Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post sets the table for the today’s resumption of mediation talks between NFL owners and players in federal court in St. Paul, Minn., ordered by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson.
Nelson appointed fellow Judge Arthur Boylan to serve as mediator. Brandt believes there is reason for optimism, stating that Boylan has more power than the person that served as mediator for 18 days between the two sides before him – federal mediator George Cohen, and that both sides will be compelled to negotiate in good faith because they are concerned what kind of decision Nelson will render
According NFL PR guy Greg Aiello , four owners are in attendance, including Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and Steelers owner Art Rooney, along with league commissioner Roger Goodell.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports says that owners are in a precarious position and should be compelled to negotiate in good faith with possible antitrust litigation looming if that can’t come to an agreement.
And Jon Saraceno of USA Today writes that the players also should be compelled to negotiate in good faith because they risk Nelson not ruling in their favor and lifting the lockout, losing all of the leverage they gained by taking the matter to court.
Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network reviews the offensive linemen available in this year’s draft, a group that he considers strong but perhaps not deep enough to satisfy all the needs from teams in this year’s draft. TCU’s Marcus Cannon is his sleeper prospect.
Washington linebacker Mason Foster talks about his experiences visiting teams in this draft journal. Foster said he’s visited Miami, Tennessee and Denver. And he has trip set up for St. Louis. The Seahawks watched Foster at his pro day at Washington a few weeks ago.
Chad Reuter of NFLDraftScout.com offers this list of risers and fallers for prospects in this year’s draft. Among the risers, keep an eye on Clemson defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins for Seattle.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that speedy Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones will hold a workout for 26 teams down in the Bay Area today. Jones did not run at the combine because he was not fully healed from a foot injury he suffered at the end of the Eagles’ championship run.
Adam Caplan of Scout.com has the Seahawks selecting Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod in his latest mock draft.