Published: July 20th, 2011 | Tags: First and 10, Arizona Cardinals, Bart Scott, Indianapolis Colts, Kevin Kolb, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints, Peyton Hillis, Reggie Bush, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Saints might have two Heisman Trophy winners in their backfield this season … or they might not. By the time they sign first-round draft pick Mark Ingram, they could already have cut ties with Reggie Bush – who is still under contract but might be asked to take a pay cut or be released. While there are some reports out there that Bush will not take a pay cut to stay in New Orleans, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt does not believe that. He said as much in his Tuesday chat, adding that he spoke to Bush over the weekend and believes Bush has a loyalty to both the Saints and the New Orleans community.
Here’s what else is on tap Wednesday:
- Is this the day a labor deal gets done? Here’s the latest from Albert Breer.
- One revelation to come out of the labor talks has been the decision to cut back on rigors of training camp. Most players are thrilled, but not Jets LB Bart Scott. He thinks the elimination of “two-a-days” will make NFL players soft.
- Browns RB Peyton Hillis was a guest at the NFL Network studios Tuesday. We caught up with him to discuss his meteoric rise last season from trade afterthought to Madden cover boy.
- More from Hillis: You’ll never guess which AFC North rival he jumped to defend.
- And yet more from Hillis: We couldn’t let him leave our offices without posing for this Portrait Session.
- NFL.com’s “Where we left off” series continues with a look at the NFC South, where Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Bucs are creeping up on division powers Atlanta and New Orleans.
- Meanwhile, in the AFC South, it’s all about chasing Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts … still.
- Will the possible acquisition of Kevin Kolb in Arizona have a big impact on Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald‘s fantasy numbers in 2001? That and other fantasy topics are discussed in the latest Three and Out blog.
- There could be more rookie QBs starting the first week of this NFL season than ever before. In today’s Data Points, we take a look at best performances by a rookie QB starting in Week 1.