Gregg Rosenthal

Gregg Rosenthal


Gregg Rosenthal writes for and manages Around the League, providing non-stop analysis and opinions on all things football. He spent nine years covering the NFL for NBC Sports, and He is not 15 years old, despite his appearance.


The Dallas Cowboys don't know whether or not Kyle Orton is going to play football again , but they aren't taking any chances. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

The NFL schedule comes out Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. It will arrive with two significant changes in the league's flexible scheduling procedures. Around The League has learned that games can now be flexed into "Sunday Night Football" as early as... more

Mike Smith's public statements are usually as colorful as his name. That's why it was hard not to notice when the Atlanta Falcons coach brought up his team's playoff chances Tuesday to NFL Media's Rich Hollenberg. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason... more

Marc Sessler took a look last week at five offensive players ready for a bigger role in 2014. It's time to focus on the defense. Many of the players below are filling jobs vacated by starters who left via free agency . A number of second-year players... more

NFL teams continued to pick up the fifth-year contract options for 2011 first-round draft picks, with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan the... more

Fifth-year option tracker April 21, 2014

The new rookie wage scale adopted in 2011 requires that all rookies sign four-year contracts. For players taken in the first round, the team has the option to extend the contract for an extra season. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program... more

J.J. Watt should eventually get a huge contract extension from the Texans. In the meantime, Houston made sure that Watt remains on the team through at least the 2015 season. Breer: New cap, new approach NFL teams are dealing with a new salary-cap... more

Mock drafts dominate the NFL conversation in April. (We have an entire page and weekly show just for mocks .) Once the actual draft starts in New York, the most exciting moments are usually provided by trades. The new rookie pay scale has only... more

Roster Reset: NFC North April 15, 2014

The Green Bay Packers have high-class problems. The rest of the NFC North just has problems. After five straight playoff appearances and three straight division titles, Green Bay still stands apart in talent from their rivals. The Packers will never... more

Reggie Bush set a career high in yards from scrimmage in his first season with the Detroit Lions, but he wore down late in the campaign. New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi doesn't want that to happen again. Joique Bell, who had 57 fewer carries than... more

Eric Berry is 25 years old and he's made three Pro Bowls. He's the type of player that teams usually build around, but the Kansas City Star suggests the Chiefs should think about trading him . Yes, this is the type of column that comes up during the... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was booked on a false report of a bomb threat at the Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday. A Los Angeles World Airport police spokesperson released the following statement to NFL Media: Battista:... more

We wrote an article this week looking at the teams that have signed the most new players this offseason from other rosters. Players remaining from 2011 Team Number Indianapolis Colts 7 Jacksonville Jaguars 9 St. Louis Rams 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9... more

Alex Mack's future will be decided over the next week. No matter what happens, he's going to be the highest-paid center in football. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

The Miami Police Department confirmed Thursday that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette were named as persons involved in an incident report filed April 4, 2014.... more

After a season out of the NFL, Brandon Lloyd could be returning to the team where he started his NFL career back in 2003. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

Alex Mack's visit to the Jacksonville Jaguars has resulted in a new contract. Time will tell if it results in Mack leaving Cleveland. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Mack agreed to the terms on the Jaguars' five-year offer... more

The NFL announced its preseason schedule Wednesday. While we still don't know where the big name rookie quarterbacks will be playing, a number of games on the schedule stand out. Here are five games that caught our fancy: 1. Buffalo Bills vs. New... more

Losing inspires change. The Buccaneers have signed the most players from other rosters this offseason, with the Giants, Redskins and Raiders not far behind. Of the top six teams signing new players, only the Chicago Bears had a winning record. We asked... more

We continue our roster reset series by picking the most improved position group in the NFC West. It's mostly been a quiet offseason in the NFC West. Teams are planning for the future, rather than making huge wholesale changes like in the AFC West... more

Roster Reset: NFC West April 07, 2014

San Francisco and Seattle spent the last few years establishing themselves as the preeminent heavyweights of the NFC. They face a tougher challenge now: staying atop the mountain. The 49ers and Seahawks were notably quiet during free agency as they... more

Champ Bailey's Hall of Fame career will continue in New Orleans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints  that could be worth as much as $7 million, according to a... more

Chris Johnson entered the NFL a star. He burned up the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, shot up draft boards and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2008. Chris Johnson Tracker Chris Johnson is on the market, so keep an eye on all the latest... more

Mike Williams quit the Syracuse football team under Doug Marrone midway through the 2009 season. Five years later, Marrone is giving him another chance. Evans to Bucs at No. 7? The Bucs need to fill a void at wideout after trading away Mike Williams,... more

The Washington Redskins spending big money in free agency is a rite of Spring that rivals Opening Day or any basketball tournament. This year, Spring arrived a little later than usual. Take a look at the best shots of DeSean Jackson. Redskins fans will... more

NFL free agency is a gold mine for some players, and a deep disappointment to others. For players nearing the end of their career, it can be a humbling process. A year ago at this time, Champ Bailey was coming off a Pro Bowl season and set to make $10... more

New York Jets fans were hoping that general manager John Idzik could deliver another big splash at wide receiver after signing Eric Decker. This isn't what they had in mind. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with... more

Guard Mike Brisiel signed a five-year, $20 million contract with Oakland in 2012. He's not going to see the final three years of that deal. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

The Washington Redskins are the favorite to win the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes because they are the only team to meet with him . DeSean Jackson Tracker Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and rumors behind DeSean Jackson's potential destinations... more


Matt Schaub knows that he's essentially in a one-year tryout for the Oakland Raiders. So he understandably wants all the help he can get. "I'd love to see (DeSean Jackson) out there," Schaub said Monday on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "He's a phenomenal... more

Russell Wilson is a Super Bowl champion. Russell Wilson is early in his development as a pro quarterback. These two statements undeniably are true, and yet create a natural tension. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wants to be careful not to... more

We first heard the Eagles were ready to move on from DeSean Jackson on March 18 . At the time, many wondered why the Philadelphia Eagles would be willing to give up on him for only a mid-round pick. It turned out that the Eagles couldn't get anything... more

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie might have found another veteran that isn't afraid to head to Oakland. Maurice Jones-Drew could be coming home to the Bay Area. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

Johnny Manziel won't be on an NFL roster for more than a month, but he's already made some history. No other prospect has ever seen his pro day temporarily stopped for the arrival of a former U.S. President. Manziel performed well on Thursday by... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Playoff expansion to 14 teams is on its way. The only question left is when. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would not say the words above so bluntly, but that was the only takeaway possible after hearing his thoughts on the matter... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- On the third day of the NFL Annual Meeting, the league's ownership got down to voting. One day after approving a rule to allow referees to consult with the officiating department in New York during replay review, the league came to a... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham has an interesting ally in his battle to be paid like a wide receiver: Saints coach Sean Payton. Speaking Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting, Payton sympathized with Graham's battle to be treated... more

Jared Allen's wandering free agency journey is over. Retirement can wait, and he doesn't even need to leave the NFC North. Allen has agreed to a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears, the team announced Wednesday. He previously had two meetings with... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL introduced 13 rule proposals and six bylaw proposals before this week's NFL Annual Meeting. But the league made big news Tuesday without even taking a vote. The league will penalize dunking over the crossbar, NFL vice president... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of the NFL's pillars, Ralph Wilson Jr., has died at the age of 95. Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon announced the news Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting, an event that Wilson began attending more than forty years ago. Wilson was... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- NFL owners voted Tuesday to significantly change the instant replay process. The league announced owners voted to pass Rule Proposal 9 at the NFL Annual Meeting, which says that referees can consult with the officiating department in... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jimmy Smith will always be known as the defender on the play which won the Baltimore Ravens their second Super Bowl title. He should have a chance to build on that legacy. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that the Ravens plan to... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The New York Jets' starting quarterback job is wide open. Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Tuesday that Michael Vick was not signed just to be a backup. Both Geno Smith and Vick will have a chance to start for the Jets in Week 1. "Will there... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Richie Incognito's public desire to return to the NFL has overshadowed another looming question in the aftermath of the Miami Dolphins' locker room scandal. Will center Mike Pouncey and guard John Jerry (now with the New York Giants) be... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Eagles could wind up swapping one polarizing quarterback for another. Just like the New York Jets. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- John Harbaugh's disappointing follow-up to winning a Super Bowl had a surprising postscript. The Baltimore Ravens gave him an extension. Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said Monday that Harbaugh was given a one-year extension ,... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- During a Monday curiously devoid of big news at the NFL Annual Meeting, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew dropped an interesting nugget. The Lions aren't going to pick up the fifth-year option of defensive tackle Nick... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Amid a sea of sharply dressed NFL owners and coaches, San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh stood in the hallway of the Ritz Carlton with his trademark khakis and pullover, looking confused. "Should I have not stopped here?" Harbaugh... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cam Newton's ankle surgery came as one of the biggest surprises in a downbeat offseason for the Carolina Panthers. But his ankle issues were not a shock to the team. Speaking to reporters Monday at the NFL Annual Meeting in... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- No one here at the NFL Annual Meeting expects DeSean Jackson to be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for much longer. But no one can find a team willing to trade for him. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Oakland Raiders' stadium situation has threatened to come to a head for years. Owner Mark Davis believes the issue is entering a crucial juncture, and he can't help but think about his options to the south. "We're not done in... more

Rex Ryan needs to win to keep his job. The New York Jets potentially have a playoff-ready defense. That's why signing Michael Vick makes all the sense in the world. We've heard the argument that Vick's arrival could stunt Geno Smith's growth. Some Jets... more

The acquisition of Matt Schaub on Friday cemented the Oakland Raiders' status as the most fascinating team of the 2014 offseason. The fascination is akin to rubbernecking on the highway; we can't look away. From their quiet start to free agency to the... more

The Oakland Raiders have found their presumptive starting quarterback. And the Houston Texans have been rewarded for their patience in handling Matt Schaub's situation. Silver: Incognito eyes NFL return Richie Incognito is looking for a place to play... more

Life around the Indianapolis Colts is different these days. Owner Jim Irsay is receiving treatment at a health care facility after his arrest on preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. General manager... more

Drew Brees knows how Jimmy Graham is feeling, perhaps more than any player in the NFL. Two seasons ago, Brees and the New Orleans Saints had a protracted contract standoff after the Saints placed the franchise tag on him. Brees didn't sign the tag, and... more

Richie Incognito wants to play in the NFL again, and he knows two teams he wants to play for: the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. But his return to the league is far from simple. Silver: Incognito eyes NFL return Richie Incognito is looking for a... more

It's rare for a player to visit a team twice in free agency. It's even more rare that the second visit doesn't result in a deal. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

The Arizona Cardinals are going back to the Cromartie family to help fix their cornerback depth chart. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ...... more

Change is the only constant in the NFL. Since the league's inception, owners have annually looked at ways to adjust the sport's rules and bylaws for the better. This year will be no exception. The NFL Competition Committee spoke with the media... more

The NFL Competition Committee held a conference call Wednesday in advance of next week's Annual League Meeting in Orlando. Our favorite proposal came from a team, not the committee. Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots proposed that the NFL... more

Just when free agency was starting to wind down, the Offseason Football Gods bestowed upon us a glorious gift. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ...... more

The most intriguing talent left in free agency after a week has found a new home. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Henry Melton decided to join the Cowboys, informing the other teams interested he won't be signing with them. Melton... more

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, arrested Sunday on suspicion of intoxicated driving, has entered a health care facility. "Yesterday, Jim Irsay took the first step toward regaining good health," the team said in a statement Tuesday. "He voluntarily... more

NFL roster construction is a zero-sum game. For every big free-agent addition, another guy is out of a job. While fans watch the free-agent frenzy hoping for big moves, players worry about how it could cost them playing time. Or wins. Here's a look at... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan wanted to bring Darrelle Revis back to New York, and then watched Revis leave for New England. Ryan then wanted to sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and then he signed with the cross-town Giants. Free-Agent Tracker Follow... more

The Denver Broncos brought back wide receiver Andre Caldwell and brought in Emmanuel Sanders to bolster their wide receiver group following Eric Decker's departure . Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

The Philadelphia Eagles started their free-agent period by addressing their safety problem, signing former New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

The New England Patriots brought back a wide receiver Saturday in Julian Edelman, but they weren't done shopping at the position. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

The wide receiver market is dwindling by the hour, with Emmanuel Sanders the next intriguing name to come to terms. He's especially intriguing because of where he's going. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with... more

Things have slowed down by the fifth day of free agency, but it wasn't too late for some early morning fireworks from a surprising source. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

Last year, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman cobbled together a secondary out of low-cost spare parts largely picked up in free agency. It resulted in an NFC South title. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open... more

We learned on Thursday that the Bills have decided to move promising second-year linebacker Kiko Alonso to the weak side. On Friday, we found out who will start next to him. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with... more

Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith were the two most intriguing names left on a rapidly diminishing free-agent market . They both found a home Friday, but Nicks didn't wind up replacing Smith in Carolina as many expected. Indianapolis' one-year deal with... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have watched a lot of talent walk out the door during free agency thus far. On Friday, they brought in a defender from a division rival. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its... more

Charles Tillman has played all 11 seasons of his NFL career in Chicago. We learned on Friday he will make it 12 seasons with the Bears. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

B.J. Raji reportedly turned down a long-term contract offer from the Packers last offseason that would have paid him $8 million per season. Now he's returning to Green Bay on a far lesser deal. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the... more

On Day 3, free agency slowed down. After a Wednesday rocked by Darrelle Revis, DeMarcus Ware, Eric Decker and the Oakland Raiders' latest fiasco, Day 3's charms were more subtle. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market... more

Chris Johnson said back in December that he would never accept a pay cut from the Tennessee Titans. But he might be willing to take a pay cut to leave the Titans. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

Oakland's decision to let left tackle Jared Veldheer walk away was one of the more curious decisions of free agency. The huge contract the team awarded to tackle Rodger Saffold was even wackier. Now the news has descended into Raiders-level strangeness:... more

DeMarcus Ware rightly got all the attention on the Dallas Cowboys' defense over the last few seasons, but defensive tackle Jason Hatcher consistently was an underrated gem. Now the Cowboys will have to replace both of them. Free-Agent Tracker Follow... more

Ted Ginn parlayed the best season of his career into a three-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it's a $9.75 million deal , that's max value can reach $14.73 million with $5.1 million in guarantees, per a... more

Vince Wilfork's 10-year run in New England as the face of the Patriots' defense could be coming to an end soon. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

The new regime in Tampa Bay continues to unload overpaid players loved by the previous regime. The Buccaneers announced the release of offensive tackle Donald Penn on Thursday. Penn signed a monster six-year contract back in 2010 and was set to make... more

James Harrison's time in Cincinnati apparently is up after only one season. Harrison said goodbye to Bengals fans on Twitter on Thursday, and the team announced his release shortly afterward.  Many thanks to all the @Bengals fans for your support... more

Garrett Graham is a rarity among free agents. He hit the open market, and then he returned to his original team. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

The Denver Broncos owned the first 24 hours of free agency with a flurry of huge moves. The New England Patriots have struck back with a big move of their own. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

Despite a blizzard in Buffalo, the Bills are still getting some business done Wednesday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The team agreed... more

Steve Smith and his agent know that his time is up in Carolina. We're starting to learn more about why the Panthers could be letting him go. From The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person: "Sources say (general manager Dave) Gettleman views Smith as a... more

Darrelle Revis' strange, short tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is over. The team released the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Wednesday, a Buccaneers source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The Bucs later announced the move. Free-Agent Tracker... more

John Elway knows how painful it is to lose a Super Bowl as a player and as an executive. He knows that Peyton Manning can't play forever, so Elway is pushing all of his chips on the table. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's... more

Steve Smith's career with the Carolina Panthers is over. The only question left is when the team is going to let him go. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

Darren Sproles will not be a member of the New Orleans Saints for much longer. Pierre Thomas, on the other hand, might be a lifer. Thomas' agent, Lamont Smith, announced on Twitter that the running back has signed a two-year contract extension . After... more

I've tried to start writing about what we learned on Day 1 of free agency three different times. And I kept getting interrupted by more breaking news. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

Jonathan Martin's NFL future will continue under a familiar coach, in a familiar setting. The Miami Dolphins announced they traded Martin to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick. Martin played under coach Jim Harbaugh at... more

The New Orleans Saints have spent much of the last week clearing salary cap room. On Tuesday, they decided to spend it in a big way. The team announced it agreed to terms on a six-year contract with safety Jairus Byrd. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

DeMarcus Ware wasn't the only player that the Dallas Cowboys said goodbye to Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys will release wide receiver Miles Austin and designate him as a post-June 1 cut. He will not be released... more

Ahmad Bradshaw is not going to retire despite recurring neck issues. He's going to remain a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

The Giants knew they had to sign running backs in free agency, and then draft a few more. They got the free agency part of the equation out of the way quickly. Rashad Jennings tweeted Tuesday that is the newest member of Big Blue. Flying to the Big... more

We knew the Jaguars were going to get rid of Blaine Gabbert. The surprise Tuesday was that Jacksonville got anything back in return for him. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join... more

The Atlanta Falcons made the loudest statement on the first day of free agency. They essentially rebuilt both of their lines in the matter of an hour. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

Solid starting left tackles don't often hit free agency. When they do get there, they don't stay available for long. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... more

The Miami Dolphins started pursuing left tackle Branden Albert last year on the trade market. As free agency approached, the reports floated out this weekend that Albert quickly would sign with Miami. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on... more

The free-agent market has a fascinating new name. Take a look at the best shots of DeMarcus Ware. The Dallas Cowboys have released pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer reported. The team later made the... more

The Atlanta Falcons desperately need defensive line depth. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux has been one of the most underrated players in the league the last five years. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with... more

The Bill O'Brien era in Houston hasn't included a lot of action yet. That changed Tuesday with a big-name veteran cut. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

Darrelle Revis, Steve Smith and Julius Peppers will all be debated one day by voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For now, they are going through the humbling, unforgiving process of aging in the NFL. Initially, it looked like we might have a... more

Julius Peppers' time with the Chicago Bears is coming to an end soon. In the meantime, the team will try to trade him. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Monday that the Bears are looking to move Peppers, according to a source informed of the... more

There had been plenty of speculation in Chicago that Michael Bennett would wind up a member of the Bears when free agency starts. Like so much free agency speculation , it amounted to a lot of hot air. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that... more

Santonio Holmes' career in New York lasted at least one year too long. The Jets have finally, mercifully, said goodbye. The team announced Monday that Holmes was released after four years with the team. The move ends a tumultuous tenure for Holmes... more

The Detroit Lions will stay in the Ford family following the death of William Clay Ford Sr., the team announced Monday. Battista: Considering Ford's legacy William Clay Ford Sr. brought great stability to the Lions for 50 years. Judy Battista... more

The waiting and the misdirection is almost over. The final weekend before free agency included a few big deals, a few notable cuts and a lot of useless rumors that will be forgotten by Tuesday. We didn't learn about everything that happened after the... more

Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett set Twitter on fire Friday by suggesting that tackle Branden Albert was going to join his team. Whether Dockett was misinformed, well-informed or just having fun, it was a reminder that we... more

It's been a tough offseason for New Orleans Saints fans. They've had to say goodbye to Super Bowl heroes like Lance Moore, Will Smith, Roman Harper, Jabari Greer and Jonathan Vilma. They learned Friday that Darren Sproles is out too. It's been a tough... more

The free-agent running back market will have an intriguing new name. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the New Orleans Saints are releasing Darren Sproles, according to a source. The news comes soon after we learned that Sproles was... more

We've sliced and diced the impending free agency season every way possible. We've ranked the top 101 available and broken them down by position . We predicted the biggest spending teams , picked the best fits , potential busts  and looked at and free... more

Former No. 1 overall draft pick David Carr wants to make a comeback after sitting out the 2013 season. His inspiration: his younger brother Derek . 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning... more

The Seattle Seahawks planned to re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett after the Super Bowl, but sometimes the best laid plans go awry when free agency nears. Bennett will test the market instead of re-signing with the Seahawks beforehand, NFL... more

Speaking about Osi Umenyiora's future at the NFL Scouting Combine, Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith indicated that the veteran defensive end would remain on the team. "I am never gonna say never. ... But I'm looking forward to continuing to work... more

Champ Bailey's Hall of Fame career will not continue in Denver. The 12-time Pro Bowl pick is being released by the Denver Broncos , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a team source. The news was first reported by CBS Sports' Jason La... more

Devin Hester will go down as one of the greatest returners in NFL history, and he'll always be remembered as a Bear. However, he knows that his NFL career won't continue in Chicago. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest... more

After a tumultuous end to his career in Dallas, Jeremiah Ratliff found a home in Chicago last year, starting four games for the Bears. He's going to stick around. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Ratliff signed a two-year, $4... more

There are a lot of slightly above average starters in free agency this offseason. Many of them will get paid like superstars, which is how NFL teams get into salary-cap trouble. We'd rather take the approach that Seattle, Denver and New England did... more

Brandon Browner's indefinite suspension from the NFL is over, but the lanky cornerback will still miss the first four games of the 2014 season. He's free to sign with any NFL team when free agency starts next week. The NFL and NFL Players... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew expressed confidence recently that the team would work out a new contract extension with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. It's just unclear who Mayhew will negotiate the deal with. 'ATL Podcast' The Around... more

The deepest positions in free agency this offseason: Defensive end, cornerback and the offensive line. Tight end is the shallowest (with quarterback and linebacker not far behind). Jimmy Graham, the top overall potential free agent on the market, was... more

Franchise Tag Tracker March 03, 2014

TOP 101 FREE AGENTS FA BY TEAM FA BY POSITION RESTRICTED FA FRANCHISE TAG TRACKER NFL teams have had two weeks to use the franchise tag . Now, their time is up. The deadline to apply the franchise tag was 4 p.m. ET on Monday. Here's a... more

The Jim Harbaugh story in San Francisco is not going away. A Sunday column in the San Francisco Chronicle suggested that Harbaugh's "act has worn thin " with some key players. The bigger long-term concern is a potential rift with the front office.... more

With the offseason here, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the AFC East champion New England Patriots. What's changing The Patriots change their game plan week to week more than any team in... more

Pass rushing outside linebackers are difficult to find. NFL teams traditionally have to convert collegiate defensive ends to linebacker, and they are careful not to let them go when they find one they like. There are a boatload of pass rushing... more


There are at least six organizations looking for franchise quarterbacks this offseason. They won't find any available in free agency. The quarterbacks below are available for a reason. Michael Vick could upgrade a lot of teams, but he's no one's... more

Nick Folk was one of the heroes of the 2013 New York Jets. That says something about the Jets, but it also speaks to Folk's consistency under pressure. On Friday, the Jets made sure Folk didn't leave town by placing the franchise tag on him. The... more

The Carolina Panthers opened up some salary cap room by restructuring a few contracts over the last week. They are going to use that room to retain their best pass rusher. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday that the Panthers have informed Greg... more

Jason Peters returned from a torn Achilles in 2013, and he still looked like one of the best left tackles in football. The Philadelphia Eagles have decided to reward him. The team announced an agreement Wednesday  on a four-year contract extension... more

Two years ago, the Atlanta Falcons signed Thomas DeCoud to a five-year contract. He subsequently earned a Pro Bowl berth after the 2012 season. Now he's going to be looking for a job. Rand Geitlin of Yahoo! Sports reports that DeCoud will be... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Johnny Manziel 's NFL Scouting Combine experience is over. By most accounts, it was a success. Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell told Peter King of  that Manziel's interview with the team was "very... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals aren't that interested in finding another quarterback this offseason. They just want to protect Carson Palmer better. One way to do that: sign one of the top offensive tackles available... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ownership from the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers are on the record regarding Cleveland's failed pursuit of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Silver: Harbaugh-Browns fallout The Jim Harbaugh-Browns bombshell hijacked the combine.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Talk to five different people at the NFL Scouting Combine about Jim Harbaugh's dalliance with the Cleveland Browns , and you get five different versions of the story. We don't expect to get a definitive public word on the issue, but San... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is entering the final year of his coaching contract. It doesn't sound like owner Jerry Jones is overly concerned about it. "(Garrett) has a high tolerance for ambiguity," Jones told reporters.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sunday is the biggest day at the NFL Scouting Combine, but many of the biggest names are sitting out of most events. Teddy Bridgewater , Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr decided not to throw. (Bridgewater is bizarrely doing one thing: The... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- We've seen Patriots coach Bill Belichick many times this week at the NFL Scouting Combine. Whether at Lucas Oil Stadium, walking the hallways or at a fine dining establishment , he's been with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Norv Turner's first order of business as Minnesota Vikings offense coordinator didn't involve the quarterback position. Turner immediately installed 10 plays for Cordarrelle Patterson, the team's most dynamic wide receiver. 'ATL Podcast'... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cleveland Browns' interest in safety Jairus Byrd is real. But they won't be able to get him unless they are involved in a trade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Bills still want to do a contract with Byrd , but they... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Once Browns coach Mike Pettine gave his hilarious thoughts on Cleveland's bid to trade for coach Jim Harbaugh, Pettine was asked about his team's true pressing issue. This offseason is all about finding a quarterback. (Like so many... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine was just as surprised as everyone else when he heard about the reports that the Browns tried to trade for coach Jim Harbaugh before hiring Pettine. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL Scouting Combine was rocked late Friday afternoon by a ProFootballTalk report that said the Browns were close to obtaining San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Niners CEO Jed York quickly said on Twitter that the report... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Day two of the combine featured 20 more coaches and general managers hitting the podium to give their state of the team addresses. Our heads were spinning even before the report surfaced that the Browns had made a run at Jim Harbaugh . Two... more

We have good news for Zac Stacy's fantasy owners. The St. Louis Rams running back isn't going to see a lesser role in Year 2; the Rams see him as a workhorse. "He should be more productive (in '14) because he should have more carries," Rams general... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Andy Dalton has been holding the Cincinnati Bengals' offense back in the playoffs for three straight seasons. But there's no reason to expect a different quarterback in Cincinnati anytime soon. Schein: The never-ending discussion... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Twenty-seven NFL head coaches and general managers spoke at the NFL Scouting Combine. Some of them said virtually nothing of substance. Others were chock-full of nuggets. All of them spoke in code. Teams don't normally announce... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Lombardi is not headed back to his post with the media after losing his job as general manager of the Cleveland Browns. Instead, he's joining an old friend in New England. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh swatted down questions Thursday like J.J. Watt knocks down passes. He was so effective that his news conference ended four minutes early, a true rarity at the NFL Scouting Combine. But the great... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Atlanta Falcons already started getting rid of some veteran players like cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas. It looks like Osi Umenyiora is safe. Asked about Umenyiora's future at the NFL Scouting Combine... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chris Johnson is under contract with the Tennessee Titans. The question is whether he'll remain on the roster for long. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt was noncommittal when asked Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine whether Johnson... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin stepped to the podium and spoke as forcefully as he could. His first task was to take responsibility for the bullying scandal that led to the firing of his offensive line coach Jim Turner  on Wednesday... more

Wide receiver Davone Bess faces an uncertain future (to say the least) with the Cleveland Browns. He's hopeful he'll remain a member of the team despite a tumultuous few months. "I haven't talked to the Browns, and I don't know how they feel about... more

Everyone gets cut eventually. It's a rough fact of life in the NFL for everyone but Hall of Fame players, and plenty of them have been released too. It's business season, and that includes a lot of releases. The New Orleans Saints are one of the teams... more

Eric Decker is just a few weeks away from being one of the biggest free agents on the market . The more we hear him talk, the more he sounds like a guy who is about to be a former member of the Denver Broncos. Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers changed their leadership structure this year by hiring a new head coach and a new general manager. They'll also announce another change later this week. New @TBBuccaneers helmet coming for 2014! Wait til you see this thing!!... more

Gabe Carimi is back in the NFL and back under the tutelage of Mike Tice. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday... more

The famed Baltimore Ravens defense said goodbye to a pair of former Defensive Player of the Year winners after their Super Bowl season. They won't continue that trend in 2014. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Ravens and... more

For the first time in his career, Cam Newton is eligible for a contract extension. The Carolina Panthers want to give it to him. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the... more

The New York Giants aren't counting on David Wilson to be completely ready for next season. But it sounds like the running back is expected to be back on the field. ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that Wilson is recovering "very well" from his neck... more

The NFL calendar never ends; it just changes seasons. Business season has arrived. Monday marks the first day that teams can place the franchise tag on prospective free agents. Teams have until March 3 in which they can use the designation. Only eight... more

Ted Wells released his independent report Friday to the NFL concerning allegations of workplace misconduct with the Miami Dolphins. The entire 144-page report can be read here . The biggest takeaway from the report: There was a consistent pattern of... more

Three starters on the Miami Dolphins' offensive line -- Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey -- engaged in a "pattern of harassment" directed at Jonathan Martin, as well as another young offensive lineman and an assistant trainer, according to... more

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess' time away from football could wind up costing him a lot of money. Schein: Cleveland rocks! (Seriously) Laugh all you want at the Browns. Adam Schein says the joke will be on you when Cleveland doubles its... more

Louis Delmas was one of the signature players of the Jim Schwartz era: talented, inconsistent and a little reckless. It only makes sense that Delmas is an ex-Lion now that Schwartz is gone. The official team site reported Thursday that Delmas was... more

Nate Burleson's four-year run as Calvin Johnson's sidekick is over. "It's a hard decision for them to make, but I can't blame them for making it ," Burleson told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press. We don't either. The move does not come as a... more

The New Orleans Saints are set to shed some big salaries. They are going to start with one of their most respected veteran players. Linebacker/defensive end Will Smith will be released, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, who cited a person... more

The reaction to draft hopeful Michael Sam's announcement that he's gay has been overwhelmingly positive. From team owners to former teammates to POTUS himself , Sam has received a lot of support. An NFL roster, however, is a reflection of society.... more

Eighteen months ago, new Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam introduced CEO Joe Banner as the man who would help guide him through the stormy waters of NFL ownership. Five months later, coach Rob Chudzinski and general manager Michael Lombardi joined the... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. What's changing? In a fast-changing league, the Pittsburgh Steelers prefer stability. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley remains on board. Dick... more

Defensive end Dion Jordan was the No. 3 player taken in a 2013 NFL Draft that felt noticeably lacking in star power. Jordan's draft slot was a product of a lack of standouts. Jordan looked like a player who might take time to develop, and that's... more

Doug Williams is a member of the Washington Redskins once again. The team announced Monday morning that Williams was hired as a front-office personnel executive. Williams worked in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' front office from 2004 to 2010 before... more

John Elway looked and sounded Tuesday like a lot of Denver Broncos fans feel this week. On NFL Network Watch Seattle celebrate its first major sports title since 1979 on "NFL Total Access Special: Seahawks Victory Parade" Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 2... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series kicks off with the champion Seattle Seahawks. What's changing? The Seahawks were the fourth-youngest Super Bowl champions in NFL... more

The final score of Super Bowl XLVIII was so surprising in part because the Denver Broncos' offense was predictable. Seattle knew what Denver's offense liked to do, and the Broncos didn't deviate much from the script. "We picked up on a lot of stuff,"... more

Ndamukong Suh has a $22.4 million salary-cap number in 2014, which gives him plenty of leverage for his expected long-term contract talks with the Detroit Lions this offseason. Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp suggested Tuesday that the Lions... more

The Super Bowl is barely in the rearview mirror, and we're already moving to free agency speculation. Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer has said often that he wants to stay in Oakland, but he hasn't heard much from the team lately. "I'm staying... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For a moment, Peyton Manning almost lost his composure. In the bowels of MetLife Stadium late Sunday night, Manning calmly answered questions after the most disappointing moment of his career . On NFL Network NFL Replay... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks make it hard on sportswriters. Their defense is so incredible at every level that we aren't quite sure where to start. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air in full the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Denver Broncos had four receivers score at least 10 touchdowns this season. However, they couldn't get separation against Seattle's deep secondary throughout Super Bowl XLVIII . Cornerback Richard Sherman said the Broncos... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Denver Broncos' offense set all the regular-season records. But the Seattle Seahawks' defense will be the one remembered as an all-time great. The Seahawks are Super Bowl champions for the first time after whacking the... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Seahawks are halfway home to a Super Bowl title. Seattle just delivered a beat down of epic proportions in the first half of Super Bowl XLVIII, jumping out to a 22-0 lead  over the Denver Broncos. Take a look at the scene on... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised that he would enjoy Super Bowl XLVIII with outdoor seats in the elements. He was a man of his word Sunday. Like the rest of the crowd that attended MetLife Stadium, Goodell likely was... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Not long after Super Bowl XLVIII , the Seattle Seahawks will start planning for their 2014 season. They already have a good idea on how they will attack things. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Champ Bailey is the longest-tenured member of the Denver Broncos. When folks around the team speak of leadership , they start with Bailey. It is no surprise, then, that Bailey was chosen to speak to the Broncos on Saturday... more

NEW YORK -- The most surprising moment at "NFL Honors" on Saturday night was not Ron Rivera winning Coach of the Year or Luke Kuechly winning Defensive Player of the Year . It was Marvin Harrison getting left out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class... more

NEW YORK -- The Carolina Panthers wanted to be playing in New Jersey on Sunday. Instead, they were the big winners at the "NFL Honors" ceremony in New York on Saturday night. Ron Rivera was the surprise winner of the Coach of the Year Award , while Luke... more

NEW YORK -- Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has accomplished a great deal on the field during his 11 NFL seasons. On Saturday, he was rewarded for his even greater achievements off the field. Tillman, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, was... more

NEW YORK -- The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame was announced Saturday at "NFL Honors," the crowning achievement in the proud careers of seven all-time greats. Harrison: Hall of Fame reaction Andre Reed finally got a ticket to Canton, but Charles Haley... more

NEW YORK -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has spent just two years in the NFL, and he already has reached the pinnacle of individual achievement for a defensive player. Defensive Player of the Year voting Player Position No. of votes Luke... more


It's not hyperbole: Super Bowl XLVIII is the greatest matchup between a historically potent offense and a dominant defense in NFL history. The difference between Denver's points scored and Seattle's points allowed was 375 points, which is nearly 100... more

It's not hyperbole: Super Bowl XLVIII is the greatest matchup between a historically potent offense and a dominant defense in NFL history. The difference between Denver's points scored and Seattle's points allowed was 375 points, which is nearly 100... more

NEW YORK -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's annual State of the League news conference at the Super Bowl is always good for a few news items that help us forecast the future of the NFL. Friday was no exception. Goodell sounded bullish on the... more

Colin Kaepernick made it clear Thursday that he wasn't a fan of Richard Sherman's postgame rant after the NFC Championship Game. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback also has some advice for Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLVIII. "I think there are a... more

NEW YORK -- The Seahawks' defense had its first win of the week. "Turnover Thursday" is a weekly Seahawks tradition, and their secondary came out on top. "The defense won. They got their turnover today," coach Pete Carroll told pool reporter Jenny... more

NEW YORK -- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman signed a one-year, $1.15 million last April with no guaranteed money. He was considered to be on the roster bubble last offseason. It's safe to say that Edelman's next deal is going to be... more

NEW YORK -- Marshawn Lynch's least favorite part of the week is over. He's done speaking with the media after a short session Thursday. "It's going to be good to get back to football," the Seattle Seahawks running back said. For the first time all... more

NEW YORK -- The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers' rivalry already was great before the NFC Championship Game . One instant classic clash and one unforgettable postgame interview later, the NFC West rivalry has risen to another level. The... more

The weather is starting to warm up in New York. The worst-case scenarios for Super Bowl Sunday are becoming a distant memory. After way too much conversation on the subject, weather shouldn't be a huge factor in Super Bowl XLVIII. The forecast for... more

Jonathan Martin wants to return to football, and he has gone public with NBC's Tony Dungy to let everyone know about it. Martin's latest words drew an immediate response from the lawyer of his one-time Miami Dolphins teammate, Richie Incognito, on... more

NEW YORK -- Peyton Manning is like late, late-career Greg Maddux. No one is totally sure how he performs at such a high level despite some physical limitations, but he does it. Debate: Most Valuable Player? Peyton Manning appears primed to win his... more

NEW YORK -- The Seattle Seahawks are Pete Carroll's team from top to bottom. They think differently; they draft differently ; they practice differently. The Seahawks returned to the field Wednesday and practiced at a "mostly breakneck" pace. Pool... more

Gregg Williams didn't stay out of work for long. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the St. Louis Rams are planning to hire Williams as their new defensive coordinator, according to a source informed of their thinking. Williams... more

NEW YORK -- Marshawn Lynch continued to speak to the media Wednesday after an adventurous and entertaining Media Day showing. "I'm just here so I won't get fined, boss. That's the only reason why," Lynch said Wednesday morning. The Pro Football... more

The men Peyton Manning made January 29, 2014

Great quarterbacks don't just transform teams. They transform lives. Jon Gruden often has spoken of the impact Brett Favre had on so many of his teammates and coaches. Gruden would joke that Favre was responsible for a lot of finished basements, new... more

The boat that housed the Denver Broncos for their media session in Jersey City, N.J., on Wednesday morning was rocking, but the media still came knocking for another 90 minute session with the team. Peyton Manning had to stop and hold on to his... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- Marshawn Lynch made it to Super Bowl Media Day in the end. He just didn't speak to reporters for long. After Lynch wondered aloud to NFL Media columnist Michael Silver whether he would show up at all, the Seattle Seahawks running... more

BRICK CITY, N.J. -- Leave it to Dave Dameshek to provide the most memorable story of Media Day so far. Take a look at the scene inside the Prudential Center as the Denver Broncos face the media before Super Bowl XLVIII. Our intrepid NFL Media... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie knew what questions were coming and didn't relish the moment. He waited for the official announcement that Super Bowl Media Day started before he began speaking. "Now I'm on the clock," he said with a... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- Marshawn Lynch showed up at Tuesday's Media Day, and we know at least one topic he wouldn't have mind talking about. Skittles announced a deal with Lynch on Tuesday. It's an endorsement that is so logical we already assumed it existed.... more

NEW YORK -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is threatening to join the list of NFL players who surprisingly walked away from the game in their prime. The six-year veteran sounds serious about wanting to retire. The Denver Broncos' best cornerback is no... more

The Dallas Cowboys' coaching situation gets stranger by the day. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin isn't going anywhere , but owner Jerry Jones has made an adjustment to the offensive staff. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's... more

NEW YORK -- Super Bowl week is usually devoid of actual news, aside from an injury update or two. Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie changed all that Monday. Rodgers-Cromartie, 27, said he is seriously contemplating retirement if the... more

A new, intriguing name entered Baltimore's offensive coordinator search Monday and claimed the job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported  that Gary Kubiak will be the Baltimore Ravens' new offensive play-caller. Along with the addition of Kubiak,... more

The Seahawks made the Super Bowl by not following the crowd. In an era of high-flying passing attacks, they built up a dominant, multi-faceted defense buttressed by a strong running game. Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schenider see... more

Chris Johnson is expected to hit free agency for the first time in his career this offseason. If that happens, he'll do it coming off surgery. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Johnson will have surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus,... more

Super Bowl XLVIII is a matchup of stark contrasts, right down to how the teams were constructed. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks aren't just opposites in strengths and strategy, but also organizational philosophies. The Broncos are a team... more

NEW YORK -- One week after Richard Sherman's postgame comments heard 'round the world, a few things have changed. Your mom knows who Richard Sherman is. And the Seahawks have a better idea of what kind of attention they'll receive in New York and New... more

NEW YORK -- Champ Bailey is one of the greatest players of his generation and one of the most decorated NFL players of all time who doesn't own a Super Bowl ring. After an injury-plagued season that limited Bailey to just three starts, the natural... more

One of the signature New York Giants players from the last decade has decided to retire. David Diehl announced that he's hanging it up after 11 seasons with the organization. He started the first 120 regular-season games of his career, and started on... more

The good news regarding weather for Super Bowl XLVIII: It looks like the NFL is going to avoid a worst-case weather scenario. There is no devastating storm on the horizon. The bad news: It's going to be unseasonably cold leading up to the big game... more

Mike Pettine's tenure as Browns head coach might be defined by his first big decision. We're confident that he can excel with Cleveland's defensive talent, but his offensive coordinator hire is far trickier. We haven't heard many names thrown... more

Peyton Manning famously told critics back in December to shove the cold-weather narrative "where the sun don't shine." His play in December helped quiet down the story, but the high-flying Denver Broncos offense will have to prove once again that... more

The Broncos have four wildly talented receiving threats and an incredible array of formations to deploy them. Peyton Manning knows the best way to beat zone coverage and knows how to beat man coverage. Super Bowl XLVIII will provide Denver's... more

Tom Coughlin is expected to get a short contract extension soon. The longtime New York Giants head coach doesn't necessarily think it has to be that short. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its... more

The winding Cleveland Browns coaching search was the subject of a lot of jokes over the last few weeks, but the protracted timeline was no laughing matter to new coach Mike Pettine. He wasn't sure how much longer he could stay in the race. "That was... more

The Seattle Seahawks' biggest offseason acquisition has barely taken the field for the team this season. That makes Percy Harvin the ultimate X-factor in Super Bowl XLVIII. One day after practicing fully again with the team, Percy Harvin was asked if... more

The Cleveland Browns' hiring of Mike Pettine wrapped up the 2014 coaching hire season. All new seven head coaches are in place: Pettine, Lovie Smith, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Zimmer, Bill O'Brien, Jim Caldwell and Jay Gruden. If you don't know which... more

The Cleveland Browns' winding coaching search has finally concluded.  The Browns announced Thursday that Mike Pettine has been hired as the team's next head coach. Pettine, most recently the Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator, cut his teeth... more

Andrew Luck and Cam Newton were the first two picks by Deion Sanders in Wednesday's inaugural Pro Bowl draft. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen... more

Peyton Manning takes too much criticism for having "just" one Super Bowl title. Compared to the rest of the participants in Super Bowl XLVIII, he might as well be Terry Bradshaw. Manning is the only player on either roster who has won a Super Bowl.... more

The first Pro Bowl Draft got underway Tuesday in Honolulu, but the real fun starts Wednesday night. Before Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice select their teams, Marc Sessler and I held the inaugural "Around The League" Pro Bowl mock draft at multiple... more

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick said after the NFC Championship Game that he cost the San Francisco 49ers a chance at the Super Bowl. Coach Jim Harbaugh disagrees. "I thought Colin played his (expletive) off," Harbaugh said. The game was a microcosm of... more

The Baltimore Ravens continued to look at big names for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Scott Linehan interviewed for the job Monday at the Senior Bowl, the Baltimore Sun first reported. Ravens coach John Harbaugh later confirmed the... more

The epic NFC Championship Game was barely over before we started to think ahead to Super Bowl XLVIII: The best Super Bowl matchup possible this season. This is the first time in NFL history that an offense ranked first in points and yards will face off... more

Ken Whisenhunt hired a familiar name for his defensive coordinator spot in Tennessee. The Titans announced Monday that Ray Horton is the new man in charge of the Titans' defense. Horton did a fantastic job in Arizona under Whisenhunt. Ian Rapoport... more

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is no stranger to postgame outbursts. His infamous postgame tweet directed at Tom Brady last season helped make Sherman a star. Speaking Monday on WEEI-FM, Brady was asked about Sherman's NFC Championship... more

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't hold back Monday when speaking about Wes Welker, saying Welker's hit on cornerback Aqib Talib was "one of the worst" plays he's seen. The play knocked Talib out of the game. Welker was far more... more

The Denver Broncos have owned this NFL season since the moment quarterback Peyton Manning dropped seven touchdowns on an unsuspecting Baltimore Ravens defense in Week 1 . It's only appropriate Manning will dominate the conversation for two more weeks.... more

A wild NFC Championship Game ended in the most fitting way possible: On an historic defensive play by an historically good pass defense. The Seattle Seahawks are headed to Super Bowl XLVIII after a thrilling 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers... more

The San Francisco 49ers' defense lost its best player in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Seattle Seahawks' 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC... more

Wes Welker's most impactful play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game  might not have come on a reception. New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib was sent to the locker room after taking a big hit from Welker and never returned. GMC Never Say Never... more

The best team won. The Denver Broncos dominated the standings, headlines and the record book in the AFC all season long. Now they will represent the conference in Super Bowl XLVIII. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Denver Broncos'... more

The four teams we wanted made it to NFL Championship Weekend. These are two games that we've been building to for years. Silver: Clash of the NFC titans Niners at Seahawks, with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Does it get any better than this?... more

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested Friday morning for allegedly assaulting an officer at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. NFL Media obtained the Broward County Sheriff's Office police report of the matter, which indicates... more

The Seattle Seahawks are in a familiar position this week when it comes to Percy Harvin's status. They aren't sure if the wide receiver is going to play. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Harvin still has not been cleared to practice Thursday. He's... more

Frank Gore arrived in San Francisco six offensive coordinators ago. He's outlasted three coaches, and a few shakeups in the front office. And he'll probably still be on the team by the time the 49ers move into their new stadium. Gore's talent and... more

The Denver Broncos signed cornerback Marquice Cole this week to help add depth, a transaction that wouldn't have gained much notice if Cole hadn't played for the New England Patriots for most of the season. GMC Never Say Never Moment Tom Brady and... more

The future of safety Troy Polamalu is one of the biggest questions facing the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason. Many observers expect Polamalu to be released, but team president Art Rooney II expects Polamalu to stay . 'ATL Podcast' The Around The... more

Peyton Manning, more than any player of his generation, is known as a coach on the field. And no opposing coach has given him more problems than Bill Belichick. FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Peyton Manning set new NFL single-season records for... more

Bill Belichick's ability to adapt is his defining trait as a head coach. That includes changing the plan during a game, during a season and often during the team-building phase of the offseason. They are a game plan organization, looking for smart,... more

The Minnesota Vikings have replaced one defensive-minded head coach with another one. Mike Zimmer, passed over for top coaching jobs for many years, finally has his chance to run a team. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Zimmer... more

The New York Giants didn't go with the familiar name for their offensive coordinator position. The team announced Tuesday that Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo is their new leader on offense. It's a surprising choice because former... more

Ken Whisenhunt didn't have to wait long to get a new job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Whisenhunt had agreed to become the new Tennessee Titans head coach, according to a source informed of the negotiations. The news came just 24... more

There were a lot of winners on Divisional Round Weekend . It was a great couple of days for the NFC West, for all-time quarterbacks and for NFL fans looking ahead to two perfect title game matchups . But nobody won quite like the city of Omaha, Neb.,... more

In the most shocking twist yet, the NFL got predictable on Divisional Round Weekend. The four favorites all won, mostly in convincing fashion. The four best teams from the season, with a combined 50-14 record, all made it to conference championship... more

One year after the Denver Broncos took the ball out of Peyton Manning's hands in the key moments of a divisional round loss, John Fox and company got aggressive Sunday. It paid off. On NFL Network "NFL Replay" will re-air the Patriots' 34-31 win... more

Wes Welker returned to the field Sunday  against the San Diego Chargers for his first game since suffering a concussion in Week 14 . The Broncos have made some adjustments since we last saw him. They are using Eric Decker as their primary punt returner,... more

The Chicago Bears won't be changing their defensive coordinator despite an awful 2013 season. FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Matt Forte finished second in the NFL this season with 1,339 rushing yards, and added 12 total touchdowns. Was it the... more

When the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers met back in November , the Niners couldn't buy a first down in short-yardage situations. On Sunday, San Francisco dominated in the trenches in the game's biggest moments. On NFL Network "NFL... more

The Patriots are a run-first team that just happens to be led by Tom Brady. New England keeps winning by always evolving, covering up its weaknesses  and learning its strengths. That's why Bill Belichick has such a great record in December. He and... more

The scheme changes. The players change. The inevitable injured stars change. The only thing that remains the same in New England are Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and playoff success. The Patriots returned to the AFC Championship Game with a 43-22 victory... more

The swarming Seattle Seahawks defense was excellent  as a group Saturday against New Orleans. But no one was better than safety Earl Thomas, who helped to hold Jimmy Graham to just eight yards receiving. After the game, the Seahawks' defense wasn't... more

While the rest of the NFL throws the ball all over the field, the Seattle Seahawks keep winning with running and defense. While the rest of the NFL zigs, Pete Carroll and crew zags. Seattle survived a strong test by the New Orleans Saints on... more

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks This is a matchup of two teams with pass-protection problems. New Orleans has not done a great job protecting Drew Brees, especially on the road against quality defenses like in Week 13 against Seattle. Brees... more

Fifteen men are one huge step closer to becoming members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2014. The modern-era finalists were announced Thursday night on NFL Network's "Pro Football Hall of Fame: The Final 15." Twenty-five semifinalists were... more

The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots have a history of huge games over the last decade, but the rivalry doesn't feel the same since Peyton Manning left town. Perhaps offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's words Thursday will spice things up.... more

Weather is expected to be a big factor in this Saturday's Divisional Round Weekend games . Instead of snow or bitter cold, however, rain will complicate matters. The Boston Globe notes that heavy showers are expected throughout the area all day... more

The new generation of quarterbacks has arrived. One year after the class of 2012 took the league by storm , this young crop of signal-callers has moved a step closer to taking over the league. They are starting to advance in the playoffs. The final... more

Mike McCarthy is not looking to make major changes to his coaching staff. While the Green Bay Packers coach wouldn't announce anything official at his year-end news conference Wednesday, defensive coordinator Dom Capers' job appears to be safe. GMC... more

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen can breathe a sigh of relief. He's keeping his job. Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed with multiple outlets late Tuesday night that Allen will be back as coach  for the 2014 season. Davis told Steve Corkran of... more

The playoffs have started, but the New England Patriots' remarkable regular-season run of devastating injuries continues. The team placed starting inside linebacker Brandon Spikes on injured reserve Monday in a surprise announcement. Spikes played all... more

Editor's Note: The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award sponsored by Castrol EDGE will be presented at The NFL Honors Award Show on February 1 in New York. One season ago, the top candidates for NFL Comeback Player of the Year doubled as two of the... more

After a week of silence, the Miami Dolphins have started to make big changes to their organization. Coach Joe Philbin announced Monday that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has been relieved of his duties after two seasons on the job. Philbin's... more

The Washington Redskins' coaching search remained relatively quiet last week in the aftermath of Mike Shanahan's departure . That's all starting to change Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Redskins plan to interview Vanderbilt coach... more

The Carolina Panthers won in San Francisco 10-9 way back in Week 10 -- a victory that stamped the Panthers as one of the NFL's best teams . On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Francisco 49ers' 23-20 win over the Green Bay Packers... more

Homefield-advantage is nice. A top-shelf quarterback is better. Three of four road teams won during Wild Card Weekend, capped Sunday by San Diego and San Francisco's victories. The old cliche says that defenses travel well, but the NFL has changed.... more

The wind chill was well below zero in Green Bay. The game clock was below five minutes. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick faced a third-and-10 on his own 31-yard yard line. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Francisco... more

The Green Bay Packers' defense has struggled with injuries all season. That unfortunately continued for them during Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season... more

The San Diego Chargers looked cooked at 5-7 on Dec. 1, with a road trip to Denver still on the schedule. They looked done in Week 17 , trailing by 10 points in the second half to the Kansas City Chiefs. And yet here they are, one of the eight teams to... more

The Tennessee Titans fired head coach Mike Munchak on Saturday. They already have started work on finding their next coach. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Titans reached out informally this week to Seattle Seahawks offensive... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' surprising season ended with a thud Saturday night , getting run over at home by the New Orleans Saints. After the game, some of the Eagles had a tough time giving the Saints much credit . On NFL Network NFL Replay... more

The New Orleans Saints finally won a road playoff game by changing their personality. They became bullies. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ... "That... more

The Indianapolis Colts specialized in wild second-half comebacks all season. They saved their best for the playoffs. Down 38-10 in the third quarter Saturday, Andrew Luck capped his first playoff victory with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to... more

Mike Munchak's loyalty to the Tennessee Titans was plain to see at the top of his bio. After 32 years with the same organization, his loyalty ultimately cost him his job. The Titans announced Saturday that Munchak was fired after three seasons  as... more

2013 All-Pro Teams January 03, 2014

The Pro Bowl is for the best players in the NFL. The annual All-Pro team is for the best of the best. The Associated Press announced its starters and second team for the All-Pro team Friday, as determined by 50 AP voters. These are the designations... more

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak admitted earlier this week that it was "hard" to deal with the uncertainty surrounding his job status. That uncertainty could end Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Titans CEO and president... more

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

Lovie Smith is the anti-Greg Schiano. That's why we shouldn't be surprised that Smith will be the new coach in Tampa, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. NFL teams often hire the opposite of the coach they just fired, and that is true... more


The Houston Texans got their man just before the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Now Bill O'Brien, the team's third head coach in franchise history, has to choose his man. The Texans job was such a unique opportunity because they hold the... more

The Houston Texans were the first team to make a head coaching change this season, firing Gary Kubiak on Dec. 6. With less than two hours left until the ball dropped in Times Square, the Texans found a new coach. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones extinguished Tuesday what little drama was left surrounding coach Jason Garrett's future. Garrett definitely will be back as head coach. His staff remains up in the air. Speaking on KRLD-FM in Dallas, Jones said that... more

San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle was tired of missing the playoffs. Given the authority to make one of the gutsiest calls in recent NFL history, Weddle took the plunge . "If we would have made the playoffs last year, would I have called that?... more

I will never get used to the sudden change. The final, dizzying football Sunday of the year gives way to the finality of Black Monday before anyone can process what just happened. Coaching Tracker Who has joined ex-Browns coach Rob Chudzinski on the... more

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen met with the media Monday as normal, expressing anticipation that he will remain the team's coach in 2014. "I have been given indication that I will be back. I have every intention of being back," Allen said before... more

Tom Coughlin isn't ready to retire. Coaching Tracker Who has joined ex-Browns coach Rob Chudzinski on the firing line and who's safe? We track the latest news. More ... "I want to coach," the New York Giants coach said Monday. Coughlin... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are cleaning house. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team has fired coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik, according to a team source. The Buccaneers confirmed the news shortly... more

The NFL has admitted an officiating error in Sunday's Kansas City Chiefs-San Diego Chargers game that played a role in determining the league's playoff field. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Diego Chargers' 27-24 win over the... more

One season after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs, Leslie Frazier is out of a job. The team announced Monday that Frazier had been fired. The Vikings went 4-3-1 in their final eight games, but it wasn't enough. Frazier finishes... more

The Dallas Cowboys' beleaguered defense played well. Kyle Orton mostly looked like he was worth all of the money that owner Jerry Jones gave him two years ago. And the Cowboys still found a way to lose in the most painful way possible. On NFL Network... more

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan will meet with owner Dan Snyder early Monday morning to discuss Shanahan's future with the team. Redskins coaches do not expect to be employed much longer. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reports that Redskins... more

LeGarrette Blount is the face of this weird, surprisingly effective New England Patriots season. No one is sure how Blount gets it done, but it's hard to argue with the results. The New England Patriots earned a playoff bye for a record-tying fourth... more

The Green Bay Packers needed eight yards to keep their season alive. Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb made sure they got a whole lot more. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Green Bay Packers' 33-28 win over the Chicago Bears from Week 17... more

Two weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins were riding high on a three-game winning streak over the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. Two weeks can change a lot. The Dolphins' organization will miss the playoffs once again after... more

In the end, it came down to Carolina's defense to deliver the NFC South title and first-round bye. They delivered just like they have all year. Cam Newton The Panthers' defense sacked Matt Ryan nine times and hit him countless more in Carolina's... more

After more than a decade of near-constant overhaul, the Oakland Raiders could be favoring some stability this offseason. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Sunday  that owner Mark Davis has given both Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie... more

The 2014 Pro Bowl rosters were announced Friday night and we've already gone over the biggest snubs and taken a look at the honorees on offense . We thought the voters did a better job overall than usual, but there were problems with the defensive... more

2014 Pro Bowl roster snubs December 27, 2013

The Pro Bowl voters -- fans, players and coaches -- got it mostly right this season. There were fewer egregious mistakes this season than in years past and fewer veterans who made the team strictly based on reputation. The lack of conferences in... more

The Chicago Bears, on Friday, asked assembled members of the media to hang out for some extra time because "an announcement" was coming. This being the social media age, speculation on Twitter started to run rampant. Could it be a new contract for Jay... more

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said last week that he was 110 percent confident that quarterback EJ Manuel would return from his PCL sprain for the season finale against the New England Patriots.  That confidence waned throughout practice this... more

Tony Romo's status is no longer a mystery. Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced Friday that Romo underwent back surgery in the morning and will be placed on injured reserve. Garrett confirmed that Kyle Orton will start at quarterback for... more

The offseason starts for 20 teams on Monday. Don't expect a long wait before major changes are made in many NFL cities. After eight head coach firings last offseason, we expected things to be quieter this time around. But it's not shaping up that way.... more

Brandon Stokley's career is over. Placed on injured reserve by the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago, Stokley has suffered a number of concussions throughout his 15 NFL seasons. Stokley told Mike Klis of The Denver Post that he has decided to retire .... more

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien's potential return to the NFL is picking up steam. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "Around the League Live" that O'Brien is one of the Houston Texans' top candidates to fill their coaching job,... more

The old guard at quarterback is not going away quietly. After a 2012 highlighted by the best rookie class in memory, quarterback royalty in 2013 looked remarkably similar to the top guns back in 2009. It was the year of Peyton Manning, like so many... more

The NFC playoff picture is even more wide open than the morass over in the AFC . All four divisions are up for grabs. Just three playoff spots are even accounted for. Let's break it down. What we know » The Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers and... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes quarterback Tony Romo might be cleared to play this Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles despite Romo's back injury. Tony Romo NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Romo has a... more

Candlestick Park went out in style. The final regular-season game in the stadium's 42-year NFL history ended with a playoff berth for the San Francisco 49ers. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman's 89-yard interception return with 1:10 remaining punctuated a wild... more

Tony Romo's status is in doubt for the Dallas Cowboys' win-or-go home season finale . Tony Romo NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Romo has a herniated disk in his back, according to a source who has spoken with the player. It's... more

Each week on "Master Level Plays," we highlight some of the best performances and moments from the previous Sunday. We don't have many rules around here. But if you set the all-time record for touchdowns in a season, you get to lead our "Master Level... more

Every AFC playoff team has flaws. Only one AFC team has a quarterback with 51 touchdowns this season and an offense that is likely to set the all-time record for points in Week 17. That's why the Denver Broncos are still the conference favorites to... more

On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Carolina Panthers' 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints from Week 16 on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. ET. » NFL Network schedule Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith didn't suffer a... more

We have arrived at the Week 17 that the NFL has always dreamed about. No NFC divisions are clinched. Four teams are battling for a playoff spot in the AFC and they all need help to get into the playoffs. The playoff picture See where each team... more

There are some things in life that are funny regardless of the context. People falling down is one of them. Someone getting left hanging when they go for a high-five is another. Make that person a two-time NFL MVP in New England Patriots quarterback Tom... more

The Philadelphia Eagles couldn't improve their playoff positioning on Sunday. Coach Chip Kelly didn't care. Neither did his players. "We're from Philadelphia and we fight," Kelly said after his team's convincing 54-11 victory over the Chicago Bears on... more

The Dallas Cowboys are headed back to "Sunday Night Football" for a win-and-in Week 17 showdown . The playoff picture See where each team stands in the playoff picture heading into the final week of the 2013 NFL regular season. More ... The NFL... more

The New England Patriots moved closer to a first-round bye in the playoffs with a convincing 41-7 victory in Baltimore Sunday. The final score is misleading, but the Ravens' offensive struggles have been a constant throughout this season.  The... more

Free-agent signee Jake Long helped to stabilize pass protection in St. Louis at left tackle this season. But his first campaign in St. Louis will end with another serious injury. Coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Sunday that the Rams anticipate that... more

Sean Payton dared Cam Newton to beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Newton obliged. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Carolina Panthers' 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints from Week 16 on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. ET. »... more

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith missed practice earlier this week due to a finger injury, but that wasn't a concern early in Sunday's game after he caught a 44-yard pass . Unfortunately, Smith has a sprained PCL to worry about, coach Ron... more

Rex Ryan's New York Jets squad has been surprisingly competitive this season, starting the year 6-8 despite perhaps the worst offensive roster in the league. That might not be enough to save his job. FOX's Jay Glazer reports that Ryan told his... more

Week 16 probably won't be the widespread glorious winter wonderland it was a few weeks back, but it looks like weather could play a big factor in many of Sunday's crucial games . New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers: There is a good chance... more

We've broken down both the NFC  and AFC playoff pictures . The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the season. More ... The NFL has... more

We've heard San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh deny rumors about the University of Texas coaching job before, but never quite like this . "In Judge Judy's court, hearsay is not admissible evidence," Harbaugh said Thursday, via CSN Bay Area. "I... more

It's the time of year for crazy playoff scenarios and teams potentially resting their starters. There is one surprising team to keep an eye on possibly sitting some stars in Week 16: the Chicago Bears. The playoff picture How would your team's... more

Victor Cruz's disappointing season looks to be over. The New York Giants declared him out for Week 16 and announced that the wide receiver underwent surgery Thursday on his knee. Cruz was cleared medically after his recent concussion, but he... more

An MRI on the left knee of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco revealed an MCL sprain that is considered mild at the worst, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, citing a source informed of Flacco's prognosis. Flacco will play... more

Wade Phillips is the interim head coach of the Houston Texans, but he never stops thinking like a defensive coach. And he's tired of some of the pass interference penalties being called this year. "Offensive players are flopping ," Phillips told the... more

The Houston Texans are going back to quarterback Matt Schaub one final time. It's not by choice. Case Keenum was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos with a right thumb injury, interim coach Wade Phillips announced Wednesday. T.J.... more

The Green Bay Packers are getting healthier. But we still don't know whether they will get Aaron Rodgers back this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Eddie Lacy Reporters watching Packers practice Wednesday noted that Rodgers was taking... more

It took 15 weeks, but the NFC finally has shaken out like all of those boring preseason prognostications. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are the two best teams, regardless of how the 49ers are seeded. Colin Kaepernick's improvement is a big... more

The closer we get to January, the less we know about which teams will be the NFC's division winners. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through... more

In a league where so little is reliable, the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens have calcified into known commodities. Justin Tucker Detroit's weekly opponent is incidental. The Lions battle their own stupidity all game, hoping their mental... more

Kirk Cousins' first start of the 2013 season included a lot of great plays , and plenty of head-scratching throws. There were more passes from the pocket, especially going down the field. That led to some conspiracy theorists wondering if Washington... more

Each week on "Master Level Plays," we highlight some of the best performances and moments from the previous Sunday. Sometimes the biggest plays don't happen in the fourth quarter. Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins were dominated for most of... more

The newest member of the Miami Dolphins didn't have a lot of practice before his shining moments Sunday against the New England Patriots. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Miami Dolphins' 24-20 win over the New England Patriots from... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called Sunday's insane loss to the Green Bay Packers one of the "hardest losses that I've experienced." He has plenty of options to choose from. The Jason Garrett-Tony Romo era has produced a string of ridiculous... more

The Cincinnati Bengals had a chance to exorcise a lot of demons from the last 30 years against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals also had a chance to get in position to be the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Bengals fell flat, like they have... more

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett already has been criticized for not calling enough runs late in his team's embarrassing loss to Green Bay on Sunday. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Green Bay Packers' 37-36 win over the Dallas... more

The Jason Garrett era in Dallas has been defined by excruciating, inexplicable losses. At times it feels like the Cowboys are constructing games carefully in order to inflict the most pain on their fans and themselves. It's going to be tough to top... more

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's press conferences have been bland for most of his career. With his team crumbling around him, Shanahan's last few sessions have been tense and fascinating. Following Sunday's 27-26 meltdown against the... more

Mike Shanahan's future in Washington remains an open question. If this is it for his coaching career, he's going down swinging. The Washington Redskins fell 27-26 Sunday in Atlanta to the Falcons after a failed two-point try with 18 seconds left.... more

A safety that just landed in Miami from another team's practice squad picked off a likely Hall of Fame quarterback to win the game. In a Dolphins season filled with crazy endings, nothing tops this one. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air... more

Jim Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin both have been loosely mentioned as candidates for the open University of Texas job that Mack Brown will vacate after the bowl season. But it sounds like that speculation involves wishful thinking from Texas' side. Texas'... more

The optimism surrounding Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' status didn't last long. Rodgers was declared out Friday by coach Mike McCarthy after a "difficult" morning. Matt Flynn will start at quarterback. The Packers coach said Rodgers was... more

The week for Adrian Peterson started with concerns that he might miss the rest of the season. Now he might not even miss a game. Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Friday that Peterson is questionable with a foot injury for Sunday's... more

The previous Jacksonville Jaguars regime made a lot of big mistakes in free agency. On Friday morning, the new front office got rid of one of them. The team announced the release of defensive end Jeremy Mincey, only one year removed from giving him... more

The San Diego Chargers stunned the Denver Broncos Thursday night in what we believe was the upset of this NFL season . The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff... more

Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers' offense have been one of the most pleasant surprises in the NFL all season. They just lacked a signature win on a big stage. That changed in the best way possible Thursday night. Ryan Mathews The... more

We're a day removed from Robert Griffin III's stunning benching for the rest of the season, but the story isn't slowing down. On Thursday, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan surprisingly voiced his disappointment with the benching. NFL... more

Each week on the "Around The League Podcast," we stick a fork in another team or two. We started way back before midseason , and have systematically crushed the hopes of fan bases nationwide since. Teams that we fork are not mathematically out of the... more

Aaron Rodgers hasn't been cleared to play by medical personnel, but he's clearly making progress this week. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Thursday that Rodgers "did a little more" than at Wednesday's practice, where he was also a... more

The start of the Denver Broncos' dominant season left me cold. Quarterback Peyton Manning was playing at a ridiculously proficient level, but it all almost came almost too easily. The prolific offense was built around a precise, mostly short passing game.... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Wednesday that the league is considering making fundamental changes with how in-game replay reviews are handled. "I think our officials do an incredible job, but there's always room for improvement," Goodell... more

Robert Griffin III spoke to the media Wednesday without much emotion, resigned to his surprising new role as the No. 3 quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Kirk Cousins will start for the next three weeks. "I'm sure everyone knows by now coach... more

Robert Griffin III is not only getting benched  for Sunday's game in Atlanta, he announced Wednesday that he's been shut down "for the rest of the season." Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he wants to protect the quarterback from... more

Immortality doesn't come easy. Tom Brady averaged 6.26 passing yards per attempt in 2002, his second season as an NFL starter. That ranked him 25th in the league, behind guys like Tim Couch, Patrick Ramsey and Rodney Peete. One spot behind Brady in... more

Monday night's laughable performance by the Cowboys' defense in Chicago was bad enough to provide some clarity, even for the biggest Dallas homers. Owner Jerry Jones is going to be forced to make big changes in the offseason again, starting at... more

Adrian Peterson spoke positively about MRI results on his mid-foot sprain Monday. Despite reports to the contrary, he hasn't given up hope of playing this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles. A Vikings source tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Week 14 included a fantastic collection of great finishes and standout plays . But like so many other weeks this season, we couldn't escape a set of officiating controversies. There were two questionable calls against Detroit Lions defensive... more

Mike Shanahan was given the chance Monday to shoot down reports that he wanted out of Washington at the end of 2012. Shanahan declined to do so for the second consecutive day . Shanahan won't announce the Redskins' starting quarterback or talk... more

Each week on "Master Level Plays," we highlight some of the best performances and moments from the previous Sunday. How could we start a look back on the wildest Sunday of the year without starting in the snow? Kevin Patra put it well on our recap... more

The Carolina Panthers aren't ready to take over the NFC South. Not yet. The New Orleans Saints toyed with their division upstarts Sunday night, winning 31-13 in the Superdome. The victory moves New Orleans to 10-3 and in firm control of the division... more

The Seattle Seahawks may look unbeatable at home, but they still can't win in San Francisco. The 49ers, now 9-4, outlasted the Seahawks 19-17 Sunday to remind everyone that last season's NFC champions are still a big factor in this season's... more

We have three full football Sundays left in this season. We won't see anything crazier than this one. The final flurry of 1 p.m. ET games in Week 14 was unlike anything we've ever seen. It wasn't just the wackiest stretch of play this season; it was... more

The New England Patriots won another miracle game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but they would trade that victory for different injury news for their star tight end. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that Rob Gronkowski is believed to have... more

The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals both entered Sunday's game with 8-4 records. But these are two teams heading in opposite directions after the Bengals' 42-28 victory  at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals have a shot for a playoff bye in the... more

The Mike Shanahan watch in Washington entered a new phase Sunday. There is some doubt whether or not Shanahan will even survive the weekend. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reports that Redskins owner Dan Snyder is "pissed" with the current state of the... more

Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins are fighting battles on multiple fronts these days. On Sunday, they will try to stop a four-game losing streak against Kansas City. The more interesting back-and-forth is taking place through the media.... more

Around The League previewed all the big NFL Honors awards this week: MVP , Rookies of the Year  and Coach of the Year . Up next ... The Defensive Player of the Year has yet to emerge. Someone could put together a dominant December and become the... more

It's hard to remember a time when Gary Kubiak was not the coach of the Houston Texans. The year was 2005. The quarterback was David Carr, the coach was Dom Capers and the leading rusher was Domanick Davis Williams. Kubiak, fired by the team Friday... more

Fan voting accounts for one-third of the Pro Bowl selection process. Fans cannot always be trusted. (Never forget we are a nation that once voted Peyton Hillis to the cover of "Madden NFL.") After looking through the top 10 fan voting results for... more

Nelson Mandela isn't an easy person to categorize in a short headline. The New York Times called him a dissident, liberator and statesman . The first black president of South Africa died Thursday at the age of 95, sparking a worldwide mourning that few... more

The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the season. More ... There are a few clear ways to get fined by the NFL. Making contact with an... more

Mike Tomlin accepted his $100,000 fine  Wednesday with equanimity, but the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly were not happy behind the scenes about possibly losing a draft pick  because of the ordeal. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette credits a team source... more

Every NFL season has its share of officiating controversies. But Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss believes this season has had more mistakes than usual. "Its probably been worse this whole year as a total, not just this team," Moss... more

With three quarters of the season in the books, we're taking a look at some of the awards that will be given out at the end of the season at NFL Honors in February. Chris Wesseling did a great job breaking down the races for the Offensive Rookie of the... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 Wednesday for his actions on the sideline last Thursday in Baltimore, but the story isn't over yet. We still don't know the full punishment. The fine was expected, but the most interesting part... more

Russell Wilson makes you want to speak in cliches. He makes you want to believe in "clutch" or a player's innate ability to rise to the moment. Or other nonsense like that. After a relatively slow start to the season, Wilson played his best game of the... more

Don't tell me about the tough schedule or the lackluster offense. The Baltimore Ravens are the favorite for the No. 6 seed in the crowded AFC playoff picture . Baltimore's Thanksgiving night win over the Pittsburgh Steelers reaffirmed a few inherent... more

Each week on "Master Level Plays," we highlight some of the best performances and moments from the previous Sunday. There's a reason why the Carolina Panthers are the toughest team in the NFL to stop on third and fourth down, especially in... more

Following the obvious officiating mishap late in Sunday night's Giants-Redskins game , referee Jeff Triplette explained that "the stakes were moved incorrectly." NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino went further in a statement obtained by... more

Percy Harvin's surgically repaired hip only got worse over the Seattle Seahawks' bye week. Following coach Pete Carroll's declaration that Harvin was "doubtful" to play on "Monday Night Football," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Harvin... more

Antonio Smith's suspicions that the Patriots possibly spied on the Houston Texans' defense sounded patently ridiculous right off the bat. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New England Patriots' 34-31 win over the Houston Texans from... more

The Houston Texans' defense played great in the first half Sunday, holding the New England Patriots to seven points. Their defensive dominance didn't last long; Pats quarterback Tom Brady led his team to 27 points after halftime. On NFL Network NFL... more

The Kansas City Chiefs' season is slowly slipping away. The team has lost three consecutive games, and its vaunted defense hasn't been effective for more than a month. For the second consecutive week, the Chiefs lost two key players to injury. This time,... more

The San Diego Chargers' defense knew what was coming. And they still couldn't stop the Cincinnati Bengals from running it down their throats. Here's what we learned from Cincinnati's huge 17-10 victory in San Diego: 1. The Bengals got the ball... more

Coach Chip Kelly's offense isn't the only reason why the Philadelphia Eagles are surging. The Eagles' defense came up huge once again in the team's 24-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Here's what else we... more

Stevan Ridley's fumbling problems often force him to the bench during games. On Sunday in Houston, the usual New England Patriots starting running back won't play at all against the Texans . Ridley was ruled inactive Sunday in a response to his... more


The Green Bay Packers should be better than this, even without Aaron Rodgers. Thursday's 40-10 beatdown at the hands of the Detroit Lions was embarrassing, and it looked even worse than the score indicated. Detroit outgained Green Bay 561 to 126 in... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians raised some eyebrows in Philadelphia when he called the read option a great "college offense" in anticipation of Sunday's game against the Eagles. "I don't care what other people think," coach Chip Kelly said... more

Nearly two weeks after San Francisco's 23-20 loss to New Orleans, the 49ers still believe that something was taken away from them. Safety Donte Whitner doesn't agree with the costly penalty called against teammate Ahmad Brooks. The linebacker was called... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is not surprised that some of the quarterbacks that excelled using read-option principles last year are struggling this season. The way Arians sees it, players like Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III were not... more

The Seattle Seahawks signed cornerback Perrish Cox on Tuesday to add depth to their depleted secondary. On Wednesday, they oddly waived him. Harrison: Week 13 Game Picks With a number of marquee matchups dotting the Week 13 slate, Elliot Harrison... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Wednesday what had grown obvious this week : Matt Flynn will get the call at quarterback for Green Bay on Thursday against the Detroit Lions. Harrison: Week 13 Game Picks With a number of marquee... more

The spate of off-field problems for the Minnesota Vikings continues to grow. Linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested shortly after 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, on probable cause of driving while impaired and possession of a controlled substance, according... more

No one saw this San Diego Chargers offense coming. No one expected Keenan Allen to be the best rookie wide receiver in the league, by far. No one told me Ladarius Green would look like the next big thing at tight end or that Ryan Mathews would run hard... more

Twelve weeks of the NFL season are in the books. 24 teams are within one game of a playoff spot after 11 games. That's the highest number since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. This is former NFL Commissioner Bert Bell's vision in a nutshell. The league... more

Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick were two of the young supernovas who lit up the 2012 NFL season. They passed each other on a depressing Monday night in Washington that reminded everyone how far Griffin and his team have fallen since. The San... more

The Seattle Seahawks' secondary is set to face another obstacle. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Monday that Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner is facing a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to sources... more

Geno Smith hasn't thrown a touchdown pass or topped 160 yards passing in four consecutive games. He's thrown seven interceptions with two fumbles during that span. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See... more

One week after the NFL suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson for repeated illegal hits, another defender has been banned. Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin was suspended one game Monday by the league for a repeat violation of... more

Each week on "Master Level Plays," we highlight some of the best performances and moments from the previous Sunday. Tony Romo pulled off his second game-winning drive in the closing minutes for the Cowboys in the last three weeks. He now leads all NFL... more

The Minnesota Vikings released A.J. Jefferson on Monday morning, just hours after the cornerback was arrested. NFL Media confirmed through the Hennepin County (Minn.) Sherriff's Office that Jefferson is in jail after being arrested for alleged domestic... more

Wes Welker's return to New England had its nice moments. Welker was the subject of a surprising video tribute and received a postgame hug from Bill Belichick. Unfortunately for Welker, the night also had too many nice moments for the Patriots.... more

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have played a number of classics over the years. They have never played a game quite like the one Sunday night. The New England Patriots stormed back from a 24-0 halftime deficit to beat the Denver Broncos 34-31  in a... more

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers have two huge games left this season to help decide the NFC South title. The Flex Scheduling Gods have decreed that we can watch the first one in primetime. The NFL announced Sunday that the... more

Lose six consecutive games to start the season, and you lose all margin for error. The New York Giants and their fans convinced themselves over the last month that this season still could matter, knowing that one Sunday, one drive, could end it all.... more

The vaunted Kansas City Chiefs lost their two best defensive players during Sunday's 41-38 loss  to the San Diego Chargers. The only question is how long they will be out of the lineup. Defensive end Tamba Hali was carted to the locker room in the... more

The Kansas City Chiefs' defense was the best in the NFL over the first eight weeks of the season. It's worth wondering if we'll see that defense again. The San Diego Chargers won 41-38 in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday in a game where the Chiefs lost... more

There has been a lot of talk about this week's Denver Broncos-New England Patriots matchup . The angles have been as varied as paths to greatness for Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to Wes Welker's health to what Denver learned from the Patriots' up-tempo... more

The NFL has suspended official Roy Ellison one game for his comments to Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Friday. The NFL quickly confirmed the news, saying that Ellison was suspended... more

On the solemn one-year anniversary of the butt fumble , New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez celebrated the only way he knew how. He showed up to work with cornrows. The upshot of this is that headbands are no longer necessary:... more

Jerry Jones the owner loves the job that Jerry Jones the general manager is doing. "The facts are that I really do think the way things have rolled out that I'm getting to do some of the best work that I've done, relatively speaking in my career of... more

It was another close game in one of the most underrated rivalries in sports. The Atlanta Falcons still had a chance to win. Yet there were "Who Dat?" chants ringing throughout the Georgia Dome late Thursday night. This was the saddest moment yet in... more

The New Orleans Saints benefited greatly from a controversial call last week when 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was called for unnecessary roughness for striking Drew Brees in the neck. On Thursday, the Saints benefited from a non-call in their 17-13... more

Robert Griffin III's leadership has come under focus this week after some postgame comments that drew a sharp response from teammate Santana Moss. Breer: Two young QBs, one problem In his robust notebook, Albert Breer explains the predictable issue... more

We called Mike Glennon this season's best rookie quarterback by far a few weeks ago. That was before Glennon helped Tampa win two consecutive games, including a sensational performance against Atlanta that included 41 points and just three... more

Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito's grievance hearing has been postponed until after the investigation by independent arbitrator Ted Wells is complete. Incognito's hearing was supposed to take place Thursday. "The Miami Dolphins and... more

Reggie Bush is enjoying the best season of his eight-year career. The Detroit Lions just aren't the same team without him on the field. He's currently in the top 10 in yards from scrimmage, yards per carry and rushing yards; Bush never has finished... more

Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito might never play for the team again, but he remains close with his offensive line teammates. Center Mike Pouncey told reporters Wednesday he watched the team's 20-16 win  over the San Diego Chargers on... more

Take one of the most outspoken, unpredictable NFL players of the last decade. Put him on the freewheeling New York Jets. It was only a matter of time until safety Ed Reed said something that will create headlines. Cue Reed on Houston Texans defensive... more

The Oakland Raiders made it official on Wednesday: Matt McGloin is going to start at quarterback this week against the Tennessee Titans. They didn't have any choice. There was no way the Raiders could go back to Terrelle Pryor because McGloin was too... more

Saints quarterback Drew Brees said there was "no doubt " that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks committed a penalty on Brees for striking him in the neck during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-20 New Orleans win . The NFL agrees with Brees.... more

We cover the biggest storylines each week in the Quarterback Index and rank the position based on this year's play alone. The last pass of Tom Brady's most encouraging game of the season fell short. He knows it . That throw, and the ensuing... more

We learned earlier on Monday that Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden would be suspended by the NFL for his head-butt of Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker. Bobby Rainey When the league sent out the press release to announce the... more

Referee Clete Blakeman wouldn't change a thing. After reviewing the controversial non-call  that ended Monday night's 24-20 Carolina Panthers victory, Blakeman believes his crew did everything right. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the... more

It was the game of the year in the NFL. It featured an electric performance from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady, and the signature game of Cam Newton's young career. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Carolina... more

Matt Schaub's return to the field in Houston was short-lived. Texans coach Gary Kubiak revealed Monday that Case Keenum will remain the team's starting quarterback this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sticking with Keenum is the sensible... more

The Steelers' defense had coughed up a two-touchdown lead in a matter of minutes. After Detroit scored 27 points in the second quarter in Pittsburgh, this wayward Steelers season looked ready to implode beyond repair -- finally. And then a funny thing... more

Each week on "Master Level Plays," we highlight some of the best performances and moments from the previous Sunday. The Bears have the best set of receivers in the NFL at going after contested passes. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall usually do... more

Wes Welker's status for his return to New England is in doubt. The Denver Broncos wide receiver suffered a concussion Sunday night in the team's 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half. Welker took one big hit in the third quarter, left... more

These Denver Broncos have a way of making winning look too easy. Sunday's AFC West clash against the Kansas City Chiefs was billed as the "game of the year," but it felt routine. There were no lead changes in Denver's 27-17 victory . Peyton Manning... more

A lot of nonsense will be written about how the Miami Dolphins won Sunday over San Diego in the "face of adversity," just when it appeared the football world was crashing around them. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the... more

It took more than five hours, but the Chicago Bears finally put away the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in overtime Sunday. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Chicago Bears' 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens from Week 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 19... more

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams has accused NFL umpire Roy Ellison of swearing at him during Sunday's disappointing 24-16 loss in Philadelphia. Williams said that Ellison called him a "a garbage ass disrespectful... more

On this eleventh glorious football Sunday of the year, we did not expect to be writing about Andre Ellington's dreadlocks. But duty calls. First, the most disgusting video you'll see on our site all year: It was all prelude to an emotional post-game... more

Sunday's game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens was temporarily suspended in the first quarter because of severe weather. Fans at the game were asked to leave their seats and head for the covered concourses. Both teams left for the... more

Denver Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio might get a chance to lead a program of his own soon enough. Take a look at the sideline sensations of the Pac-12 in action. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Del Rio interviewed for the... more

Tony Gonzalez has missed just two games in his 17-year career. The Atlanta Falcons tight end is questionable to miss a third contest Sunday against  the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Harrison: Week 11 Game Picks With a number of marquee matchups dotting the... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last Sunday that Ben Roethlisberger likely will ask for a trade during the offseason due to frustration with the team's direction. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver added fuel to the fire Thursday night when he... more

The Colts are a young, flawed, overachieving team under Chuck Pagano. Ups and downs are going to happen. Just never count them out of the game at halftime. Indianapolis all but won the AFC South on Thursday night in Nashville, storming back to beat... more

Praised in most corners for their trade of Trent Richardson from Cleveland two months ago, the Indianapolis Colts have recently taken a lot of criticism for the move. Richardson has 250 yards in seven games with the Colts. His 2.8 yards-per-carry... more

Ed Reed had options after being waived by the Houston Texans on Tuesday. He chose familiarity by signing with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. Reed revealed Thursday that the New England Patriots contacted him about a possible role. "Going in... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday that Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has filed a grievance against the team, per union sources. It is a non-football injury grievance. The grievance will be heard by an independent arbitrator. This... more

The Colts are losing confidence in their offensive line. They said as much last week with their play-calling in the first quarter of Sunday's embarrassing loss to the St. Louis Rams. Down 7-0 late in the first quarter, the Colts faced a... more

Colin Kaepernick dropped back to pass 28 times on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The San Francisco 49ers gained 46 net yards on those plays . Brooks: Trouble by the Bay What's wrong with the 49ers' offense? Bucky Brooks identifies the three... more

Peyton Manning will start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he won't be at 100 percent health. Peyton Manning Manning was not on the field when the Broncos started practice Wednesday, NFL Media's Steve Cyphers reported from Denver.... more

Ed Reed figures to find a team interested in bringing him aboard . It's just not going to be his old team in Baltimore. Justin Tucker Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at his Wednesday news conference that the team "has no plans" to change its... more

The Buffalo Bills want a level playing field when it comes to their schedule. The team's website points out that six of the team's opponents have had extra time to prepare for Bills games because they faced Buffalo after a bye week or a "Thursday Night... more

"The NFL is a passing league." It's said so often that it's become cliche. Like a lot of cliches, it has the benefit of being mostly true. Mostly. Many of the teams with the best records this season have struggled to throw the ball. The Chiefs are... more

The Chicago Bears have done a laudable job of surviving injuries this season with a winning record still intact at 5-4. Things will just get tougher from here. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Detroit Lions' 21-19 win over the Chicago... more

The Dallas Cowboys' defense was forced to play without DeMarcus Ware for three games this season. Just when Ware returned, the team lost another star defender. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Sean Lee is expected to miss the next three... more

Winning can't solve all the problems in Miami. But it would sure help douse a raging media fire that shows no signs of slowing down. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the... more

Quarterback Peyton Manning continued his record touchdown pace Sunday in the Denver Broncos' 28-20 win at San Diego. He also continued a surprising recent trend: taking a lot of hits behind a leaky offensive line. On NFL Network NFL Replay... more

The San Francisco 49ers pride themselves on smart, physical, smashmouth football. The Carolina Panthers are better at that style of play. Riverboat Ron Rivera's band of ferocious defenders shut down the 49ers 10-9 in a classic matchup between two teams... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have experienced wild ups and downs in Chip Kelly's first NFL season. But after 10 weeks, they are still right in the NFC East mix . Nick Foles Philadelphia's 27-13 win in Green Bay continued a number of season-long... more

Three teams in the playoff mix face big questions after injuries at quarterback Sunday. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the season.... more

The Seneca Wallace era in Green Bay might not last long. Scott Tolzien entered the game at quarterback for the Packers after Wallace hurt his groin Sunday on the team's first drive against Philadelphia. Wallace was questionable to return, but he never... more

In Richie Incognito's first extended comments since being suspended indefinitely by the Miami Dolphins, the guard tried to explain the graphic and racial nature of the voice mail he left for teammate Jonathan Martin. "I've taken stuff too far. I did not... more

The Miami Dolphins' locker-room scandal already has cost the team two starting offensive linemen, and it might cost coach Joe Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland their jobs. It also might inspire new legislation from the NFL. League sources... more

Following reports that Dez Bryant's back injury is more serious than the Dallas Cowboys are letting on, Bryant got the final word on his status for Sunday's game in New Orleans. "I feel good and I'm playing on Sunday," Bryant said. "That's all... more

Welcome to the toughest week of the season to pick games . Starting with Thursday night's game between two teams that couldn't play any defense , Week 10 has a slate of toss-ups between evenly matched teams. It feels like the kind of week that... more

The Washington Redskins' offense did whatever it wanted Thursday night in Minnesota. The Redskins led by 13 points midway through the third quarter, scoring on every single possession. They were facing a quarterback who has struggled all year and a... more

Miami Dolphins players turned down the volume on the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito story Thursday, hoping to look ahead to their next game, a Monday night matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the maneuvering to determine Martin's future only is... more

The ever-changing story in Miami centered around suspended Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin has kick-started a larger conversation: Should NFL locker-room culture change? Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci... more

Miami Dolphins teammates didn't want to talk about the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito story anymore Thursday. One day after the team strongly came to Incognito's defense and openly questioned Martin , the Dolphins tried to steer the conversation... more

Ed Reed signed with the Houston Texans to much fanfare. Like most big-name veteran free-agent signings, it hasn't worked out very well. Reed's playing time has declined, and Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips was non-committal when asked if Reed... more

Robert Griffin III's rookie struggles came a year late. One season after steady weekly performances sprinkled in with spectacular plays , RGIII is experiencing the ups and downs of a normal young quarterback. The Redskins scored 45 points in Week 7... more

We expected the Miami Dolphins to be tight-lipped Wednesday concerning Richie Incognito's suspension and his role in Jonathan Martin's absence from the team. Coach Joe Philbin lived up to expectations , sticking to a script. Incognito's teammates were... more

Embattled Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin did not directly address questions Wednesday about the events that led to the suspension of guard Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team . "As you're aware, the NFL is conducting a review,"... more

Life without Aaron Rodgers did not start well for the Green Bay Packers on Monday night . They had a chance to push Chicago into a deep hole in the NFC North, and lost a battle of backup quarterbacks largely because of their defense. NFL Media... more

The Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles both go on the road this week, trying to stay relevant as potential playoff teams. Young quarterbacks will continue to lead them. Nick Foles Coach Chip Kelly announced Wednesday that Nick Foles continues... more

This is the Quarterback Index. I rank the top quarterbacks each week based on this season's play alone. Joe Flacco forever changed how he'll be viewed last February in New Orleans. But he still hasn't climbed the final mountain for NFL quarterback... more

The Chicago Bears' 27-20 upset  of the Packers in Green Bay on Monday night will be billed as a win for Josh McCown in a battle of backup quarterbacks on the night Aaron Rodgers hurt his shoulder . I see it as a triumph for Bears coach Marc Trestman's... more

Joe Philbin has given a lot of press conferences since taking over as Miami Dolphins head coach. None have felt more important than the one he gave Monday following guard Richie Incognito's suspension from the team. Philbin spoke for nearly five minutes... more

Each week on "Only the Best," we highlight some of the best plays, performances and moments from the previous Sunday. The Washington Redskins would not have won on Sunday if not for receiver Pierre Garcon. (Although Chargers coach Mike McCoy's... more

The NFL started its investigation Monday into the situation surrounding Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. With guard Richie Incognito suspended indefinitely by the team, new details emerged about the veteran guard's involvement in Martin's... more

Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the team, Incognito told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington on Sunday. Coach Joe Philbin delivered the news to Incognito. The team later confirmed the suspension, which was for... more

Coach Gary Kubiak was taken off the field on a stretcher Sunday night after collapsing near the team's bench on his way to the locker room at halftime during the Houston Texans' 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Kubiak, 52, was responsive to... more

One week after a terrific win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Oakland Raiders came crashing back to earth Sunday. They gave up an NFL record-tying seven touchdowns to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, and suffered injuries to big-name... more

The New England Patriots have a bye next week, but Tom Brady probably doesn't want the time off. His offense finally is rounding into form. The Patriots rolled up 55 points and 610 yards of offense in a thorough 55-31 shellacking of the Pittsburgh... more

The story behind Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin's absence from the team is just getting started. The next stop: A formal review by the NFL. "We received notification today from Jonathan's representation about allegations of player misconduct,"... more

One foot away from a season imploded beyond repair, the Washington Redskins made a stand with a little help from San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy. With a wild 30-24 overtime victory over the Chargers on Sunday, the Redskins moved to 3-5 on the... more

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin isn't returning to the team anytime soon. Martin is expected to be placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list this week following his departure from the team for emotional reasons, and the Dolphins... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox will undergo an aortic heart valve replacement next week that will sideline him "at least several weeks," the team announced late Saturday night. Fox, 58, was taken to a Charlotte-area hospital on Saturday after feeling... more

It's Friday. The Buffalo Bills don't know who will be their starting quarterback Sunday. It's looking more like Thad Lewis will not get the call. Lewis, the team's starter for the last three weeks, was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' nightmare season hit its nadir Friday. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy again. The earliest he'll be eligible to rejoin the team is prior to the start of the... more


Sometimes football is not that complicated. Sometimes it just comes down to what team has the best player on the field. On Halloween night, Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake was that player. Miami pulled off a season-stabilizing upset of the... more

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins has been one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL over the last two seasons. It looks like the Bengals might have to get used to life without him. Atkins left Cincinnati's 22-20 overtime... more

Aldon Smith is out of treatment and back on the San Francisco 49ers' active roster. The 49ers pass rusher was activated from the non-football injury list Thursday, allowing him to return to practice with the team during its bye week. He's now eligible... more

Jerome Bettis is annually becoming one of the most difficult cases for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to decide on. Even Bettis' former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate and friend Rod Woodson isn't sure. Our friend Dave Dameshek asked Woodson... more

No one wants to fully buy in on the new Andy Dalton. Perhaps it's because we've seen him roll through hot stretches before. The AFC offensive player of the month in October has had periods of brilliance in his first and second seasons before prolonged... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached the depressing point in the season that arrives for every deeply disappointing squad. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke out the "M" word. Big Ben said Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , that Sunday's... more

Thad Lewis has taken a beating in three surprisingly competent starts at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills this season. It looks like all those hits have taken a toll. Jeff Tuel took first-team snaps at practice Wednesday while Lewis did not... more

Chip Kelly ended any remaining drama about this week's quarterback decision Wednesday morning, saying Nick Foles will start for Philadelphia's game in Oakland . After that, Kelly would not entertain questions about who would be the Eagles' starting... more

This is the Quarterback Index. I rank the top quarterbacks each week based on this season's play alone. Every four weeks, I list every starter from No. 1-32. This is one of those weeks. The dominance of the Denver Broncos' offense already is taken for... more

Eight weeks is enough time to give up on your team for the season. It's enough time for us to look back at what we've learned so far in the AFC and NFC . It's enough time to think we know something about this season, when we probably have no clue.... more

The NFL succeeds, in part, because every team has hope in Week 1. The worst team in football one season can start the next year 8-0. The flipside: No sport crushes those hopes faster. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from sleeper team to meltdown mode... more

We're one day away from the NFL trade deadline. We've discussed the deals that should happen , and gone over all the rumors from the weekend . With time running down, here's a rundown of where we stand: Jared Allen: Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, one of... more

Brandon Meriweather was back at the team's facility Monday after being suspended  one game for illegal hits to the helmet. And the Washington Redskins safety says he's learned some important lessons. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the... more

Travis Benjamin's 79-yard touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on "Thursday Night Football" was one of the highlights of this wayward season for the Cleveland Browns. On Monday, we learned that Benjamin won't be around for the team's final eight games of... more

The Arizona Cardinals are one of the NFL's early season surprises at 4-4. But it's because of a ferocious defense, and not an uneven passing game. Even Larry Fitzgerald has struggled to produce and stay healthy. He caught four passes for 48 yards... more

Dez Bryant got a lot of attention on Sunday for his sideline tantrums directed at Tony Romo, tight end Jason Witten and wide receivers coach Derek Dooley. Probably too much attention, considering all the amazing moments in Detroit's last-second win over... more

The Arizona Cardinals aren't one of the most aesthetically pleasing teams in the NFL. They are one of the most improved. Andre Ellington Sunday's 27-13 victory over a hurting Atlanta Falcons team was the most complete effort Arizona put... more

Robert Griffin III gave Washington another injury scare Sunday evening, but it does not look to be serious. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Denver Broncos' 45-21 win over the Washington Redskins from Week 8 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at... more

Chip Kelly has a quarterback problem. His starter, Michael Vick, can't stay on the field. His backup Nick Foles struggled in his last start before suffering a concussion. The team's third quarterback, Matt Barkley, looks like a rookie . Kelly admits... more

Chip Kelly is facing his first crisis as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. His quarterbacks can't stay healthy. His offense can't score. Now 3-5, Kelly might have the worst team in the NFC East. It's hard to take Philadelphia too seriously as a... more

Michael Vick's return to the Philadelphia Eagles' lineup didn't last long. Matt Barkley entered Sunday's game against the New York Giants late in the second quarter after Vick aggravated his hamstring injury early in the contest. Vick officially was... more

The NFL trade deadline used to be a wasteland of inactivity. There weren't even any good rumors to keep us occupied. Those times have changed . We've already seen a number of significant deals (Trent Richardson, Eugene Monroe) during this season,... more

Jimmy Graham's foot injury hasn't received a lot of attention this week, but it could be the biggest game-time decision. Graham didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday despite having an extra week to rest during the New Orleans Saints' bye. He returned to... more

The stands were not exactly filled as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the field Thursday night against Carolina. By the middle of the fourth quarter, with the home team down 25, the stands were almost empty. The fans have given up on these Buccaneers... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano steadfastly has insisted that he's not worried about his job status, despite his 0-6 start to the season. But Schiano's gig is far from safe. Couchgating tips for Week 8 Around The League clues in viewers on... more

A lot of things have gone right for the Buffalo Bills this year. The defense is vastly improved under coordinator Mike Pettine. The offense is more creative and competitive even with backup quarterback Thad Lewis at the helm. Mario Williams But... more

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley remains in the hospital, but he continues to improve following his neck injury suffered Sunday. His football future remains an open question. "Jermichael is still seeking opinions from specialists. He's... more

Perhaps all those conspiracy theories about Peyton Manning suffering an injury in Sunday's loss to the Colts were right. Manning did not practice Wednesday, according to NFL Media's Steve Cyphers. Manning was among a big group of Broncos players... more

Blaine Gabbert is healthy enough to fully practice after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. But Gabbert is not going to start for Jacksonville on Sunday in London. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley confirmed that Chad Henne will start at... more

The calendar said October 20, 2013. It felt like November 2012. Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III ran with abandon. The read option was humming. After a season filled with sobering growing pains for the two young stars, everything felt possible... more

The Brandon Weeden era is all but over in Cleveland. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced Wednesday that Jason Campbell will start Sunday's game in Kansas City. This is as strong an indictment of Weeden as a franchise quarterback as the team can... more

Half of the NFL is miserable every Tuesday. Half of the league is on top of the world. This column is here to tell you that the sky isn't necessarily falling. (Or that it's early to break out the champagne.) Here are the storylines we're not overreacting... more

The Minnesota Vikings made a bold organizational decision when they were sitting at 1-3. They decided to bet the rest of their season on Josh Freeman. That decision might wind up costing a lot of people their jobs. On Monday night, during one of the... more

Each week on "Only the Best," we highlight some of the best plays, performances and moments from the previous Sunday. We just witnessed the ugliest, season-altering day of injuries  of the NFL season. But it wasn't all darkness in Week 7 . The... more

The Houston Texans' season continued to spiral downward in Kansas City on Sunday when the team fell to 2-5 after losing to the Chiefs. And there was a lot more going on behind the scenes than we knew about. The Texans waived defensive end Sam... more

The Chicago Bears will try to survive without quarterback Jay Cutler for a while. They can only hope it goes better than it did back in 2011. Coach Marc Trestman told reporters Monday that Cutler will miss "a minimum" of four weeks with a torn groin... more

Professional football lost another one of its most influential architects on Monday. Tennessee Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr. passed away of natural causes at the age of 90 in his Houston home, the team announced Monday. Adams was the longest tenured... more

When Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing tore his ACL last season, the team's defense fell apart. It looks like the Texans will have to deal with a similar obstacle this year. Test results confirmed Monday what Cushing had feared. Cushing told... more

On a day with an avalanche of injuries , Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin's shoulder injury got lost in the shuffle. It figures to get more attention now. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported early Monday morning that Martin could... more

The St. Louis Rams' season is about to look a whole lot different. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that an MRI confirms Sam Bradford has a torn ACL , according to two sources informed of the situation. Bradford suffered the injury during... more

October 20th, 2013, turned out to be one of those  Sundays. The kind of week that changes the complexion of the NFL season because of injuries to key players. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will miss... more

Case Keenum was an upgrade at quarterback on Matt Schaub. The Houston Texans' defense gave up just three points in the second half. And yet the Texans' 2013 season still continues its downward spiral. If moral victories existed, the Texans would get one... more

Desperate times call for desperate conversations. In St. Louis, that means the possibility of adding Tim Tebow to the roster. A Rams source told NFL Media columnist Michael Silver on Sunday that the team has at least internally discussed the possibility... more

Bill Belichick didn't agree with the controversial penalty that ultimately helped give the New York Jets a victory Sunday. Jets kicker Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field-goal attempt in overtime, but New England Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones was... more

Arian Foster was limited in practice during the week because of a hamstring injury. The same problem quickly knocked him out of Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Foster left the game after just four carries for 11 yards. He went to the... more

The NFC East has been a punchline this season for good reason. It's the worst division in football. After seven weeks, however, we now have a clear favorite to finish the season on top. The Dallas Cowboys are 3-0 in the division after a thorough... more

The quarterback "controversy" in Philadelphia is over before it started. Nick Foles struggled badly Sunday  for three-plus quarters against the Dallas Cowboys, before leaving to be evaluated for a head injury. The Cowboys hit Foles hard while... more

Brett Favre is not returning to football. So he has to stay involved in the sport in some way. On NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" on Sunday, Favre revealed that Aaron Rodgers is his fantasy quarterback. "It is true. And I have 27 minutes left to... more

The Dallas Cowboys could be seriously short-handed in Philadelphia on Sunday . DeMarco Murray (knee) and DeMarcus Ware (shoulder) are doubtful to play the Eagles, but both players made the trip to Philadelphia, ESPNDallas reported, per a source. Murray... more

Just when we believe Atlanta's injury woes can't get any worse, they get even worse. Roddy White will miss the first game of his nine-year NFL career Sunday, ending his streak of 133 consecutive games played, the Falcons announced Friday. The wide... more

The Denver Broncos are not going to finish the regular season 16-0. They have to lose sometime, and this week's game in Indianapolis sets up as a logical place for a setback. Each week, we on the Around The League crew make our picks . And each Friday... more

Most quarterbacks parrot the same postgame quotes, week after week. They need to look at the film, and they are taking things one game at a time. Carson Palmer is different. He doesn't mind looking ahead at the schedule, like most fans. And Palmer... more

There are a lot of different ways we could break down the Seattle Seahawks' impressive 34-22 victory in Arizona on Thursday night. But let's be honest: This was The Russell Wilson Show. Some players are made for prime time, and Wilson showed again... more

We've seen a few regrettable columns written about Adrian Peterson in the wake of his son passing away. We read another regrettable Peterson column Thursday, but it had nothing to do with his private life. Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press penned... more

The New England Patriots' defense keeps taking hit after hit. Their two most valuable players, nose tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jerod Mayo, are out for the season . Their best player in the secondary, cornerback Aqib Talib, is expected to miss... more

If Gary Kubiak is going down with the ship in Houston this year, he's going down with his guys. The Texans announced Thursday that quarterback Case Keenum will start Sunday in Kansas City , a surprising choice since T.J. Yates has more experience and... more

Gregg Rosenthal takes a weekly look at the MVP race and one other award to be given out at the "NFL Honors" awards in February. MVP Forecast 1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos 2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs How do you determine "value"... more

We are nearing the end of this already tiresome Peyton Manning-Jim Irsay news cycle. Denver Broncos coach John Fox threw gasoline on the fire by calling Irsay's recent comments a "cheap shot ," even if the quotes weren't so bad . Harrison: Hall of Fame... more

Jay Ratliff's decorated nine-year run with the Dallas Cowboys ended Wednesday with a thud. The team released the four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle off the reserve/physically unable to perform list, with a failed physical tag because of his... more

As Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne told reporters on Wednesday, the "circus" arrived in town early this week in anticipation of Peyton Manning's return . Denver Broncos coach John Fox helped add to the noise . Fox called Colts owner Jim... more

The speculation can end now. Josh Freeman will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night against the New York Giants. Announced by the team Wednesday, the decision caps a frenzied couple of weeks for Freeman. He went from being... more

David Wilson isn't out for the season with his neck injury , but he's not returning to save the New York Giants' running game anytime soon. In the meantime, the Giants will hope a familiar NFL name can revive his career. NFL Media's Aditi... more

Julian Edelman is Tom Brady's No. 1 receiver. The New England Patriots are 5-1. Pour these two statements together, mix in a breathtaking, game-winning throw , and suddenly folks are drunk on a narrative that positions this as one of Brady's most... more

Half of the league is miserable every Tuesday. Half of the league is on top of the world. This column is here to tell you that the sky isn't necessarily falling. (Or that it's early to break out the champagne.) Here are the storylines we're not... more

Most NFL offenses seek out the big play. The San Diego Chargers specialize in the long, slow drive. That approach might not fill up the highlight reel , but Philip Rivers continues to lead one of the most effective offenses in the NFL. On Monday night,... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak doesn't know if Matt Schaub will be healthy enough to start this week. Kubiak also won't say who will start at quarterback if Schaub can't recover in time. Schein: Houston, here's your problem In the wake of the... more

Each week on "Only the Best," we highlight some of the best plays, performances and moments from the previous Sunday. Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles owns Greg Schiano . Put Foles in Tampa, Fla., and he turns into John... more

Desmond Bishop's injury-plagued career took another huge hit Sunday. Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed that the linebacker suffered a torn ACL in the team's loss to the Carolina Panthers. Bishop, who tore his hamstring as a member of... more

When Matt Flynn hit free agency in 2012, he was compared to Kevin Kolb as a prospect. Now, the two men are on the same roster. The Buffalo Bills announced the signing Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport had reported the move was planned.... more

The hardest decision every Monday morning is deciding what story to write. There are countless options from gameday to choose from. This is the first time I've ever felt that fans were a huge part of the story from the previous Sunday. We debated which... more

Adrian Peterson's intensely personal decision to play in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers two days after the death of his 2-year-old son never was a question in Peterson's mind. "I don't ask people to understand my mindset and how I think,"... more

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots used to pull off improbable comeback victories as a matter of routine. On Sunday evening in Foxborough, in front of a half-empty Gillette Stadium, Brady turned back the clock. On NFL Network NFL Replay... more

Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints featured enough high profile injuries to fill up an entire injury roundup for Week 6. Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola left with a head injury and did not return after... more

The Houston Texans thought last week's blowout loss in San Francisco was rock bottom. They had no clue. Matt Schaub hurt his ankle Sunday during an ugly 38-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams. The ugliest, most memorable moment came courtesy of the... more

Don't call it a quarterback controversy. Nick Foles played lights out in Tampa on Sunday, but Michael Vick is going to get his job back when he's healthy enough to play. Make no mistake: The Eagles can afford to wait until Vick is 100 percent ready,... more

All of the quarterback conversation in Minnesota has distracted fans from a deeper, uncomfortable truth about the Vikings: It's not all about the quarterback. Leslie Frazier's defense has been a disappointment all season, and that was never more obvious... more

Adrian Peterson is playing for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, just a few days after experiencing the most painful loss imaginable . It's a personal decision, and we don't believe any discussion about the merits of... more

Michael Vick potentially could step on the field Sunday in Tampa. But it would be just in an emergency situation. The Eagles made Vick active Sunday against the Buccaneers, but he is the team's No. 3 emergency quarterback. Nick Foles will start for... more

It's been awhile since the New England Patriots had good injury news. On Friday, they got good news and bad news. NFL Media's Albert Breer said Friday on "Around the League Live" that running back Stevan Ridley and wide receiver Danny Amendola both... more

One of Adrian Peterson's sons passed away Friday. The 2-year-old died of injuries from an aggravated assault Wednesday, Sioux Falls police confirmed to NFL Media. The accused attacker, Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault... more

Kellen Winslow's comeback season is going to take a four-game break. The NFL announced Friday that Winslow has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Winslow's suspension begins... more

The Chicago Bears' replacement for Brian Urlacher will need to be replaced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that middle linebacker D.J. Williams is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, according to source who has spoken with Williams.... more

D.J. Fluker's body slam heard around the world came with a price. The San Diego Chargers offensive tackle missed practice Thursday with a calf injury he says he suffered while throwing Oakland Raiders linebacker Sio Moore to the ground last Monday night .... more

Six weeks into the regular season and nearly five months removed from his latest forearm surgery, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski still is not cleared to return to the field. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Dr. James Andrews... more

Johnny Jolly needed codeine. The Green Bay Packers defensive tackle's addiction had so overtaken his life that he had to take the drug the night before games and throughout the season to maintain his high. "At the rate I was going, I could've been... more

St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Texans coach Gary Kubiak will not hesitate to pull Matt Schaub if the turnovers continue on Sunday. The Texans are 3-6 in their last nine games. Further reading: Schaub... more

The New York Giants finally didn't give up more than 30 points, Brandon Jacobs ran like it was 2009, and the Giants failed to give up a 100-yard rusher for the first time all season. And yet the Giants are still winless after a 27-21 loss to the... more

A rousing week for the New York Jets got a dose of potentially sobering news Thursday. Geno Smith NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a knee injury at practice. He was slated to have an MRI after... more

As the losses pile up (the latest being Thursday night's 27-21 defeat to the Chicago Bears), the talk around the New York Giants increasingly will turn to Tom Coughlin's future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that we shouldn't expect the coach to... more

It's been a while since we saw Robert Griffin III. The Washington Redskins quarterback showed great improvement during a Week 3 loss in Detroit, and then followed that up with a solid performance in Oakland. This week's matchup in Dallas is Griffin's... more

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier would not publicly reveal the team's starting quarterback Thursday despite reports that Matt Cassel is the guy. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Cassel took the majority of reps at practice Thursday.... more

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper inspired a fevered debate about prejudice and forgiveness after he was caught making a racially insensitive comment in a video that surfaced during training camp. Michael Vick led the charge in wanting... more

At 0-5, the New York Giants haven't just been bad. They have been historically bad. They are only the third team in NFL history to give up more than 30 points in their first five games. No team has ever given up 30-plus in six straight. It's hard to... more

There will be no miracle second opinion for the Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones. The star receiver will have season-ending surgery on his foot next week, a source informed of the medical opinion told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak left the door open for a quarterback change when we last heard from him. He thought about replacing Matt Schaub throughout the week, but Kubiak announced on Wednesday that Schaub would keep his job. "It was a tough... more

Well before the NFL season started, I was convinced that the young crop of quarterbacks 25 and under would be the story to track in 2013. Five weeks in, Andrew Luck stands apart from the pack. Andrew Luck It's not like the rest of the guys are... more

Brian Robison is the rare player to sign a third contract with the team that drafted him. And he's done it in less than seven full seasons. The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday that Robison signed a contract extension . NFL Media Insider Ian... more

NFL vice president of security Jeff Miller confirmed Wednesday to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the league is aware of an incident at the home of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub involving a fan. "This is a little unusual in that we... more

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did a lot more than expected at practice Tuesday, despite a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out of the lineup this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . Nick Foles practiced with the starters... more

Half of the league is miserable every Tuesday. Half of the league is on top of the world. This column is here to tell you that the sky isn't necessarily falling. (Or that it's early to break out the champagne.) Here are the storylines we're not... more

David Wilson's nightmare season continues to get worse. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin announced Tuesday that Wilson will miss the team's tilt  with the Chicago Bears on NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football." It's not a surprise considering... more

It's time to let go of what you thought about the 2013 NFL season back in August. The New York Jets are not a punch line. The Atlanta Falcons, now 1-4, are not a good home team. And Rex Ryan is not about to get fired. Geno Smith The 3-2 Jets... more

Josh Freeman officially joined the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night after passing a team physical. His reasoning for joining the team is a little surprising. Debate: What's the Vikings' plan? Will the addition of Josh Freeman make Minnesota forget... more

Tony Romo's interception heard around the NFL world never should have been thrown, according to Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Tony Romo Speaking to reporters Monday, Garrett said Romo should have checked the ball down to running back... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak indicated after Sunday's 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that Matt Schaub would remain the team's starting quarterback. Given a night to think about it and watch the film, Kubiak was less definitive. Kubiak... more

Each week on "Only the Best," we highlight some of the best plays, performances and moments from the previous Sunday. We hope that enough people stayed up on the East Coast to watch Terrelle Pryor's post-primetime performance . Week after week, Pryor... more

Matt Flynn's fall from grace in Oakland was swift and humiliating. Now it is complete. Flynn, the Raiders' nominal starting quarterback less than two months ago, will be released by the team Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source... more

There's a reason why Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly wanted to keep Nick Foles around. Kelly knows his starting quarterback, Michael Vick, has missed nine games over the last two years and wasn't likely to stay healthy all season. Foles is... more

The Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars face off Sunday in what is the most lopsided-looking matchup in recent NFL history. Knowshon Moreno In this "Any Given Sunday" league, it's rare to find a game in which one team appears to have... more

Dumped by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Josh Freeman had no shortage of interested teams that wanted to bring him aboard. Debate: What's the Vikings' plan? Will the addition of Josh Freeman make Minnesota forget about Christian Ponder and... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak stuck with Matt Schaub as long as possible. Schaub finally gave his coach no other choice but to make a change at quarterback. T.J. Yates entered Sunday night's 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth... more

The narrative that Tony Romo is a "choke artist" is not fair or accurate. But it will get a lot of run in the coming days. The game of the NFL season turned on a Romo interception, with the Denver Broncos outlasting the Cowboys 51-48 on Sunday night in... more

Michael Vick was knocked out of Sunday's win over the New York Giants with a hamstring injury, but the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback says it wasn't that serious. Vick told reporters he could have returned to the game if backup quarterback Nick... more

The New Orleans Saints don't have a running game. And they still might be the most complete team in the entire NFL. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New Orleans Saints' 26-18 win over the Chicago Bears from Week 5 on Tuesday, Oct. 8... more

Tom Brady's 52-game TD pass streak is over. Just don't blame it on the rain. The Cincinnati Bengals' defense pushed Brady and the New England Patriots' offense all over the field Sunday, well before a torrential downpour hit in the final few minutes.... more

The Oakland Raiders are interested in bringing in Josh Freeman, possibly as their starting quarterback. If that doesn't work out, they still might pick up another signal-caller. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday via a source that the... more

We have our first big surprise on a busy Sunday morning for injuries. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson missed Sunday's game because of a knee injury . It's the first missed game for Megatron since the 2010 season finale . He routinely... more

I'm a fan of anything that breaks up routine. This Sunday's football schedule is anything but routine. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers will kick off Sunday night with a "Thursday Night Football Special Edition" broadcast on NFL Network... more

The 49ers and Seahawks aren't the only rivals who like to poach players from one another. The New York Jets claimed former New England Patriots tight end Zach Sudfeld off waivers on Friday, preventing Sudfeld from returning to the Patriots' practice... more

Thursday night was a rough one for starting quarterbacks. Cleveland Browns starter Brian Hoyer is out for the season with a torn ACL. Buffalo Bills rookie EJ Manuel was knocked out with a knee injury that turned out to be a sprained LCL .... more

The Cleveland Browns' worst fears concerning starting quarterback Brian Hoyer's knee injury were realized Friday. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced Hoyer tore his right ACL and will require surgery. Hoyer will miss the rest of the season.... more

The news surrounding the New York Giants' offensive line continues to get worse. Four-time Pro Bowl pick Chris Snee has been placed on injured reserve Friday, the team announced. Snee, who is Giants coach Tom Coughlin's son-in-law, had hip surgery... more

The Brandon Weeden era in Cleveland isn't over yet. Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer left Thursday night's 37-24 win over  the Buffalo Bills with a right knee injury. Coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters after the game that Hoyer sprained his knee... more

The Cleveland Browns took a punch to the gut early Thursday night when they lost starting quarterback Brian Hoyer to a knee sprain and fell behind by 10 points against the Buffalo Bills. Most Browns teams over the years would have folded at that point.... more

An entertaining game on Thursday night between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns was marred by quarterback injuries. Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel went to the locker room with a knee injury in the third quarter of Buffalo's 37-24 loss. He... more

Josh Freeman is out in Tampa . Coach Greg Schiano's reputation has taken a hit , including his standing within the Buccaneers' locker room. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver, speaking Thursday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff," said he... more

Entering the season, Sean Lee and Bruce Carter looked like one of the best young linebacker duos in the NFL. It just took four weeks for the Dallas Cowboys to bench one of them. (Hint: It's not the guy who just signed a huge new contract and... more

When an NFL team faces a setback on Sunday, the coach calls it a "team loss." Thursday's release of quarterback Josh Freeman by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a complete organizational loss. Coach Greg Schiano's tenure in Tampa has reached a crossroads.... more

The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are not the teams you think they are. The Browns are legitimate playoff contenders in a watered down AFC North. Their deep defensive front seven rivals any in the NFL. Brian Hoyer is an upgrade at quarterback. The... more

The NFL and the NFLPA don't agree on everything, but they can come together when it comes to the confidentiality of the league's substance-abuse program. Information concerning Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman's status in the program came out... more

October's arrival means only one thing: We no longer feel guilty talking about this season's MVP race. Last year on Around The League, we broke down the top 10 candidates for the MVP award every week. This year, we're expanding the column to include... more

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen's critical postgame comments about Matt Flynn's poor play were a bad omen for Flynn. On Wednesday, we learned how bad. Matt McGloin , an undrafted rookie quarterback, was taking second-team snaps ahead of Flynn... more

San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who is appealing his latest fine for a personal-foul penalty, joked Tuesday that he was going to remove the "W" from his last name. We thought it was a joke. It is not a joke. It's official...The W is being... more

It feels like 2009 all over again at the quarterback position. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are undefeated and saving their best stuff for prime-time games. Look a little closer, and other portions of the quarterback totem pole appear upside down.... more

Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford doesn't speak often, so folks in Detroit pay close attention when he does talk. Especially when he starts calling  the division rival Chicago Bears, who the Lions put away 40-32 in Week 4, "a bunch of thugs."... more

The city of Baltimore was hoping general manager Ozzie Newsome could work his magic and make a trade for a wide receiver who would save the sagging Ravens offense. He did much better. Power Rankings: Pats are legit Elliot Harrison says the Patriots... more

Half of the league is miserable every Tuesday. With so few regular-season games, every loss feels like another piece of evidence proving that your favorite team just isn't very good. This column is here to tell you that the sky isn't necessarily... more


The New Orleans Saints entered Week 4 undefeated. Plenty of stories had been written about coach Sean Payton's return from suspension. But it didn't feel like the Saints truly were back until Monday night. The 2013 Saints are ready for prime time.... more

When Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak took the blame for Matt Schaub's crippling interception Sunday , it sounded like a coach sticking up for his player. Perhaps Kubiak was just being honest. "I take responsibility," Kubiak said. "I put him in a... more

The Tennessee Titans are not happy about the hits that injured their quarterback, Jake Locker, and they are hoping the NFL does something about it. Titans coach Mike Munchak said he had an "emotional" conversation with the league office about the hits... more

Each week on "Only the Best," we highlight some of the best plays, performances and moments from the previous Sunday. For most of Sunday's game, Marshawn Lynch was the only effective part of the Seattle Seahawks' offense. With the offensive line... more

It's now Geno Smith's team in New York, if any doubt remained. Battista: Fitting end to Sanchize era Mark Sanchez's Jets tenure has been a roller-coaster ride, to say the least. Judy Battista explains why this ending is appropriate. READ NFL... more

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen couldn't hide his exasperation. He thought quarterback Matt Flynn was the decisive factor in the team losing a winnable game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. "Obviously, I don't think he saw the field very... more

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin has preached that his team stay together and not point fingers during their depressing, winless start to the season. That's going to be more difficult to accomplish as the losses pile up. Following Sunday's 31-7... more

There is no replacing Vince Wilfork. There's no player quite like him in the NFL, much less on New England's roster. You can't just find 350-pound run stoppers "on the street" who take up multiple blockers. Wilfork's loss to a torn Achilles , as... more

The Tennessee Titans have been perhaps the most surprising team in the NFL this season. Jake Locker probably played the two best games of his career over the last two weeks. Locker's season, and the Titans' relevancy, now depend on the status of... more

The Atlanta Falcons are getting used to having the ball, in the red zone, with the game on the line. And Matt Ryan keeps throwing incompletions. The New England Patriots held on to win 30-23 on Sunday night in Atlanta after a wild fourth quarter rally... more

We'd like to welcome the Washington Redskins' defense to the 2013 season. Robert Griffin III missed you.  The Redskins won 24-14 Sunday over the Raiders , a result that puts both teams at 1-3 for the season. The difference is in their divisions.... more

Two big-name running backs were injured Sunday in Oakland as the Raiders fell to the Washington Redskins, 24-14. Raiders running back Darren McFadden hurt his hamstring after just five carries, and he quickly was ruled out for the rest of the game.... more

The Seattle Seahawks are proving they don't need to play their best to win away from home. The Seahawks stormed back from a 17-point deficit midway through the third quarter to stun the Houston Texans 23-20 in overtime . After two stirring comeback wins... more

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers' disastrous season found a new low in London. The Minnesota Vikings might have found a new starting quarterback in Matt Cassel. And a sellout crowd at Wembley Stadium finally found out what a thrilling NFL... more

Two key defensive players were knocked out of Seattle's visit to Houston on Sunday. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was taken off the field on a stretcher during Seattle's 23-20 comeback win  over the Texans after suffering a lower back injury... more

Josh Freeman's minimal trade value just took another hit. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers declared the quarterback inactive for Sunday's game because he missed more than one... more

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday night against the Atlanta Falcons after a week of cautious optimism about his status. Gronkowski's family might have played a role in his absence. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Miles Austin's hamstring is a problem once again. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver missed practice Friday, and the team declared him out for Sunday's game in San Diego. Wide receiver Dwayne Harris (hip) returned to practice and could start in Austin's... more

If desperation resulted in great football, Sunday's matchup in London between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings would be the game of the week. It's more likely that this will be a hard-fought, sloppy game that comes down to the wire. Let's... more

Don't get your Matt Flynn jerseys out just yet out of the closet just yet, Raiders fans. Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor was listed as questionable on the Week 4 injury report after increasing his workload at practice Friday,... more

The Indianapolis Colts traded for Trent Richardson, but they didn't look eager to make him a true primary back anytime soon. Ahmad Bradshaw was on the field in the crucial moments late in last week's win  over the 49ers, and a running back by committee... more

Around The League's own Dan Hanzus kick-started a national storyline this week when he noticed that Colin Kaepernick was "favoriting" all the hateful messages he was receiving on Twitter. On Thursday night , Kaepernick responded in the best way... more

Facing the first crisis of the Jim Harbaugh era, the San Francisco 49ers turned back the clock to 2011. The team's 35-11 win over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night wasn't always pretty, but that's just how Harbaugh likes it. In desperate need... more

The San Francisco 49ers' resounding 35-11 victory over the St. Louis Rams on "Thursday Night Football" came with a potentially serious cost.  On what proved to be the 49ers' last offensive snap of the night, left tackle Joe Staley appeared to... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday that quarterback Josh Freeman took his demotion like a professional. New starter Mike Glennon said that Freeman has been supportive. We have to rely on those around Freeman to speak for him,... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor looks unlikely to play this week after suffering a concussion Monday night against the Denver Broncos. Even though Pryor lined up for two snaps after the injury, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL... more

St. Louis Rams fans continue to wait for Sam Bradford to play like a No. 1 overall pick. He hasn't played poorly through four seasons, but he often leaves observers wanting more . It begs the question: When might the Rams' front office think about... more

Option plays took the NFL by storm last year, especially when Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and eventually Russell Wilson were the ones reading defenses. Read option success: 2012 vs. 2013   2012 2013 Total plays 270 172 Total yards 1651 861... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion during Monday's loss to the Denver Broncos , and he couldn't remember much about the game afterward. It's no surprise that he was nowhere to be seen at practice just two days later. Backup... more

The demotion of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is a huge turning point for the Greg Schiano era in Tampa. The coach pointed out multiple times Wednesday that his team has lost eight of their last nine games. They needed a change. Rookie... more

In the wake of Jacoby Jones' recent late-night mishap , Baltimore Ravens legend-turned-broadcaster Ray Lewis said his former team needed some help in the leadership department . Joe Flacco, one of the team's leaders, wasn't thrilled with the comments.... more

Tom Brady is good at a lot of things. Breaking news usually is not one of them. But he might have accidentally let a nugget slip Wednesday while talking to New England Patriots reporters. Brian Hoyer Brady was talking about his former backup... more

Fresh off Cleveland's upset victory in Minnesota, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced Wednesday that quarterback Brian Hoyer will start in his second straight game when they play the Cincinnati Bengals this week . Brian Hoyer That's good,... more

The national reaction to Carolina's resounding 38-0 victory Sunday centered more around the disastrous effort by the New York Giants, rather than giving credit to the Panthers. Coach Ron Rivera wishes it wasn't that way. DeAngelo Williams "It's... more

Philip Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this year. No one wants to admit this out loud because Rivers was a punchline last season, and he probably annoys you for some undefined reason. This column is not about last season. It's not... more

Half of the league is miserable every Tuesday. With so few regular-season games, every loss feels like another piece of evidence proving that your favorite team just isn't very good. This column is here to tell you that the sky isn't necessarily... more

When Bill Belichick retires, we'll miss the press conferences most of all. Watching the New England media try to draw blood from a stone on certain topics has become a sport unto itself. When it comes to injuries, any experienced Patriots reporter... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is dealing with the first two-game losing streak of his professional coaching career. But the 49ers aren't just losing; they are getting hammered . On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Indianapolis... more

Robert Griffin III appeared to make strides Sunday in his third start since his return from ACL surgery, even though the Redskins lost. But wide receiver Pierre Garcon believes RGIII still has a long way to go. "He's not fully healthy , obviously,"... more

General manager Jeff Ireland long has been a public target of ridicule for Miami Dolphins fans. If the team's 3-0 start hasn't changed attitudes, perhaps the following news will: Ireland isn't going anywhere. On NFL Network NFL Replay will... more

Chicago's balanced Week 3 win in Pittsburgh came with a heavy price. Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday and coach Marc Trestman later confirmed .... more

Hakeem Nicks' homecoming in North Carolina turned into a nightmare. In the New York Giants' 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the wide receiver was targeted only once, and that was a throwaway by Eli Manning. Nicks, a former Tar Heel who grew up... more

Chicago's 24-3 lead was crumbling. The Bears' defense was giving up big plays to Ben Roethlisberger, and the Bears' offense was stuck in quicksand. This was the moment, early in the fourth quarter, that the Bears normally would go three-and-out. But... more

The Indianapolis Colts whipped the San Francisco 49ers up front on Sunday. It is a surprising thing to write, just like it was surprising to watch. The Colts were far tougher than the 49ers. If you didn't realize that every NFL season is a different... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suited up Sunday in the team's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. It's uncertain when he will play for the Niners again. Team CEO Jed York announced after the game that Smith will not face the St. Louis Rams on... more

The Atlanta Falcons did all the right things for most of Sunday. They controlled the clock, they won the battle up front on both sides, and Matt Ryan got the ball out of his hand quickly. But the Falcons couldn't close. Ryan Tannehill, not Ryan, was the... more

The Baltimore Ravens put Ray Lewis into their Ring of Honor at halftime Sunday. And then the Ravens' defense broke out a performance reminiscent of Lewis' early 2000s squads. The Ravens manhandled the Houston Texans 30-9 in a game that only featured... more

The Arizona Cardinals will take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday without starting defensive tackle Dan Williams, who is dealing with a terrible personal tragedy. Team spokesman Mark Dalton told The Associated Press that Williams was excused from... more

The New England Patriots last signed Rob Ninkovich to a contract extension in 2009, when he was a promising special-teams player who often subbed in for Adalius Thomas. That deal worked out rather nicely for the Patriots. On Sunday, they did it all... more

The New England Patriots' front office has shown no desire to add any veteran wide receivers to the mix despite the struggles of rookie pass catchers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. Their starting quarterback, however, is keeping up with old friends.... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer reported earlier this week that Rob Gronkowski was unlikely to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday . The Patriots are giving their fans some hope, however. New England listed Gronkowski (back/forearm) as... more

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks entered the season as consensus Super Bowl favorites. They have looked fantastic through two weeks. But they are both now missing their franchise left tackles.  NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported  Friday... more

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury, but all week the team has been optimistic that he would be ready to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday. On Friday, Bush backed up that... more

The Oakland Raiders and Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics share Coliseum. So when the A's eventually clinch their playoff spot this season, scheduling concerns will arise.  Around The League reached out to the NFL league office to check... more

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has struggled badly in plain sight. And no one has taken notice. There are a lot of terrific, surprising stories surrounding the 3-0 start by the Kansas City Chiefs. Eric Fisher's play has provided one early... more

Players often back down from controversial tweets after they write them. Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is taking the opposite approach: He's doubling down after saying earlier this week he expected 2013 to be his final season in Tennessee .... more

Dez Bryant's back tightened up late in the Dallas Cowboys' Sunday loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It slowed down an otherwise electric afternoon , and kept the wide receiver out of practice Wednesday. Bryant was back in uniform Thursday, but not... more

Michael Vick has spoken often this week about his appreciation for what Andy Reid did for the quarterback's career. The two men know each other very well, and Vick believes that familiarity will help him Thursday night  against his old coach. "I... more

Trent Richardson was more shocked than anyone about his trade to the Indianapolis Colts. On his first day in a Colts uniform, the running back wanted to send a message to the Cleveland Browns fans who were similarly stunned. "Keep rooting for the... more

Tony Romo's ribs were a forgotten storyline in a Week 2  loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but it remains a problem for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback. He plans to take another painkilling shot before the team faces the St. Louis Rams this week , just... more

Preparing for Chip Kelly's offense is not like preparing for any other team. "You got to do extra studying, you have to prepare differently, this mental aspect of the game," linebacker Derrick Johnson told NFL Media's Stacey Dales. "It's not a... more

Cleveland Browns fans probably will hate the trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. He was touted as the future just one year ago, and now he's part of a long history of failed draft picks. Thousands of No. 33 jerseys were rendered... more

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay teased fans Wednesday on Twitter, promising a shocking trade. He delivered. The Colts acquired running back Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday in exchange for their 2014 first-round draft... more

James Starks will have another chance to be the Green Bay Packers' starting running back. If he plays like he did last week , he could keep the job for a while. James Starks Coach Mike McCarthy announced at his Wednesday news conference that... more

The Indianapolis Colts' offense is built around the team's incredible 2012 draft class . That class took another major hit Wednesday. NFL Media's Michelle Beisner passed along word that starting tight end Dwayne Allen will miss the entire 2013 season.... more

Two big-name players who were heavily criticized last season are off to fast starts in 2013. Now they have some hardware that recognizes their efforts. The NFL announced Wednesday that San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Buffalo Bills... more

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson should not miss a game after suffering a concussion in Week 2 . Texans coach Gary Kubiak told Baltimore reporters on a conference call Wednesday that Johnson should be "ready to go," according to The Baltimore... more

Maurice Jones-Drew was in and out of last week's depressing 19-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders, finishing with just 27 yards on 10 carries after suffering a foot tendon sprain. Life for the Jacksonville Jaguars only gets tougher this Sunday against the... more

Ryan Tannehill was the best quarterback on the field Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium . Beating the Indianapolis Colts and No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck on the road usually is the type of performance that gets the football nation to take notice.... more

Half of the league is miserable every Tuesday. With only 16 regular season games, every loss feels like another piece of evidence proving that your favorite team just isn't very good. This column is here to tell you that the sky isn't necessarily... more

The Cincinnati Bengals held serve Monday night, beating the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers 20-10 . The victory was remarkable for how unremarkable it was. It gave the nation three hours to watch just how many problems the Steelers have. "There's a... more

The country mourned Monday after learning about the mass shooting deaths at the Washington Navy Yard. For a few scary moments, Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan feared for his mother's safety . Morgan told reporters that his mom works on the... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rough start to the season just got even worse. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Bucs safety Dashon Goldson was suspended one game by the NFL without pay for his hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren... more

Each week on "Only the Best," we highlight some of the best plays , performances and moments from the previous Sunday. Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland had to be smiling Sunday. His young QB, Ryan Tannehill, out-played Andrew Luck. And... more

Sunday was a nasty one for injuries . It included a ton of big names: Ray Rice, Reggie Bush, Maurice Jones-Drew, Steven Jackson and Eddie Lacy. And that was just the running backs. We'll use this post to round up all the next-day news, updating it... more

The big NFL star didn't look right. He was coming off a torn ACL and MCL, and his movement in the pocket wasn't the same. He didn't look confident, and he didn't step into his throws, as he completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes in a desultory Week... more

Pete Carroll pumped his fist for a raging home crowd and national television audience to see. The coach had just won a successful challenge in the middle of the fourth quarter. The score was 29-3.  The Seattle Seahawks didn't just beat the NFC West... more

It was an ugly Sunday for injuries, especially to big-name players. Steven Jackson, Ray Rice, Reggie Bush, Larry Fitzgerald, Eddie Lacy, Maurice Jones-Drew, Andre Johnson and Brandon Weeden were just some of the players to get hurt in Week 2. That's... more

A week of ridiculous comparisons between Peyton Manning and Eli Manning is over. Peyton might have fewer Super Bowl trophies, but he's always been a far superior quarterback. And he's a three-time Manning Bowl champion. The Denver Broncos won Sunday... more

Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III get all the attention. But Ryan Tannehill eventually will be talked about with them when folks discuss the great quarterback class of 2012. Tannehill threw for 319 yards on 34 attempts Sunday in... more

Andy Reid did not bring an explosive offense with him to Kansas City from Philadelphia. Maybe he doesn't need one. The Chiefs' defense came up big for a second straight week, putting a stranglehold on the Dallas Cowboys in a 17-16 win on Sunday.... more

The Green Bay Packers once again are facing big problems at running back. Starter Eddie Lacy left Sunday's 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins with a concussion, according to the Packers' official Twitter feed . Lacy took a big hit to the head from... more

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder turned the ball over four times in a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions. Despite a playoff appearance last season, Ponder can't afford many more games like that if he wants to keep his job. Ponder is on... more

Five days after the San Francisco 49ers took down the Green Bay Packers, it's time to move past the beef between Clay Matthews and Jim Harbaugh. The Packers linebacker was fined $15,000 Friday for his late hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and... more

The new regime in Oakland is looking for a few good Raiders to be part of the team's long-term plans. It found a willing choice in fullback Marcel Reece. The team announced Friday that it signed Reece to a three-year contract extension. Reece is coming... more

We cover injury news throughout the day on Around The League. And then we collect all the injury report news, big and small, in the Internet's most popular injury roundup that is always awesome. 1. Cleveland Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo (bruised... more

New Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton planned to center his offense more around the running game this season than former coordinator Bruce Arians did last season. That goal got a whole lot tougher on Friday. Starting running... more

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' offense looked rough around the edges in the season opener . And then a cavalcade of injuries hit. It's no surprise, then, that things looked even uglier in a Week 2 win on Thursday night against the New York... more

The New England Patriots had more punts than first downs on Thursday night. They were beset by drops and mistakes. The ever-aggressive Bill Belichick was forced to run the ball on third-and-long multiple times. On a night that proved it's a whole... more

No one knows how much New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick makes. We do know that his contract isn't going to end anytime soon. Belichick's contract was to expire in 2013 after its renewal in 2007. Sources told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and... more

Mark Sanchez has said all the right things publicly since he injured his right shoulder during Week 3 of the preseason. But there's no doubt the New York Jets quarterback is unhappy with how things transpired over the last few weeks. "Make no mistake.... more

The New England Patriots are lucky. They are the first NFL team since the 1950 Washington Redskins to face rookie quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks. The Patriots also are unlucky. Their skill positions have been decimated, and it's only Week 2. Wide... more

Mark Sanchez has no intention of missing the rest of the 2013 season because of the torn labrum in his right shoulder. The New York Jets quarterback told NFL Media's Rich Eisen on Thursday that he was "pleasantly surprised" by his "progress."... more

Jermichael Finley surprisingly missed practice Wednesday because of an injured toe. That led to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport revealing that the Green Bay Packers tight end flew to Minnesota for treatment earlier this week. That's the bad news for... more

The list of modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was announced Wednesday on NFL Network, starting a process that will culminate in New York before Super Bowl XLVIII with the announcement of the class. In the meantime,... more

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley finished Sunday's game in San Francisco without incident. That's why it was a surprise when he missed practice Wednesday with a toe injury. Coach Mike McCarthy said Finley would be "hard pressed" to practice... more

The New Orleans Saints' defense continues to take big hits. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that starting nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley is expected to be out several weeks , according to a source. The injury knocked him out of the team's Week... more

Running back Le'Veon Bell has expressed optimism publicly that he will make a quick return to the field from his mid-foot sprain. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has refused to rule Bell out for Week 2 . In reality, Bell is expected to miss a... more

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster wasn't thrilled with his usage in the season opener , showing frustration on the sideline. It's possible that Foster will have to get used to watching teammate Ben Tate more, not less, in the coming weeks.... more

In the inaugural Quarterback Index last week , I noted that we live in a golden age for quarterback play. Week 1's results emphatically made the point. NFL teams combined for 8,143 net passing yards in the opening week, more than any week in NFL... more

It's only one week -- 6 percent of a season. You don't judge a marathon after 1.5 miles, just like you don't judge a book after one chapter. First impressions are supposed to mean so much, but they often mislead. The 2012 New York Jets scored 48... more

The old coaching staff is long gone. The general manager was fired. But the San Diego Chargers still know how to break the hearts of their fans like few other teams. Leading by 21 points midway through the third quarter on "Monday Night Football," the... more

Robert Griffin III's return to the NFL was bumpy , and not just because of his uneven accuracy. The league apparently had a problem with Griffin's knee brace during the Washington Redskins' season opener Monday night . "Everybody in the league kept... more

Robert Griffin III's trademark accuracy deserted him. His arm strength lagged. His mobility wasn't a factor. And then the second half started. Chip Kelly and his lightning offense deserve the headlines following the Philadelphia Eagles' 33-27... more

Jim Harbaugh spent much of last week taking issue with Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews' public comments. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Francisco 49ers' 34-28 win over the Green Bay Packers from Week 1 on Wednesday,... more

Russell Wilson knows he already has spoiled us. He pulled off another fourth-quarter comeback Sunday in Carolina, complete with the sort of plays that usually lead highlight shows. And barely anyone noticed. I defy you to find a more ridiculous play... more

Shane Vereen was the only NFL running back to rush for more than 100 yards Sunday. It sounds like he won't get a chance to repeat his performance anytime soon. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New England Patriots' 23-21 win over the... more

The NFL admitted yet another mistake in the aftermath of the most emotional moment in Sunday's Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers showdown. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Francisco 49ers' 34-28 win over the Green Bay Packers... more

Terrelle Pryor did his best on the opening Sunday of the NFL season to convince doubters that he's an exciting starting quarterback. (Even those doubters within the Oakland Raiders' organization.) Perhaps the most encouraging sign of all from... more

The Green Bay Packers came into Sunday's game wanting to hit Colin Kaepernick and stop the San Francisco 49ers' read-option attack. The Pack needs to go back to the drawing board . "If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one," the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers spent the offseason talking tough after an uncharacteristic 2012 campaign. Their new season could not have started any worse. The Steelers were stomped at home 16-9 by the Tennessee Titans, with a garbage-time touchdown making... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh wasn't happy with some of Clay Matthews' words during the week. Harbaugh will be even less happy with the Green Bay Packers linebacker's actions during Sunday's game . Matthews hit Colin Kaepernick well after... more

On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New England Patriots' 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills from Week 1 on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. ET. » NFL Network schedule No one said it'd be easy for Tom Brady to break in a gaggle of young... more

The start of the NFL season is supposed to be about fresh starts and new storylines popping up around the league. In Sunday's tilt between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, it looked like more of the same from 2012. The Panthers played... more

The Carolina Panthers' pass rush might be one of the best groups in the entire NFL. It just might not be the smartest. Defensive end Frank Alexander was ejected from the first half of Sunday's 12-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks  after throwing... more

The mystery surrounding Mark Sanchez's shoulder injury is starting to clear up. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that the New York Jets quarterback suffered a separated right shoulder on the big hit he took against the New York Giants in the team's... more

We don't know what the weather will be like on Feb. 2 for the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. We certainly don't know the teams. We do know the halftime act. The NFL announced Sunday that Bruno Mars will play the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII... more

Mike Tomlin is a no-nonsense head coach. He takes the same approach with his Twitter account . The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes that Tomlin follows a strict 53-man roster on Twitter. When the Pittsburgh Steelers trimmed the roster down from 75... more

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn't say Friday whether Rob Gronkowski would return to the field this week. The injury report did the talking for him. The team listed Gronkowski as doubtful for Sunday's opener against the Buffalo Bills... more

We cover injury news throughout the day on Around The League. And then we collect all the injury report news, big and small, in the Internet's most popular injury roundup you wouldn't want to challenge to an arm wrestling match . 1. After an offseason... more

Josh Freeman was a captain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He was a captain, in fact, the last three seasons. The quarterback no longer is a captain. Normally, we don't ascribe too much meaning toward the selection of captains, but this is... more

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is excited for the Super Bowl to be coming to his home state next February. He would just like to remind everyone -- including the NFL apparently -- that Super Bowl XLVIII is not in New York. NFL Network's new Sunday... more

An all-time blooper by Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan cost Denver seven points in the middle of a 49-27 blowout of the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. He's lucky it didn't cost the team more than that. Trevathan picked off Ravens... more

Peyton Manning's greatness often is taken for granted. He's so consistent that it takes an extraordinary feat for us to stand up and truly take notice. Most TD passes in an NFL game Player Team TD passes Date Peyton Manning Denver Broncos 7 Sept. 5,... more

After seven months of waiting for football, we had to wait a little bit more. Thursday night's NFL season opener between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos was delayed because of a lightning storm near Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The game... more

Tim Tebow only played quarterback after joining the New England Patriots, despite expectations he could take snaps at tight end. Tebow doesn't plan to try out any other positions any time soon.'s Peter King reported Thursday night on NBC... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn't like the "tough talk" coming out of Green Bay this week, so he reached out to the NFL in an effort to clarify the rules on hitting quarterbacks. Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, is here to... more

Clay Matthews and John Madden have something in common: They both believe the best way to stop a read-option quarterback is to hit him . Harrison: Power Rankings With the 2013 campaign finally upon us, Elliot Harrison compiles his first Power... more

Christian Ballard left Minnesota Vikings training camp more than two weeks ago, citing personal reasons. It doesn't sound like the defensive end is coming back to the team anytime soon. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he assumes the 2011 fourth-round... more

The daily Robert Griffin III injury updates are over. Now we can start talking about how the Washington Redskins quarterback will actually look on the field. Players rarely return from a torn ACL as good as new right away. Even Minnesota Vikings... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver depth chart was very crowded after final cuts, with the team keeping seven players. They freed up some room Wednesday. The team placed Andrew Hawkins on the injured reserve-designated for return list. By rule,... more

We live in a golden age for quarterback play. Future Hall of Famers roam the league, with career primes that never seem to end. A sensational group of quarterbacks 25 and under have an entirely different style and look ready to rule. The Quarterback... more

The New Orleans Saints' defense will be missing yet another starter. The good news is that they expect linebacker Jonathan Vilma to eventually return.'s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Vilma will be placed on injured reserve with a... more

Chris Wesseling and I used to make a living dispensing fantasy football analysis. So it's only natural that our conversation on "The Around The League Podcast" sometimes ventures into fantasy talk . We dove into some topics on Monday's show, including... more

Sunday night marks Monte Kiffin's return to the NFL. After four years in college football, the new Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator is preparing for the season opener against the New York Giants. NFL Network's new prime-time lineup... more

It's not the choice the Oakland Raiders planned to make. It's probably not even the choice they wanted to make. But Terrelle Pryor will open the season as the team's starting quarterback. Raiders coaches informed players that Pryor will start in this... more

We've made it: 20 consecutive weeks of professional football finally starts Sunday. That means 20 consecutive weeks of Monday knee-jerk overreaction is on the way, too. Each Monday in this space, we'll try to calm the masses in a new weekly column... more

It's game week. The Oakland Raiders have no choice but to show their hand as to how they will approach the quarterback and left tackle positions in Sunday's season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Terrelle Pryor took the first-team snaps at... more

A "bruised lung" never sounds good. It makes fans who generally expect the worst ... expect the worst. Luckily for Cleveland Browns backers, Barkevious Mingo's return from a bruised lung is going well. Mingo participated Monday in individual drills,... more

Blaine Gabbert continues to make progress in his return from a thumb injury. At this stage, it looks like the quarterback is on track to start for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 .'s Michael DiRocco watched Gabbert take part in most... more

Just six days before the start of the regular season, the Green Bay Packers' quarterback depth chart continues to churn. The team announced the signing  of Seneca Wallace on Monday to handle the backup job behind Aaron Rodgers. Wallace recently was... more


While the rest of the NFL announced roster cuts Saturday, the Denver Broncos gave us some tasty depth chart news. The team's official website announced that Julius Thomas was named the Broncos' official starting tight end and Ronnie Hillman remains... more

It's the roughest time of year in the NFL. Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters from 75 to 53 players. You can see the complete list on the roster cuts tracker , but Around The League kept a running tally of the biggest names... more

Pat White is sticking around in his improbable return to the NFL. The Washington Post and CSN Washington both reported that the Redskins have decided to keep White on their 53-man roster , and the quarterback's name wasn't on the list of cuts announced... more

Austin Collie stayed healthy in his return to the NFL, which was a great sign considering all the concussion problems he's had in his career. Collie's form on the field, however, was not what it used to be. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee first... more

Tim Tebow calmly said Thursday night that he doesn't worry about his future because he knows he doesn't control it. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players. Who was cut? More... more

It turns out that the release of Graham Harrell wasn't enough to save Vince Young in Green Bay. The Packers cut Young on Saturday ,'s Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the transaction. Young later confirmed the move on Twitter, and... more

We previewed the NFC West on our latest "Around The League Podcast." Some big-picture thoughts are below. We've already previewed the AFC East , AFC North , AFC South , AFC West , NFC East , NFC North and NFC South . Seahawks unanimous pick to take... more

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone announced earlier this week that quarterback Kevin Kolb is not considering retirement after his latest concussion. Kolb's 2013 season, however, is over. The Bills placed Kolb on injured reserve, according to the NFL's... more

The Buffalo Bills enter 2013 with a lot of questions on offense. But they won't have to worry about their starting center for a long time.'s Ian Rapoport reported Friday  that Eric Wood reached a deal on a contract extension, according to a... more

The best day of the preseason is always the last one. It's finally over. Starters barely stepped on the field during the 16 games Thursday night , but we still received an interesting snapshot of four quarterbacks who are at very different stages of... more

Tim Tebow's NFL career might have ended Thursday night in a preseason game against the New York Giants. Tebow insists he's not thinking about if he'll be cut over the weekend. Predicting the 2013 NFL season Will Tom Brady be the MVP? Can the Bengals... more

Nearly eight months of speculation and non-stop injury updates are over. Robert Griffin III has been cleared to play in the Washington Redskins' season opener . Redskins coach Mike Shanahan announced after Thursday night's preseason finale that RGIII... more

Seneca Wallace's stay in San Francisco won't last long. The 49ers intend to release Wallace and did not plan to play him in Thursday night's 41-6 preseason victory over the San Diego Chargers , Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reported. The... more

New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft responded to a recent Rolling Stone article about former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Thursday, saying the story contained a number of factual errors. "Reading the article, there were two, three,... more

The New England Patriots are leaning strongly against placing tight end Rob Gronkowski on the reserve/physically unable to perform list,'s Albert Breer reported Thursday, via two sources. Gronkowski's exact timetable to return from back... more

We previewed the NFC South on our latest "Around The League Podcast." Some big-picture thoughts are below. We've already previewed the AFC East , AFC North , AFC South , AFC West , NFC East and NFC North . Atlanta Falcons still are the favorites... more

Bill Belichick's rough track record of selecting defensive backs in New England took another big hit Wednesday. The Patriots waived cornerback Ras-I Dowling, just two years after making him the No. 33 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Dowling just... more

One of the most disappointing and confounding top-five draft picks of the last decade has decided to retire from the NFL. Aaron Curry, taken No. 4 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, announced his retirement via Twitter on Wednesday. He recently was cut by... more

After 14 seasons in Indianapolis, Peyton Manning had Colts fans trained like prize show dogs. They only cheered when they were supposed to. Denver Broncos fans have a long way to go . Schein: No Supe for you, Broncos! Adam Schein explains why Denver... more

Fantasy football fans might as well accept the painful reality: The Denver Broncos are going to have a running back-by-committee approach this season. One day after rookie Montee Ball got first-team reps for the first time in training camp, normal No.... more

Montario Hardesty's season ended before it started Tuesday when the Cleveland Browns placed the running back on injured reserve. Hardesty entered training camp as the favorite to back up Trent Richardson in the Browns' backfield, then hurt his thumb and... more

The Dallas Cowboys decided to keep nose tackle Jay Ratliff this year despite injury concerns, a scheme change, a poor 2012 season, a driving while intoxicated arrest and a $5 million salary. That decision already has backfired. The Cowboys... more

We previewed the NFC North on our latest "Around The League Podcast." Some big-picture thoughts are below. We've already previewed the AFC East , AFC North , AFC South , AFC West and NFC East . Green Bay Packers not unanimous choice but ... Around... more

The NFL agreed with the opinion of San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney: His hit on Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams was not a "dirty" play. It wasn't illegal at all, an NFL spokesman confirmed Tuesday to and NFL Network.... more

You know a story has spun out of control when a governor starts blasting an NFL beat writer. That's what happened Tuesday, when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News to task during an appearance on radio station... more

Three preseason weeks are in the books. We learned a lot over the weekend , but not every starting job around the league is locked up. With just 10 days remaining before the season opener, there still are a few key hanging questions around the NFL. What... more

If Adrian Peterson is going to run for 2,500 yards this year, he'll have to do it without his Pro Bowl fullback for the first three games. The NFL announced Monday that Jerome Felton has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the... more

Mark Sanchez will not practice this week because of a shoulder injury. But New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is not yet ready to name rookie Geno Smith the starting quarterback for Week 1 . Jones: Jets at a crossroads With Rex Ryan losing his cool over a... more

Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb is going to miss an extended period of time after his latest concussion. But he's not thinking about retirement. "I had a conversation with Kevin this morning, and he's not even near close to that process or that... more

Braylon Edwards might be out of chances in the NFL. The New York Jets released the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 draft after an injury-plagued training camp. Edwards was signed July 24 as a last-ditch effort for a Jets team that looked for help at wide... more

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is new to the NFL, but he is well versed in how little the fourth week of the preseason matters. Kelly announced at his news conference Monday that the starters will not play Thursday against the New York Jets.... more

Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore was set to take a big leap in his second season as one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL. His ascent now will have to wait awhile. Coach Doug Marrone told reporters Monday morning that Gilmore will be out... more

Donte' Stallworth didn't produce like a first-round draft pick, but he wound up carving out a solid 10-year NFL career. With the offseason underway, Around The League explores what's next for all 32 teams. AFC East » Bills | Dolphins |... more

The New York Giants' secondary seems to get hit with big injuries on an annual basis. Unfortunately, that bad luck continued during Saturday night's 24-21 preseason loss to the New York Jets. Tests confirm starting safety Stevie Brown tore his ACL... more

We previewed the NFC East on our latest "Around The League Podcast." Some big-picture thoughts are below. We've already previewed the AFC East , AFC North , AFC South and AFC West . Cowboys the most popular pick in wide-open division Around the... more

The Arizona Cardinals might have lost first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper for the season. The offensive guard was carted to the locker room during Saturday night's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers with what Cardinals coach Bruce Arians... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost in overtime 26-20 Saturday night to the Kansas City Chiefs, but that wasn't the most discouraging news. Battista: Polamalu vs. Father Time Troy Polamalu 's body isn't what it used to be. How can he stay healthy? Judy... more

The New York Jets played rookie quarterback Geno Smith into the fourth quarter of Saturday night's preseason game , hoping the second-round draft pick would take hold of the starting job. Instead, Smith might win it by default following Mark Sanchez's... more

The embarrassing New York Jets quarterback situation went from bad to worse late in the fourth quarter Saturday night at a half-empty MetLife Stadium. Playing behind the Jets' third-string offensive line in the third preseason game, Mark Sanchez... more

Ten preseason games take place Saturday , with most teams playing their starters until halftime. It's the biggest August day in the NFL, and the last time we'll see most quality players until the real stuff starts in two weeks. Yes, just two weeks. Here... more

The San Diego Chargers have a lot of question marks at cornerback this season. They added another Friday. Rapoport: Charged by change The Chargers cleaned house in the offseason. Will a 3-year playoff drought end in 2013? Ian Rapoport went to S.D. to... more

Time of possession long has been one of the most overrated statistics in football. It's broken out by lazy announcers who habitually talk about "controlling the ball" without thinking about what that means. Thankfully, new Philadelphia Eagles coach... more

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen has been around the NFL long enough to remember when the NFC East was the league's most powerful division. He should know better than to think those days still exist. "There's so many changes in the... more

Taylor Mays has been a big weekly character in this season of HBO's "Hard Knocks" for a variety of reasons . He stands out. When the safety gets poked fun at during the Cincinnati Bengals' rookie talent show, no one is surprised. (And everyone is... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers desperately need another option at running back. The Philadelphia Eagles have no use for Felix Jones. Those two truths led to another one-for-one NFL trade Friday morning.'s Ian Rapoport reported that Jones was sent to... more

The Detroit Lions knocked Tom Brady around during a 40-9 win  Thursday night, and they enjoyed every minute of it. Defensive lineman C.J. Mosley received an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty for pushing Brady after a turnover. Ndamukong Suh got in a late... more

Operation Patience now is Operation Paycheck. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing unauthorized apparel, a league spokesman confirmed to and NFL Network on Thursday. The Washington Post... more

Michael Vick's roller-coaster ride in Philadelphia looked to be over at the end of last season. When Chip Kelly arrived, Vick got a second life. The Eagles' starting quarterback is one of the most fascinating players in the NFL once again because he's... more

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez already had been charged by prosecutors with first-degree murder and several weapons... more

The third week of the preseason is the one that matters. Well, for the preseason anyhow. It's the week that feels the most like the regular season. It's the week when coaches hold their collective breath the longest because starters often play into the... more

The New York Jets can't get Santonio Holmes back on the field, and some within the organization reportedly believe he's milking an injury . Braylon Edwards, signed for depth last month, hasn't practiced all week. Free-agent tracker Follow all of... more

Santonio Holmes has been medically cleared by a foot specialist to begin football activities, according to a report by the New York Post. But Holmes refuses to practice . Brian Costello reported that many people around the New York Jets believe the wide... more

Not in college. Not in high school. Not in Pop Warner football. Doug Free of the Dallas Cowboys hasn't played guard at any level of football until Wednesday's practice . Welcome to the Cowboys' 2013 offensive line problems. Fans will find this twist... more

We previewed the AFC West on our latest "Around The League Podcast." Some big-picture thoughts are below. We've already previewed the AFC East , AFC North  and AFC South . Losing Von Miller ... not that big a deal? Around the League predicts AFC... more

Jim Harbaugh protects his San Francisco 49ers players from bullying media members . And he tries to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick from just about everyone. Kaepernick wore a new, black non-contact jersey Wednesday, with a bright red No. 7 in the... more

The Dallas Cowboys know they have one of the best young linebackers in football. The team made sure on Wednesday that Sean Lee remains a Cowboy for a very long time. Nick Eatman of the team's official website first reported that Lee was in the... more

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is back in the news after allegedly being involved in an altercation that led to a trespass warning back in June. Sgt. Bobby Hernandez with the Miami Beach police told and NFL Network that Incognito... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh memorably came to the defense of his wide receiver, A.J. Jenkins, before last season. "For those -- the scribes, pundits, so-called experts -- who have gone so far as to say that he's going to be a bust, should... more

Jermichael Finley preseason hype isn't new. But the drumbeat is louder than usual this year, and it's not coming from the Green Bay Packers' talented tight end this time. "He's having his finest training camp, I think it's clear cut," coach Mike... more

The New York Giants' offensive line is in trouble. The team announced Wednesday that guard/tackle David Diehl will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair his unstable right thumb. "The doctor felt like he really needed to have his thumb corrected so that... more

Tim Tebow's roster spot looked fairly safe in New England until the preseason started. Since then, he has completed 5 of 19 passes for 54 yards, taken three sacks and had one pass intercepted. Brooks: Patriots will keep rolling Can Tom Brady and the... more

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell will miss this week's preseason game with a mid-foot sprain. The question remains if he'll miss much of the regular season. Battista: Polamalu vs. Father Time Troy Polamalu 's body isn't what it... more

The Carolina Panthers signed Jonathan Stewart to a huge contract extension last August despite his long history of nagging injuries. Those problems only have accelerated since he signed the deal. Stewart played in just nine games last season, and... more

The Denver Broncos can't replace Von Miller. They just have to compensate. The NFL's best outside pass rusher was suspended for six games Tuesday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. This was the most damaging item of bad news in an... more

We previewed the AFC South on our latest "Around The League Podcast." Some big-picture thoughts are below. We've already previewed the AFC East and AFC North . Split decision for division crown Dan Hanzus and I both pick the Indianapolis Colts to... more

The Denver Broncos will be without their best defensive player for the first six games of the season. The NFL suspended Von Miller on Tuesday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Citing a person informed of the negotiations,'s Ian... more

We have reached the stage of the preseason where teams show their hands. Starting quarterbacks are named . Roles are clarified. In Miami, the running back competition is notable for its lack of clarity. Daniel Thomas had 12 first-team snaps in Dolphins... more

Rex Grossman and Pat White are the only fully healthy quarterbacks on the Washington Redskins roster. But the team received some good injury news Tuesday morning. Breer: More than just RGIII Though led by one player, the Redskins' rebirth has involved... more

Vince Young hasn't had a lot of time to make a big impression in Green Bay Packers training camp. It appears he won't make up enough ground to be the team's backup quarterback. Graham Harrell took the reps as the No. 2 behind Aaron Rodgers at Monday's... more

Michael Vick didn't give Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly a choice. Kelly had to make Vick the team's starting quarterback after Vick's two flawless preseason outings . Breer: Chip Kelly's opening act Chip Kelly's Eagles debut is hotly... more

The preseason is about survival. In the second week of the preseason, plenty of best-laid plans were torn up because of injuries. The Miami Dolphins lost starting tight end Dustin Keller, who might have led the team in catches had he stayed healthy,... more

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith were back at it again over the weekend. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first showed a video that clearly displays the two players scuffling during Saturday's preseason game ,... more

In the wake of Joe Morgan's ACL tear, the New Orleans Saints decided to sign two veteran wide receivers: Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton. Both players didn't last long. The team officially cut both receivers Monday after taking a longer look at... more

The Detroit Lions' acquisition of wide receiver Mike Thomas did not work out well for the team or Thomas. Free-agent tracker Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker. More...'s Ian Rapoport reported... more

We mentioned last week that wide receiver A.J. Jenkins and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha were both on the roster bubble with the San Francisco 49ers. They have gone in different directions since. Jenkins is now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, while... more

The New Orleans Saints have settled on their backup quarterback, and it's not Seneca Wallace. Free-agent tracker Follow all of the latest NFL player rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker. More... The Saints released Wallace on Monday,... more

The A.J. Jenkins watch in San Francisco is over. A new one is set to start in Kansas City. The 49ers announced Monday that they have traded Jenkins to the Chiefs in exchange for wide receiver Jon Baldwin. This is a rare one-for-one NFL talent swap of... more

Blaine Gabbert won't play for the rest of the preseason because of a hairline fracture in his thumb. But he will be the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback in Week 1 . Jaguars coach Gus Bradley announced both items of news at his press conference... more

The order of the Green Bay Packers' backfield was one of the NFL's big questions heading into training camp. Answers are starting to come into focus. Eddie Lacy looks every bit like a featured running back , impressing the Packers in practice and in... more

We previewed the AFC North on our latest "Around The League Podcast" , complete with record predictions that you can see below. Our AFC East Preview can be read right here. Some musings from the crew: We like the Pittsburgh Steelers more than most... more

The New York Jets know what they have in Mark Sanchez. Nothing he showed during his preseason start Saturday night changed that. The quarterback's performance in a 37-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars was emblematic of his career. He started strong,... more

Nine months after suffering a near-fatal heart injury, Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden is ready for full-contact football again. Coach Dennis Allen confirmed Saturday that the Raiders' first-round draft pick was cleared to ramp up his workload, as... more

Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller was carted off the field during Saturday night's 24-17 preseason loss  to the Houston Texans with what appeared to be a serious right knee injury. Texans safety D.J. Swearinger broke up a pass intended for Keller,... more

Blaine Gabbert put together the kind of performance that the Jacksonville Jaguars were waiting to see. It was the type of game that sews up a starting job. Then he got hurt. Gabbert left Saturday night's 37-13 preseason loss to the New York Jets with a... more

Bill Belichick has done the seemingly impossible in New England. He turned Tim Tebow into a non-story, a nearly forgotten player. But sometimes Tebow just can't help but turn in an unforgettable performance that makes him a story. The Patriots' No. 3... more

Kevin Kolb needed a home run during his Friday night start in order to get back into the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback mix. He popped out. Kolb was booed often by the Buffalo home crowd during a mixed starting performance against the... more

Two days after an injury scare that stopped hearts across New England, Tom Brady was back to being Tom Brady. The two-time NFL MVP was razor sharp in two series against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Friday night's preseason game, leading the Patriots to... more

Doug Martin might be the most valuable player on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense. Any injury the running back suffers is a concern, but it appears he dodged a bullet Friday night. The second-year pro left the Bucs' 25-21 preseason loss to the New... more

The New York Giants need wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and defensive end Justin Tuck to return to form in 2013 in order to get back to the playoffs. The two stars finally look healthy. Both players will suit up Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts ,... more

The Around The League crew will be glued to the television and our Preseason Live app during Friday night's four-pack of preseason games. Dan Hanzus already outlined some players who are in need of a big weekend. Here are some other key players we'll be... more

The Baltimore Ravens drafted safety Matt Elam and linebacker Arthur Brown in the first two rounds of the April draft with the hope they'd both start right away, effectively replacing Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. Elam might have to wait. James Ihedigbo started... more

The Chicago Bears needed another quarterback to bring in for training camp. They did not call JaMarcus Russell.'s Ian Rapoport reported that the Bears signed Jordan Palmer on Friday. The move was necessary after third-string quarterback... more

The left knee injury that Tom Brady suffered at practice  Wednesday was minor, and you don't need to take our word for it. The New England Patriots are showing it with their actions. Brooks: Patriots will keep rolling Can Tom Brady and the Pats... more

Chip Kelly doesn't want to give away too much in the preseason. But the Eagles coach can't help himself. Michael Vick took charge of Philadelphia's starting quarterback race Thursday night with another superb performance , which only got me more... more

Nick Foles looked pretty good for a second consecutive preseason game. Michael Vick looked even better. Through two preseason games, Vick has done everything possible to win the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback job. On Thursday night, he... more

We previewed the AFC East on Wednesday's "Around The League Podcast," complete with record predictions that you can see below. A few takeaways from the group: Not buying the Dolphins hype Around the League predicts the AFC East   Chris Wesseling... more

Blaine Gabbert will get every opportunity possible to win the starting quarterback job in Jacksonville. The third-year pro will start in the Jaguars' second preseason game after throwing for just 19 yards on 10 attempts last week. Gabbert was hurt by... more

Greg Jennings' non-stop comments about Aaron Rodgers is one of the strangest, if overblown, stories of the offseason. At first, it felt like an awkward running joke. Then we realized Jennings truly had some issues with Rodgers' leadership style.... more

Alex Smith said it well when talking about this week's matchup against his old San Francisco 49ers teammates. "It's another preseason game. Then again, it's not." There will be some different emotions and potentially awkward pregame exchanges... more

The youth movement in New England continues. Veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins was released by the Patriots on Thursday, the team announced. Bill Belichick continues to jettison replacement-level receivers from the roster, which is a huge sign of... more

Any Tom Brady injury news is noteworthy. But initial signs after he injured his left knee Wednesday are promising. The New England Patriots quarterback left practice after being hit in his left knee, according to multiple reporters on the scene in... more

We're still waiting to hear a final prognosis on Tom Brady's left knee injury, although's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that it's "not serious" according to a person informed of the injury. That same opinion was echoed by New England Patriots... more

The Denver Broncos have a new legal issue to deal with. Arapahoe County (Colo.) undersheriff Dave Walcher told and NFL Network that linebacker Von Miller was arrested Sunday on a failure-to-appear warrant. Miller quickly was released on $1,000... more

Left tackle Jared Veldheer isn't a household name, but he might be the Oakland Raiders' best player. That's why Wednesday's news from the team is so devastating. Coach Dennis Allen passed along word that Veldheer will undergo surgery for a torn triceps.... more

The Mile High Salute is not illegal. Spinning a football is not illegal. Spiking the football is not illegal. That's what NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on "The Rich Eisen Podcast" this week , clarifying what recently had become a... more

The Washington Redskins brought in wide receiver Devery Henderson this offseason, hoping he could provide some veteran depth in case of injuries. They quickly decided they didn't need him. The team announced Wednesday that Henderson was released. The... more

Robert Griffin III has enough people around him whom he trusts. He says he doesn't need any advice from Donovan McNabb. "I don't think Donovan is an idiot by any means," Griffin told GQ in an article that came out this week. "But right now, it's... more

The NFL Players Association has "tentatively agreed" to human growth hormone testing and accompanying punishment for the 2013 regular season, according to a union memo obtained Tuesday by's Albert Breer. The memo says that a first offense for... more

August is a time of rebirth in the NFL. It's also a time of high anxiety. Nearly half the players in training camp will lose their jobs before Week 1 of the regular season. This knowledge hangs over every practice. If any struggling player forgets about... more

Heath Miller, not Mike Wallace or Antonio Brown, was the Pittsburgh Steelers' most valuable pass catcher last season. That's why Miller's recovery from ACL surgery looms so large over the Steelers' 2013 campaign. But the team's plan for Miller is... more

NFL teams normally expect their first-round draft pick to start right away. That's especially true of the No. 3 overall pick, but things aren't going as planned with Dion Jordan in Miami. The Dolphins defensive end barely has practiced since the... more

It's been seven months since ESPN let go of analyst Rob Parker in the wake of him calling Robert Griffin III a "cornball brother." Griffin hasn't said much about the matter, but he hasn't forgotten about it, either . In a piece for GQ this week, the... more

The premiere of this season's "Hard Knocks" was a reminder of the show's range and power , but no one stood out quite like Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison. It was awesome to get a peek behind the curtain at one of the NFL's surliest players.... more

Our season already has started. The Around The League crew was up late Thursday and Friday night recapping all the preseason games and storylines before covering the two weekend games and the rest of the fallout over the weekend. But we... more

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is looking for a few good wide receivers to join him in Philadelphia. He decided Monday to give one of his old Oregon players a try. Breer: Chip Kelly's opening act Chip Kelly's Eagles debut is hotly anticipated, but the coach... more

A.J. Jenkins' first preseason performance did not inspire a lot of confidence in San Francisco. It's possible that the 49ers wide receiver will have fewer opportunities as a result. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area noted that Jenkins did not get as many... more

The New Orleans Saints are looking far and wide for veteran receiver help in the wake of Joe Morgan's torn ACL. Coach Sean Payton turned to a familiar face Monday, as the Saints signed Patrick Crayton , the team announced. Terms of the contract were not... more

Acquiring Alex Smith was nice, but running back Jamaal Charles is set to be the centerpiece of the Kansas City Chiefs' offense. That's why any potential injury to Charles is bound to quicken the heart rate of Chiefs fans. Charles left practice... more

Just three days after being escorted off a football field, Justin Blackmon can put on his uniform and start playing the sport again. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Monday that wide receiver Blackmon (groin) and rookie safety Johnathan Cyprien... more

Following the Washington Redskins' preseason opener , coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't publicly commit to increasing Robert Griffin III's practice duties. It sounds like Shanahan was just being coy: Griffin is ready to ramp up his activity. Mike Jones... more

Brian Waters one day should be considered for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the guard might not be ready to start his post-retirement clock just yet. According to Calvin Watkins of, the Dallas Cowboys have made a... more

Ryan Mallett will have to wait at least another week to make a positive impression in the preseason. The New England Patriots' backup quarterback left Friday night's 31-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter with a head injury after an... more

Justin Blackmon didn't play Friday night in Jacksonville , but even that didn't keep him out of trouble: Jaguars teammate Maurice Jones-Drew had to escort him to the locker room after a verbal spat with Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll. Mark... more

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton is playing under the franchise tag this season, trying to prove once again that he's worthy of a huge contract extension. But his preseason is off to a discouraging start. Melton left Friday night's 24-17... more

No one took the lead in the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback battle Friday night. That was a good thing for the Eagles. Both Michael Vick and Nick Foles looked comfortable leading the first-team offense against the New England Patriots' defense... more

On Media Day for Super Bowl XLVII, I soaked up Randy Moss' session because he didn't seem likely to speak again on such a big stage until he arrived in Canton, Ohio. I couldn't have been more wrong. Thanks for the luv peeps!!FOX BOOM â?? Randy Moss... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that wide receiver Plaxico Burress will undergo shoulder surgery Monday, terming the injury "significant."'s Albert Breer reported that Burress has a torn rotator cuff . Brandt: Six now-or-never teams In the... more

I'm a sucker for NFL players throwing footballs very far. This especially is true when Aaron Rodgers is involved. Perhaps this makes me shallow or lazy because this post requires fewer than 50 words. But I know there are others like me out there. This... more

Thursday was a good night for many of the San Francisco 49ers wide receivers trying to earn playing time. It was not a good night for 2012 first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins. "Uh, could have been better," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said of Jenkins'... more

Three years ago, there was a debate over the top cornerback in the NFL: Nnamdi Asomugha or Darrelle Revis. Now Asomugha is fighting just to stay in the league. The San Francisco 49ers started three cornerbacks during Thursday night's preseason opener... more

We expected to see the pistol formation during Thursday night's preseason opener between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers (won by the Broncos, 10-6). We did not expect to see Peyton Manning running it. Peyton Manning in the pistol. This is... more

The main goal of every team during the preseason: avoid injuries. The St. Louis Rams fell short of that goal in the first quarter of Thursday night's 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns . Starting right tackle Rodger Saffold exited the field with a left... more

The simmering flirtation between Eric Wright and the San Francisco 49ers was consummated Thursday. The 49ers announced they had signed the veteran cornerback to a one-year contract and immediately placed him on the non-football injury/illness list.... more

With the preseason set to get underway in full , the future of NFL games in August remains uncertain.'s Ian Rapoport had a compelling report Wednesday night about the future of the preseason . Here was the part that grabbed my attention:... more

Eddie Lacy continues to see first-team reps at Green Bay Packers training camp, with some reporters believing Lacy is the favorite to start in Week 1 . Coach Mike McCarthy disagrees . "I'm excited to see when DuJuan Harris comes back because I view him... more

Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are listed as co-starters on the Jacksonville Jaguars' depth chart, but the higher draft pick remains the favorite to start the season at quarterback. Coach Gus Bradley announced Thursday that Gabbert will start in the... more

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly warned reporters not to read too much into his choice for the team's starting quarterback in the preseason opener . He's making that easy to do by splitting up first-team reps. Michael Vick will start against the... more

We've updated the biggest position battles in the NFC and AFC . With the preseason set to launch in earnest Thursday, let's take a look at some stories that have been flying below the national radar during training camps. Ryan Broyles is all the... more

A lot has been written about Cam Newton's development this offseason and his relative lack of weapons at wide receiver. We're more concerned about the team's change in offensive coordinator. Rob Chudzinski was replaced by Mike Shula, who doesn't have a... more

With preseason games set to start, we wanted to revisit our top 25 camp battles in each conference to see how things have shaken out so far. On Tuesday, we recapped the AFC . You can probably guess what's below: 25. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver:... more

New Orleans Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro quickly became known for his aggressive practice style , setting a physical tone in his first training camp. (And nearly starting some fights.) But Joe Morgan wants everyone to know that Vaccaro was not to... more

Early Doucet's stay in Seattle was a short one. The Seahawks announced they released the former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Wednesday, just five days after signing him. The official NFL transaction wire notes that Doucet was released with a "failure... more

Brett Favre was exhausted and disheartened. He had just thrown an interception to close out regulation in the 2009 NFC Championship Game. After one of the best performances of his career, he felt a magical season ending. This is the story of one of the... more

It's fighting time. Yes, this is the time of year when veterans are tired of the monotony of training camp. Their bodies are sore, and their minds are frazzled.  This year is no different. Packers tight end Jermichael Finley can be seen throwing some... more

Every NFL team has a plan until it's hit in the mouth with injuries. For the New Orleans Saints, a rough 1-2 combination of injuries has them reeling in early August. The team announced Wednesday that defensive end Kenyon Coleman and wide receiver... more

Before training camp started, we broke down the Top 25 Position Battles in the NFC and the AFC . With the final day of NFL Network's "Inside Training Camp Live" taking place Tuesday, it's a good time to check on how things are shaking out so far in the... more

Riley Cooper made a big impact on the field in his return to Philadelphia Eagles practice Tuesday. And it sounds like he's there to stay. Coach Chip Kelly said Cooper will play in the Eagles' preseason opener if the wide receiver stays healthy all... more

The Green Bay Packers have another injury to worry about, and it's a familiar one. Coach Mike McCarthy announced Tuesday that Nelson recently underwent knee surgery and will miss the rest of training camp. McCarthy said he was "hopeful" Nelson would be... more

The first week of the preseason usually doesn't feature a lot of action by NFL stars. In Julio Jones' case this week, it will include no action. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver will miss Thursday's game , coach Mike Smith told The Atlanta... more

Riley Cooper is back with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he's headed right to the practice field, the team announced Tuesday morning. Cooper was excused from the Eagles just four days ago to receive outside counseling. The team also fined Cooper after a... more

An old defensive coordinator still can teach some new tricks. Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers defensive guru Dick LeBeau is asking his defensive ends to rush the passer on the edge more than before. "We definitely need to get more pressure up... more

Kevin Kolb's knee injury and a recent death in the family have resulted in more snaps for EJ Manuel in Buffalo Bills camp. Manuel's results have been mixed overall, like any rookie quarterback, but Bills coach Doug Marrone sounded happy after the team's... more

The Green Bay Packers dramatically reshaped their offensive line this offseason in hopes of improving Aaron Rodgers' protection. They might have to change plans again.'s Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that left tackle Bryan Bulaga is... more

Perhaps Buffalo wasn't the last, best chance for Vince Young's career. Young will work out for the Green Bay Packers on Monday,'s Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the workout. Young had a great opportunity with the Bills last... more

CANTON, Ohio -- It feels like a very long time ago I was walking out of the Superdome in a Ravens-induced haze. Six months and one day later, football began anew in Ohio Sunday night. The Hall of Fame Game is the anti-Super Bowl: Quaint and sleepy. It's... more

The Oakland Raiders started training camp with a three-man battle for their starting quarterback job, even though we knew that Matt Flynn was the favorite. Rookie Tyler Wilson was a trendy pick to push for the top spot. Two weeks into camp, Wilson... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 2 on the list: Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter. Why Carter is on the list Carter arguably was the fastest inside linebacker in the NFL last year. And he... more

At the same time seven men became immortals Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, a handful of teams held scrimmages in order to showcase players just hoping to make a roster or starting lineup. Here were some of the takeaways: 1. Quarterback Geno Smith... more

CANTON, Ohio -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame's enshrinement ceremony is one of the most magical and underrated nights in football. It's a night for the junkies. For the men who shaped the game and all the fans who love it more than they probably should.... more

CANTON, Ohio -- The conversation here always comes back to football. Today's NFL. One of the cool things about the Hall of Famers here is that they all are huge football fans. got a chance to speak with a few franchise legends about the teams that... more

CANTON, Ohio -- I asked some members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 to choose a play or a moment that defined their careers. Here were their answers: Larry Allen "I played against Reggie White, and he threw me," Allen said, laughing.... more

CANTON, Ohio -- "It's borderline overwhelming. ... It's almost like a consistent sense of awe." That was Curtis Martin's take on being part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 50th anniversary celebration and group photo. Martin was speaking for so many... more

Marshall Faulk said it well during his Hall of Fame induction speech: Canton, Ohio, is "football heaven." The men and women who run the Pro Football Hall of Fame are the gatekeepers.

Like so many of you, my love of football never wanes. And like so many of you, I somehow never visited football heaven. Until this week.

With the following images, I hope to give a quick peek on what's inside the Hall of Fame. You need more than one photo essay or one stroll through the Hall to do it justice. I could have lost myself for hours in a variety of rooms, but this trip will have to suffice until next year.

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Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 4 on the list: Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Why Smith is on the list There wasn't a huge learning curve for Smith in the NFL. He started from Week 1 and... more

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was fined Thursday for his racially insensitive comment made at a Kenny Chesney concert, and he will seek outside assistance for help. But his real challenge will be dealing with his teammates and his... more

Riley Cooper's teammates in Philadelphia have publicly supported the embattled Eagles wide receiver since Cooper's racially insensitive comment  became public on Wednesday. But that support is not exactly unconditional. LeSean McCoy told's... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday that Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper will not face any league discipline on top of the fine that the Eagles levied . A video surfaced Wednesday of Cooper making a racist comment at a Kenny... more

We're deep into the second week of training camp. It's about time for some leaders to emerge in quarterback battles around the NFL. Michael Vick and Geno Smith sound like they are stepping up. Jordan Raanan of wrote that Vick "won the day" by a... more


The panic in Seattle over Percy Harvin's hip surgery  already has started to subside. The Seahawks still are Super Bowl contenders with plenty of weapons . They also might have Harvin back in time for a playoff run.'s Ian Rapoport reported... more

One school of NFL thought teaches that rookies should be seen not heard. Safety Kenny Vaccaro does not believe in such a doctrine. During Wednesday's practice, the New Orleans Saints' first-round pick fought for a catch with tight end Jimmy Graham,... more

The 2012 rookie quarterback class was the most fascinating storyline of last season. Now, it's time for a second act. The journey that Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill take will be a dominant theme to this season.... more

Doug Marrone hasn't been in Buffalo for long, but the new Bills coach already has learned that the NFL media is more dogged than their college counterparts. We found out Monday that pass rusher Mario Williams left the team  Sunday to get his foot... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 6 and No. 7 on the list: San Diego Chargers defensive ends Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes. Why Liuget and Reyes are on the list Most of the Chargers' depth chart... more

Buffalo Bills fans haven't seen a lot of completed passes early in training camp , especially by Kevin Kolb. "Kolb, who again got the first-team nod and more practice reps, looked at times like he was trying to complete passes to the water cooler on the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to return to their running roots this season. Rookie Le'Veon Bell is the best candidate to lead the way. Training camp has just started, and Bell's work with the first team is on the way up. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette... more

NFL players don't like change. And they generally don't like being told what equipment to wear. That's why there has been plenty of grumbling about the NFL's new requirements on thigh and knee pads . Adrian Peterson has a response to all that... more

After 48 days and 3,942 articles, Vonta Leach is back with the Baltimore Ravens. Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Monday that the fullback was re-signing with the team . Leach, who joined the Ravens in 2011, was released on June 11 after choosing... more

Bucky Brooks made his predictions  Monday on how each quarterback battle will end. We'll take a look to find out how each battle has started. New York Jets:  NFL Network analyst Heath Evans said the difference between Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez in... more

Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne have been splitting snaps evenly to open Jacksonville Jaguars training camp. That might change in the coming days. Gabbert left the field Monday with a right ankle injury late in Jaguars practice, according to multiple... more

Paul Kruger was a huge part of the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl championship defense. He believes his new squad on the Cleveland Browns measures up. "I think (on defense), we're right there with them ," Kruger said Sunday, via the Canton Repository.... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have been in existence since 1933, and they have retired just eight players' numbers in their history. Donovan McNabb will become the ninth during a ceremony on Sept. 19. Take a look at the best photos of Donovan McNabb. The... more

The Cincinnati Bengals were a surprise choice to be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" this season, but work already has begun on lining up a team for 2014. The early leader in the clubhouse: The San Diego Chargers. Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego reported... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are more equipped than most teams to handle a loss to a starting wide receiver. With Jeremy Maclin out for the season, the team's skill-position depth should shine through. First up with a chance to take Maclin's starting job?... more

Following the most recent collective bargaining agreement, there's no excuse for a long rookie holdout. The New York Jets made sure Sunday that their standoff with No. 9 overall pick Dee Milliner didn't stretch into a fourth day of practice. Draft... more

Joe Flacco is paid like a top-five NFL quarterback, and he'll have to play like one during the regular season if the Baltimore Ravens have any chance of repeating as Super Bowl champions. The season-ending hip injury to tight end Dennis Pitta puts... more

Jeremy Maclin's torn anterior cruciate ligament is a devastating career setback for a player who is entering a contract year. For new Eagles coach Chip Kelly, Saturday's injury is the first significant obstacle he must overcome in Philadelphia. Kelly's... more

Some things can't be learned in training camp. We won't really know how Doug Marrone's Buffalo Bills offense looks until Week 1. But there are some things we can learn, like which player will win the Bills' starting quarterback job. (And the No. 2... more

Dwayne Bowe isn't ready for training camp. Fresh off a big, long-term contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, Bowe landed on the non-football illness (NFI) list, according to the NFL's official transaction report released Friday.  Chiefs... more

The Washington Redskins were counting on defensive end Jarvis Jenkins to make a big leap this season, and his importance to the team only grew when they learned his top backup, Adam Carriker, will miss the next four to five months after quadriceps... more

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes isn't ready for training camp. The more that we hear out of Jets camp, the more it sounds like he won't be ready for Week 1 because of his injured foot. On Friday, Holmes was asked if he'd even be ready for... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 9 on the list: Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton Why Hilton is on the list Hilton has two rare assets going for him: His burst and his quarterback.... more

Running back Joe McKnight embarrassingly failed his conditioning test upon arrival at New York Jets training camp Thursday, marking the second time in his career it's happened. (I wrote this exact same post four seasons ago.) This time, McKnight's... more

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said earlier this week on NFL Network that he wasn't worried about getting No. 1 overall draft pick Eric Fisher under contract. Fisher was expected to be in camp by the weekend. On Friday, Reid's confidence was... more

The city changed. The contract definitely changed. The drama surrounding Percy Harvin has not changed. On a frenzied late July day of NFL news, Harvin's potential hip surgery could be the news item with the most lasting impact on the 2013 season. Like... more

Ryan Swope fell to the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft because of concerns about his concussion history at Texas A&M. Those concussions sadly ended Swope's NFL career before it started. The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that Swope was placed on... more

The Washington Redskins' training-camp plan for Robert Griffin III and his knee gets clearer every day. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Thursday that Griffin won't play in the preseason as expected , and the team won't let the quarterback fully... more

A.J. Green gave a lot of people at Cincinnati Bengals training camp a big scare Thursday. We'll find out if the team has real reason to be concerned. Coach Marvin Lewis didn't seem worried, though, after Green awkwardly fell at practice. "I think... more

In an offseason full of big-ticket quarterback negotiations, talks between Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons had the least amount of drama. Ryan's five-year, $103.75 million contract extension, as reported by's Ian Rapoport on Thursday, was just... more

Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams missed the first practice of his first NFL training camp. He won't miss the second. The Denver Broncos announced Thursday that they had signed Williams, the No. 28 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Broncos... more

Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden has agreed to terms on his rookie contract,'s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, per a source who has seen the deal. Adam Caplan of Sirius XM NFL Radio first had the news . Hayden was a surprise choice by the... more

Sedrick Ellis' disappointing NFL career just got a lot more disappointing. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft didn't show up for Chicago Bears training camp Thursday, informing the team that he plans to retire. Ellis signed with the Bears... more

Tom Brady has never had a media session quite like this. Much like coach Bill Belichick's memorable news conference Wednesday, the Patriots quarterback struck a serious tone Thursday when addressing reporters for the first time since Aaron Hernandez's... more

Rest easy, Baltimore Ravens and "Dancing with the Stars" fans: Jacoby Jones passed his conditioning test.'s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Jones will suit up at practice on Thursday after completing his sprints on time earlier in the day.... more

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson signed on the dotted line Thursday morning, just in time to head with his New York Jets teammates to Cortland, N.Y., for training camp. The only question is whether his teammate Dee Milliner will join him. Draft... more

The split screen was jarring. On one side, NFL Network showed Bill Belichick talking in a way that we've never seen from him before. The New England Patriots coach was contrite, sad and a little embarrassed. He looked a little shaken. On the other... more

Yet another first-round draft pick is under contract.'s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Datone Jones has signed with the Green Bay Packers. Draft signings The New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and Detroit Lions' Ziggy Ansah were the... more

Calling Charles Woodson a fan favorite in Oakland is an understatement. He's a living legend in the Black Hole. He was welcomed back to the Raiders like a rock star, a link to a tradition that then wasn't so bleak. Charles Woodson will wear whatever... more

Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end Dion Jordan hasn't been on the field a lot as a professional. He missed much of the offseason because of NFL rules and a nagging shoulder injury, then briefly was on the non-football injury list  to start training camp.... more

Bill Belichick is known for his evasiveness. On Wednesday, the New England Patriots coach showed a human side during his first news conference since former tight end Aaron Hernandez's June 26 arrest on a murder charge. Debate: Belichick on Hernandez... more

Rookies and selected veterans already have reported to Kansas City Chiefs training camp, with the full squad arriving Thursday. But the No. 1 overall draft pick, offensive tackle Eric Fisher, is nowhere to be found. In previous years, this would be a... more

It took three days of Miami Dolphins training camp before the first negative report about Mike Wallace came out. Perhaps the only surprise is that it took so long. From the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly: "We're three days into training... more

Bjoern Werner , the Indianapolis Colts' surprise first-round draft pick, agreed to terms in time for training camp.'s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Werner's four-year contract is worth $7,896,398, with $6,414,617 guaranteed. The deal has... more

The dog days of the NFL calendar are over. With training camps underway and ramping up, there's a lot of news to keep track of. We'll recap everything you need to know in a special daily camp edition of What We Learned. Just the Miami Dolphins and... more

Super Bowl week wasn't the time for America to get to know Colin Kaepernick. There were too many media members, too much business for Kaepernick to attend to. We've always heard that Kaepernick is a smart, terrific kid behind the scenes, but he hasn't... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been confident all offseason that cornerback Darrelle Revis would be ready for training camp. That confidence was well-placed. NFL Network's Andrea Kremer reported Tuesday that Bucs doctors have cleared Revis for... more

The Buffalo Bills got a lot of preseason love last year after spending huge money on defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson in free agency. Just one year later, Anderson no longer is on the team. The Bills announced Tuesday the release of... more

The news for the Dallas Cowboys' defense keeps getting worse. At least it's only July. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Tuesday that defensive end Anthony Spencer will undergo surgery on his troublesome knee later this week.'s Ian Rapoport... more

Joe Mays emerged out of nowhere in 2011 to become a starting middle linebacker for the Denver Broncos. Mays was rewarded with a nice contract extension before the start of the 2012 season. Then a serious injury struck. In a move that was surprising... more

There are NFL players with decent fantasy football buzz this season, and then there is Lamar Miller. The presumptive Miami Dolphins starting running back is The Guy among fans looking for a breakout player. Miller knows it. "I hear a lot of fans talking... more

Owner Dan Snyder says the Washington Redskins never will change their team name and generally has been unwilling to entertain political and media pleas to the contrary. But perhaps Snyder will listen to his former players. Hall of Fame wide receiver... more

We broke ground on our top 25 position battles in the NFC last week . Now it's time for the AFC: 25. Kicker battles! We're coming out of the gates swinging. Rookie Caleb Sturgis and former Pro Bowl selection Dan Carpenter already are battling in... more

"Dancing With the Stars" apparently is no substitute for an NFL offseason program. Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list Monday after failing his conditioning test to open training camp, a... more

Jordan Rodgers' attempt to make the Jacksonville Jaguars was short-lived. The team announced Monday that they waived the Vanderbilt product, whose brother just so happens to be a great quarterback . Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way.... more

Remember that trade last week in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent cornerback Eric Wright to the San Francisco 49ers? Forget it ever happened.'s Albert Breer reported Monday, per a source, that Wright failed his physical with the 49ers,... more

The Denver Broncos' rough offseason continues.'s Albert Breer reported Monday that Broncos linebacker Von Miller is facing a four-game suspension, per a source apprised of the situation. The case currently is under appeal, and it's unclear... more

Robert Griffin III has passed another huge milestone Monday in his recovery from anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support & See you in Richmond â?? Robert Griffin III... more

Geno Smith said over the weekend that he has a "great shot " to win the New York Jets' starting quarterback job. His rookie contract won't get in the way. The Jets announced Monday that Smith, the No. 39 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, signed... more

The Houston Texans didn't waste any time installing wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as a starter in his first practice. Hopkins didn't waste any time coming to terms on his rookie contract. Draft signings The New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and... more

Quarterbacks often are judged on championships, even though they shouldn't be. Tom Brady is a great example why. Brady undeniably has been a better overall player in the second half of his career than when he started out, but he got all three of his... more

I will be among the NFL staffers heading next week to Canton, Ohio, for the Hall of Fame Game. In future years, it's possible it won't be the only Hall of Fame Game of the season.'s Peter King, who debuted his new website , "The MMQB," on... more

The Dallas Cowboys' first full day of training-camp practice unfortunately brought the first potentially serious injury. Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford, a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, was carted off the field Sunday in Oxnard, Calif., with... more

The top picks of the 2013 NFL Draft continue to agree to contracts in time for training camp, just like they are supposed to. The latest rookie to come aboard: Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson , the No. 4 overall pick. The team... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 12 on the list: Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Why Gilmore is on the list Gilmore was one of our favorite defensive players in the NFL draft last... more

NFL fans can't learn that much from training camp. Preseason results are irrelevant and it's difficult to separate reality from hype in practice reports. I focus on two things in every team's camp: Which players are getting first-team snaps, and which... more

Eric Wright's tumultuous time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is over after yet another off-the-field incident. The Bucs announced Friday that they have traded Wright to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional 2014 draft pick.'s Ian... more

The Miami Dolphins officially report to training camp Saturday. No. 3 overall draft pick Dion Jordan remains unsigned , but he says he'll be under contract for camp. "It's not finalized yet, but I'll be there," Jordan told The Miami Herald on Friday.... more

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard's recent arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence will not result in him being released, according to The Boston Globe. Breer: Aaron Hernandez fallout Aaron Hernandez's murder charge absolutely... more

U.S. Olympic track athlete Jeff Demps isn't giving up on his NFL career. In fact, he hopes to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sometime during training camp. Demps' agent, Daniel Rose, told Stephen Holder of The Tampa Bay Times on Friday that the... more

Around The League continues our training camp preview with a look at the NFC West. (To hear our latest division previews in podcast form, just click into the sound file below or go right here .) Arizona Cardinals: Who will emerge at the skill... more

Ricky Williams' long, strange relationship with football isn't over. Meet the newest running backs coach at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, according to KSAT-TV. The school recently made the leap to NCAA Football Championship... more

I remember draftniks questioning J.J. Watt's "athleticism" when he came out of Wisconsin in 2011. Those concerns don't come up much now that the Houston Texan is an NFL Defensive Player of the Year. If you liked Adrian Wilson's YouTube leap a few years... more

Robert Griffin III said this offseason that, "without a doubt," he'd be ready for Day 1 of training camp. But it's unclear if the Washington Redskins will let their quarterback hit the field right away.'s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on... more

Ahmad Brooks' confusing legal issues will end without charges being filed against the San Francisco 49ers linebacker, and NFL Network confirmed Thursday. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has decided not to pursue the case... more

Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Thursday. Saunders, who was kicked off his college team... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 14 on the list: New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas. Who's "Making the Leap"? Around The League is profiling 40 players expected to break out. Who will... more

Seemingly every injured player in the NFL says he'll be "ready for training camp" during the offseason. We'll find out over the next week what players were overly optimistic. Brandt: Training camp 101 Having spent a lifetime in football, Gil Brandt... more

Fans of HBO's "Hard Knocks" got great news this year when the network announced the Cincinnati Bengals as the next team to be featured on the awesome NFL Films documentary series about training camp. NFL Films delivered more great news at a press... more

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn't regret posing in the buff for ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue." His attitude: If you got it, flaunt it. Colin Kaepernick is the latest, but not the first, NFL player to pose for ESPN The... more

Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft in part to replace Ed Reed. No pressure there. Draft signings The New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and Detroit Lions' Ziggy Ansah were the first of the 2013 NFL... more

The first rule of the New England Patriots' media policy: Don't talk about the problems of former New England Patriots players. The "CBS This Morning" news crew learned that Wednesday during an uncomfortable moment in their interview with tight end Rob... more

The Detroit Lions released running back Jahvid Best on Wednesday, ending a sad three-year run for the team's first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.  Best missed 10 games in 2011 because of a serious concussion, then sat out all of last season with... more

DeSean Jackson is multi-hyphenate for the 21st century. He is a wide receiver and a punt returner  for the Philadelphia Eagles. He's a quarterback competition predictor and a fascinating documentary subject . His latest project: Rapper. Jackson... more

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing promised last month that he would be medically cleared July 17. It looks like he's a man of his word. Harrison: AFC summer subplots Summer is upon us, but there's still plenty to ponder. Elliot Harrison... more

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith quietly has been one of the best front office leaders since taking over the team in 2006. He's built a consistent winner primarily through the draft. Around The League had a chance to sit down with Smith on... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave Connor Barth a big four-year contract last offseason so they wouldn't have to worry about their kicker position for a while. That changed Friday. The Bucs announced Wednesday that Barth will miss the entire 2013 season... more

It's July 16. There has barely been a drop of meaningful NFL news all week. This is the only real explanation for anyone making a big deal out of the video below. The exchange between Tim Tebow and Tom Brady from the 2011 regular season was captured by... more

The Green Bay Packers are the only publicly owned NFL team, and thus are the only franchise in the league to release financial statements. The annual announcement provides a window into the financial health of the NFL. It's safe to say things look very... more

Chip Kelly's quest to improve the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive tackle position has him looking in surprising places. The Eagles' latest find: A 6-foot-8, 335-pound preseason All-American from little-known Stony Brook in New York. Brooks: Eagles' QB... more

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings has been quarterback Christian Ponder's biggest supporter this offseason. Jennings' message: Have patience with a player who hasn't had great weapons . "Every quarterback, you've got to give him time (to... more

The Houston Texans announced Tuesday that there will be "themes" for every home game this season , ranging from "White Out" to "Hispanic Heritage Day." The December 1 matchup against the New England Patriots simply is called "Homecoming." Harrison: AFC... more

It's rare to see any NFL player stay with one franchise throughout his whole career. Chris Cooley neatly pulled off the trick with the Washington Redskins, and now he's going to work for the organization again.  Mark Maske and Dan Steinberg of The... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 17 on the list: Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Why Jeffery is on the list Jeffery is a very large human who can make big plays down the field. There... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Mike McCoy inherited starting running back Ryan Mathews when McCoy took the job as coach of the San Diego Chargers. During the offseason, the team signed Danny Woodhead and brought back veteran Ronnie Brown. Schein: Perfect pair... more

The deadline for signing franchise players to long-term contracts came and went on Monday with Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson not getting a new deal. Instead, the Bengals decided to give big money to one of the team's other pass... more

Quarterbacks mean so much to NFL teams that it's impossible to overpay one that is an average starter or better. It makes sense, then, that quarterbacks have the biggest cap figures for 2013. lists the top ten salary-cap figures in the NFL... more

The Denver Broncos promised severe penalties for executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert following their recent driving under the influence arrests. On Monday, those penalties arrived. Russell will be suspended indefinitely without pay, the team... more

On the same day that the Denver Broncos disciplined two executives arrested on suspicion of DUI, the organization is dealing with a new DUI problem. Well, at least it's new to the media. Offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry was charged on May 19 with... more

It's that time of year. The Forbes annual list of the top 50 most valuable franchises in sports was released -- and in photo gallery form, so we have to click on it 50 times. The Dallas Cowboys were the top-ranked NFL team on the list for the sixth... more

Cam Newton can't even pretend. He's still an Atlanta kid at his core. Harrison: NFC summer storylines Don't fear the dog days: Elliot Harrison picks out a storyline worth paying attention to for each team in the NFC. More ... Newton, speaking... more

NFL twins Maurkice and Mike Pouncey were photographed over the weekend at a nightclub wearing "Free Hernandez" hats, showing support for their former Florida teammate, Aaron Hernandez. One inevitable apology arrived Monday. "I fully recognize the... more

Mark Sanchez repeatedly has professed confidence about winning the New York Jets' starting quarterback job. We wouldn't expect him to say anything else, but perhaps some of his confidence comes from sizing up the competition. Brooks: A return to chaos... more

Eight NFL players received the franchise tag in March. Not one of them has signed a long-term contract, but that could change between now and Monday's deadline for teams to reach terms on a new deal with franchise players. Breer: Playing the franchise... more

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan's sports empire is spreading overseas. Khan is officially the new owner of Fulham F.C. of the English Premier League. The press release announcing the move Friday said Khan assumes 100 percent ownership of the club.... more

The Dallas Cowboys' summer-long quest to create more salary-cap room has claimed another victim. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker. More... The team... more

Around The League continues our training camp preview with a look at the AFC West. We already have asked questions on the AFC East , AFC North and AFC South . (To hear our division previews in podcast form, just click into the sound file below or go... more

We learned Thursday that New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith won't attend Mark Sanchez's annual Jets West practice sessions in Mission Viejo, Calif. On Friday, Sanchez clarified that Smith indeed was invited. Brooks: A return to chaos... more

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested and cited Thursday for driving under the influence. But Dennard's camp paints a different picture of what happened before he was arrested by the Lincoln (Neb.) Police Department. Dennard's... more

Richard Phibbs for ESPN The Magazine San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick poses in the flesh for ESPN The Magazine's "The Body Issue." San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and tight end Vernon Davis both posed nude -- aside... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- I read more old football books than is probably healthy. One of my constant takeaways: Players were far more outspoken from the 1960s to the '80s than they are today. They were less scripted, criticizing opponents or speaking... more

On the same week that "Sharknado" is taking the Internet by storm, a video has emerged of sports agent Drew Rosenhaus swimming with a 6-foot shark. (No, not this one .) The jokes are almost too easy to make and serve as proof that Rosenhaus is... more

Joe Flacco took an unconventional path to the first round of the NFL draft, playing at Delaware, then a Division I-AA school. Joe's 26-year-old brother, Mike, will try to take an even tougher road. Mike Flacco has enrolled at New Haven University... more

There was less conversation about the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft than usual, and that was for good reason. The annual selection of players came and went Thursday with no selections, the league announced via Twitter. Six players were declared... more

Marc Sessler ranked the NFL's deepest backfields earlier this week. Since it's July 11, and the website is clearly out of ideas, let's take a look at the thinnest backfields out there too. This isn't a list of the running back groups that have lost the... more

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski emerged from hiding Thursday just in time to answer questions about his team's latest off-the-field problems. Gronk's former tight end tag-team partner, Aaron Hernandez, is in jail after being charged with... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 24 on the list: St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens. Why Givens is on the list There's track speed and there's football speed. Givens has football speed.... more

New information emerged Wednesday regarding the recent driving under the influence arrests of two Denver Broncos executives. Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert blew a 0.162 on his breath test nearly seven hours after his June 11 DUI arrest,... more

Discussion about the appropriateness of the Washington Redskins' team name continues to simmer this offseason. It reached the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, American Samoa's non-voting delegate to the... more

The Oakland Raiders brought in linebacker Kaluka Maiava to potentially start this season after he spent four years as a reserve with the Cleveland Browns. His off-field issues could get in the way of playing time. The Associated Press reported that... more

Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers set the table earlier this offseason for monster quarterback contract extensions. It's Matthew Stafford's turn now. The Detroit Lions announced Wednesday morning they have signed Stafford to a contract extension through... more

Authorities on Tuesday unsealed more than 150 pages of court records related to the Odin Lloyd homicide, and the documents painted a clearer picture of the investigation into former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been charged with... more

Breer: Aaron Hernandez fallout Aaron Hernandez's murder charge absolutely rocked the NFL. What is the aftermath in New England? Albert Breer examines. More ... The New England Patriots in the Bill Belichick era remind me of quality starting... more

Now that Victor Cruz has his massive contract out of the way, he has a new role with the New York Giants: recruiter. Cruz wants his tag-team partner, Hakeem Nicks, to also sign a long-term deal with the team . Instant Debate: Is Cruz overpaid? Was $45... more

It was one year ago at this time when we pegged Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus as a man ready to be a star. Instead, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft took a step backward on the field. Dareus' younger brother tragically was... more

NFL fans usually are fans for life. This even can include the afterlife. Scott E. Entsminger, 55, of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away on July 4. We'll include one of his dying wishes from his obituary in the Columbus Dispatch below : Brooks: Most Improved... more

Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested for possible DUI last weekend in Colorado after being involved in an accident with a police vehicle, authorities told and NFL Network on Monday. Russell was charged with DUI,... more

Ernest Wallace, one of the men charged with being an accessory to the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was ordered held without bail Monday, according to the Bristol County (Mass.) District Attorney's Office. Darlington: Chilling lesson for rookies... more

Wide receiver Victor Cruz and the New York Giants have been "close" on a contract for a while. "Close" now has turned to "done." Instant Debate: Is Cruz overpaid? Was $45 million over six seasons too much for the Giants to pay to lock up Victor Cruz ?... more

There is no such thing as "minor" hip surgery, just like there is no such thing as "minor" back surgery. When an NFL player undergoes a hip procedure, it's fair to wonder about the long-term effects. That's why we'll be watching Brandon Marshall closely... more

A report surfaced over the weekend that the NFL is considering not inviting players who were academically ineligible in college to attend the NFL Scouting Combine. When I first saw the news, a couple quick reactions came to mind: 1.... more

Jared Allen and the Minnesota Vikings soon will start what might be the final season of a productive six-year union. Look for it to start on time. When asked Monday morning on NFL Network's "NFL AM" if he will be ready for training camp after shoulder... more

It's that time of year for the event not even the heartiest of draftniks knows too much about. Yes, the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft is scheduled to begin electronically Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. has confirmed with the league that teams were alerted... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 29: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Why Edelman is on the list Most players on our "Making the Leap" list are second- or third-year pros primed... more

NFL players don't always relish the chance to play overseas. But that might change, at least for Pittsburgh Steelers players, if team chairman/owner Dan Rooney convinced the league to play a game in Dublin, where Rooney spent three years as the U.S.... more

Ray Lewis' long football career with the Baltimore Ravens might have gotten in the way of his philanthropic goals. Take a look as President Obama congratulates the Baltimore Ravens on their Super Bowl victory. Lewis was unable to take part in a climb... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is America. He loves the United States so much that he gets lost under the American flag before games. And on this Independence Day, he knows how to celebrate in the best way possible. The only thing missing... more

Washington Redskins fullback and U.S. Navy Lt. Eric Kettani has seen his dream to become an NFL player deferred and then denied because of the commitment he made to his country. But he's finally getting his best chance to make an NFL roster. Signed by... more

When the Buffalo Bills drafted quarterback EJ Manuel , the expectation was that he would start in Week 1. Organized team activites and minicamp season slowly changed that perception. Now many believe that Kevin Kolb at least is on equal footing, even if... more

A warrant for the arrest of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was filed in error, Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu-Towery told and NFL Network on Wednesday. "It was a complete fumble on our part," she said.... more

The Massachusetts State Police searched Aaron Hernandez's Franklin, Mass., apartment on June 26 and found numerous boxes of firearm ammunition, along with a hooded white sweatshirt possibly worn by the former New England Patriots tight end on the night... more

The Miami Dolphins arguably boast one of the best defensive tackle tandems in football with Paul Soliai and Randy Starks. (In fact, I argued just that earlier this offseason.) That tandem could be completely off the roster in 2014. Both players are... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks allegedly assaulted a teammate on June 8, according to court documents and a police report obtained by the San Jose Mercury News. It remains uncertain if Brooks will be arrested. The documents, which can be... more

We're deep into the dog days of the NFL offseason, and news has slowed to whatever is slower than a crawl. The best evidence: The newly popular meme of football players running really fast on treadmills. Or at least former football players. In response... more

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman spent much of last year making headlines whenever he spoke. He became a go-to interview for anyone wanting to make some news. Now an All-Pro player, Sherman appears to be purposefully toning things down this... more

While former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez remains in jail , authorities again are asking the public for help in the Odin Lloyd homicide investigation. Hernandez is charged with first-degree murder and several weapons violations in the... more

Covering agents and the intricacies of labor developments is a part of our job at Around The League, but it's not exactly the coolest part. There's a reason why fans don't wear jerseys of their favorite agents. Leave it to Jay-Z, the newest... more

We learned not so long ago that former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith was sent to prison in Mississippi on a six-year weapons and drug sentence. Smith quickly has been let out of jail on house arrest. A spokeswoman for the Mississippi... more


Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making a Leap in 2013. No. 35 on the list: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel. Why Daniel is on the list Daniel became an unconventional "Making the Leap" candidate in part because of... more

Aaron Rodgers was named the No. 1 player during the "Top 100 Players of 2012." One year later, he only ranked as the third quarterback on the list. Schein: NFL's best QB/coach combo Adam Schein says the Packers are annual contenders because Aaron ... more

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will remain in jail after Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Renee Dupuis denied his bail appeal Thursday. Dupuis was not convinced Hernandez wouldn't be a flight risk, thus denying the bail request.... more

While former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez awaited his Thursday bail hearing after being charged with murder, the investigation into the homicide of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Mass., continued elsewhere. The New Britain... more

Adrian Peterson has received all sorts of compliments, awards and honors since coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament to win the NFL MVP award and top 2,000 rushing yards with the Minnesota Vikings last year. And Peterson added another honor... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 39 on the list: Tennessee Titans linebacker Zach Brown. Why Brown is on the list Brown is not the player you think he is. Or at least the player so many draft... more

More than a week after a body was found in North Attleboro, Mass., Aaron Hernandez was arrested and escorted from his home in handcuffs. During his Wednesday arraignment at Attleboro District Court, Hernandez was charged with murder in the death of Odin... more

On the same day that tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested by authorities and released by the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns were dealing with their own serious legal matter. Rookie defensive end/linebacker Ausar Walcott was charged with... more

Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint in Philadelphia on Sunday, according to a report from KYW-TV. The vehicle was stolen. The report indicates that the car -- a BMW -- was later recovered and examined... more

When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick publicly requested that coach Chip Kelly announce a starting quarterback before training camp, we had a feeling it would become a big story. Vick did not expect the attention . Breer: Gunning the... more

Former Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour arguably is the best NFL free agent still on the market, but he doesn't need to play football again. As one of the highest-paid players of his generation, Seymour can afford to be choosy.... more

Maurice Jones-Drew addressed his Jacksonville Jaguars teammates this offseason about his reported fight with a security guard, showing contrition for creating a distraction for the team. It looks like that distraction won't extend into the season.... more

As authorities have continued to search for evidence possibly related to the homicide of Odin Lloyd in and around the home of New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, the tight end's teammates have become caught in a difficult position. When out for... more

The Indianapolis Colts quietly have one of the most promising groups of young pass catchers in the league. One of the group's diamonds in the rough, however, won't be available to start the season. Darlington: Life after 'ChuckStrong' After fighting... more

The Minnesota Vikings spent all offseason looking for a middle linebacker, failing to land a promising option in free agency or the draft. All they needed was a little patience. Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop agreed to a one-year... more

There has been an awful lot of talk about the New York Giants' wide receivers this offseason. One of the unit's least known players suddenly found himself in the news Monday. Brooks: Welker vs. Cruz Wes Welker redefined the slot receiver position.... more

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly received news last week he's been waiting to hear  since undergoing surgery on June 7 to remove cancer from his jaw. He's cancer free again and won't have to undergo chemotherapy. Check out the best photos of... more

The NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013" concludes Thursday night with the announcement of the top 10 players. We don't know the order of the players yet, but NFL Network did announce their identities on Monday. In alphabetical order, here goes: Tom... more

It's becoming an NFL trend: Make a trick-shot video, get a chance with an NFL team. "Kickalicious," aka Harvard Rugland, now is with the Detroit Lions. Even if he has an uphill battle to make the team, coach Jim Schwartz has spoken highly of... more

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider seems happy flying well below the radar. Coach Pete Carroll essentially is the face of the franchise, getting most of the credit for the roster he's built in three seasons. Schneider is so under the... more

Robert Griffin III quickly has entered the highest echelon of NFL superstars. It's the level where every single thing the Washington Redskins quarterback does draws attention, from his wedding registry to how he handles his injury rehabilitation.... more

Wes Welker's visit to our Around The League podcast got us thinking: Who is the best slot receiver in the NFL? I posed this question to Chris Wesseling, who didn't hesitate to rank Percy Harvin No. 1. Dan Hanzus leaned toward Randall Cobb as a... more

Russian President Vladimir Putin got the last word Friday on the Super Bowl ring he allegedly took from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. And Putin doesn't remember a thing . Take a look at all of the Super Bowl rings, including the Patriots'... more

The Minnesota Vikings selected three players in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but at least one of them should be coming off the bench as a rookie. The team has made it clear that defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is expected to spell Kevin... more

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has spent long enough in Tampa, Fla., to know one thing. It's not New York . "The organization's great. It's real laid back down there. It's not a lot of pressure as it is in New York," Revis told the... more

We've studied Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman as closely as we have any young quarterback in the NFL this offseason at Around The League.The takeaway: He has every tool to be a great quarterback, but his maddening erratic play makes him... more

We began our coverage of NFL Networks' "Top 100 Players of 2013" by pointing out Baltimore Ravens inflation . As we reached the top-20 on Thursday night, the theme remained. Kinkhabwala: The Raven Way The Ravens saw significant turnover this... more

While the NFL world stops and stares at the story surrounding one New England Patriots pass catcher, the team quietly got another one under contract Thursday. The team signed second-round draft pick Aaron Dobson , the team announced . Terms of the deal... more

The Dallas Cowboys gave defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove another chance to earn an NFL job following a suspension last season for his involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. But he didn't last long. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency... more

Even the dumbest story can have a happy ending. Just days after three Atlanta radio hosts were fired for mocking former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason for suffering from ALS, Gleason's charity has seen a big boost in donations. Gleason: My... more

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy repeatedly has promised in "Big Letters" that the Packers' running game will be better this year. So far, the team has shifted the offensive line dramatically and tried to re-build depth up front on defense.... more

Adrian Peterson has spoken more than once about his desire to run for 2,500 yards this season. At first, we thought the Minnesota Vikings great was kidding. After a while, we realized the running back was serious . Instant Debate: Unemployed RBs... more

Longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers great and NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this August in the first year he's eligible. Former New York Giants pass rusher Michael Strahan, who also was in his first year of... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently spoke of potentially bringing the NFL draft to locations other than New York City. One of the league's most influential families -- and close Goodell ally -- has raised its hand to volunteer. "Sure, I'd like to... more

We've taken a crack at ranking the best quarterbacks , running backs  and wide receivers in the NFL this offseason. Next up: The edge rushers. This is a list of the players we'd want on our team for this season, and this season only. Around The... more

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is dealing with more than one legal problem. Just one day after law enforcement was at Hernandez's Massachusetts home in connection to a homicide investigation, news emerged of a civil lawsuit filed against... more

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman figures to be one of the hottest names on the head coaching market next offseason. If he doesn't find a new gig, he'll be well taken care of in San Francisco. Ian Rapoport of reported... more

The usual caveat applies: It's only the offseason. But the reviews in Minnesota so far have been pretty uniform: The quarterback play has been "spotty" in practice for the Minnesota Vikings. "Watching Christian Ponder out there, the footwork didn't look... more

We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing which players could fill in for Michael Crabtree at wide receiver on the San Francisco 49ers. Perhaps Vernon Davis wasn't given enough consideration. Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat writes... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The New Orleans Saints 1. Saints coach Sean... more

We've broken down the quarterback battles and the running back battles in the AFC following the majority of minicamps. Now, let's take a look around the NFC backfields. Arizona Cardinals: We didn't hear a ton about this battle throughout the... more

The guest list for the 10-year anniversary of Jay-Z's 40/40 club in Manhattan was fairly predictable . There was Beyonce, Kylie Minogue, T.I., and a ton of New York athletes like NFL players Geno Smith and Victor Cruz. Oh, and 72-year-old New England... more

Matt Ryan hasn't forgotten any of the mistakes that cost the Atlanta Falcons a chance to make the Super Bowl. He's not the only one motivated by falling short in the Georgia Dome. "We haven't forgot," Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said Tuesday on... more

Three Atlanta radio hosts were fired Monday for a senseless skit mocking former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who suffers from ALS. Two of the fired hosts expressed deep contrition in the wake of the story. Gleason: My life is awesome... more

I have picked the Green Bay Packers to make the Super Bowl four preseasons running, turning out to be right only once. While my prognostication devotion might be unique, quarterback Aaron Rodgers' presence makes the Packers a popular pick every year.... more

We found out earlier Monday that three Atlanta radio hosts on 790 AM were suspended for mocking former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who suffers from ALS. The inevitable happened a few hours later: They were fired . It was an unavoidable... more

Last Friday, we ran down where things stood among the NFL's quarterback battles following "football in shorts " season. Now let's move on to the running backs: Buffalo Bills : This isn't exactly a battle, but coach Doug Marrone made it clear that C.J.... more

Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason was back in the news Monday after penning a thoughtful edition of Monday Morning Quarterback on (Peter King is on vacation.) Gleason, who has ALS, wrote about the connection between football and... more

Matt Ryan hasn't tried to forget about the Atlanta Falcons' NFC Championship Game loss. He's too busy trying to learn from his mistakes. In a fascinating sit-down with's Pete Prisco, Ryan broke down exactly why the Falcons fell just short... more

It's official. The Cincinnati Bengals are headed back to HBO to be featured on this season of "Hard Knocks." Debate: Top 'Hard Knocks' subplots It's official: Andy Dalton and the Bengals will be featured on "Hard Knocks." What are Cincinnati's most... more

After seven days in jail and one visit from Terrell Owens , Chad Johnson is being set free. The Associated Press reported Monday that Johnson would be released from jail after he apologized Monday to Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh for his... more

Rex Ryan never exactly gave up control of the New York Jets' defense over the last two seasons. But there's no denying that former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had a larger role in calling the defensive plays the last two seasons, and the... more

The Washington Redskins aren't known for their great young talent, especially on defense. So you would think they would do everything possible to keep their best players under contract. But linebacker Brian Orakpo is a tricky player to evaluate.... more

The Chicago Bears don't even allow Devin Hester to wear the same colored jersey as the other Bears wide receivers in practice. He's a return man, and a return man only. But is a he return man who's guaranteed to make the roster?'s... more

We noted last week how little speculation  there was about the identity of this year's team for HBO's "Hard Knocks." That changed late Friday. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Cincinnati Bengals will be featured this season . The... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's comments this week about performance-enhancing drug use by the the Seattle Seahawks figured to upset a lot of folks in the Pacific Northwest. Coach Pete Carroll didn't take the bait, trying to defuse any... more

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley  probably was never going to be a top 10 NFL draft pick. The same issues that NFL teams found during Barkley's senior year at USC would have shown up in the pre-draft process even if he came out as a junior.... more

Twenty-nine NFL teams have wrapped up practice for the summer. While the Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons still have minicamp next week, it's not too early to take stock of where key position battles stand heading into camp. Let's... more

Kellen Winslow and the New York Jets were a marriage that made too much sense not to happen. On Friday, it happened. The New York Jets signed Winslow to a one-year contract, the team announced . Winslow had a three-day tryout with the team earlier this... more

DeAngelo Hall was released by the Washington Redskins this offseason, then returned later at a lower rate after finding tepid interest on the open market. Things looked so bad at one point that Hall considered not playing football at all. "I... more

It's news when a veteran player misses mandatory minicamp. After all, it's the only "mandatory" event of the offseason until training camp. However, it's hard to find Tony Gonzalez's absence from next week's practices too noteworthy. Atlanta... more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was revealed as the No. 23 player on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013." How you feel about the ranking likely depends on what you believe this list is intended to measure. Brooks: Luck vs. Kaepernick... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Carolina Panthers 1. It was revealed... more

NFL fans arriving at stadiums for games in the 2013 season should leave their large bags at home. That's the big takeaway from the new NFL policy revealed Thursday, which will limit the size and type of bags that are allowed into stadiums starting in... more

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne was excited to be part of a "legitimate" quarterback competition for once this year. He has a chance to really beat out Blaine Gabbert for the starting job. That's the good news. The bad news: The competition... more

Veteran running backs coming off serious injuries usually get released, even if they have a big name. That's why the release of Willis McGahee by the Denver Broncos on Thursday was not a shock. But unlike most veteran backs, we believe McGahee should... more

The Denver Broncos welcomed veteran running back Willis McGahee back to practice this week after he skipped voluntary organized team activities all offseason. They didn't like what they saw. Schein: Time is now for Peyton Adam Schein says the window... more

It's hard to get a feel for why exactly the New England Patriots decided to bring Tim Tebow aboard this week. The man signing the quarterback's check gave an interesting answer. Brandt: The Tim Tebow puzzle What is behind Bill Belichick's surprising... more

The New England Patriots' wide receiver group was almost completely rebuilt over the offseason. All of that change creates opportunity but also growing pains. General thought on WR group: It is Danny Amendola and then a noticeable drop-off. â?? Mike... more

We try not to overreact to offseason practice evaluations. After all, as Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, it's just "football in shorts."  But sometimes we see practice reports that we just can't ignore. Schein: Commitment to excellence?... more

Mark Sanchez primarily has taken the first-team snaps for the New York Jets this offseason. As the incumbent, Sanchez appears to be the favorite as the team's Week 1 starting quarterback over rookie Geno Smith . Instant Debate: The pressure is on ...... more

New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan brought outside linebacker Victor Butler to the New Orleans Saints from the Dallas Cowboys with the hope that Butler could emerge as the team's best pass rusher. Those hopes now are dashed. Darlington: Sean Payton,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invited a lot of speculation about their quarterback position this year when they drafted third-round pick Mike Glennon . On Wednesday, they officially got him under contract. Brooks: Extreme makeover in Tampa Bucky Brooks... more

Way back during the 2013 NFL Draft,'s Daniel Jeremiah and Ian Rapoport reported that the Green Bay Packers were shopping inside linebacker Desmond Bishop. No other teams bit , but it sounds like the sides finally are close to parting ways.... more

Twenty-three teams started mandatory minicamps  Tuesday. That means there was a dizzying amont of news, practice nuggets and press conferences, even when very little was said. So what did we learn? 1. For someone who clearly doesn't love meeting with... more

Pete Carroll once brought Tarvaris Jackson to the Seattle Seahawks to be his starting quarterback, promising that he wouldn't jerk him around like the Minnesota Vikings had done. Now Carroll might bring Jackson back into the fold as a clear backup.... more

Vonta Leach is the rare player to make three consecutive All-Pro teams, then get released . So it's no surprise that he's the rare NFL player to get released in June and have a lot of interest in his services. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is... more

We count four truly "open" quarterback competitions in four NFL cities this offseason: Philadelphia, New York (Jets), Buffalo and Jacksonville. The Eagles and Jaguars are splitting reps evenly between the combatants. The Jets are taking a different... more

The recent suspension of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin did not escape the notice of Jim Harbaugh. The San Francisco 49ers coach has kept an eye on the trend of Seahawks players being suspended for performance-enhancing drug use. "I've... more

Sedrick Ellis was one of the best players and biggest names still available in free agency . He certainly has one of the best draft pedigrees as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2008 draft. On Tuesday, Ellis finally found a home. The Chicago Bears... more

It took four months of questioning, but Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett finally admitted that he won't call offensive plays this season. Of course, we already knew that because Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan admitted... more

Tim Tebow's long, lonely walk through free agency had to end this way . The New England Patriots and Tim Tebow belong together in some indescribable, inarguable way. It all feels preordained. So why will Patriots coach Bill Belichick sign Tebow? Let's... more

The Buffalo Bills traded a seventh-round draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks for Tarvaris Jackson last year, then handed him $500,000 to re-sign in February. The Bills let Jackson split first-team quarterback reps with Kevin Kolb throughout organized team... more

Fullback Vonta Leach received a lot of credit for boosting the Baltimore Ravens' running game over the last two seasons. He has made the Pro Bowl in both seasons since arriving from the Houston Texans and was recognized by his peers during NFL Network's... more

It's safe to say Bill Belichick doesn't hate Tim Tebow after all.'s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the New England Patriots will sign Tebow -- just in time for Tuesday's mandatory minicamp.'s Albert Breer reported Monday the Patriots... more

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew held a news conference Monday, but he couldn't speak about the biggest story surrounding him. He was told by lawyers not to discuss his alleged involvement in a May 26 fight at a Florida restaurant.... more

Adam "Pacman" Jones turned around his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals by staying out of trouble and developing into an excellent role player as a slot cornerback and return man. His roller-coaster career appears to have hit another snag Monday.... more

Many NFL observers predicted that former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams never would get an NFL job again after his role in the "Bountygate" scandal. But Williams said Monday he never had a doubt. "Never once had I even thought... more

Chad Johnson is going to jail. The former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, last signed to the Miami Dolphins, will serve 30 days in jail after violating the terms of his probation in a domestic violence case, The Associated Press reported Monday.... more

Ben Roethlisberger's recent surgery only reinforced the conventional wisdom surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers these days: It's looking like a season with low expectations. The Baltimore Ravens are the defending Super Bowl champions. The... more

Gabe Carimi sat out Chicago Bears organized team activities this year, which shouldn't be a huge deal because they are "voluntary." But Carimi, a 2011 first-round draft pick, is under the spotlight this offseason because he's a high-profile player... more

Mark Ingram has not been a great fit in the New Orleans Saints' offense since the team picked him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. It feels like the Saints haven't used the running back much, but Ingram actually has led the team in carries in... more

Michael Vick sent a clear message through the media Thursday evening, asking Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly to pick a starting quarterback before training camp. We wondered how that message would be received by Kelly, and now we know how the... more

Before the offseason started, we thought the Cleveland Browns would find serious starting competition for quarterback Brandon Weeden via the draft or free agency. That never happened. That's why's Ian Rapoport reported back in May that there... more

The Seattle Seahawks know they have a problem with performance-enhancing drugs. Since the suspension of defensive end Bruce Irvin, the organization has held several meetings (some run by players, some run by coaches) about the issue. Seahawks coach... more

We recently ran down some of the best moments in the history of HBO's "Hard Knocks " in anticipation of training camp, which is fast-approaching. The Seattle Seahawks will not be the team adding to the list this year . "We understand the interest in... more

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant made an enormous leap statistically during the 2012 season. It was rewarded with an equally huge bump in respect from his NFL colleagues. Bryant was revealed Thursday night as the No. 35 player on NFL... more

The Dallas Cowboys have kept Josh Brent on their roster while he awaits trial for the Dec. 8 car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. But the patience of the Cowboys might run out soon. Brent recently tested positive for marijuana, according to... more

We've long thought Ahmad Bradshaw is the most talented free agent still available. For most of Thursday, it appeared the running back wouldn't be on the market much longer.'s Kimberly Jones reported that Bradshaw and the Indianapolis Colts... more

Michael Vick doesn't like having to split quarterback reps at Philadelphia Eagles practice. He hopes he won't have to do so much longer. "Hopefully, (coach) Chip (Kelly) makes a decision before training camp, and we won't have to answer that question,"... more

It's rare for Bill Belichick to respond publicly to a piece of reporting he doesn't like, much less do it with unrestrained vigor. That's why his answer to a question about Tim Tebow on Thursday was so surprising. For background: Yahoo! Sports had a... more

The New York Jets have question marks at the wide receiver position even when the entire group is healthy. And they are anything but healthy. The team's top four wide receivers are currently hurt: Santonio Holmes (foot), Stephen Hill (knee), Jeremy... more

Jason Pierre-Paul's back surgery came as a surprise to New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin. He said the team was trying to manage his best pass rusher's back injury. Now, the Giants aren't sure when JPP will be back on the field. "I'm hoping, but I... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have one of the thinnest running back depth charts in the NFL. And recovering starter Maurice Jones-Drew showed up in the offseason a little thinner than we're used to seeing him. It appears the Jaguars are starting to look... more

On June 6, 1944, roughly 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches in Normandy, France, to begin the long march across Europe to fight Nazi Germany. Nine thousand of those men lost their lives that day. Of the survivors, at least four of the men were... more

Dwight Freeney and Peyton Manning nearly were teammates again in Denver. As Freeney noted Wednesday , Manning helped recruit the pass rusher to visit the Broncos before Freeney eventually landed with the San Diego Chargers. Freeney would have enjoyed... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Philadelphia Eagles. 1. New coach Chip... more

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris is a nicer guy than you. He's not a "nice guy for a professional athlete" or an athlete who brings cameras along so that everyone knows he's cool. He's just a guy who's nicer than you. Or nicer than me,... more

The San Diego Chargers drafted D.J. Fluker No. 11 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft with the expectation that he'll be a bedrock for their offensive line for years to come. The team didn't waste any time getting him under contract . Draft signings The... more

The Houston Texans signed Ed Reed without expecting him to get hip surgery. They mostly have downplayed the veteran safety's injury, although defensive coordinator Wade Phillips admitted he's a little "concerned" about Reed's availability. Kinkhabwala:... more

President Barack Obama walked out Wednesday to welcome the Baltimore Ravens to the White House lawn, but one thing was missing. Kinkhabwala: White House welcome Aditi Kinkhabwala says the Ravens' visit with President Obama was marked by a certain... more

Some San Francisco 49ers insist that they have let go of the team's devastating Super Bowl XLVII loss. Others tell the truth. "It still haunts us ," linebacker NaVorro Bowman told Monte Pool of the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday. Losing Super... more

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is tired of coming up with new ways to explain that Michael Vick and Nick Foles are "even" on the depth chart at quarterback. Kelly would like people to stop asking about it. According to the Philadelphia... more

With the news that the Cincinnati Bengals will be the NFL team featured on this year's "Hard Knocks," it's a good time to crack open the NFL Films vault for a look back at some of our favorite clips from previous years of the HBO series. Why? Just... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team with training camp nearing. We here at Around The League are offering our own deep thoughts every night. Next up: The New York Giants 1.... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Deacon Jones, who died Monday at age 74 , an "icon among icons." Even among the greatest football players of all time, Jones stood out. "He was the inspirational leader of our Hall of Famers," Pro Football Hall of... more

Yet another big NFL star is undergoing back surgery, raising doubts about his readiness for the season. Jones: A Giant problem? Not so fast Victor Cruz and Hakeem  Nicks remain absent from OTAs. What does this mean for the Giants? Kimberly Jones... more

The transition to Chip Kelly's offense was jarring to many Philadelphia Eagles offensive players used to how things operated under Andy Reid. But it was Kelly's lack of loyalty to previous depth charts that jolted wide receiver DeSean Jackson the most.... more

NFL teams only are allowed one mandatory three-day minicamp practice per offseason. For five teams, that minicamp starts Tuesday. The Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are under the... more


This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under we'd want leading our... more

This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under we'd want leading our... more

For now, the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback competition appears to be a two-man race. Tarvaris Jackson and Kevin Kolb evenly split time as the first quarterback through their rotation at Thursday's organized team activity, the team's eighth of the... more

The upcoming back surgery for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, as first reported by's Albert Breer, will be downplayed in some circles in the coming weeks. That's because teams and agents control the flow of information more than... more

This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under we'd want leading our... more

Compared to last year's recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Adrian Peterson's comeback from sports hernia surgery flew under the radar this offseason. Perhaps that's because we already knew the Minnesota Vikings star running back had an... more

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan was arrested over Memorial Day weekend on a charge of suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to police reports obtained by The Times-Picayune. Schein: Indispensable offensive stars Certain NFL... more

The drumbeat already has started in Oakland: Rookie Tyler Wilson might wind up competing to earn snaps at quarterback down the line in 2013. Coach Dennis Allen wants to make it clear, though, that Wilson and backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor have an... more

The Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals are neighbors at the Truman Sports Complex, which holds both Arrowhead Stadium and Kaufmann Stadium, where the Royals play. The close proximity occasionally can lead to confusion. Top 100 Players of 2013... more

This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under we'd want leading our... more

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder recently said he'll never change his team's name, with a capital NEVER . Some members of Congress aren't happy with that stance. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that 10 members of Congress sent letters... more

The NFL draft is moving two weeks later than usual, at least for 2014. Instant Debate: The pressure is on ... Which rookie faces the most daunting spotlight in 2013? Our analysts debate, with Jets QB Geno Smith topping the list. More ... The... more

It's one of our more persistent offseason storylines in 2013: JaMarcus Russell continues to lose weight as NFL teams continue to eye the progress with skepticism. Take a look at the best photos of JaMarcus Russell over the years. The latest report comes... more

The Dallas Cowboys are one of the teams that should benefit most in 2013 from the return of injured players, including starting running back DeMarco Murray. Then again, Murray actually has to return. Brandt: Cowboys will win NFC East Gil Brandt... more

Peyton Manning is enjoying his first healthy, "normal" offseason since 2009. There are no surgeries to recover from this year. There is no new city and new team to learn. That has left the Denver Broncos quarterback with more time for other duties.... more

Since Jimmy Haslam took over the Cleveland Browns, he has made it clear that NFL legend Jim Brown would have a role in the organization. On Wednesday, that move will be finalized and announced. ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reported Tuesday morning that... more

Nate Montana continues to get chances to impress his father's former team. Schein: 49ers remain NFL's best Yes, Michael Crabtree's injury hurts, but Adam Schein explains why San Francisco is still the team to beat in 2013. More ... The San... more

Ben Roethlisberger's painful end to the 2012 season didn't stop after a three-game losing streak brought the Pittsburgh Steelers to 8-8. It continued right into the NFL playoffs, when he had to watch his biggest rival, the Baltimore Ravens, win Super... more

This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under we'd want leading our... more

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher's retirement last week inspired an immediate debate: Is he headed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Urlacher could potentially join Ray Lewis in Canton in five years, which got us thinking: Which active players... more

Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions in a single practice session during last week's organized team activities, which caused coach Rex Ryan publicly to express disappointment . New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg saw things differently.... more

Acquired in the middle of the Jon Gruden era, Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn established himself as a franchise fixture over the past seven seasons. And he's paid like it. Now entering this season at the age of 30, Penn is at the stage of... more

The St. Louis Rams aren't counting on just one player to replace franchise stalwart Steven Jackson, now on the Atlanta Falcons. A cavalcade of young running backs will vie to fill the gap. By virtue of draft pedigree, last year's second-round pick... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox has thought plenty about his team's devastating loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional playoffs. And he still would ask one of the NFL's all-time greatest quarterbacks to take a knee at the end of regulation... more

The New England Patriots' fascination with former Rutgers players has been well documented since the 2013 NFL Draft. Bill Belichick's son, Steve, now a coaching assistant with the Patriots, was on former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano's 2011 team. Throw... more

This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under we'd want leading our... more

The Atlanta Falcons and free-agent defensive tackle Richard Seymour would be an intriguing match as the Falcons load up for a title run. But a contract isn't expected to happen quickly. Debate: Toughest shoes to fill? Was Bruce Arians' exit from... more

Soon after the New Orleans Saints drafted safety Kenny Vaccaro in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the speculation started about veteran safety Roman Harper. Could he be released? Could he be forced to take a pay cut? Instant Debate: The pressure... more

The loss of Michael Crabtree has caused a lot of worrying about the San Francisco 49ers' passing game, with potential solutions ranging from signing Brandon Lloyd to A.J. Jenkins stepping up, to an offense that runs more than ever. Barely mentioned as a... more

The New Orleans Saints have spoken all offseason about appreciating having things back to "normal" for the first time since 2009. But one thing has changed with the organization: Coach Sean Payton looks like he is ready to play . "Obviously if you see... more

No one ever said Mike Williams -- the former USC star wide receiver -- wasn't talented. He just couldn't come close to living up to the hype. Now, he'll have another chance, this time north of the border. The Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts... more

Michael Crabtree suddenly has a lot of unexpected time on his hands. This is bad news for the San Francisco 49ers offense, but apparently great news for his creative juices , based on his latest Instagram missive.  Coach Jim Harbaugh says Crabtree will... more

This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under we'd want leading our franchise.... more

It's officially "RG3 at OTAs Day" in the NFL. The second-year pro participated in the Washington Redskins' first practice session of the offseason Thursday and was fairly active, even though he only worked out with other players who are rehabbing. Check... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' struggles with the vertical passing game are no secret. It was part of the focus of my Andy Dalton writeup in our Top 10 quarterbacks 25 and under series, and it has been a huge emphasis for the Bengals during organized team... more

Most new coaches take over rosters that are ready to rebuild. That's not the case with the Chicago Bears. Marc Trestman inherited a team that finished 10-6 last year and doesn't have a lot of quality young talent.'s Mike Sando crunched the... more

Percy Harvin has received nothing but plaudits from his new teammates since joining the Seattle Seahawks, but it would be strange to hear anything else. It's the offseason. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013.... more

This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under we'd want leading our... more

There are manufactured animosities and controversies all over the NFL media landscape. But the chilly relationship between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay was not a media creation. If anything, the tensions at play  probably were... more

One of the greatest Chicago Bears of all time will not put on another team's uniform. Brian Urlacher announced his retirement  Wednesday on Twitter. "After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to... more

We're all going to talk and write about  organized team activities a lot because we love the NFL and it's May. Leave it to Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to put the sessions in proper perspective. Instant Debate: NFL's biggest arm? Which QB... more

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's first big move on the national stage was having Mike Holmgren replaced in the front office. Haslam's second time in the spotlight was unwanted. The federal investigation involving Haslam's company -- Pilot Flying J... more

It's an offseason of change in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are counting on more young players than usual to step into starting roles. The offense has been revamped. And the team is feeling a little ornery . "There's a little more of an edge," safety Troy... more

The NFL draft is staying at Radio City Music Hall in 2014, sometime in May. After that, all bets are off. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Tuesday that the league is taking a harder look at moving out of the venue after 2014, and possibly out of... more

This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under during the next two weeks.... more

The Super Bowl is headed back to the Bay Area for the first time since 1985. Houston didn't have to wait so long. Next four Super Bowl locations Date Host Stadium Feb. 2014 New York/ New Jersey MetLife Stadium Feb. 2015 Arizona University of... more

Before news of Tony Romo's sudden surgery broke, the Dallas Cowboys' transition from a 3-4 defense to coordinator Monte Kiffin's 4-3 scheme was the biggest story in Big D. Cornerback Morris Claiborne says the change is misunderstood by many. "It's... more

Nick Foles took the first snaps of Philadelphia Eagles organized team activities Monday with the first team. Michael Vick took fewer snaps overall with the first team and more with the second team. It's May, so we ask: Does this actually matter?... more

The Seattle Seahawks spent much of Monday answering criticism of their off-the-field problems . Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider say they are taking the team's performance-enhancing drug use suspensions seriously . Somewhat lost... more

It made news in Dallas this offseason when we learned Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo would dial back his golfing before training camp. It turns out he also won't be playing any football. Debate: Best and worst backup QBs Having Kirk Cousins on hand... more

This is the age of the young quarterback. Buoyed by the draft class of 2012, we have a surplus of promising young signal-callers. Around The League and "NFL Total Access" will count down the top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under during the next two weeks.... more

The NFL's effort to change its offseason calendar is starting to make some progress.'s Albert Breer reported Monday that the NFL and NFL Players Association are working toward a deal to move the 2014 NFL Draft to May. It likely would start as a... more

Coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks took some criticism in Seattle over the weekend for the team's problem with player suspensions for performance-enhancing drug use. Debate: NFL's best receiving corps? Is there any group of pass-catchers... more

One day after Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano was quoted as saying rookie quarterback Mike Glennon can "play quickly" if necessary , Schiano tried to leave no doubt about his brewing quarterback "battle." "We have a starting quarterback , and... more

Willis McGahee has been rumored to be on the roster bubble for the Denver Broncos all offseason, a rumbling that only has picked up since the team selected running back Montee Ball in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Those rumors aren't going to... more confirmed last Thursday that a warrant was issued for the arrest of former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson after he allegedly violated several terms of his probation. On Monday, Johnson turned himself in. The Broward Sheriff's office told... more

The old New Orleans Saints defense just wasn't working. That's why we can't criticize "Mr. Positive " Sean Payton's decision to transform his unit to a 3-4 group and hire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Harrison: Top 20 Games of 2012 The 2012 season... more

Sean Payton's return to the New Orleans Saints' sidelines will be one of the biggest storylines throughout the 2013 regular season. But in many ways, his return to coaching already is in full swing. Payton is setting a tone that looks to get past all... more

The latest example that Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly might prepare his team a little different than most: Wide receiver Jason Avant and tight end Clay Harbor both took snaps on the defensive side of the ball during organized team activities last... more

There were a few skeptics when the Seattle Seahawks hired Pete Carroll in the Pacific Northwest, but they are a lot harder to find after the Seahawks won 11 games in 2012. That's why we found it notable to see Carroll take some local heat in the wake of... more

Earlier this week, we passed along Tavon Austin 's concerns about all the cousins he never knew coming out of the woodwork looking for money. There was a light-hearted tone to his comments, but it undoubtedly is a serious problem for many players. Top... more

Late last season, we thought Michael Vick's career with the Philadelphia Eagles was over. Fast forward five months, and Vick has been given an incredible opportunity to turn his career around in an offensive system that just might suit his skill set.... more

A few observant souls out there noticed an odd detail on our transaction page late Thursday night: It said Peyton Manning restructured his contract with the Denver Broncos. At first, we thought it might have been some sort of mistake. The... more

Maybe it's the legal issues. Perhaps it's the unorthodox playing style. It could be his legitimately worrisome struggle to stay healthy. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends May 31. Get your vote in.... more

For once, one of the rumors surrounding Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi came true. Lombardi's long-simmering appreciation of quarterback Brian Hoyer was consummated Thursday in an agreement on a two-year contract , according to... more

Chris Wesseling did a great job Wednesday breaking down the biggest organized team activities/minicamp storylines in the AFC. There's only so much we can learn from non-padded practices, but the teaching sessions do provide important clues for the... more

Just because: We'd now like to present Prince Harry throwing a football during a recent visit to the United States Air Force Academy. Just call him England's answer to Tim Tebow. (Or Uncle Rico .) Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal .... more

Doug Free was paid like a Pro Bowl offensive tackle by the Dallas Cowboys last year, but he played like a guy who might not have a long career as a starter. The Cowboys have seen the error of their ways. Harrison: Post-draft Power Rankings After the... more

Anthony Hargrove's roller-coaster NFL career is not over yet.'s Ian Rapoport reports that Hargrove has signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The team's official website said it was a one-year deal . Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you... more

It appears that Randy Moss' Hall of Fame playing career is over, although the wide receiver is not so sure of that yet. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker.... more

The Dallas Cowboys are planning to move from their home of 28 years in Valley Ranch, Texas. We just don't know when and where. Debate: Go-to quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers is definitely clutch -- but would he be the best choice if you needed a win today?... more

Nick Fairley said the Detroit Lions already have the best defensive tackle duo in the NFL. This sounds more outlandish than it truly is. Even though Fairley is only in his second season, we're inclined to agree with him. Ndamukong Suh quietly might... more

Chris Kluwe wasn't out of work for long. And it shouldn't be a surprise where one of the most colorful NFL characters landed. Kluwe told Brendon Ayanbadejo, now writing for, that he's joining the Oakland Raiders. The deal is for one year... more

The Buffalo Bills didn't wait long to name their new general manager. Three days after Buddy Nix stepped away from the position, the Bills announced Thursday morning that Doug Whaley is the new GM. Breer: The 'surprise' that wasn't EJ Manuel over... more

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was on a list of potential breakthrough players for 2013 by our friend Adam Schein, but you can make the case Fairley already broke through. Fairley was one of the most difficult defensive tackles to handle... more

Defensive tackle Kyle Love was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the last two weeks. The New England Patriots responded by releasing the fourth-year pro Wednesday with a non-football injury designation, according to Mike Reiss of more

David Garrard always was a long shot to make it to the regular season, much less the starting lineup. His body failed him for two seasons running, and that's a trend that doesn't often turn around for 35-year-old NFL players. Take a look at the best... more

The New York Jets consistently have said all offseason that they will hold a genuine competition at quarterback . It's a competition that many folks believed David Garrard could win, if he stayed healthy. But Garrard won't be around long enough to find... more

After just a few days of organized team activities, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is ready for the season to start. It's safe to say he's rather excited about the Andy Reid era to begin. "(Jamaal Charles) is going to lead the league in... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Last up: The Seattle Seahawks The Big Question: Why draft Christine Michael? Before the draft, I wondered how the... more

Ben Roethlisberger throws perhaps the best vertical pass in the NFL, so former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace knows all about strong arms. Wallace's new quarterback on the Miami Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill, measures up. "Ryan has a cannon,"... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have emphasized competition at all positions throughout the offseason. The new coaching staff has backed that up with its early deployment of snaps in organized team activities. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, perhaps the worst... more

DeAngelo Williams' future with the Carolina Panthers no longer is an open question. After an offseason of speculation that Williams might be released, including cryptic statements by new general manager Dave Gettleman, Williams' immediate future looks... more

If it wasn't already clear, New York Jets general manager John Idzik has the juice in the organization. Rex Ryan's role appears diminished publicly when it comes to personnel decisions, and Idzik continues to re-make the front office. Rapoport: Geno... more

I picked the worst position groups  in NFL offenses on Monday. After nailing that list, let's try to throw another perfect game on defense. Worst safety group: Dallas Cowboys The Dallas Cowboys entered the draft with the shakiest-looking safety group in... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The San Francisco 49ers? The Big Question: Can Eric Reid hold up in pass protection? There will be no redshirt year... more

Tarvaris Jackson is an underdog to start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 . But coach Doug Marrone at least is giving the impression that Jackson has a chance to compete with Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel . Breer: The 'surprise' that wasn't... more

The Philadelphia Eagles were careful under Andy Reid not to overload DeSean Jackson with too many punt returns. It doesn't sound like new Eagles coach Chip Kelly will take the same approach. Brooks: Perfect fit for Philadelphia He might not make an... more

We've been hesitant to pass along every silly job offer involving Tim Tebow because most of them simply are for promotional opportunities. (Omaha Beef, anyone ?) But Ron Jaworski's offer for an Arena Football League job is different. Jaworski, a... more

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline said Monday morning on "NFL AM" that he was part of the best wide receiver group in the AFC East. This sounds outlandish until the moment you realize it is undeniably true. The other three teams in the... more

Former Jacksonville Jaguars standout Jimmy Smith currently is serving a six-year sentence in Mississippi prison on two charges, the Mississippi Department of Corrections confirmed Monday. Smith is serving four years for cocaine possession and two more... more

It's official: The Seattle Seahawks are 2013's trendiest team. They also will be Super Bowl XLVIII champions, according to voters on our "Predict the Season" game. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends... more

The Arizona Cardinals' logjam at quarterback is loosening up. Just a few weeks after letting go of John Skelton, the team has decided to release Brian Hoyer, according to's Ian Rapoport . Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow... more

New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch doesn't have to worry about his quarterback situation for a long time. The Giants have Eli Manning in charge and rookie Ryan Nassib as a great long-term backup. Gbajabiamila: The Tebow mistake Akbar Gbajabiamila... more

Michael Lombardi, our former colleague at NFL Network, has been a lightning rod for attention on the Cleveland Browns since taking over as the Browns GM. But perhaps the attention is misplaced because Lombardi is in a supporting role to CEO Joe Banner.... more

Tavon Austin has encountered a few new things since being drafted No. 8 overall by the St. Louis Rams. He's playing in an offense that actually huddles. The terminology is different. Oh, and Austin's family is expanding rapidly . Which rookie will... more

The majority of the NFL held rookie minicamps over the weekend. These practices essentially are teaching sessions for new players, but we still can learn a thing or 10 from them. After three days in the books, here's what you need to know: 1. With... more

Judging rookies off their minicamp performance seems premature at best, and quite possibly foolish. That won't stop the Tyler Wilson bandwagon from starting to form around the Oakland Raiders. Schein Nine: Breakout candidates Who will become the next... more

Manti Te'o started his professional journey Friday at San Diego Chargers rookie minicamp like it was just another practice, leading the linebacker drills. But he admitted to feeling like a "freshman again" anyhow. There really isn't too much to report... more

Aaron Curry, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, was dangerously close to falling out of the league. The New York Giants won't let it happen. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings... more

Matthew Stafford never was as good as his 5,000-yard season in 2011 indicated. He's also not as bad as the 4-12 record the 2012 Detroit Lions showed. Quarterback careers often don't go in a straight line, and Stafford's fourth-year stagnation is a good... more

Karlos Dansby played his first six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, excelling enough to be the team's franchise player for two consecutive years before leaving for the Miami Dolphins on one of the largest contracts ever given to an inside linebacker.... more

It's May. The usual flood of NFL stories has slowed down. But I'd like to think that Around The League never would be so busy that we couldn't post a photo of New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham flying a plane over the Superdome. Just because... more

The Detroit Lions are the first team to have their entire 2013 NFL Draft class under contract. That includes the No. 5 overall pick. Draft signings The New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and Detroit Lions' Ziggy Ansah were the first of the 2013 NFL... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Washington Redskins. The Big Question: Will Amerson be a boom or bust? The Redskins didn't have a first-round... more

Shawne Merriman's NFL career is over , but the 2005 Defensive Rookie of the Year (over DeMarcus Ware) is just 28 years old. So he has a lot of time on his hands and needs to stay busy. I can't wait to compete on Season 5 of #AmericanNinjaWarrior this... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, like Miami Dolphins ownership , was disappointed that voters in Miami were not able to vote on a proposal concerning renovations to Sun Life Stadium. Wyche: Q&A with Roger Goodell The Commish discusses a myriad of... more

When NBA player Jason Collins announced two weeks ago that he was gay, many NFL players offered their public support . NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expects the same reaction if an NFL player similarly goes public with his sexuality. "I have such great... more

I'm fascinated by the NFL draft trades that weren't made . The talks that just missed. The moments when a franchise nearly made a massive move but changed course. 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The draft is finally behind us. How did everybody do?... more

The Chicago Bears love to get their rookie signings out of the way before any team. On Thursday, linebacker Jon Bostic became the highest-picked player from the 2013 NFL Draft to come to terms. Which rookie will stand out in 2013? Will Tavon Austin... more

San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York said on Thursday's "NFL AM" that the NFC West was "hands down" the best division in "professional sports." The only crazy part of this statement: It's not that crazy. It was only a year ago that the NFC West was viewed... more

The Baltimore Ravens were looking for an option to replace center Matt Birk. The Indianapolis Colts had a spare center after drafting Khaled Holmes in the 2013 NFL Draft. Thus, we have a deal. Both teams announced that center A.Q. Shipley was sent to... more

In just a few weeks, Geno Smith has learned what it means to join the tabloid culture of New York City. At least one agency wooing him as a client can empathize. Which rookie will stand out in 2013? Will Tavon Austin rise to the head of the class... more

Tim Tebow has been out of work for almost two weeks. A lot of teams have said on the record and off that they are not interested , but we haven't heard of a single team that wants him. Gbajabiamila: The Tebow mistake Akbar Gbajabiamila doesn't... more

Former Cleveland Browns return man Josh Cribbs couldn't find a job early in free agency because his health was in question after he had offseason arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Cribbs now says he's healthy and is starting to... more

So the big news in that "other" football community Wednesday was the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson from Manchester United after 26 years at the helm of England's most famous club. It got us thinking around the offices whether it still was possible for... more

Ronde Barber entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick and a backup. He spent much of his career in the shadow of his twin brother, Tiki. He leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as one of the signature players in franchise history. Barber is calling it a... more

Andrew Luck made more "wow" throws than any other rookie quarterback last season. He also made the most mistakes of the big three rookies. After one season under his belt, Luck thinks things have changed a lot. "I'm 100 percent more comfortable than... more

The Arizona Cardinals' defense under former coordinator Ray Horton mostly was successful. But it was hard to prepare for and required sacrifices from one of its best players. Defensive end Darnell Dockett -- for one -- is happy Horton is gone .... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Dallas Cowboys. The Big Question: Will ignoring defense hurt Cowboys? Ignoring might be a little strong. But... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Oakland Raiders The Big Question: Did the Chargers play it too safe? We didn't learn a lot about new San... more

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson waited until the fifth round to hear his name called during the 2013 NFL Draft, but it's hard to imagine him landing in a better spot. Tebow to Jags a bad idea It's time to stop the chatter and let the new... more

We don't normally post about arrests from players who aren't in the NFL. But Cliff Harris, whom the New York Jets released just over a week ago, has been in the news too much to ignore. Schein: Post-draft pressure points In the wake of the 2013... more

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" lineup is getting younger while maintaining its robust level of blonde. Carrie Underwood is no stranger to singing for NFL crowds. Take a look back at memorable Super Bowl performances. The network announced Tuesday that... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Oakland Raiders The Big Question: Did the Raiders find four starters? I wrote before the draft that GM Reggie... more

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was third on the Detroit Lions' entire draft board , according to Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, via That didn't mean the Lions felt like they absolutely had to have him with the fifth overall pick in the 2013... more

Every season, the NFL's old-school rules prevent incoming rookies from participating in organized team activities and offseason workouts until their class graduates from college. Which rookie will stand out in 2013? Will Tavon Austin rise to the head... more

Richard Seymour arguably is the best free agent available on the market. (Around The League's Chris Wesseling ranked Seymour No. 3 , but I'd put Seymour even higher.) Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow all of the latest rumors and... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars did a lot of good work rebuilding their secondary during the 2013 NFL Draft, but their work isn't done yet. The team announced Tuesday that they signed veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant. Top 100 plays of 2012 "NFL AM" on... more

This has been the offseason of the NFC West. If the Cincinnati Bengals have emerged as a trendy team to make some playoff noise, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have emerged as the trendy picks as the two best teams in the NFL. That... more

Adam Snyder left the San Francisco 49ers last season for a chance to start with the Arizona Cardinals, picking up a $5 million signing bonus along the way. That didn't go very well , at least for the Cardinals. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Indianapolis Colts The Big Question: Can Bjoern Werner excel at outside linebacker? We heard more criticism... more

One of the media rules of the offseason: Every surgery is reported to be "minor" and every injured player reportedly will be ready for the start of training camp. Following Houston Texans safety Ed Reed's recent hip surgery, we got the "minor" and "will... more

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams is involved in a Houston lawsuit filed Monday, but he didn't do anything wrong. He's suing his ex-fiancee. Williams sued his ex-fiancee, Erin Marzouki, in Harris County Court for the $785,000, 10-carat diamond... more

Baltimore Ravens third-round pick Brandon Williams has come a long way in a short time. The nose guard emerged from the bowels of Division II football at Missouri Southern to become a draft sleeper. Williams participated in his first NFL minicamp over... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Luke Joeckel No. 2 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, and then did something you don't normally ask of No. 2 overall picks: They made him change positions. Get a first look at NFL rookies in action. With Eugene Monroe at... more

Chris Kluwe, the self-proclaimed best punter in Minnesota Vikings history, expects to be released on Monday. Unless rookie fifth-round pick Jeff Locke absolutely tanked at rookie minicamp over the weekend, the Vikings have indicated publicly that Kluwe... more

So we're running this "Predict the Season " game this offseason that lets fans choose what teams are most likely to make the playoffs and, subsequently, advance. Harrison: Post-draft Power Rankings After the 2013 NFL Draft, Elliot Harrison updates... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Pittsburgh Steelers The Big Question: Will Steelers have NFL's most impactful draft class? Before the 2013 NFL... more

British Olympian Lawrence Okoye is not the only new NFL player who barely has played football. The Baltimore Ravens signed Murphy Holloway out of Ole Miss despite the fact that Holloway hasn't played football since his sophomore year in high school.... more

Heading into his second season, New York Jets defender Quinton Coples is moving to outside linebacker . The Jets need pass rushers and believe Coples can be more effective standing up. This has attracted a lot of media attention. In Miami, there's... more

The Green Bay Packers dramatically are altering their offensive line, and it has nothing to do with the two offensive tackles they selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. Harrison: Post-draft Power Rankings After the 2013 NFL Draft, Elliot Harrison updates... more

The first episode of the "Top 100 Players of 2013" indicated a possible Baltimore Ravens bias in the voting . The second episode confirms it. Ranked No. 87 and No. 88 on the list: Ravens safety Bernard Pollard and wide receiver Jacoby Jones. We know... more

New England Patriots starting running back Stevan Ridley was the recipient of one of the most bone-crushing hits in a high profile game in recent memory during the 2012 AFC Championship Game . Ridley, who was knocked cold by Baltimore Ravens safety... more

Bryant McKinnie wined and dined with the San Diego Chargers. He had a standing offer from the Miami Dolphins. In the end, he decided to stay put. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings in... more

Deep into Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers drafted running back Kenjon Barner in the sixth round. It wasn't a pick that got a lot of attention outside of Charlotte, but it might have provided a window into new general manager Dave... more

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington, already set to serve a four-game suspension this season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, is being investigated by Phoenix police after an alleged domestic dispute Wednesday night. Sgt. Steve... more

Michael Vick suffered career lows last season in yards per carry and rushing yards per game. At 32, it's fair to say that the quarterback's explosiveness on the ground is not what it once was. Just don't tell that to LeSean McCoy. Philadelphia Eagles... more

If we were creating a list of the best free agents still available after the 2013 NFL Draft, former Atlanta Falcons pass rusher John Abraham probably would be at the top of it. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow all of the latest... more illustration Tim Tebow officially is a free agent. Where will he play next season? Pat White, Seneca Wallace and both McCown brothers all are employed as NFL quarterbacks. So it shouldn't be that hard for Tim Tebow to find a gig. It just... more

The consensus top running back in the 2013 NFL Draft fell all the way to No. 61 overall before the Green Bay Packers made him the fourth back selected. Eddie Lacy 's stock fell because of toe fusion surgery last offseason. He wasn't even on some NFL... more

There has been lot of attention on the San Diego Chargers' selection of linebacker Manti Te'o , but not a lot has been written about Te'o's projected role. General manager Tom Telesco expounded on how the Chargers plan to use Te'o in a conference call... more

It's like the pre-draft process never ended for Geno Smith . Fresh off the New York Jets quarterback's decision to fire his agents, Smith continues to get picked apart nationally. Yahoo! Sports  wrote a long takedown of Smith on Wednesday that starts by... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Miami Dolphins. The Big Question: Will Dion Jordan make an instant impact? While the Dolphins came into the 2013... more

The Detroit Lions signed undrafted Richmond quarterback John Laub to a contract on Tuesday, according to the school's website. This news normally would not be post-worthy, except for one line in Laub's bio . 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The draft... more

HGH testing remains a thorny issue around the NFL. Nearly two years after the NFL and NFL Players Association announced an agreement regarding the need for testing, there still is no mechanism in place to test players. While the two sides battle... more

Immediately after the 2012 season, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made one of those statements that would sound like a throwaway comment from anyone else. After coming nine yards short of breaking the NFL single-season rushing record,... more

We made a list of possible landing spots for former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow earlier this week. Now that he's cleared waivers , he's free to sign anywhere. One of the more promising potential homes for him was the San Diego Chargers, but it... more


Six-time Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters' tenure with the New England Patriots quietly ended Tuesday. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends May 31. Get your vote in. More ... Waters played very well... more

A lot of NFL prospects get the label of "raw" or "developmental." British Olympian Lawrence Okoye , the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers, might be the first one we've heard of who literally didn't know how to put on football pads. He tried it... more

Tim Tebow officially is a free agent. The former New York Jets personal punt protector quarterback cleared waivers Tuesday, which should come as no surprise. There virtually was no chance that any team was going to claim Tebow's previous contract.... more

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon's up-and-down rookie season ended on a positive note with a strong statistical finish. His second season is starting off on a huge down note. The NFL announced Tuesday that Blackmon has been suspended... more

NFL rosters are a zero-sum game. For every lifelong dream that was fulfilled during the 2013 NFL Draft, there's one veteran who will lose playing time or even a roster spot. We ran down the offensive players who suffered collateral damage on draft day.... more

Geno Smith 's fall to the New York Jets on Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft has claimed a victim other than Tim Tebow : Smith's agency. Jones: Jets' Idzik making his mark Kimberly Jones delves into what Jets GM John Idzik's bold moves mean for the team --... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. First up: The New England Patriots The Big Question: Can the young wide receivers contribute right away? Bill Belichick doesn't... more

NBA center Jason Collins' announcement Monday that he's gay was a major moment in the history of American professional sports. NFL players mostly were supportive of the move publicly, with an emphasis on "mostly ." That doesn't mean it will be easy for... more

When the Dallas Cowboys came on the clock at pick No. 18 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, we expected them to draft Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd . The Cowboys needed a 3-technique tackle, and Floyd was a great value. Instead, the Cowboys traded... more

When the Philadelphia Eagles traded up in the fourth round  of the 2013 NFL Draft to take quarterback Matt Barkley , reports emerged that they did so because the Kansas City Chiefs were set to take the former USC standout. Chiefs coach Andy Reid knows how... more

Robert Griffin III spoke to Washington Redskins fans Saturday in what amounted to a pep rally. And he got the home crowd excited by doing jumping jacks and engaging in some light-hearted trash talk aimed at the team's biggest rival. Top 100 Players of... more

Tyrann Mathieu isn't your normal third-round draft pick, and he won't be treated as such. He could be subject to extra drug testing and's Peter King reported Monday that Mathieu's rookie contract with the Arizona Cardinals wouldn't include any... more

NFL rosters are a zero sum game. For every lifelong dream that was fulfilled during the 2013 NFL Draft there's one NFL veteran who will lose playing time or even a roster spot. Here's a look at NFL veterans who suffered collateral damage on draft day.... more

It's rare to see NFL teams make a player-for-player trade, especially when both players are young. That's exactly what the Indianapolis Colts did Monday, sending linebacker Jerry Hughes to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.... more

It's going to be impossible for Tim Tebow to find a legitimate chance at a starting quarterback job in the NFL. That doesn't mean he won't have options after getting waived  Monday by the New York Jets. We can imagine a number of teams that might want... more

The Miami Dolphins didn't trade for Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert. They didn't take an offensive lineman until the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and some analysts believe that player (Dallas Thomas ) would be better off at guard.... more

Aaron Rodgers' record-setting contract was a relative bargain for the Green Bay Packers. That doesn't mean it was cheap.'s Albert Breer got a complete look at the contract, which includes a $35 million signing bonus. The length of the contract... more

Few first-round picks were as criticized as the Dallas Cowboys' 2013 NFL Draft selection, center Travis Frederick. But no one will complain that Jerry Jones selected Frederick "too early" if the former Wisconsin standout winds up starting for the next... more

Someone convinced a lot of smart reporters that Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone would take his college pupil Ryan Nassib in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, or in the second round at least. Nassib didn't get scooped up until the fourth round by... more

The Tim Tebow error in New York finally -- mercifully -- is over. The New York Jets announced Monday morning that Tebow was waived after one season with the team.'s Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport reported that Tebow was told face-to-face by new... more

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was the Defensive Player of the Year three seasons ago. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2011. Now he's barely hanging on as a 'Top 100' player, according to votes compiled by NFL players. The NFL is the ultimate... more

NEW YORK -- Last year's NFL Rookie of the Year races were hotly debated throughout the season. The candidates this year are a little tougher to predict. This was a draft heavy on big uglies up front. But you normally need stats to get the year-end... more

NEW YORK -- Chris Kluwe has been one of the better punters in the NFL since he joined the league in 2005. That's why it came as a surprise Saturday when the Minnesota Vikings took the first punter off the board in UCLA's Jeff Locke . Top 100 Players of... more

NEW YORK -- The New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday swapped players they didn't really want anyway.'s Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots gave up a seventh-round draft pick (No. 229) and return man Jeff Demps in... more

NEW YORK -- It's that time of the draft. The part where I don't really know most of the players. That's why I turned around to ask venerable analyst Gil Brandt for his favorite players remaining. Here's a quick list, which has already been... more

NEW YORK -- After one of the most fascinating college careers imaginable, Denard Robinson has found a home in the NFL. He might even be the best quarterback on his new roster. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Robinson in the fifth round of the 2013... more

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Steelers came into the 2013 NFL Draft looking for a long-term backup quarterback for Ben Roethlisberger. They found him in the fourth round. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content... more

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly can only hope that his playcalling is as unpredictable as his drafting. No one expected the Eagles to take Matt Barkley , which puts five quarterbacks on their roster: Barkley, Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon... more

NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly kept telling us he doesn't need a mobile quarterback to run his system. We should have listened. The Eagles made a huge splash to start Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft, trading up to pick USC quarterback Matt... more

NEW YORK -- Just admit it: The second round of the 2013 NFL Draft was more entertaining than the first round. Thursday was about the big uglies. Friday night was about big names and big quarterback decisions. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your... more

NEW YORK -- Tyrann Mathieu is heading west, and he has a friend waiting for him in the desert. The Arizona Cardinals took the artist formerly known as the Honey Badger off the board with the No. 69 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, ending months... more

NEW YORK -- It looks like the much-discussed Branden Albert deal to the Miami Dolphins isn't going to happen. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content including live video from Radio City Music Hall. The... more

NEW YORK -- Geno Smith 's long green room wait finally ended at pick No. 39 Friday. All Smith has to do now is turn around the most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL. Smith's toughness and talent will be tested like never before after getting drafted... more

NEW YORK -- Manti Te'o waited and waited. Finally, he found a team that couldn't wait to draft him. The San Diego Chargers traded up to the No. 38 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to grab the Notre Dame linebacker on Friday night. The Chargers gave... more

NEW YORK -- The Tennessee Titans were desperate to get another quality wide receiver for quarterback Jake Locker to throw to. So they paid for it. The Titans traded up six spots in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft so they could select Tennessee wide... more

Aaron Rodgers is the highest-paid player in the NFL. Aaron Rodgers still is a great bargain. The Green Bay Packers know this, and that's why Rodgers' record-setting, $110 million contract wasn't very difficult to get done. The Packers will pay Rodgers... more

This strange NFL draft season will only get stranger Friday night. This might be the first draft where the second round has just as many big names and intrigue as the first round. Let's take a look at where the top names could land. Geno Smith Most... more

2012 was a tough year for mock drafters . 2013 was much different. NFL Network's Mike Mayock led the way in our mini-survey of draft analysts with 12 players pegged to the right team, but he wasn't alone in doing well. Assessing analysts' mock drafts... more

It's impossible to know whether a pick was smart on NFL draft weekend. Only time on an NFL field will prove that. Some picks, however, just make sense. They fit. They should work for a variety of reasons. Here are my picks for the best fits from... more

NEW YORK -- Geno Smith will stay in New York after all. One day after saying he'd head home to West Virginia after not being a first-round pick, Smith will remain in town and attend the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft,'s Ian Rapoport reported... more

The New England Patriots acquired a huge haul of draft picks from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night in exchange for the No. 29 overall selection. On the other end of the spectrum: The Miami Dolphins' trade with the Oakland Raiders for the No. 3... more

It's rare to see this many big names still available heading into the second round of the NFL draft. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o , West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith , USC quarterback Matt Barkley and a whole host of teams still looking for... more

NEW YORK -- Fresh off selecting two defenders, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was in a news conference Thursday night with local reporters, believing his night was done. He was wrong. Spielman was pulled out of the conference, and he... more

NEW YORK -- The Cincinnati Bengals' offense, often too predictable last season, just got a lot tougher to defend. The Bengals selected Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert with the No. 21 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft Thursday night. NFL '13... more

NEW YORK -- The San Francisco 49ers are always good for a surprise or two on draft day. Thursday was no exception. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content including live video from Radio City Music Hall. The... more

NEW YORK -- The Carolina Panthers desperately needed help at defensive tackle. The top run-stuffer on a lot of boards fell to them at No. 14, and they didn't waste any time in taking Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei at the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday.... more

NEW YORK -- The St. Louis Rams wanted Tavon Austin badly. So they made sure the New York Jets didn't have a chance to grab the speedy receiver. In a bold trade, the Rams moved up from No. 16 to No. 8 overall to grab the former West Virginia wide... more

NEW YORK -- The Miami Dolphins' big offseason continues. The Dolphins traded up all the way to the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to select Oregon defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan on Thursday night. The Oakland Raiders, who previously... more

NEW YORK -- Offensive tackle Eric Fisher 's journey from Central Michigan to the top of the 2013 NFL Draft is complete. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick. New Chiefs coach Andy Reid loved building his previous... more

NEW YORK -- The 2013 NFL Draft is underway. That means the draft rumors almost are over, but the trades are just about to start. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content including live video from Radio City... more

At this point, it would be a surprise if Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was not drafted on Thursday night. Both the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears repeatedly have been mentioned as suitors, and the Vikings might not get a chance to take him.... more

Dez Bryant is not an NFL general manager. But the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver does know a thing or two about being a prospect who is a lightning rod for attention. Bryant has an affinity for those kind of guys. A lot of great players in this draft but... more

This is a week to celebrate the front office. A draft evaluation process that started more than a year ago with many of the prospects culminates in a three-day smorgasbord of picks, trades and disagreements. As much as fans love the draft, NFL personnel... more

The end of Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft could be more fascinating than the top. That's when teams desperate for some hope at quarterback could look to deal back into the first round.'s Peter King reports that multiple teams in... more

West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin has turned into perhaps the most interesting man in the world this week -- or at least New York. In a draft lacking great top-shelf skill-position talent, Austin stands out. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on... more

There are mock drafts, and then there are Mock Drafts. Mayock: Mock Draft On the eve of the 2013 NFL Draft, Mike Mayock lays out the first round as he sees it -- with the offensive tackles on top. More ... Mike Mayock's annual swing of the bat... more

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is the draft's biggest mystery. NFL Network's Mike Mayock ultimately thinks he'll wind up with the first round's mystery team. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Seattle Seahawks. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content including live video from... more

Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu just can't seem to stay out of the news as the 2013 NFL Draft approaches. One day after a story surfaced that he missed two meetings with NFL teams because he was sick, Mathieu tweeted out an advertisement... more

The FBI and IRS investigation of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's company squarely is on the NFL's radar. Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked Wednesday if he's concerned. Rapoport: Latest draft buzz Ian Rapoport has the inside scoop on teams... more

Reports surfaced on Wednesday morning that Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay has a torn meniscus in his right knee, news that comes at a rough time for the borderline first-round prospect. But Slay doesn't believe it's a serious problem.... more

One of the trades that makes too much sense to happen , might actually happen.'s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins again are talking about a potential trade involving offensive tackle Branden Albert.... more

The Baltimore Ravens have kept in touch with free agent Bryant McKinnie, but they still have a gaping hole at their left tackle spot. General manager Ozzie Newsome reportedly is considering making a big splash to replace McKinnie. Mike Preston of... more

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith , nearing the end of a grueling draft process, sent a shoutout on Wednesday to the draftnik community. Just want to thank all those so called "experts" who say I can't be an NFL QB. Thursday will be a special day... more

On the day before the 2013 NFL Draft, we still don't know much. We do know that there are a lot more teams looking to trade down , rather than trade up. But Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie believes he will have options. NFL '13... more

Draft season is filled with trades that fans wish would happen, but reality is usually a letdown. At least until 2012. In all, there were nine trades involving first-round picks last year. It will be hard to match that level of movement this season... more

The forecast for Andre Smith 's return to the Cincinnati Bengals is clearing up. "The sun is emerging, maybe," coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday about Smith possibly signing a new contract with the Bengals . Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is... more

Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has drawn a lot of varying opinions throughout the draft process. His game film is outstanding. His pre-draft workouts were less so. As the draft approaches, Jones' forecast is coming in to focus. At least he... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Philadelphia Eagles. Will the Philadelphia Eagles draft a quarterback? Coach Chip Kelly's squad is the biggest mystery of the... more

A statement posted on Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker 's Twitter account early Tuesday morning came out of nowhere. It couldn't have been more poorly timed, as Fluker prepares for the biggest week of his life with the 2013 NFL Draft only two days... more

Conventional wisdom says Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o will be taken in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday night. His off-field adventures feel like an old story by now, and it's not expected to change his draft stock. At least with... more

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome wanted to give former Oakland Raiders washout Rolando McClain one more chance in the NFL. McClain responded by reportedly yelling expletives at police in Alabama, and he subsequently was arrested  on a... more

It's NFL draft week, better known as the lying season. That is true when NFL teams are talking about prospective draft picks or even their own roster. Cue Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, asked Monday about finding players for the team's new defensive... more

Cleveland Browns owner and CEO of Pilot Flying J Jimmy Haslam said Monday that he was "embarrassed" when he read the FBI and IRS affidavit alleging that Haslam's company was engaged in a fraud scheme designed to keep money owed to its customers. "I... more

The Seattle Seahawks aren't done making big moves this offseason. On Monday, they took care of one of their homegrown success stories.'s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that safety Kam Chancellor signed a four-year contract extension through... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The New York Giants. Can the Giants find "ready to play" linebackers? New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese is known for his... more

Darrelle Revis is ready to make some noise as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But for one more day, he still was willing to criticize the organization that drafted him. Darlington: An inevitable trade Jets fans might get upset seeing... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wouldn't trade a first-round pick  in the 2013 NFL Draft for a guy coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament unless they were convinced he's a special talent. They wouldn't have given up $16 million per season unless they... more

Every year, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert tells reporters that they are looking for every position in the draft except quarterback. That's no longer the case. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers are very much... more

The trade of Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is fascinating on so many levels. The New York Jets gave up one of the best players in franchise history in his prime. The Buccaneers gave up a first-round draft pick and big money to a player... more

A draft trend that started in 2012 will become an annual tradition. NFL Network and ESPN have agreed not to "tip" draft picks ahead of time via Twitter, according to's Richard Deitsch. 2013 NFL Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's... more

Matt Barkley would like to change a few things about his final year at his USC. Starting with the play-calling. One season after wide receiver Robert Woods lit up the Pac-whatever-the-number-is-this-year, the USC offense geared things more toward... more

In the ultimate win-now league, the New York Jets appear to be punting on an entire season. Jets general manager John Idzik knew he wasn't going to pay Darrelle Revis after 2013, so he traded the cornerback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.... more

James Harrison is going to get his wish. He's going to get to face the Pittsburgh Steelers twice in 2013, and both games will be in prime time .'s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Harrison has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cincinnati... more

The rise of West Virginia's Tavon Austin is complete. Perhaps the most talked about prospect of the last few weeks is now atop NFL Network's Mike Mayock's top-five lists at wide receiver heading into next week's 2013 NFL Draft. Just as noteworthy: Austin... more

RGIII and RG3 might have to settle a dispute over how "RG3" is used. If that sentence was confusing, so is the story we're about to tell . The motorcycle suspension parts company Research Group 3 has long been known by its initials "RG3." The letters... more

The Buffalo Bills' new coaching staff has brought some of their college "rah rah" approach to the NFL. "We came out doing special teams, and I thought the roof was falling in, the way we were yelling. It was crazy," Mario Williams told the Buffalo News.... more

It's hard to write or think about football as the unprecedented events unfold in Boston on Friday. The New England Patriots recognize as much. "Due to the developing events of today, the Patriots have respectfully postponed their pre-draft press... more

Prime-time games are a status symbol in the NFL. Coaches might not like them, but fans and players love them. It's a sign that their team matters. It's the big stage. With NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football" schedule being extended in 2012, every... more

The 2013 NFL schedule release has been a lot of fun. Now it's time to return to our regularly scheduled draft rumor programming. Jeremiah: Top 50 draft prospects How do the best players in the 2013 draft stack up against each other? Daniel Jeremiah... more

The Baltimore Ravens visit the Denver Broncos to help kick off a promising slate of games in the 2013 NFL schedule, and is one of the top games to watch this upcoming season.... more

The 2013 NFL schedule release is all about the order, not the opponents. We already knew the 16 opponents for all 32 NFL teams heading into Thursday. The schedule is based on a predetermined formula that doesn't allow for favoritism, a fact I've come to... more

The 2013 NFL schedule release is all about the order, not the opponents. We already knew the 16 opponents for all 32 NFL teams heading into Thursday. The schedule is based on a predetermined formula that doesn't allow for favoritism, a fact I've come to... more

We already told you about some of the headlines coming out of Mike Mayock's annual pre-draft conference call Thursday. Mayock doesn't see a cornerback getting drafted in the top 10 , and he moved Houston's D.J. Hayden to No. 1 on his cornerback draft... more

Seven teams are practicing football this week. Depth charts aren't settled in April, but that doesn't mean we can't learn a thing or two. Our big takeaways after Day 2 of minicamps are below. You can read about Day 1 right here . Take a look at the... more

There's no avoiding it: The San Francisco 49ers' final four offensive plays of last season's Super Bowl will be dissected forever . Quarterback Colin Kaepernick probably has re-lived those moments in his head plenty during the offseason, but he also... more

Quarterbacks coach Steve Clarkson does not work for an NFL team, but he has worked with many big names at the position. That includes New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, who worked with Clarkson for three days earlier this offseason. And that makes... more

One of the cooler recent traditions at the NFL draft involves famous NFL alumni announcing their former teams' second-day draft picks in the second or third round. One of the cooler moments in New York this year will be when the New Orleans Saints are on... more

As we close in on the 2013 NFL Draft (April 25-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City), our analysts examine each team's biggest needs. Gregg Rosenthal previews the AFC East below, but click here for other divisions. Buffalo Bills 2013... more

It would be a surprise if West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith doesn't get taken in the first round in next week's 2013 NFL Draft. After that, my next best guess for a first-round quarterback is Florida State's EJ Manuel . 2013 NFL Draft: Position... more

It's that time of year. The 2013 NFL Draft rumors are going to start flying fast and furious over the next week.'s Peter King reported Wednesday that he is hearing the Atlanta Falcons are looking to trade up from the No. 30 spot in the first... more

When we put together a look at the five worst NFL rosters earlier this offseason, the San Diego Chargers sneaked on the list . The defense isn't awful, but the offensive line and skill positions are very thin. It's no surprise, however, that safety Eric... more

The 2013 NFL Draft is a little more than a week away. The schedule is released on Thursday . And yet, I can't help but get more excited about the "voluntary" minicamp stories coming out of seven NFL cities this week. Take a look at the action as teams... more

Pat Summerall spent 10 years in the NFL as a player. He spent another 40 years describing the game he loved as one of the sport's iconic broadcasters. Summerall passed away Tuesday at the age of 82, Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell confirmed to more

Brandon O'Brien was the longest of long-shot NFL hopefuls this draft season. After serving four years in the Marines, O'Brien lit up the Frontier Conference at Montana State Northern University, but he was a 30-year-old wide receiver without a top... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Dallas Cowboys Is Jerry Jones in a no-win draft? All the revenue in the world can't buy flexibility. Under Jerry Jones, the Cowboys... more

In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the NFL is on high alert for next week's 2013 NFL Draft. The league said in a statement Tuesday that it will "enhance" security plans for the event. "The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very... more

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly left the University of Oregon for the NFL just before sanctions were likely to hit the program he built. The only question is how severe those sanctions will be. Harrison: The 13 best games of 2013 Elliot Harrison... more

On Monday morning, we passed along word that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had grown to accept that his arm might never be as strong as it once was. Manning still feels like he's in "rehab mode" in many ways. "I don't really bring it up a... more

On this day of heartbreak in Boston, we have heard many stories of courage and selflessness following the Boston Marathon bombing . And sometimes, a picture says it all. Ex-Patriots OL RT @gregabedard Yup, that's @andruzzi63 â??@kavekrew : is this... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Kansas City Chiefs Will anyone trade for Branden Albert? It's unlikely that the Kansas City Chiefs will sign offensive tackle... more

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam released a statement Monday after the FBI and Internal Revenue Service locked down the headquarters of his company, Pilot Flying J, in West Knoxville, Tenn. "The FBI secured our headquarters today and informed us... more

The logjam at quarterback in Philadelphia has one fewer player in the mix as the Eagles announced Monday that quarterback Trent Edwards has been released. 2013 NFL Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft,... more

By the end of the 2012 season, Hakeem Nicks was a barely-used afterthought. The New York Giants' nominal No. 1 receiver was too injured to be a factor in back-to-back catchless games. Nicks underwent knee surgery after the season, but he's on the mend... more

There was speculation in the Dallas newspapers regarding whether Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent would show up to the start of the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program. Now, we have an answer.'s Ian Rapoport reported Monday... more

The NFL usually releases the official regular-season schedule in the week prior to the NFL draft, but that will not be the case this year. "The schedule is not finalized, and no release date has been determined," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a... more

We follow the updates regarding contract extensions for Green Bay Packers superstars Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews because they are franchise cornerstones. NFL cornerstones. But really, we're just counting down the time until the inevitable. It's only... more

Rahim Moore's fateful play at safety is the one we remember best from the Denver Broncos' AFC divisional-round playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens last season. What is talked about it less: Peyton Manning's lack of vertical throws like the one Joe... more

The alliance between rap mogul and entrepreneur Jay-Z, New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz and the representation firm Creative Artists Agency unsurprisingly has ruffled some feathers in the sports-agent community. Multiple agents have complained that... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have needed help in their backfield all offseason. They will start to build up their depth by bringing back a familiar name. 2013 NFL Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft,... more

Maurice Jones-Drew says he'll be back at full speed by June as he recovers from foot surgery, and it won't be in a uniform other than the Jacksonville Jaguars. General manager David Caldwell told ProFootballTalk Live on Friday that Jones-Drew would... more

Oregon offensive tackle Kyle Long has taken a winding road to the NFL. His first love was baseball, the sport he nearly pursued professionally when he was selected in the 23rd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of high school.... more

We've been examining the 2013 NFL Draft needs of each team by division this week, with Marc Sessler offering the latest breakdown in his look at the AFC West . (You can see all of the divisions here .) I started working on my AFC East draft needs... more

Earlier this week, I raged against the boring groupthink that takes over draft analysts during mock draft season. draft analyst Josh Norris does not suffer from this growing disease. Norris has been doing a terrific job breaking down the... more

San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner has seen the additions the Seattle Seahawks' defense made this offseason. He knows his tag-team partner at safety, Dashon Goldson, left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But Whitner doesn't believe the 49ers' defense... more

The story of British Olympian Lawrence Okoye was perhaps the most intriguing to come out of the NFL Super Regional Combine in Arlington, Texas, last week. It sounds as if NFL teams are intrigued as well. 2013 NFL Draft: Team needs Our analysts... more

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated last month, but authorities told the Contra Costa Times on Thursday that he will not be prosecuted . No charges will be filed in the case, California... more

James Harrison might wind up staying in the AFC North, but not with the Baltimore Ravens, as many expected early in the free agency process. Harrison is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday,'s Ian Rapoport reported. The story was first... more

Another week has passed, so it's time for another story about a potential surgery for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reported Thursday that Gronkowski will delay surgery on his broken forearm for... more

JaMarcus Russell, making an improbable comeback attempt, said this week that ideally, he will find a team that wants to groom him as a backup quarterback behind an established starter. One of Russell's mentors, former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia,... more

Just when we think the Oakland Raiders can't sign another veteran to a low-risk deal, they find another choice. "Not official 'yet' but looks like Oakland may be my new home. #raidernation," free-agent running back Rashad Jennings wrote in a... more

The green room at Radio City Music Hall in New York will be rather crowded this year. A total of 23 players have accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25. Prospects attending the 2013 NFL Draft Name Pos. School... more

For once, it's not about the money. Jeremiah: Mock Draft 5.0 In his latest mock draft, Daniel Jeremiah says Geno Smith could land in a surprising place -- with the Eagles. More ... NFLcom's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that Pittsburgh... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Oakland Raiders. Does Reggie McKenzie need home runs to save Raiders job? The Raiders need starters from this draft --... more

Fresh off being named the author of the greatest play in NFL history , DeSean Jackson spoke with NFL Network on Wednesday about what life is like with Chip Kelly. The operative word: Fast. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow all... more

As we close in on the 2013 NFL Draft (April 25-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City), our analysts examine each team's biggest needs. Gregg Rosenthal previews the NFC South below, but click here for other divisions. Atlanta Falcons 2013... more

The New England Patriots hosted Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for a visit early in the free agency process. Now they are ready to do something about it.'s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning the... more

JaMarcus Russell says there was never a plan to have a pro day in the first place, so it really wasn't cancelled this week. No trips are planned either until Russell loses more weight . "Everybody's kind of waiting to see where his weight is, and when... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers indeed will retain cornerback Eric Wright after restructuring his contract Tuesday. They probably just won't keep him for long. Schein: 'Revis or bust' for Bucs Adam Schein says the Bucs simply have to swing a trade with the... more

We have no clue what will happen during the 2013 NFL Draft. This is true every season, but there's a difference this year: Everyone knows ahead of time that we don't know anything. Every year, groupthink dominates mock drafts. The mock draft writers... more

The Oakland Raiders continue to shop in the bargain aisle at the tail end of free agency. Andre Carter told's Ian Rapoport on Tuesday that Carter has agreed to a one-year contract that brings the defensive end back to the Raiders. ESPN first... more

There was a healthy debate last season about who was the NFL's best rookie quarterback . There can be no debate about who was the most popular. Top-selling NFL player jerseys Rank Player 1 Robert Griffin III 2 Peyton Manning 3 Ray Lewis... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Tennessee Titans Are the Titans stuck on offense? This might sound insane, considering the Titans were 31st in first downs and... more

Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow all of the latest rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker. More... With the quarterback position finally settled, the Oakland Raiders are continuing to re-tool the rest of the roster. The... more

It was surprising to learn last week that the NFL did not plan to levy penalties to teams for inappropriate questioning of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine. Brooks: Mock Draft 6.0 After all the movement at the QB position, where will Geno Smith... more

We've long since reached the bargain bin portion of NFL free agency. The Cleveland Browns on Monday made a pickup that might pay nice dividends. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow all of the latest rumors and signings in our... more

We've been waiting all offseason for the Cincinnati Bengals to add to their backfield. They need a playmaker to pair with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but the team wasn't willing to pay enough to get into the Reggie Bush free-agent sweepstakes. Free-agent... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers want New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis badly. The more information that gets leaked out, the clearer that picture becomes. 2013 NFL Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft,... more

The New England Patriots love to bring in aging veteran defensive lineman, looking for one last burst of productivity at a low price. Tommy Kelly, step on down. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and... more

JaMarcus Russell won't hold a pro day after all. Test Football Academy, which has been running Russell's attempt at an NFL comeback, said Monday that Russell instead plans to meet teams individually rather than hold a pro day. Apparently, that is what... more

And then there were two .'s quest to determine the greatest play in NFL history has reached the finals. I'm done trying to guess how this "Bracketology" shindig will turn out because I thought Marshawn Lynch's Beast Mode would prevail , but it... more

Friday was perhaps the biggest day in the career of San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis after he signed a five-year, $37.5 million extension with the team through 2019. His immediate reaction: to celebrate by telling off the people who told him he... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Pittsburgh Steelers. Can the Steelers afford to remain so patient? Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has his own... more

The Buffalo Bills officially haven't confirmed the acquisition of Kevin Kolb, but the team's new favorite to start at quarterback spoke about the move for the first time Thursday. After a disastrous stint in Arizona, Kolb believes things will be... more

Tom Coughlin's New York Giants have won two Super Bowls in his tenure, which is two more than anyone really expected. That's especially true when you consider their not-so-fantastic regular-season record . Coughlin believes the team actually should... more

Brendon Ayanbadejo isn't sure whether he'll get another chance to play in the NFL . But the issue that he cares so much about, same-sex equality, is likely to remain a hot topic in the league. Advancing a CBS report earlier this offseason that a gay NFL... more

Charles Woodson might be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day. But he's having a hard time finding a job this offseason after getting cut by the Green Bay Packers. "Nothing right now," Woodson said Friday on "NFL AM," when asked whether he's... more

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo suggested in comments to Newsday on Thursday he was released in part because of his strong stance on same-sex marriage. Seeing the attention that opinion created, Ayanbadejo backed away from that... more

Anthony Davis didn't have the strongest start to his career as a first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2010. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the only offensive tackle with double-digit penalties, sacks allowed and quarterback hits... more

We told you on Wednesday about Terrell Owens catching passes from Tom Brady while they worked out at USC . This is the type of non-story that we write about because it's April, it's about football and because it's funny to imagine a conversation between... more

Pre-draft visits mean very little. Whether a team is trying to feign interest in a player or whether they are just performing due diligence, it's foolish to read much into what players visit what teams. The Kansas City Chiefs are a perfect example.... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft only weeks away, Around the League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. We've already examined the Buffalo Bills , Miami Dolphins , and New York Jets . Next up: The New England Patriots. Are the Patriots going to... more

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson hasn't been awful over the last two seasons, but he hasn't been a huge difference-maker, either. His plays over 40 yards were cut in half compared to his numbers from 2009 to 2010. His touchdowns fell off a... more

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff knows what you're thinking. The team's signing of linebacker Brian Banks is a terrific story of overcoming adversity after being wrongly imprisoned for five years , but that's probably all it is: a story.... more

The exodus of key figures from the Baltimore Ravens continues.'s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo will be released. The news originally was reported by and quickly was confirmed by... more

One of the most promising and underrated defensive players in the NFL will not be available for the first four games of the 2013 season. The Cardinals announced Wednesday that inside linebacker Daryl Washington has been suspended without pay for the... more

No one thought Kurt Warner was a franchise savior when he started playing for the Arizona Cardinals at 33 years old. He was viewed as a tough, smart quarterback who was broken down and nearing the end of his career. He was an option to start if younger... more

The NFL continues to look for ways to make the in-stadium experience more valuable for fans. The next wrinkle: Letting fans see inside the locker room. SportsBusiness Journal reported Wednesday that next season, the NFL will mandate that teams... more

Nick Foles has heard the concerns that he isn't a great fit for a Chip Kelly-run offense. It's hard not to hear them when he's being peppered with questions on the matter. Speaking Wednesday for the first time since Kelly took over as coach of the... more

Our "Bracketology" quest to determine the greatest play in NFL history has reached the Final Four. And just in like that other tournament, upsets have made for a surprising semifinal setup. All four No. 1 seeds in our brackets lost in the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to look for help in their backfield. Free-agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling will visit the team Wednesday, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Linebacker Tavares Gooden and offensive guard... more

The story of Brian Banks' attempted return to football was one of the more fascinating subplots of the 2012 offseason. Exonerated after being wrongly imprisoned  for five years, Banks wound up making a whirlwind tour that included visits with the Seattle... more

Pro Football Weekly's harsh scouting report of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith raised eyebrows throughout the football community because it doggedly questioned Smith's work ethic and love for the game . Equally harsh assessments of Nolan Nawrocki,... more

People noticed when Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley met with top quarterback prospect Geno Smith of West Virginia in March. Bradley would like you to know that Smith wasn't singled out. The Jaguars' new coach revealed Tuesday that he's also... more

Pat White was supposed to work out for the New York Giants on Tuesday, but he never made it out to the team's practice facility. It appears one of the Giants' NFC East division rivals made sure of that. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under... more

Tee Martin / USC Tom Brady worked out with new Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola on Tuesday at USC. Attention heartbroken New England Patriots fans tired of drying their tears into useless Wes Welker jerseys: Tom Brady is working on his... more

The entire NFC West was under .500 back in 2010, the most embarrassing moment after nearly a decade of being the NFL's worst division. This being the NFL, it hasn't taken long to go from worst to first. The NFC West isn't just the best division in... more

You can knock the Oakland Raiders for just about every quarterback move they have made over the last decade. You can't knock them for failing to get much for Carson Palmer. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow all of the latest... more

With the NFL Draft only weeks away, Around the League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. First up: The Buffalo Bills How early will the Bills invest in a quarterback? It's still a matter of when, not if. Signing Kevin Kolb does... more

New Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians loves the long ball, the vertical passing game. That's why Kevin Kolb was cut, and that's why Carson Palmer now is in place as the team's new starting quarterback. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers mostly have stayed quiet in free agency since their big-ticket item: Safety Dashon Goldson. As we wait for the other Darrelle Revis shoe to drop, the Buccaneers are working on improving their depth. Free-agent tracker NFL free... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are the perfect example of how the NFL is a "win now" league. They were expected to compete for the AFC West division title last season, and they bottomed out. The staff fully was replaced. And now the Chiefs will be expected to... more

Carson Palmer remains in limbo, but it's hard to imagine his situation lasting for too long. Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen publicly admitted hours after the team's acquisition  of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday that Palmer and the... more

While all of his Kansas City Chiefs teammates start their offseason conditioning program this week, offensive tackle Branden Albert is the Los Angeles area at our NFL Network studios. Albert doesn't plan to be back with the team until he's required to be... more

The Baltimore Ravens never wanted to keep Ed Reed. That was obvious from the outside when we saw the contract proposals which were offered to the veteran safety. Now someone closer to the situation writes that the Ravens only "made it appear" they were... more

The New York Giants' defensive line might have a Philadelphia Eagles feel to it this season. A few weeks after signing former Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, the Giants will take a close look at another ex-Eagles defensive tackle in Mike... more

John Skelton never should have been a starting quarterback so soon, so often. The 2010 fifth-round draft pick out of Fordham wound up starting 17 games over three seasons for Ken Whisenhunt on the Arizona Cardinals, a symbol of the post Kurt Warner-era... more

Pro Football Weekly used to be one of the most influential, if not the most influential draft publications. That influence has waned since the late, great Joel Buchsbaum passed, but the publication still can make waves. We noticed last week that the... more

We knew that Colt McCoy did not have a future with the Cleveland Browns. We just didn't know if the Browns could find a team willing to give up something for him. The San Francisco 49ers have given us an answer. The Browns traded McCoy and their... more

I've read a lot of analysis in the last sixth months that Matt Barkley cost himself money by returning to play for a senior season at USC. He was a surefire "top-10 pick" back in 2012 and then fell back to Earth. Breer: The stay-or-go decision... more

Robert Griffin III's recovery from reconstructive knee surgery has been covered like no other. Presidents have spoken with him . Released statements have been parsed for hidden meaning . And eventually we'll know the exact moment when the Washington... more

Matt Flynn's acquisition by the Oakland Raiders was only the first quarterback domino to fall  Monday. Carson Palmer's future also is expected to be decided soon.'s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Arizona Cardinals currently are working on... more

The Oakland Raiders' new regime finally picked up a quarterback it actually wants. The Seattle Seahawks traded backup quarterback Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders  on Monday in exchange for two draft picks, sources told's Albert Breer. The... more

The gruesome injury suffered by Louisville guard Kevin Ware on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament inspired sympathy and strong reaction from people across the American spectrum, and that includes the NFL community . Two players who have gone through simi