JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 65

Thursday, 23 June 2011 10:36
Big NFL Lockout Lift Hurdle Cleared, So Play Ball
Written by 

NFL lockoutNow that the owners appear to have cleared a significant hurdle on the way to labor peace with the players, the question for the NFL is simple: How fast can they get the league started?

The educated guess is sometime on or just before July 15. On that date, the league may reopen for business on a permanent basis, meaning free agents could get signed and draft picks could start to meet with coaches for the first time in hopes of catching up as much as possible by the start of training camp.

"That kind of time line is altogether possible," a source told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith insists the players saw only got 53 per cent of the revenues under the previous agreement, though 60 per cent is the number most commonly cited. Either way, it's obvious that the NFLPA has lost quite a bit of leverage the past couple of months.

Both sides are counting on increased revenue from a 16-game Thursday night schedule due to begin in 2012.

The proposed deal does include a rookie wage scale.

The wide grin on Giants owner John Mara's face after the last meeting was a pretty good tell about the state of the talks. In recent months, Mara's face had a dour look, such as in March when talks between the owners broke down, and the CBA expired.


Players at the top of the NFL Draft will be sacrificed after the new CBA agreement is reached. The riches of franchise-killing players like Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell will never embarrass owners again. Sam Bradford is the last bonus baby...

Reggie Bush is due to become as free agent in 2012 if he isn't one this summer. He should not be pursued as a starting or featured running back, but as a change-of-pace back and return man where he has awesome value. Experts figure Bush will bring a third-round draft choice if traded...Saints No. 2 wide receiver Robert Meachem will become a free agent in 2012. He's a strong and athletic No. 2 receiver and can run after the catch. His skills could get him a
chance to be a No. 1 receiver when his contract expires. Speed, hands and special teams skills should make him a priority free agent...

by Ed Staton

Order Mark Ingram Saints jersey at Louisiana Sports Talk.com

Do you believe there will be a full season in 2011?


For More Information, Watch the video below

Facebook Login

Bayoubuzz Newsletter - Sign Up Below

Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Edwards gets Graves challenge on Louisiana flood relief money
  • Gov. Edwards's pugnacious state of union gave wrong Louisiana vision
  • Trump plus 80 days: Jim Brown, Bernie Pinsonat talk US, Louisiana politics
  • Trump should be like Reagan, not like Bush

graves c 3Shades of Katrina?

    Is political partisanship raising its ugly head again in the face of another Louisiana disaster?  Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards thinks so.

    Edwards got some rough treatment from a congressional committee in Washington, D.C. when he testified before it recently about the state’s response to flood problems.

Read More

jbeWith equal parts pugnaciousness and disingenuousness, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ highly-politicized 2017 State of the State speech laid out a truly flawed vision for Louisiana going forward.

Read More

jim bernieIs Russia now our enemy, once again?

Did Donald Trump make the right move or was the latest attack, simply some wag the dog?

Read More

Iron nancy reagan 6n 1986, United States President Ronald Reagan authorized military aircraft to unleash a torrent of bombs in Tripoli, Libya to send a strong message to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The attack was in response to Gaddafi’s involvement in the terrorist bombing of a Berlin disco that resulted in the death of American soldiers. 

Read More


Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1