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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 NBCSports.com and a senior NFL editor at Rotoworld.com before joining NFL Media in 2013.


April

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 ESPN.com'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

March

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 ESPN.com'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 ESPN.com'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 ESPN.com'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 criteria 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

February

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 ESPN.com. 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 ESPN.com. "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

January

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 ESPN.com, 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

December

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 TitansInsider.net, 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

November

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

The Denver Broncos' offense threatens to remain one-dimensional again this week vs. the Miami Dolphins' stout front seven. Ronnie Hillman is still nursing a midfoot sprain that is expected to keep him sidelined for Sunday's game . Montee Ball will join... more

On October 16, running back Jonas Gray was languishing on the New England Patriots' practice squad, freely available to the other 31 teams in the league. On November 16, Gray accomplished a feat unmatched by any NFL player going back 75 years. Gray... more

Chris Borland is going to force the San Francisco 49ers into a difficult personnel decision next year. The third-round rookie has racked up 47 tackles over the past three games. In Sunday's victory over the Giants, he became the first 49ers linebacker... more

Jonas Gray tied a franchise record with four rushing touchdowns, leading the New England Patriots to a 42-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. The Pats trampled the Colts' run defense for 234 yards and six... more

Aaron Rodgers remains the NFL's hottest quarterback, throwing for 341 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 53-20 blowout victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The rest of the NFC contenders have... more

The St. Louis Rams limited Peyton Manning to his fewest points in a decade, defeating the Denver Broncos, 22-7 , on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Led by a resurgent Robert Quinn and Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Aaron Donald, the Rams defense... more

Andy Dalton bounced back from last week's debacle , throwing three touchdown passes to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-10 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. With the Browns falling to the Texans, the Bengals are back... more

The Denver Broncos were not only unable to come from behind to beat the Rams in St. Louis on Sunday , but they had to do it without several key players. Julius Thomas was ruled out for the game after sustaining an ankle injury in the first half.... more

The Lions' top-ranked defense has been fueled by dominant defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, well-rounded linebacker DeAndre Levy and breakout pass rusher Ziggy Ansah. As we discussed on the Week 11 preview edition of the Around The NFL Podcast ,... more

Two years ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were prepared to build their defense around a nucleus that included Darrelle Revis, Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson in the defensive backfield. Revis and Barron have already been jettisoned by new coach Lovie... more

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock spent the 2014 offseason touting this year's draft class as one of the deepest in recent history, specifically at wide receiver . Ten weeks into the 2014 season, that loaded wide receiver rookie class is already drawing... more

The Cleveland Browns' woebegone run defense took a big hit on Friday. Coach Mike Pettine revealed that nose tackle Phil Taylor will be placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a knee injury unrelated to October's arthroscopic surgery. Taylor will... more

Around The NFL has been churning out snap reports each week to highlight trends in playing time. Below is a list of players catching our eye for telling snap counts. Let's find out which players' arrows are pointing up -- and which are trending down.... more

Ryan Tannehill shook off a series of first-half mistakes to lead the game's only two touchdown drives in the Miami Dolphins' 22-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. Our takeaways: 1. Tannehill took a bad sack on the opening series,... more

Doug Martin's Tampa Bay future came into question when the Buccaneers fielded phone calls about potential trades at last month's deadline. Now that third-round rookie Charles Sims is healthy and playing a major role in the Bucs' backfield, Martin... more

The dominant talent on the NFL's top-ranked defense is going to get paid next offseason. The question is whether impending free agent Ndamukong Suh will sail past J.J. Watt as the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. The Detroit Lions emerged... more

Refuting a report that his quarterback is playing through a right foot ailment, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera insisted Tuesday that Cam Newton is "not injured ." Newton didn't exactly back his coach's play on Wednesday, acknowledging to reporters... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the NFL's hottest teams since their season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. They have managed to reel off six wins in their past seven games without a single touchdown by a wide receiver. Beyond Jamaal... more

Owner Jerry Jones made it clear Tuesday that the Cowboys hope to keep Dez Bryant in Dallas for the rest of the wide receiver's career . After listening to reports of last week's missed curfew blown out of proportion , Bryant isn't in a conciliatory... 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

After the Philadelphia Eagles' first Monday Night Football victory of the season in Week 2, we proposed the idea that coach Chip Kelly had established a rare quarterback-proof offense . After Monday night's 45-21 shellacking of the Carolina Panthers,... more

How good is Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas? In 23 games since taking over as the starter in September 2013, he has found the end zone 24 times. Two weeks into November, he's already the first tight end in NFL history with at least 12 touchdowns... more

C.J. Anderson's star turn in the Denver Broncos' backfield could last longer than one week. Starting running back Ronnie Hillman will miss at least two weeks with a midfoot sprain sustained in Sunday's victory over the Raiders, The Denver Post's Mike... more

The Philadelphia Eagles need a victory to maintain their one-game lead in the NFC East following the Dallas Cowboys' victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. The NFC South is wide open thanks to a rare New Orleans Saints' home loss on Sunday .... more

Aaron Rodgers tied a franchise record, tossing six touchdown passes to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 55-14 laugher over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. Coach Mike McCarthy insisted two weeks ago that Rodgers is a "much better... more

Coming on to relieve an injured Carson Palmer, backup quarterback Drew Stanton unleashed a 48-yard touchdown pass to dynamic rookie John Brown, leading the Arizona Cardinals to a 31-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1.... more

For the second time this season, backup quarterback Drew Stanton has taken center stage for the first-place Arizona Cardinals. It sounds like he will stay there a while .  Carson Palmer suffered a left knee injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win... more

With the season on the brink, San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland recovered an overtime fumble to set up Phil Dawson's 35-yard field goal to knock off the New Orleans Saints, 27-24 . Our takeaways: 1. The Saints have only themselves... more

Around The NFL has been churning out snap reports each week to highlight surprising trends in playing time. Below is a list of players catching our eye for telling snap counts. Let's find out which players' arrows are pointing up -- and which are... more

A trio of Browns running backs combined for 169 yards and three touchdowns to lead Cleveland to a 24-3 blowout win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night . The victory moved the Browns into first place for the first time in two decades. Our... more

Brian Hoyer had more at stake than a potential AFC North lead when the Cleveland Browns faced the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night . Already the subject of contract extension speculation , Hoyer made his case with a solid performance on Thusday... more

If the Baltimore Ravens are going to mount a playoff run over the next two months, they will have to do it without one of their most valuable players. Cornerback Jimmy Smith will miss the rest of the season after undergoing foot surgery , the team... more

Before Bruce Arians coached up Andrew Luck in Indianapolis and Carson Palmer in Arizona, he was Ben Roethlisberger's mentor and play-caller in Pittsburgh. Days after Bill Cowher said he has never seen Roethlisberger play better , Arians points out the... more

Montee Ball returned to Denver Broncos practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering a groin injury early last month. While Ball was sidelined, a struggling rushing attack found its groove with a more explosive Ronnie Hillman. Although... more

For the second time since taking control of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Lovie Smith has demoted Mike Glennon in favor of Josh McCown. When Smith first made the switch this past offseason, he softened the blow by deeming Glennon his "quarterback of... more

One of the most promising running back prospects of the past decade is hanging up his spikes before ever carrying the ball in an NFL game. Four years after the first of two gruesome knee injuries suffered at South Carolina, Marcus Lattimore had begun... 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 Kansas City Chiefs have locked up one of the NFL's best lead blockers. The team announced Tuesday that fullback Anthony Sherman has signed a contract extension. "It was important for us to keep Anthony here in Kansas City," general manager... more

Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy's season effectively ended when his assault trial was postponed until next year . As an impending free agent assigned the franchise tag in 2014, Hardy's Carolina Panthers career is up in the air at age 26. Citing... more

At one point this season, DeMarco Murray had rushed for more yards on first down than any other running back had totaled on all downs combined. Next up for a coaching job Conor Orr takes a look at five assistants -- like Rob Ryan -- waiting in the... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't given up on the idea of Josh McCown turning their fortunes around . Mike Glennon told Tampa's WDAE-AM on Tuesday night that he has been told McCown will reclaim the starting quarterback job for Sunday's game versus the... more

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday the NFL had yet to notify the San Francisco 49ers about whether Aldon Smith will be reinstated early from his nine-game suspension for violations of the league's policies on substance abuse and personal conduct. Despite... more

Bill Cowher spent three years up close and personal with Ben Roethlisberger and the past eight years analyzing the NFL on national television. Ben Roethlisberger Unsurprisingly, Roethlisberger's recent heroics have caught the former Pittsburgh... more

Nick Foles' broken collarbone could cost him a lot more than just the next six to eight weeks of the season. Mark Sanchez If a rejuvenated Mark Sanchez meets coach Chip Kelly's lofty expectations , Foles' days as the Philadelphia Eagles'... more

With mid-round rookies Chris Borland and Aaron Lynch exceeding expectations, the San Francisco 49ers will have a surfeit of linebackers when All-Pros Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman make their respective returns to the starting lineup.... more

Andrew Luck went over 300 yards for the seventh consecutive game, leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 40-24 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night. Our takeaways: Andrew Luck 1. Luck already has a career-high 26 touchdowns entering... more

Seasons change, but coach Lovie Smith's quarterback dilemmas endure. After stating last week that the plan did not include changing quarterbacks , Smith said Monday he will evaluate both Mike Glennon and Josh McCown in practice before making a decision... more

Perhaps no player better encapsulates the prowess of the Arizona Cardinals' coaching staff than rejuvenated defensive end Tommy Kelly. A disappointment in one season with the Patriots, Kelly was released in August as a 34-year-old veteran coming off ACL... more

Ryan Mallett is ready for an opportunity to take over the Houston Texans' offense. Will a quarterback change occur over the Week 10 bye? Looking for a "spark" on offense, coach Bill O'Brien isn't ruling anything out. "I think we have to... more

Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in history to throw six touchdown passes in back-to-back weeks, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 43-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. A scorching... more

A surgical Tom Brady tossed four touchdowns to lead the New England Patriots to a 43-21 victory over the Denver Broncos in Sunday's matchup of AFC superpowers. Our takeaways: 1. It's fitting that Brady and Peyton Manning combined for the most pass... more

Philip Rivers was shut out for the first time in his career, as the Miami Dolphins defeated the San Diego Chargers Sunday in a 37-0 rout. Our takeaways: 1. Miami looks like a playoff team. San Diego does not. If not for missed opportunities, the... more

October

Around The NFL has been churning out snap reports each week to highlight surprising trends in playing time. Below is a list of players catching our eye for telling snap counts at midseason. Some suggest breakouts over the next few weeks, while others... more

The New Orleans Saints are in the driver's seat for the NFC South title. After stumbling out of the gate in a September malaise, Sean Payton's squad took control of the NFL's softest division with a rare 28-10 road victory over the Carolina Panthers on... more

Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta's NFL career is up in the air he dislocated his hip in September for the second time in 14 months. It's been just over a month since Pitta underwent surgery . Doctors still don't know if the chronic hip problem... more

Mark Ingram is coming off the best game of his career , breaking tackles and making defenders miss time and time again in the New Orleans Saints' victory over the Green Bay Packers. Coach Sean Payton not only increased Ingram's workload, but also... more

Don't forget: "Thursday Night Football" will be broadcast exclusively on NFL Network for the remainder of the season, starting with this week's Panthers-Saints clash. The pregame show will begin at 6 p.m. ET. For the second week in a row , first place... 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 , disappointments , franchise... more

The Patriots enter their Week 9 bout with the Broncos boasting the hottest offense in the NFL with an average of 40 points over the past four games. Despite the early-season hand-wringing over Tom Brady's performance, informed Patriots fans have long... more

Kelvin Benjamin slipped to No. 28 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft after running a sluggish 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. To hear the Panthers rookie tell it, the slow time was no accident. "Because I wanted to play for the Carolina... more

In the immediate aftermath of Monday night's loss , the Dallas Cowboys were confident that Tony Romo's back contusion wouldn't keep him out of this week's game versus the Arizona Cardinals. Nearly two days removed from the adrenaline and... more

Try as he might, Steve Smith just can't beat the Bengals with late-game, 80-yard touchdowns. A.J. Green answered Smith's 80-yard score in the season opener, preventing a comeback victory for Baltimore. Smith's dramatic 80-yard bomb in the final... more

After two games as a non-factor and three games on the sideline, Calvin Johnson is ready to return to the Lions' lineup. Speaking at the Courage House dinner in Detroit on Tuesday, Johnson said he "definitely expects to play " versus the Miami... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is doing his part to ensure that wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn't remain one of the NFL's most underappreciated superstars. After watching Brown extend to 24 his NFL-record consecutive games with at least five... more

Case Keenum's St. Louis Rams career has ended without a single pass attempt. The team waived Keenum after acquiring safety Mark Barron on Tuesday, per the league's transaction wire. Claimed off waivers from the Houston Texans on Sept. 1, Keenum... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were indeed the team to watch ahead of the trade deadline, but unloading a backup linebacker won't exactly send ripples throughout the league. The Bucs traded veteran linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the New England... more

On the Week 8 recap edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , we suggested that Ben Roethlisberger's extraordinary performance in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 51-34 shootout with the Indianapolis Colts ranks with the greatest in regular-season history.... more

Colt McCoy passed for 299 yards and ran for a touchdown to lead the Washington Redskins to a 20-17 overtime upset against the Dallas Cowboys in one of the most memorable Monday Night Football games of recent memory. Our takeaways: 1. McCoy... more

The Dallas Cowboys have quarterback questions. Tony Romo walked gingerly to the locker room after taking a hit to his surgically repaired back in the third quarter of Monday night's game versus the Washington Redskins. Romo stayed on the ground for a... more

The Detroit Lions avoided a worst-case scenario with the knee injury that knocked defensive tackle Nick Fairley out of Sunday's game versus the Atlanta Falcons. Fairley sprained his right MCL and PCL, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a... more

John Brown's 75-yard touchdown propelled the Arizona Cardinals to victory on Sunday and gave the rookie his first career 100-yard performance. As Gregg Rosenthal pointed out on the Week 8 Recap edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , the third-round... more

Coach Lovie Smith has no fix for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' broken offense . Asked about a potential change at quarterback, Smith replied Monday, "We stand exactly where we stood last week. We have two quarterbacks we feel good about playing. ... (But)... more

San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Marshall has gone from the starting lineup to the streets. The Bolts released Marshall on Monday, the team announced. With Brandon Flowers nursing a concussion and rookie Jason Verrett aggravating a shoulder... more

Mark Ingram rushed for a career-high 172 yards to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 44-23 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. The Saints need to stop jerking Mark Ingram around and start treating him like one of... more

Ben Roethlisberger became the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards in multiple games, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Our takeaways: Ben Roethlisberger had a... more

The St. Louis Rams appear to have lost left tackle Jake Long to a serious knee injury for the second time in 10 months. The team is concerned Long tore his ACL in Sunday's 34-7 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Jamaal Charles rushed for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 34-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Charles' 25 touchdowns since the start of the 2013 season are the most in the league. Sunday's win... more

Russell Wilson connected with Luke Willson on a 23-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 13-9 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. This was an ugly win for the Seahawks, as they... more

Wake up to Wembley this weekend! The Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons will do battle at London's Wembley Stadium in the NFL's earliest ever Sunday morning game . Here's what we're watching for at 9:30 a.m. ET to kick off the longest football... more

It didn't take long for Emmanuel Sanders to learn that he landed in "wide receiver heaven " with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos . A bit of a tease in Pittsburgh for four years, Sanders has cleared the century mark four times in his last six... more

Robert Griffin III released a statement Friday, quoting Winston Churchill to relay the message that he's not going to play again until his dislocated ankle is ready. "A quote that I stumbled upon during this process of being injured and being out... more

The Baltimore Ravens have scored on a league-best 47.4 percent of their offensive possessions this season. If that success is going to continue at Cincinnati on Sunday, Joe Flacco will have to keep the offense clicking on all cylinders without his... more

Battling a shoulder injury, San Diego Chargers rookie cornerback Jason Verrett beat long odds to suit up for Thursday's game versus the Denver Broncos. After Verrett aggravated the injury in the second quarter, the Bolts had to be wondering if... more

Detroit Lions fans will have to wake up at the crack of dawn to find out Calvin Johnson's status for Sunday's game versus the Atlanta Falcons. Battling a lingering high-ankle sprain, the star wide receiver is listed as "questionable" for Week 8 after a... more

Around The NFL has been churning out snap reports each week to highlight surprising trends in playing time. Below is a list of players catching our eye for telling snap counts. Some suggest breakouts over the next few weeks, while others bode poorly for... more

Emmanuel Sanders hauled in a career-high three touchdowns on 120 yard and nine receptions to lead the first-place Denver Broncos to a 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. Our takeaways: 1. Steelers fans have to be wondering... more

Jay Cutler has come under fire this week, with coach Marc Trestman and wide receiver Brandon Marshall working to dispel the notion of a locker-room rift . While Mike Ditka has questioned the team's leadership , another Chicago Bears legend... more

Barring an injury to or a faceplant from rookie Zach Mettenberger, Jake Locker has likely started his last game for the Tennessee Titans. Coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Thursday that Mettenberger will be under center Sunday versus the Houston Texans... more

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who coached Percy Harvin in Minnesota and Seattle, expressed disappointment this week that the mercurial playmaker didn't work out as planned for the Seahawks. Retired wide receiver Sidney Rice, who played... more

Aaron Rodgers' 2011 passer rating of 122.5 earned him the Most Valuable Player of the Year award and stands as the highest mark in NFL history. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy insists his quarterback is a "much better player now " than he was... more

Wednesday's edition of the Around The NFL Podcast highlighted the relative success of San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano against the Denver Broncos with Peyton Manning at quarterback. If Pagano is going to disrupt Manning's... more

Coach John Fox's conference-best squad will put first place on the line in a key AFC West battle Thursday night . Here's what to watch for as Philip Rivers' San Diego Chargers travel to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos . 1.... 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 , disappointments and franchise... more

In a whirlwind three-minute stretch just before halftime, the Pittsburgh Steelers turned a 13-0 deficit into an 11-point lead and held onto to beat the Houston Texans, 30-23, on Monday night . Our takeways: 1. The Texans were in complete control... more

It's been a whirlwind week for Brian Hoyer. After dismantling the rival Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6 , the Cleveland Browns quarterback was the subject of contract extension speculation as his jersey sales soared . By second half of the Week 7... more

After Sunday's slate of last-minute, game-winning drives, Monday night's game features the NFL's most dominant defensive player against a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. Here's what to watch for as the 3-3 Houston Texans travel to Pittsburgh to... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been fielding phone calls from teams interested in trading for Vincent Jackson. Coach Lovie Smith addressed the report on Monday, falling well short of an outright denial.... more

Drafted as an "offensive weapon " and still listed on the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster as a wide receiver, Denard Robinson has an opportunity to nail down the starting running back role going forward. Coach Gus Bradley was asked if Robinson will remain... more

After a month of having his quarterback decision made for him, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith will be forced to choose between Mike Glennon and Josh McCown for this week's game versus the Minnesota Vikings. McCown practiced Monday for the first... more

Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's record for career touchdown passes, leading the Denver Broncos to a 42-17 blowout victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. It's fitting that Manning had one of his most efficient... more

Alex Smith led a game-winning field-goal drive to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 23-20 upset victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Chiefs borrowed the Chargers' blueprint , using a "death by a thousand paper cuts"... more

Coming on to replace an ineffective Kirk Cousins, third-string quarterback Colt McCoy led the Washington Redskins to a 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. A composed McCoy completed 11 of 12 passes in the second half,... more

Aaron Rodgers passed the Green Bay Packers to a 28-0 lead over the Carolina Panthers and held on to earn a 38-17 victory  Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Rodgers is in the midst of the longest streak without an interception of his career. He has been... more

The Carolina Panthers lost the reigning Defensive Player of the Year during Sunday's 38-17 loss  versus the Green Bay Packers. All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly was ejected late in the third quarter for making contact with an official. Ben Jacobs... more

The Washington Redskins quarterback controversy of a month ago has devolved into a quarterback problem. After two more turnovers from Kirk Cousins in the first half, coach Jay Gruden turned to third-stringer Colt McCoy to open the third quarter... more

Kyle Shanahan is at it again. As Washington Redskins play-caller two years ago, Shanahan slow-played the other 31 NFL teams in August, only to unfurl a masterpiece of pistol formations, run-option reads, play-action fakes and screens designed to take... more

Jimmy Graham is working hard to beat his 2-3 week timetable to return from a sprained shoulder. The New Orleans Saints' stalwart tight end returned to a limited practice Thursday, according to Tim Twentyman of the Detroit Lions' official website.... more

Around The NFL has been churning out snap reports each week to highlight surprising trends in playing time. Below is a list of players catching our eye for telling snap counts. Some suggest breakouts over the next few weeks, while others bode poorly for... more

When the Tennessee Titans travel to Washington to face the Redskins on Sunday , they will be facing one of the top choices for their head coaching vacancy last January. Then the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden was the first of... more

After Jonathan Stewart sprained his knee in the Carolina Panthers' Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Ron Rivera developed a plan to ride the hot hand in a committee attack. All too predictably, the variety pack of running backs combined... more

New Orleans Saints running Mark Ingram told NFL AM last week that he hoped to return from his fractured thumb in time to face the Detroit Lions. After ramping up to a full practice on Wednesday, Ingram has no plans to be eased back into action... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position. So far, we have covered running backs , safeties , red-zone threats , throwing arms , quarter-pole surprises and disappointments . This week, we turn our... more

The Atlanta Falcons spent the summer espousing increased physicality as a means to bounce back from last year's 4-12 debacle. Six games into the 2014 season, it's evident that coach Mike Smith's troops are not measurably tougher than they were a... more

Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan's return to the starting lineup lasted just over one game before he landed back in the trainer's room. The Broncos have placed Trevathan on injured reserve/designated for return. In a corresponding move, Denver... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will play the entire 2014 season without the services of one of their most talented young offensive stars. The team announced Tuesday that wide receiver Marvin Jones has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Jones... more

Mired in last place in the NFC East, the Washington Redskins have lost all seven games started by Kirk Cousins over the past two seasons. Although Cousins is now leading the NFL with eight interceptions, coach Jay Gruden stated emphatically Monday... more

Rob Gronkowski headlined our Week 3 Snap Report because he was receiving less playing time than blocking specialist Michael Hoomanawanui in the New England Patriots' early-season dink-and-dunk offense. Tom Brady Returning from reconstructive... more

With a chance for a comeback victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 6 , Jackonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee had a 55-yard field goal blocked as time expired. The question on everyone's mind after the game: Why did coach Gus Bradley opt to... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Buffalo Bills have given wide receiver Mike Williams permission to seek a trade . After losing Eli Manning's go-to receiver, Victor Cruz, to a season-ending torn patellar tendon , the New York Giants... more

On the strength of Colin Kaepernick's third career game over 300 passing yards, the San Francisco 49ers went into St. Louis and handed the Rams a 31-17 loss Monday night. Our takeaways: 1. The 49ers' offense stumbled out of the gate, with a creaky... more

The San Francisco 49ers have lost yet another defensive star to injury. Inside linebacker Patrick Willis was forced from Monday's game versus the St. Louis Rams with a toe injury. He was ruled out for the night late in the third quarter. Willis... more

Marshawn Lynch has carried the ball a total of 16 times in the Seattle Seahawks' two losses after averaging 20 rushes per over the past 42 games entering the 2014 season. NFL Media's LaDainian Tomlinson opined on Monday's edition of NFL Total... more

The St. Louis Rams finally unveiled first-round draft pick Greg Robinson against the San Francisco 49ers in Monday night's game . Robinson made his first career start at left guard, with Rodger Saffold shifted over to the right side. Veteran Davin... more

NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Sunday that the New England Patriots feared running back Stevan Ridley suffered a torn ACL when his knee buckled versus the Buffalo Bills. An MRI confirmed those fears. Breer and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

On the Week 6 Recap edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , we suggested the NFL should discipline Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for attempting to injure Carolina Panthers stars Cam Newton and Greg Olsen by twisting their ankles at the... more

After a Sunday in which the Super Bowl champions were upset at home and the season's first tie was the highest-scoring one in NFL history, Monday night's game features a storied NFC West rivalry. Here's what to watch for as the San Francisco 49ers... more

LeSean McCoy rushed for a season-high 149 yards to lead to the Philadelphia Eagles to a dominant 27-0 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. McCoy recaptured vintage 2013 form, making sharp cuts and slipping tacklers in... more

DeMarco Murray joined Hall of Famer Jim Brown as the only players to rush for at least 100 yards in six consecutive games to open a season, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 30-23 upset victory over the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1.... more

Aaron Rodgers zipped a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Quarless to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 27-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Rodgers was flawless on the opening touchdown series as well as in the... more

Joe Flacco tossed five touchdown passes in the first 16 minutes of Sunday's game, leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 48-17 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Our takeways: 1. Flacco reached five touchdowns in a game faster than any quarterback since the... more

The nerve in Carson Palmer's troublesome throwing shoulder finally "woke up " this week, but it could be another week before he returns to the lineup for the Arizona Cardinals. But at least there's some positive news out in the desert. NFL Media Insider... more

The New England Patriots couldn't get through the week without a little quarterback drama. Not listed on the injury report all week, Tom Brady was limited in Friday's practice with an ankle injury. He's now designated as questionable to face the Bills... more

Around The NFL has been churning out snap reports each week to highlight surprising trends in playing time. Below is a list of players catching our eye for telling snap counts. Some suggest breakouts over the next few weeks, while others bode poorly for... more

Snakebitten Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake "The Hurt" Locker is on pace to break his own unofficial record for most injury stories in an NFL season. Battling a nagging thumb injury on his throwing hand, Locker missed practice again on Friday.... more

In his third season with the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning led the NFL in completions, passing yards and touchdowns passes. Andrew Luck is on pace to do the same in his third season with the same franchise. The Colts are currently leading the... more

On Friday morning's episode of the Around The League Podcast , Gregg Rosenthal pointed to J.J. Watt's play this season as the most dominant stretch he has ever seen. He won't get an argument from the Indianapolis Colts after Watt racked up seven... more

Among starting running backs, Mark Ingram's per-carry average of 6.0 yards leads the NFL. A New Orleans Saints' offense struggling to generate big plays could welcome Ingram back to the lineup as soon as Week 7 . Appearing on NFL AM  on Friday... more

On the strength of their most first-quarter points (24) since 1958, the Indianapolis Colts held on for a 33-28 victory over the Houston Texans to gain sole control of first place in the AFC South on Thursday night. Our takeaways: 1. Andrew Luck... more

Branden Oliver was prominently featured in Marc Sessler's Rookie Watch this week after the former University of Buffalo star generated more yards from scrimmage than any San Diego Chargers running back since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2007. General manager... more

Taking advantage of a soft schedule, the Houston Texans are playing for first place in the AFC South on Thursday night despite a passing offense that ranks in the bottom third of the league. Ryan Fitzpatrick is ranked a lowly 26th in Gregg Rosenthal's... more

When Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers went through a rocky divorce back in 2008, Charles Woodson described the situation as one that had "become its own monster ." Although Peyton Manning's exit from Indianapolis never reached those levels of... more

When Dennis Allen was running the Oakland Raiders, his most physically gifted wide receiver spent a hefty portion of the past two seasons in the doghouse . Now that Tony Sparano has taken over on an interim basis, Denarius Moore will be given a clean... more

Thursday night's matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans will be for sole possession of first place in the AFC South. Here's what to watch for as J.J. Watt chases Andrew Luck around the gridiron: 1. Watt is playing at a... more

When Herschel Walker contended last April that he could still play in the NFL at age 52, we pointed out that the former USFL and Dallas Cowboys star was best remembered by fans as the losing end of football's most lopsided blockbuster trade. With a... more

If the Oakland Raiders are going to turn their season around under interim coach Tony Sparano, they will have to do it without a key defensive starter. The team announced Wednesday that middle linebacker Nick Roach has been placed on season-ending... more

Among all starting running backs, only Doug Martin's 2.5 ranks below Toby Gerhart's per-carry average of 2.6 yards. While the Buccaneers still believe Martin is the answer , Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley confirmed at Monday's news conference... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position. So far, we have covered running backs , safeties , red-zone threats , throwing arms and quarter-pole surprises . This week, we turn our attention to the top 10... more

The Seattle Seahawks continue to defy convention , winning games with a blueprint that differs from the other 31 teams in the league. By the end of the first quarter of Monday night's 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins, Russell Wilson... more

Denver Broncos stars Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker all reached milestones or set records in Sunday's 41-20 rout of the Arizona Cardinals. The team's brilliance on both sides of the ball left an impression on Cardinals receiver Larry... more

After a Sunday filled with tight contests and amazing comebacks, Monday night's game takes center stage with the Super Bowl champs closing out Week 5. Here's what to watch for as the Seattle Seahawks travel to Washington to take on the Redskins: 1.... more

Three weeks after signing San Diego Chargers castoff Vincent Brown, the Oakland Raiders are taking another flier on an intriguing wide receiver. The Raiders claimed Kenbrell Thompkins off waivers from the New England Patriots on Monday, the team... more

Tom Brady rebounded from last week's blowout loss, throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns in the New England Patriots' 43-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. The Patriots' tight end-centric offense is back.... more

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was without his best receiver for the the second half and overtime during Sunday's 37-31 win  against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tight end Jimmy Graham was ruled out for the game with a right shoulder injury... more

Peyton Manning made history -- again.  The Denver Broncos star connected with Julius Thomas for his 500th career touchdown pass in Sunday's 41-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals. He ultimately added another three TD tosses, completing 31 of 47 passes... more

Peyton Manning became the second quarterback in history to reach 500 career touchdowns , throwing for 479 yards and four scores in the Denver Broncos' 41-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Our takeaways: NFL Replay Relive the Denver... more

Khiry Robinson scored from 18 yards out to cap a furious New Orleans Saints comeback in a 37-31 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. The Saints overcame three Drew Brees turnovers, including a pick-six and an... more

The Indianapolis Colts overcame four turnovers to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 20-13, on Sunday . Our takeaways: 1. Both of Andrew Luck's interceptions were off  deflections. The second was just a bad decision in the red zone. The Colts would have won... more

Each week of the season so far, we have highlighted players impressing on game tape. Let's take a look at four more players we are excited to watch in Week 5 after catching our eye on Game Rewind : 1. Sammy Watkins, Bills: We wondered this week if... more

No NFL quarterback had a better passer rating on deep throws last year than Nick Foles' 124.0. Through four games this season, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback's passer rating has plummeted to 58.3 on passes of 20 or more yards. So why the... more

Carson Palmer will miss a third consecutive game for the Arizona Cardinals. The team announced Friday that Drew Stanton will start at the Denver Broncos on Sunday . Palmer didn't rule out returning to practice late this week even after coach... more

Eddie Lacy gashed the Minnesota Vikings for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 touches Thursday night , doing the majority of his damage by running through or bouncing off defenders at the second level of the defense. "I thought he was a beast... more

Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater's four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy will end up costing him his job. The team announced Prater's release on Friday. Prater, 30, earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2013 and has been one... more

For the second straight week, the Carolina Panthers will have to rely on street free agents to carry the backfield load. DeAngelo Williams has been ruled out with a high-ankle sprain . Jonathan Stewart is listed as "doubtful " to face the Chicago... more

For the third consecutive week, Eric Decker's hamstring injury threatens to render him a non-factor when the New York Jets travel to San Diego for a matchup with the Chargers on Sunday . Coach Rex Ryan indicated that Geno Smith's No. 1 receiver will be... more

Hakeem Nicks signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Indianapolis Colts because he thought it was the best situation to jump-start his career after it stalled with the New York Giants in 2012 and 2013. At the quarter-season mark, Nicks is tied... more

Around The NFL has been churning out snap reports each week to highlight surprising trends in playing time. Below is a list of players catching our eye for telling snap counts. Some suggest breakouts over the next few weeks, while others bode poorly for... more

The Green Bay Packers jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 42-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. Our takeaways: 1. After Aaron Rodgers told the football world to R-E-L-A-X , the Packers went on a 66-0 run from the... more

With the Chicago Bears traveling to Carolina this weekend , Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will be looking for his first win against his former team. Although the Bears now have a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end of their own in Martellus Bennett, former... more

When the New Orleans Saints couldn't make up their minds whether to release or trade Darren Sproles early in the offseason, the running back's wife publicly ripped the organization. Now we know Sproles' wife wasn't alone in her resentment.... more

Team identities: NFC West October 02, 2014

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

Steve Smith's victory lap continued unabated on Wednesday. Inside the NFL captured Smith telling former Panthers teammates to go back to Carolina and "make sure you mow my lawn " while you're there. Steve Smith Hours after Showtime ran that... more

Teddy Bridgewater expressed optimism Tuesday that his sprained ankle would be healthy enough to lead the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night . Speaking with SiriuxXM NFL Radio on Wednesday, coach Mike Zimmer sounded a... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position. So far, we have covered running backs , safeties , red-zone threats and throwing arms . This week, we turn our attention to the top 10 surprises at the... more

The last time sideline cameras captured Steve Smith's antics, the Baltimore Ravens star was vowing revenge on his former team in Week 4. As Smith was burning the Carolina Panthers for a pair of first-half touchdowns, Showtime's Inside the NFL caught... more

Coach Ken Whisenhunt cited footwork issues last week for Bishop Sankey's limited role in a struggling Tennessee Titans offense. After Sankey led the backfield in rushing against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4 , Whisenhunt has seen enough to... more

Greg Jennings appeared to have lost a step in his Minnesota Vikings debut last season, as his per-game average dropped from 74.9 yards over a five-year span with the Green Bay Packers to just 53.6 in 2013. Although he's averaging 51.0 yards across four... more

Team identities: AFC South October 01, 2014

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith was noncommittal about his starting quarterback early in the week. Mike Glennon Part of the reason for Smith's indecisiveness is that Josh McCown's status is still in a holding pattern. There is no... more

September

When the Oakland Raiders hired Dennis Allen in 2012, he was highly regarded as a defensive assistant under head coaches Sean Payton and John Fox. Less than three years later, he was fired while standing over the smoldering ashes of a talent-poor,... more

The Kansas City Chiefs delivered one of the most complete beatdowns of the Tom Brady era in a 41-14 throttling of the New England Patriots on Monday night. Our takeaways: 1. The Chiefs are a much better team than they showed when Dwayne Bowe and... more

Coach Lovie Smith isn't prepared to anoint Mike Glennon the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback after Sunday's thrilling comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith was noncommittal Monday when asked which quarterback will start... more

The Dallas Cowboys jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and held on for a 38-17 thrashing of the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. Our takeaways: 1. The Cowboys have changed their philosophy, successfully relying on a dominant offensive line, the NFL's... more

The San Francisco 49ers overcame three touchdowns by Philadelphia's defense and special teams to beat the Eagles, 26-21 , in Week 4. Our takeaways: 1. Minus three starters up front, the Eagles' patchwork offensive line was too much of a liability to... more

Embattled quarterback Ryan Tannehill bounced back from a two-game slump to lead the Miami Dolphins to a 38-14 blowout of the Oakland Raiders in London on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Tannehill enjoyed one of the finest afternoons of his three-year... more

Mike Glennon found Vincent Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown with seven seconds remaining as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off a shocking 27-24 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Our takeaways: NFL Replay Relive the Tampa Bay... more

A miserable afternoon for the Oakland Raiders was exacerbated when quarterback Derek Carr was sidelined with a high ankle sprain and MCL sprain in the third quarter. Carr's knee was twisted at the end of a scramble. Despite a heavy limp, he stayed... more

In each of the season's first two weeks, we have highlighted players impressing on game tape. Let's take a look at three more players we are excited to watch in Week 4 after they caught our eye on Game Rewind : 1. Eddie Lacy, Packers: Coach Mike... more

Cleveland Browns running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West held down the top two spots on Marc Sessler's "Rookie Watch " this week. As impressive as the dynamic rookie duo has been, though, position coach Wilbert Montgomery expects Ben Tate to... more

A week ago, we churned out a snap report to highlight surprising trends in playing time. Below is a list of players catching our eye for telling snap counts. Some are harbingers of rough seas ahead, while others suggest breakouts on the horizon.... more

On the Week 3 recap edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , Gregg Rosenthal labeled DeAndre Hopkins' one-handed, 53-yard circus catch the greatest meaningless catch in NFL history . Had the reception not been nullified by penalty, the second-year... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position. So far, we have covered running backs and safeties and red-zone threats. This week, we turn our attention to the league's strongest throwing arms. On to the... more

After Le'Veon Bell racked up 197 yards in the season opener, we noted that the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2013 second-round draft pick was easily the best running back we witnessed in Week 1 . Le'Veon Bell On subsequent editions of the Around The... more

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker instigated a brawl in last week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles after blindsiding quarterback Nick Foles with a massive blow during an interception return. Baker was ejected along with Eagles... more

The Tennessee Titans' slumping offense might have a bigger issue than Jake Locker's poor play. Coach Ken Whisenhunt revealed Monday that Locker underwent an MRI on this right (throwing) wrist after having it bent under his body during Sunday's loss to... more

Chris Ivory generated 96 yards from scrimmage to just 34 for Chris Johnson in the New York Jets' Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears. In his post-game analysis, Dan Hanzus noted that Ivory is the better back -- "and it's not close ." Whereas... more

Even with Lovie Smith holding firm to Josh McCown as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, it's becoming apparent that Mike Glennon will be under center against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday . McCown is expected to sit out Week 4 , per the Tampa... more

Acknowledging his place in the hierarchy of the organization, Kirk Cousins reiterated his understanding Tuesday that the Washington Redskins remain Robert Griffin III's team. Kirk Cousins Coach Jay Gruden, on the other hand, is backpedaling... more

Chicago Bears fans can turn in their rabbits' feet, four-leaf clovers, horseshoes and wishbones. The charms extracted every last trace of luck in a 27-19 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night. With Matt Forte stopped in his tracks and No.... more

When veteran linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement a month ago, it should have come with the caveat that he would return to the gridiron if the Pittsburgh Steelers needed him in a pinch. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source... more

A week ago, Gregg Rosenthal wasn't the only one wondering if Tony Romo's days as a top 10 NFL quarterback were over following offseason back surgery. After Romo uncorked a pick-six to go down 21-0 in the middle of the second quarter of Sunday's game... more

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor made one of the key plays in Sunday's overtime victory , intercepting Peyton Manning in the red zone just before the two-minute warning. As it turns out, a painful ankle injury had Chancellor... more

Coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that DeAngelo Williams will return from a hamstring injury to play versus the Baltimore Ravens this week , but the Carolina Panthers' backfield woes aren't going away. Rivera revealed Monday, via The Associated Press,... more

Already down their veteran quarterback and All-Pro halfback, the Minnesota Vikings will now have to make do without their starting tight end. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports, via a source apprised of the injury, that Kyle Rudolph will undergo sports... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have outscored opponents 74-24 in the second half of their three games this season. One of the theories bandied about for that advantage is that coach Chip Kelly's rigorous, fast-paced practices have his troops hitting their... more

The Seattle Seahawks fended off a furious forth-quarter rally for a 26-20 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos in Sunday's Super Bowl rematch. Our takeaways: 1. Averaging 4.7 yards per play, the Broncos offense wasn't any more effective than... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' offseason plan to redshirt No. 3 overall draft pick Blake Bortles for the entirety of his rookie year was ditched 10 quarters into the 2014 season. Having been outscored 105-10 in eight quarters since halftime of the... more

Riding a career-best performance from Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis Colts rolled to a 44-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. Our takeaways: 1. Luck's 140.4 passer rating was easily the best single-game mark of his career. The four... more

The New Orleans Saints jumped out to a 13-0 lead and held on for a 20-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 . Our takeaways: 1. Matt Cassel left early in the second quarter with a toe injury and was ruled out for the game shortly thereafter.... more

Minnesota Vikings fans are getting their first regular-season glimpse of rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Matt Cassel was ruled out early in the second quarter of Sunday's 20-9 loss  to the New Orleans Saints after suffering a toe injury. Cassel... more

What happens when a perfect storm meets a comedy of errors? After falling to the inimitable Derek Anderson and a neophyte Austin Davis in the first two weeks of the season, Lovie Smith's depleted Tampa Bay Buccaneers laid a pterodactyl-sized egg in a... more

Devin Hester is officially the greatest returner in NFL history. With kick-return royalty in Billy "White Shoes" Johnson and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders watching from the Georgia Dome sidelines, Hester exploded for a 62-yard punt-return touchdown to... more

St. Louis Rams backup quarterback Austin Davis made Gregg Rosenthal's list of Week 2 winners for his impressive game-winning drive against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As of Thursday evening, Davis still doesn't know if he will draw the start against... more

Last week, we highlighted four players that looked impressive on game tape during the season opener . Let's take a look at four more players we are excited to watch this week after catching our eye on Game Rewind in Week 2 : 1. Jason Hatcher, Redskins:... more

Two games into the season, we are already noticing surprising trends in playing time. Below is a list of 10 players catching our eye for telling snap counts. Some are harbingers of rough seas ahead, while others suggest breakouts on the horizon. 1.... more

When Andy Reid announced that Jamaal Charles is dealing with a high ankle sprain , the Kansas City Chiefs coach noted that it doesn't appear to be of the most serious variety. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the MRI came back... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed Wednesday that running back Mark Ingram will not play this week after undergoing surgery to insert two screws above his thumb to repair a fracture. "He's been sharp," Payton said of Ingram, via the... more

In a Wednesday press conference, high-profile attorney Gloria Allred criticized the NFL for its handling of domestic violence complaints filed regarding Brandon Marshall more than five years ago. General manager Phil Emery responded shortly thereafter,... more

After missing last week's game with a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder, Carson Palmer opened this week by acknowledging there is no timetable for his return. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians revealed Wednesday that backup Drew Stanton is... more

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the heart and soul of the NFL's most underrated defense, is in danger of missing Sunday's game versus the Tennessee Titans. For the second Wednesday in a row, Burfict is listed on the Cincinnati Bengals' injury report... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position. So, we covered running backs and safeties . This week, we turn our attention to the league's best red-zone threats. On to the rankings: 1. Jimmy Graham, New... more

The NFL and NFLPA announced Wednesday a new agreement to the league's PED policy . An agreement on the substance abuse policy is expected to be announced soon, but we already know that three players have officially had their 2014 suspensions lifted. ... more

Kirk Cousins' impressive Week 2 performance in relief of an injured Robert Griffin III has left the football world wondering how the Washington Redskins will handle their quarterback situation going forward. Coach Jay Gruden pointed out that... more

The struggling New York Giants have a fresh reason to push for first-round draft pick Odell Beckham's return from a nagging hamstring injury . The team announced Tuesday that wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan has been placed on season-ending injured reserve... more

Brandon Meriweather's reinstatement from a two-game suspension has cost strong safety Bacarri Rambo his roster spot. The Washington Redskins announced Tuesday that Rambo has been waived. A sixth-round draft pick out of Georgia in 2013, Rambo started... more

Now that the Chicago Bears have placed Charles Tillman on season-ending injured reserve with a torn triceps , the question is whether the venerable cornerback will return for a 13th season in 2015. Tillman suggested in a statement Monday that retirement... more

Suspended Cleveland Browns star Josh Gordon pleaded guilty to DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via the Wake County clerk, reports Gordon will receive 12 months unsupervised probation, a fine of $100 and costs of... more

Charles Tillman's season has been ruined by the same injury that ended his season prematurely in 2013 . The Bears announced that Tillman tore his right triceps in Sunday night's 28-20 comeback victory over the San Francisco 49ers and is out for the... more

After a Sunday pock-marked with injuries to major players, Monday night's game promises to be one of the most entertaining in a bizarre Week 2. Here's what to watch for as the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts: 1. Nick... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been outscored 75-10 since jumping out to a surprising 17-0 halftime lead at Philadelphia in the season opener. Although the offense has ground to a halt, coach Gus Bradley said Monday, via The Florida Times-Union, Chad... more

As if the New York Giants' Sunday implosion wasn't depressing enough, they are now dealing with the loss of a valuable member of their secondary. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports cornerback Walter Thurmond is set to undergo surgery for a torn... more

Coach Bruce Arians was optimistic all along that Carson Palmer would play in Week 2, but the quarterback said Sunday that he was never close to suiting up versus the New York Giants. Palmer suffered a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder last... more

Although the Cincinnati Bengals' victory over the Atlanta Falcons was a pyrrhic one , the early signs on A.J. Green's toe injury are positive. If Green can't go against the Tennessee Titans this week, the Bengals' official website expects him to be... more

On the Week 2 recap edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , we wondered if Austin Davis might give the St. Louis Rams their best chance to win going forward. Davis' solid afternoon was highlighted by an outstanding throw to Austin Pettis, setting... more

Coming on in relief of an injured Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins produced the highest Total QBR in the NFL on Sunday. The ease with which Cousins moved the chains has left Redskins fans wondering if New England... more

The Cincinnati Bengals overcame a litany of injuries with a strong defensive effort in a 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. This was a costly win for Cincinnati. With Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert already sidelined,... more

The Dallas Cowboys' beleaguered defense shut down the Tennessee Titans offense in a 26-10 victory on Sunday. Our takeaways: 1. Jake Locker's box score is misleading. Battling ball-placement issues, he had a 7.6 passer rating at halftime. Outside of a... more

The Cincinnati Bengals went without their best player for the final three quarters of Sunday's 24-10 win  against the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver A.J. Green left the field on the first Bengals possession after aggravating a toe injury that... more

The St. Louis Rams are expected to start their third quarterback since the beginning of the preseason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a team source, that veteran Shaun Hill is battling a thigh injury and is not believed to be ready to play... more

The NFL Players Association approved the league's drug policy proposal on Friday. As of Sunday, however, the two sides are still working through the final language issues holding up an agreement. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source... more

Adrian Peterson's banishment from the Minnesota Vikings could extend beyond Sunday's game versus the New England Patriots. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a Vikings source, that the length of Peterson's absence could be longer than this... more

The Cleveland Browns could get their best player back on the field by November. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer report, per two sources apprised of the situation, Josh Gordon's suspension will be reduced to 10 games if the... more

Alex Smith couldn't have timed his made-for-life , four-year contract extension any better. As we pointed out on Friday's edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , the Kansas Chiefs' offensive line is in shambles . After Jurrell Casey and Derrick... more

When the Oakland Raiders turned their offense over to Derek Carr late last month, it was natural to wonder if Matt Schaub might be confronting the end of a distinguished 11-year NFL career. After taking a decade's worth of bruising hits, Schaub feels... more

Are the Indianapolis Colts already conceding that Trent Richardson isn't the three-down back he was billed to be this summer? Richardson played just 29 snaps to Ahmad Bradshaw's 44 in the season opener . Bradshaw ended up with 85 yards to Richardson's... more

Several players served notice in Week 1 that this season will go a lot differently than last. The most impressive of those are involved in Thursday night's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. Let's take a look at four players... more

Coach Bruce Arians explained Tuesday that the Arizona Cardinals will no longer force the ball to Larry Fitzgerald if the No. 1 receiver is not open. On Wednesday, Arians disclosed another reason for Fitzgerald's reduced role in the season-opening... more

Several Arizona Cardinals coaches told game analyst Ron Wolfley in training camp that the organization views breakout candidate Andre Ellington as its version of Jamaal Charles . Appearing on Daniel Jeremiah's Move The Sticks Podcast  on Wednesday,... more

When the Carolina Panthers paid Steve Smith to go away after 13 seasons as the best player in franchise history, the iconic wide receiver promised there would be "blood and guts everywhere " in his first showdown with his old team. After generating... more

When ESPN analyst Cris Carter urged the Cleveland Browns to release Josh Gordon in July, the Hall of Famer emphasized that the suspended wide receiver is battling an addiction and a disease . During a filmed interview released Sept. 7, Gordon insisted... more

When the New England Patriots travel to Minnesota this weekend, they will have to find a way to stop an explosive playmaker whom they helped the Vikings to acquire in the 2013 NFL Draft. Around The NFL's No. 1 candidate to "make the leap " this... more

On Wednesday's edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , we expressed our faith in the overhauled New York Jets' offense leading Rex Ryan's squad to a playoff berth this season. Embroiled last year in one of the worst quarterback slumps we've seen in... more

As Baltimore gets set to square off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night , the Ravens organization is still addressing Ray Rice's banishment . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a Ravens source, owner Steve Bisciotti held a town... more

Every week, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position. Last week, we covered running backs . This week, we turn our attention to the league's best safeties. On to the rankings: 1. Earl Thomas 2. Jairus Byrd 3.... more

While vanquishing the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs last January, Colin Kaepernick mocked Cam Newton's Superman celebration . After posting the fifth-highest passer rating of his career in a season-opening victory, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback... more

The Green Bay Packers sacrificed No. 3 receiver Jarrett Boykin in the season opener, refusing to throw in All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman's general direction. When Aaron Rodgers met Sherman for post-game handshakes, he told the Seattle Seahawks star... more

Larry Fitzgerald needed a diving fourth-quarter catch in the Arizona Cardinals' 18-17 Monday night victory to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 150. Much to the displeasure of Fitzgerald's father , coach Bruce Arians has no... more

The Steelers are slated to square off against the division-rival Ravens on Thursday night for the first time since Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin nearly collided with Baltimore kick returner Jacoby Jones last Thanksgiving. Asked if he will be on the... more

Now that Ray Rice has been banished from Baltimore , the Ravens are huddling together to generate a new plan for their already overhauled running game. Coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday night that Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett will... more

Arizona Cardinals 18, San Diego Chargers 17 The NFC West superpowers, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, remain the only teams to beat the Cardinals in University of Phoenix Stadium during the last calendar year. Defensive coordinator Todd... more

The Indianapolis Colts suffered through a midseason swoon last year when they lost offensive leader Reggie Wayne to an ACL injury. Reacting to the news of pass rusher Robert Mathis' season-ending Achilles injury , coach Chuck Pagano drew a parallel... more

Two key players on the Washington Redskins are expected to miss the Week 2 game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coach Jay Gruden announced Monday that tight end Jordan Reed and nose tackle Barry Cofield will both miss "some time" with a hamstring... more

The Denver Broncos jumped out to an early 24-0 lead and staved off a late comeback attempt to beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-24 , in Sunday night's season opener. Our takeaways: 1. Going back to last year's playoffs, the Colts' defense has allowed an... more

The San Francisco 49ers took advantage of four first-half turnovers by the Dallas Cowboys to cruise to a 28-17 victory in Sunday's season opener. Our takeaways: 1. The beleaguered Cowboys defense never stood a chance. Less than a minute into the game,... more

The Cincinnati Bengals went into Baltimore and thoroughly outplayed the Ravens in a 23-16 victory in Sunday's season opener. Our takeaways: 1. The early returns on Joe Flacco's progress in Gary Kubiak's new offense aren't promising. Flacco managed 345... more

Matt Ryan passed for a franchise-record 448 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 37-34 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints in Sunday's season opener. Our takeaways: NFL Replay Relive the Atlanta Falcons' thrilling... more

Back in May, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks predicted on the Around The NFL Podcast that New Orleans Saints rookie Brandin Cooks would pile up 70-plus catches this season. After the season opener, that projection looks conservative. Cooks finished... more

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert's breakout season is on hiatus. Eifert was forced from Sunday's season-opening 23-16 win  versus the Baltimore Ravens after landing awkwardly on his arm in the first quarter. He was immediately sent to the... more

The Super Bowl champions exposed the Green Bay Packers as a pretender masquerading as a contender to the NFL throne in Thursday's opening-night 36-16 victory for the Seattle Seahawks. Whatever remote chance the Packers had was extinguished when right... more

How would Larry Fitzgerald look in a No. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers or New England Patriots jersey? The greatest wide receiver in Arizona Cardinals history acknowledged Thursday that his future in the desert is up in the air, courtesy of a $23.6 million... more

Veteran free agents Andre Brown and Erin Henderson won't be finding work anytime soon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a league source, the former New York Giants running back and ex-Minnesota Vikings linebacker have been suspended for the... more

We ranked our top 20 running backs Thursday . Here are five other runners who caught our eye during the preseason. » Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars: Pay no mind to anyone disparaging Gerhart's athleticism. As Rotoworld's Evan Silva pointed out ,... more

Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson made it clear last month that sluggish running back Trent Richardson "needs to answer the bell " this season. If Richardson can't improve upon his preseason average of 2.6 yards per carry, Grigson will... more

Welcome to the 2014 NFL season! As the Week 1 results roll in, we will learn once again that most of what we have gleaned from last year's games, offseason practices and preseason action can be thrown out the window. What we hold to be self-evident will... more

As it turns out, tight end Tim Wright was more than just a throw-in chip in the New England Patriots' Logan Mankins trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ian Rapoport noted on NFL Total Access last week that the Pats specifically requested Wright... more

At this time last week, Cam Newton and Ron Rivera both expressed certainty that a rib injury would not prevent the Carolina Panthers' quarterback from starting versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener. After rib soreness caused Newton... more

Entering last season, Eddie Lacy was Around The NFL's favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Entering this season, not a single running back received recognition in our rookie predictions . An underwhelming running back class lacks... more

For the first time in three weeks, the Houston Texans will have the No. 1 overall draft pick on the field when they face the Washington Redskins on Sunday . Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Wednesday, via the Houston Chronicle, that pass rusher Jadeveon... more

The last Packers' trip to Seattle is popularly known as the "Fail Mary " game. Around Green Bay, it's remembered for the eight sacks absorbed by Aaron Rodgers in a raucous atmosphere. "We didn't really anticipate the noise level ," guard T.J. Lang... more

The Denver Broncos will be without the best slot receiver of the past decade for the first four games of the 2014 season . It's no coincidence that Wes Welker played a prominent role in the two greatest statistical offenses of all time -- the 2007... more

The NFL conditionally reinstated Josh Brent as a member of the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, contingent on the defensive tackle serving a 10-game suspension for his January conviction of intoxication manslaughter. Brent, who was responsible for the death... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seemed at peace with his decision to pass on Johnny Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft when he acknowledged to NFL Media's Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin in July that he "took the right pick " in offensive... more

Now that the Oakland Raiders have turned the offense over to Derek Carr, the future of the organization rests on the rookie's shoulders. The team's braintrust hopes Carr "takes the job and runs with it," turning Matt Schaub into an $8 million... more

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen insisted last week that he had no concerns about Matt Schaub's elbow soreness preventing the veteran from starting in Week 1 . Conceding the obvious, Allen has now chosen rookie Derek Carr as his starting... more

Photo by Mark VonHolden/Invision for Duracell/AP Images New York Giants' Jon Beason, right, demonstrates the communication devices that are powered by Duracell Quantum batteries to actor Taye Diggs at MetLife stadium on Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 in... more

The best player on the Seattle Seahawks' historically great defense is going to moonlight on special teams this season. Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that All-Pro safety Earl Thomas will indeed be the team's primary punt returner entering the... more

August

The New England Patriots' initial 53-man roster includes three quarterbacks, which means Ryan Mallett has escaped the roster guillotine. There was speculation that the team would only keep two quarterbacks after Mallett struggled this month while... more

The Buffalo Bills have cut ties with a backup quarterback for the third time this week. After releasing veterans Thad Lewis and Jordan Palmer, the team axed Jeff Tuel on Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports . Undrafted out of... more

Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback AJ McCarron's shoulder tightness has not subsided. The team announced Saturday that McCarron will miss at least the first six games of the season on the reserve/non-football injury list. The former Alabama... more

The Detroit Lions cut their second-most productive wide receiver from last season. The team announced that it has released wide receiver Kris Durham. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports... more

The Denver Broncos have cut ties with a key run defender who has started 25 games over the past two years. The team released veteran defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson on Saturday. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on... more

Teams in desperate need of a backup quarterback will have an intriguing option this weekend. The Seattle Seahawks have released Terrelle Pryor, the team announced. The transaction leaves Seattle with Tarvaris Jackson and B.J. Daniels behind... more

A year ago at this time, monstrous Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt was the star of Hard Knocks , drawing comparisons to Rocky IV's steroid addled super villain Ivan Drago . After essentially redshirting as a rookie, the 6-foot-8,... more

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen isn't ready to anoint Derek Carr his Week 1 quarterback after the rookie closed out the preseason with a brilliant performance against the Seattle Seahawks. Allen told reporters on a conference call Friday that he... more

Vic Fangio's San Francisco 49ers front seven was widely viewed as the NFL's best entering last season. Now that All-Pro pass rusher Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games , that won't be the case this season. In guessing the length of Smith's... more

When the Dallas Cowboys traded up to select Morris Claiborne at No. 6 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, owner Jerry Jones revealed that the LSU star was the organization's highest-graded cornerback since Deion Sanders in 1989. Two years later, the... more

Jerome Simpson has already been displaced by Cordarrelle Patterson in the Minnesota Vikings' starting lineup. Now the veteran wide receiver will be unavailable for the majority of September. The NFL announced on Friday that Simpson has been suspended... more

On Wednesday's edition of the Around The NFL Podcast , Gregg Rosenthal suggested the Green Bay Packers now boast more weapons on offense than Aaron Rodgers has ever had at his disposal since taking over as the starting quarterback in 2008. Coach Mike... more

Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham's future in Buffalo began to look bleak when general manager Doug Whaley traded for veteran Mike Williams and drafted Sammy Watkins in the offseason. Now it's obvious his time with the team is nearing an end.... more

If Robert Griffin III sits out the Washington Redskins' game versus the Tampa Buccaneers  on Thursday night, he will go the entire preseason without directing a single touchdown drive . Griffin's transition from gimmick offense to pocket passer was... more

After four long weeks, the NFL's preseason finally wraps up Thursday night. As has become the custom over the past few decades, most teams will rest their starters, leaving the finale as a full-scale audition for the last few spots on the roster. If... more

Faced with the possibility of losing football for an entire season, Josh Gordon has flirted with the idea of taking his prodigious talents to another league. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports, via a source with knowledge of Gordon's thinking, the... more

Around The NFL's Marc Sessler labeled Josh Gordon's one-year suspension "especially disastrous " for a Cleveland Browns' offense lacking in playmakers and established pass-catchers. NFL teams often downplay a loss of this magnitude, suggesting one or... more

Nestled in the best offensive scheme of his career , Adrian Peterson has to be considered the favorite to lead the NFL in rushing this season. Frankly, Peterson should be the pick in every year of his prime. Outside of the obvious threats such as... more

Upon revealing that Cam Newton is dealing with a fractured rib, coach Ron Rivera expressed optimism that his quarterback will be ready to suit up in Week 1 . Newton has removed all questions about his status, telling reporters Wednesday there is... more

If you don't have access to NFL Preseason Live , you are missing out on the Mark Ingram renaissance this month. A draft flop to date, the No. 28 selection in 2011 is averaging 7.1 yards on 21 preseason carries, leading all NFL backs with a gaudy 4.90... more

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson's mysterious absence from New York Jets over the weekend has resulted in him being suspended for the remainder of the preseason, the team announced on Tuesday . The Jets announced Monday that Patterson would be banned... more

Dez Bryant said Monday there is a "big chance " he and the Dallas Cowboys will reach agreement on a contract extension before the start of the 2014 season. It might happen even sooner. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reports, via sources in Dallas,... more

If you gambled on Rob Gronkowski early in your fantasy football draft, you can come in off the ledge. Tuesday's trade in which the New England Patriots acquired "tight end" Tim Wright from the Tampa Buccaneers is not a sign that the organization... more

On Monday's edition of the Around The League Podcast , we highlighted speedy Arizona Cardinals rookie John Brown as one of the few "hype bunnies " to successfully translate offseason praise to preseason production. After Brown's impressive... more

ARIZONA CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ST. LOUIS RAMS Around The NFL's season preview jumps to the NFC West. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in After several years at the bottom of... more

ARIZONA CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ST. LOUIS RAMS Around The NFL's season preview jumps to the NFC West. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in The coaching staff has hinted that the... more

ARIZONA CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ST. LOUIS RAMS Around The NFL's season preview jumps to the NFC West. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in As NFL Media's Bucky Brooks has pointed... more

ARIZONA CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ST. LOUIS RAMS Around The NFL's season preview jumps to the NFC West. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in Reporting from Rams camp early this... more

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio suggested a month ago that NaVorro Bowman will be out until midseason as the All-Pro linebacker recovers from surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL sustained during the NFC Championship Game . The... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith downplayed Monday's free-agent visit by veteran Richie Incognito . If the Bucs grow desperate enough to sign the troubled guard, they are free to do so as of Monday evening. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Coach Jeff Fisher said on Sunday that the St. Louis Rams will "rally around " Shaun Hill now that starting quarterback Sam Bradford is out for the season . Speaking to reporters Monday, Fisher left no doubt that Hill will take over the offense "and... more

The Denver Broncos have reason to believe Wes Welker's third concussion in the past calendar year will not put the star slot receiver's career in jeopardy. According to NFL Media's Omar Ruiz on Monday's edition of NFL Total Access , there is a lot of... more

Some organizations execute a well-defined plan at quarterback. Other teams are the Oakland Raiders. Just when it appeared that Matt Schaub's bout with elbow tendinitis had given Dennis Allen an excuse to turn to a younger arm capable of throwing... more

Unnamed members of the New England Patriots organization are not alone in their sentiment that the Washington Redskins would be better off with Kirk Cousins at quarterback. Franchise icon Joe Theismann made waves on the Redskins' Broadcast Network... more

Coach Ron Rivera intended to play Cam Newton in the preseason finale to knock the rust off of the Carolina Panthers' first-team offense. "It was very evident that we've got to get (Newton) out there," Rivera said, via the Black and Blue Review... more

Wes Welker missed three games last season after sustaining a pair of concussions in a two-month span. Now the Denver Broncos' star slot receiver must deal with yet another head injury. Welker popped back up after taking a hit to the head from Texans... more

For all of the hand-wringing over the New York Giants' new offense this preseason, Robert Griffin III hasn't looked any better in the Washington Redskins' new scheme. After a series of glowing offseason testaments that Griffin had regained 2012... more

The two-year contract extension signed by defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey this week suggested the San Francisco 49ers are confident that their run-stuffer will fully recover from a recent torn biceps injury . Although original expectations were that... more

New Orleans Saints Jimmy Graham has promised to stop dunking on goal posts after he was flagged twice for the touchdown celebration in last week's preseason game versus the Tennessee Titans. Graham now has added incentive to cease and desist. NFL... more

Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is close to seeing game action with the Dallas Cowboys after recovering from a "one-in-a-million" disease that left him with a 145-day memory gap . Speaking publicly for the first time since emerging from a lengthy coma last... more

Michael Vick can't win. He entered the offseason determined to land a starting job , only to be told by the New York Jets that their quarterback competition was rigged in Geno Smith's favor . Vick came to grips with his role over the summer,... more

Chris Johnson finished under 4.0 yards per carry for the first time in his career last season. His production had drained to the point that the Tennessee Titans decided he was no longer worthy of his contract . Afforded a fresh start with the New York... more

Week 3 of the preseason is our best chance to glimpse a slice of real football since the Super Bowl ended in February. Most coaches leave their starters in for the majority of the first half, fine-tuning the offense and defense in preparation for... more

The Philadelphia Eagles survived a pair of injury scares to key offensive players in Thursday night's preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. After entering the game with a sore toe, LeSean McCoy was sent to the locker room for X-rays on... more

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was sent for X-rays on his thumb in the first quarter of Thursday's 31-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. McCoy called for the trainer after his first touch on the opening series. He came back out for... more

Through two preseason games, Trent Richardson's per-carry average of 2.4 yards is even less than the deflating 2.9 mark in his first stint with the Indianapolis Colts last season. Is the organization's patience starting to wear thin after a series... more

Making his 2014 preseason debut last week, Cam Newton appeared hesitant to cut loose on his surgically repaired ankle in the Carolina Panthers' 28-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. We wondered on Monday's edition of the Around The League... more

BUFFALO BILLS MIAMI DOLPHINS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS NEW YORK JETS Around The NFL 's season preview continues in the AFC East. Change we can believe in The upgraded secondary could be the best since Ty Law and Lawyer Milloy were in... more

BUFFALO BILLS MIAMI DOLPHINS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS NEW YORK JETS Around The NFL 's season preview continues in the AFC East. Change we can believe in Twenty-two NFL players scored more touchdowns than the entire Jets' receiving... more

BUFFALO BILLS MIAMI DOLPHINS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS NEW YORK JETS Around The NFL 's season preview continues in the AFC East. Change we can believe in We believe in new coordinator Bill Lazor's offense to the extent that he was a... more

BUFFALO BILLS MIAMI DOLPHINS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS NEW YORK JETS Around The NFL 's season preview continues in the AFC East. Change we can believe in First-round draft pick Sammy Watkins was only the fourth true freshman to earn AP... more

With Ahmad Bradshaw still awaiting medical clearance and Vick Ballard out for the season, the Indianapolis Colts have been on the lookout for depth behind starter Trent Richardson. The Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday that they have traded... more

Christian Ponder opened Minnesota Vikings training camp sharing first-team reps , only to be relegated to also-ran status once the competition between Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater kicked into high gear. Now that he's clearly the odd man out,... more

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden admitted to concern over Robert Griffin III's recklessness in Monday night's victory over the Cleveland Browns. "It's something we have to continue to talk to him about -- how important he is to this team and... more

Injuries to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis weren't the only reason coordinator Greg Roman scaled back the offense after an unstoppable performance by Colin Kaepernick in the San Francisco 49ers' 2013 season-opener. Kaepernick revealed to The... more

While right guard Alex Boone continues his summer-long holdout , the San Francisco 49ers are busy working on extension for other key players. Now that Colin Kaepernick and Glenn Dorsey are under contract , the 49ers are turning their attention to a new... more

The San Francisco 49ers locked up one of their key defensive players while his value was low. The team announced Tuesday that nose tackle Glenn Dorsey has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him in San Francisco through the 2016... more

When the New England Patriots averaged a league-high 36 points during a five-game November stretch last season, it was with Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman in starring roles . Beyond that reliable tandem, the pecking order of Tom Brady's receiving... more

Deadlines spur action in the NFL. Free agent Brett Keisel spent the offseason on the Pittsburgh Steelers' back burner as the organization poured resources into Cam Thomas and rookie Stephon Tuitt at defensive end. It took the Arizona Cardinals... more

When Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II announced that Ben Roethlisberger's deal would not be extended until 2015, he cited more pressing issues with nucleus players entering contract years. The Steelers extended one of those young talents... more

With Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel locked in a battle of preseason futility , coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that no announcement on the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback decision will be forthcoming. "In ideal circumstances, we could have... more

The Tennessean wondered this week if Bishop Sankey's "continued fumbling issues " will cost the rookie a major role in the Tennessee Titans' backfield early this season. The second-round draft pick has dropped the ball in each of the two preseason... more

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu said in early August that he hoped to begin practicing in two to three weeks . Mathieu took a huge step toward reaching that goal Tuesday, when the team announced he'd been activated from the physically... more

Our offseason "Roster Reset " series identified right tackle as a position that will have to be solidified if the Baltimore Ravens are going to be one of the NFL's most improved offenses . As the team wraps up training camp, John Harbaugh confirmed... more

The Pittsburgh-to-Arizona pipeline is warming up again. In the aftermath of Darnell Dockett's season-ending knee injury , the Arizona Cardinals reached out to free agent defensive end Brett Keisel on Tuesday, reports Kent Somers of The Arizona... more

Washington Redskins pass rusher Brian Orakpo thought Johnny Manziel's obscene gesture in Monday night's game was "hilarious ." Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine wasn't as entertained, telling reporters he was disappointed in the rookie's lack of... more

If Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is going to compete for Comeback Player of the Year honors , he needs to learn a simple baseball slide and straighten out the footwork flaws in his throwing motion. Griffin absorbed too many hits... more

Brian Hoyer gave Johnny Manziel an opening in the Cleveland Browns' quarterback competition Monday night . The rookie didn't exactly high-step through it. Both quarterbacks fell flat versus the Washington Redskins, leaving impartial observers to... more

Johnny Manziel's most effective throw of the night was the middle finger in the direction of the Washington Redskins sideline. The Cleveland Browns' rookie quarterback took an earful from Redskins players when he was forced out of bounds in the third... more

The Oakland Raiders' first two preseason games have been a reality check for a mistake-prone first-team offense lacking in star power. Matt Schaub can't drive the ball outside the numbers or down the seam -- and defenses know it after watching film... more

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley described his ongoing fumbling problem last season as "almost disgusting ." After coughing the ball up again in Friday's preseason game versus the Eagles, Ridley was once again left with "a sick feeling... more

On Monday's edition of the Around The League Podcast , we noted that Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart looked better Sunday night than he has since averaging a career-high 5.4 yards per carry in 2011. That return to early-career form has... more

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen told reporters after Friday night's game that Derek Carr was forced out of action with a concussion . The feeling among assembled media was that Carr had actually suffered an injury to his ribs. Either way, the... more

Despite Blake Bortles' scorching preseason , coach Gus Bradley reiterated last Friday that veteran Chad Henne will start the Jacksonville Jaguars' regular-season opener . The organization is softening its stance, however, that Bortles will redshirt... more

Teddy Bridgewater provided the Minnesota Vikings with last-minute heroics in Saturday's 30-28 victory  over the Arizona Cardinals, but not before Matt Cassel put forth another strong case for the starting job. Looking supremely comfortable in Norv... more

Geno Smith and Michael Vick both underwhelmed in the New York Jets' 25-17 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday night. Smith's six first-half series resulted in two punts, an interception, a field goal and two rushing touchdowns.... more

Is there a changing of the guard on the New England Patriots' quarterback depth chart after Ryan Mallett struggled in his "showcase " game last week ? When Tom Brady exited after two series versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday , it was rookie... more

Coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged last Friday that his quarterback depth chart is fluid following a nightmarish performance by Blaine Gabbert in his San Francisco 49ers' preseason debut . With a week to stew on it, Harbaugh now says he is "very... more

Entering training camp, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly expressed optimism that tight end Zach Ertz would have a "huge role " in the aerial attack to help account for the absence of DeSean Jackson. After joint practices this week, Patriots... more

When this week started, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith was singing the praises of third-round draft pick Charles Sims. On Friday, Smith learned that his running back will undergo surgery on his right ankle. The team announced that Sims is... more

Blake Bortles' stellar preseason play won't result in the Week 1 starting job, but it does appear to have the Jacksonville Jaguars reconsidering their stance to park him on the bench for the entirety of his rookie season. Coach Gus Bradley reiterated... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have a more pressing issue with Dwayne Bowe than a finger that has been dislocated "about 15 times ." NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via two sources informed of the imminent suspension, the veteran wide receiver will be... more

A year after recovering from a "one-in-a-million" disease that left a 145-day memory gap, defensive tackle Amobi Okoye has a chance to play in the Dallas Cowboys' third preseason game . Okoye revealed to Rainer Sabin of The Dallas Morning News that he... more

If the Jacksonville Jaguars' brass are bluffing about starting bridge quarterback Chad Henne for the entire 2014 season , rookie Blake Bortles is forcing their hand . Playing like an evolutionary Ben Roethlisberger, Bortles impressed for the second... more

Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller didn't make it beyond the opening kickoff in Thursday's 20-19 win  over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The rookie cornerback suffered an ankle injury early in the first quarter and was ruled out for the... more

It's no secret that Eli Manning's 27 interceptions led the NFL last season. What's not as well publicized is that Jason Pierre-Paul, the New York Giants' defensive centerpiece, has seen his sack totals plummet from a career-high 16.5 in 2011 to a mere two... more

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced three weeks ago that Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play on a surgically repaired knee. As we have come to find out, though, that doesn't mean Gronkowski is a lock to be ready for the season... more

Andre Ellington came in at No. 3 on Around The League's "Making the Leap " countdown after coach Bruce Arians made it clear this offseason that the running back will be the focal point of the Arizona Cardinals' offense. In fantasy football circles,... more

Around The League's Marc Sessler identified undrafted rookie Colt Lyerla as a sleeper in the Green Bay Packers' tight-end competition entering training camp. Now that camp is wrapping up, Lyerla is out of the picture. The injury that knocked him... more

Around The League's recent backup quarterback rankings listed Scott Tolzien ahead of Matt Flynn as the Green Bay Packers' No. 2 signal-caller. Although conventional wisdom suggests Flynn is locked in as Aaron Rodgers' caddie after the Packers were... more

Matt Cassel emerged from the Minnesota Vikings' preseason opener as the clear front-runner for the starting quarterback job. Coach Mike Zimmer has already stated that Cassel will start versus the Cardinals in the second preseason game . Now it... more

Can any organization match the lineage of Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks, from Most Valuable Player winners Johnny Unitas, Bert Jones and Peyton Manning to current star Andrew Luck? Battista: What it means to be QB2 Backup quarterback: It's a... more

NFL Media's Judy Battista is publishing a thought-provoking piece Wednesday on backup quarterbacks, a position former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs has termed the second most important on a football team. The Packers discovered the wisdom of... more

The New England Patriots barely moved the needle late Tuesday afternoon when they traded defensive back Justin Green to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for defensive end Ben Bass. Just minutes later, the Pats made a bigger splash by acquiring the No. 51... more

Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver John Brown made our preseason Week 1 "winners " list after tormenting the Texans defense for 87 yards and a 39-yard interference penalty on five catches and a team-high 10 targets in one half of action. As we... more

NFL Media's "Instant Debate " series asked this week which defense is best equipped to challenge the Seattle Seahawks for superiority this season. With the additions of three impact starters in free agency and the return of All-Pro pass rusher Von... more

The Indianapolis Colts' Ahmad Bradshaw is in the spotlight after the running back who replaced him in New York -- David Wilson -- was forced into retirement due to concerns about a surgically repaired neck . Bradshaw is coming off a neck surgery of... more

Andrew Luck averaged 387 passing yards in two January playoff games with Griff Whalen as his second-most targeted receiver. Now that Reggie Wayne is healthy and Hakeem Nicks is sporting a horseshoe on his helmet, T.Y. Hilton insists the Indianapolis... more

The Buccaneers are looking outside the organization to bolster a beleaguered offensive line that thwarted Josh McCown's preseason debut in Tampa. Having already yanked starting right guard Jamon Meredith from the first-team offense, the Bucs have... more

For better or worse, form is holding serve in preseason quarterback battles. In the face of mounting speculation that Johnny Manziel had closed the gap and was even starting to pull ahead in the Browns' race, coach Mike Pettine emphasized Monday... more

Matt Cassel made our list of preseason Week 1 winners , in large part because his competition struggled to move the offense against the Raiders . The news got even better for Cassel on Monday. Coach Mike Zimmer said the veteran will receive a... more

Some in the New England Patriots organization reportedly came away from joint practices last week with the belief that Kirk Cousins is the best quarterback on the Washington Redskins' roster. As we took care to spell out Sunday, though, there is no... more

Of all players with 100 targets in 2013, Hakeem Nicks was the only one without a touchdown reception to show for the effort. Nicks came under fire in his last season with the New York Giants, as speculation mounted that his play fell off due to... more

When Andre Brown signed with the Houston Texans in early April , the assumption was the former Giants running back would be the primary complement to Arian Foster. After Brown was left out of the backfield rotation in the preseason opener , it now... more

Televised football is finally here. With fresh games to watch, we can start distancing ourselves from last year's scouting reports, and see which players are rising and falling this summer. Preseason action is most valuable for the opportunity to gauge... more

The Carolina Panthers welcomed back one of their most talented -- albeit oft-injured -- offensive players this weekend. Finally recovered from a late-July hamstring injury , running back Jonathan Stewart practiced Sunday for the first time since... more

The New York Jets weren't the only team to suffer a major injury in Sunday's practice. The Baltimore Ravens' front seven lost quality depth when defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore went down with a potentially season-ending injury. Coach John... more

Nose tackle Linval Joseph has returned to Minnesota Vikings training camp after being shot in the calf by a stray bullet at a nightclub on Saturday night. General manager Rick Spielman said Sunday that the team expects to have Joseph back for the Sept.... more

Martellus Bennett's banishment from Chicago Bears training camp is over after one missed preseason game. Bennett returned to Bears headquarters on Sunday, telling reporters, "It's good to be back." The starting tight end was suspended by the team... more

The New York Jets' cornerback concerns have resurfaced after a pair of injuries sustained in Sunday's practice. Dee Milliner had to be helped off the field after clutching his ankle in obvious pain. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the Jets... more

Free agent tight end Ben Hartsock was a marquee name on Friday's edition of the Around The League Podcast , featuring an interview with Pro Football Focus' Pete Damilatis . A blocking specialist, Hartsock surprisingly graded out as one of the NFL's top... more

The Shanahans might be long gone, but the Washington Redskins' bizarre quarterback drama shows no signs of abating any time soon. After Robert Griffin III struggled in joint practices with New England last week, members of the Patriots organization... more

Just last week, coach Rex Ryan dismissed the idea of Michael Vick as a change-of-pace quarterback, joking that it "never worked out great the last time ." After witnessing Vick's "special talent " in the New York Jets' preseason opener, Ryan has had... more

Entering training camp, coach Jeff Fisher hinted that Sam Bradford would likely be held out of the preseason opener by choice rather than necessity . After Bradford sat out the St. Louis Rams' 26-24 loss to the Saints on Friday night, Fisher... more

Change happens quickly in the NFL, but the shifting winds in Cleveland are extreme even by professional football standards. Two weeks after ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported that Browns players expect Brian Hoyer to be named the starter "well before " the... more

Seven weeks after Jason Hatcher underwent arthroscopic knee surgery , the Washington Redskins activated the defensive end from the physically unable to perform list. Hatcher was originally given a four-to-six week timetable for a return. Redskins... more

The NFL preseason schedule launches this week. Here's what we're looking for in each of Friday night's games: Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons (7 p.m. ET) Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace have struggled with their deep-ball chemistry in camp... more

Early in Darqueze Dennard's first training camp, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted that the Cincinnati Bengals' first-round cornerback has shown better than advertised ball skills . Coach Marvin Lewis raised the stakes on Thursday, crediting the... more

Coach John Harbaugh recently noted that Ray Rice is showing "good burst " and acceleration in Baltimore Ravens camp after a disastrous 2013 season. As rejuvenated as Rice appears to be this summer, he might not even be the best bounce-back candidate... more

When Around The League projected the starting lineups for every NFL team in May, first-round linebacker Ryan Shazier was tentatively inserted as the first defensive rookie to start for the Pittsburgh Steelers since Kendrell Bell in 2001 . Defensive... more

Armed with a new contract , Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton won't be peeking over his shoulder at former Alabama star AJ McCarron over the next couple of years. The way McCarron's summer has gone, the fifth-round rookie won't even pressure... more

Training camp news slowed to relative trickle on Wednesday, as teams began traveling for the opening week's slate of preseason games . Practices are no longer new, pronouncements have fallen off and the dog days of camp have settled in. What we... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are adding much-needed depth at wide receiver. The team signed former New York Giants wideout Ramses Barden, the team announced Wednesday. Outside of a 10-catch, 138-yard performance against the Panthers on national... more

As the Cleveland Browns entered training camp two weeks ago, owner Jimmy Haslam sent a not-so-veiled message in the direction of his hotshot, globe-trotting rookie quarterback. "I think the really great athletes make their news on the field, not... more

Keenan Allen of the Chargers became just the eighth player over the past two decades to record 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie. The steep learning curve for rookie wide receivers at the NFL level hasn't stopped fans and analysts from predicting great... more

NFL coaching legend Vince Lombardi was fond of telling friends that football was the perfect team game except for one conspicuous problem -- the quarterback was too important . That imbalance is even more pronounced in the 21st century due to the... more

When Derrick Brooks was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday night, he relayed the story of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy's 1995 expectations of a "Mean" Joe Greene-Jack Ham tandem for Brooks and Warren Sapp.... more

The Baltimore Ravens' 2013 rushing "attack" ranked as the fourth-worst in Football Outsiders' database going back to the 1989 season. There was plenty of blame to go around , but Ray Rice's inability to make tacklers miss in the open field was the most... more

The Buffalo Bills traded a fourth-round pick for Bryce Brown in May and signed Fred Jackson to a one-year extension in late July. So where does that leave C.J. Spiller, who has been hearing trade rumors in a contract year? "I have friends and... more

Now that Andy Dalton is under contract for the bulk of the next decade, the Cincinnati Bengals are turning their attention to their best offensive player. After learning that Dalton had agreed to terms on Sunday, per Peter King of TheMMQB.com, coach... more

Johnny Manziel finally mixed in with the first-team offense on Monday. That's exactly where the Cleveland Browns' Week 1 opponent expects the rookie to stay. "I'm expecting Manziel to be the starter," Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau... more

The Detroit Lions have a new reclamation project at wide receiver. The Lions claimed former No. 26 overall draft pick Jon Baldwin off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, per Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official website and the NFL transaction... more

The Cincinnati Bengals trumpeted their unflagging faith in Andy Dalton while announcing a six-year contract extension for their quarterback on Monday. "We never wavered in our support for Andy," coach Marvin Lewis said, via The MMQB. "I never wavered.... more

When Devin Hester signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons in March, the assumption was that he would be limited to kick returns -- just as he was in 2013 with the Chicago Bears. A week into training camp, Falcons wide receivers are... more

After working out for the New England Patriots last week, free agent Brady Quinn hinted that a trade would have to happen for the Pats to sign him. If Bill Belichick's phone starts buzzing with trade feelers, he can thank NFL Media analyst Mike... more

Buffalo Bills legend Andre Reed asked the Canton faithful on Saturday night, "Where would you rather be than right here, right now?" Football rules the American sports landscape in the 21st century, largely due to the dramatic increase in casual fans... more

Another day at New Orleans Saints training camp, another Brandin Cooks highlight reel. The first-round rookie has been stealing the show with his dynamic playmaking ability since camp opened. After his six-catch performance on Saturday, Cooks picked up... more

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer hinted after the 2014 NFL Draft that No. 9 overall pick Anthony Barr would be used in a fashion similar to Von Miller's role in Denver. A week into training camp, Zimmer acknowledges there's a "strong" chance Barr... more

Seven days into training camp, a sloppy but exciting Johnny Manziel has earned a longer look in the Cleveland Browns' quarterback competition. Playing exclusively with the second-team offense during Saturday's Family Day scrimmage in Akron, Ohio,... more

The San Francisco 49ers' defense took another blow on Saturday. Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey likely is out for the entirety of the 2014 season with a torn left biceps, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, per a source informed of the... more

A week into training camp, the Indianapolis Colts have already seen a pair of key offensive players lost for the entirety of the 2014 season. Following major injuries to running back Vick Ballard and left guard Donald Thomas, coordinator Pep Hamilton... more

Knowshon Moreno was expected to be sidelined for roughly a month when he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in late June. Now six weeks into his rehab, Moreno "sometimes still labors to walk, let alone run ," according to The Miami Herald. Still... more

Marshawn Lynch understands running backs have an increasingly tight window to get paid in today's NFL. Perhaps aware that the Seattle Seahawks' impending salary-cap crunch could result in a parting of ways next offseason , Lynch was holding out of... more

Dee Milliner's proclamation that he is the NFL's best cornerback was so outlandish that Richard Sherman didn't even bother to weigh in via social media. The second-year cornerback's braggadocio did manage to rub former New York Jets special teams coach... more

Colin Kaepernick is going to be without his No. 1 receiver for a significant portion of training camp. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters Friday that Michael Crabtree is "working through something " and could miss a week or two of... more

Around The League is all-in on Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson as the NFL's No. 1 breakout candidate for the 2014 season. Although Patterson himself has predicted that he will emerge as a top-five playmaker , there is sentiment in some... more

Mistake-prone former third-round draft pick Ronnie Hillman closed out last season fourth on the depth chart, failing to see the field in any of the Denver Broncos' postseason games. While C.J. Anderson garnered fantasy football "sleeper" acclaim... more

Bruce Arians continues to turn the desert into a haven for ex-Steelers. The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that they have signed veteran tackle Max Starks, who started 96 games over 10 years in Pittsburgh. Starks, 32, was cut by the Chargers... more

July

With the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints suddenly nipping at their heels atop the NFC power rankings, the Seattle Seahawks moved to keep their roster at peak strength with Marshawn Lynch's return to training camp on Thursday. The team... more

Now that Marshawn Lynch has ended his ill-fated holdout , we are left to wonder if he is joining teammates in Seahawks training camp for the last time. On Wednesday's edition of the Around The League Podcast , we floated the idea that Lynch has been... more

Professional football players don't always get the chance to retire. Sometimes the game retires them. That appears to be the case with free agent quarterback Brady Quinn, who is following Tim Tebow into the broadcast world. Fox Sports announced... more

Around The League's Marc Sessler suggested in April that the New Orleans Saints' defense might be "up to something funky" with more three-safety sets this season. Now league insiders tell Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal that coordinator Rob Ryan... more

After setting a Big 12 record with 106 receptions last year, New York Jets rookie Jace Amaro told reporters in May that he would like to develop into a 100-catch tight end in the NFL. If the early training-camp signs are any indication, Amaro has a... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be enshrined on Saturday. Each day this week, the Around the League crew will pick a player that we believe is also deserving of enshrinement. The player with the most Super Bowl rings in NFL history has... more

Dez Bryant believes he has earned the right to get paid as one of the NFL's top wide receivers. Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged in late May that a new contract for Bryant is a "possibility " before the start of the 2014... more

Veteran safety Jim Leonhard will spend the final season of his playing career in Cleveland. Leonhard tweeted Wednesday that he signed a contract with the Browns. This comes months after stating the 2014 season would be the curtain call for his 10-year... more

The Dallas Cowboys have one of the NFL's premier blindside protectors under contract for the next decade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via sources informed of the deal, the Cowboys have reached agreement with Tyron Smith on an eight-year,... more

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has noted several times this month that the San Francisco 49ers have a policy against negotiating new contracts with players who don't report to training camp. That doesn't mean the team will cease communication with... more

For the second time since offseason practices began, the Arizona Cardinals have received unwelcome news regarding a star defensive player. As John Abraham missed a third consecutive day of training camp, news has emerged that he ran into legal trouble... more

The New York Giants had a surprising name listed as the starting tight end when their official depth chart was released on Monday. Larry Donnell holds the advantage over former fourth-round draft pick Adrien Robinson and veterans Daniel Fells and... more

The Around The League Podcast nominated the Atlanta Falcons as one of the NFL's most unpredictable teams last week, in no small part because Julio Jones' durability is a question mark coming off the second foot surgery of his young career. After... more

Nearly a year ago, veteran guard Travelle Wharton returned to Carolina , solidifying a Panthers offensive line that failed to live up to expectations in 2012. After playing at a Pro Bowl level in his 10th season, Wharton has decided to join longtime... more

When Mike Shanahan benched Robert Griffin III for nebulous reasons last December, Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden questioned the integrity of sacrificing regular-season games for an offseason program. Now Washington Redskins... more

Coach Mike Pettine emphasized in June that the Cleveland Browns would not "micromanage " Johnny Manziel's activities outside of the team's facility. After a photo of Manziel rolling a $20 bill at a bathroom sink hit the Internet, though, the Browns... more

Andre Johnson's offseason-long standoff with the Houston Texans is over. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, per a person who has seen Johnson, that the star wide receiver has shown up for the opening of training camp . Johnson... more

The New England Patriots re-signed Julian Edelman, added Brandon LaFell and welcomed Danny Amendola back from a nagging groin injury, leaving Kenbrell Thompkins as a forgotten man throughout the offseason. After one training-camp practice, Thompkins... more

Ben Roethlisberger said Thursday that he has a "really good feeling " about the upcoming season. That optimism is due in large part to the Pittsburgh Steelers prioritizing an improved roster over a new mega contract for their quarterback. Team... more

Mike Shanahan's disastrous final season with the Washington Redskins hasn't soured him on finding another NFL coaching job. Shanahan told USA Today's Jarrett Bell this week that he's interested in becoming a head coach again, but only if the situation... more

Not long after the New Orleans Saints invested $26 million in guarantees for Jairus Byrd, the three-time Pro Bowl safety underwent back surgery in May. Byrd was back on the field but not taking part in team drills for the opening of Saints... more

Coach Jeff Fisher repeatedly has emphasized that Sam Bradford's surgically repaired knee will be ready for the St. Louis Rams season opener versus the Vikings. Fisher confirmed Thursday that Bradford will be "full-go" for training camp. "Sam is... more

Chris Johnson is back on the radar in the fantasy football community. After averaging a paltry 3.9 yards per carry last season and missing offseason practices following knee surgery, Johnson was at full strength in his New York Jets training camp debut... more

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson might just be the NFL's most underrated player . He's also one of the most underpaid. With the benefit of hindsight, Nelson has acknowledged that he left money on the table when he signed a three-year,... more

All 256 players from the 2014 NFL Draft class are under contract. The Tennessee Titans announced that No. 11 overall pick Taylor Lewan has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with a team option for the fifth year. Contracts of all draft picks... more

The last we heard from Justin Blackmon, the indefinitely suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver was "getting help " and "keeping a low profile" in the Oklahoma City area. That low profile ended Wednesday. NFL Media confirmed with Jenny... more

As a journeyman entering his age-35 season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown was the most controversial of Around The League's offseason "Making the Leap " selections. McCown is a unique breakout candidate because his game tape and numbers... more

The disconnect between the New York Jets and Michael Vick over the team's alleged quarterback competition continues unabated. As the Jets reported for training camp Wednesday, coach Rex Ryan reiterated his intention to allow the battle to "play out "... more

The Cleveland Browns are getting closer to a resolution on Josh Gordon's status for the 2014 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source close to the situation, the appeals hearing on Gordon's potentially lengthy suspension for a... more

When Jay Gruden convinced Bengals owner Mike Brown to draft Andy Dalton over Colin Kaepernick back in 2011, the former Cincinnati offensive coordinator acknowledged that he wasn't on board with the read-option craze sweeping college football. Now that... more

The Falcons moved Thursday to ensure that Roddy White will finish his career in an Atlanta Falcons uniform. The team announced a three-year extension that will keep the veteran wide receiver under contract for the next four seasons. The deal is... more

Oakland Raiders 2013 first-round draft pick DJ Hayden's health is in question once again after injuries sabotaged his rookie season. Although coach Dennis Allen downplayed an injury that kept Hayden in a walking boot during offseason practices, the... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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