Packers Daily Links: NFL, Union Agree To Mediation

The NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to have a federal mediator assist them in their negotiations. That and more in today's Daily Links...

The NFL and the players' union agreed to have a mediator assist them in their talks to strike a new Collective Bargaining Agreement roughly two weeks before a possible lockout. "The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, an independent U.S. government agency, will oversee talks in Washington beginning Friday," writes Barry Wilner of the Associated Press. How much a mediator will help is debatable, but it can only come as good news after negotiation sessions were canceled last week.

Members of the Packers visited sailors of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 stationed in the Arabian Sea on Feb. 16, according to the United States Navy. "To give the Sailors on this ship a smile and positive attitude, and a break from the hard grind warms my heart. To come here and experience what you do is an honor. Not many can do it, and not many choose to do it," Bush is quoted as saying on the Navy's official website. "I appreciate any time we can bring some happiness and joy, to help you forget the hard times of the work and sacrifice."

Player ratings have been tweaked for Madden NFL 11 following the Super Bowl. Not surprisingly, a lot of Packers saw an increase. "Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers has reached 99 Overall!" writes Steve Noah of Operation Sports. "Safe to say Aaron Rodgers has arrived."

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson on Thursday visited Kansas Governor Sam Brownback who signed a proclamation making Feb. 17 "Jordy Nelson Day" in the state of Kansas. "Nelson later received a standing ovation in the Kansas House of Representatives after being introduced by Rep. Sharon Schwartz, R-Washington. Leonardville in is Schwartz's 106th District," according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Already honored at the local level, it appears Nelson is starting to receive "legend" status in Kansas.

Outside linebacker is the biggest need on the team says Mike Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation. "Ever since witnessing the disastrous playoff shootout in Arizona a little over a year ago, I've preached the idea of drafting a dominant pass rusher to complement [Clay] Matthews," writes Davidsen. "When you look at the best 3-4 defenses in the league over the years, the majority of them have two capable pass rushers. The Packers likely won't get by with a stud and a no-name for long with Matthews already starting to see a handful of double teams."

The championship belt celebration is discussed by Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company.

Tackling is a topic of conversation for Ryan Cook of Acme Packing Company.

Packers players Howard Green and Ryan Pickett are evaluated over at AllGreenBayPackers.com.

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WoodyG's picture

February 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

The word is that when JN was at the Kansas House of Representatives, the Kansas Governor tried to hand 'the key to the state' to Jordy but ..... alas .... Jordy dropped it ....... A second attempt resulted in a completed exchange ......

Looks like the fan's favorite "Packer Bashee" (J. Bush) over the last several years is representing the team at a high level off the field as well as he did on the field in 2010 ..... TT is just too smart .....

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bomdad's picture

February 19, 2011 at 06:39 pm

Credit to J Bush for going.

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dgtalmn's picture

February 18, 2011 at 02:31 pm

You would think if you were getting honored by your State at least you'd dress appropriately. Not that I am a fancy dresser, by no means, but if I was going to receive this presentation, at least I'd not wear jeans. But this is Kansas, maybe that is appropriate.

Other than that, great job Jordy!

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TPackers's picture

February 18, 2011 at 09:18 pm

The rest of his family was dressed up, I think Jordy was just slackin'.

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