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League announces rules for opening its doors

Post by Eric Williams on April 28, 2011 at 10:51 am with 14 Comments »
April 28, 2011 12:15 pm

The NFL announced that it will seek an emergency stay on Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s ruling to lift the lockout in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, with the hope that they get some kind of ruling by Monday.

But until the time, the league has announced the set of rules they will use moving forward in opening their doors for business which begins on Friday, at 8 a.m. Eastern time.

That means still no player trades will be allowed during the first day of the draft.

According to the statement, teams can contact players and let them know when the facility will be available for workouts; they can schedule medical and rehabilitation activity,they can hand out playbooks and arrange meetings with coaches or related activity, such as film study or classroom work; and teams can hold OTAs and other off-season workouts, which means players will have an opportunity to begin to earn workout bonuses.

So it appears the league is getting back to some normalcy, depending on what the ruling is from the Court of Appeals.

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  1. I think this court is fairly pro business and will grant the NFL their stay.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Sal Paolantonio is actually saying on ESPN that the 3 judge panel may rule on the leagues appeal of the stay by 2:00 today.

    It seems to me the league is not optimistic about the stay’s appeal. Otherwise, they likely wouldn’t be planning on laying out the rules for trades, signings, etc… by tomorrow. Let alone tell team they can begin scheduling OTAs and minicamps.

  3. chuck_easton says:


    The 8th Circuit is only ruling on the EMERGENCY STAY by 2:00pm today.

    If you go to the website for the 8th Circuit, they already have docket and filing dates scheduled for the actual appeal.

  4. chuck_easton says:

    The players have until noon tomorrow to file their response to the request for a STAY pending appeal. The league has until Monday to file its response to the players brief. The Court will then hear if a stay should be granted pending the actual appeal being heard.

    Today’s ruling is just if there should be a temporary stay pending the arguments regarding a full stay. We then get into the actual appeal process.

    Stay tuned. Nothing is settled.

    The league is just ‘opening’ their doors so that they can appear to be following the direction of Judge Nelson and can’t be held in contempt.

  5. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    So if player trades are opened tomorrow we might be able to finally rid ourselves of Aaron Curry for a late round pick! And trade for Carson Palmer.

  6. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Yeah, because trading a young linebacker with upside and getting a broken down QB on the sunset of his career makes so much sense.

  7. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Upside is a cute way of saying he hasn’t accomplished a damn thing yet. And Palmer isn’t my idea, he’s been heavily linked to us by a couple sources who think we’re trading a 5th for him.

  8. I really think Aaron Curry should be traded. He’s just not as explosive as I’d hoped. It’ll be hard to get rid of him with that contract.

    Heater / Tatupu / Hill (Trade Curry)

    Curry / Heater / Hill (Trade Tatupu)

    Either one of those trio’s sound better than the current set up. Hill is the only linebacker on the team that doesn’t strike me as an agility/speed player. Hill seems more smash mouth than any of them. I also think he’s the best LB on the roster.

  9. And BTW, we already have carson palmer on the roster, he just wears a matt hasselbeck costume.

  10. HawkfaninMT says:

    @ ACIB:

    Where did you see we were going to trade a 5th for Palmer?! I am not a huge proponent of trading for him because I was assuming it was costing us a 1st or 2nd… IF Brown would even trade him. For a 5th he would be a steal!

  11. nonstopjoe says:

    The draft should be delayed ’til the players and owners negotiate a new deal. And, underclassmen should be allowed to return to school for their next year of college.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    chuck_easton – Yes I know. The appeal hearing is still set for May.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    HawkfaninMT – Heavily linked is “cute way” of ACIB saying it’s a total rumor that he desperately wants to happen. Basically it stems from Adam Wright’s Seahawk Talk (whatever that is, it’s actually a Twitter page) and he tweeted this;

    It was picked up by Field Gulls and gained some traction there. Anyway…

  14. AaronCurryIsBUST says:


    It was on Seahawks draft blog and fieldgulls. I agree, I wasn’t on board with Palmer at first due to the price but word is that Mike Brown has caved because Palmer will retire if his demands aren’t met, and he’s definitely better than any QB we could get in the 5th.

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