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If fans of the Ohio State football program needed some good news amidst all the turmoil, they didn't get it from Terrelle Pryor. The Buckeye quarterback announced that he is entering the NFL's July supplemental draft. Pryor faced a five-game suspension, along with the anger of Buckeye fans, had he returned for his senior season.

Instead, he hired agent Drew Rosenhaus and has become the subject of conversation regarding where in the draft he will be selected, and whether he will play quarterback or another position. There are multiple rounds to bid on players in the supplemental draft, and a team that selects a player will forfeit an equivalent round pick in next April's NFL Draft.

Free Receiver
It's not often that a football player looks forward to being released, but Plaxico Burress certainly looked forward to this. The former Giants receiver left Oneida Correctional Facility on June 6 after spending almost two years in prison for criminal possession of a weapon. Burress says he is prepared for the end of the league's lockout. "If and when everything gets settled," he told reporters outside the prison, "When they get back on the field, I'll be ready." Many teams have commented on Burress's release, and agent Drew Rosenhaus will be shopping the 33-year-old receiver around, but no contract can be signed until a labor agreement is reached by the league and players.

Summertime Blues
Of course, Burress is not the only player eagerly anticipating a settlement to the lockout. Unlike veteran players, the 254 players selected in the 2011 NFL Draft have not yet gotten a single paycheck for playing football (at least, that's what the NCAA hopes). And that's presented an odd situation for one incoming rookie, Dolphins FB Charles Clay. Unlike players like Chad Ochocinco, who can make money from bull riding or other personal appearances, Clay has had to do some manual labor to earn cash this summer. To pay for workouts and trainers to stay in shape, the Tulsa alum told WQAM radio, he has been cutting grass and working for an oil well company. Clay couldn't afford to go to workouts organized by Dolphins players.

Not Welcome
Something tells me Carson Palmer won't be welcome back in Cincinnati. Palmer told the Bengals to trade him to another team or he would retire from the game. Owner Mike Brown refused, so as of now, Palmer is still a member of the Bengals. It just doesn't feel that way. Bengals QB Jordan Palmer referred to his brother as a "former teammate" when talking to reporters sat a player-organized workout, one that Jordan did not attend. Cornerback Pacman Jones had some harsher words for his former quarterback. "If Carson don't want to be here, damn him. Period. Point blank," Jones told FM 102.3 in Denver. The stalemate between Palmer and the Bengals will continue through at least the rest of the lockout.

The Pen Is Mightier
At the age of 23, Broncos QB Tim Tebow has already garnered some distinguished honors, including National Champion, Heisman winner and NFL starter. Now Tebow can add another to that list: New York Times bestseller. His autobiography "Through My Eyes," co-authored by Tebow and writer Nathan Whitaker, opened at number six on the Times hardcover bestseller list. While Tebow's memoir had a strong first week of sales, he couldn't beat the work of another quarterback. Saints QB Drew Brees's autobiography "Coming Back Stronger" debuted at number three on the same chart last July. And of course, Brees has another title that Tebow hopes to gain: Super Bowl champion.

High Demands
Tennessee's Chris Johnson has become one of the best running backs in the game, and now he wants to be paid like one. Johnson leads all NFL players with 4,598 rushing yards and 5,606 total yards from scrimmage since the beginning of the 2009 season. The running back negotiated a $2.5 million contract for the 2010 season, but last August demanded a "history deal" for  2011. While Johnson worked out with fellow Titans players at a June session, he is not expected to show up to training camp unless he gets a large pay raise. The top-paid running back in 2010 was Jacksonville's Maurice Jones Drew, who earned $13 million last season.

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