26 Apr 2011
Hours after U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled in favor of the players and enjoined the lockout, the NFLPA emailed players, suggesting they report to work on Tuesday. Though the NFL filed a motion for a stay with Judge Nelson, and plan to appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court in St. Louis if that stay request is denied, the league informed teams to allow the players into the building.
This morning, players have already begun arriving to their team facilities. Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay, who also serves as the team’s player advocate, was the first to arrive, Mike Cranston of The Associated Press reports.
Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger reports that New York Jets guard Brandon Moore (also a player advocate), left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and defensive lineman Mike DeVito showed up at the team’s Florham Park, New Jersey headquarters. Jets linebacker Bart Scott also made an appearance, as did wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who’s recovering from back surgery and showed up to use the cold tub, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports. The tub was off-limits, so Cotchery left.
Like all players signed by the Carolina Panthers, as well as players for the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens, Kasay does not have a lucrative workout bonus written into his contract. Moore ($250,000), Scott ($250,000), Cotchery ($325,000), DeVito ($350,000), and Ferguson ($750,000) are five of the over 60 NFL players with workout bonuses worth in excess of $250,000 this off-season.
Workout bonuses are paid based on the player’s participation in a percentage of the team’s organized workouts. Due to the lockout, dates for those programs may not be established. Until there is a more definitive resolution to the labor dispute, players may not be allowed to actually workout at the facility, but that won't prevent players with large workout bonuses from checking in to lay the legal groundwork for claims on those funds.
5 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2011, 3:36pm by JasonK
What do you call a fifth-round rookie WR with real expectations? Tajae Sharpe, and there may not be another player like him in NFL history. Tennessee's poor history of developing wideouts has led to a rare opportunity that Sharpe can seize this season.