Well how about that? It seems the NFL and the NFLPA are both kind of serious about getting a new labor agreement hammered out and a new CBA in place. Both sides have been meeting like crazy, but don't get too excited. Even the most optimistic of people are not expecting a deal to be in place in time to avoid a lockout.
In preparation for the impending CBA expiration and lockout, teams are making their final personnel moves and getting everything in order just before they close up shop for a bit. That's not stopping prospective draftees from making their best impressions at the Combine, and GMs, owners and owners are certainly paying close attention.
Yeah, that's good enough. Here, have some links.
NFL.com news: League, players' union meet, will continue talks Wednesday
The NFL and the NFL Players Association plan to return to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service office of George Cohen for a second consecutive day to continue labor negotiations that were suspended after seven days last week.
NFL taking risk with fans by heading toward lockout - Ann Killion - SI.com
Fans may not be sympathetic to owners, who are known for their extreme wealth. Public is increasingly priced out of games, which has led to attendance drops. NFL has set deadline of March 3 to hammer out new labor deal with players.
Chargers mourn passing of Shawn Lee | Chargers.com
Shawn Lee, half of the memorable “Two Tons of Fun” defensive tackle duo on the Chargers’ 1994 AFC Championship team, died Saturday. He was 44.
Like many, Chargers' Jackson playing waiting game - SignOnSanDiego.com
“Another year in San Diego would be awesome. I’m happy to be in San Diego. I’d be happy to spend my whole career here. I’m just gonna make the best of the situation.”
Turner: Combine prospects impressive | Chargers.com
San Diego’s head coach feels that players have become prepared for the Combine physically and mentally over time.
Chargers are in luck with deep defensive end class - SignOnSanDiego.com
What a great time to need a top-flight defensive end.
NFL Draft - Trade Up Or Not: Playing Devil's Advocate
Although the stance of staying put or even trading down in this year’s draft has been my mantra thus far during the pre-draft process, it’s time to play devil’s advocate for a minute. There is no doubt that the crew assembled in the Bolts’ war room will have gone over countless ‘what if’ scenarios during the next two months so it only makes sense to do a bit of that as fans.
Some more good stuff after the jump, including a funny animated GIF of Jay Cutler getting hit in the face by a ref.
Top 10 AFC West free agents - AFC West Blog - ESPN
We are going to look at the top 10 free agents in the AFC West.
AFC West free-agent preview - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
GM A.J. Smith and Co. have a lot of work ahead of them this offseason if they hope to keep the Chargers relatively intact in 2011. One of their first orders of business will be inking Weddle to a long-term deal, as he has become one of the league's top free safeties.
With the #2 Pick in the 2011 MHR Community Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos Select DB Patrick Peterson, LSU - Mile High Report
With the #2 Pick in the 2011 MHR Community Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos Select DB Patrick Peterson, LSU
Antonio Cromartie Gets 1st And 3rd Round Tender From New York Jets - SBNation.com
There was a report this offseason that the New York Jets would allow CB Antonio Cromartie to walk during free agency. It appears the Jets will instead try to hang onto him.
NFL.com news: Jets reportedly will bring back RB Tomlinson next season
The Jets will bring back veteran running back LaDainian Tomlinson for 2011, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday via Twitter, citing a source.
Have You Seen This GIF Of Jay Cutler Getting Hit In The Face By A Ref? - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
I've never seen this GIF before. It's of Jay Cutler getting whapped in the face by a referee. It's from an old game, so it seems like the kind of thing we would've all seen by now. Have you seen this GIF before?