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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.


December

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. ¬Ľ 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 ‚??... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roster Reset: AFC North April 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roster Reset: AFC West April 06, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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