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Chris Wesseling

Chris Wesseling


Chris Wesseling is a writer for Around the League, providing non-stop analysis and opinions on all things football. Blowing through college classes with a Blutarsky-esque flair, Wesseling spent his formative years immersed in NFL history books while dispensing invaluable fantasy football advice. He covered the league for six seasons as a writer for NBCSports.com and a senior NFL editor at Rotoworld.com before joining NFL Media in 2013.


July

Throughout the summer, Around The League will roll out the power rankings for each specific position. Click here for comprehensive rankings for other positions. Top pass rushers are among the NFL's most highly valued assets, as evidenced by the... more

After skipping offseason practices in an attempt to leverage his absence into a new contract, Vernon Davis has reported for the start of San Francisco 49ers training camp. Safety C.J. Spillman posted an Instagram video of Davis in the 49ers locker... more

Since NFL legend Paul Brown died in 1991, Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown has joined Jerry Jones of the Cowboys as the only owners who also double as their organization's general manager. Brown is now acknowledging that he has ceded more control... more

The Dallas Cowboys' depleted defense will get a shot in the arm from a key contributor when training camp opens. Defensive tackle Henry Melton, an intriguing free-agent acquisition , will be cleared to take part in the first practice of training... more

Rob Gronkowski has once again exceeded expectations. Coach Bill Belichick announced Wednesday that the New England Patriots tight end has already been medically "cleared to play" and will avoid the physically unable to perform list. "Rob's always... more

The Baltimore Ravens' overhauled rushing attack will likely feature Bernard Pierce as the early-down back when the season opens versus the Bengals. Pierce told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday that he will be able to practice with no restrictions at... more

Star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has finally rejoined the Buffalo Bills after running into traffic delays on Monday night. Excused from the start of training camp to handle ongoing legal matters and enter a substance abuse program, Dareus is now... more

Owner Pat Bowlen is resigning control of the Denver Broncos, acknowledging that he is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Team president Joe Ellis will assume control of the organization, as Bowlen concentrates on his health. Take a look back at... more

Although Andre Johnson remains in a standoff with the Houston Texans, that apparently will not stop him from preparing for the 2014 season. Johnson arrived at the Texans' facility to learn new coach Bill O'Brien's offense on Monday, ESPN.com's Tania... more

Coach Marvin Lewis recently suggested that Jay Cutler's contract, featuring $54 million in guarantees, has been the sticking point in contract negotiations between Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals. Speaking at the Bengals media luncheon... more

The Kansas City Chiefs did little to address their passing attack this offseason, but help is on the way in the form of a 2013 draft pick. Tight end Travis Kelce joined rookies and selected veterans for an early start to training camp on Monday, per... more

On the heels of consecutive 4-12 campaigns, general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen are entering a make-or-break season with the Oakland Raiders. Finally freed from salary-cap hell, McKenzie has impressed owner Mark Davis with a free... more

Reporting live from in Pittsford, New York, NFL Media's Albert Breer stated on NFL Total Access  on Monday evening that rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins has run exclusively with the first-team offense since training camp opened two days ago. General... more

Around The League's Gregg Rosenthal nominated Teddy Bridgewater as one of the NFL's offseason winners after the Minnesota Vikings rookie quietly impressed in June practices. While it's best not to put too much stock in practices without pads, it's... more

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has gone next level in his quest for publicity, unveiling a new nickname on Monday. Asked by WJFK-FM in Washington what he would go back and tell his rookie self, Griffin went the third-person route to... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview  series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. Next up is the NFC West . Arizona Cardinals 1. All eyes will be on Tyrann Mathieu, who was a legitimate Defensive... more

A year ago at this time, New York Giants running back David Wilson was near the top of our "Making the Leap" list. For good reason , too. After a trying season in which he lost his starting job and saw his career hit the skids, Wilson is just happy to... more

The excitement in Chicago is palpable. The Bears have been bandied about as the 2014 Team of the Around The League Podcast because the defense made moves in the offseason to catch up with the star-studded offense. Coach Marc Trestman is doing... more

Sammy Watkins' Offensive Rookie of the Year bid is under way. After working this offseason to develop trust with quarterback EJ Manuel, the No. 4 overall draft pick is about to turn heads in Buffalo Bills training camp. "I don't know if you saw... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. First up is the AFC West. Denver Broncos 1. The Broncos jump-started contract talks with Demaryius Thomas and Julius... more

The St. Louis Rams took turns showering praise on free-agent acquisition Kenny Britt during offseason practices. It should come as no surprise, then, that former Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon believes Britt will finally produce his long-awaited... more

Although four teams have expressed interest in dealing for Andre Johnson, Around The League has maintained that a trade involving the disgruntled wide receiver is highly unlikely . Schein: Texans won't trade Johnson Andre Johnson apparently wants out... more

Back in April, team president Mark Murphy revealed that the long-awaited reunion between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers would have occurred in 2013 if not for the former quarterback's commitment to coaching Oak Grove High School's football... more

Throughout the summer, Around The League will roll out the power rankings for each specific position. Already, we have listed the top quarterbacks and tight ends . Since we have already seen Sean Lee, Daryl Washington, Kiko Alonso and Sean... more

The Arizona Cardinals boasted the NFL's most underrated defense last season, finishing first in run defense and sixth in total yards allowed. After watching Todd Bowles' troops lose Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington on top of Karlos Dansby's exit and... more

Appearing Wednesday on NFL Network's Top 100 Reaction Show , A.J. Green left no doubt about his high regard for Andy Dalton as the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback. New coordinator Hue Jackson has gone a step further, telling NFL Media columnist... more

The agent for Jermichael Finley revealed in late May that the tight end had finally received full medical clearance following last October's career-threatening neck injury. The problem is Finley has yet to convince NFL medical staffs and front offices... more

The soothsayer hat looks good on NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah. The Theo Riddick hype train that Jeremiah was conducting earlier this offseason is now barreling down the hillside, threatening to careen out of control. Reggie Bush predicted a month... more

Back in 1953 with the Chicago Bears, Willie Thrower became the first African-American to play quarterback in the NFL. Marlin Briscoe became the first African-American starting quarterback in the AFL -- for a brief five-game window in 1968 -- before... more

New Orleans Saints pass rusher Cameron Jordan placed just 99th on the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 despite leading all 3-4 defensive ends in sacks (12.5) and quarterback hurries (50) last season. In a Tuesday interview with NFL... more

The last time Eric Ebron weighed in on "the great tight end debate of 2014 ," the Detroit Lions rookie suggested a new "hybrid or joker " designation for high-octane pass-catchers such as Jimmy Graham. In a Tuesday interview with NFL Media's Amber... more

In our preseason tight end rankings , we pointed out that Kyle Rudolph won the Pro Bowl MVP the last time he was catching passes from an above-average quarterback. It will be interesting to see what happens now that Rudolph is being deployed by one... more

In the aftermath of the 2011 NFL Draft, Leonard Hankerson claimed he was better than every wide receiver selected before him -- including A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Now Hankerson's Washington Redskins future is up in the air. Coming off... more

NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 wraps up this week with the 10 highest-ranked players in the league. Now that we have a good idea of the superstars about to be unveiled, we have enough information to compile a list of this year's biggest snubs.... more

Following Josh Gordon's Saturday arrest on suspicion of DWI, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that doubt is now creeping in that the wide receiver will ever play for the Cleveland Browns again. General manager Ray Farmer expressed... more

The Denver Broncos' offense rewrote the record books last season, scoring the most points in NFL history. Coordinator Adam Gase, one of the game's bright young minds , believes his offense can do even better in an encore performance this season.... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer recently reported that the New Orleans Saints still anticipate reaching agreement with Jimmy Graham on a long-term contract prior to the July 15 deadline for players under the franchise tag. Although last week's ruling that... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 6 on the list: Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien . Why Cyprien is on the list Selected at No. 33 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft after setting school... more

The NFL continues to roll out the pre-holiday sanctions. Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill has been suspended for at least one year without pay for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, reports NFL Media Insider... more

Now that Jimmy Graham is locked in as a tight end under the franchise tag, the question is whether he can agree to a long-term contract with the New Orleans Saints by the July 15 deadline for franchised players. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

When we studied NFL roster construction back in February, the Seattle Seahawks stood out for their proliferation of successful late-round draft picks . Are the bold , unconventional Super Bowl champions benefiting from a secret formula that allows... more

On a recent edition of the Around The League Podcast , we debated the notion that the Buffalo Bills' roster had reached the point where it rivaled the New England Patriots' -- with the exception of the quarterback position. Now that Kiko Alonso -- one... more

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled Wednesday that New Orleans Saints star Jimmy Graham is indeed a tight end, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer. The Collective Bargaining Agreement allows Graham to appeal the decision to... more

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

While Josh Gordon is left dangling in suspension limbo , general manager Ray Farmer has emphasized that the Cleveland Browns don't need a "mega-guy " in his receiving corps. What Farmer left unsaid is that he already has a legitimate star at tight end.... more

Russell Wilson will be unveiled as a top-five quarterback in this week's edition of the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 . That's a little high in our estimation. Since we are rolling out the power rankings for each specific position this... more

Free agent Felix Jones is the poster child for the short career span of NFL running backs. Viewed as a future superstar after averaging an eye-opening 8.9 yards per carry as a first-round rookie in 2008, Jones finds himself waiting by the phone six... more

June

Full disclosure: I had a hard time mustering up excitement for Gregg Rosenthal's list of seven questions left hanging in the balance before training camp. As important as those matters might be on the NFL landscape, the needle doesn't move for holdouts,... more

Mike Glennon hasn't given up hope of winning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback job. Why should he? He opened eyes in offseason practices and is fully expected to compete with presumed starter Josh McCown. To hear Bucs linebacker... more

Vernon Davis skipped San Francisco 49ers offseason practices in the interest of developing his own brand . As it turns out, that stance doesn't preclude the tight end from being a bipedal entity with a sense of perspective about his attempt to earn more... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 11 on the list: Green Bay Packers defensive ends Datone Jones and Mike Daniels. Why Jones and Daniels are on the list I sat in the front row at the 2014 NFL... more

The Around The League Podcast  has spent the past month debating which wide receiver will lead the Buffalo Bills in production this season. Sammy Watkins has the higher draft pedigree, but Robert Woods currently enjoys a better rapport with... more

LeGarrette Blount is confident that the Pittsburgh Steelers will boast an "explosive " offense this season. An impressive showing from the team's wide receivers over the past month has offensive coordinator Todd Haley similarly optimistic. Despite... more

Throughout the summer, Around The League will roll out the power rankings for each specific position. First up are the tight ends . All-Pro s: Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Vernon Davis An early-season MVP candidate, Graham averaged 119 yards per... more

The Indianapolis Colts aren't about to give up on Trent Richardson after one season as a football punchline . After all, he essentially is their first-round draft pick this year. Considering the consistent Richardson propaganda emanating from... more

The Dallas Cowboys have added a veteran guard with 92 starts under his belt over the past seven seasons. The Cowboys announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with former Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri. Nwaneri, 30, was released by... more

Get used to hearing Emmanuel Lamur's name. Penciled in as free agent James Harrison's strong-side linebacker replacement with the Cincinnati Bengals, Lamur was the final cut from our list of 25 players "Making the Leap " in 2014. The Bengals view... more

Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers is staying in the AFC West. After visiting San Diego last week, Flowers has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chargers, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday, per a team source. ... more

The Around The League Podcast  spent the majority of the 2013 season bemoaning St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's lack of creativity in deploying game-breaking first-round draft pick Tavon Austin. Now that Austin has... more

On last Wednesday's edition of the Around The League Podcast , we discussed the possibility that the Seahawks and 49ers might be losing ground to the Packers and Saints in the NFC power rankings. Drew Brees is on board with that notion after the... more

DeSean Jackson wasn't the only Philadelphia Eagles wideout to get off to a rocky start with coach Chip Kelly last year. Jason Avant, now with the Carolina Panthers, recently told the Charlotte Observer he knew by the fourth game last season that he... more

The Arizona Cardinals' offensive line finished dead last in Pro Football Focus' pass-blocking ratings last season. The team is counting on new left tackle Jared Veldheer and left guard Jonathan Cooper to solidify Carson Palmer's blindside. Although... more

If there were any questions about Johnny Manziel's ability to command the room and instill confidence in his teammates, former Texas A&M stars Mike Evans and Jake Matthews put the subject to rest at the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium on Tuesday. First-round... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 14 on the list: Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Why Hopkins is on the list We are thumbing our collective nose at recency bias . Hopkins didn't... more

David Wilson expects to finally gain clearance from neck surgery by the time the New York Giants open training camp in late July. The question is how the team will use him after signing Rashad Jennings and drafting Andre Williams in the fourth round.... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense finished outside of the top 10 last season for the first time this century. The problem, as NFL Media analyst Warren Sapp has been pointing out since 2011, is that Dick LeBeau's troops had grown old and slow .... more

In a recent episode of the Around The League Podcast , NFL Media's Bucky Brooks suggested that Ladarius Green is ready to become a key playmaker between the hashes for the San Diego Chargers. The 2012 fourth-round draft pick is a breakout... more

Rob Gronkowski recently assured reporters that he has encountered no setbacks in his surgically repaired knee, but the New England Patriots tight end has been unwilling to put a timetable on his return to game action. According to NFL Media's... more

Left unsaid in the Carolina Panthers' release of franchise icon Steve Smith was the organization's intention to turn the offense over to Cam Newton. Following the Panthers' playoff loss to the 49ers, general manager Dave Gettleman made it clear... more

When general manager Dave Gettleman compared physical first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin to a young Plaxico Burress, the obvious question was whether the Carolina Panthers could expect an immediate impact. First-round draft pick signing tracker... more

New Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave landed a plumb job as Nick Foles' tutor. How much tinkering will Musgrave have to do with the first Eagles quarterback since Tommy Thompson in 1948 and 1949 to lead the NFL in passer rating?... more

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson recently confirmed a report from NFL Media's Albert Breer that the Oakland Raiders no longer believe second-round draft pick Derek Carr will need a "redshirt" year to adjust to the NFL. Now we have tangible... more

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie has weighed in on the great cornerback debate of 2014. Appearing on Thursday's edition of NFL Total Access , Cromartie chose current teammate Patrick Peterson as the NFL's most talented cornerback... more

Three months after reuniting with the Chicago Bears, veteran defensive end Israel Idonije is out of a job. Brooks: Top five pass-rushing duos Which team boasts the NFL's most devastating pass-rushing tandem? Bucky Brooks counts down the five... more

On a recent episode of the "Around The League Podcast ," we questioned whether Reggie Wayne was entering the final season of his championship window as a 35-year-old receiver coming off ACL surgery. He said Thursday that he's "geeked " to prove... more

Dominique Davis is the odd man out following the Atlanta Falcons' trade for former Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates. The team announced Thursday that Davis has been waived. Undrafted out of East Carolina in 2012, Davis attempted just seven... more

Cue the breakup songs. Rex Ryan is livid at former first lieutenant and current Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine, who recently told a rip-roaring anecdote about a New York Jets defensive playbook that might have once ended up in the hands of Tom... more

When Cam Newton underwent ankle surgery in March, he was expected to recover in time for training camp. As it turns out, Newton is a month ahead of schedule in his rehab. The Carolina Panthers quarterback participated in 7-on-7 drills Thursday in... more

Are the NFC superpowers in Seattle and San Francisco losing ground to the Saints and Packers this offseason? It's a subject we volleyed on Wednesday's edition of the Around The League Podcast . The Seahawks have lost a handful of key contributors... more

The St. Louis Rams have changed their tune since prescribing more carries to second-year running back Zac Stacy in February and March. Third-round draft pick Tre Mason surprisingly revealed last month that he is competing with Stacy for the starting... more

After the New Orleans Saints traded Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles in March, Drew Brees saluted his former backfield mate as "once in a lifetime " talent in the passing game. A unique specialist of Sproles' caliber can't be replaced by one... more

Going back to the beginning of last offseason, NFL Media's Gil Brandt, vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys dynasty of the 1970s, opined that Julio Jones had a slight edge on Calvin Johnson as the NFL's premier wide receiver .... more

Dan Hanzus has another candidate for his list of offseason tropes . Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is the latest player drawing raves in his return from the previous season's serious injury. Quarterback Nick Foles believes Maclin... more

Andre Johnson's ongoing absence from offseason practices has left us asking the following question on the "Around The League Podcast ": to what end? Johnson has explained that he is frustrated by the state of the Houston Texans franchise on the heels... more

Gregg Rosenthal's early choice for Offensive Rookie of the Year is under contract. The Tennessee Titans announced Tuesday that second-round running back Bishop Sankey has signed his rookie contract. With Chris Johnson out of the picture ,... more

Christian Ponder recently suggested that Matt Cassel is the favorite to start the season as the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback. Whether that's the case or not, coach Mike Zimmer doesn't plan to name his Week 1 starter until well into training... more

The New York Giants received good news on Tuesday regarding linebacker Jon Beason's foot injury sustained in last week's practice. After examining the MRI, X-ray and CT scan, doctors determined that Beason will not require surgery to repair a ligament... more

While tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone are skipping mandatory minicamp this week, it's another key player whose San Francisco 49ers future is up in the air. CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco has reported the 49ers held "behind-closed-doors... more

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas made the Pro Bowl and became an integral part of a record-breaking offense while learning on the job last season. Asked by NFL Media's Judy Battista when he finally started feeling comfortable with football, the... more

Is wide receiver Denarius Moore falling out of favor with the Oakland Raiders? The 2011 fifth-round draft pick made Around The League's list of the top 10 summertime trade candidates following the Raiders' offseason additions of James Jones and Greg... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 19 on the list: New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson. Why Robinson is on the list Lofty praise from the right sources is a good start. During the... more

The Baltimore Ravens are bracing for league discipline against Ray Rice for the running back's simple assault arrest in February. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source with knowledge of the situation, that Rice and his wife were at the... more

Kevin Williams asked the New England Patriots to reach out to him , but the five-time All Pro had a change of heart once the defending champions came calling. Williams revealed, via ESPN.com's Ben Goessling, that his one-year contract with the... more

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was released from jail Sunday, the Dallas County Sheriff's office confirmed to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter after a fiery car wreck that killed... more

On the Around The League Podcast , NFL Media scribe Marc Sessler has compared the Cleveland Browns' landing of Johnny Manziel to the average man reeling in a supermodel girlfriend. The organization simply didn't know how to handle its good fortune... more

Now we know why there has been no progress between the Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker Jason Worilds on a new contract. Worilds rejected a long-term offer from the Steelers "awhile ago," Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last... more

While Johnny Manziel dominates social media , the football world has forgotten about the Cleveland Browns' other first-round draft pick. New coach Mike Pettine targeted cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 8 overall to replicate his success with Darrelle... more

A pair of New England Patriots' castoffs have been among the New York Jets' offseason standouts thus far. The Jets staff has been impressed with edge rusher Jermaine Cunningham and cornerback Ras-I Dowling, selected by the Pats in the second round... more

The Vikings have vowed not to forget about Christian Ponder, but the 2011 first-round pick realizes he's the odd man out in Minnesota's quarterback room. Ponder hasn't been getting as many reps as incumbent starter Matt Cassel and No. 32 overall pick... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer has his finger on the pulse of the Oakland Raiders' quarterback situation. A week after Breer reported that rookie Derek Carr will not need a redshirt season and will end up pushing Matt Schaub for the starting job, Raiders... more

Marshawn Lynch was lacking leverage in his quiet quest for a new contract . The Seattle Seahawks have freakishly talented "Making the Leap" candidate Christine Michael and Robert Turbin waiting in the wings to shoulder the load should Lynch miss... more

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis -- man of the people -- explained last week that he had been skipping voluntary offseason workouts because it was in the best interest of his "brand ." Davis forfeited $200,000 in bonuses while protecting... more

Stevan Ridley has an opportunity to regain his early-down role in the New England Patriots backfield with LeGarrette Blount now in Pittsburgh. The question is whether he works his way back into coach Bill Belichick's good graces for a long-term... more

On Wednesday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast ," we discussed the span of the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl window as Peyton Manning closes in on age 40. Whereas many believe the Broncos are going all-in for the 2014 season, we suspect Manning... more

General manager John Dorsey recently explained that Dee Ford was selected at No. 23 overall because the Auburn star was the best player left on the Kansas City Chiefs' board and the second-best pass rusher in the draft . Making the Leap in 2014 Around... more

The mystery of tight end Jermaine Gresham's absence from Cincinnati Bengals offseason practices has been solved. Coach Marvin Lewis recently explained only that Gresham isn't available "because he's not practicing ." According to Field Yates of... more

When the Chicago Bears re-signed D.J. Williams in March, the expectation was that the veteran would assume the starting middle linebacker job that he held prior to a season-ending torn left pectoral muscle in October. That won't necessarily be the... more

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appeared to be open to a Mike Glennon trade before the 2014 NFL Draft last month, the Arizona Cardinals figured to be a prime suitor . Glennon conducted a private workout with Arizona in 2013. NFL Media columnist Michael... more

After closing last season with a 2-6 record as Matthew Stafford struggled down the stretch , the Detroit Lions entered the offseason determined to fix their franchise quarterback . Noted quarterback mentor Jim Caldwell has been rebuilding Stafford's... more

Are the Denver Broncos all-in for 2014? Or are they escalating a win-now, pay-later arms race for a three-year window of Super Bowl opportunity? "If you do this for a living, you always have pressure to win now," coach John Fox told NFL Media's... more

After the Philadelphia Eagles pulled off a draft-night trade to select Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews in the second round, high-fives were exchanged in the team's war room. Coach Chip Kelly immediately projected Matthews as the primarily... more

Julius Peppers has been the highest-paid defensive player in football, a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award and an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. As accomplished as Peppers' 12-year career has been, one thing he has never enjoyed is... more

When the Denver Broncos allowed Eric Decker to hit the open market in March, it was with the understanding that salary cap space would be needed to extend the contracts of Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas. Three months later, the Broncos have opened... more

The Miami Dolphins signed Knowshon Moreno to upgrade a rushing attack that ranked 26th in the NFL with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas last season. It's not a great sign, then, that Moreno has spent the past few weeks behind Miller and Thomas in the... more

Wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie acknowledged last week that the Atlanta Falcons are on "pins and needles ," nervous about Julio Jones' return from foot surgery. Although Jones has been ahead of schedule in his recovery, he only recently graduated... more

New coach Bill O'Brien made it clear two weeks ago that the Houston Texans have a "wide open " competition at quarterback. Now he's hinting that one of his four signal-callers won't make it through training camp. "Anytime you have four, I don't... more

On the most recent edition of the Around The League Podcast , we noted that the St. Louis Rams have dumped a lot of resources into their receiving corps over the past few seasons. Tight end Jared Cook landed a $35 million contract . Wide receivers... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 25 on the list: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown . Why McCown is on the list A career backup who was working as a volunteer high school coach after... more

Arian Foster's lovably ponderous Twitter feed has spilled over to Instagram. The Texans running back took to social media Friday in an effort to coax disgruntled wide receiver Andre Johnson back to Houston. For the uninitiated, the song is the 1966... more

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers earned the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year award by operating as Peyton Manning lite . He diagnosed the defense's intention before the snap, torched blitzes and tossed accurate passes to a bevy of receivers.... more

The Oakland Raiders have touted Matt Schaub as a long-term solution on par with the AFC West's best quarterbacks . ESPN.com's Jim Trotter reported a few weeks back that second-round draft pick Derek Carr won't overtake Schaub barring a catastrophe... more

Devin McCourty's transition from cornerback to safety has been so successful that the Patriots are ready to reward him with a second contract in New England. The Pats have reached out to jumpstart contract talks in the final year of McCourty's rookie... more

As it turns out, Colin Kaepernick's new contract with the San Francisco 49ers is a lot more team-friendly than the original numbers suggested. Over the next three years, Kaepernick is set to earn $44.17 million -- sixth among NFL quarterbacks.... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers can begin their transition away from an "old and slow " defense now that their speedy first-round draft pick is under contract. The team announced Thursday that linebacker Ryan Shazier, the No. 15 overall pick  in last month's... more

Steve Smith has been revitalized by the Ravens after spending 13 season in Carolina. Smith told SI.com's Don Banks this week that he had decided in January to play one final season with the Panthers and then retire to spend time with his family next... more

Tom Brady recently told TheMMQB.com's Peter King that he has been joking with Darrelle Revis about building a couple of hotels on Revis Island during spring and summer practices. In the same breath, Brady conceded that he's already tired of throwing... more

On Wednesday's edition of the Around The League Podcast , we pointed out that the initial reports of guaranteed money in new NFL contracts are often misleading. As expected, there are caveats in the "guaranteed" portion of Colin Kaepernick's new... more

When it comes to voting for NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014, NFL players habitually fall into the "What have you done lately?" trap. That approach is perhaps best reflected in the ranking of Joe Flacco, who was unveiled as No. 58 on the list... more

Although the Seattle Seahawks have dropped out of the chase for Jermichael Finley, other teams are lining up to take their place. The New England Patriots hosted Finley for a visit last Friday. The Packers still envision the tight end playing in... more

Former Minnesota Vikings five-time All-Pro Kevin Williams is still looking for a job three months after free agency kick started in early March. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking... more

The Atlanta Falcons had grown soft. After averaging 11 wins in the first five seasons under general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith, the Falcons plummeted to four wins last year. They couldn't protect Matt Ryan, finished 32nd in... more

The New York Giants have taken care to lower expectations for running back David Wilson coming off career-threatening neck surgery in January. Coach Tom Coughlin told Around The League in February that the question is not whether Wilson can be a... more

While coach Jeff Fisher fully expects quarterback Sam Bradford to be back under center in Week 1, the St. Louis Rams aren't quite as optimistic about left tackle Jake Long's recovery from ACL surgery. A Rams source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has had no setback in regards to his surgically repaired knee since he predicted in January that he would be ready for the start of training camp . Appearing on NFL Network's NFL AM on Wednesday, coach Jeff... more

Before Brian Urlacher retired from the NFL last offseason, the former Chicago Bears All-Pro revealed that he was intrigued with the idea of playing one last season with the Dallas Cowboys. With a cast of unknowns such as Anthony Hitchens, DeVonte... more

No NFL running back made for a better punchline than Trent Richardson last season. His bust belongs on Mount Rushless . He's stuck on an elevator because he can't clear the threshold of the closing doors. Despite a meager per-carry average of... more

Before Charles Woodson re-signed with  the Oakland Raiders in March, the 37-year-old safety acknowledged that he seriously considered retirement . Now energized by the team's offseason additions, Woodson is open to playing beyond the 2014 season.... more

The Arizona Cardinals issued an unusually strong statement condemning Daryl Washington for the linebacker's second suspension in two years, leaving the organization in a bind. The team's approach left us wondering on Monday's edition of the "Around The... more

The NFL's itinerant linebacker is unpacking his bags in Arizona. In the wake of Daryl Washington's season-long suspension, the Cardinals announced the signing of eight-year veteran Ernie Sims to a one-year contract on Tuesday. The Lions' No. 9... more

Dez Bryant recently claimed that he deserves to become one of the NFL's highest-paid wide receivers. He's not going to get any disagreement from coach Jason Garrett, who compared Bryant to Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin on Monday. "I... more

Will Hill was a football oddity last season as a Pro Bowl-level player flying under the radar in the nation's media capital. Having expended time and energy attempting to turn Hill's suspension-ravaged career around, the New York Giants waived the... more

The Tennessee Titans stocked up on linebackers in free agency, importing Shaun Phillips and Wesley Woodyard, while restructuring Kamerion Wimbley's contract. One of the reasons for that depth? Akeem Ayers revealed Monday that he underwent offseason... more

The Seattle Seahawks' linebacker depth paid off in a big way when part-time starter and former seventh-round draft pick Malcolm Smith took home MVP honors in Super Bowl XLVIII. Pete Carroll's squad will have to call on that depth for the rest of... more

The New England Patriots just signed a draft pick who might not see meaningful action for the life of his rookie contract. The team announced Monday that No. 62 overall pick  quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has signed. All second-round rookie contracts... more

Mike Zimmer waited a long time to get his first NFL head-coaching opportunity with the Minnesota Vikings. After he lost out on yet another job in early January, Zimmer almost walked away from the entire coaching-search process. "I almost didn't... more

What constitutes a comeback? It's the NFL's most nebulous award, as most fans remain confused about the qualifications. Take last season's Comeback Player of the Year voting as an example. The winner, Philip Rivers, came back from nothing more... more

May

While the country's talking heads lost all perspective on Johnny Manziel's offseason vacation in Las Vegas this week, Around The League was concentrating on signs emanating from OTAs that Kyle Shanahan's offense is being tailored to the rookie's strengths... more

By the end of last season the Arizona Cardinals' dynamic inside linebacker duo of Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby was giving the 49ers' tandem of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman a run for their money as the NFL's best. Dansby was on the fringes of... more

Alex Smith isn't the only contract-year quarterback setting his sights on Jay Cutler's $18.1 million annual average. In an interview with SI.com's Don Banks, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis suggested that Cutler's seven-year, $126.7 million... more

Tom Brady suspected the New England Patriots would draft their quarterback of the future earlier this month. But he plans to ensure that Jimmy Garoppolo doesn't see the field for the life of the second-round pick's rookie contract. He's not alone.... more

The New York Jets are setting Geno Smith up for failure. Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez may be long gone, but the Jets ensured that the circus would remain in town when they signed media magnet Michael Vick to a contract that suggests a greater role... more

After sitting out last month's minicamp to rehab offseason knee and finger surgeries , Calvin Johnson resumed practicing for the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. The knee affected Johnson's 2013 season to the point that he had to get it drained every... more

Does any NFL team have a more crowded trainer's room than the Buffalo Bills? Coach Doug Marrone revealed Wednesday that three key starters underwent surgeries earlier this offseason. Pass rusher Mario Williams (hip), linebacker Kiko Alonso (hip)... more

General manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have expressed confidence in recent days that the Kansas City Chiefs will ultimately reach a long-term contract agreement with quarterback Alex Smith. Those comments seem overly optimistic in light of... more

When linebacker Jason Worilds quickly signed the Pittsburgh Steelers' transition tag in early March , there was hope from both sides that a sensible long-term arrangement could be worked out. Nearly three months later, the tea leaves suggest... more

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is the great-grandson of Johnson & Johnson co-founder Robert Wood Johnson. He has to appreciate Chris Johnson's campaign for a "Johnson & Johnson" offense, right? Let's bring Andre johnson to the jets legooo â??... more

The most impressive feature of the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl run was that they did it with a host of key players on the shelf. The major surgeries of All-Pros Von Miller and Ryan Clady made plenty of headlines, but it was the acute compartment... more

Obsessive Tony Romo critics will find a way to pin the blame on the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for the injury that sent middle linebacker Sean Lee sprawling in Tuesday's practice. Within minutes of Romo's return to the field following postseason... more

For the second consecutive offseason, the St. Louis Rams are adding a former Pro Bowl selection to their offensive line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team is set to sign former Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph to a... more

The Baltimore Ravens have their top draft choice under contract. The team announced Tuesday that No. 17 overall pick C.J. Mosley has signed his rookie deal. Mosley was reportedly ranked as a top-10 prospect on the Ravens' draft board. Assistant... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has reported that Andre Johnson is unlikely to attend Houston Texans mandatory minicamp in June, so it was no surprise that the veteran wide receiver failed to report for voluntary OTAs on Tuesday. Offseason Dates The... more

HOUSTON TEXANS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS TENNESSEE TITANS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

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HOUSTON TEXANS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS TENNESSEE TITANS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

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While compiling the rosters for Around The League's Projected Starters  series, we noticed several players squeezed out of their team's plans since the end of the 2013 season. Although most of the offseason wheeling and dealing occurs early in free... more

The last quarterback drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs to win a game for the franchise was Todd Blackledge, more than 25 years ago. If fifth-round pick Aaron Murray is going to eventually end that drought, he has to start by earning a roster spot in a... more

When the Indianapolis Colts signed undrafted tight end Erik Swoope earlier this month , the former hoopster seemed to be nothing more than a freakishly athletic novelty act. Unlike fellow former University of Miami forward Jimmy Graham, Swoope had... more

After turning heads at the 2013 scouting combine, Miami Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor produced a rookie season that consisted of just 45 snaps and nine games. It's hard to blame Taylor for the disappointing start to his NFL career. Dolphins... more

Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley told Around The League in March that free-agent acquisition Toby Gerhart has bell-cow potential in the Jaguars' young offense. Running backs coach Terry Richardson recently explained that it was Gerhart's ability to... more

It didn't take long for new coach Lovie Smith to identify defensive tackle Gerald McCoy as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' most valuable player. Two months after taking the job, Smith emphasized that a contract extension for the 2013 first-team All-Pro is a... more

The Minnesota Vikings have been giving off conflicting signals regarding Christian Ponder's future with the club. "Bridge" quarterback Matt Cassel was released and quickly re-signed . The Vikes then declined Ponder's $9.6 million fifth-year option... more

The San Francisco 49ers added another impediment to Marcus Lattimore's comeback when they drafted Carlos Hyde in the second round early this month. Lattimore did manage to clear one hurdle on Friday when he surprisingly took the field for rookie... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have their entire 2014 draft class under contract with two months to go before training camp. The team announced Saturday that No. 23 overall pick Dee Ford has signed his rookie deal. The deal is worth $8.158 million and... more

When pass rusher Anthony Spencer re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys last month, we noted that he is not expected to be ready for training camp in late July. Spencer spent five months virtually immobilized following a microfracture knee procedure... more

Marc Sessler raised a few eyebrows when he predicted that New Orleans Saints first-round pick Brandin Cooks will lead all rookie wide receivers in production this season. Sessler isn't alone in that sentiment. On Friday's edition of the "Around... more

Michael Vick can't make up his mind. He's trying to play the role of the good soldier, conceding that the New York Jets' starting quarterback job is Geno Smith's to lose . He also believes he's the man to take the Jets to their first Super Bowl... more

New York Jets fans who watched rookie Dee Milliner struggle throughout last season are still wondering if general manager John Idzik might trade for an established cornerback . It's not going to happen -- in large part because Idzik believes Milliner is... more

New Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor worked under NFL coaching legends such as Joe Gibbs, Dan Reeves and Mike Holmgren before joining Chip Kelly's staff in Philadelphia last season. If the early word out of South Beach is any... more

On Friday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast ," Kevin Patra nominated the Chicago Bears as the "2014 Team of ATL ." The Bears boast a stable offensive line, the NFL's premier wide-receiver duo , a talented quarterback and an improved defense.... more

Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson made it clear early this week that the Dallas Cowboys are "still hopeful " Kyle Orton will report for June's mandatory minicamp. Wilson shouldn't hold his breath. After months of speculation, we now know that Orton's... more

Reports of the Houston Texans' interest in New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett began surfacing in early March and have yet to subside . In a Thursday interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bill Belichick did his best to put the rumors... more

Former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant was the first in history to guide his team to four Super Bowl appearances. This came on the heels of six appearances and four championships in the CFL's Grey Cup finals. He was elected to the Canadian Football Hall... more

James Harrison acknowledged on "NFL Total Access" two months ago that he wants to rejoin the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2014 season. He's not the only one hoping for a return to the Steel City. Cornerback Ike Taylor said Tuesday on his weekly... more

Amid stalled contract talks and trade speculation , Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh emphasized Wednesday that he's "happy" to be in Detroit. That sentiment was quickly swept under the rug when Suh mystified a throng of local reporters by... more

The Oakland Raiders have their quarterback of the future under contract. The team announced Wednesday that they have signed No. 36 overall pick Derek Carr to a four-year contract. A person who has seen the deal told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that... more

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman is a breath of fresh air. He's one of the few high-level football executives who is consistently candid, regaling reporters with expansive, reasoned explanations for his team's major transactions and... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS CLEVELAND BROWNS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series... more

Monday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast " discussed which of the rookie wide receivers will end up with the most yards in 2014. In a slight upset, Marc Sessler has predicted Bills first-round pick Sammy Watkins will finish third, behind... more

The Minnesota Vikings have been the NFL's busiest team Tuesday. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans. Find out which first-rounders have contracts secured. More... Minutes after... more

The Minnesota Vikings have their top draft pick under contract. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with the Texans. Find out which first-rounders have contracts secured. More... NFL Media... more

It wasn't just Chip Kelly's innovative offense that garnered attention in his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also raised eyebrows around the league with a science-based music selection for practices, personalized smoothies , heart... more

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WASHINGTON REDSKINS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams , analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class . Dallas Cowboys Projected 2014... more

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WASHINGTON REDSKINS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams , analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class . Philadelphia Eagles Projected... more

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WASHINGTON REDSKINS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams , analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class . Washington Redskins Projected... more

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WASHINGTON REDSKINS Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams , analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class . New York Giants Projected 2014... more

The Kirk Cousins trade speculation won't die . The Washington Redskins' backup quarterback drew interest from several teams during the 2014 NFL Draft, but none of the offers tempted general manager Bruce Allen to part with his Robert Griffin III... more

Now that Andre Johnson is questioning his future in Houston , fans around the league are wondering if their team might strike up trade talks with the Texans. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32... more

Just two years after being billed as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, Houston Texans outside linebacker Brooks Reed has lost his place in the defense's pecking order. Now that No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney is earmarked for the... more

Before Tony Gonzalez accepted a job with CBS' "The NFL Today" pregame show, he joked about returning to Atlanta if the Falcons jump out to a hot start this season. The Falcons aren't keeping his seat warm. In fact, they have removed his position from... more

The Houston Texans didn't address their quarterback deficiency until they selected developmental project Tom Savage at the tail end of the fourth round in the 2014 NFL Draft. New coach Bill O'Brien essentially has four clipboard-holders on his... more

While the Atlanta Falcons were busy fomenting pre-draft rumors of a potential trade for Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, the truth was they were targeting Jake Matthews in a swap of picks with the Jacksonville Jaguars. TheMMQB.com's Peter King... more

Now that the draft is in the books , NFL franchises have already begun shifting into the process of lowering unreasonable expectations for their greenhorns. Michael Jordan is the sports world's most iconic figure because he always exceeded the hype. The... more

Bryce Brown spent most of last season trying to stave off Chris Polk for the primary backup job behind LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia. Now that Brown has been traded to Buffalo , McCoy believes his enigmatic former sidekick will supplant veteran Fred... more

Veteran running back Shonn Greene was already facing an uncertain role after the Tennessee Titans selected the 2014 NFL Draft's first running back, Bishop Sankey, at No. 54 overall . Now Greene has another obstacle to lead-back duties. The... more

Conceding that No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles has "some development to do ," the Jacksonville Jaguars plan to ease their rookie quarterback in behind Chad Henne this season. Undrafted Free-Agent Tracker Find out where undrafted, free-agent rookies... more

Jerry Jones has acknowledged that new Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was the No. 1 player on the Dallas Cowboys' draft board at No. 16 overall. The story behind the story is that Manziel was only atop the Cowboys' board because... more

When the first-round prospect the Seahawks targeted was drafted out from under them, they decided to trade the No. 32 overall pick to the Vikings. So who was the player Seattle wanted at the back end of the first round? According to NFL Media... more

Ben Roethlisberger has seemingly been campaigning for the Pittsburgh Steelers to add a big, physical wide receiver ever since Plaxico Burress defected to the New York Giants nearly a decade ago. Six years removed from draft bust Limas Sweed, the... more

Starved for playmakers on offense, the New York Jets ended up selecting three wide receivers and a tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft. It was the wide receiver they targeted in the second round who got away. Per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the... more

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was one of the big winners of the 2014 NFL Draft. He drafted a defensive cornerstone in Justin Gilbert and the new face of the franchise in Johnny Manziel, while plucking a pair of 2015 draft picks from... more

When Matt Forte came in at No. 91 on NFL Media's list of "The Top 100 Players of 2014 ," Around The League scribe Dan Hanzus openly wondered what the Chicago Bears running back has to do to earn respect from his NFL peers . As it turns out, Forte is... more

Thursday night's Round 1 drew a combined viewership of 32 million , up 28 percent from last season. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL... more

Following the 2014 NFL Draft's first round, Around The League identified six selections that could alter the course of their new franchises . Now that the second and third rounds have wrapped up, let's turn our attention to 10 impact draft picks with... more

In second-round picks Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson , the Jacksonville Jaguars lucked into a pair of wide receivers with first-round talent in the 2014 NFL Draft. Is that a sign that the Jaguars are resigned to suspended receiver Justin Blackmon never... more

General manager Dave Gettleman warned Carolina Panthers fans he wouldn't pass on a "blue goose " pass rusher to address a position of need in the 2014 NFL Draft. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to... more

The Green Bay Packers are restocking Aaron Rodgers' weapons after losing Jermichael Finley, James Jones and Greg Jennings over the past two years. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the... more

After bypassing a wide receiver in the first round, the Eagles found their DeSean Jackson replacement on Friday night. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music... more

The Dallas Cowboys found much-needed help for their beleaguered front seven. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL Network. More ... The... more

Less than 24 hours after Johnny Manziel galvanized northern Ohio , we have received word that Cleveland Browns breakout star Josh Gordon is facing another NFL suspension. Three sources informed of Gordon's situation have told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Even though he was the 2014 NFL Draft's top pick, Jadeveon Clowney has no designs on becoming the face of the Houston Texans' franchise as a rookie. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all... more

The second-round draft rumors aren't coming in quite as hot and heavy as those leading up to Thursday night's draft start , but the 49ers' acquisition of Stevie Johnson from the Bills has jump-started Friday's wheeling and dealing . How to watch the... more

It is at their own peril that professional sports teams pass on the opportunity to select a uniquely gifted player with the potential to alter the course of a franchise. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out... more

The Denver Broncos didn't have to trade up for their defensive target after all. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL Network. More ...... more

The New Orleans Saints have added a much-needed infusion of speed to their aging offense. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL Network. More ...... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers passed on needs at wide receiver and cornerback to select the best player remaining on their draft board. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio... more

Defensive wizard Mike Zimmer has a new pass rusher for his Minnesota Vikings squad. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL Network. More ...... more

The Oakland Raiders finally have a blue-chip talent on which to build their defense. With the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack . How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft... more

The St. Louis Rams' ground attack just got a shot in the arm. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL Network. More ... With the No. 2... more

The Super Bowl champions are sitting in the catbird seat in the hours leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft officially underway, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL... more

Thomas Dimitroff has pulled off a trade in each of his six drafts since being named Atlanta Falcons general manager in 2008. In the hours leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, he's once again laying the groundwork for a potential blockbuster. How to watch... more

In a draft filled with intrigue, the Minnesota Vikings' selection at No. 8 might be the most unpredictable of the top-10 picks. While most mock drafters have the Vikings addressing their defense, it's become clear that they are giving serious... more

Atlanta Falcons fans jonesing for Jadeveon Clowney still have a glimmer of hope. A week after proclaiming that the No. 1 overall pick is open for business , Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith told NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Wednesday that he has... more

The 2014 NFL Draft has been the most unpredictable in recent memory, but that hasn't stopped NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock from taking a stab at prognostication with his freshly released mock draft . How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL... more

The San Francisco 49ers aren't the only Super Bowl contender attempting to trade up in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Broncos have discussed a move up the draft board , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday evening. Just... more

The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly are gauging the possibility of trading up in the first round of Thursday's draft, with a wide receiver such as LSU's Odell Beckham as the likely target. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is trying to convince the team's... more

The Dolphins are stuck in limbo with the No. 19 overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft  fast approaching, find out how to catch all the action from Radio City Music Hall on NFL... more

Early in the week, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport warned us not to be surprised if the Cleveland Browns select Teddy Bridgewater with the second of their two first-round picks at No. 26 overall. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the New York Jets have designs on trading into the top 10 of Thursday night's draft, with LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham as a potential target. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft... more

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts took the division crown with a four-game cushion last season. If Houston drafts Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 overall Thursday night, though, the uber-talented pass rusher has a message for the toughest kid on the AFC... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly placing a high priority on playing it safe with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. There's no safer prospect this year than Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins . Operating under the assumption... more

As the smoke rises leading up to Thursday's start of the 2014 NFL Draft, it's no surprise that Johnny Manziel is right in the thick of rampant rumors. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Rams held a clandestine meeting with... more

Citing sources familiar with Texans general manager Rick Smith's thinking, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday night that Buffalo's Khalil Mack is a realistic alternative to South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 overall. When NFL... more

A month after visiting New England , veteran pass rusher Will Smith is joining the Patriots. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday, via a source close to Smith, that the former New Orleans Saints star was finalizing a deal with the Pats . The team... more

Chicago's Rahm Emanuel isn't the only mayor politicking Commissioner Roger Goodell for a chance to host future NFL drafts. Goodell told the "Rich Eisen Podcast" on Monday that Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has joined Emanuel in aggressively pitching... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh recently characterized the portrayal of Colin Kaepernick's association with an early April incident report as a "jump-the-gun, witch-hunt scenario ." After seeing his reputation take a hit, Kaepernick said... more

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has another reason not to pass on a "blue goose " defensive lineman in next week's draft. The team announced Friday that defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended four games for violating the... more

Josh McCown can thank noted quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman for his unlikely late-career renaissance with the Chicago Bears last season. Silver: Everybody loves Lovie After a year away from the NFL, Lovie Smith has brought a whole new energy to... more

Among hard-line NFL quarterback gurus, there's skepticism that Johnny Manziel will be a success at the next level. ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski initially said he wouldn't draft the Texas A&M star in the first three rounds . Former Packers and... more

AFC TOP DRAFTS NFC TOP DRAFTS The 2014 NFL Draft is just days away. As such, Around The League is breaking down the best draft class of all time for each NFC team. Look for the breakdown of each AFC team here . NFC East Dallas Cowboys... more

April

AFC TOP DRAFTS NFC TOP DRAFTS The 2014 NFL Draft is just days away. As such, Around The League is breaking down the best draft class of all time for each AFC team. Look for the breakdown of each NFC team here . AFC East Buffalo Bills... more

The New Orleans Saints dumped Darren Sproles and reportedly shopped Pierre Thomas this offseason, but that doesn't mean the future finally is in Mark Ingram's hands. Fifth-year option tracker Cam Newton had his option picked up by the Panthers.... more

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting last month that he's open to drafting multiple quarterbacks this year. In an "ideal" world, though, Pettine would prefer to pick up an impact position player at No. 4 overall... more

After the Seattle Seahawks made Earl Thomas the NFL's highest-paid safety on Monday, Marc Sessler pointed out that All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is next in line for a payday. Sherman's lucrative contract extension might come sooner than expected.... more

Six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams is continuing his delayed free-agent tour after visiting the New York Giants earlier this month . 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning... more

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life and fined the maximum of $2.5 million for a string of racist comments  made in a conversation taped by his ex-girlfriend. Silver also... more

Back in December, Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks was receiving "mixed messages " about his ability to resume his football career following a dangerous MRSA infection that wiped out the majority of his 2013 season. Four months later, Nicks is... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon is the latest reminder that change happens quickly in the NFL; a young player's future is too often left to the whims of shifting regimes. As recently as late November, Greg Schiano broke out the... more

The Dallas Cowboys failed to keep Pro Bowl defensive players DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher, but they are bringing back a veteran pass rusher. Agent Jordan Woy announced Saturday that defensive end Anthony Spencer re-signed with the Cowboys on a... more

The Super Bowl champions wouldn't seem to need help with the 2014 NFL Draft, but they are seeking input from a longtime NFL executive, regardless. The Seattle Seahawks have hired former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland as a draft consultant... more

For posterity's sake, Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Dan Marino will square off one last time at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco 49ers announced this week that Montana, 57, and Marino, 52, will headline a flag football game , scheduled... more

The New York Giants' brain trust has reportedly considered the possibility that Eli Manning might have reached the declining phase of his career. If co-owner John Mara was in the room for those discussions, it's likely that he shared outgoing offensive... more

Commissioner Roger Goodell's position on playoff expansion has gradually pushed the door open for the possibility of instituting the change as soon as the 2014 season. With owners set to discuss the idea at the NFL Spring Meeting in Atlanta on May 20,... more

The NFL lost its version of Forrest Gump when Earl Morrall passed away Friday at age 79. The quintessential backup quarterback, Morrall made his mark as a premium insurance policy for Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas, Bob Griese, Fran Tarkenton, Len Dawson... more

When the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Darren Sproles to form the NFL's best backfield tandem , it was natural to wonder how LeSean McCoy's role would change . Brooks: Top running back tandems Workhorse backs are rare in the NFL these days, but... more

When Evan Mathis approached the Philadelphia Eagles about a new contract in March, the team responded by placing the All-Pro guard on the trade block . Having reported for the voluntary offseason workout program earlier this week , Mathis is taking the... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested Friday that the league's draft process might be adjusted again. In an interview with NFL Media's Jeff Darlington, Goodell said the NFL will consider stretching the annual draft from three days to four .... more

Teddy Bridgewater was one of the most debated prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft class. The Louisville quarterback's disappointing pro day performance gave NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock an existential crisis , as concerns surfaced about... more

After Karlos Dansby led the Cardinals in tackles, passes defensed and interceptions while pitching in 6.5 sacks in 2013, the veteran linebacker predicted that he would "definitely " re-sign in Arizona. Now that Dansby has taken his talents to the... more

Robert Griffin III's struggles in returning from reconstructive knee surgery affected his confidence to a degree that he was reportedly perceived by some inside the Washington Redskins building as fragile and insecure during the 2013 season. In a... more

In our Roster Reset series , we noted the San Diego Chargers' need for pass rushers this offseason. Help is on the way now that Dwight Freeney is recovered from a quadriceps tear that ended his 2013 season in late September. "The doctors have... more

Is coach Tom Coughlin alone in his belief that Rueben Randle can capably replace Hakeem Nicks as the New York Giants' playmaking outside receiver? General manager Jerry Reese acknowledged at the NFL Scouting Combine that "the jury is still out " on... more

In a wry twist of fate, Herschel Walker is best remembered by NFL fans as the losing end of football's most lopsided blockbuster trade that ultimately played a pivotal role in constructing the Dallas Cowboys' dynasty of the early 1990s. There was a... more

The Denver Broncos open in prime time for the fourth consecutive season, but it comes at a cost. John Elway's club faces a tough slate of games in September, with three matchups (vs. Colts, vs. Chiefs, at Seahawks) against teams that made the... more

There are two major changes to the "Thursday Night Football" schedule this season. The first is that CBS will now air eight early-season games before the NFL Network takes over in November. The second is that Saturday games are returning, with NFL... more

Since the 2014 league year began in early March, Around The League has reset all 32 NFL rosters and declared the biggest winners and losers in free agency. Another way to win the offseason? Welcome key players back from injuries that ruined their 2013... more

A contemplative Barry Sanders once said if he could change anything about football, it would be the way in which American society worships athletes . "I know they're no different than the desolate man in the street," Sanders added for emphasis. There... more

For the third time in three years, New York Giants safety Will Hill has run afoul of the NFL's drug policy. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source informed of the situation, that Hill is facing another suspension for violating one of the... more

Tony Romo's return to the practice field was overshadowed by the absence of another Dallas Cowboys quarterback for the start of offseason workouts. A month after executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged that Kyle Orton is mulling... more

Now that the Tennessee Titans have pulled the plug on the Chris Johnson era, the artist formerly known as CJ2K immediately becomes the most attractive unrestricted free agent on the market . We already analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of... more

Mike Holmgren has a message for the quarterback-needy teams reportedly giving strong consideration to passing on a signal-caller in the first round of May's draft: "You've got to take one." "Somebody in that group can play; I feel sure of that,"... more

As recently as January, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd acknowledged that last season's neck injury might force him to "hang it up " and walk away from football. Six weeks after being cleared for light workouts , Floyd says he... more

In the wake of a report that the Philadelphia Eagles threw out a trade offer for Dion Jordan, Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey is downplaying the notion that the young pass rusher is on the market. Appearing on WQAM-AM on Tuesday... more

The once cold relationship between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers has been gradually thawing over the past year. Favre has conceded that he was at fault for the "bad blood" that developed in the aftermath of his falling out with the... more

When the DeSean Jackson release went down , the immediate reaction from former Philadelphia Eagles teammates was a collective yawn. Eagles players didn't exactly rally in support, leaving the impression that Jackson's reported me-first attitude and lack... more

Outgoing offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride finds it hard to believe that the New York Giants' brass has wondered if Eli Manning has reached the decline phase of his career. Schein: The big question for Big Blue Can Eli Manning carry the Giants... more

Roster Reset: AFC North April 15, 2014

The AFC East remains Patriots country . The Broncos are pulling even further away from the pack in the AFC West. The Colts have no legitimate threat to their standing atop the AFC South. One month into the new league year, the AFC North is the... more

In the wake of Aldon Smith's latest arrest , the San Francisco 49ers have a tough decision to make regarding their troubled pass rusher. Battista: Niners at a crossroads In the midst of an offseason marred by off-field transgressions, the 49ers face... more

If the upcoming MRI on Jermichael Finley's surgically repaired neck brings back promising news, the Seattle Seahawks will have competition for his services. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

Concurrent with a report that quarterback-needy teams are strongly considering passing on a signal-caller in the first round, South Carolina pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is picking up steam as the presumed Houston Texans pick at the top of the 2014 NFL... more

Sidney Rice joined Santonio Holmes and Miles Austin as the wide receiver trio on Around The League's list of big-name veterans still seeking landing spots in free agency. Unlike Holmes and Austin, Rice has been merely waiting for medical clearance.... more

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton ranks just behind Peyton Manning and Dan Marino with 80 touchdown passes in his first three seasons. He's also one of just a handful of quarterbacks in NFL history to lead his team to the playoffs in each... more

Leading up to the trade deadline last October, the Dallas Cowboys were questioning whether DeMarco Murray was reliable enough to go forward as the featured back. Six months later, running backs coach Gary Brown views Murray as a perennial Pro Bowl... more

The New York Giants don't have any concerns about Eli Manning's successful arthroscopic ankle surgery . The organization does, however, question whether they already have witnessed the peak of Manning's career. Within the Giants front office, the... more

One of the least credible aspects of "Draft Day " is that the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks hold the No. 1 overall pick. As it turns out, veteran director Ivan Reitman desperately enlisted the Seahawks as a fallback option when the New York Jets... more

On Friday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast ," Gregg Rosenthal compared the Philadelphia Eagles' Dion Jordan trade inquiry to a fantasy football owner wildly throwing out offers to see what sticks. Overshadowed in the Eagles' pursuit of... more

Now that the Browns have matched the Jaguars' five-year, $42 million offer sheet to Alex Mack, the league's highest-paid center is mending fences with Cleveland fans. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its... more

Matt Schaub's first pass of last season was intercepted, as was his last pass of the season. In between, he established an NFL record by tossing a pick six in four consecutive games. Blindly embracing the notion that 2013 was an outlier in an... more

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is watching the Alex Mack offer-sheet showdown with interest. The Dolphins plan to pick up the fifth-year option on Pouncey's contract, keeping him in Miami through the 2015 season, The Miami Herald's Armando... more

The Oakland Raiders' decision not to use the franchise tag on left tackle Jared Veldheer left us scratching our heads five weeks ago. We weren't the only ones looking askance at the move. In an interview with the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers,... more

At the NFL Annual Meeting two weeks ago, new coach Mike Pettine acknowledged that the Cleveland Browns might select two quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft. After releasing Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, the Browns won't stop there. Free-Agent... more

Following the release of Chris Johnson, general manager Ruston Webster acknowledged the Tennessee Titans will "definitely " look to select a running back in the 2014 NFL Draft. Titans fans shouldn't expect that draft pick to come in the first round.... more

Santonio Holmes is one of a trio of veteran wide receivers highlighted on Around The League's list of big-name NFL veterans still seeking landing spots for the 2014 season. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with... more

Demaryius Thomas' shoulder injury didn't prevent him from setting a Super Bowl record with 13 receptions. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen... more

Free agent Jermichael Finley's medical status should gain clarity by the end of the month. Finley told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Tuesday that he expects to have X-rays on his surgically repaired neck Thursday and an MRI within two weeks . Free-Agent... more

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is on the fast track in his return from October surgery to repair a torn ACL. Appearing on WNDE-AM in Indianapolis, Wayne said Tuesday that he expects to be cleared for football activities on April 25.... more

Lost in the hype surrounding the Arizona Cardinals' cornerback pairing of Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie are question marks at safety. Free safety/nickelback Tyrann Mathieu is ahead of schedule in his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery, but... more

Officially released by the Tennessee Titans on Monday, Chris Johnson shouldn't expect any teams to put on the full-court press like the Washington Redskins did during DeSean Jackson's two-day visit. Appearing on Monday's edition of "NFL Total Access,"... more

Coach Ron Rivera has added 2,375 receptions in his "Moneyball"-inspired approach to replacing the production of Steve Smith, Ted Ginn and Brandon LaFell at wide receiver. The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that they have signed former Philadelphia... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veterans Darrius Heyward-Bey and Lance Moore, but they are counting on last year's third-round draft pick Markus Wheaton to replace Emmanuel Sanders as the No. 2 receiver opposite Antonio Brown. 'ATL Podcast' The... more

Around The League's Roster Reset series kicked off Sunday with an overview of free agency in the AFC West. While the Denver Broncos continue to pull away from the pack, their secondary takes a backseat to the Oakland Raiders' defensive line for... more

Veteran pass rusher Kamerion Wimbley is staying in Tennessee. Just three days after the Titans asked Wimbley to accept a pay cut, the two sides agreed to a restructured contract worth $9 million over three years, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Roster Reset: AFC West April 06, 2014

John Elway is playing chess against Bill Belichick while the rest of the division plays checkers. The Broncos breezed through the division last season while the Chiefs overachieved in Andy Reid's first season, the mediocre Chargers snuck into the... more

New Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has lured another former Chicago Bears player to Tampa. The Bucs have agreed to terms with safety Major Wright on a one-year contract, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, via a source involved in the... more

Interested teams have been sniffing around on Chris Johnson ever since the Tennessee Titans placed their "star" running back on the trade block . Chris Johnson Tracker Chris Johnson is on the market, so keep an eye on all the latest news surrounding... more

Coach John Harbaugh has made good on his vow to bring in another running back en route to overhauling the Baltimore Ravens' rushing attack. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

At the end of a lost season, general manager Jerry Reese made it clear that David Wilson is no longer viewed as the New York Giants' lead back. By the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Reese and coach Tom Coughlin both suggested anything they get out... more

Chris Johnson isn't the only high-dollar veteran in danger of being dumped by the Tennessee Titans. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The... more

New coach Ken Whisenhunt has stated his excitement about a healthy Jake Locker as his starting quarterback, but the Tennessee Titans want to make sure they have fallback options. The team's brass already has visited with several top quarterback... more

To the surprise of no one, former Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick Rolando McClain's retirement at age 23  only was temporary. On the heels of last month's report that McClain plans to return for the 2014 season, the linebacker is expected to... more

Chris Johnson is in Nashville, Tenn., today for a face-to-face meeting with Titans general manager Ruston Webster, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday night. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with... more

Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The Baltimore Ravens' signing of tight end Owen Daniels capped off one of the most impressive free agency... more

Comedian Adam Carolla's 15 minutes of football fame have been extended to half an hour. One week after the NFL's Competition Committee approved Carolla's pet project to extend the goal posts five feet , New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft... more

The Atlanta Falcons are making a move to replace departed safety Thomas DeCoud. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... New Orleans Saints... more

Adding a safety just became a bigger priority for the Chicago Bears. The team announced Thursday that safety Chris Conte will be sidelined for 4-5 months after undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury that has bothered him since the 2012 season.... more

Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Patrick Chung is returning to New England. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The Patriots have agreed to... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Tennessee Titans will either trade or release Chris Johnson before offseason workouts begin next week. Wesseling: Running on empty Running backs are getting paid like kickers and punters this... more

After Jadeveon Clowney wowed onlookers with a "phenomenal " pro day workout Wednesday, the freakishly talented South Carolina pass rusher told assembled reporters he would make the Houston Texans "miserable " if they pass on him at No. 1 overall in the... more

Just before last Thanksgiving, Around The League ranked the NFL's best wide receiver duos . Nearly five months later, we decided to revisit the exercise to reflect free-agent signings and players returning from injuries. Impact playmakers such as Julio... more

The Washington Redskins just handed quarterback Robert Griffin III an essential ingredient in his bid to become the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2014. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

A 12-time Pro Bowl selection finally is making his first visit of free agency. Former Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is meeting with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Champ Bailey visited the #Saints... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are stepping up their efforts to replace departed wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

Since annihilating the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seattle Seahawks have lost key players such as Golden Tate, Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond without adding a single big name on the free-agent market. Don't... more

At least a half-dozen teams  reportedly have contacted the agent for DeSean Jackson following his release Friday from the Philadelphia Eagles. Gregg Rosenthal has filed Around The League's list of potential landing spots . Which of those eight teams... more

The San Francisco 49ers have been connected to DeSean Jackson ever since reports emerged that the Philadelphia Eagles were fielding trade inquiries in mid-March. DeSean Jackson Tracker Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and rumors behind... more

Cornerback Brice McCain lasted just one season under a three-year, $5.25 million contract signed with the Houston Texans last March. Now the five-year veteran has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers , agent David Canter reported Tuesday. The team later... more

Four years ago, the New England Patriots found success with a veteran pass rusher cast aside by his former team when they signed Andre Carter. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking... more

March

DeSean Jackson has only one free-agent visit lined up so far. DeSean Jackson Tracker Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and rumors behind DeSean Jackson's potential destinations with our DJax tracker. More... He's in Washington getting a... more

Following the Matt Schaub trade and the Ryan Fitzpatrick signing , new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien plans to hold an open competition including Case Keenum and T.J. Yates. Speaking at a town hall meeting Monday, O'Brien made it clear that trio... more

The Miami Dolphins aren't throwing in the towel on Lamar Miller's career now that Knowshon Moreno has taken his talents to South Beach . Miller will be given the opportunity to compete for the starting job , but coach Joe Philbin wants to see more... more

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown understands his organization has enjoyed a competitive advantage in the AFC North with a quarterback earning less than $2 million against the salary cap in each of the past three seasons. Now that Andy Dalton is... more

The skids were greased for Danieal Manning's Houston exit when the Texans signed former Dolphins safety Chris Clemons on Friday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

For all the free agents imported by the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers regime, one of the most important additions is a young player returning from a torn labrum that cost him the entire second half of the 2013 season. Running back Doug Martin said Friday... more

The two NFL head coaches who know DeSean Jackson best have opted against taking the field with the controversial wide receiver in 2014. DeSean Jackson Tracker Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and rumors behind DeSean Jackson's potential... more

Six hours after NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Washington Redskins' interest in DeSean Jackson, the 'Skins became the first team to make a tangible move toward signing the wide receiver. DeSean Jackson Tracker Stay up-to-date with all the... more

The Green Bay Packers were the only NFL team that did not record a single interception from a safety last season. That lack of playmaking ability extended throughout a secondary that forced just four fumbles and finished 24th in passing yards... more

Nearly four months removed from tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee, Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has reason to be encouraged by his progress. Coach Bruce Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio this week that Mathieu is "several weeks "... more

On Friday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast ," Kevin Patra predicted the St. Louis Rams will end up trading out of the No. 2 spot in the 2014 NFL Draft. Speaking to reporters at this week's NFL Annual Meeting, coach Jeff Fisher said... more

On Friday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast ," we all took a stab at DeSean Jackson's next landing spot. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... more

The world of professional football learned years ago that the personalities of the Ryan twins are as outsized as their bodies. Affectionately known on the "Around The League Podcast " as "Bad Santa ," New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob... more

The Seattle Seahawks are going over their plans for depth in the defensive backfield after losing cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond in free agency. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

Roddy White apparently slipped up when he revealed via Twitter two weeks ago that the Atlanta Falcons are switching to a 3-4 defense in 2014. "We changed what we are calling the guys, but we are doing what we've done in the past ," coach Mike Smith... more

The Oakland Raiders are setting up a backfield battle that would have shaken the NFL world a half-decade ago. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

Knowshon Moreno's career-high 1,586 yards and 13 touchdowns en route to Super Bowl XLVIII won't guarantee him a starting job with his new team . Moreno told reporters during Friday's introductory conference call that he will have to beat out Lamar... more

The Houston Texans are collecting veteran safeties. After adding Kendrick Lewis last week , the team is bringing in former Miami Dolphins safety Chris Clemons . Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

Even with the loss of Lamarr Houston, the Oakland Raiders' defensive line has a strong argument for the NFL's most improved position group. After adding proven veterans Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Smith, general manager Reggie McKenzie has... more

The Philadelphia Eagles couldn't get a draft pick in return for DeSean Jackson once the other 31 teams had reason to believe the wide receiver would end up being released . Now that Jackson is a free man , though, suitors are lining up. Free-Agent... more

As the NFL offseason enters the final wave of free agency, a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is set to send ripples through the open market. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking... more

When Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie chose the New York Giants over the New York Jets two weeks ago , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that it was due in part to Big Blue's "detailed plan " for the cornerback. Speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting on... more

By sundown of free agency's opening day , Gregg Rosenthal was moved to paraphrase Waylon & Willie : Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be running backs. The brutal hits and short careers were traditionally mitigated by Heisman Trophies, No. 1... more

One of Around The League's top-available free agents has a new home. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms... more

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's legal problems aren't going away anytime soon. Rice was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on one count of third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly assaulting his fiancée, Janay Palmer, at an Atlantic City... more

When the Oakland Raiders acquired Matt Schaub, he was billed as the long-term solution to their quarterback woes. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... more

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan acknowledged last season that he gave safety Kenny Vaccaro more responsibilities than any rookie he's ever coached. A movable chess piece (as NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell would say), Vaccaro spent... more

Prior to free agency, coach Mike McCarthy suggested wide receiver Jarrett Boykin's emergence would make it easier for the Green Bay Packers to move on from James Jones. Now that Jones is returning home to Oakland , McCarthy said he "fully expects"... more

General manager Reggie McKenzie insisted Tuesday that Jared Veldheer wasn't brought back to Oakland because the left tackle "didn't want to play for the Raiders anymore ." McKenzie also made it clear that Veldheer's exit to Arizona "wasn't about... more

It was the media who hung the "Riverboat" moniker on Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera. The 2013 NFL Coach of the Year always preferred "Calculated-Risk-Taker Ron ." After listening to Rivera unfurl the Panthers' wide-receiver blueprint at the... more

New coach Lovie Smith has already identified the most valuable player on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster. Speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Smith emphasized that it's "very important " to work out a contract extension for All-Pro... more

The Atlanta Falcons' 2013 season began circling the drain when Julio Jones went down with a season-ending foot injury. Speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday, coach Mike Smith revealed that Jones is ahead of schedule in his return from... more

Kenny Britt and former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher are closing in on a reunion. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... On the same day... more

The loss of four-time All Pro DeMarcus Ware will make it tough for the Dallas Cowboys to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles, but Jerry Jones isn't ready to concede the NFC East under the guise of a rebuilding effort. "Not at all," Jones told... more

The increased market for Maurice Jones-Drew's services might have been overstated after all. Shortly after a report surfaced claiming the Patriots and Dolphins had joined the Steelers and Jets in pursuit of Jones-Drew, strong denials came in from New... more

Just in time for Tony Gonzalez's retirement, the NFL is doing away with the future Hall of Famer's patented post-touchdown dunk celebration. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told the "Dan Patrick Show" on Tuesday that dunking over the... more

On Monday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast ," Dan Hanzus unfurled a bizarre theory that the Oakland Raiders remain convinced the 2013 NFL season never happened. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with... more

New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft said Monday that he's still not giving up hope of retaining nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who asked for his release two weeks ago. Now Kraft is taking action, re-recruiting his defensive leader. Free-Agent Tracker... more

No one plays the compensatory picks market like Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. Compensatory Picks The NFL awarded 32 compensatory picks in the 2014 NFL Draft to 13 teams. Which two teams got the most picks? More... As it turns... more

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Fisher is moving to the position he was drafted to play. Coach Andy Reid finally confirmed Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting that the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft will move to left tackle , per SB Nation's... more

The New York Jets moved quickly on Michael Vick during Friday's visit, belying general manager John Idzik's glacial reputation . Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

After sitting on the sidelines early in free agency, Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is joining the game. Minutes after Smith finalized a trade sending Matt Schaub to the Raiders, former Kansas City Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis tweeted that... more

On Friday's version of the "Around The League Podcast ," we suggested that the odds of a DeSean Jackson trade had escalated from 50 percent early in the week to 80 percent once news leaked that the Philadelphia Eagles were reaching out to other teams .... more

One day after losing Jerricho Cotchery to the Carolina Panthers, the Pittsburgh Steelers have found his replacement. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

When reports surfaced of a potential DeSean Jackson trade this week, the Philadelphia Eagles were simply fielding calls from interested teams . Now we have reason to believe they are taking a more proactive approach. The Carolina Panthers were... more

Newly signed Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward went from presumed franchise-tag candidate to persona non grata once the new regime took the reins with the Cleveland Browns in late January. Ward never met with new coach Mike Pettine before he hit the... more

After three seasons and one career start, Cincinnati Bengals practice squad quarterback Greg McElroy has announced his retirement. At this time, I would like to announce my retirement from the NFL. pic.twitter.com/b9cUHLPj70 â?? Greg McElroy... more

Agent Pat Dye told SiriusXM NFL on Thursday that Kenny Britt is drawing interest from the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers. Now he's scheduled to visit one of those teams. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market... more

General manager Reggie McKenzie has a "really good idea " who his next quarterback will be, but he's not giving away any hints. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

If Michael Vick's upcoming visit with the New York Jets leads to a contract, he won't be signing on to mentor Geno Smith. Metro New York's Kristian Dyer reports, per a team source, Vick will be given a chance to compete with Smith if the Jets do sign... more

The San Diego Chargers' offense became the Ryan Mathews Show in December, as the workhorse tailback led the NFL in carries over the final five games of the regular season. Even with the recent acquisition of Donald Brown -- a favorite of general... more

Coach Dennis Allen told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine last month that he doesn't know if his 2014 quarterback is on the Oakland Raiders' roster. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

The Baltimore Ravens are picking up a draft pick for a player who had been relegated to the bench by last season's trade deadline. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

Although the Atlanta Falcons have begun the transition to more of a 3-4 look for their base defense, they continue to bring back the players who lined up at defensive tackle in last year's scheme. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the... more

The New York Jets have done nothing to upgrade a subpar offensive line, but they are maintaining a semblance of stability at the very least. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

Gregg Rosenthal has offered an excellent look at 10 players hurt by free agency over the past nine days. On the flip side, the players who stand to benefit the most from recent additions might just be a trio of future Hall of Famer quarterbacks staring... more

Golden Tate didn't realize he was opening Pandora's box when he announced last month that he was milling to take "a little less " money to stay with the Seattle Seahawks. Debate: The one who got away? Will Seattle regret allowing Golden Tate to walk?... more

This didn't take long to escalate. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... Mere hours after pointing out that recent trade speculation isn't... more

The New Orleans Saints had trouble deciding whether to trade or release Darren Sproles at the onset of free agency. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

Recently signed blocking tight end Mike McNeill has five career receptions -- three more than the entirety of the current Carolina Panthers wide receiving corps. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

Freshly anointed franchise quarterback Cam Newton now has a more pressing concern than the Carolina Panthers' desolate wide receiving corps. The team announced that Newton is scheduled to undergo minor ankle surgery  Wednesday at the Carolinas Medical... more

Earl Bennett staved off a potential trade late last August to retain his No. 3 receiver role throughout the Chicago Bears' 2013 season. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

After getting the stiff-arm on Darrelle Revis and watching his general manager underbid for Vontae Davis and slow-play Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is growing desperate for a starting cornerback. Free-Agent Tracker... more

Early this month, reports began to surface suggesting the Philadelphia Eagles might be open to trading DeSean Jackson due in large part to a personality clash with coach Chip Kelly. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open... more

The Julius Peppers outlier notwithstanding, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson places more emphasis on re-signing his own players than importing big-name free agents. The latest to return to Green Bay is running back James Starks, who agreed... more

Now that he's free to sign with any team , veteran linebacker James Harrison hinted Monday that he has his eye on a return to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

If an unsinkable Rex Ryan is the NFL's latest Rasputin , general manager John Idzik's deliberate approach to free agency might just be the New York Jets coach's ultimate undoing . Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open... more

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie's offseason shopping spree continues. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The Raiders... more

The Washington Redskins have added a few veterans on defense, but the secondary is still riddled with the same question marks as it was last season. The Redskins have agreed to bring back strong safety Brandon Meriweather on a one-year contract,... more

With so many teams in need of a starting quarterback, we recently learned the Houston Texans are in no hurry to release Matt Schaub. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

Entering free agency, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones told Around The League's Dan Hanzus that the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers were on his radar as potential landing spots. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the... more

Former Dallas Cowboys pass rusher Anthony Spencer's free agency tour continues after meeting with the Washington Redskins late last week. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

Hakeem Nicks' one-year, "prove-it" deal with the Indianapolis Colts was one of our favorite signings of free agency's opening week. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

One year ago, Arian Foster shut down one of the most fascinating , contemplative Twitter accounts in the NFL. The Houston Texans star returned to social media Saturday with the revelation that he's been medically cleared following November's... more

After losing out to the Packers on Julius Peppers, the Dallas Cowboys got a last-minute reprieve in their pursuit of Henry Melton. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

The New York Giants entered free agency with an upgrade at cornerback as the highest priority. After missing out on Alterraun Verner and others, the Giants agreed on a one-year, $3.5 million contract with former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter... more

Through four days of free agency, no team has done a better job of filling glaring holes than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

Last year, the Oakland Raiders papered over their defense by handing out one-year contracts to veteran misfits. This year, they have raised the stakes, signing better players to two-year deals. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the... more

The Indianapolis Colts' interest in Eric Decker went unrequited , but they now have another talented wide receiver joining forces Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

The New England Patriots have a new cornerback to pair with Darrelle Revis. The team announced Saturday  that Brandon Browner signed a contract to join Bill Belichick's secondary. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday that the New England Patriots... more

The Blind Side  is headed back home to Tennessee. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The Tennessee Titans announced that right tackle... more

Steve Smith tasted free agency for the first time in his 13-year career and lasted just over 24 hours on the open market. Take a look at the best shots of Steve Smith. After spending Friday in Baltimore, the greatest player in Carolina Panthers' history... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster overhaul continued Friday, with more help on the way for the offensive line. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

The Dallas Cowboys lost the backbone of their defense when DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher defected to the Broncos and Redskins, respectively. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking... more

The Philadelphia Eagles aren't just renting Darren Sproles for 2014. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... A day after acquiring the... more

The San Francisco 49ers are in the market for a wide receiver to join the passing-game trio of Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking... more

Now that Golden Tate has taken his talents to Detroit , the Seattle Seahawks are willing to reconsider a wide receiver they jettisoned two weeks ago . Sources familiar with the Seahawks' thinking have told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the team is... more

The escalation of an AFC arms race obscured the feeding frenzy of offensive tackles, safeties and high-end cornerbacks during the first few days of free agency. Around The League's top 15 free agents already have been signed, but plenty of players... more

Embattled Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie finally pulled the trigger on a signing we can get behind. The Raiders agreed to terms with former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley on a two-year contract , ESPN's Adam Schefter... more

Scott Chandler is returning as the Buffalo Bills' starting tight end for a fourth consecutive season. The Bills announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms with Chandler on a new contract. It's a two-year pact , reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.... more

Embattled Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has begun reconstructing the league's shallowest defensive nucleus. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

When it comes to NFL roster building, there are many ways to skin a cat. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are different cats. Blessed with Hall of Fame quarterbacks now entering their twilight years, AFC superpowers Bill Belichick and John Elway find... more

The New York Jets entered free agency with wide receiver atop their list of needs . Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... They are now walking... more

The New York Jets have answered the Patriots' big-ticket acquisition by adding a Super Bowl XLVIII champion. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

Lovie Smith arrived on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scene armed with the knowledge that no team repeats as the NFC South champion. The division is wide open, and Smith is going for the brass ring. Having already stated that he's not ready to build his... more

Are the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns suddenly in a stare down over quarterback Matt Schaub? Less than an hour after the Browns released Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell on Wednesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Schaub is a... more

For the first time in his seven-year career, Calvin Johnson has a game-breaking sidekick at wide receiver. Take a look at the career of Golden Tate through the years. The Detroit Lions have finalized a five-year contract with former Seattle Seahawks... more

The agent for Browns transition player Alex Mack is confident he can construct a contract that will be tough for Cleveland to match . Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

The Miami Dolphins have a plan to replace free-agent defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Randy Starks. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

The battle of Ohio has been reduced to a tug-of-war over a diminutive slot receiver. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The Cleveland Browns... more

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie continues to throw funny money at his tattered offensive line. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

The San Diego Chargers have made their first foray into free agency. A source informed of the deal tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport the Chargers have agreed to terms with former Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown. The contract is for... more

While their Super Bowl XLVIII opponents were assembled primarily through the draft, John Elway's Denver Broncos have leaned heavily on free agency . Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

Now that Toby Gerhart is taking over the Jacksonville Jaguars' backfield, free agent Maurice Jones-Drew is running out of options for a starting job. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

Now that the Denver Broncos have added safety T.J. Ward as a back-end enforcer , John Elway is moving on to phase two of his plan to add difference-making talent and physicality to his defense. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the... more

Darrelle Revis is as good as gone after one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The new Bucs regime... more

For the first time in nine years, Troy Polamalu will be paired with a safety other than Ryan Clark. The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, according to multiple reports. The 26-year-old safety... more

The New Orleans Saints threw a free agency curveball at the rest of the NFL on Tuesday. Former Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd is en route to the Big Easy for his first visit , a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Free-Agent Tracker Follow... more

Having locked up their offensive nucleus in February, the Philadelphia Eagles are using March's free-agency period to patch up the holes on their defense. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

The Denver Broncos learned a costly lesson in their Super Bowl XLVIII loss to the Seahawks. After watching Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor bully his wide receivers, John Elway has imported his own enforcer. The Broncos have agreed to terms with... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have begun rebuilding their offensive line after releasing guard Uche Nwaneri and losing center Brad Meester to retirement. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

Former Kansas City Chiefs jitterbug and punt-returner extraordinaire Dexter McCluster is heading back to the South. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... more

The San Francisco 49ers have their replacement for safety Donte Whitner, who is going home to Cleveland. The 49ers have reached an agreement on a four-year contract with former Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie continues to baffle NFL observers. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... After losing left... more

Now that Michael Bennett has returned to Seattle , the Chicago Bears are turning to their fallback plan at defensive end. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via sources informed of the team's thinking, that the Bears are now targeting Raiders... more

Longtime right guard Chris Snee is staying with the New York Giants, but center David Baas is on the way out. Snee accepted a pay cut , lowering his salary from $7.2 million to $1.1 million plus another $1 million available in incentives, ESPN's... more

Released by the Detroit Lions last month, safety Louis Delmas is following the "prove-it" route that ultimately paid off for Brent Grimes and Michael Bennett after they settled for one-year contracts last offseason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The San Francisco 49ers might be down both starting cornerbacks by the end of the week. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen Tarell Brown is... more

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones already is in heavy demand on the eve of free agency, as the Green Bay Packers aren't the only team with designs on the up-and-coming run-stuffer. A person informed of Jones' situation has told NFL Media... more

With Sam Shields and Brent Grimes off the market, Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl selection Alterraun Verner appears to be the most popular cornerback on the free-agent market. At least six teams reportedly reached out to Verner's camp when the NFL's... more

The six-year, $61.5 million contract signed by LaMarr Woodley after the 2011 lockout will go down as one of the worst in Pittsburgh Steelers history. Having placed the transition tag on left outside linebacker Jason Worilds last week, the Steelers... more

The San Diego Chargers are keeping their offensive line together after Philip Rivers' sack yards dropped from a league-high 311 in 2012 to 150 last season. The team announced the re-signing of left guard Chad Rinehart on Monday. The new contract... more

Rashard Mendenhall hinted last month that he was wrestling with a decision to walk away from the NFL after spending last season with the Arizona Cardinals. Now the running back's mind is made up. Here's a tweet from Mendenhall's agent Sunday: The... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith gushed about quarterback Mike Glennon at his introductory press conference in early January. Not long after, new general manager Jason Licht offered further praise for the 2013 third-round draft pick. It... more

After three months of inactivity and fruitless speculation on Chris Johnson's future in Nashville, we finally have a worthwhile update to pass along. A source informed of the team's plans has told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the Tennessee... more

A month ago, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Green Bay Packers plan to make a rare foray into free agency as part of their new plan to get more athletic and versatile on the defensive line. General manager Ted Thompson has begun setting... more

Hakeem Nicks' camp leaked a story Saturday, circulating news that the free agent finally is healthy and willing to consider a one-year contract. Now Nicks is clarifying that he wants a long-term deal from a team with an established quarterback and a... more

Impending free agent Aqib Talib reportedly was seeking a "top-of-the-market " contract even before Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields set the market at $39 million over four years. If the New England Patriots are reluctant to meet his asking... more

Although new Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has obvious interest in reconnecting with free-agent pass rusher Michael Johnson, he also has big plans for one of his own defensive ends. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a person who has... more

Martellus Bennett has spent the past month trying to lure his his brother, Seattle Seahawks pass rusher Michael Bennett, to Chicago. Now the Bears front office is following suit. Multiple sources tell the Chicago Tribune the Bears are "in play "... more

On Friday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast ," we predicted the Houston Texans will bypass freakishly athletic South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to select a quarterback at No. 1 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. General manager... more

The Arizona Cardinals have begun the eagerly awaited overhaul of their offensive line. Veteran left guard Daryn Colledge tweeted Saturday that he's been informed of his pending release. Wanna thank you the fans and the Cardinals for an amazing... more

Bills safety Aaron Williams insists Jairus Byrd wants to return to Buffalo despite the riches awaiting the three-time Pro Bowl selection as one of the most coveted players on the open market. Byrd has obvious connections to the Philadelphia... more

Former Green Bay Packers executive Andrew Brandt is fond of saying that "deadlines spur action." That appears to be the case with the Packers and cornerback Sam Shields. At an impasse last week, Shields was prepared to test the open market . With... more

Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants was the only wide receiver with at least 100 targets and no touchdowns to show for all of that activity last season. It gets worse. Of the 90 wide receivers with at least 50 targets, Nicks and Chris Givens of the Rams... more

NFL teams got the green light to begin placing calls about free agents as of noon on Saturday. To the surprise of no one, new Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey already has touched base with a fistful of offensive linemen. Schein: Riskiest... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Baltimore Ravens and free-agent left tackle Eugene Monroe have made no real progress toward a new contract. Now that Monroe escaped the franchise tag designation, he appears destined to play... more

Free-agent bargain is an oxymoron. If a player makes it to the open market, at least nine times out of 10 it's because he's inherently flawed in one way or another. Teams don't draft and develop players only to usher them into free agency, unless... more

While this year's free-agent market offers scant playmakers on offense, teams in need of a defensive lineman are in luck. Even with Greg Hardy, Brian Orakpo and Jason Worilds removed from the equation , there's still a cornucopia of situational pass... more

With free agent Jairus Byrd set to fly the coop , the Buffalo Bills are covering their flank in the secondary. The team announced a contract extension with safety Aaron Williams on Wednesday. A person who has seen the deal tells NFL Media Insider... more

Now that Hue Jackson is graduating from running backs coach to offensive coordinator, the Cincinnati Bengals are expected to place a renewed emphasis on the ground attack . The primary beneficiary will be Giovani Bernard, who averaged two more yards... more

Eric Decker is Around The League's top-ranked wide receiver in free agency, but even he acknowledges he was never the best of Peyton Manning's options on the Denver Broncos. "I think Demaryius Thomas is on a complete different level with his talent,"... more

After one season leading NFL wide receivers in drops and erratic behavior , Davone Bess' Cleveland Browns career is over. The Browns announced the releases of Bess, wide receiver Brian Tyms and linebacker Paul Hazel on Wednesday. The ill-advised... more

The New England Patriots and free-agent cornerback Aqib Talib are at an impasse. Owner Robert Kraft has stated his reluctance to shell out big bucks for a player who has battled hip injuries off and on over the past few seasons. To the surprise... more

As of last week, the Dallas Cowboys had not asked All-Pro pass rusher DeMarcus Ware to accept a pay cut. That's no longer the case. A person informed of the Cowboys' thinking has told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the team contacted Ware on... more

Free-agent linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has been racking up frequent-flier miles since his release from the Cleveland Browns last week. Having already visited the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos, Jackson will meet with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday,... more

Jared Allen has been hinting at his breakup with the Minnesota Vikings since last November . Now the four-time first-team All-Pro's agent acknowledges Allen is determined to get "a clean shot at free agency" next week. "He was a RFA (restricted... more

Tight end John Carlson won't have the opportunity to thrive under new Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner this season. Unable to find common ground on a restructured contract, the Vikings released Carlson, the team officially announced... more

In Around The League's offseason forecast series , we pointed out that the San Diego Chargers' first order of business this month will be freeing up salary-cap space by releasing overpriced veterans . The team started that process Tuesday, throwing... more

The Atlanta Falcons are bringing back a key member of their defensive line rotation. The team announced that defensive tackle Corey Peters signed a one-year contract Tuesday. A solid run defender, Peters is coming off his best season since being... more

Defensive end Michael Bennett escaped the franchise tag , as expected, but that doesn't mean he won't be back with the Seattle Seahawks. Appearing on The SiriusXM Blitz with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon, Bennett said Monday that preliminary contract... more

Now that Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are back in the fold, wide receiver Jason Avant is no longer in the Philadelphia Eagles' plans for 2014. The Eagles announced Avant's release Tuesday. The move does not come as a surprise. Avant was due a $1... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Indianapolis Colts. What's Changing? For an organization with back-to-back 11-win seasons, the Colts' roster is in a... more

Around The League's projected No. 1 free agent is off the market. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday that the New Orleans Saints placed the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham, according to a club source. Graham was not officially listed on... more

With his back pressed firmly against the wall, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie opted against maintaining control of his most valuable offensive and defensive assets Monday. Neither left tackle Jared Veldheer nor defensive lineman... more

If Around The League picked up on the clamor of teams waiting with baited breath for Jason Worilds to reach free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers were surely aware of the linebacker's league-wide popularity. The team announced Monday that they have... more

New Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton must have been pleased with what he saw on safety Bernard Pollard's 2013 game film. Pollard tweeted Monday that he has agreed to a new multiyear deal that will keep him in Nashville rather than... more

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo will not reach the open market. The team announced Monday that they have placed the franchise tag on Orakpo. Barring an agreement on a long-term contract by the July 15 deadline, Orakpo will earn $11.455... more

This year's free-agent class is lacking a marquee attraction at wide receiver such as Mike Wallace, who was in high demand before earning the richest contract on last offseason's open market. Eric Decker, widely ranked as the top wideout available,... more

Denver Broncos fans can come in off their mile-high ledge now. The biggest formality of the NFL's offseason has come and gone. Peyton Manning has been fully cleared following Monday's exit physical, a Broncos source tells NFL Media Insider Ian... more

In fewer than two years as the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick already has twice as many playoff wins as Jay Cutler and Tony Romo do in 16 combined seasons. It's no surprise, then, that Kaepernick wants to get paid as a... more

In Around The League's list of the top 10 linebackers available in free agency, Gregg Rosenthal pointed out that Jason Worilds of the Pittsburgh Steelers is coming off one of the best-timed contract pushes we've witnessed. Worilds is tough to... more

Barring a flurry of activity prior to Monday's deadline for franchise tags, the offensive tackle market should be lively this year. There are three left tackles with Pro Bowl ability set to hit the market, and teams such as the Dolphins and Cardinals are... more

As the New England Patriots embarked on free agency one year ago, the front office placed a higher value on Danny Amendola than Julian Edelman. This time around, the roles appear to have reversed. NFL teams have told Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Tennessee Titans . What's Changing? Head coach Mike Munchak, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and defensive... more

February

Any time an organization changes general managers, league-wide speculation mounts that the new sheriff will begin jettisoning players to reshape the team under a new philosophy. The Miami Dolphins are a prime candidate to unload former general manager... more

Now that the football season is over, the business season is forcing the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks into difficult decisions. The Seahawks announced Friday that wide receiver Sidney Rice and defensive tackle Red Bryant have been released.... more

Taking full advantage of the increased salary cap, the Philadelphia Eagles continued their pre-free agency spending spree Friday. After locking up left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and wide receiver Riley Cooper, the Eagles announced a... more

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is bringing up the rear on Around The League's list of the top 101 free agents for 2014. Once mentioned in the same breath as Calvin Johnson, Britt is coming off a season pockmarked with drops, missed... more

The Baltimore Ravens moved one step closer Friday to keeping both of their top two free agents off the open market. The Ravens have agreed to terms with tight end Dennis Pitta on five-year contract worth $32 million, a Ravens source told NFL... more

Free agent D'Qwell Jackson's phone apparently has been on a constant vibrate since the Cleveland Browns released the linebacker Wednesday. A person informed of Jackson's plans tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the eight-year veteran already has... more

Safety Louis Delmas has begun making the free-agent rounds after being released by the Detroit Lions two weeks ago. Having already visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Delmas is meeting with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, according to... more

Defensive end Derek Wolfe never returned for the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl run after being hospitalized with seizure-like symptoms in late November. Since Wolfe and the organization have been tight-lipped about his status, there was some question... more

Now that left tackle Jordan Gross has called it quits , one long-running partner on the Carolina Panthers offensive line is hinting that he might follow suit. A key signing late last summer, left guard Travelle Wharton is unsure about his NFL future as... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are three-fourths of the way toward their goal of new contracts for Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin before the start of free agency March 11. Having locked up Peters on Wednesday, the team announced... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the San Diego Chargers . What's Changing? The Chargers did well to make it to the divisional round of the playoffs,... more

The Baltimore Ravens suffered through a historically poor rushing attack in 2013, with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce rivaling Willis McGahee and Trent Richardson as the least effective tailbacks in the league. Coach John Harbaugh is determined not to... more

The Houston Texans' potentially dynamic pass-rushing tag team of J.J. Watt and Mario Williams lasted five games into the 2011 season before the latter suffered an injury and ultimately fled to Buffalo via free agency in 2012. Nearly three years... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Kansas City Chiefs . What's changing? Relatively little. The coaching staff and front office return intact. The... more

The Around The League offseason forecast has deemed the Oakland Raiders' 2014 campaign a make-or-break one for general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen. Fed up with consecutive 4-12 seasons, owner Mark Davis acknowledged as much Tuesday... more

Still millions away  from an agreement with Jimmy Graham, the New Orleans Saints are diving into the couch cushions for loose change. Pierre Thomas is one established player who could be affected by Graham's contract talks. Thomas' agent told The... more

Just after landing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' general manager job, Jason Licht called it "comical " to think that cornerback Darrelle Revis isn't a fit for Lovie Smith's defense. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL's draft process has come a long way since George Halas, Jim Thorpe and a dozen luminaries conceived the American Professional Football Association (APFA) in the showroom of Ralph Hay's Hupmobile auto dealership back in 1920.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Despite rampant speculation to the contrary, the Kansas City Chiefs have not yet decided if they will allow left tackle Branden Albert to walk in free agency. General manager John Dorsey told NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Friday that the... more

Justin Tuck said last month that he would love to retire as a member of the New York Giants, but he still wants to see what the market is for his services this offseason. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, general manager Jerry Reese... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged in December that he and general manager Trent Baalke often "butt heads ," but insisted that any reports of tension between the two men are overblown. Baalke toed that same party line, claiming his... more

Back in November when Trent Richardson was being severely outplayed by Donald Brown, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson would make the same trade all over again to surrender his 2014 first-round pick... more

The New York Giants' disappointing 0-6 start to the 2013 season never soured Tom Coughlin on extending his coaching career beyond 2014 . 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the... more

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is drafting in the top 10 for the first time since trading up to select Julio Jones at No. 6 overall in 2011. Jeremiah: Potential combine stars Who will emerge at Lucas Oil Stadium? Daniel Jeremiah... more

The Green Bay Packers have been tight-lipped about the specifics of their plan to shore up a defense that ranked in the bottom third of the NFL last season. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, coach Mike McCarthy made it clear that 2013... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Dennis Allen doesn't know yet who will be under center when the Oakland Raiders open offseason training activities this spring. Asked at the NFL Scouting Combine if his 2014 quarterback is on the roster, Allen said Thursday... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- In Around The League's franchise tag primer , Gregg Rosenthal listed Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett as a potential candidate to receive the designation before the March 3 deadline. After general manager John... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rumors of a Larry Fitzgerald trade to the New England Patriots died down once the wide receiver restructured his contract early this month. To hear Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim tell it, the Patriots' interest never... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Don't be surprised if EJ Manuel isn't under center for the Buffalo Bills by next Halloween. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, coach Doug Marrone said his team can go in any direction at the position. With... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Halfway through last season, Ben Roethlisberger was on pace to shatter the Pittsburgh Steelers' single-season record with 32 sacks absorbed. After moving to a no-huddle offense, though, the Steelers quarterback was sacked just 11... more

Gregg Rosenthal did a great job with his comprehensive list of cap-casualty candidates in the NFC . Now let's take a crack at AFC veterans on the roster bubble. Although there are more big names in this conference, the Jets, Steelers and Browns are... more

DeAngelo Hall's uncanny ability to come through with a career year in a contract season must have snakebitten football players across generations cursing their rotten luck. Two weeks after reports surfaced that the Washington Redskins had... more

Now that the Baltimore Ravens have freed up $4 million in salary-cap space with Terrell Suggs' restructured contract, general manager Ozzie Newsome can turn his attention to re-signing impending free agents Eugene Monroe and Dennis Pitta. While Pitta... more

Devin Hester acknowledged in late December that the Chicago Bears have a "tough decision " on his future in the Windy City as he approaches free agency. One touchdown shy of breaking his tie with Deion Sanders for most return touchdowns in NFL... more

Atlanta Falcons fans should not hold out hope for Tony Gonzalez to put his retirement on hold in 2014. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen CBS... more

Two years after passing up the opportunity to draft Robert Griffin III, the St. Louis Rams are doubling down on their Sam Bradford bet. Amid conflicting reports on the organization's willingness to extend Bradford's contract , coach Jeff Fisher... more

If one of your hobbies is collecting baseball cards, you can expect your mother to throw away the Super Bowl XLVIII winning quarterback's limited edition card when she's cleaning out the attic in 20 years. This spring, Topps will release a card of... more

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has run afoul of the law in minor fashion. White was arrested in Gwinnett County, Ga. early Tuesday morning on a failure to appear warrant , the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Online jail records... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Oakland Raiders . What's Changing? After two years of salary-cap hell, general manager Reggie McKenzie is... more

Around The League's Franchise Tag Primer  concluded that the Washington Redskins would be crazy to let pass rusher Brian Orakpo hit the open market this offseason. Although the team has already begun contract talks with the three-time Pro Bowl... more

Recently ousted general manager Michael Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner had placed a holy grail-level priority on finding a "championship-level quarterback " for the Cleveland Browns. Schein: Cleveland rocks! (Seriously) Laugh all you want at the Browns.... more

In our Offseason Forecast  series, Gregg Rosenthal predicted the Pittsburgh Steelers will allow free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to sign with another team . Around The League isn't alone in that sentiment. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed... more

General manager Ozzie Newsome sent a message to Terrell Suggs at the Baltimore Ravens' state of the union new conference last month, making it clear that he's not afraid to let key players walk out the door if they won't take a pay cut. Any fears... more

New coach Ken Whisenhunt was noncommittal about Jake Locker as his starting quarterback in mid-January after accepting the Tennessee Titans job. In an interview with The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt last week, Whisenhunt suggested that Locker will get the... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Atlanta Falcons . What's changing? The Atlanta Falcons appear to have devolved from annual contender to rebuilder in... more

Impending free agent Knowshon Moreno hopes to stay in Denver , but the Broncos are already bracing for another team to offer a contract they can't match . Montee Ball has "no idea" if Moreno will be back in 2014, but he's going to use the offseason as... more

NFC ROSTER CONSTRUCTION AFC ROSTER CONSTRUCTION Inspired by last week's piece on the Seattle Seahawks' prowess in turning late-round draft picks into starters, I decided to dig deeper to gauge how much Pete Carroll's roster stands as an outlier.... more

AFC ROSTER CONSTRUCTION NFC ROSTER CONSTRUCTION Inspired by last week's piece on the Seattle Seahawks' prowess in turning late-round draft picks into starters , I decided to dig deeper to gauge how much Pete Carroll's roster stands as an outlier.... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Dallas Cowboys . What's changing? The Cowboys already have made changes on both sides of the ball in an attempt to... more

Twenty-four hours after the ousting of CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi, stories started rolling in that paint a picture of the dysfunctional nature of the Cleveland Browns' front office over the past calendar year. Since... more

Now that CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi have been shoved out the door , the next to leave the Cleveland Browns might be 2013 opening day quarterback Brandon Weeden. Two sources close to Weeden have told NFL Media columnist Michael... more

Roughly a year after undergoing shoulder surgery , Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware will go back under the knife to repair nerve damage in his right elbow. Ware has played the past two years with an exposed nerve that caused him to lose power... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Green Bay Packers.  What's Changing? General manager Ted Thompson has snubbed free agency , cutting off one avenue... more

Tuesday's front office shake-up has given two young players a new lease on life with the Cleveland Browns. Considered as good as gone under outgoing CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi, impending free-agent center Alex Mack and wide... more

Comeback Player of the Year candidates are already on notice. Robert Griffin III is the early front-runner to take the award for the 2014 season after he was benched by the Washington Redskins for nebulous reasons in December. Griffin already has... more

Matthew Stafford's 13 interceptions in the second half of last season equal Colin Kaepernick's career total. After five years in the NFL, Stafford owns a 2-27 record against teams with winning records. It's no wonder the Detroit Lions' unofficial slogan... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Arizona Cardinals . What's Changing? General manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians turned the franchise around,... more

Dom Capers' defense has slipped to 25th and 32nd in two of the past three seasons after ranking second and fifth in his first two years with the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike McCarthy is seeking a turnaround, but it won't come in the form of an... more

The Cincinnati Enquirer gives impending free-agent defensive end Michael Johnson just a 20 percent chance of returning to the Cincinnati Bengals next season. That might be a generous figure. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, via a... more

After the Legion of Boom defense turned in one of the most dominant Super Bowl performances of all time, the Seattle Seahawks viewed themselves in the same light as the historically great 1985 Chicago Bears and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. Perhaps a... more

Percy Harvin waltzed into Super Bowl XLVIII with 40 snaps under his belt and nearly walked away with Malcolm Smith's MVP award after generating 137 electric yards on his first four touches. A healthy Harvin is one of the league's rare... more

The Minnesota Vikings have announced their first major transaction of the Mike Zimmer era. Veteran linebacker Erin Henderson was released Friday, not long after his second arrest in three months for drunken driving. Henderson finished second only... more

Prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, Peyton Manning never had been held to fewer than 17 points in any of his 35 games with the Denver Broncos. Manning's record-breaking offense was promptly humiliated, managing just a single garbage-time touchdown against... more

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins reportedly has spoken with the Washington Redskins about the possibility of a trade that would allow him to start for another team. Might Kyle Shanahan be interested now that the former Redskins coordinator is running... more

Twenty-two NFL players scored more touchdowns than the entire New York Jets' wide receiving corps combined in 2013. Battista: Most interesting free agent A lot has changed since the last time Michael Vick hit free agency. Judy Battista says the... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers . What's changing Armed with a three-year extension , coach Ron Rivera faces... more

Matt Ryan finished 11th in Gregg Rosenthal's 2013 Quarterback Index after placing a career-best seventh the year before. Injuries decimated his receiving corps. The Atlanta Falcons' offensive line ranked in the NFL's bottom third, according to both... more

The New England Patriots got a bargain when Aqib Talib earned his first career Pro Bowl nod on a one-year, $5 million salary in 2013. Owner Bob Kraft realizes he will have to shell out more money to keep Talib in March, but he doesn't sound keen on... more

You see it every offseason. Established players such as Anquan Boldin, Carson Palmer and LeGarrette Blount fail to draw more than a sixth-round draft pick in a trade. By the time the trade deadline rolls around in late October, your favorite team... more

Now that Jermichael Finley is close to receiving the green light for full contact in his return from November spinal fusion surgery, the impending free agent is thinking about a return to the Green Bay Packers in 2014. "Right now he is a Packer and... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the AFC champion Denver Broncos . What's Changing? Debate: Will Peyton get another ring? For the second time in five... more

At least three assistant coaches took themselves out of the running for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job before Mike Pettine was hired two weeks ago . Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn hinted Monday that he would have strongly... more

The Arizona Cardinals might have Super Bowl week's radio row to thank for increased salary-cap space in 2014. Larry Fitzgerald told Fox Sports Radio 910 last week that he would "absolutely " be willing to restructure his contract, which was projected to... more

Lost in the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl XLVIII debacle was Demaryius Thomas setting a Super Bowl record with 13 receptions. As it turns out, Thomas managed the feat while playing through a painful injury. Thomas suffered a separated shoulder early in... more

The Kansas City Chiefs' late-season collapse can't be blamed on Alex Smith. After taking a backseat to Jamaal Charles in the first half of the season, Smith raised his game to compensate for a defense that lost its backbone down the stretch.... more

Former Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins was coming off three consecutive Pro Bowl selections when a neck injury ended his football career early in the 2011 season. Uncomfortable with the idea of clearing Collins to play again , general manager Ted... more

An emotional Peyton Manning was adamant that the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl XLVIII blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks was not "embarrassing ." On NFL Network Watch Seattle celebrate its first major sports title since 1979 on "NFL Total Access... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks set the Super Bowl record for most playing time with the lead in Sunday's  championship victory . Although Peyton Manning flunked an opportunity to establish a legacy as the greatest quarterback in NFL... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Denver Broncos never recovered from the botched snap that resulted in a safety and the quickest score is Super Bowl history Sunday. Peyton Manning described the error as a "cadence issue," absolving center Manny Ramirez... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The most prolific offense in NFL history was humiliated by the stingiest pass defense of the past decade in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Denver Broncos' offensive line was overwhelmed; the running game was shut down; and the... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Denver Broncos already are bracing for the loss of veteran running back Knowshon Moreno once free agency kicks off in March. They fear losing wide receiver Eric Decker as well. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's been a long, circuitous journey from delivering mail in Covington, Ky., in the 1990s to covering my first Super Bowl for Around The League in 2014. After a thorough but essentially painless jaunt through the security... more

NEW YORK -- Even if he emerges victorious in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Peyton Manning will not end the debate over the greatest quarterback in NFL history . Most Valuable Player voting Player Position No. of votes Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos QB... more

NEW YORK -- Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison and coach Tony Dungy noticeably were absent on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2014 list released during Saturday's "NFL Honors" Awards ceremony. Harrison: Hall of Fame... more

NEW YORK -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was announced as the 2013 Associated Press Coach of the Year at Saturday's "NFL Honors" awards ceremony. Coach of the Year voting Player No. of votes Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers 21.5 Andy Reid, Kansas... more

NEW YORK -- San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was announced as the 2013 Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year at Saturday's "NFL Honors." Comeback Player of the Year voting Player Position No. of votes Philip Rivers, San Diego... more

NEW YORK -- New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson boasted late in the season that he is "most definitely " the choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Defensive Rookie of the Year voting Player Position No. of... more

NEW YORK -- Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy nudged out San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen for the 2013 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award at Saturday's "NFL Honors" ceremony. Offensive Rookie of the Year voting... more

January

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley's football future was on the line when he went under the knife for spinal fusion surgery in November. One former Packers star who spoke with Finley at the time was even willing to bet his bottom dollar... more

NEW YORK -- Although the Detroit Lions have turned their franchise around over the past half-decade, the end of the Jim Schwartz era earned a reputation for a lack of discipline and mental errors. Appearing on "NFL AM" on Friday, running back Reggie... more

NEW YORK -- For the second time in four months , NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested that the league's competition committee will strongly consider expanding the playoff field. Speaking at Friday's Super Bowl XLVIII news conference, Goodell... more

NEW YORK -- St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has acquired a large piece of real estate in Inglewood, Calif., that might raise a few eyebrows in Missouri. Within in the last month, the billionaire purchased a 60-acre parking lot located between the... more

NEW YORK -- Denver Broncos coach John Fox wrapped up a week of availability by joining Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for a joint news conference Friday. The highlight was the laugh Fox drew from Carroll when he compared his early November... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Our instructions for Super Bowl XLVIII coverage this week were simple: Make it interesting. Be the coverage you would want to read. To that end, one of my priorities has been to crack the mysterious case of a Denver Broncos... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- As a first-year coordinator with the Denver Broncos, 35-year-old Adam Gase called the plays for an offense that set NFL records for points, passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2013. The Cleveland Browns and other teams knew... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- It was delightful Thursday morning aboard the Cornucopia Majesty . My luggage finally arrived, the sun was shining, the infernal wind subsided, it was a balmy 21 degrees and the Denver Broncos were noticeably loose after Wednesday's... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Do you recall the image of a helmeted Peyton Manning scanning his iPad while getting treatment for his ankle in the team's pool? Dan Hanzus touched on Manning's ubiquitous iPad early in the week. After 16 years in the NFL, it... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Asked at Tuesday's Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day to identify the toughest receivers he's defended, Champ Bailey rattled off the names of Marvin Harrison, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. It speaks to Bailey's staying power in a... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The Denver Broncos don't know how fortunate they are to have a top-five wide receiver alongside Eric Decker and Wes Welker. Demaryius Thomas revealed Wednesday that his NFL career was almost derailed by injuries before it ever... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Peyton Manning saw the soft side of John Elway in March of 2012 when the Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations took a patient and empathetic approach toward landing the biggest free-agent fish in NFL... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Along with Mark Ingram and Donald Brown, Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has proven this postseason that a running back with a first-round pedigree has more lives than a thrill-seeking cat. When Around The League... more

Never underestimate a well-timed football epiphany . After starting the 2013 season on the hot seat , coach Ron Rivera has parlayed his new riverboat-gambler persona into much-needed job security. The Carolina Panthers announced a three-year... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- Earl Thomas isn't satisfied with topping Around The League's list of the NFL's best safeties . His goal is to beat teammate Richard Sherman for Defensive Player of the Year honors this season and in the future. "I want to be the... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- To hear the Denver Broncos tell it, the key to their defensive turnaround was the Week 15 upset loss to the San Diego Chargers. Veteran defensive end Shaun Phillips labeled it a "humbling experience" that would be beneficial because the... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- Coach John Fox said Monday there is "no question" the Denver Broncos have played their best football of the season over the past month leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. A big part of that success has been a defense that has turned in four... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks boast one of the most daunting secondaries of the Super Bowl era, leading the league in total defense, turnovers forced, interceptions and pass yards allowed. Coach Pete Carroll's pass defense has been so... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- We thought it peculiar back in October when LeSean McCoy took a potshot at Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. We thought it even more peculiar when McCoy doubled down a couple of days later, telling reporters that... more

The Richard Sherman-Demaryius Thomas love fest continues unabated. Less than 24 hours after Seattle Seahawks cornerback Sherman referred to the Denver Broncos star as one of the top-five wide receivers in the game , Thomas returned the favor Monday.... more

Here's the Around The League crew's first glance at the 2014 NFL free-agent market. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen It's early in the... more

New Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has hired San Diego Chargers tight ends coach Jason Michael as his offensive coordinator. Michael, 35, worked with Whisenhunt on the Chargers' offense during the 2013 season. "Jason really impresses me... more

Friday morning's bizarre arrest at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport was not the first time in the past 10 months that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was detained by police for unstable, violent behavior. Bess also was hospitalized... more

The window has closed on Percy Harvin's chances of suiting up for the Seattle Seahawks' NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Pete Carroll ruled Harvin out of Sunday's game because the wide receiver will not make it through... more

The Cleveland Browns think highly enough of Adam Gase that they have been willing to delay a decision on their head-coaching vacancy until the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator is available to be interviewed. Gase has been viewed as the Browns' top... more

The Houston Texans have decided to hire Romeo Crennel a week after the former Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns head man met with new coach Bill O'Brien . Crennel will replace Wade Phillips as Texans defensive coordinator next week , John... more

Acquired for a first-round draft pick in September, Indianapolis Colts' Trent Richardson devolved from fantasy football whipping boy to NFL punch line after averaging 2.9 yards per carry and losing his starting job to Donald Brown. NFL Media... more

The Seattle Seahawks came out of the 2013 offseason with the NFL's strongest roster , thanks to savvy drafting and the salary-cap freedom provided by Russell Wilson's meager contract. Silver: Why Seattle's the place to be The Seahawks used to be an... more

The Detroit Lions hired head coach Jim Caldwell to steer Matthew Stafford's career after a mistake-filled 2013 season. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation.... more

Nothing gains the national football media's attention like a quarterback missing practice, whether it's for a serious injury or a flu bug. We can all exhale. Battista: The key to the AFC title Manning vs. Brady might draw headlines, but Judy... more

One day after landing his long-awaited first head coaching job with the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Zimmer has lined up offensive and defensive coordinators. A source informed of the process has told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the Vikings are... more

At last, the NFL's final four teams have emerged, and a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII is on the line. Let's take a closer look at both of Sunday's conference title games. Patriots at Broncos 49ers at Seahawks San Francisco 49ers at Seattle... more

The Detroit Lions have locked up Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford to lucrative long-term contracts the past two offseasons. This time around, it's defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's turn. Suh is entering a contract year with a 2014 salary-cap... more

Tony Dungy was not the only former member of the Indianapolis Colts organization to offer the Detroit Lions an endorsement of Jim Caldwell as head coach . 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is so committed to his shirt-tucked-in-khakis look that he wore the same ensemble with multiple layers underneath to cope with the frigid temperatures in Green Bay two weeks ago . Dan Hanzus joked on that night's... more

In a Tuesday interview with the "Around The League Podcast ," impending free agent Greg Hardy said it would be "a big honor " if the Carolina Panthers apply the franchise tag as a means of keeping the Pro Bowl defensive end in Charlotte for the 2014... more

No good deed goes unpunished. That goes double when the deed drives a wedge between a quarterback and his organization. Agent Jerome Stanley accused Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen of sabotaging Terrelle Pryor's career three weeks ago by selecting... more

The Tennessee Titans swooped in and stole head coach Ken Whisenhunt out from under the Detroit Lions' noses earlier this week. Now the Miami Dolphins have pilfered the Lions' top choice for offensive coordinator. The Dolphins have hired... more

With apologies to Marshawn Lynch, no running back is hotter than LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots. On top of averaging roughly 7.0 yards per carry since Week 16, Blount became the first player in NFL history with at least 150 rushing yards... more

While the Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings announce new coaches , there's a perception growing that the Cleveland Browns are being left behind this week. It doesn't help the perception that New England Patriots offensive... more

New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was surprisingly placed on injured reserve last week, even though he had been able to play at a high level with a lingering knee problem. A source close to Spikes told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that... more

Wide receiver Marques Colston's ill-fated illegal forward pass was a fitting end to the New Orleans Saints' sloppy divisional round loss at Seattle. What inquiring minds wanted to know after the game was whether Colston was freelancing or simply... more

Dave Dameshek's imaginative "N'if'L" series has already envisioned a scenario in which Russell Wilson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles rather than the Seattle Seahawks. Dameshek didn't know how close he came to nailing that hypothetical... more

Jake Locker's Tennessee Titans career appeared to be foundering on the rocks after he went down with a season-ending Lisfranc injury in November. With a decision on Locker's $13 to 15 million fifth-year option due before the 2014 NFL Draft , there... more

The San Francisco 49ers have been demoralized by a combined scored of 71-16 in their last two games on the Seattle Seahawks' home turf. On NFL Network "NFL Replay" will re-air the two 49ers-Seahawks matchups from the 2013 regular season: The... more

Now that their seasons are over, it's time for the four divisional round losers to review game film, analyze their rosters and come up with a plan for free agency and the 2014 NFL Draft. Let's take a look at the state of each team entering the... more

NFL strategy is cyclical. No one understands this elemental truth better than Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who has proven once again to be at the vanguard of an inverse reaction to conventional wisdom. On NFL Network "NFL Replay" will re-air the... more

The Denver Broncos' beleaguered defense held Philip Rivers to 1 net passing yard by halftime of Sunday's victory . The Chargers managed a meager 79 yards of total offense by the end of the third quarter. On NFL Network "NFL Replay" will re-air the... more

First, Colin Kaepernick mocked Cam Newton's Superman celebration. Now he's doing whatever this is, relating back to the Man of Steel's weakness. Newton claims to be unfazed by the preening one-upsmanship. "It's not the first nor will it be the last... more

Even with Cam Newton thoroughly outplaying Colin Kaepernick in the first two quarters, the Carolina Panthers found themselves down 13-10 at halftime of Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Ron Rivera's squad has themselves to blame for failing... more

The Carolina Panthers are aware of your skepticism, and they're using it as fuel for their competitive fire this weekend. Harrison: Game Picks Elliot Harrison provides his predictions on each game in Divisional Round Weekend. How many road teams will... more

When the New Orleans Saints traveled to Seattle for an early December throttling , Drew Brees limped away with his worst statistical line of the last decade. His offense didn't cross its own 30-yard line for a second time until deep into the third... more

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was one of the biggest Pro-Bowl snubs this season. He might not be the anchor of the defense like Luke Kuechly, but he's had every bit the impact this season. GMC Never Say Never Moment A stingy Panthers... more

As we pointed out on Thursday's "Around The League Podcast " Divisional Round Weekend preview , Ryan Mathews' inability to take the field in the third and fourth quarters of a close game at Cincinnati bodes poorly for his odds of playing a major role... more

When the St. Louis Rams turned down an enticing offer for Sam Bradford to procure a passel of draft picks for Robert Griffin III in 2012, the plan was to set the organization up for a decade of success . ATL Podcast Around The League's Dan Hanzus,... more

As it turns out, Carolina Panthers wide receiver was having a little fun with us when he estimated his sprained knee at "71 percent " Wednesday and "57 percent " after a setback in Thursday's practice. GMC Never Say Never Moment A stingy Panthers... more

New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow has been charged by East Hanover (N.J.) police with possession of Fubinaca, a synthetic form of marijuana. The incident occurred Nov. 19, eight days after Winslow's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's... more

"Absolutely" was the word of the day for an effervescent Percy Harvin. Brooks: Battle in Seattle The Seahawks annihilated the Saints in Week 13. Can New Orleans flip the script Saturday? Bucky Brooks studies the film. READ The Seattle Seahawks... more

When former Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan pulled the plug on Robert Griffin III with three games left to play, one of the reported reasons for the benching was an attempt to maintain credibility in the locker room. Was Griffin playing so... more

Although Peyton Manning's contract with the Denver Broncos carries through the end of the 2016 season, the quarterback has reached the "year to year " stage of his career at age 37. Peyton Manning's former Tennessee teammate Todd Helton went on to play... more

Saints-Seahawks Colts-Patriots 49ers-Panthers Chargers-Broncos San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers, Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS The backstory Billick: Marquee matchups at QB Poring over the slate for Divisional Round Weekend,... more

When Aaron Rodgers finally returned from his fractured collarbone in late December, we pointed out that the Green Bay Packers were almost a mirror image of the record-setting Denver Broncos. GMC Never Say Never Moment Aaron Rodgers' fourth-down TD... more

San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will have his attention divided leading up to Sunday's Divisional Round Weekend showdown with the Denver Broncos. A source informed of the coach's schedule has told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

For all of the midseason frustration and trade speculation surrounding Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II made it clear Wednesday that there will be no changes at quarterback in 2014. The Steelers traditionally have... more

On Tuesday's "Around The League Podcast ," guest star Andrew Siciliano wondered what motivational tool New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton might unearth after seemingly exhausting his allotment of tricks leading up to last week's victory in... more

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown recently acknowledged that he preferred Colin Kaepernick to Andy Dalton in the 2011 NFL Draft. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Diego Chargers' 27-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals from Wild... more

The last time James Jones reached free agency, he returned to the Green Bay Packers after drawing scant interest on the open market. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Francisco 49ers' 23-20 win over the Green Bay Packers from Wild... more

DeSean Jackson is angling for a pay raise with three years left on his current contract. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New Orleans Saints' 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles from Wild Card Weekend on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 4:30... more

A month after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will go under the knife. A person who has spoken with Gronkowski told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the injury-prone star will have surgery... more

Micheal Vick is open to returning to the Eagles as a backup, but he sounded Monday like he's prepared to move on from Philadelphia in search of his own starting job. Now that coach Chip Kelly is building around Nick Foles, Vick is eager to test his... more

Colin Kaepernick's first four playoff performances have been among the NFL's most electric in recent seasons. Andy Dalton's three playoff losses have been among the league's most deflating. Schein: Nothing doing with Dalton Yet another playoff flop... more

Two days after firing Mike Munchak, the Tennessee Titans have scheduled their first interview to fill their head-coaching vacancy. A person informed of their plans told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday the Titans will interview Ravens... more

Andrew Luck authored another chapter in his growing legend with the Indianapolis Colts' epic 28-point comeback victory  Saturday. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Indianapolis Colts' 45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs from Wild... more

Nick Foles became the first Philadelphia Eagles quarterback since Tommy Thompson in 1948 and 1949 to lead the NFL in passer rating. His 27:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio is the best in NFL history. A month after quipping that Foles would be the... more

Old habits die hard. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ... Professional wrestling legend Ric Flair , one of Charlotte's most revered "sports" figures,... more

The schedule for the NFL's Divisional Round Weekend is set. Three of the four games feature rematches from earlier this season. Here are three quick thoughts on each of the matchups: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET... more

The Green Bay Packers spent a portion of their 2013 offseason trying to figure out a way to stop running quarterbacks after Colin Kaepernick gashed their defense for an NFL quarterback record 181 rushing yards in a playoff loss to the 49ers. On NFL... more

The Cincinnati Bengals had the better team Sunday. They didn't have the better quarterback. The Bengals entered the game undefeated at home and 4-0 against teams that made the playoffs. They exited the game with a third consecutive wild-card round... more

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl edge rusher Justin Houston averaged 1.4 sacks in the first seven games of the season. The entire Chiefs defense has managed just 1.3 sacks since. Houston is expected to return from his dislocated... more

Both NFC matchups on Wild Card Weekend feature teams with the superior record going on the road. NFL owners have taken notice of the inequity. Harrison: Wild-card Game Picks Who will prevail on the road in the wild-card round -- and who will... more

Outside linebacker Justin Houston racked up 10 sacks in the first seven games of the season as a first-half Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Since he suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 12 , the entire Kansas City Chiefs defense has managed just 10... more

Following a season that was as disappointing as any in his memory , co-owner John Mara determined that the New York Giants' offense is "broken ." Coach Tom Coughlin was reluctant to part with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, which left the... more

We pointed out last week that San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt would be a prime candidate to take over in Detroit if the Lions ousted Jim Schwartz. Now we know that is indeed the case. Citing people who have received calls... more

Who Made the Leap in 2013? January 01, 2014

All season, our weekly Making the Leap highlighted inexperienced players emerging as impact players and established starters breaking out as true difference-makers. Now that the regular season has come to a close, let's look back on the stars of this... more

December

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's single-season passing yards record will stand. Peyton Manning Elias Sports Bureau reviewed Manning's 7-yard pass to Eric Decker during the first quarter of the Broncos' Week 17 victory and decided... more

Over the past four seasons in the Washington Redskins' front office, Mike Shanahan called the shots with general manager Bruce Allen as his first lieutenant. Now that Shanahan and his coaching staff have been fired, Allen will fill the power vacuum... more

At this time a year ago, general manager Jerry Reese was endorsing top prospect David Wilson as the potential "lead dog " in the New York Giants' backfield. After splitting the 2013 season between coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse and the injured... more

Last summer's ill will between franchise player Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills is no longer of the lingering variety. General manager Doug Whaley revealed Monday that he's already discussed the possibility of a new contract with the impending... more

On one hand, the Buffalo Bills have invested a first-round draft pick in EJ Manuel. On the other hand, Manuel was one of the NFL's biggest liabilities at quarterback this season. As 2013 winds down, it's fair to wonder if the Bills might bring in... more

Todd Bowles is in demand after overseeing the Arizona Cardinals' sixth-ranked defense this season. A person informed of the request has told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport the Cleveland Browns have asked for permission to interview Bowles for their head... more

At this time Sunday, all signs pointed toward Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin landing on season-ending injured reserve with ongoing hip woes. Not so fast. Coach Pete Carroll revealed Monday that Harvin will return to practice this... more

Owner Jerry Jones reiterated his support for coach Jason Garrett after Sunday's season-ending loss resulted in a third consecutive 8-8 finish for the Dallas Cowboys. Garrett added Monday that he's had "positive conversations" with Jones about his... more

Just hours after Greg Schiano was ousted in Tampa, former Bears coach Lovie Smith emerged as the top candidate to take over the Buccaneers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Bucs will make Smith their first interview , per a... more

Twelve months removed from leading the Washington Redskins to their first playoff appearance since 2007, Mike Shanahan is looking for another coaching job. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the... more

The NFL's wild-card playoff schedule is set. Around The League already has you covered on head-coaching news and the Week 17 Sunday Scramble. Here are three quick thoughts on next week's matchups: Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts Saturday,... more

For a second consecutive January, the 49ers will face the Green Bay Packers in a playoff bout. On the strength of Anquan Boldin's best game since his San Francisco debut in the season opener , the 49ers squeaked past the Arizona Cardinals with 23-20... more

The New Orleans Saints will enter the playoffs with a perfect home record on the strength of Drew Brees' five touchdowns in a convincing 42-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Panthers squeaking past the Falcons early in the day... more

The Indianapolis Colts are staring at the AFC's No. 4 seed following Sunday's 30-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Utilizing a ball-control passing game, Indianapolis has outscored opponents 78-20 over the past three weeks. That stands in... more

NFL Network's Emmy-nominated series "A Football Life" recently profiled a talented 1993 Houston Oilers team that devolved over a season filled with turmoil, dysfunction and heartbreak . As it turns out, that checkered season also might have featured a... more

Two and a half years ago, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. On Friday, he will sign a one-day contract to announce his retirement with the Oakland Raiders. The NFL's premier lockdown... more

Keenan Allen has already set the San Diego Chargers rookie record with five 100-yard receiving games. Harrison: Week 17 Game Picks It all comes down to a final week packed with now-or-never matchups. Elliot Harrison makes his Week 17 picks. READ... more

If Case Keenum's thumb is healthy enough to play at Tennessee on Sunday , it's likely that quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown his last pass with the Houston Texans. Keenum threw his "normal amount" of passes in Thursday's practices, according to... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles , wide receivers , defensive ends ,... more

The Green Bay Packers are welcoming back the NFL's biggest difference-maker just in time for a win-and-in grudge match versus the Chicago Bears this weekend. Since taking the baton from Brett Favre in 2008, Aaron Rodgers boasts a 62-32 record while... more

Now that the Detroit Lions have been eliminated from playoff contention, there's no reason for tight end Brandon Pettigrew to rush back from an ankle injury that had him on crutches a week ago. The Lions placed Pettigrew on season-ending injured reserve... more

Two days after learning that All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller is done for the season with a torn ACL, the Denver Broncos received a bit of good news. Wide receiver Wes Welker, defensive end Derek Wolfe and cornerback Kayvon Webster were back on the... more

During Monday's news conference, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team would evaluate quarterback Tony Romo's herniated disk on a "day-by-day" basis . Tony Romo Speaking to reporters again on Wednesday, Garrett reiterated that Romo is... more

Strong safety T.J. Ward leads the Cleveland Browns in tackles and tackles for losses this season. As we discussed on Tuesday's "Around The League Podcast " Pro Bowl selection preview, Seattle Seahawks Defensive Player of the Year candidate Earl Thomas is... more

One year after being fired in Arizona, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is re-emerging as a hot name to fill NFL head coaching vacancies in 2014. Instrumental in Philip Rivers' career renaissance , Whisenhunt fits the mold of... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport had reported that the Dallas Cowboys worked out David Carr, Tyler Thigpen, John Skelton and Caleb Hanie, only to send all four free-agent quarterbacks home without a contract. Tony Romo Now we know why. A person... more

There are a precious 16 regular-season games on every NFL team's schedule. Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs will end up competing in 15 of them. The playoff picture See where each team stands in the playoff picture heading into the final week of the... more

The only way for Cincinnati to ascend to the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs is to win Sunday while the New England Patriots lose at home for the first time all season. The playoff picture See where each team stands in the playoff picture heading into... more

One key play in the fourth quarter of the San Francisco 49ers' playoff-clinching victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night captured the difference in philosophy between Jim Harbaugh and his former head coach with the Chicago Bears, Mike Ditka.... more

Coach Pete Carroll has already indicated that Percy Harvin won't practice with the Seattle Seahawks this week. Carroll went a step further Tuesday, hinting that the playmaking wide receiver might not see the field again until next season. Asked... more

Coach Dennis Allen minced no words Tuesday in response to agent Jerome Stanley's accusation that the Oakland Raiders are setting Terrelle Pryor up for failure by turning back to him as the starting quarterback for the season finale  at Denver. "First... more

Finishing the season on injured reserve with cracked ribs, running back Ben Tate lent credence Tuesday to the notion that he's played his last down with the Houston Texans. The impending free agent said after Tuesday's practice that he "probably"... more

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects to know "definitively" by Thursday whether or not he can return to game action for Week 17 versus the Chicago Bears. Speaking Tuesday on WAUK-AM's "The Aaron Rodgers Show ," the quarterback... more

Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Terrelle Pryor would be given one more shot to prove himself worthy of consideration for the Oakland Raiders' quarterback job in 2014. One might suspect reclaiming the starting gig for the season finale... more

Immediately after San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman returned an interception 89 yards to seal Monday night's 34-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, the Arizona Cardinals realized their slim playoff hopes were sliding away. Ouch. â??... more

With Tony Romo unlikely to suit up again this season, the Dallas Cowboys are on the lookout for quarterback insurance behind backup Kyle Orton. A source informed of the team's plans told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday that free agents David... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported three weeks ago that complications with Percy Harvin's surgically repaired hip would likely keep the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver out of action for the remainder of the regular season . Coach Pete Carroll... more

With the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on the line this week in Tennessee, the Houston Texans could turn to a new starting quarterback.  Interim coach Wade Phillips would not rule out the possibility Monday of T.J. Yates taking the offensive... more

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen has made it clear since late November that it would be a priority to evaluate Terrelle Pryor down the stretch. After six consecutive Matt McGloin starts, Allen announced Monday that Pryor will reclaim the... more

On Sunday night's "Around The League Podcast" Week 16 recap , we discussed the relative lack of hype surrounding Peyton Manning's record-breaking 51 touchdown passes . Is it because football cognoscenti have been predicting the Denver Broncos'... more

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz can't seem to get out of his own way. His team has lost five of its past six games to fall out of playoff contention. His quarterback has regressed to the point that one prominent scribe wondered if a benching is in... more

The Seahawks lost at CenturyLink Field Sunday for the first time in 729 days. Carson Palmer The Arizona Cardinals sent Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to the first home loss of his career, scratching out a 17-10 victory to keep their shaky... more

For the first time in franchise history, the Cincinnati Bengals will advance to the playoffs for a third consecutive season. Andy Dalton picked apart the Minnesota Vikings' 30th-ranked pass defense, leading the Bengals to a convincing 42-14 rout to... more

Appropriately enough, the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West and a first-round bye on the strength of Peyton Manning's record-setting arm . On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air Peyton Manning's record-setting performance in the Denver... more

Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year has made NFL history. Peyton Manning uncorked a perfect 25-yard pass to Julius Thomas to break Tom Brady's single-season record of 50 passing touchdowns. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air Peyton... more

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith teed off on fantasy football owners early Tuesday morning after he was besieged with negative tweets for his four-catch, 69-yard performance in Monday night's win over the Detroit Lions. I hate y'all fantasy... more

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice acknowledged in November that his early-season production suffered because he was more injured than he let on . At the time, Rice proclaimed himself 100 percent healthy even though coach John Harbaugh said there was... more

The Denver Broncos' high-flying offense is expected to be without its star slot receiver for a second consecutive game. Wes Welker's second concussion of the past two months will keep him out of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, a team source... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles , wide receivers , defensive ends ,... more

Coach Marc Trestman and No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall have been unwavering in their support of Jay Cutler, but there are some corners of the Chicago Bears locker room that wanted to stick with Josh McCown's hot hand at quarterback . Marshall told Jay... more

Green Bay Packers left guard Josh Sitton recently described the Detroit Lions' defensive front as "dirtbags" and "scumbags." In a Wednesday interview with the "Around The League Podcast ," Sitton confirmed that he joined his teammates in keeping a... more

The news keeps growing progressively worse for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner. Two weeks after NFL Media reported that Browner would be suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the cornerback turned down a deal that would... more

Santonio Holmes is willing to accept a pay cut for the second year to remain with the New York Jets. "Anything for the team ," Holmes said Wednesday, via the New York Daily News. "Anything for the team." Asked if it would matter how much his... more

Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber has lost the opportunity to play again this season as a direct result of the vicious block by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin in Sunday night's game . Garvin has lost a hefty portion of his paycheck... more

Ben Tate's 92-yard performance at Indianapolis last week might have been his last with the Houston Texans. The team announced Wednesday that Arian Foster's longtime backup has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Tate cracked four ribs at... more

Perhaps no player in NFL history better represents the concept of "going out on his own terms" than Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher. The 16-year veteran announced Wednesday that he's "99 percent certain" this will be his last season.... more

Look on Mike Shanahan's works , ye mighty football fans , and despair! Now that Shanahan has shut down the face of his franchise for specious reasons , reporters are left to wonder if other NFL coaches will bench their own franchise quarterbacks on... more

Week 16 NFL Honors stock watch December 17, 2013

With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Around The League crew is pumping out all of the relevant material to recap 2013 and prepare you for the postseason. Gregg Rosenthal and Marc Sessler have you covered on both the NFC  and AFC... more

Football Outsiders' playoff odds give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 0.8 percent chance of reaching the postseason. Those odds just got a little bit longer with the loss of their best pass rusher. The Steelers announced Tuesday that linebacker LaMarr Woodley... more

The Philadelphia Eagles couldn't do any scoreboard watching on the flight home from their surprising blowout loss to the Vikings last Sunday, but they still wanted updates on the Dallas Cowboys' game versus the  Green Bay Packers. As luck would... more

Help is on the way for the Denver Broncos' injury-depleted 23rd-ranked defense. The Broncos have signed defensive end Jeremy Mincey, reuniting him with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, the team announced Tuesday . ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold first... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has given Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate Eddie Lacy some extra motivation leading up to Sunday's game in Green Bay. Eddie Lacy At Tuesday's news conference, Tomlin said it was "an easy decision for... more

After 14 games, the Detroit Lions' 2013 fate might very well have come down to a few inches in the bottom right corner of their very own goal post. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker booted one of the most clutch regular-season field goals in NFL history ,... more

Owner Jerry Jones does not want to discuss the future of embattled coach Jason Garrett while the Dallas Cowboys remain in the playoff hunt. That much is abundantly clear . On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Green Bay Packers' 37-36 win... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito will stay on the suspended list with pay through the end of the season. The team released the following statement Monday: "The Miami Dolphins and... more

When the Dallas Cowboys lost a 17-16 squeaker at Kansas City in September, coach Jason Garrett conceded that his team simply has to "run the ball more ." When DeMarco Murray averaged 7.75 yards on just four carries in a narrow 27-23 win over the Vikings... more

The Chicago Bears' beleaguered defense received both bad and good news Monday. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the season. More ...... more

The Arizona Cardinals didn't have No. 1 wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald or playmaking scatback Andre Ellington available for overtime of Sunday's 37-34 victory over the Titans. Fitzgerald sustained a concussion attempting to recover an onside kick in... more

The New Orleans Saints have slid back into a tie for first place in the NFC South. Falling behind by 24 points at the end of the third quarter, the Saints dropped a 27-16  contest in St. Louis against the Rams on Sunday. Here's what we learned... more

The Carolina Panthers are back in a tie for first place in the NFC South. Bolstered by a balanced offense and a defense that harassed Geno Smith, the Panthers earned a 30-20 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Here's what we learned in... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' five-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Sunday. Matt Cassel passed for a season-high 382 yards and two touchdowns, and the Minnesota Vikings exposed a weak Eagles secondary in a 48-30 victory . Matt Cassel... more

The goal of our weekly Making the Leap watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running list.... more

Many narrative-driven pieces will be written about the Denver Broncos being exposed as a fraud following their 27-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. The defense is their Achilles' heel . Peyton Manning came up short in another... more

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III put on a brave face during Wednesday's news conference announcing his benching, but it's now clear that he's more than just confused by coach Mike Shanahan's decision to pull the plug on his season.... more

Now that Josh Gordon is closing in on Wes Chandler's record for receiving yards per game , it's easy to forget the Cleveland Browns wide receiver was the subject of trade talks in October . Seeing his name in the NFL's rumor mill was an unsettling... more

Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam not only succeeded in stoking Calvin Johnson's competitive fire by taking a shot at the Detroit Lions wide receiver's age. The rookie also has left his teammates and coaches shaking their heads in bewilderment.... more

There is no scenario under which Robert Griffin III will play again this season as long as Mike Shanahan is the coach of the Washington Redskins. That was the clear message Thursday. Shanahan said he would not turn back to Griffin in the event of... more

Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam is about to learn a lesson about poking the wrong Lion. Elam suggested Wednesday that the Ravens will get physical with Calvin Johnson this Sunday because the Detroit Lions' star wide receiver is getting "pretty... more

If the Washington Redskins decided to bench Robert Griffin III for competitive reasons , it wouldn't be the first time a franchise player had temporarily lost his starting job. If coach Mike Shanahan opted to keep Griffin off the field because the... more

For the second time in a month , Monte Kiffin's Dallas Cowboys defense gave a humiliating performance on national television in Monday's loss to the Bears. Owner Jerry Jones defended Kiffin on Tuesday, insisting there is nobody he would rather have... more

So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles , wide receivers , defensive ends , kick returners , running backs , linebacker duos , wide receiver duos , safeties and cornerbacks... more

In a Wednesday news conference announcing a quarterback change, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan consistently drove home the point that he would not have benched Robert Griffin III if owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen were not... more

Even after another strong performance by Josh McCown, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman made it clear after Monday's game that Jay Cutler will remain his starting quarterback once he's healthy enough to play. Josh McCown That quarterback... more

NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported over the weekend that Chris Johnson is unlikely to return to the Tennessee Titans at his scheduled $8 million salary in 2014. In a Tuesday interview with Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, new team president... more

For the third time in his odyssey-filled NFL career, Wade Phillips has taken over as the interim coach in December. Proud owner of a career 82-63 record, Phillips sounds like he's stumping for the permanent job with the Houston Texans. "I can go... more

It came as a surprise Monday when Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan revealed that he's still deciding whether to bench Robert Griffin III to ensure the quarterback's health for the 2014 season. It's an even bigger surprise that Shanahan has kept... more

The Indianapolis Colts are now looking north of the border in their never-ending quest for running backs. The AFC South champions will work out Saskatchewan Roughriders tailback Kory Sheets next week, Arash Madani of Sportsnet.ca reported. In his... more

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers finally has provided some clarity on his progress in returning from a fractured collarbone. Matt Flynn Speaking Tuesday on WAUK-AM's "The Aaron Rodgers Show," Rodgers revealed that he experienced pain... more

The debate about the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive system and play-calling isn't going away. When Ben Roethlisberger referred those questions to offensive coordinator Todd Haley following the Week 14 loss , multiple reporters were left with the... more

Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles and Marc Trestman's Chicago Bears have emerged as two of the most entertaining teams in the league this season. The NFL acknowledged as much Tuesday, announcing that the Week 16 Bears-Eagles game on Dec. 22 will be... more

After another sterling performance in Monday night's victory , Josh McCown left Chicago Bears fans wondering if Jay Cutler will ever start another game in the Windy City. Coach Marc Trestman did his best to quell any talk of a quarterback... more

Rich Gannon was a 36-year-old journeyman quarterback without a single season over 60.0 percent on completions when Marc Trestman entered his life in 2001. Less than two years later, Gannon won the NFL Most Valuable Player award with a career year and a... more

While Peyton Manning's offense continued to set records in Sunday's victory over the Titans, the defense was down to the second string at six different positions by the end of the game. Peyton Manning Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson,... more

Matt McGloin led the Oakland Raiders to 24 points in the second half of Sunday's 37-27 loss to the New York Jets. That performance was enough for him to keep the starting quarterback job for Week 15 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Dennis Allen... more

Green Bay Packers fans hoping Aaron Rodgers will return from a fractured collarbone for this week's game against the Dallas Cowboys received disheartening news Monday. Coach Mike McCarthy revealed that Rodgers still is not cleared for game action.... more

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan again refused to announce a Week 15 starter at quarterback. Shanahan emphasized that his priority is protecting the franchise's investment in Robert Griffin III, who has been... more

Wes Welker was ruled out for the second half of the Denver Broncos' win Sunday  over the Tennessee Titans after the wide receiver sustained his second concussion this season. Welker took a hit to the head on a play across the middle late in the... more

If quarterback Peyton Manning was out to prove a point about his ability to perform in cold weather , he succeeded -- emphatically. Manning broke the Broncos' single-game franchise record with 39 completions as Denver rolled to a 51-28 victory over... more

On an afternoon when the NFL Media newsroom erupted with cheers several times, the loudest was reserved for Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater. Prater broke the NFL record with a 64-yard field goal to draw within one point of the Tennessee Titans... more

Sideline karma came back to haunt the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field. With time expiring, the Steelers lateraled five times to get the ball in wide receiver Antonio Brown's hands for what appeared... more

Mike Shanahan might be cleaning out his office for good this time. Jamaal Charles With rumors of Shanahan's exit swirling , the Washington Redskins imploded in a 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at FedEx Field on Sunday. The Redskins... more

The goal of our weekly Making the Leap watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running list.... more

It was a fitting end to the Houston Texans' comeback hopes and a microcosm of the entire nightmare season. After leading a pair of second-half scoring drives in relief of Case Keenum , an embattled Matt Schaub tossed an interception with just over two... more

For the second time in three weeks , Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum was yanked in favor of Matt Schaub. With the Texans trailing by 14 points late in the third quarter of Thursday's 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Gary Kubiak made... more

By the end of October, Around The League openly wondered if the Chicago Bears' second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery might be every bit as good as Brandon Marshall. A month later, we anointed Jeffery and Marshall the NFL's best wide receiver duo . 1.... more

Trent Richardson recently told Reggie Wayne that he felt forced into the Indianapolis Colts' offense before he was comfortable in Pep Hamilton's system. Richardson went a step further Thursday, acknowledging that he belongs in a backup role until he's... more

It's that time of year. Analysts and observers are so bored with Peyton Manning's historic pace that they are frantically searching for viable alternatives in the MVP race. Aiming to stand out from the crowd, some have talked themselves into Russell... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles and wide receivers , defensive... more

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick's struggling passing game welcomed wide receiver Michael Crabtree back to the lineup with open arms in last week's victory over the St. Louis Rams. A less heralded member of the San Francisco 49ers' aerial attack appears to... more

In this week's Quarterback Index, Gregg Rosenthal noted that Tom Brady might be No. 1 if the rankings were based solely on the last five weeks. Whereas Brady missed more throws than any quarterback through the end of October, he's converted more... more

Tight end Tony Moeaki has a new NFL home for the first time since negotiating an injury settlement with the Kansas City Chiefs in late October. The Buffalo Bills announced the signing of Moeaki to a two-year contract Tuesday. The tight end recently... more

Three weeks ago, we noted that running back Rashad Jennings' ascension was an ominous sign for Darren McFadden's future with the Oakland Raiders. Now it appears McFadden's latest hamstring injury might have soured the organization on his potential once... more

The Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons might have to borrow Wimbledon's strawberries and cream tradition for breakfast at Wembley. The NFL announced Wednesday that the Falcons and Lions will kickoff at 9:30 a.m. ET on Oct. 26 when the two teams play in... more

NFL's vice president of officiating Dean Blandino acknowledged Tuesday that Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin should have been penalized for his sideline shuffle in last week's game against the Ravens. A league source told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Dallas Cowboys' Jay Ratliff boondoggle might end up costing more than the $18 million they threw down the drain in his 2011 contract extension. While the Cowboys were tossing checks in the direction of a washed-up Ratliff, they also allowed one... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin conceded Tuesday that his actions on Jacoby Jones' kick return last week were an inexcusable blunder . Now the NFL's vice president of officiating has acknowledged that game officials should have penalized Tomlin... more

With three-fourths of the season in the bank, a clear favorite has yet to emerge for Rookie of the Year honors on each side of the ball. No player has captured more than one Rookie of the Month award. DeAndre Hopkins, Eddie Lacy and Mike Glennon have won... more

Speaking at his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged that his actions on Jacoby Jones' 73-yard kickoff return last week were "embarrassing, inexcusable, illegal" and "a blunder." "As head coaches, we're held... more

The road to the Super Bowl will almost certainly run through the Emerald City after the Seattle Seahawks put an indelible 34-7 stamp on the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Sports fans don't typically embrace blowouts, but even casual observers could... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported early Monday that Percy Harvin views himself as "out" for the Seattle Seahawks' Monday night showdown with the New Orleans Saints. Harvin was indeed among Seattle's inactives for "Monday Night Football."... more

Last week, coach Chip Kelly confirmed that Nick Foles will remain the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback for the remainder of the season . On Monday, Kelly made it clear that Foles is also his quarterback of the future. "He's the starting... more

The Baltimore Ravens' official website has the raw sideline feed from Jacoby Jones seconds after the kickoff returner was slowed by Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on a 73-yard return during last Thursday's game . "I would never get caught,"... more

The New York Jets will stick with what is not working at quarterback. Geno Smith was informed by quarterbacks coach David Lee on Monday that he will remain the starter , the struggling rookie told reporters. The news was confirmed by veteran backup... more

The Denver Broncos control their own destiny in the AFC. Powered by four Peyton Manning touchdown passes  to wide receiver Eric Decker, the Broncos went into Kansas City and escaped with a 35-28 victory over the Chiefs to vault into first place in... more

Two weeks after Around The League declared the AFC South in the Indianapolis Colts' favor, coach Chuck Pagano and his troops can rest easy. On the strength of quarterback Andrew Luck's legs and a defense that forced Tennessee quarterback Ryan... more

November

The goal of our weekly Making the Leap watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running list.... more

Embattled offensive tackle Jonathan Martin likely has played his last game with the Miami Dolphins. A person informed of the move tells NFL Media Insider's Ian Rapoport that Martin was placed on the non-football illness list  Saturday. ESPN's Field... more

The Seattle Seahawks did not practice Friday, but they still got the fantasy football world's attention when Percy Harvin was listed as "DNP" because he wouldn't have taken the field. Two sources with knowledge of Harvin's condition told NFL Media... more

New England Patriots rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with a foot injury sustained in last week's thrilling comeback victory over the Broncos. Although the covert Patriots predictably... more

Already having lost defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson to a dislocated hip , the Denver Broncos also will be without defensive end Derek Wolfe for Sunday's rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos announced Saturday that Wolfe has been... more

When Tony Gonzalez claimed to be "95 percent " certain he would retire last offseason, his Atlanta Falcons teammates convinced him to return for one last Super Bowl run . If Gonzalez knew the Falcons would be contending for the No. 1 pick in the... more

Matt McGloin has provided the Oakland Raiders' offense with an ability to make big plays down the field , but coach Dennis Allen still plans to evaluate quarterback Terrelle Pryor at some point in the final four games of the season. On NFL Network... more

For the second consecutive season, veteran kicker David Akers will have to battle to keep his job as the season enters the stretch run. Coach Jim Schwartz gave Akers a vote of confidence after a missed 31-yard field-goal attempt in Thursday's victory... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles and wide receivers , defensive ends ,... more

Recently described by Dan Hanzus as "the baddest man on the planet ," Steve Smith has gone next level with his interviews this season. The Carolina Panthers wide receiver dropped the hammer on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib after flat-out... more

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski acknowledged Monday that Brandon Weeden would likely start at quarterback this week with Jason Campbell going through the NFL's concussion protocol. Chudzinski made it official Wednesday, declaring Weeden his... more

You can't swing a dead cat in Dallas without hitting a story on the Cowboys' play-calling. Tony Romo Whether it's Tony Romo taking on more responsibility , coach Jason Garrett coming under fire , offensive coordinator Bill Callahan calling the... more

Just announced as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback for the remaining of the season, Nick Foles can celebrate with the NFC Offensive Player of the Month award for November. Brooks: Steelers rebound From 0-4 ... to playoff contenders?... more

In his last start for the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Matt Flynn set franchise single-game records for yards (480) and touchdowns (6) against the Detroit Lions in the 2011 season finale . Largely on the strength of that one sterling performance,... more

On Sunday's "Around The League Podcast ," Gregg Rosenthal opined that running back Maurice Jones-Drew is poised to enter his final month with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Maurice Jones-Drew Jones-Drew has managed a paltry 3.2 yards per carry... more

The New England Patriots' team captains weren't the only ones confused when Bill Belichick opted to put the ball in Peyton Manning's hands to start overtime of last week's thrilling 34-31 comeback victory over the Broncos. On NFL Network NFL... more

Thursday's game at the Dallas Cowboys means more to cornerback Mike Jenkins than it does to the rest of his Oakland Raiders teammates. A first-round draft pick by Dallas in 2008, Jenkins made an appearance in the 2009 Pro Bowl. However, in his final... more

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree's 2013 season debut will have to wait at least one more week. The 49ers did not activate Crabtree to the 53-man roster by Monday's 4 p.m. deadline, making him ineligible for "Monday Night Football"... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn't tipping his hand on who will start at quarterback Thursday versus the Detroit Lions, but it won't be Aaron Rodgers. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See... more

If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to end their two-game losing skid in Week 13 , they might have to do it without the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL. Outside linebacker Justin Houston has been diagnosed with a dislocated elbow. The Chiefs were... more

For all of the talk about Robert Griffin III's relationship with his Washington Redskins teammates and coach Mike Shanahan, the bigger story is that he's not a good quarterback right now. As dual-threat quarterbacks took the league by storm last... more

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley never played another snap after losing a fumble for the third consecutive game in the first quarter of Sunday night's thrilling 34-31 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos. A mainstay in coach... more

Before his early-season football epiphany , Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was saddled with the NFL's worst record in close games. His team now has won seven consecutive games, each of the last three by less than a touchdown. Staying true to... more

As independent investigator Ted Wells investigates the Miami Dolphins, the notion that suspended guard Richie Incognito still might play for the Dolphins remains on the table. It's been assumed that the controversy from Incognito's suspension could... more

The goal of our weekly Making the Leap watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running list.... more

The conundrum facing coach Mike Smith on fourth-and-15 late in the Atlanta Falcons' 17-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night was a microcosm of a season gone awry. Down by four points with just more than two minutes remaining, Smith... more

The New Orleans Saints are without two key players for NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football" matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints declared running back/kick returner Darren Sproles (knee, ankle) and right guard Jahri Evans (ankle)... more

Coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff aren't the only long-running members of the Atlanta Falcons with secure futures . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday's edition of NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff" that... more

For the second time since 1999, the Atlanta Falcons have gone from a conference title game appearance to eight losses in the first 10 games of the following season. Over that span, they are the only franchise to suffer that ignominy. Although the... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles and wide receivers , defensive ends ,... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has already weighed in on his personal foul penalty against Drew Brees, claiming his hit on the Saints quarterback was clean and suggesting the officials might have favored  New Orleans at the Superdome on... more

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday that his fractured collarbone no longer gives him pain while running or throwing a football. Appearing on WAUK-AM's "The Aaron Rodgers Show," the quarterback explained that any decision on... more

The New Orleans Saints are one of six defenses yet to allow 200 points this season, withstanding a string of significant injuries since training camp opened. That defensive strength will be tested after the loss of one of defensive coordinator Rob... more

Three weeks after being cut by the Baltimore Ravens, former Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff has a new home. The Denver Broncos signed Huff on Tuesday, according to the team's official website. Battista: Heavy mettle Judy Battista explains why... more

Buoyed by a three-game winning streak and a 6-4 record, the Arizona Cardinals are now tied with the San Francisco 49ers for second place in the NFC West . Carson Palmer As we pointed out on Sunday night's "Around The League Podcast ," Carson... more

Criticized for compiling statistics at the expense of wins last season, quarterback Cam Newton has authored 13 victories in his last 21 games after managing just seven in the first 21 games of his career. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air... more

The Carolina Panthers emerged victorious over the New England Patriots without defensive end Charles Johnson for most of the second half.  Johnson, leading the team in sacks with 8.5, was carted to the locker room with a right knee injury early in... more

The Carolina Panthers' biggest nationally televised game since their January 2009 divisional-round loss to the Arizona Cardinals turned out to be the NFL's showcase of the year -- a riveting 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots. Cam Newton... more

The Atlanta Falcons' rushing attack has been so unproductive this season that coach Mike Smith is turning to a career special teamer to provide a jolt of big-play ability. With Jason Snelling out of the lineup following a Friday arrest, fourth-string... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported before the Raiders' Sunday victory over the Houston Texans that Matt McGloin could push Terrelle Pryor for Oakland's starting quarterback job with an impressive performance. That's exactly how it went down in... more

We wondered aloud on Sunday night's "Around The League Podcast " if the Green Bay Packers would rush Aaron Rodgers back this week to stem the tide of their three-game losing streak in his absence. Coach Mike McCarthy nipped that idea in the bud... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks is steaming over his 15-yard personal foul that ended up as the key play in the loss to the New Orleans Saints -- Sunday's biggest game. Brooks laid a vicious hit across the top of Saints quarterback Drew... more

The San Francisco 49ers have fallen back to the pack in the NFC playoff race after blowing a fourth-quarter lead in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Staked to a 20-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, the 49ers' offense had two... more

The Philadelphia Eagles took over sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 24-16 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. If the improvement over the past three weeks is any indication, they may never look back. With Nick Foles... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak and one-time franchise quarterback Matt Schaub might have written their tickets out of town with their actions in Sunday's 28-23 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Kubiak pushed his chips to the center of the table and bet... more

The thin ice on which Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak skates has started cracking. After watching his defense roll over Sunday for a pair of third-quarter touchdown drives, courtesy of Oakland Raiders backups Matt McGloin and Rashad Jennings, Kubiak... more

Just as the Philadelphia Eagles appeared to be running away with Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins and taking control of the NFC East, one of their best players went down with an injury. LeSean McCoy injured his right hamstring at the... more

On Friday's "Around The League Podcast ," Gregg Rosenthal suggested the difference in Sunday's intra-division battle between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills might come down to "which rookie quarterback can possibly do less ." Based on the... more

Percy Harvin isn't the only key player returning to bolster the Seattle Seahawks' lineup versus the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Seahawks activated left tackle Russell Okung from injured reserve-designated to return Saturday. He had been... more

There was a silver lining to the Green Bay Packers' Week 10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. As we pointed out on Wednesday's "Around The League Podcast ," Green Bay's ability to develop young players, such as wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and tight end... more

Battling a nagging knee injury, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Houston Texans. Coach Dennis Allen acknowledged that Pryor encountered a setback on Friday after sharing reps with rookie... more

Jerome Simpson's recent DWI arrest might be just the opening that talented rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson needs to finally crack the Minnesota Vikings' starting lineup. Breer: High-profile QB conundrums In his robust notebook, Albert... more

Coach Bruce Arians won't publicly acknowledge it, but there's a gradual changing of the guard occurring in the Arizona Cardinals backfield. Veteran starter Rashard Mendenhall hasn't played more snaps than rookie "backup" Andre Ellington in any game... more

One of four NFL teams without a Super Bowl appearance, the Cleveland Browns finally have a tangible sign of their eight championships prior to the modern era. Digging through a box in his North Carolina garage as part of the reality show "Garage Gold"... more

For all of this week's speculation surrounding Ben Roethlisberger's future, the key question remains: Is there fire behind all of this smoke with the Pittsburgh Steelers? After speaking with a Steelers source, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Our primary takeaway from Thursday's comeback victory is that a resurgent Donald Brown has to take the backfield reins from Trent Richardson if the Indianapolis Colts are going to make any noise in the postseason. Although coach Chuck Pagano was... more

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin's much-anticipated meeting with independent investigator Ted Wells lasted for more than seven hours Friday. The two men discussed Martin's allegations of mistreatment by suspended guard Richie Incognito, who... more

The goal of our weekly Making the Leap watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running list.... more

Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton finally found his missing old-school, power rushing attack in a 30-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. It was behind the couch the whole time. Hamilton tried and failed to... more

If Ben Roethlisberger is frustrated with the stagnation in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, the feeling might just be mutual. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff" on Thursday that the "biggest... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be in for an offseason upheaval now that word has leaked that Ben Roethlisberger is "incredibly frustrated " with the offensive coaches and the state of the team's roster. Harrison: Week 11 Game Picks With a number of... more

We pointed out after Jake Locker's season-ending Lisfranc injury that the Tennessee Titans will have to make a decision on their quarterback's future before the 2014 NFL Draft. If the Titans pick up Locker's fifth-year option, it will run them in... more

Interim coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that Peyton Manning will start against the Kansas City Chiefs this week after sitting out Wednesday's practice for just the second time this season. Peyton Manning Manning returned to Denver Broncos practice... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles , wide receivers , defensive ends ,... more

Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings' performance over the past two weeks might have sealed Darren McFadden's fate in a contract year. Jennings has yet to nudge McFadden out of the starting job, but coach Dennis Allen hinted Monday that... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox said late last week that he would gain clearance to return to the sideline "when the time is right ." Eight days after undergoing successful aortic heart valve replacement surgery , Fox said that his "goal and dream" is to... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down to their third running back on the depth chart after losing Mike James to a broken ankle in Monday night's win over the Miami Dolphins. Coach Greg Schiano told reporters on Tuesday that James will miss the remainder of... more

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters Monday that he would meet with estranged offensive tackle Jonathan Martin on Wednesday to discuss the locker-room scandal involving suspended guard Richie Incognito. That meeting has now been... more

With Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen out for the season, the Indianapolis Colts' lack of firepower was abundantly evident in Sunday's 38-8 blowout loss to the Rams. The coaching staff moved to address that need for a playmaker on Monday, elevating... more

Now that the Houston Texans are cutting ties with Ed Reed, the veteran safety will take just over $400,000 in remaining salary to the waiver wire. He will end up collecting $5 million in guarantees for his seven games in Houston. The playoff picture... more

On Sunday night's "Around The League Podcast ," I made the point that the Tennessee Titans no longer can bank on Jake Locker as a franchise quarterback following a season-ending Lisfranc injury in the Week 10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The... more

Less than 48 hours after declaring that the Houston Texans were "outplayed and outcoached " in their 27-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, safety Ed Reed might be facing the end of his football career. The Texans are releasing Reed , NFL Media... more

The Miami Dolphins' total of two yards on 14 rushes in Monday night's 22-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks like it was borrowed from a Trent Richardson box score . Silver: Coaches, GMs on the hot seat As the season slips away from several NFL... more

The NFC's strongest team just became more formidable. The Seattle Seahawks activated Percy Harvin from the reserve/physically unable to perform list Monday. A source who has spoken to the receiver tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Harvin... more

After acknowledging that a hip flexor injury affected his play early in the season, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice recently insisted that he's finally back to 100 percent and has not lost a step . On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air... more

Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently led Around The League's list of coaches on the hot seat as the NFL gears up for the stretch run. Sources tell NFL Media columnist Michael Silver, however, that the Glazer family is inclined to keep... more

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin found out in Sunday night's 49-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints why counterpart Rob Ryan got railroaded out of Texas after last season. Ryan's troops held firm early last season until linebacker... more

Coming out of the bye week, the Denver Broncos played their most complete game since September, coasting to a 28-20 road victory over the San Diego Chargers. The defense sacked Philip Rivers four times, holding him to nearly 100 yards and one touchdown... more

Joe Flacco and the inept Ravens offense kept the Cincinnati Bengals in the game into overtime, but Baltimore's defense had enough backbone to hold on Sunday for a 20-17 victory . The Ravens jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead, thanks in large part to an... more

Tavon Austin finally showed why the St. Louis Rams traded up to select him at No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. The speedy rookie racked up 310 all-purpose yards in the Rams' 38-8 undressing of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Not only did... more

When the San Francisco 49ers activated All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith from the non-football injury list one week ago, it wasn't clear if he would play in Week 10. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed on Friday's edition of NFL Network's "Around the... more

After dislocating his left shoulder in the Minnesota Vikings' 34-27 victory over the Washington Redskins, Christian Ponder made it clear that he still expected to play through the injury in Week 11 at Seattle. As it turns out, Ponder's outlook wasn't... more

Reinforcements are on the way for a Seattle Seahawks team that squeaked past the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week . Schein: What's holding Seattle back Yes, the Seahawks are 8-1, but they're far from the team to beat in the NFC -- for now. Adam... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held out hope as long as possible only to concede Friday what NFL Media's Albert Breer reported nearly three weeks ago . The Buccaneers placed running back Doug Martin on season-ending injured reserve with a torn labrum suffered... more

Is any NFL team hotter than the Carolina Panthers since coach Ron Rivera's football epiphany ? After opening the season 1-3, the Panthers have won four straight while averaging 32.5 points to just 12 for opponents. Elder statesman Steve Smith, a... more

The goal of our weekly Making the Leap watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running list.... more

The Minnesota Vikings eked out a 34-27 win Thursday night  over the Washington Redskins, but they lost their starting quarterback. Christian Ponder was forced from the game after taking a hard hit on a pylon dive at the end of a 15-yard scramble .... more

The Redskins' defense is so defective that Washington got into a shootout with Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel of the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night -- and lost . In the driver's seat with a 27-14 lead early in the third quarter, the Redskins... more

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was accused of harassing a volunteer at a golf tournament in May 2012, according to a police report  released by the Aventura (Fla.) Police Department and obtained Thursday by WPLG-TV in Miami. Incognito was not... more

The Minnesota Vikings will give Christian Ponder a chance to determine how long he remains the starting quarterback, but they already have one eye on the 2014 NFL Draft. The job is Ponder's to lose, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday... more

The Green Bay Packers have stood by Seneca Wallace on two separate occasions when they had a chance to reunite with former backup quarterback Matt Flynn. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where... more

When defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was announced as Houston Texans interim coach Wednesday, there was no timetable for coach Gary Kubiak's return from a "mini-stroke ." Kubiak now is expected to miss only one week. The Houston Chronicle's... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense is severely undermanned, but the defense should get a boost for Sunday's game versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Clay Matthews told USA Today's Tom Pelissero on Thursday that he expects to play with a club over his... more

So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles and wide receivers , defensive ends and kick returners in the league. Click here for our midseason report on the top five... more

In suggesting that Jonathan Martin might not belong in the NFL, former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said locker-room hazing is in "the nature of the game ." Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen backed up that notion Tuesday,... more

Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt has decided to give up football at the age of 27. The Broncos placed Moffitt on the reserve/left squad list Tuesday after he failed to report to the team after the Week 9 bye. Center J.D. Walton was activated from the... more

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley plans to play football again , but it won't be this season. The Packers placed Finley on season-ending injured reserve with a spinal contusion, and activated offensive tackle Derek Sherrod from the... more

Ricky Williams might have a reputation for flakiness, but is there any NFL player of the past two generations more qualified to weigh in on the controversy involving Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin? Williams played... more

Despite a Monday report that Jay Cutler plans to play versus the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears quarterback was noncommittal Tuesday about his chances of suiting up in Week 10 . Matt Forte "I don't think we can say I'll be out there for... more

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers confirmed Tuesday that he has a fractured left collarbone, but he insisted that no timetable has been established for a return to football activities. Asked by ESPNMilwaukee.com's Jason Wilde on "The Aaron... more

Now that we've entered the third month of the NFL season, there are at least a handful of coaches on the hot seat. The flames are dancing around some and subsiding on others. Let's take a look at five coaches in need of a strong November and December.... more

Does Chicago Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown have a third brother? That's what the Green Bay Packers had to be wondering after McCown thoroughly outplayed Seneca Wallace in Monday night's battle of the backup quarterbacks . NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Green Bay Packers are holding their breath and hoping for the best after receiving a scare at the tail end of their opening drive in Monday night's 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed the remainder of the... more

Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman expected Jay Cutler to miss a "minimum" of four weeks after the quarterback tore a groin muscle in a Week 7 loss to the Washington Redskins. Cutler recently vowed to beat that timetable . Now he plans to return... more

Jobs are on the line in Pittsburgh after the Steelers' defense experienced a day of futility unlike any in franchise history. The New England Patriots' 610 yards Sunday were the most ever allowed since the Steelers organization was founded in... more

It's been a tumultuous four weeks for the Houston Texans since the most successful quarterback in franchise history was yanked in a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The home fans have cheered Matt Schaub's ankle injury, the season went into... more

By the middle of the third quarter of Sunday's game at Oakland, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had his brush with football immortality. Most TD passes in an NFL game Player Team TD passes Date Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles 7 Nov. 3, 2013... more

All of that talk about an expanded role for Shonn Greene lit a fire under Chris Johnson. Setting the tone in a smashmouth game that featured a combined 358 yards on the ground and six rushing scores, Johnson compiled a season-high 170 yards from... more

Fortune favors the bold. The Carolina Panthers have won five of six games with a handful of blowout victories since coach Ron Rivera learned that valuable lesson in Week 2. For the first time in franchise history the Panthers have scored 30-plus points... more

Just three NFL running backs have accrued at least 75 rushes this season with a per-carry average of fewer than 3 yards. All three will be on the field Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens travel to the Cleveland Browns. It has been even worse for the... more

The goal of our weekly "Making the Leap" watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' historically poor first half of the season threatens to carry over to November and beyond. The team announced Friday that wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL Policy... more

October

As if the Cincinnati Bengals' 22-20 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins wasn't disheartening enough, the AFC North leader's roster took a crushing blow on Thursday night. Two days after placing their top defensive back on injured reserve, the Bengals... more

Dez Bryant's much-debated sideline behavior in Week 8 wasn't much different than the histrionics that endeared Hall of Famer and fellow wide receiver Michael Irvin to his Dallas Cowboys teammates. Whereas analysts nationwide labeled Bryant a diva... more

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright made our offseason "Making the Leap" series based on his run-after-catch potential after shedding the extra weight that he carried as a disappointing rookie. At the midseason mark, Wright's 90-reception... more

Lost in the media -embellished balderdash leading up to Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis two weeks ago was the quarterback's guarantee that Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis "hits a heck of a lot harder than Eli does ." Harrison: Week 9 Game... more

Although Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin promised to expand Mike Wallace's role after a one-catch performance in the season opener , the big-ticket free-agent acquisition has been a high-profile flop through eight weeks. Wallace is third in the NFL... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles , wide receivers , defensive ends and... more

When the Houston Texans signed a trio of running backs off the street on Monday, it was a tacit admission that Arian Foster's hamstring injury and Ben Tate's four broken ribs might keep the two running backs out of this week's game against the... more

After acquiring cornerback Aqib Talib with seconds to spare at last year's deadline, the New England Patriots pulled off the NFL's lone deadline trade on Tuesday. With Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork out for the season, the Patriots moved to fix... more

Help might be on the way for the Denver Broncos' 30th-ranked pass defense. NFL Media's Gil Brandt reports the Broncos have expressed some interest in trading for Minnesota Vikings four-time All-Pro pass rusher Jared Allen with an hour remaining... more

Just a week ago, Jermichael Finley's football future was in question after suffering a scary spinal contusion against the Cleveland Browns. Now, the Green Bay Packers tight end is confident that he will strap on his helmet again some day in the... more

It's fitting that Kellen Clemens' game-ending 96-yard drive came up one yard shy of an upset victory in the St. Louis Rams' 14-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. In a league in which the haves and have-nots are separated by quarterback... more

Kenny Britt told TitanInsider.com on Monday that he would welcome a "fresh start " if the Tennessee Titans opt to trade him ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. If the Titans can find any team willing to part with a late-round draft pick, Britt... more

Even before Albert Haynesworth landed the most egregious of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's laundry list of inexcusably terrible contracts, one NFL general manager astutely noted that the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year only "played to get... more

One week after gutting the Cleveland Browns defense with Jarrett Boykin as his top target, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers generated a 130.6 passer rating without three of his four favorite receivers in Sunday night's 44-31 victory over the... more

For the first half of Sunday's 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the most dominant players on the field were Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor and running back Darren McFadden. Pittsburgh's defense bit hard on a read-option fake... more

The only blemish on the Denver Broncos' 7-1 season came last week, leaving the league's 32nd-ranked pass defense in the spotlight . On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Denver Broncos' 45-21 win over the Washington Redskins from Week 8 on... more

The goal of our weekly "Making the Leap" watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running... more

The Chicago Bears relied on Brandon Marshall so much last season that he was targeted on roughly 40 percent of his quarterback's passes. No NFL wide receiver came within seven percentage points of Marshall's figure. Through seven games this season,... more

We've all had our sanctioned fun with the St. Louis Rams' phone call to assess 44-year-old Brett Favre's mindset on a return to football . If you were hesitant to suspend disbelief about the Rams' interest, your instincts were correct. Citing a... more

Playing the 6-1 Seattle Seahawks has been no day at the beach this season. Marshawn Lynch According to NFL Media's research department, Seattle's opponents are 0-6 the week after facing the Seahawks this season. Even more telling, their first... more

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley's football future remains in question, but he's taken a major step toward recovering from the spinal contusion sustained in Week 7. A source informed of Finley's condition told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

When the St. Louis Rams went bargain shopping for a new quarterback in the wake of Sam Bradford's season-ending knee injury , they ended up with the less than inspired selections of Brady Quinn and Austin Davis. Vince Young, owner of a career 31-19... more

So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles , wide receivers and defensive ends in the league. This week, we turn our attention to the NFL's best kick returners. Instead of... more

One Tampa Bay Buccaneers player told NFL Media columnist Michael Silver earlier this month that coach Greg Schiano "absolutely" risked losing the locker room if the team didn't start winning. Silver: Inside the Bucs' sinking ship How bad is it in... more

After Monday's victory over the Minnesota Vikings, we pointed out that the New York Giants' nominal No. 1 receiver , Hakeem Nicks, has been outplayed by third receiver Rueben Randle. Nicks dropped a series of first-half passes, which led coach Tom... more

Two games into his Tampa Bay Buccaneers career, cornerback Darrelle Revis was already frustrated by the lack of man-to-man coverage in Greg Schiano's defense.  The coaching staff's use of Revis in zone schemes has been such a hot-button issue in the... more

The New England Patriots might not have the services of the NFL's best cornerback against Mike Wallace and the Miami Dolphins on Sunday . Aqib Talib practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, though local reporters told NFL Media's Albert Breer that... more

The end of the NFL's trade season is fast approaching, with the deadline to pull the trigger arriving Tuesday, Oct. 29. As evidenced by the flurry of deals involving Trent Richardson, Eugene Monroe, Levi Brown, Jon Beason and Bryant McKinnie, teams are... more

Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett are not going to be happy with NFL suspension hearing officer Ted Cottrell. Cottrell reduced Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather's suspension for repeated hits to the head from two games to one , a... more

Reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week , Matt Ryan, should get a boost from the return of one of his most valuable teammates, Steven Jackson. Matt Ryan According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Falcons running back plans to... more

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera recently succumbed to a football epiphany that has transformed him from one of the NFL's most conservative coaches to a man suddenly adopting the nickname -- if not the persona -- of a riverboat gambler . Brooks: Rise... more

In the wake of Sam Bradford's season-ending ACL injury , the St. Louis Rams were left with Kellen Clemens as the only quarterback on the roster. The prospect of watching Clemens for nine more games is generating the "internal enthusiasm of two-a-day... more

The Minnesota Vikings prioritized auditioning a quarterback over winning Monday night's game against the New York Giants. Although it was an opportunity for a lesson learned, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier remains unswayed in his support of... more

The Cleveland Browns have been fielding trade offers for wide receiver Josh Gordon since the end of last month . Have the rampant trade rumors affected Gordon's play? Upon being held to 21 yards on two catches, the second-year wide receiver was... more

Somewhere Greg Schiano is smiling. The primary takeaway from the New York Giants' first win of the season -- a 23-7 takedown of the Minnesota Vikings -- is that they can shut down an NFL offense when the opposing quarterback provides absolutely no... more

Eleven days after exploiting wide running lanes for 106 rushing yards in Week 6, New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was inactive for "Monday Night Football" versus the Minnesota Vikings. Jacobs tweaked his hamstring toward the end of the... more

Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell said before Sunday's game versus the Kansas City Chiefs that the "best-case scenario " would involve Case Keenum putting himself in position to challenge Matt Schaub for the starting job. That's exactly... more

The Washington Redskins have no use for tight end Fred Davis on the heels of rookie Jordan Reed's Jimmy Graham impersonation in Sunday's victory over the Bears. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Washington Redskins' 45-41 win over... more

Has Jay Cutler played his last meaningful game with the Chicago Bears? By the time Cutler returns from his torn groin muscle , it's conceivable that the Bears will have fallen out of contention for a playoff spot. On NFL Network NFL Replay... more

When it was reported nearly three weeks ago that the Baltimore Ravens would explore the trade market for Bryant McKinnie, we immediately set the Miami Dolphins as the favorites to roll the dice on the banished left tackle. McKinnie confirmed to NFL... more

Three weeks ago, we wondered if any team is capable of beating the high-flying Denver Broncos. We got our answer Sunday night when the Colts turned in a convincing 39-33 victory in Peyton Manning's Indianapolis homecoming. The game-changing play was... more

No one bothered to tell St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins about the rules and regulations of the game, which have been established by Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith as "89, bottom line ." Smith put the exclamation point on a testy,... more

The St. Louis Rams lost two key players in Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Not long after defensive Chris Long was ejected for fighting , quarterback Sam Bradford was carted to the locker room with a knee injury. With five minutes... more

For the ninth time in the last 11 meetings between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, the game was decided by exactly three points. Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham's 42-yard field goal gave the Steelers the 19-16 victory after an... more

The Miami Dolphins had a bye week to devise a plan that would end their two-game skid. Instead, they laid an egg in a 23-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills, in former practice squad quarterback Thad Lewis' third career start. After starting out 3-0, the... more

The Carolina Panthers have won three of four games by a combined 62-point margin since coach Ron Rivera's football epiphany following a Week 2 loss at Buffalo. "Riverboat" Ron's troops continue to throttle bad teams, reaching 30 points for the... more

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long was ejected from Sunday's 30-15 loss to Carolina for throwing a punch at Panthers guard Christ Scott in a third-quarter fracas. It's not clear what instigated the scrum, but Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith... more

The goal of our weekly "Making the Leap" watch is to highlight part-time players  who are making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this... more

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer ran his streak of consecutive games with multiple interceptions to five in Thursday night's 34-22 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Before the onset of garbage time in the middle of the fourth quarter, Palmer had... more

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith recently told NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that he has "no idea " what the term "game manager" means. He ought to know by now. When he was starting for the San Francisco 49ers, coach Jim Harbaugh labeled... more

It's time to dust off Case Keenum's Conference USA game film. Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced Thursday that Keenum will start against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday while Matt Schaub sits out with an ankle injury. Despite outplaying... more

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick acknowledged Wednesday that his hamstring injury is worse than he thought it was going to be. Schein: Eagles will take NFC East The Chip Kelly bandwagon thinned out during a three-game skid, but Adam... more

So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends , defensive tackles and wide receivers in the NFL. This week, we turn our attention to the league's best defensive ends. Instead of straight rankings,... more

We devoted a segment of Wednesday's Around The League Podcast to a discussion of the NFL's most impressive and most disappointing rookies . Below is our list of the first-year players making the biggest impact through six weeks of the 2013 season. 1.... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak has yet to decide on his Week 7 starting quarterback, though it's looking more and more like Matt Schaub won't be an option. T.J. Yates and Case Keenum split reps with the first team in Wednesday's practice. A favorite... more

Entering the 2013 season, nose tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jerod Mayo widely were viewed as the New England Patriots' two most indispensable defensive players. Now the team might be without both of them for the rest of the season. Tom Brady... more

After his impressive performance in the Oakland Raiders' Week 5 victory over the Chargers, we suggested the team brass would initiate discussions about Terrelle Pryor as the quarterback of the future . Although Pryor accepted the blame for... more

The Green Bay Packers will explore other avenues after striking out in their initial attempt to replace injured wide receiver Randall Cobb on the active roster. Eddie Lacy The Packers expressed interest Monday in signing fifth-round rookie... more

When the St. Louis Rams traded up to select  wide receiver Tavon Austin at No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, they had visions of Percy Harvin dancing in their heads. What they have seen through six games more closely resembles Dexter McCluster.... more

All signs are pointing to a second consecutive start for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Nick Foles Foles handled the first-team reps in Tuesday's drills, per CSN Philadelphia. Michael Vick once... more

As it turns out, you can teach an old football coach new tricks -- especially when there's a smoldering fire burning under said coach's seat. Cam Newton A month after playing William Jennings Bryan to Chip Kelly's Clarence Darrow on the... more

The Indianapolis Colts got what they deserved in a 19-9 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. For just the third time in 23 career starts, Andrew Luck was kept out of the end zone. If he were the type to assign blame, he could start with the... more

In the "Around the League Podcast"  Week 6 recap , the ATL crew anointed the Seattle Seahawks the NFC's strongest team thus far. The rich are about to get richer, as coach Pete Carroll said Monday that wide receiver Percy Harvin's return from hip... more

New York Giants running back David Wilson's neck injury will not end his 2013 season. A person who has spoken with Wilson told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that specialist Dr. Robert Watkins did not recommend surgery after a consultation Monday.... more

One of the NFL's two remaining undefeated teams just got significantly more formidable. The Denver Broncos welcomed All-Pro linebacker Von Miller back from his six-game suspension  Monday. If the Broncos have a weakness, it's in defending the... more

The Green Bay Packers received mixed news on the injury front Monday. Coach Mike McCarthy announced that James Jones has a chance to play in Sunday's game versus the Cleveland Browns. A source who spoke with Jones told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The NFL's quarterback carousel is stuck in neutral entering Week 7. Although the starters are under fire in Arizona, Cleveland and Jacksonville, none of the head coaches are ready to make a change just for the sake of mixing it up. That's not... more

Early in the Washington Redskins' 31-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, it appeared that the bye week had done wonders for Robert Griffin III's slow start. Griffin's surgically repaired knee had noticeably more juice than the last time he... more

Peyton Manning's record touchdown pace took a hit, but the 6-0 Denver Broncos still had too much firepower for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Sunday's 35-19 victory . After jumping out to an early 14-0 lead behind a pair of touchdown passes from... more

Cincinnati Bengals defensive boss Mike Zimmer was awarded the game ball after shutting down Tom Brady in a Week 5 victory . By that measure, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden merits the honor for Sunday's performance in a 27-24 victory against the Buffalo... more

If the Houston Texans were going to turn their season around after three consecutive losses, they needed to take care of business against a mediocre St. Louis Rams squad Sunday. They instead went into full-blown death spiral mode in a 38-13 blowout... more

Matt Schaub finally heard cheers from Houston Texans fans in the third quarter of Sunday's game versus the St. Louis Rams. Unfortunately, it was because he went down with a right ankle injury. Schaub had his lower leg twisted underneath his body... more

When the Baltimore Ravens unloaded savvy veteran Anquan Boldin in the offseason, the question was whether Torrey Smith could graduate from deep threat to all-around receiver earning Joe Flacco's trust in key situations. After five games, the answer... more

After insisting all offseason that Jason Campbell was competing for the starting quarterback job , coach Rob Chudzinski bypassed the veteran to roll with third-stringer Brian Hoyer when Brandon Weeden was sidelined by a sprained thumb. Campbell now... more

On Friday's "Around The League Podcast" , we discussed the struggling Arizona Cardinals passing game and Larry Fitzgerald's lack of big plays through five games. It's not a problem that will go away anytime soon. Fitzgerald is listed as... more

The Philadelphia Eagles were tentatively planning to start Nick Foles at quarterback for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, even with Michael Vick's hamstring feeling better than expected throughout the week. It's now evident that... more

The goal of our weekly "Making the Leap" watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running... more

Following Thursday's 27-21 victory over the New York Giants, fans of the Chicago Bears are starting to understand how the other half lives. For the first time since the glory days of Sid Luckman, Johnny Lujack and Ed Brown over a half-century ago, the... more

It's no secret that embattled Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is on the shortest leash in the league following coach Gary Kubiak's public concession that it was a "real tough" decision to stick with the veteran for this week's game against the... more

New York Giants running back David Wilson should have been drafted by the Green Bay Packers, where there are no draconian castigations for the occasional fumble. Rookie Johnathan Franklin coughed the ball up again last week after fumbling away the... more

The Chicago Bears' defensive reputation belies their current average of 26.0 points allowed through five games. As Gregg Rosenthal pointed out on Wednesday's "Around The League Podcast" , this is no longer a quality defense unless it's producing... more

It's all fun and games until the losses pile up. In the midst of the Pittsburgh Steelers' worst start since 1968, coach Mike Tomlin has banned all games -- including billiards, pingpong and shuffleboard (What, no cornhole ?) -- from the locker room,... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that Andre Johnson was held out of practice for rest purposes . A day later, Kubiak was singing a different tune. For the second time in three weeks, Kubiak has deemed Johnson a likely game-time... more

Our Wednesday injury update on David Wilson suggested the New York Giants running back might miss more than just Thursday's game against the Chicago Bears. A person informed of the injury now tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the team... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers , tight ends and defensive tackles in the league. This week, we turn... more

As if the possibility of losing Julio Jones for the rest of the season wasn't draining enough, the Atlanta Falcons are facing the possibility of playing without Roddy White for the first time in the receiver's nine-year career. A hamstring injury... more

The NFL's competition committee opted against a recommendation last March that would expand the playoff field in the near future. Commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear Tuesday during the NFL Fall Meeting that the issue is back on the table. The... more

Now that Julio Jones' foot injury has the Atlanta Falcons' 2013 season on life support social media is atwitter with speculation that likely Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez will hit the trade block. Not so fast, says Gonzalez. The tight end told Jay... more

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Armanti Edwards has gone from erstwhile training camp MVP to roster outcast in a span of two months. A person informed of the move told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday that the Panthers are releasing... more

The NFL announced Tuesday that a third regular-season game will be added to the London schedule for the 2014 season. Take a look at images of NFL games and festivities from around the world. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders... more

Following the offseason signing of Steven Jackson, the Atlanta Falcons starting lineup took on the look of a veritable all-star team . Five games into the 2013 season, their injury list is littered with Pro Bowl talents. Julio Jones loss sinks Falcons... more

The greatest football-related program in television history just received assurance from the NFL that it will continue to air the show even if no team is interested in subjecting itself to the national spotlight. A source in the room told NFL Media... more

The ghosts of seasons past came back to haunt the Atlanta Falcons in a soul-crushing , season-crashing 30-28 loss to the New York Jets on Monday night. A team that couldn't escape its short-yardage woes with power back Michael Turner the past two... more

The St. Louis Rams pounded out 143 rushing yards in the 34-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, more than their total on the ground from the past three games combined . With Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham all... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Clay Matthews was diagnosed with a broken thumb following the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Detroit Lions . A league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that the injury is expected to sideline... more

Might the Cleveland Browns' front office force coach Rob Chudzinski to go back on his word to Josh Gordon? Gordon revealed two weeks ago that Chudzinski texted him to assure the wide receiver that he will not be traded . General manager Michael... more

For the second time in three weeks , quarterback Terrelle Pryor served notice in a nationally televised game that the Oakland Raiders will not be a pushover this season.  Pryor completed his first 10 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns as the... more

The choke collar on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's short leash just got a lot tighter. Coach Leslie Frazier has consistently maintained that Ponder is his starting quarterback, but actions speak louder than words. The Vikings... more

Gregg Rosenthal wondered Sunday how much fun draftniks would have at the expense of Peyton Manning's arm if the quarterback just now was coming out of college. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air a special 3.5-hour version of the Denver... more

Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington made coach Bruce Arians look like a smart man Sunday, leading a swarming defense that sacked Cam Newton seven times in a 22-6 victory over the Carolina Panthers. In his first game back from... more

Welcome to Around The League's latest weekly feature. This series is an extension of the offseason's Top 40 "Making the Leap" candidates , with a nod to Baseball America's "Prospect Hot Sheet ." One of the most enjoyable aspects of following the NFL... more

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel learned a tough lesson about getting out of bounds and avoiding a hit in his first nationally televised game, a 37-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns. The momentum of a 17-17 game slipped away from the Bills... more

Two weeks after benching Jon Beason, the Carolina Panthers have orchestrated a trade with a team that has a need at linebacker. The Panthers have agreed to a trade that would send Beason to the New York Giants in exchange for a late-round draft pick,... more

The Buffalo Bills lost their No. 1 receiver, Steve Johnson, to injury in the team's 37-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns on "Thursday Night Football." After writhing in pain with a lower-back injury, Johnson headed to the locker room in advance of his... more

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has dealt with hamstring issues of various severity in each of his five NFL seasons. He doesn't expect the current injury to keep him out of Sunday's game versus the Detroit Lions. "Yes, I plan to play ,"... more

Is the new Cleveland Browns regime ready to throw right tackle Mitchell Schwartz onto the bonfire of failed draft picks from the Mike Holmgren-Tom Heckert front office? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "Around the League Live"... more

Those magic summer months must seem a long way off for tight end Zach Sudfeld. Aqib Talib The New England Patriots announced Thursday that the training camp sensation has been waived. In a separate transaction, nose tackle Vince Wilfork was... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' trade of left tackle Eugene Monroe does not portend a mass exodus of the team's biggest names leading up to the Oct. 29 trade deadline. Although general manager David Caldwell is stockpiling draft picks to build from the... more

Now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are shelling out just under $6 million for the remainder of Josh Freeman's 2013 salary, a quarterback with 59 starts over the past five seasons is free for the taking. Let's break down Freeman's potential landing... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers , outside linebackers and tight ends in the league. This week, we turn our attention to the... more

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin's professional quarterback set the NFL rookie record for passer rating while tying Peyton Manning's rookie record for touchdown passes last season. It's his college quarterback, though, whom Baldwin believes can... more

The Baltimore Ravens' coaching staff and front office aren't messing around following a deflating loss  to the Buffalo Bills in Week 4. One day after coach John Harbaugh called out the offensive line as a disappointment, general manager Ozzie Newsome... more

Although overshadowed by Peyton Manning's record-setting pace , the Denver Broncos' defense has more than held its own while surviving the losses of Von Miller, Champ Bailey and Stewart Bradley. That mettle might be tested again with the loss of... more

It took a few weeks, but the Seattle Seahawks finally have answered the San Francisco 49ers' poaching of wide receiver Chris Harper after final cuts last month. To the surprise of no one, the Seahawks claimed quarterback B.J. Daniels off waivers from... more

It's easy to poke fun at the Pittsburgh Steelers for attempting to solve their left tackle dilemma Wednesday by trading for one of the NFL's most infamous swinging gates . Are we supposed to have faith in this organization's ability to assess offensive... more

Now that Ozzie Newsome has acquired Eugene Monroe to shore up Joe Flacco's blindside, the Baltimore Ravens general manager apparently is going to attempt the equivalent of selling a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves . The Ravens are expected... more

The Buffalo Bills will have at least one of their top two running backs available for "Thursday Night Football" versus the Cleveland Browns. Veteran Fred Jackson told NFL Media's Andrew Siciliano on Tuesday's "Around the League Live" that he is... more

The San Diego Chargers will play the rest of the season without two key starters. Philip Rivers Seven-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Dwight Freeney will be placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery to repair his torn quadriceps , a source... more

New York Giants running back Da'Rel Scott made his first career start in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Two days later, he's no longer with the team. The Giants announced Tuesday that Scott has been waived to create roster space for offensive lineman... more

Philip Rivers' 83.3 percent completion rate in the San Diego Chargers' 30-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys was the highest any quarterback ever has recorded in a 400-yard performance. Rivers exploited two Cowboys defenders in particular: weakside... more

When Josh Freeman stated Monday that he has "taken and passed " 46 drug tests, he also hinted at a belief that sources inside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization leaked his stage one status in the NFL's substance-abuse program. At Tuesday's news... more

One day after stating unequivocally that Christian Ponder is his quarterback , coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged that the Minnesota Vikings' starter for Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers is up in the air. "Christian is still injured, but he's our... more

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo boasts the NFL's third-highest completion rate (72.4 percent) and fourth-highest passer rating (105.0) at the quarter-season mark. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested Tuesday morning, however, that Romo is playing... more

September

Rob Ryan's defense exposed the Miami Dolphins' fatal flaw in the New Orleans Saints' 38-17 victory Monday night . Between a struggling offensive line and poor blitz pickup by the running backs, the 3-1 Dolphins cannot protect the quarterback. As... more

The relationship between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former face of the franchise Josh Freeman continues to deteriorate. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport obtained a statement from Freeman in response to an ESPN.com report that the quarterback is in... more

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed Monday that right tackle Breno Giacomini underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair "loose bodies" from cartilage damage. Carroll expects Giacomini back on the field in "a pretty short time ," according to... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' offseason message-sending has given way to the reality that linebacker Daryl Washington is needed now more than ever. Patrick Peterson With linebackers Sam Acho, Lorenzo Alexander and Alex Okafor out for... more

The Indianapolis Colts already had lost two members of their impressive 2012 NFL Draft class when Vick Ballard and Dwayne Allen went down with season-ending injuries. Now they will have to do without their first-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.... more

NFL fans saw Joe Flacco throwing the Baltimore Ravens' Week 4 hopes away with five interceptions in a 23-20 loss at Buffalo on Sunday. As we pointed out on the "Around The League Podcast" Sunday recap , though, the roots of the Ravens' problems lie... more

Following Sunday's 52-20 drubbing of the Philadelphia Eagles, the conversation should shift from the high-flying Denver Broncos chasing the 2007 New England Patriots' scoring record to matching that team's 16-0 regular season. Picking apart an... more

The Buffalo Bills' defense harassed Joe Flacco into a career-high five interceptions in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Having already become the first Bills rookie linebacker to record an interception in three consecutive games, Kiko... more

Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs became the NFL's first 4-0 team Sunday, throttling an overmatched New York Giants team to the tune of 31-7 . Although Alex Smith tossed his first two interceptions of the season, Reid's club stuck to its formula of a... more

Welcome to Around The League's latest weekly feature. This series is an extension of the offseason's Top 40 "Making the Leap" candidates , with a nod to Baseball America's "Prospect Hot Sheet ." One of the most enjoyable aspects of following the NFL... more

My offseason scouting report on St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford can be boiled down to the phrase "an enigma wrapped in a riddle smothered in secret sauce." After Thursday night's 35-11 bonanza of ineptitude against the San Francisco 49ers,... more

The St. Louis Rams' 35-11 Thursday night loss to the San Francisco 49ers was a costly one. Rookie strong safety T.J. McDonald was fitted for an air cast and carted off the field after getting his leg caught in traffic in the third quarter. Two... more

The San Francisco 49ers' much-maligned passing game received a hefty boost Thursday night . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff" that tight end Vernon Davis will give it a go  in Thursday's game versus the... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice Thursday, but he's fighting a losing battle to gain clearance from his concussion in time for Sunday's game versus the Washington Redskins. Pryor watched from the sidelines without a... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and running back Mark Ingram have been forced to deny a report that never existed in the first place. Payton insisted Monday that the notion of Ingram seeking a trade out of New Orleans was "completely false "... more

Adrian Peterson spent a week soul searching after an "out of whack" performance against the Chicago Bears in Week 2. That was a major upgrade from his post-game reaction to an innocuous Week 1 comment from Jim Schwartz, who revealed that the Detroit... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs , inside linebackers and outside linebackers in the league. This week, we turn our attention to the NFL's best... more

In hindsight, Josh Freeman never had a chance to stick as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback when coach Greg Schiano suggested after last season that there would be competition at the position in 2013. The Bucs went on to court... more

When Antoine Winfield decided to hang up the spikes after being released by the Seattle Seahawks during final cuts, the cornerback's agent wisely held off on filing the required retirement paperwork. The 14-year veteran now is working out in Houston... more

The New England Patriots' suddenly anemic passing attack is about to get a much-needed shot of iron. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported on NFL Network's "Around the League Live" Wednesday that tight end Rob Gronkowski has a "very good chance " to... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are open to trading Josh Freeman after sending the five-year veteran to the bench in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. That feeling is mutual. A source involved in the situation tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that... more

Mikel Leshoure is stuck in the NFL's version of purgatory. The Detroit Lions won't play him. They won't trade him, either. Matthew Stafford The 2011 second-round draft pick understandably is "frustrated" after failing to get off the bench last... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are open to trading Josh Freeman after benching him in favor of rookie third-round pick Mike Glennon. Marc Sessler already has identified several teams in need of a... more

Gregg Rosenthal already has delved into the reasons behind the 1-2 San Francisco 49ers' slow start. Like the 49ers, the 1-2 Atlanta Falcons were billed as Super Bowl contenders throughout the offseason. Unlike the 49ers, the Falcons could be undefeated... more

Kenny Britt predicted last week that the 2013 season would be his last with the Tennessee Titans. The doghouse-dwelling wide receiver might even find a way out of Nashville before the NFL's Oct. 29 trade deadline, suspects Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.... more

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has a sobering message for San Francisco 49ers fans wary of their wide receivers' inability to win versus man coverage : Michael Crabtree is not walking through that door . Roman made it clear via the 49ers'... more

The Carolina Panthers' defensive turnaround last season coincided with Luke Kuechly replacing veteran Jon Beason at middle linebacker. When the Panthers blew out the New York Giants behind a shutdown performance from their defensive front seven in Week... more

Don't alert the cavalry . There's no need for a media stakeout on the front lawn as Brett Favre cruises by like Forrest Gump on his riding mower. Expect no white smoke to emanate from the retired quarterback's chimney. Brett Favre isn't making an NFL... more

Which player is off to the better start this season, Jordan Cameron or Cameron Jordan? While the Cleveland Browns' former hoopster is making big plays reminiscent of a young Tony Gonzalez as the most productive tight end not named Jimmy Graham, the New... more

Brandon Weeden isn't the only recent first-round draft pick in jeopardy of losing his status as the quarterback of the future . As a portion of the Minnesota Vikings' faithful clamor for backup Matt Cassel, quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson suggested... more

The Oakland Raiders have to hope the concussion that knocked Terrelle Pryor out of Monday night's 37-21 loss to the Denver Broncos doesn't jeopardize his status for Week 4. The difference between Pryor and Peyton Manning was stark, as the latter... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was escorted to the locker room by trainers after taking a helmet-to-helmet shot from Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard late in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 37-21 loss to the Denver Broncos.... more

The Denver Broncos' chase of the 2007 New England Patriots' record-breaking offense is picking up steam. Peyton Manning Through two weeks, the Broncos had scored as many points in the second halves (66) as any NFL team had scored in totality.... more

The Houston Texans received good news Monday on the shin injury that knocked Andre Johnson out of Sunday's 30-9 loss at the Baltimore Ravens. "The X-rays were (negative)," coach Gary Kubiak said, via the Houston Chronicle. "He'll be OK." The... more

Infamously trouble-prone cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has run afoul of the law again. The Cincinnati Bengal was cited early Monday morning and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Staff Lieutenant Anne R. Ralston of the Ohio State Highway... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Aldon Smith would be placed on the non-football injury list as soon as the San Francisco 49ers linebacker registered at a treatment facility. Debate: Can the 49ers right the ship? Will... more

Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady had to count himself fortunate that he signed a long-term contract for $33 million prior to last week's season-ending Lisfranc sprain . Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton offers the flip side of that... more

The Green Bay Packers are hoping the Week 4 bye will cure a host of ailments coming off a devastating 34-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. By the end of the game, wide receiver Jeremy Ross was forced to line up in the backfield because the Packers... more

The Seattle Seahawks' junior varsity squad is superior to the Jacksonville Jaguars' varsity. On Sunday's 45-17 laugher that played according to script, that was the primary takeaway. The Seahawks boast the deepest roster in the NFL while the Jaguars... more

On a day when Jake Locker's legs were the offense's most effective weapon, it was his arm that put the Tennessee Titans over the top in a 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Bolts coach Mike McCoy and coordinator Ken Whisenhunt called six... more

It wasn't pretty for the Cincinnati Bengals, but Mike Zimmer's defense carried the day in the 34-30 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 3. Take a look at the best photos from the Week 3 game between the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals.... more

If the Green Bay Packers are going to win Sunday's game at the Cincinnati Bengals, Aaron Rodgers will have to do it without one of his favorite targets. Packers tight end Jermichael Finley left the game in the first quarter after being on the wrong... more

The Seattle Seahawks aren't exactly rolling out the red carpet for former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's return to the Emerald City. One week after shutting down  fellow NFC West superpower San Francisco 49ers with an injury-depleted defense,... more

When the New Orleans Saints selected safety Kenny Vaccaro with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the question was whether he would supplant Malcolm Jenkins at free safety or Roman Harper at strong safety. As it turns out, defensive... more

The Atlanta Falcons' passing attack hasn't been playing up to its full potential with Roddy White hobbled by a high-ankle sprain. Now that the Miami Dolphins are dealing with an injury to their own star receiver, the playing field has been evened for... more

Welcome to Around The League's latest weekly feature. This series is an extension of the offseason's Top 40 "Making the Leap" candidates , with a nod to Baseball America's "Prospect Hot Sheet ." One of the most enjoyable aspects of following the NFL is... more

The NFL's strangest quarterback "competition " of the summer provided cover for the league's worst-kept secret. Less than two weeks after insisting that Brandon Weeden does not have a short leash , Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski reiterated... more

The Philadelphia Eagles dodged a major bullet in their 26-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on "Thursday Night Football."  LeSean McCoy went down with a right ankle injury in the second quarter when Chiefs linebacker Akeem Jordan landed on the back... more

No coach in the NFL knows the strengths and weaknesses of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as well as Andy Reid. It was no surprise, then, that the Kansas City Chiefs' formidable defense came up with a solution for Chip Kelly's innovative... more

Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson should have set new NFL single-game records for passing and receiving yards in last week's 33-30 shootout with the San Diego Chargers. The pair just missed on four big plays , including a potential 79-yarder (drop),... more

Owner Jim Irsay's legendarily chaotic tweeting paid off for the Indianapolis Colts this week. When Irsay sent out word that his general manager was itching to wheel-and-deal for a running back, it didn't take long for the Cleveland Browns to come calling... more

Felix Jones' turn as the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting running back might not last longer than Sunday night's game versus the Chicago Bears. Steelers second-round draft pick Le'Veon Bell graduated to a full practice Thursday after missing the... more

Injured second-year pro Brandon Weeden no longer is the oldest starter on the Cleveland Browns' offense. Veteran running back Willis McGahee, 31, has passed his physical and agreed to terms with the Browns , sources told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . So far, we have ranked the top running backs and inside linebackers in the league. This week, we turn our attention to the NFL's best outside linebackers.... more

Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin publicly downplayed Mike Wallace's frustration at catching only one pass in the season-opening victory over the Cleveland Browns. When the two spoke in private shortly thereafter, Philbin assured his big-ticket... more

Coach Mike Tomlin has placed the blame for the Pittsburgh Steelers' first 0-2 start since 2002 squarely at the feet of the struggling offense. "Nineteen points in two football games is not going to win a lot of football in this league," Tomlin said... more

Baltimore Ravens first-round draft pick Matt Elam has been promoted to the starting lineup, but the player he's replacing is a mild surprise. Elam now is listed as the starting free safety on the team's official depth chart after playing 66 snaps... more

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt isn't taking well to his Week 2 benching for ill-timed penalties and a lackadaisical approach to blocking. One day after coach Mike Munchak called him out through the media, Britt made it clear that he's not... more

Philip Rivers bristled at the notion that he needed to be fixed after turning over the ball 47 times the past two seasons, but it appears new coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt have done just that. Rivers was masterful in the... more

Another day, another big blow for the Atlanta Falcons on the injury front. Steven Jackson never returned to Sunday's 31-24 victory over the St. Louis Rams after leaving with an injury. Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Tuesday his star running back... more

Hue Jackson's folly is the gift that keeps on giving for the Cincinnati Bengals. Then with the Oakland Raiders, Jackson crowed that his swap of two early-round draft picks for Carson Palmer was the "the greatest trade in football ." Now with the Bengals... more

Jackie Battle's run as the short-yardage sidekick to Tennessee Titans tailback Chris Johnson might continue for a few more weeks. Running back Shonn Greene underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday, coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday, via The... more

Isaac Redman was all set for the opportunity to redeem himself as the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting running back, only to go down with an injury on the opening kickoff during Monday night's 20-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Redman appeared to... more

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder reportedly entered Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears with a "much shorter leash " than anyone realizes. After Ponder's first four series versus the Bears produced three punts and a pick six , his... more

The growing disconnect between Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Josh Freeman appears to be reflective of a larger problem behind the scenes. Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reported Monday that All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is... more

The Denver Broncos are just the seventh team of the Super Bowl era to score 40 points in each of their first two games in a season. Their 66 points in the second halves alone are as many as any other NFL team has scored through two complete games this... more

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd was surrounded by teammates because of a serious on-field scare for the second time in a month  Sunday. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Diego Chargers' 33-30 win over the Philadelphia... more

It appears that Blaine Gabbert will escape the role as lamb to the slaughter when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Monday, via The Florida Times-Union, that he does not anticipate the... more

The Cleveland Browns don't know who will start at quarterback against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 . Whoever is under center will receive a boost from the return of the team's best wide receiver. Josh Gordon rejoined the Browns on Monday after... more

The Washington Redskins' defense rolled over for the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's 38-20 loss , capitulating career highs in yards for four different Green Bay players. That showing overshadowed another error-filled performance by the offense, as... more

If Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson is working the phones to acquire a running back, his next call should be to the Detroit Lions. Banished to the inactive list for Sunday's 25-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Lions tailback Mikel... more

With a chance to start the season 2-0, the Detroit Lions self-destructed in the second half of Sunday's 25-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions were sitting on a 21-13 lead early in the third quarter following linebacker DeAndre Levy's pick... more

The hits keep coming for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew left Sunday's game with a sprained ankle in the second quarter versus the Oakland Raiders. He did not return, and the Raiders won 19-9 . Jones-Drew was seen having... more

No Steven Jackson, no problem? The Atlanta Falcons' starting running back never returned to the game after leaving with a thigh injury early in the first quarter of Sunday's 31-24 victory over the St. Louis Rams. With Jackson out of the lineup,... more

Defenses don't get more weak-kneed than that of the Washington Redskins. One week after allowing LeSean McCoy to come within 1 rushing yard of his personal best, the Redskins surrendered career highs in yardage to Aaron Rodgers (480), James Jones (178),... more

A mid-week report suggested the New England Patriots were one of six teams to approach free agent Brandon Lloyd about the possibility of playing this season. That's not true according to NFL Media columnist Mike Silver, who reported Thursday that the... more

By virtue of the eyeball test as well as the box score , Ben Tate outplayed Arian Foster in the Houston Texans' Week 1 comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers. That performance has earned Tate at least a temporary timeshare , but the former... more

Larry Fitzgerald has assured that "everything's good " with his tweaked hamstring, but the Arizona Cardinals have listed their star wide receiver as "questionable" for Sunday's tilt with the Detroit Lions. Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official... more

Welcome to Around The League's latest weekly feature. This series is an extension of the offseason's Top 40 "Making the Leap" candidates , with a nod to Baseball America's "Prospect Hot Sheet ." One of the most enjoyable aspects of following the NFL is... more

To the surprise of no one, the freakish season-ending ACL injury to Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard has owner Jim Irsay updating his ever-jocund Twitter feed, and general manager Ryan Grigson reaching for his phone. We're all hurting for... more

The Denver Broncos' defense passed its first test versus a depleted Baltimore Ravens aerial attack in the NFL opener . The secondary remains without its most accomplished player in a tougher matchup this week. Broncos coach John Fox already has... more

"The young man had his moments tonight." That was coach Rex Ryan's assessment of rookie quarterback Geno Smith's second career start, a 13-10 New York Jets loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night. A more fitting assessment was the one... more

It was a fitting end to an ugly game. New York Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and left guard Willie Colon were ejected from Thursday's 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. A... more

I pointed out in Wednesday's film-review segment of the "Around The League Podcast" that Reggie Bush looked better in Week 1 for the Detroit Lions than he has since his Heisman Trophy days at USC. Bush's 25-touch, 191-yard performance against the... more

Already missing passing-game weapons Shane Vereen, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots had to make do without rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld against the New York Jets on Thursday night . Tom Brady Sudfeld was declared... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provided a good news/bad news scenario for New England Patriots backers on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff" pregame show. On the bright side, the Patriots "hope" Rob Gronkowski will return from his back and... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones got away with one this week when he accused the New York Giants of cheating. According to Jones, it was "so obvious it was funny" that Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and linebacker Dan Connor were faking... more

Ed Reed's status for Sunday's game versus the Tennessee Titans hasn't changed much from the Houston Texans' season opener . Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed that Shiloh Keo will make his second consecutive start , leaving Reed as a game-time decision... more

A confident, comfortable Josh Freeman addressed the media Thursday after coach Greg Schiano revealed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback had overslept and missed a team photo session last week. "Basically I overslept," Freeman explained.... more

Every Thursday, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position . Last week, we ranked the top running backs in the league. This week, we analyze the NFL's best inside and middle linebackers. Top shelf: Luke Kuechly,... more

The New England Patriots entered the season without players who accounted for 89.8 percent of Tom Brady's receptions. They will have to survive the next eight weeks without a player who accounted for 37 percent of their offensive output against the... more

Now that running back Shane Vereen is out until at least Week 11 , New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick hinted that starter Stevan Ridley will get another reprieve for his ball-security issues . "I talked to Stevan," Belichick told reporters... more

While David Wilson works his way out of Tom Coughlin's doghouse and Stevan Ridley awaits his fate from Bill Belichick, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn't have the luxury of banishing running back Isaac Redman for his two fumbles in Week 1 .... more

It's only natural to suspect Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is on a short leash after tossing three interceptions, having four passes batted down and going just 4 of 13 on third downs in Sunday's season-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins.... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' fast-breaking offense was the talk of the football world Monday night, but coach Chip Kelly wasn't pleased with the pace of his first NFL game . "I felt like it was slow , to be honest with you," Kelly said, via NFL Media's... more

New York Giants running back David Wilson fumbled twice Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did it land him back in coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse, it also left at least one veteran teammate wondering if the first-time starter can be counted on as... more

The frenetic first half of the Philadelphia Eagles' 33-27 victory Monday night had the NFL cognoscenti scrapping the trendy read option in favor of coach Chip Kelly's better mousetrap . The second half turned back the clock to Woody Hayes' "three yards... more

Veteran defensive tackle Randy Starks believes the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff sent a message by taking away his starting job after he skipped voluntary offseason practices. After sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden during... more

The Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia got off to a fascinating start in Monday night's  33-27 win over the Washington Redskins. The new Eagles coach sent a message about his frenetic pace with four plays in the first minute of the game. He doubled down one... more

Add Mike Smith to the list of NFL coaches who can't be trusted to reveal the full extent of injuries to his star players. After Smith denied whispers in late August that Roddy White's ankle sprain was of the dreaded "high" variety, the Atlanta... more

Dez Bryant's nascent NFL MVP campaign stumbled out of the gate in the Dallas Cowboys' 36-31 victory Sunday night. After being kept in check by New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara's tight coverage with safety help over the top, Bryant... more

As far as omens go, the Dallas Cowboys received a good one Sunday night when they pulled out a 36-31 victory in the kind of game they have habitually found a way to lose during the Jason Garrett era. Despite six New York Giants turnovers, the... more

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace was in no mood to chat after being used as a $60 million decoy in Sunday's 23-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Wallace got his wish in drawing Joe Haden as a shadow corner; he promptly was limited to... more

The Anquan Boldin exchange between the Harbaugh brothers looks as lopsided as the sale of Manhattan after the San Francisco 49ers' thrilling 34-28 win  over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Sacrificing secondary integrity as a hedge against Colin... more

Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans was a costly one for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starting center Maurkice Pouncey (ACL, MCL) and inside linebacker Larry Foote (ruptured biceps) both are believed to be out for the season for the Steelers... more

Sunday's grudge match between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons was expected to be the highest-scoring game of the week, billed as a potential shootout. Instead, it was Rob Ryan's revamped Saints defense that came through with the game on the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers got their weekly offensive line injury out of the way early in Sunday's 16-9 loss  to the Tennessee Titans. Three-time Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey was carted off the field in the first quarter after sustaining an apparent... more

The Tennessee Titans' 2013 season got off to an inauspicious start. The Pittsburgh Steelers were credited with a safety Sunday when Titans return specialist Darius Reynaud grabbed the opening kickoff at the 1-yard line and brought it back into the... more

The Baltimore Ravens might be without their No. 2 receiver and star kick returner until Halloween. The knee injury that knocked Jacoby Jones out of Thursday's season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos has been diagnosed as an MCL sprain , a source... more

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has been an "Around The League Podcast" favorite since the former Portland State basketball player began running with the starters in offseason practices. Although fantasy football "experts" who missed the... more

Despite a report that Ed Reed is "highly unlikely " to suit up versus the San Diego Chargers on Monday night , Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that the veteran safety will be a game-time decision . Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips also... more

As the Oakland Raiders approach Sunday's season opener , they are digging deep for their fourth starting left tackle since training camp opened in late July. Second-round draft pick Menelik Watson, who showed promising signs in the preseason finale,... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has yet to test his surgically repaired knee in game action. That doesn't mean his former coach is eager to see if the three-time All Pro still has "Revis Island" form. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan laughed... more

Welcome to Around The League's latest weekly feature. This series is an extension of the offseason's Top 40 "Making the Leap" candidates , with a nod to Baseball America's "Prospect Hot Sheet ." One of the most enjoyable aspects of following the NFL is... more

Thursday night's NFL season opener provided an early clue that it would be a long night for the Baltimore Ravens. With no Denver Broncos defenders within 10 yards, a languid Brandon Stokley couldn't get his body turned around in time to reach the... more

The Baltimore Ravens lost their dangerous kick returner and No. 2 receiver during the second quarter of Thursday night's 49-27 loss  to the Denver Broncos. Ravens teammate Brynden Trawick collided with an unsuspecting Jones as the latter was... more

Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams opened his wallet in March, earning a "free agency winners " nod from Around The League after signing veterans Andy Levitre, Delanie Walker, Sammie Lee Hill and George Wilson. As the season opens, Adams wants Mike... more

Coach John Harbaugh was armed with even more job security as the Baltimore Ravens kicked off the 2013 NFL season Thursday night . NFL Network's new Sunday lineup » 7 a.m. ET: "NFL GameDay First" » 9 a.m. ET: "NFL GameDay Morning" »... more

Although "ill will remains " between Byrd and the Buffalo Bills organization, this does not appear to be a case of the franchise player forcing a trade. NFL Network's new prime-time lineup » 5 p.m. ET: "NFL Fantasy Live" » 6 p.m. ET:... more

In Wednesday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast,"  I noted that the Denver Broncos' offense has a chance for a historic season, along the lines of the 2007 New England Patriots. NFL Network's Thursday lineup » 2 p.m. ET: "NFL... more

Two weeks ago, executive vice president/COO Stephen Jones said the Dallas Cowboys had "moved on " from free-agent guard Brian Waters. Now the six-time Pro Bowl selection is headed to Valley Ranch. The Cowboys have agreed to contract terms with... more

The New York Giants held a casting call Tuesday to fill the void left by running back Andre Brown's absence through Week 9 . Among the free agents working out for the Giants were Jonathan Dwyer and Beanie Wells, The Record's Art Stapleton reported. The... more

The Houston Texans found out what life without Brian Cushing was like last season when the All-Pro linebacker went down with an ACL tear in Week 5. Schein: Super Bowl XLVIII forecast Adam Schein predicts each conference's rep in New Jersey -- and... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' depth concerns at tight end have forced them to burn their injured reserve-designated for return tag on a role player. The team announced Tuesday that backup tight end Matt Spaeth, signed to a two-year, $2 million contract... more

Around The League's injury roundup noted that Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth's status is in doubt for Sunday's season opener versus the Chicago Bears. Whitworth has missed the entire preseason with a left knee injury. The Bengals... more

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon invited skepticism when he opted against surgery to repair the torn ligament in his right foot that hampered him throughout the 2012 season. Although Garcon has worn "special shoes " to aid his... more

Just over two weeks since sustaining a concussion in the Houston Texans' second preseason game , rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has received the green light to resume practice. Hopkins finally passed the last hurdle in his concussion protocol... more

The name stays the same, but the game changes. Skills deteriorate with age; injuries hamper a player's speed, cutting ability and range of motion. NFL players battle a constant ebb and flow throughout their careers. For Dallas Cowboys wide... more

The Denver Broncos already are without All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller for Thursday night's NFL season opener versus the Baltimore Ravens. They also could be missing 12-time Pro Bowl selection Champ Bailey. NFL Network's new prime-time lineup... more

Rashard Mendenhall still was sporting a brace on the sideline during Monday's practice, but Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians no longer is worried about the "looseness " in his starting running back's knee. "I did not let him go today, but he's more... more

The NFL's worst-kept secret finally is out. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan officially declared Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback for the "Monday Night Football" opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles. "He's ready to go. Full speed... more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck finished second to Ryan Fitzpatrick in preseason touchdown passes while producing a sterling 108.3 passer rating. Just imagine what he can accomplish now that his two starting tight ends, feature back and left... more

The long-standing NFC East rivalries certainly have tradition on their side, and no matchup has been more brutal over the past decade than Pittsburgh Steelers versus Baltimore Ravens. For sheer talent and unbridled intensity, there currently isn't a... more

Brady Quinn is in; Graham Harrell is out. The New York Jets continued their quarterback carousel Monday, after the team announced the signing of Quinn. It apparently took only a day or two to realize that Harrell simply doesn't possess NFL-caliber arm... more

Remember San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's "I'm Keith Hernandez " moment last week? The inspiration for Harbaugh's declaration that the 49ers can do whatever they want no longer is with the team. The 49ers traded linebacker Cam Johnson to the... more

C.J. Spiller took a leave of absence from the Buffalo Bills last week to be with his family after his step-grandfather allegedly shot two men to death and wounded two others before killing himself in Union County, Fla. Returning to Buffalo on... more

Returning from his second ACL surgery in less than three years, Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles predicted in June that he would be back to full speed for the start of the season. While Broyles insists he's "mentally, 100 percent," he conceded... more

New acquisition Jon Baldwin beat out wide receivers Lavelle Hawkins and Chad Hall for the final wide receiver spot on the San Francisco 49ers' roster, thanks to a guaranteed salary just over $1 million. But that doesn't mean the former Kansas City Chiefs'... more

Greg McElroy won't be part of the New York Jets' quarterback picture this season. After being waived Saturday, the 2011 seventh-round draft pick will fly to Cincinnati on Monday. McElroy is "destined for the Bengals' practice squad ," a person who spoke... more

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Vince Young still wants to play in the NFL after being released by the Green Bay Packers. Although Young's stint with the Packers widely was viewed as his last, best chance to resume his career, general... more

The Cleveland Browns demonstrated their utmost confidence in the health of running back Trent Richardson by dumping his only proven backup. The Browns released Brandon Jackson on Sunday, ProFootballTalk reported, citing a league source. The team later... more

In releasing fullback Jacob Hester to make room for special teamer/linebacker Adrian Robinson, Denver Broncos executive John Elway described the weekend's events as a "liquid process ." Players who managed to escape the Turk on Saturday's roster cutdown... more

The Dallas Cowboys' transition from Rob Ryan's 3-4 defensive scheme to new coordinator Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 setup has cost them a talented young defensive lineman. The team has shipped Sean Lissemore to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for a 2015... more

August

The consensus around the NFL is that wide receiver is a weakness for the Baltimore Ravens as they embark on a defense of their Super Bowl title. The organization doesn't see it the same way. In fact, coach John Harbaugh revealed Friday that the... more

The Seattle Seahawks have pulled the plug on The Real Rob Report . Fullback and team leader Michael Robinson tweeted Friday  that he was part of the Seahawks' final cuts, just two years removed from his lone Pro Bowl appearance. Robinson, 30, had... more

Two weeks ago, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh left the door open for tight end Dennis Pitta to play later this season after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated hip. At the time, Harbaugh said only that Pitta's chance to return was "not... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have lost one of the NFL's most athletic subpackage linebackers. Emmanuel Lamur was carted off the field in Thursday night's preseason finale after separating his shoulder while tackling Indianapolis Colts running back Donald... more

The New York Giants need Making the Leap candidate David Wilson to carry the load after veteran running back Andre Brown fractured his leg during Thursday night's preseason finale . Brown is expected to miss four to six weeks , according to... more

It was just a throwaway quote about keeping preseason sensation Cam Johnson as a fifth outside linebacker, but it perfectly captured the state of the San Francisco 49ers under coach Jim Harbaugh. "Five total? Yeah, you could," Harbaugh said Thursday... more

The "NFL Total Access" crew handed out their 2013 Preseason Awards  on Wednesday night, with LaDainian Tomlinson and Willie McGinest singling out Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree as two rookie... more

As we heard on the intro to the Dave Dameshek Football Program this week , it's now the "footballiest time of the year" with the season opener just one week away. Pigskins and the smell of tailgates are in the air. Predicting the 2013 NFL season Will... more

After a week of training camp, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio questioned whether Nnamdi Asomugha still had any "gas left in the tank ." Four weeks later, Fangio has confirmed that Asomugha has overtaken Tramaine Brock for the third... more

In the "Around The League Podcast" NFC North preview , Gregg Rosenthal made the argument that the Green Bay Packers' two untested "D.B."s at offensive tackle might be the opening another team such as the Chicago Bears could exploit to take home the... more

Late August marks the time when players who entered training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list can be transferred to the reserve/PUP list. What this boils down to is that the injured players cannot practice with the team for the first... more

Sidelined by a concussion for nearly four weeks, Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett began participating on a limited basis  at Wednesday's practice. Coach Marc Trestman's nominal No. 3 receiver was welcomed back to the field with news that he's... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has made no secret of his affection for running back DuJuan Harris, who on Tuesday was lost to season-ending injured reserve . A second opinion confirmed that Harris will require surgery after re-injuring the... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has learned a valuable lesson. After taking over-the-top heat for risking Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of last week's 24-21 preseason victory over the New York Giants, Ryan plans to hold rookie quarterback Geno Smith... more

Jermichael Finley is enjoying the most promising August of his career , but it's another tight end who has teams sniffing around the Green Bay Packers' roster. With D.J. Williams and Andrew Quarless next on the depth chart behind Finley, teams have... more

Coach John Fox's actions belie his words on the Denver Broncos' backfield picture. After watching starter Ronnie Hillman fumble for the third time in three preseason games in Saturday's 27-26 victory over the St. Louis Rams, Fox insisted he had not... more

Rookie Eddie Lacy's inevitable ascension to the Green Bay Packers' starting running back job now appears to be fast-tracked. Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that DuJuan Harris is seeking a second opinion after the incumbent starter re-injured his knee... more

In the world of hoaxes, the Miami Dolphins' running back "competition" and the Cleveland Browns' quarterback "battle" pale in comparison to England's Piltdown Man and Cottingley Fairies . They are football farces nonetheless. The Browns have... more

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki can't catch a break. Coach Andy Reid revealed Monday that the oft-injured four-year veteran suffered a fracture to one of his shoulders in Saturday's 26-20 preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. There's... more

With first-round draft pick EJ Manuel recovering from knee surgery, Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said Monday that the plan is for undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel to start the season opener versus the New England Patriots. The question isn't whether Tuel... more

Bad news for the rest of the AFC South: The Houston Texans are getting healthy just in time for the start of the regular season. Schein: The big question in Houston Is Matt Schaub capable of taking Houston to the Super  Bowl? Adam Schein says the... more

Running back Ryan Williams emerged from his 2013 preseason debut feeling "fine" after carrying the ball twice Saturday night versus the San Diego Chargers. Brandt: Cardinals on the rise Yeah, the Cards are better, but they don't stand a chance in... more

Around The League noted in the takeaways from Thursday's game versus the Baltimore Ravens that the Carolina Panthers' questionable blocking up front is a problem for a team moving to more of a "traditional" offense. The Panthers took a step toward... more

Upon receiving news of the Buffalo Bills' trade for quarterback Thaddeus Lewis , Around The League's initial reaction was that it signaled grave concern over Kevin Kolb's latest concussion. It gives us no pleasure to report that our instincts were... more

The Buffalo Bills weren't finished adding quarterbacks after signing Matt Leinart on Sunday. The team acquired fourth-year quarterback Thaddeus Lewis from the Detroit Lions, a source with knowledge of the trade told NFL.com's Albert Breer. In... more

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez managed to escape a season-ending injury after taking a vicious hit in Saturday night's 24-21 preseason victory over the New York Giants. The Jets announced Sunday that Sanchez is day to day with a right... more

The New York Giants might have a replacement for safety Stevie Brown, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. Kenny Phillips, a 41-game starter for the Giants from 2008 to 2012, was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, a source told about... more

First-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper's broken fibula might not be the only significant injury for the Arizona Cardinals following Saturday's 24-7 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers. Coach Bruce Arian confirmed that running back Rashard... more

Coming off surgery to repair a nerve issue in his knee earlier this month, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson recently said he was "looking good " for a Week 1 return against the San Francisco 49ers. Nelson took a tangible step in that... more

It was easy to surmise that Colt McCoy wasn't long for the San Francisco 49ers' roster once the team signed veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace. Three days later, McCoy has hit the trade market. The 49ers have have engaged in trade talks regarding... more

One week after losing Kendall Wright and Akeem Ayers to injuries, the Tennessee Titans saw wide receiver Nate Washington and running back Shonn Greene go down Saturday night . Washington was leading the team with 70 yards and one touchdown on four... more

The Buffalo Bills are in the market for a veteran quarterback. Rookie EJ Manuel is questionable for Week 1 with a knee injury, and Kevin Kolb might be out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms . With undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel as the only healthy... more

Forgive Buffalo for holding its breath for a few minutes Saturday afternoon. Running back C.J. Spiller, the Bills' best offensive player, immediately reached for his right knee following a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Saturday's 30-7... more

The Packers have decided that Vince Young's talent is more valuable than Graham Harrell's experience in coach Mike McCarthy's system. The team is releasing Harrell, a source informed of the move told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport , meaning Vince Young likely... more

Shortly after being activated from the physically unable to perform list Wednesday, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster insisted he didn't need to see preseason action to be ready for the season opener . All signs continue to be positive for the... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn can be forgiven if he feels a sense of deja vu following Friday night's 34-26 preseason loss to the Chicago Bears. It was a year ago this week that the Seattle Seahawks named Russell Wilson their starter, sending... more

Despite rookie Eddie Lacy's coming-out party in last week's preseason win , it was incumbent DuJuan Harris who got the starting nod for the Green Bay Packers in Friday's game versus the Seattle Seahawks. Harris rushed just three times for 2 yards... more

The tide slowly is turning for Nnamdi Asomugha since San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio called out the veteran cornerback early in training camp. The Sacramento Bee suggested early this week that Fangio finally has seen enough from... more

The read option took the NFL by storm down the stretch last season, but it's not going to take defensive coaches by surprise this time. Football evolution is a history of offensive innovation leading to defensive adjustment. The read option works... more

In our "Making the Leap" feature, we opined that the New York Giants won't be able to keep running back David Wilson off the field because Andre Brown doesn't share the former's rare playmaking ability . Giants general manager Jerry Reese... more

Released by the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, offensive tackle Jason Smith will live to disenchant another NFL coaching staff. Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, signed with the Jets on Friday morning. The New York Post first... more

Carolina Panthers veteran Jon Beason already has anointed Luke Kuechly "the best in the league " at middle linebacker. If the first half of Thursday night's 34-27 preseason victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens is a sign of... more

The Detroit Lions took the field without their best player for the second consecutive preseason game Thursday versus the New England Patriots. Although Lions coach Jim Schwartz suggested early this week that Calvin Johnson would get the green light... more

The Denver Broncos finally received some much-needed positive news on the injury front. Brooks: Life without Von Can Denver weather Von  Miller's suspension? Bucky Brooks says the Broncos must tweak things on both sides of the ball. More ...... more

The NFL locker room is no stranger to staph infections . In fact, former Washington Redskins defensive lineman Brandon Noble nearly lost a limb during a 2004 outbreak. Tampa Bay Buccaneers left guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are being... more

Nearly five months after the San Francisco 49ers traded for Colt McCoy, the former Cleveland Browns starting quarterback appears to be in danger of losing his roster spot. After watching McCoy struggle in the first two preseason games, the 49ers... more

The Denver Broncos might be without All-Pro linebacker Von Miller longer than his initially reported four-game suspension . The league now is discussing a six-game suspension , a union source told NFL.com's Albert Breer on Monday. A possible resolution... more

We've known since May that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was expected to be sidelined until late September following his latest forearm and back surgeries. A source updated on Gronkowski's progress now confirms to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport... more

The Indianapolis Colts finally received positive news on their tight end situation Monday. Coby Fleener left Sunday's 20-12 preseason victory over the New York Giants with a knee sprain . Monday's MRI results came back negative , leading coach Chuck... more

A few days after lamenting his inability to join teammates in practices, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Monday. Walker is returning from arthroscopic knee surgery for the second... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was back at practice Monday after leaving Friday's 25-21 preseason loss with a head injury . Martin was not concussed but avoided contact Monday as a form of precaution. Those drafting in fantasy... more

Dallas Cowboys backup running back Lance Dunbar has been a revelation this summer after a relatively disappointing rookie season in 2012. After gaining clear separation from fifth-round draft pick Joseph Randle during training camp, the favorite for... more

Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger has taken quite a bit of heat for his low hit that shredded the knee of Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller. Dolphins right tackle Tyson Clabo was among those critical of Swearinger, but Clabo said the... more

Just 18 months after signing a four-year, $10.9 million contract, longtime Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell is out of a job. The Bills have selected kickers in each of the past two drafts. Kickoff specialist John Potter lasted only six games with the... more

Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo was lucky to escape with a bruised lung after suffering what one doctor called a "very, very unusual" injury during last Thursday's 24-6 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions. Mingo revealed... more

A big part of Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw's heart remains in the Big Apple. Returning to New York for the first time since the Giants released him in February, Bradshaw was "surprised" by the organization's video tribute before the... more

The Denver Broncos can't seem to catch a break on the injury front. After an injury-filled training camp, the team saw four key players go down in Saturday night's 40-10 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Although all news has been positive on... more

One week after rookie quarterback Geno Smith went down with an ankle sprain, the New York Jets lost a young talent on the defensive side of the ball. Outside linebacker Quinton Coples is expected to miss three or four weeks with a hairline fracture of... more

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carried off the field in an ambulance after taking a blow to his neck during Saturday night's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, but all tests were negative. Undercut on a low block by Seahawks... more

Houston Texans rookie DeAndre Hopkins didn't have a chance to repeat last week's acrobatic 34-yard touchdown in Saturday's preseason game versus the Miami Dolphins. The Reliant Stadium press box announced that the wide receiver was sent to the locker... more

Kendall Wright finally entered training camp in football shape . Now he hopes a knee injury hasn't undone all his hard work. Breer: Putting the '2K' back in 'CJ2K' If Chris Johnson gets his mojo back, it'll be part of the Titans' drive to restore a... more

After months of inactivity, Santonio Holmes is starting to see considerable progress in his recovery from two foot surgeries. The New York Jets wide receiver acknowledged Monday that he still was unable to run , 10 months removed from the initial... more

After returning to practice Wednesday, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green acknowledged that he probably wouldn't play in the team's second preseason contest versus the Tennessee Titans. The Bengals made it official Saturday, declaring Green... more

The biggest farce of the NFL summer continues unabated. Incumbent Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has hogged the first-team reps throughout the offseason, into training camp and in the preseason. It came as a shock to the entire football... more

Peter King of TheMMQB.com wrote Friday that Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Kyle Long is one of the best rookies he's seen during this summer's training-camp tour. Long's performance through two preseason games has more than justified the hype.... more

In three seasons with Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback, the St. Louis Rams haven't had a player top 700 receiving yards. If the incessant reports out of Rams training camp are to be believed, tight end Jared Cook is the favorite to put... more

With Kendall Wright finally in football shape and rookie Justin Hunter flashing difference-making potential in training camp, the Tennessee Titans have a couple of intriguing young wide receivers. On the flip side, the team also has been left to... more

Shortly after telling Around The League that Ryan Mathews would be "the guy " in the San Diego Chargers' backfield, coach Mike McCoy said he intended to ride the hot hand at tailback this season. Mathews' performance during the first two weeks of the... more

By the end of the first quarter of Thursday's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Atlanta Falcons were playing without two of the four players who comprise the NFL's top receiving corps . Wide receiver Roddy White joined healthy tight... more

On the surface, Tennessee Titans second-round draft pick Justin Hunter has endured a rough start to his NFL career. He missed offseason practices with a hamstring injury, has been publicly called out by his position coach and has shown inconsistent hands... more

The Chicago Bears are borrowing the 2012 Baltimore Ravens' approach to their quarterback's expiring contract. The organization reportedly cut off contract talks with Jay Cutler once Marc Trestman was hired as coach in January. Joe Flacco ended up... more

Chalk up another one for Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who cut his teeth with Bill Belichick and former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli in the New England Patriots' front office. Before pulling the trigger on his... more

Is this the year it all comes together for Patrick Peterson as one of the NFL's true difference-makers? Realizing Peterson had "a lot of weapon " going to waste, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians already has installed a package of 15 offensive plays... more

Are we supposed to be surprised that a rookie of this skill level was all over the field in his highlight-filled preseason debut ? It's already evident that 31 teams missed the boat on Tyrann Mathieu, who undoubtedly will make an immediate impact for... more

The Indianapolis Colts are without both starting tight ends this week. Dwayne Allen is expected to miss a few more weeks with a foot injury, though coach Chuck Pagano expects him to return in time for the season opener . Coby Fleener was held out... more

The Washington Redskins initially were encouraged when X-rays determined that rookie safety Phillip Thomas escaped with no broken bones after injuring his left foot in the team's preseason opener . That outlook changed drastically after the... more

On Monday's edition of the Around The League Podcast , Gregg Rosenthal introduced the concept of "The Gabbert Zone " for any NFL quarterback unable to muster 5 yards per pass attempt. The moniker was inspired by Blaine Gabbert's inability to clear 2... more

Two weeks after a fun-filled, 10,000-mile round trip to Switzerland for a 20-minute blood-manipulation treatment on his knee, Sidney Rice was going full speed in Seattle Seahawks practice Monday. The Seahawks' offense enjoyed one of its best days of... more

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid thought Jamaal Charles had a chance to return from his mildly strained foot for Tuesday's practice. That didn't happen. Although Charles remained sidelined, it's now clear that the star running back's injury is minor.... more

The right side of the Houston Texans' offensive line was a major liability last season and remained a problem area entering training camp. Now the team has a concern on the left side of the line. Left guard Wade Smith, a 47-game starter over the past... more

"You can't make the club from the tub." Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop is running up against that tried and true NFL training-camp maxim in his first summer with the Minnesota Vikings. Since he didn't sign until late June , Bishop... more

Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb is feeling the heat after coach Doug Marrone said he was "very pleased " with rookie EJ Manuel's preseason debut Sunday . Kolb conceded Monday that he was trying to "push the envelope a little bit " in returning to... more

One week after losing Danario Alexander to a torn right ACL , the San Diego Chargers are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best on another wide receiver's knee injury -- and early reports indicate they might have avoided the worst. Malcom Floyd... more

Around The League opined in early July that Jonathan Stewart's recovery from twin ankle surgeries would be one of the top injury stories to monitor this summer. Unfortunately, updates on Stewart's condition have been sparse since the Carolina Panthers... more

Former first-round draft pick Donald Brown's days of moonlighting with the Indianapolis Colts' first-team offense could be coming to an end. The NFL's transaction wire revealed Monday that the Colts activated running back Ahmad Bradshaw from the... more

The Green Bay Packers won't be solving their tailback glut by stashing DuJuan Harris on the reserved/physically unable to perform list to start the season. Less than a week after coach Mike McCarthy revealed that he still views Harris as the... more

Veterans on the back nine of their playing careers are starting to find NFL homes in the wake of injury-filled training camps. The Baltimore Ravens scooped up tight end Dallas Clark and slot receiver Brandon Stokley over the weekend. Could former... more

Already boasting the NFL's premier wide-receiver trio, the Denver Broncos appear to be on the verge of adding another weapon to their first-string offense. Former Portland State hoops star Julius Thomas has been running as the first-team "F" or... more

Kevin Kolb's ill-fated brush with a rubber mat left him in an emergency quarterback role for Sunday's preseason opener versus the Indianapolis Colts. Rookie EJ Manuel took advantage of the extended opportunity, playing the entire first half of the... more

The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran Brandon Stokley to a one-year contract Sunday. The next step was reuniting the slot receiver with a former teammate. Dallas Clark and the Ravens agreed in principle to a deal Sunday, the team announced. It earlier... more

Seattle Seahawks second-round draft pick Christine Michael was impressive enough in Thursday's preseason opener to headline Marc Sessler's "Rookie Watch " column the next day.That early momentum came to a halt Sunday. Coach Pete Carroll told The News... more

Anyone monitoring Arizona Cardinals training camp couldn't have been surprised when rookie Tyrann Mathieu stole the show in Friday's preseason-opening victory over the Green Bay Packers. Count Cardinals coach Bruce Arians among those impressed with... more

Cornerback Brandon Boykin recently complained that the New England Patriots were trying to bully Philadelphia Eagles players during last week's intrasquad scrimmages. With a chance to settle the score in Friday's preseason opener , the Eagles'... more

On Friday's edition of the Around The League Podcast , we pointed out that a lot of teams missed the boat on Baltimore Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith in free agency after his injury-marred 2012 season. The Jacksonville Jaguars' all-time leading tackler... more

Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns defended his work ethic Saturday after TheMMQB.com's Greg Bedard noted in June practices that the wide receiver was loafing through drills with a lack of urgency . "I mean certain people see different things when... more

San Diego Chargers free-agent bust Robert Meachem admitted last week that he had looked in the mirror and told himself he "sucked" last season . Is it possible that he could be even worse this season? Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego suggests Meachem's... more

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged last week that third-round draft pick Damontre Moore had gotten the coaching staff's attention with an outstanding start to training camp. The rest of the country saw what the Giants have been... more

New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith insisted after Friday's 26-17 loss to the Detroit Lions that he would have continued playing despite his ankle injury had it been a regular-season game. Brooks: Ten preseason questions The preseason is a... more

New York Giants running back David Wilson spent the majority of last season in coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse after fumbling in the season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Backfield partner Andre Brown realizes the same fate could await him if there's... more

The most attractive selling point for Saturday's matchup between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers on NFL Network was a chance to see how the backfield distribution is breaking down for each team. NFL fans were robbed a chance to see the... more

As the NFL's preseason schedule kicked off Thursday night, NFL Network's offices were abuzz about the return of local telecasts and game announcers featuring blatant "homerism ." In the case of Bernie Kosar and the Cleveland Browns, it often goes a... more

We pointed out early in the week that hands-challenged burner Deonte Thompson was an odd fit as the Baltimore Ravens' slot receiver. It appears the Ravens' brass has reached the same conclusion after reviewing the film from Thursday's preseason opener .... more

When the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns opted to hold out Julio Jones and Trent Richardson from their respective preseason openers, the implication was that both players were healthy enough to play had it been a regular-season game. Saturday... more

First-round rookie wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and DeAndre Hopkins were the most exciting players on the field in the Houston Texans' 27-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night. After averaging 20.8 yards on five touches,... more

Baltimore Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce immediately reached for his knee after taking a hit in the end zone at the end of his 20-yard touchdown run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Thursday's 44-16 victory . Our concerns were... more

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is downplaying the incident during Friday night's preseason opener that led to Justin Blackmon's temporary banishment to the locker room . Maurice Jones-Drew felt compelled to escort Blackmon to the locker... more

San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy announced no new injuries after Thursday night's 31-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, so it was a bit of a surprise when rookie linebacker Manti Te'o showed up to Saturday's practice in a walking boot. McCoy... more

Cincinnati Bengals slot receiver Andrew Hawkins is a candidate for the injured reserve-recall list , coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged Saturday. A week ago, Lewis compared Hawkins' ankle ailment to the injury center Kyle Cook suffered last year, but... more

Two weeks after taking the first snap of training camp, Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green finds himself squarely on the roster bubble . With Eddie Lacy and DuJuan Harris sidelined, Green was relegated to third string behind James Starks and... more

Third-round draft pick Tyrann Mathieu has been one of the most impressive players in Arizona Cardinals training camp, showing natural instincts at cornerback, nickel back and free safety. Mathieu carried that momentum into his first preseason game,... more

The New York Jets wanted to see more of second-round draft pick Geno Smith after he went three-and-out on two of three first-half series Friday night against the Detroit Lions . The Jets didn't get that opportunity after Smith rolled his right ankle... more

Around The League's "Making the Leap" curse threatens to continue unabated like Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians ." Jones: The Colts' 'meal ticket' Ultimately, the Colts will only go as far as Andrew Luck can take them -- and they know it.... more

Former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laurent Robinson insisted in mid-July that he finally was symptom-free from the four concussions he sustained in a four-month span last season. After working out for seven NFL teams in the past three weeks,... more

Darren McFadden's 2012 performance in former coordinator Greg Knapp's ill-suited zone-blocking scheme was so disappointing that it had the running back's "blood boiling " all offseason. Rapoport: Battles abound for Raiders Competition is king at... more

The Dallas Cowboys made a big move in their search for guard help Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year contract with former New York Jet Brandon Moore , a source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Playing at close to a Pro Bowl level for the past half-decade,... more

Wide receivers continue to drop like flies in training camp. On the same day that Jeremy Maclin underwent successful surgery to repair to his ACL tear, he saw both his best friend and a fellow Philadelphia Eagles receiver go down with the same injury.... more

Coach Jeff Fisher told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport last week that the St. Louis Rams likely will go with a committee of two or three running backs this season. But Fisher suggested Tuesday that second-year pro Daryl Richardson already has emerged as the... more

Riley Cooper's impressive return to practice was a welcome relief to a Philadelphia Eagles team lacking depth at wide receiver in the wake of Jeremy Maclin's season-ending torn ACL. The position took yet another hit Tuesday. Arrelious Benn's season is... more

The Atlanta Falcons entered training camp with a veritable all-star team on offense, with the exception of the unproven commodities up front. The offensive line questions grew more pressing Tuesday, when right tackle Mike Johnson was carted off the... more

The New England Patriots opened training camp without their top-five leading receivers from 2012, but that doesn't mean the offense is in the tank. Breaking in a host of young receivers , Tom Brady had his way with the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary in... more

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing joined teammates in 7-on-7 drills last week for the first time since tearing his ACL last October. Schein: The big question in Houston Is Matt Schaub capable of taking Houston to the Super  Bowl? Adam Schein... more

In Around The League's depth-chart roundup Monday, we pointed out that DuJuan Harris' presence as the No. 1 running back with the Green Bay Packers was a bit of a farce. Stuck on the active/physically unable to perform list with a knee injury, Harris has... more

The New York Giants need to get on the same page with expectations for Jason Pierre-Paul's return from back surgery. Coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged two months ago that predicting a Week 1 return for Pierre-Paul would be "an aggressive position to take... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox had the line of the day Monday when asked about Ronnie Hillman's place atop the unofficial running back depth chart. "We released a depth chart only because the league makes us ," Fox quipped, via The Denver Post. Depth... more

NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has predicted that No. 8 overall draft pick Tavon Austin "easily could surpass " 70 receptions as a rookie. After visiting St. Louis Rams training camp over the weekend, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is even more... more

Perhaps Dez Bryant knew what he was talking about when he declared in April that Tyrann Mathieu was the best player in the 2013 NFL Draft . Entering training camp, general manager Steve Keim complimented Mathieu on an "outstanding " offseason. A... more

Gregg Rosenthal noted last week that Michael Vick had taken the early lead in his battle with Nick Foles for the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback job under new coach Chip Kelly. With a few more practices in the books, the veteran is starting... more

The New Orleans Saints list the unproven Joe Morgan as starting wide receiver opposite Lance Moore, as Marques Colston remains on the active/physically unable to perform list with a foot injury. Morgan sustained an injury of his own and had to be helped... more

Chalk another one up for Miami University (Ohio), aptly coined the "Cradle of Coaches ." The Mid-American Conference school has produced legendary football figures such as Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, Sid Gillman, Earl "Red" Blaik, Bo Schembechler, Woody... more

Mark Ingram has enjoyed his first injury-free offseason since the New Orleans Saints traded up to select him with the No. 28 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Staying healthy hasn't translated to a promotion, however. Pierre Thomas was listed atop the... more

Ryan Williams' surgically repaired knee appears to have taken a turn for the worse since he eschewed a second opinion early in the week. Williams described the injury Friday as irritation of the "fatty pad under patella tendon ," which was repaired in... more

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III impressed coach Mike Shanahan with his accuracy in this week's practices. Now Shanahan is buoyed by Griffin's ability to get through the week without a setback to his surgically repaired knee. "I... more

Coach Greg Schiano recently told NFL Network that Josh Freeman is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' "only" quarterback , but the organization still isn't ready to commit to its starter on a long-term contract. General manager Mark Dominik said in January that... more

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson started the week moonlighting on offense for a handful of plays. By Friday, Peterson's offensive reps had increased to the point that Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic called it the "most striking thing... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 3 on the list: New York Giants running back David Wilson. Why Wilson is on the list Outside of Adrian Peterson and C.J. Spiller, there might not be a more dynamic... more

Dan Hanzus surmised that the loss of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver to a torn ACL would likely lock up a roster spot for veteran Nnamdi Asomugha. It might be the logical inference, but defensive coordinator Vic Fangio suggested Friday... more

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been excused from team activities after it became clear that his presence would be a divisive one in the wake of a racially insensitive comment he made at a Kenny Chesney concert. Miami Dolphins center... more

Austin Collie isn't the only injury-prone wide receiver to find a new job Friday. A source informed of the transaction tells NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that former Arizona Cardinals slot receiver Early Doucet will sign a one-year contract with the Seattle... more

Now that we know David Wilson and Andre Brown are splitting carries with the New York Giants, one of the biggest backfield mysteries belongs to the St. Louis Rams following Steven Jackson's defection to Atlanta. We expect "Making The Leap" candidate... more

When Austin Collie impressed in a June workout with the San Francisco 49ers, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that no contract offer was forthcoming because the team's brass was going away on vacation. Nearly two months later, Collie finally will... more

While Houston Texans wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey has advised putting away the anointing oils on rookie DeAndre Hopkins , head coach Gary Kubiak has been effusive in his praise since the Clemson star was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL... more

It had to sting the Pittsburgh Steelers just a bit when New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan recently crowed that cornerback Keenan Lewis was the best free-agent pickup in the league this offseason. Salary-cap woes forced the Steelers... more

New York Giants wide receivers coach Kevin Gilbride expressed frustration with Hakeem Nicks' groin injury Thursday, pressuring the contract-year player to get back on the practice field. Nicks downplayed his groin issues Friday, refusing even to call... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak hopes Arian Foster can return from his calf strain to make his training-camp debut on Sunday . For the meantime, though, backup running back Ben Tate will join Foster on the sideline. Tate was forced from Friday's... more

Kevin Kolb has an EJ Manuel problem. Although Kolb opened Buffalo Bills training camp taking the majority of the first-team reps, his scattershot accuracy and poor pocket presence have Manuel nipping at his heels. Throwing from a dirty pocket... more

July

There's never a dull moment in Philadelphia Eagles training camp. Between the quarterback battle, Chip Kelly's mad scientist experiments and a pair of season-ending injuries, the Eagles have been fertile ground for NFL news coverage. The drama... more

One day after working out for the Washington Redskins, Nick Barnett agreed to a one-year contract with the team, a person who spoke with the linebacker told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Wednesday. The team announced the signing Thursday. Barnett,... more

Immediately after he was drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers, running back Marcus Lattimore predicted that he would be back in pads within three to four months . Two weeks later, Lattimore allowed that he would be willing to sit out... more

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported early Wednesday that the Seattle Seahawks hope Percy Harvin is recovered from hip surgery and ready to play by Thanksgiving . Coach Pete Carroll wasn't quite as optimistic, telling NFL Network's Willie McGinest on "Inside... more

As recently as a decade ago, a complete Achilles tendon tear was a death sentence for the NFL's speed-reliant skill-position players. Advanced surgical techniques and accelerated rehab schedules have allowed players such as Demaryius Thomas and Leon... more

The Pro Bowl was on life support. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated as recently as last October that he was leaning toward eliminating the game if the players couldn't find a way to make it more exciting for fans. Goodell first hinted in May... more

Tight end Dwayne Allen explained to NFL.com's Kimberly Jones this week that Andrew Luck has earned the nickname "Meal Ticket " because "if he doesn't perform, nobody eats." After a week of training camp, it appears the Indianapolis Colts have no worries... more

All of the day's training-camp nuggets took a back seat when Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin announced Tuesday night that his injured hip will require surgery . Harvin is expected to miss three to four months, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport... more

Deferring to a more experienced teammate, Julio Jones conceded to Deion Sanders on NFL Network's "Inside Training Camp Live" on Tuesday that Roddy White is the Atlanta Falcons' No. 1 receiver. If the buzz out of Falcons camp is an indication, that... more

The Seattle Seahawks rolled the dice when they went against general manager John Schneider's gut feeling to pull the trigger on quarterback Russell Wilson in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. It worked out in the long run, as the Seahawks snatched... more

Percy Harvin no longer is the only Seattle Seahawks wide receiver to be red-flagged for injury before August. Coach Pete Carroll revealed Thursday that Sidney Rice has left training camp to undergo a non-surgical procedure on his knee in Switzerland.... more

The game of chicken between the Atlanta Falcons and free-agent defensive lineman Richard Seymour continues unabated for a third consecutive month . Flush with nearly $7 million in salary-cap space following Matt Ryan's $103.75 million contract... more

Despite leading the Buffalo Bills in tackles last season, veteran linebacker Nick Barnett was released with a failed physical designation in February. The nature of Barnett's injury was never revealed, though he was limited by a knee issue late in the... more

DuJuan Harris was expected to compete for the Green Bay Packers' starting running back job this summer, despite missing offseason practices after surgery to remove a fist-sized cyst from his lung . That plan was altered when a "minor" knee injury... more

A photograph taken from an unflattering angle turned Green Bay Packers rookie Eddie Lacy into a trending Twitter topic Monday. All other photos and a Vine video showed Lacy to be in reasonable shape, but the perception remained that Lacy arrived to camp... more

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been predictably vague about his plans for Tim Tebow, leading to no end of speculation about a possible pass-catching role. Tebow has explained that he will do whatever is asked of him , which further... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala over the weekend that Ben Roethlisberger still had a little bit of discomfort in his surgically repaired knee entering training camp. The quarterback insisted Monday that his... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak admittedly was surprised that Arian Foster's strain calf didn't receive medical clearance for the opening of training camp . The Houston Chronicle went on to suggest days later that there was no timetable for Foster to... more

Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams conceded this offseason that his surgically repaired knee still was just 80 percent recovered when a shoulder injury ended his 2012 season. Now Williams is battling a "flare-up" in the same knee after an... more

The changing of the guard in Arizona hasn't put an end to the Cardinals' tinkering with playmaking cornerback Patrick Peterson on offense. Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic observed that Peterson lined up on offense for a "handful" of plays on... more

Coach Mike McCoy told Around The League earlier this month that he expects Ryan Mathews to have a great year and "be the guy" in the San Diego Chargers' backfield this season. Has McCoy already changed his mind about Mathews' role? At the very... more

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak acknowledged a year and a half ago that Chris Johnson had lost a step from his record-setting 4.24-second 40-yard dash at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. It's a sentiment the cheetah-racing Johnson has been... more

Gregg Rosenthal pointed out Sunday that the onus is on Joe Flacco to carry the Baltimore Ravens' flawed collection of receiving talent following tight end Dennis Pitta's season-ending hip injury . While general manager Ozzie Newsome insists the... more

Chicago Bears defensive lineman Turk McBride is the latest NFL player to go down with a season-ending injury. The 28-year-old was carted off the field with a ruptured Achilles tendon , the Bears' official website reported Monday. Signed to a... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 10 on the list: Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. Why Allen is on the list Who's "Making the Leap"? Around The League is profiling 40 players expected... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 13 on the list: New York Jets running back Chris Ivory. Why Ivory is on the list It's no coincidence that Ivory was acquired by Jets general manager John Idzik, a... more

The Washington Redskins sported a 9-1 record with wide receiver Pierre Garcon in the lineup last season. The coaching staff will be happy to know that he reportedly has been cleared for full participation in training-camp practices following offseason... more

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent announced Thursday that he's retiring from football to focus on his off-the-field issues. "This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to," Brent explained in a... more

Is it better to burn out than fade away, as Neil Young famously suggested and Kurt Cobain infamously cemented ? The essence of rock 'n' roll casually embraces the "live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse" mantra often mistakenly... more

Over the past three decades, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has watched safeties Ronnie Lott, Troy Polamalu, Joey Browner, Tim McDonald, Lawyer Milloy and Lonnie Young combine for 33 Pro Bowls, 25 All-Pro berths and eight Super Bowl championships.... more

The last time Will Witherspoon played for the St. Louis Rams was in October 2009, right before former general manager Billy Devaney traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL's lone deadline deal that season. Now, Witherspoon reportedly is... more

Tiki Barber earned the ire of his former New York Giants teammates shortly after retiring in 2007 when he criticized Eli Manning for a lack of leadership . What Manning has accomplished since then has convinced Barber that Eli might end up as one of the... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 15 on the list: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Why Sanders is on the list Sanders was selected three rounds ahead of Antonio Brown in the... more

For all the justified hype surrounding J.J. Watt, Von Miller and Geno Atkins, it's easy to forget that cornerback Charles Tillman was in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year until the Chicago Bears lost five games in a late-season six-game... more

A week ago, Victor Cruz made it clear that it was "very important " for him to stay with the New York Giants because of his family ties, community work and the organization's faith in him. Instant Debate: Is Cruz overpaid? Was $45 million over six... more

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel caught a lot of media heat for exiting the 2013 Manning Passing Academy early because of dehydration. Grading Manziel's media session Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel went through the SEC Media Days... more

The future of the Miami Dolphins' defensive tackle tandem of Randy Starks and Paul Soliai is up in the air with both players set to hit the free-agent market in 2014. The Dolphins are expected to choose between the two for a long-term contract.... more

When Stevie Johnson proclaimed last week that the Buffalo Bills now boast the best receiving corps in the NFL , my initial reaction was that they would struggle to crack the top 10. Digging deeper, I found at least 15 teams that have a better... more

Coming off Achilles tendon surgery in a soft cornerback market, Brent Grimes was able to score a one-year, $5.5 million contract from the Miami Dolphins earlier this offseason. Debate: Optimism in the air Our analysts discuss teams with good reasons... more

For the second time in his seven-year career, quarterback Jay Cutler must prove himself to a new coach. The first coaching change led to a trade from the Denver Broncos. This time, at least Cutler has a season to prove he's the answer for the Chicago... more

The Houston Texans' season has ended at the hands of the AFC's Super Bowl representative in each of the past two seasons. If the Texans are going to get over the hump this season, they need quarterback Matt Schaub to stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Tom... more

The Miami Dolphins' switch to Kevin Coyle's 4-3 defense was a success last season, due in no small part to a career year from Cameron Wake after switching from outside linebacker to defensive end. Wake tallied a career-high 15 sacks and three forced... more

Franchise player Jairus Byrd did not sign a long-term contract with the Buffalo Bills ahead of Monday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported. Byrd reportedly has designs on becoming the highest-paid safety in the NFL while the Bills... more

Once expected to be the first running back off the board, Eddie Lacy slid to the Green Bay Packers late in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft due to concerns about his surgically repaired toe . As it turns out, the toe wasn't the only red flag on... more

The Cincinnati Bengals signed No. 21 overall draft pick Tyler Eifert , the team announced Monday. Schein: A winning pair in Cincy? The Bengals have made the last two postseasons, but Adam Schein still questions coach Marvin Lewis and QB Andy Dalton.... more

This year's draft class had only one quarterback selected in the first round, the first time that's happened since 2001. NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks believes NFL scouts and general managers resisted the urge to reach for quarterbacks because the classes... more

Chicago Bears franchise player Henry Melton will not sign a long-term contract ahead of Monday's deadline, the defensive tackle told the Chicago Tribune. Agent Jorday Woy told NFL.com's Albert Breer that Melton will play on his tender. Woy also... more

Twelve years after entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick with the Washington Redskins, quarterback Sage Rosenfels announced his retirement over the weekend on Facebook . Rosenfels went unsigned after being released by the Minnesota Vikings late... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 20 on the list: Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller. Why Miller is on the list Miller led all running backs at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.4-second 40-yard... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 21 on the list: Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith. Why Smith is on the list A consensus top-15 talent in the 2011 NFL Draft, Smith dropped to No. 27 overall... more

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew predicted two weeks ago that his surgically-repaired foot will be healed in time to join his teammates for the start of training camp. General manager David Caldwell confirmed that the plan is... more

Faced with salary-cap issues, the Carolina Panthers were expected by some to part with veteran running back DeAngelo Williams early this offseason. That move never happened, ostensibly because Williams is needed as insurance after Jonathan Stewart... more

Running back Matt Forte attributes his career-lows of 44 receptions and 340 receiving yards to former coordinator Mike Tice's overreliance on Brandon Marshall in the Chicago Bears' one-dimensional offense last season. That won't happen again under... more

Defensive end Jamaal Anderson, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, has been released , the Cincinnati Bengals announced Wednesday. A rotational defensive lineman specializing in stopping the run, Anderson played in just two games last season... more

Arizona Cardinals superstar Larry Fitzgerald's summer camp has developed a reputation as a PhD course for wide receivers , having propelled big names such as Brandon Marshall, Greg Jennings, Sidney Rice and Dwayne Bowe to breakout NFL seasons.... more

We noted Tuesday that Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford owns a 1-23 record against teams with a winning percentage over .500. Through four seasons, his overall record is 17-28. Although wins are a primitive way to measure quarterback success,... more

When asked about taking Bruce Irvin with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll called him a "carbon copy " of Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller. It's no surprise... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Green Bay Packers. 1. No quarterback was... more

On Tuesday's edition of NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," the cast debated which records could be broken during the 2013 season. Here is our take on the issue, in descending order of records most likely to be broken. 1. Career game-winning drives --... more

A second Denver Broncos executive is facing drunken-driving charges. One day after director of player personnel Matt Russell apologized for his weekend arrest , a Douglas County Jail spokesman told NFL.com and NFL Network that Broncos director of pro... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 26 on the list: Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright. Why Wright is on the list Kendall Wright drew loose comparisons to Steve Smith and Santonio... more

When news broke Tuesday of Matthew Stafford's reported three-year contract extension , the Around The League crew immediately wondered if the Detroit Lions overpaid for a quarterback who owns a career 1-23 record versus teams with a winning percentage... more

When I ranked the Top 40 NFL wide receivers a month ago, I noted that Pierre Garcon was the engine that made the Washington Redskins' offense go last season. Garcon, who isn't a prototypical go-to receiver, brings major injury red flags and has been... more

While the Cincinnati Bengals are dragging their feet on a long-term contract for Michael Johnson, the Denver Broncos are making a serious effort at extending franchise player Ryan Clady's deal ahead of next Monday's deadline. Resuming contract talks... more

The Associated Press New York Jets coach Rex Ryan avoids a charging bull at the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Bombastic New York Jets coach Rex Ryan provided a window into his philosophy of life two years ago when he merged Teddy... more

Addressing reporters for the first time Monday since Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft conceded that his organization placed too much undue trust in the former tight end. Darlington: Chilling lesson for... more

After signing his six-year, $45.879 million contract extension Monday, Victor Cruz said in a conference call that he never believed he would leave the New York Giants. The only question was if he would remain with the team for one year or more. Take a... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have not signed a franchise-tagged player to a contract extension since giving running back Rudi Johnson one in 2005. That streak figures to continue for at least another year. The deadline to sign franchise players to long-term... more

Victor Cruz's new six-year, $45.879 million contract extension raises one obvious question: Will that commitment preclude the New York Giants from locking up Hakeem Nicks before he reaches the free-agent market in 2014? Instant Debate: Is Cruz... more

A person with key business dealings with the NFL and multiple owners claimed in April that the league was "very, very concerned " about the FBI's investigation into the Pilot Flying J business of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, according to USA... more

Any discussion of the greatest draft classes in NFL history starts with the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers group that features four Hall of Famers in Jack Lambert, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth and Mike Webster. Brooks: Luck vs. Kaepernick Andrew Luck and... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 28 on the list: Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers. Why Bowers is on the list Drawing comparisons to Hall of Famer Bruce Smith, Bowers led the... more

Multiple teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts, removed Aaron Hernandez from their 2010 draft boards due to his sketchy associates and failed drug tests at Florida. NFL teams generally believe that prior behavior is a good... more

Colin Kaepernick created a buzz in social media circles when a photo surfaced of the quarterback donning a Miami Dolphins hat at a Fourth of July party . Kaepernick owns more than 400 pairs of shoes as well as an impressive collection of baseball caps... more

First-round choice Eric Reid became the final member of the San Francisco 49ers' draft class to sign a contract. The No. 18 overall pick announced the signing on Friday, via Instagram . Draft signings The New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and... more

Giovani Bernard isn't the only running back dabbling as a wide receiver this offseason. Shane Vereen, of the New England Patriots, also lined up wide at times during spring practice, according to the team's official website. Vereen's three-touchdown... more

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch won't have a trial in California for his DUI case until December, at the earliest. Harrison: Power Rankings Elliot Harrison tops the Power Rankings with a pair of NFC West squads for the second time in a... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without Justin Blackmon for the first four games of the season due to a suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. They might also be without the second-year wide receiver for the start of training camp.... more

The government body that runs the Edward Jones Dome has rejected the St. Louis Rams' request for $700 million in renovations. A clause in the Rams' contract requires the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission to provide the franchise with a... more

Assistant coaches around the NFL are kicking up their heels and enjoying their only down time of the year. The summer vacation is just a little bit sweeter for the Baltimore Ravens' coaching staff. According to the National Football Post, coach John... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have experimented with rookie tailback Giovani Bernard as a wide receiver in spring practices, but the coaching staff isn't ready to pigeonhole the second-round draft pick in the Darren Sproles passing-down specialist role. As... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 31 on the list: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate. Why Tate is on the list Slow to develop as an NFL route runner, the 2010 second-round draft pick out... more

When cornerback Captain Munnerlyn recently proclaimed that the Carolina Panthers have the potential to be the NFL's top defense this season, Marc Sessler pointed to the glaring weakness in the secondary. The only chance for Munnerlyn's prognostication to... more

JaMarcus Russell's six-year, $68 million contract with the Oakland Raiders often has been cited as the impetus behind NFL owners' insistence on a rookie salary scale in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement. Brooks: JaMarcus destined to return... more

Those who see Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's dominance up close and personal on a regular basis are running out of superlatives. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips predicted after one season that Watt would end up with a Hall of Fame... more

One AFC front-office executive recently speculated that the New England Patriots were the only team willing to gamble a fourth-round pick on Aaron Hernandez in the 2010 NFL Draft. Hernandez was widely regarded as a second-round talent, but many teams... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Denver Broncos . 1. Peyton Manning has a... more

Three years after the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly considered washing their hands of Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback made it clear Tuesday that he hopes to spend the rest of his career with the same organization. Schein: Football fireworks in... more

Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi once labeled Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace the fastest player he has ever seen on tape . Wallace's career average of 17.2 yards per reception ranks fourth among active receivers . Since... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making a Leap in 2013. No. 34 on the list: The Atlanta Falcons' offensive line Why the Falcons' O-line is on the list The Atlanta Falcons have two vacancies on the offensive line... more

Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis needed four months to gain clearance from a November 2009 concussion that left him struggling to regain his vision . He went on to play just five games in the rest of his NFL career. Portis now... more

Retired offensive tackle Matt Light said last week that he "never embraced" the lifestyle led by Aaron Hernandez prior to the first-degree murder charge filed against the former New England Patriots tight end. Among former teammates, though, Light's... more

June

Aaron Hernandez's arrest on a murder charge and his subsequent release by the New England Patriots underscores the dilemma that NFL teams face in evaluating players with troubled backgrounds. Brandt: Cowboys will win NFC East Gil Brandt lists 10... more

As we close the door on June, there now are 10 weeks remaining before the start of the 2013 NFL season. With that time frame in mind, Around The League highlights 10 stories to look forward to between now and the kickoff game between the Baltimore Ravens... more

Though overshadowed by Baltimore Ravens legends Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, Lardarius Webb was just gaining a reputation as one of the NFL's finest all-around cornerbacks before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament early last October. Kinkhabwala: The... more

The Oakland Raiders' quarterback play was so wretched at June's mandatory minicamp that it led Gregg Rosenthal to describe the team's offseason as a "sliding scale of awfulness ." Could the Raiders have produced a more optimistic offseason storyline if... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making a Leap in 2013. No. 36 on the list: Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins. Why Jenkins is on the list Jenkins was billed as the prototype 3-4 defensive end when the... more

In a week full of surprises, the expected finally happened on Thursday. Aaron Hernandez passed through waivers unclaimed, a source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. While Hernandez technically is free to sign with any team, the first-degree murder charge is... more

The Miami Dolphins' reinforced playoff hopes rest on the wide shoulders of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Brooks: Fins up! Bucky Brooks provides three reasons why Miami's offense will be one of the NFL's most explosive units in the 2013 campaign. More... more

The Kansas City Chiefs recently imported Chris Ault, the godfather of the pistol offense, to help install the NFL's latest strategic craze. The offense is old hat for Jamaal Charles, who operated out of the pistol under offensive coordinator Chan Gailey... more

The New England Patriots have put a lid on all matters involving Aaron Hernandez since he was first connected to the death of Odin Lloyd. As a result, it's been difficult to find first-hand knowledge of Hernandez's relationship with teammates and coaches... more

Cleveland Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo 's production tailed off to just 4.5 sacks for LSU last season, but a couple of fellow first-round picks from the Southeastern Conference showered him with praise at the NFL Rookie Symposium this week. San Diego... more

Ryan Mathews recently acknowledged that he's been "just an average back " since the San Diego Chargers traded up to select him at No. 12 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He's gotten no argument from frustrated fantasy football leaguers or the Chargers'... more

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson entered the 2013 NFL Draft as a playmaker without a position. After embracing the old Kordell Stewart "Slash" role in offseason practices, Robinson now is making NFL history with a new position designation.... more

Aaron Hernandez's Wednesday arrest and subsequent murder charge creates a great deal of legal questions that will be answered in the coming months. His release by the New England Patriots, meanwhile, creates questions about the football team. The... more

Former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi once labeled Tiki Barber the "most remarkable back I have not only ever been with but that I have ever seen." Barber is not just the Giants' all-time leading rusher, but also the franchise's most... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making a Leap in 2013. No. 40 on the list: St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead. Why Pead is on the list Coach Jeff Fisher saw traits that reminded him of Chris Johnson when the St. Louis... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The St. Louis Rams . 1. I've watched quite a... more

The Dallas Cowboys selected center Travis Frederick with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, ostensibly to act as a bodyguard for their $108 million quarterback. Tony Romo's wrist-breaking enforcer is now under contract. The Cowboys... more

Former Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije came in 10th on Around The League's list of top free-agent pass rushers . Although Idonije visited the Tennessee Titans and had a standing offer from the Bears prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, teams were... more

The Seattle Seahawks kept quarterback Russell Wilson on a short leash in the first third of his rookie season. Through five games, Wilson averaged just 163 passing yards to go with five touchdowns and six interceptions. Harrison: NFC summer storylines... more

Cam Newton became the first quarterback since Donovan McNabb in 2000 to lead his team in rushing yards last season while also pacing all NFL quarterbacks in rushing attempts. New Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula doesn't want to see a... more

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon "sincerely" apologized for his suspension earlier this month, but the two-game ban apparently has not served as a wake-up call. A source told ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi that Gordon has been partying in... more

Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Cordarrelle Patterson wears uniform No. 84 because Randy Moss was his boyhood hero . Breer: Minnesota's grand plan The Vikings made their mark in the draft, but Albert Breer says this is nothing new for... more

Entering the final season of his rookie contract, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is taking the same approach with the Philadelphia Eagles as Hakeem Nicks has in exercising a no-hurry stance with the New York Giants. Debate: Most enticing QB battle?... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel , the team announced Saturday . Joeckel is the highest draft choice to sign a contract this offseason. The contract is worth more than $21.2 million over four years with a $13.799 million... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently called the late Deacon Jones an "icon among icons " as a charismatic keeper of the NFL flame. Now Goodell has come up with a permanent way to honor Jones, who is credited with coining the term quarterback "sack ."... more

Aaron Rodgers and James Jones of the Green Bay Packers have taken a few good-natured jabs at Greg Jennings since the wide receiver defected to the division rival Minnesota Vikings. Jennings responded by telling the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he would... more

Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher would have appreciated one more shot at football with the Dallas Cowboys this season. Now that he's retired, though, he has no desire to suit up again on Sundays. "My agent ... went through every scenario, what if... more

Has the San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks rivalry surpassed Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers as the most intense rivalry in the game? Harrison: Ranking all 32 coaches What is the current pecking order of NFL head coaches? Elliot Harrison... more

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks have more in common than instigating the NFL's read-option revolution by threatening defenses in a myriad of ways. Kaepernick was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the... more

Around The League's Dan Hanzus wondered last week if the Arizona Cardinals were fully aware of wide receiver Ryan Swope's concussion woes when they selected him in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. As it turns out, the Cardinals had no idea... more

Now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have imported the dynamic duo of shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis and All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson, the Bucs' secondary has a strong argument for most improved position group in the NFL. Let's take a look at the... more

This week's edition of the "ATL Debate Club" podcast reviewed the major storylines from minicamps and organized team activities. My top takeaway was that Robert Griffin III would be under center for the Washington Redskins in Week 1, running the pistol... more

When word spread that the Minnesota Vikings actively were shopping Percy Harvin in February, sources told WCCO in Minneapolis that teammates were "disappointed " with the volatile wide receiver following a late-season heated exchange with head coach... more

After being released by the Green Bay Packers early in the week , linebacker Desmond Bishop quickly paid visits to the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs. He revealed Thursday night that the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Miami Dolphins . Brooks: Fins up! Bucky... more

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery sent notice around the league that he wasn't afraid to go bold or unconventional with his hiring of coach Marc Trestman in January. Breer: Who's really in charge? When it comes to building an NFL roster,... more

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was present and accounted for in all mandatory practices this offseason, but that didn't save him from taking heat for missing voluntary workouts in the ultra-competitive milieu of 21st century NFL. Nicks... more

Denver Broncos center J.D. Walton missed all but four games last season after fracturing his ankle in late September. There's now a chance he will miss the 2013 season after undergoing additional surgery on the same ankle last week, Jeff Legwold of The... more

Entering a contract year, All-Pro defensive end Justin Smith acknowledged last week this might be his final season in a San Francisco 49ers uniform. Harrison: NFC summer storylines Don't fear the dog days: Elliot Harrison picks out a storyline worth... more

A more mature Dez Bryant insists he finally has "found himself " after a bumpy start to his NFL career. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett have noticed a change for the better as well. Brooks: The big question in Big D How will... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sent a message to suspended linebacker Daryl Washington last month with a demotion to the second-team defense behind newly signed Karlos Dansby. Already scheduled to miss the first four games of the 2013 season for... more

Arizona Cardinals third-round draft pick Tyrann Mathieu was "buzzing around plays " during organized team activities, drawing comparisons to Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu for his closing speed. After taking reps with the starters... more

Harrison: Divisional threats Elliot Harrison runs through the league to find potential challengers to last season's eight division champions. More ... A report out of Phoenix last week noted that free-agent acquisition Rashard Mendenhall already... more

From a statistical standpoint, Tom Brady was Aaron Rodgers when Rob Gronkowski was on the field last season and Andy Dalton when the All-Pro tight end was sidelined.  Cause for concern? Gregg Rosenthal lists six reasons why he believes Rob Gronkowski... more

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel tweeted earlier this week that he "can't wait to leave College Station ." And the NCAA's top quarterback is eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft should he choose to leave Texas A&M after the coming season. Brooks: Johnny... more

Could English soccer star David Beckham be bending kicks through NFL uprights this year? One NFL scout contacted Beckham earlier this offseason to gauge his interest in trying out as a kicker , the U.K. Daily Mirror reported Tuesday. Beckham... more

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported last week that the Green Bay Packers were prepared to cut ties with linebacker Desmond Bishop after failing to find a trade partner. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Ty Dunne confirmed Monday that Bishop officially will... more

Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles is giving Adrian Peterson a run for his money in advancing the anterior cruciate ligament recovery timetable. Just more than a year removed from tearing his left ACL at Oklahoma, Broyles underwent right ACL... more

Credit the San Diego Chargers with turning Manti Te'o 's fake-girlfriend scandal into a non-issue this offseason. In an upset of epic proportions, the omnipresent football media has concentrated on Te'o's on-field progress while ignoring the temptation... more

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport informed us a year ago that the St. Louis Rams were "insanely excited " about second-round wide receiver Brian Quick, whom position coach Ray Sherman compared to Terrell Owens. The Rams even had a higher draft grade on Quick than... more

A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals came in at No. 3 on Around The League's list of the NFL's top 40 wide receivers . Teammate Leon Hall, tasked with covering the third-year star in practices, is "in awe of how talented" Green is. If you ask Green,... more

Recently retired Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver was honored by the Lambeau faithful this weekend, as the city unveiled a statue and street name for the wide receiver. Just because Driver is walking away from the game, that doesn't mean his... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin provided our annual reminder not to read too deeply into offseason practices because it's just "football in shorts ." The most important function is to install the offenses and defenses that the players will take into... more

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was sporting crutches three weeks ago after going down with what coach Gary Kubiak termed a "pretty good calf strain ." Take a look as NFL fantasy editor Michael Fabiano ranks his top 25 fantasy football players... more

Did a 2012 injury factor into Willis McGahee's recent release by the Denver Broncos? Upon reporting to the Broncos' mandatory minicamp last week, the veteran running back insisted he was fully recovered from a torn medical collateral ligament and... more

Neither Santonio Holmes nor New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is confident in the wide receiver's availability for training camp, much less the season opener. Now we have a better idea why that's the case. Holmes revealed that his Lisfranc fracture was... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Atlanta Falcons. 1. Could the Falcons'... more

Tim Tebow showed a glimpse of his baseball potential when he "awed" the Memphis University School's high school team by hitting 12 of 15 pitches out of the park in batting practice three years ago. Now that Tebow has found his way to New England... more

Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips keeps upping the ante on the expectations for defensive end J.J. Watt. After only one season, Phillips predicted that Watt's career would result in a Hall of Fame bust . Now, Phillips tells the Houston... more

We can no longer say that 23 teams continued their minicamps Thursday because several coaches sent their players home to begin summer vacation a day earlier than planned. Around The League collected the relevant quotes, practice updates and news nuggets... more

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will return to the Pacific Northwest, as expected . Jackson signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, a source close to the player told NFL.com's Jeff Darlington. The news first was reported by... more

Where are these veteran NFL running backs hiding the bodies? One day after we discovered that Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith believes Steven Jackson still possesses a 22-year-old's body , Jacksonville Jaguars star Maurice Jones-Drew told reporters he... more

The future is now in the Denver Broncos' backfield. Hours after releasing veteran running back Willis McGahee, the team announced Thursday the signing of second-round draft pick Montee Ball . The Broncos also announced the signing of cornerback Kayvon... more

Mike Pettine's defense has manhandled the offensive line  during the Buffalo Bills' mandatory minicamp this week in what one beat writer described as "all-out piranha mode ." Pettine's creative methods, including a dizzying array of blitzes, certainly... more

Chad Johnson's almost pathological need to be the center of attention led to a 30-day jail sentence this week when Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh overreacted to a playful butt slap . Johnson's former coach, Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati... more

Shopping for a new team for the first time in nearly a decade, veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield narrowed his choices to the Minnestoa Vikings and Seattle Seahawks in April. As it turns out, his heart was simply no longer in Minnesota after he was... more

Twenty-three teams continued their mandatory minicamps Wednesday, providing a constant stream of quotes, practice updates and player nuggets. Here's what we learned: Schein: 49ers remain NFL's best Yes, Michael Crabtree's injury hurts, but Adam... more

After the Pittsburgh Steelers selected outside linebacker Jarvis Jones with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, coach Mike Tomlin said he would not "close the door " on the rookie's potential for earning a starting job opposite LaMarr Woodley.... more

Shortly after declaring in February that his team needs to build around Blaine Gabbert, general manager David Caldwell insisted that the Jacksonville Jaguars will stage a "wide-open competition " at quarterback. Gus Bradley's coaching staff has made... more

Is Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett doing a favor for a couple of his New Orleans Saints draft picks from a decade ago? The Redskins announced Wednesday the signings of veteran wide receivers Donte' Stallworth and Devery Henderson... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan conceded last week that wide receiver Santonio Holmes might start training camp on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from two Lisfranc surgeries. Asked for clarity on his status for the regular-season... more

When Steven Jackson reached free agency for the first time in his career this offseason, teams told his agent they were hesitant to invest in a 30-year-old running back. "That's a hard thing, accepting and acknowledging that," Jackson told Pete... more

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is no stranger to outlandish statements or crazy predictions. Not about to allow contract wishes to distract him from a "dominant" season, Hardy has set a lofty goal of 50 sacks this season. "Why shoot... more

Veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes made it clear after his release from the San Diego Chargers in March that he had no intentions of retiring because he still has "tread left on the tires ." Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of... more

St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker now knows how the Oklahoma Sooners feel . Lightning-quick first-round draft pick Tavon Austin ran up against Hekker -- one of the most athletic punters in the NFL -- as the last line of defense in a return drill in... more

San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te'o finally ended his silence Tuesday, telling reporters he's definitely "reaped the benefits" of his media hiatus. Brooks: Why Te'o will shine in S.D. Forget all about the fake girlfriend and bad BCS title... more

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham believes he will return from surgery to repair his anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments by the start of the regular season. His coach isn't so sure. Schein: 49ers remain NFL's best Yes,... more

In lockstep with his normal routine, Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee was on hand for mandatory minicamp Tuesday after skipping voluntary organized team activities earlier this offseason. There is one major difference between this year and... more

The Minnesota Vikings will be without their leading tackler for the remainder of offseason practices. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Tuesday that weak-side linebacker Chad Greenway, No. 70 on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013,"  will... more

After engaging in "heavy negotiations" Monday, the Indianapolis Colts have agreed with former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw on a one-year contract , NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. The Colts later officially confirmed that they've... more

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge after Monday's arrest for an incident near Great American Ball Park last week, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Jones is accused of striking a woman... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Tennessee Titans. 1. There's no getting... more

Quarterback gurus are lining up to take credit for "fixing" Tim Tebow's elongated delivery now that he's on the New England Patriots . After spending three days with the former New York Jet in early February, independent quarterbacks coach Steve... more

So much for that progress in contract negotiations between Victor Cruz and the New York Giants. Cruz originally believed the structure of a long-term contract was in place as far back as October. The sides reportedly had reached the "2-yard line " in... more

Of the eight players who drew the franchise tag earlier this offseason, Ryan Clady of the Denver Broncos and Jairus Byrd of the Buffalo Bills are the only two yet to sign their tenders . Both unsigned players plan to skip mandatory minicamp this week, but... more

The Denver Broncos took Tim Tebow No. 25 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft as Josh McDaniels' franchise quarterback. Two years later, the New York Jets acquired Tebow to function as a Wildcat quarterback and Mark Sanchez insurance. Now Tebow is... more

The Tennessee Titans' coaching staff is split on how to handle wide receiver Justin Hunter 's hamstring injury. Leery of encountering a setback, coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday that Hunter might be held out until training camp . The second-round draft... more

Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips is one of the most colorful characters in NFL history. Inspired by a life so improbable that it has been compared to that of the fictional Forrest Gump, the nonprofit company Monk Parrots has created the Bum... more

The Buffalo Bills are expected to be without their best defensive back when mandatory minicamp starts Tuesday. Franchise player Jairus Byrd won't show unless he has a contract , a source informed of the negotiations told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. This... more

Former New York Giants safety Chad Jones was selected Friday by the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, marking the fourth professional team to draft the two-sport star. The Houston Astros selected Jones out of... more

The Detroit Lions have been discussing a contract extension with quarterback Matthew Stafford since the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in February. If progress isn't made toward a deal, though, Lions president Tom Lewand suggested talks will be tabled until... more

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was released Thursday night from Orange County Jail in Southern California after paying 10 percent of a $50,000 bond. Young's parents previously had declined to provide the bond because they wanted to get... more

Free agent Kellen Winslow told NFL Network's "NFL AM" in late March that several teams were interested in his services. The Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers never extended an offer, but the tight end finally has a legitimate suitor. Winslow... more

JaMarcus Russell reportedly impressed the Chicago Bears with a "big arm" and positive demeanor  at Friday's workout. But is the Oakland Raiders draft bust all the way back to 2007 form? Brooks: JaMarcus destined to return JaMarcus Russell might be the... more

Since Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets in late April, the quarterback has fielded offers from Ron Jaworski's Philadelphia Soul as well as the Omaha Beef , an indoor football team based in Nebraska. Tebow hasn't drawn a whiff of interest from... more

Quarterbacks Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers are the highest-paid players in the NFL, according to Forbes' latest list of "The World's Highest-Paid Athletes ." Brees has earned $51 million in combined... more

After the Baltimore Ravens traded Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers in March, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted, "This business is BS at times ." Kinkhabwala: White House welcome Aditi Kinkhabwala says the Ravens' visit with President... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Jacksonville Jaguars . 1. The... more

» ATL writers weigh in on NFL wide receivers debate Around The League's Dan Hanzus tackled the NFL's top 30 running backs , and Marc Sessler outlined the top 30 quarterbacks last month. Now it's time to turn our attention to the top 40 wide... more

Fantasy football analysts might be forced to come up with a new breakout candidate. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended two games and fined four game checks by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. In a... more

Click here to subscribe to "The Rich Eisen Podcast." JaMarcus Russell authored the best pro day Mike Mayock had ever seen in 2007. So why wouldn't the NFL Network draft analyst touch Russell in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft? Brooks: JaMarcus... more

Jay Cutler is no stranger to infighting with his coaching staff, be it with the Chicago Bears or Denver Broncos. Cutler forced his way out of Denver after hearing reports that then-coach Josh McDaniels was working back channels to trade for Matt... more

Reality is beginning to set in for Terrell Owens. Unable to find a team interested in his services since the Seattle Seahawks released him last August, the unsigned free agent has been spending his time on the semi-pro bowling circuit . Now two and a... more

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson's shin injury is not serious and the team simply is taking an extra cautious approach in holding him out of minicamp practices this week. Richardson confirmed... more

The Philadelphia Eagles figure to benefit as much as any NFL team from players returning after missing extended time with injuries in 2012. Among the most important of those players is left tackle Jason Peters, who insists he's been 100 percent recovered... more

The Green Bay Packers have been having some fun at Greg Jennings' expense ever since the veteran wide receiver signed with the Minnesota Vikings in March. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers entertained the crowd at the Wisconsin Sports Awards in April when he... more

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was noncommittal in December when asked if he would be ready to return from his Lisfranc injury by training camp. Fast forward six months, and coach Rex Ryan is equally noncommittal about his No. 1 receiver's... more

Linebacker Daryl Smith, the Jacksonville Jaguars' all-time leading tackler, finally has a new home. After making only one known free-agent visit to the St. Louis Rams in early April, Smith signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on... more

The Minnesota Vikings have a new face sitting in on their quarterback meetings . Jeff George has returned to Vikings headquarters nearly a decade and a half after throwing his last pass for the franchise in the 1999 NFL season. George's appearance... more

Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris has become an advocate for routine medical checkups after doctors found a "fist-sized" cyst on his lung -- next to his heart -- in a team physical. "It's a #blessing!!! Should be 110% very soon and back... more

Are you ready for Chris Johnson's annual 2,000-yard prediction? Brace for it. Even if it's been three years and countless crushed fantasy football seasons since Johnson broke the NFL's record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage, he's confident that he can... more

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported May 28 that a slimmed-down JaMarcus Russell was drawing "significant" interest from more than one team. Among those teams, Rapoport heard Tuesday, were the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens . The Bears are the more... more

The New England Patriots finally received a bit of good news on a tight end. Expected to miss organized team activities and minicamps following shoulder surgery, Aaron Hernandez was back on the practice field Tuesday . Hernandez has yet to be... more

Amid protestations to the contrary from head coach Rob Chudzinski, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported a month ago that the Cleveland Browns' alleged quarterback competition was little more than lip service . After observing minicamp practices this... more

With both London games already sold out this season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has visions of expanding the league's overseas schedule in the future. Goodell revealed Tuesday at a New York University conference that the NFL is planning to add... more

New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle never has been shy about speaking his mind. His latest targets are Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and owner/general manager Jerry Jones. In an interview that aired Tuesday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access,"... more

The Cleveland Browns are taking extra precautions with Trent Richardson. We knew the running back likely would miss the Browns' entire offseason program because of a strained muscle in his shin, and Richardson once again was absent as the team began... more

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown missed the entire 2012 NFL season with a broken ankle after showing flashes of talent as a rookie, particularly in a five-catch, 97-yard performance against the Oakland Raiders. Now healthy, Brown is... more

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall feels better than he has in three years after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his hip in January. Now, the 2012 first-team All Pro is ready to return to the practice field. Marshall tweeted Tuesday that... more

We knew as far back as February that the Miami Dolphins were giving Reggie Bush the cold shoulder because they believe 2012 fourth-round draft pick Lamar Miller can be a bigger, faster, better version in this year's backfield. Although Dolphins coach... more

A strong argument can be made that the 2013 season of Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is more crucial to his franchise's long-term success than that of any young player in the NFL. Locker might get a pass for playing last year through a... more

The Oakland Raiders' quarterback competition stands out among NFL teams as one that augers season-long depression for the fan base in 2013. Fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson has outplayed Matt Flynn at times , though Flynn has earned Raiders coach... more

All signs are pointing to a breakout season for Arizona Cardinals 2012 first-round pick Michael Floyd. Debate: Toughest shoes to fill? Was Bruce Arians' exit from Indianapolis to coach the Cardinals the most impactful departure of the offseason? More... more

The New England Patriots are running a conga line at defensive tackle this offseason, adding Armond Armstead and Tommy Kelly while surprisingly dumping key 2012 contributors Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is... more

Pittsburgh Steelers second-round draft pick Le'Veon Bell already is emerging as the heavy favorite in his battle with veterans Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling for the starting running back job. Kinkhabwala: Pairing up in... more

Matt Scott drew pre-draft buzz among draftniks as a potential mid-round pick with his athleticism to spare, 27-to-14 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 60.3 completion rate in Rich Rodriguez's spread-option offense at Arizona. Scott ended up going... more

The Houston Texans' falloff on defense in the second half of last season understandably was blamed on Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Cushing's torn anterior cruciate ligament, but there was another significant injury that contributed to the pass defense... more

The Detroit Lions are working with a revamped offensive line this offseason after losing left tackle Jeff Backus to retirement, right tackle Gosder Cherilus to the Indianapolis Colts and right guard Stephen Peterman to the New York Jets. The trio... more

May

The Kansas City Chiefs got a scare Friday when Jamaal Charles limped off the field after having his toe stepped on. Fortunately, X-rays came back negative . Schein: The good kind of divorce After a difficult parting of ways, Andy Reid and the Eagles... more

After rejoining the Cleveland Browns as a special advisor  Wednesday, Hall of Famer Jim Brown made it clear that "respect is a big thing" in his relationship with the Browns. Although a rift developed between Brown and former team owner Randy Lerner,... more

Keyshawn Johnson isn't finished with Justin Bieber after confronting the pop star for allegedly driving his Ferrari at freeway speeds through a gated community in Calabasas, Calif. Schein Nine: Breakout candidates Who will become the next household... more

The San Francisco 49ers announced Friday that they had signed fourth-round pick Marcus Lattimore to a four-year contract. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Lattimore's contract has "no extra injury protection." Head coach Jim Harbaugh has called... more

Tennessee Titans big-ticket free-agent acquisition Andy Levitre is expected to sit out Friday's organized team activity while he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery. Details on the guard's surgery were vague Friday. The Tennessean noted that Levitre... more

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris, the NFL's leading rusher in 2012 not named Adrian Peterson, set a franchise single-season record with 1,613 rushing yards while finishing third in the league in yards after contact and forced missed... more

Despite leading the NCAA with 20 receiving touchdowns and finishing second with 1,752 receiving yards, Houston's Patrick Edwards went undrafted in 2012 due to concerns about his size (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) and lack of top-end speed. Schein Nine:... more

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston earned one of the most surprising rankings in NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013" list, coming in at No. 49, one spot ahead of Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. Top 100 Players... more

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was voted No. 43 on NFL Network's "The Top 100 Players of 2013." The ranking places him ninth among quarterbacks. The ranking is a clear nod to Manning's dominant 2011 stretch run that culminated in his second... more

If Philip Rivers truly is entering his final audition with the San Diego Chargers, he has a booster in offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Instant Debate: NFL's biggest arm? Which QB boasts the strongest arm in the NFL? Our analysts debate, with... more

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley finally has won over Ben Roethlisberger, allowing his quarterback to take more ownership of the offense through check-downs and hot reads . Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher told NFL Network's "NFL... more

Among active NFL players, only Tony Gonzalez (14,268) and Reggie Wayne (13,063) have more receiving yards than Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith 's 11,452. By the time Smith retires, he could flirt with 14,000 yards and a spot in the top 10 on... more

For the second time in four years, the folks at Bloggingtheboys.com have reconstructed the Dallas Cowboys' draft board via screen shots of video taken from interviews with team owner Jerry Jones. The result is a fascinating peek into the thought... more

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is admittedly having a difficult time reconciling his displeasure with Hakeem Nicks and the fact that organized team activities are voluntary. Nicks was once again absent on Thursday when the Giants reconvened for... more

Robert Griffin III remains on an accelerated schedule in his return from surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament. Schein: Indispensable offensive stars Certain NFL players are simply irreplaceable. Adam Schein identifies nine such studs on... more

On the heels of Albert Breer's report that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery , agent Drew Rosenhaus is downplaying the severity of his client's injury. Cause for concern? Gregg Rosenthal lists six reasons why he... more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck told NFL Network earlier this month that he's "100 percent more comfortable " this year than last. One teammate noted Wednesday that Luck has been so sharp that he has been giving defensive backs "the business"... more

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning still is getting used to the idea that his arm never will be as strong as it was before his four neck surgeries, but he's already throwing better this offseason than he did in last season's playoff loss to the... more

St. Augustine, Fla., police confirmed Tuesday that Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has not been charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly striking a security guard in the face Sunday. The question is if Jones-Drew will face... more

Joe Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, pulled no punches earlier this week, brazenly opining that the Baltimore Ravens were "dumb " for failing to meet the quarterback's contract demands last summer. For his part, the Ravens quarterback wants no part of the... more

Four years after he finished second in the NFL in receptions (107) to Wes Welker, former New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith announced his retirement Wednesday. Rapoport: Curious case of Victor Cruz Ian Rapoport wonders what the Giants are... more