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Monday, 11 July 2011 11:50
NFL Lockout Update; More From Saints’ Lance Moore?
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NFL Owners-players lockout update...

1. There is a growing belief inside league circles that the NFL and players will have a deal in place to be ratified at the July 21 league meetings.

2. Insiders say there's no reason it won't get done.

3. The players and owners are currently at a stalemate regarding the contours of a new rookie wage scale. The league wants a five-year deal for first-round picks and the players' preference is for four -year contracts.

 

4. One league proposal includes a trigger that would push the fifth year to 150 per cent of an average starter's salary at that position, with a floor of $6 million and a ceiling of $12 million for the first eight picks.

LANCE MOORE

The Saints want Lance Moore back and quarterback Drew Brees won't be happy if the team doesn't re-sign the wide receiver.

Jon Gruden, the swashbuckling, loquacious ESPN analyst who made Monday Night Football entertaining again, was at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State this weekend. He had a son attending the camp, which draws more than1,000 youngsters from across the country.

"Lance Moore did some things in the slot which are terrific," judged the former Raiders and Bucs coach. "You see him block, which doesn't show up on the stat sheet. You see Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem blazing down the field, They're never going to finish in top 10 in the league in receptions. They're not catch counters in New Orleans. They're into winning football games. But I think Lance Moore, at the end of the day, is Brees' go-to guy in key situations.

The Saints offered Moore a $1.54 million deal to re-sign him. To sign Moore, a team would have to surrender a second-round draft choice as compensation if the Saints don't match what another team offers him.

The Saints could have upped Moore's offer to the first-round level, but they are probably safe with their offer. He could be a coveted free agent for other teams, but because he has only one season as a proven go-to guy, teams might be hesitant to sign him to a big-money deal and sacrifice a second-round pick

Over the past few years, Moore, 28, has developed into a very dependable receiver (he caught 71.7 per cent of the passes thrown his way, ninth best in the NFL).

He was able to come up with 736 yards receiving despite the rotation of receivers.    


 

He's not an "1" receiver, but he can be a solid contributor for any team he joins if he leaves New Orleans. Marques Colston is is the Saints' "1" receiver.

Moore has been wanting a new contract for some time now and it hasn't happened yet. He might get his long-term deal when the lockout is history.

If there's one guy in the Saints building that doesn't take Moore for granted it's Brees and he carries as much clout with the Saints as any player in the league does with any team.

Moore stays because Brees doesn't want to lose him.

Other Sports

Cablevision with the Knicks: $286 million in 13 years. It's also worth noting that the NBA owners themselves bought the Hornets for $300 million. George Shinn founded the franchise for a cool $32 million in 1987. So while Shinn cried poor, all he had to do is stick a "for sale" in out front and those losses turn into massive profits...

Jon Gruden on LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson: "When you are the starting quarterback at LSU, a tremendous college football team, you are going to get scrutinized. Jordan has great size, a real strong arm, that ball comes out of there quick and with great velocity and he has tremendous improvisational skills as a runner.. He has to hone down his mechanics. Be more consistent throwing the ball from the pocket and sometimes just throw the ball away when nothing is there or run with it. Jordan is a very talented passer and he jumped out at me here (Manning Passing Academy)...

Titans linebacker Gerald McRath was honored in Hattiesburg and awarded a key to the city. Hope they didn't change the locks. Here's my Southern Mississippi list: Brett Favre, Ray Guy, Hanford Dixon, Louis Lipps, Reggie Collier, Sammy Widner, Gerald McRath and "almost" Marcus Dupree...Derek Jeter on Saturday became the fourth youngest player to collect 3,000 hits, doing so just a couple of weeks after his 37th birthday on June 26. Ty Cobb got there at 34. Hank Aaron and Robin Yount were 36. Pete Rose was just a week older than Jeter when he did it. Rose and Cobb are the only members of the 4,000-hit club. So where will Jeter be standing on the all-time list when he's finished? He has 2 1/2 years to go on the three-year, $51 million contract he signed to remain with the Yankees last winter. Over the last 2 1/2 years, he has 461 hits. That however, is going to be a hard total to match over the remainder of his contract.

 

by Ed Staton

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