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Morning links: Players request $1 billion bond if judge grants stay in lockout ruling

Post by Eric Williams on April 27, 2011 at 8:08 am with 11 Comments »
April 27, 2011 1:24 pm
Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll answer questions about Thursday's NFL draft at the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Joe Barrentine/Staff photographer

Here’s my story from Tuesday’s press conference with Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.

Sean Leahy of USA Today reports that NFL players have filed their response to U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson regarding the league’s request for a stay on the lifting of the lockout. The court filing includes a request to compel the league to post a $1 billion bond if she grants the NFL’s request to stay the invalidation of the lockout.

The owners now have to the end of the business day to respond to the players filing, which means Judge Nelson likely will not make her decision until tomorrow.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports writes that momentum is on the player’s side now that the lockout has been lifted.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that although Schneider and Carroll ideally would like to trade up, a more realistic scenario would be them picking at No. 25.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll are more tuned in the second time around for this year’s draft.

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports offers this seven-round mock draft, with Seattle selecting quarterback Ryan Mallet in the first round and Texas quarterback Curtis Brown in the second round.

Michael Rosenberg of delves into the Ryan Mallett debate, saying that although he’s rough around the edges, the talent is too much to pass up. There’s also a video included in the article where former NFL Phil Simms says that Mallettt could be the next Aaron Rodgers.

Rob Rang of still has the Seahawks selecting cornerback Jimmy Smith at No. 25, while Chad Reuter has the Seahawks selecting Jake Locker.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 of 24 personnel men told him that they would not take Jimmy Smith in the first two rounds because of character. McGinn also provides more detail on those off-the-field issues that have been mentioned. McGinn also reports that Pete Carroll chose not to recruit Smith while at USC out of the rough L.A. neighborhood Smith grew up in. It’s definitely worth a read, and will shed more light on why teams have a tough call to make on Smith.

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  1. Palerydr says:

    Here’s a scenario I propose isn’t to far fetched. The Rams seem to really be serious about picking Julio Jones so I see them at 14 needing to move up. I believe that Dallas would be a good trade partner for them. So Rams trade this years #2 and swap spots with dallas. The key is if Jimmy Smith is on the board at #25. At that point we swap #25 to Dallas for their #2 and #3. Presumably Dallas selects an OL with #14 and then Smith a need for them at #25 while still retaining a high #2 from Rams win -win for us and them. We end up with 2 seconds and a third. we then get possibly a QB, OL, DL and CB with our first 4 picks. Not neccesarily in that order.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I’ve been a pretty big proponent of taking Smith, if he’s there at #25. But his “red flags” run a bit deeper than I thought; Aside from the two alcohol incidents (which amount to a couple MIPs, not a terribly big deal), he has failed 3 drug tests at Colorado, was arrested for aggravated assault and knocked up two women (and had his parents pay for the ensuing abortions). Granted, all this happened within his first two years there and apparently has been on the “straight and narrow” since.

    In addition, Carroll didn’t recruit him coming out of high school (he’s from LA) which is really odd to me as well. (Apparently UCLA passed as well.) I’m less excited about him, despite talent coming out his ears, now than I was. I can’t help wondering how he’ll handle himself once he gets paid.

  3. I agree. Once he has money in his pocket, can he be trusted? I’m all for a character risk oozing with talent later in the draft, but you’ve really gotta trust the people you’re taking in the first couple of rounds, at least. At least with the character risks who don’t make a lot of money (compared to rich NFLers) there’s always that carrot to get to the second and biggest contract. A 1st rounder is going to have a bunch of change (not that they can’t get the big payday with that 2nd contract either… but they already have a much bigger load in their wallets already).

  4. Just bought a house and am SO irritated to not have internet for another 10 days! Bad timing! Grrrrrr.

    Maybe I could set up a draft party here at Starbucks??? :P

  5. Our beloved coach Carroll just posted three draft clues.

    boom boom pow by black eyed peas
    rocky mountain high by john denver
    2 legit 2 quit by MC hammer

    Thoughts? I personally came to think of Corey Liuget.

  6. chuck_easton says:


    Hmmm, look at line number 2. Where, exactly, is University of Colorado located? What CB is coming out of Colorado?

    To further this thought, the BEP’s are a band out of the streets of L.A. A certain CB is from the streets of L.A.

  7. I think the players are stupid!!!

    What happened to the mandated mediation?? They should let me be in the meetings and then report to the world after every session

    Things like
    – progress being made, both sides working hard
    – owners are idiots today – greedy SOB’s
    – players, unwilling to flex – too many hits to head

  8. True, true, and he is pretty legit, might be more true. My thought process went more like this “hey, Liuget is pronounced Legit”

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Let’s presume there are three players the “clues” are hinting at. Smith and Liuget are the obvious ones. Who does “boom boom pow” refer to? BEPs are for LA so an So Cal player? Someone who has terrible taste in music? The mind boggles…

  10. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    The SI link about Ryan Mallett leads to Clare Farnsworth on

  11. “boom boom” is two words said twice… just like Mama Pouncey had two big boys… “pow” rhymes with “Pou”ncey.

    I could be well off, but that’s my best guess. lol

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