Mike Vick is obviously the big story in the NFL right now, and really, the big story in all of American sports.
This saga transcends the field of play and conjures passionate responses from even complete non-sports people. Opinions vary as to what Commissioner Roger Goodell should do, but the feeling among most NFL people is that Vick will be allowed to return to the game, in at least an interim capacity. It’s also a belief that Vick and Goodell are likely to meet in the next few weeks, with an announcement on Vick’s status possibly coming before August.
I’m talking to personnel execs and coaches to see what they think can be expected of Vick if/when he returns, and some possible places he could land. We’ll report on that during NFL Total Accesstonight, and I’ll write a detailed Vick blog tomorrow breaking it down.
Minnesota’s star defensive tackles, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, have another hearing set for todayin Minnesota district court, and there is a possibility that this ruling could benefit the NFL’s case. In the meantime, at the federal court level, the NFL’s appeal looks like it is set for Aug. 18, which is good news for the league. If the federal court rules that the drug policies of the collective bargaining agreement supersede any state regulations, then the players will be sitting out the first four games of the regular-season, as the league mandated.
We’re always keeping our ears open for any Brett Favre developments. I’ll also talk about three playoff coaches who will be hoping to get extensions before the start of the regular season. And, of course, it’s signing season for draft picks, and a few more second rounders could get done by tonight.
If there’s anything else that interests you, hit me up on twitter (jasonlacanfora), and I’m planning to put aside a few hours tomorrow to catch up on emails (email@example.com). I also have a live chat on NFL.com next Friday, so looking forward to chatting with you guys then.