7-25-11: Bird Droppings - The End Of The Lockout!

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Today, if all of the meetings between the NFLPA and the Owners go according to plan, should mark the end of the NFL Lockout. Time to rejoice everyone.

Along with Lockout updates, also a look at when training camp can start for the Cardinals, and DRC talking with a radio station in Philly.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Word From the Birds Blog - DRC talks about the Eagles
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie just did a phone interview with Philadelphia radio station WIP, obviously to talk about the speculation that he would be part of a trade for quarterback Kevin Kolb. "A lot of people been hitting me up," DRC said. "I’m just playing it by ear. Whatever happens, happens."

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - A guess at when camp opens in Flagstaff
If the NFLPA's executive committee approves a CBA proposal on Monday, word is "training camps" could open as quickly as Wednesday, with the league perhaps starting Friday. I put "training camps" in quotations because it's likely to be a soft opening. The Cardinals won't be going to Flagstaff on Wednesday, which is when they were originally scheduled.

Arizona Cardinals expected to open training camp Wednesday - ArizonaSports.com
Finally there is football again. After what seemed like the longest NFL offseason in history, football activities will resume shortly and training camps could start as early as Wednesday. According to Matt Pomeroy of the NFL Network, the Arizona Cardinals will be one of 10 teams opening camp on Wednesday.

One quarterback the Cards WON'T be signing - ArizonaSports.com
Apparently Daunte Culpepper wants a job in the NFL. According to ProFootballTalk, the veteran cites "unfinished business" as reason for wanting another shot. In fact, the site lists the Cardinals as a team that should at least consider giving Culpepper a tryout. Please.

Arizona Cardinals free agency wish list - ArizonaSports.com
While the majority of the Cardinals offseason news has revolved around the quarterback vacancy, there are a few other holes which still need to be addressed. Although quarterback is an important position, teams that go 5-11 usually have more than one hole and the Cardinals are no different. Arizona could use help on the offensive line as well as at the linebacker position and there are a few names that will be available in free agency once the lockout ends.

Re-up or Reject: Bryan Robinson - ArizonaSports.com
Bryan Robinson joined the Cardinals before the 2008-09 season as a player who was expected to provide solid depth and veteran leadership. Three years later he is looking at free agency and the Cardinals have to make a decision.

Arizona Sports News:

Justin Upton again leads Arizona Diamondbacks past Colorado Rockies
Justin Upton is in a groove that could prove pivotal as the Arizona Diamondbacks embark on a nine-game road trip beginning Tuesday in San Diego. Upton, coming off a six-RBI game the night before, drove in three more Sunday as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 7-0 in front of 28,090 at Chase Field. Upton had a triple, two doubles, a single and stole a base, raising his average eight points to .301.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Geoff Blum likely sidelined 2-3 weeks with fractured finger
Third baseman Geoff Blum fractured his right pinkie finger while fielding a bouncing ground ball hit by Ryan Spilborghs in the second inning of the team's 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on Sunday. He likely will be sidelined for two to three weeks.

NFL News:

2011 NFL lockout -- Owners, players come to deal on all points, sources say - ESPN
The NFL's players association and owners groups have reached agreement on the remaining points needed in their 10-year labor deal, sources from both sides said.

AP Sources: NFL, players set on terms of deal - ArizonaSports.com
NFL owners and players agreed early Monday to the terms of a deal to end the lockout, and players were expected to begin their voting process later in the day, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Sources: Latest NFL timeline starts Tuesday - ESPN
Free-agent negotiations and trades may begin Tuesday and transactions can be filed with the league office Friday at 6 p.m., according to an updated timeline for league business to begin, sources told ESPN.com's John Clayton.

More reports emerge that deal was reached at 3:00 a.m. | ProFootballTalk
Jay Glazer was the first to report it. And now the rest of the reports are following. Both the Associated Press and Albert Breer of NFL Network report that a deal finally was reached between the legal teams for the owners and the players.

The timeline given to Executive Committee and player representatives | ProFootballTalk
Everyone has a timeline, so we decided we should get one, too. We got ours from a pretty good source. It’s the actual hard copy being considered by the NFLPA* Executive Committee and board of player representatives.

Latest timeline confirms that free agency could start Tuesday | ProFootballTalk
At a time when it appeared that Saints quarterback Drew Brees was on track to being even more clueless than the media when it comes to pegging the start of free agency, Brees could be right on the money. Adam Schefter of ESPN has the "latest timeline" for the return of the NFL, which he says is subject to the approval of the NFLPA*. (It they truly have a done deal, shouldn’t they also have an agreed-to timeline?)

New CBA has protections for career-ending injuries | ProFootballTalk
One item in the new CBA that has slipped below the radar over the last few days was uncovered by Peter King of SI.com: Players that suffer career-ending injuries will have more protection.

Final answer: No opt out clause in CBA | ProFootballTalk
After quite a bit of last minute back-and-forth on the topic, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports there will be no opt-out clause in the upcoming CBA.

The NFL lockout was about money not safety - ArizonaSports.com
The NFL lockout is over and as the dust settles many people still think all of this was about protecting the players. Don't count Ron Wolfley as one of them. Wolfley would like fans to remember, in the end this was all about the money.

NFL lockout legacy depends on view
The NFL lockout is expected to end this week, and your reaction to that probably depends upon how closely you followed the action. If you paid scant attention to negotiations over the past six months, you probably shrugged and thought good sense was bound to win out. If you watched it as if waiting for a child's first steps, you likely wondered what took players and owners so long to come to their senses.

Seven things you may have missed in new CBA | ProFootballTalk
We’ve tackled a lot of the big implications of the new CBA, which is expected to be voted on by the NFLPA* Executive Committee on Monday.

Logical post-lockout reporting timetable - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The pending NFL labor agreement calls for player reporting dates Wednesday and Friday. Which teams would report when? Let's do the math.

Terrelle Pryor into supplemental draft? NFL eyes NCAA ruling, sources say - ESPN
Terrelle Pryor's NFL safety net appears to be filled with holes.

NFL.com news: Pieces in place for Rams to take over subpar NFC West
With a potential settlement to the NFL lockout looming, analyst Elliot Harrison takes a quick glance at where each division left off following last season. This is a look at the NFC West.

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