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Morning links: Players discuss CBA deal today

Post by Eric Williams on July 20, 2011 at 7:45 am with 11 Comments »
July 20, 2011 7:45 am
NFL Players Association President Kevin Mawae, left, speaks to reporters as he stands with NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah, right, outside the NFL Players Association offices in Washington, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, where talks to end the NFL football lockout have been taking place. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

All 32 team representatives of the NFL Players Association are in Washington, D.C. today meeting to discuss a draft of the new collective bargaining agreement. As of right now, according to this report from, there has been no vote to approve the contract.

However, the players could vote any time today to approve the agreement and recertify as a union, considered the next step in the process to get a deal done before the owners meet in Atlanta on Thursday to ratify a new CBA.

“Our goal today is to see what’s on the table,” said NFLPA president Kevin Mawae. “Make no mistake, the players are not in a rush and are not tied to the timeline of July 21 (Thursday). Our timeline is the timeline that gets the best deal for the players.

“Whether it’s today or tomorrow, we’re not going to agree to any deal unless it’s the right deal.

“At the end of the day, when we strike a deal, there’s going to be stuff we don’t like, stuff that the other side doesn’t like. That’s the sign of good bargaining.”

Dave Mahler of KJR 950 AM reports that Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole told him he had a second surgery on the same left leg that he suffered a high-ankle sprain on against Oakland that forced him to miss five weeks last season.

According to Mahler, Cole’s still in a walking boot. The Iowa product had surgery on the injury in April. If true, he could begin training camp on the PUP list. Cole’s absence could put more pressure on Seattle to bring back Brandon Mebane to play nose tackle until Cole is ready to go once a new CBA is agreed to and free agency begins next week.

Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle believes the Seahawks should take a run at Minnesota receiver Sidney Rice in free agency, who would bring an added dimension as a flanker opposite Mike Williams. I can see Seattle taking a run at Rice once the lights go on next week.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks Seattle tied for second-to-last in the league in his four-pronged NFL power rankings – a combined ranking of a team’s quarterback, left tackle, best pass rusher and top corner – considered the four premium positions on the field.

In this Seahawks’ season preview for the Sporting News, Danny O’Neil of the Seattle times predicts Seattle will finish third in the NFC West.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a closer look the franchise’s 1981 team.

According to Pro Football Focus, Seattle’s David Hawthorne makes the grade as one of the top 4-3 outside linebackers in the last three years.

John Lopez of Sports Illustrated believes Seattle should take a look at Matt Moore, Trent Edwards or Vince Young in free agency if Matt Hasselbeck does not return to the team.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post discusses whether or not eliminating two-a-day is bad for the league, with the possibility of that happening as part of a new CBA. I don’t think it will be that much of an issue. Pete Carroll drastically cut the amount of two-a-day last year, taking on the concept that more, well-rested players would be in better condition at the end of the season, and that seemed to work for older players like Matt Hasselbeck and Lawyer Milloy.

Matt Maiocco of takes a closer look at the San Francisco 49ers heading into training camp in this season preview.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports outlines seven key issues that must be resolved in order for a new CBA to get done this week.

Morning links
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  1. Soggybuc says:

    Mann, Eric is on fire coming outta the lock out. he’s like the Nixon of the sports writing world.

    One issue i can side with the owners and teams on is the use of a franchise tag. I think they should have some mechanism with which they can protect themselves from losing the best players. the once lifetime limit would be reasonable if the players negotiates in good faith on an extension and should be void if he just takes the one year tender.

  2. Pete Prisco… wow. The Okung rating is low, but hey, he’s a second year player thats been injured. But the Hasselbeck rating has GOT to sting. And where would he rate Whitehurst?

  3. I think Hasselbeck and Okung are both way low at 27 and 25 respectively; Okung is top 15, and Hasselbeck is top 20. Trufant should be more like 22 vs. 27. The 20th ranking for Clemons seems about right.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Nixon of the sports writing world? What does this mean?

  5. I live in B-Town and take the ferry to Seatown all the time, thats why they need to change that ridiculous stencil job on the roof. Obviously if you don’t live in the area it’s not a big deal, but come on, it’s as bad as that stupid paint job on the side of the Hampton Inn rolling back to B-Town, kinda of an eye sore.

  6. That Cole injury sucks a D…, damn, I think Mebane became more of a priority. And what about Big Red, hope he’s a hundo when the season starts. Can’t wait till the lockout ends, curious to see what direction we go, actually, I sould say really, really ansy.

  7. Wish we still had Sims to play LG.

  8. williambryan says:

    hasselbeck is not top 20.

  9. Love or Hate Matt, he is the #1 target for QB’s right now. ANY other FA is a down grade and the only guy seemingly available is Kolb and 1. some people don’t believe that he is even available or 2. they don’t believe that he is that great of a catch.

    I also find it interesting that soooo many people say the hawks havn’t shown any interest in resigning Matt. Correct me if I am wrong they were close to a deal (how close is speculative) but he wanted MORE YEARS – it didn’t seem like money was the issue way back then but rather they wanted a one year deal and he wanted 2 or 3.

    I will say that I could be WAY off on that but that is the way I remember the “negotiations” happening before the lock out.

    It also seemed very amicable with Mebane, that they tendered him to let him get “market” value – If the tenders still apply I see the hawks matching anything without a poison pill. (sorry BobbyK I had to go there)

  10. Oh and I would be okay with the hawks looking at Matt Moore if Hass walks

  11. KCthehawk says:

    I just want to see what matt can do with a good running game and a line that can block the man in front of him for more than 2.5 seconds.

    I hope the recievers remember how to catch the ball.

    Also, maybe the d-line can stop someone from the other team from catching the ball.

    I’m looking forward to watching the db play.

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