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Morning links: Crank calling Goodell

If you’re wondering if things will get better between the league and NFL players, think again. Here’s evidence that players still may be holding a grudge.

Check out Seattle Seahawks players Chester Pitts and Raheem Brock in the video below, as they take part in this spoof that shows them crank calling league commissioner Roger Goodell. Don't give up your day gig fellas.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports believes players are aiming at the wrong target, and should direct their anger toward the owners, not Goodell.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com quotes head coach Pete Carroll telling a group of reporters as a guest speaker for the regional Associated Press Sports Editors meeting at the Seattle Times that the team couldn’t afford to take a quarterback at this time because the Seahawks needed to get stronger at other positions.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports argues for five trades that need to happen once the free agency period begins, and it includes Seattle making a deal for Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer.

On the legal front, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the league filed a 61-page brief filed Monday to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals that Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s decision to grant an injunction to lift the two-month-old lockout was unreasonable.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post does a nice job of bringing you up to speed on the latest legal proceedings.

Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange writes that the current labor situation shows the fallacy in the notion that the league and the players are partners.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that the league is mulling over how to move forward with free agency if the appeals court rules in favor of the injunction to lift the lockout. Many have thought the league would revert back to the rules of the 2010 CBA – which would require players to have six years of service time, not four, to gain unrestricted free agency – but that might not be the case.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post breaks down next year’s quarterback draft class. Again, this may be one of the main reasons Seattle passed on a quarterback this year – there’s a pretty talented group waiting for them in 2012.

According to a study by Virginia Tech, 38 percent of NFL players wore last season wore a helmet model that got the second-lowest rating for reducing the risk of concussions.

According to Riddell, 38 percent of NFL players wore the low-rated VSR-4 in 2010.. NFL players are allowed to choose which brand and model of helmet they wear, and as you can imagine most players like the comfort of helmets they have worn in the past. But I think the league should mandate that players wear the safest helmet possible.

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