We continue to hope lockout talks move in a positive direction after a day in court last Friday, but today we focus on more football, headlined by a prison release in New York and some clarity in the Jets’ backfield.
Burress to play left field, hit 7th … Former Giant WR Plaxico Burress was released from prison after nearly two years Monday morning, and since there’s nothing else to talk about, HE WAS WEARING A PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES HAT, WHICH MEANS HE’S GOING TO THE EAGLES. There has actually been speculation that the Eagles are a potential landing spot for Burress, and Michael Vick has voiced his support of that move recently, saying:
Is Andy Reid on the other end of the phone?
“I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did, and he’ll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can. I think the guys would be willing to embrace him and bring him in. If that happens? Who knows? We talking about ‘what ifs’ now? It would certainly be a good thing.”
Our guy Adam Caplan wrote that he believes the Eagles will be interested in Burress, [...]
So, Opening Weekend in Major League Baseball has come and gone, and hopefully it was a worthy enough distraction so you failed to realize that free agency has not yet started in the NFL. When will that finally commence? That remains to be seen, but mark down April 6 as a key day: that’s when Judge Susan Nelson will hear the first arguments in the Brady v. NFL case. We could get a ruling immediately, or it could take a couple weeks. Buckle in.
NFL refuses to negotiate with decertified NFLPA… The NFL and its relentless battalion of PR lackeys (see @gregaiello on Twitter if you need to vomit) has insisted since the union decertified a few weeks ago that it’s always ready to go back to the negotiating table. But an ESPN.com story suggests otherwise – the players requested to meet with the owners starting March 28 to work out a settlement before the April 6 date in Judge Nelson’s court. What’s happening here is a classic battle of semantics, something we should expect to see until this situation is resolved. In essence, the NFL is willing to negotiate with the players, but only in collective bargaining sessions. And if [...]