Saturday, March 11, 2006

A few notes about Drew Brees

Before free agency was delayed, Brees had scheduled a trip to Miami. He was
supposed to arrive on March 2 early in the day for a visit, but then the CBA
delay put his plans on hold.

In the meantime, New Orleans expressed an interest. So, when free agency
finally started, he planned to visit New Orleans for Saturday and then
planned to go to Miami on Sunday.

That left open the possibility that he might be so impressed with New
Orleans that he might not even make it to Miami.

Enter Nick Saban and Randy Mueller. They flew to Birmigham (where Brees is
staying during his rehab) very early on Saturday morning, in Wayne's private
jet, and met with Brees before he left for New Orleans. No word on the
outcome, but it seems clear that Miami would really like to obtain his

Free agency begins

Heading into Friday night, there was a lot of speculation about what Miami
would do. It was suspected that they were the team courting Daunte
Culpepper, and that they would give up a second round draft pick before the
start of free agency. Didn't happen. In fact, no one took him before the

Drew Brees might get signed at 12:02am, just a minute after the start.
Didn't happen. In fact, he's still deciding where to *visit* first, because
a lot of teams will throw money his way.

And in all, exactly 0 players signed with another team in the first 9 hours
of free agency.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The NFL lives on!

Thanks in large part to Paul Tagliabue's impassioned speach about the need for labor harmony, the owners finally came to an agreement about revenue sharing, and were therefore able to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement with the player's union.

At the end of the day, the higher income owners will be contributing more of their revenue to the overall pool.

Interestingly, the final vote was 30-2, with the two dissenting votes coming from Buffalo - they seem to oppose everything, but who cares? Its the Bills, after all - and Cincinatti - who have a beef with the NFL over a "loan" to build their new stadium that has yet to be repaid...

So, the NFL as we know it lives on. Most owners finally realized that it was necessary to keep the fans - those who generate the revenue - happy.

Now, free agency begins. Okay, so it actually begins on Saturday morning. Still, the Phins have a little cash to spend, and may be able to get a few of the players they want.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

A funny piece

Dave Barry reflected back on the 25th anniversary of the perfect season back in 1997. Its funny and worth reading again:

the waiting game..

Cooler heads prevailed over the weekend, and the NFL and players' union decided to delay free agency an additional 3 days in order to get a deal done.

There's still a lot to discuss, but Paul Tagliabue knows this is critical to ensuring the continuing success of the NFL; so he is clearly working to try and get everyone to come to a reasonable agreement.

Its interesting because now not only are the owners arguing about revenue sharing, but Gene Upshaw is looking for a larger share of the pie for the players. The NFL has apparently given that through various means, but he's looking for one revenue stream to be at a particular level.

In the meantime, the Phins made another move to trim their payroll, releasing Junior Seau. Depending on how the agreement works out, they'll either be just above or just below the cap.

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