Fleur-de-Links: May 9, 2011

TWEETS:

Alex James Brown
Sent my car through to get washed and sat down outside waiting on and this lady pull up and ask "are u working today" Haha I didn't respond
Leigh Torrence Jr
I wish they would stop showing the Rondo elbow! Disgusting, Yikes....

How much yo?RT @ Getting my car detailed at Absolute Perfection 3501 Washington St. My Jeep is looking like it did off the lot!

When @ gets back from the grocery store, imma fake like im sleep in the back room n didn't hear the (cont)

Jermon Bushrod
Lol RT @: @ Be careful. Stuff like that usually leads to sleeping in the front room...on the couch.

Adam Schefter
On NFL Live, Cleveland's No. 16 Josh Cribbs said he placed a $200 bet on horse No. 16, Animal Kingdom. Someone's making $$$ during lockout.

Workout in the AM got ur boy hurtin... PM ain't gon b no joke!

Jason La Canfora
NFL statement on what 2011 rules could look like: "Our goal has at all times been the same – to operate under a negotiated ...

Jason La Canfora
... set of procedures that are agreed to by the clubs and the NFLPA. The current litigation has created a significant amount of uncertainty

Jason La Canfora
and we are therefore considering a wide range of alternatives depending on developments." So no decision from league yet. Teams await word

Adam Schefter
Michael Gans, 8th Circuit Court Clerk in St. Louis, said he does not expect a ruling on stay today. Again.

Alex James Brown
Anytime gas pushes 5 bucks I'm Surprised RT @: @ you can't possibly be surprised about gas prices in Chicago...

People are as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln

Video of the Day: Charleston sacks Freeman & strips the ball loose!

Gots to love early morning workouts with the guys. Thanks again Tulane!





SAINTS:

Saints in depth: Will Reggie Bush still be around for Drew Brees? - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com
Saints in depth: Will Reggie Bush still be around for Drew Brees? - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com

Call It: NFC South's best D-line? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Saints have the division’s most complete defensive line, and the addition of first-round pick Cameron Jordan should only help in that regard. Put Jordan and Will Smith together and you’ve got two quality defensive ends. Same with Sedrick Ellis and Shaun Rogers at defensive tackle.

More Than 30,000 High School Students to Participate in NFL Character and Skill Development Program

Drew Brees talks to San Diego radio station about the New Orleans Saints workouts | NOLA.com
Listen to the interview

Saints 2011 Preseason Dates And Times Announced

Saints preseason game times set | Saints | 2theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, LA
...if the games go on as planned, New Orleans will open at home on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. against the San Francisco 49ers. The Saints would then travel to meet the Houston Texans on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m., followed by a nationally televised game at Oakland on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. The Saints are slated to wrap up the preseason with a home game against Tennessee on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Player resentment for Goodell grows - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"Does he have a problem with getting the players’ respect? Absolutely," Fujita says. "No matter what happens, it might be tough for him to ever get that back. However this is resolved, I can’t say every player, but the overwhelming majority will continue to have a problem with him. And that’s too bad."

Jon Beason’s civil trial starts Monday | ProFootballTalk
Panthers linebacker Jon Beason will be in court Monday for an incident in 2009 in which he is accused of punching a man in the face. Gary Wright of the Charlotte Observer writes that Beason is accused in a civil trial of attacking Gregory Frye at a club after Frye told Beason's teammate Donte Ro...

Players want to expand lockout insurance case | ProFootballTalk
On Thursday, Judge Doty will conduct a hearing on the question of the damages to be paid by the NFL to the players for leaving money on the table in 2009. The players have asked for amounts that could approach or surpass $1 billion.

A.J. Hawk hears player-organized workouts are a "disaster" | ProFootballTalk
We've been writing a lot about the player-organized workouts going on across the league, from the big get together in New Orleans to smaller affairs elsewhere. Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk has heard about them too, and wonders how much good they are doing.

Report: NFL crafting alternative to 2010 rules | ProFootballTalk
Perhaps Ray Edwards won't have to be paid less than his backup. Daniel Kaplan of the SportsBusiness Journal reports that a working group of NFL types have been at work crafting posible 2011 free agency rules that will not necessarily replicate the 2010 rules in place.

 

TRANSCRIPT:

TRANSCRIPTSports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Aren’t Allowing Lockout to Keep Them From Working Out as a Team

Drew Brees joined XX Sports Radio in San Diego with Scott and BR to discuss his trainer helping run the workouts, how the plan came together at Tulane, the number of players who are in town to participate, how he and his teammates have had to bankroll some of the efforts, if he sees the end of the lockout in sight and his feelings on Reggie Bush, who tweeted somewhat of a goodbye to New Orleans when Mark Ingram was drafted.

On having his personal trainer run some of the early portions of the Saints’ own minicamp:

"He came down … and we started our own offseason program on Monday, May the second. I asked Todd to come down and just kind of help coordinate the first couple of days and get into the workouts and kind of set the tone. He did an unbelievable job."

How did they get this whole thing up and running at Tulane?:

"Logistically, to try to put this together, this has been something that’s been in the work for about three months, in anticipation that we could potentially be locked out and we want to make sure that we’re prepared, that we have a place to work out that we can gather together as a team and get that same kind of work that we’d get in a normal offseason program."

How many guys are around for these workouts?:

"We’ve got about 40 here right now and that list continues to grow. Some guys are still coming off injuries, so they were finishing up their rehab at other locations. … And obviously the rookies are still kind of filtering in. … We could be in upwards of 50 guys as we get closer to June. And really, when you think about your training camp roster, I think you go in with 80 guys, 75 guys, but a lot of those guys are rookie free agents. … We’ve got just about all of our guys that have been here with the Saints the last few years."

Is he bankrolling some of this stuff considering the need to pay Tulane and its trainers and such?:

"There’s other guys that are helping out as well, but yeah. … That’s part of my responsibility because, in the end, a lot of these young guys are in situations where obviously this is a team and we want to all be able to rely on each other. Most of our team, most of the league, is first-, second- and third-year players … so you can’t sit here and assume they’re going to be able to stay in a hotel for a month and a half."

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel in this lockout situation?:

"I hope so, I hope so. I don’t know though, because it seems like every week it’s something different and it’s all being played out in the courts. There’s appeals, there’s requests for stays and it gets overturned. It just seems like a lot of things have gone back and forth here."

His reaction to Reggie Bush’s tweet following the drafting of Mark Ingram when Bush implied his time in New Orleans was up:

"He’s set to make a lot of money next year and I know there’s talks that he might need to renegotiate, but the fact of the matter is we would love to have Reggie. I think he brings an element to our offense that’s hard to replace. I don’t know if you can replace it. Also, when you look at any team in the league, you need more than two or three or even four running backs just because it’s such a physical position."

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