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Morning Links: More gloom on labor front

Post by Eric Williams on July 1, 2011 at 8:13 am with 11 Comments »
July 1, 2011 8:13 am
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and National Football League Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, right, speak to the media outside of the Ritz-Carlton hotel after addressing players during the NFLPA rookie symposium on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

If you’re looking for the latest on the ongoing NFL labor negotiations, check out Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports’ excellent piece on the break down of talks on Thursday.

Silver provides a blow-by-blow account of the disagreements from each side of the stalemate, but at the end of the piece still remains optimistic that negotiations can get back on target in time for no games to be missed.

Silver: “A little more than two months before the scheduled start of the 2011 regular season, the players and owners are still fighting over money, and quarreling over who deserves the brunt of the blame. One side is speaking Russian, the other Japanese, and that sense of mutual optimism once enjoyed by the NFL commissioner and NFL Players Association executive director has been lost in translation.

“ ‘It’s just bizarre right now,’ one source on the players’ side said Thursday. ‘Two weeks ago, I was optimistic. I didn’t realize that we weren’t even close to close. It’s disheartening.’”

Howard Balzer of ESPN 101 in St. Louis writes that the presence of Judge Arthur Boylan, the mediator appointed by Judge Susan Richard Nelson, during negotiations has helped keep both sides on task.

NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert wonders if Seahawks general manager John Schneider would really be interested in Tarvaris Jackson.

ESPN’s John Clayton believes the Seahawks could target talented Cincinnati cornerback Jonathan Joseph in free agency. Unless Seattle plans on cutting ties with Marcus Trufant, I don’t see this happening. The Seahawks already have eight corners on the roster, drafted two cornerbacks and have more pressing needs elsewhere.

Former Seahawk Walter Jones talks with KJR’s Dave Mahler in this audio link.

Talking to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, former Seahawks T.J. Houshmandzadeh is disappointed with the way he played in Baltimore, but at 33 years old believes he can still help a team if placed in the right situation.

Considered a strength for Seattle, no Seahawk makes Pat Kirwan of’s list of the top linebackers in the league.

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  1. Cool, can’t wait for UW to start, this is getting ridiculous.

  2. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Pat Kirwan continues to show his ineptitude. What a tool.

    The lockout is killing me. We are definitely getting down to the wire, so to speak, on the negotiations. I thought there would be better dialogue and perhaps even a resolution by now. I’m more concerned today than I’ve been in a while. I remain guardedly optimistic, but the two sides have got to get something going soon.

    Thank god for college ball…

  3. Good to see some common sense used in the T-Jack to Seattle scenario.

  4. There had better be a resolution soon because DirecTV will be billing for early bird NFL Ticket. As it stands NFL channel is the only thing holding me back from switching to cable which is already my ISP. The switch to a bundle would be a significant savings and include phone service. These ungrateful greedy bastages! Should hang em high anyhow and tell em ta go to ….

  5. MattandCindy says:

    I’m not sure how it is in whichever city you live, but I got a notice saying they wouldn’t be billing me until they know when the season will start…give ‘em a ring and see whats up. SHAKE YOUR FIST AT THE SKY!!!

  6. Dukeshire says:

    After reading Silver’s article, can we at least agree that no one outside the actual negotiations has any clue how close or far apart the two sides are? He contradicts not only his own reports (willingly, mind you) but his own sources. An absolute clster-fu@k, as I see it. This thing needs to be ironed out this weekend so the league can begin free agency and begin signing rookies. If by this coming Tuesday (the end of the holiday weekend), there isn’t an agreement, I’m positive we’re missing pre-season game(s) or worse. And that is a short step from regular season games. This is total bullshit!

  7. BobbyAyala says:

    Rich men will not lose money. That’s why they’re rich. This ain’t the NBA, no morons run this league. Enough with the doom and gloom, all will be well shortly.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Yeah, a deal will get done eventually. That doesn’t mean frustration isn’t setting in now.

  9. Soggybuc says:

    Very true BobbyA very true, my thinking is the rookie wage scale is a big caveat on the table for the owners. with the more fair revenue split pretty much done i cant see why the players would object to it.
    It puts more money on the table for proven players and cuts the risk vs reward on high profile draft picks.
    I also think less OTA’s would be a good thing. one thing we keep hearing from players is how the lock out has been good from the standpoint of they feel pretty good from the extra time off thats let them get their bodies healed.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    The players, veterans primarily, want a rookie scale as do the owners. That’s not what’s hanging this deal up.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    I should amend; it doesn’t appear to be what’s holding this deal up. Like I said earlier, who the hell knows what’s going on behind closed doors.

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