Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the owners and players had a breakthrough in negotiations on Thursday on the rookie wage scale, and remain on target to reach an overall agreement on a new CBA in time for the owners to ratify a new contract with the players when they meet in Atlanta on Thursday.
Breer: “The parties must work on language to settle the Brady antitrust suit and any plaintiff damages, as well as address the looming decision by Judge David Doty in the television rights fee case. Issues of workers’ compensation and injury guarantees also are still being negotiated. And no deal can be complete until the owners and players address the issue of whether now, and how, the NFL Players Association re-constitutes as a labor union.
“But the major tenets of the deal are in place, and whether it’s completed this weekend or next week, there’s a prevailing sense for both parties that they finally are nearing an agreement.
“The owners and players put several issues to bed Thursday before breaking for the night, according to sources with direct knowledge of the talks. Those issues included re-addressing the commissioner’s power via discipline. A panel of former judges will oversee special master and other decisions, but specifically how commissioner discipline issues are appealed hasn’t yet been resolved, though it’s “trending” toward a decision, sources said.
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“Also, salary-cap details became clear -- the 2011 projected cap will be roughly $123 million, according to sources, but as a practical matter will “feel” more like $130 million to teams when cap credits and new cap exceptions are factored. And teams will have to spend, in cash, 90 percent to the cap minimum, and league-wide spending will be pegged at 99 percent to the cap.”
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com takes a look at why NFC West teams are interested in Kevin Kolb’s services – they are home to some of the worst passing offenses in the league and struggled to score points last season.
With everyone putting out their top 100 players in the league, Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com attempts the opposite – putting together his top 25 worst players in the league. And of course you couldn’t have a list like this without including a Seahawk, so offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus (unfairly, I think) gets the nod. Former Seahawks T.J. Houshmandzadeh also is on the list.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look at the 2008 team and Mike Holmgren’s disappointing finish in Seattle.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post provides a list of the top undrafted free agents available. The list includes Richmond defensive tackle Martin Parker, someone Seattle could be looking at to help fill the team’s void up front defensively.
Parker was the defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine game. Check out the video below.
If you’re looking for inspiration this morning, check out this video of Arizona safety Adrian Wilson pushing up 405 pounds twice on the incline bench. Ridiculous.