With the 2011 Draft out of the way for the National Football League, the owners and the players now have to move on and look for a resolution to the collective bargaining agreement which has forced the league to be entangled in a lockout. Last week a federal judge ruled in favor of the players and put an end to the lockout only to have an injunction filed.
The latest news is that injunction will be lifted and the lockout will once again be removed starting on Monday. With all of the draft picks that were selected over the weekend, none of these players will be able to have official contact with their coaches until a lockout is lifted.
The big argument at hand is the debate over the $9 billion in revenue that the NFL takes in each year. It is said that the players make the majority of this money and the owners want a better cut of the pay and take in. Fans made their voices known in New York City at Radio City Music Hall as just about every time that commissioner Roger Goodell took the stage to announce a pick he was booed. Still, you could feel that ambiance in the air that there will be some kind of deal done in the near future and that football in the National Football League will be back to normal.
As far as the draft went, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and defending national champion QB from the University of Auburn Cam Newton was the top pick as he looks to be the new franchise quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. This was the move that most analysts were looking to be made as the Panthers have been in a dire search to look for a star QB to take them back to the Super Bowl.
It certainly can happen with Newton as he has been able to reach the top of the collegiate ranks and he has the tools to get the job done. The only thing now is that the collective bargaining fiasco has to be settled and when that happens is when people will be able to see exactly what Cam Newton is made of.