Welcome to the NFL owners meetings

Welcome to the NFL owners meetings
March 17, 2013, 2:45 pm
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PHOENIX - A few quick hits from the start of the NFL's Annual Meeting to be held at the Biltmore, which is nicer than most hotels.

  • Sunday is kind of a soft start to the four-day gathering. Monday-to-Wednesday is the meat of the event which serves multiple purposes. Bill Belichick is expected to arrive Sunday. Tuesday is the AFC Coaches Breakfast where -- in a perfect world -- we'll get access to Belichick over bagels and OJ for about an hour. Wednesday is the NFC Coaches Breakfast. Rules changes are also discussed by the NFL's Competition Committee. Abolishing the "Tuck Rule" is in the mix. The other rule -- which is almost certain to be recommended to be voted on by the league owners in May during the next Owners Meetings in Boston -- is charging coaches who throw a challenge flag on unchallengable plays with a timeout.
  • In addition to the Competition Committee work, the express purpose of the event is for NFL owners and their administrators to get a state of the league update as the 2013 league year begins. But there are a lot of other irons in the fire as GMs and coaches are able to communicate directly with player agents as the first week of free agency winds to a close. Coaches and GMs are also able to lay groundwork for the upcoming draft with their counterparts, possibly laying the groundwork for trades.
  • On the Patriots front, there are a number of issues to try to get clarity on. Establishing the status of talks with pending Patriot free agents like Sebastian Vollmer and Julian Edelman, getting updates on where thing stands in talks with Steelers RFA wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and defensive end free agent John Abraham, and getting the skinny from league sources on how much Adrian Wilson has left in the tank are at the top of my list. Also, establishing with Wes Welker's agents David Dunn and Brian Murphy how Wes Welker hit the market looking for about $20 million and wound up signing for $12 million is a priority.
  • I'll be headed to the Biltmore shortly and will have updates in the 6 p.m. Sportsnet Central and will also be in Sports Sunday tonight with Ron Borges of the Boston Herald  and your guest host Damon Amendolara.