Posted by Jaboner Jackson 3:15 pm CST / 1:15 pm PST. On a warm, overcast day in New Orleans, the owners are continuing on with the minutiae of football even though a new CBA is far on the horizon. I won’t bore you the rule changes that have proposed (PFT and ESPN can bore you with that junk). Instead, let’s get to the real juice:
Kevin Kolb isn’t going anywhere. When Andy Reid said last week that he was fielding preliminary offers for Kolb from teams, he was speaking the truth. But the truth doesn’t matter in this case. Sources have confirmed to me that Kolb will backup Mike Vick this year in Philadelphia and the team will look to unload him next offseason, when they have a long-term contract in place with Vick. Reid wants to see Vick play a full schedule healthy before extending a new contract once a CBA is in place.
Carson Palmer isn’t going anywhere either. He will either be retired or back in a Cincinnati uniform and selling hot dogs. But that doesn’t mean that teams aren’t expressing interest. Sources have confirmed to me that the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals have inquired about the Heisman winner.
No new CBA deal is pending. The NFLPA is committed to litigation. Attorneys working with the NFL have confirmed to me that they think the NFLPA is making a mistake. Judge Doty will not be presiding over the hearing on April 6. Rather Judge Susan Nelson will be. And thanks to Twitter, the NFL think the NFLPA shot themselves in the foot regarding decertification and it being a sham. The day before decertification, the NFLPA’s DeMaurice Smith tweeted for the players to be ready for decertification even before the negotiations under the federal mediator concluded. The NFL will base its case on this element of time in arguing that the decertification is a sham and in fact the NFLPA still does exist.
More to come tonight…