Gregg Rosenthal

Gregg Rosenthal


Gregg Rosenthal writes for and manages Around the NFL, 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 end of the NFL Annual Meeting is the unofficial start of the offseason here at Around The NFL. There will be plenty to talk about during draft season, OTAs and minicamp. But there's no denying that the flow of news that keeps our site going will take... more

Another Super Bowl title hasn't softened Bill Belichick. The Patriots head coach says he's "working on" changing the name of his boat to "Six Rings," but he's not going to start cracking jokes at NFL-sponsored media availabilities. Speaking Tuesday... more

NFL owners and coaches have arrived in Phoenix at the NFL Annual Meeting. There's a lot on the agenda, including 23 rule change proposals . Thirteen of those proposals have to do with expanding instant replay. If the Competition Committee has anything... more

There are three potential NFL teams that could move to Los Angeles. New York Giants owner John Mara expects at least one of them to move to Los Angeles next year. "I think there's going to be 1-2 teams playing in Los Angeles next year," Mara told a... more

Free agency made a lot of NFL players rich over the last few weeks. But hitting the open market hasn't worked out for every big name. Some very well known NFL players are still without jobs, and they won't see the big contracts that were routinely... more

James Harrison announced on Instagram on Saturday that he would soon choose between re-signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and joining Dick LeBeau with the Tennessee Titans. He's made his choice. The Steelers announced Sunday that Harrison has... more

As free agency dies down, the future of Adrian Peterson looks more and more likely to remain in Minnesota. We know this much: The Vikings will not cut him. Vikings brass informed Peterson's agent Ben Dogra Wednesday that they will not cut Peterson,... more

Adrian Peterson is under contract with the Minnesota Vikings for three more seasons. Yet nearly everything written about him this offseason has treated him like a free agent, available to the highest bidder. With one full week of free agency over, depth... more

The Miami Dolphins placed the transition tag on tight end Charles Clay earlier this month, knowing that he could sign an offer sheet with another team. That's exactly what he's done. Clay signed a five-year, $38 million offer sheet with the Bills, NFL... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not going to let Ben Roethlisberger get away anytime soon. The team announced that Roethlisberger has signed a new five-year deal. That contract is worth $99 million and can escalate to $108 million, according to NFL Media... more

Way back on Feb. 27, we came up with a list of the top 101 free agents set to hit the market. From that original list, one player from the top 30 remains -- Greg Hardy. Only six from the top 50 are out there for the taking. There are still plenty of big... more

Trent Richardson isn't taking his departure from Indianapolis lying down. After two desultory seasons with the Colts, Richardson still sees himself as a star . "I'll be one of the top running backs from here on out," Richardson told ESPN's Mike Wells... more

DeMarco Murray's deal with the Eagles isn't going to scare Ryan Mathews away after all. Mathews has decided to join the Eagles as well, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported according to a source involved in the situation. Mathews and Philadelphia... more

New Orleans continues to dump salary and trade away some of their highest paid players. The Saints announced Thursday they traded guard Ben Grubbs to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round pick. Grubbs, who is coming off a mediocre... more

It's March and Reggie McKenzie is still the Oakland Raiders' general manager. That means we'll keep writing about plenty of free agent signings that need to start for the Raiders. On Wednesday, we've added two more. The Raiders will sign defensive... more

We thought that all the action over the weekend would make Tuesday's kickoff of free agency quieter than usual. We were wildly wrong.  Three seismic trades completed within five minutes of each other ensured that Tuesday will go down in NFL junkie... more

Darrelle Revis got his ring. Now he's got his money. The star cornerback has agreed to terms to return to the New York Jets, his agents announced Tuesday . Revis' deal with the Jets is a whopper. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it's a... more

Charles Clay was given the transition tag by the Dolphins, but we wouldn't necessarily expect him to stay in Miami. The Buffalo Bills are preparing an offer sheet to sign Clay, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The contract terms on the offer... more

On Tuesday, we witnessed the craziest five minutes in NFL transaction history. Jimmy Graham is headed to Seattle and Haloti Ngata is going to Detroit. The Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams swapped starting quarterbacks . And somehow Max Unger is... more

This year's free agency frenzy is going to look a little different than previous seasons. With more cap room than ever, teams spent huge money to bring back their best players. That was all legal. The real difference this season were all the early... more

We won't have to wait until Tuesday to find out where the top cornerback lands in free agency. "I'm going to Philly ," cornerback Byron Maxwell told Josina Anderson of ESPN. NFL Media's Albert Breer confirms that Maxwell has been telling his Seahawks... more

The Patriots were able to keep Devin McCourty in the fold, but the pilfering of the Super Bowl champions is about to begin. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Patriots running back Shane Vereen is expected to join the New York Giants. This was... more

The New York Jets have already added to the offensive arsenal with Brandon Marshall and guard James Carpenter this offseason. They have a need for some explosiveness at running back, but for now they are choosing continuity over a higher ceiling. NFL... more

Everyone points out Kansas City's hole at wide receiver because it's a skill position. But their current predicament at safety is just as ugly. The Chiefs started to fix the issue on Tuesday, signing former Raiders safety Tyvon Branch to a one-year... more

After an insane weekend , the news cycle slowed down a bit on Monday. Perhaps that's because the NFL sent a strongly worded memo to teams warning them about reaching any "agreements" before free agency starts at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday. But there were still... more

NFL Media reported that the Philadelphia Eagles were closing in on a deal for Frank Gore on Sunday. Other outlets were more aggressive, saying Gore to Philly was all but done. Gore has other ideas. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Monday... more

After a frenzy of activity took many big names off the free-agent market , we now have one very big name to add to the mix. The Patriots will not pick up the option on Darrelle Revis' contract , meaning that he's set to hit free agency at 4 p.m. ET... more

Chris Johnson is recovering at an Orlando hospital after being shot in the shoulder early Sunday morning, a source who has spoken to the player told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The former New York Jets and Tennessee Titans running back will be "OK"... more

NFL free agency officially kicks off Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. Someone forgot to tell all the decision-makers, agents, players and media working feverishly over the weekend. The league's three-day negotiating window before free agency opened Saturday, and... more

Devin McCourty won't test free agency after all. He's staying with the Super Bowl champions. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots are keeping McCourty on a five-year, $47.5 million contract according to two sources informed of his... more

Jeremy Maclin and Chiefs coach Andy Reid could be officially reunited in a matter of days. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Maclin plans to head to Kansas City on Tuesday to sign with the Chiefs, according to a source informed of his... more

Torrey Smith has already said goodbye to Baltimore. Will he be saying hello soon to his former teammate Anquan Boldin? Smith wrote a goodbye message to Ravens fans on his blog Sunday which made it clear his time as a Raven is over. And NFL Media... more

QBs RBs DL WRs DBs LBs TEs The tight end market looks thin on paper. There are only four surefire starters on the market, and one of them (Charles Clay) doesn't exactly have a position. In reality, this is a better crop of talent... more

Mark Sanchez revitalized his career during eight starts in Philadelphia last season. After one day to survey the free agent market, Sanchez decided that he was better off staying wrapped in Chip Kelly's loving embrace. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Many of the top cornerbacks on the free agent market aren't going to make it to free agency. Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers has agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal to stay in San Diego, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Sunday, per a source... more

LeSean McCoy won't have any misgivings about arriving in Buffalo now. The Bills and McCoy have agreed on a new five year contract with $26.5 million guaranteed. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Bills would take "very good care... more

Some of the biggest dominoes in this NFL offseason continue to fall before free agency even starts. Randall Cobb, the top wideout set to hit the market, will be staying in Green Bay. The wide receiver has agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract to... more

The Cincinnati Bengals made sure one of their biggest free agents never made it to the market. The Bengals announced Thursday that linebacker Rey Maualuga has been re-signed to a three-year deal. Maualuga has had an up-and-down career since getting... more

One by one, the New Orleans Saints who brought the city a Super Bowl championship are being let go. Pierre Thomas was the latest to be released by the Saints, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according a source informed of their plans.... more

We haven't heard from LeSean McCoy since his stunning trade to Buffalo , but the Bills are taking steps to make sure his arrival is softened by a pile of money. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the final piece of McCoy's trade to Buffalo will... more

Chip Kelly doesn't care. He doesn't care that LeSean McCoy was the best running back in the league two seasons ago or that McCoy is one of the most popular players in Philadelphia. Tuesday's stunning trade of McCoy to Buffalo for linebacker Kiko Alonso... more

QBs RBs DL WRs DBs LBs TEs Quarterback is the worst position in all of free agency. While mediocre starters like Jay Cutler are guaranteed more than $15 million per season, only sub-mediocre options get to the open market. That's... more

Guys like Ndamukong Suh don't hit free agency often. The 28-year-old is in the middle of his prime during a career that could one day end in Canton. There's a strong argument to be made that Suh is the best defensive free agent to hit the market since... more


The latest legal ruling in favor of Adrian Peterson puts the running back's future front and center with free agency less than two weeks away. The NFL announced Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner's Exempt List and the league will appeal the... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. Next up: The Dallas Cowboys. What's changing? The coaching staff is more stable than it has been in nearly a decade. Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli... more

The on-field work is over. Folks like Daniel Jeremiah, Mike Mayock and Around The NFL superstars Marc Sessler and Dan Hanzus are coming home. The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books, so it's time to take stock of what just happened. The guys at... more

On Thursday, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said that he wouldn't be surprised if Marshawn Lynch retired. We'd disagree, because the Seahawks have shown a willingness to give Lynch more money. "We've had big offers out there," coach... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Baltimore Ravens. What's changing? The Ravens don't know how to have a quiet offseason. They have remained one of the... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series kicks off with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. What's changing? The parade is over, and now the work begins. The Patriots... more

The airport was a sad place the day after the Super Bowl, full of zombies wearing atrocities like T.J. Houshmandzadeh jerseys. The Seahawks fans were mournful, but the vibe could have been different if their team was better prepared for the final few... more

We don't know much about the offensive philosophy of new San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula or offensive coordinator Geep Chryst. But it's not too hard to see the direction they are headed by listening to offseason comments.  First up: Colin... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- We were having a big debate in the press box midway through the third quarter, just after the Seahawks had scored 24 points in under 15 minutes of game time. This was before Tom Brady authored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and the... more

GLENDALE, Ariz -- Russell Wilson thought Seattle's final play call was perfect. He thought he had a touchdown when the ball left his hand. "I thought the game was over," Wilson said. Instead, the Seahawks lost Super Bowl XLIX in the most excruciating... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Seattle Seahawks have looked like the inferior team for the second straight game. But as we learned in the NFC Championship, they are tough to put away. The Patriots and Seahawks are tied at halftime 14-14 in Super Bowl XLIX, and... more

GLENDALE, Ariz -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has heard the reports that his team started the investigation into the Patriots' deflated footballs in the divisional round playoff game. He denies it all. "That's ridiculous," Harbaugh said Sunday... more


PHOENIX -- On a night full of mostly predictable award winners , one particular MVP vote stood apart. Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner received one MVP vote . There are many amazing things about this. Wagner did not get one Defensive Player of... more

PHOENIX -- You can call it a comeback. Rob Gronkowski has been here for years, but his return to health in 2014 was a reminder of why he's one of the biggest difference-makers in the NFL. Comeback Player of the Year voting Player Position No. of votes... more

PHOENIX -- For the second straight season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee passed on enshrining Colts receiver Marvin Harrison in favor of a vastly inferior receiver. And yet it wasn't particularly a big surprise. The stunning omission from... more

PHOENIX -- J.J. Watt is the most dominant defensive player the NFL has seen since Reggie White roamed the field. On Saturday, Watt earned the hardware to prove it. Watt was announced Saturday as the Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in... more

Why the Patriots will win Super Bowl XLIX Why the Seahawks will win Super Bowl XLIX Ask 30 people about this wildly even Super Bowl matchup, and you will get 30 different opinions. readers are picking the Patriots ... at a 51 percent... more

Why the Patriots will win Super Bowl XLIX Why the Seahawks will win Super Bowl XLIX Football players aren't the only ones that deal with distractions. The news cycle can be a distraction. All that comes with Super Bowl week can be a... more

PHOENIX -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Friday at the end of a particularly difficult season. "Listen, it has been a tough year," Goodell said at his annual state of the league. "It's been a tough year on me personally. It's been a... more

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon made his first comments Thursday since news emerged of his impending year-long suspension . The words came in written form, and they are fascinating. Gordon repeatedly says that he failed himself and takes... more

PHOENIX -- Marshawn Lynch saved his best media performance for last. In a fascinating five-minute sitdown that included one soliloquy, minutes of awkward silence, and lots of shout outs, Lynch spoke honestly of his difficulty dealing with all the... more

PHOENIX -- There are no significant injuries to worry about for the Super Bowl, which is quietly one of the nicer stories this week. Star defenders Richard Sherman (elbow) and Earl Thomas (shoulder) both practiced fully Wednesday, and will be ready for... more

New San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula does not have an offensive background, so we've been very curious to see who he taps as offensive coordinator. On Wednesday, we found out. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that Geep Chryst is expected to take... more

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

PHOENIX -- In Super Bowl week, every little story feels bigger. Even small colds. Tom Brady admitted Wednesday what seemed apparent in his previous media outings this week: He's battling a cold. "I've had it for four or five days. My kids got sick and... more

PHOENIX -- Michael Bennett is one of the most versatile defensive linemen in the league, but he's not worried about covering Patriots tackle Nate Solder in pass coverage after Solder's touchdown last week. The Seattle defensive end knows he has backup.... more

PHOENIX -- Unlike last year, Marshawn Lynch spoke at Media Day this time. And he stayed on message. "I'm just here so I won't get fined," Lynch said. That was Lynch's response to 29 different questions the media horde asked here at the US Airways... more

PHOENIX -- Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner raised some eyebrows Monday when he told ESPN that he would tell his teammates to hurt Seahawks defenders Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas during the Super Bowl. Browner heard from Sherman about it. "He... 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

Darrelle Revis has entered the rental phase of his career, with his team affiliation an annual debate. In short: Don't buy his jersey. The Patriots are paying Revis $12 million this season, and most observers expect him to be a free agent at the end of... more

We continue to get fresh reporting about whether the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. But the NFL's investigation into the matter will not wrap up any time soon. Attorney Ted Wells, who is leading the... more

Tom Brady is at once one of the most well-known men in America, yet impossible to know. A biography about Brady written by one of the country's best sportswriters, Charles Pierce, barely cracked Brady's veneer and struggled to make him interesting .... more

How the Patriots were built How the Seahawks were built Bill Belichick, draft impresario, was not helping Bill Belichick the football coach at the end of the last decade. The Patriots were struggling to identify future stars on draft day. They... more

How the Patriots were built How the Seahawks were built The Seahawks liked their 2013 team so much that they essentially ran the same team back this season. It's remarkable how few contributors were added to the mix over the last year.... more

Get ready for some early morning NFL football in 2015. The NFL finalized the schedule of the three London games on Thursday, and they will all start at 9:30 a.m. ET. That means fans from the United States can essentially enjoy a "quadruple-header" of... more

Mike Wallace is the highest paid member of the Miami Dolphins. He's expected to be one of their best players and a team leader, an expectation that was upended when Wallace benched himself during the team's Week 17 loss. Now the Dolphins aren't... more

For years, Rex Ryan could not find a coordinator that would fix the New York Jets' offense. New Jets coach Todd Bowles hopes he can avoid the same problem. The Jets named Chan Gailey the team's new offensive coordinator. The former Bills coach compiled... more

We could come up with at least ten plays where things went wrong for the Green Bay Packers. The avalanche of mental mistakes, poor execution and plain bad luck was hard to fathom at the end of Sunday's NFC Championship Game .  The game seemingly... more

Tom Brady ran off the field to chants of his last name, soaking up a moment he knows doesn't come around often. Even if it's happened more for him than any quarterback in NFL history. The New England Patriots are headed to the sixth Super Bowl of the... more

Seattle's miraculous comeback Sunday was thrilling and confounding. It was why we watch sports. For the Green Bay Packers, it was the cruelest loss imaginable. For most of the day, it felt like the Packers should be winning by more. Their defense was... more

Fourteen years after Todd Bowles started his NFL coaching career as an assistant with the Jets, he's returning to run the team . Now comes the hard part. Another branch off the Bill Parcells coaching tree, Bowles earned his way up the coaching ladder;... more

A ridiculously compelling Divisional Round is over. An even better Final Four is on tap. Someone asked the question in our newsroom Sunday: Are the best four quarterbacks in the NFL still playing? Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo and Philip Rivers may... more

The devastation of Sunday's desultory effort by the Denver Broncos will quickly turn to hard questions about the future of the organization's leaders. Peyton Manning and coach John Fox have defined this run of Broncos success, but both men will face a... more

The Seattle Seahawks started their preparation for the NFC Championship with a big loss. Rookie Paul Richardson tore his ACL during Saturday's Divisional Round win , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Sunday. The wide receiver had made a big... more

Trent Richardson's career trajectory continues its downward spiral . The Colts declared Richardson inactive for Sunday afternoon's Divisional Round game against the Denver Broncos. Cody Latimer is among the Denver inactives. Linebacker Brandon Marshall... more

Rolando McClan's injury troubles did not take long to pop back up again Sunday in Green Bay . He left for the Cowboys' locker room early to be evaluated for a head injury. In the third quarter, the team ruled him out with concussion-like symptoms .... more

These Seahawks home wins are almost starting to feel routine. They let the Panthers hang around for three quarters, and then finished them off in a flourish in the fourth quarter. This is what the Seahawks do.  Seattle's incredible secondary will get... more

Steve Smith got the better of Darrelle Revis early in Saturday's instant classic in Foxborough . But Revis would like to point out that it didn't last. "He caught a touchdown earlier in the game, and after that, he got erased ," Revis said after the... more

The Patriots have won a lot of games in January under Bill Belichick, but there haven't been many like this one. New England outlasted Baltimore 35-31 in an instant classic between two AFC titans playing their best. New England's first lead of the game... more

Tom Brady was under pressure throughout Saturday's 35-31 Divisional Round win over Baltimore, and he had a hard time keeping cool. Brady took some post-whistle contact by Ravens defensive tackle Pernell McPhee on the play below, and then blew a gasket... more

Dick LeBeau's legendary tenure in Pittsburgh is over. The longtime Steelers defensive coordinator has resigned, the team announced Saturday. "I'm resigning this position, not retiring ," LeBeau, 77, told the Urbana Daily Citizen. "I had a great run in... more

Last week's announcement of the the All-Pro team kickstarted the NFL's postseason awards, with the biggest ones coming at the NFL Honors show on Jan. 31. Here's a look at my picks for the biggest awards. These aren't predictions, but my selections.... more

So much has changed about the Patriots and Ravens since their last playoff matchup that it's almost not worth comparing the two teams. Only 36 percent of the players are still on the rosters, and the strengths and weaknesses have changed dramatically.... more

Bill Belichick refused to recognize that weather exists Thursday at his press conference, choosing not to admit that a wind chill in the single digits is, indeed, cold weather. Thankfully, his players were more forthcoming. So, Tom Brady: What's your... more

Peyton Manning looked like a different quarterback in Week 1 . I turned on Game Rewind this week to rewatch Colts-Broncos from the season opener, and Manning's arm stood out. Manning aggressively pushed the ball down the field, and his passes had... more

Panthers-Seahawks Ravens-Patriots Cowboys-Packers Colts-Broncos The backstory The Patriots have looked like three different teams this season. They struggled in September and their offense limped to the finish line. In the two months... more

Tom Brady doesn't want to hear about the Ravens' success in New England in the playoffs. The way he sees it, those Ravens squads have nothing to do with the team suiting up this week in Foxborough. "Everything's different at this point ," Brady said... more

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino admitted Monday that picking up a flag after officials called pass interference in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Lions-Cowboys game was "debatable." He would have preferred that the crew stuck with its... more

Cowboys cornerback Sterling Moore put it best late Sunday night: Are you not entertained ? After a middling start to Wild Card Weekend, the Cowboys and Lions gave us a game to remember. The picked-up pass interference penalty will be remembered most,... more

Tony Romo can add a big playoff comeback to his NFL resume. Jason Garrett can add a playoff win to his. The Dallas Cowboys are headed to Green Bay for the Divisional Round after a 24-20 comeback win over the Detroit Lions , but it did not come without... more

Andrew Luck saved his best performance of the year for the playoffs. And there's no way this Bengals offense could match him. The Colts are headed back to the Divisional Round for the second straight season after a 26-10 victory over Cincinnati on... more

The Ravens added injury to insult to Ben Roethlisberger late in Baltimore's 30-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night. He left the game briefly in the fourth quarter before returning to throw a game-crushing interception in the end... more

You can come up with any number of ways to describe the struggles of the Arizona Cardinals' offense on Saturday in Carolina. They gained 78 yards in 16 drives . No team in playoff history gained less. It was the worst performance by an offense in any... more

A day of rumors and innuendo regarding the Philadelphia Eagles' power structure has ended in a double promotion. The Eagles announced Friday evening that head coach Chip Kelly will now oversee the player personnel department, while general manager Howie... more

It was a devastating day for injuries around the league. The best all-around running back in the NFL won't be active for Pittsburgh this week. Cincinnati's most valuable player, A.J. Green, is doubtful to suit up as Marvin Lewis tries to end his playoff... more

QB Index: Year-end rankings December 31, 2014

The year of Aaron Rodgers ended with a preview of the back nine of his career. Even before Rodgers momentarily left Sunday's MVP-clinching win over Detroit with a calf injury, Rodgers was winning quietly. He was making quick throws in rhythm to beat... more

Every year, there is one surprising head coaching change . It took a few extra days, but we have a stunner now. The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that coach Doug Marrone has opted out of his contract . And he could be staying in the AFC East. The... more

Ravens-Steelers Cardinals-Panthers Lions-Cowboys Bengals-Colts The backstory "This is what the NFL wants" -- Ben Roethlisberger. This has been the best rivalry in the league for years, although the games weren't quite as memorable in... more

Twenty teams started the offseason on Monday. Five of them are looking for new head coaches. While there haven't been any big surprise firings, it's rare to see so many big names and franchises in upheaval. Jim Harbaugh will now be a rock star college... more

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson spoke glowingly of Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis on Monday, openly admitting that he wishes the Jets signed Revis last offseason. Johnson said he would welcome a return for Revis , whose contract in New England is up... more

The Chicago Bears aren't wasting any time cleaning house. Like Bears general manager Phil Emery on his way out, coach Marc Trestman has been fired, the team announced Monday. This is our annual reminder that fortunes change fast in the NFL. Late in the... more

After months of speculation, the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco is over. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday soon after San Francisco's season-ending 20-17 win that Harbaugh and the 49ers are parting ways, according to a source involved... more

The NFC playoffs are starting to take shape. And they will include a team that was once 3-8-1 on the season. Playoff Picture The NFL playoff picture is shaping up as teams head deeper into the 2014 season. Who looks promising? Who's on the edge? Check... more

There were no more miracle comebacks left in the San Diego Chargers. Their banged-up offense rang out of gas in Arrowhead Stadium in a 19-7 loss  to the Kansas City Chiefs. Neither team will make the playoffs. 1. San Diego only had to win this game to... more

Twenty teams hit the offseason on Monday. Far too many of them will be searching for a quarterback, with far too few options available. We decided to use this week's QB Index to look at the potential free-agent and trade market for veteran quarterbacks.... more

It's no surprise that Peyton Manning's four interception meltdown in Cincinnati on Monday night inspired a lot of hand-wringing around the nation. Coach John Fox was forced to say that the Broncos are "not getting ready to get rid of our quarterback"... more

OFFENSIVE ANALYSIS DEFENSIVE ANALYSIS BIGGEST SNUBS ROOKIE SELECTIONS AND SNUBS The Pro Bowl selection process has been improved in recent years, but mistakes are still made. That's why we bring you our third annual Pro Bowl snub list .... more

OFFENSIVE ANALYSIS DEFENSIVE ANALYSIS BIGGEST SNUBS ROOKIE SELECTIONS AND SNUBS The 2015 Pro Bowl was announced Tuesday night. Here is our breakdown of the defensive picks: Defensive end: Calais Campbell, Robert Quinn, Cameron Wake,... more

The playoff picture is a lot simpler than we expected heading into Week 17. Ten of 12 spots are decided, with the NFC South champion and final wild card spot in the AFC still up for grabs. The official Week 17 scenarios have been released, but let's... more

Peyton Manning has been so good for so long that he only seems interesting when he looks human. And he has looked very human for the last month. Monday night's four interception letdown in a 37-28 loss on Monday Night Football will be the inspiration... more

The AFC North will be decided in primetime in Week 17. Playoff Picture The NFL playoff picture is shaping up as teams head deeper into the 2014 season. Who looks promising? Who's on the edge? Check it out The NFL announced that the Cincinnati... more

The New Orleans Saints' tailspin is effectively over. So is their season. Here's what you need to know from Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons: Playoff Picture The NFL playoff picture is shaping up as teams head deeper into the 2014 season.... more

Steven Jackson came to Atlanta to play for a playoff contender. But he couldn't help the Falcons in the second half against the Saints. The running back's team did just fine without him. Jackson and the Falcons kept their playoff hopes alive with a... more

Philadelphia's loss is Detroit's gain. The Lions are in the playoffs for only the second time since 1999 after the Eagles' loss in Washington on Saturday . The Eagles will be eliminated from playoff contention if the Cowboys win again this season.... more

The Seattle Seahawks' defense has emerged down the stretch this season as the most dominant force in football. Again. They are making sure that they keep their group together. Just one day after signing linebacker K.J. Wright to a multi-year deal , the... more

The holiday season doesn't truly arrive until we get some free Saturday NFL football. In this week before Christmas, we get a doubleheader to enjoy with playoff implications in each contest. Here's what to watch for in the latter matchup of Saturday's... more

QB Index Awards December 17, 2014

Jay Cutler once looked like a candidate for quarterback royalty . Now he's been benched for Jimmy Clausen . Only 27 years old, Clausen authored perhaps the single worst season for a quarterback of the last decade. His 11.0 QBR that season is the lowest... more

Jay Cutler is no longer the starting quarterback in Chicago. It's worth wondering if he ever will start for the Bears again. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Cutler has been benched for Jimmy Clausen, according to two sources informed of the... more

Jay Gruden's comments about Robert Griffin III get dissected and misinterpreted weekly on a national level. But Gruden has a tendency to speak his mind about all of his players, not just his quarterbacks. Consider his statement about DeSean Jackson on... more

Dominique Easley hasn't made a huge impact for the New England Patriots since the team drafted him in the first round of this year's draft. Now his rookie season is over. Easley is headed to injured reserve with a knee injury, the team announced . The... more

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE And then there were 10. In this incredibly deep, incredibly confusing season of AFC playoff contenders and scenarios , the best we can do each week is eliminate a few teams. Week 15 eliminated just two.... more

The Houston Texans have not been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention , but their season took a hard left turn towards irrelevance on Sunday. Following Ryan Mallett's season-ending torn pectoral muscle in November, the team lost... more

The Detroit Lions were staring at their playoff mortality when they faced a 14-point deficit in the first half against Minnesota. They overcame for a crucial 16-14 victory over the Vikings . Here's what we learned: 1. Teddy Bridgewater is playing... more

It wasn't pretty but the Carolina Panthers outlasted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-17 to win in Week 15. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Panthers aren't just alive in the NFC South. They are in first place, at least until New Orleans plays on... more

The first half of Sunday's Week 15 slate included the first two division championship celebrations of the season. The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots are headed to the playoffs, which is no surprise. Here's what else we learned in the early... more

Bill Belichick calls it a "T-Shirt and Hat" game. In New England, it's become an annual tradition. The Patriots won their sixth straight AFC East title Sunday with a 41-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins in a game where the scoreboard doesn't tell the... more

Way back before Week 1, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was already raising doubts over whether Jim Harbaugh would be back in San Francisco 49ers next year. Doubts about Harbaugh have continued all season, and by mid-November Rapoport reported it would... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians watched his team all but wrap up a playoff spot with a gutsy 12-6 victory in St. Louis on Thursday night. And then he kept taking shots at the Rams. "I love it when nobody says you have a chance to win. There is an... more

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer's disappointing year took an unusual turn this week when he tearfully apologized in front of the entire team for criticizing Jay Cutler to a reporter. Kromer addressed the Bears on Monday about speaking... more

On Wednesday, we brought you the amusing story of cornerback Orlando Scandrick's no-mercy approach to playing Madden during an event at a Dallas children's hospital. Scandrick's Cowboys teammate Justin Durant thought it was funny that Scandrick was... more

After 14 weeks, there's isn't a lot of movement in our weekly quarterback rankings. So let's do something a little different in this week's QB Index: What teams will be looking for a new quarterback in 2015? We've listed eleven teams below that should... more

Jay Gruden isn't ready to name a starting quarterback for this week's game against the New York Giants. But that is no guarantee that Robert Griffin III will return to the lineup. Gruden said that starter Colt McCoy "has a chance" to play despite a... more

Saints coach Sean Payton promised changes in New Orleans this week after their meltdown against Carolina. He's delivered. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the team is going to bench talented second-year safety Kenny Vaccaro, per a source... more

Jadeveon Clowney's disappointing rookie season could remain frustrating deep into 2015. The Houston Texans pass rusher underwent microfracture knee surgery Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source close to the player. The hope is... more

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE The Cincinnati Bengals had a chance Sunday to make the AFC North race boring. That's just not how things go in the AFC in 2014. Twelve teams will enter Week 15 with a winning record, which is the most... more

Johnny Football will get his first NFL start just in time for the final weeks of the AFC playoff race. Coach Mike Pettine decided that Johnny Manziel will start at quarterback this week for the Cleveland Browns, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Julio Jones put together the best game of his career last week while covered by Patrick Peterson. And then he topped himself on Monday Night Football . Jones finished Monday night's game with 11 catches, 259 yards and a touchdown before leaving with a... more

Doctors have diagnosed Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry with Hodgkin lymphoma after thorough testing . The team first announced Berry's potential diagnosis two weeks ago, and further tests have confirmed it. "This is a diagnosis that is very... more

It was hard not to appreciate the symbolism . The Oakland Raiders effectively ended the San Francisco 49ers' season Sunday, which should effectively end Jim Harbaugh's tenure with the team. In doing so, the Raiders also advertised their wares. Derek... more

The unique atmosphere at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego Sunday night was hard to miss, even watching on television. Patriots fans chanted throughout the game, and the crowd was very loud towards the end of the convincing Patriots defensive performance .... more

Oakland Raiders linebacker Sio Moore and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick jawed during their matchup Sunday, with the Raiders getting the last laugh on the field in a crushing loss for San Francisco. Kaepernick wound up with only 174 yards, while... more

A familiar feeling is settling over Miami's season , and it's leading to some predictable frustration. Cameras caught defensive lineman Jared Odrick yelling at coach Joe Philbin on the sideline, and appeared to yell the words "every week." David Hyde of... more

The Arizona Cardinals are one step closer to the playoffs after a 17-14 win over Kansas City on Sunday in a game played with desperation on both sides. Here's what we learned: 1. This win was like so many others for Arizona this season. We're not... more

We've officially hit the home stretch of the season, with wild playoff races in both conferences. Here's what we learned from the early games in Week 14: 1. The AFC North is going to take a while to untangle. Cincinnati had a chance to take control of... more

The Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins met Sunday in a matchup of would-be AFC contenders. Joe Philbin's squad was completely overmatched in a 28-13 Ravens victory . 1. Elvis Dumervil was the best player on the field Sunday, and Joe Flacco was a close... more

Reggie Wayne is going to be one of the trickiest Hall of Fame debates among this generation of wide receivers. That clock to Canton conversation could start as soon as this offseason.  "Thirty-six, man. Kids growing up ," Wayne explained to Mike... more

We've already taken a look at the Pro Bowl ballot on defense  and tried to help you make wise choices . With the final quarter of the season upon us, here's your guide to filling out picks on offense . Do not screw this up. Quarterbacks I write a... more

Brandon Marshall's injury-plagued season is over after taking a brutal hit on Thursday night in Chicago. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Marshall has a collapsed lung, according to a team source. The team announced earlier in... more

The second half of the Cowboys' takedown of Chicago included a lot of yelling -- from the winning side. No matter what the score was, NFL Network cameras showed Dez Bryant and cornerback Orlando Scandrick seemingly taking turns screaming on the... more

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall's frustrating season took a turn for the worse in the second quarter of Thursday night's 41-28 loss to the Cowboys. The Chicago wideout took a knee to his ribs from a Cowboys defender. Cameras showed him taken from... more

The Dallas Cowboys didn't let their Thanksgiving malaise linger in a 41-28 destruction of the Bears  on Thursday night. Here's what you need to know from the game: 1. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has finally climbed the 8-8 mountain . This victory puts... more

Saints defensive end Junior Galette is tired of hearing about all the defensive "leaders" that New Orleans lost in the offseason. The list includes Malcolm Jenkins, Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, and Roman Harper. The way Galette sees it, the team is better... more

Demaryius Thomas is readying to join some elite receiving company. With 145 more yards, he'll be only the third receiver in NFL history to enjoy three straight seasons with 1,450 yards and 10 touchdowns. The other two names: Jerry Rice and Marvin... more

Two years and two days removed from his last NFL game, Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent has returned to the field Thursday night . Brent is active for Thursday night's game in Chicago, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported according to a source... more

Ben Roethlisberger's numbers never told the full story. He's been a top five quarterback for most of his career , a Hall of Fame player even if you take away some of his postseason success. Roethlisberger was always better in reality than in fantasy... more

It's not Johnny Football time in Cleveland just yet. Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback this week for the Browns, the team confirmed in a press release. Hoyer was replaced by Johnny Manziel in the fourth quarter last Sunday in Buffalo , but... more

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE Fans of the Seattle Seahawks can start getting ready for a home playoff game again. That's how much the NFC landscape has changed over the last two weeks. After crushing division rivals Arizona and... more

Ten best NFL bargains December 01, 2014

Welcome to Cyber Monday, which is a thing that exists in the year 2014. All the talk of bargains and sales got us thinking ... Who were the best free-agent deals over the offseason? With a ton of help from Chris Wesseling's midseason top-10 list ,... more

If the Baltimore Ravens don't make the playoffs this year, they will remember Sunday's loss to San Diego above the rest . Joe Flacco and the Ravens' offense dominated the game, reaching the red zone seven times in their first eight trips. And they... more


The New Orleans Saints enjoyed a surprisingly convincing road win in Pittsburgh Sunday, and then coach Sean Payton really got warmed up . He spent much of his postgame press conference taking shots at reports about his team. Billick: Here come the... more

With their playoff lives flashing before their eyes, the San Diego Chargers trailed by ten points with under seven minutes remaining in Baltimore. They somehow found a way to win 34-33 . Here's what we learned: 1. Philip Rivers won't win MVP this... more

New Orleans Saints fans probably don't want to think about it, but the team has to start thinking about life after Drew Brees. "They believe they can see the finish line here," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Gameday Morning . "My... more

The opening game on Thanksgiving belonged to Calvin Johnson . Chicago's bite-sized cornerbacks were no match for Megatron as he racked up 11 catches for 146 yards and two scores , giving the Lions a much-needed win. This is hardly the first time that... more

No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney hasn't made much of an impact on the field in three games since returning from his knee injury. Now he could be on the sidelines once again. Clowney told reporters Thursday he suffered a setback last week and... more

After a few weeks during which Redskins coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III both made public statements they wound up regretting, Griffin is playing things close to the vest. Asked about his reaction to being benched , Griffin repeated... more

Nick Foles is the forgotten man in the NFC playoff race. The Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback for the first eight games of the season is recovering from a broken collarbone, and it sounds like he could be out longer than expected. Jeff... more

Jay Gruden made the biggest decision of his short tenure in Washington on Wednesday, announcing that Robert Griffin III has been benched for Colt McCoy . It's a move that will have aftershocks for the next six months , but let's break down some of... more

What's next for RGIII? November 25, 2014

Robert Griffin III has been benched for Colt McCoy. That's a sentence that would have been hard to fathom in 2012 when RGIII was lighting the league on fire. Now it feels the next logical step in Griffin's depressing devolution with the Redskins.... more

Shaun Phillips was the leading pass rusher on a Broncos team that made the Super Bowl last season. Now he's looking for a job. The Titans on Tuesday released the veteran linebacker. Tennessee gave Phillips a $750,000 signing bonus in the offseason... more

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE The playoff picture didn't change much in the NFC in Week 12, but there was one clear winner. The Green Bay Packers' chances of securing a playoff bye and possibly home-field advantage went up... more

Steve Smith needs to be on national television more often because he always puts on a show, during and after the game. That was true as usual in New Orleans on Monday night . Smith had four grabs for 89 yards in Baltimore's 34-27 win , including a... more

The collapse of the New Orleans Saints' home mystique is one of the stories of this 2014 season, and will probably be the main national talking point coming out of Monday night's NFL doubleheader. I'm a lot more interested in the team that played in the... more

The Bills lost the chance to play in Buffalo this week due to the devastating snowstorm in Western New York, but they won a game convincingly in Detroit. Here's what we learned in Buffalo's 38-3 stomping of the New York Jets : 1. The Bills have a very... more

The Michael Vick era in New York did not last long. Geno Smith replaced Vick midway through the third quarter Monday night with the Jets trailing the Bills 31-3 in Detroit (they ended up losing 38-3 ). Vick came up limping slightly after a bad... more

Last week's devastating snowstorm in Western New York has given birth to a unique Monday night slate this week. The Bills and Jets will kick off in Detroit at 7 p.m. ET, about an hour before the Ravens and Saints face off in New Orleans. Here's a... more

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry's season is over after doctors found a mass on the right side of his chest. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder announced the news Monday, saying that Berry will visit a lymphoma specialist to determine a final diagnosis.... more

Odell Beckham is quite possibly a robot built to create insane highlights . He may never top his effort from Sunday night. Let's start with the play, then get to the reaction: Beckham wound up finishing with 10 catches, 146 yards and two touchdowns in a... more

Marshawn Lynch's final totals in the box score in Sunday's win over the Cardinals: 15 carries for 39 yards rushing and three catches for 43 yards receiving. Lynch's final stats for his post-game press conference, mandated by the league after he was... more

The Broncos took Miami's best shot on Sunday, and withstood it. Here's what you need to know from Denver's 39-36 victory over the Dolphins : 1. The Broncos' offense could not have played much better. They had the ball nine times, punting only once,... more

The San Diego Chargers have readied the ship. It wasn't always pretty, but their 27-24 win over the St. Louis Rams  on Sunday was a strong performance against a tricky opponent. Here's what you need to know from the game: 1. Shaun Hill will have... more

Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals might hate playing against the Texans in the playoffs, but they took care of business 22-13 on the road Sunday. Here's what we learned: 1. It's good to have A.J. Green back in the lineup. He set a career high... more

Adrian Peterson spoke to his 4-year-old son for the first time in five months this week. He also spoke at length to USA Today's Tom Pelissero in his most expansive comments in months . Peterson, who was suspended by the NFL this week until April 15,... more

The Oakland Raiders ended their year long quest for a win with a stirring 24-20 victory Thursday night against Kansas City. But the most memorable moment of the night came from a penalty that was never called. After Raiders linebacker Sio Moore sacked... more

The devastating snow storm in Buffalo will result in an extra game on Monday night this week. The Bills and Jets will face off in Detroit on Monday at 7 p.m. ET, NFL spokesman Michael Signora announced Thursday. DirecTV announced Friday that the game... more

QB Index: Rankings and Awards November 19, 2014

It's disarming to see Peyton Manning so bothered. In two of the last three games, the Broncos' offensive line has failed to identify blitzes and protect their MVP. He's responded by throwing the ball sooner than he wants, while missing receivers. It's a... more

Bruce Arians has "Tony Soprano swag." This is a ridiculous statement to make about a 60-year old man, especially coming from an NFL quarterback like Carson Palmer. But anyone who has watched Arians operate, even from afar, knows exactly what Palmer... more

The Minnesota Vikings didn't get Adrian Peterson back this week , but they did see a far lesser running back fall into their laps. The Vikings claimed Ben Tate off waivers Wednesday, one day after he was dropped by the Cleveland Browns. The back... more

This is a week of preparation for the Buffalo Bills unlike any other because of the insane amount of snowfall that has crippled the region . Four feet of snow fell in Western New York on Tuesday, and another two to three feet are expected Thursday.... more

Brandin Cooks' excellent rookie season has come to a sudden end, yet another setback in a disastrous season for the New Orleans Saints. Cooks broke his thumb in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to... more

This was a banner week for quitting and rattling cages in the NFL. LeGarrette Blount pouted his way off the field Monday night after not getting any carries in Tennessee, guaranteeing that he would never touch the ball for Pittsburgh again. Browns... more

The Carolina Panthers overhauled their wide receiver group in the offseason, replacing their top four options from a year ago with rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans like Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant. On Tuesday, the Panthers admitted that the... more

Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers can't escape drama lately, even after a win . Linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who made the Pro Bowl last year, left Sunday's game in the second quarter and never returned. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have won five straight games after Sunday's 24-20 win  over the Seattle Seahawks. Which team has a better chance to make the playoffs? 1. The Chiefs are tied for first place in the AFC West at 7-3 . Who saw that coming after... more

It's Pro Bowl voting season . After 10 weeks, it's time to start figuring out who deserves recognition as the NFL's best players this year. Now that we no longer pick Pro Bowlers based on conference, the voting can be a little tricky. So here's our... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was caught on camera shouting a profanity following his team's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week . He will pay dearly for it. The NFL fined Ryan $100,000 for swearing, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Reggie Wayne has seen a lot of different Patriots defenses over the last 14 years. Wayne is old enough to remember when his Colts were in the same division as New England, and the two squads have played at least once every season since 2003, including... more

Progress has been slow to come by in Miami for Ryan Tannehill and Joe Philbin. But the progress exists, and Thursday's 22-9 victory over Buffalo is another example of this franchise at a crossroads making strides. Seven wins in Philbin's first... more

Four best games of Week 11 November 13, 2014

After the most underwhelming week of the season last time out, the slate of matchups in Week 11 look like the best of the season. There are two huge battles for NFC supremacy, while Tom Brady and Andrew Luck face off in a monster AFC game for playoff bye... more

QB Index: Ranking the backups November 12, 2014

Two former Patriots backups will face off Sunday in Cleveland, the latest in an NFL season that has been all about the backup quarterbacks getting chances. The Texans' Ryan Mallett will be the 48th different starting quarterback this season when he takes... more

The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are fighting over the same piece of turf. Both teams have carved out surprisingly solid 5-4 starts to the season, mostly out of the limelight. They are nice stories trying to become meaningful contenders. This crowded... more

Sunday's battle between the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals will be won on the outside. In this out-of-nowhere clash for NFC supremacy, the most intriguing matchups happen when the Lions have the ball. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate now... more

The Austin Davis era in St. Louis appears to be over, at least for now. Rams coach Jeff Fisher announed Wednesday that Shaun Hill will start at quarterback this week against the Denver Broncos, replacing Davis after eight consecutive starts. Hill... more

Week 10 winners and losers November 11, 2014

The outskirts of the AFC playoff race remains crowded. Ten teams still have a winning record, which makes every matchup between contenders feel doubly important. That's why Kansas City and Cleveland's wins in Week 10 stuck out. Alex Smith The... more

Jimmy Graham's pass interference penalty heard around the NFC on Sunday looked like a clear call. The New Orleans Saints tight end extended his arms and pushed San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox to the ground, even if it looked like Cox went to... more

The New York Jets were in "victory formation" with a 20-13 lead Sunday, savoring their best moment of this nightmare season . But Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell didn't think the game was over just yet. Mitchell attempted to leap over the line... more

In a battle of underrated AFC contenders, the Kansas City Chiefs stole a win in Buffalo Sunday that could loom large in late December. Here's what you need to know about the Chiefs' 17-13 win : 1. Buffalo's late-game magic and the Kyle Orton... more

The Washington Redskins' quarterback drama doesn't even take a break during the team's bye week. DeSean Jackson had some telling quotes on FOX's pregame show Sunday when asked about the mood on the team when Robert Griffin III got his starting job back... more

There are a lot of surprising things about Sunday's matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions: 1. It looks like the best game of Week 10 , which would have been a crazy thought before the season. 2. We'd take the Dolphins' offense and... more

After a decade in the NFL searching for the right pieces and the right team, Carson Palmer has found a home in Arizona. And the Cardinals want him to stay awhile. The team announced Friday that it signed Palmer to a three-year extension , which will... more

The New York Jets' defense has given up more touchdown passes than any team this season. They are pace to break the league record for the fewest takeaways. That makes this Sunday's matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers look rather daunting , but... more

Andy Dalton has had a lot of poor games on national television. But he's never experienced a game quite like Thursday night. In a historically bad performance that grew uncomfortable to watch, Dalton completed only 10 of 33 passes for 86 yards in a 24-3... more

Adrian Peterson's recent plea agreement has spurred on a new phase in his potential return to the NFL. The league released a statement Thursday saying that his case will now be reviewed for potential discipline. "The NFL advised Adrian Peterson this... more

After nine weeks, there are a lot of great options when choosing the best quarterback this season. I'm more interested in the group of young players still trying to reach that level. Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kaepernick are all coming... more

After a league-leading 87 Calvin Johnson injury updates this season, Around the NFL is happy to announce that Megatron is back. This will be your last update. (We hope.) Johnson told reporters in Detroit on Wednesday that he will play this week... more

The Houston Texans have seen enough of Ryan Fitzpatrick. They want to get a look at Ryan Mallett now. Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Wednesday that the team is making Mallett their starting quarterback moving forward. Now 4-5 on the season,... more

Week 9 winners and losers November 04, 2014

No team had a worse loss in Week 9 than the San Francisco 49ers, and it wasn't just because of the excruciating ending. A home game against St. Louis is one they should win during a schedule that has very few easy moments. If they don't bounce back... more

Many Philadelphia Eagles fans have wondered how the team would look with backup quarterback Mark Sanchez under center instead of Nick Foles. They will find out for at least the next month, although Monday's test results could have been much worse. NFL... more

Mark Sanchez's arrival into the Philadelphia Eagles' lineup may have flown under the radar of some teammates, but Chip Kelly has been studying him for years. Kelly saw Sanchez play in high school while the coach was recruiting another player for the... more

Having home field advantage in the playoffs doesn't guarantee anything. But New England's 43-21 takedown of the Denver Broncos on Sunday was a reminder of how crucial it can be, especially in this rivalry. Battista: That stinking feeling... more

Sunday's desultory performance by the Cowboys offense showed just how valuable Tony Romo is to the team, just in case you didn't realize it already. It sounds like Romo won't be out much longer. Romo will be on the team plane to London this week,... more

The Arizona Cardinals continue to lead the pack in the NFC. They wore down the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday on their way to a 7-1 record and a 28-17 score . 1. It's only Week 9, but the Cardinals have already won the NFC East -- if Arizona were... more


Tom Brady and Peyton Manning seemingly never change . But the teams around them are dramatically different than when the Broncos summarily dispatched the Patriots in last season's AFC Championship . With that in mind, here's what to watch for in... more

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will complete a full season of games against each other on Sunday when they meet for the 16th time in their storied careers . Like so many other matchups in Foxborough, this one could be affected by the weather . The... more

The New Orleans Saints' seven-game road losing streak is over. They look like the team to beat once again in the NFC South after their 28-10 victory in Carolina on Thursday. Here were our takeaways: 1. It's amazing how quickly a season can turn... more

Chris Johnson came to New York hoping to revive his career with the New York Jets. He's since realized how good he had it in Tennessee, where the Titans never hesitated to force-feed him the ball. Now he barely gets on the field. Johnson played only... more

Leaping Disappointments Surprises Sliding teams Soft schedules Predictions On Wednesday, our Midseason Report spectacular looked at teams set up for a second-half decline . Now, let's look at the squads we ahve reason to believe... more

It's midseason week at Around The NFL , and that means it's time for our quarterly rankings of quarterbacks from Nos. 1-32. My biggest takeaway after combing through my notes and make-believe numbers: The old guard just won't go away. Eight of the top... more

Leaping Disappointments Surprises Sliding teams Soft schedules Predictions Around The NFL continues to break down the league at midseason  as our comrades at NFL NOW hand out all sorts of awards . Next up is time for a little... more

Dan Marino was brought in as an advisor to the Miami Dolphins in August, although it hasn't been clear exactly what his role is with the organization. On Wednesday, we learned he was helping with a little film study. Dolphins quarterback Ryan... more

The Dallas Cowboys owned the first half of this NFL season, so perhaps it's appropriate that they fell flat in such entertaining fashion to close out Week 8 . It was a reminder that the next two months won't resemble the first half at all. Very... more

The Dallas Cowboys' defense has taken yet another hit. An MRI revealed that linebacker Justin Durant tore his biceps during Monday night's 20-17 loss to Washington, coach Jason Garrett announced Tuesday. Though owner Jerry Jones said Monday that... more

One loss does not ruin the Dallas Cowboys' surprising first half of the season. But Monday night's 20-17 overtime defeat to Washington showed this squad plays with a small margin for error, and there will be bumpy times ahead. DeMarco Murray... more

The Chicago Bears' embarrassing day in New England  has been made a lot worse because of injury. Defensive end Lamarr Houston will miss the season with a torn ACL, Bears general manager Phil Emery confirmed Monday . Houston hurt his knee while... more

If it wasn't for bad luck, the St. Louis Rams would have no luck at all. The team learned Monday that its No. 1 receiver Brian Quick will miss the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Aaron Rodgers wasn't quite Aaron Rodgers for the final 25 minutes of Green Bay's 44-23 loss to New Orleans . He pulled up lame on a run early in the third quarter and didn't run smoothly for the rest of the contest. Rodgers was still able to operate the... more

J.J. Watt saw Zach Mettenberger's adventures in social media  this week. It's safe to say Watt was not amused by the Tennessee Titans' rookie quarterback, and could have been particularly annoyed by Mettenberger's "Sunday Selfie." Watt responded... more

The Minnesota Vikings dominated in Tampa for three quarters, gagged a 10-point lead, and then saved the best for last in Sunday's 19-13 overtime win over the Buccaneers. Here's what you need to know: 1. The kids are alright in Minnesota. No. 32... more

The Chicago Bears were furious after last week's loss. Now, they might just be dejected after getting destroyed 51-23 in New England in a game that was over before halftime. 1. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have played a lot of dominant games... more

Peyton Manning was up 14 points on his division rivals late in the fourth quarter during Thursday night's win , but he wasn't happy. At least not with the scoreboard operator. Here's Manning screaming after a late false start when the crowd wasn't... more

The Broncos look nearly unbeatable at home. As the wins over contenders pile up, it's looking more likely that the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC will go through Denver. The Broncos' 35-21 victory over San Diego on Thursday night was impressive... more

The Tennessee Titans are ready to make a change at quarterback, and that doesn't bode well for the future of Jake Locker with the organization. Coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters Thursday that rookie Zach Mettenberger will start Sunday against the... more

Andrew Luck spent two years propping up a Colts team that wasn't ready to contend for a title. Now, the players around Luck are growing up even faster than he is. Luck played an average game (for him) on Sunday and Indianapolis beat another AFC... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced in August that they would be adding a special "contributor" category to the voting process, starting with next year's Hall of Fame class. We've learned the first two nominees. Former general managers Bill Polian... more

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino has seen the still image of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown appearing to get his feet inbounds on a touchdown try late in Monday night's game against Houston. While Brown and some fantasy... more

Michael Sam's stay with the Dallas Cowboys wound up being brief. The team announced Tuesday that the rookie defensive end has been waived from the practice squad. He joined the team on Sept. 3 after getting cut by the St. Louis Rams. Sam was drafted... more

Week 7 winners and losers October 21, 2014

First impressions can stick around way too long during NFL seasons. What happened during Week 1 and much of September has very little to do with the league we see after seven weeks. Remember when there was concern about the Green Bay Packers'... more

The St. Louis Rams invested six picks between 2011-2013 at the wide receiver position, all in the fourth round or higher. They've struggled to find consistent production from them. The team waived receiver Austin Pettis on Monday after more than... more

Darnell Dockett might be out for the season, but the Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle is still finding a way to contribute. He's among the best smiley face makers in the league. .@ddockett finishes a game long conversation with Raiders fans. #AZvsOAK... more

Peyton Manning broke the NFL's all-time touchdown record just like he's played the quarterback position for 17 seasons, with cold-blooded efficiency and a minimum of drama. Manning entered the game needing three scores to break the record. He did that... more

The Rams pulled off the upset of the season against Seattle, but it came with a bit of controversy. The Seahawks were steamed after the game because of the official ruling following a late fumble by Rams running back Tre Mason. Mason coughed the ball... more

The New Orleans Saints came out of the bye week looking like a brand-new team for 56 minutes. And then they collapsed in shocking fashion. The Detroit Lions scored 14 points in the final four minutes to beat the Saints 24-23 . Here's what you need to... more

Kelvin Benjamin was a surprise addition to the injury report this week when he missed practices for the Carolina Panthers because of a concussion. It won't cost him to miss a game, though. The Panthers declared Benjamin active on Sunday. He made it... more

We've broken down the big Percy Harvin trade news . We've asked why the Seahawks dealt him to the New York Jets , and checked out the shocked reaction from around the league. Before we move on to the weekend, let's look at some winners and losers from... more

Well, Percy Harvin will always have the Super Bowl memories. The Seattle Seahawks made it clear on Friday that they aren't going to feel overly sentimental about a piece of hardware. They stunned the NFL world by giving up on the Harvin experiment... more

Peyton Manning will soon be the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes. The only question is whether it will happen this week against San Francisco . Manning is only two touchdowns away from tying Brett Favre's record of 508. Considering that... more

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said earlier this week that the team wasn't giving up hope of getting Alex Mack back this season after the center broke his fibula. On Friday morning, they officially gave up hope. The team placed the Pro Bowl center... more

Cortez Allen is no longer a starter , just a few months removed from a five-year, $26 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau confirmed that free-agent pickup Brice McCain will start over Allen this week versus... more

It felt like the New York Jets' season was on the line Thursday night in New England. They played like it, but came up one blocked field goal short. The Patriots held on to beat their division rivals 27-25 in a terrific back-and-forth game where both... more

Cam Newton is playing like a top-five quarterback. He has thrown the ball better over the last month than at any point in his career. It just so happens that he wasn't able to run for most of that time. Did staying in the pocket make Newton a better... more

The Carolina Panthers had a surprising addition to their injury report on Wednesday. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is recovering from a concussion. Coach Ron Rivera said that Benjamin showed up for work on Monday with a headache, and he has been... more

Buffalo Bills receiver Mike Williams' agent was given permission to seek a trade this week after the fifth-year player was declared a healthy scratch last week against New England. It's fair to say that coach Doug Marrone was not amused. Marrone... more

Week 6 winners and losers October 14, 2014

Eight teams have a winning record in the NFC. None of the one-loss teams (Philadelphia, Arizona, Dallas) look like juggernauts. Welcome to the 2014 season, where plenty of fan bases can dream of earning home-field advantage . Seattle is 5-2 in its last... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is a man known to be comfortable in chaos . His team has taken on the same personality over the last three weeks. The Niners' 31-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football was impressive... more

Bill Belichick called New England's stirring win in Buffalo on Sunday "bittersweet" because of the injury to linebacker Jerod Mayo. That said a lot about Belichick's respect for Mayo, and it was an ominous sign for the Mayo's health. On Monday,... more

Every Miami Dolphins loss these days seems to come with Joe Philbin-related drama. Sunday's excruciating last-second loss to Green Bay is no exception. Philbin is getting filleted in Miami by the media, and his own players had some telling quotes... more

Wide receiver Mike Williams was a surprise healthy scratch in Buffalo yesterday . It sounds like he would prefer to play elsewhere.  NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Williams' agent Hadley Engelhard was given permission to "gauge... more

The New York Giants players huddled up at the end of their pregame warmups like usual. Their choice of location to get fired up and stomp on the field was a little eye-opening. It's safe to say the Philadelphia Eagles, including their official Twitter... more

The Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons both badly needed at win Sunday. The Bears played like a team that could stick around in a playoff race with a 27-13 road victory . Here's what you need to know: 1. Despite all the preseason talk, the Falcons are... more

The New England Patriots convincingly won in Buffalo on Sunday, but it was a very costly victory. Running back Stevan Ridley and linebacker Jerod Mayo both suffered knee injuries, and they could both be serious. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports... more

The New England Patriots' offensive problems appear to be over. They scored on every second half drive to beat the Bills 37-22 in Buffalo. 1. Tom Brady's didn't just back up his boffo performance against Cincinnati. He improved on it. The Patriots... more

J.J. Watt and Andrew Luck put on a show Thursday night in Houston. But it was Indianapolis' defense that finished the job and took hold of first place in the AFC South at 4-2. The Colts held on for a 33-28 victory over the 3-3 Texans , their tenth... more

Brian Hoyer makes a handful of throws each week that make you believe. He is slowly melting the icicles that have built up around every Browns fan's heart, a fan who has grown inured to hope, always expecting pain around the corner. Hoyer is not as good... more

A.J. Green's nagging toe injury just won't seem to go away. The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver left practice on a cart Wednesday after he appeared to aggravate his toe in warmups, per the team's official site. Green was getting looked at by... more

The cavalcade of injuries in the Chargers backfield has led to a familiar name returning to San Diego. The Chargers announced Tuesday that they have signed running back Ronnie Brown. With Donald Brown (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (knee) both... more

Week 5 winners and losers October 07, 2014

Division Records in Non-Division Games -- 2014 Division Record, win % AFC North 7-3, .700 NFC East 10-6, .625 NFC West 9-6, .600 AFC West 8-8, .500 NFC North 7-7, .500 AFC East 7-8, .467 NFC South 4-8, .333 AFC South 5-11, .313 The NFC East... more

Calvin Johnson has essentially been a decoy for two weeks because of his injured ankle. It sounds like he won't be used as one this week, and Johnson won't be disappointed about the development. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Around The... more

Bernard Pollard's second season in Tennessee is over. The Titans safety has a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season, coach Ken Whisenhunt announced on Monday. Whisenhunt also revealed that starting quarterback Jake Locker has... more

Another Sunday brought a fresh wave of Jim Harbaugh-related drama. Jay Glazer said on Fox's pregame show that Harbaugh will not be with the 49ers next season, even if San Francisco manages to win the Super Bowl. That report was not a surprise if you... more

Alex Henery's missed field goal at the end of Detroit's loss to Buffalo cost him his job. Well, that and the other four field goals he missed in two weeks. Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Monday that Henery had been released. Henery was 1 of 5... more

The "Tom Brady is done" stories can stop for the week. Look for the equally tiresome stories to start that "the Patriots are back." Sunday night's 43-17 New England victory over the Cincinnati Bengals showed that this Patriots team is capable of a... more

Underrated Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell injured his knee Sunday in Denver during the team's loss to the Broncos . Coach Bruce Arians was seething about it after the game. "That was the dirtiest play I've seen in 37 years," Arians... more

Calvin Johnson was on the field Sunday in Detroit, but he's clearly not the same Megatron. He didn't have a single target in the game until the third quarter, and then he limped off the field after his first catch. Lions coach Jim Caldwell essentially... more

Alex Smith's return to San Francisco did not have a storybook ending, unless you were a 49ers fan. His interception in the closing minutes clinched a 22-17 win for the 49ers . Here's what you need to know: 1. Give Jim Harbaugh and Brandon Lloyd credit... more

The Panthers' defense finally showed up in the second half Sunday against the Chicago. Here's what you need to know from Carolina's 31-24 win . NFL Replay Relive the Carolina Panthers' thrilling 31-24 victory over the Chicago Bears on Tuesday at 2... more

The New York Giants are on a serious roll. Here's what you need to know after their 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. 1. The Giants' three-game winning streak starts up front. The offensive line looks better than it has since the '07... more

It's a little crazy to track an NFL awards race after only a quarter of the season. Yes, we're going to do it anyway. Here are leading candidates for the biggest awards to be given out at NFL Honors in Arizona in late January. MVP 1. J.J. Watt... more

Jairus Byrd's rough start in New Orleans just got a whole lot worse. Saints coach Sean Payton announced Friday that Byrd will miss the season after tearing his lateral meniscus ligament in practice Thursday. Byrd will be placed on season-ending... more

Geno Smith's lack of control on the field this season has led to five interceptions and four fumbles. His lack of control walking off the field last Sunday will cost him $12,000. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Smith was fined for yelling... more

It didn't take long for the Green Bay Packers to restore some order to the NFC North. The division still goes through Aaron Rodgers and company until proven otherwise. The 3-2 Packers trounced the Minnesota Vikings 42-14 on Thursday night , the second... more

September wasn't a smooth month to be a future Hall of Fame quarterback. The Patriots' offense is caving in around Tom Brady in New England. Drew Brees leads a New Orleans Saints' offense that can't win on the road and is average in points scored. Aaron... more

Team identities: NFC East October 02, 2014

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

It wasn't so long ago that Christian Ponder helped lead the Minnesota Vikings to a huge regular season victory over the Green Bay Packers, sending Minnesota to the playoffs after the 2012 season. That Vikings team was led by coach Leslie Frazier and... more

Third-year undrafted quarterback Austin Davis has been one of the most pleasant surprises of this young NFL season. The St. Louis Rams want to see if he has staying power. Davis will start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and it's now his... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said earlier this week that Wednesday would be the key day in determining whether Carson Palmer will return to the lineup this week in Denver. Palmer wasn't even in the building. Arians said that Palmer was... more

Team identities: AFC East October 01, 2014

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


September doesn't decide much in the NFL. We know that the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars are lousy. Annual playoff bridesmaid Cincinnati looks ready to take the next step. Beyond that, it's dangerous to draw many sweeping conclusions from the... more

The Oakland Raiders haven't won many games over the last decade, but they lead the league in head coach speculation. After Dennis Allen's firing Monday night , we begin anew. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport says the Raiders are looking for a "superstar"... more

Tom Brady and his offensive teammates have rendered the New England Patriots' offense unrecognizable. They are currently among the worst groups in football, and their defense joined the party on Monday night. The Kansas City Chiefs deserve every ounce... more

NFL starting quarterbacks often say that getting benched is the worst thing that can happen as professionals. But the Buffalo Bills' benching of EJ Manuel was an act of mercy. Manuel could eventually develop into a quality pro, but he's nowhere close... more

Morris Claiborne's rollercoaster season is coming to a disappointing end. Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said Monday during a radio appearance that Claiborne's season is over because of a torn patellar tendon . It's devastating news for the No. 6... more

A stirring win over the Philadelphia Eagles won't stop the long-term questions about the San Francisco 49ers' leadership. NFL Media's Deion Sanders said on Sunday's NFL GameDay Final that there is significant strain between coach Jim Harbaugh and his... more

Blake Bortles has already made the Jacksonville Jaguars far more fun to watch. But he couldn't quite make them winners during a 33-14 loss to the Chargers in San Diego. Here's what you need to know: 1. Philip Rivers' center can't snap the ball... more

The Jets crowd chanted "We want Vick!" for the first time this season on Sunday while watching Geno Smith's struggles against the Detroit Lions. They won't get their wish.  "I'm confident in Geno. If Geno's healthy, then Geno Smith will start,"... more

Cam Newton finished his second game in a row on the sideline, watching the final minutes of a Carolina Panthers blowout loss to an AFC North opponent. The Baltimore Ravens took them apart in a 38-10 victory. 1. We didn't see any blood or guts, but... more

The Carolina Panthers backfield came into Sunday hurting, with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert both out of the lineup. DeAngelo Williams soon joined them on the sidelines. Williams hurt his ankle late in the first half of Carolina's 38-10 loss  vs.... more

Steve Smith and Cam Newton said all the right things to the media this week leading up to Carolina's matchup in Baltimore this week . But the real story was typically more interesting. "From what I understand, Cam Newton was a big source of... more

Calvin Johnson routinely missed practices early in the week last season before suiting up on Sunday. It looks like that trend could continue this year. Megatron returned to practice Friday after missing the last two sessions with an ankle injury.... more

The Philadelphia Eagles will be without Mychal Kendricks Sunday in San Francisco, who is the team's best linebacker in pass coverage. That leaves the team susceptible to opposing tight ends, but will the 49ers be healthy enough to take advantage?... more

A lot of New York Jets fans are calling for running back Chris Johnson to get the ball less, and Chris Ivory to get the ball more. Johnson unsurprisingly sees things differently . "Of course we want to run the ball more times and get into where we... more

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin started the week in Miami by by refusing to announce the team's starting quarterback, creating an unnecessary controversy when there wasn't one. He apparently forgot to tell Ryan Tannehill or offensive coordinator Bill Lazor... more

The NFL moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around every week, you could miss it . Five days ago, there was panic surrounding the New York Giants' offense. There was a quarterback controversy brewing in Washington. That all feels like ancient... more

According to a report by The Associated Press on Thursday, a law enforcement official says he sent video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer to the attention of NFL security chief Jeffrey Miller in April. "I unequivocally deny that I... more

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden admitted the obvious this week when he refused to rule out the possibility of Kirk Cousins keeping the team's starting quarterback job over Robert Griffin III when both players are healthy. It all depends on how... more

Jake Locker could be back in a familiar position on Sunday: On the sideline. The Tennessee Titans starting quarterback missed practice again Thursday because of his wrist injury. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says that Saturday will be a key day in... more

Julius Erving once said that "being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them." Tom Brady is a professional quarterback, and we wouldn't blame him for not feeling like playing behind his current... more

The Redskins have lost seven straight games in the division, and badly need to break that streak on Thursday . Here's what to watch for: 1. New York's offense has improved their total yards, first downs, and points each week this season. Eli... more

The Baltimore Ravens' offensive line has looked vastly improved under the direction of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak this season. They face a big challenge to keep up that progress the coming weeks. The Ravens announced Wednesday that... more

Tony Romo missed a Wednesday practice once again this week for the Dallas Cowboys. It sounds like that's his new routine because of back tightness. Romo also missed practice last Wednesday , which raised some red flags after two rough outings to... more

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has had a rough 72 hours. He was repeatedly roasted by the St. Louis Rams' receiver group on Sunday and was called out by owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, Claiborne learned he was... more

The NFC West might no longer hold the claim of the league's best division . The AFC North lacks surefire title contenders, but it has come out of the gates looking like the deepest division in football through three weeks. The Bengals, Steelers, Browns... more

The Ryan Tannehill experience has come under fire over the last few weeks in Miami. Now we aren't even sure if that experience is going to continue this week in London against the Raiders. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday's Around The... more

Danny Woodhead's season is over September 22, 2014

Danny Woodhead's season is over. San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy confirmed Monday that Woodhead is headed to injured reserve with a broken fibula. "We're going to miss him. But we've got to move on," McCoy said. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Denver Broncos defense showed improvement in their overtime loss to Seattle , but they were run over in extra time. That's why the Broncos lost, unless you buy the Denver Post's argument that the nefarious coin toss was truly the deciding factor .... more

Anquan Boldin feels like a lot of San Francisco 49ers fans out there. He's blaming the officials for the team's two-game losing streak. "For me, it's been obvious the last two weeks: The amount of calls that have gone against us and the amount of... more

The New York Giants' offense was humming Sunday in New Jersey . Really. For much of the time, it felt like they would only be stopped when Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt stopped them himself. (Which he did a number of times.) By the end... more

The Denver Broncos spent the offseason making their defense tougher. It worked for 60 minutes Sunday in Seattle, but they needed more. The Seahawks outlasted Denver 26-20 in overtime Sunday in a game that we wish the two teams played back in February.... more

DeSean Jackson didn't waste much time making an impact against his former team in Philadelphia. Or getting under their skin. Jackson shoved an Eagles defender on the first drive of the game, and scored a trademark long touchdown in the second half.... more

The NFC East is far from boring. The Philadelphia Eagles outlasted Washington Redskins in a wild 37-34 affair that included a little bit of everything. Here's what we learned: 1. This matchup has extra juice after DeSean Jackson changed teams. The... more

The New York Giants desperately needed a win in Week 3. They got one in a convincing 30-17 takedown of the Houston Texans . Here's what you need to know: 1. The Giants' offensive stars stepped up. Eli Manning had his second straight solid game, Victor... more

LeSean McCoy took a big hit to the helmet from David Amerson in the first quarter of Philadelphia's game Sunday against the Washington Redskins. McCoy laid on the ground for over a minute before eventually being helped up and leaving the field under his... more

DeSean Jackson didn't waste much time making an impact against his former team in Philadelphia. Or getting under their skin. Jackson caught two passes on the Washington Redskins' opening touchdown drive, and he drew an unnecessary roughness call against... more

Adrian Peterson's legal team is hoping for a quick resolution to his pending case. The Minnesota Vikings running back, currently on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List , was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Peterson... more

Robert Griffin III will be back this season for the Washington Redskins. That raises two immediate questions: 1. When will he be ready? 2. Will the Redskins let him start when he's healthy to play? We are getting a better idea of the first answer. NFL... more

Sunday morning in the NFL started with some surprising injury news for the fantasy football faithful out there. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew, and Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce are... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team in crisis after falling behind 56-0 Thursday night on the way to an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Falcons. And their starting quarterback isn't healthy. Josh McCown will have a second opinion on his injured... more

Either Jamaal Charles' high ankle sprain was not that severe or he has some of the best recovery skills in the NFL. Or both. Charles was back at practice Friday for the Kansas City Chiefs, making it look more likely that he will suit up Sunday in the... more

DeSean Jackson's status for his return to Philadelphia remains up in the air. Jackson was listed as questionable on the Week 3 injury report with a shoulder injury. It sounds like he'll be a game-time decision after returning for a limited practice... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday his desire to improve the league's personal conduct policy based on recent events. He will ask the NFLPA and others to collaborate on the process. "I got it wrong in the handling of the Ray Rice matter,... more

The Denver Broncos were embarrassed in Super Bowl XLVIII , so there aren't many folks giving them a chance to win in Seattle this week . But the Broncos have a strong argument to reconsider their chances: They aren't remotely the same team they were on... more

Adam "Pacman" Jones spent the early part of his career in the headlines. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft was a breathtaking player as a young Tennessee Titan, but he couldn't stop finding trouble. The last five years of Jones' career... more

QB Index: Early season awards September 18, 2014

Andrew Luck has been my favorite player in the league to watch since his rookie season . He might also be one of the most misunderstood. Luck is flashy. He pulls off more "wow" throws than any quarterback, often from impossible spots. He moves well in... more

The Carolina Panthers announced on Wednesday that defensive end Greg Hardy will be placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List, following the lead of the Minnesota Vikings' handling of Adrian Peterson. The Exempt List is the same one that... more

Tony Romo has undergone back surgeries in successive years. He still can't shake the injury. Debate: Trustiest NFC East QB? Tony Romo isn't the only NFC East QB with question marks. Which signal-caller in the division inspires the most confidence?... more

It's getting late early for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After two ugly home losses to Derek Anderson and Austin Davis-led teams, Thursday night's matchup in Atlanta is as close to "must win" as it gets for Week 3. A loss by the Bucs would put them at... more

Upon further consideration, the Minnesota Vikings have decided running back Adrian Peterson will not remain an active member of the team during his current legal trouble. Less than two days after activating Peterson for Sunday's game in New Orleans,... more

NFL teams have mostly all adopted a pass-first policy. The conventional wisdom is that teams throw to take the lead and run the ball to finish the game out. Now the second part feels optional. As the immortal Daniel Jeremiah pointed out, four teams won... more

Andrew Luck is known for his comebacks, but he has nothing on the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly's crew overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the second half for the second straight week to stun the Indianapolis Colts 30-27 on the road . The Colts... more

The early news on Robert Griffin III's ankle injury is positive. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Monday during a press conference that an MRI of Griffin's ankle showed no fracture. Gruden added that the team is optimistic Griffin will return this season... more

Ryan Mathews finally turned the corner last season by staying healthy and proving he's a dynamic starting running back for the San Diego Chargers. His good stretch of durability ran out Sunday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Mathews... more

Jamaal Charles was one of the most valuable players in the entire league last year for Kansas City. We might get to find out just how valuable Charles is in the coming weeks. Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced Monday that Charles has a high ankle... more

Johnny Manziel made his debut Sunday, and it wasn't much of a story. Perhaps that was the biggest upset of all in a wild Week 2 . Manziel came in for only three plays in the Browns' win over New Orleans . He handed off on two of them. He took a... more

One of the Seattle Seahawks' best moments Sunday during their loss in San Diego never should have happened. The NFL admitted an officiating error on Percy Harvin's 51-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Chargers. The Seahawks quickly... more

The Chargers beat the Seahawks on Sunday by throwing on them . Philip Rivers even threw some of the passes at Richard Sherman. (Unlike Aaron Rodgers in Week 1 .) Rivers' relative success caused multiple Chargers players to call Sherman "exposed" after... more

The St. Louis Rams were down to their third-string quarterback, but still managed to pull off a stirring road victory Sunday in Tampa with a 19-17 victory over the Buccaneers. Our takeaways: 1. The Bucs got a big dose of bad fortune to end this game.... more

The San Diego Chargers needed a near-perfect game to beat defending champion Seattle Seahawks Sunday. That's what they got in a 30-21 upset . Here are our takeaways: 1. Antonio Gates and Philip Rivers should send this game film to Canton. Their... more

The New England Patriots avoided an 0-2 start with a convincing 30-7 over the Vikings in Minnesota. Here were our takeaways: 1. The Patriots barely needed Tom Brady. They won this game because of defense, special teams and a running game that helped... more

Adrian Peterson was deactivated by the Minnesota Vikings Sunday following his indictment on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. The Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, arrested this offseason for domestic violence, was deactivated... more

The NFL Players Association has approved the league's drug policy proposal after a vote by player reps, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer reported Friday. The NFLPA announced the new policy, which will institute human growth hormone testing for... more

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted Friday on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant was issued for Peterson's arrest, the Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff's Office said in a release. Peterson was taken... more

Even in the best circumstances, the Chicago Bears faced a tall order on Sunday night in San Francisco when the 49ers unveil Levi's Stadium. These are not the best circumstances. Brandon Marshall missed the majority of his third straight practice... more

Check out for all of Around the NFL's game tape pieces.  The quarterbacks who impressed and disappointed the most in Week 1 were easy to identify. But what about the players who can't escape the middle? The four-pack below has... more

On paper, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense under Lovie Smith has a ton of talent in its front seven. That Week 1 starting lineup has already taken a big hit, however. The team placed starting defensive end Adrian Clayborn on season-ending injured... more

The AFC North looked like the toughest division to figure out heading into this season. The Baltimore Ravens made sure that remained true on Thursday night with a convincing win over their biggest rivals. The Ravens avoided an 0-2 home start in the... more

Jabari Greer retires from NFL September 11, 2014

Jabari Greer didn't make Pro Bowls and he won't one day get mentioned for potential induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, he will be remembered in New Orleans as one of the most underrated cornerbacks of his generation. Greer... more

The independent investigation into the NFL's pursuit and handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident began Thursday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported according to a source involved in the process. The league announced Wednesday night that... more

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was the only team executive to speak about Ray Rice in the immediate aftermath of Rice's release and indefinite suspension Monday. That changed Wednesday when owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and team... more

Pete Carroll has heard your complaints. Earl Thomas will no longer be the team's primary punt returner. The Seahawks coach announced Wednesday that Bryan Walters will be returning punts this week . Thomas and Doug Baldwin will still be in the mix,... more

Nick Foles' honeymoon in Philadelphia ended midway through the first quarter of the season opener . Foles lost two fumbles in his first two drives, and then left the field to a loud chorus of boos after taking a sack to end his third drive. The box... more

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated after the team's Week 1 win that Cam Newton should return to the field for the team's home opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions. On Wednesday, we got proof. Newton was in full pads for the start of... more

Winners and Losers from Week 1 September 09, 2014

The NFC East gets ratings. It does not get wins out of the division. Three of the saddest Week 1 performances came from the NFC East's troubling trio: New York, Washington and Dallas. The Giants aren't just bad; their offense is unwatchable. Their... more

The Arizona Cardinals' defense spent the offseason taking hits. They delivered some Monday night. The Cardinals squeaked out a thrilling 18-17 comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers in appropriate fashion: blitzing Philip Rivers into... more

Week 1 is all about excess. After an offseason bereft of football, we gorge on 10 games simultaneously on Sunday.  Here's what to watch for: San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals 1. Philip Rivers dramatically improved his vertical passing last... more

The Baltimore Ravens announced the release of Ray Rice on Monday. Shortly after, an NFL spokesperson announced that the running back has been suspended indefinitely . A video emerged on TMZ of Rice punching his now-wife in an Atlantic City casino... more

The NFL released a statement Monday concerning a new video surfacing, via TMZ Sports, that shows Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his now-wife in an elevator. Rice was suspended two games on July 24 for violating the league's personal... more

The Tennessee Titans made it look easy in Week 1 with a 26-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Our takeaways: 1. No team in the NFL had a worse opening week than the Chiefs. Derrick Johnson ruptured his Achilles tendon , and the team's passing... more

Everyone handed the AFC East to the New England Patriots before the season began. The Miami Dolphins served notice Sunday that it could be more interesting than that with a 33-20 victory over the Patriots on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Knowshon Moreno... more

The Kansas City Chiefs' 26-10 loss  to the Tennessee Titans was a nightmare, and the former's desultory play was only part of the story. Linebacker Derrick Johnson could be out for the season. The team announced Johnson suffered a ruptured Achilles... more

The Arizona Cardinals have another injury to a key player to worry about, but they got some good news on Saturday. Running back Andre Ellington returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday after undergoing an MRI on his foot earlier in the week.... more

After an offseason wandering in the sporting wilderness, Week 1 games are like children. We love them all . Also like children: There are some we love more than others. Games like Indianapolis-Denver and San Francisco-Dallas deserve the... more

Benny Cunningham started at running back for the St. Louis Rams in their third preseason game , a story that caught the eye of fantasy football owners around the nation. Coach Jeff Fisher played down the news, but actions ultimately speak louder.... more

The Arizona Cardinals have another injury to a key player to worry about. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that running back Andre Ellington underwent an MRI  in last night according to two sources informed of the situation. Ellington will... more

One of the most dominant Super Bowl champions in recent history showed how much better they can get. The Seattle Seahawks ran through the Green Bay Packers 36-16 Thursday night with their offense leading the way. They treated one of the prime NFC... more

The Seattle Seahawks just finished one of the most convincing Super Bowl championship seasons of the last twenty years. The scary part? They have so much room to improve. The Football Outsiders Almanac has a nifty statistic called average weighted age.... more

Very little about the Dallas Cowboys is quiet. That's by design , and that's good for business. But while the world took notice of the team's latest practice squad addition Wednesday, another rather remarkable story was taking place on the field.... more

Russell Wilson has a Super Bowl ring, but the next generation of NFL quarterbacks hasn't reached the top of the game yet. Perhaps that changes this year. Any list of the NFL's best quarterbacks has to start with four men: Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning,... more

Wes Welker won't be available for the start of the season, but it has nothing to do with the concussion he recently suffered. Welker has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, the team announced Tuesday... more

The NFL suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on Tuesday for six games and fined him $500,000 for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy. Irsay pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated following his... more

There's been a lot of talk about Tom Brady's age this offseason. That's what happens when a player turns 37 years old, and his team drafts his eventual replacement . Brady has often spoken about wanting to play until he's at least 40 when his... more

The best defensive player in football is now going to be paid like it. J.J. Watt signed a six-year extension with the Houston Texans, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported early Tuesday that the defensive end's new... more


Michael Sam's NFL career is in limbo, like so many other players who lost jobs over the weekend. The Rams announced their practice squad Monday and Michael Sam was not one of the players selected. The rookie defensive end cleared waivers on Sunday after... more

We've handed out the first-ever preseason awards in NFL history. Now let's take stock of who struggled throughout August. EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills : General manager Doug Whaley has to regret not getting competition for Manuel in the mix sooner. They... more

EJ Manuel could face competition at quarterback in Buffalo after all. The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent quarterback Kyle Orton, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday's edition of NFL Total Access that it's a... more

It's the most painful day of the year for NFL players. And one of the busiest for tracking NFL news. We tracked every single cut as teams reduced their roster to 53 men in our tracker that was updated as soon as the news happened . We also kept a tally... more

Champ Bailey's decorated career might be coming to an ignominious end. The New Orleans Saints confirmed Saturday they have released Bailey after an injury-plagued training camp. It's the second time this offseason that Bailey has been released, although... more

The good news for former AWOL New York Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson: His suspension is over. The bad news: He's no longer on the team. The Jets confirmed the release of Patterson on Saturday. The team was disappointed with Patterson's... more

We've previewed every regular season award possible in writing and on our podcast , but what about the five weeks we've just wasted? In bars across America, the people have loudly debated the merits of various Preseason MVP candidates before sadly... more

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather continues to cause helmet-to-helmet hits. And he continues to get suspended for it. The NFL announced that Meriweather has been suspended two games for his hit on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith during... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are the first NFL team to cut their roster down to 53 men. They let go of a few notable names along the way. Running back Kenjon Barner, just acquired from the Carolina Panthers, was one of the players let go by the Eagles. They... more

James Harrison will one day be the subject of an interesting discussion for the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee. That discussion, we now know, can begin in five years. Harrison announced his retirement on Saturday, just days after... more

When the Buffalo Bills signed Jordan Palmer, it looked like he had a chance to win the team's backup quarterback job. He didn't last on the roster for a week. The team announced that Palmer was among ten players released on Friday. With Thad Lewis... more

It's been NFC Week on Around The NFL . We previewed the conference on the podcast , predicting every playoff team. We also broke down each division, team-by-team , on the website. You can also see our AFC Power Poll , picks for MVP , Defensive Player... more

The best part of the preseason's fourth week is when it ends. The worst night of professional football for the year is mostly forgotten, as teams move on to roster cutdowns and preparation for the real Week 1 . Regular-season football is less than a... more

Matt Schaub opened the door to lose the starting quarterback job in Oakland after his rough preseason and a sore elbow that kept him out of practice this week. Rookie Derek Carr did the rest on Thursday night . The Raiders rookie quarterback finished... more

Michael Sam's first preseason ended much like it began -- with the seventh-round draft pick showing up in the box score. The rookie defensive end led the Rams in tackles (six total) during St. Louis' 14-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. It... more

Blake Bortles did everything he possibly could to earn the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback job this month. He made sure to leave with a strong closing statement Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons . Bortles delivered on a 57-yard touchdown... more

Tommy Kelly was one of the most surprising and notable cuts during the recent roster shrinkage to 75 players . He wasn't out of work for long. The Arizona Cardinals announced the signing of Kelly on Wednesday. Kelly adds depth at defensive tackle,... more

The Ivy League quarterback is struggling with verbiage. He can't get the right words out of his mouth before a play, and it's ruining the precious few snaps he gets during the week. Jeff Matthews knows it, and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter shows up... more

The hay is nearly in the barn, as Bill Belichick might say. The end of the third preseason week means that we are essentially ready for Week 1 . We will be watching for roster cuts and suspensions, but very little on the field this week will matter.... more

The New England Patriots are usually good for a surprising roster move or two before the season. They out-did themselves on Tuesday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have acquired six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the New... more

Dez Bryant is tired of talking about his potential new contract. It might not be a topic for that much longer. The Dallas Cowboys receiver said Monday there is a "big chance" that he could get a new contract , according to the Fort Worth... more

Marcus Lattimore's long road to recovery is going to get longer. The second-year San Francisco 49ers running back will start the season on the non-football injury list, just like a year ago . Lattimore hopes to be activated after the first six weeks of... more

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WASHINGTON REDSKINS Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC East. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . It's hard not to love Washington's new offensive weapons. The... more

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WASHINGTON REDSKINS Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC East. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in The Giants aggressively addressed their... more

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WASHINGTON REDSKINS Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC East. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in The Cowboys used their first-round pick... more

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WASHINGTON REDSKINS Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC East. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in The Eagles' roster is stable... more

Matt Cassel has been the favorite to start Week 1 at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings since the minute he re-signed with the team. On Monday morning, we finally got the news. The Vikings named Matt Cassel their starting QB over rookie Teddy... more

The Jimmy Clausen revival in Chicago is complete. The Bears released quarterback Jordan Palmer on Sunday as they got the roster down to 75 players . Palmer had the No. 2 spot on the depth chart for much of the offseason, but Clausen passed him with... more

Taking Sam Bradford No. 1 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft was not a gamble by the previous St. Louis Rams regime. While he had a few detractors, Bradford was the consensus top player available. Keeping Bradford in 2012 despite having the No. 2 overall... more

NFL teams have to reduce their rosters to 75 men by Tuesday. Most of the roster cuts this week are names not known by the average fan, but the Patriots made a few surprising exceptions. Defensive end Will Smith, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, and... more

With Sam Bradford out for the season with another torn ACL, the natural question for the St. Louis Rams is: Who will take his spot? Shaun Hill is a quality backup for Bradford and coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday that Hill is "our guy." He's certainly an... more

Rookie running backs Bishop Sankey and Devonta Freeman have a lot in common. They are both known for their receiving skills, and they are both getting drafted too high in fantasy leagues . They also both stayed mostly on the bench while starters... more

The Chicago Bears have started their first wave of roster cuts, and there was one notable name on the list. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to trim their rosters to 75 players. Around The League is keeping tabs on each... more

After the third preseason game in 2013, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was left with one injured veteran quarterback, and one slumping rookie quarterback. This year is a lot simpler. Ryan announced Friday that Geno Smith would be the team's Week 1... more

Cam Newton was up and down  last week in his first preseason game since undergoing ankle surgery in the offseason. This time around was mostly down. The Panthers didn't score a point in five drives with Newton under center. He also took a hard shot to... more

Oakland Raiders linebacker Sio Moore left Friday's game in Green Bay on a stretcher after taking a hit to the neck and back. Moore, a second-year player, was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Coach Dennis Allen said after the game that Moore's... more

It's been AFC Week on Around The NFL . We previewed the conference on the podcast , predicting every playoff team. We also broke down each division, team-by-team , on the website. As part of the previews, we had all of our writers submit season... more

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino says he's not surprised by the increase in penalties this preseason, and he doesn't anticipate the trend lasting into the regular season. Penalties Called -- Per Game Totals 2013 regular season vs. 2014... more

Steve Johnson topped 1,000 yards for three straights seasons in Buffalo from 2010-2012. Now he's making the surprising transition to a role player in San Francisco. There are questions in San Francisco whether Johnson has even locked up the No. 3... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers backfield is in legal trouble. Detective Brian Kohlhepp of the Ross Township, Pennsylvania Police Department confirmed to NFL Media that running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were pulled over Wednesday around 1:30 p.m.... more

Nick Fairley's demotion to the second-string defense in Detroit was not just about sending a message. Fairley remains a backup for a second straight week because he's not playing well and he's not in shape. "My eating habits have got in the way these... more

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount already provided some big headlines  after admitting to marijuana possession in advance of Thursday night 's All-Pennsylvania preseason game. Bell and Blount were taken into... more

Bill Belichick helped to define the 3-4 defense with the 1980s New York Giants, and he's been closely associated with the scheme throughout his head coaching career. But the New England Patriots have used four down linemen more often over the last three... more

San Francisco's first game at Levi's Stadium was a struggle on the scoreboard . The field also wound up worse for wear. The 49ers were forced to interrupt their third and final public practice at the stadium on Wednesday because of poor field... more

The Snoopy Trophy is one of most coveted prizes in the history of sport. Given annually to the winner of the Jets-Giants preseason game , the trophy can make coaches do crazy things like inserting a starting quarterback  into the fourth quarter of a... more

Longtime Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff is one step closer to making the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Seniors Committee chose Tingelhoff as their nominee Wednesday after meeting in Canton, Ohio. His candidacy will be presented to the... more

It felt like there were no winners in the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback competition, but we now know that Brian Hoyer will line up under center in Week 1 . Johnny Manziel wasn't ready. Brooks: Browns starting wrong QB Despite Mike Pettine's... more

Illegal contact penalties have been going through the roof in the preseason. But Miami receiver Mike Wallace doesn't think the new rules emphasis applies to the Dolphins . "Not on our team. We don't get those calls," Wallace said via the Palm Beach... more

"Can't do much (expletive) worse than that." T.J. Yates sat stunned on the visiting bench in Houston, perhaps aware he just cost himself a job. Yates will always be the first quarterback to start a playoff win in Houston Texans history. Texans fans... more

Chip Kelly has brought another former Oregon Duck to Philadelphia. The Eagles announced the acquisition of running back Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a conditional 2015 draft pick. Barner, a sixth-round pick by Carolina... more

The NFL Competition Committee discussed expanding practice squads from eight to 10 players back in March . The owners tabled the idea back then, but the measure has now passed. The NFL announced Tuesday that change will go into place for only the... more

There's no reason to think that Michael Vick has any chance to start Week 1 for the New York Jets. But coach Rex Ryan isn't willing to rule it out yet. "I'm not naming a starter for Week 1," Ryan said Tuesday. He will name a starter for the third... more

Rookie quarterbacks playing for rebuilding teams have dominated recent headlines. The second week of the preseason was just as noteworthy for the established pros coming back from major injuries. Tony Romo is a 34-year-old veteran coming off... more

The NFL's preseason experiment with longer extra points is over. The move to a 33-yard extra point changed a totally useless play to one that was slightly less useless. There were only five extra points missed all of last season in 1,321 attempts. Eight... more

DENVER BRONCOS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OAKLAND RAIDERS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Around The NFL 's season preview looks to the AFC West. Change we can believe in No team added more starters this offseason and it's not even close. The Raiders... more

DENVER BRONCOS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OAKLAND RAIDERS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Around The NFL 's season preview looks to the AFC West. Change we can believe in There was a lot of change in Kansas City this offseason, but it's hard to... more

DENVER BRONCOS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OAKLAND RAIDERS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Around The NFL 's season preview starts in the AFC West. Change we can believe in Notable Madden ratings 1. Philip Rivers - 92 2. Keenan Allen - 87 3. Eric... more

DENVER BRONCOS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OAKLAND RAIDERS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Around The NFL 's season preview looks to the AFC West. Change we can believe in The Broncos cruised to the Super Bowl last season with an average defense.... more

Cam Newton can be streaky, even at his best. That's why it was no surprise to see Newton start off slow Sunday in his first action back since ankle surgery. By the time Newton left the game, fans had reason to smile. Carolina's fourth-year... more

The plan in Atlanta was to play No. 6 overall pick Jake Matthews at right tackle as a rookie, with veteran Sam Baker manning the blind side for the Falcons. That plan will have to change. Baker was carted off the field Saturday night in Houston with... more

After 12 games in two nights , Sunday's preseason slate is relatively calm. Here's what to watch for in today's two contests: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network) 1. Peyton Manning played a surprising amount of snaps in... more

Jadeveon Clowney's tackles are not like other tackles. For the second straight week, Clowney made a highlight reel de-cleater of an opposing running back. This time it came after Clowney knifed into the backfield unblocked, taking down Falcons... more

Job number one in the preseason: Avoid injuries. The rebuilt Cincinnati Bengals backfield did not survive Saturday night's 25-17 preseason loss to the New York Jets. Second-round pick Jeremy Hill left Saturday's game with a shoulder injury. Reserve... more

Steve Smith may have lost half a step over the years, but we would never say that to his face. That's because his mouth still remains undefeated. That's one reason why he believes he's a perfect fit in Baltimore . "When I look in the defensive... more

The second week of the preseason continues Friday night with four games. Here's what to watch for: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (7:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network) Nick Foles has reportedly looked average in his first full training camp as... more

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said earlier this week that Ryan Fitzpatrick remains locked into the starting quarterback job . But O'Brien also left open the door to try anything that "can make the team better." On Thursday, O'Brien decided to... more

Rookies from the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens reported to training camp way back on July 16. Nearly one month later, it's a good time to evaluate everything we've seen thus far. Before training camp started, Around The... more

A training camp scuffle between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys turned ugly on Tuesday when a Raiders fan swung a helmet at Cowboys cornerback B.W. Webb. Webb retaliated by shoving the fan, and coaches had to pull Webb away. The scene is well... more

Kids feature prominently during many great Hard Knocks moments over the years. Players are sequestered from their children during training camp, so any brief reunion grows delirious with joy. Atlanta Falcons seventh-round pick Tyler Starr had just... more

The third week of training camp often means raw nerves, and more fights. That's especially true when two teams practice against each other. An ugly melee broke out Tuesday during the joint practice between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders in... more

The Oakland Raiders are standing by Matt Schaub. The Houston Texans are standing by Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns insist that their rookie quarterbacks haven't moved up the depth charts. Yet. The tenor of... more

After one ugly preseason game , Bill O'Brien isn't going to back off his plan to start Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Asked Monday if Fitzpatrick is still locked into the starting job, O'Brien issued a one-word response via the Houston Chronicle :... more

Every tortured fan base likes to overreact after an ugly preseason game. Raider Nation can be especially intense. But a little anxiety after Oakland's preseason opener against Minnesota won't cause Raiders coach Dennis Allen to push the panic... more

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine plans to name his starting quarterback before the team's third preseason game . Johnny Manziel will get a chance to show what he can do as a starter before then. NFL Media's Dan Hellie broke the news Saturday... more

Blaine Gabbert entered training camp as the presumed No. 2 quarterback in San Francisco behind Colin Kaepernick. Following a nightmarish performance on Thursday , though, we aren't assuming anything. Gabbert completed just 3 of 11 passes for 20 yards... more

It looks like Mike Tannenbaum's appearance on the Around The League Podcast won't be the highlight of his offseason. The Miami Dolphins announced Friday that Tannenbaum was hired as a consultant. The former New York Jets general manager will... more

On Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys' defense picked up where it left off last season. That's not a good thing. While we never get too caught up with preseason results, Cowboys coaches weren't happy with how the team's defense got pushed around... more

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been the subject of a national debate since he was suspended two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy by Commissioner Roger Goodell. While Rice has been the target of a lot of anger around the... more

Carlos Hyde was treated like a veteran in his first preseason appearance for the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night. He started the game, didn't play special teams, and was off the field before the first quarter ended. He played like a veteran, too.... more

The preseason can only tell us so much. It helps to decide some starting jobs. It gives us a peek at some promising rookies. And it proves that some veterans are healthy once again. It only took one quarter of action Thursday night in Denver to... more

Michael Vick didn't change the Jets' quarterback depth chart Thursday night with his intriguing preseason debut . But he reminded everyone in New York, including Rex Ryan, that he still has wheels. "That's the thing, you can have 'em all covered up,... more

The New England Patriots started Ryan Mallett at quarterback Thursday night against Washington, presumably hoping to showcase him to potential trade suitors. Again . His performance isn't likely to impress anyone. Mallett completed 5 of 12 passes for 55... more

The Indianapolis Colts waived running back Chris Rainey early in training camp, a surprising move because the team had already lost Vick Ballard to a torn ACL. On Thursday night during the Colts' first preseason game, we began to learn why the Colts cut... more

The NFL announced its preseason matchups way back on April 9. Nearly four months later, we have live football to get ready for. The full schedule can be seen here .  Here are five games that caught our fancy: 2014 preseason national TV schedule (all... more

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett reportedly has bothered teammates and coaches with a lackadaisical effort at practice throughout training camp. After Bennett slammed teammate Kyle Fuller to the ground in practice on Monday, the Bears decided to... more

The dog days are here. Nearly two weeks into training camp, teams are tired of practicing against each other. Beat writers are struggling to find new storylines. Everyone needs a change of pace. That will arrive this week with the true start of the... more

David Wilson's NFL career is coming to a sad, abrupt ending. The New York Giants announced the former first-round pick has been advised to no longer play football again because of recurring neck problems. The Giants waived Wilson with an injury... more

The Andy Dalton era in Cincinnati is just getting started. Schein: A Bengals blunder Adam Schein believes Cincinnati jumped the gun in signing quarterback Andy Dalton to a lucrative contract extension.READ The Bengals agreed to a six-year, $96... more

Ty Law will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. He will make an interesting case as the first player primarily associated with the New England Patriots' titles to get seriously discussed. In the meantime, Law can revel in joining the... more

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams isn't a fan of his team's upcoming joint practices with the New England Patriots. Williams just doesn't trust Bill Belichick's team .  "I'm trying not to go into details about it or disrespect that... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league's decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice two games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. "Our policy is clear. We have very firm policy that domestic violence is not... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is planning to change the way it enshrines future legends of the game that didn't necessarily play the sport. David Baker, the president/executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said Friday that the Hall is... more

It's not easy finding a kicker that does well in Pittsburgh. So the Steelers want to keep the guy they have. The team announced Friday that they extended Shaun Suisham's contract for four years through the 2018 season. Suisham ranks first in... more


The Atlanta Falcons drafted Peria Jerry with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Five years later, Jerry has decided to retire. The team announced the decision on Thursday, which comes as a surprise because Jerry was coming off his best... more

Ray Rice didn't read a prepared statement from a cell phone this time. The Baltimore Ravens running back addressed the media regarding his assault charge for the first time on his own and spoke with emotion about the mistakes he has made. "My actions... more

The Baltimore Ravens' defensive line depth took a big hit on Thursday. Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced that rookie defensive lineman Brent Urban will miss the season with a torn ACL suffered during the previous day's practice. Urban impressed the... more

Who is most responsible for the recent run of success in Green Bay? Aaron Rodgers would be my pick by a long shot, but reasonable minds in Green Bay could debate that it all starts with general manager Ted Thompson. CEO Mark Murphy, for one, believes... more

The Dallas Cowboys' defense continues to take injury hits before the season starts. No. 34 overall pick Demarcus Lawrence broke his right foot at practice on Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported early Wednesday that tests confirmed... more

Richard Sherman has the ring. Patrick Peterson has the money. The Arizona Cardinals and Peterson agreed to terms on a five-year extension through 2020, the team announced Tuesday night. Peterson, meanwhile, went all Ian Rapoport by sharing the... more

The Arizona Cardinals have one of the most talented defenses in football. And now they have one of the most talented cornerbacks in the NFL locked up long-term. Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals reached agreement on a five-year extension through 2020,... more

Anthony McCoy earned 14 starts for the Seattle Seahawks between 2011 and 2012, looking like a promising young player at tight end. Unfortunately, his second straight season is going to be marred by a torn Achilles tendon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Champ Bailey was talked up as a big free agent acquisition in New Orleans out of respect for his 12 Pro Bowl appearances. There hasn't been much talk about whether this version of Bailey can truly be an asset on the field. Greg Bedard of more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be enshrined on Saturday. Each day this week, the Around the League crew will pick a player that we believe is also deserving of enshrinement. Marvin Harrison is a first-ballot Hall of Famer that will be... more

More news happened over the last week than in the previous three months combined. Seasons have ended due to injury; suspensions have been handed out; long-term contracts have been signed; and position battles have started in full . Forget the NFL Draft... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' offseason was marred by injuries to their wide receiver crew. The trend has continued early in training camp. Cecil Shorts, the team's No. 1 pass-catcher, will miss multiple weeks of camp , coach Gus Bradley said Saturday, per... more

The leadership of the Seattle Seahawks made their position on Marshawn Lynch clear on Friday. Pete Carroll is "disappointed " in Lynch holding out of camp, and general manager John Schneider didn't sound willing to upgrade Lynch's deal. "It's a... more

Rob Gronkowski was on the field for the start of training camp in New England, but the Patriots tight end isn't all the way back yet. "If I was 100 percent, I would be doing every single thing," Gronkowski said. "No, I'm not 100 percent, obviously... more

This should have been a day of optimism in the NFL. Eleven teams practiced for the first time as training camp truly cranked up. Actual football, with pads and tackling, has started. But the biggest headlines were stories that the league would rather... more

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has presided over three straight 8-8 seasons and is entering the final year of his contract. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to say that his coach is not on the hot seat. "In terms of the record of this... more

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft will not be available for the first four games of the 2014 season. The Philadelphia Eagles announced that offensive tackle Lane Johnson was suspended for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing... more

One of our favorite annual gags: Reggie Wayne's creative arrivals for training camp. This year, Wayne's choice of an Indy Car driven by racer Ed Carpenter came with a message. Wayne's wheels are back. "I feel fast," Wayne told reporters Wednesday. WR... more

We knew that Kansas City Chiefs stars like Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston were seeking new contracts. We can add running back Jamaal Charles to that list. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Charles may not show up at the... more

Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy made news on Monday when he was quoted saying that he wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam because of the distractions surrounding him. This wasn't a particularly surprising statement; Dungy is just more... more

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus' eventful offseason took another turn Monday in an Alabama courtroom. In a letter to The Associated Press, Dareus' lawyer said the 24-year-old has entered a substance abuse program in an effort to get his... more

When the New York Giants drafted Chris Snee in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, he was mostly known for being the father of Tom Coughlin's grandchild. Ten years later, Snee will be remembered as one of the best draft picks of the Coughlin era.... more

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy would not have the same attitude as the St. Louis Rams' front office. Dungy would not have drafted Michael Sam. "I wouldn't have taken him," Dungy told the Tampa Tribune. "Not because... more

Marcell Dareus' discouraging offseason continues. Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed Sunday that Dareus was placed on the non-football injury list because he failed his conditioning test. "He needs to focus on getting himself ready," Marrone said... more

It's nice when an NFL coach says exactly what the fans want to hear. Especially the fantasy football fans. "Toby (Gerhart) will be our workhorse ," Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch told the Florida Times-Union recently. We... more

St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was arrested early Sunday morning after an altercation with NBA player Donte Greene, according to The Associated Press. Miami Beach police detective Vivian Thayer told The Associated Press that Dunbar was... more

Sidney Rice signed a five-year, $41 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks just three seasons ago. Now he's just another NFL veteran fighting to make his team in training camp. The NFL changes quickly for veterans like Rice who struggle to stay... more

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase gave his team an interesting going away present on their final day of offseason practices back in June. He made his players relive the worst moments of their professional careers. Gase sat the entire... more

Cam Newton's recovery from ankle surgery has gone well by all accounts. With training camp starting this week, we'll get to see how close he is to Full Newton. The Charlotte Observer notes that Newton was throwing to receivers last week in... more

Mike Tomlin knows the Pittsburgh Steelers have only hired three coaches in the last 45 years. He also knows that the organization hasn't had three straight non-winning seasons since the stretch from 1969 to 1971. After back-to-back 8-8 campaigns, Tomlin... more

It's a rite of late summer: When Rex Ryan starts making bombastic statements, we know that training camp is right around the corner. He's the NFL equivalent of Punxsutawney Phil . Rex has learned not to make Super Bowl promises anymore, but he still has... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. We also previewed every AFC team's camp in our latest podcast . Atlanta Falcons 1. All eyes will be on Julio Jones... more

The San Francisco 49ers offensive line has been one of the league's best in recent years because of impressive continuity. That should continue for a few more years, at least at left tackle. The 49ers announced a two-year contract extension for... more

Retirement isn't always pretty for NFL coaches. It can be confusing, boring and a little sad. Greg Bishop's excellent profile of Mike Holmgren  for The MMQB paints an honest picture of a man searching to replace the highs he experienced while in the... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. Buffalo Bills 1. It will be interesting to see how the Bills' wide receiver position shakes out. Rookie Sammy Watkins... more

Throughout the summer, Around The League will roll out the power rankings for each specific position. Click here for comprehensive rankings for other positions. There's never been a better time to catch passes in the NFL. Or to be a fan of... more

Mike Wallace was a solid starting wide receiver that was paid like a superstar during his first season in Miami. During his second offseason, we've predictably heard the team claiming they will use him more effectively in 2014. We've read stories about... more

The franchise tag arguments are over. We don't have to hear about whether Jimmy Graham is a tight end or a wide receiver anymore. He's a weapon unlike any other in the NFL, and he'll be paid $40 million over the next four years for his services in New... more

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young's NFL career fell apart because of repeated arrests. His problems have continued since the Lions cut the former second-round pick in 2013.  Young was arrested in Los Angeles on July 9 on a felony charge of... more

Only one team in the NFL threw fewer passes than the Seattle Seahawks last year. That means Russell Wilson and the Seahawks passing game didn't rack up huge total yardage, but Wilson knows that's not their style. "At the end of the day, it's not about... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 2 on the list: New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro Why Vaccaro is on the list Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan couldn't wait to unwrap Vaccaro as a... more

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

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 5 on the list: New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins. Why Collins is on the list Jamie Collins is a cornerback trapped in a 250-pound body. While most... more

One quarterback was wildly underrated on Wednesday night's episode of The Top 100 players of 2014. One quarterback, Russell Wilson, was overrated at No. 20. Schein: Rodgers is NFL's best Aaron Rodgers' No. 11 ranking on the "Top 100" is an outrage... more

The Buffalo Bills suffered a big loss Wednesday, weeks before training camp begins. The team announced that linebacker Kiko Alonso will likely miss the 2014 season with a torn left ACL. "We feel badly for Kiko because he has worked very hard this... more

We thought that Rolando McClain had retired for good in April. But the NFL just can't give up on the former Alabama linebacker. The Dallas Cowboys acquired Rolando McClain from the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, according to the league's official... more


The AFC West was the most surprising division in the NFL last year. It will be tough to repeat that feat in 2014, and Von Miller knows the reason why: The division's out of conference schedule. The AFC West has to face the NFC West this year, and... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 9 on the list: San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green. Ladarius Green is the kind of player that didn't exist a generation ago. Antonio Gates, once the future... more

Johnny Manziel isn't the only one that wants to see less of Johnny Manziel in the headlines. Some of his teammates have grown tired of answering questions about him. Harrison: All-Time All-Rookie Team Over the course of NFL history, which players... more

Johnny Manziel feels a lot like his bosses with the Cleveland Browns. He wants to wake up on a weekend and not see a headline about Johnny Manziel. "I don't think I'm doing anything wrong ," Manziel said Friday, via NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala. "If I... more

Bill Belichick once said that Randy Moss was the smartest receiver he's ever coached. Now Moss will have a chance to spread that knowledge to the next generation. The Charlotte Observer reports that Moss is now the associate head coach at Victory... more

Jadeveon Clowney underwent hernia surgery  earlier this month, a surprising setback for the No. 1 overall draft pick. It turns out that Clowney struggled with the injury longer than anyone realized. Clowney told NFL Media's Gil Brandt this week that he... more

Chris Johnson still sees himself as a running back who could gain 2,000 yards , but he's not going to get the chance. There's an open question in New York whether the Jets see Johnson as a workhorse back . "He's got some miles on him," Jets running... more

The Top 100 Players of 2014 countdown reached the top 30 on Wednesday with the unveiling of Nos. 21-30. Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was revealed on the show, along with Texans wideout Andre Johnson and Steelers pass-catcher Antonio Brown. There's... more

Devin McCourty has played for two of the most hard-nosed coaches of the last 20 years. One is among the greatest coaches of all-time. The other is Greg Schiano. But when McCourty was asked on NESN Live which coach -- Schiano or Bill Belichick --... more

The biggest change in NFL coverage over the last decade has nothing to do with the games. Football has turned into a year-round sport because of the increased attention on the silly season: scouting combine, free agency, draft and OTAs/minicamps.... more

Knowshon Moreno hasn't only been taking snaps behind Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas during the Miami Dolphins' offseason practices. The former Denver Bronco is barely taking snaps at all. Players like Damien Williams, Orleans Darkwa, Mike Gillislee,... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014 . No. 17 on the list: Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones. Making the Leap in 2014 Around The League profiles 25 players (like Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes ) primed... more

When Brandon Flowers was released by the Kansas City Chiefs last Friday, he immediately became one of the most intriguing names on the free agent market . Interest has been slow to develop, but he finally has a serious suitor. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Redskins signed former Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher to one of the riskiest deals in free agency, handing the 32-year-old $10.5 million for the 2014 season. Early results aren't favorable. Hatcher said Wednesday that he will need to... more

Eric Wright is retiring from football at the age of 28. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh first revealed the possibility of Wright hanging the cleats up at his press conference Tuesday, and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has confirmed that Wright... more

Mandatory minicamp has arrived this week for 24 teams, which essentially marks the end of offseason work before training camp. With voluntary practices over, unhappy veterans can stage their first holdouts. A minicamp holdout isn't that huge of a deal,... more

Marshawn Lynch's potential mandatory minicamp holdout turned out to be much ado about nothing. Lynch arrived for practice with his Seattle Seahawks teammates Tuesday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport . NFL Media's Omar Ruiz, on location in... more

Kyle Orton is taking this retirement stuff seriously. He's prepared to give up some money. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Orton was not at the Dallas Cowboys team facility for mandatory minicamp Tuesday, per a team source. Orton didn't... more

The Buffalo Bills gave up a late-round draft pick to acquire wide receiver Mike Williams from the Buccaneers and guaranteed his $1.7 million salary. That would seem to guarantee Williams' spot on the team's roster, but he's struggling to carve out a role... more

Andre Johnson hasn't been to voluntary workouts all offseason in Houston. This week, he'll skip mandatory work for the first time and risk being fined by the team. Johnson's uncle and adviser Andre Melton told the Houston Chronicle on Monday that... more

Kyle Orton's decision whether to retire has been hanging over the Dallas Cowboys all offseason. This week, the story should come to a head. (Orton is one of many minicamp decisions we're monitoring this week .) NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Chuck Noll, the four-time Super Bowl winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has passed away at the age of 82. Take a look back at the Hall of Fame career of long time Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed... more

Brandon Flowers is 28 years old and made his first Pro Bowl in 2013. That honor was mostly a lifetime achievement award, but there's no doubt he's been among the NFL's top 20 cornerbacks over the last five years. He doesn't fit the normal profile of a... more

Chris Houston was the best cornerback in Detroit from 2010 to 2012, and he was rewarded with a five-year, $25 million contract last offseason. Injuries struck, and now he'll only see one year of that deal. The Lions released Houston on Friday, noting... more

Jon Beason turned his career around in New York last season with the Giants, developing into one of the key members of their defense. Tom Coughlin's crew will need to learn to live without Beason for a while this year. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones... more

Marshawn Lynch told a few teammates before the Super Bowl that he would consider retirement if the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII. Despite unhappiness with his contract , it doesn't sound like that's a realistic option right now. NFL Media's Jordan... more

The Seattle Seahawks had great success signing veteran defenders on the cheap last offseason. They are trying the strategy again. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday defensive tackle Kevin Williams has agreed to terms with the Seahawks... more

The speculation is over. The Atlanta Falcons will be the team featured in this year's season of Hard Knocks , the NFL Films-produced show that appears (somewhat) annually on HBO. Our reaction to the return of the show, in a nutshell: It's an... more

Marshawn Lynch has stayed away from OTAs this year, which is not unusual for the veteran running back. He could stay away from mandatory minicamp in Seattle next week, which is a lot more interesting. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday... more

Rob Gronkowski is an impossible player to categorize at this stage of his career. He's the best tight end in football when he's on the field. But he's not on the field nearly enough. Gronk has missed 14 regular-season games over the last two years,... more

Tony Scheffler's eight-year NFL career is over because of concussions. A second-round pick of the Denver Broncos back in 2006, Scheffler played four years with Denver and four years with Detroit. He told The Associated Press that he's decided to... more

Every new head coach faces challenges. But Mike Pettine, Jim Caldwell and Lovie Smith inherit enviable situations in Cleveland, Detroit and Tampa Bay, respectively. All three landed talented rosters that aren't far from playoff contention. As the... more

Johnny Manziel's weekend adventures will continue to make "news" around the country. Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine will continue to ignore it. "We're not going to be in the business of micromanaging our players outside of the building,"... more

The Houston Texans announced Tuesday that 2013 draft pick David Quessenberry will be placed on the NFL's Non-Football Illness (NFI) List after being diagnosed with lymphoma. The team announced that Quessenberry experienced fatigue and a persistent cough... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 24 on the list: Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Why Rhodes is on the list The first snap of Xavier Rhodes' NFL career ended with the cornerback on the... more

Is Tom Brady starting to decline? It's a topic we wrote about early last Monday , a post that just preceded a national conversation about whether Brady was still a top-five quarterback. Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said that it's "utterly... more

This week's manufactured NFL talking point: Tom Brady no longer is a top-five NFL quarterback. We've stayed away from the topic, but not because it's crazy or uninteresting. (We just like to write about our own manufactured debate , not steal from... more

The Cleveland Browns have high-class problems: Too many pass rushers. On Friday, they got rid of one. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the team released Quentin Groves. The team later announced the news, as well as the release... more

Kevin Williams is a man who gets what he wants. The five-time All-Pro defensive tackle asked the Patriots to call him up earlier this week, so they did just that. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its... more

It's not exactly "What's Your Deal ?" but Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave another fun quote regarding his rival Jim Harbaugh at his team's annual Town Hall on Wednesday. Harbaugh is "a great coach and we love beating him ," Carroll said,... more

Less than two years ago, Colin Kaepernick was an unknown commodity, a backup quarterback behind a division champion starter. Now Kaepernick is a true franchise quarterback, with the contract to prove it. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

The 50th Super Bowl in NFL history is set for 2016 in the San Francisco 49ers' new Levi's Stadium. The big milestone comes with a change in how the game will be presented. The NFL announced Wednesday that it will be called Super Bowl 50, rather than... more

The 49ers have more salary-cap room after June 1. They look ready to start spending it. Colin Kaepernick's agents and the 49ers are scheduled to resume contract negotiations this week with the hope of getting a deal done before training camp, NFL Media... more

June 1 used to be a big date in the NFL. For salary cap reasons, teams would often hold on to costly veterans until June 1 before cutting them and spreading out a cap hit over two years. That's no longer necessary. There will be no secondary wave of... more

Born again New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was asked after his team's first week of OTAs whether Tom Brady could still improve this year as he's set to turn 37. McDaniels gave a typical Patriots-speak answer. "Yup, I do.... more


Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that he was "very concerned" with some of the off-field problems of his players this offseason. He sent a louder message to his running back group on the field this week. Journeyman free-agent... more

Daryl Washington is one of the most valuable, underrated defensive players in the entire NFL. That's why his loss will be so disappointing for the Arizona Cardinals' defense. The NFL announced Friday that Washington has been suspended without pay for at... more

Wes Welker's departure to Denver was one of the seismic events of last offseason. That's why it's strange to consider that Welker's time with the Broncos is almost up. Welker's two-year deal with Denver ends after this season, and The Denver Post... more

If you want to crown Nick Foles now, then crown him. But he is not who you think he is. Not yet anyhow. Foles was revealed as the No. 70 player on Wednesday's episode of NFL Network's "The Top 100 Players of 2014." That's ahead of Tony Romo, Colin... more

Hue Jackson is not wasting any time before making his impact felt on the Cincinnati Bengals' offense. The team's new offensive coordinator installed running back Jeremy Hill , the team's second-round pick , ahead of veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis on... more

The Dallas Cowboys have lost their best defensive player to a serious injury again. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday night that linebacker Sean Lee tore his ACL at the team's OTA session and is expected to miss the 2014 season, according... more

The first day of Dallas Cowboys' offseason practices came with some good news, when Tony Romo returned to the field . Unfortunately the Cowboys also ran into a too-familiar injury update.  Cowboys trainers had to help linebacker Sean Lee off the field... more

DENVER BRONCOS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OAKLAND RAIDERS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

DENVER BRONCOS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OAKLAND RAIDERS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

DENVER BRONCOS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OAKLAND RAIDERS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

DENVER BRONCOS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OAKLAND RAIDERS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

The agent for Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel called a lawsuit filed against his client last week "1000000% fake." A Florida district court accepted a lawsuit on May 16 accusing Johnny Manziel of sexual harassment. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is beginning to sort out his pending legal cases. Smith pleaded no contest as charged on Wednesday to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon and to two misdemeanor counts of driving... more

The Cleveland Browns continued their public campaign to make Johnny Manziel feel like a rookie on Wednesday. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans. Find out which first-rounders have... more

Top 2014 NFL Draft picks continue to sign their rookie contracts with no drama or fuss. We're almost at the point that top 10 picks signing their deals is barely news at all. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet... more

Tony Romo is often unfairly blamed for the sins of his owner. Throughout most of Romo's tenure, the Dallas Cowboys have lacked organizational vision, consistency and roster depth. A penchant for heartbreaking losses have served to overshadow Romo's... more

Playoff expansion is expected to come to the NFL. But it's not going to happen this season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Tuesday at the Spring League Meeting that the playoffs will continue to have 12 teams for 2014. But that should... more

A recent report out of Green Bay suggested that Packers president Mark Murphy started talking about a long-term contract with coach Mike McCarthy. Before that happens, it sounds like general manager Ted Thompson will be taken care of. NFL Media... more

CHICAGO BEARS DETROIT LIONS GREEN BAY PACKERS MINNESOTA VIKINGS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series breakdown.... more

CHICAGO BEARS DETROIT LIONS GREEN BAY PACKERS MINNESOTA VIKINGS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series breakdown.... more

CHICAGO BEARS DETROIT LIONS GREEN BAY PACKERS MINNESOTA VIKINGS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series breakdown.... more

CHICAGO BEARS DETROIT LIONS GREEN BAY PACKERS MINNESOTA VIKINGS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series breakdown.... more

Malcom Floyd's uncertain future has been one of the biggest questions surrounding the San Diego Chargers' offseason. It appears we finally have some clarity. According to U-T San Diego, Floyd will play in 2014 following a career-threatening neck... more

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ARIZONA CARDINALS ST. LOUIS RAMS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ARIZONA CARDINALS ST. LOUIS RAMS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ARIZONA CARDINALS ST. LOUIS RAMS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ARIZONA CARDINALS ST. LOUIS RAMS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

The Indianapolis Colts' defense has taken a big hit with training camp still months away. The NFL and the Colts announced Friday that outside linebacker Robert Mathis was suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug... more

Michael Sam's decision to be part of an Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) series about his life has been met with mixed reaction, including some overwrought analysts crying "distraction" because there's nothing else to talk about. Michael Sam was drafted in... more

A lot of folks expected the New York Jets to bolster their wide receiving corps early in the 2014 NFL Draft. Instead, they found Geno Smith and Michael Vick a weapon at tight end. The team announced Friday that second-round pick Jace Amaro, the No. 49... more

Tom Savage sometimes feels more like a media creation than an actual football player. The much-talked about pro prospect hasn't played many nationally televised games, but it's beginning to appear more likely that he is, in fact, a real person. The... more

Around The League predicted Tuesday which rookie quarterbacks would start first for their teams . The article got me thinking about a position that traditionally makes a bigger impact right away. Running backs have been devalued on draft day, but... more

Jermichael Finley's NFL career is currently on hold because of his neck injury. If he gets cleared to play football again, a return to Green Bay remains on the table. "In my mind, he's a Green Bay Packer, hopefully," coach Mike McCarthy said on SiriusXM... more

Give Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley credit for being aggressive during draft weekend in an effort to get what he wanted. He didn't simply accept his draft position; he worked the phones to make trades for the No. 4 overall pick -- which he... more

The Cleveland Browns' roller-coaster offseason ramped up with another headline Tuesday when they signed cornerback Joe Haden to a big long-term extension . The next player on the docket: tight end Jordan Cameron. Just weeks after a report surfaced that... more

The Chicago Bears annually sign their rookie draft class before any other NFL team. This year has been no different. The team announced Tuesday that second-round defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, fourth-round running back Ka'Deem Carey, sixth-round... more

Patrick Peterson believes he's worth more than Richard Sherman. It sounds like the team that drafted Peterson agrees. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the groundwork has been laid for a new deal between Peterson and the Arizona... more

Ryan Williams' star-crossed NFL career has reached another road block. The Arizona Cardinals released the running back on Monday, just three years after the organization took Williams with the No. 38 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. We loved... more

NFL roster construction is a zero-sum game. For every rookie that lives out his dream to play professionally, there is a veteran suddenly out of work. Undrafted Free-Agent Tracker Find out where undrafted, free-agent rookies like Jordan Lynch ended up... more

The Cleveland Browns provided the most drama on draft weekend, from general manager Ray Farmer's deals to a homeless man's wishes to Josh Gordon's potential suspension . But the craziest story of all seems too nutty to believe. ESPN Cleveland's Tony... more

The 2014 NFL Draft is in the books. Now we can spend the next couple of months breaking down what it all means. More than any league, the NFL thrives because of giving all 32 fan bases hope going into each season. And that hope is never higher than... more

A lot of folks believed the Tennessee Titans could draft a quarterback early to challenge Jake Locker for the starting job this season. Tennessee passed on Johnny Manziel in the first round. They were set to take Derek Carr in the second round according... more

The Houston Texans have finally found another quarterback, deep into the fourth round of the NFL draft. And it's not Ryan Mallett. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are desperate to add some playmaking ability to their offense. We're surprised they waited until the fourth round, but they sure found a fun value pick. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway,... more

The New York Giants have been looking to improve their power running game for the last few years. Tom Coughlin went to a familiar school to find some help. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch... more

The focus on draft weekend is usually on the impact players who will start right away . But the NFL draft isn't truly about this year; it's about the future. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to... more

It strangely was the moment of the night during Thursday's first round of the NFL draft. The Dallas Cowboys were on the clock. Johnny Manziel was still on the board. The Internet was about to explode. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft... more

The New England Patriots are cautiously starting to think about life without Tom Brady. At the very least, they are now ready for life without Ryan Mallett. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch... more

The Denver Broncos have spent much of the offseason focused on improving their defense. But they aren't going to let Peyton Manning enter 2014 with a deficit of weapons. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out... more

The draft process was not a kind one for Teddy Bridgewater. In December, he heard plenty of analysts say he was the potential No. 1 pick in the draft. After an awful pro day, Bridgewater was picked apart by draft analysts who mostly dropped him out of... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered draft weekend with a wildly talented defense, and an offense in need of playmakers. They are fixing that problem with aggression. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to... more

New Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert was taken No. 8 overall in the NFL draft on Thursday, but he reacted like so many other Browns fans when heard Johnny Football was coming to town. Battista: The fall and rise of Johnny Judy Battista... more

The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft is over, but there is a ton of big-time talent still on the board . Countless general managers and league officials have called this the deepest draft in years, possibly ever. How to watch the NFL draft With the... more

Johnny Manziel will be the biggest draft story around the country Friday morning because he's Johnny Manziel. But two other teams made similarly transformative moves to take their quarterbacks of the future Thursday night. How to watch the NFL draft... more

The Cleveland Browns have gone from league laughingstock to one of the most fascinating teams in the NFL. It only took one pick. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio... more

The Tennessee Titans signed offensive tackle Michael Oher to a big contract this offseason, and they have stalwart Michael Roos at left tackle. And they still decided to take a tackle with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2014 draft. How to watch the NFL... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still don't know their quarterback of the future. However, they sure have a sweet pair of wide receivers waiting for him. The team selected Mike Evans with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Buccaneers had the chance... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have thrown the first major curveball of the 2014 NFL Draft. And they've found their new franchise quarterback in the process. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all... more

It's a tradition unlike any other: Bill Belichick making a trade during the draft. This year, the New England Patriots coach could deal away his backup quarterback to his old friend Bill O'Brien. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft... more

The NFL draft works as great television because it's the ultimate reality show. This year's draft, more than any other in recent memory, is wide open. We haven't had a first round with so many big names and this much uncertainty since 2004. There are... more

Miami police released two 911 tapes Tuesday in connection to an investigation involving San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Miami Police Department confirmed last month that Colin Kaepernick, 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and... more

The NFL's rookie wage scale has been a big success, in part because it has made first-round draft picks easier to trade. There were nine deals involving first-round picks in 2012 , and another six trades involving first-round picks in 2013. With... more

The Seattle Seahawks continue to make news, and it has nothing to do with the NFL draft. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Seahawks and Richard Sherman struck a four-year contract that made the All-Pro the highest-paid... more

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Wednesday that he had "nothing to report" on long-term extension talks with tight end Jimmy Graham. One big reason: They are waiting to confirm whether he's really a tight end or not. The NFL Players... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson missed one game last season because of an NFL suspension for illegal hits and two more because of a knee injury. He has another injury to deal with this offseason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports... more

Johnny Manziel is a long way from Hill Country . That means we're not far away from kicking off this 2014 NFL Draft. NFL prospects have arrived in New York City, ready to see where they will start their careers. But the conversation leading into... more

The St. Louis Rams know all about the Johnny Manziel conversation out there . They might even be the ones helping to stoke the fire . But they are not about to throw Sam Bradford under the bus in public. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that... more

Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor was awarded a big contract extension last April, and then went on to be a key part of Seattle's Super Bowl run. His 2014 campaign will take a tougher path. Chancellor underwent hip surgery about a month ago ,... more

One bad draft puts a general manager on notice. Two straight bad drafts can result in a league source with knowledge of the situation leaking your firing to an NFL Media insider. In the ultimate win-now league, the draft is like 16 games wrapped into... more

Everything is on the table with Johnny Manziel . That's part of his appeal. You never know what's coming from play to play or from game to game. Manziel's unpredictability works on a macro level too. He could have a career like Michael Vick, Drew... more

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

It's taken four months, 50,000 articles and 17,945 people Googling what "JFF" means, but we finally have a consensus about the top quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. Johnny Manziel is the closest thing to a consensus this class is going to get. In... more

The Houston Texans know who they will select if they use the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, but general manager Rick Smith reminded everyone Thursday that the pick is open for business. Just in case you forgot. "We are obviously... more

The most shallow quarterback depth chart in the NFL is starting to fill out. The Cleveland Browns on Thursday signed Vince Young to a one-year deal.  Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32 teams. Find... more

Adrian Peterson's quick recovery skills remain in effect. Three months removed from groin surgery , Peterson was back on the practice field Wednesday, new Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout... more


The tight end position used to form the identity of New England's offense. It was a weakness last season, but the Patriots are hoping to reload this offseason. Dustin Keller is visiting  the Patriots on Wednesday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Earl Thomas is the best safety in football, and the Seattle Seahawks are now paying him like it . Thomas was so excited that he couldn't wait to get to his news conference to announce the new deal. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program... more

Jordan Cameron was one of the breakout players of 2013, transforming from some dude who some fantasy football players knew to a Pro Bowl player with 80 catches and a trip to Hawaii. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been... more

With the draft less than two weeks away, we are almost done asking questions. Just not yet. We spent a packed "Around The League Podcast" on Friday talking draft buzz with NFL Films maven Greg Cosell, and also went to school watching Bucky Brooks... more

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is the latest 2011 draft pick to learn that he will have the 2015 option on his contract picked up. The Bills have picked up the fifth-year option on the defensive tackle's contract, general manager Doug Whaley announced... more

We knew the opponents for every NFL team way back in January. Every opponent is determined by a strict, simple formula, so it's hard to say any team was unfairly treated when it comes to determining what teams they face. Six games are against... more

The NFL season will kick off with a rematch of one of the most famous games in NFL history. As part of Wednesday's NFL schedule release, we learned that the Green Bay Packers will open the season in Seattle to face the Seahawks. The Sept. 4 game... more

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

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

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

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 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

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 wh