Not surprisingly, not a whole lot happened on Independence Day in the NFL world, but we hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend. Without any big news, let us simply dive into some quick nuggets.
Negotiations resume today … This week is without question a crucial time in labor negotiations as we move close to unofficial deadlines for getting something done without missing any time. Talks are resuming today in New York, and the most interesting news is that Chris Mortensen reports Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith won’t be present together until Thursday. That means there will be two days of lawyers drawing up potential language before everyone else arrives Thursday. In related news, retired players believe they don’t have enough of a voice in negotiations, and they’ve filed a complaint in court.
Nnamdi Asomugha is quite good at football … OK, we knew that already. But NFL.com has a quick breakdown of how many times elite CBs were targeted in the last three seasons, and the free agent Asomugha was thrown at just 2.2 times per game, allowing 1.2 catches. Asomugha gave up just 13 catches in 2010.
What a healthy Da'Quan Bowers could do…
Bowers insists he’s healthy … No [...]
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), [...]