Former Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who played an important role in the negotiations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the end of the NFL lockout last year, was elected as the president of the NFL Players Association during the union¿s Board of Player Representatives meeting today.
The Ravens announced Monday that they have released cornerback Domonique Foxworth. Foxworth, who hails from Randallstown and played college football at Maryland, played in just two games for the Ravens the past two seasons after tearing his right ACL in 2010.
When the NFL's current collective bargaining agreement was hammered out by NFL owners and the NFLPA last summer, a tweak was made to the rules regarding the compensation a team can receive if one of their restricted free agents signs an offer sheet with another team. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said it wouldn't impact his outlook on RFAs, but how will the league's other teams handle them?
The sinking feeling surfaced in the stomachs of many Ravens as Billy Cundiff's field goal attempt hooked wide of the left upright Jan. 22. But for cornerback Domonique Foxworth, the heartache began back in September, months before the team's 23-20 loss in the AFC championship game.
When ESPN's cameras broadcasted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith, flanked by a group of players and owners that included Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, as they held a press conference that officially declared the end of the lockout, I grabbed my voice recorder and held it up to the television in case Foxworth said something of note for our serious Ravens reporters.
Based on an alleged email from the NFLPA to the players, labor peace in the NFL won't be reached this weekend. The memo, which was obtained by ESPN, informed players that they won't talk again until Monday to discuss "the direction we want to go."
Frustration is understandable as the NFL lockout stretches into the weekend. On Thursday, there was premature speculation that the lockout had ended. The owners agreed on their proposal and sent it over to the players for approval. But ESPN is reporting that the NFL Players Association will not vote on the proposal until Monday, shredding the post-lockout schedule the owners released Thursday.