Chris Wesseling

Chris Wesseling

Chris Wesseling is a writer for Around the NFL, 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 and a senior NFL editor at before joining NFL Media in 2013.


SAN FRANCISCO -- For the second time in three years, Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers has captured the NFL's highest coaching honor. Rivera was announced as the NFL Coach of the Year during Saturday's NFL Honors award show. Coach of the Year... more

SAN FRANCISCO -- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt beat out St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Carolina Panthers stars Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman to take home the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year award at Saturday's NFL Honors... more

Matt Forte's Chicago future is up in the air. As of early December, the Bears had not offered the impending free agent a new contract, which means the 30-year-old running back is likely heading to the open market. Appearing on Friday's edition of NFL... more

Speculation on Peyton Manning's football future has dominated an otherwise tepid lead-up to Super Bowl 50. Although Peyton has acknowledged to close friends that he expects Sunday's game to be his last , Eli Manning warned NFL Media's Andrew Siciliano... more

Identical twin brothers Devin and Jason McCourty are used to drawing double takes when they appear in public together. Although Devin acknowledged he can't trick Jason's wife, he did reveal Thursday on NFL Network's Super Bowl Live that the brothers... more

The best Kansas City Chiefs team in a decade faces an uncertain future with so many defensive stars in need of new contracts. Safety Eric Berry, cornerback Sean Smith, linebacker Derrick Johnson, edge rusher Tamba Hali and defensive tackle Jaye Howard... more

DeMarco Murray's Philadelphia future is up in the air after NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Thursday that the Eagles and the veteran running back appear to be headed for stare-down this offseason. The team's new regime is not confident... more

Peyton Manning has transitioned from MVP to an intermittent liability under center in his last two seasons with the Denver Broncos. After throwing a touchdown pass in 56 consecutive starts stretching from November 2010 through November 2014, Manning has... more

Peyton Manning won't give serious thought to his football future until Super Bowl 50 is over. Once he does contemplate retirement, though, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay wants the future Hall of Famer to walk away with the Colts. "I want him to... more

Cincinnati Bengals wideout Marvin Jones is eager to test free agency, realizing he could be the belle of the ball in a soft wide-receiver market. "I love Cincinnati," Jones told NFL Media's Scott Hanson on Wednesday. "...But at the same time, I am a... more

Wade Phillips' top-ranked Denver defense is understandably drawing rave reviews after swarming Tom Brady in the AFC Championship Game. To hear Packers wide receiver James Jones tell it, though, the Broncos defense won't even be the best on the field in... more

Brandon Marshall is standing by his quarterback amid conflicting reports that Colin Kaepernick wants to leave the San Francisco 49ers for the New York Jets. "I don't want Kaepernick ," Marshall told ESPN's First Take on Wednesday morning. "I think... more

Peyton Manning is stiff-arming retirement speculation in the lead-up to Super Bowl 50, concentrating instead on enjoying the moment in his 18th NFL season. Once it does come time for Manning to make that decision, however, the Denver Broncos will await... more

The Panthers' nondescript receiving corps has been exceeding expectations ever since analysts derided the group as a liability when Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL in training camp. "Those guys have been playing lights-out since Day 1," Cam Newton said... more

Andrew Luck is fully recovered from his late-season lacerated kidney and in line for a lucrative new contract extension. That was the word from Colts owner Jim Irsay, who spoke with Indy reporters Tuesday. "He's good to go. He's healed ," Irsay said... more

Now that the Cleveland Browns have resolved to cut ties with Johnny Manziel once the new league year starts in March, the next question is whether football's tabloid sensation has an NFL future. As an early-round draft pick with a penchant for... more

Critics might scoff at "The Patriot Way ," but Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib insists Bill Belichick's New England program was the key to his development as a Pro Bowl-caliber player. "One thing I have to say about that establishment over there: They're... more

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cam Newton's unwavering confidence was on full display during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night festivities. Asked about his team's chances in Sunday's game, Newton replied, "if they're at their best and we're at our best, we're going to... more

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cam Newton is the unanimous MVP selection among NFL Media analysts. The Carolina Panthers' dual-threat quarterback is also Peyton Manning's choice for MVP honors. "He's just had this incredible year. There's no doubt in my mind... more

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Peyton Manning may have acknowledged to close friends that he expects Sunday's game to be his last , but he wasn't not about to let the media run with that theme at Super Bowl 50 Opening Night. Manning told NFL Media's Marshall Faulk... more

Jameis Winston reportedly will have stability at wide receiver in his second season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to keep Vincent Jackson at a $9.77 million base salary and a $12.2 million cap hit for 2016, per Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report. Now... more

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins capped a spectacular 2015 season with a star turn in the Pro Bowl, hauling in a 7-yard touchdown following a 61-yard bomb. NFL Media analyst and Hall of Fame wideout Michael Irvin, Hopkins' coach on Team... more


Cam Newton is the evolutionary quarterback. At a chiseled 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds with 4.60 wheels, he has the size and speed to match the All-Pro defensive ends giving chase. A half-decade into his career, he gets his offense into the right plays,... more

The Chargers are staying in San Diego for the 2016 season in hopes of negotiating a stadium deal with the city. Chairman Dean Spanos released a statement on Friday: Today I decided our team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season and I hope for... more

What a time to be alive for Travis Kelce. One day after E! network confirmed the tight end will star in his own reality show, Catching Kelce , the Kansas City Chiefs announced a lucrative new contract for the first-time Pro Bowl selection. Kelce's new... more

Eagles Pro Bowl defensive lineman Fletcher Cox made it clear to Around The NFL's Conor Orr on Thursday that he wants to be in Philadelphia "for the long haul ." To that end, the team is working toward a long-term deal that will circumvent Cox's free... more

When team president Art Rooney II speaks, the Steelers' front office listens. After Rooney emphasized a return to Pittsburgh's smashmouth roots a half-decade ago, pass-happy coordinator Bruce Arians was sent packing. When Rooney expressed concern for... more

Tennessee Titans fans have been searching high and low for hope after watching their team manage just five wins over the past 32 games. New offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie has identified second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota as the natural source... more

Bruce Arians is excited about his loaded Arizona Cardinals roster heading into the offseason. There is one area, however, that he knows must be improved. After watching the Cardinals pressure Cam Newton on a season-low 20.7 percent of dropbacks,... more

Amari Cooper shook off a late-season foot injury to become the first rookie in Oakland Raiders history to reach 1,000 receiving yards. As it turns out, the injury nearly cost the 2015 first-round pick that opportunity. Appearing Wednesday on SiriusXM... more

Kirk Cousins authored one of the greatest contract drives in recent memory, evolving from a turnover prone third-string quarterback to a candidate for the Washington Redskins' 2016 franchise tag. Speaking publicly for the first time since training... more

At its highest level, football requires perseverance. Peyton Manning will start for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50 after being summarily benched for the first time in his Hall of Fame career. Cam Newton will start for the Panthers in Super Bowl 50,... more

Baseball boasts the 1927 New York Yankees and mid-70s Big Red Machine. Hockey offers the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens. Basketball's best teams still take aim at the 72-win Chicago Bulls. For football fans of a certain age, the 1985 Chicago Bears are... more

Philip Rivers placed his San Diego future in question early last offseason when he initially rejected the notion of signing a contract extension with the Chargers. As it turns out, Rivers actually considered walking away from football altogether prior... more

Former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil has landed on his feet in San Francisco. The 49ers have hired O'Neil to run Chip Kelly's defense, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source involved with the situation. O'Neil, 37,... more

Wade Phillips' relentless Denver defense is coming off of one of the most impressive performances in AFC Championship Game history, hitting Tom Brady more times (20) than any quarterback in the past decade. "I got a defense full of stars ," Phillips... more

They can't blame Ryan Lindley this time. With a trip to Super Bowl 50 hanging in the balance, the Cardinals' biggest stars imploded in their postseason rematch with the Panthers, ending in a 49-15 loss . "Great players play great in big games,"... more

The Broncos are going to Super Bowl 50. Bradley Roby intercepted Tom Brady's two-point conversion attempt, thwarting the New England Patriots' bid for overtime in Denver's 20-18 AFC Championship Game victory. Here's what you need to know: 1. The... more

Ben Roethlisberger faced a crossroads in his career two years ago, as the Steelers asked him to transition from physical marvel to cerebral quarterback . To Roethlisberger's credit, he embraced the change, flourishing in Todd Haley's offense which... more

After weighing retirement in each of the past two offseasons , Marshawn Lynch might finally be ready to walk away from football. Appearing Friday on Seattle's KIRO-AM, general manager John Schneider said he is under the impression that Lynch is leaning... more

When the 49ers hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach last week, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock hailed the move as a godsend for Colin Kaepernick's slumping San Francisco career . Mayock isn't alone in that belief. In his latest NFL Notebook , NFL... more

As unlikely as it sounds, the Chiefs' 2015 season didn't get on track until Jamaal Charles went down with a torn ACL in early October. With the emergence of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West in Kansas City's backfield, it's natural to wonder if the... more

The NFL's first full-time female assistant coach credits Rex Ryan for her new role with the Buffalo Bills. "I was surprised, yes," Smith told WGR in Buffalo, "but also, no, in the sense that Rex is open-minded. Rex and I have worked together for a... more

Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris' status is one of the major question marks leading up to Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway told ESPN that Harris will be a game-time decision with a severe bone bruise in his... more

NFC Championship Game Preview AFC Championship Game Preview The backstory The shame is that this matchup isn't taking place under the bright lights of the Super Bowl. The combined 28 regular-season wins of the Cardinals (13) and Panthers... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has no concerns about his team's sluggish start in the past two games. In fact, Arians stressed during Wednesday's news conference that the tight back-and-forth battle with Green Bay in the Divisional Round of the... more

Was last week's Divisional Round loss at Carolina the last ride of Marshawn Lynch's Seattle Seahawks career? Lynch will be 30 years old next season, coming off a trying year in which he missed more games than he played and managed just one 100-yard... more

The Eagles are turning to a former Philadelphia quarterback as their next head coach. Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has become Philly's next coach, the team announced Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Friday, via a... more

If this season is Peyton Manning's last rodeo , it's only fitting that he will have to conquer Tom Brady to reach the fourth Super Bowl of his illustrious 18-year career. The two greatest quarterbacks of the 21st century will square off for the 17th --... more

The Carolina Panthers jumped out to a 31-0 lead by the middle of the second quarter and withstood a spirited second-half comeback attempt by the Seattle Seahawks to advance to the NFC Championship Game with a 31-24 victory . Here's what we learned from... more

Drew Brees' looming $30 million cap hit led many in league circles to believe the New Orleans Saints would entertain trade offers this offseason. Brees promised late last month that both he and coach Sean Payton would be back for the 2016 season.... more

James Jones' hooded sweatshirt first became a social media sensation back in mid-November during the Packers' 30-13 victory over the Vikings. Jones initially donned the hoodie to battle the harsh Minnesota elements. Now that the Packers are traveling... more

Can Chip Kelly save Colin Kaepernick's 49ers career? As Kelly plotted his next NFL stop, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, he was hatching plans to sign or trade for Kaepenerick as his next quarterback project. Although Kaepernick's early November... more

Chiefs-Patriots Packers-Cardinals Seahawks-Panthers Steelers-Broncos The backstory "There aren't too many times you have an opportunity to go back and have a re-do," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this week. "We're looking forward... more

The Cleveland Browns are staying in Ohio for their next head coach. The Browns have hired Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as the successor to Mike Pettine, the team announced Wednesay. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver first... more

The NFL is offering the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders $100 million to assist in stadium solutions in their home markets. That was the primary takeaway from a Tuesday night press conference following the news of the Rams' move to Los Angeles in... more

The NFL owners voted Tuesday to endorse the Rams' relocation to the Los Angeles area in 2016. The Chargers have a one-year option to join the Rams at the Inglewood stadium site. As the two organizations reach a crossroads in their respective histories,... more

The brain drain has begun in Cincinnati. The Miami Dolphins have hired Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph as their new defensive coordinator under head coach Adam Gase, the team announced Tuesday. Joseph might have taken the same job in Denver... more

Throughout the offseason and into last summer's training camps, Peyton Manning's form was the NFL's biggest mystery . Entering the Divisional Round of the playoffs this week, the 39-year-old quarterback remains an enigma. As a matter of fact, the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will open next season without controversial linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The NFL announced Monday that Burfict has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2016 regular season for repeated violations of... more

One of the biggest mysteries of the NFL's postseason is whether we see the unbeatable New England Patriots of September and October or the M*A*S*H unit they were forced to trot out in December. The signs from Monday's practice suggest the Kansas City... more

The Ryan brothers are back together. The Buffalo Bills announced Sunday night that former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will rejoin head coach and twin brother Rex Ryan as the assistant head coach/defense. "I'm excited to have Rob... more

For the second January in a row, the Seattle Seahawks relied upon serendipity and Russell Wilson's improvisational skills to advance in a playoff game they had no business winning. If Blair Walsh's missed field goal mirrored Brandon Bostick's muffed... more

Ben Roethlisberger came out of the locker room to lead an incredible game-winning field-goal drive, lifting the Pittsburgh Steelers to an 18-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Here's what you need to know:... more

Rob Chudzinski is staying in Indianapolis. The Colts announced Thursday that Chudzinski will remain the offensive coordinator going forward after assuming the reigns from a fired Pep Hamilton in early November. Whereas reports surfaced that Hamilton... more

The NFL has been celebrating the pathway to Super Bowl 50 all season long. Now that the playoff field is set, we know that there are a dozen possible rematches of previous Super Bowls leading up to the golden anniversary of the league's crown jewel.... more

Coach Gary Kubiak's decision to start Peyton Manning in the Divisional Round of the playoffs means the legendary quarterback's final NFL moment will not be a rousing standing ovation from the Denver faithful after leading the Broncos to a comeback... more

Chuck Pagano has chosen an old friend to fix the Indianapolis Colts' defense following Tuesday's dismissal of Greg Manusky. Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Thursday that linebackers coach Ted Monachino is leaving Baltimore to accept the Colts'... more

Chiefs-Texans Steelers-Bengals Packers-Redskins Seahawks-Vikings The backstory No one is giving the Vikings a legitimate chance in a rematch of a Week 13 blowout that was both Seattle's largest margin of victory this season and... more

Lovie Smith is out after two years in Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer released a statement Wednesday night, announcing Smith's firing: "After careful consideration, we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change. I... more

Chiefs-Texans Steelers-Bengals Packers-Redskins Seahawks-Vikings The backstory Around The NFL's Dan Hanzus has labeled this Saturday afternoon matchup the "No Respect Bowl." The Chiefs and Texans are a combined 16-2 since Week 8.... more

Against season-long odds, coach Chuck Pagano is staying with the Indianapolis Colts on a new deal. The team announced Monday night that Pagano has agreed to a four-year contract extension after a trying season featuring well-documented in-fighting with... more

The beast is ready to be unleashed on the Minnesota Vikings Coach Pete Carroll announced Monday, via the Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed, that running back Marshawn Lynch is "ready to go " after missing nearly two months due to a core muscle... more

Bruce Arians hoodwinked us. Arizona's charismatic coach insisted last week that the Cardinals would play to win in the regular-season finale, regardless of the strong likelihood that they were locked into the NFC's No. 2 seed. Outplayed in every... more

For the first time in his five-year career with Cincinnati, Andy Dalton will likely be watching, and not playing, on Wild Card Weekend. Coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Monday, via Geoff Hobson of the team's official website, that the Bengals are preparing... more

The (10-6) Seattle Seahawks authored one of their most impressive performances of the year in a postseason tune-up, blowing out the first-place (13-3) Arizona Cardinals in a 36-6 victory. Here's what you need to know: 1. This was a statement game by... more

The Cincinnati Bengals tied a franchise record with their 12th win, closing out the regular season with a 24-16 victory over the 5-11 Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals will enter the postseason as the AFC's No. 3 seed. Here's what you need to know: 1. The... more


Of this year's Pro Bowl snubs , New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead is perhaps the most anonymous to casual football fans. On a cap-strapped roster with few obvious building blocks, however, Armstead has emerged as one of coach Sean Payton's... more

The Tennessee Titans' job will be one of the most attractive for head-coaching candidates over the next few weeks. The reason? The face of the franchise is a young signal-caller with an especially bright future in a league where quarterbacks carry... more

Giants coach Tom Coughlin conceded Wednesday that this week's firing of Chip Kelly came close to surprising him in a business where firings are rarely truly shocking. Patriots coach Bill Belichick went a step further on Thursday, labeling Eagles owner... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling rolls out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. As season wraps up this week, it's time to revisit the MVP picture. Below are Around The NFL's top 10 candidates for 2015 NFL Most... more

Peyton Manning is expected to be in uniform for the Denver Broncos' regular-season finale, barring a setback. Coach Gary Kubiak announced Wednesday that Manning will back up Brock Osweiler at quarterback on Sunday against the Chargers if everything... more

Hall of Fame defensive end Doug Atkins passed away in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the age of 85 on Wednesday, the Hall of Fame confirmed. An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame All-1960s Team, Atkins teamed with... more

Steve Smith will go out on his own terms. The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver announced Wednesday that he will return for a 16th NFL season in 2016. Wit the blessing of My Family, Friends & Fans!! 2016 Let's give'em Hell đ??? #SmithWPMOYChallenge... more

Chip Kelly spent last offseason overhauling the Philadelphia Eagles roster with headline-generating trades and signings meant to build the organization in his image. Now that Kelly and first lieutenant Ed Marynowitz have been fired , it's natural to... more

Is there a fissure forming in the Carolina Panthers' pass defense? Prior to Week 15, Defensive Player of the Year candidate Josh Norman had allowed the lowest yards per coverage snap of any NFL cornerback, holding the murderer's row of DeAndre... more

AJ McCarron was beat up physically and mentally after the Bengals' overtime loss to the Broncos on Monday night. Cincinnati's backup quarterback accepted the full blame for mishandling an overtime snap that was recovered by Denver pass rusher DeMarcus... more

DeMarcus Ware recovered a mishandled snap from AJ McCarron in overtime, sending the Denver Broncos (11-4) to the postseason with a 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals (11-4) on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Broncos' victory... more

The Cincinnati Bengals might have to go with AJ McCarron in the wild-card playoffs. Appearing on Monday's edition of NFL Total Access , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Andy Dalton is still a few weeks away from returning to game action. As... more

After clinching a first-round bye in Sunday's blowout victory over the Green Bay Packers, Bruce Arians is facing a dilemma new to the Arizona Cardinals organization. Prior to Week 17 of the 2015 season, the franchise had never been in a position to rest... more

Leonard Hankerson is quickly becoming the NFL's nomadic wide receiver. The Bills claimed Hankerson off waivers from the Patriots, the team announced, two weeks after New England snared him on waivers from the Atlanta Falcons. The Pats had designs on... more

A swarming St. Louis defensive line hit Russell Wilson 13 times in the (7-9) Rams' 23-17 upset victory over the (9-6) Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. Here's what you need to know: 1. For the first time in 71 regular-season and postseason games, Wilson's... more

The Atlanta Falcons spoiled the Carolina Panthers' quest for a perfect season, squeezing out a 20-13 victory in Week 16. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Panthers (14-1) extended their streak of 100-yard rushing performances to 28 games, but the... more

The Raiders (7-8) came from behind to emerge with a 23-20 overtime victory versus the San Diego Chargers (4-11) in a Christmas Eve game that could be the last ever played in Oakland's Coliseum. Here's what you need to know: 1. Raiders linebacker... more

A hamstring injury might accomplish what NFL defenses have been powerless to achieve over the past month: stop scorching hot Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Coach Pete Carroll indicated Thursday that Baldwin likely will be a game-time... more

The stakes couldn't be higher for Saturday's showdown between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, airing exclusively on NFL Network. The Redskins will clinch the NFC East with the victory. A loss, however, would leave both teams at 7-8... more

The Arizona Cardinals have reason to believe the recovery from Tyrann Mathieu's second ACL injury will proceed on a faster track than his initial reconstructive knee surgery two years ago. Mathieu's 2013 injury was more severe and included an... more

Panthers cornerback Josh Norman continues to follow the script set by Richard Sherman back in 2012, from the All-Pro-caliber breakout season on the field to the relentless attention-mongering off the field. On the heels of Norman's 60-minute slap fest... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. As we turn our attention to the stretch run, it's time to start thinking about NFL Honors. This week, we examine the top... more

To the eternal gratitude of pure football fans, Next Gen Stats lack the capability to provide hot takes on the Week 15 antics that led to Odell Beckham's one-game suspension. What Next Gen Stats can tell us, though, is that the notion of Josh Norman... more

The 2016 Pro Bowl was announced Tuesday night. We've examined the offensive selections and the notable players who didn't make the squad. Here is our breakdown of the defensive picks: Defensive end: Ezekial Ansah, Michael Bennett, Chandler Jones,... more

Matthew Stafford posted a single-game career high in passer rating for the second time in the past month, leading the Detroit Lions to a 35-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Stafford also broke... more

Charles Woodson will leave the NFL playing as well as he did upon entering the league 18 years ago. The Oakland Raiders safety announced Monday evening that he will retire after the 2015 season. Take a look at the best photos from Charles Woodson's... more

Bruce Arians isn't supposed to play favorites, freely admitting that Tyrann Mathieu is his prize player and happiest Cardinals draft choice . But Arians isn't the type to blindly follow rules, and Mathieu engenders universal respect and admiration in... more

The uncertainty under center will continue for at least one more week in Indianapolis. Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday that Andrew Luck has been ruled out for Week 16 at Miami. The Colts want Luck to be cleared by doctors for game action... more

Ben Roethlisberger shredded the NFL's best defense, passing for 380 yards and three touchdowns to lead the (9-5) Pittsburgh Steelers to a 34-27 victory over the (10-4) Denver Broncos in Week 15. Here's what you need to know: 1. Roethlisberger... more

Julio Jones set a new franchise single-season receiving record, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 23-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Falcons kept their faint wild-card hopes alive while the... more

Tom Brady tossed a pair of touchdown passes as the New England Patriots (12-2) cruised to a 33-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans (3-11) in Week 15. With Denver's loss to the Steelers Sunday, the Patriots have clinched a first-round playoff bye. This... more

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is battling his second knee injury of the 2015 season. Mariota was forced from Sunday's game in the second quarter with a right knee injury. He did not return to the game, giving way to Zach Mettenberger.... more

Kenbrell Thompkins burned rookie Byron Jones for a 43-yard catch, setting up the game-winning field goal to propel the New York Jets (9-5) to a 19-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys (4-10) on Saturday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Following the... more

The Dallas Cowboys introduced Matt Cassel to the bench after the quarterback introduced the football world to the intentional grounding interception. Cassel was pulled in favor of Kellen Moore in the second quarter of Saturday night's 19-16 loss  to the... more

In the wake of Thomas Rawls' season-ending injury, the Seattle Seahawks' backfield plans are so unsettled that Pete Carroll acknowledges nobody knows how it will play out until Sunday's game starts. "You'll find out at game time how we're going to do... more

Khalil Mack's five-sack performance in Week 14 has coach Jack Del Rio thinking big about the future of the Oakland defense. "As we go forward, we're going to build a dominant defense here ," Del Rio stated matter-of-factly Wednesday, via more

Peyton Manning has experienced a setback in his return from a plantar fascia tear . Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak gave Manning the day off Friday, according to NFL Media's James Palmer. The venerable quarterback confessed that his foot was sore... more

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is "pound-for-pound the best player in the league ," NFL Media analyst Brian Baldinger raved earlier this month. Around The NFL has compared the Defensive Player of the Year candidate to a combination of... more

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles acknowledged this week that his team has to sweep the final three games of the season to reach the postseason. The competition is stiff for the AFC's two wild-card spots. Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Kansas... more

The much-hyped Offensive Rookie of the Year battle between Rams running back Todd Gurley and Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was a bit of a letdown Thursday night. Gurley's team won, but he continues to get hit too often behind the line of... more

Tavon Austin scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the St. Louis Rams (6-8) to a 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) on Thursday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Austin became the first player since Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965... more

As far back as the Denver Broncos' third preseason game in late August, we saw evidence that something was physically wrong with Peyton Manning. Although news of Manning's plantar fascia tear didn't surface until his mid-November benching , his father... more

J.J. Watt is the greatest defensive player of his generation , on pace to challenge Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White and a handful of luminaries as best there ever was . Now he has company in the form of surging second-year St. Louis Rams defensive tackle... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. As we turn our attention to the stretch run, it's time to start thinking about NFL Honors. So far, we have covered the top... more

Brock Osweiler will be running the Denver Broncos' offense for at least one more week. The Broncos announced Tuesday that Osweiler will start Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition, the team said Peyton Manning is expected to... more

In reeling off 17 consecutive regular-season victories, the Carolina Panthers have proven they can win in many different ways. Although the philosophy and personnel have dictated a defense and ball-control approach, it was Ted Ginn's ability to take the... more

Odell Beckham exploded for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns on seven receptions, leading the New York Giants (6-7) to a 31-24 victory over the Dolphins (5-8) on Monday night. Miami's loss means the New England Patriots have clinched the AFC East title.... more

The most exciting player in football has struck again. Odell Beckham added to his extraordinary early-career highlight reel with a spectacular, toe-dragging touchdown in the New York Giants' 31-24 Monday night  win against the Miami Dolphins. Beckham... more

It's easy to imagine the fist pumps and high fives in the Tennessee Titans' personnel department after last week's 42-39 victory . The war-room plan bore plenty of fruit on offense, with key contributions from four of the top six picks in their 2015... more

Veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney's third-down strip sack on Teddy Bridgewater prevented the Minnesota Vikings (8-5) from attempting a game-tying field goal as the playoff-bound Arizona Cardinals (11-2) escaped with a 23-20 victory Thursday night.... more

Michael Crabtree won't be testing the free-agent market again next offseason. Crabtree signed a four-year, $35 million contract extension Wednesday, a source informed of the deal told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal includes nearly $19 million... more

The 10-2 Arizona Cardinals have been lifted to first place in the NFC West by a top-ranked offense and a league-best secondary . While Defensive Player of the Year candidate Tyrann Mathieu and revitalized All-Pro cover corner Patrick Peterson provide... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are poised to play the spoiler role in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed entering the postseason. Directing a historically prolific offensive attack, Ben Roethlisberger has a chance to knock off the AFC North-leading Bengals... more

Judging by Wednesday's practice, the New England Patriots will likely be without Rob Gronkowski again in Week 14 . The All-Pro tight end was among those missing from the start of practice , joining wide receiver Julian Edelman and safety Patrick Chung... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. As we turn our attention to the stretch run, it's time to start thinking about NFL Honors. So far, we have covered the top... more

The New England Patriots are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since September of 2012. Although special teams gaffes have been the primary culprit in the two-game skid, it's no secret that the offensive efficiency has waned in the wake... more

DeSean Jackson had returned just two punts in two years with Washington when the Redskins coaches opted for his playmaking potential late in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 19-16 loss to the Cowboys. Trying to make something out of nothing,... more

Dan Bailey drilled a 54-yard field goal to give the Dallas Cowboys a 19-16 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. A 46-yard Lucky Whitehead kickoff return enabled the game-winning field goal, bailing the... more

Bolstering his MVP case, Cam Newton tossed five touchdowns passes for the second time in three weeks, leading the Carolina Panthers to a 41-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints (4-8) in a Week 13 shootout. Here's what you need to know: 1. Newton has... more

No Chris Johnson, no problem. Rookie starter David Johnson and backup Kerwynn Williams rushed for a combined 158 yards to lead the Arizona Cardinals (10-2) to a lopsided 27-3 victory over the St. Louis Rams (4-8) in Week 13. Here's what you need to know:... more

Tyrod Taylor beat busted coverage for a game-winning 40-yard touchdown toss to Charles Clay, leading the Buffalo Bills (6-6) to a 30-21 victory over the Houston Texans (6-6) in Week 13. Here's what you need to know: 1. Taylor had a phenomenal... more

Impending free agent Matt Forte recently acknowledged that the 2015 season could be his final one with the Chicago Bears. Appearing on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access , Forte emphasized that his priority is to stay in Chicago, but he's prepared to... more

When the Indianapolis Colts first acquired veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in March of 2013, owner Jim Irsay gloried in the signing as one "that makes your pillow softer at night ." Although coach Chuck Pagano has made it clear that Andrew Luck's... more

The Green Bay Packers' untimed touchdown overshadowed the biggest mystery in Thursday night's dramatic victory over the Detroit Lions. Why was Eddie Lacy an afterthought coming off the first back-to-back 100-yard games of his NFL career? Lacy didn't... more

St. Louis' Week 4 upset victory over Arizona was Todd Gurley's coming out party , as the uber-talented rookie stole the show with the first of four consecutive 100-yard performances. As the two NFC West rivals prepare to do battle again in Week 13, the... more

Rob Gronkowski will miss this week's New England Patriots game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, as expected . The All Pro tight end has been ruled out for Week 13 with a knee injury. As NFL Media's Albert Breer points out, it's not a good sign for the... more

The Green Bay Packers' playoff odds mushroomed from 66.5 percent to 92.08 percent, per the analytics site numberFire , when Aaron Rodgers connected with Richard Rodgers on the game-winning "Hail Mary" pass Thursday night. With the understanding that... more

Is it still considered blasphemy in Seattle to point out that the Seahawks' offense stands to benefit with playmaking rookie Thomas Rawls replacing Marshawn Lynch for the next month? Lynch has never rushed for 160 yards or combined for 200 yards from a... more

Brandon Marshall hasn't had a change of heart since he insisted in July that the New York Jets will be his last NFL team. In a conversation with the New York Daily News this week, the 31-year-old wide receiver reiterated his intention to walk away from... more

Ten months after former Packers tight end Brandon Bostick became a household name for deviating from his assignment on an infamous onside kick, current Green Bay tight end Richard Rodgers is poised to become a household name for deviating from his own... more

Aaron Rodgers capitalized on a facemask penalty as time expired, dialing up an untimed 61-yard "Hail Mary" pass to Richard Rodgers for the game-winning touchdown as the Green Bay Packers (8-4) edged the Detroit Lions (4-8), 27-23 , Thursday night. Here's... more

Interim general manager Sheldon White suggested at his introductory news conference last month that the Lions plan to build around Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson going forward, but refused to directly address their futures in Detroit. Although... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. As we turn our attention to the stretch run, it's time to start thinking about NFL Honors. We kicked off the regular-season... more

Chris Johnson's Comeback Player of the Year campaign has hit a snag. Johnson was diagnosed with a fractured tibia after leaving Sunday's victory in the third quarter, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the injury, on NFL... more

Football is the ultimate team game. Tom Brady isn't the MVP frontrunner without Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis, a passable offensive line and an astute coaching staff. Along the same lines, Todd Gurley doesn't go from prohibitive... more


Safety Will Hill returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown to give the Baltimore Ravens a 33-27 walk-off victory over the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Backup quarterbacks Austin Davis and Matt Schaub were each... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown is battling yet another injury after taking a hard hit in Monday night's shocking, 33-27 loss  to the Baltimore Ravens. McCown jogged to the locker room with a collarbone injury in the middle of the fourth... more

Chris Harper has been banished from the New England Patriots' roster following Sunday night's costly muffed punt. Harper was released on Monday , the team announced. The Patriots were cruising toward their 11th consecutive victory with a 21-7... more

The Indianapolis Colts are tied for first place in the AFC South, due in no small part to backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's stellar play in four victories without a loss. Thanks to the episodic nature of the NFL season, building in intensity toward... more

The New England Patriots' recent string of bad injury luck just took a turn for the unthinkable. All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field with a right knee injury late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos.... more

Russell Wilson out-dueled Ben Roethlisberger in Week 12, tossing a career-high five touchdown passes to lead the Seattke Seahawks (6-5) to a 39-30 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5). Here's what you need to know: 1. This... more

Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts enjoyed a career game, hauling in six passes for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Oakland Raiders (5-6) to a 24-21 victory over the Tennessee Titans (2-9) on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1.... more

The Minnesota Vikings (8-3) reclaimed first place in the NFC North, sending the reeling Atlanta Falcons (6-5) to a 20-10 defeat in Week 12. Here's what you need to know: 1. Whereas the Packers have lost their identity with Aaron Rodgers struggling... more

The Carolina Panthers forced three first-half Tony Romo interceptions and knocked the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback out of the game in a dominant 33-14 victory on Thanksgiving Day. Here's what you need to know: 1. Carolina's defense dominated Dallas'... more

Tony Romo re-injured his left shoulder on the last play of the third quarter in Thursday's blowout loss to the Carolina Panthers. Romo's shoulder took the brunt of the pressure on a Thomas Davis sack. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback immediately grabbed... more

The Lions' most valuable offensive and defensive players will be on the field for Thursday's game versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Darius Slay (neck) are both active for Detroit's annual Thanksgiving... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. With the byes wrapping up last week, all 32 teams have played exactly 10 games. As we turn our attention to the six-game... more

Denver fans won't see Peyton Manning in a Broncos uniform before mid-December. The team announced Tuesday that Manning is expected to miss at least the next two weeks after Monday's consultation with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.... more

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will have his two most valuable weapons back in the lineup as he attempts to improve his 1-12 lifetime record versus the Green Bay Packers. Starting running back Matt Forte and No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery are... more

Bruce Arians loves greyhounds. When he was in Cleveland early last decade, Arians featured dual-threat receiver-returner Dennis Northcutt, who once bested an ostrich in a footrace. At his next stop in Pittsburgh, Arians developed Mike Wallace and... more

What price victory when the football gods smite Tom Brady's weapons by the week? Although still undefeated after Monday night's melee with Rex Ryan's swarming Bills defense, the Patriots are gradually ceding their aura of invincibility to football's... more

Add another grievance to the NFL's year of officiating controversies. In the New England Patriots' 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football , there was a premature whistle debacle the likes of which we have not seen. One official... more

Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates will head back to the bench after leading his team to a pair of victories over the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets. Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Monday that Brian Hoyer has passed his final concussion test and... more

Starting in place of an injured Marshawn Lynch, rookie Thomas Rawls gashed the San Francisco 49ers' defense for 255 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 29-13 victory in Week 11. Here's what you need to know:... more

For the third time in three Ravens' victories this season, Justin Tucker drilled the game-winning field goal, this time pushing Baltimore past the St. Louis Rams in a 16-13 rock fight. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Ravens' last-second victory... more

Cam Newton tossed a career-high five touchdowns to lead the undefeated Carolina Panthers (10-0) to a convincing 44-16 victory over the Washington Redskins (4-6) in Week 11. Here's what you need to know: 1. Newton is sitting on the lowest completion... more

Bears rookie running back Jeremy Langford has been so impressive the past two weeks that impending free agent Matt Forte is starting to question his future in Chicago. A wide receiver when he first arrived at Michigan State, Langford has excelled as a... more

Jacksonville rookie Rashad Greene set up the game-winning touchdown with a 63-yard punt return to lead the Jaguars to a 19-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Here's what you need to know. 1. The Jaguars had netted just nine points... more

Change happens quickly in the NFL. Sidelined two weeks with an MCL sprain , Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is already fielding questions about rookie Jeremy Langford as his eventual replacement. "The fans are the fans," Forte said Thursday, via... more

Marcus Mariota's Tennessee Titans travel to Jacksonville to face Blake Bortles' Jaguars for the opportunity to make some noise in the wide open AFC South. Here's what we'll be watching for on Thursday night : 1. This matchup hasn't held much... more

Carson Palmer won't lapse into cliches and jock-talk in advance of Sunday night's clash with the Cincinnati organization that shipped him to the Oakland Raiders after a 2011 staredown with Bengals owner Mike Brown. "It's not just another game ," Palmer... more

The suddenly slumping Green Bay Packers offense will welcome a key player back to the rotation this week. Although James Starks will handle the first series in Sunday's NFC North clash at Minnesota, coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Eddie Lacy... more

With a day to step back and examine the situation, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton realizes he overreacted to J.J. Watt's playful "Red Ryder BB gun" jab after Monday night's Texans victory. Dalton acknowledged Wednesday that his over-the-top comments... more

When Tennessee travels to Jacksonville for Thursday night's AFC South matchup -- airing exclusively on NFL Network -- the Jaguars will find a noticeably improved Titans defense under former Steelers coordinator Dick LeBeau. Defensive end Jurrell Casey... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. A few weeks back, we reviewed the best offseason bargains . It's now time to unveil the companion piece, biggest free-agent... more

With Jordy Nelson's presence glaringly absent downfield and outside the numbers, the Packers' speed-challenged wide receiver corps has come under fire this season. The scrutiny has increased during Green Bay's three-game losing streak in which the... more

Backup quarterback T.J. Yates tossed his first touchdown pass since a January, 2012 playoff victory over the Bengals, leading the Houston Texans to a 10-6 upset victory in Cincinnati. Here's what you need to know: 1. Taking the reins after Brian Hoyer... more

Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer left in the third quarter of Monday's 10-6 upset victory over the Cincinnati Bengals after suffering a concussion, the team announced . Hoyer was also holding his throwing hand in a warmer as he walked to the... more

Peyton Manning will not face former Denver head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase when the Broncos travel to Chicago to take on the Bears on Sunday. Coach Gary Kubiak announced Monday that Brock Osweiler will start in Week 11, as... more

The worst game of Peyton Manning's career will not cost him his starting job going forward. Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak shouldered the blame for Manning's abysmal performance versus the Kansas City Chiefs, telling reporters after the game that he... more

The Kansas City Chiefs intercepted the Denver Broncos' quarterbacks five times in a dominant 29-13 Week 10 victory . Here's what you need to know: 1. If the convincing Week 8 victory over Green Bay was the high point of Denver's season, Sunday was the... more

Peyton Manning was benched in the third quarter of Sunday's 29-13 loss to the Chiefs , just two hours after he broke Brett Favre's record for career passing yards. Manning tossed four interceptions while leading the Broncos to just three first downs... more

Jason Myers drilled a 53-yard field goal as time expired, ending the Jacksonville Jaguars' 13-game road losing streak with a 22-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10. Here's what you need to know: 1. Elvis Dumervil sacked Blake Bortles as... more

An efficient Cam Newton completed 21 of 26 passes to lead the undefeated Carolina Panthers to a 27-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 10. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Panthers stuck with their winning formula, becoming the first team... more

The recent housecleaning in the Lions' front office has raised questions about the futures of quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson in Detroit. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport recently reported that Stafford's future was already... more

Fantasy heads are used to seeing Marshawn Lynch on the Seattle Seahawks' injury list. The surprise this week, though, is that Lynch was a late addition to the injury report. The bruising running back is listed as "questionable" with an abdominal issue... more

Matt Forte's right knee injury is more severe than the Chicago Bears originally let on. Forte confirmed Friday, via the Chicago Sun-Times, that the injury is an MCL sprain , the "same injury" he had in 2011. Along with top receiver Alshon Jeffery,... more

Finally allowed to shadow opposing No. 1 receivers, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is coming off his two finest performances of the season. Sherman held Torrey Smith without a catch in Week 7 and dominated his Week 8 matchup with a rusty... more

As of Friday afternoon, the starting quarterbacks for Sunday's AFC North tilt between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers remained a mystery. The Steelers have listed Ben Roethlisberger as "questionable" with a foot sprain. Although Browns... more

One of the NFL's biggest ongoing mysteries is why talented Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton doesn't make more plays. A third-round draft pick in 2013, Wheaton made Around The NFL's "Making the Leap " list in the summer of 2014. Although... more

While other veteran wideouts such as Steve Smith and Malcom Floyd have announced intentions to retire after the 2015 season, Anquan Boldin has no such plans. "No, this isn't the end ," Boldin told Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercy News on Thursday. A... more

DeAndre Hopkins is one of the NFL's litmus test players. Although he doesn't garner a fraction of the national publicity that Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham receive, those who watch the games week-in and week-out understand the Houston Texans' star is one... more

The football gods struck down two of the NFL's top 10 rookies last week, as Colts defensive end Henry Anderson and Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks were lost for the season with an ACL tear and a torn pectoral, respectively. Anderson had been the best... more

Each Thursday night, Around The NFL will salute one player or coach for making the right call. NFL clubs drafted 154 players before the Buffalo Bills selected running back Karlos Williams out of Florida State in the fifth round. That's hard to... more

After a decade as one of the NFL's most underappreciated stars , Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is finally garnering the recognition he deserves. Propelled by Carolina's flawless 8-0 start, Davis is first among outside linebackers in the early Pro... more

EJ Manuel has gone from fill-in starter to healthy scratch in a span of two weeks. Manuel is listed among the Buffalo Bills' inactives for Thursday night's "color rush" matchup with the New York Jets, leaving veteran Josh Johnson as starting quarterback... more

With Andrew Luck out 2-6 weeks, the Indianapolis Colts are poaching a division rival for quarterback depth. The Colts announced Thursday that they have claimed Charlie Whitehurst off waivers from the Tennessee Titans. Whitehurst was cut to open a... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. So far, we have covered Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates, defensive front sevens, satellite backs, wide receivers, the... more

The Buffalo Bills ended their two-game losing skid in grand fashion, becoming the first team in NFL history with a pair of 100-yard rushers and a 150-yard receiver in the same game. Although Percy Harvin is lost for the season, the Bills offense got a... more

Tight end Zach Miller made a brilliant lunging touchdown catch on a Jay Cutler fastball to lead the Chicago Bears to a thrilling 22-19 comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Cutler's 12... more

Blaine Gabbert has earned a second consecutive start for the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Jim Tomsula met with his quarterbacks Monday afternoon and informed them that Gabbert will start at Seattle after the Week 10 bye, according to the team's official... more

One of the best stories of the 2015 NFL season came to a premature end in New England on Sunday when Dion Lewis went down with a torn ACL. The jitterbug scat back worked his way back from obscurity to make football more fun to watch for two months,... more

Andrew Luck enjoyed his best game of the season, throwing for 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the 4-5 Indianapolis Colts to a 27-24 upset victory over the 7-1 Denver Broncos. Here's what you need to know: 1. The early returns on Rob... more

Blair Walsh connected on a 40-yard field goal, rewarding the Minnesota Vikings with a 21-18 victory over the St. Louis Rams after coach Mike Zimmer took the wind instead of the ball to start overtime. Here's what you need to know: 1. The marquee... more

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a concussion after taking a blow to the head from St. Louis Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner during the Vikings' 21-18 overtime win Sunday . Joyner was penalized for the vicious hit, which occurred... more

The Dallas Cowboys' five-game losing streak has overshadowed stellar play from a pair of rookies. First-round defensive back Byron Jones played all 62 snaps versus Seattle, overtaking J.J. Wilcox for the starting free safety job while also handling... more

Andy Dalton connected on a trio of touchdown passes to tight end Tyler Eifert, leading the Bengals to a convincing 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Dalton certainly deserves all of the credit... more

With the Denver Broncos facing the Colts this week, the spotlight is on Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis with a chance to break the NFL record for quarterback wins and career passing yards. While Manning threw better last week than he has in a... more

Prior to Monday night's loss at Carolina, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is back to full health after battling shoulder and rib injuries earlier in the season. Writers, bloggers and fans then spent the... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. So far, we have covered Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates, defensive front sevens, satellite backs, wide receivers, the... more

Tom Brady is solidifying his case as the greatest quarterback the game of football has ever seen , but he's not the only future Hall of Famer driving the New England Patriots' top-ranked offense. Of all great tight ends in history, Rob Gronkowski is... more

Joseph Randle has gone from starting Dallas Cowboys running back to NFL afterthought in a span of two weeks. The Cowboys have waived Randle, the team announced Tuesday. The running back went unclaimed on waivers and became a free agent on Wednesday, NFL... more

After dropping the game-ending interception at the end of regulation, Luke Kuechly set up a 29-26 Carolina Panthers victory over the Indianapolis Colts with an overtime interception on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. It certainly wasn't... more

Three years after leading the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, Colin Kaepernick has been benched in favor of a quarterback with a 5-22 record as an NFL starter. The 49ers have informed Kaepernick that former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback... more

Are the Denver Broncos getting the 2013 Pro Bowl version of Vernon Davis or the tight end who disappeared from the San Francisco 49ers' offense over the past 13 months? There's plenty of reason to believe the dramatic dropoff in production is more... more

When the Arizona Cardinals listed speedy wide receiver John Brown as "questionable" for Week 8 with a hamstring injury, the team's official website ran a Friday headline that read: "John Brown Status Again Wait-And-See " Although Brown was active in... more

Russell Wilson led a clutch 16-play drive to set up the game-winning field goal as the Seattle Seahawks sent the Dallas Cowboys to a 13-12 defeat in Week 8. Here's what you need to know: 1. If the Cowboys had the benefit of any quarterback remotely... more

The Seattle Seahawks received a scare in Sunday's 13-12 win when wide receiver Ricardo Lockette left on a stretcher just before halftime. Working on the punt-coverage unit, Lockette appeared to be knocked out cold after taking a high hit from Dallas... more

Andy Dalton shook off a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions to hit A.J. Green for the go-ahead touchdown in the Cincinnati Bengals' 16-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. Here's what you need to know: 1. For the first time this season,... more

Justin Tucker connected on five field goals, including his ninth career game-winner, to lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 29-26 victory in a see-saw affair versus the San Diego Chargers. Here's what you need to know: 1. This quarterback matchup couldn't... more

Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell was carted off the field with a right knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced . Bell immediately reached for his right knee after his leg... more


The NFL is lucky to have obvious difference-making talents such as Todd Gurley and Amari Cooper arrive on the scene this season. After witnessing Odell Beckham's brilliant 2014 debut, it's easy to forget there are years in which the top rookie enjoys a... more

Elusive scat back Dion Lewis returned to the lineup Thursday night, generating 112 yards and a touchdown to lead the undefeated New England Patriots to a convincing 36-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 8. Here's what you need to know: 1. Signed... more

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has long been one of the NFL's most underappreciated players , failing to earn a single Pro Bowl selection despite years of high-level production. Around NFL coaching circles, however, Davis is held up as a... more

Dan Campbell's surging Miami Dolphins travel to New England to face the undefeated Patriots in a suddenly intriguing AFC East clash. Here's what we'll be watching for on Thursday night: 1. Campbell deserves all of the credit he has received for... more

Back in early September, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians raved about defensive back Tyrann Mathieu as the happiest draft choice he and general manager Steve Keim have ever made. It's easy to see why Arians is so thrilled with Mathieu, who has been... more

To the surprise of no one, tight-lipped New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't ready to announce running back Dion Lewis' status for Thursday night's game versus the Miami Dolphins. "We'll see tomorrow." Belichick said Wednesday, via CSN New... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. So far, we have covered Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates, defensive front sevens, satellite backs, wide receivers, the... more

It's rare for an NFL team to take advantage of a fill-in starter to the extent the Oakland Raiders did to San Diego Chargers two-time All Pro safety Eric Weddle's replacement in Week 7. Poor Jimmy Wilson was a primary culprit on all three of Derek... more

A rejuvenated Chris Johnson provided a pair of game-changing plays, rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 26-18 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Arizona safety Tony... more

Pat yourself on the back if you had Devonta Freeman and Chris Johnson as the NFL's top two rushers after seven weeks. Johnson moved into second place Monday night, thanks to a third-quarter, 62-yard run in which the Ravens' defense assumed the runner... more

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday that defensive end Greg Hardy will not be disciplined for entering the special teams huddle and slapping the clipboard of special teams coach Rich Bisaccia in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the New... more

Dallas wide receiver Cole Beasley muffed a late fourth-quarter punt, ending the Cowboys' chances of a two-minute drill in Sunday's 27-20 loss at the New York Giants. Here's what you need to know: 1. Matt Cassel shook off three interceptions in a... more

Marques Colston converted a key third down with two minutes remaining to help New Orleans hold off a feverish Indianapolis Colts comeback attempt in a 27-21 Week 7 victory for the Saints. Here's what you need to know: 1. Embattled Colts coach Chuck... more

Filling in for an injured Jamaal Charles, Chiefs running back Charcandrick West totaled 129 yards and a touchdown to lead the Kansas City to a 23-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7. Here's what you need to know: 1. With Ben... more

When we think of the 2015 New England Patriots, we naturally envision Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as the driving forces. And why wouldn't we? Belichick is the preeminent head coach of his generation and one of the dynamic forces in the evolution of... more

When the New England Patriots cut ties with their top three cornerbacks in March, the assumption was that the coaching staff had high hopes for Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler. Would the 2014 undrafted free agent hold his own while replacing All-Pro... more

The spate of injuries depleting the San Diego Chargers' offensive line is starting to spread throughout the roster. Star safety Eric Weddle (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Raiders. Running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) and wide... more

As if the San Francisco 49ers' season wasn't dismal enough, they are now losing one of their few remaining defensive stars. The 49ers announced Friday that Antoine Bethea has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. The veteran safety reportedly... more

Sunday's game will mark Darrelle Revis' return to New England after helping the Patriots win their fourth Lombardi Trophy last February. Although Revis will be starring in a Jets uniform, he would have signed up for another opportunity with Bill... more

After Thursday night's dismal performance versus the Seahawks, coach Jim Tomsula declared that the 49ers' performance was "not acceptable ." With a night to sleep on it, Tomsula is not prepared to make any drastic changes, such as benching quarterback... more

Steve Smith's son recently took to Twitter, suggesting the undefeated Panthers should trade all of their wide receivers to Baltimore so his dad could have a homecoming in Carolina. Aside from the rather obvious caveat that Smith took a metaphorical... more

Out of sight, out of mind since undergoing surgery in August to repair a stress fracture in his shin, Chicago Bears first-round pick Kevin White recently graduated to light running. Although the Bears have at least three more weeks to activate White... more

While Titans' first-round pick Marcus Mariota will be out for Sunday's game versus the Falcons, second-round pick Dorial Green-Beckham is preparing for an expanded role. Green-Beckham's snaps have increased every week, from a low of nine in the season... more

The Minnesota Vikings had to be thrilled with their 2015 draft class after reviewing the film from their Week 6 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs was the star attraction with 129 yards on seven receptions, showing... more

Marshawn Lynch reached the century mark in rushing yards for the fifth consecutive matchup with San Francisco, leading the Seahawks to a convincing 20-3 victory over the 49ers on Thursday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. This was a... more

After playing in 17 games across three seasons in Chicago, veteran defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff 's Bears career is over. The team announced Thursday that Ratliff has been released, replaced on the roster by former Steelers first-round pick Ziggy... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. So far, we have covered Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates, defensive front sevens, satellite backs, wide receivers, the... more

When the New York Jets activated defensive end Sheldon Richardson from the suspension list last week, it was natural to wonder how coach Todd Bowles would manage the challenge of squeezing four of the roster's best players into three defensive-line spots.... more

Overcoming four turnovers on offense, the Philadelphia Eagles moved into a first-place tie atop the NFC East after sending the New York Giants to a 27-7 defeat on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Eli Manning was cruising toward a... more

Inquiring fantasy heads want to know: What's behind Eddie Lacy's disappointing 3-yard performance in the Green Bay Packers' Week 6 victory over the San Diego Chargers? After watching Lacy struggle since spraining his ankle in Week 2, the coaching staff... more

First place is on the line with the 3-2 New York Giants traveling to Philadelphia to square off with the 2-3 Eagles in an NFC East clash. Here's what we'll be watching for on Monday night: 1. Although a hamstring injury has kept Odell Beckham out of... more

The Green Bay Packers overcame Philip Rivers' single-game Chargers records for completions (43), attempts (65) and passing yards (503) to escape with a 27-20 victory in Week 6. Here's what you need to know: 1. Rivers was surgical, carving up Football... more

DeAndre Hopkins hauled in 10 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns as the Houston Texans went into Jacksonville and emerged with a 31-20 victory over the Jaguars. Here's what you need to know: 1. This game featured two of the NFL's most acrobatic... more

Andy Dalton continues to play MVP-caliber football, tossing three touchdown passes to lead the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals to a convincing 34-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 6. Here's what you need to know: 1. For all of the offseason hype... more

Blake Bortles is coming off the best two-game stretch of his young career, earning an AFC Offensive Player of the Week nomination after setting single-game career-highs in touchdowns (4) and passer rating (125.4) in the Jaguars' loss to the Buccaneers.... more

Last we heard from Bills coach Rex Ryan, he was vacillating between holding out hope that Tyrod Taylor will play and tacitly conceding that his starting quarterback's sprain MCL will likely keep him out of Sunday's meeting with the Bengals. With less... more

This is Carson Palmer's year. A decade ago , Palmer posted a passer rating of 100 or better in nine consecutive games, a stretch that had him on par with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the best quarterbacks in the game. He has since undergone two ACL... more

Lions running back Ameer Abdullah's college fumbling problems resurfaced in last week's blowout loss to the Cardinals, landing the rookie in coach Jim Caldwell's doghouse for the entire second half of the game. "Coach made the call to sit me down,... more

After spending the past month rehabbing a sprained ankle, former Seahawks running back Robert Turbin has high expectations for the rest of his first season with the Browns. Turbin told Northeast Ohio Media Group that he's aiming for 1,000 yards in the... more

Even with Blake Bortles on pace for nearly 4,200 yards and more than 30 touchdowns, the Jacksonville Jaguars have managed just one win in five games. The defense was the culprit in Week 5, as the Buccaneers racked up a season-high 38 points and 369... more

When Rex Ryan's coaching staff took over in Buffalo last winter, they immediately sung the praises of Stephon Gilmore as a shutdown cornerback . What they couldn't have expected was second-round pick Ronald Darby joining Gilmore as the league's best... more

Veteran tight end Ben Watson 's unlikely career night helped lift the New Orleans Saints to a 31-21 upset over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Saints coach Sean Payton believes Drew Brees should complete 80... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. So far, we have covered Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates , defensive front sevens , satellite backs , wide receivers... more

Kam Chancellor might have won the game for the Seahawks in Week 4, but the Bengals exposed his limitations in coverage last Sunday. An emerging star at tight end, Tyler Eifert scored two easy touchdowns on twin seam passes over Chancellor's head,... more

Finally unshackled from offensive coordinator Todd Haley's ultra-conservative game plan, a composed Mike Vick orchestrated an impressive three-minute touchdown drive to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a thrilling 24-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers... more

After 261 NFL starts, 184 wins, 70,925 passing yards and a record-breaking 536 touchdowns, the interrogator came for Peyton Manning. With the NFL's most dominant defense acting as a powerful deodorant for an unseemly offense, Denver Broncos coach Gary... more

Cornerback Chris Harris' 74-yard interception-return touchdown was the difference in the game as the Denver Broncos escaped with a 16-10 victory at the Oakland Raiders in Week 5. Here's what you need to know: 1. We saw why Raiders defensive end Justin... more

The Arizona Cardinals' defense generated six turnovers, forcing Matthew Stafford out of the game in a 42-17 blowout victory at the Detroit Lions in Week 5. Here's what you need to know: 1. Pay no attention to last week's aberrant loss in which Arizona... more

The Green Bay Packers overcame three Aaron Rodgers turnovers -- including his first Lambeau Field interception in 1,043 days -- to send the St. Louis Rams to a 24-10 defeat in Week 5. Here's what you need to know: 1. Just as they did last week to... more

Last week's victory over an outstanding Cardinals team had to be the most inspiring of the Jeff Fisher-Les Snead era in St. Louis. The Rams' A+ performance was the culmination of nearly every high-profile move made by Fisher and Snead over the past few... more

Andre Johnson caught a pair of touchdown passes in his return to Houston, as the Colts pulled out a 27-20 victory over the Texans on Thursday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. Chalk one up for Indianapolis' over-the-hill gang. Matt Hasselbeck,... more

The Houston Texans are in a holding pattern at quarterback. Starter Ryan Mallett came out during the second quarter of Thursday night's 27-20 loss  to the Indianapolis Colts after being hit in the midsection by linebacker Sio Moore on a play that was... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a good problem on his hands with Andre Ellington returning from a sprained right PCL this week. Now Arians has to adjust his depth chart in a crowded backfield with Ellington re-joining Comeback Player of the... more

The Cleveland Browns have provided more evidence for Philip Rivers' stake to the claim of the NFL's beautiful mind . Playing behind a depleted offensive line and down to just two healthy wide receivers in the fourth quarter, Rivers' brilliance was the... more

Is C.J. Anderson finally loosening his grip on the Denver Broncos' starting running back job? After Ronnie Hillman finished with a Broncos season-high 103 yards in Week 4, coach Gary Kubiak changed gears, acknowledging that he now considers both backs... more

In advance of Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, 10-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten is bidding for a coveted spot on the Mt. Rushmore of Bill Belichick opponents. It's a treat for football cognoscenti when Belichick unfurls praise for a respected... more

No trio of teammates under the age of 25 ever posted more passing, rushing and receiving yards than Derek Carr, Latavius Murray and Amari Cooper recorded in Oakland's Week 3 victory at Cleveland. Two weeks later, that young offensive firepower faces... more

Dan Campbell is using his first practice as interim head coach to send a message to the Miami Dolphins players: It's time to get tougher. Campbell pulled the team together in practice, then split the squad into offense and defense for an Oklahoma Drill... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. So far, we have covered Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates , defensive front sevens , satellites backs and wide receivers... more

Despite generating a season-high 192 yards from scrimmage in the Vikings' Week 2 victory, Adrian Peterson's famed fifth-gear was noticeably missing on a 49-yard catch-and-run through open prairie land. After Peterson showed off his trademark power and... more

Calvin Johnson accepted the blame for his fumble that cost his team a chance to win Monday night at Seattle, explaining that the winless Lions can't put the game in the hands of the officials. Teammate James Ihedigbo wasn't so understanding after NFL... more

Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor punched the ball out of Calvin Johnson's hands at the goal line to prevent the game-winning touchdown in the Seattle Seahawks' 13-10 victory over the Detroit Lions on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1.... more

Rookie Todd Gurley exploded for 136 yards in the second half as the St. Louis Rams held on for a 24-22 nail-biting victory over the Arizona Cardinals in a hard-fought Week 4 NFC West showdown. Here's what you need to know: 1. We've seen the... more

An offsides penalty on Cleveland Browns cornerback Tramon Williams gave Chargers kicker Josh Lambo a second chance at the game-winning field goal in San Diego's 30-27 victory in Week 4. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Chargers emerged on top in a... more

The Atlanta Falcons remain undefeated, as NFL touchdown leader Devonta Freeman gashed the Houston Texans for 149 yards and three scores in a 48-21 Week 4 victory . Here's what you need to know: 1. Why do NFL teams prefer young legs at running back?... more

The Houston Texans made their second quarterback switch of the young season on Sunday. Coach Bill O'Brien turned back to Week 1 starter Brian Hoyer after his team fell into a 42-0 hole late in the third quarter of a 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.... more

Christine Michael has worked with the first-team offense this week for the first time since the Dallas Cowboys acquired the enigmatic tailback from the Seattle Seahawks early last month. "That's good to see him work with our first group," offensive... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the lookout for alternatives to struggling kicker Josh Scobee. NFL Media's James Palmer reported the Steelers will try out free agent Chris Boswell, who was with the New York Giants in training camp. In addition, the team... more

Despite Bruce Arians' best efforts to the contrar y, the expectations are rising in Arizona. The Cardinals' 126 points through three games trail only the record-breaking 2013 Broncos' total of 127 points. Their plus-77 point differential is the... more

Although the Indianapolis Colts signed Josh Johnson as quarterback insurance on Friday, coach Chuck Pagano is unwavering in his belief that Andrew Luck will play through a shoulder injury. Asked if he remains "supremely confident" that Luck will start... more

Is it crazy to think Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff could win his third NFL Executive of the Year award months after having his power reduced in the front office? The new coaching staff has guided the Falcons to a 3-0 start, as Kyle Shanahan... more

Ornery Baltimore Ravens wideout Steve Smith made another enemy in Thursday night's thrilling victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. After taking a hit from Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, Smith vowed revenge on his former Carolina Panthers... more

In a sporting contest still anachronistically referred to as football, the Baltimore Ravens overcame the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, 23-20 , due to superior kicking Thursday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. This was a tale of two kickers.... more


Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. So far, we have covered Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates , defensive front sevens and satellite backs . After hearing... more

Three weeks after Montee Ball went unclaimed on waivers , the former Denver Broncos second-round draft pick is drawing interest from another AFC powerhouse. The New England Patriots worked out Ball on Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported.... more

With another touchdown in Week 3, Seattle Seahawks rookie Tyler Lockett is leading the NFL in kick-return yardage after capturing mythical preseason MVP honors in August. Lockett has been so dynamic on returns that coach Pete Carroll expects opponents... more

Aaron Rodgers continues to befuddle opponents, throwing for 333 yards and five touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers' 38-28 Week 3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Packers are an unconstrained buzzsaw in Green... more

The Buffalo Bills are prepared to turn their backfield over to rookie Karlos Williams versus the New York Giants in Week 4. Nursing a nagging hamstring injury, LeSean McCoy is unlikely to play this week , NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, via a source... more

For the third time in the past 12 months, the New England Patriots are trading for a linebacker. The Pats acquired Jon Bostic from the Chicago Bears on Monday in exchange for a 2016 late-round draft pick, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a... more

The Buffalo Bills jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead and held on for a 41-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 3. Here's what you need to know: 1. The game went according to script for Buffalo. The Bills' fearsome defensive front dominated the... more

The Indianapolis Colts scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, coming from behind to knock off the Tennessee Titans in a 35-33 thriller . Here's what you need to know: 1. Just when it appeared that the Colts were going to continue as a... more

The New England Patriots' offense stayed white hot on Sunday, cruising to a 51-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Patriots jumped out to a 51-10 lead with eight possessions that resulted in five touchdowns,... more

Through two weeks, the Arizona Cardinals have the NFL's best point differential. While much of that success can be attributed to the porous defenses of the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears, there's reason to believe Arizona's offense has yet to... more

Each Thursday night, Around The NFL will salute one player or coach for making the right call. Odell Beckham's 110 receptions and 1,574 yards are the most in NFL history through 15 games. Since making his debut in Week 5 of last season, his 14... more

Through two weeks John Brown's box scores show pedestrian numbers, as the Cardinals' speedy receiver has been held under 50 yards in each of Arizona's victories over the Saints and Bears. Through two weeks, John Brown has been one of the NFL's most... more

When Adrian Peterson was bottled up for 31 yards on 10 carries in his 2015 debut, it was natural to wonder if he might have lost a step after missing 15 games last season. After watching Peterson rack up 192 yards on 31 touches versus the Lions last... more

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has a heightened appreciation of Philip Rivers' talents. After all, Zimmer has schemed against the Chargers quarterback as defensive coordinator with the Cowboys, Falcons and Bengals for the past decade. His offensive... more

When the Green Bay Packers re-signed B.J. Raji to a one-year contract back in March, they couldn't have expected him to re-emerge as their most disruptive defensive lineman. Moved from defensive end back to nose tackle after missing the 2014 season... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. So far, we have covered Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates and defensive front sevens . Now that Dion Lewis has raced... more

The Washington Redskins realized they had a third-round steal on their hands back in rookie minicamp, when general manager Scot McCloughan evoked Marshawn Lynch in describing former Florida star Matt Jones. While it's easy to understand comparisons to... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are still awaiting a tangible return on their high-dollar offseason investments in Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell. After two weeks, their investment in Kiko Alonso has already been lost for an extended period.... more

Darrelle Revis recorded three takeaways as the New York Jets forced a trio of Andrew Luck interceptions in a 20-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Jets generated just 13 takeaways all last... more

The Indianapolis Colts played without two key starters in the second half of Monday night's 20-7 loss  to the New York Jets. Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis (concussion) and tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle) were ruled out for the game. Although Davis... more

The Ravens are getting proactive in an effort to shore up a secondary that paved the way for Derek Carr's career game in Week 2. The Miami Dolphins have traded cornerback Will Davis to Baltimore, the team announced. Miami will receive a late-round draft... more

The Dallas Cowboys survived the loss of Tony Romo, holding off the Philadelphia Eagles for an ugly 20-10 victory on Sunday . Here's what you need to know: 1. Although the Cowboys are the NFC East's lone undefeated team two weeks into the season,... more

One week after losing Dez Bryant to a foot fracture, the Dallas Cowboys saw their franchise quarterback go down with a serious injury. The team announced Sunday that Tony Romo suffered a broken left clavicle in the third quarter of their 20-10 win over... more

Jameis Winston outplayed Drew Brees, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 26-19 upset over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Here's what you need to know: 1. Winston bounced back in impressive fashion from a disastrous debut last week. He lofted a... more

Johnny Manziel won the battle of young quarterbacks on Sunday, leading the Cleveland Browns to a 28-14 victory over Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. Here's what you need to know: 1. The difference in the game was speedy Browns receiver... more

Outside of AFC Offensive Player of the Week Marcus Mariota, the opening week of the season came and went without major contributions from marquee rookies. As the season goes along, we can expect to see breakout performances from the likes of Amari... more

Each Thursday night, Around The NFL will salute one player or coach for making the right call. Peyton Manning earned the award for the Broncos' 31-24 victory over the Chiefs after relentlessly targeting cornerback Jamell Fleming on a clutch... more

It's time for Broncos coach Gary Kubiak to take a page out of Mike McCoy's book. When Peyton Manning's Denver career got off to a 2-3 start back in 2012, then-coordinator McCoy was wise enough to scrap his offense in favor of the one his veteran... more

The AFC West takes center stage Thursday night, as the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs square off for a 2-0 start and control of the division. Two years removed from setting records as the highest-scoring offense in NFL history, the scales have... more

The New England Patriots have pulled the trigger on a trade to strengthen their wide receiver corps. Bill Belicheck's outfit acquired wide receiver and kick returner Keshawn Martin and a 2016 sixth-round draft pick from the Houston Texans in exchange... more

The Around The NFL Podcast wondered last week if the Tennessee Titans had slow-played the rest of the league in preseason action, preparing to spring a Chip Kelly-style offense on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers once they began playing for keeps. Coach Ken... more

Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. Last week, we covered the top 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates . After watching Aaron Donald, J.J. Watt and the... more

The Baltimore Ravens have zeroed in on their replacement for outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who was lost for the season with an Achilles tendon injury. The team has signed veteran pass rusher Jason Babin to a one-year contract, NFL Media's Rand... more

The Dallas Cowboys have acquired depth at wide receiver with All-Pro Dez Bryant sidelined for at least the next month. Owner Jerry Jones traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Raiders in exchange for Brice Butler, per David Helman of the Cowboys'... more

Bryce Brown's Buffalo Bills career will end with 302 total yards over seven games. The team announced Tuesday that the fourth-string running back has been released to create room on the 53-man roster for star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who was... more

The Oakland Raiders could be without both starting safeties this week. Eight-time Pro Bowler Charles Woodson suffered a dislocated shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via people who have spoken... more

The Atlanta Falcons' blockers held their own as the offense racked up 244 yards in the first half of Monday night's opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Even with that impressive showing, the offensive line got reinforcements Tuesday. Former... more

Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills defense stifled Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts' offense en route to a convincing 27-14 victory in Week 1. Here's what you need to know: 1. Between Ryan's disguised blitzes and a series of ill-timed offensive holding... more

The Indianapolis Colts couldn't come from behind to beat the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter, a tough task to do without their top wide receiver. T.Y. Hilton injured his knee during the fourth quarter and didn't return in the 27-14 loss to the... more

Aldon Smith won't be returning to the San Francisco 49ers, but he is staying in the Bay Area. The Oakland Raiders signed Smith to a one-year contract after a recent face-to-face meeting, the team announced Friday. Smith's deal can be worth up to $8... more

The Indianapolis Colts are adding much-needed depth to their defensive line after losing Arthur Jones to ankle surgery . The Cleveland Browns announced Friday that they have traded defensive end Billy Winn to the Colts in exchange for a conditional... more

With the preseason schedule in the books, Peyton Manning's arm strength remains the NFL's biggest mystery . Although Broncos wide receivers have testified that Manning has "more zip " and can still "make every single throw ," recent game film raises the... more

Over the past half-decade, Dwayne Bowe has devolved from Pro Bowl level with the Chiefs to third-string wideout on the Browns' season-opening depth chart. There were even whispers last week that Bowe's roster spot was in jeopardy despite signing a... more

The Dallas Cowboys plan to reward defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford for a successful 2014 season. The team's front office is working aggressively to sign Crawford to a long-term contract, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources close to the... more

Tom Brady was masterful in the Patriots' 28-21 victory in the 2015 NFL Kickoff on Thursday night. After watching Pittsburgh's defense blow coverages throughout the game, it's fair to wonder if Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would have... more

Welcome to the 2015 NFL season! Every week in this space, I will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award. First on the docket is Around The NFL's list of the Top 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates. Since... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have identified their new starters at guard, replacing departing veterans Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans. Having claimed the starting job opposite veteran Allen Barbre, right guard Andrew Gardner was awarded with a new contract... more

The Atlanta Falcons will lean heavily on a rookie running back in their season opener versus the Eagles on Monday night . The team's official depth chart lists third-round pick Tevin Coleman as the Week 1 starter over Devonta Freeman. Coach Dan Quinn... more

Don't look for the Seattle Seahawks to unload disgruntled strong safety Kam Chancellor, who has begun to draw trade feelers from other teams in the past week. Asked about fielding phone calls for Chancellor, coach Pete Carroll responded Monday, via the... more

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged Monday afternoon that newly acquired running back Christine Michael is a "long shot " to suit up versus the New York Giants in the season premiere of NBC's Sunday Night Football .... more

Dallas' dominant offensive line is growing even deeper. The Cowboys claimed tackle Jordan Mills off waivers from the Bears on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. How bout dem Cowboys , Dallas here... more

Jonas Gray ends his New England career as a one-game wonder. The former undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame was cut by the Patriots on Saturday. Along with veteran wideout Reggie Wayne -- who also was released  by the Patriots -- Gray was absent... more

Duron Carter's redemption story is on hiatus. Carter was among the Indianapolis Colts' cuts on Saturday, along with defensive tackles Josh Chapman and Montori Hughes. The son of Hall of Famer Cris Carter, Duron signed with the Colts in February after... more

Reggie Wayne survived just two weeks on the New England Patriots' roster. The former Indianapolis Colts star asked for and was granted his release Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source close to the veteran wide receiver.... more

Arizona Cardinals right tackle Bobby Massie was suspended two games by the league Saturday for the violating the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. Massie initially was facing the prospect of a three-game ban before getting the suspension... more

Kellen Moore is out of a job after the Detroit Lions gave him an opportunity to unseat Dan Orlovsky for the backup quarterback spot. Moore and tight end Joseph Fauria were among the Lions' cuts on Saturday, the team confirmed . Moore completed 29 of... more

Sio Moore's career with the Oakland Raiders is over. The Raiders traded Moore to the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, the team announced. In exchange, the Raiders will receive a sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft. The Raiders confirmed the trade on... more

With apologies to Australian rugby league sensation Jarryd Hayne, Seahawks rookie wide receiver Tyler Lockett locked up mythical preseason MVP honors with another long touchdown in Thursday night's 31-21 preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders.... more

Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack was perhaps the most dominant player in the league last week, wreaking havoc on the Cardinals' depleted offensive line to the tune of two sacks, a forced fumble and a handful of quarterback hurries. Mack has been so... more

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has shot down speculation that coach Chuck Pagano must win a Super Bowl to keep his job in 2015. There is still ample reason to believe, however, that Pagano will enter the season on the proverbial hot seat despite... more

Rookie Melvin Gordon has averaged just 2.2 yards per carry this preseason, leaving the San Diego Chargers' tailback plans in flux. Quarterback Philip Rivers stressed this week that the backfield distribution is "not going to be all Melvin." "As Coach... more

When general manager Reggie McKenzie declared in December that the Oakland Raiders' foundation had finally been built , it was firmly believed that talented young linebacker Sio Moore was part of that nucleus. An All-Rookie selection in 2013, Moore... more

Former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs hinted Wednesday that he is close to retiring from the NFL after 12 years in Chicago. Briggs has yet to file the official paperwork, but expects to make a final decision in the next few weeks. After fielding... more

Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. has a chance to join 2015 inductees Bill Polian and Ron Wolf in the "contributor" category of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that DeBartolo has been selected as a... more

Bears Lions Packers Vikings Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC North. Change we can believe in As a rookie, Teddy Bridgewater was one of December's premier quarterbacks with Matt Asiata, Charles Johnson, Jarius Wright and... more

Bears Lions Packers Vikings Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC North. Change we can believe in It remains to be seen if Adam Gase can fix Jay Cutler and a broken offense, but the hiring of Vic Fangio -- one of the game's... more

Bears Lions Packers Vikings Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC North. Change we can believe in The Packers annually make fewer changes than any other team. Of the players in their regular rotation, only veterans Julius... more

Bears Lions Packers Vikings Around The NFL's season preview goes to the NFC North. Change we can believe in The Lions upgraded in a major way when they drafted Ameer Abdullah to replace a declining Reggie Bush. After stealing the show... more


The past calendar year been a surreal odyssey for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews. Since last summer, Matthews has been shopped around the league , has requested a trade and is now threatening to displace Kenny Stills in three-wide... more

It's common knowledge that Alex Smith didn't throw a single touchdown to a wide receiver last season. But did you realize the streak had reached 594 consecutive days before last week's touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin? If the preseason is any... more

Marcus Mariota has been the picture of unflappability in his first preseason with the Tennessee Titans. He bounced back in strong fashion from two early turnovers in the preseason opener. A headset malfunction failed to shake his confidence in last... more

Stevie Brown's Houston career lasted just four months. The Texans released the veteran safety on Friday. The team officially announced the move Saturday. Brown reportedly had offers from five or six teams when he signed with Houston in late April.... more

After losing the Houston Texans' starting quarterback job to Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett has gone from disappointed to delinquent. Mallett missed Thursday's practice because he overslept , John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported. Mallett did... more

Coach Mike Tomlin was riding a wave of optimism back in March, when he declared that the Steelers are capable of becoming "the very best " offense in the NFL. And why not? Pittsburgh is home to the NFL's most unstoppable "triplets " in quarterback Ben... more

When it comes to falling in love, the stages are smitten, head-over-heels, twitterpated and the honeymoon rapture that highly decorated Colts veterans Frank Gore and Andre Johnson are currently experiencing for Andrew Luck. After a dozen years in... more

The Baltimore Ravens are committing to safety Will Hill beyond the 2015 season. The team announced Thursday that Hill has agreed to a two-year contract. Hill had signed a one-year, $1.542 million restricted free-agent tender in March. He was due to... more

When the Panthers overhauled their receiving corps last offseason, coach Ron Rivera emphasized a collective effort to generate 10 receptions per game. Now that No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin is out for the season , offensive coordinator Mike Shula is... more

Connor Barth is returning to Tampa. A day after being released by the Denver Broncos, Barth signed a deal with the Buccaneers, the team announced Thursday. The deal is for two years at a maximum value of $2.75 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The past week has been an especially harrowing one in the NFL's season-long war of attrition. Since Carolina Panthers second-year star Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL last Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers have lost Pro Bowl receiver Jordy Nelson, the... more

In the past few months, Mychal Kendricks has gone from trade bait to nucleus player for the Philadelphia Eagles. Among inside linebackers, Kendricks' new contract places him behind Pro Bowl players such as Bobby Wagner, Lawrence Timmons and NaVorro... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tailback Doug Martin stole the spotlight from Jameis Winston on Monday night, not an easy task when the quarterback is the No. 1 overall pick making his first national television appearance. A slimmer, speedier Martin justified a... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starters dominated the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football , led by the strong arm of an improved Jameis Winston. Winston showed more command of the offense in his second preseason game, orchestrating an eight-play,... more

Early in training camp, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly shot down speculation that linebacker Mychal Kendricks was on the trade block. Kelly made good on his word, as the Eagles signed Kendricks to a four-year, $29 million contract extension on... more

Jordy Nelson broke the Green Bay Packers' single-season record for receiving yards in 2014, earning a long-overdue trip to the Pro Bowl. Although he hasn't been as decorated as other big-name wideouts, Nelson has had a strong claim as the NFL's premier... more

The Tennessee Titans' quarterback situation is quickly transforming from one of the NFL's least productive to one of the NFL's most enviable. After an uneven preseason debut last week, starter Marcus Mariota showed improvement Sunday night versus... more

Former Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne is quickly becoming one of the NFL's most exciting open-field runners . Assuming punt-return duties for the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday evening's preseason tilt, Hayne scooted through the Dallas... more

Just hours after Jordy Nelson became the second No. 1 receiver lost to a knee injury this month, future Hall of Famer Randy Moss told a national television audience that he's open to an NFL comeback. "I actually have not lost the itch," Moss told FOX's... more

Robert Griffin III returned to team drills in Sunday's practice, just two days after suffering an apparent concussion in the Washington Redskins' second preseason game. Coach Jay Gruden explained that Griffin was cleared for "non-contact" activity... more

Matt Ryan will be without his No. 2 receiver for the remainder of the preseason schedule. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced Sunday that Roddy White will undergo minor surgery to clean out loose particles in his elbow. Quinn fully expects White... more

The Green Bay Packers lost one of their best players to injury on the opening drive of Sunday's 24-19 preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers announced on Monday that wide receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the remainder of the 2015 season... more

Of all the breakout candidates at wide receiver this season, Brandin Cooks of the Saints has been the most impressive through two weeks of preseason action. Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered high praise after the speedy wideout burned his defense... more

On a late-August night featuring just two preseason tilts, Chase Daniel's ongoing preseason excellence is worth highlighting. After Daniel kicked off the third quarter with a scoring drive in the Kansas City Chiefs' 14-13 victory over the Seattle... more

An Arizona Cardinals offensive line that seemed so promising throughout the offseason is now riddled with question marks. Left guard Mike Iupati, signed away from the San Francisco 49ers in March, is expected to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery that... more

The Carolina Panthers' worst fears were realized when the MRI results came back on Kelvin Benjamin's Wednesday morning knee injury. The second-year wide receiver will need season-ending surgery for a torn left ACL, the team confirmed. NFL Media Insider... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Senior Committee nominated former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler and former Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins guard Dick Stanfel for the Class of 2016. The committee considers players who have been retired for... more

First-round rookie Melvin Gordon was outplayed by Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver in the San Diego Chargers' preseason opener, managing just 11 yards on six carries. Although the offensive line failed to open wide lanes, Gordon still showed a... more

Has any position group in the NFL been more valuable than the Seahawks' secondary over the past two years? The "Legion of Boom " has led Seattle to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, shutting down opposing pass defenses at a historically great level.... more

Fresh off the training-camp PUP list , Darren McFadden is taking advantage of Joseph Randle's absence due to an oblique strain. McFadden dominated one-on-one pass drills on Monday, leading Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to dust off his hyperbole... more

Buffalo Bills stars began dropping like flies in Tuesday's practice. Minutes after All-Pro tailback LeSean McCoy limped off with a hamstring injury , coach Rex Ryan disclosed that wide receiver Percy Harvin was given a platelet-rich plasma (PRP)... more

The New York Jets have added veteran quarterback insurance in the wake of Geno Smith's jaw surgery. The Jets signed former Packers backup Matt Flynn, the team announced Wednesday. Flynn was released by the Patriots earlier this month when a nagging... more

Armed with the knowledge that All Pro tailback DeMarco Murray was ticketed for free agency, the Dallas Cowboys saddled up their workhorse for the seventh-most carries (436) in NFL history last season. The Philadelphia Eagles were steeped in the research... more

Now that Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers have landed long-term contract extensions, the attention turns to another highly decorated member of the 2004 quarterback draft class. Although the New York Giants hope to sign Eli Manning to a new deal by... more

The Baltimore Ravens are an alleged playoff contender with red flags surfacing in their passing attack. Joe Flacco watched deep threat Torrey Smith and security blanket Owen Daniels depart for greener pastures in March, leaving behind a trail of... more

Robert Griffin III made news Monday after telling a local reporter that he still believes he can be the best quarterback in the league . Taken in proper context, it's an understandable sentiment. That same ultra-confident, hyper-competitive mindset... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added a 100-game starter to their beleaguered offensive line. The Bucs signed right tackle Gosder Cherilus to a two-year contract on Monday, according to the team. The deal is worth $7 million, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

A week into training camp, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell noted a "night and day " difference between Blake Bortles' first and second seasons. The difference goes beyond Bortles' overhauled throwing mechanics to a more confident... more

Finally free of Rex Ryan's swarming defense, the Buffalo Bills' beleaguered quarterbacks exceeded expectations in a 25-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the teams' preseason opener. Veteran Matt Cassel, the starter by default, converted a pair of... more

Just days after being named the team's starter, Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul is now done for the season. Paul was carted off the field Thursday with a nasty ankle injury. Coach Jay Gruden announced after the game that the converted wide... more

If the preseason opener was Jimmy Garoppolo's audition for the NFL Kickoff game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots can't feel any better about their quarterback situation than they were entering training camp. With the obvious... more

One of the biggest mysteries of the offseason is turning into a non-issue in training camp. It was fair to question Peyton Manning's already waning arm strength after his performance noticeably slipped down the stretch last season. By all accounts... more

Coaches come and go in San Francisco, but the adulation for beleaguered backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert remains just as strong. On the heels of Gabbert's nightmarish 49ers preseason debut last August, then-coach Jim Harbaugh announced that he was... more

Steve Smith will be an interesting test-case for any Hall of Fame voter who has not watched game film over the past 15 years. Those who have witnessed his game-wrecking ability year-in and year-out inherently understand the greatest player in Carolina... more

A half-decade ago, Detroit fans watched promising young running backs Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure go down with hard-luck, career-ending injuries. If Ameer Abdullah can stay healthy, the Lions believe their early-round backfield investment will... more

Displeased with his running backs, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians suggested Monday that he would look outside the organization for alternatives . That backfield help might just come in the form of free agent Chris Johnson. The Cardinals have... more

Might free agent Ray Rice's wish for the opportunity to "hang 'em up the right way " land him in Cleveland? Coach Mike Pettine acknowledged to's Don Banks on Tuesday that the Browns have discussed signing Rice , who has been out of league since... more

The NFL's "play it by the book " adage has taken on a different meaning in the age of analytics. Ron Rivera learned the hard way. After being saddled with the NFL's worst record in close games early in his Panthers coaching career, Rivera saved his job... more

Veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel wasn't out of work long following last week's release by the Seattle Seahawks. McDaniel signed a one-year contract worth up to $2.5 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports, via a... more

The Philadelphia Eagles suddenly might be harboring second thoughts about their recent decision to trade cornerback Brandon Boykin. Sixth-round rookie JaCorey Shepherd, one of the players expected to fill Boykin's void in the slot, suffered a torn... more

Less than a week after DeAndre Levy signed a new deal with the Lions, one of the NFL's other premier linebackers landed a long-term contract. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with weakside linebacker Lavonte David on a five-year extension, NFL... more

Former New York Giants Hall of Famer and broadcast legend Frank Gifford has died suddenly of natural causes at age 84, his family told the Associated Press on Sunday. "We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live," the family said in a... more

The Buffalo Bills' carousel of quarterback disappointment extended into Saturday's scrimmage, with one fan openly pining for the return of Kyle Orton. Although EJ Manuel was the consensus scrimmage "winner," WKBW's Joe Buscaglia described the... more

Now that franchise players Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas have set the 2015 market for No. 1 receivers, the Atlanta Falcons are ramping up efforts to sign Julio Jones to a long-term extension. Owner Arthur Blank emphasized Sunday that the Falcons... more

Most rankings of the best players in NFL history start with Jim Brown, Jerry Rice and Lawrence Taylor. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is confident that he will join that trio in the inner circle of the Hall of Fame once he establishes himself as... more

In just over two years, Buffalo Bills cornerback Nickell Robey has graduated from undrafted rookie to nucleus player. The Bills announced Sunday that Robey has signed a long-term contract extension. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports Robey's extension is... more

The late-season emergence of running back Jeremy Hill isn't the only reason to believe the Cincinnati Bengals will boast their best offense in more than a decade this season. They are also welcoming wide receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler... more

Confounded with the most underwhelming quarterback room in the league, Bills coach Rex Ryan considered reuniting with free agent Michael Vick prior to training camp. "I had a conversation with Mike," Ryan told PFT Live on Friday. "Mike's an outstanding... more

The St. Louis Rams believe they have their answer at quarterback in Nick Foles. The team announced Friday that Foles has signed a two-year extension through the 2017 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the deal is worth just over... more

One of the most interesting NFL storylines of the summer is how quickly Marcus Mariota has dispelled the notion that he will be a developmental project for the Tennessee Titans. On the heels of an impressive offseason performance that left teammates... more

The San Francisco 49ers will not wash their hands of Aldon Smith after releasing the troubled pass rusher . That was the message from Jim Tomsula at Friday's press conference, on the heels of Smith's third DUI arrest . "Although Aldon won't be playing... more

General manager Doug Whaley conceded earlier this week that the Bills are "almost in quarterback purgatory ." Of all the quarterback situations in the NFL, Buffalo's might just be the most frustrating. The rest of the roster is Super Bowl-caliber.... more

The Indianapolis Colts' excitement for Phillip Dorsett hasn't dissipated since the speedy first-round draft pick earned rave reviews for his work in offseason practices. Appearing on Wednesday's edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , NFL Media... more

After two years as an afterthought in the Rams' offense, former No. 8 overall pick Tavon Austin is being prepped for a featured role in 2015. "There's no doubt in my mind that his production level should increase ," coach Jeff Fisher said this week, via... more

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged in January that officials made the correct call on Dez Bryant's controversial "catch" that was ruled incomplete versus the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs. At the time, Jones called... more

When the Colts rejected trade offers to select speedy wideout Phillip Dorsett late in the draft's first round, speculation immediately centered on T.Y. Hilton's future in Indianapolis. Would the Colts plug Dorsett into the starting lineup in 2016,... more

Fair warning to the rest of the NFC: The Seahawks' biggest 2014 weakness figures to be a team strength this season. Seattle's pivotal Week 11 loss at Kansas City highlighted the passing-game's failures in the red zone. With no size or physicality at... more

Eagles coach Chip Kelly emphasized Sunday that the Steelers "actively pursued " their recent trade for cornerback Brandon Boykin. Now we have a better sense of why Pittsburgh was so aggressive in trade talks. The Steelers are considering season-ending... more

Glowing reports from NFL insiders and Steelers beat writers last week provoked a virtual stampede of fantasy football analysts rushing to anoint Martavis Bryant the NFL's breakout star of 2015. Around The NFL had already purchased shares of Bryant... more

After being placed on the pre-draft trade block , inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks acknowledged in June that he might not be on the Philadelphia Eagles' roster by the start of the season . When cornerback Brandon Boykin was traded to the Pittsburgh... more

Buoyed by the emergence of Jeremy Hill and the return to health of A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert, the Cincinnati Bengals are set up for their most explosive offense in a decade . If they are finally going to make it out of the Wild Card... more


Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson's 2015 season is in question following his recent speeding incident that resulted in resisting arrest charge and various traffic violations. Coach Todd Bowles said Friday that he has "no idea" if Richardson... more

After losing a trio of defensive stars this year, the San Francisco 49ers have reason for optimism in the form of rejuvenated inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman. The three-time All-Pro entered the offseason as a weighty question mark after missing the... more

What a difference a year makes. Vernon Davis forfeited a $200,000 workout bonus and racked up a $70,000 fine last summer after skipping 49ers OTAs in an effort to develop his own brand . "Every decision I make is in the best interest of my brand,"... more

When Percy Harvin signed with the Buffalo Bills in March, he emphasized that he no longer wants to be considered strictly a slot receiver or gadget player . As it turns out, Harvin has more in mind than simply running more routes outside the numbers and... more

Don't write off Matt Cassel just yet. Despite a rough offseason that had beat writers questioning his staying power , Cassel handled the first reps in team drills to open Buffalo Bills training camp on Friday.Cassel and Tyrod Taylor took turns with the... more

After shopping his services around the league in June, veteran wide receiver James Jones finally has a new team. Jones signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants, the team announced on Friday. The nine-year veteran chose the Giants' offer... more

Things are looking up for the New York Giants' wide receivers. Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz both avoided the active/physically unable to perform list to open training camp.Beckham missed June practices with a hamstring tweak . Cruz is returning from... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have gone 24 years without a postseason victory, the NFL's longest active streak of ignominy. If Marvin Lewis puts an end to that drought in emphatic fashion with a Super Bowl victory in February, he plans to honor owner Mike... more

Santonio Holmes is back on the football radar. The Super Bowl XLIII hero is one of three free-agent wide receivers working out for the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, reports NFL Media's Rand Getlin. Joining Holmes are David Nelson and Greg Little,... more

Sammy Watkins is itching for training camp to open on Wednesday after missing offseason practices following January surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. "I'll definitely be ready to practice," Watkins said Tuesday, via Matthew Fairburn of... more

Ryan Williams' ongoing knee problems have cost him a prime opportunity in the Dallas Cowboys' unsettled backfield. The team announced Williams' release on Tuesday after the running back underwent another knee procedure in June. A Cardinals... more

The Arizona Cardinals made history Monday, announcing the hiring of Jen Welter of the Indoor Football League as the NFL's first woman to hold a coaching position. A former collegiate rugby player who played 14 seasons of pro football -- mostly in the... more

If Adrian Peterson truly has his sights set on 2,500 rushing yards this season, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it clear Sunday that workload won't be an issue. Although running backs coach Kirby Wilson had told Around The NFL's Marc Sessler that... more

Former second-round pass rusher Da'Quan Bowers is receiving another chance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs announced Bowers' re-signing on Monday. The contract is for one year at the veteran's minimum, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.... more

Teddy Bridgewater was ranked No. 23 among NFL starting quarterbacks in a recent poll compiled with input from 35 coaches and executives around the league. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who was thoroughly outplayed by Bridgewater last season,... more

Cardinals Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell recently asserted on NFL Total Access that Frank Gore was the biggest loss among the mass exodus of 49ers stars this past offseason. "He was the heart and soul of that offense -- and really that team,"... more

One anonymous NFL head coach recently opined to's Mike Sando that Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles "looked lost " as a rookie. Among qualified passers, Bortles ranked dead-last in Total QBR and second-to-last in yards per attempt while... more

With All-Pro Gerald McCoy under contract as one of the NFL's highest-paid interior linemen , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have turned their attention to their other defensive superstar. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported on Thursday's edition of NFL Total... more

Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell recently anointed Arizona a "true contender " now that Carson Palmer is recovered from ACL surgery . Although defensive back Tyrann Mathieu echoes the sentiment that the Cardinals are "legitimate contenders," the... more

Returning from a torn Achilles tendon, Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis vowed last month to be back on the field by September . Once Mathis does return, coach Chuck Pagano expects him to regain the dominant form that has resulted in five Pro Bowl berths.... more

Click here for Gregg Rosenthal's breakdown of the top NFC training camp battles . 1. Jets quarterback: Geno Smith vs. faceplant Even with Chan Gailey favorite Ryan Fitzpatrick on board, the Jets have made it clear that this is Smith's job to lose .... more

The Seattle Seahawks are making progress on a new contract for middle linebacker Bobby Wagner after opening negotiations in early June . NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported on Wednesday's edition of NFL Total Access that talks have been "active" and there... more

As a sensational NFL rookie in 2012, Robert Griffin III so dazzled opponents that former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck cursed the football gods for delivering a fixture in his nightmares . Now that Griffin has followed that Offensive Rookie of the... more

On the heels of a rocky offseason , the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson have re-committed to a long-term partnership. The team announced Tuesday that the two sides have "mutually agreed" to restructure the final three years of Peterson's contract.... more

The San Diego Chargers have stressed all offseason that their plan is to secure a new Philip Rivers contract that will keep the quarterback with the organization through the end of his career . The Bolts now hope that a new long-term deal will be in... more

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

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

The Baltimore Ravens have secured the services of one of the NFL's top punters for the next half-decade. The team announced Thursday that Sam Koch has verbally agreed to a five-year contract extension. The deal will pay Koch $16.25 million in new money... more

The strange saga of Jason Pierre-Paul's fireworks incident took a serious turn on Wednesday. Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed, according to a source informed of the situation. ESPN first... more

ROSENTHAL HANZUS SESSLER WESSELING PATRA ORR Wednesday night marks the end of our journey on the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2015 countdown as players 10 through 1 will be revealed starting at 8 p.m. ET. We at Around The... more

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

Once a premier slot receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, Austin Collie is now starring in Canada after concussion concerns contributed to the demise of his NFL career. Collie hauled in five passes for 65 yards and a 26-yard touchdown in his Saturday... more

The Minnesota Vikings are a trendy offseason pick to make the playoffs in Teddy Bridgewater's second season. Bridgewater closed out his 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie Of The Year campaign as Pro Football Focus' top-ranked quarterback for December, a motivated... more

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, Oregon star Marcus Mariota was billed as a "project ," bound to struggle with the transition from a college spread offense to a pro style. After an impressive showing in offseason practices, though, the Tennessee... more

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

The NFL league office rang in the Fourth of July weekend with a host of suspensions on Thursday. With four key players banned to start the season, let's take a look at the fallout for each team. 1. Sheldon Richardson, Jets defensive lineman: Over the... more

Once upon a time, rookie holdouts were the scourge of pro football fan bases. After the rookie wage scale was introduced via the NFL's 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, however, the drama was removed from rookie contracts. Because football news... more

Sam Barrington has been billed this year as the solution to the Green Bay Packers' inside linebacker woes of the Dom Capers era. One person not buying into the hype: Sam Barrington. "Everybody wants to seem to crown me for no reason ," Barrington... more


Rex Ryan is an excellent defensive coach, a master motivator and, by all accounts, a genuinely affable fellow. When the story of his coaching career is written, though, hubris will stand out as a dominant theme. From the day he stepped into the Jets'... more

The Dallas Cowboys' brass spent the offseason lavishing praise on Darren McFadden after allowing DeMarco Murray to defect to Philadelphia. Beat writers have hyped Joseph Randle as a breakout candidate behind a dominant offensive line. With a month... more

What constitutes a comeback? It's the NFL's most nebulous award, as most fans remain confused about the qualifications. Rob Gronkowski was an obvious candidate last year as a unanimous All-Pro returning from an ACL injury. Philip Rivers, by contrast,... more

The player to replace recently-released Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis on the Eagles' offensive line is one who recently came out of retirement. John Moffitt, a former third-round draft pick of the Seahawks, signed with the Eagles on Monday, the team... more

With less than three weeks before the July 15 deadline, the Dallas Cowboys and Dez Bryant are back at the negotiating table. On Friday, the Cowboys had their first face-to-face meeting with Bryant's agents Tom Condon and Roc Nation's Kim Miale in nearly... more

New Falcons coach Dan Quinn discovered this week just how revered Herschel Walker is in Georgia. After Walker recently made his semi-annual declaration that he could still play in the NFL , Quinn quipped to a group of Atlanta businessmen, "Yeah, we'd... more

After missing all but one game last season, Adrian Peterson dropped 58 spots to No. 62 in NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2015 . Although the low ranking could be perceived as a slight, Peterson is actually excited about it . "There's not too... more

Seattle has been at the forefront of the NFL's business season, with the Seahawks futures of quarterback Russell Wilson, pass rushers Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin questioned at one time or another over the past couple of months. Defensive end... more

Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper inspire plenty of confidence as Oakland Raiders building blocks and future stars . Can the same be said of 2013 first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden? Although Hayden closed out last year as a full-time player, he's not... more

The Dallas Cowboys declined cornerback Morris Claiborne's fifth-year option in May , but that doesn't mean the organization has given up on the former first-round draft pick. "I think Claiborne has a real good chance to surprise ," owner Jerry Jones... more

As an undrafted rookie, Philly Brown emerged as the speed element in the Panthers' offense last season, squeezing veteran Jason Avant off the roster in November. With a year of experience under his belt, Brown has changed his name and his game. Now... more

Don't pencil rookie Breshad Perriman into the Baltimore Ravens' starting lineup just yet. Former special teamer Kamar Aiken and third-year wideout Marlon Brown each spent time opposite Steve Smith with the first-team offense during offseason practices.... more

When Carson Palmer recently declared himself "100 percent " recovered from November knee surgery, the Cardinals put the rest of the NFC on notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2015. "With him under center, we know we're a contender... more

When the appeal for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension ended Tuesday evening , attorney Jeffrey Kessler conceded the timetable for a ruling was still up in the air. We now have reason to believe there will be no decision from NFL... more

After 10 years without a 1,000-yard receiver, the Jacksonville Jaguars boast a pair of strong candidates to accomplish the feat in 2015. Second-year wide receiver Allen Robinson is a prime breakout candidate on the heels of an "unbelievable "... more

The Denver Broncos were never going to trade Peyton Manning. Responding to a Tuesday report that the Broncos discussed Manning with the Houston Texans early this offseason, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told the Rich Eisen Show Wednesday that the... more

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

Is Chip Kelly's dalliance with Tim Tebow more than just an offseason lark? When Tebow first signed with Philadelphia back in April , the other Eagles quarterbacks downplayed the "competition." Mark Sanchez hinted that Tebow was merely a camp arm... more

Much like Randy Moss, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was a high school basketball star who entered the national radar as a college football phenom. Moss went on to set the NFL rookie record with 17 touchdowns in 1998 while Evans broke Tampa Bay's... more

Ahmad Bradshaw's free-agent stock just took another blow. Bradshaw is facing a one-game suspension for violating the league's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, a league spokesperson confirmed to Around The NFL on Monday. The running back... more

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz provided a glimpse of his potential with a franchise-record 15 receptions in a December loss to the Washington Redskins last season. Darren Sproles, who has been training with Ertz this offseason, believes there... more

The Seahawks' "Legion of Boom " holds the unofficial title of the best secondary in football, but who owns the premier defensive front seven in the NFL? Star defensive end Fletcher Cox believes it's the Eagles. "Being honest, I think we should be No.... more

Terrelle Pryor is staying in Ohio. Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Monday. When it became obvious that AJ McCarron was the favorite for backup duties in Cincinnati, the Bengals cut Pryor loose to allow him to... more

In previewing the Bengals offense, we recently expressed the opinion that this year's outfit is loaded with more talent than any version since the 1988 Super Bowl squad. Coaching intern T.J. Houshmandzadeh draws a comparison instead to the 2005 AFC... more

Coach Bill O'Brien recently told NFL Media's Michael Silver that the Houston Texans expect to have pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney ready for the season opener in September. O'Brien's estimate might turn out to be overly conservative. Clowney has... more

When Wallace Gilberry raved earlier this month that Bengals second-year quarterback AJ McCarron was "doing awesome " with a revamped throwing motion, the veteran defensive end wasn't telling tales out of school. Now that the offseason has come to a... more

After the Buffalo Bills' initial offseason workouts last month, questions began surfacing about Matt Cassel's status as the default frontrunner in the quarterback competition. Now that offseason practices have wrapped up, those questions have shifted... more

Plagued by injuries in 2014, Calvin Johnson was left off the All-Pro team for the first time in four years. While national pundits laud Antonio Brown as the NFL's best receiver and debate whether Dez Bryant should become the game's highest-paid wideout,... more

Any latent doubts the Dallas Cowboys' brass might have harbored about first-round pick Byron Jones as merely a Combine warrior have been quickly dismissed in offseason practices. Owner Jerry Jones is so excited about Jones that he gets "visions of... more

Is this the year the St. Louis Rams' steep investment in Tavon Austin finally pays off? The No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has been nothing short of a bust through two seasons, averaging less than 10.0 yards per catch as a gadget player in... more

Taylor Mays wasn't out of work long. Released by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday , Mays is signing with the Detroit Lions, agent Fadde Mikhail confirmed to ESPN. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Mays passed his physical with the... more

Terrelle Pryor has had a change of heart about a position switch. Waived by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Pryor wants to be considered as a wide receiver, agent Drew Rosenhaus told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Before latching on with the... more

One of the NFL's best-kept secrets resides in Jacksonville. Because he missed last offseason with a hamstring injury and spent the final six weeks of his rookie season on injured reserve with a broken right foot, Jaguars second-year wide receiver Allen... more

Former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor describes Cam Newton as a "mutant walking ," for the Panthers quarterback's freakish combination of size, athletic gifts and seemingly indestructible frame. Newton doesn't shy away from his exceptionalism, recently... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have gone 24 years without a postseason victory, the NFL's longest active drought. Since Andy Dalton assumed the starting quarterback role in 2011, the team has lost in the Wild Card round of the playoffs four consecutive years --... more

Bill Parcells had a name for scatbacks and smaller wide receivers in need of open space to excel: satellite players. If an offensive coordinator can scheme open-field opportunities for an elusive speed demon such as C.J. Spiller or Brandin Cooks, the... more

If the Denver Broncos have a concern on new coordinator Wade Phillips' talented defense, it's the health of inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall . Trevathan, a breakout star in 2013 , revealed Wednesday that he underwent kneecap... more

The Green Bay Packers utilize a statistical breakdown referred to as "the 16 principles of championship offense and defense ." Coach Mike McCarthy explained after the 2014 season that his offense "hit 13 of 16," coming just a play or two short on the... more

The Dallas Cowboys' response to Dez Bryant's threat to sit out regular-season action in a contract dispute: a collective yawn. "It doesn't concern me one bit ," coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday, via The Dallas Morning News. "Dez loves football. He has a... more

When Joseph Randle suggested last month that DeMarco Murray left "a lot of meat on the bone " last season, the implication was that the starting running back left yards on the field. Does the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year owe his award to the Dallas... more

Speaking to reporters for the first time since releasing Evan Mathis last week , Eagles coach Chip Kelly revealed that representatives for the Pro Bowl guard had asked for his release on "multiple occasions" since the start of free agency in March. "We... more

If offseason hype and preseason production augured well for NFL success, Brandon Weeden would be entrenched as a franchise quarterback by now. The subject of breathless accolades every May through August , Weeden has inspired hope in yet another... more

Vernon Davis is coming off the worst season of his career, turning in one of the most disappointing performances of any 2013 Pro Bowl selection. After scoring twice in the season-opening victory at Dallas, Davis never found the end zone nor topped 40... more

Shortly after making Cam Newton one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, the Carolina Panthers have rewarded linebacker Thomas Davis with a new contract. The Panthers announced Monday that they have signed Davis to a two-year extension.... more

Brandon Marshall revealed in March that he and Geno Smith initiated a "weird relationship " when the Jets quarterback was drafted out of West Virginia two years back. As it turns out, the two developed such a strong bond that Marshall hand-picked the... more

After deconstructing a mostly barren roster when he arrived in Oakland four years ago, general manager Reggie McKenzie began reconstructing a solid foundation with Derek Carr and Khalil Mack last offseason. The early returns out of Raiders OTAs... more

Demaryius Thomas isn't the only franchise-tagged wide receiver in danger of missing training camp if a long-term deal isn't signed by mid-July. Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant told NFL Media columnist Michael Silver on Friday that he might miss... more

Five-time All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams has a new NFL home. The New Orleans Saints announced Friday that Williams has signed a one-year contract. Williams, 34, played all 16 games with the Seattle Seahawks last season, starting in place of... more

Since the end of the 2014 season, the San Francisco 49ers have lost their three top coaches, a trio of team captains, 20 Pro Bowl selections and over 1,000 combined NFL starts.If a pro football team has ever seen a mass exodus to that extent, we are not... more

With just five weeks before the July 15 deadline to sign franchise players to long-term extensions, the pressure is on the Denver Broncos to find common ground with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Peyton Manning is already upset that Thomas doesn't have... more

After 15 months of contract tension, the Philadelphia Eagles are cutting ties with veteran guard Evan Mathis. The Eagles announced on Friday that they had released the two-time Pro Bowl selection. Seeking a new contract, Mathis was first placed on the... more

NFL Network continued The Top 100 Players of 2015 countdown on Wednesday, revealing players 50 through 41 on the list. Our five takeaways from the latest episode: » The voters catch flak for being behind the curve, but they deserve credit for placing... more

Pop quiz: Which running back led the NFL in rushing yards and yards per carry in the second half of the 2014 season? It wasn't Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray. It wasn't serial tackle-breaker Marshawn Lynch. It wasn't dual-threat Le'Veon... more

The NFC should be on red alert now that Carson Palmer has declared himself "100 percent " recovered from November ACL surgery. Since Palmer fully mastered Bruce Arians' offense in the middle of the 2013 season, he has been one of the league's most... more

Andre Johnson has languished in wide-receiver hell the past two years with the Texans, hauling in scattershot passes from a broken-down Matt Schaub, the journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and the undrafted and overmatched Case Keenum. It's understandable... more

While franchise quarterback Philip Rivers and Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle have dominated offseason headlines in San Diego, it's defensive end Corey Liuget who is the first of the trio to land a new contract with the Chargers. The Chargers and Liuget... more

By November of last season it appeared that Doug Martin's days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were numbered . The new regime fielded phone calls at the trade deadline and had no plans to pick up the tailback's 2016 option. When former Falcons... more

Among the many mysteries of the NFL offseason, Peyton Manning's arm strength is perhaps the most critical to his team's success . When Week 1 arrives, will we see the MVP candidate from the first half of last season or the injury-ravaged liability... more

When coach Chip Kelly acknowledged late last month that the Philadelphia Eagles' starting job is open to competition , it appeared that Sam Bradford's surgically repaired knee might not be healthy enough to start the season opener. One beat writer noted... more

The Houston Texans are no longer the only NFL team without an offensive coordinator. Coach Bill O'Brien announced Monday that quarterbacks coach George Godsey has been promoted to offensive coordinator. O'Brien and Godsey ran the offense together last... more

Second-year Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron recently noted that he's "slinging it " better this offseason than he ever has, thanks to a revamped throwing motion. Speaking with Mobile's WNSP on Friday, Defensive end Wallace Gilberry... more

Kirk Cousins averaged nearly 100 more passing yards per game than Robert Griffin III last season. He threw more touchdown passes in six games (10) than Griffin and Colt McCoy combined to toss in 14 games (eight). After throwing eight interceptions over... more

While Sam Bradford is limited to 7-on-7 drills with the Eagles, his former team is warming up to new quarterback Nick Foles. "We love him ," wide receiver Kenny Britt said, via the Associated Press, after Rams OTAs opened on Thursday. "Great deep ball,... more

Yet another key starter for the San Francisco 49ers is walking away from the game. Right tackle Anthony Davis surprisingly announced Friday that he won't play football in 2015. A statement released by Davis reads as follows: "After a few years of... more

Thursday's edition of the Around The NFL Podcast offered a breakdown of offseason tropes that dominate football's news cycle this time of year. One of the most familiar clichés is the star player who has "never felt better" after an injury-plagued... more

As part of our position rankings series last October, I rated the NFL's top 10 franchise cornerstones . It came as no surprise, at the time, that 2014 Defensive Player of the Year and MVP candidate J.J. Watt was the only non-quarterback on the list.... more

Momma said there'd be days like this. The New England Patriots were reminded Thursday of the wide chasm between the Super Bowl MVP and the quarterback who will open the season under center while Tom Brady serves his four-game suspension. Against a... more

Weakest groups: Offense Weakest groups: Defense Weakest safety group: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lovie Smith has reunited with Chris Conte and Major Wright after watching the oft-injured safety duo get burned on a regular basis in Chicago. What... more

While Jimmy Graham is tearing up Seahawks offseason practices , the Saints are still exploring veteran options to fill the void in their offense. Former Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham visited the Saints on Wednesday, coach Sean Payton confirmed to... more

Just five NFL teams passed for more net yards than the Philadelphia Eagles' duo of Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles last season. Whether it's Sanchez or Sam Bradford under center to open the season , that raw production is likely to decline in 2015.... more

A year ago this week Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was suspended for at least one year for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Washington's agent confirmed months ago that the 2012 Pro Bowler would apply... more

The Carolina Panthers are tying their future to Cam Newton. Newton signed a five-year extension that will keep him under team control through the 2020 season, the Panthers announced on Tuesday. The deal is worth $103.8 million with Newton receiving... more

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks admitted Tuesday that he "didn't know what to think" when the Philadelphia Eagles placed him on the trade block leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Kendricks has yet to discuss a... more

Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis is no longer the best player in his immediate family. Vernon might have the name, but little brother Vontae Davis had the game in 2014, turning in the best season by an Indianapolis Colts defensive back since... more

Don't throw dirt on Montee Ball's career just yet. Although 2014 breakout star C.J. Anderson entered offseason practices as the Denver Broncos' starting running back, Ball is splitting reps with the first-team offense. "I'm really looking forward to... more

At this time a year ago, Carolina Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl didn't have a single player under his watch who had caught a pass from Cam Newton in game action. Now? "Oh, my god! It's unbelievable a difference a year a makes," Proehl... more

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien is wrestling with one of pro football's time-tested maxims. If you have two quarterbacks, you don't have a quarterback . O'Brien told reporters Monday that he was no timetable for choosing between Ryan Mallett and... more

Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle's decision to skip OTAs in search of a contract extension appears to have been in vain. The San Diego Chargers told Weddle they will not be discussing a new contract with him until after the 2015 season, NFL Media Insider... more

If the Washington Redskins were truly conflicted about exercising Robert Griffin III's fifth-year option early last month, they aren't going to admit it publicly. Team president Bruce Allen told reporters Monday that it was a "no-brainer" to pick up... more

The Arizona Cardinals are rewarding defensive end Frostee Rucker for his fine work as an injury replacement for Darnell Dockett last season. The team has reached agreement with Rucker on a one-year extension , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports,... more

The Tennessee Titans have moved beyond flagrant motivational tactics in their effort to get enigmatic wideout Justin Hunter to reach his considerable potential . After finishing near the bottom of the league in catch rate for the second consecutive... more

Upon being selected in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons, former Indiana star Tevin Coleman immediately predicted that he would win the starting running back job. Coach Dan Quinn confirmed that Coleman will have that opportunity. Citing... more


The AFC is there for the Colts' taking this year. Weakened by the departure of All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis in March, the Patriots are now set to play the first quarter of the season without Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. Already shrouded in mystery... more

Searching for a new team for the first time in his 13-year NFL career, Andre Johnson placed the Indianapolis Colts atop his list in early March. When his agent asked why, Johnson offered a concise response: "The quarterback." Teammates at the... more

The Cowboys might have come across as drunk on their own hype when freshly signed rookie La'el Collins declared this year's Dallas offensive line the "best in NFL history ." Whether it was aimed at Collins or not, Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick... more

Two years after missing the majority of the season with a Lisfranc injury, Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady will sit out Denver's entire 2015 campaign. Clady sustained a torn ACL in Wednesday's practice, and his season officially ended Friday when the... more

The New York Giants are exploring veteran options at left tackle after losing starter Will Beatty to a torn pectoral for at least five months. Free agent Jake Long, a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Dolphins early in his injury-plagued career,... more

As it turns out, the Philadelphia Eagles traded their starting quarterback and a second-round draft pick in exchange for an injured quarterback who might be banished to the sidelines in Week 1. Although coach Chip Kelly noted that Sam Bradford is "on... more

There's a misguided sense among a segment of amateur analysts and fantasy footballers that 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham is susceptible to a sophomore slump with defenses prepared to send double teams in waves this season. The... more

Adrian Peterson won't pick up the gauntlet thrown down by Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on Wednesday. After Zimmer made it clear that Peterson's only options are playing in Minnesota or retiring , the star running back gave ground in a statement released... more

If Darren McFadden is poised for a career renaissance as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones recently suggested , the former Raiders tailback is going to have to beat out Joseph Randle for Dallas' starting job. After... more

General manager Ruston Webster revealed to NFL Network early this month that the Titans had already begun tailoring their offense to Marcus Mariota before selecting the Oregon star in the 2015 NFL Draft. Now we know which offenses and quarterbacks... more

The Seattle Seahawks' star-studded secondary took on the look of a M*A*S*H unit after the Super Bowl, with Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman all nursing significant injuries. If NFC rivals expected those injuries to linger into the regular... more

Philip Rivers placed his San Diego future in question two months ago when he rejected the notion of signing a contract extension with the Chargers. Now there's reason to believe Rivers will stay with the organization under a new long-term deal, as NFL... more

Blake Bortles' prime directive this year is to fix the mechanical flaw that was behind his regression from preseason standout to regular-season disappointment as a rookie. As we have pointed out on the Around The NFL Podcast numerous times, Bortles... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will sport one of the NFL's youngest offenses this season, with Jameis Winston at quarterback, two rookie starters on the offensive line and second-year wideout sensation Mike Evans. Don't forget about running back Charles... more

Last we heard from AJ McCarron, the former Alabama star was battling shoulder soreness that kept him sidelined through the majority of his rookie season. Finally healthy again, McCarron is eyeing the Cincinnati Bengals' backup job, buoyed by a revamped... more

Prior to Robert Griffin III's January 2013 knee injury , he authored one of NFL history's most impressive rookie seasons , ushering in the Washington Redskins' fleeting "era of unbridled optimism ." Since collapsing in a heap at the 5-yard line of FedEx... more

New York Jets standout defensive end Sheldon Richardson is the latest NFL player embroiled in a controversy over his absence from nominally voluntary offseason practices. After skipping two sessions this week and returning to OTAs on Thursday,... more

If the Ravens want to keep the best guard duo in football, it's going to cost them. Four-time Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda and road-grading left guard Kelechi Osemele are both entering contract years in Baltimore after paving the way for Justin... more

The Indianapolis Colts' selection of University of Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett at No. 29 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft was widely panned as a head-scratching luxury pick . After rookie minicamp and a round of OTAs, the Colts couldn't be happier... more

It's natural to wonder how much the Pittsburgh Steelers defense will change without franchise legend Dick LeBeau calling the shots. To hear defensive end Cameron Heyward tell it, new coordinator Keith Butler won't deviate much from the 3-4 zone-blitz... more

The Minnesota Vikings have given Around The NFL's Dan Hanzus a new storyline for his hyper-familiar tropes of minicamp season . Now that enigmatic wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has a more firm grasp on the fundamentals of playing wide receiver in... more

Give the San Diego Chargers credit for standing their ground when Philip Rivers questioned his future with the organization. After making it clear leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft that Rivers would not be traded , the Chargers are renewing efforts to... more

Considering the Green Bay Packers' success in drafting wide receivers, it should come as no surprise that third-round pick Ty Montgomery is already drawing raves after rookie camp. "Very impressed ," coach Mike McCarthy said of Montgomery, via FOX... more

The Houston Texans announced Thursday that offensive tackle Tyson Clabo has been released. Clabo, 33, started 101 games for the Falcons as a stalwart right tackle on four different playoff squads. After latching on with the Dolphins as an... more

Seahawks Cardinals 49ers Rams Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » The Cardinals didn't trade for Adrian Peterson, which... more

Seahawks Cardinals 49ers Rams Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » The Rams are taking a conservative approach to... more

Seahawks Cardinals 49ers Rams Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » The offensive line is the most glaring weak spot on... more

Seahawks Cardinals 49ers Rams Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » The Niners let franchise icon Frank Gore walk out the... more

We knew Geno Smith was the favorite to open the season as the New York Jets' starting quarterback. What we didn't know until now is that offensive coordinator Chan Gailey already views Smith as the Week 1 starter, barring injury. Gailey told reporters... more

Prior to Carson Palmer's ACL tear early last November, the Cardinals boasted the NFL's best record at 8-1. Without Palmer available to steer Bruce Arians' offense, Arizona managed to go just 3-5 the rest of the way. In other words, Arians... more

Muhammad Wilkerson's push for a new contract shows no signs of abating any time soon. Wilkerson was absent from the start of New York Jets OTAs on Tuesday in Florham Park, as expected. "We're continuing to have dialogue sporadically," owner Woody... more

NFL owners approved the Competition Committee's proposal to shift extra points from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line for the 2015 season. We're not convinced the rule change will have a dramatic impact on strategy. If NFL teams are indeed... more

Bruce Arians revealed in late March that he held Logan Thomas out of the Arizona Cardinals' playoff loss because he wasn't going to let his 2014 fourth-round draft pick fail on the big stage . Although Thomas is a raw developmental project unlikely to... more

The San Diego Chargers are signing one of the few remaining players on Around The NFL's list of the Top 101 free agents . The Bolts have agreed to a one-year deal with former Rams right tackle Joseph Barksdale , the team announced Tuesday. Barksdale... more

The San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of first-round defensive end Arik Armstead. Armstead received a four-year contract worth $9.84 million fully guaranteed, including a $5.42 million signing bonus, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported.... more

The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of first-round cornerback Marcus Peters on Friday. A cousin of Marshawn Lynch, Peters was booted off Washington's team after a series of what he labeled "immature decisions." On the field, Peters has drawn... more

All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman returned to practice late last month for the first time since shredding his knee in the 2013 NFC Championship Game. Judging by the tone of coach Jim Tomsula's comments on Friday, Bowman is already closing in on... more

Veteran Matt Cassel was widely viewed as the favorite to open the season as the Buffalo Bills' quarterback after splitting practice reps evenly with EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor last month. At least one prominent beat writer believes, however, that... more

Now that five-time Pro Bowl selection Frank Gore is headlining the Colts backfield , Vick Ballard seems like an afterthought in a loaded Indianapolis offense . An ACL injury and a torn Achilles have limited Ballard to one game over the past two seasons... more

After acquiring Sam Bradford in March, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie revealed that his organization once evaluated the former University of Oklahoma star as the best quarterback coming out of college since Peyton Manning in 1998. The Eagles weren't alone... more

The members of Seattle's star-studded secondary were not the only Seahawks to go under the knife following their Super Bowl XLIX loss to the Patriots. Running back Robert Turbin underwent offseason hip surgery , reports Ross Jones of FOX Sports.... more

The Atlanta Falcons are adding veteran depth to an offensive line that has struggled the past couple of seasons. The Falcons have agreed to terms with former Washington Redskins right tackle Tyler Polumbus, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.... more

The turn of the century St. Louis Rams gained more yards and scored more points over a three-year span than any team in NFL history, earning the "Greatest Show on Turf " moniker. In a nod to that legendary high-flying outfit, Colts offensive... more

After picking up a pair of offensive linemen and several defensive starters in free agency and the draft, the Arizona Cardinals are adding even more reinforcements from a previous draft class. By all accounts, 2013 first-round guard Jonathan Cooper and... more

Colts Texans Jaguars Titans Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » The Titans turned down windfall offers to draft Marcus... more

Colts Texans Jaguars Titans Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Second-round rookie T.J. Yeldon will battle Denard... more

Colts Texans Jaguars Titans Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » It will be interesting to see how the playing time breaks... more

Colts Texans Jaguars Titans Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . » Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer will split first-team reps... more

If Tom Brady serves all four games of his suspension for violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game , the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys will be among the teams that benefit. The Super Bowl champions aren't nearly as daunting without... more

The Baltimore Ravens have their entire 2015 draft class under contract. First-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman signed with the Ravens on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via agent Drew Rosenhaus. The deal is for $8.7 million over four... more

Now that Brian Orakpo has defected to Nashville, the Washington Redskins are rebuilding their defense with two-time Pro Bowl selection Ryan Kerrigan as the centerpiece. The Redskins have opened negotiations with Kerrigan , who is entering the final year... more

When New England traveled to Indianapolis in mid-November, Colts receiver Reggie Wayne praised the Patriots secondary as their best in 14 years of the rivalry. With the release of Kyle Arrington on Monday, the Patriots have now parted ways with all... more

The Browns are not abandoning the notion that Johnny Manziel still has a chance to emerge as the quarterback of the future in Cleveland. New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo used the words "great," "fantastic" and "awesome" to describe Manziel's... more

Although he remains unsigned, veteran slot receiver Wes Welker is resolved to playing football in 2015. Welker recently told Mike Klis of KUSA in Denver that he has been cleared to continue his NFL career by one of the country's leading concussion... more

Owner Bob McNair hinted in late March that the Texans released Andre Johnson because the veteran receiver had lost a step . That wasn't the sole reason Houston was willing to part with a franchise icon. The coaching staff believes DeAndre Hopkins is... more

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley confirmed Saturday that No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler will miss the entire 2015 season after tearing his ACL in the first practice of rookie minicamp. Bradley noted that Fowler's sprit and mindset are "hard to... more

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden recently assured Alfred Morris that the drafting of third-round bruiser Matt Jones won't affect the veteran running back's role this season. If general manager Scot McCloughan's assessment is correct, though, Jones... more

After watching owner Jerry Jones take a gamble on second-round pick Randy Gregory and pull out all of the stops to recruit offensive lineman La'el Collins, it appears the Dallas Cowboys are going all-in for a Super Bowl run before quarterback Tony Romo... more

The Dallas Cowboys' draft season came and went with the addition of three first-round talents and no running backs to replace DeMarco Murray. That doesn't mean the team's brass is concerned about the position. In fact, executive vice president Stephen... more

Speaking at an event at Salem State on Thursday evening, Tom Brady assured the Massachusetts faithful that the New England Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX victory was "absolutely not" tainted in the wake of the Wells Report released this week . Asked by... more

Now that the Dolphins have traded for Kenny Stills, signed Greg Jennings and drafted DeVante Parker in the first round, Rishard Matthews feels like the odd man out in Miami's suddenly crowded wide receiver room. Matthews is now boycotting Dolphins... more

Former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is free to sign with an NFL team after more than a year away from the game. Suspended indefinitely in February of 2014 for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy, Davis has been... more

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms with wide receiver Nelson Agholor, the No. 20 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The deal is for four years and $9.377 million with a signing bonus of $5.1 million and $8.8... more

When the New York Jets selected defensive end Leonard Williams with the No. 6 overall pick in last week's draft, it immediately raised the question of Muhammad Wilkerson's future with the franchise. One of the NFL's most effective young defensive... more

Four weeks after Troy Polamalu retired , his direct competition for greatest safety of the 21st century followed suit. Former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed announced his retirement on Wednesday. Take a look back at Ed Reed's career. A nine-time Pro... more

When the Ravens traded up three spots to draft tight end Maxx Williams at No. 55 overall, multiple reports out of Pittsburgh suggested the Steelers had their sights set on the former University of Minnesota star with the 56th pick. According to that... more

The Arizona Cardinals are adding cornerback depth after failing to address the position in last week's draft. The team claimed Alfonzo Dennard off waivers from the New England Patriots, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source informed... more

When the Indianapolis Colts selected wide receiver Phillip Dorsett with the No. 29 overall pick in last week's draft, it was widely viewed as a "luxury" choice for an organization with the oldest defensive personnel in the league. After coach Chuck... more

The Chicago Bears have continued their recent trend of signing draft picks in expedited fashion. The team announced Wednesday that first-round wide receiver Kevin White and second-round defensive tackle Eddie Goldman have agreed to terms on four-year... more

COLLATERAL DAMAGE COLLATERAL BENEFITS The NFL draft isn't bad news for all veterans. After Gregg Rosenthal highlighted 18 veterans hurt by the incoming rookie class , let's turn our attention to the players, coaches and fans who stand to... more

The Arizona Cardinals selected Gerald Christian with the No. 256 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, making the Louisville tight end this year's "Mr. Irrelevant." It's fitting that a Louisville player earns the "honor" minutes before the Kentucky Derby's 141st... more

Zac Stacy got his wish fulfilled on Saturday. The St. Louis Rams traded the frustrated tailback to the New York Jets in exchange for the 224th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Stacy requested a trade after the Rams drafted Georgia's Todd Gurley in the... more

CHICAGO -- Once the 2015 NFL Draft kicked off, it took all of 24 hours for the Tennessee Titans to solve their identity crisis. The NFL's most anonymous organization, lacking any semblance of recognizable stars since discarding former 2,000-yard rusher... more

CHICAGO -- The Detroit Lions have found their backfield replacement for Reggie Bush. The Lions selected Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Abdullah was named Senior Bowl MVP in January after... more

CHICAGO -- The Tennessee Titans are no longer the most anonymous team in the NFL. One day after turning down offers to nab potential franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Titans selected former Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham with the... more

CHICAGO -- The local team might have just picked up the most charismatic player available in the 2015 NFL Draft. West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White, drafted by Chicago at No. 7 overall, was the highlight of the post-draft press conferences in the... more

The New England Patriots don't have to worry about first-round draft pick Malcom Brown's confidence in filling the void left by five-time Pro Bowl selection and franchise icon Vince Wilfork. Asked if he had a message for Patriots fans, the former... more

A franchise quarterback is so uniquely valuable in the NFL, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff once explained, that "the search for him consumes you ." It's that mindset -- and a convincing anecdote from Andy Reid -- that helped sway the Titans... more

CHICAGO -- New York Jets' No. 6 overall pick Leonard Williams' first NFL press conference was music to the ears of gridiron fans in the Big Apple. Asked about facing the Super Bowl champions twice a year in the AFC East, Williams quipped, "I hope... more


The Dallas Cowboys selected UConn cornerback Byron Jones with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. One of the most freakishly athletic prospects in the draft class, Jones blew the lid off the NFL Scouting Combine with a record-setting broad... more

The Cleveland Browns haven't abandoned hope of landing quarterback Sam Bradford in a trade. The Browns believe they have a good chance to trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, The MMQB's Peter King reported Thursday. ESPN's Adam... more

The San Francisco 49ers are bracing for another contract standoff with right guard Alex Boone. The five-year veteran will skip all of the team's voluntary activities in the final year of his contract, reports CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. Boone was a... more

Although the Saints' brass has spent the past couple of months vehemently denying the possibility of a Drew Brees trade, it still seems likely that New Orleans will target a quarterback in the 2015 NFL Draft. General manager Mickey Loomis conceded... more

Two days into the offseason program, pass rusher Jerry Hughes has already caught the eye of new Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan. "This just in: I am really happy we signed Jerry Hughes back," Ryan said Wednesday, via's Matthew Fairburn. "It's... more

Seahawks pass rusher Bruce Irvin's Seattle future is up in the air. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night, via a source informed of the team's thinking, the Seahawks do not plan to exercise the fifth-year option on Irvin's rookie... more

CHICAGO -- Wisconsin star Melvin Gordon is joining Steven Jackson's cause to save the endangered running back . Speaking to reporters at Wednesday's NFL Play 60 Youth Football Clinic, Gordon cited Jackson's new website, . One... more

Missouri pass-rusher Shane Ray was cited Monday morning for misdemeanor possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana by the Missouri State Highway Patrol just outside of Columbia. Ray was stopped for speeding at 5:46 a.m. and was also issued a citation for... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has identified the San Diego Chargers as one of three teams with the best chance to pull off a trade for the Tennessee Titans' No. 2 overall draft pick. To hear the Chargers tell it, however, frustrated franchise... more

Monday's draft buzz was a letdown for fans of blockbuster trades. For all of the speculation surrounding the futures of superstar running back Adrian Peterson and franchise quarterback Philip Rivers, their teams are not inclined to part with them --... more

The Rams will keep defensive tackle Michael Brockers in St. Louis through at least 2016. Safety Mark Barron's option, however, won't be picked up. The team will exercise Brockers' fifth-year option , NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday. Brockers... more

Odell Beckham was so transcendent as a rookie that he ended up saving the jobs of coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese while reversing the perception of Eli Manning as a player on the decline. Beckham wasn't alone. The first-round tandem... more

After watching Ndamukong Suh defect to Miami, the Lions are working to ensure that another defensive star stays in Detroit. General manager Martin Mayhew revealed Friday, via the Detroit Free Press, that the team's brass has opened contract talks with... more

The Kansas Chiefs will have two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Dontari Poe under team control through at least 2016. The Chiefs exercised the fifth-year option on Poe's rookie contract, reported NFL Media's Albert Breer on Friday. Poe will earn $6.146... more

Dion Jordan's frustrating Miami Dolphins career appears to be taking another turn toward the peculiar. Just days after Jordan skipped the team's voluntary workout program , the Dolphins' brass sidestepped all questions about the former No. 3 overall... more

Hakeem Nicks will attempt to revitalize his stalled NFL career in Nashville. Nicks agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced on Friday. Nicks was one of the NFL's best wide receivers when he helped carry the... more

When Pittsburgh Steelers All Pro running back Le'Veon Bell hyperextended his right knee in late December, the expectation was that he would be fully recovered in a few weeks. By late January, Bell told NFL Network that the knee was "close to 100... more

Kendall Wright will become one of the highest-paid players on the Tennessee Titans roster in 2016. The Titans plan to exercise the fifth-year option on Wright's rookie contract, reports Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean. Wright will earn $7.3 million next... more

Quarterbacks Wide Receivers Tight Ends Offensive Linemen By mid-November, the NFL's precocious rookie wide-receiver cast was already rivaling the vaunted 1996 class as the best in pro football history. While Odell Beckham, Mike Evans and... more

For the second consecutive season , the AFC will be shut out of the NFL's Thanksgiving docket. All three Thanksgiving games will pit NFC foes against each other. While the Lions and Cowboys are locked in to the two early games by dint of tradition,... more

The Baltimore Ravens have secured the long-term future of their best defensive back. The team announced Tuesday that cornerback Jimmy Smith has verbally agreed to a contract extension . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it's a four-year deal worth... more

San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bob St. Clair died Monday night following a brief illness, the Pro Football Hall of Fame told NFL Media. He was 84 years old. Huge loss for the #49ersFamily . We will miss you Bob St. Clair #RIP Thanks... more

The Chargers are facing heightened offseason concerns about their defensive captain as well as their franchise quarterback . Whereas Philip Rivers has balked at the notion of signing a long-term deal to remain in San Diego, All-Pro safety Eric Weddle... more

While Antonio Brown is skipping Steelers' voluntary conditioning in search of a new contract , the Bengals have no concerns about their own star wide receiver. Entering a contract year, A.J. Green was on hand Monday for the first day of Cincinnati's... more

The Washington Redskins have two weeks to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on Robert Griffin III's rookie contract for the 2016 season. General manager Scot McCloughan said last month that the organization was still discussing the option... more

The Denver Broncos' leading tackler is on the shelf this offseason. Linebacker Brandon Marshall underwent surgery on his right foot last month, reports Vic Lombardi of CBS Denver. Marshall is expected to be ready for training camp in late July.... more

When five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber retired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two years ago, he cited Steve Smith as the toughest wide receiver he was ever assigned to cover. It was high praise coming from a potential Hall of Famer who squared... more

The NFL's premier running back is officially back. The league announced Thursday that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Minnesota Vikings. The reinstatement became... more

For the fourth consecutive year, the Broncos will enter the season as the heavy favorites due to a stacked roster. They aren't without question marks, however, foremost of which is Peyton Manning's ability to recapture the form he showed in the first... more

When the Saints traded All-Pro tight Jimmy Graham and invested heavily in the running game last month, we suggested they were taking on a new identity in 2015. Coach Sean Payton conceded Wednesday that the Saints will lean on the ground attack, but... more

When the Eagles acquired linebacker Kiko Alonso in exchange for All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy early last month , critics were quick to charge Chip Kelly with valuing former Oregon Ducks players over established NFL stars. As it turns out, Alonso... more

The Seahawks and Packers used the free agency period to put a stranglehold on the NFC North and NFC West, respectively. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have left the NFC East up for grabs after losing 2014 Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray to... more

Rex Ryan arrived in Buffalo to a familiar scene, staring at an imbalanced roster with most of the talent on the defensive side of the ball. After a March spending spree, however, the Bills are now one of the most fascinating teams in the league. Hall... more

For the second time since releasing Andre Johnson early last month , the Houston Texans have bolstered their receiving corps. Two weeks after adding ex-Jaguars wideout Cecil Shorts, the Texans signed former Titans wide receiver Nate Washington, the team... more

Following the surprising retirements of inside linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland this offseason , the San Francisco 49ers understand the importance of a healthy NaVorro Bowman to their 2015 plans. The three-time All Pro missed the entire... more

If Andre Johnson has lost a step -- as Texans owner Bob McNair intimated last week -- the wide receiver's new coach hasn't seen it on game film. "You don't see a huge drop-off numbers-wise," coach Chuck Pagano said, via's Mike Wells. "Maybe... more

Michael Strahan has a target on his back. With a combined seven sacks in Week 17, J.J. Watt and Justin Houston both threatened Strahan's single-season record (22.5) in 2014. That assault came just three years after Jared Allen notched 22 sacks by... more


Now that the overhauled offense in Buffalo is suddenly a marquee attraction , the Bills are turning their attention to the other side of the ball. General manager Doug Whaley expects to finalize a long-term contract extension for two-time Pro Bowl... more

The addition of linebacker Kiko Alonso won't signal the end of DeMeco Ryans' Philadelphia Eagles career. The team announced Monday that Ryans has signed a new contract that will keep him with the Eagles through 2016. The new deal is a two-year... more

Assigned the $12.823 million franchise tag early this month , Demaryius Thomas plans to treat this offseason differently. Thomas told's Jeff Legwold on Monday that he will not participate in Peyton Manning's annual Duke University passing... more

After losing Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton to knee injuries in separate games versus the Rams, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was desperate for a quarterback entering the 2014 playoffs. Ryan Lindley set a record for ignominy, passing 229 times without a... more

With appearances in back-to-back Super Bowls and a young roster on the verge of a dynasty , Pete Carroll is sitting on top of the football coaching world alongside Bill Belichick. Having succeeded in Seattle after back-to-back four- and five-win seasons... more

On a recent edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , we debated whether Darren McFadden qualifies as one of free agency's biggest winners after landing with the Dallas Cowboys. Overly reliant on scheme and blocking to open holes, McFadden could... more

When the Houston Texans informed Andre Johnson that he would be an afterthought in Bill O'Brien's offense this season, the franchise icon laughed his way to the top of the division in Indianapolis. Texans owner Bob McNair told's Tania... more

Veteran cornerback Terence Newman is reuniting with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. Newman has agreed to terms with Minnesota, the team announced on Friday. The deal is a one-year, $2.5 million contract with $750,000 in guarantees, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

When the Chicago Bears met with Jay Cutler early this month, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that they left the room convinced they had to pick up the quarterback's $10 million option for 2016. Coach John Fox's commitment falls short of that... more

Divisional power rankings March 26, 2015

Around The NFL has generated Divisional Power Rankings going back to the 2012 offseason. For the third consecutive year, the NFC West came out on top. This year's vote was closer than ever, due in large part to the questions surrounding the San... more

If the Jacksonville Jaguars had their druthers, Blake Bortles would have spent the majority of his rookie season watching Chad Henne take lumps behind one of the NFL's least effective offensive line. Instead, Bortles showed enough early promise to earn... more

Speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday, coach Chip Kelly said he hopes newly acquired Sam Bradford will emerge as a legitimate franchise quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly didn't have to sell Bradford's franchise-altering... more

Jordy Nelson is on the mend after posting career highs in receptions and yards in his first All-Pro season. Coach Mike McCarthy revealed at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday that Nelson underwent a "clean-up" hip surgery after the Pro Bowl. (An... more

Just four quarterbacks in NFL history have started at least 10 games in a season at Peyton Manning's age of 39. After watching injuries turn their quarterback into a shell of his five-time MVP self down the stretch last season, the Denver Broncos plan... more

The Minnesota Vikings are not ready to give up on Cordarrelle Patterson after a disappointing 2014 season . In a Tuesday interview with NBC Sports Radio, coach Mike Zimmer unequivocally shot down rumors that the team is looking to deal the 2013... more

When the Philadelphia Eagles sent shockwaves through the NFL by trading LeSean McCoy to Buffalo, the assumption was that coach Chip Kelly preferred a more decisive one-cut-and-go running back. Speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting on Tuesday, owner... more

The Denver Broncos' offense that broke records in 2013 has since lost Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas and slot machine Wes Welker, leaving a prime opportunity for 2014 second-round draft pick Cody Latimer. New coach Gary Kubiak made it clear Tuesday... more

Since the start of the new league year, Jimmy Graham has surprisingly landed in Seattle while Jordan Cameron ended up in Miami. It could have been the other way around for the two Pro Bowl tight ends. The newly aggressive Dolphins finished second to... more

Persephone has ushered in the madness of spring , signaling the unofficial start of the NFL's period of insane offseason hype . Not long after Packers coach Mike McCarthy touted his offense's ceiling as the best pro football has seen , Steelers coach... more

Michael Crabtree is the highest-ranked player remaining on Around The NFL's list of the Top 101 free agents . The erstwhile San Francisco 49ers wide receiver has made just one visit , to the Miami Dolphins a week ago. So why is Crabtree still... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last week that the San Diego Chargers have no intention of trading Philip Rivers this offseason. General manager Tom Telesco confirmed that stance Monday, via's Eric Williams, at the NFL Annual Meeting.... more

While other starting quarterbacks from the 2012 NFL Draft class have jumpstarted long-term contract discussions this offseason , Andrew Luck will have to wait another year for a lucrative extension. Owner Jim Irsay made it clear Monday that there is no... more

Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, is turning up the heat on the Minnesota Vikings. Now Dogra is echoing a recent report from NFL Media's Albert Breer that Peterson still wants out of Minnesota . Dogra emphasized Monday, via NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Miami Dolphins plan to make a big financial investment in Ryan Tannehill, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum made it clear at the NFL Annual Meeting that the organization... more

Michael Sam and Brady Quinn might have been the headliners at the NFL's inaugural Veteran Combine, but it was Nathan Slaughter who was the first to land a job. The Arizona Cardinals signed Slaughter on Monday, the team announced. A former West Texas... more

Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame player Chuck Bednarik passed away Saturday morning following a brief illness at an assisted living facility in Richland, Pennsylvania, the team announced. He was 89. "With the passing of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles and... more

Will he stay or will he go now ? The second week of free agency was dominated by a player three years from reaching the open market. Adrian Peterson's camp and the Vikings brass spent the week posturing. Peterson still wants out of Minnesota , NFL... more

Less than two years after replacing long-time owner Bud Adams as Tennessee Titans president and CEO, Tommy Smith is retiring from those roles. The team made the announcement on Friday, explaining that Smith will now focus on his career as president and... more

The Vikings continue to present a unified front on Adrian Peterson's future, reiterating their intention to keep him in Minnesota. Peterson, on the other hand, does not appear to be warming up to the organization after expressing his uneasiness about... more

When the Saints surprisingly traded away Jimmy Graham last week, New Orleans faithful were left wondering if their team's Super Bowl window was closing. When two-time Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs and promising young wideout Kenny Stills were also dealt,... more

The Vikings recently informed Adrian Peterson that he will not be released this offseason, leaving a trade as the star running back's lone avenue out of Minnesota. Reports persist that Peterson remains unhappy with the organization even after meeting... more

Ten days into the new league year, free agency is grinding to a halt. With Dwayne Bowe landing in Cleveland and Michael Crabtree visiting Miami, the marquee names will soon be off the board entirely. Teams such as the Colts and Bills have done well to... more

The Bills have added a third established playmaker to their offense in the span of three weeks. The Dolphins have elected not to match Buffalo's offer sheet for tight end Charles Clay, the Bills announced Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports... more

Two weeks after re-signing Brandon Flowers, the San Diego Chargers are adding more help for their secondary. The Bolts signed former New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson to a one-year contract worth up to $3 million , NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Free-agent tight end Jermaine Gresham's decision on a new team has been put on hold. Gresham is scheduled for surgery on Thurdsay after being diagnosed with a herniated disc , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source informed of the player's... more

Philip Rivers plans to play out his contract this season, but that doesn't mean the San Diego Chargers will explore a trade involving their quarterback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on NFL Total Access that the Chargers have no... more

The Buccaneers bowed out of the chase for Greg Hardy on Wednesday, leaving Dallas as the free-agent pass rusher's lone option. Hardy signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys shortly thereafter, the team announced. It's a highly incentive-laden deal... more

The Miami Dolphins aren't finished overhauling their wide receiver corps. Michael Crabtree is visiting the Dolphins on Wednesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via sources informed of the former San Francisco 49ers receiver's situation.... more

General manager Tom Telesco emphasized after the 2014 season that the Chargers would "definitely " work on a new deal for Philip Rivers with the intention of keeping the franchise quarterback in San Diego for the rest of his career. Rivers, on the other... more

Now that Reggie Bush has chosen to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, the New England Patriots have acquired another former New Orleans Saints running back to function as a third-down specialist. The Patriots signed tailback Travaris Cadet, the team... more

The Seattle future of Seahawks pass rusher Michael Bennett came into question on Tuesday. Although one report suggested Bennett was angling for a new contract and a trade to Atlanta, a Seahawks source confirmed to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that... more

The Philadelphia Eagles weren't the only team pursuing Sam Bradford when the new league year kicked off last week. NFL Media's Charley Casserly reported on Monday's edition of NFL AM that the Cleveland Browns offered a first-round draft pick for... more

New Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan has followed through on his January vow to explore all avenues for quarterbacks. In addition to trading for veteran Matt Cassel, the Bills signed former Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor as a zone-read possibility . The... more

After watching 2014 starters Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox leave for richer offers, the San Francisco 49ers added a cornerback of their own. The 49ers announced Saturday that they have signed former Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright to a one-year... more

The frenzy has slowed to a trickle this weekend. After a dizzying week of blockbuster trades and high-octane signings, the free agent market has nearly been picked clean. Keep in mind, though, that key Super Bowl contributors such as Malcolm Butler,... more

The Tennessee Titans continue to upgrade a defense that has finished in the bottom five in points allowed two of the past three years. The team agreed to terms with former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox on a three-year, $15 million contract,... more

The Ravens are upgrading a secondary that was the defense's primary weakness late last season. Baltimore has agreed to terms with former Houston Texans safety Kendrick Lewis on a three-year contract, the team announced Saturday. Lewis, 26, started all... more

The Minnesota Vikings' trade for Mike Wallace  on Friday has cost Greg Jennings his roster spot. The team announced Saturday that Jennings has been released. It's a move that was fully expected, even if the trade expedited the process. Jennings' fate... more

For most of this week it appeared that no player on the New Orleans Saints' constantly churning roster was safe from the trading block, including star cornerback Keenan Lewis. Unhappy with the direction of the team, Lewis said Tuesday that he wanted to... more

The New Orleans Saints rang in the new league year with a pyrotechnic display rivaling that of the Philadelphia Eagles for seismic shock and awe . The stupefying Jimmy Graham blockbuster sent shockwaves through the fan base. Has the Super Bowl window... more

Charles Johnson is no longer "far and away " the Minnesota Vikings' best wide receiver. The Miami Dolphins traded Mike Wallace and a seventh-round draft pick to the Vikings in exchange for a fifth-round pick, the team announced . In other words,... more

The New England Patriots are zeroing in on a replacement for passing-down back Shane Vereen, who defected to the New York Giants earlier this week. Reggie Bush is visiting the Patriots, reports NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source informed of... more

The Oakland Raiders have reunited former Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. Ponder signed with the Raiders on Friday, the team announced. Terms were not disclosed.  The No. 12 overall pick in the 2011 NFL... more

After nine years with Drew Brees' high-flying aerial attack as the face of the franchise, the New Orleans Saints are retooling their offense around the ground game. On the same day the Saints traded deep-threat wideout Kenny Stills to the Dolphins,... more

The St. Louis Rams continue to build their roster around a frightening defensive line. Coach Jeff Fisher announced at Friday's Nick Foles news conference that the team has signed former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley. It's a one-year,... more

Chip Kelly evaluated Frank Gore, DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews as the top three running backs in a strong free-agent class. After swinging and missing on Gore, the Eagles coach left an expectant Mathews twisting in the wind once he discovered he... more

Cleveland has lost another high-caliber athlete to South Beach. Just hours after Jordan Cameron reportedly agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract to stay with the Browns, the Dolphins announced that they signed the 2013 Pro Bowl tight end. NFL Media... more

The Washington Redskins aren't finished beefing up their defensive line after signing Stephen Paea and Ricky Jean Francois over the past week. Former Broncos nose tackle Terrance Knighton is expected to sign a one-year, $4 million contract with the... more

Eighteen months after trading a first-round draft pick for Trent Richardson, the Indianapolis Colts have thrown in the towel on the sluggish running back. The team announced Thursday that they have waived Richardson. The No. 3 overall selection in the... more

Veteran safety Antrel Rolle is headed to Chicago after five years with the New York Giants. The Bears announced Wednesday that Rolle has signed a three-year contract. The deal is worth $11.25 million with $5 million in guarantees, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

DeMarco Murray is raising the stakes in his game of contract chicken with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The free-agent running back is visiting the division-rival Eagles on Thursday, reports NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source informed of... more

For the second time in his career, Eddie Royal will be catching passes from Jay Cutler. Royal is signing with the Chicago Bears, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source informed of the wide receiver's thinking. As a hotshot rookie in... more

The number one criterion for being an NFL genius, according to Bill Belichick's right-hand man Ernie Adams in David Halberstam's The Education of a Coach , is having a great quarterback. Chip Kelly's press conference and the Colts' signings of a pair... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tacitly acknowledging the missteps of general manager Jason Licht's first attempt at free agency last offseason. After jettisoning quarterback Josh McCown in February, the Buccaneers announced the releases of left tackle... more

Andre Johnson is joining former Miami Hurricanes teammate Frank Gore in Indianapolis. The Colts announced the signing of Johnson on Wednesday. The seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will receive $21 million over three years, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

A third unexpected retirement announcement in the last 24 hours makes for the perfect ending to one of the craziest days in NFL offseason history. Free agent pass rusher Jason Worilds released a statement through his player representative, Jason... more

It's a good year for a free agent to find himself listed as a second-tier option on the Jacksonville Jaguars' offseason shopping list. General manager David Caldwell disclosed Wednesday that he landed three of his top five targets in tight end Julius... more

The most surprising transaction in the craziest five minutes of NFL offseason history was the New Orleans Saints' willingness to part with Jimmy Graham eight months after making the All-Pro the highest-paid tight end in the league. It's easy to see... more

One of free agency's top interior offensive linemen is returning to Cincinnati. The Bengals agreed to terms with left guard Clint Boling, reports NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala, via a source who has spoken with the player. A fourth-round selection in... more

The Oakland Raiders' offseason wish list was reportedly topped by superstars such as Ndamukong Suh, Darrelle Revis, Julius Thomas and Randall Cobb. As Day 1 of free agency comes to a close, general manager Reggie McKenzie is taking home linebacker... more

Thrown overboard in the wake of the Jets' Brandon Marshall trade , Percy Harvin is now the most talented wide receiver on the open market. As a running back/wide receiver hybrid, Harvin is perhaps the NFL's most unique playmaker. The 26-year-old... more

Two seasons removed from their ill-fated trade for Trent Richardson, the Indianapolis Colts have finally found a backfield star. The Colts announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with former San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore. The deal... more

The Atlanta Falcons have a couple of replacements for linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who defected to Arizona on Tuesday. The Falcons are signing former Texans linebacker Brooks Reed to a five-year, $22 million contract , reports NFL Media Insider Ian... more

While free agent Antrel Rolle is campaigning to take his talents to Indianapolis , the Colts have re-signed a veteran safety of their own. The team announced Tuesday that Mike Adams has agreed to terms on a contract extension. Adams, 34 later this... more

New coach Gary Kubiak is tapping an old reliable source to replace departed tight end Julius Thomas. The Denver Broncos announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with former Ravens and Texans tight end Owen Daniels on a three-year contract.... more

Tuesday's free-agent frenzy continued, as the Detroit Lions struck quickly to replace Ndamukong Suh. The Ravens announced they have traded defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Lions. Baltimore will receive fourth- and fifth-round draft picks in return,... more

Released by the Philadelphia Eagles last week, Cary Williams is set to rebound nicely by landing with a Super Bowl contender. Williams will sign a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, reports NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source informed... more

Former San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati is staying in the NFC West. Iupati plans to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday, per a source involved in the negotiations. A three-time Pro Bowl selection by age 27,... more

Although All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis plans to walk away from the game after eight seasons, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith isn't prepared to make a retirement decision just yet. "I'm going to decide by next week probably," Smith... more

Brandon Browner's Super Bowl streak is in jeopardy. After winning rings with Seattle and New England the past two years, Browner has been given permission by the Patriots to "explore his value around the league ," Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.... more

The 49ers were coming off three-consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances last February when the Browns revealed cracks in San Francisco's foundation by making a surprising run at Jim Harbaugh to fill their head-coaching vacancy. A year later,... more

Now that the Dolphins are poised to reel in free agency's biggest catch in Ndamukong Suh, fellow defensive tackle Jared Odrick is leaving Miami. Odrick has agreed to join the Jacksonville Jaguars on a deal expected to be worth $7 million per season,... more

Veteran linebacker Nick Roach's career is in question after eight NFL seasons. The Raiders announced that they have waived Roach and safety Usama Young with "failed physical" designations. Young is recovering from October ACL surgery. A 2013 starter... more

Veteran tight end Zach Miller is looking for a new job after four years in Seattle. The Seahawks announced the release of Miller with a "failed physical" designation on Friday. Miller, 29, missed the majority of the 2014 season due to a second ankle... more

Is Michael Oher headed back to the blind side ? The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that Oher has been signed to a two-year contract, a month after the offensive tackle was waived by the Tennessee Titans . "We look forward to having Michael be a... more

Now that the New York Jets are trading for Brandon Marshall , the assumption is that the organization can no longer afford to keep Percy Harvin on the roster. That's not necessarily the case. "My understanding is (the acquisition of Marshall) does not... more

Another tight end is off the market. The Washington Redskins re-signed Niles Paul on Friday, the team announced. The contract is for three years and worth up to $10 million , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the deal.... more

Lance Briggs acknowledged last November that his 12 years with the Chicago Bears were coming to a close . Now the team is responding in kind. The Bears have informed the impending free agent that he will not be offered a contract for the 2015 season,... more

The Chicago Bears will be forced to make a franchise-altering decision at quarterback next week. If Jay Cutler remains on the roster for the start of the new league year next Tuesday, $10 million of his salary for the 2016 season becomes fully... more

Now that Peyton Manning has reduced his salary and passed his physical , he can continue his efforts to stiff-arm Father Time in a quest for his second career Super Bowl ring and a storybook ending to a Hall of Fame career. That begs the follow-up... more

The recent moves by the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills to acquire "hold the fort" quarterbacks such as Josh McCown and Matt Cassel are a reflection of the NFL's shallow trade market at the position. Perhaps one of the reasons the Bills settled for... more

Now that Chip Kelly has sent shockwaves through the NFL by trading his best offensive player, the Philadelphia Eagles are left with a passing-down specialist and a short-yardage specialist in the backfield. It's understandable that the Eagles, believing... more

QBs RBs DL WRs DBs LBs TEs This year's defensive line class is top-heavy with Ndamukong Suh on the marquee, as All-Pro players of his caliber rarely make it to the open market. Beyond Suh, though, the list is littered with... more

The Green Bay Packers and impending free agent Randall Cobb are playing a game of contract chicken in which both sides are in danger of losing with next week's deadline looming. Cobb's agent, Jimmy Sexton, has rejected the Packers' offer of a five-year... more

The Minnesota Vikings are free to release, trade or restructure Adrian Peterson's contract following last week's ruling in the running back's favor . Before the Vikings take action, they plan to sit down with Peterson this week. Coach Mike Zimmer and... more

The Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills agreed to a rare blockbuster challenge trade on Tuesday, sending shockwaves through the NFL. The Eagles are flipping two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso,... more

The Phildelphia Eagles' spring cleaning continues. The Eagles will release veteran pass-rusher Trent Cole after contract negotiations broke down, reports NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source informed of the team's plans. In the past two weeks,... more

The Cowboys utilized the franchise tag Monday on Dez Bryant, leaving reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray's Dallas future up in the air. Based on his understanding of Murray's situation, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport cautioned on... more

Lance Moore lasted just one year in Pittsburgh after spending eight in New Orleans. The Steelers announced Monday that Moore has been released one year into a two-year, $3 million contract. Moore, 31, was due $1.5 million in nonguaranteed salary. He... more

The rarely seen transition tag has come into play for the second consecutive offseason. One year after the Steelers and Browns made pass rusher Jason Worilds and center Alex Mack their transition players , the Miami Dolphins announced that they have... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are stuck in a vicious circle, preparing an aggressive free agency plan as they wash their hands of last year's wasteful shopping spree. One year after signing Anthony Collins to a five-year, $30 million contract with $15... more


Julius Thomas might have to trade in his "Orange Julius " nickname for one that reflects another color. Reportedly seeking a near record in guarantees for tight ends, Thomas has rejected a five-year, $40 million offer that wasn't structured to his... more

Reggie Wayne will have plenty of time to ponder his NFL future over the next few months. Two months after revealing that he would require surgery to repair a torn triceps, Wayne has undergone the procedure , reports NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via... more

One of the best defensive players in Arizona Cardinals history is looking for a team. The Cardinals released defensive tackle Darnell Dockett on Friday. Dockett, 34 in May, missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL in August . The... more

Adrian Peterson isn't wild about the idea of returning to Minnesota for another season. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is equally loath to the prospect of releasing his best player without compensation. Although Peterson has yet to request a... more

We are finally gaining a semblance of clarity on Peyton Manning's 2015 contract status with the Denver Broncos. After weeks of swirling rumors regarding a potential pay cut, the two sides have begun discussions to rework Manning's contract, NFL Media... more

The Miami Dolphins are not prepared to cut disgruntled wide receiver Mike Wallace just yet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Total Access  on Wednesday that the Dolphins are exploring the trade route based not just on Wallace's play, but... more

Reggie Bush is moving on to his fourth NFL team. The Detroit Lions released the veteran running back on Wednesday. Bush, 29, was due $3.25 million on the heels of a disappointing season in which he battled a three-month ankle injury. The tea leaves... more

AFC players on the bubble NFC players on the bubble The recent releases of big names such as Chris Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, LaRon Landry and Reggie Bush are a reminder that the NFL is entering business season. More veterans will be dumped... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the St. Louis Rams. What's changing? While owner Stan Kroenke is flirting with a move to Los Angeles , the Rams front office is... more

AFC players on the bubble NFC players on the bubble The recent releases of big names such as Chris Johnson, DeAngelo Williams and LaRon Landry are a reminder that the NFL is entering business season. More veterans will be dumped before the March... more

Despite recent reports of interest from the Buffalo Bills or Cleveland Browns, a Sam Bradford trade remains highly unlikely. As of Tuesday, no team has contacted the St. Louis Rams about trading for their enigmatic quarterback, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

If Justin Forsett hits the open market, the Baltimore Ravens will have competition for his services. The Atlanta Falcons will have "strong interest " if Forsett reaches free agency, reports Vaughn McClure of It's a fit that makes plenty of... more

One of the NFL's highest-paid cornerbacks could be looking for a new job soon. Three years after signing Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50 million contract, the Dallas Cowboys have met with the cornerback's agent to discuss a possible paycut , per... more

Ted Ginn Jr. will be moving on to a new team this offseason. The Arizona Cardinals announced Monday that Ginn Jr., the Miami Dolphins' No. 9 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, has been released. Ginn Jr. was owed a non-guaranteed $3.25 million salary... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What's changing? After watching Dirk Koetter put 56 points on his defense in Week 3 of last season,... more

Of the top 25 free agents available this offseason, pass rusher Pernell McPhee might be the most surprising name. McPhee has started just six of 60 games since the Baltimore Ravens selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but emerged as... more

Now 32 years old recovering from a pair of Achilles' tendon surgeries , veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall restructured his contract to increase his odds of staying on the Washington Redskins' roster. Under Hall's previous contract, $1 million of the $4... more

The Houston Texans' leading receiver underwent wrist surgery after the 2014 season. DeAndre Hopkins told KILT Houston that he had a pin and rod inserted into his wrist to repair a torn ligament . The ligament damage landed Hopkins on the Week 17... more

The Buffalo Bills have been in need of a playmaking tight end for over a decade . General manager Doug Whaley has identified new offensive coordinator Greg Roman as "a big tight end guy," which leaves the position high on the offseason shopping list.... more

The Arizona Cardinals are back to square one with tailback Andre Ellington. After drafting Ellington in the sixth round two years ago, the team's coaching staff expressed concerns about overworking the former Clemson star due to his slight build and... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Carolina Panthers. What's changing? General manager Dave Gettleman has been a team-building wizard the past two years.... more

Shortly after the NFL's read-option craze crested two years ago, Bruce Arians disparaged the dual-threat attack as merely a "great college offense ." Now Arians is taking aim at the spread offense, as young quarterbacks such as Colin Kaepernick and... more

Randall Cobb's asking price isn't scaring off the Packers just yet. General manager Ted Thompson said Thursday, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that he's still hopeful of reaching a deal to keep the NFL's premier slot receiver in Green Bay.... more

The Buffalo Bills are working to ensure that one of this year's top free agents never reaches the open market. General manager Doug Whaley said Thursday that negotiations are heating up between the Bills and defensive end Jerry Hughes' representatives.... more

With Steven Jackson's Atlanta future in doubt, the Falcons continue to suggest that second-year tailback Devonta Freeman is poised for a major role in 2015. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, coach Dan Quinn said he has "high hopes" for... more

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, general manager Ryan Grigson confirmed for the first time that the Indianapolis Colts alerted the NFL as to concerns over the New England Patriots' deflated footballs in advance of the AFC Championship... more

General manager Trent Baalke offered no insights Wednesday on the futures of impending free agents Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati, but did clarify Vernon Davis' standing with the San Francisco 49ers. Asked if he envisions the two-time Pro Bowl tight... more

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett acknowledged impending free agents Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray as "cornerstone players" but emphasized "the business of the NFL is real." The Cowboys are leaning... more

The Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald reached a deal Wednesday to circumvent free agency. Will the same hold true for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Vincent Jackson? General manager Jason Licht said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, that he... more

General manager Mickey Loomis conceded Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that Mark Ingram's future with the New Orleans Saints is "intertwined" with the impending free agent's market value as well as the club's lack of salary-cap flexibility. "In... more

Buoyed by Charles Johnson's unexpected emergence as the Minnesota Vikings' most productive receiver, Teddy Bridgewater finished as Pro Football Focus' top-rated quarterback for the final five weeks of the 2014 season. After evaluating the game and... more

Two weeks after the Washington Redskins snubbed Robert Griffin III in a letter to "premium" fans , coach Jay Gruden surprisingly acknowledged the erstwhile face of the franchise as his No. 1 quarterback. "Robert ended the season as the starter and we... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Washington Redskins. What's changing? The Redskins finally took a tangible, progressive step forward with the hiring of... more

General manager John Dorsey acknowledged in late December that the Kansas City Chiefs will have to address their wide receiver problem this offseason. After completing the 2014 evaluation process, the team announced the releases of Donnie Avery and... more

Owner Jerry Jones made it clear in December that the Cowboys will wield the franchise tag , if necessary, to keep impending free agent Dez Bryant in Dallas. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine Tuesday, executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed... more

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has made it clear that he wants to play a 13th NFL season once his torn triceps is healed. Now there's reason to believe it will be his first outside of Chicago. The impending free agent told USA Today's Tom Pelissero... more

The New York Giants aren't going to allow impending free agent Jason Pierre-Paul to play in another uniform next season. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their skills at the combine (Feb.... more

Bloated contracts could send up to eight big-name wide receivers to the open market this offseason. And then there's former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Mike Williams, a fallen star free to sign with any NFL team since his release from the Buffalo... more

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks explained Monday that the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine is more useful for prospect interviews and medical data than evaluation of athleticism and football drills. If we can't walk away from a week of combine coverage... more

Contrary to a FOX Sports 1 report last week, impending free agent Wes Welker is not contemplating retirement. Welker told the Denver Post on Monday that he's "just getting ready for 2015 ." Asked about the report that he has assuaged concerned... more

Veteran pass rusher Shaun Phillips has gone from leading sacker on a Super Bowl team to twice dumped over the last calendar year. Two months after being waived by the Tennessee Titans, Phillips was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. It's a... more

After winning Super Bowl XLIX, impending free agent safety Devin McCourty made it clear that he wants to remain with the New England Patriots because "this is home ." Around The NFL's franchise tag primer projects that McCourty will draw the tag from... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expressed optimism last month that Carson Palmer will be recovered enough from November ACL surgery to participate in a portion of OTAs this spring. So far, so good. General manager Steve Keim told KTAR-FM... more

The Indianapolis Colts could have pass rusher Robert Mathis back on the field for spring practices. Agent Hadley Engelhard has assured NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Mathis' rehab from a September Achilles' tendon tear is going fine and there has... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Denver Broncos. What's changing? The Broncos opted to part ways with coach John Fox, who compiled an impressive 46-18... more

Around The NFL's franchise tag primer identified NFL sack leader Justin Houston as a "no-brainer" to draw the tag if contract talks don't pick up before the March 10 onset of free agency. To that end, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston's agent will... more

Tim Hightower stands as one of the few 21st century exceptions to the rule of thumb that a torn ACL is no longer a career-threatening injury. Taking over as the Washington Redskins' starting running back, Hightower was on pace for the best season of his... more

Tom Brady spent the 2014 season flipping the legacy narrative on its head, transitioning from future Hall of Fame quarterback suddenly in decline to rivaling Joe Montana as greatest of all time in a span of four months. Where does Brady stand in the... more

The San Francisco 49ers' 2014 season was so unstable that Jim Harbaugh recently entertained the notion that Jim Tomsula, his replacement as head coach, was campaigning for the job throughout. Participating at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Jacksonville Jaguars. What's changing? It's all about ensuring Blake Bortles' development. Offensive coordinator Jedd... more

Whether or not Darrelle Revis reaches free agency for an opportunity to reunite with Rex Ryan, the Buffalo Bills believe they already have a shutdown cornerback on the roster. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others... more

Teams desperately in need of an upgrade at wide receiver are in luck this offseason. This 2015 class is shaping up as a buyer's market, thanks in large part to a bevy of productive veterans potentially saturating the free agency process. Even if Dez... more

Similar to Jason Worilds and Everson Griffen last offseason , Eagles outside linebacker Brandon Graham is the out-of-nowhere edge rusher ready to cash in while forcing his team's hand. Philadelphia's front office reportedly approached Graham's camp... more

It was 23 years ago Wednesday that general manager Ron Wolf resurrected a dormant Green Bay Packers organization and put himself on track for a 2015 Hall of Fame induction in one masterstroke by swinging a trade with the Atlanta Falcons for Brett Favre.... more

How do we reconcile the expectation that Russell Wilson is set to become the NFL's highest-paid quarterback with coach Pete Carroll's recent optimism that the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl-caliber roster won't be compromised going forward? In separate... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams . Next up: Pittsburgh Steelers . What's changing? The Steelers are set on offense with one of the most talented young units in the league, but the... more

Whether or not Peyton Manning returns for an 18th NFL season , the Denver Broncos have no intention of losing Demaryius Thomas to free agency. Appearing on Tuesday's edition of NFL Total Access , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Broncos are... more

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell finally made his first Pro Bowl appearance two weeks ago despite playing through an MCL sprain and a sports hernia during the 2014 season. Campbell returned to the Cardinals' facility on Tuesday after... more

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II made it clear last month that Ben Roethlisberger's contract will be a priority this offseason. General manager Kevin Colbert revealed Tuesday that the team has officially begun preliminary negotiations with... more

One day after new defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. gushed over linebacker Khalil Mack's potential, coach Jack Del Rio offered high praise for the Oakland Raiders' building block on the other side of the ball. Appearing on Monday's edition of The... more

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has avoided surgery on the bulging disk that contributed to his late-season slide. "At this point, the back injury is not requiring surgery ," Rivers told KGB-FM radio, via "We'll kind of revisit it... more

The Brock Osweiler era might have to wait another year . Peyton Manning is working out in New Orleans with an eye toward the 2015 season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a Broncos source. The 38-year-old QB wants to see where he is... more

When Dan Quinn agreed to become the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons last month, defensive backs coach Kris Richard emerged as the favorite for Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator duties. The team made it official on Monday , announcing... more

Ed Sabol, innovative founder of NFL Films, died Monday in his Scottsdale, Arizona, home at the age of 98. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2011, Sabol was the visionary force who revolutionized sports on camera and mythologized... more

The days of NFL teams deciding between Drew Brees and Daunte Culpepper in free agency are long gone. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their skills at the combine (Feb. 17-23), only on NFL... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams . Next up: Buffalo Bills . What's changing? Former Jets coach Rex Ryan has replaced Doug Marrone, who settled for the offensive line coaching job in... more

Less than 24 hours after Bill Belichick came to his defense , Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that his game-shifting play call in Super Bowl XLIX will live in football infamy. "It was the worst result of a call ever ," Carroll told... more

Right tackle Michael Oher lasted just one season into the four-year, $20 million contract signed with the Tennessee Titans last March. The inspiration for the best-selling book turned blockbuster movie, "The Blind Side ," has been waived with an... more

New England Patriots 11-year veteran Vince Wilfork has no plans to go out on top after winning Super Bowl XLIX. The five-time Pro Bowl selection told WEEI-FM's Dale Holley, via the Boston Herald , on Thursday that he worked too hard to return from an... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. Next up: Seattle Seahawks . What's changing? Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who oversaw a historically great unit for two seasons, is now running... more

TOP 25 free agents TAG PREDICTIONS FA BY TEAM FA BY POSITION RESTRICTED FA Welcome to Around The NFL's first glance at the 2015 NFL free-agent market. It's merely the first week of the offseason process. Franchise tags have yet to be... more

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has accepted undiminished blame for the history-shifting interception that swung Super Bowl XLIX in the New England Patriots' direction. Carroll's decision to pass rather than simply putting the ball in the hands... more

The most decorated members of the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom secondary were more injured than they let on leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman might need Tommy John surgery to repair ligament damage sustained in the... more

The Arizona Cardinals stayed in-house, as expected, to find a replacement for Todd Bowles, the new head coach of the New York Jets. The team announced Wednesday that outside linebackers coach James Bettcher has been promoted to defensive coordinator.... more

Cornerback Malcolm Butler wasn't even on the field when the Seahawks first huddled for the play that resulted in the Patriots' game-saving interception in Super Bowl XLIX. NFL Films cinematographer Dave Malek and recordist Mark Ricci captured footage... more

After 13 seasons as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator, legendary coach Dick LeBeau has found a new home in Nashville. LeBeau is expected to be named assistant head coach/defense of the Tennessee Titans, reports Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.... more

Despite playing just 20 of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons, impending free agent Sean Weatherspoon remains an integral part of the Atlanta Falcons' plans. "Sean Weatherspoon is going to be an important part of building this defense and... more

The NFL announced Tuesday that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

The NFL AM crew unpacked the question of the New England Patriots' biggest threat to another AFC title in 2015. That segment provided the inspiration for a list of the 10 biggest challengers to the Patriots' Super Bowl crown. Might we see a rematch... more

I had planned on watching Super Bowl XLIX via Game Rewind  on my computer to see what I missed from bird's eye view of the press box on Sunday. Now I can see the instant classic on my TV in high definition instead. NFL Network is re-airing the New... more

The Buffalo Bills claimed a 2014 offseason hype bunny off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wide receiver Justin Brown, singled out for a "great " minicamp last June, opened the 2014 season as the Steelers' No. 3 receiver. After failing to produce... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the inordinately dominant quarterbacks of the 21st century, competing annually for the right to challenge Joe Montana atop NFL history's quarterback hierarchy. If Manning's shaky Super Bowl XLVIII... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jonas Gray will close out the 2014 season as a one-game wonder . The Week 11-sensation leads the list of seven New England Patriots inactives for Super Bowl XLIX versus the Seahawks. With Gray out of the picture, LeGarrette Blount... more

All season long, it appeared that Lions impending free agent Ndamukong Suh was headed to the highest bidder on the open market. Just hours after Calvin Johnson vowed to do whatever it takes to keep Suh in Detroit, the Lions expressed optimism that a... more


PHOENIX -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers beat out Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to take home the 2014 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award at Saturday's NFL Honors ceremony.... more

PHOENIX -- The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced Saturday at NFL Honors , rewarding several all-time greats who had been on the proverbial doorstep the past few years. Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Tim Brown, Will Shields,... more

PHOENIX -- Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was announced as the 2014 Coach of the Year at NFL Honors on Saturday. Two years after winning the same award with the Indianapolis Colts, Arians was recognized for guiding his team to the league's best... more

PHOENIX -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. emerged from a historically great wide receiver class to capture the 2014 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award at Saturday's NFL Honors ceremony. Offensive Rookie of the... more

PHOENIX -- With four Pro Bowl appearances and three first-team All-Pro selections under his belt by age 25, Earl Thomas is the successor to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu as the game-changing safety of his generation. Thomas' freakish range  is the fulcrum... more

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

PHOENIX -- Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Thursday that the Seattle Seahawks will face "some really difficult decisions " as Russell Wilson's contract transitions from considerable competitive advantage to a roster-building albatross in the offseason .... more

PHOENIX -- Whether the Seattle Seahawks win or lose Super Bowl XLIX, they will face a quarterback-contract predicament similar to the one that forced the Baltimore Ravens to reconstruct their championship roster during the 2013 offseason. Russell Wilson... more

The Seahawks are the first team since the 1969-71 Minnesota Vikings to lead the NFL in scoring defense for three consecutive seasons, bolstering defensive end Michael Bennett's claim that Seattle is now home to best defense "ever to play football ."... more

PHOENIX -- The assembled media discovered Wednesday that Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has no plans to intervene and force Marshawn Lynch to utter more than "I'm here so I won't get fined " or "You know why I'm here " during Super Bowl week. The... more

PHOENIX -- The Seahawks don't have to worry about defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's imminent departure to Atlanta standing as a potential distraction in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. It's evident after speaking with a handful of Seahawks... more

PHOENIX -- New England Patriots second-year linebacker Jamie Collins boasts the highest game-to-fame ratio in Super Bowl XLIX. Despite a meteoric rise from part-time starter as a rookie to All-Pro consideration this season, Collins has yet to gain the... more

PHOENIX -- Super Bowl XLIX offers the rare opportunity to see the NFL's reigning dynasty squaring off against a burgeoning powerhouse. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Monday that it's "really exciting" to be on the verge of back-to-back... more

PHOENIX -- The Seahawks understand that shutting down Rob Gronkowski is a Herculean task, but they are obsessed with limiting the All-Pro tight end's impact in Super Bowl XLIX. Coach Pete Carroll revealed Monday that he spent part of the day watching... more

PHOENIX -- The Chiefs missed out on the postseason, but still had a major impact on the two teams colliding in Super Bowl XLIX. New England coach Bill Belichick recently pointed to halftime of the Week 4 blowout loss at Kansas City as the season's... more

Since 1995, Richard Sherman's 18.1 postseason passer rating allowed is the lowest of any player. As the Seattle Seahawks prepare for the offseason, though, it's the other starting cornerback on the front office's radar. General manager John Schneider... more

PHOENIX -- Upon landing in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX, the Seattle Seahawks immediately attempted to diffuse the New England Patriots' deflated football scandal that tied the national media in knots last week. Coach Pete Carroll said he "empathizes"... more

Amid speculation that the Ravens tipped off the Colts as to the Patriots' alleged deflated-ball practices , Baltimore coach John Harbaugh paid homage to New England legend Bill Belichick on Friday. Harbaugh told NFL Media's Omar Ruiz at the Pro Bowl... more

Owner Jerry Jones openly acknowledges it will be a challenge to sign both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray to lucrative long-term contracts this offseason. With the franchise tag earmarked for Bryant , that leaves Murray's Dallas Cowboys future up in the... more

The Patriots refuse to take the noxious bait trolling behind the Seahawks' Super Bowl skiff. After New England's victory in the AFC Championship Game, Darrelle Revis promised to deflect all questions related to fellow first-team All-Pro cornerback... more

With Adrian Peterson in limbo all season, the NFL's mythical running-back title belt is up for grabs. DeMarco Murray rushed for 484 more yards than the next closest player. Le'Veon Bell was the most dynamic blend of running and receiving talent. To... more

New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo expressed skepticism Thursday that Johnny Manziel is the answer to the Cleveland Browns' decades-long quarterback problem. The questions about Manziel's future go much higher than the coaching staff. Owner... more

New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski joined MVP candidate J.J. Watt as the only unanimous selections to the 2014 All-Pro team. No tight end in history has come close to matching Gronkowski's production through five NFL seasons. For all of Gronk's... more

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady insists he didn't "alter the ball in any way" during last week's AFC Championship Game vs. the Indianapolis Colts. Addressing the NFL's investigation of overly deflated footballs , Brady explained that he went... more

Former Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano is staying in the Bay Area. Sparano will be hired as the San Francisco 49ers' tight ends coach , per ESPN's Adam Schefter. A finalist for the Raiders' permanent job after guiding the team to a 3-9... more

Team president Art Rooney II chose not to extend Ben Roethlisberger's contract last July, opting instead to lock up young nucleus players such as Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert and Cortez Allen. Now that Roethlisberger is entering the final season of... more

Former Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson is returning to Jacksonville. The Jaguars announced Wednesday morning Olson has been named the team's new offensive coordinator . Olson was cut loose in Oakland with the rest of the Dennis Allen-Tony... more

Doug Marrone overplayed his hand. The former Bills coach has been hired as the Jacksonville Jaguars' assistant head coach/offensive line, per John Oehser of the team's official website. The news comes three weeks after Marrone absconded from Buffalo... more

Since joining the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, the one quarterback Russell Wilson is most commonly compared to is height-challenged, mad-scrambling Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton. After watching Wilson direct the most improbable comeback in Championship... more

Former Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen is returning to New Orleans, where he won a Super Bowl as Sean Payton's secondary coach in February of 2010. Allen is expected to rejoin Payton's staff as a senior defensive assistant, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Conventional wisdom is the New England Patriots' season turned around once Rob Gronkowski served notice that he was back to All-Pro form with a 100-yard performance in a convincing Week 5 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Bill Belichick... more

Without elucidating his plans for EJ Manuel, new coach Rex Ryan acknowledged last week that the Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation is "unresolved ." Although Ryan is "excited" to work with Manuel, he made it clear in a Sunday interview with Fox... more

Coach Bill Belichick is doing his best to defuse another New England Patriots controversy threatening to overshadow the runaway spectacle of Super Bowl hype. Asked about the NFL's investigation of overly deflated footballs allegedly used by the... more

Super Bowl XLIX will feature the smartest coach-quarterback tandem of the past 15 years attempting to wrest the NFL crown from the mentally toughest team in the league. Counting his days as Bill Parcells' defensive coordinator with the Giants, Bill... more

Aaron Rodgers outlined the value of slot receiver Randall Cobb last month, stressing the importance of the Packers re-signing the impending free agent. Asked about his Green Bay future on Monday, Cobb made it clear that his preference is to continue... more

New Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace took a wait-and-see approach toward Jay Cutler in last week's introductory press conference. Coach John Fox was equally noncommittal at his own meet-and-greet on Monday. Fox emphasized that he has not begun... more

The last time LeGarrette Blount faced the Indianapolis Colts, he made NFL history as the only running back ever to generate at least 150 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a playoff game. Blount produced a convincing fascimile in Sunday's AFC... more

After throwing four interceptions in Jermaine Kearse's direction during regulation, Russell Wilson dialed up the seemingly star-crossed receiver in overtime for a game-winning 35-yard touchdown , sending the Seattle Seahawks back to the Super Bowl on the... more

One faction of the Packers has found an unusual way to stave off seasonal affective disorder (SAD ) and pass the rare moments of football down time in the cold, dark and sleepy Green Bay winters. More than a dozen players, including the entire offensive... more

The Green Bay Packers list Aaron Rodgers as probable to play through a strained calf in the NFC Championship Game . If last week's game is any indication, the MVP candidate's pocket movement and throwing mechanics will be compromised at Seattle on... more

After benching himself in the Dolphins' season finale, Mike Wallace acknowledged his precarious future in Miami . The generously compensated wide receiver has good reason to question his standing with Dolphins management. Owner Stephen Ross was... more

It's no secret that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick specializes in taking away the opposing offense's No. 1 weapon. If Belichick assigns All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to T.Y. Hilton on Sunday , the Indianapolis Colts will need big plays... more

It's common knowledge that the New England Patriots' season turned around once Rob Gronkowski returned to All Pro form in early October. Although the Patriots have averaged 14.5 more points per game since Week 5, Gronkowski's dominance isn't the lone... more

When beleaguered Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson entered the final month of the regular season, he challenged his numerous critics to "watch these next four weeks ." A month later, the former No. 3 overall draft pick was an afterthought... more

When the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle on Sunday , Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will have the luxury at least six or seven defensive players developed into stars capable of taking over the NFC Championship Game. One of his biggest coaching regrets,... more

If San Francisco 49ers fans would rather their 19th head coach win football games than press conferences, they're halfway there after Jim Tomsula's introduction on Thursday. By all accounts, Tomsula is one of the nicest, most genuine people in the NFL.... more

After setting multiple single-season franchise records in 2014, All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray's Dallas Cowboys' future is up in the air. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week that the Cowboys have had an offer on the table... more

Four years into his pro career, Andy Dalton is already tied for the second-most "one-and-done" playoff appearances (four) in NFL history. Even after coach Marvin Lewis expressed support for his embattled signal-caller, it's fair to wonder if the... more

Colts-Patriots Packers-Seahawks The backstory Will Tom Brady and Bill Belichick reach their sixth Super Bowl? The Colts are coming off consecutive wins against a pair of quarterbacks with 13 combined postseason "one-and-outs." Now they draw... more

The New York Jets have a new head coach. The team hired former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source involved in the process. Bowles texted NFL Media's Albert Breer to confirm that he... more

Owner Jerry Jones recently stated that the Dallas Cowboys will wield the franchise tag to retain impending free agent Dez Bryant, if necessary, in the coming offseason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Tuesday the star wide receiver is "not... more

Broncos general manager John Elway wants Peyton Manning back for another playoff run in 2015. Where does Elway turn, though, if Manning decides to hang up his spikes this offseason? The Broncos have been planning for that eventuality since the... more

General manager John Elway's decision to part with John Fox and potentially clean house on the entire coaching staff begs the question of the Denver Broncos' intentions regarding Peyton Manning. Elway answered that question in Tuesday's press... more

Immediately after John Fox's amicable separation from the Denver Broncos on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport introduced the Chicago Bears as the most likely landing spot . Now Rapoport reports, via several sources involved in the situation, Fox is... more

Trent Richardson was a healthy scratch Sunday in the Indianapolis Colts' biggest game of the season . Explaining the decision to deactivate Richardson in favor of a running back signed off the street just last week, coach Chuck Pagano cited special... more

When news broke Monday of the Denver Broncos and John Fox amicably splitting, speculation immediately centered on offensive coordinator Adam Gase as a likely replacement. While Gase remains a candidate for the job, he is not the favorite at this point,... more

Whether or not Sunday's Divisional Round loss marks Peyton Manning's final game in Denver, it will stand as John Fox's last game on the Broncos' sideline. Fox told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington on Monday that he and the Broncos have reached a mutual... more

The overturn of Dez Bryant's brilliant 31-yard reception in the Dallas Cowboys' Divisional Round loss robbed football fans of a defining playoff moment and penalized one of the NFL's best players for maximizing his athletic ability in an extraordinary... more

The mystery of Eddie Lacy's quarter-long disappearance in the Green Bay Packers' Divisional Round victory has been solved. Lacy carved up the Dallas Cowboys' defense for 45 yards on seven carries on the opening touchdown drive, only to vanish until... more

The Colts limited Indianapolis legend Peyton Manning to 211 passing yards, upsetting the Broncos 24-13 to advance to the AFC Championship Game. Our takeaways: 1. This performance rivals a 41-0 shutout loss to the Jets in 2003 for the least effective... more

At halftime of Sunday's Divisional Round showdown between the Packers and the Cowboys, the Seahawks had to be licking their chops at the prospect of a clearly neutralized Aaron Rodgers hobbling into Seattle next week . By the end of a 26-21... more

Patriots coach Bill Belichick reached deep into his bag of football tricks and came up with a four-man offensive line that had Ravens coach John Harbaugh crying foul after New England's thrilling 35-31 victory in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.... more

Tom Brady passed for 367 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead the New England Patriots to a thrilling 35-31 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in a back-and-forth Divisional Round contest that captivated football fans through the final tick of... more

The Atlanta Falcons have serious competition for the services of Rex Ryan. The former New York Jets coach has a second interview with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the team's... more

The New England Patriots will be without running back Jonas Gray for Saturday's Divisional Round matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports , via a source close to Gray, the running back is inactive on Saturday because... more

The Denver Broncos are set to welcome back one of their most valuable defensive players after a two-game absence. Battling a foot sprain, weakside linebacker Brandon Marshall pronounced himself ready to play on Sunday after returning to limited... more

One of the Seattle Seahawks' major competitive advantages is set to vanish prior to the start of next season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via sources involved in the situation, Russell Wilson is expected to become the NFL's highest-paid... more

With Aaron Rodgers' strained calf in the spotlight, running back Eddie Lacy's late-season hot streak is flying under the radar leading up to Sunday's Divisional Round matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. In contrast to last January when Lacy was sporting a... more

When new Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan emphasized building through the draft at Friday's introductory press conference, he wasn't referencing the impending selection of a first-round quarterback. In a subsequent discussion with... more

Two years after Hall of Famer wide receiver Cris Carter's son, Duron, was released by the Minnesota Vikings, the Montreal Alouettes star is back on the radar of NFL teams. Carter is working out for the Vikings on Friday, per, after having... more

The next coach of the Buffalo Bills might have to make do without one of the team's top pass rushers in 2015. Impending free-agent defensive end Jerry Hughes made it clear that he won't accept a hometown discount to return to Buffalo. "That's a nice... more

New Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace provided no clues about his quarterback plans in Friday's introductory press conference. "I have previous things with Drew Brees that I had in my mind that I know why he was successful and those are ingrained... more

Don't count on your team recruiting Larry Fitzgerald just yet. Just days after speculation swirled that Fitzgerald had played his last game in Arizona, the Cardinals opened preliminary contract discussions with the wide receiver's agent, reports Kent... more

NFL Media's Desmond Purnell reported Wednesday that Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain won't practice until at least Friday as the defense's second-leading tackler goes through concussion protocol. McClain isn't the only key defender... more

Panthers-Seahawks Ravens-Patriots Cowboys-Packers Colts-Broncos The backstory Has any franchise enjoyed more quarterback luck than the Colts? They instigated the NFL's prominence among American sports with the thrilling 1958 Championship... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is reversing course from last summer's plan to allow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to test the open market in 2015. After sitting down with Suh for a productive conversation on Monday, Mayhew emphasized... more

Panthers-Seahawks Ravens-Patriots Cowboys-Packers Colts-Broncos The backstory If any NFL team is close to a mirror image of the reigning Super Bowl champions, it's the surging Carolina Panthers. After struggling to find their... more

The Atlanta Falcons and former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan have parted ways after spending the afternoon together on Tuesday. Ryan's interview ended after five or more hours, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of their... more

The numbers don't show it due to a handful of drops, but Andrew Luck's performance in the Indianapolis Colts' Wild Card Round victory was his most impressive of a season in which he led the NFL in touchdowns. In their wildest dreams, owner Jim Irsay... more

When Aaron Rodgers knocked off Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to emerge as the MVP front-runner in late November, coach Mike McCarthy raved that he had never seen a quarterback play at a higher level than the Green Bay Packers' signal-caller has... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers took it on the chin Saturday night, watching their season end on their home field at the hands of their archrival with their top running back in street clothes. Complementing a front seven that dominated the line of scrimmage,... more

Taking advantage of a fourth-string quarterback, the Carolina Panthers held the Arizona Cardinals to an NFL postseason record-low 78 total yards in a 27-16 victory to open the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. Our takeaways: 1. The Panthers enjoyed an... more

When historians and researchers study an NFL player's career, it's not the number of Pro Bowl selections that carry the most weight. Landing a spot on the All-Pro first team has always been more prestigious, as well as a more accurate sign of a player's... more

Slouching into the playoffs with his fourth quarterback of the season hasn't curbed Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' unwavering swagger . Ryan Lindley will enter Saturday's game against the Carolina Panthers with the lowest career passer rating... more

The Carolina Panthers' four-game winning streak has coincided with Jonathan Stewart's ascendance to the featured back role in Mike Shula's offense. Now that DeAngelo Williams is fully recovered from a hand fracture that forced him to miss a month, will... more

When Johnny Manziel assumed the Browns' starting quarterback role in Week 15, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that impending free agent Brian Hoyer "almost certainly " was finished in Cleveland. There will be a market for Hoyer to compete for a... more

Ravens-Steelers Cardinals-Panthers Lions-Cowboys Bengals-Colts The backstory Both teams are barely recognizable since the Bengals' 27-0 drubbing at the hands of the Colts in Week 7. With Ahmad Bradshaw out for the season, Reggie Wayne... more

After insisting that his hyperextended knee felt great on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell wasn't quite as optimistic on Thursday. Bell revealed to NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala that he didn't attempt to run on Thursday because... more

The Kansas City Chiefs became the first team in over 60 years to go an entire season without a touchdown by a wide receiver. General manager John Dorsey made it clear this week that the position will be a top priority in the offseason. "I think that... more

If the Detroit Lions get past the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday , they will have a secret weapon for the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley practiced Thursday for the first time since injuring his knee Oct. 26 in London. He was... more

Deep in their 100-yard twilight years, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne and backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will have decisions to make in the coming offseason. At this point, however, neither is seriously considering retirement. Wayne... more


Ravens-Steelers Cardinals-Panthers Lions-Cowboys Bengals-Colts The backstory The early-December hand-wringing over the NFC South's ineptitude crashing the NFL's postseason party has given way to a suddenly intriguing matchup featuring two... more

Tuesday's overturn of Ndamukong Suh's suspension ensures that the Detroit Lions will be armed with the three best defenders on the field for Sunday's Wild Card round matchup at the Dallas Cowboys. Along with reigning first-team All-Pro Suh, the Lions... more

Scheduled to earn a non-guaranteed salary that would count a prohibitive $15.4 million against the Vikings' salary cap in 2015, suspended running back Adrian Peterson's Minnesota future is up in the air entering the offseason. As far as coach Mike... more

After Odell Beckham wrapped up his rookie season with 91 receptions, 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games, Around The NFL's Conor Orr suggested the Giants wide receiver is the most electrifying football player to thrill New York since the glory... more

Coach Doug Marrone guided the Bills to a winning record in his second season, ostensibly insuring a third year in Buffalo. As it turns out, though, Marrone has leverage of his own regarding his future with the organization. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons are not wasting time in their search for a new head coach after parting with Jim Harbaugh and Mike Smith, respectively, in the past 24 hours. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the two organizations have... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position or attribute. So far, we have covered running backs , safeties , red-zone threats , throwing arms , quarter-pole surprises , quarter-pole disappointments ,... more

The Arizona Cardinals might be surprising underdogs against a postseason opponent with four fewer wins, but coach Bruce Arians is more confident in his quarterback situation than he was a week ago. Ryan Lindley tossed his first two NFL touchdown passes... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin insisted after Sunday night's game that his post-game confrontation with Reggie Nelson had nothing to do with the Cincinnati Bengals safety's hit that sidelined Le'Veon Bell. "I guess a teammate told him I said... more

Antonio Brown returned a punt for a touchdown and sealed the AFC North for Pittsburgh with a 63-yard touchdown reception in the Steelers' 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. It may have been a pyrrhic victory... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to dodge a bullet regarding the health of their most valuable player. Running back Le'Veon Bell was forced from Sunday night's 27-17 win  after Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson hit his right knee. Steelers... more

The San Francisco 49ers gave coach Jim Harbaugh a proper sendoff Sunday, sending the Arizona Cardinals to a 20-17 in the regular-season finale. Here's what we learned: 1. If this was the last of Harbaugh and Frank Gore in San Francisco, they went out... more

The Seattle Seahawks captured the NFC's No. 1 seed on Sunday, rallying back from a halftime deficit to lock up the NFC West title with a 20-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams. 1. If not for a pair of turnovers and a failed fourth-down conversion, the... more

DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant each broke single-season franchise records , leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 44-17 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Murray's 12th 100-yard performance of the season leaves him with 1,845... more

The Baltimore Ravens' victory prevented the Texans from reaching the playoffs despite J.J. Watt's heroics in leading Houston to a 23-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Watt bolstered his MVP argument with three sacks,... more

Arian Foster is battling hamstring troubles again. The Pro Bowl tailback was forced out of Sunday's game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars late in the first quarter. He did not return to the Texans' 23-17 victory. Foster missed one... more

Jim Harbaugh isn't the only member of the 49ers in danger of leaving San Francisco after the season. When asked Wednesday if he wants to return to the 49ers in 2015, impending free-agent wide receiver Michael Crabtree didn't exactly radiate excitement... more

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne has another reason to contemplate retirement in the coming offseason. Wayne said Wednesday, via Terry McCormick of, that he will need surgery on the torn triceps he has been playing... more

A.J. Green piled up a career-high 224 yards when the Cincinnati Bengals faced the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in the month. This time around, he's hoping his bruised biceps is well enough to play for the AFC North title on Sunday night. Coach Marvin... more

Despite a breakout season as one of the NFL's 10 best defensive players , Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox was surprisingly left off the Pro Bowl roster . Around The NFL isn't alone in the belief that Cox got a raw deal . "Wow. That was... more

The last time the Eagles met the Giants in Week 6 , Chip Kelly revealed that rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham was a player Philadelphia targeted leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. With the two teams set to square off again in the regular-season... more

It's rare to see an organization throw in the towel on a first-round quarterback before 16 NFL starts. That appears to be exactly what the Buffalo Bills are doing with EJ Manuel. Although his team was eliminated from playoff contention this week,... more

The continuing education of Ron Rivera remains one of the NFL's most fascinating subplots. Last year's Carolina Panthers stumbled out of the blocks only to hit their stride once "Riverboat Ron " rejected lifelong football lessons and began embracing a... more

Impending free agent DeMarco Murray has joined Tony Romo in the MVP discussion this season, but it's Dez Bryant who will be the Dallas Cowboys' top priority in the coming offseason . Although contract negotiations broke down earlier in the season,... more

The Cincinnati Bengals locked up a playoff berth on Monday night, intercepting Peyton Manning four times en route to a 37-28 victory over the Denver Broncos. Our takeaways. 1. Furiously rallying from an early pick-six by their own quarterback , the... more

Owner Mark Davis made it clear last offseason that embattled general manager Reggie McKenzie needed to prove he could reconstruct the Oakland Raiders' roster after deconstructing it in previous years. Bolstered by a rookie class that has proven to be... more

Jay Cutler will receive one last-ditch opportunity to make an impression on the Chicago Bears entering the 2015 offseason. The team announced Monday that quarterback Jimmy Clausen will not play in the season finale at the Minnesota Vikings after... more

The Arizona Cardinals are bracing for their fourth starting quarterback of the season as they prepare for a Week 17 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Bruce Arians said at his press conference Monday that he is leaning toward starting rookie... more

The Seattle Seahawks wrested control of the NFC West from Arizona for the first time this season, handing the Cardinals a convincing 35-6 beatdown on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. If the Seahawks take care of business at home versus the Rams next... more

The Dallas Cowboys jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to the NFC East title with a 42-7 blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Unless the Week 17 Packers-Lions tilt ends in a tie, the Cowboys cannot get... more

Rookie defensive end Terrence Fede blocked a punt for a safety with seconds remaining in the game, propelling the Miami Dolphins to a 37-35 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Dolphins did well to bounce back from 15... more

The Steelers clinched a playoff spot on Sunday, beating the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-12 , in Pittsburgh. Our takeaways: 1. The Steelers were displeased when Chiefs coach Andy Reid rested his starters in last year's season finale, costing Pittsburgh a... more

The San Diego Chargers overcame a 21-point deficit and a franchise-record 355 rushing yards by the San Francisco 49ers in Saturday night's 38-35 wild and wacky overtime thriller. Our takeaways: 1. Eerily reminiscent of the Week 13 comeback victory... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have only themselves to blame for Saturday's mistake-filled 27-24 loss that has them in precarious position for the postseason. Chip Kelly's squad was responsible for 13 penalties, two missed field goals and a pair of... more

The Washington Redskins capitalized on a Mark Sanchez interception late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, leading to a 27-24 upset victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. 1. The Eagles' playoff hopes are on life support. They are eliminated from... more

The New England Patriots will be without their leading receiver for Sunday's game versus the New York Jets. Julian Edelman will miss the game with concussion and thigh injuries, the team announced. Edelman did not even travel with the team to New... more

The San Francisco 49ers received welcome news Saturday for their injury-depleted offense. Frank Gore is officially active for Saturday night's game against the San Diego Chargers after nursing a concussion this week. Gore was listed as questionable... more

The San Diego Chargers fully expect Philip Rivers to start versus the San Francisco 49ers after the quarterback returned to practice on Thursday. Battling chest and back injuries, Rivers was a full participant in the portion of practice open to the... more

The Seattle Seahawks secured the future of another one of their young defensive stars. The team announced Thursday that weakside linebacker K.J. Wright has signed a four-year contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source... more

Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren is the only running back in Philadelphia Eagles history with more rushing touchdowns than LeSean McCoy's 43. It came as a bit of a surprise, then, when third-stringer Chris Polk assumed goal-line duties in last week's loss... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position or attribute. So far, we have covered running backs, safeties, red-zone threats, throwing arms, quarter-pole surprises, quarter-pole disappointments, franchise... more

Since the start of the 2014 season, Philadelphia Eagles pass rusher Brandon Graham has gone from trade candidate to nucleus player. The team's brass approached Graham's camp with a four-year contract offer a couple of weeks ago, reports Geoff Mosher... more

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb have been the NFL's most productive wide-receiver duo this season, propelling Aaron Rodgers to the forefront of the MVP discussion . It's no surprise, then, that Rodgers understands the Packers' need to re-sign Cobb, an... more

On a misty, foggy Monday night at Soldier Field, Drew Brees passed for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead the New Orleans Saints to a convincing 31-15 victory over the lethargic Chicago Bears. Our takeaways: 1. Brees enjoyed one of his best games... more

The Tennessee Titans placed Jake Locker on season-ending injured reserve Monday, likely closing the door on the 2011 first-round draft pick's career in Nashville. Locker is set to have surgery on his left shoulder after dislocating it for a third time.... more

Johnny Manziel's faceplant in his NFL starting debut won't dissuade Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine from staying the course with the rookie quarterback. Pettine announced Monday that the Browns are "moving forward with (Manziel) at quarterback."... more

This week's Monday Night Football matchup features two of the NFL's most disappointing teams, trudging through turmoil as the regular season winds down. Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was compelled to tearfully apologize in front of... more

With first place in the NFC West on the line this week, the surging Seahawks will face a Cardinals quarterback who has attempted 180 passes without a touchdown in seven career NFL games. Arizona coach Bruce Arians announced Monday that Ryan Lindley will... more

The Denver Broncos clinched first place in the AFC West with a 22-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Whether it's by design or necessity, the Broncos have had more rushing attempts than pass attempts in three... more

Mario Williams stripped the ball from Aaron Rodgers' hands, giving the Buffalo Bills a game-sealing safety in Sunday's 21-13 upset victory over the Green Bay Packers. Our takeaways: 1. The Bills entered the game as the NFL's No. 1 pass defense in... more

Baltimore's defense sacked Blake Bortles eight times to carry the Ravens to a 20-12 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. A week after Elvis Dumervil racked up 3.5 sacks on Ryan Tannehill, bookend edge rusher Terrell Suggs... more

Dan Quinn's Seattle Seahawks' defense has returned to the historically great level of last season, suffocating opponents to the tune of 6.7 points and 169 total yards per game over the past three weeks. Last week's performance was the most impressive... more

The Denver Broncos are locking up one of the NFL's most underrated defensive players. The team announced that they have agreed to terms with cornerback Chris Harris on a five-year contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the... more

Third-party arbitrator Harold Henderson has denied the appeal of Adrian Peterson's suspension. Henderson concluded that Peterson did not demonstrate that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were unfair and inconsistent. "He was... more

When Rod Streater was placed on injured reserve/designated to return in early October, the Oakland Raiders' hope was that the wide receiver would need just four or five weeks to recover from foot surgery . Two months later, it now appears Streater's... more

The last time we saw Johnny Manziel in extended action, the rookie quarterback was overwhelmed by the speed of the NFL game in a deflating preseason showing. After watching Manziel operate the Browns' scout team for 14 weeks, safety Donte Whitner... more

Does rookie Donte Moncrief hold the keys to the Indianapolis Colts' aerial attack down the stretch? Moncrief's playing time has steadily increased, cresting with a season-high 50 snaps at Cleveland last week. That number should continue to rise out of... more

The Detroit Lions have enjoyed one of the NFL's best records all season despite the fourth-worst rushing attack in the league. Now that Reggie Bush is finally getting over an ankle injury that has rendered him a non-factor for the past two months, the... more

In a Thursday night game that featured nearly as many punts as points, the Arizona Cardinals held onto the NFC's No. 1 seed, handing the St. Louis Rams a 12-6 defeat . Our takeaways: 1. Arizona's quarterback problem was exacerbated when Drew Stanton... more

The Arizona Cardinals are down to their fourth quarterback of the season. Drew Stanton was forced out of Thursday's 12-6 win over the Rams with a right knee injury in the middle of the third quarter. The team later ruled him out for the game.... more

The New England Patriots have locked up their top reserve offensive lineman. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday night, via a source who has seen the deal, the team signed Marcus Cannon to a two-year contract extension worth up to $9... more

The Green Bay Packers could be without one of the NFL's hottest running backs for this week's game at Buffalo. Limited to "ball drills" in Thursday's practice, Eddie Lacy acknowledged the hip injury sustained in Monday's victory over the Falcons could... more

Jimmy Graham is coming off one of the worst performances of his career, dropping a career-high three passes and failing to reel in two more that were broken up as they hit his hands last week. Although Graham hasn't been the same since his early October... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position or attribute. So far, we have covered running backs, safeties, red-zone threats, throwing arms, quarter-pole surprises, quarter-pole disappointments, franchise... more

When New York Giants rookie Odell Beckham made one of the most spectacular catches in NFL history two weeks back, the question on many minds was whether it was better than David Tyree's famous "helmet catch " in Super Bowl XLII. Tyree weighed in... more

When Charles Tillman's season ended with a torn triceps in September, the Chicago Bears cornerback hinted at a return for the 2015 season. Three months later, the 12-year veteran confirmed that he plans to be back. "Right now, all I want to do is get... more

With only three games remaining on the Minnesota Vikings' schedule, the clock is ticking on Adrian Peterson's chances of playing again in 2014. As Peterson awaits a ruling from arbitrator Harold Henderson on his appeal , the suspended running back has... more

Now that the Cleveland Browns have been relegated to the fringes of the AFC playoff picture , they are turning to rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel for a peek at their offense of the future. With the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft running... more

The Green Bay Packers overcame a career game by Julio Jones to knock off the Atlanta Falcons, 43-37 , on Monday night. Our takeaways: 1. The Packers' Lambeau Field dominance continued. They had as many first downs (22) at halftime as the Falcons had... more

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine has chosen Johnny Manziel as the Browns' quarterback this week, and the rookie won't lack for motivation against the Bengals in his first NFL start. Opposing coach Marvin Lewis couldn't have been more dismissive when asked... more

Nearly a year to the day of Mike Shanahan's infamous press conference announcing Robert Griffin III's first benching, coach Jay Gruden took the podium Monday and acknowledged that jobs are on the line in the final three games of the Washington Redskins'... more

Before the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers squared off in a Week 14 battle of the Bay Area, there was a surprising sentiment developing in league circles that rookie Derek Carr might just have a brighter future than Colin Kaepernick. Despite... more

On the Week 14 recap edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , Dan Hanzus and Gregg Rosenthal suggested Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt should be the favorite for MVP honors after another dominant performance in Sunday's victory over the... more

The shoulder injury that knocked Zach Mettenberger out of the Tennessee Titans' loss  Sunday to the Giants will end the rookie quarterback's season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source informed of the prognosis, Mettenberger suffered... more

Julian Edelman scored a career-long 69-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, catapulting the New England Patriots to a 23-14 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. On a night when Tom Brady missed throws and... more

Russell Wilson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 24-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Russell Wilson unfurled a masterpiece of sandlot football, carrying the offense with... more

Le'Veon Bell joined Hall of Famer Walter Payton as the only running backs to generate more than 200 yards from scrimmage in three consecutive games, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 42-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Our takeaways:... more

It took a late-game Colt McCoy neck strain for Robert Griffin III to get back on the field for the Washington Redskins in Sunday's 24-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams. With the game no longer in doubt and McCoy struggling mightily to move the offense,... more

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton watched Jason Campbell from the sidelines for the final two possessions of Sunday's game but assured reporters afterward that he is not injured. Dalton took a hit to his midsection as he was driven into the... more

Marshawn Lynch's future after this season remains a mystery, but the Seahawks star has allowed himself to think about his legacy. In an interview that ran on NFL GameDay First and NFL GameDay Morning  on Sunday, Lynch told his former teammate Michael... more

Appealing his season-long suspension this week, Adrian Peterson's NFL career is at a crossroads . Although Peterson's Vikings' future is up in the air , the All-Pro tailback is determined to play -- and play well -- for at least another half-decade.... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense is adding fresh legs for the stretch run. Second-year linebacker Jarvis Jones was activated from injured reserve/designated for return on Saturday after missing nine games with a fractured bone in his wrist. With... more

Jerick McKinnon's promising rookie season is over. The Minnesota Vikings announced Saturday that the rookie running back has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a nagging lower back injury. McKinnon, a third-round draft pick out of... more

Two weeks after being waived , kicker Brandon McManus is back on the Denver Broncos' roster. The team announced Saturday that McManus has been signed from the practice squad while punt returner Isaiah Burse has been waived. McManus will be relegated... more

Robert Griffin III is not the only Washington Redskins player to go from 2012 Thanksgiving star to 2014 afterthought. Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson was waived on Saturday , the team announced. Robinson's career highlight has been a 68-yard bomb from... more

Benched in favor of Charles Johnson, 2013 first-round draft pick Cordarelle Patterson's long-awaited breakout season is on hiatus. Although Patterson is no longer part of the Minnesota Vikings' offense , wide receivers coach George Stewart insists the... more

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson's rare foray into free agency couldn't be going any better. Signed away from the division-rival Bears, outside linebacker Julius Peppers is garnering Pro Bowl consideration for a bounce-back season as the... more

A year after earning a reputation as the quarterback whisperer , Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman is coming under fire for his team's lack of offense. While Jay Cutler is on pace for career highs in completion percentage, passer rating and touchdowns,... more

There's a lot riding on Sunday's NFC clash between the Seahawks and the Eagles. With Arizona reeling, the NFC West is wide open. As Gregg Rosenthal pointed out in this week's look at the NFC playoff picture , that means the winner of the... more

For the past two months, the Houston Texans' wide-receiver pecking order has resembled the 2013 Chicago Bears, when Alshon Jeffery threatened to overtake Brandon Marshall as the straw that stirs the drink. Much like Jeffery, 2013 first-round draft pick... more

Andre Johnson spent the majority of the offseason channeling Shakespeare's Prince Hamlet , undecided about his future with the Texans. After three months in coach Bill O'Brien's offense, Johnson is now determined to finish his career in Houston. "I... more

So far, we have covered running backs, safeties, red-zone threats, throwing arms, quarter-pole surprises, quarter-pole disappointments, franchise cornerstones, players deserving of Pro Bowl consideration, best free-agent pickups, biggest free-agent flops,... more

The Cleveland Browns will be without their second-leading receiver for the remainder of the 2014 season. The team announced Wednesday veteran wide receiver Miles Austin has been placed on injured reserve after being hospitalized with a kidney ailment... more

Averaging an embarrassing 2.0 yards per carry over his past three games, infamously sluggish running back Trent Richardson has finally inspired Indianapolis Colts fans to break out the boos and catcalls. Although Richardson has been outplayed by... more

Justin Hunter's lacerated spleen will cost him the final month of the 2014 season. The Tennessee Titans announced Tuesday that the wide receiver has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday... more

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE Gregg Rosenthal outlined the NFC playoff picture on Monday, with the Packers sitting pretty and the surging Seahawks closing in on a postseason home game of their own. Let's turn our attention to... more

Before the discovery of Ray Rice's assault video this past summer, the former Baltimore Ravens running back came under fire for a staged May press conference in which he read a prepared statement from a cell phone. The heaviest criticism was directed... more


C.J. Anderson went over 100 yards for the second consecutive game, leading a revitalized ground attack in the Denver Broncos' 29-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. Anderson is leading the NFL in rushing yards... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost more than just the game on Sunday . The team believes veteran defensive end Brett Keisel has torn his triceps, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via two sources informed of the injury. Keisel will undergo an MRI... more

Aaron Rodgers threw for 368 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 26-21 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. We were denied a chance to see Rodgers in a two-minute drill with the game on the... more

Andrew Luck passed for 370 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 49-27 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Undeterred by a lost fumble and interception on his first two drives, Luck was masterful... more

The Cincinnati Bengals overcame three first-half interceptions from Andy Dalton to hand the Tampa Buccaneers a 14-13 loss on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Credit Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis with a heads-up move in a bizarre last-minute scenario that... more

Now that a backsliding Robert Griffin III has been benched by a second coach in favor of a second quarterback, it no longer seems hyperbolic to suggest the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year's career was placed in jeopardy by the Washington Redskins in... more

One day after losing to the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears have acknowledged the season is over for one of their most decorated players. The team announced Friday that linebacker Lance Briggs has been placed on injured reserve after injuring his... more

Will a team sign Ray Rice? November 28, 2014

Now that former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is eligible to return to the NFL , the question is whether any team will sign him. Although NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has not been able to find an organization that would sign Rice this season,... more

Outside linebacker Connor Barwin has been the best player on an improving Philadelphia Eagles defense, trailing only the Chiefs' Justin Houston with 12.5 sacks in 12 games. Barwin isn't the only Eagles defender playing at a Pro Bowl level, however.... more

Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are the only active members of the 1998 NFL Draft class. Like Manning , the Oakland Raiders free safety plans to play another season in 2015. "No question ," Woodson responded this week when asked if he would return... more

Help could be on the way for a struggling Arizona Cardinals offense that has managed just three points over the past seven quarters. Although Larry Fitzgerald has yet to practice this week and is officially questionable, he's optimistic about... more

Robert Griffin III's most recent benching will prevent NFL fans from witnessing the first head-to-head matchup of quarterbacks taken with the first two picks in the same draft since Peyton Manning's Colts defeated Ryan Leaf's Chargers in 1998.... more

Last offseason, we highlighted the trend of established free-agent running backs getting paid like kickers and punters. The last two weeks have provided further evidence of the foolishness of dumping valuable resources into the position. Just as... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported early this week that Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola will not be fined for diving at the legs of Patriots defensive tackle Zach Moore on a kneel-down late in New England's Week 12 victory. That does not... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position or attribute. So far, we have covered running backs, safeties, red-zone threats, throwing arms, quarter-pole surprises, quarter-pole disappointments, franchise... more

The Bengals will have to continue their playoff push withour their starting right tackle.  Andre Smith will undergo season-ending surgery on his arm, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, according to a source informed of the injury. ... more

Justin Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Our takeaways: 1. Forsett carried the offense against a New Orleans defense that... more

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus appears to be on thin ice after missing a 33-yard field goal in Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins. Free agent kicker Jay Feely will work out for the Broncos on Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Barring a late-week surprise, Robert Griffin III will get another chance to pull his season out of a tailspin at the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday . Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday, via NFL Media's Albert Breer, that Griffin... more

Tony Romo led a seven-play, 80-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter to steer the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-28 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. Odell Beckham is the ultimate silver lining. Even in a lost... more

The Washington Redskins are having a heck of time gaining relevancy in NFL circles this season. After an October matchup, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman took aim at Pierre Garcon, stating the Redskins wide receiver "doesn't matter in this... more

Anquan Boldin put the 49ers on his back Sunday, hauling in nine passes for 137 and a touchdown to lead the 49ers to a 17-13 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Outside of a decisive 10-play, 61-yard touchdown drive in the... more

Tom Brady passed for 349 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the New England Patriots to a convincing 34-9 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. If a charismatic Bruce Arians is the favorite for Coach of the Year honors,... more

Lyle Alzado was a throwback to the days before television, when the gridiron was patrolled by oversized coal miners and West Texas psychopaths . Featured on Friday's edition of A Football Life , the former Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders defensive... more

If the Seattle Seahawks have tentative plans to move on from Marshawn Lynch in 2015 , coach Pete Carroll isn't letting on. "He's under contract next year, we'd love to have him back," Carroll told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. "There's no hesitation in... more

Dumped by the Carolina Panthers early this week , veteran wide receiver Jason Avant wasn't out of work long. Avant's agent, Doug Frederickson, revealed Friday that his client has signed with a new team . The Kansas City Chiefs later announced the... more

Jay Gruden issued a mea culpa on Wednesday after publicly dissecting his quarterback following the Washington Redskins' embarrassing Week 11 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Although Gruden backtracked on his excoriation of Robert Griffin III, the... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians conceded that Larry Fitzgerald was "iffy " for Sunday's NFC West clash with the Seattle Seahawks after missing practice earlier in the week. Arians updated Fitzgerald's status on Friday, telling reporters that... more

When the New England Patriots brought LeGarrette Blount back into the fold on Thursday, the obvious follow-up question was in regard to the running back's expected role . Bill Belichick on NFL Network Watch Melissa Stark's sit-down with Bill... more

The Oakland Raiders won their first game in over a year Thursday night, as Derek Carr orchestrated a game-winning drive to knock off the Kansas City Chiefs, 24-20 . Our takeaways: 1. No one can say the Raiders don't play hard for interim coach Tony... more

Just when it appeared that the Oakland Raiders had finally discovered a ground attack, breakout running back Latavius Murray was forced from Thursday night's game with a concussion. The Raiders went on to win, largely due to Murray's first-half... more

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz's nascent breakout season has stalled since standing among the league leaders in big plays for September. Coach Chip Kelly explained Wednesday that Ertz's playing time has waned because it would be an "injustice"... more

Editor's note: A few days before Odell Beckham made the greatest catch of the year , Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling said he was perhaps this year's top rookie wide receiver. This year's historically great rookie wide receiver class is so... more

Impending free agent Michael Vick acknowledged last week that his New York Jets future is up in the air after two starts as Geno Smith's replacement. Whether or not Vick returns, it's clear the 34-year-old wants to continue his NFL career in 2015... more

Before DeSean Jackson signed with the Washington Redskins last April , the wide receiver had a standing offer to visit the San Francisco 49ers. Although the 49ers were interested in signing Jackson only at a discount price , he told San Francisco... more

This week's Thursday Night Football matchup features two AFC West rivals moving in opposite directions. The Oakland Raiders have lost 16 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL and the most consecutive losses in franchise history since... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position or attribute. So far, we have covered running backs , safeties , red-zone threats , throwing arms , quarter-pole surprises , quarter-pole disappointments ,... more