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NFL, Players agree on new 10-year labor agreement


Roger Goodell (file photo)

After months of back-and-forth negotiating, between the NFL, owners and players, all fans are glad to hear that “Football is Back!”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith stood shoulder-to-shoulder in announcing the new 10-year agreement which ended the lockout which started in March.

Some of the benefits for the players include:

* An increase in salaries and benefits with the salary cap at $120 million, plus $22 million in benefits, for 2011. Owners must spend 98 percent of the salary cap in 2011-12 in cash;

* minimum-salary increases of $50,000, with increases annually;

* paying less money to unproven, untested rookies, specifically early first-round draft picks, although that money will be redirected to veterans;

* the ability to assist in the development of new stadiums because certain revenue was not included in total football revenues;

* more money to invest as gross revenues rise;

* better health benefits, including more than $1 billion for post-career injuries;

* new work rules and shortened offseason workouts, which are expected to result in fewer injuries and perhaps longer careers;

* One compromise is the schedule stays at 16 games, not moving to 18 which the owners wanted. This issue can be revisited in 2013, but the players must approve any changes.

Only one exhibition game was lost, the Hall of Fame Game, Chicago against St. Louis on August 7 in Canton, Ohio.

The rest of the preseason games will go on as usual and remains intact.


compiled from staff, NFL, Radio & TV news

NFL cancels Hall of Fame Game


Fawcett Stadium at Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio in August 1999 (photo by Paul M. Walsh via wikipedia commons)

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Thursday that the 2011 Hall of Fame Game has been canceled.

However, the Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony will still take place on August 6.

The Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams were scheduled to play in the game on August 7 in Canton, Ohio, but the commissioner said that there was not sufficient time for the two teams to prepare for the game.

Goodell said that all NFL owners wanted all 32 teams to play the same number of preseason games of four. The Rams and Bears would’ve played five each.


Info courtesy of the National Football League

Terrell Owens getting comfortable with Bengals offense; Bengals win 22-9 over Eagles


This story contains audio from WR Terrell Owens and PK David Rayner of the Bengals

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Terrell Owens is starting show why the Bengals took a chance and signed him to a contract.

Owens caught a 43-yard pass along the right sideline, setting up the only touchdown by the Bengals starting offensive unit Friday night in a 22-9 preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Owens showed that at 36 he still has alot left in the tank.

He caught 3 passes for 67 yards, a 22.3 average. His old team, the Eagles had a tought time keeping up with him.

Owens caught a long perfectly thrown ball from Carson Palmer along the Eagles sideline, stretching over defensive back Joselio Hanson to pull it in going out of bounds at the 6-yard line. Running back Bernard Scott ran it in on the next play.

Terrell Owens (NFL)

Carson Palmer (NFL)

Cedric Peerman (NFL)

The Bengals are glad that they signed Owens. With their other free-agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant nursing a troublesome left knee, the team would be hurting right now. It was quarterback Carson Palmer who urged Bengals management to sign the outspoken receiver.

The Bengals second star of the game was Carson Palmer. He was 15 0f 23 for 169 yards with two interceptions.

The third star of the game was rookie running back Cedric Peerman out of Virginia. He ran 12 times for 47 yards and had two touchdowns with runs of  1 and 22 yards.

Donovan McNabb replacement, Kevin Kolb went 11 of 17 for 126 yards. But the Eagles offense only managed three David Akers field goals of 40, 25 and 48 yards. Penalties and non-execution hurt them in the red zone.

SOUNDS FROM THE BENGALS POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 359 David Rayner Bengals Kicker talks to the media (Part 1) (

45 361 Terrell Owens Bengals talks to the media about 36 and still good (


* Friday was the 10th all-time preseason meeting between the Bengals and Eagles. It’s tied at 5-5, with the Bengals leading 4-1 in Cincinnati.

In regular season play, the Bengals lead 7-3-1, including 3-0-1 as the home team. In the last meeting at Paul Brown Stadium in 2008, the teams battled for five quarters to a 13-13 deadlock, the first NFL tie game since 2002, and there has not been a tie since.

* The Philadelphia game marked the second of three preseason games when Bengals WR Terrell Owens will face one of his former teams. The first was August 8 vs. Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, when Owens caught two passes for 18 yards in brief action.

Owens played for the Eagles in 2004 and 2005. On August 28, he’ll be in action at Buffalo, for whom he played last season.

* Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ win total of 56 ranks him second in franchise history (regular season and postseason) behind Sam Wyche, who won 64 games during an eight-year coaching career (1984-1991). With nine wins in 2010, Lewis can pass Wyche into first place. In 2009, Lewis passed Paul Brown (55 wins) into second place.

* The Bengals have one more open practice for the public to watch. It’ll take place Sunday August 22 in Dayton, Ohio and a capacity crowd of 11,000 isexpected for the afternoon session at Welcome Stadium. the practice is free, but attendance will be limited to persons who have secured free passes in advance. That supply was exhausted on august 16.

* The Philadelphia Eagles have 31 new players on their team with 10 on the offensive side of the ball. They have just three players who were on the 2004 Super Bowl team, Quintin Mikell, David Akers and Jamaal Jackson.

* The 2010 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL Championship. The Eagles will be wearing their throwback uniforms in the regular season opener against Green Bay, who they beat in the championship game 50 years ago.

Bengals offense comes alive in 33-24 win over Denver Broncos


CINCINNATI, OHIO — The Bengals did not need Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens or any of their regulars Sunday night, in a come-from-behind pre-season win over the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium before¬† a crowd of 51,278.

The Bengals could not do anything right on offense or defense the previous Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game in Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio against the Dallas Cowboys.

Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (Oklahoma photo)

Bengals PK Dave Rayner (NFL)

However, everything was better this week, offense, defense, special teams and the rookies.

The passing game was much improved, mainly due to a solid offensive line.

Two of their top rookie, Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley, were all over the field catching footballs and providing the spark the offense needed.

Gresham pulled in three receptions for 37 yards and made a key block on running back Cedric Benson’s 21-yard run early in the first quarter. Jordan Shipley caught a team-high five receptions for 50 yards and he also ran back kickoffs and punt returns totaling another 56 yards.

The Bengals piled up 409 total offensive yards to 287 for Denver. The Bengals put the game away with a 12-play touchdown drive that went 92 yards ending on a one-yard dive by James Johnson, another of Cincinnati’s young, small and quick running backs. That touchdown gave the Bengals a 30-17 lead with 12:47 to go in the fourth quarter.

The Bengals backup players had their moments.

Jerome Simpson caught a nice 21-yard pass from J.T. O’Sullivan. After missing his first four passes, O’Sullivan completed five of his next six passes for 84 yards passing, which generated two drives culminating in field goals.

Backup cornerback David Jones showed why the Cleveland Browns gave up on Dublin, Ohio native Brady Quinn, by picking off a pass into the right flat and returning it 24 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bengals a 17-14 lead in the second quarter.

Place kicker Dave Rayner, in a battle with former Ohio State star Mike Nugent, had four field goals.

The Bengals will get four days to prepare for Friday night’s game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

Bengals & Broncos pre game warmups (

Paul Brown Stadium Field (


* The Denver Broncos were very consistent in 2009. They ended up 8-8, good for 2nd place in the AFC West Division. They scored 326 points and gave up 324. They were 4-4 at home, 4-4 on the road, 6-6 against AFC competition, 2-2 against the NFC AND 3-3 against their own division. They started the season at 7-0 and went 1-8 the rest of the way and ended the season losing 4 in a row.

* Denver finished with a 93-67 (.581) regular-season record during the 2000′s to mark its third straight decade with 90 or more wins, the only team in the NFL to accomplish that feat during the last three decades.

* Denver returns 15 offensive players who started at least one game for the team in 2009, including 16-game starter OL Ryan Clady who became the fifth player since the 1970 NFL merger to receive first-team AP All-Pro honors at tackle by his second pro season.

* CB Champ Bailey, S Brian Dawkins and LB Elvis Dumervil represented the Broncos in the 2010 Pro Bowl, as Bailey’s ninth selection to the all-Star game tied for the most in league history at the cornerback position.

* K Matt Prater finished strong in 2009 by making 10 of his final 20 field goal attempts and tying for third in the league as well as in broncos history with 30 field goals made on the season.

* The Broncos had nine selections in the 2010 NFL DRAFT. The two most notable picks are Tim Tebow of Florida and Eric Decker of Minnesota.

QB Tim Tebow, picked in the first round, 25th overall, was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy for three consecutive years. He won the award in 2007 and was part of two national championship teams in 2006 and 2008 during a record-setting career when he recorded a 170.8 passing efficiency, 2nd in NCAA Football Subdivision history.

WR Eric Decker, selected in the 3rd round, 874th overall pick, set school career records with 227 receptions and 3,119 receiving yards that rank sixth and eighth, respectively, in Big Ten Conference history.


45 343 Marvin Lewis Bengals coach Overall thoughts on win over Denver (

45 347 Marvin Lewis Bengals coach On Jermaine Gresham’s play at TE (

45, 349 Carson Palmer Bengals QB Any frustrations after no points on first two drives (

45 350 Carson Palmer Bengals QB On TE Jermaine Gresham play (

45, 351 Carson Palmer Bengals QB Is Jermaine Gresham getting a comfort level (

45 352 Carson Palmer Bengals QB Having a weapon at TE to throw to like Jermaine Gresham (

45 354 Carson Palmer Bengals QB On Jordan Shipley improving and Quan Cosby as a play maker (

45 355 Carson Palmer Bengals QB On his observation of Denver rookie Tim Tebow (

On Tuesday, we’ll have the comments from wide receiver Jordan Shipley and defensive back David Jones on their play thus far in the pre-season.

HALL OF FAME GAME: Dallas Cowboys 16 Cincinnati Bengals 7

The Bengals don’t get very many chances to play in the Hall of Fame Game, but when they do,it usually bodes well for the future.

Cincinnati went to the Super Bowl the last time they started a season in the preseason Hall of Fame Game. It was 22 years ago in 1988 when the magical season ended with a trip to Miami against the 49ers.

Sunday night at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, there was no indication of an a championship season as the Dallas Cowboys won 16-7 over the Bengals. It’s only preseason and the defending AFC North Champions need to fine tune everything.

The first-team defense allowed a long scoring drive the only time they lined up on the field against the Cowboys offensive unit.

The Cincinnati offensive starters managed only one first down in each of their two possessions.

The Bengals had several penalties which hurt as well. A Dallas fumble in the end zone was recovered by the Bengals but Jonathan Fanene was ruled in the neutral zone and that play was nullified. A motion penalty by Chad OchoCinco wiped out a first down pass completion to Terrell Owens.

Jordan Shipley (NFL)

Jordan Palmer (NFL)

Darius Hill (NFL)

The Bengals scored with 43 seconds remaining in the game after a 63-yard punt return by rookie Jordan Shipley set up a 1-yard Jordan Palmer touchdown pass to tight end Darius Hill.

The Bengals next game is Sunday August 15th as Denver visits Paul Brown Stadium.