Off to the NFL meeting

March, 25, 2012
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I’m making the drive to Palm Beach, Fla. to cover the NFL’s annual spring meeting.

Things are officially scheduled to get started until Monday morning, but I plan to do some lobby watching Sunday afternoon. Owners, general managers and coaches will be arriving and there are some committee meetings Sunday.

The New Orleans Saints have issued a few statements about their bounty scandal, but team officials have yet to talk publicly about it. That could change because there likely will be a swarm media members chasing Saints owner Tom Benson.

It still is unclear if coach Sean Payton will attend the meeting. Coaches generally are required to be at this meeting and Payton technically still is the coach of the Saints until he begins a one-year suspension April 1. The team has yet to announce how it plans to proceed in Payton’s absence. But I suspect we’ll find out much more in the next few days.

I’ll check back in later this afternoon.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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