Even though labor negotiations appear to be in the final stages, players are not taking anything for granted and have continued workouts. It might be fun to discuss the rumors of player movement, but our only real source of concrete information comes from the practices being held at high schools and colleges across the country featuring your favorite NFL players (and a bunch of guys you’ve never heard of).
While that magazine cover may be over two years old, the foot in that boot remains an issue for Crabtree.
Good news, bad news at Camp Alex II … Alex Smith, who despite being unsigned, is running his second set of workouts for the 49ers this week. Rookie QB Colin Kaepernick decided to skip the NFLPA rookie symposium in favor of these workouts after being unable to do much work on the field during the last set while recovering from surgery he had early last month. Kaepernick admitted he needed to get his timing down, but felt good. Starting LT Joe Staley doesn’t think Kaepernick comes across as a rookie and his play in practice has already excited the team. Now, the bad news. WR Michael Crabtree, who missed time at [...]
Mediation resumed in Minnesota on Thursday, and for once, it appears as if both sides of the table plan on honoring the gag order put in place. So while it appears there is a long way to go toward a new deal, the two sides are at least talking (even if it was forced). Why do I feel as if I’ve written this intro too many times before?
NFL, NFLPA meet under auspices of Judge Boylan… Mediation between both sides of the Brady v. NFL lawsuit were forced to meet on Thursday at the order of Judge Susan Nelson, who is still waiting to issue her ruling on the NFLPA’s request for an injunction against the NFL lockout. This time, the mediation (including several NFL owners) took place in the court of Judge Arthur Boylan, who has extensive mediation experience and, unlike George Cohen, has the power to report any wrongdoing in the sessions directly to Judge Nelson. That will certainly keep either side – especially the owners, we think – from trying to be overtly unreasonable in the sessions. The good news is that we do know, simply because intrepid reporters waited outside Judge Boylan’s chambers in Minneapolis, that the [...]