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Fleur-de-Links: April 27, 2011


Adam Schefter
Here's something to remember about Carolina: Panthers owner Jerry Richardson loves QB Cam Newton.

Usama Young
Touched down safely and the weather is beautiful. Bout to host a pizza party for Dezrel at Meadowview Elementary School

Alex James Brown
Going to get this workout in right now and hoping to hear some good news about this lockout later today.. Stop playing an let's go to work!
The Fifth Down: Players to Watch at the Draft: The prospects you will hear th...

Jeff Duncan
Terrific column by @ on former LSU star Louis Coleman's call-up to the bigs: Royal invite

NFLPlayerNews Browns | Scott Fujita did not need surgery on knee

NFLPlayerNews NFL | Julio Jones said foot healing well

Jeff Duncan
RT @ When you're a pro athlete, media can be your best friend or worst enemy. Respect what they do & they'll likely respect you

Jeff Duncan
RT @ Both Von Miller and Patrick Peterson said their dream scenario is Dallas trading up to pick them

NFLPlayerNews Falcons | Two WRs could be options in first round

Malcolm Jenkins
Check out this article makes sense to me via @

Courtney Roby
The thought of Donald Trump run'n for Pres. Is a . & im sorry but get'n tired of hear'n bout the "Royal Wedding"

Courtney Roby
Paying attention to world news, we have more pressing needs than to question Pres. Obama's birth certificate and scholastic achievements..

mark schlereth
by j_bushrod7475
NFL owners don't get it! Good piece

Adam Schefter
Into the endless speculation that will engulf the next two days, one team believes Arizona now will consider trading back from No. 5




NFL Draft 2011: New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis pre-draft media availability

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton takes part in Zurich Classic pro-am |
Garrett Hartley, Zach Strief also participate

NFL Draft: 10 best and worst of the New Orleans Saints -- No. 1 worst pick |
Continuing series leading up to this year's NFL draft

New Orleans Saints following own script when it comes to NFL draft |
GM Mickey Loomis says class is loaded with defensive line prospects

Looking at NFC South unrestricted FA - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Assuming the lockout gets lifted before there is a labor agreement -- and that seems a likely scenario at the moment, the free-agency period will open

Saints admit their biggest need is in the front seven | ProFootballTalk
When doing the Saints' team needs earlier this month, we put defensive end as their biggest trouble spot, with linebacker right behind it. G.M. Mickey Loomis seems to have the same general idea.   Asked on SIRIUS NFL Radio Tuesday where the Saints need help, Loomis didn't mince words.



Ironhead's son Cameron forges own path - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Draft prospect Cameron Heyward, son of Ironhead, isn't following in the footsteps of his hard-partying dad. - National Football League news

Tale of the tape: Williams vs. Moore - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
More: Gabbert vs. Newton | Ingram vs. Leshoure | Green vs. Jones | Rudolph vs. Williams Smith vs. - National Football League news

Biggest first round quarterback busts - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The 2011 NFL Draft is high on quarterbacks. Depending on the mock draft that you're looking at, as many as five quarterbacks could be first round picks. The last time that many went in the first round was in 1999. Only one of those five, Donovan McNabb, found success in the NFL. - National Football League news

Top five 'Mr. Irrelevant' NFL Draft picks (since the merger) - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The final pick of the NFL Draft has come to be known as Mr. Irrelevant. This is because, in theory, the Mr. Irrelevant draft pick is the least likely to become an NFL star. As a lifelong New Orleans Saints and NFL fan, I can certainly attest to the fact that this is usually the case. - National Football League news

NFL Mock Draft 2011: Iowa's Adrian Clayborn to Saints at 24th pick IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

Mayock, McShay say Da’Quan Bowers could free fall in draft | ProFootballTalk
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock appeared on PFT Live Wednesday, and was asked by Mike Florio whether he thought any of this year's prospects could have a Tyson Alualu-like jump into the top-ten picks. Mayock preferred to talk about possible sliders.

The next Mike Williams? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Although there is only one season of evidence, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed to hit the jackpot with wide receiver Mike Williams. He tumbled to the



NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appears to be in full spin cycle after the lockout was lifted, and it isn't working - ESPN
The NFL owners were outfoxed and outflanked by the players, and yet Roger Goodell escalated the war of words on Tuesday. Our man says it's time for the commissioner to admit defeat.

NFL ready to turn to appeals court in lockout spat - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Handed a setback by one judge this week, the NFL is preparing to call on another court for help in this fight with the players over the present and future of the $9 billion business. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson sided with the players and lifted the lockout, and she said Tuesday she'll hear from them Wednesday morning before considering the league's request to put her ruling on... - National Football League news

Power Rankings: Top 10 NFL quarterbacks - NFC South Blog - ESPN’s NFL writers rank the top 10 quarterbacks in the league today. Next week: Top 10 safeties. Take eight football writers scattered from

On appeal, first fight will focus on "standard of review" | ProFootballTalk
As NFL lead counsel David Boies told PFT Live on Tuesday, the league believes that legal questions regarding the validity of the decertification of the union and the ability of the federal courts to prevent a lockout will be reviewed from scratch, essentially giving the league a fresh bite at the apple. The players will presumably argue that nothing should be reviewed from scratch, given that Judge Nelson has issued no ruling (yet) on the merits. Instead, Judge Nelson decided to block the lockout based on a finding that the players will suffer irreparable harm and on a conclusion that the players have a "fair chance" of winning on the merits of the case.

Chad Ochocinco: Marvin Lewis hurt my feelings, so I’m gone | ProFootballTalk
Chad Ochocinco doesn't expect to be back with the Cincinnati Bengals this year. And he says a lack of support from coach Marvin Lewis is the reason. In a series of messages on Twitter, Ochocinco said that he felt that he was always loyal to Lewis, and was bothered by Lewis's recent criticism.

Chester Pitts calls Goodell a "fraud," Pash a "consistent turd" | ProFootballTalk
In an interview with Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks guard Chester Pitts agreed with the hosts that Commissioner Roger Goodell is a "fraud." Comparing Goodell to NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, Pitts applauded Pash for being consistent.  "He's a consistent turd," Pitts said.

NFL labor situation may affect Sugar Bowl, BCS title game |
Bowl game, 'MNF' both air on ESPN

NFL players don't want lockout ruling put on hold |
League asking appeals court to overturn federal judge's decision

NFL owners are wrong, and don’t get it - The Washington Post
COLUMN | Football owners are wrong in their case against their players, and they are risking the very structure of the league they say they are committed to upholding.

Goodell: NFL preparing for every contingency | Saints | — Baton Rouge, LA