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SBD/March 3, 2011/Franchises
NFL Labor Watch: Teams Announce Plans For No Furloughs, Layoffs During Lockout
Published March 3, 2011
SEEING HOW THINGS PLAY OUT: In S.F., David White reports the 49ers are "more than willing to watch the collective bargaining agreement expire tonight without making any pre-emptive moves to improve their 6-10 team." A team source said, "Everyone is just kind of waiting to see what happens." White notes all the 49ers did yesterday was "offer one-year restricted free-agent tenders to three players" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/3). In San Diego, Kevin Acee reports nine Chargers "got restricted free agent tenders" yesterday, "most of which will probably prove meaningless." Chargers S Eric Weddle, one of the tendered players, said, "I know once the CBA gets solved this will be wiped out" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/3). Meanwhile, in S.F., Vittorio Tafur reports the Raiders have signed "five potential free agents to contracts before the agreement expires." But the team "didn't include one signing bonus that required a check being cut before a game is played" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/3).
STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS: In Green Bay, Richard Ryman notes a lockout "won't shut down public and business operations at Lambeau Field." Operations to which the public has access, "such as Curly's Pub, the Packers Pro Shop, the Hall of Fame and stadium tours, will continue as usual." The Lambeau Field Atrium "also will continue to host conferences and other events" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 3/3).