Tuesday, April 25, 2011 12:00 p.m.
Updated at 7:45 p.m.
By Rich Tandler
Redskins trying to trade up to 2?
04.26.11 7:45 p.m.
Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network if reporting that "several GM's" think that the Redskins will move up to the second pick in the draft to draft Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Given that they don't have a third- or fourth-round pick, the Redskins likely would have the trade a high pick in next year's draft along with their first- and second-round picks this year in order to move up.
Like anything else you see this time of year, take it with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Union says teams must negotiate
04.26.11 5:16 p.m.
The NFLPA, the former union and now trade association, sent players a letter today telling them that if they are not under contract a team can't refuse to negotiate.
In other words, as far as the NFLPA is concerned, the league year is open and free agency is underway.
Here is a line from the memo to the players, (ht to @SBJLizMullen):
The lockout has been ordered to end immediately & if the NFL does not comply, it would be in contempt of the court order.
Now, I'm not sure how a team can be forced to negotiate with a player. If, say, Clinton Portis showed up at Redskins Park tonight, would they have to talk contract with him?
In any case, things are developing rapidly. Stay tuned.
Giants allow Canty to work out at facility
04.26.11 4:40 p.m.
It seems that nearly every team had at least a handful of players test the parameters of the NFL lockout decision by Judge Nelson today by showing up at team facilities and attempting to work out in the weight room. Most were allowed to enter the buildings but not the weight room or the locker room.
Only one team, the Giants, allowed at least one player to work out in the weight room. Defensive end Chris Canty worked out in their weight room.
This did not sit well with one Redskins player. Linebacker Robert Henson tweeted the following from @MrHenson51:
it upsets deeply me thinking a division opponent is getting ahead of us, it's not just workouts they went through the Playbook n film
Titans putting up good smoke screen
04.26.11 3:30 p.m.
Not so fast on that report that the Titans have eyes for Jake Locker.
If you listen to Jason La Canfora, the Titans are interested in a quarterback but it's not Locker. Supposedly the object of their affection is TCU signal caller Andy Dalton.
La Canfora is reporting that the decision makers in the Titans draft room are divided between taking Dalton and Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. So the Redskins may be able to wait for Locker contrary to what was posted here a couple of stories down.
That is, if you want to believe that the Titans aren't throwing out a smokescreen. You have to be highly suspicious of anything that specific that leads out that time of year.
Thursday could be insane
04.26.11 12:20 p.m.
This tweet coming from Adam Schefter of ESPN indicates that Thursday could be very, very interesting:
Players have asked Judge Nelson judge to force NFL owners to start the league year. Judge ordered owners to respond by 5 pm. tomorrow.
So, if the owners respond and their case is rejected, the league year--meaning trades and free agency--could start on Thursday, the same day as the NFL draft will start. We could have trades in the morning, free agents in the afternoon, draft at night.
That will mean zero sleep for anyone covering the NFL, but I, for one, won't complain about the acceleration from zero to about 120.
Will the Redskins jump over the Titans?
--04.26.11 11:45 a.m.
There is talk that the Redskins want Washington quarterback Jake Locker badly enough to take him with the tenth overall pick. But do the want him badly enough to move up to get him?
The Tennessee Titans are said to be interested in Locker and they pick eighth, two spots before the Redskins. The Redskins might believe that they have to leapfrog over Tennessee to get Locker.
The Redskins would have to work out a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, who pick seventh. If Washington had its third- or fourth-round picks the deal would be easier but that doesn't mean it can't happen. Here is how it could work:
The Redskins would send the Niners their first- and second-round picks, numbers 10 and 41 overall. San Francisco would give up that seventh overall pick, their third-round pick (76 overall) and their fourth rounder (108). That would come out with a few points of even on the draft trade value chart.
The chess game will be on when the draft starts on Thursday night. If Locker is indeed the player the Redskins want, how far will they go to make sure they get him?