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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 MLB.com before joining NFL Media in 2010. Hanzus hosts the award-winning "Around the League Podcast" with an aplomb reminiscent of a young Chris Berman.


July

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

June

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 SI.com'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 ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com . 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

May

It's official : The 10th season of Hard Knocks will focus on the Houston Texans. One of the joys of this great show is its ability to teach us new things about players and coaches we've only known from highlights and fantasy scores. There are no shortage... 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. pic.twitter.com/gbFnkCTu1t 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. ESPNBoston.com'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

April

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 NFL.com. 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

March

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: www.savetherunningback.org . 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 ProFootballFocus.com'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

February

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

January

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

December

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

Rex Ryan was fired by the New York Jets on Monday, ending a six-year run in Gotham that wasn't always successful, but never stopped being entertaining. Here are 10 of Rex Ryan's greatest hits as Jets coach: 10. Rex stands up to Belichick Ryan never... 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

November

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 mlive.com . "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

October

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 ESPN.com . "(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

September

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

Tom Brady -- or a well-compensated social media handler -- is on a roll. Last week, the New England Patriots quarterback saw his Facebook page go viral after he posted his resume coming out of the University of Michigan in 2000. "Found my old... more

The Cleveland Browns handed out a rich extension to Joe Haden in the offseason because they're of the belief that the cornerback is one of the best in football. Problem is, Haden hasn't played like it so far this season. Haden has struggled in... more

The Chicago Bears took advantage of the New York Jets mistakes and made a late stand deep in their own end to secure a 27-19 win on Monday night at the Meadowlands. Our takeaways: 1. Ryan Mundy set the tone in this one with a pick six of Geno... more

Brandon Marshall is having more trouble with his injured ankle. The Chicago Bears wide receiver exited Monday night's 27-19 win over the New York Jets after aggravating a right ankle injury. Marshall was initially listed as probable to return but was... more

Eddie Lacy was supposed to be one of the best running backs in football this season. He was supposed to be a key cog in one of the NFL's potent offenses. None of that has come to fruition for the Green Bay Packers through three weeks. The Packers have... more

With Josh McCown possibly hitting the shelf for a significant stretch, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for outside help at quarterback. That means opportunity for former Oakland Raiders signal-caller Terrelle Pryor, who worked out for the Bucs... more

Dennis Pitta's season is over. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that Pitta underwent surgery on his dislocated right hip and is lost for the year. The procedure comes one day after the tight end suffered the non-contact... more

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Monday that an extensive ESPN.com report questioning how the Ravens and NFL handled the Ray Rice assault case was built upon sources looking out for the best interests of the suspended running back. The Ravens... more

The New York Jets and Chicago Bears are both coming off memorable games against NFC contenders. The Bears stormed back to beat the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday night , while the Jets lost to the Packers in ignominious fashion; a game the fanbase will... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers turned their fortunes around in impressive fashion on Sunday night, authoring a dominant performance in a 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. Our takeaways: 1. The Steelers looked lost against the Baltimore... more

Knile Davis offered up a reasonable facsimile of Jamaal Charles on Sunday, powering the Kansas City Chiefs to a 34-15 win over the toothless Miami Dolphins. Our takeways: 1. Ryan Tannehill essentially called himself out last week , acknowledging he... more

The San Diego Chargers jumped out to an early lead over the Buffalo Bills then let their defense do the rest in a 22-10 win on Sunday in Orchard Park. Our takeaways: 1. Philip Rivers is locked in right now. The veteran quarterback connected with his... more

The Dallas Cowboys climbed out of 21-point first-half hole and Morris Claiborne had the game-clinching interception late to clinch a 34-31 win over the St. Louis Rams. Our takeaways: 1. All eyes were on Tony Romo after consecutive sluggish games were... more

Moments after Devin Hester high-stepped his way to a record-breaking 20th career return touchdown on Thursday night , Ian Eagle -- calling the game for Westwood One -- excitedly referred to the Atlanta Falcons veteran as a "future Hall of Famer ."... more

The Miami Dolphins will have to wait even longer for the return of former first-round pick Dion Jordan. The NFL announced Friday that Jordan's previously imposed four-game suspension has been lifted, per the terms of the NFL's new drug policy.... 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. Devin Hester: I'm sure there were #hottakes out there Friday calling Hester a... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association officially announced on Friday their agreement on a wide-ranging series of changes to their programs on substance abuse and performance enhancing substances, minutes before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his press... more

The Arizona Cardinals have a football game in three days . It remains a mystery if Carson Palmer will be part of it. Palmer was a surprise scratch last Sunday with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder. Drew Stanton stepped up and did a... more

Today marks the one-year anniversary of what could be remembered as one of the most lopsided trades in NFL history. On Sept. 18, 2013, Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson pulled the trigger on a deal that sent a first-round pick to the... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were without two of their top players for Thursday night's blowout loss to the Falcons. Doug Martin (knee) and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (hand) both sat out the Bucs' tilt against  Atlanta. Tampa Bay's rookie tight end... more

Did you know Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft? You probably knew. OK, you definitely knew. That's Football 101 at this point. But let's now step back in time and put ourselves in young Tom Brady's shoes as a 22-year-old kid coming... more

Multiple San Diego Chargers claimed that Richard Sherman had been "exposed" after Philip Rivers completed some passes in the direction of the Seattle Seahawks cornerback Sunday. Sherman leaned on social media to return fire that night. On Wednesday,... more

The Miami Dolphins are still waiting for Ryan Tannehill to start looking like a franchise quarterback worthy of Dan Marino's throne. Tannehill understands his performance must improve. "I just haven't been putting the ball in the right spot,"... more

The New York Jets moved on from Santonio Holmes this offseason, signing off on a salary-cap hit to get the overpaid and under-productive wide receiver out of the picture. Holmes left behind a conflicted legacy with the Jets. He had some undeniably big... more

On Sunday, Cam Newton offered up what appeared to be a sincere apology for using the nickname "Donkey Kong" to describe Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh during a press conference. For the record, Newton actually uttered the name "Donkey... more

Roddy White's availability in Week 3 has yet to come into focus. The Atlanta Falcons have listed the veteran wide receiver as questionable for Thursday's divisional showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. White is dealing with a hamstring... more

We imagine Ben Roethlisberger would probably sign off on never playing the Baltimore Ravens again if given the chance. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has said that a 2006 hit by then-Ravens linebacker Bart Scott was the hardest shot he's ever... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Wednesday a new agreement to the league's steroids policy. Per the official release, the NFL and NFLPA are nearing an agreement on changes to the substance abuse policy that is expected to be announced when... more

Cody Parkey kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles to a come-from-behind 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. Our takeaways: 1. The Eagles' secret weapon on this night was Darren Sproles, who set... more

The playmaker-starved Oakland Raiders are taking a flier on Vincent Brown. The former San Diego Chargers wide receiver signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Monday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Brown, a 2011 third-round pick,... more

The Chicago Bears ruined the San Francisco 49ers' housewarming party at Levi's Stadium on Sunday night . In the aftermath of his first home opener loss as Niners coach, Jim Harbaugh provided a lukewarm review of the home crowd. "I noticed, at times,... more

The addition of Bill Lazor was supposed to do wonders for the Miami Dolphins offense. A head-scratching decision by Joe Philbin flew in the face of any such optimism on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Trailing 9-0 with 2:21 remaining in the second... more

Ray Rice has kept a low profile since being released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL. That's about to change. Rice is expected to, but has yet to file an appeal of his indefinite suspension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Green Bay Packers wiped out an 18-point first-half deficit on their way to a 31-24 win over the New York Jets on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Our takeaways: 1. Jordy Nelson deserves to be recognized as one of the NFL's best wide receivers. He was a... more

Muhammad Wilkerson lost his cool, then lost the chance to help the New York Jets on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Wilkerson was ejected in the third quarter after taking swings at multiple Packers players moments after a successful two-point conversion... more

The Buffalo Bills rode great defense and an electric atmosphere at Ralph Wilson Stadium to a 29-10 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Bill Lazor hype train slowed to a crawl in Orchard Park. The Dolphins' offense didn't cross... more

Knowshon Moreno's Sunday came to a premature and painful end. The Dolphins running back dislocated his left elbow during Miami's 29-10 loss to the Bills, and he's expected to miss about four weeks, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a... more

The Arizona Cardinals took advantage of a series of fourth-quarter miscues by the New York Giants in a 25-14 win on Sunday at the Meadowlands. Our takeaways: 1. The Giants led 14-13 with 11 minutes to play. Then it all fell apart. A Victor Cruz drop... 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. Calvin Johnson: Megatron is on pace for 112 catches for 2,624 yards and 32... more

John Abraham's NFL career is suddenly in doubt. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday the Arizona Cardinals linebacker -- who suffered a concussion during Monday's win over the San Diego Chargers -- has taken leave from the team, per a... more

Antonio Brown's decision to introduce his cleat to a punter's face has come at a cost. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has been fined $8,200 for his kick of Cleveland Browns punter Spencer... more

Yes, LeSean McCoy left a waiter a 20-cent tip this week. No, he doesn't have remorse over this decision. McCoy has been dragged through the social media mud after a Philadelphia burger joint called out the Eagles star for stiffing a waiter on a $61.56... more

Eddie Lacy has taken another step toward a return to game action for the Green Bay Packers. The running back was at practice in full pads on Thursday and was cleared to play , making it likely he will face the New York Jets in Week 2 . The runner... more

Change is hard. Eli Manning knows this. And so does the coach of his Week 2 opponent, Bruce Arians. Arians remembers the growing pains as he attempted to install his own offensive system with the Arizona Cardinals last year. Arians believes it... more

The New England Patriots expected Brandon LaFell to boost their passing game. That didn't happen in Week 1 . The former Carolina Panthers wide receiver was shut out against the Miami Dolphins, finishing without a catch despite six targets from Tom... more

The San Diego Chargers will go the rest of the way without Nick Hardwick. The team announced Wednesday that Hardwick has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury. Hardwick has had a history of "stinger" issues and had suffered... more

Let's talk about The Throw. I'm not sure if Matthew Stafford's 16-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson on Monday night will be deemed iconic enough to earn membership into the "The ______ Club," but it certainly has our vote. Matthew Stafford... more

During Sunday's telecast of the Baltimore Ravens' 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, CBS analyst Solomon Wilcots said Joe Flacco told him that Torrey Smith needed to continue working to get better on his underneath routes. On Tuesday, Flacco... more

The New York Giants' offense looked lost in an ugly blowout loss to the Detroit Lions on Monday night. Victor Cruz has a theory on how to rectify the situation. "I think in order for us to be successful, there needs to be an increased number of targets... more

Doug Martin wasn't on the field in crunch time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers. Bucs coach Lovie Smith explained Tuesday that Martin's absence wasn't because of a leg injury suffered earlier in the game. "Doug... more

Ray Rice has broken his silence. A day after his contract was terminated by the Baltimore Ravens and he received an indefinite suspension from the NFL, Rice made his first public statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I have to be strong for my wife,"... more

The Baltimore Ravens have placed 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown on the trade block. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Ravens are open to trading the linebacker, according to a source informed of the situation. They have... more

Tony Romo struggled mightily in his season debut on Sunday , but Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett doesn't believe rust is to blame for the quarterback's three-interception performance against the 49ers. Battista: Disaster in Dallas Could age and... more

There have been years when Larry Fitzgerald was the near totality of the Arizona Cardinals' offense. This is unlikely to be one of them. The Cardinals escaped with an 18-17 win over the San Diego Chargers in Monday night's opener, but Fitzgerald -- the... more

The Buffalo Bills have found their new owner. Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has reached an agreement to buy the Bills, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the team will be sold for $1.4 billion, according to two sources... more

John Harbaugh told reporters on Monday evening that the Baltimore Ravens came to a swift decision to release Ray Rice after watching footage of Rice assaulting his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator. Harbaugh said Monday was the first time the Ravens had... more

The 2014 season presented itself as Robert Griffin III's opportunity for redemption. After Week 1, that opportunity still remains. But things are off to a troubling start. The third-year quarterback struggled to move the Redskins' offense for four... more

The Houston Texans will have to make do without their No. 1 overall pick for the foreseeable future. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that Jadeveon Clowney underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss four to six weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Indianapolis Colts have received crushing news on their biggest defensive star. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that linebacker Robert Mathis is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon, according to two sources... more

The St. Louis Rams are about to dig deeper into their quarterback depth chart. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Shaun Hill's status for Week 2 is in doubt after he strained his quad in the Rams' blowout loss to the Minnesota... more

Michael Vick made his New York Jets debut as a gadget player on Sunday. The results weren't all that memorable. The veteran quarterback was on the field for three red-zone snaps in a 19-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. He lined up as receiver on two... more

Since rejoining the NFL in 1999, the Cleveland Browns have perpetually been on the boot end of their rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Perhaps Antonio Brown was just providing a reminder to the public with his actions on Sunday . Brown ended a long... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have lost All-Pro guard Evan Mathis for the foreseeable future. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday that Mathis "will be out for an extended period" after an MRI revealed a sprained MCL in his right... more

The Denver Broncos have successfully moved forward from their Super Bowl plight. Peyton Manning connected on three scoring passes to Julius Thomas in the first half, and the Broncos' defense held off a late Indianapolis Colts rally in a 31-24 win on... more

The Carolina Panthers showed they could win without Cam Newton on Sunday, starting strong then holding off a late Tampa Bay Buccaneers rally in a 20-14 win victory . Our takeaways: 1. Derek Anderson did the job in Newton's place, completing over 70... more

The Bill O'Brien era got off to a fine start in Houston with an impressive 17-6 win over the suspect-looking Washington Redskins on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. J.J. Watt got paid this summer, and he immediately reminded everyone why he was worth... more

The New York Jets took advantage of the Oakland Raiders and rookie quarterback Derek Carr in a 19-14 win at the Meadowlands on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. We expected Rex Ryan's defense to have its way with Carr, and that's exactly what happened.... more

SEATTLE -- The noise is no joke. That was my immediate thought as I stood near the south end zone moments before kickoff at CenturyLink Field on Thursday. Everything you've heard is true. Michele Tafoya tells no tall tales . Seahawks fans -- "The... more

SEATTLE -- Marshawn Lynch was vintage Beast Mode on Thursday night against the Packers, rushing for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Lynch's teammate, Michael Bennett, had a sideline view of the great running back's performance. Bennett got... more

Jim Kelly is cancer-free. A group representing the Hall of Fame quarterback released a statement announcing that Kelly underwent a series of biopsies in New York on Thursday that showed no signs of cancer in his body. "This is some of the greatest... more

Tom Brady was conspicuously absent from New England Patriots practice on Thursday. Now we know why. The veteran quarterback has landed on the team's injury report with a calf issue. It's unclear if Brady is dealing with a legitimate injury or the... more

Junior Galette and the New Orleans Saints have done some business. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Galette and the Saints have reached a deal on a four-year extension worth $41.5 million with $23 million guaranteed, per a source... more

The New York Giants continue to shuffle their suspect offensive line. The team officially placed Geoff Schwartz on injured reserve with a designation to return on Wednesday, a move that will sideline the starting guard for the first half of the... more

Michael Sam's NFL journey will indeed continue with the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas coach Jason Garrett announced that Sam has been added to the team's practice squad. The defensive end will practice Wednesday on a limited basis. "We feel like he has a... more

Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go in Week 1 for the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick isn't ready to make anything official. "Well, I'm glad that Rob's optimistic about his situation," Belichick said Tuesday, according to the Patriots'... more

For the vast majority of football fans, the final game of the preseason is treated with open disdain. Most people don't watch on TV. Judging by wide shots, not many attend the games, either. Established players typically don't see a snap, making the... more

Stephen Hill has escaped the unemployment line. The next goal is getting back on a 53-man roster. The Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday that they have signed the former New York Jets wide receiver to their practice squad. The move comes one day... more

Brian Waters is calling it a career. The longtime guard has decided to retire after 13 seasons spent with the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys. "After a long and wonderful career I have decided to retire," Waters said in... more

Robert Griffin III's divorce with Mike Shanahan might be final, but that doesn't mean the acrimonious breakup hasn't stuck with the Washington Redskins quarterback. In an in-depth interview with Bleacher Report's Les Carpenter, Griffin acknowledged... more

The Houston Texans did right by their most valuable asset on Monday, making J.J. Watt one of the highest-paid players  in football. Watt still had two years left on the rookie deal he signed with Houston in 2011, but no one should fault Houston... more

Nick Fairley has battled weight issues throughout his NFL career. His demotion from the starting lineup this summer made him do something about it. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle hired a personal chef after he was benched in favor of veteran... more

Robert Mathis might be temporarily out of the picture for the Indianapolis Colts, but he left behind a message for his teammates to remember him by. Mathis, who's set to begin a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug... more

Alex Boone has won his standoff with the San Francisco 49ers. Boone passed his physical and rejoined the team on Monday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Niners ended the lengthy standoff by rolling Boone's... more

The St. Louis Rams finalized their practice squad on Monday, a 10-player collective that did not include Michael Sam. With no other teams knocking on the door, what's next for Sam? The Canadian Football League is one option. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The St. Louis Rams have added a fresh face to their quarterback room. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Rams claimed Case Keenum on waivers, according to a team official. Keenum was waived by the Texans after Houston acquired Ryan... more

Pittsburgh Steelers helmets will include a decal this season to honor the memory of coaching great Chuck Noll. The black decal will feature Noll's "CHN" initials in Steelers gold. Noll, the only coach to win four Super Bowls, passed away in June at the... more

The Tennessee Titans have identified their new kicker. The Titans announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms with former Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop. The Tennessean reports it's a one-year deal. Succop will get a chance to send... more

Wes Welker has taken his first step toward a return to game action following his latest concussion. The veteran wide receiver joined Broncos teammates on the field for practice on Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Welker has yet... more

Rob Gronkowski is ready to go. The All-Pro tight end told reporters on Monday that he will be on the field when the New England Patriots open the regular season on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. "I'm ready to go," Gronkowski said, according... more

August

Chris Clemons ' stay with the Houston Texans was short-lived. The Texans waived the veteran safety on Sunday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source informed of the move. The move comes just five months after Clemons signed a... more

Rex Grossman couldn't find a home with the Cleveland Browns. The quarterback has been released, the team announced. Grossman, a 12-year veteran who spent the past four seasons with the Washington Redskins, signed with the Browns on Aug. 12.... more

Ryan Mallett is on the move. The New England Patriots have traded Mallett to the Houston Texans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, who originally broke the news, reported that the Patriots received a seventh-round draft pick that can become a... more

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on felony domestic violence charges. McDonald was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail after officers responded to a domestic violence incident, according to... more

The New York Jets badly need Dee Milliner back in their secondary. That might not happen until after Week 1 . Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Sunday that the "feeling right now" is that Milliner will not be ready for next Sunday's... more

The Oakland Raiders went on a spending spree this offseason with the intention of lifting the franchise out of what's become a decade-long malaise. We'll soon find out if the moves by general manager Reggie McKenzie make a difference. We can say the... more

We perhaps now have some explanation for Matt Schaub's struggles this preseason. Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen told reporters on Sunday that Schaub is dealing with a sore throwing elbow, according to the Bay Area News Group . The quarterback... more

What a difference one drive makes for the New York Giants. Through five possessions against the New York Jets on Friday night , Eli Manning and the Giants' first-team offense did nothing. Only monster fans of punter Steve Weatherford could view the... more

Two weeks ago, Drew Brees called Pierre Thomas the "best all-purpose back in the league." That's lofty praise from an important member of the organization, but we're still waiting to see where Thomas fits in the New Orleans Saints' offense. Thomas had... more

Stricter enforcement of pass coverage rules led to an avalanche of penalties in the first week of the preseason. ESPN's John Clayton did the math , tallying 27 illegal contact penalties in the first 17 preseason games. By comparison, there were 37 such... more

We don't feel the need to do too much setting up of the above video, because that would simply delay you from watching it. So, go ahead and enjoy "Fantasy Football Fantasy ," the new DirecTV music video starring Peyton and Eli Manning. You back?... more

We already knew  that Dri Archer was crazy fast. On Saturday , we got a sneak peak of what that speed can do against an NFL defense. The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie took a screen pass from Ben Roethlisberger, then slashed through the heart of the New... more

Could we see even more Wildcat from the New York Jets in 2014? Rex Ryan's team used the formation a league-high 38 times last season, a wrinkle in the game plan that found limited success. With Michael Vick now in the picture, there continues to be... more

Teddy Bridgewater might be the popular pick to start Week 1 for the Minnesota Vikings, but Matt Cassel proved Friday he won't be going down without a fight. The veteran quarterback started and made the most of his one series, leading the Vikings on... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Scott Mitchell: The former Lions quarterback now weighs 366 pounds. This is bad. He will appear on... more

The Miami Dolphins will open the season without Reshad Jones. The team's starting safety has been suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. The Dolphins are now down two important defenders due to suspension:... more

A Lombardi Trophy doesn't have to be on the line for there to be bad blood between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. The Thursday night preseason opener for both teams featured physical play, gobs of penalties and one end-zone scuffle that... more

Chris Ivory has struggled to stay healthy during his career. The New York Jets hope Thursday isn't a sign of things to come. Ivory suffered a rib injury in the second quarter of the Jets' 13-10 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts. The team... more

The Indianapolis Colts couldn't make it through their first preseason possession without an injury. Starting center Khaled Holmes limped off the field Thursday after sustaining an ankle injury against the New York Jets. He was replaced in the... more

Scott Mitchell was once an impressively toned professional athlete. Now he is not. The former Detroit Lions quarterback has ballooned up to 366 pounds since his NFL career came to a close in 2002. That's a 126-pound weight gain since throwing his last... more

Jake Ballard is walking away from the NFL. The veteran tight end announced his retirement Wednesday after four seasons with the New York Giants, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals. Ballard, 26, appeared in eight games with the Cardinals last... more

Odell Beckham is making strides toward a return to active duty with the New York Giants. A lingering hamstring injury has kept the first-round pick sidelined for much of training camp. Beckham was seen running off to the side during Tuesday's... more

Tony Romo and Ryan Tannehill both have been in the news this week in relation to deep-ball accuracy. Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson acknowledged Tuesday that Romo's downfield passing has been "a little bit more inconsistent" as he recovers... more

Brian Hoyer is the first man up in the Cleveland Browns' quarterback competition. Browns coach Mike Pettine announced after Wednesday's practice that Hoyer will start Saturday's preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. Pettine added that it's... more

No one gets cut in the season premiere of Hard Knocks . I can't remember the last time this series went its first 60 minutes without showing at least one sorry sucker getting his dreams pulverized in HD. In a twist, the hammer actually comes from the... more

Some high-profile rookies hit the ground running in their first training camp. Many more do not. Eric Ebron is part of that second group. The 10th overall pick has struggled to get up to speed this summer while attempting to learn the intricacies of Joe... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially closed the books on guard Carl Nicks. ESPN reported Tuesday that the Bucs agreed to a $3 million injury settlement with Nicks, according to a league source. Nicks signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal... more

Santonio Holmes is back on the NFL radar. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the free-agent wide receiver -- out of work since being released by the New York Jets in March -- worked out for the Chicago Bears on Tuesday. Holmes also has... more

The Green Bay Packers have gotten bad news on tackle Don Barclay. Weston Hodkiewicz of Press-Gazette Media reports Barclay suffered a torn ACL  on Tuesday in training camp, according to a league source. Barclay was carted off the field after... more

When Darrelle Revis signed with the New England Patriots, the widely held belief was that Bill Belichick would use the star cornerback in a Rex Ryan-like manner. This, of course, is the Revis Island method: Assign Revis to the opposition's top wide... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Tuesday he foresees Chris Johnson sharing touches with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell this season. "I definitely think it's going to be a committee approach," Ryan said, according to the New York Daily... more

This would be a good time to renew your premium cable subscription. Hard Knocks is back. The award-winning documentary will begin its ninth season on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET with an inside look at the first week of training camp with the Atlanta... more

Now that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has handed out its latest collection of gold jackets and Haunted Mansion sculptures, let's look ahead. Way ahead. Who are the first-ballot Hall of Famers playing in the NFL right now ? We start with some ground... more

The Cincinnati Bengals signed Andy Dalton to a new contract that competitively compensates the quarterback while giving the team an out if Dalton stagnates. Breer: Locker at a crossroads Jake Locker's NFL future is still very much up in the air.... more

The Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre are, at long last, ready for their reunion. Or ready to schedule one, anyway. The Packers sent out a press release Sunday night teasing a joint announcement regarding Favre at Lambeau Field, which took place... more

Montee Ball has hit the shelf for the Denver Broncos. The second-year running back will undergo an appendectomy Monday that will sideline him for the rest of training camp and the preseason , NFL Media Insider Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a... more

Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said recently on NFL Network he expected Rex Ryan to find a role for Michael Vick in his offense -- even if Geno Smith broke camp as the team's starting quarterback. On Monday, Ryan dismissed the... more

The NFL preseason schedule kicked off Sunday night with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton. Here are six takeaways from the New York Giants' 17-13 win over the Buffalo Bills: 1. The Giants needed some good news in their backfield after David Wilson's... more

A fight has led to an injury for Atlanta Falcons second-round pick Ra'Shede Hageman. The rookie defensive end received medical attention after throwing a punch at center Joe Hawley during pass-rush drills on Sunday. An initial ESPN.com report  stated... more

The San Francisco 49ers have parted ways with Jon Baldwin. The Niners announced Sunday they waived Baldwin after less than a year with the team. In a corresponding move, San Francisco claimed wide receiver L'Damian Washington off waivers from the... more

The Chicago Bears entered training camp with legitimate question marks behind Jay Cutler. They're still there. Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer remain the two most likely replacements to inherit the backup role so capably held down by Josh McCown in... more

We haven't heard much about Hakeem Nicks in his first training camp with the Indianapolis Colts. Perhaps there's a reason for that. Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton acknowledged Saturday that Nicks doesn't appear to be working at full... more

Jon Bon Jovi has made his play to dispel any speculation that his prospective ownership group intends on moving the Bills out of Buffalo. In an open letter titled "Why We're Bidding on the Buffalo Bills," Bon Jovi firmly committed to keeping the Bills... more

While the Pro Football Hall of Fame was busy welcoming new members on Saturday, several NFL teams held scrimmages as they gear up for the start of preseason. Here were some of the takeaways: 1. Brandin Cooks continues to look like he'll be an... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. San Antonio: Could the home of the Alamo and the Spurs be getting an NFL team ? Probably not, but... more

July

The San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh have pressed pause on contract talks. Niners CEO Jed York told Jim Kozimor on Yahoo! SportsTalk Live that he and Harbaugh mutually agreed to table talks toward a new deal until after the 2014 season. "We... more

Marshawn Lynch's holdout from Seattle Seahawks camp is over. The star running back was present at the team facility Thursday, ending a one-week holdout. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Seahawks moved money around in Lynch's existing... more

The Philadelphia Eagles found uncommon stability in Andy Reid, who served as the team's head coach from 1999 through the 2012 season. For perspective on how fortunate Philly was, the Cleveland Browns went through six coaches in that same span. They've had... more

Any hope for the 2014 Dallas Cowboys goes back to the health of Tony Romo. If the quarterback's back holds up, the Cowboys should be able to hang in the NFC East. If the back goes again, the No. 1 overall pick next April isn't crazy talk. Cowboys owner... more

This is Jay Cutler's year. Sound familiar? Predicting a monster season for Cutler has become something of a summer tradition in the NFL. Last year, we were told the arrival of quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman would fuel Cutler's rise. On Wednesday,... more

Andy Dalton believes it's only a matter of time before he works out a new deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. The fourth-year quarterback told NFL Media's Albert Breer on Wednesday that he's optimistic a contract extension is a "when" rather than an "if"... more

The Buffalo Bills have deepened their commitment to Fred Jackson. The Bills announced Wednesday that Jackson signed a contract extension with the team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Jackson signed a... more

The New York Giants entered training camp hopeful that David Wilson could resume his career after last season's neck injury. On Tuesday, the team got a scare. Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that Wilson was forced to exit practice after... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be enshrined on Saturday. Each day this week, the Around the League crew will pick a player that we believe is also deserving of enshrinement. Kurt Warner had one of the strangest NFL careers of... more

The Seattle Seahawks wiped the floor with the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. This truth, and the Seahawks' proclivity to talk, apparently doesn't sit well with Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson. "---- Seattle," Vickerson told Paul Klee of... more

The New York Giants got good news on Odell Beckham, but they'll still be without their first-round pick for the foreseeable future. The Star-Ledger reported Tuesday that tests on Beckham's lingering hamstring injury came back negative, according to two... more

Eli Manning has never posted a completion percentage higher than 62.4 in his career. An extremely lofty goal has been set this season. New quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf told reporters on Monday he's challenged Manning to complete 70 percent of... more

Emmanuel Sanders spent the first four seasons of his career catching passes from Ben Roethlisberger. It's only taken him a few months with Peyton Manning to identify a key difference between the two star quarterbacks. "(From) a mental standpoint, I... more

We've known for a long time -- really, the whole time -- that Peyton Manning is a lovable square. This persona has helped make the quarterback both a hugely successful endorsement entity and a man uniformly respected by his peers. Manning is America's... more

Mark Sanchez has moved into the next stage of his NFL career, settling into the background as a Nick Foles understudy with the Eagles. The change of scenery comes at a good time for Sanchez, who had used up his surplus of goodwill with the New York... more

The Oakland Raiders imported several veteran names in the offseason hoping to bring the suffering franchise back to respectability. But a look at the team's true future begins with Khalil Mack. The Raiders used the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NFL... more

The New York Giants believe first-round pick Odell Beckham is exactly the type of talent who can help Eli Manning put last year's struggles in the rearview. Beckham has to be on the field to make a difference, of course. The rookie wide receiver... more

Vick Ballard was dealt another setback in his star-crossed career on Friday, suffering a lower leg injury believed to be a torn Achilles tendon . The Indianapolis Colts went nearly all of last season without Ballard, their leading rusher in 2012.... more

Johnny Manziel knew the questions were coming. His solution in his first training camp press conference with the Cleveland Browns was to address the situation himself in his opening remarks. "Me and coach (Mike) Pettine and (GM) Ray Farmer really... more

Another terrible setback for Vick Ballard. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports, per a source close to the player, that the Indianapolis Colts believe Ballard suffered a torn Achilles tendon in practice Friday. The running back will undergo tests to... more

Carl Nicks' frustrating run with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is over. The Buccaneers announced Friday that Nicks and the team have "mutually agreed that they will part ways." "I'd like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I... more

The San Francisco 49ers have a loose timetable in mind for All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Niners defensive coordinator Vic Fangio told reporters on Friday that Bowman is not expected to return until the midpoint of the season, according to the... more

The Associated Press Welcome back to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Brian Hoyer: He might actually land a starting gig in... more

Marshawn Lynch will not be in attendance when the Seattle Seahawks open training camp. Former Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson broke the news on Thursday's edition of NFL Network's Inside Training Camp Live . "Marshawn Lynch just called me, we... more

Mike Tannenbaum expects a role for Michael Vick in the New York Jets' offense this season -- whether Vick starts a game or not. Tannenbaum, who served as the Jets' general manager from 2006-2012, believes Rex Ryan is drawn to the type of athleticism... more

Justin Blackmon's latest transgression won't end his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jaguars owner Shad Khan told reporters Thursday there is no reason his team should sever ties with the troubled wide receiver following his Wednesday-night arrest... more

Cam Newton is a full-go for the start of Carolina Panthers training camp. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Thursday that the franchise quarterback has been medically cleared and will be a full camp participant barring a setback with his surgically... more

The starting quarterback job in Cleveland might be Brian Hoyer's to lose. Browns coach Mike Pettine told Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com on Wednesday that Hoyer, not first-round pick Johnny Manziel, will work primarily with the first team at the... more

Rex Ryan's protégé laid out a timetable for his quarterback competition in Cleveland. Ryan is taking a more open-ended approach with his own QB battle. The sixth-year New York Jets coach told reporters on Wednesday in Cortland, New York, there's... more

Sidney Rice's NFL career has come to an abrupt conclusion. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Rice has decided to retire due to concussion concerns, according to a source who has spoken with the wide receiver. ProFootballTalk first... more

Tavon Austin's rookie season with the St. Louis Rams will be remembered as one long tease. The speedy wide receiver had moments of pure electricity, most notably a 310-yard, three-TD explosion against the Indianapolis Colts. But there were also... more

The San Francisco 49ers will have to settle for one out of two. Tight end Vernon Davis reported to Niners camp on Wednesday. The same cannot be said for guard Alex Boone. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Boone is not reporting on... more

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy found himself in the PR Bermuda Triangle on Monday when he told a Tampa newspaper he would not have drafted Michael Sam because of possible distractions associated with the NFL's first openly gay player. Dungy did his best... more

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has confirmed that wide receiver Julio Jones will be available for the start of training camp on Friday. But look for Atlanta to take a cautious approach with the franchise star. "He will be limited in terms of his... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars will begin the regular season without wide receiver Ace Sanders. The second-year wide receiver told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that he is facing a four-game NFL suspension. Sanders doesn't plan on appealing his ban... more

Danny Woodhead and the San Diego Chargers are staying in business together. The Chargers announced Tuesday that the versatile running back has agreed on a two-year contract extension with the team. Financial terms haven't been disclosed. Woodhead had... more

Well, this is random: It appears Marshawn Lynch uses red velvet ropes to cordon off his Lamborghini Aventador Roadster in public settings. Don't act like this is a totally shocking Beast Mode-related development. @FieldGulls beastmode's Lambo, complete... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview  series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. Next up is the NFC North . Green Bay Packers 1. The Packers teamed Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews with dreams of 30... more

The Cleveland Browns don't yet know who their starting quarterback will be in Week 1 . What they do know is the timetable for when they'd like to make that decision. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters at team headquarters on Monday that a... more

The best things about being drafted: 1) You're now in, you know, the NFL. 2) You can (potentially) buy your mom a house. 3) You will become a player in Madden . They can't take that last one away from you, either. Everybody goes through a... more

The Houston Texans have released offensive tackle Brennan Williams. Williams, the 89th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, was waived with the failed physical designation on Monday, according to ESPN Boston . Williams didn't play a snap as a rookie... more

Here's something that might make you feel old: Sebastian Janikowski is about to enter his 15th season in the NFL. It was way back in 2000 when the Oakland Raiders used a first-round pick on Janikowski. Oakland remains the last team to use that... more

Nick Foles is about to face something he's never dealt with on this level: expectations. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was one of the league's biggest surprises in 2013, passing for 27 touchdowns against just two interceptions over 13 games.... more

The Buffalo Bills will begin training camp activities without Marcell Dareus. The Bills added the fourth-year defensive tackle to their active/non-football injury list Saturday. The reason Dareus was placed on the list is unknown at this time.... more

Mike Williams doesn't have a guaranteed roster spot as he begins his first training camp with the Buffalo Bills. The summer will be a test for the veteran wide receiver, who enters competition with the benefit of good health. Williams made it through... more

Peyton Manning mastered the quarterback position during the regular season in 2013, putting up passing records that could stand for decades. The question now becomes: How do you follow that up? Denver Broncos coach John Fox was asked on Friday's... more

The Buffalo Bills haven't appeared in the playoffs since the 1999 season. It's a drought nearly as painful as the team's four straight conference titles were impressive. The Bills don't seem to be anybody's darling pick to make noise in 2014, and... more

The New Orleans Saints enter the 2014 season with an improved defense, top-tier coaching, satiated stars  and one of the best quarterbacks on the planet. This is a time-tested recipe for Super Bowl trips. Saints players have the right to be confident.... more

Rob Gronkowski and timetables. It feels like the two have been sharing company for years now. Perhaps that's because they have. Arm, back and knee surgeries have slowed the New England Patriots' mighty tight end, costing him 14 regular season games and... more

The NFL draft is taking a break from the Big Apple. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league has narrowed down its 2015 NFL Draft options to Los Angeles and Chicago. The event has been held in New York City every year since 1965 and... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have to continue to be patient with free-agent addition Dekoda Watson. The Florida Times-Union reported Thursday that the linebacker could begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing... more

The San Francisco 49ers will open up business this season at the new Levi's Stadium. Will there be a day when the Oakland Raiders also call Santa Clara home? The Raiders have one year remaining on their lease at O.co Coliseum and have been... more

It's hard to make a case that the Dallas Cowboys got better this offseason. Jason Hatcher, the team's 2013 sack leader, departed for the Washington Redskins in free agency. Longtime star DeMarcus Ware was a victim of the team's salary cap woes and ended... more

Fun fact time: Since the NFL's last realignment in 2002, no NFC South team has ever repeated as division champion. 0-for-11 and counting. This history doesn't exactly bode well for the Carolina Panthers, who claimed the division crown in 2013. New... more

Julius Thomas had a breakout year for the Denver Broncos in 2013, but John Elway isn't using Jimmy Graham's recent deal as a road map for Thomas' ongoing contract negotiations. "Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he's only (played) 23... more

Armond Armstead's NFL career is over before it started. The New England Patriots defensive lineman announced his retirement on Wednesday. Armstead, 23, signed with the Patriots last February after spending one season with the CFL's Toronto... more

A fine example of the NFL's status as a major TV power player can be found via the league's new Thursday Night Football deal with CBS . Thursday is the most important night of the week in television advertising, and CBS beat out several competitors... more

Ndamukong Suh vs. "Tank Dog": Who ya got? Suh needs no introduction around these parts ... we hope. Tank Dog is a personal trainer and regular on Discovery Channel's new reality show, American Muscle . He's also a Green Bay Packers fan, leading to an... more

The Dallas Cowboys are moving on from Kyle Orton. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday the Cowboys have informed Orton he will be released , according to a source who has spoken to the player. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported  the team's... more

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges stemming from an early-hours altercation with an ex-girlfriend in May. The Charlotte Observer reported that Hardy arrived at Mecklenburg County Courthouse wearing a... more

Don't expect Greg Hardy and the Carolina Panthers to do business in the next 24 hours. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that a long-term deal between Hardy and the Panthers is unlikely before Tuesday's deadline to reach deals with players under... more

Matt Schaub was a polarizing acquisition by the Oakland Raiders -- at least by people not associated with the Oakland Raiders. To many outsiders, Schaub is in irreversible decline , a veteran quarterback fortunate to be in line for an NFL starting job... more

EJ Manuel's rookie season in the NFL was largely compromised by an inability to stay healthy. The Buffalo Bills quarterback was sidelined three times last season with knee injuries, leading to speculation that Manuel might not be durable enough to... more

Mike Tomlin isn't giving any hints on how he plans to deploy his backfield options this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach told NFL Media's Lindsay Rhodes and Brian Baldinger on Friday that he plans to let the training camp and preseason play of... more

Shawn Hubbard/Baltimore Ravens A view of the newly extended goal posts at M&T Bank Stadium. Only the sharpest eyes will be able to notice the subtle difference to NFL fields this season. The uprights of all goal posts will be five feet... more

LaVon Brazill's latest suspension has cost him his job. The Indianapolis Colts announced Friday that they have waived Brazill, one week after the wide receiver was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of... more

Change happens fast in the NFL. For proof, look no further than the defense of the Baltimore Ravens. Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata are the only two starters left from the Ravens team that won Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 . "When you have the (roster)... more

The NFL's International Series will continue in 2014 with three games scheduled in London. The Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins are up first with a Sept. 28 matchup at Wembley Stadium. Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew played in the most recent... more

We never could've predicted we'd be writing up a post that connected Ralph Wilson and Justin Timberlake. And yet, here we are. Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience World Tour rolled through Buffalo on Wednesday night with a one-night stand at First Niagara... more

Click HERE for an in-depth look at the top trends from all four years of the Top 100 Players series. NFL Network's The Top 100 Players Of 2014 countdown reached its conclusion Wednesday with Peyton Manning sitting in the big chair . We imagine... more

What was the most impressive aspect of Peyton Manning's 2013 season? Was it the 55 touchdowns ? The 5,477 passing yards ? The unprecedented fifth MVP award ? The third trip to the Super Bowl ? Perhaps the most amazing achievement was the timing of it... more

Tanard Jackson appears to have again been undermined by off-the-field demons . A league spokesman announced Wednesday that the Washington Redskins safety has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. The... more

You can safely assume Richard Sherman will come up when the final 10 names in NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 countdown are revealed tonight. That nice bit of listacle real estate doesn't mean the Seattle Seahawks cornerback is on board... more

Tyrann Mathieu knows how it feels to watch a promising football career slipping through your fingers. The Arizona Cardinals safety succeeded in moving past the off-the-field troubles that marked his college days at LSU, crafting a new narrative as... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 4 on the list: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. Why Bell is on the list It's easy to see why the Steelers were so eager to make Le'Veon Bell a key... more

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine made it clear this spring that he doesn't see his backfield as a one-man show. Ben Tate -- signed to a free-agent deal in March -- figures to see the most touches. Third-round pick Terrance West impressed coaches... more

Saturday marks the sixth anniversary of the death of Steve McNair. McNair was shot and killed by his 20-year-old girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, in a murder-suicide on July 4, 2009. McNair -- just two years removed from an NFL field -- was 36 years old. An... more

It's not easy being a Detroit Lions fan. Unless you were around during the Dwight Eisenhower administration, you have no life connection to a Lions team that could call itself a world champion. The Lions are 0-for-48 in Super Bowl tries and have... more

Robert Griffin III is excited for a fresh start with the "ulterior motives" -free Washington Redskins in 2014. DeSean Jackson is the most high-profile new toy in the quarterback's arsenal this season, but it's a returning player -- tight end Jordan... more

What can the Baltimore Ravens expect out of Ray Rice this season? The seventh-year running back is coming off a season in which he battled hip and leg injuries and averaged a career-worst 3.1 yards per carry. Even worse was his offseason, which... more

Josh Gordon's name didn't come up in the trio of suspensions announced Thursday on the eve of a holiday weekend for the NFL. It's possible we won't know the fate of the Cleveland Browns wide receiver for several more weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Miami Dolphins will begin the 2014 season without former first-round pick Dion Jordan. The Dolphins announced Thursday that Jordan has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on... more

Robert Griffin III -- like most players and coaches during the NFL's Happy Season -- is in an optimistic state of mind. The Washington Redskins quarterback is free of the drama that came to define his strained relationship with former coach Mike... more

Jimmy Graham's bid to be formally recognized as something other than a tight end fell short on Wednesday. Contemporaries of the Saints star are taking note. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled Wednesday that Graham is a tight end, ending a process that... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making he Leap in 2014. No. 7 on the list: Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball. Why Ball is on the list There's no piece of real estate more coveted for an NFL running back than the spot... more

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

Chris Johnson doesn't seem to be putting too much stock in offseason talk of a time share in the New York Jets' backfield this season. In a Tuesday phone conversation with Around The League, Johnson spoke confidently about being the Jets' primary... more

You might remember a time when Tony Romo was regularly criticized for spending too much of his free time playing golf. It was stupid. The window for links-related criticism has apparently closed. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback recently revealed he... more

June

If you've ever wondered how Brandon Weeden would react to a mean tweet, wonder no more. In a video posted on the Cowboys' official website , cameras roll as Weeden and other Dallas players read negatives tweets about themselves. The video is a takeoff... more

Ben Tate might not find anybody who scares him in the Browns' running back room, but he'll have company handling the workload on Sundays. Browns coach Mike Pettine told The Plain Dealer that Cleveland will embrace a committee approach as the team... more

Bernard Pollard: Hard-hitting Tennessee Titans safety. Enemy of the state of Massachusetts . Bourgeoning inventor and entrepreneur? Pollard is the inventor of the Smart Tray, a contraption that fits over a bathroom sink and can serve as a platform for... more

In the Nicholas Dawidoff book Collision Low Crossers , which chronicled the New York Jets' turbulent 2011 season, Jets coaches would marvel at the natural athleticism of Antonio Cromartie, who could run and change directions like a gazelle despite his... more

The 2013 season was a bittersweet one for Jay Cutler. The Chicago Bears quarterback made definite strides as a player, improving his fundamentals under the tutelage of head coach and noted QB guru Marc Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.... more

As rookie Sammy Watkins was completing preparations to travel to the 2014 NFL Draft, he received a visitor in the form of Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer. "We just chatted up about life, about who am I, what type of guy I am," Watkins told... more

Ozzie Newsome has a well-earned reputation as one the NFL's best general managers. Still, it's hard to deny the Baltimore Ravens went through their 2013 title defense season low on offensive firepower. The decision to trade Anquan Boldin over salary... more

The 1990s were a great decade to come of age as an NFL fan. On the occassion of '90s Week on NFL Network, I'd like to share what I loved about a fun and endearingly goofy era for the game. There will be no poetic waxing about Barry Sanders, Troy... more

Playbookgate has quickly receded from memory, your classic June NFL storyline that really wasn't really a story at all. Still, it's probably worth hearing out the man whose wedding served as ground zero for the mini-controversy. You'll remember it was... more

Brandon Lloyd will spend the summer trying to catch on with the San Francisco 49ers after a season away from the game. Lloyd's NFL hiatus wasn't necessarily the wide receiver's choice, but the year of unemployment didn't exactly induce a grand... more

The Raiders signed James Jones this offseason to be the team's No. 1 option in the passing game. After Jones, there are jobs to be won on Oakland's wide receiver depth chart. One name to keep an eye on this summer: Andre Holmes. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound... more

The son of the GOAT has found another home. Jerry Rice Jr. has signed with the Washington Redskins. Initial news of the deal comes from Rice Jr. himself, who posted a picture of his contract on Instagram. The Redskins later confirmed the wide... more

The Philadelphia Eagles plan to use multiple players in their approach to replace DeSean Jackson's production in 2014. One of them will be Darren Sproles, the versatile running back acquired from the New Orleans Saints in March. But don't take Sproles'... more

It's best to be selective when processing the oceans of unsolicited advice for Johnny Manziel. Joe Montana falls in the category of people worth hearing out. The San Francisco 49ers legend was one of the most famous athletes alive during his 1980s... more

You're starting an NFL franchise tomorrow. They're named the London Fog and the English are madferrit. Under some loophole in the expansion draft system, you have the opportunity to pluck either Cam Newton or Andrew Luck from their respective teams.... more

Brandon Flowers' decision to join the San Diego Chargers is both business and personal. The veteran cornerback, released by the Kansas City Chiefs last week, explained Wednesday on NFL Network how he reacted to the move and his motivation behind... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 12 on the list: Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. Why Jordan is on the list A hard truth gleaned from the unenviable task of 2013 Redskins tape study:... more

The hype train is rolling fast for Lance Dunbar, who's become a trendy pick as a breakout player for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. Is it deserved? That would probably depend on your expectations for Dunbar, a 5-foot-8, 188-pound change-of-pace back who... more

We've gained a level of clarity in the mysterious case of Knowshon Moreno . NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday the Miami Dolphins running back recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss about a month, according to a team source.... more

The New York Giants didn't make a substantial move to improve their tight end group in the offseason. General manager Jerry Reese seems to be confident their in-house options will surprise people. The Giants likely will hit training camp with a... more

We've reached the quietest portion of the NFL calendar. This seems like the right time to bust out yet another edition of the ATL Mailbag. @NFL_ATL what team is most likely to pull a Spain be very good one season then just bad the next ? #ATLMailbag... more

Count Antonio Cromartie in Rex Ryan's camp on the subject of Playbookgate. In Greg Bedard's The MMQB profile on Mike Pettine, the Browns coach and former Jets defensive coordinator revealed that Tom Brady once hinted to a New York assistant that... more

When the Seattle Seahawks acquired Terrelle Pryor in April, we immediately heard speculation about Pryor changing positions . Russell Wilson is fairly entrenched at quarterback in Seattle, of course, and Pryor certainly has the athleticism to play... more

Johnathan Franklin's NFL career has reached a sudden conclusion. Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday that the running back won't return for a second season with the team due to a neck injury. "I have some unfortunate news about Johnathan... more

Brett Favre continues to run away with the title of the NFL's most fascinating post-retirement entity. The legendary former quarterback is living the good life in Mississippi these days, coaching high school football, tending to his land, and working... more

Adrian Peterson has been the unquestioned face of the Minnesota Vikings for years now, remaining the franchise's heart through unending roster turnover. The former MVP, who turns 30 next March, understands there will be a time when he'll be deemed a... more

A truism of NFL spring and summer practices: fighting happens. It's inevitable. Endless repetition, rising temperatures and the hyper-competitive nature of professional athletes creates a potent cocktail for teammate-on-teammate aggression. Brandt:... more

Who's the most underrated quarterback in the NFL today? If you ask us -- and let's just say you did -- the top two choices have to be Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. Both quarterbacks were revealed on Wednesday's episode of NFL Network's The Top... more

The New York Jets continue to send clear messages that Geno Smith is a heavy favorite to begin the 2014 season as the team's starting quarterback. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg told reporters Wednesday that Smith will get 70 to 75 percent of... more

The Atlanta Falcons are now taking a closer look at Jonathan Vilma. Top 20 Games of 2013 From shootouts to slugfests, Elliot Harrison is counting down the "Top 20 Games of 2013." Did your team made the cut? READ NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Dallas Cowboys' defense was egregiously terrible in 2013, allowing the third-most yards from scrimmage in NFL history. A new season brings optimism for every team, but the Cowboys have reason to be concerned their defense might not be much... more

Jim Harbaugh has developed a reputation as a player's coach in his time with the San Francisco 49ers. It makes his comments about Vernon Davis and Alex Boone particularly eyebrow-raising. Davis and Boone -- both seeking new contracts with two years... more

The Houston Texans took the drama out of their quarterback competition on Tuesday. Now they've taken a quarterback out of the mix entirely. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that T.J. Yates has been released , according to a team source.... more

The Washington Redskins are as happy as any team in football to leave behind the 2013 season, a dumpster-fire campaign that knocked the entire organization on its metaphorical backside. New year, new attitude. That according to Robert Griffin III,... more

Early last week, Giants quarterback Eli Manning told a gathering of reporters at OTAs that, now seven weeks out from ankle surgery, he was healthy enough to play if the season were to begin the next day. Some 1,500 miles away, Tony Romo was... more

Josh Freeman doesn't have a job. He's taking steps in the hopes of changing that. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt tweeted Monday that Freeman has workouts planned with former NFL coach Jon Gruden and quarterback guru Terry Shea over the next... more

Brian Hoyer will enter training camp with a lead over Johnny Manziel in the Cleveland Browns' quarterback competition. A hardly "insurmountable" lead, of course. One unclear aspect of this camp battle is how Browns players feel about the situation.... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 20 on the list: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton. Why Markus is on the list This is a time of transition in the Steelers' wide receiving corps.... more

What a difference a year makes for the Cleveland Browns. Top 10 teams with most Tweets (May 13-June 12) Team Number of Tweets Cleveland Browns 49,645 Dallas Cowboys 45,496 Washington Redskins 31,045 Buffalo Bills 29,014 Seattle Seahawks... more

Mike Adams has found a home. Just days after admitting he had started to feel anxiety about his status on the NFL's unemployment line, Adams has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Adams is a 10-year veteran who started 10 games for the Denver... more

Chuck Noll passed away Friday at the age of 82, leaving in his wake a masterful football legacy. Rod Woodson was there for the end. Take a look back at the Hall of Fame career of long time Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll The Hall of Fame... more

Patience will have to carry the day in Arizona in matters related to Tyrann Mathieu. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Thursday at the conclusion of mandatory minicamp that expecting Mathieu and nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu -- both recovering from torn... more

The St. Louis Rams have signed No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson ... and everyone else in their draft class. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday that the Rams have signed all 11 players selected by the team last month at Radio City Music Hall,... more

Adrian Peterson tore his ACL in December 2011. Von Miller tore his ACL in December 2013. The Denver Broncos linebacker is acutely aware of this back story similarity. Peterson came within nine yards of setting the NFL's all-time single-season... more

The New York Jets aren't ready to give up on Stephen Hill. The third-year wide receiver has struggled to find his way since the Jets made him a second-round pick in 2012. Inconsistency and troublesome knees have kept the former Georgia Tech star from... more

Tyrann Mathieu is no stranger to adversity. The Arizona Cardinals safety is facing some now as he works his way back from a serious knee injury . Mathieu faced a different kind of personal challenge in college. He got kicked off LSU's football team for... more

We officially have a team in place for the new season of Hard Knocks . The Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday they have agreed to take part in the ninth season of the acclaimed HBO documentary series. NFL Films confirmed the partnership and added a... more

A lot has happened since Tony Romo took over as starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in 2006. There's been steady production, big pay days, physical setbacks, and yes, more than a fair share of disappointment for both player and organization.... more

The Atlanta Falcons are moving on following the stunning season-ending injury suffered by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on NFL Total Access that the Falcons are taking a hard look at former... more

In hindsight, it's kind of crazy it took so long for the people of Dockers to get into business with Jim Harbaugh, perhaps the most recognizable khakis fan in the game right now. The above ad from the dress-pants giant features the San Francisco... more

The Carolina Panthers will enter the 2014 season without a single wide receiver who had a catch for the team in 2013. Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon all moved on, leaving the defending NFC South champions with a major... more

Chip Kelly left no doubt who was running the show in Philadelphia when DeSean Jackson was sent packing in March. Kelly's confidence was on full display with the move. The coach successfully installed a high-octane offense. Now came the bold declaration... more

Colin Kaepernick's unusual deal with the San Francisco 49ers continues to have reverberations across the NFL landscape. That includes the Cam Newton camp. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on NFL Total Access that Kaepernick's contract --... more

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is done for the year. The Falcons announced Tuesday that Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury at practice. "During Sean's run today with our medical... more

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith was arrested early Monday morning after crashing into a light post in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. According to a report released by the Kansas City Police Department, the arresting officer stated that Smith... more

The Denver Broncos have locked up their first-round pick. The team announced Tuesday that it signed cornerback signed Bradley Roby, the No. 31 overall pick in last month's draft. The #Broncos signed first-round pick @BradRoby_1 . The full 2014... more

Jim Irsay isn't ready to apologize. He's not even sure he should. The Indianapolis Colts owner's primary focus right now is on fighting the cycle of addiction that has haunted his family for generations. In his first extended interview since his March... more

Here's something pretty cool . David wanted to add some flair for his marriage proposal to Amy, a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan. His big idea was to drop to one knee in front of the team's practice facility while an acquaintance captured the moment... more

Joe Namath can relate to Johnny Manziel. Namath was never a stranger to the spotlight during a Hall of Fame career spent mostly with the New York Jets. Tales of the quarterback's nightlife were nearly as legendary as his play -- and his play was... more

It appears we've learned the identity of Jermichael Finley's "mystery team." NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Finley visited with the New England Patriots on Friday, according to a source informed of the situation. ESPN's Adam Caplan... more

The Denver Broncos have yet to finish a deal with first-round pick Bradley Roby. They have taken care of their second selection, however. The Broncos announced Monday that they have signed wide receiver Cody Latimer, their second-round pick (56th... more

The New York Jets are nearly finished with business related to their monster 2014 draft class. The Jets announced Monday that they have signed safety Calvin Pryor, the 18th overall pick. We have signed 1st round draft pick S Calvin Pryor (@CP3_850 )... more

Injuries are a way of life in the NFL. Nobody knows this more than the Dallas Cowboys, who will spend their summer trying to figure out how to replace Sean Lee. Outside of cryogenically freezing Lee until September, there's not much that could've... more

The last time we saw Julio Jones, the dynamic Atlanta Falcons wide receiver was limping off the field at the Georgia Dome with a broken foot . Jones underwent surgery on Oct. 15. The recovery process continues for Jones, who has not taken part in OTAs.... more

May

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- You want one word to describe how the rookies in Los Angeles for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event are feeling right now? First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans. Find out... more

Dez Bryant is under the (rightful) belief he deserves a pay raise that would make him among the game's highest-paid wide receivers. The Dallas Cowboys appear at least open to making that a reality this summer. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones... more

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross sees the NFL making its return to Los Angeles sooner rather than later. Ross predicted on Saturday that L.A. will "certainly" have an NFL franchise in the next five years, according to NFL Media's Jeff Darlington.... more

The NFLPA Rookie Premiere event kept rolling Saturday morning, as a collection of top rookies played dress up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. For fans, this is the first look at rookies wearing the home duds of the team that selected them in the 2014... more

The Detroit Lions aren't sold on Nick Fairley. The organization made that clear when it decided not to pick up the defensive tackle's fifth-year option this offseason. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was up front with Fairley -- telling the... more

Expect to see a more svelte Aaron Rodgers when the Green Bay Packers open the 2014 season. The star quarterback told ESPN's Bob Holtzman at Packers OTAs on Thursday that he dropped 11 pounds in the offseason. Rodgers is attempting to gain more... more

Josh Gordon is dealing with another off-the-field issue. The Browns wide receiver, already facing a possible lengthy suspension for a second violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, was ticketed in Cleveland last weekend for speeding.... more

HOLLYWOOD -- Tajh Boyd has had a front-row seat for what appears to be a burgeoning quarterback controversy for the New York Jets this summer. Jets coach Rex Ryan has preached the organization's competition mantra , while Michael Vick continues to... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Brett Kern: Fellow punters will one day erect a statue for Kern, who defeated Titans teammate... more

The San Diego Chargers have taken care of business related to their 2014 draft class. The Chargers announced Thursday that cornerback Jason Verrett, the 25th overall pick, has signed a four-year contract with the team. Jason Verrett just signed his... more

The St. Louis Rams invested a third-round pick on running back Tre Mason. Could the former Auburn star become an immediate fixture on offense? Mason said Thursday that Rams coaches told him he will compete for the starting job in the team's... more

Jairus Byrd has gone under the knife. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters that Byrd missed practice Thursday to undergo surgery to relieve a disc issue in his back, according to The Times-Picayune . Payton said Byrd, a prize... more

While the Dallas Cowboys try to process the devastating news regarding Sean Lee, the club must also find a way to move forward without its defensive linchpin. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on "NFL Total Access" that the Cowboys... more

Humbling times for Clipboard Jesus. Charlie Whitehurst spent the first five seasons of his NFL career as a JC-haired backup wearing No. 6. When the quarterback signed with the Tennessee Titans in March, his customary No. 6 was off the market --... more

Malcolm Glazer, who purchased the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995 and hoisted the team's first Super Bowl trophy eight years later, died Wednesday morning at the age of 85. Glazer served as a guiding force in the Buccaneers' rise as a respected NFL... more

Michael Vick made waves last week when he explained he wasn't in an open competition with Geno Smith for the New York Jets' starting quarterback job. It didn't take long into his Wednesday media availability for Jets coach Rex Ryan to get asked... more

The New York Jets will be without one of their starting offensive linemen for the foreseeable future. Jets coach Rex Ryan announced Wednesday that guard Willie Colon will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee after suffering an injury during a... more

Domenik Hixon's debut season with the Chicago Bears is over before it began. The veteran wide receiver announced Tuesday on Facebook that he has torn his ACL for the third time. Hixon, who previously tore his right ACL in 2010 and 2011, appeared to... more

Pete Carroll is thinking about tapping a big-ticket item as Golden Tate's replacement as Seattle's punt returner in 2014. At the opening of Seahawks OTAs on Tuesday, Carroll told reporters that All-Pro safety Earl Thomas would handle punt-return... more

More trouble has found the Baltimore Ravens backfield. Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is facing two misdemeanor charges after a weekend arrest outside a restaurant in his hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia. According to an incident report... more

The NFL decided Mike Pouncey needed to be evaluated by a team of mental health professionals before playing football in 2014. That evaluation has yet to happen, and the Miami Dolphins center doesn't sound particularly interested in what comes next.... more

The moment of clarity is fast approaching for NFL fans holding out hope their team will be featured on the next season of Hard Knocks . Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32 teams. Find out your... more

A common pre-draft sentiment regarding Johnny Manziel had the Texas A&M quarterback playing a Fran Tarkenton-type in the NFL. Brooks: Quarterback reboots Three teams selected a QB in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. What do they all have in... more

The Seattle Seahawks have parted ways with one of their 2014 draft picks. The team announced Friday that it had waived offensive tackle Garrett Scott with the non-football illness designation. Scott, the 199th overall pick in the sixth round, was... more

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been charged with two misdemeanors in connection with a March traffic stop that led to his arrest on suspicion of intoxicated driving. In paperwork obtained Friday by NFL Media, the Hamilton County Prosecuting... more

Andy Dalton has found success in his first three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Relative success, anyway. The Bengals have qualified for the postseason all three seasons Dalton has been starter, but the team has followed each berth with a... more

The San Francisco 49ers have locked up their first-round pick. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans. Find out which first-rounders have contracts secured. More... The Niners... more

Broncos safety T.J. Ward has been charged with simple assault and disturbing the peace after an incident at a Denver nightclub earlier this month, according to authorities. Both charges are misdemeanors. Ward appeared in court Friday. A warrant had... more

Richard Sherman is never one to back down in a war of words. Enter Patrick Peterson. The Arizona Cardinals star didn't hold back Thursday when asked about Sherman's claims that he's the NFL's best cornerback. "I don't want to get in a debate as... more

Michael Vick is no stranger to quarterback competitions. Just last year he won a training camp battle with Nick Foles in Philadelphia. Foles won the war, of course, which led to Vick changing his work address in the offseason. But Vick was quick... more

Chris Johnson will take his time before making an on-field debut with the New York Jets. The veteran running back -- who signed with the Jets in April -- told reporters Thursday that his surgically repaired knee feels good, but he'll probably sit out... more

Don't worry about Tony Romo. That's the message from the Dallas Cowboys quarterback himself, who has absolutely no concerns about making it through a 16-game season after his second back surgery in as many years. "There's no question in my mind,... more

The Houston Texans might have to get used to life without Andre Johnson. The Pro Bowl wide receiver is on the record saying that he doesn't plan to take part in voluntary organized team activities when they begin next week. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The 2013 Seattle Seahawks used their underdog status as a rallying cry in their run to a Super Bowl title. During the team's celebratory visit to the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama explained why he related to "the best football team in... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars appear to be very serious about keeping Blake Bortles off the field until 2015. In a Tuesday appearance on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley once again reiterated the team's desire to sit Bortles, the... more

What do Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman have in common with Ryan Gosling and Macaulay Culkin? Nothing. Literally nothing. That said, they do share some connective tissue. The back story: Last year, Gosling was photographed wearing a T-shirt that... more

The future of the Buffalo Bills remains very much in the air, but there are encouraging signs moving trucks won't be rolling into Orchard Park anytime soon. On Tuesday at the Spring League Meeting in Atlanta, a source with strong knowledge of the Bills... more

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson was taken away from the Spring League Meeting in an ambulance on Tuesday after a fall. Greg Bensel, the Saints' senior VP of communications, told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the 86-year-old Benson is "OK."... more

When Drew Brees sees Johnny Manziel, he can't help but think of Reggie Bush. Like Manziel, Bush was the subject of tremendous hype upon entering the NFL after a wildly successful college career. Bush landed with the New Orleans Saints as the No. 2... more

If you're all caught up on "Game Of Thrones," you're now familiar with the man they call "The Mountain." Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane is played by Hafthor Bjornsson, who, when not slaying peasants for fun on premium cable, makes a living as a... more

Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones, who was suspended for negative tweets about Michael Sam during the 2014 NFL Draft, has been reinstated by the team. Fox Sports 1's Alex Marvez reported Monday that Jones was reinstated after successfully completing... more

Rod Marinelli is going the "tough love" route with Bruce Carter. The weakside linebacker struggled in his adjustment from Rob Ryan's 3-4 to Monte Kiffin's Tampa-2 scheme last season, even getting benched in October for poor play. Carter acknowledged his... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly(ish) look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Michael Sam: When's the last time a seventh-round draft pick got his own introductory news... more

The Oakland Raiders wasted no time getting business done with their top pick. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans. Find out which first-rounders have contracts secured. More... NFL... more

The New York Jets continue to send signals that Geno Smith is a heavy favorite to be the team's Week 1 starter. In an interview with WFAN-AM on Thursday, Jets coach Rex Ryan said Smith "knows the offense forward and backwards" and is "going to be hard... more

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder related to the deaths of two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012. Hernandez is accused of murdering Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado on... more

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant says he's never been more physically fit than he is right now. "I am in the best shape that I've ever been," Bryant said Tuesday, according to ESPN.com . Bryant knows what's at stake as he enters the final... more

Josh Johnson wasn't out of work for long. The veteran quarterback signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, two days after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson and Niners coach Jim Harbaugh have legitimate... more

Don't rule out the possible return of Miles Austin to the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said this week that the team is "absolutely" open to re-signing the wide receiver, who was released by the team in March. "We love Miles Austin, we... more

The Chicago Bears are the first team to get their first-round draft pick under contract. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans. Find out which first-rounders have contracts secured. More...... more

Tony Romo is on the right path. Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told season-ticket holders during a Tuesday conference call that Romo will be ready for training camp and is fully expected to be ready for Week 1. Romo underwent surgery to... more

The Michael Sam story is bigger than football. That might be the single-biggest challenge Sam faces as he attempts to make the St. Louis Rams. Sam, the first openly gay player in NFL history, started the business of life after the draft  Tuesday,... more

Aaron Maybin has reached the end of a curious football road. The Toronto Argonauts announced Tuesday that Mabyin has retired. The 26-year-old linebacker had been playing in the CFL following NFL stops with the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and... more

Andre Johnson is not a happy man. The Houston Texans' wide receiver sat out of the first team workouts with new coach Bill O'Brien, and now we know why: Johnson is upset with the direction of the franchise following a 2-14 debacle in 2013. Offseason... more

Here are a few things you can safely call Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain: 1) A high-end tweeter (especially in times of Texans turmoil) 2) A "Spring Breakers" cast member 3) A man of his word We learned that last one on Monday. The... more

The St. Louis Rams will begin the season without wide receiver Stedman Bailey. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Bailey has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to a... more

Michael Sam became one of the most notable seventh-round picks in NFL history when the openly gay former Missouri star was taken off the board by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday evening. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver, conveniently embedded in... more

The St. Louis Rams landed their left tackle of the future when they selected Greg Robinson with the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. When that future actually begins remains to be seen. The effective and well-compensated Jake Long isn't... more

Vince Young's latest NFL comeback bid ended before it really began. The Cleveland Browns announced Monday that Young was one of five players released by the team. Undrafted Free-Agent Tracker Find out where undrafted, free-agent rookies like Jordan... more

The Dallas Cowboys passed on Johnny Manziel with the 16th overall pick. Then they kept passing on signal-callers through all seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said taking Manziel "wasn't even a thought" despite Manziel's spot... more

When the Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU running back Jeremy Hill in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, it seemed like very bad news at The Law Firm. That's BenJarvus Green-Ellis, of course, the se