Marc Sessler

Marc Sessler


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . Cowboys Eagles Giants Redskins » Let's start at safety, where second-rounder Landon... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Vick isn't ready to hang up the cleats just yet. The longtime quarterback is one of a handful of professional athletes working out at "The Chamber," a Florida-based fitness complex owned by former Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers. "He didn't... more

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Steelers Bengals Ravens Browns Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Jeremy Hill owns the starting job after his heady... more

Steelers Bengals Ravens Browns Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Before readers freak out: We have DeAngelo Williams in... more

Steelers Bengals Ravens Browns Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Assuming Dennis Pitta can't return in time, the Ravens... more

Holding court Wednesday morning, Bills coach Rex Ryan was predictably peppered with inquiries about the four-game suspension draped on Tom Brady. Asked by reporters what it means for Buffalo to potentially face a Patriots squad stripped of their... more

It's the middle of May, when every skill player on all 32 rosters is crowed about as the second coming of a young Frank Gifford. Still, it's intriguing to hear about the pairing of Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick and pass-catching runner Reggie... more

The Ravens want to see more out of a pair of high draft picks from 2013. Both first-round safety Matt Elam and second-round linebacker Arthur Brown face critical offseasons in Baltimore, something general manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged on a... more

While we still expect Matt Cassel to open the season as Buffalo's starting quarterback, it was third-year passer EJ Manuel who went out of his way this week to gush over a "sweet" Bills offense. "I just think the dynamics that we have and the... more

It's no secret that the Cowboys hope first-round pick Byron Jones can emerge as an immediate starter in the secondary. According to safety Barry Church, the former UConn cornerback is off to a good start. "Aw, he's a freak athlete. He has... more

The Atlanta Falcons have Tevin Coleman under contract. The third-round running back signed his rookie contract on Tuesday, according to the team's official website. Drawing comparisons to a young Darren McFadden, Coleman figures to play a major... more

The San Francisco 49ers are still waiting to hear from Justin Smith about whether or not he plans to play in 2015. That decision could be coming soon. Team general manager Trent Baalke told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that he plans to meet with... more

The Lions have added another body to the passing game. Detroit on Tuesday agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran wideout Lance Moore, according to the team's official website. While the Lions have a rock-solid starting duo in Calvin... more

Robert Griffin III knows his future in Washington boils down to how he handles life under center come September. "I'm not worried about next year," Griffin told reporters Monday, per CSN Washington. "I'm worried about this year." The Redskins... more

Dante Fowler's season is over before it began. In a crushing turn of events for the Jaguars, the team's first-round pass rusher has been lost for the year with the torn left ACL he suffered during Jacksonville's first rookie minicamp session on... more

The Cowboys landed a big fish in rookie lineman La'el Collins on Thursday, but Dallas might not be done generating headlines on offense. Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Friday that he would consider trading away the team's... more

Dante Fowler's NFL journey with the Jaguars is off to a rough start. The first-round pick was carted off the field Friday during Jacksonville's first rookie minicamp after tumbling to the ground during 11-on-11 drills, per multiple reports. The No. 3... more

It's Josh McCown's job to lose in Cleveland. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Friday that the veteran quarterback will serve as the team's No. 1 passer throughout offseason workouts, minicamp and likely into training camp, per Mary Kay Cabot... more

Josh Brent is calling it quits. The Dallas Cowboys announced that the sixth-year defensive tackle was moved to the squad's reserve/retired list  Friday, per the team's official website. Brent also announced his retirement via his agent, per CBS Sports .... more

Terrelle Pryor is back on field. The Bengals announced Friday that the former Raiders quarterback and Ohio State star was one of eight tryout players invited to Cincinnati's weekend minicamp. Pryor was released by the Chiefs on Tuesday less than four... more

The Houston Texans announced Friday that all seven of their draft picks are under contract . That includes first-round selection Kevin Johnson, the cornerback out of Wake Forest who landed in Houston with the 16th overall pick. Drawing comparisons to... more

Cowboys offensive lineman La'el Collins promised Thursday that Dallas would boast the finest front five in the NFL next season, but will the rookie's presence send one of those war daddies to the trade block? "No,"  Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said... more

Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan showed plenty of confidence in bypassing pass rusher Leonard Williams in the draft in favor of offensive lineman Brandon Scherff. That confidence also extends to the future of quarterback Robert Griffin III.... more

The Miami Dolphins are about to make it official with their new receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that DeVante Parker, the 14th overall pick of the draft, has agreed to a four-year deal with the team worth $10.9 million with a... more

After quarterback Joe Flacco was robbed Wednesday night on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2015 , the Ravens on Thursday tried to make it up to him. The team has agreed to terms with second-round tight end Maxx Williams out of the University of... more

The first-round signings have begun to pour in. The Minnesota Vikings announced on Thursday the team inked a deal with first-round cornerback Trae Waynes out of Michigan State. Second-round pick Eric Kendricks also agreed to terms with the Vikings,... more

The Green Bay Packers have put a ring on the finger of quarterback Brett Hundley. The team on Thursday signed their fifth-round pick out of UCLA, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The Milwaukee Journal Setinal first reported the news.... more

After hitting on Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery and Michael Floyd as "Making the Leap" candidates two seasons ago, we whiffed on Justin Hunter. Hauling in just 28 catches for 498 yards in his second campaign, Hunter struggled to emerge as a playmaker... more

Everyone wants to ask Ray Farmer about the quarterbacks. That's exactly what happened on Wednesday, when the Browns general manager told NFL Network's NFL Total Access how Josh McCown won the team over in free agency. "I think it's the experience... more

On a day filled with distractions for the New England Patriots, the team continues to focus on football. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that free-agent linebacker Brandon Spikes is in town for a visit, per a source informed of his... more

Emmitt Smith believes the Cowboys will be just fine in the backfield. Free-agent runner Chris Johnson says there's still a missing piece. "I'd fit good in Dallas," Johnson said this week when asked if the Cowboys would serve as a solid landing spot,... more

Terrelle Pryor is starting over -- again. The Chiefs announced on Tuesday that they have released the fifth-year quarterback less than four months after signing with Kansas City. Pryor is no guarantee to find another job. Completing just 56.3 percent... more

According to Mike Evans, the Buccaneers have drafted well. Tampa's second-year wideout said Tuesday that he always preferred Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota under center. "He can sit in the pocket and deliver the ball," Evans said of Winston, per... more

Carson Palmer is back on the field for the Arizona Cardinals. The veteran quarterback joined his teammates on Monday for Phase 2 of Arizona's offseason conditioning program. Kyle Odegard of the team's official website noted that Palmer ran the offense... more

The Cleveland Browns didn't include a single quarterback among their 12-player haul from the 2015 NFL Draft, but coach Mike Pettine isn't sweating it. "I don't think we can emphasize it enough that we're going to build a football team," Pettine said... more

This year's NFL draft put hordes of veterans on blast, but Redskins coach Jay Gruden says running back Alfred Morris isn't about to lose his job to third-round pick Matt Jones out of Florida. "Alfred won't be affected," Gruden said, per more

The drafting of Northern Iowa running back David Johnson isn't likely to reduce Andre Ellington's opportunities with the Arizona Cardinals. At least not according to coach Bruce Arians, who told reporters, per "I think Andre will continue his... more

After a week that saw Bruce Irvin's name reportedly bubble up as trade bait , the Seahawks pass rusher has a home in Seattle for years to come, according to coach Pete Carroll -- even if the team doesn't plan to exercise the defender's fifth-year option... more

Steelers fans can expect to see less of James Harrison next season. The Pittsburgh pass rusher, set to turn 37 on Monday, is penciled in for a reduced role, according to linebackers coach Joey Porter. "He knows where he is," Porter said Saturday, per... more

Brett Hundley wasn't thrilled about tumbling into the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The former UCLA quarterback, though, sees his new home with the Green Bay Packers as a positive. "It's a blessing in disguise," Hundley said, per Ryan Wood of... more

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was forced to wait seven rounds to land with an NFL team, but the former Oregon cornerback finally found a home with the Cleveland Browns. After finishing first-team All Pac-12 over the past two seasons, Ekpre-Olomu was seen as a... more

The Glacier has melted in The Big Apple. The New York Jets landed on our list of draft winners after new general manager Mike Maccagnan pulled off a fruitful haul that addressed team needs and added value to a roster he's rebuilt since the departure of... more

Had Philadelphia swung a deal with the Titans on Thursday night, more than a few Eagles veterans were expected to be shipped to Tennessee in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick. That trade never went down, but at least one Eagles starter remains on the... more

The Green Bay Packers have a new quarterback. The team on Saturday swung a deal with the Patriots to move up 19 spots from No. 166 to No. 147 overall to select UCLA's Brett Hundley. To make the deal, the Packers also shipped their seventh-rounder (No.... more

Dallas has used two of their first three draft picks to focus on defense , but their most encouraging development involves a much-needed veteran. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Saturday that linebacker Sean Lee "looks fantastic,"... more

The Browns added a weapon to their backfield Friday in the form of Miami's Duke Johnson. With 4.54 speed and the ability to catch passes in space, the 5-foot-9, 207-pound Johnson drew comparisons from NFL Media's LaDainian Tomlinson to Cincinnati's... more

The Baltimore Ravens found their new wide receiver on Thursday night in Breshad Perriman. The Central Florida pass-catcher arrives with one snag, however: A reputation for not catching passes. "It's something I have a chip on my shoulder about,"... more

As expected, the New Orleans Saints added a young quarterback through the draft on Friday. Afterward, coach Sean Payton made it clear that Colorado State's Garrett Grayson was the only passer the team had eyes for. "This was the one," Payton said,... more

Jerry Jones believes the Dallas Cowboys can make something special out of Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory. The team's owner and general manager spoke with confidence on Friday after selecting perhaps the draft's finest quarterback chaser with the No.... more

After hitting it big with Kelvin Benjamin in last year's draft, the Panthers on Friday added another young wide receiver. In the second trade of the second round, Carolina engineered a swap with St. Louis to move up from No. 57 overall to the 41st slot,... more

The second round of the 2015 NFL Draft kicked off with a trade. The Giants on Friday swung a deal with the Titans to move up seven spots from No. 40 to No. 33 overall, where they selected Alabama safety Landon Collins. In return, Tennessee received... more

The arrival of Phillip Dorsett has already cost one man his job in Indianapolis. The Colts on Friday announced that Josh Cribbs has been released , paving the way for Dorsett, the speedy wideout from Miami, to take over return duties come September.... more

LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins has a plan in place if he's not drafted by a team on Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Collins and his camp have determined that if he's not selected in the second or third round, he will refuse to... more

The future of Philip Rivers is up in the air, but San Diego's quarterback sounds open to playing for the Bolts beyond 2015. "A lot of moving parts and lots to think about," Rivers said Friday, per U-T San Diego. "Location, family, team. ... All I can... more

The Titans and Buccaneers are still fielding calls from teams interested in a trade. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday that both clubs have heard from squads trying to acquire Tennessee's 33rd overall pick and Tampa Bay's selection at No. 34.... more

The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, but plenty of talented players remain up for grabs. With the second round just hours away, who might be willing to trade up for the player they covet? Here's our take: Cowboys Dallas turned its... more


We get it: The Colts are angling to destroy teams through the air come September. Despite other needs on the roster, Indianapolis on Thursday grabbed intriguing wideout Phillip Dorsett out of Miami with the 29th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.... more

The Steelers made it crystal clear before the draft that outside linebacker was a primary need heading into the 2015 NFL Draft. Pittsburgh found their man on Thursday with the No. 22 overall selection, adding Kentucky's Bud Dupree to a position group... more

The first trade of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books. The Chargers on Thursday night swung a deal with the 49ers to move up two spots from No. 17 to No. 15 overall, where they grabbed tantalizing Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. In return, San... more

After all the white noise about the Browns mortgaging their future to swing a deal for the No. 2 overall pick, Cleveland stayed home at No. 12 to add a big-bodied terror to their defensive line. The team snagged Washington's Danny Shelton, giving coach... more

The Atlanta Falcons made no secret about their desire to land a difference-making pass rusher with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mission accomplished. The team on Thursday nabbed Clemson's Vic Beasley, giving new coach Dan Quinn... more

The Jaguars used the third overall pick in last year's draft to find their quarterback of the future in Blake Bortles. On Thursday night, Jacksonville spent No. 3 overall on a defensive terror in Florida's Dante Fowler Jr. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound... more

The San Francisco 49ers have added a body to their depleted cast of linebackers. The team on Thursday signed linebacker Philip Wheeler to a one-year deal. The move does little more than add depth to a unit that saw both Patrick Willis and Chris... more

How much do the Titans want for the No. 2 overall pick? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Tennessee's asking price is steep enough to make teams believe that the Titans "just want to take (Oregon quarterback) Marcus Mariota and be... more

Despite whispers of the Browns angling to trade up for Tennessee's No. 2 overall pick in the draft, Cleveland team brass insists that no formal discussions have taken place. Browns general manager Ray Farmer told NFL Media's Andrea Kremer that after... more

Is Martellus Bennett on his way out of Chicago? The Bears have placed the veteran tight end on the trading block, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, citing sources informed of the team's thinking. If another club swings a deal for... more

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis insisted last month that Drew Brees won't be traded, but don't rule out New Orleans drafting another signal-caller. "You're always looking to get a young quarterback in the program," Loomis told reporters Wednesday... more

Jace Amaro is angling to break out of Rex Ryan's doghouse. The young Jets tight end agitated Ryan after suggesting that last year's Gang Green squad lacked accountability , a charge that prompted Rex -- now coaching the Bills -- to call Amaro "full of... more

The Cleveland Browns have no need to draft a running back during this week's NFL Draft. At least not according to Isaiah Crowell, the team's second-year runner who believes that he and Terrance West give the club all they need on the ground. Crowell... more

Joe Thomas sees a transformation in quarterback Johnny Manziel. In an exclusive interview with NFL Media's Andrea Kremer, Cleveland's Pro Bowl left tackle heaped praise on Johnny after saying earlier this month that the Browns passer "lost probably a... more

Peyton Manning is gearing up for more than a season-long waltz into the sunset. The Denver Broncos quarterback met with reporters on Tuesday to say of his upcoming age 39 campaign: "I don't see it as a farewell tour." "I'm not interested in answering... more

Dion Jordan's NFL career has taken another turn for the worse. The Miami Dolphins announced that the pass rusher is suspended by the NFL for the 2015 season following another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.  After Jordan's latest... more

Cincinnati has locked down a pair of former first-round picks through 2016. The Bengals announced Tuesday that the team exercised their fifth-year options on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler. The No. 17 overall pick from... more

While it's anyone's guess how the first round of this year's draft will play out, Pittsburgh enters the process with a handful of clear needs on defense. The Steelers must find help at cornerback and certainly could use another pass rusher after Jason... more

Quarterbacks Wide Receivers Tight Ends Offensive Linemen Last year's class of rookie receivers feels destined to go down as one of the greatest of our time. Not so with the tight ends. After months of hype over Eric Ebron, Austin... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have fallen out of love with running back Chris Polk. Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly reported Friday that the team has rescinded their low tender on the restricted free agent, leaving Polk free to sign with anyone.  Polk stayed... more

Mike Tannenbaum has made a big first impression with the Dolphins since they made him their executive vice president of football operations in January. After Tannenbaum helped sign Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Cameron -- and trade away the ornery Mike... more

Coming off a promising season in San Diego, Chargers running back Branden Oliver is looking for more come September. "I want to break more tackles. I would also like to be a little more explosive," Oliver said on the heels of a campaign that saw him... more

Despite losing the NFL's leading rusher in DeMarco Murray, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo sees only glory ahead in Big D. After winning the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this month, Romo made a promise to fans during his acceptance... more

The New York Jets continue to show faith in hot-and-cold pass rusher Quinton Coples. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported on Thursday that the team picked up the fifth-year option  for 2016 on the outside linebacker they snagged with the 16th overall pick... more

Browns general manager Ray Farmer on Thursday shot down at least one of the flurry of rumors surrounding Cleveland's up-and-down offseason. Asked to respond to gossip that the team tried to trade passer Johnny Manziel to the Philadelphia Eagles, Farmer... more

The overhaul at wide receiver rages on in Miami. The team announced Thursday that Greg Jennings signed a two-year contract. The deal is worth $8 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. The former Packers and Vikings pass-catcher... more

The Jaguars and Cowboys went out of their way this week to shoot down rumors of trading for Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. That still leaves the Cardinals as a logical suitor to make a push for the Vikings running back, something All-Pro wideout Larry... more

Unpacking the 2015 NFL schedule , we listed the Indianapolis Colts among the handful of teams who were treated kindly  by the schedule-makers. After all, they play in the humdrum AFC South while three of their most rugged opponents -- the Patriots,... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't interested in trading for Adrian Peterson. At least not according to coach Gus Bradley, who on Tuesday swatted down a report from the St. Paul Pioneer-Press that listed the Jags as one of six teams interested in swinging... more

Bottom line: No schedule looks easy to an NFL head coach. From where we sit in April, though, it's fair to wonder if some clubs made out better than others. After all, a handful of teams were given byes in the middle of the season or handed a rash of... more

Browns coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday laughed off the idea that Cleveland is ready to dump Johnny Manziel. Asked about a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen stating that the team has "90 percent moved on" from the second-year quarterback, Pettine told... more

Larry Fitzgerald posted uncharacteristically low numbers last season, producing the fewest catches since his rookie campaign in 2004. Turning 32 this summer, the Arizona Cardinals wideout says age had nothing to do with those results. "I can still... more

The Buffalo Bills don't have a legitimate signal-caller. We know it. You know it. General manager Doug Whaley knows it. "The way we looked at is, we don't have a proven franchise quarterback . That's obvious," Whaley said Monday, per's Mike... more

Marcedes Lewis has been part of the Jaguars since 2006. That isn't about to change. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the veteran tight end agreed to restructure the final year of his contract, per a source informed of the situation.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have landed a new center. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the team is signing former Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, according to a source involved with the negotiations. ... more

Rex Ryan has his groove back. The new coach of the Buffalo Bills came out firing on Saturday in a lively interview with NFL Media's Kimberly Jones. Jets tight end Jace Amaro took the worst of it. After telling The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas this week... more

Now happily tucked away in Buffalo with the Bills, Rex Ryan isn't holding back on his time with the New York Jets. Echoing what he shared with The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas this week, Ryan on Saturday told NFL Media's Kimberly Jones that he could feel his... more

Antonio Gates would like to clear something up. The San Diego Chargers tight end took heat this week after suggesting that he would like to dial back his snaps in 2015. On Friday, Gates went out of his way to clarify that he wasn't complaining about a... more

Coming off a deeply disappointing season both on and off the field, San Francisco 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith is "hungry" to bounce back in 2015. That's the word general manager Trent Baalke used to describe the mind-set of the star outside linebacker... more

After seeing a fleet of inside linebackers waltz out the door, the San Francisco 49ers are aiming to lock down one of their remaining defenders for the long haul. General manager Trent Baalke told reporters on Friday that the team is negotiating a... more

Gary Kubiak likes what he sees so far from the Denver Broncos. Especially on offense, where the newly hired coach conducted classroom sessions this week to begin mixing elements of his boot-heavy, play-action attack with last year's playbook. So far, so... more

Jamaal Charles plans to agitate opposing defenses deep into the future. The four-time Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl running back said this week that he hopes to play six more seasons before calling it quits at age 35 -- and that's not all. "I want to be... more

Andre Johnson insists that his relocation to Indianapolis had nothing to do with gaining revenge on his old team, the Houston Texans. "(Leaving the Texans) hasn't even really set in yet," Johnson told the Houston Chronicle. "I was just talking about... more

Brought to Tampa to replace Darrelle Revis last season, Alterraun Verner was expected to slip right in for the Bucs as a physical, ball-hawking cornerback in Lovie Smith's defense. That's not how it played out. After generating an average of five... more

NFL fans are one step closer to knowing whom their favorite teams will play from Week 1 through Week 17. League spokesman Brian McCarthy tweeted Friday that the 2015 NFL schedule will be released some time next week . No day was given, but last year's... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement on Friday to address his offseason stint in a treatment facility. "I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your... more

C.J. Spiller spent part of this week cleaning out his old locker at Orchard Park. Now a member of the New Orleans Saints, the sixth-year running back remains fond of the team that drafted him, telling Tim Graham of The Buffalo News: "I'll always be a... more

If you're Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon, the writing is on the wall. The third-year passer knows that Tampa Bay is just two weeks away from making either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota the team's signal-caller of tomorrow. Barring the draft being... more

Coach Rex Ryan said last month that he would be tickled to see his Buffalo Bills run the ball "50 times" a game, a preference likely to propel LeSean McCoy to 300-plus carries for the third year in a row. So where does that leave longtime Bills runner... more

Buffalo's 111 sacks over the past two seasons lead the NFL while posing the question: Can the Bills grow even fiercer under Rex Ryan? Busy installing his multiple-look front seven, the newly hired coach has handed control of Buffalo's defensive line to... more

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo was never the same last season after injuring his shoulder on the second play of the year against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After wearing a constricting harness that left him using one arm against an... more

The Patriots, Broncos and Colts all sit comfortably atop their respective divisions, but the AFC North remains up for grabs. After producing a trio of playoff teams last season, the AFC's black-and-blue division has enough talent to repeat the trick in... more

Matt Cassel hasn't been part of a playoff team since he guided Todd Haley's Chiefs to a 10-6 record in 2010. Now embedded as a stopgap veteran passer with the Bills, Cassel says this year's Buffalo squad has more to offer than that Kansas City club from... more

The NFL broke new ground this week by making Sarah Thomas the first full-time female official in league history. Could a female coach be next? Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sees it as a true possibility. "Someone asked me yesterday, 'When are... more

The Denver Broncos have added another tight end to coach Gary Kubiak's new offense. The team on Saturday announced that James Casey has agreed to terms on a one-year deal. Terms of the contract were not announced. Casey arrives as a solid blocker... more

One reason we expect the Falcons to improve on last year's measly six-win total: Kyle Shanahan. After milking impressive production out of a milquetoast roster in Cleveland, Atlanta's new offensive coordinator now inherits a bona fide franchise passer... more

While plenty are predicting doom for the 49ers, veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin believes the team will improve on last year's 8-8 record under new coach Jim Tomsula. "For us, we just have to move forward," Boldin said this week on SiriusXM NFL... more

The Miami Dolphins plan to keep Mike Pouncey in South Beach deep into the future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Friday that the Pro Bowl center and the 'Fins have agreed on a big-money, multiyear extension, according to a source informed... more

With Darrelle Revis back home in New York, the Patriots move forward minus one of the greatest cover men in the game today. According to defensive end Chandler Jones, though, New England already has a contingency plan in place come September. "We're... more

Will Allen is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran safety has re-signed with the team, per a Monday press release, adding much-needed depth to the backend of coach Mike Tomlin's defense. ESPN first had the news on Friday. Pittsburgh's need... more

In an offseason full of changes for the San Francisco 49ers, the most critical X-factor remains the development of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Tight end Vernon Davis says that project is off to a good start. "You guys are in for a treat," Davis told... more

Do the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still believe in running back Doug Martin? Coach Lovie Smith told a gathering of team suite holders on Thursday that "we haven't seen the true Doug Martin yet," per Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune. Smith went on to... more

Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett took to the airwaves on Thursday to shoot down whispers that he's seeking a trade out of Seattle. After defusing that controversy, though, he created another with his comments on new Seahawks tight end Jimmy... more

We have our first peek at the 2015 NFL season. The league announced its preseason matchups Thursday. The full schedule can be seen here , but it's not too early to take a closer look at some of the juicier tilts on the slate. Here are nine games that... more

The Cleveland Browns have tapped the open market to fill another need on their patchwork offense. Free-agent tight end Rob Housler and the Browns have reached a one-year deal, the team announced on Thursday. The contract is worth $1.76 million,... more

T.J. Ward can speak from experience about Cleveland's eternal search for a functional quarterback. Denver's Pro Bowl safety played four seasons with the Browns before joining forces with Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but he still talks with his old... more

Not all is calm in the Motor City. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo plans to hold out of offseason activities in an attempt to wrangle a new contract, per a source informed of his thinking. While... more

With Adrian Peterson's reinstatement meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell in the rear-view mirror , what's next for the All-Pro Vikings running back? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL Total Access  on Tuesday that Peterson is "highly unlikely"... more

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is angling to steal a player away from his old employer, the Green Bay Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Packers restricted free-agent safety Sean Richardson has signed an offer... more

The San Diego Chargers aren't giving up on Melvin Ingram. The team on Tuesday exercised their fifth-year option for 2016 on the outside linebacker they snagged with the 18th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, a source informed of the move told NFL... more

LeGarrette Blount will begin next season on the bench. A league spokesperson informed NFL Media on Tuesday that the New England Patriots running back has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL... more

It didn't take long for Jets tight end Jace Amaro to notice the shift in tone around Florham Park. New coach Todd Bowles opened the team's voluntary workouts this week preaching accountability, something Amaro described as lacking in a Jets team that... more

Derek Carr is ready for the Raiders to move faster. Oakland's second-year quarterback told reporters Monday that he can't wait to dig his claws into the up-tempo attack of new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who -- after spending last season with... more

Just like last year, the NFC North goes through Green Bay. The Packers laughed off free agency, saving their money for their own biggest target : Randall Cobb. That move alone should guarantee that Green Bay's offense picks up where it left off in... more

Michael Crabtree's stock has plummeted on the open market, but the free-agent wide receiver has attracted some new interest. The former 49ers pass-catcher visited the cross-bay Oakland Raiders on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported . It's... more

Michael Strahan is ready to crown Odell Beckham Jr. The Hall of Fame pass rusher and former Giants star tabbed Big Blue's dynamic wideout as the "greatest athlete on earth right now" in a question-and-answer session with more

The Indianapolis Colts front-loaded their wideout room with the signing of Andre Johnson, but inside the building, coaches are hoping for a breakout campaign from second-year target Donte Moncrief. "Moncrief has big-play ability and we saw him do that,"... more

The St. Louis Rams continue to show remarkable faith in wide receiver Kenny Britt. After signing the veteran to a two-year deal worth $9.15 million, coach Jeff Fisher recently talked about Britt playing an expanded role on offense in 2015. "I can... more

Former Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork acknowledged this week that his decision to sign with the Houston Texans had plenty to do with J.J. Watt. "My goal is to let J.J. be J.J.," Wilfork told the team's official website. "I'm pretty sure the... more

The Baltimore Ravens watched Torrey Smith walk out the door in free agency, but the team's owner isn't worried about what's left at the position. "We absolutely need a tight end. We do not absolutely need a wide receiver ," Steve Bisciotti said this... more

In an offseason that has seen both the Patriots and Jets slap each other with tampering charges, the Detroit Lions are playing nice with the Baltimore Ravens. After Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Wednesday issued a stream of freewheeling comments... more

FIVE TEAMS NOT RETURNING TO PLAYOFFS FIVE NEW TEAMS GOING TO PLAYOFFS Around The NFL scribe Conor Orr went out on a limb this week to predict five new teams that will earn playoff berths in 2015. Orr's crystal ball has the Saints, Bills,... more

The Dallas Cowboys have reached across the Atlantic for their next big find. The team has signed British player Efe Obada to a contract after the defensive end appeared in just five games in 2014 for the London Warriors of the British American... more

Trade winds continue to blow during a swap-heavy offseason in the NFL. The Ravens and Broncos have worked out a deal to send Baltimore center Gino Gradkowski to Denver. The Broncos announced that the blocker was acquired for "2016 draft pick... more

The Baltimore Ravens believe the addition of Matt Schaub gives them a bona fide insurance policy behind starter Joe Flacco. "The bottom line is Matt is a very good fit for the Ravens," coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Wednesday, one day after the... more

The Saints have orchestrated a pair of roster moves on an otherwise quiet morning in the NFL. The team on Wednesday signed veteran right guard Jahri Evans to a one-year extension and inked free-agent cornerback Kyle Wilson to a one-year pact. Evans... more

While Lions play-caller Joe Lombardi remains knee deep in Detroit's game tape from a season ago, one theme has already emerged from his studies: It's time for more big plays from Matthew Stafford. "Our biggest thing is, in order to win football games,... more


Not one of Dwayne Bowe's 60 catches in Kansas City last season went for a touchdown, but the veteran wideout says that will change with the Cleveland Browns. "I have a chance to revitalize myself," Bowe told's Jeremy Fowler on Tuesday. "Just... more

The Oakland Raiders continue to shed bodies from last year's ghastly free-agency haul. The Raiders announced Tuesday that veteran defensive lineman Antonio Smith has been released. Smith spent 2009-13 in Houston and the Texans are in discussions about a... more

Sitting just $2.8 million under the cap, the Kansas City Chiefs still have plenty of money to move around if they plan to sign their draft class. Parting ways with Derrick Johnson , though, isn't in the cards. Team chairman Clark Hunt made it clear that... more

After padding their wide receiver room on Friday with Jarrett Boykin, the Panthers have gone on to add help along their offensive line. One day after he was released by the 49ers, tackle Jonathan Martin has been claimed off waivers by Carolina, the... more

The Carolina Panthers continue to mine the open market for help at wide receiver. The team signed free-agent target Jarrett Boykin to a one-year contract Friday. "It means a lot being from the area and having the opportunity to come back and get a... more

This month's trade for Nick Foles hasn't steered the St. Louis Rams away from wanting to add a quarterback through the draft. "It's our intention to draft one,"  Jeff Fisher said this week at the NFL Annual Meeting, per Jim Thomas of the St. Louis... more

The Oakland Raiders saw enough of Matt Schaub last season to know that the aging quarterback wasn't worth the $5.5 million he was scheduled to make in 2015. Could another team come calling? "Schaub is certainly somebody that we could (add) ," Falcons... more

Shane Vereen turned heads this month when he tabbed his signing with the New York Giants as "a step up" after four seasons in New England. Vereen also went out of his way to praise Bill Belichick and the Patriots, but talked about his move to Gotham as... more

With the Buccaneers in the driver's seat to nab Florida State's Jameis Winston with the top overall pick in the draft, is quarterback Mike Glennon on the way out of town? Coach Lovie Smith confirmed during Wednesday's NFC coaches breakfast that clubs... more

Sean Payton was a fountain of information during Wednesday's NFC coaches breakfast. The New Orleans Saints coach shot down the Drew Brees trade gossip, talked up his young skill players on offense and dished on the signing of running back C.J.... more

PHOENIX -- Bringing pro football back to Los Angeles remains a high priority for the NFL, but the league isn't willing to rush that process unnecessarily. Speaking Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting, Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that... more

PHOENIX -- Jim Tomsula at last month's combine was hellbent on bringing Frank Gore back to San Francisco. Instead, the 49ers wound up with Reggie Bush, a completely different type of runner in the backfield, but an athlete the coach gushed over during... more

PHOENIX -- If the Arizona Cardinals plan to make a play for the finest running back on Planet Earth, coach Bruce Arians isn't spilling the beans. Asked Wednesday about the chances of trading for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Arians deep-sixed... more

PHOENIX -- It's time to bury those Drew Brees trade rumors deep below the earth. It's not happening, according to New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who called the recent chatter about shopping the veteran quarterback nothing more than hot air.... more

PHOENIX -- It was just last evening that I was enjoying a local brew here at the Biltmore Hotel with fellow Around The NFL writer Conor Orr. Into the room marched Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, sitting down at a nearby table with team general manager... more

Redskins coach Jay Gruden went out on a limb last month to anoint Robert Griffin III as his starter heading into next season, but could all of that change? Washington's newly appointed general manager, Scot McCloughan, said Tuesday at the NFL Annual... more

PHOENIX -- The National Football League plans to celebrate Super Bowl 50 all season long. The league on Tuesday unveiled its plans for "On The Fifty," a campaign designed to link the past 49 Super Bowls with next year's benchmark title... more

PHOENIX -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is understandably tired of all the Andy Dalton questions. Saddled with what we view as a middle-of-the-pack quarterback, Cincinnati has been one-and-done in four straight playoff appearances with Dalton at the helm.... more

PHOENIX -- Peyton Manning needed more than a few weeks to decide if he wanted to play next season, but Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak believes his quarterback will arrive determined as ever for training camp. Asked Tuesday if he was concerned about... more

The Cleveland Browns aren't the only NFL squad being considered for this summer's installment of Hard Knocks . Texans owner Bob McNair said Monday that his team is also a candidate for the HBO series, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.... more

PHOENIX -- Asked Monday if his New York Jets have closed the gap on the New England Patriots following this month's expensive foray into free agency, Gang Green owner Woody Johnson gave the most honest answer he could. "I don't know." Even after... more

PHOENIX -- The Raiders remain one of three clear candidates for a move to Los Angeles, but team owner Mark Davis on Monday wouldn't say much about a potential relocation. When Around The NFL asked Davis if he could see the Silver and Black staying in... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The NFL's first-ever Veteran Combine has left a bitter taste in the mouth of Michael Bush. The free-agent running back was initially optimistic after Sunday's workout in front of close to 100 league scouts and general managers. Thirty... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Michael Sam isn't ready to watch his NFL dream fade away just yet. No player generated more attention from the media at Sunday's first-ever Veteran Combine. It remains to be seen whether NFL scouts feel the same way, though, after the... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Before hundreds of eyes inside a hushed desert-bound practice bubble, Ben Gottschalk -- a decidedly large man -- rumbled through his version of a 40-yard dash. The 6-foot-5, 293-pound offensive lineman was the first of 150 hopefuls to... more

It didn't take long for Bernard Pierce to find a new home. The former Ravens running back was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, one day after being released by Baltimore, per the league's official transactions list. Pierce, 24, was... more

Whether or not Adrian Peterson wears purple and gold come September, the Minnesota Vikings are making moves to rework their longstanding run-first offense into an attack that scatter teams through the air. Last week's trade with Miami for Mike Wallace... more

Frank Gore sent a shockwave through the Eagles complex last week when he left Philadelphia at the altar for the Indianapolis Colts. The former 49ers running back acknowledged that he was minutes away from joining Chip Kelly's squad before making one... more

The NFL Competition Committee held a conference call on Wednesday to go over possible rule change proposals that will be discussed at the NFL Annual Meeting, which starts Sunday in Phoenix. Twenty-three rule changes and four bylaw changes were proposed.... more

It's far too early in the offseason to start crowning teams -- or digging their graves. Still, we can use the evidence we have so far to pinpoint a handful of NFL quarterbacks in better position to succeed in 2015. Dan Hanzus did exactly that on Monday,... more

When the New Orleans Saints traded for Dannell Ellerbe, the plan all along was to reduce the linebacker's weighty contract. That's exactly what they've done with the former Miami Dolphins defender. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that... more

One week into free agency and the vast majority of household names are off the board. We've steadily shifted into the open market's second phase, where teams will look to plug roster holes with more affordable talent. What can't be fixed now will be... more

Tim Tebow isn't the only from-the-wilderness quarterback staging a tryout with an NFL team. Josh Freeman recently worked out with the New York Jets, according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, who was told that the quarterback performed well. Per... more

The Arizona Cardinals have been name-dropped as a logical landing spot if the Minnesota Vikings choose to move on from Adrian Peterson. While a move to the desert hasn't been ruled out, the money involved makes swapping the All-Pro running back a "major... more

Bears general manager Ryan Pace said last week that Chicago is "moving forward" with Jay Cutler under center, an announcement that certainly pleased offensive lineman Matt Slauson. "I have every confidence in (Cutler) -- his ability, his intelligence,"... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport revealed that last week's stunning Seahawks trade for tight end Jimmy Graham began with a spark: Saints coach Sean Payton's fascination with Seattle center Max Unger. Unger was Payton's original target in the swap, but... more

Whether or not it happens in Minnesota, Adrian Peterson is determined to make a point when he finally returns to the field. After working out with the star running back in Houston, Vikings teammate Tom Johnson emphasized Sunday that Peterson is in top... more

Last week's epic start to free agency thrust all 32 NFL teams into makeover mode. The most striking series of transformations came in the backfield, where a rash of clubs were quick to remake their stable of runners. Chris Wesseling did an outstanding... more

After watching Justin Durant and Bruce Carter depart through free agency, the Dallas Cowboys have tapped the open market for a linebacker of their own. The agent for Andrew Gachkar tweeted Sunday that the former Chargers defender has joined forces with... more

The Atlanta Falcons desperately need pass rushers, a problem they addressed during a busy Thursday in the NFL. The team announced that they have agreed to terms with free-agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn, 26, ranked 77th on our list of... more

The wheeling and dealing rages on in Philadelphia. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Eagles are working behind the scenes to trade two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis. Mathis and the Eagles have been here before after coach Chip Kelly... more

While Philadelphia retools its secondary, one former Eagles defensive back has found a new home. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that safety Nate Allen has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders. The team later confirmed the deal.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars made Red Bryant one of their big-name free-agent additions last offseason. One year later, he is gone. The big-bodied defensive end has been released after starting all 16 games in 2014, per the team's official website.... more

The Buffalo Bills aren't finished adding competition under center. Coach Rex Ryan told a Toronto radio station on Thursday that the team has struck a deal with former Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor, per Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. The team later... more

The Miami Dolphins never made a second attempt at wooing Jim Harbaugh to South Beach. Team owner Stephen Ross went out of his way to confirm as much during Wednesday's introduction of Dolphins free-agent prize Ndamukong Suh. "Forget what the press... more

The New York Giants have furnished Tom Coughlin with an added dose of job security. The team on Wednesday announced a one-year contract extension for their longtime coach, locking down Coughlin through the 2016 season. The announcement confirms what... more

After a flurry of trades, cuts and signings, DeMarco Murray remains the biggest of names left on the open market. So where will he land? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the former Dallas Cowboys running back is receiving interest... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are waving farewell to Dashon Goldson. The team is preparing to release the veteran safety as soon as they complete a deal for free-agent backstop Chris Conte, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. The transaction is hardly... more

The Philadelphia Eagles had Sam Bradford on the mind for much longer than anyone realized. Asked Wednesday if he was surprised about the swap that sent Nick Foles to the Rams in exchange for his services, the quarterback broke a little news. "This had... more

The Falcons aren't finished hunting for free-agent help at wideout. Former Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson tweeted Wednesday that he has worked out a contract with Atlanta's front office: #RiseUp #DirtyBirds #DoneDeal â?? Leonard Hankerson... more

The Vikings have unearthed a new backup passer. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Shaun Hill is headed to Minnesota to fill the void left by Matt Cassel. A veteran of 10 NFL seasons, Hill stepped in to start eight games for the Rams... more

After watching Anquan Boldin thrive in San Francisco, the 49ers are hoping for a similar fate with their newest pass-catching import from the Baltimore Ravens. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that wideout Torrey Smith has signed a... more

Tuesday's trade-happy hurricane continues to rage through league circles: This time it involves a pair of starting quarterbacks. The Eagles announced Tuesday that they have agreed to trade quarterback Nick Foles, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 and a... more

Da'Norris Searcy is on his way from snowbound Western New York to breezy Nashville. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the free-agent safety is finalizing a four-year, $24 million deal with the Tennessee Titans that will pay the... more

The Bears were in hibernation during a wild NFL weekend , but Chicago made a splash on Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the team will sign free-agent outside linebacker Pernell McPhee to a five-year contract worth almost $40 million,... more

Frank Gore isn't the only big-name free agent eyeing the Indianapolis Colts. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the former 49ers running back will travel to Indy on Tuesday along with ex-Houston Texans wideout Andre Johnson to meet with team brass,... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to make a big impression in free agency . Set to sign tight end Julius Thomas, defensive lineman Jared Odrick and offensive tackle Jermey Parnell, the team is now zeroing in on former Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon... more

The New England Patriots and New York Jets have competition for the services of Darrelle Revis. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Cleveland Browns are set to make a run at the All-Pro cornerback when he reaches the open market on... more

The Baltimore Ravens are sitting tight with Haloti Ngata -- for now. Saddled with a mammoth $16 million cap hit, the defensive lineman was an obvious target for a contract restructuring, but Ngata and the Ravens remain "status quo" heading into free... more

The Darrelle Revis watch has taken a critical turn. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the New England Patriots will not pick up the All-Pro cornerback's $20 million option for 2015, according to a source informed of the team's... more

Stephen Paea is on the move. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the former Bears defensive tackle has told people that he will land with the Redskins when free agency launches Tuesday. The big-bodied, interior lineman has been on... more

Will Monday's flurry of quarterback movement in Houston lead Ryan Fitzpatrick to the New York Jets? With the Texans planning to sign both Ryan Mallett and former Browns passer Brian Hoyer, Fitzpatrick looms as a strong candidate for release. If (and... more

Jermey Parnell has found a new home in Jacksonville. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Jaguars are expected to sign the former Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle to a five-year, $32 million deal, per sources. The signing addresses... more

After swinging and missing on a handful of free-agent luminaries, the Oakland Raiders have landed their center of the future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team is expected to sign Rodney Hudson to a five-year deal worth $44.5... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will ride into next season with their formidable pass-rushing duo fully intact. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Tamba Hali has agreed to restructure his contract in order to stay with the organization that... more

Mark Ingram will remain tucked away in the New Orleans backfield for years to come. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Saints have reached an agreement with the hard-charging running back on a four-year deal worth $16 million,... more

The San Diego Chargers are making a hard push to keep one of their own under contract. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the team is closing in on a new deal for cornerback Brandon Flowers, according to a source informed of the... more

With the Broncos and Julius Thomas likely headed for a split, Denver is zeroing in on Plan B at the tight end position. Virgil Green is currently mulling over a multi-year offer from the team while fielding interest from multiple other clubs, according... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have struck a deal with Major Wright. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the veteran safety agreed to terms with the team on a new contract, according to a source involved in the pact. The sixth-year... more

Kareem Jackson said last month that he would "love" to re-sign with the Houston Texans. On Saturday, the promising young cornerback got his wish. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jackson and the team have agreed to terms on a four-year, $34... more

The Indianapolis Colts don't plan on re-signing  Reggie Wayne, but the veteran receiver might not be done catching passes. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Wayne is open to playing one more year if a contender comes calling,... more

The San Francisco 49ers want to keep Frank Gore around for the long haul. "I think we'll figure out a way. That's my feeling," team CEO Jed York told the San Francisco Chronicle when asked about the prospect of re-signing the veteran running back.... more

The Cleveland Browns have moved on from Brian Hoyer, but the quarterback might not be homeless for long. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Saturday that the Houston Texans are zeroing in on the veteran signal-caller as a top quarterback target, per a... more

The Seattle Seahawks plan to keep Marshawn Lynch around for the long haul. The team announced Friday that Lynch signed a two-year extension, keeping the hard-charging running back in Seattle through the 2017 season.   The contract is worth $24 million... more

LaRon Landry's upcoming season is essentially over before it began. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the free-agent safety has been suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the 2015 campaign for violating the league's policy on... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are holding on to Josh Mauga. The team plans to re-sign the linebacker to a three-year deal worth nearly $8 million, per Mauga was a major contributor last season, starting all 16 games and finishing fifth on the team... more

In with Brandon Marshall, out with Percy Harvin. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the New York Jets are expected to release Harvin, their playmaking wideout, after sending a fifth-round pick to the Chicago Bears on Friday for the... more

Justin Forsett is bound to find suitors on the open market if the Ravens don't come calling first. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints are poised to make a run at the free-agent running back... more

It isn't Ndamukong Suh, but the Detroit Lions have re-signed one of their own. The Lions announced Friday that the team inked kicker Matt Prater to a three-year contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is worth $9 million, per... more

Barry Switzer is the gift that keeps on giving for the Dallas Cowboys. The former Oklahoma coach who guided the 'Boys to a win in Super Bowl XXX recently touted himself as the galvanizing force behind Dallas drafting running back DeMarco Murray in 2011.... more

The Oakland Raiders aren't the only team zeroing in on Ndamukong Suh. The uber-dominant free-agent defensive tackle is also expected to be sought by the team that drafted him -- the Lions -- along with the Bears, Jaguars and Dolphins. With teams... more

The courting of Ndamukong Suh is underway. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Thursday that the Oakland Raiders are planning to bring the free-agent defensive tackle in for a visit next week, per a source familiar with the team's plans. After... more

QBs RBs DL WRs DBs LBs TEs It's a beautiful time to go on the hunt for a wideout. For teams that failed to restock the position during last May's receiver-rich draft, this year's crop of free-agent talent is decidedly juicy.... more

After acknowledging in December that he "messed up" his rookie season, Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert vowed to "work a lot harder" to make good on his first-round draft pedigree. Last year's No. 8 overall pick has kept his word, recently flying to... more

Buffalo Bills fans have reason to remain skeptical about the team's master plan under center. After wading through last season with the milquetoast Kyle Orton, Wednesday's trade for veteran Matt Cassel hardly moves the needle. One of his former... more

Has Troy Polamalu's long and brilliant run with the Pittsburgh Steelers come to a close? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the organization believes the celebrated safety has played his last game for the Steelers, per a pair of team... more

Darnell Dockett might have a new team by nightfall. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the free-agent defensive tackle enjoyed a productive visit on Tuesday with the San Francisco 49ers. Rapoport was told that Dockett is expected to choose... more

The more we learn about wideout Andre Johnson's pending breakup  with the Houston Texans, the more it appears the team made an awkward mess of the split. Johnson told the Houston Chronicle on Monday that coach Bill O'Brien sat him down last week to say... more

Dez Bryant isn't the only wide receiver sticking around in Dallas. The Cowboys announced on Tuesday that Cole Beasley has been signed to a new four-year deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Beasley's pact is worth $13.6 million, with $7... more

QBs RBs DL WRs DBs LBs TEs Last year's list of free-agent running backs was a mild disaster . Not this time around. Headlined by DeMarco Murray -- this NFL's leading rusher -- the open market is littered with a rich cast of... more


NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones informed him that Bryant will be franchise-tagged by Monday's deadline. It is expected to be the non-exclusive tag. The story was first reported by FOX Sports Southwest .... more

Ten days away from the launch of free agency, Ray Rice remains "optimistic" that his NFL career will go on. In a wide-ranging interview with Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the former Ravens running back expressed hope that teams will pick up the... more

The San Francisco 49ers want to keep Stevie Johnson, but not at his current price tag. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that a pay cut looms for the veteran wideout scheduled to make $5.5 million next season, according to a pair of... more

The addition of Josh McCown in Cleveland is a clear indication that the Browns have yet to give up on Johnny Manziel. The dictionary definition of a "bridge quarterback," McCown was lauded by general manager Ray Farmer as a "great guy in the locker... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has come up with a plan to develop the next generation of NFL quarterbacks. Speaking Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Payton pushed the concept of virtual reality training for signal-callers, not... more

The Atlanta Falcons used Thursday and Friday to trim the roster of millions in cap space . Steven Jackson, Harry Douglas and Justin Blalock were all sent packing, but new coach Dan Quinn has different plans for free-agent linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.... more

The Cleveland Browns have unearthed yet another quarterback in their never-ending quest for stability under center. The team on Friday agreed to terms  with free-agent quarterback Josh McCown, who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL... more

One day after U.S. District Judge David S. Doty overturned the suspension of Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back has weighed in on the matter. "I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty's decision," Peterson wrote in a press release after... more

The Falcons aren't finished churning the roster. After cutting running back Steven Jackson and wideout Harry Douglas, the team on Friday announced the release of veteran guard Justin Blalock. The move comes as little surprise. While Blalock, 31, was... more

The Atlanta Falcons continue to cut the fat ahead of next month's foray into free agency. One day after releasing veteran running back Steven Jackson, the team has cut wideout Harry Douglas, a source informed of the move told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Stocked with talent along their defensive line, the St. Louis Rams have parted ways with Kendall Langford. The Rams announced on Thursday that the defensive tackle has been released , saving the team $6 million in cap space. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Jaguars are bidding farewell to cornerback Will Blackmon. The team on Thursday released the nine-year veteran, opening up $920,000 in cap room for a front office primed to be active on the open market come March 10. Jacksonville is sitting on... more

The cuts just keep on coming. The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they have release tight end Anthony Fasano on Thursday. Chalk it up as a salary cap move after Fasano was on tap to make $2.8 million next season. He finishes his two-year run in... more

Fantasy footballheads have already been gifted with a pair of young running backs to froth over this offseason. After Atlanta's Devonta Freeman was billed by Falcons brass at the combine as a workhorse-in-waiting , Detroit's Theo Riddick is now being... more

Todd Herremans is on his way out of Philadelphia. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Eagles are releasing the veteran guard, the team's longest-tenured player, per a source informed of the move. Herremans, 32, has toiled for 10... more

Michael Oher isn't giving up on his NFL career. The free-agent offensive tackle recently visited  with the Carolina Panthers just weeks after he was waived with an injury designation by the Titans, per The Baltimore Sun. Oher was let go in Tennesseee... more

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien made Ryan Mallett one of our NFL Scouting Combine winners by gushing over the fourth-year quarterback as a "starter in this league" and telling reporters: "I'd like to have him back." "I'd like to be back," Mallett... more

The Peyton Hillis era is over in Gotham. The New York Giants on Wednesday announced the release of the veteran running back after fewer than two seasons with the team. Hillis was brought on midway through the 2013 campaign after David Wilson suffered... more

Jettisoned Monday by the Indianapolis Colts, Ricky Jean Francois is already being sought for his next job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the 3-4 defensive end will visit with the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Atlanta Falcons. What's changing? What isn't? The Falcons have undergone a sweeping makeover since the end of the season,... more

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer has promised to find coach Mike Pettine a quarterback this offseason, but any pursuit of last year's starter, Brian Hoyer, will have to wait. Negotiations between the sides are on hold until Farmer and Hoyer... more

The Buccaneers struck out in free agency last offseason, but coach Lovie Smith says that won't prevent Tampa Bay from going back to the well come March. "We're building our team through the draft," Smith said this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, per... more

Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard landed on our radar in August when coach Marvin Lewis called the first-round selection the "the best rookie corner I've seen." Dennard then proceeded to tumble off our radar after playing just 61 snaps in his first... more

The Broncos won't hesitate to slap the franchise tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, but the future of tight end Julius Thomas remains up in the air. Set to become a free agent next month, Thomas appears ready to part ways with the team after... more

When Ray Farmer was asked Thursday if the Browns would be willing to package their two first-round picks to move up for a quarterback in the NFL Draft, the Browns general manager told reporters that anything is possible. Quarterback guru George... more

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson knows that Cincinnati needs much more from quarterback Andy Dalton to avoid another January collapse. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their... more

The Bills know that next month's start to free agency could mean the end of C.J. Spiller's run in Buffalo. General manager Doug Whaley told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that "there's going to be some work that has to be done"... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- A calmer, more comfortable Jim Tomsula broke a little news on Thursday. The new San Francisco 49ers coach told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team has begun talking with both Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree about new... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer on Thursday apologized for his starring role in the texting scandal currently under investigation by the NFL. One day after coach Mike Pettine admitted that he "wasn't thrilled" with Farmer... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine revealed Wednesday that he recently sat down with quarterback Johnny Manziel. "I did go to visit him last week," Pettine told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I'll keep the details of that... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- It sure sounds like the Tennessee Titans are thinking about a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick. Both coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster acknowledged Wednesday the team will spend plenty of time with prospects... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jim Harbaugh said last week that he wasn't the driving force behind his exodus from San Francisco, saying: "I didn't leave the 49ers, I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me ." Niners general manager Trent Baalke on Wednesday wasn't in... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The courting of Josh McCown rages on. The free-agent quarterback met with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday morning, coach John Fox told reporters . Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to... more

The two-year long honeymoon for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and general manager David Caldwell is nearing its end. Team owner Shad Khan told reporters on Tuesday that another season of double-digit losses won't cut it in 2015. "We owe you better results... more

Muhammad Wilkerson said in December that he was "patiently waiting" for a new long-term deal from the New York Jets. The mammoth defensive end might not need to wait much longer. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and... more

It's widely known that the Browns came close to shopping Josh Gordon to the 49ers back in 2013, but San Francisco wasn't Cleveland's only potential trade partner that season. The former Browns front-office team of CEO Joe Banner and general manager... more

Former Jets general manager John Idzik is out the door, but his dealings in New York continue to draw criticism. This time from a former player. Two days after Gang Green declined Chris Johnson's contract option , the 29-year-old running back told The... more

How close did Adam Gase come to taking over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers? NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that the former Broncos -- and current Bears -- play-caller likely would have landed the Niners job if he agreed to hire Jim... more

The Cleveland Browns are a lock to bring in competition at quarterback on the heels of Johnny Manziel's disastrous rookie campaign. "It's way too early to give up on Johnny," team owner Jimmy Haslam said last week, but coach Mike Pettine acknowledged... more

When asked after the season if running back Frank Gore might wind up playing elsewhere come September, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said point blank: "We sure hope not." Gore isn't so certain San Francisco's front office is behind him. "I know... more

Kareem Jackson isn't ready to walk away from the Houston Texans. Set to become a free agent next month, the 26-year-old cornerback said this week that he hopes to stay with the team that made him a first-round pick in 2010. "I'd love to be back... more

With free agency set to kick off in less than a month, let's take a look at six player-to-team fits that make plenty of sense: Mark Sanchez to the Bills The Bills cannot afford to march into September without a veteran to compete with the... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Houston Texans. What's changing? Last offseason marked a time of upheaval for the Texans. This year should be less rocky... more

The New Orleans Saints are bringing back Parys Haralson for another spin. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the outside linebacker has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to a source who spoke with Haralson. The nine-year... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Oakland Raiders. What's changing? Former Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has taken over as head coach in... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have given up on Josh McCown, but he won't be out of work for long. Dropped into an ultra-hideous class of free-agent passers , the 35-year-old veteran has a chance to see meaningful snaps next season -- and even start for a... more

The St. Louis Rams aren't finished overhauling their offensive coaching roster. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that former Niners, Eagles and Bucs signal-caller Jeff Garcia will interview Thursday for the team's vacant quarterback coach... more

The Josh McCown experiment is one and done in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers on Wednesday released the veteran quarterback after just one up-and-down season with the team. McCown started 11 games in 2014, throwing 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions after... more

It's never too early to start thinking about next season. The NFL on Wednesday announced that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will kick off the 2015 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game. The game will unfold at Tom Benson Hall of Fame... more

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is standing by his embattled general manager. Haslam told a gathering of reporters on Wednesday that he fully supports Ray Farmer despite the league's investigation into reported allegations that the GM texted his... more

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill knows a good thing when he sees it. After watching coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim build Arizona into a playoff team, Bidwell said Wednesday that he plans to extend both their contracts. Combine on... more

The Denver Broncos want to know if Peyton Manning will return for one more season, but they're willing to wait for his answer. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison shrugged off concerns Tuesday that he won't be able to build out his playbook... more

Kyle Shanahan refuses to toss Johnny Football under the bus. The new Falcons offensive coordinator on Tuesday spoke positively about the lone season he spent with Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. "Johnny's a great guy and I think he does... more

New Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan must be over the moon. After spending last season with a Browns squad devoid of a franchise quarterback, Shanahan has waltzed neatly into Atlanta and the open arms of premier signal-caller Matt Ryan. Dan... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Cleveland Browns. What's changing? The offseason started ugly for the Browns with Josh Gordon facing another yearlong... more

Are the Cleveland Browns preparing to draft a first-round quarterback for the second straight year? NFL Media's Albert Breer noted Tuesday that Browns general manager Ray Farmer has "shown a liking" for Oregon prospect Marcus Mariota . Combine on NFL... more

A flock of Seahawks has stamped their seal of approval on the hiring of new defensive coordinator Kris Richard. Taking over for the departed Dan Quinn, the team's former defensive backs coach "has the respect of the whole room being how he was the one... more

Jim Tomsula and his recently announced coaching staff are under plenty of pressure to show 49ers fans that they can pick up where Jim Harbaugh and Co. left off. It helps that new offensive play-caller Geep Chryst has the support of his players. "I've... more

After watching Todd Bowles dash off for the Big Apple, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is doing his best to make sure that fellow cover man Antonio Cromartie doesn't follow suit. "I'm definitely trying to keep him here," Peterson said of... more

NFL Media's Gil Brandt on Monday offered up an intriguing nugget on Tom Brady's on-field heroics from Super Bowl XLIX: Tom Brady's 8.87 yds/comp in SB49 was 7th worst by a Super Bowl QB. All 6 below him lost. â?? Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 9,... more

The Oakland Raiders have a long way to go to match Seattle's pool of talent on defense, but new coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is sold on Khalil Mack. "I've been very, very impressed,"  said Norton Jr., the former Seahawks assistant, per "One... more

Adrian Peterson made his case for NFL reinstatement on Friday. The Minnesota Vikings running back was present in a Minneapolis courtroom as officials from the NFL and the NFL Players Association made their arguments in front of U.S. District Judge David... more

The Cleveland Browns are in the news for all the wrong reasons. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their skills at the combine (Feb. 17-23), only on NFL Network. SCHEDULE Just days... more

Super Bowl XLIX has offered up yet another bitter pill for Seattle to swallow. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that a pair of Seahawks defenders have drawn league-imposed fines for their part in a skirmish at the end of the team's 28-24... more

Charles Woodson didn't have to think hard about returning to the Oakland Raiders. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their skills at the combine (Feb. 17-23), only on NFL Network. SCHEDULE... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. Next up: Indianapolis Colts . What's changing? The Colts can feel good about the progress they made this season, but a 45-7 loss to the Patriots in the... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars don't want their young quarterback to stop using his feet. New offensive coordinator Greg Olson told The Florida Times-Union that Blake Bortles will be encouraged to extend plays on the ground as part of the team's revised... more

Less than two days after losing Super Bowl XLIX, Pete Carroll finally came to grips with Seattle's epic defeat on the big stage. The Seahawks coach admitted during his Thursday appearance on NBC's TODAY  show that he broke down crying in bed on Tuesday... more

Where do the Redskins stand with Robert Griffin III? The offseason will tell us much, but a recent letter from the franchise to its season ticket-holders left RGIII off a list of the team's key players. "Dear Premium Club Member," read the missive,... more

Before Shaun Alexander went on to become Seattle's career leader in rushing yardage, the former Seahawks running back starred at Alabama. Those school ties have him thinking about Trent Richardson, the one-time Crimson Tide whirlwind who has quieted to... more

Soon after Eric Ebron was picked 10th overall by the Detroit Lions last May, the newbie tight end turned heads by comparing himself to Jimmy Graham. By November, though, Ebron was a shoe-in on our list of the biggest rookie disappointments . "It is... more

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has escaped Super Bowl week fine free. The league told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday that Lynch fulfilled his duties in the lead-up to Sunday's 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots.... more

D'Qwell Jackson's offseason is off to a bad start. The Indianapolis Colts linebacker was arrested and charged with simple assault -- a misdemeanor -- on Tuesday night, according to Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia. A police report... more

Russell Wilson has shown unique resilience in the face of his game-ending interception in Super Bowl XLIX. After tweeting that he won't allow one play or one moment to define his young NFL career, the Seahawks quarterback stood up for his coaches by... more

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has absorbed plenty of criticism for what he insists was his decision to throw the ball on Seattle's final offensive play on Sunday. Had Russell Wilson not thrown a game-ending interception to cover man Malcolm Butler,... more

Dan Quinn is an early favorite to find success as a new NFL head coach because of the weapon-rich offense at his disposal in Atlanta. Along with franchise passer Matt Ryan, the Falcons' attack comes equipped with arguably the league's finest wideout in... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Patriots looked to be fading fast in Super Bowl XLIX, but New England climbed its way out of a 10-point hole behind the power of a playmaking defense and an offense that never panicked. Malcolm Butler's game-ending interception... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- I'll never shake the pained look on Tom Brady's face after his New England Patriots fell to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. I noted at the time that Brady "sat slumped at his locker, facing away from reporters -- away from... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The sun is shining down on Super Bowl XLIX. The league confirmed to Around The NFL on Sunday that the roof at University of Phoenix Stadium will be kept open for today's showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Baby watch is on hold for Richard Sherman. "I am playing today," the All-Pro Seahawks cornerback texted Peter King before Seattle's Super Bowl XLIX showdown with the New England Patriots. Sherman's girlfriend, Ashley Moss, is in... more


PHOENIX -- The first-ever Assistant Coach of the Year award has gone to a man who is no longer an assistant. Todd Bowles -- recently named as head coach of the New York Jets -- was announced as the league's top assistant at Saturday's NFL Honors... more

PHOENIX -- Jeff Fisher predicted as early as last spring that Aaron Donald would finish this season as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Rams coach was dead on. Donald was announced as the top defensive rookie at Saturday's NFL Honors... more

PHOENIX -- Plenty have wondered if Patriots coach Bill Belichick will ultimately exit New England when his star passer, Tom Brady, hangs up the cleats. One of his former players, though, doesn't see that happening. "Everybody wants to say, 'Hey, man,... more

PHOENIX -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Friday that multiple teams are interested in a potential move to Los Angeles. Relocation, though, is not something the league is pushing. "We want all of our franchises to stay in their current... more

PHOENIX -- Pete Carroll carried Friday's final coaching press conference, showing more personality than Bill Belichick and offering up the morning's only zinger. Asked about the possibility of Richard Sherman missing Super Bowl XLIX to attend the birth... more

PHOENIX -- Tucked away behind the scenes in Foxborough, the New England Patriots are slow cooking a secret weapon: Bill Belichick's son. The Super Bowl XLIXperience With the big game less than a week away, Around The NFL's Dan Hanzus brings you the... more

PHOENIX -- Richard Sherman might hold more than the Lombardi Trophy come Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback is on baby watch, with his girlfriend, Ashley Moss, expected to give birth to their son over the next week. Asked Thursday if he would... more

PHOENIX -- Joe Haden hasn't given up on Johnny Manziel. The Browns cornerback told Around the NFL on Wednesday that Cleveland's first-round passer can still emerge as the long-term solution under center. "I feel like he could be. He could be," Haden... more

PHOENIX -- Add Brandon LaFell to the growing list of players who found their rebirth in Foxborough. In four underwhelming campaigns with the Carolina Panthers, the wideout never piled up more than 50 catches or 700 yards in a season. In New England,... more

PHOENIX -- Jimmy Garoppolo has done well for himself this season. Instead of being thrown into the fire with a talent-poor team in search of itself, the rookie backup quarterback has spent his first NFL season learning the game through the lens of Tom... more

PHOENIX -- Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has a Richard Sherman-sized puzzle to solve in Super Bowl XLIX . The Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback is the anchor of a secondary that looms as a major headache for Tom Brady and friends, with... more

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The New England Patriots are gearing up for a mega-dose of Marshawn Lynch. Talking Monday about the hammer-dropping Seahawks runner, Patriots coach Bill Belichick called Lynch a "tremendous" talent and the "best back we've faced."... more

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Tom Brady's father believes his son's celebrated run with the New England Patriots "will end badly." That's because the star quarterback "wants to play till he's 70," according to Tom Brady Sr., or at least well into his 40s ,... more

The NFL's inquiry into whether the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game has taken a new turn. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Monday that the league's investigation has zeroed in on a Patriots' locker-room... more

PHOENIX -- The Seahawks on Sunday will face an old friend in cornerback Brandon Browner. Now with the Patriots, Browner has paired all season with Darrelle Revis to form the AFC's nastiest secondary. His task in Super Bowl XLIX? Shutting down the team... more

PHOENIX -- Unless your name is Deion Sanders , good luck getting Marshawn Lynch to express himself during Super Bowl week. The Seattle Seahawks running back religiously avoided reporters during last year's build-up to the title tilt before drawing a... more

PHOENIX -- While Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane panned the play of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, his Seattle teammates know better. "(Lane is) entitled to his own opinion," said cornerback Richard Sherman on Sunday, "but I think (Gronkowski) is... more

Lynch vs. Blount WRs battle NE pass rush vs. Wilson Revis vs. Sherman Gronk vs. Kam Around The NFL will look at one compelling matchup or comparison each day leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. Today: Marshawn Lynch vs. LeGarrette Blount.... more

PHOENIX -- If one thing was made apparent during Seattle's first meet and greet with the media on Sunday, it's this: The questions over deflated footballs aren't going away anytime soon. Every Seahawks player available was asked about the league's... more

PHOENIX -- It didn't take long for Richard Sherman to make one point very clear in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLIX: He doesn't want to answer the cornerback question. Seattle's All-Pro cover man systematically shot down repeated inquiries on Sunday about... more

Set to square off against Seattle's top-ranked defense, Patriots wideout Julian Edelman knows New England's scrappy cast of receivers are in for their stiffest test of the year in Super Bowl XLIX. Just the third team in NFL history to lead the league in... more

The Patriots have a clean bill of health heading into Super Bowl XLIX. Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the team boasted perfect attendance for New England's final practice of the season at Gillette Stadium. Coach Bill... more

Joe Lombardi went through the fire this season as Detroit's first-year play-caller. The Lions' offensive coordinator recently acknowledged that one of his bigger challenges was learning how to best use star wideout Calvin Johnson. While possessing one... more

The Colts are closing in on another tantalizing young wide receiver. The Indianapolis Star reported Sunday that the team remains a front runner to sign Duron Carter, the son of Hall of Fame wideout Cris Carter. The talented CFL standout reportedly... more

The NFL will use Sunday's Pro Bowl as a testing ground for speeding up instant replay. Troy Vincent, the league's football operations chief, said Saturday that officials will lean on Microsoft Surface tablets for video reviews in the annual all-star... more

Jimmy Graham plans to bring back the dunk for Sunday's Pro Bowl, but the fun might end there. The New Orleans Saints tight end acknowledged this week that he's still debating about offseason surgery on his nagging shoulder. "It's something we talked... more

With their options limited under center, the Cleveland Browns have reached out to Brian Hoyer about a contract extension. "We never got to the numbers part," Joe Linta, Hoyer's agent, told the Akron Beacon Journal on Saturday. "They called and said... more

On a day filled with pressing off-the-field questions for the Patriots, New England received some good news on the field. Center Bryan Stork returned to practice Thursday after missing Sunday's AFC Championship Game win over the Colts with a right... more

The 49ers turned to a familiar face to run their defense. San Francisco is hiring Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, per a source informed of the team's plans. "The Mangenius" was the team's tight... more

Kyle Shanahan wasn't interested in coaching Johnny Manziel next season. John DeFilippo is. The new offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns told reporters on Thursday that he got to know Manziel in the lead-up to last May's draft and is "looking... more

An untoward display in Sunday's NFC Championship Game will hit Marshawn Lynch where it hurts: his wallet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, per a league source, that the Seattle Seahawks running back was fined $20,000 for his obscene... more

We asked on the latest podcast how new Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman would mesh with quarterback Joe Flacco. According to Baltimore's head coach, that won't be an issue. John Harbaugh told reporters that one of the big factors in... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't known for their front-office blunders, but the November release of LeGarrette Blount has drawn criticism in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLIX. Especially after the hard-charging running back was unstoppable on Sunday,... more

After plenty of friction with his last head coach , Bills general manager Doug Whaley is excited about Buffalo's new hire. Whaley told scribes at the Senior Bowl that he and Rex Ryan are "aligned" in their roster-building plans. It's a welcome... more

Coach Bill Belichick on Thursday acknowledged that he was "shocked" this week to learn of the NFL's investigation of overly deflated footballs allegedly used by the Patriots during the AFC title game . Addressing a swarm of reporters, Belichick... more

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman rose from relative obscurity to a household name in 2012 after getting in the grill of Tom Brady on the heels of Seattle's 24-23 win over the Patriots. "Brady sure looks like a man who turned the 12th Man against... more

Lovie Smith's teams don't drum up visions of an offensive juggernaut, but the Buccaneers coach hopes that will change with the hiring of play-caller Dirk Koetter. "Whenever a guy is able to put 59 points on you, on the other side, you have to be pretty... more

Greg Olson spent this past season calling plays for the Raiders and developing the performance of rookie quarterback Derek Carr. As new offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, can Olson do the same with first-round passer Blake Bortles? To... more

It didn't take long for Todd Bowles to field questions about New York's quarterback situation. The new coach of the Jets said little about Geno Smith, though, other than to call him "a great college quarterback." New general manager Mike Maccagnan... more

At long last, the Cleveland Browns have zeroed in on their new offensive coordinator. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, citing a team source, that the Browns are hiring Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as the team's new... more

It didn't take long for the Baltimore Ravens to unearth Gary Kubiak's replacement. The team announced  Tuesday that Marc Trestman has been hired as offensive coordinator after spending the past two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bears, who fired... more

This year's Pro Bowl will feature a pair of new rule tweaks. Confirming a report from last month , the NFL announced Tuesday that the width of the goal posts will narrow from 18 feet to 14 feet for Sunday's all-star game , which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET... more

Andy Dalton is a Pro Bowler. The Bengals quarterback was added to the roster on Tuesday after Packers passer Aaron Rodgers bowed out due to injury, the NFL announced. Dalton -- a seventh alternate for the all-star game -- will join fellow Bengals A.J.... more

Dominic Raiola is done in Detroit. The Lions have told their longtime, rabble-rousing center that he won't be back  with the organization for his 15th NFL season, The Detroit Free Press reported this week. The team's longest-tenured player started a... more

Vic Fangio is heading to the Windy City. The Chicago Bears hired the former 49ers lieutenant to serve as John Fox's defensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday. Fangio also interviewed with the Washington Redskins. It's a strong hire for the... more

Questions abound as to whether an aging Peyton Manning will fit inside Gary Kubiak's play-action, boot-heavy offense. At least one Broncos running back, though, can't wait to get rolling with his new coach's scheme. "I have known about his system for... more

Eric Mangini's name continues to bubble up in Oakland. Weeks after the Raiders interviewed the 49ers aide for the head-coaching job that ultimately went to Jack Del Rio, the team is bringing Mangini back to discuss their vacancy at defensive... more

Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner grab all the headlines, but no Patriots cornerback was leaned on more heavily in Sunday's AFC title game win over the Colts than Kyle Arrington. After playing 40 percent of the snaps during the regular season,... more

Broncos fans can applaud the synergy between general manager John Elway and his new hand-picked coach , Gary Kubiak -- but what about the pairing of Kubiak and Peyton Manning? While Elway has landed the "like-minded" leader he promised to find, Kubiak... more

With the Broncos hammering out a deal to sign Gary Kubiak as their next head coach, Adam Gase is on his way out of Denver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team's offensive coordinator is expected to land a play-calling job with... more

On the same day the New York Jets were slapped with tampering charges for owner Woody Johnson's comments last month on Darrelle Revis, Gang Green fans watched their former hero blaze into Super Bowl XLIX with the New England Patriots. An uncomfortable... more

On the heels of New England's take-no-prisoners romp over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's AFC title game, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman knew who to thank first: his quarterback. "Tom Brady is Tom Brady," Edelman said, per CSN New England. "He was... more

The Atlanta Falcons surely watched Sunday's NFC title game with all eyes glued on Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's NFL GameDay Morning that Seattle is expecting to lose Quinn to the Falcons, who have... more

Had Brandon Bostick stuck to his assignment, Green Bay might be Super Bowl bound. Instead, the Packers tight end goes down as one of the more notorious playoff goats in years after reaching for the ball on a Seahawks onside kick with 2:09 remaining in... more

For three-plus quarters, Russell Wilson just wasn't Russell Wilson. Then the magic poured forth. Schein: Better to be lucky and good Seattle punched its Super  Bowl ticket despite a flawed performance. Adam Schein says that effort won't cut it... more

All three Packers quarterbacks will be available for Sunday's NFC Championship Game . The team announced that both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien are active behind Aaron Rodgers, who will take on the Seattle Seahawks with the calf injury that has nagged... more

The Dolphins are holding on to their embattled defensive coordinator. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reported Friday that Kevin Coyle will stay in the position for another season after coach Joe Philbin dismissed the idea of replacing him with Jim... more

Jack Del Rio's last gig came armed with a franchise quarterback who all but guaranteed success, but the new coach of the Oakland Raiders isn't asking Derek Carr to be Peyton Manning. "It starts with knowing that there's good leadership in place ... that... more

It didn't take long for John Fox to land on his feet. Fox was named the next head coach of the Chicago Bears on Friday, just days after he mutually parted ways with the Denver Broncos. Fox, who first interviewed with the Bears on Wednesday, receives a... more

The Indianapolis Colts march into Sunday with both starting cornerbacks on the injury report. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Friday that Vontae Davis and Greg Toler are questionable for the team's AFC title game encounter with the New England... more

It's down to three for the Atlanta Falcons. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday, per Falcons sources, that the team's hunt for a new head coach has boiled down to a trio of options: Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Lions defensive... more

Is John Elway planning to hand the Broncos over to an old friend? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Denver's general manager will meet with Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak this Saturday about taking over as coach, per a source... more

Peyton Manning isn't the only one pondering his future. NFL Media's Alex Flanagan reported last month that 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith was prepared to hang it up after the team's Week 17 win over the Arizona Cardinals. General manager Trent... more

Whether or not Maurice Jones-Drew will be a Raider next season, he likes the hire of Jack Del Rio. "I'm happy that coach Del Rio got a second chance," MJD told CSN Bay Area. "He was a really good coach while I was with him in Jacksonville. With his... more

Adam Gase isn't finished with the Broncos just yet. The talented play-caller interviewed for Denver's vacant head-coaching position on Thursday, the team announced. Gase first spoke with general manager John Elway about the job on Wednesday after... more

If the Green Bay Packers hope to upset the Seattle Seahawks this weekend, they'll need Eddie Lacy at the top of his game. That wasn't the case on Thursday, with the second-year running back listed as a limited participant in practice with a knee issue.... more

Bill Callahan has a new gig inside the NFC East. The Redskins have hired the former Cowboys offensive coordinator to coach Washington's offensive line, the team announced Wednesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Callahan signed a three-year... more

The Cowboys weren't about to let Scott Linehan get away. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Dallas locked down the talented assistant on Wednesday night with a three-year deal that officially makes him the team's offensive coordinator.... more

The Jets under former coach Rex Ryan were a lion on defense and a lamb on offense. With NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reporting that Chan Gailey is expected to take over play-calling duties for new coach Todd Bowles, has Gang Green finally unearthed a... more

Colts-Patriots Packers-Seahawks The backstory We labeled the Packers a "pretender masquerading as a contender to the NFL throne" after Green Bay's ugly 36-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFL Kickoff. Aaron Rodgers and friends... more

The San Francisco 49ers had their man all along. Tucked away as a well-liked assistant under previous hires Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary and Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula on Wednesday was handed the head-coaching reins of the organization he's worked for... more

Where will they land? January 13, 2015

This year's coaching carousel remains an unpredictable beast. After we spent much of last week explaining why Rex Ryan was an ideal match for the Atlanta Falcons, the former Jets coach turned around and chose the Buffalo Bills. It's another reminder... more

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman made a stir two summers ago when he offered "a pregnant, seven-second pause" before agreeing that Cam Newton was the right quarterback for Carolina. Gettleman mustered up no such drama on Tuesday, telling... more

For a shot at their sixth Super Bowl appearance under Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots must to do something the Denver Broncos couldn't: neutralize Andrew Luck. Beyond his pristine arm talent -- he led the NFL with 40 touchdown strikes -- the... more

Green Bay is just one step away from Super Bowl XLIX. Powered by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his 316 yards through the air, the Packers overcame their first deficit at home since Week 2 to overtake the Dallas Cowboys 26-21 in Sunday's NFC Divisional... more

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall will play Sunday. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington originally told NFL GameDay Morning that Marshall -- listed as questionable with a foot sprain -- would be a game-time decision for Denver's AFC Divisional Round tilt... more

Dick LeBeau has left the Steel City, but could the defensive wizard wind up coaching elsewhere next season? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay Morning that LeBeau's resignation caught the Steelers by surprise, per sources involved... more

When the Dallas Cowboys visit the high-flying Green Bay Packers on Sunday , Troy Aikman believes the advantage under center goes to Dallas. The Hall of Fame passer told USA Today on Saturday that he would choose Tony Romo over Aaron Rodgers or any... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went all season long without their hand-picked offensive coordinator. That won't be the case in 2015. The team on Thursday announced that former Falcons play-caller Dirk Koetter has been hired to lead Lovie Smith's offense. NFL... more

Breathe easy, Green Bay. Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that quarterback Aaron Rodgers was back at practice on Thursday for the first time all week, per the team's official website. "Aaron practiced in the team periods. He looked good,"... more

Panthers-Seahawks Ravens-Patriots Cowboys-Packers Colts-Broncos The backstory Both the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys have ghosts to slay when they meet in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round bout at Lambeau Field -- a rematch of the... more

With their head-coaching search picking up steam , the Atlanta Falcons are making significant changes upstairs. The team on Wednesday announced a front-office restructuring that hands more responsibility to assistant general manager Scott Pioli -- and... more

Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was arrested in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on Wednesday on charges of speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence, per the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office. Jennings, 31, was stopped for speeding after... more

A tweaked calf isn't going to keep Aaron Rodgers away from the Cowboys. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that his star quarterback simply sat out Wednesday's practice as part of a pre-planned day of treatment on the calf he first... more

Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged this week that Baltimore has studied the play of Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis for years. Now they have to throw at him. "We're going to have to make contested catches, contested throws, all those things ,"... more

Maurice Jones-Drew says the gas tank isn't empty yet.  The Oakland Raiders running back told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday that he hopes to return with the franchise for his 10th NFL season in 2015. "My body feels good and wish I played more,"... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking west for their next offensive coordinator. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team has requested permission to interview in-limbo 49ers play-caller Greg Roman for the role left open by the fired... more

Is the long reign of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau drawing to an end in Pittsburgh? Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to say  on Tuesday if the 77-year-old play-caller would return in 2015. "Again, I haven't talked to Dick," Tomlin told... more

Set to hit free agency, veteran wideout Kenny Britt hopes to see his happy union with the St. Louis Rams continue. "I definitely want to come back here," Britt said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This is a young team. It's a great young team.... more

For the Ravens to extend their NFL-leading five-game playoff win streak, Baltimore will need to make its share of plays on Saturday against perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. "He's a tremendously patient corner," Ravens coach John Harbaugh... more

The Bills are casting a wide net in search of Doug Marrone's replacement. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Buffalo has interviews slated this week with a rash of coaching candidates including Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, Browns... more

Mike Holmgren is closing the door on a coaching comeback. "That's it," the former Packers and Seahawks legend said Monday after telling Seattle's KJR-AM that the San Francisco 49ers were "not interested" in hiring him to replace the departed Jim... more

As it turns out, the Redskins are serious about upgrading their embattled front office. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team has reached out to respected personnel man Scot McCloughan about serving as a top executive, according... more

The Bengals on Sunday became the only team in NFL history to lose in the first round of the playoffs in four straight seasons. Despite a talented roster, Cincinnati's Groundhog Day-like meltdowns in January -- the latest coming with Sunday's 26-10 loss... more

After knocking the Steelers out of the postseason , Ravens pass rusher Terrell Suggs insists the Patriots better watch their backs. "Everybody knows the history with these two teams," Suggs told reporters Saturday night, per CSN New England. "We're... more

The Flag That Wasn't is destined to become the talk of Motown all offseason. With 8:18 left in the fourth quarter of Detroit's heartbreaking 24-20 playoff loss to the Cowboys, official Pete Morelli announced that Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens had... more

It's déjà vu all over again for Cincinnati. Four years. Four straight first-round playoff defeats for the star-crossed Bengals. Sunday's 26-10 wild-card loss to the Indianapolis Colts raises plenty of the same questions that have haunted... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will enter Sunday's wild-card fray with the Indianapolis Colts minus the services of Jermaine Gresham. The fifth-year tight end has been ruled out with the back injury he suffered in Week 17. Gresham was initially labeled as... more

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer . He was 49. A memorable and original voice over the past two decades, Scott was known for his colorful catchphrases -- "Boo-Yah!" was a SportsCenter fixture -- while... more

Sunday's wild-card showdown between the Colts and Bengals featured a pair of play-callers drawing interest from coach-needy teams. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted on Sunday's NFL Game Day Morning that Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep... more

Doug Marrone won't coach the Buffalo Bills next season, and Bill Polian won't be joining the team's front office. Polian, the former Colts general manager, informed Bills owner Terry Pegula that he will remain at ESPN for 2015 and beyond, per NFL Media... more

Ravens-Steelers Cardinals-Panthers Lions-Cowboys Bengals-Colts The backstory Tony Romo manned the controls of a Dallas offense that wrecked this league during a perfect 4-0 December, but the Cowboys quarterback was quick to point out the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have never won a road playoff game, but their chances improved on Thursday with the return of A.J. Green. The team's Pro Bowl wide receiver was back at practice ahead of Sunday's wild-card showdown with the Indianapolis Colts.... more

If Le'Veon Bell can't play in Saturday night's wild-card bout with the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh's bell cow says the Steelers will be just fine with undrafted rookie Josh Harris. "Josh is a very good player," Bell said Wednesday, per the Beaver... more

The Dallas Cowboys have leaned on their rugged offensive line to power through opponents all season. The league's second-finest rushing attack is in for its stiffest challenge yet, though, when the Lions -- armed with the best run-stuffing unit in the... more

After dishing out a whirlwind of points and yardage over the first three-quarters of the season, the Colts have withered up on offense over their past four games. "We've been underperforming in the month of December," tight end Dwayne Allen... more


The Cowboys have flipped their fortunes this season behind the power of a young and punishing offensive line. Standout left tackle Tyron Smith, second-year center Travis Frederick and rookie guard Zack Martin form the core. Named to the Pro Bowl, Martin... more

Will the Bengals face the Colts minus the services of A.J. Green? The Pro Bowl wideout continues to nurse the head injury he suffered in Sunday night's loss to Pittsburgh after taking a shot in the fourth quarter from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.... more

The Bengals haven't won a playoff game in 23 seasons. No team in the NFL has suffered longer without success in January. To end that ugly trend, Cincinnati is tasked with returning to Indianapolis to face a Colts team that wiped them out 27-0 in Week 7.... more

The sixth-seeded Lions are tasked with mowing down three consecutive opponents on the road if they wish to reach Super Bowl XLIX. Wideout Golden Tate says that isn't happening at their current level of performance. "If we play the way we have the last... more

After learning to get by without Justin Blackmon, the Jacksonville Jaguars aren't relying on his return for 2015. "We hope for him, we pray for him, our thoughts are with him," general manager David Caldwell said Tuesday. "We hope he comes back because... more

The Broncos hope a first-round bye is just what the doctor ordered for Julius Thomas. After piling up 12 touchdowns over his first nine games of the year, Denver's play-making tight end has caught just three passes since spraining his ankle in Week 11.... more

Are the Raiders still on the hunt for a "superstar" head coach? Oakland's current list of candidates  hardly suggests the "rock star" that owner Mark Davis was supposedly desperate to unearth after firing Dennis Allen in September. Along with interim... more

Browns general manager Ray Farmer hasn't given up on Johnny Manziel, but he's heard enough sweet talk from his first-round passer. "I would tell you that the words don't mean anything. I'm not a big word guy. It's all about action," Farmer told... more

Nick Foles doesn't believe the Eagles need to go on a quarterback hunt this offseason. "I expect to be back here. I expect to be the quarterback ," Foles said Monday, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I love my teammates and I expect to be back out there,... more

Whether he was benched or benched himself  on Sunday, Mike Wallace left a bitter taste with the Miami Dolphins heading into this offseason. Fellow wideout Brandon Gibson told reporters that Wallace was frustrated with "not being involved as much as he... more

Is Mike Holmgren pondering a return to the sideline? With a bevy of teams  searching for new coaches, the former Packers and Seahawks luminary says the phone has been ringing. "I've gotten a couple of inquiries," Holmgren told Seattle's KJR-AM on... more

The Chicago Bears have agitated the wrong nonagenarian. Ninety-one-year-old franchise matriarch Virginia McCaskey is stewing over the team's abysmal 5-11 season, according to her son and club chairman, George McCaskey. "She's been very supportive.... more

With Kyle Orton calling it quits , the Buffalo Bills now embark on another offseason littered with questions under center. "We'll leave all of our options open for acquiring a quarterback," general manager Doug Whaley said during Monday's... more

Will the Steelers face the Ravens on Saturday minus the services of running back Le'Veon Bell? "It's too early to tell, but it doesn't look good ," one source inside the organization told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala. A Monday morning MRI on Bell's... more

Mike Pettine spent the majority of his Monday media session talking about a trio of highly touted Browns who failed to live up to their billing this season. After labeling Johnny Manziel's lost weekend "unacceptable" and "disappointing," Cleveland's... more

Ndamukong Suh will pay a steep price for his fancy footwork in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Notable Suh discipline Date Offense League discipline Dec. 2014 Stepped on Aaron Rodgers' calf Suspended for wild-card game Nov. 2013... more

A promising season for Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace ended on an ugly note in Sunday's 37-24 loss to the New York Jets. After Wallace sat out the second half, multiple reports noted that Wallace had been benched by the coaching staff. NFL Media's... more

The Denver Broncos bounced back from Monday night's loss to the Bengals to capture the AFC's No. 2 seed with a 47-14 thrashing of the Oakland Raiders. Our takeaways: 1. Should we be concerned about Peyton Manning? Not yet. The Broncos' quarterback... more

It wasn't pretty, but the Baltimore Ravens (10-6) are playoff-bound after downing the Cleveland Browns (7-9) 20-10 on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. Stripped of his two starting tackles, quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens looked... more

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount plowed through Buffalo for 189 yards and two touchdowns in last year's regular-season finale. Don't bank on that happening again on Sunday. Blount -- questionable with a shoulder issue -- is one of three banged-up... more

The Chiefs were dealt a potentially fatal blow on Friday with quarterback Alex Smith being ruled out for Sunday's AFC West showdown with the Chargers due to a lacerated spleen. The Bolts, meanwhile, have problems of their own. San Diego on Friday... more

Sunday's fisticuffs between the Rams and Giants will cost starters from both teams a pretty penny. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that five players have been fined for the fight that led to a sideline brawl and four ejections at the... more

Next season can't arrive quickly enough for Justin Gilbert. Cleveland's rookie cornerback has seen his teammates and coaches unleash a steady stream of criticism this week on the heels of his disappointing first-year debut. Linebacker Karlos Dansby on... more

Cleveland's season -- and Baltimore's -- now comes down to Connor Shaw. The Browns will start the rookie quarterback on Sunday against the Ravens, coach Mike Pettine announced. Cleveland agreed to a contract with the undrafted practice-squad arm out of... more

Julio Jones is back at practice with the Falcons. Atlanta's game-changing wideout returned to the field on Friday after missing the past two days with his nagging hip injury. The Falcons have listed their Pro Bowl pass-catcher as questionable for... more

OFFENSIVE ANALYSIS DEFENSIVE ANALYSIS BIGGEST SNUBS ROOKIE SELECTIONS AND SNUBS Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Between now and... more

Ben Tate is back on the street. The Vikings have released the veteran running back less than a month after claiming him off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, per the league's transaction wire.  Tate was cut free after amassing just 38 yards off 13... more

The Cleveland Browns still have one more game to play, but Johnny Manziel is already thinking about next season. Sidelined by a hamstring injury after just six uninspiring quarters as the team's starting quarterback, Manziel told reporters Tuesday that... more

If Jeremy Maclin has his way, he won't be switching zip codes in 2015. Betting on himself before this season with a one-year, $5.5 million deal, the Eagles wide receiver hopes his sensational season will prompt Philly to offer a long-term pact. "Yeah,... more

The Chargers began preparation for Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs minus two of their offensive centerpieces. Running back Ryan Mathews and wideout Keenan Allen both missed Tuesday's practice, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.... more

T.Y. Hilton is back in the mix for the Indianapolis Colts. The team's leading receiver returned to practice  on Tuesday after missing Sunday's ugly 42-7 loss to the Cowboys with a hamstring injury, according to Kevin Bowen of the team's official... more

The Browns quarterback room has tumbled into the abyss in the buildup to Week 17 . With Brian Hoyer nursing a shoulder injury and rookie Johnny Manziel ruled out with the tweaked hamstring he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, Cleveland dialed... more

Change is coming to Gotham. With Jets owner Woody Johnson calling together an advisory football council to serve as a sounding board for potential sweeping changes in Florham Park, at least one player believes change might help this 3-12 team.... more

The final Monday Night Football tilt of the year features a pair of teams with plenty to play for as they battle for postseason position. The Denver Broncos can clinch a first-round bye in the AFC with a win or a tie tonight against the Bengals at Paul... more

Johnny Manziel's rookie season in Cleveland is a wrap. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Monday that the first-round quarterback has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens with the "significant" hamstring injury he suffered in a... more

Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn't expect the calf injury he sustained on Sunday to keep him sidelined for long. "I'll be OK for next week," Rodgers said after Green Bay's 20-3 romp over the Buccaneers on Sunday, per ESPN Wisconsin. "(I)... more

Sunday was a day of celebration for Panthers fans, but Cam Newton believes the home crowd at Bank of America Stadium crossed the line. Carolina's quarterback called it "classless" for ticket holders to cheer when Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was... more

Instead of dropping a bomb on the struggling Raiders (3-12), the Bills (8-7) saw their playoff dreams wither up and die on Sunday in The Black Hole. Here's what we learned from Oakland's 26-24  win over Buffalo: 1. What a letdown for the Bills. With an... more

Still alive for a playoff berth, the Panthers (6-8-1) saved their season Sunday with a gritty 17-13 victory at home over the Browns (7-8). Here's what we learned: 1. The six-win Panthers have a legitimate chance to win the NFC South. Carolina's... more

The Packers are playoff-bound after taking care of business on Sunday against the lifeless Buccaneers. Here's what we learned from Green Bay's 20-3 victory over Tampa Bay: Playoff Picture The NFL playoff picture is shaping up as teams head deeper... more

Johnny Manziel's Sunday ended early. The Cleveland Browns' rookie passer left Sunday's loss against the Panthers with a hamstring injury, the team announced . The rookie quarterback out of Texas A&M never returned after taking a massive shot from... more

Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss is about to pay for his outburst toward an official in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the New York Giants. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Moss was fined $22,050 for abusive and insulting language toward... more

Johnny Manziel doesn't want to relive his ghastly NFL debut, but you can. The latest from NFL Network's Sound FX  series offers an inside look the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback as he endures last Sunday's 30-0 trouncing at the hands of the... more

President Obama went out of his way on Friday to express his disappointment over the cancelled release of Sony's "The Interview." In addressing North Korea's chaos -inducing cyber-attack on the studio , the leader of the free world wove a convoluted... more

Anthony Barr's promising rookie season in Minnesota has come to a close. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Friday that the outside linebacker will undergo "very minor" knee surgery that will end his campaign after 12 encouraging starts. Barr... more

Rest easy, Broncos enthusiasts. Peyton Manning is back. Denver's star quarterback returned to the practice field on Friday after prematurely exiting Thursday's session for treatment on his right thigh. Mike Klis of The Denver Post noted that Manning... more

The Indianapolis Colts took to the practice field on Friday minus their top receiver. T.Y. Hilton missed his third straight practice with the hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday's win over the Houston Texans, per's Mike Wells. He was... more

Johnny Manziel's stink bomb of a debut has drawn criticism from every corner, but Browns play-caller Kyle Shanahan hasn't given up on his rookie quarterback. "Johnny is a real impressive guy," Shanahan told reporters Thursday, per The Plain Dealer .... more

Frank Gore knows the end might be near in San Francisco. Set to become a free agent this spring, the veteran 49ers running back is prepared to suit up elsewhere in 2015. "I've been here 10 years, and it could be last two games here this year," Gore... more

The Jaguars and Titans will square off  Thursday night with identical two-win records, but Jacksonville has accomplished something of great importance this season: Finding a quarterback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Blake... more

DeMarco Murray holds the keys to the Cowboy's offense. Will he suit up Sunday against the Colts? The NFL's leading rusher was in attendance for Thursday's practice just three days after undergoing hand surgery. Murray's activities mirrored his work... more

Peyton Manning wasn't long for Thursday's Broncos practice. Denver's star quarterback left the field early to receive treatment on his right thigh after stretching and going through the team's walk-through, per USA TODAY's Lindsay Jones.'s... more

Like Drew Brees in New Orleans , Tom Brady plans to play into his 40s . Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan doesn't envision that happening for the New England Patriots star quarterback. "He's asleep," Finnegan said of Brady, per The Palm... more

Along with Michigan, the Oakland Raiders are among the teams that "definitely have interest" in making a play for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Derek Carr, though, would be fine if the Silver and Black stuck with their current coach. The... more

The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars will both pursue their third win of the year on Thursday night at EverBank Field. Here's what to watch for: 1. This game does, in fact, have tangible meaning. The winner rises out of the AFC South basement... more

With Johnny Manziel's ugly debut against the Cincinnati Bengals drawing heat from all corners, the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback knows only he can slow the avalanche of criticism. "If you want to talk a big game and have all this hype around you,"... more

Not unlike Chicago's tortured fan base, coach Marc Trestman isn't thrilled with this year's version of the Bears. "I didn't sign up to be 5-9," Trestman said Wednesday, per Zach Zaidman of WSCR-AM. With his future in question, the second-year head... more

Browns fans weren't impressed with the debut of Johnny Manziel, and neither were two of the league's preeminent tape-watchers. Unpacking Cincinnati's 30-0 trouncing of Cleveland, NFL Media's Mike Mayock praised the Bengals for executing a "beautiful... more

Lorenzo Taliaferro's first NFL season is over. The Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday placed the rookie running back on injured reserve with the foot injury he suffered against the Dolphins in Week 14. Taliaferro looked solid in spot duty this season,... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are keeping Roy Miller around for the long haul. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the veteran defensive tackle on Tuesday signed a four-year, $16.25 million contract extension with the team, per a source who has... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Between now and the end of the regular season, we'll chart the 2014 rookie class in an effort to predict which... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars hope to have Blake Bortles under center for Thursday night's heat-seeking encounter with the Tennessee Titans. "As far as I know, it's going to be Blake," Jaguars play-caller Jedd Fisch said Tuesday of his rookie quarterback,... more

"Tough. Just tough." That's how Johnny Manziel summed up the stinking egg he laid in Sunday's 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Cleveland's rookie quarterback looked lost from the first snap, leading the Browns (7-7) to five first downs and just... more

The Seahawks (10-4) remain alive in the race for the NFC West after knocking San Francisco (7-7) out of playoff contention with a convincing 17-7  win over the 49ers on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Seattle owns a legitimate chance to win the NFC West... more

The Chiefs (8-6) snapped their ugly three-game losing streak with a convincing win over the hapless Raiders (2-12). Our takeaways from Kansas City's 31-13  win: 1. The Chiefs are very much alive in the AFC playoff race after taking care of business at... more

The Bengals (9-4-1) look like playoff material after smothering rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and shredding Cleveland's defense for 244 yards on the ground in a 30-0  romp over the Browns (7-7). Our takeaways: 1. Johnny Manziel's big debut was a... more

Sean Payton has shot down another of the many heat-seeking reports surrounding his 5-8 New Orleans Saints. Weeks after dismissing whispers  about his strained relationship with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and refuting speculation over signing Ray... more

We wondered on Sunday if Billy Cundiff's time with the Browns was over. Turns out the embattled kicker is getting another shot. After reportedly trying out free agents Garrett Hartley, Zach Hocker and Nate Freese, coach Mike Pettine told reporters... more

Antonio Cromartie is a go for Thursday Night Football . The Cardinals cornerback took the field against the St. Louis Rams after being listed as questionable with an ankle injury. It's a dramatic turnaround after Arizona first believed Cromartie might... more

After looking over his shoulder all season, reality has struck Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer right in the kisser. Benched in favor of Johnny Manziel, Hoyer acknowledged Wednesday that his demotion "hurts," but both signal-callers swatted down whispers... more

Frank Gore said this week that he's struggled to find his rhythm in this year's San Francisco 49ers' offense. The running back isn't alone. Tight end Vernon Davis is on pace for the fewest catches of his career since 2008. Without a clear reason why,... more

Denard Robinson's promising season is over. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Wednesday that the second-year running back is out for the year with the foot sprain he suffered against the Houston Texans on Sunday. It puts to bed an encouraging... more

The Chiefs began their work week without the services of Jamaal Charles. The All-Pro running back sat out Wednesday's practice after coach Andy Reid acknowledged this week that Charles is battling knee and ankle soreness , according to's Adam... more

The never-ending carnival of drama continues in Washington. Redskins rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland and wideout Andre Roberts exchanged punches during the individual portion of Wednesday's practice, according to's John Keim. The fight... more

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a two-car accident Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team later announced that Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back and no further internal injuries. The team... more

The San Francisco 49ers under Jim Harbaugh have earned a reputation for pulverizing opponents with the run. But not this season. Coming off three straight 1,000-yard campaigns, workhorse back Frank Gore has struggled to move the ball on the ground for a... more

Brian Hoyer's quest for a long-term contract with the Cleveland Browns has all but washed away . With Johnny Manziel taking over the team's starting quarterback job , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL Network on Tuesday that the switch "almost... more

Joe Morgan is no longer a member of the New Orleans Saints. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the fourth-year wide receiver has been told he'll be waived , according to a source informed of the move. The move was later confirmed, via... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Between now and the end of the regular season, we'll chart the 2014 rookie class in an effort to predict which... more

Jay Gruden knows jobs are on the line over the final three games of the season, but the Washington Redskins coach doesn't know who his quarterback will be on Sunday . While a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Colt McCoy's sprained neck... more

Nobody can blame a New York Jets fan for bailing on this miserable season . It starts under center, where Gang Green still lacks any hint of a franchise passer. Michael Vick is no longer starting material, and everything we've seen from Geno Smith... more

It's clear the Seattle Seahawks weren't impressed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday . After cornerback Richard Sherman told reporters that the Legion of Boom "never felt threatened" by a Chip Kelly passing attack stripped of DeSean Jackson,... more

The Cleveland Browns have a major decision on their hands at quarterback, but coach Mike Pettine isn't ready to pick between struggling veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. "We're going to meet on that here in the coming hours," Pettine told... more

Our favorite play from Oakland's 24-13 stunner  over the 49ers on Sunday came courtesy of massive Raiders left tackle Donald Penn. After fulfilling "every big man's dream" by hauling in a three-yard scoring strike from rookie quarterback Derek Carr,... more

The Saints on Sunday were a disgrace on the field. So were their fans, according to Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. Davis told reporters after Carolina's 41-10 win that he was annoyed to see elements of the Superdome crowd cheer an apparent injury to... more

Cleveland's struggling offense hit a crisis point in Sunday's crushing 25-24 loss to the Colts -- and Jordan Cameron knows it. "We gotta watch the tape, but we suck ," the Browns tight end said after the game, per NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala. On an... more

Each week, the Around The NFL crew will choose the plays that defined Sunday's action: Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh knew that his offensive line was winning. He wasn't worried about criticism or playing it safe. So he called for a quarterback... more

Chip Kelly's Philadelphia offense ground to a halt against the Seahawks on Sunday, and Richard Sherman says he knows why. The All-Pro Seahawks cornerback told reporters after Seattle's 24-14 win that the Eagles' passing game desperately misses DeSean... more

The Arizona Cardinals will battle for the NFC West title minus the services of Andre Ellington. Coach Bruce Arians told reporters after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs that the running back will be placed on season-ending injured reserve... more

San Francisco's season is on the brink of extinction after the 49ers (7-6) imploded in a 24-13  loss to the Oakland Raiders (2-11) on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Give the Raiders their due. Instead of folding the tent against their Bay Area rivals,... more

Powered by T.Y. Hilton's game-winning, one-yard touchdown catch with 32 seconds left, the Indianapolis Colts (9-4) fought off a feisty Cleveland defense to knock off the Browns (7-6) on Sunday 25-24 . Our takeaways: 1. Cleveland's defense held the... more

The Houston Texans (7-6) remain alive in the AFC playoff race after knocking off the hapless Jaguars (2-11) 27-13  in Jacksonville. Our takeaways: 1. Texans Pro Bowl wideout Andre Johnson left the game early with a concussion after taking a crushing... more

Andre Johnson's Sunday finished prematurely. The Texans' Pro Bowl wideout was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Jaguars due to a concussion, the team announced. Johnson left for Houston's locker room to be evaluated for a... more

Chiefs coach Andy Reid called tight end Travis Kelce's obscene gesture in Sunday's loss to the Broncos an "immature" display. The NFL doesn't disagree. #Chiefs TE Travis Kelce was fined $11,025 for his, um, ya know, when he kinda did thatâ?¦ that... more

The Rams have locked up their promising young punter with a lucrative long-term deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Pro Bowler Johnny Hekker signed a six-year, $18 million extension on Friday, per a source who has seen the contract. The... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are parting ways with Jeff Tedford. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Friday that the team's offensive coordinator will not be part of the staff moving forward, per a source informed of the situation. The Bucs later... more

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The Colts and Broncos can clinch playoff spots this weekend , but the rest of the AFC remains entirely up for grabs. Especially in the AFC North, where the Bengals (8-3-1) hold a temporary grasp over the division above the Ravens, Steelers and Browns... more

The Chiefs have a good plan for ending their two-game losing streak: Put it all in the hands of Jamaal Charles. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson told reporters this week that the team's All-Pro running back will be featured heavily over the next four... more

With the Texans sitting on the outside looking in at the AFC playoff picture , Houston center Chris Myers knows the team basically needs to win out to avoid extinction. "As of right now, every single game is a playoff," Myers said, per the Houston... more

Lost in Brian Hoyer's troubles over the past two weeks : His shaky chemistry with a back-from-suspension Josh Gordon. The Cleveland quarterback has targeted Gordon more than any other Browns receiver, but we've seen more than a few moments of... more

Tommy Smith isn't taking Tennessee's embarrassing season sitting down. The Titans CEO expressed confidence on Wednesday in coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster, but made it crystal clear that Tennessee's players are anything but safe.... more

Cordarrelle Patterson's swoon into the abyss rages on in Minnesota. After the Vikings' second-year receiver played just three of 50 snaps in Sunday's win over the Panthers, Patterson has been benched. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner told... more

When November's Rookie of the Month awards were handed out, nobody around here was surprised to see Chris Borland tabbed as November's winner . Coming off one of the more insane months by any NFL defender, the San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker... more

Aaron Dobson's season is over. The New England Patriots wide receiver was placed on injured reserve with the hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday's tight loss to the Green Bay Packers, the team announced. It's another setback for Dobson, who... more

Colts return man Josh Cribbs has big plans if he scores Sunday against his old team in Cleveland. "If I had the opportunity to score, I would jump in the Dawg Pound to hug those guys who helped create me and helped give me the strength and the... more

The Baltimore Ravens will finish the regular season without the services of Haloti Ngata. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman has been suspended by the NFL for the next four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the... more

Michael Vick insists that losing his job as starting quarterback of the New York Jets had nothing to do with his performance . "I don't look at it as me getting benched, first and foremost, to correct you," Vick said Wednesday, per ESPN New York's Rich... more

Aaron Rodgers was a king in the month of November and the league has rightfully crowned him as such. Named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month, the Packers quarterback guided Green Bay to a perfect 4-0 mark while completing 83 of 130 passes (63.85... more

Football fans across the land were brought to their knees by Odell Beckham's catch for the ages  against the Cowboys. His former college quarterback, though, says it was no big deal. "He's had better ," Titans rookie and one-time LSU teammate Zach... more

Obviously, rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was hoping for a different answer from Browns coach Mike Pettine. "Just being a competitor, there's a little bit of disappointment," Manziel said Wednesday after learning that veteran Brian Hoyer would get... more

The rebirth of Mark Sanchez in Philadelphia has been one of the season's better story lines. Exorcising the demons of his fall from grace with the Jets, the Eagles quarterback has resurfaced to play clean, productive football in Chip Kelly's... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Between now and the end of the regular season, we'll chart this year's rookie class in an effort to predict... more

The Tennessee Titans are crossing their fingers that Zach Mettenberger will return to the field as soon as Sunday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters on Monday that the rookie quarterback's shoulder injury is not believed to be serious , and he... more

Back-to-back ugly losses inside the AFC West have backed the Kansas City Chiefs into a corner. "We've stalled these last two weeks," coach Andy Reid said after Sunday night's 29-16 implosion against the Broncos, per The Kansas City Star. Ten days... more

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine faces a season-defining decision this week: Will he or won't he hand the offense over to rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel? Saying Sunday that "the door is definitely open for a change,"  Pettine later told NFL... more

Each week, the Around The NFL crew will choose the plays that defined Sunday's action: Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers have a brutal schedule down the stretch, but Sunday's performance in Baltimore showed that they can beat quality opponents.... more


The tortured expression on Tom Brady's face said it all after New England's tight 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. "I just wish we won this one," said the Patriots quarterback. "I think we put a lot into this one. This was a great test... more

The St. Louis Rams (5-7) flexed their muscles on Sunday with a 52-0 hammering of the Oakland Raiders (1-11) at the Edward Jones Dome. Our takeaways: 1. The Rams looked like a white-hot juggernaut from the opening whistle. Getting plenty of help from... more

The Buffalo Bills (7-5) kept their playoff hopes alive with a gritty 26-10 win over the Cleveland Browns (7-5) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. It wasn't pretty, but the Bills leaned on their outstanding defense to earn their seventh win... more

Is it Johnny Football time for the Cleveland Browns? After watching quarterback Brian Hoyer throw his second interception in an eventual 26-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday, Browns coach Mike Pettine benched the veteran minutes into the fourth quarter in... more

A promising season for the Dallas Cowboys now sits at a crossroads. Crushed 33-10 by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, the 'Boys have lost their first-place share of the NFC East and now face a precarious uphill battle for a playoff spot.... more

Deadlocked with Dallas atop the NFC East, Mark Sanchez and the Eagles (9-3) snatched away first place on Thanksgiving Day with a 33-10 stomping of the Cowboys (8-4) at AT&T Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. The Cowboys were worried about Philly's... more

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 390 yards and two touchdowns as Detroit enjoyed its finest offensive showing since Week 1 in Thursday's 34-17 win over the wandering Chicago Bears. Our takeaways: 1. Detroit's embattled offense got... more

Safety Donte Whitner shouldn't expect much love from Ralph Wilson Stadium when his Browns roll into Buffalo on Sunday . Bills running back Fred Jackson told reporters on Wednesday, per The Plain Dealer, that he has "no respect" for Whitner after the... more

Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron haven't played together in a game since last December. The Cleveland Browns hope to have both Pro Bowl pass-catchers on the field against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday , but Cameron's health remains iffy. After the... more

Asked to name the similarities he sees between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday provided one of his classic blowoffs, telling reporters: "They both wear No. 12." Belichick, of course, knows there's more to it than... more

The Arizona Cardinals are doing something about their troubled ground game. The team on Tuesday announced the signing of veteran running back Michael Bush. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals released fellow runner Kerwynn Williams. Bush, 30,... more

The Chicago Bears might not know until Thursday if a pair of key defenders will be on the field against the Detroit Lions. Coach Marc Trestman told reporters Tuesday that both linebacker Lance Briggs and rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller loom as game-time... more

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE While the NFC South feels destined to send a six-win team into the playoffs , the entry fee in the AFC will be far steeper . Nine wins might not be enough. Playoff Picture The NFL playoff picture is... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately shake up... more

The quarterback shuffle continues in Houston. With Ryan Mallett lost for the year, the Texans have agreed to terms with Buffalo Bills passer Thad Lewis pending a physical, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday.  Mallet suffered a season-ending... more

Ryan Mallett's season is over. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Monday that the Texans quarterback is out for the year after tearing his right pectoral muscle during warmups prior to Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, according... more

What a difference a week makes. Seven days after Ahmad Brooks benched himself against the Giants in a dispute over playing time, the 49ers outside linebacker returned to the field to see plenty of work in San Francisco's 17-13 victory over the... more

The Seahawks on Sunday got back to basics. In a smothering 19-3 win over Arizona, the Legion of Boom tightened the vice on Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton and never eased up, allowing their fewest points and yards (204) in a game all season.... more

After watching Tom Brady and the Patriots tack on a late touchdown in Sunday's 34-9 romp over Detroit, Lions center Dominic Raiola was in the mood for payback. Raiola acknowledged to reporters after the game that he attempted to cut-block Patriots... more

Ryan Mallett's run as Houston's starting quarterback is on hold. The Texans passer might have suffered a torn right pectoral muscle before Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals during warmups, which would end his season, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Seattle Seahawks drew within two games of the Cardinals in the NFC West with a convincing 19-3  win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Seattle (7-4) turned in a defensive masterpiece to save its season and gain ground inside... more

Billy Cundiff's game-winning 37-yard field goal capped a furious final drive for the Cleveland Browns, who escaped disaster with Sunday's 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Josh Gordon trotted out with the starters and... more

The Bills will eventually play the New York Jets, but that game won't happen in Buffalo. With the city buried under an outrageous four feet of snow, NFL spokesman Michael Signora announced Thursday that the league is preparing to relocate the contest.... more

With Dennis Allen jettisoned after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano soaring out to a 1-10 abyss this season, Raiders fans are campaigning for a coach they can believe in: Hue Jackson. Fans of the one-win Silver and Black have taken out ad space in a... more

Reggie Bush is one step closer to suiting up for Detroit's showdown with the Patriots. The Lions running back returned to practice Thursday after saying that he's "on track to play " Sunday following his absence in last week's loss to the Cardinals... more

It's another snow day for the Buffalo Bills. Buried below an outrageous four feet of white stuff, the team on Thursday canceled practice for the second consecutive day in order to adhere to the region's driving ban. Slated to play the New York... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has spent the season throwing to a cast of wideouts clearly absent of a No. 1 threat. That changes Sunday in Atlanta with the return of Josh Gordon. Hoyer liked what he saw during Gordon's first practice... more

As we pointed out on the latest podcast , the ground game of the Oakland Raiders has dipped to historical lows . Their 63 yards per outing marks the worst rate since the 1946 Detroit Lions. Oakland's dead-on-arrival rushing attack has stunted the... more

With Buffalo buried below an outrageous four feet of snow, Sunday's Bills game with the Jets remains at the mercy of Mother Nature. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that both teams must know by Friday if kickoff will proceed as... more

Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant wasn't impressed with Ryan Mallett's NFL debut, but the Texans quarterback did more than enough to drop Cleveland out of first place in the AFC North in Sunday's 23-7 romp . With a chance to repeat the trick... more

The game-inside-the-game when Detroit visits New England on Sunday promises to be a fascination: Lions star wideout Calvin Johnson pitted against Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis. "He's a man amongst boys out there," Revis said this week, per... more

Giovani Bernard is back with the Bengals. The shifty running back returned to practice  on Wednesday after missing the past three games with the hip injury he suffered against the Ravens in Week 8, per's Coley Harvey. Bernard is expected... more

If Josh Gordon has his druthers, the wide receiver's return to the field Sunday will be anything but quiet. The Cleveland Browns star told NFL Media's Nate Burleson that he plans to "tear this league up " over the next six weeks. "He told me:... more

Jeremy Maclin's claim that the Eagles couldn't have beaten the winless Raiders on Sunday wasn't even the grimmest anecdote to come out of Philly's 53-20 loss to Green Bay. Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham told reporters that Packers quarterback Aaron... more

After signing former Browns star Josh Cribbs, the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday ended the season of Ahmad Bradshaw. As expected, the team placed the veteran running back on season-ending injured reserve with the broken leg he suffered in Sunday... more

The Indianapolis Colts have nabbed another former Cleveland Brown. Josh Cribbs signed a contract with Indy on Tuesday, the team announced. Cribbs -- tied with Leon Washington with an NFL-record eight kickoff return touchdowns -- hasn't stepped on... more

The Cleveland Browns have found a fix for their three-headed backfield problem. The team on Tuesday waived veteran running back Ben Tate after just six starts over 10 games with the organization. It's a surprising tumble from grace for Tate, who... more

Notched atop the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys aren't about to abandon the ground-and-pound approach that helped them carve out their 7-3 record. With nearly 50 more carries and 300 more yards than the next best runner,... more

After watching his Eagles get clipped 53-20 by the Packers on Sunday, wideout Jeremy Maclin says Philly wasn't good enough to beat anyone. Not even the Raiders. "It's the National Football League, man," Maclin said after the loss, per CSN Bay... more

The battered defense of the Cleveland Browns is down another pair of playmakers. Coach Mike Pettine told reporters Monday that pass rusher Jabaal Sheard and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby will "both be out some time." Pettine said Dansby could... more

The Browns were soundly whipped on Sunday by the Texans, but not everyone in Cleveland was impressed with the debut of Houston quarterback Ryan Mallett. Asked if the first-time starter played well, Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant said... more

Denver's high-octane offense has dodged a bullet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Julius Thomas might not miss any time after suffering a sprained ankle in Sunday's upset loss to the St. Louis Rams, per a source informed of the... more

Josh Gordon has returned from the wilderness. The Browns wide receiver was reinstated Monday from his 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy . On hand at the team facility, Gordon has been cleared for normal... more

A waiting nation finally caught a glimpse of Houston's defense operating at full power in Sunday's 23-7 throttling of the Browns. Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney played in just his third game all season, lining up across from whirlwind J.J.... more

On a day that saw J.J. Watt catch a touchdown pass and control the line of scrimmage, Houston's defensive behemoth failed to impress Cleveland's punter. Spencer Lanning took issue with Watt after the defender was flagged for a pair of roughing the... more

Running back Ryan Mathews returned the lineup to help the Chargers snap a three-game losing streak with San Diego's 13-6 win over the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Here's what we learned: 1. It was far from pristine, but Philip Rivers and the... more

Ryan Mallett displayed poise in his first NFL start, throwing a pair of scores and lifting the Texans to 5-5 with Houston's 23-7 road win over the Cleveland Browns, who fall to 6-4 on the year. Here's what we learned: 1. The Texans promoted Ryan... more

More than a few of our hyped-up "Making the Leap" candidates have failed to do anything close. Montee Ball has landed with a thud ; Toby Gerhart has lost his starting backfield job to a former college quarterback; and our No. 1 choice, Vikings... more

Coming out of Sunday's disastrous loss to the Jets, Mike Tomlin's Steelers have suffered more road losses against teams with five or fewer wins than any squad in the league since 2007. Free safety Mike Mitchell hopes to end that trend Monday night... more

Retired pass-catcher Randy Moss said last week that the Seattle Seahawks reached out to him after shopping Percy Harvin to the Jets. Coach Pete Carroll said Moss is telling tales. "Thanks for asking that," Carroll said this week, per... more

Set to face Peyton Manning for the 20th time in his long coaching career, Jeff Fisher says the celebrated quarterback has never been better. "I think he's playing his best ball right now, " Fisher said this week, per ESPN's Jeff Legwold. "He's got great... more

Giovani Bernard remains sidelined for the Cincinnati Bengals. After the running back missed Wednesday's practice with the hip injury that kept him out of Thursday's loss to the Browns, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that Bernard will almost... more

Seattle's hot-and-cold passing game has taken another hit. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Wednesday that tight end Zach Miller is headed to season-ending injured reserve with the ankle injury that has bothered him since late September.... more

Tony Romo has long reigned as one of the NFL's most polarizing performers. Arguably a top-10 quarterback for the last decade , the Cowboys passer is still seen by many as the player who can't tug Dallas into the Super Bowl. His boss says the critics... more

Percy Harvin's drama-fueled exit from Seattle has given way to a soft landing in the Big Apple. "I'm at peace," Harvin said Tuesday, per ESPN New York, adding: "I'm enjoying myself. My family is loving it. I'm loving the teammates. It's all been... more

The Cleveland Browns will serve as Ryan Mallett's guinea pig on Sunday . Scheduled to make his first NFL start for the Houston Texans, Mallett has the attention of Browns coach Mike Pettine, who didn't need to think too hard about the quarterback's... more

Jimmy Graham says he was incorrectly flagged for pass interference in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the 49ers -- arguing that his contact with San Francisco cornerback Perrish Cox was "definitely not a push-off" -- but Dean Blandino disagrees. In a... more

The Santonio Holmes experiment is over in Chicago. The Bears on Tuesday announced that the veteran wide receiver has been waived  after nine games with the team that signed him as a free agent in August. Holmes saw work as a punt returner in... more

Four teams in the NFC own better records, but the Green Bay Packers are emerging as the conference's squad to beat . Aaron Rodgers "We're getting to be an explosive offense , which is exciting," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday, per... more

Allen Robinson's rookie campaign is over. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Tuesday that the first-year wide receiver will miss the remainder of the season because of a stress fracture in his foot. Robinson -- the team's second-round pick --... more

Ben Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million deal with the Browns in March under the expectation of serving as Cleveland's clear-cut bell-cow this autumn. Schein: The chaotic AFC North Adam Schein studies each team's prospects in the jumbled AFC North,... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately... more

Adrian Peterson's case for reinstatement is expected to be heard this week , but the NFLPA isn't wasting any time. On Monday, the union took action to hasten the Vikings running back's return to the field. "The NFLPA has filed an expedited, non-injury... more

Can the 3-6 Falcons squeak into the playoffs? Not likely, but membership in the awful NFC South has Atlanta sitting pretty despite its ugly play. Notched just one game behind the 4-5 Saints, the Falcons own a division-best 3-0 mark with one victory... more

As we noted on Sunday's podcast, Giants quarterback Eli Manning wasn't afraid to throw at Richard Sherman in Sunday's 38-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. That had everything to do with Odell Beckham Jr., New York's rookie wideout who piled up a... more

In lashing the Giants for 350 rushing yards in Sunday's 38-17 romp over New York, the Seahawks did more than set a franchise record: They got back to basics. Big Blue could do nothing to stop Marshawn Lynch from rumbling for 140 yards and a... more

The Seattle Seahawks leaned on their hard-charging ground game to wipe away the New York Giants in Sunday's 38-17 victory at CenturyLink Field. Our takeaways: 1. Marshawn Lynch ran with brute force for the second straight week. After carrying the... more

Julio Jones piled up 119 off eight catches as the Atlanta Falcons fended off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-17  on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. Matt Ryan and the Falcons looked like an NFC powerhouse when they dropped a 56-14... more

Missed curfews did nothing to slow down the Cowboys in London as they walked over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Sunday's 31-17  victory at Wembley Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. After he was shut out in the opening quarter, Dez Bryant needed just 15... more

Former New England Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel tweeted Saturday that his three Super Bowl rings have been stolen from his home in Bellaire, Texas: "To all the Houston area pawn shops: 3 super bowl rings are headed your way. Courtesy of the... more

On the heels of Andy Dalton's epic stinker against the Browns, the Bengals aren't giving up on their embattled franchise quarterback. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Friday accepted plenty of blame for a performance that saw Dalton tie a... more

Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith understands why Tennessee's fan base is hot under the collar. He feels their pain after watching the Titans tumble to a 2-6 mark following an offseason that saw the team hire a new coach in Ken Whisenhunt before... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are welcoming Joe Mays back into the fold. The team announced Saturday that the veteran linebacker has been activated off injured reserve-designated to return after missing all eight games this season to undergo wrist... more

The Giants will lean on rookie Andre Williams for at least one more week in New York's backfield. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported Saturday that Rashad Jennings is not traveling with the team to Seattle because of the knee... more

Bill Cowher says Ben Roethlisberger has never played better . Bruce Arians says the Steelers quarterback is long overdue to be seen as one of the game's great talents under center. As for Big Ben? He's giving all the credit for his two-game, 12-touchdown... more

Randy Moss hasn't caught a pass since Super Bowl XLVII, but the retired wide receiver hasn't entirely closed the door on playing again. Before telling ESPN this week that hanging up the cleats had "nothing to do with my physical ability," the... more

Set to make his first start in two years on Monday night against the Panthers, Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez has billed himself as a "better version" of the quarterback who fell from grace in Gotham after guiding the Jets to back-to-back AFC title... more

Browns general manager Ray Farmer told the masses this week that Cleveland wasn't planning to reboot its offense to center around Josh Gordon upon his return from a 10-game suspension. Talking with members of the Browns' offense this week, NFL Media... more

The Buffalo Bills aren't counting on Fred Jackson suiting up for Sunday's meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Doug Marrone told reporters Thursday that the veteran running back is "not ready"  for game action despite practicing all week.... more

The "Battle of Ohio" will unfold on NFL Network without the services of Giovani Bernard. The second-year running back is offically inactive for Thursday Night Football  against the Cleveland Browns. Bernard was held out of practice all week due... more

Marshawn Lynch hasn't posted 100-plus yards on the ground since the season opener , but Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell found another way to use his featured back in Sunday's win over the Raiders. Lynch churned out a season-high 76... more

Mark Sanchez told scribes this week that he's become a "better version" of himself on the field. At least one of his Eagles teammates agrees. "The Mark Sanchez I knew when he got here was the quarterback that led (the Jets) to two straight AFC... more

Is the celebrated career of Lance Briggs drawing to a close? Four days before facing the Green Bay Packers, Chicago's seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker told reporters on Wednesday that he isn't certain he'll return for a 13th season with the Bears or... more

Don't forget: "Thursday Night Football" will be broadcast exclusively on NFL Network for the remainder of the season, continuing with this week's Browns-Bengals clash. The pregame show will begin at 6 p.m. ET. For the third week in a row , first... more

Fred Jackson is deadly serious  about suiting up for Sunday's meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills running back returned to practice  on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a groin injury in Week 7 , per the team. The setback... more

Browns general manager Ray Farmer doesn't regret using a first-round pick on Johnny Manziel, telling reporters Tuesday that he still sees the quarterback as Cleveland's long-term answer at the position. "I want Johnny to play when Johnny's ready to... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately... more

The bye week has arrived at the perfect time for the Houston Texans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that running back Arian Foster is unlikely to miss any time with the groin injury he suffered Sunday against the Eagles because of... more

Are the Browns eyeing Terrance West for lead running back duties down the stretch? Coach Mike Pettine hinted Sunday that Cleveland's third-round pick would continue to see a bulk of the carries after toting the ball a team-high 15 times for 48 yards in... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11. All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy would like to see more of the locker room agitated with those results. "I don't think anybody is upset enough with losing," McCoy said... more

Derek Carr has turned heads this season with his fearless play, but the rookie's strength has also been his weakness. The Raiders quarterback threw a pair of early picks against Seattle on Sunday that helped bury Oakland in a two-touchdown hole they... more

Robert Griffin III on Sunday flatly denied an ESPN report that the Redskins quarterback has "alienated himself " from teammates. "In that locker room, we focus on what's going on in there and what's going on on that field, and we can't really worry... more

The Seattle Seahawks took advantage of three Oakland turnovers to hold off the feisty Raiders 30-24  at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Marshawn Lynch piled up 143 total yards and two rushing touchdowns as the unquestioned... more

It wasn't pretty, but the Cleveland Browns are 5-3 after knocking off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22-17  at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. No team is winning uglier than the Browns. Sitting at 5-3 for the first time in seven seasons,... more


The Buccaneers weren't kidding about dangling Mark Barron as trade bait. Tampa Bay announced that its starting safety has been shipped to the St. Louis Rams ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that... more

One of the finest defensive players of this era is hanging up the cleats. Despite lingering interest from a handful of teams, Champ Bailey has chosen to retire from the NFL to pursue other career opportunities, his agent, Jack Reale, told NFL Media... more

Aaron Rodgers wasn't the same after tweaking his hamstring during Sunday night's 44-23 loss to the Saints, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the injury won't be an issue going forward. "So far, so good I would say is how we're looking at it,"... more

If the Eagles are in the market for a safety, Chip Kelly isn't showing his hand. The coach on Monday shot down a report from Pro Football Talk that Philly is "looking to add a starting-caliber safety" ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately shake up... more

Vincent Jackson isn't the only Tampa Bay player netting calls from interested teams as Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline nears. Along with queries about the wide receiver, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht is also being asked about running... more

The Cleveland Browns are resisting the urge to dial up an old friend to save the league's most abysmal punt-return unit. Josh Cribbs "has let everyone know he'd love to be called to rescue," per ESPN Cleveland, but coach Mike Pettine told reporters... more

Marshawn Lynch isn't going anywhere. That's the word from coach Pete Carroll, who on Monday shot down chatter over the Seahawks running back being shopped ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline . "I have nothing to say about that because... more

The Chicago Bears see Jay Cutler for what he is. "We're a 3-5 team and he's a 3-5 quarterback right now," general manager Phil Emery told reporters Monday, adding: "We still have some things we have to clean up." Facing the media on the heels of... more

It wasn't pretty, but the Cleveland Browns took care of business at home and moved to 4-3 on the year with Sunday's 23-13 win over the Oakland Raiders at FirstEnergy Stadium. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Browns avoided becoming the first... more

Even without star wideout A.J. Green, the Bengals scratched and clawed their way to the AFC North lead with a tight win over the rival Ravens. Here's what you need to know from Cincinnati's 27-24 victory over Baltimore at Paul Brown Stadium: 1. On... more

The Falcons hit London like a house on fire on Sunday morning, building a big lead before the Lions came roaring back. Here's what you need to know from Detroit's thrilling 22-21 win over Atlanta at Wembley Stadium: 1. This was a tale of two... more

The Miami Dolphins on Saturday made it official with Dion Jordan. The team announced that the defensive end has been activated in time for Sunday's in-state showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars. To make room for Jordan on the 53-man roster,... more

The Detroit Lions announced Saturday from London that defensive tackle C.J. Mosley has been suspended two weeks for conduct detrimental to the team and a violation of team rules. No details were provided, but Mosley has been sent home ahead of... more

We're one step closer to knowing if Robert Griffin III will make his return to the field on Monday night . The Washington Redskins on Saturday listed the quarterback as questionable for the team's NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. Griffin was... more

In the middle of their lost season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a wise move toward tomorrow . The team announced on Saturday that star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy signed a seven-year extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that... more

The surging Dallas Cowboys are about to add another pass rusher to the mix. Coach Jason Garrett told reporters Saturday that second-round defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is expected to be activated in time for the team's Week 9 meeting with the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing for another Sunday without the services of A.J. Green. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday that the team doesn't expect the Pro Bowl wide receiver to play against the Baltimore Ravens because of his... more

The Raiders appear to have hit a home run with this year's first-round pick, Khalil Mack. Now Oakland is hoping to see something special from last year's first-round selection. The team activated cornerback D.J. Hayden on Saturday, likely setting him... more

The San Diego Chargers suffered a pair of key injuries to their secondary in Thursday night's 35-21 loss to the Denver Broncos. At cornerback, rookie Jason Verrett is scheduled to see a specialist next week to check on the severity of his banged-up... more

The Arizona Cardinals have notched a 5-1 record despite a laundry list of banged-up starters on defense. They're hoping one those linchpins will be ready for Sunday's duel with the Eagles. Brooks: Potent offense vs. stingy D Can the Cardinals' stout... more

After listing Dri Archer this week among this year's cast of disappointing rookies , his role with the Steelers is about to shrink even more. Set to face the Colts on Sunday night , Pittsburgh has stripped Archer of his kick-returning duties in... more

The banged-up backfield of the New Orleans Saints will be without both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson for Sunday's critical battle with the Green Bay Packers. The team on Friday announced that Thomas will be sidelined by rib and shoulder... more

He wasn't healthy enough to suit up for Monday night's debacle against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Houston Texans rookie pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney "has a good shot to play on Sunday," according to his coach. Bill O'Brien said the top overall... more

Russell Wilson said Thursday that "no division" exists inside Seattle's locker room on the heels of shipping wideout Percy Harvin to the New York Jets. No playoffs for NFC West powers? Who's more likely to miss the postseason: Russell Wilson 's... more

The Colts will march into Sunday minus the services of Reggie Wayne. Indianapolis might also be without running back Trent Richardson. Chuck Pagano told reporters on Friday that Wayne will miss the team's Week 8 meeting with the Steelers because of... more

Already down to their third quarterback of the season , the Tennessee Titans see one hopeful difference to cling to in rookie Zach Mettenberger: His rocket arm. "It's going to be a lot of adjustment because Zach has a really, really strong arm ," wide... more

Larry Fitzgerald has made a career of scorching the Eagles with dizzying numbers through the air, but the Cardinals wideout knows that might not be the case when the teams square off on Sunday . Brooks: Potent offense vs. stingy D Can the Cardinals'... more

The Cleveland Browns house three quality running backs each vying for a bigger piece of the pie. Ahead of Sunday's home tilt with the Raiders, play-caller Kyle Shanahan sees that as a positive. "If they want to be out there more, they need to separate... more

Vincent Jackson is flattered to be wanted. After NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Buccaneers "are getting a ton of calls " on the wideout, Jackson on Thursday said he appreciates the interest but would rather help turn Tampa into... more

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Thursday shot down reports that he was called out directly by wide receiver Brandon Marshall after Chicago's ugly 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The Chicago Tribune among others noted that a voice... more

Cleveland's meltdown against the Jaguars raised plenty of pointed questions about this year's Browns squad. Harrison: Power Rankings, Week 8 Did the Broncos hold firm to their spot atop Elliot Harrison 's Power Rankings? Check out the NFL hierarchy.... more

Calvin Johnson isn't the only Lions weapon in question for Sunday's tilt in London. Running back Reggie Bush sat out Thursday's practice with an ankle injury after seeing limited work on Wednesday, the team announced .  It's a concerning... more

Rex Ryan hasn't allowed New York's 1-6 start to squelch his sense of humor. The New York Jets coach slipped into the team's media room on Wednesday to interrupt a conference call with rookie wideout Sammy Watkins, whose Buffalo Bills face Gang Green... more

Welcome to Around The NFL's "Rookie Watch" series, a week-by-week journey ranking this year's promising collection of first-year players. Rookies bring hope to all 32 teams. In recent years, we've seen Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck immediately... more

Bears coach Marc Trestman on Monday shot down the notion of a rift between quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Responding to reports that Marshall called out Cutler among other teammates in the locker room after Sunday's... more

We argued on Sunday night's podcast that Carolina Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly should not have been ejected for making contact with an official in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Ron Rivera agrees. The Panthers coach told... more

Jacksonville's galvanizing win over the Cleveland Browns didn't come without a cost. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley announced Monday that dependable middle linebacker Paul Posluszny is headed to injured reserve with the torn pectoral he suffered in... more

Brian Orakpo's season has come crashing to a close. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Washington Redskins pass-rusher is out for the rest of 2014  with the pectoral injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans,... more

Tony Sparano buried the ball weeks ago , but nothing has changed for the floating Oakland Raiders. At least not on the scoreboard, where the Silver and Black have dropped their 12th straight game dating back to last season. Sunday's 24-13 loss to... more

With a chance to notch a 4-2 record for the first time since 2001, Brian Hoyer and the Browns laid a massive egg on the sunlit grasses at EverBank Field. Cleveland couldn't block, couldn't run and couldn't stop the run against the previously winless... more

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall couldn't disguise his frustration in the seconds after Sunday's ugly 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins. David Haugh and Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune both reported that a voice sounding like... more

The Buffalo Bills have lost both of their stars in the backfield. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson were both knocked out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with first-half injuries. After Jackson went down first for the Bills, Spiller went 52... more

Nestled atop the NFC West, Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals moved to 5-1 on Sunday with a 24-13  win over the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Here's what you need to know: 1. Carson Palmer came out sizzling, completing 13 of his first 16... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars notched their first win of the year, dominating Cleveland's offense to down the Browns at home 24-6  at EverBank Field. Here's what you need to know: 1. This season's better moments from Blake Bortles and the Jaguars told us... more

The Buffalo Bills notched their fourth win of the year with a 17-16  clipping of the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Here's what you need to know: 1. Trailing 16-10, Kyle Orton drove Buffalo on a gutsy 15-play, 80-yard drive that saw him... more

The New York Jets haven't given up on their season just yet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Gang Green acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks via a trade. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the deal .... more

There's hope in Houston that Jadeveon Clowney will finally return to the field on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Texans outside linebacker practiced Friday  for the first time in six weeks on the heels of September knee surgery to... more

Jimmy Graham looms as a game-time decision for the New Orleans Saints. The Pro Bowl tight end told reporters on Friday that he won't know until just before kickoff whether his banged-up shoulder is good to go Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The... more

For the Browns to improve on their 3-2 start, the formula must remain the same : Slam people with the ground game. Behind an overpowering offensive line, Cleveland's 146.4 rushing yards per outing trail only Dallas and Seattle heading into Sunday's... more