Fleur-de-Links: July 22, 2011

PLAYER TWEETS:

Will Smith
Glad to hear is okay..

Big Baby

SAINTS:

New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter recovering well from offseason knee surgery | NOLA.com
Trainer says Porter expects to be ready for start of season; also raves about receiver Robert Meachem's progress

New Orleans Saints free agency tracker | NOLA.com
Keep up with the Saints' moves

The irony of the Reggie Bush situation - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Toward the end of Friday’s NFC South chat, loyal reader Richard from Ann Arbor, Mich., brought up an excellent point. "Any explanation for

Reggie Bush & Mike Tyson To Appear On CBS Reality Show | Ball Junkie
CBS announced yesterday that New Orleans Saints player Reggie Bush and former pro boxer Mike Tyson will appear on their reality TV show titled Same Name.

Will Deuce McAllister Be Next To New Orleans Saints HOF? | Who Dat Dish
Profile of former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister and a possible induction into the Saints Hall Of Fame.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

NFL GMs still don't know when they can negotiate with free agents | NOLA.com
"We're still in the same place we were'

Cam Newton will make $22 million in first four seasons | ProFootballTalk
In the past, No. 1 overall picks at quarterback were paid like they were among the very best players at their position. Now they are paid like below average starters.

Looking at how salary cap flexibility will work in 2011 | ProFootballTalk
We reported Thursday that NFL teams would have a mechanism to make it easier to keep high priced veterans in 2011. When the league rolled out their settlement agreement (which hasn't yet been agreed to by the players), we found out how it all work. Teams will have roughly $3.

NFLPA* issues warning on website that’s trying to reconstitute a union | ProFootballTalk
In the opinion of NFLPA* lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, it can take as long as two weeks to reconstitute the union.  In the opinion of NFL lawyer Bob Batterman, it can take as few as two hours. The truth is somewhere in the middle, much closer to two hours than 312.

GET A DEAL DONE GUYS:

Report: Players want opt out clause included in CBA | ProFootballTalk
It's clear that issues remain between the players and owners. In the scheme of things, we're not sure that these are huge issues and we remain optimistic like NFLPA* leadership that a deal can be reached fairly soon.  As we've seen, however, closing is the hardest part.

Players studying NFL owners' proposal, no vote scheduled yet | wwltv.com New Orleans
The NFL was stuck in a holding pattern Friday as the players studied the owner-approved proposal to end the lockout and tried to determine when -- and even whether -- to vote on it.

Aiello: 'It's semantics'

NFL Videos: Evans: 'Fans are with us'
Hear why Saints FB Heath Evans believes the fans now side with players and how he believes owners slipped language that wasn't agreed upon by players into the proposed deal.

Misguided owners drop the ball
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Players reviewing proposal; say no further statements Friday
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NFL On Hold; Players Study Deal OK'd By Owners - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

NFL drops third quarterback rule, 46 active players on game day | ProFootballTalk
With everyone focusing on how the league's finances will change for the 2011 season and beyond, little attention has been paid to the rules changes that will affect the teams on game days. But one change that the owners and players to agree to will come into play on Sunday afternoons.

Packers presidents says the NFL has "put our pens down" | ProFootballTalk
The headline seems a lot more ominous than the content of Packers president Mark Murphy's quote.  The Green Bay Press-Gazette declares that Murphy said "NFL owners are done negotiating." The reality is a bit more tame.

NFL Meeting Press Conference Transcript

Football people not reacting well to new CBA rules | ProFootballTalk
It's widely believed that NFL owners agreed to overhaul practice and safety rules, cutting the offseason workout program and eliminating two-a-day practices, because it was a cost-free way to strike the financial deal the owners craved.

MARK INGRAM CRASHED INTO AN 18-WHEELER AND SENT THE 18-WHEELER TO THE HOSPITAL:

Mark Ingram accident: Truck driver who collided with Alabama's Heisman winner asks 'Who Dat?' | al.com
Driver had never heard of the football star drafted by the New Orleans Saints, saying, "I only worry about 'em if they're Green Bay Packers."

Saints | Mark Ingram involved in traffic accident - NFL Hot off the Wire
Saints | Mark Ingram involved in traffic accident - NFL

Mark Ingram uninjured in crash with 18-wheeler | ProFootballTalk
Saints first-round tailback Mark Ingram got a scare on Friday in Huntsville, Alabama. According to WBRC-TV, Ingram's car collided with an 18-wheeler at 1:00 a.m. Friday. Ingram's girlfriend was riding with him.  Fortunately, no one was injured.

RB Ingram Involved in Accident with 18-Wheeler; No Injuries " Saints Gab
The Definitive New Orleans Saints Blog!

VIDEO: Saints RB Ingram In Car Wreck In Alabama - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

VIDEO: Saints running back Mark Ingram uninjured after car wreck in Alabama
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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram feeling fine after car accident, according to trainer | NOLA.com
Ingram is scheduled to go through full workout with trainer Wyatt Harris this evening

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram reportedly uninjured in car wreck Friday morning | NOLA.com
His car collided with an 18-wheeler

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