Andy should be all smiles as soon as tomorrow.
Also, this picture seems fake.
For those of you who missed the memo, the NFL did exactly what we should've expected them to do and got back to business at the last possible second before actual games would have to be missed. All of the doomsdayers - every media person ever - that predicted a shortened season look pretty dumb now, especially when you consider the entire fight was over lost revenue and missing games would, you know, be lost revenue. Now all that will be lost is the useless Hall of Fame game, which, to be honest, makes me think perhaps they should have these negotiations every year. I don't know all of the particulars of the deal, but I do know that the league will not have to have another one of these conversations for 10 years and all training camps now have the Wade Phillips "no hitting" rule. In all honesty, the only effect this has on me is that HBO has officially cancelled Hard Knocks this year, a true tragedy because we'll have to wait a full year to get another rousing scene like this one. Somewhere, Tony Dungy shakes his head.
So why is this relevant to SpitBlood, you ask? Mainly because the league has given permission to teams to begin business as soon as this evening which means cuts will be made and rookies will be signed. Presumably, within the next 24 hours, Andy Dalton, Marcus Cannon, Malcolm Williams, Colin Jones and Jeremy Kerley will be actual paid NFL stars, realizing a life long dream and, if you're Marcus Cannon, a lot more than that.
But we already knew those guys were eventually going to be locked down, so the real excitement will be to watch where Wayne Daniels, Jake Kirkpatrick, Jimmy Young and the rest of the unsigned class of 2011 will wind up. Training camps begin Wednesday so it's probably wishful thinking to suggest those guys will be there to open things up, but with an accelerated pace becoming all but necessary given the time frame of the lockout, we should know the future of those guys sooner than later.
Stay tuned to Spitblood for updates. Or ESPN. But really, Spitblood.