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Marc Sessler

 

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


October

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 O.co 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

With his Cowboys riding a five-game win streak, Dallas owner Jerry Jones couldn't be more pleased with the work of starting quarterback Tony Romo. "I don't know that I can say that I've ever seen him play better," Jones told KRLD-FM on Friday, per... more

On Thursday's podcast, we pointed to the loss of running back Knowshon Moreno as a big dose of bad news for the Dolphins. Miami's rookie fill-in, Damien Williams, doesn't agree. "I won't say it's a big loss," the undrafted runner said of Moreno... more

Seattle's master plan for Percy Harvin didn't pay off in last Sunday's ugly loss at home to the Cowboys. Six touches netted minus-1 yard for the Seahawks wideout as Dallas swarmed Harvin at every chance . It continued a disturbing trend for the... more

The New York Jets scratched, clawed and outplayed their bitter rival until the final tick, but Rex Ryan's best wasn't good enough. Thursday night's 27-25 loss to the Patriots was Gang Green's finest outing of the season, an effort that saw the Jets go... more

It's a mystery to Bills fans why C.J. Spiller saw†just 12 of the team's 69 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots. He's not the only Buffalo running back, though, who can't figure out why he isn't playing more. After trading a... more

On Wednesday's podcast , we dug into a Thursday Night Football tilt that pits the struggling New York Jets against a rival New England Patriots team now equipped with Darrelle Revis. It almost doesn't seem fair. After building his career in New... more

Fresh off their stunning loss to the Cowboys, the Seahawks are forced to comprehend just their second defeat at home since 2012. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett wasn't surprised to see Dallas play some of its best football at CenturyLink Field,... more

Brian Hoyer is making his case for a new long-term contract with the Browns even after Cleveland used a first-round draft pick last May on Johnny Manziel. In another universe, would Hoyer have wound up battling Blake Bortles for the job, had the... more

The Cleveland Browns have an interesting situation brewing under center. Five months after drafting a savior at quarterback in Johnny Manziel, it's Brian Hoyer who has taken command of a team that sits at a surprising 3-2. A free agent after the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a picture of inconsistency all season long. Flipping wins and losses weekly, the Black and Gold's Week 5 nail-biter over the winless Jaguars came sandwiched between a stunning home defeat to the hapless Bucs and... more

With Sunday's action in the books, here's our batch of takeaways from Game Rewind and the glorious All-22 footage: 1. Sunday's epic tie with Carolina was Mohamed Sanu's finest game as a pro. The Bengals wideout looks bigger and stronger this season,... more

Calvin Johnson hasn't given up on playing this weekend against the New Orleans Saints. The All-Pro Lions wideout told reporters on Wednesday that he's still battling pain in his injured ankle, but is†trying to get right for Sunday , according to Dave... 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

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was quick to point fingers at kicker Mike Nugent in the wake of Sunday's wild tie against the Panthers. After Nugent floated a 36-yard field goal wide right as the clock expired in overtime, Jones told reporters it was... more

Pittsburgh has chewed up and spit out the Browns with machine-like regularity since Cleveland's star-crossed return to the NFL in 1999. That's partly what made Sunday such an unusual sight . While Ben Roethlisberger and his bevy of Steelers... more

Carson Palmer's return to the lineup helped spark the Arizona Cardinals to a hard-fought 30-20 victory over Kirk Cousins and the visiting Redskins at University of Phoenix Stadium. Here's what you need to know: 1. Our first look at Carson Palmer in... more

The Titans defense held off a late Jacksonville rally and backup passer Charlie Whitehurst did just enough to give Tennessee a 16-14 victory over the winless Jaguars. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Titans are going nowhere fast with Charlie... more

The Browns got the best of Ben Roethlisberger for just the second time ever with a decisive 31-10 win over the Steelers. Here's what you need to know: 1. Ben Roethlisberger rolled into Cleveland with an 18-1 career record against the long-wandering... more

The NFL's gaggle of fashion police have taken a swipe at Colin Kaepernick. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback told reporters Thursday that he's been fined $10,000 by the league for wearing unauthorized gear after last week's win over the Kansas City... more

Montgomery County prosecutors filed documents on Thursday to have Adrian Peterson arrested after the Vikings running back admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions, according to court records obtained by NFL Media. Peterson is currently... more

Brandon Marshall hasn't missed a start this season despite the nagging ankle injury he suffered in the season opener . A lesser man would have missed plenty. The Chicago Bears wide receiver on Thursday acknowledged that he should have sat out the... more

Are you ready for another ride on the Charlie Whitehurst Express? Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported that starting quarterback Jake Locker missed his second straight practice for the Titans on Thursday, a strong indicator that he won't be... more

Carolina's injury-riddled backfield is hoping to welcome Jonathan Stewart back into the mix Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.† So far, so good, as the Panthers running back returned to practice †Thursday after missing the past two games with a... more

On a pristine morning in Boca Raton, young tennis-playing Jessie Pegula became a Buffalo Bills fan. The daughter of Terry and Kim Pegula learned that her parents had purchased an NFL franchise with one simple text from daddy that read: "We own Bills."... more

It's anyone's guess who starts under center for the Cardinals this Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Coach Bruce Arians told reporters that third-string rookie quarterback Logan Thomas will take first-team reps in practice on Wednesday while... more

All signs point to Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno returning to the lineup on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. After participating in Monday's informal session, Moreno practiced again on Wednesday with a brace over the left elbow he... more

Adrian Peterson's trial date on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child has been tentatively set for Dec. 1 , lawyer Rusty Hardin said Wednesday, adding that he's asked for a "quick, speedy trial ." Hardin also said that Peterson "is... more

The Baltimore Ravens are down a man on their run-stuffing defensive line. Chris Canty is expected to miss another two to three weeks after undergoing successful wrist surgery to remove an infection, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reported... more

Fellow Around The NFL scribe Chris Wesseling has been touting Sammy Watkins as a leading Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate ever since the Buffalo Bills benched EJ Manuel. Kyle†Orton The switch to Kyle Orton at quarterback gives the team... more

Demaryius Thomas is back in a big way, something the Arizona Cardinals learned firsthand in Sunday's 41-20 defeat at the hands of the Broncos. Denver's top wide receiver put to rest questions over his quiet start to the season with eight catches for 226... more

The Fall League Meeting is underway in New York. The biggest headline of the morning was the expected confirmation of new ownership for the Buffalo Bills. The NFL announced that Terry and Kim Pegula were unanimously approved by the league's cast of... more

The timetable for the return of Robert Griffin III remains etched in soft pencil. Despite the Redskins quarterback jogging and throwing before Monday night's loss to the Seahawks, Washington coach Jay Gruden made it clear that RGIII won't be suiting... more

The Detroit Lions finally have themselves a reliable kicker. The team on Tuesday signed †former Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater after he beat out free agent Jay Feely for the job, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the... more

The Baltimore Ravens are turning over every rock for help in their injury-riddled secondary. The team worked out veteran free-agent cornerback Champ Bailey on Tuesday at team headquarters, but the former All-Pro didn't sign a contract, NFL Media Insider... more

Kyle Fuller's knack for generating turnovers has him in fine position for Defensive Rookie of the Year consideration, but the first-year Bears cover man has company. No rookie defender has played as well from wire to wire as Baltimore Ravens linebacker... more

Minutes after Monday night's loss to the Seahawks, Washington's locker room didn't exactly have the look of a 1-4 team coming off back-to-back defeats on national television . ESPN.com's John Keim noted after the tilt that the "Redskins' locker room... more

NaVorro Bowman is eligible to come off San Francisco's reserve/physically unable to perform list after Week 6 , but 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio confirmed Tuesday that the All-Pro linebacker's return from reconstructive knee surgery will come... more

While Lovie Smith has yet to name Mike Glennon as Tampa's long-term starter under center, the Bucs coach sounds pleased with the progress of his young quarterback. Smith on Monday specifically pointed to Glennon's fluid movement in the pocket and... 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

Is Mike Holmgren a candidate to coach the Raiders? The former Packers and Seahawks coach told Seattle's KJR-AM on Monday that he visited the team's facility last week but "probably" will not be Oakland's next head coach. Holmgren shares ties to... more

Denver's high-octane offense is preparing for the loss of its so-called bell-cow back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Broncos expect Montee Ball to miss time with a major groin injury suffered in Sunday's win over the Arizona... more

The Miami Dolphins have put Derrick Shelby on the shelf. The team announced Monday that the third-year defensive lineman has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. The Broward County (Florida) Sheriff's Office confirmed to... more

Torrey Smith's off-kilter season continued Sunday with an ugly fourth-quarter drop that snuffed out Baltimore's late opportunity to tie the Colts. The Ravens receiver couldn't haul in a well-thrown Joe Flacco pass that floated over Smith's left shoulder... more

His numbers against the Jaguars on Sunday would have satisfied most quarterbacks, but not Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers. "I was a little disappointed in the way I played," Big Ben said after a 17-9 win over Jacksonville, per the the Pittsburgh... more

Minutes after pulling off the largest comeback in NFL history on the road , Browns coach Mike Pettine admitted he might not survive another wild finish. "I did tell them after the game they have to stop doing it," Pettine said of Sunday's 29-28 win... more

The Cleveland Browns orchestrated the season's wildest comeback in a†29-28 win over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Our takeaways: 1. For the fourth game in a row, the Browns caused heart attacks all across the state of Ohio as quarterback Brian... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers kept pace in the AFC North with too-close-for-comfort 17-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Our takeaways: 1. Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau entered the game an outrageous 17-2 against rookie... more

Jake Locker is once again injured for the Tennessee Titans. The team's starting quarterback left the second quarter of Sunday's 29-28 loss †against the Cleveland Browns with a right thumb injury and remained out. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said after... more

DeMarco Murray's autumn romp has the Dallas Cowboys interested in keeping the soon-to-be free agent around deep into the future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL GameDay Morning that the 'Boys have offered Murray a four-year contract that... more

The Bills are crossing their fingers that switching to Kyle Orton under center will light a fire under Buffalo's 22nd-ranked offense. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL GameDay Morning that Orton's decision to walk out on the Cowboys and sign... more

The Houston Texans will continue to wait on Jadeveon Clowney. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL GameDay First that the No. 1 overall pick won't be on the field for Sunday's meeting with the Dallas Cowboys. Sources told Rapoport that the... more

Mike Pettine's Spidey-sense was right : Jake Locker is a go for Sunday . Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt on Thursday confirmed what Cleveland's coach predicted, saying that Tennessee's starting quarterback would be healthy enough to start against the Browns... more

Arian Foster's status for Sunday remains a riddle wrapped in mystery. The Texans running back told reporters Thursday that he plans to evaluate his tweaked hamstring before deciding if he can play against the Dallas Cowboys. "I'm just going to go... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will go without the services of Donnie Avery on Sunday -- and perhaps much longer. The team's No. 2 wide receiver is scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery and won't be on the field for Sunday's road game against the San... more

The league on Thursday announced that former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones has been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear and decide the appeal filed by the NFL Players Association on behalf of Ray Rice. A league press release... more

The Minnesota Vikings will be without their star rookie quarterback on Thursday night . Teddy Bridgewater is inactive against the Green Bay Packers, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, from a source informed of the situation. With... more

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sees what everyone else sees when he watches Blake Bortles unfurl passes for the Jacksonville Jaguars. "A young me ,"†Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, while confessing, "I don't move quite as well... more

Four weeks into the regular season and it's already over for the Tennessee Titans. That's what the Around The NFL Podcast decided on Wednesday when we "stuck a fork "†in the team that Dan Hanzus correctly noted has "zero identity and it's been that way... more

Team identities: NFC South October 02, 2014

NFC EAST NFC NORTH NFC SOUTH NFC WEST Four weeks of the season is enough time to get a read on what each team is known for. Around The NFL will look at the identity for all 32 teams after the first month of the season. Panthers'... more

The Oakland Raiders haven't ventured into the postseason since Rich Gannon guided them to Super Bowl XXXVII more than a decade ago. The former quarterback has watched his old team cycle through a laundry list of players and coaches since, looking... more

Is Justin Hunter being shopped by the Tennessee Titans? Plugged-in scribe Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean on Wednesday shot down chatter that the team wants to trade the second-year wide receiver to the Cleveland Browns. Calling it "just another... more

The Carolina Panthers are desperate for someone to suit up and carry the rock in their injury-riddled backfield. With DeAngelo Williams shifting from a walking boot to a cast over his sprained ankle, the veteran runner is all but officially out for... more

Team identities: AFC North October 01, 2014

AFC EAST AFC NORTH AFC SOUTH AFC WEST Four weeks of the season is enough time to get a read on what each team is known for. Around The NFL will look at the identity for all 32 teams after the first month of the season. Hue Jackson... more

The Kansas City Chiefs can play with anyone when Jamaal Charles kicks it into high gear. New England learned that on Monday night as the Pro Bowl running back lashed the Patriots for 92 yards and a touchdown on the ground . Charles also caught three... more

These are strange days for the New England Patriots. Coming off one of the team's ugliest losses in the Bill Belichick era, quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged that his struggling offense won't find an easy fix in time for Sunday night's showdown with... more

After leading the league in rushing last season, this year's Eagles have fizzled out on the ground behind a makeshift offensive line that will turn to its 10th different blocker when Lane Johnson returns to the field Sunday against the Rams. Back from... more

September

Minutes after Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told reporters that he'll be the one to pick Oakland's next head coach, team owner Mark Davis offered up the organization's first potential candidate. Davis told reporters Tuesday that he... more

Less than one day after firing Dennis Allen , Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie -- presiding over a winless football team -- reminded reporters on Tuesday: "We're here to win championships." In the meantime, the Raiders will attempt to... more

In a two-week span, the AFC East has seen its trio of young quarterbacks put through the grinder. While Buffalo's EJ Manuel has been benched in favor of a neck-bearded journeyman , both Miami's Ryan Tannehill and New York's Geno Smith have been publicly... more

After watching Tom Brady struggle mightily in Monday night's 41-14 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison says New England's star quarterback looks "scared to death" throwing the ball. "Tom Brady can still play,"... more

Michael Crabtree isn't buying what Primetime is selling. After NFL Media's Deion Sanders said on Sunday's NFL GameDay Final that 49ers players "really got some problems " with coach Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco's leading receiver took to Twitter on... more

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron acknowledged on Tuesday that his banged-up shoulder hasn't fully healed. Despite telling reporters, "I feel good. I feel healthy," Cameron admitted that his sprained AC joint is likely to be an issue all season, per... 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 Indianapolis Colts will enter the meat of their schedule without safety LaRon Landry. The league announced Monday that Landry has been suspended without pay for the next four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on... more

The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with Da'Rick Rogers. Coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday that the team has released the second-year wide receiver for conduct detrimental to the team. Pagano told reporters that it would be "inappropriate... more

It's still early, but a trio of teams are coming off brutal Sunday losses. Is it time to panic in New Orleans, Carolina and Pittsburgh? Let's take a look: New Orleans Saints Sadly, the Saints were my Super Bowl pick . I fell hard for the promise of... more

With their injury-riddled backfield in disarray, the Carolina Panthers are searching for help. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday that the team will look at a couple of free-agent runners who can quickly pick up the playbook and serve as an... more

Sheldon Richardson has something to say to the thousands of New York Jets fans -- piqued with the play of Geno Smith -- who broke out in chants of "We want Vick!" on Sunday. "Shut up," Richardson said after New York's 24-17 loss to the Lions, per... more

If you're looking for work, can we interest you in a backfield job down in sunny Carolina? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is "week to week" after suffering a sprained ankle in Sunday's 38-10... more

The New Orleans Saints aren't sugarcoating their putrid start to the season. "We have to be realistic right now with ourselves. Right now, we're not a very good football team," offensive tackle Zach Strief said after Sunday night's 38-17 debacle in... more

The Houston Texans rode the coattails of J.J. Watt for a 23-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at NRG Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. J.J. Watt already had six quarterback hurries and a pass defense before tearing out Buffalo's heart in the third... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL GameDay Morning on Sunday that 49ers players continue to have issues with coach Jim Harbaugh. Heading into San Francisco's critical Week 4 meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles, "the voices are getting louder and... more

The league is on the verge of making personal foul penalties reviewable for the first time in the game's history. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning that a proposal submitted last offseason by the Washington... more

Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still knows firsthand that NFL fans care about more than just wins and losses. The team announced Sunday that Bengals faithful -- and fans league-wide -- have placed orders for nearly 10,000 Still jerseys, a tribute to... more

The absence of Vernon Davis in the lineup last Sunday led to the 49ers to abandon the ground game in favor of a heavy dosage of four- and five-wideout looks in an ugly loss to the Arizona Cardinals. With their pass-catching tight end back on the... more

Steve Smith will be the center of attention when his new team -- the Ravens -- hosts his old team -- the Panthers -- on Sunday afternoon . With two 100-yard games over the first three weeks, Smith has become central to Baltimore's passing game, but... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday sent a letter to team owners and presidents outlining recent actions taken by the league to address incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault in the NFL. Calling the memo the first in a "series of... more

Two years removed from his role as play-caller of the Dallas defense, Rob Ryan has a pretty solid read on the Cowboys, who he'll face Sunday night. "They've had a change in coordinator," Ryan said, "like they do every year." BANG. Ryan's jab... more

Brandon Marshall is questionable for a third straight week . The Chicago Bears wide receiver did not participate in Friday's practice ahead of Sunday's NFC North showdown with the Green Bay Packers, the team announced. He looms as a potential... more

Jake Locker is officially questionable for Sunday. Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that his starting quarterback's progress in Friday's practice was an encouraging step forward after Locker sat out all week with a wrist injury. Two... more

The life of an NFL scout is not for the pampered. NFL Network's Finding Giants -- a four-part series premiering Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET and airing each Tuesday through October 21 -- brings fans behind the curtain for a close-up peek at the... more

Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson was one of the juiciest stories coming out of Week 1 after the freakishly athletic wideout tortured the Rams with three carries for 102 yards on the ground. In the two games since, the Adrian Peterson-free Vikings have... more

The Eli Manning jokes are losing their zing. The Giants quarterback put together his third straight positive outing in Thursday night's 45-14 frying of the Washington Redskins. After looking lost all summer in Ben McAdoo's new offense, Manning... more

Parity rules after three weeks September 25, 2014

Parity is the name of the game through three weeks of this early season. Year Teams with 1+ wins through three games 2012 30 2014 29 2005 28 5 tied 27 NFL Media Research noted Thursday that a whopping 29 of 32 teams have one or more wins over... more

As mentioned on Wednesday's podcast , we're not ready to panic over Green Bay's slow start on offense. All five Around The NFL scribes†picked the Packers to slay the Bears in Chicago, based largely on our collective belief that Aaron Rodgers and... more

Eagles coach Chip Kelly revealed Wednesday that he and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh have freely exchanged ideas †on the offensive side of the ball, but their teams -- set to play†Sunday -- couldn't look any different in the fourth quarter this season.... more

Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension is in a holding pattern. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, per two sources involved in the situation, that the running back's hearing is likely to be moved back until after former FBI... more

The embattled secondary of the New York Jets just can't catch a break. One week after Green Bay wideout Jordy Nelson fried Gang Green for 209 yards through the air, Chicago's duo of Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett piled up a combined 13 catches... more

Chip Kelly's fingerprints were all over the NFL long before he rescued the Philadelphia Eagles. While still operating as Oregon's head coach in 2012, Kelly met with Bill Belichick and the Patriots to help New England implement a lightning-paced offense... more

The season is over before it began for rookie Louis Nix. The Texans have placed the third-round defensive lineman on injured-reserve, the team announced Wednesday. Nix was inactive for the team's first three regular-season tilts. The former Notre... more

Matt Schaub remains stateside for the Oakland Raiders. A team official confirmed to CSN Bay Area that the backup quarterback is in the United States , while his teammates spend the week preparing in London for their Wembley Stadium tilt with the Miami... more

The unbeaten Arizona Cardinals have won two straight games without Carson Palmer at the wheel, but the team's starting quarterback says a mysterious nerve issue in his throwing shoulder is on the mend. Schein: Stick with Stanton, Cards! Drew†Stanton... more

Matt Ryan's sizzling early season for the Falcons was front and center last Thursday night as the veteran quarterback ripped through Tampa Bay's defense in a 56-14 cakewalk over the adrift Bucs. Ryan's handiwork in the win earned him the NFC Offensive... more

The Oakland Raiders need all the help they can get on offense. Maurice Jones-Drew says he's ready to provide it. The team's veteran running back told NFL Media's Terrell Davis on Wednesday that he'll be in the lineup Sunday against the Miami Dolphins... more

Matt Cassel's season is over; Teddy Bridgewater's has just begun. The Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday announced that Cassel has been†placed on injured reserve after sustaining "several fractured bones" in his foot during Sunday's 20-9 loss to the New... more

Morris Claiborne is back in the building. The disgruntled cornerback returned Wednesday to Dallas Cowboys headquarters after packing up his possessions and storming out on Tuesday after learning that he would be benched in favor of Orlando Scandrick.... more

Cornerback Ike Taylor says the broken forearm he suffered in Sunday night's win over the Carolina Panthers won't end his long run with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Ike will be back," Taylor said of himself on Tuesday, per Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh... 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 Baltimore Ravens on Monday released a statement responding to ESPN.com's "Outside the Lines" feature on the Ray Rice situation . Promising to be "open, candid and transparent with our fans, sponsors, ticket holders, and the general public," the... more

As Kevin Patra pointed out on†Sunday's podcast , the Raiders were unusually eager to visit Revis Island during Oakland's tight loss to the New England Patriots. Instead of being cowed by one of the game's top cornerbacks, rookie quarterback Derek Carr... more

Sunday's most absurd moment unraveled before a packed house at Ford Field. Couched inside an otherwise gritty Lions win over the Packers, Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch embarked on one of the more embarrassing attempts at celebration in franchise... more

As we noted in Sunday's late-night podcast , the 49ers were a different beast on offense in Week 3's disappointing loss to the still-undefeated Arizona Cardinals. Abandoning its typical run-heavy approach, San Francisco wheeled out a high percentage of... more

Sitting at 1-2 heading into their bye, the Cleveland Browns can't feel good about how Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Ravens wrapped up. Nursing a 21-20 lead with five minutes to go, the Browns failed on two consecutive possessions to eat up the clock.... more

The Broncos have seen two of the game's finest young passers up close and personal this season, but at least one Denver defender says there's no competition between Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. "Keep talking up Andrew Luck ,"†Broncos cornerback Chris... more

The Arizona Cardinals pulled out an edgy division win at home, topping the San Francisco 49ers 23-14 at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. After last week's ugly meltdown against the Bears, Colin Kaepernick was a clean 7-for-7... more

The Cincinnati Bengals had their way with the visiting Titans in Sunday's 33-7 win over Tennessee. Our takeaways: 1. This affair was never in question as Cincinnati's underrated defense squelched everything Jake Locker and the Titans attempted.... more

The Baltimore Ravens needed all 60 minutes to knock off the Browns in Sunday's†23-21 win over Cleveland. Our takeaways: 1. Joe Flacco came into the game with an outrageous 11-1 mark against Cleveland, but this isn't the Browns team he's used to... more

Joe Flacco has lost his most reliable pass-catcher. Veteran Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta exited the second quarter of Sunday's 23-21 win over†the Browns with an injured right hip, the same hip he fractured before last season . NFL Media Insider... more

A collection of 53 men pretending to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers invaded Atlanta on Thursday night. Their ruse was quickly exposed, as quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons left the visiting contingent in tatters during a 56-14 hammer-drop. Atlanta's... more

The locker room was probably the safest place for Josh McCown on Thursday night . The Buccaneers starting quarterback left Tampa Bay's loss against the Falcons late in the second quarter with a right thumb injury and never returned. The... more

The Minnesota Vikings are washing their hands of Jerome Simpson. The team on Thursday announced the release of the veteran wide receiver after learning that Simpson†faces charges of driving on a limited driver's license, possession of marijuana in a... more

Josh Gordon hasn't given up on his dream to peddle automobiles to civilians. While serving what is expected to be a†10-game suspension , the Cleveland Browns wide receiver will continue to work as the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto... more

Asked how the Vikings will move forward in a post-Adrian Peterson world, Minnesota play-caller Norv Turner talked Thursday about relying on the base of talent that remains. Let's take a look at who might play a larger role for the Vikings starting... more

Jonathan Dwyer's season is over. The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that the fifth-year running back has been placed on the team's reserve/non-football illness list. Dwyer was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Phoenix police on allegations of... more

The Eagles rocked the NFL landscape in March when they released wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the heels of a career year in Philadelphia. Five months after making him a Washington Redskin, coach Jay Gruden -- preparing his team to face Philly on... more

Colin Kaepernick's choice of words in Sunday night's 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears has cost the 49ers quarterback. Kaepernick told reporters on Wednesday that he was fined more than $11,000 for "inappropriate language," according to Janie... more

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Wednesday called Adrian Peterson's deactivation the "right decision" †for his embattled organization, but not everyone inside the building agrees. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn later told reporters that he was mystified by... more

Admitting that he "made a mistake" by not acting sooner, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told reporters Wednesday that deactivating Adrian Peterson was the "right decision" after the star running back was indicted Friday on a charge of reckless or... more

Redskins wideout DeSean Jackson looks like a go for Sunday's showdown with his former team. Jackson told Eagles running back LeSean McCoy on Monday that the sprained AC joint he sustained in Week 2 won't keep him from suiting up against... more

With two-thirds of the league throwing for more passing yardage per game than the New York Giants, it would help to have their wide receiver of tomorrow on the field today. That won't happen this week, though, with rookie Odell Beckham still... more

Ray Rice isn't going quietly into the night. The former Baltimore Ravens running back on Tuesday filed an appeal of his indefinite suspension. The NFL Players Association's lawyers will represent Rice in the appeal. The NFLPA released a statement... more

Debate continues to swirl around Adrian Peterson following his indictment Friday on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. While Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has called for the Vikings to suspend their All-Pro running back , not everyone... more

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith expressed optimism that Roddy White will be ready for Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after missing a second consecutive practice Tuesday. "It's not important for Roddy to practice," Smith said Tuesday... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't waiting around to make changes along their troubled offensive line. The team announced Tuesday that right tackle Cameron Bradfield -- filling in for injured starter Austin Pasztor -- has been waived on the heels of a... more

Support for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson doesn't extend to the governor's office. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued the following statement on Tuesday, one day after the Vikings announced that Peterson was expected to play this weekend... more

Say hello 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

It's not too early to see that we've potentially missed the mark on a handful of our summertime "Making the Leap " candidates. Not so with Zach Ertz, the second-year Eagles tight end who already looms as a†major piece of the puzzle for Philadelphia's... more

Sunday wasn't pretty for Chad Henne and the Jaguars. Jacksonville's starting quarterback took a historical pounding against the Redskins, as Washington tied a franchise record with 10 sacks in a 41-10 cakewalk . Coach Gus Bradley told reporters Monday... more

With Baltimore opening its schedule against three straight opponents out of the rugged AFC North, John Harbaugh knows what he's up against. "We may be in the best division in football," the Ravens coach told reporters on Monday, six days before his... more

John Abraham is returning to work. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that the outside linebacker will rejoin the team after taking a leave last week to contemplate retirement. Abraham -- who suffered a concussion during... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport obtained the following statement from Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson: My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very... more

Jacksonville's already battered cast of pass-catchers is down another man. The Jaguars announced Monday that starting tight end Marcedes Lewis will miss six to eight weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered in Sunday's trouncing at the hands of the... more

The bad luck continues for the winless New Orleans Saints. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that running back Mark Ingram is expected to miss about a month after breaking his hand during Sunday's surprising 26-24 loss to the Cleveland... more

The Chiefs put up a grand fight, but Alex Smith and friends couldn't seal the deal against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver's 24-17 †win over Kansas City. Our takeaways: 1. The Chiefs took Denver to the brink with an edgy final drive that... more

The Texans are 2-0 after making mincemeat of the Raiders in a contest that was never in question. Our takeaways from Houston's 30-14 †hammer-drop of Oakland: 1. Suggesting that he might be an ethereal being from another solar system, J.J. Watt drew... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are now 0-2. But the bigger concern is the status of their running back. All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles left for the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's AFC West showdown with an ankle injury. Andy Reid said... more

The Washington Redskins overcame the loss of their starting quarterback and most dangerous offensive weapon to hammer the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-10 †for their first win of the season. Our takeaways: 1. Stephen King couldn't have authored a more... more

The Cleveland Browns shook up Drew Brees with a rough-and-tumble defense in Sunday's surprising 26-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Our takeaways: 1. Mike Pettine's defense flexed its muscles early and often against Drew Brees and the Saints.... more

Robert Griffin III's Sunday †was over before it really began. The Washington Redskins quarterback was carted off the field with an aircast on his left ankle after suffering a non-contact injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was officially ruled... more

With an eye toward Sunday's slate of games, let's highlight a few players and teams that caught our eye on Game Rewind: The Lazor Effect 1. As promised, Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace is far more active under new play-caller Bill Lazor. On... more

In a week flush with off-the-field distractions, the Baltimore Ravens still had a game to play. Coach John Harbaugh -- just days after facing the media to discuss the release of Ray Rice -- told reporters after Thursday night's convincing 26-6 win... more

Baltimore's 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night provided a brief reprieve from the drama surrounding Ray Rice and a more complete look at the Ravens' Gary Kubiak-led offense we were promised all offseason. Coming off a... more

While the Browns were open to playing Johnny Manziel †last week against the Steelers, the rookie quarterback doesn't appear to be in the plans for Sunday's meeting with the New Orleans Saints. "Probably not," †play-caller Kyle Shanahan said of Manziel... more

A long-term extension for Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is on hold in Cleveland. That's the word from Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer, who reported Thursday that the Pro Bowl pass-catcher†most likely will play out his rookie deal , which... more

The Baltimore Ravens must do something on Thursday night against the Steelers that the Cleveland Browns couldn't: Slow down Le'Veon Bell. Pittsburgh's second-year back piled up 197 yards from scrimmage against the Browns in Week 1 , the most for a... more

The deep defensive line of the St. Louis Rams has taken a major hit. Coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Wednesday that pass rusher Chris Long is set to undergo ankle surgery this week and will miss at least "a few" games. The team later announced... more

The Green Bay Packers hope to have Eddie Lacy on hand for Sunday's home-opener against the Jets. The team's starting running back sat out Wednesday's practice after suffering a concussion in last Thursday night's ugly loss to the Seattle... more

Figures released by the NFL on Wednesday reveal the world-champion Seattle Seahawks to be one of the league's youngest teams. They're also the lightest. Marshawn†Lynch A league press release listed Seattle's roster with an average weight of... more

The Cowboys' defense entered this season as a long-running punchline, but pass rusher Jeremy Mincey believes the jokes are over in Dallas. The veteran end was a firsthand witness at Sunday's 28-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but came away from... more

The season is over for Mike Jenkins. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday that their starting cornerback is headed to injured reserve with a pectoral injury, per the team's official website. To fill his roster spot, the Bucs signed... more

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Tuesday sent the following letter to team stakeholders regarding the release of Ray Rice: Dear Ravens Stakeholder: You deserve an explanation. What happened with the Ray Rice incident? How could it come to... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated Tuesday that the league didn't see footage of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator before Monday. "We had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the elevator," Goodell said, per Norah... more

The Philadelphia Eagles used a generous portion of Tuesday's workday to address the team's dumpster fire along the offensive line. Nick†Foles The team announced that Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis was placed on the injured reserve-designated to... more

With Jordan Cameron nursing a shoulder injury, the Cleveland Browns are feeling around for help at tight end. The team on Tuesday worked out veteran Kellen Davis, according to Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters... more

Say hello 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... more

Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert endured a trial by fire in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers. Pitted against Pittsburgh's Markus Wheaton, Gilbert allowed the second-year wideout to haul in six catches for 97 yards off seven targets,... more

Around the NFL spent many long summer weeks putting together this year's "Making the Leap" list , our collection of the top 25 players we see taking a major jump in 2014. With Sunday's action in the rear-view mirror, let's take a look at who helped --... more

LaMichael James is on his way out of San Francisco. Buried in the pecking order behind Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde, the third-year running back has requested and received his release from the 49ers on Monday, according to his agent. The team later... more

The Atlanta Falcons appear to have dodged a bullet along their offensive line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that X-rays came up negative on the left ankle of rookie Jake Matthews. The team's first-round offensive tackle had further... more

The Browns know a thing or two about opening-day losses. Sunday's 30-27 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers established new frontiers in futility, as Cleveland set an NFL record by dropping its 10th consecutive season opener. The latest indignity... more

Public service announcement to trombone players everywhere: Stay clear of Panthers kicker Graham Gano. During halftime of Carolina's 20-14 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday, Gano shoved a Bethune-Cookman University trombone player out of the way to... more

The 49ers on Sunday didn't look like a team coming apart at the seams. Instead, San Francisco came out swinging in a convincing 28-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys that shifted the spotlight away from off-the-field questions about the future of coach Jim... more

Derek Anderson caught fire on Sunday, but the Carolina Panthers haven't forgotten about their franchise centerpiece. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters after the team's 20-14 season-opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he expects starting... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers fought off Cleveland's furious second-half rally to knock off the Browns 30-27 with a game-winning field goal as time expired. Our takeaways: NFL Replay Relive the Pittsburgh Steelers' 30-27 victory over the Cleveland... more

The Minnesota Vikings had little trouble disposing of the St. Louis Rams in a†34-6 rout in Sunday's season opener. Our takeaways: 1. The Vikings won behind a defense that looks more aggressive than anything we've seen in ages from Minnesota. After... more

The St. Louis Rams have lost another quarterback. The team announced during the third quarter that Shaun Hill injured his thigh and he did not return. Third-year passer Austin Davis played the rest of the game for the Rams. Hill was ineffective... more

Is trouble brewing in San Francisco? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL GameDay Morning on Sunday that 49ers sources believe coach Jim Harbaugh is already losing the locker room. "There is some serious doubts about whether Harbaugh is... more

When Mike McCarthy was asked to sum up Thursday night's 36-16 thumping at the hands of the Seahawks, the Packers coach didn't mince words. "We were not sharp," McCarthy said Friday of a Green Bay defense that allowed a whopping 207 yards on the ground.... more

With Sunday just around the corner, we're more than ready to ship a month's worth of preseason footage into deep hyperspace. So much about August football is misleading, but we do believe in what the preseason can show us about young players ready to... more

Football: It's finally here. Sunday's opening slate of games brings joy back to the people, but not all is well. Plenty of teams have been nipped by the injury bug, already forced to consider a next-man-up strategy for a handful of stars and fantasy... more

The Dolphins would be wise to prepare for Tom Brady on Sunday. One day after missing his first practice since the start of training camp, the Patriots quarterback returned to the field on a limited basis for Friday's session. New England later... more

When we broke down Sunday's slate of games on the latest podcast, nobody expressed much faith in the Cleveland Browns. Stripped of their juiciest weapon in Josh Gordon and coming out of a wayward preseason that saw rookie Johnny Manziel fail to win... more

The Cam Newton watch continues. After missing Wednesday's practice with rib soreness, the Carolina Panthers quarterback was limited during Thursday's session and didn't throw a pass during the portion of practice open to the media. Newton told... more

Sheldon Richardson doesn't lack for confidence. After boasting late last season that he was "most definitely" the best choice for Defensive Rookie of the Year -- an award he won -- the New York Jets defensive end expects a "dominant" second season... more

We now know why Jadeveon Clowney has hovered in the shadows since late August. The Texans rookie pass rusher told reporters on Thursday that he suffered a concussion during a joint practice session with the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, per John McClain... more

Drafting Russell Wilson changed everything for Pete Carroll's Seahawks, but the third-year quarterback very nearly wound up throwing passes for the Eagles. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah weaved a tale of intrigue on his newly minted Move the Sticks Podcast... more

Josh Gordon is back at work. The suspended All-Pro wide receiver won't catch passes this season for Cleveland, but he will sell cars to Browns fans, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Gordon is set to serve as the goodwill ambassador for the... more

Michael Sam's NFL journey isn't over yet. The Dallas Cowboys plan to bring the free-agent defensive end in for a physical on Wednesday, a team source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. If the rookie passes, Sam will be added to the team's practice... more

While the Pittsburgh Steelers hinted at team-imposed punishments for Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, only mindless chumps questioned their status for Week 1 . Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed as much Tuesday, telling reporters that his top two... more

Two days after defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges , San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told KNBR-AM on Tuesday that the organization would offer "no tolerance" for abuse. "I'll be very clear," Harbaugh said,... more

Malcom Floyd hasn't played all 16 games in a regular season since 2009, but the longtime San Diego Chargers wideout hopes to snap that streak starting Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals. Coming off last year's season-ending neck injury ,... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers still expect to see a dose of Johnny Manziel in Sunday's regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Despite veteran Brian Hoyer earning the start, Dick LeBeau's defensive charges are preparing for at least a few snaps... more

Jeff Tedford has long pointed to Week 1 as the launch point for a Buccaneers offense wrapped in mystery, but Tampa Bay might not have its play-caller on hand for Sunday's meeting with the Carolina Panthers. After Tedford, 52, was hospitalized last... more

Less than a week after six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins was shipped to the Buccaneers, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still getting used to the newly minted void along New England's offensive line. "I haven't really spoken to anybody about it ,... more

By all accounts, Alex Smith came out on the winning side †of his new contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. The quarterback's four-year, $68 million deal comes equipped with $45 million in guarantees, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Coupled with... more

Jon Beason is back on the field with the New York Giants. One week ahead of the team's regular-season opener , the veteran linebacker returned to practice Monday after missing all of training camp with a foot injury. New York on Monday listed... more

The Tennessee Titans continue to hunt for difference-makers on defense. Quentin Groves is going to Nashville, having agreed to terms on a contract Monday, the team announced. Call it a homecoming of sorts, with Groves serving as a known commodity... more

It hasn't been an easy summer for EJ Manuel. The Bills starting quarterback struggled through five preseason games before watching Buffalo's front office lure in Kyle Orton with a lucrative two-year deal that will pay the veteran passer $5 million... more

Pro Football Focus graded last year's Falcons line as a bottom-10 run-blocking machine and the third-worst pass-protecting outfit in all of football. Atlanta was pushed around at the line of scrimmage from wire to wire, but the early returns on this... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will feature plenty of new parts when the Cleveland Browns roll into town for Sunday's regular-season opener . On defense, rookie Stephon Tuitt is expected to see snaps at end in front of playmaking rookie linebacker Ryan... more

August

Michael Sam's NFL journey is temporarily on hold. Battista: Sam proves he belongs Judy Battista says although Michael Sam didn't make the Rams' 53-man roster, his effort should be considered a victory. READ The St. Louis Rams released the... more

Greg Little is searching for a new NFL home. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports on each team's moves. READ The Oakland Raiders released the fourth-year wide receiver just three... more

It isn't easy making the NFL's most talent-packed roster. Just ask Eric Winston. The Seattle Seahawks released the veteran offensive tackle -- and NFLPA president -- on Saturday. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on... more

The San Diego Chargers are moving on without the services of Vincent Brown. The veteran wide receiver was waived/injured by the team†on Saturday as the Bolts whittled their roster down to the 53-man limit, the team announced. Roster cuts tracker NFL... more

Daniel Thomas is the odd man out in Miami's backfield . Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports on each team's moves. READ The Dolphins on Saturday released the fourth-year running... more

Jerel Worthy's sojourn in New England didn't last long. The Patriots on Saturday released the former Packers defensive tackle †less than three weeks after offering a conditional late-round draft pick to Green Bay to acquire him. New England gave up... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are putting a bookend on the Jeff Demps Experiment. The team waived the former U.S. Olympic track star on Saturday. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports on... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are busy slimming down their payroll to 53 active players, but one roster-hopeful who hasn't been waived is wide receiver Damaris Johnson. CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher reported Friday that Chip Kelly and friends are trying to... more

The Bengals put BenJarvus Green-Ellis on blast this offseason when they used a second-round pick to draft hammer-dropping running back Jeremy Hill out of LSU.† Cincinnati's crowded backfield had us wondering all summer if Law Firm would lose his... more

The Bills have dodged a bullet on the Sammy Watkins front. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Buffalo's first-round wide receiver came out of Thursday night's preseason loss to the Lions without a serious injury to his ribs, per a... more

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag †in Thursday night's preseason win over the Bears, but his peak plays against Chicago were enough to keep the rookie in the conversation for snaps against the Steelers in Week 1. "It's something... more

The Buffalo Bills rolled out their starting offense on Thursday night , only to stumble hard against a gaggle of Lions backups. The Browns employed a similar strategy against the Bears , but with better results. Quarterback Brian Hoyer and the first... more

Buffalo's decision to play its starters in Thursday night's meaningless preseason 23-0 loss †against the Lions has cost the Bills. Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins walked off to the locker room during Buffalo's second offensive drive after... more

ATLANTA FALCONS CAROLINA PANTHERS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Around The NFL's season preview wraps up in the NFC South. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in Two simple words: Lovie Smith.... more

ATLANTA FALCONS CAROLINA PANTHERS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Around The NFL's season preview wraps up in the NFC South. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in Anyone watching "Hard Knocks"... more

ATLANTA FALCONS CAROLINA PANTHERS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Around The NFL's season preview wraps up in the NFC South. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in Panthers general manager Dave... more

ATLANTA FALCONS CAROLINA PANTHERS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Around The NFL's season preview wraps up in the NFC South. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in On offense, the Saints have... more

The Cleveland Browns waited nearly four months for the NFL to drop its one-year suspension on wide receiver Josh Gordon. Battista: Browns drop the ball In the wake of Josh† Gordon's suspension, Judy Battista says Cleveland failed to properly... more

Nothing we've seen from the Cleveland Browns this summer suggests an offense capable of surviving the one-year suspension of Josh Gordon. Battista: Browns drop the ball In the wake of Josh† Gordon's suspension, Judy Battista says Cleveland failed... more

Josh Gordon's fate for 2014 has finally been decided. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Wednesday that the NFL has suspended the Cleveland Browns wide receiver for one season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, according to a... more

The Kansas City Chiefs aren't finished adding bodies along their less-than-pristine offensive line. The team on Wednesday announced the signing of veteran guard Mike McGlynn, who made 30 starts for the Indianapolis Colts over the past two seasons. In a... more

We've spent all offseason banging the table for Zach Ertz. The Philadelphia Eagles tight end was an obvious choice for "Making the Leap" after surging down the stretch last season in a Chip Kelly-led offense that used the rookie all over the... more

It didn't take long for Derek Cox to find a new employer. The Ravens announced they signed †the veteran cornerback on Wednesday, two days after he was released by the Minnesota Vikings. The former Jaguars and Chargers defender is expected to play... more

The Arizona Cardinals continue to sniff around for former Pittsburgh Steelers. One week after attempting to lure defensive lineman Brett Keisel to the desert, the team will host pass rusher James Harrison on Wednesday, the player's agent told NFL Media... more

It's time to thank the men in the shadows. The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it will unveil a new award this season to recognize the NFL's top assistant coach. Serving as The AP's eighth annual NFL honor, The Assistant Coach of the Year... more

The Seattle Seahawks are paying the price for too much contact at practice. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team was fined $300,000 for violations of the collective bargaining agreement's offseason no-contact rules, per a... more

Glory of glories: We have a kicker trade! The Denver Broncos have swung a deal with the New York Giants to acquire the undrafted Brandon McManus, the team announced Tuesday. In a corresponding move, Denver waived kicker Mitch Ewald. McManus was... more

The Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday released a backup quarterback and shelved a "walking miracle" to start the season. The team announced that Caleb Hanie has been cut as Big D whittles its way down to the 75-man roster limit by Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET... more

Is Stephen Hill on his way out of Gotham? After ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the New York Jets attempted to shop the underwhelming receiver over the summer without any luck, coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday played dumb. "First I've heard of it,"... more

With Sam Bradford lost for the year , the St. Louis Rams remain a logical candidate to swing a trade for a new quarterback. After expressing "all the confidence in the world" in Shaun Hill as the team's Week 1 starter, coach Jeff Fisher on Sunday... more

It's a tough week for all 32 NFL teams. Clubs league-wide are busy trimming their rosters down to 75 players in time for Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. You can see the complete list of departed with our†roster cuts tracker , but Around The NFL will... more

Jay Feely's four-year run in Arizona is over. The Cardinals announced that they've released the veteran kicker in an effort to get their roster down to 75 players in time for Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Feely, 38, loomed as a goner after pushing a... more

With Ryan Mallett still on the burner as a potential trade target for quarterback-needy teams, the New England Patriots are keeping their backup in bubble wrap. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that New England is expected to hold... more

It's come down to this for the ragtag offensive line of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the team is bringing in free-agent guard Richie Incognito for a Monday visit, per team sources. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington adds... more

One day after Bills coach Doug Marrone made it clear that he wasn't "satisfied with the backup quarterback" position, heads are rolling in Buffalo. The team on Monday released Dennis Dixon, the former Steelers and Ravens arm who earned surprise... more

It's only the preseason, but put your hands together for this year's collection of Tennessee Titans quarterbacks. Jake Locker's lofty 119.9 passer rating sits nestled between Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan, while rookie Zach Mettenberger's 504 yards... more

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke with confidence Sunday about marching his team into the regular season with Shaun Hill at quarterback. That determination to press on, though, didn't come instantly, with Fisher first having to confront the... more

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine knows he needs more from his starting quarterback to survive life in the rough-and-tumble AFC North. Brian Hoyer has struggled to move the ball through the air while battling miscommunication with his receivers... more

The San Francisco 49ers struggled on offense †once again during Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers, churning out just 14 yards over their first three drives. Colin Kaepernick and the starters have generated a mere six points in August, but... more

Jeff Fisher wasn't hired to sit in his office and pout over the fate of his starting quarterback. After meeting with reporters to confirm that Sam Bradford will miss the season after tearing his ACL for a second straight year, the St. Louis Rams... more

Mike Pettine is preparing for life without Josh Gordon. The Cleveland Browns coach told reporters Sunday that the organization anticipates the All-Pro wide receiver to be suspended for at least part of the upcoming season, which contributed to... more

The New York Jets have yet another headache at the cornerback position . General manager John Idzik preempted a scheduled media conference call with coach Rex Ryan on Sunday to alert reporters to the mysterious status of Dimitri Patterson. The... more

After losing Sam Bradford for the final nine games of last season, the St. Louis Rams are bracing for another lost campaign by the team's starting quarterback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that a battery of tests confirmed that... more

The Buffalo Bills have seen enough from Alan Branch. The team on Sunday cut the veteran defensive tackle just one day after he was arrested for drunken driving in upstate New York. State police told The Associated Press that Branch was arrested... more

The New York Jets are hurting for game-changers at the wide receiver position, but that didn't help Jacoby Ford. The former Oakland Raiders pass-catcher was one of†six cuts on Sunday that trimmed New York's roster down to 75 players ahead of†Tuesday's... more

Knowshon Moreno's lost summer rendered Dolphins running back Lamar Miller as the widely seen shoo-in for Miami's lead backfield spot, but is the landscape shifting? Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was cryptic on the heels of Saturday night's 25-20... more

Sunday's two-game preseason slate †offers fans a peek at three of last year's playoff teams -- the 49ers, Chargers and Bengals -- and a fourth in the Cardinals, which missed out on the party despite winning 10 games. Will the good times last? Here's... more

Four preseason games have revealed a disturbing situation under center for the Buffalo Bills. From wildly inconsistent starter EJ Manuel on down, the team has suffered through some of the league's most erratic quarterback play. Armed with an otherwise... more

As human beings nationwide prepare for their fantasy drafts, the backfield of the St. Louis Rams remains a talking point. Second-year runner Zac Stacy is widely viewed as the opening-day starter, leaving plenty to wonder why Benny Cunningham got the nod... more

Matt Cassel has all but won the starting quarterback job in Minnesota, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn't ready to admit it. "No," Zimmer said, when asked if he was willing to officially hand Cassel the job after Saturday night's easy 30-12 preseason... more

The Denver Broncos opened last season without the services of Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller. This time around, they'll do it without their Pro Bowl kicker. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was told Sunday that Matt Prater will be suspended four games... more

Their defense is a wide-open barn door, but the Dallas Cowboys have shown promise along their young offensive line. A bright spot during the team's first two preseason tilts, the front five struggled in Saturday night's 25-20 loss to the Miami... more

Peyton Manning had his fill of Texans safety D.J. Swearinger on Saturday night. The Broncos' All-Pro quarterback was flagged with a taunting penalty for racing 30 yards downfield to get in Swearinger's grill following a 29-yard touchdown dart to... more

On a problem-filled night for the Cleveland Browns, the most pressing issue was a doozy: Brian Hoyer doesn't resemble an NFL starter. Three days after "winning" the team's over-hyped quarterback competition, Hoyer "led" the starters to a mere 76... more

Sam Bradford's promising preseason has been short-circuited. The Rams' starting quarterback left Saturday night's 33-14 win †over the Cleveland Browns after injuring his left knee on a first-quarter incompletion. Bradford was wrapped up by Armonty... more

The St. Louis Rams faced the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night without rookie offensive lineman Greg Robinson in the starting lineup. The No. 2 overall pick saw action in the team's third preseason tilt, but not with the first team. Robinson was... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have clung tightly to the narrative of Chad Henne rolling unhindered into September as the team's season-long starting quarterback. Coach Gus Bradley confirmed as much after Friday night's 13-12 loss to Detroit, once... more

Tight end Michael Egnew's uninspiring run with the Miami Dolphins has come to an end. The team on Friday waived its former third-round pick after just two disappointing seasons in South Beach. Egnew failed miserably to emerge this summer in new... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have lost another key piece along their depth-challenged offensive line. The team on Friday announced that starting right tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season.... more

With any luck, Mike Pettine won't have to say another word about Cleveland's elongated quarterback derby. Speaking with reporters Wednesday after Brian Hoyer was†named the team's starter over Johnny Manziel, the Browns coach assured that his veteran... more

Sammy Watkins remains in flux for the Buffalo Bills. Doctors have yet to decide if the first-round wide receiver will be able to play in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The No. 4 overall pick in May's draft exited... more

Tony Gonzalez says he's done with football, and we believe him. Mostly. The former Chiefs and Falcons tight end walked away from his celebrated, 17-year career after last season, seamlessly shifting into an NFL analyst gig for CBS Sports. Gonzalez,... more

Wednesday's announcement that Brian Hoyer will open the season at quarterback begs one obvious question: What about Johnny Manziel? What happens now to the first-round pick who sent waves of hope rippling through the streets of Cleveland all summer... more

At long last, the Cleveland Browns have made their decision under center. Brooks: Browns starting wrong QB Despite Mike†Pettine's decision, Bucky Brooks still believes Johnny†Manziel is a better option at quarterback than Brian†Hoyer.READ The... more

Beyond Monday night's wreckage under center for the Cleveland Browns, there was the curious case of Josh Gordon. Facing a potentially lengthy suspension, last year's league-leading wideout saw snaps into the fourth quarter of an underwhelming preseason... more

Colt Lyerla's odyssey with the Packers has been cut short. Green Bay waived/injured the undrafted rookie tight end Tuesday after the former Oregon star was diagnosed with a torn MCL and PCL in his right knee. ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky first reported... more

Texans owner Bob McNair recently said that Houston wouldn't shy away from franchise-tagging All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt if the sides can't hammer out a long-term pact before his rookie deal expires in 2016. "We want to take care of all of our... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The NFL 's season preview jumps to the AFC North. Change we can believe in Hue Jackson is one of the NFL's most underrated play-callers, able to... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The NFL 's season preview jumps to the AFC North. UPDATE: The Browns announced Wednesday that Brian Hoyer will be their Week 1 starting quarterback .... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The NFL 's season preview jumps to the AFC North. Change we can believe in The early returns on new play-caller Gary Kubiak are encouraging. Look for... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The NFL 's season preview jumps to the AFC North. Change we can believe in Once tabbed as "old and slow" by Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, Pittsburgh's... more

Tennessee's running back battle didn't skip a beat on Monday. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that Shonn Greene is fine after suffering a hyperextended knee in Friday night's preseason loss to the New Orleans Saints. Greene practiced... more

The Cleveland Browns are down a man in their deep secondary. Cornerback Buster Skrine underwent thumb surgery Monday and won't play again in the preseason, the team confirmed. Coach Mike Pettine said he expects the fourth-year cover man to return in... more

Teddy Bridgewater's late-game heroics against the Arizona Cardinals haven't altered the picture under center for the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday that veteran Matt Cassel will start the team's third preseason game... more

The Atlanta Falcons are ripping the training wheels off Jake Matthews. The team shifted the rookie offensive lineman from right tackle to left during Monday's practice, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It's the... more

The league's hottest quarterback duel resumes Monday night as Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer lead the Cleveland Browns into action against the Washington Redskins. Here's what we'll be watching in tonight's prime-time tilt: 1. We didn't learn much... more

Derek Carr's promising evening for the Raiders came to a screeching halt in the fourth quarter of Oakland's 27-26 preseason win over the Detroit Lions. Raiders coach Dennis Allen told reporters that the rookie passer came out of the game with a... more

The Raiders signed up for a season's worth of Matt Schaub. Now they have to live with it. Oakland's 33-year-old starting quarterback lasted four drives against a swarming Detroit pass rush before giving way to rookie Derek Carr in Friday night's 27-26... more

The second week of the preseason continues Saturday with eight games. Here's what to watch for: Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network) Sam Bradford is a bona fide Q rating vacuum, but I'm watching to see how the Rams... more

Friday night brought a closer look at Jake Locker's role in Tennessee's newfangled offense. After throwing just two passes against the Packers last week, the Titans quarterback came out of the gate firing against the New Orleans Saints. Locker... more

The preseason is packed with cowed newbies and out-of-place first-year players, but C.J. Mosley has arrived as advertised for the Baltimore Ravens. "The best compliment that I can give him is he's been here for months, and it seems like he's been... more

We'll get our first look at Cleveland's other first-round draft pick when the Browns square off with the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil told reporters Friday that rookie Justin Gilbert is slated to see... more

In case you missed it, the NFL's finest blocking tight end is looking for work. Ben Hartsock is team-less: Scattered to the wind after the New England Patriots†released him on Thursday , just days after signing the 10-year veteran. Pro Football... more

The Philadelphia Eagles rolled into Thursday's practice without the services of Jeremy Maclin. One day after the wide receiver left Wednesday's session with a tweaked hamstring, Maclin watched his teammates in shorts and a baseball cap , according to... more

The Miami Dolphins' so-called backfield battle has failed to achieve liftoff this summer. With Knowshon Moreno just one week into practice following arthroscopic knee surgery, Lamar Miller remains the rock-solid bet to start Week 1 against the... more

The master plan in Jacksonville hasn't changed -- yet. The Jaguars remain committed to keeping quarterback Blake Bortles in bubble wrap all season long, but another strong show from the No. 3 overall pick against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night... more

Ben Hartsock's maiden voyage to New England was short one. The Patriots on Thursday announced the release of the 34-year-old tight end they signed just four days ago . The move comes one day after New England waived tight end Terrence Miller,... more

Coming out of the Hall of Fame Game, Cyrus Kouandjio was the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. The Bills second-round offensive tackle was a revolving door against Giants pass rusher Damontre Moore and roundly outplayed by seventh-rounder... more

C.J. Spiller has heard the whispers about a potential trade out of Buffalo, but his general manager has not. Doug Whaley on Wednesday shot down speculation that the Bills running back has been the consistent subject of a potential deal. "We have... more

Former Eagles passer Ron Jaworski is no stranger to from-the-wilderness thinking on NFL quarterbacks. We learned this last summer when the ESPN analyst announced that Colin Kaepernick "could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever," †right after... more

With the Eagles and Patriots embroiled in joint practice this week, New England's rebuilt defense is getting a taste of the wideout Philadelphia plans to lean on heavily come September: Jeremy Maclin. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted... more

The Titans are preparing for life without inside linebacker Colin McCarthy. After injuring his shoulder in Saturday's 20-16 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers, McCarthy underwent initial tests that suggested he'll require season-ending... more

With Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan expected to miss six to eight weeks with a left knee injury, Denver waves goodbye to its leading tackler from a season ago. In his absence, Brandon Marshall is slated to serve as the team's new weakside... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have their much-ballyhooed warhorse back. Running back Toby Gerhart returned to practice on Tuesday after missing more than a week of work with a hip flexor issue, per John Oehser of the team's official website. Offensive... more

The Tony Romo Show is back on the air. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday that the team's starting quarterback will see a few series on Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens, per Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News. Romo sat... more

The Denver Broncos are preparing for life without starting weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Trevathan underwent an MRI on Tuesday after suffering a left knee injury at practice. The team expects the... more

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is under investigation by the Bellevue (Wash.) Police Department on an allegation of assault and personal property damage. The team weighed in Tuesday to downplay the news.† "While we maintain the utmost... more

Cardinals pass rusher John Abraham said last May that he wanted to top 20 sacks this season. Before that happens, he needs to make an appearance with the team. Drilling into their third week of training camp, the Cardinals expect Abraham to... more

What we thought would happen months ago, happened Tuesday. The Cleveland Brown have signed veteran passer Rex Grossman to pad out their quarterback room, according to the team. In a corresponding move, reserve signal-caller Tyler Thigpen has been... more

The Houston Texans have made a bevy of moves in the backfield. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that the team released running back Andre Brown, per a source informed of the move. Brown appeared headed for the chopping block... more

More than a few Miami Dolphins fans were peeved when the team passed up Brady Quinn in the 2007 draft in favor of wide receiver and return man Ted Ginn. Seven years later, the "Dolfans" have their man. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Monday... more

Judging by what we saw in their first preseason tilt , the Cleveland Browns need every ounce of production they can squeeze out of Jordan Cameron this season. The playmaking tight end is a candidate to lead the team in every receiving category... more

If the Cleveland Browns plan to make a switch under center, they aren't letting on to it. Coach Mike Pettine told reporters after a Monday practice that saw Brian Hoyer take first-team reps that Johnny Manziel remains the team's backup. "Nothing's... more

Our first look at Miami's new Bill Lazor-led offense featured crisp, clean play from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins starter was a perfect 6-of-6 passing with a touchdown pass in Friday's 16-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 10-play... more

The Miami Dolphins aren't done putting the finishing touches on their quarterback room. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the team will work out a trio of free-agent passers including Rex Grossman, John Skelton and Brady Quinn on Monday,... more

It was just one preseason tilt, but the offensive line of the Buccaneers has emerged as a screaming red light in Tampa Bay. Starting quarterback Josh McCown spent all four of his drives running for dear life in Friday night's loss to the... more

The injury-plagued Indianapolis Colts have been handed some positive news. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Saturday that banged-up center Khaled Holmes will miss just two to three weeks with the sprained ankle he suffered in Thursday's 13-10... more

If the 49ers can't strike a new deal with holdout Alex Boone, would San Francisco be willing to trade him? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted Saturday that no progress has been made in negotiations between the club and its reliable right guard, per a... more

With Jason Campbell nursing a shoulder injury, the Cincinnati Bengals have added another quarterback. The team on Saturday announced the signing of free-agent passer Tyler Wilson, the former Raiders draft pick who was waived by the Tennessee Titans... more

One day after topping the Raiders in their preseason opener, the Minnesota Vikings have released a statement regarding an incident involving defensive tackle Linval Joseph. The team revealed that Joseph was an "innocent bystander to the shooting that... more

Jeff Tedford has kept his Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense wrapped in mystery all offseason. What we saw from the starting unit in Friday's 16-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars told us little more than this: There's plenty of more work to do.... more

The Houston Texans waved goodbye to their coach and starting quarterback this offseason. They aren't about to follow suit with J.J. Watt. Keeping the former Defensive Player of the Year in Houston long-term is a top priority for team owner Bob... more

The New Orleans Saints already knew what Brandin Cooks was capable of . Now the Rams do, too. St. Louis served as the guinea pig on Friday night for the preseason debut of the NFC's most exciting rookie pass-catcher. Cooks didn't disappoint,... more

The so-called reunion between Gregg Williams and the New Orleans Saints never got off the ground on Friday night . The Rams defensive coordinator calmly shed his headset after the 26-24 Saints win and marched off into the tunnel toward the St. Louis... more

Raiders coach Dennis Allen spent the offseason trying to convince the world that Matt Schaub was every bit the equal of Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers in the AFC West. Sounds nice in March, but what we saw from Schaub on Friday night was... more

While quarterback battles commence in Minnesota and Cleveland , there's zero debate about the Week 1 starter in Chicago. Jay Cutler popped the cork on his 2014 campaign Friday night with a convincing performance for the Bears in a 34-28 preseason... more

The NFL preseason schedule launches this week. Here's what we're looking for in each of Saturday night's games: Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions (7:30 p.m. ET) The Browns have a first-year coach and a waterfall of new moving parts, but all... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have reason for hope at the quarterback position. Blake Bortles made his NFL debut on Friday night †as the Jags beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-10, tasked with doing what ineffective starter Chad Henne couldn't: move the ball.... more

Michael Sam has made his NFL debut for the St. Louis Rams. The rookie pass rusher entered the fray with 5:13 left in the first quarter of Friday night's 26-24 preseason loss against the New Orleans Saints. The seventh-round pick and the league's... more

The Carolina Panthers will open their preseason odyssey without the services of Charles Johnson -- and probably quarterback Cam Newton. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Thursday that the team's second-leading sack-master from a season ago will sit... more

The Brandon Weeden jokes have come easily ever since he signed on with the Dallas Cowboys. After two shipwrecked seasons in Cleveland, the former first-round pick seemed beyond repair when Jerry Jones and company pulled him aboard -- but Weeden isn't... more

The Minnesota Vikings have seen enough from rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to thrust him into the fray against Oakland's first-team defense on Friday night. Johnny Manziel won't get the same starting treatment with the Cleveland Browns -- not... more

Stashed away on Arizona's preseason physically unable to perform list, safety Tyrann Mathieu hopes his return to the field is just around the corner. "I expect to be at practice (in) the next two to three weeks ," Mathieu said Wednesday, per Darren... more

The New Orleans Saints dominated the conversation when our podcast crew asked on Wednesday which NFL offense would finish the year as the league's most prolific. Drew Brees fronts an outfit that boasts a deep backfield, younger wideouts and a... more

Don't anticipate a heavy dose of the Cam Newton Experience against the Buffalo Bills on Friday night . Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters Thursday that no decision has been made on whether his starting quarterback will suit up for Carolina's... more

The NFL preseason schedule launches in earnest on Thursday night with six matchups around the league. Here's what we're looking for in each of the games on tap: Bengals at Chiefs (8 p.m. ET) It's telling how many NFL insiders believe the Bengals... more

The Vikings listed Matt Cassel as their starter on the team's first preseason depth chart, but Teddy Bridgewater has every opportunity to flip the script. Coach Mike Zimmer on Wednesday confirmed that the rookie signal-caller will work with the ones... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars will open the preseason without their much-ballyhooed bell-cow. Starting running back Toby Gerhart won't be on the field †for Friday 's "friendly" opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Gus Bradley announced... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have their hearts set on a makeover. Team president Don Smolenski announced Wednesday that the franchise has discussed switching back to the old kelly green uniforms it last wore during the 1995 campaign. "We have talked... more

Atlanta Falcons pass-catchers continue to dream of new frontiers. After Roddy White promised that he and Julio Jones would regain the title as the NFL's top wideout duo, Jones this week went a step farther. "There ain't no telling," Jones told... more

New England wideout Brandon LaFell's "inconsistent hands " were an issue last month, but quarterback Tom Brady has seen progress in the former Carolina Panther, who admitted in July that his head was "spinning " as a new member of The Patriot Way.... more

The Jordan Matthews buzz has built to a crescendo in Philadelphia, but the Eagles have issues at wide receiver if Jeremy Maclin can't mount a strong comeback off last year's devastating torn right ACL. The sixth-year pass-catcher has been limited... more

We now know why Jason Pinkston has been a no-show at training camp for the Cleveland Browns: The Browns officially announce Pitt OL Jason Pinkston has been waived. It appears the issue w/ his lungs is career ending. Sad. ‚?? Aditi Kinkhabwala... more

Arian Foster is set to embark on his sixth season with the Houston Texans, but he came closer than we knew to hanging up the cleats after last year's season-ending back surgery. "Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that -- a back, a neck,... more

The Seattle Seahawks have added a new body along the offensive line. The team†signed veteran guard Wade Smith on Monday, per FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez. Smith later confirmed that he's Seattle bound via Twitter: So thankful to be able to continue... more

The Dallas Cowboys expect to open their preseason voyage on Thursday without the services of starting quarterback Tony Romo. "We've talked about it a little bit, and we're going to be smart ," Romo told reporters on Sunday, per the Fort Worth... more

In his first-ever training camp snaps with Cleveland's first-team offense, Johnny Manziel didn't wait long to make a splash. The Browns rookie quarterback immediately unfurled a deep ball that sailed over the hands of Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden... more

The NFL made a splash during Sunday's Hall of Fame game by allowing coaches to use sideline tablets to study images of pre-snap and in-game play. The technological leap didn't come without its share of glitches. "I was told mine was going to work,... more

Josh Gordon is back at practice with the Cleveland Browns. With his "marathon" appeal session expected to wage on into Monday, the All-Pro wide receiver took to the field with his teammates in Berea, Ohio. Last season's league-leading wideout faces... more

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton believes newly added wideout Hakeem Nicks is still "working to get himself in game shape ," but there's no doubting the work ethic of veteran Reggie Wayne. Seemingly all systems go after last October's torn... more

Thursday's Browns practice opened without a trace of the team's brightest star: Josh Gordon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that last year's league-leading wide receiver was not on hand as Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel slung passes to... more

On last week's Around The League Podcast , we debated whether or not Marcus Lattimore would make San Francisco's 53-man active roster to start the season. The second-year running back has yet to be cleared for on-field work, but coach Jim Harbaugh... more

This happened: We double dare you. RT @MoveTheSticks : Great day at @Jaguars camp. Anyone dare me to jump in their pool? ‚?? Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) August 1, 2014 Then this happened: Khanonball! NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah goes in the... more

Untethered to reality, space and time, the Dallas Cowboys are at it again. 'Boys season-ticket holders opened mailboxes this week to find their annual batch of preseason and regular-season vouchers packaged alongside a "sheet of playoff tickets,... more

We assumed that Brady Quinn's NFL career was a wrap upon learning that the former first-round pick was set to begin work as a college and NFL analyst with Fox Sports. Not so fast. The ex-Browns, Broncos and Chiefs passer told The Dan Patrick Show... more

Quarterbacks league-wide are telling Father Time to go pound salt. With Tom Brady wanting to play beyond his 40th birthday and Drew Brees talking about starting until he's 45 , veteran Michael Vick wants in on the action. "I want to play until... more

Wide receivers continue to drop like flies in Jacksonville. The Jaguars announced Friday that rookie pass-catcher Allen Robinson is out for an "extended period " with a hamstring injury suffered during training camp. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Only eight teams in the league ran the ball more frequently than the Patriots last season. New England's deep stable of backs saw Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen attack teams on the ground, with LeGarrette Blount surging down the stretch... more

When Chip Kelly was asked during the offseason how Philadelphia would account for the absence of DeSean Jackson, the Eagles coach surprised some with his answer, saying: "I think Zach (Ertz) can have a huge role ." Alter tabbing the second-year... more

The early word on Julio Jones should bring a smile to the faces of Falcons fans everywhere. Atlanta's elite wide receiver has been "spectacular" in camp, showing off his patented explosiveness and cutting ability on the heels of last season's major... more

Andre Roberts acknowledged in April that he joined the Washington Redskins with hopes of being the team's No. 2 wide receiver . Those plans were wiped away with the signing of DeSean Jackson, but Roberts is warming up to the idea of a timeshare in what... more

Philadelphia doesn't play Dallas until Thanksgiving afternoon , but Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has already sent a strongly worded message to the Cowboys: "I own Dallas," McCoy told a gaggle of Eagles fans on Thursday, per Philly.com's Jimmy... more

July

This time around, the jaw-dropping lateral ability of All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles appears to have cost the Kansas City Chiefs one of their own. Coach Andy Reid told reporters on Thursday that safety Sanders Commings has undergone surgery to... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be inducted on Saturday. Each day this week, the Around the League crew will pick a player that we believe is also deserving of enshrinement. If induction into the Hall of Fame boils down to Super Bowl... more

We made the argument on this week's Around The League Podcast that the quarterback battle in Cleveland has barely begun. Mike Pettine backed our theory on Thursday, calling it a "knee-jerk reaction" to assume that Brian Hoyer has won the job... more

Safety Calvin Pryor is back in the lineup for the New York Jets. The team's first-round pick returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out all week with concussion symptoms, per multiple reports. Pryor sustained a head injury during Saturday's... more

Matt Schaub is a 33-year-old quarterback coming off a train wreck of a season, but the early returns out of Oakland are positive. The Raiders starter "has been extremely sharp" in padded practices this week, according to plugged-in beat writer Jerry... more

Alex Smith told NFL Network this month that he and the Kansas City Chiefs were engaged in a "continued, open conversation" about a contract extension, but the veteran passer is preparing for those talks to die down. "You're getting to the point... more

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall told the Around The League Podcast in January that his 2014 campaign would be "something you guys never seen before." As it turns out, Marshall was just getting started with the bold predictions. Asked... more

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair says he wouldn't shoot down the idea of an NFL team moving to San Antonio. He didn't exactly back it, either. One day after Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis acknowledged that he met with San Antonio city officials ,... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are welcoming back a big-bodied, war-daddy behemoth to the middle of their defense. The team on Wednesday announced that defensive tackle Geno Atkins has been activated from the physically unable to perform list on the heels... more

David Wilson's comeback with the New York Giants is on hold. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Wednesday that the running back will miss practice for the remainder of the week and sit out Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills after... more

The Dallas Cowboys held Tony Romo out of Tuesday's training camp practice , but the franchise is brimming with confidence over the quarterback's surgically repaired back. "He is 100 percent. He's 100 percent," team owner and general manager Jerry Jones... more

The Seahawks would love to get Marshawn Lynch into training camp, but the Super Bowl champions aren't about to ditch their proven team-building philosophy to make that happen. "Everybody loves Beast Mode. We love him and respect the guy," general... more

It didn't take long for Jerry Jones to weigh in on the meeting between Raiders owner Mark Davis and the city of San Antonio. "I thought it was somebody joking with me when they came out here about (the Raiders) going to San Antonio," the Cowboys... more

The Detroit Lions are prepared to test fate with Ndamukong Suh. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team wants its star defensive lineman to sign a deal that he's happy with, according to sources familiar with the team's... more

Why are the Oakland Raiders meeting with the city of San Antonio? According to a report Tuesday in the San Antonio Express-News, Raiders owner Mark Davis and "two top lieutenants" recently met with city officials to discuss a potential move . Davis on... more

NFL Media's Charley Casserly spent Tuesday embedded at Browns camp, where he emerged with a surprising prediction for the NFL's sexiest quarterback battle. Sharing his practice notes with Around The League , Casserly -- the former Redskins general... more

Drew Brees says he wants to play quarterback until he's 45 years old , a feat he might achieve if the Saints keep surrounding the veteran with fresh, young weapons. Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks lit up training camp on Tuesday with the session's... more

Andre Reed wants nothing to do with rocker Jon Bon Jovi taking over the Buffalo Bills. Take a look at the best photos of Andre Reed during his time during and after the NFL. Set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, the former... more

We pointed to Miami's crowded backfield as one of the top position battles in the AFC, but it's Lamar Miller's job to lose. With Knowshon Moreno still healing from arthroscopic knee surgery, Miller has topped the depth chart all summer and looms as a... more

The San Francisco 49ers hold the distinction of being the rare team that's lost in the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champion three years in a row. The lack of a ring grates on the organization, but the team's string of success in the NFC is a... more

Bill Belichick just did the most Bill Belichickian thing ever. The New England Patriots on Monday claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers after the Carolina Panthers tried to sneak their sixth-round pick through waivers and onto injured... more

The John Brown hype train barrels on. After a springtime's worth of reports alerting us to Arizona's rookie receiver "blowing everyone away " and drawing "favorable " comparisons to Colts burner T.Y. Hilton, Brown is off to a hot start at training camp.... more

It's no secret: The Cleveland Browns have a gaping void to fill if Josh Gordon is shipped into the abyss come September. Losing last year's league-leading wide receiver to a potentially lengthy suspension would cripple Kyle Shanahan's passing game... more

Consider this post the third and final installment of what we'll call our Gang Green Braggart Trilogy . Part I: Geno Smith declares to the world that he's about to become a†top-five quarterback , despite what we witnessed last season. Part II: Dee... more

Score the second day of Browns camp in favor of Brian Hoyer. Absorbing all of Cleveland's first-team reps, the veteran quarterback outplayed rookie Johnny Manziel as the team continued to install Kyle Shanahan's offense. Hoyer "once again looked very... more

The Packers rewarded one of their most productive and underrated contributors with a four-year, $39 million extension for wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Will Green Bay do the same for Randall Cobb? Entering the final year of his rookie deal, the... more

The Cleveland Browns aren't willing to say much about the status of Jason Pinkston. The fourth-year guard hasn't been on hand for either of the team's two training camp practices, and it's unclear what's keeping him off the field. "Pinkston's... more

While Johnny Manziel toils with the second team †with Cleveland, one of his fellow rookie passers is already working with the starters. Vikings first-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is generating "huge optimism" in Minnesota, according to Fox... more

A pair of Jets rookies are battling injuries as New York mines its way through the early days of training camp. Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Sunday that hard-hitting safety Calvin Pryor is dealing with a concussion after sustaining a head injury during... more

No player on the Vikings is expected to make a bigger leap this season than Cordarrelle Patterson. The hyper-athletic wide receiver got off to a slow start at Minnesota's training camp, though, spending Friday and Saturday sidelined with a reportedly... more

Jay Gruden was hired by the Redskins to flip the switch on Robert Griffin III. The coach's early focus, though, has centered more heavily on the Redskins becoming a nastier team up front. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington is embedded at 'Skins camp and... more

Dee Milliner has inserted himself into the ongoing debate over the NFL's top cornerback. Looking past the likes of Richard Sherman and the iconic player whose shoes he's trying to fill in New York -- Darrelle Revis -- the Jets second-year cover man... more

Rob Gronkowski made it clear last week that he's still "not 100 percent " on the heels of last year's season-ending knee surgery, but Sunday marked new ground for New England's star tight end. Initially limited to individual drills at Patriots... more

Geno Smith isn't the least bit impressed with the talent evaluators who aren't the least bit impressed with him. Learning that a recent ESPN survey rated the New York Jets passer as the league's worst quarterback, Smith on Saturday promised that he... more

The Matt Schaub offseason hype train continues to barrel through the northern Californian countryside. Raiders coach Dennis Allen got it rolling in March by telling reporters that the team's new veteran passer was on par with Peyton Manning and Philip... more

When NFL Media's Albert Breer visited the Steelers in June, he was told by team sources that first-year running back Dri Archer had been "tagged internally as a miniature version of Jamaal Charles " in Todd Haley's offense. It's unclear how large a... more

The Oakland Raiders are parting ways with veteran linebacker Kevin Burnett. The team is released the nine-year veteran †with a failed physical designation after Burnett failed to receive medical clearance for training camp. Burnett sustained an... more

We have our first tangible look at Big Blue's backfield pecking order. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News tweeted out a Giants depth chart on Thursday that revealed Rashad Jennings as the No. 1 ball carrier ahead of David Wilson. It's not... more

Buccaneers pass rusher Da'Quan Bowers knows his young career in Tampa has been a disappointment. He promised Thursday the team would see a new man in 2014. "I owe it to this organization; I owe it to this team," Bowers said, per Roy Cummings of The... more

It didn't take long for the injury bug to bite the Baltimore Ravens. Coach John Harbaugh told reporters that veteran cornerback Aaron Ross suffered an Achilles tear while running his conditioning test during Thursday's training camp session. The team... more

The league has weighed in on the fate of Ray Rice. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Baltimore Ravens running back will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season under the NFL's personal conduct policy, per a... more

We pointed out on Wednesday's podcast that Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has repeatedly gone out of his way to talk up the play of rookie wide receiver John Brown. No young player in Arizona generated more hype this spring, but cornerback Justin... more

The start of training camp allows us to confirm a variety of stories we essentially confirmed months ago . That extends to Philly, where All-Pro blocker Evan Mathis has shown up for training camp despite his desire for a new deal that would pay him... more

At long last, training camp is here. With players around the league finally returning to work, more than a few notable names are set to begin the summer on the preseason physically unable to perform list. It's hardly a death sentence, as players... more

Time to put the kibosh on those Kyle Orton retirement plans. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Wednesday that the veteran backup quarterback has no intentions to call it quits and hopes to keep playing in 2014 -- just not for Dallas. The... more

Jamaal Charles didn't need to wait long for his payday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Wednesday that the Kansas City Chiefs have struck a two-year extension with their All-Pro running back. Charles is on his way to attend training... more

The Buffalo Bills aren't the only NFL club with a backup quarterback duel on their hands. Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman told reporters Wednesday that the roster spot behind Jay Cutler is Jordan Palmer's to lose. "Right now, Jordan Palmer has... more

The Houston Texans have added a body along the offensive line. The agent for Tyson Clabo tweeted that the free-agent tackle agreed to a deal with the team on Wednesday. It's hardly an impact signing for the Texans, but we'll take it as a sign... more

The Cleveland Browns have struck a deal with cornerback Justin Gilbert. The team on Wednesday agreed to terms with the No. 8 overall pick in May's draft, a source involved in the negotiations told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The team later announced... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview †series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. Next up is the NFC East . Dallas Cowboys 1. With Sean Lee lost for the year, Dallas must patch up a gaping hole at... more

The Miami Dolphins are in danger of losing Mike Pouncey for longer than expected. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that the Pro Bowl center's surgically repaired hip could cause Pouncey to miss four months instead of the... more

The Atlanta Falcons continue to beef up their cast of linebackers ahead of training camp. The team on Tuesday announced the signing of free-agent inside linebacker Pat Angerer. The deal is for one year, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per... more

Peyton Manning won't have at least one familiar face to throw to when the Broncos open training camp. The organization†announced on Tuesday that tight end Joel Dreessen has been cut with a released/failed physical designation, per the team's official... more

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said last month that New York signed linebacker Jameel McClain as an insurance policy in case Jon Beason went down to injury. That looked like a wise move after Beason suffered a sesamoid fracture in his... more

The†Chargers†have seen enough of linebacker Larry English. The team announced Tuesday that they've†released the veteran linebacker , waving farewell to their first-round selection from 2009. It's intriguing whenever a top pick is sent packing --... more

The Bills have shown tremendous confidence in starting quarterback EJ Manuel, but Buffalo's backup job is up for grabs between Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel. "We have a battle for the second-team quarterback," coach Doug Marrone said Monday. "We're trying... more

On the latest Around The League Podcast , we cited the New York Giants as one team we just can't figure out heading into the new season. Last year's incarnation was putrid -- beginning with the play of Eli Manning -- but there's early hope that... more

Mike Pettine told reporters on Monday that he'll name his starting quarterback by the third week of the preseason. The Cleveland Browns coach also told scribes that he's spoken to his newest passer -- Johnny Manziel -- about the rookie's string of... more

We're betting you had a better weekend than Zach Mettenberger. The Titans rookie passer was sucker-punched in the face at a Nashville saloon on Saturday, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported Monday. The surprise encounter unfolded at the esteemed... more

He's No. 2 on the depth chart , but No. 1 at the cash register. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has yet to take a snap for the Cleveland Browns, but the former Texas A&M star already leads the league in jersey sales , per NFLShop.com. The passer's... more

Even after losing Johnathan Franklin for good , the Green Bay Packers believe they have the depth and versatility in the backfield to trample opponents on the ground. "It's the best it's ever looked," one NFL personnel man told the Milwaukee... more

Rex Ryan has a bone to pick with NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 . The New York Jets coach sees the exclusion of David Harris as a glaring oversight and another case of the reliable linebacker not receiving his due. "David Harris is the... more

Jadeveon Clowney will be on hand Monday when Houston's gaggle of rookies gather for Texans training camp. Whether he'll be ready for the team's first practice on July 26 is another story. The top overall pick in May's draft told reporters on Friday... more

The biggest question facing the Chicago Bears last summer was whether new coach Marc Trestman would come out of the season believing in Jay Cutler as his franchise quarterback. We got our answer when the team signed the passer to a seven-year,... more

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in May that he was "sure" the team would sign quarterback Alex Smith to a long-term contract. Two months later: crickets. So what gives? "Who knows," Smith told NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Thursday's NFL... more

Peel the bubble wrap off rookie safety Jimmie Ward. The first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers has been†cleared for the start of training camp on the heels of March surgery to repair the fifth metarsal bone in his right foot, according to Matt... more

If everyone can stay healthy, Denver's defense promises to be a tougher outfit than last year's incarnation. It starts in the front seven, where pass rusher Von Miller is set to return from January's season-ending ACL surgery across from free-agent... more

Agent Drew Rosenhaus plans to huddle with the Cleveland Browns next week to discuss the future of troubled All-Pro wideout Josh Gordon. "I'm sure I'll get together with the Browns at some point before training camp to talk to them some more about all of... more

The jolly old Rex Ryan we know and love has begun to creep back into the picture. The New York Jets coach has refrained from guaranteeing as much as a sunrise in recent seasons, but he sees enough in this year's Gang Green roster to predict a postseason... more

The Cleveland Browns continue to mull a long-term extension for pass rusher Jabaal Sheard. "What I can say is we've done some back and forth, so we've had some extensive negotiations ," agent Drew Rosenhaus told reporters Thursday at Joe Haden's charity... more

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The city of Los Angeles has been without an NFL team for almost two decades, but Commissioner Roger Goodell believes the door remains open for pro football to return to a town that once housed both the Raiders and Rams. "It... more

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The NFL and CBS are preparing to take Thursday Night Football to the next level. Commissioner Roger Goodell, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves gathered Thursday at The Beverly Hilton Hotel to share what... more

Marcus Lattimore's return to the field is on hold. The San Francisco 49ers running back will begin training camp later this month on the team's non-football injury list, according to Thursday's official transaction report. Lattimore said in... more

One decision you and I will never make: Choosing our presenters for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There is no shortage of highlights from Michael Strahan's career. Take a look back at some of the best shots of the defensive end. We... more

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green told NFL Network last week that he doesn't want anyone but Andy Dalton throwing him the ball in Cincinnati. Green is in favor of the team re-signing its young quarterback, and he expects that money to come soon.... more

With wide receiver Marqise Lee agreeing to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars, just three rookies from May's draft remain unsigned: Brandt: Jaguars ready to rise? After years of futility, the Jaguars are turning things around. Gil Brandt says... more

None of this summer's Making the Leap candidates generated more in-house squabbling than Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter. When Around The League scribes Chris Wesseling and Gregg Rosenthal debated Hunter's ceiling, Wesseling opined... more

On paper, the Seattle Seahawks appear every bit the equal of last year's Super Bowl juggernaut. Russell Wilson has come into full bloom under center, while offseason extensions for Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Michael Bennett promise to keep... more

Ten months removed from last September's season-ending neck injury , Malcom Floyd is all systems go for the Chargers. Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego labeled the 32-year-old wide receiver the MVP of the team's spring sessions after Floyd was the... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. Baltimore Ravens 1. Only two defensive starters -- Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata -- remain from the team's Super... more

Coming out of a spring that saw Eagles rookie Jordan Matthews earn rave reviews as the team's top pass-catcher, expectations around Philly's second-round pick continue to climb. "You guys are seeing the same things we are," Eagles receivers coach... more

The clock is ticking on Jimmy Graham. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted Monday that the New Orleans Saints have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to sign their All-Pro tight end to a long-term contract. If the sides don't hammer out a deal in time,... more

The Cleveland Browns have a new coach, a new quarterback -- and a new mascot. Browns VP of Marketing Kevin Griffin told Chris Fillar of WKRK-FM that the team will use a live bullmastiff †to lead the players onto the field come Sundays. The canine... more

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer says his surgically repaired knee won't hold him back when Cleveland launches training camp later this month. "Yeah, no doubt. No doubt," Hoyer told Daryl Ruiter of WKRK-FM, when asked if he was 100 percent. "I'm... more

The Green Bay Packers continue to mine for secondary help. Former Jets, Bills and Broncos safety Jim Leonhard confirmed Friday that he's chatted with the team about a possible new gig. "It would mean a lot, but we've had a lot of conversations... more

We've written a bunch about Pittsburgh's intriguing collection of running backs , but the Steelers have something cooking at the receiver position, too. Antonio Brown dialed in at No. 23 on NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 , second-year... more

EJ Manuel told NFL Total Access on Friday that he's "100 percent healthy" and fired up to lead the Bills in his second season as the team's starting quarterback. Running back C.J. Spiller is happy to have him. "E.J. is the guy to take us to... more

San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone skipped last month's three-day minicamp in hopes that his absence would help trigger a new contract from the team. With no deal in place, Boone's no-show status is set to bleed into training camp, too. NFL... more

Johnny Manziel has generated a hurricane of off-the-field attention this summer, but Browns wideout Andrew Hawkins says Cleveland's rookie quarterback didn't come across as a party boy at the team facility. "Johnny's all business, man," Hawkins... more

The Denver Broncos are five months removed from the February beatdown they absorbed at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Everything they've done since tells of the team's desire to get back to the mountaintop. "Guys know... more

Browns safety Donte Whitner isn't picking favorites in Cleveland's quarterback duel between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. Why? Because either way, Whitner says coach Mike Pettine's team is going to pound the opposition with the ground game.... more

As Cleveland welcomes LeBron James home to the Cavaliers, the city's football team -- the Browns -- patiently awaits word on the fortunes of Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon. Already facing a potentially lengthy suspension for a positive drug... more

This time last year, Ron Jaworski wasn't buying what Chip Kelly was selling. Breaking down the film of Oregon's high-speed attack, the former pro quarterback and ESPN analyst went public to conclude,†"I just don't see NFL passing concepts in this... more

Jermichael Finley is determined to continue his career as a tight end for the Packers. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy has hinted at a reunion, too, but until that happens, the team hopes one of their many prospects at the position can develop into a... more

The Bills raised eyebrows in May when they orchestrated a swap with the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Bryce Brown. Seen initially as a dose of depth behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, Brown's name continues to surface as a player the team... more

Larry Fitzgerald says he never heard a peep from the Patriots. After rumors leaked in January that New England had "sent out feelers" exploring a trade for the All-Pro wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim quickly shot the... more

Richard Sherman ripped the scab off his feud with Michael Crabtree this week, reiterating †on Discovery Channel's American Muscle that he just doesn't "like the dude." Without citing Sherman by name, Crabtree later made it clear that he's tired of the... more

Tampa Bay's plans to overhaul the passing game with bigger and taller targets was an engine behind the drafting of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The Bucs' second-round pick was limited by a foot injury during Tampa's three-day rookie minicamp, but... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that four teams have shown interest in trading for disgruntled Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson. Juicy stuff, but we still view a swap as unlikely because of the weighty financials: A... more

While Andre Johnson's future with the Houston Texans is up in the air ,†inside linebacker Brian Cushing is doing all he can to get back in uniform. "I know I'll be ready," Cushing told the team's official website this week. "I know when it's... more

The Washington Redskins have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about this year's offense. Quarterback Robert Griffin III is another full offseason removed from knee surgery and is looking "extremely explosive," while the addition of DeSean Jackson... more

In an era when runners are paid like kickers and punters , NFL players still believe in the featured back. When the NFL Network unveiled its final wave of The Top 100 Players of 2014 , no fewer than three workhorses found their way into the top 10.... more

Andre Johnson wanted nothing to do with Houston's offseason program, but the All-Pro wide receiver expressed optimism on Wednesday that he'd be in uniform when the Texans open training camp later this month. "Hopefully. We'll see what happens," Johnson... more

The Washington Redskins hope their retooled offense will receive more support from a defense that resembled a fiery car wreck one season ago. Pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan is taking it upon himself to turn around that troubled unit, which allowed a... more

As the Cleveland Browns prepare for life without Josh Gordon, his teammates are tussling with conflicting emotions of compassion and betrayal on the heels of the star receiver's latest off-the-field slip. That's the word from Bleacher Report's Mike... more

We always viewed Ndamukong Suh's absence from voluntary offseason workouts as a comprehensive non-story. The Lions pass-rusher confirmed in May that his decision to stay away had nothing to do with his contract. Besides, Suh's personal strength... more

The New England Patriots continue to hold out hope that Aaron Dobson will be ready for training camp later this month. Nick Underhill of MassLive.com cited a source on Tuesday to report that "there is now optimism" that the second-year wide receiver... more

Whether it's rookie Derek Carr or veteran Matt Schaub at quarterback for the Raiders come Week 1 , Oakland plans to lean heavily on its ground game. "We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again , until the defense stops us," offensive... more

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie used this offseason to infuse Oakland's locker room with a laundry list of veteran players. After enduring back-to-back four-win campaigns, special teamer Taiwan Jones believes this year's more experienced roster... more

Even before Josh Gordon's Saturday arrest on suspicion of DWI, the Cleveland Browns were busy preparing for life without their troubled star wide receiver. Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement Saturday that the team was "disappointed"... more

The Steelers have gained speed on both sides of the ball, but Pittsburgh hasn't abandoned its quest to blast people with the run. In an AFC North flush with talented young backs , Pittsburgh's stable of horses offers something for everyone: A... more

The offseason only grows colder for Josh Gordon. NFL Media's Albert Breer confirmed that the Cleveland Browns wide receiver was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina, per the Raleigh Police Department. Gordon was... more

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is running, cutting and ahead of schedule in his return from foot surgery, but Atlanta's list of the walking wounded has added another pass-catcher. The team announced Saturday that Drew Davis has been... more

Washington Redskins signal-caller Robert Griffin III is a strong candidate for Comeback Player of the Year , but to win that award he'll need to hit the field with the same speed and playmaking ability that set the league ablaze two autumns ago.... more

Mark your calendars for July 15. If the team and their prized pass-catcher don't hammer out a long-term contract by that deadline, Jimmy Graham has the option to either play out the year under his $7.053 million franchise tag or sit out the season.... more

Unlike the Cleveland Browns , Baltimore Ravens and plenty of other teams, the Minnesota Vikings have zero interest in a committee approach to their backfield. The presence of Adrian Peterson makes that a moot point, but the All-Pro went out of his... more

Packers coach Mike McCarthy anticipates Datone Jones making a "huge jump" this season and we project him to "Make the Leap," but nobody's expectations are higher than Green Bay's second-year pass rusher. "I won't be satisfied until I'm the best in... more

Kansas City's paper-thin offensive line has taken another hit. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that reserve blocker Rokevious Watkins has been suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Watkins was signed... more

The New Orleans Saints have used the past two offseasons to restock the shelf at wide receiver. We've already pegged first-round pick Brandin Cooks as a lead candidate to top all rookie pass-catchers in yardage this season. He's also an ideal... more

Tape-watchers are all over the map on Nick Foles. When Around The League's Chris Wesseling ranked the quarterbacks this week, he placed the Philadelphia Eagles starter in his "borderline franchise" category, noting that Foles' "numbers are more... more

After five seasons in St. Louis and another eight in Green Bay, 34-year-old free agent defensive tackle Ryan Pickett wants one more shot to suit up. "I can still play ball . Just turn on the tape," Pickett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week.... more

The Top 100 Players of 2014 countdown reached the top 20 on Wednesday with the unveiling of Nos. 11 through 20. They've done it again. Schein: Rodgers is NFL's best Aaron Rodgers' No. 11 ranking on the "Top 100" is an outrage and unworthy of the... more

ROSENTHAL'S TOP 10 HANZUS' TOP 10 SESSLER'S TOP 10 WESSELING'S TOP 10 PATRA'S TOP 10 We've reached the end of the yellow brick road on the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 countdown. On Wednesday night, players 10 through 1... more

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu hopes to do more than watch from the sideline when training camp kicks off later this month. Seven months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL , the second-year safety said he's back in the... more

If we know anything about this year's Pittsburgh Steelers, it's this: Speed will set them apart from last year's incarnation. First-round pick Ryan Shazier hits the scene as the fastest linebacker to enter the NFL since Brian Urlacher, while... more

The Around The League gang has pegged Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter as one of our "Making the Leap" candidates , but he isn't the only Tennessee pass-catcher planning for a breakout year. "I've got to get better," †tight end Delanie Walker said,... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 8 on the list: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart. Why Gerhart is on the list We pegged running back Toby Gerhart as a "Making the Leap" candidate... more

The Arizona Cardinals are counting on at least one more monster campaign from John Abraham. With Daryl Washington suspended for at least a year and fellow inside linebacker Karlos Dansby out the door for Cleveland, the Cards have seen the heart of... more

Ben Tate didn't come to Cleveland to sit and watch. While the Browns are talking openly about a backfield by committee , the former Houston Texans runner said last month that his in-house competition is of little concern . Does Tate have what it... more

Atlanta's Julio Jones claimed last month that he and Roddy White form the top receiving tandem †in the NFL. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson doesn't disagree. "The best duo in the NFL, I'd probably have to say that's pretty accurate,"... more

June

The Cleveland Browns used last month's draft to grab their quarterback of tomorrow in Johnny Manziel. The team hopes to keep his competition around for the long haul, too. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Browns have staged... more

While the Cleveland Browns patiently await word on Josh Gordon's looming suspension, the team must ponder the reality of life -- or, at least, a season -- without their most dangerous pass-catcher. A ban for the wide receiver would instantly shift... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 10 on the list: Cleveland Browns pass rusher Jabaal Sheard. Why Sheard is on the list Having led his team in sacks in each of his first three NFL seasons, Jabaal... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 15 on the list: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Why Ertz is on the list As Coby Fleener's replacement at Stanford in 2012, Zach Ertz scattered Chip... more

Mike Pettine has penned another chapter to the†Playbook Anecdote Heard Round The World . One day after his comments to Greg Bedard of The MMQB caught fire and strangely united Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick , the Cleveland Browns coach went on record... more

Greg Robinson is viewed as one of the safest offensive linemen to arrive through the draft in many years, but the St. Louis Rams rookie is struggling with his switch from bookend to guard. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon... more

We're enthralled by Washington's offense, but the Redskins made our list of "Minicamp Losers" because of a defense that just lost Jason Hatcher to arthroscopic surgery. The team's big-money addition is slated to return by camp, but it's hardly a... more

Niners play-caller Greg Roman isn't giving away any secrets about San Francisco's new-look offense, but we do know one thing: Michael Crabtree is all the rage. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reported Thursday that the sixth-year wide receiver... more

As teams league-wide break for summer, Mike Wallace must be feeling pretty good about himself. After all, we struggle to find a player bathing in more praise these days than the Dolphins wide receiver. Coach Joe Philbin capped Thursday's final... more

Eyebrows were raised last week when the Texans revealed that No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had undergone sports hernia surgery. The surprise procedure wiped out the pass rusher's availability for this week's minicamp, but coach Bill O'Brien... more

The Dallas Cowboys have hinted for months that a fat, new contract will eventually be handed to Dez Bryant. Everyone from coach Jason Garrett to team vice president Stephen Jones has pointed to the star wide receiver as the type of player the... more

Kurt Warner is locked into history with the Arizona Cardinals. Team president Michael Bidwill announced Wednesday that the celebrated quarterback will be inducted into the organization's Ring of Honor. Warner will be honored at halftime of Arizona's... more

The San Francisco 49ers turned heads in March when they shipped a sixth-round pick to the Jaguars in exchange for Blaine Gabbert. One of the wildest quarterback busts of recent days, the former Jacksonville starter has been reduced to battling for... more

The San Francisco 49ers are hinting at a new-look offense come September. NFL Media's Alex Flanagan was on hand for Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, where play-caller Greg Roman spoke of change. "Starting with the beginning of the offseason,... more

Five years removed from his titanic 2,000-yard outburst, New York Jets running back Chris Johnson says he can reach those heights again in 2014. "I'd just retire and not play anymore if I didn't feel like I was still capable of being a 2,000-yard... more

After landing on our "Making the Leap" list last summer , Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller hopes to make good on those expectations one year later. The third-year back has spent the past three weeks as the starter in Bill Lazor's... more

While the New Orleans Saints toil away in organized team activities this week, the organization's star tight end is about to find out if he's actually a wide receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jimmy Graham's long-awaited system... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 figures we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 18 on the list: Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and general manager David Caldwell . Why Bradley is on the list Plucked from Pete Carroll's coaching tree... more

The receiver-needy Cleveland Browns have no need for Earl Bennett. The team on Tuesday terminated the contract of the six-year veteran just one month after signing the former Bears pass-catcher to a one-year, $730,000 deal. The contract contained... more

Marshawn Lynch isn't the only player in the NFC West pondering life after football . After San Francisco 49ers cornerback Eric Wright failed to show for Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, coach Jim Harbaugh told the media that the 28-year-old... more

Someone has to start under center for the Houston Texans. Why not Ryan Fitzpatrick? Coach Bill O'Brien announced Tuesday that the veteran quarterback has won the team's No. 1 role. "He's a guy that earned the job," said O'Brien following Houston's... more

The Cleveland Browns have their quarterback of tomorrow under lock and key. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has already signed his deal with the Texans. Find out which other first-rounders have secured contracts.... more

On Monday's podcast , we thoroughly agitated a handful of NFL fan bases by announcing which teams already have no shot at making the Super Bowl this season. The Buffalo Bills were cited largely because of legitimate questions under center, where EJ... more

Chris Wesseling is banging the table to turn the Pittsburgh Steelers into our 2014 Team of Around the League . The team is a compelling choice because of increased speed on both sides of the ball, an enticing cast of rookies and one of the game's most... more

The Dallas Cowboys are down to Brandon Weeden under center. With Tony Romo recovering from back surgery and Kyle Orton still AWOL , the Cleveland Browns castoff is set to work exclusively with the first-team offense during this week's mandatory... more

Whether or not the Eagles pay an on-field price for cutting DeSean Jackson, Chip Kelly's decision to move on from the three-time Pro Bowl wideout sent a crystal clear message to his locker room. "The whole DeSean Jackson thing, that helped out, to... more

The Dallas Cowboys have their first-round draft pick under contract. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has already signed his deal with the Texans. Find out which other first-rounders have secured contracts. More...... more

When Brandon Flowers was sent packing by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, we figured the former Pro Bowl cornerback wouldn't be unemployed for long. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning... more

The New York Jets don't see Chris Johnson as a skill player creeping into the decline phase of his career. The former Titans star who once barreled his way to 2,000 yards in a single season no longer fit the plan in Tennessee, but Johnson's new position... more

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis isn't the only big name in the NFC West angling for a new deal . Schein: Indispensable offensive stars Some guys are just irreplaceable. Adam Schein spotlights offensive players who mean everything to their... more

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has taken pen to paper to explain why he's holding out. Less than a week after saying he'd attend the team's mandatory minicamp, Davis has reversed course, taking over Peter King's Monday Morning... more

The Texans are bracing for Andre Johnson to take his offseason disappearing act to the next level. Asked Friday if his All-Pro wide receiver planned to show up for next week's mandatory minicamp, coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged that Johnson's intentions... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have seen enough of Brandon Flowers. The cornerback confirmed Friday on Twitter that he's been released by the team that picked him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft: Just want to say thanks to the Hunt family for the... more

The Texans have four quarterbacks. They plan to keep three. That means someone's about to hit the breadline. Longtime Houston Chronicle beat writer John McClain predicts the odd man out †will be T.J. Yates. Despite winning the franchise's first... more

The first overall pick in last month's draft has gone under the knife. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has already signed his deal with the Texans. Find out which other first-rounders have secured contracts. More...... more

Prepare yourself for a dose of the old-school in Pittsburgh. After the Steelers sank to 27th in rushing last season, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the Black and Gold have made it a priority to slash opponents on the ground in 2014. The... more

The Cleveland Browns are sticking to their word at the quarterback position. Coach Mike Pettine told reporters Thursday that rookie Johnny Manziel will stare up at Brian Hoyer when training camp opens next month. "When we put the depth chart... more

In Pittsburgh, the Steelers are falling hard for †rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier. Roughly 2,500 miles west, in Oakland, pass rusher Khalil Mack is having a similar sway over his Raiders teammates. "He's going to have a lot of sacks late in the down,"... more

The New York Giants are holding their breath. Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reported Thursday that veteran linebacker Jon Beason was carted away during the team's offseason practice session. Coach Tom Coughlin later revealed that Beason injured the... more

Warren Sapp's consistent slam of the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense as an "old and slow" beast in decline no longer holds true. The drafting of Ryan Shazier gives coordinator Dick LeBeau a freakish new toy: the fastest linebacker to grace the league... more

With offseason practices in full swing, football fans from east to west are getting a first look at this year's class of rookies. Non-contact sessions don't tell us much, with running backs and shifty wideouts given the green light to flow through... more

It's no secret: The Carolina Panthers are hurting for help at wide receiver. With Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. out the door, quarterback Cam Newton has heard the whispers about his stripped-down cast of wideouts. "Those guys have... more

With a whopping five quarterbacks on the roster, Terrelle Pryor is no lock to make the Seattle Seahawks. Acquired from the Oakland Raiders in April for a seventh-round draft pick, the athletic work-in-progress†"has not looked good," according to... more

The St. Louis Rams raised eyebrows last month when not one of their 11 draft picks was used on a wide receiver. Making the Leap in 2014 Around The League profiles 25 players (like Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes ) primed to enjoy breakout seasons.... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 23 on the list: Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael. Why Michael is on the list He almost wasn't on the list. Despite Michael's limited-but-juicy... more

Jabaal Sheard and the Cleveland Browns are busy†making long-term plans . The productive outside linebacker told reporters Tuesday that his camp has spoken with the team about a contract extension. "Hopefully it works out," †Sheard said, per the... more

When Around The League spoke with Bill Lazor on Monday, the Dolphins play-caller hinted that Miami's reimagined offense would employ a feverish tempo come September. Dolphins defenders are confirming as much. "I've never seen anything this fast,"... more

The Tennessee Titans aren't about to let Jurrell Casey go to market. NFL Media's Albert Breer recently noted that the team is engaged in early contract talks to lock up the disruptive nose tackle. Making the Leap in 2014 Around The League profiles... more

Darrell Bevell sent fantasy football types into a frenzy last week when the Seahawks offensive coordinator hinted at a committee approach to Seattle's backfield come September. Amid waves of praise for second-year runner Christine Michael, Bevell... more

After losing a dozen starts to injury over the past three campaigns, Jay Cutler is beefing up. Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman recently emphasized the work his quarterback has put in to squelch a four-season streak of missing at least one game due to... more

The Buffalo Bills haven't made the playoffs since Bill Clinton roamed the White House, but linebacker Brandon Spikes says change is coming to Upstate New York. "I think we're gonna shock the world this season," Spikes said Monday. "I'm all in."... more

The Cleveland Browns have been scoffed at for their heavy-handed insistence that Johnny Manziel is -- for now, at least -- nothing more than a backup quarterback. Meritocracy, after all, rarely applies to first-round signal-callers anymore, but NFL... more

If you're keeping score at home, go ahead and cross the Cleveland Browns off the list of Hard Knocks hopefuls. Coach Mike Pettine told reporters over the weekend that his team was approached by HBO before drafting Johnny Manziel, but rejected an offer... more

Say hello to Johnny Baseball. The San Diego Padres on Saturday used their 28th-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft to grab Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel: With the 837th pick of the 2014 #MLBDraft , the #Padres select SS @jmanziel2... more

As June creeps along, coaches and players around the league aren't far away from the brief summer break they're afforded before next month's training camp. If your name's James Harrison, though, there is no rest. Still hoping to catch on with a new... more

The Detroit Lions promise to be a fun watch under the direction of new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. The former Saints quarterbacks coach told reporters in February that Detroit's Matthew Stafford-led attack will offer a "lot of similarities"... more

Everyone from Mike Mayock to Around The League's Dan Hanzus pegged Johnny Manziel as a draft-day†possibility for the Dallas Cowboys. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 2 pick Greg Robinson has yet to sign with the Rams. Find out which... more

On a Texans team bursting at the seams †with backup quarterback types , Ryan Fitzpatrick holds the early lead to suit up as Houston's Week 1 starter. The team's official website on Friday called Fitzpatrick the "odds-on favorite" to win the job, while... more

Before drafting Johnny Manziel, the Browns were long whispered about as a potential suitor for New England Patriots passer Ryan Mallett. Had play-caller Norv Turner had his way last season in Cleveland, though, the team would have made a deal for... more

Thirty-three backs broke more runs of 20-plus yards than Giovani Bernard last season, but the Cincinnati Bengals runner plans to correct that statistic in Year 2. "If you're a running back, you always want to be able to have explosive runs ," Bernard... more

The Houston Texans have their man. Jadeveon Clowney on Friday signed his deal with the team that made him the first overall pick in last month's draft, NFL Media's Steve Wyche reported Friday, per a team source. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are running out of patience with Da'Quan Bowers. After losing his starting job last offseason because of poor conditioning, the defensive end is in peril of losing his roster spot for the very same reason, according to Roy... more

The San Francisco 49ers have quarterback Colin Kaepernick signed deep into the future , but will Jim Harbaugh stick around to coach him? That†question remains unanswered , according to ProFootballTalk. A source told the site that, while the 49ers... more

While the St. Louis Rams house the pieces on defense to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks, it's their own starting signal-caller who led Chris Wesseling to opine that, unless Sam Bradford emerges, St. Louis is "doomed to mediocrity in the NFL's most... more

Mike Wallace is the first to admit that he wasn't a fan of Mike Sherman's stuck-in-the-mud offense last season in Miami. "I didn't feel like I knew what was going on ," the Dolphins wide receiver recently said of a scheme that failed to make the most of... more

The Buffalo Bills spent last season flip-flopping through quarterbacks from beginning to end. EJ Manuel's injury-riddled rookie campaign propelled Thad Lewis and even Jeff Tuel into a scheme that failed to grow as play-caller Nathaniel Hackett had... more

An offseason of second chances under center rages on. Two months after the 49ers executed a trade with the Jaguars to acquire first-round flop Blaine Gabbert, the Chicago Bears are†adding a former crash-and-burn starter of their own. NFL Media... more

A flaky lawsuit accusing Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel of sexual harassment has been tossed out of court. "The complaint is stricken as immaterial, impertinent and scandalous ," U.S. District Court judge Steven Merryday wrote in a... more

Alshon Jeffery claims that he and Brandon Marshall form the finest duo of wide receivers in the NFL. Pierre Garcon would beg to differ. The Washington Redskins pass-catcher told NFL AM on Thursday that he and free-agent addition DeSean Jackson... more

After missing 24 games over the past three seasons, Danny Amendola knows that his durability is a talking point. He just doesn't want to be the one doing the talking. The New England Patriots wide receiver hung up on a local radio station... more

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has been willing to skip voluntary offseason workouts -- and his $200,000 bonus -- to pursue a new deal with the team that drafted him. Mandatory minicamp might be next. "I'm not sure at the moment,"... more

It's stunning to see people question the Colin Kaepernick deal. When San Francisco on Wednesday signed its starting quarterback to a six-year, $126 million extension , the 49ers wisely locked down the face of their franchise for years to come.... more

The New York Giants have yet another defensive back facing a league-imposed suspension. The team on Wednesday announced that third-year cornerback Jayron Hosley has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season without pay for violating... more

As it turns out, Marcell Dareus wasn't the only member of the Buffalo Bills involved in Friday's racing incident. Fellow defensive lineman Jerry Hughes confirmed to reporters after Wednesday's OTA session that he was behind the wheel of the black... more

Tuesday did not start swimmingly for Johnny Manziel. Taking snaps with Cleveland's first and second team during organized team activities, the rookie quarterback threw a trio of interceptions to Browns defenders. After flinging the ball to undrafted... more

No matter who winds up playing quarterback in Tampa Bay, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford plans to drive fantasy owners insane in the backfield come September. With Doug Martin, Mike James, Bobby Rainey and rookie Charles Sims at his... more

The San Francisco 49ers aren't the only NFC West power expecting to field a deeper, more dangerous cast of wide receivers this season. The reigning Super Bowl champion Seahawks used the draft to add lightning-quick Paul Richardson to a group that... more

The Dolphins struck gold last season when they†took a chance on a free-agent defensive back with an injury history in Brent Grimes. One year later, Miami hopes to hit pay dirt again with open-market addition Louis Delmas, the oft-injured former Lions... more

The Oakland Raiders have used this offseason to stock the shelves with competition at the receiver position. After adding free-agent wideout James Jones, general manager Reggie McKenzie went out and signed veteran Greg Little. Despite the veteran... more

May

HOLLYWOOD -- The Chicago Bears have found themselves a motivated understudy to Matt Forte. Rookie running back Ka'Deem Carey told Around The League on Friday that he expects to see plenty of carries out of the gate in Marc Trestman's offense.... more

The New York Giants will open this season without the services of Will Hill for the third consecutive year. The team on Friday announced that the third-year safety lost his appeal and has been suspended six games without pay for violating the... more

The Buffalo Bills have one of the NFL's deepest backfields , but their ability to scorch teams on the ground this season will boil down to a healthy C.J. Spiller. The dynamic runner was never the same after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 4, but... more

The New York Jets thought enough of Eric Decker's exploits in Denver to sign the former Broncos pass-catcher to a five-year, $36.25 million contract in March. On a roster that could see anyone from Stephen Hill to Jeremy Kerley play second fiddle at... more

Luke Joeckel doesn't spend much time pondering the broken ankle that ended his rookie season with the Jaguars just five games in. "It's done," Joeckel said Thursday, per The Florida Times-Union. "I'm trying to throw it out of my mind. I've just... more

Following a topsy-turvy half decade in the Big Apple, Mark Sanchez says he's "just entering the prime" of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. "I love being here. This is the best place I could have landed," the quarterback told reporters... more

As Jermichael Finley creeps closer to a potential on-field return, the former Green Bay Packers tight end continues to draw interest from potential suitors. Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, told "PFT Live" on Thursday that the rehabbing pass-catcher is... more

Jeremy Maclin is one step closer to a full recovery from last summer's devastating knee injury. Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters Thursday that the sixth-year wide receiver has been full go during Philadelphia's first week of organized team... more

A lack of depth and game-changing talent at the wide receiver position arguably cost the San Francisco 49ers a repeat trip to the Super Bowl last season. Coach Jim Harbaugh believes that won't be an issue come September, telling reporters Wednesday... more

When Around The League met with Seahawks general manager John Schneider at the NFL Annual Meeting in March, nothing brought a bigger smile to his face than talking about Christine Michael. The hard-charging second-year running back barely saw action... more

The Washington Redskins have their entire rookie class under contract. The team on Thursday announced the signing of third-round selection Morgan Moses, the hulking offensive tackle out of Virginia who has a shot to crack the starting lineup come... more

Putting his lightning-rod Vegas jaunt in the rear-view mirror , Johnny Manziel got down to business on Wednesday in Cleveland. After taking third-team reps with the offense last week, the Browns rookie quarterback hopscotched a yet-to-be-cleared... more

Around The League didn't pay much attention to Johnny Manziel's weekend junket to Las Vegas because it seemed, to us, like much ado about nothing. Mike Pettine agrees. The coach of the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday called the national fervor over... more

Johnny Manziel's high-octane voyage to Sin City hasn't kept the rookie from making progress on the field with the Browns. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that the former Texas A&M quarterback opened Wednesday's organized team activities with... more

One month after casting doubt over his availability for the regular-season opener , Rob Gronkowski spoke hopefully about his return from the ACL and MCL tears he sustained in December. The New England Patriots tight end told reporters Wednesday that... more

The Houston Texans have plenty of signal-callers, but nothing resembling a starter. New coach Bill O'Brien told reporters on Tuesday that the team's quarterback competition remains "wide open" after the first day of OTAs, according to Brian T. Smith of... more

What are the Miami Dolphins doing with Dion Jordan? On the heels of his enigmatic rookie season, the second-year pass rusher resurfaced at the team's OTAs this week as a hulked-up behemoth. After clocking in at 248 pounds at the 2013 NFL Scouting... more

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks cited the Colts as owning the fifth-best collection of pass-catchers in the league. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton plans on using them. "We're going to be a score-first team," Hamilton said recently, per ESPN.com's Mike... more

The San Francisco 49ers ultimately added five players to their roster in exchange for dealing a quarterback they no longer wanted to the Chiefs. Now it's Kansas City's turn to decide if they want Alex Smith around for the long haul. Amid word... more

With Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the vast majority of NFL teams will get down to business this week. A whopping 21 squads launch organized team activities Tuesday with another four clubs -- the Browns, Buccaneers, Cardinals and... more

While Johnny Manziel junkets in Nevada , our proud gang of Around The League scribes is on lockdown here in Culver City, banging out NFL news from dawn to dusk. With 21 NFL teams set to dive into organized team activities on Tuesday, let's dump the... more

Thirty-two teams passed on him for five full rounds before the Washington Redskins took a chance on Lache Seastrunk. The rookie running back who teamed with Robert Griffin III at Baylor believes his new employer has uncovered a gem. "I feel I... more

Carson Palmer has watched Arizona's offense come into full bloom this spring under second-year coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals starting quarterback told Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic that last offseason's ponderous install has given way to... more

Is Shonn Greene fighting for his roster spot with the Titans? Plugged-in beat writer Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean noted Monday that the veteran running back could find himself the odd man out even after the team parted ways with Chris Johnson.... more

Ace Sanders believes the Jacksonville Jaguars finally have themselves a legitimate cast of wide receivers. The second-year pass-catcher was thrilled to see the team use a pair of draft picks on Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee in an effort to offset the... more

The arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo came as little surprise to Tom Brady. The longtime Patriots signal-caller knew New England would eventually mine the draft for a potential heir apparent. "I felt like I had a pretty good idea we'd take a quarterback... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have Andy Dalton's understudy under contract. The team on Thursday announced the signing of rookie AJ McCarron, the former Alabama quarterback selected in the fifth round of this month's draft. First-round draft pick signing... more

Thirteen seasons into his celebrated NFL career, Drew Brees has no designs on fading away. With three years left on his mega-deal with the Saints, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback is aiming to compete for another half decade -- at least. "Do I... more

Marshawn Lynch just wasn't in the mood to meet the president. While the rest of his Seahawks teammates voyaged to the White House †on Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl win, Beast Mode just "didn't want to go," according to his mother.... more

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The Denver Broncos are less than four months away from their regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Chris Harris says he'll be ready. Debate: Best cornerback tandem? Which NFL team boasts the top CB duo heading into the 2014 campaign?... more

While plenty of his former teammates in Philadelphia back DeSean Jackson as a game-changing brother-in-arms , the wide receiver's March release from the Eagles raised its share of concerns over his character . In a recent interview with DJ Skee ,... more

The Browns weren't kidding around about shoving Johnny Manziel down the depth chart . NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Wednesday that Cleveland launched its offseason workout activities with veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer taking first-team snaps... more

The Bucs are back on the Mike Glennon Express. After months of lukewarm praise and hints that last year's rookie starter might be shopped , general manager Jason Licht now says Tampa's new regime became sold on Glennon as the long-term answer at... more

The New York Giants' decision to ignore the tight end position in this month's draft leaves the untested Adrien Robinson with a chance to compete for a starting role come September. Heady territory for a player with zero catches over his first two seasons... more

While Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro hopes to catch 100 passes in New York, and Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks believes he'll make an "immediate impact" in New Orleans, Cody Latimer has tempered his first-year expectations with the Denver... more

The New York Giants have struck a deal with their shiny new toy in the passing game. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans. Find out which first-round selections have already struck... more

Greg Hardy is back with the Carolina Panthers. The Charlotte Observer reported that the Pro Bowl defensive end returned to voluntary workouts with his teammates Monday, less than a week after he was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and... more

The Chicago Bears are keeping Brandon Marshall around for the long haul. The Pro Bowl wide receiver on Monday signed a three-year, $30 million extension during a live taping of ABC's "The View." To our knowledge, it's the first time Jenny McCarthy... more

The Arrelious Benn Experiment is back on in Philly. The Eagles on Monday re-signed the 6-foot-2 wide receiver after cutting him on Friday . Guaranteed to be making less than the $1.1 million he was due under his former deal, the oft-injured Benn could... more

Kyle Orton remains hidden away. The Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback has yet to make an appearance at the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program, but coach Jason Garrett still expects the 31-year-old arm to resurface in due time. The team... more

One day after locking down second-round draft pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste, the New Orleans Saints on Sunday did the same with their first-round selection. General manager Mickey Loomis announced through the team's official website that rookie wide... more

Teams around the league are getting their first on-field look at the rookies they inherited in this month's draft. Naturally, the early word on these newbies -- to a man -- is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone's bigger, faster and far more daunting than... more

The Falcons are a strong bet to improve on their disastrous four-win campaign of last season for two reasons: One, they've added size and depth in the trenches to both sides of the ball. Two, wide receiver Julio Jones is back in the mix. At... more

Once gushed over by Broncos general manager John Elway as a Darren Sproles clone, Ronnie Hillman wasn't even active for Denver's Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks. The third-year back's four fumbles over two seasons have all but squelched the hype... more

"I'm sure Cam is not mad at me now," general manager Dave Gettleman said of his star quarterback after the Panthers used the No. 28 overall pick to grab wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in this month's draft. If Saturday's minicamp activity is any... more

While Brandin Cooks plans to make an "immediate impact" for the New Orleans Saints, fellow rookie wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. is just hoping to make it to training camp with the Baltimore Ravens. The son of Hall of Fame pass-catcher Jerry Rice has... more

In a division stocked with rookie talent at the receiver position -- Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin, for starters -- Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is glad Brandin Cooks is on his side. "I was like, 'Ooh. This guy opens your eyes,'" Ryan said of... more

The Michael Sam docuseries is on hold. The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Friday announced a postponement of the series set to chronicle the life of the St. Louis Rams rookie. "After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams,... more

Detroiturbex.com The following won't sit well with anyone who grew up watching Barry Sanders dance and dart his way through opponents at the once-proud Pontiac Silverdome. Home to the Detroit Lions from 1975 through 2001, the venue today... more

After casting predictions for this year's crop of rookie signal-callers and running backs , it's time to dig into the newbie wide receivers. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans.... more

Andre Johnson's standoff with the Houston Texans didn't prevent the team's new head coach from getting down to business Friday. After wrapping the squad's first rookie minicamp practice, Bill O'Brien declined to comment on his star wideout's displeasure... more

The way we see it, Tajh Boyd might never start a game for the New York Jets -- at least not at quarterback. With Geno Smith, Michael Vick and Matt Simms ahead of him, the rookie passer out of Clemson isn't a threat to take over under center, but might... more

The chaos swirling around Cleveland's ragtag collection of wide receivers wasn't enough to save Greg Little. The Browns on Friday announced the release of the drop-prone pass-catcher after just three seasons in Cleveland. The move comes one day... more

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Whether or not Derek Carr takes the field for the Raiders this season, Dennis Allen sees plenty to like in the rookie passer. Oakland's head coach told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday that the former Fresno State signal-caller impressed the team with... more

Now that he's a member of the Cincinnati Bengals , former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron admits the slings and arrows aimed his way during the pre-draft process took their toll. "It (stinks) that it hurt me like that, but at the same time, I feel like... more

Broncos second-round draft pick Cody Latimer couldn't have landed in a finer spot as a young wide receiver, but his first hurdle as a pro comes immediately. Mike Klis of The Denver Post reported Wednesday that the former Indiana University pass-catcher... more

Tampa Bay looks an awful lot like home to Josh McCown. After the Buccaneers used last week's draft to add 6-foot-5 Mike Evans at wideout along with the equally tall Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end, the team's starting quarterback acknowledged:... more

When the Vikings traded up into the first round to draft Teddy Bridgewater, they knew their quarterback of the future would spend his first two seasons in Minnesota playing outdoors at oft-frigid TCF Bank Stadium . Amid draftniks'†concerns over... more

The San Francisco 49ers spent all last season struggling with depth at the wide receiver position, but that shouldn't be a problem in 2014. Not after general manager Trent Baalke drafted the explosive Bruce Ellington and swung a trade with the... more

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says Cleveland isn't about to cut ties with Josh Gordon. "Josh is learning and growing and improving as a person," Haslam said Monday of the team's All-Pro receiver, per The Plain Dealer. "He's learning how to work hard. He's... more

No matter how Johnny Manziel ultimately wound up on Cleveland's card , Teddy Bridgewater insists he's just glad it wasn't his name called by the Browns at No. 22. "I actually told my agent that that's not the place where I wanted to be," Bridgewater... more

Pittsburgh's draft haul revived an aging Steelers defense with youth and speed, but the Black and Gold also added a human giant. Longtime beat writer Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes that mammoth Daniel McCullers , taken in the sixth... more

Patrick Peterson couldn't help but smile at the four-year, $56 million contract †extension that Seattle handed Richard Sherman last week. The Cardinals cornerback told reporters Monday that he's worth even more than what the Seahawks paid their... more

The Ravens are hoping an undrafted prospect with Hall of Fame bloodlines can help their offense. The son of Jerry Rice has been invited to try out for the club at its rookie minicamp starting Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.... more

NEW YORK -- Three months ago, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam became one of America's most discussed sports figures after announcing that he planned to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. On Saturday, he was given that chance by the... more

NEW YORK -- Talked about for weeks as a team that might add a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Jets did exactly that. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from... more

NEW YORK -- With the departure of Josh McCown, the Bears were a logical bet to look for a young quarterback in this year's draft. Chicago waited six rounds to pull the trigger, but coach Marc Trestman has unearthed a new pupil to groom in San Jose State's... more

NEW YORK -- As contract talks with veteran Alex Smith creep along slowly, the Kansas City Chiefs have tapped the 2014 NFL Draft for a rookie quarterback. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch... more

The Bills are adding another runner to their already stocked backfield. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Philadelphia Eagles traded backup running back Bryce Brown to Buffalo for a conditional pick in next year's draft.... more

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Falcons wasted little time filling a primary need on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft. General manager Thomas Dimitroff used the club's fourth-round selection at No. 103 overall Saturday to grab running back Devonta Freeman out of... more

NEW YORK -- The Houston Texans continue to add fresh talent to their increasingly dangerous front seven. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL... more

NEW YORK -- The Titans have tapped one of their biggest needs here in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on... more

NEW YORK -- After trading down twice in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Seahawks on Friday night added depth to their receiving corps on the heels of Golden Tate's exodus to the Motor City. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially... more

NEW YORK -- With a potential Josh Gordon-sized hole to fill on offense, the Cleveland Browns were in the perfect position to add talent at wide receiver with the 35th overall pick in the second round. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL... more

If you're Brian Hoyer, Thursday night was far from pretty. After beginning the day as Cleveland's starting quarterback, Hoyer saw fate step in and drop Johnny Manziel into the lap of the Browns with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Hoyer told NFL... more

NEW YORK -- Johnny Manziel is already paying off for the Cleveland Browns. Battista: The fall and rise of Johnny Judy Battista provides a behind-the-scenes look at Johnny†Manziel's draft-day wait ... and eventual selection.READ Mary Kay Cabot... more

The San Francisco 49ers were talked about for weeks as a team primed to trade up in Thursday's first round to grab one of the draft's premier wideouts. Instead of wheeling and dealing for one of the draft's speed demons -- something the 49ers need at... more

Thursday night's opening act of the 2014 NFL Draft was packed with enough twists, turns and wonderment to make the Jadeveon Clowney pick feel almost like paint-by-numbers. To their credit, the Houston Texans didn't get cute at No. 1. They simply... more

Mike Pettine made it clear before the draft that he'd rather not throw a rookie quarterback into the fire during his first NFL season, but you don't draft Johnny Manziel to clutch a clipboard. Or do you? Cleveland's coach told reporters Thursday... more

NEW YORK -- In the end, Cleveland's actual draft day adventures packed far more punch than anything Kevin Costner cooked up. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City... more

NEW YORK -- The New York Giants have pulled another fast one on their intra-city foils, the Jets. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL Network.... more

NEW YORK -- In the end, Johnny Manziel fell right into Cleveland's lap -- and Cleveland passed. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL Network.... more

NEW YORK -- The Houston Texans kept us guessing until the bitter end, but the mystery of this year's first overall draft pick has been solved. Jadeveon Clowney has been crowned king of the 2014 NFL Draft, picked by a Texans team that ignored the... more

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen insisted Tuesday that "no conversations" have taken place on a potential trade for quarterback Kirk Cousins, but the phone is now ringing. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially... more

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock predicts Johnny Manziel will tumble down the draft board to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 16, but at least one NFC East team might not let the Texas A&M quarterback get that far. How to watch the NFL draft With the... more

Months of speculation over where Teddy Bridgewater will land -- or tumble to -- in Thursday night's draft are about to be put to rest. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft †fast approaching, find out how to catch all the action from... more

Mike Pettine insists the Browns haven't completely slammed the door on drafting Johnny Manziel . How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft †fast approaching, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL Network.†More... more

Even if the St. Louis Rams wind up drafting Johnny Manziel , they aren't about to embarrass their starting quarterback in public. The team hosted its annual pre-draft event Wednesday night for season-ticket holders, a gala that saw coach Jeff Fisher... more

The Washington Redskins are washing their hands of Tanard Jackson. According to the league's transaction notice, the team released the safety on Tuesday just hours after he was officially reinstated . Jackson hasn't appeared in a game since 2011... more

NEW YORK -- Thirty yards away from the packed scrum of reporters surrounding Jadeveon Clowney , Greg Robinson stood alone. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft †fast approaching, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City... more

Tomorrow they'll begin adding rookies to their roster, but for now, the Arizona Cardinals have added another veteran. The team on Tuesday signed Larry Foote, according to The Associated Press. The Cards later†confirmed the move †Wednesday, but the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will go into this week's draft with eyes for help at cornerback, wide receiver and along the defensive line. They also could use a boost at linebacker and offensive tackle, but one position in no need of an upgrade is quarterback.... more

Will Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's affinity for Johnny Manziel shake up Cleveland's draft plans come Thursday night? Mike Pettine says that's not a threat, telling NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala on Tuesday: "that would never happen." Cleveland has... more

The Vikings didn't pick up Christian Ponder's fifth-year option, but that doesn't mean he's done in Minnesota. At least not yet. General manager Rick Spielman told reporters Tuesday that the team has no plans to shop the quarterback during this week's... more

Could Baltimore's draft plans mean trouble for Ray Rice? "It's important we add a running back," coach John Harbaugh said last week, echoing what the team has cited for months as a top need. While the team has stood by Rice since his February... more

Amid word that the Chiefs are a candidate to select a quarterback in the first round, Kansas City might also be looking to shop one of its defensive starters. Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report reported Tuesday that the team is "willing to deal"... more

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers long-rumored as a team on the prowl for a rookie quarterback, Mike Glennon could be on his way out of town. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that if the Bucs draft a quarterback, the team is expected to shop... more

While the Around The League gang sees Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon as potential trade bait , the same can't be said of Kirk Cousins. At least not according to Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, who told reporters Tuesday that "no... more

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome cited inside linebacker as a primary need in Baltimore, but tapping the draft for help on defense might have to wait. Draft Insider's Tony Pauline cited sources to report Monday that the Ravens have zeroed in on... more

Buffalo Bills fans might not have to wait long for new leadership to waltz into town. The Associated Press reported Saturday that the team could identify a new owner within three months . With at least one contending ownership group already taking... more

Jets quarterback Michael Vick says there won't be a fight with Geno Smith over New York's top job under center. "Geno's the starting quarterback for that football team," Vick said Saturday, per The Star-Ledger. "Ultimately our goal is to try to... more

Amid reports that the league is considering moving the NFL Draft out of New York City as early as 2015, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones admits he'd love to see the event shift to Big D. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft †fast... more

The deadline has come and gone for teams to exercise their fifth-year option on players taken in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. While three quarterbacks were ignored , so too was that round's only running back: Mark Ingram of the Saints.... more

The 2011 NFL Draft continues to serve as a sober warning to teams tempted to reach for a quarterback come Thursday night. Among that year's crop of first-round passers, only Cam Newton saw his club exercise the fifth-year option exclusive to his draft... more

On Friday we tabbed the Bucs, Rams, Titans, Cardinals and Cowboys as teams that might surprise us by taking a quarterback high up in next week's draft. Time to add another squad to that list. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft †fast... more

The Minnesota Vikings are ready to move on from the wayward Christian Ponder Experiment. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the team has declined to pick up the quarterback's fifth-year option, all but setting Ponder free to test the... more

The Minnesota Vikings took their time incorporating Cordarrelle Patterson into the offense last season. He was a dangerous return man from the start, but it wasn't until Week 11 that the plus-sized wideout caught more than three passes in a game.... more

The 49ers continue to view Aldon Smith as part of the long-term plan in San Francisco. Fifth-year option tracker Cam Newton had his option picked up by the Panthers. Find out which other 2011 first-round picks are locked up through 2015. READ... more

At February's combine, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell called the potential return of wide receiver Justin Blackmon "a luxury" for Jacksonville if it happened. The odds don't sound promising. "It's not something we're counting on," Caldwell... more

Less than a week away from the 2014 NFL Draft, we'd advise you to believe nothing. Especially at the quarterback position, where the Raiders are busy comparing Matt Schaub to Peyton Manning , the Jaguars are calling Chad Henne their Week 1 starter and... more

The Browns continue to pine over past-their-prime signal-callers. Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer spoke with David Carr on Thursday, who told the newspaper that Cleveland is one of six teams that have reached out about adding him to their roster .... more

"Clipboard Jesus" continues to be one of the league's more precious enigmas. Titans backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst seemed very much at home in Tennessee this week, telling reporters that he spent his nights in a log cabin during the team's first... more

Packers general manager Ted Thompson believes Julius Peppers is set up well to wreak havoc in Green Bay this season. Released in March by the Bears, Peppers is coming off a campaign that saw him notch 7.5 sacks, his lowest total since 2007. He's also on... more

Back during Super Bowl week, Colts tight end Coby Fleener stood up for Trent Richardson, saying it's far too early to write off the running back after he struggled to learn Indy's playbook on the fly. "I think part of it is you're coming into an offense... more

Browns coach Mike Pettine hinted this week that Cleveland might avoid drafting a quarterback at No. 4 overall in favor of an impact player at another position. We called his bluff on Wednesday's podcast and still view Johnny Manziel as a juicy target... more

With Denver's Super Bowl thumping in the rearview mirror, Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has grown weary of the endless accolades directed at the defense of the Seattle Seahawks. "I think a lot of talk has been made about how physical a defense is, and... more

Broncos running back Montee Ball said in February that he expected to play a "huge role" for Denver this season, but he isn't under the impression the team will award him the starting job without a fight. "I know for a fact they're not going to hand it... more

April

Jake Locker is officially playing for his future in Tennessee. As expected, the Titans won't exercise the quarterback's fifth-year option, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. The team has yet to make an official announcement, but their... more

Karlos Dansby of the Cleveland Browns isn't in the mood for an all-out war of words with former teammate Darnell Dockett. "I can't stoop to his level and go down that road with him," Dansby said Wednesday, per The Plain Dealer, when asked about... more

Are the Ravens primed to shop their first-round pick in next month's draft? "We've already gotten some calls about teams wanting to move up," general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday of Baltimore's 17th overall selection. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Seven years ago today, the Browns swung a trade with the Dallas Cowboys to make Brady Quinn the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32 teams. Find out your... more

The Seattle Seahawks on Monday made safety Earl Thomas the highest-paid player at his position. Will Richard Sherman be next ? Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32 teams. Find out your favorite team's... more

Ray Farmer sees plenty to like about Johnny Manziel , but the Browns general manager is still wrestling with the notion of drafting the Texas A&M prospect with Cleveland's fourth overall pick in next month's draft. Praising Manziel as an "exciting,... more

Jermichael Finley might be one step closer to finding a new team. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The free-agent tight end is scheduled to... more

Have the Buccaneers finally found a use for Jeff Demps? Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times noted over the weekend that the U.S. Olympic track star "made a lot of plays " as a slot receiver during last week's three-day minicamp. Demps barely... more

Count Peyton Manning among those who weren't surprised to see his second career showdown with Andrew Luck earn prime-time billing in Week 1 . "I had a pretty good feeling that game would be on TV," Manning said of Denver's encounter with the... more

Are the Buffalo Bills a candidate to move up the board in next month's draft? General manager Doug Whaley told WGR-AM in Buffalo on Friday that he hasn't ruled out a first-round trade for the right player, saying: "If we think this guy is going to... more

The NFL is saying no to dunking, but Megatron is saying yes. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen One month after the league chose to ban... more

With the Texans reportedly narrowing down their options with the first overall pick in May's draft to four players , owner Bob McNair wants the past to be a guide for what comes next in Houston. The Texans have held the No. 1 pick twice before. In 2002,... more

The Jets could use assistance at cornerback, but New York remains a strong bet to add a wide receiver high in May's draft after meeting with a flock of pass-catching prospects this month. Mike Evans , Kelvin Benjamin , Marqise Lee and Odell Beckham... more

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told Around The League last month that Toby Gerhart was more than ready to replace Maurice Jones-Drew as the bell-cow back in Jacksonville's backfield. The former Minnesota Vikings understudy doesn't disagree. Brooks: Top... more

DeSean Jackson's release from the Philadelphia Eagles last month came amid whispers that the field-stretching wideout held ties to reputed gang members . After the Eagles failed to provide an immediate, clear-cut reason for Jackson's release, NFL... more

The NFL is reining in its decision to get frisky with the extra point. After the league voted last month in Orlando to move PATs to the 20-yard line during the first two weeks of the preseason, Dean Blandino announced Thursday that those plans have... more

NFL teams have until May 3 to pick up the fifth-year option on first-round draft picks from 2011. Plenty of front offices have pulled that trigger , but Tampa Bay isn't playing ball. The Buccaneers won't extend the contract of defensive end Adrian... more

With DeSean Jackson now draped in burgundy and gold , the Eagles are leaning on Jeremy Maclin to fill the void in Philadelphia. The sixth-year wide receiver won't keep them waiting. Maclin on Thursday told Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly that he's "fully... more

In the wake of Wednesday's schedule release , we empathized with a host of teams that, frankly, got the short end of the stick . The Bengals and Buccaneers made our list, as did the Rams, Titans, Jaguars and Vikings. But how about the Jets? As Dan... more

Has Seattle's march of dominance at CenturyLink Field cost the Seahawks home games on prime-time TV? ProFootballTalk was told by a league source that the NFL was wary of putting the Super Bowl champions at home in nationally televised games due to... more

"It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it," wrote Friedrich Nietzsche. Revenge isn't among our higher qualities, but the desire to get even is a key ingredient to the NFL season. With the league's official schedule now in hand,... more

Richard Sherman is one step closer to becoming the league's highest-paid cornerback. And whatever the final contract number is, the outspoken cover man says it will be a sign of respect. "Whatever they feel I am due, I will take it as respect,"... more

The first thing EJ Manuel wanted reporters to know on Tuesday? The knee is fine. The second thing? He plans to be a new-and-improved signal-caller come September. "I definitely agree there's a lot out there for myself as a quarterback to get... more

For Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, the decision to sign DeSean Jackson came down to a matter of exhaustion. "We got tired of seeing him score a lot of touchdowns against us and watching him on TV. So it's great to have him here," Snyder... more

Josh Freeman remains a strong bet to grip nothing more than a clipboard come September. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning told reporters on Tuesday that his offseason ankle procedure won't get in the way of Big Blue's summer plans. "I think... more

Russell Allen's recent release by the Jaguars generated a brief, four-paragraph post on this website last week. We now know there's much more to the story. The undrafted linebacker will never play football again after he suffered an on-field stroke in... more

Mere hours into the start of Denver's offseason workout program, the Broncos are making changes along their offensive line. Last year's starting right tackle, Orlando Franklin, tweeted Monday that he's switching positions: Left guard, excited to learn... more

Looking back on his debacle-filled run in Cleveland, former Browns president Mike Holmgren wishes he made one significant tweak. "I really just should have coached the team , but (former owner Randy Lerner) didn't want me to," Holmgren recently told... more

Rolando McClain is calling it quits all over again. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32 teams. Find out your favorite team's schedule. More... "I'm done," he wrote in a text on Monday to... more

Time to put those Evan Mathis trade rumors to bed. The Eagles' All-Pro guard was on hand Monday for the start of Philadelphia's voluntary offseason workout program, a source informed of the player's plans told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Offseason... more

Rams general manager Les Snead insisted at last month's NFL Annual Meeting that St. Louis didn't plan to draft a quarterback. Everything we've heard since suggests otherwise. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the team is... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roster Reset: NFC East April 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roster Reset: AFC South April 08, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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