Jul 21, 2011
We are in the home stretch in labor negotiations, but of course, this will not be a simple process. The owners are meeting in Atlanta Thursday, and hopefully, the 2011 NFL lockout is in its final moments despite any last-minute issues.
Labor meetings bring confusion … In a perfect world, we’d have a new CBA by the end of today and everyone would be happy. The players would have all voted “yes” yesterday in Washington, and the owners would all vote “yes” in Atlanta today. But if we’ve learned anything over the last four months of lockout living, it’s that nothing is ever easy when it comes to labor disputes. The players’ meetings in Washington were filled with confusion yesterday, delivering us conflicting reports and uncertainty as to how things would play out. Still, the owners expect to vote today, and we should have a settlement and new CBA in the near future. Let’s try to recap what is happening through the words of those covering the situation (keep in mind that the situation is developing by the minute):
- Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that players representatives gave conditional approval Wednesday to finish a settlement pending the resolution of a few remaining issues. Maske says the players thinking is that “The antitrust lawsuit must be settled first, then the players could ratify the collective bargaining agreement and re-form their union.”
- Falcons owner Arthur Blank said any holdups are minor, and the owners are expected to ratify the deal.
- PFT reports that the new deal will protect veterans from becoming cap casualties.
- NFL Network’s Albert Breer points out that, just like last week, Wednesday had some trouble, but Thursday and Friday could see the final breakthroughs.
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter delivered a positive viewpoint, saying, “We all know how this movie ends.” Perhaps with DeMaurice Smith taking the place of Roy Hobbs?
As usual, if you want up-to-the-minute updates, Twitter is the place to go. Our national news list is a great place to go for information, and some of the best Twitter follows include Albert Breer, Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen, Jim Trotter, Mark Maske, and Daniel Kaplan.
- Don’t expect any Brett Favre theatrics from Kerry Collins – at least not yet. The former Titan QB said that, two weeks into his retirement, he’s “at peace” with his career and his decision.
- Raven S Ed Reed said he feels healthy heading into training camp. Last season, Reed missed the first six games because of hip surgery but still led the league with 8 interceptions in 10 games.
- After tearing his ACL in back-to-back seasons former Jet DT Kris Jenkins announced his retirement Wednesday.
- Lion OT Jeff Backus suffered a partially torn pectoral, but the team believes it’s not serious, according to the Detroit Free Press.
- Set to earn just $550,000 in the final year of his contract, Raven RB Ray Rice is hoping to sign a long-term deal to keep him in Baltimore.
- ESPN’s John Clayton delivers an overview of what the salary cap situation could look like around the league.
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