Steve Wyche

Steve Wyche


Steve Wyche began his second stint covering the NFL in 2005, this time for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, after covering the Dolphins for The Miami Herald in the mid-1990s. He also covered the NBA for the Washington Post and a variety of other sports in a 23-year career that started in Richmond, Va. In addition to writing for, Wyche is a reporter on NFL Network's Total Access and other shows.


ATLANTA -- Rams general manager Les Snead is so L.A. He's strikingly handsome, moves with a slow-mo flow that rarely lets his blondish locks move, even in the wind. On game days, the 48-year-old football lifer walks around the stadium giving off vi... more

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Los Angeles Rams All-Pro running back Todd Gurley said that he is not injured and that diminished usage and production in the NFC Championship Game was simply an underwhelming performance . "I'm good. If there was an issue... more


COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates doesn't sound like he plans to retire after this, his 16th season. "I try to evaluate myself. I can still beat a linebacker, I feel like I can still play," Gates, 38, said Friday be... more


COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa appears closer to making his season debut Sunday against visiting Denver, although Bosa and the team won't definitively say if he'll be active. While discussing the pain he knows he will have t... more


SEATTLE -- Seahawks safety Earl Thomas did not practice Friday and coach Pete Carroll said that he was not certain the perennial All-Pro would play Sunday in Seattle's home opener against the Dallas Cowboys. "We'll see how he's doing and make sure... more


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, a vice president of the NFL Players Association's executive committee, said an initial conversation took place Tuesday between his group and NFL officials about finding a potentia... more


BEREA, OHIO -- It was relatively quiet early at the Browns' facility Thursday morning -- the calm before the storm that will crest in the evening when the team leads off the 2018 NFL Draft with the first overall pick. The rolling momentum parallels t... more

Khalil Mack and the Oakland Raiders have had been in communication about a possible contract extension and about the pass rusher not taking part of voluntary offseason workouts because of that unfinished business, general manager Reggie McKenzie sa... more


BOSTON -- Amid a riveting panel discussion at a symposium Friday at Harvard Law School centering around criminal justice, a gentleman turned to fellow panelist Devin McCourty, the Patriots safety, and thanked him because as an NFL player, "the easy t... more


I have the honor to be a member of the selection committee and to co-host the Black College Football Hall of Fame ceremony with my NFL Network and Fox Sports colleague Charles Davis. The event, which honors players, coaches and contributors that were... more


ALAMEDA, Calif -- The Oakland Raiders adjusted their practice schedule Wednesday due to the air quality conditions caused by raging wildfires nearby. Individual drills have been pulled off the schedule and coach Jack Del Rio said the staff is monit... more


The NFL and NFLPA showed support for players and players' rights following remarks from President Donald Trump, who while speaking at a political rally on Friday, said NFL fans should boycott games and team owners should fire players who fail to stan... more

OXNARD, Ca. - Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills has been one of the NFL's more outspoken players on social issues, especially the subject of law enforcement's dealings with minorities -- the hot button subject that has led several players to not st... more


CARSON, Calif. -- Seahawks Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett started what he said will be his season-long refusal to stand for the national anthem on Sunday before his team's preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Bennett, like free... more

Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn, who is holding out from training camp to try and leverage a new or restructured contract, has enlisted Hall of Fame help to stay ready for when there is resolution. Penn has been working with Hall of Fame ta... more


OXNARD, Calif. -- Cowboys second-year linebacker Jaylon Smith is expected to go through some contact drills when the team practices in full pads Wednesday, according to a team source. It would be Smith's first time going through contact since suffe... more

GLENDALE, Az. -- Veteran Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald isn't going into this season as if it will be his last. But it very well could be. Fitzgerald has broached the subject of retirement the past few offseasons -- including this one -... more


RENTON, WA. -- The Seahawks want to publicly blunt the notion that they have a dysfunctional house and Friday, in the first OTA workout open to the media, Coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson addressed things head on -- Carroll, quite... more


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Rams general manager Les Snead said contract talks between the team and All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald are in a "serious" stage, and he reaffirmed the Rams "like Aaron and want him to be around." The optimism shared... more

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Bud Grant couldn't get why, on the first day of his annual garage sale at the house he's been living in since the late 1960s, several dozen people stood for hours under a tent, in the rain, at the edge of his driveway, waiting f... more


ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick Gareon Conley sat at his introductory news conference Friday between general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio, the men who risked a portion of their reputations for Conley to hav... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers said their medical staff does not believe first-round pick Reuben Foster will need additional shoulder surgery and he should be cleared in time for the start of training camp. The Alabama linebacker, considered one... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, one of the first players to join then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games last season, said he will no longer do so. Reid said the... more


PHOENIX -- A vote by NFL owners to move the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas is expected to be held Monday at the Annual League Meeting. With a vote to approve the relocation possible, according to several sources here, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio s... more

TEMPE, Az. -- Quarterback Brock Osweiler said he had "no news," on the developments surrounding his surprising trade from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. Osweiler said he had nothing to share about his status with the Browns... more


Twenty-nine years ago, Washington quarterback Doug Williams, fresh off one of the most historic performances in Super Bowl lore, stood next to President Ronald Reagan, leaned in and said, "This is a long way from Zachary, Louisiana." Williams recal... more

The Falcons' coaches, according to a team official, feel very positive about center Alex Mack's availability to not only play during the Super Bowl, but also function at a high level despite a fibula injury that has limited him in practice. A pool... more


During the same mid-November week in which the Rams finally broke ground on their state-of-the-art stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff was named the team's starting quarterback. Both projects got started late... more


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick answered question after question Sunday about crowd reaction toward him not standing for the national anthem and how he was treated, good or bad, before, during and after his firs... more

If we thought Colin Kaepernick was a lightning rod over the past six weeks because of his decision to kneel for the National Anthem and speak out in protest to social injustice, we might have just been experiencing the opening act. Kaepernick took... more


THOUSAND OAKS, Ca. -- Rams coach Jeff Fisher made official what coaches told rookie Jared Goff earlier in the week: That the No. 1 overall pick had been promoted to the No. 2 quarterback for Sunday's game against Seattle. Goff was inactive behind K... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneeled during the playing of the national anthem in their continued gesture to raise awareness of social injustices against African-Americans and minorities in the Uni... more


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly said quarterback Colin Kaepernick will start Thursday's preseason finale at San Diego. Blaine Gabbert will not play. Though Gabbert not playing would seemingly signal that he has won the... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The word "cancer" was used by some 49ers players Sunday following the uproar over quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision Friday to not stand for the national anthem for a third time before a preseason game. Kaepernick's reason... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans... more

The artificial turf at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, will be replaced for next year's Hall of Fame Game, according to a source with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All logos will be stitched into the surface so there will not be any... more


SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Chargers first-round draft pick, defensive end Joey Bosa, will not report with his teammates Friday as he remains unsigned, according to a source close to Bosa. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco confirmed that the main sti... more

Rams starting safety T.J. McDonald, who missed offseason workouts while dealing with legal and personal issues, has rejoined the team and will be a full participant when training camp starts Saturday. McDonald, who was arrested in Los Angeles Count... more

When perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson retired, somewhat surprisingly, after the 2015 season, the 30-year-old admitted that Detroit not being a championship contender factored into him walking away. In other words, he didn't see much... more

Panthers quarterback and NFL MVP Cam Newton was voted No. 1 on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2016 list. Who would he vote for at the top spot? "[Tom] Brady or J.J. [Watt]. You know I actually played against them this year, or even [Antonio Brown... more


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not offer much clarity on his relationship with the team's front office months after requesting a trade earlier this year, but Thursday he said he plans to compete for the... more


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said his relationship with recently hired head coach Chip Kelly is all good. "We have had a wonderful start to our relationship," Baalke said during a meeting with reporters at... more


INGLEWOOD, Ca. -- When Rams COO Kevin Demoff said at a news conference Friday that there are increasing talks about the Chargers joining the Rams soon in Los Angeles, a crowd of about 150 fans in the Forum booed. "This is the Rams' house," a few of... more


As Week 16 unfolded, it became apparent that the Redskins' Kirk Cousins is going to start a playoff game -- and the Jets' Ryan Fitzpatrick is on the verge of joining him. This is an axis-tilting development. They aren't like Denver's Brock Osweil... more

OAKLAND -- Here's a quick overview of the AFC West: The division's two non-playoff teams could be relocating to Los Angeles; its top team's most popular player might have already played his final career snap; and its hottest team has the least-feared... more

It is about moral victories for the Rams these days. The goal is to win their final three games to finish with an 8-8 record, which, again, would be disappointing for a team that each year, gets the preseason benefit of the doubt that things will g... more

The NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals' systematic dissection of the Rams on Sunday was so matter-of-fact, it barely caused a stir. Sure, St. Louis is as offensively inept as someone trying to peel an orange with a shoe horn, leaving the overwor... more

Seattle's victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday felt familiar. The end result, yes, but more so the way it was won. Close in the final quarter. Russell Wilson, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin making big plays on third down to move the chains and scor... more


MINNEAPOLIS -- Before the kickoff to Sunday's much anticipated matchup between the team that led the NFC North at the time -- Minnesota -- and the team that leads it today -- Green Bay -- a Packers official told me why Aaron Rodgers and Co. should e... more

After defeating the 49ers to win their fourth straight game to open the season, a handful of Packers players spoke openly about their goal to make sure the NFC championship came through Lambeau Field. They went on to win two games after that, maki... more

Being tied with the Packers for first place in the NFC North was simply a matter of that day's circumstance, veteran Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway surmised after Sunday's overtime victory against St. Louis. Minnesota's win, coupled with a secon... more

SANTA CLARA, CA -- The decision to replace 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick with Blaine Gabbert was based on Kaepernick's performance for the 2-6 team, but also because coach Jim Tomsula wanted to remove him from the mounting pressure and negativit... more

Drew Brees threw for seven touchdowns in a thrilling victory over the Giants. The Lions continued to embarrass themselves . Running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Amari Cooper might have some company in the category of standout offensive rookies... more


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- What sets the Patriots apart are theories and execution. While opponent after opponent tries to figure out who they need to be or what to do to defeat New England, the Patriots simply beat their foes. Sure, strategy, scheming,... more

CLEVELAND -- The Broncos aren't making any excuses for winning. They are 6-0 and most of the NFL -- with its high-flying offenses and fantasy-football winning quarterbacks -- isn't. There is no disputing the notion that 39-year-old quarterback Pey... more

OAKLAND, Calif. -- As Broncos and Raiders players, coaches and staff filed into the singular exit tunnel of the Coliseum after Denver's 16-10 victory Sunday , an assistant coach made his way over to me. "I don't know how we keep doing it, but... more

Ryan Mallett will start at quarterback for the Texans in Thursday night's divisional bout against Indianapolis , but Brian Hoyer is just a 42-0 deficit away from getting another chance to replace Mallett and reclaim the starting job he lost early th... more


ST. LOUIS -- Ben Roethlisberger, his left knee wrapped and braced, exited the victorious locker room on crutches, bound for the bus that would set him on course to a diagnosis that wasn't good, but wasn't dreadful either: a significant MCL sprain tha... more

The carnage that swept up NFC East quarterbacks Sunday spared one of the division's four starters: Kirk Cousins. Let that marinate. The guy who plays the one position on the one team that seems to be in perpetual turmoil came through just fine.... more

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn made this point two days before his team took down the Seattle Seahawks in overtime in both teams' season-opener: "None of our last names is Kroenke. All we are doing is playing football and wai... more

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, in a show of support for contract holdout Kam Chancellor, donned Chancellor's No. 31 jersey at practice today. Chancellor still has not reported to the team and will not play in Sunday's season-opener at St. L... more


The road to success in the NFL begins each year with the hard work and wide-open possibilities of training camp. As teams around the league gear up for the 2015 campaign, NFL Media reporters will be checking in from all 32 camps around the league . F... more

OXNARD -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't outright say he is behind the Rams' relocation to Inglewood, Calif., but he came pretty close. Jones watched a joint practice between the Rams and Cowboys with Rams owner Stan Kroenke Monday, then proclaim... more

The road to success in the NFL begins each year with the hard work and wide-open possibilities of training camp. As teams around the league gear up for the 2015 campaign, NFL Media reporters will be checking in from all 32 camps around the league . F... more


RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner might have felt the team didn't have enough money for him to get a long-term deal, tweeting "Can't keep everyone" on Friday morning, after quarterback Russell Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6... more


Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, unhappy with his current contract, said a holdout from the start of training camp is "definitely possible," in a phone conversation Monday. Bennett said that he is willing to accept the hefty fines that come... more


OAKLAND -- Raiders quarterback Derek Carr took snaps in individual drills of Tuesday's OTA practice, but did not throw any passes. Carr, who is dealing with an undisclosed injury to his right hand/arm, also did not take part in any team drills.... more


BESSEMER, Ala. -- Like so many times at Florida State last season, Jameis Winston came through in the final moments Thursday night. He arrived at his own draft party about eight minutes before taking the phone call from Tampa Bay Buccaneers genera... more

TAMPA -- Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said more than one team called Sunday inquiring about the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, which Tampa Bay holds -- and covets. "Everything is for sale," Licht said. The price tag and the Buccaneers'... more


PHOENIX -- Some of the NFL's most promising assistant coaches and personnel men waited their turns to enter individual rooms to speak with former general managers Charley Casserly, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf -- the latter pair being 2015 Pro Football H... more


PHOENIX -- The Seattle Seahawks arrived here Sunday afternoon for Super Bowl week and were immediately shuttled to a sprawling resort far enough outside the city that bluffs, hills and desert -- not a downtown skyline -- shape the horizon. There i... more

RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said there would be "no disappointment" if he is passed over as a head coach this hiring cycle. Quinn is considered one of the top candidates for a head-coaching job but he is unavailable fo... more


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The three-year, $50 million contract extension reached between the Cardinals and quarterback Carson Palmer wasn't solely based on the team's commitment to him as their starter. Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said before Sund... more


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke in an impromptu news conference Tuesday said that, before any judgment is made by the team or the NFL, defensive end Ray McDonald will be granted due process following his arrest last weekend... more


HOUSTON -- The Texans won't shy away from drafting Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr because of his brother David's dubious history with the team, according to coach Bill O'Brien. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially... more

HOUSTON -- Texans general manager Rick Smith, in an exclusive interview Wednesday afternoon, said he has had "enough conversations to legitimately move" from the first overall pick. Smith did not disclose any potential trade partners or the seriousne... more

HOUSTON -- New Texans head coach Bill O'Brien opened his first minicamp practice Tuesday without Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson, but with running back Arian Foster, who fully participated in the two-hour-long, non-contact session. Offseason D... more


Russell Wilson: Smart, good decision-maker with good arm strength. Takes good care of the ball. Athletic and uses his legs to buy time and extend plays downfield. You have to be disciplined with your rush lanes playing him. Use his lack of height aga... more


Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert will be the team's starter next week against the Oakland Raiders if he's healthy, according to a high-ranking team official. Gabbert cut his right (throwing) hand on a defender's face mask late i... more

Jets tight end Kellen Winslow, who played only one game in 2012, returned with a team-high seven catches for 79 yards and one touchdown for New York in its 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Getting back on the field wasn't Winsl... more


OXNARD, Calif. -- It was scheduled as a walk-through practice on Day 1 of Dallas Cowboys training camp, but it was more like a run-through. No pads. No helmets. No walking or slacking, either. Monitoring it all was Jason Garrett, the head coach who... more

Sunday was the first practice day at Dallas Cowboys training camp. Here are a few highlights from what happened and what coach Jason Garrett had to say. ¬Ľ Quarterback Tony Romo, who had a cyst removed from his back in mid-April, fully participate... more


The Seattle Seahawks could be fined by the NFL for multiple players being suspended in a season for violating the drug, steroid or personal conduct policies, a league spokesman said Monday. Debate: NFL's best receiving corps? Is there any group o... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made his way to Southern California on Thursday to attend a special event at the NFL Media offices in Culver City.'s Steve Wyche sat down with the commissioner to discuss a myriad of topics, including the... more


KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins will resume trade talks Thursday morning regarding Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert, according to a source informed of the continued negotiations. The teams spoke well into the night... more

KANSAS CITY -- Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said he has been in trade talks with the Miami Dolphins regarding Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert throughout Wednesday morning and expects to have more conversations into the evening abo... more


PHOENIX -- The NFL will not extend the "Rooney Rule" to the hiring of offensive and defensive coordinators, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, namesake of... more

PHOENIX -- NFL officials will vote on all rules changes Wednesday morning at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix, according to a high-ranking league official. One proposed rule would penalize a player who initiates contact with the crown of his helm... more

PHOENIX -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, in an exclusive interview with NFL Network at the NFL Annual Meeting, said he expects cornerback Darrelle Revis to remain with the team next season. Ryan also said there will be an open quarterback competition... more


The aptitude test the NFL will introduce at this week's NFL Scouting Combine will follow specific parameters during its administration, according to Cyrus Mehri, an attorney who spearheaded the formation of these tests. Mehri works with the Fritz Po... more


The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to hire Travis Jones as their defensive line coach, according to a source with knowledge of the pending hire. Jones previously was the assistant defensive line coach with the New Orleans Saints. Follow Steve Wyche... more

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which works with the NFL in oversight and proactive measures for minority hiring, sent a letter Tuesday morning to the NFL suggesting that the Rooney Rule be expanded to cover offensive and defensive coordinators as well a... more

DENVER -- Moments after his team's epic, 38-35 double-overtime KO of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Saturday, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice did a quasi-Lambeau Leap into the stands of Sports Authority Field. He sat there, in arcti... more

DENVER -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a town hall meeting with Denver Broncos season-ticket holders before Saturday's AFC Divisional Playoff . Goodell did not dictate the tenor of the question and answer session but the fans clearly have hear... more

DENVER -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said there has been no meeting scheduled, either by phone or in person, with suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to address the suspended coach's re-instatement. Goodell said he does... more


Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff already has received fair warning that following the end of business Sunday, he will be bombarded with requests from rival teams to interview director of player personnel David Caldwell for a variety o... more

If Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is able to return Sunday after missing three games with shoulder and rib injuries, he will see an offense that looks a bit different. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley explained in a phone... more

As difficult as it was for the Kansas City Chiefs to play through the murder-suicide of linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, it wasn't ordinary for the Carolina Panthers as they prepared for an opponent that was dealing with such tragedy .... more


Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman denied ingesting any form of the banned prescription drug Adderall in any way, saying any reports or anything to the contrary are "incorrect." Power Poll: Texans on top The 10-1 Houston Texans are stil... more

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said on Sunday night that he did not take the banned prescription drug Adderall -- as he is being accused of and is facing a four-game suspension for by the NFL -- and will fight the charge. The Seahawks... more

Colin Kaepernick is receiving the first-team reps in practice, but nothing definitive has been determined as to him starting Sunday against the New Orleans Saints , a source close to the San Francisco 49ers quarterback said. Will Alex†Smith bolt in... more

A source close to Shonn Greene, who spoke with the New York Jets running back overnight, said he wasn't advocating for a quarterback change in remarks he made to Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. Darlington: Tebow the Terrible The Jets are stunned Tim... more

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers had no serious conversations with any team about trading running back DeAngelo Williams or wide receiver Steve Smith before Thursday's trade deadline. Rivera said he actually told the players amid... more


Being a .500 team in the NFL can either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Harrison: Week 7 Power Rankings After a wild Week 6, change abounds in the league hierarchy. Elliot Harrison has new teams at the top and bo... more

Those who come from poverty often look back at their upbringing with a simple clarity: They never knew what they didn't have. The Miami Dolphins employed a similar philosophy entering the 2012 season after constantly hearing they were devoid of tal... more

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson sustained a Lisfranc injury to his left foot during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and will be out approximately eight weeks, a source familiar with the player's diagnosis confirmed. Rapo... more

Suspended New Orleans Saints coaches Sean Payton and Joe Vitt, along with suspended general manager Mickey Loomis, are expected to attend Sunday night's home game against the San Diego Chargers, according to a source with knowledge of the team's and... more


Stephen Brashear/Associated Press The Seattle Seahawks sacked Green Bay Packers QB Aaron†Rodgers eight times, with Bruce†Irvin logging a pair. When you're on the winning side of the most controversial victory in recent memory, there's little... more

The NFL will announce a fine for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick later Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Belichick grabbed an official shortly after the Baltimore Ravens kicked a game-winning field goal Sunda... more

The Minnesota Vikings racked up 344 yards in total offense -- 146 rushing -- in their 24-13 upset of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday by manipulating the vaunted defense's aggression. A Vikings source explained why the team's offense was able to... more

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera called the 35-27 victory over the reeling New Orleans Saints a breakthrough from a "mental block" that plagued the team in 2011. "We finished," Rivera said after Sunday's game in a phone interview. "Last seas... more

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, who also mans the interior of the field-goal block unit, said his† team generated significant pressure on Stephen Gostkowski's first four field-goal attempts, all of which the New England Patriots kick... more

The end to the means is a lot simpler than expected. The explosive plays the Atlanta Falcons have sought for two seasons are coming via screens and short, quick passes, not so much via the deep ball -- although that is a constant threat. The added... more

The initial review of replacement officials' performance in Sunday's early games "went well with no major issue," said Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations. The replacement officials already have been assigned to... more

The NFL Players Association filed for a temporary restraining order in federal court in New Orleans on Tuesday that would allow suspended players Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints, Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns and Anthony Hargrove, who was... more

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be among the first group of players to return to practice under rules that were recently tweaked as part of the new injured reserve and trade deadline adjustments. Jones-Drew will be all... more


Five African-Americans will be starting at quarterback when the 2012 NFL regular season opens: Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles), Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins) and Ca... more

Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press Despite an NFL-leading rushing season from Maurice†Jones-Drew, the Jaguars still finished a meager 5-11. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said that he told holdout running back Maurice Jones-Drew... more

The excuse is simple. "We did go 15-1," Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. A season later, the reality -- specifically on defense -- is simple, too. "These guys have a lot of pride and they want to make sure we're carrying... more

The Dallas Cowboys have had preliminary discussions with agent Drew Rosenhaus regarding free-agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. The conversations are said to have been exploratory, and n... more

No settlement will be reached between the NFL and linebacker Jonathan Vilma regarding his season-long suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" scandal before Friday's hearing, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confir... more


Maurice Jones-Drew wants to be with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he's prepared to hold out through training camp -- if not longer -- if the team won't restructure his contract, sources with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. The running ba... more

Tony Tribble/Associated Press A.J. Green made the Pro Bowl after topping 1,000 receiving yards in his rookie season for the Cincinnati Bengals.   One of the most interesting developments of the offseason is that there were no interesting... more

Visanthe Shiancoe is in contract negotiations with the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, and the free-agent tight end expects to finalize a deal Tuesday night, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Shiancoe met with... more

Free-agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe will visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Debate: Biggest preseason question Are Michael Vick and the Eagles really on the verge of a dynastic ru... more

The NFL filed two suits in Louisiana court Friday to dismiss lawsuits filed against it by New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who is one of four players suspended for their roles in a pay-for-performance/"bounty" scandal that has engulfed t... more

Free agent Visanthe Shiancoe will meet with the tight-end rich New England Patriots on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Schiancoe, 32, met with the Seattle Seahawks in March, but he reportedly turned down a one-y... more

With all the attention on the passing game, the decline of the running back position in the NFL has become a popular talking point. But recent events suggest running backs still hold plenty of value. The proof is in the bank account. On Monday, the... more

Associated Press Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (left) and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson represent a new era in the NFL.   The NFL is a passing league. The stats prove it. The money paid to quarterbacks, receivers, pass rushers and... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the "bounty"-related suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players Tuesday -- to no one's surprise, especially since those players and their lawyers didn't defend themselves to the league... more


Associated Press What can we expect next from the Saints' "bounty" scandal legal drama?'s Steve Wyche breaks it down. As we await NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision whether to uphold the varying suspensions of four current and... more

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will know within a week if he'll collect nearly $4 million more than the NFL says he's due if he's franchise-tagged for a third time in 2013. Brees, who was represented by the NFL Players Association, had a... more

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will set the stage for the financial parameters of his earnings over the next few seasons Wednesday, when he argues a franchise-tag grievance against the NFL before Special Master Stephen Burbank in Philadelp... more

The NFL has accused former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove of telling then-teammate Bobby McCray to "give me my money" -- a sign league investigators say shows that a bounty was in place -- during the NFC Championship Game in 20... more

The players suspended in the aftermath of the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program have refused to speak with NFL officials, partially to preserve a chance to challenge Commissioner Roger Goodell's jurisdiction in federal court, a source with knowled... more

The NFL is about to go dark -- at least in terms of offseason workouts and on-field news. The New Orleans Saints -- dealing with the bounty scandal and Drew Brees' contract negotiations -- the rookie symposium and other off-field events and issues... more

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday asking that the league's investigation into the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program be "redone thoroughly and transparently" because of... more

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that his absence from the team's offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp is contract related -- something general manager Gene Smith admitted two weeks a... more

NEW YORK -- What one thinks about the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program and its aftermath could come down to whether one speaks the language of the NFL or the players. The league has faced harsh criticism for failing to publicly divulge evidence... more

NEW YORK -- Suspended players Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove left Monday's "bounty" appeal hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell roughly an hour after it started, and Fujita vehemently denied his involvement in a bounty program... more

US Presswire NFL stars Drew Brees (left) and Maurice Jones-Drew both have been involved in contract disputes this offseason.   Even with workouts, minicamps and OTAs taking place, much of the offseason dialogue has centered on... more

NEW YORK -- The NFL possesses a typed sheet that appears to detail financial rewards promised by New Orleans Saints players and coaches in exchange for knocking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC Championship Game. Four... more

NEW YORK -- All four suspended players from the New Orleans Saints "bounty" scandal and their attorneys left Monday's appeal before Commissioner Roger Goodell roughly an hour after their appeal hearings began. Brandt: Saints will contend in 2012... more

NEW YORK -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma arrived at NFL offices, along with his lawyer Peter Ginsberg, at roughly 9:30 a.m. ET Monday for his appeal hearing before Commissioner Roger Goodell. The hearing was scheduled to begin at 10 a... more

The evidence the NFL provided to New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma on Friday in no way links the player to any "bounty" program, according to his lawyer, Peter Ginsberg. The league, per rule, had to provide evidence for the basis of its... more

As lawyers for the four suspended current and former New Orleans Saints players await evidence from the NFL on Friday that will -- at the least -- outline the league's position heading into Monday's appeals hearings, the NFL Players Association sent... more

The NFL Players Association has requested that certain current and former New Orleans Saints coaches and executives, including suspended head coach Sean Payton, attend the appeals hearing of players suspended in the team's "bounty" program, sources w... more

Drew Brees will have a grievance hearing June 27 in Philadelphia over his claim that the value of a possible future franchise tag should be higher than what the New Orleans Saints believe he should receive, a source with knowledge of the situation sa... more

Louisiana State Police reiterated Wednesday that the wiretapping case against New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is still open, and investigators are determining if there's enough evidence to bring charges, state police Cmd. Doug Cain t... more

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled Monday that Packers defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove can be disciplined by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has suspended Hargrove for eight games for Hargrove's role in the Saints Bounty program. Rapoport: Grah... more

This Era of the Quarterback -- and the rules and strategies that have opened up passing games -- has diminished the value of running backs. The Saints, Colts, Packers, Steelers, Giants and Patriots played in the past three Super Bowls without a stand... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeals of the four players suspended in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" scandal on June 18, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. This will be the first meeting between Goodell and the... more

The prospect of replacement officials for the upcoming NFL season became very real Monday after the league locked out existing referees when mediation over contract negotiations stalled. The officials' contracts expired after the 2011 season, and w... more

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank on Monday ruled against the NFL Players Association's argument challenging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's ability to suspend current and former New Orleans Saints players involved in the team's "bounty" program. The NFL... more

In less than a month, Justin Blackmon will be among hundreds of his peers at the NFL Rookie Symposium. The Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round draft pick will hear stories and lectures about how to handle himself on and off the field, how to avoid trou... more

Stan Liu / US Presswire Four years after his winning TD, Dante Rosario returns to San Diego aiming to contribute to a retooled offense. In the midst of a recent, wide-ranging conversation about the San Diego Chargers, coach Norv Turner caught... more

Officials with the St. Louis Rams plan to engage in negotiations with St. Louis city leaders before an arbitration hearing to determine who will pay for stadium upgrades and what those upgrades will be. Reuter: Time for an NFL lottery? On the hee... more

The NFL possesses written documentation detailing players' payments for big plays and big hits as part of the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Yahoo! Sports first reported that th... more

A Louisiana court has given NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell until July 5 to respond to the defamation lawsuit filed against him by New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma. The request was granted May 29. Requests of this nature -- and extension... more


CULVER CITY, Calif. -- The life of former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens is turning into a sad melodrama, with his football career at any level, probably coming to an end this week when the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League cut him for n... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- The attention on head injuries and concussions to NFL players -- during and after their careers -- has been a huge focal point this offseason, especially in light of the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program and the multiple law... more

The NFL Players Association's grievance against the NFL and its suspension of four players in connection to the New Orleans Saints "bounty" scheme will be decided in about a week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The two sides... more

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is the only player implicated in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" program at the union grievance hearing in Philadelphia on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Fujita, who played... more

The second grievance filed by the NFL Players Association on behalf of four players who were suspended in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" program began Wednesday morning, according to a source with knowledge of the proceedings. The case will be arg... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Brian Price was a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft coming out of UCLA. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price is an emotional and physical mess. He is irate that a... more

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has sued NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in federal court for slander and libel for public remarks Goodell made regarding Vilma when issuing charges and discipline against the franchise, coaches and four pl... more

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' remarks to WWL-AM radio Wednesday, in which he said he is frustrated with the process in getting signed to a long-term contract, have not spurred any movement in locking up the franchise quarterback. ATL:... more

Ed Zurga/Associated Press Matt Cassel owns a 14-18 record as the Chiefs' starting quarterback heading into his fourth season at the helm. KANSAS CITY -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is well-known in NFL circles as a gym rat. He's... more

SAN DIEGO -- Former San Diego Chargers and New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, fresh off speaking at last weekend's memorial service for soon-to-be Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, publicly conceded his football career is at its end .... more

SAN DIEGO -- We've lost so many icons and legends in the NFL, their deaths tend to make us put their football careers in perspective, since of course, we pretty much know them for the football exploits. What became evident immediately upon entering... more

Vince Young has landed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, a source with knowledge of the situation told's Steve Wyche on Friday. Rosenthal: No guarantees Vince Young has found the perfect home in Buffalo for an NFL career revival, if... more

There have been no conversations between the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees regarding signing the franchise player to a long-term contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Wyche: NFC divisional challengers W... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has lost roughly 20 pounds in an effort to become more mobile and bounce back from a down season in 2011, according to general manager Mark Dominik. Wyche: AFC divisional challengers Who are the bigge... more

Ran Carthon will be named the St. Louis Rams' pro director of personnel, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Brooks: The power of Luck Think the Colts are due for a tough rebuilding year? Think again. Bucky Brooks says Indy wi... more

David Duprey/Associated Press Can 10th overall pick Stephon Gilmore help the Bills get over the hump to truly contend for the AFC East title? At first blush, the power structure in the AFC seems to be what it typically has been for quite some tim... more

While New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma filed a letter stating his intent to appeal his season-long suspension Monday, three other players suspended in the Saints "bounty" scandal jointly filed, through the NFL Players Association, a... more

The Super Bowl champion Giants won the NFC East by one game, that coming in a season-ending victory over the Dallas Cowboys. They are now the team to beat, not only in the conference but the entire league. Wyche: AFC divisional challengers Who ar... more

Although the NFL Players Association has filed a grievance challenging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority and jurisdiction with player suspensions in the Saints bounty case, it does not affect the players' appeal rights. Jonathan Vilma, Sco... more

NEW YORK -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, whom the NFL suspended for the 2012 season for his role in the team's bounty program, requested a meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's investigation -- before discipline... more

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and president Dominique Foxworth met with New Orleans Saints players at the team's Metairie, La., facility Thursday to show support and provide updates on the ongoing bounty scandal, accordin... more

NEW YORK -- A former federal prosecutor hired by the NFL to review its investigation of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal said the evidence was substantive, detailed and strong enough to warrant NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's suspensions of pla... more

There's the thinking that everything the New Orleans Saints are going through was worth it. That having defensive captain Jonathan Vilma banned for the entire 2012 season and fellow captain Will Smith suspended for the first four games on Wednesda... more

Quarterback Matt Leinart signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday after working out with the team, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. ATL: Another shot for Leinart Matt Leinart once had the world in the palm of... more

The Louisiana State Police plans to review its findings in the eavesdropping case against the New Orleans Saints by the end of the week to determine if there is enough evidence to continue the process, police superintendent Mike Edmonson said Tuesday... more

The hint was cast when the Washington Redskins gave rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III jersey No. 10 , which had been worn by wide receiver Jabar Gaffney. Reality came Tuesday when Gaffney was released by the Redskins, according to a source with... more


Joe Hummel, one of the NFL's investigators in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" scandal, is leaving his post to take a senior security position at a major company, league spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday. Hummel will continue to be involved in the... more

LANDOVER, Md. -- Shortly before selecting Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft , Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen couldn't help but smile as he breezed through the attributes of his 22-year-old franchis... more

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Washington Redskins' coaching staff gave new quarterback Robert Griffin III a playbook, and he'll begin "mastering" it as soon as possible, he said Saturday at his introductory news conference. After being drafted with the No.... more

LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III will wear jersey No. 10, which wide receiver Jabar Gaffney donned last season. The Redskins gave Griffin the number -- which he wore at Baylor -- without him requesting to h... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, spent about 90 minutes Friday afternoon at Redskins Park meeting with team officials, coaches and owner Dan Snyder. Reuter: Winners/losers from Round 1 Which teams impro... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Minnesota Vikings are on the clock. The Indianapolis Colts formally made it known Tuesday they're taking Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday. Washington Redskins coach Mike Sha... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan strongly implied that the team will take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the NFL draft. "Nothing's a 100 percent yet, so I've got to say 99.9 (percent)"... more

State and federal law officials have opened an investigation to determine if New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis violated wiretapping laws after allegations that a rigged device in his stadium suite allowed him to listen to opposing coac... more

How concerned is the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings' stadium situation? Is there a legitimate chance the team relocates to Los Angeles? Two questions that currently don't have answers, but we do know this: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made an... more

Cornerback Jabari Greer signed a three-year extension with the New Orleans Saints that will run through the 2015, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. The team approached the veteran cornerback about the extension three years after sig... more

Tebow Time didn't translate to Prime Time, at least in terms of how the former Denver Broncos quarterback stacked up against the team's new QB, Peyton Manning. The Broncos join the Eagles, Steelers, Chargers, Packers, Bears, 49ers and Giants as the t... more

"When he came to the Raiders in 1963, there were maybe six coaches, eight coaches, maybe four front-office people, scouts like Ron Wolf and those guys. They did it on a shoestring. "The business part really wasn't there. It was all football. Just... more

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints players reported for voluntary offseason workouts on Monday without head coach Sean Payton, whose season-long suspension began after midnight. ATL: Brees fighting two battles Drew Brees will represent the inte... more

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won't join the team when players report for voluntary offseason workouts Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. La Canfora: The expendables Jason La Canfora says running backs and... more

The New Orleans Saints will not get an extra minicamp like other teams that have new coaches, according to the NFL. They will have two minicamps like most teams that have kept coaching staffs intact from the previous season. Casserly: Don't mock th... more

The Panthers' extension of wideout Steve Smith's contract on Tuesday helped provide some needed cap space and all but assured that the top offensive player in franchise history will end his career in Carolina. But the move also was made to keep... more

In his judgment upholding suspensions for New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the parties had to meet certain requirements for their potential... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt will serve their suspensions as originally cast by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, it was announced Monday . The Saints also won't have second-round... more

NEW YORK -- The lawyer for suspended New Orleans Saints assistant Joe Vitt called former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams a "rogue coach" Thursday for his role in the team's "bounty" program. Vitt received a six-game suspension from the NFL for... more

NEW YORK -- Sean Payton met Thursday with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who heard the New Orleans Saints coach's appeal of his suspension in the team's "bounty" scandal. Goodell spent six hours hearing appeals, meeting separately with Saints... more

David Duprey/Associated Press Acquiring Mario Williams in free agency allows the Bills more flexibility when it comes to draft strategy. In a recent conversation with Indianapolis Colts GM Ryan Grigson at the Palm Beach airport following the annu... more

Though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hopes to complete the appeals process in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" scandal by the end of the week, the reviewing of all the information by the appealing parties could delay any rulings, a source with knowl... more

The NFL Players Association hopes to not only discover concrete evidence that New Orleans Saints players were directly tied to bounties, as the league has found, but also to get a basis to determine if punishments meted out are specific to allegation... more


The NFL contacted the NFL Players Association on Friday, notifying it that the league is willing to share additional details regarding its investigation into the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program, according to a source with knowledge of the situat... more

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday he has a sense of when he could discipline the 22 to 27 players involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. However, he said he's still investigating the situation to determine... more

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he plans for defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who has one season left on his contract, to be back in 2012. Harrison: Power Rankings Since free agency began, the league has been reshaped by... more

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- In a matter of seconds on a football field, Saints coach Sean Payton can out-scheme, out-flank, out-maneuver and have his quarterback, Drew Brees, out-execute just about any defense in the NFL. Now, though, with his football life... more

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said Tuesday that he will speak to Bill Parcells in the next few days about possibly filling in for him as head coach while he serves a one-year suspension and that he is considering appealing... more

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson addressed his fellow owners Monday morning regarding his team's "bounty" scandal, according to league sources who were in attendance. Benson's comments weren't categorized as an apology for... more

Associated Press Roger Goodell has not yet handed down punishment to Jonathan Vilma and the Saints players for bounty scandal. The aftershock of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's wrecking ball of sanctions in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal... more

Depending on what NFL owners agree to at next week's league meetings, teams might be able to regain the services of a player who was seriously injured during the regular season, the trade deadline could be moved, overtime policies could become unifor... more

NEW YORK -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, will speak to his constituency at meetings this week, then Smith and union leadership will report back to Goodell with... more

Bob Leverone/Associated Press Saints head coach Sean Payton has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season. The NFL's punishment to those involved with the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal poses an ironic twist of sorts: By leveling... more

The immediate gushing by Denver Broncos players over the acquisition of future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning , while emotionally expected, should give fans pause. As great as Manning has been, he is not the sole missing piece. He's close,... more

When Matt Flynn agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Seattle on Sunday, it left a lot of people in Miami wondering just what exactly the Dolphins are doing. While that question remains unanswered -- what is Miami's plan at QB? -- know this: If... more

The players cited by the NFL in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" scandal are expected to face discipline, but the announcement of their punishment could come after the league sanctions executives, coaches and the organization, a source with knowledge... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire In San Francisco, Peyton Manning would inherit an offense that finished 26th in the NFL last season. Let's get one thing straight: the San Francisco 49ers were a botched punt return (or two) away from playing in Super Bow... more

Associated Press Experienced QB Kyle Orton (left) gives Dallas a fine insurance plan should anything happen to starter Tony Romo. While Denver, Miami, Arizona and Tennessee have baited hooks trying to lure Peyton Manning to be their starting... more

The NFL Players Association formally requested that the league not punish the 22 to 27 players it cited in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal until the union has completed its independent investigation, which is underway. A union source said... more

AP Randy Moss (left) will give Jim Harbaugh's offense the vertical threat San Francisco sorely lacked in 2011. What probably impressed Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers brass more than anything before they signed Randy Moss to a one-year... more

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and head coach Sean Payton met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league security in New York on Monday regarding the ongoing investigation into the "bounty" scandal , according to a source with knowledge of t... more

The Rams' blockbuster trade with the Redskins, which rocked the NFL landscape on this Friday night in March, was driven by two huge factors: 1. St. Louis' desire to trade the No. 2 pick ASAP. 2. Peyton Manning's arrival in free agency. The Red... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Falcons wide receiver Roddy White faces the Saints -- his NFC South arch-rival -- twice a season, but he said the alleged bounties issued by players and coaches to try and injure opponents don't bother him. "If they did have... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Mark Sanchez (left) and Tim Tebow would be out of a starting job if their team signs Peyton Manning. With the Broncos and Jets reportedly interested in free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning -- both would be great fits --... more

David J. Phillip/Associated Press QB Peyton Manning and DE/OLB Mario Williams (right) will be the two biggest prizes in free agency this offseason. Free agency begins Tuesday and the list of available players will grow as teams look to reduce... more

The NFL Players Association released a statement Wednesday saying it wants "sufficient time" to do its own review of the league's report that the New Orleans Saints had a "bounty" system in place from 2009 to 2011. One of the NFLPA's goals is to f... more

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis failed to stop his team's "bounty" program after it was brought to his attention twice in the past two seasons. Coach Sean Payton tried to deter an NFL investigation into the "bounty" scandal in 2010... more

NEW YORK -- Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the central figure in a pay-for-performance "bounty" scandal, met with NFL security Monday after reports emerged this weekend about him being involved in similar practices wh... more


Mark Duncan/Associated Press Hines Ward will say goodbye to Pittsburgh once the Steelers officially cut him in the coming weeks.   With deserving wide receivers such as Andre Reed, Tim Brown and Cris Carter being kept out of the Pro Footbal... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- We saw again at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday why offensive linemen have to be more athletic: Because the defensive linemen are freaks. Twenty-seven of the 59 defensive linemen (nearly half) who took part in drills ran sub-5.0... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Top quarterback prospects Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III didn't throw Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine . They didn't need to. Griffin was the talk of the day. It wasn't because he ran a 4.41 40-yard dash or posted a 39-inch... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings might be shopping the third overall pick in the draft, but if USC tackle Matt Kalil is still available as expected, they might not want to pass at the opportunity to nab the potential cornerstone offensive linem... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said he isn't "stepping in the shoes" of his late father, Al Davis, because the organization has started a new chapter that will bring about several changes over the next few months. "It's a brand... more

Rich Rosa, the agent for Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham, said Wednesday that he believes his client will become a free agent this offseason, based on contract talks with the team. Notable free agents Matt Flynn highlights a group of... more

AP Donte Whitner's hit on Pierre Thomas helped beat the Saints. The loss to New York a week later still hurts. CULVER CITY, Ca. -- San Francisco safety Donte Whitner said he is still agonizing over the NFC Championship Game loss to the Giants... more

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis will accept the Paul "Tank" Younger Award on behalf of his father, the late Al Davis, Friday in Indianapolis. Davis is being recognized for his commitment to racial and gender diversity in the NFL, according to John... more

Rick Osentoski / US Presswire Quarterback Sam Bradford and the Rams will try to bounce back from an awful 2011 season. With the 2011 season in the rearview mirror, it's time for's annual "Exit Interviews," a chance to review the ups an... more

Veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was out of work until the Oakland Raiders called midway through the 2011 season to reunite him with recently acquired quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer and Houshmandzadeh were part of a prolific passing attac... more

US Presswire Jared Allen (left) and his 22 sacks weren't enough to save a lost season that saw Adrian Peterson tear his ACL. With the 2011 season in the rearview mirror, it's time for's annual "Exit Interviews," a chance to review the... more

  Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson and Ryan Fitzpatrick (from left to right) saw a fast start go up in flames in 2011. With the 2011 season in the rearview mirror, it's time for's annual "Exit Interviews," a chance to review the ups and... more

Kim Klement / US Presswire Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw 12 touchdowns to 11 interceptions as a rookie in 2011. With the 2011 season in the rearview mirror, it's time for's annual "Exit Interviews," a chance to review the up... more

A handful of teams have expressed interest in veteran running back Clinton Portis, his agent said Thursday. Jason Fletcher said meetings with those teams have been scheduled to take place in Indianapolis during next week's 2012 NFL Scouting Comb... more

AP The Chiefs hope for a healthier 2012 season from quarterback Matt Cassel and other key stars. With the 2011 season in the rearview mirror, it's time for's annual "Exit Interviews," a chance to review the ups and downs of each team's pa... more

Randy Moss wants back into the NFL, announcing online Monday -- his 35th birthday -- that his one-season retirement was really a sabbatical. The timing puts him back on the radar just as teams have started formulating their draft and free-agency bo... more

AP Matt Hasselbeck was the glue that kept the Titans together in 2011, but he could be pushed by Jake Locker in 2012. With the 2011 season in the rearview mirror, it's time for's annual "Exit Interviews," a chance to review the ups and... more

The St. Louis Rams are down to "two or three" finalists for their vacant general manager position and hope to have someone hired by next week, a high-ranking team official said Thursday. Wyche: A fond farewell to 2011 With another season in the b... more

Beginning Friday, the Giants will immerse themselves in pre-combine meetings to get ready for the draft, according to a team source. Along with the Patriots, they're the last teams to start prepping for 2012, but scouts and player personnel official... more

The Giants wrapped a bow on the 2011-12 campaign, a season that almost didn't happen. From the lockout that dominated the offseason to Peyton Manning's career getting thrown into jeopardy to Green Bay's attempt at perfection to Tebow morphing from a... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- During the regular season, coaches and players talk about the 24-hour rule -- the window allowed for celebrating a victory or dwelling on a loss before it's time to start moving forward. It still applies to the Super Bowl champion N... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank wishes his team was playing in Sunday's Super Bowl, but from his view the meeting of the New York Giants and New England Patriots is one of destiny. "In the Jewish faith, we have a term, 'Basher... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Before the season started, Giants general manager Jerry Reese took a lot of grief from fans and media for not adding big-name free agents like the rival Eagles. It grew louder as injuries piled up by the day. And the furor peaked with... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL has approved a decision to loan $200 million to the San Francisco 49ers to help finance a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where the team's headquarters are located. Team president and CEO Jed York said the construction... more

The Raiders have requested permission from the Packers to interview cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt about their defensive coordinator job, a league source said Wednesday night. New Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie knows Whitt from his years in t... more

Elise Amendola/Associated Press Undrafted rookie defensive back Sterling Moore quickly has become a very useful player for the Patriots. INDIANAPOLIS -- There are lots of ways to interpret "The Patriot Way" -- a credo and lifestyle that's been th... more


INDIANAPOLIS -- An apparent stomach bug has affected the New England Patriots this week, as starting left tackle Matt Light missed practice Monday and was kept out of Media Day on Tuesday because he is ill, according to a team official. Two other... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chad Ochocinco was the last player off the Patriots' plane when the team arrived Sunday in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI . The wide receiver was alone, well behind everyone else -- a snapshot of his pecking order on a team he's... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Less than an hour before kickoff of the AFC Championship Game, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told me his team would play reckless and carefree, as if they were rolling with house money. The pressure was on the Patriots. They were... more

BALTIMORE -- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Sunday that he plans to come back next season, preemptively stating his case before questions could be asked about his future. "Is this my last time as a Raven? Absolutely not," the 36-year-old said aft... more

In Baltimore, the talk has been about the quarterback; same in New England, but for different reasons. Nobody is questioning Tom Brady's poise and effectiveness -- and definitely not somebody from his own team. Analyst Picks: Championship Sunday... more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Well, it doesn't seem like there's any lingering tension between Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and safety Ed Reed. The players entered the team's indoor practice facility together Thursday. Upon seeing dozens of media... more

Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers will be a showcase for four of the best defensive ends in the game, and their aggregate impact could determine the outcome. The driving force behind the Giants'... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham connected on a spectacular 66-yard touchdown pass that gave the Saints a three-point lead with 1:36 remaining, the prospect of Alex Smith -- Alex Smith of all people -- out-Breesing Brees and leading... more

Ex-Raiders coach Hue Jackson hasn't been told what he did or didn't do to get fired by the Raiders, but he really doesn't want an explanation. He's collateral damage as part of the regime change going on in Oakland. Mark Davis inherited ownership whe... more

Based on the statistical tale of the tape, the New Orleans Saints have such a lopsided offensive advantage over the San Francisco 49ers that they should only have to do about two quarters' worth of work to win their NFC playoff matchup this weekend.... more

ALAMEDA, Ca. -- Though there was excitement and some optimism among the dozens of staffers and assistant coaches present at the news conference introducing Reggie McKenzie as the Raiders' new GM Tuesday, uncertainty was prevalent. Who would be stayin... more

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said Tuesday that he doesn't plan to sell the franchise, but he kept open the possibility of relocating it. Lombardi: Just change, baby The firing of Hue Jackson as Raiders coach signals... more

Saints running back Mark Ingram, the 2011 first-round draft pick who led the Saints in carries, is done for the season, placed on injured reserve last week with a turf toe injury that required surgery. The move barely registered. That nonchalance w... more

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem dropped a beauty of a deep ball from quarterback Drew Brees after breaking wide open in the third quarter of Saturday's 45-28 NFC Wild Card Game victory over the Detroit Lions. It was th... more

NEW ORLEANS -- This is why teams want home-field advantage. Detroit Lions players arrived at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome just three-plus hours before Saturday night's kickoff of their wild-card game against the New Orleans Saints . Several Lions... more

The Falcons have granted permission for the Indianapolis Colts to interview Atlanta's director of scouting, David Caldwell, for their vacant general manager position, a league source confirmed. Caldwell originally came to the Falcons from... more

The mantra being cast in every NFL meeting room that's still occupied is that the playoffs are a tournament -- the finality of a loss is the finality of a season. Yet, a victory breathes another shot at a Super Bowl. All scenarios apply to all teams,... more

NEW ORLEANS -- With so many New York Jets players calling out receiver Santonio Holmes for his boorish antics since Sunday's season-ending loss at Miami, I have to wonder: Why did they wait until the season was over? If he was such a "cancer," as one... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck might be on to something. A few days before the Giants dismantled the Cowboys 31-14 to win the NFC East on Sunday, he had said that he was tired of hearing Dallas referred to as... more

Tony Gonzalez isn't ready to stop playing football. The 35-year-old tight end recently signed a one-year, $7 million contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons, a team source said Sunday. The Falcons later confirmed the deal but didn't disclose... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was able to take snaps from under center at practice Friday, another sign that his bruised right hand is healing, according to a team source. There is no concern that Romo will be limite... more


Several coaches who will ring in the New Year still in charge of their teams will be finished like 2011 a day or so later. The Rams' Steve Spagnuolo, the Chargers' Norv Turner, the Bucs' Raheem Morris and interim coaches Mel Tucker (Jacksonville) a... more

Jason Pierre-Paul quietly was having an outstanding season until he had a dominant, nationally-televised game against Dallas earlier this month. The Giants defensive end punctuated his showcase by blocking a potential game-tying field goal in the wan... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said he ramped up his workload on his second consecutive day of practice, the latest sign he will play in Sunday's de facto NFC East title game against the Dallas Cowboys . Umeny... more

Meeting special people and occasionally witnessing history as it's made are two of the great things about this job. When New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees -- one of the classiest, most competitive and exciting players I've covered in the NFL... more

Every week, Steve Wyche examines a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan spent a moment this week talking about getting a shot at a head-coaching job some day. Another smack down by the Eagles... more

Texans coach Gary Kubiak can't win for winning. After clinching the AFC South, Houston is headed to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history -- despite losing starting quarterback Matt Schaub, his backup, Matt Leinart and its top defend... more

Phelan M. Ebanhack / Associated Press Josh  Freeman and the Bucs have failed to live up to expectations, making for a frustrating season. During post-game press conferences, NFL coaches often tell the media they "need to see the film" to... more

It's December in the NFL, and once again, the San Diego Chargers are one of the most well-oiled and dangerous teams in the league. That might not mean much after the wreck the Chargers made of things in the middle part of their season. Still, what'... more

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday that he's "very concerned" about getting defensive end Osi Umenyiora back from an ankle injury in time for Saturday's game against the New York Jets. Coughlin, speaking to reporters on a conference cal... more

Every week, Steve Wyche examines a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field . Cowboys should roll ... or should they? There is no reason to think the Dallas Cowboys shouldn't join the ranks of seven teams to wipe their feet on the Tampa... more

Mel Tucker beat Romeo Crennel and Todd Bowles to the party, but they're mired in the uncomfortable-yet-desirable limbo of being interim head coaches. Odds are long that any of them will get the full-time jobs in Jacksonville, Kansas City and Miami,... more

Associated Press Ndamukong Suh, left, and James Harrison could face substantial suspensions if they continue their illegal hits. Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison could face... more

Two coaches who seemed doomed at season's end were served early pink slips, getting Black Monday started a little bit early. Kansas City's Todd Haley and Miami's Tony Sparano were fired and now join Jacksonville's Jack Del Rio as the first three coac... more

Representatives from the NFL and NFL Players Association will meet with the Cleveland Browns' medical staff Tuesday morning to determine if proper protocol was followed regarding concussion-like symptoms suffered by quarterback Colt McCoy last week,... more

PITTSBURGH -- Browns wide receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs re-aggravated a groin injury he sustained earlier this season during Cleveland's 14-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night. Cribbs said he tried to warm up and re-enter the game b... more

Every Thursday, Steve Wyche examines a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. Staying off Tebow's hit list? Lance Briggs says he wouldn't be happy -- or, more to the point, "frickin' pissed" -- if he can't solve the Broncos'... more

John Rieger / US Presswire Ben Roethlisberger, who ranks ninth in the NFL in passing yards, has re-emerged as the face of the Steelers. I remember sitting in the courtroom in Milledgeville, Ga., in April 2010 listening to the local prosecutor say... more

The NFL said it is monitoring the car accident involving suspended Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in Portland, Ore., and the follow-up allegations that passengers were injured in the incident . "We are aware of the accident that took... more

During their day, Bill Romanowski, Chuck Smith and Rodney Harrison were regarded as some of the dirtiest players in the NFL. They reveled in it early in their careers. Opponents didn't know if they were going to get pinched in a pile, have their arms... more

Every Thursday, Steve Wyche examines a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. Broncos, Raiders vs. Spoilers During the Broncos' 5-1 run with Tim Tebow as the starting quarterback, there rarely has been an expectation that they could... more


Just about every season, Eagles coach Andy Reid has heard some faction of Philadelphia's demanding, passionate and unforgiving fan base blame him for the team's inability to bring home a Lombardi Trophy. Over 13 seasons -- only two of them with los... more

Jerome Miron/US Presswire Blaine Gabbert has thrown six touchdowns and six interceptions in nine starts for the Jaguars.   Blaine Gabbert was benched Sunday and his head coach was fired Tuesday. Not exactly the best of weeks for the Jaguars... more

As expected, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is inactive for Thursday night's Thanksgiving day finale vs. the San Francisco 49ers. Lewis was questionable with a toe injury. He missed the Ravens' 31-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals l... more

Every Thursday, Steve Wyche examines a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. Backup QBs vs. spotlight Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie made an impromptu appearance in last season's NFC Championship Game and nearly rallied Chicag... more

The Jim Harbaugh effect and quarterback Alex Smith's strong season have been important to the 49ers' surprising 9-1 start, but the baseline for everything has been the play of the defense. That's been the crutch for years, yes, but the 49ers haven'... more

The other shoe finally dropped for Kyle Orton. The Denver Broncos waived the veteran quarterback Tuesday, a source with knowledge of the situation said before the team later confirmed the move . Current NFL waiver order Team W-L Strength of... more

Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo confirmed that quarterback Jay Cutler will have surgery Wednesday to repair the broken thumb on his throwing hand. Angelo said team doctors and the football staff are hopeful that Cutler will be able to re... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $75,000 Monday for profanity used toward a fan after a recent loss to the New England Patriots. The high figure of the fine was based on Ryan being a repeat offender. Ryan said during his Monday news... more

Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal, fresh off Thursday's 17-13 victory over the New York Jets, looked at me in all seriousness and said, "I don't know what it is about that guy, but he makes it happen. I love that guy." That guy, of course, i... more

Matt Slocum/AP LeSean McCoy has been a bright spot for the 3-6 Eagles, with 906 rushing yards and 12 total TDs in 2011. Every Thursday, Steve Wyche examines a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. Shortly after the New York Giant... more

If you don't remember it, you've seen replays of it. "It" being then-Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's emotional rant after being upset by Mississippi on Sept. 27, 2008. "You have never seen any player in the entire country play as hard as I will pl... more

Kyle Terada / US Presswire Alex Smith is starting to prove that he can be more than a caretaker for San Francisco's offense.   SAN FRANCISCO -- 49ers tight end Vernon Davis told me last week that San Francisco's coaches saw some things in t... more

San Diego linebacker Takeo Spikes' injury sustained during the Chargers' 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders was officially deemed a concussion, a team official said Friday. Spikes went down during the second quarter and did not return to the gam... more

Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain will play Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers , according to a Raiders' team source. McClain suffered an ankle injury during the Raiders' Week 7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and sat out the Raider... more

Just more than a week after Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis died, quarterback Jason Campbell went down with a broken collar bone. The loss of the organizational head and decision-maker, as well as the locker-room leader, created a void that no one... more

Every Thursday, Steve Wyche examines a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. Rookie QBs vs. desperate teams ¬Ľ The Bengals and rookie quarterback Andy Dalton are 6-2, but they've still yet to generate that convincing victory over a... more

Other than the NFC West, where San Francisco holds a five-game lead over Seattle and Arizona, the playoff picture in the NFL is a quagmire -- even in the NFC North where the Packers are unbeaten but only hold a two-game edge over Detroit. As we be... more

The New England Patriots released defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, his agent, Chad Speck, said Tuesday, and the team later confirmed the move. Teams have 24 hours to pluck Haynesworth off waivers, and he'd be owed roughly $750,000 of his $1.5... more

Free-agent safety Darren Sharper was on the New Orleans Saints' sideline for their 27-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but the street clothes he wore while catching up with his former team will be the ones he'll continue to wear.... more

NEW ORLEANS -- Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and running back Mark Ingram will sit out Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with knee and heel injuries, respectively. Ingram was ruled out Friday, but Vilma had been listed as question... more

Ed Mulholland / US Presswire Aaron Maybin has found new life in New York after struggling to establish himself as a first-round pick in Buffalo.   Every Thursday, Steve Wyche examines a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field.... more

Johnathan Joseph is a pretty understated guy, which is why his free-agent signing with Houston didn't cause much buzz, other than with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who was livid that the club didn't retain a key member of his secondary... more

David J. Phillip / Associated Press Blaine Gabbert has seen more downs than ups in his rookie season with the Jaguars. The gamble of starting a rookie quarterback isn't always rewarding, as Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars are finding out. He... more


It didn't take long for Tashard Choice to find a new job. The Washington Redskins claimed the running back off waivers Monday from the Dallas Cowboys, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Redskins later confirmed the move an... more

For weeks we've heard about teams tanking or quitting because all seemed lost, even before the midway point of the season. First off, players don't quit or tank. Neither do coaches. Well, for the most part. There are players who, when things are go... more

Terrell Owens did not try to commit suicide Oct. 6, when his assistant placed a 911 call and authorities took the free-agent receiver to the hospital, his publicist said Thursday night. Earlier Thursday, released audio of the emergency pho... more

Every Thursday, Steve Wyche will examine a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. The shaping of the AFC playoff picture could start coming into focus this weekend as Kansas City and Cincinnati could play themselves into positions o... more

Free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens talked about his comeback from knee surgery, Chad Ochocinco, Cam Newton and Tim Tebow, among other things, in a wide-ranging interview on's Cover Two Podcast (the full interview will be available Wednesd... more

CALABASAS, Calif. -- Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Terrell Owens, said the free-agent wide receiver's media workout Tuesday stemmed in part because the Tennessee Titans wouldn't commit to a private session. Rosenhaus said he had spoken to the Titan... more

Following Kyle Boller's second interception in the Raiders' 28-0 loss to Kansas City on Sunday, it was backup quarterback Carson Palmer, wearing a baseball hat and the knowledge that he wasn't supposed to play, who approached the receiver group on t... more

OAKLAND, Calif. -- It took only one half of scoreless football for Raiders coach Hue Jackson to start the Carson Palmer era. Palmer was inserted into Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs with 10:25 remaining in the third quarter. He finis... more

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- A league source and multiple Raiders players indicated on Friday that Kyle Boller is likely to start at quarterback for Oakland against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday , although no final decision has been made. There... more

Several changes in leadership among the NFL's operational committees were announced to the league's 32 teams Thursday by Commissioner Roger Goodell. Much of the change stems from owners and high-ranking team officials stepping down from positions.... more

Detroit Lions running back Jerome Harrison has a brain tumor, which was discovered during his Eagles physical following the trade that would have sent him to Philadelphia, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Thursday. Tuesday's trad... more

Andrew Mills/US Presswire LaDainian Tomlinson is averaging around seven touches per game for the Jets this season. Every Thursday, Steve Wyche will examine a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. L.T. vs. the Chargers... more

Terrell Owens has been medically cleared by his doctors to return to football, the free-agent wide receiver's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Wednesday. Owens, 37, had surgery in April to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Rosenhaus said a... more

Carson Palmer's transition to becoming the starting quarterback in Oakland isn't going to be a slow-moving process. The fact that the Raiders gave up a first-round pick in 2012 and a conditional first-rounder in 2013 screams of urgency that could hav... more

Embattled Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo stood at the tunnel near Philadelphia's locker room and hugged players as they hustled off the field following their victory Sunday over Washington. Shortly thereafter, he reclined in a chair in th... more

Every Thursday, Steve Wyche will examine a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. The Lions vs. Success It's really good in the Motor City right now. The Lions are 5-0 and it's hard not to buy into them being legitimate playoff... more

Immediately following Oakland's 25-20 victory over Houston on Sunday, Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey told me how much late owner Al Davis meant to him, not so much in a historical context but because Davis, who surprisingly drafted him No... more

HOUSTON -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday that there still are no plans to put quarterback Peyton Manning on season-ending injured reserve. Irsay said doctors haven't ruled out a return this year for Manning, and if the medical and... more

HOUSTON -- Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown declined comment Tuesday about if the team planned to trade quarterback Carson Palmer before next week's NFL deadline. "I don't have a thing to say about that," Brown said while attending the NFL Fa... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak was non-committal Monday about wide receiver Andre Johnson playing this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens following a minor procedure to repair his right hamstring injury. Kubiak said the soreness in Johnson... more

Aaron M. Sprecher / Associated Press Mario Williams was off to a fast start in the Texans' new defense, but Houston will have to play on sans the star. HOUSTON -- Losing your best player is tough to overcome. The Colts are experiencing it... more

Houston Texans outside linebacker Mario Williams will have an MRI exam to determine the extent of a pectoral injury sustained in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Williams left the game in first half and did not return. The Texans would... more

HOUSTON -- The Oakland Raiders left their downtown hotel for a two-hour walkthrough Saturday after a team meeting in which the coaching staff told players about the passing of iconic owner Al Davis. Players and coaches were businesslike as they boar... more

Michael Dwyer/AP Whether the Jets put Darrelle Revis on Wes Welker could determine the outcome of Sunday's game. Every Thursday, Steve Wyche will examine a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. Wes Welker vs. Darrelle Revi... more

The Packers, like any champion, are using any form of motivation -- even if it's self-manufactured -- to get their minds right before games. When it comes to the Falcons, who they face Sunday night at the Georgia Dome in a rematch of last season's... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- You've read this story before and, based on the track record, you're going to read it again. It's about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his penchant to yank the rug out from under his team after he has spent a few games... more


Associated Press Todd Haley and Leslie Frazier are under intense scrutiny in K.C. and Minneapolis. Every Thursday, Steve Wyche will examine a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. This could be the week that one of the three... more

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys don't want to hear about or discuss how well their defense has played after three games, especially because they're about to face their toughest test Sunday against the explosive Detroit Lions. That humility in itself al... more

IRVING, Texas -‚?? Three of the Dallas Cowboys' injured players -- quarterback Tony Romo (ribs), running back Felix Jones (shoulder) and tight end Jason Witten (ribs) -- participated in the walk-through portion of practice that was open to the media.... more

Following a weekend of stunning comebacks, continued disappointments and a Monday night game that left everyone but the Dream Team on equal footing in the NFC East, here are five not-so-random thoughts about where things are in the NFL and where they... more

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who has been sidelined with a thigh bruise, is expected to start Monday night against the Washington Redskins , according to a team source. The Cowboys planned to work out Bryant before the game. But, ba... more

NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints were just one of the teams that rallied in the second half for a victory Sunday. However, how they did it showed that they're not only a Super Bowl contender but that they understand how to evolve with the rest of the league... more

Every Thursday, Steve Wyche will examine a handful of the week's premier matchups on the field. Jay Cutler vs. Packers defense Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had to have this game against the Packers circled since the NFC Championship Game loss Jan... more

The NFL has warned teams that any suspected faking of injuries by players to disrupt the flow of the game could result in players, coaches and clubs facing league discipline -- including the forfeiture of draft picks. In a memo sent to all 32 teams... more

Tom Brady's rampage through NFL defenses and passing record books through the first two weeks is staggering, but his jaw-dropping performances might end up being about as meaningful as 18-1. That was the Patriots' record of course in 2007, when the... more

NEW ORLEANS -- Showing additional support to grieving teammate Brian Urlacher, several Chicago Bears players -- including cornerback Charles Tillman, safety Chris Harris and defensive end Israel Idonije -- made separate travel arrangements to attend... more

Instead of feeling even halfway good about his NFL debut, in which he threw for 422 yards and had two touchdowns while adding another score on the ground, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton "took it hard" because his team lost 28-21, coach Ron... more

Associated Press Ex-Falcon Michael Vick will make his first start in the Georgia Dome as an Eagle on Sunday night. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome in 2009 as a backup. The two-touchdown performan... more

Canvassing the Eagles' locker room following their 31-13 victory over the Rams , it was clear players didn't think the score was indicative of how well they actually played. Philadelphia played well enough to win, and made plays at the right time, bu... more

Julio Cortez/Associated Press Tony Romo had two critical turnovers in the fourth quarter that kept the Cowboys from beating the Jets. It's hard to give Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo the "first-game" pass for fumbling and throwing an... more

Carolina Panthers safety Charles Godfrey agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract extension Friday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. He is guaranteed $12.4 million, the source said. The team announced the extension on its... more

When Peyton Manning signed his five-year, $90 million contract extension July 31, Indianapolis Colts coaches, officials and owner Jim Irsay believed the four-time NFL MVP would be recovered from May neck surgery and start in the Sept. 11 season opene... more

It's almost impossible to not view Rob Ryan vs. Rex Ryan as a high-profile matchup when their respective teams -- the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets -- square off in Week 1 . The twins are connected through DNA, after all, which means they're suppo... more

The reasons why the Packers might repeat as Super Bowl champs are legitimate. A slew of key injured players -- safety Morgan Burnett, tight end Jermichael Finley and running back Ryan Grant among others -- return in good health. Quarterback Aaron... more

The Tuesday afternoon news that Jacksonville was releasing starting quarterback David Garrard sent shockwaves around the league. It also immediately brought to mind the following three questions: 1. How does this affect the AFC South? The Housto... more

The scouting reports already are being formulated for Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton: Keep him in the pocket, force him to read evolving coverages and see how he responds with at least five defenders coming after him. That's what he'... more

The success of recent rookie quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman, and the promise of Matthew Stafford and Colt McCoy has put pressure -- maybe unfairly -- on this season's sizeable rookie crop. This group... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 26 years old and set to hit the free-agent market after the 2011 season. The running back who's smiling ear-to-ear and planning a secure financial future for the next few generations of... more


Brett Davis / US Presswire Arian Foster led the league in rushing last season, but will his success continue in 2011 and beyond? Arian Foster and Mike Williams blew onto the scene in 2010. Are they one-year wonders, though? Let's ponder... more

Paul Connors / Associated Press Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could be in for a big season if he can stay on the field. The NFL is like the music industry, in that a few gifted artists emerge out of nowhere each year. There are always rookies wh... more

In touring NFL training camps post-lockout, it's uncanny how many teams are utilizing two tight-end sets to spring slot receivers all in the name of matchup advantages in the passing game. We know the NFL has become more pass-oriented -- teams threw... more

Michael Vick just agreed to the second $100 million contract of his football career. Talk about a comeback. In less than a full season as a starter and just more than two years after being released from prison, Vick officially has struck it rich, n... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Plaxico Burress, the former Giant and current Jet, will be a focal point in Saturday's preseason game. Week 3 of the preseason is considered a dress rehearsal for most teams since starters tend to play through the... more

Joe Howell/AP Former AFC South rivals, Peyton Manning and Kerry Collins, will now be teammates on the Colts. Kerry Collins signing with the Colts is a clear sign that the franchise is uncertain about Peyton Manning's return from offseason... more

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons signed a new six-year contract that will pay him $50 million through the 2016 season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.  Timmons, who led Pittsburgh with 135 tackles la... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Rookie Jonathan Baldwin entered Chiefs training camp with a shot at earning the No. 2 wide receiver job. So, Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin reportedly injured his hand/wrist in a locker roo... more

In a compelling GQ article published online Thursday, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said he didn't initially want to play for Philadelphia because Buffalo and Cincinnati offered better chances for him to regain the starting role he once held in P... more

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Resoundingly, the Vikings players and many of their coaches say quarterback Donovan McNabb is a swell guy. "Obviously, he's been in the league for a long time so he's a great leader," running back Adrian Peterson said. "He's... more

Jim Brown / US Presswire Donovan McNabb brings a winning pedigree to a squad hoping for another shot at glory. Steve Wyche recently visited Vikings camp in Mankato, Minn. Here's what he saw . Observation deck 1. First the good news. The... more

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- There is no shadow in Packers quarterback lore now except for the one being cast by Aaron Rodgers. He's got the Lombardi Trophy, his champion's belt and his own mantle in franchise history. He's also got plenty of time to add to... more

Steve Wyche recently visited Packers camp in Green Bay, Wis. Here's what he saw. Observation deck 1. The lockout might have benefitted the Packers. "We didn't get a chance to enjoy things," cornerback Tramon Williams said. "It's a good thing. We'... more

Josh D. Weiss/US Presswire Overshadowed by bigger names on the roster, slot receiver Harry Douglas will play a pivotal role for Atlanta in 2011. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A few weeks ago at the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament, I sat... more

Paul Abell / Associated Press Matt Ryan engineered a 17-0 start for the Falcons in the team's preseason opener on Friday. Steve Wyche recently visited Falcons camp in Flowery Branch, Ga. Here's what he saw. Observation deck 1. Quarterback... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has averaged 4.7 yards per carry over his first three NFL seasons. SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- During an evening practice before this week's preseason opener against the visiting... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press Coach Ron Rivera takes over a Panthers team that had the worst record in the NFL a year ago. Steve Wyche recently visited Panthers camp in Spartanburg, S.C. Here's what he saw. Observation deck 1. Ron Rive... more

Kim Klement / US Presswire Adrian Clayborn (left) and LeGarrette Blount (right) are two young players the Bucs are depending on in 2011. Steve Wyche recently visited Bucs camp in Tampa, Fla. Here's what he saw. Observation deck 1. The Bu... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said Tuesday that the team doesn't plan to pursue former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber. "No," Dominik said simply, shaking his head, when asked the question. Barber, 36, is... more

Former Georgia running back Caleb King, who was ruled academically ineligible for his senior season, has applied for the NFL's supplemental draft and will hold his pro day for scouts on Monday, Aug. 15. The draft is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 17,... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Ex-offensive line coach Juan Castillo, now the Eagles defensive coordinator, has been handed a "dream" lineup. BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- More than halfway through a conversation with Eagles general manager Howie Roseman ove... more

Brian Garfinkel / Associated Press Casey Matthews, picked on the third day of April's draft, has the inside track for the Eagles' starting MLB job. Steve Wyche recently visited Eagles camp in Bethlehem, Pa. Here's what he saw. Observatio... more

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who suffered a lengthy seizure at practice Wednesday, could be cleared to participate in football-related activity Friday, according to his agent, J.R. Rickert. A high-ranking Eagles officia... more

Bill Kostroun / Associated Press To get past a miserable 2010, Eli Manning has to work on avoiding mistakes at crucial times. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After a season in which he threw 25 interceptions and lost five fumbles, the last thing... more

Bill Kostroun / Associated Press  Osi Umenyiora has been at Giants camp, but has yet to participate in workouts with his teammates. Steve Wyche recently visited Giants camp in East Rutherford, N.J. Here's what he saw. Umenyiora still not... more

Rich Schultz / Associated Press In Year 3, the Jets are counting on Mark Sanchez to be much more than just a game manager. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The reins now have slack. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will be throwing the ball more than h... more

William Perlman / The Star-Ledger / US Presswire Jets owner Woody Johnson (right) watches his team closely during training camp. Steve Wyche recently visited Jets training camp in Florham Park, N.J. Here's what he saw. Observation deck 1... more

William Perlman/The Star-Ledger/US Presswire Mark Sanchez (right) has had little time to work with his receivers, especially new target Plaxico Burress (center). FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The news coming out of Jets camp on Thursday was about t... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire (From left to right) Curtis Painter, Jon Kitna and Matt Flynn are backups to some of the NFL's premier quarterbacks. ANDERSON, Ind. -- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has started 208 consecutive games, the longest... more

Zach Miller is being heavily courted by the Seattle Seahawks, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday, but the Oakland Raiders remain in the running to re-sign the free-agent tight end. "Zach was a Raider last year, we want him to b... more

The Packers are the team to beat since they're the defending champs. The Eagles, who Green Bay defeated en route to representing the NFC in the Super Bowl, have loaded up to supplant Aaron Rodgers and Co. in the NFC. In the AFC, the Jets and Patriots... more


US Presswire Jason Babin, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie give the Eagles a formidable defense. The weekend is here after a furious run of player movement and things could even get more frenetic. With prize free-agent... more

GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- The rumors of Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith shedding dozens of pounds aren't rumors. I spoke to Smith as he reported to training camp and he has lost dozens of pounds, saying he's down to 338 pounds, the lightes... more

METAIRIE, La. -- There are coaches who can't tolerate certain types of athletes, figuring they're uncoachable; whether they're lazy, insubordinate or simply not of the proper character, despite their ability and on-field production. Then, there are... more

Derick Hingle/US Presswire Reggie Bush has a versatile skill set that should help the Dolphins if he can stay healthy. The Miami Dolphins' desire to add some explosiveness to their offense drove the trade for Saints running back Reggie Bus... more

The quarterback feeding frenzy that started during the April draft -- with six being taken in the first 36 picks -- is only being compounded now that we have veteran player movement generated in part by the teams that started this phenomenon during t... more

More than ever, intrigue at training camps is going to be off the charts. Veterans getting cut, rookies getting signed, free agents being wooed -- all will be unfolding at the same time players are throwing on the pads for the first time. It will be... more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As the Carolina Panthers try to retain their core group of players -- they agreed to terms with defensive end Charles Johnson on Tuesday -- there remains uncertainty as to whether or not wide receiver Steve Smith will be dealt.... more

Free-agent defensive end Charles Johnson agreed to a six-year, $72 million deal to return to the Carolina Panthers, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Free agency tracker Will Brett Favre come out of retirement for the third... more

CHARLOTTE -- We have no idea if 2011 first overall draft pick Cam Newton will be the Carolina Panthers' starter when they open the season at Arizona Sept. 11. He will be the starter at some point, though -- and he seems to get that. Don't misconstr... more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers players said Tuesday they still are awaiting word on the process of how they will vote to re-certify as a players union, the key element that would lead to the final touches to ratify the new collective bargaining agreemen... more

CHARLOTTE -- Carolina Panthers players started to arrive at the team complex at 9:51 a.m. ET. Running back Jonathan Stewart was among the first five players to arrive. Quarterback Cam Newton, the first overall draft pick in 2011, arrived shortly... more

Tony Paige, Bus Cook and Chitta Mallik -- the agents for No. 1 overall draft pick Cam Newton -- are scheduled to begin contract negotiations Tuesday with the Carolina Panthers to have the quarterback signed as soon as possible, according to a source... more

For the past few months, football fans have had many questions. Over the next few days, they will begin to get their answers. Using the NFL's timeline for football operations, let's try to put some perspective on what's to come in this abbreviated wa... more

Free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens probably won't sign with a team until late in the preseason, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Monday. Owens tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the spring, but he's on schedule with his... more

By all accounts, the painstaking NFL lockout will be lifted Monday with the ratification by both the league and players of a new collective bargaining agreement. As much toil, acrimony and angst as this process has caused, once pen is put to paper an... more

With the progress made Saturday toward a vote possibly being taken by players to recertify as a union by Tuesday, according to several sources, the league year could start as soon as Wednesday. Players then could voluntarily report to team facilitie... more

The majority of what could be the 10-year collective bargaining agreement has been finalized by NFL owners and players. Some loose ends need to be tied up before players vote on if they want to join owners in ratification of a deal, but we do know s... more

As the NFL waits for its players to ratify or reject a new collective bargaining agreement that owners have approved, league and team officials moved forward with getting football back to business -- even though they don't know when business will be... more

ATLANTA -- Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said Thursday that it's his priority to re-sign his team's free agents once the NFL lockout is lifted. Richardson didn't mention anyone by name, but defensive end Charles Johnson clearly would be... more

Brett Davis/US Presswire Mario Williams' switch from defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker is worth monitoring this preseason. Typically, the third preseason game was the only one that meant much. Starters compete through the first half,... more

The Denver Broncos will find out sooner, rather than later, if quarterback Tim Tebow is their guy. The highly touted first-round draft pick, who spent most of last season backing up Kyle Orton, isn't the one available for a trade; Orton is. Tebow's... more

Luc Leclerc/US Presswire Cedric Benson has been productive in a Bengals uniform, but off-field issues could cost him money as a free agent. The most important thing to have in any type of negotiation is leverage. Free-agent running back... more

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. -- With the NFL lockout seemingly nearing its end and everyone poised to return to work within the next week or so, players' fitness has become a concern. One veteran player at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship... more

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo expects the NFL lockout to end soon and said Wednesday that he and his teammates will be ready to roll from the get-go. "It'll be done here shortly," Romo said after playing a practice... more

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison tends to speak his mind, but his latest rant , mental cleansing, diatribe -- whatever you want to call it -- takes the right of free expression to a new level. And this time, it could cost him far more th... more

Teams throughout the NFL are anticipating the near-immediate arrival of players at team facilities within hours of a new collective bargaining agreement being reached, officials from several teams said Monday. Breer: The clock keeps ticking With... more

Steve Mitchell / US Presswire Mike Sims-Walker has been a hit in the fantasy football world, but his reality could mean a new team in 2011. Besides gearing up on which free agents to sign, teams also are preparing to lose certain free... more

Ron Chenoy / US Presswire Tim Tebow impressed in limited action as a rookie. Turning that into Denver's starting QB job remains to be seen. Broncos coach John Fox said "deep down, I have an idea" who will be his team's starting quarterback,... more

John Mackey , who passed away Thursday morning , revolutionized the tight end position. He turned it into a legitimate receiving spot and helped spur its evolution so players such as Kellen Winslow and Kellen Winslow II , Shannon Sharpe , Tony Gonza... more

Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press Former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith (right) can help make Colin Kaepernick's college-to-NFL transition smoother. San Francisco 49ers rookie Colin Kaepernick could be benefiting during the NFL lockout... more

So much of an NFL coach's longevity hinges on the play of his quarterback. You get good quarterback play and the coach -- or offensive coordinator -- tends to look really good. If you look good, you stay employed or get poached by another team. If yo... more


SARASOTA, Fla. -- Standing side by side in a posture that resembled a unified front, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday that they will continue working to have a labor pact settled in the near... more

Herbert Weitman / NFL The Cardinals played in St. Louis from 1960 to 1987, but they lost all three of their playoff games. Having grown up in St. Louis, I was always resigned to the fact that the football Cardinals, regardless of where they... more

Kim Klement / US Presswire Josh Freeman and the Bucs surprised many last season, but making the playoffs will present challenges. BRADENTON, Fla. -- It's rather commonplace in the NFL for a team to rise from the ashes in one season, spark... more

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Cornerback Aqib Talib, who was indicted on an aggravated assault weapon charge for a March incident in Texas, was at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' minicamp workout Tuesday. Talib's attendance is nothing new. The fourth-year pro has... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Terrell Owens' prolific and controversial career might reach a sudden conclusion following serious knee surgery. Terrell Owens, an exceptional and polarizing player who loves the spotlight, might be ending his... more

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley reinforced this week what most of the NFL already knows: Washington needs a big-time wide receiver. The Chicago Bears do, too. And add the St. Louis Rams to that list. NFL's best young receiver? When it comes to... more

Jason Bridge / US Presswire Santonio Holmes could fly away from the Jets and land with a team desperate for a go-to receiver. As momentum continues toward a new collective bargaining agreement between NFL owners and the league's players,... more

Forget Donovan McNabb or Albert Haynesworth for a minute. What are the Redskins going to do at wide receiver? Santana Moss is a free agent, which pretty much leaves Washington with, well ...   In their latest "Cover Two Podcast," Bucky Brooks... more

Paul Jasienski / Associated Press Despite Dallas' struggles in 2010, DeMarcus Ware led the NFL in sacks with 15.5. Two years ago, the most newsworthy team in the NFL -- the Dallas Cowboys -- had an incredibly quiet offseason and went on to... more

US Presswire Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson and Frank Gore are in the minority as every-down NFL running backs. Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he's concerned Falcons runnin... more

Jerry Lai / US Presswire Forgive us, but with the lockout stunting younger quarterbacks' growth, teams could do worse than Brett Favre. Longtime New York Giants running back Tiki Barber will try to make a comeback after four seasons out of... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press Cam Newton might line up against three 2010 NFC playoff teams in the first five games of 2011. Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford and Joe Flacco -- quarterbacks with three years or less... more

One of the byproducts of the NFL's work stoppage has been additional challenges for rookies, who have no income or coaches to help ease them into the league. There is also the matter of signing contracts, which looms as a major issue once the lockout... more

Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth said the team has "moved on" from quarterback Carson Palmer and that rookie quarterback Andy Dalton is "competitive" with a temperament similar to Drew Brees. Whitworth made his comments Tuesday on... more

Derick Hingle / US Presswire The Vikings would be well-served to find a way to keep receiver Sidney Rice in Minnesota. Even though most NFL players will tell you they'd love to spend their entire careers with the team that drafted them, onc... more

Don McPeak/US Presswire Kenny Britt's run-ins with the law could jeopardize his career with the Titans. What can we make of the Tennessee Titans? On one hand they're a solid, tough-nosed team with a roster filled with mostly high-character... more

CHARLOTTE -- So much for being an icon and entertainer. To this point, first overall draft pick Cam Newton has behaved like a rookie eager to earn a starting job. But it's his Carolina Panthers teammates -- like Jordan Gross and John Beason -- who... more

CHARLOTTE -- Veteran Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has attended some player-organized workouts, according to rookie quarterback Cam Newton. Newton did not say how many sessions Smith has attended, but did say he has thrown passes to him... more

NASHVILLE -- Rookie quarterback Jake Locker stood well behind what was the best version of a first-team offense that could be assembled Wednesday during the first day of a two-day minicamp organized by Titans players. He watched Rusty Smith take seve... more

Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis, who played collegiately at Ohio State, said "it's disheartening" to see how embattled former coach Jim Tressel has been portrayed following months of turmoil, player infractions and his cover up that led to his rece... more

  Bucky Brooks and Steve Wyche launched their "Cover Two Podcast," a weekly NFL dialogue. In their debut , they talked the return of the Raider mystique with coach Hue Jackson, and examined how the veteran QB market could look. Download the full... more

Jason O. Watson / US Presswire Knowshon Moreno is one of several backs from the 2009 draft who has struggled to perform consistently. Jets running back Shonn Greene was drafted in the third round -- 65th overall -- in 2009 . He's been very... more

Kirby Lee / US Presswire Jets running back Shonn Greene is good, but how good? He'd better be ready to shine in his third year. During a conversation with New York Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn last training camp, he told me that he... more

David Goldman / Associated Press The lockout forced Jason Campbell to work out with fellow Raiders at an indoor pool in Lawrenceville, Ga. Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud entered a high school practice field in suburban Atlanta for a... more

Kyle Shanahan might be running his father's offense in Washington, but make no mistake: He's the one running the offense, according to Redskins tight end Chris Cooley. "It's his show, totally, it's his deal," Cooley said at NFL Network headquarter... more

One of the main reasons so many players admire Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson is because of his frankness and his energy. He's embraced his first head-coaching job by espousing the tradition that's gone wayward for much of this decade and made his... more


David J. Phillip / Associated Press Kerry Collins has played mentor before in his career. Doing it again might be his only chance to stay in the league. One of the biggest myths in professional sports -- especially in the NFL -- is a vetera... more

Of all the selections made in NFL Network's "The Top 100 Players of 2011" series , none has struck me as more out of whack than Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd being No. 58. The issue isn't necessarily with Lloyd being ranked as highly a... more

Paul Spinelli / Associated Press Cullen Jenkins helped the Pack win a title, but he's one of many vets who could change addresses this offseason. Whenever football resumes, there will be a flurry of player activity as teams that didn't... more

In this latest installment of the weirdness the NFL lockout has ushered in, Raiders' rookie offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski told me Wednesday that he has not spoken to his uncle -- Oakland assistant line coach Steve Wisniewski -- except for the... more

BUFORD, Ga. -- Oakland Raiders players went through a seven-on-seven workout against players from several different NFL teams Wednesday at a local high school football field. Players from multiple teams have been holding such sessions among thei... more

BUFORD, Ga. -- I know we're in uncharted territory with this lockout, so I'm not surprised by anything that transpires on or off the field. It was somewhat interesting, though, that as roughly 30 Oakland Raiders players walked off a high school pra... more

BUFORD, Ga. -- There are certain guys in the NFL who make a difference with their play. There are others, like Richard Seymour who make a difference with their presence. NFL players descend on Atlanta An estimated 25 players who train with Tom S... more

Alix Drawec / NFL An impressive showing at the Senior Bowl helped propel James Carpenter into the first round. The Seahawks don't have to worry about their first-round draft pick, offensive tackle James Carpenter , not doing what he can to... more

Rochelle Thomas / Special to Bears draft pick J.T. Thomas escorted Joslyn Levell, a 14-year-old with spina bifida, to her school dance Friday. Joslyn Levell couldn't wait to get to school Monday. The eighth-grader became the most... more

Seth Wenig / Associated Press With the punishing Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch already in the mix, the Lions are formidable up front. Unlike a lot of my journalistic colleagues, I love reading comments readers paste at the end of... more

You certainly can understand why Da'Quan Bowers has kept a low profile. The defensive end out of Clemson was this year's big draft faller, a kid who just a few months ago was considered the possible No. 1 overall pick, only to plummet to the second... more

Kirby Lee / US Presswire It appears Alex Smith will come back for a seventh season with the 49ers once the lockout ends. Quarterback Alex Smith told Bay Area reporters Tuesday that he likely will be back with the San Francisco 49ers next... more

Chad Ochocinco's brief encounter with a bull over the weekend was amusing, stupid, brave or bone-headed depending on which side of tolerance you are on when it comes to the Bengals wide receiver. That debate is what it is, depending on if you're ev... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik wouldn't project how many games or years rookie Da'Quan Bowers will play because of longevity concerns spurred by medical reports on his surgically repaired knee -- Bowers is expected to open the seas... more

Sam Sharpe / US Presswire A confluence of circumstances has Jonathan Stewart poised for a major breakthrough season in Carolina. We've seen over the past few seasons that one of the main contributors to a young quarterback's success has be... more

The Minnesota Vikings have not had internal discussions about acquiring Titans quarterback Vince Young, according to a league source. Minnesota drafted Florida State's Christian Ponder with the No. 12 overall pick and is expected to add a veteran on... more

Ed Mullholand / US Presswire Depending on the free-agency rules, teams might be ready to pounce on Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams. Don't be misled by just one running back -- Mark Ingram -- being drafted in the first round. Or by the fact... more

Paul Spinelli / Associated Press Steve Smith could be a major contributor in the development of No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton. Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith told Pro Football Weekly that he's never demanded a trade and that... more

Paul Abell / Associated Press Michael Jenkins, a Falcons first-round pick in 2004, has yet to have a 1,000-yard receiving season. ATLANTA -- Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins could be the most affected by the drafting of wide receiver... more

Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick: Have you all been paying attention? As the lockout lingers and you unsigned draft picks wait, unable to meet with coaches, break down film, get in minicamp wo... more

I randomly bumped into Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price on Sunday (more on that later) and two things came to mind: ¬Ľ Price is one quarter of what could end up being a fearsome, young defensive line the Bucs have assembled through... more

Eric Hartline / US Presswire Kevin Kolb might be moved to another team, and it would likely come at a steep price. We know which teams needed quarterbacks and addressed that position in the draft. We also know that there are several vetera... more

Sharon Ellman / Associated Press Rex Grossman, who started three games for the Redskins in 2010, could still be re-signed by the team. What was more peculiar about the Washington Redskins' draft: That they actually added picks along the wa... more

We will never forget the terror Osama bin Laden helped formulate and orchestrate, and just more than four months from now, it will be brought back into our consciousness. The first full slate of games scheduled to be played this season falls on the... more

The impact of rookies is always hard to gauge -- but I'm going to project anyway. Instead of going the old route and guessing who'll be the defensive or offensive rookies of the year, I'm going to plug those that could have the most impact within the... more


You know how teams send out nickel personnel to combat three- and four-wide receiver sets? Well, to some degree, that's what takes place during the draft. Teams not only select players to build their rosters but also to combat others -- especially th... more

With the selection of Clemson end Da'Quan Bowers in the second round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back in the familiar position of having a draft slider help them build an emerging roster. Last season, wide receiver Mike Williams (fourth round) a... more

There's a certain element of DNA that coaches desire in defensive linemen. We'll refer to it as toughness, although the football translation is a tad more profane. Detroit's Ndamukong Suh has it. Oh, he has a lot of it. Catch him on the wrong day -... more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Friday morning started with a chance meeting in the parking lot of the Panthers' facility with second-year quarterback Jimmy Clausen. The afternoon started with a planned news conference inside the Panthers' facility with Clausen'... more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As I walked into the Carolina Panthers' facility Friday, I bumped into second-year quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the team parking lot as we both arrived around 7:25 a.m. ET. By all accounts, Clausen was first among a handful of Pant... more

The Falcons' stunning trade with Cleveland , in which they gave up a first-round pick -- among a lot of others -- to get from No. 27 to No. 6 overall in order to draft wide receiver Julio Jones , was an ambitious move that, more than anything, shows... more

CHARLOTTE -- My phone conversation with Cam Newton was short and sweet -- about as long as it took the Panthers to submit his name to be drafted. He was headed to dinner with his family and his agents, but he took a second simply to say that he was... more

John David Mercer / US Presswire The Falcons' playoff loss to the Packers appears to have given Atlanta motivation to add another young playmaker. I know Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith pretty well and I know h... more

The list is short: Boomer Esiason , Randall Cunningham , Brett Favre and Drew Brees. They're the only franchise-changing quarterbacks drafted in the second round over the past three decades. In terms of quarterbacks, the second round has provided m... more

John David Mercer / US Presswire It appears Cam Newton will be the latest first-round quarterback to join an NFC South team. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers' brass met for most of Wednesday, putting the finishing touches on their... more

I just had an interesting conversation with a league source who mentioned a possibility to track as we reach the second, and more likely, third day of the draft: More teams could try to acquire seventh-round picks. Latest mock drafts all in one pla... more

Chad Ochocinco wanted out of Cincinnati so badly before the 2008 season that he went on a nationwide tour of sorts to proclaim as much. Now the wide receiver believes he's being kicked to the curb. He said as much on his Twitter account Tuesday .... more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The assumption is that the Panthers will take Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday. And while the team's brain trust did not discuss any player by name during Tuesday's pre-draft presser, no one ran f... more

The stabbing of Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall -- he should recover within 2 to 3 weeks, his agent said -- is unfortunate. Yet it is a reminder that problems are constantly lurking, especially for football players during the offseas... more

Ben Margot / Associated Press Cameron Jordan could make a late leap up draft boards and be the first defensive end selected. The two top-rated defensive end prospects -- North Carolina's Robert Quinn and Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers -- are... more

Kim Klement / US Presswire Gerald McCoy could still blossom into a dominant force along the defensive line. A glance back at the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft shows an abundance of players who not only contributed, but stood out... more

Crystal LoGiudice / US Presswire Drew Brees and the Saints last met the Packers during the 2008 regular season. For the first time in awhile, folks in St. Louis, Detroit and Tampa Bay won't have to always watch other teams play in prime time... more

Richard Mackson / US Presswire If Cam Newton goes No. 1, he could make his Panthers debut at Arizona. Will Blaine Gabbert be part of the equation? For months, we heard about who would be the first quarterback taken, or whether Cam Newton... more

Some of the teams that unexpectedly reach the playoffs get there, in part, because they lucked into facing injured, underachieving opponents that greased the track for their success. The following season, though -- when expectations are raised -- can... more

We know injuries and unexpected failures can take the luster off some of the scheduling matchups that look so promising now. Other storylines will also emerge. 2011 schedule Interactive experience: ¬Ľ Breakdowns: Weeks | Teams | Primetime |... more

There is legitimate speculation that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb will be traded once the NFL lockout ends, and the valuable one-time starter recently told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that "I'll go to work as a backup" if not dealt.... more

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett met with Tennessee Titans officials Monday in Nashville, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Titans own the No. 8 overall pick in this month's NFL draft and might use it to find their next... more

University of California defensive end Cameron Jordan will visit the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons this week, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday. Latest mock drafts all in one place Our writers and ana... more

Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones will visit the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday. Jones' meeting with the 49ers is set for Wednesday. The exact dates of the... more

Here is what's left in the wake of the San Francisco 49ers drafting Alex Smith No. 1 overall in 2005: Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary have been fired as head coaches; Smith will be a free agent once the business of football is back up and running, an... more

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers and Alabama running back Mark Ingram have red flags thrown their way because of concerns regarding their respective knee injuries. How badly could this truly affect their draft status? I've talked to several lea... more

There's something that's really been puzzling me as we get closer to the 2011 NFL Draft: Where is the buzz surrounding Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert? People seem to have a lot to say about Cam Newton and Da'Quan Bowers and Mark Ingram and Kyl... more

Brett Davis/US Presswire Former first-round draft pick Matt Leinart landed with the Texans after the Cardinals cut him last season. Before a Thursday night game between the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles last season, I spent some tim... more

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers will not attend any NFL draft activities in New York, his agent, Joe Flanagan, confirmed Thursday. Bowers made the decision to stay with his mother, family and friends in Bamberg, S.C., months ago and hasn't... more

The first round of the NFL draft is The Show. It's what we're all waiting for. It's when teams add a new face of the franchise and commit millions of dollars to players they hope can improve their teams. It's such a major event that it now stands o... more

The medical recheck of Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers last weekend showed signs of potential long-term arthritis and some weakness in his surgically repaired right knee, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. The information... more

I read a good article by Charlotte Observer columnist Scott Fowler, a former colleague of mine at the Miami Herald and one of the keenest journalistic voices in the industry. In his column, he expresses why the Panthers should draft Auburn quarte... more

With so much guesswork and uncertainty about this year's quarterback draft class, I thought I'd conjure up some recent history about a quarterback group that was projected pretty much as being can't-miss. Dave Einsel / Associated Press In Houst... more

Douglas C. Pizac / US Presswire Nevada's Colin Kaepernick could be a target for teams already with established quarterbacks. Most of the talk surrounding the upcoming NFL Draft has dealt with teams that need quarterbacks: Carolina, Minnesot... more

Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick met with the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos earlier this week, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Kaepernick also is scheduled to visit with the Oakland Raiders next week, according to... more

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers this week visited the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills -- they hold the second and third overall draft picks, respectively -- and he'll see the Tennessee Titans, who pick eighth, before traveling to Indianapolis... more

Bob Donnan / US Presswire DeAngelo Williams is a two-time 1,000-yard rusher, but might find interest minimal when free agency begins. The arrival of running back Chester Taylor in Chicago drew significant praise around this time last seaso... more

Andrew Weber / US Presswire A second-tier QB -- such as Ryan Mallett -- could come into play for some potential contenders in need. The need of so many teams to find a quarterback is, in part, due to the natural order of the NFL. One of the... more

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton on Tuesday began a two-day visit with the Carolina Panthers, who own the first overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft. Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner who led Auburn to the BCS national championship in January,... more


At this point, everything about Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has been dissected. From his throwing motion to his collegiate system to his alleged indiscretions and yes, even his smile. It's part of what comes with the territory as a player who could... more

Former South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders will undergo surgery Friday to have a pin inserted in his fractured left foot, according to sources familiar with the situation. It is the same injury that Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and curren... more

Alabama's Mark Ingram has been the running back most linked to the Miami Dolphins, who own the 15th overall pick in the NFL draft. However, Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure seems to have piqued Miami's interest. Leshoure has a visit scheduled w... more

Greg Trott/Associated Press Aqib Talib's pending legal issues could force the Bucs to change their priorities in April's NFL Draft. Let's get this straight off the top. Aqib Talib isn't just Tampa Bay's top cornerback or top defender. His... more

The buzz surrounding Colin Kaepernick started at the Senior Bowl. Here was a quarterback at nearly 6-foot-5 who could zip the ball like it was nobody's business and outrun pursuing linebackers. The coaches who hadn't seen him were asking scouts about... more

¬† ¬Ľ Wyche mock drafts: Version 1.0 All it takes is a couple of weeks, a few pro days, some personal interviews, and further film review to adjust some of the thinking teams start doing as we get closer to the NFL draft. We're about a month... more

Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick held a private workout with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, the first of many sessions he has planned with teams this week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Kaepernick worked out for the San... more

The Minnesota Vikings headed to the South to continue their workouts of draft-eligible quarterbacks this week, with sessions with Florida State's Christian Ponder and Auburn's Cam Newton. Members of the Vikings' staff are working out Ponder on Tues... more

The NFL believes now is the time to include human growth hormone testing in its banned substances policy and is pushing players to add it to a collective bargaining agreement -- whenever one is reached. The NFL and NFL Players Association discussed... more

The agent for Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers released a statement Thursday to curtail reports of the projected high draft pick's medical status. Bowers had arthroscopic knee surgery in January, didn't work out at the NFL Scouting Combine in Feb... more

There seems to be a lot more positive chatter recently regarding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton . I've spoken to several personnel evaluators and coaches who believe Newton has weathered questions about his character and now teams are paying much more... more

The Miami Dolphins will hold a private workout with Auburn quarterback Cam Newton this weekend, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. Following his workout with Miami's staff, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner will travel to Buffalo... more

Grant Halverson / US Presswire What Troy's Jerrel Jernigan lacks in size, he makes up for with his ability to impact the game in multiple ways. The confluence of three factors -- the rule changes on kickoffs , Julio Jones' postseason... more

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert held a private workout with the Arizona Cardinals at his school Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Cardinals own the fifth overall pick in next month's NFL draft and are conside... more

ATHENS, Ga. -- In an awkward twist because of the NFL lockout and residency rules, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green held his pro day Tuesday without league personnel watching his workout in person, but from television monitors inside the school's ath... more

ATHENS, Ga. -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said Tuesday that he is recovering well from surgery on his throwing shoulder, and when he is healthy, he will get together with wide receiver Calvin Johnson and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, a... more

Ben Liebenberg/ Despite labor unrest, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will take the podium again at the 2011 NFL Draft in April. The only certainty we know about the short-term future of the NFL is that there will be a draft. The NFL... more

As I was posing questions to an NFL general manager about the value of running backs prospects and the overall draft class at the position, I got a question boomeranged back toward me: How many teams, right now, really need a running back? It took... more

With all the hypotheticals and uncertainties immersing the NFL right now, isn't it intriguing that it's a supposed sure thing that might be causing the most consternation as it applies to the draft? LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson has... more

What has been the fastest way to turn around a team's woebegone fortunes the past few years? Acquiring the right quarterback, mainly through the draft. Lots of teams need them, and there are plenty to be had but only a few are considered to be imme... more

David Drapkin / Associated Press Tiki Barber retired after having rushed for more than 1,200 yards in five consecutive seasons. Someone hasn't told Tiki Barber , soon to be 36, that running backs are a tad passé once they hit 30 years of... more

James Lang / US Presswire Ravens LB Ray Lewis is an 11-time Pro Bowl selection through 15 seasons in the league. While there is optimism that a labor deal between owners and the NFLPA could be reached by the end of the week, it's no slam... more

Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews won't need surgery on his injured left shoulder and will participate in his school's pro day, his agent, David Dunn, said Thursday. Matthews injured his shoulder while participating in the bench-press test Sunday... more

The Packers' re-signing of inside linebacker A.J. Hawk makes Nick Barnett's future in Green Bay look tenuous at best. A source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday that the Packers will explore trading Barnett, who broke his wrist during... more

Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones will have surgery on his fractured foot this weekend, his agents, Pat Dye Jr. and Jimmy Sexton, said Wednesday. The surgery might not allow Jones to work out before the NFL Draft in late April, but the likely... more

Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews received a second opinion Wednesday about the left shoulder that he injured during last weekend's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and is awaiting word on the prescribed course of action. Matthews injured the... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cam Newton has gotten the attention, but Blaine Gabbert will be the first quarterback drafted. Every personnel man I spoke with at the NFL Scouting Combine thought Newton was more of a project, who needs time and coaching to develo... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL Scouting Combine is about the league's future prospects, but the majority of my conversations with coaches, general managers and scouts at the annual event were more about the league's immediate future. The looming labor cr... more


INDIANAPOLIS -- The confluence of a subtle change in the NFL, along with the strength of the top-end talent in the upcoming draft, should make for a lot of people on the defensive side of the ball feel happy/lucky about their timing. The scales hav... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Auburn's Cam Newton and Missouri's Blaine Gabbert are considered the top quarterbacks entering the 2011 NFL Draft , but, using the principle of supply and demand, that won't be enough inventory to satisfy the need. There are at le... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- If the Carolina Panthers aren't going to draft Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the first overall pick of the NFL draft , then it appears that someone else is going to have to come from behind to land the coveted perch.... more

Matt York / Associated Press The Cardinals struggled replacing Kurt Warner, sending out three ineffective QBs in 2010, including rookie Max Hall.   As we approach the NFL Scouting Combine , the Arizona Cardinals have become a team to... more

Mike McCarn / Associated Press DeAngelo Williams is the latest skill position player to be passed over for the franchise tag designation. Within the next few days, as we get into the NFL Scouting Combine , we're going to hear more and more... more

Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Winston Justice underwent a successful surgery on his left knee on Tuesday. The procedure was performed by surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. The operation removed a bone chip in the knee. Justice missed thre... more

Kyle Terada / US Presswire The relationship between new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh (left) and GM Trent Baalke is off to a good start. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will head to the NFL Scouting Combine this week arguably more famili... more

NFL Players Association leaders will address a select group of player agents Feb. 24 at the NFL Scouting Combine to discuss labor negotiations, sources with knowledge of the meeting said Friday. The sit-down in Indianapolis, site of the combine, wi... more

In seeing and speaking to Vikings staffers and coaches at the Senior Bowl and Super Bowl, they've come to the universal conclusion that they're thankful for their health and families because just about everything else that happened to the franchise o... more

If I'm an Eagles fan, I think I'm glad that Philadelphia placed the exclusive-rights franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick to assure him being back for at least another year. The "franchise tag" mechanism is a team-to-player tether that seemingl... more

Tom Gannam / Associated Press The Rams might be looking to add some more talent on defense to go with young linebacker James Laurinaitis. No matter how well things were going at different points of the season for the St. Louis Rams, coach... more

John Raoux / Associated Press After surviving a third consecutive non-playoff season, Jack Del Rio faces yet another must-win year. The Jacksonville Jaguars ended the last few seasons with pretty much the same unanswered questions they have... more

Cary Edmondson / US Presswire Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris did a great job in 2010, but his task gets no easier next season. Tampa Bay had a pattern in 2010 of beating non-playoff teams, but losing to teams of substance. Which is why in... more

Kevin Terrell / Associated Press One of the issues Hue Jackson faces as Oakland‚??s new coach is seeing if Jason Campbell can be a reliable QB. The Oakland Raiders don't enter this offseason as a punch line. It's the first time in a long ti... more

David Stluka / Associated Press The return of players such as Nick Barnett could create a log-jam of talent at certain positions for the Packers. More than 50,000 fans withstood what felt like sub-zero temperatures to honor the Super Bowl... more

Jerry Lai / US Presswire Matthew Stafford staying healthy is a key component if the Lions are going to make the playoffs next season. As much as I enjoyed watching teams like Tampa Bay and Kansas City come of age, waiting to see if Brett... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson stood up to address his teammates at halftime of Sunday's Super Bowl. The grisled veteran, like fellow old-timer, wide receiver Donald Driver, got hurt in the first half. He knew he... more

DALLAS -- On the eve of needed contract negotiations between the NFL and its players union regarding a new collective bargaining agreement, league commissioner Roger Goodell made it abundantly clear that if the sides don't reach an accord exactly a... more

DALLAS -- A year ago, days before Super Bowl XLIV, DeMaurice Smith said the odds of NFL owners locking out players in 2011 ranked "14" on a scale of one to 10. Smith, the NFL Players Association's executive director, wouldn't go there Thursday when... more

Gene Puskar / Associated Press The Packers feel they're a different team than the one that lost to the Steelers, 37-36, in Week 15 of 2009. DALLAS - We've heard all week that the Packers' inexperience on such a big stage -- at least as... more

DALLAS -- When the Packers were deciding on whether to draft USC linebacker Clay Matthews in 2009, there were a lot of arguments made as to why to make the pick, but none was more persuasive than this: He will perform because he doesn't know any bett... more

DALLAS -- In discussing what the Steelers must do to make headway against the Packers in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, guard Chris Kemoeatu ran down a series of typical Xs and Os but tagged his remarks by saying, most importantly, the offense needs to f... more

DALLAS -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had a long, arduous journey to Super Bowl XLV . Put aside the lengthy time sitting in the green room at the 2005 NFL Draft waiting for his name to be called, and then the three seasons as... more


It's been 12 football seasons since Dan Marino retired. To this day, the Dolphins have yet to find a quarterback capable of filling one of his shoes, let alone both of them. Denver has tried Jake Plummer , Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton, but none of them... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' Monday firing of longtime offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski could be the first sign that coach Marvin Lewis owns more control of the team after signing his recent contract extension. Part of Lewis' return hinged on him ha... more

DALLAS -- The evolution of the "zone blitz" has led us to the now, a showcase meeting between two of the masterminds who have helped shape the highly effective and widely copied scheme all the way to the biggest game possible. Packers defensive... more

Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press Sam Shields went undrafted in April, but has been a major contributor to the Packers' Super Bowl run. MOBILE, Ala. -- The labor strife between the NFL and NFLPA seems to raise a new scenario every day, most of... more

Frank Victores / US Presswire Whether he is traded or not, Carson Palmer's days in Cincinnati might be drawing to a close. Marvin Lewis is back as coach. Carson Palmer wants to be traded. Chad Ochocinco wants to become Chad Johnson again .... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Minnesota Vikings' coaching and personnel staffs are at this week's Senior Bowl in search of quarterbacks -- actually two, although one likely could be acquired via trade or free agency. Senior Bowl on NFL Network: On Satu... more

David J. Phillip / Associated Press Jay Cutler being unable to finish vs. the Packers with a knee injury put a damper on a surprising run for Chicago. Chicago was The Surprise Team in the NFL, winning the NFC North when they entered the... more

CHICAGO -- Over the last five weeks, here is the damage the Green Bay Packers have left in their wake en route to reaching Super Bowl XLV in Dallas: ¬Ľ They eliminated the Giants from the playoffs by beating them in Week 16 , and then defeated... more

Associated Press Contributions by the likes of Erik Walden and James Starks have allowed the Packers to succeed despite injuries. What's been most remarkable about Green Bay's push to the NFC Championship Game on Sunday isn't the play of... more

Greg Trott / Associated Press The Falcons were dominant at home all regular season, before getting taken apart by the Packers in the playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons won 13 games and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Unfortunately the... more

A breakdown of Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the Packers and Bears: Aaron Rodgers is the hottest quarterback left in the playoffs with six TDs, no INTs and a 78-percent completion rate, but he hasn't faced a defense this postseason... more illustration Troy Polamalu, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Darrelle Revis will play starring roles on Sunday. As individuals, they are playmakers worthy of singular honors and league-wide respect. Together, they are elite... more

A breakdown of Sunday's divisional showdown between the Seahawks and Bears: Matt Hasselbeck showed his courage and experience in throwing four TDs during last week's dynamic wild-card win over the Saints. Hasselbeck, who's played in 10... more

A breakdown of Saturday's NFC Divisional playoff between the Packers and Falcons: Aaron Rodgers is playing at a high level, and he now has a playoff victory to his credit. Green Bay relies on him more than Atlanta does Matt Ryan. He had one... more

Very few times while trudging to their 7-9 regular-season record did we hear the Seattle Seahawks counted out of the playoff picture. Granted, the perpetual hope was an offshoot of the abysmal NFC West, where no team finished with a winning record. S... more

The Dallas Cowboys could consider the San Francisco 49ers' Greg Manusky and Stanford's Vic Fangio as possible defensive coordinators on new coach Jason Garrett's staff, a league source said Monday. For more on the Dallas Cowboys, check out the late... more

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles players were as dejected and upset as you might expect following their wild-card playoff loss to Green Bay on Sunday. Despite being angry, wide receiver DeSean Jackson was able to put things somewhat in perspective, saying t... more

PHILADELPHIA -- The Packers were so upset after their 20-17 loss at Atlanta in November that they wanted a do-over. Little did they know, seven weeks later they would get one. "We felt we left a lot of football on the field (against the... more

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles quarterback Michael Vick declared himself "100 percent" Friday, saying his thigh has healed in time for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the visiting Green Bay Packers. Vick has provided steady upgrades this week on th... more

With the rift between coach Jeff Fisher and quarterback Vince Young settled when owner Bud Adams opted to part ways with Young , the path to normalcy seems back in order in Nashville. Seems to be -- but not quite. Adams threw a wrinkle into thing... more

The circus-like coaching search ended where it started -- with current coach Tony Sparano remaining in his position after owner Stephen Ross chased Jim Harbaugh across the country, hoping to get him to take Sparano's job. After letting Sparano twist... more

A breakdown of Sunday's NFC Wild Card Game between the Packers and Eagles: Aaron Rodgers bears the Scarlet Letter of never having won a playoff game. He's one of the best passers and leaders in the NFL. He's no Miichael Vick, but he can run... more

A breakdown of Saturday's wild-card showdown between the Saints and Seahawks: Drew Brees has thrown for 4,620 yards and 33 touchdowns, but his 22 interceptions rank second-worst to only Eli Manning. He threw four TDs and two INTs vs. Seattle... more

All signs indicate that Marvin Lewis will return as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and that no major changes are expected, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Lewis's contract expires after the season, but the team and Lewi... more

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is glad his top-seeded NFC team got a first-round playoff bye -- and not for the usual reasons of players getting healthy, getting more time to game plan, etc. The added few days allow Smith, and every other team wi... more


Jeff Roberson / Associated Press Sam Bradford has helped take a team that won one game last year to the brink of the playoffs. The night before losing at New Orleans, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and teammate James Laurinaitis... more

Jeff Roberson / Assocaited Press Sam Bradford and the Rams go to Seattle in what is one of many Week 17 matchups with playoff implications. This time last season, we weren't really running down playoff scenarios. We were still ripping the... more

Tom Gannam / Associated Press Matt Cassel helped deliver a crucial late-season win over the Rams last week for the playoff-aspired Chiefs. Of all the great games last weekend -- Eagles-Giants , Steelers-Jets , Packers-Patriots ,... more

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who's dealing with an Achilles' tendon strain and an ankle injury, has been declared out for Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers. Polamalu hasn't practiced all week after missing Sunday's ga... more

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press Ben Roethlisberger can remain in the shadows because teammates like James Harrison keep Pittsburgh winning. PITTSBURGH -- Recklessness is what made Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a... more

Brian Garfinkel / Associated Press With another rousing victory Sunday, Michael Vick has the Eagles steamrolling toward the playoffs. ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons are tied with New England for the best record in the NFL at 12-2. They... more

The New York Jets spent this week embroiled in Trip-gate, which was the latest scene from a season of cinema that included Sainz-gate and Sterger-gate. With that issue swirling, Rex Ryan's boys had a far more pressing issue at hand on Sunday when the... more

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is unlikely to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Gates, who had played through a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, has done... more

The 49ers and Chargers were expected to play for playoff berths this season. The Rams and Chiefs were not. Yet, it's the 49ers and Chargers playing for their playoff lives against each other Thursday, hoping to keep pace with the Missouri franchise... more

The New York Giants are expected to place linebacker Clint Sintim on injured reserve because of a torn ACL in his right knee, Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed Tuesday. Sintim, whom Coughlin said will have surgery after the swelling dies down,... more

Derrick Burgess is returning to Philadelphia. The Eagles announced Tuesday that they have signed the veteran defensive end, originally drafted by Philadelphia in 2001. Burgess will help replace the loss of rookie defensive end Brandon Graham,... more

In a week we saw a stadium roof collapse under the weight of snow , a game moved to another city , an NFL assistant tripping an opposing player on a sideline, the first playoff team determined, and races tightening, only Brett Favre could trump it a... more

Reuben Canales / NFL The Jets have scored just nine points during their two-game losing streak. From "Hard Knocks" to little resistance. The New York Jets are on the verge of falling out of the playoff hunt and dredging up memories of two... more

Coach Todd Haley said it's too early to gauge whether or not Matt Cassel will play for the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs, who face the division rival San Diego Chargers on Sunday, four days after the quarterback had a laparoscopic appendectomy... more

Associated Press Maurice Jones-Drew, Jamaal Charles and Sam Bradford are hopeful to be new stars in the playoffs. Saints coach Sean Payton likes what he's seeing out his football team and is optimistic things will get even better now that... more

Al Behrman / Associated Press Marques Colston had the winning score vs. Cincinnati and has been key to the Saints' five-game winning streak. While the Atlanta Falcons have established themselves as the top team in the NFC, their division... more

The Indianapolis Colts have signed former running back Dominic Rhodes, who just finished playing for the UFL's Florida Tuskers. For more on the Indianapolis Colts, check out the latest from our bloggers. This will be his third stint with the team... more

Only the timing of Josh McDaniels' firing came as a surprise, that being with four games remaining in the regular season. Yet being eliminated from playoff contention a week after an embarrassing video-taping scandal was disclosed apparently cast to... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dwight Freeney said all the right things in front of the cameras and tape recorders following Sunday's 38-35 overtime loss to Dallas . When the media gathering had walked away, the Colts defensive end looked at me and said, "The break... more

The oft-electrifying rookie season for Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has come to an abrupt end. That according to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who said Bryant is out for the rest of the season with a fractured right ankle. Bryant suffered the in... more

Associated Press Matt Schaub and Michael Vick were once teammates, but have found new paths in Houston and Philly, respectively. With Michael Vick's dogfighting trial and then-coach Bobby Petrino's alienation of nearly everyone in the... more


In the aftermath of Atlanta's compelling 20-17 victory over Green Bay on Sunday, I tried to take a bigger picture look at both of the NFC's best teams and which one is most equipped to make a deep playoff run. Although I picked the Packers to reach... more

With so many things uncertain as we head into December, several playoff spots won't be decided until the final two weeks of the season. However, there are some games that will be played earlier in the month that will, at the least, set the table for... more

Tom E. Puskar / Associated Press The Steelers and Ravens meet in a crucial Week 13 tilt with Pittsburgh needing a win to avoid a season sweep. The NFL scheduled each team to have a divisional game in Week 17 in order to create meaningful... more

Jets coach Rex Ryan unequivocally said (when is anything he says less than unequivocal?) that New York would rectify its relative absence of interceptions (five) against the Bengals on Thursday night. It was funny, in part, because it was Ryan speak... more

There are reasons why Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews -- the NFL sacks leader with 11.5 -- is having a special season, why recently little-known cornerback Tramon Williams might be playing better than most cornerbacks in the NFL, and why an... more

The split scenes of Titans quarterback Vince Young bolting LP Field after Sunday's overtime loss to Washington in a collected temper and coach Jeff Fisher, moments later, candidly condemning Young's role as his team's starting quarterback, was as... more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans quarterback Vince Young could be done as the team's quarterback -- at least for this season. An injured thumb that could require surgery might provide the medical reason for him not to play again in 2010. His behavior dur... more

Wide receiver Sidney Rice is "almost certain" to be activated for the first time this season when his Minnesota Vikings play host to the Green Bay Packers this weekend, a league source said Friday. While it isn't clear whether or not Rice will star... more

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne is inactive but will serve as the team's emergency third quarter against the Chicago Bears Thursday night. Henne was listed as doubtful after sitting out the team's practice Wednesday, their only workout dur... more

It's so odd how life and sports sometimes run parallel. In this particular case, what's unfolded with the Jacksonville Jaguars and their punter, Adam Podlesh, intersect, albeit for far different reasons, to where Sunday's winning Hail Mary touchdown... more

Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long is expected to start Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, barring a setback prior to game time, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Long was a limited participant at practice Tuesday and... more

Didn't it seem on cue that the Washington Redskins got steamrolled Monday night, at home, by the quarterback whose ribs they broke a few weeks ago on the same day their quarterback, who was recently benched, got a five-year, $78 million contract exte... more

The Cleveland Browns have signed kick returner Clifton Smith, who will step in for Pro Bowl return man Josh Cribbs, according to source with knowledge of the situation. Cribbs reportedly dislocated four of his right toes in Sunday's 26-20 overt... more

Darron Cummings / Associated Press Carson Palmer has struggled to get on the same page with his receivers this season. After watching the Cincinnati Bengals stumble and bumble yet somehow manage to still be in a game with five turnovers... more

Leaders come in all types. Some are quiet, some flamboyant, some spiritual, some charismatic. But in the NFL, they all have one thing in common: They are the guys their teammates follow in tough times and rally behind, the guys setting the tone at... more

Baltimore's Joe Flacco has the big arm. Detroit's Matthew Stafford has tremendous upside, except for durability concerns. The Jets' Mark Sanchez can improvise. Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman, he has it all, except for experience. Atlanta's Matt Ryan is the... more

Back in 2005, Jim Mora's Atlanta Falcons jumped to a 6-2 record at the halfway point of the season, seemingly delivering on the promise set forth the year before when they advanced to the NFC title game. Then, in Week 10, a journeyman running back na... more

Leaders come in all types. Some are quiet, some flamboyant, some spiritual, some charismatic. But in the NFL, they all have one thing in common: They are the guys their teammates follow in tough times and rally behind, the guys setting the tone at... more

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said Tuesday that he will play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night despite a knee injury. Brooks: Watch the Falcons "I really believe that home-field advantage will play a huge role in determi... more

The Dallas Cowboys did what they had to do in firing coach Wade Phillips on Monday. The team that he coached to 11 wins and a playoff victory last season began to take on too much of his laissez faire persona, with excuses, not accountability, more... more

Leaders come in all types. Some are quiet, some flamboyant, some spiritual, some charismatic. But in the NFL, they all have one thing in common: They are the guys their teammates follow in tough times and rally behind, the guys setting the tone at... more

Leaders come in all types. Some are quiet, some flamboyant, some spiritual, some charismatic. But in the NFL, they all have one thing in common: They are the guys their teammates follow in tough times and rally behind, the guys setting the tone at... more

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The negative fallout that has Vikings coach Brad Childress in the crosshairs of fans  -- and some, if not most of his players -- doesn't necessarily stem from his decision to cut wideout Randy Moss. What has this talented te... more

OAKLAND -- The Raiders might not be for real -- yet. They are relevant, though, and in the process of transitioning from punch line to inept to credible, relevant is a good place to be. At 4-4 with back-to-back blowout victories over the Broncos an... more

Once Randy Moss' exit from Minnesota becomes official -- and coach Brad Childress made it clear Monday night that is the team's intention -- his services will be sought. However, after his outburst that led to his trade to Minnesota out of New Englan... more

Amy Sancetta / Associated Press Atari Bigby (pictured left) and Al Harris are healthy, and could provide some depth in the secondary for Green Bay. Fresh off their 9-0 victory over the New York Jets, the injury plagued Green Bay Packers... more


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Despite the fact that Jason Campbell led Oakland to its first winning streak since 2008, Oakland Raiders Coach Tom Cable said that Bruce Gradkowski will return as the starting quarterback as soon as he is healthy -- which could be... more

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre "likely" will start Sunday against the New England Patriots, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Favre suffered fractures in his left ankle and heel during a loss to the Green Bay... more

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White answered the phone: "Ocho quatro." Three years ago, maybe not even that long, I would have chalked this up as another simple moment for White, whose immaturity -- in a non-destructive, but more childish manner --... more

I think it's pretty safe to say that, with quarterback Tony Romo out for at least six weeks with a fractured left clavicle, the Cowboys' season is toast. Owner Jerry Jones already is formulating his short list of candidates to replace coach Wade Phil... more

The decision about whether or not Brett Favre will play Sunday at New England could come down to Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress and the team's doctors and trainers. If Favre is healthy enough, he will try to play, a league source said Tuesd... more

GREEN BAY -- Vikings owner Zygi Wilf sat in a locker stall about 20 feet from his quarterback Brett Favre, who was doing the same thing, except in obvious pain from a balky ankle that had been wrenched again and was throbbing. The image of two of th... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Vikings quarterback Brett Favre struggled to walk through the locker room and to and from his postgame news conference after re-injuring his surgically repaired left ankle in Sunday‚??s 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He said... more

Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison will appeal his $75,000 fine for an illegal hit, according to his agent Bill Parise. Harrison was one of three players fined a total of $175,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for flagrant hits last wee... more

Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth said veteran quarterback Carson Palmer hasn't played as poorly as some people think, but is accepting blame for the offense's troubles in order to shield his teammates. "People want the sparks an... more

Two days before a flurry of helmet-to-helmet hits resulted in players getting concussed and later fined by the NFL, I sat in a high school stadium and bristled at the absence of facemask-bending hits that would leave someone's mother in tears. Soun... more

Here's how crazy this NFL season has gone so far: Another MVP run for Tomlinson? No stranger to MVP consideration, LaDainian Tomlinson -- in his 10th season in the NFL -- has entered the conversation on Bucky Brooks' awards watch. More ...... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- Following yet another loss after yet another series of mental breakdowns, penalties, turnovers and special teams gaffes, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if he's optimistic about his team. "I'm not," he said. There's more to Jon... more

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Wide receiver Roddy White, one of the most experienced players on the the Atlanta Falcons, believes it's not a coincidence his team is 4-1 and tied for the best record in the NFL. Over the past three seasons, which dates back... more

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, attending the NFL Fall League Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, declined to provide a substantive update on contract extension talks with his star quarterback, Peyton Manning. "We've had discussions," Irsay said. "Y... more

Leading up to Tennessee's 34-27 victory over Dallas, I had a conversation with someone with the Titans, who had done extensive film study on the Cowboys. He told me that, individually, Dallas is frighteningly gifted and that on nearly every down, pl... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It would be easy to say that Brett Favre can't do it any more -- for a lot of reasons. But he made some plays against a very good Jets defense Monday night and almost led Minnesota to a much-needed victory. Yet, his team los... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press After missing the playoffs last season, Matt Ryan and Mike Smith have the Falcons off to a 4-1 start. What's been said about the NFC West for the past few years -- that it's wide open because there is no... more

Following his 2,006-yard rushing season and his string of 10 consecutive 100-yards-plus rushing games when Vince Young took over at quarterback last season, Tennessee Titans tailback Chris Johnson figured he could surpass the 2,500-yard mark in 2010.... more

The NFL will not further punish Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib or Seattle Seahawks linebacker LeRoy Hill for attending games while under suspension. "The matter has been resolved," the NFL said in a statement. League and team sourc... more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil extended his hand to shake mine and, yes, his middle finger was still attached. It just won't be on display any more except for occasions of mannerly protocol such as this. Cecil shook hi... more

Green Bay Packers starting inside linebacker Nick Barnett will receive a second opinion on his injured wrist, but the team doesn't expect good news and is preparing to be without him for the rest of the season, a league source said Thursday. Barnet... more

The trade between the Vikings and Patriots for wide receiver Randy Moss further exemplifies Minnesota's push for a shot at a Super Bowl this season, New England trying to get value for a player it didn't plan on re-signing after the season, and the... more

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who has missed the first four games of the season with a shoulder injury, returned to practice Wednesday and is expected to make his debut this weekend against the Cleveland Browns. The seven-year vete... more

Safety Michael Lewis, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday after asking to be let go following his demotion from the starting lineup, remains on waivers until late Tuesday afternoon. It isn't known if any claims have been put... more

On a weekend where parity bore its head in full force, the rich got richer. The Texans, Jets and Steelers cleared the first lap of the NFL season with 3-1 records and either lead or tied atop their respective divisions. Now they're each set to get... more


When I was in Valley Ranch last week visiting the Cowboys, I was able to get in a brief chat with linebacker Keith Brooking, a guy I've covered for years and have tremendous respect for. He's honest and genuine and someone I know who will shoot it to... more

Of all the key players the San Diego Chargers lost or don't currently have on their active roster -- Vincent Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Marcus McNeill -- no larger void was left unfilled than the one by special teams ace Kassim Osgood. San Diego's... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson plans to enter a rehabilitation center in the near future to keep on the straight and narrow and return to the NFL, a team official said. Jackson was suspended last week for one year after a third violati... more

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston had arthroscopic surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee, the team announced Tuesday. The Cardinals haven't put a timetable on how long Breaston will be out of action, but the injury isn't... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- After watching Pittsburgh dismantle a Tampa Bay team that is going to cause some future opponents some problems, it really hit me that for all the teams that are going through quarterback chaos, no one has been through more at the posi... more

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup running back Kareem Huggins was declared inactive against the Pittsburgh Steelers today, and he will be replaced by Kregg Lumpkin, who spent last season on the Green Bay Packers practice squad. Lumpkin will rotate... more

IRVING, Texas. -- Leadership, or lack thereof, was a hot topic -- again -- with the Dallas Cowboys this week. The perception is that the preseason Super Bowl contenders were seemingly back to their rudderless ways as they uncharacteristically sputter... more

Wow. Eagles Coach Andy Reid just did a dazzling Michael Vick impersonation the way he changed direction. For months, we were told Donovan McNabb was traded within the division to Washington because it was time to introduce the world to Kevin Kolb.... more

When Gary Kubiak called a timeout a split-second before Redskins kicker Graham Gano booted what would have been a winning field goal, the Texans coach ignited one of the most passionate issues in the league -- icing the kicker. It worked because when... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris is feeling a lot better now than he did this time last season. "Last year, when they gave myself and [general manager] Mark Dominik the keys, we knew we wanted to build through the draft for our... more

ATLANTA ‚??- Atlanta Falcons Coach Mike Smith said that starting running back Michael Turner sustained a minor groin injury in Atlanta's 41-7 victory over Arizona but he should be ready to start next Sunday at New Orleans. Turner had nine carries f... more

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets scored more points than the 49ers and Cowboys, matched the nine points posted by projected offensive juggernauts Atlanta and Minnesota and lost by a point to the Ravens in the closest game of the NFL's opening week. Se... more

The flurry of injuries to come out of the first regular-season weekend immediately set off cries that there is no way players could withstand an 18-game season and that some projected favorites -- the Packers, Jets, Colts, and Eagles -- are in troubl... more

Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore, who sustained a concussion late in the Panthers' 31-19 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, is expected to be cleared to practice this week and should start Sunday's home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccan... more

Did every team whose season hinges on an unproven quarterback have some issue surface in Week 1? Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb didn't play well before sustaining a concussion and giving way to Michael Vick, who generated a lot more production than Kolb... more

After being released before starting his second NFL season, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White signed a minor-league baseball contract with the Kansas City Royals on Friday. White, taken in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft after a dy... more

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Antwan Odom tested positive for a substance banned by the NFL, but he expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing because the element is contained in a prescribed medication, a source with knowledge of the situation s... more

NEW ORLEANS -- NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith agreed with recent comments made by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that it would be in the best interest of all parties to reach a new collective bargaining agreement before th... more

NEW ORLEANS -- Something interesting is going on here leading up to Thursday night's Kickoff Game between the Vikings and Saints. Schools are letting out early in parts around town on game day; there will be a midday parade; the game is being treate... more

NEW ORLEANS -- Saints running back Reggie Bush said Wednesday that he hasn't heard anything from the Heisman Trophy Trust about being stripped of the award he won at USC in 2005. He also didn't give any indication that he would voluntarily give it ba... more

NEW ORLEANS -- With Darrelle Revis' return to the Jets , New York boasts a potential lock-down cornerback tandem. Though Revis' first game with new teammate Antonio Cromartie won't come until Monday night when the Jets host the Ravens , it shouldn't... more

David Stluka / Associated Press Matt Leinart will have to be a self-starter to improve with limited reps behind starter Matt Schaub in Houston. Matt Leinart's NFL options looked bleak after being cut this weekend by the Arizona Cardinals,... more

David J. Phillip / Associated Press Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson have turned the Houston offense into a juggarnaut and the Texans into a contender. Each season there's a team -- or three -- that comes out of nowhere to captivate us and ear... more


Bill Kostroun / Associated Press LaDainian Tomlinson was used to being No. 1 in San Diego. Can he handle a secondary role with the Jets? LaDainian Tomlinson is a role player for the New York Jets. What role he's in depends on the point of... more

The interview's about to wrap up and Brandon Marshall beams from ear to ear and throws on the charm. Seems natural, though, not some public relations-induced polish on his tarnished image. It's hard not to be charmed by Marshall. Great demeanor. Sm... more

NAPA, Calif. -- For Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell, there is a difference to being displaced and replaced. Since being traded from Washington this offseason, Campbell's provided hope for Oakland, where previous quarterback play was abysmal and... more

ATLANTA -- I just spoke with New York Jets owner Woody Johnson at the Special League Meeting on Wednesday, and he told me that to his knowledge, there is nothing new with the team and holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis. I asked Johnson if there h... more

Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have been complaining, but that's more than OK with their Cincinnati Bengals teammates. "They complain every time they don't get a rep in practice," offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "They want every rep. They... more

Even before the rift between Albert Haynesworth and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan ratcheted up over the weekend , the defensive lineman's behavior since opting to skip mandatory and voluntary offseason workouts has annoyed players well beyond the nati... more

As much quarterback drama as the Vikings have gone through the past two seasons waiting on Brett Favre, things could get equally, if not more interesting heading into next season. This is assuming that owners and the NFL Players Association can rea... more

The opening week of preseason tends to leave more questions than answers, especially because starters don't play much. So it's hard to tell if their good or bad play is a sign of things to come. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked great. Eagle... more

Former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is supposed to decide on Monday where he plans to play in 2010. People close to him have insisted for months that he's not going to pull a surprise retirement party and that he will indeed be back for a nin... more

NASHVILLE -- With tailback Chris Johnson and quarterback Vince Young comprising a dynamic rushing tandem, Tennessee's passing game is oftentimes an afterthought. The Titans only passed when they needed to last season, as Young's 21.6 attempts per gam... more

As much news as Albert Haynesworth made by skipping the Redskins' offseason training program and missing the first week of training camp while he tried to pass the team's conditioning test, he'll probably be a non-issue when the Redskins host the Bil... more

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press Seahawks WR Mike Williams, a former top-10 pick, is trying to get back in the league after a two-year absence. RENTON, Wash. -- All offseason I've heard stories of how good wide receiver Mike Williams has... more

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press Pete Carroll has a lot of sorting out to do in Seattle as he begins his third stint as an NFL head coach. RENTON, Wash. -- Other than Matt Hasselbeck, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lofa Tatupu and Lawyer Milloy, wh... more

Eric Risberg / Associated Press The arrival of quarterback Jason Campbell is one reason why the Raiders feel primed for a winning season. NAPA, Calif. -- It seemed like someone in Oakland knew what he was doing. For the first time in a... more

First off, I'm not buying it. Brett Favre might seriously believe that today -- today -- he's done. But the sun will come out tomorrow ... and who knows what Favre might think then? His ankle might feel better. Training camp might be closer to end... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers have been the trendy pick to emerge as NFC West champions. What annoys the heck out of them is the rationale as to why they've become the hot team in the division: The uncertainty of two-time defending... more

SAN DIEGO -- Following Day 2 of training camp, Chargers players were all over the facility: Cold tubs, the weight room, in the shower. Quarterback Philip Rivers was in a lounge chair with a few other teammates in the middle of the locker room, glued... more


MANKATO, Minn. -- Could this be the beginning of the end? Vikings players and coaches are approaching this season as the best, and maybe last, shot this particular team has to win a Super Bowl. Publicly they're not going to say it because it underm... more

MANKATO, Minn. -- Vikings Pro Bowl wide receiver Sidney Rice was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Friday with a "lingering" hip problem. Coach Brad Childress said that Rice will be brought along slowly in training camp and won'... more

The New Orleans Saints reached terms on a five-year contract with first-round draft pick Patrick Robinson, a source with knowledge of the deal said Thursday. Robinson was the last selection (32nd overall) of the first round and will be signed in ti... more

Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Charles Grant agreed to a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The deal could pay the eight-year NFL veteran up to $4.5 million. Gr... more

Terrell Owens has found a home and, surprise (ha!), it's with the NFL's orphanage for those who've been kicked to the curb: the Cincinnati Bengals. In assessing Owens' options -- and there weren't many -- it seems like a great fit after he agreed t... more

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Three draft classes and three years of free agency. That's the timetable Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith set for being able to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. Though Atlanta has notched... more

Defensive tackle Peria Jerry, the Atlanta Falcons' top draft pick in 2009, has recovered from a major knee injury and will begin workouts with the rest of the team when training camp opens Thursday. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said tha... more

Ed Reinke / Associated Press Andrew Whitworth emerged as a starting left tackle last year. Who else could make a similar jump in 2010? One of the most memorable periods of last season was when I was dispatched to Cincinnati, and later... more

Winslow Townson / Associated Press Gerris Wilkinson could replace Antonio Pierce at middle linebacker for the Giants ... if he can stay healthy. As a parent whose job it is to cover professional football for a living, I happen to have a warp... more

The Green Bay Packers have agreed to a four-year contract with their third-round draft pick, safety Morgan Burnett, a source with knowledge of the situation said Friday. Financial terms weren't immediately available. Burnett worked at strong safe... more

With less than a month before training camps open, there are a lot of unknowns. Which first rounders will be under contract on time? Who will be the Bills' quarterback? Will Brett Favre return to Minnesota (everybody seems to think that's a done de... more


CARLSBAD, Calif. - With the NFL about to go into hibernation for the next few weeks, a lot of opinions have been offered up on a lot of subjects. To not bore you with the mundane, one matter has been consistently trumpeted over the past few weeks b... more

CARLSBAD, Calif. ‚??- The New York Jets contacted the agent for free-agent quarterback JaMarcus Russell, a team source confirmed Wednesday, but the chance of anything materializing was categorized as "10 percent or less." Report: Jets players back... more

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, said he fully expects to be under contract in time to open training camp in late July. "At this point right now (agent Tom Condon) hasn't given m... more

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt may like a lot of what he's seen out of quarterback Matt Leinart this offseason, but there is something keeping him from fully committing to the former first-round draft pick. From all... more

Beating the odds? Cody Grimm has done that countless times. Simply being a seventh-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in last April's draft is yet another testament to his resilience. Though he has a ways to go before donning a game... more

SAN DIEGO -- There's no better time for Gary Banks to make the San Diego Chargers' 53-man roster. In truth, there's really no other time. While Banks technically has a third and final year of practice-squad eligibility remaining, those eight spots... more

Ricky Foley knows he has what it takes to play in the NFL: Speed, strength, mad heart and immeasurable charisma, for sure. Yet the Canadian sack-master got a little lost in transition when he took his first OTA snap with Seattle and had a hand in h... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- LeGarrette Blount is pretty much all talk these days. Had that been the case 10 months ago, he might not be working so hard to convince people he‚??s this or that; he would have proven it by now, using his size, skill and speed to... more

Alex Boone has such a compelling back-story that it is easy to focus only on his past when the real story is his present and his future. It's easy to dwell on the decisions that nearly cost him a shot at an NFL career when the more remarkable decisio... more is following five players who will grind through the heat, pain and demands of training camp in the hopes of making an NFL roster. ALEX BOONE Tackle, San Francisco 49ers A top tackle at Ohio State, Boone went from... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- As bothered as some of Albert Haynesworth's Redskins' teammates are about him stiffing the organization because of the changed defensive scheme, he could -- and maybe should -- be facing more animosity from players around the NFL.... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- Redskins coach Mike Shanahan implied Wednesday that if disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth would return some -- or maybe all -- of the $21 million in bonus money he was paid April 1, then it's possible that Washington... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants endured a brief scare when wide receiver Domenik Hixon crumpled to the ground, holding his right knee, during team punt return drills. Hixon eventually walked off the field under his own power during the publi... more

Michael Perez / Associated Press The Giants' defense gave up the big play too many times last season. That's got to change in 2010. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As the Giants took the practice field on the opening day of minicamp Tuesday,... more

ST. LOUIS -- The about face is radical. Before the April 22 draft, the mention of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford as the Rams' savior drew ire and scorn -- seriously. Supporters of this woebegone franchise wanted no part of him, even though they... more

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- As unhappy as Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is about the inability to strike a new deal with the team, there is little doubt that he will be suited up when the season begins. Revis is under contract for 2010 and, quit... more

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Disgruntled Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis attended the first day of the team's three-day mandatory mini-camp but sat out of some drills in what he implied was a silent protest over his contract. Revis told his coaches... more

ATLANTA -- These days, when restricted free agents skip offseason workouts for more money, teams send those AWOL players warnings that contract offers will soon be reduced. At a time when owners and the players' union play chicken with the future of... more

ST. LOUIS ‚??- The Rams remain hopeful that they will re-sign safety O.J. Atogwe , whom they let test unrestricted free agency by not placing retentive measures on his one-year tender offer. Kroenke: No plans to sell Avs, Nuggets Stan Kroenke sai... more

With rookies entrenched in offseason workouts and the majority of free-agent movement and trades finalized, it's time to recalibrate how teams stack up one through 32 -- in June. No team has ever made a Super Bowl in its home stadium, and I'm not s... more


METAIRIE, La. -- This region has spent recent years living under the credo of rebirth. Now, the message is repeat. While the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints are the basis for this new way of thinking, the team is very much part of the region's... more

METAIRIE, La. -‚?? Malcolm Jenkins, the New Orleans Saints' first-round draft pick in 2009, has been moved from cornerback to free safety, coach Sean Payton said after an organized team activity Thursday. Darren Sharper, 34, is the Saints' starting... more

Before and after the New York/New Jersey area was awarded the 2014 Super Bowl, several NFL owners said not to expect a rash of cold-weather teams to apply for or be awarded Super Bowls in the future. It's New York. It's New Meadowlands Stadium. It's... more

The awarding of the 2014 Super Bowl to the New York/New Jersey area will, in actuality, be a reward for building a new stadium -- as was the case with Detroit, Dallas and Indianapolis, cities that have recently hosted or are set to have the big game.... more

The Arizona Cardinals aren't disappointed in quarterback Matt Leinart's offseason performance, and they aren't engaged in conversations about signing free agent Marc Bulger. However, things could change. Even if the team doesn't add another quarterba... more

Free-agent linebacker Zach Thomas is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, with whom he played 12 seasons, and then announce his retirement Thursday at a 4 p.m. ET news conference. Thomas' career in Miami ended in 2007, and he signed with th... more

Several teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, have made exploratory phone calls about free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. The nature of all the calls, which came at different points of t... more

This is the time of year we hear universally optimistic chatter about quarterbacks spending more time working with their receivers, running backs getting in the best shape of their lives and just about every other player mentioning the need to be mor... more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Veteran free agents Kevin Mawae and  Keith Bulluck still have their names above lockers in the Tennessee Titans' locker room. They remain unsigned and aren't present, however. The nameplates above their longtime booths could be... more

Andy Manis / Associated Press Rey Maualuga believes he has undergone a transformation that will make him a better player and man. To most of us, May 11 is just another day. For Cincinnati Bengals' second-year linebacker Rey Maualuga, Tuesday... more

Chicago, Dallas, Minnesota or some other team in need of safety help could soon get it in the form of O.J. Atogwe. The Rams' restricted free-agent is caught in an interesting time capsule that could end up with St. Louis losing a player it franchised... more

John Bazemore / Associated Press Michael Turner showed up to minicamp in shape and is working out five days a week to prepare for the 2010 season. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- I swung through the morning session of the Falcons' first full squad... more

  Ryan Leaf has waited a long time for this day, the one where his place on the all-time draft bust list matched his draft position: No. 2. "If I'm going to be the biggest bust, I have to own up to it," Leaf told the Los Angeles Times last mont... more

Though nothing is official -- yet -- all signs point to cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones signing with the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday. So much so that when I reached out to Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer about "Pacman," I was quickly... more

Thomas Witte / Associated Press Max Jean-Gilles is hoping his weight issues are a thing of the past. Eagles guard Max Jean-Gilles grew so tired of being hammered about his weight that he went to extreme measures -- in the eyes of some -- t... more

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press Mike Tomlin (left) will have to decide if Dennis Dixon (right) is ready to start for the suspended Ben Roethlisberger. The uncharted and unpredictable football-related fallout of Ben Roethlisberger's... more


With the Oakland Raiders orchestrating their most recent draft as if they had a plan, the watercooler joke was that Al Davis must not have been in the war room. Had Davis been in there, you would think, with his affinity for size and speed, that... more

Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted defensive tackles with their top two picks -- Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, respectively -- this year's NFL draft was more about last year's first-round pick, quarterback Josh Freeman. By snagging two massi... more

Having been in the NFL before, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows that supposed good drafts can end up breaking your heart -- and costing you a job -- if those players don't pan out or mesh with the veterans on your roster. With that... more

It seems predictable that Patriots coach Bill Belichick is going to trade back and trade back even more every draft. In the process of stockpiling selections and economic value, he's also allowed other teams to nab some pretty darn good players with... more

When Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen opted to not attend the NFL Draft in New York, he probably didn't envision himself taking an Aaron Rodgers-like plunge, only worse because Clausen's dip took him out of the first round entirely. He -- and... more

While the conditional six-game suspension of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy seems like the exclamation point to an ugly, dubious and sordid six weeks, the fallout is just beginning. I'm not... more

The final weekend of NFL games features intra-divisional matchups across the board, a measure the league hopes will lead to more teams playing key players in the season finale because of potential playoff implications. Whether things unfold that way... more

The way Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and his Arizona Cardinals counterpart Kurt Warner played last season, maybe 40 (or, in the ballpark) is the new 30. Rapper Jay-Z said 30 is the new 20 and running back Thomas Jones, wide receiver... more

With so many moving parts the past few weeks -- Brandon Marshall being moved from Denver to Miami, Santonio Holmes being shipped out of Pittsburgh and Seattle's Patrick Kerney retiring -- draft boards are being adjusted around the league. The... more

By trading away their top offensive player (Brandon Marshall) a year after trading away their top offensive player (Jay Cutler), the Denver Broncos have put themselves squarely in the crosshairs of the April 22-24 NFL draft. The Broncos need to show... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press Mike Williams flashed his immense potential at Syracuse, but off-field concerns leave his draft value in doubt. "I guess the people in the NFL want to get the right guy when you look at the wide receiver... more

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney will retire after all. Two months ago after saying that he had "a couple good ones" left in him , Kerney cited the physical wear and tear on his body as a reason to call it quits after 11 NFL seasons.... more

Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday regarding the rape allegations in Milledgeville, Ga., for which the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback was cleared, according to a source with knowledge of the situat... more

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- With the decision by a Georgia district attorney Monday not to hand down sexual-assault criminal charges against Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers quarterback has sidestepped legal trouble again. He's expected to join his... more

With the success we've seen from Carolina's Steve Smith , New England's Wes Welker and Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson, you'd think the NFL's aversion to shorter wide receivers would be outdated. Not so. In fact, more and more teams are staying away... more

The Redskins might not be openly shopping defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, but they haven't taken the phones off the hook either. From what I've been told, interest has picked up in Haynesworth since Washington paid him a $21 million bonus on Apr... more

While most of the reaction to Philadelphia's trading of Donovan McNabb to Washington has focused on McNabb and his replacement in Philadelphia, Kevin Kolb, we could see the real impact of the deal in two weeks - when the NFL Draft is held. The Eagles... more

Drafts are almost immediately judged by what teams grabbed the star players or if they filled their needs. Yet, something else needs to be taken into account: Some teams don't draft for either because they just won the Super Bowl or came close. Other... more

As an offensive lineman expected to be drafted in the mid-to-late rounds later this month, Ed Wang 's arrival into the NFL seemingly wouldn't be very notable. Yet, Wang could have more people interested in his journey than any other player whose... more

The Eagles decision to trade Donovan McNabb to the rival Redskins, of all teams, is a move that wouldn't have happened if Philadelphia's coaches, management, and ownership -- and some players -- didn't think Kevin Kolb was capable of taking over the... more


Tennessee safety Eric Berry, considered the top defensive back in next month's NFL draft, has scheduled formal visits with the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source with knowledge of the situa... more

Bill Nichols / Associated Press Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey had a disappointing rookie season, but much more is expected of him in 2010. While sitting with New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin at the NFL Annual Meeting last week, I asked... more

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen has interviews set up with at least five teams picking at the front of the NFL draft, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Full pro day coverage Gil Brandt provides updates from pro days aro... more

For weeks I've been of the opinion that the Eagles shouldn't part with Donovan McNabb because their window is still open and he's the quarterback that gives Philadelphia its best chance to get back to the Super Bowl. It's a quarterback-driven league... more

ORLANDO, Fla. ‚??- Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said Tuesday that roughly 30 players have been working out over the past week, well ahead of the scheduled offseason training program. Though he didn't say Tony Romo was among that group, Philli... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- In an effort to have teams use their top players through the final games of the season, the NFL is considering making the last week -- and possibly weeks -- consist of all divisional matchups. For more on all 32 NFL te... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The new overtime playoff rules aren't being welcomed by all coaches, some of whom still weren't pleased Wednesday that the vote on the changes took place earlier than expected and while many of them were out golfing. Coaches didn'... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid said Tuesday the team is "listening, keeping our ears open" to trade offers for all three of the team's quarterbacks. So, what's the deal? Teams have approached the Eagles about their QBs, and... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As coaches and other team officials took advantage of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel's on-site golf grounds, NFL owners decided to vote -- and pass, by a 28-4 margin -- new rules that could affect the outcome of playoff games in overtime. I... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -‚?? Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he speaks to Ben Roethlisberger daily and the embattled quarterback is handling a sexual-assault investigation against him "about how you would expect." Addressing reporters... more

ORLANDO -- We haven't heard much from Browns coach Eric Mangini since Mike Holmgren took over as the team's president in late December, and we haven't heard much about him either. Of all the changes in the organization this offseason, the angst Mangi... more

The rich haven't gotten richer. Although they've been limited in what they can do in free agency because they fall into the "Final Eight" category of this uncharted offseason without a salary cap, Super Bowl combatants New Orleans and Indianapolis... more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee safety Eric Berry , the consensus top defensive back in the draft -- arguably the top player period -- didn't plan to do much at the school's pro day on Wednesday, opting to stand, for the most part, on his impressive bo... more

ATLANTA -- Around draft time, the key buzzword we tend to hear throughout the NFL is "value." Well, if it's value everyone is looking for, they could've found it at Georgia Tech's pro day on Monday. Though there were only a handful of players who w... more

With LaDainian Tomlinson agreeing to a two-year deal with the Jets on Sunday, he became the third supposedly over-the-hill running back to find work since the start of free agency. Remember, when Tomlinson, Thomas Jones, Brian Westbrook, Larry Johns... more

Although the free-agent market is limited, the action involving player movement has still been fast-paced and intense. Part of that is because the free agents who were available -- Chester Taylor, Leigh Bodden, Kyle Vanden Bosch, for instance -- are... more

It came down to this for Anquan Boldin: Find a way to get traded, or play out the last year in Arizona with a chip on your shoulder and Matt Leinart at quarterback. The Cardinals weren't going to extend his contract, which would expire after the 2010... more

Free-agent cornerback Dunta Robinson signed a six-year contract with the Falcons on Saturday, giving him the long-term security he declined in Houston and providing Atlanta the secondary help it needs. Robinson, who spent six seasons with the Texan... more

Even though there isn't a salary cap in place for the 2010 season, more teams than not have placed an internal cap on how much they will spend in free agency. That doesn't mean they won't be busy, just that those teams simply might not try to bust th... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The constant evolution -- or recycling -- of the NFL has generated an updated (or recycled) element into gauging the defensive back prospects for this year's draft. As well as wanting players with coverage ability and ball skills, coa... more


INDIANAPOLIS -- Alabama defensive tackle Terrence "Mount" Cody must have seen what's going on with the NFL lately. Steelers' nose tackle Casey Hampton just received a three-year, $21 million extension . Green Bay nose tackle Ryan Pickett, New Engl... more

Danny Klimetz / Associated Press The open-field ability of Mississippi's Dexter McCluster makes him an enticing prospect at the pro level. INDIANAPOLIS -- Stanford‚??s Toby Gerhart was one of the most productive running backs in college... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Just as the fresh crop of running backs prepare to audition for teams at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, vacancies have been created for them with recent moves around the league. San Diego opted to part ways with running backs... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Around this time last year, we witnessed the supposed demise of offensive tackle Andre Smith. He showed up here at the NFL Scouting Combine out of shape, but he showed nonetheless -- for awhile. At some point in this highly valued... more

INDIANAPOLIS ‚??- Another round of labor talks between the NFL and NFLPA took place Thursday while the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine got under way, but there was no indication of a new collective bargaining agreement being reached before the March 5 deal... more

New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper wants to return to the Super Bowl champions. However, the fact that the Saints will allow Sharper to test free agency -- he was notified Monday that they wouldn't retain him with a franchise tag -- tells him... more

LaDainian Tomlinson will play football again. But wherever he lands, don't expect him to be the missing piece to maybe get you to football's Holy Grail. If Tomlinson's next team gets to the Super Bowl, he will be a part, not the reason. That team i... more

Kevin Terrell / Associated Press Even without a full season, 49ers WR Michael Crabtree had a solid rookie year. Expectations will be high in 2010. This time last year, Aaron Maybin was out to prove he could play outside linebacker and/or... more

Will the Saints be players in free agency? How much will it hurt the Bears not to have a draft pick until the third round with a limited free-agent pool? Will LaDainian Tomlinson be the top running back in free agency? With a labor stalemate betwee... more

The Rams have the No. 1 overall draft pick, an unsettled quarterback situation, a prospective new owner -- and some measure of relevance. Heading into next week's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the Rams will have to figure out whether... more

Patrick Kerney isn't done playing yet. The Seattle Seahawks' veteran defensive end said in a text message Tuesday night that "I've got a couple good ones left in me. ... Gonna be in sick shape." There was speculation that Kerney, 33, might call i... more

Though there is no guarantee that Marc Bulger will be back with the St. Louis Rams next season, team officials are downplaying a report that the quarterback cleaning out his locker could signal his departure. Like most other players who cleaned out... more

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will not be able to do any drills at the NFL Scouting Combine next week in Indianapolis, agent Gary Wichard said Tuesday, because he's recovering from surgery to repair tendon damage in his right toe. Clausen... more

The season may be over, but the NFL never stops. The combine is just a few weeks away, and free agency follows shortly thereafter. Player acquisitions this offseason might not be as attention-grabbing as player departures. Let's look at 10 storylines... more

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- So often in sports, "Teams of Destiny" don't quite fulfill their supposed missions. They tend to end up as feel-good stories that ultimately try, but fail, to recapture their missed opportunity. That's why the New Orleans Sai... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth will be reinstated to play at some point after Sunday's Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday at his annual state-of-the-league address. Stallworth was suspend... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- With defensive end Dwight Freeney likely limited -- at best -- for Super Bowl XLIV because of an ankle injury, the Indianapolis Colts' inability to generate a pass rush on Saints quarterback Drew Brees seems the obvious... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Sometimes takeaways in the NFL are results of being in the right place at the right time. Other times, as the Minnesota Vikings found out, it's because of ball (in)security by offensive players. With the New Orleans Saints,... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Defense might win championships, but it's offense that got New Orleans and Indianapolis to Super Bowl XLIV. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have led the Colts and Saints here, in a game that has the potential to approach 100... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Jermon Bushrod is receiving a lot more attention than he ever imagined. The New Orleans Saints' left tackle has heard his name mentioned more in the past 24 hours than he has all season. Why? Well, the guy he's supposed to... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Any concerns that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton might be a little tight before his first Super Bowl were punctured Monday when his team arrived at its hotel for the week. Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and a group of... more


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- By pedigree, it's no surprise that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has his team in Super Bowl XLIV and that he just won his record fourth NFL MVP award. He was born to the play part, the son of Archie Manning , who played... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Boasting explosive offenses, dynamic quarterbacks and defenses that are just good enough, Super Bowl combatants Indianapolis and New Orleans are near mirror images of each other. That is, until they look in the mirror. The... more

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner might be more of a hero in St. Louis today than he was when he took the relocated Rams to two Super Bowls during his six years playing there. The Rams chances to improve on their league-worst one win in 200... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tennessee Titans center and NFLPA president Kevin Mawae offered up a fairly grim take on the state of labor talks between the players' union and the league Thursday. Mawae said players are being prepped to be locked out of wo... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- To reach the Super Bowl is why teams like the Colts forsake a shot at an undefeated season to rest their starters and why coaches, like the Saints' Sean Payton, put key players like tight end Jeremy Shockey on a limited play... more

NEW ORLEANS -- There were nuns roaming the field waving freshly printed newspapers proclaiming the New Orleans Saints' triumph over the Vikings to get to their first Super Bowl. Team owner Tom Benson paraded around the Superdome with his tasseled... more

¬† ¬Ľ Five reasons why Colts can win Super Bowl XLIV NEW ORLEANS -- After outlasting the Minnesota Vikings in overtime , the New Orleans Saints are headed to their first Super Bowl in the franchise's 43-year history. And, they're going to be... more

A position-by-position breakdown of the Minnesota-New Orleans NFC title game on Sunday. This could not be a closer call. Drew Brees has such a firm command of this offense and, with no crowd noise to deal with, he will be able to get his... more

  Late Monday afternoon, after many of his teammates and the media that follow them were gone, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was in the team's weight room putting himself through a fairly vigorous workout to the sounds of country music. This was... more

We saw why New Orleans and Minnesota were the top two seeds in the NFC this weekend, as each systematically took apart Arizona and Dallas, respectively, to earn a date in the conference championship on Sunday in the Louisiana Superdome. This is... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- There were many occasions during Minnesota's 34-3 dismantling of Dallas on Sunday when Vikings quarterback Brett Favre threw up his hands in jubilation or to ignite an already blue-flamed crowd. It was Favre who led the way. The... more

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte helped the Vikings win the NFC North and earn a home playoff game last season. That puts Brett Favre on equal footing with them. All the drama the Vikings went through to get him to Minnesota,... more

A position-by-position breakdown of the Dallas-Minnesota divisional-round matchup on Sunday. This is why the Vikings brought in Brett Favre. It's money time and he'd better deliver. Historically, Favre has not played well vs. the Cowboys,... more

A position-by-position breakdown of the Arizona-New Orleans divisional-round matchup on Saturday. Drew Brees had arguably the top season of any quarterback in the NFL. His accuracy and efficiency allow him to run the Saints' elaborate... more

¬Ľ A look ahead to AFC divisional playoffs By virtue of posting the NFC's best record, the New Orleans Saints earned the right to sit back and watch Arizona and Green Bay exhaust themselves in one of the most incredible playoff games in... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- For his sake, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre better have maxed out his down time this week because he's going to need fresh legs next Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys come to town for an NFC Divisional playoff game.... more

The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had the best regular-season records and are the top seeds in the AFC and NFC playoffs, respectively. But is that No. 1 spot because they are the best teams or because they were the best teams? The AFC... more

A position-by-position breakdown of the Green Bay-Arizona wild-card matchup on Sunday. With 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions, Aaron Rodgers has put together one of the most overlooked seasons of any quarterback. More importantly, after... more

A position-by-position breakdown of the Philadelphia-Dallas wild-card matchup on Saturday. Tony Romo has been better than any quarterback in the NFC down the stretch. He has full command of this offense, is making the right decisions and is... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Of all the things that have changed with the Dallas Cowboys since their 2008 season ended with a 44-6, playoff-denying thrashing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, humility is the most noticeable. Oh, they were happy that... more

¬Ľ AFC Fear Factor After 17 weeks, we finally know the playoff teams in the NFC and where each is seeded, 1-6. But what would the seeds look like if the teams were put in order of fear factor? The New Orleans Saints, for example, started... more

The coaching buzz is in full swing. Speculation is that there won't be as many changes as last season -- 11 new coaches were hired, including the interim spots in San Francisco and Oakland becoming permanent -- and the number of teams looking for coa... more

Instead of looking at those players who were snubbed from the initial Pro Bowl voting -- some of those "snubs" will still compete with vacancies certain as Super Bowl participants won't play -- I've decided to take a different route. I want to projec... more


In what could be a stranger-than-strange scenario, the outcomes of the final week of the regular season could result in all four wild-card games being rematches of regular-season finales this Sunday: Cardinals-Packers, Jets-Bengals, Eagles-Cowboys, a... more

By dinner time Tuesday the mystery of who has earned the honor of being selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl will be unmasked on NFL Total Access Pro Bowl Selection Show (NFL Network, 7 p.m. ET). What won‚??t be known, however, is who actually will play in... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Six weeks ago, here at Lucas Oil Stadium, Patriots coach Bill Belichick went for a first down from two yards away, deep in his own territory with time winding down when the percentages told him he should punt. His team failed to... more

It was a classic description of the rest of the NFL vs. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson: "We were in black and white and he was in color -- in HD," a member of the St. Louis Rams organization said after Johnson breezed to 186 yards from scrimmag... more

Let's get ahead of ourselves and start laying odds on whether Brett Favre will return to Minnesota next season. Sure, a lot depends on how the Vikings finish and how well they do in the playoffs, as well as Favre's health. But let's narrow the focu... more

Sevens are wild in the AFC after a Week 15 in which teams either won (Tennessee, Houston, and Pittsburgh) or lost (New York, Jacksonville and Miami) to even their records at 7-7. Six teams, all rolling sevens. C'mon, how nuts is that? Baltimore (... more

NEW ORLEANS -- The Dallas Cowboys grabbed an evasive December victory over the previously unbeaten Saints on Saturday night . The long-sought win at the most important time of the season -- finally -- set in motion a chain of events that could have... more

CINCINNATI -- It's interesting how tragedy can humanize someone. There, on Thursday at the Cincinnati Bengals' training facility, was wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, the fine-drawing, look-at-me joker, crying in silence as he faced his locker. He cou... more

Here's the one dynamic a lot of us could be overlooking with the Saints' and Colts' pursuit of perfection. Pride. "You know, in this league, guys are prideful," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo told me this week. "That is something that can never be... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the Minnesota Vikings, clinching a playoff berth Sunday wasn't quite as meaningful as regaining their menacing mojo in a 30-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals . The New Orleans Saints, meanwhile, escaped injury-depleted Atlanta... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cincinnati Bengals are one of the feel-good stories of the NFL, overcoming years of ineptitude and character self-assassination to put themselves atop of the AFC North and in position to go to the playoffs. But now you can start... more

When Cincinnati faces Minnesota Sunday, there will be multiple storylines: Can the Bengals really roll with the Big Boys? Can the Vikings bounce back from the thrashing they took last week in Arizona? Will Brett Favre return to the interception miser... more

All it took was one weekend to set the NFC playoff picture straight -- sort of. The minor fallout from a defining two-day stretch: The best team in the conference (New Orleans) got lucky but clinched the NFC South . The second-best team (Minnesota)... more

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers entered a must-win game, a layup against the woeful Oakland Raiders, embroiled in a mini-controversy stirred by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sitting out last week's loss to Baltimore with concussion-related... more

The Atlanta Falcons knew this week could be filled with controversy. And man, are they thankful for Tiger Woods. There is minimal -- minimal -- buzz regarding former franchise quarterback Michael Vick's return to Atlanta on Sunday as a member of t... more

If there is a Braveheart II or 300: The Sequel , how about Steelers coach Mike Tomlin as the star? "We will unleash hell here in December because we have to," Tomlin said after the Steelers lost their third straight game, the most recent to Baltim... more

  Now we know why Bill Belichick went for it on fourth-and-2, deep in his territory, against Indy last month. He knows what he's working with in New England, and now after having the Saints expose the flaws not even the most brilliant scheming can... more


HOUSTON -- Texans owner Bob McNair and an entourage of sour-faced men marched through the bowels of Reliant Stadium and on to the field to witness the final moments of his team's colossal collapse to the Colts, which could also be described as a... more

The weekend has provided us with a clearer picture of how the trek to the playoffs could be for a handful of teams. Now, it's on to the real show: New England vs. New Orleans . Both teams seem poised to capture the AFC East and NFC South, respectivel... more

There typically is no more heated debate -- in any sport -- as to who is the Most Valuable Player. Not just because there are usually at least a half dozen deserving candidates, but also because of this argument: Is he or she the best player in the l... more

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens were hot. Radioactive hot, as in angry; not efficient, effective or dominant. In a game they had to win on Sunday, they lost . In a turn of the cliché, they wanted it less than Indianapolis did. Baltimore turned... more

Shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs suspended running back Larry Johnson for using a gay slur on his Twitter account and toward reporters, and ripping head coach Todd Haley publicly, some general managers and coaches I spoke with said "no way" when... more

In an effort to include players' opinions and perspectives regarding on- and off-the-field issues, the NFL has formed a Player Advisory Forum that will be spearheaded by Tony Dungy, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts coach. Curr... more

The Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins learned the hard way last season about not finishing what they started. Unexpected success ended with first-game playoff exits, dimming the lights in one regard but shining them toward a future filled with hop... more

'Tis the day of reckoning for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who is getting his comeuppance for making one of the most costly decisions of the weekend, which ended up resulted in AFC East-leading New England losing 35-34 to still unbeaten Indianapoli... more

SAN DIEGO -- Discovery is an amazing thing. When Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson arrived at Qualcomm Stadium about 2¬Ĺ hours before his team kicked off (and kicked butt) against the Philadelphia Eagles, he found a shoebox-sized purple... more

The Bears and 49ers enter Thursday night's NFL Network game in San Francisco among a group of NFL teams playing for hope. Both started the season full of it; San Francisco showing signs of an energized upstart, Chicago looking quite dangerous with... more

Subtlety isn't exactly one of owner Jerry Jones' strongest character traits, especially when it comes to his Dallas Cowboys franchise. Yet three of his free-agent acquisitions this past offseason that barely registered amid the big-money, big-name... more

As the losses have piled up around the NFL, so has the zaniness. Winless Tampa Bay is on its third quarterback. Kansas City running back Larry Johnson blasted his coach on Twitter, then zipped the same gay slur on back-to-back days for public... more

The last time Chicago played Arizona in 2006, we were left with former Cardinals coach Dennis Green's famous rant: "They are who we thought they were, and we let them off the hook." Green felt the Bears were a beatable 5-0 team at the time, and... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It seemed oddly natural watching Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, arms raised in victory following a 38-26 triumph over the Packers , step off Lambeau Field to cheers from folks who earlier booed him but now admired him f... more


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, freshly minted the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month, stood at his locker, looking like he'd rather be chewing a mouthful of thumb tacks or bobbing for apples in a barrel of piranhas than answer... more

The Arizona Cardinals have a complex about playing one game at a time. You know, fulfilling the old clich√©, focusing on the next opponent, staying the course, playing through the process. For parts of the last two seasons, this franchise ‚??- so... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The star on the side of their helmets and on the center of their home turf constantly makes the Dallas Cowboys feel they've got something extra-terrestrial within reach. With the proximity of that five-pointed glory always... more

When Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell was pulled during last week's loss to Kansas City , there were resounding sentiments of "about time" by many of the Redskins' faithful. He's going to start Monday against Philadelphia , but now that he's on a... more

Thirteen-and-three seems so long ago in Nashville. Same with that 12-4 mark in Charlotte. That AFC West championship and playoff victory last season has about as much value in San Diego these days as a former rushing champion and one-time Pro Bowl sa... more

ATLANTA -- A look around the NFL this weekend validated a lot of the trends that have been developing in the preceding weeks: The Saints are a force, the Vikings are the team to beat in the NFC North, the idle Colts remain the best team in the AFC, t... more

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Turner: Can you think of any team in the NFL, other than your Falcons, who -- and we're not even counting your sure-fire Hall-of-Fame tight end -- possess The Quarterback, The Tailback and The Wide Receiver? "All... more

Random thoughts and worthless picks for Week 6 ... I just got back from my third go-round of NFL league meetings in 2009 and the best part of these otherwise mundane sessions is Colts owner Jim Irsay's suits. The man can rock some pinstripes. At ev... more

BALTIMORE -- Wearing nothing but a towel and a knot over his right eye caused by a penalized, de-helmeting shot by Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Chad Ochocinco had a question. "Think they respect us now?" the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver asked S... more

NASHVILLE -- Kevin Mawae understands his team is in trouble. At 0-4, things look pretty dim for the Tennessee Titans. Mawae, the Titans' veteran center, sees it this way: It will probably take 10 wins to get into the playoffs in the AFC this season... more

  "We're beyond the giddiness stage." -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis Winning three games used to be somewhat of an accomplishment, a feat in Cincinnati that equated to showing things with the Bengals had not reached a state of rigor mortis. No... more

NEW ORLEANS -- An encompassing well of awe seemed to build in the Superdome during one moment of the Saints' 24-10 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday . It was more than momentum. The need to grip tightly onto something to keep from being... more

"If I had to choose one non-playoff team from last season that has a chance to make it into the 2009 postseason, it would be the New York Jets. I think Rex Ryan will do a great job of creating a culture that lends itself to winning. I also love Mark... more


Charlie Riedel / Associated Press The Chiefs offense has stumbled out of the gate under the guidance of new coach Todd Haley. The questions are more plentiful than answers; answers that are much harder to come by with no wins, simmering... more

Tony Romo stood completely crestfallen against a door that would usher him into a waiting horde of fans. He just had thrown three interceptions in Dallas' 33-31 loss to the New York Giants in the grand opening of Jerry Jones' new palatial stadium.... more

PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick's return to the NFL was celebrated by him watching Kevin Kolb establish himself as the Philadelphia Eagles' second-best quarterback. It was ushered in by having coach Andy Reid use Vick to hand off the ball and witness ot... more

Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles signed Michael Vick this past summer, there has been non-stop guessing about how, when and where he would be used. After all, this is quarterback Donovan McNabb's team. This is familiar territory for Vick, who on... more

Think there's a happier player in the NFL than Tony Gonzalez? Think there's a happier team than the Atlanta Falcons to have him? The union between the future-Hall-of-Fame tight end and a team desperately in need of one has produced better-than-expe... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's amazing how a team's reputation, how a player's reputation, can lead to an outcome like the Giants' 33-31, last-second victory over the Cowboys on Sunday night. New York, with its steeled persona and recent Super Bowl... more

The Week 1 deliverance of harmony and precision -- in a Tony Romo-friendly offensive scheme -- has the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, and those who witnessed them defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemingly convinced life is exponentially better without T... more

The season opener in 2006 between Atlanta and Carolina is when the book on Jake Delhomme, written by opposing teams' scouts, took full form. Newly acquired defensive end John Abraham was having the game of his life, staying in Delhomme's face, sacki... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots didn't so much win Monday night's 25-24 thriller over Buffalo as much as the Bills lost it, late. Buffalo's collapse and the Patriots' fourth-quarter comeback, in the return of the ultra-poised Tom Bra... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey -- It clicked when wide receiver Mario Manningham -- the guy who could barely finagle his way onto the field last season as a rookie -- caught a quick pass on the right sideline from Eli Manning and shook three Redskins... more

The NFL Players Assocation, in response to the NFL‚??s criticism following a court ruling Friday involving potential suspensions of Vikings and Saints players, issued a statement Sunday morning, claiming it has and will continue to seek a resolution... more

The Redskins will find out right away if their $100 million investment in defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth shows signs of a promising return. Washington opens the season at the New York Giants on Sunday . The expectation is that Haynesworth will... more

Rookie coaches Todd Haley and Raheem Morris axed their offensive coordinators last week, creating a buzz as to whether they know what they're doing or realize they're potentially upsetting the chemistry of an offense that's worked together all offsea... more

Six weeks ago, we introduced you to five players, each at different stages of their careers, who were trying to earn or retain a roster spot. They truly were players whose careers were On The Fringe. Those players are now off the fringe as NFL teams... more

The surprise firing of Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski on Thursday -- one day before the team's final preseason game -- stemmed from prolonged "attention to detail" issues that the team had been monitoring for weeks, a le... more

Tony Tribble / Associated Press Andre Smith managed to get in two full training camp practices with the Bengals before getting hurt. With Andre Smith weighing in at 364 pounds shortly before signing his contract Sunday -- and having weight... more

Since the New York Giants found their way to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady en route to ending New England's bid at perfection in Super Bowl XLII , teams have followed suit, overloading parts of the defensive line, steamrolling blockers and getting... more


After Andre Smith came to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the immediate thought turned to San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree's the lone unsigned draft pick from the 2009 class and hasn't shown much of anything since hi... more

Trent Edwards' relative inexperience, questions along the line and the need to generate scoring punch prompted the Buffalo Bills to implement a no-huddle offense this offseason. While they installed the scheme mainly to draw favorable matchups once... more

Six seconds were on the clock, enough time for one play to move the team into field-goal range. And enough time for a rookie quarterback to show whether or not he had "it." Matt Ryan surveyed the line of scrimmage, read the Chicago Bears' defense a... more

MINNEAPOLIS - There was no introduction of Brett Favre when the Vikings took the field en route to their 17-13 preseason victory against the visiting Chiefs on Friday night. It was about the only thing that was downplayed about his arrival, other th... more

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The offensive formation was already "strong" right, as tight end Tony Gonzalez's presence at the end of the right side of the offensive line indicates. A receiver is split right. As another receiver goes in motion, Falcons quarterba... more

NASHVILLE -- It wasn't much of a surprise to see that Titans quarterback Vince Young followed his shaky preseason debut against Buffalo in the Hall of Fame game with a solid performance this weekend against Tampa Bay . Coach Jeff Fisher said Young... more

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank didn't watch Michael Vick's news conference Friday , when Vick was introduced as the newest member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He missed Vick's apologies and admission of wrongdoing for fighting dogs, a crime that c... more

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It's nearly a week into training camp, when players start to wear down as the physical and mental overload start to grab hold. After reading and hearing about how hard first-year coach Steve Spagnuolo was pushing the team, it would... more

MANKATO, Minn. -- You know Minnesota's flirtation with Brett Favre is old news when the sight of Tarvaris Jackson lining up under center sends Tweeters aflutter and prompts fans to intently watch every move of another No. 4 -- John David Booty. That... more

The Falcons are three days into training camp and quarterback Matt Ryan's No. 1 target, wide receiver Roddy White, remains a holdout. White, who is entering the final year of a rookie contract that will pay him $2.9 million this season, wants an... more


Editor's note: is following five players who enter their respective training camps hoping to be one of their team's 53. Here are their stories as they strive to hold on to their NFL dreams.   TEMPE, Ariz. -- This is a story about... more

Editor's note: is following five players who enter their respective training camps hoping to be one of their team's 53. Here are their stories as they strive to hold on to their NFL dreams. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Boomer Grigsby lives life at... more

Editor's note: is following five players who enter their respective training camps hoping to be one of their team's 53. Here are their stories as they strive to hold on to their NFL dreams.   EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - David Tyree ha... more

Editor's note: is following five players who enter their respective training camps hoping to be one of their team's 53. Here are their stories as they strive to hold on to their NFL dreams.   ATLANTA -- Coy Wire could be cast as the vil... more

There hasn't been a rush of teams flocking to sign wide receiver Plaxico Burress following the legal developments Monday that could allow him to play a full schedule in 2009. However, three teams have not backed off their interest. Burress' lawyer... more

Editor's note: is following five players who enter their respective training camps hoping to be one of their team's 53. Here are their stories as they strive to hold on to their NFL dreams.   WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Ian Johnson is... more

Suspended quarterback Michael Vick still must serve just more than a month before completing a nearly two-year prison sentence on dogfighting charges, but on Friday he did receive some semblance of freedom. The Atlanta Falcons, who selected Vick fi... more

STATELINE, Nev. -- Mike Shanahan said Friday that he plans to coach again in the NFL and that he had the opportunity to interview for head-coaching jobs for the 2009 season, but "it just didn't feel right at the time." Mike Shanahan Coachin... more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As we learn more about the details surrounding Steve McNair 's death, we're also finding out more about his life. The things he did on the football field to make us all feel his loss are the things we'll hang on to most, but the... more


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The skits. The role playing. The small breakout sessions. The panel discussions. The veterans' advice. The video showing victims of drunk driving. The commissioner's taped message. The NFLPA executive director's riveting... more

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Cincinnati Bengals rookie Andre Smith , the sixth overall pick in the draft, said Tuesday that he hopes to be signed and in training camp on time because a holdout could hamper his transition from left tackle to right tack... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a four-year contract with second-round draft pick running back LeSean McCoy , the team confirmed Monday. LeSean McCoy , RB Philadelphia Eagles Age: 20 Vitals: 5-10, 198 pounds College: Pittsb... more

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Minnesota Vikings first-round draft pick Percy Harvin was sent home from the NFL Rookie Symposium after becoming ill, organizers said Monday. Percy Harvin , WR Minnesota Vikings Age: 21 Height: 5-11 Weig... more

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Houston Texans outside linebacker Brian Cushing and teammate Connor Barwin stepped off a luxury bus at the PGA National Resort with their varying manes tussled and their bodies looking like they were just unfurled from a... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has initiated a review of the felony weapons charge against former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, opting not to wait until the legal process runs its course before taking action. There is no timetabl... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings walked to his locker to discuss his contract extension this week, media scrambled to get to him. This was big news. About the biggest news with the franchise this offseason since the team draf... more

Doug Pensinger / Getty Images Aaron Kampman, a defensive end for seven seasons, will play outside linebacker in the Packers' new 3-4 defense. GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The backdrop created a blur of what Aaron Kampman's new life as an outside... more

Josh Freeman has himself squarely in the cross-hairs of the starting quarterback competition in Tampa Bay. Fellow first-rounder Larry English is being counted on to supply a pass rush in San Diego. Ravens second-rounder Paul Kruger has turned... more

Julius Peppers will remain with the Carolina Panthers next season -- if not longer. Not just because he signed his one-year, $16.7 million franchise tender Wednesday , but because the team has no plans to trade the four-time Pro Bowl defensive end an... more

Anquan Boldin and Roddy White likely are keeping a close eye on the details of the contract extension that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings agreed to Wednesday . Boldin and White, both Pro Bowl receivers, have been in extension talks for... more

In conjunction with his indefinite suspension of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth on Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a strongly-worded letter to high-ranking officials of every team to advise all employees -- players... more

RENTON, Wash. -- From the moment you step into the Seattle Seahawks majestic, waterside, state-of-the-art training facility -- it's more like art-of-the state -- you sense a pulse, which for a franchise that flat-lined at 4-12 last season after... more

Ed Andrieski / Associated Press When the relationship between coach Josh McDaniels (left) and Jay Cutler turned sour, the Broncos turned to Kyle Orton (right). DENVER -- He botched an attempt to acquire his former quarterback, setting off a... more

Just because Michael Vick was most effective at quarterback when he was on the move doesn't mean his place in the NFL, if there is one, will be dictated by a team willing to rewrite its playbook to accommodate his skills. "If you have a guy who has... more


John Froschauer / Associated Press Without much fanfare, Rocky McIntosh (left) and London Fletcher (right) are key parts to the success of the Redskins' defense. Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh brought up a good point this... more

Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images Losing Charles Grant (94) and Will Smith (91) for the first four games next season would significantly hurt the Saints' pass rush. Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams are trying to... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank believes his suspended quarterback, Michael Vick, has paid a heavy price for his dogfighting conviction and deserves a second chance. However, that second chance won't come in Atlanta. "... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made contact with free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress to gauge his offseason progress, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The conversation was explained as exploratory and that the call focused m... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The news that New Orleans would host the 2013 Super Bowl almost prompted joyous Saints owner Tom Benson to break out his parasol and skip, hop and do-wah-diddy down the halls of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where his peers voted f... more

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Before receiving an ovation from owners and team representatives, new NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith held a very amicable conversation with league commissioner Roger Goodell in a hallway at the... more

After speaking with St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo on Friday, the first-year head coach shed some pretty insightful information on how things are shaping up as the team prepares for its first organized team activity (OTA) sessions next week. He... more

There's a reason why Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is one of the best at his position: He stays hungry. He's hoping the rest of his team follows his lead. Jay Ratliff , DT Dallas Cowboys 2008 Statistics G/GS: 16/16... more

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo In addition to other offseason moves, Seattle should be improved merely with the healthy return of Matt Hasselbeck. Free agency, the draft, trades. They've created the buzz this offseason because those are the means... more

The New Orleans Saints' season finale could not have been a more perfect snapshot of their season. They allowed the Carolina Panthers to rack up 478 yards of total offense, with DeAngelo Williams rushing for 178 yards and Steve Smith hauling in five... more

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- It might not be a match made in football heaven, but it's somewhere close. The Atlanta Falcons had 19 catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns between their three tight ends last season -- clearly the gaping hole in a unit th... more

Mike Roemer / Associated Press By drafting players such as Clay Matthews, the Packers have set themselves up nicely for a smooth 3-4 transition. Editor's note: This is the second in a series of occasional offseason stories following the... more


The introduction of toasted ravioli to Rams media relations director Ted Crews and Atlanta-based TV producer Ed O'Brien went great. They never had it before and quickly learned why we St. Louisians so love the local delicacy. It was close to 9 p.m. a... more

Denver created a stir by selecting Georgia's Knowshon Moreno with the No. 12 pick, adding to a stable of running backs and neglecting its tissue-tough defense. Cleveland traded back, then, traded back again and, of all things, finally took ‚?¶ a... more

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith, the reigning coach of the year and self-described personnel junkie, unabashedly proclaims that his team's philosophy when it comes to the draft is to fill positions of need. That way of thinking clearly represents th... more

The unknown of who the Detroit Lions will take with the first pick of the draft Saturday has provided intrigue. However, the real drama really doesn't begin there, unless there is an unforeseen trade at the top -- and then all bets are off. Teams c... more

¬Ľ More from the draft series: QB | RB | TE | WR | G | C | OT | DL | DE/OLB | ILB | CB | S Typically, teams in any sport say the key to success is being strong through the middle. Yet, in pro football, it's the edge players on defen... more

Since collegiate spring football practices in 2008, NFL scouts have been doing their due diligence on the prospects likely to be selected in next weekend's draft. In that time, some prospects got hurt and others got in trouble while some made massi... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' trade for Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters on Friday will cost them a first-round pick (28th overall) and a fourth-round choice in next week's draft (121st overall) and a sixth-round selection in 2010, according to a so... more

¬Ľ More from the draft series: QB | RB | TE | WR | G | C | OT | DL | DE/OLB | ILB | CB | S The big plays and big hits by safeties Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, Adrian Wilson and Bob Sanders, have brought the safety position back into the... more

¬Ľ More from the draft series: QB | RB | TE | WR | G | C | OT | DL | DE/OLB | ILB | CB | S Top outside linebackers We've covered hybrid outside linebackers/defensive ends , but here are the three best pure outside linebackers in... more

¬Ľ More from the draft series: QB | RB | TE | WR | G | C | OT | DL | DE/OLB | ILB | CB | S The evolution of the defensive end in the NFL seems to have led us to a position that is impossible to singularly define. There are the in-... more

¬Ľ More from the draft series: QB | RB | TE | WR | G | C | OT | DL | DE/OLB | ILB | CB | S Andre Smith, who once was considered the top offensive tackle and maybe the best player in this year's draft, only to lose that projection --... more

¬Ľ More from the draft series: QB | RB | TE | WR | G | C | OT | DL | DE/OLB | ILB | CB | S Duke Robinson, the massive guard from Oklahoma, wisely said he doesn't pay attention to projections about where he might be drafted this mont... more

¬Ľ More from the draft series: QB | RB | TE | WR | G | C | OT | DL | DE/OLB | ILB | CB | S Besides the obvious news that quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton were involved in two of the biggest NFL trades this offseason is the... more

I've had a serious craving for some crawfish at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar in New Orleans, one of my favorite places in one of my favorite cities. I'm definitely adventurous enough to dip to the Big Easy on a whim just for a big platter of those bug-... more

Taking sides's Vic Carucci and Steve Wyche debate which team got the best of the trade that sends Jay Cutler to Chicago in exchange for draft picks and Kyle Orton. More ... More: ¬Ľ Carucci: Upgrade for Bears ¬Ľ Dukes: Cutl... more

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Matt Ryan spent a few months of his offseason peddling hair care products. Now that he's back at his day job as the Atlanta Falcons quarterback, he's sporting little more than cranial peach fuzz. Totally wash and wear. Fun ti... more

Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler might have got what he wanted after being traded to Chicago on Thursday . The Bears and their fans, who've longed for a charismatic signal-caller ever since the days of Jim McMahon , clearly feel their appetite for a... more

Well, well, well ... This recent development with the Broncos and seemingly soon-to-be ex-Denver quarterback Jay Cutler has added a little intrigue to draft scenarios -- especially my mock draft. This could cause more hypothetical scenarios than e... more

Jason Witten didn't have the ideal childhood, having grown up a child of divorce in Tennessee. Things were rough at times, he thought. Then, he got a fairly rude awakening about growing up rough. A few years ago, not long after he joined the Dallas... more


Jeff Gross / Getty Images New Denver coach Josh McDaniels has said he wants to keep Jay Cutler in a Broncos uniform next season. Overshadowed by the quarterback drama in Denver and whether Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez could be the firs... more

Roy Williams was considered one of the best and most feared safeties in the NFL just two years ago, but now the five-time Pro Bowler is out of work. Williams is among dozens of recognizable, if not standout, veterans who are on the street this offse... more

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest's all-everything linebacker Aaron Curry was up to speed on his NFL history, at least enough to know that a linebacker hasn't been selected first overall in more than 20 years. He didn't know much about Aundray Bruc... more

Mock drafts While Steve Wyche still has the Lions taking Georgia QB Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 pick, Pat Kirwan believes Detroit would be better served going in another direction at that spot. ¬Ľ Kirwan: Shakeup at top of draft ¬Ľ Da... more

Pro days blog Gil Brandt has all the latest on prospects' workouts from around the country, including many of the small school players that have a chance to make an NFL roster. More ... A handful of players from smaller schools have landed on... more

ATHENS, Ga. -- An offensive assistant coach for a team with a top-10 pick in the NFL draft couldn't stop raving about Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford. He'd recently had a lengthy, private chat with Stafford and was left blown away. "Love him,"... more

MORGANTOWN, W.V. ‚?? West Virginia's Pat White combined to run and pass for more than 10,000 yards in college, with his passing yardage totals not significantly greater than the real estate he traversed with his fleet feet. While it's the arm people... more

Donald Miralle / Getty Images Shawne Merriman's return could spark a dramatic turnaround in San Diego next season. New Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora proclaimed at the NFL Scouting Combine last month that his team, which finished third in... more

Terrell Owens' signing with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday added some flavor to the AFC East -- the NFL's most buttoned-up division. Whether Owens validates his history as a boil on every team he has played for or confirms how good of a wide receiv... more

Mock drafts While Steve Wyche has the Lions taking Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick, Pat Kirwan thinks Detroit will be better served going with a different position of need at that spot. ¬Ľ Kirwan: Lions' QB need can wait ¬Ľ... more

  ATLANTA -- The train wreck that was supposed to be Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith walked down the 20-or-so steps into the old-school, basement gym that isn't for the feint of heart or the uncommitted. Smith, who had acquired the train-wrec... more

Terrell Owens might want to give fellow out-of-work wide receiver Joe Horn a call to see what it's like to want to play, have the ability to play, yet have no team want you to play for them. Upset that he would have to compete for a starting job la... more

Convicted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will help build homes in his old Newport News, Va., neighborhood with Habitat for Humanity as part of a work-release program set to begin in the next few weeks, a source with knowledge of the situati... more

The opening weekend of free agency saw teams aggressively address defensive needs, avoid offensive skill players and let Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner try to set a market for themselves. There were trades, none big... more


The slumping economy and augmented salary-cap rules forced by a potential uncapped year in 2010 could have an impact on the 2009 free-agency period. Players that hoped to land big deals in free agency might have to settle for significantly less money... more

¬Ľ Carucci: AFC free-agency primer Free agency starts Friday morning at 12:01 ET. While clubs finalize their approach for this signing frenzy, we take a look at every club in the NFC, their areas of strength, weakness and their plan. We also l... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Over time, cornerbacks such as Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott were moved to safety because they had lost a step. They still had coverage skills, and their ability to set defenses from a wider scope, match up with slot receivers and t... more

Darron Cummings / Associated Press Georgia's Knowshon Moreno is a multi-purpose running back who offers versatility that some teams might covet. INDIANAPOLIS -- Sandwiched around this weekend's combine workouts of Knowshon Moreno , Chris... more

¬Ľ Agree, disagree? Chat with Steve Wyche | Discuss This is the first mock draft, and it's likely to change based on what transpires in free agency. It was put together based on team needs, management's preferences/history and personnel fits.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- In the big business of college football recruiting, those special high school talents who have no defined position -- because they do so many things well -- are tabbed as "athletes." In the big business of NFL prospect evaluation, tho... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, in the midst of his team's surprising surge to the playoffs last season, admitted he didn't sleep well one night because he envisioned draft day: April 26, 2008. "With the third pick... more

INDIANAPOLIS - It can't be totally written off, but the odds are stacked pretty high against the Detroit Lions taking a wide receiver with the No. 1 overall pick this year. They've been a franchise that, until landing Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The prospective NFL offensive linemen moved about the media circuit at the combine Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium following extensive medical workups. Most looked the part, strolling around in black sweats, meeting media that probed wh... more

While there are questions about every prospect at the NFL Scouting Combine , some players have more to answer for in Indianapolis, be it with a 40-yard-dash time, agility drills and/or character-based interviews. Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin... more

Ronald Martinez / Getty Images Nose tackle Jay Ratliff wasn't invited to the 2005 NFL Scouting Combine, but he still found his way to the Cowboys. Tez Doolittle isn't among the 325 draft-eligible players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine... more

Brett Favre's retirement Wednesday brought the Jets into the growing club of teams in need of a starting quarterback. Unlike the workforce in these rugged economic times, where there are plenty of qualified people to fill a limited number of jobs... more

Doug Pensinger / Getty Images Green Bay's switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense will have Aaron Kampman rushing from the outside linebacker spot.   Editor's note: This is the first in a series of occasional offseason stories following the progress... more

The Arizona Cardinals came out of obscurity and the easy-to-be dismissed NFC West to represent their conference -- arguably better than any of the potential challengers -- in losing 27-23 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII on Sunday. T... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- Their Cinderella run dashed in the final minute of Super Bowl XLIII , the Arizona Cardinals finally understood the magnitude of the situation. For weeks, they had ridden a wave of unexpected fortune to the NFL's championship game,... more


TAMPA, Fla. -- Suppose Beethoven or Ray Charles or Liberace sat in front of his piano one day and instead of using the broader, longer and more prominent white keys as his memory base, the foundation for making sweet music was predicated on the small... more

  TAMPA, Fla. -- If one of the keys to winning a Super Bowl championship is running the ball, the Arizona Cardinals would be significantly bigger underdogs than they already are against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the lingering images of Arizona's victory over Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game came when Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, with a few yards of momentum, torpedoed himself into Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald -- and... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- The memories Darnell Dockett has of his childhood are painful and ugly. He has been through things most of us can't even hypothetically put on our radar, because imagining them taking place is so ... unimaginable. Yet, the Arizona... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- After the Arizona Cardinals' grisly five-week stretch late in the season, their opponents could have cashed in bonus rewards for the frequent-flyer miles of yardage -- and points -- they hung on the reeling team. Not even the NFL's ver... more

Jim Rogash / Getty Images Once hailed as the face of the Cardinals, backup QB Matt Leinart only saw the field during garbage time this season. TAMPA, Fla. -- Matt Leinart has barely played for the Arizona Cardinals, but he's not suffering... more

John Lott runs up a trail on Camelback Mountain at every opportunity. He times himself going up and coming down. If you know Lott or anything about him, he doesn't use a sand dial to gauge his progress. He pushes himself to limits only he can descr... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is at a point where he's starting to put his 11-year NFL career in context. It's not measured in statistics, which are numerous; awards, which are plenty; or even Super Bowl appearances, of whi... more

Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images Kurt Warner has the Cardinals in a place they've never been before -- the Super Bowl. Shortly after watching the Arizona Cardinals clinch a Super Bowl berth with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles inthe NFC... more

Vincent Laforet / Getty Images Cornerback Aeneas Williams went to the Pro Bowl six times during his 10 seasons with the Cardinals. Aeneas Williams is the most noteworthy player in the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals era. From 1991 to 2000, the... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- This is an interesting pocket of time in father-son relationships as it relates to pro -- and soon-to-be-pro -- football. Larry Fitzgerald, a Minneapolis-based print and radio journalist, will sit in the Raymond James Stadium press... more

Courtesy of Northern Illinois University Larry English, a defensive end from Northern Illinois, is doing well at Senior Bowl workouts this week. MOBILE, Ala. -- Postseason all-star games, more than the NFL Scouting Combine and individual... more

MOBILE, Ala. ‚?? The position cycle that takes turns annually when it comes to NFL draft prospects has stopped again at linebacker in 2009, just two years after providing the league Patrick Willis, Jon Beason and LaMarr Woodley. This time, though,... more

Ric Tapia / TE Brandon Pettigrew caught 112 balls in four years at Oklahoma State and is only helping his stock at the Senior Bowl. MOBILE, Ala. - Before he was barely able to take off his helmet following the North team's practice... more

¬Ľ Five reasons why Steelers can win Five reasons why the Cardinals can win Super Bowl XLIII: 1. Larry Fitzgerald Fitzgerald already has a postseason record 419 receiving yards and that's before playing in the Super Bowl. Great players are... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. - There is no way to overstate or understate or simply state it: The Arizona Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl. The uniqueness and enormity of it should resonate, echo, as if shouted in the empty stadium dome where the... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- There have been differing theories, all valid, as to how and what prompted the Arizona Cardinals, especially their defense, to suddenly flip on a nasty switch and pulverize their way to playing host to Philadelphia in the NFC... more

Philadelphia Eagles management once gave quarterback Donovan McNabb a go-to wide receiver -- Terrell Owens. McNabb made it to the only Super Bowl of his 10-year career with T.O. in the 2004 season -- the QB also had his best year in terms of touch... more

Donovan McNabb's reversal of fortune after getting benched in Week 12 started with a four-touchdown performance in a 48-20 win over the Cardinals. Since then, he has been on a tear -- and he doesn't have the same type of targets Kurt Warner does.... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants, so proud before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game on Sunday , so humble afterwards, admitted what just days earlier boiled their blood. "Philadelphia is us from last ye... more

The Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals will meet in the desert next Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Let's take an early look at five pressing questions in this matchup, the answers to which will help determine which team will represent th... more

Here are some numbers to chew on: Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has broken off runs this season of at least 20 yards in 10 games, 30 yards in seven games, 40 yards in four games and 50-plus yards in three. His backup, Jonathan... more

  Over the years, we've heard the description of football's power style of running described as being straightforward, heading north and south and rushing downhill. Though football's thesaurus is loaded with terms meaning the same thing, the curre... more

Donovan McNabb has been about as effective against the Giants as Manning has against the Eagles this season. However, McNabb has played at a very high level over the past six weeks and seems to be in a comfort zone that has teammates responding. He... more

  Matt Ryan, the newly minted Offensive Rookie of the Year, is smart, efficient and has displayed the moxie of a seven-year veteran. His stats won't blow you over, but his leadership is outstanding. However, in Ryan's past three games, he... more

  Donovan McNabb threw for a career-high 3,916 yards this season. More telling, instead of blowing up the locker room after being lambasted for not knowing the NFL's rule on tie games then getting benched a week later vs. Baltimore, McNabb th... more

With the Philadelphia Eagles being the only non-division champion in the NFC to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, the stage is set for two intriguing matchups next weekend featuring four Super Bowl quarterbacks. "Look at the quarterb... more

  GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals will get a second chance to beat the New York Giants or Carolina Panthers this season in next week's NFC Divisional playoff because they gave veteran tailback Edgerrin James a second chance. For mont... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Matt Ryan's most noteworthy postseason football experience came in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, in which the highly decorated quarterback led Boston College to its 11th victory of the season. Ryan, the NFL's 2008 Offensive Rookie of... more


  FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The excitement surrounding the Atlanta Falcons' unexpected run to the playoffs stems mostly from the rapid rise from the ruins of 2007, checkered by quarterback Michael Vick's dog-fighting imprisonment and then-coach Bobby... more

Mel Evans/ Associated Press Joselio Hanson returned this Marion Barber fumble 96 yards for a touchdown to help put the Eagles in the playoffs. PHILADELPHIA - While the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals spent their Sunday comfortably... more

Jim McIsaac / Getty Images In what would be a bizarre scenario Sunday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick might cheer for Eric Mangini and the Jets. Picture New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick sporting his grey hoodie and celebrating one of... more

  Former NBA coaching great Pat Riley wasn't big on honoring team achievements that didn't end with a league championship. The steps to getting there were nice, especially when they were new to the franchise, but respect didn't accompany the proce... more

Streeter Lecka / Getty Images Titans rookie defensive tackle Jason Jones had 3.5 sacks Sunday in place of injured star Albert Haynesworth. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As important as earning home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs was to th... more

Andy Lyons / Getty Images Former Steeler Chris Hope knows that he and his Tennessee teammates will have their hands full this weekend. Tennessee safety Chris Hope said he couldn't imagine a more ideal scenario in which to face his former... more

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Steelers RB Willie Parker could benefit from the absence of Titans run-stuffing DT Albert Haynesworth this weekend. The balance of several games with playoff implications this weekend could have shifted because of... more

Ronald Martinez / Getty Images Cowboys NT Jay Ratliff may not have the name recognition of his teammates, but his production speaks volumes. When picking a Pro Bowl roster, there are deserving players always left out. In filling out my Pr... more

Gregory Shamus / Getty Images In a hard-hitting affair in Week 4, the Steelers came out on top of Le'Ron McClain and the Ravens. Which team best fits the following descriptions: the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Baltimore Ravens? 1. In order... more

Jamie Squire / Getty Images Chris Johnson leads the Tennessee Titans -- and all rookie running backs -- with 1,094 rushing yards. This season's rookie class of running backs has proven to be more than special -- and highly touted Darren... more

Rick Havner / Associated Press Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams proved to be too much for Tampa Bay's defense to handle Monday night. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As the final seconds ticked off the Panthers' 38-23 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday... more

Ned Dishman / Getty Images With losses such as first-round pick Keith Rivers, the Bengals have had to fill in several gaps on defense. Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is not one to smile much or show any emotion that... more