• If you haven’t taken a few minutes to read it yet, your must-read of the morning is the op-ed piece from Jaclyn Fujita, whose husband Scott is a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. She brings a different perspective to the players’ arguments as the two sides remain with their heels firmly dug into the ground during the lockout.
  • As Yahoo’s Jason Cole writes, a resolution to the lockout is so very close, yet so far away.
  • If the draft comes and goes with Kevin Kolb still wearing an Eagles jersey, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s sticking around in Philadelphia.
  • Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer passes along two interesting yet predictable comments from Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals hold the fourth overall pick in the draft, a spot where both a high-end wide receiver and quarterback will be available. Lewis said as far as he’s concerned it’s still a close competition between Julio Jones and A.J Green in the race to be the draft’s top receiver. Lewis also said that of the two positions, the need at QB is greater (note to self: adjust mock draft).
  • Reedy also relayed a direct message of the non-Twitter variety from Bengals owner Mike Brown to disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer. The message was simple, and one we’ve heard before: Brown is still the same bumbling Bengals owner and he’s not trading his starting quarterback, making retirement Palmer’s only option to escape Cincinnati. (Note to self: maybe wait on adjusting that mock draft, because the Bengals are a dysfunctional mess).
  • Michael Vick‘s season of redemption helped his public image every so slightly, while a trip to the Super Bowl didn’t do much for Ben Roethlisberger.
  • Yesterday while writing the eulogy for Tiki Barber‘s chances of suiting up with the Bucs I echoed Gagnon’s earlier analysis, saying that he has few options left, but if Michael Bush bolts Oakland is still a possibility. Well, it may be on to door No. 5 if there is one for Barber, as it seems Crazy Al is bent on keeping his current running back tandem.
  • To the surprise of no one, Steelers president Art Rooney isn’t a fan of the proposed rules that would restrict defensive players.
  • Continuing our trend of heavy Bengals content in today’s links (scary, I know), Lewis is a member of the competition committee and said through the team’s Twitter account that two major tweaks to the proposed kickoff rules will be put on the table for voting Tuesday.
  • Add HBO’s Hard Knocks training camp series to the list of potential lockout casualties. But if there still is training camp this summer, the Bucs appear to be the leading candidate to have cameras following their every move in August.
  • Sticking with the Bucs, JoeBucsFan tells us that during the Jon Gruden era ownership thought that around town there was a feeling of numbness surrounding the team.
  • One team that will never, ever appear on Hard Knocks is the New Orleans Saints, an organization that has become frigid according to Canal Street Chronicles.

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