Packers Daily Links: Players React To Lifted Lockout

In both interviews and on Twitter, Packers are reacting to news of the lockout being lifted, at least temporarily. That and more in today's Daily Links...

With a federal judge ruling that the NFL lockout be lifted, things are currently in a state of limbo around the National Football League. Yes, teams must open their doors for business, but perhaps only temporarily. The NFL has appealed the ruling and the lockout may continue as soon as today. And even if a stay is not granted, some sort of ground rules must be imposed. It's not as if free agency will begin today. So keep that in mind as we work our way through these uncharted waters...

As a union representative for the Packers, cornerback Charles Woodson told Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin that players can report to the team facilities. "Woodson said in a text message that 'players are being advised that if they are under contract, they can go to work,'" writes Wilde. "Asked if he planned on reporting to Lambeau Field in the morning, Woodson responded, 'I won’t be around.'"

With some agents advising players to show up to work in order to receive their workout bonuses, will any Packers actually show up at Lambeau Field? "There was very little indication from the numerous Packers who participate in Twitter that anyone was going to show up for work Tuesday," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Linebacker Nick Barnett said he was attempting to call team staff and tight end Jermichael Finley said he hoped to return to Green Bay soon, but no one said that they planned on reporting to 1265 Lombardi Ave. right away." Tight end Tom Crabtree joked on Twitter that he would lift weights at Lambeau, but then later said he would wait for further instruction.

As far as weight rooms go, there seems to be some dispute whether players can actually use them or not. "Teams, however, were being advised to keep weight rooms closed until a ruling on the appeal is rendered," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. This might be the topic du jour seeing as the lockout has only recently been lifted and there is little else a player might want to do at a facility other than lift weights and work out at this time of year. But this shouldn't be a lingering issue.

One of the more hotly debated issues with the lockout at least temporarily lifted is what will happen to free agency. "If the owners don't receive a stay and/or lose the appeal, the expectation has been they will revert to 2010 offseason rules to determine player movement in the absence of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA)," writes Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. "If that's the case, some players who would have been unrestricted free agents under a presumptive new CBA would instead be restricted free agents in 2011, making them far more likely to remain with their original teams." Seifert lists a couple players expected to be free agents for Packers, but...

Packer Update breaks some free agents up into those that are expected to be restricted and unrestricted. "If that proves to be the case," writes Michael Rodney, "the Super Bowl champions will be able to retain offensive linemen Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz, running back Brandon Jackson, fullbacks Korey Hall and John Kuhn, receiver James Jones, kicker Mason Crosby and safety Atari Bigby for another season. All of those players have either four or five years of NFL service and almost certainly would’ve been eligible for unrestricted free agency once a new CBA was reached. However, under the 2010 rules for free agency, players need six years of service." Currently only Cullen Jenkins and Matt Wilhelm are expected to be unrestricted free agents no matter what happens.

In one last bit of lockout news, Tom Silverstein points out that Judge Susan Nelson kept NFL fans in mind when making her ruling. "Nelson mostly ruled that the players were suffering irreparable harm by the owners' decision to impose a lockout, but she argued that the general public has an interest in her enforcing anti-trust violations," writes Silverstein. Some Packers fans can take solace that their voice was heard.

The Packers worked out a former Army player, fullback Collin Mooney, this past weekend. "Mooney has almost finished with his two-year service commitment and can be signed as a free agent by NFL teams once the lockout is over," writes Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. With the lockout at least temporarily over, this name may be heard from again sooner rather than later.

In draft news, Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette is previewing the running backs. "The odds are low but can’t be ruled out: What if Alabama halfback Mark Ingram slides down the first round because of concerns about knee surgery a year ago and is available when the Green Bay Packers select at No. 32 overall?" asks Dougherty. Ingram would be difficult to pass up at 32.

Meanwhile, Jason Wilde is previewing the linebacker position on the team. "Both inside and outside, the linebacker position is in flux for the Packers entering the 2011 season," writes Wilde.

The inside linebackers are given particular attention by Chad Toporski of AllGreenBayPackers.com.

Derek Sherrod is predicted to go to the Packers in a mock draft by Kevin Seifert.

Wayne Larrivee, voice of the Packers Radio Network, tries to explain how the Draft and free agency work in harmony over at JSOnline.

The best second-round draft choices in Packers history at listed at Packers.com.

A feature article on some of the best quarterbacks in Packers franchise history is also at the Packers' official website.

Three games to circle on the Packers' calendar are brought to you by Michael Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation.

A Packers seven-round mock draft is conducted by "Pigskin" Paul Guillemette.

Another mock draft is at Talkin' S-Mac.

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hyperRevue's picture

April 26, 2011 at 08:28 am

Man, I sure hope they'd be able to pass on Mark Ingram. A first round RB has to be about 98th on the list of things the Packers need.

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jeremy's picture

April 26, 2011 at 09:04 am

Or want, I just don't see TT spending a top pick on a player who he might get 5-6 seasons out of. If he wants to help the running game it is better to get a road grater guard who can play for 10-12 seasons.

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hyperRevue's picture

April 26, 2011 at 10:03 am

Totally agree. With their current crop of RBs, I feel like a LG or T would do just as much, if not more, to improve the running game than taking Ingram.

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Chad Toporski's picture

April 26, 2011 at 09:35 am

At that pick, I would find it hard to believe that Thompson wouldn't have another player with a similar grade in line to draft, and one who could fill a more needy position.

Of course, Thompson knows the team better than we do. With Jackson and Kuhn in free agency, that could provide enough motivation to take Ingram if he's there.

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PistolPete's picture

April 26, 2011 at 11:16 am

I think anyone that is doubting Ted would take Ingram at 32 should rethink that position. Especially if 2010 free agency rules are confirmed for 2011 by Thursdays draft.

Ingram could very well be BPA left on the board at that point. With several previously potential FA returning, there are no glaring holes to plug for a championship title defense. Thompson, free to look ahead a year, sees 2012 looking better with Starks and Ingram.

One can never know what Ted could be thinking.

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hyperRevue's picture

April 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

I think if 2010 rules are in effect that makes him less likely to take Ingram because then neither Kuhn nor Jackson would be free agents.

That said, no one is doubting TT would take him, we're just hoping he doesn't.

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Chad Toporski's picture

April 26, 2011 at 11:28 am

True, but my question remains: would Ingram be the BPA?

It's hard to judge how the Packers have graded him and the other players around that level. Just because the draft boards rank him there doesn't mean Thompson does.

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hyperRevue's picture

April 26, 2011 at 11:44 am

Totally true, and as I think Nagler has said, the only position I'd be shocked at TT picking in the 1st round is punter and kicker. I just hope he doesn't go RB.

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PackersRS's picture

April 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Like a lot of people have said in this same thread, if he's the BPA, I'm all for it. Starks has shown potential, Grant was a good back when healthy, but there isn't a sure thing in the backfield.

If TT thinks he's an elite RB, I'm all for it.

Question is, like Chad and jeremy have pointed out, would he be BPA? Would a position where you can take 6 elite seasons out of be valued enough to spend a 1st rounder on?

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zub's picture

April 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

What a mess, puts a player like Woodson (of good character) in a bad situation.

As a fan, just makes me sick.

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zub's picture

April 26, 2011 at 10:49 am

Question, what does this mean? If the players still don't want to show up and the owners don't want them on their property, don't we still have a lock out despite the judge's decision?

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Zeke's picture

April 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

I dunno. I like the idea of giving Rodgers as many weapons as possible. The Packers' running game doesn't scare anyone and if TT thinks Ingram is the second coming of Emmit Smith, I see no downside. That said, I see no chance that he's there at 32 but me want running game.

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Cole O's picture

April 26, 2011 at 02:40 pm

If the lockout is lifted does that mean there will not be a rookie wage scale?

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PackerAaron's picture

April 26, 2011 at 02:41 pm

Long way to go on that one. Lifting the lockout only means players can go back to work. The two sides still have to negotiate a CBA. There's a lot of other possibilities as well. Loooong way to go.

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Cole O's picture

April 26, 2011 at 03:59 pm

Ooo ok, i was under the impression that contract rules would be the same as last year.

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PackerAaron's picture

April 26, 2011 at 04:27 pm

That is one of many possibilities.

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aussiepacker's picture

April 26, 2011 at 07:39 pm

So does this mean that players can be traded on draft day?

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PackerAaron's picture

April 26, 2011 at 09:08 pm

Not as of now and I highly doubt that changes in time for the draft.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

April 26, 2011 at 08:42 pm

Anyone else see that Rodgers is ranked #11 on the top 100? Guess that saves me 9 hrs and 53 minutes to find out... sweet.

GBP 4 LIFE

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PackersRS's picture

April 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Where???

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FITZCORE1252's picture

April 27, 2011 at 07:49 pm

I saw it on NFL network, can't remember what show. But yes he's #11... Trust me 8-)

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