132 DAYS LATER...FOOTBALL IS BACK
By mark rogers
July 25, 2011
And did anyone really even miss it? Maybe Football Fan who is a little TOO into the off-season had a bad last several months. But for the average to above-average fan, the NFL lockout wasn't any big deal.
We still had the draft, still had the combine, and still had NFL players get arrested and charged with domestic violence...all the usual off-season shenanigans.
And today, 132 days after it started, we have a unanimous decision to end the lockout and get on with our professional football lives.
So who got what and why is it over? Well, the owners and players basically walked away gaining some and giving some. That 9 billion dollars that was such a famous sticking point? Basically split down the middle. And rookies will no longer get anything close to the 50 million GUARANTEED that Sam Bradford got last year as the #1 pick. Good. That was ridiculous and money that should be going to veterans who have EARNED THEIR KEEP!!
Also, the Hall of Fame game was cancelled and the off-season was shortened a bit (yawn). This all ended up being no big deal.
Now it really gets fun though, because teams now have to squeeze in several weeks of free agency into a much smaller time frame. Reports are saying that teams will start signing players and making deals as early as tomorrow so we'll have lots of news to keep up with starting then.
Here are the unrestricted, free agents currently on the Dallas Cowboys' roster:
- Kyle Kosier
- Alex Barron
- Gerald Sensabaugh
- Marcus Spears
- Stephen Bowen
- Jason Hatcher
- Sam Hurd
- Doug Free
- Leon Williams
So those guys will be on the radar pretty quick.
Can't wait to see how the roster shapes up before and during training camp. If Romo and Bryant can stay healthy this year...Cowboys. Will. Win. The. Super. Bowl.
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