Sunday, 20 March 2011 23:17
NFL Meets in New Orleans As Manning Loses And Peterson Is Slaved
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Ed Staton--Louisiana SportsSaints owner Tom Benson welcomed 31 other NFL owners to New Orleans as the NFL' owners began their annual meeting that will continue to Tuesday.

This meeting will focus on dealing with the first work stoppage since 1987 as the contract it held with the players union went kaput. The owners, seeking more money from a deal they believed short-changed them, opted to get out of it. The union dissolved, and now both sides are headed to court for what could be a protracted, acrimonious case.

The champagne is likely to stay uncorked and the golf clubs will remain in the bags...

ELI Manning could lose big bucks if the labor dispute interrupts training camp. The Giants quarterback has a $500.000 workout bonus in his contract. He must participate in 90 per cent of the team's offseason workouts to trigger the bonus...One of the biggest financial losers so far because  of the work stoppage is Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins. He would have received a check for well more than $3.15 million. Another Saints financial loser was running back Pierre Thomas, who signed a four-year contract shortly before the lockout started. The Saints didn't give him a traditional signing bonus, but structured his deal to include a $2.7 million roster bonus...

Adrian Peterson complained playing in the NFL to "modern-day slavery." Really, Adrian, I didn't
how you had the Vikings shackle you to be a tackling dummy and forced you to take that $10 million a year to pay for your modern-day slavery?  i would say Peterson should get this week's award for modern day moron...

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Shaq O'Neal has hasn't played since Feb, 1 because of an inflamed Achilles. But he rejoined the team for their game with the Hornets and said, "I'll be back.. Even if I have to go shoot it up, I'll be back."  Someone asked O'Neal if he got nervous? Yeah, sometimes." said O'Neal. "But coach Doc Rivers and the trainer are very good about saying take your time in coming back. It's getting real close. So like I said, I'm going  to practice in the next couple of days and see where I am." O'Neal is averaging 9.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 21 minutes per game...

By Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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