If you have been anything like us at FantasyGuru.com during this lockout business, we hope you learned to stop checking Twitter every five seconds to avoid overdosing on rhetoric and BS. Honestly, we have become 500% more productive in the short time since the “union” “decertified” and the owners imposed a lockout that might not actually be legal (we’ll see what the courts say about that). The point is that it’s still March, each side of the argument is applying the full-court press right now (as expected), and April 6 remains the next benchmark day in NFL labor strife. We could see negotiations before that day, but if the rhetoric is to be taken at face value, we wouldn’t count on it.
NFL claims decertification is a manipulation of the law… This is nothing new, but the NFL’s legal team asserts that the NFLPA decertified strictly to manipulate the law in order to file a lawsuit and gain leverage in labor talks. Obviously, that’s exactly what happened, but it will be up to courts to decide whether or not the players had the right to do so. If that’s the case, the courts will lift the lockout and we’ll have football [...]
The moment of truth is upon us, as we are one day from the month of March and three days from the CBA expiring. While the combine continues in Indianapolis, the labor talks and other contract issues are the talk of the NFL right now.
Union plans to decertify … All season, we heard about individual teams voting to decertify in the event of a lockout, and now that’s about to become a reality. The NFL and the players are scheduled to return to mediation on Tuesday, but with a deal unexpected to get done by Thursday night’s deadline, we will likely see decertification happen by then. By decertifying, there is no union, and players can file injunctions in court to try to prevent the owners from locking them out. In turn, the NFL will fight decertification with the National Labor Relations Board. So, what does this all mean? As always, we recommend reading the decertification primer by the National Football Post’s Andrew Brandt, who has been on top of everything related to the CBA talks.
Rice will test market … Any hope the Vikings had of re-signing WR Sidney Rice before the CBA expires is gone, as agent Drew
The Vikings [...]
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 [...]
Hey, look at that! Positive news on the labor front! Okay, there is no reason to get excited yet, but any positive news is good news when it comes to the CBA.
Get ready for heavy doses of CBA talk … Thursday brought forth two seemingly important developments in the CBA talks between the owners and the NFLPA. For one, the two sides are scheduled to start a seven-day period of negotiations on Friday. It’s entirely possible that nothing happens and someone walks out well before seven days have been reached, but for now, it’s also possible that we will actually get seven straight days. At the very least, talking is better than not talking. Second, these negotiations will include a mediator, as the two sides have agreed to allow the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to oversee things. These two developments by no means indicate that a deal will be reached by March 3 or any time soon, but they are certainly both positives, and mediation can only help. We’ll take any positive news we can get.
Driver plans to return to Green Bay … Veteran Packer WR Donald Driver said in a radio interview that he has no plans to [...]
Unless a CBA agreement is miraculously reached in the next two weeks, league news is going to come to a pretty sudden halt. But for now, we have some coaching hires, some franchise tags, and other miscellany to talk about.
Colts franchise Peyton… Although contract talks remain fluid between Peyton Manning and the Colts, Indy is going to make sure that the greatest player in team history won’t test the free-agent market. The Colts placed the franchise tag on Manning, meaning he will earn about $23 million in 2011 should the two sides not agree on a contract extension before the season begins. Manning’s salary is 120% of his $19.3 million salary in 2010; by rule, the franchise tag gives a player a one-year deal equivalent to the average salary of the five highest-paid players at the position or 120% of that player’s previous salary, whichever figure is higher. If you’re asking for a hunch, the Colts will get a deal with Manning worked out before the season.
Ngata gets tagged… Also on the franchise front, the Ravens opted to tag DT Haloti Ngata, which will pay him about $12.5 million in 2011. But honestly, we’d be surprised if it got to [...]
With the labor deal under a month away from running out, we will be keeping a close eye on the negotiations in the coming weeks. While teams cannot do much in terms of roster moves, they can release players and use their franchise tags. Today, we have news pertaining to all of those topics.
Peyton Manning could be franchised by the Colts … if the two sides are unable to come to terms on a new contract. The deadline for a possible new deal appears to be March 3, when the current CBA expires. Teams can start using the franchise tag today, but will have until only February 22 to make that decision. If Manning is franchised, he would make in the area of $23 million in 2011. The two sides could continue to negotiate a deal and remove the tag if one is completed. Neither the Colts nor Manning’s representatives would comment on the discussions that have taken place. Despite a myriad of injuries to Colt offensive players, Manning set a career high with 4700 yards on 450/679 passing while throwing 33 TDs and 17 INTs. The Colts won the AFC South with a 10-6 record, but were ousted from [...]
Another weekend, and another couple of interviews for Matt Camp and me on Sirius XM Fantasy Football (11 AM – 2 PM Saturday and Sunday on XM 147/Sirius 211). We broke down the Colts, and fought through some technical difficulties to grab the scoop on the Eagles. Here are some interesting tidbits we got:
Mike Chappell has covered the Colts for the Indianapolis Star since they arrived from Baltimore in 1984:
The big news from the generally quiet Colts this off-season was Peyton Manning’s neck surgery. Peyton has been dealing with neck pain for years, and the surgery seems to have relieved that. Chappell has seen Manning as sharp as ever in workouts and camps, and he raised an interesting point: If the neck pain was affecting Manning’s play, imagine how good he could be after the surgery. Scary.
Manning is also in a contract year, and Chappell confirms what we all know: Peyton is going nowhere. He’s talked to both Manning’s agent and GM Bill Polian, and it appears as if Manning’s new contract is a matter of when, not if. But the Colts very rarely do contracts BEFORE the season. They’ve done deals during the year (a la S Bob Sanders), [...]