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Random Ramsdom, 3/3: It's D-Day for football

The league and owners sit down for another day of mediation. Will they extend the deadline?
The league and owners sit down for another day of mediation. Will they extend the deadline?

There's some (potentially) good news on the horizon today for St. Louis Rams fans, and all football fans, as the league and owners prepare to sit back down in the final hours before the CBA deadline. Let's get a quick look at all the action around the league.

 

Tagged for the Draft
Another good read from Rang, this one looks at how teams' decision to use the franchise tag could impact their draft strategies under the lockout scenario.

D-Day: Owners meet with Cohen; mediation to resume today

Federal mediation between the NFL and NFLPA will continue today, but not before one final meeting of NFL owners at the end of a long day. The remaining NFL owners in Washington D.C.

A.J. Hawk agrees to five-year deal with Packers

That didn't last long, and you knew it wouldn't it. Green Bay brought back their defensive captain hours after releasing him to avoid a big payout.

Vikings place first-round tender on WR Sidney Rice

The Vikings have placed a first-round tender on wide receiver Sidney Rice. It's one of those cautionary tenders as Rice has four years of service. As with Malcom Floyd, if the CBA reverts back to the original four-year rule for free agency, Rice will be on the market...and highly sought.

Aldon Smith better in the 3-4 or the 4-3?

College pass rushers often do not translate to the NFL, especially those shifting to a 3-4 outside linebacker position. But Missouri's Aldon Smith figures that's right in his athletic wheelhouse, Rob Rang says. The truth is scouts like him in both defenses because of his quickness off the ball and equally quick hands which help him move through blockers.