Fleur-de-Links: July 20, 2011

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Darren Sharper talks about his future - Video | NOLA.com
Darren Sharper talks about his future during the Sharper and Harper Football Camp at the Joseph S. Yenni Stadium in Metairie Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper favors one-time franchise tag | NOLA.com
'Drew is not a guy that would put himself above any type of team negotiations'

Marshall Faulk hopes his success inspires children of New Orleans | NOLA.com
He will be inducted into Allstate Sugar Bowl's Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday

Deke: The Most Important Pre-season Games Ever? - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Brees tweets response to rumors as negotiations to end lockout continue
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 free agent linebacker Scott Shanle wants fast resolution to future when NFL Lockout is lifted
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.

Brees Says He Wants No Special Perks in New Deal " Saints Gab
The Definitive New Orleans Saints Blog!

Parents’ divorce could complicate status of Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy | ProFootballTalk
As we continue to wonder where Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy is and whether he's ever going to give it back to the Heisman Trust, one issue could be complicating things: Bush's stepdad, who is reportedly in possession of the trophy, is getting divorced from Bush's mom.

Reggie Bush among potential cap casualties - ESPN
Reggie Bush's bloated cap number could make him expendable in New Orleans. He's not the only big name on shaky ground, writes John Clayton.

New Orleans Saints Running Back Controversy: What should the Saints do? (Part 5 of 5) | Who Dat Dish
New Orleans Saints Running Back Controversy: What should the Saints do? (Part 5 of 5)

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots owner, dies after cancer battle - chicagotribune.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Myra Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a hard-working philanthropist dedicated to numerous causes, died Wednesday. She was 68.

Hitting the NFC South links - NFC South Blog - ESPN
A morning run through the headlines around the NFC South. John Czarnecki has lists of lockout winners and losers. The Atlanta Falcons are No. 1 on th

Scouting the undrafted free agents - NFC South Blog - ESPN
One of the first things teams will do after the lockout ends will be to sign undrafted free agents. Those are the college players who were passed ove

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Three and out: Manning to miss part of camp "
NFL Blogs on NFL.com is the only official NFL blog destination for the latest NFL news, NFL fantasy football news, NFL player news, NFL team news, and NFL breaking news.

Orton’s salary makes him tough for Broncos to keep | ProFootballTalk
The plan in Denver appears to be for Tim Tebow to start at quarterback, even if the Broncos won't say it yet. The team figures to shop Kyle Orton around for a mid-round draft pick.

Kris Jenkins announces retirement | ProFootballTalk
Kris Jenkins and Cullen Jenkins apparently aren't going to join forces in Washington after all. Jenkins announced Wednesday via Facebook that he's going to retire. "It is time for the torch to be passed to the younger players.

Peyton Manning didn’t appear on Colts’ injury report despite neck ailments | ProFootballTalk
We passed along a report this morning that Peyton Manning won't be ready to go for the start of the Colts' training camp (assuming the Colts' training camp opens on time) because he's still recovering from neck surgery.

LABOR PAINS:

Report: CBA more "tenuous" than widely believed | ProFootballTalk
As the powers-that-be with the NFLPA* meet in Washington to digest the proposed labor deal and as the owners prepare to do so tomorrow, Don Banks of SI.com has sprayed some cold water, Javon Walker style, on the optimism that the agreement will be approved.

Condon thinks players will approve labor deal | ProFootballTalk
Rarely if ever does an NFL agent give us any good news.  Today, NFL agent Tom Condon did. In an interview with Rich Eisen of NFL Network, Condon said that he thinks the players will approve the proposed labor deal.

NFL, players inching closer to a new deal
The deal isn't done. But the NFL's players and owners have set in motion an exit strategy from the four-month-old lockout.

PLAYERS DIDN'T VOTE ON DEAL TODAY:

AP: NFL players won't vote Wednesday on new deal | wwltv.com New Orleans
A person familiar with the NFL negotiations tells The Associated Press that players will not vote Wednesday on a deal to end the lockout.

NFL Players: Meeting Is ''not To OK A Deal'' - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

NFL players say they're not tied to deal deadline - FROM THE WIRE - SunHerald.com
Cautioning not to assume the lockout will be over by the weekend, NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae said his group is "not tied" to a deadline for getting a deal done in the next 24 hours.

NFLPA President Kevin Mawae says his group isn't tied to Thursday deadline | NOLA.com
He wants best deal for players

In NFL lockout, Kevin Mawae says players 'not tied' to deadline - NFL - SI.com
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cautioning not to assume the lockout will be over by the weekend, NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae said his group is "not tied" to a deadline for getting a deal done in the next 24 hours.

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