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Marc Sessler

 

Marc Sessler is a writer for Around the NFL and the voice of reason on The Around the NFL Podcast. He likes football. He's been a contributor to NFL Media since 2010.


February

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Counted out by most before Super Bowl 50 even started, the Denver Broncos never doubted their date with destiny. Plenty of players said after the team's 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers that it was Saturday night's tremendous... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It wasn't an easy first half for the Carolina Panthers. Especially for running back Jonathan Stewart, who was in an out of the lineup during Super Bowl 50 with a foot injury. Just before the break, the team ruled him as... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- Here's the thing about Wade Phillips: The NFL is missing out if he doesn't get another shot at head coach. Until then, Denver's defensive coordinator will settle for the next best thing after being named this season's Assistant Coach of... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- Eric Berry's return from Hodgkin's lymphoma was, in the eyes of many, the best story in football this season. Comeback Player of Year voting Player Position No. of votes Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs S 38 Carson Palmer, Arizona... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- With Johnny Manziel embroiled in another controversy-fueled offseason , he has yet to go on the record -- even with the Cleveland Browns. Team owner Jimmy Haslam told reporters on Friday that he hasn't been to reach the quarterback.... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear on Friday that he's prepared to crack down on egregious on-field penalties. After a season that saw Giants wideout Odell Beckham suspended after drawing three personal fouls in a loss to the... more

WHY THE BRONCOS WILL WIN WHY THE PANTHERS WILL WIN All of the analysis and pregame festivities are almost over. Super Bowl 50 is nearly here, and it's time to make our final cases for who will take the trophy. Here is why the Denver Broncos... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One of the more memorable conversations I've had this week was with an NFL coach who shredded the entire concept of Pro Football Focus. When I asked if he or his fellow assistants leaned on the metrics site for input, he laughed... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib has an outrageous eight touchdowns during his eight-year career, including a pair of scores off three picks this season. So what makes him such a threat with the ball? "Because I used to play... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Not unlike Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Denver's Peyton Manning has endured plenty of ridiculous questions this week. Good thing he had Snoop Dogg to save the day during Thursday's final meeting with the media before Super... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- You don't have to believe in the Broncos, but the journey they've taken to Super Bowl 50 has emerged as one of the more interesting storylines in years for an AFC title team. Peyton Manning's quest for one more Lombardi is the... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler isn't the only Broncos player set to test the open market come March. Fellow 2012 draft pick Danny Trevathan is also scheduled to become a free agent, leaving the linebacker on Wednesday to... more

Let's go back for a minute to the 2014 season. It's early November, and the Denver Broncos are tearing into the Oakland Raiders . Up 41-10, coach John Fox makes the move to yank quarterback Peyton Manning, giving the largely anonymous Brock Osweiler a... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tuesday marks the two-year anniversary of a disaster the Denver Broncos would prefer to erase from human consciousness: Super Bowl XLVIII . The franchise's 43-8 waxing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks marked a stunning low point... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Standing on the doorstep of Super Bowl 50, it's easy to forget how far Gary Kubiak has come over the past three seasons. The Broncos coach has been universally praised by his players this week, but it was fair to wonder -- 13... more

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brock Osweiler spent plenty of time during Opening Night praising a Broncos coaching staff that helped guide Denver to the Super Bowl in Gary Kubiak's first season. Still, Peyton Manning's backup hasn't forgotten about the talented... more

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- On Monday evening, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was the center of attention under the hot lights of Opening Night. A stone's throw away, and facing far less scrutiny, stood his No. 2 man, Derek Anderson. The 32-year-old... more

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Super Bowl 50 is flush with intriguing matchups. Cam Newton vs. the Broncos' defense, Carolina's front seven vs. Denver's up-and-down offensive line, and Peyton Manning vs. Destiny. But that's not all. The game also features a... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- Super Bowl Week is off to a rocky start for the Denver Broncos. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported that a pair of team buses were involved in a minor accident on Monday while carrying Broncos players back to their hotel after... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's that special time of year again. Super Bowl Week. Seven days of madness and grandeur kick off in earnest with Monday evening's Opening Night, a newly-fashioned prime-time version of Media Day that will air on NFL Network starting... more

January

It's no secret: Denver's offense has struggled to do its share this season. Quarterback Peyton Manning said as much Thursday, telling reporters: "We can improve and we would like to improve." The Broncos march into Super Bowl 50 with the... more

Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert doesn't care if you don't like Carolina's touchdown celebrations, and he isn't about to bow down to Broncos passer Peyton Manning, either. "We don't really care if this is his last game," Tolbert said of Manning's... more

Broncos and Panthers fans are living the dream right now, but there's always another side to the story. Especially if you root for one of the 30 other teams left watching Super Bowl 50 from the godforsaken couch. For most fans, the big game is a... more

As the Washington Redskins angle for another division title next season, fans of the team shouldn't hold their breath for a handful of high-octane free-agent signings. General manager Scot McCloughan on Wednesday shot down the idea that the 'Skins will... more

Count Mike McCarthy out of Sunday's Pro Bowl. The Packers coach will not attend the NFL's annual all-star game in Hawaii because of a stomach illness, the team announced. Doctors advised McCarthy not to travel, leaving associate head coach and... more

Patriots fans have come to believe that any season not ending in a Super Bowl appearance is nothing short of an off-script botch job by the National Football League. Somehow -- bravely -- they wage on with their lives, especially Burke O'Connell.... more

For those of you who just can't get enough Odell Beckham Jr. in your life -- you're in luck. One of the league's most overexposed luminaries last offseason, the New York Giants receiver is doubling down this time around with a venture into network... more

The Colts opted for continuity over a fresh start, leaving retained coach Chuck Pagano with a clear checklist of to-do's for 2016. "This is the only job I wanted," Pagano said this week, per The Indianapolis Star . "I think I've made that clear.... more

Bills coach Rex Ryan did what any good brother would do by hiring an out-of-work Rob Ryan to be a Buffalo defensive assistant. But is it good for the Bills? According to general manager Doug Whaley, it's a welcome move. "If you look at it, Rob and... more

Troy Aikman is convinced that either Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III will wind up in Dallas backing up Tony Romo next season, but will they play? That all comes down to Romo staying on the field, which is no sure thing after he was lost with two... more

Really, Seattle? We've learned this morning that an emotionally wounded Seahawks fan is working behind the scenes to keep Cam Newton out of Seattle -- forever. Per a report from MyNorthwest.com, 'Hawks fanatic Andrew Tilton has drummed up a petition... more

While the Titans are open to fielding offers for the draft's top overall pick, Tennessee shouldn't expect Cleveland to come calling. Browns executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown said Tuesday that it would be "shocking" if the team traded up... more

Newly anointed Eagles coach Doug Pederson made it clear last week that Sam Bradford is his kind of signal-caller, saying: "I think he's a top-notch quarterback." Sounds like a match, but will Bradford stick around? "I think he's excited," Eagles... more

Packers coach Mike McCarthy wants to see a trimmed-down version of Eddie Lacy next season. That's where Tony Horton steps in. The P90X creator and fitness guru came out of the woodwork this month to offer his support to the Green Bay running back.... more

The Broncos have finished off Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady in back-to-back weeks, but their biggest challenge lies ahead. That's according to Aqib Talib, the Denver cover man who called Carolina signal-caller Cam Newton "probably the most dangerous... more

The early word on Darian Stewart is positive news for Denver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Broncos safety suffered a slight MCL sprain in Sunday's AFC title game win over the Patriots, per a source. Rapoport tweeted that Stewart... more

Definitely waking up sore Monday: Tom Brady. The Patriots passer was officially hit 19 times in New England's 20-18 AFC title game loss to Denver, the most punishment absorbed by a signal-caller since Cleveland's Charlie Frye was hit 20 times by the... more

Carson Palmer's season came crashing down on Sunday. Along with it, the hopes of a Cardinals team that couldn't get out of their own way in an ugly 49-15 loss to the Panthers. Arizona's quarterback -- an MVP candidate just weeks ago -- fell to pieces... more

Carolina has yet to play a snap in Super Bowl 50, but Panthers cornerback Josh Norman is already keeping score. "I watch," said Norman after Sunday's 49-15 NFC title game thrashing of Arizona, per the New York Daily News. "I'm not dumb to what goes... more

It was just one play in a game that already felt over, but it spoke volumes about what quarterback Cam Newton means to his Super Bowl-bound Panthers. With the third quarter ticking away and Carolina facing third-and-10 in Arizona territory, Newton took... more

For four straight quarters on Sunday, New England's Tom Brady spent life on the run. Brady was trying to evade Denver's trio of pass-rushing whirlwinds -- Derek Wolfe, DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller -- who dominated the Patriots all afternoon in a 20-18... more

Newly anointed Browns coach Hue Jackson has found his defensive coordinator. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Cleveland has hired Ray Horton for the role. The team made it official on Friday. Rapoport also reported former Bills... more

It doesn't get any easier this weekend for Arizona's defense.  After squeaking by a Hail Mary-happy Aaron Rodgers, the Cardinals must now face an entirely different type of signal-caller in Carolina's Cam Newton. "He is a monster, per se, at the... more

The Tennessee Titans have a new head coach in Mike Mularkey -- and a new offensive coordinator, too. Terry Robiskie has been hired as the team's new play-caller, the team announced Wednesday. In addition, the team announced Dick LeBeau as its assistant... more

The San Diego Chargers didn't want Frank Reich, but the Philadelphia Eagles do. The former Bolts play-caller has been hired as the Eagles' new offensive coordinator under new Eagles coach Doug Pederson, the team announced Wednesday. Reich spent the... more

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak isn't worried about the latest disappearing act by Vernon Davis. The veteran tight end logged 11 snaps over the final two weeks of the season before playing just one down in Denver's 23-16 win over the Steelers on... more

Peyton Manning hasn't been himself this season. Father Time has caught up to the Broncos passer, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick refuses to overlook Manning's gifts under center. "Peyton's a great player. We've had tremendous battles against him... more

Like the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets before them, the Bills had high hopes for Percy Harvin. Expecting the wideout to open up their air game and add sizzle to special teams, Harvin instead spent the final 11 games on injured reserve while... more

In back-to-back games against the Seahawks and Packers, Arizona's ground game has posted a paltry 67 total yards. What's the issue, Bruce Arians? "Getting their ass kicked up front," the Cardinals coach said of his offensive line, per The Arizona... more

Ben Roethlisberger's offseason will be surgery-free. The Steelers quarterback confirmed Tuesday that his banged-up throwing shoulder won't require him to go under the knife. "From what I've been told by Doc (James) Bradley, no surgery ,"... more

When the Seahawks declined Bruce Irvin's fifth-year option last offseason, the pass rusher looked like a sure bet to play elsewhere in 2016. Are the sides now singing a different tune? On the heels of Sunday's 31-24 playoff loss to the Panthers,... more

In an era when quarterbacks are talking about playing well into their 40s , Tony Romo has no plans to hang it up anytime soon. The Cowboys passer turns 36 in April, but recently told HBO's Bill Simmons that he plans to play at least four more seasons.... more

With Doug Pederson taking over as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Kansas City Chiefs spent Monday deciding on a new play-caller. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Kansas City will make Brad Childress their new offense coordinator,... more

No hire this offseason has been met with less excitement than Tennessee's choice of Mike Mularkey. Announced Monday as the Titans new head coach, the team's former interim leader opted not to dwell on his vanilla Q Rating. Instead, Mularkey talked... more

While some Panthers fans weren't thrilled to draw Seattle in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, Carolina's players never felt that way. "I didn't want to play anyone else," safety Roman Harper said last week, setting the tone for Sunday's 31-24 win... more

Could this be it for Julius Peppers? Turning 36 on Monday -- happy birthday, by the way -- Green Bay's veteran pass rusher acknowledged Saturday night that he was "not sure" if he'll return for his 15th NFL season in 2016. "We'll talk about that when... more

The Cardinals won a playoff classic for the ages on Saturday night , but the focus in Arizona is entirely on what comes next. "Can't wait to get to Carolina,"  quarterback Carson Palmer said of Sunday's NFC title bout with the Panthers, per The... more

The Steelers benefited last week when Jeremy Hill's game-changing fumble gave Pittsburgh new life. On Sunday, the script was flipped, with Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint committing the game's lone turnover in a 23-16 Divisional Round loss... more

Thirty-one points in the first half. Zero in the second. The Carolina Panthers walked away from Sunday's 31-24 divisional-round playoff win over the Seahawks less than pleased with their performance down the stretch. "The biggest disappointment was I... more

Billed as the game of the week, Sunday's divisional-round clash between the Panthers and Seahawks felt comprehensively over by halftime. And what a half it was. Taking a 31-0 lead into the locker room, the Panthers pieced together 30 minutes of... more

The Patriots knew they couldn't run the ball against Kansas City, so on Saturday they took the wisest approach possible: They didn't even try. In classic New England fashion, the defending Super Bowl champions opened their latest playoff odyssey with 14... more

The Tennessee Titans have their man. The team announced Saturday that it has promoted interim leader Mike Mularkey to the role of head coach. It's a move that comes as little surprise after Rapoport noted that this was Mularkey's gig "to lose" after... more

The New England Patriots are keeping Keshawn Martin around for the long haul. This week, the team handed the young wideout a two-year, $3 million contract extension, per ESPN.com's Mike Reiss. Acquired in a September trade with the Texans, Martin has... more

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski expects to play in Saturday's AFC divisional showdown with the Chiefs, but what about Kansas City wideout Jeremy Maclin? Though NFL Media's Jeff Darlington was told that it will be an "uphill battle" for Maclin to... more

Ted Marchibroda, the former Colts and Ravens coach, passed away on Saturday. He was 84 years old. Carlie Irsay, daughter of Colts owner Jim Irsay, confirmed the news, writing: "We lost a great coach, player and man today in our Colts family. Love you,... more

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be remembered all offseason for his role in last week's unforgettable playoff loss to the Steelers, but his new position coach sees something else. "He's got great instincts. I understand he's very, very smart,"... more

Can Chip Kelly revive Colin Kaepernick's dormant career? Hall of Fame wideout Jerry Rice believes the new 49ers coach will do exactly that. "I think with Chip Kelly, it brought life to Colin Kaepernick," Rice told the Golf Channel this week, per CSN... more

No matter what quarterback the Browns wind up with next season, Hue Jackson plans on calling his own plays. "Right now in my mind, I don't really plan on having an offensive coordinator, because I want to reserve that right to call plays," Cleveland's... more

The Tennessee Titans are the final NFL club without a coach, but that could change on Saturday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL Network's GameDay First that it's Mike Mularkey's job "to lose." The interim coach who replaced Ken Whisenhunt in... more

For the Packers, it's personal. Green Bay is just hours away from Saturday night's divisional-round tilt with the Cardinals, but will the results be any different than the 38-8 beating they absorbed in Arizona in Week 16? "I think any time you get... more

DeAngelo Williams is no sure bet to suit up for the Steelers this weekend . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Pittsburgh's starting running back is visiting foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Monday, per a source. It's "not... more

Coming out of Saturday night's epic meltdown against the Steelers, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on Monday stuck up for the play of linebacker Vontaze Burfict and cornerback Adam Jones. Burfict was suspended the first three games of the 2016 season by... more

The Carolina Panthers are getting healthy just in time. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday that he expects lead running back Jonathan Stewart to suit up for practice on Wednesday after missing the final three games of the season with a sprained... more

So who decided that Marshawn Lynch wasn't ready to play on Sunday?  Marshawn Lynch, according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Seattle's workhorse back "just didn't feel like he had it," Carroll said after the team's 10-9 wild-card win over the... more

Is Jason Hatcher ready to call it quits? The Redskins defensive end told reporters he was contemplating retirement, going so far as to broach the subject with general manager Scot McCloughan after Sunday's 35-18 wild-card loss to the Packers. "I've... more

Bill Belichick dove into Chiefs film right after Kansas City's wild-card romp over the Texans, leaving him with one big impression: The Patriots have their work cut out for them in Saturday's divisional-round tilt. "The fact they haven't lost in so... more

For the second straight day, a home playoff team has gone down in heartbreaking fashion. Vikings coaches, players and fans were left to peer into the void after watching Blair Walsh miss a 27-yard field-goal attempt in the final seconds of Sunday's... more

Houston's brief and hideous playoff run is curtains -- with one man to blame: Brian Hoyer. The Texans quarterback single-handedly sunk the ship in Saturday's 30-0 wild card loss to the Chiefs with a collage of unforgivable gaffes that deep-sixed one... more

Adam Gase is the youngest head coach in the National Football League, but that didn't stop the Miami Dolphins from handing him plenty of power. During Saturday's introductory press conference, Dolphins football czar Mike Tannenbaum announced that his... more

If the Cincinnati Bengals knock off the Steelers on Saturday night , will Andy Dalton return for the Divisional Round? Don't bank on it. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that it's no sure thing the Bengals passer plays next week, per... more

Houston's postseason journey will begin without the help of Jadeveon Clowney. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the second-year Texans pass rusher will not play in Saturday's wild-card tilt against the Chiefs thanks to the foot injury he... more

The fate of Jim Caldwell rests on the shaky turf in Detroit. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Friday's hiring of new general manager Bob Quinn leaves the Lions coach far from certain to keep the job. The Lions went 6-2 in the... more

While the Miami Dolphins hope that Adam Gase will bring stability to their offense , his departure from Chicago only means more changes for quarterback Jay Cutler. So what's next? The Chicago Bears announced Monday that quarterbacks coach Dowell... more

This much we know: Dolphins football czar Mike Tannenbaum is tied deeply to Ryan Tannehill after signing the quarterback last May to a six-year, $95 million contract. That fate-filled relationship sits at the heart of Miami's decision on Saturday to... more

While six other teams continue to search for new leadership, Miami has fallen for Adam Gase. The Dolphins on Saturday made the Bears offensive play-caller their new head coach, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Gase has... more

Bad news for Brian Hoyer. NFL Media's James Palmer confirmed Saturday that Kansas City pass-rusher Justin Houston is ready to go for this afternoon's wild-card showdown with the Houston Texans. It comes as little surprise after Houston was listed as... more

With the Philadelphia Eagles planning to meet with Tom Coughlin on Monday, one former Giants star has some advice for his old coach. "Don't do it, Tom," Justin Tuck said on NFL Network's GameDay First . The Raiders pass-rusher, who spent nine seasons... more

We're hours away from Saturday's wild-card showdown between the Chiefs and Texans, but Houston running back Alfred Blue already knows what his team must do to carve out a win. "I would say run the ball," Blue told the Houston Chronicle. "We've got to... more

The Associated Press on Friday dropped their 2015 All-Pro Team. Headlined by Raiders pass-rusher Khalil Mack, who made history by being named to two positions, the AP's list serves as a who's who of the pro gridiron. Let's take a look at who made the... more

The Green Bay Packers roll into Sunday with the NFL's sixth-best pass defense and a unit that's largely kept tight ends at bay. Can they put the clamps on Washington's Jordan Reed? "They haven't seen a tight end like Jordan,"  Redskins coach Jay Gruden... more

When DeSean Jackson first heard about the firing of Chip Kelly, he told reporters that he "could care less" about the fate of his former coach. With more time to ponder the move, Washington's deep threat had plenty to say to TheMMQB's Robert Klemko.... more

The Atlanta Falcons burned bright out of the gate this season, only to crash and burn down the stretch to finish a milquetoast 8-8. Seven losses over their final nine games left questions about the future of general manager Thomas Dimitroff, but team... more

One day after the firing of coach Lovie Smith , Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht made it clear that Tampa Bay is a patient organization -- but one that has its limits. "When you have eight wins in two years, and three home wins in two years," said... more

With DeAngelo Williams still nestled in a walking boot, the Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to make Fitzgerald Toussaint their top man in the backfield for Saturday night's wild-card showdown with the Bengals. "I just want to prepare to hunt,"... more

It's official. Peyton Manning is back. The Broncos announced Thursday that the veteran quarterback will start under center when Denver kicks off their Divisional Round playoff tilt on Jan. 17. Coach Gary Kubiak told the team early Thursday after... more

Chiefs-Texans Steelers-Bengals Packers-Redskins Seahawks-Vikings The backstory The well-advertised backstory is grim for the Bengals when it comes to January football. Four consecutive postseason berths have led to four straight... more

A very unusual offseason for the Cleveland Browns grows only more unpredictable. The team announced Tuesday that Paul DePodesta is leaving his executive post with the New York Mets to become Cleveland's chief strategy officer. Answerable only to team... more

The Washington Redskins are adding a healthy body to the secondary ahead of Sunday's wild-card showdown with the Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team is signing former Seahawks and Ravens cornerback Cary Williams, per... more

Chuck Pagano's fate with the Indianapolis Colts will need to wait another day. The team announced that no decision will be made Monday on the job status of their embattled head coach. Why? Because team owner Jim Irsay was still meeting with Pagano,... more

Add another name to New England's laundry list of banged-up players. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain after taking a beating in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.... more

Not everyone is out in San Francisco. 49ers CEO Jed York announced Monday that Trent Baalke will remain in place as the team's general manager. After the firing of coach Jim Tomsula late Sunday night, York confirmed that Baalke also will lead the... more

The Tennessee Titans aren't finished shaking up the franchise. The team announced Monday that it will not renew the contract of executive vice president and general manager Ruston Webster. "I would like to thank Ruston Webster for all of his efforts... more

Have the Cleveland Browns had their fill of Johnny Manziel? According to Peter King of TheMMQB.com, the woeful franchise is "so done with the guy" after Manziel, mired in the NFL's concussion protocol, failed to show up Sunday for a previously... more

The playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) capped their phenomenal comeback season with a 23-17 win on Sunday over the Oakland Raiders (7-9). Here's what you need to know: 1. Denver's win over the Chargers kept the Chiefs from taking the AFC West,... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) are playoff-bound after knocking off the ridiculous Cleveland Browns (3-13) 28-12 on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. Pittsburgh needed a win on Sunday paired with a Jets loss to Buffalo to nab an AFC wild-card... more

Broncos and Panthers fans are living the dream right now, but there's always another side to the story. Especially if you root for one of the 30 other teams left watching Super Bowl 50 from the godforsaken couch. For most fans, the big game is a... more

December

The Cardinals have notched a flurry of interesting records this season. The most amazing of all? Arizona has piled up 57 touchdowns to just 55 punts. "That's the craziest stat I think I've ever heard," coach Bruce Arians said, per ESPN.com's Josh... more

While Chip Kelly's firing -- at least the timing of it -- served as a stunning piece of news to most, Giants coach Tom Coughlin has been around long enough to have seen it all. "Quite frankly, I'm not surprised by anything in this business," Coughlin... more

Will the Pittsburgh Steelers avoid facing Johnny Manziel on Sunday? The Browns quarterback is unlikely to play in Cleveland's regular-season finale after being diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.... more

Brandon Weeden's week of glory has been upstaged by a suddenly healthy Brian Hoyer. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters that Hoyer practiced Wednesday and will start under center on Sunday for the first time since Week 14. "He's out of... more

DeMarco Murray's high-altitude chat with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie didn't trigger Chip Kelly's Tuesday firing. That's what Lurie told reporters on Wednesday, announcing: "DeMarco Murray had zero to do with it. I talk to a lot of players on the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have avoided another nuclear-level disaster under center. AJ McCarron told reporters on Wednesday that his sprained left wrist isn't a threat to keep him out of this week's practice or Sunday's pivotal finale against the... more

The Bills are calling Sunday's finale against the New York Jets their version of the Super Bowl. Will LeSean McCoy play in the big game? Coach Rex Ryan didn't sound too optimistic on Wednesday, per Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News, saying it "probably... more

Pittsburgh's preparation for a pivotal season finale against the Cleveland Browns has begun without the help of Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers star quarterback went home sick on Wednesday ahead of the team's first practice session of the week, per... more

The New York Giants still have something to play for in the NFC East. So do the suddenly Chip Kelly-free Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams have been bounced from playoff contention, but Sunday's season finale between the pair of 6-9 clubs has... more

Chip Kelly won't be winning Coach of the Year honors, but Arizona's Bruce Arians is on the radar to grab the award for a third time in four years. Still, the Cardinals coach says his vote would go to the man he might wind up battling come January: Ron... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers can't believe where they are heading into Week 17. One week ago, they looked like the hottest team in the AFC. But after Sunday's stunning loss to the Ravens, Pittsburgh is on the outside looking in and needing extra help to gain... more

Gregg Rosenthal's latest look at the AFC Playoff Picture tells the tale of a conference nearly locked down for postseason play. The Steelers and Colts still have a shot to upset the apple cart, but if the playoffs started today, this year's collection... more

Is Rex Ryan beginning to see the light? We doubt it, but the Bills coach acknowledged this week that he put his team in a tough spot by squawking about the playoffs before the season even began. "I think we got a great thing going here. We just... more

Eagles fans can hardly believe the on-field results this season, but coach Chip Kelly hasn't lost faith in the master plan. "It didn't go our way, but I don't think we're a bad football team ," Kelly said Monday, per Reuben Frank of CSN Philly. "Not by... more

The Seattle Seahawks need Marshawn Lynch back in the mix -- and they just might get him. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday that the team's sidelined running back has a chance to return to practice on Wednesday "if today and tomorrow go well"... more

The season is almost over for the Oakland Raiders. It's definitely over for Marcel Reece. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team's Pro Bowl fullback has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program... more

Each week, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler offers up his laundry list of heroes and villains from the week that was. And what a week it was, with a slew of Sunday upsets that jolted the playoff picture and shone the spotlight on a handful of unlikely... more

Whether or not the Chargers have played their last game in San Diego, Eric Weddle has likely played his last game for the Chargers. The team on Monday placed the Pro Bowl safety on injured reserve with the groin injury that forced him out of the lineup... more

Monday Night Football has saved the best for last. Tonight's showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos is layered with playoff intrigue for a pair of teams still competing for a first-round bye in the AFC. The laundry list of... more

For the first time all season, Panthers players and coaches are left contemplating defeat. Coming out of Sunday's stunning 20-13 loss to the up-and-down Falcons, it's not a feeling quarterback Cam Newton wants to revisit. "There's no magic words that... more

Written off in October, the resilient Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) are playoff bound after taking care of business in Sunday's tight 17-13 win over the Cleveland Browns (3-12). Here's what you need to know: 1. Looking to become just the second team in... more

The Panthers will go another week without the services of Jonathan Stewart. Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Thursday that Carolina's workhorse back has been ruled out for Sunday's road tilt with the Atlanta Falcons. Stewart hasn't practiced this week... more

Swarmed by rumors that he's on his way out of New Orleans, Sean Payton insists he's going nowhere. Echoing his comments from earlier this season, the Saints coach emphasized Wednesday that he plans to stay with the team long past this forgettable... more

Travaris Cadet is back in The Big Easy. The Saints on Thursday announced that the scatback was claimed off waivers after being released by the 49ers. Cadet spent his first three seasons with the Saints before cups of coffee this year with New England... more

Browns center Alex Mack has the power to opt out of his contract this offseason. Will the Pro Bowl pivot ditch Cleveland for brighter shores? Here's one gem of a clue: "I will say that winning is really important to me," Mack said Wednesday, per Mary... more

Marcus Mariota has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, but the Titans rookie quarterback hasn't given up on playing one more time in Week 17. Whether or not the No. 2 overall pick plays in the finale against the Colts, it won't... more

Mario Edwards Jr. promising rookie season is suddenly over. The Raiders on Wednesday placed the first-year defensive end on injured reserve with a neck injury, the team announced. "He had a significant injury," coach Jack Del Rio told reporters. "We... more

Life is simpler now for Bill Parcells. At 74, the Hall of Fame coach's lone tie to the NFL has Parcells occasionally consulting with the Cleveland Browns amid a more active investment in "racing horses and playing golf" at dual homesteads in Saratoga,... more

With Buffalo's season crumbling before our eyes, the Bills' locker room hasn't been shy about commenting on a campaign that hasn't lived up to Rex Ryan's offseason promises. Nearing the end of a topsy-turvy season packed with highs and lows -- and overt... more

Gary Kubiak has faced a laundry list of MVP candidates this season, but the Broncos coach remains in awe of the destruction Antonio Brown wreaked on Denver's defense in Week 15. "I know who I'd be voting for right now for MVP,"  Kubiak said after... more

A trying season for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints has taken an ugly turn. A team source told NFL Media's Albert Breer on Tuesday that the perennial Pro Bowl quarterback was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia after undergoing an MRI on the... more

The fate of this year's resilient New York Jets boils down to one very familiar task on Sunday: knocking off the New England Patriots. A loss would likely finish off Gang Green in the AFC. A win, though, would place the Jets in excellent position for a... more

The 2016 Pro Bowl squad was announced Tuesday night on NFL Network, and we've gone over the biggest snubs and examined the honorees on defense . Now, let's unpack the offense. Remember, long gone are the familiar AFC versus NFC lineups that existed... more

One of the more visually shocking elements to come out of Sunday's slate of action: Those awkward mustard-stained pants donned by the four-win Baltimore Ravens. One question: Why? "That was in the works for all the way back to last season," coach... more

With Marshawn Lynch still rehabbing from last month's sports hernia surgery, the Seahawks are preparing for another dose of ground-and-pound action from their newfound committee  of running backs. Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that both Bryce... more

The New York Giants' uphill battle to win the NFC East just grew steeper. Star wideout Odell Beckham was suspended one game for multiple violations of safety-related playing rules during Sunday's crushing 38-35 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the league... more

Coming off Sunday's crushing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Denver Broncos aren't ready to make an official switch under center -- at least not yet. Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters Monday that nothing has changed at the quarterback position,... more

In a lost season for the Bills, at least one positive has emerged: Buffalo has found a quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. It certainly sounds that way, at least, after coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Monday that the team is "pretty sure" who their passer... more

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE This holiday season, the National Football Conference has given us the gift of clarity. The NFC's once-jumbled Playoff Picture is largely intact heading into the final two weeks of the season, but... more

It's back to the postseason for the Seahawks after Seattle (9-5) clinched a playoff spot with Sunday's 30-13 win over Johnny Manziel and the Browns (3-11). Here's what you need to know: 1. Browns coach Mike Pettine might want to rethink his analysis... more

The Washington Redskins (7-7) remain in the driver's seat of the NFC East after knocking off the Bills 35-25  on Sunday in a game that eliminated Buffalo (6-8) from playoff contention. Here's what you need to know: 1. Kirk Cousins set the tone on... more

The St. Louis Rams have been a disappointment this season, but don't expect the team to blow up the machine come January. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told Around The NFL on Thursday that all indications suggest that both coach Jeff Fisher and general... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are keeping Jah Reid around for the long haul. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the team has given the offensive lineman a three-year contract extension that will keep Reid around through the 2018 season,... more

The AFC South is a spiraling mess this season, but there's plenty of hope for the future. The Tennessee Titans have hope under center in Marcus Mariota while the Jaguars have Blake Bortles and a surrounding cast of talent that currently has Jacksonville... more

Unlike Justin Blackmon, suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon is determined to get back on the field next season. Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel, for one, can't wait. "Yeah, I still talk to Josh every week, so we've been in touch constantly... more

The Patriots lost a dynamic and juicy element to their offense when scatback Dion Lewis suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 9, but New England always has a backup plan. Second-year running back James White has evolved into a steady contributor... more

The banged-up New England Patriots continue to churn the roster ahead of Sunday's Week 15 matchup with the Tennessee Titans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the team claimed receiver Leonard Hankerson and offensive lineman... more

Christine Michael's bizarre NFL season has come full circle. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll announced Wednesday that the team re-signed the running back to their 53-man roster in time for Sunday's showdown with the Cleveland Browns. Michael bounced... more

Kansas City's magic carpet ride toward the postseason just hit a wave of turbulent air. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Wednesday that Justin Houston is visiting noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews for an examination of the pass rusher's banged-up knee.... more

Brock Osweiler will start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he wasn't the only Broncos quarterback to suit up for Wednesday's practice: Peyton Manning is out at practice for the first time in a little over a month. pic.twitter.com/ofbl6esTVF... more

It's back to T.J. Yates under center for the Houston Texans. Coach Bill O'Brien announced Wednesday that quarterback Brian Hoyer wouldn't be available this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts because of the head injury he suffered in Week 14's brutal... more

Decked out in an eye-burning Christmas sweater , Rex Ryan on Wednesday took blame for a Buffalo defense that hasn't lived up to the offseason bluster. The Bills coach summed up a unit that ranks 30th in sacks, saying point blank, per The Buffalo News:... more

A legitimate threat in the AFC playoff race , Jets coach Todd Bowles believes Gang Green can do damage in January -- if they get there. "If it all comes together, we can be very dangerous ," Bowles said Tuesday, per the New York Post. If the season... more

With LeGarrette Blount done for the year , the Patriots are spreading a wide net for help in the backfield. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported New England worked out Steven Jackson on Wednesday, according to a source informed of the team's... more

Minnesota's promising season has taken a swan dive over the past month. After a 7-2 start, the Vikings (8-5) spent the past four weeks dropping games to the Packers, Seahawks and Cardinals. With three tilts left against the Bears, Giants and Green Bay,... more

When Gregg Rosenthal broke down the AFC Playoff Picture , he told the tale of a conference packed with drama. With three weeks to go, the situation in the NFC is less cloudy, but there's still plenty to unpack coming out of Week 14. You can check out... more

All season long, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler will offer up his laundry list of heroes and villains from the week that was. We normally offer a barrage of players and coaches, but with the playoff chase in full swing, it's time to look at what works... more

Damontre Moore has found a new home south of the Big Apple. The recently released Giants defensive end was claimed off waivers on Monday by the Miami Dolphins, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. Moore was... more

Winners of four straight, the surging Seahawks are the hottest team in the league west of the Carolina Panthers -- and they'll make sure you know about it, too. "Seattle Seahawks, back to doing what they do," Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman said... more

Johnny Manziel 1, Microsoft Surface 0. That was the score at halftime after the Browns quarterback was seen bashing a sideline tablet into his skull following an ugly first-quarter pick in Cleveland's eventual 24-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers:... more

The Green Bay Packers (9-4) took over sole possession of the NFC North with Sunday's gritty 28-7  win over the Dallas Cowboys (4-9). Here's what you need to know: 1. With coach Mike McCarthy taking back Green Bay's playcalling, the Packers shook off... more

The surging Seattle Seahawks (8-5) kept their postseason hopes alive with a paint-by-numbers 35-6 win over the Baltimore Ravens (4-9) on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. Russell Wilson came into Week 14 with three-plus touchdown strikes in... more

The Browns (3-10) finally gave their agitated fan base something to smile about on Sunday as Johnny Manziel guided Cleveland to a 24-10  win over the wilting San Francisco 49ers (4-9). Here's what you need to know: 1. Cleveland came out spreading the... more

Robert Quinn's season is finished. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Rams placed the defensive end on injured reserve with a back issue, per a source informed of his situation. Rams coach Jeff Fisher later announced Quinn will... more

Experiencing the ups and downs of a mic'd up Rex Ryan is one of life's pure joys. NFL Films tracked the Bills coach during Sunday's edgy win over the Houston Texans, a 30-21 victory that kept Buffalo's playoff hopes alive -- and Rex on the edge of his... more

Johnny Manziel is back under center for Cleveland, but Browns coach Mike Pettine made it clear on Wednesday that another off-field slip-up by the second-year quarterback could put his season on ice. "It would be hard for me to sit here and say we have a... more

The Carolina Panthers own the NFL's best record, but Thursday Night Football will give fans another look at the league's most complete team. Winners of six straight, the Arizona Cardinals (10-2) deserve to be recognized for what they are: The most fun... more

With Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski tucked away in street clothes, the Patriots on Sunday leaned heavily on Danny Amendola. Still nursing the sprained knee that kept him out a Week 12 loss to Denver, the wideout returned against the Eagles to catch... more

It's official. Johnny Manziel is back. The Browns announced Tuesday the second-year passer will take the reins in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers. "Johnny will be our starting quarterback on Sunday," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "He's been... more

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE What a difference a year makes. At this time last autumn, the Panthers were 3-8-1. Today, they roam as the NFL's lone unbeaten jewel. Surging toward home-field advantage in the NFC, Carolina's... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are crystal clear on their feelings for the Cincinnati Bengals. "We don't like them. They don't like us," said Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I'm not going to sit here and give you... more

In the immediate aftermath of Sunday's loss to the Steelers, Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck expressed doubts over whether he would be healthy enough to play this weekend against the Jaguars. Colts coach Chuck Pagano, however, dispelled fears Monday... more

Get ready for another dose of the high-flying Cardinals in prime time. The NFL announced Monday that it has flexed Week 15's Arizona at Philadelphia Eagles matchup on Sunday, Dec. 20, to the 8:30 p.m. ET prime-time slot on NBC. The Cincinnati Bengals... more

It was arguably the play of the year, but Jim Caldwell doesn't want to talk about it. The Lions coach on Monday had a prime opportunity to put a lid on Thursday night's Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary that handed Green Bay a 27-23 win over hapless Detroit. ... more

All season long, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler will offer up his laundry list of heroes and villains from the week that was. This week we're foregoing the typical rundown of goodies and baddies for a closer look at the NFL's two storied Ohio teams. Why... more

With their season on the brink of destruction, Eagles players turned to a higher power for inspiration before Sunday's wild upset of the New England Patriots. Linebacker Najee Goode told reporters that team owner Jeffrey Lurie "fired up" the locker... more

It was a little more than a year ago when the Kansas City Chiefs saw a five-game win streak chopped down by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football . Rolling into the Black Hole on Sunday, Jeremy Maclin and friends weren't about to let the Silver... more

Sean Payton didn't want to go there, but after Sunday's crushing 41-38 loss to the high-flying Panthers, he just couldn't help himself. "I told myself before coming in here, I was not going to comment on the officiating ," Payton told reporters, per... more

The Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) continued their remarkable surge toward postseason play with Sunday's 34-20 win over the Oakland Raiders (5-7) on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Chiefs are racing toward January, while the Raiders can't... more

The playoff-bound Cincinnati Bengals (10-2) turned the Battle of Ohio into an embarrassing wipeout for the down-and-out Browns (2-10) in a 37-3 win over Cleveland on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. Chalk it up as another paint-by-numbers win... more

Broncos running back C.J. Anderson held court this week in Denver's locker room wearing a T-shirt that read: "W.G.G.M.D." The translation, per The Denver Post : Who's gonna guard me, dude? Coming off his 113-yard explosion in last Sunday night's... more

Will a pair of Bears assistants seek sweet revenge when Chicago hosts San Francisco on Sunday? We wrote earlier about Adam Gase, the Bears offensive coordinator who interviewed for the Niners' head-coaching job last winter, only to be passed over for... more

Paul Richardson's second season in Seattle is a wrap. The Seahawks on Saturday placed the wide receiver on injured reserve before promoting running back DuJuan Harris off their practice squad. It hasn't been an easy autumn for Richardson, who started... more

Will DeSean Jackson be ready for Monday Night Football? Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters that the veteran wideout missed Saturday's practice with an upper respiratory illness . Jackson is listed as probable for Washington's Week 13 tilt with... more

It's been nearly two months since Mario Williams sounded off on his frustration with Rex Ryan's defense. Two months later, he says nothing has changed. "We're still doing the same thing," Williams told Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News this week,... more

It's curtains for Toby Gerhart. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Jacksonville Jaguars running back is being placed on season-ending injured reserve , per a source informed of the team's plans. The club later confirmed the move.... more

Guess what? NFL owners spend their piles of scratch on more than just football players. Jim Irsay of the Colts, for instance, just dropped $2.2 million for a drum kit that Ringo Starr once used to record a rash of early Beatles hits, per The Associated... more

Yet another member of Arizona's top-shelf secondary is about to get paid. After Patrick Peterson inked a seven-year, $83 million deal in 2014, the Cardinals have signed defensive back and special-teams Pro Bowler Justin Bethel to a three-year contract... more

With Browns wideouts Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel ruled out for Sunday, will we finally get a look at Terrelle Pryor the pass-catcher? "We haven't finalized it, but it's a possibility," coach Mike Pettine said Friday, ahead of this weekend's... more

When the 49ers visit the Bears on Sunday, San Francisco's players will be reunited with their old defensive coordinator in Vic Fangio. They'll also get a firsthand look at the man who almost became their head coach: Adam Gase. The former Broncos... more

On the latest Around the NFL Podcast , we unpacked a parcel of coaches facing uncertain futures as their teams spiral into oblivion. Coaches saddled with "Hot Buttz" is how Dan Hanzus coined the segment, which featured, among others, Mike Pettine of... more

Will the Battle of Ohio unfold without a Tyler Eifert sighting? Cincinnati's playmaking tight end missed practice again on Thursday, per Geoff Hobson of the team's official website, who called Eifert questionable "at best" for Sunday's showdown with... more

Did the Seahawks get the better end of the Jimmy Graham deal? Coach Pete Carroll has no doubts, even after the playmaking tight end was lost for the year with the torn patellar tendon he suffered in Sunday's win over the Steelers. "Oh, I love him on... more

Some people like the St. Louis Rams. Bruce Arians isn't one of them. The Cardinals coach recently called his NFC West foe "that team we don't like," before throwing another log on the fire in the lead-up to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET showdown . "I'll have... more

After decades of discussion, will pro football finally return to Los Angeles? Meeting in Irving, Texas, for this week's December League Meeting, NFL owners laid the groundwork for a pivotal vote on the issue set for Jan. 12-13 in Houston. NFL... more

With Matt Hasselbeck preparing for his third straight start in Indy, Andrew Luck is working hard behind the scenes to make his return to the field. The Colts starting quarterback told reporters on Wednesday that he has been throwing a "fair, intense... more

The league hasn't given up on Ryan Mallett. Not yet. The Ravens announced that they worked out the former Texans and Patriots quarterback  on Wednesday. Mallett was released by the Texans in October after missing the team's charter flight to Miami... more

The Detroit Lions (4-7) haven't swept the Green Bay Packers (7-4) since 1991. Putting that into perspective, Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah and second-year tight end Eric Ebron weren't even alive when the club last pulled that off. Two-plus... more

Coming off his sizzling tour de force against the Saints on Sunday, Houston's J.J. Watt remains front and center in the battle for Defensive Player of the Year. There's no debate in this race -- or is there? Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator... more

When the Bills faced the Giants in Week 4, Buffalo's stout secondary held Odell Beckham to just five catches for 38 yards in a 24-10 loss to New York. Nine weeks later, the playoff-hopeful Bills are gearing up to face another pass-catcher making a... more

Baltimore beat the Browns fair and square on Monday night. The NFL on Tuesday confirmed that no penalty occurred on the game's final play, which saw Ravens defensive end Brent Urban block a 51-yard field goal attempt by Travis Coons. The tipped ball... more

Will Sam Bradford be ready to roll for Philadelphia on Sunday? The Eagles quarterback returned to practice on Tuesday after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury, per Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Video of the session showed... more

It's back to Cleveland for Terrelle Pryor. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the free-agent wideout is planning to sign with the Browns, who cut the former quarterback before the season. Browns coach Mike Pettine did not confirm... more

All season long, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler will offer up his laundry list of heroes and villains from the week that was. Let's get down to it: Heroes 1. Our Boy Brock: Starring in the game of the year, Brock Osweiler did more than just earn... more

November

It wasn't pretty, but the playoff-bound Cardinals (9-2) remain in the driver's seat of the NFC West after knocking off the 49ers (3-8) 19-13 on Sunday -- Arizona's first win in San Francisco since 2008. Here's what you need to know: 1. Give the 49ers... more

The Indianapolis Colts (6-5) remain tied with the Texans atop the AFC South after knocking off Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) 25-12 on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. Forty-year-old Matt Hasselbeck has emerged as an... more

The Houston Texans (6-5) remain tied with the Colts atop the AFC South after knocking off the New Orleans Saints (4-7) 24-6  on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. After missing last week with a concussion, Brian Hoyer entered Sunday hoping to... more

A win over the Bills on Sunday would do wonders for Kansas City's wild-card hopes in the AFC . The Chiefs might have to pull it off, though, without the help of two key contributors. The Chiefs listed both running back Charcandrick West and tight end... more

The flailing Atlanta Falcons lost their punch in last Sunday's loss to the Colts after Devonta Freeman left with a concussion. The league's sixth-leading rusher won't help this weekend, either, with coach Dan Quinn confirming that Freeman won't suit up... more

The undefeated Patriots talk started long before the leaves fell off the trees, but has society been focused on the wrong team? Boasting a league-best mark of 11-0, the Carolina Panthers aren't afraid to talk about running the table. "It's going to... more

The campaign is over for Darqueze Dennard. The Bengals on Friday placed  the second-year cornerback on season-ending injured reserve with shoulder damage that will require surgery. In a corresponding move, the team activated rookie offensive tackle... more

Have the Bills given teams a blueprint for slowing down New England? Probably not, but the Broncos saw coach Rex Ryan follow through on his plans to shut down Rob Gronkowski, holding the Pro Bowl behemoth to just two catches in Buffalo's narrow loss to... more

After falling short in a shootout to the Cardinals, the Bengals -- coming off two straight losses -- face a far less dynamic attack on Sunday in the form of the Rams. St. Louis has slumped hard under the direction of new play-caller Frank Cignetti, Jr.,... more

So, Thursday night's Packers-Bears tilt didn't go according to plan . Billed by most football heads as an easy win for Green Bay, it was Chicago that left Lambeau Field with a 17-13 victory that reminded us again of how frisky this Bears team has become... more

A pair of epic butt-whippings for the Eagles over a five-day span begs all sorts of questions about Chip Kelly's future in Philadelphia. Amid word that the coach could potentially be lured back to the college ranks, Kelly's players were asked again... more

Mike Pettine said Wednesday that he hasn't given up on Johnny Manziel. Neither have his teammates. "We're not ready to shut the door on him," Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas said of the benched quarterback, per Daryl Ruiter of WKRK-FM. "It's a step... more

Mike Pettine is sticking by his decision to bench Johnny Manziel. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns coach emphasized that trust was broken after a series of photos and videos showing Manziel allegedly partying during the team's... more

Conor Orr asked Tuesday why wideout Sammy Watkins can't play the same role in Buffalo that target-monster DeAndre Hopkins plays in Houston. Coach Rex Ryan is listening. After watching Watkins go without a single first-half target in Monday night's... more

Eric Ebron is looking to change perceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles on Turkey Day. The Detroit Lions tight end saw his critics swarm after he dropped a would-be touchdown pass during Sunday's 18-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. "They're still... more

The Steelers currently hold the fifth seed in the AFC Playoff Picture , but Pittsburgh isn't resigned to a wild-card berth. "We want the division," safety Mike Mitchell told the team's official website. "We never want to back door into the playoffs.... more

The Buffalo Bills on Monday night were handed an outstanding chance to make their move in the AFC playoff picture. Their only problem? The Patriots. After watching a trio of NFC powerhouses -- the Panthers, Cardinals and Packers -- add to their gaudy... more

All season long, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler will offer up his laundry list of heroes and villains from the week that was. Let's get down to it: Heroes 1. Thomas Rawls: Plenty scratched their heads when the Seahawks cut bait before the season... more

Kevin White's season isn't over yet in Chicago. The Bears plan to have their rookie wideout -- the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft -- begin his 21-day practice window on Tuesday, the team announced. Stashed away on the physically unable to... more

Packers running back Eddie Lacy finally broke free on Sunday, but was it enough to regain his starting job? Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy wasn't ready to unveil the pecking order on Monday, one day after Lacy rushed for 100 yards off 22 carries in a... more

The Carolina Panthers feel overlooked. Undefeated and coming off a 44-16 mauling of the Washington Redskins, coach Ron Rivera was surprised to hear Monday that his 10-0 team rolls into Dallas on Thanksgiving as underdogs to the 3-7 Cowboys. "It's... more

It's over for Jimmy Clausen in Chicago. The Bears announced that Jay Cutler's backup was waived on Monday to make room for fellow quarterback David Fales, who was added to the active roster off the practice squad. Coach John Fox told reporters that... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fun again. Coming off Sunday's epic 45-17 romp of the Eagles, wideout Mike Evans couldn't help but gush over the play of Jameis Winston, the rookie quarterback who shredded Philadelphia with five touchdown passes to five... more

For two-plus seasons in Philadelphia, football fans have been subjected to a rash of puff pieces about the dynamic program taking shape under coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles on Sunday, though, were anything but watchable, looking lost in all phases of the... more

Washington's Jason Hatcher came out of Sunday's 44-16 loss to the Panthers suggesting that the Redskins have received their share of unfavorable calls this season for a specific reason: Their name. "I'm not saying this out of character to get fined,... more

The Indianapolis Colts (5-5) remain tied atop the AFC South with Houston after wiping out a 14-point deficit to knock off the struggling Atlanta Falcons (6-4) 24-21 on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. All he does is win. Matt Hasselbeck's... more

Oakland's playoff hopes are in hot water after the Raiders (4-6) lost Sunday's meeting with the Detroit Lions (3-7), 18-13 . Here's what you need to know: 1. Matthew Stafford came out humming, guiding the Lions on a 13-play march that chewed seven-plus... more

Atlanta's 24-21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday wasn't the only bad news for the Falcons. Devonta Freeman, the NFL's third-leading rusher, piled up 43 yards off three carries before leaving in the first half of Sunday's game with a concussion.... more

Jay Cutler might not get much help on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. The Bears quarterback won't be happy to learn that wideout Eddie Royal has been ruled out for the game while receiver Alshon Jeffery and running back Matt Forte are both... more

Will Eddie Lacy help the Packers this weekend? Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Friday that the team's demoted running back "looked good"  Thursday in "one of his better practices" of the year, saying: "So far, so good." Lacy assured... more

If the Indianapolis Colts plan to fend off the Jaguars and Texans in the underwhelming AFC South, it starts with a win on Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons. To pull that off, reliable cornerback Vontae Davis must keep a lid on the nearly unstoppable... more

While a tucked-away Peyton Manning has yet to speak  with Brock Osweiler, Denver's defense has spent all week practicing against the untested Broncos backup quarterback. "Oh, he's ready. He looks good," linebacker Brandon Marshall told the team's... more

Rex Ryan just can't get away from the New England Patriots. The Bills coach on Thursday was a verbal waterfall on the topic of Bill Belichick's Foxborough dynasty. Essentially conceding the division to the undefeated Pats -- Buffalo's opponent on... more

The Minnesota Vikings have the chance to make a powerful statement in the NFC North on Sunday . A win at home over the slumping Packers would carve out a two-game divisional lead for a club that hasn't topped Green Bay in three seasons. "I feel like... more

It wasn't pretty, but it counts. Thursday night's 19-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans gave the Jaguars (4-6) their third win in four games and maybe much more. If Indianapolis and Houston tumble this weekend, long-lost Jacksonville would sit atop... more

Rex Ryan knows which team will win the AFC East -- and it isn't Buffalo. The Bills coach on Thursday essentially conceded the division to the undefeated Patriots, even if the Bills (5-4) knock off New England (9-0) on Monday Night Football . "Does... more

Tony Romo is back. The Cowboys quarterback practiced on Thursday for the first time since fracturing his left collarbone in a Week 2 win over the Eagles. Dallas hasn't won since, leaving the 'Boys buried in the NFC East cellar with an ugly 2-7... more

The last time Buffalo faced the Patriots, Tom Brady ripped through the Bills secondary for nearly 500 yards and three touchdowns. Did Rex Ryan's players take that personally? "Of course," said safety Duke Williams ahead of Monday night's rematch, per... more

It came as a surprise to Johnny Manziel. "I was a little caught off guard, watching film this morning, coach (Mike Pettine) came and grabbed me," Manziel told reporters Tuesday after being named Cleveland's starting quarterback going forward, per The... more

From where they stand today, the two-win Dallas Cowboys have a better shot at the No. 1 overall pick than a playoff berth -- but don't tell that to Tony Romo. Expected to start Sunday after missing seven games with a broken collarbone, Romo on Tuesday... more

It's Johnny time in Cleveland. Mike Pettine announced on Tuesday that the Browns are handing the starting quarterback job over to Johnny Manziel for the remainder of the season. It's a move that makes plenty of sense. Bottoming out at 2-8, the... more

All season long, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler will offer up his laundry list of heroes and villains from the week that was. Let's get down to it: Heroes Big Ben Off the Bench: "All he needed was the phone booth and the cape," said Steelers... more

Jacksonville's last-minute win over the Baltimore Ravens never should have been. NFL spokesperson Michael Signora confirmed to NFL Media on Monday that game officials in Sunday's 22-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens failed to flag the Jaguars for a... more

The Bengals host the Texans on Monday night in a battle between two teams heading in different directions. With a win, Cincinnati (8-0) can march one step closer to a first-round bye in the AFC, while Houston (3-5) needs a victory to stay relevant in the... more

Johnny Manziel came out of Cleveland's 30-9 loss to the Steelers on Sunday with one request. "I want to keep playing," said the second-year Browns quarterback, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. "Every game that I play, I keep learning, and I feel... more

Giants fans can look back on Sunday's 27-26 loss to the Patriots and ask why New York didn't do more to prevent another chapter of last-minute heroics from Tom Brady. Trailing 24-23, Big Blue faced a first-and-goal at the New England five-yard line... more

Did Odell Beckham make the catch? Plenty of Giants fans thought he did, but game officials covering New York's 27-26 loss to the Patriots on Sunday saw it differently. Trailing 24-23 with 2:06 left on the clock, Giants quarterback Eli Manning --... more

The Vikings (7-2) sit alone atop the NFC North  after Adrian Peterson ran for a season-high 203 yards in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Oakland Raiders (4-5). Here's what you need to know: 1. The Vikings dialed up a time-tested plan on offense: Hand it... more

A disastrous 2-8 start by the Cleveland Browns won't lead to firings during the bye week. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam threw his support behind coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer after Cleveland's ugly 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers... more

The Steelers (6-4) have plenty to be happy about heading into their bye. With Ben Roethlisberger stepping in for the injured Landry Jones, Pittsburgh had its way with a wandering Browns club in Sunday's 30-9 win over Cleveland (2-8). Here's what you need... more

Ben Roethlisberger's return to action came sooner than expected. Still nursing a mid-foot sprain, the Steelers quarterback took the field for Pittsburgh's second drive in place of Landry Jones, who left Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns with an... more

Lamarcus Joyner's Week 9 collision with Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will cost the St. Louis Rams cornerback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Joyner was fined $23,152 for Sunday's hit  that forced Bridgewater out of the... more

Patrick Willis harbors no plans to short-circuit his retirement from the NFL. Responding to a Bleacher Report think-piece suggesting that the former San Francisco 49ers linebacker was considering a comeback , Willis took to social media on Thursday to... more

Ameer Abdullah exploded onto the scene in August as one of the league's most promising rookie playmakers. Trapped on a one-win Detroit team, though, the first-year running back leads the Lions with just 225 rushing yards, ranking him 49th league-wide... more

When J.J. Watt met with reporters this week, the Texans defensive behemoth was reminded of his career-long success against the Bengals. In four meetings with Cincinnati, Watt has piled up 18 tackles, two sacks and a one game-changing playoff pick six.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a special blend of hope and frustration this season. On one hand, certain moments from Blake Bortles suggest the markings of an exciting franchise quarterback, one surrounded by a host of young playmakers in running back... more

Jimmy Graham has just one game this season with 100-plus yards through the air, but the Arizona Cardinals know what kind of challenges come with stopping the 6-foot-7, 260-pound Seahawks tight end. "They already had Marshawn (Lynch) and Russell... more

The New York Giants thought enough of former Patriots running back Shane Vereen to sign him this offseason to a three-year, $12.35 million deal. Coach Tom Coughlin, though, hasn't forgotten the budding New England star that Big Blue let walk away:... more

Denver's loss to the Colts on Sunday continues to sting the 7-1 Broncos. Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Peyton Manning sat out Wednesday's practice because of a sore foot that has bothered the 39-year-old quarterback for a "couple weeks," per NFL... more

Bucs wideout Mike Evans topped Big Blue's Odell Beckham on Sunday in receiving yards and targets, but blamed himself this week for a rash of drops that helped bury Tampa in a 32-18 loss to the Giants. "I proclaim myself to be one of the best... more

It's become a thing. Get past Week 8 of the NFL campaign and prepare for a daunting flood of midseason awards and think-pieces from scribes and football heads across the land. Bill Belichick, for one, considers it pure rubbish. "That's great, but... more

Asked on Tuesday if he had Thursday's showdown  -- airing exclusively on NFL Network -- with the Jets circled on his calendar, Bills coach Rex Ryan insisted that wasn't the case with his former team. Why? Because Ryan remains dangerously obsessed with... more

Tight end Dennis Pitta won't suit up for the Baltimore Ravens this season. "The decision has been made that it wouldn't be safe for him to return and play," coach John Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday. The Ravens had until 4 p.m. ET to decide if... more

"Clipboard Jesus" is back on the breadline. The Titans on Wednesday waived veteran quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, ending his two-year run in Tennessee. In a corresponding move, the team announced that rookie running back David Cobb was activated off... more

We asked Tuesday if the AFC South was up for grabs after learning that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck would miss two to six weeks with abdominal injuries suffered in Sunday's win over the Broncos. The primary argument for the Colts maintaining their... more

There's no replacing Dion Lewis in New England. The tackle-breaking satellite back gave the undefeated Patriots an unusual player who generated headaches for opponents and yardage and points for his own team. Out for the year with a torn ACL, fans... more

Forget the fact that they're two games up on the up-and-down Seahawks. The high-flying Arizona Cardinals (6-2) know that their early-season success will be thrust under the microscope on Sunday night against Seattle (4-4). "Those guys are kind of in... more

With Tuesday's surprising news from the Colts that quarterback Andrew Luck will miss two to six weeks with abdominal injuries suffered in Sunday's win over the Broncos, the reeling AFC South remains up for grabs. That isn't how we felt after watching... more

A healthy Buffalo Bills team finally flexed their muscles on offense in Sunday's 33-17 wipeout of the Dolphins. Tyrod Taylor used his mobility to lash Miami's tumbling defense, but he also set the table for a career afternoon by second-year... more

The frisky New York Jets don't plan to battle Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills without a kicker on Thursday night. Gang Green signed former Texans leg Randy Bullock to replace Nick Folk, who bowed out of Sunday's win over the Jaguars with a right quadriceps... more

Plenty of agitated Browns fans look at their 2-7 team and wonder why the club doesn't just hand the ball over to second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel. Cleveland's coaching simply doesn't agree -- at least not yet. Telling reporters Tuesday that... more

Terrance West is coming home to Baltimore. The former Towson University backfield star was picked up Tuesday by the Ravens and added to their practice squad, the team announced . Far from a conquering hero, West is looking to salvage his NFL career... more

It's remarkable to see what the injury-ravaged Steelers have accomplished this season. Despite losing star running back Le'Veon Bell and seeing Ben Roethlisberger bop in and out of the lineup with injuries, Pittsburgh has a chance to carve out a 6-4... more

Robert Turbin's brief stay with the Cleveland Browns is over. The team on Tuesday waived the third-year running back in order to sign offensive lineman Darrian Miller off the practice squad. Turbin told reporters last month that he planned to take... more

All season long, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler will offer up his laundry list of heroes and villains from the week that was. Let's get down to it: Heroes The Man Known As Mariota: As Dan Hanzus mentioned on the latest Around The NFL Podcast ,... more

Wes Welker is back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the former Patriots and Broncos wideout signed a deal with the St. Louis Rams, per a source informed of the team's plans. Coach Jeff Fisher later confirmed the addition during a... more

Why did the Rams sign Wes Welker on Monday? Here's why: St. Louis wideout Stedman Bailey has been slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy on Monday, per a league spokesman. With just 182 yards off 12 grabs,... more

The Vikings expect to have Teddy Bridgewater back in a hurry. Coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday that the second-year quarterback "passed his first test" after suffering a concussion in Sunday's 21-18 win over the St. Louis Rams. "He should... more

Forget Sunday's defeat, Raiders fans. Looking past a crushing 38-35 loss to the Steelers, Oakland's long-battered fan base can take heart in the play of quarterback Derek Carr. The second-year passer is on pace for the most touchdowns (38) and... more

Aaron Rodgers 1, Technology 0. That was the score after the Green Bay Packers quarterback was seen flinging his Microsoft Surface tablet skyward during Sunday's 37-29 loss to the Carolina Panthers. "They caught that?" Rodgers said after the game,... more

Another ugly meltdown by the Green Bay defense triggered a spat of embarrassing in-fighting during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 37-29 loss to the undefeated Panthers. After Carolina quarterback Cam Newton hit rookie Devin Funchess for a 14-yard score... more

The New York Giants (5-4) maintained their tight lead in the NFC East with Sunday's 32-18 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5). Here's what you need to know: 1. Eli Manning's first pass of the game, an ill-fated toss to Odell Beckham running a... more

The Panthers are perfect -- but it didn't come easy. Carolina moved to 8-0 on the year after squelching a wild Packers comeback in Sunday's 37-29 win over Green Bay (6-2). Here's what you need to know: 1. Cam Newton's killer fourth-quarter pick was... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have given up on Dri Archer. The team announced on Thursday they released the rarely used second-year running back and pass-catcher in order to make room for veteran return man Jacoby Jones. Waived this week by the Chargers,... more

Set to face the undefeated Panthers on Sunday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy made it clear this week that he doesn't take much stock in last year's 38-17 thrashing of Carolina. Why? "Well, Josh Norman didn't play that game and he is a difference-maker... more

Thursday's gutting of the Detroit Lions won't include the team's embattled head coach. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jim Caldwell has been informed that he will keep his job despite guiding the Lions to a 1-7 record, per a team source.... more

Johnny Manziel's task on Thursday Night Football is a brutal one. Asking the inexperienced passer to take a two-win Browns team into enemy territory on a short week to battle the undefeated Bengals, can Cleveland expect anything different than the 30-0... more

EJ Manuel's ghastly rash of mistakes in London all but buried the whispers over a quarterback controversy in Buffalo. Tyrod Taylor's knee is healthy and teammates have noticed a difference in their young starter. Running back Boobie Dixon talked this... more

Can new Colts play-caller Rob Chudzinski revive Indy's underwhelming offense? One day after the firing of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, coach Chuck Pagano acknowledged Wednesday that parting ways "was not a knee-jerk reaction," but a response to... more

Joseph Randle is free. Not in a good way, though. The former Cowboys running back went unclaimed on waivers Wednesday, one day after being cut free by Dallas, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Randle isn't an attractive option for teams seeking... more

Entering the second half of the season, plenty of teams in both conferences remain alive for a playoff berth. Some squads have it easier than others. The NFC South, for instance, is off to a fast start and a good bet to keep rolling thanks to an... more

Browns general manager Ray Farmer is one day away from watching his hand-picked quarterback, Johnny Manziel, attempt to upset the undefeated Bengals on Thursday Night Football . Regardless of how that plays out, Farmer told reporters on Tuesday that he... more

Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant have played just 16 snaps together all year -- and Bell won't play again this season because of a torn MCL -- but that hasn't dimmed the confidence of Pittsburgh's locker room. "I can't... more

A day away from battling the undefeated Bengals, the wandering Browns are turning the offense over to Johnny Manziel. With veteran passer Josh McCown battling a painful rib injury, Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that... more

A potential blockbuster deal between the Broncos and Browns fell apart just before Tuesday's league-wide trade deadline. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL Network that the sides couldn't work out a swap for Cleveland's Pro Bowl left tackle, Joe... more

San Diego's drifting season just floated into a dark corner. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that wideout Keenan Allen underwent a procedure on Monday to repair a lacerated kidney, per a pair of sources. The team announced Tuesday that... more

All season long, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler will offer up his laundry list of heroes and villains from the week that was. Now that we're halfway through the season, it's time to shift gears and hand out some midseason awards. Let's get down to... more

The Ken Whisenhunt era is history in Tennessee , but the Titans can't lose sight of what matters most: The development of Marcus Mariota. The team's rookie quarterback now sits at the center of a challenging transition in Nashville. Onto his second head... more

The Bears on Monday delivered good news on the status of running back Matt Forte. Coach John Fox told reporters that Forte is not expected to need surgery on the right knee he injured during Chicago's 23-20 loss on Sunday to the Minnesota Vikings.... more

It's not how the Vikings planned it. We heard all offseason how Minnesota would puncture defenses through the air with young Teddy Bridgewater lacing passes to veteran wideout Mike Wallace and the emergent Charles Johnson. Seven games into the season,... more

Find a quarterback and watch your fortunes turn. That's the case in Oakland this season, where second-year passer Derek Carr has bloomed into a more-than-serviceable young arm in charge of a frisky Raiders offense that offed the Jets on Sunday, 34-20 .... more

Despite the wandering Cleveland Browns holding a 20-7 lead over Arizona on Sunday, Bruce Arians didn't panic. The Cardinals coach gave his team a mouthful at halftime before calmly guiding Arizona's weapons-rich offense back into the light with 27... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was less than pleased with how game officials handled a tricky sequence just before halftime of Sunday's 13-12 loss to the Seahawks. Jones told David Helman of the team's official website that the refs "screwed up"... more

The Cleveland Browns (2-6) jumped out to a big lead on Sunday, but the Arizona Cardinals (6-2) kept their cool and reeled off 27 unanswered points for a 34-20 win . Here's what we learned: 1. Carson Palmer has been a pristine passer all season, but the... more

Does anyone want to win the AFC South? That's up for debate, but the Texans used a single-game franchise record s even sacks to knock off Tennessee 20-6 . Here's what we learned: 1. Brian Hoyer came into the game having thrown a trio of touchdowns in... more

October

Will Josh McCown suit up against the Arizona Cardinals? Cleveland's veteran quarterback was limited in practice for the second straight day on Friday before Browns coach Mike Pettine listed McCown as questionable for Sunday with the sore right shoulder... more

With wideout Dez Bryant back on the practice field , the Dallas Cowboys have begun piecing together a plan to add quarterback Tony Romo to the mix. Bryant spoke to reporters on Friday and said his confidence level is high. He says he's unsure about his... more

Tyler Eifert spent the first two years of his NFL career hearing the whispers. After suffering a rash of shoulder, neck and knee issues as a rookie in 2013, the Cincinnati Bengals tight end saw his sophomore campaign deep-sixed last autumn by a... more

All signs point to Dez Bryant returning to action for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.  NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Friday that the team is optimistic the Pro Bowl pass-catcher will play this weekend at home against the Seattle Seahawks. Getlin was... more

While the Patriots rise and shine on Friday morning an enviable 7-0, the Dolphins are back on the hot seat after spiraling to earth in Thursday night's ugly 36-7 loss. "I just told them that I don't believe that's who we are one bit ," said Miami... more

With Ben Roethlisberger operating as a full participant in practice for the second straight day on Thursday, the Steelers are more than ready to welcome back their star passer. "I don't know what (his knee's) feeling, but I do know he's throwing the... more

On Thursday's Around the NFL Podcast , we cited the duel between Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Raiders wideout Amari Cooper as one of the best one-on-one tiffs of Week 8. It's a matchup likely to decide who wins Sunday's New York-Oakland affair, a... more

The Patriots caravan cruised for another easy win in Thursday night's 36-7 romp over the Dolphins. New England quarterback Tom Brady did what he's done so many times before, ripping through Miami's defense for 356 yards and four scores, with much of... more

After returning to practice on Wednesday , Dez Bryant is on track to suit up Sunday when Dallas hosts the Seattle Seahawks. "He looked good in practice and should do even more tomorrow," said Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones on... more

Asked on Wednesday about the status of Patriots running back Dion Lewis, tight-lipped coach Bill Belichick told reporters: "We'll see tomorrow." It's tomorrow, and we have our answer. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Lewis will play in... more

Johnny Manziel appears to be in the clear. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Cleveland Browns quarterback is not expected to be disciplined for his role in a roadside incident earlier this month, according to sources informed of... more

Is Vontaze Burfict about to make his season debut? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the fourth-year Bengals linebacker received clearance on Wednesday night from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, per a source informed of Burfict's situation. The team... more

Two months into the 2015 season, and Andy Dalton remains a fireball under center in the AFC North. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his undefeated mark in October. He was perfect in September,... more

Bill O'Brien insists that no power struggle exists inside the walls of the Houston Texans. Responding to a report of front-office discord  in the wake of releasing quarterback Ryan Mallett, the team's head coach used the word "partnership" to describe... more

Ahead of Arizona's Sunday showdown with the Browns, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians offered a revelation certain to sting Cleveland's endlessly stung fan base. Chatting with Browns beat writers on Wednesday, Arians revealed that he was passed over by the... more

The Dallas Cowboys have their star wide receiver back. Dez Bryant practiced today for the first time since Sept. 11. Bryant was limited in his return. It's a tangible step toward game action for the veteran pass-catcher who hasn't played since... more

With Robert Griffin III's career crashing in our nation's capitol, former Pro Bowl running back Herschel Walker has a special request for Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. "If RGIII's got nothing to do, and Mr. Snyder doesn't mind, send him down to Dallas... more

Tony Gonzalez became a superstar in the NFL while doing most of his damage for the Chiefs. The all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns by a tight end sees another potential luminary blooming in Kansas City. "If he keeps his head on straight,... more

We've asked the question about Andy Dalton more than once on the Around The NFL Podcast. Does the major uptick in play from the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback channel back to natural improvement or -- bear with us here -- his vastly improved... more

LONDON -- Among the many frustrations endured by the Bills in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Jaguars at Wembley, at least one of those annoyances was completely unexpected. While fans watched fill-in Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel bury the team with three... more

LONDON -- Fans at Wembley Stadium were treated to an unexpectedly tantalizing battle on Sunday between the Jaguars and Bills. Pick sixes, sack-fumbles, multiple fourth-quarter lead changes and one controversial pass interference call on Nickell Robey... more

LONDON -- EJ Manuel crossed the sea this week only to melt down fully in Great Britain. While he recovered in the second half, a four minute stretch in the second quarter was too much to overcome.  The Buffalo's fill-in quarterback buried his... more

LONDON -- Saturday morning operated as a dreamland for British fans of the NFL. London's Regent Street, normally a bustling thruway, was cordoned off from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus to make way for a bursting celebration of pro football one day... more

HERTFORDSHIRE, England -- The Buffalo Bills are banged up and hoping to get out of London with a win over the Jaguars before flying home for their much-needed bye week. A victory would lift Buffalo's record to 4-3 while offering one sweet side benefit:... more

HERTFORDSHIRE, England -- On Thursday, Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters that he would still trade linebacker Kiko Alonso for running back LeSean McCoy in "two seconds." On Friday, Buffalo general manager Doug Whaley showed equal faith in his decision... more

HERTFORDSHIRE, England -- With Percy Harvin still stateside and contemplating his playing future , Bills coach Rex Ryan isn't the only one who doesn't have a bead on the team's enigmatic wideout. Buffalo general manager Doug Whaley told reporters on... more

HERTFORDSHIRE, England -- The Buffalo Bills have not one, but two quarterbacks that play-caller Greg Roman feels excited about. With third-year passer EJ Manuel set to fill in for injured starter Tyrod Taylor, we asked Roman if Manuel had a chance to... more

HERTFORDSHIRE, England -- Few teams in the AFC have been as savagely bitten by the injury bug as the Buffalo Bills. Their bad luck in the health department was on display Thursday as coach Rex Ryan announced that both quarterback Tyrod Taylor and... more

HERTFORDSHIRE, England -- While Buffalo's up-and-down defense certainly could use a player like Kiko Alonso, coach Rex Ryan harbors no regrets over the trade that shipped the talented linebacker out of town. "Not for two seconds. If they offered that... more

HERTFORDSHIRE, England -- Rex Ryan announced on Thursday that his quarterback Tyrod Taylor will not play against the Jaguars on Sunday in London. "Not going to force him out there when he's not fully healed," Ryan told the media. That's not the only... more

LONDON -- We have crossed the great ocean in order to track the movements of two NFL clubs -- the Bills and Jaguars -- primed to get it on this Sunday at Wembley . While Jacksonville is aiming to get back on track and salvage coach Gus Bradley's third... more

All season long, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler will offer up his laundry list of heroes and villains from the week that was. Let's get down to it: Heroes The Super-Toned + Undefeated Dan Campbell: Back in the lazy days of summer, a debate broke... more

Sunday night's long-awaited battle between the Colts and Patriots will long be remembered for a bizarre and ill-fated play-call that sunk a knife in Indy's chances for victory. Trailing New England 27-21 late in the third quarter of Sunday's loss , the... more

It's far from revenge for their loss in Super Bowl XLVII, but the San Francisco 49ers (2-4) earned their second win at home this season with Sunday's 25-20  victory over the Baltimore Ravens (1-5) in Week 6. Here's what you need to know: 1. Leave it to... more

Kelvin Beachum's season has ended in excruciating fashion. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced that Pittsburgh's veteran left tackle suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals, shelving the reliable bookend during a contract year.... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) lost quarterback Mike Vick to injury but won the game with a fine defensive outing and heroics from third-string passer Landry Jones in Sunday's 25-13  victory over the Arizona Cardinals (4-2). Here's what you need to know:... more

Mike Vick premature exit against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday didn't hurt the Pittsburgh Steelers' fortunes. After throwing for just six yards over two-plus quarters, Vick left after suffering a right hamstring injury during the third quarter of the... more

The Buffalo Bills aren't ready to green-light Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's meeting with the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. The team's starting quarterback practiced again on Thursday, while dealing with the knee injury he sustained against the Titans in... more

All indications point to Andrew Luck suiting up for the Colts on Sunday night against Tom Brady and the Patriots. Indy's starting quarterback threw in front of the media for a second straight day on Thursday, showing "no restrictions" after missing... more

He lit up a shattered Ravens secondary in Week 5, but Josh McCown knows the scenery will change when his Browns host Denver's top-ranked defense on Sunday . "They are as good as we've seen on tape this year, probably as good as I've seen in recent years... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers must decide whether or not Ben Roethlisberger is healthy enough to start under center against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Wideout Markus Wheaton knows what decision he would make. "Man, I would hope so, but, honestly, I... more

Lorenzo Taliaferro's season is a wrap. The Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday placed the second-year running back on injured reserve with the nagging foot injury he's battled all season. Inactive against the Browns on Sunday, Taliaferro never achieved... more

The waiting game on Marshawn Lynch is over. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday that Seattle's top running back looks "ready to go" for a full workload Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Lynch has missed the past two games with... more

Slowly but surely, Andrew Luck is on his way back for the Indianapolis Colts. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that his starting quarterback was limited during Wednesday's session after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury, per Zak Keefer... more

The Dallas Cowboys are open to changing more than just their starting quarterback during the bye week. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that a switch is also being considered in the backfield, where Christine Michael will see his share... more

This season's 92 offensive touches by out-for-the-year Jamaal Charles easily led the Chiefs while counting for a whopping 39.1 percent of the pie in Kansas City. You can't duplicate an MVP-type performer with one player -- and the Chiefs don't plan to.... more

The Buffalo Bills have added a quarterback. The team on Tuesday signed Josh Johnson, raising further questions about the health of starter Tyrod Taylor. Coach Rex Ryan acknowledged Sunday that Taylor played through the pain of a nagging ankle injury... more

The fifth week of football delivered the goods. Three of Sunday's early games screamed into overtime, headlining a slate of action that saw five teams remain undefeated. The Patriots, Broncos, Bengals, Packers and Panthers are off to a fine start, but... more

The New Orleans Saints are in free-fall, but Sean Payton says he isn't about to abandon the team he's coached since 2006. One day after ESPN reported that multiple teams plan to inquire about Payton's availability after the season, the longtime coach... more

The Dallas Cowboys aren't married to Brandon Weeden under center. Not with veteran Matt Cassel on the roster. Coach Jason Garrett announced Monday that the team will examine the quarterback position on the heels of Sunday's 30-6 loss to the New England... more

Dwight Freeney is back. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Monday that the free-agent pass rusher will sign  a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per a source briefed on the move. Freeney will get a one-year contract for the minimum ($870,000)... more

Eleven days removed from their prime-time collapse against the Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) are angling to get back on track against the San Diego Chargers (2-2). Here's what we'll be watching for on Monday night: 1. The Steelers won't have... more

The Atlanta Falcons are unbeaten and untied after five weeks -- and their success is no fluke. Sunday's 25-19 overtime win against the Washington Redskins highlighted what's different about a new-look Falcons offense under the watch of talented... more

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was an unhinged disaster on Sunday, but his starting job is safe for now. Coach Jim Caldwell met with reporters after Detroit's 42-17 loss to the Cardinals to announce that Stafford, benched midway through the third... more

An awful afternoon under center has put Matthew Stafford on the bench in Detroit. Trailing the surging Cardinals 35-7, the Lions on Sunday replaced their starting quarterback with longtime backup Dan Orlovsky midway through the third quarter of an... more

The Browns (2-3) remain a factor in the AFC North after knocking off the Baltimore Ravens (1-4) in a wild 33-30 overtime victory . It marked Cleveland's first win in Charm City since 2007. Here's what you need to know: 1. The cries for Johnny Manziel... more

Falcons cornerback Robert Alford's pick-six of Kirk Cousins in overtime sealed Atlanta's 25-19 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 5. Here's what you need to know: 1. Despite the loss, Joe Barry's Redskins defense played a gutsy game. It starts... more

Giants wideout Odell Beckham has more receiving yards over his first 16 games than any player in NFL history, but Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie isn't impressed. "'Cause right now he's a one-year wonder, " Cromartie said Friday on ESPN. "It's just... more

The Seahawks will fight through another week without the help of Marshawn Lynch. The team announced Friday that their workhorse running back has been ruled out against the Cincinnati Bengals with the hamstring injury that kept Lynch from facing the... more

Houston's seesaw under center rages on. Coach Bill O'Brien announced Friday that Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback when the Texans face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6. Hoyer relieved a down-and-out Ryan Mallett during Thursday night's 27-20... more

Will Julio Jones be ready for Sunday? The Falcons listed their star receiver as questionable for Atlanta's tilt with the Redskins because of the toe and hamstring injuries that limited Jones during Friday's practice. The team's official website noted... more

Amid the wreckage in Miami, do questions linger about the future of quarterback Ryan Tannehill? In his latest NFL Notebook , NFL Media's Albert Breer offered new details on the practice incident that saw Tannehill reportedly unload on a practice squad... more

Operating behind a patchwork and porous line, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has spent this season on the run. Only the Chiefs have allowed more sacks than Seattle's 18. It won't get any simpler on Sunday, either, against Geno Atkins and a revived... more

Brandon Weeden has seen enough from the roaming goon squad that has turned social media into a dystopian hellscape for struggling pro athletes. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback acknowledged this week that he happily ditched Twitter after entering the NFL... more

If the Baltimore Ravens plan to salvage their season, they'll need to take down the Browns on Sunday minus the services of Steve Smith. Battling a back injury, Smith's iffy status leaves quarterback Joe Flacco throwing to the likes of Kamar Aiken,... more

The Indianapolis Colts are prepared to do battle without Andrew Luck for a second straight week. The team announced that backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will start Thursday night against the Houston Texans. Luck was listed as officially inactive by... more

The flailing Texans (1-3) are battling to save their season while the Colts (2-2) are looking to reestablish dominance in the AFC South. Home-field advantage helps Houston during a short week, but their disastrous duo of unimpressive passers does not.... more

Back in August, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he wouldn't have any trouble making the most out of Jimmy Graham. Talking about the Pro Bowl tight end acquired in a trade with New Orleans, Bevell noted that "the cool part about Jimmy... more

If Washington plans to upset the Falcons on Sunday, a sneaky-talented Redskins defense must stay one step ahead of Atlanta play-caller Kyle Shanahan. No simple task, according to Redskins starting passer Kirk Cousins. "When you look at creativity and... more

San Francisco's opening-week massacre of the Minnesota Vikings feels like 13 years ago. The 49ers have since been outscored 110-28 during a three-game losing streak, looking as lost on offense as their spiraling quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. "We're a... more

Andrew Luck is no lock to play on Thursday night. The Colts on Wednesday listed their starting quarterback as questionable for Indy's Week 5 tilt against the Houston Texans, per the team's official website. Luck was limited in practice on Tuesday and... more

AFC: Things to fix NFC: Things to fix We're only a quarter way through the season, but plenty of NFL teams have already hit the skids. How should the AFC's worst squads fix their issues? Here's a few ideas to start: Baltimore Ravens, 1-3... more

The Denver Broncos have systematically destroyed the Raiders during the Peyton Manning era -- outscoring Oakland 222-85 over six easy wins since 2012 -- but this year's Silver and Black regime offers a twist. Raiders rookie wideout Amari Cooper has... more

The waiting game on Sammy Watkins continues. Bills coach Rex Ryan announced that the second-year receiver would miss Wednesday's practice with the calf injury that kept him out of Sunday's loss to the New York Giants. Ryan emphasized that Watkins,... more

Four games into the new season, the Buffalo Bills are shaking up the depth chart at kicker. The team announced Wednesday that veteran Billy Cundiff was signed to the team's 53-man roster, putting the heat on embattled veteran Dan Carpenter. Carpenter... more

Only a handful of teams can lose a star player for the season and grow even more powerful in his absence. One of those teams is the Packers. After watching Jordy Nelson, Green Bay's field-stretching wideout, shelved for the year with a knee injury, the... more

Just four weeks into the new campaign and one head coach has already been deep-sixed into oblivion. Joe Philbin's on the bread line after churning out a rotten 1-3 start in Miami -- and he won't be the last coach to feel the heat. For every promising... more

The Bills on Sunday shot themselves in the foot over and over again in a sloppy 24-10 loss to the New York Giants. The lack of discipline was stunning, with Buffalo flagged an outrageous 17 times for an NFL-leading 57 penalties on the year. A... more

Another brutal Houston defeat has J.J. Watt seeing red. The Texans defensive terror needed just one word to sum up Sunday's 48-21 loss to the Falcons, calling the performance "pitiful," per ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli. Watt's outrage is justified after... more

The New York Giants (2-2) never trailed in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Bills (2-2) in Buffalo. Here's what you need to know: 1. After frying the Dolphins for 277 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor returned to earth... more

Another week floats by without a whisper from Victor Cruz. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin announced Thursday that the veteran receiver is out for Sunday's tilt with the Buffalo Bills because of the lingering calf injury that has kept him off the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will aim to keep the Ravens winless minus the services of Ryan Shazier. The second-year linebacker won't play Thursday night because of the shoulder and neck injuries that kept him out of Pittsburgh's Week 2 win over the Rams.... more

September

The winless Ravens are fighting for their season while the Steelers are hoping to keep their high-flying offense intact with Mike Vick taking over for the injured Ben Roethlisberger. Playing at home gives Pittsburgh (2-1) a genuine advantage during a... more

Drew Brees is throwing again, but his status for Sunday's game against Dallas remains up in the air. "It's safe to say he is going to throw every day now," Saints coach Sean Payton said of his star quarterback, who missed last week's loss to the... more

The down-and-out Chicago Bears saw a pair of offensive starters return to the field on Wednesday. Quarterback Jay Cutler and wideout Alshon Jeffery both practiced on a limited basis after missing time with hamstring injuries, per Adam Jahns of the... more

Coach Mike Pettine's decision to sit quarterback Johnny Manziel against the Raiders in favor of veteran Josh McCown did not sit well with many fans of the Cleveland Browns. Or with some of Pettine's players, if you choose to believe a flame-throwing... more

Rex Ryan's dangerous fascination with the New England Patriots still rages on in proud Buffalo. The Bills coach on Wednesday waxed poetic over Eli Manning -- the Giants quarterback set to face Buffalo this Sunday -- by saying: "I like the fact that he... more

The Cleveland Browns like what they've seen so far out of Austin Davis. The team inked the backup quarterback to a two-year contract extension worth $4.2 million on Wednesday, a source who witnessed the deal told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Set to... more

Before the first quarter was over against the Bills on Sunday, Miami's defense had already allowed 200 yards to a Buffalo attack that would ultimately roll up 428 yards and 41 points against the listless Dolphins. With just one sack over three games --... more

The Cleveland Browns are moving on from suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller. "The Browns and Offensive line Coach Andy Moeller have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately," the team said in a statement written in conjunction with... more

Jerry Jones heaped heavy praise on Brandon Weeden last week, but the Cowboys owner isn't mistaking Tony Romo's fill-in for former team great Troy Aikman. After calling Weeden "a thing of beauty throwing the football," Jones saw those comments flipped... more

The undefeated New England Patriots have ripped through opponents for 119 points over their first three games, a franchise record to start the year. Tom Brady, though, doesn't think much of it. The team's star quarterback dismissed the bubbling theories... more

The Cleveland Browns are clinging to the project known as Dwayne Bowe. Coach Mike Pettine on Monday confirmed the team has no plans to cut the veteran wideout despite Bowe playing just eight snaps all season due to a nagging hamstring injury. "No.... more

We're deep enough into the new campaign to get a sense of which teams resemble heavyweights -- and which look more like a gaggle of Glass Joes . With the Patriots, Broncos and Packers all undefeated, this season feels destined to raise up the same... more

Shareece Wright has seen enough of this year's 49ers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the fifth-year cornerback is seeking a trade out of San Francisco or his release, per a source informed of the situation. Wright has yet to be... more

To hang with the undefeated Broncos in the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) must do the near-impossible on Monday night : Take down the Packers in Lambeau. It's a task teams have failed at repeatedly, with Green Bay passer Aaron Rodgers compiling... more

As we mentioned on the latest "Around the NFL Podcast," Sunday delivered an inspired version of Andy Dalton. The Bengals quarterback battled his team back from a pair of fourth-quarter deficits in a wild 28-24 road win over the division-rival Ravens.... more

Adrian Peterson on Sunday looked like the power-running, lightning-charged back we know so well. In a 31-14 romp over the Chargers, the Vikings star blasted through San Diego's defense for 126 yards and two touchdowns in his 100th career start.... more

The Seattle Seahawks (1-2) got their season on track with Sunday's easy 26-0  win over the Chicago Bears (0-3). Here's what you need to know: 1. Seattle's back in the win column, while Chicago's season already feels like a waste. With Seahawks safety... more

Seattle finished Sunday's shutout win over the Bears minus the services of Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks ruled out their workhorse running back with a hamstring injury at halftime. Beast Mode came into Week 3 as a game-time decision because of a... more

The Cincinnati Bengals put the first nail in Baltimore's season with Sunday's 28-24 win over the Ravens. Here's what you need to know: 1. Baltimore is winless and wandering, starting 0-3 for the first time in franchise history. The Bengals, meanwhile,... more

The Houston Texans (1-2) got back into the race in the AFC South with Sunday's 19-9 win at home over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2). Here's what you need to know: 1. The win aside, Houston remains a black hole on offense and it starts with Ryan... more

The dead-on-arrival Eagles offense has Philly fans wondering if the team will finally get on track this Sunday against the New York Jets. Quarterback Sam Bradford has no doubt. "I'm very confident," Bradford said Wednesday, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com.... more

DeMarco Murray remains a mystery for Sunday. Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters on Thursday that his starting running back is still being evaluated for a hamstring injury ahead of this weekend's matchup with the New York Jets. Murray won't practice... more

Last Thursday night against the Chiefs, Peyton Manning finally looked like Peyton Manning once the Broncos allowed him to shift into the up-tempo, shotgun-style offense he's been married to since the late 1990s. After the game, the Around The NFL gang... more

The New England Patriots have done their homework on Blake Bortles ahead of Sunday's home date with the Jaguars. Coach Bill Belichick told reporters this week that he's studied "well over half" of Jacksonville's games from last season, spending plenty... more

Coach Bruce Arians was quick to dump cold water on all the premature praise aimed at his 2-0 Cardinals. "You ain't (bleep)!" Arians told his players at the start of Wednesday's team meeting, according to quarterback Carson Palmer, via the team's... more

Geno Smith is back in action in Florham Park. The Jets quarterback on Wednesday took part in his first full practice since breaking his jaw last month in a locker-room fight, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Smith was sidelined for Gang... more

The Saints have kept quiet on the status of Drew Brees, but the team's star quarterback isn't ruling himself out for Sunday's NFC South showdown with the Carolina Panthers. "I have every intention of playing, but I do have to take it day to day. I have... more

This season's troubles continue for DeMarco Murray. The Eagles running back left practice on Wednesday with a hamstring injury, the team announced. However, tests revealed Murray only tweaked his hamstring, sources informed of the injury told NFL... more

Melvin Gordon's play raised red flags in the preseason, but San Diego's first-round running back has shown growth over the first two games of the year. After running for 51 yards at 3.6 yards per clip against the Lions in the season opener, Gordon... more

To the relief of his teammates and Seattle's rabid fan base, Kam Chancellor has returned to the Seahawks. And not a moment too soon for a defense that hasn't been itself during his two-game holdout. While this star-studded unit still has Richard... more

After shredding Andrew Luck and the Colts on Monday Night Football , the Jets are full of moxie in talking about a defense that has shown signs of dominance in back-to-back games. "It'll be hard for any quarterback," Jets nose tackle Damon Harrison... more

Amid whispers that Jimmy Graham is unhappy with his role in Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged this week that his playmaking tight end needs to see the ball more. "I'm disappointed," Carroll said, per ESPN Seattle. "Because we really... more

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is on the shelf. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Tuesday that Tampa Bay's second-year tight end is expected to miss four to six weeks with the strained shoulder he suffered in Sunday's win over the New Orleans Saints, per a... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are under no illusion about what happened last Sunday. Coming off a 20-10 butt-kicking at the hand of the Dallas Cowboys -- a defeat that wasn't as close as the score -- coach Chip Kelly summed up the drubbing by saying Monday:... more

The Cardinals are ready to give David Johnson a bigger piece of the pie. Coach Bruce Arians said this week that the rookie running back has earned a longer look in Sunday's NFC West showdown with the San Francisco 49ers. "Each week it will increase a... more

The Giants have seen enough of Preston Parker. The team on Tuesday released the slot receiver after he dropped five passes over New York's first two games as a fill-in for Victor Cruz. To fill his spot on the 53-man roster, Big Blue announced the... more

Josh Freeman's career has taken an interesting turn. The former first-round pick of the Bucs won't be toiling for an NFL team this autumn, but the quarterback's playing career isn't over yet. Freeman has joined forces with the Brooklyn Bolts of the... more

If Week 2 taught us anything, it was this: Week 1 taught us nothing. Nothing, at least, that wasn't comprehensively blown to bits seven days later. Chip Kelly's Philly offense was a corpse, Marcus Mariota isn't Dan Marino (not yet) and the Seahawks,... more

The Bears will finish September without the help of Jay Cutler under center. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Chicago's veteran passer will miss at least two weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's 48-23 loss to the... more

Baltimore Ravens fans haven't seen their team dip to 0-2 in more than a decade. It last happened in 2005, when coach Brian Billick juggled between Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright under center for a squad that fizzled out at 6-10. The Ravens have been... more

The Packers don't plan to go without Eddie Lacy for long. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Green Bay's hard-charging running back, who sprained his ankle Sunday against the Seahawks, is a candidate to play Sept. 28 at home against the... more

We saw something different on Sunday from the typically blasé Washington Redskins. A quality of plays that changes our feeling about a team that many had written off long before the season. Coach Jay Gruden's squad brought a newfound nasty streak to... more

The fate of the Dallas Cowboys now rests in the hands of Brandon Weeden. That reality alone is enough to scare the fan base, but the backup to Tony Romo -- expected to miss eight weeks with a fractured left clavicle -- isn't worried about his Q Rating.... more

Winless after two weeks, the 0-2 Seahawks rest firmly behind the eight ball. Sunday night's 27-17 loss to the Packers saw Seattle's offense hand the ball away on their final two drives, an unforgivable sin when facing Aaron Rodgers and his pristine... more

The Oakland Raiders (1-1) on Sunday got the best of the Baltimore Ravens (0-2) in a 37-33 shootout in The Black Hole. Here's what you need to know: 1. Chalk Sunday up as a turning point for Derek Carr. Oakland's second-year passer sliced through... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday dropped an unforgiving hammer on San Francisco in a 43-18  win over the 49ers. Here's what you need to know: 1. Welcome back to earth, San Francisco. The Niners coaxed Teddy Bridgewater into one of the worst games of... more

The Kirk Cousins-led  Washington Redskins showed newfound toughness on both lines in a  24-10  win over the  St. Louis Rams  in Week 2. Here's what you need to know: 1. Kirk Cousins was clean and efficient during a dominant first half, completing 23 of... more

Bill Polian was enshrined last month into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During his career, the vastly successful general manager turned the Bills, Panthers and Colts into winners. His induction into Canton certainly was helped by the career of Peyton... more

Two days before their AFC East showdown with Buffalo, the Patriots have invited a former Bills player in for a visit. New England on Friday staged a workout for running back Bryce Brown, per ESPN.com's Mike Reiss. Brown was released by the Bills... more

Former Steelers running back Merril Hoge has made a cottage industry out of flaming Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. On Friday, Manziel -- set to start Sunday against the Titans -- playfully threw it back at the ESPN analyst. "I think Merril Hoge... more

The New York Giants will battle the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday minus the services of Victor Cruz. The veteran wide receiver was ruled out Friday with the nagging calf injury that sidelined him all preseason and kept him out of last week's opener against... more

The Houston Texans are ditching their grass field for the rest of the season in favor of an artificial surface. Texans general manager Rick Smith announced the switch on Friday, five days after the Kansas City Chiefs complained about the turf at NRG... more

Will Bills fans see LeSean McCoy on Sunday against the New England Patriots? Buffalo's workhorse running back returned to the field for Friday's practice and didn't "seem at all limited" in the portion of team drills open to the media, per Vic Carucci... more

One of the more mysterious stat lines coming out of Week 1 was Calvin Johnson catching just two passes for 39 yards in Detroit's 33-28 loss to the Chargers. The finest receiver on the planet was targeted just four times, but Lions offensive coordinator... more

C.J. Anderson's chance to bounce back from a messy Week 1 performance arrived Thursday night. The Denver Broncos running back played against the Kansas City Chiefs after he was originally listed as questionable with a sprained toe that he suffered in... more

Arian Foster is one step closer to playing for a Texans team that dearly needs him back in the lineup. The Pro Bowl running back took part in team drills for the first time Thursday since undergoing groin surgery in August, according to Aaron Wilson of... more

If Josh McCown is healthy, he'll play. Browns coach Mike Pettine confirmed Thursday that if the veteran quarterback is cleared from the league's concussion protocol on Friday morning and practices well, he'll be the starter Sunday at home against the... more

If the Dallas Cowboys have a score to settle with DeMarco Murray, it doesn't go both ways. After four seasons in Big D, last year's Offensive Player of the Year says he's content in Philadelphia and doesn't see Week 2's showdown with the Cowboys as... more

Optimism is fading fast around Victor Cruz making his return for the New York Giants in Week 2. The veteran wide receiver sat out Thursday's practice with the lingering calf injury that sidelined him all preseason and kept him out of Sunday night's... more

Coming off a 33-13 drubbing by Cincinnati, the Raiders left many asking: Has anything changed in Oakland? After a feel-good offseason that saw fans and media express hope over the team's young talent, none of it seemed to translate on the field. It... more

You couldn't have asked for more from DeAngelo Williams in Pittsburgh's season opener. The former Panthers back filled in for suspended superstar Le'Veon Bell against the Patriots and carved up New England for 127 yards on the ground. He'll make his... more

The San Francisco 49ers still plan to use Jarryd Hayne all over the field. Despite fumbling away his first NFL punt return against the Vikings on Monday night, the former Australian Rugby League star hasn't lost his job on special teams. "We put him... more

Cleveland's season didn't start according to plan. After putting Josh McCown under center all offseason, the Browns saw their veteran starter knocked out with a head injury 13 minutes into the new campaign. Thrusting Johnny Manziel onto the field,... more

Everyone under the sun is weighing in on Peyton Manning's arm strength. After all, Denver's season likely boils down their star quarterback's ability to drill the football downfield. Even before Manning showed questionable power in a tight win over the... more

Terrelle Pryor couldn't make it with the Cleveland Browns, but last year's Super Bowl champs might be interested. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the New England Patriots worked out the quarterback-turned-wideout on Monday, per a source with... more

After an offseason of waiting around, Week 1 is in the books. Before we move on to the next chapter of madness, it's time to make our list of the good and not-so-good from the first 16 games of the season. It's Heroes and Villains time: Heroes... more

Chris Culliver won't be on the field Sunday when Washington hosts the St. Louis Rams. The league announced Monday that the Redskins cornerback has been suspended without pay for one game for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Culliver is... more

Kai Forbath's time in our nation's capital has come to an end. The Redskins have released the kicker in order to sign free-agent Dustin Hopkins, Washington coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday, citing the need for a strong leg on kickoffs. Hopkins spent... more

Derek Carr's Week 2 status for the Oakland Raiders looks positive. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the second-year quarterback suffered a bruised thumb in Sunday's ugly 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, per a pair of sources... more

It was messy for the Seahawks, but Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss to the Rams provided Seattle's offense with a real-time lesson. Quarterback Russell Wilson came away from the defeat impressed with what the team achieved when they shifted into the... more

Kansas City's offense was painful to watch at times last season. That wasn't the case on Sunday. Quarterback Alex Smith put on a clinic in a 27-20 win over the Texans, completing 22-of-33 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns. It goes beyond the... more

Rex Ryan has always fostered a weighty man-crush on quarterbacks who can run. Now the Buffalo Bills coach has one to call his own. Tyrod Taylor exploded onto the scene in Sunday's 27-14 romp over the Colts, hitting on 14 of 19 passes for 195 yards and... more

Sunday can't get any worse for the Baltimore Ravens. Minutes after the team's 19-13 loss to the Denver Broncos, the club announced that pass rusher Terrell Suggs tore his left Achilles and is out for the year. Suggs was carted off the field in the... more

Coach Gary Kubiak's debut with the Broncos was far from perfect -- especially on offense -- but the Denver's talent-rich defense held its own in a 19-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Our takeaways: 1. Denver pulled off the victory, but Peyton... more

The Chiefs had their way against the Texans on Sunday, carving up Houston's defense in a 27-20 win that wasn't nearly as close as the score. Our takeaways: 1. Brian Hoyer's first pass of the year: A dreadfully thrown lob that was picked off by... more

It didn't take long for the Houston Texans to make a switch under center. Backup passer Ryan Mallett took over for Brian Hoyer late in the fourth quarter against the Chiefs, bringing a dash of hope to Houston's offense at the end of a disastrous... more

The Browns needed a running back more than they needed Terrelle Pryor. The team on Thursday claimed former Seahawks backup Robert Turbin off waivers, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Pryor's surprise release made room for the move. Recovering from... more

Cleveland is pulling the plug on Terrelle Pryor. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Browns waived the quarterback-turned-wideout, according to a source. The move is a surprise after Cleveland's front office took a leap of faith... more

Football has returned to the land, but not everyone is excited about tonight's NFL Kickoff between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. "Who am I pulling for? I'm going to be honest with you, I can't really win," said Ravens linebacker... more

John Sullivan is set to ride the IR Boomerang. The Minnesota Vikings center will spend the first eight games of the season on injured reserve-designated for return after undergoing spinal surgery on Wednesday, the team announced. The veteran pivot is... more

When the Browns visit the Jets on Sunday , Cleveland coach Mike Pettine will try for his first win of the season by outdueling, among others, New York cornerback Antonio Cromartie. It won't be their first fight. The two had their differences when... more

NFL Media's Brian Billick wrote this week that after speaking with "dozens of coaches and personnel people" about Andrew Luck, "each of them has referred to the QB as a future Hall of Famer." Don't tell that to Bills safety Aaron Williams, who said... more

The Indianapolis Colts loom as a tantalizing Super Bowl 50 pick for a rash of obvious reasons: It starts with quarterback Andrew Luck, already crowed about by a legion of coaches and personnel people as a future Hall of Famer. The Colts have also... more

The Seattle Seahawks are preparing for life without Kam Chancellor. "He's not here and he's not playing," coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday of his star safety. Praising backup Dion Bailey, Carroll was asked repeatedly about Chancellor possibly suiting... more

We've made it. The dog days of summer have given way to September, sweeping away meaningless preseason fare for football games that finally matter. Thursday night's NFL Kickoff between the Patriots and Steelers bookends an offseason of unwanted drama... more

Cleveland's unpredictable, committee-based backfield was a disaster last season for fantasy enthusiasts everywhere. The Browns are hoping for a less-muddled situation in 2015 after the trade of Terrance West left the club with just two halfbacks on the... more

Bishop Sankey doesn't look back on his ultra-sluggish rookie campaign as a disappointment. Tennessee's second-year runner -- and the first back taken in 2014 -- finished with just 569 yards and never topped 61 yards in a game. Greg Cosell of NFL Films... more

The re-signing of Matt Cassel has shoved EJ Manuel down the depth chart, but Buffalo's third-string quarterback isn't looking for a trade. "I'm good where I'm at right now with the Bills," Manuel said Tuesday, per ESPN.com's Mike Rodak. Coming off a... more

Currently teamless, Brandon Spikes won't be playing football any time soon. The free-agent middle linebacker has been suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season for violating the NFL's conduct policy, a league source told NFL Media Insider... more

Sammy Watkins says he's ready to roll. The Bills receiver practiced Tuesday and swatted down concerns over the glute injury that sidelined him for much of the preseason, saying that he'll be on the field when Buffalo hosts the Indianapolis Colts on... more

The New Orleans Saints continue to feel around for receiving help. The team on Tuesday hosted free-agent pass-catcher Hakeem Nicks for a workout , according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate. Nicks was released by the Titans on Saturday,... more

Jake Long is one step closer to becoming a member of the Falcons. Atlanta plans to work out the veteran offensive tackle on Wednesday, coach Dan Quinn told reporters Tuesday . The visit comes as no surprise after Quinn said earlier this month, per... more

The Falcons are nearing full power as they head into Monday night's opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Atlanta welcomed veteran wideout Roddy White and left tackle Jake Matthews back to practice on Tuesday, per ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure. White... more

When the Steelers kick off their season against New England on Thursday night , Pittsburgh has a plan for Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski. "You just have to jam him up a little bit , mess with his timing," said Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier,... more

Fred Jackson has made a powerful first impression on the Seahawks. Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times wrote Monday that coach Pete Carroll sounded "amazed" with the recently signed running back's ability to pick up the playbook. "He ran the whole... more

Amid whispers of a rift between Colts coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson, the men claim they're working together swimmingly. "It's hard enough to win in this league when everyone's getting along," Grigson said, per Stephen Holder of... more

IK Enemkpali is back with the Bills. Three days after being released by the team, the second-year outside linebacker was signed to Buffalo's practice squad, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The team later confirmed the move. We continue... more

The Cleveland Browns on Monday announced that offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been suspended indefinitely by the team effective immediately. "Over the weekend, Andy was involved in an incident, involving allegations that we take very seriously,"... more

Johnny Manziel is throwing again. The Plain Dealer reported that Cleveland's backup quarterback was seen tossing the ball during Monday's practice after missing the team's final two preseason games with elbow tendinitis. Manziel graduated to lobbing... more

Tom Brady will play, but will his center be ready for Thursday night's kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Bryan Stork is mired in the league's concussion protocol, according to a source informed... more

Eric Fisher's on the move in Kansas City. As expected, the Chiefs offensive tackle is shifting from the bookend spot back over to the right side, coach Andy Reid told reporters, per Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star. Donald Stephenson will... more

The Cleveland Browns have added another quarterback. The team on Monday announced it had signed Austin Davis just two days after he was released by the St. Louis Rams. Davis provides insurance behind veteran starter Josh McCown and second-year backup... more

The Tennessee Titans might not be finished padding their committee-based backfield. One day after trading a conditional pick to the Browns for Terrance West, the team is preparing to host former Patriots running back Jonas Gray, according to ESPN.... more

The New York Giants have begun preparing for Sunday night's opener against the Dallas Cowboys minus the services of Victor Cruz. The veteran wide receiver wasn't in pads  for Monday's practice as he continues to nurse the strained calf that kept him... more

Stevie Brown's magical voyage to the Big Apple was a brief one. The New York Giants announced Monday they had cut the veteran safety , making roster room for the signing of fellow backstop Craig Dahl. Brown inked a deal with Big Blue last week after... more

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had his fill of Logan Thomas, but the Miami Dolphins believe they can make something out of the second-year passer. "We like the talent that he has," Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said Sunday after grabbing Thomas... more

The feeling of late in Buffalo is that the Bills might not keep all three of their quarterbacks. With Tyrod Taylor named the starter and EJ Manuel -- the former first-round pick -- piecing together a promising finish to the preseason, whispers surfaced... more

This could be it for Josh Freeman. The Miami Dolphins on Friday released the veteran quarterback who was fighting for one more shot at an NFL career, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The former first-round pick of the Bucs tossed a pair of picks... more

With Tom Brady's four-game suspension scattered to the wind , backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo won't be seeing the field anytime soon for the Patriots. Still, the second-year passer is one of DeflateGate's big winners. Seeing practice snaps and game... more

The Da'Quan Bowers experiment is over in Tampa Bay. The defensive lineman was released by the Buccaneers on Friday after four underwhelming seasons with the team that chose him the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Bowers confirmed the move on... more

Chris Johnson still has a splash of gas in the tank. The veteran running back piled up 45 yards at 4.1 yards per carry in his quest to make Arizona's roster. We expect the Cardinals to keep him around after Johnson showed burst on the ground and through... more

What's not to like about Jarryd Hayne? The former Rugby League star made one final, compelling case in his attempt to make the 49ers, slashing his way for 58 yards off 10 carries in Thursday's preseason finale against the San Diego Chargers. Hayne... more

Denver's quest for a Super Bowl title will open without the services of safety T.J. Ward. The Broncos announced Thursday that Ward has been suspended for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.... more

Cardinals 49ers Rams Seahawks Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC West. Change we can believe in The Rams are a puzzle. No team drew such volatile reaction in our Around The NFL Power Poll, with Gregg Rosenthal calling St.... more

Cardinals 49ers Rams Seahawks Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC West. Change we can believe in Do you believe in bidding farewell to an uber-talented coach and countless core players? Neither do we. The Niners have been... more

Cardinals 49ers Rams Seahawks Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC West. Change we can believe in The Seahawks aggressively upgraded their offense by trading for top-tier tight end Jimmy Graham, furnishing quarterback... more

Cardinals 49ers Rams Seahawks Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC West. Change we can believe in It starts with improved health on both sides of the ball. On offense, quarterback Carson Palmer's surgically repaired knee... more

Is Montee Ball on the bubble in Denver? Buried down the depth chart, the third-year Broncos running back is scheduled to see major time in the team's fourth-and-final preseason game on Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals. "Montee and Kapri... more

The Seattle Seahawks have produced the NFL's worst-ranked offense this preseason, but Russell Wilson isn't worried about throwaway preseason numbers. "We're not far away," Wilson said, per Brady Henderson of ESPN Seattle. "We've had some unbelievable... more

Cleveland's first wave of cuts have come with a slight surprise. The team announced Tuesday that defensive tackle Phil Taylor has been released after four seasons with the club that made him their first-round pick in 2011. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Julio Jones and Dez Bryant aren't the only big-name wideouts netting pay bumps ahead of the regular season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Steelers employed some creative bookkeeping to float Pro Bowl receiver... more

Coach Bruce Arians and the Cardinals have made their share of positive picks in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. Game-changing wideout John Brown was grabbed in the third, while running back Andre Ellington was a sixth-rounder who blossomed into a... more

The Cleveland Browns are without a timetable for Johnny Manziel's return to the field. "No," coach Mike Pettine said Monday, per ESPN.com. "I don't know when he will throw again , but he is doing his rehab exercises. He is on the training room protocol... more

The Bears didn't want him, but his old coach might. The Buccaneers announced Tim Jennings will visit with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, just two days after Chicago released the veteran cornerback. Bucs coach Lovie Smith knows Jennings well, having brought... more

August

Pittsburgh has the firepower on offense to score a flood of points on a weekly basis -- and it might need to. The Steelers' defense has allowed a whopping 26 points per game over four preseason tilts under new coordinator Keith Butler. These games can... more

The Lions will have Haloti Ngata and Joique Bell back in time for Detroit's Week 1 showdown with the San Diego Chargers. The team announced Monday that Ngata, Detroit's big-bodied defensive tackle, was activated  off the non-football injury list while... more

The Washington Redskins are moving forward with Kirk Cousins. Coach Jay Gruden told players in a team meeting Monday morning that Cousins will start Week 1 of the regular season against the Miami Dolphins, team sources confirmed to NFL Media's Albert... more

Fred Jackson's proud career in Buffalo has come to an end. The veteran running back was released by the Bills on Monday, a source informed of the move told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The team later confirmed the transaction . Jackson, 34, spent... more

One summer ago, Tony Romo was still healing from his second back operation in just eight months. One summer later, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is coming off a training camp that saw him take a full helping of snaps for the first time in two... more

We've seen a smattering of positive signs from Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston this preseason, but few of those came during Saturday night's 31-7 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns. The first-round passer generated just 21 yards... more

With Oakland's ground game set to channel through Latavius Murray this season, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave believes Raiders fans are going to like what they see from the third-year running back. Murray has "made very positive impressions" on... more

Reggie Wayne has spent nearly a decade and a half in pro football, but starting over with the New England Patriots has him feeling differently. "Like a rookie," Wayne said, per the Boston Herald. "They're throwing a lot at me right now. I'm not getting... more

On Wednesday's Around The NFL Podcast , the New York Jets made our list of teams we feel differently about after training camp -- and not in a good way. Dan Hanzus asked if it was time to "gas up the clown car" after a four-week stretch that saw... more

The NFL is allowing Rich McKay to hear the roar of the crowd again. The Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday that McKay has been reinstated as chairman of the league's Competition Committee effective immediately. Commissioner Roger Goodell met with McKay... more

Pittsburgh hasn't given up on Maurkice Pouncey rejoining the lineup later this fall. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters on Thursday that the Pro Bowl center has a chance to return for the second half of the season, per ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.... more

The season-long loss of cornerback Orlando Scandrick has stripped the Dallas Cowboys of their finest cover man for 2015. It's a grim talent-drain for a secondary that leaned heavily on Scandrick last season in a division housing a flurry of top-flight... more

There's no finer preseason game on paper this week than Green Bay taking on Philadelphia in a matchup between two compelling offensive schemes. With most starters expected to play an entire half, we'll gather more clues about Eagles quarterback Sam... more

When we placed the Philadelphia Eagles atop all others in our summertime backfield rankings , it was still a mystery how the snaps would break down between DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. "Murray gets all the headlines and attention,... more

Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. wasn't on the field for last year's magical Snoopy Bowl . Neither was Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was tucked away in New England at the time and also missed the NFL's annual New York vs. New York preseason... more

The Bills are keeping Sammy Watkins in bubble wrap, but Buffalo back LeSean McCoy says the receiver's glute injury is no reason for concern. Shady joked Tuesday that Watkins has the "Allen Iverson injury" and that Buffalo is simply "keeping the Ferrari... more

LeGarrette Blount won't play Week 1 for New England and -- barring some sort of turnaround in his four-game suspension -- neither will Tom Brady. Will Julian Edelman be held out, too? The Patriots wide receiver remains uncertain if he'll suit up against... more

The New England Patriots continue to retool the back end of their offensive line through a swath of August trade action. Two weeks after acquiring guard Ryan Groy from the Chicago Bears, Bill Belichick and Co. landed tackle Michael Williams from the... more

We're still weeks away from games that matter, but Michael Bennett's mouth is already in midseason form. The Seahawks' defensive lineman on Tuesday unfurled a heat-seeking riff on the bulging pay scale for less-than-stellar quarterbacks. "Quarterback... more

In a post-Jordy Nelson world, the Green Bay Packers are looking for someone to fill the void left by their sidelined big-name wideout. As predicted , third-rounder Ty Montgomery appears to be the guy. On the first snap of Tuesday's practice, the... more

The Indianapolis Colts had no more room for Reggie Wayne, but New England still sees life in the 36-year-old wideout. "I want to win, point blank," Wayne told reporters on Tuesday, per ESPN.com's Mike Reiss, one day after inking a deal with the Patriots... more

Rex Ryan continues to talk a big game in Buffalo. "We definitely expect to be in the playoffs. We have a good team," the Bills coach said Tuesday. While it wasn't a full-on postseason guarantee -- which Ryan regularly issued as coach of the Jets --... more

Percy Harvin is working his way back into action in Buffalo. The oft-injured wide receiver returned to practice on Tuesday after missing the past two weeks with a hip injury, per Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News. Harvin wore a helmet but no pads... more

Michael Vick isn't the only weatherworn signal-caller angling for one more shot in the NFL. While Vick is headed to Pittsburgh to meet with the Steelers , the Falcons are hosting Rex Grossman for a workout in Atlanta, the team confirmed Tuesday. The... more

Ken Whisenhunt on Monday laughed at the concept of shipping quarterback Zach Mettenberger out of Tennessee. Responding to whispers , online chatter and wishful thinking suggesting that quarterback-needy clubs should package a draft pick for Marcus... more

We've swung and missed on plenty of our "Making the Leap" candidates over the years, but the arrow is pointing up for Minnesota Vikings receiver Charles Johnson. With Cordarrelle Patterson still struggling with his route-running  and tumbling down the... more

We're two weeks into the preseason and two teams have already seen their passing games cut off at the knees because of injuries to top receivers. Jordy Nelson is down for the count in Green Bay, while Carolina will go through the season without the... more

Bud Dupree's up-and-down training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers took a turn for the better in Sunday's 24-19 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers. The first-round pass rusher was a core contributor, making a solo stop against the run, picking... more

Before we draw too many -- or any -- conclusions about Philadelphia's 40-17 bombing of Baltimore on Saturday night, it's worth noting the words of Ravens coach John Harbaugh. "We didn't prepare for it by design," Harbaugh said of the Eagles'... more

The preseason is a cruel beast. Each August, we're handed less-than-pristine football with a terrible catch: Injuries still mount, ripping star players off the field long before the games that matter. Just ask the Packers, who saw premier wideout... more

Football's unforgiving injury bug turned Sunday's preseason tilt between the Steelers and Packers into a bloodbath. While Green Bay is dealing with Jordy Nelson's potentially torn ACL , the Steelers are preparing for life without center Maurkice... more

Is Reggie Wayne one step closer to continuing his NFL career? The six-time Pro Bowl pass-catcher flew to New England on Saturday night to take a physical with the Patriots on Sunday, a source informed of Wayne's plans told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Chris Johnson will need to wait to make his debut with the Arizona Cardinals. The recently signed running back will miss one to two weeks after pulling his hamstring in Thursday's practice, according to coach Bruce Arians, who provided the update  after... more

If nothing else, the Cleveland Browns have a loyal cheerleader in Dwayne Bowe. Weeks after calling Josh McCown a "top-five quarterback," the veteran wideout emerged again on Saturday to rave over an offense no longer laced with playmakers Josh Gordon... more

It wasn't perfect, but Sam Bradford did what mattered most in his first showing under center for the Philadelphia Eagles: Lead the team to points. The veteran quarterback returned from back-to-back ACL tears to make his debut in coach Chip Kelly's... more

Two games into the preseason, Blake Bortles is showing signs of growth. The second-year Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback played well behind an improved line in Saturday's 22-12 loss to the New York Giants. While he failed to throw a touchdown, Bortles... more

Our first look at Peyton Manning in Denver's new-look offense was far from a picture of pristine on-field play. The veteran quarterback saw four drives end in punts in Saturday's 14-10 preseason win over the Houston Texans. Manning was 8-of-14 for 52... more

The New England Patriots value Devin McCourty's versatility, but the Pro Bowl safety hopes they don't turn that into a theme for 2015. McCourty acknowledged that he wasn't thrilled about shifting to cornerback in a 26-24 preseason win over the New... more

The Dallas Cowboys have had their fill of Lache Seastrunk. The team on Thursday waived the running back just two months after adding the former Baylor star to the roster. Initially drafted in the sixth round by the Redskins in 2014, Seastrunk... more

The Cleveland Browns have drafted their share of questionable first-rounders since the team's return to the NFL in 1999, but Danny Shelton is here to burn that trend to the ground. The 6-foot-2, 339-pound nose tackle out of Washington has arguably been... more

With another weekly dose of preseason action about to pour out over the land, we're gearing up for a second look at this year's crop of rookie running backs. We've already written plenty about Ameer Abdullah, Detroit's second-rounder and "the most... more

Bucs rookie passer Jameis Winston urged fans not to "panic" over his hot-and-cold preseason debut. He's right. There were positives to pull from his first NFL outing -- and more than enough confidence behind the scenes that Winston can adapt to the pro... more

While Amari Cooper has operated as the belle of the ball in Oakland, not every wide receiver on the roster has his arrow pointing up. Pass-catcher Andre Holmes suffered a fractured hand in Sunday's practice and is expected to miss three to four weeks,... more

Marvin Jones hasn't recorded a regular-season statistic since December, 29, 2013, but the Cincinnati Bengals see him as part of the plan come September. Sidelined all last season by ankle and foot injuries, Jones played 25 snaps in Friday's preseason... more

LeSean McCoy will return in time for the football games that matter. Despite Tuesday's hamstring injury, the Buffalo Bills' lead running back will be ready to suit up against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, a source informed of McCoy's MRI results... more

The pecking order in Arizona's backfield is up for grabs. One day after the Cardinals inked veteran free-agent Chris Johnson to a one-year deal, coach Bruce Arians refused to rule out the possibility of the former Titans star edging Andre Ellington for... more

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows he'll be judged on a pair of against-the-grain moves he made this offseason to improve the Dallas defense. After signing former Panthers star Greg Hardy to a one-year deal in March, Jones and the 'Boys took a chance on... more

While EJ Manuel ponders his flameout in Buffalo, another Bills quarterback is feeling the love. The Buffalo News noted Monday that "Tyrod Taylor Fever is spreading" after the Bills passer guided the second team to back-to-back touchdown drives in... more

After long months of debate about whether or not Peyton Manning can fit into coach Gary Kubiak's run-heavy Broncos offense, we're about to get our first look when Denver meets Houston on Saturday night. "I've said many times I believe I can play almost... more

EJ Manuel knows his future in Western New York is up in the air. The embattled Bills quarterback acknowledged for the first time on Monday that he might not be in Buffalo for long if his play doesn't improve. "At the end of the day, if I play well,... more

Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes has faced a slew of top-shelf wideouts over the past season. Demaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Alshon Jeffery, Julio Jones, T.Y. Hilton, A.J. Green and Antonio Brown have all lined up against Miami's... more

Justin Gilbert has used the word "flawless" to describe his play this summer, but the second-year Browns cornerback has been anything but over the past week. After being scorched by Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon in Thursday's preseason loss to... more

Tennessee's new-look offense extends beyond the drafting and anointing of Marcus Mariota under center. Along with rookie size-speed freak Dorial Green-Beckham at wide receiver, the Titans also beefed up their backfield with the addition of fifth-round... more

Perhaps the weirdest aspect to the bizarre sucker-punch episode involving Geno Smith has been the eerie silence from his Jets teammates. The New York quarterback is out six to 10 weeks with a broken jaw after being socked in the locker room by since... more

Our friend and Rotoworld scribe Evan Silva might have said it best: You know a team has reached the point of true desperation at safety when they sign Brandon Meriweather. That's what makes it official. â?? Evan Silva (@evansilva) August 16, 2015... more

Matt Schaub has been picked off plenty over the past few years. Now he's getting picked on. The Ravens backup passer has endured the constant barbs of pass rusher Terrell Suggs in practice, according to The Baltimore Sun. The trend continued Saturday... more

This year's cast of rookie wideouts will be hard-pressed to fill the shoes of last year's outrageous class, but a pair of first-year pass-catchers are off to a good start. With a flock of starters sitting out Sunday's Eagles-Colts tilt, Indy's Phillip... more

Is EJ Manuel the odd man out in Buffalo's tangled pecking order of quarterbacks? Coach Rex Ryan made it sound that way after the third-year passer spent Sunday's practice with the third-team offense. While Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor split snaps with... more

The St. Louis Rams are down a man in their secondary. The team has lost E.J. Gaines for the season after the reliable cornerback underwent surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his foot, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's a... more

DeMarco Murray's debut with the Philadelphia Eagles is on hold. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the All-Pro running back will sit out Sunday's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts, which will air live on NFL Network at 1 p.m. ET.... more

A photo posted by James Harrison (@jhharrison92) on Aug 15, 2015 at 10:09am PDT James Harrison isn't celebrating second place. The Steelers' pass rusher tapped into Instagram on Saturday to take issue with his sons receiving "two trophies for... more

Redskins coach Jay Gruden came out of the film room impressed with what he saw from quarterback Robert Griffin III. After reviewing Thursday night's 20-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, Gruden told reporters that he sees "progress" in Griffin's... more

The Seattle Seahawks used this offseason to revamp their red-zone attack by adding one of the game's premier pass-catching tight ends in Jimmy Graham. Graham drew cheers from the Seattle faithful when he hauled in a 12-yard catch from Russell Wilson in... more

The debut of quarterback Jameis Winston offered few surprises for Lovie Smith. The Bucs coach summed up the rookie's first NFL game as a "typical Jameis Winston day" after watching the No. 1 overall pick go 9-of-19 passing for 131 yards with an... more

The San Francisco 49ers have watched a wave of star players exit the building this offseason. Can Jarryd Hayne help fill the void? The former Rugby League star made a lasting impression on Saturday night with his frisky work out of the Niners backfield.... more

From beyond the walls of Berea, they are chuckled about as an afterthought in the AFC North. It's hard to escape the facts. The Cleveland Browns rented a room at the bottom of their division when they returned to the league in 1999 and rarely sublet it... more

Robert Griffin III wasn't the only quarterback on Thursday night hoping to rewrite last year's horror show . There was also the case of Johnny Manziel. The second-year Browns quarterback took over the offense on Cleveland's second drive of the night... more

Robert Griffin III's critical fourth campaign is underway. The Washington Redskins starting quarterback saw his first action of the preseason in Thursday night's 20-17 win over the Cleveland Browns. Griffin came close -- but not close enough -- to... more

When the Seahawks traded a trio of draft picks two seasons ago for Percy Harvin, the expectation was for the playmaking pass-catcher to help unleash Seattle's air attack. Beyond his Super Bowl heroics , though, Harvin never panned out in the Pacific... more

BEREA, Ohio -- Eleven practices into training camp, the in-house report card on Johnny Manziel is encouraging. The Cleveland Browns second-year quarterback drew praise on Tuesday from position coach Kevin O'Connell, who went out of his way to talk about... more

BEREA, Ohio -- Joe Thomas has been the heart and soul of the Cleveland Browns for almost a decade. The eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle has never missed a snap and stands out as one of the most durable bookends of our time. That's why it was alarming... more

CANTON, Ohio -- On Feb. 1, the New England Patriots knocked off the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Over six months later, football has returned to the land. There's a dual nature to the annual Hall of Fame Game. The results are meaningless and... more

CANTON, Ohio -- The passing of NFL legend Frank Gifford has cast a cloud over Sunday's proceedings at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame president and executive director David Baker shared his thoughts with Around the NFL on Gifford, the former... more

CANTON, Ohio -- We've made it. Through the haze of a long and winding offseason, we're at the threshold of a new campaign. Football is back -- sort of. Sunday evening's Hall of Fame Game won't remind anyone of February's wild Super Bowl affair between... more

CANTON, Ohio -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a wonderland for any fan of the sport. Its annual enshrinement ceremony is pure gold. No other event so eloquently captures the journey of football's greatest players, coaches and contributors. Saturday's... more

CANTON, Ohio -- Much has been made this offseason about Peyton Manning's fit in the offense of new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak. After going his entire career with the playbook he developed alongside former Colts coordinator Tom Moore, Manning will be... more

CANTON, Ohio -- Charles Haley was many things during his 13-year NFL career. A dominant pass rusher, a weekly game-plan wrecker and the daytime incarnation of a quarterback's worst nightmare. As the only human being to earn five Super Bowl rings as a... more

CANTON, Ohio -- Junior Seau can't be here, but his memory burns through the archways and corridors of the Hall of Fame. We learned that firsthand on Friday, as Seau's peers from the class of 2015 gushed over the former Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots... more

CANTON, Ohio -- Charles Haley hasn't given up on Aldon Smith. One day before entering the Hall of Fame, the former Niners star threw his support behind Smith after the young pass rusher was released by San Francisco on Friday following his third DUI... more

The Lions have made it official with star linebacker DeAndre Levy. Levy and the Lions agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported that Levy's deal will keep him in Detroit through... more

The San Francisco 49ers have already begun cutting the fat on defense. The team announced Wednesday it has released veteran cornerback Chris Cook. Cook, 28, signed a one-year deal with the 49ers in March after playing just six games for San Francisco... more

The Ravens have denied all along that they "tipped off" the Indianapolis Colts about deflated footballs prior to the AFC Championship Game. Baltimore continued to bang that drum on Wednesday after documents released by the NFL Players Association on... more

At 5-foot-9, the recently traded Brandon Boykin didn't fit the physical mold of what Eagles coach Chip Kelly wants from his defensive backs -- but Byron Maxwell does. The former Seahawks star was paid handsomely this offseason to serve as Philly's big... more

Barring a reduction  to Tom Brady's four-game suspension, Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo will run the show until New England's star passer returns. Running back LeGarrette Blount believes the team can win with either quarterback. "I feel like Jimmy... more

Jordan Cameron has seen enough from Miami's offense this summer to predict a major bounce-back campaign in 2015. "In my mind I know I can play," Cameron said, per ESPN.com's James Walker. "I know I can be a Pro Bowl player. I'm trying to help this team... more

No team in football does a better job of drafting and grooming young pass-catchers than the Green Bay Packers. With Davante Adams set to "Make the Leap" at receiver behind homegrown talents Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, second-year pass-catcher... more

With all the attention heaped on Tom Brady , Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots offense , it's easy to ignore what's happening across the line of scrimmage. New England's defense marches into the season with plenty of questions surrounding a depleted... more

Can Terrelle Pryor really make it as an NFL wide receiver? Position switches rarely work, but the former quarterback is earning rave reviews from his teammates and coaches in Cleveland. "What gives me hope and excitement is just watching him on the... more

The Cleveland Browns have high hopes for their defense this season, but they'll need to stay healthy to make a difference in the rough-and-tumble AFC North. Things are off to a rocky start after defensive lineman Billy Winn was carted off the field... more

With Tom Brady staring down a four-game, "Deflategate"-related suspension to start the season, it makes sense for the Patriots to ease backup passer Jimmy Garoppolo into the mix with New England's starters. That's exactly what happened on Saturday, with... more

Fifteen-hundred miles away from Buffalo's hyper-underwhelming quarterback battle , the Houston Texans are sorting through the rubble of their own under-center tussle. The fight between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett got underway in earnest on Saturday,... more

Amid whispers of a rift between his head coach and general manager, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told reporters Saturday that he has no plans to reboot the machine anytime soon in Cleveland. "We're not going to blow things up," Haslam said, per Pat... more

The spree of retirements and mad roster churning in San Francisco has swiveled the spotlight away from what might truly decide the fate of this year's 49ers: the play of Colin Kaepernick. The fifth-year quarterback is coming off a down campaign that saw... more

The Buffalo Bills plan to give all three of their ho-hum quarterbacks a chance to win the job this summer. That became crystal clear on Saturday as EJ Manuel took the opening snap during warmups, one day after veteran Matt Cassel handled first-team reps... more

LeGarrette Blount finally got fit. After the Patriots running back reportedly failed his conditioning test at the start of training camp, landing him on the team's non-football injury list, Blount was seen back at practice on Saturday, per multiple... more

Coach Bill Belichick couldn't care less about the air traffic over Patriots practice, but at least one New England star found humor in Thursday's prank. Asked about Jets fans flying a plane overheard -- with a banner screaming "CHEATERS LOOK UP!" --... more

Free-agent running back Steven Jackson's attempt to win a job in the Dallas backfield didn't impress one current Cowboys runner. Asked about Jackson's tweet at the team -- which showed his No. 39 beamed out over AT&T Stadium -- Joseph Randle dismissed... more

The quarterback competition is already over in Tennessee, but the development of Marcus Mariota has just begun. The early reviews are positive, with wideout Harry Douglas gushing over the No. 2 overall pick's "unbelievable accuracy,"  while Titans... more

July

The Cardinals are ready to pull Carson Palmer out of bubble wrap. Coming off November's ACL tear, Arizona's starting quarterback has been full-go for training camp and will see his typical share of preseason action, according to the team's official... more

Who says social media is nothing more than an oozing pit of worthless, self-aggrandizing white noise? Twitter was used wisely this week by LaVance Taylor, an undrafted running back out of Central Missouri armed with NFL dreams: @KCChiefs hey my name... more

The long and winding process that ultimately gave birth to Russell Wilson's four-year, $87.6 million extension was far from smooth for the Seahawks -- or their star passer. Now that it's over, though, Wilson spoke Friday with a bounce in his step. The... more

Cleveland is widely seen as the fourth-best team in a loaded AFC North, but don't tell that to Dwayne Bowe. The veteran receiver, in his first season with the team, dropped an A-bomb of positivity on Friday, starting with signal-caller Josh McCown.... more

Bill Belichick didn't look up. New England's coach played dumb on Friday when asked for his take on Jets fans flying a plane above Patriots practice on Thursday with a banner that read, "CHEATERS LOOK UP!" "I don't know what you're talking about,"... more

Junior Galette has found a new home in the nation's capital. The former Saints pass rusher, released less than a week ago by New Orleans, signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins on Friday, per the team. The contract comes one day after... more

Two autumns ago, Peyton Manning finished sixth all-time with a whopping 659 single-season pass attempts. He won't come anywhere close to that mark in 2015. By all indications, the Broncos are planning to churn out an even-keeled attack that allows... more

The backfield battle in Cleveland got off to a surprising start on Thursday with Terrance West taking the opening rep at Browns training camp. First-team snaps are a surprise for the back after West appeared to tumble down the depth chart in OTAs,... more

Jordy Nelson's offseason hip surgery is officially in the rear-view mirror. The Packers' star wideout passed his physical Wednesday and drew praise from his coach on Thursday after avoiding Green Bay's active/PUP list to open camp. "Jordy's so... more

Keith Rivers has played his final down in the NFL. The veteran linebacker, who signed with Dallas this offseason, is retiring after seven seasons split among the Bengals, Giants and Bills, the Cowboys announced Thursday. A first-round pick by... more

Jimmy Garoppolo was mobbed by reporters on Thursday, but the Patriots backup quarterback still remains a mystery to plenty of defenders around the league. Even in Pittsburgh, where a handful of Steelers players admit they've never heard of the passer... more

We've spent all summer debating who will wind up winning the starting running back role in Dallas. Did Jerry Jones answer the question on Wednesday? Four months after Jones raved over Darren McFadden as still possessing the "kinds of skills that got him... more

The Cleveland Browns certainly could use a difference-maker at the receiver position, but that doesn't mean Terrelle Pryor is making this 53-man roster. The former NFL quarterback turned pass-catcher has the support of his new teammates, but fellow... more

Gosder Cherilus might not be out of a job for long. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the former Colts offensive lineman will visit with the Bills on Wednesday and the Lions later this week, according to sources informed of the situation.... more

After New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft eviscerated the league on Wednesday morning, coach Bill Belichick was predictably closed-mouthed on the matter of Tuesday's ruling . Asked to comment on Commissioner Roger Goodell upholding quarterback Tom... more

The Arizona Cardinals made history on Monday by making Jen Welter the first female to hold a coaching position in the NFL. On Tuesday, Welter acknowledged that she never expected to smash the league's glass ceiling when she began her 14-year playing... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday refused to bend on Tom Brady's four-game suspension , but the league has smiled on Le'Veon Bell. The Steelers running back has been suspended two games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of... more

Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley is wasting no time in exceeding expectations at the NFL level. The draft's 10th overall pick will open training camp on the active roster and participate in practices, according to the team's official website.... more

The Saints surprised us with the release of Junior Galette, but the linebacker's dismissal makes plenty of sense after all we've heard since. "When all is said and done, there was more expected from him off the field ," Saints coach Sean Payton told... more

If the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to achieve their goal of scoring 30 points per game this season, Martavis Bryant will be asked to play a starring role. The second-year wideout is already earning rave reviews at camp, with Bryant telling NFL Media's... more

The Vikings have lost Jabari Price for the first two games of the regular season after the cornerback was suspended Friday for violating the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, the team announced. Minnesota's seventh-round pick in 2014,... more

With training camp just a week away, the NFL suspensions keep on coming. Hours after Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith received a three-game ban , Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was hit with a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's... more

One more reason we view the Green Bay Packers as the most fascinating offense in the NFC? Their balance. We talk endlessly about Aaron Rodgers and the passing game but the team can also smack opponents on the ground with the rugged play of running back... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without cornerback Sean Smith for the first three games of the regular season. The seventh-year cover man was suspended from the league for violating the league's substance-abuse policy after pleading guilty in April on a... more

The Green Bay Packers could be without defensive tackle Letroy Guion for the first three games of the regular season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Guion was informed by the league that he's facing a suspension for his February... more

Redskins nose tackle Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton recently revealed that the team's revamped defensive front has gifted itself with a new nickname. "The D-line, we call ourselves 'Capital Punishment,' being in Washington, D.C.," Knighton told ESPN,... more

Chris Cooley wasn't kidding around about a comeback. The former Redskins tight end recently spoke with the Arizona Cardinals, who expressed interest in signing him , according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cooley, 33, hasn't played since 2012, but the... more

I opened my inbox this morning to find a highly curious email: A letter -- seemingly from my own account and hand -- time-stamped January 2016. Sitting near a flock of pranksters here in the newsroom, I was sure it was a gag. Now I don't know what to... more

Texans coach Bill O'Brien called out rookie wideout Jaelen Strong in May for showing up to team headquarters overweight and out of shape. Two months later, the third-rounder is heading toward camp below his NFL Scouting Combine weight of 217 pounds:... more

Wayne Hunter's heady voyage to Western New York was a quick one. The veteran offensive tackle was released by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, less than three weeks after latching on with the team . ESPN.com's Mike Rodak was told that Hunter has decided to... more

Back during his first starry run with the Jets, All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis strongly considered quitting football after suffering a devastating knee injury in September 2012. "I did think about retiring," Revis told Greg Bishop of Sports... more

Is former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley pondering an NFL comeback? Currently working as a football analyst for ESPN 980 in Rockville, Md, Cooley -- at 33 -- has amped up his workout regimen this offseason to get back to his playing weight... more

On Monday's Around the NFL Podcast , we asked whether Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas could accomplish his goal of breaking the NFL's single-season mark for receiving yards. The first obstacle in topping the record -- Calvin Johnson's 1,964 yards... more

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has worked tirelessly in his comeback attempt from a fractured and dislocated right hip, but his return to the field remains a work in progress. The sixth-year pass-catcher is likely to open training camp and the regular... more

Packers president Mark Murphy isn't the first high-ranking league figure to cite the NFL preseason for its various faults, but he is the latest. Murphy on Monday revealed that discussions have taken place about shortening the preseason from its current... more

Jermaine Gresham might not be out of a job for long. Still rehabbing from herniated disc surgery, the former Cincinnati Bengals tight end is scheduled to visit the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, a source apprised of his plans told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Under former coach Rex Ryan, Damon "Snacks" Harrison operated as a space-eating, zero-technique nose tackle charged with lining up over center and swallowing runners at the point of attack. New coach Todd Bowles, though, plans to use the 6-foot-4,... more

With training camp less than two weeks away, we're closer than ever to real football. Not everyone has a part in the action, however, with a laundry list of veteran defensive free agents still pounding the pavement for work. After examining the... more

There's still another week or so to bathe in the absurd narratives that speckle the NFL's offseason landscape. The latest comes courtesy of pro golfer John Daly, who doubles as an obsessive Dallas Cowboys fan. With gusty winds delaying Saturday's... more

Green Bay was wise to schedule Brett Favre's high-octane induction into the Packers' Hall of Fame smack dab in the middle of a silent NFL weekend. The ol' gunslinger has dominated headlines over the past 24 hours -- and here's one more before we shift... more

NFL rosters are jam-packed heading into training camp, but as injuries mount and skill position players are lost, teams will look to the open market for help. The free-agent pool is predictably shallow in mid-July, but let's take a gander at some of the... more

We're mere hours away from Brett Favre being inducted into the Packers' Hall of Fame, perhaps a good time to ponder how close this came to never happening. Former Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf recently shared a brilliant anecdote with Jason Wilde... more

After a week that saw Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas land matching five-year, $70 million deals, Atlanta's Roddy White says it's time for the Falcons to ante up and pay their own star receiver in Julio Jones. "If I was the GM, I would get a deal done... more

Ten days away from the start of Patriots training camp, Tom Brady continues to wait for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce his decision on the appeal of the passer's four-game suspension. New England wideout Julian Edelman told reporters... more

Now that he's being paid like one of the top wideouts in the NFL, Demaryius Thomas hopes to reward the Denver Broncos with a season fit for the history books. "I want to lead the league in yards, touchdowns, basically about everything a receiver can... more

The New York Jets will spend the first four games of the season  without the services of suspended Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson, a loss that magnifies the role of rookie lineman Leonard Williams. The sixth-overall pick is now tasked with... more

Brandon Marshall's impromptu Twitter Q&A with fans on Thursday night included one not-so-subtle jab at Jay Cutler. Asked to name the best quarterback he's ever played with, the Pro Bowl wideout offered up a surprising choice: Probably... Kyle Orton... more

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is considered a lock for the Hall of Fame in 2016, but what about Terrell Owens? The six-time Pro Bowl wideout is also eligible for induction next year, but Owens says he isn't concerned with how voters perceive his... more

The backup quarterback position is more important than ever before. Last season alone, guys like Ryan Lindley, Connor Shaw and Clipboard Jesus took teams into battle as a whopping 54 quarterbacks started games, per NFL Research. The same occurred in... more

Pro Bowl wideout Dez Bryant is a happy man after riding across town to Cowboys headquarters on Wednesday to ink a five-year, $70 million deal with a whopping $45 million in guarantees. "I smiled the whole way over here -- I couldn't even say nothing... more

One by one, the league's big-name wideouts are making their money. Less than an hour after Dez Bryant inked a five-year, $70 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos have struck a deal with Demaryius Thomas, the team confirmed. The... more

Take Dez Bryant to the bank. The Dallas Cowboys and their franchised-tagged star wideout have hammered out a long-term contract ahead of Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million deal, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

With Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys working through the night to hammer out a long-term deal, Wednesday brings new hope that a contract can be worked out ahead of today's 4 p.m. ET deadline. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Rand Getlin... more

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has one word for the flood of departed players and coaches out of San Francisco this offseason, calling his ex-team's roster overhaul downright "crazy." "You knew some of that wasn't going to last forever," Smith said... more

Dez Bryant is threatening to skip training camp and regular-season games if he and Dallas can't hammer out a new long-term deal ahead of Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. The Cowboys, though, aren't overly concerned about the Pro Bowl wideout's attempts at... more

Danieal Manning is finished with football. The former Bears and Texans safety announced his retirement  on Tuesday during an interview with KILT-AM in Houston. Manning spent nine seasons in the league after Chicago snatched him up in the second round... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

Brandon LaFell is back on his feet. The New England Patriots wide receiver told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Wednesday that he's shed the walking boot he wore on his left foot during the team's string of offseason practices. "Just a few lingering injuries... more

New York Giants pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul wasn't the only NFL player to suffer a fireworks-related setback on the Fourth of July. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson also suffered a hand injury in a fireworks accident, his agent, Joel... more

ROSENTHAL HANZUS SESSLER WESSELING PATRA ORR Wednesday night marks the end of our journey on the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2015 countdown as players 10 through 1 will be revealed starting at 8 p.m. ET. We at Around The... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

DeSean Jackson told the world this week that he owns the NFC East . Feeling his oats on the debut episode of his new reality TV show, DeSean Jackson Home Team on BET, the Redskins wideout called out his former squad, the Eagles, among others. "I... more

The Green Bay Packers will open their season without the services of Datone Jones. The NFL announced Thursday that the third-year pass rusher has been suspended without pay for the first game of the regular season for violating the league's policy... more

The Tennessee Titans used this year's draft to add a potential franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota along with a tantalizing target for him to throw to in Dorial Green-Beckham. While Mariota widely impressed coaches this spring, Green-Beckham spent... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

The Saints spent this offseason reshaping an offense that waved hello to running back C.J. Spiller and farewell to All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham. Beyond the veteran movement, a cast of younger players have been tapped to play expanded roles, including... more

The Buffalo Bills aren't finished adding offensive linemen -- or ex-New York Jets. The team on Wednesday announced the signing of veteran tackle Wayne Hunter, who spent the majority of his career in Gotham under current Bills coach Rex Ryan before last... more

June

The offseason is a time of hope -- much of it misplaced. Months of flowery reports tell us that players league-wide are bigger, faster and smarter than ever before. The reality, though, will be far more grim when too many springtime stars wind up... more

For the third straight year , the Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015. This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to... more

After six years in the NFL, Chris Ogbonnaya is calling it quits. The free-agent running back announced his retirement Friday on Instagram. "It is with great thankfulness to God and appreciation of my family, coaches, and fans that I announce my... more

Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. isn't a fan of the ribbing he received from teammates while sitting out this week's minicamp with a lingering sore hamstring. "For me, this is what I love doing, and this is what I feel like my purpose was to... more

Two years removed from becoming the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Barkevious Mingo is fighting for a starting job in Cleveland. Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil said as much on Thursday, talking up the play of Scott Solomon, a... more

On the same day that Dallas saw Dez Bryant return to the fold , the Cowboys watched their second-best wideout leave the field. NFL Media's Desmond Purnell reported that Terrance Williams departed Thursday's practice with a bruised left elbow. The... more

Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil has set the bar high for Cleveland's deep cast of defensive backs in 2015. "I think we have the potential to be the best secondary in the NFL ," O'Neil told reporters Thursday, per Daryl Ruiter of WKRK-FM.... more

Coming off the finest season of his 11-year NFL career, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has done enough to impress the boss. "I'll take the way he's been playing," team owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Wednesday, per The Dallas Morning News. "I... more

NFL Network continued The Top 100 Players of 2015 countdown on Wednesday, revealing players 40 through 31 on the list. Our takeaways from the latest episode: » Odell Beckham's fireball debut has perched him above all other rookies on this year's "Top... more

Meeting the media for the first time all offseason, Johnny Manziel made it clear on Wednesday that football comes before flash in 2015. "The money sign will not be back," said the second-year Browns quarterback. Entrenched with his teammates on the... more

We ranked the New Orleans Saints as the fourth-best backfield in the NFL because of their depth and versatility. When healthy, Mark Ingram was among the NFL's most powerful runners last season, while the newly acquired C.J. Spiller is an ideal fit for... more

Seahawks cornerback Cary Williams made waves last week when he told a Seattle radio station that his former team, the Eagles, nose-dived in 2014 because "we were exhausted, and we were outcoached the majority of the games," per the Philadelphia Inquirer.... more

Few NFL position groups underwent more change this offseason than at running back. Philadelphia, New Orleans and Buffalo are just a few of the clubs that engineered massive makeovers at the position. Even though runners are paid like kickers and... more

Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle is ending his offseason holdout. The Chargers backstop will attend and participate in the team's mandatory minicamp this week, according to agent David Canter. Weddle has stayed away from all offseason activities in hopes... more

The Cowboys lost last season's Offensive Player of the Year in DeMarco Murray, but Dallas is still seen by many as having the NFL's most talented offensive line. Eagles left tackle Jason Peters definitely disagrees. "They're the Cowboys," Peters said,... more

New Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan used his first offseason in Washington to add players and churn the roster in a quest to fortify both lines. McCloughan was also the only front-office executive to furnish Terrance Knighton with what the... more

There's no debate over Adrian Peterson in Palestine, Texas. Minnesota's star running back was honored in his hometown on Saturday during "Adrian Peterson Day," an event that comes just weeks after A.P. returned to the Vikings after missing almost all of... more

Texans coach Bill O'Brien went out of his way on Friday to praise the play of Brian Cushing during Houston's final session of organized team activities. "He's come back and had a hell of an offseason," O'Brien said, per the Houston Chronicle. "He's... more

One nugget we bypassed in our takeaways from this week's mandatory minicamp in San Francisco: The progress of Aldon Smith. Despite missing part of the week  with a minor toe injury, the pass rusher believes he's in optimal shape for the season... more

An attempt by the Indianapolis Colts to celebrate last season was met with more than a few sidelong glances this week. The team hung a banner from the rafters of Lucas Oil Stadium honoring their "2014 AFC Finalist" status, pointing to a campaign that... more

Free-agent safety Jim Leonhard said in January that his 10-year NFL career was over , but five months later he's singing a different tune. "I've told a lot of people, the door is closed, but it's not locked ," Leonhard told Alex Marvez and Kirk... more

The Cleveland Browns have their Pro Bowl free safety under lock and key. The team announced that Tashaun Gipson signed his one-year, $2.356 million tender agreement on Friday. Gipson has stayed away from offseason workouts in search of a long-term... more

The St. Louis Rams used Friday to get their entire rookie draft class under contract. Among the signings announced by the team was first-round running back Todd Gurley, the sensational talent out of Georgia who was picked to transform the team's ground... more

The Niners have drawn the curtains on their topsy-turvy offseason, but plenty of questions remain heading into training camp. NFL Media's gang of scribes agrees: No team experienced more change this spring than San Francisco, an organization... more

It was three seasons ago when Adrian Peterson single-handedly tugged the Vikings into the playoffs with an outrageous 2,097 yards on the ground. His 348 carries that year weren't even a career high, though, with Peterson averaging a whopping 290.4 totes... more

Johnny Manziel isn't the only second-year player hoping to make good on his first-round pedigree in Cleveland. Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert is banking on a strong offseason to wipe away the memories of a mostly disastrous debut, which saw him start... more

Do you believe in the Oakland Raiders? Averaging a scant 4.7 wins per season since 2003, the Silver and Black have long been the source of league-wide chuckles, but a trio of young players -- second-year linebacker Khalil Mack, rookie wideout Amari... more

The Patriots still don't know if Tom Brady's four-game suspension will stick, but they aren't waiting around to find out. New England announced on Friday it has signed veteran backup Matt Flynn, who will join a quarterback room that expects to start... more

Amid gushing springtime reports categorizing Raiders rookie receiver Amari Cooper as the "real deal" and "ready to break out immediately," Oakland's first-round draft pick is doing more than just catching passes during this week's mandatory minicamp.... more

In his quest to bring Cleveland its first championship in 51 years, LeBron James hasn't forgotten about the last guy to pull off that feat. The Cavaliers star made a grand gesture before Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night by bowing down to Pro... more

Tony Gonzalez entertained football fans for 17 seasons in the NFL. He'll do it one more time this autumn. The retired 14-time Pro Bowl tight end is the subject of Play it Forward , an in-depth documentary on the life, family and career of the former... more

Chiefs back Knile Davis does not lack for confidence. The third-year runner swatted down the idea that Kansas City can't afford to rest Jamaal Charles come September, saying that he is every bit the equal of the All-Pro back. "I don't feel like... more

Barring an unforeseen disaster in Oakland, Latavius Murray will roll into the season as the No. 1 running back for the Raiders. He "has a chance at a huge year " in new coordinator Bill Musgrave's offense, one team source told ESPN's Adam Caplan,... more

Tarvaris Jackson is back in the fold with the Seattle Seahawks. The team has agreed to terms with the veteran quarterback, the Seahawks announced Tuesday. Jackson spent the past two seasons in Seattle as the trusted backup to starter Russell Wilson.... more

As one of a boatload of veterans to bolt from San Francisco this offseason, Frank Gore couldn't be happier with his new home in Indianapolis. The five-time Pro Bowl running back spent a decade with the Niners seeing nothing but eight- and nine-man... more

The Titans are bringing Fernando Velasco back to Tennessee. The team on Tuesday signed the veteran center after placing cornerback Brandon Harris on injured reserve. Velasco appeared in 49 games for the Titans between 2009 and 2012 before playing for... more

The days of snickering at the Oakland Raiders are over, according to Ken Norton Jr. The team's new defensive coordinator believes that the Silver and Black will upstage their doubters this autumn, just one year after Oakland finished last in the league... more

Josh Gordon isn't giving up on his NFL career. Currently in exodus from the Cleveland Browns while serving his minimum one-year suspension , the Pro Bowl wideout remains hopeful about returning to the field next season, according to his agent.... more

It's crystal clear what this offseason has meant for the Indianapolis Colts, according to tight end Dwayne Allen. "They want to win, and they want to win now -- there is no hiding from that point," Allen told Lindsay H. Jones of USA TODAY Sports. "From... more

Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling listed New England's crop of cornerbacks among the worst defensive position groups league-wide. Waving goodbye to their top three cover men from last season -- Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Kyle Arrington -- the... more

Cleveland has swung a trade for a punter. The Browns on Saturday shipped a 2017 seventh-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee, a source involved in the swap told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The... more

The belle of the ball at Saturday's Browns Fan Fest ? Josh McCown. Coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer heaped high praise on the veteran quarterback who appears all but locked in as the team's Week 1 starter. "He's a special, special... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- DeMarcus Ware sees trouble on the horizon for opponents of the Denver Broncos. After combining with fellow pass rusher Von Miller for 21.5 sacks last season, Ware says the duo is ready to smash that mark in 2015. "I think... more

We remain wary of any hype attached to Cordarrelle Patterson after the Around The NFL gang was burned by the Vikings wideout last season. We made Patterson the No. 1 entry in our summertime "Making the Leap" series, predicting that he'd haul in 70... more

Muhammad Wilkerson's quest for a new contract remains one of the offseason's unresolved storylines. The Jets defensive lineman has pushed for a new deal since last summer. After skipping all of New York's voluntary workouts and organized team... more

The offseason is littered with myths. As we opined on Thursday's Around the NFL podcast , organized team activities are a fertile breeding ground for football's weather-worn tropes -- cliche-ridden narratives  -- that crop up each spring. You've seen... more

Former Lions coach Jim Schwartz knows firsthand about the brand of havoc that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson can drop on a defense. After spending five years trying to stop the All-Pro runner in Detroit, Schwartz explained on the Move The Sticks... more

Are the St. Louis Rams finally ready to break out of their shell on offense? Wideout Brian Quick suggested this week that new play-caller Frank Cignetti Jr. has made adjustments to the milquetoast attack we saw under former coordinator Brian... more

Eagles coach Chip Kelly recently dumped on the NFL's the new extra point rule , which moves kicks back to the 15-yard line next season. He's not the only head coach miffed with the change. Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis believes turning PATs from a 20-yard... more

NFL Network continued The Top 100 Players 2015 countdown on Wednesday, revealing players 60 through 51 on the list. Our five takeaways from the latest episode: » The players are right about Eddie Lacy (No. 60), the Packers running back who jumped 30... more

It didn't take long for new Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham to warm up to a Seattle attack that unabashedly puts the ground game first. "That's why I'm excited to be a part of it," Graham said this week, per The Seattle Times. "No. 1, with maybe... more

Coming off a rookie campaign washed away by injuries, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is angling to put a different spin on Year 2. "This is definitely a chance to wipe the slate and start off healthy and get back on point," Shazier said Tuesday, per... more

Johnny Manziel garners all the attention, but the Browns quarterback isn't the only player in Cleveland trying to wipe away the memory of an ugly rookie season. Cornerback Justin Gilbert has impressed his coaches and teammates this spring following an... more

Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks "didn't know what to think" when the team dangled him as trade bait prior to the draft. Philly's Fletcher Cox also heard his name bubble up in swap discussions, but the emergent defensive lineman didn't let it frazzle... more

Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton knows firsthand about the trickle-down effect of finding a franchise quarterback like Andrew Luck. "Everybody wants to play with Andrew," Hilton said, per ESPN.com's Mike Wells. "He's a free-agent magnet." Hilton pointed... more

The Cleveland Browns aren't leaving Johnny Manziel in the dust. At least not according to coach Mike Pettine, who took exception on Tuesday to a report from ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, who stated that the Browns are, "by all appearances, moving on"... more

Jordan Cameron has heard more than enough about the injuries and concussion issues that swept away his final season in Cleveland. Now embedded with the Dolphins, the playmaking tight end says stability under center and a playbook that maximizes his... more

We possess yet more proof that LeSean McCoy is a favorite to lead the NFL in carries next season. Speaking Tuesday, fellow Bills running back Fred Jackson said Buffalo is looking to match or surpass the 313 rushes that McCoy averaged over the past two... more

Eddie Lacy has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns, but the third-year Packers running back has detected a missing chip in his on-field performance. "Finishing runs," Lacy said, per the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "A lot of times I'll get into the... more

With veteran quarterback Carson Palmer set to return, the Arizona Cardinals plan to pick up the pace this season with a heavier dose of the no-huddle. "We can play real fast right now," coach Bruce Arians told the team's official website after Monday's... more

Khalil Mack turned heads as a rookie, but the Oakland Raiders linebacker has carved out a clear-cut goal for 2015: More sacks. "I definitely want to get after the quarterback more this year," said Mack, per ESPN.com. "I got some hits (in 2014), but... more

May

The Eagles have been open to trading Evan Mathis for two straight offseasons, but the disgruntled Pro Bowl guard has yet to find a new home. "I've been given permission by the Eagles to shop Evan," Drew Rosenhaus told the Joe Rose Show on CBS Miami.... more

Brandon Marshall has yet to catch a pass with the New York Jets, but Gang Green is already handing him more money. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday that the team has reworked the veteran receiver's contract and raised Marshall's pay along the... more

Seahawks star defensive end Michael Bennett was a no-show at this week's organized team activities, and there's an obvious reason for that. "Trying to get the contract right," Bennett said Friday at a charity event, per The Seattle Times. "I'll be... more

Will this be the season that Sean Lee puts in a full 16 games for the Dallas Cowboys? The talented but oft-injured linebacker impressed coaches this week in his return from the torn ACL he suffered last May. "He's a ball of energy and excitement... more

While new Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is still trotting around with a "pronounced limp," the defensive star Philly traded for in March, Kiko Alonso, is all systems go. Acquired in a swap with Buffalo for running back LeSean McCoy, the former Bills... more

The Green Bay Packers believe they have a "bigger Randall Cobb" in third-round wideout Ty Montgomery. In Baltimore, the Ravens hope to have found a Cobb clone of their own. Veteran receiver Steve Smith made the comparison on Thursday when talking about... more

If Tim Tebow winds up making Philadelphia's 53-man roster, it's likely to come at the expense of third-year Eagles passer Matt Barkley. Barkley, though, wasn't thrilled this week with the notion that he's in a battle for the No. 3 spot behind Sam... more

The Buffalo Bills have traded in one quarterback project for another. The team on Friday cut Jeff Tuel to make room Matt Simms, who the Bills snatched off waivers from the New York Jets. This one boils down to coach Rex Ryan going with his guy. While... more

It didn't take long for the Atlanta Falcons to find someone to take Prince Shembo's roster spot. The Falcons signed veteran offensive guard Chris Chester to a one-year deal on Friday, the team announced. The Falcons had room on their offseason... more

The gaggle of Patriots beat writers did their best, but squeezing information out of Bill Belichick remains a chore. The Patriots coach on Friday refused to shed light on his plans under center, where second-year passer Jimmy Garoppolo will start the... more

It didn't take long for Cary Williams to see the difference in Seattle's secondary. Signed as a free agent this offseason, the former Eagles cornerback talked Thursday about the Legion of Boom's obsessive "attention to detail." "They talk about... more

Mark Sanchez watched the Eagles swing a trade this offseason for fellow quarterback Sam Bradford, but his goal in Philly remains unchanged. "Everybody wants to be the starter and I'm no different," Sanchez said Thursday, per the team's official... more

Wednesday's rash of offseason team activities was unkind to the Denver Broncos, who lost starting left tackle Ryan Clady for the year with a torn ACL . With second-round pick Ty Sambrailo now working at the bookend slot, the Broncos are set to play four... more

Josh McCown has something in Cleveland that he didn't in Tampa Bay: an offensive line. After being battered behind a Bucs front that allowed a whopping 52 sacks last season -- third worst in the league -- the veteran quarterback was quick to praise a... more

Steve Smith opined on Thursday that age is just a number. The Ravens wideout repeatedly laughed off questions from scribes about his senior status -- he's 36 -- but gave an honest answer when asked if he planned to play past 40 like Hall of Famer Jerry... more

Packers wideout Jordy Nelson on Thursday downplayed the effects of an offseason hip surgery that still had him sidelined for this week's OTA sessions in Green Bay. "It was something that hopefully will come out in about 10 years what we had done,"... more

Eli Manning has produced a pair of Super Bowl wins during his 11-year career, but the New York Giants quarterback believes he's just getting started. Manning responded positively this week when asked by one reporter: "Are you expecting your best... more

One day after Adrian Peterson insisted that his absence from Vikings OTAs had "nothing to do with wanting to be traded," the All-Pro running back made it crystal clear on Thursday what has him miffed. Taking to Twitter, Peterson unleashed a rant... more

Mike Glennon is no longer the quarterback of tomorrow in Tampa Bay, but the third-year Bucs passer insists he won't ask for a trade before the season. "I love it here in Tampa and this has been my home the last two years and I am happy to be here ,"... more

Eagles coach Chip Kelly didn't bring Tim Tebow to Philly to teach the journeyman passer another position. "He's a quarterback," Kelly emphasized Thursday. "That's how we're looking at Timmy. We're not looking at him at any other position." Kelly said... more

The Dallas Cowboys are throwing La'el Collins into the fire. The undrafted free-agent rookie is being used at right tackle in place of the injured Doug Free during this week's organized team activities. Collins is doing his best to catch up after... more

Travis Kelce emerged as a pass-catching, playmaking, mini-Gronkowski last season, but the Kansas City Chiefs tight end expects much more in 2015. "In my mind, the sky is the limit ," Kelce said Wednesday, per ESPN.com's Adam Teicher. With Anthony... more

The Philadelphia Eagles refuse to rush Sam Bradford. Coach Chip Kelly told reporters Thursday that the former Rams quarterback remains limited during this week's rash of organized team activities. "He is on schedule," Kelly said of Bradford's recovery... more

Adrian Peterson is the finest running back on Planet Earth. Last season doesn't change that, but the Vikings superstar's absence in 2014 cost him during NFL Network's latest edition of The Top 100 Players of 2015 . Players 70 through 61 were... more

Is Alex Mack already planning for life after Cleveland? The Browns Pro Bowl center stayed quiet on Wednesday when asked about the status of his five-year, $42 million contract, which he can opt out of after 2015. "I'm going to defer," Mack said,... more

Rolando McClain's rugged offseason has taken another tough turn. Coach Jason Garrett announced Wednesday that the Cowboys linebacker will not participate in OTAs this week after undergoing a recent knee scope. The former first-round pick of the... more

Devonta Freeman couldn't care less who the Falcons drafted. Atlanta's second-year running back took first-team reps during Tuesday's OTAs and doesn't plan to hand those carries away to third-rounder Tevin Coleman. "This means a lot to me,"... more

It didn't take long for Marcus Mariota to make an impression on his Tennessee Titans teammates. "He is faster than I thought," linebacker Zach Brown said Tuesday after the team's first session of OTAs, per the Tennessean. "He is an athletic... more

Dan Orlovsky still sees greatness ahead for Lions running back Theo Riddick. The backup quarterback told reporters Tuesday that "Theo's too good to not put on the field," even after the team drafted second-rounder Ameer Abdullah to pair with Joique... more

Life isn't better without Tommy, according to Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers quarterback told reporters on Tuesday that he would rather see Tom Brady in a Patriots uniform when the two teams square off in the regular season opener. "He's a guy,... more

With their backfield still under the microscope, the Cowboys used Tuesday to add another receiver. Dallas has signed former 49ers first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, the team announced. The 25-year-old wideout worked out for the Cowboys last week.... more

More than a few veterans are skipping offseason workouts to lobby for new deals, but not Julio Jones. The Falcons Pro Bowl wideout attended the start of Tuesday's OTAs despite the lack of a long-term contract extension. We didn't expect Jones to... more

Chargers safety Eric Weddle isn't the only veteran backstop staying away from OTAs. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Browns Pro Bowler Tashaun Gipson won't be in Cleveland on Tuesday for the team's second round of offseason workouts, per a... more

Dane Fletcher is back where he started with the New England Patriots. The Patriots signed the veteran linebacker to a one-year deal on Tuesday, the team announced. The move adds depth to a linebacking unit that also inked another former Patriots... more

Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . Cowboys Eagles Giants Redskins » Stop us if you've heard this before: The Cowboys are... more

Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . Cowboys Eagles Giants Redskins » I'm not sold on the praise Washington has showered on... more

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The New Orleans Saints are zeroing in on a role for first-round offensive lineman Andrus Peat. Coach Sean Payton told reporters on Saturday that the No. 13 overall pick out of Stanford has worked mostly at right tackle during the team's rookie minicamp.... more

Matt Jones isn't the only running back turning heads at Washington's rookie minicamp. Redskins coach Jay Gruden went out of his way on Saturday to praise the handiwork of Blake Sims, the former Alabama quarterback trying out for a spot in the backfield.... more

Cleveland's offense went off the rails late last season, a swoon that only looked worse after play-caller Kyle Shanahan resigned in January with two years left on his contract. This time around, Browns coach Mike Pettine is taking a different approach,... more

Asked recently what he thought of Arizona's draft class, Bruce Arians gushed, saying: "Oh, God, all the drafts picks are right on the money." The Cardinals coach went out of his way to sprinkle even more sugar on running back David Johnson, the Northern... more

Johnny Manziel, Justin Gilbert and Jadeveon Clowney all underwhelmed as rookies, but few first-year efforts were more mysterious than that of Marcus Smith. The Eagles linebacker played just 74 snaps and failed to make a tackle all year. One of the big... more

Dennis Pitta isn't ready to walk away from the NFL. Seven months removed from his second hip dislocation and fracture in two seasons, the Ravens tight end remains "optimistic" about playing in 2015. "I feel good. But obviously it's a process," Pitta... more

Twelve NFL games were enough to net Odell Beckham Jr. an Offensive Rookie of the Year award and the cover of Madden . He's eyeing much more in 2015. "I think the biggest goal for me is I felt like I've always been great and I've always been on... more

The Cleveland Browns have the second of their two first-round picks under contract. After striking a deal with nose tackle Danny Shelton on Monday, the Browns agreed to terms with offensive lineman Cameron Erving, the team announced on Friday. The... more

So far, so good for Marcus Mariota. The Titans rookie quarterback survived Tennessee's first rookie minicamp session on Friday and managed to impress coach Ken Whisenhunt along the way. "He has a great understanding of the (playbook)," Whisenhunt... more

Tashaun Gipson has been a no-show for Cleveland's entire offseason, but the promising Browns safety will reappear when training camp begins. That's what Pro Bowl corner Joe Haden told reporters on Friday, saying: "I don't think he's thinking about... more

Add Santana Moss to the growing list of aging veterans unwilling to call it quits. The 35-year-old wideout remains confident that he will find an NFL team before training camp kicks off. "I'm a free agent right now, you know how they do us old... more

The Tennessee Titans have talked about rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota as their presumptive Week 1 starter, but Zach Mettenberger has a different plan. "I don't (know) what the mind-set is, but at the end of the day, I can just control what I do and... more

Jets linebacker David Harris wasn't expecting Gang Green to use the sixth overall pick in the draft on defensive end Leonard Williams. "I think that caught a lot of people by surprise, but I love the pick," Harris told reporters this week, per NJ.com.... more

The Baltimore Ravens spent most of March telling us that they were happy with their cadre of young wideouts, but come April they got wise and drafted a first-round receiver in Breshad Perriman. Joe Flacco approves. "I'm happy with Breshad," Flacco... more

Michael Vick isn't the only aging veteran hoping for one more shot at the NFL. Former Rams and Falcons running back Steven Jackson made it clear this week that he'd like to keep playing if the right team comes calling. "That's the thing," Jackson... more

The Tennessee Titans have their newest backfield addition under contract. The team on Thursday announced that fifth-round running back David Cobb has agreed to terms after being selected with the No. 138 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. We... more

Michael Vick isn't ready to hang up the cleats just yet. The longtime quarterback is one of a handful of professional athletes working out at "The Chamber," a Florida-based fitness complex owned by former Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers. "He didn't... more

Steelers Bengals Ravens Browns Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Another year, another quarterback competition in... more

Steelers Bengals Ravens Browns Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Jeremy Hill owns the starting job after his heady... more

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Holding court Wednesday morning, Bills coach Rex Ryan was predictably peppered with inquiries about the four-game suspension draped on Tom Brady. Asked by reporters what it means for Buffalo to potentially face a Patriots squad stripped of their... more

It's the middle of May, when every skill player on all 32 rosters is crowed about as the second coming of a young Frank Gifford. Still, it's intriguing to hear about the pairing of Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick and pass-catching runner Reggie... more

The Ravens want to see more out of a pair of high draft picks from 2013. Both first-round safety Matt Elam and second-round linebacker Arthur Brown face critical offseasons in Baltimore, something general manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged on a... more

While we still expect Matt Cassel to open the season as Buffalo's starting quarterback, it was third-year passer EJ Manuel who went out of his way this week to gush over a "sweet" Bills offense. "I just think the dynamics that we have and the... more

It's no secret that the Cowboys hope first-round pick Byron Jones can emerge as an immediate starter in the secondary. According to safety Barry Church, the former UConn cornerback is off to a good start. "Aw, he's a freak athlete. He has... more

The Atlanta Falcons have Tevin Coleman under contract. The third-round running back signed his rookie contract on Tuesday, according to the team's official website. Drawing comparisons to a young Darren McFadden, Coleman figures to play a major... more

The San Francisco 49ers are still waiting to hear from Justin Smith about whether or not he plans to play in 2015. That decision could be coming soon. Team general manager Trent Baalke told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that he plans to meet with... more

The Lions have added another body to the passing game. Detroit on Tuesday agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran wideout Lance Moore, according to the team's official website. While the Lions have a rock-solid starting duo in Calvin... more

Robert Griffin III knows his future in Washington boils down to how he handles life under center come September. "I'm not worried about next year," Griffin told reporters Monday, per CSN Washington. "I'm worried about this year." The Redskins... more

Dante Fowler's season is over before it began. In a crushing turn of events for the Jaguars, the team's first-round pass rusher has been lost for the year with the torn left ACL he suffered during Jacksonville's first rookie minicamp session on... more

The Cowboys landed a big fish in rookie lineman La'el Collins on Thursday, but Dallas might not be done generating headlines on offense. Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Friday that he would consider trading away the team's... more

Dante Fowler's NFL journey with the Jaguars is off to a rough start. The first-round pick was carted off the field Friday during Jacksonville's first rookie minicamp after tumbling to the ground during 11-on-11 drills, per multiple reports. The No. 3... more

It's Josh McCown's job to lose in Cleveland. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Friday that the veteran quarterback will serve as the team's No. 1 passer throughout offseason workouts, minicamp and likely into training camp, per Mary Kay Cabot... more

Josh Brent is calling it quits. The Dallas Cowboys announced that the sixth-year defensive tackle was moved to the squad's reserve/retired list  Friday, per the team's official website. Brent also announced his retirement via his agent, per CBS Sports .... more

Terrelle Pryor is back on field. The Bengals announced Friday that the former Raiders quarterback and Ohio State star was one of eight tryout players invited to Cincinnati's weekend minicamp. Pryor was released by the Chiefs on Tuesday less than four... more

The Houston Texans announced Friday that all seven of their draft picks are under contract . That includes first-round selection Kevin Johnson, the cornerback out of Wake Forest who landed in Houston with the 16th overall pick. Drawing comparisons to... more

Cowboys offensive lineman La'el Collins promised Thursday that Dallas would boast the finest front five in the NFL next season, but will the rookie's presence send one of those war daddies to the trade block? "No,"  Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said... more

Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan showed plenty of confidence in bypassing pass rusher Leonard Williams in the draft in favor of offensive lineman Brandon Scherff. That confidence also extends to the future of quarterback Robert Griffin III.... more

The Miami Dolphins are about to make it official with their new receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that DeVante Parker, the 14th overall pick of the draft, has agreed to a four-year deal with the team worth $10.9 million with a... more

After quarterback Joe Flacco was robbed Wednesday night on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2015 , the Ravens on Thursday tried to make it up to him. The team has agreed to terms with second-round tight end Maxx Williams out of the University of... more

The first-round signings have begun to pour in. The Minnesota Vikings announced on Thursday the team inked a deal with first-round cornerback Trae Waynes out of Michigan State. Second-round pick Eric Kendricks also agreed to terms with the Vikings,... more

The Green Bay Packers have put a ring on the finger of quarterback Brett Hundley. The team on Thursday signed their fifth-round pick out of UCLA, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The Milwaukee Journal Setinal first reported the news.... more

After hitting on Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery and Michael Floyd as "Making the Leap" candidates two seasons ago, we whiffed on Justin Hunter. Hauling in just 28 catches for 498 yards in his second campaign, Hunter struggled to emerge as a playmaker... more

Everyone wants to ask Ray Farmer about the quarterbacks. That's exactly what happened on Wednesday, when the Browns general manager told NFL Network's NFL Total Access how Josh McCown won the team over in free agency. "I think it's the experience... more

On a day filled with distractions for the New England Patriots, the team continues to focus on football. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that free-agent linebacker Brandon Spikes is in town for a visit, per a source informed of his... more

Emmitt Smith believes the Cowboys will be just fine in the backfield. Free-agent runner Chris Johnson says there's still a missing piece. "I'd fit good in Dallas," Johnson said this week when asked if the Cowboys would serve as a solid landing spot,... more

Terrelle Pryor is starting over -- again. The Chiefs announced on Tuesday that they have released the fifth-year quarterback less than four months after signing with Kansas City. Pryor is no guarantee to find another job. Completing just 56.3 percent... more

According to Mike Evans, the Buccaneers have drafted well. Tampa's second-year wideout said Tuesday that he always preferred Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota under center. "He can sit in the pocket and deliver the ball," Evans said of Winston, per... more

Carson Palmer is back on the field for the Arizona Cardinals. The veteran quarterback joined his teammates on Monday for Phase 2 of Arizona's offseason conditioning program. Kyle Odegard of the team's official website noted that Palmer ran the offense... more

The Cleveland Browns didn't include a single quarterback among their 12-player haul from the 2015 NFL Draft, but coach Mike Pettine isn't sweating it. "I don't think we can emphasize it enough that we're going to build a football team," Pettine said... more

This year's NFL draft put hordes of veterans on blast, but Redskins coach Jay Gruden says running back Alfred Morris isn't about to lose his job to third-round pick Matt Jones out of Florida. "Alfred won't be affected," Gruden said, per ESPN.com.... more

The drafting of Northern Iowa running back David Johnson isn't likely to reduce Andre Ellington's opportunities with the Arizona Cardinals. At least not according to coach Bruce Arians, who told reporters, per ESPN.com: "I think Andre will continue his... more

After a week that saw Bruce Irvin's name reportedly bubble up as trade bait , the Seahawks pass rusher has a home in Seattle for years to come, according to coach Pete Carroll -- even if the team doesn't plan to exercise the defender's fifth-year option... more

Steelers fans can expect to see less of James Harrison next season. The Pittsburgh pass rusher, set to turn 37 on Monday, is penciled in for a reduced role, according to linebackers coach Joey Porter. "He knows where he is," Porter said Saturday, per... more

Brett Hundley wasn't thrilled about tumbling into the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The former UCLA quarterback, though, sees his new home with the Green Bay Packers as a positive. "It's a blessing in disguise," Hundley said, per Ryan Wood of... more

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was forced to wait seven rounds to land with an NFL team, but the former Oregon cornerback finally found a home with the Cleveland Browns. After finishing first-team All Pac-12 over the past two seasons, Ekpre-Olomu was seen as a... more

The Glacier has melted in The Big Apple. The New York Jets landed on our list of draft winners after new general manager Mike Maccagnan pulled off a fruitful haul that addressed team needs and added value to a roster he's rebuilt since the departure of... more

Had Philadelphia swung a deal with the Titans on Thursday night, more than a few Eagles veterans were expected to be shipped to Tennessee in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick. That trade never went down, but at least one Eagles starter remains on the... more

The Green Bay Packers have a new quarterback. The team on Saturday swung a deal with the Patriots to move up 19 spots from No. 166 to No. 147 overall to select UCLA's Brett Hundley. To make the deal, the Packers also shipped their seventh-rounder (No.... more

Dallas has used two of their first three draft picks to focus on defense , but their most encouraging development involves a much-needed veteran. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Saturday that linebacker Sean Lee "looks fantastic,"... more

The Browns added a weapon to their backfield Friday in the form of Miami's Duke Johnson. With 4.54 speed and the ability to catch passes in space, the 5-foot-9, 207-pound Johnson drew comparisons from NFL Media's LaDainian Tomlinson to Cincinnati's... more

The Baltimore Ravens found their new wide receiver on Thursday night in Breshad Perriman. The Central Florida pass-catcher arrives with one snag, however: A reputation for not catching passes. "It's something I have a chip on my shoulder about,"... more

As expected, the New Orleans Saints added a young quarterback through the draft on Friday. Afterward, coach Sean Payton made it clear that Colorado State's Garrett Grayson was the only passer the team had eyes for. "This was the one," Payton said,... more

Jerry Jones believes the Dallas Cowboys can make something special out of Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory. The team's owner and general manager spoke with confidence on Friday after selecting perhaps the draft's finest quarterback chaser with the No.... more

After hitting it big with Kelvin Benjamin in last year's draft, the Panthers on Friday added another young wide receiver. In the second trade of the second round, Carolina engineered a swap with St. Louis to move up from No. 57 overall to the 41st slot,... more

The second round of the 2015 NFL Draft kicked off with a trade. The Giants on Friday swung a deal with the Titans to move up seven spots from No. 40 to No. 33 overall, where they selected Alabama safety Landon Collins. In return, Tennessee received... more

The arrival of Phillip Dorsett has already cost one man his job in Indianapolis. The Colts on Friday announced that Josh Cribbs has been released , paving the way for Dorsett, the speedy wideout from Miami, to take over return duties come September.... more

LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins has a plan in place if he's not drafted by a team on Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Collins and his camp have determined that if he's not selected in the second or third round, he will refuse to... more

The future of Philip Rivers is up in the air, but San Diego's quarterback sounds open to playing for the Bolts beyond 2015. "A lot of moving parts and lots to think about," Rivers said Friday, per U-T San Diego. "Location, family, team. ... All I can... more

The Titans and Buccaneers are still fielding calls from teams interested in a trade. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday that both clubs have heard from squads trying to acquire Tennessee's 33rd overall pick and Tampa Bay's selection at No. 34.... more

The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, but plenty of talented players remain up for grabs. With the second round just hours away, who might be willing to trade up for the player they covet? Here's our take: Cowboys Dallas turned its... more

April

We get it: The Colts are angling to destroy teams through the air come September. Despite other needs on the roster, Indianapolis on Thursday grabbed intriguing wideout Phillip Dorsett out of Miami with the 29th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.... more

The Steelers made it crystal clear before the draft that outside linebacker was a primary need heading into the 2015 NFL Draft. Pittsburgh found their man on Thursday with the No. 22 overall selection, adding Kentucky's Bud Dupree to a position group... more

The first trade of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books. The Chargers on Thursday night swung a deal with the 49ers to move up two spots from No. 17 to No. 15 overall, where they grabbed tantalizing Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. In return, San... more

After all the white noise about the Browns mortgaging their future to swing a deal for the No. 2 overall pick, Cleveland stayed home at No. 12 to add a big-bodied terror to their defensive line. The team snagged Washington's Danny Shelton, giving coach... more

The Atlanta Falcons made no secret about their desire to land a difference-making pass rusher with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mission accomplished. The team on Thursday nabbed Clemson's Vic Beasley, giving new coach Dan Quinn... more

The Jaguars used the third overall pick in last year's draft to find their quarterback of the future in Blake Bortles. On Thursday night, Jacksonville spent No. 3 overall on a defensive terror in Florida's Dante Fowler Jr. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound... more

The San Francisco 49ers have added a body to their depleted cast of linebackers. The team on Thursday signed linebacker Philip Wheeler to a one-year deal. The move does little more than add depth to a unit that saw both Patrick Willis and Chris... more

How much do the Titans want for the No. 2 overall pick? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Tennessee's asking price is steep enough to make teams believe that the Titans "just want to take (Oregon quarterback) Marcus Mariota and be... more

Despite whispers of the Browns angling to trade up for Tennessee's No. 2 overall pick in the draft, Cleveland team brass insists that no formal discussions have taken place. Browns general manager Ray Farmer told NFL Media's Andrea Kremer that after... more

Is Martellus Bennett on his way out of Chicago? The Bears have placed the veteran tight end on the trading block, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, citing sources informed of the team's thinking. If another club swings a deal for... more

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis insisted last month that Drew Brees won't be traded, but don't rule out New Orleans drafting another signal-caller. "You're always looking to get a young quarterback in the program," Loomis told reporters Wednesday... more

Jace Amaro is angling to break out of Rex Ryan's doghouse. The young Jets tight end agitated Ryan after suggesting that last year's Gang Green squad lacked accountability , a charge that prompted Rex -- now coaching the Bills -- to call Amaro "full of... more

The Cleveland Browns have no need to draft a running back during this week's NFL Draft. At least not according to Isaiah Crowell, the team's second-year runner who believes that he and Terrance West give the club all they need on the ground. Crowell... more

Joe Thomas sees a transformation in quarterback Johnny Manziel. In an exclusive interview with NFL Media's Andrea Kremer, Cleveland's Pro Bowl left tackle heaped praise on Johnny after saying earlier this month that the Browns passer "lost probably a... more

Peyton Manning is gearing up for more than a season-long waltz into the sunset. The Denver Broncos quarterback met with reporters on Tuesday to say of his upcoming age 39 campaign: "I don't see it as a farewell tour." "I'm not interested in answering... more

Dion Jordan's NFL career has taken another turn for the worse. The Miami Dolphins announced that the pass rusher is suspended by the NFL for the 2015 season following another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.  After Jordan's latest... more

Cincinnati has locked down a pair of former first-round picks through 2016. The Bengals announced Tuesday that the team exercised their fifth-year options on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler. The No. 17 overall pick from... more

While it's anyone's guess how the first round of this year's draft will play out, Pittsburgh enters the process with a handful of clear needs on defense. The Steelers must find help at cornerback and certainly could use another pass rusher after Jason... more

Quarterbacks Wide Receivers Tight Ends Offensive Linemen Last year's class of rookie receivers feels destined to go down as one of the greatest of our time. Not so with the tight ends. After months of hype over Eric Ebron, Austin... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have fallen out of love with running back Chris Polk. Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly reported Friday that the team has rescinded their low tender on the restricted free agent, leaving Polk free to sign with anyone.  Polk stayed... more

Mike Tannenbaum has made a big first impression with the Dolphins since they made him their executive vice president of football operations in January. After Tannenbaum helped sign Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Cameron -- and trade away the ornery Mike... more

Coming off a promising season in San Diego, Chargers running back Branden Oliver is looking for more come September. "I want to break more tackles. I would also like to be a little more explosive," Oliver said on the heels of a campaign that saw him... more

Despite losing the NFL's leading rusher in DeMarco Murray, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo sees only glory ahead in Big D. After winning the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this month, Romo made a promise to fans during his acceptance... more

The New York Jets continue to show faith in hot-and-cold pass rusher Quinton Coples. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported on Thursday that the team picked up the fifth-year option  for 2016 on the outside linebacker they snagged with the 16th overall pick... more

Browns general manager Ray Farmer on Thursday shot down at least one of the flurry of rumors surrounding Cleveland's up-and-down offseason. Asked to respond to gossip that the team tried to trade passer Johnny Manziel to the Philadelphia Eagles, Farmer... more

The overhaul at wide receiver rages on in Miami. The team announced Thursday that Greg Jennings signed a two-year contract. The deal is worth $8 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. The former Packers and Vikings pass-catcher... more

The Jaguars and Cowboys went out of their way this week to shoot down rumors of trading for Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. That still leaves the Cardinals as a logical suitor to make a push for the Vikings running back, something All-Pro wideout Larry... more

Unpacking the 2015 NFL schedule , we listed the Indianapolis Colts among the handful of teams who were treated kindly  by the schedule-makers. After all, they play in the humdrum AFC South while three of their most rugged opponents -- the Patriots,... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't interested in trading for Adrian Peterson. At least not according to coach Gus Bradley, who on Tuesday swatted down a report from the St. Paul Pioneer-Press that listed the Jags as one of six teams interested in swinging... more

Bottom line: No schedule looks easy to an NFL head coach. From where we sit in April, though, it's fair to wonder if some clubs made out better than others. After all, a handful of teams were given byes in the middle of the season or handed a rash of... more

Browns coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday laughed off the idea that Cleveland is ready to dump Johnny Manziel. Asked about a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen stating that the team has "90 percent moved on" from the second-year quarterback, Pettine told... more

Larry Fitzgerald posted uncharacteristically low numbers last season, producing the fewest catches since his rookie campaign in 2004. Turning 32 this summer, the Arizona Cardinals wideout says age had nothing to do with those results. "I can still... more

The Buffalo Bills don't have a legitimate signal-caller. We know it. You know it. General manager Doug Whaley knows it. "The way we looked at is, we don't have a proven franchise quarterback . That's obvious," Whaley said Monday, per ESPN.com's Mike... more

Marcedes Lewis has been part of the Jaguars since 2006. That isn't about to change. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the veteran tight end agreed to restructure the final year of his contract, per a source informed of the situation.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have landed a new center. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the team is signing former Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, according to a source involved with the negotiations. ... more

Rex Ryan has his groove back. The new coach of the Buffalo Bills came out firing on Saturday in a lively interview with NFL Media's Kimberly Jones. Jets tight end Jace Amaro took the worst of it. After telling The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas this week... more

Now happily tucked away in Buffalo with the Bills, Rex Ryan isn't holding back on his time with the New York Jets. Echoing what he shared with The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas this week, Ryan on Saturday told NFL Media's Kimberly Jones that he could feel his... more

Antonio Gates would like to clear something up. The San Diego Chargers tight end took heat this week after suggesting that he would like to dial back his snaps in 2015. On Friday, Gates went out of his way to clarify that he wasn't complaining about a... more

Coming off a deeply disappointing season both on and off the field, San Francisco 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith is "hungry" to bounce back in 2015. That's the word general manager Trent Baalke used to describe the mind-set of the star outside linebacker... more

After seeing a fleet of inside linebackers waltz out the door, the San Francisco 49ers are aiming to lock down one of their remaining defenders for the long haul. General manager Trent Baalke told reporters on Friday that the team is negotiating a... more

Gary Kubiak likes what he sees so far from the Denver Broncos. Especially on offense, where the newly hired coach conducted classroom sessions this week to begin mixing elements of his boot-heavy, play-action attack with last year's playbook. So far, so... more

Jamaal Charles plans to agitate opposing defenses deep into the future. The four-time Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl running back said this week that he hopes to play six more seasons before calling it quits at age 35 -- and that's not all. "I want to be... more

Andre Johnson insists that his relocation to Indianapolis had nothing to do with gaining revenge on his old team, the Houston Texans. "(Leaving the Texans) hasn't even really set in yet," Johnson told the Houston Chronicle. "I was just talking about... more

Brought to Tampa to replace Darrelle Revis last season, Alterraun Verner was expected to slip right in for the Bucs as a physical, ball-hawking cornerback in Lovie Smith's defense. That's not how it played out. After generating an average of five... more

NFL fans are one step closer to knowing whom their favorite teams will play from Week 1 through Week 17. League spokesman Brian McCarthy tweeted Friday that the 2015 NFL schedule will be released some time next week . No day was given, but last year's... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement on Friday to address his offseason stint in a treatment facility. "I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your... more

C.J. Spiller spent part of this week cleaning out his old locker at Orchard Park. Now a member of the New Orleans Saints, the sixth-year running back remains fond of the team that drafted him, telling Tim Graham of The Buffalo News: "I'll always be a... more

If you're Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon, the writing is on the wall. The third-year passer knows that Tampa Bay is just two weeks away from making either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota the team's signal-caller of tomorrow. Barring the draft being... more

Coach Rex Ryan said last month that he would be tickled to see his Buffalo Bills run the ball "50 times" a game, a preference likely to propel LeSean McCoy to 300-plus carries for the third year in a row. So where does that leave longtime Bills runner... more

Buffalo's 111 sacks over the past two seasons lead the NFL while posing the question: Can the Bills grow even fiercer under Rex Ryan? Busy installing his multiple-look front seven, the newly hired coach has handed control of Buffalo's defensive line to... more

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo was never the same last season after injuring his shoulder on the second play of the year against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After wearing a constricting harness that left him using one arm against an... more

The Patriots, Broncos and Colts all sit comfortably atop their respective divisions, but the AFC North remains up for grabs. After producing a trio of playoff teams last season, the AFC's black-and-blue division has enough talent to repeat the trick in... more

Matt Cassel hasn't been part of a playoff team since he guided Todd Haley's Chiefs to a 10-6 record in 2010. Now embedded as a stopgap veteran passer with the Bills, Cassel says this year's Buffalo squad has more to offer than that Kansas City club from... more

The NFL broke new ground this week by making Sarah Thomas the first full-time female official in league history. Could a female coach be next? Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sees it as a true possibility. "Someone asked me yesterday, 'When are... more

The Denver Broncos have added another tight end to coach Gary Kubiak's new offense. The team on Saturday announced that James Casey has agreed to terms on a one-year deal. Terms of the contract were not announced. Casey arrives as a solid blocker... more

One reason we expect the Falcons to improve on last year's measly six-win total: Kyle Shanahan. After milking impressive production out of a milquetoast roster in Cleveland, Atlanta's new offensive coordinator now inherits a bona fide franchise passer... more

While plenty are predicting doom for the 49ers, veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin believes the team will improve on last year's 8-8 record under new coach Jim Tomsula. "For us, we just have to move forward," Boldin said this week on SiriusXM NFL... more

The Miami Dolphins plan to keep Mike Pouncey in South Beach deep into the future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Friday that the Pro Bowl center and the 'Fins have agreed on a big-money, multiyear extension, according to a source informed... more

With Darrelle Revis back home in New York, the Patriots move forward minus one of the greatest cover men in the game today. According to defensive end Chandler Jones, though, New England already has a contingency plan in place come September. "We're... more

Will Allen is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran safety has re-signed with the team, per a Monday press release, adding much-needed depth to the backend of coach Mike Tomlin's defense. ESPN first had the news on Friday. Pittsburgh's need... more

In an offseason full of changes for the San Francisco 49ers, the most critical X-factor remains the development of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Tight end Vernon Davis says that project is off to a good start. "You guys are in for a treat," Davis told... more

Do the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still believe in running back Doug Martin? Coach Lovie Smith told a gathering of team suite holders on Thursday that "we haven't seen the true Doug Martin yet," per Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune. Smith went on to... more

Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett took to the airwaves on Thursday to shoot down whispers that he's seeking a trade out of Seattle. After defusing that controversy, though, he created another with his comments on new Seahawks tight end Jimmy... more

We have our first peek at the 2015 NFL season. The league announced its preseason matchups Thursday. The full schedule can be seen here , but it's not too early to take a closer look at some of the juicier tilts on the slate. Here are nine games that... more

The Cleveland Browns have tapped the open market to fill another need on their patchwork offense. Free-agent tight end Rob Housler and the Browns have reached a one-year deal, the team announced on Thursday. The contract is worth $1.76 million,... more

T.J. Ward can speak from experience about Cleveland's eternal search for a functional quarterback. Denver's Pro Bowl safety played four seasons with the Browns before joining forces with Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but he still talks with his old... more

Not all is calm in the Motor City. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo plans to hold out of offseason activities in an attempt to wrangle a new contract, per a source informed of his thinking. While... more

With Adrian Peterson's reinstatement meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell in the rear-view mirror , what's next for the All-Pro Vikings running back? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL Total Access  on Tuesday that Peterson is "highly unlikely"... more

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is angling to steal a player away from his old employer, the Green Bay Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Packers restricted free-agent safety Sean Richardson has signed an offer... more

The San Diego Chargers aren't giving up on Melvin Ingram. The team on Tuesday exercised their fifth-year option for 2016 on the outside linebacker they snagged with the 18th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, a source informed of the move told NFL... more

LeGarrette Blount will begin next season on the bench. A league spokesperson informed NFL Media on Tuesday that the New England Patriots running back has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL... more

It didn't take long for Jets tight end Jace Amaro to notice the shift in tone around Florham Park. New coach Todd Bowles opened the team's voluntary workouts this week preaching accountability, something Amaro described as lacking in a Jets team that... more

Derek Carr is ready for the Raiders to move faster. Oakland's second-year quarterback told reporters Monday that he can't wait to dig his claws into the up-tempo attack of new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who -- after spending last season with... more

Just like last year, the NFC North goes through Green Bay. The Packers laughed off free agency, saving their money for their own biggest target : Randall Cobb. That move alone should guarantee that Green Bay's offense picks up where it left off in... more

Michael Crabtree's stock has plummeted on the open market, but the free-agent wide receiver has attracted some new interest. The former 49ers pass-catcher visited the cross-bay Oakland Raiders on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported . It's... more

Michael Strahan is ready to crown Odell Beckham Jr. The Hall of Fame pass rusher and former Giants star tabbed Big Blue's dynamic wideout as the "greatest athlete on earth right now" in a question-and-answer session with theplayerstribune.com.... more

The Indianapolis Colts front-loaded their wideout room with the signing of Andre Johnson, but inside the building, coaches are hoping for a breakout campaign from second-year target Donte Moncrief. "Moncrief has big-play ability and we saw him do that,"... more

The St. Louis Rams continue to show remarkable faith in wide receiver Kenny Britt. After signing the veteran to a two-year deal worth $9.15 million, coach Jeff Fisher recently talked about Britt playing an expanded role on offense in 2015. "I can... more

Former Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork acknowledged this week that his decision to sign with the Houston Texans had plenty to do with J.J. Watt. "My goal is to let J.J. be J.J.," Wilfork told the team's official website. "I'm pretty sure the... more

The Baltimore Ravens watched Torrey Smith walk out the door in free agency, but the team's owner isn't worried about what's left at the position. "We absolutely need a tight end. We do not absolutely need a wide receiver ," Steve Bisciotti said this... more

In an offseason that has seen both the Patriots and Jets slap each other with tampering charges, the Detroit Lions are playing nice with the Baltimore Ravens. After Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Wednesday issued a stream of freewheeling comments... more

FIVE TEAMS NOT RETURNING TO PLAYOFFS FIVE NEW TEAMS GOING TO PLAYOFFS Around The NFL scribe Conor Orr went out on a limb this week to predict five new teams that will earn playoff berths in 2015. Orr's crystal ball has the Saints, Bills,... more

The Dallas Cowboys have reached across the Atlantic for their next big find. The team has signed British player Efe Obada to a contract after the defensive end appeared in just five games in 2014 for the London Warriors of the British American... more

Trade winds continue to blow during a swap-heavy offseason in the NFL. The Ravens and Broncos have worked out a deal to send Baltimore center Gino Gradkowski to Denver. The Broncos announced that the blocker was acquired for "2016 draft pick... more

The Baltimore Ravens believe the addition of Matt Schaub gives them a bona fide insurance policy behind starter Joe Flacco. "The bottom line is Matt is a very good fit for the Ravens," coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Wednesday, one day after the... more

The Saints have orchestrated a pair of roster moves on an otherwise quiet morning in the NFL. The team on Wednesday signed veteran right guard Jahri Evans to a one-year extension and inked free-agent cornerback Kyle Wilson to a one-year pact. Evans... more

While Lions play-caller Joe Lombardi remains knee deep in Detroit's game tape from a season ago, one theme has already emerged from his studies: It's time for more big plays from Matthew Stafford. "Our biggest thing is, in order to win football games,... more

March

Not one of Dwayne Bowe's 60 catches in Kansas City last season went for a touchdown, but the veteran wideout says that will change with the Cleveland Browns. "I have a chance to revitalize myself," Bowe told ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler on Tuesday. "Just... more

The Oakland Raiders continue to shed bodies from last year's ghastly free-agency haul. The Raiders announced Tuesday that veteran defensive lineman Antonio Smith has been released. Smith spent 2009-13 in Houston and the Texans are in discussions about a... more

Sitting just $2.8 million under the cap, the Kansas City Chiefs still have plenty of money to move around if they plan to sign their draft class. Parting ways with Derrick Johnson , though, isn't in the cards. Team chairman Clark Hunt made it clear that... more

After padding their wide receiver room on Friday with Jarrett Boykin, the Panthers have gone on to add help along their offensive line. One day after he was released by the 49ers, tackle Jonathan Martin has been claimed off waivers by Carolina, the... more

The Carolina Panthers continue to mine the open market for help at wide receiver. The team signed free-agent target Jarrett Boykin to a one-year contract Friday. "It means a lot being from the area and having the opportunity to come back and get a... more

This month's trade for Nick Foles hasn't steered the St. Louis Rams away from wanting to add a quarterback through the draft. "It's our intention to draft one,"  Jeff Fisher said this week at the NFL Annual Meeting, per Jim Thomas of the St. Louis... more

The Oakland Raiders saw enough of Matt Schaub last season to know that the aging quarterback wasn't worth the $5.5 million he was scheduled to make in 2015. Could another team come calling? "Schaub is certainly somebody that we could (add) ," Falcons... more

Shane Vereen turned heads this month when he tabbed his signing with the New York Giants as "a step up" after four seasons in New England. Vereen also went out of his way to praise Bill Belichick and the Patriots, but talked about his move to Gotham as... more

With the Buccaneers in the driver's seat to nab Florida State's Jameis Winston with the top overall pick in the draft, is quarterback Mike Glennon on the way out of town? Coach Lovie Smith confirmed during Wednesday's NFC coaches breakfast that clubs... more

Sean Payton was a fountain of information during Wednesday's NFC coaches breakfast. The New Orleans Saints coach shot down the Drew Brees trade gossip, talked up his young skill players on offense and dished on the signing of running back C.J.... more

PHOENIX -- Bringing pro football back to Los Angeles remains a high priority for the NFL, but the league isn't willing to rush that process unnecessarily. Speaking Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting, Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that... more

PHOENIX -- Jim Tomsula at last month's combine was hellbent on bringing Frank Gore back to San Francisco. Instead, the 49ers wound up with Reggie Bush, a completely different type of runner in the backfield, but an athlete the coach gushed over during... more

PHOENIX -- If the Arizona Cardinals plan to make a play for the finest running back on Planet Earth, coach Bruce Arians isn't spilling the beans. Asked Wednesday about the chances of trading for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Arians deep-sixed... more

PHOENIX -- It's time to bury those Drew Brees trade rumors deep below the earth. It's not happening, according to New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who called the recent chatter about shopping the veteran quarterback nothing more than hot air.... more

PHOENIX -- It was just last evening that I was enjoying a local brew here at the Biltmore Hotel with fellow Around The NFL writer Conor Orr. Into the room marched Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, sitting down at a nearby table with team general manager... more

Redskins coach Jay Gruden went out on a limb last month to anoint Robert Griffin III as his starter heading into next season, but could all of that change? Washington's newly appointed general manager, Scot McCloughan, said Tuesday at the NFL Annual... more

PHOENIX -- The National Football League plans to celebrate Super Bowl 50 all season long. The league on Tuesday unveiled its plans for "On The Fifty," a campaign designed to link the past 49 Super Bowls with next year's benchmark title... more

PHOENIX -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is understandably tired of all the Andy Dalton questions. Saddled with what we view as a middle-of-the-pack quarterback, Cincinnati has been one-and-done in four straight playoff appearances with Dalton at the helm.... more

PHOENIX -- Peyton Manning needed more than a few weeks to decide if he wanted to play next season, but Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak believes his quarterback will arrive determined as ever for training camp. Asked Tuesday if he was concerned about... more

The Cleveland Browns aren't the only NFL squad being considered for this summer's installment of Hard Knocks . Texans owner Bob McNair said Monday that his team is also a candidate for the HBO series, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.... more

PHOENIX -- Asked Monday if his New York Jets have closed the gap on the New England Patriots following this month's expensive foray into free agency, Gang Green owner Woody Johnson gave the most honest answer he could. "I don't know." Even after... more

PHOENIX -- The Raiders remain one of three clear candidates for a move to Los Angeles, but team owner Mark Davis on Monday wouldn't say much about a potential relocation. When Around The NFL asked Davis if he could see the Silver and Black staying in... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The NFL's first-ever Veteran Combine has left a bitter taste in the mouth of Michael Bush. The free-agent running back was initially optimistic after Sunday's workout in front of close to 100 league scouts and general managers. Thirty... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Michael Sam isn't ready to watch his NFL dream fade away just yet. No player generated more attention from the media at Sunday's first-ever Veteran Combine. It remains to be seen whether NFL scouts feel the same way, though, after the... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Before hundreds of eyes inside a hushed desert-bound practice bubble, Ben Gottschalk -- a decidedly large man -- rumbled through his version of a 40-yard dash. The 6-foot-5, 293-pound offensive lineman was the first of 150 hopefuls to... more

It didn't take long for Bernard Pierce to find a new home. The former Ravens running back was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, one day after being released by Baltimore, per the league's official transactions list. Pierce, 24, was... more

Whether or not Adrian Peterson wears purple and gold come September, the Minnesota Vikings are making moves to rework their longstanding run-first offense into an attack that scatter teams through the air. Last week's trade with Miami for Mike Wallace... more

Frank Gore sent a shockwave through the Eagles complex last week when he left Philadelphia at the altar for the Indianapolis Colts. The former 49ers running back acknowledged that he was minutes away from joining Chip Kelly's squad before making one... more

The NFL Competition Committee held a conference call on Wednesday to go over possible rule change proposals that will be discussed at the NFL Annual Meeting, which starts Sunday in Phoenix. Twenty-three rule changes and four bylaw changes were proposed.... more

It's far too early in the offseason to start crowning teams -- or digging their graves. Still, we can use the evidence we have so far to pinpoint a handful of NFL quarterbacks in better position to succeed in 2015. Dan Hanzus did exactly that on Monday,... more

When the New Orleans Saints traded for Dannell Ellerbe, the plan all along was to reduce the linebacker's weighty contract. That's exactly what they've done with the former Miami Dolphins defender. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that... more

One week into free agency and the vast majority of household names are off the board. We've steadily shifted into the open market's second phase, where teams will look to plug roster holes with more affordable talent. What can't be fixed now will be... more

Tim Tebow isn't the only from-the-wilderness quarterback staging a tryout with an NFL team. Josh Freeman recently worked out with the New York Jets, according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, who was told that the quarterback performed well. Per... more

The Arizona Cardinals have been name-dropped as a logical landing spot if the Minnesota Vikings choose to move on from Adrian Peterson. While a move to the desert hasn't been ruled out, the money involved makes swapping the All-Pro running back a "major... more

Bears general manager Ryan Pace said last week that Chicago is "moving forward" with Jay Cutler under center, an announcement that certainly pleased offensive lineman Matt Slauson. "I have every confidence in (Cutler) -- his ability, his intelligence,"... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport revealed that last week's stunning Seahawks trade for tight end Jimmy Graham began with a spark: Saints coach Sean Payton's fascination with Seattle center Max Unger. Unger was Payton's original target in the swap, but... more

Whether or not it happens in Minnesota, Adrian Peterson is determined to make a point when he finally returns to the field. After working out with the star running back in Houston, Vikings teammate Tom Johnson emphasized Sunday that Peterson is in top... more

Last week's epic start to free agency thrust all 32 NFL teams into makeover mode. The most striking series of transformations came in the backfield, where a rash of clubs were quick to remake their stable of runners. Chris Wesseling did an outstanding... more

After watching Justin Durant and Bruce Carter depart through free agency, the Dallas Cowboys have tapped the open market for a linebacker of their own. The agent for Andrew Gachkar tweeted Sunday that the former Chargers defender has joined forces with... more

The Atlanta Falcons desperately need pass rushers, a problem they addressed during a busy Thursday in the NFL. The team announced that they have agreed to terms with free-agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn, 26, ranked 77th on our list of... more

The wheeling and dealing rages on in Philadelphia. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Eagles are working behind the scenes to trade two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis. Mathis and the Eagles have been here before after coach Chip Kelly... more

While Philadelphia retools its secondary, one former Eagles defensive back has found a new home. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that safety Nate Allen has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders. The team later confirmed the deal.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars made Red Bryant one of their big-name free-agent additions last offseason. One year later, he is gone. The big-bodied defensive end has been released after starting all 16 games in 2014, per the team's official website.... more

The Buffalo Bills aren't finished adding competition under center. Coach Rex Ryan told a Toronto radio station on Thursday that the team has struck a deal with former Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor, per Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. The team later... more

The Miami Dolphins never made a second attempt at wooing Jim Harbaugh to South Beach. Team owner Stephen Ross went out of his way to confirm as much during Wednesday's introduction of Dolphins free-agent prize Ndamukong Suh. "Forget what the press... more

The New York Giants have furnished Tom Coughlin with an added dose of job security. The team on Wednesday announced a one-year contract extension for their longtime coach, locking down Coughlin through the 2016 season. The announcement confirms what... more

After a flurry of trades, cuts and signings, DeMarco Murray remains the biggest of names left on the open market. So where will he land? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the former Dallas Cowboys running back is receiving interest... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are waving farewell to Dashon Goldson. The team is preparing to release the veteran safety as soon as they complete a deal for free-agent backstop Chris Conte, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. The transaction is hardly... more

The Philadelphia Eagles had Sam Bradford on the mind for much longer than anyone realized. Asked Wednesday if he was surprised about the swap that sent Nick Foles to the Rams in exchange for his services, the quarterback broke a little news. "This had... more

The Falcons aren't finished hunting for free-agent help at wideout. Former Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson tweeted Wednesday that he has worked out a contract with Atlanta's front office: #RiseUp #DirtyBirds #DoneDeal â?? Leonard Hankerson... more

The Vikings have unearthed a new backup passer. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Shaun Hill is headed to Minnesota to fill the void left by Matt Cassel. A veteran of 10 NFL seasons, Hill stepped in to start eight games for the Rams... more

After watching Anquan Boldin thrive in San Francisco, the 49ers are hoping for a similar fate with their newest pass-catching import from the Baltimore Ravens. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that wideout Torrey Smith has signed a... more

Tuesday's trade-happy hurricane continues to rage through league circles: This time it involves a pair of starting quarterbacks. The Eagles announced Tuesday that they have agreed to trade quarterback Nick Foles, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 and a... more

Da'Norris Searcy is on his way from snowbound Western New York to breezy Nashville. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the free-agent safety is finalizing a four-year, $24 million deal with the Tennessee Titans that will pay the... more

The Bears were in hibernation during a wild NFL weekend , but Chicago made a splash on Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the team will sign free-agent outside linebacker Pernell McPhee to a five-year contract worth almost $40 million,... more

Frank Gore isn't the only big-name free agent eyeing the Indianapolis Colts. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the former 49ers running back will travel to Indy on Tuesday along with ex-Houston Texans wideout Andre Johnson to meet with team brass,... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to make a big impression in free agency . Set to sign tight end Julius Thomas, defensive lineman Jared Odrick and offensive tackle Jermey Parnell, the team is now zeroing in on former Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon... more

The New England Patriots and New York Jets have competition for the services of Darrelle Revis. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Cleveland Browns are set to make a run at the All-Pro cornerback when he reaches the open market on... more

The Baltimore Ravens are sitting tight with Haloti Ngata -- for now. Saddled with a mammoth $16 million cap hit, the defensive lineman was an obvious target for a contract restructuring, but Ngata and the Ravens remain "status quo" heading into free... more

The Darrelle Revis watch has taken a critical turn. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the New England Patriots will not pick up the All-Pro cornerback's $20 million option for 2015, according to a source informed of the team's... more

Stephen Paea is on the move. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the former Bears defensive tackle has told people that he will land with the Redskins when free agency launches Tuesday. The big-bodied, interior lineman has been on... more

Will Monday's flurry of quarterback movement in Houston lead Ryan Fitzpatrick to the New York Jets? With the Texans planning to sign both Ryan Mallett and former Browns passer Brian Hoyer, Fitzpatrick looms as a strong candidate for release. If (and... more

Jermey Parnell has found a new home in Jacksonville. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Jaguars are expected to sign the former Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle to a five-year, $32 million deal, per sources. The signing addresses... more

After swinging and missing on a handful of free-agent luminaries, the Oakland Raiders have landed their center of the future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team is expected to sign Rodney Hudson to a five-year deal worth $44.5... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will ride into next season with their formidable pass-rushing duo fully intact. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Tamba Hali has agreed to restructure his contract in order to stay with the organization that... more

Mark Ingram will remain tucked away in the New Orleans backfield for years to come. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Saints have reached an agreement with the hard-charging running back on a four-year deal worth $16 million,... more

The San Diego Chargers are making a hard push to keep one of their own under contract. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the team is closing in on a new deal for cornerback Brandon Flowers, according to a source informed of the... more

With the Broncos and Julius Thomas likely headed for a split, Denver is zeroing in on Plan B at the tight end position. Virgil Green is currently mulling over a multi-year offer from the team while fielding interest from multiple other clubs, according... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have struck a deal with Major Wright. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the veteran safety agreed to terms with the team on a new contract, according to a source involved in the pact. The sixth-year... more

Kareem Jackson said last month that he would "love" to re-sign with the Houston Texans. On Saturday, the promising young cornerback got his wish. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jackson and the team have agreed to terms on a four-year, $34... more

The Indianapolis Colts don't plan on re-signing  Reggie Wayne, but the veteran receiver might not be done catching passes. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Wayne is open to playing one more year if a contender comes calling,... more

The San Francisco 49ers want to keep Frank Gore around for the long haul. "I think we'll figure out a way. That's my feeling," team CEO Jed York told the San Francisco Chronicle when asked about the prospect of re-signing the veteran running back.... more

The Cleveland Browns have moved on from Brian Hoyer, but the quarterback might not be homeless for long. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Saturday that the Houston Texans are zeroing in on the veteran signal-caller as a top quarterback target, per a... more

The Seattle Seahawks plan to keep Marshawn Lynch around for the long haul. The team announced Friday that Lynch signed a two-year extension, keeping the hard-charging running back in Seattle through the 2017 season.   The contract is worth $24 million... more

LaRon Landry's upcoming season is essentially over before it began. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the free-agent safety has been suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the 2015 campaign for violating the league's policy on... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are holding on to Josh Mauga. The team plans to re-sign the linebacker to a three-year deal worth nearly $8 million, per ESPN.com. Mauga was a major contributor last season, starting all 16 games and finishing fifth on the team... more

In with Brandon Marshall, out with Percy Harvin. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the New York Jets are expected to release Harvin, their playmaking wideout, after sending a fifth-round pick to the Chicago Bears on Friday for the... more

Justin Forsett is bound to find suitors on the open market if the Ravens don't come calling first. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints are poised to make a run at the free-agent running back... more

It isn't Ndamukong Suh, but the Detroit Lions have re-signed one of their own. The Lions announced Friday that the team inked kicker Matt Prater to a three-year contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is worth $9 million, per... more

Barry Switzer is the gift that keeps on giving for the Dallas Cowboys. The former Oklahoma coach who guided the 'Boys to a win in Super Bowl XXX recently touted himself as the galvanizing force behind Dallas drafting running back DeMarco Murray in 2011.... more

The Oakland Raiders aren't the only team zeroing in on Ndamukong Suh. The uber-dominant free-agent defensive tackle is also expected to be sought by the team that drafted him -- the Lions -- along with the Bears, Jaguars and Dolphins. With teams... more

The courting of Ndamukong Suh is underway. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Thursday that the Oakland Raiders are planning to bring the free-agent defensive tackle in for a visit next week, per a source familiar with the team's plans. After... more

QBs RBs DL WRs DBs LBs TEs It's a beautiful time to go on the hunt for a wideout. For teams that failed to restock the position during last May's receiver-rich draft, this year's crop of free-agent talent is decidedly juicy.... more

After acknowledging in December that he "messed up" his rookie season, Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert vowed to "work a lot harder" to make good on his first-round draft pedigree. Last year's No. 8 overall pick has kept his word, recently flying to... more

Buffalo Bills fans have reason to remain skeptical about the team's master plan under center. After wading through last season with the milquetoast Kyle Orton, Wednesday's trade for veteran Matt Cassel hardly moves the needle. One of his former... more

Has Troy Polamalu's long and brilliant run with the Pittsburgh Steelers come to a close? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the organization believes the celebrated safety has played his last game for the Steelers, per a pair of team... more

Darnell Dockett might have a new team by nightfall. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the free-agent defensive tackle enjoyed a productive visit on Tuesday with the San Francisco 49ers. Rapoport was told that Dockett is expected to choose... more

The more we learn about wideout Andre Johnson's pending breakup  with the Houston Texans, the more it appears the team made an awkward mess of the split. Johnson told the Houston Chronicle on Monday that coach Bill O'Brien sat him down last week to say... more

Dez Bryant isn't the only wide receiver sticking around in Dallas. The Cowboys announced on Tuesday that Cole Beasley has been signed to a new four-year deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Beasley's pact is worth $13.6 million, with $7... more

QBs RBs DL WRs DBs LBs TEs Last year's list of free-agent running backs was a mild disaster . Not this time around. Headlined by DeMarco Murray -- this NFL's leading rusher -- the open market is littered with a rich cast of... more

February

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones informed him that Bryant will be franchise-tagged by Monday's deadline. It is expected to be the non-exclusive tag. The story was first reported by FOX Sports Southwest .... more

Ten days away from the launch of free agency, Ray Rice remains "optimistic" that his NFL career will go on. In a wide-ranging interview with Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the former Ravens running back expressed hope that teams will pick up the... more

The San Francisco 49ers want to keep Stevie Johnson, but not at his current price tag. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that a pay cut looms for the veteran wideout scheduled to make $5.5 million next season, according to a pair of... more

The addition of Josh McCown in Cleveland is a clear indication that the Browns have yet to give up on Johnny Manziel. The dictionary definition of a "bridge quarterback," McCown was lauded by general manager Ray Farmer as a "great guy in the locker... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has come up with a plan to develop the next generation of NFL quarterbacks. Speaking Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Payton pushed the concept of virtual reality training for signal-callers, not... more

The Atlanta Falcons used Thursday and Friday to trim the roster of millions in cap space . Steven Jackson, Harry Douglas and Justin Blalock were all sent packing, but new coach Dan Quinn has different plans for free-agent linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.... more

The Cleveland Browns have unearthed yet another quarterback in their never-ending quest for stability under center. The team on Friday agreed to terms  with free-agent quarterback Josh McCown, who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL... more

One day after U.S. District Judge David S. Doty overturned the suspension of Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back has weighed in on the matter. "I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty's decision," Peterson wrote in a press release after... more

The Falcons aren't finished churning the roster. After cutting running back Steven Jackson and wideout Harry Douglas, the team on Friday announced the release of veteran guard Justin Blalock. The move comes as little surprise. While Blalock, 31, was... more

The Atlanta Falcons continue to cut the fat ahead of next month's foray into free agency. One day after releasing veteran running back Steven Jackson, the team has cut wideout Harry Douglas, a source informed of the move told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Stocked with talent along their defensive line, the St. Louis Rams have parted ways with Kendall Langford. The Rams announced on Thursday that the defensive tackle has been released , saving the team $6 million in cap space. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Jaguars are bidding farewell to cornerback Will Blackmon. The team on Thursday released the nine-year veteran, opening up $920,000 in cap room for a front office primed to be active on the open market come March 10. Jacksonville is sitting on... more

The cuts just keep on coming. The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they have release tight end Anthony Fasano on Thursday. Chalk it up as a salary cap move after Fasano was on tap to make $2.8 million next season. He finishes his two-year run in... more

Fantasy footballheads have already been gifted with a pair of young running backs to froth over this offseason. After Atlanta's Devonta Freeman was billed by Falcons brass at the combine as a workhorse-in-waiting , Detroit's Theo Riddick is now being... more

Todd Herremans is on his way out of Philadelphia. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Eagles are releasing the veteran guard, the team's longest-tenured player, per a source informed of the move. Herremans, 32, has toiled for 10... more

Michael Oher isn't giving up on his NFL career. The free-agent offensive tackle recently visited  with the Carolina Panthers just weeks after he was waived with an injury designation by the Titans, per The Baltimore Sun. Oher was let go in Tennesseee... more

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien made Ryan Mallett one of our NFL Scouting Combine winners by gushing over the fourth-year quarterback as a "starter in this league" and telling reporters: "I'd like to have him back." "I'd like to be back," Mallett... more

The Peyton Hillis era is over in Gotham. The New York Giants on Wednesday announced the release of the veteran running back after fewer than two seasons with the team. Hillis was brought on midway through the 2013 campaign after David Wilson suffered... more

Jettisoned Monday by the Indianapolis Colts, Ricky Jean Francois is already being sought for his next job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the 3-4 defensive end will visit with the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Atlanta Falcons. What's changing? What isn't? The Falcons have undergone a sweeping makeover since the end of the season,... more

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer has promised to find coach Mike Pettine a quarterback this offseason, but any pursuit of last year's starter, Brian Hoyer, will have to wait. Negotiations between the sides are on hold until Farmer and Hoyer... more

The Buccaneers struck out in free agency last offseason, but coach Lovie Smith says that won't prevent Tampa Bay from going back to the well come March. "We're building our team through the draft," Smith said this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, per... more

Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard landed on our radar in August when coach Marvin Lewis called the first-round selection the "the best rookie corner I've seen." Dennard then proceeded to tumble off our radar after playing just 61 snaps in his first... more

The Broncos won't hesitate to slap the franchise tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, but the future of tight end Julius Thomas remains up in the air. Set to become a free agent next month, Thomas appears ready to part ways with the team after... more

When Ray Farmer was asked Thursday if the Browns would be willing to package their two first-round picks to move up for a quarterback in the NFL Draft, the Browns general manager told reporters that anything is possible. Quarterback guru George... more

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson knows that Cincinnati needs much more from quarterback Andy Dalton to avoid another January collapse. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their... more

The Bills know that next month's start to free agency could mean the end of C.J. Spiller's run in Buffalo. General manager Doug Whaley told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that "there's going to be some work that has to be done"... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- A calmer, more comfortable Jim Tomsula broke a little news on Thursday. The new San Francisco 49ers coach told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team has begun talking with both Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree about new... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer on Thursday apologized for his starring role in the texting scandal currently under investigation by the NFL. One day after coach Mike Pettine admitted that he "wasn't thrilled" with Farmer... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine revealed Wednesday that he recently sat down with quarterback Johnny Manziel. "I did go to visit him last week," Pettine told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I'll keep the details of that... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- It sure sounds like the Tennessee Titans are thinking about a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick. Both coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster acknowledged Wednesday the team will spend plenty of time with prospects... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jim Harbaugh said last week that he wasn't the driving force behind his exodus from San Francisco, saying: "I didn't leave the 49ers, I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me ." Niners general manager Trent Baalke on Wednesday wasn't in... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The courting of Josh McCown rages on. The free-agent quarterback met with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday morning, coach John Fox told reporters . Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to... more

The two-year long honeymoon for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and general manager David Caldwell is nearing its end. Team owner Shad Khan told reporters on Tuesday that another season of double-digit losses won't cut it in 2015. "We owe you better results... more

Muhammad Wilkerson said in December that he was "patiently waiting" for a new long-term deal from the New York Jets. The mammoth defensive end might not need to wait much longer. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and... more

It's widely known that the Browns came close to shopping Josh Gordon to the 49ers back in 2013, but San Francisco wasn't Cleveland's only potential trade partner that season. The former Browns front-office team of CEO Joe Banner and general manager... more

Former Jets general manager John Idzik is out the door, but his dealings in New York continue to draw criticism. This time from a former player. Two days after Gang Green declined Chris Johnson's contract option , the 29-year-old running back told The... more

How close did Adam Gase come to taking over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers? NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that the former Broncos -- and current Bears -- play-caller likely would have landed the Niners job if he agreed to hire Jim... more

The Cleveland Browns are a lock to bring in competition at quarterback on the heels of Johnny Manziel's disastrous rookie campaign. "It's way too early to give up on Johnny," team owner Jimmy Haslam said last week, but coach Mike Pettine acknowledged... more

When asked after the season if running back Frank Gore might wind up playing elsewhere come September, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said point blank: "We sure hope not." Gore isn't so certain San Francisco's front office is behind him. "I know... more

Kareem Jackson isn't ready to walk away from the Houston Texans. Set to become a free agent next month, the 26-year-old cornerback said this week that he hopes to stay with the team that made him a first-round pick in 2010. "I'd love to be back... more

With free agency set to kick off in less than a month, let's take a look at six player-to-team fits that make plenty of sense: Mark Sanchez to the Bills The Bills cannot afford to march into September without a veteran to compete with the... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Houston Texans. What's changing? Last offseason marked a time of upheaval for the Texans. This year should be less rocky... more

The New Orleans Saints are bringing back Parys Haralson for another spin. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the outside linebacker has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to a source who spoke with Haralson. The nine-year... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Oakland Raiders. What's changing? Former Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has taken over as head coach in... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have given up on Josh McCown, but he won't be out of work for long. Dropped into an ultra-hideous class of free-agent passers , the 35-year-old veteran has a chance to see meaningful snaps next season -- and even start for a... more

The St. Louis Rams aren't finished overhauling their offensive coaching roster. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that former Niners, Eagles and Bucs signal-caller Jeff Garcia will interview Thursday for the team's vacant quarterback coach... more

The Josh McCown experiment is one and done in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers on Wednesday released the veteran quarterback after just one up-and-down season with the team. McCown started 11 games in 2014, throwing 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions after... more

It's never too early to start thinking about next season. The NFL on Wednesday announced that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will kick off the 2015 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game. The game will unfold at Tom Benson Hall of Fame... more

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is standing by his embattled general manager. Haslam told a gathering of reporters on Wednesday that he fully supports Ray Farmer despite the league's investigation into reported allegations that the GM texted his... more

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill knows a good thing when he sees it. After watching coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim build Arizona into a playoff team, Bidwell said Wednesday that he plans to extend both their contracts. Combine on... more

The Denver Broncos want to know if Peyton Manning will return for one more season, but they're willing to wait for his answer. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison shrugged off concerns Tuesday that he won't be able to build out his playbook... more

Kyle Shanahan refuses to toss Johnny Football under the bus. The new Falcons offensive coordinator on Tuesday spoke positively about the lone season he spent with Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. "Johnny's a great guy and I think he does... more

New Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan must be over the moon. After spending last season with a Browns squad devoid of a franchise quarterback, Shanahan has waltzed neatly into Atlanta and the open arms of premier signal-caller Matt Ryan. Dan... more