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NFL-NFLPA statement

The following statement was released jointly by the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association on negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement:

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell met today in New York to discuss a range of issues related to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As part of a process to intensify negotiations, they agreed to hold a formal bargaining session with both negotiating teams on Saturday in the Dallas area. They also agreed to a series of meetings over the next few weeks, both formal bargaining sessions and smaller group meetings, in an effort to reach a new agreement by early March.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Davy Jones Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 8:33 am
    All this Jared Gaither talk. In case you’ve forgotten, our LT made the all rookie team, how about seeing if he improves a little bit in his second year? I think other spots on the O line and the team need more attention

    ++++++++++++++

    I think people are looking at him for right tackle.

    At least I am.

    Anyone wanting Gaither as a LT is crazy. Let Veldheer grow.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    SnB, So I’m assuming we’re getting a #1 WR via FA and not in the Draft?

  • SilverNBlackPA

    252.r8eray Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 8:35 am
    SnB, So I’m assuming we’re getting a #1 WR via FA and not in the Draft?

    +++++++++++++

    Like it or not, Al is committed to Ford(like it), DHB (do not like it) and Murphy (reserving judgment; make or break year for him).

    Might as well go get a big possession receiver that can stay healthy, unlike Schilens.

  • LA to TheBay

    Welcome back to LA, Raiders. Farmers Field is waiting for you.

  • LA to TheBay

    PA,

    Like that mock draft. Would be very pleased if we had anything approaching that.

    Big offseason for the old man. Had a weird feeling last year. Have a weird feeling this year. I think we’ll do allright.

  • oo

    Bcz24 Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 5:50 am
    oo Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 12:16 am
    Wherever #20 goes this off-season i pray #81 right there with him.
    *******
    What? You want Schilens to hang out with DMAC?
    ————

    DMAC spent last off-season here

    http://www.perfectbalanceclinic.com/News/Perfect-Balance-Clinic-Meets-Michael-Johnson.aspx

  • hwnrdr

    Al better not move them back to LA…UGGGHHH Screw Farmers…haha!

  • DMAC

    Morning peoples!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    very nice mock, SnB-PA. I like a couple different guys, but similar positions and types. I am hoping for:

    2. Phil Taylor, DT (6’4″ 340lbs)-been awhile since Al went after a DT this early, but I think the lack of elite O-lineman in the mid 2nd will force him to Plan B
    3. Casey Matthews, OLB (6’1″ 230lbs)-If he can be half the football player his brother, uncle and father were, then he is well worth a 3rd round pick, and at a position of need.
    4. Jalil Brown, CB (6’0″ 202lbs)-an unheralded CB in college, but he has the fluid hips that Al likes in his DB’s and enough moxy to play man-to-man.
    5. Joseph Barksdale, OG (6’5″ 336lbs)-got the size to play on the Raider O-line, and Wylie can hopefully coach him up
    6. Cedrick Thornton, DE (6’4″ 299lbs)-can play all over the line, like Houston and the Raiders are very interested in this kid. Might have to move up to get him, but I think Waufle will convince Al to make the move.
    7. TJ Yates, QB (6’2″ 220lbs)-if he is there in the 7th, I think the Raiders get him, otherwise maybe Taylor Potts or Mike Hartline. Great developmental prospect who can ride the pine as 3rd stringer for a few years.

  • LA to TheBay

    Al has left the door open to LA if they build him a stadium.

    He’s gotta learn that LA is Hollywood. He’s gotta be Showtime down here and Al is not Joe Hollywood.

  • DMAC

    Someone probably has already posted it, but anyways here it is just case some of you missed it….

    Davis, Vick top list of most disliked in sports.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ys-forbesmostdislikedinsports013110

  • bcz24

    Might as well go get a big possession receiver that can stay healthy, unlike Schilens.
    *******
    If I was in charge of this team I would be doing everything in my power to go get VJax this offseason. Top priority. Then I would see what we could do for Palmer and let him compete (read take Jasons job) with Campbell. Draft all lineman to replace Cables scrap heap.

  • RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…)

    Revised:

    2- Stephen Wisniewski (OG/C Penn State)
    3- Colin Kaepernick (QB Nevada)
    4- Marcus Gilbert (OT[R] Florida)
    5- Martin Parker (DT Richmond)
    6- Tori Gurley (WR South Carolina)
    7- D.J. Holt (ILB Cal)

    Thoughts

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    Mornin DMAC, 24, LA, LMN, SNB, BBB, NATION.

  • DMAC

    Wassup dirty

  • RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…)

    And credit to PA for drawing my attention to Gurley… I like it. Also a huge fan of Gilbert’s. Rounds 5 and 7 are my weak spots.

  • LA to TheBay

    Am I the only one thinking Al does not draft a QB?

    Without a 1st rounder and more pressing needs ahead of QB, doubt we go that route.

  • LA to TheBay

    Raccoon

  • LA to TheBay

    Although, I must say, I like Kaepernick. Dude’s got moxie.

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    Nice find SNB!
    ******

    South Carolina wide receiver Tori Gurley said Sunday that he will enter the 2011 NFL draft.

    “This was the most difficult decision of my life for many reasons,” Gurley said. “My years at the University of South Carolina were the best years of my life. I fulfilled a lifelong dream to play under a Hall of Fame coach in Steve Spurrier and being a part of the Gamecock nation.

    “I will forever be grateful to Coach Spurrier for my significant development as a player and a person and giving me the opportunity to play for him and to fulfill my dream of pursuing a career in the NFL.”

    Gurley, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound redshirt sophomore, finished with 44 receptions for 465 yards and four touchdowns. Gurley was one of the nation’s most sure-handed receivers with no drops the entire season.

  • LA to TheBay

    If he didn’t look as good as he did under center at Senior Bowl workouts, I’d say fugheddaboutit, Al doesn’t go after spread-option QB, but Colin looked comfy under center and has a big arm.

  • RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…)

    RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; Seriously, I Hate That Guy…) Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:01 am
    Revised:

    2- Stephen Wisniewski (OG/C Penn State)
    3- Colin Kaepernick (QB Nevada)
    4- Marcus Gilbert (OT[R] Florida)
    5- Martin Parker (DT Richmond)
    6- Tori Gurley (WR South Carolina)
    7- D.J. Holt (ILB Cal)

    Thoughts
    *******************

    I just want everyone to stop and think about this…

    Veldheer-Gallery/Wisniewski-Wisniewski/Satele-Campbell- Gilbert

    drool…

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    Every year at South Carolina, it seems as though some of our better underclassmen players take the potential for NFL money and run.

    Last year, it was Clifton Geathers.

    The year before that? Captain Munnerlyn, Emmanuel Cook and Jared Cook.

    The year before that? Sidney Rice.

    Could it be Tori Gurley this year? Please say it ain’t so!

    There are many reasons why this would be a terrible idea for him, and I am truly hoping this is just a rumor.

    Take a look at the list above. How many of those names do you actually know if you are not a South Carolina fan?

    Probably just one: Sidney Rice, who is a bonafied NFL star.

    Some of you may know of Captain Munnerlyn, who left his junior season and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 7th round. He has played pretty well as of late, intercepting passes and becoming a dangerous threat as a punt returner.

    However, was giving up his senior season, where he would have most certainly been an All-SEC candidate cover corner, really worth a 7th round draft status, a small contract and a tough road?

    Clifton Geathers, who had an OK junior season, bolted and got drafted in the seventh round this year by the Cleveland Browns. He is now on his fourth team. He appeared in one Miami Dolphins home game before being banished to the practice squad.

    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Are you telling me that he wouldn’t have benefited from South Carolina’s superb season this year? He would have been a sack artist on an already tremendous defensive front.

    Emmanuel Cook? He had all the talent in the world at safety. Potentially an All-American candidate for his senior year, Cook saw flashes of money his junior year and shut it down midseason. Character issues and lack of polish led him to be undrafted.

    Waste of a year. He did make a practice squad for the New York Jets, but seriously? Why give up your senior year for that?

    Jared Cook still has potential. Drafted in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Tennessee Titans, he has been buried in the depth chart. He has yet to make an impact. He was graded as a potential early second-rounder.

    If he stayed one more year, he would have easily been a first round draft pick.

    Now, we come to the rumors of Tori Gurley going pro early.

    In the words of Keyshawn Johnson, “COME ON, MAN!”

    Beyond the fact that you have historical evidence that these sorts of moves don’t really work out for the better, he is only a redshirt Sophomore.

    You have to be a total phenom to be drafted as a redshirt sophomore. Sidney Rice did it; he was drafted in the second round.

    How bad of an idea is it for Tori Gurley to go pro early?
    Not so bad.
    Pretty bad.
    Super bad.
    Career endingly bad. Submit Vote vote to see results How bad of an idea is it for Tori Gurley to go pro early?Not so bad.3.5%Pretty bad.17.4%Super bad.35.2%Career endingly bad. 44.0%Total votes: 455 Tori Gurley’s numbers for this season are 42 catches for 416 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers will not wow NFL scouts by any means. He is still learning the wide receiver position, as he was really a basketball player before playing for the Gamecocks.

    People may be attracted to his 6′ 6″ and 230 pound frame. Great—just ask Clifton Geathers what a big body can get you.

    Please, Tori…stay another year. Develop your craft.

    You have the chance to be an Antonio Gates type prospect down the road. We all know Alshon Jeffery steals your thunder, but you are the perfect compliment.

    Get bigger. Stronger. Faster. Take some of HIS catches.

    If you stick around for your senior year, there is the potential that Alshon ducks out early for the NFL. Then you would be able to establish yourself as a superstar, maybe even worthy of a top three rounds pick.

    Wouldn’t that be nice?

    Stick around. South Carolina is about to go on an unprecedented streak of success. Stay and be a part of it.

    Your draft status will improve, as will the “cheddah” you will receive.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    What about Leonard Hankerson and Titus Young???
    Anyone??

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    I like Marcus Gilbert as well, also Chris Hairston, Curt Porter, Orlando Franklin and Zach Hurd. Hue is gonna bring some mack trucks in here to hopefully keep Campbell’s uni a bit cleaner this season.

    What is the story with Tori Gurley?

  • DMAC

    Cheddah!!

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    Cheddah!

  • RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…)

    BART Bridge Blues Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:13 am
    I like Marcus Gilbert as well, also Chris Hairston, Curt Porter, Orlando Franklin and Zach Hurd. Hue is gonna bring some mack trucks in here to hopefully keep Campbell’s uni a bit cleaner this season.

    What is the story with Tori Gurley?

    ************************

    All I needed to read was “hasn’t dropped a pass all season”

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    DHB hasn’t gone a whole PRACTICE without a drop!

    Cheddah!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    wow, OK I am now on the Tori Gurley bandwagon. Although the chances of Al drafting a posession reciever are almost always slim to none.

  • DMAC

    Ya’ll want depth at the DT position. What about this kid?
    http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ys-forbesmostdislikedinsports013110

  • DMAC

    Sorry wrong post.
    Here it is.

    http://www.zimbio.com/Sione+Fua

  • DMAC

    Bringing in the young Wiz would be…………..

    CHEDDAH!!!!!!
    LMAO

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Tori Gurley 2010 Stats.

    14 GP
    44 REC.
    465 YRDS.
    6 TD’s

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Michael Bush-RB-Raiders Feb. 1 – 11:16 am et

    Owner Al Davis spoke at his season-ending press conference as if impending free agent Michael Bush is an integral part of the Raiders’ plans.
    “The halfback, McFadden and Bush,” Davis said, “complement each other tremendously. … By the third and fourth quarter, they don’t want to tackle Bush in the secondary. They just don’t want him. He’s 250 pounds, power, speed.” New head coach Hue Jackson also called Bush and Darren McFadden a “1-2 punch” last week. It sounds like they may not let him get away.
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    If anyone is interested, here is the list of players that the Raiders scouts have shown an interest in so far at the various all-star games:
    Allen Bailey, DE/DT
    Gabe Carimi, OT
    Kendrick Burney, CB
    Roy Helu Jr, RB
    Joe Lefeged, KR/PR
    Casey Matthews, OLB
    Jalil Brown, CB
    Cedrick Thornton, DE/DT
    Joseph Barksdale, OG
    Phil Taylor, NT
    Dontay Moch, OLB
    Mike Price, DE/DT

  • Just Fire Baby

    The other South Carolina WR, who is an underclassmen, Jefferies is going to be a top 15 pick, IMO, when he does come out.

    I think we should watch for Al to take a RB in case Bush leaves (I think of all our FA’s, Bush is the most likely to leave).

    Ryan Williams from Va Tech was supposed to be sure-fire 1st rounder coming into last year, but was pretty disappointing this season with injuries and off field stuff. He has top 10 draft pick talent, and if he is there at #48 and Bush leaves, I wouldn’t be disappointed.

    I’m all about value in the draft, don’t like pigeonholing yourself by looking at certain positions for each round.

  • DKnight007

    26.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 31st, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    Raiders have 20,000 season ticket holders? JaMarcus Russell has more people at his parties.

    ^^^^^^^
    The reason why they only have 20K season ticket holders, is because of one old looney stubborn man and his crappy decisions over the ast 7 years.

    Lets hope Hue takes this team to the next level and the coached and scouts draft the way they did last year or at least hope the old man Al allows Hue and the scouts to draft the way they did last year.

    Sheesh.

  • Just Fire Baby

    2009 NFL draft.

    While we take DHB (who was not the best prospect at his position), guys who were the unquestioned best player at their positions get drafted behind us.

    BJ Raji (Best DT prospect), Alex Mack (best C prospect), Brian Orakpo (best outside pass rusher) and Malcom Jenkins (best DB prospect) all taken behind us and doing great two years into their career.

    Instead Al was hellbent on drafting a WR to compliment Jamarcus (lol at that rationale) and we blow it.

    The draft is like gambling, and when sports betting it is all about value.

    VALUE VALUE VALUE!!!

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Farmers Insurance will own the naming rights to a new L.A. football stadium in a 30 year, $700 million deal.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    When you quote my comments from days ago, it only tells me that whatever topic I was discussing disturbs you. Why make it so easy?

  • DMAC

    Vegas,
    I understand value, but let me give an example. Say for instance, we still have Bush and DMAC on the team and we have the 12th pick of the draft and Mark Ingram is on the board. Would you draft him or draft a position of need?

  • RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…)

    R8eray Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:50 am
    Farmers Insurance will own the naming rights to a new L.A. football stadium in a 30 year, $700 million deal.

    ******************

    AL, move the Raiders back to LA!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Farmers is owned by a Swiss company.

    Nice way to clean up some dirty “Swiss bank account” money, eh?

  • DMAC

    # RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…) Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:54 am

    R8eray Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:50 am
    Farmers Insurance will own the naming rights to a new L.A. football stadium in a 30 year, $700 million deal.

    ******************

    AL, move the Raiders back to LA!!!
    ===========
    HELL TO THE NO!!!

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Vegas, $700 million…no big deal!
    ;)

  • RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…)

    DMAC Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:55 am
    # RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…) Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:54 am

    R8eray Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:50 am
    Farmers Insurance will own the naming rights to a new L.A. football stadium in a 30 year, $700 million deal.

    ******************

    AL, move the Raiders back to LA!!!
    ===========
    HELL TO THE NO!!!

    ***************

    Why not? [smirks mischeviously]

  • Just Fire Baby

    DMAC,

    If you already pay Bush more money (he is set for a huge pay raise from his under a million salary last year) than no you can’t do that. Otherwise if Bush leaves, you can’t take it off the table (especially since Ingram might be really good).

    If not you just look at another position. At #12 you can’t take the #4 best DE or WR just because you need one, IMO.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    The sad irony in all of this:

    Al hires a new head coach who shows sign after sign of being the next Gruden. Then Al takes the mike and ruins it with all of his usual hokey theatrics. So, those 30,000 potential season ticket accounts that the Raiders need to add to the dismal 20,000, to be a respectable NFL franchise, are watching and thinking they might sign up for a ticket package as Hue speaks, are suddenly brought down to reality when Al takes the mike. They hang up their phones and put their wallets back in their pockets.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Sure. The last Raiders stint in LA was so fruitful. Empty stadiums, week after week. Oh, and if you want to blame the location of the stadium, remember that, like Oakland, when the Raiders won, they sold out. A lot of NFL stadiums have been in bad neighborhoods. The Niners are in a bad neighborhood. They still sell out.