Monday, March 24, 2014
Previewing NFL's Owners Meetings
By James Walker
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL’s league meetings will begin Monday.
Here are several topics of interest that we will be focusing on:
- Locker room culture: Dolphins fans no longer want to hear about Jonathan Martin and the team’s high-profile bullying scandal. However, improving locker room culture in Miami and around the NFL certainly will be a topic of discussion among owners, coaches and general managers. The Dolphins had the curtain pulled back on their locker room last season during the 144-page Ted Wells report. There were several disturbing details that resulted in players switching teams and a firing of an assistant coach and head trainer.
- Compensatory picks: We will find out if the Dolphins will get compensatory picks. Miami lost several key free agents in 2013, such as tailback Reggie Bush and left tackle Jake Long. But the Dolphins also went on a spending spree in the final offseason for general manager Jeff Ireland that included high-price signings like receiver Mike Wallace and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler.
- Stadium renovation: The NFL said Ross’ stadium renovation proposal is not on the docket for this year’s league meetings. But there’s a good chance Ross will discuss his plan and get a feeling from other owners on whether funding the renovations himself is a good idea. Ross is planning to spend about $350 million of his own money to improve Sun Life Stadium. However, he would like property tax relief in exchange for the renovations. Ross may also meet with the media for the first time this week since the stadium story became public.