The Morning Fix: Draft Thursday Edition

As debate over public employee unions rages in state capitals, the NFL faces its own labor issues: The league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players association expires this evening. If the two parties don’t agree to extend the deadline, the players will be locked out of their teams’ facilities.

“I’m sure if he were here this morning, he would be regaling on lots of topics and subjects,” said the Rev. Michael Roach, who presided over the ceremony. “But one thing he would say for sure, in his own distinctive way, is what a bee-u-ti-ful day it is this morning.
A free agent after the 2006 season, Graham, now 32, signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Broncos, for whom his father, Tom, had once played. Graham made it through four of those five seasons, collecting roughly $24.8 million. Besides the $1 million roster bonus, Graham was scheduled to make a $4.2 million salary in 2011.

The Kansas City Chiefs are represented on both sides of the table as the NFL owner and NFL Players Association reconvene for another negotiating session with less than two days remaining before the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires.

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