There's still a lockout.
Good morning. Prevailing wisdom is the deal will still be done today and voted on by the players, but it hasn't happened yet. Despite the continued lockout, we have some Kansas City Chiefs news for you.
Keep checking back over the course of the day, and we'll be sure to let you know when the deal is done.
The NFL Players Association's executive committee reviewed only portions of a proposed deal to end the lockout and not enough to warrant a vote Tuesday, two people familiar with the league's labor negotiations told The Associated Press.
A full agreement in principle hadn't been completed as of Tuesday night, and another person familiar with the talks said there was no guarantee a full document would be finished Wednesday, either.
New NFL CBA May Not Be Ready For Vote Wednesday from Sports Illustrated
There won’t be a specific rookie wage scale in the NFL’s new agreement, so there will be room for some give and take in negotiations. That’s particularly true for first-round picks, such as wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin of the Chiefs.
Beyond that, players and their agents are a little unsure of the new world they will enter upon settlement of the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987.
The challenge for the plaintiffs will be to prove that the NFL actually knew, or reasonably should have known, the chronic, long-term risks of concussions. Clear links between concussions and long-term health problems have been established only recently, and the league has responded fairly aggressively (especially after a shot across the bow from Congress) to the problem.
Report: NFL Sued for Concealing Brain Injury Risk from ProFootballTalk
Right now, there does not appear to be any major issues to derail the process. Some media outlets were reporting that various players involved in the so called Tom Brady lawsuit were demanding some sort of consideration, whether in money or protection from future franchise player designations. But as Tuesday went on, some of those players – New Orleans QB Drew Brees and San Diego WR Vincent Jackson – said the media reports were not true and they were not standing in the way of working out a deal.
A Scab from the Draft... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
If the start of NFL Training Camps is indeed around the corner, the Chiefs have a load of work to do in a short amount of time.
The transactions will be fast and furious in a lightning round format we’ve never experienced before. Five months of roster moves will be condensed into an extreme acceleration of the league calendar. Signings, releases, and trades. Nothing will be left out in a wild ride that all 32 NFL teams will experience simultaneously.
The Fast And Furious from The Mothership
As we’ve waited for the start of the 2011 NFL season, we weren’t sitting around twiddling our thumbs. Always in the search for something different, we’ll bring you some special statistics from the unusual side of the game.
Today’s example is our list of the top 20 career rushers inside Arrowhead Stadium. Naturally, the running backs that dominate this list wore the red and gold of the Chiefs, since they had more opportunities to run with the ball inside the building.
Best Career Rushers At Arrowhead from Bob Gretz
Last year, the university charged $10 to park close-in to Chiefs training camp. A lot of fans didn't like that, so this year the school is talking about cutting that in half to $5, but eliminating all of the free parking. The university also says it will move concessions stands closer to the practice fields this year to make the camp more fan-friendly.
St. Joe Hoping NFL Lockout Ends Soon from KWCH
Thanks to the leaks, Niswanger's job as players' representative has been made difficult in trying to curtail his teammates' eagerness to get back on the field.
"For getting the information, yes the guys are getting anxious. There is a lot of legal jargon going on. I get emails and answer calls to break it down so that all the guys can understand," Niswanger said. "There has been a lot of things being reported that July 4 was a hard date or July 30 was a hard date. All of these dates just adds to the complications."
Kansas City's Niswanger Remains Cautious from The Daily Comet
My choice was the young Kansas City Chiefs, who not only arrived in 2010 with a surprise division title, but who appear to be custom made for the future.
Now it’s your turn to chime in.
Poll: Future Dominance from ESPN
8. Brandon Carr: CB, Kansas City
The Chiefs' fifth-round selection of the 2008 NFL draft has been somewhat of a surprise, as he has started every game of his professional career, including 48 regular-season games and one playoff game.
Potential landing spots: Kansas City
Top Free Agents: Cornerbacks from FOX Sports
"After some debate over possible special relief for at least some of the 10 player-plaintiffs, it was determined it would be too cumbersome to try and work out individual deals," Borges writes. "Since the bulk of plaintiffs were well-placed NFL veterans, the best way to go, it was decided, was to stick simply with the larger deal negotiated between the NFLPA and the league’s owners."
Report: NFLPA* Will Recommend No Special Treatment For Named Plaintiffs from ProFootballTalk