I sat down to round up some AFC West related links and I found that virtually every outlet from Denver, to San Diego, to Oakland, was talking about the NFL lockout. So here's a handful of stories from various outlets covering our division rivals the Broncos, Chargers and Raiders. I've mixed in blogs links with more FAQ type links, so enjoy.
Check them out, after the jump.
NFL Labor Dispute: Armageddon - Bolts From The Blue
Well, technically not Armageddon, but pretty close. After the negotiations between the NFL owners and the players broke down, the NFLPA wrote itself out of existence. The players' union no longer exists. Technically, that's all that has happened so far, but this is only a first move in what will almost certainly be a summer filled with litigation. What's going to happen next?
Chargers players spectators in labor battle - SignOnSanDiego.com
Same as pretty much every day in the offseason, Quentin Jammer was finding it impossible to get a quiet moment alone late Friday afternoon. So while he had caught a little bit of the NFL Network’s coverage, he wasn’t even sure yet that his union had decertified.
Deciphering NFL's labor dispute - San Jose Mercury News
Frequently asked questions about the labor dispute between the owners and players and how it affects the Raiders and 49ers:
NFL labor restrictions won't hit teams equally
Coaches and general managers all put on a brave front at the recent NFL combine, saying all teams would be in the same boat if a lockout wiped out offseason workouts and delayed free agency. The truth is, with some teams hiring new coaches and changing their offenses or defenses, the boats idling on the dock look nothing alike.
Players gone from Raiders’ Web site - Inside the Oakland Raiders - A look inside the world of the highly classified Oakland Raiders from the writers of Bay Area News Group
The listed rosters are still intact, but the Raiders have removed the images of players, including Nnamdi Asomugha and Darren McFadden, from the borders of the lead page of their official Web site. Welcome to the lockout.
Dear NFL and NFLPA: Shame On You Both - Mile High Report
Hello NFL and NFLPA. I am writing today to address a topic of the utmost importance. You probably don't know me, but I'm very ashamed of your behavior, as of late.
In any set of circumstances — whether the NFL Players Association decertifies and several high-profile players lead a lawsuit against the league under anti-trust laws, or in the event of a lockout by the owners — there won't be any player-for-player trades allowed in this year's draft without a new CBA.
In a statement regarding a class-action lawsuit filed by some players, National Football League Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith referred to Von Miller as a “a brave young Aggie prospect.” Miller was the only draft prospect of the 10 players named on the lawsuit.