judge David Doty in the lockout damages case and/or a ruling from the 8th Circuit on the enjoined lockout. But still, yay mediation!
Mediation resumes… Don’t get your hopes up. Only a couple days of talks are scheduled, and both sides are certainly fulfilling a court-ordered obligation to meet. Otherwise, they’d be waiting idly on court rulings, just like the rest of us. Any meeting might produce a sliver of hope if one side shows signs of caving, but we don’t see any way the sides don’t wait for a court ruling from the 8th Circuit to make any sort of moves. In the meantime, Patriot owner Robert Kraft, maybe the most moderate voice in this whole mess, offers some words of warning to both the owners and players. We believe the fans are already angry enough, but Kraft is right: if a deal [...]
This is typically the time of year when we are closely monitoring OTAs and voluntary minicamps looking for nuggets to put in our team reports. With the lockout still in effect, the best we can do is keep an eye on the player-led workouts taking place across the league. Not all the workouts are made public, so please don’t consider this the definitive list of what’s going on with every player. However, we’ve done our best to give you an update of what players are doing on their own.
Arizona Cardinals – WR Larry Fitzgerald took the lead once again, organizing workouts at Arizona State University earlier this month, which included 20 players from various teams including Cardinal QBs John Skelton, Max Hall, and Richard Bartel in addition to WRs Steve Breaston, Stephen Williams, Max Komar, and 2011 7th-round pick DeMarco Sampson. Sampson did miss some drills due to conditioning issues, but his speed and hands were noted by Skelton, who also complemented Sampson on his route running. WR Early Doucet is still rehabbing from sports hernia surgery, and did not want to risk doing too much, so he skipped the Fitzgerald-led workouts. The workouts, which are considered low-key, also [...]
Another Friday has come without a peep from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, but as we wait in this endless lockout, Judge Doty is back in the news, while a Saint WR is recovering from significant knee surgery.
Colston underwent microfracture surgery … Not only did Saint WR Marques Colston have wrist surgery this off-season, but he’s also fighting back from microfracture surgery that repaired cartilage around his right knee. It’s the second time he’s had microfracture surgery, as he had a similar operation performed on his left knee in 2009. The good news is Colston is working out with teammates at Tulane University and said he’s doing everything and just needs to get his conditioning back. Despite the injuries, Colston has missed only one game in the last two seasons, and he’s hit 1000 yards four times, with the one exception being a 2008 season in which he missed five games. Colston had minor arthroscopic surgery after Week Sixteen and had the more significant surgery after the playoffs. Colston joins Robert Meachem as Saint WRs recovering from surgery, as Meachem underwent ankle surgery. Both are working out now with players such as WR Devery Henderson and rookie RB Mark [...]
He refuses to go away. With no actual football to distract us from meaningless off-the-field stories, he has managed to permeate the news cycle once again. On the suggestion of former Panther DT Brenston Buckner, he might be back… in an advisory role.
Favre could tutor Cam Newton, agent says… Hey, don’t blame us for bringing this up during the lockout! Ol’ Flip-Flop knows how to get his name out there, and his PR department deserves credit for finding yet another way for people to talk about him, even when he’s not playing. Observe:
Favre: Uhh… is this uhh Cam?
Newton: Why, yes it is. To whom am I speaking?
Favre: Uhh, Cam, this is uhh Brett Favre, former N.. uhh… lemme rephrase that… NFL quarterback.
Newton: Jolly good day, Mr. Favre. And to what extent are you requesting my correspondence?
Favre: Uhh, Cam, there is a uhhh lockout. Don’t know if you know that. That means you’re bein’ “locked out,” so to speak. Might prevent you from gettin’ “unlocked” in the near future. It’s tough, uhh, bein’ a rookie quarterback in the NFL. Especially if you don’t get to know your coaches. Don’t really get to know your teammates. Don’t really [...]
The whole temporary stay thing is starting to sound permanent, as the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to rule on a stay that would allow the lockout to continue through the appeals process. But that doesn’t mean there is no court activity to discuss…
NFL files brief, gets NHL’s support … The wheels are in motion in the NFL’s appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, as the league filed its brief opposing Judge Susan Nelson’s injunction that lifted to the lockout. The NFL’s argument features more of the same points that we’ve been hearing over and over: the NFLPA’s decertification is a sham, Nelson didn’t have jurisdiction to lift the lockout, lifting the lockout causes harm to the league, etc. We’ve heard it all before, and we’ll continue to hear the same things. In the meantime, someone please take away Reggie Bush’s Twitter account.
We’re still waiting for the court to rule on granting the league a stay, although it already granted a temporary stay, which is why we still haven’t seen free agency. In the event that the lockout is lifted, the NFL has yet to decide on rules for operating without a new [...]
With no news on the labor front and teams unable to communicate with players or undrafted free agents (legally), there is not much news coming out of this weekend, so we’ll just take a quick look at the rumblings from around the league.
The Redskins are reportedly the front runners to land the services of QB Vince Young, although they’ll have to wait for player movement to be allowed since the Titans still have Young under contract and will probably try to trade Young before cutting him loose. Interestingly enough, the Redskins still have Donovan McNabb under contract, but his time in Washington was pretty much up when Rex Grossman took over the starting job at the end of last season. The only other QB on Washington’s roster is John Beck, who HC Mike Shanahan seems to like enough to possibly consider as a starter. We doubt that happens, but what else can Shanahan do right now with so much uncertainty when it comes to the time period he’ll have to shape the roster?
In other QB news, it looks like Chad Henne will likely get another crack at the starting job in Miami. Once again, the somewhat soft QB market and [...]
There has been no ruling yet on the NFL request for a stay of the injunction against the lockout. I am running out of ways to say that every day. Until there is one or the appeal is heard in early June, we’ll continue to have some minor stories on the Daily!
The Cardinal QB Situation
Normally, by this time of year, we’d have at least some guess at who will be starting Week One for all 32 teams. Obviously, the lockout has stripped us of that security this year for a good handful of teams. None of these teams are more puzzling than the Arizona Cardinals, who were brutal at the position last year and didn’t spend a draft pick on a QB this year. That’s led to all kinds of speculation, and at least four big names have been linked to the Cardinals over the past few weeks.
First, rumors started that the Cardinals had “an agreement” in place with free agent veteran Marc Bulger, one that would be consummated as soon as personnel moves are allowed. But that was reported before the draft, and would have suggested one of two things: either the Cardinals were going to draft a QB [...]
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.
Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant: One [...]
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 [...]
After a flurry of noteworthy news items over the weekend, we’re left scrambling for scraps on Tuesday. It is actually a relief that there are no lockout updates to write about today, even though a major one (a decision on a stay pending appeal) is expected this week. Until then, we’ll get down with some usual maintenance.
UFL draft takes place on Twitter… Usually, this isn’t even worth mentioning, but the UFL held its draft entirely on Twitter last night. That’s pretty cool for about 15 seconds, until you realize that it’s the UFL. However, there is a little bit extra drama this year: guys who would typically be undrafted NFL free agents haven’t been able to sign with teams yet, and the UFL could provide them an interesting opportunity to show their stuff or at least have some sort of financial security for the next year. But even if the NFL season goes off without a hitch, the UFL wants to position itself as a unique opportunity for players like Boston College’s Mark Herzlich: play in the UFL and hone skills, or go to the NFL, be a camp body, and have a big chance of getting cut. Remember, if [...]