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Albert Breer

Albert Breer

 

Albert Breer has covered the NFL since 2005, including two stints in the New England area as the Patriots beat writer for the Boston Herald and the national NFL writer for the Boston Globe. He also was the Cowboys beat writer for the Dallas Morning News and an NFL writer for Sporting News. In addition to writing for NFL.com, Breer is a reporter on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" and other shows.


August

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ron Rivera has some great memories from last fall -- and he's looking for all the people around him to forget the events that inspired those memories. The way he sees it, as intoxicating as the Carolina Panthers' breakout 12-win... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick's well-earned reputation as a defensive mastermind was hatched by his transcendent unit in the Giants' title run of 1986 , and burnished by an underdog New York group that put the brakes on one of the greatest offenses... more

Pro football has changed over the last half-decade, under the looming presence of the now-settled concussion lawsuit, and with a heavier-handed enforcement system weaning players off old on-field habits. But that doesn't mean there haven't been guys who... more

RICHMOND, Va. -- The rubble of last year's death march to 3-13 is now clear. The quarterback is healthy. A new coach is in place. Much has changed. But Jay Gruden is very clear about one thing: The expectations for the Redskins won't. Last summer,... more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Money speaks loudest in pro-athlete parlance, and in that way, the Tennessee Titans sent a strong message to Jake Locker in May, when they declined to pick up his $14.6 million option for 2015. But that was three months ago. And... more

CINCINNATI -- Paul Guenther opened his first training camp as an NFL coordinator by doing something he never does. The successor to Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati showed his defense another team's tape. Once the players got through seeing 23 Seahawk snaps... more

July

PHILADELPHIA -- For more than a year, Chip Kelly's program has been illustrated and chronicled through a string of fast-paced practices, protein shakes, sleep cycles and video game statistics. But to his boss -- Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie... more

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The ball, spinning hard off the hand of Drew Brees, came in hot and buzzed right past New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, nearly picking him off after almost taking out club PR czar Greg Bensel. Payton turned and... more

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Drew Brees may be 35 years old, but the QB's not afraid to say he doesn't feel that old. And to prove it, on Friday, he dropped into his press conference that he'd like to play for another 10 years, citing the... more

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The first NFL training camp practice of 2014 went a long way in explaining why these sessions have become so popular. A general manager jumping out of his shoes talking about a potential breakthrough. A young quarterback asking for... more

The NFL has identified the land-rush of underclassmen declaring for the draft as a problem, and set out this week to start addressing the problem at the college level. Earlier in the week, college coaches received a memo from NFL Executive Vice... more

Jimmy Graham made the argument over the past few weeks that he isn't a pure tight end. And for good reason: He isn't one. But as NFL clubs classify them, he's not a receiver, either. In coach-speak, the New Orleans Saints star is an "F," which has,... more

The first thing you need to know about holdouts is that no one truly has held out yet. As much as all of us make of the chatter, no player is really making a statement by sitting out in April and May and June. Likewise, no club is really drawing a line... more

June

Ankle surgery limited what Cam Newton could do physically this spring, but it put no such constraints on the progress the Carolina Panthers quarterback could make mentally. And with 10 weeks of offseason work now in the books, what head coach Ron Rivera... more

It'll be at least a few months before anyone can pass any sort of judgment on the Philadelphia Eagles' decision to cut ties with DeSean Jackson . Jeremy Maclin will come back strong from ACL surgery, or he won't. RookieJordan Matthews' impressive... more

Two-and-a-half months ago, without much fanfare, Cincinnati Bengals owner and general manager MikeBrown detailed the dilemma his team is facing this offseason. Cincy could sign Andy Dalton, who has started all 51 games of his NFL career heading into... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- Jay Gruden was hired to coach a superstar. But he says that's anything but what he's found the task to be with Robert Griffin III, as the Washington Redskins work through organized team activities and approach the summer break. Yes,... more

May

Trent Baalke didn't go into the past two drafts looking to augment the training room. But it wasn't a mistake, either, that the San Francisco 49ers general manager wound up rolling the dice repeatedly on players still making their way back from injury.... more

There's resolve in Dino Babers' voice, as sacrilegious as his idea -- that Tom Brady might be on the clock -- seems to be. Excuse him for that. The new head man at Bowling Green coached Jimmy Garoppolo at Eastern Illinois the past two years. And his... more

The NFL will discuss today expanding the playoffs , one of a number of issues on the agenda for the Spring League Meeting. But even if, as expected, there's enough support in the room to go forward with the idea, the owners are expected to move carefully.... more

Rick Spielman's third draft as the Minnesota Vikings' general manager wasn't totally unlike his previous two -- the team came out with one more first-round pick than it went in with and further developed a burgeoning young core. But it wasn't really the... more

The commodity that teams covet on draft day isn't a single player or slot -- and, much as they might try, it can't be acquired with a transaction or two. It's control. Control to move up. Control to move down. Control to get the player they want in... more

Last year, I set about working on an assignment that wound up being more challenging than I ever anticipated -- but the finished product remains a useful reference point that I often turn back to. The idea of the project, dubbed "Who's Really In... more

April

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A linear collegiate career would never have led Zach Mettenberger here, to the opposite end of the Deep South from where he grew up. It hasn't been perfect since he arrived. It certainly wasn't perfect before then. But this,... more

The Falcons won't get Jadeveon Clowney with the sixth pick in next week's draft, and that's why their decision to travel to see him last Friday, and Clowney's decision to spend time with them, moved the needle on a stagnant news cycle as last week wound... more

Like so many coaches coming off a championship, Pete Carroll is careful about his nomenclature these days. The Seattle Seahawks aren't worried about repeating or defending anything, he says, and don't even bring up the word "dynasty" within his earshot.... more

The story goes that, back in 2011, right after Jadeveon Clowney committed to South Carolina, he told the coaches there: "I'll be here three years, and then I'll be the first pick in the draft." In that sense, the 6-foot-6, 266-pound monster has put... more

If the concept of cap jail in the NFL is real, the prison is not very full and parole isn't hard to come by. After a three-year period in which the salary cap was relatively stagnant, 2014 had promised to be the crossroads offseason, with cash-strapped... more

DETROIT -- He only catches your eye in the first place because of his raw size. Then, you find out the magnitude of First Lieutenant Allejandro Villanueva's story dwarfs even that 6-foot-9 frame. Two-hundred-and-forty players were invited here, to... more

March

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Last Thursday provided the sports world with another one of those uniquely this-day-and-age moments, not unlike Tebowmania or Linsanity, that seem huge as they're unfolding but have relevance that melts as quickly as an ice cube... more

This is the story of eight NFL teams that went into the 2011 NFL Draft with a quarterback need. It also could serve as a roadmap for those that go into the 2014 NFL Draft in that very position. At the end of last week, a few of the final pre-draft... more

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Going into Indianapolis last month, the biggest questions that Michael Sam faced had to do with anything but football. He left having answered those -- while opening up a host of new ones, based on the raw numbers he posted at the NFL... more

The four-day pre-free agency negotiating window opened two Saturdays ago, but the reality is that the talking, between teams and players, was well underway last month at the NFL Scouting Combine. And we'll use a free agent -- a nameless one, to protect... more

If the NFL truly is a copycat league, then maybe we have our explanation as to why the free agency market seems to have gotten less splashy of late. "This is Year 3 of the new CBA climate, and we're all more familiar with the rules," one veteran AFC pro... more

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Orey Willis spent the latter part of last week fighting nerves, waking up in the middle of the night and staring at the ceiling and thinking about what was waiting for him Saturday. That probably made him a lot like of the other... more

In 2014's NFL, instant analysis is paramount. You grade draft classes before rookies take a practice snap. You assess free-agent deals before clubs have the new players fitted for a helmet and shoulder pads. And you analyze a 10-year collective... more

February

Ted Fitzgerald/AP/Boston Herald Former New England Patriots star AaronHernandez has been charged with murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. It's been nearly four years since I wrote, for the Boston Globe, that a number of positive drug tests... more

Eric Gay/Associated Press The St. Louis Rams took a risk on JanorisJenkins -- and he's compiled 134 tackles and five picks in two seasons. All decision-makers have their moment, where they come to terms with the idea of taking the plunge on a... more

The NFL Players Association isn't expecting any issues as a result of Michael Sam's decision to announce his sexual orientation last weekend. But the union is prepared either way. "I feel pretty strongly that it won't be an issue," said NFLPA president... more

January

INDIANAPOLIS -- There's a time to speak of young players in measured tones, sidestepping hyperbole to keep those guys grounded. For Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, standing in a small area between his team's locker room and training room, his... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For Andy Reid, the differences appear in the details. And the details show up in places like a Thursday morning walkthrough during a playoff week. That's where offensive lineman Branden Albert saw the Reid who had ceased to... more

December

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to go directly to the topic): » The Bengals' strategy for replacing Geno Atkins. » Reasons to think Jason Garrett is probably... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to go directly to the topic): » A major factor behind the Eagles' success in Chip Kelly's debut season. » When will Rob... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to go directly to the topic): » A debate among NFL evaluators over Kirk Cousins' worth. » Scouting reports on two Heisman... more

Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports Eric DeCosta (far right) is in line to succeed Ozzie Newsome (second from right) as the Baltimore Ravens' GM. NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including... more

November

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to go directly to the topic): » DeMeco Ryans' return to form. » An unexpected encore of Fitzmagic. » How RGIII's past is... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to go directly to the topic): » The man behind this Cardinals surge. » A simple explanation of Marc Trestman's offensive... more

Richie Incognito filed a grievance against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, and a read through the four pages -- obtained by NFL Media -- shows the suspended guard's legal team taking aim at the strategy employed by the camp of Jonathan Martin. The... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to go directly to the topic): » The driving force behind the Panthers' hot streak. » How the Rams finally figured out what to... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » How the 49ers' defense got its groove back. » Why no one should worry about Tom Brady,... more

The NFL launched its investigation into the locker-room treatment of Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin on Monday, opening a Pandora's box of evidence that implicates Martin's teammate, Richie Incognito. According to a source close to... more

The Jonathan Martin situation just recently came to a head, but it's hardly new. Multiple Miami Dolphins sources said Sunday that the offensive lineman approached coach Joe Philbin to discuss his issues during organized team activities in the spring.... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » One of the most underappreciated winners in the league. » An amazing hotbed for NFL... more

October

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Terrelle Pryor's growth as a quarterback. » How Case Keenum caught the Texans' eye.... more

The New York Jets' 30-27 upset of the New England Patriots on Sunday ended with a game-winning field goal for New York, set up by a much-debated flag on New England that gave the Jets a first down following a missed 56-yarder by Nick Folk. As it turns... more

Associated Press (From left) Penn State's Bill O'Brien, Stanford's David Shaw and Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin could draw NFL interest. NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on... more

The NFL Players Association formally has asked the league for a joint investigation into leaks related to information on Josh Freeman's status in the NFL's drug program. ESPN reported in September, while Freeman was still a member of the Buccaneers,... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook, NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Gus Bradley's full-scale rebuild in Jacksonville. » Are financial incentives playing a... more

The NFL opens its fall meeting Monday in Washington D.C., with several outstanding issues to be resolved with the players' union. NFL Players Association headquarters is located just three blocks from the league's hotel for its summit, but the... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook, NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » A common problem in the 0-4 starts of the Giants and Steelers. » A financial conundrum... more

September

Dave Shopland / NFL London's Wembley Stadium has been the site for every International Series game played thus far. In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook, NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent this week saying that the perceived minefield of unrest -- a result of reported situations involving quarterback Josh Freeman and cornerback Darrelle Revis -- is a bigger deal outside the team's... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook, NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » What the NFL thinks about Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel. » Tom Brady's temper. » An... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association met last week to discuss solutions to revive HGH testing talks, which have stalemated over Commissioner Roger Goodell's power in the appeals process, league and union sources said Thursday. The sides have been in... more

It all started with a lie. The reason Tavon Austin chose to attend West Virginia in the first place was because the coaches said he could play the position he played in high school -- tailback. But then Austin showed up for his first camp in Morgantown... more

August

The NFL and NFL Players Association quickly are approaching the point where the tentative agreement to implement human growth hormone testing for the 2013 season will be rendered null and void. The tentative agreement -- contingent on the parties... more

The NFL Players Association has formally filed a grievance over the New England Patriots' non-payment of an $82,000 workout bonus for Aaron Hernandez's participation in the club's offseason program, union sources said Monday. The NFLPA also issued the... more

ST. LOUIS -- The assumption, back in 2010, was that the one team that couldn't -- or at least shouldn't -- draft Dez Bryant was the Dallas Cowboys, because it would place an impressionable, troubled kid too close to too many of the negative influences he... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association's negotiation on human growth hormone testing, which seemed destined for completion for the bulk of the summer, has hit a stalemate. The final remaining issue is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's power over the appeals... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association plan to continue to work toward resolving the Von Miller matter in the coming days regarding the Denver Broncos linebacker's looming suspension. According to two sources, a diluted sample caused the most recent... more

RICHMOND, Va. -- Outside of the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation, there hasn't been a bigger story in football this summer than Robert Griffin III's comeback from his January knee reconstruction . That's why it's so easy to miss the other story at... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers yielded two draft picks, including a first-rounder, and $16 million per year to acquire Darrelle Revis, but that doesn't mean there's urgency to get him back on the field. Tampa Bay's new star cornerback was... more

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Maybe it's not the kid in driver's ed being given the keys to a race car and told that anything less than taking the checkered flag at the Indy 500 would be an abject failure. But for 35-year-old Adam Gase, becoming the Denver... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association have made more progress since the beginning of training camp in moving toward an agreement to implement human growth hormone testing as part of an overall agreement on a comprehensive drug policy. According to a... more

PHILADELPHIA -- Chip Kelly's favorite word in the English language might be "why". It encapsulates, simply, his endless drive to apply logic to every detail of his work and his need to understand every element that's being put in place around him. So... more

NASHVILLE -- Chris Johnson is happy to say it again, but this time, he wants those listening to understand. The sixth-year pro isn't going to reach 2,000 rushing yards for a second time -- or break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record --... more

CINCINNATI -- Marvin Lewis leans back and fidgets in his swivel chair, sitting in the empty team-meeting room inside Paul Brown Stadium, reflecting on what happened two years ago. The Cincinnati Bengals were coming off of a four-win bottoming out of a... more

To those around Riley Cooper, the idea that he's racist is foreign. But how the entire scenario that played out on June 8 -- Cooper out having a good time, and that good time going off the rails -- was hardly shocking. Center Jason Kelce told the... more

PHILADELPHIA -- The healing process for the Philadelphia Eagles started Thursday, and that didn't come without some pain. When the sting will subside is anyone's guess. There's no playbook for Riley Cooper to turn to for something like this, mainly... more

The NFL and NFLPA have continued their talks towards an agreement on human growth hormone (HGH), according to sources on both sides, through this week, after last week??s face-to-face meeting. One league source said that the conversations,... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady's been down this road before, a road that separates him from almost any other quarterback in the history of the game. That doesn't mean it's not a lot for the New England Patriots to ask that he travel it again. And you... more

July

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots veterans report to training camp Thursday, and, as is the case in 31 other NFL locales, the head coach will address his players to kick things off. It's hard to imagine Bill Belichick avoiding the Aaron... more

Aaron Hernandez will be in a Massachusetts courtroom Wednesday for the first time since his bail hearing nearly a month ago. And, chances are, not much will have changed by the time he returns to the Bristol County House of Correction and Jail. The... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association have made progress toward implementing testing for human growth hormone, according to sources on both sides of the negotiations. The hope is to have testing in place for the 2013 season. The sides, who have agreed to... more

On the surface, it's easy to ask: How could an athlete of Aaron Hernandez's caliber throw it all away? Let's counter that with this: Why in the world would he change? The first question is asked from the perspective of where an athlete is going. The... more

Denver Broncos president Joe Ellis hit "send" on an email Monday the likes of which plenty of other executives have surely had to distribute. Maybe they've stemmed from a couple of incidents around holiday parties for the insurance company boss, or a... more

Denver Broncos senior executives will meet Monday at the team's Dove Valley facility to discuss discipline for the recent driving under the influence arrests of personnel chiefs Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, according to a club source. President Joe... more

Quietly, and during what (arrests permitting) is the lone real dormant period on the NFL calendar, the league is churning toward a first. In early March, eight players were assigned the franchise tag by their respective teams. None have since signed... more

A federal judge in Philadelphia ordered the NFL and the former players suing the league over concussion-related injuries to enter into mediation and work toward a settlement on Monday. The number of plaintiffs in the case has risen to approximately... more

The concept of the New England Patriots buying low on players, young or old, is hardly new. But to those inside the NFL, there was something different about New England's 2010 draft class. It wasn't that the group, which included the now-incarcerated... more

June

When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Some organizations are driven by general managers, others by owners, a few by head coaches -- and of course, many franchises divvy up checks and balances. Albert Breer takes an... more

When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Some organizations are driven by general managers, others by owners, a few by head coaches -- and of course, many franchises divvy up checks and balances. Albert Breer takes an... more

When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Some organizations are driven by general managers, others by owners, a few by head coaches -- and of course, many franchises divvy up checks and balances. Albert Breer takes an... more

When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Some organizations are driven by general managers, others by owners, a few by head coaches -- and of course, many franchises divvy up checks and balances. Albert Breer takes an... more

When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Some organizations are driven by general managers, others by owners, a few by head coaches -- and of course, many franchises divvy up checks and balances. Albert Breer takes an... more

When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Some organizations are driven by general managers, others by owners, a few by head coaches -- and of course, many franchises divvy up checks and balances. Albert Breer takes an... more

When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Some organizations are driven by general managers, others by owners, a few by head coaches -- and of course, many franchises divvy up checks and balances. Albert Breer takes an... more

When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Some organizations are driven by general managers, others by owners, a few by head coaches -- and of course, many franchises divvy up checks and balances. Albert Breer takes an... more

When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Some organizations are driven by general managers, others by owners, a few by head coaches -- and of course, many franchises divvy up checks and balances. Albert Breer takes an... more

The NFL Players Association met with Roc Nation representatives Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss if hip-hop star Jay-Z was involved in the recruitment of New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, two sources said. Instant Debate: The... more

May

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- NFL teams are not made in May. That's why, when I asked Logan Mankins if he sees a new guard emerging in his team's leadership, the fifth-oldest player on the New England Patriots looked at me a little funny. Let's just say, after... more

The NFL Players Association has sent a letter of inquiry to Roc Nation agent Kim Miale, concerning Jay-Z's involvement in recruiting New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith . The next step now is up to Miale. Miale is to write the NFLPA a letter... more

The league and NFL Players Association haven't given up on getting human growth hormone testing in place for the 2013 season, even after a significant stalemate in talks occurred earlier in the year. According to union and league sources, the NFL... more

The NFL Players Association is investigating Roc Nation's recruitment of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith , according to union sources. The union is planning to send a letter of inquiry to Roc Nation Sports agent Kim Miale to gather more information... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III have both said, repeatedly, that any problems lingering from decisions made on the first weekend in January on the shredded turf of FedEx Field have since subsided. Some people buy it. Others do not.... more

Tyrann Mathieu 's first NFL contract has built-in conditions that will protect the Arizona Cardinals at almost every turn over its first three years, two sources who have seen the deal said Thursday. Mathieu's contract is worth $3.052 million over four... more

BOSTON -- Following the Miami Dolphins' failure to secure public funding for renovations to Sun Life Stadium, San Francisco sits in the driver's seat to host Super Bowl L, with the owners' vote on tap Tuesday. But that hasn't lessened the effort of the... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tyrann Mathieu turned 21 on Monday, his life again at a crossroads. In a text message that morning, the star-crossed former Heisman Trophy finalist said he had no plans for that night. Maybe he'd go visit with LSU/Arizona Cardinals... more

NFL.com's Albert Breer spent Monday at Philadelphia Eagles practice. Here are his 10 takeaways on new quarterback Matt Barkley, coach Chip Kelly's transition from college to the pros and how the players are adjusting to the new system. Breer: Gunning... more

PHILADELPHIA -- I remember coming home about seven years ago after a long October night at the newspaper, and my roommate arriving back at a similar hour from his similar, dues-paying job as a Northeastern linebackers coach. He'd been studying tape of... more

Ten days after the 2013 NFL Draft ended, there's still plenty of information to digest. Albert Breer found several interesting nuggets in his reporter's notebook, starting with something that should help put Round 1's quarterback "surprise" into... more

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- This video evidence shows Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman focused on trading up to secure the services of Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson -- a move to get not just his guy, but the team's guy, with the... more

If there was one thing that surprised, even shocked, new Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell about the biggest night of his professional career, it was probably the emotion involved. 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The draft is... more

April

If there's a theme for the 2013 NFL Draft, it's that teams are looking to buy in bulk. And the reason is simple: The market looks more like a Sam's Club than a Nordstrom. Where this draft has volume, it lacks luxury. Where it has "good," it's short on... more

Then-Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti hired Chip Kelly to be his offensive coordinator in 2007 because of his expertise implementing and running the kind of read-option attack that was taking over college football. Bellotti, and the Ducks, wound up... more

The NFL and organizations at every level of football have operated with it as their backdrop over the past several years. It has changed the way the game is played and raised red flags that the sport hasn't dealt with since Teddy Roosevelt was in office.... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Relaxed and easygoing as he might be on this day, Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey had to know the question was coming, particularly since West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith 's flight into town was already airborne.... more

The NFL has completed its initial review of clubs' questioning of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and, at this time, no penalties will be levied. The issue came to light when Colorado tight end Nick Kasa said during a radio... more

Mike Tannenbaum has been involved in contract negotiations going back to the start of his NFL career in the mid-1990s. Now, he'll be switching to the other side of the table. Tannenbaum has accepted a job heading up a new division of Priority... more

The goal was to look at how premier underclassmen returning to school can hurt or help themselves with an extra season of college football. The backdrop was Matt Barkley 's situation. Little did I know, it really shouldn't have been. "I don't think... more

March

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that, due to a technicality in Tony Romo's contract, the Dallas Cowboys won't be able to franchise the quarterback in 2014. Thanks to the restructuring of the contract two years ago, it would have been very... more

Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was running a staff meeting earlier this month when Pete Carroll popped his head in to deliver the news that shook the NFL later in the day . Percy Harvin was about to become a Seahawk. The... more

Nineteen months ago, the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed to implement human growth hormone testing of players as part of a 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Now they might be further apart on the issue than at any other time since.... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association are continuing dialogue on resetting the league's calendar, as the league tries to achieve its stated goal of establishing a year-long continuum, sources on both sides said Wednesday. The league recently sent a... more

Butch Dill/Associated Press Alabama boasts another bundle of first-round hopefuls in the 2013 NFLDraft, including offensive lineman D.J.Fluker. It's one thing if attendance is sparse at a pro day at some directional school in the plains.... more

The future of the Pro Bowl has been a front-and-center topic at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix, and structural changes to the financial awards and selection of teams are on the table, a high-ranking league official said Tuesday. The game also could... more

Wes Welker's agents have fired back against Robert Kraft, countering comments the New England Patriots owner made Monday at the NFL Annual Meeting . In an email to NFL.com, Athletes First characterized the club's lone proposal to the receiver as being... more

Associated Press The days of paying big money to non-quarterbacks like ElvisDumervil (left) and Darrelle Revis seem to be over. Are we all set with the #WTFax jokes for now? All good? Great, because if you want to cut deeper into the Elvis... more

Forget the numbers. The final offer that the New England Patriots made to Wes Welker and the one he accepted from the Denver Broncos might have been just $1 million per year apart. But put into context, they might as well have been made on different... more

Former Cleveland Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava has signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Oakland Raiders, a source said Wednesday. Maiava started 13 games for the Browns this past season, recording two sacks and two forced fumbles.... more

The Ravens and representatives for Dannell Ellerbe plan on talking Tuesday morning to see if they can work out a deal to keep the starting linebacker in Baltimore, a source apprised of the situation said Monday. Offseason Forecast: Ravens Around... more

Associated Press Teams have stayed mum about free-agent talks, leaving the fates of Mike Wallace (left) and Jake Long unknown. The brand-new official permissible-tampering period has passed by with a whimper over the past few days, and with... more

It might seem simple enough to say that Darrelle Revis is the New York Jets' best player, they should want to keep him, and if they don't, there ought to be a long line of suitors waiting to trade for him. And if you're a headline writer or tabloid... more

NFL/Associated Press With a ways to go before the 2013 NFL Draft, Matt Barkley (left) has time to surpass Geno Smith in teams' eyes. It's dangerous to make assumptions about what will happen over the last weekend in April during the first week... more

February

Begin with Tom Brady's new contract, the applause it drew in New England, and the eyebrows it arched elsewhere around the NFL. Most of those in the know don't expect the deal -- providing short-term cap relief to the Patriots and more money guaranteed... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons' contract, a source involved in the deal said Tuesday. Breer: The Pittsburgh pinch The Pittsburgh Steelers are staring down a salary-cap squeeze in March. Albert Breer... more

The Oakland Raiders are continuing to look at ways to improve and modernize their structure, with talks ongoing with former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren on a possible position within the organization, according to a club... more

The upshot of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's new contract, which in effect turns his old agreement into a five-year, $57 million deal with the three new years tacked on, is in the guarantees. Offseason Forecast: Patriots With the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers and representatives for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have worked on renegotiating the two-time Super Bowl champion's contract, and an agreement could come by the end of the week, according to a source apprised of the process.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The two guys, on paper, didn't have a heck of a lot in common. But when West Virginia's Tavon Austin and Texas' Marquise Goodwin ran their show-stopping 40s within minutes of each other on Sunday -- the former clocking in at 4.34... more

The Chicago Bears and Brian Urlacher's agents have met in Indianapolis to discuss the veteran linebacker's contract situation , a source briefed on the situation said Saturday. Offseason Forecast: Bears With the offseason under way, Around TheLeague... more

Walking off the field in team-issued sweats on Jan. 13, his Houston Texans having just been eliminated from the AFC playoffs, injured linebacker Brian Cushing was hit with mixed emotions he hardly expected. As you'd guess, he was disappointed for his... more

Alabama's Dee Milliner , projected by all NFL.com experts to be the top cornerback taken in April's NFL draft, will have surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder after this weekend's NFL Scouting Combine, according to a source who has spoken with... more

If you want a clear idea of how far the NFL Scouting Combine has come, you really don't need to look back much more than a decade or delve much deeper than the player interview process. As recently as the turn of the millennium, that part of pro... more

Another change to the NFL Scouting Combine's testing is on the way. Mayock's prospect rankings NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock has unveiled his initial position-by-position rankings of the 2013 NFL Draft prospects. See which players made the... more

The St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions assistant coach Tim Walton are working on a contract to make him the new defensive coordinator in St. Louis, according to a Rams source. The sides are close to finalizing the agreement, and the Rams hope to have... more

There's no question, based on their salary-cap situation, the Pittsburgh Steelers will look different in 2013. But general manager Kevin Colbert is resolute in saying that won't change the standard in Pittsburgh, even for a year. And he points to his... more

The NFL still hasn't officially set the salary cap for 2013, meaning that clubs are working off projections on both the cap and franchise-tag figures, with the tag-designation period beginning Monday. Projections have been distributed to a number of... more

Former Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian raised the idea of widening the field as a safety measure recently. As it turns out, it's not a new idea. According to NFL senior vice president Ray Anderson, the league's liaison to the competition... more

The Kansas City Chiefs' offseason was only a day old. Owner Clark Hunt had just fired his coach, Romeo Crennel , and was still four days away from whacking his general manager, Scott Pioli . And as we talked, even in a league where deception is... more

Members of Ray Lewis' family were the only ones left in the locker room, with the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII triumph more than an hour old. As the iconic linebacker re-entered, finally done with all his media obligations, he was met by John... more

NEW ORLEANS -- Donte Whitner tried to depart Dodge as quickly as he could, but the San Francisco 49ers safety couldn't beat the confetti, nor could he outrun the noise of a world champion being crowned. "It'll stick," Whitner said, an hour after Super... more

January

NEW ORLEANS -- NFL Players Association officials described the New Orleans Saints bountygate matter that played out over the last year, and the resulting procedural problems, as something they took "personally" during their news conference Thursday.... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said he suffered a left shoulder sprain during the team's NFC Championship Game victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but he's confident he'll play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.... more

NEW ORLEANS -- It'd be easy for the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coaches to bask in the glow of Colin Kaepernick's meteoric arrival on football's center stage -- and say they saw it coming all along. That'd make for a nice fairy tale, too. The... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jed York's October 2010 proclamation might have been made largely of frustration. Or maybe it was denial, of the reality that the San Francisco 49ers' eighth straight non-winning season was on the horizon. But what was lunacy... more

Associated Press San Francisco 49ers coach JimHarbaugh (left) and Baltimore Ravens boss JohnHarbaugh love old-school football. SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The years remain vivid enough in Jim Harbaugh's mind to make the time seem like yesterday.... more

The New York Jets are expected to explore all options on cornerback Darrelle Revis' future, two sources apprised of the team's plans said Wednesday. Dysfunction in the Big Apple DarrelleRevis ' situation with the Jets shows what happens when an owner... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- John Harbaugh stopped on his walk to the Baltimore Ravens' bus, his suit on and an AFC Champions hat tugged tightly over his head. And on the way to the wildest family reunion ever, he was reminded of just how his team had looked 35... more

The New York Jets' search for a general manager is over. John Idzik, formerly with the Seattle Seahawks front office, is expected to be the next GM of the Jets, a source apprised of the search said. The Jets formally announced the news on Twitter.... more

Stew Milne/Associated Press NickCaserio has enjoyed a unique rise in the New England Patriots organization, coaching and managing personnel. You might not know who Nick Caserio is. If you do, it's pretty likely you don't know much about him.... more

After two rounds of postseason play, four teams remain in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy. On Championship Sunday, two teams will punch a ticket to New Orleans and Super Bowl XLVII. NFL.com has prepared a comprehensive scouting report for each of the... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The 2012 season, on some levels, is starting to fly in the face of the five-word mantra that Bill Belichick has spoon-fed everyone who'll listen in his 13 years here. The New England Patriots, in fact, spent the balance of this... more

Hue Jackson will interview for the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator position on Monday, a source said Saturday. The New York Jets have also expressed interest in Jackson, who spent last season coaching the Cincinnati secondary. Jackson previously... more

Football coaches are trained to be the most myopic of people. But after his team was dressed down on one of the biggest stages it had ever played on, Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak felt compelled to take a bigger-picture view with his players. The... more

Seattle Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik will interview with the New York Jets this afternoon for the open general manager position, per a Seahawks source. The Jets have also received permission to interview San Diego... more

Wild Card Weekend is history, and now it's time for the top-seeded teams in the AFC and NFC to enter the playoff fray. The stakes couldn't be higher in the divisional round, with the right to play on Championship Sunday on the line. Let's take a closer... more

The San Diego Chargers have wrapped up their search for a general manager and plan to make a call soon, according to club sources. San Diego director of player personnel, Jimmy Raye, has long been considered the favorite, but Indianapolis Colts... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have a third interview with Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell for their open general manager position, according to a Falcons source. The interview is scheduled for Monday. Caldwell, who just... more

Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell and Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Steve Keim have emerged as the leaders for the general manager opening with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a Jaguars source.... more

The lead candidates in the San Diego Chargers' general manager search appear to be the team's own director of player personnel, Jimmy Raye, and Indianapolis Colts director of player personnel Tom Telesco, both of whom a source said Sunday were "very... more

EDEN PRAIRE, Minn. -- The look on Leslie Frazier's face is half cringe, half smirk, all happy it's in the past. The 2010 season was just raised as a conversation topic to the Minnesota Vikings head coach. The memories haven't dulled much, even in light... more

The San Diego Chargers' four-man search committee is traveling to the East Coast on Thursday to conduct a handful of interviews to complete its general manager search, according to a team source. Lombardi: Firings aren't a cure-all All the firings in... more

The 2012 playoffs are finally here, with the 12 surviving teams -- the best of the best in the NFL -- set to fight it out for the Super Bowl XLVII title. The action kicks off this weekend with the wild-card round. To get you ready, let's take a closer... more

December

Jeremiah: Coach, GM predictions After another "Black Monday" full of firings, Daniel Jeremiah predicts who will fill the openings at coach and GM. More ... The San Francisco 49ers have been fielding requests to interview their director of player... more

Clark Hunt has been the Kansas City Chiefs' chairman since 2005 and, in his eight seasons, the team has hired three head coaches and made the switch from longtime general manager Carl Peterson to Scott Pioli, but has yet to win a playoff game. The son... more

The San Diego Chargers have hired Ron Wolf as a consultant to help lead their search for a new general manager. GM A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner were fired Monday . The Chargers' search will be run by a four-man committee: President/chairman... more

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves will meet with team president Michael Bidwill on Monday morning to discuss the future of the franchise. NFL head coach tracker The AndyReid era is over in Philadelphia. Which other coaches... more

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared and will play today vs. the Miami Dolphins, according to a source who has been apprised of his medical condition. Gronkowski has been out of the lineup since suffering a broken forearm... more

A passing of the torch will soon be set in motion at the highest level of the San Diego Chargers, according to a club source. Chairman of the board and president Dean Spanos will transition out of his position overseeing football operations in the next... more

Almost three full seasons in, and Sunday night showed the program Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have built in full bloom. Seattle was fast. It was sleek. It was overwhelming. But ask Carroll if his team's 42-13... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 17. » What the Seahawks' success... more

Associated Press RobertGriffin III, ColinKaepernick and RussellWilson (from left to right) all terrorize defenses with their legs. I've gone sore-throated talking about the introduction of option football to the NFL game the last couple... more

The Washington Redskins expect Robert Griffin III to start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles , barring any setbacks, according to sources briefed on the rookie quarterback's medical status. Griffin was a full participant in practice Wednesday, and... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 16. » One highly dangerous team as... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Wearing his mechanic-style, team-issued work shirt -- with his surname stitched on a patch over his heart -- Aldon Smith sheepishly smiled like the 23-year-old he is at the question of whether or not the San Francisco 49ers made a... more

The New England Patriots were affected like the rest of America by Friday's tragedy. For the team's ownership, which plans to donate $25,000 to help Newtown, Conn. and its people, it hit a little closer to home. The Kraft family owns the Rand-Whitney... more

Carl Johnson will make history on March 1 when he becomes the NFL's first full-time official. And while that part of it is nice, Johnson's motivation for moving back to the football field from his role as NFL vice president of officiating was more... more

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press Since opening the season with five straight losses, PatShurmur's Cleveland Browns have won five of eight. General manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur weren't going to say it. So I'll do it for... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 15 » Why the Baltimore Ravens had... more

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs' has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, according to a team source. Harrison: Week 14 predictions There's plenty of intrigue on the Week 14 slate, including an epic Monday... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Manti Te'o led Notre Dame in tackles (103) and interceptions (seven) en route to an undefeated regular season. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is likely to be viewed an enigmatic NFL prospect this spring, a great... more

Evan Pinkus/Associated Press Rookie VontazeBurfict wasn't even drafted back in April, but he's the Cincinnati Bengals' second-leading tackler. Mike Zimmer has a library of answers at his disposal every week, having a dozen years under his belt... more

The Kansas City police's investigation into the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his live-in girlfriend Kasandra Perkins has painted a picture of a tumultuous night leading up to Saturday morning's incident.... more

William Perlman/US Presswire Having built a healthy environment with the Giants, Jerry Reese is the model of what teams want in a GM. In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including... more

November

Sunday will mark the 12th time John Harbaugh has led the Baltimore Ravens into a showdown against the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. It'd be hard to argue that this 2012 group is the most talented of the bunch. Or even close to it. These Ravens are too... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 13. » The incident in Week 12 that... more

NEW ORLEANS -- It is, to be sure, a risk, switching out quarterbacks in mid-season, as Jim Harbaugh has. That moving on from Alex Smith is even a big deal in the first place buys the San Francisco 49ers coach the benefit of the doubt. On NFL Network... more

The NFL's review of the rule that bit the Detroit Lions in Thursday's 34-31 overtime loss to the Houston Texans could start as early as this week. Take a look at photos from the Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Texans and Lions. According to two... more

The Ed Reed suspension drew a strong reaction from defensive players all over the NFL this week, but don't get this mixed up. The sanctions against the Baltimore Ravens All-Pro safety simply served as the tipping point for a group of guys who have grown... more

The NFL will review Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's Thursday hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and will consider action next week, according to Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations. On NFL... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 11. » The playoff hopes for one NFC... more

The NFLPA plans to use the three quarterback concussions from Week 10 to reiterate its desire to have independent neurologists on the sideline during games, according to union sources. The union has consistently asked to have a third-party on the... more

BOSTON -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell identified human growth hormone testing Thursday as the next big step in the league's campaign on player health and safety. After Goodell spoke at the Harvard School of Public Health and had a... more

Evan Pinkus/Associated Press AndyDalton torched the New York Giants with four touchdown passes in the Cincinnati Bengals' 31-13 win. Sometimes all we see is numbers. And those, for Andy Dalton, were off through the first half of the 2012... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 11. » Which team will end up with... more

Maybe Jim Irsay should act like he's been here before, because in truth, he has. On the other hand, perhaps this emotional day for his supposed-to-be-rebuilding club, and the breakout performance of its precocious franchise quarterback, represented the... more

Bill Nichols/Associated Press Jerry Jones and SeanPayton have a relationship that dates back to when Payton was an assistant coach in Dallas. In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics,... more

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has informed the NFL Players Association that he will not recuse himself from the appeals hearing for four players involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program, a union source said Monday. Tagliabue's... more

Brian Hartline, who has been recovering from a groin injury, expects to play in the Miami Dolphins' game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, according to a source who has spoken with the player. Hartline, the Dolphins' top receiver, will be in... more

Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire AlexSmith absolutely torched the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, guiding the San Francisco 49ers to an easy win. The San Francisco 49ers, once again, had the look of football's most complete team during Monday night's... more

October

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 9. » An explanation for the NFL's... more

The standard for the New England Patriots is impossibly high. That's just the way it is when Tom Brady's your quarterback and Bill Belichick's your coach. The preface is necessary because, through seven games of the 12th season of the... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 8. » An extraordinary recovery from... more

Judge Helen Berrigan, presiding over the players' defamation lawsuits in the New Orleans Saints bounty matter, issued orders for the NFL Players Association and NFL to file on the potential recusal of ex-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue during a conference... more

The NFL Players Association has sent former commissioner Paul Tagliabue a letter which seeks to clarify his position and potential conflicts of interest during the appeals process of the New Orleans Saints bounty matter, according to league and union... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With a resigned tone, New York Jets veteran linebacker Calvin Pace finally said what so many of his teammates wouldn't in assessing the wreckage of a 29-26 overtime loss to the New England Patriots. His club, as it turns out, was... more

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets were supposed to be dead by now. Following a 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4, the vultures were circling and ready for the Houston Texans to bury New York's season -- and maybe even the Rex Ryan... more

Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs is off the physically unable to perform list, but there is no specific plan at this point -- on the part of either the player or the Baltimore Ravens -- as to when the linebacker will return to the... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 7. » One team about to roll off an... more

SAN DIEGO -- The state of the Denver Broncos' locker room at halftime Monday night might have illustrated perfectly how Peyton Manning's presence has been felt in the organization, six games in. At the time, the score was 24-0, in the San Diego... more

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers expect wide receivers Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd to play in Monday night's game against the Denver Broncos, per a team source. Rap Sheet Rundown: Rodgers' rise Ian Rapoport assesses Week 6's big developments,... more

Despite serious hits to the team's defense during Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys, the Baltimore Ravens aren't planning on rushing Terrell Suggs back into action, a source privy to the club's plans said Monday. On NFL Network NFL Replay... more

All four players in the New Orleans Saints bounty case have filed appeals with the NFL, according to sources close to the players, in advance of Friday's deadline to do so. The appeals fall under the collective bargaining agreement process and follow... more

If you want the best understanding of how misunderstood the Minnesota Vikings were entering the 2012 season, you don't have to look any further than one of their brightest stars. In June, the buzz coming out of Winter Park centered around the... more

The NFL has asked the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins for explanations on their respective injury-reporting situations with Mario Williams and Robert Griffin III. Bills defensive end Mario Williams said he has an injured left wrist , but the team... more

Tom DiPace/Associated Press Five games into his rookie season, Washington Redskins QB RobertGriffin III owns a sparkling 101.0 passer rating. In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics,... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quarterbacks will probably always hate the kinds of comparisons that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning had to listen to over the last seven days. These guys, after all, aren't pitchers. There are plenty of things that happen within the... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Maybe he had the feeling he should pick up the phone before. But it wasn't until Archie Manning heard TomBrady Sr. call 2011 "empty" without a 13th Peyton Manning-Tom Brady showdown that he actually dialed his number. "Called him... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press MauriceJones-Drew is still the heart and soul of the Jacksonville Jaguars' offense, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. At first, Maurice Jones-Drew comes out strong on his plans beyond this season, his seventh with... more

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has a Lisfranc injury and is almost certainly out for the year, according to a team source. Harrison: Week 5 Power Rankings What is the league pecking order with a quarter of the 2012 season in the books?... more

In his robust Inside The NFL Notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 5. » A potential disaster looming... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Drew Brees and backup quarterback Chase Daniel stood inches apart from each other, 20 minutes after another soul-crushing defeat, speechless and wearing lost looks. The moment said everything about where the New Orleans Saints stand... more

September

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita met with the NFL on Friday in New York, wrapping up meetings that Commissioner Roger Goodell, former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White and other league officials had to conduct with four current or former New... more

The NFL sent a memo to all team presidents, general managers and coaches Tuesday, reminding them about the league's stance against players faking injuries in order to gain a play stoppage without using a timeout. NFL vice president of football... more

This season is just the third time in Peyton Manning's career that his team has lost two games within the first three weeks of the season. The first occasion came in his rookie year. The second can be instructive now. Rapoport: Week 4 game rankings... more

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who was issued a suspension by the NFL for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty program, will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York at 1 p.m. ET Friday, according to a source briefed on the... more

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is expected to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, per a source who has spoken with the player. Fujita's original meeting Sept. 18 over video-conference was postponed and now will be held face to... more

The NFL hasn't shut the door on having locked-out officials back on the field for Thursday night's prime-time game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, according to a source involved with the league's plans and, as first reported by... more

Ric Tapia/NFL MattRyan has guided the Atlanta Falcons to a 3-0 start, posting the NFL's best quarterback rating in the process. In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including... more

The NFL and locked-out NFL Referees Association have been meeting since 8:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, sources on both sides of the negotiations said, the fourth straight day of meetings, as the two sides attempt to resolve a dispute that now has put replacement... more

The NFL and NFL Referees Association remain at a stalemate in a labor dispute that has put replacement officials on the field for three weeks of regular-season games, sources on both sides of the discussion said Monday. The NFL and NFLRA broke off their... more

The NFL and NFL Referees Association met Sunday, but no resolution to the labor dispute between the sides is imminent, according to a source briefed on the discussions. The NFLRA has requested that owners become more involved in negotiations,... more

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is active and will start in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs after being hampered by a foot injury. Colston previously was listed as questionable. The wide receiver has caught seven passes... more

Let's start here: The New England Patriots do a lot of things right. While they're not the infallible goliath some make them out to be, the Pats certainly are among a handful of clubs that carry the "model franchise" tag. That's what makes the whole Wes... more

METAIRIE, La. -- WillSmith will play Sunday for the New Orleans Saints, but his original four-game "bounty" suspension, which since has been sent back to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, continues to hover over him. The defensive end hopes that will... more

In the wake of a tough weekend for replacement officials -- including several high-profile confrontations between players, coaches and the referees -- several senior NFL officials made phone calls Thursday to the owners, general managers and coaches from... more

Let's start here: The New England Patriots do a lot of things right. While they're not the infallible goliath some make them out to be, the Pats certainly are among a handful of clubs that carry the "model franchise" tag. That's what makes the whole Wes... more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Maybe it was the offensive pass-interference call on Jacoby Jones that cost the Baltimore Ravens a win. Maybe it was the near-brawls with the Philadelphia Eagles that seemed to be on the edge of erupting. Maybe it's an accumulation of... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics, including (click on each link to take you directly to the topic): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 3. » Which Jet compared TimTebow... more

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita's Tuesday meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been postponed, according to the league. The date of the rescheduled meeting was not immediately known. Fujita, who played for the Saints from 2006 to... more

An NFL replacement official who worked Week 1's Seattle Seahawks-Arizona Cardinals game as a field judge, has officiated Seahawks regular-season practices for the past three years -- and therefore received paychecks from the team -- according to two... more

NFL.com and NFL Network has obtained a copy of the league officiating department's weekly notes, which outlines the issues replacement officials had in Week 1. While the memo opened with a gracious note -- "Congratulations on a successful Week 1" -- it... more

Andrew Weber/US PRESSWIRE 49erscoach JimHarbaugh, left, and the Lions'JimSchwartz will renew their "handshake" battle on Sunday Kansas City Chiefs: 23 Buffalo Bills 13 Sunday 1 p.m. ET CBS Last year, the Buffalo Bills crumbled after... more

Albert Breer went 9-6 on his predictions for Week 1 . How will he fare in Week 2? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Last year, the Buffalo Bills crumbled after losing Fred Jackson, who was as important to his team as the... more

At Jonathan Vilma's request, his meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be held separately from the other three players involved in the bounty situation, per a source close to the New Orleans Saints linebacker. Vilma's meeting with the... more

The four players once suspended and since temporarily reinstated as part of the New Orleans Saints bounty case will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league said Tuesday. "We have agreed to meet with all four players in accordance with the... more

David Richard/US Presswire The Eagles' defense, which held TrentRichardson to 39 yards rushing, was the main reason for Philly's Week 1 win. In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics... more

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is planning to request a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a source close to the player, to discuss the discipline as the process is re-opened in the Saints' bounty case. The NFL sent... more

Former New England Patriots center Dan Koppen is close to a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos, a person who has spoken with the player said Monday. Koppen was released by the Patriots on Aug. 31, along with veteran wide receiver Deion Branch.... more

The NFL sent a letter to the NFL Players Association on Monday, asking that the four players involved in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" case submit any additional information to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell by the close of business Tuesday, according... more

David Drapkin/Associated Press Baltimore Ravens QB JoeFlacco is eyeing a big offensive season after playing second fiddle to the defense. Maybe it was the loss of Terrell Suggs and the looming toll that will take on the Baltimore Ravens... more

CLEVELAND -- Running back Trent Richardson started the Cleveland Browns' regular-season opener Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles Team sources confirmed the rookie running back would start before the game. Jeremiah: Key matchups in Week 1... more

A collective bargaining agreement appeals panel overturned the NFL's suspensions of four players for their involvement in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program, NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah said Friday. While the suspensions are... more

Pete Carroll is a little different, so the Seattle Seahawks coach knows different when he sees it. And Carroll doesn't mince words when he's asked what is unique about his new quarterback -- the explosive, irrepressible and, most noticeably, 5-foot-10... more

Steve Mitchell/US Presswire JoePhilbin and the Miami Dolphins did not win a game in the preseason with HBO's cameras recording it all. In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including... more

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew ended his holdout Sunday when he arrived at the the team's facility, according to multiple reports. A source with knowledge of the situation said MJD was expected to show up at the team facility Sunday... more

The most recent set of negotiations between the NFL and NFL Referee Association have broken off, greatly increasing the chances that Week 1 of the season begins on Wednesday with the replacement officials in place. According to sources involved in the... more

August

The Philadelphia Eagles have released Mike Kafka, a source with knowledge of the situation said Friday. Cut tracker Former New EnglandPatriots wide receiver DeionBranch was just one of Friday's many releases. Who else was cut? More ... The... more

The NFL and its locked-out officials exchanged information and numbers on Friday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the discussions. The source said there had yet to be a formal meeting between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association as of... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday refused to close the door on the prospect that the locked-out officials could be back on the field by the first week of the regular season. When asked specifically about Week 1, Goodell emphasized the need for... more

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have reached agreement on a later trade deadline and an injured reserve exception. Beginning with the 2012 season, the official trade deadline will be moved from the Tuesday following Week 6 of the regular season... more

With opening night only one week away, the NFL office alerted all 32 teams Wednesday that the 2012 season will begin with replacement officials in place, according to a memo obtained by NFL.com and NFL Network. Negotiations between the league and the... more

A Tuesday scan on Jason Witten's injured spleen showed he doesn't need surgery at this time. Breer: Disappointment in Big D JerryJones tells Albert Breer last season was "the most disappointing year" of his entire Cowboys tenure. More ... The... more

Though his autopsy showed no brain damage, the presence of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a disease of the brain found in individuals with a history of repetitive brain injuries, in deceased NFL linebacker Junior Seau's brain remains largely... more

The Buffalo Bills and Tarvaris Jackson have reached an agreement on restructuring the final year of his contract, which allowed Buffalo and Seattle to move forward and finalize the trade sending Jackson east, according to a source with knowledge of the... more

LANDOVER, Md. -- Andrew Luck stepped up once and, the pocket collapsing around him, again, keeping his head up and pointed downfield. Then, in a spot where even a 10-year NFL quarterback might scurry to check down, Luck caught rookie T.Y. Hilton with a... more

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The NFL Players Association filed a reply brief and general counsel Tom DePaso filed a declaration in the union's collusion lawsuit against the NFL on Thursday in a Minnesota district court. In the filings, the union fought against... more

The Tennessee Titans locked up cornerback Jason McCourty to a five-year contract extension Thursday. McCourty's deal is worth $43 million in new money with $20 million in guarantees and bonuses. The deal folds in a $1.26 million base for this year,... more

Maurice Jones-Drew is 27 years old, with six NFL seasons and nearly 1,500 carries behind him, playing a position where shelf life is a factor starting with the first pro huddle a player enters. And he's asking for something that's rarely given to a guy in... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association have failed in their effort to implement changes to the injured reserve rules and to push back the trade deadline, according to league and union sources. The IR and trade deadline modifications haven't been officially... more

OXNARD, Calif. -- Jerry Jones is addressing the most famous of his offseason comments. You know the one. In May, the Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager told NFL Network's Kim Jones that the window is closing for his team to win a championship. In... more

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who is recovering from an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee, first had surgery on that knee in January, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Harrison: Power Rankings With preseason... more

Steve Mitchell/US Presswire The Eagles' MichaelVick and AndyReid have a bond that is not typical of most quarterback-coach relationships. BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Earlier in the week, Michael Vick celebrated his third anniversary as a Philadelphia... more

The NFL is putting a new type of football into use for the second week of the preseason as an experiment, and it has been met with some opposition from players. The NFL has distributed balls with synthetic laces, as opposed to the traditional... more

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Sam Bradford swears he hasn't heard the criticism that he's become skittish in the pocket, mostly because he's found a way to tune out the football media. But that doesn't mean he disagrees with the notion completely. No, the St.... more

Bill Baptist/Associated Press Houston Texans QB MattSchaub (left) and WR AndreJohnson have their sights set on an ambitious goal in 2012. HOUSTON -- One year ago, the Houston Texans were coming off a 6-10 season, with a coach on the ropes... more

ALBANY, N.Y. -- It's too simplistic to say Eli Manning's success is directly attributable to his demeanor. You don't go first in the NFL draft -- or compete for championships -- without a boatload of talent. Or a dogged work ethic. Or even a little... more

CINCINNATI -- The New York Jets offense showed on Friday night that it clearly has quite a ways to go, which is OK for now, because it's Aug. 10 and not Sept. 10. But if you're wondering about harmony in the quarterback room -- and judging by the... more

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie's divorce settlement ensures the 60-year-old will retain full control over the team, league sources said Saturday. The New York Post reported this week that Lurie would hand over "a sizable chunk" of the club in... more

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps. Albert Breer details his visit with the Houston Texans. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports .) WHERE IS NFL.COM? Hot, humid and sticky Houston,... more

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Had John Elway said it on any other day, the line he delivered when quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos would've carried much more weight. "My goal," the Broncos legend-turned-executive said March 20, "is to... more

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- John Fox doesn't have an exact number of snaps for Peyton Manning tonight, as the new Denver Broncos quarterback slips on his game uniform for the first time. But he does have a clear objective for him in Denver's preseason opener in... more

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Chuck Pagano never really needed the rundown on how pro-ready Andrew Luck was as a quarterback prospect, even before he was named head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and inherited the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. But... more

The lawyer for Jonathan Vilma, Peter Ginsberg, filed "a memorandum in support of injunctive relief in light of recent public comments" in the U.S. District Court of Louisiana on Monday, taking aim at the actions of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.... more

The Denver Broncos signed veteran linebacker Keith Brooking to a one-year contract Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Broncos later confirmed the signing, via a team release. A 14-year pro, Brooking spent the... more

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Jay Cutler was entitled, then he came here. Julius Peppers was a dog ... before he arrived in Chicago. And now, after striking gold twice (albeit at steep prices), the Chicago Bears are upping the ante a notch in their pursuit of... more

Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press DeMaurice Smith (left) watched the hug between Robert Kraft and Jeff Saturday that marked the lockout's end. On July 25, DeMaurice Smith walked right past where he, his players, the owners and commissioner Roger... more

A couple months back, on one of those evenings when my fiancée was off working the overnight shift at the hospital, I started scrolling through the documentaries on Netflix and remember being floored at the number of them chronicling America's crystal... more

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NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps over the next few weeks. Albert Breer details his visit with the Cincinnati Bengals. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports .) WHERE IS NFL.COM?... more

July

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps over the next few weeks. Albert Breer details his visit with the Atlanta Falcons. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports. ) WHERE IS NFL.COM? Flowery... more

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps over the next few weeks. Albert Breer details his visit with the New England Patriots. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports. ) WHERE IS NFL.COM?... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday signed wide receiver Antonio Brown to a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension through the 2017 season, according to a source with knowledge of the contract. Brooks: Haley's impact on Pittsburgh Some questioned... more

Brian Garfinkel/Associated Press The United States' dominance of American football is one thing blocking the sport's inclusion in the Olympics.   A funny thing happened as the concept of fielding a basketball "Dream Team" in the Olympic Games... more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh stood up, then sat down. He moved from his desk to a conference table in his second-floor office at Baltimore's stately facility. And then Harbaugh gazed out the window at a field about to be... more

Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press Pats owner Bob Kraft (left), the NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith (center) and Roger Goodell found labor peace a year ago. BALTIMORE -- Last summer, about an hour's drive from here, I spent July 25 camped out in front of NFL... more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is in a contract year. But according to those around him, it's the farthest thing from his mind. Discussions on a new deal for Flacco are ongoing between agent Joe Linta and Ravens vice... more

The Arizona Cardinals and Adrian Wilson have agreed to a four-year contract that will keep the safety in a Cards uniform through the 2015 season, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Tuesday. Harrison: On the defensive Offenses... more

It's been 20 years since the franchise player designation went into practice -- a mechanism Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen insisted on during a CBA negotiation to ensure he'd keep John Elway at the advent of free agency. And one thing's become clear over... more

A hearing regarding New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's effort to delay his season-long NFL suspension has been set for July 26 in New Orleans, two days after the team is scheduled to begin training camp. Vilma's lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, had... more

Andrew Weber/US Presswire A long-term deal stayed out of Lions DE Cliff Avril's reach this offseason. Now he's focused on winning games.   Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril spent most of Monday working out, then watched the deadline for... more

The New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract Monday, according to a source. The sides had until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to hammer out a long-term contract since the Patriots had placed the... more

The Baltimore Ravens and running back Ray Rice reached an agreement on a five-year, $35 million contract Monday. The deal includes escalators that can bring the total amount to $40 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The... more

Drew Brees' new five-year, $100 million contract makes the New Orleans Saints quarterback the NFL's top-paid player on an average annual salary ($20 million). But the way the Saints structured the deal, it gives the franchise some $6 million more in cap... more

Rod Aydelotte/Associated Press New Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon had just two 100-yard games during his short time at Baylor. There's little doubt that Josh Gordon had a nice couple weeks showcasing his talent for NFL scouts.... more

Judge David Doty has agreed to hear arguments on the merits of a lawsuit filed by the NFL Players Association accusing the NFL of collusion, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. Doty, a judge in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota,... more

Judge Helen G. Berrigan ordered the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove, and Jonathan Vilma's defamation suit against Commissioner Roger Goodell be consolidated in Louisiana District Court on Friday.... more

Associated Press 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at a ceremony for the team's forthcoming "smart stadium" in Santa Clara.   The way you consume your football, and sports in general, is much different today than it was a decade ago. In 2002,... more

Associated Press NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (left) asked for a dismissal of Saints LB Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit.   NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell filed a motion Thursday to dismiss New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's... more

Greg Trott/Associated Press Drew Brees is looking for a long-term deal that will keep him in a New Orleans Saints uniform.   Drew Brees scored a win in his ongoing battle for a new contract Tuesday, when system arbitrator Stephen Burbank... more

June

David Butler II/US Presswire Tom Brady (second from left) attended more Pats workouts in Foxboro this offseason than he had since his 20s.   The story tied up neatly last fall, but the Green Bay Packers can admit now that they were, indeed,... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Tramon Williams grew up with Brandon Jacobs, and he's got his buddy's old New York Giants jersey hanging up on his wall at home. These days, it's less homage to a friend, and more reminder of what happened last January. It's tough for... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hundreds of fans, many already wearing the No. 12 jerseys that hit stores in late April, were waiting for autographs about 20 feet away. High above were the video boards that had shown his every move through a 150-minute practice. Near... more

Matt Rourke/Associated Press Eagles QB Michael Vick suffered through a disappointing 2011 campaign, throwing a career-high 14 interceptions.   The Eagles' bank-breaking, headline-grabbing free-agent haul in the summer of 2011 created plenty... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tuesday was Day 1 for Andrew Luck in working with his veteran Indianapolis Colts teammates, but if you didn't know that beforehand, you'd probably have missed it. Yes, he threw one up for grabs down the middle of the field during... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association are expected to continue to look at increased discipline for driving-under-the-influence, in the wake of an incident involving New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl on Sunday. Diehl was charged with DUI after... more

The NFLPA sent a form letter to all agents on Thursday, reminding them of their "obligation to retain all potentially relevant documents" that relate to the union's collusion case. The union also asked agents keep any and all notes taken on calls and... more

A master complaint combining dozens of existing lawsuits accusing the NFL of failing to provide information linking football-related head trauma to irreparable memory loss, brain damage, and other debilitating long-term health issues was filed in federal... more

Rob Carr/Associated Press (From left to right) Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Tony Romo form the offensive foundation in Dallas. Disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins' recent passive-aggressive push for a trade did more than create a predicament for... more

May

Kim Klement/US Presswire The Buccaneers are hoping Greg Schiano can use his college experience to turn the franchise around. Even as he consistently describes himself as "detailed," one particular detail pushed by new Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach... more

Tom Hauck/Associated Press Nick Fairley, the Lions' first-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, has been arrested twice this offseason. To at least one talent evaluator, sitting in a draft room a year ago, the list stuck out. Others later... more

Alex Brandon/Associated Press Domonique Foxworth has already seen plenty of action since taking the reins as NFLPA president in March. WASHINGTON -- Domonique Foxworth turned 29 two months ago, and is less than three months into his term as NFL... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Detroit placed its franchise tag (worth $10.605 million) on Cliff Avril, but the defensive end hasn't signed it. Cliff Avril has his reservations about where his contract talks stand with the Detroit Lions at the... more

The NFL Players Association filed a collusion complaint against the NFL in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota on Wednesday, alleging the league imposed a secret $123 million salary cap during the uncapped year of 2010. The NFLPA's complaint points to... more

The NFL Players Association and the Reggie White class counsel filed a collusion complaint against the NFL in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, alleging the league imposed a secret $123 million salary cap during the uncapped year of 2010. The... more

Peyton Manning has a reputation as a control freak, so the first thing he told his new Denver Broncos coaches when it was time to go to work might surprise you. Truth is, it probably wasn't wholly expected in Denver, either. "The great thing is from... more

The NFL's International Committee has approved a five-year extension of the Buffalo Bills' agreement to play games in Toronto, giving the team permission to continue the series from 2013 to 2017, a league source said Tuesday. Though the series is... more

New NFL Players Association president Domonique Foxworth sent a letter on Monday to NFL players and agents addressing the criticism levied at the union for the results it achieved following last year's lockout. Foxworth attached a four-page analysis... more

Associated Press Getting Drew Brees (left) in house is vital for the Saints to follow in the footsteps of Tom Brady and the '07 Pats. The New England Patriots opened the 2007 season with a blowout of the rival New York Jets. The initial Spygate... more

New York Jets and their first-round draft pick Quinton Coples have reached an agreement on a four-year deal, according to a club source. The New York Daily News originally reported the signing, citing a source. The team later confirmed the signing.... more

US Presswire/Associated Press San Francisco's Alex Smith (left) and Seattle's Matt Flynn both received three-year contracts in the offseason. One team was the toast of the NFL last season, rising out of a decade-long slumber and landing on the... more

The son of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana will transfer to West Virginia Wesleyan, according to head coach Jonas Jackson. Wyche: Life after football In light of the bounty saga, Junior Seau's suicide and mounting lawsuits, Steve Wyche explains... more

Wes Welker signed his franchise tender with the New England Patriots, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday, and will be guaranteed $9.515 million in base salary next season. The four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver later confirmed the news... more

Bill Feig/Associated Press Cam Newton enjoyed one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, instantly making the Panthers relevant again. Cam Newton threw for more yards than any rookie in NFL history last year -- and ran for more touchdowns than... more

Former New York Jets vice president of college scouting Joey Clinkscales will be given the title of director of player personnel with the Oakland Raiders, according to club sources. Wyche: AFC divisional challengers Who are the biggest threats to... more

Associated Press Andrew Luck (left) and Robert Griffin III will be starting from Day 1 for the Colts and Redskins, respectively. On the morning of the 2012 NFL draft , at the final day of the new coaching staff's first team workouts, Indianapolis... more

The events of this week did provide us all one more answer about the future of the NFL in Los Angeles. Simply, it doesn't involve the Vikings. As for the rest of it, the league is no closer to returning to the nation's second-largest market. And the... more

The New York Giants?? signed rookie running back David Wilson, their first-round pick in last month's NFL draft, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Friday. Wilson's deal is for four years with a team option for a fifth year, and only... more

The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins had a 90-minute appeal hearing before system arbitrator Stephen Burbank, who heard the teams' objections to the NFL's reductions to their respective salary caps. La Canfora: Best free agents left Jason La... more

Andre' Goodman is visiting the Tennessee Titans, a source close to the situation said. The Titans are trying to fill the void created by the departure of cornerback Cortland Finnegan. The team will also meet with cornerback Drayton Florence. Goodman,... more

Drayton Florence will visit the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, according to a source close to the situation. The veteran cornerback was released by the Buffalo Bills last week. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Florence is scheduled... more

Jeff Roberson/Associated Press Les Snead is in his first season as the Rams' general manager, after spending the past 13 years with the Falcons. Tuesday was May 1. For new St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead, the beginning of the new month... more

Chief executives and presidents from the 32 teams received on Wednesday morning an NFL memo that reiterated the major points of the league's press release announcing discipline for players involved in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program. But the... more

The NFL Players Association is prepared to defend all four players suspended by the NFL for their roles in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program, union sources said Wednesday, and all four are expected to appeal the penalties. The four players... more

April

The New England Patriots will re-sign defensive lineman Gerard Warren, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday. Warren, an 11-year veteran, played in 11 games last season and recorded one sack. That came after a 2010 season during which he... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck's representatives have held preliminary contract talks, but the sides remain in the early stages of negotiations and no deal is expected over the weekend, sources with knowledge of... more

The NFL and the NFL Players Association worked on finalizing the numbers for the 2012 rookie pool Wednesday night but could not come to a resolution, according to a source involved in the process. The two sides expect to get back to work on it Thursday... more

The Philadelphia Eagles traded cornerback Asante Samuel to the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday in exchange for a seventh-round pick in this week's NFL draft. Rosenthal: Falcons all in at CB The Falcons' acquisition of Asante Samuel, shows how teams are... more

The idea that Alabama safety Mark Barron could sneak into the top 10 of Thursday night's 2012 NFL Draft might surprise some people on the outside. But those making decisions in the NFL are hardly shocked by the prospect. "The instincts, the big-play... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck will soon be wearing an Indianapolis Colts jersey. The digits on it, though, have not yet been determined. NFL.com's Mock Draft Central With the draft now upon us, NFL.com analysts unveil their final attempts at... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's been considered a fait accompli for two years that Andrew Luck would become the first pick in the NFL draft. It's been out there for a week that the Indianapolis Colts have come to the conclusion that everyone thought they would.... more

The Atlanta Falcons will not appear on the next season of HBO's Hard Knocks , league sources said Saturday. The decision was made by, among others, owner Arthur Blank, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith. They were in agreement... more

The arbitration hearing between the NFL, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins on the salary-cap penalties levied against the teams will be heard May 10 in front of league system arbitrator Stephen Burbank. Gaffney insists he??s on the block The... more

NEW YORK -- The NFL and NFL Players Association met for four hours Monday at league headquarters, with heavy-hitters from both sides discussing a wide range of issues. But with Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former New Orleans linebacker Scott Fujita... more

The New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal with center Dan Koppen, a league source said Friday. The source said Koppen's contract is worth nearly $6 million. A nine-year veteran, Koppen has played his entire career with the Patriots,... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Janoris Jenkins impressed with a 4.46 40-yard-dash time at February's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The most publicized problems Janoris Jenkins has had over the past four years came while he was at the University of... more

Andrew Luck met with the Colts on Tuesday in Indianapolis and will travel to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night to meet with the Redskins, a league source said. After his meeting with Luck, Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted about the Stanford quarterback,... more

The Indianapolis Colts are going to have a hard time being better in 2012 than they have been in the recent past, their 2011 collapse notwithstanding. But here's a sure thing -- they will be bigger . And they plan to be nastier. And tougher. And more... more

The Redskins hosted Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., one of 30 in-house player visits allowed by the NFL. The visit was first reported by ProFootballTalk.com . Teams aren't allowed to work out prospects as part of... more

Both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will meet with the Washington Redskins multiple times between now and draft day, per a league source. Reuter: Mock Draft 8.0 The draft's right around the corner, but Chad Reuter says much of the first round... more

On Friday, a report surfaced indicating that the Redskins would meet "a couple times a week" with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III in the time leading up to the draft. League rules indicate that is not out of bounds -- clubs can conduct multiple,... more

The surfacing of audio from Gregg Williams' pregame speech prior to the Saints' playoff game in San Francisco, as first procured by Yahoo! Sports, has severely damaged, if not ended completely, the small chance New Orleans coach Sean Payton had of a... more

NEW YORK ?? Andy Reid's tire-kicking on Peyton Manning drew headlines . But at least publicly, it didn't draw the ire of Reid's incumbent quarterback. Mike Vick affirmed Tuesday at the NFL-Nike uniform launch that he's secure in his place atop the... more

NEW YORK -- Two years ago, New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker worked fervently to get to training camp after having reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. This year, the question of if he gets all that work... more

NEW YORK -- The Baltimore Ravens' offseason program kicks off April 16, and Ray Rice wants to be there as if it were any other year. But it's not any other year -- Rice has received a franchise tag worth about $7.7 million, and he hasn't signed it yet.... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/AP Cam Newton set the rookie record for passing yards (4,051), eclipsing Peyton Manning's old mark by 312 yards. Pete Carroll believes the story of the 2011 NFL season did indeed involve a burly, unconventional quarterback once... more

NEW YORK -- NFL and NFL Players Association officials met for just over two hours at league headquarters Monday concerning player punishment in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" case, finishing up at 6:45 p.m. ET. The union's contingent, a group of... more

NEW YORK -- Some have criticized the idea of suspended coach Sean Payton hand-picking his successor amid the "bounty" scandal engulfing the New Orleans Saints, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sees the situation differently. "I don't agree with... more

NEW YORK -- This is the week when all parties in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" affair will have what could be their final chance to be heard before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. And Goodell hopes all will have rested their cases by the end of the... more

In his appeal letter obtained Monday, New Orleans Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt writes that he respects NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend him for the first six games of the 2012 season despite his filing of an appeal in the "bounty"... more

NEW YORK -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he will meet with the NFL Players Association on Monday to discuss player involvement in the Saints' "bounty" program. The NFLPA has hired outside counsel to help it navigate the potential player... more

The NFL expects any appeals to punishments levied in the "bounty" case -- against the New Orleans Saints, general manager Mickey Loomis, coach Sean Payton and assistant coach Joe Vitt -- to be heard this week, league spokesman Greg Aiello said Sunday.... more

March

Andrew Luck waited a year before entering the NFL draft, and he might need to wait a while longer before his professional career gets into full swing. Stanford's academic calendar provides an interesting logistical hurdle for the likely No. 1 overall... more

Kevin Terrell / Associated Press Tim Tebow showed in 2011 that an option offensive approach can work. PALM BEACH, Fla. -- New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan have spent the past week explaining how Tim Tebow would... more

Eric Bakke/Associated Press Peyton Manning has hit the ground running since being officially introduced as a Denver Bronco last Tuesday. PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Peyton Manning has been a Bronco for more than a week. The hysteria has died down a bit.... more

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The NFL announced Tuesday that it will kick off its 2012 season with the New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys on the evening of Sept. 5. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't believe his team will have to wait nearly that... more

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- NFL owners voted to move forward with the salary-cap adjustments negotiated by the league, the management council and the owners, league sources said Tuesday. Lombardi: Market conclusions With the free-agency frenzy winding down,... more

Gregg Trott/Associated Press Peyton Manning's interception totals increased in both 2009 and 2010 before he missed 2011 with a neck injury. The next chapter in the Peyton Manning story comes in April, when he reports for the Denver Broncos'... more

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen made their arguments in the salary-cap case at a two-per-team owners session Monday at the NFL Annual Meeting, according to league sources. Breer:... more

David Drapkin/Associated Press Commissioner Roger Goodell is with the Saints' Tom Benson and the other 31 owners in Palm Beach this week. PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The NFL Annual Meeting is always more about the part of the league you don't see than the... more

DENVER -- Fourteen months ago, amid skepticism over a hire that looked like somebody sticking a shiny hood ornament on a beat-up Fiat, Denver Broncos president Joe Ellis told me that his new executive vice president of football operations, John Elway,... more

The NFL Players Association has unanimously re-affirmed DeMaurice Smith as its executive director for the next three years. Harrison: Free-agency winners/losers Which teams have vastly improved in free agency? Which teams are dropping the ball? Elliot... more

DENVER -- The question is no longer whether or not the Broncos will try to trade Tim Tebow. That's happening. Now, it's time to figure out just what Denver might be able to get for him. And in the end, it will be whether that return value makes it... more

DENVER -- With Peyton Manning set to join the Broncos , the team now will explore a trade of quarterback Tim Tebow, a source said Monday. The Broncos already have looked into moving Tebow and currently are looking for a trade partner. Tale of the... more

As linebacker Kirk Morrison was weighing his options, and eventually working out a deal last week to return to the Buffalo Bills, the club's defensive coordinator made it clear what the overall plan was. "Coach (Dave Wannstedt) said, 'We know what we've... more

The Tennessee Titans might have been late to the Peyton Party. But with the future Hall-of-Famer now in their Nashville facility , they fully intend to crash the proceedings. Yesterday, head coach Mike Munchak had offensive coordinator Chris Palmer put... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh (from left to right) all were drafted in the top two picks. The Detroit Lions have a problem. But it's a good problem to have, and one the franchise certainly can... more

Titans head coach Mike Munchak and offensive coordinator Chris Palmer will head up a group meeting with Peyton Manning either Tuesday or Wednesday to recruit the quarterback to Tennessee. Peyton Manning Stock Watch Who is the favorite in the race to... more

While the quarterback and receiver have long been assumed to be attached at the hip , league sources said Tuesday that wideout Reggie Wayne is not inclined to wait and see where ex-Indianapolis Colts teammate Peyton Manning lands before making a decision... more

The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins will have considerably less to work with when free agency opens on Tuesday. The NFL has taken away millions in salary cap space from both teams after the two NFC East clubs pushed spending into the uncapped... more

Mark Humphrey / Associated Press Peyton Manning -- an all-American as a Volunteer -- is a legend in the state of Tennessee. The first curveball in the big game for the services of Peyton Manning has been thrown. And it's an 89-year-old owner on... more

Associated Press Matt Flynn (left) and Tim Tebow (right) both could be affected when Peyton Manning picks his new team. Less than 48 hours into the most ballyhooed quarterback derby of all-time, the pieces to this puzzle still are strewn about... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- In so many ways, what Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay experienced on Wednesday was exactly like a player's first NFL game, first playoff game or first Super Bowl. You can hear what it's like. You can study for it. You can work on your... more

The Miami Dolphins have discussed all their quarterback options over the last three weeks, which included detailed talks about the possibility of bringing Peyton Manning to the club, according to sources. Live all-day Manning coverage NFL Network and... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Peyton Manning have until Friday before the deadline hits on any talks for a renegotiated deal, league sources with knowledge of the quarterback??s deal told NFL Network inside Jason La Canfora on... more

AP Colts owner Jim Irsay (left) has a decision to make this week regarding veteran quarterback Peyton Manning. INDIANAPOLIS -- On the outside of Lucas Oil Stadium downtown, there remains a banner portrait of Peyton Manning, the man most responsible... more

The NFL has summoned Gregg Williams to its New York headquarters for a Monday meeting to discuss the pay-for-performance violations he committed while defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and possibly while he coached other teams. League... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- As the Peyton Manning saga inches towards a conclusion, optimism quietly is emerging that the quarterback will be ready for the 2012 season. Following comments made by Jeff Saturday last weekend during NFL Network's coverage of the... more

February

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chris Weinke was facing the same fears, the same challenges and the same frustrations at 26 years old as Peyton Manning is now, approaching his 36th birthday. And having fought back from a spinal fusion, Weinke's a shining example that... more

Gary A. Vasquez/NFL Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not participate in drills at the combine due to a foot injury. INDIANAPOLIS -- It's a near certainty, as it has been for two years now, that Andrew Luck will be the first pick in the... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Chicago Bears and representatives for star running back Matt Forte will open contract talks this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine , a league source said Friday. Forte and the Bears have been at odds over the running back's value... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Grigson is less than two months into his first run as an NFL general manager. Chuck Pagano is even newer as a head coach. And two weeks from Thursday, they'll be in the throes of a franchise-altering decision. So it's hard to... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- After covering the lockout for more than five months, and just a few hours after it officially ended in front of NFLPA headquarters in Washington, I was on a train to Philadelphia to cover Michael Vick's arrival and pending contract... more

AJ Mast/AP Peyton Manning has been cleared to play, but his nerve must regenerate for him to regain necessary arm strength. INDIANAPOLIS -- For almost a month now, folks around Peyton Manning have spoken, on and off the record, about how the ailing... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Trading up to draft Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III will come with risk for whoever pulls the trigger on the expected move. Presuming Andrew Luck goes first, and Griffin creates a market for himself, the St. Louis... more

The last time we saw Randy Moss, he went out with a whimper, catching just six passes for 80 yards and failing to get in the end zone in the eight games he played with the Tennessee Titans back in 2010. But behind the scenes, the man with a reputation... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- By the time the NFL's 32 teams arrive here for next week's NFL Scouting Combine , much of the work that goes into the draft will be done. Debate: Can't-miss prospects Besides Andrew Luck, who is the most can't-miss prospect at any... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Plenty is unknown in Peyton Manning's comeback from neck surgery. But one thing is certain: It won't fail because of lack of effort. The quarterback has been throwing at an up-tempo pace since mid-December, just before his attempt... more

Brian Spurlock/US Presswire Since going No. 1 overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, Peyton Manning has become an iconic figure in Indianapolis. INDIANAPOLIS -- Here's a good bet: The code to the elevator at the iconic St. Elmo Steak House won't change on... more

Joe Montana is forever an icon in San Francisco, the way Peyton Manning is in Indianapolis. And that's why Carmen Policy knows how carefully the Colts have to tread now, having been the man charged with trading the 49ers legend 19 years ago. By dealing... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The hole opened wide enough for a Buick to haul through it. Ahmad Bradshaw had a quick call to make with the path to the end zone clear and less than a minute left in Super Bowl XLVI. Score the go-ahead touchdown? Or hit the deck,... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The tit-for-tat Peyton Manning-vs.-the-Colts battle has engulfed much of the Super Bowl week hype, with less than 48 hours left before kickoff, really boils down to two things. The first, of course, concerns whether or not the franchise... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL prospect Justin Blackmon said Friday that he plans to "do it all" at this month's NFL Scouting Combine, including the 40-yard dash. Blackmon predicted he would finish the 40 in 4.4 to 4.5 seconds. The former Oklahoma State star... more

Kirby Lee/US Presswire Giants QB Eli Manning displays remarkable calmness in the exceedingly bright spotlight of New York City. INDIANAPOLIS -- The gangly freshman was being redshirted. He needed more bulk and strength before he had a chance to hit... more

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for failing to participate in a mandatory media interview session at the team hotel Wednesday morning.  All other Giants and New England Patriots players and coaches were... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- At the end of each Friday during game weeks, Mario Manningham grabs a quick snack from the cafeteria at the Timex Performance Center and heads back into a meeting room. It's one final sitdown between the wide receiver group and... more

January

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Super Bowl XLVI will be Bill O'Brien's last game with the Patriots before he takes over as Penn State coach. INDIANAPOLIS -- As most of Bill O'Brien's peers in the business of big-time college football spend Wednesday... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Actor Rob Lowe caused a stir two weeks ago when, via Twitter, he passed along a rumor he heard that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was retiring. Those in the Manning family have responded with questions over how Lowe would even know... more

William Perlman/US Presswire Giants pass-rushers Osi Umenyiora (72) and Jason Pierre-Paul will be gunning for Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLVI. Ernie Accorsi didn't go into his final draft as Giants general manager, with successor Jerry Reese riding... more

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- A little over three weeks ago, I was talking with an NFL personnel director about Jeff Fisher's possible landing spots, and somehow the Giants came into the conversation. So I asked if Fisher would be interested in going there,... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- It appears Eli Manning will have all of his weapons available for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. Team sources said the New York Giants fully expect tight end Jake Ballard to play. Because of the nature... more

It had been seven years and it was tough for those on the outside, in this era that demands a ranking for everything, to categorize exactly what Eli Manning was. On one hand, he was a Super Bowl champion coming off consecutive 4,000-yard seasons. On... more

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed all of Wednesday's practice , setting off some alarms in New England, but it was all a part of a schedule he currently is on in order to make sure his injured left shoulder continues to heal properly.... more

NEW YORK -- What I'd heard at the beginning of the Jeff Fisher sweepstakes three weeks ago is exactly what the new St. Louis Rams coach said made the difference in the end: The presence of a young quarterback was crucial. But in the wash, there was also... more

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was involved in an incident Sunday night at a Miami nightclub, but no arrest was made and no charges were filed, according to sources close to the player. The incident is the latest in the series of... more

BALTIMORE -- I started my sentence with the words, "I think you know where I'm going with this," and Bernard Pollard just nodded, an implicit understanding of one of the less comfortable storylines of the week ahead. The first-year Raven has started 72... more

BALTIMORE -- Ed Reed came out of the postgame prayer circle thinking he could still move all right. Then he stumbled trying to put weight on his left leg, gritting his teeth as he gathered himself. Moments earlier, Reed's teammates had carried him off... more

BALTIMORE -- Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will coach from the field during Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, team sources said, marking the first time he has done so since undergoing surgery.... more

Chances are, on Sunday, Arian Foster and Ray Lewis will meet in the hole about a dozen times. And the result of those meetings could go a long way toward determining whether Houston or Baltimore goes to Foxboro or hosts Denver in the AFC title game.... more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The ring itself means everything to Ray Lewis, particularly in light of everything going on around the iconic linebacker back in 2000. About a month ago, before the first of the Ravens' two games against Cincinnati, Lewis pulled it... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The question was asked weekly, as the Green Bay Packers got to 11-0 ... then 12-0 ... then 13-0. Now, finally, Mike McCarthy can answer it. "Would I have let them go for it? If I didn't think it was gonna jeopardize our chance to... more

Alan Maglaque/US Presswire Brandon Jacobs (27) and the Giants got back to playing smashmouth football against the Falcons. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The narrative of the 2011 NFL season is filled with outsized offensive statistics and... more

Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead will interview with for the vacant general manager positions with the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts this week, according to league sources. Snead has been with the Falcons for 13 seasons,... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck wasn't listed on the team's injury report on Wednesday or Thursday, but he was held out of practice on Friday with a shoulder that coach Tom Coughlin said was "sore." Tuck's has had... more

Dallas Cowboys assistant director of player personnel Tom Ciskowski will interview for the Indianapolis Colts open general manager position, according to club sources. Ciskowski's name is added to a mix of candidates that also includes Atlanta... more

You have to twist Julio Jones' numbers a bit to make it work, and assume he'll be healthy in the future, but if you take the last six games the rookie dynamo has started and finished -- which excludes Atlanta's first game against New Orleans -- and lay... more

Albert Breer picks four things to look for in this weekend's wild-card matchups. 1) The line-of-scrimmage battle in Cincinnati. To see how the Texans can win in the playoffs, let's go back two years. In January 2010, the Ravens, led by ailing... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have contacted Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden about their head coach vacancy, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Gruden told the Jaguars that while he's interested, he wants to focus... more

Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher will meet with St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke on Thursday in Denver about the franchise's head-coaching vacancy, according to a team source. Breer: Fisher's final destination St. Louis tops Jeff Fisher 's... more

I've spent time near the end of each of the past few seasons compiling a list of rising general-manager candidates, with the thought that names like these don't generate the buzz of those on the coaching carousel. And as I was fleshing out names about a... more

Don McPeak/US Presswire Jeff Fisher went 147-126 in 16-plus seasons as coach of the Titans before parting ways in 2010.   Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden were the headline candidates fueling the coaching market rumor mill throughout the fall.... more

Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta is in the running for virtually all of the available general manager jobs open. And while he has long been content to stay in Baltimore and succeed Ozzie Newsome as general manager, sources say DeCosta... more

Mark Duncan/AP On Sunday, Hines Ward became the eighth player in NFL history to achieve 1,000 catches in his career. CLEVELAND -- Everything that is today's prototype wide receiver, Hines Ward is not. Someday, these physically overwhelming... more

Jeff Fisher is ready to return to coaching, according to sources with knowledge of his thinking, and will be looking for a job with, first and foremost, a stable situation at quarterback. That's one reason why the former Tennessee Titans coach is... more

December

The first thing you need to know about Tom Brady's shoulder injury: For this quarterback, the left side is the right side on which to have it. Brady has a shoulder sprain, a source with knowledge of the injury said Friday, on what's termed the... more

The Ravens swept the Steelers this season for the first time since 2006. And on Sunday, Baltimore has a chance to win the AFC North for the first time since then and sweep the entire division for the first time in team history. Pretty significant,... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 17 » How a random day in April has helped... more

Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer shares his thoughts on topics around the league as teams transition from the previous Sunday's game to the next encounter on the schedule. Today, he begins with a reflective Tom Brady. Tom Brady huddled... more

NEW ORLEANS -- The Falcons know the score here. Yes, they can accomplish a couple of their internal goals on Monday night. By knocking off the Saints at the Superdome , Atlanta will have beaten an archrival, kept alive its chances at the NFC South... more

Albert Breer went 7-8 with his predictions in Week 15 and is now 142-78 for the season. Can he bounce back in Week 16? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: A prideful defense got shredded in San Diego last week. And a Browns offense... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 16 » Why success has not gone to the heads... more

Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the league as teams transition from the previous Sunday's game to the next encounter on the schedule. Today, he begins with a familiar refrain in New York. Every... more

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will not require any tests on his right shoulder and "is fine," a team source said Monday. Sanchez told The Associated Press later Monday that he's "feeling good" and didn't need follow-up... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Defensive end Justin Tuck will play through a painful toe injury when the Giants take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday , coach Tom Coughlin said. The Giants later confirmed that Tuck is active for Sunday's NFC East... more

New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley has been facing child abuse allegations in his home state of Alabama for the last six months, stemming from a complaint filed by the mother of one of his children, according to a source close to the player. The... more

Linebacker Jerod Mayo has signed a five-year contract extension with the New England Patriots, a league source said Saturday. Mayo receives $50 million in new money, $27 million of which is guaranteed. The linebacker is set to make $3.4 million in... more

Albert Breer went 11-4 with his predictions in Week 14 and is now 135-70 for the season. How will he fare in Week 15? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Dallas has heard all week what a mess its operation has been the past two games.... more

David Drapkin/AP Mike McCarthy (left) and Ted Thompson are one of the best examples of a harmonious coach-GM relationship. This item also appears in Albert Breer's Dec. 13 Transition Game notebook . If there's one lesson to take from this week's... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers' 2011 season has been a series of 'Wows.' He's on pace to break single-season records for passer rating, completion percentage and passing yards, and is within reach of the touchdown pass record, as well. But is there a... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers expect A.J. Hawk to return Sunday against the Oakland Raiders in some form or fashion as he nurses a calf injury, a league source said early Sunday. The Packers later confirmed that Hawk is active. He was... more

Albert Breer went 12-3 with his predictions in Week 13 and is now 124-66 for the season. How will he fare in Week 14? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Baltimore remains in great shape to get a first-round bye, and last week's win... more

This item also appears in Albert Breer's Dec. 6 Transition Game notebook . The NFC East is stocked with iconic, big-market teams, with proud traditions and high standards. And right now, it's also the worst division in its conference. I got a tweet... more

Charles Krupa/AP With his next touchdown, Rob Gronkowski will break the record for most TD receptions by a tight end in a season. Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the league as teams... more

The New York Jets now have more than one injury concern in the backfield. Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson said he would be able to play next week after leaving during the first quarter of Sunday's 34-19 win over the Washington Redskins with a... more

LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is expected to start Sunday against the New York Jets , according to a source. Fletcher was listed as questionable with an ankle injury on the Redskins' Friday injury report after being... more

Gary A. Vasquez/NFL Andrew Luck and Stanford finished the regular season 11-1 and are awaiting their BCS bowl destination.   This item also appears in Albert Breer's Dec. 1 Inside The NFL notebook . I've heard the nitpicking on Andrew... more

Albert Breer went 13-3 with his predictions in Week 12 and is now 112-63 for the season. How will he fare in Week 13? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Stevie Johnson may have blown late chances against the Jets,... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 13 » What Ndamukong Suh's reputation was... more

November

Quarterback Vince Young will make his second straight start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday against the New England Patriots , according to a team source. Starter Michael Vick sat out his third straight practice Friday as he continues to recover... more

WASHINGTON -- The Cowboys have been known as plenty of things since Bill Parcells left the franchise in January of 2007. Scrappy isn't one of them. Neither is tough or relentless. Yet, on an uneven afternoon that was far from the rollicking rout of... more

With the bulk of our talk in the books, I decided to ask one last overarching question to Texans general manager Rick Smith, as he got ready to take care of some family business. His answer to this one -- How confident are you that your team is built to... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley held out hope that quarterback Matt Cassel would be able to return this season from a hand injury. But those hopes were dashed Monday when the team placed Cassel on season-ending injured reserve,... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty will not play in Monday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs because of a shoulder injury, according to a league source. McCourty was listed as doubtful by the Patriots... more

Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry was sidelined by an Achilles injury for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys , but offensive tackle Jammal Brown should be able to play barring a late setback, according to a team source. Landry and Brown... more

Albert Breer went 6-9 with his predictions in Week 10 and is now 89-57 for the season. Will he bounce back in Week 11? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Really, the biggest noticeable flaw in Baltimore is how it comes down after big... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 11 » Why one team fighting another can be a... more

Seattle Seahawks rookie right tackle James Carpenter tore his anterior cruciate ligament and likely will miss the remainder of the season, a team source said Thursday. The Seahawks later confirmed the injury to The Associated Press. Carpenter was taken... more

Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the league as teams transition from the previous Sunday's game to the next encounter on the schedule. Today, he begins with why the Texans might not miss a beat... more

ATLANTA -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter was listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, and he'll play barring a setback. Porter left the field on a stretcher last week after colliding with Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide... more

Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) will play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints . The team listed him as probable after limiting him in practice Friday for the second straight day. But the Falcons only did so to manage... more

Albert Breer went 9-5 with his predictions in Week 9 and is now 83-48 for the season. How will he fare in Week 10? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Red-zone woes bite the Saints' defense, which has struggled with injuries and a lack... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): " Four things he's looking forward to in Week 10 " Why Bucs GM Mark Dominik rolled the dice... more

Tom DiPace/AP When he suits up in Tampa Bay, Albert Haynesworth will have played for four teams over the past four seasons.   Mark Dominik's dice roll on Albert Haynesworth was a risk. But the Buccaneers GM didn't make it blindly, and he... more

With nine weeks in the books, every team is at least halfway through its schedule. It's time to look at the 2011 class of NFL players through the spectrum of everybody's favorite yearbook feature -- the senior superlative. BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Aaron... more

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham will make his season debut Monday night against the Chicago Bears , and defensive end Juqua Parker is inactive. Graham had been on the physically unable to perform list with a torn right anterior... more

Albert Breer went 9-4 with his predictions in Week 8 and is now 74-43 for the season. How will he fare in Week 9? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: George Wilson told me Buffalo is ready for a New York offense that's "back to playing... more

US Presswire Bo Pelini (left), Bob Stoops (center) and Steve Sarkisian have had varying degrees of success in college. This item also appears in Albert Breer's Nov. 3 Inside The NFL notebook . Earlier in the week, an NFL.com Instant Debate... more

Bob Leverone / Associated Press Cam Newton has been a revelation this season with the Carolina Panthers. This item also appears in Albert Breer's Nov. 3 Inside The NFL notebook . Question: How in the world has Cam Newton adjusted to a... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 9 » Why the Texans not being on the same page... more

Jason Bridge / US Presswire The Pats have struggled to stop any opposing passing game, a fact that was emphasized in a loss to the Steelers. This item also appears in Albert Breer's Nov. 1 Transition Game notebook . The Patriots' defensive... more

Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the league as teams transition from the previous Sunday's game to the next encounter on the schedule. Today, he begins with why even a tailor-built offense might not... more

October

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without wide receiver Hines Ward when they face the New England Patriots on Sunday, according to a team source. The Steelers later confirmed, via Twitter , the Ward and also linebacker James Farrior will not play.... more

Associates of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross have been in contact with Bill Cowher's agent about making the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach the next head coach in Miami, according to a league source. Cowher, however, told his agent and others concerned... more

Albert Breer went 7-6 with his predictions in Week 7 and is now 65-39 for the season. How will he fare in Week 8? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Cross-country trip for the Cardinals, with a struggling quarterback and against a... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 8 » How the 2012 Olympics could impact the... more

Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the league as teams transition from the previous Sunday's game to the next encounter on the schedule. Today, he begins with why it makes perfect sense for an NFL team... more

Albert Breer went 10-3 with his predictions in Week 6 and is now 58-33 for the season. How will he fare in Week 7? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Carolina has the dubious distinction of being a "strong" 1-5. That progress pays... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Cam Newton's success in the NFL bodes well for Robert Griffin, whenever the Baylor QB enters the draft. This item also appears in Albert Breer's Oct. 20 Inside The NFL notebook . In 1998, Peyton Manning was as safe... more

Mike Carter / US Presswire Kyle Vanden Bosch's work ethic has infected the young Lions. With 24-year-old Ndamukong Suh, 23-year-old Nick Fairley and 25-year-old Cliff Avril leading the charge, the Lions' defensive line is at the heart of a... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 7 » The college QB helped the most by... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Eli Manning was originally selected by the Chargers, who soon thereafter traded him to the Giants. This item also appears in Albert Breer's Oct. 18 Transition Game notebook . Hate to rain on everyone's "Suck for... more

Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the league as teams transition from the previous Sunday's game to the next encounter on the schedule. Today, he begins with a look at the trade heard 'round the AFC.... more

DETROIT -- You'll hear about how disgraceful it was that Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh had a run-in near the tunnel at Ford Field after the 49ers' coach led his team to a 25-19 win over the Lions on Sunday. To hell with that. In the 49ers locker... more

Albert Breer went 7-6 with his predictions in Week 5 and is now 48-29 for the season. How will he fare in Week 6? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Scary matchup for Atlanta, with Cam Newton on the Georgia Dome fast track. The rookie... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association are on the verge of implementing testing for Human Growth Hormone following a meeting Friday with two congressmen in Washington, D.C. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) delivered a strong... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Cornerbacks Devin McCourty (left) and Nnamdi Asomugha have struggled this season adjusting to new roles. Editor's Note: This item also appears in Albert Breer's Oct. 13 Inside The NFL notebook . Scouts look at... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 6 » Two cornerbacks with two very different... more

This item also appears in Albert Breer's Oct. 11 Transition Game notebook . No matter which turn off the freeway the NFL takes in Los Angeles -- towards Ed Roski's project in the Eastern outskirts or Phil Anschutz's downtown facility -- one thing has... more

Elise Amendola/AP BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 136 yards on 27 carries in the Patriots' 30-21 win over the Jets. Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the league as teams transition from... more

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis had served as the team's GM from 1963 until his passing on Saturday. The Raiders will now look to hire a general manager, and the club has started the search to find such a person to work in concert with head coach Hue... more

The NFL's most valuable and identifiable franchise is owned by Jerry Jones. That brand, the league's most powerful of 32, has Al Davis' fingerprints all over it. Jones, like Davis, acts not only as principle owner of his club but also as its general... more

Albert Breer went 10-6 with his predictions in Week 4 and is now 41-23 for the season. How will he fare in Week 5? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Maybe I just look at this as a "market-correction" game. Logic says Fred Jackson and... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Network's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 5 » The real reason behind Wes Welker's... more

Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the league as teams transition from the previous Sunday's game to the next encounter on the schedule. Today, he begins with a look at the AFC North defense that's... more

September

Albert Breer went 11-5 with his predictions in Week 3 and is now 31-17 for the season. How will he fare in Week 4? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: The Bears need this one, and even if safety Chris Harris (hamstring) can't go, I'm... more

In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, NFL Networks' Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including (click on the link to take you directly there): » Four things he's looking forward to in Week 4 » Why the 1-2 Falcons are far from... more

Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the NFL as teams transition from the previous Sunday's game to the next encounter on the schedule. Today, he begins with a look at a blue-collar worker from Harvard.... more

Albert Breer went 11-5 with his predictions in Week 2 and is now 20-12 for the season. How will he fare in Week 3? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: I think Buffalo will come out flying, and whip Ralph Wilson Stadium into a frenzy.... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Former NFL defensive lineman Jarvis Green said stem-cell therapy has changed his life. In his robust Inside The NFL notebook below, Albert Breer touches on multiple topics including: » Four things he's looking... more

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will start on Sunday against the New York Giants barring any setbacks in his recovery from a concussion, according to two league sources. Vick has passed his concussion tests this week, and the team... more

Associated Press Rookie quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert could start soon with vets struggling ahead of them. Each Tuesday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer will share his thoughts on topics around the NFL as teams transition... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (quad) will not play Monday night against the New York Giants . Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo had said earlier that Jackson's status would be a game-time decision, but the running back... more

Albert Breer eked out a winning record in Week 1, going 9-7 with his predictions . How will he fare in Week 2? His picks are below, with home teams listed second: Friend of mine asked me earlier this week when folks would stop harping on the fact that... more

Steve Mitchell/US Presswire In protecting Tom Brady, New England's rookie right tackle Nate Solder held his own vs. Miami's Cameron Wake. In a sport and a league that's micro-analyzed to the nth degree, it's remarkable how often position... more

Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor formally asked the NFL Players Association to appeal his five-game suspension Friday, according to a league source. The NFLPA was first notified of and invited to join the appeal on August 31. The NFL... more

Steelers 27, Ravens 21 Hines Ward told me this is the most talent the Steelers have had at receiver in his 14 years. They'll be prolific Sunday, as a revamped Ravens secondary works out the kinks. Falcons 34, Bears 14... more

Elise Amendola/AP Tom Brady's play vastly improved last season after the Patriots traded Randy Moss to the Vikings. In just two days, the NFL season starts. Three days after that, we have a Sunday full of games. It's a far cry from those days... more

The playing status of Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor remains up in the air, as does the appeal of the five-game suspension he was assessed after the NFL allowed him to enter the August supplemental draft. The league was informed of Pryor's... more

August

Even coming off a 6-10 season, the Dallas Cowboys remain the NFL's most watched and marketable franchise, which speaks to the power of the brand of "America's Team." That the team had six Pro Bowlers last year, one for every win, shows the residual... more

Stew Milne / US Presswire With less than two weeks until the opener, Albert Haynesworth has done little practicing with his new team. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- This much we know: When the New England Patriots go to Maryland in December to face the... more

NASHVILLE -- Chris Johnson has said this is where he wants to be. And on Wednesday he was indeed with Titans officials in Nashville. But he's no closer to wearing the uniform now than he was before arriving in the city Tuesday night. Matt... more

GREENSBURG, Pa. -- On the most unusual of draft days, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was on a practice field with the Indianapolis Colts. And the text he got from his once prized pupil, and now fellow exiled Buckeye, Terrelle Pryor, was as simple... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire The Cardinals are hoping Kevin Kolb (left) and Larry Fitzgerald can lead the offense for years to come. GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Larry Fitzgerald was less than 24 hours away from committing not only to the Cardinals for... more

HEMPFIELD, Pa. -- It's safe to say that when Terrelle Pryor committed to Ohio State a little over three years ago, he envisioned his entry to the NFL being a little different than this. His pro day wasn't held at the Woody Hayes Center, where so many... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Five things to take away from the Green Bay Packers' 28-20 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night. 1. Passing game still a work in progress. New Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb went to Larry Fitzgerald five... more

Amy Sancetta / Associated Press Terrelle Pryor will work out Saturday in hopes of impressing at least one NFL team. So the question now, after quarterback Terrelle Pryor was ruled eligible for Monday's NFL supplemental draft , becomes what... more

Tim Heitman/US Presswire Marc Mariani made the Pro Bowl in 2010 as a return specialist, a position that might get phased out with new rules. After one week of preseason games , sweeping conclusions are being drawn on the effect of the new... more

CLEVELAND -- Here are five things to take from the preseason opener between the Browns and Packers , with one team rebuilding, and the other defending a championship ... 1. The Real McCoy Is it too early to anoint Colt McCoy? Probably. But I can say... more

Tim Tebow stole all the headlines in Thursday night's Cowboys-Broncos game . But there were plenty more things learned during Dallas' 24-23 win. Here are five of them: 1. The Cowboys line bears watching, and its growth could determine where this... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Let's get this out of the way first: I have nothing against Tim Tebow. He's a nice kid, has impeccable football character, and is one of the greatest college players of this generation. I also don't quite understand why his... more

BEREA, Ohio - Back in May when the owners were meeting in Indianapolis, and the lockout was in full swing, Mike Holmgren left the door slightly ajar on Cleveland's quarterback situation. The Browns president told me he expected it to be "competitive" at... more

Gene J. Puskar/ Associated Press The Steelers are known for physical defense, with James Harrison (right) setting the tone for the unit. LATROBE, Pa. -- The Steelers' overwhelming vote against the new collective bargaining agreement wasn't... more

OWINGS MILLS, MD. -- Chuck Pagano knows he has a lot to live up to as he takes over as the Ravens defensive coordinator. So one of the first things Pagano did post-lockout was send the message to his players that they're all in the same boat he is. As... more

US Presswire Drew Brees (right) is used to leading the charge for the Saints, and his work is paying off. METAIRIE, La. -- Drew Brees could rightfully take a bow for his participation in the NFL's labor negotiations, sticking his neck out... more

SAN ANTONIO -- Rob Ryan is annoyed by the insinuation that, the other day, he was running his mouth at the revamped Philadelphia Eagles. To the new Cowboys defensive coordinator, his words went much deeper than that. Yes, Ryan referenced the "all-hype... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- Daniel Snyder has spent more than a decade bringing headlines to Washington. The fact the Redskins owner has not generated as many of those in 2011 is a recognition of a couple things: 1. Second-year coach Mike Shanahan is in complete... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association have been in round-the-clock negotiations since Saturday as they try to hammer out the remaining pieces of the collective bargaining agreement in advance of Thursday's scheduled start of the 2011 league year. The... more

The NFL had never before seen a talent like Randy Moss. And "The Freak" will be remembered as the most talented receiver in the history of the game. That he'll retire -- assuming this sticks -- as less than the best ever is something that is largely on... more

July

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots' 14-2 season of 2010 might have been shot down by a crew of Jets in January. But more than anything else, Bill Belichick's actions over the last four days show that the coach hardly sees the six months leading into that... more

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- On the surface of it, the price tag for Kevin Kolb seems steep. But the cost of not getting him, for the Arizona Cardinals, may well have been immeasurable. Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles did well to cop both a second-round pick and a... more

A year ago, Vince Young was a starter for the Tennessee Titans. Now he'll serve as a backup for the Philadelphia Eagles after reaching a one-year deal with the team Thursday, according to a source close to the quarterback. The Titans released Young on... more

BETHLEHEM, PA. -- The simple statement from Titans running back Chris Johnson, projected across the 21st century megaphone that is Twitter, said so much more than the words themselves would indicate. "Just got off the phone (sic) wit @DeseanJackson10... more

PHILADELPHIA -- Plenty of teams have a newsmaker at quarterback. The Eagles might be the only one with two. But as football returned with players coming back into club facilities Tuesday, the potential for fireworks at South Philadelphia's NovaCare... more

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson will sign his franchise tender and report to training camp on time, According to a source. After being designated with the franchise tag last year, a disgruntled Jackson opted to sit out much of the... more

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, America got football back with proclamations coming from downtown in the nation's capital. But the story of how we got there actually started at a hotel in a quiet suburb of Chicago. It was there, on May 31, that NFL owners... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and NFL Players Association are down to the details in finalizing a 10-year labor agreement to end a lockout that has lasted more than four months. After very productive talks Saturday, sources involved in the negotiations said the... more

WASHINGTON -- NFL players and owners have seen their face-to-face labor negotiations closely chronicled over the past eight weeks. On Saturday, they proved they could make progress in a different forum. Tentative 2011 league calendar* Wednesday :... more

ATLANTA -- In the hours following NFL owners' 31-0 vote to ratify a settlement proposal that would end the four-month-old lockout, NFL Players Association general counsel Richard Berthelsen sent an email to player representatives Thursday night detailing... more

NEW YORK -- The deal isn??t done. But the NFL??s players and owners have set in motion an exit strategy from the four-month-old lockout. The legal teams and staff worked Tuesday night to finalize a draft of a settlement to present to players and... more

NEW YORK -- Legal teams and staff for NFL owners and players "chipped away," as league general counsel Jeff Pash put it, at their remaining labor issues for 8½ hours Monday at a Manhattan law firm, with an eye on ending the four-month-old lockout. A... more

NEW YORK -- It was hoped that NFL owners and players wouldn't have to meet this week and could handle their remaining issues via phone calls, email and their respective legal teams. It looks like that hope won't be fulfilled. As lawyers and staff for... more

The Hall of Fame Game, the NFL's traditional preseason opener, is scheduled to be played Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio. And, as of now, that's still the plan. League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed as much to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora on Friday... more

NEW YORK -- The week began with the NFL lockout reaching the four-month mark. It ended with a new collective bargaining agreement in clear sight. Various sources on both sides said Friday that owners and players are expected to reach an agreement in... more

NEW YORK -- The commitment by NFL owners and players to work to a resolution was there Wednesday. The progress needed to fix the league's labor situation was not. The parties talked for more than 11 hours in their first day of joint meetings this... more

NEW YORK -- Legal teams and staff for NFL owners and players met for a second consecutive day at a Manhattan law firm, setting the stage for the Wednesday arrival of the principals in the league's labor dispute. Sessions the first two days of the week... more

NEW YORK -- The seventh week of the latest phase of NFL labor negotiations kicked off Monday at a Manhattan law firm, with the status of the preseason hanging in the balance. Legal teams and staff for the owners and players met separately in the morning... more

NEW YORK -- There have been other big days over the last six weeks, as NFL players and owners have worked to resolve their differences and end a lockout that reached its 122nd day when face-to-face talks resumed Monday. But this week, those days start... more

NEW YORK -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in January that a deadline "has to be real" to create the anxiety needed to push parties to a new collective bargaining deal that works for everyone. Players could file another injunction Legal sources... more

NEW YORK -- NFL owners and players re-entered face-to-face negotiations Thursday, knowing they needed to quicken the pace to reach a labor deal and save the preseason. And, at the very least, the parties turned up the intensity and put in the hours.... more

NEW YORK -- Staff and legal teams for NFL owners and players met for nearly 11 hours Wednesday, going into the evening with larger meetings looming. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, owners,... more

NEW YORK -- The legal teams and staffs for NFL owners and players met for 7½ hours Tuesday in Manhattan, with the pace quickening and deadlines approaching as the lockout nears its fifth month. Among the headliners were NFL Players Association outside... more

At one point Thursday, the condition of the NFL labor talks -- or at least the perception of them -- had frayed to the point where word was the dispute could be "going back to the courts." Then some dirty work by U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan led... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- At 4 p.m. Thursday, the NFL Players Association conducted a conference call with its player reps and executive committee members and painted a grim picture as the labor situation made a turn for the worse. Then everything changed. As it... more

June

MINNEAPOLIS -- A day after NFL owners and players negotiated for nearly 16 hours, the two sides opted for a much briefer gathering Friday, with plans to reconvene next week. Sources told NFL Network that players and owners made major strides on the... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- Legal teams for the NFL and players have met for three days at a Minneapolis-area law firm under the auspices of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, marking the first time that owners and players haven't been involved in the clandestine... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith opened a four-day labor discussion in Minnesota, then hopped on a plane to Florida to speak to rookie players. Spokesmen for the league and the players'... more

The clock continues to tick. And NFL owners and players continue to work. With the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears -- the participants in this year's scheduled Hall of Fame Game -- scheduled to open training camp just three weeks from Friday, time is... more

The NFL lockout reached the 101-day mark Friday, but every indication remains that the league and players have built momentum toward resolving their labor conflict in the coming weeks. The parties will return to the bargaining table this week for a... more

In another example of the reality of this unusual NFL offseason, the New York Jets have decided to move their training camp to their Florham Park, N.J., facility. The Jets spent the last two summers at SUNY-Cortland, some 200 miles away, and were... more

HULL, Mass. -- NFL owners and players wrapped up their fourth set of "secret" meetings Thursday, highlighted by a joint appearance from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, who both pledged a... more

BOSTON -- We've heard for nearly four months about an inherent lack of trust between NFL owners and players, with the parties embroiled in a lockout that on Thursday reached its 100th day. And after all this time, the real fix might be taking trust... more

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The NFL wrapped up a labor-intensive meeting Tuesday in less than five hours, with the league's negotiating team moving full steam ahead as time draws short for a new collective bargaining agreement before the traditional open of... more

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The NFL will stage a crucial owners meeting near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday, with the lockout now well into its fourth month. Accordingly, a number of league executives, owners and members of the NFL's legal team... more

NFL owners will convene a meeting Tuesday that is the first of its kind: Called specifically to address a lockout that's now in its fourth month. Previous summits in New Orleans and Indianapolis were labor heavy, to be sure, but were in concert with the... more

One of our editors called me Friday morning, and referenced the news that Oprah Winfrey said her ??dream interview? would be O.J. Simpson . He asked me what football players would be on my list. Not an easy question for me to answer, I told him. And... more

With deadlines approaching and momentum building as the NFL and players work towards ending the three-month-old lockout, owners have gotten some resistance from within their ranks, according to sources. The small resisting group is worried about the... more

The NFL and players wrapped up another two-day round of talks on Maryland's Eastern Shore on Wednesday, with more talks expected in the near future. This is the third in a series of clandestine sessions that started with a three-day meeting two weeks... more

Promise has sprung from the latest round of talks between the NFL and players, who resumed clandestine face-to-face negotiations Tuesday on Maryland's eastern shore, the third such set of talks they've staged this month. According to sources, both the... more

AEG / Associated Press While no team will be on the move to Los Angeles this year, talk of building a downtown stadium is gaining steam. The buzz about the NFL returning to Los Angeles after a 17-year absence ratcheted up last week after the... more

With the traditional open to training camps drawing near, folks around the NFL are looking for every sign possible that the lockout could soon be ending. Here's one -- the Baltimore Ravens have extended the contracts of their assistant coaches through... more

AEG / Associated Press The president of the sports and entertainment company seeking to build a stadium in downtown Los Angeles says he's spoken to officials from the Vikings, Chargers, Rams, Raiders, Jaguars and others about a possible move.... more

Kenny Britt's bound to be called a lot of things in Tennessee in the wake of his second arrest in two months . An ex-Titan won't be one of them. Barring further problems, Tennessee plans to hold on to its troubled and talented third-year receiver,... more

The NFL and players plan to return to the bargaining table next week and both parties have been maintaining communication in between face-to-face meetings, another sign of the seriousness of these talks. Kraft: Sides 'making progress' Patriots owner... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A day after the second set of secret negotiations between the NFL and players wrapped up, one of the parties present at the talks has spoken up. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who's been at all five days of this set of... more

In the three months since the federal mediation between the NFL and players broke off, it's been one court date after another, one deadline gone by with the next, and, as a result, a solution has proven elusive. Skepticism has followed for much of the... more

NFL owners and players concluded two days of what were described as "very serious talks" Wednesday, according to sources, in an attempt to build off last week's secret negotiations in suburban Chicago and work toward a resolution to end the... more

The NFL Players Association has moved its rookie symposium, scheduled for June 28 and 29, from Washington, D.C. to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The event, entitled "The Business of Football, Rookie Edition," will be in lieu of the annual symposium... more

The NFL filed a "motion to dismiss" the Brady et al v. National Football League et al case with the district court in Minnesota on Monday, setting up a play to shut down the antitrust suit and take away the players' biggest piece of leverage in the... more

The National Labor Relations Board's regional office has forwarded its initial findings of the NFL's unfair labor practices charge against the NFL Players Association to the Division of Advice in Washington, D.C., wrapping up the first phase of the... more

ST. LOUIS -- Lawyers for the NFL and its players met before a three-judge panel Friday at the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, with the judges considering the league's appeal of an injunction lifting the nearly three-month lockout. Kermit Bye, the... more

ST. LOUIS -- NFL general counsel Jeff Pash said last week that he worried, without negotiation with the players, one court date would just lead to another. The parties restarted mediated talks this week , but Friday's hearing before the 8th U.S. Circuit... more

ST. LOUIS -- The NFL's labor situation has been on hold for weeks while Friday's lockout-injunction hearing at the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals loomed. It seems the league and players grew a little restless. The parties secretly met Tuesday,... more

May

Christian Ponder hasn't set foot on an NFL practice field, much less a game field, and that makes what's happening in Bradenton, Fla. , all the more remarkable. The 12th pick in the draft has gathered his new Vikings teammates at the IMG Academy for... more

At last week's spring owners meeting, the NFL cancelled its annual rookie symposium, which is in place to educate draft picks on the life that lies ahead as a professional athlete. It appears the practice won't be lost all together. The NFL Players... more

During Jim Tressel's tenure at Ohio State, the school produced 66 players drafted by NFL teams. Of those 66 players, 14 were first-round picks, which helped Ohio State continue its tradition of producing quality pro football players.... more

Matthew Emmons / US PRESSWIRE With a national title, there's no doubt Jim Tressel was a leader of men in college, but could he do it in the NFL? Full disclosure: I graduated from Ohio State in 2002. I was a junior when Jim Tressel was hired... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- As word of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross' cost-slashing maneuvers reverberated around the NFL, it's interesting to note his players were right there with the Cowboys as having one of the most well-attended sets of player workouts.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Some in the Dallas Cowboys' organization have spent this offseason on eggshells thinking about what more could happen with star-crossed dynamo Dez Bryant. But owner Jerry Jones says he's not among them. "I really wouldn't want to address... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- You can expect Detroit to be a sexy pick to challenge for a playoff spot in the NFC North -- a notion that makes sense given the team's smart young coach, rising young defense and restocked offensive skill group. However, as much as... more

The lockout has done strange things to the league rumor mill . Remember Darrelle Revis calling Randy Moss a slouch? Well, those two soon could have the chance to settle it in practice. At least, those are the whispers out there, and listening to Jets... more

AEG CEO Tim Leiweke was in Minneapolis this week and met with Vikings officials, setting off speculation that owner Zygi Wilf might be considering having his team fill the company's proposed downtown Los Angeles stadium. Although that possibility might... more

The NFL filed its reply brief to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday -- the final piece of business due from either party before the June 3 hearing in St. Louis -- and the league took the opportunity to reiterate its core arguments. The... more

The NFL Coaches Association filed an amicus brief with the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, supporting the players' effort to have the lockout lifted. The first official response from the league's coaching fraternity came Thursday.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL Coaches Association filed an amicus brief with the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, supporting the players' cause as the league appeals an injunction granted to lift the lockout. The NFLCA's contention, as stated... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL wrapped up its day-and-a-half spring meeting Wednesday, with an eye toward what lies ahead in the labor battle that has held all league business hostage for nearly three months. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at the... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been omnipresent this offseason, as the labor situation brews and the lockout extends into its third month. And while he seems satisfied with how the NFL Spring Meeting has gone the last... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Labor discussion dominated the first day of the NFL Spring Meeting on Tuesday after changes to player-safety rules and the cancellation of the rookie symposium were cleared from the itinerary. With the league well into the third month... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- It has been said that deadlines will push the NFL's current labor negotiations along. For teams, some of those deadlines aren't far off. The New York Jets are facing a July 1 deadline to apprise SUNY-Cortland, the site of their... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL lockout has left hundreds of potential free agents in limbo. Carucci: Peyton's silence is golden Peyton Manning hasn't publicly discussed the antitrust lawsuit that bears his name, but a league source told Vic Carucci why. It... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colt McCoy has acted like the quarterback and leader of the Cleveland Browns throughout this offseason. Lombardi: Kolb would fit in Cleveland Michael Lombardi isn't sold on Colt McCoy as the Browns' long-term answer at QB and believes... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL owners passed three changes/adjustments to rules relating to player safety Tuesday morning at their spring meeting, each by a unanimous 32-0 vote. The first change expands the definition of "defenseless player" in the "unnecessary... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cincinnati Bengals spent the 35th overall pick in April's draft on a quarterback. But that doesn't mean Bengals owner Mike Brown is budging on his stance on Carson Palmer, who has asked for a trade from the only NFL team for which he... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL Spring Meeting is being held in the next season's Super Bowl city, as usual. The circumstances are anything but. With the clock ticking toward July's training camps and September's regular season, NFL general counsel Jeff Pash on... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL and players wrapped up a third round of court-ordered mediation on Tuesday, in the wake of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granting the league a lockout-enabling stay . U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan has scheduled... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL was granted its motion for a stay-on-appeal by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. As such, the league will maintain its right to lock the players out until its appeal of Judge Susan Nelson's decision to grant a... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL and players returned for the second and final scheduled day of court-ordered mediation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on Tuesday morning, with the knowledge that the labor battle had moved significantly in the previous... more

Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire Sam Bradford gives the Rams something the other NFC West teams are missing, a long-term answer at QB. Maybe the feel-good story of 2010 in a division that had few of them came from a 7-9 team. And not the one... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL and players spent nearly two hours Thursday arguing before U.S. District Judge David Doty on what the court should do with $4.078 billion in television rights fees. Doty ruled two months ago the the money was secured illegally by... more

The NFL asserted in a 61-page brief filed Monday to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals that a judge's decision to grant an injunction to lift the two-month-old lockout was unreasonable. "This Court should vacate the District Court's grant of a preliminary... more

Now that we're past the draft, there's no more feigning "business as usual" for football types. Until now, they could operate as such, sans the open of free agency. If the NFL is granted a stay of the injunction to lift the lockout, which would put... more

Nelson Chenault / US Presswire Instead of going to a Dolphins team perceived to have a need at QB, Ryan Mallett fell to a division rival. One of the most interesting developments was the fall of Ryan Mallett on draft day and the move by the... more

A while back , we went over some thoughts of those in the know on this year's NFL draft. And now that it's over, I figured we'd circle back and look for impressions on what actually went down. Some themes ... Need a QB? Still in luck Even with six... more

Nell Redmond / Associated Press A Kevin Kolb trade will likely hinge on the QB also getting a long-term deal from his new team. It's been out there for a while that whenever the 2011 league year starts, the Philadelphia Eagles will be making... more

The image of Thomas Dimitroff, as the NFL shook in the wake of his move 21 spots up the draft board last week, was appropriate. The Falcons' general manager threw his arms behind his head, leaned back in his swivel chair, and waited for the announcement... more

The NFL's motion for an expedited appeal was granted by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, with the date for oral arguments set for June 3 at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis. The NFL's opening brief is due May 9,... more

Mark Herzlich watched 254 picks come and go over the weekend at the NFL draft, never hearing his name called. The same fate didn??t await him during the UFL draft on Monday night. The Boston College linebacker, a cancer survivor, was selected by the... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The email could have come across like a tombstone: Here lies the start of the 2011 NFL league year. "The NFL clubs were notified tonight that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay of the injunction entered by Judge... more

Karl B. DeBlaker / Associated Press Due to the lockout, undrafted players such as UNC's Kendric Burney (16) are put in a tough position. The 2011 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror, and crickets -- muffled until now by the hype around the... more

April

MINNEAPOLIS -- Fewer than 100 hours after it was lifted, and in the aftermath of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granting the league a temporary stay, the lockout is back on. The three-judge panel decided late Friday to grant the league the stay... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL's request for a stay of U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's ruling, granting the players an injunction to lift the lockout, was denied Wednesday, leaving the sides in the state of limbo they had been in the previous 48 hours.... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The plaintiffs in the Brady et al v. National Football League case were granted an injunction on Monday by Judge Susan Nelson, lifting the NFL lockout, if temporarily. The NFL's stance on the matter now is that the lockout rules remain... more

A brief 911 call that police say was placed by the wife of Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall described only an unspecified emergency and didn't mention a stabbing. The caller, identified by the Broward Sheriff's Office as Michi... more

Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was released from a South Florida hospital Saturday, one day after police say his wife stabbed him in the stomach with a kitchen knife. A high-ranking Dolphins source said Marshall's injuries are "not... more

Wrap your head around this one: It will have been 108 days since the last college snap was taken when the NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday. And what is the worth of what happens between one event and the next? I'm not totally sure. But what I can say... more

Gary A. Vasquez / NFL Andy Dalton is one of a few quarterbacks in this year's draft who could get picked in the first round. The buzz around the league continues to be that up to six quarterbacks could go in the first round of next week's NFL... more

Every team is going into next week's NFL draft with a healthy amount of uncertainty to navigate. The Jets are near the top of that list. Linebacker David Harris (franchised), receivers Santonio Holmes (tendered) and Braylon Edwards, and cornerback... more

Tom E. Puskar / Associated Press Second-year QB Colt McCoy has run point on organizing offseason workouts for the Browns' skill-position players. This offseason could serve as a referendum on the hold that several young quarterbacks have over... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- Court-ordered mediation between the NFL and locked-out players lasted another five hours Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan adjourned talks until May 16. The sides met for 26 total hours over four days, trying to settle... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL and players met for seven hours Tuesday, their third day of court-ordered mediation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan. According to sources, it was a tough day of talks, with the sides largely spending time separately,... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL and players are scheduled to resume court-ordered mediation Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT in the downtown chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, but a NFL Players Association spokesman said executive director DeMaurice Smith won't... more

In the last month, the Colts have staged private workouts with quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton, and the Patriots spent one of their 30 allotted in-house visits with quarterback Jake Locker. Safe to say, those players wouldn't qualify as... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The first set of face-to-face negotiations between the NFL and the players in more than a month lasted 14 total hours. The hope is that it can be the basis for a lot more. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan adjourned talks until... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL and the players held their first negotiation in 34 days. And it took a while. The sides staged nearly 10 hours of settlement talks before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on Thursday, going into the early evening and working... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- NFL officials met with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan for five hours Wednesday in federal court, preparing for the beginning of formal mediation with the players the next day. NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, senior vice presidents... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The process of federally mediated settlement talks between the NFL and the NFL Players Association opened Tuesday morning in the chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan as counsel for the Brady and Eller classes met with him.... more

The NFL Players Association announced its plans on Monday for draft weekend festivities, which will not conflict directly with the first two days of the 2011 NFL Draft itself. The trade association will hold a welcome dinner at a Times Square hotel on... more

U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson on Monday ordered the NFL and the NFL Players Association to court-supervised mediation beginning Thursday in Minneapolis, Minn. Nelson, who is presiding over Brady et al v. National Football League et al, the players??... more

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson on Monday granted the motion by the Brady class to add NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith to the players' counsel, and consolidated the Brady et al v. the National Football League et al and... more

Kim Klement / US Presswire Mike Williams led all rookies in 2010 in receptions, yards and touchdowns. The 2010 season started in September, but for those in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, the first glimpse of what was possible... more

Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire Calias Campbell would like to get to know his role in Ray Horton's defense. The lockout has hit the Arizona Cardinals hard. Coming off a 4-12 season, which was preceded by consecutive NFC West titles, Ken... more

The old saying goes that there's no such thing as bad drafts, just bad drafters. But the tune you're hearing now about the 2011 draft class is pretty different from the word on the street at this time a year ago. The 2010 draft class was widely known to... more

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press The Dolphins might be best served by suppling Chad Henne with a better supporting cast. It's difficult to say, for certain, who will be the starting quarterback for about three quarters of the teams picking... more

Attorneys for the NFL and players held a Friday morning conference call to discuss how and where -- and under whose authority -- they are willing to resume mediation during the league lockout. The call lasted more than an hour, according to sources.... more

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson said Wednesday that she will take the NFL and NFL Players Association's arguments "under advisement" but that she'll need "a couple of weeks" before she issues a ruling on the players' request for... more

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Both sides will have sizeable contingents at Wednesday's federal court hearing in the case of Brady et al v. the National Football League et al. Frequently asked questions The Associated Press breaks down all the details about the... more

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- What's probably best for NFL fans, in the short term, is for Judge Susan Nelson to rule in favor of the players following Wednesday's hearing of the Tom Brady et al v. the National Football League et al case, and grant an injunction... more

The NFL Players Association offered to meet with the NFL last week in an effort to work out a litigation settlement in the Brady et al v. the National Football League et al case, potentially creating the framework for a new collective bargaining... more

This year's crop of draft-eligible quarterbacks is a flawed, but intriguing one. So let's start here, with what a very veteran NFC personnel executive told me on Wednesday night: "I'd be shocked if Cam isn't the first pick." In case you've lived under a... more

The incoming rookie class is in a very, very difficult spot in treading such uncertain waters as they chase a dream of playing professional football. For the elite among them, one of the tough decisions to make is coming right now -- whether or not to... more

First ... It's doubtful the Dallas Cowboys have a complete understanding of how Dez Bryant will emerge from the current lockout, which is a frightening prospect for a team looking at its 2010 first-round pick and wondering if his immense potential will... more

March

With negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement stuck in neutral for now, it might be the ultimate case of putting the cart before the horse to even discuss the NFL's substance-abuse policy. But the league isn't mincing words on its main... more

Matthew Emmons / US Presswire Wade Phillips' results as a head coach are up for debate, but his success as a defensive coordinator is pretty clear. Wade Phillips has moved around enough to feel like his work with the Houston Texans has been... more

The NFL Players Association filed an 18-page response to the NFL's brief of March 21 in advance of the April 6 hearing of Brady vs. the NFL. Next week's hearing is to determine whether an injunction should be granted to the players to lift the ongoing... more

The NFL Players Association has finalized a plan to re-work its signature draft event, "The Debut," expanding it to three days, but not interfering directly with the NFL Draft itself, which begins at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 28. In... more

Eric Bakke / Associated Press Broncos executive vice president John Elway is charged with the task of setting the football culture in Denver. I'm not sure whether the Broncos' new power structure will work, with John Elway as executive vice... more

Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press The Metrodome's collapse made clear the Vikings' need for a new stadium. The lockout complicates things. The future of franchises, and cities' ability to house them, is on the line in these CBA negotiations.... more

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press Hue Jackson (right) revamped the Raiders' offense last season as coordinator. Can he keep it up as head coach? If we're playing word association, and I tell you to close your eyes and envision what the words... more

NEW ORLEANS -- Josh Cribbs, in six seasons with the Cleveland Browns, has established himself as more than just a return man. But he's also aware that, had it not been for his special-teams ability, the converted college quarterback likely wouldn't have... more

Members of the decertified NFL Players Association's executive committee sent a letter to Roger Goodell on Saturday, in response to the Commissioner's Thursday letter to all players that detailed the league's final offer to the players. On the first... more

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith told players at their summit in Marco Island, Fla. Friday that he will cut his salary to $0 until the labor dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement is settled, according to NFLPA... more

No one's going to feel sorry for Bill Belichick or Mike Tomlin, or any of the other well-established, well-compensated coaches caught up in this CBA mess. But there are men behind those men, the guys who help make operations like the Patriots and... more

Everyone has a mock draft. And most, come April 28, won't mean much. But prior to the big show in New York City, there are 32 draft boards that really do matter. Those are the projections made in team war rooms that can guide how far a club thinks it... more

WASHINGTON -- NFL Network has obtained a letter from NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, dated May 18, 2009 and detailing the full financial disclosure the union is seeking in the ongoing labor... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and the NFL Players Association ended their 14th mediation session Wednesday, one day after the union rejected the league's offer for more financial information as the sides try to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and the NFL Players Association held their longest talks Tuesday, their 13th day at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building, going 9½ hours before departing around 6:30 p.m. ET. During the mediation session, the... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and the NFL Players Association met for a 12th day of federal mediation Monday, staging face-to-face negotiations with the now-twice-moved expiration of the collective bargaining agreement still looming. The two sides didn't arrive... more

WASHINGTON -- NFL owners would be open to extending the deadline for expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, general counsel Jeff Pash said Wednesday morning before the league and the NFL Players Association met for a four-hour negotiating... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and the NFL Players Association met for six hours Tuesday at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service office of George Cohen, and the sides plan to return Wednesday for more labor negotiations. Though the discussions, which... more

February

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indications from multiple sources are the NFL Players Association will decertify before the end of the current collective bargaining agreement, but according to one NFLPA source Saturday it's "not a rock-solid guarantee that we will." If... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The ownership's labor committee convened on Friday at the Colts' facility in suburban Indianapolis, getting an update on the collective bargaining agreement negotiations that took place this past week in front of federal mediator George... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL Players Association hosted its annual meeting for nearly 700 certified player-agents on Friday. For the first time, due to the threat of the collective bargaining agreement expiring and a lockout lying just six days away, the... more

David Drapkin / Associated Press Tom Condon (center) represents many of the league's top-paid players, including brothers Eli and Peyton Manning. INDIANAPOLIS -- On Friday in this town, focus in the labor negotiations will turn to a meeting... more

Being a top-of-the-draft player, particularly if you're a quarterback, is going to lead to inspection into the person as much as the athlete, and it can be invasive. So when Cam Newton serves something up like he did to Sports Illustrated's Peter King... more

It's always difficult to predict who's going to win and lose at the NFL Scouting Combine , but with the help of a college scout I very much respect, here are five players who need a big showing in Indianapolis: Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara Why he needs... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and NFLPA adjourned seven days of federal mediation on Thursday, agreeing to return to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service next Tuesday at the request of mediator George H. Cohen. "Our time together has been devoted to... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and NFLPA met for a sixth straight day with a federal mediator on Wednesday, with the course of events taking on a different pace than the previous five. The sides have one scheduled day left with George S. Cohen at the Federal... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and NFLPA met for another eight hours at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on Tuesday, getting through the fifth of seven days scheduled with mediator George S. Cohen. The union also postponed a scheduled summit with... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and NFLPA met for a fourth consecutive day on Monday, logging seven hours at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service before mediator George S. Cohen. The two sides have now met for approximately 27 hours since arriving here... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and NFLPA met for a fourth consecutive day on Monday, logging seven hours at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service before mediator George S. Cohen. The two sides have now met for approximately 27 hours since arriving here... more

WASHINGTON -- The NFL and NFL Players Association met for a second straight day with a mediator Saturday, hoping to close a sizable gap in their stances on negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. Wyche: Another union-agent meeting NFLPA... more

The reality of the NFL's labor dispute has the owners on one side and the players on the other. And in between are the league's "football people", the coaches and personnel men who put the teams together. While the CBA issue has simmered, those folks... more

WASHINGTON -- Representatives from the NFL and the NFL Players Association met for about seven hours in front of a federal mediator Friday, kicking off an effort to break their labor-talk stalemate just two weeks before the collective bargaining agreement... more

The NFL Players Association officially announced that draft prospects will not boycott next week's NFL Scouting Combine, via a tweet from union spokesman George Atallah on Thursday. "Players will be at the combine," Atallah wrote on Twitter. "Young men... more

Some folks look at Cam Newton and see Vince Young or JaMarcus Russell, the former for his feet, the latter for his arm, and both for their size. But George Whitfield, the man charged with preparing Newton for the 2011 NFL Draft , sees another... more

The Indianapolis Colts placed the franchise tag on quarterback Peyton Manning, securing the rights to their cornerstone player in the short term while working toward a long-term contract. Colts owner Jim Irsay, who announced the move Tuesday on Twitter,... more

National Football League Los Angeles has been without an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams left following the 1994 season. The NFL could well be coming to a standstill in a matter of three weeks, but in the background there is a heated... more

Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley hasn't been informed formally yet, but he is "fully expecting" to be designated as the team's franchise player within the next two weeks, according to a source. The hope, on both sides, is that it leads to a... more

DALLAS -- This night wasn't about Brett Favre. The Packers said good-bye to the most decorated quarterback in franchise history 30 months prior to the day of Super Bowl XLV , and the Favre questions were really only coming up again for Aaron... more

Howard Smith / US Presswire A lost season for Packers running back Ryan Grant hasn't deterred him from being there for his team. DALLAS -- There are lots of tough things about Super Bowl Sunday for a player on injured reserve, and the Green... more

January

DALLAS -- Ron Wolf arrived in Green Bay in late 1991 to pump life into a dying franchise, and convinced 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren to join him later that winter. It's easy to forget now how daunting the task was then. The Packers... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have listed Maurkice Pouncey as questionable for next weekend's Super Bowl. But the truth, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday, is that it's "highly doubtful" the Pro Bowl rookie center will dress for the game.... more

PITTSBURGH -- Mike Wallace doesn't remember the first time he met Dan Rooney. He also doesn't remember the first time he met Dan's son Art, who runs the team day-to-day now that his dad is serving as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. And those "first... more

Chris Kemoeatu, who has started 17 of 18 games next to center Maurkice Pouncey this season, isn't optimistic his Pittsburgh Steelers linemate can recover from a high ankle sprain and play in Super Bowl XLV next week. "It's definitely a huge loss,"... more

Chicago Bears quarterback Todd Collins came out of Sunday's NFC Championship Game loss with a sore shoulder and back after replacing injured starter Jay Cutler for a short time. But Collins was able to clear his exit physical Tuesday and didn't require an... more

Veteran quarterback Todd Collins didn't play well in spot duty for injured starter Jay Cutler during Sunday's NFC Championship Game. But his 0-for-4 passing performance wasn't the reason Collins came out of the game for the Chicago Bears. A source said... more

Could Eric Mangini land on his feet with the Tennessee Titans? East-West Shrine Game on NFL Network: On Saturday, Jan. 22, NFL stars of tomorrow compete in the 2011 East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla. Coverage begins on NFL Network at 3:30... more

Pittsburgh's Pro Bowl safety, Troy Polamalu, returned to practice Friday, following a pattern he and the Steelers have employed since mid-season -- out Wednesday and Thursday to rest his injured right Achilles' tendon, back to work Friday and ready to go... more

Dan Rooney wrote in his 2007 autobiography that the memory of passing on Dan Marino in 1983, the quarterback who grew up down the street and starred collegiately across town, stuck with him for two decades. And it was that memory that motivated him to... more

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had surgery on his troublesome right foot Thursday, according to a source with intimate knowledge of the situation. The surgery, performed by Patriots team physician George Theodore, could have been delayed... more

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played with a stress fracture in his right foot that, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, became significant over the course of the 2010 season. The source said Wednesday that this was "no... more

Part of the reason for the Jets to do HBO's "Hard Knocks" over the summer was to make Florham Park, N.J., a destination for NFL players. Turns out, they could've saved themselves the hassle. None of it was necessary, because the star of the series,... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bart Scott unleashed plenty of emotion as his New York Jets ousted the top-seeded New England Patriots from the AFC playoffs. But more than an hour after the final whistle, after some of the initial reaction had cooled, the... more

Associated Press Tag, they're it? Could be for "franchise" quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Michael Vick. This much we know: Michael Vick wants to continue playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Eagles want to keep him. Likewise, Peyton... more

Nelson Chenault / US PRESSWIRE What will being 'significantly better than JaMarcus Russell' mean for Cam Newton's (above) draft stock? When consensus No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck decided to stay at Stanford, he left an intriguing, but... more

  There is an easy answer to the question, of course. How do you beat the New England Patriots? Well, over the last two months, since an ugly afternoon in Cleveland , you don't. They've reeled off eight consecutive wins, and only two of those (a... more

Indianapolis Colts starting linebacker Clint Session is highly unlikely to play in Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the New York Jets, according to a league source. However, the source stopped short of declaring Session out because his elbow... more

Joe Ellis knows what you're thinking. And he understands. All that was missing from Wednesday's introduction of John Elway as the Broncos' vice president were the cheerleaders and streamers. This full-blown pep rally for a Denver revival revved up... more

The Tennessee Titans are expected to retain coach Jeff Fisher with the understanding that staff changes are coming, according to multiple sources. Fisher, who will leave Nashville on Friday for Arizona to see his son, Trent, play for Auburn in the BCS... more

Judi Bottoni / Associated Press This much seems crystal clear: Either Jeff Fisher or Vince Young is leaving Tennessee. The question is, which one? NASHVILLE -- Bud Adams has made this bed for Jeff Fisher, Mike Reinfeldt and the rest of an... more

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will be in Florida on Monday, and he plans to meet with coach Tony Sparano and general manager Jeff Ireland at some point this week, according to a team source. Ross has been out of the country and didn't attend... more

December

Paul Sakuma / Associated Press 49ers owner Jed York is attempting to rebuild his team's identity following Mike Singletary's firing. Jed York knows the big news to emerge from the 49ers' highly publicized general-manager search this week was... more

PHILADELPHIA -- The reason NBC flexed Week 16's Eagles-Vikings game into prime time, even with Minnesota having a shelved quarterback and lost season, was because Philadelphia is plenty exciting to watch. And you can bet a fair amount of viewers kept... more

James D. Smith / Associated Press Jason Garrett might not be best friends with his players, but he seemingly has their respect. The bar's always been higher in Dallas, and Jerry Jones and Co. know it. That's why this season has been more... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- Near the end of Brett Favre's postgame news conference on Monday night, maybe the final one of his illustrious 20-year career, the Vikings quarterback was asked, if this is the end, about life after football. "Is there one?" Favre... more

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press Leon Washington experienced the tough business side of the NFL when the Jets traded him to Seattle in April. Leon Washington had every right to get emotional last April 24 when, on the second day of the NFL... more

Earlier this week, an Associated Press report, citing NFL data , showed that from the start of the preseason through Week 8, there were 154 concussions reported. That's up 21 percent from 127 in 2009, and 34 percent from 115 over that period in 2008.... more

James Laurinaitis showed up every Tuesday, on his designated day off, in Steve Spagnuolo's office last year. And every week, he left with something else. On one side of the desk was a rookie head coach. On the other was a rookie middle linebacker,... more

Keith Srakocic / Associated Press Troy Polamalu has shown that he might be the single most valuable player to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Professional football's meanest, bloodiest rivalry served as a powerful backdrop for two stars to find... more

Paul Abell / Associated Press Atlanta's brain trust of coach Mike Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff has the team contending for the NFC's top seed. Thomas Dimitroff doesn't drive a Volkswagen conversion van anymore, even if he is trying to... more

Saying that Thursday night's home game against the disappointing, but feisty, Houston Texans is a must-win for Philadelphia is overstating things pretty seriously. After all, at worst, the shooting-star Eagles would fall a game behind the Giants at Week... more

November

Leslie Frazier has prepared for nearly a quarter-century for this shot, interviewed unsuccessfully (but impressively) seven times, and this is how his big chance comes? The situation Frazier's inheriting now in Minnesota isn't exactly one a coach would... more

The NFL's new Mr. Clutch was at the locker adjacent to his quarterback, both guys drained mentally and physically from the jammed-to-the-lid 60 minutes of football they'd just finished. And who better than Santonio Holmes, who's been through a few of... more

Some names in sports have been linked so long, it almost seems like they start to rhyme. Palmer and Nicklaus. Magic and Bird. Ali and Frazier. Woody and Bo. And on Sunday, we get a contemporary installment of such a rivalry, with Tom Brady and Peyton... more

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- In those dark rooms this offseason, Lance Briggs might as well have been watching "The Shining". But instead of Jack Nicholson and Co. making the Bears linebacker look the other way, that film forced him to stare right into the... more

Paul Sakuma / Associated Press Stanford's Jim Harbaugh is regarded as a leader, which will no doubt make him a hot NFL coaching candidate in 2011. Jim Harbaugh isn't going to like this. After all, the Stanford coach has a season to finish,... more

The shots of overall befuddlement, a total lack of answers and general malaise showed the Cowboys last week, in front of a national television audience, to be a team bottoming out. Is it possible that this was just the tip of the iceberg? Is there a way... more

Tony Dejak / Associated Press Browns coach Eric Mangini is doing his best to teach his scrappy team how to win. Eric Mangini went through it seven times as Jets coach, and now he gets an eighth shot, as Browns coach on this occasion. So go... more

Randy Moss wasn't the only Vikings player to question Brad Childress late on Sunday afternoon, after Minnesota blew every bit of its first-half momentum against New England in the kind of loss this team is becoming accustomed to. Percy Harvin,... more

October

Margaret Bowles / Associated Press Second-year Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman is maturing rapidly right before everyone's eyes. Most coaches who look out their office window in January and see a player working on the practice fields, with no... more

Brian Garfinkel / Associated Press Andy Reid's QB controversy never really developed, mainly because Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb wouldn't allow it. The viability of the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback situation isn't propped up by Michael... more

The NFL-watching world has gotten its share of visuals this week on the edge of pro football. Brent Celek has, too. But instead of it coming from the likes of Brandon Meriweather or James Harrison, the Eagles tight end has gotten his eye-opener... more

What Bill Parcells has helped build in South Florida -- the resurfacing of a club and its culture -- will now get put to the test. We will now see how sturdy this Dolphins foundation really is, and if a roster brimming with youth can deliver on its... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The record will show the Patriots dealt Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 6, 2010. But preparations for the blockbuster, from New England's perspective, were pushed into motion almost a year earlier than that. And as soon... more

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