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Fleur-de-Links - Feb. 17th: Will Federal Mediation Aid CBA Negotiations?

Probably not. Both sides seem firmly entrenched. The players' 50/50 offer was immediately rejected as "status quo" by the owners and the owners seem unwilling to budge an inch on their demands. Now that a federal mediator will oversee future talks, will that help them to reach an agreement before March 3rd? Adam Schefter tweets that we shouldn't hold our breath.

Down the yellow brick road of other links, you'll see Sean Payton's comments on Shaun Rogers' visit, Heath Evans is hosting a charity softball game in Florida on Friday night, and Scott Shanle and I agree that Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box" is a kick-ass tune. Gotta also add that Jerry Cantrell is one of the most underrated guitarists out there.


Lance Moore
RT @: when im old and grey i'm gonna look back at my life story and i'm gonna smile

Jason La Canfora
NFLPA's conference call with players today focused mainly on COBRA benefits and insurance issues in the event of a lockout.

Adam Schefter
Don't mean to be wet blanket, but here's what someone in know said about Fed Mediator stepping in to help NFL/NFLPA: "Likely won't help."

NOLA Saints Nation
Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be naming my top 10 best of all time. #10 is Eric Martin:

Scott Shanle
not trying to overkill with the messages and reweets about nfl labor issue.. just passing it on in case some of u are interested.

Adam Schefter
NFLPA statement: "We hope that this renewed effort, through mediation, will help the players and owners reach a successful deal."

Lance Moore
RT @: It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation.

Pierre Thomas
@ hopefully you dont take another line shot off the chest....cuz maaaan, i was nervous for a second

Heath Evans
@ We will miss your play at third... you sure can turn 2!

Pierre Thomas
RT @ Use when tweeting about the event this week!Thanks guys! ---> wish i could yr

Heath Evans
RT @: NFL stars Reggie Bush, Devin Hester, Pierre Garcon and more hit Roger Dean Stadium for Heath Evans...

Lance Moore
RT @: Great article about the lockout ...NFL owners want guarantees no other business provides ...

Malcolm Jenkins
@ I hate cats and they are too sneaky

Canal St. Chronicles
@ That is a good article. Let's call these negotiations what they really are: a bailout!

Malcolm Jenkins
Great article about the lockout ...NFL owners want guarantees no other business provides via @

Malcolm Jenkins
if this dog goes on my floor one more time!!! im gonna have a puppy for sale lol... Now i know for sure im not ready for kids anytime soon!

CONTEST: Rickey Jackson was the Saints’ 3rd pick in the 1981 NFL Draft. Who was the Saints 4th pick in that draft?

Lance Moore
I'm definitely not mad at this weather today. But is it bad that I don't feel like moving from this couch to go out n really enjoy it? Lol

Malcolm Jenkins

Scott Shanle
Alice in Chains: Man in the Box never gets old!!

Garrett Hartley
Downtown at media day for the Bassmasters Classic. Will be throwing the first cast tomorrow morning. Looking forward to it.

deuce mcallister
The Catch 22 foundation is happy to announce a partnership with JSU's Health Physical Education and Rec dept. Mentoring will occur as well

deuce mcallister
I am happy to announce that the Catch22 foundation and Allstate have partnered for 2011 to change lives in Miss & La. More details to come

Pierre Thomas
happy birthday to two of the greatest of all time...Michael Jordan and Jim Brown

Jonathan Vilma
lockout or not, its about that time to start grinding again...whenever we do start playing again, i'll be ready



2011 mock draft, take one | ProFootballTalk
24. Saints: Derek Sherrod, offensive tackle, Mississippi State. Sherrod is a freakish specimen at 6-foot-6, 312 with 35 1/2-inch arms, 11-inch hands, and a mammoth 94-inch wingspan. Saints incumbent left tackle Jermon Bushrod has struggled as a pass blocker for two straight seasons. An OT? Really? Doesn't this guy know we already have Charles Brown waiting in the wings? We need a DE or OLB, damn it!!

Expect a lot of defensive ends taken in deep first round | ProFootballTalk
Let’s start with some notes on how this draft looks as a whole. Mayock says it’s the best defensive end class he can remember, and eight players have first round grades from him.

New Orleans Saints fullback Heath Evans to host charity softball game in Florida on Friday night |
Saints teammates Reggie Bush, Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper scheduled to appear, among others

Reggie Bush is a hot topic in latest edition of New Orleans Saints mailbag |
Saints beat writer Mike Triplett answers questions from readers

Shaun Rogers in town to meet with Saints
"I’m anxious to meet with him,’’ Saints Coach Sean Payton told NewOrleans.Com on Wednesday night. "He’s got some good tape out there, and he’s a guy who is eligible to sign right now. He can play nose tackle or he can play the 3 and can help in the D-line rotation. He played real well against us this year.

Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers visits with New Orleans Saints |
Three-time Pro Bowler hasn't played on winning team



Sally Jenkins - NFL owners want guarantees no other business provides
I'm not sure why NFL players and fans should pay the estate taxes for Daniel Snyder's children, along with the little Bidwills and Maras. That's one way to think of the current NFL labor dispute. The owners are worried that $9 billion isn't enough revenue growth, and their heirs might someday have to fly commercial. So they're demanding that everybody pony up.

Countdown To No Kickoff: Next Football Season Hostage To Owners' Demands
WASHINGTON -- The National Football League's 32 owners are hurtling toward a March 4 deadline, giving every indication that they plan to lock out the players and stadium employees, potentially jeopardizing the next season in an effort to extract an extra billion dollars per year for themselves and require the players to put in two extra regular season games. The move comes after the owners have managed to siphon hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers to build and maintain stadiums for their private businesses.

League, union agree to federal mediation | ProFootballTalk
Last March, Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal first raised the possibility of federal mediation as a solution for the current labor mess. "We have no plans for mediation," NFL spokesman Greg Aielli told Mullen at the time, "and we are a long way from having to even consider it.

NFLPA will conduct a conference call for all players | ProFootballTalk
As the league and the union continue to not meet but possibly make progress via non-meeting communications, the NFLPA will be communicating with all players. Or at least with as many players who choose to call in and listen.

Union call focused mostly on COBRA | ProFootballTalk
With players concerned about how the looming lockout will affect health insurance for themselves and their families, the NFL Players' Association today gave players some information about what they'll need to do to keep insurance beyond March 4.

Players, owners agree to use mediators | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
The NFL and its players' union agreed Thursday to mediation in their labor dispute, two weeks before the collective bargaining agreement expires.

NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation for labor dispute - ESPN
The NFL and players' union have agreed to mediation in their labor negotiations.

Union doesn’t agree that expiration of CBA ends Judge Doty’s role | ProFootballTalk
And the inability of the NFL and the players’ union to agree on anything continues.

Batterman addresses current issues in CBA fight | ProFootballTalk
In an interview with 790 the Zone in Atlanta, NFL outside labor counsel Bob Batterman reviewed several of the current issues in the CBA conundrum.



Snyder’s control costs Kornheiser credibility | ProFootballTalk
Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s ownership of D.C. radio station WTEM continues to get him favorable coverage from the station’s high-profile talk show host, Tony Kornheiser. And Kornheiser’s refusal to talk about issues that could cast Snyder in a negative light is continuing to result in criticism of Kornheiser.