MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 19: Linebacker Mike Vrabel of the Kansas City Chiefs and NFL players' lawyer Barbara P. Berens leave court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on April 19, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mediation was order after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down last month. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
This is the strangest morning I remember in quite some time in the NFL. Some players are going to work after the lockout was lifted and no one is really sure what they're doing when they get to the team facility. Panthers kicker Jon Kasay showed up to work in Carolina, stayed for 10 minutes and left.
I wonder if any Kansas City Chiefs players will be showing up to work.
Take the case of guys like QB Matt Cassel or LB Derrick Johnson. Each have workout bonuses worth a quarter of a million bucks contingent on them participating in a percentage of offseason workouts (90 percent). Players in similar situations, like the New York Jets' D'Brickashaw Ferguson, are going to the team facility with the intention of securing that workout bonus money.
Coaches are reportedly being told by the league not to talk to the players so Chiefs head coach Todd Haley probably doesn't want to be hanging out in the lobby if any players plan on showing up.
One thing to keep in mind is that many Chiefs players don't even live in KC so any dreams of getting the whole band back together and lining up for an 11-on-11 scrimmage in Arrowhead's backyard likely aren't happening.
This is up there for weirdest day in league history. No one really knows what's going on.