Good morning! Updates and opinions on the latest NFL labor news along with rumors and profiles on players the Chiefs might draft. All this and more lie ahead in today's Kansas City Chiefs News.
A quick reading of Nelson's 89-page opinion shows that the judge is concerned about the "irreparable damage" the lockout would do to NFL players. She notes with approval the sworn statements from veteran NFLPA attorney Richard Berthelsen and numerous players that players' careers are short due to the "ever-present risk of career-ending injury" and that "the loss of an entire year in a short professional athletic career cannot be recaptured and cannot be compensated by damages."
The judge also suggests in her opinion that the lockout would do so much damage to so many players that it cannot be allowed to continue. She feels strongly about the damage the lockout will do and is unlikely to issue the stay that would put the lockout back into effect. When judges of the higher court consider the possibility of a stay, they will first consider Nelson's opinion, a detailed and impressive recitation of the situation. Even though a stay is normally the next step in this process, it is far from certain the owners will obtain the stay they seek. My guess -- and I should emphasize that it's only an educated guess -- is that their demand for a stay will fall on deaf ears and the lockout will have ended with Nelson's order Monday.
Injunction: Beginning of Lockout End from ESPN
Under the union lawyers' plan, reflected in the complaint that they filed in federal court, the NFL would be forced to operate in a dramatically different way. To be sure, their approach would benefit some star players and their agents (and, of course, the lawyers themselves). But virtually everyone else-including the vast majority of players as well as the fans-would suffer.
Rather than address the challenge of improving the collective-bargaining agreement for the benefit of the game, the union-financed lawsuit attacks virtually every aspect of the current system including the draft, the salary cap and free-agency rules, which collectively have been responsible for the quality and popularity of the game for nearly two decades. A union victory threatens to overturn the carefully constructed system of competitive balance that makes NFL games and championship races so unpredictable and exciting.
Football's Future if the Players Win from The Wall Street Journal [OpEd by Rodger Goodell]
Bubba says: 1. If Julio Jones is available at pick No. 10, would Pioli consider trading our #1 and #2 to the Redskins to take him?
2. Assuming the Chiefs move on from Wiegmann and Waters, I would take Carimi and then slide Richardson to guard, which is what he was originally projected to be. Our line would then be Albert, Richardson, Asamoah, Lilja and Carimi. This would give us 4 young starters on the OL.
Bob says: I can't see Pioli giving up two players for Jones. Not that he isn't a very good player, but that's just not the Pioli way. As for the offensive line, now you are thinking the way Haley and his coaches are - they are going to try to get on the field the five best offensive linemen and they aren't going to be so worried about positions at this time.
Answer Bob - 4/25 from Bob Gretz
Second chances do happen, but it's an opportunity to watch and see if the Chiefs can play better this time around. This caliber of competition won't be easy, but I'm looking forward to it. Win, lose or draw the experience gained from it will be big for the players - not only for a young guy like Eric Berry, but for Haley who's still learning.
Already I've heard fans call 610 Sports thinking 10-6. The experts say 7-9, but that depends on how the Chiefs respond. How they react could change everything.
Here are three questions I'm asking Chiefs fans. Do you believe in Scott Pioli? Haley, do you trust him? The Chiefs, do you have faith?
Five-Week Stretch Could be Tough for Chiefs from The Examiner
In the span of 12 months, Phil Taylor has gone from washing strangers' feet to defending his own.
It has been a life-changing year for the 6-foot-3, 335-pound nose tackle, a likely first-round pick in the NFL draft -- perhaps to the New York Jets. Once regarded as an overweight underachiever, Taylor reinvented himself after returning home last May from an African mission.
In the impoverished villages of Nairobi, Kenya, the former Baylor star befriended children and toured dilapidated houses made of scrap metal. Taylor helped the locals by cleaning the feet of those infested with jiggers, flea-like insects that -- in extreme cases -- can cause body parts to rot.
"It was eye-opening," Taylor told ESPNNewYork.com, recalling the trip he made with other Baylor athletes. "It had a big impact on me because it seemed like after I came back from Kenya, I was a new person. It humbled me a lot."
Baylor NT Taylor's Feet in Frying Pan from ESPN
Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were in Columbia, Mo., on March 17 for Missouri's pro day. Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert and defensive end Aldon Smith, both forecast as first-round "locks" in the draft, were the headliners.
But an unknown wide receiver from NCAA Division II Central Missouri commanded a large portion of the spotlight.
"It was a pretty cool experience, getting to work with Blaine. I really just wanted to go out and help him as much as possible," Jamorris Warren said. "But it seemed like I helped myself out even more. ... It was a real big day for me."
Since then, Warren has heard from 23 NFL teams. He has made two visits, to the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs.
'No-Name Guy' from Central Missouri MAkes Name for Himself from STLToday.com
Don't you wish it were Sunday, and the draft had ended, and you knew what would come next?
"No," says David Mims. "I want to see how it plays out."
Mims, 23, was an All-Southwestern 4A offensive tackle at South Mecklenburg High and three times All-CIAA and twice Division II All-America at Virginia Union...
...He was not heavily recruited out of high school. Only Catawba and Virginia Union offered scholarships. But he's played in two all-star games since the end of his college career. He attracted 15 NFL scouts to his Pro Day. He's interviewed with the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens, and received a glowing letter from Baltimore coach John Harbaugh.
NFL Draft Holds Hope for Ex-South Meck Star from The Charlotte Observer
Maggs missed the game as he stayed at Penn State expecting to finish out his degree there. He figured his career was done.
But then came a trip to Ohio to see the Kansas City Chiefs play. Bloomsburg fullback Matt Cox is the brother of Chiefs fullback Mike Cox and the two made the trip to Ohio to see him play. And in that one game, Maggs realized what he was missing by not playing football anymore.
"It made me miss it so bad that the next day I called (Bloomsburg University offensive line coach Brian McBryan) and said, 'Can I come back?'" Maggs said. "Thankfully he said yes.
Maggs Finds Home in Return to Bloomsburg from The Williamsport Sun-Gazette