As a fantasy site, our primary objective is to report about all things fantasy related.
But every now and then we kick in a good old fashion news column to help keep everyone abreast of what’s going on in the league—such as the NFL Labor talks.
Here’s a rundown and recap of this week’s events.
- Plaxico Burress Will Not Be Going To Chicago: It is being reported by Vaughn McClure on Twitter that the Chicago Bears have no interest in Plaxico Burress; a report that was also backed by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.
Well, cross the Bears off the list, and bring on the Eagles, Rams, Browns Seahawks and Jets as the balance of possible suitors, but don’t expect anything to happen anytime soon—if at all.
- Labor Talks Beginning To Come Around? Albert Breer on Twitter reports the "economics" of a labor agreement between the owners and players are done despite some "ancillary" issues.
This is somewhat good news, because it tentatively means there is a deal in place for the rookie salary system and salary cap—two major hurdles that have acted as roadblocks all this time. This does not, however, mean that the lockout is lifted as of yet, but the players could be reporting to camp within one week if things keep on their current pace.
But don’t rule out another stall tactic either.
- NFL Disputes Rumor of the HoF Game Being Cancelled. The suspected cancellation was reported on the Chicago Sun-Times, STLToday and other blog driven areas of online newspapers, and the speculation was that players wouldn’t have enough time to get together and “practice” for an exhibition game—amongst other reasons.
The fact is, that’s a poor assumption since the starters only play a few series anyway and NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello is the guy who is squashing the rumor.
Right from the horse’s mouth, kids!
- Andy Dalton to Start In Cincy? Bengals beat writer Geoff Hobson on Twitter wrote the following:
Sounds like Dalton camp starter. Gruden won't say, but says camp starter may not be Opening Day starter. Check out Bengals.com
The idea here is that it looks as if there will be a competition between Dalton, Jordan Palmer and Dan LeFevour which means Dalton is likely to be the front runner to take snaps with the first team. With so much inconsistency, youth and turmoil going on the Cincinnati, though, it’s hard to imagine anything special developing on the fantasy front, especially in the early goings.
But then again, stranger things have happened, and perhaps Dalton will wind up surprising us all in the coming weeks.
- Mike Munchak Wants a Veteran Quarterback Who Can Win. At least that’s what John Glennon on Twitter is reporting.
What makes this interesting is the fact that the Titans will indeed be searching for a veteran QB, and they could consider Donovan McNabb, Marc Bulger or even Matt Hasselbeck.
McNabb doesn’t seem to fit the mold but could be a cheap alternative to Hasselbeck who is looking for big money this year, while Bulger seems like the unlikely choice out of the three.
There could be some intriguing fantasy developments coming out of this in the coming weeks, so make sure to keep checking back.