Fleur-de-Links: July 1, 2011

TWEETS:

 

Tracy Porter

SAINTS:

Renovated Superdome is "brand new building inside the old shell" | ProFootballTalk
The Friday morning one-liners made mention of the renovated Superdome.  But as we wait for the lockout to end, our definition of post-worthy has been expanded a bit.  So allow us to elaborate.  At least a little.

Roman Harper prefers returning to New Orleans Saints to being a coveted free agent | NOLA.com
Pro Bowl safety says team has his full attention once negotiations can resume

New Orleans Saints: Packers DE Cullen Jenkins Hot Commodity In Free Agency | Who Dat Dish
New Orleans Saints: Packers DE Cullen Jenkins Hot Commodity In Free Agency

Saints Nation: Roman Harper is Good Peeps | July

NFL.com news: San Diego museum still has Bush's Heisman Trophy on loan
Reggie Bush is no longer viewed as a Heisman Trophy winner by the officials who presented him with the honor in 2005. But more than nine months after he forfeited the title, the New Orleans Saints running back has yet to return the award after saying he would.

Could Alex Brown become expendable for the New Orleans Saints? | Saints Post
One year after getting to a Super Bowl championship by following an explosive offense and an opportunistic defense, the defense of the New Orleans Saints took a

Saints, Falcons like six-man lines - NFC South Blog - ESPN
If you attended a New Orleans Saints game or watched one on television last season, you probably remember hearing this more than a few times from a me

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Vick signs a new deal with Nike | ProFootballTalk
The Mike Vick redemption tour continues. Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that Nike has decided to do business again with Vick, four years after Vick pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting and gambling charges. "Michael acknowledges his past mistakes," Nike spokesman Derek Kent told Rovell.

LABOR PAINS:

Labor negotiations will take the holiday weekend off | ProFootballTalk
The renewed urgency that marked Thursday's all-day labor session will not continue over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the latest round of labor talks in Minnesota will wrap up shortly on Friday before reconvening Tuesday in New York City.

Rights of first refusal are something the players should refuse | ProFootballTalk
One of the many issues lurking in the stagnant (at least until last night) stew of collective bargaining relates to an effort by teams to finagle three or four "rights of first refusal" designations to be applied to free agents with four or five years of experience.

NFL And Players Meet For More Than 15 Hours - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Short session: NFLPA, owners break talks for week | wwltv.com New Orleans
The labor negotiating teams led by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' association chief DeMaurice Smith met for a couple of hours Friday morning and will return to the table next week.

Smith Talks to Pro Bowlers About Possible CBA " Saints Gab
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