Tag:The Daily Lockout
Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:23 am
Edited on: July 26, 2011 7:29 am

The Daily Shoutout

'BLOODY MONDAY:' That's what one general manager nicknamed the massive number of cut players on Monday post-NFL lockout. Not an original term but more than appropriate. Numerous players were cut in just one freaking day. Sure, some of them will be signed back by their teams but likely at a lower salary.

If you want to know one reason why players fought so hard during the lockout it was because of bloody days like Monday. It was a perfect example of how disposable the league sees players. Here one day, gone the next. There are no guaranteed contracts and unless you have a Peyton Manning type signing bonus many times the average cut player walks away with a thank you and a handshake. And sometimes neither.

No one should feel sorry for these players. When on teams they make plenty of cash and with unemployment in the country hovering around 10 percent there will not be many tears shed for the cut players. Roger that.

But as players are discarded like they're recycled newspapers you get an understanding on why they fight so hard.

WEIRD NEW CBA WRINKLE: One player rep passed this along to me. Any free agent who signs with a different team cannot practice with their new team until the CBA is ratified. Player that is traded can practice.

See you Wednesday.
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Posted on: July 7, 2011 6:30 am

The Daily Shoutout

ANOTHER HUGE DAY IN NFL LABOR: So, here we go again. Another day, another looming deadline, another day of hope. Or, another day the owners and players tick off the fans with more balderdash. DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell are expected today to rejoin the lawyers working on finalizing the new collective bargaining agreement language. Think of what's happening now as a mortgage closing. The lawyers work on the language and Smith and Goodell sign a lot of papers. Okay, it's not like that but it's good Smith and Goodell are back in the room. They can hopefully keep the lawyers from blowing the process up as has happened in the past.

The feeling is this. If a great deal of headway is made on Thursday, then a handshake agreement on a new CBA could happen next week. Then football could be saved and we could all go back to listening to Adele and watching Stargate reruns. I'm told the lawyers have actually been behaving themselves (mostly) and headway is being made. The lawyers may not photon-torpedo the talks after all.

I've maintained all along a deal would get done by mid-July. That's the track we're still on. But Thursday will determine if that actually happens. Thursday is a big day.

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