Brian McIntyre

Brian McIntyre


Brian McIntyre is a writer for Around the League on, providing non-stop analysis and opinions on all things football. Previous stops include Mac's Football Blog, Football Outsiders, and A native of Clinton, Mass., Brian is a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, Pearl Jam, craft beer and single malt scotch.


To make room on the 53-man roster for defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, the Denver Broncos released backup quarterback Caleb Hanie, the team announced Saturday . Brooks: New team, old concepts How can Denver make Peyton Manning feel comfy in his n... more

The St. Louis Rams announced they've reached a five-year contract extension with middle linebacker James Laurinaitis on Saturday. The five-year contract extension is worth $41.5 million, a team source told and NFL Network reporter Albe... more

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is one of the more outspoken players in the NFL. Whether it's taking shots at NFL owners during labor negotiations, the performance of the replacement officials or marriage equality in Minnesota, Kluwe is not... more

Two days after a New York newspaper depicted him as the driver of a clown car , New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he was tired of his team being referred to as a circus . Of course, in the same week of Rex's circus lament, wide receiver Santon... more

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has the unenviable task of making his first NFL start against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Furthermore, Locker will be without No. 1 wide receiver Kenny Britt, who is serving a one-week suspens... more

Though much has changed in both locker rooms, the rematch of last season's wild card game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos on "Sunday Night Football " is one of the marquee games of Week 1. Brooks: New team, old concepts How can... more

The Arizona Cardinals and inside linebacker Daryl Washington have agreed to a new contract that will keep the 2010 second-round draft pick under contract through the 2017 season, according to Darren Urban of . The Cardinals later... more

To help bring the Detroit Lions into compliance under the salary cap, veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch agreed to restructure his contract , Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Harrison: Power Rankings What is the NFL pecking or... more

Earlier this week, Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch was experiencing back spasms that put his availability for the team's Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals in jeopardy. Lombardi: For better or worse? Michael Lombard... more

Five rookie quarterbacks will start for NFL teams this weekend, the most since 1950. That Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden are starting for the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns is not a surprise. Luck... more

Had Sam Bradford left the University of Oklahoma after his Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2008, he, not Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, likely would have been the No. 1 overall draft pick of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Bradford... more

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is coming off his least productive season in the NFL. Johnson attributed the lack of production to not being in football shape entering the season following a training camp holdout that resulted in a four-... more

The Buffalo Bills roared out to a hot start in 2011, opening the season 5-2 before losing eight of their final nine games to finish 6-10 and in fourth place in the AFC East. A collapse like that is bound to lead to a lot of soul-searching and... more

Right up until the first week of training camp, Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard was expected to be the team's starter this season. That plan was derailed by an off-field knee injury right before the preseason opener. With first-round pick Ry... more

During his Hall of Fame career, Jim Kelly was the quarterback on a Buffalo Bills team that lost four consecutive Super Bowls, including back-to-back losses to the Dallas Cowboys. Given his experience in bringing his team back to the playoffs follow... more

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson remains a game-time decision for Sunday's season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but head coach Leslie Frazier is not optimistic that four-time Pro Bowl back would play, Jeremy Fowler of the... more

The Chicago Bears officially announced the signing of free-agent defensive tackle Amobi Okoye on Monday, just days after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cut tracker Former New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch was just o... more

The Oakland Raiders have added another veteran to their secondary, signing free-agent cornerback Joselio Hanson to a one-year contract , SiriusXM NFL Radio's Adam Caplan reports. Hanson, 31, has spent the last six seasons with the Philadelphia... more

During his Hall of Fame career, running back Eric Dickerson staged two holdouts that spanned 127 days. As a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 1985, Dickerson staged a 47-day holdout, missing two games before signing a three-year contract extension la... more

The reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants will begin their title defense on Wednesday night against the Dallas Cowboys knowing how difficult it is for a team to win back-to-back Super Bowls in today's NFL. 2012 NFL predictions and... more

Last season, NFL Films documented Houston Texans running back Arian Foster's love of poetry . It turns out that Foster is not the only University of Tennessee product with a passion for writing poetry. Kansas City Chiefs safety and former Vol E... more

As expected, the Detroit Lions will sign free-agent cornerback Drayton Florence on Sunday, multiple sources reported Sunday. Dave Birkett first reported the the Lions move following a tweet from wide receiver Kassim Osgood in which the wideout... more

The San Francisco 49ers are poised to sign former Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Clark Haggans, Matthew Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports. According to Barrows, Haggans will take a physical on Sunday and, if every... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount lost his starting job to first-round draft pick Doug Martin during the preseason, but will have a role in the offense. Rapoport: Forward thinking Soon, teams will start chasing a spot in Super... more

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is coming off a 2011 season where he set many NFL single-season passing records, including for completions (468), yards (5,476), and his own completion percentage record (71.6 percent). Nakia Hogan of T... more

The San Diego Chargers will be without starting left tackle Jared Gaither for their regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders , U-T San Diego reports. 2012 NFL predictions and NFL Network analysts share their picks for MVP, rooki... more

Rumors swirled on Friday of a potential deal that would send Miami Dolphins running back Steve Slaton to the Washington Redskins in exchange for wide receiver Anthony Armstrong. No trade happened, Armstrong was released and Slaton had a temporary... more

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will practice Saturday for the first time since suffering a lacerated spleen during the team's preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports. Witten has not yet been cleared... more

Released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for financial and salary cap reasons in March, veteran center Jeff Faine spent the OTAs, minicamp, training camp and preseason as a street free agent. Signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an injury replacement f... more


The San Francisco 49ers "evaluated" Peyton Manning before re-signing Alex Smith in an effort to address their quarterback situation this offseason. They also added Josh Johnson to a quarterback room that included Scott Tolzien and 2011 second-round d... more

Friday's roster moves are just the beginning of what's expected to be a frenzied weekend of cuts, waiver claims and trades. As the saying goes, the problem for NFL front offices isn't cutting down to 53 players. It's stopping at 53. The Washington... more

In a somewhat surprising development, quarterback Stephen McGee survived the Dallas Cowboys' cut to a 53-man roster. During Wednesday night's preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that several teams were... more

The San Diego Chargers' backup plan at offensive tackle will not include veterans Anthony Davis or Mario Henderson, as Michael Gelkhen of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that both linemen have been released . Cut tracker Former New... more

Bad news for the St. Louis Rams, as an MRI revealed that rookie defensive tackle Michael Brockers has a high ankle sprain , Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday. Brockers, the Rams' first-round draft pick, injured his right... more

During training camp and the preseason, Rashad Butler lost the battle for the Houston Texans' starting right tackle job to 2011 seventh-round draft pick Derek Newton. On Thursday night, Butler was lost for the season to a torn triceps, Nick Scurfiel... more

The New Orleans Saints tabbed offensive line coach Aaron Kromer to be the interim head coach during previous interim head coach Joe Vitt's six-game suspension to the start the 2012 regular season. That wasn't always going to be the plan, however,... more

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has taken some big hits this preseason. While much of the blame for hits has been pinned on the offensive line, Brady believes that's not always the case . "When the offensive line's expecting me to get th... more

The major trade winds that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been tweeting about over the last few days appear to involve the Miami Dolphins, specifically cornerback Vontae Davis. According to NFL insider and NFL Network... more

Following Friday night's preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't happy. One issue he has with the team's performance is the lack of explosive plays from the offense. If Belichick isn't happy, n... more

Though the Maurice Jones-Drew holdout continues with little signs of stopping anytime soon, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey hasn't ruled out having the NFL's reigning rushing leader in his backfield for the regular-season opener against the... more

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appeared to be ready for the regular-season opener, which was just 11 days away against the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants. Romo completed 9 of 13 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns (both to wide... more

In the third game of the preseason, NFL teams hope to find out as much as possible about their teams so they can rest starters and sort out a few remaining position battles in the preseason finale before the last roster cuts. During their third... more

Michael Vick has been diagnosed with a rib contusion after an MRI and CT scan of his rib area revealed no broken bones and no broken cartilage, the Philadelphia Eagles' official Twitter account announced Tuesday. Instant Debate: Philly's biggest f... more

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