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  • If you had the ultra conservative Steelers in your Tiki Barber pool, you might be cashing in your chips soon, according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. But more importantly, the lockout really needs to end quickly if you have a Tiki Barber pool. I fear for us all.
  • The NFL Network’s Albert Breer threw out another name, saying that the Patriots aren’t necessarily interested in Barber, but he’s interested in them. That’s great, but who isn’t interested in signing with New England? I am, and my daily calls and emails to Bill Belichick‘s office have led to little more than a restraining order.
  • Cowboys receiver Roy Williams says the lockout has been good for the aching bones and muscles of those cranky old veterans.
  • Hall of fame running back Thurman Thomas thinks the Falcons may want to ease up on Michael Turner a bit, saying that 888 carries over 43 games has a way of accelerating the aging process.
  • Field Gulls uses a failed short-yardage play during last year’s NFC divisional championship between the Seahawks and bears to illustrate the value of having a dedicated fullback.
  • The DCFanaticsblog noticed the wide gap between Philip Rivers and Tony Romo on the NFL Network’s much debated top 100 list (Rivers is ranked at #26, while Romo is #72). So they sought the opinion of Patrick Crayton, a receiver who’s played for both QBs, and his answer was quite predictable since he’s still playing with one of them.
  • The Pro Bowl occupies two spots on Canal Street Chronicles‘ suggested list of changes that will improve the NFL.
  • Osi Umenyiora‘s legal filing will eventually turn into a distraction for the Giants. The defensive end reminds Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News of another petulant and outspoken Pro Bowler who punched his ticket out of New York.
  • The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt spoke to Titans running back Chris Johnson on Saturday. He’s heard from “too many sources” who say that this time around Johnson won’t show up for training camp without a new deal.
  • In case you missed it over the weekend, Yahoo’s Jason Cole gave an excellent breakdown of the scenarios in play when the owners meet again Tuesday in Chicago.