As we wait for more positive news on the labor front, the weekend brought injury news for a couple of big-name players, including the possible end of a career.
Is T.O.'s career over? Next question.
The end of the T.O. era? … We already knew that we probably wouldn’t be seeing Terrell Owens in a Bengal jersey again in 2011, leaving us with another offseason of uncertainty for the 37-year-old WR. Well, now we don’t know if T.O. will even play again at all. ESPN reports that Owens tore his ACL and underwent knee surgery. This follows a previously undisclosed injury and a torn meniscus that cut his 2010 season short in Week Fourteen. ESPN’s report indicates that Owens won’t be ready to play until November at the earliest, meaning a team would have to take a chance on him late down the stretch. He showed he could still play last year despite losing a step, as he had a huge stretch toward the middle of the season and finished with 72/983/9. He’s played for four teams in seven years (three teams in the last three years) after spending his first eight seasons in San Francisco, and now he’ll need a [...]
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
Normally, we like to take a quick sweep around the league for any useful bit of news, but we were glued to Twitter again yesterday as the preliminary hearing of the Brady v. NFL case was heard before Judge Susan Nelson. As such, today’s edition of the Fantasy Guru Daily will be a collection of links about the hearing, and a discussion of what it could mean for football in 2011.
Nelson said her ruling on whether to issue an injunction to lift the lockout would take “a couple of weeks.” This is no surprise, as very few expected Nelson to rule immediately (in legalese, “from the bench”). Should Nelson rule in favor of the players, she would issue an injunction to lift the NFL’s lockout, deeming it unlawful as the NFLPA had decertified prior to the lockout. Now, we are no lawyers, but all reports from the courtroom suggest that Nelson grilled NFL counsel David Boies, even going so far as to say the players had the “right” to decertify. If this is the case, it indicates that Nelson is leaning to siding with the players, which could entail an immediate injunction to stop the lockout, allowing teams to make [...]
The NFL off-season remains about as active as we could expect for a league just 10 days from losing its Collective Bargaining Agreement, although both sides are still working on securing a new deal before the deadline. Will that happen? We have no idea. But the combine is starting up, and there’s other news to report on.
A big day in labor negotiations forthcoming… The sixth day of mediated labor talks were highlighted by an unconventional break at around 3:30 PM, which can lead to all kinds of speculation. The fact of the matter is we have no idea what’s going on as neither side has broken its vow of silence, and we won’t know until someone says something. But today (Thursday) should be a huge day in the talks. The NFL and NFLPA will meet in mediation for the seventh consecutive day (the final scheduled day of talks), and the “lockout insurance” case, surrounding the owners’ ability to collect money from TV contracts even without showing games, will be heard in court in front of Judge David Doty. We are admittedly underschooled on this issue, so listen to people who know what they’re talking about discuss the issue if [...]
Happy Friday to everyone out there from all of us at FantasyGuru. Despite the Super Bowl taking place just five days ago, the off-season is already in full swing with lots of news from around the league.
Bronco WR Demaryius Thomas ruptured his Achilles … while working out in Atlanta and could miss up to eight months. This is the fourth different injury Thomas has suffered in the last year. He broke a bone in his foot while training for the Combine and re-injured the foot in the preseason, which kept him out until Week Two. A concussion and ankle injury suffered during the season limited him to just 10 games in his rookie year, in which he finished with 22 receptions, 283 yards, and 2 TDs. This is the second major injury issue for Bronco WRs, as Eddie Royal underwent hip surgery recently and is hoping to return in time for mini-camp (if it takes place).
Cam Newton impresses … at his workout for the media in San Diego. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner went through a variety of passing and agility drills in the 45-minute session held at a local high school. Newton has been working with QB coach George [...]
It is a light day in terms of news, especially coming from the Super Bowl teams, but we still have a few stories of note to look at from around the league.
Fisher, Titans Part Ways… In somewhat of a surprising development, Jeff Fisher will not return as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans in 2011. Fisher’s future with the team appeared to be safe when just last month owner Bud Adams decided to kept Fisher over much-maligned QB Vince Young, although at the time he did say evaluations of the staff would continue.
Jeff Fisher had been with the team since 1994, when they were still known as the Houston Oilers.
According to multiple reports, the team and Fisher butted heads on more than a few issues recently, which apparently led to the team and Fisher deciding to part ways. Both the team and Fisher put out statements expressing disappointment with the decision, but were both appreciative of the other’s efforts. Fisher started with the then Houston Oilers in 1994 as the team’s defensive coordinator, but ended up taking over the head coaching job on an interim basis with six games left in the regular season when Jack Pardee was [...]