Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post offers some perspective on the labor negotiations between NFL owners and players with another deadline looming today. With both sides sparring through the media about the other side's commitment to getting a deal done, we could be reaching a point of no return, with a lockout and decertification a distinct possibility.
However, Brandt remains hopeful that cooler heads will prevail, which means the possibility of a deal to extend the CBA once again today could be reached.
“The NFLPA now has a grenade whose pin they have threatened to pull at a couple different junctures. That next time is today at 5 pm est. That is their leverage in this negotiation: to take this negotiation into the chambers of Judge David Doty, the thorn in the side of the NFL. They will threaten the pulling of that pin today, especially late in the day.
“The bigger question is whether they will pull that pin. Although some of the player leaders have felt disrespected and want to take the emotional reaction of pulling that pin, I still have a feeling that this is not the strategy that union leadership wants to take. If they do, any goodwill built up with the league will vanish and we will move to a sea of lawsuits.
“I know I am in the minority here, but I just don't believe these two sides are prepared to turn this league over to the lawyers.”
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated provides a nice rundown of what happened on Thursday between owners and players.
Could Matt Hasselbeck be headed to Tennessee? Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean thinks it’s a possibility because of former Seattle personnel executives GM Mike Reinfeldt, VP of Player Personnel Ruston Webster and Director of Pro Scouting Lake Dawson now working in the Titans’ front office.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com pegs John Carlson as the tight end on the Seahawks 35th anniversary team.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle believes TCU quarterback Andy Dalton has the traits to be a good signal caller in the NFL and is someone to watch for the Seahawks.
Is Christian Ponder the next Tony Romo? Is Jake Locker the next Donovan McNabb? Rob Rang and Chad Reuter of NFLDraftScout.com compare the top 50 players in this year’s draft to players they believe they are similar to already in the league.
Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks has some interesting tidbits from Wisconsin’s pro day. It’s worth a read.