Well, I guess any optimism about the CBA talks between the NFL and the NFLPA evaporated today as it was announced there would not be any additional meetings today. Apparently the talks got off to a rough start yesterday and never got better. The biggest point of contention: money (shocking, right?). Not only can neither side agree on how much revenue to split, but they're even squabbling over how to define words.
Looks like we're in for a long off-season of negotiations. FUN!
Anyway, more links:
Sources: NFL's owners balk at 50-50 split - ESPN
NFL owners walked away from the negotiating table Wednesday when the NFL Players Association proposed to take an average of 50 percent of all revenue generated by the league, according to player sources.
League should be blamed for breakdown in labor talks | ProFootballTalk
The opening segment to today's PFT Live focused on Wednesday's collapse of the labor talks. And Wednesday's collapse of the labor talks looks to be the responsibility of the NFL, not the union.
Expect Chargers to franchise VJ | SignOnSanDiego.com
Thursday begins a two-week period in which NFL teams can place the franchise tag on a player, essentially assuring that player won’t become a free agent and will be part of their team in 2011. Maybe.
Planning underway for 2011 | Chargers.com
Chargers President Dean Spanos and many of the organization’s top decision-makers converge for meetings to start the process of evaluating the roster and planning personnel moves ahead of the 2011 season.
The AFC West has 73 looming FAs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Thanks to some number-crunching by NFC West blogger Mike Sando, we have a nice breakdown of the potential number of free agents in the AFC West.
This Day in Chargers History: Feb. 10 | Chargers Blog
The American Football League gives owner Barron Hilton formal approval to move the Chargers to San Diego. The team played its first game at Balboa Stadium six months later.
NFL.com news: Intriguing defensive tackles bookend top 25 prospect list
With the start of the NFL Scouting Combine only two weeks away, scouts and coaches are in the midst of intense discussions regarding the 2011 NFL Draft class.
Raiders Linebackers: Taking Stock, 3-4 Or Not | Silver And Black Pride
Whether we go to a 3-4 or remain as we are, we need a run stopping Outsider LB. ... Rush Defense is still our top priority if we are to make it to the playoffs and do something once we get there.
Tamba Hali Reportedly Looking For DeMarcus Ware Money | Arrowhead Pride
The least surprising news of the day is that the Kansas City Chiefs want to keep LB Tamba Hali. GM Scott Pioli said as much in an interview on 810 WHB in Kansas City on Wednesday and NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports the Chiefs will apply the franchise tag.