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Fleur-de-Links: Friday, February 25, 2011

Having already digested and commented on the 2011 NFL Combine Profile on Akeem Ayers, it's now time for you to move on to the next course of the NFL meal for today - Links Galore (not to be confused with the Ms. Galore femme fatale from the James Bond film - I'll leave it to someone else to post a drool-inducing pic in the comment section)!!


LanceMoore16 All that I'm gonna say about this weather is....Man move!!! Tired of it. That being said, at the gym for guns n abs ...
robyslyfe Look'n at the NBA trades, there were some crazy & shocking deals that took place..!
ChaseDaniel Leaving this.. for a windchill that feels like 11 degrees in K.C...something is wrong with this picture!
reggie_bush Something about getting your workout done early in the morning always makes you feel good about yourself! Got your whole day ahead of you
jeffduncantp Just ran into #Saints dir of college scouting Rick Reiprish & the entire college scouting staff at Lucas Oil Stadium. Workouts begin today.
caplannfl According to agent sources in meeting today: teams can't talk to agents at pro days about rookies if there's a lockout.
Pierre_Thomas getting my morning workout in #blackoppsdoc says its good exercise for my peripherals
usama_young28 Good morning tweeps. Walking into Kennedy Middle School with @BWillzLife to have another Chalk Talk with the students
HeathEvans Going to new Orleans hamburger & seafood on St Charles......Naomi wanted some Gumbo!! #fb
LanceMoore16 Lunch @dubpub with @NickMoore_1@sliverback4. Starving after that workout.
miketripletttp Four of the highest profile NFL agents just came out to show their unified support for the NFLPA - Rosenhaus, Segal, Condon, Dogra.
HeathEvans I'm about 200 followers away from 20K Help me get there by tomorrow @ 12:00 pm & I'll give away an autographed mini-helmet by @jonvilma51#fb
miketripletttp Rosenhaus: Owners could hurt game dramatically by locking players out and turning their backs on them when things are going so well.
AdamSchefter NFLPA Exec Dir De Smith addressing agents now. An agent in room texted: "Not close on one single issue. This WILL go into September."
jeffduncantp Just announced "Georgia WR A.C. Green is available at podium C" to the assembled media for his Combine press briefing. That's right, A.C...
alexbrown96 RT @michaelstrahan: Just got done with my morning exercise!! / I'm jealous big dog...
jgoody76 Think u just have to block them RT @Crowzz01: Do anyone know how to delete a follower?
jeffduncantp Reminder: @SI_PeterKing's Combine tweetup, @brewhouse, 6:30 2nite. @Mike TriplettTP & I will attend along w/NFLPA reps, other NFL beat hacks
jeffduncantp Two ex-#Saints OLinemen have been promoted to Packers staff per @jasonjwilde: Joel Hilgenberg, off. quality control, Jerry Fontenot, RBs.
sharper42 out here on the west coast. they say it never rains in southern california, I can't tell.
TylerLorenzen I am and this sun shine is great RT @ashley_andel @TylerLorenzen are you in Nola?
TylerLorenzen Oh man! Gonna be playin ball myself go Huskies though. #nolockout RT @CtopherHall going to try and come to Iowa St @ UConn this September?
jgoody76 This couple just left their cart like this and the cart rack is less than 10 ft away. Smh
jgoody76 The rack is next to the blue car
jeffduncantp Just visited with LSU RB Stevan Ridley, who predicted a BCS title for the Tigers next season. "I'm gonna put it out there," Ridley said.
jeffduncantp Ridley said he checked in at 5-11, 225 & hopes to run a 4.5 40 during testing. He has been training in Boca Raton, Fla., w/Patrick Peterson.
usama_young28 Great time at the school. Done with Chalk Talk w/ the kids


Saints/NFC South

New Orleans Saints and their fans moving forward despite NFL labor issues |
Today is first deadline for payments on season tickets

New Orleans Saints don't use franchise tag, could possibly make restricted free agent offers, aren't likely to release tailback Reggie Bush |
One week remains until the end of the NFL's current collective bargaining agreement

Updated NFC South salary-cap figures - NFC South Blog |
We've had some recent moves in the NFC South, so it's time to update where each of the division and its' four teams stand in terms of money


Combine Coverage

Southeastern Conference flexing its muscle at NFL Scouting Combine |
Best players come from the best conference

The best player not at the combine? - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - If it hasn't happened already, Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff is going to hear Vidal Hazelton's name at the scouting combine at some point.

NFL combine: Labor talk, Cam Newton speculation among early themes |
Labor, Cam Newton and Tim Tebow were among the hot topics during Day 1 of the scouting combine, John Clayton writes.

Page 2 readers come up with NFL's Wonderlic questions |
With the NFL combine starting this week, we come up with some funny questions we wished they'd see.

2011 NFL Draft: Up-and-down day for offensive linemen and tight ends at NFL combine weigh-ins -
Todd McShay and Kevin Weidl break down the first day of weigh-ins at the 2011 NFL combine, including the offensive linemen and tight ends who looked best and worst. Includes height and weight highs and lows.


Labor Pains

NFLPA head hopes deal gets done to avert lockout |
Associated Press

Mediator says NFL, union make 'some progress' |
Associated Press

NFL, union have 'strong differences' in CBA talks |
Associated Press

Senator Jay Rockefeller says NFL should open books to union |
The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee is urging NFL owners to open their financial books to the players union, arguing that will help resolve a labor dispute.

NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith meets with agents at combine |
Four prominent agents stood side-by-side Friday in a show of solidarity with the NFL Players Association at the league's annual scouting combine.

Agents show solidarity with NFL players union in labor talks |
Mike Triplett - High-profile agents Tom Condon, Ben Dogra, Drew Rosenhaus and Joel Segal address media in unified front; offer no comments on contract talks with New Orleans Saints players.

Who faces bad field position from a lockout? | Yahoo! Sports
Michael Silver - A look at all 32 teams to find out who's sitting pretty and who's begging for a quick resolution in the labor battle.



What can be learned from Dave Duerson tragedy? |
Peter Finney - "Please see that my brain is given to the NFL's brain bank," Duerson wrote in a suicide note.