Fleur-de-Links: July 12, 2011

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New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush talks with ESPN about past, present and future after lockout
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McAfee Named to The Division II Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2011

Reggie Bush talks to ESPN about his Mark Ingram tweet and his desire to remain a New Orleans Saint | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush talks to ESPN's Colleen Dominguez on a number of topics, including his regret sending the Mark Ingram tweet, his struggles to keep the USC/NCAA controversy in perspective, and his wish to play football soon -- as a Saint. Watch the video.

Reggie Bush blames injuries on turf | ProFootballTalk
We've repeatedly heard from Reggie Bush this offseason that his first priority is to return to the Saints.  We've heard from the Saints they want him back. We don't fully believe either side, and for a moment on draft day Reggie Bush didn't believe the Saints either.

New Orleans Saints' Malcolm Jenkins continues to step up his game | NOLA.com
Safety hosted his first football camp to support his foundation

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

How much will Cam Newton make? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
We don’t know all the details of the proposed rookie salary system and that’s mainly because the owners and players haven’t finalize

Panthers columnist: Jimmy Clausen will "almost certainly" open season as starter | ProFootballTalk
We've covered Cam Newton's first offseason extensively at PFT and the kid seems to be preparing hard. The presumption, at least from us, was that he was preparing for a starting job.  (Won in a competition in camp.

Asomugha likely "too expensive" for Lions | ProFootballTalk
The Lions were very aggressive last free agent period, having targeted Kyle Vanden Bosch and Nate Burleson as players they wanted to sign right away. That aggressiveness and their need at cornerback has led to some Nnamdi Asomugha speculation, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press quotes a s...

Barry Sanders: I’d never say I was better than Emmitt Smith | ProFootballTalk
In the 1990s, one of the best barstool debates for NFL fans was whether Barry Sanders or Emmitt Smith was the best running back in the league. But while that may have been (and may still be) a fun argument for fans and members of the media, it's not an argument that Sanders will participate in.

Kenny Britt pleads not guilty to three disorderly person charges | ProFootballTalk
Our days without a Kenny Britt legal post meter hit seven this morning, so we knew this was coming. Britt was back in court in New Jersey Tuesday to plead not guilty to three disorderly person charges, according to the Associated Press.

LABOR PAINS:

Lawyers In NFL Labor Dispute Meet - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Kristian: NFL Deal By July 21 Likely? - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

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