The labor union formerly known as the NFL Players Association is trying to convince the top college prospects to boycott next month's NFL draft. That protest would deny these young men the chance to soak in the whole experience of walking up on stage at Radio City Music Hall.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association are negotiating to prevent a work stoppage, and one of the big sticking points for the players is the owners' refusal to open up their books. Former Ravens coach Brian Billick thinks the players need to give it up.
The Eagles, Patriots, Jets and Chargers have exercised their right to franchise players the past couple of days even though it might not hold up in the aftermath of the labor Armageddon. The Ravens have now just done the same with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.