Jul 20, 2011
While the focus this week has been all about a possible end to the labor madness, the bigger story, at least when it comes to fantasy football, centers around the availability of one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game…
Peyton won’t be ready for the start of camp … as he continues to recover from May neck surgery. The Colts are scheduled to open training camp on July 31, but it’s unknown when Manning will be able to participate, which puts a huge cloud of doubt over his status for the season, especially as a top fantasy QB. Manning had surgery on his neck back in March 2010, which didn’t cause him to miss any time, but the problems kept coming back during the season due to a calcium buildup. He attempted to avoid surgery by looking into other options after the Super Bowl, but this discomfort lingered and doctors insisted surgery was the only way to go. When the surgery was initially reported, Colt owner Jim Irsay didn’t seem alarmed, noting that the recovery was expected to be six to eight weeks. We’re now closing in nine weeks and the start of camp will be nearly 10 weeks, so things are obviously not going as well as anyone hoped. When Jim Kravitz, who covers the Colts for the Indianapolis Star, appeared on Sirius/XM Fantasy Football, he said he expected Manning to be ready for the start of the season. At this point, we hope that’s true.
Jets won’t be getting discount from Antonio Cromartie … Cromartie is one of the top free agents at the CB position and would like to be a Jet, but said in interview on the Sirius/XM Blitz he also has to test the market to determine his value. He doesn’t believe in the idea of a hometown discount, but was willing to discuss his situation with the Jets before testing the open market. Cromartie noted that CB Nnamdi Asomugha, considered to be the top prize of this year’s free agent class, would set the market at the position, which he believed would be better for him. Cromartie admitted “the chances are great” of returning to New York thanks to the success the team has had in recent years, playing opposite Darrelle Revis, and playing for HC Rex Ryan. Cromartie said he has done research on other possible destinations, like Houston, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Arizona, Dallas, and Oakland, but said the biggest factor in deciding on a team would be his happiness because the money will be there no matter what.
Players reps meeting in Washington … with the hope that they’ll be able to vote on a new CBA. However, after meeting into the early evening last night while lawyers were putting together the paperwork in New York, the 32 player representatives, as well as other prominent members of the NFLPA were taking Wednesday to go over details of a new deal. NFLPA president Kevin Mawae noted that they are in no rush and aren’t in a rush to stay on any schedule, which is referring to the players voting on the deal today and the owners doing so on Thursday in Atlanta, which would theoretically end the lockout on Friday. Mawae admitted the eventual deal would contain “stuff the that the other side doesn’t like” although he considered that to be “the sign of good bargaining.”
- We all know that Eagle QB Kevin Kolb is expected to be traded quickly once the lockout ends with Arizona looking like his next home, but now even Kolb is getting in on the act. He admitted to envisioning himself in Arizona and called it a “great place” while complimenting WR Larry Fitzgerald.
- He won’t block a labor settlement, even though he has the power to do so, but Giant DE Osi Umenyiora may be considering a training camp holdout.