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Union Looks At Six-Year CBA Deal With NFL
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith says he and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell are working to finalize a Collective Bargaining Agreement that would run through the 2016 season. "We're going to negotiate a six-year deal," Smith told FOXSports.com at the NFL's Rookie Symposium. The CBA extension approved in 2006 was also six years in length. In 2008, owners unanimously voted to truncate the deal by two years. The NFL is now heading toward a work stoppage in March 2011 when the current CBA expires.
Steelers Loses Another Offensive Lineman
Steelers rookie offensive tackle Chris Scott, the team's fifth round pick, will have surgery to repair a broken foot on Wednesday. He is expected to miss three months, meaning he'll miss the entire preseason and would not return until October at the earliest. Pittsburgh is already without starter Willie Colon, who tore his Achilles tendon and will be placed on the IR.
Tebow Wants To Prove Broncos Right
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has been all smiles at the NFL Rookie Symposium this week. He intends to deliver has a quarterback once he takes the field. "I definitely take pride in the coaches picking me and take pride in the fact that I want to prove them right," Tebow said. "That'll be a goal of mine in playing in the National Football League -- to prove coach McDaniels right and to prove Brian Xanders right and to prove the people that supported me right. "That's something that I'll take pride in trying to do."
Son Of Randall Cunningham Drowns In Hot Tub
The young son of Randall Cunningham, the 2 1/2-year-old Christian, was found floating in the backyard hot tub. A woman at Cunningham's house was with several children when she found the boy at about 4:30 p.m., Las Vegas police Lt. Dennis Flynn said. Abuse and neglect detectives were investigating the incident at the house. Police said the drowning appeared to be an accident.
Saints' Super Bowl Ring Has Collected $500K
The Saints have raised nearly $500,000 in a Super Bowl ring raffle that will benefit people affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to the Times-Picayune. Raffle tickets are $2 each, but buyers must make a minimum $10 order. The deadline is Sept. 9, and the raffle winner will be announced before that night's regular-season opener.
Surveillance Video Said To Dispute Vick's Story
A spokesman for the Virginia Beach restaurant where a birthday party was held for Michael Vick said the establishment has surveillance video that conflicts with the account of Vick's attorney of the moments before a shooting early Friday morning. A man identified in media reports as Quanis Phillips was shot in the leg as the party was breaking up. Attorney Larry Woodward has said Vick was gone long before the shooting. "I'm not saying that Michael Vick did the shooting. But he did not leave [long] before," spokesman Allen Fabijan said.
Favre Could Decide To Report On August 16
Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com writes that August 16 might be the day Brett Favre opts to report to the Vikings. Of course, this is assuming Favre will return to the NFL for the 2010 season. "The Vikings will be the first team to break camp, in part because of their agreement with Minnesota State University, Mankato," Seifert writes. "They'll pack up prior to their first preseason game and then gather at their Twin Cities practice facility starting the week of Aug. 15. So if you're wondering when quarterback Brett Favre might report, circle Aug. 16 as a likely possibility on your calendar."
Sapp To Haynesworth: 'Stop The BS'
Warren Sapp was asked about the Albert Haynesworth saga in Washington this weekend and was predictably candid. "Let's stop the BS, like we like to say," Sapp told Vic Carucci and Howard Balzer on SiRIUS NFL Radio. "I mean, c'mon, son. You sat at the table. The people told you they had a very lovely check for you....Albert Haynesworth, you took the check, now show up to the job, son. It's that simple. You take that kind of check. I mean, I'll flip dogs for you. I mean, c'mon, what you want me to do, you want me to return punts? I mean, what? C'mon. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it." One of the hosts pointed out that Haynesworth even had issues with Greg Blache last year, when the Redskins were running a 4-3. "How about he had issues with showing up for the Cowboy game and the Eagle game," Sapp countered. "I mean, if a body part's not missing, you're showing up for division games. Are you kidding me?"
Brees Expects Favre To Return
Saints quarterback Drew Brees expects Brett Favre to return to the Vikings and play this coming season. "I don't think there's any doubt that Brett Favre is coming back, and he's going to be as good as he's ever been," Brees said Monday in an interview with FanHouse. "We're going to need our best game to beat him, I know that. They're a good team. A very good team." The Saints will play host to the Vikings in the NFL regular-season opener on Sept. 9.
Goodell Calls Chad Jones Amid Recovery
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called Giants rookie safety Chad Jones to see how the player is recovering following intensive surgery on his left leg after Friday's car accident. "Chad wishes he could tell everybody how wonderful the messages make him feel with the calls and the texts," Al Jones, the rookie's father, said. "Even Mr. Goodell gave him a call and wished him well and a speedy recovery." Three days after undergoing seven hours of surgery to save his shattered left leg and restore blood flow to his ankle and foot to avoid the possibility of amputation, Jones was in good spirits as he continues to heal.
Tomlinson Says Jets Will 'Absolutely' Win Super Bowl
LaDainian Tomlinson sees good things for the Jets this coming season.
Eagles, Jackson Make No Progress On New Deal
DeSean Jackson wants a new deal from the Eagles.
NFL Pairing With Nickelodeon For Cartoon
A short cartoon featuring NFL players will air this fall.
Bruschi Still Has Itch To Play
Tedy Bruschi isn't yet a year removed from his retirement.
Young Expected To Avoid Suspension
Roger Goodell is expected to meet with Vince Young soon.
Goodell Addresses Rookies At Symposium
Roger Goodell addressed the league's 252 rookies on Sunday night.
Researchers: Henry Had Brain Damage
Chris Henry had brain damage caused of multiple hits to the head.
Williams Says White Is Miami's Most Improved Player
Ricky Williams says Pat White is a quarterback now.
Elway Interested In Ownership Role
John Elway wants to become more involved with the Broncos.
Willie Anderson Mulling Comeback
Willie Anderson doesn't expect to field calls until late July.
Gaffney Could Be Denver's Top Receiver
Jabar Gaffney was successful in his first season in Denver.
Gore Has Spoken To Bears About Martz's Offense
Frank Gore has spoken to the Bears about the offense of coordinator Mike Martz.
Horn To Sign With Saints, Then Retire
Joe Horn is one of the best receivers in New Orleans history.
Gailey Won't Reveal Quarterback Plans
The Bills have Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Brian Brohm at quarterback.
Mayhew Says Lions In 'Much Better' Shape
Martin Mayhew took over for Matt Millen three games into the 2008 season.
Brees Nominated For Multiple ESPYs
Drew Brees is up for three awards at next month's ESPY Awards.
White Says Carroll Didn't Explain Decision To Release Him
LenDale White hasn't gotten any closure from Pete Carroll.