Jun 30, 2011
Is Michael Crabtree hurt or healthy? Is the lockout almost over or is there still a lot of work to be done? Is Carson Palmer finished in Cincinnati? We have a lot of questions with few concrete answers.
Crabtree says he’s fine … On Tuesday, the Sacramento Bee reported that 49er WR Michael Crabtree has been bothered by his left foot, which he had surgery on in 2009. Crabtree has sat out workouts for much of the Alex Smith-led sessions, but on Wednesday, he told reporters that everything was fine. And hey! Here’s Crabtree putting on shoes. Crabtree has caught some passes during workouts, and 49er OT Joe Staley stuck up for the receiver. Reporters have been allowed to watch only 30 minutes and haven’t seen Crabtree do much, but he’s insisted that he’s been active. So, if Crabtree is feeling even the slightest bit of discomfort, it probably isn’t a bad thing that he’s taking it easy during informal workouts. We really have no idea how significant the discomfort is though, and this is just one more story that makes us look forward to real football in September.
Investigating the Cincinnati area real estate market … It’s official, everyone: Carson Palmer sold his house. Yes, the Bengal QB, who has threatened to retire if he’s not traded, got a nice $1.915 million for his five-bedroom home on five acres of land in Indian Hill, Ohio. Congrats to the buyer, who moves in about 10 miles from where I lived for two whole months in 2010. Actually, the only thing that would make this story interesting is if Brett Favre was the buyer. The Bengals have insisted they won’t grant Palmer his trade request, but it is tough to imagine he’ll be playing for the team in 2011. While his future is completely up in the air, rookie Andy Dalton is the safest bet when predicting who will start at QB in Cincinnati.
Owners, players rejoining talks … There has been plenty of cautious optimism flying around labor talks in Minneapolis. Owners and players weren’t in the room at the beginning of the week, while Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith took a break to appear together at the NFLPA’s rookie symposium on Wednesday in Florida. However, owners and players are rejoining talks Thursday and Friday. Of course, just when everyone is thinking positive thoughts, FOXSports.com’s Jay Glazer calmed everyone down with his report of a conference call between Smith and players that downplayed progress and the hope of a deal by the weekend. Still, we’re in a crucial time now, and there’s hope a deal can get done in the next week or two.
- Embattled Titan WR Kenny Britt surrendered to police and was released on $2,000 bond Wednesday. Britt now has court dates July 12 in Hoboken, N.J., and July 18 in Nashville.
- Tom Pelissero reports that the Seahawks have looked into signing Viking QB Tarvaris Jackson as a backup. With Matt Hasselbeck set for free agency, we’re also waiting to see who will actually start in Seattle.
- 49er C Eric Heitmann is expected to miss his second straight season after undergoing neck surgery, according to CSNBayArea.com. From 2004-09, Heitmann missed just two starts.
- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh said he liked playing Baltimore despite a disappointing season, and now he knows he’ll have to find another new home after just one year with the Ravens.
- Suspended Buccaneer S Tanard Jackson worked out with teammates, but after sitting most of last season, he’s still not eligible to be reinstated until Sept. 22.
- Over at FOXSports.com, our Adam Caplan put together lists of the top-15 free agents on offense and defense.