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Storyline of the WeekThe NFL owners meeting is being held through Wednesday in Dana Point, Calif. The hot topic is the state of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the NFL Players Association's recent election of DeMaurice Smith as executive director. To cut to the chase when addressing NFL owners, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should tell them to follow the Pack. Because its financial records are open as a publicly owned company, the Green Bay Packers are the team used primarily by the NFLPA in determining how much money each franchise is earning. Such information isn't released by the league's 31 other clubs (which led to some contentious CBA negotiating by the previous NFLPA regime).
Cause and effectGoodell meeting with Marshawn Lynch last week regarding the Buffalo running back's recent guilty plea to a misdemeanor weapons charge.
Draft Watch: Clemson QB Cullen HarperIf last season had been as good as his 2007 campaign, Harper could very well be the first quarterback taken in this year's draft. Harper was brilliant as a junior, throwing 27 touchdowns and six interceptions for a Tigers program expected to compete for the 2008 national championship. But his senior passing statistics plummeted as badly as Clemson's fortunes in a 7-6 season. Harper has the chance to better his stock as a likely mid-round pick Tuesday with a strong Pro Day at Clemson. During a recent interview on Sirius NFL Radio, Harper told me the time he spent in pre-draft workouts with former NFL quarterback/assistant coach Mike Kruczek was a big help. Harper said he is throwing passes more efficiently since Kruczek showed him how to better use his body in his delivery. Harper also will have the Pro Day luxury of throwing to college teammate Aaron Kelly, the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leading receiver.
Free-agency Watch: Strong safety Roy Williams
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