Jun 22, 2011
We are finally getting good news on the labor front, and details are starting to emerge about what a new CBA could like it. Get ready for a hectic time in fantasy football, as free agency could be just a few weeks away.
Free agency on the horizon? … The owners’ expected extended stay in Chicago ended up lasting only one day, but just about all the news coming out of their meetings was positive. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the dissenting opinions in the room were not very significant, with only a handful speaking out against the progress that’s been made in labor talks. He believes there is a push to get a deal done around July 4. Negotiations with the players are scheduled to resume today in the Boston area.
Obviously, this is all good news, but perhaps the biggest story of the day was a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that provides an overview of what the new CBA could look like:
- About 48% of revenue to the players
- A rookie wage scale
- No mandated 18-game schedule
- The potential for a 16-game Thursday night schedule
- Four years needed to become an unrestricted free agent
For the immediate future of fantasy football, the last point is easily the most important. We’ve been stuck in a long period of uncertainty over the last few months as we wait to find out who’s actually going to be a free agent once players are finally free to sign (hopefully by mid-July). Now, we’re on the verge of an extremely hectic period in which a lot of players will hit a short period of free agency before training camp. Among the potential free agents at fantasy positions: DeAngelo Williams, Ahmad Bradshaw, Sidney Rice, Malcom Floyd, James Jones, Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Steve Breaston, Zach Miller, and Santana Moss. So, yeah, get ready for a rush of information in July if/when this deal finally gets done. We’re cautiously optimistic, and it appears that both sides are motivated to get something done so no football is missed.
- Jaguar RB Maurice Jones-Drew wants stability with his franchise, and that means sticking with David Garrard at QB. MJD said he was surprised that the Jaguars used a 1st-round pick on Blaine Gabbert, and he also would rather see the team bring in a receiver that doesn’t come with the baggage of someone like Terrell Owens or Plaxico Burress.
- MJD is about the only one who has come out and said he doesn’t want Plaxico. Count Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers and Chris Cooley of the Redskins in the pro-Plaxico group.
- There’s little reason to get excited when a WR talks up his veteran QB, but for what it’s worth, Bear WR Earl Bennett gave Jay Cutler rave reviews.
- Raven S Ed Reed has missed 10 games in the last couple seasons and said he’s still not 100% healthy after fighting through neck problems and undergoing hip surgery.
- Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette believes the Panthers will be very active in free agency if Mortensen’s report is accurate.