Moving on from the Justin Tuck-LeSean McCoy-Osi Umenyiora discussion, here are some notes for you this morning, New York Giants fans.
Mel thinks the Giants would have gone for an outside linebacker in the first round if Prince Amukamara hadn't fallen into their laps. That linebacker spot remains an issue, and Mel (a wise, wise man) thinks (as I do) that New York still could stand to address the offensive line: "How long will this aging offensive line hold together? We saw them struggle last year, so expect the G-men to do some scouring for starting help in free agency, or at least adding some depth. Same situation at linebacker, where the team was frankly terrible in 2010."
Umm ... I'm glad Mel, and ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano read BBV -- where we have been talking about those positions for months.
When NFL free agency begins, which offensive players will be in high demand? - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Noteworthy for Giants fans is that there are two players on this list -- Ahmad Bradshaw and Steve Smith.
Making the Grade: Running Backs, 2008-2010 | ProFootballFocus.com
PFF's top-graded players over three years, looking today at the running backs. NOTE: The Aforementioned Bradshaw is on this list. Brandon Jacobs is not.
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NFL labor: Is NFL labor peace breaking out? - latimes.com
All signs point to the NFL and players inching closer to a labor agreement that would not only save the season but keep training camps and exhibition games intact. If there isn't a growing peace, both sides are doing an awfully good job of faking it.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith addressed about 150 rookie players for about 45 minutes Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla., and told the media later they are working hard toward getting a deal done.
Smith, standing with Goodell after addressing the rookies, told the media, "Obviously, what we are doing on the business of football on a macro scale is about getting a fair deal done and back to the game and business of football as quickly as possible."
Goodell, who came to the NFLPA event at Smith's invitation, said, "It was a great opportunity for us to sit with the rookies. They obviously have lots of questions to be answered. We answered their questions as best we could, but you all know we are under certain restrictions. We are taking a break (from settlement talks) because we felt it was important to be with the players. We both have great respect, obviously, for the players and this is an important few days and we are going back to work."
"You know, I think I should be the number one guy on the list," Ware said. "But at the end of the day, people are going to vote you where they think you should be."