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are Mike Woicik and Rob Ryan?

The NFL announced early this afternoon that players can work out at team facilities, starting Friday at 8 am ET. Offseason training programs can begin, playbooks can be distributed and coaches can meet with players to discuss their playbooks.

That window may close on Monday, when a three-panel judge from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to render its ruling on the NFL’s appeal of Judge Susan Nelson’s Monday ruling lifting the lockout and her decision yesterday to deny a request of a stay of the ruling.

In any case, players will get a brief amount of time to gather data and some direct knowledge from their coaches, which should help off-season workouts in the event the league shuts down again next week.

If the stay is denied, free agency could begin as early as Monday.

In the meantime, the rumor mill is heating up.  New England and Dallas are rumored to be discussing a deal.  The Falcons are apparently exploring a move into the top 10.  Poker hands which have been held within the vest are now being displayed.

It’s time.  After several weeks clotted with court hearings and inflammatory legal rhetoric, it’s nice to have the attention back on the game, at least for the next three days.

More Rumors:

— Rick Gosselin’s prediction of five QBs in the top 12 may have some legs.  I’m seeing that five teams in that range covet TCU’s Andy Dalton.

— Rumor gathering steam that Denver may be considering Von Miller at pick two.

In other words, who knows?

Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela

Senior Analyst Cowboys at Sports Talk Line
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  • AustonianAggie

    Good luck Von see you on occassion!

  • ym

    Just how can the judge force the owners to let their employees go back to work? The judge seems to have the sniffles for a bunch of guys who chose a career path that could be short (even though many of them had a free ride in college and could have done well and school and graduated to get regular jobs in case their careers don’t work out). Does she or any judge have the sniffles for factory or IT workers who chose a career path where their job could be outsourced? None of these are rhetorical questions.

  • 77


    Much thanks for providing a quality forum that was/is a constant source of food-for-thought leading up to today. You, and the regulars have kept me in the loop day in and day out.

  • Rafael Vela

    Where are the Cowboys-Pats rumors coming from? I’ve been listening to Boston talk radio the last hour and all they’ve discussed is Cleveland. Have not heard the words “Dallas Cowboys” mentioned.

    • yehti

      Mcshay dropped 1 of the rumors

      • este

        It’s sounds like McShay was just speculating and it was based on anything he’s heard.

      • UrinalMint

        McShay is Idiot #1

        Ask Jevan Snead

    • Salman327

      Chris Mortenson now reporting the same rumor of a NE/Dallas trade

    • yehti

      chris mortenson just said it as well on ESPN

  • yehti

    quote from Mcshay “I think the relationship — Jerry Jones and Bob Kraft the Patriots owner — they could get a deal done where the Patriots move up and only give away that 60th pick”

    yuck only getting the 60th in return….at least give me your 33rd

    • Ridgelake

      Looking at the draft value chart:
      #9 is 1350
      17 is 950
      28 is 660
      33 is 580
      40 is 500
      60 is 300
      71 is 235

      So 17 and 60 is not enough to get to 9. Its 100 points short, or the value of an early 4th. Similarly, 17 and 28 need more than 9 and 71 to make it work.

      • 77

        Well its the Pats, and it seems to be an unwritten NFL rule that Bilichick gets to end their draft with doubling up next year’s picks. So any trade would almost mandatorily have to involve them stockpiling picks for future drafts as well as this years.

        • Ridgelake


          Looking at the math a bit more, 17 and 28 are worth 1610 points. 9 and 71 are worth 1585, or 25 points short. Thats the value of a 6th rounder.

          I’d be willing to kick in a 6th to make it work. Then take Cam Jordan or Watt at 17 and an OT at 28. We’d still have 40 to fill another hole. If no one we like is there, we could trade down to recoup the lost picks and put ourselves in position to grab a good interior OL at better value.

          • 77


            I am with you. If such a scenario was to happen it would be a good day.

          • yehti

            if nothing else Dallas could throw in a 5th or 6th to even points up

    • AUDC

      So a “relationship” between Jerry Jones and Bob Kraft means Kraft gets to fleece Jerry? No thanks. And I agree – if the Cowboys aren’t getting at least the 33rd pick involved then Jerry should hangup the phone.

  • yehti

    playbooks need to be handed out and then the players need to go directly to Kinkos and make there own copy in case of this being very short term so they dont have to turn them in.

  • Emmitt>Barry

    Ecstatic that Woicik will get some access to the players, hopefully he and Ryan have the ability in this limited window to give the guys materials and things to work on over the next few weeks.

  • este

    The owners got too cute by half. I know there’s a better than good chance they will get their stay from the 8th circuit but I hope they don’t. We need a full off season for Garrett and Ryan.