Dan Hanzus

Dan Hanzus


Dan Hanzus is a writer for Around the NFL, providing non-stop analysis and opinions on all things football. Previous stops include The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., and before joining NFL Media in 2010. Hanzus hosts the award-winning "Around the League Podcast" with an aplomb reminiscent of a young Chris Berman.


Cam Newton has taken a lot of heat through the years, some deserved, much of it nonsense. But even the most ardent Cam Hater will struggle to take issue with the quarterback after watching video of Newton wired for sound during the Panthers' blowout win... more

The Denver Broncos have added reinforcements with Peyton Manning on the shelf for the foreseeable future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Broncos are signing former Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, according to a source.... more

Quinton Coples is staying in the AFC East. The former first-round pick, released by the Jets on Monday, was claimed by the Dolphins on Tuesday. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Coples joins a Miami team that's been looking for answers along its defensive line... more

The sight is not an uncommon one by now. A sideline camera pushed in tight on the face of Tom Brady, who is shouting at his offensive line in an aggressive manner. Not all quarterbacks can get away with scolding (much larger) teammates for play that is... more

Darrelle Revis is coming off perhaps the worst game of his career . He might have to wait a week to get some redemption. Jets coach Todd Bowles said Monday that Revis "wasn't feeling any better" on Monday, one day after suffering a concussion in the New... more

The Jets are in the midst of a season-threatening slump, but Todd Bowles isn't ready to make a change at the quarterback position. The coach announced Monday that Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain under center when the 5-5 Jets host the 4-6 Dolphins on... more

Brock Osweiler will remain under center for the Denver Broncos for another week. The team announced Monday that Osweiler will start at quarterback again when Denver meets the New England Patriots in Week 12. Osweiler will start in place of Peyton... more

The Bengals are not happy with the penalty that set up the Cardinals' game-winning field goal Sunday night. With less than 10 seconds to play, the Cardinals were preparing for a clock-stopping QB spike that would allow kicker Chandler Catanzaro to... more

The New York Jets are giving up on Quinton Coples. In a surprise move, the Jets have waived Coples, the team's first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Coples appeared in 10 games this season, making two starts. He had eight tackles, one fumble recovery... more

The Kansas City Chiefs (5-5) continued their surge back into the AFC playoff picture with a 33-3 win over the San Diego Chargers (2-8). Here's what you need to know: 1. This game was over when Justin Houston picked off a Philip Rivers pass in the... more

The Houston Texans (5-5) kept themselves near the top of the AFC South thanks to a 24-17 win over the fading New York Jets (5-5) on Sunday at NRG Stadium. Here's what you need to know: 1. DeAndre Hopkins might be the best wide receiver the NFL.... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Johnny Manziel: The Browns have, at long last, decided to see if their former... more

Peyton Manning is out of the lineup and off the grid for the Denver Broncos. NFL Media's James Palmer reported on NFL Network's TNF Gameday that Manning, who has been ruled out of Sunday's matchup against the Bears, hasn't attended any practices or... more

R-E-L-A-X, Packers fans. Aaron Rodgers won't miss any time. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that he has "no concern" that Rodgers could miss Sunday's key division showdown with the first place Minnesota Vikings, according to NFL Media's Steve... more

It appears that the Houston Texans will attempt to keep their place atop the AFC South without Brian Hoyer on Sunday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapaport reported Wednesday that Hoyer -- who suffered a concussion in Monday night's win over the Bengals -- is... more

When GQ booked Tom Brady for an hour-long, one-on-one sitdown last month, the venerable men's magazine and its correspondent, Chuck Klosterman, had hoped the result would be an intimate look at the NFL's biggest star. That sitdown eventually became a... more

A year ago, former Jets general manager John Idzik delivered one of the more surreal midseason news conferences of all-time. The address -- which included a rambling 20-minute filibuster to start -- might have been the final nail in the coffin for the... more

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took part in an #AMA on his Twitter page on Tuesday, answering questions on topics ranging from groupies, to dance skills, to bench press. Of course, bench press. We've culled some greatest hits from the 30-minute... more

Brandon Weeden cut by Cowboys November 17, 2015

The Dallas Cowboys are moving on from Brandon Weeden. The team announced Tuesday that it has released the veteran quarterback, who was winless in three starts after replacing an injured Tony Romo. Weeden was benched in favor of Matt Cassel prior to Week... more

Can a simple T-shirt set a team on a path toward victory? Vikings coach Mike Zimmer believes so. When Vikings players arrived at the team facility on Monday, they were greeted by a shirt at their lockers. The front of the shirt featured an NFL logo and... more

The best moment of NFL Sunday was Drew Stanton celebrating Andre Ellington's touchdown run against the Seahawks on Sunday night. I will not debate this. In front of Al, Cris and the world, Stanton pranced down the sideline and expressed himself in a way... more

It's Sanchize time in Philadelphia. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Eagles starter Sam Bradford will likely miss next Sunday's game against the Buccaneers as well as the team's Thanksgiving matchup against the Lions after suffering a... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers must be feeling pretty good about their Jameis Winston investment right about now. Winston's 1-yard touchdown run with less than a minute to play on Sunday lifted the Bucs to a 10-6 win over the Cowboys. The victory moved the... more

It wasn't easy, but the Detroit Lions have their first taste of victory in Green Bay since 1991 after an 18-16 win on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Lions did everything in their power to let this game get away. Matt Prater missed two... more

Jameis Winston scored on a 1-yard naked bootleg with 54 seconds to play in regulation, the decisive points in the Buccaneers' 10-6 win over the flatlining Cowboys. Here's what you need to know: 1. Rookie quarterbacks will always have peaks and... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Rex Ryan: The Bills coach went back to New York and got his win. This has to be... more

The bond between a player and his head coach is sacred. It is the job of the coach to train the player, to guide him, to protect him, to put him in the best position to succeed. It is the player's responsibility to take what he has learned from his... more

Put down the fire extinguisher (you don't know how to use it anyway). Your computer monitor or smart phone has not burst into flames. That's just a close-up image of Andy Dalton's proud ginger mane on the latest cover of ESPN The Magazine . Dalton is... more

Don't count out Ben Roethlisberger for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday . The veteran quarterback -- who sustained a foot injury in Sunday's win over the Raiders -- has shed his walking boot and was limited at practice on Thursday. When asked if... more

Today is a great day. Ray Lewis has released original music. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and current ESPN analyst posted a snippet of his new single "Can You Stand The Rain" on his Instagram page on Thursday. Here's your taste: A video... more

Rex Ryan was one of the biggest sports figures in New York during his six-year tenure as coach of the Jets. He returns to the Meadowlands as the coach of the Bills in one of the most anticipated Thursday Night Football matchups of the season. Here's... more

We could be waiting a little longer than anticipated to find out if the NFL will make a return to Los Angeles in 2016. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that a vote for relocation... more

Jeremy Lane returned to practice for the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, his first on-field action since a Super Bowl highlight play turned into a career crisis point. Lane's final play of the 2014 season was an end zone interception of Tom Brady late in... more

Odell Beckham Jr. made one of the most famous catches in NFL history with his giant right hand. From the sound of it, Beckham has big plans for his left mitt in the future. The Wall Street Journal offered up an interesting look at Beckham's "secret"... more

Greg Hardy remains a hot-button topic in the NFL, a week after Deadspin published photo evidence of injuries sustained by Hardy's ex-girlfriend in a domestic violence incident. In a Wednesday appearance on NFL HQ , Hall of Fame quarterback Roger... more

Bills coach Rex Ryan is about to make his return to the Meadowlands, the place he called home for six seasons as coach of the Jets. Ryan's tenure in Gotham wasn't always successful, but it never stopped being entertaining. Before Rex Bowl I kicks off on... more

Poor Geno Smith. It's been a trying few months for the New York Jets' backup signal-caller. It wasn't so long ago that Smith was a player with promise , set to quarterback an improved Chan Gailey-led offense in a new era for Jets football. Then a... more

Another setback for free-agent running back Joseph Randle. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Randle, released by the Cowboys last week, has been suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL's personal conduct... more

The New York Jets have a secondary problem. No, you haven't stumbled upon an article from last year, when John Idzik left Rex Ryan with an empty cupboard in the back end of his defense. But it's a different year with familiar problems for the Jets, who... more

The New Orleans Saints have a new backup quarterback. Saints coach Sean Peyton revealed during a radio interview Monday that the team is signing veteran passer Matt Flynn. Flynn confirmed the signing on Twitter. Looks like my hunting season is over!... more

It's been a day since North Carolina Army vet Mike Dobs had his man room compromised forever by the scoundrel Cam Newton. Here's a quick history of #Bannergate and where we stand 24 hours later: » Dobs, a Wisconsin native and die-hard Packers fan... more

The back injury that sidelined DeMarcus Ware on Sunday is expected to cost the Broncos' star outside linebacker more time. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Ware aggravated the back injury that caused him to miss a game earlier in the... more

Rex Ryan successfully held his tongue when asked on Sunday about his upcoming matchup against the Jets, the team he coached for six years. "I promise you, it's just another opponent right now," Ryan said  after the Bills' Week 9 win over the Dolphins.... more

Dion Lewis' breakout season with the Patriots has come to a premature end. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Lewis suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Redskins. Lewis needs surgery and has officially been placed on... more

Wes Welker is getting another chance to catch on with a team. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Welker had a workout with the St. Louis Rams on Monday, according to a source informed of the situation. Welker has worked out for two other teams... more

A grand gesture by Cam Newton in the spirit of protecting home-field advantage was not welcomed by at least one person. On Sunday, prior to the Panthers' 37-29 win over the Packers that lifted Carolina to 8-0, Newton spotted the following sign hanging... more

The Buffalo Bills (4-4) rode a career day from Sammy Watkins to a 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins (3-5) on Sunday in Orchard Park. Here's what you need to know: 1. Consider this the latest reminder of how dangerous the Bills' offense can be when... more

It wasn't pretty, but the New York Jets (5-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 28-23 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) on Sunday at the Meadowlands. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Jets announced themselves as a surprise AFC player... more

The moon landing. The fall of the Berlin Wall. The O.J. verdict. The Seinfeld finale. When a moment is truly huge, you always remember where you were when it happened. So I ask you, dear reader: Where were you when Dwayne Bowe caught his first pass... more

49ers coach Jim Tomsula told reporters this week he hoped the benching of Colin Kaepernick would give the struggling quarterback a "step back and breathe ." In his first public comments since he lost the job, Kaepernick made it clear Friday he doesn't... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Andy Dalton: The Glowing Gingerman is, um, kind of a great quarterback .... more

Marcus Mariota is ready to make his return. Interim coach Mike Mularkey announced Friday that Mariota will be on the field when the 1-6 Titans meet the Saints on Sunday . Mariota missed two games with a sprained MCL, both Tennessee losses. Mariota... more

The Detroit Lions are just 10 months removed from an 11-5 season and a trip to the playoffs. On Thursday, in the midst of a disastrous 1-7 start to 2015, they decided to hit the reset button. General manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand are... more

The Rams are, almost impossibly, dealing with a workplace safety issue in their home stadium. In back-to-back weeks, Rams opponents have been injured slipping on the concrete track that lines the field at the Edward Jones Dome. Last week, Browns... more

The Tennessee Titans are a franchise in transition. Never was that more clear than on Tuesday, when an interim CEO sat next to an interim coach to address the dismissal of head coach Ken Whisenhunt . "I will say caught off guard was probably an... more

Vernon Davis is on the move and Peyton Manning has a new pass-catching tight end at his disposal. The Broncos have traded for the 49ers tight end, the team announced Monday afternoon. The teams will swap late-round picks in 2016 and San Francisco will... more

Ryan Fitzpatrick has a significant injury to his thumb, but that doesn't guarantee he'll miss more time for the New York Jets. Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Monday that an MRI revealed that Fitzpatrick sustained ligament damage to his left... more

In past weeks, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula has stood behind Colin Kaepernick as the quarterback has struggled through his worst season as a pro. On Monday, Tomsula seemed to change his tune, or at least alter it. Asked if Kaepernick would remain the... more

Life without Le'Veon Bell begins for the Steelers. Pittsburgh placed its gifted running back on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury on Monday, and filled Bell's place on the roster by signing running back Isaiah Pead. Pead had been out... more

It was a play that summed up the 49ers' entire season. Or, from a personnel perspective, one quarterback's puzzling descent from franchise star to franchise problem . Sunday in St. Louis, the Niners were leading 3-0 with 5:32 to go in the first quarter... more

Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes and Latavius Murray went over the 100-yard mark for the second time this season, leading the Raiders to a 34-20 win over the New York Jets. Here's what you need to know: 1. Derek Carr continues to look like the... more

The St. Louis Rams rode an increasingly familiar formula on Sunday: Suffocating defense and impact plays from Todd Gurley en route to a 27-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Here's what you need to know: 1. I have seen the future of the running back... more


Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Tom Brady: Call the fight , give Brady the MVP right now. The Patriots are 7-0... more

Ryan Mallett is history in Houston , but Texans players were still answering questions about the released quarterback on Wednesday. The consensus? Mallett couldn't get with the program, so he had to be shown out of the program. "Ryan clearly just... more

The Cleveland Browns began on-field preparation for Week 8's matchup against the Arizona Cardinals without Josh McCown. The veteran quarterback sat out practice on Wednesday with a sore shoulder injured in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams. The news... more

The New York Jets saw their flickering chance at victory extinguished in cruel fashion on Sunday against the Patriots. New York trailed by seven points when Brandon Marshall recovered an onside kick with 14 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. The... more

While the rest of the football world has moved on from DipGate, Around The NFL lingers. You should know the back story by now: On Sunday, FOX -- broadcasting the Vikings' Week 7 matchup against the Lions -- reported that Peterson had been downgraded to... more

No one is going to accuse Kirk Cousins of not striking while the iron's hot. The Redskins quarterback became a viral sensation Sunday night when a Vine video surfaced of Cousins shouting, "You like that! You like that!" at a D.C.-area reporter... more

Here is a sad factoid about EJ Manuel. The third-year quarterback went to London last weekend and came home empty-handed after a 34-31 defeat to the Jaguars. The loss dropped Manuel to 0-2 as a starter for the Bills this season, and also earned him an... more

The San Francisco 49ers are 2-5 and have the worst offense in football. On Tuesday, coach Jim Tomsula disputed a report that his quarterback had alienated himself from the team. FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Colin Kaepernick's confidence was... more

Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy found the spotlight for his aggressive sideline behavior in Sunday's loss to the Giants. Three days earlier, Hardy was on his team's radar for other reasons. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday's edition of... more

What to do with Ryan Mallett? That's the question the Texans' brass is asking itself after the quarterback's latest bout of delinquency. Mallett missed the team flight on Saturday and had to fly commercial to meet up with the Texans ahead of their... more

Tom Brady has won three MVP awards and four Super Bowls in his career. But his greatest accomplishment might be what he's doing on a weekly basis in 2015 -- laughing in the face of Father Time. Brady is 38 years old, an age where even the best of... more

Jason Pierre-Paul is meeting with the New York Giants. Will this be a tangible step toward a return to action or just another tri-state cameo for the Pro Bowl pass rusher? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Pierre-Paul went to the team... more

Brandon LaFell's season debut was one to forget. The New England Patriots wide receiver was activated from the PUP list in time for Sunday's showdown against the second-place New York Jets, and the Pats gave LaFell an immediate role in their game plan.... more

The Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans engaged in one of the most lopsided halves of football in NFL history. In the end, the Dolphins laughed their way to a 44-26 win . Here's what we learned: 1. The Dolphins outclassed the Texans in every facet of the... more

The New England Patriots remain the big brother on the AFC East block, wiping away a fourth-quarter deficit in a 30-23 win over the New York Jets. Here's what we learned. 1. The Jets' defense entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NFL, but Tom Brady... more

The Miami Dolphins had the time of their life on Sunday . The Houston Texans lived a nightmare. Dan Campbell's team hung a beating for ages on Houston in the first half, taking a 41-0 lead into halftime of Sunday's easy win. How dominant were the... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Dan Campbell: The Teal Hulk won our hottest coach bods competition  (congrats... more

We're fast approaching the AFC East showdown between the 5-0 New England Patriots and 4-1 New York Jets. On Thursday, the plucky flock of millennials running the Pats' Twitter account took advantage of the buzz by throwing some skyscraper shade on the... more

The Dallas Cowboys hope to see continued progress from Dez Bryant on Thursday. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that Bryant -- who hasn't played since Week 1 following foot surgery -- has not been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Giants and is... more

Dennis Pitta's career could be hanging in the balance over the next three weeks. The veteran tight end returned to practice on Monday, giving the Baltimore Ravens three weeks to activate Pitta or keep him on the PUP list, a decision that would... more

Tom Brady will never die. Well, that's not true. The inexorable march of time, the prison into which all humankind is born , will one day win out. But in the present, Brady is healthy and thriving with no intention of lowering his profile as the perfect... more

The Seattle Seahawks (2-4) are coming off back-to-back losses in which they let leads slip through their fingers in the fourth quarter. The defending NFC champs are desperate for a win, which could be very bad news for the San Francisco 49ers (2-4), their... more

The Panthers don't typically come up quickly when discussing the best teams in the NFL, even if a 5-0 record should grant Carolina a generous place in the conversation. That elusive national respect found its way to Charlotte after Sunday's comeback... more

The International Series will continue this weekend when the Bills and Jaguars meet at London's Wembley Stadium. As the festivities surrounding that matchup ramp up, the NFL continues to look at ways to grow the enterprise. NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

The Cleveland Browns signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a two-year contract in March that included $9 million in guaranteed money. It continues to have the appearance of one of the worst deals in franchise history. Bowe remains an afterthought in... more

Let's say it again now: What's a catch? The answer remains murky to many, both inside the game and out. The latest controversy came Sunday, when replay review credited Lions wide receiver Golden Tate with a touchdown  against the Bears after officials... more

Mario Williams isn't the only prominent Bills defender who believes Rex Ryan needs to make some scheme changes. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said Tuesday that Buffalo's game plan is playing against the team's strengths, echoing a sentiment expressed... more

The Colts will have to do something special in the next three months to not have their season defined by perhaps the most doomed trick play in NFL history. Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Monday  he had no regrets about the play call, his only real... more

Landry Jones got the job done on Sunday. It sounds like the Steelers will lean on him again in Week 7. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters on Tuesday that the team will "play it by ear" with injured quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger (knee) and Mike... more

He got hurt. He got better. He threw a party. He got hurt again. Are we finally about to see Victor Cruz back on the field for the New York Giants? Art Stapleton of The Record reported Tuesday that there is "guarded optimism" on the health of Cruz,... more

Marcus Mariota becomes the latest AFC quarterback to be felled by a sprained MCL. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Mariota suffered an MCL sprain in Tennessee's 38-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported that it's... more

The Buffalo Bills have arrived in London at far less than full strength. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that neither defensive tackle Kyle Williams or wide receiver Percy Harvin made the trip overseas. The pair likely won't play in... more

The Jets are 4-1 through five games, their best start since 2011 and a complete turnaround from their 1-4 record at the same point last season. The reasons for this turnaround are manifold. The big-budget makeover of the secondary was a major... more

Every so often, Philip Rivers provides a reminder that there are very few quarterbacks that have ever been quite like him. Sunday was one of those days. Using a quick release that could best be defined as borderline unfair, Rivers re-wrote the Chargers'... more

The New Orleans Saints are making a change at kicker. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team has released Zach Hocker and is signing Kai Forbath, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Hocker did himself in on... more

The Minnesota Vikings jumped out to a 13-point second-half lead and held on for a 16-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Here's what we learned. 1. Adrian Peterson has been in vintage form for stretches of this comeback... more

The New York Jets (4-1) exploded for 17 unanswered points in five minutes of play in the third quarter, the difference in an eventual 34-20 win over the Washington Redskins (2-4). Here's what we learned: 1. Brandon Marshall made waves last week when... more

More trouble has found Johnny Manziel. The Cleveland Browns quarterback and his girlfriend were questioned by police in Avon, Ohio, on Monday after they were involved in a roadside domestic incident. Police said alcohol was involved, but no arrests were... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Benjamin Watson: It's quite unusual for a player to enjoy his best statistical... more

It will be another week of Mike Vick for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team announced Friday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss his third consecutive game with a knee injury. There had been faint hope that Roethlisberger would make it back... more

Marshal Yanda isn't going anywhere. The Ravens and Yanda have reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. The deal is worth $32 million, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport This is the fifth contract... more

Antonio Brown told reporters on Wednesday that he believed it was time for Steelers quarterback Mike Vick to regularly look his way . On Thursday, it was Sammy Watkins' turn to call for the (damn ) ball. "That's what I get mad at, when I don't get... more

Maurkice Pouncey remains far off from a return to the Pittsburgh Steelers. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Thursday that Pouncey is experiencing complications from his ankle injury and is expected to undergo a second surgery, according to sources... more

Antonio Brown's career has been defined by star production at a remarkably consistent level. That reputation has made his early returns with Mike Vick particularly eyebrow raising. Brown, who obliterated a Steelers team record with 129 receptions in... more

There was a time when the Falcons and Saints had one of the underrated rivalries in football. That buzz has worn off as the two teams have struggled in recent years, and their first matchup of 2015 finds the teams in very different places. Can the 1-4... more

Nobody wants to hear their favorite NFL team is done before they've purchased a holiday-themed squash product. Given how much time and attention you've invested in your preferred franchise, this can be a profoundly depressing realization. This was... more

Ahmad Bradshaw is back on the grid. Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms with Bradshaw on a new contract. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports that the 28-year-old running back received a one-year deal, according to a... more

The Patriots have received very bad news on Nate Solder. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that Solder, New England's starting left tackle, has a torn right biceps injury that will cost him the rest of the 2015 season, according to a source briefed on... more

The slumping Dallas Cowboys are poised to make a change at quarterback. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the Cowboys plan to start Matt Cassel in Week 7 when they return from their bye against the New York Giants, according to a team... more

The Steelers scored the game-winning touchdown as time expired on Monday night against the Chargers. The NFL acknowledged Tuesday that game officials failed to correct a significant clock error that preceded Pittsburgh's final march. NFL spokesman... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Andy Dalton: The Glowing Gingerman cannot be stopped. Bow down before him.... more

There's an ideal scenario for the Dallas Cowboys in which Greg Hardy serves as a pass-rushing terror on the field who never says a word of note off it. Things aren't that simple, however. Hardy made waves in his first post-suspension media availability... more

Two weeks ago on the Around The NFL Podcast , we wondered if Matt Jones would use a prime-time showcase against the New York Giants to formally throw his hat into the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year race. It didn't work out that way. Jones had just... more

Colin Kaepernick has taken some wrong turns and ended up in the darkest corner of his NFL career. The 49ers are standing behind their quarterback with the hope he'll find his way out. Kaepernick struggled mightily in Sunday's 17-3 home loss to the... more

A week off doesn't guarantee the Seahawks will get Marshawn Lynch back on the field on Sunday against the Bengals. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday that Lynch remains day-to-day with a hamstring issue and the team will not have a... more

Julius Thomas is getting closer. The Jaguars tight end -- who has yet to play a snap this season after suffering a hand injury in the team's preseason opener -- will catch passes in practice on Wednesday, his first activity of that nature since... more

Trent Richardson's chance to salvage his NFL career encountered another setback Tuesday. Richardson was among a group of free-agent running backs who worked out for the Buffalo Bills, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source close... more

Latavius Murray is one of the more promising players on the Raiders' improved roster, but Sunday was a day to to forget for the second-year running back. Murray finished Oakland's Week 4 loss to the Bears on the bench after fumbling a pitch from Derek... more

If it felt like all Chris Ivory did on Sunday was run over hapless Dolphins defenders, it's because that's basically what happened. The Jets' running back set a career high with 166 yards on 29 carries in Sunday's 27-14 win at Wembley Stadium in... more

As one offensive playmaker nears a return to the Dallas Cowboys, another is taken out of the equation. MRIs revealed Monday that running back Lance Dunbar suffered a torn ACL and MCL and will miss the remainder of the season, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

A Dez Bryant return might not be too far in the future for the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Monday that Dez Bryant has a "real shot" of playing after the team's Week 6 bye following a positive examination of his surgically... more

The Miami Dolphins did what they had to do on Monday. Joe Philbin is out , leaving behind a legacy as the franchise's face of mediocrity over the past three years. A strong case can be made that Philbin shouldn't have survived last season, after... more

The Denver Broncos remain undefeated, getting another monster performance from their defense in a 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Here's what you need to know: 1. In case you needed a reminder, this Broncos' defense is for real. Not only did... more

The Carolina Panthers took advantage of five Tampa Bay Buccaneers turnovers on their way to a 37-23 win that keeps them amongst the ranks of the unbeaten. Here's what you need to know: 1. Josh Norman is speeding toward a big pay day. The Panthers... more

The New York Jets put on an impressive show on Sunday in London, bullying the Dolphins on both sides of the ball in a 27-14 win at Wembley Stadium. Here's what you need to know: 1. The London fans won't see Marshawn Lynch on their soil this season,... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Tom Brady: The NFL tried to keep Brady off the field in September. Not only did... more

There haven't been many bigger surprises this season than the relative impotence of Chip Kelly's Eagles offense. The Eagles have averaged just over 285 yards per game during their 1-2 start, ranking them second-to-last in the NFL. On Thursday, Kelly was... more

Andrew Luck remains a bystander as the Colts prepare for their Week 4 matchup against the Jaguars. For the second straight day, Luck made no throws in the portion of practice open to the media, according to The Indianapolis Star . Luck mostly watched... more

Golden Tate told a Detroit radio station this week there had been a "couple occasions in literally each game " when the Lions' opponents had called out their plays before they'd run them. Obviously, this is very bad and it doesn't necessarily reflect... more


Has anyone seen Andre Johnson? We've been told the longtime Texans star signed with the Colts in the offseason. And, yes, the Andre Johnson in Indianapolis certainly matches the physical description of the guy who set every franchise receiving record... more

Here's a scary thought for NFL defenses: Julio Jones believes he can improve upon his record-setting start with the Falcons this season. The All-Pro wide receiver has 34 catches for 440 yards and four touchdowns through three games. If Jones were to... more

The Packers are putting Andrew Quarless on the shelf for now, not for good. The team announced Wednesday that the tight end has been placed on injured reserve with the designated to reserve tag. Quarless suffered a sprained MCL in Monday night's win... more

Cam Newton tried the "On to Cincinnati " move when the topic of Ed Hochuli came up on Wednesday -- tried being the operative word. Newton created a stir Sunday when he told reporters that official Hochuli told him he was "not old enough" to receive a... more

Colts coach Chuck Pagano acknowledged Wednesday that Andrew Luck is dealing with a right shoulder injury, but expressed optimism the star quarterback won't miss Sunday's game against the Jaguars. "I wouldn't bet against 12 ever," Pagano said, per The... more

Julius Thomas underwent surgery to repair a finger injury on Sept. 1. At the time, it was believed the new Jaguars tight end would be ready for action after a month. We'll hit that month marker on Thursday, but Thomas has yet to be cleared for football... more

Kiko Alonso has not played his final down of 2015. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that, following a second opinion, the ACL in Alonso's left knee was deemed intact. He is likely to return to the Eagles' lineup after a month of rehab,... more

The clock has run out on Isaiah Pead in St. Louis. The running back -- selected with the 50th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft -- was waived by the Rams on Tuesday. In corresponding moves, the Rams added cornerback Brandon McGee from the practice... more

C.J. Spiller was supposed to be an X-factor in the Saints' offense this season. So why does it feel like the running back's best fit through three weeks is on the side of a milk carton? Spiller had just one carry and two receptions in Sunday's 27-22... more

Unforeseen circumstances have prompted a change at kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles placed Cody Parkey on season-ending injury reserve with a groin injury. The team will sign Caleb Sturgis to repalce him, the team announced early Tuesday... more

The Jets won't be turning back to Geno Smith against the Dolphins in Week 4. But consider Sunday's loss to the Eagles the first hint that Ryan Fitzpatrick might not be the team's season-long answer at quarterback. Fitzpatrick's flaws were exposed in the... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged Monday that Ben Roethlisberger will "be out for a number of weeks" after suffering a sprained MCL in Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams. Roethlisberger suffered the injury on an unusual play. Rams... more

The rules on what constitute a catch might change, but the search for true clarity continues. The latest example came Sunday in Baltimore, where Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert saw an apparent touchdown reception overturned upon official review. On a... more

The undefeated Atlanta Falcons rode a virtuoso performance from Julio Jones in a 39-28 comeback win over the depleted Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Here's what we learned: 1. All hail Julio Jones, the best wide receiver in the National Football League.... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are in the win column. Chip Kelly's team took advantage of four New York Jets turnovers in a 24-17 victory on Sunday at the Meadowlands. Here's what we learned: 1. The Eagles stacked up 10 first downs in the first half,... more

The Seattle Seahawks could be without Marshawn Lynch when they try to get in the win column on Sunday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday that Lynch -- who is battling a calf issue -- will be a game-time decision against the Bears at... more

The New Orleans Saints won't have Drew Brees on the field in Week 3. Saints coach Sean Payton announced Friday that Brees will not play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Brees is dealing with a rotator cuff injury sustained in last week's loss to... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. The Legion Of Boom: Star safety Kam Chancellor ended his wildly unproductive... more

Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray should have the opportunity to send his season in a more positive direction on Sunday at the Meadowlands. Murray, who has been nursing a hamstring injury, is expected to play against the New York Jets in... more

There appears to be a bit of uncertainty surrounding Darrelle Revis' availability for the New York Jets' Week 3 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters Thursday that Revis -- who is nursing a groin injury -- was... more

Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starting quarterback of the Jets once Geno Smith is healthy enough to re-enter the picture. Jets coach Todd Bowles confirmed the plan during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, a day after Fitzpatrick and the... more

The Dallas Cowboys worked out four quarterbacks at their Valley Ranch facility on Tuesday, but don't take that as a sign the team has doubts about Brandon Weeden. The veteran quarterback will step in for the injured Tony Romo starting Sunday against the... more

The Dallas Cowboys have stashed away Tony Romo for a better day. The team confirmed Tuesday that Romo was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list. The move ensures Romo will miss at least the next eight weeks. He is eligible to return to... more

You won't hear anybody saying the Jets overpaid to bring back Darrelle Revis after Monday night. The All-Pro cornerback reminded the football world that, at 29, he remains a transformative force for any defense he inhabits. The Jets forced five... more

Robert Mathis is back on the field. The outside linebacker, who missed all of last season with a torn Achilles, was in uniform Monday night during the Colts' 20-7 loss to the New York Jets. Until Monday, Mathis hadn't played a live down since the... more

The Washington Redskins are cutting their losses on cornerback David Amerson. Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed the release of Amerson, a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The move comes one day after Amerson didn't see the field in a 24-10 win... more

Matthew Stafford has taken a beating in the first two weeks of the season. On Monday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell acknowledged the hard hits are adding up. Caldwell was non-committal when asked if Stafford would be ready for Detroit's Week 3 matchup... more

Jeremy Hill was the most productive running back in the NFL in the final half of the 2014 season. He still ended up with a front-row seat from the bench on Sunday against the Chargers. Hill didn't see a snap in the final 22 minutes of game time after... more

The New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts enter Monday night in two different head spaces. The Jets took care of business in Week 1 against the Browns, getting off to a 1-0 start for the fifth straight season. All is well at Bowles Manor, and you can... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are off to a 2-0 start following a 24-19 win over the San Diego Chargers in their home opener. Here's what we learned: 1. Jeremy Hill got a seat on the bench after his second lost fumble of the game. Giovani Bernard made the... more

The Cardinals made it look easy against the sloppy Chicago Bears, pouring it on in a 48-23 win at Soldier Field. Here's what we learned: 1. Larry Fitzgerald can still play a little bit. The veteran receiver wasn't targeted in the first quarter, but... more

The Chicago Bears couldn't mount a comeback without Jay Cutler. The quarterback went to the locker room in the second quarter after attempting a tackle during a Tony Jefferson interception return during Sunday's 48-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Rex Ryan: Bills super fan Luke Russert told me during my Pain Rankings series... more

The Jaguars' offense is still trying to find itself in the nascent Blake Bortles era. On Wednesday, some frustration appeared to show when a reporter asked the second-year quarterback about fans who believe Jacksonville's play calling needs to improve.... more

Here's a reminder that Peyton Manning is more than a 39-year-old quarterback attempting to return to form under a new head coach. Manning received a letter this summer from Kari Bollig, an Indiana native who's battling Stage 4 cancer. Her prognosis is... more

Ryan Mallett is on the verge of a promotion to the Houston Texans' starting lineup. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Texans are preparing to start Mallett in Sunday's Week 2 matchup against the Carolina Panthers, according to... more

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones lost his temper against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. It will cost him. Jones told reporters on Wednesday that he was fined $35,000 for his skirmish with rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper in the second quarter... more

The Denver Broncos are far from a finished product on offense. Marrying the philosophies of Gary Kubiak's scheme with the strengths (and limitations) of 39-year-old quarterback Peyton Manning could take time. On Tuesday, Kubiak acknowledged the... more

Adrian Peterson's much-hyped return to action for the Minnesota Vikings did not go according to plan. The former MVP rushed for just 31 yards on 10 carries and added three catches for 21 yards in a 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.... more

The Indianapolis Colts have stopped waiting for Vick Ballard to get back on the field. The oft-injured running back -- who led the Colts in rushing as a rookie in 2012 -- was waived by the team on Tuesday. Ballard missed virtually all of the past two... more

There will never be a glitzy premiere for Marshawn Lynch's star-crossed biopic , which is sad, and disappointing and unfair. But just know, if a premiere had went down, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell would not be invited. At least if... more

The Buffalo Bills have lost 23 of their last 26 games against the New England Patriots. That's about as one-sided as it gets, but the Bills have no problem talking big ahead of their Week 2 showdown against the defending champs. To borrow an old quote... more

If Jarryd Hayne gets his own Disney movie one day, Monday night's NFL debut will serve as the narrative setback the Australian rugby league star must overcome to beat the odds. Hayne, a surprise inclusion on the Niners' game day roster, started his NFL... more

A wild win for the Dallas Cowboys has come at a steep cost. NFL Media's Desmond Purnell was told by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a broken bone in his right foot in Dallas' 27-26 win over the Giants on Sunday night.... more

Matthew Stafford didn't say he's healthy, but promises he'll be ready. The Lions quarterback didn't quite look the same after taking a hit from Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram on Detroit's first series of the second half on Sunday. He finished the... more

Johnny Manziel saw the field sooner than anyone expected on Sunday. He might not be leaving it. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Monday that Cleveland will plan for Week 2's matchup against the Titans with Manziel as the starter. The plan... more

Randy Bullock jogged onto the field after the Texans' first touchdown of the season on Sunday with a simple task. Kick the extra point. Well, it used to be simple. In the past, the point after touchdown was a foregone conclusion. That changed in March,... more

We heard during training camp that Tyler Eifert was uncoverable in practice . On Sunday, the Bengals tight end showed that wasn't typical summer bluster. Eifert went off against the Oakland Raiders in Week 1, finishing with nine catches for 104 yards... more

The New York Jets have received welcome news on cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The team announced Monday that an MRI exam on Cromartie's injured left knee came back negative and that the cornerback is listed as week-to-week. Cromartie has not been ruled... more

For one game at least, Mike Maccagnan's decision to trade for Brandon Marshall looks like a master stroke for the New York Jets. Marshall made his presence felt in Sunday's 31-10 win over the Browns at MetLife Stadium. The veteran wide receiver caught... more

Philip Rivers went over 400 yards and the Chargers overcame a slow start in a 33-28 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Chargers wiped out a 21-3 deficit behind some Hall of Fame-level quarterback play from... more

The New York Jets began their season the right way on Sunday at the Meadowlands, overcoming a slow start -- and a surprise Johnny Manziel cameo -- in a 31-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Jets did something on... more

The Jets' rebuilt secondary already has been compromised. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie was carted off the field during the second quarter of the Jets' 31-10 win over the Cleveland Browns with a potentially serious knee injury. Cromartie suffered the... more

Johnny Football is back ... sooner than expected. The Cleveland Browns quarterback was pressed into action after starter Josh McCown suffered a concussion in the first quarter of a 31-10 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.... more

Eli Manning got his wish. Manning signed a four-year contract extension with the New York Giants on Friday, Manning told NFL Media's Rhett Lewis. The deal, which is worth $84 million, is expected to include $65 million in guarantees and has a no-trade... more

DeMarco Murray has a message for LeSean McCoy: Let it go. McCoy -- who has morphed into a headline-generating machine since his offseason trade to the Buffalo Bills -- had this to say about his successor with the Eagles in an interview with GQ : "I... more

Arian Foster wishes he could be on the field with his teammates when the Texans open their regular season on Sunday against the Chiefs, but the star running back knows he has to listen to his body. "When you're dealing with muscle injuries they tend to... more

The NFL Films special Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 New England Patriots begins with a slow-motion shot of Belichick stepping into team headquarters. The door closes behind The Hooded One, and suddenly, you -- the viewer -- are inside the... more

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday that holdout safety Kam Chancellor won't play in Sunday's season opener against the Rams. A short time later, Chancellor reached out to NFL Network's Dan Hellie to offer his opinion on the... more

The Washington Redskins remain in wait-and-see mode on Robert Griffin III. Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Wednesday he will wait until the written results on Griffin's latest neurological exam come back before making a decision on who will... more

Rex Ryan is reaching into his bag of tricks with one of the best quarterbacks in football coming to town. The Bills coach used part of his meeting with the media on Wednesday as a rally cry for fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium to make life difficult for... more

The season finale of Hard Knocks can be a tough watch. High-profile names like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Vince Wilfork may provide the HBO series with necessary star power, but much of Hard Knocks ' emotional heft comes from the everymen who populate... more

The drama between the New York Giants and Jason Pierre-Paul is far from over. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala and Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Pierre-Paul -- who lost a finger and suffered other injuries in a fireworks accident on the weekend of... more

The Chicago Bears have reason to be optimistic about Alshon Jeffery. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Jeffery is "progressing well" in his recovery from a calf injury and the hope is that the wide receiver will be ready to play on... more

Matt Cassel is back with the Buffalo Bills. The team announced Tuesday that Cassel has re-signed with the Bills, three days after the veteran quarterback was released. Contract terms were not disclosed, but it can be assumed Cassel took a pay cut to... more

The St. Louis Rams didn't wait long to throw in the towel on Isaiah Battle. Battle, an offensive tackle taken in the fifth round of the NFL Supplemental Draft in July, was among 20 players waived by the Rams on Saturday as the team cut its roster to 53... more

The Arizona Cardinals have run out of patience in Logan Thomas. Thomas was one of the 19 players released by the Cardinals on Saturday as the team cut down its roster to 53 players ahead of Week 1. That decision comes one day after the Cardinals... more

Terrelle Pryor will stick around in Cleveland. Pryor, the quarterback turned wide receiver, was on the final 53-man roster released by the Browns on Saturday. The decision to keep Pryor was expected but still notable given the obstacles the former... more

Hakeem Nicks' NFL career is quickly becoming a nomadic journey. Nicks has been released by the Tennessee Titans, the team announced on Saturday. The release comes less than five months after Nicks signed a one-year deal with the Titans that included a... more

The Chargers are making a change at place kicker. Nick Novak was released by San Diego on Saturday, meaning undrafted rookie Josh Lambo will assume kicking duties for the Bolts. Novak had been a steady performer since joining the Chargers in 2011. He... more

The San Francisco 49ers have traded for additional depth along their offensive line. The Ravens announced on Saturday they have traded rookie center Nick Easton to the 49ers for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft. Center is a problem... more

The New York Jets are saying goodbye to some veterans as they whittle their roster down to 53 players on Saturday. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported the Jets have released quarterback Matt Flynn and linebacker Jason Babin. NFL Media's Conor Orr reported... more

Sean Renfree has won the battle to backup Matt Ryan in 2015. The Falcons released both Rex Grossman and T.J. Yates on Friday, the team announced. Renfree, a former seventh-round pick out of Duke, will take over as Atlanta's No. 2, a position held by... more

The San Francisco 49ers have thought twice about their union with Darnell Dockett. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Dockett has been released, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team later confirmed the roster... more

Bills Dolphins Jets Patriots Around The NFL's season preview goes to the AFC East. Change is a good thing AFC East, meet Ndamukong Suh. The Dolphins went all in this offseason, signing the former Detroit Lions star to the biggest... more

Bills Dolphins Jets Patriots Around The NFL's season preview goes to the AFC East. Change is a good thing Sometimes change is a product of fate. The Jets were ready to take another ride on the GenoCoaster until a sentient trivia... more

Bills Dolphins Jets Patriots Around The NFL's season preview goes to the AFC East. Change is a good thing Well, here's something that's different: The Patriots should have the greatest player in franchise history on the field next... more

Bills Dolphins Jets Patriots Around The NFL's season preview goes to the AFC East. Change is a good thing These are not the same Bills we last saw in January. Rex Ryan has brought some charisma back to Orchard Park, and he's been... more

This hasn't gotten any easier for Bill O'Brien. O'Brien is now in his second year as Texans head coach, but the act of telling players they're not good enough to be on his team has yet to lose its edge. O'Brien spent his whole life trying to get this... more

The Tom Brady saga involving deflated footballs and the AFC Championship Game will continue -- at least until the end of this week and probably beyond that. Houston Texans owner Bob McNair believes the Patriots quarterback could have handled matters in a... more

The connection between London and the Jacksonville Jaguars has some legs. Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Tuesday that he'd like his team to play a home game at Wembley Stadium for years to come, possibly through 2030. "I'm optimistic that we'll have a... more

Life without Julius Thomas will continue for the Jacksonville Jaguars. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Thomas underwent a second opinion on his injured finger and will undergo surgery on Wednesday, according to a source informed of... more

Jace Amaro's second season in the NFL is over before it began. Jets coach Todd Bowles announced Tuesday that Amaro, a second-round pick last year, has been placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a torn labrum. Amaro will need surgery to repair... more

This has been a summer of revitalization for Brian Cushing. Cushing exploded onto the scene in 2009, winning Defensive Rookie Of The Year honors and establishing himself as the Texans' biggest star on defense in a pre-J.J. Watt world. Second-team... more


If Trent Richardson has a redemption moment in the NFL, it won't come with the Oakland Raiders. Richardson was let go Tuesday as the Raiders got down to the 75-man limit. The former No. 3 overall pick's exit comes five months after he signed a two-year... more

Julius Thomas could face an even longer absence from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell confirmed an ESPN report that the high-priced tight end is expected to need surgery to repair a tendon in his finger and is expected to... more

Today, we spell redemption R-O-S-E-N-B-E-R-G. Jane Rosenberg, the courtroom sketch artist who was buried with criticism over a Tom Brady rendering that turned the rakish Patriots star into nightmare fuel, displayed her latest illustration outside... more

The Washington Redskins have turned their season over to Kirk Cousins. The quarterback's former coach believes this to be a wise decision. Mike Shanahan, who coached the Redskins from 2010 to 2013, shared an extremely optimistic opinion on Cousins in a... more

If Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens truly acted as an audition for Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, then he should be feeling pretty good about his chances right now. Cousins, starting in place of Robert Griffin III (concussion), played... more

Bills general manager Doug Whaley said earlier this month that his team was "almost in quarterback purgatory ." It didn't look that way on Saturday against the Steelers. Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel each delivered their best performances of the preseason... more

The Atlanta Falcons and Julio Jones got it done. The team announced Saturday that Jones had signed a five-year contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the five-year deal is worth $71.25 million with $47 million in guarantees.... more

The Washington Redskins are in the midst of another controversy surrounding Robert Griffin III. A closer look at the situation tells the story of organizational miscommunication -- both internally and externally. The Redskins announced Friday that... more

Do you see it? Way off in the horizon? It's real football that counts! Almost there. We've reached the third week of the preseason, or as it's alternately known, The Only Preseason Game Worth Attending If Your Dad's Work Buddy Offers Free Tickets.... more

Ryan Mallett was working with the Houston Texans' third-string offense on Friday, one day after the quarterback reportedly slept through practice . The embarrassing demotion is only temporary. Texans coach Bill O'Brien wasn't feeling too chatty about... more

Andy Dalton has become a magnet for criticism in his NFL career -- the insults, doubts and punchlines increasing in pull toward the Bengals quarterback with each January failure. Dalton said Wednesday that he's aware of the constant stream of barbs that... more

The Washington Redskins have lost Junior Galette before he played a meaningful snap for the team. Coach Jay Gruden confirmed the Redskins linebacker suffered a torn Achilles tendon in practice on Wednesday and will miss the year. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

These things rarely transpire how you imagine. NFL teams protect their in-house business the way the United States government guards nuclear launch codes beneath the Pentagon. The only way you ever know how this business works is if you're in the... more

The Dallas Cowboys will have to go the rest of the way without cornerback Orlando Scandrick. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Scandrick tore his ACL and MCL in his right knee during practice on Thursday. He will miss the remainder of the 2015... more

We don't usually see a high-profile player land with a new team in the last week of August. But that's what happened twice in a span of two hours on Tuesday evening. We'll start in Denver, where Peyton Manning is no doubt sleeping better tonight. The... more

The waiting game is over for Michael Vick. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday night that they have signed the veteran quarterback to a one-year contract. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Vick's deal is worth the league minimum, per a source... more

Evan Mathis finally has a new home and the Denver Broncos have added a potentially vital piece to their offensive line. The Broncos announced on Tuesday afternoon they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Mathis, a two-time Pro Bowl guard... more

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has a target on his back in more ways than one this season. Just ask teammate Victor Cruz. Cruz watched from the sidelines as Jaguars defenders took what Cruz believed to be cheap shots at the second-year phenom in... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have made a decision on the backup to Andy Dalton this season. The team announced Tuesday that quarterback Josh Johnson has been released. Johnson signed with the team in April and previously served as the team's No. 2 quarterback... more

The Victor Cruz comeback train has come to a halt for the time being. The New York Giants wide receiver sat out another practice on Tuesday as the effects of a strained calf continue to linger. The injury kept Cruz out of two practices last week,... more

Bill Belichick turned 63 in April. Only Tom Coughlin and (surprise) Pete Carroll count as contemporary elders in the NFL. In a 2009 NFL Network special, Belichick said people didn't "have to worry about" him coaching into his 70s like Marv Levy, a... more

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced Monday that rookie running back Todd Gurley has been cleared to practice with the team. Gurley has spent the offseason and training camp working his way back from surgery to repair a torn ACL. Gurley, the 10th... more

The second week of the preseason wraps up on Monday night in Tampa, where the Buccaneers and Bengals will face off . Here's what to watch for: » Bucs coach Lovie Smith labeled Jameis Winston's preseason debut against the Vikings a "typical Jameis... more

Geno Smith is back at practice with the New York Jets. Smith was on the field in a red non-contact jersey on Monday, less than two weeks after he suffered a broken jaw as a result of a punch from former teammate IK Enemkpali. reported that Smith... more

The Washington Redskins have recently sent two of their tight ends to injured reserve. On Friday, they filled a void. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Redskins have acquired tight end Derek Carrier from the San Francisco 49ers in... more

The San Diego Chargers aren't taking any chances with running back Melvin Gordon. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Friday that Gordon, who is nursing a minor ankle issue, is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals,... more

Here's something completely nuts. The people behind the venerable Madden video game franchise have released a faux trailer to celebrate the release of Madden NFL 16 . Again, it's pretty out there, so trying to describe the plot is kind of pointless.... more

The Dallas Cowboys believe the running game will continue to thrive without DeMarco Murray. That will be difficult if the principals involved can't stay on the field. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday that Joseph Randle aggravated a... more

Lovie Smith is taking a more hands-on approach in what could be a make-or-break second season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday that Smith has decided to take over play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Leslie... more

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera lost his best wide receiver in an instant . Now comes the difficult challenge of moving on. "We had an unfortunate situation yesterday with Kelvin (Benjamin). He'll get taken care of, he'll have his surgery and... more

In the latest episode of Hard Knocks , Texans coach Bill O'Brien approaches Jadeveon Clowney after a high-energy individual practice session and makes a statement that doesn't even require a response. "You gotta be sick of doing this s---," the coach... more

Nightmare became reality for the Panthers on Wednesday with news that No. 1 wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is done for the season with a torn ACL . With Benjamin headed to injured reserve, the Panthers could look to sign a veteran receiver. Let's take a... more

Hard Knocks has itself a proper villain. His name is Brian Cushing and he spent the majority of screen time in Tuesday's episode acting like the antagonist in a 80s teen comedy. Cushing is Billy Zabka , 31 gallons of sentient testosterone intent on... more

Robert Griffin III found himself in a familiar place Tuesday -- the center of a NFL news cycle maelstrom over something he said. The Washington Redskins quarterback told a local news affiliate on Sunday that he feels he can be "the best quarterback in... more

The San Francisco 49ers shared some news on Tuesday they'd long expected: They will begin a new season without wide receiver Jerome Simpson. The team announced that the NFL has suspended Simpson six games for violating the league's policy and program... more

The Baltimore Ravens are keeping the caution lights flashing when it comes to Dennis Pitta. Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Tuesday that Pitta will begin the regular season on the physically unable to perform list. The designation means the veteran... more

The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots have pulled off the compelling and elusive training camp trade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the 49ers have sent tight end Asante Cleveland to the Patriots in exchange for offensive lineman... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will have to make do for the time being without left tackle Eric Fisher. The team announced Tuesday that Fisher has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain, an injury suffered during practice on Monday. A source told ESPN's Ed... more

Victor Cruz says he's all the way back. The New York Giants wide receiver avoided the PUP list to start training camp, but his practice workload was closely monitored as he continued recovery from surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his knee.... more

Philip Rivers signed a contract extension over the weekend, all but ending speculation that he could end his career with a team other than the Chargers. Uncertainty defined Rivers' offseason from afar, with talk of the quarterback being unhappy with... more

Robert Griffin III is at a crossroads as he enters his fourth season in the NFL. Many believe the Griffin who stormed the NFL as a rookie is gone forever; a serious knee injury and two years of struggles derailing a hugely promising career. But Griffin... more

C.J. Spiller is headed to the shelf for the New Orleans Saints. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Spiller underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Friday, according to sources informed of his situation. One source described it as a... more

The Washington Redskins are down another tight end. Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced Saturday that tight end Logan Paulsen will have surgery Monday to repair a turf toe condition. He is out for the year. Paulsen suffered the injury in practice last... more

Julius Thomas wasn't the only key member of the Jaguars to sustain a significant hand injury on Friday. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley announced Saturday that strong safety Johnathan Cyprien will miss the rest of the preseason after sustaining a fractured... more

The New England Patriots and "inside access" aren't typical bedfellows. When the curtain gets pulled back on Patriot Way, it's well worth the peek. That opportunity arrives on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, when NFL Network premieres Do Your Job: Bill Belichick... more

So much for Kevin White's optimism about a return to the field. Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace announced Saturday that White -- the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft -- has a stress fracture in his shin that will require surgery.... more

The Browns hope this will be the season Justin Gilbert shows why he was deserving of his selection in the first round of the 2014 draft. Thursday's preseason opener wasn't the greatest of indicators. Pressed into a big role due to injuries to Joe Haden... more

Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Kevin White says he's ready to return to action. All he needs is the green light from his employer. "If it was up to me, I would be out there. I want to be practicing tomorrow," White said Friday, according to the... more

Jimmy Garoppolo's preseason debut on Thursday wasn't what you would consider a resounding success. The quarterback -- who could start the first four games of the Patriots' season if Tom Brady's suspension holds -- took seven sacks, averaged just 5.3... more

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota made his pro debut Friday in Atlanta, piloting three possessions that were sometimes impressive, sometimes calamitous, but never boring. Much has been made of Mariota's interception-free training camp. That... more

Rex Ryan saw last year what the rest of us did: The curious inaction of the Jets' front office doomed him in his final season in Gotham. The new Bills coach spoke frankly about the end of his six-year run with the Jets in an interview to air next week... more

NaVorro Bowman knows he's not back to being NaVorro Bowman again. But he continues to head in the right direction. The 49ers' three-time All-Pro linebacker hasn't played a down since suffering a devastating knee injury in the 2013 NFC Championship... more

The preseason is here. Thank God. We needed something new to complain about. Let's dig back into the mailbag. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions. Let's get to it. @DanHanzus More disappointing Season? 2015 Jets or Season 2 of True Detective?... more

Todd Gurley won't play a snap this preseason. Don't expect to see him on the field in Week 1, either. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport wrote in a dispatch from Rams camp on Tuesday that the team expects their first-round pick to miss the "first couple... more

Rex Ryan hasn't spoken to IK Enemkpali since the linebacker busted Geno Smith's jaw with a sucker punch on Tuesday morning. That didn't stop the Bills coach from handing out a second chance to one of his former players. The Bills claimed Enemkpali  off... more

So yeah, it looks like the U.S. District Court in New York that serves as the setting for Tom Brady's suspension appeal got stuck with the backup sketch artist on Wednesday. Brady, well known as a photogenic and beloved professional quarterback, has... more

Even the most wild-eyed Tom Brady detractor has to feel for the guy when it comes to the public unveiling of his emails. It's a fairly intense private intrusion and a stunning indicator of the pure bloat of the Deflategate saga. That didn't stop us from... more

The newest season of Hard Knocks starts with a bang. Well, actually a Bill. "Let's be honest with each other," Texans coach Bill O'Brien says to his coaches on the eve of training camp. "This place has no respect in the league, just so you guys are all... more

Todd Bowles is dealing with a minor organizational calamity . When your starting quarterback gets his jaw busted in a locker room fight, the head coach has serious work to do . After Tuesday's practice -- the first without an injured Geno Smith --... more

If we were to label the level of Jets turbulence this summer, we'd go with the type in which strangers are holding hands, the flight attendants are sobbing and prayers of all faiths echo throughout the cabin. Welcome to the weird, wild and sometimes... more

Steve Smith will walk away from the game after this season, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most ferocious competitors of his generation. Don't expect the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver to go soft during a 2015 campaign that will act as his... more

Sam Bradford is off to a promising start with the Philadelphia Eagles. The veteran quarterback, coming off back-to-back anterior cruciate ligament tears, has taken every rep at training camp and appears in great position to be under center come Week 1.... more

Andrew Luck is taking full advantage of that Stanford education. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback returned to his alma mater in the offseason to test out a new virtual reality software created by former Stanford kicker Derek Belch. The software,... more

History will remember January's AFC Championship Game as the event that birthed "Deflategate." What's been largely lost in the shuffle was the game itself -- a complete Colts pasting at the hands of the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots. Chuck... more

Every training camp in the NFL features some fighting. But not every training camp fight features a franchise quarterback at the center of the storm. That's what happened Monday at Carolina Panthers camp, where Cam Newton and cornerback Josh Norman... more

Hard Knocks is almost here. The 10th season of the groundbreaking documentary series will kick off Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET with the first of five episodes on HBO. There are no shortage of compelling storylines to follow with this year's subject, the... more

The Washington Redskins believe Jordan Reed can be a star. He'll have to stay on the field for that to happen. Reed missed 12 games in his first two seasons due to quad, hamstring and head injuries. This season got off to a foreboding start when he... more

Jim Tomsula received the opportunity of a lifetime when he was promoted to the head-coach position of the 49ers. But this isn't your daddy's Niners. It's not even Jim Harbaugh's. Friday morning brought yet another stomach punch for Tomsula's team. Aldon... more

Jay Cutler finally did it: He lost the benefit of the doubt. Six years have passed since Cutler joined the Bears in 2009. In all that time, there were two things you could always count on during the summer: 1) a really bad Adam Sandler movie and 2)... more

So far, so good for Sam Bradford. The Eagles quarterback is in unchartered territory as he attempts his comeback from back-to-back tears of his anterior cruciate ligament. He opened camp working with the first-team offense and -- to this point -- has... more

Things are different in Buffalo with Rex Ryan running the show. To wit: On Thursday, the loquacious head coach took to the podium at Bills camp and proceeded to eat two dog biscuits. This kind of stuff wasn't happening when Doug Marrone was in town.... more

Trent Richardson is ready to go. The Raiders announced Thursday that the veteran running back has returned to practice with the team. He started training camp on the non-football injury list. Richardson had been forced to miss practice because of... more

Jerry Jones has spent the spring and summer talking up Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle as dynamic running backs who possess the ability to adequately replace DeMarco Murray. Sometimes it feels like the outspoken owner is trying to convince himself. In... more

The Arizona Cardinals likely will begin a new season without wide receiver Michael Floyd. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Floyd dislocated three fingers on his left hand during practice Wednesday, according to a source close to the situation.... more

Percy Harvin is on his fourth team in the NFL. That's quite a passport for a talented playmaker who's still just 27 years old. Harvin signed with the Bills this spring after splitting last season between the Seahawks and Jets. On Wednesday's edition of... more

NFL camps are open and Ray Rice remains without a job. It's now safe to wonder if the former Ravens star will ever get a chance to rebuild a career reduced to rubble following a domestic violence incident that rocked the NFL. Rice hasn't given up. He... more

Robert Griffin III has entered a make-or-break year with the Washington Redskins. The former second-overall pick struggled to adjust as a more traditional pocket passer in his first year under Jay Gruden, and his coach isn't changing the gameplan now.... more

The Houston Texans must again prepare for life without Arian Foster. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source informed of the situation, that Foster suffered a major groin injury during practice on Monday night that will likely... more

Hakeem Nicks might be the only wide receiver who will ever say playing on the same team as Andrew Luck was detrimental to his production. Nicks is in training camp with the Titans this summer after a disappointing season in Indianapolis. Nicks never... more

Star Lotulelei is having more issues with his troublesome right foot. The Carolina Panthers defensive tackle was carted off the field Monday after injuring his foot during practice. Lotulelei had surgery in the offseason after injuring the foot during... more

DeSean Jackson believes in himself. Let there be no doubt. "I don't think no one can guard me," Jackson told reporters on Monday at training camp, via . "It's how I feel about myself. I don't feel no one can stop me. You can get Darrelle Revis,... more

Haloti Ngata will not be on the field when the Detroit Lions begin training camp. The team announced Monday that the veteran defensive tackle, acquired in an offseason trade with the Ravens, has been placed on the active/non-football injury (NFI) list.... more


Sometimes it feels like Jimmy Garoppolo was created in a lab on Patriot Way, his particular quarterback model built to facilitate the absolute minimum level of media attention. To take this a bit further (while using a dated pop-culture analogy): Tom... more

We don't have to tell you that Jets fans are enjoying the deflating drama that's enveloped the Patriots this offseason. Such is the way of a (mostly one-sided) border war that's carried on -- with intermittent breaks -- for close to 20 years. The latest... more

Just when you thought Robert Kraft was out, they pulled him back in. The Patriots owner returned to the front lines of the "Deflategate" saga on Wednesday, sounding like a man who had been blindsided by the NFL's decision to uphold Tom Brady's four-game... more

Ladies and gentlemen, Tim Tebow's idea of a hammock. .@TimTebow finishing the summer strong @pep_az . Great work! #relentless â?? PEP (@pep_az) July 27, 2015 Tebow -- who will spend the rest of summer trying to hold... more

Eric Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last December. On Wednesday, he was on the practice field for the Kansas City Chiefs. Berry's comeback story is something to savor while off-the-field drama dogs the NFL. On Wednesday, he spoke to... more

Adrian Peterson is working his way back into playing shape. The Vikings star is taking part in his first team practices since last September. He acknowledged to NFL Network's Marshall Faulk that the initial practices presented some physical challenges... more

The New York Giants are expressing public frustration with Jason Pierre-Paul in the wake of his fireworks accident . The defensive end, who suffered multiple thumb fractures and lost his right ring finger below the knuckle as a result of the accident,... more

Junior Galette isn't the only former Saints starter on defense to lose his job this week. The Saints announced Tuesday that they have released defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley on a failed physical designation. Bunkley started 11 games for New Orleans... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension on Tuesday. What's next for the embattled Patriots quarterback? Consider it a surprise if Brady backs down now. The NFL Players Association announced it will appeal the decision,... more

Lamar Miller played the best football of his life in 2014, setting career highs in rushing yards, yards per carry and touchdowns. The biggest question that came out of this breakout performance was why he didn't see the ball more. Miller never had more... more

The New York Jets will have one of their best players in the building when they kick off training camp on Wednesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Muhammad Wilkerson will report to camp on time, according to a source who has... more

LeSean McCoy's ladies-only party was scheduled for Sunday night. We're not sure if it happened, or if the Bills running back loosened the strict parameters of the guest list. But he did have some fun with the mini-controversy. In an Instagram post on... more

The New Orleans Saints stunned the football world last week when it was learned they planned to release linebacker Junior Galette, a team captain who had signed a $41 million extension with the team months earlier. In truth, the two sides had been... more

Joe Philbin is in territory not often traversed by NFL head coaches. He has yet to post a winning season with the Dolphins, but he's back for his fourth season with the team. That's an impressive bit of patience by the front office. Or, if you're not a... more

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has issued a statement denying a report he has exerted any pressure on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to uphold the four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. ESPN's Sal Paolantonio told a San Diego... more

The Minnesota Vikings have locked up Blair Walsh. The team announced Sunday it has signed the place kicker to a contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it's a four-year extension worth up to $14 million with $5.25 million guaranteed,... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers put up the best offensive numbers in their storied history last season. Ben Roethlisberger thinks the 2015 team can be better. The Steelers set team record in points, first downs, and yards per game, powered by the superstar trio... more

The Indianapolis Colts have moved on from Gosder Cherilus. The team announced Sunday that it has released the right tackle, who struggled with injuries and consistency in two years with Indianapolis. The Colts made Cherilus the highest-paid right... more

Most of a full season away from the game hasn't lowered Adrian Peterson's ambitions any. The Vikings running back reported to training camp on Saturday , receiving the rock-star treatment from fans happy to have the former MVP back in the mix. Peterson... more

Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas got paid. A.J. Green feels like he's now at the front of the line to join his star contemporaries. Both Bryant and Thomas signed five-year, $70 million extensions last week, clearly defining the market for superstar wide... more

Le'Veon Bell reported to Steelers camp on Saturday with a dark cloud over his head in the form of a three-game suspension . The star running back, who is fighting the suspension, told reporters he's yet to receive a hearing date for the appeal. "When... more

Adrian Peterson arrived at Minnesota State University on Saturday for the start of Vikings training camp. It didn't take long to know Vikings fans remained in support of their star running back. Peterson was greeted with chants of "AP" and "M-V-P" as he... more

Mike Holmgren will be in New Zealand next March as a coach of the Southern Bowl, which will rightfully plant its flag as the first American football event to be played in the Southern Hemisphere. Former Super Bowl-winning coaches wouldn't typically... more

Ricardo Lockette was involved in one of the most famous plays in NFL history. That's not a good thing in his case. Lockette was the intended receiver on the Russell Wilson pass that was intercepted at the goal line by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler... more

Back in April , the wretched creep of American litigation -- or at least the potential of it -- led to the premature demise of the popular and successful Sub Rob Lowe ad campaign by DirecTV. Our televisions will never again be graced with our favorite... more

While the Patriots wait for news on that Brady guy, they got some business done with their punter. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Ryan Allen has signed a three-year extension that takes him through the 2018 season. Allen, an... more

Rest easy, Panthers Nation: Kelvin Benjamin has won his offseason battle of the bulge. The second-year wide receiver told reporters at his inaugural football camp that he's feeling healthy and in good physical condition with the opening of training camp... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers took care of business with their head coach this week. Now they've done the same for their general manager. The team announced Saturday that GM Kevin Colbert has signed a contract extension that will take him through the 2018... more

The Arizona Cardinals have added another nice option on offense for Carson Palmer. The team announced Friday that tight end Jermaine Gresham has agreed to a one-year deal. The former first-round pick spent the first five years of his NFL career with... more

Josh Freeman's fresh start with the Miami Dolphins didn't make it to training camp. The Dolphins announced Friday that the veteran quarterback has been released. Freeman spent less than three months with the team. Freeman's arrival in Miami came after... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson will take a hiatus from football -- one that could be permanent -- following a fireworks accident that led the loss of two fingers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Wilson is "stepping away"... more

LeSean McCoy just wanted to have a party. He may still have one. But he'll have to take another pass at the invitation. On Thursday afternoon, the Bills running back posted an image on his Instagram page promoting a "private event celebration" on Sunday... more

How could it be anybody else? For the past two weeks, we've counted down the NFL teams and fan bases that have suffered the most through the years. Deciding where to slot each of the damned in the "top seven" was a difficult process (a process, it must... more

Same old Jets. Seasons come and seasons go. As do players, coaches, owners, stadiums and Fireman Ed. Everything changes. Everything, except the Jets. For the past 45 years, they've remained the one New York team you can trust above all others to break... more

On Jan. 20, 1991, the Buffalo Bills dropped a 51-3 bomb on the Los Angeles Raiders to become AFC champions. The Bills would go on to successfully defend that conference title in the three seasons that followed. It remains a remarkable achievement -- one... more

Lions fans are still waiting. The Super Bowl will celebrate its 50th anniversary next February, and you can safely assume the NFL will go all out to honor America's grand sporting spectacle. If history is any indication, the league's Detroit franchise... more

The Minnesota Vikings are a franchise committed to family: They have pain to share for all generations. For decades, they've bonded the people of the Upper Midwest with their ability to lift you up, then throw you down like a Prince thunder jam from the... more

The Bengals are the NFL's Kings of What Might Have Been. With some better decisions, improved timing, maybe just a pinch of luck, they could be seen as one of the NFL's most successful organizations. Think about that. The Bengals . But each time the... more

Where were you the last time the Kansas City Chiefs won a playoff game? That would be Jan. 16, 1994, when 37-year-old Joe Montana led K.C. to a comeback win over the Houston Oilers at the Astrodome. Me? I was probably taping Ace of Base singles off Z-100... more

Are you still going to the gym today? I bet you're talking yourself out of it right now. You've probably already committed to that work happy hour. Be honest. I'm totally right! You are going to that happy hour. That's cool. It's Friday. It's been a... more

Haloti Ngata played on some very good defenses during his time in Baltimore. But none of those units, according to Ngata, are as good as the collective he joins in Detroit. "It's exciting, man," he said, via the Detroit Free Press . "I've never been a... more

Greg Hardy will make his debut for the Dallas Cowboys sooner than expected. Arbitrator Harold Henderson has upheld Hardy's suspension for conduct detrimental to the league, but has reduced the ban from 10 to four games, the NFL announced on Friday.... more

I've never met anyone who has self-identified as a Big Brother fan. That's not to say there aren't people watching Big Brother . The CBS reality show is in its 17th season after all, and a cursory glance at the ratings reveals timeslot victories and... more

The San Francisco 49ers took a chance on Marcus Lattimore. The running back's college career at South Carolina ended with a knee injury so serious that he nearly lost his leg. But the Niners still used a fourth-round pick on Lattimore in the 2013 draft,... more

Another historic season by J.J. Watt wasn't enough to land MVP honors, but it did earn him the top spot in the Top 100 Players of 2015 countdown. The Texans' star was unveiled Wednesday night as the No. 1 player on the list, finishing ahead of Packers... more

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

The football world scratched its collective head in late February when the trailer for Family First: The Marshawn Lynch Story landed on the Internet like a surprise gift from the Unintentional Comedy Gods. Shot in Oakland and starring Lynch, Family... more

Some troubling news on New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Pierre-Paul suffered a hand injury Saturday night while attempting to light fireworks that required hospitalization, according to two... more

As the Raiders continue to develop a player they hope becomes a franchise cornerstone in Derek Carr, it's vital that the players in front of the quarterback do their part. New Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice believes in his guys. "I'm pretty... more

ESPN The Magazine will soon roll out their annual Everybody Get Naked! edition -- better known as The Body Issue. One of the famous athletes who agreed to strip down for the sake of art and commerce is Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. In the... more

Fax machines aside , Elvis Dumervil has enjoyed an NFL career that has been both productive and relatively low-key. The Ravens defensive end will enter a new season just 10 sacks shy of 100 for his career. During the offseason program, Dumervil kept a... more

We have a new biggest name in a rash of suspension announcements on the eve of the holiday weekend. The San Diego Chargers announced Thursday that tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program... more

The New York Jets will begin the regular season without one of their most important players. The NFL announced Thursday that defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for... more

A.J. Green is the best wide receiver on the Bengals roster. But let's not sleep on Mohamed Sanu as perhaps the team's best all-around athlete. We've already seen in game action that Sanu is a skilled thrower of the football. In his three NFL seasons,... more


Dan Hanzus answers questions from you, the reader, in the latest edition of the Around The NFL Mailbag. Thanks to everyone who sent in a query. May you all enjoy an endless Summer of Gronk, whether it be in this life or the next. How much pressure is... more

It would be an understatement to say Steve Weatherford is walking back his recent comments about the Eagles. More accurately, the Giants punter has turned around and broken into a full sprint. Weatherford, clearly caught off-guard by the reaction from... more

The month-long or so period that follows mandatory team minicamps serves as the equivalent of summer vacation for NFL players. Exotic trips are taken, time with the family and loved ones is spent. We don't get to see what these players are up to, and... more

Johnny Manziel's starting debut in the NFL is not one for the personal scrapbook. The rookie looked overwhelmed against the Bengals, throwing for just 80 yards with two interceptions in a 30-0 home loss that sent Cleveland's season spiraling into the... more

Dez Bryant isn't the only one who can play the contract posturing game. Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett , who lives in Honolulu during the offseason, told local station KHON that he may be open to missing the start of training camp if he... more

Each Sunday during the NFL season, J.J. Watt does things that would seem to be impossible for a man his size. Take that awe and multiply it by two when you see the Texans star on skates. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year showcased his hockey... more

Eli Manning's agent knows his client is going to get paid. History tells us so. The Giants quarterback is entering the final year of the seven-year extension signed prior to the start of the 2009 season. A new deal doesn't appear imminent, but there... more

Leave it to the punter to stir up some NFC East drama during the league's dead season. Giants punter Steve Weatherford had some interesting opinions to share about the Eagles' quarterback room during a radio appearance on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show... more

It was one year ago yesterday that Drew Brees looked at the Saints' roster and said, "Why not the New Orleans Saints? Tell me why we can't win the championship." The Saints did not win the championship. They didn't even make the playoffs, as crumbling... more

NFL Network continued "The Top 100 Players 2015" countdown on Wednesday, revealing players 30 through 21 on the list. Our five takeaways from the latest episode: 1. Drew Brees drops 24 spots from last year, coming in at No. 30. It's a fair slide for... more

What is a superstar? The term is thrown around often in sports, but its true definition is -- to quote the great Michael Scott -- a bit neb-u-lous. Here's our interpretation: A superstar is a transcendent, Hall of Fame-level talent. He is a monster... more

The Bengals are excited about their offense this season, and the return of Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert are major reasons why. Jones missed all of last season due to foot and ankle troubles. Eifert's season lasted just one week before a dislocated... more

Chris Matthews was almost an underdog hero for the ages in Super Bowl XLIX. The former CFL wide receiver had never caught an NFL pass before finishing with four receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots. Had Malcolm Butler not... more

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said at minicamp this week that Cam Newton had the finest practice of his career on Wednesday. Rivera praised changes in Newton's footwork that have led to better throws. With a career completion percentage hovering around 60... more

The Patriots have reached a deal with their first-round pick. Defensive tackle Malcom Brown, the 32nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots, the team announced on Friday. The former... more

Once upon a time, teams were afraid to be struck down by the famed "SI Curse." Today, the kiss of death comes by way of the dreaded reference to a "Dream Team." New Jets cornerback Buster Skrine didn't go full D--- T--- during conversation with's... more

The Houston Texans like their cornerbacks and they're not letting them get away. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Texans have signed Johnathan Joseph to a three-year, $22 extension with $11.5 million guaranteed. John McClain... more

Dez Bryant is back on the scene for the Dallas Cowboys. The star wide receiver, who has sat out the Cowboys' offseason program due to a contract dispute, was with teammates at AT&T Stadium for the final practice before the start of training camp.... more

As Doug Martin fights to get back to the heights of his rookie year, he continues to run away from that unique nickname. You know the one. "The name 'Muscle Hamster' is the worst nickname possibly ever given to somebody," Martin told USA Today at Bucs... more

We've reached mid-June and Michael Vick is still without a job. On Tuesday's edition of NFL Total Access , the veteran quarterback made his pitch to general managers. "(I'm) a proven winner. I think that I've done a lot throughout the course of my... more

Richie Incognito knows there might be no second chance in his NFL career if not for Rex Ryan. He plans to reward Ryan and the Buffalo Bills for allowing him to return to the game he loves. "They're going to get every ounce of effort I have," Incognito... more

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said during OTAs that he was 80 percent recovered from the torn patellar injury that ended his 2014 season. On Tuesday, he updated his status and spoke optimistically about what's next. "I'm 81 percent now," he said with... more

Before the San Francisco 49ers try to figure out a way to beat the 12 teams on their schedule, they'll try to beat the millennials. More accurately, the Niners want to join them. Millennial is a term that generally describes the 18-to-34 age... more

Sam Bradford has yet to participate to 11-on-11 drills at Eagles minicamp. Should this be taken as a sign that the quarterback's recovery from knee surgery has not progressed as quickly as expected? Bradford did his best to downplay his absence and made... more

Nick Foles has yet to take a snap for the Rams, but the team is ready to do business with their new quarterback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday's edition of NFL Total Access that the Rams have made it an offseason priority to lock up... more

The Atlanta Falcons are moving on from one their former first-round picks, while another longtime lineman for the team is calling it quits. The Falcons announced Monday that they have released tackle Sam Baker, who started 61 games in six seasons with... more

Jason Campbell is ready to call it a career. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Campbell plans to retire after 10 seasons in the league. Rapoport added that the decision is not official, but that is the plan as training camps approach.... more

By any measure, a season in which a running back gains over 1,300 yards from scrimmage and scores 14 touchdowns in 15 games should be considered a success. Jamaal Charles wouldn't necessarily agree. The Chiefs star put those numbers up in 2014, but he... more

The good news: No NFL cornerback has publicly challenged Richard Sherman in the last 72 hours. The bad news: This changes if you open up the field to decorated NASCAR drivers. Our latest adventure in Sherman Baiting began innocently enough. On Friday,... more

The Falcons didn't get much from their run game in 2014, a recurring storyline for the franchise in recent seasons. Atlanta wants to change that under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. "I just don't think we're going to go out there and throw it... more

James Harrison finds himself in a much different position than a year ago. Last spring, the former All-Pro linebacker didn't have a job and the phone wasn't ringing. When he was still unattached to a team by Week 1, he thought his NFL career was over.... more

Colts owner Jim Irsay said last week the team hoped to sign wide receiver T.Y. Hilton to a new contract "sooner rather than later." Hilton -- who's about to enter the final year of his rookie deal -- kept things simple while discussing his Colts future... more

The New York Jets hope Stevan Ridley will be a key part of their backfield in 2015. For now, both player and team must practice patience as Ridley works his way back from reconstructive knee surgery. Ridley didn't participate in any practice during... more

Teams usually go in one of two directions after a loss as devastating as what happened to the Packers in January's NFC Championship Game: You learn from it and get better or you crumble and fade away. Aaron Rodgers is the single-biggest reason why the... more

Malcolm Butler might be a Super Bowl hero, but he's not above the Patriots' strict rules on punctuality. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that Butler was late for the first practice of OTAs last month after a flight cancellation led to a... more

Lions running back Joique Bell hasn't seen the field during OTAs as he recovers from offseason surgery on his knee and Achilles. Bell is scheduled to be ready for the start of training camp, but offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi worries the layoff... more

A.J. Francis hopes to be a member of the Miami Dolphins come Week 1 in January. His backup plan for employment lies behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger. While Francis awaits the return of NFL paychecks in July, he has taken up a second job as an Uber... more

Add Joe Flacco to the list of high-profile quarterbacks who believe they can play into their fourth decade. Like Tom Brady and Drew Brees before him, Flacco told that his body feels strong at age 30, and he can envision playing as a... more

If the Giants could keep Odell Beckham Jr. in bubble-wrapped storage until September, a Big Blue intern would be buying the supplies for the job right now. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported on Monday from Giants OTAs that Beckham continues to sit out... more

The New York Giants will remain patient with Odell Beckham Jr. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Monday that the star second-year wide receiver was not on the field with teammates as the Giants began their third week of organized team activities.... more

The Lions will become the next team to take a look at running backs Ben Tate and Daniel Thomas. ESPN reported Monday that Tate is scheduled to fly to Detroit to work out for the team on Tuesday, according to a source. Meanwhile the National Football... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are scheming up ways to get the most out of Vincent Jackson this year. The veteran wide receiver put up another strong statistical season in 2014 despite playing on one of the worst offenses in the league. Jackson is in the... more

The days continue to fall off the calendar and Michael Vick remains unattached to an NFL team. Could this be the end? Vick has never had a problem finding a job in the past, but things are different following a shaky one-year engagement with the Jets.... more

Derek Carr is making progress as he works his way back from a finger injury. NFL Media's Steve Wyche was at Raiders minicamp Tuesday and reported that Carr was a full participant, working through all individual and team drills with the first-team... more

The Dallas Cowboys are leaning on technology in an effort to enhance their preparation this season. Tech blog re/Code reported Sunday that the Cowboys have acquired the services of StriVR Labs, a company that works in the field of virtual reality and... more

Dri Archer is ready to try again in 2015. The Steelers believed they landed a playmaker last spring when they used a third-round pick on Archer, the fastest player in his draft class. But Archer struggled to find a niche, managing just 63 yards rushing... more

The NBA Finals begin tonight in Oakland, where LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the first game of a best-of-seven series. The Raiders took this opportunity to wish their Bay Area brethren good... more

A health condition had ended Rams rookie wideout Bud Sasser's stint in St. Louis. Sasser, a sixth-round pick in the 2015 draft, was waived with a non-football injury designation by the Rams on Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Mike Zimmer said last week that Adrian Peterson had two choices: Play for the Vikings in 2015 or don't play at all. Such is the game of leverage, in which Zimmer and the Vikes had plenty and Peterson has just about none. After months of posturing, leaks... more

The NFL may have moved on from Wes Welker, but Wes Welker isn't ready to move on from the NFL. The veteran wide receiver, who hasn't found a new job after the Broncos opted not to re-sign him, spoke of his desire to return for an 12th season during a... more

Let's face it: We were overdue for more cornerback-on-cornerback crime. Antonio Cromartie has arrived to snap the dry spell. Cromartie, recently reunited with Darrelle Revis in a revamped Jets secondary, still feels that Revis should be seen as the best... more

Sam Bradford has taken another step forward in his recovery from knee surgery. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that Bradford split first-team reps with Mark Sanchez in 7-on-7 drills during the Eagles' latest round of OTAs. Matt Barkley and Tim... more

Shane Ray and the Denver Broncos have reached a deal. The team announced Monday that Ray, the team's first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, signed his rookie deal. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed. The signing happened on the day Ray... more

Robert Mathis is determined to make a timely return to the Colts' lineup. The veteran outside linebacker told a local television station he intends to be back on the field by the first month of the 2015 season. "I said it. I meant it. I'll be back by... more

Jordan Reed's injury issues continue. Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday that the third-year tight end had a "little procedure" on his knee, according to . Gruden said Reed will be ready for the start of training camp. The... more

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are on the verge of some serious business. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Newton and the Panthers are close to agreeing on a long-term deal that would keep him under team control through the 2020... more


Hard Knocks is coming to Houston. The Texans announced Wednesday that they will take part in the 10th season of the acclaimed HBO documentary series that offers an inside look at NFL training camp. The season premieres Aug. 11. The Texans are the... more

Jordan Reed's NFL career has been marked by great potential and injury issues. The latter made another appearance on Tuesday. Reed was not on the field with teammates on the opening day of the second phase of OTAs. After practice, Redskins coach Jay... more

Eric Weddle wants to get paid by the Chargers. He will continue to make himself scarce until that happens. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Pro Bowl safety will not take part in San Diego's second round of OTAs. Weddle also... more

Jim Schwartz has landed another job in the NFL, but it won't be as a coach. Schwartz will serve as a consultant to the league's officiating department for the 2015 season, a league official confirmed with NFL Media on Monday. Fox Sports reported the... more

Things change fast in the NFL. Just ask Dee Milliner. A year ago, Milliner was entrenched atop the Jets depth chart and telling the media he was the best cornerback in the NFL . One torn Achilles tendon and an offseason of heavy Jets spending later and... more

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is preparing for changes in the wake of the NFL's new extra point and two-point conversion rules. Last week, owners approved the Competition Committee's proposal to move the extra point to the 15-yard line after decades of... more

The Miami Dolphins were forced to navigate the second half of last season without left tackle Branden Albert. The team remains hopeful they'll have Albert back for the start of a new campaign. Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said on SiriusXM NFL... more

Michael Sam will continue his career in professional football, but it won't be in the NFL. The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League announced Friday that they have signed Sam to a two-year deal. Sam spent parts of last season with the St.... more

The Dallas Cowboys and Orlando Scandrick are in harmony. Scandrick signed a one-year contract extension Friday, the Cowboys announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is valued at $9.5 million, according to a source... more

David Letterman ended his iconic run on late night Wednesday, hosting the final Late Show after 33 years in front of cameras on NBC and CBS. In his final Top 10 segment -- a longtime staple of the show -- Letterman invited 10 celebrities on stage to... more

Two NFL South quarterbacks make an appearance in the latest edition of The Top 100 Players 2015 countdown on NFL Network. Players 80 through 71 were revealed on Wednesday night, with Cam Newton landing at No. 73, a steep 49-spot drop from his No. 24... more

Darrelle Revis won a Super Bowl with Tom Brady, but he's not going to let his former teammate off the hook on the subject of the Patriots' ball deflation scandal. "Everybody's blowing it up because it is Tom Brady," Revis told the New York Daily News... more

The Chargers are one of three NFL teams being connected to a move to Los Angeles in the near future. One of the franchise's greatest players doesn't believe the team will head up the coast. LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers' all-time leading rusher,... more

Los Angeles has emerged as a contender to once again host the Super Bowl. The NFL announced Wednesday that L.A. is eligible as a potential Super Bowl LIV host site in 2020 if there is a stadium and a team has moved there by the start of the 2018... more

Eric Decker won't count out Tim Tebow in the quarterback's quest to jump start his NFL career. Decker, who played with the QB in Denver at the height of Tebowmania, calls Tebow a "unique" player who could thrive near the goal line if given the... more

The New England Patriots will accept their discipline handed down by the NFL following the investigation into the use of under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced Tuesday at the Spring League Meeting... more

Reggie Bush said last month that Jarryd Hayne, the Australian rugby player who signed with the 49ers this offseason, was a virtual lock to make the team. Bush -- who is close friends with Hayne -- went as far to say that "making the team is actually... more

Now that Aaron Rodgers has whipped the competition in Celebrity Jeopardy! , what's next for the Packers star? Rodgers called his game show experience "a bucket list deal for me." ESPN Milwaukee had the good sense to ask Rodgers what else was on that... more

NFL Network continued The Top 100 Players 2015 countdown on Wednesday, revealing players 90 through 81 on the list. Our five takeaways from the latest episode: » Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (No. 89) cracks the Top 100 for the first time. It's an... more

Kyle Arrington wasn't out of work for long. The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday they have signed the veteran slot corner, who was released by the New England Patriots on Monday. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. Arrington... more

.@AaronRodgers12 scored big for the @maccfund . RT to congratulate him on his #CelebrityJeopardy ! win. â?? Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) May 13, 2015 Alex Trebek: This quarterback holds the distinction of being the only person... more

Ted Wells had a clear message on Tuesday: He was not influenced by any outside sources in making his conclusions on the Patriots' use of deflated footballs in January's AFC Championship Game. The independent investigator opened an animated conference... more

Dante Fowler Jr. was dealt a cruel blow in his first practice as a pro. Four days later, the Jaguars are showing their faith in the No. 3 overall pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Tuesday that Fowler has signed his rookie contract. NFL Media... more

Eli Manning has played a pivotal role in two of the lowest moments of Tom Brady's career. The Giants quarterback takes no pleasure in Brady's current misfortune. "Tom has been a friend of mine," Manning said Monday, according to the New York Post . "I... more

The Jets continued their search for a true successor to Joe Namath when they invested a fourth-round pick in Bryce Petty in this month's draft. NFL Network's Mike Mayock said at the NFL Scouting Combine the former Baylor star is a "project and not a... more

The Cleveland Cavaliers evened their playoff series with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday thanks to LeBron James, whose buzzer-beating jumper sealed a huge road win. James has fans all over the world, but it's hard to imagine too many match the enthusiasm of... more

The Patriots continue to shake up their cornerback group. New England announced on Monday that they have released Kyle Arrington. Arrington had been due $3 million this season, none of it guaranteed.'s Mike Reiss had the first report... more

The Jaguars suffered a crushing setback on Friday when Dante Fowler Jr., the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, suffered a torn ACL in his first practice with the team. Fowler's rookie season is over before it started, the latest bitter... more

The New York Jets announced Friday that they have signed former USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who was selected with the sixth overall pick in last week's draft. The Jets now have their entire 2015 draft class under contract. Williams has been... more

NFL lesson No. 1 for Randy Gregory: Stay hydrated, kid. Gregory, the Cowboys' high-profile second-round pick, was forced to exit the second session of rookie minicamp on Friday due to heat exhaustion. NFL Network cameras captured a groggy-looking... more

Brandon Marshall is set to make his debut with the New York Jets this fall. According to the veteran wide receiver, he very nearly suited up for another AFC East team. "I could have played for the Patriots last year," Marshall told ESPN 1000 on Friday... more

La'el Collins was absent from the public eye as controversy swirled around him. When it finally came time to step back into the spotlight, the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys had plenty to say. "I just want to thank God for this opportunity,"... more

The Baltimore Ravens hosted a relatively low-key press conference on Thursday for safety Ed Reed, who announced his retirement from the NFL a day earlier. Some takeaways from the 50-minute meeting with reporters: » The presser opened with Ozzie... more

Kevin Ogletree's time with the New York Giants has come to an end. The team announced Thursday that it has terminated the contract of the veteran wide receiver, who appeared in seven games for Big Blue last season. Ogletree was re-signed to a one-year,... more

Is Joe Flacco elite? We kid, we kid. Now seven years deep into his NFL career, Flacco shouldn't really be anyone's version of the QB Rubik's cube. Flacco is what he is: A fundamentally sound, outrageously durable, mostly dependable franchise quarterback... more

Rex Ryan is a loquacious man, but you won't get much out of the Bills coach on his surprise sitdown with LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Ryan had an impromptu dinner meeting with Collins on Monday night.... more

The Dallas Cowboys took one of the biggest gambles of the 2015 NFL Draft when they selected Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory in the second round. Gregory said any issues in his past were the result of immaturity and stubbornness, not drug use.... more

If it's the time period between the draft and the start of training camp, that means someone is honking about being the fastest player in the NFL. Enter Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace, who is the under the impression that no man in the National... more

Andrew Whitworth dared the Bengals  to draft his replacement. Things may get uncomfortable now that Cincinnati appears to have done just that. The Bengals selected Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi with the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, then... more

In case you've forgotten, the 49ers still don't know if Justin Smith is playing for them in 2015. They'll find out soon enough. The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that Smith, a 35-year-old defensive tackle who spent his last seven seasons in San... more

The Dallas Cowboys would like Greg Hardy to keep a lower profile on social media. This could prove difficult for the defensive end. On Friday, a Panthers fan tweeted a photo of Kelvin Benjamin and second-round pick Devin Funchess, describing the new... more

The Baltimore Ravens continue to fill needs on offense through the draft. University of Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams was selected with the 23rd pick in the second round on Friday night at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. The Ravens moved up three... more

Jets owner Woody Johnson told reporters this week that his team would supply quarterback Geno Smith with "some weapons" in the draft. The team began that process with its second-round pick. Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith was selected with the... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jameis Winston aren't wasting any time in their new partnership. General manager Jason Licht announced Friday that Winston has signed his rookie contract, one day after being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015... more

The Cowboys essentially told us they weren't going to address running back in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. They weren't lying. The draft's top backfield options came off the board on Thursday night in Chicago, with Todd Gurley going 10th... more

The Oakland Raiders are no longer the only Bay Area team in black. The San Francisco 49ers unveiled their first alternate uniform in franchise history on Thursday night , a black-and-red combination that will supplement their classic red, gold and white... more


In the end, the Eagles stayed home. After months of speculation that Chip Kelly would charge up the draft board in Round 1, the Eagles kept the 20th overall pick and selected USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor. It's a necessary addition to a wide receiver... more

The Minnesota Vikings have addressed the secondary with their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Vikings selected Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes with the 11th overall pick on Thursday night, giving Mike Zimmer another potential long-term... more

The New York Jets didn't expect USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams to still be on the board when they went on the clock on Thursday night in Chicago. When he was, they couldn't resist. The Jets selected Williams with the sixth overall pick on... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new face of the franchise. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was selected with the first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday night, a choice the Buccaneers hope will end decades of transience at the game's most... more

The 2015 NFL Draft has arrived. The average football fan tunes in tonight to find out where the college game's brightest stars will play next. I have more of a niche curiosity, specifically: What songs have the first-rounders selected to accompany them... more

Chip Kelly could keep wheeling and dealing through the NFL Draft. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that defensive back Brandon Boykin and linebacker Mychal Kendricks could be moved at the right price in a trade, according to sources... more

After 15 months, NaVorro Bowman is back where he wants to be. The three-time All-Pro linebacker was on the field for the 49ers' second voluntary workout on Wednesday. It was the first time Bowman has practiced with teammates since suffering a grisly... more

Shea McClellin will be tasked with changing perceptions in 2015. Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday that Chicago will not pick up the fifth-year option on McClellin, according to the Chicago Tribune . McClellin, the 19th overall pick in... more

The Jets were fined $100,000 on Tuesday over a slip of the tongue by Woody Johnson. Have the owner's latest public comments offered another potential hint about New York's next big move? Speaking at a charity event in Manhattan on Wednesday, Johnson... more

When the Dallas Cowboys opted to let DeMarco Murray walk out the door in free agency, the assumption was that Jerry Jones had a plan. We should probably still assume there's a plan ... though maybe not one we expected. There will be no Adrian Peterson... more

A lot has changed for Jadeveon Clowney, who went from can't-miss No. 1 overall pick to injury-riddled question mark in the space of one year. Clowney is currently recovering from microfracture knee surgery , a procedure that has put his ceiling as... more

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman intends to keep Adrian Peterson on the roster and he's not leaving much room for interpretation. "We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff," Spielman told reporters on Tuesday. "Our position has not changed. ...... more

The Houston Texans have put D.J. Swearinger on the trade block. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Texans are trying to move Swearinger in a deal, just two seasons after they selected the safety in the second round of the 2013 NFL... more

Judgments have been handed down in the dueling tampering charges fired off by the New England Patriots and New York Jets involving Darrelle Revis. The NFL informed the Jets on Tuesday they have been fined $100,000 for comments by team owner Woody... more

Last year, the Cleveland Browns opted to trade out of a top-five pick. They might do the opposite Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Browns have talked with the Redskins over the past week about the possibility of moving... more

The Washington Redskins loom as a potential wild card in the top five on Thursday night. Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan told reporters during his pre-draft press conference on Monday that he anticipates phone calls if USC defensive lineman... more

At long last, the Brett Favre retirement ceremony at Lambeau Field is in sight. The Packers announced Monday a plan to unveil Favre's retired number on Thanksgiving night against the Bears. The game and halftime ceremony will be nationally televised... more

The return of the NFL to Los Angeles continues to gather momentum. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the two stadium projects in the L.A. area are "viable" and that plans in Inglewood and Carson have a "great deal of potential to be... more

The New York Jets still have every intention of getting a long-term deal done with Muhammad Wilkerson. For the time being, however, the organization's focus remains elsewhere. Wilkerson has not taken part in organized activities with the Jets as he... more

If Sam Bradford really is the Eagles' long-term answer at quarterback, we're still waiting on evidence to prove it. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has publicly endorsed Bradford as the team's quarterback and has laughed off speculation that Bradford will be... more

Blake Bortles experienced his fair share of growing pains during his rookie season. The Jaguars quarterback admitted Tuesday that his arm was far from 100 percent as the weeks wore on. "My arm kind of deteriorated during the season," Bortles said at the... more

The NFL announced Wednesday that Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has been suspended without pay for the team's first 10 games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the league. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Hardy... more

The offseason for Russell Wilson has featured two prominent running storylines. One centers on the negotiations toward a contract extension for the Seahawks quarterback, a deal that's expected to make Wilson the richest player in football. The second... more

Jerod Mayo and the Patriots will continue working together. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Mayo has agreed to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million fully guaranteed. The inside linebacker and team captain has a chance to make up to... more

Revenge is excellent. Underrated, really. Revenge affords the opportunity to right a wrong, to stick it to a rival, to re-write a narrative. Maybe re-write history. Or it's just a fun thing to talk about in April. With the 2015 schedule officially... more

The NFL schedule has been released and you've quickly studied the 16-game slate of your favorite team and their biggest rivals. Have you found any potential roadblocks provided by the schedule-makers? Of course, no fan base should be getting too upset.... more

Russell Wilson may have fallen short in the most recent Super Bowl, but he's still king when it comes to NFL jersey sales. NFL Players Inc. announced Monday that Wilson led all players in officially licensed sales for the fiscal year 2015, which covers... more

Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib thrived in their first season together in the Broncos' secondary. Harris doesn't expect that to change in 2015. In fact, Harris believes a new Broncos coaching staff will put even greater faith in the two talented... more

We knew the 2015 NFL schedule release was coming this week. Now we know the day. The league will reveal the schedule Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. NFL Network will begin live coverage at that time; the schedule also will be available on A breakdown... more

The NFL will release its 2015 schedule Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET . Thomas Davis hopes the Carolina Panthers get the Dallas Cowboys early in the season, a scenario that would set up the possibility they'd miss former teammate Greg Hardy. "No one really knows... more

Dan Hanzus takes questions from you, the reader, and answers them in the latest Around The NFL Mailbag. Thanks to everyone who got involved. You're all in the news , sweetheart. @AroundTheNFL If you were stuck in an elevator with a current NFL player,... more

Chris Johnson is back to work just a month after being involved in a deadly drive-by shooting. TMZ posted a video on Thursday that showed the former rushing champion running sprints. Johnson doesn't exhibit any lingering effects of the gun shot wound... more

Last month's NFL Annual Meeting produced little change to the league's replay system despite public and internal outcry and more proposals to tweak the process than ever before. Giants co-owner John Mara, a member of the league's competition committee,... more

Michael Crabtree is headed to the other side of the Bay. The wide receiver signed a one-year deal with the Raiders, the team announced on Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Crabtree's contract is worth $3.2 million and he can earn another... more

The Miami Dolphins remain committed to getting a deal done with Ryan Tannehill before the start of a new season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Monday on NFL Total Access that the Dolphins are turning their attention to Tannehill after signing... more

Fun fact: Tom Brady was once selected in the 18th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the Montreal Expos. Brady chose Indiana Jones-level wisely in deciding to pursue football instead. On Monday, Brady found himself back on the diamond,... more

Emmanuel Sanders is coming off a Pro Bowl season, but that won't stop the Broncos from tweaking his role in the offense next season. Sanders told reporters at Broncos headquarters Monday that he expects to move inside to the slot in three-wide receiver... more

Russell Wilson has said in the past that he hasn't ruled out a return to professional baseball. At what point should we take him seriously? The Seahawks quarterback offered his latest eyebrow-raising comments to Bryant Gumbel in an interview that will... more

The Tennessee Titans have high hopes for Zach Mettenberger. Do they believe in him enough to pass on a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick? David Climer of the Tennessean wrote Saturday that Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly-ish look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Andrew Luck: He can finally rest easy. The Colts picked up his fifth-year... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have deepened their financial commitment to guard David DeCastro. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday  that Pittsburgh has picked up the fifth-year option on DeCastro, a former 24th overall pick. DeCastro becomes the third... more

Few players in the NFL were more productive last season than Le'Veon Bell. There are surely Steelers fans who will point to Bell's late-season knee injury as the only thing that kept a cresting Pittsburgh team from making a Super Bowl run. We learned... more

The New York Jets continue to add Patriots to their roster. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Jets are signing running back Stevan Ridley to a one-year deal, according to a source close to the situation. Ridley joins the Jets... more

If Amobi Okoye is going to return to the NFL after battling his way back from a near-fatal illness, it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys. The team announced Wednesday that Okoye has been released. The defensive tackle signed with the Cowboys last August... more

Richie Incognito could have become a footnote in NFL history as the guy who got in trouble for bullying a teammate and trainer. That might still be the case. But Incognito will get another chance thanks to the Buffalo Bills, who signed Incognito to a... more

Things are changing in the NFC West, though not necessarily at the top. The Seahawks -- coming off another Super Bowl trip -- remain the class of the division. The NFL's most loaded roster got even better following the blockbuster trade that brought... more

Rex Ryan is gone, but Sheldon Richardson sounds determined to ensure the swagger remains for the New York Jets. Richardson, a standout defensive tackle entering his third season, believes an offseason of high-profile moves has returned the Jets to... more

Demaryius Thomas has played in offenses that ran the ball constantly. He's been part of a record-breaking attack that passed the ball relentlessly. He has a feeling his sixth season in Denver will find new balance. Much of that goes back to new head... more

Denarius Moore has found a new home. The former Oakland Raiders wideout has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Monday. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that Moore will join the Bengals on a one-year contract. Moore, 26, gives the... more

Yes, it's the offseason -- a time when players are free to get away from football if they so choose. We imagine that's what Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was thinking when he changed into his board shorts and headed out for a beach day in sunny Santa... more

The free-agent market has taken on the feel of one of those barren bodegas in New York. The shelves are half empty, dust is collecting on the items and you don't feel totally safe about putting any of what's available into your system. But it's late,... more

Jim Caldwell has never been viewed as the most daring of NFL sideline men, but a new study tells us perhaps it's time to take a different look at the Detroit Lions coach. Football Outsiders issued its annual Aggressiveness Index last week , and Caldwell... more

Rex Ryan has stressed all offseason that the quarterback position will be an open competition in training camp for the Buffalo Bills. Should we believe him? After all, it was just last August that Ryan and the Jets staged a faux competition between... more

I asked for questions and you delivered. It's time for another edition of the Around The NFL Mailbag. Thanks to everyone who got involved. Let's dig in ... @AroundTheNFL #ATNmailbag if Cowboys do trade for AP where does that place them in NFC? â??... more

Antonio Smith will stay put in the AFC West. The Denver Broncos announced Thursday that the veteran defensive lineman has agreed to a one-year contract with the team. The deal is for $2 million, according to Smith's agent. Smith, 33, joins the Broncos... more

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that the team isn't giving up hope that Dennis Pitta will make it back to the field. Pitta missed most of 2014 after suffering his second hip fracture and dislocation in as many... more

The Bengals decided to have some fun at the expense of an intrastate rival this April Fools' Day. The Bengals took a page out of the Browns' book on Wednesday, using their official Twitter account to tease a "fresh new look" for the team in 2015. The... more

The San Francisco 49ers need Colin Kaepernick to be better than ever next season. To make that leap, Kaepernick has spent his offseason working with several quarterback gurus , including former MVP Kurt Warner. Warner, now an analyst for NFL Network,... more


It's a quiet news day in the NFL, so let's go ahead and check in on Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots tight end who is almost certainly shirtless as you read this. Gronk took a brief respite from his months-long Summer of Gronk pre-party to drop by The... more

Jacquizz Rodgers has found a new gig. The 25-year-old running back has signed a deal with the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Tuesday. Rodgers played his first four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2011... more

Matt Schaub is headed toward another fresh start. The Baltimore Ravens have signed the signal-caller to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is worth $3 million. Schaub was being propped up... more

Russell Wilson is a near lock to sign a contract extension with the Seahawks that will make him the NFL's highest-paid player. But don't expect it to be a deal that changes how elite NFL stars are compensated. On Monday's edition of NFL Total Access ,... more

Judgment is here for the Cleveland Browns in connection with the team's texting scandal. The NFL announced Monday that Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended without pay for the first four regular-season games of the 2015 season for his... more

B.J. Raji will continue his run with the Green Bay Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Packers are bringing back the free-agent defensive tackle on a one-year deal, according to two sources informed of the situation. The... more

Russell Wilson continues to hold on to his baseball dreams. The Seahawks quarterback was back on the diamond Saturday morning, joining the Texas Rangers at their spring training base in Arizona for the second-consecutive year. Wilson turned double plays... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Larry Fitzgerald: Nobody does the offseason like Larry Fitz . 2. Reggie... more

Jared Allen is not done yet. That according to the man himself. Allen, who turns 33 on Friday, is coming off a disappointing first season with the Bears that hinted at a decline. Now he'll be asked to take on an unfamiliar role as an outside linebacker... more

Eddie Lacy took the next step in his second season with the Packers, playing more on third down and making gains as a receiver out of the backfield. The final numbers told the story of a player who had arrived. The running back finished with more than... more

Count Rodney Harrison as one non-believer in the Jets following their aggressive offseason of spending. The former Patriots safety and current NBC analyst believes the Jets will remain an AFC East doormat in 2015 if they stick with Geno Smith as their... more

There are no guarantees Victor Cruz will be ready for the start of the 2015 season. Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting in Arizona that Cruz's timetable is fluid as he recovers from a torn patellar tendon suffered in Week... more

Like many sexagenarians, Tom Coughlin struggles with the smart phone age. We imagine the 68-year-old Giants coach would be just fine if he were still on a flip phone, or even better, not tied to a phone at all. This week at the NFL Annual Meeting,... more

Darrelle Revis had no shortage of suitors during his brief time on the open market this month. Revis, who signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Jets on the first day of free agency, told SNY's Loud Mouths with NFL Media's Adam Schein and Chris... more

If you were holding your breath on the NFL overhauling its replay system this year, go ahead and exhale. It's not happening. League spokesman Greg Aiello announced on Twitter that teams at the NFL Annual Meeting have approved adding replay review for... more

The NFL could still target the Cleveland Browns to appear on Hard Knocks this summer, but any engagement on the HBO documentary series would be against the team's wishes. That according to Browns coach Mike Pettine, who cited the increased scrutiny on... more

Jets owner Woody Johnson raised eyebrows on Monday when he told reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting that Geno Smith was "way ahead" of Marcus Mariota. We're still not exactly sure what Johnson meant. How is Geno ahead? NFL experience? Talent? Frequent... more

The 49ers still have Colin Kaepernick. In a trying offseason for the organization, being in a possession of a young franchise quarterback is something to hold onto. Of course, even Kaepernick is difficult to make sense of during these uncertain times in... more

Rex Ryan might have been fired by the New York Jets, but he holds no ill-will for the franchise that gave him his first head-coaching job. The Bills coach told NFL Media's Judy Battista on Monday that he holds Jets owner Woody Johnson in high regard... more

Chip Kelly's provocative offseason took another turn last week when the Eagles brought in Tim Tebow for a workout. Tebow was barely out of the facility when NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that no signing in Philadelphia was imminent. Still,... more

Sammy Watkins entered the 2014 season as the NFL's most-hyped rookie receiver. It didn't end that way. The No. 4 overall pick was easily overshadowed by the instant impacts of Odell Beckham Jr. in New York and Mike Evans in Tampa Bay. Watkins'... more

Popular thinking has Jameis Winston going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Saturday from the NFL Annual Meeting in Arizona that he understands why people believe Winston or Marcus... more

The Eagles shocked the NFL when they traded running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills on the eve of free agency. Philadelphia's subsequent decision to sign both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews in free agency has left McCoy scratching his head. "I saw... more

Brandon Bostick says he's moved on from the NFC Championship Game and his time with the Packers. The tight end is now a member of the Vikings, a team that will give him two chances per year to prove to Green Bay it made a mistake in letting him go. But... more

Eyebrows arched last week when the Oakland Raiders handed running back Trent Richardson a two-year contract worth up to $3.85 million. A closer look at the deal gives us a better idea how much the Raiders are risking on the downtrodden former third... more

The Buffalo Bills will have a starting quarterback by Week 1, that much we know. Who that quarterback will be remains anyone's guess. Rex Ryan acknowledged as much this week during a call-in appearance on the Bills' flagship radio station, explaining... more

It's that time again. We asked for questions for a new mailbag and you, the people, delivered. Let's get to it. @DanHanzus would you rather your team win a SuperBowl & then STINK for 15 years or fun to watch for 15 years but never win it? #ATNmailbag... more

Santonio Holmes has been out of the NFL since November and the phone's not ringing. The former Super Bowl MVP struggles to understand how his stock has sunk so low. "It baffles me a little to know that I'm not a part of any organization," Holmes told SI... more

What happens on Jerrah Bus stays on Jerrah Bus. Usually. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke Big D omertĂ  during a Jimmy Kimmel Live  taping this week in Austin. Romo was asked about DeMarco Murray leaving the Cowboys, a move Romo admitted hurt him... more

The Browns have landed a new No. 1 receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Cleveland has agreed to a contract with Dwayne Bowe, according to a source close to the situation. Bowe joins the Browns after eight seasons with the... more

Chris Canty is back with the Baltimore Ravens. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that the veteran defensive end has signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal that includes a team option designed to spread out a $1.53 million signing bonus. The... more

The Dolphins traded Mike Wallace to the Vikings last week, a move that appeared to start gathering momentum the moment the wide receiver pulled himself from Miami's Week 17 loss to the Jets. Maurkice Pouncey, Wallace's former teammate in Pittsburgh,... more

Trent Richardson has found another gig. The Oakland Raiders announced Tuesday that they have signed the former first-round pick to a new deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for two years and is worth $3.9 million. Richardson, who... more

Another prominent NFL player is walking away from the game in his prime. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland told ESPN's Outside The Lines on Monday that he is retiring from the NFL due to concerns about the long-term health effects of head... more

Tim Tebow is back on the NFL grid. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the free-agent quarterback worked out Monday for the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a team source. ESPN had the first report. It's the latest sharp left in a... more

The Redskins are the latest team to pluck talent from the Seahawks' celebrated secondary. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that safety Jeron Johnson has signed a two-year, $4 million contract with Washington. Johnson comes to the Redskins... more

The smoke has cleared after a wild flurry of signings and trades in the NFL. Time will tell if the active teams this year -- and there were many -- actually got any better due to their actions. Always remember the 2011 Eagles. As that doomed "Dream... more

The Miami Dolphins acquired Kenny Stills on Friday , and then traded Mike Wallace hours later. Deductive reasoning tells us Stills will be tasked with becoming the deep threat Wallace never was in his disappointing two-year run in Miami. Stills doesn't... more

The Cleveland Browns are going hard after Dwayne Bowe. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Cleveland brought the veteran wide receiver in for a visit this weekend determined not to let him leave without a new deal. Bowe became available... more

Michael Johnson is headed back to Cincinnati. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the veteran defensive end has reached a four-year, $20 million deal with the Bengals, according to a source involved with the process. Johnson returns to... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Jimmy Graham: If Tuesday's blockbuster trade was a zombie apocalypse movie,... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are moving on from Dwayne Bowe. The team announced Thursday that its parted ways with the wide receiver. Bowe became expendable when the team locked into an agreement with Jeremy Maclin on Sunday. Bowe has been reported as a... more

The unlikely reunion of the New York Jets secondary is complete. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday that the Jets are finalizing a contract with veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie, according to a team source. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

In the end, DeMarco Murray didn't leave the NFC East. Just the Dallas Cowboys. We learned Thursday that the star running back will sign a five-year deal worth more than $40 million with the Eagles, ending a drama-filled period of uncertainty in the... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive facelift continues. The Bucs announced Wednesday that they have signed outside linebacker Bruce Carter. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Carter inked a deal worth $20.5 million over four years. Tampa Bay... more

Everyone in the NFL is wondering what's running through Chip Kelly's mind right now. On Wednesday, the Eagles coach offered some insight. One thing Kelly made very clear during an impromptu press conference: The Eagles are all in on new quarterback Sam... more

The Houston Texans and Brian Hoyer are officially in business. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that Hoyer and the Texans have reached agreement on a two-year deal worth $10.5 million with $4.75 million guaranteed. Hoyer had also been in... more

The Jets made the biggest free-agent splash in their history on Tuesday, locking up Darrelle Revis with a five-year, $70 million deal on the first day of free agency. Here's why they did it: 1. They say business shouldn't be personal, but this was... more

The Rams have been busy rearranging their quarterback room on Tuesday. On the same day Sam Bradford was sent to the Eagles in exchange for Nick Foles, the Rams have brought Case Keenum back into the building. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Keenum... more

Percy Harvin's brief stay with the New York Jets has come to an end. The Jets released the talented wide receiver on Tuesday, the team announced, just days after acquiring Brandon Marshall in a trade with the Chicago Bears. Harvin is free to sign with... more

Brandon Browner is officially on the market. The New England Patriots declined Browner's option on Tuesday, making the cornerback an unrestricted free agent. The Pats had faced a Monday deadline to pick up $1.9 million team option. Darrelle Revis and... more

There was a time when NFL trades were a rarity. Tuesday's Sam Bradford-Nick Foles blockbuster  is the latest reminder those days are long gone. We should know better than to be surprised by Chip Kelly by now. The Eagles coach is aggressively revamping... more

The Denver Broncos aren't going to let all of their tight ends get out the door. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Virgil Green will remain with the Broncos, according to a source involved in the process. ESPN's Jeff Legwold first... more

Bryan Bulaga isn't such a long shot to stay with the Packers, after all. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Green Bay is expected to keep Bulaga on a five-year deal worth roughly $7 million annually, according to a source close to the... more

The Jaguars have hooked a big fish in free agency. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that tight end Julius Thomas is getting a five-year deal worth an average of $9.2 million each season with $24 million guaranteed. Thomas spent his... more

The Cleveland Browns have made their first splash of free agency. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that the Browns and wide receiver Brian Hartline have agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal, according to his agent. Hartline played his first six... more

The St. Louis Rams have cut ties with Jake Long. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Monday that the team has released the veteran left tackle, according to a source. The team will continue to discuss options with Long as he rehabs from his... more

What's next for Andre Johnson? We learned last week that the greatest offensive player in Texans history has been granted permission to seek a trade. With no trade able to be worked out, Johnson officially was released on Monday . We've written these... more

The Eagles have successfully kept outside linebacker Brandon Graham off the open market. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Graham has signed a four-year deal worth $26 million, according to a source. The contract includes $14 million... more

Andre Johnson and the Houston Texans are officially no more. The Texans released Johnson on Monday, ending his 12-year run in Houston. Johnson is now eligible to sign with any team. The Texans granted Johnson the right to seek a trade after the... more

Steven Jackson is currently looking for a job. He's also speaking out over his disappointment in the evolution of his position. The free-agent running back published a YouTube video on Monday plugging his new website: . In... more

One of the Carolina Panthers involved in the great wide receiver purge of 2014 is coming home. Ted Ginn Jr. has re-signed with the Panthers after a one-year stay with the Arizona Cardinals. Ginn made the news official on -- where else? -- Instagram. A... more

The San Diego Chargers are poised to make another big move along their offensive line. UT-San Diego reported Sunday that the Chargers are "unofficially done " with a deal to land free agent guard Orlando Franklin, according to a source. Fox Sports also... more

The Eagles appear to have located a high-profile replacement for LeSean McCoy. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Sunday that, barring something unforeseen, Frank Gore will sign a three-year deal with the Eagles this week, according to a source involved... more

The Miami Dolphins could be poised to make the biggest free-agent splash in franchise history. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Dolphins have emerged as the clear front runner for free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh,... more

The Indianapolis Colts have added a proven veteran to their offensive line. The team announced Sunday that it has agreed to terms with free agent Todd Herremans. The guard spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Eagles. "It was a different... more

A big season for Titans punter Brett Kern has led to a big reward. The Titans announced Saturday that the team has agreed on a multi-year contract with the veteran. The National Football Post reports the deal is worth $15 million over five years .... more

The Packers made a big splash before the start of free agency with their rich new deal for Randall Cobb. We'll soon find out if that contract will keep the team from keeping another homegrown talent in the building. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga is... more

Carson Palmer is fully confident he'll be ready to go with Arizona Cardinals teammates this summer. The veteran quarterback, who is nearly four months removed from his second ACL reconstruction surgery , was in extremely good spirits as he updated local... more

Giants tight end Larry Donnell was a passenger on the Delta flight that skidded off the runway and crashed into a fence at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Thursday morning. News of this comes from Donnell himself, who posted a photo and video to his... more

Brandon Marshall might not be long for the Chicago Bears. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Bears are exploring a potential trade of the talented wide receiver, according to a source informed of the team's plans. The effort to... more

Adrian Peterson has met with Vikings brass as player and team determine a next step in their uneasy partnership. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman met with Peterson for approximately four hours at the running back's home... more

Peyton Manning agreed to a $4 million pay cut to set up his return to the Broncos in 2015. That doesn't mean the quarterback can't get that money back. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that Manning's new deal includes a $2 million incentive... more

The Dallas Cowboys have added depth to their linebacker group on the eve of free agency. The team announced Wednesday that former Bills linebacker Keith Rivers has signed a one-year contract with the team. Rivers, 28, was released last month after... more

The Houston Texans have parted ways with a respected longtime veteran. No, not that one . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Texans have released center Chris Myers, according to a source informed of the move. The team later... more

A day after landing a dynamic new running back , the Buffalo Bills appear to have traded for their next starting quarterback. The Bills announced Wednesday they've agreed to a trade with the Vikings to acquire Matt Cassel. FOX Sports reports the Bills... more

C.J. Spiller learned his Bills career was over while sitting in the green room at NFL Network on Tuesday. The messenger was Willie McGinest, who told him that the Bills had acquired LeSean McCoy from the Eagles in exchange for Kiko Alonso . "I thought... more

The Baltimore Ravens are asking Lardarius Webb to take a pay cut. In an expected move, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Ravens have approached the veteran cornerback about a reduction of his 2015 salary. Webb is scheduled to... more

Mike Wallace alienated himself from Dolphins teammates when he opted to sit out the second half of the team's season finale against the Jets. Three months later, Wallace has apparently smoothed things over with the most important player on the roster.... more

It appears Andre Johnson and the Houston Texans have reached the end of the road. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that the star wide receiver has been granted permission to seek a trade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that a source... more

Cortland Finnegan's time with the Dolphins is over. The team announced Monday that they've released the veteran cornerback after one season. Finnegan started all 12 games he appeared in during the 2014 season, grading out as's... more

Ravens cornerback Victor Hampton was arrested over the weekend on charges of driving while impaired. Now he's out of a job. The Ravens announced Monday that they've cut Hampton , an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina who signed a reserve/future... more

We learned earlier that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to retain Vincent Jackson in 2015 without restructuring his contract. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reached out to a source familiar with the Bucs' thinking as well as an executive with... more

The LaMarr Woodley experiment in Oakland will begin and end with a whimper. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Raiders do not plan to pick up Woodley's $1 million roster bonus before the league deadline and will release the veteran... more

Who said Marshawn Lynch doesn't talk to the media? The Seahawks running back was a veritable chatterbox during a nearly 30-minute sitdown with a Turkish television network last week. Lynch is in Turkey with fellow NFL players DeAngelo Williams and Gary... more

The Philadelphia Eagles currently stand as the wild card of the upcoming draft. The reason goes back to one player: Marcus Mariota. Chip Kelly recruited Mariota back in his Oregon days and the Eagles coach is believed to prefer a mobile quarterback... more

A.J. Smith is calling it a career. The former Chargers general manager, who spent the last two seasons as a consultant with the Redskins, has decided to leave the game after nearly four decades. Smith announced last week that his contract with... more

Jeremy Maclin wants to stay in business with the Eagles. The Eagles want to stay in business with Jeremy Maclin. The only thing that's left to do is get a deal done. The question is whether that can be done before the start of free agency on March 10.... more

Jonas Gray is determined to be remembered as something other than the greatest one-hit wonder in Patriots history. The rookie running back burst on the scene with a 201-yard, four-touchdown performance on Sunday Night Football last November, then... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to keep Vincent Jackson in the equation as they attempt to bounce back from a miserable 2014 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Jackson will return in 2015 at his base salary of $9.78 million, per a... more


Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Adrian Peterson: Judge Doty overturned the Vikings running back's suspension,... more

Steven Jackson has reached the end of the road in Atlanta. The Falcons announced late Thursday they've released the veteran running back after two seasons with the team. The move saves Atlanta $3.75 million in cap space, according to NFL Media Insider... more

Ricky Jean Francois has found a new home. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Jean Francois has signed a three-year contract with the Redskins, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The deal is worth up to $9 million with $4 million... more

The suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been overturned. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that U.S. District Judge David S. Doty has ruled in favor of Peterson , granting an NFL Players Association motion to... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series concludes with the New Orleans Saints. What's changing? The Saints have a lot of work to do and not a lot of money to do it. They can... more

The Buffalo Bills are looking to close a deal with free-agent quarterback Josh McCown. The Buffalo News reported Thursday that the two sides have started negotiations on a contract, according to an NFL source. A deal for McCown could be wrapped up by... more

Now that Earl Thomas has gone under the knife, the question becomes when the Seattle Seahawks might get their All-Pro safety back on the field. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Monday's surgery and subsequent rehabilitation is expected to... more

Chargers linebacker Jarret Johnson is ending his NFL career after 12 seasons. The veteran made his announcement -- where else -- on Instagram . "Today I am announcing my retirement from the game I love," Johnson wrote on his post. "I lived a dream... more

Rams coach and longtime NFL Competition Committee member Jeff Fisher made it clear last week that instant replay will be a major topic of discussion when the committee convenes next week in Naples, Fla. NFL Media's Judy Battista spoke with Troy Vincent... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- When you're a schlub sportswriter like myself, being on the field at the NFL Scouting Combine is akin to a space explorer stepping onto a planet populated by an advanced species. The draft prospects at Lucas Oil Stadium are almost... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Arian Foster remained a workhorse in the Texans' offense last season. The star running back was as good as ever, rushing for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns on a healthy 4.8 yards per carry average. He added 38 receptions for 327 yards... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Todd Bowles will be bringing a different defensive philosophy to the Jets than the one employed for years by Rex Ryan, but the two coaches share one basic need: cornerbacks who can cover ... well. Bowles' aggressive blitzing schemes rely... more

Brady Quinn wants one last crack at the NFL. The Boston Globe reported Sunday that Quinn is making a comeback attempt months after starting a broadcast career with FOX Sports. The former Browns first-round pick -- who played for five teams in a career... more

Cam Newton is comfortable taking the wait-and-see approach to his contract negotiations with the Carolina Panthers. The Charlotte Observer reported Saturday that Newton's representatives were scheduled to meet with the team officials at the NFL... more

Jerry Jones is operating under a five-year plan with quarterback Tony Romo. "I feel very comfortable, to the main part of your question, with a five-year time frame," the Cowboys owner said from the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, via the team site .... more

The Titans own the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. You don't have to be a Mayock-like wizard of the event to understand Tennessee will have an opportunity to select either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, the cream of the quarterback class.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians disparaged the play of passers in college spread offenses this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, telling a room of reporters "that ain't playing quarterback ." Mike Mayock seems to agree. The NFL Network... more

DeMarco Murray might not be back with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. If he returns, expect his workload to be relaxed. "I don't think we would go into a season now with Murray thinking that he was going to have the load that he had last year," Jones said... more

Rolando McClain has run into more off-the-field issues. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Dallas Cowboys linebacker is facing a four-game fine for a third failed drug test, per sources informed of his situation. McClain has... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the best running segments of NFL Network's combine coverage is the simulcam of multiple players running the 40-yard dash at once. It's a virtual footrace of players from past and present. During Saturday's telecast, we got to see... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cowboys are unlikely to target a quarterback at the top of their draft class, but Jason Garrett is a big fan of this year's two hottest prospects. Garrett called Jameis Winston "a very impressive guy" and labeled Marcus Mariota a... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rams coach Jeff Fisher is a key figure in the NFL's Competition Committee and the group's most vocal member. Following a postseason of a controversial calls and one DeflateGate, Fisher knows the committee will have no shortage of talking... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rams general manager Les Snead said Wednesday the team had no plan to "delete" Sam Bradford from the roster. Rams coach Jeff Fisher is similarly delete-averse. Fisher, like Snead, was asked at the NFL Scouting Combine about the report... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL examines what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Chicago Bears. What's changing? Give the Bears credit: They owned up to the nightmare scenario of their 2015 season and... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jay Gruden made perhaps the most surprising pronouncement of any coach or general manager at the NFL Scouting Combine when he said Wednesday that Robert Griffin III will be the team's "No. 1 guy" moving forward. Combine on NFL Network... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Packers suffered one of the most excruciating defeats in recent playoff history when they blew a double-digit fourth quarter lead in a 28-22 overtime loss to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. Despite that, Packers coach... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- John Elway maintains that he wants Peyton Manning to return to the Denver Broncos in 2015. The only thing left for Manning to do, according to the general manager, is give final word that he wants in. "Let me say this, we're hopeful... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Houston Texans remain optimistic Jadeveon Clowney will make a full recovery from microfracture knee surgery. The 2014 No. 1 overall pick appeared in just four games before undergoing his second knee surgery in four months. Texans... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Mallett is headed toward free agency, but it sure sounds like the Houston Texans want to keep him around. Both general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien showered Mallett with praise when the quarterback's name came up on... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson admitted Thursday that Mike McCarthy's decision to give up play-calling duties caught him by surprise. "Yeah, a little bit," Thompson said from the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- After sitting in on back-to-back press conferences featuring the new Jets braintrust of coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan, I can state with relative certainty that Jets beat reporters are going to miss Rex Ryan very,... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rex Ryan opened his 15-minute availability at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday with a rambling anecdote about minor league baseball in Buffalo. This was the Bills coach as stand-up comedian, testing out new material at the Comedy... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Larry Fitzgerald is staying in the desert. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Fitzgerald and the Cardinals are closing in on a deal that will allow the star wide receiver to finish his career in Arizona, according to... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Philadelphia Eagles. What's changing? Now, more than ever, it's Chip Kelly's world in Philadelphia. The Eagles coach... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the San Diego Chargers. What's changing? The Chargers are a bit of a feathered fish right now. Not good enough to be thought... more

The Seattle Seahawks are willing to pay big money to keep Marshawn Lynch. The question is whether Lynch's health will ultimately determine his NFL future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access that Lynch's back... more

Peyton Manning isn't ready to call it a career. What does this mean for his future with the Broncos? NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer reported Friday that Manning communicated to Broncos officials that he'd like to return for a fourth season... more

Jim Harbaugh is doing just fine. The former San Francisco 49ers coach landed very much on his feet at the University of Michigan, where he is being hailed as a savior. He's being paid like one, too. But the wounds remain fresh when talking about about... more

Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals are trying to make it work. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday's edition of NFL Total Access that Fitzgerald's agent and the Cardinals have started talks with the hope they can work out an... more

Bill Belichick has once again reached the NFL mountaintop. Before the Patriots coach gets around to updating the name of his fishing boat , he's making the media rounds. On Wednesday, he arrived in midtown Manhattan, where he was a guest on The Late... more

"All we need is a quarterback" are the six scariest words an optimistic NFL fan can utter. Well, "My house boat is on fire" is probably worse, but you get the point. You're not going anywhere in this league without a legitimate signal-caller.... more

Adrian Peterson said "of course" when asked if he wants to remain in Minnesota. Could the Vikings be on the same page? Mark Wilf, the team's owner and president, said Wednesday that the Vikings would love to have Peterson back in 2015 if he takes care... more

The Jets have themselves a Percy Harvin conundrum. Discarded general manager John Idzik memorably called it a "potential coup" last October when the Jets acquired Harvin from the Seahawks in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick. The move... more

Malcolm Butler has a truck. The reserve cornerback went from relative anonymity to New England folk hero when he stole a Super Bowl XLIX win for the Patriots with a last-minute goal line interception. Tom Brady was named MVP of the game, but opted to... more

Is Calvin Johnson still the best wide receiver on the planet? A second straight year of nagging injuries and human-like production has opened the door for other wideouts to enter the discussion when talking about the NFL's best. Lions fans might want... more

Have we seen the last of Wes Welker? Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that a history of head injuries and a steep decline in production has the 33-year-old wide receiver contemplating retirement after 11 seasons, according to sources.... more

Richard Sherman will make an attempt to avoid surgery on his injured left elbow. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that Dr. James Andrews has advised Sherman to try and let his elbow heal on its own, rather than have the surgery, according to... more

The more news that comes out connecting the NFL and Los Angeles, the more it becomes clear the league is determined to get this right after prior false starts in the country's second-largest media market. NFL Media's Albert Breer has obtained a memo... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the New York Jets. What's changing? The Jets have rebooted the machine. Rex Ryan was fired following his fourth... more

The Green Bay Packers are set to make some significant changes along their coaching staff. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Packers plan to elevate offensive coordinator Tom Clements to associate head coach and have him assume... more

Truth: Cam Newton is a multi-millionaire professional football player. He is an example of a person who does not need a college degree to establish a career in the business world. But Cam made a promise. He vowed to his mother that he'd complete his... more

The last time we checked in on the videography styling of Bianca Wilfork, she was giving us a priceless window into the barbecue and big-man-dancing domination of her husband, Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork. On this, the first dark Sunday of the NFL... more

What's next for Mike Wallace and the Miami Dolphins? The veteran wide receiver ended last season on an ugly note after he pulled himself from the lineup during a Week 17 loss to the Jets. Wallace's clashes with the coaching staff and exorbitant price... more

Greg Hardy is expected to receive significant interest on the free-agent market , but don't expect it to come from the Carolina Panthers. Citing multiple team sources, The Charlotte Observer reported Saturday that the Panthers are not expected to bring... more

It's a familiar tale by now, but one that doesn't get less painful for fans of the Super Bowl loser. Tens of thousands of T-shirts, caps and sweatshirts had been prepped for sale if the Seahawks finished off their final drive against the Patriots on... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Tom Brady: The debate over the best QB ever will rage on , but Brady has a... more

NBC cameras may have declined to show Doug Baldwin's bathroom-inspired Super Bowl touchdown celebration on Sunday, but that doesn't mean the NFL ignored it. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the league has fined Baldwin $11,025 for his... more

The St. Louis Rams will apparently stay in-house to select their next offensive coordinator. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that St. Louis is expected to promote quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to offensive coordinator, according to... more

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday " Inside the winning locker room " The crowd was decidedly pro-Seahawks " Welcome to Super Bowl XLIX Wheels up (Mon., 7:30 a.m. MT) A photo posted by Dan... more

Before Patriots safety Malcolm Butler carved out his place in both Patriots and Super Bowl lore on Sunday, he looked eternal NFL infamy right in the eyes. It was Butler who was in coverage on Jermaine Kearse when the Seahawks wide receiver made the... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Kam Chancellor is ready for Super Bowl XLIX. The star Seahawks safety told NFL Media's Steve Wyche that he is "good" to go after being put through an aggressive workout to test his knee on Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix... more

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday One last bash (2 a.m. MT) Bud Light gets me. A day after my harrowing experience at the Playboy party, a crew that included myself, Around The NFL colleague Marc... more


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday " And the party begins ... " The NFL Films experience " Dan meets Not Walter White Guy The Associated Press This wasn't a bad welcome after a long wait in... more

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday " Katy Perry cracks Lynch jokes " See Darrelle Revis' playlist " 44 LADIES, THAT'S ME! " Tony Romo on the loose XLIX After Dark: Madden Bowl XXI (12:30 a.m. MT) A... more

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday " Dan visits the Sunday Night Football bus. " Faux Doadles, University of Oregon. " Two minutes with Calais Campbell. " Visiting Radio Row. " Let the parties... more

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday " Odell Beckham Jr. got famous. " How busy is Media Day? Incredibly. Incredibly busy. " Media Day is here. Costume Power Rankings (4:30 p.m. MT) Media Day is... more

A photo posted by Dan Hanzus (@dhanzus) on Jan 27, 2015 at 12:14pm PST PHOENIX -- Michael Bennett was born for Media Day. Stand next to the Seahawks defensive lineman for five minutes and you'll get more interesting quotes than the Patriots will... more

PHOENIX -- If you've come to Rob Gronkowski for nuanced discussion on deflated footballs at Media Day, your common sense has failed you in a disturbing manner. The Patriots' tight end said he doesn't know anything about what does or does not happen to... more

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday " Life at the Media Center. " This is how it starts. Here's a thing that exists ... (6:30 p.m. MT) A photo posted by Dan Hanzus (@dhanzus) on Jan 26, 2015 at... more

Bill Belichick's impromptu Saturday press conference was fascinating for numerous reasons, but perhaps the most surreal moment came when the Patriots coach cited a character from a 23-year-old movie in explaining his naïveté in matters of ball... more

You are going to the Super Bowl. That's very cool. Hopefully you're a Seahawks or Patriots fan. That makes things even better. If you're a Packers fan who splurged on tickets early in the fourth quarter last Sunday and still decided to come, well, bully... more

Jeremy Lane is of the unique opinion that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn't that good at football. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Friday that his cornerback's comments come from a place of ignorance. "Jeremy just hasn't watched film... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. The Seahawks: You win the NFC title game in miraculous fashion on Sunday,... more

We may be watching the beginning of the end of Trent Richardson's tenure with the Indianapolis Colts. General manager Ryan Grigson said at a news conference Friday that Richardson was suspended for two games. The Colts told NFL Media that Richardson has... more

The Cleveland Browns might have avoided a "dark cloud" by moving on from Kyle Shanahan, but their new offensive coordinator will put the team in a worse position if they don't employ the right scheme for Johnny Manziel. That according to former Browns... more

The New England Patriots would probably give just about anything to make the deflated football saga go away. Ravens defensive end Chris Canty believes the AFC Championship Game incident is just the latest in a pattern of rule-bending behavior from a... more

Andrew Luck got shut out of the Super Bowl on Sunday. The Pro Bowl continues to welcome the Colts quarterback with open arms. Team Carter made Luck the first selection in the Pro Bowl Draft on Wednesday night. This is the second consecutive year Luck... more

Adam Gase has found a new job with a familiar boss. Gase has been hired as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, the team announced Wednesday. The two sides have agreed on a three-year deal, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a... more

David Lee spent the last two years in his role as Jets quarterbacks coach attempting to make Geno Smith a viable NFL starter. It was difficult work, and not always successful. Lee has followed Rex Ryan to Buffalo, where he's taken the same position with... more

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones acknowledged last week it will be a challenge to bring back Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray in 2015. Both offensive stars are on track to reach free agency and the Cowboys' salary-cap situation likely doesn't allow the team to... more

Brandon Browner is of the opinion that we shouldn't put much into the deflated football saga involving the New England Patriots. As Browner sees it, any talk about PSI and pigskin is irrelevant seeing as how the AFC Championship Game turned out... more

The Cowboys haven't seen much return on their investment in Morris Claiborne, but that doesn't mean they're about to give up on the former first-round pick. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was asked Tuesday if Claiborne has done enough in his... more

Morgan Burnett says he has no regrets about his decision to slide down after his fourth-quarter interception appeared to seal a trip to the Super Bowl for the Green Bay Packers. Another view of the play tells us maybe he should. On Tuesday, NFL Game... more

Gary Kubiak was introduced as the 15th head coach in Denver Broncos history on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the first question from reporters concerned the uncertain future of Peyton Manning. "Yes, we have talked. We talked a couple of days ago at length,... more

The Oakland Raiders have made another key addition to their coaching staff. Bill Musgrave will be the team's new offensive coordinator, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Monday. The team later announced the hire. Musgrave comes to Oakland... more

There was a time when Reggie Wayne getting shut out in a playoff game was inconceivable. After Sunday, it's happened two weeks in a row. At 36 and coming off one of his least productive seasons, it's fair to wonder if Wayne has reached the end of the... more

Tests have revealed promising news for the Seattle Seahawks and star cornerback Richard Sherman. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that an MRI showed that Sherman suffered a sprained elbow during Sunday's NFC Championship Game win over the... more

There are bad losses. There are sickening losses. And then there's what happened to the Packers on Sunday in Seattle . Had even one of multiple scenarios played out differently, it might have been the Packers representing the NFC in the Super Bowl on... more

The Seahawks will head to Arizona in two weeks with a chance to become the NFL's first back-to-back Super Bowl champion since 2005. It's fitting the team standing in their way is the Patriots, who are the last franchise to repeat as Lombardi winners.... more

The Seahawks pulled off an unlikely comeback win in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. So unlikely, in fact, that some members of the famed fanbase ended the game on the outside looking in. With the Seahawks trailing the Packers by double-digits with... more

Aaron Rodgers stood at the podium after Sunday's crushing 28-22 NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks because that's what the franchise quarterback has to do. It's part of the gig. For five minutes, he answered questions about what was -- by far... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Jim Tomsula: He may look like the most dependable player on the local Elks... more

We're one day removed from Ray Lewis' butterfly theory . The former Ravens linebacker and current ESPN analyst caused a stir Wednesday when he told SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio that the tuck rule -- a reference to the 2002 playoff game between the Patriots... more

During his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Rex Ryan reminded us what made Rex Ryan so entertaining in the first place. The swagger, the one-liners, the remarkable self-assuredness -- it was all there. But after Ryan's opening remarks were... more

Steve Smith's debut season with the Ravens was a success. The team is giving him space before he decides what's next. Smith finished his 14th season with 79 receptions for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns. After a 100-yard effort against the Steelers in... more

The Seahawks delivered another dominant display of defense in 2014, becoming the first team since the 1969-71 Vikings to lead the league in scoring defense for three consecutive seasons. It's been a prolonged run of excellence for Pete Carroll's... more

Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said he's happy right where he is. That's about to be put to the test. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Broncos have put in a formal request to speak with Kubiak about their... more

Marshawn Lynch's famous aversion to the media makes him something of a mystery to the general public. We know that he's super thankful , and loves Oakland and action  and Skittles. That's about it. Perhaps we can glean some insight from a former... more

Tom Brady will play in the ninth AFC Championship Game of his career on Sunday. According to Ray Lewis, he has a now-stricken bylaw in the NFL rulebook to thank for his vast success. Lewis, the former Ravens linebacker who now serves as an analyst for... more

This was the Rex Ryan we remember. Ryan stepped up to a new podium on Wednesday and went into his old bag of tricks. Gone was the coach who had the bluster slowly drained out of him by the end of his six-year tenure with the Jets. This was early-period... more

Tom Brady has always been an intense competitor on the field. It's part of his charm -- the mild-mannered GQ quarterback who takes on the personality of a professional wrestler once he steps between the lines. Brady was particularly animated during the... more

One half of the Jets' management rebuild is complete. The team announced Tuesday that Mike Maccagnan has been named the team's new general manager. Maccagnan replaces John Idzik, who was fired last month after two years on the job. "We interviewed a... more

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones explained last week that he wasn't ready to turn his attention to an extension for coach Jason Garrett. It appears that time is now. The Cowboys completed a new five-year deal with their coach worth $30 million, NFL Media... more

John Elway gave a simple answer when asked why John Fox was no longer the coach of the Denver Broncos. "I think the main thing between John and I was we disagreed how to get to the next level," Elway said during a Tuesday news conference at Broncos... more

Antonio Gates wasn't supposed to be good anymore. It was more than three years ago that a Chargers source reportedly said the veteran tight end looked "old and fat" and was showing signs of decline. It was a disrespectful thing to say about one of the... more

The Broncos and John Fox sent shockwaves through the NFL with their mutual decision to part ways on Monday. Now the fallout: Who will replace Fox on the sideline, and how will that decision impact the future of Peyton Manning? The speculation starts... more

Move over "Omaha." We're living in a "New York Bozo" world now. During the Packers' Divisional Round playoff win over the Cowboys on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers peered over the line of scrimmage and barked out the mysterious phrase. FOX mics picked it up and... more

Russell Wilson showed last year he has the ability to raise his game when the stakes are at their highest. We saw it again during Saturday's Divisional Round playoff win over the Panthers. This was especially so on third down. In that money spot, the... more

Tony Romo almost had his moment. With the stakes at their highest late in Sunday's divisional playoff matchup against the Packers, the Cowboys quarterback delivered a perfect throw to Dez Bryant on fourth-and-2. You know what happened next. Bryant... more

Peyton Manning might have watched his last best chance to win another Super Bowl turn to dust. It's fitting he was turned away by the quarterback who replaced him in Indianapolis and may one day surpass him in the record books. You're going to hear a... more

How's this for an image? Dez Bryant is wandering around the Cowboys locker room, trying to wrap his head around the most crushing loss of his five-year NFL career. Officials had overturned his fourth-down 31-yard reception late in the fourth quarter of... more

Mike McCarthy was unsuccessful in his first six replay challenges of the season. He hit big on lucky number seven. After Dez Bryant's leaping 31-yard reception set the Cowboys up at the 1-yard line with 4:42 to play and Green Bay clinging to a... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Rob Gronkowski: The unanimous All-Pro fulfilled a life dream (not an... more

The people running the Titans Twitter feed had a cute thought. The pitch probably went something like this: "OK, so the 15th anniversary of the Music City Miracle is coming up. As we know, there was no social media way back in 2000. But what if we... more

The Chicago Bears announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement with Ryan Pace to become the team's new general manager. Pace comes to Chicago after spending 14 seasons in the front office of the Saints, where he had a deep background in player... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off the greatest statistical season on offense in franchise history. That appears to have paid dividends for offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday that Haley... more

Now President Barack Obama has chimed in on The PI Call That Wasn't . The POTUS couldn't help but feel for the Lions after a controversial 24-20 playoff ouster at the hands of the Cowboys on Sunday. Obama, like many who disagreed with the decision by... more

When Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett looks at the Panthers, he sees a lot of his own team. "It's kind of weird playing them, because it's almost like you're looking in the mirror," Bennett said this week, according to The Daily Herald . "It's a... more

Here is a post about a gigantic, absurd, strangely beautiful, potentially offensive food item soon to be offered at Lambeau Field. It's called the "Big Game Burger", a 3.5-pound testament to beef, cheese, cholesterol and digestive system destruction... more

Jason Garrett doesn't have a contract beyond this year. You'd think that would be cause for alarm for the Cowboys, who kept the faith in their head coach and were rewarded with a 12-4 season followed by Sunday's wild playoff win. During a Wednesday... more

Julian Edelman's regular season came to an abrupt end when the Patriots wide receiver suffered a concussion in Week 15. Before the injury, Edelman had enjoyed the best season of his career with 92 catches for 972 yards and four touchdowns. Now back to... more

We take a brief detour from our collective postseason adventure to pick up the Hard Knocks beat. As fans of the documentary series are no doubt aware, NFL owners passed a resolution in 2013 stating that teams can avoid mandatory inclusion in Hard... more

We have another job opening in the offensive coordinator ranks. The University of Georgia announced Wednesday that Brian Schottenheimer has left his post as offensive coordinator of the Rams to join the school in the same role. "This is a great... more

Odell Beckham Jr. is now what he should have been in the first place: A Pro Bowler. The Giants wide receiver was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Wednesday after Calvin Johnson pulled out of the game due to injury. "It is definitely awesome," Beckham... more

T.Y. Hilton has emerged as one of the best young receivers in football. His partnership with Andrew Luck could one day put him on even footing with Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne in Colts lore. That's what made Sunday's hiccups against the Bengals so... more

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers won Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, 2011. They've gone 1-3 in the playoffs since. Silver: The Toast of Titletown Aaron Rodgers is becoming an NFL icon, but the QB's path to greatness hasn't been paved in gold. Michael Silver... more

Dan Hanzus takes questions from you, the reader, and answers them in the latest Around The NFL Mailbag. @AroundTheNFL if Jerry Jones invited you into his suite for a playoff game - would you go? Could you handle the exposure? #ATNFLmailbag â?? Tom... more

Adam Vinatieri set a Colts team record on Sunday when he drilled a 53-yard field during a Wild Card playoff win over the Bengals. Less than 24 hours later, the 42-year-old Canton candidate received a notice that he'd been "randomly selected by the NFL... more

Josh McCown gave his career new life -- and his bank account a sweet upgrade -- after a season under Marc Trestman in Chicago. Could the pair be headed for a reunion ? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Buccaneers have interviewed... more

Dez Bryant left himself wide open for a custom pair of goat horns when he charged onto the field to protest a pass interference call against the Cowboys late in Sunday's Wild Card matchup against the Lions. It was the pass interference call , of... more

In case you were wondering, Andy Dalton remains very much in the plans of the Cincinnati Bengals. At least, according to the head coach. Marvin Lewis spoke optimistically of his embattled quarterback Monday, one day after the Bengals went one-and-done... more

Aaron Rodgers is not an old man. At 31, the MVP favorite is very much in the prime of his career. But 31 is practically ancient on the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers is actually the third-oldest player on the team. That age gap, along with Rodgers' desert... more

Dez Bryant is Tony Romo's top receiver on the Cowboys, but that's not where the quarterback was looking when the game was on the line Sunday against the Lions. Trailing 20-17 and facing a fourth-and-6 at the Cowboys 42 with six minutes to play, Romo... more

Ndamukong Suh has always presented a stoic front in his dealings with the media. He couldn't hide his emotions Sunday night. Following the Lions' season-ending 24-20 loss to the Cowboys, a teary-eyed Suh was forced to step away from the podium at AT&T... more

Tony Romo continues to re-write his story. The Cowboys quarterback threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with 2:32 to play on Sunday, the go-ahead score in a wild 24-20 win over the Lions in Arlington. This game will be remembered for the... more

While the Bengals privately wonder if they've hitched themselves to the wrong wagon , the Colts rest easy knowing they'll remain in excellent hands for years to come. Andrew Luck didn't put up the best numbers of his career in Sunday's 26-10 Wild Card... more

Bill Cowher's name always seems to come up this time of year. The former coach stepped away from the sideline in 2007 after 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cowher posted an impressive record of 149-90-1 in Pittsburgh with a Super Bowl title in... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Doug Marrone: Marrone bailed on the Bills, lake-effect blizzards and EJ Manuel... more

Add another high-profile name to the 49ers' list of head-coaching candidates. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday's NFL GameDay Morning  that the Niners have interviewed former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. Niners officials had already... more


The Buffalo Bills are down a head coach . Could a hero from their past step into the void? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Buffalo will have strong interest in former Bills quarterback and current Chargers offensive coordinator... more

Barry Church will have payback on his mind when the Cowboys meet the Lions in Sunday's Wild Card matchup . The Cowboys' safety told a Dallas radio station on Wednesday that he plans to even the score with Lions wide receiver Golden Tate, who leveled... more

And just like that, another wave of optimism crests too soon for the Buffalo Bills. Doug Marrone opted out of his contract with the team on Wednesday, ending a promising year in Orchard Park on a sour note. Marrone, said to be widely respected in... more

Philip Rivers will be a free agent after the 2015 season. Don't expect the Chargers' franchise quarterback to reach the open market. General manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday the team "definitely" will work on a long-term deal for Rivers, according to... more

Rex Ryan is a man in demand for NFL teams on the hunt for a new head coach. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Tuesday that the erstwhile New York Jets coach has interviews scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers for their... more

The Dallas Cowboys have seen the last of Henry Melton this season. The veteran defensive tackle was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday due to a bone bruise to his right knee. Melton suffered the injury during the Cowboys' Week 17 win over the... more

The Detroit Lions will have Ndamukong Suh on the field for Sunday's Wild Card matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Suh won his appeal Tuesday of the one-game suspension handed down  for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's loss to... more

Aaron Rodgers gets two weeks of rest before the Packers play their next game. It sounds like he'll need it. During his weekly spot on ESPN Radio, Rodgers said that he's feeling "a little better" after two days of treatment on his injured calf. The MVP... more

Robert Griffin III will remain in the Redskins' plans for 2015. Whether he can regain his starting job is another matter. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that both Griffin and Redskin coach Jay Gruden are expected to return in 2015. Both... more

The popular belief when the Jets punted on the opportunity to re-sign Darrelle Revis in the offseason was that team owner Woody Johnson didn't want to get back into business with a talented player who had repeatedly engaged in contract battles. In his... more

Tom Brady has once again reworked his contract with the goal of giving the Patriots more spending money in the offseason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Monday that Brady has removed the "skill" guarantee in his contract, according to a source... more

Johnny Manziel wants you to know he did not throw a party on Friday night. The rookie quarterback said his night prior to showing up late for a Saturday treatment session at Browns headquarters included just three friends visiting from Texas. Manziel... more

Tom Coughlin will be back with the New York Giants in 2015. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Coughlin has been told his job is safe, per a team source. The move comes one day after the Giants finished a 6-10 season with a loss to the... more

The 49ers and Jim Harbaugh officially parted ways on Sunday after four seasons, three NFC title game appearances and one trip to the Super Bowl. Harbaugh leaves behind big shoes and a ton of gobble-gobble turkey in his wake. Here are 10 moments that... more

The Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North and a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs with a 30-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. This game took a dark turn for the Packers when Aaron Rodgers collapsed to the turf after... more

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers exited Sunday's game against the Lions after aggravating a left calf injury. Rodgers suffered the non-contact injury moments before throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the second quarter. He remained... more

The Rex Ryan era in New York came to a likely conclusion on Sunday with a 37-24 win over the Miami Dolphins. Our takeaways: 1. The game ended with Rex Ryan getting doused with Gatorade. How many coaches have received that honor after wrapping a 4-12... more

The New Orleans Saints ended a deeply disappointing season on a positive note with a come-from-behind 23-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. It's official: The Buccaneers hold the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. It's... more

Three months ago, Victor Cruz was universally viewed as the Giants' biggest star at wide receiver. Much has changed. On Oct. 12, Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon in his knee that required surgery and months of rehab. In Cruz's absence, Odell... more

The search for the next coach of the Oakland Raiders is about to ramp up. Raiders owner Mark Davis told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday night that he plans to start interviewing head-coaching candidates next week . Davis will begin... more

Browns veterans continue to challenge rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert through the media. On Monday, linebacker Karlos Dansby questioned whether Gilbert -- the eighth overall pick in May's draft -- could make the transition to the NFL. On Tuesday, it... more

The Patriots will be the AFC's No. 1 playoff seed whether they win or lose in their regular-season finale against the Bills. Tom Brady wants to play Sunday so the offense can work out some kinks. Vince Wilfork has other reasons to be on the field in... more

Lions center Dominic Raiola has been suspended one game by the NFL after what appeared to be a blatant act of unsportsmanlike conduct during Sunday's win over the Bears. In the third quarter, a stumbling Raiola stomped on the right ankle of Bears... more

Manti Te'o played every defensive snap in the Chargers' dramatic prime-time win over the 49ers on Saturday night. Now two seasons into his NFL career, Te'o has gained some distance from the embarrassing fake-girlfriend scandal that marred the end of... more

The Patriots clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs following the Broncos' Monday night loss to the Bengals. With nothing to play for in Week 17, Bill Belichick could be tempted to rest his core players in Sunday's season finale... more

Rex Grossman decided there's no place like home for the holidays. Tyler Thigpen just wants to play football . Thigpen has signed with the Browns, the team announced on Tuesday. Cleveland needed to add another quarterback with Brian Hoyer dealing with... more

Rolando McClain has had an excellent year on the field for the Dallas Cowboys. He'll prepare for Week 17 with some distractions after his home in Lake Tuscaloosa, Alabama, burned to the ground on Monday evening. A Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office... more

Shortly before the Cardinals' Sunday night loss to the Seahawks, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported on NBC that Arizona had no plans to release wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald after the season. Fitzgerald's future in Arizona has been the subject of... more

The Cowboys are NFC East champions and Tony Romo is piling up numbers that can be favorably compared with any quarterback in football. After Sunday's 42-7 win over the Colts, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones began the push to put Romo on the NFL MVP radar.... more

The Rams and Giants brawled on the sidelines of the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. It all started with a touchdown celebration by Odell Beckham Jr. After scoring on a 9-yard reception in the first quarter, the Giants' rookie phenom spun the ball on the... more

The Eagles saw their postseason hopes evaporate on Sunday. Chip Kelly will still ask Mark Sanchez to take the team to the finish line. The Eagles coach said Monday that Sanchez, not Matt Barkley, will be the starter for Philadelphia's Week 17 matchup... more

The New York Giants did whatever they wanted to the St. Louis Rams defense in a 37-27 win on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. Our takeaways: 1. More magic from Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants' rookie phenom torched an overmatched St. Louis secondary on... more

Bad blood between the Giants and Rams led to a sideline brawl and four ejections on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. The fracas began after Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree delivered a late hit on Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, pushing the rookie to... more

Joe Philbin will return as coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2015. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross made the surprise announcement after Miami's dramatic 37-35 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. "Here's a Christmas present," Ross told reporters,... more

The New England Patriots clinched a postseason bye and kept themselves in position for the No. 1 seed with a 17-16 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Patriots become the first team in NFL history to secure a first-round... more

Chris Borland made an instant impact when given the opportunity this season, earning buzz as a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate. His rookie campaign is now over. The San Francisco 49ers placed November's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month on... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Jags game-day experience manager: Dude is working hard . Pool parties, closest... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars moved out of the cellar in the AFC South with a 21-13 win over the Tennessee Titans in the final Thursday Night Football matchup of the season. Our takeaways: 1. After an extremely slow start, the Jaguars offense did some nice... more

J.J. Watt is widely regarded as the greatest defensive player on the planet. Sheldon Richardson believes he should be in that conversation. The Jets defensive tackle took Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and has been a bright spot in a lost... more

Michael Vick will turn 35 next June. There's a good chance he'll be on his third team in as many years when he blows out the candles. Despite his advanced age and tenuous job security, Vick believes he can still be the type of quarterback a team can... more

Bears coach Marc Trestman benched his starting quarterback on Wednesday. The next step was to explain why. Trestman told reporters Thursday that the decision to start Jimmy Clausen over Jay Cutler on Sunday against the Lions was strictly... more

Those who enjoy shocking NFL news -- and really, who doesn't? -- received an early Christmas present on Wednesday with word out of Chicago that Jay Cutler has been benched . Since we're all about recklessly premature speculation, let's take a look at... more

The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive end Ray McDonald, following the San Jose Police Department announcement that McDonald is being investigated for a possible sexual assault . General manager Trent Baalke announced the move during a... more

Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh have had what can be termed as a healthy rivalry going back to their days as top-tier college coaches. Five years after "What's your deal? " and after four years of rugged battles in the NFC West, the two coaches will gain... more

Aaron Rodgers is having a tremendous season. The type of season that will likely end with him collecting his second MVP award. That's what made Sunday's performance against the Bills such a stunner. The Packers' quarterback set career lows in... more

Keenan Allen has likely played his final snap of 2014. The Chargers announced Tuesday that Allen is not expected to play Saturday against the 49ers after suffering a broken collarbone and an ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the Broncos. San Diego... more

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE The Bills have done gone and mucked the whole thing up. The Packers went into Orchard Park on Sunday and -- to the surprise of many, including yours truly -- had their five-game winning streak halted.... more

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray suffered a broken bone in his hand during Sunday's win over the Eagles and will undergo surgery on Monday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed. Earlier in the day, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told a local radio... more

Odell Beckham has entered rarified territory. We might have to go back to Randy Moss in 1998 to find another wide receiver who dominated at this level in his first season in the league. Beckham was positively transcendent against the Redskins on... more

The Panthers have yet to put a hard timetable in place for Cam Newton. Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated to reporters Monday that Carolina is still feeling the situation out after Newton sustained two fractures in his lower back in a car accident last... more

Way back in Week 1, life was good in Miami. The Dolphins had beaten the mighty Patriots at home and Miami players were feeling good about their chances in the AFC East. Fast forward three months and the Pats are, once again, division champs while the... more

Each week, the Around The NFL crew will choose the plays that defined Sunday. One of the biggest plays in New England's Week 15 win was a Tom Brady run. After a first half dominated at the line of scrimmage by Miami, the Patriots had a huge touchdown... more

The New York Jets beat the Tennessee Titans, 16-11 , on Sunday in a somber battle between 2-11 teams. Our takeaways: 1. The Jets may have taken themselves out of the running for the No. 1 pick with this win. Not that Rex Ryan cares. The Jets' coach is... more

The New York Giants got another incredible day of production from rookie Odell Beckham in a 24-13 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Odell Beckham is the reason this Giants season will always have a silver lining. The rookie... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers remain in the thick of the AFC playoff race after a 27-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Has it finally clicked for the Steelers? Pittsburgh has puzzled at times this season with flat showings that... more

The frustration of a lost Redskins season boiled over for Santana Moss on Sunday . After a Robert Griffin III touchdown run was reviewed and ruled a fumble and touchback on the final play of the half, an irate Moss confronted game officials and had to... more

Colt McCoy will get the call for the Redskins in Week 15. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that McCoy passed a precautionary test on his neck and has been cleared to start on Sunday against the Giants. McCoy suffered a strained neck... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Johnny Manziel: At long last, it's Johnny Football time . I estimate a 96... more

Johnny Manziel will make the first start of his NFL career on Sunday . It promises to be the storyline of Week 15. Manziel's opponents are fully aware. Any Cincinnati Bengals player who manages to make a play at Manziel's expense will be a star on the... more

Geno Smith left himself wide open for mockery this week when he told reporters -- presumably with a straight face -- that he has shown flashes of being a "Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback" in his first two seasons. In reality, Smith has been one of... more

Cam Newton made it a point to find his way to work on Thursday. The Panthers quarterback is just two days removed from a car accident that left him with two fractures in his lower back . But his trip to the team facility represented an attempt to turn... more

Colt McCoy will remain the starter for the Redskins as long as he is healthy enough for the job. That according to Washington coach Jay Gruden, who told reporters on Thursday that McCoy will start against the Giants in Week 15 if he passes... more

The St. Louis Rams might be willing to give Sam Bradford one more try. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday that the former No. 1 overall pick remains in the team's plans beyond 2014. Bradford missed much of last season after suffering a torn... more

The Arizona Cardinals will look to become the NFL's first 11-game winner when they meet the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on Thursday night. Here's what to watch for in the game: 1. The stakes are high for both teams. The Cardinals can put a... more

There are three irrefutable rules for playing Madden "the right way" against a human opponent. If you break any of them, it speaks to your character as much as it does your playing style. 1. Do not go for it on fourth down in inappropriate... more

Ndamukong Suh could be playing his final home game at Ford Field on Sunday. The Lions star told reporters on Wednesday that the decision where he plays in 2015 will come from his agent, Jimmy Sexton. "It'll be Jimmy's decision, so we'll go with that,"... more

The Carolina Panthers will be without Cam Newton in Week 15. Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced Wednesday that Derek Anderson will start at quarterback on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The announcement comes one day after Newton suffered two... more

Don't expect to see Cam Newton on the field when the Panthers host the Buccaneers on Sunday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via team sources, that the Panthers believe it's unlikely Newton will play in Week 15 after suffering a back injury in a... more

Julio Jones' game for the ages was cut short by injury on Monday night . It's too soon to say if the issue will keep him out of the lineup in Week 15 . Falcons coach Mike Smith told reporters on Tuesday the team is hopeful Jones will be ready for Sunday... more

Marvin Lewis remains on the apology trail. The Bengals coach offered up a quick mea culpa on Monday night after he called Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Johnny Manziel a "midget" during a radio interview. On Tuesday, Lewis issued a second... more

Vontaze Burfict won't make it back from knee surgery this season. The Cincinnati Bengals placed the veteran linebacker on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday. Burfict never returned to action after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee in... more

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE When placed in capable hands, home-field advantage can represent checkmate in the NFL postseason. In the Packers and Seahawks, we have two teams who will be virtually invincible in their building in... more

The Denver Broncos didn't get any touchdown passes from Peyton Manning, but they still took care of business in a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Broncos keep the pressure on the Patriots in the race for the No. 1... more

Jeff Fisher's troll game is as potent as his team's defense right now. Prior to the Rams' 24-0 win over the Redskins on Sunday, Fisher sent Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Zac Stacy, Stedman Bailey, Greg Robinson, and Alec Ogletree to midfield for... more

The Minnesota Vikings got a long touchdown reception from Jarius Wright in overtime to give them a 30-24 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Your hero is Jarius Wright, who took a third-down wide receiver screen 87 yards to the... more

The Carolina Panthers are alive and well in the NFC South division race after embarrassing the Saints in a 41-10 win at the Superdome on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. There has never been a repeat champion in the NFC South. The Panthers, almost... more

Fracas alert in NOLA. Following a 2-yard touchdown plunge by Cam Newton in the first quarter of Sunday's 41-10 win over the Saints, players from the Panthers and New Orleans went at it behind the end zone, an entanglement that featured punches and... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. J.J. Watt: We're watching that special type of dominance right now. Jim Brown,... more

In the sixth and final installment of NFL Network's excellent documentary series Undrafted , we get to see what happens when the dream is realized. When this series started, Akeem Davis was just another NFL wannabe. Like the other five free agents we... more

A Thanksgiving stinker gave doubters plenty of ammunition to predict another December collapse for the Dallas Cowboys. The skeptics could still be proven right by the time the calendar turns over. But Thursday's 41-28 win over the Chicago Bears... more

Jadeveon Clowney's disappointing rookie season has come to an abrupt conclusion . Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Thursday that Clowney will be placed on season-ending injured reserve. The No. 1 overall pick is set to undergo further surgery... more

Earlier this week, an unnamed Jets veteran told Metro's Kristian Dyer that the team's decision to go back to Geno Smith at quarterback was a sign management "packed it in, waved the white flag, whatever you want to call it." The veteran clarified his... more

J.J. Watt's MVP candidacy got that much stronger Sunday , when the dominant Texans defensive tackle picked up two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, six QB hits and one touchdown reception in a blowout win of the Titans. NFL Films had the good... more

Ben Roethlisberger says there should be no speculation about the health of his right wrist. It's fine, the Steelers quarterback insists. Roethlisberger was whacked on his wrist by Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton during Sunday's 35-32 loss at Heinz... more

Trent Richardson never saw his trade from the Cleveland Browns coming. "I was shocked," Richardson said Wednesday on a conference call with Cleveland reporters, according to The Plain Dealer . "I had no clue at all. I had no type of heads up." The... more

Bill Parcells was ahead of the curve in recognizing the talent inside Tony Romo. Parcells was in his first season as Cowboys coach in 2003 when the team invested a $10,000 signing bonus in an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois University.... more

Bruce Arians said Tuesday he was "completely embarrassed " by the Cardinals' performance in a loss to the Falcons on Sunday , calling it the first time he coached a team that "went out there unprepared." Heavy words, but Arians isn't about to hang... more

We'll soon find out who Mike Pettine chooses as the Browns' starting quarterback next Sunday in Indianapolis. Cleveland players have been strong in their support of Brian Hoyer, a well-liked veteran who helped guide the Browns to the heart of the AFC... more

When is a loss not really a loss? For the Jets, that would go back to the opportunity to land the No. 1 overall pick in next year's draft. The Jets rushed for nearly 300 yards on Monday night and still fell to the Dolphins, an almost impressive... more

Do you trust the Dallas Cowboys right now? It's understandable if you don't. If we've learned one thing about this team in recent seasons, it's that they'll turn Jerrah World into a house of horrors come December. In 2011, they entered the final month... more

Rob Gronkowski is a beast. We've known this for some time, but those who oppose the Patriots tight end on the field of play sometimes get confirmation the hard way. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix can attest. The Packers' rookie safety made the mistake of trying to... more

It wasn't pretty, but the Miami Dolphins remain in the heart of the AFC playoff race following a come-from-behind 16-13 win over the New York Jets on Monday night. Our takeaways: 1. Just win baby. The Dolphins managed just 291 yards of total offense,... more

There was a running bit from the underappreciated (and now ancient) The Ben Stiller Show called "Legends Of Springsteen," in which the New Jersey rocker -- played by Stiller -- would appear out of nowhere to commit absurd acts of nobility and/or heroism.... more

Sunday was personal for Rodger Saffold. The St. Louis Rams tackle had circled a Week 13 matchup against Oakland, and with good reason. Saffold was actually a member of the Raiders for a brief time, agreeing to a big free-agent pact last March. But... more

The Buffalo Bills remain confident they will have C.J. Spiller back before the end of the season. The running back, who was placed on short-term injured reserve in October with a collarbone injury, is eligible to return to practice as soon as... more

Mike Pettine isn't ready to make -- or at least reveal -- his big quarterback decision. The Cleveland Browns coach told reporters on Monday that he plans to meet with his assistant coaches and general manager Ray Farmer before deciding whether to stick... more

The NFL will not discipline the St. Louis Rams players who held up their hands as a gesture of solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, prior to Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders . "We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals... more


The Atlanta Falcons kept pace atop the NFC South with an impressive 29-18 win over the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals. Our takeaways: 1. The Falcons have made a bad habit of blowing games this season, but they closed nicely against a Cardinals... more

The New Orleans Saints remain tied atop of the NFC South after an impressive 35-32 road victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Our takeaways: 1. Give it up for the Saints, who peeled themselves off the turf after dropping three straight games at... more

The Houston Texans rode career performances from Ryan Fitzpatrick and DeAndre Hopkins to a 45-21 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday to stay in the AFC playoff race. Our takeaways: 1. Fitzmagic is back! You'd probably have to go back to his... more

Zach Mettenberger's Sunday  was cut short by J.J. Watt. The Tennessee Titans quarterback suffered a right shoulder injury after being driven into the turf by the Houston Texans star. Mettenberger remained on the field for several minutes before... more

There was little goodness to be found in the 49ers' world on Thanksgiving, and that includes the timeline of Cassie Baalke's now-defunct Twitter account. Cassie Baalke is the college-aged daughter of Niners general manager Trent Baalke. After San... more

The Houston Texans will again have to make do without Jadeveon Clowney. Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters on Friday that Clowney is not expected to play against the Tennessee Titans because of ongoing issues with his surgically repaired knee.... more

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has taken a big step toward a possible return to the NFL. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Friday that Rice won his appeal , a decision that lifts his indefinite suspension from the league,... more

Geno Smith will return to the starting lineup for the Jets on Monday night against the Dolphins. It's becoming increasingly clear that decision did not emanate from the coaches office. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Thursday that... more

Odell Beckham's miraculous touchdown against the Cowboys last Sunday will be remembered as one of the best catches -- if not the best catch -- in NFL history. Still, Brent Grimes says he has the rookie beat. The Dolphins cornerback believes his... more

Tony Romo came crashing down to Earth on Thanksgiving. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback has played some of the best football of his career in 2014, but Thursday acted as a curious outlier. The Cowboys were flat, and Romo's 38-game passing touchdown streak... more

The Chicago Bears weren't going to get back in the game as they began their final possession Thursday. Their attempt at a closing march down the field didn't sit well with Lions safety Glover Quin. "I was a little frustrated when we came back out there... more

Tony Romo isn't playing at the same level he was before he suffered his back injury last month. He's actually been better. Since returning to the lineup after a one-week absence, the Cowboys quarterback has completed 38 of 53 passes for 767 yards... more

Colin Kaepernick remains something of a football tease. The 49ers quarterback can do things most contemporaries couldn't dream of one moment, only to make a head-scratching mistake the next. Inconsistency has been part of the Kaepernick experience since... more

Calvin Johnson hasn't been himself this season. Is it fair to wonder if we're seeing the start of a decline for the great wide receiver? The 29-year-old Detroit Lions star is on pace to finish with his lowest level of production since his rookie season.... more

Johnny Manziel's unfortunate alleged late-night encounter with a Browns fan is unlikely to cost him playing time if that opportunity ever arrives in 2014. Manziel and his associates were involved in an incident early Saturday morning in which Sandusky,... more

Aaron Rodgers sat at a podium TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday and took questions about the Packers' win over the Vikings . In between answers, the star quarterback took swigs from a 20-ounce bottle of Crush grape soda. Conspiracy mongers -- former Packers... more

The Denver Broncos have run out of patience in Brandon McManus. McManus was waived and will be replaced by veteran kicker Connor Barth, the team announced Tuesday. McManus struggled with consistency after taking over for Matt Prater, who was... more

Rex Ryan can't find any answers at quarterback , but he has as plan for who will play the position next Monday against the Dolphins. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Jets plan to start Michael Vick in Week 13 if he's healthy... more

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday the team's "intent" was to start Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Schein: Nine lessons learned Adam Schein says Week 12 provided clarity on many teams and... more

Is Katy Perry elite? In terms of pop superstardom, most definitely . When you have 10 No. 1 hits in a seven-year span, you are Aaron Rodgers-level elite in your chosen field. And in what counts as a ringing victory in her ongoing death-star battle with... more

The Philadelphia Eagles kept the pressure on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East with an easy 43-24 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Eagles proved what most expected on Sunday: The Titans don't have the horses to keep... more

The Indianapolis Colts overcame a slow start to take care of business in a 23-3 home win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Our takeaways: 1. The Colts' pass protection was a mess early on, allowing the Jaguars to get to Andrew Luck for four... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Daaaaa Raiiiiidahs: The Silver & Black ended a 52-week winless streak in style,... more

"This is your shot, don't blow it! Full tilt!" It's hard to imagine the pressure our Undrafted heroes are under as they arrive at the Super Regional Combine in Detroit. In the first four episodes, we watch as the six subjects of the documentary... more

The Oakland Raiders have won just one football game in 2014. Don't assume that quality of play will cost Reggie McKenzie his job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport spoke Thursday with Raiders owner Mark Davis, who said he's happy with how Oakland's... more

Mike Evans had a game to remember in Week 11, torching the Washington Redskins for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 win at FedEx Field. It's the type of performance that opens eyes and wins Offensive Rookie Of The Year awards . Evans is on a... more

Marshawn Lynch's decision to avoid the media has come at a very steep price. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Lynch has been fined $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy , according to NFL Vice President of Football... more

Tiki Barber wiggled his way back into the 24-hour news cycle this week. As you might have guessed, he did so by saying something critical about the New York Giants. Barber, whom Tom Coughlin helped mold into one of the best running backs in football... more

To weave his way through his latest controversy in Washington, Robert Griffin III went full-on Belichick. The Patriots coach famously shut out the media after a blowout loss to the Chiefs with repeated proclamations of, "We're on to Cincinnati ."... more

A powerful pre-winter storm-in has led to uncertainty for the Buffalo Bills as they prepare for a Week 12 home date against the New York Jets. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the league is working with the Bills to determine the... more

The Cleveland Browns have received very good news on linebacker Jabaal Sheard. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Wednesday that a second opinion has revealed that Sheard does not need surgery on his injured foot, according to a source who... more

The Dallas Cowboys couldn't have asked for better timing for their bye week. Their Week 11 respite allowed quarterback Tony Romo some much-needed downtime to further recover from two small fractures in his lower back. Cowboys owner/general manager... more

Since entering the league in 2005, Frank Gore has been the one constant for the San Francisco 49ers. In good times and bad, The Inconvenient Truth has been there to move the chains and grind out wins . Gore finds himself at a professional crossroads in... more

Golden Tate has taken his game to another level in his first season with the Detroit Lions. He has a theory on why his former team, the Seahawks, has struggled in its passing game in 2014. "Their problem," Tate said last week, via . "Now they... more

Jonas Gray has joined Le'Veon Bell in the Week 11 200-yard club. The Patriots running back was initially credited with 199 yards on 38 carries in Sunday's night's 42-20 win over the Colts. On Tuesday, a notable change was made to the box score: Stat... more

LeGarrette Blount's Monday night walk-off has cost him his job. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that Blount has been released. The roster move comes one day after the running back reportedly left the field before the end of Monday's win... more

The Steelers can thank Le'Veon Bell for preventing a Monday night disaster in Nashville. A career day for the running back lifted Pittsburgh to a come-from-behind 27-24 win over the Titans. Our takeaways: 1. This was Bell's coming out party as a... more

It was one of the best touchdown celebrations of the year, and Anthony Castonzo learned it from his Super Nintendo. Who said video games are bad for the youth of America? After hauling in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck on Sunday night , the... more

Rob Gronkowski thought Sergio Brown was talking too much on Sunday night , so he blocked the Colts safety into another dimension. The Patriots tight end later told NBC that Brown's incessant "yappin'" during the Patriots' 42-20 win led to his decision... more

Another Washington Redskins coach appears to be running low on patience for Robert Griffin III. Jay Gruden was blunt in his assessment of his starting quarterback one day after Griffin struggled mightily in Washington's 27-7 home loss to the... more

Antone Smith is done for the season. The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that the running back has been placed on injured reserve with a broken leg. Smith suffered the injury during Sunday's 19-17 win over the Carolina Panthers. Smith, 29, was a... more

The Arizona Cardinals are an NFL-best 9-1 after a 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. The Cardinals no longer have the services of Carson Palmer, but they still have their fierce defense.... more

The Atlanta Falcons aren't dead -- far from it. Mike Smith's team moved into a first-place tie in the lumpy NFC South with a 19-17 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Give the Falcons credit: They could have folded after... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed some life Sunday, riding a monster day from rookie Mike Evans to a 27-7 win over the Washington Redskins. Our takeaways: 1. Meet Mike Evans, your new frontrunner for Offensive Rookie of the Year. The wide receiver... more

The San Diego Chargers have given up on the idea of getting Jason Verrett back this season. The team announced Saturday that Verrett has been placed on injured reserve. The first-round pick had been attempting to rehab his left shoulder, which has... more

The Kansas City Chiefs haven't made any progress in contract talks with Justin Houston, but they got something done with another member of their defensive line. The team announced Saturday that it signed Allen Bailey to a contract extension. NFL... more

Aldon Smith is cleared for a return to game action for the San Francisco 49ers. The team announced Saturday that Smith has been added to the 53-man roster , making him eligible to play in San Francisco's Week 11 matchup against the New York Giants. In... more

Will Jason Pierre-Paul be a member of the New York Giants beyond this season? JPP sounds indifferent on the issue. "Hey, it is what it is," Pierre-Paul said of his impending free-agent status, according to the New York Post . "If I'm here, I'm here.... more

Johnny Manziel said in February that if the Houston Texans passed on him with the No. 1 overall pick it would be "the worst decision they've ever made ." Of course, the Texans did pass on the former Texas A&M star, instead picking South Carolina phenom... more

Arian Foster has gone from long shot to no shot. The Houston Texans announced Saturday that Foster will not play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The following day, the team officially declared Foster inactive. The star running back has a groin... more

The NFL told Jimmy Graham he's no longer allowed to dunk over the goalpost after scoring a touchdown. His quest to find a replacement celebration remains a work in progress after some illegal touching by Saints fans. Following a scoring grab against... more

Peyton Hillis is done for 2014. The Giants announced Saturday that the veteran running back, who suffered a concussion in Week 10's loss to the Seahawks, has been placed on season-ending injured reserve . This is the second straight year that... more

The Steve Smith redemption song has skipped in recent weeks. The veteran wide receiver began the second chapter of his distinguished NFL career in wildly successful fashion, emerging immediately as Joe Flacco's favorite target with the Ravens. Smith... more

Darrelle Revis used to sit in defensive meetings and listen to coaches plan on how to contain Rob Gronkowski. Scheming a way to completely neutralize the Patriots' dynamic tight end was silly talk. The two stars are now teammates, and Gronkowski's play... more

The Miami Dolphins took care of business Thursday night, beating the Buffalo Bills in what could be seen as a November playoff game for the two AFC East teams. It wasn't a perfect performance. Bill Lazor's offense had just three points well into the... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Aaron Rodgers: This might sound crazy, but has anyone ever played the... more

Sunday started out like any other game day for Carson Palmer. It ended with a torn ACL and a long night in which he "cried like a baby." Palmer was wired for sound during Sunday's fateful game against the Rams. The footage, which can be seen on NFL... more

The Green Bay Packers were unstoppable against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night . The presence of Aaron Rodgers is the main reason why, but it's the quarterback's supporting cast that makes Green Bay a nightmare matchup for opposing defensive... more

The Buffalo Bills have the worst red-zone offense in football, scoring touchdowns on just 41.2 percent of their trips inside the opposition's 20-yard line. Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins has quickly emerged as a rising star, but the Bills don't have... more

Tony Romo enjoyed great success in his return to the starting lineup on Sunday, throwing for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London . Tony Romo An even greater success for Romo was how he came... more

Josh Brent is on the precipice of a return to the Cowboys. Jason Garrett announced Tuesday that Brent has been activated from the team's reserve/suspended list. Dallas made room for Brent by waiving linebacker Tim Dobbins. The Cowboys were facing... more

Justin Bieber is pretty much the worst . Most of us are plugged into this reality by now, though the Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be a notable exception. The Canadian pop star visited a team worship service on Saturday night, posing with... more

Cam Newton took the beating of his football life on Monday night, getting sacked nine times in an embarrassing blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Newton clearly wasn't moving well as the game progressed, making Carolina Panthers coach Ron... more

As San Francisco welcomes back Aldon Smith , it waves goodbye to Patrick Willis. The 49ers placed Willis on season-ending injured reserve. Willis hasn't appeared in a game since he injured the toe in a Week 6 win over the St. Louis Rams. NFL... more

Brock Osweiler found himself in the eye of the social media storm on Sunday . The Denver Broncos were comfortably ahead of the Oakland Raiders when an excited Osweiler removed his baseball cap, grabbed his helmet and turned to run to the huddle. His... more

The Philadelphia Eagles had an easy time of it on Monday night at the Linc, cruising to a 45-21 win over the outclassed Carolina Panthers. Our takeaways: 1. So far, so good for Mark Sanchez. The quarterback threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns and... more

Austin Seferian-Jenkins celebrated a touchdown reception Sunday by doing the Captain Morgan pose, complete with one cleat resting on the football. This is not allowed. Seferian-Jenkins used the football as a prop in his celebration, which warrants a... more

Carson Palmer knew the moment it happened. His season was over. The Arizona Cardinals are 8-1 and in great position to make a run at the Super Bowl. Palmer won't get to play a role after suffering a torn ACL in Sunday's win against the St. Louis... more

Mike Mitchell did his best Troy Polamalu impression on Sunday, and the Jets did not appreciate it. In the final seconds of New York's upset 20-13 win at the Meadowlands, Mitchell attempted to leap over the line of scrimmage while the Jets were in their... more

The Arizona Cardinals will go the rest of the way without Carson Palmer. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Monday that Palmer tore his ACL in Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams. He will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, with the... more

Brock Osweiler has dutifully served as Peyton Manning's backup for three years. In that time, Osweiler has thrown all of 26 passes, which truthfully, feels a touch on the high side considering Manning's unquenchable thirst for PT. But on Sunday, a hope... more

A matchup between the mighty Denver Broncos and the winless Oakland Raiders ended exactly how you might expect. Our takeaways from a 41-17 Broncos win on Sunday: 1. Oakland's defense gave Peyton Manning fits early on, forcing the quarterback into... more

The New York Jets might not have a shot at the playoffs, but they still have some pride. Rex Ryan's defense cooled off Ben Roethlisberger in a 20-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Our takeaways: 1. Steelers fans flooded MetLife Stadium... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Ben Roethlisberger: Fantasy owners bow at the feet of Big Ben. Twelve touchdowns... more

In which our six underdog heroes wait for a phone call that may never come ... The best title for the third episode of Undrafted might be "The Waiting." I've enjoyed the faux Explosions In The Sky score of NFL Network's latest original series, but... more

More aircraft flew over New York Jets practice Thursday. Rex Ryan was the one delivering the message this time. One day after a plane with a "Fire John Idzik" banner buzzed over the Jets' Florham Park facility, Ryan arranged for a remote-controlled toy... more

Jadeveon Clowney was ill this weekend . But that wasn't the only thing that kept the first overall pick out of the lineup in Week 9 . "It was pretty much both, the knee and I was sick," Clowney revealed on Wednesday, according to the Houston... more

A scorching 5-1 start has been followed by a three-game losing streak for the San Diego Chargers. It's not the optimal way to reach a bye week, but Philip Rivers believes his team has the experience to deal with this type of adversity. "We'll find... more

Adrian Peterson wants to return to the football field as soon as possible. He'll need leniency from the NFL -- done in a timely fashion -- to make it happen. Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Wednesday on PFT Live he hopes the NFL makes a swift... more

We've long professed our love for Brett Favre's cameo in the blockbuster 90s comedy There's Something About Mary . I mean, how can you not take immense joy out of a performance so gloriously wooden, Favre is unable to even walk in an authentic manner?... more

Mark Sanchez says he's grown from his experiences with the New York Jets and believes he's become a "better version" of himself since joining the Philadelphia Eagles. "There's a ton of experience in there in those five years and the most important... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have seen the last of Todd Herremans this season. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that Herremans will undergo surgery to repair a torn biceps in his left arm, according to an NFL source. The starting guard was... more

Adrian Peterson resolved his legal issues on Tuesday . Will that clear the way for a return to the field for the Minnesota Vikings running back? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on NFL Network that it appears the Vikings have left the... more

Mark Sanchez's Jets career will be remembered as a star-crossed affair in franchise lore. The first-round pick famously helped guide New York to back-to-back AFC title game appearances in his first two seasons. Then it all fell apart, as prolonged... more

Greg Little has vengeance on the mind against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night . The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver was released by the Browns in May after three largely disappointing seasons. The former second-round pick caught on with the... more

Adrian Peterson is on the verge of resolving his legal issues. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Minnesota Vikings running back agreed to a deal in a Montgomery County (Texas) courtroom that includes pleading no contest to one... more

Once upon a time, the Washington Redskins mortgaged their future to land Robert Griffin III as their franchise savior. His status as the unquestioned face of the Redskins is less certain midway through his third season. Redskins coach Jay Gruden... more

Jadeveon Clowney may (or may not) have liked an Instagram photo during the Houston Texans' 31-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Clowney, inactive with an illness , was lambasted in some pockets of the Internet for this alleged... more

The Green Bay Packers have moved on from offensive lineman Derek Sherrod. The former-first round pick was waived by the team on Monday, ending a disappointing three-and-a-half year stay in Green Bay. Sherrod appeared in 20 games, including one start... more

The San Francisco 49ers have done some business with running back Kendall Hunter. The team announced Monday that Hunter has been signed to a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season. Hunter, 26, tore his ACL at the start of training camp and... more

Adrian Peterson currently is considering a plea deal that would reduce his felony charge of injury to a child to a misdemeanor, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source informed of the running back's thinking. A plea agreement won't ensure a... more

The Houston Texans hit their bye week at 4-5, an also-ran in a conference that's unlikely to offer up a realistic path to the postseason. We imagine this is exactly what Andre Johnson worried about this summer, when his frustrations about the Texans'... more

DeMarco Murray made NFL history by becoming the first player to open a season with eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games. That streak came to an end in Sunday's 28-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. With Brandon Weeden struggling to move the Dallas... more

An already chippy Sunday night game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens went to another level when Terrell Suggs dove at the back of LeGarrette Blount's legs at the end of a run in the third quarter. Suggs' maneuver drew a flag for... more

Marcus Lattimore has reached a crossroads in his comeback quest. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the San Francisco 49ers running back is weighing his options after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right knee and... more

The San Francisco 49ers are a .500 team midway through the season after a stunning last-second turnover by Colin Kaepernick sealed a 13-10 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The game was decided when Colin Kaepernick didn't... more

Michael Vick did enough Sunday to earn a second start with the New York Jets. Rex Ryan announced after the team's 24-10 loss  to the Kansas City Chiefs that Vick will start in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "He'll start next week as... more

The Cincinnati Bengals withstood a late Jacksonville Jaguars rally in a 33-23 win on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. A.J. Green made a healthy return from a three-week absence and finished with three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown on six targets.... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are 5-3 and in the thick of the AFC playoff race. Here are our takeaways from a 24-10 win over the New York Jets on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium: 1. The Chiefs have won three in a row and five of six. The consistent play of... more


Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters earlier this week he can "sense" Johnny Manziel has grown frustrated in his role as a backup behind Brian Hoyer. Manziel said Friday that Pettine's characterization is not quite accurate . "I... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Robert Griffin III: The Redskins quarterback is "ready to go " on Sunday after a... more

Chris Johnson accurately summed up the current state of the New York Jets without even trying on Thursday. "I really don't know," Johnson said when asked if he's excited about the season's second half. "If it's going like it's been going, there's... more

The Dallas Cowboys continue to play the wait-and-see game with Tony Romo. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters prior to practice on Friday the team will closely monitor the quarterback's movement during the session. The team later annouced that... more

We all know the immense pressure that comes with an interview for a job you really want. The nerves can make your mouth go dry and your knees go weak. I remember seeing a poor sap in the NFL Network lobby sweating through his suit while waiting for his... more

The Washington Redskins are ready to hand the keys to their offense back to Robert Griffin III. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Griffin will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source informed of the... more

Bill Belichick has been asked about a lot of different things during his 225-year (estimated) coaching career, but near the top of that list has to be questions pertaining to Peyton Manning. The New England Patriots coach met with reporters on Wednesday... more

Michael Vick was a lot better than Geno Smith on Sunday . That's not saying much, of course. Smith threw three interceptions in less than a quarter and finished with the dreaded 0.0 passer rating. Vick came on and led the Jets on two touchdown drives,... more

Robert Griffin III continues his march back to the starting lineup . Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters that the third-year quarterback practiced in full on Wednesday, splitting first-team reps with Colt McCoy. Gruden said there is a chance... more

Johnny Manziel is halfway through his rookie season in the NFL. He's thrown one pass. The Cleveland Browns have taken a patient approach with the quarterback, and Mike Pettine acknowledged Wednesday that he believes Manziel is frustrated with his... more

Hakeem Nicks is in danger of slipping off the grid in Indianapolis. The Colts wide receiver started in place of the injured Reggie Wayne on Sunday and failed to make an impact. It continues a season-long trend for the former New York Giants star, who... more

The New York Jets are moving away from Geno Smith. Perhaps for good. Rex Ryan announced Monday that Michael Vick will start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. "I feel, right now, that this is the right move," Ryan said.... more

The Cincinnati Bengals picked up their biggest win of the season on Sunday. They couldn't have done it without Mohamed Sanu. The third-year wide receiver continued to build on his breakout campaign in a 27-24 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Sanu... more

Chip Kelly has earned his reputation as one of the game's most forward-thinking offensive minds. A somewhat conservative decision late in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals left the Eagles coach open to criticism. With two minutes to play and the... more

For a moment, it appeared as if the Baltimore Ravens had pulled off one of the most stunning comeback wins of the season. Trailing by three points to the Cincinnati Bengals with 45 seconds to play, Joe Flacco dropped back and launched a deep pass toward... more

Jake Long's season has again been cut short by a serious knee injury. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that an MRI confirmed the St. Louis Rams left tackle tore his ACL in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a source... more

The Arizona Cardinals came up big in the final two minutes on Sunday, getting a 75-yard touchdown reception from John Brown and a last-second defensive stop in a 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Our takeaways: 1. The game ended with a... more

The Miami Dolphins ran back two Blake Bortles interceptions for touchdowns on Sunday, giving Joe Philbin's team more than enough scoring in a 27-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Our takeaways: 1. Miami won because its defense made life miserable... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Broncos fans: You're enjoying this, right? More to the point, you guys... more

Every college player's dream is to get drafted into the NFL. That dream becomes a reality for just 256 players each year -- a tiny fraction of the thousands who believe they can perform at the game's highest level. These hopefuls are the focus of... more

In the New York Jets' season opener , Calvin Pryor dropped an easy interception on a play in which there was nothing but green turf and home-crowd adulation in front of him. It was a stinging missed opportunity for the first-round draft pick, and an... more

The New Orleans Saints are 2-4 and perhaps the NFL's most disappointing team through seven weeks. The team hasn't been in a position like this since their lost Bounty-gate season of 2011. Things won't get any easier on Sunday night , when the Saints... more

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden continues to play it coy regarding Robert Griffin III. Gruden told reporters on Thursday that Griffin is "steadily progressing" in his drills, but an announcement on the quarterback's availability against the Dallas... more

Jadeveon Clowney appears ready to make his return to the Houston Texans. The No. 1 overall pick told reporters Thursday he'd be surprised if he doesn't play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Clowney has been sidelined since the second half of Week 1... more

What a difference a month makes for Ryan Tannehill. Back on Sept. 22, Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin -- clearly frustrated with Tannehill's subpar play in the season's first three games -- refused to name his starting quarterback for the team's Week... more

In the above video, you'll see Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell shake free from Brian Cushing, then proceed to leave the lumbering Texans linebacker in the dust for a big gain on Monday Night Football . It was apparent then that Cushing is not... more

DeMarco Murray broke Jim Brown's 56-year-old record for consecutive 100-yard games to start a season on Sunday . To celebrate this achievement, the Dallas Cowboys running back has rewarded his thriving offensive line. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram... more

The Oakland Raiders have seen the last of one disappointing free-agent signing this season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that defensive end LaMarr Woodley suffered a torn biceps muscle in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals,... more

The Tennessee Titans parted ways with one veteran on Tuesday in Akeem Ayers. Could Nate Washington be the next known commodity to be sent on his way? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on NFL Total Access that teams have been calling the... more

Don't expect the New York Jets' offense to immediately morph into The Percy Harvin Variety Hour. Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Tuesday that Harvin -- acquired last Friday in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks -- will have a small role on... more

The people at Twitter Sports have put together a fun interactive map that shows where to find followers of every NFL team in the U.S., right down to the county. Find out where followers come from for every @NFL team with our new #NFL Twitter fan map.... more

Ten scouts. Fifty states. 314 schools. 365 days. One mission. That's the message that greeted us before each episode of Finding Giants , the four-part documentary series that concluded Tuesday night on NFL Network. The series finale gave us a... more

The New England Patriots are facing the extended absence of their top pass rusher. The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that defensive end Chandler Jones could miss "about a month" due to a hip injury, according to a league source. Jones didn't... more

Luke Kuechly will escape any further punishment for making contact with an official on Sunday. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the Carolina Panthers linebacker will not be fined for making contact with back judge Steve Freeman in the... more

Brett Favre's Lambeau Field return plans are back in a holding pattern. Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder that the plan to take part in pregame festivities in Green Bay next month has been postponed because of recent health problems for Hall of Fame... more

The Arizona Cardinals entered the season expecting big things from Andre Ellington. He's delivered the goods so far. Ellington, the team's talented second-year running back, had 88 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving in Sunday's win over the Oakland... more

The NFL season is filled with twists and turns for every team. The Bengals are no exception. Three weeks ago, Cincinnati was 3-0 and getting hyped up as perhaps the AFC's top team . Two losses and a tie have followed, including Sunday's embarrassing... more

Bill O'Brien certainly looked the part of a guy who was on the hammer end of one of the biggest scoring explosions in NFL history on Monday night. The Houston Texans coach couldn't hide his raw emotional state after a 30-23 loss to the Pittsburgh... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers were being shut out and booed in their own building. Then it all changed -- in a hurry. The Steelers scored 24 points in the less than three minutes of play against the Houston Texans on Monday night, turning a 13-0 deficit... more

There is an alternate reality in which Jeff Fisher is taking a monstrous amount of heat on Monday. Had Johnny Hekker dropped the snap or sailed a throw, or Benny Cunningham grown a pair of stone hands or tripped over his own feet, Fisher would be in... more

The Washington Redskins aren't ruling out a return by Robert Griffin III for Week 8 . If RGIII's not ready, it will be Colt McCoy's show. Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday that McCoy -- fresh off his successful relief performance in... more

These are trying times for Sean Payton. The New Orleans Saints have opened a promising season by losing four of their first six games. Things reached a nadir (for now, anyway) on Sunday , when the Saints blew a 13-point lead in the final four minutes... more

The first-place Dallas Cowboys showed no letdown after their big win in Seattle, getting another big performance from their balanced offense in a 31-21 win over the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. The Cowboys won because their... more

The Baltimore Ravens took over sole possession of first place in the AFC North with an easy 29-7 win over fading Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. The Ravens held the Falcons to less than four yards per play in a... more

The St. Louis Rams delivered big on special teams and withstood a historic day from Russell Wilson in a 28-26 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Rams were facing a fourth-and-3 from their own 18 with 2:55 to play when... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Jim Harbaugh: We keep hearing how Harbaugh has lost his way, but why does it... more

The Arizona Cardinals have opened talks on a contract extension with Carson Palmer. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim confirmed the team has been in discussion with Palmer's agent on a new deal. "I won't get into specific points of the... more

Steve Smith is quitting Twitter, but not without offering up a nice little analogy as a parting shot. "Internet courage is like a cover-2 corner," Smith said Thursday, according to the Ravens ' official website. "You got a safety over the top and you... more

The New England Patriots have looked within to fill the backfield vacancy left by Stevan Ridley. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the Patriots plan to promote running back Jonas Gray from their practice squad ahead of Thursday... more

You may remember the time Hue Jackson made a pretty insane trade to land Carson Palmer. The Raiders sent a first- and second-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire the veteran quarterback in 2011. Two years later, the Raiders dealt Palmer and a... more

The Washington Redskins did not sign DeSean Jackson to be a road-grater. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound wide receiver gets paid to make big plays, not clear the way for them. But that didn't stop several D.C.-area media members from calling Jackson out... more

When you're on pace to shatter Randy Moss' all-time single-season touchdown record, it's understandable that a level of swagger may be emanating from your person. That's what happened when Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas collected his ninth... more

Robert Griffin III returned to practice on Wednesday, taking part in individual drills alongside Washington Redskins teammates. Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters that Griffin -- sidelined since Week 2 by a dislocated ankle -- "looked fine"... more

Aaron Rodgers. Jay Cutler. Matthew Stafford. Philip Rivers. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. No, this isn't one person's list of the five best quarterbacks in the league (and Jay Cutler). It's actually the run of opposing QBs the New York Jets have faced... more

On Monday, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters that Kirk Cousins is in no danger of losing his job to Colt McCoy. That this was even a possibility tells you everything you need to know about life in D.C. right now. The Redskins are... more

The NFL decided the best course of action to discipline Vontaze Burfict is a fine -- for now, anyway. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via a league source, that Burfict will be fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of both Cam... more

The New York Giants have no choice but to move forward without Victor Cruz. One teammate says he's yet to move on from the harrowing moment when the star wide receiver was writhing on the turf in Philadelphia. "Man, I just can't get it out of my head... more

The Steelers don't usually lose to the current iteration of the Browns. And when they do, it's never been as decisive as Sunday's 31-10 pasting in Cleveland. In the wake of that loss, which dropped Mike Tomlin's team to a middling 3-3 , former... more

When your team is 1-5 , you leave yourself wide open for all sorts of deserved criticism. This is not one of those cases. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been catching heat on local talk radio for helping opponents up after plays.... more

Victor Cruz's season is officially over. The New York Giants moved Cruz to injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after the star wide receiver suffered a torn patellar tendon in a Week 6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Cruz suffered the injury... more

Don't expect Patrick Willis to make an immediate return to action for the San Francisco 49ers. ProFootballTalk reported Tuesday that Willis has been diagnosed with a sprained toe and is "currently unlikely" to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.... more

During our sojourn to Seattle for the NFL's kickoff game last month, I made a game attempt to tally up and rank Seahawks jerseys worn about town by locals. My highly unscientific study concluded that Richard Sherman's No. 25 was the most popular in the... more

There was a time when Darrelle Revis represented the great hope for the New York Jets in their rivalry with the New England Patriots. The Patriots had Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and all the rings. But the Jets had Revis, a dominant defensive player... more

Frank Gore has continued this season as the San Francisco 49ers' starting running back, a role he's held down capably for the better part of nine seasons. Gore had to reapply for the job entering 2014, however. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Carson Palmer told reporters Sunday he was "praying" the nerve issue in his shoulder wouldn't regress overnight following his return to action in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Washington Redskins. That was the problem he faced the morning after the... more

Cordarrelle Patterson entered the 2014 season posited as a superstar in waiting. Our group fed into this hysteria, but we certainly weren't alone. Coming off an electric close to his rookie season, Patterson appeared to be Minnesota's logical... more

Derek Carr was already having a great day against the San Diego Chargers. As he dropped back to pass late in the fourth quarter, he was trying to make it unforgettable. Down three points with 1:15 to play, Carr sailed a pass deep down the near sideline... more

Calvin Johnson's return to the Detroit Lions lineup could remain in the distance. In his meeting with reporters on Monday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn't rule out sitting his star wide receiver against the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons ahead... more

Darren Sproles' knee injury will cost him weeks, not the whole season. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday that Sproles has a sprained MCL. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the running back is expected to miss one week of action, according to a... more

The Cleveland Browns have received bad news on defensive end Armonty Bryant. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Bryant was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Monday, per a source who has spoken with the player. Bryant suffered the injury during... more

Jason Verrett's interception with less than two minutes to play sealed the San Diego Chargers' come-from-behind 31-28 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Chargers barely beat a winless team, but credit is deserved for coming... more

Peyton Manning edged closer to Brett Favre on Sunday, throwing three touchdown passes in a 31-17 win over the free-falling New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. Peyton Manning was on cruise control here, throwing three more touchdowns... more

The New York Jets are again without Dee Milliner. The former first-round pick exited Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos after suffering an injury during a first-quarter field-goal attempt by Brandon McManus. Milliner immediately grabbed at... more

The Houston Texans don't play their next game until a Monday night matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 20. That date represents the six-week anniversary of Jadeveon Clowney's arthroscopic knee surgery . The No. 1 overall pick hopes that day... more

A new era for the Buffalo Bills is underway. The Bills on Friday officially introduced Terry and Kim Pegula as the team's new owners. Terry Pegula became emotional during his opening remarks, wiping away tears while expressing his respect for Ralph... more

The New York Jets very much need Eric Decker back in the lineup. It's still unclear if that will happen this week. Decker (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday and has been listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Denver Broncos.... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Tom Brady: The Patriots quarterback was practically glowing on the podium after... more

During the NFL season, the scouts stay in the background. As we've learned in Finding Giants -- which airing its third installment tonight at 9 ET on NFL Network -- being on the periphery doesn't mean time off. Far from it. The team's talent... more

The Detroit Lions announced Thursday they have identified the individual who shined a laser pointer at Buffalo Bills players on Sunday . In a release posted on the Lions' website , the team announced the individual will be banned indefinitely from... more

Jared Allen joined the Chicago Bears riding a streak of seven consecutive seasons with at least 11 sacks. Through four games with the Bears, Allen is behind pace. The veteran pass rusher is still looking for his first sack, in fact. Is this a sign... more

A look at the Pittsburgh Steelers' 17-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday reveals a curious lack of touches for Le'Veon Bell. The second-year running back had just 15 carries in the game. Bell made the most of his limited workload, piling up... more

Sammy Watkins won't be caught by surprise if he lands on Revis Island this weekend. The rookie wide receiver said Wednesday he expects Darrelle Revis to shadow him on the field when the New England Patriots visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard... more

A muscle specialist who has been working with Carson Palmer says the Arizona Cardinals' troublesome shoulder nerve has "woken up." Now, the question is if it stays that way. Greg Roskopf, the founder and CEO of Muscle Activation Techniques, made... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a problem with their running game . The team's acting offensive coordinator doesn't believe Doug Martin is it. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who's filling in for Jeff Tedford during the coordinator's leave of... more

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell sounds prepared to rest Calvin Johnson if necessary this weekend . Johnson isn't ready to accept that fate. Johnson told reporters Wednesday he hopes to be on the field when the Lions meet the Minnesota Vikings on... more

Someone in the crowd on Sunday at Ford Field was aiming a laser pointer at members of the Buffalo Bills. The NFL wants to find out who. League spokesman Michael Signora said an investigation is underway after quarterback Kyle Orton and holder Colton... more

Several Patriots players told NFL Media's Albert Breer last week that Gillette Stadium was an "uncomfortable" place following a Week 4 meltdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. Battista: Behind Brady's revival Just when it looked like the Patriots... more

Russell Wilson was a human-highlight reel on Monday night against the Washington Redskins, rushing for more than 100 yards while making several other plays that no other quarterback in the league would even attempt, let alone succeed at . After... more

The Seattle Seahawks got a career-best rushing day from quarterback Russell Wilson and overcame a downpour of penalty flags in a 27-17 win over the Washington Redskins. Our takeaways: 1. Russell Wilson continually beat the Redskins with his legs,... more

Tony Sparano has 12 games to convince Oakland Raiders management he can be a potential long-term solution on the sideline. Preparation for his first game as interim coach included a tried-and-true metaphorical device. As we see in this exclusive clip... more

DeMarco Murray is on pace to match the NFL's all-time record for carries in a season. The Dallas Cowboys know that needs to change. DeMarco Murray Murray was a true workhorse on Sunday against the Houston Texans, finishing with a career-high 31... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians called the chop block that knocked Calais Campbell out of Sunday's 41-20 loss to the Denver Broncos "the dirtiest play (he's) seen in 37 years " of coaching. Broncos coach John Fox respectfully disagrees. "I... more

It appears that Rashad Jennings will miss some time for the New York Giants. The running back told reporters on Monday that he has a sprained MCL, according to NFL Media's Kim Jones . Jennings said he "definitely" doesn't need surgery and the MRI on his... more

Calvin Johnson still isn't close to himself. The Detroit Lions could be ready to take a different approach to his recovery. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he is "strongly" considering holding Johnson out of action in Week 6 to give his lingering ankle... more

The Dallas Cowboys couldn't help but notice how many fans were rooting against them in their own building on Sunday. For the first time in his 12-year career, Tony Romo was forced to use a silent snap count at home. Right guard Zack Martin tapped center... more

Rex Ryan turned to Michael Vick on Sunday, but he's sticking with Geno Smith going forward. Ryan announced after the New York Jets' shutout loss to the San Diego Chargers that Smith will be the team's starter in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos.... more

The San Diego Chargers made it look easy on Sunday, overwhelming the slumping New York Jets in a 31-0 win at Qualcomm Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. The Chargers look like a complete team and a legit AFC contender after their fourth consecutive win. They... more

Dan Bailey kicked a 49-yard field goal with 7:45 remaining in overtime to lift the Dallas Cowboys to a 20-17 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Cowboys are 4-1 for the first time since 2008. Our takeaways: 1. Sometimes a superstar needs to... more

The Philadelphia Eagles continued to get game-changing contributions from their defense and special teams in a 34-27 win on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Eagles set the tone in this one with a blocked punt returned for a touchdown on the game's first... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Steve Smith: Who's having more fun right now than the irrepressible Agent 89?... more

Scouts for the New York Giants found themselves in an unusual position last fall. The club's talent finders were hard at work -- traveling to schools, talking to coaches, watching games, checking into hotels, studying film, going to sleep, then doing it... more

The uncertainty around Carson Palmer continues. The Arizona Cardinals quarterback, out since Week 2 with a nerve issue in his shoulder, said Thursday he was told by a specialist his injury is not career- or season-threatening and could "wake " at any... more

Eric Decker can't seem to shake his hamstring woes. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters that Decker did not practice on Thursday after feeling tightness in the hamstring originally injured in a Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Ryan is... more

Antrel Rolle has a theory on why Giants teammate Prince Amukamara is having the best season of his career. Hint: It's less about X's and O's and more about birds and bees. "I think it all ties into one another, as far as him getting married, being... more

The Dallas Cowboys had the chance to draft J.J. Watt and passed. They don't regret it. Watt was available when the Cowboys went on the clock with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Dallas did its due diligence on Watt but settled on left... more

The Baltimore Ravens know they have bigger things to contend with on Sunday than that nasty rumor of piped-in crowd noise at Lucas Oil Stadium. That challenge begins with Andrew Luck, who's playing as well as any quarterback in the league right now.... more

Geno Smith is having a bad week. His team is in a deep slump, and his play is a big reason why. The ugly F-bomb incident involving a fan at MetLife Stadium was the cherry on top of a dirt sundae. The Jets locker room is no bastion, either. It's there... more

The Kyle Orton era has begun in Buffalo , and Bills players already see the difference with the veteran passer running the show. "We just had a different approach to practice," wide receiver Sammy Watkins said, according to . "(Orton) demands... more

Nobody cares about your fantasy team. You should know this by now. But there's something interesting -- fascinating even -- about an NFL player wrestling with a gameday roster decision that involves himself. That's what happened on Thursday to New... more

The Oakland Raiders named Tony Sparano as their interim coach on Tuesday, but that hasn't quelled speculation about who might take Dennis Allen's old job on a full-time basis. The biggest name, of course, is Jon Gruden, the ESPN analyst who found great... more

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that playing against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium presents a challenge to the eardrums. Andrew Luck "We'll have to work on the crowd noise," Harbaugh said, according to The... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been one of the most penalized teams in the NFL this season. To help fix that problem, Mike Tomlin has invited officials to practice this week in an effort to cut down on the incessant infractions. Teams often have officials... more

Team identities: AFC West 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. Denver's... more


LaMichael James has found a new home. James' agent tweeted Tuesday that the running back has signed with the Miami Dolphins. The San Francisco 49ers granted James' request for his release earlier this month. James never found a defined role in... more

The Oakland Raiders have settled on their replacement for Dennis Allen. The team announced Tuesday it has elevated offensive line coach Tony Sparano to interim head coach. The decision comes one day after Allen was fired four games into his third... more

Carson Palmer believed last week that he'd "definitely" be ready for the Arizona Cardinals' Week 5 matchup against the Denver Broncos. As the Cardinals come out of their bye, Palmer doesn't sound quite as optimistic. Palmer told ESPN's Ed... more

The Indianapolis Colts won't get a contribution from Robert Mathis this season. That didn't stop them from deepening their committment to the veteran pass rusher. The Colts announced Tuesday that Mathis has been signed to a one-year extension that now... more

We've reached the quarter pole of the NFL season. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the unfortunate distinction of being on the wrong end of the season's biggest upset to date. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went into Heinz Field on Sunday and came out with... more

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith set himself up for some bad press (and a hit to his wallet) when he shouted profanity at an agitated fan at MetLife Stadium on Sunday . New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham can surely relate to Smith's... more

Monday night's blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs wasn't the lowest point in Tom Brady's career (Eli Manning has the market cornered there). But it certainly was one of the most unusual nights of it. By the fourth quarter -- with the game long... more

Cam Newton's combination of size and speed has made him a terror for defensive coordinators since entering the NFL. Over his first three seasons, Newton ran for 28 touchdowns (third most in football) and accounted for 31.1 percent of Carolina's rushing... more

The Buffalo Bills have made a change at quarterback. Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Kyle Orton will replace EJ Manuel as the starter when the Bills visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday . Marrone said he came to his decision Monday afternoon. "I... more

The slumping New York Jets have made a surprise move in the aftermath of their third straight loss. The team announced Monday that it has released wide receiver Jalen Saunders, a fourth-round pick in May's draft. The Jets' filled Saunders' roster spot... more

The Minnesota Vikings appear on track to have Teddy Two Gloves back on the field in Week 5 . Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday that Teddy Bridgewater was feeling a lot better on Monday and an MRI on his sprained left ankle came back... more

Calvin Johnson didn't look like The Baddest Receiver On The Planet on Sunday against the New York Jets. Johnson, slowed by a sprained ankle, was limited to a season-low 37 snaps in the Lions' 24-17 win at the Meadowlands. He finished with just two... more

After years serving as the face of mediocrity in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys may be ready to take on a new identity this season: Surprise playoff contender. Tony Romo threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns and DeMarco Murray ran for 149 yards and... more

Teddy Bridgewater did everything the Minnesota Vikings could have asked for in his first start on Sunday -- except finish the game. The rookie quarterback injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of a 41-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Bridgewater... more

The Minnesota Vikings tied a franchise record with four rushing touchdowns in a 41-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Teddy Bridgewater's first start ended prematurely due to an ankle injury , but what transpired before that... more

The Indianapolis Colts had no problem moving the ball against the hapless Tennessee Titans in a 41-17 win at Lucas Oil Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. Andrew Luck is rolling now. The Colts quarterback threw four more touchdowns on Sunday, giving him eight... more

The Detroit Lions remain on top in the NFC North, playing mistake-free football in a 24-17 win over the reeling New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. Matthew Stafford showed us he doesn't need Calvin Johnson to thrive. With Johnson... more

Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Eli Manning: Two weeks ago, Giants fans would have sent Eli on his way for a... more

Julius Peppers was unable to go out a winner in Chicago. In fact, the last play of his time with the Bears was perhaps the most gut-wrenching of his career. We refer, of course, to Aaron Rodgers' dramatic 48-yard touchdown strike to Randall Cobb that... more

Roddy White is ready to make his return to the Atlanta Falcons' starting lineup. The veteran wide receiver told reporters on Thursday he's "good to go" for Sunday's road matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, according to the Falcons' team site .... more

Eli Manning has appeared far more comfortable in Ben McAdoo's new offense in the past two weeks. The New York Giants quarterback has completed 70 percent of his passes overall -- his QB coach's magic number -- against the Arizona Cardinals and... more

Ryan Tannehill told reporters on Wednesday that Joe Philbin's decision not to name a starting quarterback this week had become a distraction for the Miami Dolphins. Tannehill took matters into his own hands, confirming he'll be the starter when the... more

Bad news usually travels fast in the NFL, but it took 48 hours for Eddie Lacy to learn of some not-so-flattering comments from his head coach. Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that "Eddie needs to play better " following a rough performance against... more

In the world Joe Philbin has crafted through the media, Matt Moore could be the Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback in a few days. Only he won't be. Ryan Tannehill threw up the house lights on his coach's mystery party Wednesday by declaring himself... more

Rob Gronkowski is ready to be a full-time player again. The New England Patriots have kept their dynamic tight end on something of a snap count as he's made his return from reconstructive knee surgery. Gronk has played in just 48.2 percent of the... more

Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern is having a difficult time believing reports that have surfaced in the wake of the death of former teammate Rob Bironas. Bironas, 36, was killed late Saturday in a single-car accident in Nashville. The Tennessean... more

The arrival of Steve Smith has been very good for Joe Flacco. Smith has been the Baltimore Ravens' best receiver through three weeks, a much-needed development for a team that again finds itself without Dennis Pitta. This is a big week for Smith... more

Joe Philbin has remained reticent to name his starting quarterback for Week 4. So Ryan Tannehill did it for him. Tannehill told reporters on Wednesday that he will be under center when the Miami Dolphins face the Oakland Raiders in London on Sunday.... more

Tyvon Branch has played his final snap of the 2014 season. The Raiders announced Wednesday that the foot fracture Branch suffered against the New England Patriots on Sunday will put him on injured reserve. Wide receiver Rod Streater also suffered... more

Times are good for the Philadelphia Eagles. The team is 3-0 for the first time since 2004, which just so happens to be the last year the Eagles reached the Super Bowl. That perfect start has come despite some atypical production from LeSean McCoy.... more

For the second consecutive day, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin chose not to address his quarterback plans ahead of Miami's Week 4 matchup against the Oakland Raiders. "At the end of the week, we're going to pick the 46 guys that give us the best chance... more

The Washington Redskins will continue their waiting game with Jordan Reed. The second-year tight end said Monday he won't play on Thursday against the New York Giants and still has no timetable for a return more than three weeks after suffering a... more

The New York Jets cried foul after an error by game officials cost them a potentially game-swinging touchdown Monday night . The play occurred with less than two minutes to go in the first half, the Jets trailing the Chicago Bears by four. Jay... more