All 32 team representatives of the NFL Players Association are in Washington, D.C. today meeting to discuss a draft of the new collective bargaining agreement. As of right now, according to this report from NFL.com, there has been no vote to approve the contract.
However, the players could vote any time today to approve the agreement and recertify as a union, considered the next step in the process to get a deal done before the owners meet in Atlanta on Thursday to ratify a new CBA.
“Our goal today is to see what's on the table,” said NFLPA president Kevin Mawae. “Make no mistake, the players are not in a rush and are not tied to the timeline of July 21 (Thursday). Our timeline is the timeline that gets the best deal for the players.
“Whether it’s today or tomorrow, we're not going to agree to any deal unless it’s the right deal.
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“At the end of the day, when we strike a deal, there’s going to be stuff we don’t like, stuff that the other side doesn’t like. That’s the sign of good bargaining.”
Dave Mahler of KJR 950 AM reports that Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole told him he had a second surgery on the same left leg that he suffered a high-ankle sprain on against Oakland that forced him to miss five weeks last season.
According to Mahler, Cole’s still in a walking boot. The Iowa product had surgery on the injury in April. If true, he could begin training camp on the PUP list. Cole's absence could put more pressure on Seattle to bring back Brandon Mebane to play nose tackle until Cole is ready to go once a new CBA is agreed to and free agency begins next week.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle believes the Seahawks should take a run at Minnesota receiver Sidney Rice in free agency, who would bring an added dimension as a flanker opposite Mike Williams. I can see Seattle taking a run at Rice once the lights go on next week.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks Seattle tied for second-to-last in the league in his four-pronged NFL power rankings – a combined ranking of a team’s quarterback, left tackle, best pass rusher and top corner – considered the four premium positions on the field.
In this Seahawks’ season preview for the Sporting News, Danny O’Neil of the Seattle times predicts Seattle will finish third in the NFC West.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look the franchise’s 1981 team.
According to Pro Football Focus, Seattle’s David Hawthorne makes the grade as one of the top 4-3 outside linebackers in the last three years.
John Lopez of Sports Illustrated believes Seattle should take a look at Matt Moore, Trent Edwards or Vince Young in free agency if Matt Hasselbeck does not return to the team.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post discusses whether or not eliminating two-a-day is bad for the league, with the possibility of that happening as part of a new CBA. I don’t think it will be that much of an issue. Pete Carroll drastically cut the amount of two-a-day last year, taking on the concept that more, well-rested players would be in better condition at the end of the season, and that seemed to work for older players like Matt Hasselbeck and Lawyer Milloy.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com takes a closer look at the San Francisco 49ers heading into training camp in this season preview.
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports outlines seven key issues that must be resolved in order for a new CBA to get done this week.