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Fleur-de-Links: March 1, 2011

Very little going on today. Make the jump for your usual buffet of links and tweets.


Adam Schefter
Manning + Vick weren't only designated exclusive franchise players this winter. Raiders LB Kamerion Wimbley also was - to tune of $11.2 mil.

Lance Moore
Cleaned the whole crib w @ and @. A few things to do later. Prob gonna shower and try to hit this quick nap

New Orleans Saints
Photos for our Saints Dog Contest must be submitted by the end of today. Send ur best photo of ur dog IN Saints gear to

New Orleans Saints
Cool read by's @ on the Saints use of technology during scouting process

Heath Evans
It scarred me deeply, but I am powering through it. -

Motivational Quotes
by dmpressley
You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose. -Lou Holtz

Jermon Bushrod
I just got on my flight... And it's a Colts plane... ... Lol.. I ain't mad tho

Scott Shanle
Greg McElroy says he’s better prepared for the NFL than Cam Newton via @.. what you think?

Jeff Duncan
It's the NFL offseason so you know what that means.... It's Mailbag time. Here's the link for questions:

Usama Young
I'm up I'm up! Guests coming all week. Time to clean up

Drew Brees
March is National Nutrition Month! Check out the new Dietary Guidelines from @ @

Rich Eisen
by JasonLaCanfora
Some stills from my 40 trickling in. Gonna shar em with you as we get set to air the 40 at 1pm ET.

Adam Schefter
More potential cuts this week: Az QB Derek Anderson, LB Joey Porter, 49ers CB Nate Clements, Pitt OT Flozell Adams, Minn WR Bernard Berrain.

Lance Moore
“@: @ help spread the word please.--- Make miracles happen for kids! Free pancakes tomorrow from

Thomas Morstead
Flying back to nola

Usama Young
Watchin my turtles go to work on these fish. Feastin!


Hitting the NFC South hot spots - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Santos in Anchorage, Alaska asks if the Saints might be interested in running back Clinton Portis.

Pat Yasinskas: Possible, but I think that will be addressed more down the road. Like a lot of teams, I think the Saints are willing to go into the lockout as they are, and let things sort out later. No doubt the Saints will be adding a running back at some point. It could happen in the draft or it could happen whenever free agency starts. Portis is an older guy now, and that means he’ll probably be available for a while. If the Saints aren’t happy with what happens with their situation at running back, Portis could be a guy they take a look at later.

The Saints Need to Make a Decision on Reggie Bush
The Saints will likely renegotiate Bush's contract


NFL Videos: Combine: Day 4 Player of the Day
LSU CB Patrick Peterson is the player of the day for the final day at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson impresses with blazing 40-yard dash at NFL scouting combine |
Peterson is timed at 4.34 seconds

NFL Combine Notes: Monday key for front seven prospects
Notes from Monday with defensive linemen and linebackers taking center stage.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: news: CBA mediation between NFL, players' union resumes in D.C.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association returned to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service office of George Cohen on Tuesday to resume collective bargaining agreement negotiations that were suspended after seven days on Thursday.

Report: Carson Palmer claims he’ll never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again | ProFootballTalk
Dennis Janson of WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reports that Palmer recently told a confidant, “I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again.” (Of course, if Palmer plays for a team that plays at the Bengals, then he will.)

NFL Videos: Rich Eisen's 40-yard dash
Did Rich Eisen record a personal best in the 40-yard dash with a sub 6.2 second 40? Find out.

Redskins cut Portis, ends 7 eventful years in DC - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"Southeast Jerome" is officially gone for good. As well as "Dolla Bill" and "Sheriff Gonna Getcha." Clinton Portis was released by the Washington Redskins on Monday, ending a charismatic and sometimes contentious seven-year stay that, for a while at least, made him the face of the franchise. - National Football League news

Uninformed agents could hurt NFLPA - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The failure of agents to adequately understand the issues at hand could play a role in the leverage game. - National Football League news

Time running out on NFL's labor agreement - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Let the countdown begin. Less than 72 hours before the NFL's collective bargaining agreement expires, the league and the players' union were scheduled to resume negotiations in front of a federal mediator. There was no telling whether the sides would fare any better Tuesday than they did over seven consecutive days of talks that wrapped up last week -- and left the league's owners and... - National Football League news

Greg McElroy says he’s better prepared for the NFL than Cam Newton | ProFootballTalk
“I say me,” McElroy said. “Obviously, my talent level has a much lower ceiling than Cam. That’s fair, and I respect and understand that. But I don’t think I’m the only guy in the NFL that might have that same problem — I don’t think Peyton Manning is as athletic as Cam.”

Vick doesn’t show up for charity event | ProFootballTalk
At a time when Mike Vick supporters believe he has changed and doubters search for any evidence that he hasn't, the doubters currently are winning. Ashley Fox of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Vick failed to show up Monday for an event known as "What It Takes," organized by Anthony Martin...

Mediation doesn’t resume until 1:00 p.m. ET | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, we suggested that the NFL and the players' union shouldn't bother to show up for mediation on Tuesday if they're not serious about getting a deal done. Apparently, they're taking us up on that.