As the CBA "negotiations" drag on with no end in sight, neither side showed up to the negotiating table today. It seems that while both the owners and the NFLPA were no call/no shows (something that would get the rest of us fired), the owners at least, were expected to meet with the mediator. At the risk of sounding like the playground tattle-tale, but what good can the owners be up to away from the table? A lot of talk has been going around the Twitterverse and blogoshpere regarding various owners' net worth. It's worth noting (no pun intended) that six owners are on Forbes' list of the world's billionaires, including the Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie. The Cowboys' Jerry Jones tops the list of owners followed by the Patriots' Robert Craft. Add in money from Microsoft and the Seahawks' Paul Allen beats Jones by six-fold. These are the same men that have you believe these are hard times for the league and teams individually. Hey, if you were the league-owned New Orleans Hornest (I don't care how long it's been, I still say Charlotte sometimes), or the New York Mets, then maybe it would make sense. But these are teams who are in such dire straits, their financial are pretty much laid bare. Not so with the NFL owners. Editorializing isn't the main focus of this blog, but the facts need to be set out, especially in a fight between billionaires and millionaires. Until these guys get their business straightened out, they will continue to be called out like this.
In other news, the CBA talks may be raising Kevin Kolb's stock by the day. There is now speculation that the Seattle Seahawks, who have not yet firmed up a deal with any quarterback. Because of their low draft pick (almost an insult to the first losing team in the playoffs), the Eagles could demand proportionally more from the Seahawks, however it would likely be a three-team deal. My landing spot for Kolb remains the ever-popular 49ers or Cardinals. Will he be able to stand up to a potential 18-game season is another question to pose to a fourth-year quarterback who has never played more than half a season.