Fleur-de-Links: June 21, 2011

TWEETS:

Alex James Brown

Heath Evans

SAINTS:

Superdome's new bells and whistles are almost ready for prime time | NOLA.com
More seating in the lower bowl

New Orleans Saints 2011: A look at the team's question marks
SportsNOLA.com IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

Saints Nation: A Rushed Deal Could be Bad for Saints | June

New Orleans Saints Robert Meachem and Lynell Hamilton join the circus | NOLA.com
Video highlights of the two players having some fun

Addition of Flint's Mark Ingram isn't cause for New Orleans Saints to 'shop' Pierre Thomas, says report | MLive.com
The New Orleans Saints drafted former Flint Southwestern star Mark Ingram in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

NFL.com news: Fullback says leadership of Brees, Vilma will pay off for Saints
The New Orleans Saints will have a huge advantage over other teams once the lockout ends, so said fullback Heath Evans on Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix with Doug and Wolf on Monday.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Jones-Drew defends Garrard, prefers low-key receivers | ProFootballTalk
After the Jaguars traded up to take quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, running back Maurice Jones-Drew said that incumbent starter David Garrard is "our guy and he's always going to be our guy." Nearly two months later, Jones-Drew's message is consistent.

Kenny Britt causes a social media stir | ProFootballTalk
Just when we thought we might actually go a few days without any Kenny Britt headlines, the volatile Tennessee Titans receiver has caused a stir in the social media world, with a post on Facebook saying he would retire from the NFL over anger at Commissioner Roger Goodell, another post recanting tha...

Teams are looking at whether Vince Young mishandled money | ProFootballTalk
Vince Young has been the forgotten man of the quarterback carousel speculation this offseaon. It's not because of his play. Young has a lot to work on as a quarterback, but he's flashed plenty of playmaking ability and production during his career.

Roddy White: Falcons will out-score everybody | ProFootballTalk
Falcons receiver Roddy White is feeling confident about how the Falcons will look in 2011. In fact, White said on NFL Network that the Falcons compare favorably to both the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and to the St. Louis Rams of 10 years ago.

Browns intrigued by Terrelle Pryor | ProFootballTalk
After leaving a big mess behind when he walked away from the Ohio State football program, Terrelle Pryor rivals LeBron James as the least popular athlete in Ohio right now. But that doesn't necessarily means he's leaving Ohio.

LABOR PAINS:

More on the Monday meeting in Chicago | ProFootballTalk
Technically, the ownership meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Chicago won't begin until Tuesday.  As a practical matter, the process (as we've heard) started Monday, with the folks responsible for negotiating a new labor deal gathering for a planning session.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay clearly hopeful an NFL labor deal gets done soon | NOLA.com
Today's meeting a chance for owners to express 'our feelings'

NFL owners commence Chicago meeting amidst mixed signals on new labor deal | NOLA.com
Owners to be fully briefed on status of negotiations

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