According to just about everyone who covers the NFL over the course of the weekend, player reps will vote to approve the proposed CBA today which will end the NFL lockout.
Personally, I am glad this is finally over. The last few weeks have been a roller coaster of updates from members of the media. First the deal was close, then there were significant fissures, then close again, then back off. Just ready for this to end so we can get back to some normalcy with the NFL calendar.
The timetable for offseason events is uncertain as of this morning but should clarify by the end of today. It is expected that players will be able to report to team facilities by Wednesday and that free agency could start on Saturday.
The best news of all? Fantasy football for 2011 has been saved!
Here are today’s great reads:
- We could not kick off the 2011 NFL offseason without a few Brett Favre rumors, so here is a doozy: The Philadelphia Eagles are rumored to be interested in bringing Favre in as a backup to Michael Vick. I guess this means Kevin Kolb really is a goner. [Shutdown Corner]
- The Patriots drafted a pair of running backs in the 2011 NFL Draft, but one of these is gathering some steam as a potential fantasy football sleeper. Shane Vereen from Cal could be the next running back we all fall in love with from the Patriots who ends up not really working out, so buyer beware of course. [Fantasy Knuckleheads]
- Ryan Mathews was the rookie sensation who never was in 2010. He was being drafted as a high-end RB2 after the Chargers moved up to make him their starting running back. Injuries and fumble concerns, as well as the emergence of Mike Tolbert, never let Mathews off the ground. Now Mathews is a big sleeper heading into 2011 and I am buying it, even though I got burned by him last year. [The Fifth Down]
- Matthew Berry’s yearly draft day manifesto is always worth a look, even if you cannot stand the propaganda from ESPN. Berry keeps it real and is about the only ESPN personality I can stand these days. [ESPN.com]
- Looking for a few bounce-back candidates in 2011? Try Green Bay’s Ryan Grant and Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart. Grant is coming off a season-ending injury and will have to share some time this year, while Stewart gets to handle the load with DeAngelo Williams finally out of his way. [RotoProfessor]
- A good read for fantasy owners, and a reminder that you need to let last season go when you draft for this year: Don’t be fooled by age and previous year’s beauty. Fantasy owners, let go of those harsh feelings for Ryan Mathews, Shonn Greene and Jonathan Stewart even though they burned you last year! [The Big Lead]
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