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Gregg Rosenthal has run Around the NFL since 2013, including his role on the Around the NFL Podcast. He previously spent nine years covering the NFL for NBC Sports, Rotoworld.com and ProFootballTalk.com.


October

The Oakland Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs three different times Thursday night . The Chiefs beat the Raiders two times of their own. It just took until Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's final throw of the night for one of the results to stick.... more

Marshawn Lynch's Thursday night ended early after making contact with an official. The Oakland Raiders running back was ejected in the second quarter after running on the field and ultimately pushing and then grabbing an official. Lynch appeared t... more

Quarterback play this season mirrors the NFL as a whole . There is a deep, muddled group of talent in the middle that has yet to stand apart from the pack. The depressing injury to Aaron Rodgers only exacerbates the trend. 2017 was shaping up to b... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 6 to Week 7. No one knows anything. This wide open 2017 season flipped out in Week 6, a slate of action marred by one transformational injury that only further... more

Down 13 points on the road with 3:20 to go and 94 yards from paydirt in Minnesota Sunday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy called for two straight running plays. This is what life without Aaron Rodgers looks like. McCarthy wasn't exactly giving up wit... more

Below you'll find a breakdown of the top 15 quarterbacks so far this season. The most jarring aspect? The names that aren't listed. The Canton-bound Class of 2004 -- Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning -- serve as a collective remin... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 5 to Week 6. Mitchell Trubisky's Welcome to the NFL Moment came with under three minutes left in a flag-filled Monday night loss to the Vikings. Accurate for much o... more

Odell Beckham sat on a cart Sunday afternoon holding up his broken ankle with one hand, while his other hand covered his face with his jersey. This is why underpaid players hold out for new contracts. This worst-case scenario of Beckham's season --... more

BEST ADDITIONS SHAKIEST ADDITIONS At the quarter mark of the 2017 NFL season, Gregg Rosenthal identifies the shakiest offseason additions. Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins I believed that Cutler could make the young offense around him more... more

The Patriots are used to dramatic endings by now. This time, it was the team's beleaguered defense that stepped up late in a 19-14 victory in Tampa. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's pass from the 19-yard line fell incomplete as time expired, a fi... more

BEST ADDITIONS SHAKIEST ADDITIONS At the quarter mark of the 2017 NFL season, Gregg Rosenthal identifies the best offseason additions. Andrew Whitworth and friends, Los Angeles Rams General manager Les Snead had an incredible offseason... more

FIRST-QUARTER RANKINGS: MVP QUARTERBACKS ROOKIES Tom Brady is the NFL's best quarterback at 40 years old, throwing the ball deeper, moving better and carrying an uneven Patriots roster more than he ever has in his 18-year career. None of... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 4 to Week 5. Quarterbacks aren't defining this NFL campaign -- because they've spent it on the ground. Welcome to the season of the sack. In this first-quarter-aw... more

Tom Brady's fourth-quarter comeback wasn't enough this time. Here's what we learned after Panthers kicker Graham Gano nailed a game-winner as time expired in a stirring 33-30 victory by Carolina (3-1) over the Patriots (2-2). 1. Cam Newton's shou... more

September

A strange night in Green Bay, interrupted by a 47-minute lightning delay, ended in a familiar fashion. The Packers' 35-14 victory over the visiting Chicago Bears was notable for its total lack of suspense, the home team holding a two-touchdown lead... more

The script wasn't working for Dak Prescott, so he leaned on a schoolyard-football staple in an effort to turn his season around Monday night. The Cowboys lined up in a spread formation during the fourth quarter in Arizona with four wide receivers,... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 3 to Week 4. GLENDALE, Ariz -- Coming back to earth might not be all bad for the once-otherworldly Dallas Cowboys offense. On a sluggish Monday night in the desert... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dallas Cowboys players and owner Jerry Jones locked arms and briefly took a knee on the field Monday night before standing on the sideline throughout the playing of the national anthem. The Cowboys' players, with executive Stephe... more

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' offense are stuck back in their September version of "Groundhog Day." No matter how they change the offseason narratives -- the reshuffled offensive line, Wilson's health regimen, the ability for Wilson to make it "hi... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 2 to Week 3. The three most impressive teams in this nascent NFL season all reside in the AFC West. This imbalance is great news for fans of tasty 4:25 p.m. ET matc... more

The Patriots' problems didn't last long. The team scored 30 points by halftime and cruised to a 36-20 victory in New Orleans over the Saints on Sunday. 1. Tom Brady's response to an uneven Week 1 was perhaps the best first quarter of his career.... more

So many of the best moments in Houston Texans franchise history have come against the Cincinnati Bengals. Add quarterback Deshaun Watson's first NFL victory to the list. Watson rushed for a 49-yard touchdown in the first half and helped the seal th... more

Welcome to the 2017 season, where your new Prime Time Gods will be played by Alex Smith, Trevor Siemian and Sam Bradford. There were a lot of strange happenings in Week 1, from the one-sided games to the defenses dominating to CBS analyst Tony Rom... more

Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season was for your uncle who insists pro football was better in the 1970s. Rampaging defensive lines took center stage, leaving quarterbacks to play supporting roles. Ben Roethlisberger was rusty . Cam Newton's throws were... more

For the third straight year, the Oakland Raiders went into Nashville and got a victory. Here's what we learned from the team's 26-16 win . 1. This was an incredibly mature performance by Derek Carr and the entire Raiders offense. These two teams,... more

There will be no 19-0 talk in New England this time. The pining for Patrick Mahomes at quarterback in Kansas City can be put on hold, too. The Chiefs' 42-27 victory in Foxborough to kick off the NFL season Thursday night was a gift to NFL fans loo... more

The Kansas City Chiefs stunned the football world with a season-opening 42-27 victory in New England, but an injury to safety Eric Berry gave the win a bittersweet feel. Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters Berry potentially suffered a torn Achil... more

Dak Prescott is not the biggest story in Dallas entering this season, a strange phenomenon for a Cowboys quarterback to grow accustomed to. Even as Prescott authored what was unquestionably the greatest statistical season by a rookie quarterback... more

Half of the NFC's most fascinating teams reside in the NFC South. I also believe that half of the NFC's best teams play in the NFC South, although the upcoming season will likely render that prediction silly, like most predictions . There's no deb... more

For the second straight year, a trade was the biggest news to come out of roster cutdown weekend. It's a trend that NFL fans should get used to. On Friday, the day before teams were required to trim their rosters from 90 to 53 players, Seattle made... more

PLAYERS TO WATCH NOTABLE CUTS The roster cuts and maneuvering for NFL teams to get down to a 53-man roster by Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline has already begun. Below is a list of names to keep an eye on over the weekend, whether they are... more

August

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes can already complete passes that few others in NFL history have ever pulled off. He's so talented that he can turn the normally sleepy final night of the preseason into a lot of fun. Mahomes' one half... more

AFC NFC Gregg Rosenthal picked the AFC winners and losers from the third week of the preseason right here . The NFC picks are below: Moving up New Orleans Saints rookie class and defense: Three rookies started for the Saints' surprisingly... more

AFC NFC To understand receiver Julian Edelman's incredible value to the Patriots, just watch the drive in Detroit during which the versatile receiver's season ended Friday night. In the span of four plays, Edelman piled up three catches, fo... more

Bum Phillips loved to watch his son work. Near the end of a life spanning football's explosive growth, the legendary leader of the "Love ya Blue" Houston Oilers would regularly show up to Texans practice, wife by his side, to see Wade Phillips coord... more

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne didn't do much Thursday night in his first NFL start since September of 2013. He probably didn't need to. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone pushed his chips on th... more

It's been a month since I previewed the biggest position battles heading into training camp. As the regular season nears, let's check out where some of the most intriguing battles stand. Adam Schein already broke down the latest on QB battles , so t... more

Coach Andy Reid is the early winner in Kansas City's quarterback competition. Sometime late Saturday night, after another efficient Alex Smith touchdown drive and another jaw-dropping throw against pressure by rookie Patrick Mahomes, it grew clearer... more

Ezekiel Elliott said a year ago that playing running back on the Dallas Cowboys is one of the easiest jobs in America . That assertion, which will be tested during Elliott's six-game suspension to start the season, would be more accurate if Elliott... more

In five drives, Mitchell Trubisky deleted five months of hot takes about his worthiness. The No. 2 overall pick stopped being a talking point and started becoming an NFL player, however early in his development Trubisky might be. The best result an... more

The NBA is no longer the only place sports fans go for mind-bending summer trades. The Bills' decision Friday to jettison talented young stars Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby to the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, proved again... more

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Trevor Siemian took another step toward winning the starting job in Denver. Mitchell Trubisky did his best to ignite a quarterback battle in Chicago. In Cleveland, confusion remains on top of the depth c... more

The wide receivers draft class of 2014 is ready to get paid. Hyped as one of the great wideout classes of all time before any of its members had even caught an NFL pass, the group has lived up to expectations with superstars and depth aplenty. Al... more

The Jets' young, thin wide receiver group looks even thinner Monday following the devastating news that fourth-year pro Quincy Enunwa will miss the season with a neck injury. Jets coach Todd Bowles said Enunwa has a bulging disc and that a second... more

Jay Cutler doesn't have much time to prepare for the season after joining the Dolphins midway through training camp. Then again, Cutler threw as many passes in practice last week as Andrew Luck and Cam Newton did. Luck, who had surgery on his thr... more

The 2017 NFL season is a more compelling story with Jay Cutler involved . This Miami Dolphins squad could turn out to be better for it, too. Like a grizzled film antihero dragged out of retirement for one last job , the appeal of working for old b... more

Last year, Gregg Rosenthal examined which active players are on the Hall of Fame bubble . The list below revisits some of those names and adds four new players to the mix. Surefire Hall of Famers like Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Antonio Gates and... more

Melvin Ingram attacks an interview with the same intensity with which he bull rushes. So pity the fool who suggests he and Joey Bosa are on the way to emerging as a premier pass-rushing combination. "We don't feel like we have a chance to be the b... more

July

No team had a worse first week of training camp than the Baltimore Ravens. From a season-ending injury to the team's most talented running back (Kenneth Dixon) to injury clusters at tight end and cornerback to a second early retirement of the offse... more

NFC POSITION BATTLES AFC POSITION BATTLES No position battle this summer means more than the Broncos' quarterback derby, in large part because the bones of a championship defense remain intact. General manager John Elway likely wishes, howev... more

NFC POSITION BATTLES AFC POSITION BATTLES With 2017 NFL training camps finally underway this week, we broke down the NFC's top 20 position battles. 1) Bears quarterback: Mike Glennon vs. Mitchell Trubisky Chicago fans celebrated the end... more

OXNARD, Calif. -- Flanked by 13 cheerleaders, an inflatable football stretching into the sky and a Dallas Cowboys star looming even larger , owner Jerry Jones told the assembled crowd Monday that he's never been more excited about an upcoming season.... more

Steelers defense Jaguars defense Chargers offense Falcons defense Heading toward training camp, football fiends thirst for breakout potential. Who or what is the next big thing in football? In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series... more

Training camp is a time of optimism for fans -- and anxiety for many NFL players. Below is an incomplete list of some notable names at risk of being released before the start of the season, in no particular order. 1) Brock Osweiler, QB, Cleveland... more

Steelers defense Jaguars defense Chargers offense Falcons defense Heading toward training camp, football fiends thirst for breakout potential. Who or what is the next big thing in football? In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series... more

"That's horse---- what we just put out there!" The lowest moment in a Rams season stuffed with disappointment resulted in former offensive coordinator Rob Boras raging at halftime of a blowout loss to the Falcons , for NFL Films to capture in "All... more

After the hype, after the failed expectations and excuse-making, after the blockbuster trades, the punchlines and the injuries, Sam Bradford played his best season in 2016. That performance didn't attract much attention because it occurred behind a... more

Steelers defense Jaguars defense Chargers offense Falcons defense Heading toward training camp, football fiends thirst for breakout potential. Who or what is the next big thing in football? In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series... more

June

Steelers defense Jaguars defense Chargers offense Falcons defense Heading toward training camp, football fiends thirst for breakout potential. Who or what is the next big thing in football? In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series... more

The order of the top 10 players in the "Top 100 Players of 2017 " was revealed on NFL Network on Monday night . Gregg Rosenthal used the occasion as a glorious excuse to rank the 16 quarterbacks who made the top 100 list based on where they currently... more

Save your tired debate show segment: Of course Derek Carr is worth the money. In the wake of Carr signing a five-year, $125 million extension with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, there will be breakdowns of how Carr's money stacks up against oth... more

The Titans weren't ready last season. Before Nashville was famous for catfish , before Marcus Mariota's broken leg, Tennessee was being pushed around in a decisive Christmas Eve game in Jacksonville . The franchise traveled the NFL road from laughing... more

The Shadowy League Figures have done an excellent job extending the NFL calendar, but one desolate time of year remains. Even Bill Belichick needs days off. The end of mandatory minicamps on Thursday signaled the start of football's downtime, a six... more

DeShone Kizer took the first snap of team drills at Browns minicamp Wednesday, the culmination of an offseason where the rookie quarterback from Notre Dame was treated like a veteran. Browns coach Hue Jackson was careful to note that Kizer, Cody Ke... more

Gregg Rosenthal recaps all the news as minicamps get underway around the NFL. THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Todd Gurley was easy to find last season: usually buried under the opposition a few yards ahead of the line of scrimmage. New Rams head coach Se... more

Jeremy Maclin's decision to sign with the Ravens on Monday has already caused another receiver domino to fall. The Jets released receiver Eric Decker, the team announced late Monday afternoon. The timing of the release is not a big surprise becaus... more

NFC weak spots AFC weak spots No NFL depth chart or projected starting lineup is perfect. Here's a look at the biggest remaining weak spot for every AFC team: Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens have too many get by positions. As in, "We can... more

May

NFC weak spots AFC weak spots No NFL depth chart or projected starting lineup is perfect. Here's a look at the biggest remaining weak spot for every NFC team: Arizona Cardinals: Protect Carson Palmer and he can still spin the ball, like... more

Teddy Bridgewater dropped back to pass in slow motion, with a heavy brace over his left knee, delivering passes to the beat of a faux-inspirational dance track. The Vikings' surprise release of a hype video showing Bridgewater throwing at Tuesday's... more

2016 wasn't a great season for front-seven units. The playoffs were marked by good-enough defenses simply trying to slow down great offenses (and usually falling short). Like most NFL trends, this shouldn't last. Recent champions like the 2015 Bro... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams, an endeavor that is now mercifully complete. Arizona Cardinals QB : C... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams with 100 percent accuracy or your money back. Atlanta Falcons QB : Mat... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams because he needed another way to annoy his wife. The NFC North is below:... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams, because it's May and he misses football. The NFC East is below: Dalla... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams in lieu of connecting with other humans. The AFC West is below: Denver... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams, because he once thought that would be a good idea. The AFC South is belo... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams to distract us from the inevitability of death. The AFC North is below:... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams, because someone had to do it. The AFC East is below: Buffalo Bills QB... more

What happened to Todd Gurley? A year ago at this time, one could have made a case that he was the best player from the 2015 NFL draft class. Now it's debatable whether he's even one of his draft's top three running backs. With all the focus latel... more

Veterans hurt by the draft QBs who benefited Philip Rivers keeps picking up talented companions for his road trip up Interstate 5. While his fellow class of 2004 quarterbacks Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger pretended to happily welcome... more

Veterans hurt by the draft QBs who benefited It's not just that the Chiefs wanted to replace Alex Smith. He knew that was coming. It was how badly they wanted to draft a quarterback entirely unlike him. It was as if coach Andy Reid carefu... more

April

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 After three days and 253 picks, the 2017 NFL Draft is finally over. With this Day 3 edition of the 2017 NFL Draft Debrief, Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the teams that improved the most. Tennessee Titans Give general ma... more

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 In a draft that will be defined by overeager trades for quarterbacks , Cleveland Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown didn't force a pick on a passer. Instead, he waited for perhaps the most talented signal-caller... more

Eagles fans have been hoping to add talent to their cornerback group all offseason. They got their wish Friday night, with thousands roaring their approval when Philadelphia drafted Washington cornerback Sidney Jones with the No. 43 overall pick of t... more

The last man standing in the green room at the 2017 NFL Draft didn't have to wait long Friday night to hear his name called. The Green Bay Packers selected Washington cornerback Kevin King with the first pick of the second round. A massive 6'3 pres... more

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 No one had a clue. That was the read on the 2017 NFL Draft before Round 1 began, and Thursday's wild night did not disappoint. The receiver class was supposed to be lacking at the top end, yet three wideouts were... more

The Chargers' Hollywood-ready offense just got another weapon. With the No. 7 overall pick, the Chargers selected Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams. Philip Rivers suddenly has a surplus of receivers to throw to with Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams,... more

The Mike Glennon era was fun while it lasted. The Chicago Bears provided the first stunning moment of the 2017 NFL Draft, aggressively trading up one spot with San Francisco to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overa... more

Welcome to the 2017 NFL Draft, where no one has a clue. "I can't remember a year that less was known at this time," NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah said on air Tuesday after arriving in Philadelphia. The No. 1 overall pick appears to be decided, w... more

Adrian Peterson's career has been defined by defying expectations, whether running for 2,000 yards after knee surgery or leading the league in rushing at age 30. For his final act, Peterson will try to succeed in a role that no one saw coming: backup... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have drawn one of the toughest assignments in football. They will travel to Foxborough to kick off the NFL season against the Patriots on Sept. 7. The Thursday night kickoff game on NBC has evolved into a tradition and it's a... more

Easiest Schedules Toughest Schedules The NFL schedule won't help Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott avoid a sophomore slump . The law of Cowboys gravity under owner Jerry Jones goes something like this: Dallas teams that get puffed up one yea... more

Two of the most surprising picks of the 2016 NFL Draft were selected two picks apart early in the second round. Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith were bigger stars than some top-10 picks, but their draft slots were eye-opening for different reasons. Jac... more

NFC: North East West South Ranks AFC: North East West South Ranks The New England Patriots are rarely far from the center of the NFL conversation, but this offseason they are inescapable. The Pats followed up the... more

NFC: North East West South Ranks AFC: North East West South Ranks The AFC South is the indie band that never hit it big. It's the Baseball America top prospect who never reached the majors. The AFC South is the future... more

Andrew Luck is coming off major shoulder surgery, and no one is talking about it. In this era of excess coverage of all things NFL, the mysterious recovery of one of the sport's most indispensable players oddly has attracted little attention. The... more

NFC: North East West South Ranks AFC: North East West South Ranks There's no need to pretend that free agency rocked the NFC's power structure. Teams will rise and fall in 2017 because teams rise and fall every season... more

Texans owner Bob McNair said last week that jaws were "still hanging open" in response to Houston's trade of quarterback Brock Osweiler. In the wake of Tony Romo's retirement on Tuesday , it could be the Texans' front office left slack-jawed. Hous... more

March

Collateral damage Collateral benefits Gregg Rosenthal previously detailed NFL veterans who suffered collateral damage in free agency . Below are the players who saw their situations improve this offseason, enjoying collateral benefits, with... more

Gregg Rosenthal recaps NFC news from the NFL's Annual League Meeting, including nuggets dropped at Wednesday's NFC Coaches Breakfast. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Wednesday that teams have inquired about trading for cornerback Richard... more

Gregg Rosenthal recaps all the news and nuggets from Tuesday's AFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL's Annual League Meeting. Another year, another open competition at quarterback for the New York Jets. In the grand tradition of Sanchez vs. Tebow an... more

The Raiders are leaving Oakland again, this time for the neon lights of Las Vegas. In a decision that would have been hard to fathom not so long ago, NFL owners voted 31-1 on Monday at the Annual League Meeting to approve the Raiders' proposal to... more

In its never-ending quest to be a 52-week sport, the NFL added a new section to the calendar. Welcome to waiting season. More than two weeks after this year's low-wattage free agency cycle started, so much remains unknown. The phrase "Tony Romo Hos... more

One of the NFL's great players hasn't committed to playing in 2017, and no one particularly cares. As April approaches, Ben Roethlisberger's refusal to definitively say he's playing football again remains odd, but the collective dismissal of his... more

Collateral damage Collateral benefits The New England Patriots' aggressive offseason has provided great copy for writers and fodder for television producers. The restless remaking of a championship roster was less warmly received throughout... more

The best players available in this year's free agency period are mostly long gone. Just one week after the gates officially opened to untold riches and hype, only four of the original top-30 free agents on our big board remain available. That num... more

Worst contracts Best contracts This was not the right year to need a tackle in free agency . It was a great year to need a wide receiver, especially if high-risk, high-reward playmakers get you up in the morning. Alshon Jeffery and Terrelle... more

Worst contracts Best contracts NFL teams are getting smarter. An overstuffed first week of free agency included everything but teams clearly doing it wrong. (Adrian Peterson, still unsigned, shakes his head somewhere.) Even the dodgy contr... more

No NFL team trades like the New England Patriots. Friday evening's deal to acquire Saints wideout Brandin Cooks in exchange for a package that included the No. 32 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft is another example of how the Patriots do busines... more

Gregg Rosenthal wraps up the NFL's biggest news daily throughout the free agency frenzy. The first day of the NFL free-agency period is a time for unrealistic expectations to be set and life-changing money to be exchanged. But it's also a day for... more

The Houston Texans found a creative way to get Brock Osweiler and his $16 million guaranteed salary off the books. They decided to give him away to the Cleveland Browns, with a second-round pick as a sweetener. Osweiler is headed to Cleveland -- at... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed the best free agent defensive lineman on the free agent market in 2016 when they inked Malik Jackson. They liked the experience so much, they are doing it again this year with Calais Campbell. NFL Network Insider Ian... more

Gregg Rosenthal wraps up the NFL's biggest news daily throughout the free agency frenzy. Here's everything you need to know from Wednesday: With the hours counting down before the new league year starts Thursday, it was time for teams to start put... more

Tony Romo arrived in Dallas in 2003 as an unknown, undrafted player from Eastern Illinois. On Thursday, the Cowboys will release the 14-year veteran into free agency for the first time in his career. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network... more

The first day of the NFL's official negotiating period included a lot of medium-sized moves, speculation about bigger moves and precious little red meat for NFL fans to chew on with less than 48 hours before the new league year starts. If Tuesday w... more

The New England Patriots assigned the first-round tender on restricted free-agent cornerback Malcolm Butler, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, essentially taking care of the easy part of his contract situation. Now it gets tricky.... more

John Elway's best moves as an executive have come in free agency . That's where he rounded out his 2015 championship defense, and that's where he can make amends after falling short of the playoffs. The Broncos don't accept mediocrity. They won at... more

Giants general manager Jerry Reese got the last laugh. His free agent spending spree last March inspired raised eyebrows and widespread criticism from writers prone to pointing out that offseason championships rarely translate to the field. The... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL teams reveal what they value in free agency before it even starts. If a player can win on third down, he probably won't make it to the market. Pass rushers who can wreak havoc are protected like endangered wildlife. Offensive ta... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Finding a starting offensive tackle or quarterback will be difficult this offseason. Finding a talented wide receiver gets easier by the day. The tastiest nugget to emerge Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine was the availability of... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Wednesday's press conferencepalooza at the NFL Scouting Combine was most notable for what wasn't said. Bills coach Sean McDermott was as noncommittal as possible about Tyrod Taylor's future. Broncos executive John Elway and Texans... more

Needs for NFC teams Needs for AFC teams The free agency market officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on March 9. Before signings start flying fast and furious, Gregg Rosenthal provides three big needs for each NFC team (listed in alphabetical order):... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tuesday was "Franchise Legend Departure Day" in the NFL. Adrian Peterson, Darrelle Revis and Jamaal Charles will someday get their jerseys retired by the teams that fired them, but in the meantime all three players have to navigate th... more

February

The NFL's money season started Monday. Our Top 101 Free Agents list was only up for a matter of hours before half of the original top 10 was decimated by franchise tags. Antonio Brown reset the wide receiver market with a huge contract by nightfall... more

AFC free agency fits NFC free agency fits Free agency doesn't start until March 9. While waiting for the franchise tags to be applied and roster cuts to be made , Gregg Rosenthal couldn't help but dream of the frenzied first few days of... more

AFC free agency fits NFC free agency fits Free agency doesn't start until March 9. While waiting for the franchise tags to be applied and roster cuts to be made, Gregg Rosenthal couldn't help but dream of the frenzied first few days of signi... more

Charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault are pending against New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety announced Thursday in a news release. The release states that Pittsbu... more

AFC players on the roster bubble NFC players on the roster bubble We already hit some notable AFC names on the roster bubble . Here's a look at the NFC players who could be released before March 9, when the new league year starts. Note:... more

AFC players on the roster bubble NFC players on the roster bubble Victor Cruz was the first big name released this offseason , but he won't be the last. Expect the free-agent market to swell with more notable players before March 9, when the... more

The 2017 offseason is off and running. Veterans have already started to get pink slips, and Wednesday marks the first day that teams can place the franchise tag on key free agents. Below are predictions for what all 32 teams will do with the tag ov... more

HOUSTON -- Before Tom Brady rewrote the history book one more time with the most improbable comeback in a most improbable career, herds of foolish sportswriters had their own rewriting to do. "I'm sure at halftime you wrote your stories," said a... more

HOUSTON -- For the second straight year , a previously maligned NFC South quarterback has earned the MVP trophy. Matt Ryan just hopes his Super Bowl Sunday goes better than it did for Cam Newton last season. The Associated Press chose the Atlanta... more

HOUSTON -- One month after the NFL left San Diego after 56 seasons, perhaps the greatest Chargers player of all time is headed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. LaDainian Tomlinson was one of seven men named to the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame C... more

HOUSTON -- The first rule of Patriots legacy talk: Patriots do not talk about legacy. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady traveled this far, to a seventh Super Bowl together, because of an inexhaustible love for football in the present tense. "Every day i... more

AFC team suggestions NFC team suggestions With Super Bowl LI nearly upon us, 30 teams already have begun the effort to reach Minneapolis next February for Super Bowl LII. Here's one thing each NFC team can do to help the cause of displacing t... more

AFC team suggestions NFC team suggestions With Super Bowl LI nearly upon us, 30 teams already have begun the effort to reach Minneapolis next February for Super Bowl LII. Here's one thing each AFC team can do to help the cause of displacing t... more

January

Atlanta Falcons roster breakdown New England Patriots roster breakdown The great former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips once gave his adversary Don Shula the ultimate coaching compliment: "He can take his'n and beat your'n and take your'... more

HOUSTON -- At some point between a question on his game-day underwear routine and a commitment to appear on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm , Patriots coach Bill Belichick truly seemed to be enjoying himself at Super Bowl LI Opening Night. "There's nowh... more

Atlanta Falcons roster breakdown New England Patriots roster breakdown Thomas Dimitroff's job hung in the balance. It was January of 2015, and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was searching for a new head coach, refusing to make any promise... more

Choosing a great NFL head coach is like handicapping a horse race. The Rooney family is great at it , but it's a crapshoot for everyone else. This round of NFL hirings officially will be completed after Super Bowl LI, when the 49ers are expected to... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Sunday's AFC Championship Game was won days before the raucous Gillette Stadium crowd sang along to Bon Jovi during a kickoff , before Patriots broadcaster Scott Zolak sent them into a frenzy by holding up a "Where is Roger?" si... more

Aaron Rodgers enters The Zone by backpedaling. Like the rest of us mortals, Rodgers can't help but admire his prettiest passes. He's developed the habit of holding his follow through, then hopping backward to watch his creation like he's Steph Curr... more

Less than an hour after Jerry Jones suffered one of the most painful losses of his Dallas Cowboys stewardship, the team's owner found a glimmer of hope in his rookies' comeback attempt. "I thought that we were a team that was capable of taking this... more

DALLAS -- It had to end with a pass on the run into a window that only Aaron Rodgers could see. Tight end Jared Cook, who caught the final throw only Rodgers could make in Green Bay's 34-31 epic Divisional Round victory over the Dallas Cowboys on... more

An unprecedented day in Chargers history will end with a new head coach. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Chargers have hired former Bills interim coach and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, according to a source with knowledge of th... more

Top 25 free agents of 2017 January 12, 2017

NFL free agency always winds up looking drastically different in March than it does in January. Most of the top players on my first crack at the "best of" list of pending free agents below will be re-signed or retained with the franchise tag before... more

Saying this is "a different Packers team" than it was in Week 6, when Green Bay lost at home to Dallas by 14 points , is not exactly true. Yes, the Packers are running a more diverse offense, and Aaron Rodgers is playing with extraterrestrial confide... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars didn't have to look far for their next coach, and looked deep into its organizational past for another massive hire on Monday. Doug Marrone, who finished the 2016 season as the Jaguars interim head coach, has accepted the t... more

Not all playoff losses are created equal. Wild Card Weekend was painful for every vanquished team , but fans of the Lions, Dolphins and post-Derek-Carr-injury Raiders knew, deep down, they weren't backing championship squads this season. Even big... more

The bright side of a historically lopsided Wild Card Round arrives next weekend. Wins by Green Bay and Seattle helped guarantee a loaded and rather familiar Divisional Round. Pete Carroll and Mike McCarthy have standing reservations for the NFL's b... more

HOUSTON -- "Brock for President!" This ranks high on the list of things I wasn't expecting to hear in Houston over the weekend, but a boisterous Texans teammate couldn't contain himself in the locker room after Saturday's 27-14 victory over the... more

HOUSTON -- Jadeveon Clowney walked to the Texans' locker room, fresh after explaining how he "smacked" the Raiders, smiling wide as he held his one-year-old son, Jahlil, high and tight. While J.J. Watt quietly dressed across from Clowney minutes la... more

Now that the 2016 NFL regular season is over, Gregg Rosenthal presents his final rankings for the league's most valuable player. The league's Most Valuable Player Award will be presented at NFL Honors on Feb. 4. Note: Arrows reflect changes from... more

AFC playoff picture NFC playoff picture With postseason play beginning this weekend , Gregg Rosenthal takes a straightforward look at the defining traits of each NFC playoff team. 1) Dallas Cowboys Biggest strength: Like endless words flo... more

The insanity of this Tom Brady season gets taken for granted because of the insanity of his entire career. Oh, of course the 39-year-old all-time great authored one of his best campaigns, largely without Rob Gronkowski, after being suspended for one... more

Gary Kubiak's decision to retire from coaching the Denver Broncos , officially announced Monday, raised the number of NFL head coaching vacancies to six. And then there was quiet. While there could still be a surprise departure on the way (Sean Payto... more

SAN DIEGO -- "Stand by Me" played over the stadium loudspeakers while the remaining diehard Chargers fans, decked out in Seau and Tomlinson jerseys, cheered on their players, possibly for the last time. At least, until Mike McCoy jogged by. Merci... more

SAN DIEGO -- "We're focused on what's next." Safety Eric Berry slid out of the first Chiefs locker room to win a division championship since his rookie season of 2010 nonplussed. He's been to the playoffs three times before. This group won a playof... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are your AFC West champions after a win over the San Diego Chargers after a 37-27 win on Sunday . Here's what we learned: 1. The Chiefs' formula is so similar every week. They win the turnover battle, finishing up 2-1 Sunday... more

December

The crushing news of Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota's twin broken fibulas shouldn't obscure the progress both quarterbacks made this season. Carr finished 10th in my year-end QB Index rankings last season and checks in at No. 5 heading into Week 17... more

Rex Ryan was fired Tuesday , done in by his defense and the sky-high expectations of a new ownership group that believes Ryan inherited a playoff-ready roster. Rex didn't shy away from promising the moon, but his team landed where this franchise ha... more

The Ravens' defense had the AFC North in its hands. This group, so much greater than the sum of its parts all season, had a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter in Pittsburgh on Christmas Day. They had a three-point lead with 1:18 left. These ar... more

AFC playoff picture NFC playoff picture Now, comes the anticlimax. This memorable Christmas weekend of games settled the AFC playoff field faster than anyone could have expected in a season full of tight games and a fat middle class of te... more

The Miami Dolphins took a big step toward making the playoffs in a 34-31 victory over the Bills. Here's what we learned: 1. The Bills, now 7-8, are officially eliminated from playoff contention because of Rex Ryan's defense. Tyrod Taylor, LeSean... more

Now that we've hit the stretch run for the 2016 NFL season, Gregg Rosenthal will handicap the MVP race each Friday until the end of the regular season. Note: Arrows reflect changes from last week's MVP Ranking . Brady played a better game in D... more

NFC playoff picture AFC playoff picture Eight AFC teams entered Week 15 in the mix for the conference's final three playoff spots . Seven of them won. Denver's loss to New England was hardly a surprise, although it reduces the margin of er... more

In last week's episode , we broke down the players who could be available in an intriguing 2017 quarterback market. Now let's take a look at the teams that will be searching for a signal-caller. (Just wanting to mainline the 2016 season rankings at... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 15 to Week 16. The Steelers have enjoyed more elegant wins against better teams, but Sunday's comeback in Paul Brown Stadium was the surest sign yet this Pittsburg... more

Before the Pro Bowl teams are announced on "NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed," airing Tuesday night on NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET, Gregg Rosenthal has highlighted one player on each team in the NFL that deserves a spot. Note: This is not... more

Before the Pro Bowl teams are announced on "NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed," airing Tuesday night on NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET, Gregg Rosenthal has highlighted one player on each team in the NFL that deserves a spot. Note: These are not... more

The Jaguars decided to get a head start on their coaching search and fire Gus Bradley , the team announced early Sunday evening. Bradley's final game as Jaguars coach was depressingly fitting. His team blew a 20-8 second half lead in Houston to a b... more

Coach Bill O'Brien, like so many Texans fans, had finally seen enough. Houston's free-agent boondoggle, Brock Osweiler, was benched Sunday. Tom Savage is real and so are the third-year quarterback's chances of taking over the starting job for a tea... more

SEATTLE -- Richard Sherman, star Seahawks cornerback, is not so different than your average Seahawks fan or Thomas Rawls fantasy football owner. "I'm upset about us throwing from the 1 (yard line)," Sherman told reporters when asked to explain his... more

Now that we've hit the stretch run for the 2016 NFL season, Gregg Rosenthal will handicap the MVP race each Friday until the end of the regular season. The best two players in the NFL were suspended to start the season. That presents a challenge f... more

SEATTLE -- Pete Carroll stopped bouncing on the way to his postgame news conference, doubled back and squeezed through a group of reporters so he could share a moment with the bedrock of his defense. "Great job, Bobby (Wagner )!" Carroll told his... more

SEATTLE -- Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, in his third game back from knee surgery, was removed from Thursday night's game against the Rams in the fourth quarter because of a neck injury, coach Pete Carroll told reporters. He did not return... more

NFC playoff picture AFC playoff picture It's rare that this much is up for grabs with three weeks left in the season. Half of the AFC playoff field could be clinched this week , but seven other teams have legitimate routes to the other thre... more

Jimmy Garoppolo's 2016 season was the equivalent of an unfinished demo that inspires a music-industry bidding war. (At least, back when people paid for music.) He's a short-film festival award-winner about to be given big money by a studio. Whether a... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 14 to Week 15. Forget the special teams fumbles and the sideline yelling that could scare small children watching on television. Forget the playoff-seeding implicat... more

In a season full of terrible injury luck for the Chargers, Sunday's game in Carolina feels like one final, brutal insult. Melvin Gordon (hip) and Joey Bosa (neck) were both knocked out of the game in the first half of San Diego's 28-16 loss to the... more

Now that we've hit the stretch run for the 2016 NFL season, Gregg Rosenthal will handicap the MVP race each Friday until the end of the regular season. Holding the Patriots' 3-1 record without Brady against him is preposterous. The team has averag... more

This dream season for Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders, so often touched with a bit of magic, ran smack into some cold, hard reality on a frigid Thursday night in Kansas City. "Perhaps we see this team again," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said afte... more

AFC playoff picture NFC playoff picture If Terrance Williams had just run out of bounds , the Cowboys might be undefeated today. When the Dallas receiver failed to stop the clock late in the team's season-opening loss to the Giants, no on... more

Cam Newton's career is hard to talk about. Let's talk about him. After five years of hot takes and silly sideline-demeanor stories, Newton reached the individual pinnacle of the sport last February 6, becoming a near-unanimous choice for MVP, earni... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 13 to Week 14. The final act of the 2016 campaign is setting up to be a doozy. This is one of those years where the best, freshest stories happen to reside with t... more

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas suffered a devastating injury Sunday night, one that led the All-Pro player to openly ponder retirement soon thereafter. Thomas suffered a broken tibia  and is out for the remainder of the season, Seahawks coach Pete Car... more

The Dallas Cowboys clinched a playoff berth Sunday following Washington's loss , news that brought all the excitement of a digital clock turning midnight. The Cowboys can get used to the lack of drama. The NFC East is also all but won following the... more

If the Minnesota Vikings didn't have bad luck, they would have no luck at all. During Thursday night's loss to the Cowboys , after an incredible effort from their defense, the officials let them down. Needing a two-point conversion to tie the game... more

NFC playoff picture AFC playoff picture Rob Gronkowski's back surgery irreparably damages the New England Patriots' offense. Just don't expect it to impact the AFC playoff picture that much. The Pats (9-2) remain slight favorites for the... more

November

Kirk Fouts  Cousins hasn't just earned a big contract with his recent play. He's changed his league-wide status from a replacement-level starter to someone who should get chances to start games for most of the next decade. So which other quarterbac... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 12 to Week 13. The Packers addressed complaints Monday night like the effective boss you never had, ripping through the fans' suggestion box one by one. » Have... more

There was no better potential story entering this NFL preseason than Tony Romo leading the Cowboys to a narrative-busting Super Bowl run. Now he stars in painful reaction shots to Dak Prescott touchdowns. Before the broken bone in his back , before... more

Badly needing a stop in a game the Redskins fruitlessly chased throughout, Washington defensive coordinator Joe Barry decided to send pressure. Dak Prescott saw the blitz coming so he rolled to his right on third-and-9. The spy that Barry assigned... more

Kirk Cousins' toss to Pierre Garcon through the teeth of a whipping Washington wind last Sunday night acted as an exorcism. An hour before he asked the question to his boss, Cousins drew America close and screamed in our ear about his newfound verti... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 11 to Week 12. Barack Obama was President-elect the last time Mike McCarthy's Packers missed the playoffs. That was the end of the 2008 season, Marvin Lewis' sixth... more

The Raiders' 27-20 win over the Texans in Mexico City on Monday night came with its fair share of oddities and controversy . And it doesn't get much odder than a laser pointer controversy. ESPN cameras showed a strong, green laser or light repeate... more

After a week that was anything but ordinary in Dallas, the Cowboys' offense delivered another comprehensive performance in a 27-17 victory over Baltimore. 1. No offense adjusts like the Cowboys'. After four straight punts to start the game, the... more

Nothing has come easy for the 2016 Carolina Panthers. Even in victory, they feel a long way from last season's Super Bowl. Thursday night's 23-20 result over the New Orleans Saints was a much-needed victory to move the Panthers to 4-6 on the seaso... more

NFC playoff picture AFC playoff picture The AFC West Invitational is set to start on Saturday, Jan. 7, unless the rest of the conference gets its act together. This year feels different than 2013 , when the division grabbed three playoff... more

Russell Wilson's season has been so underrated because he didn't deliver early on two of football's biggest "Footballs:" "Sunday Night" and "Fantasy." The touchdown drought that took up almost all of October -- highlighted by a thorny prime-time... more

The Los Angeles Rams are finally ready to see if No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff can turn their offense around. NFL Network's Michael Silver confirmed with Goff that the Rams plan to start the rookie Sunday against the Dolphins in Los Angeles. ESPN f... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 10 to Week 11. The exotic smashmouth jokes are dead, buried in Twitter heaven. The September criticism of Mike Mularkey feels like a dusty relic of a distant age, w... more

The bitter end to Rob Gronkowski's game against the Seahawks got even worse Monday. Gronkowski suffered what is believed to be a punctured lung in the team's loss to Seattle on Sunday, sources with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network Insi... more

Every football Sunday comes with the promise of something different. A blocked extra point returned for a score to win a crucial game for the Denver Broncos is something different. Broncos special teamer Will Parks returned a kick blocked by safety... more

There are some news developments you can never fully prepare for. When each season starts, we know from experience to expect the unexpected, that anything is possible. Yet, certain stories never fail to catch us flat-footed, out of breath. This w... more

A Monday night game in Seattle. A controversial officiating moment . A crazy ending with Seahawks fans going home happy. While the thrilling finale to Week 9 felt oddly familiar , the Seahawks' victory over the Bills also provided a jolt for an N... more

The Bills and Seahawks played one of the best games of the season in Seattle's 31-25 victory Monday . But much of the talk after the game was about the confusing, regrettable end to the first half. Or as Bills coach Rex Ryan called it: "Ridiculous.... more

The return of Ben Roethlisberger did not stop Pittsburgh's losing streak. Here's what we learned from Baltimore's 21-14 victory over the Steelers : 1. Give the Ravens' defense and Roethlisberger equal credit for the ugliest offensive performance b... more

The Atlanta Falcons don't look like a team that is going to fade away this time around. The team's 43-28 win in Tampa Thursday night gives the team breathing room in the NFC South. Here's what we learned: 1. No team makes picking up 20 yards look... more

Derek Carr plays like a quarterback 10 years older than he is, an assessment that has evolved from an insult to a compliment at this position dominated by graybeards. In this hyper-specialized era where quarterbacks act as part athlete, part leader... more

October

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 8 to Week 9. Monday night's Chicago Horror Picture Show for the Vikings was a reminder of how young this season remains, how tenuous our assumptions are and how w... more

An entire industry tries to get inside Bill Belichick's head after every surprising move he makes, and no one has successfully cracked the code yet. That leaves a lot of guesswork on days like Monday, when the Patriots traded star linebacker Jamie... more

They poured out of the packed train at Twickenham nearly four hours before game time, jerseys of every NFL color and stripe, each with a different story to tell about why they worship at the alter of American football. There were jerseys of Jake Lo... more

In this strange NFL season , having a top-shelf quarterback is hardly a guarantee for dominance. My top six signal callers below have a combined record of 19-18 as starters this season. Out of that group, only Tom Brady plays for a team that is... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 7 to Week 8. The best game of this NFL season took place while the rest of the country was watching Landry Jones. As the thinkpieces continue to pour in about... more

LONDON -- Drained by another last-minute defeat, another unsuccessful "home" game in London, another season headed to the same "7-9 bull----,"  Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher refused to change course. "The quarterback is not the reason, by the... more

LONDON -- The New York Giants (4-3) capitalized on Los Angeles Rams (3-4) quarterback Case Keenum's four interceptions and secured their second-straight victory with a 17-10 win in London. Here's what we learned from Sunday's game at Twickenham... more

LONDON -- The Giants' offense has struggled to wake up in the first half of Sunday's 17-10 win at Twickenham Stadium, so safety Landon Collins decided to pick up the slack. Collins returned a tipped Case Keenum pass 44 yards for a score in the sec... more

LONDON -- Odell Beckham didn't need to be reminded what happened the last time he faced the Rams. Before NFL.com could even get out a question regarding whether Beckham expected any late hits from the Rams Sunday at Twickenham Stadium, the third-ye... more

LONDON -- Twelve miles from Windsor Castle in the Surrey countryside, the Los Angeles Rams practiced American football this week in the home of England Rugby. Yet it might as well have been a New Jersey sports bar with all the questions about Odell... more

LONDON -- The Rams and Giants arrived in London this week looking for direction, like so many other wandering American tourists. At 3-3, both teams are stuck square in the fat middle of the NFL among other squads trying to reclaim the identities they... more

LONDON -- Giants coach Ben McAdoo arrived in London Friday morning to answer a fresh set of questions about his kicker Josh Brown. The Giants left Brown behind in New York in light of the release of additional documents stemming from his 2015 domest... more

LONDON -- Case Keenum has played better than anyone could reasonably expect this season, especially last week in Detroit. But that doesn't mean the Los Angeles Rams have forgotten about their No. 1 overall draft pick. NFL Network's Steve Wyche repo... more

LONDON -- Todd Gurley reared back to throw a rugby ball down a steep hill through spitting rain to his All-Pro defensive tackle teammate. "Aaron, go deep!" With an England rugby sign overhead and the woods behind him, the contrast between the Ame... more

Every struggling quarterback is seeking the reset game. The game that stops the avalanche of negative attention and provides something to build off. For many players near the bottom of these weekly rankings, Week 6 gave birth to hope. Ryan Tannehil... more

Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from Week 6 to Week 7. Playing without big offensive stars is a Steelers season tradition, like losing on the road to also-rans and yelling "Heeeath " after Jesse James catch... more

Colin Kaepernick's return was no match for a Bills team that is on a roll. Here's what we learned from Buffalo's 45-16 victory . 1. The attention has been on the Bills' defense, but this was another game won Rex's dream offense. LeSean McCoy and T... more

Head in hands, crouched near the ground, Chargers coach Mike McCoy looked like a man near the end of his rope during another tight game late Thursday night. You'd never know that his team led by eight points with 15 seconds left at the time. "I was... more

Dak Prescott makes me want to pause the Game Pass and tell someone about the latest dart he threw after gliding from the pocket. But it's late, and my wife couldn't pretend to care. I want to tell her that this just doesn't happen in the NFL. A... more

Tom Brady returning from suspension with eerie calm is frightening enough. Tom Brady returning to a much-improved offense could lead to grisly Sundays for the rest of the AFC. Consider how different this Patriots offense looks compared with the on... more

The winless Cleveland Browns were forced to turn to another quarterback on this young season. Rookie starter Cody Kessler went to the locker room early in the second quarter of Sunday's game with injuries to his ribs and chest and did not return.... more

Tom Brady's return to the lineup in Cleveland went exactly as you'd expect in a 33-13 victory . Here's what we learned: 1. Tom Brady (406 yards, three TDs) was locked in from his first throw back from suspension, directing touchdown marches on his... more

Rookies saved the NFC East from eating itself. Carson Wentz, Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott added fresh blood to the annually overexposed division and have more than justified all those nationally televised games. We'll take more please and less o... more

Sometimes playoff berths aren't won in December. Sometimes they are won in early October when a team is forced to start their backup quarterback on the road in a short week. Time will tell if this 2-3 Arizona Cardinals team makes a run following... more

Pete Carroll can find the sunny side to any storm, so he probably views Russell Wilson's injuries this season as a blessing in disguise. Wilson's diminished mobility forced him to operate from the pocket the last two weeks and resulted in a pass-fi... more

My favorite new weekly show this Fall television season: "The Vikings embarrass a superstar." Odell Beckham Jr.'s no-show in the second half of Minnesota's thorough 24-10 takedown of the Giants on Monday night was only the latest episode to showca... more

The Buffalo Bills are alive and well after a 16-0 victory in Foxborough over the Patriots. Here's what we learned: 1. Don't pin this result entirely on the Patriots starting third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Buffalo's offense dictated pla... more

September

There are reasons Ryan Tannehill is off to a slow start this season, cemented by his dispiriting performance in Thursday night's 22-7 loss to the Bengals . He's in his third offense. The offensive line is struggling. There are always reasons. The l... more

We'd forgive Saints fans for feeling cursed early this season. Seven defenders expected to start for New Orleans were out for Monday night's game , and four of those players aren't coming back anytime soon. The real organizational curse over the l... more

Brock Osweiler is not ready to carry the Houston Texans yet. That was J.J. Watt's job. Watt's absence from the lineup, perhaps for the rest of the season , will only further showcase that Osweiler is a developing quarterback with two more career st... more

Bill Belichick the coach has earned kudos early this season for game-planning around the losses of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. Bill Belichick the personnel boss deserves a huge assist for supplying new players flexible enough to execute his plans.... more

The 49ers welcomed longtime starting offensive tackle Anthony Davis back to the team this season after he retired from football in 2015. His return to the game proved to be short-lived. The team announced Monday that Davis has informed the organiza... more

The Panthers already have more regular season losses in 2016 than they did all of last season after falling to the Vikings 22-10 on Sunday . Here's what we learned: 1. The Vikings' defense continues to shake up the top of the NFC power teams. One... more

Fifteen years after the hit on Drew Bledsoe changed the course of New England Patriots history , Thursday's night's 27-0 Patriots (3-0) victory over the Texans (2-1) had a 2001 feel to it.  Here's what we learned from the game: 1. Patriots coach... more

The goal was always to get Adrian Peterson to the opening of the team's new stadium. After lasting just one game in the tastefully lit building before needing surgery for a torn meniscus , it's worth wondering about Peterson's future with the team.... more

While Peyton Manning ambles around the checkout counter on Sunday mornings, his football spirit lives on in New Jersey. Ignore the uniform and facial expressions. Watch Eli Manning's game over the last two weeks and you'll find evidence, however... more

The Minnesota Vikings have proven adept at overcoming injuries early this season. That toughness will continue to be tested. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on KFAN Monday afternoon that Adrian Peterson suffered a torn meniscus during Sunday night'... more

Minnesota's franchise quarterback is out for the season and his future is uncertain. The greatest player in franchise history, Adrian Peterson, was carried to the locker room after injuring his knee past fans enjoying the team's shiny new stadium .... more

Jimmy Garoppolo's sensational start as New England's starting quarterback has hit a setback. The third-year player was knocked out of Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins midway through the second quarter with a shoulder injury. NFL... more

The Patriots held on to beat the Dolphins 31-24 Sunday to go 2-0. But not all is well in New England. Here's what we learned as Miami fell to 0-2: 1. The Patriots flourished early this season without Tom Brady. We'll see how they fare without Jim... more

Rex Ryan has done his best work as an NFL head coach when his team's prospects have been at their bleakest. It's just happening earlier than ever this time around. Friday's firing of offensive coordinator Greg Roman on the heels of Thursday night'... more

One week of greatness is interesting. Two marks a trend worth paying attention to. We highlighted four standout groups from Week 1 below that we believe are poised to build on their performances this Sunday: Minnesota Vikings defense There are... more

This season's first glorious week of football was stuffed with young quarterbacks besting modest expectations. Jimmy Garoppolo, Carson Wentz and Trevor Siemian all won their first NFL start, and Dak Prescott could've followed suit if Cowboys receiver... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers were missing four key skill position players (Le'Veon Bell, Markus Wheaton, Ladarius Green and Martavis Bryant ) for their season opener in Washington. They still looked like one of the most explosive teams in football during... more

When Tom Brady's suspension was reinstated in April, everyone looked at the Patriots' early schedule and started marking down wins and losses. The opener in Arizona looked like a loss. The next three games were at home against AFC opponents. As long... more

The Packers (1-0) had to overcome some late-game theatrics from the Jaguars (0-1) in order to leave Jacksonville with a 27-23 victory . Aaron Rodgers was in MVP form but just as integral was their secondary, who came up with big plays in the closing... more

Week 1 is the best week of the NFL season and any argument to the contrary will not stand. Every team is fascinating before it loses. There are no 3-9 squads on their third quarterback and fourth center. There are no interim head coaches. There is... more

An offseason of hot air was blown away by 60 minutes of sensational NFL football on Thursday night. Denver's 21-20 victory over the Panthers was an excellent omen for the season ahead and a reminder that summer narratives often look silly when the r... more

Have no fear, panicky NFL coaches worried about a young "quarterback crisis ." Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are here to show us the way. If the story of the 2015 season at quarterback was the rise of Cam Newton and the end for Peyton Manning,... more

No two teams in football trade with impunity more than the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. It shouldn't be a surprise, then, that the two teams found common ground on a deal in the days leading into Week 1. Philadelphia is sending... more

The most fascinating division in football is also its most ignored. The NFC's Dirty South is a division without grand tradition, without ratings or page views. It gets relegated to musty corners of sports bars while the Packers, Steelers, Giants and... more

For better or worse, no general manager runs his squad more like a fantasy team than the Eagles' Howie Roseman. On Saturday, it was for the better. Philadelphia's deal of Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2017 first-round pic... more

An All-Pro from the last three years was released out of nowhere on Saturday, and it wasn't even the most jarring news of the afternoon. Minnesota's acquisition of Sam Bradford for a first-round pick in 2017 and a fourth-round pick in 2018 isn't t... more

The Ravens are going young in their backfield, and veteran Justin Forsett will pay the price. The team is releasing the nine-year tailback, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. A boffo preseason by Terrance West made this move... more

The best part of Preseason Week 4 is the moment it ends. We are less than a week away from football that matters. The imitation stuff got us by for the last month but it all tends to look the same after a while. The final preseason night, with 30 t... more

The NFC is the stronger conference this year, at least if the Around The NFL Preseason Power Poll is to be believed. It should not be believed. This was the same poll that marked the Eagles as title contenders before last season and ranked the Pant... more

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the singing of the national anthem before Thursday's preseason game in San Diego. He wasn't alone in his protest. Safety Eric Reid knelt beside Kaepernick. In Oakland, meanwhile, Seahawk... more

If Tom Brady wanted to play more this preseason, he got his wish on Thursday night. Brady played the entire first half of the the Patriots' preseason finale against the New York Giants, a typically snoozy affair where the starters usually play litt... more

August

The Minnesota Vikings were weeks away from pulling off one of the most difficult feats in modern sports. They built a beautiful new stadium and were set to christen it as a buzzy, legitimate Super Bowl contender. Teddy Bridgewater's season-ending kne... more

The loneliest job in football belongs to the man who lets Tom Brady down. Patriots second-year tight end A.J. Derby learned the hard way Friday night , when his wide-open drop ended Brady's third drive of his brief preseason. Brady headed to the be... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' talked-about receiver position is starting to clear up after a few surprising cuts on Sunday. The team announced that wideouts Rueben Randle and Chris Givens were among the players released as the team reduced their roster... more

AFC position battles NFC position battles We projected the 20 most intriguing position battles in NFC one month ago. With the regular season approaching, let's check in to see which players have earned starting gigs. 1) 49ers quarterback:... more

AFC position battles NFC position battles We projected the 20 most intriguing position battles in AFC one month ago. With the regular season approaching, let's check in on those position battles to see which players have earned starting gigs... more

This time around , it was Ezekiel Elliott's turn to steal the show. On a night that included a scary Tony Romo injury , the Cowboys should still be smiling wide about their first-round draft pick. In just seven carries, Elliott showed off his full... more

Tony Romo was only planning to play two series in Seattle on Thursday night. He only lasted three plays. Romo left the Cowboys' 27-17 loss after taking a hit from behind by defensive end Cliff Avril. On the play, Romo took a lot of time in the poc... more

Ezekiel Elliott is wrong. The Cowboys running back doesn't have what he recently claimed was "one of the easiest jobs in America. " Any NFL player works harder than, say, a tank-top model or hack sportswriter. Elliott does have one of the easiest... more

After two weeks of preseason action, most position battles have been won. (Just don't remind Chip Kelly.) Coaches want their starters to play heading into a third preseason week that acts as a test run for the real thing. With that in mind, we ha... more

After two weeks of preseason action, most position battles have been won. (Just don't remind Gary Kubiak .) Coaches want their starters to play heading into a third preseason week that acts as a test run for the real thing. With that in mind, we... more

For the second straight year, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has a suspension from the NFL reduced before the regular season starts. Bell was suspended three games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the leag... more

Tony Romo was relegated to an afterthought in his first game back from a broken collarbone. That's the power of Dakmania. Cowboys backup Dak Prescott lit up the Miami Dolphins' secondary Friday night just like he did against the Los Angeles Rams la... more

"Come on, Mo! Let's get your ass kicked!" Tony Romo wants to stop Morris Claiborne's incessant honking. On another indistinguishable Oxnard, California, afternoon during the dog days of training camp, Romo revels in the chance to give his team life... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue were selected as contributor finalists for election for the Hall's 2017 class. They are two names that are certain to spark a lo... more

"Christine Michael's Awakening " is the 2016 preseason. Christine Michael is every season. The Seahawks running back is now part of a football hipster's shorthand. He is your failed hype bunny . He is hope unrealized. He is a reminder that May, Jun... more

Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is the type of guy who loves to send a message. His first play call of the Robert Griffin III era wasn't subtle. RGIII's 49-yard connection to Terrelle Pryor on Cleveland's first offensive play Friday night agains... more

This was a night for the football diehards. While most of the country was focused on a pool a hemisphere away, the return of preseason football felt like a wave of relief washing over us. Thursday's six games weren't all memorable, meaningful... more

The Denver Broncos experienced what life with Mark Sanchez is like on Thursday night. It's anyone's guess if the team is ready for a full season of it. After an up-and-down training camp, Sanchez put together an up-and-down night as the team's star... more

This has largely been a quiet training camp around the NFL, but don't tell that to the Chargers. The Chargers learned Wednesday evening that wide receiver Stevie Johnson will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his torn meniscus... more

The regular season is about the team. The preseason is about the individual. This is the month for rookies and running backs . It's about position battles and injuries. The next four weeks are a pale imitation of the real thing, but you can still lea... more

Terrelle Pryor spent Saturday evening basking in adulation after spelling out "O-H-I-O" to the Columbus faithful after a long touchdown. The year was 2016, not 2010. And his position was wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, not quarterback for t... more

The official return of pro football will have to wait another four days. The NFL canceled Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game because of poor field conditions. The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts are headed back home. "I was notified at about... more

Super Bowl aspirations are in the air in Seattle this year. Their dreams are more realistic than most. With a loaded defense and a passing game that looks better than ever, the Seahawks are among the NFC favorites, if not the favorite. Settling s... more

Wow them in the end, and you've got a hit. It's true for movie scripts and it's true for NFL careers. There is nothing more resonant on a Hall of Fame résumé than a compelling final act. This is in part because happy endings are so rare in the N... more

OXNARD, Calif. -- The backup quarterback position in Dallas was a concern even before training camp started. It is now a much more pressing issue.The presumptive No. 2 Kellen Moore broke his ankle at the end of Tuesday's practice, Cowboys owner Jerr... more

No team suffered worse injury luck than the Chargers in 2015. That's why it feels so unfair that they suffered the first serious on-field injury at training camp this offseason. Stevie Johnson will seek a second opinion and undergo surgery on his... more

The final weekend without football games until mid-February came and went without the screaming headlines that could interrupt summer vacation for our pigskin-addled populace. Enjoy the quiet while you can and don't expect the trend to last. Traini... more

July

The Vikings have built their organization the right way. Their general manager Rick Spielman has been with the team since 2006. Over the last two years, he's helped transform the roster to fit coach Mike Zimmer's feisty personality. They are cresting... more

AFC camp battles NFC camp battles With training camps finally underway this week, we broke down the top 20 position battles in the AFC on Wednesday. Below are our NFC battles to watch. 1) 49ers quarterback: Blaine Gabbert vs. Colin Kaepern... more

The seemingly endless saga of Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets has finally ended, just in time for training camp. Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal to stay in New York . The contract is worth $12 million, but the QB has a chance to make $3... more

AFC camp battles NFC camp battles Training camp can be boiled down to two types of storylines that truly matter: injuries and jobs. There is no way to predict injuries, but we can try to handicap the important starting jobs up for grabs over... more

Another Cowboys suspension is looming. Their need for a pass rush is heightened. Yes, the beginning of training camp in Dallas will have a familiar feeling. Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, suspended four games to start this season, is about to... more

Even exceptional NFL stays often don't last a decade. A player can crash from stardom into its unforgiving aftermath in a single play. The speed of football can take your breath away not only the field, but in the career arcs of the men who play the... more

Greg Hardy could be headed back to the NFL. The defensive end visited and worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday and Thursday, NFL Media Insider Rand Getlin reported, according to a source familiar with the visit. Despite the workouts... more

After 10 NFL seasons and a number of history-making catches, Greg Jennings has decided to retire. Jennings announced his retirement in a YouTube video , which is quickly replacing the "one-day contract" as the preferred mode of hanging up the cleat... more

In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series , we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or vaulting from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in th... more

After 13 seasons, two Pro Bowls and one Walter Payton Man of the Year award, cornerback Charles Tillman has decided to retire. Tillman announced the news on Twitter via YouTube on Monday , wrapping up a distinguished career where he played a big ro... more

Jimmy Garoppolo will get his chance to lead the New England Patriots after all. The backup passer just had to wait an extra season for Tom Brady's suspension to be reinstated , his subsequent petition for an en banc appeal to be denied  and, on Frida... more

In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series , we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or vaulting from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in th... more

In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series, we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or vaulting from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in the... more

June

The Dallas Cowboys' defense has taken another hit in a difficult offseason. This one feels familiar. Rolando McClain was suspended 10 games Thursday for violating the NFL's policy against substances of abuse, the league announced Thursday. McClain... more

Finding one pass rusher is difficult. Finding three or four of them is roster nirvana. A great defensive line is not just about assembling talent. It's about finding complementary pieces that can handle every down and distance. That's why defensive... more

Colts owner Jim Irsay promised a "shocking" contract for his franchise quarterback Andrew Luck way back in February. That's why it wasn't shocking when the Colts announced Wednesday that Luck signed a new six-year contract that makes him the highest... more

Ryan Tannehill once inspired irrational excitement. He arrived to the NFL more fully formed than expected as a rookie in 2012, yet was overshadowed by the rookie shooting stars of Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. Four years into... more

Jamison Crowder's claim that the Redskins have the best receiver crew in the league got us thinking on this slow June NFL day ... is he right? Colleague Kevin Patra broke down some of the options in his exhaustive post, but let's settle this thin... more

NFC North NFC South NFC East NFC West With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC West is below. Arizona Cardinals » Of... more

The real offseason starts now. After 24 minicamps this week, teams escaped their facilities this week and won't be back until late July. Players like Jason Pierre-Paul can warn about the dangers of the coming weeks and there will inevitably be some... more

The second day of mandatory minicamp for 24 teams included one holdout ending, one major player getting released and plenty of wide receiver scuttlebutt. Here's what we learned: 1. One day after announcing tackle Eugene Monroe was on the trade bloc... more

2015 was a year of injuries and roster turnover in Baltimore. That's why the events of the last week had such a familiar feel. Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Tuesday that offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, who missed 10 games last season, is bei... more

Five teams wrapped up their offseason this week, with the other 27 teams ready to go on vacation after next week. Here are our biggest movers of the week. Winners Bengals offense: Giovani Bernard was one of the five to seven best running back... more

The creeping end of organized team activities season means that contract season is near. By August, it wouldn't be surprising to have two new players crowned with the ultimate NFL honor: Being the highest paid on offense or defense. NFL Media Insid... more

Seven NFL teams started mandatory minicamp Tuesday , with five of them officially wrapping up their offseason programs until training camp in late July. That means some of our overwrought summer quarterback storylines can begin to wind down. In Den... more

NFC OTA takeaways AFC OTA takeaways It's tough to hold a true quarterback competition during organized team activities and minicamp season. In Denver, the real news is that there will be a competition at all. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak... more

AFC OTA takeaways NFC OTA takeaways Organized team activities season is a dangerous time for hot takery. There isn't much predictive value in watching who succeeds in non-padded practices, and folks watching the same practices can draw... more

The NFL announced Wednesday its going back to the traditional "AFC vs. NFC" Pro Bowl setup. This is great news for fans uncomfortable with the word "unconferenced" and terrible news for fans who own a "Team Sanders" jersey. The league hopes to red... more

May

The first full week of organized team activities just concluded, and it marks an important milestone: Glass Half Full. #Kickoff2016 pic.twitter.com/PBQDS9d4yg â?? NFL (@NFL) May 25, 2016 The week also signals a great time for optimism as NFL... more

Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan recently sat down for a joint interview with The MMQB that theoretically would be about how the brothers are working together to put last year's disappointments behind them. Instead, the session typically had all sorts of reg... more

The Baltimore Ravens' offseason practice schedule just got shorter. The NFL and the Ravens announced Thursday that the team will forfeit one week of organized team activities from June 1-3 for violating offseason workout rules under the Collective... more

Weak spots for each AFC team Weak spots for each NFC team Mark Sanchez is the expected Week 1 starting quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champions. No matter how many times I read or write that sentence, it never stops looking... more

The NFL announced the locations for Super Bowls LIII, LIV and LV on Tuesday, resulting in a lot of happy folks in Atlanta, South Florida and Los Angeles. The NFL announced at the Spring League Meeting on Tuesday that Atlanta has won the right to ho... more

The main event of Tuesday's Spring League Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be the awarding of host cities for Super Bowls LIII, LIV and LV. Although there are other items on the agenda, this is the one that gets the most attention from ow... more

Weak spots for each AFC team Weak spots for each NFC team The Arizona Cardinals could have the most loaded roster in the NFL. They also have only one offensive tackle that has ever played an NFL game. That roster hole, which showed up in ou... more

Following the double dose of bad news in Buffalo last week, coach Rex Ryan is back to playing defense. The Bills learned on Monday that their first-round pick Shaq Lawson required shoulder surgery that could keep him out for much of his rookie sea... more

It's a truism about modern life that everything's amazing and nobody is happy . And while plenty of Packers fans have enjoyed the succession of quarterback Gods from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, you can always find someone willing to complain about... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West With the 2016 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC West is below. Denver Broncos » I... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC North is below. Pittsburgh Steelers »  T... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC East is below. New England Patriots » I... more

Ronnie Stanley might not have been the first choice for the Baltimore Ravens at No. 6 overall, but he has a chance to be their left tackle for a very long time. The Ravens' first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft signed his rookie contract Friday, the tea... more

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC West is below. Denver Broncos Broncos Projected Starters Offense QB: Mark Sanchez RB:... more

The New England Patriots' wide receiver group continues to be a source of news in May. Following Danny Amendola's pay cut and the drafting of fourth-round pick Malcolm Mitchell, the team's No. 1 option has undergone surgery. Julian Edelman recently... more

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC East is below. New England Patriots Partiots Projected Starters Offense QB: Jimmy Garop... more

NFC North NFC South NFC East NFC West With the NFL draft in the rearview mirror, Around the NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC North is below. Minnesota Vikings »... more

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC West is below. Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Projected Starters Offense QB: Carson Palmer... more

NFC North NFC South NFC East NFC West With the NFL draft in the rearview mirror, Around the NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC East is up first. Dallas Cowboys » It's... more

With the NFL draft in the rearview mirror, Around the NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC North is below. Minnesota Vikings Vikings Projected Starters Offense QB: Teddy Bridgewat... more

With the NFL draft in the rearview mirror, Around the NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC East is up first. Dallas Cowboys Projected Starters Offense QB: Tony Romo RB: Ezeki... more

Racquel Smith, the wife of deceased former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, accepted on the behalf of her late husband an MBA he earned from the University of Miami on Thursday. Will Smith was part of the inaugural class of MBA graduates in a... more

The gap between Ezekiel Elliott and the rest of the NFL's new crop of running backs was on display during draft weekend, much like the fashion statement between Elliott's shirt and pants . It's rare to see 32 NFL teams agree on much. But they agree... more

Remember back in December when the 2016 NFL Draft was supposed to be a mediocre one for quarterbacks? Since then, we saw franchise-defining trades for the top two picks and the defending champs traded up for their first-round quarterback of the futur... more

When it comes to NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2016," there's plenty of room for argument. So as the list is unveiled, NFL Media's Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling, Maurice Jones-Drew and Ike Taylor will be sharing their own takes on the top 100... more

Draft collateral benefits Draft collateral damage Ryan Tannehill has produced muddled results in his four pro seasons. Much like the Miami Dolphins franchise he plays for, Tannehill can look promising or depressing depending on how you frame... more

Draft collateral damage Draft collateral benefits The NFL draft was the culmination of a life's journey for 253 lucky rookies over the weekend. It was also a shock of cold water to the face of many veterans now battling to keep their jobs.... more

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC North is below. Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Projected Starters Offense QB: Ben... more

April

The Jacksonville Jaguars will not be a "sleeper" playoff pick this year. They will be too popular for that. Just in case the team's high-scoring offense, free agency aggression, and media-friendly approach didn't make the Jaguars trendy enough, the... more

Brian Hoyer didn't have to wait long after the NFL Draft to find his next NFL home. The eight-year veteran has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, the team announced Saturday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday... more

Unsigned quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn't liked the contract offers from the New York Jets this offseason. That is unlikely to change after the events of the NFL draft. The Jets threw a curveball into their quarterback room when they drafted fo... more

Kevin Faulk was already an all-time favorite among New England Patriots fans. He's only going to be more beloved after Friday night. Faulk introduced the Patriots' third-round pick on Friday night proudly wearing the jersey of his old teammate Tom... more

The New England Patriots are on the board in the 2016 NFL Draft after making four picks Friday on Day 2 of the NFL Draft. And unsurprisingly included one big surprise in the group. The Patriots, who did not have a pick in the first round because of... more

The Titans traded for running back DeMarco Murray this offseason. Now they've already drafted his replacement. Tennessee selected Alabama running back Derrick Henry with the No. 45 overall selection in the NFL Draft. It's a surprising pick because... more

One of the best players in the NFL Draft is finally off the board. The Jaguars traded up to select UCLA linebacker Myles Jack with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Jack was the second overall player on NFL Network draft analyst Danie... more

Two years after Johnny Manziel was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, a picture circulated Thursday night of Manziel at a bar in Columbus, Ohio before the Justin Bieber concert. Now out of work and without an agent because of legal issues and substan... more

Less than two months removed from being jilted at the aisle by Brock Osweiler, Broncos head honcho John Elway has found his new lanky quarterback of the future. The Broncos traded up five spots to No. 26 overall Thursday night to take Memphis... more

Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil  lived through a draft day nightmare after an unauthorized video was posted to his Twitter account just before the draft. But the Miami Dolphins ended his fall by taking him with the No. 13 overall pick.  The video sho... more

The Rams returned to Los Angeles in January . Three months later, they have a new face for their franchise. Jared Goff was selected first overall in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday night, ending weeks of speculation that started when the Rams trade... more

The wait is finally over. While the draft rumors continue to fly , they all have an expiration date in less than 24 hours. And all those rumors will be forgotten when the 2016 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 8 pm ET. This draft has been mock... more

The Cleveland Browns traded out of the No. 2 spot in the NFL Draft, but they can't stay out of the headlines with draft day fast approaching. On Wednesday, speculation increased on what the Browns will do with their pick at No. 8. NFL Media Insider... more

The Los Angeles Rams are trying to maintain a sense of mystery about the top pick of the NFL draft, but they aren't fooling anyone. The NFL world fully expects Jared Goff and Carson Wentz to go off the board first and second to kickstart Thursday n... more

Sam Bradford was given an $11 million signing bonus by the Eagles in March. Two months later, he wants out  of Philadelphia. Bradford's mediocre track record and enormous compensation since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2010 make him a natural bu... more

Sam Bradford wants out of Philadelphia, and he wants everyone to know about it. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Bradford will skip the rest of the Eagles' offseason training program in an effort to get traded. The request to be... more

NFL general managers are always only a draft away from changing their careers. New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese made his name in his first try back in 2007. He's been living off the embers from that first go-around and subsequent champions... more

The Rams' surprising selection of Todd Gurley with the No. 10 overall pick last year marked the first time since 2012 a running back was taken in the first round. It turns out Gurley wasn't taken high enough. Re-run the 2015 draft, and Gurley shoul... more

The Carolina Panthers' decision to rescind  Josh Norman's franchise tag is one of the most stunning NFL developments we've seen in a long time. With no warning, one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL is freely available one week before the NFL draft... more

The top of the 2016 NFL Draft has been shaken up again. This time around, it's the Philadelphia Eagles making a bold gambit to change the future of their franchise. The Eagles acquired the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft in a trade with th... more

The NFL sells parity. Any given Sunday and any given season still exists, but the NFC noticeably has had continuity at the top over the last few years. The Seattle Seahawks remain in the middle of a dominant four-year run as the NFC's best team. La... more

The NFL schedule is famously hard to handicap. A section of the schedule that looks difficult in April often turns into cupcake city when injuries and surprisingly poor seasons become evident. But we're going to try to predict what happens anyway.... more

The first game of the 2016 NFL season will have a familiar feel. The Carolina Panthers will open the season in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 8, with an early chance to bounce back from their Super Bowl 50 loss. This will be the first time a Super Bowl... more

Two weeks before the 2016 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams have already made their biggest move. The Rams' bold trade up to the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday morning will give L.A. a new face of the franchise. While we wait to find out who exactly... more

Former first-round pick Dominique Easley played exceedingly well for the New England Patriots last season when he was healthy. That makes the defensive lineman's release all the more surprising. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Easley was... more

The NFC North has a different feel to it these days. Instead of being "The Packers and everyone else," this feels like a two-team division at the top. The Green Bay Packers aren't defending NFC North champions for the first time in five seasons. Wh... more

One of Sean Payton's toughest moments in New Orleans came Saturday when he learned that his former captain Will Smith was shot to death, only eight blocks from Payton's home. Payton, who has lived in the city for 10 years, wanted to send a message... more

The NFC North has a different feel to it these days. Instead of being "The Packers and everyone else," this feels like a two-team division at the top. The Green Bay Packers aren't defending NFC North champions for the first time in five seasons. Wh... more

March

The NFC West's reign as the league's dominant division could be coming to an end. The division still boasts two superpowers, but the collapse of the 49ers coupled with the Rams' commitment to mediocrity creates an imbalance. This is the fifth offse... more

Free agency is a dream come true for the players who get life-changing contracts. But it can also change the fortunes of the players who stay put. After Marc Sessler looked at the players who suffered collateral damage during free agency , let's pi... more

We should have seen this coming. The Rams are back in Los Angeles, and it's only right to put them center stage on the best football television show of all time. The NFL announced Wednesday that HBO's Hard Knocks will feature the Rams during thei... more

The New England Patriots haven't given up on getting back their 2016 first-round draft pick.   Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday that he sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a month ago asking for the NFL to overturn the penalties... more

East North South West After more than a week of free-agency action, it's time to take stock of what teams have accomplished thus far. We'll assign highly scientific and inarguable grades for each NFL team's free-agent haul thus far,... more

East North South West After more than a week of free-agency action, it's time to take stock of what teams have accomplished thus far. We'll assign highly scientific and inarguable grades for each NFL team's free agent haul thus far,... more

East North South West After more than a week of free-agency action, it's time to take stock of what teams have accomplished thus far. We'll assign highly scientific and inarguable grades for each NFL team's free agent haul thus far,... more

East North South West After more than a week of free agency action, it's time to take stock of what teams have accomplished thus far. We'll assign highly scientific and inarguable grades for each NFL team's free agent haul thus far,... more

Midway through the 2015 season, the San Francisco 49ers no longer viewed Colin Kaepernick as a starting quarterback. They showed it with their play-calling, which treated the fifth-year veteran like a panicked rookie. They showed it when they benched... more

The Patriots traded a big-name defensive end on Tuesday when they surprisingly sent Chandler Jones to Arizona . They quickly welcomed another well-known star at the position to replace him. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Tuesday that Chri... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' excellent offseason continued Tuesday with the signing of offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Beachum agreed to a deal with the Jaguars, according to a source involved with the... more

Tuesday's trade of Chandler Jones to Arizona was a rarity in so many ways. It came out of nowhere, includes a big-name young star, and it makes a lot of sense for both teams. There simply aren't many trades in NFL history that include two of the b... more

It didn't take long for the free-agent market to settle down. Seventeen of the top 20 players of our original top 99 players list were signed within 24 hours of the market officially opening. After two days of free agency, only 10 players out of our... more

After an insane first day of free agency , things calmed down considerably around the NFL on Thursday. That gives a chance to take stock of what's happened so far. While it's more fun to choose our favorite deals of free agency thus far , it should... more

There will be no honeymoon period for Giants coach Ben McAdoo. After general manager Jerry Reese's spending spree Wednesday, expectations will be to win now, and win big. The Giants doled out nearly $200 million worth of contracts to try to fix a f... more

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has seen his buddies Benjamin Watson and Marques Colston leave the Saints in recent days. New Orleans' first major signing in free agency should cheer him up. The Saints announced that tight end Coby Fleener agreed to... more

Chase Daniel is following Doug Pederson across the country, and is ready to give the Eagles great depth at the quarterback position. He might even give them a quarterback competition.  NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Daniels has agreed... more

The defending Super Bowl champions need to start over at quarterback. Brock Osweiler is heading to Houston. In the most stunning news of free agency thus far, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported that Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans have agreed i... more

Matt Hasselbeck is retiring from football after 17 seasons, but he won't be out of the spotlight for long. Hasselbeck revealed his retirement Wednesday in conjunction with an announcement that he will be joining his brother Tim as an analyst at ESP... more

Free agency hasn't officially started, yet many of the best players who were poised to hit the market have already decided where they will be playing next season. That was the biggest takeaway from a busy Tuesday that included five of our top seven... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars tried signing a bruising running back in free agency two years ago in Toby Gerhart. That didn't work out, so they are trying it again with a more proven option. Former Jets running back Chris Ivory will sign with the Jaguar... more

The ageless Adam Vinatieri will continue to kick for the Indianapolis Colts. In a move that will surprise no one, the Colts announced they agreed to terms with the 43-year-old kicker on a new contract. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported it's a... more

Our No. 1 free agent on the market won't be available for long when free agency officially opens on Wednesday. Defensive end Malik Jackson, fresh off a Super Bowl title with Denver, has agreed to terms on a six-year, $90 million deal with the... more

Eagles head honcho Howie Roseman is not being subtle about erasing all traces of former coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. On a Monday that included one of the game's all-time greats retiring and a one-time superstar being released , the Eagles st... more

The new Eagles personnel boss is the same as the old boss. And executive vice president Howie Roseman is already starting to move on from some of former coach Chip Kelly's personnel decisions. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the... more

There was a time not so long ago when Robert Griffin III was considered the brightest young star in football. Now his departure from the Washington Redskins feels like little more than paperwork. The Redskins announced RGIII's release Monday aftern... more

Peyton Manning is going out a champion. Weeks after capturing his second Super Bowl title, the storied career of the NFL's all-time passing leader has come to an end. Manning announced his retirement after 18 seasons in the league at a news confe... more

Arian Foster fits Mario Williams Fits Robert Griffin III fits Jason Pierre-Paul fits Jason Pierre-Paul is perhaps the biggest X-factor of this free agency class. He's the player who inspired the most heated debate between Chris Wesseli... more

Arian Foster fits Robert Griffin III fits Arian Foster was set to be paid $6.5 million from the Houston Texans before his release on Thursday . He will have a hard time finding a team that will pay him that much money in 2016, but there shoul... more

Free agency is nearly upon us, with the market officially opening at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 9. After that? The 2016 NFL Draft, taking place in Chicago over the last three days of April. So, yes, 'tis the season for roster reconstruction! Wi... more

The deadline for teams to designate their franchise tag players has passed. Below are all of the players who will not hit free agency next week. Check out our list of top 99 free agents right here . Getting the tag 1. Muhammad Wilkerson, New Y... more

February

The NFL Scouting Combine is over. Now the biggest two weeks of the offseason can begin. The next 10 days will set the table for the next six months of NFL overanalysis. The biggest names will mostly be accounted for by next Friday, March 11. The bi... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers have indicated all week at the NFL Scouting Combine that they expect Colin Kaepernick to remain on the roster this season. Kaepernick might have different plans. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Thursday Kaepernick's agent... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Denver Broncos were the last team left standing when the confetti fell in Santa Clara, California, just a few weeks ago. With free agency approaching, they remain at the center of the NFL because they have so many big-name players... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Twenty-eight head coaches and general managers hit the podium on Day 1 at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, with one theme emerging: Love the one you're with. Niners general manager Trent Baalke revealed that Colin Kaepernick would... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Dallas Cowboys received a lot of negative attention for signing Greg Hardy last year, and Hardy brought more negative attention to himself throughout the season. It now appears his time with the Cowboys is up. We present one... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- In Rex Ryan's perfect world, there is no salary cap and the Bills' new owners would spend to make Buffalo an all-star team. Rex knows he doesn't live in that world, which is why Mario Williams probably will be released. "I'd love fo... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Forget about the salary. Forget about the reports that Colin Kaepernick wants to go elsewhere. The San Francisco 49ers want Kaepernick back on the roster, and that's what they plan to do. Baalke said Wednesday he "absolutely" expect... more

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Randy Gregory aware that he was a risk as a second-round pick following a failed drug test at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. His substance abuse problems have now shown up at the pro level. The NFL announced Gregory has... more

AFC PLAYERS ON THE BUBBLE NFC PLAYERS ON THE BUBBLE We've already looked at the players that could be cut in the AFC . Let's break down the NFC before any more actual moves happen. Strong candidates for release 1. Mike Wallace, Minn... more

AFC PLAYERS ON THE BUBBLE NFC PLAYERS ON THE BUBBLE The confetti had barely hit the ground in Santa Clara, California , when the mass text arrived from the Philadelphia Eagles: The team had released Riley Cooper on the first day of the... more

Jerod Mayo, a leader of the Patriots defense since he was drafted in 2008, announced Tuesday that he's chosen to retire. Mayo, who made two Pro Bowls and won the 2008 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, said in the message that he's "RETIRING A PATRIO... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, like most of the Carolina defense, didn't have a poor Super Bowl. He had two passes defensed and helped lead a secondary that gave up only 104 yards passing overall. And he was cryptic when tr... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The aging all-time great quarterback, benched just weeks before, helped his team win an improbable championship. The defensive coordinator with the Texas drawl won the title his father never could. The franchise's biggest legen... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Ron Rivera wanted the Panthers to get out to a fast start in Super Bowl 50, but using all his challenges in the first 20 minutes is not what he had in mind. Rivera is out of challenges for the rest of the game after challengi... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- This has been the season of Cam Newton. The only question is whether the new league MVP will finish it all off on Sunday with a Super Bowl title. Most Valuable Player voting Player Position No. of votes Cam Newton, Carolina Panth... more

Brett Favre stood apart throughout his NFL career. It only makes sense that he didn't have to wait long to join other legends in Canton, Ohio. Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfe... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- The future of the Pro Bowl is in question once again because Commissioner Roger Goodell isn't happy with the product. "I'm not gonna speculate on where the Pro Bowl is going but I was disappointed in what I saw on Sunday," Goodell... more

WHY THE BRONCOS WILL WIN WHY THE PANTHERS WILL WIN All of the analysis and pregame festivities are almost over. Super Bowl 50 is nearly here, and it's time to make our final cases for who will take the trophy. Here is why the Carolina Pan... more

Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claimed the Cleveland Browns quarterback struck her "several times" during an argument on Saturday night, according to an incident report released Thursday by the Fort Worth (Texas) Police Department. Shortly after th... more

Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith learned early Wednesday morning that his father Marty Christopher Williams had passed away while serving a life sentence in jail. "It's rough. I just found out this morning ," Smith told the Denver Post. "It... more

A quiet Super Bowl week thus far for the Denver Broncos took a surprising turn Tuesday night when the team decided to send home practice squad safety Ryan Murphy after he was questioned in a prostitution sting. Sgt. James Jensen of the Santa Clara... more

SAN JOSE -- The sports radio producer picked up the phone, surprised to hear Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera sounding apologetic on the other end. "I know we have an interview scheduled," Rivera said. "But I have some personal matters to attend... more

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Most media sessions during Super Bowl week amount to softball practice. These are great players on great teams and they are mostly asked to explain why they're so great. Cam Newton was served one of those softballs Tuesday when... more

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Every year, one Super Bowl team plays up the "no respect" card. Sometimes both teams try to pull it off. This year's team to pull the tactic is definitely the Denver Broncos, who enter the Super Bowl as underdogs for the second... more

The Detroit Lions won't let Calvin Johnson retire without a fight. As the team waits for Johnson's final decision on his future, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Lions' coaches and staff are looking for a way to bring him back to the... more

HOW THE BRONCOS WERE BUILT HOW THE PANTHERS WERE BUILT John Elway watched the Seattle Seahawks batter his record-setting 2013 Broncos offense in Super Bowl XLVIII and thought, "I want that." Elway gets what he wants. Working with the pu... more

HOW THE BRONCOS WERE BUILT HOW THE PANTHERS WERE BUILT NFL fans are familiar with "statement games." In 2013, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman had a statement draft. Selecting defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann... more

January

This might be Peyton Manning's "last rodeo ." But he made it clear on Thursday that he isn't interested in talking about potentially retiring during the build-up to Super Bowl 50. Manning went as far as jokingly questioning his conversation with Bi... more

The Broncos' upset win Sunday over the Patriots was hugely popular in Denver, Indianapolis, and just about anywhere football is watched outside New England. Belichickenfreude is real  -- or I just completely made it up. The flip side of the Patrio... more

Welcome to the longest two weeks of the NFL season. There's only one game left and we have to sit through our first Sunday in 21 weeks without meaningful football to get there. That's the annoying part. The good news is that all the buildup will l... more

This was Cam Newton's season. And it's about to become Cam Newton's world after the Carolina Panthers dismantled the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in the NFC Championship Sunday . Here's what we learned: 1. This was billed as a matchup of the best two t... more

The NFL's decision to move the extra-point line back this season wound up having a massive impact on the AFC Championship. And it left one of the league's best kickers wondering "What if?" "I feel like I lost the game for the team," Patriots kicker... more

Manning-Brady 17 came down to one play. But Manning and Brady were only supporting actors Sunday to the Denver Broncos' defensive show, so it's only fitting that the unit made the difference on the final play of Denver's 20-18 victory . Needing a... more

Top free agents Free agents by team Free agents by position RFA Free agent lists in January are teases. Fans see the big names and dream of offseason purchases their favorite team should acquire. In reality, most of the names on our... more

Many of the coaching hires made this offseason didn't feel like big changes. Of the seven coaches hired, three of them were promoted internal candidates: Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and Titans int... more

Mike McCarthy and most Packers fans have something in common: They want the Clay Matthews experiment at inside linebacker to end. McCarthy said that his "goal" is for Matthews to return to outside linebacker next season where he is a "great weapon"... more

Richard Sherman consoled himself after the Seattle's playoff loss in Carolina by reminding everyone that the Seahawks are young and not going anywhere  (he's right). Steelers coach Mike Tomlin broke down in tears when addressing his team, knowing... more

There were no upsets on Divisional Round weekend. And there are no truly big upsets possible for the rest of this NFL season. The remaining teams are too good. This was a top-heavy season in the NFL, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised to see the... more

Get ready for another Manning-Brady matchup with a Super Bowl spot on the line. Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense came up big on a 13-play fourth quarter drive to beat the Steelers 23-16 Sunday . Here's what we learned: 1. The Broncos earned... more

The Seahawks' two-year run atop the NFC is over. Perhaps Marshawn Lynch's time with the team is up as well. Lynch rushed six times for 20 yards and caught a couple of passes in a forgettable performance during Seattle's 31-24 defeat  to the Carolin... more

For three quarters, the Packers played the game of Mike McCarthy's dreams. At the final gun, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers looked ready to rewrite history. And then it suddenly ended for Green Bay, just another gut-wrenching playoff loss. "A... more

The NFL head coaching carousel spun wildly on Thursday. Suddenly, there is only one spot left to fill. On the 10th day of the NFL offseason, four head coaching vacancies were accounted for in dizzying fashion. Only the Tennessee Titans are still... more

Chiefs-Patriots Packers-Cardinals Seahawks-Panthers Steelers-Broncos The backstory Two of the AFC's best teams over the last decade are ready to meet again for the third time in the postseason in the Ben Roethlisberger era. But... more

Chiefs-Patriots Packers-Cardinals Seahawks-Panthers Steelers-Broncos The backstory This is a matchup worthy of the Super Bowl. Along with Arizona, Carolina and Seattle are two of the three best teams in the league. And they are... more

Johnny Manziel helped take down the Cleveland Browns' last head coach. Hue Jackson does not want to risk that happening again. The hiring of Jackson in Cleveland will trigger the end of Johnny Manziel's time with the team, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The temptation after a crushing playoff loss is to think about the positives, to think about next season. There is usually flowery talk about a "foundation" that was built and the inevitable improvements to come. It's a natural instinct to believe th... more

The Divisional Round is our favorite weekend on the NFL calendar. It's loaded with wall-to-wall football and eight teams that have legitimate title hopes. Last year included an AFC classic (Ravens-Patriots) and a controversial NFC classic... more

For the first quarter of Sunday's game in Washington, the Packers offense looked depressingly familiar. They gained a total of 11 yards in their first four drives while falling behind 11-0 to the Redskins. And then, without warning, the Packers off... more

Fifty-nine minutes of tense, sub-zero football will be mostly forgotten. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh's missed 27-yard field-goal attempt with 26 seconds left will go down in Vikings history alongside other blunders, helping the Seattle Seahawks advanc... more

Remember those forecasts calling for temperatures in the low single digits for Sunday's wild-card game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks? They were too optimistic. It was 6 degrees below zero just before kickoff, making it the thi... more

The Cincinnati Bengals, who had never completed a come-from-behind playoff victory in team history, somehow came from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to take a late one-point lead against the Pittsburgh Steelers on a rainy, epic Saturday night i... more

One of the dumbest and most costly penalties in recent NFL history resulted in receiver Antonio Brown suffering a concussion. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced after the Steelers' wild-card victory over Cincinnati that Brown was concussed on a... more

QB Index: Year-end rankings January 07, 2016

In last week's QB Index awards , we dubbed 2015 the Season of Cam. A strong Week 17 finish by Newton vaults him to the top of our year-end rankings. This is the third season we've done this column. Newton finished eighth in 2013 and 14th last seaso... more

After a dizzying initial 36 hours after the season, we thought things had quieted down Wednesday. Then we learned Sean Payton was staying in New Orleans and Lovie Smith was out in Tampa . There are seven job openings , with interviews having started... more

Week 17 is in the books and there is a lot to digest. We'll have all week to dive deep into the playoffs and coaching changes . In the meantime, let's take a quick look at three things to watch for in each playoff matchup for Wild Card Weekend.... more

The 49ers learned in 2015 that life without Jim Harbaugh wasn't so easy. They started 2016 by changing head coaches again. San Francisco announced Sunday night that Jim Tomsula was fired after only one season at the helm of the team. The 49ers won... more

So the Denver Broncos have the No. 1 seed in the AFC and Peyton Manning is the quarterback. What's new? Manning replaced Brock Osweiler during the third quarter of Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers and helped the Broncos clinch homefield advan... more

The Denver Broncos are back atop the AFC again. And Peyton Manning is back in the saddle at quarterback after replacing Brock Osweiler during a 27-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Here's what we learned: 1. Gary Kubiak made the surprising... more

The Cleveland Browns are rebooting the machine once again. Coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer have been fired following the team's loss to the Steelers, the team announced in a statement . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was the first... more

The Patriots (12-4) just had to beat the Dolphins (6-10) to clinch home-field advantage through the playoffs. They couldn't get it done. Here's what we learned from Miami's 20-10 win : 1. The Patriots' offense enters the playoffs a complete mess.... more

December
QB Index Awards December 30, 2015

This has been the season of Cam. Whether you rank Newton first in the MVP race or not, there's no denying that he's loomed larger than any NFL figure this season. It's hard to believe that Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III were considered be... more

Rex Ryan has regrets about his first season in Buffalo, but he will be able to make amends in 2016. The Bills announced Wednesday that Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley will be back for next season. Ryan's return is not a surprise, but Whaley's... more

Twenty teams start the offseason next week, but the coaching changes have already started. The Eagles' firing of Chip Kelly kickstarted the coaching carousel season last week, and more big moves -- like Mike Pettine's departure in Cleveland -- are... more

The Philadelphia Eagles didn't wait for Black Monday to make the first stunning coaching move of the season. Chip Kelly has been fired . It's an abrupt end to a fascinating coaching tenure in Philadelphia that started with so much promise. Kelly's... more

AFC Playoff Picture NFC Playoff Picture One of the best games of the NFL season Monday night ended just before midnight with the Denver Broncos beating the Cincinnati Bengals to clinch a playoff berth. That wasn't only AFC postseason... more

AFC Playoff Picture NFC Playoff Picture The NFC playoff teams are set. Now we just need to figure out where the teams will be seeded. Week 17 will have less drama than usual in the NFC because the Panthers, Cardinals, Packers, Redskins,... more

The Arizona Cardinals have played like the best team in the NFL all season long. On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers learned it the hard way in a 38-8 loss . The Cardinals clinched a playoff bye with the win. Here's what we learned:  1. How bad was t... more

The New York Jets' crucial win over the New England Patriots in overtime Sunday was overstuffed with twists and turns, great plays and chokes. But one bizarre moment is going to be remembered for as long as the Jets and Patriots remain AFC East riv... more

The Houston Texans (8-7) seem to change quarterbacks every week, but they are nearing their third-ever division title. Brandon Weeden led the way to a 34-6 victory  in Tennessee over the Titans (3-12). 1. We can only feel good for Weeden, who is s... more

The signature drive of Washington's division-clinching victory Saturday night took 13 plays and more than half a quarter. It ended, like so many recent Redskins drives, with a feathery Kirk Cousins touchdown pass. You can call the Redskins' offens... more

Kirk Cousins led the Redskins on an excellent drive late in the first half of Saturday night's game in Philadelphia, putting the Redskins at the seven-yard line with six seconds to play. What happened next is hard to explain. After a timeout by t... more

It makes sense for Drew Brees to sit out the final two games of a lost season because of the torn plantar fascia in his foot . Just don't tell Brees. After saying Thursday he had every intention of playing Sunday against the Jaguars, Brees was eve... more

We took a look last week at the teams that will be looking for quarterbacks in 2016. Now let's look at what players could be available at the most important position in sports. As I mentioned recently in our top 20 unrestricted free agents , there... more

Brock Osweiler will remain the Broncos starting quarterback for Denver's biggest game of the 2015 season. The team announced Wednesday that coach Gary Kubiak informed the entire squad that Osweiler will start and Peyton Manning is not expected to... more

The 2015 Pro Bowl roster was announced Tuesday night on NFL Network, and plenty of quality players were left out in the cold -- just not as many players as usual. I've been writing a Pro Bowl snubs list four seasons running and there were fewer... more

The Arizona Cardinals' dream season will continue without one of its brightest stars. Coach Bruce Arians announced Monday that Tyrann Mathieu will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Arizona placed the safety on injured reserve on Tuesday.... more

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE The Denver Broncos could still win home-field advantage for the 2015 playoffs. Or they could miss the playoffs entirely. The second doomsday scenario is easier to imagine. Denver's Week 16 Monday n... more

The Green Bay Packers are back on the right track, out-lasting the Raiders 30-20 in a driving rainstorm in Oakland. Here's what we learned:  1. This was a strange game, with the Packers leading at halftime 14-6 despite being dominated in total... more

The Odell Beckham-Josh Norman matchup included a lot of fireworks during the Panthers' 38-35 win Sunday , but most of it occurred after the whistle. Beckham and Norman tangled on two separate occasions in the first quarter of the Panthers-Giants ga... more

After building a 35-7 lead, the Panthers (14-0) were forced to sweat out a 38-35 win over the New York Giants (6-8) to stay undefeated. Here's what we learned: 1. The Panthers typically close well. This was not a typical game. A blocked field goa... more

"Keep the Rams. Keep the Rams!" The chant from the crowd in St. Louis resonated a lot more than any single play from the Rams' 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. The Rams closed out their 2015 home schedule in great... more

We know the 2015 quarterback power structure pretty well after 14 weeks. Our usual rankings are still below, but we wanted to start looking ahead to what teams will be looking for quarterbacks in 2016. There are a few compelling potential free agen... more

The Patriots have lost another key starter to injury, this time for the season. The team placed running back LeGarrette Blount on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday. Blount suffered a hip injury in Sunday's win over the Texans. New Engla... more

With three weeks remaining the season, the AFC Playoff Picture is shaping up to be a lot more interesting than the NFC. Sunday's action included a dramatic shakeup in the top three teams, a fallen team in the wild card race, and two more divisions... more

The Buffalo Bills' playoff hopes all but ended Sunday in a loss to Philadelphia that embodied so many of the team's troubles this season. They made mental mistakes, hurt themselves with penalties, and remained in denial afterward. "This one's toug... more

Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron has a daunting task in front of him as he prepares to replace Andy Dalton for next week's start, and possibly much longer. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Dalton is not necessarily out for the season, but he intimate... more

The Bills' wild-card hopes were virtually decimated Sunday in a 23-20 loss to Philadelphia  . But the Eagles are very much alive in the NFC East. Here's what we learned: 1. This was a fitting way for Rex Ryan's season to essentially end. They... more

Andy Dalton's dream 2015 season has hit a huge road block. Dalton was knocked out of Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter after suffering a thumb fracture. He said he will see a specialist Monday and Bengals coach Ma... more

Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals' smooth season just got a lot more complicated. The Steelers controlled the action against the Bengals in a 33-20 win , but it was Dalton's thumb injury that was the biggest story. Here's what we learned: 1.... more

Mike McCarthy is finally making the change that Packers fans have been asking for all season: he's taking over playcalling duties again. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed that McCarthy will call plays against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday aftern... more

The Arizona Cardinals are back in the playoffs for the second straight year under Bruce Arians. An old friend from his days with the Colts helped get him there. Dwight Freeney forced a fumble on Teddy Bridgewater with five seconds remaining to secu... more

Anquan Boldin has enjoyed his three starts with Blaine Gabbert at the helm. Boldin is getting a ton of targets (31) over those three games and his production has been solid to match with 18 catches for 223 yards. As far as Boldin is concerned, Gabb... more

Even the biggest Carson Palmer loyalists could not have imagined 2015 going this well. After one "retirement," two seasons of Hard Knocks and two torn ACLs, Palmer has found his football destiny with the third moribund franchise to acquire him. Pa... more

With the end of the regular season approaching, our attention is beginning to turn to postseason honors. Chris Wesseling has done a great job looking at the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year races in recent weeks. We wanted to shine a spotlight... more

Jeff Fisher is admitting another mistake in how he constructs an NFL offense. The St. Louis Rams coach announced Monday that he's fired offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. Assistant head coach/offense Rob Boras will take over for Cignetti. "It... more

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE Playing on Wild Card Weekend isn't a death sentence for Super Bowl hopes. Just ask the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, the 2011 New York Giants or the 2010 Green Bay Packers. But winning four games on the wa... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are alive and well in the NFC East after one of the more surprising upsets of the season, a 35-28 win over the New England Patriots. Here's what we learned: 1. The Patriots led in this game 14-0, but some disastrous specia... more

The Seattle Seahawks (7-5) look like a Super Bowl contender again. And the Vikings (8-4) don't look ready to beat quality competition yet. Here's what we learned from Seattle's 38-7 win : 1. No quarterback is playing better than Russell Wilson. He... more

Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary heard around the football world only happened because of a facemask penalty on Detroit's Devin Taylor the play before in Green Bay's 27-23 victory . At full speed, it looked like a clear call. Taylor's hand connected with... more

The Green Bay Packers got payback for the "Fail Mary ," three years later in Detroit. One play after a borderline call extended the game, Aaron Rodgers connected on a miraculous 61-yard Hail Mary throw to Richard Rodgers with no time remaining to... more

We've reached the point of the season where the weekly rankings for the Quarterback Index don't change a ton. The rankings are based on the season overall, so one week isn't going to move the meter. There are some exceptions -- like Matthew Staffor... more

Josh McCown's quietly solid season as the starting quarterback in Cleveland is over. Browns coach Mike Pettine announced Tuesday that McCown is out for the season with a broken collarbone. He suffered the injury in Monday night's heartbreaking loss... more

November

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE The NFL season is the most compact of the four major U.S. sports, yet it's still plenty long enough for teams to rise from the dead. On Oct. 25, the Houston Texans fell behind 41-0 at halftime to... more

Jerry Jones couldn't have dreamed up a bigger Thanksgiving nightmare. America's Team was just a supporting actor on the holiday. Now that the Panthers are the only undefeated team left in the NFL, Cam Newton and his Carolina buddies will be on cent... more

Ryan Tannehill's disappointing day in New Jersey on Sunday turned sour after the Dolphins' 38-20 loss when he called out Jets safety Calvin Pryor for celebrating after a big hit on Dolphins receiver Rishard Matthews. "That's kind of a classless mo... more

The end of Ben Roethlisberger's fascinating performance in Seattle ended with an injury scare. We'll have to see if the injury remains a story for the Steelers moving forward. Roethlisberger left Sunday's 39-30 loss to the Seahawks with just over... more

The St. Louis Rams have lost four straight games after a 4-3 start, the latest being a desultory 31-7 loss in Cincinnati on Sunday. Just don't try to tell coach Jeff Fisher that his team isn't trying. "Anyone implies that it's an effort issue, the... more

After a slow start, the Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) absolutely took over Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills (5-6) on the way to a 30-22 victory . Here's what we learned: 1. The Chiefs trailed Buffalo late in the first half Sunday, 10-0. They had... more

The new nadir of the Chip Kelly Experiment in Philadelphia came late in the third quarter of a 45-14 blowout loss to a 3-7 team. Trailing the Lions 38-7, the Eagles had fourth-and-two at midfield. Kelly punted. That was Kelly waving the white flag... more

Cardinals cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has dissected the tape, and he agrees with the 49ers' decision to bench Colin Kaepernick before Kaepernick's season-ending surgery. In Mathieu's mind, Blaine Gabbert is simply a better player . "That's not to tak... more

The Seahawks' push for the playoffs is going to come without Beast Mode. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the running back had surgery Wednesday morning to repair a sports hernia, according to a source informed of the player's situation. C... more

Thanksgiving remains the best holiday on the calendar, even if it might bring bad tidings for three teams this year. The Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears are on the edge of falling out of the playoff picture. A loss on turkey day... more

Johnny Football's national showcase on Monday Night Football might not happen because of a video showing him enjoying the nightlife again. Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that he's considering benching Johnny Manziel for the game... more

The NFL will be looking into why St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was not tested for a possible concussion at the end of Sunday's loss to the Ravens, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Keenum's head was slammed to the turf on the... more

It was a great week for the power teams in the NFC playoff picture . Carolina cruised to 10-0 and dominated Twitter . Arizona survived one of its toughest tests left on the schedule, with Carson Palmer getting a sweet measure of revenge . And Green... more

Peyton Manning watched the Broncos' 17-15 win over Chicago on Sunday somewhere in Denver. There's no telling when he will be back on the field with his teammates. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak was predictably non-committal when asked whether fourth-ye... more

The NFC North still goes through Green Bay. The Packers dispatched the Vikings in convincing fashion with a vintage performance from Aaron Rodgers and the team's defensive line in a 30-13 win . Here's what we learned: 1. Take away the records, and... more

We didn't think the Baltimore Ravens' season could involve more bad luck, but it got a whole lot worse on Sunday . Joe Flacco will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and possibly a torn MCL, coach John Harbaugh announced after the Ravens'... more

Tony Romo is back and suddenly the Cowboys can close again. They dominated the fourth quarter in a 24-14 victory in Miami over the Dolphins. 1. Tony Romo had two Cassel-like interceptions on Sunday under pressure. But the Cowboys ended their... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting used to winning close games late in the fourth quarter. Now it's time to get used to them being part of the AFC South race. Jaguars defensive end Alan Branch sacked Marcus Mariota at the Titans' 26-yard line as... more

Johnny Manziel gave the Browns no choice but to start him the rest of the year. That's all Mike Pettine ever wanted. Amidst a backdrop of organizational disagreement, if not dysfunction, Manziel was not given the same benefit of the doubt of a norm... more

There are so few teams truly out of the playoff race after 10 weeks. It's hard to count any team out of the desultory AFC South, where only two games separate first place from the cellar. That might be the only decent division race, but there are a t... more

Just two weeks ago, the Patriots boasted one of the best group of skill position "triplets" in the league: Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis. Now they are just down to Gronk. Edelman broke a bone in his foot Sunday against the Giants an... more

Three months after giving Nick Foles a two-year contract extension , the St. Louis Rams have decided to bench him. Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced that Case Keenum will start at quarterback for the Rams at Baltimore this week. Foles has been remov... more

The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers started the year ranked as our two best teams in a top-heavy league. Ten weeks in, both teams are fighting for their playoff lives. Each Monday, we're going to dive deep into forecasting the playoff pictu... more

This time, the Patriots found a way to break the New York Giants' heart. Stephen Gostkowski hit a game-winning field goal to beat the Giants 27-26 in another classic between these teams. Here's what we learned: 1. Facing fourth-and-10 at his own... more

Cam Newton keeps scoring and keeps winning. And other teams can't find anything else to whine about other than his celebrations. Newton had a particularly lengthy dance after scoring a touchdown to put Sunday's 27-10 win in Tennessee out of reach,... more

The Eagles lost their quarterback, and then lost a fourth-quarter lead to the Miami Dolphins in a 20-19 setback . Here's what we learned: 1. Sam Bradford exited the game with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury and a concussion midway through th... more

No quarterback in NFL history has thrown for more yards than Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Unfortunately, Manning broke the record on one of his worst days as a professional. Manning, the ultimate signal-caller of this pass-heavy era,... more

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford was knocked out of Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins after taking a big hit during the third quarter. Bradford suffered an AC joint sprain in his non-throwing shoulder, NFL Media Insider Ian Rap... more

Thursday night's matchup included the Jets and Bills in brand new "Color Rush" uniforms from Nike. They just forgot about all of us colorblind folks out there. When Ryan Fitzpatrick threw his first pass of the night, it looked to me like two diffe... more

Dez Bryant's frustrations boiled over Thursday during a heated verbal exchange with a local reporter in Dallas. NFL Network's Desmond Purnell reported that Bryant and a reporter got into a loud verbal exchange that went on for several minutes. "Bry... more

The class of 2014 quarterbacks had a clear alpha dog after last season. Teddy Bridgewater was the consensus answer to the question: If you could re-draft the class now, who would you take at quarterback? I ranked Bridgewater No. 1 among his class'... more

We're in the midst of the most top-heavy season in NFL history with three teams at 8-0. And it's not just about the undefeated teams. It's hard to find many teams that even look like true playoff teams, much less legitimate title contenders. The Ar... more

Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib's adventures in eye-poking on Sunday against the Colts will result in a suspension. The NFL notified Talib he has been suspended without pay for this Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs for his eye-poke of Col... more

Andrew Luck's roller coaster season has taken a turn for the worse. The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that Luck will miss 2-6 weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle. The team says the injuries will not requir... more

Every Monday morning, we try to avoid overreacting to what we witnessed the day before . But some losses truly do matter more than others. Some losses should inspire panic. The Cowboys, Falcons and Dolphins are three teams that experienced devasta... more

Brandon Browner's nightmare season in New Orleans continued on the field Sunday, and then got even worse in the locker room after the game. Browner directed a profanity-laced tirade at reporters after the Saints' overtime loss , primarily WWL-TV... more

Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out of Sunday's win against the Rams after being concussed while taking a late shot to the head while sliding. The hit came from Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer did not mince words after t... more

Ben Roethlisberger was injured midway through the fourth quarter, but Antonio Brown carried the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders  in Week 9. Here's what we learned: 1. This could be the ultimate Pyrrhic victory. The Stee... more

Ben Roethlisberger's return to the Steelers' lineup didn't even last two full games. Big Ben suffered a mid-foot sprain during the Steelers' 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, a source briefed on the injury told NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

Last Sunday night, NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth called the performance by the Broncos cornerbacks against Green Bay one of the best he's ever seen in person. But does Denver have the best secondary in the league? We've crunched the numbers, watche... more

The firing of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was the latest development in a tumultuous season for the Indianapolis Colts. Even before Hamilton was let go, players were getting worried that all the negativity was creating a distraction. The... more

Johnny Manziel gave the Browns a brief spark, but the Browns ultimately were little more than supporting players in the battle of Ohio on Thursday night. These Cincinnati Bengals are making undefeated look easy. Tight end Tyler Eifert caught three... more

Midseason Report time at NFL Media is a week for reflection , celebration and useless awards . It's a time to take stock of what's happened before this hyperspeed season hits Thanksgiving and things really get weird. This has been the most disrup... more

The Indianapolis Colts' wayward season has claimed its first victim. The team fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, the Colts announced Tuesday . The team's associate head coach Rob Chudzinski will assume Hamilton's job. The news comes after an... more

It's been hard to understand this season why Pierre Thomas has not had a job in the NFL considering he caught 45 passes last season. On Tuesday, he finally got a job. Thomas' agent Lamont Smith announced that Thomas has agreed to terms with the Sa... more

While Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack will not waive his no-trade clause , the team's stalwart left tackle Joe Thomas remains on the trade block. And the Browns aren't looking to just give him away. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday... more

Denver's destruction of Green Bay felt like the most important result of this young NFL season. It confirmed that the Denver defense could look historically dominant even against the top-shelf quarterbacks. It showed the Broncos offense, especially... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to wait until next season to see Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell on the field at the same time again. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Bell is expected to miss the rest of the season with a badly tor... more

Denver's destruction of the Green Bay Packers  on Sunday night was perhaps the most significant result of the season. It showed the potential the Broncos offense still has. It shows the Broncos defense can throttle even the best quarterbacks. The... more

The Buccaneers blew a big lead for the second straight week. But they recovered in overtime for a stirring 23-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Here's what we learned: 1. This game was the Full Jameis Winston Experience. There was a lot to lik... more

Steve Smith's retirement tour was cut short Sunday in the cruelest way imaginable. Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced that Smith suffered a torn Achilles during the team's 29-26 win over the Chargers in Baltimore. The 36-year old announced in... more

October

The Miami Dolphins played much better after firing Joe Philbin in large part because defensive end Cameron Wake was healthier. He was the most dominant defensive player in the league in Weeks 6-7 after not making any impact in September. NFL Media... more

Dan Campbell's early run as interim coach of the Miami Dolphins was a nice story. But the New England Patriots have a way of exposing every weakness, and the Dolphins still have plenty of them. Tom Brady led a full-scale destruction of the Dolphins... more

Something has to give early in Sunday's massive tilt between the Broncos and Packers. Green Bay has outscored opponents 66-9 in the first quarter this season. The Broncos, meanwhile, haven't allowed a point in the first quarter all year. We wouldn... more

Andrew Luck and Cam Newton are the best young quarterbacks to storm the league this decade , with Russell Wilson not far behind. Luck and Newton have nearly identical "measurables" and their NFL Scouting Combine testing was eerily similar. Both have... more

Jason Pierre-Paul's long-awaited return to the New York Giants is here.  Pierre-Paul has signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Giants, the team announced Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first broke the news. The Giants are... more

The Houston Texans are done hearing excuses from Ryan Mallett. He's no longer on the team. Mallett was released by the team Tuesday, wrapping up a tumultuous few days in Houston that included Mallett missing his team's charter flight for the game .... more

The Detroit Lions' ugly start to the season has inspired major changes to the coaching staff. The team fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on Monday, the team announced. The Lions also fired offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry... more

Seven weeks into the NFL season is long enough to take a hard left turn. Teams like the Bills who started off promising have swerved toward disaster. The opposite also remains true: The Dolphins and Saints have real hope Monday morning after sufferin... more

It didn't take long for Greg Hardy to make news as a member of the Dallas Cowboys for something other than his play on the field. In his second game back from suspension, Hardy entered the team's special teams huddle in the fourth quarter and appea... more

The Eagles' beleaguered offensive line lost its best player in their Sunday night loss . Left tackle Jason Peters was carted off the field after suffering an injury in the first quarter of Sunday night's game against the Panthers. The Eagles decla... more

It was separation day in the AFC West, as the Oakland Raiders lambasted the Chargers in San Diego 37-29 in a game that wasn't nearly that close. Here's what we learned: 1. This game was a fantastic opportunity for one of these teams to step up in... more

After a tumultuous week in Washington, Kirk Cousins is rather fired up after the largest comeback in team history Sunday. "You like that! You like that!" Cousins yelled as he walked to the locker room after leading the Redskins on the 24-point... more

Matt Ryan tried to throw Sunday's game away to the Tennessee Titans. Zach Mettenberger threw it right back in a 10-7 win by Atlanta . 1. This was another example of the Falcons finding a way to win the type of game they would lose a year ago. On a... more

The Rams could barely throw the ball for most of Sunday's game. They didn't need to in a 24-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns. 1. It's amazing how much Todd Gurley has transformed the entire Rams team. Because of him, the 3-3 Rams can survive a... more

Seattle coach Pete Carroll and his merry band of Seahawks insisted all week they weren't worried. They still believed they were a championship-caliber team despite a 2-4 record. On Thursday night, they played like champions. Seattle dispatched the... more

Russell Wilson is playing better than he did a season ago, yet the back-to-back NFC Champions are 2-4. Sam Bradford, ranked dead last in ESPN's QBR stat for the season , has shown no progress the last two weeks while throwing five interceptions. The... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been openly optimistic for weeks that wide receiver Dez Bryant would be ready to play after the team's bye week despite an initial recovery timetable from his broken foot that said it was unlikely. Now we've arr... more

The Denver Broncos were so good offensively in 2013 that it almost became boring. How many successful swing passes to Demaryius Thomas can you watch in a lifetime? This Broncos team is far more flawed and interesting. The combination of the league'... more

The image of the Seahawks season: Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas questioning each other after allowing Greg Olsen's game-winning touchdown Sunday night . These were the two best players in the Legion of Boom, openly trying to figure out why they l... more

Cam Newton saved his best for last, and the Seahawks have to live with another blown fourth quarter lead in a 27-23 Panthers win in Seattle. 1. Newton has enjoyed some great moments in his young career. He helped beat the Patriots on Monday Night... more

Denver's defense did it again. They carried a struggling Broncos offense for long enough to beat the Cleveland Browns 26-23 in overtime in one of the craziest games of the season. 1. The Broncos have two opponents every week: The guys in the othe... more

For at least one night, the New Orleans Saints turned back the clock to their glory years. Thursday's 31-21 victory over the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons included so many of the familiar Saints ingredients of the last decade. Drew Brees w... more

Thursday night's game in New Orleans has put Saints coach Sean Payton's future in the spotlight. We have been wondering aloud if it's time for the Saints to move on , and Payton is open to making a change. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

The quarterback position feels turned upside down entering Week 6. Veterans like Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford are playing like rookies . Andy Dalton is building an MVP candidate resume. And a trio of young starters have taken huge steps toward... more

There will be a day when Sean Payton returns to New Orleans as an ex-Saints coach. He will get a standing ovation when he arrives for dinner at an uptown restaurant. He'll throw beads as the King of Bacchus . The roar in the Superdome will be deafeni... more

The Steelers' stirring fourth-quarter comeback Monday night was kick-started by Ben Roethlisberger in street clothes on the Pittsburgh sideline, playing the role of assistant coach. Things looked bleak for the Steelers following a Chargers touchdo... more

Jamaal Charles' season will end early once again. Charles will miss the rest of the season with a torn right ACL, the Kansas City Chiefs announced Monday. After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the team feared Charles suffered a torn ACL. The... more

There is nothing worse as an NFL fan than rooting for a team without a franchise quarterback. That is, unless you root for a team with the wrong franchise quarterback . Matthew Stafford's benching on Sunday against Arizona highlighted the struggli... more

The Cowboys' defensive game plan worked for a while, sacking Tom Brady five times in the first half. And Dallas still lost 30-6 at home to the undefeated Patriots. 1. This game shows how tough it will be to slow down Brady this season. The Cowboy... more

The Cincinnati Bengals were down 24-7 to start the fourth quarter Sunday -- and they still found a way to stay undefeated and knock off Seattle 27-24 in an overtime thriller . 1. It's no longer an option to dismiss the Bengals. Now 5-0, their 17-p... more

With the first quarter of the season out of the way, we've been getting reflective on Around The NFL this week. We broke out our Power Poll , looked at the season's biggest disappointments , named our quarter season All Pro team  and ranked all the... more

Brian Hoyer's best performance in nearly a year was undone by a terrible decision late in Houston's 27-20 loss to the Colts. It's hard to imagine, however, Hoyer returning to the bench next week. Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett in the second quarter... more

The Indianapolis Colts might never lose a game in the AFC South again. Matt Hasselbeck helped the Colts beat a division rival for the second time in five days Thursday night, this time on the road in a 27-20 win over a desperate Texans team in Hou... more

Four games is enough. It's enough to start believing in Andy Dalton or wondering about Ryan Tannehill. It's enough to believe this is finally Carson Palmer's year. Four weeks is enough to recognize how this season is different, while understanding ho... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Wednesday in New York following the Fall League Meeting, providing updates on the league's quest to enter the Los Angeles market, among other topics. "Obviously there are two potential solutions in... more

Ryan Tannehill saw the reports of his actions at Dolphins practice last week, and he's not pleased. "Yeah, I'm upset. It's slanderous to report things I didn't say, to degrade my reputation, it's sickening to me," Tannehill said via NFL Media's Je... more

It didn't take long for our preseason power poll to look like the product of drunk madmen. The six Around The NFL writers ranked the 32 teams before the season, and settled on seven title contenders. The Eagles were one of them. The top of our sec... more

Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell stressed changing the team's practice habits in his introductory press conference. It appears some of those changes were inspired by an incident involving Ryan Tannehill in London last Saturday. The Nationa... more

The Buffalo Bills were called for 17 penalties on Sunday in a sloppy loss to the Giants, including an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by linebacker Preston Brown for mixing it up with Odell Beckham. Brown says he was only responding to an unwarra... more

Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor made one of the plays of the year Monday night by forcing a fumble on the goal line, saving Seattle from potentially falling to 1-3. But should the Seahawks have been called for a penalty on the play? According to NF... more

Miami's early dismissal of coach Joe Philbin was a recognition of the team's total collapse. The offensive line has had no clue how to adjust to blitzes, often getting Ryan Tannehill crushed. Tannehill isn't able to change the plays at the line of... more

This time, Green Bay didn't need a great performance from Aaron Rodgers. They won 17-3 in San Francisco on the strength of their defense. 1. Colin Kaepernick's lack of awareness and San Francisco's terrible pass protection is a rough combination.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars had multiple chances to kick for a rare win in Indianapolis. They didn't convert. Matt Hasselbeck helped the Colts get to 2-2 with a 16-13 overtime win . 1. We hated Jaguars coach Gus Bradley calling for a run on third-and... more

The Patriots can't settle on an offensive line. And that's by design. The team has been rotating their line on the interior to a rare degree in professional football, and it's working out quite well. The Boston Herald broke down the rotation , prim... more

Drew Brees is ready to return to the field from his shoulder injury, just in time for Sunday Night Football . "I think he's planning on starting and we're planning on starting him," coach Sean Payton said Friday at his press conference before listi... more

The Bills are first in the league in plays over 20 yards. Yet they have done it with very little help from Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy. That will continue this week. The Bills officially announced Watkins (calf) and McCoy (hamstring) were for th... more

Mike Vick was not an improvement on the Michael Vick we've watched over the last few seasons. For most of Thursday night's game, the Steelers let their defense and running game carry the day. Pittsburgh almost seemed afraid to let Vick drop back a... more

Joe Flacco walked off Heinz Field after taking a sack on fourth-and-10, trailing by three points, with just over two minutes remaining Thursday night. The Baltimore Ravens' season looked all but over at 0-4. Little did we know the fun part of the g... more

September

The Colts' comeback victory over the Titans made me a little emotional too . It's the early favorite for game of the year because of two explosive comebacks and because it felt like the first game that altered the course of the season. There will o... more

Tyrann Mathieu looks at his division rivals in St. Louis and wonders why they aren't better . "You look at those guys' roster , I don't know how these guys don't win the Super Bowl every year," Mathieu told Mike Florio Tuesday on ProFootballTalk Li... more

It's a strange time to be a Chicago Bears fan. The decision to trade Jared Allen Monday makes sense on paper because he wasn't a fit for their 3-4 defense and he was taking up valuable snaps. But it's also a trade that a team makes when it's looki... more

The Cardinals' offense is so good that it's turned Chris Johnson five years younger. Johnson is enjoying a third career act no one saw coming just months after being shot as a passenger in a Jeep and subsequently facing his football mortality on the... more

Ben Roethlisberger is the latest big-name NFL quarterback to suffer an injury. But the Pittsburgh Steelers avoided a worst-case scenario on Roethlisberger's left knee Sunday night. On Monday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the quarterback will "be... more

The undefeated Arizona Cardinals are on a roll and creating some distance in the NFC West after a 47-7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Here's what we learned: 1. Colin Kaepernick set the wrong kind of record. He threw two pick sixes in the... more

Cam Newton doesn't understand why the Saints weren't called for a personal foul on a potential late hit during the Panthers' 27-22 win Sunday . And he really doesn't understand the explanation he got from official Ed Hochuli after the play. "The... more

Ben Roethlisberger left Sunday's game with a left knee injury in the third quarter, but the Steelers still survived for a 12-6 win in St. Louis. Here's what we learned: 1. Michael Vick gave the Rams chances to win when he entered with just over... more

Ben Roethlisberger is the latest big name quarterback to suffer an injury. The Steelers quarterback left Sunday's 12-6 victory over the Rams in the third quarter with a left knee injury. He was hit low while getting sacked by Rams safety Mark Barro... more

Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams is underway after it was delayed roughly 28 minutes due to a pregame pyrotechnics mishap. Officials announced at the game that an accidental turf fire occurred during pregame warmups... more

The NFC East is off to an ugly start this season. Thursday night's game continued the trend, but Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants will see the 32-21 victory over the Redskins as a work of art. The Giants improved to 1-2 on the season with a tr... more

Ben Roethlisberger is playing the best football of his oddly underrated career. The Steelers' offense has racked up more yards than any team in the league despite missing Le'Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant and Maurkice Pouncey. What are they going to loo... more

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says you won't find a more "gifted passer" in the NFL than Brandon Weeden. But the team is going to make sure that they have insurance in case he doesn't work out. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Tuesday tha... more

The sky is falling in nine NFL cities after their teams fell to 0-2 in Week 2: Indianapolis, Baltimore, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit and New York where the Giants own the back page puns.  Take out the Bears, a team... more

The depressing start to the New Orleans Saints season just got a lot worse. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Saints believe quarterback Drew Brees has an injury to his rotator cuff, causing him weakness, pain and discomfort, that l... more

The Bills were amped up for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Perhaps too amped up. After the Patriots withstood the initial Bills onslaught Sunday afternoon and put together a few touchdown drives of their own, the Bills seemingly didn't know ho... more

The rough news day started in Dallas before the sun came up, with the report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Dez Bryant could be out until December . Less than 12 hours later, Bryant's timetable felt like a secondary story. Tony Romo broke... more

Rex Ryan had Buffalo in a fever all week. The fever broke midway through the first quarter of a convincing 40-32 victory by the New England Patriots in Buffalo Sunday. Here's what we learned: 1. So much for Rex having a beat on how to slow down T... more

The Cowboys gave Dez Bryant the contract he wanted before training camp because they couldn't imagine playing without him. Now they are going to find out how truly valuable he is for longer than expected. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke news... more

Peyton Manning has won a lot of memorable games in primetime throughout his career. Thursday night's 31-24 victory over Kansas City was one of the craziest, and had to be one of the most satisfying. The Broncos are 2-0 on the young season after a... more

It's not all about the arm strength. The discussion surrounding Peyton Manning's struggles naturally focus on his fluttering out routes, but that's not a new phenomenon. There were far more unfamiliar, jarring Manning sights in Denver. The tempo of... more

The New England Patriots recently requested the reinstatement of the two staffers that were suspended in the wake of the team's deflated ball scandal following last season's AFC Championship game. On Wednesday, the team got the news they were looki... more

Browns starting quarterback Josh McCown remained in concussion protocol Wednesday, with the Browns preparing Johnny Manziel as the starter for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. Coach Mike Pettine is also getting another quarterback ready to... more

The Packers have been looking for a solution at inside linebacker for a while now, without any great answers. Their search got tougher over the weekend when Sam Barrington injured his foot. Barrington will miss the rest of the season with a foot in... more

Giants coach Tom Coughlin told the world to put the blame squarely on him for New York's disastrous clock management late in their collapse in Dallas. Quarterback Eli Manning, however, deserves some of the blame for what happened. Little did we kn... more

Peyton Manning and the Broncos were destroyed by a defense-first team in the Super Bowl only 19 months ago. Now Denver is a defense-first team. And they have the talent to be as good as those 2013 Seattle Seahawks. Denver is the most fascinating t... more

Dallas' incredible game-winning drive should have never happened. They shouldn't have had the time, and Giants coach Tom Coughlin knows it. Leading by three points with 1:43 left in the game Sunday, Coughlin called for a pass by Eli Manning on... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans might be wishing for a draft do-over after watching No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota thrash the Bucs on the way to a 42-14 win for the Titans . 1. Mariota set an NFL record with four touchdown passes in the first half of... more

The Saints played not to lose. Bruce Arians and the Cardinals called their game aggressively to win, and were rewarded with a 31-19 victory over New Orleans . Here's what we learned: 1. One late sequence showed the difference between these two... more

This time the Seahawks ran in a crucial short-yardage situation. They still lost 34-31 in overtime to the St. Louis Rams in another great game between the NFC West rivals. Here's what we learned: 1. The conversation in Seattle this week will be a... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wasn't thrilled with his team's play in Thursday's loss to the Steelers , and he wasn't happy about headset communication problems at Gillette Stadium. "We were listening to the Patriots' radio broadcast for th... more

The running backs change. The cornerbacks change. Even the scandals change. But Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Rob Gronkowski remain in New England, so the winning remains the same. The Patriots handled the Pittsburgh Steelers  on Thursday 28-21 in... more

The old guard at quarterback has to change eventually. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's ridiculous late-career runs, with monster numbers deep into their 30s, have adjusted our expectations at quarterback. Now when Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberge... more

Seven teams stand out in Around The NFL's Power Poll as legitimate title contenders. The seven teams include four Hall of Fame quarterbacks, another young MVP favorite at quarterback, and one of the greatest defenses of the last 40 years. That's six... more

Broncos Chargers Chiefs Raiders Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC West Change we can believe in After just missing the playoffs, the Chargers didn't overhaul their roster. But some small upgrades throughout... more

Broncos Chargers Chiefs Raiders Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC West Change we can believe in The Raiders have a roster that looks NFL caliber for the first time in years. This is progress. Last year's roo... more

Broncos Chargers Chiefs Raiders Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC West Change we can believe in Can upgrades in the coaching staff make up for losses on the roster? That's the question Broncos fans are asking... more

Broncos Chargers Chiefs Raiders Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC West Change we can believe in The Chiefs are one of the more stable franchises going these days entering Year 3 of the Andy Reid takeover. It... more

The Seahawks are planning for the regular season to start without the services of their star safety Kam Chancellor. Other teams are starting to inquire whether the team might be willing to move him. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the... more

One of the coolest stories of the NFL preseason will continue into Week 1. Former Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne survived the final cuts of the San Francisco 49ers, and will be on the team's 53-man roster, the team announced. IT ALWAYS WORKS OUT! I... more

Hold off on the Montee Ball trade rumors for now. He's still a member of the Denver Broncos. The 2013 second round pick was not among the players released by the Broncos Saturday as they announced their cutdown to the 53-man roster . Kapri Bibbs, w... more

Devon Still, whose daughter Leah's battle with cancer captivated a nation, was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, the team announced. The organization showed a lot of compassion in how they handled Still's status throughout the last ye... more

Fred Jackson is back in the NFL, and he landed in a perfect place to make his first playoff appearance of his career. Jackson is headed to Seattle to join the Seahawks on a one-year deal, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, according to... more

The Philadelphia Eagles came up with a creative way to ease their quarterback logjam. The team traded Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Eagles will receive a conditional... more

Browns coach Mike Pettine gave some clarity to the Cleveland Browns' running back situation Thursday night, just in time for all those last-minute fantasy drafts. Pettine said in his postgame news conference that Isaiah Crowell has the edge to star... more

Tim Tebow, the NFL's ultimate Rorschach test, played two full quarters of Thursday's preseason finale. If this was his final NFL performance, he went out in typical exciting, confounding, Tebowian style. Fans of Tebow will point to the box score an... more

Throughout training camp and the preseason, the Patriots gave Tom Brady all the usual snaps afforded to their starting quarterback. It turns out he will get all the snaps to start the regular season, too. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's decisi... more

Buccaneers Falcons Panthers Saints Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC South. Change we can believe in The Panthers keep losing before the games start. They lost top receiver Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL in training... more

Buccaneers Falcons Panthers Saints Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC South. Change we can believe in The Bucs' roster looks like the NFL equivalent of fantasy football's "stars and scrubs" strategy. They have big-na... more

Buccaneers Falcons Panthers Saints Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC South. Change we can believe in The most vanilla team in Hard Knocks history got a shot of energy when they hired coach Dan Quinn from Seattle an... more

Buccaneers Falcons Panthers Saints Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC South. Change we can believe in The Saints can't seem to stick to a plan. They handed Jimmy Graham a monster contract last July, and then traded... more

August

Cowboys Eagles Giants Redskins Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC East. Change we can believe in This is a franchise afraid of too much change. 2015 feels like a final chance for the Tom Coughlin-Eli Manning-Jerry Re... more

Cowboys Eagles Giants Redskins Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC East. Change we can believe in Continuity is overrated. That's what Eagles coach Chip Kelly's actions told us this offseason as he said goodbye to LeSea... more

Cowboys Eagles Giants Redskins Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC East. Change we can believe in The Cowboys defense hid its weaknesses well last season. Now, their pass rush could be a strength. The additions of... more

Cowboys Eagles Giants Redskins Around The NFL's season preview starts with the NFC East. Change we can believe in Hiring new general manager Scot McCloughan was a huge step in the right direction for this wayward organization. Bu... more

No settlement was reached in talks between the NFL and lawyers for Tom Brady at a New York Federal court house Monday morning. Judge Richard Berman engaged the two sides in settlement talks for weeks, but he quickly announced Monday that those talk... more

The Green Bay Packers were dealt one of the cruelest blows of the preseason when Jordy Nelson tore his ACL last week . The injury bug continued to be a problem Saturday night . Packers receiver Randall Cobb suffered an AC joint sprain in his should... more

If they gave awards for the preseason, Chip Kelly would have Coach of the Year locked down. Sam Bradford, meanwhile, made his case for Preseason Comeback of the Year on Saturday night. Bradford lit up the Green Bay Packers' defense in one quarter o... more

What could be the final preseason game of Steve Smith's career ended in fitting fashion. Smith was ejected from Saturday night's game after fighting with Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver, who was also ejected. The sequence had a little... more

After further review, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will not be available to play in the team's third preseason game Saturday because of his recent concussion. One day after the team announced that Griffin was cleared to play,... more

Peyton Manning and Adam Gase can start putting the champagne on ice. The architects of the highest-scoring offense in NFL history should feel a lot more secure about their records lasting another season after the second week of the preseason. There... more

Ten years after Adam Vinatieri left New England to play with the Patriots' biggest rival, Reggie Wayne is set to return the favor. Wayne has signed a one-year deal to join the Patriots, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the... more

It's rare that Eli Manning shows any emotion, especially anger. That's why it made news earlier this week when he came out strongly against a report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that said Manning wanted to be the highest-paid player in the NF... more

The market for free-agent guard Evan Mathis has been slow to develop, something he might not have expected back when the Philadelphia Eagles released him in June. It appears we finally have some movement on him choosing a team. NFL Media Insider Ia... more

The second week of the preseason started Thursday with only two games, but it had plenty of storylines. Robert Griffin III unsuccessfully tried to survive behind an awful offensive line. Tyrod Taylor made his push to sew up the Bills' starting quarte... more

Tyrod Taylor did his best to win the Buffalo Bills' starting job on Thursday. Now it's up to Rex Ryan to make a decision, even if he doesn't appear to be in a hurry.  Taylor played the entire first half of Buffalo's 11-10 victory over the Clevelan... more

Robert Griffin III took so many hits early in Washington's second preseason game that it almost felt inevitable he would leave because of injury. Sadly, that's just what happened. Griffin left Thursday's 21-17 win over the Detroit Lions early in... more

The Carolina Panthers hit the jackpot when they drafted Kelvin Benjamin a season ago. Now Cam Newton's wide receiver group looks bankrupt all over again. Benjamin's torn ACL is a devastating personal moment for the second-year receiver, and it put... more

The Buffalo Bills' beleaguered running back position has another injury to worry about. LeSean McCoy will undergo an MRI on his hamstring after leaving practice Tuesday. McCoy was seen by multiple reporters grabbing his leg during red zone work. Mc... more

Tom Brady was not at Patriots practice Tuesday morning in Foxborough, as he was in New York for settlement talks regarding his four-game suspension. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports, per two sources apprised of the process, that Brady has been info... more

Chris Johnson is back in the NFL. He has less than three weeks to prove he still belongs. The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with Johnson to a one-year deal, the team announced.  Johnson will try to earn a spot on the team behind starter... more

Sixteen preseason games spread over four days are in the books. This is always the part of the preseason where a grateful nation is just happy to see any professional football. Before that honeymoon period wears off and we just become irritable wai... more

With only three games on the docket, Saturday looked like a potentially quiet night in the NFL. It turned out to be a fun one. Philip Rivers' massive contract extension will have the most lasting impact. He'll get a chance to bolster his Hall of F... more

Philip Rivers is staying with the San Diego Chargers, no matter where they wind up playing in 2016. The team announced that Rivers agreed to a four-year extension on Saturday night that will keep him under contract through 2019. NFL Media Insider I... more

Bill O'Brien's big decision didn't get any easier on Saturday night. The Houston Texans coach watched his two starting quarterback candidates play very well in the team's preseason-opening win against San Francisco. Brian Hoyer started the game and... more

Jameis Winston's first NFL preseason outing started slow, like so many of his college outings. Unlike in college, he won't get the opportunity to make a comeback. One night after Marcus Mariota's uneven debut , Winston had his struggles. Playing th... more

Chris Johnson is one step closer to returning to the NFL. Johnson has a physical with the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported according to a source informed of his plans. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported the new... more

After more than two weeks of training camp, the preseason is ready to start in full Thursday night. Our six-pack of games includes some of the quarterbacks we are most interested to see this month: Robert Griffin III, Johnny Manziel and Jimmy Garoppo... more

After more than a day's worth of Geno Smith news and Tom Brady court updates , we have a burning desire to write about football stories. And about teams outside of the Northeast. Luckily, there is nothing stopping that from happening. Wednesday's... more

Rex Ryan has stated he wants to build a bully in Buffalo. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised he's going to give linebacker IK Enemkpali a second chance in the NFL. The Bills claimed Enemkpali off waivers Wednesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

"Ryan Fitzpatrick is a smart, trusty veteran." "With Ryan Fitzpatrick, you know what you are going to get." "Enemkpali just saved the Jets season with his actions." These are three of the lukewarm takes said or written Tuesday about the Jets... more

The optimism surrounding Geno Smith's offseason has taken a cruel blow. The New York Jets' starting quarterback will miss the next six to 10 weeks with a broken jaw suffered after being "sucker-punched" in the locker room, coach Todd Bowles announc... more

It's the time of training camp where everyone gets a little punchy, sometimes literally . Players are tired of going against the same guys each day. Reporters are tired of looking for a new angle after the 13th day of practice. Games can't start fast... more

Don't look now, but Johnny Manziel is starting to string together some positive outings for the Cleveland Browns. Manziel completed 9-of-11 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns during the Browns' scrimmage on Friday night, including a pretty 18-y... more

Aldon Smith's latest arrest will be his last one with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have decided to release Smith just hours after the Santa Clara police announced that Smith was arrested for a hit and run, DUI and vandalism. The release en... more

Ben Roethlisberger had a bad reputation as a young player that had nothing to do with his legal troubles. Whispers followed him everywhere that he wasn't well-liked by his Steelers teammates. Roethlisberger now admits he didn't get along  with many... more

Speaking to NFL Network last week, Jay Cutler said of Brandon Marshall that "no one likes their ex-girlfriend after a breakup." Cutler's words seem even truer after reading Marshall's latest comments on Cutler. "I feel like I was the only one in t... more

Last year's most expensive free-agent signing gave virtually no return on the dollar in 2014. He's been absolutely missing in action in training camp this year. And yet no one outside of New Orleans has seemed to notice. The signing of Jairus Byrd... more

The Houston Texans aren't going to be able to replace Arian Foster with any free-agent pickup. But they did make a smart choice when they picked up the phone Tuesday to give Pierre Thomas a call in response to Foster's serious groin injury . Thoma... more

One story on Tuesday at training camp loomed over all others. Here's what you need to know about Arian Foster's severe groin injury and the rest of Tuesday's big stories: The Texans' offense isn't built to last without Arian Foster. It probably wa... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have already gone through 10 days of full training camp. The Detroit Lions haven't started. With teams at different stages of the process, it's tricky to keep track of the avalanche of information coming our way. That's why... more

Another day, another top-shelf young cornerstone signed by the Seattle Seahawks. A little more than 36 hours after the team locked up Russell Wilson , the Seahawks signed middle linebacker Bobby Wagner to a four-year contract extension, the team... more

July

29 teams have started training camp and we were busy keeping up with them on Friday. Four stories stuck out as ones that will resonate all season long: 1. Seahawks window is wide open The dumbest hot take of the day: The bill is coming due fo... more

Russell Wilson's new contract inspired a lot of celebration in the Seattle area, and some congratulatory tweets from Seahawks teammates. Linebacker Bobby Wagner sounded a little more ambivalent in the short term. Can't keep everyone â?? Bobby Wag... more

The NFL and NFL Players Association haven't agreed on much lately, but some joint paperwork filed Friday they agree that the Tom Brady saga needs to end before the 2015 season starts. According to paperwork obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapopo... more

Leave it to Rex Ryan to provide the last word about LeSean McCoy's "ladies only " party, one of the silliest stories the NFL has seen in a long time. "I did not get an invite. I'm a little disappointed about that. But maybe next year," Rex joked Fr... more

The biggest item of news on a busy Thursday came long after the press conferences and practices were over. New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was charged with resisting arrest as well as endangering the welfare of a child in O'Fallon,... more

LeGarrette Blount finished last season as the primary runner on a Super Bowl championship team. But things are rarely straightforward with Blount, and that will continue to start 2015. The Boston Globe reported that Blount failed his conditioning t... more

Junior Galette might not be out of work for long. The former New Orleans Saints pass rusher, cut loose five days ago , visited the Washington Redskins on Thursday, according NFL Media's Albert Breer. Galette took a physical and met with team offici... more

Tom Brady has taken the next step in his battle against the NFL. The NFLPA and Brady officially filed suit against the NFL in Minnesota on Wednesday. The suit asks Minnesota federal court for penalties against Brady to be vacated. The NFLPA announc... more

On a tiresome, familiar day in the NFL , we bring you a little good news: Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is ready to practice football again. The Chiefs announced the surprising news Tuesday night that Berry has been cleared to take the field... more

Tom Brady's suspension has been hanging over this NFL offseason like an anvil, with many wondering why it was taking so long to get a resolution on his appeal. Tuesday was the day we heard from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell , and the New England Pat... more

Tom Brady's four-game suspension was upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday. It's safe to say the New England Patriots didn't appreciate the decision. "We are extremely disappointed in today's ruling by Commissioner Goodell," the Patr... more

Training camp is a time for hope. It's also a time for The Turk. Every season of Hard Knocks reminds us that August brings the constant threat of getting fired. The list below includes some of the veterans that could potentially be released before... more

In his three previous title defense seasons, Bill Belichick has consistently said that the New England Patriots don't have to "defend" anything. They get to keep their championship rings. He loves to remind us all that every season, every team starts... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on integrity of the game, the league announced Tuesday. The full final decision from Goodell can be read here , althou... more

When examining the quarterback battles this offseason , we've debated whether the Cleveland Browns are worth mentioning. This is Josh McCown's job by all accounts. Johnny Manziel seemed more likely to be the team's No. 3 quarterback than the starte... more

The Seattle Seahawks defense is historically good, becoming the first team since the 1969-1971 Minnesota Vikings to lead the league in scoring defense for three straight seasons. Yet Lions cornerback Darius Slay still doesn't see the Seahawks as b... more

The New Orleans Saints are getting rid of their best pass rusher. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Saints will release Junior Galette, according to a source informed of the situation Friday. Galette recorded 22 sacks over the last tw... more

On Thursday, we looked at the top 18 position battles in the AFC . With training camps officially starting this weekend in Minnesota and Pittsburgh, let's preview the best battles in the NFC. 1. Eagles quarterback: Sam Bradford vs. Mark Sanchez... more

Marcus Mariota will be at his first training camp on time. The Tennessee Titans announced Tuesday that they have signed the No. 2 overall pick to a contract with more than a week to spare before camp starts. The news means that every first-round pi... more

After looking at 10 AFC players with make-or-break seasons on Monday, let's take a look at the NFC players at the crossroads heading into 2015: 1-2. Mike Wallace and Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings wide receivers Before Demaryius Thomas and Dez... more

Todd Gurley was drafted No. 10 overall by the St. Louis Rams with the future in mind. In the short term, he's not ready to return to the field. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Gurley is expected to be on Non-Football Injury li... more

The Philadelphia Eagles took a chance on Sam Bradford by trading for him and choosing to pay him $12.985 million this season. But there's no telling where he'll play in 2016. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's NFL Total Access... more

Only a lucky few NFL players enjoy smooth career paths. The players below are proof of that. The ten names on this list are all at a career crossroads. They are big names that have shown big potential, in most cases. But they face a make or break 2... more

Demaryius Thomas was one of the big winners during a wild Wednesday in the NFL, but players around the league received some collateral benefits. That started with A.J. Green and Julio Jones, two top-tier receivers who are up for new contracts. And G... more

The Denver Broncos were able to re-sign Demaryius Thomas this week , but they watched a lot of talent walk out the door this offseason: Julius Thomas, Terrance Knighton, Orlando Franklin and Rahim Moore were among the starters to leave town . Next... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been looking for their next generation of defensive stars for a while, with mixed success. They believe they have a foundation piece in Cameron Heyward. The team announced a six-year deal for Heyward on Thursday night.... more

Due $660,000 this offseason, T.Y. Hilton is one of the most underpaid players in football. It doesn't sound like the Colts are going to give him an extension before this season, and it doesn't sound like Hilton is thrilled. "If they want to pay me... more

Marshawn Lynch does things a little differently than the average player. This extends to his eating habits. I was reading an excellent profile of Lynch's important charity work in Oakland when I came upon a paragraph so breathtaking that I need to... more

Few organizations have overpaid in-house talent more than the Dallas Cowboys over the last decade. So it's only fair that owner Jerry Jones rewarded a true game-changing talent like Dez Bryant when he found him. With an aging quarterback and a rost... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap " in 2015. This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

Time is running out for the Denver Broncos and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to work out a long-term contract extension. Progress has been hard to come by, which means Thomas' absence could stretch all the way into September. "Do not rule out the... more

Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys have until Wednesday to come to a long-term deal or shelve negotiations for the season. So what will Bryant do if he doesn't get his long-term money? NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Monday that Bryant intends to s... more

With July 4th in the rearview mirror, NFL coaches are starting to trickle back into team headquarters. Players are still a few weeks away from showing up, but training camp will be here before we know it. Here are nine things we're looking forward... more

Ken Stabler, who quarterbacked the Oakland Raiders to a win in Super Bowl XI has died at the age of 69, the Raiders confirmed Thursday. The University of Alabama passed along a statement from the family, which says Stabler died of colon cancer. Sta... more

No. 11 overall picks like Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes usually start in Week 1. That's especially true when the primary competition for the draft pick is a 36-year-old. But there are early indications that journeyman veteran Terence New... more

The top 10 of "The Top 100 Players of 2015" were revealed Wednesday night, with J.J. Watt becoming the first defensive player to finish No. 1 during the five seasons of the show. If you missed the show, here are some takeaways on the top 10: 1. J... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

ROSENTHAL HANZUS SESSLER WESSELING PATRA ORR We at Around The NFL are offering up our own top 10 selections. Please note that NFL players had zero input in the creation of these lists. So they should make a lot more sense. 1.... more

June

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

Tom Brady's appeal decision  regarding his four-game suspension might not arrive anytime soon. In the meantime, the Foxborough Country Club is doing what it can to support their local hero. Every flag on the golf course was recently changed to the... more

Marcus Mariota is the only unsigned first-round draft pick, and his general manager recently said that it wouldn't be a big deal if the No. 2 pick missed a few days of training camp. Speaking to NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon at the NFL Rookie Sympo... more

For the third straight year , the Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015. This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to... more

Most NFL starting jobs aren't won before August. Coaches love to say that Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamps are for teaching, while training camp is for evaluation. That sounds nice, but the coaches speak louder with how they divvy up... more

Kelvin Benjamin regularly beat some of the best cornerbacks in the league as a rookie. He also made a lot of mental errors and had plenty of drops. As Benjamin enters his second season, the Panthers still seem to recognize that he has to mature.... more

Michael Sam's CFL career is on hold, and there is no telling if it will continue again. The Montreal Alouettes announced Monday that Sam was placed on the team's suspended list after leaving the team over the weekend. Check out images of Michael... more

The offseason ended for six teams this week. The rest of the league will be wrapped up seven days from now. Next stop: Training camp. Mandatory minicamps provide a window into how coaches view their depth charts, but we'd be wary of drawing too man... more

The Broncos occupy a rare spot for an NFL franchise. They are in a do-or-die season with a first-year head coach. They have experienced a great deal of change this offseason, yet own a top-five NFL roster. They are absolutely Super Bowl contenders,... more

Preseason ticket holders in Minnesota shouldn't expect to see the return of Adrian Peterson this August. It sounds like the league's best running back won't make his return to game action until the regular season. "I probably don't see that, no,"... more

Earlier this offseason, before free agency even cranked up, Chris Wesseling wrote a piece with the ominous title : "49ers in danger of falling in NFC West basement." That article came on the heels of star linebacker Patrick Willis retiring. Here's... more

Weakest groups: Offense Weakest groups: Defense Bucky Brooks ranked the ten scariest position groups in the NFL last week, which got us thinking. What equivalent groups around the league look the most unfinished heading into the season? He... more

This should not come as a surprise, but the Minnesota Vikings could not be more thrilled to see Adrian Peterson back on the field. And Peterson was emotional about returning to the team . "This past year has been emotional for both parties involved... more

The New Orleans Saints have systematically said goodbye to the defensive pillars that helped them win a Super Bowl five years ago. Now they have identified a new cornerstone.  The Saints signed defensive end Cameron Jordan to a five-year extens... more

May

Panthers Saints Falcons Buccaneers Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Yes, Jameis Winston has a great starting duo t... more

Panthers Saints Falcons Buccaneers Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » New Orleans hasn't had this many question mar... more

Panthers Saints Falcons Buccaneers Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » It doesn't really matter whether Devin Funche... more

Panthers Saints Falcons Buccaneers Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Tevin Coleman gets the nod as option 1A at... more

Justin Smith, one of the most unheralded great NFL players since the turn of the century, has decided to retire. The San Francisco 49ers announced the news Monday, ending months of speculation about Smith's future. A five-time Pro Bowl player,... more

La'el Collins' journey to the Dallas Cowboys was anything but simple. Once projected as a first-round pick, Collins' stock endured a free fall after police wanted to speak to him in connection with the murder of a one-time romantic partner, Brittany... more

Three days after the NFL suspended Tom Brady four games to start the NFL season, the Patriots have issued a rebuttal of sorts. The team sent out a link to WellsReportContext.com , a site which exhaustively attempts to point out inconsistencies in... more

Patriots Bills Dolphins Jets Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Ryan Fitzpatrick's injury gives Geno a leg up in th... more

Patriots Bills Dolphins Jets Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Greg Jennings was the odd man out at receiver. Whil... more

Patriots Bills Dolphins Jets Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Rex Ryan is splitting snaps evenly between Cassel,... more

Patriots Bills Dolphins Jets Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Garoppolo and Gray are listed as projected Week 1... more

The Patriots will begin their Super Bowl title defense without the services of the franchise's all-time greatest player. The NFL announced Monday that Tom Brady has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL policy on the integ... more

This is supposed to be Jacksonville's season to move up the standings. That move got a lot more challenging on Friday. No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler's torn ACL is heartbreaking because it came on the rookie's first day of practice as a pro. The... more

Independent investigator Ted Wells submitted his report to Commissioner Roger Goodell and the New England Patriots on Wednesday in relation to the footballs used in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. The findings are now avai... more

COLLATERAL DAMAGE COLLATERAL BENEFITS The NFL draft is the beginning of the journey for hundreds of college prospects. It's a day of unbridled hope for many fans. And it's a huge downer for many veterans out there. Imagine watching your... more

The Houston Texans have patiently waited for Whitney Mercilus to develop into a consistent pass-rusher since taking him in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After steady improvement, the Texans are ready to make a long-term commitment. NFL Med... more

Former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins met with Baton Rouge (Louisiana) police Monday as part of the investigation to the murder of Brittany Mills. Collins, who went undrafted over the weekend , is not a suspect in the case. NFL Media Insider Ia... more

One of the best stories of the NFL Draft didn't happen until the draft was over. Nate Boyer, a 34-year-old former Green Beret, has been offered a contract as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. "Yeah, I've done things that are more... more

Nebraska pass-rusher Randy Gregory was already the most interesting story going into Day 2 of the NFL Draft. And then he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Adding Gregory to an offseason haul that also includes suspended defensive end Greg Hardy, t... more

The Dallas Cowboys have added another pass-rusher with off-field concerns to the roster. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ended the draft freefall of Nebraska outside linebacker Randy Gregory by selecting him with the No. 60 overall pick of the NFL Draft... more

The end of the first round did not mean the end of big names available in the NFL Draft. So where could some of the most intriguing remaining names land? Randy Gregory, outside linebacker One of the best pure pass rushers in this draft is still... more

April

The history of the NFL is one of ebb and flow. Trends emerge and then slowly fall out of fashion. On Thursday night, we saw teams begin to recognize again that big-time running backs matter. The St. Louis Rams had Todd Gurley as the No. 1 overall... more

The St. Louis Rams suddenly have the most intriguing young backfield in the NFL. The team pulled off perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2015 NFL Draft by taking running back Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick. Gurley will pair with Tre Mason t... more

The Oakland Raiders passed on another big defensive talent, Leonard Williams, to find a new weapon for young quarterback Derek Carr. The team selected Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Cooper was seen... more

The San Diego Chargers have made it clear publicly they had no desire to trade Philip Rivers, no matter what his contract status is. And the Chargers have now informed Rivers privately it's not going to happen. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport report... more

More than four months after Senior Bowl week concluded , draft season is nearly over. The intriguing, sometimes interminable speculation will end. We promise. On Thursday night, we finally get answers. So let's go over some of the draft's biggest... more

LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins  and Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Police have resolved to schedule an interview after the NFL draft, Cpl. Don Coppola told NFL Media's Albert Breer on Thursday. No date or time has been set.  Collins left Chicago and... more

It's smokescreen season in the NFL, and the Tennessee Titans are at the center of it all. General manager Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt laid it on thick at their Tuesday predraft press conference, talking up Oregon prospect Marcus Mariota... more

The Buffalo Bills aren't just paying lip service to their three-pronged quarterback competition. They are speaking with their practice repetitions. Rex Ryan said Tuesday that Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel split practice snaps evenly as th... more

The Ravens have cancelled their NFL draft party at M&T Bank Stadium out of respect for the city curfew in Baltimore, the team announced Tuesday. The party was scheduled for Thursday night's first round. The team announced the news following riots i... more

Quarterbacks Wide Receivers Tight Ends Offensive Linemen The insanity of NFL draft season claimed another victim in 2014. The Minnesota Vikings will be reaping the rewards for years to come. Teddy Bridgewater's poor Pro Day and subseq... more

The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have represented the AFC in nine of the last 14 Super Bowls. It only makes sense that this year's battle for AFC supremacy will kick off the 2015 season. The NFL announced Tuesday that Ben Roethlisbe... more

Philip Rivers is at the center of the most fascinating storyline of the offseason. But the Chargers quarterback isn't leaving San Diego yet, and its business as usual around the Chargers for now. Rivers was at the start of the offseason training... more

Tim Tebow is back in the NFL as Mark Sanchez's teammate. This time Tebow has an uphill battle just to make it on to the roster. When NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported  Sunday that Tebow was joining the Philadelphia Eagles, we knew that it wou... more

Adrian Peterson's reinstatement to the NFL became official Friday, and it's safe to say the next two weeks will include plenty of stories about his future. The Minnesota Vikings hold the cards here, and have plenty of options . One of those option... more

The best running back in the NFL is back. The question is where he goes now. The NFL announced Adrian Peterson will be reinstated to the league, effective Friday. He may participate in all scheduled activities with the Minnesota Vikings if he choo... more

The concept of Philip Rivers getting traded by the Chargers sounded ridiculous when it first came up this offseason. It doesn't sound so crazy anymore. Tuesday's column by Kevin Acee in the Union-Tribune San Diego marked a turning point in the sto... more

The AFC South gets no respect, and even less attention. When Roster Reset assignments are being doled out, this is the division that gets picked last. Here's to hoping that the Jaguars, Titans and Texans step up to prove us wrong because otherwise th... more

The Seahawks and the Packers are the class of the NFC until proven otherwise. Free agency didn't change that a bit. After a fun week recapping all the offseason moves in the NFC during our roster reset series , we have one big takeaway about the se... more

Troy Polamalu's clock to Canton can start now. The definitive Pittsburgh Steeler of the team's recent titles has decided to retire, the team announced on Friday. Polamalu first told the Herald-Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) Thursday about his... more

The restricted free-agent market was dormant until Tuesday, but suddenly we have a flurry of activity. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Lions defensive end George Johnson signed a three-year offer sheet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,... more

LeSean McCoy hasn't been in Buffalo for long. But after one day of offseason training, he already notices a difference around the Bills facility. "Here is more of a NFL type of feel," McCoy told NFL Media's Kimberly Jones on NFL Network's NFL Total... more

It's no surprise that the Indianapolis Colts have signed the most players in free agency this offseason. It is a surprise that the New England Patriots have matched them in volume. Most players signed Team No. of players Colts 18 Patriots... more

Josh Freeman is finally getting another chance in the NFL. The Miami Dolphins announced that the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has signed with the team. Freeman was out of the NFL during the 2014 season after a brief time with the New Yor... more

March

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... 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 Tuesda... 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 anyth... 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,... 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,... 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 Med... 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 o... 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 We... 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 Philadelphi... 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 medioc... 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 junki... 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... 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... 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 Seahaw... 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... 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. N... 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 s... 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 Mon... 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... 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,... 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 ta... 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 Rapopor... 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 sourc... 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... 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... 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 p... 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... 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 A... 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. Th... 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 si... more

February

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 Marine... 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... 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," coa... 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... 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 Patrio... 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 t... 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 excrucia... 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,... 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 Su... more

January

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... 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 v... 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... 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

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. NFL.com readers are picking the Patriots ... at a 51 perc... 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 b... 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... 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 ta... 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'... 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 sic... 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 ba... 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.... 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 en... 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. T... 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"... 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 comp... 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 t... 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... 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 ladd... 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 ma... 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 fa... 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 Mar... 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... 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 t... 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... 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 ga... 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 r... 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 dramaticall... 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 yo... 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 month... 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 sai... 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 it... 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 mo... 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 with... 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 en... 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 i... 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... 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 pla... more

December
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 be... 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. T... 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... 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 col... 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... 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 i... 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 invol... 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?... 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 gam... 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 quarterbac... 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 l... 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... 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... 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 inspirat... 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 Cincinn... 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 sea... 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 ,... 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 Saturda... 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 l... 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 o... 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 Jackso... 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 .... 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... 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 e... 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... 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 w... 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 i... 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 spea... 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 w... 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 sho... 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 hop... 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... 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 repo... 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 wi... 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. Der... 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, whil... 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 Hy... 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 contro... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 be... 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 sourc... 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 fantas... 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... 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 t... more

November

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 t... 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 t... 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... 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 repea... 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 offs... 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... 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... 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... 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 diagn... 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... 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 wa...