Jul 18, 2011
Could this be the final week of labor talks? Things are looking good, and with free agency possibly just days away, the Monday edition of the Guru Daily features plenty of actual football talk… and some other stuff thanks to a Bengal RB.
According to an arrest affidavit, the former roommate was standing at a street corner in downtown Austin talking on his cell phone around 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning when a “hostile and aggressive” Benson approached him and said they had to talk about their problems.
The two began talking about their living arrangements when “all of a sudden he was struck on his face with a closed fist thrown by Benson,” according to the affidavit. Benson then struck him several more times, it said, resulting in injuries to the left side of the victim’s face.
It’s the second arrest of a Bengal player in the last week, as troubled CB Pacman Jones was arrested after an incident at a club. It’s also Benson’s second problem in the last two years in Austin – where he attended the University of Texas – as he was allegedly involved in an bar dispute last Memorial Day weekend. Benson has put up 1000 rushing yards in each of the last two seasons in Cincinnati, and while he is a free agent, the 28-year-old has been expected to return to the Bengals under new OC Jay Gruden. It’s possible he’ll face punishment from the league once the lockout ends.
Foster played with torn meniscus… When Texan RB Arian Foster joined us on SiriusXM radio last week, there was no mention of a knee injury during his breakout 2010 campaign. Well, the expected #1 pick in fantasy drafts this summer told Sporting News that he played the entire season with a torn meniscus in his knee and told nobody because he was afraid he’d lose his job as the starting tailback. We knew about his “minor” knee surgery in February, and now, Foster should be healthier this season. We’re talking about a guy who, seemingly out of nowhere, put up 1614/16 rushing, 66/604/2 receiving, and 20.6 FPG last year, and that was apparently on a bad knee. It’s pretty difficult to put up numbers better than those, but can a healthy Foster do just that? Barring an injury, he clearly doesn’t have to worry about job security anymore, although the addition of Ben Tate could provide more insurance after he missed all of his rookie season with a leg injury.
- In an interview with SI.com, 49er RB Frank Gore said he is healthy after missing the second half of last season with a hip injury. In addition, he expects new HC Jim Harbaugh to utilize him in the passing game with the goal of getting him the ball in space to spread opposing defenses out. Of course, Gore is no stranger to catching the ball, as he had 46 receptions in just 11 games last year.
- Tom Pelissero believes Viking RB Adrian Peterson could threaten a holdout if he doesn’t get a new long-term deal, although the Vikings have already said they plan on working on a new contract with their star player.
- After a breakout season as a receiver, Jaguar TE Marcedes Lewis is expected to be a top priority for the team in free agency. The Jaguars have placed the franchise tag on Lewis, but they’re expected to work out a long-term deal.
- 49er GM Trent Baalke said he’s not concerned about any problem that may exist between QB Alex Smith and WR Michael Crabtree.
- The future of Panther WR Steve Smith remains up in the air, explains Tom Sorensen.
- Buccaneer CB Aqib Talib is expected to report to training camp despite his ongoing legal issues, according to the NFL Network.
- Saint RB Reggie Bush said he still wants to return to New Orleans and is willing to try to restructure his contract. He’s currently set to make $11.8 million in the final year of his deal.
- While Colt WR Reggie Wayne is entering the final year of his contract and is set to make just $5.95 million, he said he’ll report to camp on time.
- Last but certainly not least, a labor deal remains close. Who likes football?