NFL Nation: 2011 CBA

Video: NFL lockout -- deal done

July, 25, 2011
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Adam Schefter talks about the executive committee approval of settlement.

Jerry Richardson's last stand?

July, 21, 2011
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As owners and players appear to be closing in on a new labor agreement, I can’t help but wonder if this is the last stand for Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.

He was designated by commissioner Roger Goodell a long time ago as the point man for owners in negotiations that have been tumultuous. Richardson’s been accused of trying to break the players’ union, taking a condescending tone toward players and may have been pushed aside by some more moderate owners in the late stages of the negotiations.

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Rob Carr/Getty ImagesOnce a new labor deal is reached, Jerry Richardson may become less involved in league activites.
But, if a deal gets done, it would give Richardson a legacy. The new deal could guarantee labor peace for 10 years. You can bet that Richardson won’t be on the point the next time around.

Richardson is 75 and I’ve got a hunch that once this deal is done, the only former player who is the majority owner of a team is going to take a step back. Ever since the Panthers entered the league in 1995, Goodell and former commissioner Paul Tagliabue have leaned very heavily on Richardson.

They’ve put him in charge of the stadium committee. They used Richardson as the point man in the previous labor deal, which owners later opted out of. They’ve also put Richardson on a bunch of other committees through the years because he’s one of the most respected owners in the league.

Richardson long has believed the NFL is more important than his franchise. That’s why the league logo -- not the team logo -- takes up the prime real estate at Bank of America Stadium. But Richardson has done more than enough for the league.

I’m not saying Richardson is going to flat-out retire. I’m not sure he has it in him to ever fully walk away from the league and the Panthers. But I think you’re going to see him take a step back from league responsibilities and he’ll resist any offers to join new committees.

Richardson’s had some health issues. He had a heart transplant in 2009 and fired his sons, Mark and Jon, as team presidents soon after he returned to full duty. I think Richardson will remain active in running his own franchise, but he won’t be quite as hands-on as he once was. Richardson likely will focus on big-picture decisions, but rely on his new power structure to handle day-to-day operations.

Richardson brought in Danny Morrison as team president. His job is to handle business matters and he gradually has been taking on a bigger role. General manager Marty Hurney handles football operations.

Richardson trusts both men completely. The Panthers still are Richardson’s team, but look for him to step back a bit and let Hurney and Morrison run the franchise. Look for Richardson to let Goodell and other owners handle league matters going forward.

Video: Labor issues still to be resolved

July, 15, 2011
7/15/11
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Sal Paolantonio and Chris Mortensen have the latest news on the NFL lockout.

Video: Star quarterbacks call for deal

July, 13, 2011
7/13/11
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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees say "it is time" for NFL owners and players to get a deal and end the lockout.

Video: Rookie wage scale the issue

July, 12, 2011
7/12/11
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Adam Schefter reports on the latest developments surrounding the NFL lockout.

Video: NFL owners meetings begin

June, 21, 2011
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Sal Paolantonio reports from Chicago as the NFL owners meetings begin.

Video: Judge cancels mediation session

June, 2, 2011
6/02/11
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Judge Arthur Boylan cancelled next week's mediation session because the court says both sides are engaged in confidential settlement talks.

Video: Encouraging signs

June, 2, 2011
6/02/11
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Adam Schefter talks about the meeting between commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL owners and the NFLPA.

Video: Latest on NFL lockout

May, 2, 2011
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Adam Schefter has the latest news on Day 48 of the lockout and the impact no contact with teams will have on undrafted players.
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Video: Chaos engulfs the NFL

April, 26, 2011
4/26/11
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Adam Schefter on what the lifting of the lockout means to the NFL.

Video: NFL news and notes

April, 21, 2011
4/21/11
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Adam Schefter on the Browns' fine, NFL and NFLPA mediation sessions and NFL draft.

Video: NFL lockout update

April, 20, 2011
4/20/11
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NFL and NFLPA mediation sessions adjourned tentatively until May 16th.
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Video: NFL mediation talks resume

April, 19, 2011
4/19/11
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Ed Werder with the latest on the NFL mediation talks.
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Video: Labor talks to resume Tuesday

April, 15, 2011
4/15/11
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ESPN's Ed Werder has the latest news on the NFL labor negotiations.

Green-Ellis trains on Ali's hallowed ground

April, 12, 2011
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Float like a butterfly, sting like a Law Firm.

Boston Herald reporter Ian R. Rapoport has revealed one of the more interesting conditioning stories of the lockout.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been working out at the historic 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach. That's the workshop where Muhammad Ali honed his craft under trainer Angelo Dundee.

"There's a lot of great tradition at the gym," Green-Ellis told Rapoport. "You really have to check it out. And when I leave there, I'm drenched from head to toe like I hopped out of the swimming pool."

All boxers need a nickname, and Green-Ellis already has one of the NFL's best: the Law Firm because of the way his name reads.

Patriots fans with an affinity for the Sweet Science will get a jolt out of seeing the photos of Green-Ellis that ran with the story.

Green-Ellis works out at the 5th Street Gym five days a week on top of his regular football training. He decided to try boxing as a way to push himself beyond and to improve his footwork.

"They really put me through it," Green-Ellis said of the 5th Street Gym staff. "There's no sitting down. I like it, and it's especially good for my core. That's where it starts. Working on hand-eye coordination, my footwork in there, keeping up my good cardio, different things for my shoulders -- it helps out. And I like being able to hit the pads. They push me to my limits and past my limits."

He hasn't sparred yet, and might not ever. He said he doesn't have dreams of being a prizefighter like Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski.

Dundee's head trainer, Matt Baiamonte, noted Green-Ellis is a dedicated student of the sport, a trait Bill Belichick certainly recognized with football. Green-Ellis overcame not being drafted and waived multiple times to become the AFC East's only 1,000-yard rusher last season.

"He picks it up really quick," Baiamonte said, mentioning the pros who train at the gym. "David Haye, Andre and Anthony Dirrell, they're amazed with his progress.

"What I really like about Ben is, if I mention a fighter's name, he actually goes home and finds stuff on YouTube and studies the fighters. He'll say, 'In this fight, he did this,' and 'I've been practicing this.'

"If only I could get some of my fighters to do that."

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