We have come to the end of another week, and while the two sides completed another round of not-so-secret negotiations, no new CBA has been signed. Meanwhile, the locked-out players continue to work out on their own, trying to replicate a typical off-season, in a year that’s been anything but typical.
This is Chris Johnson's car. He needs more money for bigger rims.
Chris Johnson may holdout … The star RB made the same threat last season, but reported after the team tacked an extra $1.5 million to his base salary, which was among the lowest on the offensive side of the ball at $500,000. Johnson is set to make $800,000 in 2011, but is ready to sit out to get something much more significant. His rookie deal locks him up through the 2012 season, but after seeing Chief RB Jamaal Charles get an extension worth about $5 million/year with just a year and half of high-end production, Johnson has stated he wants even more, especially guaranteed money, considering he’s been one of the most productive backs in the league for the last three seasons, including a record-setting 2009 when he ran for 2006 yards and broke Marshall Faulk’s mark of [...]
Mediation is over once again, so we go back into a period of downtime in Lockout Watch: 2011. We can now spend the next month debating what delicious food was consumed at the important people lunch summit in Minneapolis.
Who picked up the check? … SOMEONE GET THEM SOME WATER. The two sides worked long and hard, with grueling, endless mediation sessions dragging through weeks upon weeks. Oh. Wait. Judge Arthur Boylan ended mediation after two days. Two. Days. So here we are again, left waiting and waiting, likely until the June 3 8th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing, which will probably result in an appeal win by the NFL after two of three judges ruled for the permanent stay on Monday. Well, we could get a ruling from Judge David Doty on damages awarded to the players in the TV case, but that’ll end up back in the 8th Circuit Court anyway.
After two days of mediation in Minneapolis, we have almost no idea about how much progress was made. We know that the league complied with Boylan’s request and came up with an “offer” – an offer that consisted of a couple pages of bulleted points. Retired player and plaintiff [...]
The whole temporary stay thing is starting to sound permanent, as the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to rule on a stay that would allow the lockout to continue through the appeals process. But that doesn’t mean there is no court activity to discuss…
NFL files brief, gets NHL’s support … The wheels are in motion in the NFL’s appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, as the league filed its brief opposing Judge Susan Nelson’s injunction that lifted to the lockout. The NFL’s argument features more of the same points that we’ve been hearing over and over: the NFLPA’s decertification is a sham, Nelson didn’t have jurisdiction to lift the lockout, lifting the lockout causes harm to the league, etc. We’ve heard it all before, and we’ll continue to hear the same things. In the meantime, someone please take away Reggie Bush’s Twitter account.
We’re still waiting for the court to rule on granting the league a stay, although it already granted a temporary stay, which is why we still haven’t seen free agency. In the event that the lockout is lifted, the NFL has yet to decide on rules for operating without a new [...]
Thursday may have been the best day to be a football fan since the season ended, as we not only found out that the league was re-opening their doors to players, but saw one hell of a first round in this year’s draft. While the majority of picks were safe, we did see a few trades and a few shockers that shook things up significantly.
While Cam Newton may need some time to develop, fear not Panther fans, Jimmy Clausen was back to work this morning.
League allows players to return to work … as of 8 a.m. ET Friday morning. With Judge Susan Nelson ruling that the lockout was illegal and refusing to grant a stay, it took some time for the league to work out the details before they re-opened the doors to the players. Teams had been told to turn away players who reported over the last three days, but welcomed them in this morning with reports of the Panthers and Titan players already at team facilities. Team workouts have already been scheduled by the Lions (OTAs on Wednesday) and Bears (rookie camp next weekend). Players reporting for workouts will get credit towards team bonuses, which was a [...]
While the NFL Draft begins tomorrow night and gives us a nice break from lockout talk, the whole event has been overshadowed by the endless labor battle that gets more confusing each day. For a few hours, we can actually talk football, but for now, we bring you more news on the labor front.
The most confusing day in NFL history … And on April 26, 2011, media members were forced to stand on street corners and count how many players chose to show up at “work,” only to not work out and leave 20 minutes later. Some players showed up at their team facilities, many didn’t, some were able to use equipment (the New York Giants), and others weren’t. What does it all mean? Great question.
We’re still waiting a ruling from Judge Susan Nelson on granting the owners a stay, which would allow the lockout to continue until the appeals process has played out over the next couple months. The NFLPA filed a motion in opposition, and it came in at 23 pages. Things are changing by the minute, but for now we’ll point you to ESPN’s detailed summary. Essentially, the players argue that a stay should be denied because [...]
Baseball fans are lucky enough to see their favorite teams and players back on the field today, but those of us in the football world continue to read court briefs as we wait for April 6th. In the meantime, pro days continue and draft boards are being accordingly.
Jake Locker's showed improved accuracy at the University of Washington pro day, but his Sweet Chin Music still needs some work.
Locker nearly perfect … during his pro day at the University of Washington. The former Husky starting QB completed 38 of 40 passes, including 35 in a row, showing improvement in his accuracy, an issue that’s been heavily scrutinized after he completed just over 55% of his passes as a senior. The general consensus is that Locker has shown improvement in each of his public outings from the Senior Bowl to the combine to yesterday’s pro day. Locker has worked with former NFL QB Ken O’Brien, who has helped the prospect improve his footwork and release. In analyzing his performance, Locker felt he was “more consistent” and felt the ball came off his hand well. While the reviews were mostly positive, Locker’s draft status continues to hover between a late 1st [...]
Could it be? Actual news about what happens on the field? YES! Okay, so it is just a couple of rules changes, but if it allows us to refrain from the legalese we will take it.
Josh Cribbs hates Ruxin, but not as much as he hates the new kickoff rules.
Owners vote to change kickoff, replay rules … at meetings that took place in New Orleans over the last few days. The competition committee has discussed proposals for changes in kickoffs recently, mostly as a way to make the game safer. The modified proposal, which was passed by the owners on a 26-6 vote, will move kickoff back to the 35-yard line after it had been at the 30 since the 1994 season. Kickoff returners from around the league expressed their displeasure with the new rule, which will almost definitely hurt what receiving teams will be able to do in terms of improving field position. Brown KR Josh Cribbs was on a media tour talking about the changes and was in complete disagreement with the new rule because it continues to make special teams a smaller part of the game, which can hurt teams like his Cleveland Browns, who depend [...]
In recent history, March has signified the first month in the calendar year without an NFL game, and the first in general since July. In 2011, that fact could have a more gruesome meaning. Things are changing this year, and the NFLPA and the owners are going to have to eventually work hard to ensure that games start to kick off in August or September. Anything can happen over the next few days, weeks, and months, but expect to get tired of the rhetoric if a lockout begins this week.
Mediation to resume today… The NFL and NFLPA will resume meeting with mediator George Cohen in Washington today, just three days before the CBA expires, with it coming a potential lockout from the owners and/or decertification from the union. Hope for a deal by that point seems completely bleak, but stranger things have happened. The fact of the matter is that the only people knowing what’s going on in that room are the people in it. We’ll be hearing a hell of a lot about this over the next few days, so be prepared.
End of an era: Portis' time in the nation's capital is over
Redskins cut Clinton Portis… For the [...]