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Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:52 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 11:57 am
 

Top 10 CBSSports quotes from insane NFL 10 days

Posted by Tim Cary

(Ed. Note: Tim's our social media editor here at the Eye and he did a fantastic job of compiling the 10-best quotes from our stable of stupendous NFL writers over the past 10 days. His post -- and the collection -- is below. But, Tim, really, No. 9?)

Has there ever been a crazier time in NFL history?

CBSSports.com has been bursting at the seams the last couple of weeks as football came back with a bang – from lockout stakeouts…to the free agency frenzy…to training camps opening with half-full rosters…the NFL beat has been anything but slow since the CBA vote.

Unless reading our site is your full-time job, I can pretty much guarantee that you weren’t able to read everything our NFL staff wrote. (Actually, reading CBSSports.com is my full-time job and I’m sure I missed a story or two somewhere.)

So to help you out, we recap the wildest 10 days in NFL history (starting after the owners approved the CBA in Atlanta) with the top 10 quotes from the dozens of articles, blogs, and columns we published between July 22 and August 1.

Without further ado…

10. Story: Randy Moss retires. Hall of Fame awaits, hopes to avoid full moon on induction night.
Quote (Pete Prisco): “Once again I have to remind my righteous peers that it isn't the Life Hall of Fame. It's the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and there is no denying [Moss] should be there, no matter what you think about him.”

9. Story: Jets enlist movie star to recruit Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha apparently doesn’t like movies, signs with Eagles.
Quote (Will Brinson): “Is Adam Sandler really the most famous Jets fan that Ryan could call on?”

8. Story: Decade of guaranteed labor peace makes everyone except UFL commissioner happy.
Quote (Pete Prisco): “Lockout is now officially the most-hated word for NFL fans, surpassing officiating.
It's also a word that doesn't have to matter for another 10 years. By then, Peyton Manning will have broken all of Brett Favre's records, DeMaurice Smith might be running for the Oval Office and the NFL might have rules fining players just for tackling.”

7. Story: After more than a month of hearing that “a deal is close”, the deal is finally done. Merriam Webster immediately and permanently removes all synonyms of “close” from the dictionary (including “near”, “almost”, “on the verge”, “virtually”, “on the cusp”, “practically”, “imminent”, “around the corner”, “basically”, “at the brink of”, and 206 other variations).
Quote (Mike Freeman): “Do the owners and players deserve credit for saving themselves? I don't know. Does a man deserve credit for throwing himself into a swimming pool knowing he can't swim?”

6. Story: NFL owners approve deal. NFL players take their good old time. Because they can.
Quote (Pete Prisco): “After scanning the details of the NFL owners' proposal for a new labor deal, I have some advice for DeMaurice Smith.
Race to get that thing approved.
When [the deal gets done], Smith should put on the championship belt. He knocked the snot out of the owners with a nasty right hook to the head.”

5. Story: Lockout ends. Much hugging ensues. David Stern purchases new best-selling book by Jeffrey Kessler entitled “How To Decertify A Union And Still Make It Home For Lunch”.
Quote (Clark Judge): [Lawyers for the NFL and NFLPA] scored a bigger haul than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. Based on the billing hours accrued for over 130 days of a lockout, I figure each attorney has enough money now to make a down payment on the state of Texas.

4. Story: While NFL general managers prepare for free agency to open by consuming roughly twice their body weight in caffeine, visions of dollar signs begin to dance in agents’ heads.
Quote (Pete Prisco): “Here's one of the toughest questions facing NFL general managers and coaches as they ready for the next four weeks, which will be a virginal path the NFL has not taken in August in past years: How do you truly find out if a guy's heart pumps Kool-Aid?”

3. Story: NFL players start signing mammoth contracts. NFL punters (yes, there is a difference) start signing ridiculous contracts. The national debt expands.
Quote (Mike Freeman): "If you are an NFL player, immediately do the following: Get on a plane, train or hop inside your Lexus. Head to Washington. Best possible speed. Go inside the offices of the National Football League Players Association. Brush by the secretary. Find DeMaurice Smith. Wheel him around in his chair and kiss him. On the cheek. Mouth. Ring. Whatever your comfort level. Just kiss him.”

2. Story: As a prank, Jets coach Rex Ryan sneaks into Bill Belichick’s office and replaces 2011 calendar with 2006 version. This proves extremely successful.
Quote (Pete Prisco): "New England needed speed. Not another possession receiver. My thoughts on this [Ocho-Slow-O] trade: Child, please."

1. Story: Patriots sign “Fat Albert” Haynesworth. In related news, Bill Cosby becomes a Patriots fan.
Quote (Mike Freeman): "Belichick will have his work cut out for him. Ochocinco is difficult to harness and Haynesworth is so larded up his blood type is strawberry Pop Tart."
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Players 'doubt' CBA will be ratified by Thursday?

Posted by Will Brinson

Football's been back for more than a week now. Well, kind of -- there's still the whole pesky notion of an actual CBA getting ratified in time for the beginning of the league year on Thursday, August 4.

Per the language in the NFL's official 2011 NFL Calendar on August 4, "All 2011 contracts signed on or after July 26 become effective at 4:01 p.m. ET, assuming NFLPA has ratified the CBA." (Emphasis mine.)

Reached for comment on Wednesday, the NFL also added emphasis to the language above.

"The League Year would start after the CBA is ratified by the players," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told CBSSports.com.

It's been assumed by most folks that such a ratification is as good as done (though if you were smart and subscribed to the CBS Football Podcast, you'd already know it wasn't guaranteed after our convo with NFLPA spokesman George Atallah).

But Steelers player rep Ryan Clark, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, spun a different story at Steelers' training camp on Wednesday.

Bouchette notes on Twitter that Clark "doubts" the CBA will be "ratified in time for those vets not practicing to join teams" by the start of the league year on Thursday.

Clark, according to Bouchette, says the "major holdup" with the ratification of the CBA "is Roger Goodell's disciplinary power." Bouchette doesn't note whether Clark's concerned with Goodell disciplining players who broke the personal conduct policy or whether the players are concerned with the actual disciplinary process going forward, but both could be considered obstacles in negotiation.

Adding fuel to the fire? Steelers' cornerback William Gay, who signed a one-year deal with Pittsburgh this offseason after hitting free agency, tweeted on Wednesday that he "probably wont be able to practice to tomorrow as accepted."

He likely means expected, but spelling's not the issue here -- the problem is that right now the public thinks football's moving full steam towards starting the league year at 4:01 p.m. ET on Thursday and there is apparently still a speed bump or two to clear first.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 11:39 am
 

CBS Football Podcast: George Atallah talks labor

Posted by Will Brinson

The lockout just recently ended, but the labor side of things in the NFL isn't totally over just yet, as there are some issues that have to be handled (though they will be).

To discuss what's left for the NFL and the NFLPA in the coming days of collective bargaining and whatnot, we talked with NFLPA spokesman George Atallah. While we had him on the phone, we also discussed whether or not the NFLPA will fight the league if it tries to implement the personal conduct policy for people who violated it during the lockout, what the future holds for labor discussions, if free agents raking in cash is a sign that the players won, what he thinks of the NFL lockout movie we mocked up (he's seen it!), and what advice he'd give to the NBA players.

All that and much, much more just by hitting the play button below. Oh, and don't forget to Subscribe to iTunes.


If you can't view the podcast, click here to download.



Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 11:51 am
 

2011 NFL Free Agency Experience, Day 3

Posted by Will Brinson

Free agency is ROLLING, folks, and so are we -- Day 3 of our 2011 NFL Free Agency Experience kicks off just like before.

We'll have live updates, chats, questions, pictures, rumors and -- maybe, just maybe -- some rants. Especially if the rumors about how much money Matt Hasselbeck is getting are true.

Dive in and don't forget to check out our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker.



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Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Brady v. NFL settled in Minnesota District Court

Posted by Will Brinson

The Brady v. NFL lawsuit has been settled, according to court documents filed by the Minnesota District Court.
NFL Labor

Settlement of the antitrust lawsuit filed by various NFL players is the second step to getting football back in 2011 -- now all that remains is recertification of the players as a union and the collective bargaining of the various remaining issues.

The court was advised of settlement in the matter via a telephone conference that took place on Tuesday morning and featured various attorneys for the respective sides.

Yes, this may explain why a certain couple of players -- Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson -- decided to sign their tenders and head into camp.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Mankins, Jackson to sign tenders, report on time?

Posted by Will Brinson



Remember Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson? Yeah, you probably do -- they held out for a long time in 2010 and then were involved in this little Brady v. NFL lawsuit that nearly caused us to lose football in 2011.

Here's some good news then: Mankins and Jackson will both, reportedly, show up and sign their respective tenders and join their respective camps on time.

Per Scott Bair of the North County Times, Jackson will sign his franchise tag on Friday. Adam Schefter of ESPN initially reported that Mankins would report and put his ink the Patriots tender.

Mankins will make $10.73 million this year, while Jackson will receive $11.93 million.

Both players are eligible for a long-term extension from their respective teams, though such a deal would need to be in place by 4:00 p.m. ET on September 20, according to the new league rules.

In other words, we'll find out quickly just how much of a relationship is remaining between the two named plaintiffs and their respective front offices.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:56 am
 

2011 NFL Free Agency Experience

Posted by Will Brinson

Last night, Mrs. Brinson heard the "Are you ready for some football?" line on the television and emphatically said "NO."

My response? "Too bad. It's here."

And it's coming with the thunder, as 2011 NFL free agency kicks off right about now. Join us in the "Experience" throughout the day as we cull the latest rumors, news and updates to keep you in the loop on all things NFL.

Please be advised that comments are moderated, and may not immediately appear.

Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 12:11 am
 

Key NFL dates for 2011

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier today, Josh Katzowitz published part of a letter that CBSSports.com obtained regarding the NFL's schedule. The NFL has made the 2011 NFL schedule "officially official" now. And we've got it below for your consumption. Note that at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 26, teams can begin trading. Also remember that much of this is subject to the ratification of the CBA and the NFLPA recertifying, which will take place before August 4.




July 26
At 10 a.m., New York time, club facilities open. Players may report for physicals and voluntary strength and conditioning.

At 10 a.m., New York time, Trading begins for 2011 League Year.

Rosters expanded to 90-man limit.

At 10 a.m., New York time, clubs may negotiate with and sign their own drafted rookies and any undrafted rookie. Clubs may have such players report to the club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing.

All 2011 Contracts signed on or after July 26 shall be binding upon the player and the club when signed, but shall not become effective unless a CBA is ratified by the NFLPA (Aug. 4)

At 10 a.m., New York time, Clubs may negotiate with, but not sign, or extend offer sheets to, their own UFAs, RFAs, exclusive rights players and franchise players and other clubs’ UFAs, RFAs, non-exclusive franchise players and free agents.

July 26-27
A Club may require a player to report for a mandatory physical examination in order for the player to qualify for any bonus in a preexisting contract if the “measuring date” for such a bonus has been changed pursuant to CBA Article 11 (Transition Rules for the 2011 league year).

July 27
Camp opens for 10 clubs whose first preseason game is on Aug. 11: (ARZ, BLT, DAL, DEN, JAX, NE, OAK, PHI, SD, SEA)

July 28
Camp opens for 10 clubs whose first preseason game is on Aug. 12: (ATL, CIN, DET, KC, MIA, NO, PIT, SF, TB, WAS)

At 4:01 p.m., New York time, waivers begin for the 2011 league year

July 29
Camp opens for 10 clubs whose first preseason game is on Aug. 13 (BUF, CAR, CHI, CLV, GB, IND, MIN, NYG, STL, TEN)

At 6 p.m. ET, clubs may sign, or extend offer sheets to, all eligible players, in addition to drafted and undrafted rookies. Clubs may have such players report to the club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing. Eligible players may visit or try out at any club facility.

Veteran players who sign on or after 6 p.m. ET on July 29 shall be required to report to, and remain with, their clubs, except that, prior to the start of the 2011 league year on Aug. 4, such players may not participate in on-field activities, workouts, weight training or other physical activities, but shall be required to attend meetings, classroom instruction and any other non-physical activities scheduled during the club’s preseason training camp.

The restrictions set forth above shall not apply to drafted or undrafted rookies who are under contract, regardless of the date upon which such players signed their contracts. If any such player is injured as the result of participating in training camp activities, the terms of the player’s contract shall cover such injury whether or not the CBA is ratified.

If a preexisting contract contains a “measuring date” related to Salary and/or the exercise or non-exercise of any club option, which measuring date: (A) was expressed as a calendar date that fell between March 11, 2011 and July 25, 2011 or (B) was expressed solely as being related to a certain number of days from the start of the 2011 league year, such measuring date shall be deemed amended to be 4 p.m. ET on July 29, 2011, provided the player has undergone any physical examination required by the club on July 26 or 27. If the player fails or refuses to undergo such physical, as directed by the club, the measuring date shall be extended by one day for each day the player fails to report for the physical.

July 31
Camp opens for two clubs whose first preseason game is on Aug. 15 (NYJ, HST)
NFL Labor

AUGUST

Aug. 4
First day of 2011 league year at 4:01 p.m. ET.

Top 51 begins at 4:01 p.m. ET

All clubs must be within the salary cap at 4:01 p.m. ET

All 2011 contracts signed on or after July 26 become effective at 4:01 p.m. ET, assuming NFLPA has ratified the CBA

Aug. 9
Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency

Aug. 11-15
First preseason weekend

Aug. 12
Deadline: if a drafted rookie has not signed by Aug. 12, he cannot be traded during his initial league year and may sign only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the next league year

Aug. 13-17
Each club has until five days prior to its second preseason game to provide any tendered but unsigned exclusive rights player or restricted free agent with written notice of the club’s intent to place the player on the exempt list if the player fails to report at least the day before the club’s second preseason game.

Aug.  18-22
Second preseason weekend

Aug. 20
Deadline for signing of offer sheets by restricted free agents

Deadline for June 1 tender to unrestricted free agents. If the player has not signed a player contract with a club by Sept. 3, he may negotiate or sign from Sept. 3 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season, at 4 p.m. ET, only with his prior club

Aug. 24
Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents

Aug.  25
Deadline for June 1 tender to restricted free agents who have received a qualifying offer for a right of rirst refusal only. The prior club shall be the only club with which the player may negotiate or sign during the period from Aug. 25 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season.

Aug. 25-28
Third preseason weekend

Aug.  30
Possible roster reduction from 90 players to 75

SEPTEMBER

Sept.  1-2
Fourth preseason weekend

Sept.  3
Signing period ends for unrestricted free agents who received the June 1 tender.

Roster reduction to 53 players

Sept.  5
Deadline for June 15 tender to restricted free agents. If player’s qualifying offer is greater than 110 percent the player’s prior year’s Paragraph 5 salary (with all other terms of his prior year contract carried forward unchanged), the club may withdraw the qualifying offer on Sept. 5 and retain its exclusive negotiating rights to the player, so long as the club immediately tenders the player a one-year contract of at least 110 percent of his prior year’s Paragraph 5 salary, with all the terms of his prior year’s contract carried forward unchanged.

Sept.  8-12
First regular-season weekend

Sept.  18-19
Second Regular Season weekend

Sept.  20
Deadline at 4 p.m. ET for any club that designated a franchise player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2011 season, and such contract may not be extended until after the club’s last regular-season game.

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