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Moon: Second extension to CBA talks likely

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Moon: Second extension to CBA talks likely

Friday, March 4, 2011
10:30 a.m.
By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com

The trickle of hope in NFLNFLPA negotiations hasnt stopped, which remains a good thing even if the ultimate prize of a new collective bargaining agreement hasnt been landed just yet. Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com encapsulates many of the wisps of thought circulating but the net is that a second extension to talks is appearing increasingly likely, and at this point this is more than just jockeying for some nebulous high PR ground.

The clock continues ticking and nothing other than these negotiations are permitted by an extension, meaning ostensibly that no contract negotiations can get done in the grace period. But the unmistakable mood is continuing to be guarded optimism from all reports.
Money matters
The Bears have given themselves some salary cap help with a deft restructuring of Julius Peppers contract, as first reported by ESPNChicago.com. Its a common move, one in this case that takes no money from the Pro Bowl defensive end but spreads out the cap hit of a 10.5 million bonus due him this year.

The option in the deal worked out by agent Carl Carey and Bears negotiator Cliff Stein allowed the Bears to change the bonus from a roster bonus, which is charged entirely to the year in which it is paid, to a signing bonus, which is averaged over the remaining years of the contract, in this case the next five. This saves the Bears 8.4 million under this years cap because instead of the 10.5 million being charged to 2011, the hit is about 2.1 million in each of the next five years.

Teams like roster bonuses because the money is charged and gone. But Carey and Stein incorporating the option helps free cap money for spending when the CBA situation is resolved.

And am I the only one wondering if Carey and Stein were left alone in a room, they might have this labor mess worked out by dinner time?

Kidding, obviously, but one of my favorite movies is Dave, in no small part because of the scenes in which Murray the accountant comes to the White House and pares about 650 million from the federal budget. Its Hollywood, but never, ever underestimate what common sense can do in the right hands.
Duly noted

CSNNE.com colleague Tom Curran will be visiting with Mike Florio on ProFootballTalk.coms Pro Football Talk Live. T.C. is one of the best and has had missile-lock on the Patriots for quite some time, which becomes significant here because Tom Brady and Logan Mankins are potentially among the A-list plaintiffs in any class-action lawsuit by the NFL players vs. the league in the event of union decertification. Also, Pats owner Robert Kraft is a major player in the CBA issues, and hes not a quiet one.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post does a quality, eminently understandable run-through of the issues now in front of the two sides in talks. Andrew was in the Green Bay front office during the 2006 negotiations and here he gives a nice thumbnail of how mediator George Cohen has structured the logistics of talks.

Robert Gallery, the Iowa big dog who became the No. 2 overall pick of the 2004 draft, is out of Oakland after he and the Raiders were simply too far apart on a new contract to leave any hope there. Gallery is not an elite talent at guard but in the right system and with a coach like Mike Tice. Now, guards have gotten into the 7 million - 8 million salary range and whether he fits price-wise and ability wise for the Bears is something better judged once the new salary cap is established once a labor agreement is reached. But rule nothing out.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Will Bears retain NFC North lead come Bears-Vikings matchup?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Will Bears retain NFC North lead come Bears-Vikings matchup?

David Haugh, Chris Bleck and Tony Andracki join Kap on the panel

0:00- The guys dissect the Bears’ big win over the Lions, Mitch Trubisky’s best game as a pro and discuss expectations for Matt Nagy’s team as they get ready to face the Vikings.

19:00- Jimmy Butler is a 76er. Will he bring down that locker room as well?

23:00- Lauri Markkanen suffers a setback while Zach LaVine says he’s tired. After another loss, is it time for the Bulls to set their sights on the top of the NBA Draft lottery?

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Jimmy Fallon roasts Cody Parkey's 4-boink performance

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Jimmy Fallon roasts Cody Parkey's 4-boink performance

Cody Parkey's had a rough week. Let's run it back: 

1. Boinked his first kick on Sunday
2. Boinked his second kick on Sunday
3. Boinked his third kick on Sunday
4. Boinked his fourth kick on Sunday
5. Got exposed for not practicing at Soldier Field
6. Was kind of defended but not really by his head coach 

You'll note that it's only Tuesday still. 

And now, Parkey's getting made fun of on late night television. Word of his horrendous Sunday reached Jimmy Fallon's desk, who found a place for Parkey in his monologue: 

The Parkey part starts at roughly the 6-minute mark. 

If you boink four conesecutive kicks, you can't really be mad when you're the butt of a joke or two. With that said - you've had better punchlines, Jimmy. (We’re on a first name basis it’s fine)

He was right about how impressive it was, though.