After a very enjoyable day off, I've got a little catching up to do. Might as well start with the big news of the day/week/year: The NFL lockout is over.
That means players can join their teams and start hammering out contracts. I caught up with a couple of former MSU players this morning, Chris White and K.J. Wright. Both linebackers were in airports (White in Atlanta, Wright in Memphis) about to board flights to their respective new cities in preparation for preseason camp.
White was drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round. He bounced between Atlanta, Starkville and his hometown of Vancleave during the lockout and is eager to get to work with his new employer.
"We've been waiting around for a long time. Been a college graduate for two months now, so it's time to get a job," White said.
Wright, taken by Seattle in the fourth round, doesn't have an opinion on the new labor deal. "I'm just glad it's over with," he said.
Both players expect to have contracts signed by week's end. With no chance to go through normal offseason activities, White and Wright, like all other rookies, will be playing catch-up. Their immediate goals are the same: Make the roster and get on the field via special teams, and vie for a backup linebacker role.
"I'm going to have to take baby steps," said Wright.
I'll have more from these guys (and hopefully other former Bulldogs) in Wednesday's Journal.