On the heels of yesterday's 24-hour extension, the two sides are reportedly discussing a longer extension. The players have reportedly already agreed to a 10 day extension, so now the ball is in the owners court. Peter King tweeted this morning that both sides have made serious and significant progress, but given how temperamental these two parties are that can fall apart at any time. King is also hinting that there's a 4th sticking point that has emerged (on top of the extra $1 billion off the top for the owners, 18 game schedule and rookie wage scale). King says he'll have it on SI later this morning, so it may be there by the time this thing posts. I will be unavailable for most of the day, so at least you guys will have one less mouth-breather in the comments freaking out. I'm also writing this earlier than it's posting, so my apologies if this is old news to most of you by now.
Fernando Velasco is recovering well from an arthroscopic knee surgery he had right after the season ended. Velasco is expected to be 100% by the time the time off-season workouts are scheduled to begin, and he'll probably be in the 3-man mix at center (and as a reserve at center) with Eugene Amano and Kevin Matthews.
pimp mayor Karl Dean is one of probably 31 mayors across the country who are sweating bullets over the CBA negotiations. Cities that are lucky enough to have an NFL team are very concerned about a possible loss of games, which would lead to a big hit on the tax dollars that are generated around those games as well as put numerous people out of work in the fall. Considering the unemployment rate around the country, and how potent the perception of it is when voters go to the polls, there are a lot of politicians on the local levels of NFL cities who are keeping a close eye on what's happening in D.C. right now.
The Titans really, really need for this CBA to get worked out quickly. Few teams have had as much staff turnover, or as many key positions that need to be filled on their roster, and a delayed time-table only makes the entire process more difficult.
Rick Reilly is playing the world's smallest violin for NFL owners. I'm told the owners have countered with an interpretive dance troupe doing the dismissive wanking motion.
Bob Sanders signed with the San Diego Chargers for what's reported to be a one-year deal. The Titans were never an obvious destination for Sanders, but considering how weak the free agent and draft classes are this year I would have liked to have at least heard they talked with him. Not really a big deal either way though.
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