No disrespect to the makers of Transformer 3, Hangover 2, Thor and Harry Potter, but the NFL is truly the year’s best blockbuster hit.
Albeit, these good movies last a little over two hours with exciting drama with developments leading to the stars to an expected victory before the credits roll, the suspense of the NFL lasts for 24 hours a day, seven days a week with developments without knowing who will win it all at season’s end.
Therefore, similar to the edge of the seat suspense of a blockbuster movie, developing scenarios around the NFL is just as intense, if not more.
In the coming day around the NFL, developing stories will come to an end.
Some are known, while some may be shocking.
THE RE-CERTIFYING OF THE NFL UNION
Wednesday night, the players were scheduled to recertify the union as discussed by the owners and the NFLPA as part of the agreement to finalize a new CBA deal on Monday.
The NFLPA was decertified on March 11, led by Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, a day before the owners locked the doors to the players and other members of their organizations.
“The decision to decertify was important because at the time we were a union,” said Smith Thursday, July 21 outside NFLPA headquarters, according to Gary Graves of USA Today. “The decision to come back as a union is going to be an equally serious and sober one that they have to make.”
One of the topics that the union will discuss is a new drug testing policy.
QB CARSON PALMER SUITING UP TO PLAY AFTER FOR THE BENGALS
“Hopefully this is the last place I’ll end up playing,” said Palmer in 2005, according the Associated Press. “That’s so rare in this league these days. It’s so rare to see a person have a 5-, 8-, 10-, 12-year career in one place. And I feel very fortunate that it looks like that’s going to be my future.”
Such meaningful words, at the time. So therefore, it’s really hard to imagine Palmer retiring in this matter.
Palmer told the Bengals organization in January that he wants to be traded or if not, he wants to be traded. Bengals owner Mike Brown is in the right to not grant Palmer’s request, who has four years remaining on his nine-year, $118.75 million deal that was reworked in 2005 through to 2014.
Yes, the Bengals are not the greatest team in the NFL, but they are just one year removed from being a playoff team. If Palmer could look at the talent around this Bengals squad now, he will have a core of young guys who will follow his lead with no back talk.
If Palmer would change his mind, the Bengals get back to playoff form quicker. Besides, NFL fans don’t want to see another great player just disappear and forever ask questions of what if with so much left in the tank.
NNAMDI ASOMUGHA AND RANDY MOSS TO THE JETS
After signing wide receiver Santonio Holmes to a five-year, $50 million on Wednesday, the Jets have cap space to sign the prize NFL free agent cornerback, and Moss won’t command much on the market.
Head coach Rex Ryan told to the organization in a Monday morning meeting to go after players to win a championship.
The best thing about this possible scenario of Asomugha and Moss’ signings with the Jets is the backing of the other best cornerback in the NFL, Darrelle Revis.
“He’s the best cornerback in the league,” said Revis via twitter, who is regarded as such by other players around the NFL. “Me and him as a tandem would be unbelievable. It would be awesome. I would love to have him as a teammate.
“Randy, you respect a guy like him,” he continued. “Words are words. We know sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.”
It all depends on what Asomugha is looking for: more cash or a Super Bowl ring.
PEYTON MANNING WILLMISS THE ENTIRE PRESEASON
Manning had neck surgery in May and has not worked with the team’s trainers since then. Manning is scheduled to not be ready for the start of training camp.
When the Colts’ facilities opened their doors on Tuesday for the players, Manning didn’t walk through them.
“No, we have not,” said Polian when asked whether he had seen Manning on Tuesday, according to WFIN ESPN 1070 the Fan in Indy. “Most of the guys, or some of the guys, are filtering in. I know the weight Peyton carries, but that’s not out of the norm.”
Manning missed serious time during the preseason last year, but still managed to throw for 433 yards, on a record-setting passing attempts of 57 (completing 40) and three touchdowns in a loss to the Houston Texans.
And not having a new deal before camp may contribute to Manning’s absence.
THERE WILL BE A SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT, WITHOUT QB TERRELLE PRYOR
The NFL has yet to schedule a Supplemental draft for the 2011 season. Among the list of entries, Georgia running back Caleb King announced in early July that he would enter the draft if there’s one, due to him being declared academically eligible.
However, the big fish is former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor who announced this summer after he decided to forgo his senior season after the NFL draft in April due to his violation of NCAA’s rules.
The NFL has placed strict rules about the eligibility of the supplemental draft eligibility because of the actions of former Cleveland Browns quarterback, now the team’s consultant, Bernie Kosar.
In 1985, Kosar manipulated the system to avoid the Minnesota Vikings, who traded two picks to the-then Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans), from drafting him. Kosar voiced his feelings of playing for his hometown team in Cleveland.
After some wheeling and dealing between them and the Buffalo Bills, the Browns eventually gained the first-overall pick in the 1985 supplemental draft, and Kosar was selected then.
According to reports, Pryor is not eligible for the supplemental draft, despite knowing he was going to miss the first five contests of the Buckeyes.
“If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft,” said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello in a written email to FOXSports.com on Sunday, according to FOXSports.com. “It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft. It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular (draft).”
If there’s a supplemental draft, Pryor most likely won’t be allow to enter the draft because according to Aiello, a player had to be kicked off their college teams, declared academically ineligible or graduated and then decided to leave school.
Pryor would have been in an uncomfortable situation with his teammates and Buckeyes fans for causing then head coach Jim Tressel to resign.
Because of this ruling, according to Aiello, don’t expect to see Pryor in the NFL this season via supplemental draft.