Unless the Saints plan to release Drew Brees, the salary-cap impact of a $23.6 million franchise tag in 2013 would be devastating to the team, John Clayton writes in his latest mailbag.
Although negotiations have been cordial, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon has not been able to come to an agreement with the team and plans to test the free-agent market, a source said.
The rookie wage scale has been a stumbling block in labor talks, but expect the lingering issues to be resolved with relative ease, John Clayton writes.
In the CBA negotiations, the onus is now on the owners to show good faith -- as well as a sense of urgency, John Clayton writes in his latest mailbag.
Once viewed as a radical voice during his playing days, Packers CEO and president Mark Murphy now offers a voice of moderation in CBA negotiations, writes John Clayton.
Negotiations between the Detroit Lions and Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford have intensified but as of Wednesday night there was no deal, multiple sources said.
With no deal in Arizona, Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is planning to visit other teams, multiple sources told ESPN. His first stop will be San Francisco, but it is not known how early next week he might visit.
Sources say that negotiations between the Titans and Albert Haynesworth offered optimism.
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper visited the Detroit Lions Tuesday morning and has initiated contract negotiations following a workout.
The NFLPA, reeling from the unexpected death of Gene Upshaw, will move slowly on finding a replacement for him and starting talks on a new labor contract, John Clayton writes.
The Saints' top pick, Sedrick Ellis, ended his holdout and signed a deal on Tuesday.
Late-night negotiations Thursday culminated with the New York Jets reaching a five-year contract agreement with first-round draft pick Vernon Gholston that includes $21 million in guarantees.
An all-night negotiations session produced a deal that has made Madieu Williams one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL.
Tight end Dallas Clark was given the franchise tag by the Colts on Tuesday.
The Rams, who have been back and forth in stalled negotiations with punter Matt Turk, signed restricted free agent Donnie Jones of the Dolphins to an offer sheet Thursday.
The Broncos outbid the Seahawks for Patriots tight end Daniel Graham in a negotiation that went well into Tuesday.