"It’s modern-day slavery, you know?"

-- Adrian Peterson

What an idiot. 



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Former Patriots fullback Heath Evans made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the NFL lockout.

 

Hoping to "set the record straight," NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah took to Twitter on Tuesday to touch on a recent report that top prospects might boycott the NFL Draft. 

 

"The NFLPA is not asking anyone to 'boycott' anything," Atallah tweeted. "NFL Draft in particular.

 

According to a report from ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, the NFLPA is planning a boycott of the NFL draft in April. The union apparently has contacted 17 top college prospects and told them not to attend the draft.

 

“As of right now, this is 100 percent happening,” Schefter quoted a source. “This is going down.”

 

Former NFL offensive lineman Pete Kendall appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning. The Quincy native and Boston College graduate worked on behalf of the players’ union in 15 of the 17 mediation sessions over the last couple of weeks.

 

Kendall said there were some positives in the negotiations, but not nearly enough. “I will say that there was more progress made up to the point of the initial expiration,” he said. “I think things went backward some from a week ago Thursday to this past Friday.”

 

With the NFL now days into its first work stoppage since 1987, franchises are already starting to feel the impact. Teams are talking about laying off personnel, while player movement has ground to a halt. How will the lockout affect the Patriots? Here are five ways:

COMPARED TO MOST OTHER TEAMS, THE PATRIOTS ARE FAIRLY WELL POSITIONED



On Saturday afternoon, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued the following statement on the labor situation:
 

Speaking on the Mut & Merloni Show with Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni, Sport Illustrated's Peter King suggested there might be some hope regarding the NFL avoiding a lockout Friday, but he still remains pessimistic about any agreement before the NFLPA's certification expires later in the day.

 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has released the following statement regarding the report that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was involved in a shooting late last month:

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from the local and national media with varying degrees of information and speculation to determine if NFL player William Brandon Meriweather, of the New England Patriots; committed the shooting, or is a suspect in the case.

The Patriots have issued a brief statement regarding the report that safety Brandon Meriweather was involved in a shooting late last month in Florida: "We are aware of the reported allegation, but do not have any additional information." For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.