38 days until the first training camp opens

To the extent that this is the sssslow period, it won’t be slow for much longer.  The league has posted all of the dates on which training camps open at NFLLabor.com, and the first camp opens in 38 days, on July 24.

The honor goes to the Cowboys, who’ll be playing the Bengals in the Hall of Fame game.  The Bengals open four days later, on July 28.

Teams may get started two weeks before their first preseason game.

While it’s arguably a bonus to play in the annual Canton game (which will be televised by NBC), the early opening of Camp Cowboy makes it less likely that first-round wideout Dez Bryant will be present when the process starts.  His agent, Eugene Parker, has had only one of 18 first-rounders signed on time. 

Also, to the extent that Parker will be reluctant to agree to terms for Bryant, the 24th overall pick, until the 23rd and 25th selections have agreed to terms, the fact that the Cowboys open camp before the Packers (who took Bryan Bulaga at No. 23) and the Broncos (who took Tim Tebow at No. 25) makes it less likely that Bryant will be bracketed.  Moreover, Parker likely will want to see what receiver Demaryius Thomas gets from the Broncos at No. 22, in the hopes of then leapfrogging the slot, just as Parker tried (unsuccessfully) to do on behalf of receiver Michael Crabtree in 2009.

16 responses to “38 days until the first training camp opens

  1. Wow, another story about Dez Bryant and Eugene Parker. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think you were hoping he holds out.
    Jerry made it clear to Parker before he drafted Dez that he’ll be paid where he’s picked. Parker and Bryant agreed to this already. There won’t be a holdout and you can quote me on that. Read the Dallas blogs more often and you might be up to date on things like these. 😉

  2. Are we looking at when Vets are required to show up? Otherwise The Browns somehow start on the 23rd according to that site.

  3. Parker is a scumbag, evidenced by the crabby shebacle!
    I hope dez holds out til wk 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    cowfags blow!!!
    1 plyoff win in 14 yrs!!!!!!!!!!!
    hahahahhaahahahahahahahahahahaahahahah

  4. i hope parker does that, but i don’t see it happening two years in a row. i could see him going for the same contract thomas gets, though. which jerry jones should balk. either way i hope he holds out crabtree style and this turns into a major distraction for the cowboys. giants and redskins fans will agree with me.

  5. 9to19 says:
    June 16, 2010 3:23 PM
    Wow, another story about Dez Bryant and Eugene Parker. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think you were hoping he holds out. Jerry made it clear to Parker before he drafted Dez that he’ll be paid where he’s picked. Parker and Bryant agreed to this already. There won’t be a holdout and you can quote me on that. Read the Dallas blogs more often and you might be up to date on things like these. 😉
    ===============
    Of course he’s hoping for a holdout. It would mean a ton of posts and hits for PFT. Drama sells.

  6. more proof you are completely out of touch with each team you write stories about Florio. the terms were pretty much agreed to before Dez was even drafted. Dez will be in training camp on time.

  7. Eugene Parker is the biggest punk ass Agent there is. He’s almost as bad as a lawyer or politician.
    Another reason why we need a rookie wage scale
    They could call it the JaMarcus rule…..

  8. 38 til training camp starts?!? So does this mean it’ll only be 48 days until Lord Favre comes off his high horse to grace the NFL peasants with his royal presence?

  9. Parker and Jones agree on a deal but Bryant oversleeps for the signing meeting, then “forgets the route” to the office the next time he is scheduled. When David Wells finally delivers him to the destination Dez realizes he has the wrong pen, it doesn’t work properly, and he left his normal pen back at the house. He tries to sign anyway, but the signature is illegible. Then he stomps out when Jones asks him to redo it because “We don’t want something that might seemed forged”. Finally Dez calls Mike Silver to complain that Jones suggested he was guilty of forgery.

  10. I’m sick of hearing about the next great Cowboys receiver. First I heard about Glenn, then Crayton, then Williams, now Bryant. All of them suck. Who cares about Dez Bryant? Once he does anything in the league, I will actually take the time to read more than the headline.
    Dallas D= Dominant
    Dallas O= Potential
    Dallas team = choke

  11. Congrats Florio. You managed to stick with your headline for a total of 5 sentences before you abandoned it to talk about Dez Bryant and his agent’s signing habits for the majority of the story.
    Such a top notch writer.

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