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Marc Sessler

Marc Sessler

 

Marc Sessler is a writer for Around the League, providing nonstop analysis and opinions on all things football. Previous stops include the Boulder Daily Camera and USA TODAY's Baseball Weekly. He has been a contributor to NFL Media since 2010. Sessler is a weekly guest on the "Dave Dameshek Football Program" and co-hosts the "ATL Debate Club" podcast.


April

On the same day Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck called Reggie Wayne a "freak in terms of health and what he can do at his age," the veteran receiver promised his surgically rebuilt knee wouldn't hold him back in 2014. "You can believe I'm... more

With the bulk of free agency in the rear-view mirror , we finally have a clear picture of where teams stand heading into May's draft. Every organization still has holes to fill, and beyond this year's crop of rookies and free-agent additions, teams are... more

Robert Meachem still has a home in The Big Easy. The New Orleans Saints on Friday announced that they have re-signed the seventh-year receiver to a one-year deal. Sean Payton and friends added Meachem to the roster last September after he was... more

Welcome to silly season, ladies and gentlemen. With the draft just three weeks away, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has sifted through the white noise to bring us the following juicy morsels: ¬Ľ Let's start in Detroit, where the Lions loom as... more

Is there hope yet for Rolando McClain? Two days after the linebacker crumbled hard in a workout for the Baltimore Ravens, the team on Thursday reinstated McClain from the reserved/retired list, per the league's transaction report. It's a... more

The Packers were whispered about as a team ready to make a splash in free agency , but that never happened. Fewest UFAs from other teams since March 2010 Team No. of players Packers 5 Falcons 13 Bengals 17 Cowboys 18 Steelers 21... more

Chad Johnson has found a new home north of the border. The former NFL receiver signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes: IT'S OFFICIAL: @ochocinco puts pen to paper with @PoppJim . Bienvenue à... more

The signing of Julius Peppers has at least one Packers defender thinking Green Bay finally has the pieces to get back to the Super Bowl. "I think J.P., pound-for-pound, is one of the most athletic athletes in the league right now," defensive back... more

The Oakland Raiders are ready to ship Terrelle Pryor out of town. According to ProFootballTalk, Oakland is hoping to trade the fourth-year quarterback before the start of the offseason program , which kicks off next Tuesday. Translation: He'll be... more

Famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews says Rob Gronkowski is "right where he should be" in his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery. Still, the New England Patriots tight end isn't about to rush his return from the torn ACL and MCL he suffered in a... more

On Tuesday, we took a look at the collection of offensive talent headed for potential bounce-back campaigns in 2014. Let's get down to business on the defensive side of the ball: OLB Von Miller, Denver Broncos: Last year was a messy affair for... more

The Baltimore Ravens opened up a prairie land of salary-cap space in February when they agreed to a four-year contract extension with pass rusher Terrell Suggs that lifted $4 million off the books . Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on... more

You know it's April when stories are being written about Dexter McCluster stunning his Titans teammates in Tennessee's offseason workout program. "Amazing. I've seen his feet. I've seen his quickness. I think he's going to bring some true playmaking... more

The Baltimore Ravens have talked for months about adding bodies to a backfield that leaned on an ineffective, two-man rotation of Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce last season. That plan remains in place, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer, who said... more

Chris Johnson's voyage to Florham Park was delightful, but he remains a man without a home. Chris Johnson Tracker Chris Johnson is on the market, so keep an eye on all the latest news surrounding his next move with our CJ2K tracker.†More... NFL... more

Rolando McClain's attempt at an NFL comeback just hit a major bump in the road. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that the retired linebacker, as expected, attempted to stage a workout with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. According to someone... more

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told Around The League at February's combine that Carson Palmer has the skills to serve as Arizona's quarterback until he's 37 years old. Palmer, 34, doesn't deny that, but told Darren Urban of the team's official... more

The Green Bay Packers have opted for a familiar face at the quarterback position. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms with Matt Flynn, according to a source informed of the move. Free-Agent Tracker... more

At long last, Brandon Lloyd has found a new home. The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday that the wide receiver has signed a one-year deal to rejoin the team that originally picked him in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Battista: Niners at... more

Last season produced its share of All-Pros, overachievers and breakout artists, but not everyone touched the sun. For players coming off down campaigns -- triggered by injury, poor performance or fate -- September brings the chance to erase ill memories... more

The Eagles are using every method in the book this offseason to improve the NFC East's best roster. After reports surfaced that Philadelphia made an offer almost two months ago for Miami Dolphins pass rusher Dion Jordan, we learned that Chip Kelly and... more

In 2011, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder were made top-15 draft picks by teams desperate to find an answer under center. Will quarterback-needy clubs take a different strategy this time around? Peter King of TheMMQB.com was told... more

Tim Tebow wants one more shot at the NFL, but at least one of his peers doesn't see it happening. When Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was asked Saturday if the former Florida legend was the most talented player without a team, Shady... more

Roster Reset: NFC East April 13, 2014

Heading into the offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles stood out as the clear-cut favorites to repeat as division champions in 2014. Chip Kelly's bunch remain the class of the NFC East, but two division rivals have worked tirelessly to close the gap.... more

The Cleveland Browns didn't waste any time making their play on Alex Mack. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The team announced Friday that... more

Despite signing a contract extension with the New York Jets in January, Rex Ryan is viewed by some as a coach who needs to pull his team into the playoffs in 2014 to keep his job. Not so, says one team source. Ryan "isn't on any hot seat" next... more

The DeSean Jackson signing in Washington gives the Redskins a collection of weapons on offense the equal of any team in the conference . Third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III is a Grade A bounce-back candidate with the former Eagles wideout... more

The Philadelphia Eagles will use this year's draft to add a fresh flock of Chip Kelly-type players to the roster. Could they also be on the prowl for one of last year's draft-day stars? Bob Grotz of The Delaware County Daily Times reported Wednesday... more

The Carolina Panthers continue to stash away underwhelming pass catchers. The team on Thursday signed free-agent tight end Ed Dickson to a one-year deal, according to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer. The Panthers later confirmed the signing... more

The NFL hasn't finished making tweaks to the Pro Bowl. The league on Wednesday announced locations for its next two annual all-star games, with Arizona hosting the matchup in 2015 before a planned return to Hawaii in 2016. Take a look at the NFL's... more

We're less than a month away from the 2014 NFL Draft. And while we all know that drafting a quarterback in the first round is a risky proposition, which position group picked in round one has enjoyed the most long-term success? Examining a decade's... more

Less than a month after being medically cleared , Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says the procedure that ended his 2013 season was overblown. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning... more

We continue our Roster Reset series by picking the most improved position group in the AFC South. The offseason in the AFC South has been more about departures than arrivals. Matt Schaub is gone from the Texans, and the Titans no longer house... more

The tea leaves down in The Big Easy suggest the Saints might be up to something funky on defense. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... After... more

Roster Reset: AFC South April 08, 2014

No division is undergoing more transition than the AFC South. The Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans have brand-new coaching staffs, while the Jacksonville Jaguars remain a work in progress under second-year leader Gus Bradley. Quarterback... more

The Carolina Panthers have struck a deal with Colin Cole. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reported... more

League transactions have slowed to a crawl, but a handful of teams continue to mine for help. The Atlanta Falcons are hosting former Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson on Tuesday, according to ESPN.com's John Keim. A league source told Keim... more

The arrival of new Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has brought widespread change to Tampa Bay's roster. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen... more

The Chicago Bears took a look at more than just free-agent quarterback Josh Freeman on Monday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

The Houston Texans found assistance in the backfield. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The team announced Monday it signed Andre... more

March

New England Patriots center Ryan Wendell started every game for the last two seasons. It looks like he'll stay in that role. The team has re-signed the sixth-year lineman to a two-year contract worth a maximum of $6.85 million, according to... more

It didn't take long for DeSean Jackson to weigh in on his sudden release Friday from the Philadelphia Eagles. Take a look at the best shots of DeSean Jackson. Less than an hour after being cut, Jackson posted a statement thanking "the Eagles... more

Will Andre Johnson get his wish? The Texans wide receiver told reporters last month that Houston would be wise to trade the first overall pick in May's draft, a scenario the team reportedly is considering after owner Bob McNair called it a... more

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters last month at the NFL Scouting Combine that Arizona planned to "build our offense" around explosive running back Andre Ellington. Arians has dropped another bread crumb, suggesting this week that the... more

Roddy White is paying up. We came down hard on the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver last week after he reneged on a playful NCAA Tournament bet with a fan on Twitter. White initially promised Dylan Hoyt a Falcons season ticket if 14th-seeded Mercer... more

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said this week of Jake Locker's critical fourth season: "He knows what's at stake. He's got to perform." A clean bill of health will help. Tennessee's young quarterback has shed his walking boot and moved to the next... more

Brandon Marshall isn't sweating his long-term future with the Chicago Bears. Heading into the final year of his contract, the veteran wide receiver hasn't heard a peep from a front office that just handed a four-year deal to Jared Allen packed with... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL Annual Meeting is a wrap. Our little team of scribes has stumbled across plenty of hard news since arriving Sunday night, but the gig is up. As we pack our bags to head home, a few quick thoughts on what Gregg "The Boss"... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The league office has its eyes fixed on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will allow the legal process to play out and "let the facts dictate" Rice's fate. Goodell told... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Every major player from the Rams' organization is tucked away here at the NFL Annual Meeting, but that didn't stop St. Louis from making a move Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that free-agent defensive lineman Alex... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Green Bay Packers sound sold on keeping Matt Flynn around to back up Aaron Rodgers. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting that the team wants to re-sign Flynn, according to Mike Vandermause of the... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Detroit Lions don't plan to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Nick Fairley, but the Carolina Panthers are choosing to do exactly that with quarterback Cam Newton. "Yes," general manager Dave Gettleman said... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jared Allen remains a man without a team, but the Seattle Seahawks remain interested. General manager John Schneider told Around The League on Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting: "I don't think the door's closed by any stretch of the... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The typically stoic Bill Belichick has been nothing short of mirthful at this week's NFL Annual Meeting. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mike Pettine hasn't closed the door on adding a collection of quarterbacks to challenge Brian Hoyer for Cleveland's starting job under center. The Browns coach told reporters Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting that the team is open... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As the league's owners gather here in Florida, one of their peers isn't among them. Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts entered a health-care facility last week after his arrest this month on suspicion of intoxicated driving. NFL... more

At last month's NFL Scouting Combine, the Buffalo Bills announced they were prepared to go in any direction at the quarterback position. Not anymore. General manager Doug Whaley on Monday confirmed that second-year passer EJ Manuel is cemented in the... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Dallas Cowboys added quarterback Brandon Weeden to the roster on the outside chance that Kyle Orton decided to call it quits on the NFL. Weeden could be out of luck. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Terrelle Pryor's desire to be a first-string quarterback in the NFL is poised to lead him away from the Oakland Raiders. General manager Reggie McKenzie told reporters Monday at the NFL Annual Meeting that the fourth-year passer has... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mark Davis heard Richie Incognito's pitch to join the Oakland Raiders , but the team's owner isn't about to greenlight the troubled lineman's return to the league anytime soon. Davis acknowledged Monday that -- even if general manager... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Our annual Making the Leap series won't kick off until the lazy days of summer set in, but here's one name sure to make our list: Toby Gerhart. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

The Falcons are hanging on to Osi Umenyiora. Despite reports that Atlanta would ask the veteran pass rusher to take a pay cut to keep his roster spot, general manager Thomas Dimitroff says that isn't so, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta... more

Matt Schaub landing with the Raiders has produced a ripple effect on quarterback situations beyond the city of Oakland. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

If the Philadelphia Eagles can't find a trade partner for DeSean Jackson, they're reportedly willing to mimic Carolina's route with Steve Smith and flat out release the deep threat. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open... more

Asked Friday if he has a legitimate chance to be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets, the newly signed Michael Vick told reporters, "I think it's open competition every day." Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open... more

Shipping Matt Schaub out of town on Friday accomplished two tasks for the Houston Texans. First, the team opened up considerable cap room by passing the aging quarterback's weighty $11 million salary to the free-wheeling Oakland Raiders. Second, a... more

LeGarrette Blount is slated to meet with the Steelers on Sunday night, but Pittsburgh isn't the only team lurking around the former New England Patriots running back. Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that the Ravens "also have... more

On Wednesday's "Around the League Podcast," Dan Hanzus went to bat for John Idzik, the Jets general manager who was lashed this week for being "way too deliberate" during New York's foray into free agency. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the... more

Two days before pulling off a trade with the Houston Texans for Matt Schaub, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told the Bay Area News Group that he had a "really good idea" who his starting quarterback would be come September. That... more

The New York Jets have no more need for Mark Sanchez, but someone else will. Quarterbacks have nine lives in this league, and Sanchez, for all his critics, has 62 starts under his belt and two trips to the AFC title game on his NFL resume. At 27,... more

The Mark Sanchez era is over in Gotham. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The Jets announced Friday that New York's one-time starter was... more

With Cam Newton two days removed from ankle surgery, the Carolina Panthers have added another athletic quarterback to the mix. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the team will sign Joe Webb as a backup signal-caller, according to a... more

Maybe it's not a billion-dollar largesse from some silver-spoon member of the elite, but it'll do. After Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White tweeted Tuesday that Duke's basketball squad was a shoo-in to win the NCAA Tournament, one of his followers,... more

If Seattle remains interested in adding Jermichael Finley to the roster, patience will be required. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that the former Green Bay Packers tight end is "at least two months away and maybe several... more

More than a week into free agency, the running back market is beginning to warm up. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... Aaron Wilson of The... more

Dashon Goldson is going back to basics to turn next season into less of a money drain. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety has hired a tackling coach to help him adjust to the NFL's new rules and avoid another campaign's worth of hefty league fines,... more

No longer asleep at the wheel, the Panthers have added another target to Carolina's paper-thin cast of wide receivers. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

The backup quarterback carousel spins on. After Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Charlie Whitehurst found new homes, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Ryan Fitzpatrick is signing with the Houston Texans , per a source informed of... more

We haven't heard a whisper about Knowshon Moreno on the open market -- until now. Take a look at the career of Knowshon Moreno through the years. The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reported Thursday that the former Denver Broncos running back is... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't finished patching up the void left by Darrelle Revis. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The team on Thursday... more

Carolina Panthers fans did not take kindly to Brandon LaFell taking a perceived swing at Cam Newton on his way out the door. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

The NFL continues to entertain ideas for spicing up the time-tested extra point. The league's Competition Committee outlined a pair of potential tweaks to the point after during a Wednesday conference call announcing the agenda for next week's Annual... more

Philadelphia's front office is content to listen to offers for DeSean Jackson, but at least one of his Eagles teammates doesn't want to see the lightning-quick receiver playing elsewhere come September. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits... more

The silence out of Philly says it all. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... One day after word leaked out that the Eagles are listening to... more

It's not an easy time to make a buck as a free-agent running back, but at least one NFL team is considering a deal for Maurice Jones-Drew. Take a look at the top available free agents. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers... more

The Jets have long been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Michael Vick, but New York's interest in the veteran passer never has amounted to anything more than speculation. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open... more

The Kansas City Chiefs remain committed to keeping Alex Smith under center deep into the future. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen General manager... more

The Browns won't have to wait until midnight to find out if receiver Andrew Hawkins is Cleveland-bound. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

Mario Manningham has come home. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the seventh-year wide... more

The Washington Redskins continue to mine the open market for receiving help. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

Two weeks after parting ways with the Chicago Bears, Devin Hester is finally testing the waters. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL... more

After signing a flock of helping hands on defense, the Minnesota Vikings have made a move on the offensive side of the ball. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

Long months of whispers about Ben Tate becoming a Cleveland Brown are no longer just rumors. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The former... more

While they continue to eye the prospect of signing Jermichael Finley, the Seattle Seahawks locked up a familiar face at tight end Saturday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

The Oakland Raiders continue to add players to a defense that desperately needed bodies at the start of free agency. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

With Carlos Rogers sent packing and Tarell Brown testing the open market, the San Francisco 49ers used Friday to add another helping hand at the cornerback position. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

The St. Louis Rams saw enough of Cortland Finnegan, but not the Miami Dolphins. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday that Miami was finalizing a two-year deal for the ninth-year cornerback, according to a team source. The Dolphins later confirmed... more

Charlie Whitehurst's mailbox won't see any Christmas cards from the Fitzpatrick clan this December. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... After... more

Marvin Lewis won't play the role of lame duck come September. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen The Bengals coach signed a one-year contract... more

On the same day that Steve Smith will sit down with the Ravens, Baltimore has finalized a deal to keep another Smith around long-term. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

Kiko Alonso was a revelation last season for the Buffalo Bills. The rookie defender played every snap for a Mike Pettine-run defense that plugged him in at middle linebacker and never looked back. With Jim Schwartz taking over the play-calling duties... more

Yet another free-agent cornerback has been taken off the open market. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke... more

The San Diego Chargers have a new arm backing up Philip Rivers. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The team on Thursday announced that former... more

We're waiting to witness the wrinkes and folds Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt applies to Tennessee's offense next season. Case in point: Dexter McCluster, the recently signed jitterbug X-factor who never really found his way in Kansas City, but is bound... more

After raiding the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers for new additions on defense, the Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed one of their own. Pass rusher Jason Babin has re-upped with the team, according to the Jaguars' official website.... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are rethinking their plans with Andrew Hawkins. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media's Albert Breer reported... more

On the latest podcast , we praised the Chicago Bears for signing young pass rusher Lamarr Houston to a long-term deal at the outset of free agency. We like what they did on Thursday, too. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's... more

The Jaguars under Gus Bradley have used the start of free agency to add layers of help to a defense trending upward in Jacksonville -- and they're not done yet. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

The Philadelphia Eagles continue to make their leaky secondary a priority in free agency. Two days after the team struck a deal with former New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, the Eagles on Thursday announced that they have agreed to a contract... more

Tony McDaniel is staying put. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Seattle Seahawks... more

The Brandon Weeden Experiment is over in Cleveland. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... After NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported... more

Is Jared Allen willing to call it quits? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the veteran pass rusher might do exactly that if he doesn't see the money he believes he deserves on the open market. "He wants his market value, he wants... more

NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Tuesday that the Cleveland Browns went into free agency looking for help at safety, slot receiver and running back. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

The Buffalo Bills have dipped into the open market to bolster their offensive line. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Armed with a mountain of cap cash, the Oakland Raiders have zeroed in on a pair of potential free-agent targets. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

The Minnesota Vikings aren't done adding bodies to a defensive line that plans to attack quarterbacks in waves. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ...... more

When Around the League compiled its list of the top 101 free agents , we opined that the Indianapolis Colts should "shell out big bucks" to keep cornerback Vontae Davis from splitting for greener pastures. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the... more

The premier pass rusher on the open market has found a new home. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were expected... more

Steve Smith remains on the payroll of the Carolina Panthers for at least another day. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the veteran receiver won't be cut Tuesday as the team continues to work the phones for a potential trade. Free-Agent... more

After falling short in their pursuit of Michael Bennett, the Chicago Bears are turning Plan B into Plan A. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported minutes into Tuesday's free-agency launch that the Bears and defensive end Lamarr Houston agreed to a... more

Cleveland finished ninth in the league against the pass last season, but that isn't stopping the Browns from re-imagining their frisky secondary. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

Wide receiver Julian Edelman is going to market. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the New England Patriots tried to keep the pass-catcher around with a three-year contract , but the sides couldn't reach a deal before the start of... more

The Washington Redskins have crossed a primary to-do off their list just hours before the start of free agency. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ...... more

The Baltimore Ravens are closing in on a deal to keep Eugene Monroe around for the long haul. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... NFL Media's... more

We've spent this week preparing for the onslaught . Free agency kicks off Tuesday, ushering in one of the busiest weeks of the year in the NFL. One intriguing team to keep an eye on: the Minnesota Vikings. New coach Mike Zimmer was hired to... more

Free-agent cornerback Alterraun Verner is bound to make a killing in free agency. After the Tennessee Titans decided not to apply the franchise tag on the 25-year-old cover man, at least one interested party is hovering. ESPN.com's Ben Goessling... more

We've pegged the Vikings as the most logical suitor for Michael Johnson, but if Minnesota chases the free-agent pass rusher, they're bound to have competition. Tim McManus of Philadelphia Magazine reported Friday that the Eagles are "showing some... more

If -- and, frankly, when -- Matt Schaub is released by the Houston Texans, the quarterback might not be out of work for long. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that a trio of teams are believed to have interest in the veteran passer,... more

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh suggested last month that teams were bound to bid "very high" on defensive end Arthur Jones when free agency launches Tuesday. "If you put the tape on, they're going to like him a lot," said Harbaugh, who... more

The New York Jets have been pegged as a team likely to mine the open market for skill-position upgrades on offense. They're also looking to improve up front. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the team plans to "make a play" for... more

Desmond Bryant is all systems go. The Cleveland Browns defensive end tweeted Friday that he's been cleared to return to football activities after his 2013 campaign was cut short by a heart condition: Everybody has been asking about my health. The... more

Let's be real: This year's crop of free-agent quarterbacks is far from alluring. When Jacksonville re-signing Chad Henne sends shockwaves through the NFL newsroom, the bar has been set ferociously low. We're a long way from the days of teams... more

Ndamukong Suh isn't beyond asking for help. After seriously considering going without an agent to negotiate his own contract extension with the Detroit Lions, the league's premier defensive tackle has come full circle. Suh has signed with agent... more

We fully expect the New York Jets to attack the open market next week in a hunt for offensive playmakers. Before they do, Gang Green is looking to lock up one of its own. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Friday that the team is in... more

Pat McAfee's weeklong stint as a guest host on "NFL AM" has been a hit around the newsroom. Many have opined that he should take the gig full-time, but his broadcasting career is on hold. Harrison: Team needs in free†agency With free†agency set to... more

The Jets ultimately will hand a pile of loot to Muhammad Wilkerson, but re-upping with the defensive end isn't at the top of New York's offseason to-do list. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Friday that the team has engaged in... more

Josh McCown acknowledged last week that he doesn't "want to be anywhere else" than Chicago, but his return to the Bears is far from a given. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Thursday on "NFL Total Access" that it "seems unlikely" that the backup... more

The Cleveland Browns saw enough from Billy Cundiff to bring him back for an encore. Harrison: Team needs in free†agency With free†agency set to kick off on Tuesday, March 11, Elliot Harrison identifies top priorities for each NFL franchise. READ... more

In crafting our offseason forecast for the Saints on Wednesday, we noted that not much had changed in New Orleans. What a difference a day makes. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the team is actively shopping a pair of offensive... more

The Colts have plenty of work to do along their offensive line, but the path ahead won't include Samson Satele. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the team released the veteran center after 24 starts in Indianapolis over the past two... more

We learned last month that Cleveland's protracted coaching search included not only a run at Jim Harbaugh but a fireside chat with Bill Parcells . On Thursday, the Hall of Fame coach confirmed to NFL Media's Gil Brandt that he met with Browns owner... more

With the offseason here, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series concludes with the New Orleans Saints. What's changing Not a ton. The offseason has played out just as we expected in New Orleans, with the team... more

The Rams intimated during last month's NFL Scouting Combine that Cortland Finnegan had a home in St. Louis next season, but his gaudy salary ultimately trumped those plans. The former All-Pro cornerback tweeted Wednesday that he's done as a Ram:... more

After the Pittsburgh Steelers restructured the contract of tight end Heath Miller on Monday, we asked out loud if Troy Polamalu might be next. He's next. Take a look at the best shots of Troy Polamalu. The team announced Wednesday that the All-Pro... more

Looking for secondary help? You've come to the right place. This year's crop of free-agent cornerbacks and safeties includes a host of proven starters and a handful of players we judged as franchise-tag candidates. A team with ample cap room has an... more

The receiver-needy Detroit Lions haven't given up on the return of Ryan Broyles. Coming off back-to-back ACL tears, the third-year pro receiver ruptured his Achilles last October and looms as a complete wild card for a team desperately in search of... more

With Knowshon Moreno prepared to test the open market , the Denver Broncos are fully prepared to get younger at running back. Mike Klis of The Denver Post believes the team will furnish second-year runner Montee Ball with "the first chance" at... more

Before last season, we anointed Dennis Allen as one of our prized "Making the Leap" candidates for 2013. The Raiders coach failed to make us soothsayers, churning out a second consecutive four-win campaign that saw Oakland crash hard down the... more

Pittsburgh has locked down Jason Worilds for at least one more season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Steelers pass rusher has accepted his transition tag, signing the one-year, $9.7 million tender applied by the team... more

Lofa Tatupu hasn't played football in three seasons, but at least one NFL team hasn't given up on the free-agent middle linebacker. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the former Seattle Seahawks defender will work out for the Denver Broncos... more

Teams around the league have one more week to lock down their own horde of free agents, something the Texans hope to do with Garrett Graham. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Houston is hoping to work out a new contract with the... more

This year's list of free-agent running backs carries an average age of 27. Plenty of them aren't wanted back by their current teams, telling us all we need to know about the short lifespan at the position. Runners looking for fat contracts on the open... more

Alterraun Verner isn't rushing to flee Tennessee, but the Titans cornerback knows his days in Rocky Top might be winding to a close. After the team chose not to use its franchise tag on the cover man, Verner acknowledged that he isn't about to... more

In a perfect world, the Carolina Panthers would have worked out a long-term deal for Greg Hardy that would have softened his salary-cap hit for 2014 and kept the ascendant pass rusher under lock and key for years to come. Instead, the team slapped... more

February

D'Qwell Jackson might not be the last veteran defender on his way out of Cleveland. ProFootballTalk reported Friday that Browns defensive end Ahtyba Rubin is likely to become the team's next "salary squeeze" as new general manager Ray Farmer prepares... more

Free agency. Two words that bring hope to the very least of the NFL's 32 teams. It's a chance for talent-poor clubs to open their pocketbooks for blockbuster signings aimed at shifting the balance of power. Free agency also paves the road for... more

The Carolina Panthers don't have the greenbacks to keep everyone, but they're putting a ring on the finger of their reliable kicker. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the... more

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman recently called Greg Hardy "part of the puzzle" for a team coming off its first winning season since 2008. The heat-seeking pass rusher is seen by many as a no-brainer target for the franchise tag,... more

The NFL is getting serious about improving the performance of its zebras. NFL Media's Judy Battista reported Friday that league decision-makers are considering an idea to use an eighth official during the 2014 preseason, according to the NFL's head of... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Buffalo Bills . What's changing? It starts on defense, where Cleveland's elongated coaching search landed on Mike... more

Before the Browns parted ways with CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi, Cleveland was widely seen as an operation smitten with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel . The team reportedly was "prepared to move heaven and earth" for... more

The Giants have plenty of work to do this offseason on the heels of a 7-9 campaign that saw New York produce one the league's ugliest offenses. The problems began up front, where Big Blue's line finished second-to-last in the NFL in pass protection... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted Monday that the Miami Dolphins were planning to make Branden Albert a "high priority" in free agency. According to one report, Albert isn't the only offensive tackle on the radar in South Beach. The Dolphins... more

We pointed out in our Baltimore Ravens Offseason Forecast that Baltimore desperately needs to add targets for quarterback Joe Flacco. Torrey Smith agrees. The field-stretching wide receiver says the team is missing a "move-the-chains guy" to... more

Nobody expects the New Orleans Saints to let Jimmy Graham reach free agency, but negotiations between the tight end and his team remain complex. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that no meaningful progress has been made, according to... more

Marcus Lattimore's predictions that he'd play last season never came to fruition in San Francisco, but the 49ers running back now says he's close to 100 percent. Following back-to-back devastating knee injuries in 2011 and 2012 at South Carolina,... more

The Pro Bowl might be on the move. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport cited a league source Tuesday to report that active and serious discussions have taken place over moving next January's All-Star event to Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX. The... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Houston Texans. What's changing? Plenty. Gary Kubiak is out in favor of new coach Bill O'Brien, hired to... more

Good news for cap-strapped franchises league-wide. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the salary cap is expected by most to climb north of the $130 million figure discussed last week and well above the previously projected $126.3 million... more

Rashard Mendenhall does things his own way. We already know that. On Tuesday, the Arizona Cardinals running back published a piece in The Huffington Post hinting -- maybe -- that he's ready to retire from the NFL. In the blog entry, Mendenhall... more

The Cleveland Browns are keeping their public relations team busy this month. Silver: Harbaugh-Browns fallout The Jim†Harbaugh-Browns bombshell hijacked the combine. Michael Silver explains what it says about all parties involved. READ On the... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Baltimore Ravens. What's changing? The Ravens adjust to change as well as any team in the league. Good thing,... more

Had he not wound up taking a job with CBS Sports, Bart Scott was a candidate to spend next season in Cleveland. Silver: Harbaugh-Browns fallout The Jim†Harbaugh-Browns bombshell hijacked the combine. Michael Silver explains what it says about all... more

After telling reporters Sunday that he couldn't "fathom" a Cowboys defense without DeMarcus Ware, Dallas owner Jerry Jones acknowledged that his top pass rusher might not be back next season. "There's no question when you are where we are on the... more

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill admitted Monday that he couldn't make it through the lengthy Ted Wells report on bullying in Miami. "I saw a few pages of it. I got overwhelmed by 140-and-whatever pages and skipped it. I'm just glad it's out,"... more

As the Saints prepare for their foray into free agency, right tackle Zach Strief is on the radar for a new contract in New Orleans. ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reported Monday that agent Ralph Cindrich has engaged in early discussions with the team... more

Brent Grimes looms as a logical franchise-tag candidate for the Dolphins, but Miami sounds open to locking down the cornerback with a brand-new contract. Grimes told Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald that his agent, Ben Dogra, has spoken with the... more

The Oakland Raiders are making a long-term commitment to cornerback Taiwan Jones. The team on Monday signed the fourth-year veteran to a three-year contract extension that will keep Jones on the payroll through the 2017 campaign. NFL Media Insider... more

When we unpacked this week's biggest surprises from NFL Scouting Combine, Cleveland's from-the-wilderness pursuit of Jim Harbaugh easily took the cake. Silver: Harbaugh-Browns fallout The Jim†Harbaugh-Browns bombshell hijacked the combine. Michael... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL Scouting Combine always delivers its share of surprises and this week was no different. As we mentioned on the "Around The League Podcast," †some of those stunners came directly from the lips of the league's coaches and general... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters Saturday that he hasn't spoken with Ray Rice since the running back's arrest, but he has seen video of the fight between Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer. "I did online... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- One day after Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman sounded surprisingly lukewarm about Steve Smith's roster spot in Carolina -- saying his return was "part of the evaluation process" -- coach Ron Rivera was equally noncommittal.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Set to count more than $14 million against the salary cap, Matt Schaub is widely believed to be history in Houston. We believe it's just a matter of time before the 32-year-old quarterback is released, but new Texans coach Bill... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- With Jared Allen likely to land elsewhere next season, the Minnesota Vikings have a big decision to make on Everson Griffen. We pegged the young defensive end as a possible target for the team's franchise tag, but coach Mike Zimmer told... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Arizona Cardinals don't sound like a team courting quarterbacks in the upcoming draft. Coach Bruce Arians told Around the League on Friday that he's fully sold on Carson Palmer, calling him a Super Bowl-level passer who's far... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Justin Blackmon's future with the Jacksonville Jaguars remains up in the air. Coming off a season that saw him suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the third-year wide... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman repeatedly used the phrase "cap-strapped" on Thursday to describe the offseason ahead in Carolina. Not exactly music to the ears of ascendant pass rusher Greg Hardy, who told Around The League... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The last coach in Detroit, Jim Schwartz, had a bad habit of denying that his quarterback, Matthew Stafford, suffered from lingering on-field mechanical issues. Schein: Time to turn it around Until Matthew Stafford starts winning, Adam... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bears are locked in with Jay Cutler as their franchise quarterback, but Chicago's general manager said Thursday that the team wouldn't be opposed to drafting a rookie signal-caller if backup Josh McCown signs with another team.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- On tap to make more than $18 million next season, Julius Peppers stands out as a financial headache for the Chicago Bears. I asked coach Marc Trestman on Thursday if the veteran pass rusher has played his final down in the Windy... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Oakland Raiders haven't given up on keeping Darren McFadden around for the long haul. NFL Media's Gil Brandt tweeted Thursday that the team plans to huddle with the player's agent †Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine to discuss... more

Gregg Rosenthal wrote Sunday that Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was a likely candidate to be slapped with Baltimore's franchise tag. That's a strong bet after The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported Monday that Pitta and the team are "far apart"... more

In 19 games last season, the Seattle Seahawks picked off a league-leading 32 passes. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers have intercepted 31 -- over the past three years . Improving a drooping secondary looms as a must this offseason, and the... more

Fresh off his Super Bowl win , Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is busy spreading the gospel of the National Football League at an AFWB camp down in Brazil, where one young student of the gridiron learned the hard way that Beast Mode †has no... more

With new general manager Ray Farmer entrenched in Cleveland, the Browns are seeing Alex Mack through a new lens. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first noted last week that the two-time Pro Bowl center had a "better chance" of landing a new deal with... more

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has yet to speak with Ray Rice after the player's Saturday morning arrest at an Atlantic City casino, but don't look for Baltimore to part ways with its lead running back. "When I left my office 20 minutes ago --... more

Offensive lineman Richie Incognito tweeted Friday night that Ted Wells "could not define me in 144 years let alone 144 pages" of his investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct concerning the Miami Dolphins. Former 'Fins lineman Andrew... more

The Denver Broncos sorely missed Chris Harris in the Super Bowl drubbing they absorbed at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, but the productive young cornerback says he's "ahead of schedule" after partially tearing his ACL in January's playoff win over... more

With four of Carolina's top five defensive backs set to enter free agency, the Panthers certainly are interested in locking down cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, right? Not so fast. After enjoying perhaps the finest season of his career, the... more

The New Orleans Saints are keeping Shayne Graham around for another season. The veteran kicker was signed to a one-year, $955,000 deal, according to the NFL Players Association's website. With 13 seasons under his belt, Graham landed with the... more

Jim Haslett has a name for all the critics who went off on his Washington Redskins defense this past season. Losers. That's right. The team's defensive coordinator says anyone who picks apart Washington's defense -- or any defense -- by pointing... more

While the New York Jets reportedly covet Jeremy Maclin in free agency, the sixth-year pro receiver has his heart set on returning to the Philadelphia Eagles. "I know everything's going to work out how it's supposed to work out," Maclin told the... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the St. Louis Rams . What's changing? In the NFL's grittiest division, St. Louis remains on the outside looking in.... more

One day after Ted Wells released his independent report to the NFL outlining allegations of workplace misconduct in Miami, the Dolphins are left to pick up the pieces. Team owner Stephen Ross waited until Friday evening to release a statement, in... more

Shortly after Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement addressing the findings of Ted Wells' investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct, offensive lineman Richie Incognito shared his own thoughts on the matter Friday before... more

While Brian Hoyer hopes to be Cleveland's "starting quarterback again," we learned this week that the team's former No. 1 pick, Brandon Weeden, is more than ready to move on from the struggling Browns. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported... more

In an offseason that keeps on churning, Monday ushers in the option for all 32 teams to slap the franchise tag on players who would otherwise hit the open market come March 11. Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner looms as the most logical target for... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Cincinnati Bengals . What's changing? A third straight playoff season in Cincinnati served as the tipping point... more

The Bills signed Kevin Kolb to a two-year deal last March, but a second run in Buffalo is far from certain, according to his coach. "He's under contract and I'm not aware of really what exactly is going on right now, whether he's planning to come... more

Until now, Mike Pettine had yet to weigh in on this week's stunning shakeup in Cleveland. The Browns coach finally broke his silence on Thursday, admitting to reporters that Jimmy Haslam's decision to cut ties with CEO Joe Banner and general manager... more

After a one-and-done campaign with the Tennessee Titans, Gregg Williams returned to St. Louis on Thursday to restake his claim as defensive coordinator of the Rams. "I've always thought that this is a possibility," said Williams, who first was hired to... more

The Around the League Podcast was overtaken by a trio of Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. Fresh off their Super Bowl romp over the Denver Broncos, fullback Michael Robinson and defensive linemen Red Bryant and Brandon Mebane sat down for an in-depth... more

The final days of Browns CEO Joe Banner and his hand-picked general manager Mike Lombardi were not a pretty picture in gray-skied Cleveland. Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reported Thursday, citing league sources, that the duo "clashed over a... more

New York Jets kicker Nick Folk has heard about the NFL's potential plan to deep-six extra points -- and he isn't a fan of the concept. "That's going to take away something from us," Folk said Wednesday, per The Star-Ledger. "It's been a part of... more

Back in November, we took a first look at teams around the NFL destined to chase after a franchise passer this offseason. Little did we know, prior to Turkey Day, that Nick Foles would take off in Philadelphia or Jay Cutler would ink a lucrative... more

The Denver Broncos are increasing the scope and power of their top executive, John Elway. Still licking their wounds from a Super Bowl trouncing, the Broncos have extended the contract of their executive VP of football operations by three years and... more

As it turns out, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen wasn't the only top-secret candidate the Cleveland Browns pursued during their extensive wintertime organizational reshuffling. Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reported Wednesday that team owner Jimmy... more

By all accounts, Karlos Dansby outplayed his reasonable $2.25 million price tag this past season. The Cardinals edge rusher led the team in tackles, passes defensed and interceptions while dialing up 6.5 sacks for an Arizona defense that finished the... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Cleveland Browns. What's changing What isn't? After canning Rob Chudzinski on the heels of a 4-12 campaign, the... more

Hours after sweeping CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi out the door , Browns owner Jimmy Haslam faced the media Tuesday to unpack the latest overhaul in Cleveland. Aware that his team is perceived by some as a constantly churning... more

The offseason shake-up continues in Cleveland. The Browns on Tuesday announced that CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi are leaving the organization. Ray Farmer, who toiled under Lombardi , has been promoted to general manager... more

After spending last offseason in a long and winding search for a new employer, Osi Umenyiora hopes to have a home with the Atlanta Falcons for at least one more year. "I would love to stay, and I think I am," the pass rusher told ESPN.com's Vaughn... more

Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez learned firsthand this week that dropping the E-word in public can cause a stir. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the... more

Veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs before last season, but he won't last more than one. Robinson was released Friday , according to the Chiefs' official website. In a corresponding move, Kansas... more

Digging through my notes from Super Bowl week, I came across a discussion with Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis, who met with Around The League at "NFL Honors" on the night before the Seahawks slaughtered the Broncos. Fresh off a season that saw Indy... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles . What's changing After winning the division in Year One, coach Chip Kelly... more

Three straight trips deep to the playoffs have kept San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman from actively pursuing -- or being pursued for -- a head-coaching gig in the NFL. Among the league's most creative play-callers, Roman said:... more

When the Houston Texans announced their completed coaching staff †Wednesday, one traditional position was noticeably missing: offensive coordinator. As expected, the newly hired Bill O'Brien will call his own plays and oversee the weekly game plan... more

Mike Pettine has only just begun the process of analyzing what he's inherited as new coach of the Cleveland Browns, but he's already come up with one fix for for last year's sixth-overall draft pick, Barkevious Mingo. The coach told reporters... more

The people of St. Louis couldn't help but wonder about the future of the Rams after learning that team owner Stan Kroenke recently acquired a 60-acre parcel of land in Inglewood, Calif. While Commissioner Roger Goodell downplayed the purchase last... more

Tony Romo is making strides on the heels of a December back procedure that prevented the Dallas Cowboys quarterback from playing in the team's Week 17 win-and-in game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that... more

The Atlanta Falcons aren't wasting any time getting their house in order following a crash-and-burn, four-win campaign that saw the team go from first to worst in the NFC South. The Falcons announced Wednesday that veteran cornerback Asante Samuel... more

Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer was considered a top candidate for the Miami Dolphins' GM position, but said this week that he "didn't finish the process" for a reason. "I think Cleveland is primed and I think we're in a position to... more

Matt Cassel is betting on himself. The Vikings quarterback intends to void his contract with Minnesota to become an unrestricted free agent in March, a source who spoke with the nine-year veteran told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Cassel signed... more

When Patrick Peterson fired his agent in November, there was reason to wonder if the multi-talented Cardinals cornerback was thinking ahead about a new deal in Arizona. Set to become a free agent after next season, Peterson is eligible to negotiate a... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday's "NFL Total Access" that while Sidney Rice is likely on his way out in Seattle, the Seahawks view fellow wide receiver Golden Tate as a top priority in free agency. The interest is mutual. In the... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tony McDaniel spoke prophetically about Super Bowl XLVIII long before Seattle tore up the Denver Broncos in a 43-8 slaughter Sunday night. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air in full the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When I spoke with Percy Harvin on Friday, the electric Seahawks pass-catcher acknowledged that his first season in Seattle had been a struggle. "Man, it's been weird, it's been frustrating , it's been all the above," Harvin... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Both Super Bowl XLVIII teams have announced their list of inactives for Sunday night's winner-take-all showdown. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Broncos coach John Fox went out of his way Friday to tell reporters that the New York Jets had provided Denver's players and coaches with a top-shelf training facility in the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. While the... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- We've landed full force at MetLife Stadium. With hours to go before the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks square off in Super Bowl XLVIII, our first takeaway is a hopeful one: It's downright balmy here. Instead of... more

NEW YORK -- Around The League spent the opening act of "NFL Honors" camped along the bustling red carpet at Radio City Music Hall. My ugliest moment came early: With the poise of a seventh-grader, I mistakenly ground the heel of my shoe into Lauren... more

January

NEW YORK -- Josh Gordon no longer lives in obscurity. The ascendant Cleveland Browns wide receiver moved from one interview to the next here at Radio Row before exiting the bedlam for the streets of Manhattan. That's where we caught up with... more

NEW YORK -- The September trade that sent Trent Richardson from Cleveland to Indianapolis for a 2014 first-round draft pick was supposed to serve as a final piece of the puzzle for a young Colts team bursting with promise. But instead of giving... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll this week pointed to pass rusher Bruce Irvin's springtime suspension for performance-enhancing drugs as a turning point in how Seattle has addressed its own rash of league-imposed bans. Telling... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett wouldn't say a word about how Seattle plans to get after Peyton Manning on Sunday, so we voyaged up the food chain for clues on how this team will attack the Denver Broncos quarterback.... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- During Tuesday's Media Day, Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Tony McDaniel told Around The League that his film study of Peyton Manning revealed a quarterback with "happy feet." Speaking of the Denver Broncos signal-caller,... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Percy Harvin has the opportunity Sunday to make his offseason trade to Seattle look like a thing of genius for the Seahawks. Confined to just 40 snaps all season, Harvin hasn't been a factor on the heels of August hip surgery.... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- On Tuesday's "Around the League Podcast ," we hailed Sunday's Super Bowl for its abundant collection of on-field matchups. Top of the list? How about Seattle's cadre of hyper-talented defensive backs against Denver's... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- There's a distinct feel to these Seattle Seahawks. Day after day as they meet with reporters in the buildup to Sunday's Super Bowl, everyone from coach Pete Carroll on down emits the vibe of a loose bunch. They're unquestionably... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks are bunkered down this week in an effort to solve the riddle of Peyton Manning and the high-flying Denver Broncos. Had life played out a shade differently, however, we'd be watching Denver's defense take on... more

The Seattle Seahawks have endured more suspensions for performance-enhancing drug use than any other team in the league since Pete Carroll took over. On the heels of a regular season that also saw cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Much -- probably too much -- has been said about the persona of Richard Sherman. It was instructive to hear Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talk about his star cornerback on Tuesday, bypassing Sherman's knack... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks have been tucked away for more than a week breaking down the game film of Peyton Manning. To a man, every player I spoke with during Tuesday's Media Day heaped praise on the Denver Broncos quarterback,... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- Denver's high-flying offense has shredded the record books this season, but the Broncos haven't gained a yard or put up a point against the Seattle Seahawks, at least not yet. Giving up fewer points and yards than any team in the... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- Bottom line: Adam Gase wasn't in the mood to job jump this winter. Courted heavily by the Browns, the Broncos offensive coordinator turned down the opportunity to interview for Cleveland's head-coaching spot to keep his attention set... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- This year's cast of playoff teams serve as another no-nonsense reminder: You're going nowhere in this league without somebody legitimate under center. Outside of Cam Newton and Nick Foles -- both Pro Bowl players -- every one of... more

The Cleveland Browns are having a heck of a time finding an offensive coordinator, but their search for a defensive play-caller is a wrap. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team got permission to interview Buffalo Bills... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The Seahawks have made it this far with one of the league's deepest rosters and a depth chart with talent at every position. Seattle's defense is dominant, its run game punishing and its special teams a beast -- but the passing game... more

The brain trust of the Atlanta Falcons was given a vote of confidence Monday, albeit a tepid one. The team announced that head coach Mike Smith, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and president and CEO Rich McKay all received contract extensions from... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- We spent the buildup to the AFC title game chanting about the Patriots' need to run the ball against the Denver Broncos for any shot at keeping pace with Peyton Manning. That effort failed, meaning Bill Belichick is now prepping... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- There's plenty to see during Super Bowl week, but my favorite sight so far? Max Unger's beard. The Seattle Seahawks center has compiled a mass of flowing whiskers that would make any woodsman dangerously envious -- but not for... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Seattle's nasty secondary -- aka the "Legion of Boom" -- has an opportunity Sunday to go down in Super Bowl lore. Right up there on the shelf alongside Baltimore's vicious defense of 2000 and Chicago's mauling 46 front that led to... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Richard Sherman's sway over the press continued with a vengeance on Sunday night. Russell Wilson couldn't help but notice. As the Seattle Seahawks quarterback sat down to speak with reporters, he stared out at an unimpressive clump... more

A year ago at this time, the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off a wretched campaign that saw their coach fired after a franchise-worst 2-14 record. Despite the ugly season, K.C sent a whopping eight players to the Pro Bowl, more than any team in... more

The first thing Mike Pettine wanted reporters to know on Thursday: I'm not Rex Ryan. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen "I won't be predicting... more

Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno practiced on Thursday, all but ensuring his availability for Denver's showdown with the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Brooks: How Denver wins XLVIII How can Peyton†Manning earn his second Super†Bowl ring?... more

It was messy, but the Cleveland Browns don't owe anybody an apology. In a time when everything must be seen and heard and revealed instantly, the team's search for a new head coach has baffled pundits and irritated fans by holding true to just one... more

Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith sees the same Dallas Cowboys team that we all see. Three straight 8-8 campaigns punctuate a championship dry spell that stretches back nearly two decades, when Smith helped the 'Boys knock off the Pittsburgh... more

The San Francisco 49ers had an interesting backup plan in place if Greg Roman wound up leaving to coach another team. CSN Bay Area reported Wednesday that if the offensive coordinator bolted to become a head coach, Eric Mangini was in the discussion to... more

Could this finally be it in Cleveland? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Browns are attempting to hire Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as the franchise's 15th full-time head coach Thursday, according to team sources.... more

When Russell Wilson met with reporters Wednesday, the second-year Seahawks passer gushed over Peyton Manning -- his Super Bowl foil -- as "one of the best football players to ever play the game," and called the Broncos quarterback an "example" to follow.... more

Mike Pettine is a little closer to knowing his fate with the Cleveland Browns. "I should have some feedback on my interview by the end of the day," the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator told The Plain Dealer on Wednesday. Those words come after... more

Richard Sherman's high school coach Keith Donerson says it didn't take long to realize that the future Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback was going places. On NFL Network Sound FX will feature Championship Game sound from Richard Sherman ,... more

The Wes Welker hit that knocked Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib out of Sunday's AFC title game was the final straw for New England's defense against Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos quarterback ripped through the Patriots secondary for 400 yards,... more

If Mark Sanchez doesn't have a future in Gotham, will other teams come calling? One coach of a quarterback-needy team told the New York Post this week that the Jets passer wouldn't be out of work for long if Gang Green cuts him this offseason.... more

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is bringing an old friend to Atlanta. The team announced†Wednesday†that Scott Pioli has been hired to be assistant general manager. The former Kansas City Chiefs GM will report to Dimitroff and make one of... more

New Lions coach Jim Caldwell has promised to get his hands dirty in an effort to "escalate" the play of quarterback Matthew Stafford, but Detroit's defense is sticking to its roots . 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest... more

Tom Brady has zero desire to watch a Super Bowl he won't be playing in. GMC Never Say Never Moment Tom Brady and the Patriots overcame a 24-point halftime deficit against the Broncos to prevail in Week 12. Was it the best moment of 2013? VOTE NOW... more

With Adam Gase becoming the latest candidate to shun Cleveland's advances , the Browns are zeroing in on the only two names still alive on their coaching wish list. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Seattle Seahawks defensive... more

The Buccaneers have selected a new general manager to guide Tampa Bay out of the dark. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the organization has struck a four-year deal with a fifth-year option to make Jason Licht the successor to... more

We couldn't help but wonder on the latest podcast what was up with Frank Gore in Sunday's NFC title game loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers running back sat for stretches of time during a second half that saw San Francisco lose a 10-point lead... more

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham earned the No. 1 spot on Around The League's top 25 free agents for 2014, but New Orleans isn't planning to let him test the market. General manager Mickey Loomis told reporters Tuesday at the Reese's Senior Bowl that the... more

The Cleveland Browns won't need to wait around for Adam Gase. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator thanked the team for their interest, but made it clear that he plans to withdraw his name... more

It won't look a thing like Mile High, but Super Bowl Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks is, officially, a home game for the Denver Broncos. The balmy temperatures Peyton Manning and friends enjoyed during the AFC title game are a long shot at MetLife,... more

The Lions hope that the grandson of a legend can make the most of Detroit's offense next season. Tim Twentyman of the team's official site confirmed Tuesday that new coach Jim Caldwell plans to hire Joe Lombardi as his offensive coordinator. The... more

LeGarrette Blount's season is over, but this year's brightest light in the Patriots' backfield hopes he'll still be in New England when September rolls around. GMC Never Say Never Moment Tom Brady and the Patriots overcame a 24-point halftime deficit... more

When Dallas finished 8-8 one January ago, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones promised an "uncomfortable" offseason ahead before firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and ultimately stripping coach Jason Garrett of his play-calling duties. This time... more

Is the extra point about to go the way of the dinosaur? 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL Media's Rich... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox insists Wes Welker acted in good faith during Sunday's AFC Championship Game . After Patriots coach Bill Belichick singled out the Denver slot receiver for a "deliberate" hit on New England cornerback Aqib Talib, Fox... more

With just one more (franchise-altering) game to play , the Seattle Seahawks haven't given up hope on Percy Harvin. Coach Pete Carroll told KIRO-AM on Monday that the team's concussed wide receiver "should be fine" for Super Bowl XLVIII against the... more

Tucked inside Sunday's nearly flawless performance by the Denver Broncos was a play that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't see coming. Eighteen games into a record-breaking campaign, offensive coordinator Adam Gase packed a gem into the... more

"It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am." That's how Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman explained the postgame tirade he unleashed on national TV just seconds after his tipped ball sealed Seattle's NFC... more

While the San Francisco 49ers will go into this offseason with a flood of what-ifs , the New England Patriots -- Sunday's other loser -- can look at their AFC Championship Game defeat through different eyes. On NFL Network NFL Replay will... more

The typically tight-lipped Bill Belichick didn't hold back Monday when asked about the performance of Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker. Welker, the former Patriots pass-catcher, laid a vicious block on Aqib Talib in Sunday's AFC title game that sent... more

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman acrobatically tipped Colin Kaepernick's ill-fated pass into the arms of linebacker Malcolm Smith and -- just like that -- the Seahawks were MetLife-bound. Because he's Richard Sherman, he did none of this... more

Lost in a topsy-turvy NFC title bout that came down to one fateful gaffe by the 49ers' offense was an effort by San Francisco's defense that left coordinator Vic Fangio grateful. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Seattle Seahawks'... more

If New England's win over Denver back in Week 12 was a narrative-busting epic with more storylines than a Tarantino film, Sunday's game had but one clear theme: pure domination at the line of scrimmage. One week after New England ground the... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted Sunday that while the Cleveland Browns have zeroed in on a handful of coordinators who coached in Sunday's games , their search might ultimately land on a candidate they've already interviewed. Or a candidate... more

Last Sunday's meeting between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers arguably was the most ill-tempered tilt of the year. Edgy from the opening whistle, both teams went at each other with physical play that led to a convincing win for the Niners... more

Ken Whisenhunt was a wanted man this January, pursued by both the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns before he decided to accept a coaching job with the Tennessee Titans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the former Cardinals coach... more

Hakeem Nicks told reporters last month, "I still consider myself one of the top receivers in this league , and I'm going to go out and prove it." 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast.... more

It's been assumed for weeks that the Cleveland Browns have been waiting around to interview Adam Gase for their still-vacant head-coaching gig. But does the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator even want the job? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

As Gregg Rosenthal pointed out on Thursday's "Around the League Podcast ," the Patriots opted for a unique approach against the Broncos in New England's come-from-behind win over Denver back in Week 12 . Angling to smother the deep ball, Bill... more

Sean Lee's inability to stay on the field in Dallas served as the fatal Jenga piece for a Cowboys defense that crumbled to bits in 2013. Sidelined by hamstring and neck injuries, the team's top linebacker missed five games down the stretch, capping a... more

Aqib Talib has made Patriots coach Bill Belichick look like a genius for swapping a fourth and seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers midway through the 2012 season for the rights to the talented cornerback. It's also worked out for Talib, who couldn't be... more

Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman has earned a reputation as one of the league's friskiest trash talkers . He backed up his words this season with a league-leading eight picks and the top opposing passer rating of any cornerback in the... more

The St. Louis Rams entered this season with a group of wide receivers boasting just 1,371 career yards combined. Four teams since 1991 came into a campaign with less real estate at the position. With or without Sam Bradford at the controls, St. Louis... more

As Chris Wesseling noted in his NFC Championship Game preview , Colin Kaepernick has endured his struggles against the Seattle Seahawks. While the San Francisco 49ers quarterback boasts a 91.6 passer rating this season, that figure tumbled to 41.7... more

Rex Ryan's going nowhere. For now. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Jets have reached an agreement with their coach on a contract extension, according to a source informed of the contract. The team later confirmed the news .... more

At last, the NFL's final four teams have emerged, and a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII is on the line. Let's take a closer look at both of Sunday's conference title games. Patriots at Broncos 49ers at Seahawks New England Patriots at Denver... more

A Cleveland Browns coaching search that has hinged almost entirely on offensive-minded candidates is now setting its sights on defense. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will... more

After Mike Zimmer was made coach of the Vikings on Wednesday, we posited that Minnesota's vacant offensive coordinator post loomed as the second-most important hire the organization will make this offseason. That search has begun. NFL Media... more

Ken Whisenhunt was hired by the Titans on Monday to fix a Tennessee offense with plenty of questions at the quarterback position. His fine work with Philip Rivers in San Diego and his trip to the Super Bowl with the Cardinals in 2008 helped make... more

Mike Zimmer finally has a team of his own. Hired Wednesday as coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Zimmer's ascension after two long decades as an NFL assistant shapes up as this winter's most popular transaction within league circles: Number of really... more

Five days away from Sunday's AFC title game with New England, the Denver Broncos have added a former Patriot. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen... more

On Tuesday in Detroit, the message grew louder still . Coach-needy teams, like the Lions, are overwhelmingly favoring offensive-minded coaches to guide their teams out of the mire. Like last season, quarterback gurus are in high demand, from Jim... more

After guiding Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco to the game's greatest heights, Jim Caldwell has been hired by the Detroit Lions to do the same for young Matthew Stafford. Caldwell immediately impressed the Lions earlier this month with his decision to... more

In the middle of their search for a new general manager, the Miami Dolphins are on a parallel prowl for a play-caller to replace the fired Mike Sherman. The team has set its sights on Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Ben McAdoo, who will... more

Don't be surprised if the Cleveland Browns are the last team standing in this winter's coaching hunt. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday night that Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase looms as a leading candidate for the job, while Mike... more

Where would the Patriots be without Julian Edelman? FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Peyton Manning set new NFL single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55). Was it the best performance for a quarterback in 2013? VOTE NOW... more

With one week to prepare for San Diego's playoff game against the Denver Broncos, Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt spent a chunk of that time looking for a gig. After meeting with the coach-needy Lions on Thursday, the Titans on Friday and... more

On the heels of a difficult second season in Washington, Robert Griffin III still has more to say. The Redskins quarterback took to Facebook on Friday to author a post that opened as a defense of his on-field garb before bleeding into a wandering... more

With Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase still mired in Denver's postseason run, the Cleveland Browns mine elsewhere for their next head coach. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed that the team †Monday will interview Mike Munchak, according... more

The Seattle Seahawks are aiming to pack CenturyLink Field with friendly faces -- and only friendly faces -- this Sunday. With the San Francisco 49ers coming to town for the NFC title game , Seattle brass has banned ticket sales to California residents,... more

It's unavoidable. Sunday's matchup between Tom Brady's Patriots and Peyton Manning's Broncos will be hyped and spun every way possible ahead of an AFC title game fit for kings. Brady, on Monday, wasn't shy about acknowledging what's at stake.... more

For two quarters, Cam Newton and the Panthers delivered on the promise of Carolina's first playoff campaign in half a decade. It didn't end well. GMC Never Say Never Moment A stingy Panthers defense led by linebacker Luke Kuechly aided in a huge... more

It didn't take long for 49ers running back Frank Gore to gaze beyond Sunday's divisional-round playoff win toward San Francisco's next opponent . On NFL Network "NFL Replay" will re-air the two 49ers-Seahawks matchups from the 2013 regular season:... more

San Francisco's convincing 23-10 divisional round playoff win over the Carolina Panthers made it clear that the more talented, enduring and battle-tested team is moving on to face Seattle in the NFC title game . On NFL Network "NFL Replay" will... more

Forget the percentages, Steve Smith said he was ready to go all week. He was a man of his word. The Carolina Panthers declared Smith active Sunday morning. The wide receiver had told a close friend Saturday that he's "positive" he'll play against... more

Tom Brady has passed for fewer than 200 yards in three consecutive games, but the Patriots star quarterback found another way to help in New England's 43-22 divisional round playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. With punter Ryan... more

The Cleveland Browns remain on a quest for their next head coach. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on "NFL GameDay Morning" that the team still "would really like to talk" with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who refused an... more

Percy Harvin's long-awaited return to the field barely got off the ground Saturday. After the Seahawks wide receiver exited Seattle's 23-15 divisional round playoff win over the New Orleans Saints with a concussion, his coach wondered aloud when... more

After throwing just nine picks all season, Andrew Luck's four interceptions were the difference in a 43-22 loss for the Indianapolis Colts against the New England Patriots on Saturday night. "I can't commit that many turnovers and have a chance to... more

Jay Gruden wasted little time Thursday burying concerns over the demise of the read option in Washington, D.C. Silver: A tale of two quarterbacks Michael Silver says Jay† Gruden's move from Cincy to Washington D.C. greatly impacts Robert†Griffin... more

The Panthers have amassed fewer yards and points than any other team in the playoffs. A banged-up Steve Smith doesn't help. Harrison: Game Picks Elliot Harrison provides his predictions on each game in Divisional Round Weekend. How many road teams... more

The Washington Redskins have their coach . The Minnesota Vikings might not be far behind. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that a trio of candidates are believed to be finalists for the chance to replace the fired Leslie Frazier.... more

Saints-Seahawks Colts-Patriots 49ers-Panthers Chargers-Broncos San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET, CBS The backstory Debate: Road rulers this weekend? Three road teams won wild-card games. Who can follow... more

The best news for Jay Gruden? He's no longer tethered to Andy Dalton. Hired Thursday as coach of the Washington Redskins, Gruden now shifts from tutoring one of the league's most inconsistent starters to overseeing the development of Robert Griffin... more

With Jay Gruden on his way to the Washington Redskins, the Cincinnati Bengals weren't without an offensive coordinator for long. NFL Media's Steve Wyche reported Thursday that Hue Jackson will take over the team's play-calling duties, per a team... more

The Washington Redskins have found their next head coach. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Thursday morning that Jay Gruden and the Redskins have finalized a deal to make him the successor to the fired Mike Shanahan, per multiple sources familiar... more

Daniel L. Spuck is agitated. The Pennsylvania man has filed a motion against the NFL to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for "a temporary emergency injunction" on the playoffs based on his belief that the San Diego... more

Things are getting weird in Cleveland. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has withdrawn his interest in the Browns' coaching vacancy,†NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on NFL Network's "Around the League Live."... more

After scattering Gary Kubiak's assistants to the wind, new Texans coach Bill O'Brien has begun the process of building out his coaching staff in Houston. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that O'Brien met Wednesday with Romeo Crennel to... more

Will Terrell Suggs play elsewhere next season? During Wednesday's state of the union in Baltimore, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome hinted that the team's premier pass rusher is far from untouchable . Set to count $12.4 million on the books in... more

November 17. GMC Never Say Never Moment A stingy Panthers defense led by linebacker Luke Kuechly aided in a huge down-to-the-wire road win over the 49ers in Week 10. Was it the best moment of 2013? VOTE NOW That's the last time the San... more

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman recently placed Drew Brees second on his list of the NFL's five smartest quarterbacks , but not for his handiwork against Seattle. FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Drew Brees became the first quarterback in NFL... more

The next few weeks in breezy South Beach will help decide Joe Philbin's future with the Miami Dolphins. Tuesday's parting with longtime general manager Jeff Ireland has opened up the franchise to rethink the operation for the first time in half a... more

Gary Kubiak isn't ready to ride into the sunset just yet. The former coach of the Houston Texans was in Detroit on Tuesday to interview for the Lions' top job, the team announced . Detroit has spread a wide net in an attempt to find a replacement... more

Percy Harvin's long-awaited return to the field might arrive just in time. The Seahawks receiver practiced again Tuesday , ahead of Saturday's NFC divisional playoff showdown with the New Orleans Saints, coach Pete Carroll announced. The Seattle... more

Even if Jacksonville grabs a quarterback in May's NFL draft, Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch says it's far too early to write off Blaine Gabbert as a starting signal-caller. "I don't know how you can say that," Fisch told the Jaguars'... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted last weekend that Jim Caldwell impressed Lions brass by sitting down with quarterback Matthew Stafford during his interview for the open coaching job in Detroit. According to Stafford, it won't be the last time he... more

For the past two seasons, the Houston Texans' defense has been forced to finish the season without the services of its best linebacker. After tearing his ACL in 2012, Brian Cushing's 2013 campaign was abruptly cut off in October when he suffered a... more

Just in time for Saturday's playoff showdown with New England, the Colts have added a player who knows the Patriots like the back of his hand. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Indianapolis Colts' 45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs... more

So much of what the Panthers do on offense hinges on the presence of Steve Smith. Carolina's top wide receiver hasn't played since spraining his PCL in Week 16, but told The Charlotte Observer on Monday that he plans to play in Sunday's NFC divisional... more

With the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins knee-deep in their respective coaching searches, both teams find themselves zeroing in on common targets. Bengals coordinators Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer are on their radar ;†and NFL Media's Albert... more

Cincinnati's fierce crash and burn out of the AFC playoffs hasn't dimmed the interest of teams looking at Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as potential head-coaching material. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Diego... more

With the NFL already examining the possibility of reseeding the playoffs , will the postseason of tomorrow also include more teams? Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night.... more

San Diego's 27-10 wild-card win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday featured another heavy dose of the Chargers' ground game . On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Diego Chargers' 27-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals from Wild... more

The San Francisco 49ers are heading to Carolina this weekend with an offense that looks noticeably different from what the Panthers faced back in Week 10 . On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Francisco 49ers' 23-20 win over the... more

Flexible organizations with an ability to adapt down the stretch are often the teams that overachieve in January. Right now, that's the San Diego Chargers. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Diego Chargers' 27-10 win over the... more

Big ups to NFL Media's Stacey Dales, embedded this morning in the heart of frigid Lambeau Field. Fighting Green Bay's Hoth-like wind chill, Dales took viewers behind the veil on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" to reveal how she's kept from freezing... more

New Orleans flipped the script for its first road playoff win in franchise history. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New Orleans Saints' 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles from Wild Card Weekend on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET.... more

With five teams still mining for a new head coach, Ken Whisenhunt's name is picking up steam. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "GameDay Morning" that the Detroit Lions view the offensive coordinator of the San Diego... more

Marshawn Lynch is paying the price for keeping his lips zipped. The league†fined the Seattle Seahawks running back $50,000 for failing to speak with the media throughout the season, a team source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The NFL fined... more

Hours away from Sunday's wild-card showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers, both squads have received encouraging news on the injury front. For the Bolts, wide receiver Eddie Royal is active despite missing practice all week... more

Kansas City's heartbreaking 45-44 loss to the Indianapolis Colts boiled down to more than just one missed play , but Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith couldn't help but mull over one costly fourth-quarter miscue. On NFL Network NFL Replay will... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are a man down heading into the playoffs . Breer: For Reid, less is more Albert Breer looks at how Andy†Reid -- and particularly his renewed focus on the details -- helped resurrect the Chiefs. READ The team told NFL... more

On a day that saw the Houston Texans introduce new coach Bill O'Brien amid heavy fanfare, the best line came from team owner Bob McNair, who told the room: "I'm ready to kick 2013 the hell out the door." McNair told reporters he expects an... more

A pair of grocery chains have stepped in to help prevent two NFL playoff games from dreaded blackouts this weekend. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted Friday that Meijer has purchased 1,200 tickets for Saturday's playoff game against the Kansas... more

Days after Jon Gruden pulled his name out of the NFL's coaching carousel, Bill Cowher is doing the same -- for now. "I've never closed the door," Cowher told "CBS This Morning" on Friday, per Pro Football Talk. "But it's highly unlikely any time... more

Eddie Lacy's underwhelming NFL debut against the 49ers back in Week 1 gave us little indication of what was to come. Green Bay's rookie running back hardly put a dent in San Francisco's defense, with just 41 yards on 14 carries, but Packers... more

Mike Munchak's status with the Tennessee Titans remains a mystery, but answers are coming. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via team sources, that new Titans CEO and president Tommy Smith is flying from Houston to meet with Munchak, who met... more

The NFL regular season is history, and now it's time for teams to enter the playoff fray for Wild Card Weekend, with trips to Divisional Round Weekend on the line. Let's take a closer look at all four games. Chiefs at Colts Saints at Eagles... more

Jim Caldwell deserves plenty of credit for helping the Ravens win a Super Bowl last season. That Baltimore title run didn't net a head-coaching gig at the time, but the offensive coordinator is generating some interest for 2014. Debate: Bounceback teams... more

The Carolina Panthers resumed practice Wednesday -- minus Steve Smith. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ... The team's best receiver wasn't on hand for... more

Set to hit free agency in March, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks sounds like a guy who believes he's in for a king's ransom on the open market. "I still consider myself one of the top receivers in this league and I'm going to go out and prove... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last month that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick would be open to returning to Philadelphia next season as the team's No. 2. Whether or not they want him back, the 33-year-old passer sounds determined to return for... more

To the naked eye, the hiring of Marc Trestman in Chicago looks like a winner. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Green Bay Packers' 33-28 win over the Chicago Bears from Week 17 on Monday, Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. ET and again on Wednesday,... more

No doubt about it, Minnesota's grisly quarterback situation directly contributed to Monday's firing of former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. The combination of Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman led to just five wins this season, but it... more

Don't count out Carlos Rogers just yet. Brooks: Fear the Pack With Aaron†Rodgers back in the fold, are the Packers legitimate Super†Bowl contenders? Bucky Brooks certainly thinks so. READ Responding to a report that he won't play in San... more

December

The fine people of Green Bay aren't exactly in a rush to pack Lambeau Field this weekend. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ... On Tuesday afternoon, a... more

The squad some are calling the hottest team in the NFC is bracing to face the Packers minus its starting cornerback. The 49ers don't expect to have Carlos Rogers on the field for Sunday's wild-card showdown with Green Bay, according to Jason Cole... more

With word that the Cleveland Browns are zeroing in on Josh McDaniels, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Monday that he hopes New England's play-caller will coach him "the rest of my life ." NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the... more

A playoff bid for the San Diego Chargers has cost Ken Whisenhunt a chance at a head coaching job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Houston Texans have dropped plans to interview the Bolts offensive coordinator, per a source informed... more

The Cleveland Browns are wasting little time sourcing candidates to replace the fired Rob Chudzinski. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Browns on Monday lined up their first coaching prospect in Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan... more

The firing of coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik in Tampa Bay signals a new start for the Buccaneers, but whoever takes over has plenty to work with. Coaching Tracker Who has joined ex-Browns coach Rob†Chudzinski on the firing line... more

They didn't make the playoffs, but Sunday still felt a little magical for the New York Jets. Instead of starting over, team owner Woody Johnson announced that Rex Ryan would keep his job on the heels of an 8-8 season that included some of his finest... more

Not all coaching vacancies are created equal. Coaching Tracker Who will join ex-Browns coach Rob†Chudzinski on the firing line and who's safe? We track the latest news. More ... Whoever lands the Washington Redskins job will learn right away... more

The Cleveland Browns, again, are searching for a coach. Coaching Tracker Who will join ex-Browns coach Rob†Chudzinski on the firing line and who's safe? We track the latest news. More ... On the heels of Sunday night's firing of Rob... more

Like so many -- too many -- Cowboys games the season, the fate of Dallas came down to one final throw. This time by Kyle Orton, the backup to Tony Romo who tossed a fatal dart into the arms of Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin. The interception... more

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was fired Sunday night after one season in Cleveland. When news leaked of Chud's possible dismissal earlier in the day, Browns players were not enthused. "It's just absurd to me that a report would be out like that,... more

The Cleveland Browns are starting over. Again. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that coach Rob Chudzinski was fired after only one season with the team, according to a Browns source. The firing happened Sunday night. The Browns quickly... more

Rex Ryan is staying in New York. Jets owner Woody Johnson told reporters Sunday that Ryan will be back for the 2014 season on the heels of New York's 20-7 win over the Miami Dolphins. "We're going to keep Rex Ryan, and he'll be our coach next... more

Pittsburgh did its part. With a convincing win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Steelers were in good shape for an AFC playoff spot , but it was not to be. Pittsburgh's postseason hopes were squashed by the San Diego Chargers knocking off... more

Sunday just got a little easier for the Chargers. The Chiefs are sitting running back Jamaal Charles, quarterback Alex Smith, linebacker Derrick Johnson among others for Kansas City's regular-season finale against San Diego. Charles won't even dress,... more

Year after year, the NFL's rash of coaching dismissals brings at least one big surprise. Will Monday's unpredictable act of housecleaning unfold in Cleveland? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was told by a team source Sunday that Browns coach Rob... more

With the Texans planning to wrap up their coaching search by Tuesday, Houston's laundry list of candidates continues to expand. Having already interviewed Penn State coach Bill O'Brien, interim coach Wade Phillips and former Chicago Bears coach Lovie... more

Megatron's season is over. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been ruled out for the team's meaningless regular-season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. Johnson wanted to play,... more

With Tony Romo less than a day removed from season-ending back surgery , one of his former Dallas Cowboys receivers questioned if the quarterback's best days are over. "I think if you're looking at this situation -- two back surgeries in two years -- I... more

The 2014 Pro Bowl rosters were announced Friday night on NFL Network, and we've already gone over the biggest snubs and taken a look at the honorees on defense . Now let's take a look at the offense. Remember, gone are the familiar AFC versus NFC... more

Like clockwork, Walter Thurmond is back with the Seattle Seahawks. The team activated the cornerback Friday at the conclusion of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse (non-PED). In a related... more

When the New England Patriots brought back Austin Collie earlier this month, we wondered out loud if it was a patch destined to last a week or two -- at best. In the end, it lasted three. The Patriots on Friday released the veteran wide receiver... more

The final practice of the year for the Detroit Lions didn't include Megatron. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson missed Friday's session and is questionable for Sunday's meeting with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced. Megatron sat out the... more

Mario Manningham's comeback campaign is over in San Francisco . On Friday, the 49ers announced that the veteran wide receiver has been placed on injured reserve after missing Monday night's win over the Atlanta Falcons with a setback to his... more

Matthew Stafford is happy to be guru-free. Asked this week if he'd be willing to work with a passing coach this offseason, the Detroit Lions quarterback shot the idea to the floor. "Probably not," Stafford said, per Justin†Rogers of MLive.com.... more

It's curtains for Da'Quan Bowers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday that the third-year defensive end has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Bowers was shelved with the knee injury that kept him out of Sunday's loss to... more

Quarterback Tony Romo isn't the only playmaker in Dallas being watched closely by Cowboys doctors ahead of Sunday night's †NFC East clash †with the Philadelphia Eagles. Tony†Romo Dez Bryant was limited in the team's Christmas Day practice with... more

As we mentioned on this week's podcast , the frisky Arizona Cardinals could wind up 11-5 and still miss the playoffs. After stunning the Seattle Seahawks last week , a win Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers officially would morph the Bird Gang --... more

When the Eagles come to town Sunday night , the Cowboys know they won't see the same Nick Foles who imploded against Dallas back in October . Brooks: Can Philly find a way? Back in Week 7, Philly was stymied by Dallas' D. Bucky Brooks explains how... more

Whether or not Jon Kitna plays in Sunday night's NFC East showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles, the newly signed Dallas backup passer is set to earn about $53,000 for his handiwork with the Cowboys. Tony†Romo The 41-year-old... more

Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel returned to practice Tuesday, per the team's official website, but his status for Buffalo's regular-season finale against the New England Patriots remains a mystery. "It's dangerous to read into body language, but... more

Cam†Newton Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't concerned about the rash of injuries suffered by his star quarterback over the past two games. After suffering a banged-up toe against the New York Jets last week, Cam Newton walked with a... more

Jerry Jones, for now, is sticking by his coach. The owner of the Cowboys said Tuesday on his weekly radio show of Jason Garrett: "His future is bright through my eyes with the Dallas Cowboys," per NFL Media's Desmond Purnell. Those words of... more

The Detroit Lions sure know how to kick around their anguished fan base. On the sad Monday after the team was eliminated from postseason contention with a loss to the New York Giants, a flock of season-ticket holders received an unwelcome surprise... more

Mike Munchak's future with the Titans boils down to how Tennessee's new president and CEO feels about the product his coach has put on the field. Tommy Smith's decision next week also will depend on the input of general manager Ruston Webster, who... more

The NFC East looks like Chip Kelly's to lose. With NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reporting that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is unlikely to play Sunday night against the Eagles because of a herniated disk, Kyle Orton would be next in line to lead... more

With one week to go, the AFC playoff picture remains a mystery wrapped in a riddle. Five of the six participants are set, but where they'll be seeded come January remains anyone's guess. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air Peyton Manning's... more

A promising rookie campaign has come to an end for Kenny Vaccaro. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Carolina Panthers' 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints from Week 16 on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network schedule... more

Andy Reid has been here before. Locked into the AFC's fifth seed, the Kansas City Chiefs don't have much to play for in Week 17, meaning the veteran coach has the option of sitting his starters Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Reid said... more

The Denver Broncos' journey through the NFL postseason will unfold without the services of Von Miller. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that MRI testing revealed that the star pass rusher suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's 37-13 win... more

Don't blame the schedule-makers. Back in April, tonight's "Monday Night Football" finale looked like a doozie on paper: An NFC title game rematch between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons certain to be laced with playoff implications.... more

Miami's shrinking playoff hopes are on the brink. Instead of taking care of business on the road against a flawed Bills team, the Dolphins cratered hard on both sides of the ball in Sunday's 19-0 loss to Buffalo. Fred†Jackson In the... more

Who will Thad Lewis throw to now? The Buffalo Bills are dangerously thin at wide receiver after rookie pass-catcher Robert Woods was ejected from Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Officials tossed Woods in the third quarter after he threw... more

For a shot at their first playoff berth in half a decade, the Miami Dolphins will need to beat the Buffalo Bills in bad weather -- and without much sleep. Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post reported that a fire alarm went off Sunday at... more

Any hint of a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia dried up months ago. The rise of second-year Eagles passer Nick Foles has shoved Michael Vick into a backup role that he's accepted without making waves. So will he stick around? With Vick set... more

When we laid out this season's craziest playoff scenarios †Friday, nothing topped the potentially cruel fate of the Cardinals. Arizona could beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and knock off the San Francisco 49ers next week to finish 11-5 -- and... more

The Browns are far removed from the playoff picture, but more than a few of you have Jordan Cameron in your postseason fantasy lineup. Time to find his replacement. Cleveland's productive tight end is out for Sunday's game against the New York... more

We knew Bill Belichick enjoyed watching film -- but not like this. Two days ahead of New England's showdown with the Baltimore Ravens, the Patriots coach scrapped Friday's scheduled activities to take his players to the movies , according to ESPN's... more

Carson Palmer's still figuring out how Christmas works. Cardinals kicker Jay Feely let us in on a situation in Arizona, where the team's starting quarterback is witholding his holiday cheer. "To get their Christmas gift from Carson Palmer," Feely... more

We'll likely know in a few short hours if Aaron Rodgers will play Sunday, but the tea leaves point to another week on the bench. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted Friday that no one he's talked with believes the Green Bay Packers quarterback will be... more

If the Dolphins win out, they're a playoff team for the first time since 2008. It's as simple as that. Less clear is how Miami's shaky offensive line will handle itself Sunday against the frisky pass rush of the Bills. Buffalo leads the league... more

The Ravens have turned their season around with a four-game win streak that has Baltimore sitting in the driver's seat for a playoff berth in the AFC . With New England next on the slate , Patriots safety Devin McCourty hopes to cut this Cinderella... more

The New England Patriots have their left tackle back. The team reported that Nate Solder returned to practice †Thursday after missing Wednesday's session with symptoms of the concussion he suffered in the†Week 15 loss to the Miami Dolphins. After... more

On Wednesday's "Around The League Podcast," †our gang of scribes predicted the fate of a handful of NFL head coaches on the hot seat. One of those men fighting for his job is Rex Ryan, whose New York Jets will miss out on the playoffs for a third... more

After seeing Bengals punter Kevin Huber absorb a devastating hit in Sunday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, one young fan is calling for vengeance. The Cincinnati Enquirer notes that 7-year-old Nicholas Andrew Johnson penned a letter to... more

If the Carolina Panthers hope to keep their nasty front seven in place, signing Greg Hardy looms as a priority. The fourth-year defensive end has yet to talk about a new contract with the team, but he said this week that he'd be willing to give his... more

The Buffalo Bills are flipping the script under center. Coach Doug Marrone told reporters Wednesday that quarterback Thad Lewis will start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins after rookie EJ Manuel was limited in practice with the knee sprain he suffered... more

Tom Brady won't have tight end Rob Gronkowski to throw to anymore this season, but a pair of rookie wide receivers are on their way back for the New England Patriots. Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) were on hand for the portion of... more

Brent Grimes left Sunday's win over the New England Patriots with a groin injury, but the Miami Dolphins cornerback returned to practice Tuesday alongside fellow corner Nolan Carroll, who injured his knee in the game. Both expect to be ready for this... more

The Dallas Cowboys will go another week without Morris Claiborne. The second-year pro cornerback told a local radio station Tuesday that he won't play against the Washington Redskins on Sunday because of the hamstring injury that's forced him out of... more

The New England Patriots sit in the driver's seat for the AFC's second seed , but their playoff hopes have dimmed because of a slew of injuries on both sides of the ball. The loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski is crushing, turning Tom Brady's passing... more

The season is over for Cecil Shorts. One day after Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told reporters the team was "seriously" considering shutting down the wide receiver, Jacksonville will ship Shorts to injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday. The... more

Days after calling Calvin Johnson "pretty old," Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam changed his tune in the locker room after an edgy 18-16 win Monday over the Lions. Justin†Tucker "No disrespect to Megatron , (but) I didn't mean it that... more

The Dallas Cowboys have been a disaster without Sean Lee in the lineup. Team owner Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM Tuesday that he's "very concerned" the ascendant middle linebacker might not play again this season, per the Cowboys' official website. On... more

Can we talk about last night ? Baltimore's frenzied 18-16 win †over the Detroit Lions all but reshaped fortunes in the AFC North , where the Ravens (8-6) now sit only one game back of the Bengals with two weeks to go. Everything feels possible for... more

Wes Welker is still on the outside looking in. The Broncos wide receiver sat out Monday's practice after missing Thursday night's loss to the San Diego Chargers with the concussion he suffered in Week 14 , The Denver Post reported. Dealing with... more

The Arizona Cardinals finished Sunday's 37-34 overtime win against the Tennessee Titans without the services of Larry Fitzgerald. The All-Pro wide receiver reportedly sustained a concussion in the victory, but his father, Larry†Fitzgerald Sr., tweeted... more

This season's penultimate "Monday Night Football" matchup is loaded with playoff implications. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the... more

A Sunday romp by the Seahawks has a slew of Seattle car salesmen seeing red. Jet Chevrolet in Federal Way, Wash. will pay dearly for a promotion that promised to split $420,000 between 12 winners if the Seahawks shut out the New York Giants on... more

Riverboat Ron knew all along. From Carolina's win over the New York Jets on Sunday to the New Orleans Saints falling to the St. Louis Rams, Panthers coach Ron Rivera predicted the course of the NFC South more than a week ago, according to one of his... more

Fans got their share of wide receivers behaving badly Sunday. Dez Bryant's early exit in Dallas came not long after Eagles pass-catcher DeSean Jackson threw a tantrum on the sideline in Philadelphia's ugly 48-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.... more

Brandon Marshall's fancy footwear is getting expensive. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Chicago Bears wide receiver was docked $15,000 for wearing orange shoes in Monday night's romp over the Dallas Cowboys. It's the second time... more

It's lights out for Stephen Hill. The New York Jets announced Friday that the second-year wide receiver has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, putting an end to his disappointing sophomore campaign. Hill's 24 catches for 342 yards... more

Jason Pierre-Paul's injury-riddled season is on life support. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the New York Giants pass rusher won't require surgery on his battered left shoulder, per a source close to the player. Doctors are... more

After making headlines for all the wrong reasons last summer, Riley Cooper has put together a productive campaign in Philadelphia. Stepping in for the injured Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles wide receiver has hauled in seven touchdowns as a favorite... more

Charles Woodson isn't ready to hang up the cleats just yet. With three games left on the one-year contract he signed with the Raiders in May, the 37-year-old safety said that he hopes to return to Oakland in 2014. "I want to play again," Woodson... more

Reggie Bush remains sidelined in Detroit. The Lions running back missed his second straight practice Thursday with the calf muscle injury that kept him out of Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, per the Lions' official website. However, he... more

All season long, the Around The League gang has been "sticking a fork" in teams we don't believe can make the playoffs. This week, the wandering New York Giants forked themselves. Sitting at 5-8 and eliminated from the postseason, G-Men operatives... more

On Wednesday's podcast , our gang of Around The League scribes took a moment to cite our biggest disappointments of the season. Chris Wesseling settled on the Houston Texans, who entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations only to crater hard... more

It hasn't been an easy season for Geno Smith. On a team bereft of offensive weapons, the New York Jets rookie quarterback has regressed statistically down the stretch. Still, Sunday's 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders was encouraging. Smith... more

It's hard to figure out why the Oakland Raiders don't hand a larger role to fullback Marcel Reece. With running back Rashad Jennings expected to return to the lineup this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald... more

After Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy cautiously described Aaron Rodgers as limited in Wednesday's practice, tight end Andrew Quarless pulled back the veil, saying the star quarterback played with the first team and "looked real good." "It... more

The high-flying offense of the Denver Broncos won't have its second-leading receiver this week. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that wide receiver Wes Welker won't play†in Thursday night's game against the San Diego Chargers... more

Will we see Aaron Rodgers again this season? That's anybody's guess. Matt†Flynn The Green Bay Packers quarterback participated in individual drills Wednesday, one day after acknowledging that he experienced enough pain during last week's... more

Picture the Minnesota Vikings. Now picture them minus Adrian Peterson. Not a pretty sight. The Vikings' star running back didn't practice Wednesday after suffering a right mid-foot sprain in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Making matters... more

Four months ago, Josh Gordon faced a two-game suspension amid whispers that the young Cleveland Browns wide receiver was dogging it through training camp sessions. Four months later, offensive coordinator Norv Turner went out of his way to jab at... more

Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks is calling foul on the play of Steelers center Cody Wallace in Miami's 34-28 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday -- and he has the video to prove it. After Starks recovered a first-quarter fumble by Steelers... more

On the heels of NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reporting that Mike Munchak is on the hot seat in Tennessee, the Titans coach told reporters Monday that his shaky job security isn't a distraction. "We have three games to go. We have a lot of... more

When the Around The League gang broke down Sunday's games on the podcast, we couldn't help but notice a disturbing trend from the Buffalo Bills. Sunday's 27-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers marked quarterback EJ Manuel's lowest point of the... more

The Miami Dolphins are alive for the AFC's sixth and final playoff spot and have Charles Clay to thank for it. Nine months ago, the Dolphins made headlines by draping Ryan Tannehill with a rich selection of expensive weapons in the passing game.... more

The Seattle Seahawks will march into January with one of their better defensive players watching from afar. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday that outside linebacker K.J. Wright will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture in his foot.... more

After a four-quarter rampage Monday night that featured the Chicago Bears marching up and down the field at will against the defense of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones is calling for tweaks. The Dallas owner told reporters after the 45-28 romp that... more

The AFC Playoff Picture is less jumbled than it was a week ago, but intrigue lingers at the top of the food chain. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New England Patriots' 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns from Week 14 on Wednesday,... more

The loser of tonight's "Monday Night Football "†matchup is on the ropes. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the season. More ...... more

A low hit from Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward cost Rob Gronkowski his season -- and maybe more for the New England Patriots. Ward wasn't flagged on the play and insists he played fair in Sunday's 27-26 loss to New England. "When they set the... more

The Carolina Panthers are -- again -- bracing for the loss of Jonathan Stewart. The running back suffered what The Charlotte Observer called a "serious right knee injury" in Sunday night's 31-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints. MRI testing on Monday... more

Rob Gronkowski's season is over. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that MRI tests confirmed that the New England Patriots tight end suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Sunday's 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns, per a source who spoke... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers came out of the gate doing what we expected them to do in the snow Sunday at Heinz Field. Against the visiting Dolphins, Pittsburgh ran the ball down Miami's throat early, handing the rock to rookie Le'Veon Bell eight times... more

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan presided over an on-field disaster Sunday in Washington's 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. After the game -- amid rumors he wants out of Washington to pursue the Houston Texans job -- Shanahan refused to address a... more

In a game that loomed as a cakewalk for the New England Patriots, Sunday's 27-26 win at Gillette Stadium over the Cleveland Browns was anything but a given. Tom†Brady Quarterback Tom Brady overcame a slow start to guide the Patriots to 17... more

Mother Nature did her best to make this one a snoozer, but no dice. The Ravens and Vikings combined for 35 points over the final 2:07 minutes of play in a wild affair that wasn't over until quarterback Joe Flacco's 9-yard scoring strike to rookie wide... more

The New England Patriots have relied on Rob Gronkowski to lift their offense out of the mire, but he's out of the lineup again. The playmaking tight end was carted off the field in Foxborough on†Sunday after suffering a right leg injury on a... more

The NFL's leading rusher has been sidelined. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was carted off the field in†Sunday's 29-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens with what NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport labeled a right mid-foot sprain .... more

If the Titans continue to stumble, Tennessee is in for sweeping changes. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" that a "lot of dissatisfaction" exists inside the Titans organization with Mike Munchak, who... more

Stevan Ridley is healthy, save for a nagging case of fumblitis. That malady led the New England Patriots to deactivate their starting running back last week against the Houston Texans, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

The Houston Texans aren't wasting time in their search for a new coach. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" that, while the Texans "are getting their ducks in a row, trying to figure out where they're... more

Adrian Peterson hasn't missed a game in two seasons, but his status for Sunday is hazy. The Minnesota Vikings running back was limited in practice on Friday with a groin injury and looms as questionable for the team's meeting with the Baltimore... more

Thanksgiving Day wound up being costly for a quintet of NFC North players. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy was docked $15,750 for striking Packers tight end Ryan Taylor in the head with his shoulder... more

Gary Kubiak is out in Houston. Team owner Bob McNair announced Friday that the Texans have fired their longtime coach after dropping a franchise-record 11th consecutive game Thursday night -- a 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars -- to tumble... more

Tim Tebow's gridiron prospects have dried up stateside, but not across the Atlantic. The Associated Press reported Thursday that the former NFL quarterback has been offered a four-month contract to play for the Milano Seamen of the Italian... more

Coming off his finest outing of the year, Maurice Jones-Drew is heading to see the doctor. The Jacksonville Jaguars'†star running back†is set to have an MRI on Friday to examine the hamstring he tweaked in Thursday night's 27-20 win over the... more

Can the New England Patriots continue to sit their best running back? Deactivated last week against the Houston Texans, Stevan Ridley is no sure bet to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. After fumbling in a league-leading three straight... more

Cleveland Browns pass-catcher Josh Gordon wasn't named the†AFC Offensive Player of the Week . That award went to Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, just days after Gordon broke an NFL record with 200-plus receiving yards in back-to-back weeks.... more

Lions running back Reggie Bush was a pivotal part of Detroit's attack in the Thanksgiving Day thrashing of the Green Bay Packers. His status for Sunday's game with the Philadelphia Eagles is cloudy. Reggie†Bush Bush was limited to light... more

Austin Collie's on-again, off-again NFL career has steered him back to New England. Tom†Brady NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Patriots have signed the veteran wide receiver, per a source informed of the deal. The team... more

For the record, Mike Mitchell doesn't think Drew Brees is "soft." The Panthers free safety stirred the pot last month when he used that word to describe the New Orleans Saints quarterback, who Carolina will face Sunday night . "I don't really... more

It hasn't been an easy season for Trent Richardson. Since being acquired by Indianapolis in a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns, the second-year pro plodded to the tune of 2.8 yards per carry before the Colts benched him in favor of... more

The New York Jets sit on the brink of extinction. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the season. More ... Our gang of Around The... more

The season is over for Desmond Bryant. The Cleveland Browns placed the defensive end on the reserve/non-football illness list with an irregular heartbeat, the team announced Wednesday. It's an abrupt end to the season for Bryant, who started all... more

Aaron Rodgers is one step closer to playing again. As expected, the Green Bay Packers quarterback practiced on a limited basis Wednesday as he makes his way back from the fractured left collarbone he suffered last month. "I thought he looked good for... more

Will we finally see Dennis Pitta on Sunday? Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday that he's hopeful the team's playmaking tight end will make his regular-season debut at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, per The Baltimore... more

Can New England handle the suspense? Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced that a pair of newly acquired quarterbacks -- Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney -- will split first-team reps in Wednesday's practice ahead of Sunday's meeting with the... more

The Buffalo Bills have seen enough from Tashard Choice. The veteran running back was released on Wednesday , the team announced, after serving as a spot player in the backfield since 2011. Choice amassed 126 yards on 35 carries this season,... more

The offensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers has caught the injury bug. Coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Tuesday that starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum and reliable right guard David DeCastro were limited in practice and line up as questionable... more

Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer returned to the lineup last week and played every snap of Oakland's Thanksgiving Day loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Set to become a free agent this offseason, Veldheer missed the first 11 games of the season with... more

Christmas Eve, 2011. That's the last time the Seahawks were beaten on their own turf in the regular season, falling 19-17 to the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle is 14-0 at home since, with CenturyLink Field becoming the place nobody wants to go --... more

The Dallas Cowboys are welcoming Sean Lee back into the fold. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Dallas Cowboys' 31-24 win over the Oakland Raiders from Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network schedule Team... more

The quarterback carousel spins viciously onward in Cleveland. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Browns will sign passer Caleb Hanie to fortify a quarterback room riddled with maladies and inconsistent play. Mary Kay Cabot of The... more

Derek Wolfe is back with the Denver Broncos. The second-year defensive lineman was released from the hospital Monday after experiencing seizure-like symptoms last week that kept him out of Sunday's 35-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.... more

If you're the type who can't get enough of Andy Dalton in prime time, read on: The NFL, on Monday, announced its final schedule for Week 15, headlined by the league's decision to keep Bengals at Steelers notched into place for "Sunday Night Football... more

The defense of the Carolina Panthers will be fully operational for Sunday night's pivotal NFC South meeting with the New Orleans Saints. Pass rusher Charles Johnson tweeted Sunday that he'll be ready to play after missing the past two games with the... more

After Sunday's prime-time bout of flailing NFC East squads, we're ready for a doozie. It's fair to wonder if Monday night's meeting between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks is simply the warm-up for a January rematch. The Seahawks... more

Darrelle Revis took care of business against Steve Smith on Sunday, but not so much with Ted Ginn. The Panthers wide receiver took a trip to Revis Island and lived to tell about it, flaming the Buccaneers shutdown corner with a 36-yard touchdown... more

The Cleveland Browns have bottomed out. Sunday's disappointing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars dropped the team to 4-8 on the season and out of contention for anything but another high draft pick. Despite a record-setting day from ascendant... more

Unless you've been trapped below the earth in a Wi-Fi-disabled Soviet fortress, you've probably seen the above video. Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno shedding tears at a waterfall pace during Sunday's national anthem. First reaction?... more

Josh Gordon just made history. One week after piling up 237 yards receiving against the Steelers, the Browns wide receiver scorched Jacksonville's defense for another 261 off 10 catches in Cleveland's 32-28 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday at... more

The hottest team in football barrels onward. The Carolina Panthers knocked off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-6 †at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday to win their eighth consecutive game and match their division rival, the New Orleans Saints, with nine... more

Sorry, Houston, but Rob Gronkowski is good to go. The New England Patriots tight end -- limited all week in practice with a smattering of injuries to his back, forearm and hamstring -- will be on the field Sunday against the Texans, according to... more

Aaron Rodgers is no sure bet to play in Week 14 -- or beyond. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" that, while the Green Bay Packers quarterback has targeted Dec. 8 for his return from a fractured... more

November

Aldon Smith's kick to the groin of Robert Griffin III generated plenty of chatter this week, but it didn't generate a fine. The league office confirmed to NFL Media on Friday that the San Francisco 49ers pass rusher was not docked for his fancy... more

The Dallas Cowboys had their way on the ground Thursday, hammering the Oakland Raiders for 144 yards using a combination of running backs DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar en route to a 31-24 victory . It didn't last long, with Dunbar suffering a left... more

The officials didn't flag Mike Tomlin, but the NFL might. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the league plans to examine the Steelers coach's footing on the Jacoby Jones kickoff return that saw Tomlin nearly touch the Ravens wide... more

It took roughly two years for Matt Flynn to go from backup wonderboy to Turkey Day buzzkill for the Green Bay Packers. Flynn's performance in a 40-10 loss to the Lions on Thursday bore zero resemblance to his 480-yard, six-touchdown flaming of... more

A flock of Ravens were quick to blame Mike Tomlin after the Steelers coach nearly interfered with a Jacoby Jones kickoff return in Baltimore's 22-20 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. "(Tomlin) did it on purpose, " wide receiver Torrey Smith... more

The Steelers are on life support. The Ravens have taken flight. With an opportunity on Thursday night to knock off Baltimore and edge closer to a postseason berth, Pittsburgh did the opposite, falling 22-20 and allowing the Ravens to seize control of... more

Thursday night's meeting between the Steelers and Ravens took an unusual -- and concerning -- turn in the final moments of the fourth quarter. With Pittsburgh trailing 22-14, Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell lost his helmet diving in for an... more

Mike Tomlin's stock is at an all-time low at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens fans did not take kindly to replays showing the Pittsburgh Steelers coach hovering within a hair of Jacoby Jones on a third-quarter Baltimore kickoff return. Check the... more

Have the Oakland Raiders found a quarterback? On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Dallas Cowboys' 31-24 win over the Oakland Raiders from Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network schedule In Thursday's 31-24... more

The Dallas Cowboys you're accustomed to seeing on Turkey Day will look a little different Thursday. Big D won't wear its traditional throwback jerseys and helmets for the holiday tilt with the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium, per the Cowboys' official... more

John Fox is back in the Rocky Mountains. Mike Klis of The Denver Post reported that the Broncos coach returned to Denver on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing an aortic heart valve replacement on Nov. 4. Fox, 58, isn't expected to return... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have a better idea about when they'll have Justin Houston back in the lineup. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Chiefs' premier pass rusher won't need surgery , but could miss two to three weeks with the... more

The Oakland Raiders have made it this far with a patchwork offensive line that's done its best to protect both Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin this season. The return of Jared Veldheer will help. The underrated left tackle was activated off... more

A pair of starting running backs watched practice from afar Wednesday. In Chicago, Matt Forte didn't participate with the Bears because of the knee injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Rams, per ESPN.com . Forte has been diagnosed with a slight... more

Credit Tom Brady with this season's friskiest pre-snap audible. During New England's epic comeback win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night, the Patriots quarterback issued an at-the-line play call that made Belichick completists perk up.... more

Too much was made of the postgame locker room visit Robert Griffin III's father paid to his son on the heels of Monday night's ugly loss to the San Francisco 49ers. During a season in which the Washington Redskins' second-year passer has been... more

With five weeks to go in the NFL season, the AFC playoff picture is far from a lock. Especially after the Denver Broncos, nursing a titanic lead over the Patriots, crumbled to pieces in a 34-31 overtime loss that thrust New England into sole... more

The return of Michael Crabtree is upon us. The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver was activated Tuesday and could play as early as Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, per the San Francisco Chronicle. Lifting Crabtree from the reserve/physically... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have endured a bumpy ride this season, but don't anticipate another quarterback switch if coach Greg Schiano sticks around. Schein: Fire Schiano? Not so fast Greg†Schiano seemed doomed during Tampa Bay's 0-8 start, but Adam... more

On a difficult evening for Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, not even RGII could make it better. Following Monday night's 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Griffin's father was seen in the locker room engaging in a "lengthy... more

The Denver Broncos sustained injuries up and down the roster in Sunday night's crushing 34-31 overtime loss to the New England Patriots. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New England Patriots' 34-31 win over the Denver Broncos from... more

Had it worked out any differently, Bill Belichick would live with it until the end of his days. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New England Patriots' 34-31 win over the Denver Broncos from Week 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. ET.... more

More bad news for a Miami Dolphins ground game that sputtered to a stop in Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Daniel Thomas suffered a torn ankle ligament against Carolina that will keep... more

Too early to take these Cardinals seriously? Not at all. Winners of four straight, Arizona sits firmly entrenched in the NFC playoff picture after Sunday's 40-11 scattering of the Indianapolis Colts. Four convincing quarters of havoc revealed a... more

Here lies the Cleveland Browns. Left for dead in September after trading away running back Trent Richardson, Cleveland fought nobly for its life deep into November -- but that fight is over. Our gang of Around The League scribes has no choice but... more

A whip of the leg has come with a cost for Marcus Cannon. Billick: How to coach the double dip The Broncos and Chiefs play twice in three weeks, as do the Saints and Panthers. Brian Billick studies this unique challenge. READ The New England... more

On Wednesday's "Around The League Podcast," we "stuck a fork" in the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans. They're done ... but we're not. Our gang of scribes are "forking" teams we don't believe can reach the playoffs. We've... more

The season is over for Kyle Williams . One week after he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, the receiver and return man was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Before the the team announced the news, Williams took to Twitter on Friday to... more

The Cleveland Browns intended to bring first-round draft pick Barkevious Mingo along slowly this season, but now they want to see him emerge. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team... more

When the Broncos pile into Gillette Stadium on Sunday night , Denver's explosive, up-tempo offense should look familiar to the New England Patriots. After all, core aspects of what Peyton Manning and friends have done in 2013 trace back to what Tom... more

This one should have been a doozy. The Atlanta Falcons hosting the New Orleans Saints in a late November tussle with major playoff implications. Right? That's likely what NFL Network was thinking when it landed this precious gem on the prime-time... more

In a perfect world, the injury-ravaged Green Bay Packers would have both quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Randall Cobb back in time for the stretch run. Rodgers is aiming for Turkey Day , but Cobb's status is anyone's guess. The elusive... more

On Wednesday's "Around The League Podcast," we crowned Monday night's meeting between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots as the game of the year. Cam†Newton Carolina's 24-20 win over New England had a little bit of everything: Tom... more

DJ Hayden's star-crossed rookie campaign is over. Raiders coach Dennis Allen told reporters Wednesday that Oakland's first-round draft pick has been placed on injured reserve after undergoing sports hernia surgery Tuesday. Hayden hasn't played since... more

A whopping 48 quarterbacks have taken the field during the regular season. First-string passers are lost every year, but this campaign has been marked by a handful of backups who have stepped in and made a difference. In some cases, guys who were... more

The NFL's ugliest quarterback carousel spins on in Minnesota. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Wednesday that -- are you sitting down? -- Christian Ponder again will be thrust into the starting lineup for Sunday's NFC North meeting with the... more

The Baltimore Ravens have sorely missed Dennis Pitta this season, but the sure-handed tight end is on his way back. The team announced Wednesday that Pitta will practice for the first time Wednesday since undergoing surgery in August †to repair a... more

After meeting last week with Miami offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, independent investigator Ted Wells is using this week to mine the Dolphins' organization with hopes of getting to the bottom of the lineman's allegations of mistreatment by indefinitely... more

Watching Ben Roethlisberger run Pittsburgh's no-huddle offense, it's fair to question why the Steelers would do anything else. Ben†Roethlisberger The veteran quarterback is one of the NFL's best at calling his own plays, something he did... more

The Green Bay Packers have dropped three in a row with All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers looking on with a fractured collarbone. Time to panic? Not yet, but notched at 5-5 in the rugged NFC North, the Packers desperately need a win at home against... more

For the second year in a row, the Dallas Cowboys are playing without the services of Sean Lee. The team's premier inside linebacker was expected to miss three to four weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered in a Week 10 loss to the New Orleans... more

Trent Richardson's troubles in Indianapolis are well documented . Eight games into his new life with the Colts, the running back is struggling to achieve liftoff while the team's leading rusher ... is Donald Brown. Donald†Brown Indy shipped... more

Former Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard was one of two individuals killed in a high-speed crash early Monday morning in Oakland, an official from the Alameda County Coroner's office confirmed to NFL Media. Howard was 30. KRON-TV reported that witnesses... more

One month ago, we openly pondered the future of Ron Rivera. The struggling Carolina Panthers coach, strapped to the hot seat, appeared destined for the breadline after failing to get Carolina off the ground for a third straight season. Forget all... more

Ozzie Newsome is back home with the Baltimore Ravens. One day after the longtime general manager reportedly was rushed from Soldier Field in an ambulance following Sunday's overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, Newsome told the Ravens' official website... more

The Cincinnati Bengals reached deep down the depth chart to cook up a convincing 41-20 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Maybe too deep. The game arguably turned on a key play by reserve defensive back Tony Dye, who returned a blocked punt... more

After Jonathan Martin met with independent investigator Ted Wells for more than seven hours Friday, the Miami Dolphins offensive tackle issued a bland statement about their discussion and told reporters: "I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly... more

Winning washes over all ills. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are proof, victors of two straight games and looking more like the team coach Greg Schiano has preached about for so long in Sunday's 41-28 stomping of the Atlanta Falcons. The Bucs (2-8) are... more

After being celebrated as the AFC's lead horse for the sixth and final wild-card slot, the New York Jets did it again. Slipping to 5-5 on the season with Sunday's 37-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Gang Green continued its baffling, record-setting... more

The Browns held a rare opportunity to shake up the AFC North on Sunday, but the stage proved too large. Instead of going for the throat, Cleveland fell to pieces in a 41-20 loss to Cincinnati that displayed why the Bengals -- when they feel like it... more

Are the Arizona Cardinals a playoff team? They continued to make a case for themselves Sunday with their third consecutive win, a 27-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars made possible by a breakout performance from Michael Floyd. It was no... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last Sunday that Ben Roethlisberger is expected to explore a possible trade this offseason after a decade of play with the Pittsburgh Steelers. So what's eating at Big Ben? Rapoport said Sunday on NFL... more

Tony Gonzalez is fully operational. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Atlanta Falcons tight end is active for Sunday's NFC South tussle †with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gonzalez has missed just two games in his 17-year career, but he... more

Mike Pouncey's troubles continue. The Miami Dolphins center wasn't ejected for punching the helmet of Buccaneers defensive lineman Akeem Spence, but he was fined for his ill behavior in Monday night's 22-19 loss to Tampa Bay. NFL Media Insider... more

The critical moment has arrived for a rash of middling squads clinging to postseason dreams as Turkey Day approaches. Harrison: Week 11 Game Picks With a number of marquee matchups dotting the Week 11 slate, Elliot Harrison provides his predictions... more

The career arc of Mike Adams has taken a strange turn. Drafted last year to play offensive tackle for the Steelers, Adams is now moonlighting as an extra tight end for a Pittsburgh squad that's 2-2 since he made the switch. The 2012 second-round... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have a plan for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on Sunday night . Battista: Opposites attract In her Week 11 primer, Judy Battista explains why Chiefs-Broncos is such an enticing showdown. Plus, 10 things to ponder.... more

The struggling Miami Dolphins are in no position to be handing out trade secrets. In the team's ugly 22-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN's Jon Gruden suggested that Dolphins offensive guard John Jerry tipped off Bucs defenders by craning... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted last week it was "very possible" that Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder would play Sunday after dislocating his left shoulder in Minnesota's victory last week over the Washington Redskins. The Vikings planned... more

Earlier this week, we pinned the Cleveland Browns as one of the teams destined to pick a quarterback in May's draft. With a pair of first-round picks, the Browns have the firepower to wheel and deal for a signal-caller of their choice. But will they?... more

Playing behind a spotty offensive line, Ben Roethlisberger knows Sunday's matchup with the Detroit Lions looms as an adventure. "You've got to be careful," Roethlisberger said Wednesday on a call with reporters, per Fox Sports Detroit. "You'll end... more

Both the 49ers and Seahawks are getting healthy in the NFC West. Marshawn†Lynch In Seattle, receiver Percy Harvin returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since undergoing August hip surgery, and the team's two starting offensive... more

It didn't take long for Kyle†Williams to land a new gig. The fourth-year pro revealed his new employer just one day after he was waived by the San Francisco 49ers: Chiefs! ‚?? Kyle Williams (@KyleWilliams_10) November 13, 2013 The Kansas City Star... more

"Y'all miss me?" Gary Kubiak asked reporters Wednesday, in his first meeting with the media since a mini-stroke forced him to step aside as coach of the Houston Texans. Kubiak fully expects to man the sideline Sunday against the Oakland Raiders,... more

The NFL lost one of its more memorable figures Wednesday with the passing of Todd Christensen. The five-time Pro Bowl tight end and two-time Super Bowl champion for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders died Wednesday morning in a Utah hospital due to... more

Strange days in Green Bay. After starting just three different quarterbacks since Brett Favre took over in 1992, the Packers will roll out their third passer in as many weeks on Sunday against the New York Giants. The Scott Tolzien era won't last... more

The Indianapolis Colts rolled through the early portion of this season with an in-your-face offense that ground opponents down with a mix of the run and pass. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton favors a scheme that lashes defenses with a hard-charging... more

You're going nowhere in this league without a quarterback. Not just some straw man who can toss a ball around and manage the game, but ... The Guy . For teams without one, finding a franchise passer is up there with sourcing the Ark of the... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor wasn't himself in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants. The scrambling and elusiveness we've become used to from Pryor to were replaced by tentative play in the pocket, the result of a knee injury he suffered... more

The Buffalo Bills had no further use for Brad Smith, but Eagles coach Chip Kelly has a different opinion. Nick†Foles Philadelphia plans to sign the wide receiver Tuesday, assuming he passes his physical, a team source told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is tucked away on injured reserve with his playing career in question after suffering a spinal contusion last month in a game against the Cleveland Browns. After NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported in... more

The Tennessee Titans will travel the rest of the way without their starting quarterback. Coach Mike Munchak confirmed Monday that Jake Locker suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury in Sunday's ugly 29-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I... more

Peyton Manning took a beating behind Denver's offensive line in Sunday's win over the San Diego Chargers, but the Broncos quarterback won't miss any action after an MRI on Monday showed no new damage to his already battered right ankle. NFL Media... more

Each week on "Master Level Plays," we highlight some of the best performances and moments from the previous Sunday. We've waited all season for this. At long last, Sunday belonged to Tavon Austin, the first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams who... more

The Houston Texans have their coach back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Gary Kubiak, as expected, returned to the team's facility Monday, according to a Texans source. Kubiak isn't expected to work a full day after suffering a... more

The Tennessee Titans flatlined out of the gate Sunday, falling behind early in a wash of turnovers and ugly offense in a 29-27 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars. The defeat -- in which quarterback Jake Locker was grounded with a... more

The Buffalo Bills are done. We "stuck a fork" in this lackluster bunch after Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers dropped Doug Marrone's squad to 3-7 on the season. After playing frisky football for much of the season -- at least at... more

Play of the day? On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Baltimore Ravens' 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals from Week 10 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network schedule How about A.J. Green's miracle grab of a 51-yard... more

In the fading moments after his Dallas Cowboys allowed a franchise-worst 625 yards in a 49-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints, owner Jerry Jones acknowledged that firing Rob Ryan hasn't worked out as planned. "We thought it was best for us to go in... more

Stand up and put your hands together for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Nine games into a trying, often soul-crushing campaign, Gus Bradley's team outplayed, outhustled and outlasted the Titans in a 29-27 stunner over Tennessee. Jacksonville, to the naked... more

On Friday's "Around the League Podcast," we affectionately labeled Sunday's Bills-Steelers tilt the "Forkoff Bowl." Week after week, our gang of scribes have "stuck a fork" in teams we don't think can make the playoffs. After Sunday's 23-10... more

It's hard to imagine Sunday getting much worse for the Tennessee Titans, but it has. Trailing the winless Jacksonville Jaguars with the first half ticking away, Jake Locker left for the locker room with what the team labeled a right foot injury. He... more

We're more than halfway through the NFL season, and Tim Tebow remains unemployed. But maybe not for long. With Tebow's pro career on the rocks, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the former Broncos and Jets passer has a backup... more

It's nearly impossible to imagine Ben Roethlisberger in anything other than black and gold, but he might not be a Pittsburgh Steeler forever. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Big Ben is "incredibly frustrated " with the direction of... more

With Texans bell cow Arian Foster out for the rest of the season and facing back surgery , the spotlight in Houston now falls on running back Ben Tate. Playing through the pain of four cracked ribs, Tate will be running for more than just yardage... more

With wide receiver Reggie Wayne out for the rest of the season, the Indianapolis Colts could use a boost from their 12th-ranked ground game. That begins with running back Trent Richardson, who is active and will play on Sunday against the St.... more

Dez Bryant's decision to remove his helmet on the field of play cost the Dallas Cowboys 15 yards on Sunday, but it won't cost the wide receiver a cent. Harrison: Week 10 Game Picks Who will win the barnburner that Cowboys-Saints seems to always turn... more

The Buffalo Bills have their quarterback back. Coach Doug Marrone told WGR-AM on Friday that rookie EJ Manuel will start in Sunday's tilt against the flailing Pittsburgh Steelers. Manuel hasn't played since suffering an LCL injury in his right... more

When we tabbed Rob Ryan as one of our Making the Leap candidates before the season, we argued his gig with the New Orleans Saints was a chance -- and perhaps his last -- to revive a floundering career. Harrison: Week 10 Game Picks Who will win the... more

The NFL delivered an unintentional slap in the face to the winless Jaguars back in September when they asked Jacksonville to strip rookie Denard Robinson of his "OW" designation on the team's depth chart. The tag stood for "offensive weapon," a... more

After the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed the New England Patriots to roll up 55 points on their defense in a Week 9 loss , coach Mike Tomlin hinted that changes are coming to a unit that's been a model of consistency during his reign. "Those people who... more

Don't expect the Denver Broncos to reboot the machine under Jack Del Rio. At the controls as the team's interim head coach while John Fox heals from heart surgery, Del Rio knows not to mess with a good thing -- especially on offense. Asked how... more

Reaction to Richie Incognito 's suspension has been all over the map. Punished for his role in Jonathan Martin's exodus from Miami, Incognito was defended by many current Dolphins, who painted the guard as a fine teammate -- and a good friend to... more

The Dallas Cowboys have their quarterback hunter back. Pass rusher DeMarcus Ware was "suited up and practicing" Wednesday after missing the past three games with a strained quadriceps muscle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Ware promised... more

The timeline around the return of Aaron Rodgers has been decidedly vague , but the picture is beginning to clear up. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Green Bay Packers quarterback likely faces a four-to-six-week recovery from... more

Not much has gone right for the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, but amid the muck of an eight-game skid, a gem has been unearthed. One year after drafting the hard-running Doug Martin, the Bucs have another rookie back playing inspired... more

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith can jaw with the best of them. He'll talk and taunt and call you out afterward, something Janoris Jenkins learned firsthand last month when No. 89 tore into the St. Louis Rams cornerback in a postgame rant... more

New England's bustling trainers' room just grew busier. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that Patriots safety Steve Gregory suffered a broken thumb in Sunday's 55-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a source briefed on Gregory's... more

Gary Kubiak is heading home. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Houston Texans coach was cleared to leave the hospital after he suffered what doctors labeled a mini-stroke . Kubiak†collapsed on the Reliant Stadium sideline during... more

As part of our weekly dip into the glorious Game Rewind archives, we spent Monday afternoon reviewing a Kansas City Chiefs team that moved to a perfect 9-0 on the season. Andy Reid's bunch has generated a league-leading 23 takeaways this season,... more

The Green Bay Packers are preparing for life without quarterback Aaron Rodgers. At least for the short term. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Rodgers suffered a small break in his collarbone in Monday night's 27-20 loss to the... more

The Nnamdi Asomugha experiment is over in San Francisco. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the 49ers planned to waive the veteran cornerback to make room for the expected activation of fellow defensive back Eric Wright, per two... more

The Nick Foles Show rages on in Philly. Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters Monday that his second-string quarterback will take first-team reps in Tuesday's practice as Michael Vick continues to nurse a tweaked hamstring, per the Eagles'... more

Week 9 was a wild ride , but we're not out of the woods just yet. Tonight's "Monday Night Football" tilt between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears is the slate's only meeting between a pair of teams with winning records -- and the NFC North... more

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles silenced his critics Sunday with a historical outing that showed off not only his arm, but the potential of Chip Kelly's offense in a 49-20 thrashing of the Oakland Raiders. Foles flung seven touchdown passes... more

With Denver Broncos coach John Fox set to undergo an aortic heart valve replacement this week, the team has announced his fill-in . The Broncos said Monday that defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will assume interim coaching duties while Fox is... more

On a day when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rumbled for 140 yards on the ground , the Dallas Cowboys all but scrapped the run. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Dallas Cowboys' 27-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings from... more

With Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely without pay, the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver is expected to seek help. Blackmon will enter a rehab facility after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, ESPN reported Sunday. It lines up with... more

A three-minute stretch in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings effectively told the tale of this year's Dallas Cowboys. Big D rolled up 14 points in seven seconds after Jason Witten's 26-yard touchdown catch was followed by Cowboys pass... more

Say hello to the Jekyll-and-Hyde Jets. Two weeks after knocking off the New England Patriots, and one week after they were embarrassed by the Cincinnati Bengals, New York returned to form on Sunday to stun the New Orleans Saints. It wasn't... more

Versatile running back Darren Sproles has been a major reason the New Orleans Saints have had a successful start to†this season , but he wasn't a factor in†Sunday's 26-20 loss †to†the New York Jets. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New... more

We already knew that Christian Ponder would start at quarterback on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings, but who would back him up against the Dallas Cowboys remained a mystery. Until now. Josh Freeman will be inactive Sunday , the team announced.†... more

With coach John Fox expected to undergo an aortic heart valve replacement that will sideline him "at least several weeks," the Denver Broncos are crafting a backup plan. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Denver will not finalize an... more

Jonathan Martin has no immediate plans to return to the Miami Dolphins. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that -- barring the situation changing drastically in South Beach -- the offensive tackle... more

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin didn't play in Thursday night's 22-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and don't expect to see him against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10 , either. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Friday that... more

It's that special time of year again -- flex time. The NFL announced Friday that it's moving the Week 11 tilt between the Kansas City Chiefs and hometown Denver Broncos from 4:05 p.m. ET into the prized "Sunday Night Football" slot at 8:30 p.m. ET... more

Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate acknowledged that his taunting penalty in Monday night's win over the St. Louis Rams was "immature." Costly, too. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Tate was fined $7,875 by the league for... more

The Atlanta Falcons saw the return of an old friend on Friday. Roddy White practiced with the team and looms as a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Carolina Panthers, coach Mike Smith told reporters, per ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.... more

Here's an ugly fact for Clevelanders to ponder over their morning coffee: The Baltimore Ravens have won 11 consecutive over the Browns. The last time Cleveland got the better of its rival -- way back on Nov. 18, 2007 -- magic man Derek Anderson... more

Tom Landry died a New York Giants fan. Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post got his hands on Mark Ribowsky's "The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry," and noted that Landry's 1989 firing by the Dallas Cowboys compelled the coach to cheer for Big Blue until... more

Michael Vick's inability to stay healthy has Nick Foles back at the controls for the Philadelphia Eagles. The second-year pro will start at quarterback Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, as Chip Kelly's 3-5 squad struggles to keep afloat in the NFC... more

October

The Andy Dalton jokes no longer ring true -- at least not this month. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback is the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October, after shredding defenses during the team's four-game win streak. He completed 89 of 131... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have assembled one of the league's nastiest front sevens , but they aren't finished looking for help. The team hosted free-agent defensive lineman Jay Ratliff on Tuesday, a source informed of the player's schedule told NFL Media... more

We're halfway home, people.* With eight weeks of play in the books, our weekly Game Rewind notebook has surveyed everything from Tom Brady's young Patriots offense to Rob Ryan's upstart D down in The Big Easy. Along the way, we've punched our... more

The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran safety Michael Huff in March to fill the void left by Ed Reed -- a task easier said than done. The team announced Wednesday that Huff has been waived along with defensive end Marcus Spears. It's an interesting... more

When NFL Films released footage of Dez Bryant's sideline rantings, we were given a different picture of what the Dallas Cowboys receiver was going on about in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions. Dez was seen talking strategy with Tony Romo... more

Lance Briggs expects to play sooner than later. The Chicago Bears linebacker was expected to miss up to six weeks with the shoulder injury he suffered against the Washington Redskins in Week 7 , but Briggs said that timetable has been slashed in half.... more

The surprisingly effective offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys is down a man. Team owner Jerry Jones announced Tuesday, on his weekly radio program, that Brian Waters will miss the rest of the season with a triceps injury suffered in Sunday's loss to... more

Fresh off a 49-9 drubbing by the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets return man Josh Cribbs propped up his current team at the expense of his former one. "We're not the Browns," Cribbs told Newsday on Sunday. "We're not the team that gives up. We... more

NFL Media columnist Michael Silver made it crystal clear that Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt can be had for cheap. "If you have a 12-pack of Coke and athletic tape, you can have Kenny Britt ," Silver said Monday night on NFL Network's "NFL... more

Each week on "Only the Best," we highlight some of the finest plays, performances and moments from the previous Sunday. Gregg Rosenthal normally pens this column , but seeing as he's mired in a late brunch with Goodell, I'll take a shot at describing... more

It's curtains for Mike Williams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday that the fourth-year wide receiver has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Williams told reporters last week that he tore his hamstring after initially injuring... more

With Tuesday's trade deadline closing in, the Josh Gordon whispers hover in the ether like a bad fart. It's time to clear the air and close this topic down: The Cleveland Browns would be nuts to part with their ultra-talented wide receiver.... more

The Baltimore Ravens brought in free-agent running back Beanie Wells for a workout last week , but they won't be signing him to a contract. The former first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals tore his Achilles during the tryout, according to The... more

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones had plenty to smile about in Sunday's 49-9 wipeout of the New York Jets, but smile he did not. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Monday that Jones was upset over the play of Jets receiver... more

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly doesn't expect to have Michael Vick back in time for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. The 33-year-old quarterback heard his hamstring pop in Philly's 15-7 loss to the New York Giants and will undergo... more

Logic suggested the Washington Redskins would find a way to move the ball through the air Sunday against the beleaguered pass defense of the Denver Broncos -- but that didn't happen. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Denver Broncos'... more

Over the past three weeks, the NFL's final undefeated squad, the Kansas City Chiefs, have gotten the best of quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick, Terrelle Pryor and Case Keenum. They added Jason Campbell to that list on Sunday, but Cleveland's... more

Niners offensive coordinator Greg Roman promised NFL Media columnist Michael Silver that San Francisco's attack will "peak at the right time" this season. Will Sunday in London do? In an easy 42-10 win over the Jaguars, quarterback Colin... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox called it a nonissue when Peyton Manning missed Wednesday's practice with what the team labeled an ankle injury. The All-Pro quarterback returned to practice Thursday and plans to play Sunday against the Washington... more

Jimmy Graham is a go. The New Orleans Saints announced that their Pro Bowl tight end is active for Sunday's meeting with the Buffalo Bills after testing his injured foot during pregame warmups. Graham is dealing with significant pain after suffering... more

Listen up, children: Fighting can be pricey. A slew of players have been fined from Sunday's fracas between the Panthers and Rams, led by St. Louis pass rusher Chris Long, who was docked $15,750 by the NFL for throwing a punch in the Rams' 30-15 loss... more

Prepare to see the return of Michael Vick on Sunday. The Eagles quarterback was a full participant in Friday's practice and was†listed as probable with a hamstring injury ahead of Philadelphia's meeting with the New York Giants, the team announced.... more

The Lions aren't the same team without running back Reggie Bush on the field. We learned that in Week 3 , when Detroit's ground game withered up in a tight win over the Washington Redskins as Bush watched from the sideline with a left knee injury.... more

It's been a good week for Jordan Reed. The Redskins rookie tight end popped off the screen during Washington's 45-41 win over the Bears on Sunday, catching nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown against a Chicago defense that couldn't keep up.... more

The San Francisco 49ers are close to getting some much-needed help at the wide receiver position, making the likelihood of a late-October trade, well, less likely. With Michael Crabtree (Achilles) expected back by mid-to-late November and Mario... more

Aldon Smith will miss his fifth consecutive game when the 49ers play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday , but San Francisco's front office remains hopeful about the pass rusher's chances of playing again this season -- and far into the future.... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan still refuses -- at least to the media† -- to name Geno Smith his starting signal-caller for the remainder of the season. "I'm definitely ready to say he's our starting quarterback this week against Cincinnati ," Ryan said... more

We learned earlier this month that the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders will host home games at London's Wembley Stadium next season. We now know their opponents. Look at images of NFL games and festivities from other... more

We hit on the performance of Le'Veon Bell in this week's Game Rewind column , noting that Pittsburgh's rookie runner gives the Steelers a long-lost boost in the backfield. One play we dissected featured Bell taking a direct snap out of the Wildcat, with... more

The Rams are backed into a corner at quarterback. With the uninspiring trio of Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis and Brady Quinn in the fold, St. Louis at least tried to spice things up under center after Sam Bradford tore his ACL on Sunday. Amid... more

The Patriot Push just won't go away. New England coach Bill Belichick admitted Monday that his players broke a rule by pushing each other into New York's line during an overtime field-goal attempt by the Jets in Sunday's 30-27 loss to Gang Green.... more

Look out, people, the Steelers have a pulse. Riding a two-game win streak and fresh off Sunday's 19-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh is a factor in the AFC North. For a team committed to running the ball, Le'Veon Bell's breakout... more

Coming out of Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, there's genuine reason for concern with the ground game of the Baltimore Ravens. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce went into the Steelers matchup ranked first and second in the league in percentage... more

The quarterback carousel spins on in Minnesota. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Wednesday that Josh Freeman came out of Monday night's debacle against the New York Giants with concussion-like symptoms. The quarterback has entered the league's... more

London will be treated to the winless Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday , not exactly what Shad Khan had in mind when the season began. "Obviously, if you're a Jaguars fan, we want to do better," the team owner said this week, via The Florida Times-Union.... more

Our Earth soon will play host to the "Rob Gronkowski Football 101 Women's Clinic." Yup, this is a real thing. The New England Patriots tight end has extended an invitation to any Boston-area woman with the innate desire to "learn from and interact... more

One day after Jeff Garcia told a Cleveland radio station that he lobbied the Browns for a chance to soothe their troubles under center, the 43-year-old former quarterback made it clear he wasn't entirely kidding. "That fire still burns," Garcia told... more

The New England Patriots are bringing back an old friend. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that free-agent defensive end Andre Carter signed a one-year contract with the team, per a source involved in the process. Carter flew in Monday... more

Lost in Monday's angry beehive of injury news was Ron Rivera's update on Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart. Rivera told reporters that Stewart is on schedule to practice Tuesday, and the coach didn't rule out Stewart for NFL Network's... more

The San Francisco 49ers on Sunday offered up a heavy dose of read-option runs out of the pistol, paving the way for Colin Kaepernick's 68 yards on the ground in an easy win over the Tennessee Titans. Inventive offensive coordinator Greg Roman has... more

The Minnesota Vikings all but ignored Adrian Peterson on Monday night, handing him the ball just 13 times in a grisly 23-7 loss to the New York Giants. We mentioned Monday that Big Blue is better than advertised against the run, but when you have... more

Sunday was brutal. No weekend of football this season saw a longer list of big-name players lost to injury. Franchise quarterbacks, star pass-catchers and key defenders all were shelved from east to west. Every NFL injury has roster impact, but... more

The last time the Philadelphia Eagles played the New York Giants, back in Week 5 , a hamstring injury to Michael Vick propelled backup quarterback Nick Foles into the fray. It's anyone's guess who will lead the team when Big Blue comes to Philly for... more

Rob Chudzinski refuses to point fingers at Brandon Weeden, but the Cleveland Browns coach on Monday didn't rule out making a change at quarterback. Pelted with questions about Weeden's status after Sunday's uneven loss to the Green Bay Packers,... more

The Chicago Bears just can't catch a break on defense. Lance Briggs will miss up to six weeks because of the shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins, a source who spoke to Briggs told NFL Media's Albert Breer. The team... more

Sunday night's emphatic victory over the Denver Broncos came with a steep price tag for the Indianapolis Colts. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Reggie Wayne tore his ACL along with his meniscus, according to a source who spoke with... more

As we mentioned on Friday's "Around The League Podcast ," the Giants and Vikings deserve a little credit. Tonight's "Monday Night Football" tilt has all the makings of an epic stinker, but Minnesota (1-4) and New York (0-6) have gone out of their... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are winless and searching for signs of life. Coming off last week's encouraging performance against the Denver Broncos, coach Gus Bradley wasn't thrilled with his team flatlining in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the San Diego... more

The man at the top thinks Case Keenum's got it going on. Texans owner Bob McNair wasn't thrilled with Houston's 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs -- or the team's ugly 2-5 start -- but he drew hope from the play of Matt Schaub's rookie fill-in under... more

The Ravens are the first defending champion with a losing record after seven games since the 2006 Pittsburgh Steelers, the same franchise that knocked Baltimore down a peg in Sunday's 19-16 loss. Sitting at 3-4 and two games behind the Cincinnati... more

Well, that was a weird one. After eight lead changes, five ties and the second-most points in a game this season, the Washington Redskins have their second win of the year -- a 45-41 doozie -- at the expense of the Chicago Bears. Redskins fans... more

One knock on Matt Ryan goes like this: Instead of lifting up the play of those around him, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback looks better than he is because there's so much talent at his disposal. With Roddy White and Julio Jones out of the lineup, that... more

The Chicago Bears aren't going far without quarterback Jay Cutler at the helm, but they'll do their best against the Washington Redskins. Cutler limped off the field Sunday after he was sacked in the second quarter by Redskins defensive end Chris... more

Brett Favre has emerged from his Mississippian wilderness to talk a little football. His playing days are done, but Favre hasn't forgotten how it feels to do what Peyton Manning must do Sunday night : Go to battle against your former team. With... more

Back in September, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said any production San Francisco got from Michael Crabtree this season would be "gravy." Thanksgiving was floated as the earliest we'd see the receiver play after his Achilles tendon... more

The long wait for Rob Gronkowski is over. He is officially active for the New England Patriots. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" that the Patriots tight end would make his regular-season debut... more

Chris Wesseling pointed out on Friday's "Around The League Podcast" that Robert Griffin III has led the Washington Redskins to only one first-half touchdown all season. Breer: Inside the NFL Notebook Will Greg†Schiano's woes deter NFL teams from... more

Not long after agent Drew Rosenhaus told NFL Media's Albert Breer that Rob Gronkowski had been cleared to play Sunday by doctors , the New England Patriots tight end took to YouTube to trumpet his return. In a featurette not sponsored by the team, but... more

We told you Thursday that Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith likely was a candidate for injured reserve with the designation to return tag, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. That's exactly where Smith is headed. The second-year defender... more

Rob Gronkowski is back. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday that agent Drew Rosenhaus told him the New England Patriots tight end "has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday " against the New York Jets. Gronkowski has yet to step... more

The Tennessee Titans have made noise in the AFC South, but they're currently riding a two-game losing streak in Jake Locker's absence. Locker practiced for the third straight day Friday. He took the majority of reps in the individual drills, "easily... more

The Seattle Seahawks initially targeted Thanksgiving for Percy Harvin's return, but it's looking more and more like he'll be catching passes long before the turkey is cooked. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the dynamic wide... more

On Wednesday's "Around the League Podcast," we broke down the sudden release of defensive tackle Jay Ratliff by the Dallas Cowboys. Ratliff's fall from grace, to us, looks like another example of owner Jerry Jones paying players too much money long past... more

Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith already graduated from Chris Wesseling's Making the Leap series after quickly becoming one of the league's brightest young defensive backs. Unfortunately for the Vikings, his second NFL campaign is in jeopardy.... more

The Cleveland Browns had to be at least a little surprised when they grabbed Charles†Johnson off the Green Bay Packers' practice squad. The rookie wide receiver hit town with a torn ACL , a setback the Browns discovered during his introductory... more

Josh Freeman opined Wednesday that the Minnesota Vikings "do things the right way around here." Rather predictable athlete-speak from the guy who just†got the starting quarterback job . But what about the guy he replaced, the freshly benched Christian... more

Now that he's the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Josh Freeman is free to speak his mind about his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not long after Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday that Freeman would start against... more

Kenbrell Thompkins was a popular fellow after hauling in Sunday's game-winning touchdown strike from Tom Brady. "After the game my phone was dead from text messages and everything," the New England rookie receiver said after knocking off the New... more

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier saw enough from Josh Freeman in Wednesday's practice to announce the newly acquired quarterback as his starter going forward. Frazier didn't see anything Wednesday from Adrian Peterson. The team's All-Pro... more

Brandon Weeden turned 30 Monday, but told reporters he felt 40 after Sunday's debacle against the Detroit Lions. Cleveland's quarterback threw a pair of picks -- including one of the season's ugliest interceptions -- in a 31-17 loss that dropped... more

One game is enough for Thursday nights, thank you very much. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the NFL has discussed selling an additional package of "Thursday Night Football" games, but a league spokesman says that isn't the case:... more

The New England Patriots have lost another key piece of their defense. Stevan†Ridley After placing nose tackle Vince Wilfork on injured reserve two weeks ago with a torn Achilles tendon, the team announced Wednesday that Jerod Mayo will join... more

Levi Brown's career in Pittsburgh? Not exactly the stuff of legend. Two weeks after the Steelers traded a conditional draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals for the uneven left tackle, Brown has been placed on injured reserve , the team announced. The... more

The Dallas Cowboys have played six games this season without the help of defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, and they don't expect him back anytime soon. Owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday, on his weekly radio program, that a report †suggesting Ratliff might not... more

Darrelle Revis now officially owns the island. ESPN's Darren Rovell reported Monday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback has been awarded registered ownership of the phrase "Revis Island," more than three years after filing for the trademark.... more

Winless and paper thin in the backfield, the New York Giants are holding auditions at running back. Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) reported Monday evening that former Giants running back Danny Ware will try out with the team Tuesday,... more

The New York Giants are winless and floating, but don't expect a fire sale in the Meadowlands. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones learned Monday from a person familiar with the situation that Big Blue has zero plans to part ways with veteran wide receiver... more

The Dallas Cowboys knocked off the Washington Redskins on Sunday night , but the team's third victory of the season came with a cost. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that DeMarcus Ware is expected to miss three to four weeks after... more

So what does a Chuck Pagano team look like? If the past three weeks are any indication, the AFC South might be in for a beating. The Indianapolis Colts (4-1) enter tonight's "Monday Night Football" tilt with the San Diego Chargers (2-3) riding a... more

Mike Goodson's season is over almost before it began. The New York Jets running back confirmed the worst Monday, tweeting in detail about the knee injury he suffered in Sunday's 19-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers: MRI Shows that I Tore My MCL and... more

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't like what he saw. After Ravens safety Matt Elam dove at wide receiver Randall Cobb's knees, Rodgers was seen jawing with the rookie defender during Green Bay's 19-17 win Sunday over Baltimore.... more

We can't stop watching this -- we'll call it a pass -- from Brandon Weeden. The Cleveland Browns quarterback was a scattershot disaster in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions, but his second pick of the day will simmer in infamy. Trailing by one... more

The Arizona Cardinals showed some fight on Sunday, but not enough in a 32-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. At least not enough for Bruce Arians. The Cardinals coach bristled at the notion that losing a tight game to a division heavy might be seen --... more

The Kansas City Chiefs beat and battered Terrelle Pryor on Sunday. Behind a down-to-its-last-man offensive line, the Raiders quarterback was sacked 10 times by Kansas City in a 24-7 loss that dropped Oakland to 2-4 on the season. In defeat, Pryor... more

EJ Manuel is the future and Thad Lewis is intriguing , but the Buffalo Bills aren't done at quarterback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Matt Flynn is in Buffalo and has a workout Monday with the Bills, who are waiting for Manuel --... more

The Detroit Lions followed the script of a team on the rise Sunday. Instead of folding on the road, Matthew Stafford and friends marched into Cleveland and took care of business with an edgy 31-17 win over the Browns. Lions All-Pro wide receiver... more

On a day that saw Arrowhead Stadium become the loudest venue on planet Earth , the Chiefs certainly gave their rowdy fan base something to cheer about. Kansas City's smothering defense battered Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor and got... more

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has an ailing hip and a non-injury-related issue, but Beast Mode is active for Sunday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport had said on NFL Network on Sunday morning that Lynch is expected to start against... more

The Matt Schaub roller-coaster rages onward. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the Houston Texans starting quarterback won't be the starter for long if his troubles continue Sunday against the St.... more

The San Diego Chargers expect to have their leading rusher on the field for Monday night's meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Mathews practiced fully Saturday and was listed as probable after leaving Sunday night's loss to the Oakland... more

Chip Kelly hoped to keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers guessing on the subject of Michael Vick, but the jig is up. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is highly unlikely to play Sunday because of the... more

When the Buffalo Bills chose to promote Thad Lewis off their practice squad to replace the injured EJ Manuel at quarterback, it left many people asking one question: Who? Lewis -- with just one NFL start -- was selected over Vince Young, Matt... more

Less than a month after Seattle's "12th Man" made history at CenturyLink Field, fans of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs plan to steal the torch . Sunday's Arrowhead Stadium crowd will try to set the world record for loudest sports venue when the... more

If the New York Jets hope to keep the good times rolling in Florham Park, a healthy Antonio Cromartie would help. The Pro Bowl cornerback is questionable for Sunday's game against the winless Pittsburgh Steelers with a knee injury, but believes he... more

Maybe Josh Gordon won't be dealt after all. Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has swatted down reports that their productive deep threat is on the block, and team CEO Joe Banner told USA Today this week: "We're absolutely not shopping Josh. We're... more

The New York Jets find themselves in a prime position, the kind of situation a veteran team would seize hold of. Sitting at 3-2 after a surprising road win over the Atlanta Falcons, Rex Ryan's squad -- deemed a joke before the season began -- prepares... more

Matt Schaub is officially in a slump . The Houston Texans quarterback has thrown a pick six in a record four straight games, but he still owns the starting job -- and the support of his teammates. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Friday on NFL... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has said for weeks that Rob Gronkowski planned to make his long-awaited return to the field in Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints. The New England Patriots tight end is one step closer to making that happen. NFL... more

It's not easy being Matt Schaub. He's thrown a pick six in an NFL record four consecutive games and just lost his security blanket. The Houston Texans quarterback isn't likely to see Owen Daniels on the field for three to six weeks after the tight end... more

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones predictably took heat for calling Sunday's 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos†"a moral victory" for Dallas. Tony†Romo "I know what's going to happen to me when I say this, but that's a good term," Jones said Monday.... more

The Associated Press No more red, white and blue uniforms; Nike has given the NFL's All-Star game a new look. The NFL is trying, with gusto, to convince you that the Pro Bowl is fun again. New rules, new wrinkles ... new uniforms .... more

The football heavens have smiled on the long-suffering fan base of the New York Jets. Geno†Smith No matter how this season turns out for coach Rex Ryan, who can doubt what happened Monday night in a gutsy 30-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons?... more

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that the signing of quarterback Josh Freeman won't affect Christian Ponder's "bright future" with the team. Debate: What's the Vikings' plan? Will the addition of Josh Freeman make Minnesota forget... more

We've said for weeks on the "Around the League Podcast "†that Christian Ponder would lose his starting job before the season ended. Adding Josh Freeman †makes it crystal clear the Minnesota Vikings aren't sitting still at quarterback. Debate: What's... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is expected to start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6 . That's no surprise after Michael Vick left Sunday's win over the New York Giants with a... more

One month ago, tonight's "Monday Night Football" offering between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets looked like a bloodbath in the making. Everything we knew about the Jets told us they were heading for Nowheresville this season. Pitting them on... more

The Oakland Raiders might have something special in Terrelle Pryor, but they aren't finished seeking quarterback help. After failing to land Josh Freeman, the Raiders will work out quarterbacks Pat White and David Carr on Tuesday, per NFL Media... more

It's increasingly clear that Kenny Britt sits on the endangered list in Tennessee. The fifth-year pro hauled in only one pass off six targets in Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, drawing the ire of the Tennessee Titans offensive... more

Peyton Manning is playing the finest football of his decorated career, but little brother Eli is in a funk. The New York Giants are winless and littered with weaknesses up and down the roster. In a 36-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on... more

After Josh Freeman agreed to join the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, the Buffalo Bills went into Monday still in search of a quarterback to fill in for the injured EJ Manuel. They now have their guy. The team announced Monday that Thad Lewis... more

We know what the Philadelphia Eagles have in Michael Vick, but Sunday's 36-21 win over the New York Giants gave us a closer look at Nick Foles. With Vick sidelined by a hamstring injury , Foles calmly directed the Eagles to 17 second-half points in a... more

It's time for the Blaine Gabbert experiment to end. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback sputtered through another ugly performance Sunday before a hamstring injury ended his day in a 34-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Chad Henne took over -- as... more

On another ugly afternoon for the Jacksonville Jaguars, quarterback Blaine Gabbert exited Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams after sustaining a left hamstring injury . He did not return. Gabbert exited midway through the third quarter. Backup... more

The injury bug hit hard during Sunday's game between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. At the top of the list was quarterback Michael Vick, who left the Eagles' 36-21 victory over the Giants with a hamstring injury and was replaced by... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded away Eugene Monroe earlier this week in order to move Luke Joeckel to his natural position at left tackle. That experiment didn't even last one quarter. Joeckel was carted off the field during the first quarter of... more

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not make the trip to Cincinnati, but receiver Danny Amendola was on the field against the Bengals on Sunday . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that... more

Looking for an eleventh-hour add to your fantasy backfield? Zac Stacy might be your man. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the St. Louis Rams were giving the rookie running back his first career start †Sunday†against the Jacksonville... more

Even before this season began, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera knew he was on the hot seat. In July, Rivera called his less-than-concrete job security the "white elephant in the room." Here in October, that elephant lingers. NFL Media Insider... more

Are the Buffalo Bills ready to move on from Jairus Byrd? The safety hasn't played this season because of a foot injury, and apparently he isn't in the team's long-term plans after an ugly offseason contract standoff . The Buffalo News reported... more

The Cleveland Browns aren't chasing after Josh Freeman , but the Buffalo Bills remain an option for the recently released quarterback. With EJ Manuel expected to miss anywhere from four to six weeks with the sprained LCL he suffered Thursday night ,... more

The Cleveland Browns are down a quarterback after Brian Hoyer tore his ACL in Thursday night's win over the Buffalo Bills. So how about Josh Freeman? Don't hold your breath. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Cleveland isn't... more

And now, friends, your daily Rob Gronkowski update ... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the New England Patriots tight end is a long shot to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a source with knowledge of the... more

The New England Patriots rolled into this season with one of the league's deeper backfields, but depth suddenly is an issue for New England. Stevan Ridley is officially out for Sunday's tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals. Ridley was not on the field... more

Nobody's holding onto the ball longer than Michael Vick. The Philadelphia Eagles passer is clutching the pigskin 4.3 seconds per dropback, tied for the league's longest release time, per ESPN. According to Vick, those figures don't mean much. "I am... more

Peyton Manning is on pace to throw for 64 touchdown passes this season, but don't bother Ernie Sims with that information. The Dallas Cowboys linebacker -- set to face Manning's Denver Broncos on Sunday -- has grown tired of the hoopla surrounding... more

The New England Patriots have added a veteran presence to their pack of newbie wide receivers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Austin Collie signed a contract with the team, according to a source informed of the move. The... more

The NFL has announced its players of the month, and one honoree comes as no surprise. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning won the AFC Player of the Month award for September after torching opponents with 16 touchdowns. Manning hasn't thrown a... more

The Tennessee Titans won't have Jake Locker on the field anytime soon after he sustained a hip injury in Sunday's win over the New York Jets. NFL Media's Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport reported that Locker might be sidelined until Week 9 because of... more

There's a lot to like about this season's Miami Dolphins, but Monday night's uneven loss to New Orleans highlighted a blemish. Miami was battered by the Saints' front seven as quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked four times on the night. After... more

The bye week wasn't enough for James Starks. The Green Bay Packers running back sat out Wednesday's practice with a knee injury and won't see the field for a "couple of weeks," coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Wednesday, per the Milwaukee Journal... more

The sun burned bright Tuesday, but we didn't see it. We spent the day burrowed away watching a treasure trove of Game Rewind and the glorious All-22. Here's just some of what we saw in Week 4: Unsung heroes in Detroit Lions running back Reggie... more

San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James barely has made a peep behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter this season. Except on Twitter. Frank†Gore James has received just three carries for zero yards, leaving him to question his role... more

The Baltimore Ravens aren't the only team in the AFC North making moves on the offensive line. One day after the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to send Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for multiple draft picks , the Pittsburgh Steelers got... more

When we reviewed all the Week 4 action on the "Around The League Podcast," we didn't have much to say about the defense of the Philadelphia Eagles. We're in the habit of giving a mulligan to anyone facing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, who... more

The quarterback carousel spins on in San Francisco, where Colin Kaepernick's job is safe, but what happens behind him is anyone's guess. Frank†Gore The 49ers signed free-agent passer John Skelton to the roster Wednesday to replace the recently... more

Santonio Holmes has been grounded. Brian Costello of the New York Post reported Tuesday that the Jets wide receiver is expected to miss at least a few weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans, according to... more

The Cleveland Browns can't replace Trent Richardson. Willis McGahee knows that. Since trading away their featured back to the Indianapolis Colts, the Browns have relied on a committee approach in the backfield during their improbable two-game win... more

We outlined the troubles of the San Francisco 49ers †one week ago, but it's clear Alex Boone doesn't read this site. Frank†Gore The team's starting right guard watched Sunday as the Seattle Seahawks climbed to 4-0 , but it didn't alter his... more

Week 4 takeaway No. 1: The New Orleans Saints are a playoff squad in the making . Drew†Brees Week 4 takeaway No. 2: The Miami Dolphins have work to do . "We'll find out a lot about what kind of team we have by how we respond ," Dolphins coach... more

September

Quality primetime games have been hard to come by this season, but there's plenty to like about tonight's "Monday Night Football" showdown between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints. Both teams come into the game unbeaten and untied, the result... more

Just how good are these Broncos? We pondered that question on the latest "Around The League Podcast" after Denver dismantled the Philadelphia Eagles 52-20 on Sunday and moved to 4-0 on the year. Peyton†Manning Chew on this: As Peter King... more

The Browns aren't messing with a good thing. Coach Rob Chudzinski confirmed Monday that Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback on "Thursday Night Football " when Cleveland hosts the Buffalo Bills. Hoyer has engineered back -to-back victories since... more

On the latest "Around the League Podcast ," we asked if Andy Dalton played his ugliest game on Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback threw for just 69 yards in the first half and failed to move the ball in a rough 17-6 loss to the Cleveland... more

The San Diego Chargers paid a heavy price for Sunday's 30-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that outside linebacker Dwight Freeney suffered a torn quadriceps in the win, according to a pair of sources... more

The Arizona Cardinals woke up winners on Monday, but we predict a long week ahead for Rashard Mendenhall. The team's starting running back raised the ire of coach Bruce Arians following a troubling performance in Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Tampa... more

We came away from Sunday's Vikings-Steelers tilt wondering if Minnesota had found a new starting quarterback after Matt Cassel directed the team to a 34-27 win over Pittsburgh in Wembley Stadium. Replacing the injured Christian Ponder, Cassel pushed... more

The winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on the wrong side of the scoreboard -- again -- but Mike Glennon's NFL debut was far from a disaster flick. Patrick†Peterson The rookie quarterback showed promise in a 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals,... more

For decades, the Cleveland Browns have made a cottage industry of finding ways to lose football games. The opposite happened Sunday in a 17-6 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Aided by a stifling defense, quarterback Brian Hoyer guided Cleveland to a... more

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Sunday in suburban Cleveland, police told The Plain Dealer. Police in Solon, Ohio, said they stopped Kosar for speeding at about 2:45 a.m. ET on U.S. Route... more

Asked this month about the state of his Pittsburgh Steelers offense, coordinator Todd Haley said: "I'm not happy with anything right now." His employer can relate. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning"... more

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice last weekend missed his first game since 2008. His absence from the field won't last long. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that Rice will play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills after injuring his hip in a... more

It's not easy being the Jacksonville Jaguars. We learned Friday that the NFL asked the winless team to strip rookie Denard Robinson of the ambiguous "OW" (or, offensive weapon) label on Jacksonville's official roster. The request comes a full... more

The Patriots have listed tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but that tag doesn't mean much coming from New England. We'll know much more when the Patriots fly... more

Any remaining goodwill between Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is melting away under the Florida sun like a popsicle. After the quarterback voiced his displeasure over being benched during an unauthorized interview with ESPN on Thursday... more

The New York Giants haven't started 0-4 since 1987, a strike-marred season that saw Bill Parcells and Co. fail to make the playoffs after winning Super Bowl XXI. Big Blue is one loss away from revisiting that ugly mark if it stumbles†against the... more

Days after Josh Freeman was relieved of his duties in Tampa Bay, our second quarterback switch of the week has taken place in Minnesota -- or, more accurately, London -- where the Vikings will face the Pittsburgh Steelers with Matt Cassel at the helm.... more

For the Cleveland Browns to stop the Cincinnati Bengals -- really, for anyone to stop the Bengals -- wide receiver A.J. Green must be kept at bay. That task on Sunday falls to cornerback Joe Haden, who's battled with the Pro Bowl pass-catcher three... more

Jim Brown has weighed in on Trent Richardson for possibly the final time. The Hall of Fame running back, who called Richardson an "ordinary" talent when he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, approves of the trade that sent the runner to the... more

Terrelle Pryor doesn't remember all of Monday night's 37-21 loss to the Denver Broncos but, after watching the tape, the Oakland Raiders quarterback wants someone to pay up. Pryor sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter on a monster hit from... more

The Dallas Cowboys pulled Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters out of retirement to bring veteran stability to an offensive line in need of help. After sitting out all of last season, Waters has been eased into the lineup since signing with the team Sept. 3. He... more

The Minnesota Vikings don't have a victory this season, and they might not have their starting quarterback Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London. With Christian Ponder battling sore ribs, Matt Cassel took the majority of first-team snaps... more

The Chicago Bears would be wise to plan for Reggie Bush on Sunday . The versatile Lions running back was back at practice †Wednesday after missing Detroit's win over the Washington Redskins with the knee injury he suffered in Week 2 , per the team's... more

Another week of action is in the books, so let's get down to business, shall we? Here's a fresh round of notes from another helping of Game Rewind and the glorious All-22 : New Orleans Saints 31, Arizona Cardinals 7 ¬Ľ Let's open in The Big... more

With the Lions in the market for a wide receiver , it's fair to wonder if Josh Gordon could wind up in Detroit. Brian†Hoyer After all, ESPN has reported more than once that Cleveland's front office is game for shopping its talented but troubled... more

So what's next for Josh Freeman? Benched Wednesday in favor of Mike Glennon, Freeman -- barring disaster for the rookie -- likely has taken his last snap for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Tampa... more

On the heels of Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano told reporters he never considered sitting quarterback Josh Freeman. Now he's changed his mind. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday... more

The Detroit Lions are back to square one, searching for a complement for Calvin Johnson. Matthew†Stafford With Nate Burleson set for surgery on the broken arm he suffered in Tuesday morning's single-car crash , the Lions are talking with... more

This young season hasn't been kind to Anthony Spencer. The Dallas Cowboys defensive end went under the knife in July to repair a battered left knee that now requires more medical attention. Team owner Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday that... more

The Detroit Lions are bracing for life without their No. 2 receiver after Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places during a single-car wreck early Tuesday morning. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press first reported that Burleson will undergo... more

For much of the way, the Chicago Bears struggled on third down in Sunday night's 40-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Marc Trestman's offense converted just 3 of 12 opportunities before Bears quarterback Jay Cutler caught fire in the final... more

The winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for a spark. That might ultimately come through a quarterback switch , but in the meantime, can we interest you in Jeff Demps? The U.S. Olympic track star and former University of Florida running back was... more

The quarterback carousel spins on in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars are preparing to reenter the Gabbert Zone. Coach Gus Bradley announced Monday that Blaine Gabbert will start in Sunday's tilt against the Indianapolis Colts after missing two... more

Let's be real. Tonight's "Monday Night Football" matchup doesn't figure to pack 'em in at the sports bar. Most folks don't give the Oakland Raiders (1-1) much of a chance against the high-flying Denver Broncos (2-0), but that's why we play the game.... more

Brian Hoyer wasn't flawless, but he delivered the Cleveland Browns their first regular-season win Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. It was the Browns' best performance of the year on offense, but Hoyer was playing in replacement of quarterback... more

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron tied a franchise record with three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Cameron -- ranked by Pro Football Focus as the NFL's top tight end -- was the difference against the Vikings,... more

Mark Ingram isn't going anywhere. New Orleans coach Sean Payton denied a report from CBS Sports that suggested the third-year Saints running back is seeking a trade. Payton said Sunday night it was "completely false" that Ingram might be shopped,... more

It's been an ugly year for the NFC East: One note before bed: The #Giants and #Redskins have both started 0-3 for the first time in NFL History. Unreal. ‚?? Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2013 We imagine Rapoport slept more soundly than... more

Even little children are surprised the Browns beat the Vikings on Sunday : So my daughter is laying here under me and just out the blue she says... I can't believe you lost to the Browns Daddy! Smh ‚?? Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 23,... more

Ron Rivera has been on the hot seat since the end of last season. The Panthers coach acknowledged in July that his future in Carolina is the "white elephant in the room," but his young team was anything but a circus on Sunday. After rolling the... more

We opened Sunday night's "Around The League Podcast" with a look at the beatdown that unfolded in San Francisco, where the visiting Indianapolis Colts took care of business in a 27-7 win over the 49ers. The second loss of the season for Jim Harbaugh's... more

Sunday was no walk in the park for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback threw multiple interceptions in a regular-season game for the first time since 2010. He also fell into a heated exchange with his coach during Green Bay's 34-30 loss to the... more

Left for dead and nationally ridiculed after trading away their best player this week, the Cleveland Browns were seen as easy pickings for a Minnesota Vikings squad hoping to prove that last year's playoff campaign was no fluke. Nothing went as planned.... more

Play by play, drive by drive, Tom Brady and his young targets are beginning to jell. It's no finished product in New England, but the Patriots' offense -- in Sunday's 23-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- made strides from the horror show we... more

The quarterback position in Cleveland has been a moving target for a quarter century. What's another week? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Brian Hoyer can steal away the starting job from Brandon Weeden with a stellar... more

Joe Thomas isn't going anywhere. After the Browns stunned the league by trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts this week, Cleveland's premier left tackle told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington that "everything is possible and... more

The New England Patriots kept the door open for tight end Rob Gronkowski to make his long-awaited return in Week 3, but don't hold your breath. After NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the All-Pro tight end was very unlikely to play Sunday,... more

The early-season game tape on Cam Newton is far from precious. In Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills , we saw the Carolina Panthers quarterback finally test the field deep, but his 21-of-38 showing was littered with overthrows and missed connections, an... more

San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to San Jose police. Smith was arrested by police officers after a single-vehicle crash at approximately 7 a.m. PT in the... more

Adrian Peterson's 96.5 yards per game put him on pace to finish the season with 1,544 yards, a figure that would delight most NFL running backs. But not Adrian. After 100 of those yards came in the Minnesota Vikings' Week 2 loss to the Chicago... more

Last Sunday, the Cleveland Browns wheeled out Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson in a tight loss to the Baltimore Ravens. One week later, almost nothing looks the same. Weeden, out with a sprained thumb, has been replaced by Brian Hoyer. In the... more

One day after the Indianapolis Colts swung a blockbuster trade for Trent Richardson, coach Chuck Pagano praised the acquisition and confirmed the team's new featured back will play a primary role against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday . "We did not... more

On Wednesday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast," we pondered this season's collection of 0-2 teams and asked which loveable loser has the best chance to bounce back. The Steelers, Browns and Jaguars make up the AFC's collection of winless... more

A name we didn't include in Wednesday's injury roundup , but will now: Ryan Tannehill. The Miami Dolphins quarterback was limited in Wednesday's practice because of a right shoulder injury sustained in Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts. The... more

The fallout of Wednesday's stunning trade that sent Trent Richardson to the Colts extends far beyond the Cleveland Browns and the city of Indianapolis. AFC South teams are bracing to deal with Richardson's hard-charging running style for two games... more

With Rodger Saffold sidelined by a knee injury , the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday added a touch of veteran help along the offensive line. The team agreed to terms with 31-year-old tackle Max Starks, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis... more

The Lions aren't the same team without Reggie Bush on the field. We learned that Sunday. In a 25-21 loss at Arizona, Detroit's offense trickled out just four first downs and 90 second-half yards after Bush suffered a left knee injury before halftime.... more

Two weeks into a new season is hardly the time to jump to conclusions. After all, last year at this time, Alex Smith was the pride and joy of San Francisco, Russell Wilson was a project and the pistol was nothing more than a gangster's plaything.... more

Bernard Pollard is no stranger to league-imposed fines. The Tennessee Titans safety was docked $10,000 by the NFL for a late hit back in August, and the NFL-stamped manila envelope has found its way to his locker again: So @nfl said I did... more

The Cleveland Browns spent the offseason touting a quarterback competition between Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell that, from the start, felt like a mirage. That's exactly what it was. With Weeden sidelined by a sprained thumb, coach Rob... more

Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson made a strong impression on the Minnesota Vikings during the offseason. So why isn't he playing more? On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Chicago Bears' 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings from Week 1 on... more

Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia on Thursday is, for obvious reasons, more than just another game. The Kansas City Chiefs coach will face an Eagles team he developed and oversaw for 14 seasons. Reid's new star running back, Jamaal Charles, knows... more

Dating back to the start of the 2012 NFL season, J.J. Watt's play has been nothing short of dominant. The Houston Texans defensive end has accounted for 22.5 sacks in 18 games while setting an unofficial league record in 2012 with 16 pass deflections.... more

On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Houston Texans' 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans from Week 1 on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network schedule Randy Moss said back in February that Tennessee Titans wide receiver... more

The AFC North is a combined 1-5 to start the season, but Monday night's showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals will help one team right the ship. On paper, the Bengals (0-1) own the division's most talented roster, but Cincy... more

For a handful of teams Sunday, one or two plays marked the difference between 1-1 and 0-2 . For the Cleveland Browns, it was more than a single snap, but check out this killer missed opportunity in a 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Down 7-6 with... more

No quarterback has started all 16 games in a season for the Cleveland Browns since long-lost Tim Couch did it in 2001. Just two weeks into the current campaign, Brandon Weeden is threatening to extend that ugly trend after spraining his right (throwing)... more

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel owns a 95.9 percent passer rating after Sunday's inspired 24-23 win over Carolina. The Panthers, meanwhile, are left to ponder what could have been. "About as bad as it gets," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said,... more

When we made David Wilson one of our summertime Making the Leap candidates, it was an easy choice . We argued in August that -- outside of Adrian Peterson and C.J. Spiller -- there might not be a more dynamic athlete at running back league-wide.... more

The Browns and Ravens are anything but friends. We learned that again Sunday, when Cleveland nose tackle Phil Taylor got into it with running back Ray Rice in the first quarter of Baltimore's 14-6 win . Taylor wouldn't provide specifics, saying... more

Tucked into Sunday night's disastrous 29-3 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers lost more than a critical game inside the division. Nose tackle Ian Williams broke his ankle and could be out long term after going down on a cut... more

On Sunday night's "Around The League Podcast," we touched on the Miami Dolphins' impressive performance in their 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Coming out of an offseason in which Miami (2-0) raided the free-agent market, the question was... more

It wasn't pretty, but the Super Bowl champion Ravens took care of business Sunday, winning 14-6 †in a game that revealed why Baltimore still is miles ahead of the Cleveland Browns. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco erased a 6-0 halftime deficit with a... more

The Buffalo Bills haven't had a quarterback to write home about since Jim Kelly lit up Orchard Park two decades ago. EJ Manuel is doing his best to change all that. The rookie signal-caller engineered a rousing nine-play, 80-yard touchdown march in the... more

The Baltimore Ravens officially are paper thin at running back. In the fourth quarter of Sunday's 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, Ray Rice limped off the field with an injured left hip. After being examined by trainers on the sideline, Rice... more

Sunday's 31-24 Atlanta Falcons win †started well for Steven Jackson, before rapidly taking a turn for the worse. The Falcons running back took a Matt Ryan pass 8 yards into the end zone to give Atlanta a 7-0 lead over Jackson's former team, the St.... more

The Atlanta Falcons have issues along the offensive line, and it's not just NFL analysts who have taken notice. Following a season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints, Falcons coach Mike Smith called out his front five for failing to come to the... more

Our first look at Robert Griffin III on Sunday, via NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning," showed the Washington Redskins quarterback walking the grounds of Lambeau Field in silence, just hours before facing the Green Bay Packers. Six days removed from... more

We expected Julio Jones to suit up for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, and our expectations have been met. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver battled a knee injury all week, but Jones -- one of five Falcons listed as questionable -- will... more

During Bill Belichick's 14 seasons as coach of the New England Patriots, he's started every single campaign with a left-footed punter. Because it's Belichick, multiple theories have been floated to explain his preference for lefties. On Friday,... more

I can't wait to see what the Raiders do Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rolling into the season with one of the AFC's shakiest rosters on paper, Oakland played hard for coach Dennis Allen in Week 1's 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. At... more

Here's a bit of news that should make Jim Harbaugh grin. Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been fined $15,000 for his Week 1 hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday . Matthews... more

All signs point to a monster campaign for LeSean McCoy. The Philadelphia Eagles running back is the centerpiece of coach Chip Kelly's run-heavy attack, and Monday night's win over the Washington Redskins confirmed it. With ground games drying up... more

On Wednesday's "Around The League Podcast," we touched on the state of the Panthers' offense coming off a 12-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. While up-tempo schemes are all the rage, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton led an attack that ran a league-low 50... more

The Cleveland Browns' disappointing Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins left questions on the table about the role of running back Trent Richardson. Touted all offseason as a featured back set to get 300-plus carries in his second season, Richardson --... more

Lavonte David's late, out-of-bounds hit on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith cost the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a win Sunday . On Thursday, it cost David a hill of money. Geno†Smith NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Bucs... more

Sunday night's NFC West showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks isn't a game that needs any more gasoline poured on the fire to motivate the masses. But a combination of mouthy athletes and Twitter has provided exactly that. † † †... more

One subplot wrapped into Monday night's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals is the offseason relocation of James Harrison. After a decade of raising havoc with Pittsburgh's defense, Harrison now sets his sights on quarterback... more

Outside of Cameron Wake, Robert Quinn was the NFL's most dominant pass-rushing force in Week 1. The St. Louis Rams defensive end tallied three sacks in a tight win over the Arizona Cardinals. Fellow defensive end Chris Long added another takedown,... more

Dion Jordan is new to the NFL but not to Andrew Luck. Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft, was part of an Oregon team that twice blew out Luck's Stanford squad before the quarterback was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts as the No. 1 overall... more

In Wednesday's "Around The League Podcast," we observed that Greg Schiano's Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked out of sync and, frankly, out of place in Sunday's 18-17 loss to the New York Jets. The problems for Tampa started right away on offense, with... more

Ndamukong Suh was slapped with a massive $100,000 fine †Tuesday for an unnecessary roughness penalty in Sunday's 34-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings. On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions pass rusher said the NFL-imposed punishment won't impact his... more

The first week of the NFL regular season brings our first tangible look at what 32 teams around the league hope to accomplish on both sides of the ball. It's a super-small sample size and is ripe ground for overreaction and rush to judgment. But... more

Last season, no quarterback was hit more than Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts. After the team's prized signal-caller was sacked four times in Sunday's tight win over the Oakland Raiders, Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter to put an end to the... more

With the San Francisco 49ers adding Kassim Osgood to the 53-man roster, somebody had to go. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Francisco 49ers' 34-28 win over the Green Bay†Packers from Week 1 on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET.... more

As the Baltimore Ravens steadily crumbled on national television against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night , a thought came to mind: You don't want to be the next team on their schedule. That happens to be the Cleveland Browns, chosen by the NFL to... more

The Seattle Seahawks won an ugly game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday without much help from their pass rush. Outside of a single sack from linebacker O'Brien Schofield, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was hit just three times by a defense that... more

When the New York Giants decided to add veteran help in the backfield Tuesday, they opted for experience in the system over youthful upside. Brandon Jacobs, signed Tuesday at age 31 , had just five carries in two game appearances with the San Francisco... more

How do the New England Patriots prepare for the New York Jets? They don't. Just got to Gillette -- Patriots announce they'll only have a walkthrough today. That means no practices for the team on this short week. ‚?? Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer)... more

Nobody was targeted more by Tom Brady in New England's season opener than Danny Amendola, but the Patriots aren't likely to have the wide receiver on hand for Thursday night's showdown with the New York Jets. On NFL Network NFL Replay will... more

The Associated Press Chip Kelly brought Oregon's fast-paced offense to the NFL and gave it a Philly twist in his debut. Monday night's rollicking performance by the Philadelphia Eagles is due to become an All-22 blockbuster. In a 33-27 win... more

Coming off a loss in which they gave up 36 points to the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants now brace for a force of nature from the West. Peyton Manning -- and his record-tying seven touchdown passes from Week 1 -- roll into MetLife Stadium on... more

We thought we'd see Chad Henne this season, just not this soon. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley announced Monday that starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert†has been ruled out for this Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders after sustaining... more

"Monday Night Football" is one of life's perfect creations. Coming after Sunday's avalanche of game action, Monday's tilt gives fans a chance to sit back, crack a cold one and allow Jon Gruden's gridiron poetry to wash over the beginning of the work... more

Geno Smith made history Sunday. In a dramatic 18-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Jets rookie became the first quarterback drafted in the second round or later to pass for 250-plus yards and win an opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL... more

With Andre Brown nursing a broken leg and David Wilson edging toward Tom Coughlin's doghouse , the New York Giants are in the market for a running back on the heels of Sunday night's ugly loss to the Dallas Cowboys. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Dolphins fans were none too pleased with our decision to write about Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden after Miami's 23-10 win †Sunday. In their minds, Ryan Tannehill was the topic du jour. That's fair, because Tannehill showed plenty of... more

Did anyone really expect Ed Reed to play Monday night ? Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak kept the door open, hinting just days ago that the All-Pro safety wouldn't start but had a "shot" to see snaps against the San Diego Chargers. Texans defensive... more

After David Wilson imploded in Sunday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin refused to say Wilson is the starting running back for Week 2 . But Coughlin acknowledged: "He's still very much in our thoughts. He's gotta... more

One week ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers wanted nothing more to do with Jonathan Dwyer, but Sunday's events changed all that. NFL Media's Steve Wyche reported Monday that the running back is expected to re-sign with the Steelers, according to a source... more

The Cleveland Browns haven't won a season opener since 2004, mostly because of the kind of plays that victimized them Sunday in a 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. It must have felt like déjà vu for Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. Looking... more

When Chiefs coach Andy Reid drew up his blueprint for Kansas City's offense, it closely resembled what we saw Sunday. In a 28-2 win over a hapless Jacksonville outfit, the Chiefs behind quarterback Alex Smith were more efficient, balanced and... more

The Chiefs came out of the gate leaning heavily on Jamaal Charles in Sunday's season-opening 28-2 win over †the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Kansas City's featured back was not much of a factor after limping off the field in the third quarter. The team... more

Blaine Gabbert will take the field Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars open the Gus Bradley era against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team announced that the third-year passer will start the game after throwing extensively during practice this week.... more

During the lazy days of summer, we ranked the San Francisco 49ers as having the NFL's deepest backfield . Now, the team is down a runner to start the season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that LaMichael... more

Roddy White never has missed a game during his eight-year career with the Atlanta Falcons, a trend that won't be interrupted Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Sunday that the veteran receiver will play through... more

When Darrelle Revis lines up against the Jets on Sunday , New York's offense won't look much like the unit he practiced against for years in Florham Park, N.J. Rookie Geno Smith has taken over at quarterback and tight end Dustin Keller has been replaced... more

The Buffalo Bills have Mario Williams on the field Sunday as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots unleash their new-look offense at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo's highly paid pass rusher missed about a week of training camp with a foot injury.... more

The Green Bay Packers won't have cornerback Casey Hayward in uniform when they roll into San Francisco for Sunday's season opener against the 49ers, but they do anticipate Morgan Burnett taking the field. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Jason Pierre-Paul's availability for the season opener has been a summer-long question mark for the New York Giants. We still don't have an answer. Big Blue's top pass rusher is questionable for Sunday night's tilt against the Dallas Cowboys because... more

The Cleveland Browns drafted outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo to help reinvigorate a pass rush that has slept soundly for years. All plans for the prized rookie are on hold for at least another week. Coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters Friday that... more

Blaine Gabbert was at it again Friday, throwing extensively during practice in hopes of suiting up for Sunday's season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback "looked fine" Friday after practicing on a limited... more

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos proved Thursday that you don't need to operate a read-option attack to scatter opposing defenses . A dyed-in-the-wool dropback passer with a brain the size of Peyton's can take you far, but that shouldn't dim... more

The Baltimore Ravens went into their season opener with just two pure running backs on the roster. That duo of Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce is all the offense needs on most days, but it wasn't enough in Thursday's 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos.... more

Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan had an opportunity to seal the deal Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens, with a play that nearly wound up costing his team much more than a lost touchdown in his team's 49-27 win . Trevathan snagged a... more

How good does this feel? The offseason is over, September has arrived, and -- unless you're a Baltimore Ravens fan -- your favorite team has yet to taste defeat. We're mere days away from a heaping slate of NFL games. With 13 games on tap for... more

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was thrust back into the news cycle Thursday after brawling with teammate Cary Williams at practice. NFL Network's new Sunday lineup ¬Ľ 7 a.m. ET: "NFL GameDay First" ¬Ľ 9 a.m. ET: "NFL... more

The Nate Livings experiment is over in Dallas. The Cowboys on Thursday announced the release of the 30-year-old guard from injured reserve, only one season after he signed a five-year, $18.7 million contract armed with $6.2 million in guarantees.... more

If Warren Sapp's lofty predictions for Ryan Tannehill are to materialize, the Miami Dolphins will require a massive season from newly installed deep threat Mike Wallace. The former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver was signed in March for $60 million to... more

More than one month removed from the Riley Cooper mess in Philadelphia, the Eagles have made strides to move on from the wide receiver's racially insensitive comment said at a Kenny Chesney concert over the summer. Cooper has kept quiet and produced on... more

NFL Media's Michael Irvin turned heads Wednesday with his crystal-ball act, predicting Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys will become the first wide receiver to be NFL MVP. Bold prediction, indeed, but Warren Sapp's forecast wins the gold medal for... more

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd will miss the start of the season because of a lingering plantar fasciitis injury . It appears Byrd is bothered by more than his foot. Coming off a lengthy... more

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher pointed the finger at his old team Tuesday, claiming they faked injuries in recent years to slow down the NFL's fast-paced offenses. We pointed out Wednesday that, while the league forbids such... more

Davone Bess saw his five-year run with the Miami Dolphins come to an end when he was traded to the Cleveland Browns during April's draft. According to the wide receiver, there's more to the story than meets the eye. Bess told The Miami Herald this week... more

We weren't expecting to see Percy Harvin suit up for the Seattle Seahawks until somewhere around Turkey Day, but Wednesday's hopeful tweet from the dynamic receiver suggests his return might come much sooner. What's goin 12th man just checkn in ...I'm... more

Before he was the coach of the Cleveland Browns, Rob Chudzinksi oversaw a Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers offense that ushered in the revival of Steve Smith's career in 2011. The veteran wide receiver caught 79 passes that season and another 73 in... more

Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah hasn't practiced in 10 days due to a concussion -- the injury was revealed in the team's injury report Wednesday -- but evidence exists that Detroit's first-round draft pick is on his way back. The team's official... more

The New York Giants, for now, are staying put in the backfield. NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Wednesday, via a team source, that the Giants will see how backup running back Da'Rel Scott fares in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys... more

We've made it. One day from now, it's on to Denver, where the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will face the Broncos in a season opener that resets the clock for all 32 teams. It won't end well for 31, but for now -- we dream. You have your own... more

The mystery of Florham Park -- if there ever was one -- has been solved. Are you there, Rex? Mark Kriegel says Rex Ryan lacks his usual bluster. Entering a do-or-die season, could the New York Jets' coach use a little dose of his famous swagger? More... more

With NFL offenses growing faster each season, the Chicago Bears, in recent seasons, devised a plan of their own to slow the league's up-tempo attacks. Silver: 32 questions for 32 teams With the regular season upon us, Michael Silver asks a piercingly... more

Another day, another trade for the Colts. Indianapolis on Tuesday sent pass rusher Caesar Rayford to Dallas in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick, according to the Cowboys' official website. The move marks the 15th trade for Colts general... more

LaMarr Woodley is firmly embedded at left outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the right side remains a work in progress. After Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Tuesday that the Steelers' depth chart listed... more

The beeline through Cleveland's offseason has been the crafting of a reimagined passing attack that promises to push the ball downfield. That's good news for an offense that put viewers to sleep last year, but the Browns are going nowhere without a full... more

The Miami Dolphins need help on the offensive line, and Danny Watkins needs a job. This is where our story begins. The former first-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles will sign a one-year contract †with Miami, a source informed of the deal... more

August

Cleveland's most interesting cut Saturday came at the kicker position. Deciding between veteran Shayne Graham and rookie Brandon Bogotay, the Browns chose ... neither. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their... more

The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens pared down to the 53-man roster limit Saturday with a flurry of cuts that leaves the team top-heavy at wide receiver and paper-thin in the backfield. With word from the team that rookies Aaron Mellette and Marlon... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers shook up their backfield and, in one fell swoop, brought relief to the passing game Saturday. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players. Who was cut? More... more

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported earlier this month that Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green had heard his name pop up in trade whispers . Ultimately, he won't be shopped -- but he will be cut. Green announced Saturday, via Twitter, that... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have been patient with Tony Moeaki, but with a brand-new regime in-house, that patience has run out. The talented but oft-hurt tight end has been waived/injured, the Chiefs said Saturday, hours after Moeaki tweeted that he no... more

The Tim Tebow Experience is over in New England. Tebow was released by the Patriots on Saturday, ending another chapter in the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's wandering pro career, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport was told by a source informed of the... more

The Cleveland Browns think highly enough of their young pass-catchers to let David Nelson walk. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported the former Buffalo Bills wide receiver, brought to Cleveland to challenge for work in the slot, was released Saturday ,... more

The Seattle Seahawks signed Antoine Winfield in April to bolster an already powerful secondary. The 36-year-old cornerback won't make it to the regular season with Pete Carroll's bunch. CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reported that Antoine Winfield... more

The Panthers selected Jimmy Clausen in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft to replace Jake Delhomme and take Carolina to new heights. Instead, the former Notre Dame quarterback struggled through one of the NFL's more abysmal rookie campaigns before... more

Making fun of Tom Brady doesn't play well with the boys upstairs. Battista: XLVIII things to watch As teams get ready to race for Super Bowl XLVIII, Judy Battista picks out 48 things that will hold your attention this season. More ... Detroit... more

LaMichael James' unimpressive preseason took an ugly turn Thursday night when the San Francisco 49ers running back sustained a left knee injury during the preseason finale against the San Diego Chargers. Schein: The best division in football Adam... more

It's one and done for Matt Leinart in Upstate New York. The former first-round draft pick tweeted Friday that he's been released by the Buffalo Bills just five days after being brought in to serve as a patch under center. The team later announced the... more

With Arizona's preseason slate in the books, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a better idea of the roster he's inherited and molded since taking the job in mid-January -- especially at running back. Schein: An incredible rebirth The Cardinals took a... more

Miami coach Joe Philbin hinted Wednesday that Dolphins fans should prepare "to see a lot" of rookie pass rusher Dion Jordan in the coming weeks. The team's first-round draft pick on Thursday did more than drop hints. Asked if he'd be ready for Miami's... more

Before the Buffalo Bills lost an ugly (and, frankly, meaningless) preseason game to the Detroit Lions, the team was graced with a dash of good news. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel took the field before Thursday night's kickoff for a pregame warmup... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are short-handed at tight end after losing Tom Crabtree to a right ankle injury in the opening quarter of their 30-12 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Crabtree did not return to the game after... more

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will see limited snaps in Thursday's preseason finale against the New England Patriots. He hopes it will be enough time to flip the switch. "We have to play better," Manning told reporters Wednesday, according... more

After fighting all week to keep his job, Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby is accepting a pay cut. Brian McIntyre of Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that Crosby has agreed to restructure his contract , according to a source with knowledge of the... more

We won't get a complete picture of Cleveland's young defense until the Browns have Barkevious Mingo back in the fold. The sixth overall pick in April's draft is recovering from a bruised lung and is unlikely to play in the season opener against the... more

Terrell Davis knows a thing or two about running the football. The former Denver Broncos star was asked Thursday on NFL Network's "NFL AM" to name his top six runners not named Adrian Peterson. His answer might surprise you. We'll leave it to you... more

The Atlanta Falcons came within yards of reaching the Super Bowl last season, falling short in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers on Matt Ryan's failed pass attempt to wide receiver Roddy White. One summer later, White... more

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has left the team for a checkup on his surgically repaired hip, but he assured fans it won't affect his availability for Week 1 . On Wednesday, Marshall tweeted that he'll suit up and play in the home opener... more

Miami Dolphins pass rusher Dion Jordan was drafted third overall in April to transform the team's ability to hassle the quarterback. His progress has been limited by a surgically repaired shoulder that kept him at bay during training camp and raised... more

One day after Brandon Marshall raised questions about the status of his surgically repaired hip , the Chicago Bears wide receiver has been giving a respite. Bears coach Marc Trestman told reporters that Marshall's absence from Wednesday's practice... more

We learned last week that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were battling an outbreak of staph infections inside the locker room. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported that left guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes were being treated for MRSA infections, a... more

Pass rusher Greg Hardy hopes to be a part of the Carolina Panthers' promising young defense for years to come. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Hardy's camp first struck up contract extension talks with the Panthers back in March.... more

Robert Griffin III, from the beginning, has targeted the season opener for his return to the field, but one final hurdle remains. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport was told Wednesday by a person with direct knowledge of RGIII's rehab that the Washington Redskins... more

The Miami Dolphins reached their 75-man roster limit Tuesday by parting ways with one player we assumed was safe. Offensive guard Lance Louis had his contract terminated five months after signing a one-year, $1.6 million deal in March, the team... more

The Oakland Raiders are in troubled waters at left tackle after Jared Veldheer went under the knife to repair a torn triceps suffered earlier this month. As the Raiders can attest, finding a reliable bookend in August is akin to unearthing the Ark of... more

The Carolina Panthers will go without the help of running back Jonathan Stewart for the first six weeks of the season. The team has chosen to place Stewart on the regular-season physically unable to perform list after a doctor weighed in negatively on... more

The Cleveland Browns are one step closer to having Barkevious Mingo back in the fold. The rookie outside linebacker will resume running Tuesday after being sidelined since mid-August with a bruised lung, coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters. "He's... more

There are two ways to look at the limited use of Tavon Austin during his first NFL preseason: One, the St. Louis Rams are keeping their plans for the versatile rookie wide receiver under wraps. Or, two, they don't know what to do with him. Breer: Rams... more

After opening the preseason with two strong performances on offense, the Cleveland Browns tumbled to Earth in a 27-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Brandon Weeden was at the center of a messy display, squeezing out a 59.6 passer... more

The Carolina Panthers have until Saturday to decide the fate of running back Jonathan Stewart. That's the league-imposed deadline to either keep the sixth-year pro on the active roster or place the running back on the regular-season physically unable to... more

Andrew Luck's blind-side protector has been sidelined. Coach Chuck Pagano said Sunday Anthony Castnazo will be day to day after an MRI confirmed a mild MCL sprain, per Kevin Bowen of the team's official website . The Indianapolis Colts left tackle... more

In a perfect world, Saturday's Redskins-Bills preseason game would match Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III against Buffalo rookie EJ Manuel. We don't live in a perfect world, so get ready for Rex Grossman versus Kevin Kolb on live, color... more

The Dolphins were dealt a crushing blow last Saturday when Dustin Keller shattered his knee against the Houston Texans. The pass-catching tight end is out for the season, but it's a mistake to write off Miami's passing game, according to Greg Cosell.... more

Behind the scenes of a New York Jets quarterback competition set to write its next chapter Saturday against the New York Giants , rookie Geno Smith -- coming off an ankle injury -- isn't the only passer battling pain below the knees. Jets... more

Drawing conclusions from preseason numbers is a fool's game. Let's keep that in mind. After putting on a show against the St. Louis Rams last weekend , Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was held in check during Friday night's 17-10... more

The Oakland Raiders had little to celebrate Friday night, but the debut of their first-round draft pick, DJ Hayden , goes beyond the ghastly box score. The rookie cornerback started in a 34-26 preseason loss to the Chicago Bears, marking his first game... more

If Friday night's dress rehearsal is any indication of what's ahead, the Chicago Bears should be fun to watch this season. With the Oakland Raiders looking like a clown car speeding into the abyss , the Bears took control early and never let go in... more

During a week in which the NFL fined Robert Griffin III $10,000 for wearing unauthorized apparel -- namely, his on-the-nose "Operation Patience" garb -- the Washington Redskins quarterback wasn't the only player with a league-mandated envelope stuffed... more

With Ray Lewis headed for greener pastures in retirement, the Baltimore Ravens now look to Joe Flacco to lead them forward. Talk about two totally different cats. Lewis is Saturday night; Flacco -- labeled "dull" by his own father --† is Sunday... more

If you're like us, you're itching for September. We're still 13 days away from football that matters, but Week 3 of the preseason brings us closer to regular-season fare than anything else we'll see in August. The starters play longer, the... more

The Carolina Panthers barely needed an offense Thursday night to beat the Baltimore Ravens 34-27 . It's a good thing, because the offense never showed up. The Panthers, fueled by four returns for touchdowns, did it all without Cam Newton's help.... more

The NFL has tossed around the idea of an 18-game regular season for years, but the concept isn't gaining steam. Packers president Mark Murphy told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that plans to reduce the preseason by two games and inflate the regular... more

Tim Tebow didn't get on the field Thursday night, which naturally leads to questions about his future with the New England Patriots. Quarterback Tom Brady played the entire first half of a 40-9 preseason loss to the Detroit Lions, with backup Ryan... more

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez assumed that rookie Geno Smith would get the nod for Gang Green's regular-season dress rehearsal against the New York Giants on Saturday night. The Sanchize was correct. Brandt: Breakout alert! After visiting 12... more

The Dolphins have publicly said that they expect rookie Dion Jordan to be ready for the season opener against the Cleveland Browns, but sources within the team have told Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald there is a "growing concern" the third overall... more

Too much has been made about Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler locking in on wide receiver Brandon Marshall during the preseason. Cutler went to Marshall on all five of his pass attempts in last week's†33-28 victory over the San Diego Chargers,... more

The Oakland Raiders don't go out of their way to remind fans of the JaMarcus Russell era, but that was unavoidable Wednesday. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor waltzed onto the practice field wearing the same No. 2 jersey that Russell donned during his ghastly... more

Last year's influx of young quarterbacks included a laundry list of precocious young rookies and one emergent second-year passer in San Francisco 49ers signal-caller Colin Kaepernick. We might someday view the 2012 class of arms as the best of all... more

Add Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez to the list of players who don't buy what D.J. Swearinger is selling. The Houston Texans rookie safety ended the season of Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller with a low hit in Saturday night's preseason... more

Delone Carter is headed to Baltimore. The Ravens on Wednesday acquired the running back from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for wide receiver David Reed, both teams announced. As with most late-summer trades, it represents a fresh start for two... more

The long-lost Arian Foster is back in the fold. The Houston Texans running back was activated off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday, the first ray of sunshine in a frustrating offseason for the All-Pro ball carrier. "He went back to... more

Offensive tackle Jason Smith might find another gig, but he's out of work in New Orleans. Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters Wednesday the team has released the embattled bookend who began his star-crossed pro career with the St. Louis Rams as the... more

That didn't take long. One week after he was cut by the Miami Dolphins , kicker Dan Carpenter has found a home with the Arizona Cardinals, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, citing a source informed of the deal. The team later confirmed it had... more

New York Jets fullback Lex Hilliard has spent the summer locked in a position battle with rookie Tommy Bohanon. That battle is over. Hilliard's season is done after he suffered a broken scapula during Tuesday's practice, Manish Mehta of the New York... more

The Raiders are an easy target these days, but there's potential in some of Oakland's younger players. In the case of Denarius Moore, his noted playmaking ability has been tarnished by streaks of inconsistency over his first two seasons. Raiders... more

Last week, we tabbed Chicago Bears linebacker Jon Bostic as one of 10 rookies ready to surprise this season . Bostic received a surprise of his own Wednesday morning. Shaking my head moment. Nfl fines jon bostic 21k for his clean hit against the... more

Barkevious Mingo's return to the field for the Cleveland Browns remains a mystery. The rookie outside linebacker is nursing a bruised lung he suffered during Thursday's 24-6 preseason win over the Detroit Lions. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski admitted... more

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown says his new agent, Joel Segal, is in talks with the team to recoup $2 million†left on the table during the offseason. Brown lost two-thirds of his 2013 salary when his former agent, Brian Overstreet, failed... more

Any injury news about Danny Amendola invariably will solicit minor panic in New England. No reason for that, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters Tuesday the receiver is "day to day" with an undisclosed setback after missing practice... more

When the New England Patriots shipped Jeff Demps to the Buccaneers as part of a trade for LeGarrette Blount, Tampa hoped the U.S. Olympic track star would make a contribution of some sort. So far, no dice. The former University of Florida running... more

The New York Giants hope to avenge last year's season-opening loss to the Cowboys when Dallas hosts Big Blue in Week 1 . Victor Cruz hopes he'll be healthy enough to contribute. The Giants wide receiver wore a walking boot on his left foot and leaned on... more

The quarterback duel in Cleveland -- if it ever really existed -- is over. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced Tuesday that Brandon Weeden will start in Cleveland's season opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 8. The only surprise to the... more

Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger has apologized more than once for his low hit that wiped out the knee of Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller. Swearinger told The Palm Beach Post on Saturday night that he dove low to avoid a blow to... more

All signs point to Robert Griffin III being ready for Week 1 , but the Washington Redskins quarterback has yet to be cleared for action. NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reported that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, general manager Bruce Allen and team owner... more

Tom Brady's left knee injury wound up being much ado about nothing, but the New England Patriots quarterback continues to wear a hefty brace in practices, as he did Monday. That comes at the request of the big man above, team owner Robert Kraft. "I... more

The Miami Dolphins expected the worst after Dustin Keller suffered a grisly right knee injury in Saturday's preseason loss to the Houston Texans. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed the inevitable Sunday, reporting that Keller will be lost for the entire... more

An ugly Saturday night for the Denver Broncos has been softened by a dash of encouraging news on the injury front. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey is dealing with a serious foot sprain , according to a source... more

It's easy to forget that Mario Manningham is still a member of the San Francisco 49ers. The veteran wide receiver is working his way back from major knee surgery after tearing his ACL and PCL in a December loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Stashed... more

The search for a quality backup passer behind Jay Cutler rages on. The Chicago Bears announced Sunday that Trent Edwards has been signed to a one-year contract , adding him to a pool of reserves that includes Josh McCown, Jordan Palmer and Matt... more

On Friday's "Around The League Podcast," †we unpacked the AFC North and took a close-up look at the challenges faced by the Pittsburgh Steelers on offense. Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell is primed for a leading role on the ground, but the loss of... more

This hardly seems fair, but the front office of the Seattle Seahawks has unearthed another gem. Jermaine Kearse looks like a keeper. The second-year pro hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson and scored again on a 107-yard kickoff... more

Mike McCarthy has a nice problem on his hands. The Green Bay Packers coach this week called running back DuJuan Harris "a starter on our football team," but rookie Eddie Lacy is playing well enough to reshuffle the pecking order. Lacy was a... more

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez didn't do enough to win the starting job Saturday night. He didn't do enough to lose it, either. Coach Rex Ryan told reporters after a 37-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars that he wasn't ready to choose between... more

The Dallas Cowboys haven't had much luck landing an over-the-hill offensive lineman. Ten days after veteran guard Brandon Moore chose retirement over a one-year contract with the team, it appears free-agent guard Brian Waters won't be joining the fun,... more

Mark Sanchez will have the New York Jets' first-team offense all to himself Saturday night . The team announced that rookie quarterback Geno Smith won't play against the Jacksonville Jaguars after rolling his right ankle in last week's preseason debut... more

The quarterback duel in Buffalo took an unexpected turn Saturday, when the Bills announced rookie EJ Manuel will miss the remainder of the preseason with a knee injury. Coach Doug Marrone said in a statement posted on the Bills' official website... more

The Atlanta Falcons are close to getting their All-Pro tight end back. Kriegel: Big 3-0? Big deal! Falcons running back Steven Jackson talks to Mark Kriegel about staying relevant past the dreaded age of 30. More ... Coach Mike Smith said... more

The Detroit Lions remain busy in their attempt to fill out their hot-and-cold defense. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Detroit has signed veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis to a one-year deal, according to a source who has seen the... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback job is Michael Vick's to lose. Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski tweeted Saturday that the veteran passer took the lion's share of first-team reps in Saturday's practice, with Nick Foles settling in with the... more

The San Diego Chargers -- more than any team in the AFC West -- can't afford another injury at wide receiver, especially after Saturday. The Chargers announced that wide receiver Eddie Royal suffered a bruised lung and a concussion during practice .... more

Jamaal Anderson and the Chicago Bears no longer are a pair. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the defensive lineman has been released by the team, according to a source informed of the transaction. The Bears cut the run-stopper to make room... more

Gregg Rosenthal's list of players to watch †Friday included one current New England Patriots backup passer, Ryan Mallett, and one former one in Matt Cassel, now with the Minnesota Vikings. Both saw the field, but neither came close to touching Tom Brady's... more

Barkevious Mingo has headed home. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker was released from the hospital Saturday morning, according to a team spokesman. Mingo was taken to the Cleveland Clinic after suffering a... more

On a night when EJ Manuel seized the Buffalo Bills' quarterback competition , the Minnesota Vikings' starting passer was less productive. Christian Ponder acknowledged to reporters after the preseason game that the Bills' defense did an effective job... more

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz wasn't thrilled with his defense in Thursday night's 24-6 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns. Coming off that defeat, the Lions reportedly were in the market for cornerback help , and that's not all. They have... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't have a quarterback controversy, but they do have a player to watch in Mike Glennon. After Josh Freeman struggled in Friday night's 25-21 preseason loss to the Patriots, his rookie backup showed progress, standing tall... more

What's a weekly NFL fines cattle call without Bernard Pollard in the mix? NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Tennessee Titans safety has been docked $10,000 by the league for a late hit out of bounds during an Aug. 8 preseason loss to the... more

We almost hate to bring this up, but Around The League's "Making the Leap" curse is gaining steam. Chris Wesseling pointed to at least five players featured in our summer-long series who since have been demoted, suspended or injured. Are we now... more

Forget the final score. The Atlanta Falcons came away from Thursday night's 27-23 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens encouraged with their progress on the ground. One week after running back Steven Jackson sputtered for just 8 yards on five carries... more

Back in the lazy days of July, the Around The League gang settled on the NFC West as football's most dominant division . Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians agrees that the West deserves its reputation as one of the NFL's most physical outfits, but he... more

The Detroit Lions, only weeks away from the regular season, aren't finished tweaking their defensive backfield. The team will host free-agent cornerback Rashean Mathis on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Mathis started 129 games over 10... more

The Cleveland Browns got plenty of bad news from the training room Thursday night, but the early word on Barkevious Mingo is less dire. The rookie pass rusher was hospitalized overnight after suffering a bruised lung in Thursday's 24-6 preseason win... more

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been bandied about as a possible comeback candidate this season under new coach Mike McCoy. Don't bank on it. Not behind this offensive line; not unless the Chargers pull it together over the next two... more

Michael Vick is just happy to be here. Rapoport: Don't forget about D-Jax Think the Eagles' receivers are a mess? In his dispatch from camp, Ian Rapoport says DeSean Jackson looks primed to shine. More ... The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback... more

The football world ground to a screeching halt Wednesday upon learning that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had tweaked his knee. One day later, calm has been restored. Brooks: Patriots will keep rolling Can Tom Brady and the Pats subtract... more

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster hasn't practiced since May because of nagging calf and back pain, but his long offseason respite finally is drawing to a close. We think. Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters Thursday he expects Foster to resume... more

The New Orleans Saints have been hit by a rash of injuries on defense this summer. Add Jonathan Vilma to the list. The veteran linebacker has opted for arthroscopic knee surgery after seeking a second opinion Wednesday, a source informed of the injury... more

Are the St. Louis Rams contemplating a uniform overhaul? Team executive Kevin Demoff says it's in the works. "I think at some time in the next five years, you'll see a complete uniform -- throwback and current uniform -- change," Demoff, the Rams'... more

The Dallas Cowboys can't catch a break along their battered offensive line. Left guard Ronald Leary will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday, the Cowboys' official website reported Wednesday. The procedure places his status for next... more

The New York Jets' quarterback competition is mired in a statistical dead heat , but Mark Sanchez has been graced with a prime opportunity to pull away. Battista: Jets' QB pickle persists Whoever Rex Ryan and the New York Jets choose to play... more

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland maintained all offseason that Dan Carpenter and rookie Caleb Sturgis would stage a training-camp battle to become the team's starting kicker. That battle is over. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have their ace in the hole back on the field, but they're being careful. Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reported that wide receiver A.J. Green returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since bruising his... more

Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty can't stay on the field, and this time it might cost him a job. Coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters Wednesday that Hardesty is scheduled†to have knee surgery Thursday, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't known for throwing rookies into the fire, but Le'Veon Bell is a different story. Bell and Isaac Redman were listed as co-starters at running back on the team's unofficial depth chart, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh... more

Matt Schaub won't win any awards for his mobility, but the Houston Texans quarterback was swift enough to avoid disaster Wednesday. Schaub narrowly avoided an oncoming golf cart at practice, telling the Houston Chronicle: "It's a good thing I've got... more

Yes, it's just two meaningless preseason games , but the Miami Dolphins have struggled to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill out of the gate. Jonathan Martin is a mixed bag at left tackle, and depth is a concern at right guard, where a handful of... more

The New York Jets are starving for playmakers at wide receiver, so it's a good thing they have Braylon Edwards -- according to Braylon Edwards. "I'm starting to get into camp shape, that groove, that vibe," Edwards told reporters Tuesday, per Rich... more

Are the Houston Texans preparing to add a hulking chess piece to their offense? Rapoport: Texans plugging along With J.J. Watt and Co. prepping for a potential title run, the Texans don't have much to worry about, Ian Rapoport says. More ...... more

When the San Francisco 49ers no longer had use for Alex Smith last season, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid jumped on a chance to trade a pair of draft picks for the veteran passer. For the newly hired Reid, it was a trade many years in the making.... more

The New York Giants were without a pair of mainstays when they rolled into Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Saturday night . Defensive end Justin Tuck and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks are among a list of players who didn't suit up, the team announced .... more

Last month we cited the San Francisco 49ers as owning the NFL's deepest backfield . That grade assumed that Kendall Hunter would return from last season's Achilles surgery by September, a development the 49ers confirmed Saturday . Hunter has been... more

Talk of New England's demise on offense remains a topic in vogue, but after what we saw from the Patriots on Friday night, the doomsday chatter feels premature. A flock of Patriots rookie receivers -- Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins... more

The Oakland Raiders are one of a handful of teams using the preseason to sort out questions and concerns at the quarterback position. Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor made progress in Friday's 19-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys, but have patience... more

Peter King was stationed down south covering the Carolina Panthers when he heard the news: CHARLOTTE--The press box is buzzing. "Sanchez? A pick-six? First series? Who writeds this stuff?!!!" ‚?? Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 10, 2013 After an... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars rolled out their new-look uniforms Friday night, but everything about Blaine Gabbert felt the same. The third-year pro, attempting to hold off Chad Henne for Jacksonville's starting quarterback job, sputtered through an ugly... more

The Cleveland Browns have one of the NFL's better offensive lines, but they're down a starter on the inside. Guard Shawn Lauvao underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reported, per a league source. Loose... more

A laundry list of rookies got their initial taste of the NFL on Thursday night. With eight games on tap for Friday, it's rinse-and-repeat time. After giving you five first-year players to watch Thursday, we're busting out seven for tonight's games.... more

Heading into Thursday's preseason action, we picked out five NFL rookies we couldn't wait to watch. Let's see how they fared: Christine Michael, Seahawks running back We knew Michael would see plenty of work. He came through with a 16-carry,... more

Back from the abyss, Pat White found himself trending on Twitter on Thursday night . The Washington Redskins' fourth-string quarterback played his first NFL game in three years in a 22-21 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans. It likely would have... more

In the closing minutes of an otherwise forgettable preseason affair , Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks had his moment. By now, you've heard of Banks. A premier high school recruit on tap to play for USC, Banks' life was flung off course when... more

Robert Griffin III wants to play, but that won't happen on his clock. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told reporters Thursday that no date has been set for the starting quarterback to return to team drills, per Rich Campbell of the Washington... more

It's not easy being Mark Sanchez. Mired in a fight for his job , the New York Jets quarterback has been lustily booed by fans , picked apart by former teammates and forecast as a potential roster cut . Afloat in choppy waters, Sanchez has kept his... more

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell will see action right away when the New York Giants come to town Saturday . Bell has been penciled in for first-team carries , Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Thursday, per NFL.com's Aditi... more

There's plenty to distill from preseason football. Granted, it's a stripped-down (occasionally sleepy ) version of the game we love, but August is critical as teams piece together their final 53. These summertime affairs also bring our first look at the... more

The Atlanta Falcons don't expect Tony Gonzalez to land at training camp for at least another week. Coach Mike Smith told FoxSportsSouth.com on Wednesday that his veteran tight end won't join his teammates for another seven to 10 days. The current plan... more

The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots have staged joint practices all week in preparation for their preseason opener Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin told reporters Wednesday that Bill Belichick's... more

One day after Riley Cooper returned to practice with the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Michael Vick says the team is ready to move on from the controversy swirling around the wide receiver. Breer: The fallout in Philadelphia What's the vibe like... more

The Chicago Bears produced the NFL's eighth-best passing defense last season, but they're down a man heading into 2013. Cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the entire season with a torn hamstring, the team announced Wednesday. The eight-year pro will... more

The Cleveland Browns will kick off their preseason without the services of Trent Richardson . Coach Rob Chudzinski confirmed Wednesday that the Browns' featured back won't play Thursday against the St. Louis Rams , Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer... more

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said last month that adding running back Steven Jackson to the mix "makes us that much tougher to defend." After Michael Turner fizzled out in short-yardage situations two postseasons in a row, Jackson gives the... more

Kevin Kolb hasn't practiced since tweaking his knee Saturday , and the Buffalo Bills aren't certain he'll be ready for the preseason opener . Coach Doug Marrone told reporters Wednesday it's too early to say if the veteran quarterback will face the... more

Brandon Moore won't play for the Dallas Cowboys after all. One day after Moore agreed to a one-year contract with the team, the veteran guard has decided to retire , Moore's agent told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Wednesday morning. "I was wrestling... more

Quarterback Mark Sanchez will start for the New York Jets when they visit the Detroit Lions on Friday. But running back Chris Ivory is far from a sure thing. "I probably won't play this Friday , but definitely next week, Monday or Tuesday," Ivory told... more

Ryan Tannehill had a lukewarm showing in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game, and his struggles continued Tuesday . The Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback tossed three interceptions in practice, with a fourth errant pass dropped by defensive tackle... more

When your starting running back averages six yards per carry, you do what you can to get him the ball. That's the strategy in Buffalo, where C.J. Spiller is going to earn his paycheck this season, according to Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel... more

The Bills haven't given up on keeping Jairus Byrd in Buffalo long term. With the free safety mired in a training-camp holdout, Bills president Russ Brandon told The Associated Press on Monday that the team will try again to sign Byrd to a multiyear... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded for Darrelle Revis with the belief that the All-Pro cornerback would be every bit the player he was before tearing up his knee with the New York Jets last season. Revis recently told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that... more

Troy Polamalu missed work on Sunday. Here's why: "He has a contusion of the birth certificate." - @CoachTomlin on why @tpolamalu got the day off from practice. ‚?? Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 4, 2013 Initially puzzled, we've now caught... more

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III met with reporters Monday and painted a rosy picture of his surgically repaired right knee. "I feel good now. I felt good a couple weeks ago, but I definitely felt better today," Griffin said. " ... I'm... more

Football -- officially -- is back. Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game saw a Tony Romo-less Dallas Cowboys squad upend the Miami Dolphins 24-20 . The Cowboys' win included two major tweaks in strategy, with coach Jason Garrett giving up play-calling... more

When Tony Romo signed his six-year, $108 million extension with the Dallas Cowboys in March, owner Jerry Jones reportedly received a promise from the quarterback that he'd spend "Peyton Manning-type time" at the team facility. Romo told NBC on... more

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes isn't spreading much hope about his injured left foot. The New York Post reported Monday that Holmes has told friends that he expects to miss at least the first four games of the season. That's more... more

J.J. Watt is taking a cautious approach with the left elbow he dislocated in training camp one summer ago. After the Houston Texans pass rusher was limited in Sunday's practice with elbow soreness, he told reporters he'll play through the season with... more

Instead of catching passes for the Philadelphia Eagles, Riley Cooper has left his teammates and his day job to receive counseling. It's unclear if or when he'll return to the field after he was caught on tape making a racially insensitive comment at a... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 1 on the list: Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Why Tannehill is on the list We're down to No. 1. Tannehill was an easy choice to cap our summerlong... more

The New York Giants made news this week listing running backs David Wilson and Andre Brown as co-starters on the team's first unofficial depth chart . Equally intriguing was the backfield pecking order released Sunday by the Denver Broncos.... more

The Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday released yet another statement on Riley Cooper, their embattled wide receiver who was caught on tape making a racially insensitive comment at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Breer: The fallout in Philadelphia What's... more

The Miami Dolphins went hog-wild in free agency this offseason, but how they fare in 2013 could boil down to one position: left tackle. That's where second-year pro Jonathan Martin has been planted on a line in flux. His shift from right to left... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are staying cautious with A.J. Green's knee. The team's star wide receiver won't travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons in the Bengals' Thursday preseason opener , the team announced Sunday. Green hasn't practiced since he... more

In April, Peyton Manning told reporters he could accept that his arm might never be as strong as it once was . Despite a 13-3 campaign with the Denver Broncos last season, Manning admitted he was still mired in "get-stronger rehab mode" at the tender age... more

Brandon Weeden will be given a shot to prove his detractors wrong this season. If he fails, it's hard to imagine the Cleveland Browns going down this road again in 2014. CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora spent Friday at Browns practice and notes that... more

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta forged his way into NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013" with a breakout 61-catch, seven-touchdown campaign that peaked during Baltimore's Super Bowl run. With Pitta lost for the year to a hip injury, the Ravens now... more

On the same day Mario Williams returned to drills with the Buffalo Bills, Kevin Kolb barely got started. The quarterback slipped on a rubber mat walking between practice fields, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reported. Kolb didn't fall, according to... more

Mario Williams has returned to action. Sort of. The Buffalo Bills announced that the pass rusher participated in defensive line drills during Saturday's training-camp practice after missing time this week with an ailing left foot. After taking part in... more

Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson is one step closer to locking down a spot in the middle of Minnesota's defense. Coach Leslie Frazier told reporters Friday that he's satisfied with Desmond Bishop's progress at outside linebacker, while Henderson... more

The New York Giants are down a man on the offensive line. Rookie offensive tackle Justin Pugh sat out Friday's practice after he "took a shot in the head" in Thursday's session, coach Tom Coughlin told reporters, per the New York Daily News.... more

The Raiders have holes on both sides of the ball, but there's zero concern over Oakland's kicker. Sebastian Janikowski on Friday signed a new five-year contract with the franchise that picked him 17th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, NFL.com's Ian... more

The Dallas Cowboys are preparing to open the preseason minus the services of quarterback Tony Romo. Multiple sources told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com on Friday that Romo won't play in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Miami Dolphins.... more

Good luck finding someone who doubts Cam Newton's physical gifts. Entering his third NFL campaign, the Carolina Panthers quarterback has the tools to match any passer in the league. But it's his leadership that has come under fire. Newton told NFL... more

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says he can play with Riley Cooper . For now, he won't have to. Breer: The fallout in Philadelphia What's the vibe like with the Eagles after the Riley Cooper incident? Albert Breer went to Philly and... more

The Buffalo Bills have an issue at wide receiver. Stevie Johnson pulled up limping at practice Friday with what coach Doug Marrone labeled a hamstring injury. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Johnson had an MRI done, and it confirmed the hamstring... more

Percy Harvin is on the shelf, but wide receiver Sidney Rice is back in the fold for the Seattle Seahawks. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Rice has returned from Switzerland after leaving training camp this week to undergo a non-surgical... more

After spending the offseason nestled in bubble wrap, Robert Griffin III is seeing more and more work in training camp for the Washington Redskins. Griffin put on a show Thursday, completing 16 of 17 throws in 7-on-7 drills, according to Mike Jones of... more

The injuries are piling up for the San Francisco 49ers. One day after All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis hurt his hand in practice , cornerback Chris Culliver was carted off the field with a knee injury during Thursday's session, Matt Barrows of The... more

Facing depth issues on their offensive line, the Dallas Cowboys are digging deep for help. Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website reported Thursday that Dallas is "looking at all possibilities at guard," including 36-year-old Brian Waters.... more

The New York Giants on Thursday listed running backs David Wilson and Andre Brown as co-starters on the team's first unofficial depth chart. That's no surprise here in August. Big Blue long has been a meritocracy under coach Tom Coughlin, meaning... more

Forget the Wildcat jokes. So much of what the New York Jets hope to accomplish on offense requires a healthy and reliable Chris Ivory in the backfield. Acquired in an April trade with the New Orleans Saints, Ivory instantly looms as Gang Green's... more

As we wind our way through training camp, unexpected cuts are part of the process. The Carolina Panthers releasing Geoff Hangartner on Thursday qualifies. The eight-year veteran was slated to start at right guard this season, one of the few... more

Last Sunday night, on my way to a screening of "Jackie Brown" in Hollywood, this query popped into my head: Which 1st-year @NFL coach has best shot to be w/his team in 5 yrs? Who's first to go? McCoy, Marrone, Chud, Kelly, Trestman, Arians, Bradley... more

One day after Riley Cooper became a household name for all the wrong reasons , NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said punishment for the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver will be left up to the team. After calling Cooper's racially charged comment... more

San Francisco 49ers fans can breathe a sigh of relief. After losing Michael Crabtree during the offseason, the 49ers encountered another scare Wednesday after Patrick Willis left practice with a hand injury. However, Willis' injury -- feared to be a... more

When Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery assumed power prior to last season, he inherited Lovie Smith. The longtime coach was a fixture in the Windy City, but Smith was fired in December . Despite Smith's 81-63 record in Chicago, it's not... more

We unpacked the new-look Pro Bowl during Wednesday's edition of the Around The League Podcast . Fans might smile on the changes to the annual all-star game. Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears won't. Why? Because kickoffs have been erased from the... more

July

Rex Ryan's love affair with the Wildcat has reached dangerous new levels. While teams league-wide are experimenting with core read-option concepts, the New York Jets reportedly spent the offseason wedded to the subpackage that caught fire in the NFL... more

The troubles continue for the Denver Broncos. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was carted off the field during Wednesday's training camp practice with a "bad left ankle sprain," The Denver Post reported. The sixth-year pro was hurt during a one-on-one drill... more

The Chicago Bears are down a man at linebacker. Nine-year veteran D.J. Williams left Wednesday's practice with a calf strain, per our NFL Network crew on the scene. The Bears signed Williams in March to replace the departed Brian Urlacher in the middle... more

Short on pass catchers, the San Francisco 49ers haven't shied away from aligning Vernon Davis out wide during training camp. After offensive coordinator Greg Roman positioned his tight end all over the field during offseason practices, the Sacramento... more

Blaine Gabbert is back at practice for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team's third-year pro was in full pads with his ankle wrapped Wednesday after suffering a right ankle injury in Monday's session, the Jaguars announced . Gabbert's injury... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told NFL Network on Wednesday morning that stopping the read option is a priority in 2013. With games against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 and the Washington Redskins in Week 2, the Packers will be tested early... more

Mario Williams is back in the building, but not on the field. The Buffalo Bills announced that their expensive pass rusher was back at training camp Wednesday morning after leaving Sunday to have his foot examined off-campus. It wasn't all good news,... more

With quarterback Cam Newton at the helm, the Panthers have opened two consecutive seasons with a 2-8 record. Carolina finished strong both years (4-2 down the stretch in 2011, and 5-1 in 2012), but Newton's 13-19 record as a starter is on the radar.... more

Longtime Texans beat writer John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote earlier this month that nobody has any clue when Ed Reed will return to the field. That includes Ed Reed. The Houston Texans safety acknowledged Tuesday that he might not be ready... more

It was no surprise when Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Recovering from January surgery on his right foot, Bradshaw spent the offseason in a walking boot and acknowledged... more

We can get behind cornerback Patrick Peterson catching passes for the Arizona Cardinals, but Carson Palmer running the option ? Child, please. Amid reports Bruce Arians had his slow-footed quarterback cooking up read-option concepts in training camp,... more

The Patriots ran more plays from scrimmage than any other NFL offense last season, with only the Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys throwing the ball more than New England. The Patriots heavily relied on a combination of... more

As offenses around the NFL shift toward fast-paced, pass-heavy schemes, the Steelers plan to -- well -- remain the Steelers. "I mean, this is Pittsburgh," wide receiver Plaxico Burress told USA Today on Monday. "We're going to run the football, that's... more

This year's Minnesota Vikings are in goal-setting mode. Pass rusher Jared Allen says Michael Strahan's NFL single-season record of 22.5 sacks is "absolutely reachable," and Adrian Peterson repeatedly has talked about running for 2,500 yards .... more

Saturday's flurry of training-camp action was soiled by the ugly side of football's return: injuries, and plenty of them. In Philadelphia, the Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, per... more

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was stoic in the face of not-so-fuzzy comments from his former teammate, wide receiver Greg Jennings. If Aa-Rod blew it off, the Minnesota Vikings -- who lured Jennings away in free agency this offseason... more

The Cleveland Browns can breathe a sigh of relief after quite the injury scare. Browns offensive tackle Ryan Miller was carted off the practice field Saturday and taken to a local hospital with what the team later said was a concussion . Miller was... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 8 on the list: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon Why Gordon is on the list It's been eons since the Browns had an air attack of note. Wedged deep in... more

The Baltimore Ravens will try to defend their Super Bowl championship this season. They'll have to do it without Dennis Pitta. The Ravens tight end will miss the 2013 season after suffering a fractured hip during Saturday's training-camp practice,... more

Rex Ryan has told the media time and again that naming a starting quarterback will be his decision alone. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News points out the Jets coach has "been abundantly clear about that." Jones: Jets embrace opportunity... more

Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd remains a no-show at Buffalo Bills headquarters after failing to agree on a long-term contract extension with the team. Breer: Playing the franchise tag How did the franchise tag turn into a mechanism for saving money on... more

With training camps underway league-wide, just three first-round draft picks remained unsigned . Draft signings Eric†Fisher is under contract, leaving most first-round picks with deals. See the list of contracts right here. More ... NFL.com's... more

Ill news out of Philadelphia, where the Eagles are down a wide receiver. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Jeremy Maclin left Eagles practice Saturday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, ending his season, according to someone... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are stronger at offensive tackle with top overall draft pick Eric Fisher under contract , but depth at guard took a hit Saturday. Jeff Allen was taken off the field during practice with a right shoulder injury , according to Adam... more

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey quickly apologized earlier this month for wearing a "Free Hernandez" cap in support of Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested on a murder charge. His twin brother, Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins, wore a... more

An update from Oakland, where the Raiders' quarterback job is Matt Flynn's to lose. Scott Bair of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported Friday that Flynn is "clearly the No. 1 guy" at the start of training camp. The sixth-year veteran (with just two NFL... more

Braylon Edwards didn't waste any time weighing in on the New York Jets' quarterback competition. Jones: Jets embrace opportunity Expectations are crazy low for the New York Jets in 2013, but just don't tell them that. Kimberly Jones has the story... more

Tony Romo is full-go in training camp, but don't expect the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback to suit up against the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 4. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told a local radio station Friday that his... more

As Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller prepares to appeal his four-game suspension for violating NFL policy, recent reports suggest his punishment wasn't triggered by a failed drug test. "He didn't test positive for anything," a person with... more

Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason said this week that he'd welcome testing for human growth hormone , and he's not alone. Adrian Peterson, fresh off his titanic comeback from knee surgery, said he's certain players are using HGH today. The... more

The San Diego Chargers have talent at wide receiver, but Robert Meachem remains an expensive enigma. The former New Orleans Saints wideout totaled just 14 catches in 15 games in 2012 after signing a four-year, $25.9 million contract. He's arguably last... more

Breathe easy, Cincinnati. One day after A.J. Green awkwardly fell during a Bengals training-camp practice Thursday, coach Marvin Lewis confirmed his star wide receiver is in the clear. "A.J. has a knee bruise," Lewis told the Bengals' official... more

Alfonzo Dennard remains in good standing with the New England Patriots. For now. Asked Friday about Dennard's status, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told NFL.com's Albert Breer that the cornerback is just like anybody else on the roster. Belichick... more

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick had nothing more to add to the Aaron Hernandez conversation Friday, but he did return to the subject of Tim Tebow. Breer: How the Pats move forward If the Patriots wants to move past the Aaron Hernandez... more

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was a ghastly oversight on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013," but outside of quarterback Drew Brees, there's no more valuable piece to this offense. Graham is entering the final season of his rookie... more

DeSean Jackson sounds like a fellow wishing he never weighed in on the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback competition. After reluctantly predicting Michael Vick will come out on top , the team's top wide receiver tempered his comments Thursday. "Oh,... more

John Abraham arguably was the most talented free agent left on the open market, but he's no longer looking for work. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Arizona Cardinals have signed the edge rusher on the heels of his Wednesday visit... more

Hours after draft bust Sedrick Ellis walked away from the Bears, Chicago signed another one to take his place in Jamaal Anderson. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings in our free-agent... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn't "give a (bleep) about last year," and he doesn't accept the notion he's a lame-duck leader in Gotham. Others around the NFL aren't so sure. One accomplished NFC general manager told NFL.com's Adam Schein: "Rex... more

We finally have our first glimpse of Darrelle Revis marching in unison with his New York Jets Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates. The All-Pro cornerback, rebounding from major knee surgery, was cleared for Thursday's start to training camp, but his... more

The New York Giants officially are stronger up front. Offensive lineman Justin Pugh has agreed to terms on his rookie contract, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, citing a source who spoke with the player. Terms of the pact were undisclosed.... more

As we've harped on during our divisional breakdowns on the Around The League Podcast, there's only so much you can learn during training camp. No, we won't unearth every nuance of Chip Kelly's up-tempo attack on the Philadelphia Eagles, but injuries... more

As expected, rookie signings are flowing in at a rapid clip with training camps under way from east to west. The Minnesota Vikings announced early Thursday that defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has signed his rookie contract . Soon after, the Vikings... more

Gus Bradley is trying to do what the last guy couldn't: Turn the Jacksonville Jaguars from year-to-year basement dwellers in the AFC South into competitors. The first-year head coach opened by attacking the Jaguars' defense, reshaping it to resemble... more

Earlier this month, the Around The League gang gathered 'round the fire to debate which NFL division would field the strongest roster . Gregg Rosenthal chimed in first, writing that the "obvious first instinct is the NFC West." Rosey's minions largely... more

On Wednesday, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick stood before reporters to address the fate of Aaron Hernandez , his former tight end who was released last month after being charged with first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old... more

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't anticipate signing any of his players to contract extensions during the 2013 season. Brandt: Instant coaching success? Will any of the eight teams with new coaches make... more

By now, you've probably heard: Chip Kelly plans to do things a little differently in Philadelphia. The Eagles coach has his claws dug deep on offense, and whether Michael Vick, Nick Foles or even Matt Barkley runs the show, we're going to see something... more

This can't be Detroit's idea of a complement for Megatron, but it can't hurt. The Lions on Tuesday signed free-agent wide receiver Chaz Schilens to a one-year contract, the team announced . He's a stretch to make the roster. Brooks: NFC players on the... more

Von Miller doesn't believe he has let down the Denver Broncos. Facing a four-game suspension for violating league policy, the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year told reporters Wednesday that he plans to respect the appeals process and move forward... more

For NFL teams still on the hunt for free-agent pass-rushing help, John Abraham sits out there as the best of the bunch. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the defensive end will visit the Arizona Cardinals, per a league source. Abraham was... more

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is under the microscope in Carolina, and he knows it. "I can't worry about it," Rivera told Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday. "But it's there. To a degree, it is that white elephant in the room." Armed with... more

The Atlanta Falcons were "optimistic" about getting rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant into camp on time, and there was good reason for that. The team's first-round draft pick signed his contract with the Falcons on Wednesday, NFL.com's Steve Wyche... more

For New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, 2012 was a time to forget. "I don't even give a sh-- about last year. I'm tired of talking about it," Ryan recently told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "I'm not worried about being a lame-duck guy," Ryan... more

The Detroit Lions aren't finished taking a peek at street free agents. Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reported that defensive tackle Rocky Bernard will visit the team Wednesday, according to a league source. The former Seahawks and Giants interior... more

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been good for a quote this week. After clawing at the press for repeatedly asking about a potential Super Bowl hangover -- "I would say to the media, 'Just get over it.'†" -- Harbaugh snipped at another... more

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says his priorities are in order . Teammate D'Qwell Jackson doesn't sound so sure. Gordon's second season in the NFL already has been soiled by a two-game ban (and four lost game checks) for violating the... more

Mike Williams isn't going anywhere. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday announced that the fourth-year wide receiver has signed a new six-year contract that runs through the 2018 season. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the contract is worth... more

The Cleveland Browns have made it a priority in recent seasons to keep one of the NFL's better offensive lines intact. That trend continued Tuesday, as the Browns agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with guard John Greco, per the team's... more

Plenty of people around the NFL have offered their opinions on Aaron Hernandez, but Tom Brady has kept mum. Until now. In comments this week to TheMMQB.com's Peter King , the New England Patriots quarterback said he's focused solely on the future of the... more

The Oakland Raiders have their young quarterback under contract. Fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson signed his rookie deal †Tuesday, general manager Reggie McKenzie told the Raiders' official website. The Raiders snagged Wilson with the 112th overall... more

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has said all along that he'd be ready for the start of training camp, a promise he fulfilled Monday when he was medically cleared to practice by team doctors. Griffin -- who will be eased into team... more

The Baltimore Ravens are angling to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots pulled off the feat in 2003 and 2004. Ravens players and coaches are sure to be bludgeoned on a daily basis with tired questions... more

Maurice Jones-Drew is back. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told reporters Tuesday that his bell-cow running back has been medically cleared for training camp after an offseason spent rehabbing his surgically repaired foot. Bradley praised... more

The New England Patriots had their fill of wide receiver Donald Jones, but the fourth-year pro might not be unemployed for long. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Jones was heading to Tennessee on Tuesday to work out for the Titans. Jones is... more

NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Monday that the NFL and NFL Players Association have made steady progress toward implementing testing for human growth hormone. Testing might be in place as soon as this season, and Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon... more

Dion Jordan 's stay on the non-football injury list was a brief one. The Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end was seen in pads before Tuesday's practice, and Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reported that Jordan has been activated for duty . The... more

After seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, wide receiver Greg Jennings is starting over with the Minnesota Vikings. In a recent interview with The Star Tribune, Jennings said he already has seen a difference in how the NFC North rivals operate.... more

When Robert Griffin III was asked last month by NFL.com's Albert Breer if he'd be healthy for the start of training camp, the Washington Redskins quarterback confidently replied, "Without a doubt." Check out the best photos of RG3. So far, the signs... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 18 on the list: Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap. Why Dunlap is on the list The Cincinnati Bengals have a nice problem on their hands. Under the... more

Mike Ditka coached plenty of quarterbacks in his time. Everyone from Jim McMahon and Vince Evans to Jim Harbaugh and Doug Flutie. Iron Mike even tutored Sean Payton for a spell in Chicago, but the legendary Bears coach looked toward the Green Bay... more

Calais Campbell wasn't a fan of the hideous merry-go-round at quarterback that sunk last year's Arizona Cardinals. In a riff unlikely to please Kevin Kolb, among others, the defensive lineman talked up the difference Carson Palmer will make in 2013.... more

Geno Atkins no longer is a well-kept secret. His outstanding play floated under the radar for much of last season, but he was a Pro Bowl player by the end of it, and Atkins regularly gets mentioned among the game's finest defensive tackles. But the... more

On this week's Around The League Debate Club, we traveled team-by-team through the AFC West to unpack the division's most pressing questions heading into training camp. In Denver, the most compelling positional battle for the Broncos will unfold in the... more

The San Francisco 49ers don't play the Seattle Seahawks until Sept. 15, but the move-for-move offseason chess match between the two wages on. Harrison: Power Rankings Elliot Harrison tops the Power Rankings with a pair of NFC West squads for the... more

Former Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott, charged with attempted murder in June, claims he acted in self-defense , according to court documents obtained by the Bergen Record. Walcott is accused of punching Derek Jones in the head outside... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 19 on the list: Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. Why Bulaga is on the list Aaron Rodgers, maybe the NFL's finest quarterback and definitely its... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Cleveland Browns. 1. If you're 50 years... more

Tennessee Titans single-game tickets went on sale Friday morning, and 99.99 percent of the Titans' modern-thinking fan base snatched up seats online from the comforts of home. But not this guy. Say hello to the saddest, sleepiest Titans fan of... more

Until Michael Crabtree makes his full return from Achilles surgery, the San Francisco 49ers still are in the market for help at wide receiver. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported last month that former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie staged a... more

As training camp nears, Jairus Byrd's contract stalemate with the Buffalo Bills rages onward . As a franchise-tag designated player, Byrd and the Bills have until Monday to finalize a new deal, but WGR-AM reported Friday that the prospects are... more

One week after Colin Kaepernick's choice of headwear became a national narrative, San Francisco 49ers players continue to give offseason love to the Miami Dolphins. Niners running back Frank Gore has spent the summer with Lamar Miller, the second-year... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has been talking up safety Morgan Burnett as an ascendant player in the Packers' secondary since last summer. That's bound to have a positive effect on the safety's bank account. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 23 and 22 on the list: Denver Broncos cornerbacks Chris Harris and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Why Harris and Rodgers-Cromartie are on the list You can't have... more

Can the finest receiver on Planet Earth get any better? Asked on Thursday's edition of NFL Network's "NFL AM" if Calvin Johnson can eclipse his 1,964 yards from a season ago, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford -- fresh off signing his... more

In the thick of a troubling offseason for the New England Patriots, the team has encountered more bad news. Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested and cited for driving under the influence, then released, Lincoln (Neb.) Police Department... more

We're weeks away from training camp and our first real look at the rebuilt Miami Dolphins. After general manager Jeff Ireland went hog wild in free agency, one of his new additions on defense says the new additions on offense are paying off. "We have a... more

In May, we ranked the NFL's starting quarterbacks from top to bottom. Now it's time to rate the guys behind the guys, the clipboard holders paid to swoop in when disaster strikes. When we listed the first-stringers, the ugliest of the bunch were... more

On the heels of a busy offseason, the Baltimore Ravens -- like most NFL teams -- have gone silent in recent weeks. They haven't made a player move since mid-June, but they haven't ruled out adding another free agent or two before training camp starts.... more

With the Jacksonville Jaguars set to play a "major role" in growing the NFL in London, owner Shad Khan reportedly is looking to immerse himself in a different brand of football from across the pond. The Daily Mail reported Wednesday that Khan is in... more

When Jared Allen visited the "Dave Dameshek Football Program" on Tuesday, the Vikings pass rusher laid out his argument for Minnesota returning to the playoffs this season. In an NFC North that promises to be a rugged ride from wire to wire, Allen... more

The Chiefs are coming off a 2-14 car crash, but with a new coach, new quarterback and rebuilt secondary, optimism abounds in Kansas City. Instant Debate: NFL's best defense? Which team will boast the best defense in 2013? J.J. Watt 's Houston Texans... more

Rolando McClain's football career is over, but the retired linebacker's attempt to straighten out his messy personal life continues. McClain on Tuesday filed not guilty pleas to charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Alabama, according... more

In May, Around The League's Dan Hanzus took a look at the NFL's top running backs, an exercise he affectionately titled "Adrian Peterson, then everyone else." Peterson reigns as king, but outside of Toby Gerhart, it would be a stretch to call... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have their "Offensive Weapon" under contract. Fifth-round draft pick Denard Robinson signed his rookie deal Tuesday, the team announced . Listed as an "OW" on the team's official roster, Robinson has practiced with the running... more

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft acknowledged Monday that his organization placed too much trust in former tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was charged last month with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. That trust was built early... more

Vonta Leach is perfectly content to wait it out. Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reported Monday night that the free-agent fullback is in no rush to make a decision about where he'll play this season. The Miami Dolphins remain the front-runners,... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players (or, in this case, coaches) we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 27 on the list: New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Why Ryan is on the list New Orleans Saints defensive... more

As the Aaron Hernandez jersey exchange continued Sunday, the numbers from Saturday showed plenty of New England Patriots fans making their voices heard. Hundreds flocked Saturday to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., to swap out garb emblazoned... more

Our pal Dave Dameshek serves as the brains behind this week's most enjoyable feature on NFL.com: An NCAA-style bracket showdown allowing fans to select the greatest uniform in NFL history . The first round is a wrap, and the field of 64 has been... more

With their differences in the rear-view mirror , Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers argued in May that it's high time for Green Bay to retire Brett Favre's No. 4 jersey . The team sounds prepared to do so. Someday. On the heels of Mark Murphy's... more

As a rookie, Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris turned heads last season with the second-most rushing yards in the NFL. His punishing style got attention from the start. "I call it demanding my respect, the way I run," Morris told NFL.com's... more

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has kept quiet about the drama surrounding former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Until now. Meyer, who coached Hernandez for three years at the University of Florida from 2007 to 2009, broke his silence... more

New England Patriots fans looking to dump their Aaron Hernandez garb have a reason to get out of bed today. The team on Saturday is allowing fans to freely swap any "#81 Hernandez" jerseys purchased from the Patriots' ProShop or online store for a... more

With training camp just weeks away, Jairus Byrd reportedly is no closer to signing a long-term deal with the Buffalo Bills. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport noted in early June there was "nothing happening" on the contract front. On Friday, a source told... more

After taking a peek at the AFC East , let's take a look at some of the pressing questions facing AFC North teams prior to training camp. (To hear our division previews in podcast form, just click into the sound file below or go right here .) Baltimore... more

When Around The League's Chris Wesseling featured Golden Tate in our Making the Leap series, he suggested that the Seattle Seahawks wideout would make sense as a trade target for the receiver-needy Baltimore Ravens. With Tate entering the final year of... more

When Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano was asked this week who will be his starting quarterback come September, Schiano left nothing to chance. "We only have one," Schiano told NFL Network. "It's Josh Freeman." Brooks: Extreme makeover in Tampa... more

Lost in a sea of offseason moves by the Dolphins, Miami's stalemate with safety Reshad Jones rages on. In May, Jones†skipped the opening day of organized team activities in an effort to prompt the Dolphins into contract negotiations. The team didn't... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 30 on the list: Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones. Why Jones is on the list Brad Jones might not be a household name, but the Packers inside... more

New England Patriots It's out with the old and in with the new logo for the New England Patriots. An offseason of change rages on for the New England Patriots. This time, it has nothing to do with the team's dwindling list of... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Oakland Raiders . 1.... more

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to gush over his surgically repaired right knee. Schein: Football fireworks in 2013 In honor of the Fourth of July, Adam Schein reveals potential sources of football fireworks (i.e.,... more

Gregg Williams didn't do the Saints any favors with his role in the bounty scandal, but at least one of his former New Orleans players still thinks the world of him. Darlington: Third year's a charm? The Titans admire Jake† Locker's demeanor, but is... more

When Brandon Weeden joined "NFL AM" on Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns quarterback addressed one of his primary weaknesses from a season ago. Brooks: Why Browns will soar People are used to expecting little from the Browns, but Bucky Brooks says... more

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told NFL Network on Wednesday morning that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has exhibited good behavior during his first week in jail. "So far, since he first came, from the day when I met with... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players (or, in this case, coaches) we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 32 on the list: Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen. Why Allen is on the list When Around the League's gang of scribes huddled to come... more

Darren McFadden was the face of an Oakland Raiders rushing attack that struggled from wire to wire last season. Behind an ill-fitting zone blocking scheme that caused plenty of frustration, McFadden produced a career-low 58.9 yards per game as the Raiders... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have leaned on a long line of power backs in the bruising AFC North, but rookie Giovani Bernard brings something different. When the Bengals made the former North Carolina star the top runner taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, the... more

Michael Crabtree continues to make his way back from the torn Achilles he suffered in May . The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver tweeted Sunday that he planned to return to the gym this week, roughly six weeks after going under the knife on May 22 to... more

Around The League's Chris Wesseling singled out the Tennessee Titans' offensive line as one of the NFL's most improved position groups , and it's hard to poke holes in that assessment. After struggling to protect quarterback Jake Locker last season and... more

For the Cleveland Browns to take the next step, quarterback Brandon Weeden must improve on his uneven rookie campaign from a season ago. ESPN's Ron Jaworski believes that's about to happen. Jaws, cycling through his annual quarterback rankings, watched... more

June

Redskins fans are eager about Act II of Robert Griffin III's career arc in Washington. A fast food outfit stationed near the team's training camp site is pretty fired up, too. As discovered by a fan outside an Arby's in Richmond, Va., a VIP parking... more

In a week filled with off-the-field drama, we're not out of the woods just yet. Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday in Washington, D.C., on multiple gun-related charges after fleeing from authorities, Washington D.C.... more

Plenty of the NFL's defensive coaches believe the read option can be stopped. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said in March the attack would be slowed with study , and everyone from the Green Bay Packers to the New York Giants have deployed their... more

When the Around The League gang gathered by the fireside for this week's "ATL Debate Club," talk invariably focused on the drama surrounding former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Darlington: Chilling lesson for rookies How did players... more

Marcus Lattimore wants to play, but the San Francisco 49ers have taken a decidedly patient approach with the rookie running back's return to the field. Coming off the ghastly knee injury he suffered last October, the former South Carolina star is... more

As Tyrann Mathieu attempts to shed his pockmarked past, the Arizona Cardinals rookie has dumped the "Honey Badger" moniker that brought him fame at LSU. Asked this week if the nickname might resurface in Arizona, Mathieu remained vague. Breer:... more

After being fired by the New Orleans Saints in January, Steve Spagnuolo found work as a senior defensive assistant for the Baltimore Ravens. What he's seen in the months since has Spagnuolo thinking big. "Defensively, wow," he told the team's official... more

Jason Babin almost is as good as new. The Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher is on the mend from June groin surgery, and he says he'll be ready for training camp, if not much sooner. "I'm about nine days out from being 100 percent," Babin told the... more

Carlos Ortiz, arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder charge facing former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, was charged with possessing a weapon without a license during his arraignment Friday at Attleboro District Court in... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- First impression of Jamaal Charles? Sharp dresser. Brandt: Big year for the Chiefs? After just two wins in 2012, can the revamped Chiefs turn things all the way around in 2013? Gil Brandt says absolutely. More ... The... more

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez now is being investigated by the Boston Police Department in connection to a 2012 double homicide, Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson confirmed to NFL Network on Friday. "There's a new development,... more

Jimmy Haslam is selling the team. Not the Cleveland Browns, but the Tennessee Smokies, a Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Harrison: AFC summer subplots Summer is upon us, but there's still plenty to ponder. Elliot Harrison provides a burning... more

While Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws to a flock of strangers in New England, his former top target, Wes Welker, is getting chummy with Peyton Manning. Welker, who caught 118 balls from Brady last season, has joined a deep group of Denver Broncos... more

Football's harder than it looks. That's what Lawrence Okoye has learned during his time with the San Francisco 49ers. Brooks: Most Improved for 2013 Who are the stars of tomorrow? In an eight-part series, Bucky Brooks reveals breakout candidates at... more

Aaron Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Conn., still is coming to grips with the ugly events of this week. Bristol is where Hernandez grew up and where the former New England Patriots tight end was named the high school football player of the year... more

Former Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott on Thursday pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in Paterson, New Jersey, according to The Associated Press. The 23-year-old was charged on Tuesday with first-degree attempted... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making a Leap in 2013. No. 37 on the list: Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. Why Cameron is on the list Jordan Cameron's fledgling NFL career took a sunny turn when the Cleveland... more

Coach Chip Kelly's current team, the Philadelphia Eagles, will continue to take shape at next month's training camp. Meanwhile, his former team, the Oregon Ducks, will be dealing with its punishment. Debate: Most enticing QB battle? Which team has the... more

Like many around the NFL, Brian Billick acknowledged he was stunned to see the New England Patriots release tight end Aaron Hernandez mere hours after his Wednesday morning arrest . The NFL Network analyst and former Baltimore Ravens coach told NFL... more

We still don't know everything about the Wednesday morning arrest of Aaron Hernandez , but practicing defense attorney Harvey Steinberg told NFL Network's "NFL AM" he was surprised by how police went about taking the former New England Patriots tight end... more

Aaron Hernandez was taken from his North Attleboro, Mass., home in handcuffs Wednesday morning after being arrested by the Massachusetts State Police and North Attleboro Police. The increasing attention and speculation surrounding the former New England... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings used this offseason to tweak their game-day threads. Now the San Diego Chargers have jumped on board. The team on Monday announced its first uniform alteration since 2007. The changes are... more

Talks between the Dallas Cowboys and Anthony Spencer have gone quiet for now, according to the pass rusher's agent. Jordan Woy told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport via email on Tuesday that he and the Cowboys decided that a one-year contract is best "at this... more

For the Vikings to reach their potential in 2013, Minnesota's offense must be more than Adrian Peterson and a cloud of dust. And third-year pro Christian Ponder is under increasing pressure to show he belongs. Peterson believes that will happen, telling... more

When Around The League's "32 in 32" series set its sights on the Carolina Panthers , we acknowledged that Ron Rivera's defense had a chance to improve on its 10th overall ranking from a season ago. The thinking goes like this: The Panthers' talented... more

Coming off a season in which first-year quarterbacks lit the world on fire, Jake Locker enters his third campaign firmly attached to the hot seat. Darlington: Third year's a charm? The Titans admire Jake† Locker's demeanor, but is he a franchise QB?... more

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew told reporters earlier this month that he has the body of a 23-year-old . Despite questions over his ongoing recovery from season-ending Lisfranc surgery, MJD is confident he'll be ready for the... more

Ravens running back Ray Rice isn't used to sharing carries, but the presence of Bernard Pierce made that a reality during Baltimore's run to Super Bowl XLVII. As a rookie, Pierce gave the ground game a jolt down the stretch. The Ravens' website believes... more

Desmond Bishop's decision to join the Vikings does more than add firepower to Minnesota's increasingly stout linebacking unit. The move also allows the former Green Bay Packer to face his old quarterback twice a year. Brooks: Teammate vs. Teammate In... more

Eight months removed from tearing his posterior cruciate ligament, Keenan Allen spent the final day of San Diego Chargers minicamp healthy and lined up with the first team. He hopes that trend continues when San Diego gathers for training camp on July... more

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has made the rounds this week, dishing on Tim Tebow's "spirituality" and telling tales about his encounters with powerful men of the east. Take a look at all of the Super Bowl rings, including the Patriots' Super... more

Freddie Kitchens is back on his feet. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach is walking around after undergoing emergency surgery to repair his aorta . Instant Debate: Best play-caller? Who is the top... more

Mario Williams made news for all the wrong reasons this week, suggesting that his defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, directed his players to "Kill 'em or hurt 'em," a mantra both Pettine and the Buffalo Bills -- and later Williams -- have denied.... more

Injuries suck. Especially in the offseason. While it's nice to see veterans and rookies cohabitating on the field for the first time, losing a key player in meaningless June sessions? Total darkness. The good news is most teams have slipped into... more

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson still is getting used to Chip Kelly. Breer: Who's really in charge? When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Albert Breer reveals all 32 power structures. More ...... more

James Jones is sticking to his prediction. The Green Bay Packers wide receiver told Around The League's Dan Hanzus in February that his team could produce a trio of 1,000-yard receivers this coming season. Asked about it again this week, Jones didn't... more

The Baltimore Ravens have wound their way through the offseason replacing a string of aging veterans with younger talent. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are gone on defense and Anquan Boldin -- after being shipped to the San Francisco 49ers -- is no longer part... more

The Buffalo Bills have their young quarterback under contract. The team announced Friday that EJ Manuel has signed his rookie contract , ensuring that the draft's 16th overall pick will be ready for the start of next month's training camp on July 28.... more

It didn't take long for the Buffalo Bills and Mario Williams to backpedal from some inflammatory statements made Thursday. The Buffalo Bills defensive end is a central cog in new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's frenzied, blitz-happy defense.... more

During last week's "ATL Debate Club," Gregg Rosenthal, Dan Hanzus and I tossed around ideas for our surprise team of 2013. Hanzus cited the Cleveland Browns as a possibility, while Rosenthal picked Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles. My pick? The Tampa... more

Tony Romo wasn't in pads during this week's mandatory minicamp with the Dallas Cowboys, but he was plenty busy with a second job: The veteran quarterback has taken on a coaching role of sorts. As part of the monster six-year, $108 million contract... more

When Rob Gronkowski landed at No. 25 on the NFL Network's "The Top 100 Players of 2013," the New England Patriots star also became the list's final tight end to make the cut. Harrison: NFC summer storylines Don't fear the dog days: Elliot Harrison... more

Tim Tebow might have floated up the interstate to Foxborough, but the Wildcat remains alive and well in Florham Park. Brian Costello of the New York Post reported that Gang Green's final minicamp session Thursday was drenched in the subpackage. The Jets... more

Somewhere far away, Sam Bradford is smiling. Rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin signed with the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, the team announced. Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but the contract includes no offset language , according to NFL.com's Ian... more

When it comes to Matt Barkley , the Philadelphia Eagles are putting a ring on it. The Eagles on Thursday agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the former USC quarterback, according to the team's official website. The Eagles nabbed Barkley in the... more

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke honestly †in May about his desire to become a team captain. "I'm going about it each and every day and trying to make that happen," Newton said. Last year's team captain, Panthers wide receiver Steve... more

The reshuffled backfield of the Arizona Cardinals belongs, for now, to Rashard Mendenhall. Mike Jurecki of KGME-AM reported Thursday that the former Pittsburgh Steelers runner has shown promise hitting the hole, performed well in pass protection and... more

Ryan Mathews has been a source of frustration for San Diego Chargers fans from the beginning of his underwhelming NFL career, but some have taken it too far. Rapoport: Rebuilding Philip Rivers Ken Whisenhunt, who knows a thing or two about QBs, tells... more

Michael Vick wants Chip Kelly to pick a starting quarterback before the Philadelphia Eagles roll into training camp -- and DeSean Jackson agrees -- but it's not about to happen. Offensive guard Evan Mathis doesn't see what all the fuss is about.... more

Apparently, Warren Sapp isn't finished talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense. Kinkhabwala: Pairing up in Pittsburgh After a rocky first season together, Ben†Roethlisberger and Todd†Haley are starting to gel, Aditi Kinkhabwala reports. More... more

New 49ers safety Craig Dahl went public Wednesday to say that his former team, the St. Louis Rams, got the best of San Francisco last season by taking advantage of the Niners' habit of tipping plays on offense . "Different personnel and different... more

The 49ers-Seahawks rivalry looms as one of the NFC's juiciest heading into the season, but it was the St. Louis Rams -- not Seattle -- who went undefeated against San Francisco in 2012. Schein: 49ers remain NFL's best Yes, Michael†Crabtree's injury... more

As it stands, the New York Jets won't be naming their starting quarterback by mid-June , but the job is quickly becoming Mark Sanchez' to lose. Instant Debate: Summer headliners? Geno†Smith , rookie starter? Exactly 100 days from kickoff, our experts... more

The New York Jets are falling for Kellen Winslow. Harrison: AFC summer subplots Summer is upon us, but there's still plenty to ponder. Elliot Harrison provides a burning question for each AFC team. More ... Manish Mehta of the New York Daily... more

Ever wonder who really pulls the strings of your favorite team? NFL.com's Albert Breer has the answers. Breer: Who's really in charge? When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Albert Breer reveals all 32 power... more

After last year's rash of outstanding play by first-year quarterbacks, one of these young passers is bound to come down to earth, right? Russell Wilson insists it won't be him. Asked Tuesday if he's concerned about the dreaded sophomore slump, the... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Indianapolis Colts . 1. The Colts were a... more

When he was unveiled by the New York Jets last offseason, Tim Tebow -- below the white-hot lights -- faced Gotham's media beast almost in awe, saying, "There's a lot of people here." Tuesday's first encounter with the New England Patriots' press... more

Louis Delmas is understandably frustrated by lingering knee pain that washed out half of his 2012 season. The Detroit Lions safety was on hand for Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, but he didn't participate and told reporters his knee "feels just... more

Construction of the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium has taken a tragic turn. An elevator subcontractor at Levi's Stadium was killed Tuesday morning, Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke told CNN.com. The worker was found at the bottom of an elevator... more

The Cincinnati Bengals launched their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday minus Andre Smith . NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the veteran right tackle wasn't on hand for practice , but a source indicated that Smith's absence isn't football- or... more

Vonta Leach is looking for a new home. The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday that the Pro Bowl fullback was released , evidently after the team was unable to locate a trade partner for the nine-year NFL veteran. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency... more

For those of you holding your breath for this brand of data: Tim Tebow will wear No. 5. on the New England Patriots. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the quarterback -- who has donned No. 15 since his playing days at the University of... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan stood on the podium with a knowing grin. "I have a funny feeling there's going to be more questions about former players than current players," he told a gathering of reporters on Tuesday. One day after Tim Tebow... more

When it comes to Tim Tebow, the New England Patriots have nothing to lose. After the Patriots on Tuesday made the Tebow signing official , NFL.com's Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport reported that the quarterback inked a two-year contract worth the veteran... more

Before Tim Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the Boston Herald, "I don't know what a team would do with him , but I think he's a real interesting player." Three years later, Belichick and the... more

Hakeem Nicks eventually resurfacing with the New York Giants is more a matter of when, not if. How does Tuesday sound? Newsday's Tom Rock spoke with quarterback Eli Manning, who has been texting with Nicks and said he expects the receiver to attend... more

Arizona Cardinals linebacker O'Brien Schofield spent his first three NFL seasons under former coach Ken Whisenhunt. His fourth season, under Bruce Arians, is shaping up as a different beast. "(Arians is) very precise about what he wants, and he's very... more

The Chicago Bears have run out of patience with Evan Rodriguez. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the second-year pro would be released following his two offseason arrests , according to a source informed of the decision. Brad Biggs of the... more

Contract talks between Ahmad Bradshaw and the Indianapolis Colts are heating up. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Colts officials are in "heavy negotiations" with the former New York Giants running back, according to a source informed of the... more

The read-option certainly will be an ingredient in the Philadelphia Eagles' offense, but will it be the main ingredient? Not according to Chip Kelly. PhillyMag.com's Sheil Kapadia was on hand for the coach's news conference last week when a reporter... more

If DeMarcus Ware had his druthers, he'd suit up today. The Dallas Cowboys pass rusher still is recuperating from surgery on a torn labrum that caused his shoulder to pop out repeatedly last season. Ware has yet to be cleared by team doctors and won't... more

From the looks of it, the Arizona Cardinals plan to keep Tyrann Mathieu busy during his rookie campaign. Brandt: Ready-to-go rookies Gil Brandt looks beyond the prospects picked in Round 1 to find nine rookies in a position to make an immediate... more

Matt Birk wasn't the only player from last year's Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens team to skip out on their trip to the White House on Wednesday, but he was the only one who boycotted the trip because of his personal beliefs . "I wasn't there,"... more

Our apologies to Donovan McNabb , but Robert Griffin III is back on the mic. The Washington Redskins quarterback addressed reporters after Wednesday's organized team activities and expressed confidence that his return to the field would come long... more

We're traveling deeper into June, and one of our top-five available free agents , Ahmad Bradshaw, still is without a team. ProFootballTalk.com reported Wednesday that the former New York Giants running back will visit the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday... more

Recently coming off hip surgery , Ed Reed has been nothing but hazy when it comes to his availability for the Houston Texans' regular-season opener. One day after telling the Baltimore Ravens' official site that he wasn't sure if he'd be on the... more

It's a fool's task to make assumptions about NFL offenses based on anything we see before training camp, but the hints exist. Take the Kansas City Chiefs, for example. Wednesday's organized team activity session was highlighted by a "barrage of big... more

For now, Barkevious Mingo is a backup. Cleveland Browns beat writers exited Wednesday's minicamp practice with reports of the 2013 NFL Draft's sixth overall pick taking snaps at outside linebacker behind veterans Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger.... more

So, who's calling plays for the New Orleans Saints this season? That's a question the team is still pondering after Sean Payton's return from a season-long suspension. The Saints head coach told reporters Wednesday that he hasn't decided if coordinator... more

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said in May that he'd be thrilled to see the New York Jets wrap up their quarterback competition by mid-June , but that isn't about to happen. Asked if Gang Green has made any progress on picking a winner... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced Wednesday that Ben Roethlisberger has gone under the knife. The team's starting quarterback underwent what Tomlin described as "minor surgery" on his right knee Wednesday as the result of slight... more

Maurice Jones-Drew's road back from season-ending Lisfranc surgery remains a work in progress. Before leaving the team to work out on his own in Miami, the Jacksonville Jaguars running back entered the team's offseason conditioning program out of... more

Around The League's Chris Wesseling identified Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller as a premier candidate to break out on offense this season. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers plans to do the same on defense, but heading into... more

One week after running back Arian Foster went down with a strained calf , the Houston Texans received ill news about the All-Pro left tackle who opens holes for him. Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced †Duane Brown might be out for up to a month after... more

Take a look at the best photos of JaMarcus Russell over the years. Whether or not JaMarcus Russell turns a Friday workout with the Chicago Bears into a full-time job, Jeff Garcia believes his pupil already has overcome sizeable odds to garner a look from... more

As Quinton Coples switches from defensive end to outside linebacker, the fact that he plays in the AFC East poses an extra challenge. Specifically, the division's outstanding crop of pass-catching tight ends. The second-year defender for the New... more

After NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed over the weekend that Eric Mangini is back in the NFL as a senior offensive consultant for the San Francisco 49ers, the first question was obvious: After building his career on defense, why flip sides? The... more

Despite his organization's draft board being leaked out twice over the past four years , Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't understand what all the hubbub is about. "I'm a little hard-pressed to see where the issue is at all after the draft... more

Agent Drew Rosenhaus reportedly will meet face-to-face with the Green Bay Packers on Monday in an effort to hammer out a new contract for cornerback Sam Shields. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Monday that Rosenhaus hopes to wrap up... more

Chuck Pagano's victorious battle against cancer was one of last season's most powerful storylines. As the Indianapolis Colts coach fought his way back to health, his players grasped onto the popular #Chuckstrong movement en route to a surprising 11-5... more

It's no secret that Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles plan to move fast. But quarterback Michael Vick says the coach recently told his players they're moving too rapidly for their own good. "It was very difficult for us as a team at first because... more

The Atlanta Falcons have shown interest in free-agent pass rusher Richard Seymour, but they aren't in any great rush to sign him. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow all of the latest rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker.... more

The New York Giants just want him under contract , but Victor Cruz is pondering fame and fortune beyond the football field. The Giants wide receiver told the New York Daily News on Monday that he's in talks to star in his own reality TV show . Jones:... more

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer . The Hall of Fame signal-caller is battling Squamous-cell carcinoma of the upper jawbone, and he is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday. "This past... more

It's been many moons since the Jacksonville Jaguars created waves on offense, but they're hoping to address that under new coach Gus Bradley. Instant Debate: The pressure is on ... Which rookie faces the most daunting spotlight in 2013? Our analysts... more

The early returns are positive on Osi Umenyiora's stay in Atlanta. The Falcons defensive end was signed this offseason to fill the void of the departed John Abraham, but it's not just Umenyiora's on-field play that's caught the eye of his coaches.... more

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When Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets last month, we immediately cooked up our list of potential landing spots for the fourth-year quarterback. Including the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders as options for Tebow,... more

We learned Thursday -- through some crafty detective work -- that the Dallas Cowboys had a fourth-round grade on rookie quarterback EJ Manuel . The Buffalo Bills had the former Florida State passer tabbed as a first-rounder, and they don't appear... more

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant enters his fourth NFL season as one of the league's most exciting young pass catchers. Brandt: Cowboys will win NFC East Gil Brandt lists 10 reasons to think Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys will dramatically... more

Percy Harvin won't be catching any more passes from Christian Ponder, but he's still being asked about his reportedly rocky relationship with the Minnesota Vikings quarterback. After Harvin was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in March, Yahoo! Sports... more

Tom Brady is throwing to ghosts. The New England Patriots quarterback is working with a flock of new faces as the team makes its way through this week's organized team activities. Wes Welker is gone, but that's not all: Andy Hart of the team's... more

Long before Titus Young's football career melted away, the NFL attempted to help the troubled receiver regain control of his life. Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that nearly 18 months before the former Detroit Lions wideout was... more

Cam Newton's physical gifts are scary. My Around The League colleague Dan Hanzus might have said it best: Newton is the quarterback he'd pay money to watch. Cam's an X factor, and his career is just beginning. Still, the Carolina Panthers quarterback... more

New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace has yet to warm up to the trade that sent All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a pair of draft picks. "I was disappointed, " Pace told the New York Post on Thursday. "I consider Revis... more

Dwight Freeney's journey through free agency ended earlier this month when the 33-year-old pass rusher finally signed a two-year, $8.75 million contract with the San Diego Chargers. Freeney piled up 107.5 sacks during his 11 seasons with the... more

When you've unearthed your franchise quarterback, life is good. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll found his man in Russell Wilson, but he refuses to take credit for an in-house strategy that saw Seattle pluck the passer in Round 3 of last year's draft.... more

The Denver Broncos will be without Joel Dreessen for the rest of the offseason after the veteran tight end underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee . "Just a little knee procedure -- scope -- done, just to clean it up," Broncos coach John Fox told... more

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez -- quizzed unmercifully this spring about his rocky job security -- was asked point-blank Thursday how he'd feel about watching New York's season begin against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the bench. Rapoport: Sanchez in... more

Despite a dash of rare optimism surrounding Cleveland's passing attack, the Browns have promised Trent Richardson he'll see plenty of work on the ground in 2013. Brooks: Why Browns will soar People are used to expecting little from the Browns, but... more

Our esteemed Around The League colleague, Dan Hanzus, heard it from readers after he ranked 26 NFL running backs ahead of veteran Steven Jackson. Debate: Toughest shoes to fill? Was Bruce Arians' exit from Indianapolis to coach the Cardinals the... more

The NFL Players Association has plenty of questions about Roc Nation Sports recruiting Geno Smith , but the New York Jets quarterback insists nothing improper took place. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Thursday that Smith emphatically... more

Buried below the quarterback duel between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith in Florham Park, N.J., backup passer Greg McElroy finds himself in a fight for his roster spot with the New York Jets. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers let James Harrison walk, but the Cincinnati Bengals believe the veteran pass rusher still has something left. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends May 31. Get your vote in.... more

Another Seattle Seahawks players has run into off-the-field trouble, and, this time, it has nothing to do with performance-enhancing drugs . SeattlePI.com reported Thursday that guard John Moffitt missed Tuesday's organized team activities because of a... more

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson says his team is about "truth, justice and the American way," but Joe Namath isn't buying it. Instant Debate: Summer headliners? Geno†Smith , rookie starter? Exactly 100 days from kickoff, our experts predict bold... more

Coach Greg Schiano insists his Tampa Bay Buccaneers play by the rules. Responding to a report that Tampa's organized team activities have been marred by on-field contact -- in direct violation of the collective bargaining agreement -- Schiano told... more

Coming off an 8-8 season in Pittsburgh, the Steelers have plenty to point to when pondering what went wrong in 2012. Kinkhabwala: Pairing up in Pittsburgh After a rocky first season together, Ben†Roethlisberger and Todd†Haley are starting to gel,... more

Jim Brown is back on the Cleveland Browns' payroll. Brooks: Why Browns will soar People are used to expecting little from the Browns, but Bucky Brooks says their offense is poised to surprise. More ... Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced... more

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is coming off major knee surgery and entering the final year of his rookie contract. The talented young defender says he hasn't heard a peep from the Texans about a contract extension. "No, you know, if they have,... more

During his first three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Koa Misi witnessed his share of bad defense. After an offseason rich with free-agent signings, the team's starting outside linebacker says those days are over. "We can be great," Misi said... more

We heard it from readers last week when we left the Buffalo Bills off our list of teams planning for major changes on defense . The Bills, indeed, will resemble a new creation under coordinator Mike Pettine, who plans to unleash a flexible defense that... more

Contact is forbidden during organized team activities, but one reporter covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers says action on the field earlier this month crossed the line. "It's football practice, without pads," Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune told... more

The Cleveland Browns were a slow-motion car wreck on offense last season, but new coach Rob Chudzinski has promised to flip the script with a wide-open passing game. Josh Gordon already has seen a difference. "Defenses will be shocked to say the least... more

Joe Flacco's otherworldly success during last year's Super Bowl run partly was due to a reshuffled offensive line that kept him upright and safe in the pocket. One reason to believe the Baltimore Ravens quarterback will continue his exceptional play is... more

The Miami Dolphins ultimately never signed a big-name left tackle in free agency, but they did add dyed-in-the-wool right-sider Tyson Clabo. His arrival means that second-year pro Jonathan Martin will take over for the departed Jake Long at left... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have toyed with the pistol formation during this month's offseason team activities, suggesting just how different this offense under Andy Reid might look from last year's dead-on-arrival attack. Another trend coming out of recent... more

On Friday, we examined five teams planning for sweeping changes on defense this season. The New Orleans Saints topped our list. The Saints are switching from a 4-3 defensive scheme to the 3-4 under recently installed coordinator Rob Ryan, meaning... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak gushed this month over DeAndre Hopkins , calling the rookie wide receiver a "special" talent in position to help the team right out of the gate. As predicted, Hopkins played with the first team during this week's... more

Michael Vick is on the wrong side of 30 in a league flooded with young, lightning-quick quarterbacks , but the Philadelphia Eagles veteran still believes he's the fastest signal-caller around. In a Friday morning chat with "The Dan Patrick Show," Vick... more

When Brian Urlacher announced his retirement on Wednesday after 13 years with the Chicago Bears, the iconic linebacker spoke with pride about "wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise." Was he talking about the Green Bay Packers? No... more

The Seattle Seahawks have plenty of weapons on offense, but the Seahawks are down a tight end after Anthony McCoy suffered a partially torn Achilles tendon during this week's organized team activities. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that McCoy... more

On Thursday, we took a look at five NFL teams embracing change on the offensive side of the ball . Now it's time to flip the script. Here's a look at five clubs around the league that are promising to do things differently on defense in 2013: New... more

Seventeen seasons in the NFL and a pair of Super Bowl titles were nice, but Ray Lewis still has new mountains to climb. Literally. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker tweeted Thursday that he plans to scale Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro next month. The... more

Yesterday, we brought you a piece on Jared Allen, the All-Pro pass rusher who said he hasn't heard "one iota" from the Minnesota Vikings about a new contract. The six-year, $73.3 million contract Allen inked with the Vikings in 2008 is set to expire... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have used this offseason to rebuild a defensive backfield that let down the team time and again in 2012. The reclamation project, highlighted by a monster trade for cornerback Darrelle Revis, continued last month with the drafting... more

Brace yourselves: The anonymous New York Jets player has struck again. His target? Mark Sanchez. CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman talked with yet another unnamed Jets player who told him this week, "Everyone on the team likes Mark personally, but there's a... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are down a tight end after James Casey underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday. An Eagles spokesman told USA Today that Casey might miss the rest of the spring because of a procedure to clean out loose... more

The Cincinnati Bengals used last month's draft to become more dynamic on offense, beginning with the selection of running back Giovani Bernard . Instant Debate: The pressure is on ... Which rookie faces the most daunting spotlight in 2013? Our... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers did enough to keep Emmanuel Sanders around for this season, and now they're thinking long term. Instant Debate: NFL's biggest arm? Which QB boasts the strongest arm in the NFL? Our analysts debate, with Matthew†Stafford... more

Players toil through pains great and small on the football field. They rarely want to talk about them. Ryan Williams is different. The Arizona Cardinals running back admits he played through last season in a state of fear, worried that his surgically... more

Jared Allen has started 80 straight games for the Minnesota Vikings, and he's been paid well to do so. The 31-year-old pass rusher is set to earn $14.3 million this season while counting more than $17 million against the cap. For the first time in more... more

After Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was all but stripped of his play-calling duties, many wondered if his title would be next. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Garrett -- coming off back-to-back 8-8 seasons -- isn't coaching for his job in 2013.... more

The Dallas Cowboys were a .500 operation the last two seasons -- and looked the part -- but quarterback Tony Romo says he's anything but average. "We were 8-8 the last couple of years. That doesn't sit well with me," Romo told reporters Tuesday, via... more

After reports surfaced Tuesday that Tony Romo would miss organized team activities after he underwent a medical procedure to remove a cyst from his back, it raised a natural question: Did the Dallas Cowboys know about his condition before the quarterback... more

New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola knows the Wes Welker comparisons are coming. He's choosing to ignore them. Debate: Pats due for a setback? With Rob Gronkowski still not healthy, our analysts debate whether the Patriots are bound to... more

The Josh Portis experiment in Seattle is over. Eric Williams of The News Tribune reported Tuesday that the reserve quarterback was waived by the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday following his arrest earlier this month on suspicion of DUI. The team later... more

As New York Jets fans brace for a quarterback competition that threatens to burn deep into August, the Jets offensive coordinator is open to ending the drama much sooner. Marty Mornhinweg told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on Tuesday he'd... more

Wes Welker averaged 112 catches per year during his six seasons with the New England Patriots. Don't expect that to happen with the Denver Broncos. "If I have to catch 112 balls, that probably means we're in trouble ," Welker told The Denver Post on... more

On Monday, we unveiled the first our top 10 quarterbacks age 25 or under , opening with Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 10. The rest of the list remains a mystery for now, but it might be a while before we get to Russell Wilson. Instant... more

As Bruce Allen toured his team's new under-construction training camp site in Richmond, Va., the Washington Redskins general manager drew an analogy to his on-the-mend quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Brooks: Luck vs. Kaepernick Andrew†Luck and Colin†... more

The Buffalo Bills have yet to sign rookie quarterback EJ Manuel , but one of his prime targets is now under contract. Brandt: Setting the record straight Gil Brandt picks out five rookies with their fair share of doubters -- and a good shot at... more

The Seahawks didn't go into the draft with a burning need at running back, but that didn't stop Seattle from adding more fire to the backfield in the form of second-round 2013 NFL Draft pick Christine Michael from Texas A&M. The team announced Monday... more

The San Diego Chargers are keeping Manti Te'o under lock and key. A team spokesman announced Monday that the rookie inside linebacker will be unavailable to the media until San Diego launches its June 11-13 minicamp. Brooks: Why Te'o will shine in... more

The off-field drama surrounding Mario Williams has taken another turn. After details emerged last week that the Buffalo Bills pass rusher allegedly sent disturbing text messages to his ex-fiancée, Erin Marzouki, in which he revealed he had taken... more

Alex Smith can leave the San Francisco 49ers, but he can't get away from the pistol. Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star reported Monday that the former 49ers quarterback was spotted running a handful of plays out of the trendy formation during Kansas... more

Calvin Johnson played last season through the haze of constant double teams and face-to-face attention from the NFL's most rugged defenders. We also know he played through pain. Megatron on Monday confirmed to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News that he... more

The Green Bay Packers actively shopped Desmond Bishop during the 2013 NFL Draft, but the team's starting inside linebacker plans to make the Packers think twice about nearly letting him go. Bishop recently told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he'll be... more

Oakland Raiders fans earned points for their plans to woo Charles Woodson later this week, but the faithful followers of the Washington Redskins might have them beat. Word leaked out over the weekend that fans of the team have been purchasing gifts off... more

The Houston Texans' linebacking unit took a beating last season, but one by one, the Texans are getting everyone back. Inside linebacker Brian Cushing told the team's site last month that he's preparing to be "110 percent," and Brooks Reed is only... more

Love 'em or hate 'em, you have to admit: Oakland Raiders fans have passion. They're hoping it will make a difference in the pursuit of Charles Woodson. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings... more

When Around The League's Dan Hanzus spoke one-on-one with Geno Smith at last week's "Rookie Premiere," he left with a rebranded impression of the New York Jets quarterback. Schein: Jets have to start Geno David†Garrard's out. Who will the Jets turn... more

It's never too early to talk about quarterbacks. Geno Smith has learned that the hard way. Since being drafted by the New York Jets, Smith has become the most gabbed-about, written-about, gossiped-about rookie in all of the NFL. Coming from West... more

For the Baltimore Ravens, the fleeting acquisition of Rolando McClain represents a rare misstep for a team that rarely misses. Days after McClain suddenly announced his retirement from the NFL, Alabama coach Nick Saban says his former player has done... more

The New York Jets have yet to spell out Mike Goodson's fate on the heels of Friday's arrest, but at least one teammate believes the running back could be on his way out of Florham Park. After Goodson was nabbed Friday in New Jersey on weapons and drug... more

Quick note out of Philadelphia, where coach Chip Kelly continues to play games with the Eagles' roster. Geoff Mosher of Comcast SportsNet Philly reported Saturday that Kelly shifted two of his offensive weapons over to defense. Top 100 Players of... more

For a team that hasn't suffered a losing season since 2003, last year's 8-8 campaign served as a wakeup call for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead of marching into January, the team spent an ugly winter at home watching the Baltimore Ravens get crowned... more

Michael Vick has long been praised for his unusual athleticism, but his ability to read defenses has generated criticism. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback says his detractors don't know what they're talking about . "I'm really tempted right now to... more

Dwight Freeney has found a new home. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the free-agent pass rusher has agreed to a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers, according to a source informed of the negotiations. That source described the... more

Larry Fitzgerald's immense talents were wasted last season. The Arizona Cardinals receiver couldn't make up for the team's revolving door at quarterback during a campaign that flew off the rails in a hurry. Instant Debate: NFL's biggest arm? Which... more

Before Titus†Young was arrested three times in one week , the free-agent wide receiver told a former teammate about the mental issues plaguing him of late. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends May 31.... more

Next week's NFL Spring Meeting in Boston will include talks on potentially marked changes for the embattled Pro Bowl. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Friday that the NFL will continue to advance the idea of a "draft" to select the AFC and NFC squads.... more

When we ranked Robert Griffin III as the ninth-best NFL quarterback Friday, it was based on the assumption he'll make a full recovery from surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee. The Washington... more

The Seattle Seahawks will open their 2013 season minus Bruce Irvin's services. The NFL suspended the second-year pro without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the... more

One day after Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith verbally dismantled Mark Sanchez, a former teammate of the New York Jets quarterback galloped in on a white horse. Pittsburgh Steelers pass-catcher Plaxico Burress stepped forward Friday to... more

The quarterback battle in Cleveland is far from the NFL's sexiest signal-caller derby, but Brandon Weeden might want to keep an eye on Jason Campbell. Longtime Browns writer Steve Doerschuk of The Canton Repository reported this week that Campbell... more

In Gregg Rosenthal's rundown of NFC minicamp storylines , our esteemed editor put A.J. Jenkins on full blast. He was right to do so. The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver suffered a disastrous rookie campaign that saw him appear in just three games, all... more

With organized team activities underway in Tennessee, the Titans have welcomed back a leaner, meaner Kendall Wright. Schein Nine: Breakout candidates Who will become the next household name in the NFL? Adam Schein identifies nine players who are... more

Donte' Stallworth is back in business. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that the veteran wide receiver has been cleared to resume football activities on the heels of his March hot-air balloon accident . Stallworth and his girlfriend suffered... more

Last week, my Around The League colleague Dan Hanzus unveiled his list of the NFL's top running backs . That Herculean effort was met with a swirl of wonder, agitation and pressing questions, so, naturally, we're back for more. This week, I humbly... more

In a puzzling move out of Cleveland, Brandon Jackson is back with the Browns. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Thursday that the running back agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Browns for a third consecutive season. Top 100 Players of 2013... more

The New England Patriots had no more use for Kyle Love, but the Jacksonville Jaguars wasted little time snatching him up. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker.... more

Rolando McClain's sudden retirement from the NFL on Wednesday generated plenty of attention because, well, he's only 23 years old and couldn't have asked for a better landing spot than the Baltimore Ravens. McClain -- after being peppered with media... more

Steve Smith's heat-seeking jabs aside , Mark Sanchez arguably rests on steadier ground in New York after David Garrard waved goodbye to the Jets on Wednesday. Garrard and his troubled left knee have called it quits, but no matter who's on the Jets'... more

Charles Woodson left Denver without a contract from the Broncos, but the free-agent defensive back hasn't exhausted all his suitors. ESPN's Josina Anderson was told Thursday by Woodson's agent, Carl Poston, that the New York Giants "have just put... more

At least for now, it's all about Brandon Weeden. The Cleveland Browns quarterback opened up this week's organized team activities as the Browns' starter under center, relegating veteran Jason Campbell to second-team snaps and making it clear this is... more

It hasn't been an easy couple of months for Mark Sanchez. The New York Jets quarterback must fight for his job after the team drafted rookie quarterback Geno Smith -- a position battle Sanchez seems destined to lose, with most people writing him off... more

You'd have to be blind not to see that sweeping change has come to Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Eagles under new coach Chip Kelly are doing things differently than the rest of the NFL, and in sharp contrast to life under former coach Andy Reid.... more

After spending his entire NFL career with the Cleveland Browns, Josh Cribbs is heading west. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport cited a source in reporting Wednesday that the wide receiver and dynamic return man has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders.... more

Last week, Dan Hanzus ranked the NFL's top 30 running backs . That engaging list generated heaps of debate , some of it coming from his own colleagues . In an upcoming post, we'll unleash our quarterback rankings, an exercise that led to plenty of tape... more

The New York Jets have talked all offseason about an open battle under center, something offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg once again hammered home Wednesday. "This will be a bona fide quarterback competition, period," Mornhinweg said on a... more

Mike Shula knows the sky's the limit when it comes to Cam Newton's outrageous physical gifts under center. Schein: Panthers going nowhere What can Panthers fans expect this year with Cam Newton and Ron Rivera? Another failed season, says Adam Schein .... more

Six months after nearly dying from a scary on-field collision, D.J. Hayden says he's ready to focus on football again. The Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback hasn't played since suffering a torn inferior vena cava during practice last November at the... more

We asked last week if the Houston Texans were heaping dangerously high expectations on rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins . Maybe we have better things to worry about. After Nick Scurfield of the team's official site watched Hopkins "catch everything"... more

The Detroit Lions continue to monitor the health of third-round pick Larry Warford after the guard suffered a neck injury in Saturday's rookie minicamp practice. The Detroit Free Press reported that Warford was limited to individual, non-contact... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers The Big Question: Have the Buccaneers built a playoff-caliber defense? The Tampa Bay... more

Is Rex Ryan getting his mojo back? One day after the New York Jets coach criticized second-year linebacker Quinton Coples for his spotty work ethic in the weight room, Ryan acknowledged he had yet to mend fences. Rapoport: Geno Smith's raw deal Ian... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Carolina Panthers. The Big Question: Who will Cam Newton throw to in Carolina? The Carolina Panthers took a beating... more

A hyper-rocky offseason for Branden Albert now brings him back to where it all started: with the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Andy Reid announced Saturday that Albert, the team's starting left tackle, is set to rejoin his teammates on Monday for this... more

We already know Marc Trestman is an innovator. The Bears coach is bound to bring change and new wrinkles to Chicago's offense, and we're already seeing evidence of that in this weekend's rookie minicamp. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported... more

The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Tyler Eifert to help their offense become more dynamic, and we already have proof of the transition. Draft signings The New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and Detroit Lions' Ziggy Ansah were the first of the 2013 NFL... more

Rookie minicamps are underway, and, contrary to reports, Geno Smith isn't the only human being on the field for the New York Jets. The Daily News reported that coach Rex Ryan was thrilled with first-year defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson . "He's... more

As expected , Lane Johnson 's NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles has begun on the right side of the tracks. The fourth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft opened Friday's rookie minicamp at right tackle under the watch of Eagles offensive line coach... more

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote this week that Matt Barkley could be the next Tom Brady and "will not only outplay his counterparts early in his career, but he will guide the Eagles back to prominence." Brooks: Perfect fit for Philadelphia He might not... more

With all the attention heaped on Geno Smith , it's easy to forget that EJ Manuel was the first quarterback off the board in the 2013 NFL Draft. Draft signings The New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and Detroit Lions' Ziggy Ansah were the first of... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Atlanta Falcons. The Big Question: Did the Falcons complete their defense? Thomas Dimitroff dropped breadcrumbs... more

At some point along the way, Geno Smith will be judged for his play on the field. For the rookie, that time can't come soon enough, but he insists he isn't bitter. Rapoport: Geno Smith's raw deal Ian Rapoport says the buzz about Geno Smith's search... more

As an admitted, lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, I've been told for decades that Browns versus Steelers is one of the NFL's top rivalries. From where I stand, that hasn't been the case in a long, long time. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote... more

On this week's "ATL Debate Club," Dan Hanzus and I chatted about the NFL's top running backs, our ingrained aversion to formal wear, and the (somewhat botched) swan song of one of our favorite television vehicles, "The Office." See where players rank... more

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark thrust himself into the news cycle earlier this week when he shared with ESPN a less-than-glowing assessment of Tom Brady. Clark insisted the New England Patriots quarterback "sees ghosts" under pressure -- phantom... more

Good luck making any sense out of the "Top 100 Players of 2013." I certainly can't. With another layer of the onion peeled away Thursday night, I'm only left with more questions about how these NFL players go about judging their peers. For starters,... more

It's the middle of May, and we're knee deep in the NFL playoffs. Sort of. NFL.com's "Predict the Season" game has entered its final frame, and you -- the readers -- have decided upon a Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle... more

With rookie minicamp set to kick off Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles aren't wasting time getting their players under contract. Brooks: Perfect fit for Philadelphia He might not make an immediate impact, but Matt Barkley will be a nice fit for the... more

The New England Patriots continue to mine for wideouts. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported Thursday that former Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins has agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots after being released by Tennessee last week. Free-agent... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The New York Giants. The Big Question: Will Giants pay for passing on LB, CB? When it comes to the NFL draft, the... more

Let's face it, there were too many running backs on the New Orleans Saints last season. The Saints' four-man backfield too often plodded around in a confused state, cancelling each other out. But those days are over, Pierre Thomas says. Harrison:... more

Coming off a disastrous season cut short by injury, New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes says he's ready to embrace his restructured contract and his choice of starting quarterback. Top 100 plays of 2012 "NFL AM" on NFL Network is counting down... more

It's hunting season in Florham Park. Harrison: Post-draft Power Rankings After the 2013 NFL†Draft, Elliot Harrison updates his Power Rankings, with plenty of teams moving up and down the board. More ... Asked about the state of Rex Ryan's New... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Houston Texans . The Big Question: Are the Texans asking too much of DeAndre Hopkins? Texans coach Gary... more

The Baltimore Ravens aren't giving up on Rolando McClain just yet. Despite the recently signed linebacker's April arrest for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta says McClain's roster spot is safe. "I... more

The New York Jets are flirting with a full-on rebuild, but their owner is seeing stars. Woody Johnson emerged from the wilderness Tuesday to address reporters at the NFL Career Development Symposium in Philadelphia, urging Jets fans to "be patient and... more

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith doesn't have an agent, but he does have at least one former NFL player whispering in his ear. Which rookie will stand out in 2013? Will Tavon Austin rise to the head of the class this season -- or will someone... more

The Detroit Lions have encountered their share of trouble with second-round draft picks, but they hope Darius Slay won't be the next chapter in that sordid tale. Harrison: Post-draft Power Rankings After the 2013 NFL†Draft, Elliot Harrison updates... more

Despite a productive draft , the Baltimore Ravens largely ignored one key position of need. Outside of grabbing seventh-rounder Aaron Mellette, the Ravens did nothing to upgrade a wide receivers group that looks thin on paper behind Torrey Smith. 2013... more

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged in April that he's concerned the Giants have yet to lock up wide receiver Victor Cruz to a long-term contract. Coughlin's boss, however, isn't sweating it. "I'm pretty confident that we'll end up reaching... more

Undrafted Jordan Rodgers had the chance to sign a contract with the Detroit Lions, which would have placed the former Vanderbilt quarterback in the NFC North alongside his slightly more famous (and stinking rich ) brother, Aaron, of the Green Bay... more

The Miami Dolphins' long search for an offensive tackle is over, but they're not out of the woods yet. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker. More... NFL.com's... more

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has yet to make a decision about a potential fourth surgery on his fractured left forearm. Harrison: Post-draft Power Rankings After the 2013 NFL†Draft, Elliot Harrison updates his Power Rankings, with... more

When the Philadelphia Eagles burned their first-round draft pick on Danny Watkins two Aprils ago, he was projected to slide in at right guard and stick there deep into the future. After making 12 uneven starts as a rookie in 2011, Watkins eventually was... more

Had Geno Smith been snatched up by, say, the San Diego Chargers to sit and learn behind Philip Rivers, you probably wouldn't be reading this. Instead, Smith was drafted by the New York Jets, and the former West Virginia quarterback -- thrown into... more

It's May 3, and the 24/7 NFL news cycle admittedly is short on gems. But we still are digging, and that's how we came across, well, possibly the coolest thing ever: A Barry Sanders high school highlight reel on YouTube. BarkingCarnival.com was... more

As vultures swirl above the New York Jets, the team's embattled head coach is thinking differently about his legacy in Gotham. Rex Ryan on Friday told WLNY-TV †he hopes to coach Gang Green for "about another 20 years." Ryan knows latching on for two... more

In case you haven't noticed , Robert Griffin III and President Barack Obama have become pals. The Washington Redskins quarterback and the leader of the free world compared notes at the NCAA Tournament in March after huddling together at February's... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie†Mike Glennon learned plenty from Russell Wilson during their time together at N.C. State. Now that Glennon is a fellow NFL quarterback, he says Wilson continues to dish out wisdom. 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The... more

The Minnesota Vikings are no different than any other team in football. Unless they get solid, if not superb, play from their quarterback, Christian Ponder, they aren't going far. Harrison: Post-draft Power Rankings After the 2013 NFL†Draft, Elliot... more

The Dallas Cowboys left themselves open to the slings and arrows of fans and pundits when (as most would agree) they reached for Wisconsin center Travis Frederick with the 31st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The... more

The team and the town have changed, but nothing's new for David Garrard. The New York Jets quarterback simply wants a chance to compete for a starting job. Which rookie will stand out in 2013? Will Tavon Austin rise to the head of the class this... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Cincinnati Bengals. The Big Question: Can Dalton make the most of his new weapons? On the heels of yet... more

From the haze of an eternal quarterback drama in Florham Park, Mark Sanchez emerged Thursday to address the New York media. Less than a week after the New York Jets plucked quarterback Geno Smith in the 2013 NFL Draft, Sanchez told the media,... more

On Wednesday, we pinpointed five AFC teams that came out of the 2013 NFL Draft without filling all of their needs. Now it's the NFC's turn. Here's a look at a handful of clubs that, despite adding talent, failed to address an Achilles' heel:... more

The Houston Texans addressed a burning need in the 2013 NFL Draft by selecting Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the first round. Already penciled in as a starter, Hopkins is under pressure to make an immediate impact at the Z role across from... more

Tyler Bray 's tumble through the 2013 NFL Draft ultimately ended on a positive note. 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The draft is finally behind us. How did everybody do? Bucky Brooks breaks out the red pen and grades all 32 teams by division. More... more

Matt Cassel was brought to the Minnesota Vikings to back up Christian Ponder and give the Vikings a stronger quarterback room. Asked Wednesday what makes him the right man for the job, Cassel -- saying nothing about his four uneven seasons as a starter... more

Handing out team-by-team grades in the afterglow of last week's NFL draft is hazardous territory. It's impossible to predict how these players will turn out, but we can measure whether organizations addressed their immediate needs. The Kansas City... more

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to retool on offense under coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs traded cornerback Javier Arenas to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for fullback Anthony Sherman, sources told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Wednesday. The teams later... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Cleveland Browns. The Big Question: Have the Browns assembled a scary front seven? Cleveland Browns CEO Joe... more

With no clear roster replacement for the departed Jasper Brinkley, the Minnesota Vikings are leaning on a familiar face to fill a void at middle linebacker. Jeremiah: New faces in needy places Daniel Jeremiah says the Rams and Vikings both filled key... more

Bjoern Werner 's path to the NFL is something of a heartwarming tale. The German-born pass rusher spent his youth in Berlin before voyaging to America, where Werner eventually picked up high school football. From there, his ascendant work at Florida... more

The Philadelphia Eagles took a close look at Geno Smith during the pre-draft process, only to pass on the former West Virginia quarterback twice before the New York Jets selected him in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Eagles' interest in Smith was a topic of... more

April

The Cincinnati Bengals have done right by Andy Dalton. After gifting the quarterback with a premier wideout in A.J. Green in 2011, the Bengals have used the past two drafts to surround their starter with a cast of complementary weapons. Pass catchers... more

Young quarterbacks travel many paths through the NFL. Casserly: Draft steals on each day Which players are bound to outperform their draft slots? Charley Casserly identifies 10 value picks to keep an eye on. More ... Aaron Rodgers spent years... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones insists his team needs more than just DeMarco Murray in the backfield if the Cowboys are to escape a haze of mediocrity. Harrison: Recapping the draft Now that all the picks are in the books, Elliot Harrison breaks... more

The New York Jets chiseled away at their epic quarterback depth chart on Monday by waving farewell to Tim Tebow . It was a move long in the making. New York washes its hands of a headache-inducing, public drama, and Tebow is set free to find work... more

When Saturday rolled around, and Tyler Wilson still hadn't been selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, the former Arkansas quarterback decided to ditch the draft for a trip to Walmart. Casserly: Draft steals on each day Which players are bound to outperform... more

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe finds himself in a fight for his roster spot after the team used a fifth-round pick during the 2013 NFL Draft on UCLA's Jeff Locke . Harrison: Recapping the draft Now that all the picks are in the books, Elliot... more

It's hard to argue with the choices the San Francisco 49ers made in the 2013 NFL Draft. Harrison: Recapping the draft Now that all the picks are in the books, Elliot Harrison breaks down the 2013 NFL Draft. Who won -- and who should be worried? More... more

The Buffalo Bills flirted with the idea of signing free-agent linebacker Karlos Dansby earlier this month, but the team's haul during the 2013 NFL Draft has put that pursuit on the back-burner. After Buddy Nix used a second-round pick in this year's... more

Duron Carter will get an opportunity with his father's Minnesota Vikings , so it only makes sense that the undrafted son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana is bound for the San Francisco 49ers. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday... more

The Minnesota Vikings drafted a pair of linebackers on Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft, but they might not be done bolstering the middle of their defense. Judd Zulgad and Tom Pelissero of ESPNTwinCities.com reported Saturday that the Vikings might revisit... more

The New England Patriots dispatched scouts nationwide to find talent in the 2013 NFL Draft, but it appears they like players from one particular university. Coach Bill Belichick used three of the Patriots' seven selections at this year's draft on... more

When Tony Romo inked his six-year, $108 million extension with the Dallas Cowboys last month, the contract included $55 million in guarantees from the Cowboys -- and a guarantee from the quarterback that he'd put in more hours. As part of the heady... more

The glorious trio of the Gronkowski brothers has graced the NFL landscape for some time, but as of Saturday, they have some competition. The Kruger three -- Paul, Joe and Dave -- each have found an NFL home. Best and Worst Draft Picks Who are... more

A new regime for the San Diego Chargers has taken strides to break from the past, but Chargers coach Mike McCoy and friends haven't forgotten the Chargers' history. Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports spent part of Saturday at NFL Network with retired... more

The Minnesota Vikings hope that one of their many undrafted free agents has a little bit of his father in him. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Vikings will sign wide receiver Duron Carter, the son of former Vikings Hall of Fame... more

The last time Manti Te'o faced the hot lights of the media , he was the center of attention at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. We all wondered back then what team would take a chance on the former Notre Dame linebacker. Two months later, we... more

Ninety-seven players found NFL homes before Matt Barkley's name was called by the Philadelphia Eagles . The quarterback out of USC says the rest of the league will live to regret it. "I'm going to remember this weekend for a long time and so are the... more

Green Bay was a team reluctant to run the football last season. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers predictably killed teams through the air, but this otherwise dynamic offense lacked identity on the ground. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for... more

We pegged the Oakland Raiders as one team destined to add a quarterback on Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft, and they did just that. The Raiders used their fourth-round pick (No. 112) to select rugged Arkansas signal-caller Tyler Wilson on Saturday.... more

With five picks on Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns are looking for a quarterback. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday †the Browns are "sniffing around" for a backup signal-caller after deciding not to swap a second-round pick to... more

NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell said earlier this month that Mike Glennon "has probably -- of the quarterbacks in this class -- more of the attributes that you look for than maybe any other quarterback." Cosell argued that he "wouldn't have a... more

Front offices around the NFL have spoken loud and clear about their feelings on this year's class of quarterback prospects. Brooks: The best players left Bucky Brooks combs through the talent left on the board in the 2013 NFL Draft, including a... more

To put Aaron Rodgers' pay day in perspective, the Green Bay Packers quarterback will make an epic $40 million next season. That's more than the Houston Astros' entire payroll . Rodgers is flush with cash, but he hasn't forgotten his humble origins. When... more

We've pegged Tom Brady as one of the winners of the draft's second day after his New England Patriots nabbed Marshall receiver Aaron Dobson in the second round (at No. 59). NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive... more

The Miami Dolphins appear to be operating in unison these days, with coach Joe Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland swinging for the fences during an active offseason that has propped up talent on both sides of the ball. Darlington: Drama-filled... more

After addressing their defense through the 2013 NFL Draft Thursday by taking LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo , the Cleveland Browns have swung a trade to improve their passing game. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday †the Browns have completed a... more

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has said for days that he hoped to get Andre Smith under contract in time for the 2013 NFL Draft. Close enough. The right tackle signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Bengals just before the team's... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers walk into the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft with a need at running back, but they're chipping away at that weakness. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content including live video... more

The New York Jets cut against the grain Thursday by dialing up two defensive players with their two first-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft. The addition of cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson bolsters head coach Rex Ryan's... more

For the first time in 49 years Thursday night, no running back was chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content including live video from Radio City Music Hall. That... more

It's not often the Jacksonville Jaguars come in first, but that's exactly where they'll be come Friday night. The Jaguars own the opening pick in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and NFL.com's Gil Brandt expects them to take a cornerback at No.... more

Thursday night's first round of the 2013 NFL Draft was ugly for the class of signal-callers, as only one quarterback was deemed worthy of selection. NFL.com's Gil Brandt predicts the floodgates will rush open Friday. Sources told Brandt that three... more

In the end, Tyrann Mathieu didn't stay home on draft night. A hop, skip and a jump from Radio City Music Hall, Mathieu and more than 50 of his closest friends packed the basement of Manhattan's Southern Hospitality restaurant for dinner Thursday... more

The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft didn't exactly go according to plan. Sure, the trio of behemoth offensive tackles went early, but then events grew strange. We were treated Thursday night to a series of twists and turns that left draft analysts... more

That light you see over the horizon? It's from a blazing fire that spits out the ashes of failed mock drafts everywhere. The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft was full of surprises, starting at the quarterback position, where EJ Manuel was off to... more

† † Decatur Police Department Baltimore Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Sunday night in Alabama. On the heels of his Sunday night arrest on disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges, Rolando McClain says police have the... more

Emerging from a haze of draft-day speculation, the Cleveland Browns ultimately stayed home, using the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to select LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo . It's a choice that fills a need for the Browns and gives... more

New players, new uniforms. That's Thursday's theme for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings, as both teams unveiled new threads just hours before the start of the 2013 NFL Draft. At first blush, the Dolphins have gone further in re-imagining their... more

History tells us that when Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff sees something he wants, he goes for it. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Atlanta is targeting a pair of players -- LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo and Notre... more

It's still a well-kept secret, but the Kansas City Chiefs have their man. Coach Andy Reid told NFL Network on Thursday that the Chiefs have reached their decision about who will be selected with the first overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. "We have... more

Just weeks ago, Tavon Austin 's draft floor was seen at No. 16 overall with the Rams, but if St. Louis has eyes for the West Virginia wide receiver, they're in for a fight. NFL.com's Jeff Darlington spoke Thursday with two teams that believe they'll... more

With draft rumors showering the NFL landscape, at least one general manager is providing a little perspective on the matter. St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead told NFL Network that the hours leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft amount to nothing more... more

With hours to go before the 2013 NFL Draft, one general manager told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport we're in the "quiet before the storm." Not in Oakland, where Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has compiled an impressive phone bill as interested parties inquire... more

Rex Ryan insists he has a "plan" for Tavon Austin if the New York Jets pick him up in the 2013 NFL Draft, but if the Buffalo Bills have anything to say about it, Gang Green will spend its days trying to stop the electric West Virginia wideout.... more

With two days to go before the 2013 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles are closing in on a very big decision. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Tuesday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that Philly's front office has whittled down its first-round... more

Whether or not Chris Ivory winds up on the New York Jets (and we have our doubts ), the New Orleans Saints would like nothing more than a bidding war to erupt over their fourth-string running back. Best and Worst Draft Picks Who are the best and... more

With his draft-day fate just two days away, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has a message for his far-flung critics: Just want to thank all those so called "experts" who say I can't be an NFL QB. Thursday will be a special day but the work has... more

In March, the Tennessee Titans were open to shopping wide receiver Nate Washington. One month later, those plans have changed. General manager Ruston Webster told reporters Tuesday that he expects Washington to be on the roster in September and... more

Last year's blockbuster trade with the St. Louis Rams leaves the Washington Redskins on the outside looking in on the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Norris: Seven-round mock draft First-round mocks are fun, but they only tell 1/7 of the story.... more

New owner. New coach. New uniforms. The Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday unveiled the team's new look, a Nike-inspired redesign that team owner Shad Khan described as "awe-inspiring." "There's no reason not to win now," Khan joked. "We can't blame the... more

We're two days away from the 2013 NFL Draft, and general managers around the league are burning up the phone lines. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft, identifying biggest needs, potential fits... more

From where we stand here in April, there's little reason to fret over Matt Ryan re-signing with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons and their franchise quarterback have†paused on negotiations toward a contract extension to focus on this week's 2013 NFL... more

With Darrelle Revis inked to a $16 million-per-year, pay-as-you-play contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL's premier cornerback is gambling that his talents won't melt away on the heels of major knee surgery. Darlington: An inevitable trade... more

With Jay Cutler set to play out his contract this season in Chicago, the Bears loom as a dark-horse candidate to pick up a quarterback in this week's 2013 NFL Draft. CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reported †Monday the Bears will work out N.C.... more

Chris Ivory is back with the New Orleans Saints, but maybe not for long. 2013 NFL Draft: Position rankings With the draft right around the corner, NFL.com ranks the top prospects available at every position on offense and defense. More ... The... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent linebacker James Harrison, but he isn't the only veteran on Cincinnati's radar. Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Friday that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis hopes to... more

James Harrison's courtship with the Cincinnati Bengals is back on. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker. More... NFL.com's Ian Rapoport cited a source to... more

Say what you will about this draft class, but there's plenty to like about the talent on the offensive line. Jeremiah: Top 50 draft prospects How do the best players in the 2013 draft stack up against each other? Daniel Jeremiah presents his... more

Last season was a bona fide disaster for Mark Sanchez. The New York Jets quarterback struggled mightily on the field, losing both his starting job and the confidence of the organization. The presence of Tim Tebow did him no favors, but Sanchez doesn't... more

James Harrison. Mike Wallace. Rashard Mendenhall. Keenan Lewis. Willie Colon. Just some of the names out the door in Pittsburgh, leaving fans to wonder if the Steelers -- on the heels of a disappointing 8-8 season -- are in trouble. Free agency... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Atlanta Falcons . Will the Atlanta Falcons swing a first-round trade? The Atlanta Falcons haven't been afraid to wheel and... more

"Revenge should have no bounds," Shakespeare wrote. A bit harsh, but after last season ended in infamy for every team outside of Baltimore city limits, everyone's looking for justice. With Thursday's release of the NFL regular-season schedule,... more

"Revenge should have no bounds," Shakespeare wrote. A bit harsh, but after last season ended in infamy for every team outside of Baltimore city limits, everyone's looking for justice. With Thursday's release of the NFL regular-season schedule,... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor said last month that he was ready to win the starting job, but his chances are gloomy after the Raiders signed Matt Flynn to a two-year, $11.5 million contract, including $6.5 million in guarantees. 2013... more

The Cleveland Browns march into this month's NFL draft minus the second-round pick they used to grab wide receiver Josh Gordon in last year's supplemental draft. That has led to plenty of speculation that the team is looking to wheel and deal in order to... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew met with reporters Thursday to talk shop ahead of next week's 2013 NFL Draft, and he put some gossip to bed quickly. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL... more

Freelance quarterback coach Steve Clarkson believes his client, Tim Tebow, still can be a starting passer in the NFL -- just not for the New York Jets. After saying this week that Tebow was "purposefully sent to New York" in a sabotage move by the... more

Peyton Manning wants his Denver Broncos to play with an edge -- and more speed. "We can play faster," Manning told Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post . "I think we averaged something like 68 plays per game last season. And I think New England was No. 1 in... more

Clay Matthews will be wedded to the Green Bay Packers for years to come. Take a look at the best photos of Clay Matthews. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport first reported Wednesday that the Packers and the All-Pro outside linebacker have forged a long-term... more

The San Francisco 49ers haven't given up on Charles Woodson. General manager Trent Baalke told reporters Wednesday that the team is "still interested" in the former Green Bay Packers safety, according to Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.... more

Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cooling on a potential trade for Darrelle Revis? Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday the Bucs might ultimately pass on making a move for the All-Pro cornerback if the New York Jets continue to demand three... more

While Manti Te'o grabs headlines, a pair of lesser-discussed linebackers reportedly are shooting up draft boards. Schein: Safest picks in the draft Teams are overlooking two top-10 prospects because of the position they play. Adam Schein believes... more

New San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy inherited Philip Rivers, an aging veteran quarterback coming off back-to-back down seasons. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft, identifying biggest... more

It's mid-April, and Tavon Austin is the belle of the ball. The West Virginia receiver's laundry list of pre-draft visits included a meet-and-greet Wednesday with the Detroit Lions, the team announced . Asked to project himself into Matthew... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Minnesota Vikings. Can Vikings find a replacement for Percy Harvin? The day Percy Harvin was shopped to the Seattle Seahawks... more

Chip Kelly's first voluntary minicamp practice with the Philadelphia Eagles won't tell us everything about how the team will look come September, but every little clue helps. Facing a full house of beat reporters, Kelly immediately was asked Tuesday... more

Tavon Austin 's draft floor widely is assumed to be the St. Louis Rams at No. 16, but his ceiling is anyone's guess. The electric wide receiver out of West Virginia is shooting up draft boards, but history tells us that 5-foot-8, 174-pounders don't... more

As Gregg Rosenthal pointed out Monday , the Kansas City Chiefs might be stuck with offensive tackle Branden Albert. Davis: Mock Draft 4.0 Plenty of questions remain, but Charles Davis takes one last stab at projecting the first round of the 2013... more

Fear not, friends, the NFL schedule will become public knowledge later this week. League spokesman Greg Aiello announced Tuesday that the NFL's 2013 regular-season slate of games will be announced on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. NFL.com and NFL... more

Amid a sea of changes in Florham Park, N.J., the New York Jets are welcoming back a familiar face. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that outside linebacker Calvin Pace is returning to the team with a one-year contract, according to a source... more

Titus Young has issued an apology to fans of the Detroit Lions. Sort of. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft, identifying biggest needs, potential fits and more. More ... The free-agent... more

While the St. Louis Rams continue to build around starting quarterback Sam Bradford, the Rams also are thinking about what's behind him. USA Today's Mike Garafolo reported Monday evening that backup quarterback Kellen Clemens has agreed to return on a... more

As we close in on the 2013 NFL Draft (April 25-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City), our analysts examine each team's biggest needs. Marc Sessler previews the AFC North below, but click here for other divisions. Baltimore Ravens 2013... more

After three rough-and-tumble seasons with the Cleveland Browns, nobody sounds happier to be heading to a winning team than quarterback Colt McCoy. Colin Kaepernick's new backup on the San Francisco 49ers said he could tell the difference between his... more

Few coaches are in a tighter spot than Rex Ryan. Schein: 'Revis or bust' for Bucs Adam Schein says the Bucs simply have to swing a trade with the Jets for Darrelle Revis -- or they risk blowing 2013. More ... Many of his longtime assistants... more

With less than two weeks to go, our talented NFL.com draft analysts simply cannot agree on what will happen with the first two picks of the 2013 NFL Draft. With mocks flooding the atmosphere, we're a long way from one year ago, when every living man,... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, NFL teams are finalizing their boards and coming to consensus about who they covet at the top of the order. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft,... more

James Harrison's search for a new home might be nearing its end. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that a high level of mutual interest exists between the Cincinnati Bengals and the 34-year-old linebacker, according to one source involved in the... more

As the New York Jets continue their efforts to ship cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an unexpected name reportedly has bubbled up in trade talks. Schein: 'Revis or bust' for Bucs Adam Schein says the Bucs simply have to swing a... more

You've likely heard by now that Joe Flacco has been tapped to portray the late Johnny Unitas on celluloid. You've probably also heard that the upcoming film, "Unitas We Stand," has generated mixed reactions from the Unitas clan, with Johnny U's... more

As we edge closer to the 2013 NFL Draft, it's still anyone's guess where this year's crop of quarterback prospects will land. 2013 NFL Draft: Position rankings With the draft right around the corner, NFL.com ranks the top prospects available at every... more

Tyrann Mathieu is attracting plenty of interest in the lead-up to this month's 2013 NFL Draft. The former LSU cornerback is embarking on a 10-stop tour with teams that hope to gain a clear picture of Mathieu's NFL potential and troubled past.... more

With Robert Griffin III on the mend from major knee surgery, the Washington Redskins are down to Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman and the unproven Pat White at quarterback. The little we saw of Cousins last season was promising, but the Re