In ESPN the Magazine's NFL Preview Issue, Howard Bryant writes that Andy Dalton's new Bengals contract appears to signal player progress, but money is the really just a red herring in NFL player negotiations.
The already-complicated relationship we have with the players we love to watch is even murkier during the NFL lockout. Perhaps it's because fans aren't yet comfortable with the athlete as a business equal of ownership.
What passes for excitement in the NFL today happens on Park Avenue in the commissioner's office. Roger Goodell is the person to watch in the NFL, on every issue, with every team. The NFLPA is losing the battle for the public.