Tuck's Takes: Get used to players in the booth and 'Pepper's bad pick
Barber, Bettis and Strahan definitely won't be the last players to make the quick transition to the booth. The NFL recently held its second annual
Over 50 players applied for the recent 20-person Boot Camp program, which is an indication of how many players hope to make the transition. I somehow went from being a student in the program last year to a faculty member this year and was struck by how many players seem to have such an ardent desire to join the media. There is little doubt the next Strahan or Barber will be among us in the very near future.
Player conduct is an important issue for Commissioner
That is why it is especially deflating when a respected veteran like
Yes, everybody makes mistakes, but that doesn't make it any better. That might even make it worse. Guys like Kearse and
I was caught a bit off guard this week by
This is because sometimes -- who am I kidding?
If he had signed with Green Bay before the draft, he would have had the chance to back up an inexperienced, unproven player on a team with legitimate Super Bowl talent everywhere else on the roster. Should Rodgers badly falter or get injured, Culpepper could have been waiting in the wings.
Culpepper declined to go into the specifics on why he declined the offer so there is no way of knowing what exactly turned him off. That being said, it will be very interesting to see how the next two months turn out for him. I think there is a very good chance that Culpepper will rue his decision or wish he had had an agent who was looking out for his best interests back in April.
Every NFL fan should have a keen interest in the financial circumstances surrounding the league in light of the owners' decision to opt-out of the CBA following the 2010 season. Though I do not think there will be a work-stoppage, it is critical that the two sides begin to engage in some meaningful dialogue sooner rather than later, especially with the potential of an uncapped season in '10 looming.
One way in which to aid the negotiations would be to open up the financial books of every team in the NFL, not just the
If the owners want to continue to talk about their plight in regards to the latest CBA, they should at least be willing to let the facts bear out their consternation. Very few business owners want their proprietary financial information in the hands of people outside the organization, and for good reason, but it is hard to truly have a productive negotiation outlining the owners' issues without the NFLPA having the ability to see the numbers involved. Let's see how dire things really are.