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Jason La Canfora

Jason La Canfora

 

Jason La Canfora covered sports for the Washington Post for 10 years, including five seasons on the Redskins beat. He worked previously at the Detroit Free Press and Baltimore Sun. In addition to blogging and writing for NFL.com, he appears on NFL Network shows including Total Access and NFL GameDay.


May

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with fourth-round draft pick Jaye Howard, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The terms of the deal were not immediately released. Howard played on the defensive line at Florida where he... more

Steve Mitchell/US Presswire Plaxico Burress is still a dangerous red-zone target, with eight touchdown receptions last season for the Jets. We tend to overblow the significance of the initial rush of free-agent signings. So often, the teams that... more

Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake's new four-year contract extension has a base value of $33.2 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Darlington: Rise of the underdog Cameron Wake and Fred  Jackson took circuitous... more

Former Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh had a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, a league source said. Darlington: Rise of the underdog Cameron Wake and Fred  Jackson took circuitous paths to the NFL. Jeff Darlington... more

Free-agent wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones has agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Wyche: AFC divisional challengers Who are the biggest threats to... more

Veteran defensive back Chris Crocker is visiting the Detroit Lions on Tuesday and scheduled to meet with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, according to source with knowledge of the situation. Crocker has played for four teams during his 11-year NFL... more

The Seattle Seahawks and their top draft pick, pass rusher Bruce Irvin from the University of West Virginia, have agreed to terms on a contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday. The Seahawks later confirmed that Irvin -- as well as... more

The Buffalo Bills have signed running back Fred Jackson to a multi-year contract extension, according to a team source. The team later confirmed the extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Jackson said at a news conference it was for two... more

Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch will sign his franchise tender Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Raiders later confirmed Branch signed his tender worth a reported $6.2 million and returned to workouts with the... more

Free-agent wide receiver Jacoby Jones is currently visiting the Baltimore Ravens, according to a team source. Jones, who was released by the Houston Texans last week, arrived in Baltimore on Sunday. Earlier last week he visited with the Carolina... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars will sign undrafted free agent Chris Forcier, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Hanzus: No Anger Here The Jaguars were ripped for taking a punter high in the draft. But Bryan Anger is taking it all in... more

The Miami Dolphins and linebacker Cameron Wake have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $49 million, including $20 million guaranteed, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday. "It's kind of like taking things to another level,... more

The Buffalo Bills have released cornerback Drayton Florence, a source with knowledge of the situation said Friday. Smith: Five rookie predictions The draft is behind us. Who landed in a favorable spot? Which guys are doomed? Jason Smith offers... more

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the NFL challenging Commissioner Roger Goodell's powers in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" case, a source with knowledge of the situation said Friday. Wyche: Saints can only take so much The Saints... more

The images of people huddled around Junior Seau's home on Wednesday -- grieving, crying and trying to make sense of a life gone all too soon -- sent shivers up my spine. That's when the reality sunk in, the sad finality of it all truly registered.... more

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has torn his Achilles and his 2012 season now is in jeopardy, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Suggs, however, said via text message, the injury is a partial tear and that he is aiming to... more

Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage will be named head of the Senior Bowl, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Brooks: Who struck draft gold? Bucky Brooks takes a look at which teams hit it big in the draft and... more

April

The St. Louis Rams will release kicker Josh Brown, a source with knowledge of the situation said, after taking Missouri Western kicker Greg Zuerlein in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Brown was set to make $2.7 million and account for $3.7 million... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is not requesting a trade, sources with knowledge of the situation said Friday. He's eager to compete with Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, whom the Browns drafted at No. 22 Thursday night, and not... more

Janoris Jenkins is being hotly pursued at the top of the second round and numerous teams are looking to trade up to the start of the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft so they can take the North Alabama cornerback, team executives said Thursday night.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are talking to teams about possibily moving up from the No. 7 overall pick for Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, according to multiple NFL executives. The Minnesota Vikings are willing to trade back from the No. 4... more

The Cleveland Browns have become enamored with a quarterback out of the Big 12, and it's not Ryan Tannehill. NFL Network's live draft coverage Our coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft begins well before the Colts' first-overall pick. Tune in for live... more

NEW YORK -- As the final hours tick down to the start of the 2012 NFL Draft , here are the latest rumblings making their way around the league: Bucs coming up for Trent Richardson? Matt Kalil could fall The draft starts with the third pick, and the... more

NFL Network's live draft coverage Our coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft begins well before the Colts' first-overall pick. Tune in for live coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET through the first round. Kansas City Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe has no plans... more

Several general managers believe the St. Louis Rams could take Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox with the No. 6 overall pick, and some clubs are exploring options to trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get him with the No. 5 pick,... more

There is a very high probability that the Philadelphia Eagles will trade four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel this week, league sources said Monday. Brooks: Mock Draft 6.0 Bucky Brooks takes his latest stab at projecting the first round.... more

Contract talks between the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco have continued and have been amicable, but the sides are not close to a deal and it's unlikely they bridge the gap quickly. Drew Brees, who is poised to set the market, still isn't... more

St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Jason Smith wasn't the only 2009 first-round draft pick to restructure his deal and take a pay cut in the process. Casserly: Second-round steals Draft talent certainly doesn't run dry after the first round. Charley... more

Friday is the last day -- there is a midnight Saturday deadline -- for teams to make offers to restricted free agents, and no action is expected, which could keep Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace away from camp for an extended period. Brooks:... more

The time of great misinformation is upon us. A week out from the 2012 NFL Draft , the spin masters, be they general managers, scouts, coaches or agents, are hard at work, trying to steer the pre-draft chatter in a manner which is most conducive to their... more

Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, but he has been upfront with teams since learning of the result and might not slip that... more

The process of potential reinstatement for St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams already is underway, league sources said Wednesday. Williams, through his advisers, has been in contact with high-ranking NFL officials to discuss what steps... more

The Baltimore Ravens will bring in quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Dennis Dixon for workouts Thursday, according to league sources. ATL: Boller is the NFL Kyle Boller's career has come to represent everything that the NFL is about these days, draft... more

Contrary to a published report , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't shopping cornerback Aqib Talib, sources said Wednesday. Wyche: Mock Draft 3.0 Will Cleveland take the best player available at No. 4 or reach for QB Ryan Tannehill? Steve Wyche projects... more

Stephan Savoia/Associated Press Tom Brady and the Patriots could be looking across the line at the Packers in February if things fall just right. Let's go against better judgment here, and perhaps even common sense, and allow the release of an NFL... more

In recent years the competition for undrafted free agents has grown more intense, and the wooing of potential undrafted free agents has already begun. Wyche: Mock Draft 3.0 Will Cleveland take the best player available at No. 4 or reach for QB Ryan... more

While much of the attention regarding pending player discipline for the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program has focused on linebacker Jonathan Vilma, safety Roman Harper and defensive end Will Smith also featured prominently in the NFL's investigation,... more

Jonathan Vilma is bracing for a suspension between two to eight games from the NFL in the "bounty" case, sources who have been in contact with the New Orleans Saints linebacker said Monday. Vilma, his representatives and the NFL Players Association are... more

Defensive tackle prospect Josh Chapman will be cleared to play before training camp, according to his agent, Albert Elias. Chapman, projected to be taken in the second or third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, has one of the more interesting stories of all... more

Most of the players hit with the franchise tag this offseason have made little progress toward signing long-term deals, and some have already missed the start of their team's offseason work. On Monday, when most buildings open around the NFL, the trend... more

Associated Press Tackling machine London Fletcher (left) remains unsigned, while Ray Rice has yet to receive a long-term deal. America's Game is changing. The pass-happy era is here to stay. It was reflected in the initial waves of free agency over... more

Cameron Wake wasn't present for the Tuesday morning start of the Miami Dolphins' offseason program under new coach Joe Philbin, according to a team source, and the star linebacker could be absent for quite some time. Darlington: Dolphins playing defense... more

Bill Parcells has informed the New Orleans Saints that he will not replace suspended coach Sean Payton on an interim basis for the 2012 season and is staying retired, a league source said Tuesday. Parcells' agent, Jimmy Sexton, declined comment to The... more

The Carolina Panthers signed wide receiver Steve Smith have to a three-year extension on Tuesday.  NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora first reported details of the deal, which includes a club option for a fourth year, according to a team source. The... more

The Carolina Panthers and Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith are close to agreeing on a three-year contract extension, a league source said Tuesday morning. Contrary to an earlier report, the deal is not done yet, but there is an expectation that it... more

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin revealed Monday he needs shoulder surgery, and a source with knowledge of the situation said that although the operation hasn't been scheduled, it will take place soon. Mayock: Draft positional rankings... more

As of the close of business Monday, there still wasn't a date for the NFL to hear the appeals of those people disciplined in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" case, according to league sources. Lombardi: A perfect match Is Bill Parcells the right man... more

March

The New Orleans Saints and general manager Mickey Loomis followed head coach Sean Payton in appealing their penalties stemming from the "bounty" scandal that engulfed the franchise from 2009 through 2011. The Saints, fined $500,000 and docked two... more

The Cleveland Browns are thinking of selecting Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the fourth overall pick in next month's NFL draft, sources with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. The possibility exists that three quarterbacks could be... more

Greg Trott/Associated Press Signing Drew Brees to a long-term deal is integral to the Saints' healing process after this bounty scandal. While the unprecedented penalties leveled against the New Orleans Saints in an ugly bounty scandal have done... more

The Denver Broncos did what they had to do. If you have the chance to upgrade from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning as your quarterback, and probably pick up a late-round draft pick in the process, then you do it 10 out of 10 times. But make no mistake, this... more

Paul Jasienski/Associated Press Adam Carriker signed a four-year, $20 million contract, but it actually could end up being a one-year deal. This is becoming the year of the short-term deal. And it makes all the sense in the world. Sure, many of... more

It's finally here. NFL free agency kicks off this afternoon when the league year officially begins. Trades become official, teams must be fully cap compliant -- see the cap figures here -- and, come 4 p.m. ET, players will begin visiting and signing... more

Veteran wide receiver Randy Moss agreed to a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, according to a league source. Moss worked out for the 49ers on Monday, catching passes from 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh for about 15 minutes, CSN Bay... more

The Oakland Raiders will release tight end Kevin Boss in a salary-cap move after he spent only one season with the team, a league source said Monday. It is expected to be announced Tuesday, with more move likely including the release of linebacker... more

We've never seen a quarterback carousel like this before. We may never see the likes of it again. And I'm sure we'll savor all the drama as it unfolds the next few weeks. Peyton Manning, arguably the best ever at his position, is a free agent for the... more

The franchise tag period sapped the 2012 free-agent class of much of its top talent. But that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of record-setting deals going down when players hit the open market next week. In fact, there will be players setting the... more

The St. Louis Rams are willing to move second overall pick well before April's draft, according to multiple sources involved in the process. League sources said the Rams are willing to trade their first-round pick far earlier than the norm due to their... more

AP Titans DT Jason Jones (left) and Cardinals OT Levi Brown could be in high demand when free agency opens. You don't hear much about Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones or Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown. When free agency opens March 13, that... more

February

Multiple teams are interested in veteran wide receiver Randy Moss, and visits could begin after the end of the NFL Scouting Combine, league sources said Sunday. Sources also said a deal could be a possibility before the March 13 start of free agency if... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Loren Seagrave knows speed. He knows it when he sees it, he knows how to cultivate it, he knows how to maximize it. He has worked with some of the greatest athletes on the planet, training a bevy of track stars from around the globe. But... more

AP Quarterback Jason Campbell is one player who could be a bargain as a free agent. The NFL Scouting Combine is a time to evaluate the incoming draft class and begin to get to know some of these players on a personal level, but it's also a time to... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Trent Richardson will not participate in on-field drills at this week's NFL Scouting Combine because of a minor knee injury, a league source said Wednesday. Brooks: RB prospect rankings Trent Richardson isn't the only talented running... more

Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt has agreed to terms on a three-year, $19.6 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, a league source said Monday. La Canfora: A game of tag Teams now are free to put franchise tags on players. Jason... more

Be prepared to hear a certain f-word with great regularity over the next few weeks. And, no, it's nothing remotely vulgar, although for some of the players designated with this tag it might feel that way. Franchise -- as in franchise tag -- is the word... more

As expected, ex-Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt is meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals, a league source said Friday. Earlier this week a source said Routt remained in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills and planned to visit... more

Associated Press Washington's Chris Cooley, Pittsburgh's Hines Ward and Dallas' Terence Newman are all potential cap casualties. This is the time of year many NFL veterans dread. It's when that contract that looked so appealing just a few years ago... more

Multiple teams are interested in meeting with veteran wide receiver Randy Moss, league sources said Thursday. Debate: Best free-agent receiver? Free agency could be loaded with wide receivers. Which one offers the most bang for the buck? Our... more

Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard is nearing a return from back surgery and is intent on playing in 2012, according to his agent, Albert Irby. Mayock: 2012 draft rankings With the NFL Scouting Combine around the corner, Mike Mayock... more

Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt remains in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills and is scheduled to visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, a league source said Wednesday morning. Brooks: RB prospect rankings... more

Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu visited the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, according to a league source. Tatupu, 29, was out of the NFL last season after being released by the Seahawks once the lockout was lifted. Tatupu was a... more

The Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, are scheduled to begin talks on a contract extension for the quarterback at next week's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, a league source said Tuesday. The Ravens are committed to keeping the... more

It could happen any day now. The Peyton Manning era could officially come to an end this week. All that's standing between Manning and the open market is a conversation with Colts owner Jim Irsay, and the granting of his release (a virtual certainty,... more

Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu visited the New Orleans Saints on Monday, a league source said. Tatupu did not play during the 2011 season after being released by the Seahawks after the conclusion of the lockout. Tatupu was a Pro Bowl... more

Les Snead has accepted an offer to become general manager of the St. Louis Rams, according to a league source. Snead, who had been the Atlanta Falcons' director of player personnel, was one of several candidates for the position. On Friday, NFL.com... more

The San Francisco 49ers denied secondary coach Ed Donatell permission to interview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' vacant defensive coordinator position, according to a league source. Donatell is at least the third coaching candidate who has been blocked... more

The Green Bay Packers have agreed to a contract with Ben McAdoo that will make him their new quarterbacks coach, a league source said Wednesday. Brooks: Copycat league With two titles in five years, the Giants are the envy of the league. Bucky Brooks... more

Former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders will remain with team, a league source said Wednesday. Latest mocks all in one place Our writers and analysts examine how the first round could unfold. Find out the direction each team is... more

Running back Ricky Williams has informed Baltimore Ravens officials he is retiring, according to a league source. The team later confirmed Williams' decision with a press release and announcement on its official site . He completes a distinguished... more

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano is struggling to put a coaching staff together, according to league sources. The former Rutgers coach, who was hired by the Buccaneers about a month after their regular season ended, has been blocked... more

Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has been offered the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator job, league sources said Monday. Haley is widely expected to take the position, but in the meantime, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has also been... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The gray hoodie, cut off just below the elbows, was wet and splotchy. But the dark spots above the pouch were the product of perspiration, not a Gatorade bath. The man underneath the ubiquitous outerwear was as stoic and curt in defeat as... more

The St. Louis Rams are getting closer to making a decision on their next general manager. Indianapolis Colts director of player personnel Tom Telesco has taken his name out of consideration, according to a league source, opting not to interview with the... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are talking to Brian Daboll about their vacant offensive-coordinator position, according to a league source. The Chiefs have also looked at Jim Zorn as an in-house candidate and have spoken to former Raiders coordinator Al... more

January

Clyde Christensen will remain with Indianapolis Colts as the team's quarterbacks coach, according to a league source. Christensen, who served as the Colts' offensive coordinator for the last three seasons, was the only coach kept on staff after new... more

Houston Texans offensive coordinator Greg Knapp has agreed to take the same position with the Oakland Raiders, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Knapp served as the Raiders' offensive coordinator for two seasons (2007-08) under... more

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler agreed to a new contract with the team on Monday, one day before he was scheduled to interview with the Indianapolis Colts for their vacant defensive coordinator position, according to league sources.... more

The Chicago Bears are interviewing Alex Van Pelt for the team's quarterback coach/passing coordinator vacancy, according to a league source. The Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers have also inquired about Van Pelt, who played... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- David Cornwell has sent an 11-page letter to all fellow agents, detailing flaws in DeMaurice Smith's candidacy for NFL Players Association executive leadership. Smith's contract is up in March, and Cornwell, a longtime attorney and agent... more

Former Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles finalized a contract Monday to become the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive backs coach. Smith: Future of NFL coaches The one thing a successful coach needs in today's NFL is the ability to adapt.... more

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler will interview with the Indianapolis Colts for their vacant defensive coordinator position Tuesday, according to league sources. Smith: Recent hires don't quite fit There have been a flurry of new... more

The Arizona Cardinals denied a request this week for wide receivers coach John McNulty to interview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' vacant offensive coordinator position.  McNulty was the Buccaneers' top choice for job. The Bucs requested permission to... more

Whatever plans Bruce Arians might have had to retire from coaching, they were short-lived. The Indianapolis Colts will hire Arians as their new offensive coordinator -- the same position he held for the past five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers --... more

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is under consideration for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head-coaching job, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman, who we reported would get a second interview with... more

Former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has emerged as a possible replacement for Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, league sources said Wednesday. The Oakland Raiders agreed to hire Allen as their next coach, league sources told... more

The disconnect between Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts is now apparent to everyone. If you haven't been paying attention to the signals owner Jim Irsay has been sending with his comments over the past few months -- and trust me, people I've... more

Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley met with Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves on Tuesday, according to league sources. They have been talking for weeks about Haley rejoining Arizona's staff after he was... more

Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle will meet with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday about their defensive coordinator job, a league source said Tuesday. Mock drafts After Andrew Luck going No. 1 to the Colts, see how NFL.com and NFL... more

Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano was in Indianapolis on Tuesday for an interview with the Colts about their head-coaching vacancy, according to league sources. Pagano just ended his first season as the head of the Ravens' defense... more

Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman will have a second interview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head-coaching position, league sources said Monday. The news comes on the same day that Oregon coach Chip Kelly turned down the job . Sherman... more

Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians still intends to retire, league sources said Monday, but he has been in contact with teams about possible coaching positions. The Arizona Cardinals had discussions with Arians about their... more

The Chicago Bears have narrowed their general manager candidates to Phil Emery and Jason Licht, league sources said Monday. Both will be asked back for second interviews, the Bears later announced . Emery, the Kansas City Chiefs' director of college... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers likely will promote from within to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, league sources said Monday. On NFL Network "NFL Replay" will re-air the Giants' victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII on Monday, Jan. 23 at... more

In the season of the quarterback, isn't it fitting that we get to enjoy two of the very finest on the planet in the final game of the season? Shouldn't be any other way. We'll all remember 2011 for the bevy of quarterbacks who took aim at the... more

Former Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson is in conversations with the Arizona Cardinals about their vacant quarterbacks coach job, league sources said Sunday. Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley, who was the Cardinals' offensive coordinator in... more

The Oakland Raiders recently met with Packers assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach Winston Moss in Green Bay about their head-coaching vacancy, and multiple league sources said the session didn't go particularly well. Smith: Future of NFL... more

Kevin Coyle, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach, is under consideration for the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator position, according to a league source. The Dolphins might choose to retain Todd Bowles on staff in that capacity, but he... more

None of the candidates for the Miami Dolphins' vacant head-coaching job have heard from the team since the second round of interviews with the three finalists was completed Thursday, according to team and league sources. Numerous league sources said... more

The Indianapolis Colts are wasting no time in their search for a new head coach, as the team interviewed Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray for nearly six hours Friday, according to league sources. Pollard not worried about history When... more

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's interview for the Oakland Raiders' head-coaching vacancy was scheduled to take place Friday, according to league sources. Mornhinweg, who has two years of head-coaching experience with the... more

As the Miami Dolphins get ready to make their decision on their next head coach, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy continues to have a strong shot at landing the job. McCoy had a second interview with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, general... more

Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to become the next defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source. The former St. Louis Rams coach hasn't signed a contract, but it was expected to happen Thursday. Smith: Future of NFL coaches... more

As expected , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head-coaching search made its way to two Green Bay Packers assistants on Thursday. Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements completed an interview during the morning, and offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was... more

You want potential Super Bowl plot lines? We got 'em. No matter how these games play out on Sunday, we're going to have a heck of a Super Bowl matchup. We have two of the best offenses and quarterbacks in the world (Tom Brady's New England Patriots and... more

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to offer the defensive coordinator position to Indianapolis Colts defensive backs coach Alan Williams, according to a league source. Williams had a strong interview with Minnesota this week, according to the source.... more

Former Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson is meeting with recently hired St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher on Wednesday regarding the team's vacant offensive coordinator position, according to a league source. Jackson was fired by new Raiders general... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton now is searching for a defensive coordinator, and that search will include Steve Spagnuolo. Spagnuolo is scheduled to interview with the Saints on Wednesday, according to a league source. Spagnuolo is a candidate... more

The Miami Dolphins have asked interim coach Todd Bowles and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to come back for second interviews for the team's head-coaching job, league sources said Tuesday. Miami, which lost out on Jeff Fisher to the St.... more

Marty Mornhinweg will interview with the Oakland Raiders for their head-coaching vacancy, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Mornhinweg, 49, has been on Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles staff since 2003. He has been the offensive... more

Offensive line coach Russ Grimm will stay with the Arizona Cardinals, a league source said Tuesday. The Cardinals later confirmed the move, announcing Grimm was among five assistant coaches to sign new deals with the team. Special teams coach Kevin... more

Green Bay Packers assistants Joe Philbin and Tom Clements have both scheduled interviews with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week to discuss the team's head-coaching vacancy, according to league sources. The Bucs would like to wrap up the first round of... more

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will interview with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday for their vacant head-coaching position, according to a league source. The Raiders received permission from the Broncos to interview McCoy on... more

Hue Jackson had a telephone interview with new St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher about the team's offensive coordinator job, a league source said Monday night. La Canfora: Time to find the right fit Jason La Canfora believes the most crucial task for... more

The Minnesota Vikings requested permission to interview Indianapolis Colts defensive backs coach Alan Williams for their defensive coordinator vacancy, a league source said Monday. The interview is expected to take place Tuesday morning. Williams,... more

The St. Louis Rams fulfilled their lofty offseason objective, hiring Jeff Fisher as their next head coach. But in and of itself, that will only go so far. Fisher and the St. Louis management team must take rebuilding a step further by shaping a coaching... more

Mike Martz is retiring from coaching. The former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator contacted me Monday to confirm that he's ending his distinguished coaching career in order to focus on other opportunities. Martz, a former NFL head coach and... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL More than two months after they made history, the Harbaugh brothers could meet again in Super Bowl XLVI. We're down to the final four, and I can't help but think about some of the potential Super Bowl plots. And how can you... more

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has agreed to take the same position with the St. Louis Rams, league sources said Monday. On NFL Network Watch the 49ers' 36-32 win over the Saints in its entirety on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 8... more

Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is scheduled to interview with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday for their vacant head-coaching position, according to a league source. Chudzinski has been a candidate for several openings,... more

The Oakland Raiders have asked for permission to interview Denver Broncos coordinators Dennis Allen and Mike McCoy for their vacant head-coaching position, league sources said Monday. The Raiders also have interest in several members of the Green Bay... more

The Miami Dolphins were scheduled to talk with Mike McCoy about their vacant head-coaching position Monday morning, according to a league source, and the team later confirmed that they had completed their interview with the Denver Broncos' offensive... more

Brian Schottenheimer is interviewing with the St. Louis Rams for their offensive coordinator job, according to a league source. The interview began Sunday morning, two days after Schottenheimer, who was the New York Jets' offensive coordinator,... more

With his rookie contract set to expire after the 2012 season, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has made it known he would like a new deal sooner rather than later. Flacco expressed the same sentiment last offseason. But, according to sources... more

Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles was the first person to interview for the Oakland Raiders' head-coaching vacancy this weekend, and sources said the session went well. According to league sources, Bowles was assured the Raiders job isn't... more

The Atlanta Falcons have requested permission to speak to Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter about their vacant offensive coordinator position, league sources said Saturday.... more

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer had a strong interview with the Miami Dolphins for their vacant head-coaching position and could be asked back for a second visit. League sources also said Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike... more

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith enjoyed the most productive season of his career under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh, and he'll be rewarded handsomely for leading the team to its first playoff berth in nine years. According to his... more

Cardinals offensive line coach/offensive assistant Russ Grimm's contract in Arizona is expiring, and several teams are interested in the longtime coach, league sources said Friday. Analyst picks: Divisional round With one playoff weekend in the... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been granted permission to interview two up-and-coming assistant coaches, according to league sources. Analyst Picks: Divisional Round With one weekend of playoff football in the books, the top four seeds in both... more

As expected, calls for my head and attacks on my mental stability came flooding in on Twitter and otherwise when my NFL.com prediction hit the Internet. And yeah, I realize I went out on a limb here, taking the Broncos over the Pats on the road, but is... more

Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu won his appeal of a $10,000 fine for using his cell phone on the sideline during a game, according to a league source. Polamalu was notified of the verdict on Thursday. He was fined for using his... more

The Oakland Raiders have extended their list of potential head-coaching candidates to Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, according to a league source. Lombardi: Just change, baby The firing of Hue Jackson as Raiders coach signals... more

The Atlanta Falcons are preparing information on several possible replacements for Mike Mularkey, who left his position as offensive coordinator to become the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday. Lombardi: Fixing the Falcons Another... more

Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles will interview for the Oakland Raiders' head-coaching vacancy on Friday, according to league sources. Lombardi: Just change, baby The firing of Hue Jackson as Raiders coach signals much-needed change finally... more

Alas, it's our last weekend for a long, long time with football games on more than one day. Brings a tear to the eye, does it not? But man, will this be fun. Coming into this season, most observers identified the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints,... more

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has pulled himself out of consideration for head-coaching positions, league sources said Tuesday. Gruden later confirmed the news, telling the Bengals' official website in a text message: "Decided to... more

The Minnesota Vikings are interested in interviewing Mel Tucker for their defensive coordinator position, according to league sources. Tucker served as Jacksonville's defensive coordinator and then interim head coach this season following Jack Del... more

Paul Abell/AP Raheem Morris lost his job as Tampa Bay's head coach after the team lost its last 10 games of the season. Last week, it was all about the head coaches, with the usual churn atop NFL coaching staffs. This week, it's all about the... more

A very familiar name has emerged as a candidate for the vacant head-coaching job in Tampa Bay. Marty Schottenheimer will interview with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, according to a league source. The Bucs are conducting interviews off-site for the... more

The Miami Dolphins' coaching search will continue with Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. The Dolphins will interview Zimmer on Monday, according to a league source. The Bengals were eliminated from the playoffs Saturday , allowing... more

Jeff Fisher was in St. Louis on Sunday to tour the Rams' facilities and team headquarters as part of his interview process, according to a league source. Playoff and Super Bowl XLVI picks Seven NFL.com and NFL Network analysts share their... more

Former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress will interview with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a coaching position Monday, according to a league source. Childress joins Mike Sherman and Jerry Gray as coaches who have interviewed with the Bucs since... more

League sources continue to indicate that Mike Sherman is well-positioned to be named the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a decision that could be announced this week. Sherman interviewed for the position last week , and it went well,... more

Todd Haley is nearing a deal to return to the Arizona Cardinals, a league source said Saturday. Playoff and Super Bowl XLVI picks Seven NFL.com and NFL Network analysts share their predictions for the postseason and who will hoist the Lombardi... more

Miami Dolphins assistant coach Karl Dorrell has drawn interest from Yale University for its head-coaching job, a league source said Saturday. Playoff and Super Bowl XLVI picks Seven NFL.com and NFL Network analysts share their predictions for the... more

Josh McDaniels agreed to terms on a multiyear contract to rejoin the New England Patriots' coaching staff, a league source said Saturday. Playoff and Super Bowl XLVI picks Seven NFL.com and NFL Network analysts share predictions for the postseason and... more

Numerous league sources still expect former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher to choose the St. Louis Rams over the Miami Dolphins when picking his next job. Fisher, who didn't coach last season, is expected to bring Titans vice president of operations... more

The Miami Dolphins have requested and been granted permission to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey for their head-coaching vacancy, a league source said Saturday. The Jaguars also have been granted an interview with... more

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has been named the 15th head coach at Penn State after signing a deal, the school announced Friday night . Terms of the deal were not available. O'Brien will remain with the Patriots throughout the... more

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is fully expected to reach a deal to become coach at Penn State and he has canceled a Saturday interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.... more

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton interviewed Friday for the St. Louis Rams' coaching job, according to a league source. Horton, a longtime assistant under Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, just finished his first... more

A major change to the NFL's concussion protocol will go into affect beginning during this weekend's wild-card round action. In a memo obtained Friday, the league announced it has arranged to install video monitors on each team's sideline in an effort to... more

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien spent all day Thursday at State College interviewing with Penn State for its head-coaching job and, according to sources close to the Nittany Lions' program, the interview went so well that O'Brien... more

The Washington Redskins are considering Raheem Morris for a position coaching the team's defensive backs, according to league sources. The Redskins are in the process of shaking up their coaching staff following a 5-11 season. Morris interviewed with... more

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is interviewing with Penn State for its head-coaching job, league sources said Wednesday, and a deal is possible soon. Lombardi: One size doesn't fit all The right coach for one team might not... more

The St. Louis Rams already have talked to Brian Gaine, the Miami Dolphins' director of player personnel, about their general manager opening, league sources said Wednesday, and the team has compiled a list of young executives it wants to interview.... more

The Indianapolis Colts' search for their next general manager already is underway, league sources said Wednesday. Darlington: Secret to NFL success Five years ago, the Bears and Colts met in Super Bowl XLI. Today, the architects of those teams are... more

Carl Peterson, longtime associate of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and former president of the Kansas City Chiefs, has long been rumored to take that same position in Miami and help restructure the organization. And, according to sources, that still could... more

San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos spent the past two days dissecting every aspect of his team's disappointing 2011 campaign and pondering the future of coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. And after much contemplation, he decided that... more

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis received an invitation to the Pro Bowl, a league source said Tuesday. Mathis hasn't decided if he'll play yet, but if he does, he would replace New England Patriots defensive end Andre Carter, who went... more

The first day of the NFL's annual coaching and management carousel had one surprise -- the Indianapolis Colts overhauling their front office -- but otherwise went off largely as expected. Let's examine a few of the things I'm hearing as it relates to... more

The St. Louis Rams hope to hire former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher and pair him with a young general manager, league sources said Monday. Fisher has been at the top of the Rams' head-coach wish list for some time as a replacement for Steve... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have requested permission to interview New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien and two other NFL assistants for their head-coaching vacancy, various team... more

January is a month of change in the NFL. It's inevitable. This year will be no different. Head coaches, coordinators and general managers will be in flux. Already, three coaching staffs have lost their head coach, in-season, and starting Monday much more... more

Several NFL executives and agents involved with potential front-office changes have pointed to league executive Ray Anderson as a candidate for openings. Anderson offers a deep background in all areas of football -- as a player, agent and former... more

The Oakland Raiders will beef up and restructure their front office, three months after the Oct. 8 passing of former owner Al Davis, according to team and league sources. If the team misses the playoffs, that process will begin in earnest as soon as... more

December

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, whose sideline dust-up with quarterback Tom Brady made headlines a few weeks ago, has emerged as a head-coaching candidate, according to league sources, and is expected to receive overtures to... more

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Alas, I can't believe it will be nine months before we get our next full slate of 16 games. Time flies when you're having fun and all of that good stuff. But at least we go out with a huge divisional week. Nothing but games... more

Steve Spagnuolo is bracing to be let go by the St. Louis Rams, according to sources close to the coach. Rams owner Stan Kroenke has not informed his staff of any firings, and that decision wasn't expected to be made until after the season. The Rams are... more

What would fetch more value on the open market, a healthy Peyton Manning or the first overall pick in next year's draft? This is a tricky question: Manning would have to push back his March 13 option date (when he's due a $28 million bonus) to make this... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin hasn't announced his intentions at quarterback publicly or within the organization, but it's widely believed in the front office that Ben Roethlisberger will rest his high ankle sprain Saturday against the St.... more

The NFL has made an effort to include more divisional and rivalry games late in the season. On this Christmas weekend, we get to enjoy the fruit of those efforts. The NFC East title is in the balance with Philly and Dallas getting together. The AFC West... more

The NFL planned to send a memo to all teams Tuesday, alerting them that certified athletic trainers will be stationed at games effective immediately to monitor players for possible concussions. The memo has yet to be sent, but it will explain the new... more

Say what you want about the Eagles being a fantasy football champion, the Dream Team, and all of that, but do you think any of the NFC elite want to see Philadelphia sneak into the playoffs? I can tell you, they do not. The Eagles are a dangerous bunch... more

This is the time of year, as we know, when teams begin to separate. Cream rises, and all that good stuff. It's also the time of year when those not-quite-ready-for-prime-time players tend to sink, and we saw that continually Sunday from a host of young... more

The St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't plan to make any coaching changes this week, sources with knowledge of the situation said Monday. The Rams (2-12) and Bucs (4-10) have struggled despite entering the season with labels as... more

Part of Wayne Weaver's sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars to Shahid Khan included a clause in which Khan must pay $25 million to the charity of Weaver's choice should he move the team within five years of the purchase date, according to a source with... more

While Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson made it clear this week that Darren McFadden will not need surgery on his injured foot, it's unlikely the running back will play again this season, according to team sources. McFadden has been sidelined for... more

Much was made of the trade acquisition and subsequent signing of Kevin Kolb by the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, and the team did so with the intention of having the quarterback be its starter for years to come. And he could well do so. But it's... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to monitor the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who's nursing a sprained left ankle, according to a team source. The team has yet to make a decision on Roethlisberger's status, and the quarterback will travel... more

IRVING, Texas -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay believes the "ideal situation" would be to have a healthy Peyton Manning on the roster in 2012, along with his "heir apparent." But Irsay conceded Wednesday at the NFL's Special League Meeting that might... more

It's time to savor these full slates -- or should I say, plates -- of games my friends. Alas, time is running out. I know we poke fun here on Inside Slant, but pretty soon we'll all be longing for a Seattle-St. Louis tilt on a Monday night ... or at least... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Andy Dalton (left) and Carson Palmer aren't solely to blame, but seasons have gone south in Cincy and Oakland. Alas, Bengals and Raiders fans, I fear you know the ending to this story all too well. It appears your clubs... more

Coach hunting season is upon us, and the Dolphins decided to get in the game . It was going to take a miracle for Tony Sparano to keep his job, and with a couple of losses the past three weeks, any remaining flicker of hope expired. It became a matter... more

Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee likely will play Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons after leaving the previous game with a leg injury, according to a league source. Scobee, who's in his eighth year with the Jaguars, aggravated a... more

Billy Cundiff will kick for Baltimore Ravens on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, according to team source. The Ravens later made it official when Cundiff was not on the team's inactive players list. The former Pro Bowl kicker was dealing with... more

Adrian Peterson will not play Sunday against the Detroit Lions because of his nagging high ankle sprain, according to a team source. The Vikings later confirmed Peterson will miss his third straight game. Peterson injured his ankle during the... more

Longtime Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo could retire this offseason based at least in part on how the season ends, multiple general managers and executives from other teams have told me at various times this season. Last year, Angelo... more

The NFL's disciplinary review of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy will include discussion of a possible suspension, a league source said Sunday. Harrison is a repeat... more

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's Friday MRI exam confirmed that he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Cleveland Browns, according to a league source. Roethlisberger went down after getting sacked by Browns defensive tackle... more

The San Francisco 49ers extended reserve offensive lineman Alex Boone's deal by four years just before Thanksgiving, according to sources with access to the contract. The contract was filed with the NFL and NFL Players Association, but the 49ers didn't... more

One of the great things about this time of year is the way the schedule skews to divisional matchups. We're backloaded, by design, and it should provide no shortage of big games down the stretch. Yes, we know the Packers and 49ers have divisions wrapped... more

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley is extremely doubtful to play in Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Browns because of a lingering hamstring injury, according to a league source. Woodley sat out of the team's practice on Tuesday,... more

US Presswire / Associated Press Running backs Marshawn Lynch, left, and Beanie Wells are leading renaissances in Seattle and Arizona. Everyone has been a little tough on the NFC West at times, but after the 7-9 division winner a year ago, it was... more

Nam Y. Huh/AP Chicago's playoff chances took a major hit when Matt Forte suffered a knee injury on Sunday.   If I am Matt Forte, waking up with an injured knee Monday morning and a season that seems to be slipping away, I'm succumbing to... more

At least two teams already have reached out to former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher about head-coaching positions, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday. With Jon Gruden staying in the ESPN broadcast booth, Fisher is expected to be... more

The Philadelphia Eagles don't plan to fire coach Andy Reid at this time, despite their 4-8 record, and they know it would be very difficult to replace him with someone better, league sources said Sunday. However, Reid controls his staff, and the only... more

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis face four-game suspensions for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The NFL declined to comment on this... more

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain played in Sunday's 34-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins , despite his recent arrest in Alabama. The Raiders continue to investigate the details of McClain's Thursday arrest on charges of discharging a firearm... more

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis continues to be urged to rest his injured toe until at least Week 15, team sources said Sunday. Lewis will play again this season, and there are no concerns in that regard, but doctors have urged the linebacker to... more

The Miami Dolphins waived veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels on Thursday, according to a league source. Earlier in the week , league sources said the team had no plans to release Rosenfels, who was on the reserve/non-football illness list and had hoped... more

Barring a setback in pre-game warm-ups, the Philadelphia Eagles expect running back LeSean McCoy to start in Thursday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks, according to a team source. McCoy is officially listed as questionable with a toe injury... more

November

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's hearing for his appeal of a two-game, NFL-mandated suspension is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to a league source. Hall of Fame lineman and former Oakland Raiders coach Art Shell has been... more

Mike Martz, who turned down a short-term contract extension from the Chicago Bears during the preseason, would be interested in several prominent West Coast college head-coaching positions, UCLA and Arizona State among them, according to a league source.... more

Free agents Jake Delhomme and Jeff Garcia will work out for the Houston Texans on Tuesday, according to a league source, and the plan is to sign one of them for quarterback depth behind rookie T.J. Yates and veteran Kellen Clemens. Delhomme, a... more

This Tim Tebow miracle victory tour thing has been pretty special. Every week the Broncos find another way to win a game. But again, let's point out where the true credit belongs. The very reason the Broncos are able to continue to run the ball all game... more

Associated Press/NFL With the Chargers having lost six straight, GM A.J. Smith (left) and coach Norv Turner are on the hot seat.   Things are getting grim this time of year. Yes, the holiday season is upon us, but for struggling franchises,... more

The Miami Dolphins don't intend to release quarterback Sage Rosenfels from injured reserve at this point, league sources said Monday. Multiple reports said the Dolphins would release Rosenfels, who then would join the Houston Texans, with whom he played... more

The Detroit Lions are bracing for an NFL-mandated suspension of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who stomped on Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in Thursday's game, with the only question being for how long. Several of Suh's teammates believe a... more

US Presswire Drew Brees (left) and Matt Forte could be hurt by the new labor deal if they receive franchise tags this offseason. Little was made of it at the time, but the change in calculating procedures for franchise tags could have major... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not counting on LaMarr Woodley to be able to play this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs , a team source said Friday. The team believes the hamstring injury Woodley sustained Week 8 against the New England Patriots... more

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden likely will miss at least a few more games while recovering from his foot injury, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. McFadden still is very limited and unable to do much. The source said... more

The Chicago Bears are signing long snapper Chris Massey, according to a league source. The Bears placed longtime starter Pat Mannelly on injured reserve Monday. Mannelly tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday against the... more

Are you ready for some turkey? Are you ready for some football? Are you ready to eat a football-flavored turkey? Yeah, me neither, but I am fully on board with the first two questions. This is going to be one heck of a Thanksgiving feast. All three... more

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sat out with a toe injury in Week 11 , the first start he has missed since the 2007 season. But if he sits out again this week, it will be his decision. The Ravens will allow the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker to... more

Mitch Stringer / US Presswire Andy Dalton struggled in a loss to the Ravens, but he wasn't the only rookie QB to have a tough Sunday.   This might end up being one of the best rookie quarterback classes we have seen in a long time. And I have... more

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Chicago Bears defensive back D.J. Moore were each fined for their roles in last Sunday's melee between both teams, according to a league source. Stafford was fined $7,500 for throwing Moore to the ground.... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin met with commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL officials Thursday at the league's headquarters in New York to discuss recent statements and actions regarding player safety, according to sources with knowledge of... more

The Miami Dolphins worked out several kickers Friday including Rhys Lloyd, Jeff Reed and Shayne Graham, according to league sources. Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter had not appeared on the team's injury report Wednesday or Thursday, but the Dolphins... more

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis likely will miss the next two games with a toe injury, according to multiple league sources. The sources also said Lewis has informed team officials that he hopes to return to the field after Week 12. It was... more

Denver's cautious approach to Willis McGahee's injured left hamstring has paid off, as a league source said Thursday that the Broncos' running back will play against the New York Jets , barring a setback in warm ups prior to kickoff. McGahee was... more

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy filed formal paperwork Wednesday with the NFL Players Association to re-sign with agent Drew Rosenhaus, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. McCoy fired Rosenhaus earlier this month for the... more

The bye weeks are nearly behind us. Just one more week to go, with the Steelers, Saints, Texans and Colts taking Week 11 off. The bye week comes at a good time for the Steelers and Texans; Houston loses Matt Schaub and Ben Roethlisberger is running... more

Kevin Kolb is doubtful to return in time for the Arizona Cardinals' Week 11 meeting with the San Francisco 49ers , sources with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. John Skelton is in line to continue taking reps with the Cardinals' first-team... more

New York Giants defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday after a four-week ban for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to a league source. On NFL Network "NFL Replay" will re-air the... more

US Presswire Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan came to their respective teams with high hopes, but the wins haven't followed.   In the winter of 2010, the Redskins and Browns made bold moves, giving gobs of money and total control to Mike... more

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub suffered what coach Gary Kubiak described Monday as a "significant" right foot injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and already has been ruled out for the team's next game. La Canfora: Don't mess with Texans... more

It's time we starting paying a little more attention to the Houston Texans. After years of late-season collapses and near-playoff misses, the Texans likely would prefer to be quietly on a roll. But in what seems to be the ultimate year of parity in what... more

Buffalo Bills starting center Eric Wood tore his ACL during Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys and will miss the rest of the season, according to a league source. Wood, walking on crutches and with his right knee in a brace, confirmed the news on... more

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy intends to re-sign with agent Drew Rosenhaus, according to a league source on Sunday, but no paperwork can be signed until this week. McCoy fired Rosenhaus for the second time about one week ago, but after... more

Coach Mike Shanahan's brief fling with John Beck is over, as Rex Grossman started at quarterback for the Washington Redskins in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins , according to a team source. Grossman completed six of his first seven passes... more

New York Giants wideouts Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham are active for Sunday's crucial NFC showdown against the San Francisco 49ers. Nicks, who missed the Giants' Week 9 victory over the New England Patriots with a hamstring injury, is expected to... more

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson failed to attend a special-teams meeting Saturday morning and, as punishment, will not be active for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals , a team source confirmed. One Eagles source told NFL... more

Oakland linebacker Aaron Curry was fined $20,000 for his hit on Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow during the Raiders' 38-24 loss in Week 9, according to a league source. Curry drew a roughing the passer penalty toward the end of the game after he... more

Kyle Terada/US Presswire The Raiders are 0-2 since losing quarterback Jason Campbell to a broken collarbone in Week 6.   Jason Campbell initially learned about the Raiders pending trade for his replacement, Carson Palmer, through the media,... more

Remember the lockout? Yeah, I barely do, too, even though I froze through a suit on 21st Street in D.C. in March and then sweated through a few suits right back on the same street in July. Well, this is one of the final weeks where we'll deal with... more

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden isn't expected to play Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers , according to team sources. McFadden, who has been dealing with a sprained foot that he suffered Oct. 23 against the Kansas City... more

The Buffalo Bills are expected to sign kicker Dave Rayner to replace injured Rian Lindell, according to a league source. Rayner, who kicked for the Oakland Raiders a few weeks back, is taking a physical for the Bills, who had Rayner, Rhys Lloyd,... more

It's looking doubtful that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb will start this weekend in his first trip back to Philadelphia , a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Kolb is dealing with a fairly significant sprained foot, as well... more

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley is pushing to play this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals , team sources said Tuesday. Woodley was expected to miss two weeks after he sustained a hamstring injury in an Oct. 30 game against the New... more

Derick Hingle / US Presswire Drew Brees has come close to breaking Dan Marino's passing-yardage mark before, but it could fall this time.   I've been charged with looking into a crystal ball here and making some predictions on the second half... more

New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter believes he has a legitimate chance to play this weekend against the Atlanta Falcons , a league source said Monday. Porter was carted off the field Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , and the injury... more

You have to hand it to Rex Ryan. He might grate on you some with his bluster, and the Jets might not be the most popular team on a national scale, but the big man backs it up, more often than not. OK, so that Super Bowl prediction thing hasn't worked... more

After working out more than 20 players last Friday, the Detroit Lions have signed running back Kevin Smith and offensive lineman Leonard Davis, according to a team source. The Lions confirmed in a press release later Monday that they had signed Smith... more

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin isn't expected to play this weekend against the Buffalo Bills and could be out several weeks after injuring his right hamstring during Sunday's 23-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks , according to a league... more

Running back LeSean McCoy is searching for a new agent, league sources said Sunday, while he also seeks a new deal from the Philadelphia Eagles. McCoy filed papers with the NFL Players Association this week, ending his working relationship with agent... more

The Tennessee Titans could get out of Chris Johnson's deal after this season, having paid the struggling running back just $13 million. Now, I don't foresee it going down that way -- it's not the team's plan. But it's worth noting that after a long and... more

Tight end Fred Davis is active and will start for the Washington Redskins in Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers , according to a team source. Davis, who has 36 receptions for 517 yards and two touchdowns this season, had been listed as... more

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski will play in Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, according to league source.  The health of Janikowski, who was injured his hamstring during practice leading up to the 28-0 loss to Kansas City on Oct.... more

Free-agent cornerback Leigh Bodden visited the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, according to a league source. Bodden, 30, was released by the New England Patriots last week. Bodden played a large role on the Patriots, primarily as a nickel back.... more

The St. Louis Rams were a little more optimistic Thursday about quarterback Sam Bradford's availability for this weekend's NFC West tilt against the Arizona Cardinals, according to a team source. Bradford, battling a high ankle sprain for a third... more

Kevin Kolb said his injured right toe feels "a lot better," and neither he nor Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt would rule him out of Sunday's game, although a league source said the team doesn't expect the quarterback to play. Kolb didn't... more

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson continues to make strides in his recovery from a hamstring injury and, barring a setback, the team expects him to be available Sunday against the Cleveland Browns , according to league sources. Texans coach... more

Ahmad Bradshaw has a cracked bone in his foot, but the injury is something very similar to what the New York Giants running back has played with in the past, team and league sources said Thursday. The Giants do not have a timetable for Bradshaw's return.... more

One of the great things about this time of year is the way the schedule skews to divisional matchups. We're backloaded, by design, and it should provide no shortage of big games down the stretch. Yes, we know the Packers and 49ers have divisions wrapped... more

The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent running back Thomas Clayton, according to a league source. Clayton was among the backs to work out Tuesday for the Browns, who were in desperate need of depth at running back with Peyton Hillis and Montario... more

October

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones intends to play this weekend against the Tennessee Titans , a league source said Monday. Jones suffered a hamstring injury during the Bengals' 34-12 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. It was his... more

Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty has a torn calf muscle and is expected to miss some games, so the team plans to work out possible replacements Tuesday, according to a league source. The source said Thomas Clayton will be one of the... more

Veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh will work out for the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, according to a league source. Houshmandzadeh is a former teammate of Carson Palmer, the Raiders' newly acquired starting quarterback. Houshmandzadeh regularly... more

The New York Giants learned some good news about one of their top weapons entering their first regular-season game against the New England Patriots since their Super Bowl season. Nicks' MRI exam Monday went well, and he intends to play Sunday,... more

I can't stand to watch games in which teams already way out of the playoff scene play and coach scared. When you have nothing to lose, you might as well adopt that mental approach. Coach to win, show some guts and let it all hang out. So I love the way... more

Mitch Stringer/US Presswire Anquan Boldin caught seven passes for 145 yards in the Ravens' comeback win over the Cardinals on Sunday. No elite team needed a win more Sunday than the Ravens. Their first two quarters of atrocious offensive... more

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin will play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers , according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Harvin, who has been dealing with a rib injury, wasn't listed among the Vikings' inactives. He had... more

The Detroit Lions claimed ex-Bears safety Chris Harris off waivers on Friday, according to league sources. The move was confirmed on Twitter by Harris' agent Albert Elias. "Chris Harris claimed by the Detroit Lions! Congrats Chris!" Elias wrote .... more

Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has signed a multiyear extension with the Bills, the team announced Friday. Fitzpatrick's extension will be for an additional six years, and is worth just under a maximum of $60 million, with $24 million guaranteed,... more

Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher will start Sunday against his former team, the Buffalo Bills, despite a lingering hamstring injury, according to a team source. Historical perspective on Redskins-Bills: D'oh, Canada! Did you know... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't wasted any time letting safety Tanard Jackson know they're in his corner. Jackson has signed a one-year, $3.5 million extension with the team through the 2012 season, according to a league source.  Jackson returned... more

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford continues to look doubtful for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Bradford remains limited by his high ankle sprain and has missed a lot of reps... more

Historical perspective on Redskins-Bills: D'oh, Canada! Did you know that the Bills are the only AFL or NFL team to be taken down by a CFL team? The Bills return to Toronto this week, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame presents memories for the... more

The Detroit Lions remain hopeful of getting back running back Jahvid Best at some point after their Week 9 bye, according to a team source. The team plans to gauge where Best is in his recovery from his latest concussion following their bye. The... more

A week ago , I braced you for what looked like a slate of some potential blowouts, and shaky football, powered by all of the neophyte quarterbacks thrust onto the starting scene. Unfortunately, I have to continue the theme this week. Over a span of... more

The injuries are mounting for the Redskins, and this season might just take on the air of the 2010 campaign, as a 4-3 team unraveled in the second half of the season. The offense, not potent to begin with, is likely to be without its starting left tackle,... more

Charles Krupa/AP Philip Rivers, who has been sacked 14 times this season, has thrown more picks (nine) than TDs (seven). Back in Week 2, after watching Antonio Gates gut it up and down the field, and after talking to a scout or two, I became... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham will have season-ending surgery on his torn Achilles' tendon, a league source said Monday. Graham suffered the injury during the Bucs' 24-18 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday in London. He started... more

The Arizona Cardinals expect to lose running back Beanie Wells for at least a week, and possibly two, with a bone bruise in his right knee, a team source said Monday. "Good news is it's not a surgical option," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "His... more

The initial medical tests on Tim Hightower's injured left knee indicate a torn anterior cruciate ligament, league sources said Monday, and coach Mike Shanahan later confirmed that the Washington Redskins' running back is out for the season with the... more

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is out for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks with a hamstring injury. Hillis' status recently has been in doubt based on several medical issues. He had tests done on his hamstring this week and... more

The Oakland Raiders have signed kicker Dave Rayner, who will handle kicking duties against the Kansas City Chiefs , a league source said Saturday. The Raiders listed starting kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who is 12 for 13 on field-goal attempts this... more

Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski did not practice Friday because of a left hamstring injury, and now a league source says the Raiders are worried about his long-term status. The Raiders worked out free-agent kickers Dave Rayner, Rhys Lloyd and Ricky... more

The Buffalo Bills and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick have made significant progress toward a multiyear contract in the past two weeks, league sources said Thursday, and hope to have it resolved shortly. Talks resumed in earnest following the Bills' Sept.... more

The St. Louis Rams expect quarterback Sam Bradford's status for this weekend's game against the Dallas Cowboys to be a game-time decision, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday, but he hasn't been able to do enough at this point to... more

The Washington Redskins are making a switch at quarterback. Coach Mike Shanahan told his quarterbacks Wednesday morning that John Beck will start Sunday on the road against the Carolina Panthers . It ends a stretch of five straight starts this... more

I hate to say it, but I think parity might take a back seat here in Week 7 . I'm smelling something in the wind, and it's blowouts (and trust me, that's never a good smell). I see plenty of potential mismatches this week and many games featuring teams... more

Christian Ponder now is the Minnesota Vikings' No. 1 quarterback, a league source said Tuesday afternoon, and will make his starting debut this weekend at home against the Green Bay Packers. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made the decision this week and... more

On the same day the Cincinnati Bengals traded quarterback Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders , their running back, Cedric Benson, had his three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy reduced to a one-game ban with a fine of... more

NFL general managers I've spoken to are surprised the Cincinnati Bengals acquired a 2012 first-round draft pick and a conditional selection that could become a first-rounder in exchange for quarterback Carson Palmer. Most GMs believed it was unlikely... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are telling teams they are open to trading four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel, according to league sources. Samuel is likely in his last year with the Eagles and would ultimately be replaced by Dominique... more

The Oakland Raiders have interest in acquiring Carson Palmer ahead of Tuesday's trading deadline, but they remain doubtful the Cincinnati Bengals will trade their veteran quarterback, according to a league source. Sources said Palmer represents... more

The Seattle Seahawks reworked linebacker Aaron Curry's contract before trading him to the Oakland Raiders this week , absorbing a majority of his 2011 salary, league sources said Saturday. Curry, who also renegotiated his contract with the Seahawks... more

Michael Vick's much publicized wishes might be starting to come true. After Vick badly bruised his right hand in a loss to the New York Giants, he got on his soapbox and lectured the media on how the NFL wasn't protecting him to the degree it does... more

The Minnesota Vikings' quest for a new stadium has caught the attention of the league office, with the NFL concerned by the progress of the stadium initiative , according to a source with knowledge of the situation.  The NFL stadium and finance... more

The Oakland Raiders have inquired with several NFL front-office executives, including Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, about their general manager position, league sources said Thursday. The Raiders, who are reworking their... more

I shall dub this Week 6 , "Divisional Desperation," because, well, everything needs a cutesy name to be branded these days, right? Isn't that how it works in sports? Anywho, it's time for a few teams with Super Bowl aspirations -- the Bears and Eagles... more

The Eagles and Cardinals made the blockbuster deal of the summer, swapping a potential franchise quarterback for a potential franchise corner and a second-round pick, doing so with the long-term view in mind. It was a trade born of Philadelphia's... more

US Presswire Rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have helped the Bengals get off to a surprising 3-2 start. Andy Dalton-to-A.J. Green is turning into a nice little combination. Cincinnati's top two picks are turning attention away from... more

The NFL fined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers $250,000 for inappropriate contact with players during the NFL lockout, a league source confirmed Sunday. The NFL declined comment on the matter. Bucs coach Raheem Morris said Sept. 12 that he had called two... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to start Isaac Redman at running back in Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, according to a team source. Rashard Mendenhall will play, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told NFL Network's Stacey Dales, and contribute as... more

I spoke to several members of the Oakland Raiders' organization, and they said coach Hue Jackson delivered an emotional address to the team Saturday morning, informing them of owner Al Davis' passing . Jackson first informed the team captains of... more

Cedric Benson and the NFL haven't been notified with the results of the running back's appeal of his three-game suspension, a league source said Friday, meaning he will play in the Cincinnati Bengals' Sunday game against the Jacksonville Jaguars .... more

Veteran defensive lineman Trevor Pryce has a visit scheduled with the Oakland Raiders, a league source said Thursday. Pryce, 36, had been working in the media, and he hasn't played in the NFL since last year with the New York Jets. But the Raiders... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached a three-year, $18 million contract extension with wide receiver Mike Thomas, a league source said Thursday. The deal includes $9 million guaranteed. Thomas led the Jaguars in receiving in 2010 with 66 catches... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veteran offensive lineman Max Starks, according to a league source. Starks, of course, is a familiar face to the Steelers, having spent his entire career there from 2004 to 2010. The team released Starks in... more

It's playoff rematch week, people! Did you get the memo? Week 5 is all about teams looking to get some revenge for beatdown losses in the 2010 postseason. The Patriots, top seeds at home in January, were big favorites over the Jets in the playoffs, but... more

Renewed discussions between the Miami Dolphins and David Garrard on Tuesday didn't result in a deal, according to league sources, and the free-agent quarterback will continue to pursue other options. The Dolphins' pursuit of Jake Delhomme was fruitless,... more

Veteran offensive lineman Max Starks visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, according to a league source, and also took a physical. Starks, who spent seven years playing in Pittsburgh, was let go during the preseason, but he could help the Steelers... more

The Miami Dolphins were in discussions with quarterbacks David Garrard and Jake Delhomme this week, league sources said Tuesday, but sides couldn't agree on a deal, and the prospects of a contract now aren't great. Miami had significant interest in... more

I'm not buying the NFC East this season. I know there's a ton of history, star players and big media markets involved, but I have yet to see any empirical evidence as to why any of these teams should be feared. In fact, the division has given us an array... more

Don't look now, but there's something brewing in Tennessee. Chris Johnson quietly put together his first 100-yard rushing effort in the Titans' 31-13 win over the Browns. Matt Hasselbeck continues to light people up, even without Kenny Britt, throwing... more

WASHINGTON -- Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined measures the NFL has taken to deal with concussions and urged the thousands of doctors present to continue their research into the causes and treatments for brain injuries, during an address to a national... more

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall left Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury, but it doesn't appear serious, a league source said on Monday. The Steelers will see how much Mendenhall can do during practice,... more

The 0-4 Minnesota Vikings do not expect to make a quarterback change this week, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The Vikings have yet to turn to first-round pick Christian Ponder, and coach Leslie Frazier has been a supporter of... more

September

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday that wide receiver Lee Evans is effectively out for Sunday night's game against the New York Jets. Evans said he expects to return following the Ravens' bye in Week 5. Evans, who did not practice on... more

The Seattle Seahawks are open to trading linebacker Aaron Curry, a league source said Thursday. Curry was taken fourth overall in 2009 and was seen as one of the safer players in that draft, but he has struggled to make an impact in Seattle. Curry was... more

Running back Steve Slaton has been awarded to the Miami Dolphins on waivers, according to a league source. The Houston Texans cut Slaton on Tuesday , ending his tenure with the team after more than three years. He logged only seven carries for 20... more

We've just about reached the quarterpole of the season, the time when you can really start to sift through the stats and begin to put credence in some trends. Usually through October, the cream starts to rise to the top and teams forge their identities.... more

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with free-agent quarterback Dan Orlovsky, according to a league source. With starting quarterback Kerry Collins battling concussion-like symptoms following Sunday night's 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh... more

UPDATE: The Texans announced Slaton's release at 3:45 CT on Tuesday. The Houston Texans are cutting running back Steve Slaton, according to a league source. Slaton, drafted in the third round in 2008 out of West Virginia, burst onto the scene as a... more

The Cincinnati Bengals worked out veteran running backs Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson on Tuesday as they look to shore up their backfield in light of Cedric Benson's possible three-game suspension, according to a league source. Portis took a physical... more

The Colts won't be a horrible football team all season. The Peyton Manning hangover is over. They came to play Sunday night for the first time this season and damn near pulled off a major upset of the Steelers. They'll still be lucky to win five games,... more

The Washington Redskins expect star safety LaRon Landry to shake a hamstring injury and play in Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys , according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Landry, a 2007 first-round draft pick, is coming off... more

Browns running back Peyton Hillis has been ruled out against the Dolphins with strep throat, according to a league source. Hillis came to practice Friday feeling ill and was sent home to drink fluids and rest. He's on antibiotics, but came to the... more

Arian Foster will likely be sidelined for the Houston Texans for the second time in three weeks by an injured hamstring, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Texans don't expect Foster to dress for Sunday's matchup against the... more

The Chicago Bears will not have running back Marion Barber or offensive lineman Gabe Carimi in their game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers , according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Chicago will have wide receiver Roy Williams, who... more

The San Diego Chargers will be without star tight end Antonio Gates on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs , according to a league source. Gates is dealing with foot issues, nothing new for the tight end who missed six of the final eight games last... more

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson is pursuing action against the NFL Players Association, according to a league source. Benson is currently appealing a three-game suspension that was issued for his arrest during the lockout (he already... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received a substantial fine for inappropriate contact with players during the NFL lockout, sources with knowledge of the situation said on Friday. Coach Raheem Morris admitted to as much during a radio interview and following an... more

Two additional fines from Week 2's Chargers-Patriots tilt have been handed out by the NFL, according to a league source. Chargers safety Eric Weddle was fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness. The infraction came on a pass play in which Weddle... more

The Miami Dolphins worked out seven players on Wednesday, according to a league source. Veteran cornerbacks Roderick Hood and Fabian Washington were part of the group, which also included defensive linemen Jay Ross, Isaako Aaituri and Sealver Siliga and... more

Facing the rest of the season without running back Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City Chiefs worked out five running backs on Wednesday, a league source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. The tryout included Mike Cox, Jalen Parmele, Dimitri Nance, Sammy... more

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson will appeal a three-game suspension dished out by the NFL, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Fantasy spin With Cedric Benson facing a suspension, Michael Fabiano has a Bengals... more

We saw a revolving door of running backs on the Tuesday circuit of workouts, with some teams hosting four or more at a time. There has been no shortage of journeymen and older veterans getting a looksee. But nothing at all for Laurence Maroney -- not a... more

It's still awfully early in the season, but we just might learn something about a few upstart clubs this week. The undefeated Bills and Lions get some interesting tests. Are they for real? Both could make a statement this week, particularly if the Bills... more

Is it really breaking news that Blaine Gabbert has been named the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they prepare for Sunday's game at Carolina ? Mayock: The right move NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock says that Blaine Gabbert is tough enough... more

Vincent Jackson remained on the franchise tag with the San Diego Chargers, as did Paul Soliai with the Miami Dolphins after the league deadline for those players to sign long-term contracts came and went Tuesday. And that at least raises some questions.... more

Former Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis is among the players scheduled to work out for the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, according to a league source. Portis, 30, had played in just 13 games over the last two seasons because of injuries -- a... more

I have to wonder if the Green Bay Packers might be tempted to reach out to free agent Darren Sharper after Monday's announcement that star safety Nick Collins is out for the season. Sharper, who spent the first eight years of his career in Green Bay,... more

Had a blast, as always, watching a very full Sunday of football. Here are some things that struck me in Week 2: Chris Johnson does not look like Chris Johnson. And it's not even close. The explosiveness is not there. The ability to turn the corner is... more

Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton is wearing a walking boot on his injured right ankle, but the move is only precautionary, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday. Newton doesn't have a serious injury and expects to take... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Rookies Cam Newton (left) and Randall Cobb both scored multiple touchdowns in their first NFL games. There was a gleam in Chris Weinke's eye last weekend as he watched the opening games of the NFL season. The former... more

I'm not gonna lie, we don't have quite the juicy menu to sink our teeth into this week. The schedule was stacked in Week 1 with five footlong matchups; this week, it's not so top-heavy. We don't have as many marquee teams battling each other, and, unlike... more

I know people have tried to label me a Bears hater, because I haven't really bought in on them even through the NFC title game run. I'd say, more accurately, I'm a Bears skeptic. I didn't think they'd be able to do it again in 2011, and all that's... more

Football is finally back. All the way back -- not just end-of-the-lockout-so-lets-finally-put-on-some-shells-and-pads back. That means our weekly look at the schedule returns as well, with a full slate of 16 games this weekend (assuming you include... more

August

They say this is the age of the quarterback. We've seen more spread formations, pass-first teams and quarterbacks posting ratings of 95 or better than we ever have before. Talk of "elite" quarterbacks seems to extend beyond a normal discussion of three or... more

I believe in Michael Vick. I believe in his ability to post another season with a quarterback rating around 100. I believe in his improved practice habits and film review and decision making. I believe, most of all, in Andy Reid's ability to identify a... more

US Presswire From left to right: Class of 2009 QBs Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman and Matt Stafford will forever be linked. DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford is watching the quarterback class of 2009. And he knows you are, too. Stafford will always... more

PITTSBURGH -- I'm never one to make much of the preseason, especially with rosters being shuffled and key players being out ... But this was an old-school beatdown. I don't care if the game was being played in August or January. The Eagles got hammered by... more

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh acknowledged Wednesday that he's clearly "not happy" with the $20,000 fine the NFL slapped on him for his hit on Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton in last week's preseason... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- Being around this young team, I can't help but be excited about the future here. While the Bucs might not go from 10 wins to the playoffs to the Super Bowl -- growth at this level is rarely so linear -- the energy and enthusiasm around this... more

The biggest headline from Monday night's meeting between the New York Jets and Houston Texans was all the star power that was missing -- Andre Johnson and Brian Cushing and Arian Foster and Plaxico Burress and Nick Mangold -- but there was still plenty to... more

The New York Giants made new offers on Friday to disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora, according to league sources. Umenyiora has now been offered a range of $400,000 to $1 million in new money, based on incentives and production. Umenyiora has not... more

Considering all the buzz in Miami recently about Brett Favre, and with coach Tony Sparano saying he couldn't rule out the team looking at an older quarterback, I couldn't help but wonder what Daunte Culpepper is up to. I mean, if you're even considering... more

For all of the attention that running back Matt Forte is receiving for having outplayed his rookie contract, he isn't the only Chicago Bears star with a gripe. The Bears have yet to begin discussions with elite safety Chris Harris, who is scheduled... more

The issue of whether to guarantee three or four years is holding up the remainder of the first-round signings, according to league sources Wednesday. All picks in the first round save for Nos. 17-19 are signed; to this point picks 1-16 and 20 received... more

Free-agent linebacker Manny Lawson has agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, a league source said Tuesday. Lawson spent his first five NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after they picked him 22nd overall in the... more

July

So, how'd they do it? That's what everyone wants to know about the Philadelphia Eagles, right? How did a team that already spends a fair amount on players come out of an uncapped year and into a fairly tightly capped year (the $123 million 2011 cap is... more

Prospects of a deal that would send Kyle Orton from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins appeared unlikely Friday, but the quarterback's scheduled roster bonus isn't the issue. The Broncos and Dolphins simply cannot agree on trade terms, according to... more

Pete Carroll finally landed the big-play wide receiver he has been seeking since he arrived to coach the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. Veteran wide receiver Sidney Rice joined the Minnesota-to-Seattle exodus Wednesday, agreeing to a five-year, $41 million... more

The Redskins and Santana Moss have agreed to terms on a deal that will keep the veteran wide receiver in Washington, a league source said Tuesday. Moss' deal is for three years and is worth $15 million ($6 million guaranteed), with a $5 million... more

It appears increasingly unlikely that quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will be back with the Seattle Seahawks, sources said Tuesday, but the Tennessee Titans will be aggressive in their pursuit of the 13-year veteran. The San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota... more

The Philadelphia Eagles hope to receive a first-round draft pick in exchange for backup quarterback Kevin Kolb, according to sources, but they might not be able to do so. As of Tuesday morning, there was no trade on the table, and this situation could... more

The Denver Broncos are willing to deal starting quarterback Kyle Orton, league and team sources said, and spent Tuesday assessing that market. The Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins are among the teams expected to engage in trade... more

The Baltimore Ravens aren't wasting any time shaping their roster for the 2011 season. They're keeping Marshal Yanda on a five-year, $32 million deal, according to a league source. Retaining Yanda, who can serve as a guard or tackle, was a priority... more

Finally, after over three months with little to do besides watch tape and hope for the lockout to end, decision-makers around the league are getting back to work . And, oh, the work there is to be done. Suddenly, the business of football is under way... more

Lawyers and negotiating teams for the NFL and NFL Players Association remained in close contact Sunday, hammering out the final details of a new labor agreement, while NFLPA executive committee members headed to Washington to recommend a new deal for... more

NFL Players Association lawyers and officials are digesting the league's proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement, but there are several concerns regarding language and other matters the players consider unresolved, numerous sources with direct... more

Lawyers for the NFL and its players met Monday in New York , but several issues still must be resolved before the parties can ratify a full collective bargaining agreement. According to sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations, some of those... more

Talented but troubled cornerback Aqib Talib is prepared to attend training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the end of the NFL lockout and is expected to remain with the team for the immediate future -- and most likely throughout the 2011 season.... more

For some organizations, James Harrison's verbal barrage and outlandish statements would create some real inner turmoil. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, and particularly emboldened coach Mike Tomlin, I don't expect it to prompt much consternation. While... more

Randy Moss is looking forward to entering the NFL free-agent market whenever it opens, according to his agent, Joel Segal, who said Wednesday the wide receiver is primed to return to "the old Randy Moss." Moss bounced from the Patriots last season to... more

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press James Harrison could be in for a rude awakening after blasting his Steelers teammates. Internally, as the Pittsburgh Steelers have gone about the business of projecting their roster, assessing budgets and... more

The Washington Redskins, who largely sat out the free-agent market in 2010, are prepared to make a splash this year, numerous sources familiar with the team's offseason plans said Tuesday. Facing a serious lack of talent at crucial positions, the... more

Michael Vick is on the verge of signing his biggest endorsement deal since he restarted his NFL career after his 19-month incarceration, negotiating with MusclePharm on what could be a three-year, $1.55 million deal, a source with knowledge of the... more

The Atlanta Falcons have put together a strong offensive line and running game, incubating potential superstar quarterback Matt Ryan, but they are prepared to move on with some adjustments to the right side of the line. The Falcons, in making their... more

Friday's ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declaring that the NFL lockout remains in place came as no surprise to either party and multiple sources on both sides said it should not derail the negotiating process to any degree. ... more

After holding another full day of labor negotiations , the NFL and its players will continue productive talks, but philosophical differences about some core issues remain, numerous sources with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. For instance,... more

Earlier this week, I spotlighted players with bloated contracts , many of whom wouldn't be back with their current teams once the NFL lockout is over. Now, let's examine the yin to that yang (or is it the yang to that yin?) and check out some of the... more

When I was growing up in Baltimore in the late 1970s, John Mackey was something of a god. People spoke about him with a certain tone. The respect and admiration for him -- as a man, as a trailblazer and as a football player -- was universal across all... more

Several teams took care of budgetary housekeeping in the time before the NFL lockout, with players such as Clinton Portis -- once the highest-paid running back in the league with the Washington Redskins -- receiving their release. Still, ample work will... more

The NFL lockout hasn't done the Houston Texans any favors. Brooks: Bad deal waiting to happen? Nnamdi Asomugha arguably is the NFL's best corner, but most teams would be wise not to break the bank for his services when he hits free agency, Bucky... more

June

Players involved in labor negotiations with the NFL traveled to Minnesota on Monday, but not just to meet with their legal team. They are there for a fifth round of "secret talks" with the league, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Minnesota... more

The Tennessee Titans were able to effectively placate star running back Chris Johnson last year and entice him to report for the 2010 season by adding an additional $1.5 million to his $500,000 base salary. The situation will come to a head again this... more

Much was made about the lack of veteran participation at the recent camp that young Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Joe Webb put together in Florida. Well, this week, they finally had an established teammate to whom they could throw.... more

While few specifics of what a new collective bargaining agreement might look like were revealed during this week's NFL owners meeting in the Chicago area, there was discussion of possible one-year rule changes that might be necessary when the lockout... more

Jim O'Connor / US Presswire If free-agency rules revert to 2009, the Giants could lose some big names, including Ahmad Bradshaw. Most anticipate that, if the NFL and NFLPA agree to a new CBA with the courts playing no role in the outcome, the... more

Howard Smith / US Presswire The Eagles will demand a first-round pick in exchange for quarterback Kevin Kolb. With the lockout clearly a drag for all of us by now and something called "June gloom" all the talk out here at our studios in Los... more

There are bound to be snubs with any top 100 list. It's the nature of the endeavor. The one name that has caught my attention through the unveiling of elite players in "The Top 100: Best of 2011" the past few weeks is Osi Umenyiora. He was not included... more

Rams linebacker David Vobora, following a record $5.4 million award from a federal judge for unknowingly using a tainted supplement, is seeking to have his four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy expunged from his record, according to... more

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora gave a deposition as part of the Brady et al v. National Football League et al case, claiming that general manager Jerry Reese promised in 2008 to either trade him or pay him among the top five defensive ends in... more

It has been a while since I got people whipped into a frenzy and subjected myself to a good public flogging. So what better time than now to do so, right? I was asked during my NFL.com chat Wednesday to list the teams I thought had a legitimate shot at... more

One of the greatest strengths of the Pittsburgh Steelers is their ability to self-scout. I'm not sure any team does it better. They're always proactive at locking up rising stars well before they reach age 30. They grasp the realities of their... more

Jerry Lai / US Presswire Matthew Stafford has proven he can play when he's on the field, but staying healthy has been the issue. The players, via NFL Network, have spoken. They ranked "The Top 100 Players of 2011" and, from the 2009... more

Rob Carr / Associated Press Albert Haynesworth is a prime example of the type of risk using free agency to build a roster can bring. As the Albert Haynesworth saga took its latest unfortunate turn this week, with defensive coordinator Jim... more

Terrelle Pryor has yet to chose an agent or file for the NFL supplemental draft. And, if I were representing the former Ohio State quarterback, my advice to him would be simple: Forget about the NFL, at least for 2011. Pryor is walking into the vortex... more

Many of the short-term casualties of the lockout have been chronicled in depth. We know all about the impact on the free-agent market, undrafted free agents and players awaiting hefty offseason workout bonuses. Unofficial list of potential free agents... more

Paul Sakuma / US Presswire Michael Crabtree used to be all smiles about Alex Smith as his quarterback. Not so much anymore, apparently. So, did you hear about the supposed lack of support Michael Crabtree has for Alex Smith ? And if so, was... more

Geoff Burke / US Presswire Donovan McNabb knows the West Coast offense well, which is why the Vikings should consider acquiring him. In the past I've advised against reading too much -- or really anything, for that matter -- into the various... more

May

The Minnesota Vikings will hold a player-run minicamp from Monday through Thursday in Florida, either at the IMG Academy in Bradenton or at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The minicamp is being organized by quarterback Christian Ponder, the... more

When people discuss the offseason quarterback market -- you know, when we have an actual market and all -- Kyle Orton is generally lumped in with the usual suspects like Matt Hasselbeck, Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Marc Bulger and Vince Young. But to me,... more

Christian Ponder , the 12th overall pick in last month's draft, has reported to Bradenton, Fla., to work out for the next month, and he's also organizing a Vikings minicamp in the area, sources said Tuesday. The camp likely will be either held at the... more

TOWSON, Md. -- Joe Flacco rolled out of bed on the Towson University campus early Tuesday morning, piled into his truck with rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith and quarterback Tyrod Taylor and headed to practice. Derrick Mason showed up to the field a... more

The NFL confirmed Tuesday that it has canceled this year's rookie symposium, making it the first league event lost because of the lockout. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement that the decision to call off the event, scheduled to start June 26... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell heard from fans at the NFL draft: They want football. We've reached a point where little about this prolonged lockout is surprising. In terms of rhetoric, legal twists and the amount of time... more

A few weeks back, we examined what the 2011 free-agent class would look like under 2010 NFL rules -- i.e., six years of service time required to become an unrestricted free agent. If you recall, it wasn't pretty . Not at all. That list was a very small... more

Todd Ponath / Associated Press Reggie White was one of the most beloved players, not just in Green Bay, but in the NFL. Reggie White was one of the defining signings of the free agency era shortly after it began without restriction in 1992.... more

Keith Srakocic / Associated Press Several teams could use the services of 33-year-old Chad Ochocinco, who has a year left on his Bengals contract. The problem with assuming that Chad Ochocinco has played his final game with the Bengals is... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL Plaxico Burress' winning touchdown reception late in Super Bowl XLII ended the Patriots' quest for perfection. There have been no winners and far too many losers in this lockout already. Confusion and uncertainty remain... more

Jim Brown / US Presswire Jason Campbell has taken charge of offseason workouts and looks forward to leading the Raiders to the next level. In the past, people have tried to take swipes at Jason Campbell's leadership skills and his ability to... more

Kevin Terrell / Associated Press Rodger Saffold (left) and Sam Bradford are two second-year Rams making the most of the lockout. The St. Louis Rams are not among the teams to hold a full-scale team workout or player-sanctioned mini-camp, but... more

I had someone pose something interesting to me this week while watching "The Top 100: Players of 2011" on NFL Network as voted by the players. Donovan McNabb's peers voted in as No. 100 -- one of 12 quarterback to make the list. John Beck, Washington's... more

While the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ponders a full stay of U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson's decision enjoining the NFL lockout, the league is weighing options concerning free-agency rules should it be ordered to open for business. Several general... more

The idea of labeling drafts with a letter grade, mere hours or days after the last pick always amuses me. This is done without ever seeing how any of these players emerge as people or as on-field products The reality is, no one knows how it will go. If... more

Vonta Leach might be one of the true anomalies in the NFL right now -- a Pro Bowl free-agent-to-be, still yet to turn 30. In this distorted labor situation, that alone will put you in some pretty exclusive company. Teams and agents, operating under the... more

April

NEW YORK -- The Minnesota Vikings remain in the market for a veteran quarterback, and acquiring Donovan McNabb is a high probability, league sources said Friday. Minnesota's selection of Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder with the No. 12... more

NEW YORK -- The Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals are among the teams still searching for a quarterback entering the second round of the NFL draft. TCU's Andy Dalton, Nevada's... more

In conversations with several general managers before the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft on Thursday night, it's becoming clear that there is no shortage of top-10 teams exploring options to trade down. The Denver Broncos (who pick second),... more

Players who showed up at team complexes around the league on Thursday were again not allowed to do any activities. Washington Redskins center Casey Rabach reported to Redskin Park on Thursday morning, spoke briefly with general manager Bruce Allen, but... more

Many agents and general managers are bracing for the 2011 league year to begin as soon as Monday if the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't grant the NFL's request for a stay of a judge's ruling that granted the players an injunction to lift the... more

Despite their faults and the question marks, and no matter the fact that we still could be operating in a system whereby highly picked rookies receive massive contracts, the demand for quarterbacks coupled with the labor uncertainty and the lack of free... more

There aren't many teams aching to move into the top reaches of the first round, but I continue to get the sense from various league executives that there will be no shortage of movement during the draft, and certainly a few picks that will make analysts... more

There aren't many teams aching to move into the top reaches of the first round, but I continue to get the sense from various league executives that there will be no shortage of movement during the draft, and certainly a few picks that will make analysts... more

Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire The Redskins want a franchise quarterback. Would they trade up thinking Blaine Gabbert is the answer? There aren't many teams aching to move into the top reaches of the first round, but I continue to get the... more

Gary A. Vasquez / NFL With so many teams in need of a passer, Andy Dalton could go much earlier than expected. More draft buzz from La Canfora: » 'Skins could trade up | Twins reunited? | Nervous QB-needy teams | Four QBs in top 15... more

Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire The Redskins want a franchise QB. Would they trade up thinking Blaine Gabbert is the answer? There aren't many teams aching to move into the top reaches of the first round, but I continue to get the sense from... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will exhaust all possible scenarios to trade up for University of Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey , a league source said Tuesday night. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has given an edict to his personnel department to explore... more

Rumblings persist that the Washington Redskins want to move up, perhaps as high as the Denver Broncos' No. 2 overall pick Thursday, to ensure they land a quarterback in the NFL draft. Several general managers believe the Redskins, who are expected to... more

The NFL Players Association emailed a letter to all agents Tuesday, urging them to begin negotiating player contracts with teams. In a letter sent by Mark Levin, the NFLPA's director of research, the trade association asked agents to immediately contact... more

The quarterback who's generating the most late buzz -- and could go in the top 10 of Thursday's NFL draft -- is TCU's Andy Dalton . He specifically has been mentioned in connection with the Tennessee Titans, who own the eighth overall pick. Several... more

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich will be allowed to stay as long, or short, as he'd like at the 2011 NFL Draft, league sources said Monday. Latest mock drafts all in one place Our writers and analysts examine how the first round could... more

The lockout seemingly has cast a shadow over all relations between the NFL and prospects, as well as their agents, with roughly 10 of the record 25 players confirmed to attend this week's draft at New York's Radio City Music Hall choosing not to accept... more

The Jaguars are one of the teams I'm most intrigued to watch next week during the NFL draft. Quite simply, I love the way general manager Gene Smith operates, looking for value in areas others might gloss over, sticking to his philosophy and being willing... more

With a week until the NFL draft, it seems the furthest Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert would fall is to the Redskins at No. 10. Gabbert could go much higher, but I don't envision a scenario in which at least two quarterbacks aren't taken in the top... more

Dr. James Andrews wrote a letter clearing North Carolina outside linebacker Bruce Carter for pre-draft workouts. Carter is an intriguing prospect who starred on the Tar Heels' defense but tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during a November game.... more

John Reed / US Presswire Cam Newton has the ability to excite a Panthers fan base searching for something to cheer about. The closer we get to the draft, still without a resolution to the NFL's labor woes in sight, the more I believe the... more

Ron Chenoy/ US Presswire Sam Bradford and the Rams face teams with winning 2010 records in five of their first seven games. The impact of the NFL schedule is very, very real. With a relatively small sample size -- 16 games over 17 weeks --... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press The Lions and Bucs matchup didn't seem important at the start of last season. That should be different in 2011. Every year brings new twists and turns in the NFL. Success one season might mean nothing the... more

Chip Smith might be the only man who has spent considerable time personally working out Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick -- and he believes the Nevada quarterback is a superior athlete when compared to Auburn's Heisman Trophy winner. "They're a lot... more

Alabama running back Mark Ingram , Florida center Mike Pouncey and Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor have accepted invitations to the April 28-30 NFL draft in New York, league sources said Monday. All three players have been mentioned as possible... more

Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor didn't fail a physical at the NFL Scouting Combine because of an issue with his feet, a league source said Sunday. There have been reports that Taylor has slipped down some teams' draft boards because he has bones... more

ATHENS, Ga. -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, on the mend from surgery on his throwing shoulder, looked free and easy while participating in a quarterback challenge at the University of Georgia's spring game Saturday. Stafford joined former... more

University of Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick , who has steadily climbed up NFL analysts' boards since a strong Senior Bowl week performance, has been invited to New York for the April 28-30 draft, a league source said Friday night. Latest mock... more

University of Hawaii running back Alex Green has three visits with NFL teams scheduled next week, a league source said Friday. Latest mock drafts all in one place Our writers and analysts examine how the first round could unfold. Find out the... more

Richard Mackson / US Presswire Cam Newton's polarizing personality could help bring much-needed buzz to Carolina. With the prospect of playing under 2010 league rules a distinct possibility, the more I think the Carolina Panthers will have no... more

I have a plan to save the Cincinnati Bengals potentially $20 million, and, still arguably walk away with the top wide receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft. Wanna hear it? In truth, the strategy would hold true for any number of teams in the first round of the... more

Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor has been invited to the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall, according to a league source. He is expected to attend. Taylor received the invitation about 10 days ago, according to the source. Taylor could go as... more

University of Arizona defensive lineman Brooks Reed will visit three teams this week and work out for another, according to a league source. Reed is visiting the Atlanta Falcons Monday, travels to Washington, D.C. to work out for the Redskins Tuesday... more

Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram will visit the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, according to a league source. The Heisman Trophy-winning tailback visited the New Orleans Saints last week. The Miami Dolphins, New England... more

Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick , who continues to develop a buzz ahead of this month's NFL draft, will work out for the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, according to a league source. Wyche: Life after Manning Why are the Colts eyeing Colin... more

At a time when hundreds of football players are trying to secure a gym or nutritionist or trainer during the lockout, with so much uncertainty about when team facilities will reopen, one NFL veteran is undoubtedly already in the best shape of his life.... more

Roughly half of the NFL's 32 teams are expected to attend Villanova offensive lineman Ben Ijalana 's pro day Wednesday, according to a league source. Ijalana will work out at Villanova after missing the NFL Scouting Combine in February because of hernia... more

All 32 teams are expected to have representatives at a workout in Alabama on Tuesday for three NFL prospects. Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy , tight end Preston Dial and South Alabama wide receiver Courtney Smith will be working out for scouts,... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers front-office personnel have begun directly emailing agents regarding their draft prospects, using the information for cross-checking purposes as the team assesses where it believes certain players will be selected later this month.... more

USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith will attend the NFL draft after all, his agent, Eric Metz, said Friday. Smith, who could be the first offensive lineman taken in the April 28-30 draft, wavered on his decision. As of Thursday, he had opted to remain at... more

March

University of Arizona end Brooks Reed has been somewhat overlooked in a deep class of elite defensive linemen, but he's generating a lot of interest from teams drafting in the 25 to 40 range, sources said Thursday, and is meeting with many of them.... more

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Smith had been invited to attend the NFL draft next month. Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith has been invited to New York for NFL draft-week events, but he hasn't been asked to... more

Tyron Smith's pro-day workout at USC on Wednesday included a bevy of NFL offensive line coaches watching closely, and he will soon begin taking trips to many of those teams that scouted him on campus, according to a league source. Brooks: Smith meets... more

Darron Cummings / Associated Press Temple's Muhammad Wilkerson helped his stock at the combine and could move into the draft's first round. A year ago at this time, only the most ardent draftnik was espousing the abilities of Cal defensive... more

Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith visited the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, according to a league source. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock ranked Smith as one of the best 32 players in the 2011 NFL Draft. NFL.com senior analyst... more

While much of the attention from the visit Dolphins representatives took to Arkansas Tuesday has focused on quarterback Ryan Mallett, league sources said that tight end D.J. Williams is a key reason for Miami's presence there. The Dolphins have... more

Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor will continue his busy pre-draft workout schedule with sessions for the New York Jets and Denver Broncos this week, a league source said Tuesday. Taylor worked out for the Cleveland Browns (No. 6 overall pick), Kansas City... more

The NFL Players Association this week began contacting players found eligible to receive payments from its lockout fund. Those payments will begin April 15. The NFLPA established the fund to help players in need, and its accounting department has begun... more

Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, the ninth-rated player on NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock's top prospects list , will meet with at least two teams this week. Amukamara is considered by many the second-best in the draft at his position and a... more

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett will work out for the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday and the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, according to a league source. Some analysts consider Mallett to be the best pure passer in this year's draft and project the... more

Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will visit the Buffalo Bills this week, according to a league source. Dareus, who stopped by NFL Network earlier this month, has visits scheduled with seven teams picking in the top 10, with the Denver Broncos... more

Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson will meet with the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks this week, according to a league source. Wilkerson has generated strong buzz since last month's NFL Scouting Combine, and subsequent workouts have only... more

NEW ORLEANS -- In the past two weeks, I've been able to travel to sunny locales and spend a considerable amount of time with men directly involved in the ongoing NFL labor unrest. As I prepare to return home from the NFL Annual Meeting in New... more

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. -- Members of the NFL Players Association's executive team said Friday that the failure of the NFL to include players in projected revenue growth was critical to the breakdown in talks in Washington, D.C. a week ago, with the union then... more

MARCO ISLAND, Florida -- NFL PLayers Association executive board members and player reps reiterated the need for unity among players during the lockout, and continued their calls for owners to open their books during a break Thursday from their annual... more

Winslow Townson / Associated Press This hit delivered by Brandon Meriweather landed the Patriots safety a $50,000 fine last season. For the second straight year, special teams would be most directly impacted by a potential major rule changes... more

Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller has visits planned with eight of the first 10 teams picking in next month's NFL Draft, according to league sources. Miller, the consensus top player at his position in this year's draft, is scheduled to travel to meet... more

University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker held a private workout with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, according to a league source and is set to audition for two more teams also selecting in the first 12 picks at next month's NFL Draft -- the Denver... more

As NFL Network and NFL.com reported prior to the Super Bowl, the NFL Players Association is considering organizing a boycott that would prevent top draft prospects from attending April's NFL Draft in New York City. There is no official arrangement or... more

WASHINGTON -- NFL and NFL Players Association officials left Thursday's heavily attended mediation session without a deal -- and with only one day left before the collective bargaining agreement is scheduled to expire. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice... more

I'm a sucker for a redemptive story. Beating the odds. Triumph of the human spirit. I have a soft spot for all of that stuff. Unfortunately, I see scant potential for any of this in Tiki Barber 's sudden comeback attempt. Can't see this one ending well.... more

Kevin Conner, agent for safety Gerald Sensabaugh, said Tuesday that his client remains open to rejoining the Dallas Cowboys but also is looking forward to testing the free-agent market once it opens. Conner wanted to get this message across during a... more

The two-year contract extension that defensive end Kevin Vickerson received from the Denver Broncos last week includes a $1 million signing bonus and is worth $2.375 million per season, a league source said Tuesday. Vickerson, who signed the deal... more

The five-year deal that linebacker A.J. Hawk received from the Green Bay Packers last week includes an $8 million signing bonus and is worth $33.75 million, which is $6.75 million annually. Packers tender WR Jones Packers WR James Jones told WBAY-TV... more

Tight end Jeremy Shockey's one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers is worth $3 million, with $1 million guaranteed, a league source said Monday. Wilcots: Shockey not finished What does Jeremy Shockey bring to the Panthers? NFL Network analyst... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL Players Association and the league have agreed upon a seven-day extension of talks on a new collective bargaining agreement, one day after the sides agreed to a 24-hour extension of the expiration of the current CBA. Negotiations... more

The Houston Texans and tight end Owen Daniels agreed to a four-year, $22 million contract Thursday, one day after offering him a first-round tender as a restricted free agent. The contract is front-loaded, according to a league source, with roughly $13... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed Thursday to a 24-hour extension of their current collective bargaining agreement, allowing them to continue negotiations and, according to a league source, possibly reach a longer extension.... more

The Green Bay Packers are hopeful they can re-sign linebacker A.J. Hawk, who they released Wednesday, before the collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. Thursday. The sides have more talks planned, according to a league source, and are... more

My favorite thing about the NFL Scouting Combine is the fact that it's about much more than the draft itself. Sure, for hours a day young men are doing all they can at Lucas Oil Stadium in an attempt to improve their stock, but much of the most... more

New York Giants owner John Mara left mediator George Cohen's Washington D.C. office Wednesday night, followed by two NFL officials, two lawyers and questions from reporters. "Long day," Mara said as he departed the Federal Mediation and Conciliation... more

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata signed his franchise tender Wednesday, according to his agent, Mike McCartney. The value of the one-year deal is $12.476 million, and the sides will work to negotiate a long-term contract once the rules of... more

Former Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders is in New York meeting with the Jets on Wednesday, according to a league source. Sanders, the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was released Feb. 18 by the Colts. He previously visited the Jacksonville... more

Shaun Rogers turned down roughly $6 million from another team to accept a deal with the New Orleans Saints for about $2 million less, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. The Saints announced via Twitter that they had agreed to a... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed a first-round restricted tender on offensive tackle Willie Colon on Tuesday, according to a league source. Colon, who missed the entire 2010 season because of a torn Achilles' tendon he sustained during training camp,... more

February

Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley will sign his franchise tender on Tuesday, according to agent Joe Linta. Wimbley had been speaking to the Raiders about a long-term deal but the sides have been unable to bridge a gap, and so Linta... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and fellow quarterback Ryan Mallett have been busy interviewing with prospective employers during the NFL Scouting Combine, league sources said Sunday. Newton, from Auburn, and Mallett, from Arkansas,... more

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice will not agree to a new deal before the collective bargaining agreement expires, a league source said Sunday. The Vikings have been talking to Rice and would like to sign him to a long-term contract extension... more

Free-agent tight end Jeremy Shockey will pay a visit to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, according to a league source. Shockey was released last Tuesday by the Saints, who appear ready to move on with promising second-year pro and 2010 third-round draft... more

Donovan McNabb still wants to play somewhere other than Washington, according to a league source. While Redskins coach Mike Shanahan met with McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, this week for 90 minutes, that conversation did not change McNabb's thoughts... more

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is set to re-sign with Pittsburgh Steelers for one more year, according to a league source. Arians, a Steelers assistant since 2004 and offensive coordinator the last four seasons, has an expiring contract. He had been... more

The Miami Dolphins placed the franchise tag on defensive tackle Paul Soliai on Thursday, according to a league source. The Dolphins have been working on a long-term deal with Soliai, who at the very least will get a one-year contract worth roughly $12.5... more

The Oakland Raiders placed their franchise tag Thursday on outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, according to a league source. The team later confirmed the move on its Twitter page. "Kamerion is a great young talent, and (we) are excited about him... more

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with cornerback Stanford Routt, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Routt, a six-year pro, was an offseason priority for the Raiders after the team voided... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not use the transition tag on cornerback Ike Taylor, according to a league source Thursday. There had been reports and speculation that the team would do so, but that will not be the case. The Steelers plan to be competitive... more

I can't help but be enthused by the ongoing dialogue between the NFL and its players' union . Sure, I should know better than to try to characterize something as fluid, and potentially combustible, as real-time collective bargaining negotiations... more

The Chicago Bears have been talking about a contract extension with coach Lovie Smith for a while now, and a deal should be completed in the coming weeks, according to a league source. Smith has one year left on his contract. He led the Bears to the NFC... more

Safety Bob Sanders, the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year who was released Feb. 18 by the Indianapolis Colts, has no more free-agent trips planned for this week, according to a league source. Sanders visited with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday... more

The Minnesota Vikings have used their franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway, the team announced Monday. Greenway, who led the team with 144 tackles this season, is seen by the Vikings as a centerpiece of a defense facing offseason changes.  The... more

Former Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders visited with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, according to a league source. Sanders is open to meet with teams as a free agent this week after Colts owner Jim Irsay released the 2007 NFL Defensive... more

The St. Louis Rams have released safety O.J. Atogwe , a league source said Friday. Atogwe knew this was a distinct possibility, given the nature of his contract. He had an $8 million roster bonus due Feb. 21, which in essence forced a decision from... more

Veteran free-agent safety Erik Coleman has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, a league source said Friday. Coleman later tweeted about his new deal: "I am extremely excited to lend my services to the Lions and the wonderful city of... more

Following a review and a hearing, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell determined Friday that the Detroit Lions violated the league's anti-tampering policy by publicly commenting about their desire to acquire players then under contract to the Kansas City... more

The Pittburgh Steelers used their franchise tag on outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, the team announced Friday. Woodley, 26, made $550,000 last season, the final year of his rookie contract. His salary, as a tagged linebacker, is expected to exceed $10... more

While the Carolina Panthers' decision on how to use the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft receives greater attention and speculation from the media, a more pressing matter internally is how to use the franchise tag. The Panthers intend to place it on... more

March has long been one of the most anticipated months on the NFL calendar, with player transactions a daily topic of discussion and debate. But with the players decertifying and the owners enacting a lockout, everything has been put on hold for... more

The Oakland Raiders confirmed Thursday that Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour signed a contract extension. League sources said it is a two-year deal worth approximately $30 million. The deal prevents Seymour from becoming an unrestricted free... more

The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that it doesn't have a firm timetable for investigating the NFL's claim that the NFL Players Association hasn't collectively bargained in good faith. The NFL filed its claim Monday . The current collective... more

A majority of NFL teams plan on using the franchise tag on pending free agents, but the Chicago Bears announced last week that they will not. And some other teams have ruled it out internally. From NFLShop.com : Green Bay Packers championship gear.... more

The New York Jets confirmed Tuesday that they placed their non-exclusive franchise tag on linebacker David Harris. The move had been expected, and the one-year tag will be worth in the neighborhood of $10 million, which was the average of the five... more

The Philadelphia Eagles confirmed Tuesday that they placed the franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick and the transition tag on kicker David Akers. Vick, who was selected The Associated Press' Comeback Player of the Year the day before Super Bowl... more

Sharon Ellman / Associated Press Despite the much-ballyhooed Donovan McNabb trade, the Redskins opted to start Rex Grossman late last season. The Washington Redskins enter yet another offseason surrounded by key personnel questions.... more

The NFL confirmed that it filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against the NFL Players Association on Monday. The charge states that the players' union has failed to bargain in good faith as a result of its... more

The New England Patriots officially used their franchise tag on guard Logan Mankins, and he remained the only NFL player with the designation as Monday's close of business approached, according to a league source. The Patriots later confirmed that they... more

The NFL Management Council has yet to release official franchise-tag numbers for the 2011 season, and, with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire March 3, the use of the tag continues to be challenged by the NFL Players Association. However,... more

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, held a conference call with player agents Monday, but there weren't any new discussions of a possible boycott of this month's NFL Scouting Combine. "That's tabled," one source said of... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are prepared to make Mike Sheppard their next quarterbacks coach, a source with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. For more on the Jacksonville Jaguars, check out the latest from our bloggers. Sheppard, whom the source... more

Jerry Gray, a top candidate to become the Titans' new defensive coordinator, arrived in Tennessee on Friday to begin the interview process, and is scheduled to continue meeting with coach Mike Munchak and team officials on Saturday, according to a league... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hopeful about formalizing a new contract with defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau next week, according to league sources. For more on the Pitsburgh Steelers, check out the latest from our bloggers. LeBeau, a driving force... more

Jerry Gray, a former assistant in Tennessee, is a top candidate for the Titans' vacant defensive coordinator job, according to sources. For more on the Tennessee Titans, check out the latest from our bloggers. Gray is scheduled to interview with the... more

Defensive lineman Shaun Rogers will meet with the Washington Redskins on Friday, but he will not sign with an NFL team this week, according to a league source. For more on the Washington Redskins, check out the latest from our bloggers. The three-time... more

Kirby Lee / US Presswire The Chargers could end up placing the franchise tag on Vincent Jackson for the second consecutive season. In a few weeks the current CBA expires. We don't know what the future scope of labor rules will entail, but... more

The New York Jets have signed kicker Nick Novak, who led the United Football League in scoring with 69 points in 10 games, according to a league source. Novak has NFL experience, was the UFL's special teams player of the year and was coveted by several... more

A second day of negotiations in Washington between the NFL and NFL Players Association has been canceled, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The sides, working to reach agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement by March 3,... more

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach Ray Horton has offers to join the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys, a league source said Tuesday. Horton has an interview scheduled this week with the Cardinals, who want him to coordinate their defense.... more

The Atlanta Falcons likely will release safety Erik Coleman sometime Tuesday, according to a league source. Coleman signed a four-year contract with the Falcons in 2008 and is due $2.5 million in base salary next season. Coleman started every game... more

The Arizona Cardinals are formally pursuing Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler for their vacant defensive coordinator position, league sources said Monday. On NFL Replay NFL Replay will re-air the Green Bay Packers' 31-25 win... more

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss' contract will void this week, making him an unrestricted free agent, according to a league source. While the sides are highly unlikely to complete a new deal before the current contract voids, the Redskins... more

DALLAS -- Top union officials and player agents are discussing the possibility of withholding prospects from the NFL Scouting Combine and 2011 NFL Draft activities, sources said Friday, with the league's collective bargaining agreement expiring March 3.... more

The Atlanta Falcons are very close to a multiyear contract extension with coach Mike Smith, a league source said Wednesday. The sides have been quietly negotiating for a few weeks and agreed on many principles of a new deal, according to the source.... more

The Tennessee Titans expanded their head-coaching search to include New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, league sources said Wednesday. The Titans are set to interview Fewell and... more

There is a good possibility that Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler will leave the team after the Super Bowl to become the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. Butler is... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey shares his coach's optimism that he'll be cleared for Super Bowl XLV, saying Tuesday he has a 75 percent chance of playing Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Pouncey, who sustained what... more

January

The Philadelphia Eagles confirmed Monday that they have interviewed Chicago Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke for their defensive coordinator vacancy. For more on the Philadelphia Eagles, check out the latest from our bloggers. The Eagles have cast... more

The Tennessee Titans confirmed Monday that they interviewed offensive line coach Mike Munchak for their head-coaching position, and sources said the meeting went well. Munchak, a Hall of Fame player who's liked by Titans owner Bud Adams, is widely... more

The Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to meet with offensive tackle Jared Gaither to discuss a new contract, a league source said Monday. Gaither, who missed the entire 2010 season because of a back injury, is a potential free agent and someone the Ravens... more

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith, out since Week 7 with a triceps injury, will have an MRI on Tuesday or Wednesday to see if he can play in this weekend's Super Bowl, according to a league source. The Steelers are holding out hope that... more

Jeff Fisher's departure from the Tennessee Titans, ending the longest current head-coaching tenure in the NFL, was hastened by a series of events, none more significant than the team's refusal to hire his son, Brandon, league sources said Friday. And... more

NEW YORK -- NFL officials on Thursday outlined for the media the finances behind some of their proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement, expressing why they believed there should be significant urgency on both sides to complete a deal. The... more

University of Florida assistant coach Teryl Austin has agreed to terms to become the Baltimore Ravens' secondary coach, a league source said Wednesday. Austin previously spent seven seasons in the NFL as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks and... more

Everything gets magnified in the playoffs. Our sense of proportion gets distorted -- as the instant-diagnosis of Jay Cutler's injury from sofas across America indicated -- and the added importance of each snap tends to skew reality. The mundane becomes... more

The Denver Broncos confirmed Tuesday that Dennis Allen will become their defensive coordinator. A league source said Monday night that Allen, the New Orleans Saints' secondary coach, reached an agreement with the Broncos, who had the NFL's... more

A request by the Cleveland Browns to interview Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith was denied last week, a league source said Monday. Smith's contract is set to expire, but the Redskins intend to retain him. Four teams were denied... more

New Orleans Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen is scheduled to interview for the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator job Sunday, according to a league source. The Eagles need a new coordinator after firing Sean McDermott, who has since landed... more

The Baltimore Ravens are close to a long-term deal with kicker Billy Cundiff, a source with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. The sides have been working on an extension and made significant progress, according to the source, and the deal is... more

The New York Jets are practicing this week with the intent to use cornerback Antonio Cromartie against Pittsburgh Steelers speedy receiver Mike Wallace in this Sunday's AFC Championship Game, according to a league source. The Jets, who used a similar... more

Dick Jauron is close to finalizing a contract to become the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Browns coach Pat Shurmur met Tuesday and Wednesday with Jauron about running the team's... more

The Oakland Raiders hired Al Saunders as their offensive coordinator Thursday, one day after interviewing him for the job, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Saunders, a former coordinator and head coach who had been a consultant for... more

New Orleans Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen will interview for the defensive coordinator openings in Denver on Friday and Philadelphia over the weekend, a league source said Thursday. Allen joined the Saints in 2006 as the assistant defensive line... more

Longtime NFL assistant coach Darrell Bevell agreed to become the Seattle Seahawks' offensive coordinator, a team source said Thursday. The Seahawks later confirmed the hiring of Bevell, who spent the past five seasons as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive... more

NFL Network analyst Jim Mora is withdrawing his name from consideration for the Denver Broncos' and Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator jobs. Mora was being pursued by both teams and spoke with officials from each. Mora also flew to Denver this... more

Veteran coach Al Saunders met with new Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson on Wednesday about the team's offensive coordinator position, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Saunders, a former coordinator and head coach who is a... more

In the course of a 30-minute conversation with a longtime NFC North scout, a man uniquely qualified to size up this Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the Packers and Bears, I began to feel a bit like Billy Crystal in "Analyze This." The longtime... more

While the Seattle Seahawks originally wanted to interview Darrell Bevell for their quarterbacks coach job, he also will be a candidate for their now-vacant offensive coordinator position, a league source said Wednesday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll... more

Other general managers around the NFL expect the Cleveland Browns to hire Bill Musgrave shortly for their offensive coordinator job. East-West Shrine Game on NFL Network: On Saturday, Jan. 22, NFL stars of tomorrow compete in the 2011 East-West... more

The Baltimore Ravens expect defensive coordinator Greg Mattison to leave the team and take the same position at the University of Michigan, a team source said Tuesday. The Ravens intend to promote secondary coach Chuck Pagano to defensive... more

The Seattle Seahawks are reshaping their coaching staff after the firing Tuesday of offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates , and some league sources expected former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels to be among the top candidates before the St. Louis Rams... more

The Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns are among the teams still looking for an offensive coordinator after the Miami Dolphins agreed to terms with Brian Daboll and the Carolina Panthers hired Rob Chudzinski for those... more

Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith will remain with the team, a league source said Monday. Smith was pursued by Broncos coach John Fox to oversee special teams in Denver, as NFL.com and NFL Network reported he would, but declined... more

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary is expected to reach a deal to become the Minnesota Vikings' linebackers coach, according to a source who says the likelihood of Singletary joining Minnesota's staff "looks good." Both the Vikings... more

Jim Mora, former NFL head coach and current NFL Network analyst, has been identified as a candidate to replace Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who was fired , a league source said Sunday. The Eagles have contacted Mora, but... more

Linebackers coach Richard Smith is following former Panthers coach John Fox to Denver, a league source said Sunday. In the mix to replace Smith in Carolina is Mike Singletary, another source indicated, although the Minnesota Vikings also are targeting... more

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu passed his post-concussion test, according to a team source, and is expected to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears, barring a pre-game setback. The Seahawks didn't include Tatupu on their list of inactive... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have fired defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, a team source said Saturday. The Eagles later confirmed the move on their Twitter page. The Eagles don't have a replacement in mind right now and will sort through several... more

Dallas Cowboys assistant coach John Garrett will remain with the team to serve as passing game coordinator, a league source said Saturday. Garrett, the brother of new Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, interviewed this week for the Miami Dolphins' vacant... more

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will remain with the team to work under new coach John Fox, a source with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. The Broncos are in the process of finalizing a deal with McCoy, according to the source,... more

The NFL office has closely monitored the words of "multiple teams" -- particularly those in the AFC -- after some heated exchanges this week. Disciplinary head Ray Anderson contacted officials from those teams this week, a league source said... more

Rob Ryan appears ready to land on his feet with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys met with Ryan on Friday and both sides came away impressed, according to a league source. "Things went well," the source said. There is mutual interest. and the sides... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker on a new contract, a league source said Thursday. Tucker has been the Jaguars' defensive coordinator for two seasons. He was the Cleveland Browns' coordinator under... more

The Cleveland Browns have completed their interview process and are in talks with St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to become their head coach, league sources said Wednesday. The Browns expect to announce the move Thursday, when Shurmur's... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers might not have Aaron Smith back this season unless they reach the Super Bowl, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. Smith, an elite 3-4 defensive end and one of the key cogs in Pittsburgh's defense, tore his... more

Team sources expect Stanford defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to take the same position on Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers staff this week. Fangio has talked to other NFL teams about their openings, but he is very close with Harbaugh, and 49ers... more

Jacksonville defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is held in high regard by the Jaguars organization, and, with head coach Jack Del Rio now focused more on macro issues and less on the defense, Tucker's role with the team takes on added significance. The... more

These playoffs, young as they still are, have already affirmed a football truism: To succeed in January, for the most part, you must have an accomplished quarterback. Sure, we've seen the combination of a superior defense and dominating running game... more

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams withdrew from consideration for the Denver Broncos' head-coaching job, a league source said Tuesday. Williams, who was scheduled to meet Wednesday with the Broncos, is the third candidate to spurn... more

The Arizona Cardinals are expected to approach Teryl Austin about their defensive coordinator position, league sources said Monday. Austin, the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida, was part of Arizona's staff as a defensive backs coach... more

Josh McDaniels had an ugly ending to his head-coaching tenure with the Denver Broncos, but the 34-year-old remains a hot commodity around the NFL in an offensive coordinator role. McDaniels interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings last week for their... more

The Carolina Panthers are expected to offer their head-coaching job to San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera this week, league sources said Monday. Rivera, who likely will take the job and be announced as coach in the next few days, is in... more

Nnamdi Asomugha isn't under contract with the Oakland Raiders. Asomugha didn't reach certain incentives this season, voiding the last year of a three-year, $45.3 million contract and making the three-time Pro Bowl cornerback an unrestricted free agent,... more

Carolina Panthers executives hit the road this week to conduct interviews with four head-coaching candidates, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday. The team doesn't have any other interviews planned as they seek a replacement for John... more

Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed traveled with the team to Kansas City and will play in Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game following the possible disappearance of his brother. A man believed to be a brother of Reed has been missing since Friday... more

Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams thought it over and decided he wasn't ready to part with Jeff Fisher. That could change after the 2011 season, however. Although Adams announced Friday that Fisher will remain coach of the Titans, neither side broached... more

The San Francisco 49ers' odds of landing Jim Harbaugh as their head coach looked bleak Thursday unless they up their financial offer to him, and that could force the team to focus elsewhere. The Miami Dolphins are making a heavy push for Harbaugh, who... more

The Miami Dolphins could be preparing to offer Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh a contract worth $8 million per season, league sources said Thursday. Should the Dolphins fulfill the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority... more

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press Tom Brady appears to be the favorite to collect a lot of postseason honors. With the regular season now complete, awards season is upon us in the NFL. I'll cover all the basics you have come to embrace and... more

The San Francisco 49ers met with Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday about their head-coaching vacancy, but they have yet to strike a deal, according to league sources. The Miami Dolphins, meanwhile, remain seriously interested after failing to land former Tampa... more

The Dallas Cowboys don't intend to make an announcement about their head-coaching position Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team is finishing up the interview process, and every indication continues to point to Jason... more

Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will interview Wednesday for the San Francisco 49ers' head-coaching job, according to a team source. Jackson's interview would put the 49ers in compliance with the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to... more

The San Francisco 49ers made one expected announcement Tuesday night. Is another coming later this week? The 49ers on Tuesday night announced they have promoted Trent Baalke, who has been their vice president of player personnel, to general manager, an... more

The Carolina Panthers have asked permission to speak to San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for their coaching vacancy. Manusky joined the 49ers in 2006 after serving as the linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers. He was with... more

Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams is being advised by senior management to part ways with quarterback Vince Young, a league source said Tuesday, but the decision remains his entirely. Adams has yet to make a decision on keeping coach Jeff Fisher, but... more

League sources expect the Miami Dolphins to make a push to hire Stanford University coach and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh as the Dolphins' next head coach. The Dolphins have had multiple conversations with Harbaugh about the position, according... more

The San Francisco 49ers don't plan to announce a new general manager Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, but all indications continue to strongly point to vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke being promoted to the... more

Bill Cowher is unlikely to join the Miami Dolphins, according to a source close to the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach. Looking at potential coaching openings around the NFL, the Dolphins represented the lone opportunity that made sense for Cowher,... more

Charlie Weis will leave the Kansas City Chiefs to become the University of Florida's offensive coordinator, a source with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. A formal announcement will come Monday, but the source said Weis will remain the Chiefs'... more

December

Don't rule out Brian Billick as a strong coaching candidate in San Francisco, league sources say. Several general managers, agents and people close to Jim Harbaugh and other potential "top" candidates for the open head-coaching job don't believe those... more

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis could be in line to serve as the University of Florida's offensive coordinator, a source with knowledge of the situation said Friday. Weis had a superb year leading the Chiefs' offense following a... more

Darrion Scott last week had a chance to rejoin the Washington Redskins and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who coached him with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009. In order to leave the UFL, though, Scott had to pay $25,000 -- a hefty financial burden... more

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, hampered by a severe leg bruise, missed practice Thursday and will not play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, a league source confirmed. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported... more

Darron Cummings / Associated Press Jay Cutler came through with big plays when needed in the Bears' win over the Jets. Standing next to Mike Martz in the end zone of Soldier Field on Sunday morning, nearly four hours before kickoff, with the... more

Wade Phillips, who was fired as Dallas Cowboys coach in early November after the team's 1-7 start, has emerged as a candidate to become the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator, according to several league sources. The sources indicated Wednesday they... more

For all of the supreme parity we've experienced this season, and for all of the teams that were still in the playoff hunt deep into December, and despite the league's onus on divisional games in the final weeks, there isn't really much to play for in Week... more

A magnetic resonance imaging exam on the collarbone of New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush on Tuesday was normal, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Bush sustained a sprained sternoclavicular joint during Monday night's 17-14... more

The Baltimore Ravens plan to audition long snappers Tuesday after losing theirs for the season, according to league sources. The team expects to sign a long snapper Tuesday after rookie Morgan Cox tore a knee ligament early in the first quarter of... more

Nick Wass / Associated Press Ray Lewis delivered an emotional speech that ignited the Ravens prior to their win over the Saints. Ray Lewis didn't plan on addressing his teammates Saturday night. It wasn't something he gave much thought to --... more

Quarterback Troy Smith will start for the San Francisco 49ers this weekend against the St. Louis Rams, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. Alex Smith started the previous two games, but 49ers coach Mike Singletary is going back to... more

The playoffs are coming into focus, but it looks like plenty will come down to Week 17. We've seen massive divisional games the past two weeks, but it's not quite the same this week. The division matchups are generally a playoff-bound team vs. a weakling,... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't considered putting five-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu on season-ending injured reserve, a team source said Saturday, and expect him back this month. Some reports have surfaced that the game-changing safety could be... more

The decision to bench Donovan McNabb announced Friday has added more unnecessary chaos to the Washington Redskins' already tumultuous season, thrusting the first-year leadership team of coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen under even more... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed veteran quarterback Todd Bouman on Friday, but barring a setback, David Garrard will take the snaps this weekend at Indianapolis. Garrard tweaked his hamstring during practice Thursday and was limited in Friday's... more

Stephen Morton / Associated Press David Garrard's fourth-quarter heroics are a big reason why the Jags are in position to clinch the AFC South. A year ago at this time, a young Jaguars team knew it needed to win two of its final four games to... more

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons president and co-chair of the NFL Competition Committee, said Wednesday at the league's owners meetings that he would like to see playoff teams re-seeded, with division winners not necessarily granted a... more

The Philadelphia Eagles don't intend to place linebacker Stewart Bradley on season-ending injured reserve, a team source said Wednesday. That means rookie Jamar Chaney literally will be thrust into the middle of the NFC East rivalry with the New York... more

It's likely that wide receiver Vincent Jackson will play Thursday for the San Diego Chargers in their Thursday Night Football showdown with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Pro Bowler has missed... more

The Miami Dolphins signed veteran wide receiver Kevin Curtis, who overcame cancer this year and a knee injury last year, for the rest of the 2010 season, according to a league source. For more on the Miami Dolphins, check out the latest from our... more

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is "Probably" out for Monday's game against the New York Giants, a team source tells NFL Network's Steve Wyche. NFL Network inside Jason La Canfora reports Vikings players said Monday that Favre's collarbone is... more

The Kansas City Chiefs and running back Jamaal Charles have agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million contract extension with $13 million guaranteed, a league source said Saturday. Charles, who's finishing up a three-year contract that he signed as a rookie... more

The NFL fined Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole $20,000 for striking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the knee area last week, a league source said Friday. Cole isn't a stranger to discipline from the league office -- this is his... more

An NFL spokesman said the league is continuing its "due diligence" while investigating allegations that Brett Favre sent inappropriate phone messages and photos to a New York Jets team employee two years ago, but no decision will be announced Friday or... more

Head of officiating Carl Johnson and the NFL's football operations staff will have a conference call with all game officials at the end of this week, sources with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. The conference call was scheduled several... more

NEW YORK -- Helmet manufacturers, scientists and concussion experts met at a ballroom one block from the NFL's office Wednesday to evaluate leading technology in concussion-preventing equipment during a gathering of the league's Head, Neck and Spine... more

It's time once again to sort through the playoff maze and determine who is for real and who is just pretending. With a quarter of the season remaining there is no shortage of teams with a mathematical chance of reaching the postseason, but sorry... more

This is the week we truly begin to sort out the NFC playoff picture. It's also the week we very well could end up with our winner in the AFC West. The most compelling matchups come on the NFC side, however. If Chicago can't handle the Patriots, Green Bay... more

The NFL and players union released a joint statement Tuesday stating that both sides agreed to extend the deadline for players to file a collusion claim against NFL owners. "This agreement does not prevent the NFLPA from filing a collusion claim at a... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary will make another switch at the quarterback position, going back to his original signal-caller to start the season. With his injured shoulder recovered, Alex Smith, who started the 49ers' first seven games this... more

The Seattle Seahawks are concerned that the team's leading wide receiver Mike Williams will miss at least one game due to ankle and foot injuries, a team source said on Monday. Williams suffered a sprained left ankle on Seattle's first offensive... more

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a small fracture in his right foot, which he aggravated last weekend against the Buffalo Bills, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Roethlisberger has played with the injury for... more

The NFL Players Association will hold a conference call with select agents next week to update them on the labor situation, sources with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith will speak on the first such call... more

The Philadelphia Eagles aren't buying the notion that wide receiver DeSean Jackson had a few bad games because of concerns about his contract, a team source said Wednesday. Sources close to the receiver told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Jackson's... more

Darron Cummings / Associated Press Once doubted for his size and speed, Chargers RB Mike Tolbert used that as motivation to succeed. During his senior season at Coastal Carolina, every day Mike Tolbert stared at a Dallas Cowboys star inside... more

November

This could be the weekend that two divisions are settled. Not officially or anything, but for all intents and purposes. We have two absolute monster rivalry games in the weekend primetime slots between two teams that absolutely do not like one another. If... more

The Oakland Raiders expect Jason Campbell to start at quarterback this week, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Bruce Gradkowski is injured again, and Campbell is in line to take first-team reps and face the San Diego Chargers on... more

If the 49ers are going to make a run at the NFC West title, they'll have to do it without the centerpiece of their offense. Fantasy spin: Add Westbrook With 49ers standout running back Frank Gore out for the remainder of the season, make sure to pick... more

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs "very likely" will retire because of a neck injury that he suffered last week, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday. Hobbs is expected to undergo surgery this coming week. Last season, Hobbs... more

The Oakland Raiders, in a continuing quest for consistency at quarterback, plan to start Bruce Gradkowski over Jason Campbell against the Miami Dolphins, sources with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. Gradkowski's acromioclavicular joint has... more

At Week 12, injuries are starting to pile up around the league.  Several teams held workouts Wednesday to find players to bolster their rosters: » The Cowboys brought in defensive back Andrew Sendejo. » The Vikings worked out running back... more

The NFL and the NFL Players Association met intensively Monday in New York, and collective bargaining negotiations might be starting to accelerate, a source with knowledge of the talks said Wednesday. Present at the meeting were NFL Commissioner Roger... more

The NFL fined Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel $40,000 for unnecessarily striking a defenseless receiver, a league source said Wednesday. Samuel hit New York Giants receiver Derek Hagan in the head and neck area during Sunday's game, drawing... more

Keith Srakocic / Associated Press Mike Tomlin sent a message to his team last week and the Steelers responded by blowing out the Raiders. In a week in which a second NFL coach was fired for his team's failings, Mike Tomlin quietly showed once... more

We're all pretty much thinking the same thing right now, aren't we? Man, these Thanksgiving games look like blowouts. I will never turn down a deep fried turkey, a Turducken stew or pretty much anything in the poultry family this time of year, and nothing... more

I would not be surprised if Bill Parcells resurfaces in Minnesota. Parcells, who has served as executive vice president of football operations and consultant for the Dolphins since 2007, is leaving Miami in 2011. Some league insiders believe Parcells... more

PITTSBURGH -- The NFL is closely monitoring conditions at Heinz Field, a league source said Sunday, after the Oakland Raiders became the latest Steelers opponent to complain about the playing surface. The New England Patriots also complained about... more

The NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley $12,500 for his roughing-the-passer penalty on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a league source said Friday. Officially, the fine was for striking a quarterback late. Woodley hit... more

LaRon Landry wasn't fined by the NFL over Philadelphia Eagles center Mike McGlynn's allegation that the Washington Redskins' safety spit on him twice during Monday night's game, a league source said Friday. There was no conclusive evidence to support... more

Former Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Kevin Curtis, who's battling back from cancer, tried out for the Detroit Lions on Thursday, according to a league source. Curtis, 32, underwent an orchiectomy in September to remove a... more

Michael Vick is the most dominant player in the NFL right now. At any position. By a wide margin. No one else's mere presence singularly transforms the look and identity of a team the way Vick does for the Eagles. No one is taking over games on a regular... more

The bye weeks are finally over. We are almost into a late-season stage of heavy divisional play. What we get this week, however, is an opportunity for some teams to separate or fall back, particularly in the NFC. There are three intriguing matchups... more

The NFL owners have made it no secret that they are eager to increase the regular season from 16 to 18 games . The players aren't so sure, and it's clear the expanded schedule has become a central issue in talks on a new collective-bargaining... more

The Tennessee Titans worked out Larry Johnson Tuesday and could sign the veteran running back later tonight, according to a league source. Johnson would be seen as a big back to complement Chris Johnson, a role that LenDale White once held. A... more

Very little has been straightforward about Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb this season, including his new five-year, $78 million contract. McNabb's deal includes a $3.5 million signing bonus, paid in 2010, bringing his total compensation... more

The Miami Dolphins have signed tight end Anthony Fasano to a two-year, $7.75 million contract extension that includes a $2.1 million signing bonus, according to a league source. Fasano, who has 25 receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns this... more

Each successive stunning performance has made it a virtual certainty the Philadelphia Eagles won't let Mike Vick walk as an unrestricted free agent in 2011. Sources close to Vick anticipate the quarterback will be bound to the Eagles for at least 2011,... more

Sidney Rice isn't ready quite yet. The Minnesota Vikings didn't activate the wide receiver from the physically unable to perform list before the 4 p.m. ET deadline Saturday, according to a league source. It could be an indication that Rice, who had hip... more

No deal between quarterback Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins is imminent, but as NFL.com and NFL Network have previously reported, the sides have maintained regular dialogue throughout the season. That has continued despite the friction created... more

Eight players have been issued fines by the NFL this week -- including New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who each were hit with $20,000 levies. Scott's fine was for violating the NFL uniform policy,... more

Jenn Sterger's lawyer, Joseph Conway, said the former New York Jets employee met with NFL security officials Thursday at an undisclosed location in Manhattan to discuss allegations that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent Sterger racy... more

Sunday provided one of the most salient moments of the season. There was Michael Vick, in full sprint at Lincoln Financial Field, shredding the Colts and galloping down the middle of the field for a huge gain with the game on the line. He was... more

We must be getting close to the playoff push. The onset of the Thursday night games on NFL Network means it's about time for the haves to begin separating from the have-nots. In this season of extreme parity, perhaps not so much. That said, we have... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers expect to place starting left tackle Max Starks on injured reserve Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Starks suffered a significant neck injury during Monday night's 27-21 victory at Cincinnati. The... more

Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris has cleared waivers, freeing the 13-year veteran to sign with any team, according to a league source. The 35-year-old Harris was released by the Packers on Monday as he was attempting to return to the field... more

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is scheduled to open Sunday's game matched up against Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, despite a 6-inch height disadvantage, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Jets also have... more

BALTIMORE -- Ravens wide receiver Donte Stallworth will be active Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, according to a league source. The Ravens later confirmed the news. Stallworth will not return kicks, but he will play in an NFL regular-season game... more

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Clint Session played through a dislocated elbow and fractured forearm Monday night, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora. Session reportedly suffered the injuries during the first half of Monday... more

Tim Sharp / Associated Press Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is about to make any hasty decisions, even with the team in shambles. For nearly half an hour, in the humid and cramped confines of the postgame locker room at Cowboys Stadium, Jerry... more

The NFL has fined Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims $50,000 for unnecessarily striking defenseless Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins in the neck and head area with his forearms during the Eagles' 37-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. It's... more

As someone who has lived on the East Coast all of my life, I sometimes wonder about life out west. Do the fine people out there ever complain that most games start at 10 a.m. their time, and that often the best games of the day might be over before lunch?... more

October

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he doesn't plan to change head coaches following his team's 35-17 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Jones said he is "extremely disappointed" in the Cowboys'... more

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard didn't experience any complications after flying to Dallas, a team official said Sunday, and remains in line to start against the Cowboys. Garrard was active for the game, the Jaguars later announced.... more

All signs point to Brett Favre starting Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings, despite fractures in his left ankle and heel. Favre has yet to be told he is no longer the starting quarterback, according to a league source, and Vikings coach Brad Childress... more

The Detroit Lions claimed cornerback Brandon McDonald off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, according to a league source. McDonald, a fourth-year pro from Memphis, was released this week after playing in two games for the Cardinals this... more

After Sunday's game, draped only in a towel and sitting on a chair in front of his locker in Miami's visiting locker room, James Harrison spoke in reserved, almost hushed tones about the week that was, his first in the NFL under the league's new crackdown... more

New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush remains sidelined with a right leg injury, and it's highly unlikely that he will return this week, a league source said Wednesday. Bush wasn't able to practice Wednesday, and a team source said no final... more

Brett Favre is in considerable discomfort after he re-injured his surgically repaired left ankle, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday, and the Minnesota Vikings quarterback has consulted with Dr. James Andrews, who performed the... more

This isn't the deepest pool of games ever, but hey, when you have teams like the Ravens, Falcons and Giants on a bye, and the schedule is a game lighter than last week, that can happen. We do have two more monster prime time games and some of the more... more

Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Max Hall experienced "concussion-like symptoms" during Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but he is feeling better Monday, according to a league source. The early prognosis is that Hall, who was named the... more

MIAMI -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are bracing for defensive end Aaron Smith being out for the remainder of the season, a league source said after Sunday's game against the Dolphins. The team fears Smith has a torn triceps, and he will undergo further... more

Peyton Manning will not have a new contract until 2011. Tom Condon, the agent for the Indianapolis Colts quarterback, told the team that he and his client will wait until the end of the season to negotiate a new deal. Manning is in the final year of a... more

Former NBA superstar Magic Johnson attended the Dolphins' home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and reiterated that he is very interested in being part of any ownership group that would bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles. Johnson... more

Jason Campbell will be the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback Sunday against the Denver Broncos, according to a league source. Campbell injured his left knee during last weekend's 17-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and limped noticeably during the... more

The Philadelphia Eagles plan on making Michael Vick their No. 3 quarterback for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, according to a team source. The decision wasn't final about one hour before kickoff, but the Eagles later confirmed that Vick... more

Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai could be sidelined for several weeks because of his left shoulder injury, a league source said Wednesday. Addai was hurt early in the fourth quarter of the Colts' 27-24 victory Sunday at Washington, taking a... more

When the NFL puts its full muscle behind something, you tend to notice pretty quickly. Whether it's the push toward an 18-game season that began a year ago or partnerships for breast cancer awareness, when the league gets fixed on something, there is no... more

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, hasn't been cleared to return to practice Wednesday, according to a league source. At this point, there... more

We're approaching the midpoint of the season and that means one thing -- more division matchups. And in this season of über-parity, no one is really out of it (okay, except the Bills and Panthers and Browns... But at least the Bills and Panthers are... more

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre met with NFL security Tuesday in Minnesota, according to a league source, to address allegations that he sent inappropriate photos and messages to a New York Jets game hostess in 2008. However, the NFL isn't commenting on... more

The New England Patriots are unlikely to deal guard Logan Mankins before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, according to a league source. The Patriots are seeking a first-round draft pick or a high second-round selection for the two-time Pro Bowl... more

Several executives around the NFL said they don't anticipate much activity ahead of Tuesday afternoon's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. There already have been several noteworthy trades in recent weeks -- wide receiver Randy Moss returning to the Minnesota... more

Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, said Monday that harsher fines and possibly suspensions for helmet-to-helmet hits could be coming immediately, even for first-time offenders. Anderson is involved with all levels... more

Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end Jared Odrick will not play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, according to a league source. Odrick, a first-round pick in the April draft, returned to practice this week after breaking a bone in his leg five weeks... more

Coaches are hired to be fired. This we know. Power of none There were high expectations for the Cowboys, a squad loaded with talent, but at 1-3, the team concept still appears to be missing in Dallas, says Steve Wyche. More ... » A lot on... more

I'm liking the look of this schedule after a few less interesting weeks. Having some flawed teams on the bye -- Carolina, Buffalo, Cincy and Arizona -- definitely helps. And some of the league's surprise upstarts face a stern test, as well. Plus we have... more

The Denver Broncos don't have running back Knowshon Moreno for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, but they fully expect him to play next week, a team source said. There was a sense that Moreno would play this week, but he ultimately was... more

Disgrunted San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and New England Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins are threatening to sit out the entire 2010 season. However, there is a strong probability that they will sign their contract tenders and... more

The Patriots shipping Randy Moss to the Vikings on Wednesday is the boldest move in the NFL since, well, at least Easter, when the Eagles sent Donovan McNabb to division rival Washington. And the more I think about it, the more telling that comparison is.... more

The Philadelphia Eagles will not work out running backs or quarterbacks Tuesday, according to a team source. The injuries to quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy are more week to week at this point, and the team isn't evaluating... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed quarterback Dennis Dixon on injured reserve Saturday, ending a season in which he hoped to be a four-game starter. Dixon opened 2010 as the Steelers' temporary replacement for Ben Roethlisberger, who is currently... more

The NFL is continuing to review the potential for a fine or means of discipline for Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins for an incident following last week's Packers-Bears game, according to league sources. Collins apologized to his team and the fans... more

Detroit Lions second-year quarterback Matt Stafford will not play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, and will likely miss at least one week beyond that, according to a league source. Stafford suffered a right shoulder injury in the Lions'... more

September

The Minnesota Vikings' offense has fallen, and it can't get up. In fact, I say it won't get up at all this season. The heady days of spraying the ball around with a Brett Favre-led pass attack are gone, and they aren't coming back. If the Vikings are... more

The bye season is upon us, and the schedule will lag some. Aside from three big-time division matchups, there are not many blockbusters on the docket. Perhaps we get a major upset or two, otherwise this could be a pretty ho-hum week in the long NFL... more

None of the NFL teams with 0-3 records put in a waiver claim on free-agent quarterback Trent Edwards, team and league sources said Tuesday. Edwards will either be claimed on waivers at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday or clear waivers and be free to sign with any... more

Detroit Lions rookie running back Jahvid Best, who left a Week 3 loss to the Minnesota Vikings with pain in his right big toe, is considered day to day because the injury isn't severe, a league source said Monday. Best likely will not be out long, and... more

Neil Schwartz, the agent for Vincent Jackson, said he had a contract with a new team essentially written up, but the San Diego Chargers' insistence on heavy trade compensation for the Pro Bowl wide receiver nixed the deal before Wednesday's deadline.... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Arizona already released a first-round QB bust, and now Derek Anderson is struggling. Not good. This is the golden era for quarterbacks. At least that's what they tell us. Five passers put up ratings better... more

Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb isn't sulking and still believes he has a bright future in Philadelphia, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. He isn't happy about coach Andy Reid switching to Michael Vick as his starting quarterback ,... more

This is not a particularly sexy week. I'm not gonna lie. There are going to be some down times when you're talking 17 weeks and this is one of them. Not too many blue ribbon matchups, but more than enough to fill up our Sunday and Monday. The... more

NFL executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer Anthony Noto has decided to leave the NFL after two years, effective Oct. 4, and return to Goldman Sachs as a partner in the investment banking division of the firm and co-head of the... more

St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Clifton Ryan didn't travel with the team because he's suffering from post-concussion symptoms, a league source said Sunday. Ryan was downgraded from questionable to out on the Rams' injury report, and he didn't make the... more

CINCINNATI -- The Baltimore Ravens expect cornerback Lardarius Webb to return Sunday and play against the AFC North rival Bengals. Webb's rookie season was cut short because of knee surgery, and after sitting out the season opener, he is expected to... more

Bill Kostroun / Associated Press Labor uncertainty didn't affect Tom Brady, who has reason to smile after becoming the NFL's richest player. For so long we heard how difficult it would be to sign players to extensions in this unique, uncapped... more

In addition to the New York Jets , free-agent linebacker Adalius Thomas also worked out for the Miami Dolphins this week, according to a league source. The Dolphins will be without defensive end Jared Odrick for at least 1-2 weeks. The South Florida... more

Should be another fun week of NFL games. We get the Manning brothers battle for familial supremacy and Rex Ryan renewing the Ring Kissing Bowl with Bill Belichick. The schedule is light on divisional matchups overall, but as always you can expect the... more

Dolphins rookie defensive lineman Jared Odrick will miss time with a right leg injury. Just how long has yet to be determined. A league source said it could be a six-week injury if it is determined that Odrick fractured his fibula, but a source... more

Free-agent linebacker Adalius Thomas visited the New York Jets on Tuesday, but it is "doubtful" the team will sign him at this point, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Thomas played previously for Jets coach Rex Ryan in Baltimore.... more

The Houston Texans have contacted free-agent defensive end Leonard Little, a league source said Monday. Little, a 12-year veteran of the St. Louis Rams, is mulling retirement, according to the source, but he's also open to continuing his playing... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will bring in center Justin Hartwig and wide receiver/return specialist Dexter Jackson for visits this week, league sources said Monday. Hartwig was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 4 after they were unable to pin... more

Pittsburgh Steelers starting left tackle Max Starks will miss four weeks with a high ankle sprain, a league source said Monday. Starks suffered the injury during the third quarter of Sunday's 15-9 overtime victory over when an Atlanta Falcons defender... more

The Detroit Lions are bracing to be without Matt Stafford for four to six weeks atfer the quarterback suffered a shoulder injury in a season-opening loss to the Chicago Bears, according to a league source. The QB was knocked out of the game on a... more

There's another key date in the Vincent Jackson saga: Thursday. That's when a 10 a.m. ET hearing regarding the San Diego Chargers holdout's roster-exempt case will be held before the Special Master. The NFL Players Association contends that Jackson... more

The NFL Players Asscoiation began collecting signatures for possible decertification in March, league sources said Saturday. Decertification is one tact the players' union could take this spring to negate a potential lockout and begin a process through... more

Albert Haynesworth will be active when the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, but he will not start, according to a league source. The highly paid defensive lineman has yet to play or practice regularly with the starters, but he is... more

Veteran free-agent cornerback Nathan Vasher worked out for the Detroit Lions on Thursday, according to a league source. Vasher was released by the San Diego Chargers in August after signing a two-year contract with the team in March. Vasher... more

Free-agent wide receiver Keenan Burton will work out for the Chicago Bears next Tuesday, according to a league source. The source said Thursday that the New York Giants also are interested in working out the 6-foot, 206-pound Burton, who played the past... more

The St. Louis Rams worked out five players Wednesday but have no immediate plans to sign any of them, according to a team source. Safety Al Afalava (recently released by Chicago Bears) and wide receivers Derek Hagan, Jason Hill, Paul Williams, and... more

The Oakland Raiders worked out free-agent defensive end Bobby McCray on Wednesday, according to a league source. The New Orleans Saints cut McCray , who started all three of their playoff games last season, for a second time this offseason on Sept. 3.... more

Ah, football's back. Can't you smell it? We get Saints-Vikings to open the season. Ho-hum. Not much of a game, eh? Week 1 ends with a delicious doubleheader Monday -- Darrelle Revis returns to the Jets and T.J. Houshmandzadeh debuts for Ravens -- and... more

NEW ORLEANS -- With the NFL season finally about to kick off from down here in the Big Easy, and the endless offseason finally behind us, there's no better time than the present to peer into the crystal ball at some of the headlines we could see as the... more

The Dallas Cowboys are enthused by rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant's progress, and signs point to him playing in the season opener against the Washington Redskins, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. Things "look positive" for... more

The Buffalo Bills are expected to announce rookie C.J. Spiller as their starting running back Wednesday, according to a league source. Fantasy take The Bills need big-time playmakers on offense, and that's what C.J. Spiller is. The Bills are making... more

The Baltimore Ravens will place Ed Reed on the physically unable to perform list, a league source said Friday, meaning the safety will miss at least the first six games of the season. Reed is coming back from a torn labrum in his hip, and although he... more

The Seattle Seahawks have informed wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh that he will be released if no trade options materialize, a league source said Friday. Who wants Housh? T.J. Houshmandzadeh is on the trading block, and three teams are considered... more

Kansas City Chiefs holdout safety Jarrad Page signed his restricted free-agent tender Friday, and it was delivered to the team, according to a league source. The Chiefs later confirmed that Page had officially signed with the team. Page hasn't decided... more

The New Orleans Saints cut defensive end Bobby McCray on Friday, according to a league source. The move comes after the Saints re-signed McCray to a one-year contract in July, just one month after abruptly releasing him. McCray started all three of... more

The Houston Texans signed veteran Derrick Ward after visiting with the recently released running back Friday, according to a league source. The Texans also talked to free-agent running back Justin Fargas, according to The Houston Chronicle , as the... more

The Seattle Seahawks like their emerging wide receivers and have made it know that veteran T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a top free-agent signing by their prior regime in 2009, is available, league sources said Thursday. The market for Houshmandzadeh is very... more

Free-agent safety Pat Watkins visited the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday, according to a league source. Watkins, taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2006 draft, was recently released by the team after four seasons in which he... more

Antonio Bryant will see a doctor this week to determine the severity of his knee injury, according to his agent, Peter Schaffer. Schaffer said Wednesday that Bryant had been making progress in Cincinnati before the Bengals released him this weekend ,... more

Paul Spinelli / Associated Press Shawn Andrews was a Pro Bowl offensive tackle before a back injury and depression derailed his career. He doesn't love football. He isn't willing to play through pain. He milked his back injuries. He was... more

Although the Washington Redskins will rest many veterans in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals, defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth will play, a team source said. Redskins season preview Get fearless forecasts from... more

August

The Detroit Lions signed linebacker Rocky Boiman on Monday, according to a league source. Boiman, 30, started his career in 2002 with the Tennessee Titans and has made stops in Indianapolis, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. He won a Super Bowl ring with... more

Editor's note: NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora sat down for an exclusive interview with Vincent Jackson, who's training in Arizona while holding out from the San Diego Chargers over his contract situation. The interview will air Friday on NFL... more

Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin will sign his franchise tender and report to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, according to a league source. Franklin has stayed away from training camp while hoping to work out a long-term contract extension. Instead,... more

Three teams placed waiver claims on tackle Tyler Polumbus, who was awarded to the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. The Denver Broncos released Polumbus, a third-year pro who started eight games last season, after left tackle Ryan Clady returned to... more

Watching the preseason unfold, there have been more than a few occasions which have inspired me to shake my head and think back to that tired Arsenio Hall segment from years ago: Things that make you go hmmm. A few things I can't quite figure out: Why... more

There is a growing sentiment among some players and their representatives that given the likelihood of an 18-game NFL season as soon as 2012, the nature of the league calendar must change to compensate and allow more time for rest and recovery. NFL... more

Vincent Jackson's agent, Neil Schwartz, said Wednesday he isn't sure the San Diego Chargers really want to trade his client, despite granting the Seattle Seahawks permission to negotiate a deal with the Pro Bowl wide receiver. Schwartz reiterated that... more

The NFL fined Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco $25,000 for violating two game policies ??- possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social media site -?? during last week's preseason victory over the Philadelphia... more

Disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson could miss as few as three weeks or as many as six, depending on any potential trade. Jackson, like teammate Marcus McNeill, was placed on the roster-exempt list by the Chargers, a designation that carries a... more

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth likely is suffering from rhabdomyolysis, a league source said Sunday. Haynesworth lashed out at Mike Shanahan after Saturday night's 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens, ripping the... more

For Brett Favre, it might not be about the money. But he'll sure make a ton of it. Favre's reworked deal with the Minnesota Vikings has yet to become official in the NFL or NFL Players Association contract system, but league sources expect it to occur... more

Donna McWilliam / Associated Press Fred Davis, Devin Aromashodu and Mike Wallace are primed to become stars by the end of the year. One of the joys of the NFL season comes from watching new stars emerge. Last year alone we saw players like... more

It used to be that I railed against Favre Watch. I fought the machine and let it get the best of me. But now that another year of it is over -- at least the "Will he or won't he report?" part of it -- I actually think I'm going to miss it. Favre Watch... more

Quarterback Todd Collins has rejected a contract offer from the Chicago Bears, according to his agent, Brad Blank. Blank said Tuesday that he asked the Bears for a modest signing bonus, but the team declined, offering only a veteran minimum contract.... more

The New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent running back Ladell Betts to a one-year deal, according to a league source. Betts' deal includes a $755,000 base salary, a $50,000 signing bonus and a chance to earn a total of about $1 million with... more

The Denver Broncos expect running back Correll Buckhalter to return this week, according to a league source, and he likely will play in their second preseason game. Buckhalter, 31, was injured in the team's first day of training camp Aug. 1,... more

The contract extension that wide receiver Andre Johnson signed with the Houston Texans on Thursday includes several tiers of escalators and incentives, according to a league source who has seen the contract, and the deal also includes protections for the... more

The moment the details of Sam Bradford's contract began circulating over the weekend, the general reaction among NFL executives and players was largely the same: Holy #$%@! It was a seminal moment in the history of escalating rookie contracts. The idea... more

Free-agent wide receiver Danario Alexander will visit with the Rams on Monday, according to a league source. The former Missouri standout went undrafted in April as he was still recovering from a serious left knee injury he suffered just before the... more

The Indianapolis Colts agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent cornerback Deshea Townsend, a league source said Sunday. Townsend spent the last 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, amassing 21 interceptions and 15.5 sacks in 183 games. He was... more

Ndamukong Suh's agent, Eugene Parker, said Sunday that reports he's asking for more money for the No. 2 overall draft pick than No. 1 selection Sam Bradford received are "not true." Suh, a defensive tackle, and the Detroit Lions continue to negotiate a... more

July

The San Diego Chargers have begun discussions with representatives for left tackle Marcus McNeill in recent days, a league source said Friday. Teams interested in Jackson The Chargers are opposed to trading disgruntled WR Vincent Jackson, but if they... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and starting left tackle Donald Penn have agreed on the parameters of a long-term contract extension, a league source said Friday. The sides have come to terms on the major issues of a deal, but they're still working out some... more

The New York Jets and Darrelle Revis' agent, Neil Schwartz, have recently communicated about a possible solution to the Pro Bowl cornerback's contract impasse, and it wouldn't require a long-term deal, a league source said Friday. Still, Revis isn't... more

The San Diego Chargers are opposed to trading disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson, but if they do deal him, the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks remain interested, sources said Friday. Jackson has yet to sign his one-year restricted... more

Buffalo Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel announced in June that he likely would retire -- stopping short of saying so definitively -- but now he's strongly leaning toward a return, according to sources. Schobel, 32, didn't participate in the Bills'... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms with five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Flozell Adams on a two-year contract Thursday, according to a league source. Adams, 35, visited the Steelers in late June and took a physical . He would replace right... more

There is a concern that the hip issues plaguing New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora could dog him throughout the 2010 season, a source close to the player said Thursday. Umenyiora, who has been dealing with a hip condition since 2006, went for a... more

Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press JaMarcus Russell wants another shot in the NFL, but his on-field struggles aren't the only issues facing him. If I'm running an NFL team, then I'm signing JaMarcus Russell. There, I wrote it. And I... more

The New York Jets will work out quarterbacks, including Mark Brunell, on Wednesday, a league source said. The Jets remain in the market for veteran backup help behind second-year starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, and the team is expected to sign one... more

Several NFL teams, including the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, have maintained contact with free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens this offseason. However, a Rams source scoffed at a Saturday report that the team was in serious pursuit of Owens... more

By now, I'm sure most of you have seen the clips of Alabama coach Nick Saban spouting off about evil agents and the need for the NFL to clean up their actions. You know, the one where he threatens to limit the access of NFL scouts to his players and... more

Tom Hevezi / Associated Press Wembley Stadium could one day be host to a full-time NFL team or a Super Bowl ... or both. We sometimes take for granted the fact that the NFL dominates the sporting culture in this country, but has a far less... more

Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed said Wednesday that he is unsure of when he will return, adding that reports of him missing the first six weeks of the 2010 season are erroneous. Reed has been quoted as saying he expects to be played on the... more

With their free-agent handcuffs about to be removed, the New Orleans Saints are prepared to sign backup QB Patrick Ramsey this week, according to a league source. The Saints have been restricted to this point from signing other free agents by the CBA... more

Free-agent guard Chester Pitts worked out for two teams Tuesday in Arizona, according to his agent, Andrew Kessler, who added that his client has visits scheduled with two other clubs next week. The teams have asked that their identities not be revealed... more

Free-agent guard Chester Pitts, who's on the mend from microfracture knee surgery, is scheduled to work out for NFL teams Tuesday in Arizona, according to his agent, Andrew Kessler. Pitts, a longtime starter for the Houston Texans, is one of the few... more

Wide receiver/kick returner Domenik Hixon cleared waivers this week, a league source said Saturday, so the New York Giants will place him on season-ending injured reserve. The Giants put Hixon on the waived/injured list Thursday , one month after he... more

The Carolina Panthers will open training camp in two weeks without Steve Smith, but the team is hopeful that their injured wide receiver could be back for the final preseason game. Smith broke his arm last month while playing flag football, and the... more

Defensive end Richard Seymour is unlikely to have a multiyear deal with the Oakland Raiders by Thursday's deadline, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and probably will play under a one-year, $12.398 million franchise tender. The... more

The San Francisco 49ers will not sign defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin to a long-term deal by Thursday's deadline, according to a team official. Therefore, Franklin will play next season on a one-year, $7.003 million salary as a franchise-tagged player.... more

Since taking over as executive director of the NFLPA, DeMaurice Smith has been campaigning for NFL teams to open up their books to the public. The league objects to that contention on many levels, making it just one of many topics the two sides disagree... more

Many have assumed that San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson would wait until Week 10 to sign his contract tender, in order to play the minimum games required to secure an accrued season and thus move closer to his departure from the team via... more

As part of his dogfighting conviction, Eagles QB Michael Vick faced travel limitations at the behest of authorities. Vick misses charity event Michael Vick notified organizers of his charity golf tournament just a few hours before it was to start... more

June

An agreement between the Pittsburgh Steelers and free-agent offensive tackle Flozell Adams isn't imminent, a league source said Wednesday. Adams visited the Steelers on Tuesday and took a physical, but he doesn't have a deal with the team. Adams' agent,... more

Baldinger: Adams still solid The Steelers have nothing to lose by signing Flozell Adams. He knows how to play. Adams is limited, because no one has the same legs after 12 years in the league, but he could be a good insurance policy. There are... more

Flozell Adams visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, but other teams also are in the mix for the free-agent offensive tackle's services, according to his agent, Jordan Woy. Baldinger: Adams still solid The Steelers have nothing to lose by... more

Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Willie Colon is expected to miss the entire 2010 season after suffering what doctors believe to be a torn Achilles' tendon, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday. Colon, who didn't miss a game the previous... more

During a time of relatively unprecedented uncertainty regarding the future of the collective bargaining agreement, and in a year unlike any other in the free-agency era, few players have experienced these unique circumstances like O.J. Atogwe. A year... more

The San Diego Chargers released safety Kevin Ellison Monday, according to league sources. Ellison, a sixth-round pick in 2009, started nine games last season, recording 52 tackles and one sack. He was arrested on a drug possession charge in May... more

The New Orleans Saints agreed to trade offensive lineman Jammal Brown to the Washington Redskins on Saturday, according a league source. The Redskins will either be sending a 2011 third- or fourth-round pick to the Eagles as part of the Donovan  McNabb... more

Commissioner Roger Goodell will interact with fans this summer during a Green Bay Packers shareholder meeting and while visiting training camps with John Madden. Goodell will be in attendance at the Green Bay Packers' annual meeting of shareholders, set... more

The Seattle Seahawks are showing interest in free agent safety O.J. Atogwe , a league source said on Wednesday. Atogwe, who became an unrestricted free agent in June and had not been pursued this month, except by his previous team, St. Louis, is one of... more

Would you believe it? I continue to hear good things about the progress of the Oakland Raiders. In speaking with some people within the organization, there's been a lot of hype surrounding second-year receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. He struggled mightily... more

Majestic Realty Co. / Associated Press The proposal for an NFL stadium in the City of Industry also includes a state-of-the-art practice facility. In the last few months we have heard more and more about a potential domed stadium in downtown... more

NEW YORK -- The NFL made a presentation to the NFL Players Association during a collective bargaining session in New York on Wednesday espousing the merits of moving to an 18-game season. The session took place at the league offices in New York City and... more

The NFL and NFLPA will meet Wednesday morning in New York in their latest session toward getting a new collective bargaining agreement, according to source with knowledge of the situation. The sides remain far apart on most major issues, and few league... more

If the Buffalo Bills opt to deal disgruntled running back Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks are very interested, according to league sources. The Bills have kept Lynch even though he has generated interest from other clubs -- Seattle in particular... more

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has returned to the team and will participate in the remaining portion of offseason workouts, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Seahawks had previously told Hill to stay away from the... more

The Houston Texans released running back Ryan Moats, the team announced Thursday. A team source said Moats faced an uphill battle to make the Texans' roster, which also has Steve Slaton, Arian Foster, Chris Henry and rookie Ben Tate at running back.... more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens understand the immense expectations of this 2010 season. In fact, they embrace the challenge. You won't find anyone making proclamations about being Super Bowl favorites, or entering the Rex Ryan stratosphere of... more

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez suffered a minor hamstring injury during his comeback from another ailment, but he isn't expected to be out long, a league source said Wednesday. Gonzalez is recovering from a knee injury that basically... more

The NFL Players Association filed a complaint Wednesday, claiming that the language in the league's television contracts acts as a form of lockout protection for team owners, guaranteeing them revenues even if football isn't played in 2011. The league... more

Four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne will not participate in the Indianapolis Colts' mandatory three-day minicamp this weekend as he seeks a new contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Wayne, who later confirmed his... more

Darrelle Revis, whom many consider the NFL's best cornerback, is frustrated by the lack of progress in contract negotiations with the New York Jets, sources with knowledge of the situation said, leading him to skip Thursday's voluntary organized team... more

National Football League Merril Hoge rushed for 3,139 yards in an 8-year NFL career that was cut short due to multiple concussions. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Few people are more aware of the signs of concussions than Merril Hoge , so when the former... more

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made opening remarks at a medical conference Tuesday, seeking further research and developments to combat brain injuries. The forum, Traumatic Brain Injury in Professional Football, was presented by... more

May

The St. Louis Rams and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe continue to work on a contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday. The Rams are still trying to sign Atogwe to a long-term deal and risk losing him after he didn't sign his restricted... more

Wyche: Party's over for Saints It has been nearly four months since the Saints lifted the Lombardi Trophy, but with work picking up, the team is now focused on repeating, Steve Wyche writes. More ... » Wyche: Saints switch Jenkins to safety... more

Free-agent left tackle Flozell Adams recently visited the Denver Broncos, a league source said Friday, and has continued regular discussions with several teams. Adams, 35, could provide depth on a Broncos offensive line that might open the 2010... more

Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick Jared Odrick has switched agents. Odrick, who had been represented by Peter Schaffer, now will be represented by Drew Rosenhaus, the agent said Friday. Odrick, a defensive tackle out of Penn State, was the 28th... more

Maybe it's my East Coast bias, or tolerance for cold weather, or memories of running across the street to the park with a football anytime we got a decent snowfall in Baltimore. I readily admit to all of the above. And, yes, I do love New York (even in... more

The New York Giants remain optimistic that they will have top safety Kenny Phillips back for training camp this summer, a source with knowledge of the situation revealed Wednesday. Phillips is recovering from a severe knee injury that cost him almost... more

Free-agent linebacker Keith Bulluck is about three weeks away from being fully recovered from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, a league source said Wednesday. Bulluck, who has spent his entire 10-year career with the... more

IRVING, Texas -- NFL owners likely will vote on Stan Kroenke's bid to buy the St. Louis Rams at the next round of league meetings in August, and several league sources have said there's strong support for him. Kroenke met with the league's finance... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week sent letters to the governors of 44 states that don't have a law aimed at mandating strong regulations concerning concussion guidelines for youth athletes. The league would like to have laws passed in every state... more

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson's decision to stay away from OTAs this week based on his contract certainly caught me by surprise. His decision to return Thursday after the brief hiatus did not. At this point Johnson doesn't have much to gain by... more

Mike Fabus / Associated Press Steelers OLB LaMarr Woodley has 25 sacks in the last two years, which ranks fifth in the NFL during that span. Pop quiz: Name the only two players in the NFL to post at least 11.5 sacks in each of the last two... more

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that free-agent running back Brian Westbrook is still "under consideration" to be signed by the team. Is a drug user in Redskins' midst? Mike Shanahan's Redskins were left to wonder about a... more

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell doesn't plan to attempt a comeback in the Arena Football League or Canadian Football League, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Russell, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007, is... more

The Minnesota Vikings haven't been given any indication about Brett Favre's potential offseason surgery plans, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. The quarterback is mulling whether or not to have what he deemed relatively minor ankle... more

Free-agent linebacker Clint Ingram is mulling a contract offer from the New Orleans Saints, a league source said Monday. Ingram played for Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in 2008, when the two were with the Jacksonville Jaguars. New... more

New York Giants officials have informed defensive tackle Barry Cofield that he won't be traded, three weeks after a deal with the New Orleans Saints failed, a league source said Thursday. The Giants would have received a second-round pick for Cofield... more

Judging from my weekly Wednesday chat on NFL.com , people are in the mood for predictions. I suppose that comes with one of the few true down periods in the league's news cycle. As such, I figured I'd oblige. If you made me pick division winners today,... more

The NFL's big-money period of free agency has long since passed us, but with the dog days of May here and training camp still several months away, I figured this was as good a time as any to take a look at some of the more prominent players still on the... more

Brian Cushing's four-game suspension for using a banned substance won't have a major impact on his contract. Even had the Houston Texans linebacker been stripped of NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors -- which he wasn't -- he hit enough other... more

The NFL is awaiting further word regarding evaluations of Ben Roethlisberger, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday, after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback finished league-mandated treatment last week. Roethlisberger completed a... more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Veteran cornerback Travis Fisher is participating in Baltimore Ravens minicamp on a tryout basis. Fisher, an eight-year pro, is the only veteran here on a non-roster basis. The Ravens have been mulling whether or not to sign a... more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens moved second-year pro Michael Oher to left tackle and Jared Gaither to right tackle at Friday's minicamp practice and envision it as a permanent move for the 2010 season, according to a team source. "We're going... more

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed is committed to playing football in 2010 following hip surgery, his friend and financial advisor, Brad Davis, said Thursday. Renowned hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon of Vail, Colo., handled the surgery to repair Reed's... more

At one point during last month's draft -- with Seattle about to acquire (steal?) Leon Washington from the Jets, completing a stunning weekend overhaul of talent -- I could have sworn Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was going to hoist himself on the shoulders... more

Some in the Pittsburgh Steelers' organization are optimistic that suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could return for organized team activities next month. The best-case scenario for both sides would be for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to allow... more

April

Safety Lawyer Milloy agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, according to a league source. The Seahawks were still looking for help in the secondary, even after using the second of their first-round picks on Texas safety... more

There were many teams that did many things during the draft to earn rave reviews, but few moves were more deft than the Raiders swapping a 2012 fourth-round pick to Washington in exchange for quarterback Jason Campbell. In one fell swoop -- for a... more

Darren Sharper left his visit with the Jaguars on Thursday without a contract, according to a league source, but the two sides remain in dialogue following a productive discussion. The Pro Bowl safety made his first visit to Jacksonville on Wednesday,... more

Veteran receiver Joey Galloway plans to sign a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins on Thursday, according to a league source. Galloway, who will be entering his 16th NFL season, spent time with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers in... more

Free agent Darren Sharper is visiting the Jaguars on Wednesday, according to a league source, with more visits to other teams likely following. Interest in the Pro Bowl safety has increased post-draft, and, despite recovering from an offseason knee... more

Veteran running back Rock Cartwright agreed to a one-year deal with the Raiders Monday for the veteran's minimum, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Cartwright, who is en route to Oakland for a physical, was released by the Redskins... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have extended Bryant McFadden's contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday. The Steelers traded for the cornerback from Arizona during the draft and have extended him through 2012. He will earn $7.5 million... more

The New York Jets recently finalized a new deal with Vernon Gholston, protecting themselves against some future incentive and bonus payments to the unproductive former first-round draft pick and allowing themselves to get out of the contract easily... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will release defensive tackle Chris Hovan and fullback B.J. Askew on Monday, according to a league source. Hovan, 10-year veteran, has started 79 games for the Buccaneers since coming to Tampa Bay in 2005. Askew has been with... more

The New Orleans Saints and New York Giants came close to completing a trade for defensive tackle Barry Cofield during the draft, according to league sources. Barry Cofield , DT New York Giants 2009 Statistics Games/Starts: 16/16... more

Embattled RB LeGarrette Blount has changed his mind about signing with the 49ers, and will sign a free-agent deal with the Titans on Monday, according to his agent, Zeke Sandhu. Best undrafted players After 255 prospects were selected during seven... more

The Jets released former Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca over the weekend. The 12-year veteran was due to make $7.5 million in 2010, with $5.25 million guaranteed. Alan Faneca , G Age: 33 Height: 6-5 Weight: 305 College: Louisiana State... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers don't anticipate trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday, and expect him to be with the team next season. The Steelers aren't talking to any teams about Roethlisberger right... more

I'm not a huge mock draft guy, especially before last-minute trades have been made and boards are set. There are enough people cobbling together their best guesses, and it's such an inexact science. Each guess is predicated on so many assumptions, and... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have stepped up their efforts to trade two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but the Oakland Raiders might be the only real option. The Steelers were rebuffed by the St. Louis Rams over the weekend, but a... more

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, one of the most debated prospects entering the 2010 NFL Draft, has opted to return home to Jacksonville during the three-day event in New York. The NFL has 17 players already in New York for the draft, which begins... more

Jimmy Wilkerson has signed a one-year deal to join the New Orleans Saints, a league source said Tuesday. The 29-year-old defensive end is coming off a breakthrough season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which he established career highs in tackles (46),... more

There hasn't been much movement regarding the St. Louis Rams signing the No. 1 overall pick before the NFL draft starts Thursday night, but it isn't entirely out of the question. The Rams are open to doing a deal ahead of time, according to a source... more

Veteran Jerry Porter is among the wide receivers who tried out for the Washington Redskins at their minicamp this week, a league source said Sunday. Jerry Porter , WR Career Statistics Receptions: 295 Yards: 4,120 Average: 14.0... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a memorandum to all clubs, coaches, team presidents and general managers last Wednesday, stressing to all parties the measures that players and team employees must uphold and restating how the league's... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't talked with other teams about dealing embattled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but they've had significant internal discussions about the matter, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. According to the... more

Free-agent defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson will visit the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, according to a league source. Wilkerson, a seven-year NFL veteran who's coming off a career season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but also a significant knee injury,... more

Few teams have been as aggressive as the New York Jets this offseason, trading for Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes, both of whom have considerable off-field baggage, taking a shot on LaDainian Tomlinson, and waiting to see if old-but-reliable Jason... more

The Denver Broncos were never going to get a first-round draft pick for receiver Brandon Marshall. And they were never going to give him the kind of long-term financial package his play has warranted, due to the myriad off-field issues and broken trust... more

Donald Penn, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting left tackle, has curbed a weight issue that dogged him last season, but he remains dissatisfied with the lack of a new contract. Penn, whose first- and third-round tender essentially prevents him from... more

Free-agent cornerback Lito Sheppard is visiting the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, according to a league source. The Lions have been in the market for cornerbacks throughout the offseason. They signed Dante Wesley to a two-year contract and also have... more

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will not attend this weekend's voluntary minicamp, a league source said Wednesday. Haynesworth, who remains hopeful of a trade after just one season in Washington, will only attend mandatory... more

The Miami Dolphins have been pursuing options to trade wide receiver Ted Ginn, league sources said Tuesday. Ginn, a first-round draft pick by the Dolphins in 2007, has excelled on special teams, but he hasn't regularly contributed as a receiver. He had... more

Defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson arrived in New Orleans on Monday to meet with the Saints, according to a league source. Wilkerson, a seven-year veteran who has spent the last two seasons in Tampa Bay, had dinner with coaches and team officials as part of... more

Sixteen players are now confirmed to attend the 2010 NFL Draft festivities at Radio City Music Hall in New York next week, including Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, according to a league source. Eight more players have accepted their invitation to... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers traded wide receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets late Sunday night for a fifth-round draft pick in this month's NFL draft. Holmes, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII , is facing a four-game suspension for his actions in regards... more

Unrestricted free agent defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson will visit with the New Orleans Saints this week, according to a league source. Wilkerson was having a career year for Tampa Bay and on his way to a nice free-agent payday, but then suffered a... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- In a matter of months, new coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen have remade the Washington Redskins. Certainly, the roster has changed, including bringing the first true franchise quarterback, Donovan McNabb, to Washington... more

Free agent Jason Taylor visited with the New York Jets on Wednesday, according to a league source. Jason Taylor Age: 35 Height: 6-6 Weight: 255 College: Akron Experience: 14th season A deal with the team was not expected to happen... more

Cincinnati Bengals guard Bobbie Williams will sign his two-year deal on Friday, according to a league source. Williams recently agreed to a new contract worth roughly $2.85 million per season. He is a key member of that offense and played at a Pro Bowl... more

The Washington Redskins remain willing to unload defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, according to league sources, in hopes of dealing him prior to the draft. Haynesworth has made a poor impression with new coach Mike Shanahan, according to sources, and... more

One day after the Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb, fellow quarterback Jason Campbell met with coach Mike Shanahan on Monday, according to a league source, with Shanahan explaining possible scenarios for Campbell's future. Campbell is hopeful to have... more

The Redskins offered defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth in trade talks for Donovan McNabb, according to league sources. Haynesworth, who clashed with coaches during his first season in Washington in 2009 and has not made a good first impression with... more

New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove signed his restricted free agent tender to remain with the team on Monday, according to a league source. Hargrove was extended a third-round tender by the Saints worth $1.226 million for the 2010... more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Donte' Stallworth's daily struggle for peace continues, a process of reflection and introspection that will run the course of his life. Stallworth, who signed a one-year, veteran-minimum contract with the Baltimore Ravens two... more

Seattle Seahawks guard Rob Sims has signed his tender, and trade talks with several teams are ongoing, league sources said Thursday. Sims very likely will be dealt before this month's draft, with the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles... more

In the next few weeks, the Donovan McNabb era in Philadelphia just might come to an end. For many Philadelphians it's several years too late. And that's something I'll never quite understand. A sizeable portion of Eagles fans, and a particularly... more

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will arrive in Washington on Friday to begin a two-day visit with the Redskins, according to a team source. Smooth ride expected New Redskins RB Larry Johnson, a controversial figure as a Chief, doesn't forsee any... more

March

Unrestricted free-agent defensive back Matt Ware has signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, according to a league source. Ware has played four of his six NFL seasons with the Cardinals, registering his first career interception last season.... more

The Detroit Lions are strongly considering making a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for restricted free-agent guard Rob Sims, a league source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora on Wednesday. For more on all 32 NFL teams, check out the... more

Clemson's C.J. Spiller accepted an invitation to attend next month's NFL draft in New York, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Spiller is considered one of the top running back prospects in the draft. He rushed for 3,547 yards and... more

Sources have confirmed that the following players will be among those in New York when the 75th NFL draft begins Thursday, April 22 in primetime at 7:30 p.m. ET: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma... more

Much of the intrigue of free agency is behind us, the NFL Draft remains a month away and the league meetings are over. This might be a rare, dare I say it, respite, in the NFL offseason news cycle. If not for all of the quarterback intrigue... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, for one, expects Florida quarterback Tim Tebow to be drafted in the first round next month. Carroll, who scouted Tebow heavily as the head coach at USC, has a private visit with the Florida... more

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow remains undecided about whether or not he will attend the NFL draft next month in New York, according to his agent, Jimmy Sexton, who said Tuesday that he was in contact with league officials. Sexton said that with the... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- In a change from the norm, the league will not announce any games scheduled for the 2010 season at the NFL Annual Meeting this week, a league source said Tuesday. Generally, the league would announce some key primetime matchups during... more

Scot McCloughan is no longer general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. Team owner Jed York on Monday called McCloughan's departure "a mutual parting" and said Trent Baalke, the director of pro personnel, will lead the 49ers through next month's NFL... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for wide receiver Terrell Owens, said Monday that he's in "active discussions" with three NFL teams interested in signing the 14-year veteran. Rosenhaus said he's attending the NFL Annual Meeting this week to... more

The Denver Broncos have expressed some interest in Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae, a league source said Monday. The Broncos lost center Casey Wiegmann to the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency, and though the team is looking to get younger... more

ORLANDO, Fla. ?? Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay expects contract talks with Peyton Manning to heat up in May or June. Irsay has maintained his team's desire to sign the star quarterback to an extension before the start of the 2010 season. He said... more

Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, who last played in the NFL two years ago, worked out for teams Friday at a New Orleans-area high school in the hopes of returning to the league. Jones' agent, Ray Savage, said his client clocked in at 4.42 and 4.48... more

The bulk of the free-agency craze is over. Sure, there's always a surprise move or two before the draft, but in a year with no cap and not much star power, there isn't much more of substance to come down, in all likelihood. I'd anticipate a few... more

Free-agent linebacker Joey Porter is scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins on Thursday, according to a league source. The Redskins are moving to a 3-4 defensive scheme next season, so they need linebackers, particularly those who can rush the... more

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger flew to Georgia this weekend to cooperate with an investigation into a 20-year-old woman's sexual assault allegation against him, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday, but he didn't... more

Running back Mike Bell , a restricted free agent, signed the Phildelphia Eagles' one-year, $1.7 million offer sheet, the team announced Tuesday. Bell's current team, the New Orleans Saints, now have seven days to match the Eagles' offer or allow the... more

The Washington Redskins are interested in acquiring defensive lineman Adam Carriker from the St. Louis Rams and have contacted the team about the possibility, league sources said Thursday. New Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who coached... more

Regardless of the outcome of the latest sexual assault allegations to surface against Ben Roethlisberger, the franchise quarterback's standing and reputation in the public domain is already under scrutiny, and the Steelers organization has been rocked by... more

The Philadelphia Eagles told Michael Vick's agent, Joel Segal, that they will pick up the quarterback's $1.5 million roster bonus this week, according to a league source. Vick, who's due the bonus by Wednesday, has said he wants to be a starter next... more

Brandon Marshall arrived in Seattle on Saturday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and is visiting with Seahawks officials as they evaluate whether or not to make a trade offer for him. Marshall, a two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver... more

Paul Sancya / Associated Press Acting as his own agent, Daunte Culpepper negotiated a sweet deal with the Lions that paid him $5 million in 2009. In a free-agent class devoid of star power -- young star power in particular -- Daunte Culpepper... more

February

The Detroit Lions have been in discussions with the San Diego Chargers about acquiring cornerback Antonio Cromartie in a trade, a league source said Sunday. Antonio Cromartie , CB San Diego Chargers 2009 Statistics Games/Atarts: 16/16... more

Running back Reggie Bush remains very much in the Saints' plans, despite an $8 million salary in 2010, and the team has made no attempts to ask him to restructure, according to league sources. The Saints have had several conversations with agent Joel... more

Oakland Raiders personnel employee Randy Hanson filed a civil lawsuit against coach Tom Cable and the team Tuesday afternoon, alleging significant harm and damages from a training-camp scuffle that resulted in him being treated for a fractured jaw and... more

The Chicago Bears are gearing up for a major run at Julius Peppers, a league source said Tuesday, and Aaron Kampman also is an option for a team that's intent on landing a pass-rushing defensive end this offseason. Peppers, who will not receive the... more

The Detroit Lions are actively shopping the second overall pick in the NFL draft, a league source said Tuesday, and would be very comfortable trading down, looking to stockpile three or four assets. The Lions already have been in discussions with other... more

The start of every league year brings with it some roster purging, particularly those moves triggered by veteran players due a substantial roster bonus. I took a look at those players who stand to make roughly $2 million or more from roster bonuses due... more

The New Orleans Saints informed free safety Darren Sharper on Monday that they will not apply the franchise tag to him, according to a league source. Sharper is coming off a huge 2009 season in which he led the Saints with nine interceptions -- three... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed receiver Troy Williamson to a one-year deal, according to a league source. Williamson, a former first-round pick with the Minnesota Vikings, was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. He had an... more

We are now less than a week from the deadline (Feb. 25) by which teams must apply the franchise tag to prevent potential unrestricted free agents from hitting the market. A record 14 players were tagged last year, and many of them ended up having... more

Reinhold Matay / Associated Press An uncapped year will make it tougher for free agent Jimmy Wilkerson to garner the contract he originally would have. A few weeks remained in Jimmy Wilkerson's breakthrough season, the first in which he... more

Willis McGahee has become a secondary option to Ray Rice in the Baltimore Ravens' backfield, but the team has no intention of cutting him loose, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. At the end of the 2009 season, some believed... more

Josh Cribbs has made significant progress on a new contract with the Cleveland Browns, and though there is no timetable to complete it, both sides are optimistic about the Pro Bowl return specialist's future with the team, league sources said Thursday.... more

Veteran guard Eugene Amano signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, keeping one of the more coveted potential free agents off the market. For more on the Tennessee Titans, check out the latest... more

Before we turn our full attention to the combine, free agency and the draft, I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on Super Bowl XLIV before we plunge full on into the 2010 offseason. After re-watching the game and talking to a few people about... more

The Philadelphia Eagles haven't initiated any talks to trade quarterback Michael Vick, and they might not this spring, but that doesn't preclude them from doing so at some point. The Eagles have until the first week of the league year -- which begins... more

The Baltimore Ravens signed wide receiver Donte' Stallworth to a one-year, $900,000 contract Wednesday, just nine days after he was released by the Cleveland Browns following a season-long suspension. The Ravens announced the move, but they will not... more

Too early to look forward to 2010? Not at all. Here is my very early look at the 2010 season, and my first rankings. Obviously a lot can change, but here goes. 1. New Orleans Saints - The Super Bowl champs will make every effort to re-sign safety... more

There isn't much doubt in Robert Mathis' mind that teammate Dwight Freeney will be by his side come Super Bowl Sunday. Mathis, one half of the Indianapolis Colts' dynamic pass-rushing tandem, has seen Freeney gut his way through too many injuries in the... more

January

Kurt Warner belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And he belongs there in his first year of eligibility. I felt this fairly deeply from the eye test alone -- watching the length and breadth of his career, with its meteoric heights. Having conducted... more

New York Giants owner John Mara expressed his frustration with the lack of progress in CBA negotiations on Tuesday, when he spoke out to The New York Times . It's a sentiment shared by all parties involved in the process of trying to secure labor peace... more

Associated Press Defensive tackles Darnell Dockett and Jay Ratliff could their divisional playoff opponents' worst nightmare. This is the best weekend of the year. Really, it is. The best eight teams in the NFL slugging it out over two... more

As expected, Jim Zorn is out in Washington . Look for an organizational overhaul with Mike Shanahan taking over as coach/team president by Thursday, possibly sooner, according to league sources. Shanahan would bring in his son, Kyle, from the Houston... more

Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn and many of his assistants fully expect to have their contracts terminated by Monday, and they could be notified of their departure by Sunday night as the team returns from San Diego, according to team sources. Team... more

The undercurrent of discontent between Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall and first-year coach Josh McDaniels, which flared up before the season and then seemed to subside, never really faded. Their relationship remained frayed, according to... more

December

As we get closer to the official start of the offseason it seems more likely there is going to be a nominal amount of turnover, at best, in the coaching and management circles. Now is as good a time as any to explain some of the reasons why. Among... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials have reached out to former Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Cowher about possibly coaching the team in 2010, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. For more on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, check out... more

The Washington Redskins already have begun the process of interviewing candidates for their potential head-coaching vacancy, according to league sources, with secondary coach Jerry Gray recently spending a Tuesday at team owner Daniel Snyder's house... more

Hannah Foslien / Associated Press The small-market Vikings and Bengals have taken advantage of down years by several big-market teams. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This has been the season of the haves and have-nots in many ways. With two unbeaten... more

I continue to hear from multiple league sources that Mike Shanahan remains the most likely choice to take over as the Washington Redskins' head coach in 2010, and the hiring of Bruce Allen is but one move in an organizational overhaul. Shanahan has... more

Never before have we enjoyed two teams still undefeated in the same season after 12 games. And never has it been more clear to me that the best path to Super Bowl success involves taking full advantage of every potential benefit, including resting stars,... more

November

Thanksgiving gave us much to reflect upon, and be thankful for, and somewhere down the list comes the NFL playoff chase. It's setting up to be compelling and down to the wire. A few things are essentially set -- the Saints and Vikings, for... more

The Buffalo Bills, who are expected to meet with Mike Shanahan this week about their head-coaching position, also have contacted former Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Cowher, according to league sources. However, Cowher informed the Bills that he isn't... more

The annual coaching carousel has already begun to creak along. It's a little early, with Buffalo coach Dick Jauron getting fired before Thanksgiving, but as the weather turns, it's inevitable in this league that teams will begin mulling changes, and the... more

Paul Sakuma / Associated Press With two concussions suffered in three weeks, Eagles RB Brian Westbrook's season is in jeopardy. The NFL has continued a quiet campaign to curtail concussions in the game and improve player safety overall. It's a... more

The Buffalo Bills fired coach Dick Jauron on Tuesday. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will become the Bills' interim head coach. "Perry has done a great job with our defense and has demonstrated excellent leadership skills as defensive... more

When I first heard the idea of an "uncapped" season, it conjured images of billionaires chasing free agents around, throwing bags of money out of the windows of their Bentleys. It sounded like a boon for the players, something of an offseason utopia, and... more

Everyone loves an award show, so I figured I'd put my own little spin on the first half of the 2009 NFL season and dole out some kudos, and throw a few tomatoes as well. So here goes ... Best Team Kind of splitting hairs here between the Saints... more

If you listen closely, you can hear the faint pounding of drums, the mounting footsteps, the far-off cries of revolt. All around NFL cities -- at least for the quarter of the league that's been utterly uncompetitive this season -- fans are finding their... more

When it comes to organizational dysfunction, the Cleveland Browns are now right there with the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins. This week's events in Cleveland have thrust the team into a vortex of bizarre moves. Maybe I shouldn't be... more

October

  There was much for any football fanatic to savor in the Saints' thrilling comeback win in Miami last Sunday. The game could not have been more entertaining to an impartial observer, and the offensive fireworks and tug-of-war nature of the game made... more

Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press The Colts are undefeated, despite being one of the NFL's lowest-rated rushing teams. I'm a fairly simple dude. Meat and potatoes. Dinner and a movie. Shot and a beer. And, when it comes to football: Run... more

As many of you know by now, we have a record number of undefeated teams in the NFL for this stage of the season, which should provide for some great playoff races. But we would be remiss if we didn't analyze exactly how these five teams have stayed... more

Thankfully, for all involved, the Michael Crabtree saga is finally over. In the end, everyone is happy. The 49ers took the lead in the NFC West by going 3-1 without him (and could easily be 4-0), which no doubt helped expedite the Crabtree contract... more

No decision has been made yet on whether or not to prosecute Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable for an incident involving defensive assistant Randy Hanson, according to Lee Philipson, the Assistant District Attorney for Napa County, California. Philipson... more

From the moment the Washington Redskins hired Jim Zorn as head coach last year -- after a circuitous process that took more than a month and included interviews with about a dozen candidates -- many wondered if he would last more than two years with owner... more

September

Bill Nichols / Associated Press Chargers RB Darren Sproles should give the Ravens plenty to think about Sunday. Sometimes, football isn't as complicated as we make it out to be. Sometimes, it's downright simple, with the elements... more

Brett Favre seems to create drama almost every time he meets with the media. This week, the fact that he says the Jets knew the extent of his arm injuries last year has created ripples. On top of that, Favre conceded he may not be able to play all 16... more

The Denver Broncos haven't been attempting to deal disgruntled wide receiver Brandon Marshall, according to league sources, and have received very little contact from other teams inquiring about the currently suspended Pro Bowler. The New York Jets have... more

Paul Sakuma / Associated Press Michael Crabtree may have no other choice than to play for the 49ers. Michael Crabtree's only rational move is to sign a contract with the San Francisco 49ers, the sooner the better. When you breakdown the... more

August

Figured now is as good a time as any to open myself up to public flogging and give you my picks for each division, even before rosters are set. Heck, we're halfway through the preseason, so why not? I'll go ahead and name a last place team as well, which... more

There is never a shortage of news regarding the guys who make a living throwing a football (and many of the guys who hold the clipboard for the guys who throw the ball). This preseason it seems like there is quarterback news everywhere. Here's some... more

Associated Press Johnny Unitas was the quintessential field general for the Baltimore Colts. After being charged with comprising this list, I wanted to consider a lot of things. I thought it should span various positions and various eras, and,... more

BEREA, Ohio -- It's hard to come to Cleveland Browns camp and not focus on the quarterback battle between veteran Derek Anderson and youngster Brady Quinn. At this point, it seems like Quinn hasn't even been given enough of a sample size to form an... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- The one area where the Redskins could least afford to suffer injuries is along the offensive line, on the right side in particular. But by the time Tuesday morning's session ended, under a blazing sun and with unrelenting humidity, the... more

WESTMINSTER, Md. -- As his teammates were trudging off the field, hurling off pads and heading for the showers, Terrell Suggs was gingerly striding off a golf cart to meet them. Suggs, who signed a deal worth a maximum of $63 million last month... more

July

I spent the weekend thinking quite a bit about Steve McNair , given the horrible events that took place in Nashville, Tenn., and talking to people who knew him well. Obviously, the NFL is still reeling from McNair's untimely death, and hearts and prayers... more

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