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
Even though the lockout remains intact, rumors of player movement continue to swirl despite teams being unable to (legally) discuss contracts or trades. In an effort to be on top of any potential moves once the lockout is lifted, we’ve continued to monitor player workouts, reports, and rumors from around the league, a few of which we’ll pass along today.
Cedric Benson said he wanted to express himself more in 2011. This would be a good start.
Benson shows interest in returning to Bengals … after working out with the team at the University of Cincinnati on Wednesday. Benson, who is technically a free agent, has reportedly attended multiple player-led workouts, which he called “an opportunity to get some real good football work in.” After voicing frustration with the offense and his role during and after the season, it didn’t appear that he’d return to the team for the 2011 season, but with the firing of OC Bob Bratkowski and subsequent hiring of Jay Gruden to take over the offense, Benson looks interested in returning to the black and orange. Gruden talked with Benson in February, explaining that his vision for the offense, a West Coast system, would feature a commitment [...]
As another session of settlement talks came to an end, we address the Palmer family situation in Cincinnati, as well as Tim Tebow’s apparent 850-yard drives on the golf course.
They continue to talk, this time in New York, and we continue to wait patiently for good news. In an otherwise slow news day, we look at a high-profile college QB, who could enter the supplemental draft after deciding to skip his senior season.
While in New York, maybe the two sides could take a hansom cab ride.
“Very serious talks” continue … at what is reportedly an undisclosed location in New York. Both the players and league have made a point to keep the details of these meetings confidential, but reports say that lawyers are once again being kept out of the room while Judge Arthur Boylan along with Commissioner Roger Goodell, owners, and players try to hammer out a deal. The less we hear about these talks, the better, as both sides show commitment to getting something done in the next month or so before the typical NFL off-season has to be dramatically shifted and/or cancelled. To get a great idea of where this could be going (and it sounds positive), check out Albert Breer’s latest story.
Terrelle Pryor to skip senior season … at Ohio State, at least when it comes to football. The former Buckeye QB hasn’t decided [...]
Plaxico Burress is officially out of prison and the courtship can begin once the NFL and NFLPA get themselves out of chains, but another Giant has been in the news a little bit recently.
Giants expected to bring back Jacobs… This isn’t much of a surprise, considering the Giants figured out an ideal way to balance their backfield last season, but the club is expected to pay RB Brandon Jacobs his big bonus and bring him back into the fold in 2011. GM Jerry Reese told ESPN Radio in New York that he expects the team to pay the $4.65 million to keep him in town, although he said this while admonishing Jacobs for his comments on Burress, more specifically about how Jacobs believes Burress could in fact be back in a Giants uniform in 2011. “[Jacobs is] just talking,” Reese said. “Brandon likes to talk, sometimes he talks just to talk. Us here, in the Giants, in our building, we let some of that talk go off our back like a duck and we don’t worry about it too much.” Were Jacobs to come back, the Giants would almost certainly make it a priority to re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw as well, [...]
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, [...]
Looks like the labor talks have picked up once again, so we will be taking a look at the latest developments as the two sides meet in court again today. Also, we take a look at possible landing spots for the soon-to-be-released Plaxico Burress.
Settlement talks? So you're telling me there's a chance!
NFL, NFLPA hold settlement talks … for three days this week in advance of Friday’s lockout hearing in St. Louis. As we discussed yesterday, the “secret” meetings took place just outside Chicago from Tuesday-Thursday, but the details of those talks became much clearer upon completion. In addition to NFLPA head De Maurice Smith and commissioner Roger Goodell, those attending included owners, players, and Judge Arthur Boylan, although his role was different from what it was during mediation. Speaking of mediation, sessions that were set to resume next week were cancelled by Boylan due to the current talks centering around a settlement, which he wants to keep confidential. No word on when these talks will continue, but it probably won’t be Friday since the sides return to the courtroom in St. Louis for the appeals-court hearing on the lockout. We’ve pretty much [...]
Roster moves are done for the time being, as all eyes are on the ongoing CBA talks. Even though negotiations have been extended, the deadline for roster moves passed last Friday, which has put the league at a standstill until a new deal is reached, which will hopefully happen this week.
Commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear that communication through mediation and negotiation is better than going to litigation.
NFL, NFLPA resume talks … on Monday afternoon after agreeing to an extension last Friday. The two sides were expected to use the weekend to figure out their plans of action heading into this week’s talks. While an extension of talks came down to the two sides agreeing to seven more days of mediation, teams are no longer allowed to make any roster moves with the CBA considered expired. Multiple reports have suggested the sides are far apart on revenue splits, but that they’ve also made significant progress in the last two days of talks compared to the little that was accomplished in the two years leading up to the deadline. Before the sides agreed to an extension last Thursday, the NFLPA was apparently just minutes away from decertifying, which would have [...]