Fleur-de-Links: June 13, 2011

TWEETS:

jonathan goodwin

SAINTS:

Three Former Saints Head to LA Hall of Fame

If New Orleans Saints' 2011 draft class contributes, they are Super Bowl favorites - ESPN
"A: Agreed, Will. The Saints' draft class appears to be stellar, and it should have been. They gave up their first-round pick in 2012 to make sure they are going to be as good as they can in 2011, assuming there's football. New Orleans got everything it could have hoped for in the draft and came out looking very strong. But keep in mind, so did the Falcons and the Buccaneers. There wasn't a division that looked like it did any better on draft weekend than the NFC South. And whether or not Saints rookies such as Ingram, Jordan and Wilson contribute, this team should be a Super Bowl contender. But if those rookies are all as good as the Saints hope -- and that's asking a lot out of three young players after a lockout -- there's no reason New Orleans can't be a Super Bowl favorite."

Top 100: Jonathan Vilma
He ranks as the 37th best player.

Evans, Vilma Ranked in the Top 40 of NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2011"

What If The New Orleans Saints Lose WR Lance Moore? | Who Dat Dish
Possible options at Wide Receiver if Lance Moore leaves in free agency.

Questions raised about Superdome manager contract | The Associated Press | News | Washington Examiner
The private company managing Louisiana's two premier sports locations, the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena, has held its state contract for more than 30 years without competing again for the work after its initial bid.

AROUND THE NFL:

Los Angeles Pushing Hard To Acquire An NFL Team | Who Dat Dish
Los Angeles Pushing Hard To Acquire An NFL Team

Terrelle Pryor signs with Rosenhaus | ProFootballTalk
Last week, agent Drew Rosenhaus added to his ever-growing stable of receivers by signing Browns rookie Greg Little. Rosenhaus now has added a player who potentially will become the next receiver Rosenhaus represents.

Madden NFL 12 Player Traits
For the Madden players out there, this has screen shots of a few key names from (I assume) every team. I was able to find Brees, Ingram, and Vilma.

LABOR PAINS:

De Smith’s contract expires in March 2012 | ProFootballTalk
After the pre-asterisked NFLPA elected DeMaurice Smith to serve as its executive director, without obtaining pre-approval by the four finalists of the specific terms of employment, a contract had to be negotiated.  Smith reportedly wanted a four-year commitment, and the NFLPA offered three.

Jim Harbaugh thinks a labor deal will happen by early July | ProFootballTalk
With all of this optimism swirling on the labor front, I decided over the weekend to move a four-night vacation up from mid-July to late June. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh thinks I'll get the trip in on time. (Jon note: All this optimism is scaring me)

King: Don’t expect imminent resolution to labor situation | ProFootballTalk
As the North Andover, Massachusetts Eagle-Tribune continues to cling to its story from last week that the lockout is "over" and/or "almost over," a fairly well-known Boston resident reconfirms the notion that a resolution shouldn't be expected in the immediate future. Peter King of SI. (Jon note: I feel better now)

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