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 NFL.com’s list of the top linebackers in the league.