Chris Wesseling

Chris Wesseling

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


MIAMI -- For all of the Joe Montana regalia in the lead-up to Super Bowl LIV, it's the tale of a less renowned quarterback which sheds more light on this clash between the high-octane offenses of the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. Ale... more


All-Decade Team Top 10 franchises of the 2010s The NFL's 100th season also puts a bow on the league's 10th decade, advancing an evolution of the sport commonly traced to the iconic 1958 Championship Game, which captured the nation's attentio... more

DEFENSIVE ALL-ROOKIE TEAM OFFENSIVE ALL-ROOKIE TEAM After rolling out the offensive side of my All-Rookie Team last week, it's time to reveal the defensive selections. EDGE RUSHERS: Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers; Josh Allen, Jacksonville... more

OFFENSIVE ALL-ROOKIE TEAM DEFENSIVE ALL-ROOKIE TEAM Last year's Offensive Rookie of the Year race was largely fought between a pair of running backs, with the Giants' Saquon Barkley pulling away from the Broncos' Phillip Lindsay in the stretc... more


With six weeks remaining in the 2019 NFL regular season, which players are generating the most buzz for the Comeback Player of the Year award? Around the NFL's Chris Wesseling examines the league's best candidates heading into Week 12: More tha... more

A few weeks back, The Dave Dameshek Football Program predicted the 2020 offseason will feature "the most QB movement in the history of pro football ." While this is not the first time we've heard some iteration of that theory before new contracts a... more

At this moment, which players are the best of the best at each position? Now that every team has played at least half of its regular-season games, Chris Wesseling provides his 2019 Midseason All-Pro Team: OFFENSE QUARTERBACK: Russell Wilson, Seat... more


Which rookie classes are shining brightest at the midway point of the 2019 NFL season? Around the NFL's Chris Wesseling examines the league's best crops of newcomers through eight weeks: 1) Jacksonville Jaguars From sixth-round pick to franchise... more

The 2019 campaign is reaching the midseason phase, which means NFL teams are welcoming back a wave of reinforcements. Whether it's by way of long-term suspension, the non-football injury list (NFI) or the physically unable to perform list (PUP), a... more

Which defensive rookies are shining brightest through the first six weeks of the 2019 season? Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling reveals his ranking of the top 10 newbies on D. Team: San Francisco 49ers | Position: DE Look deeper than Bosa's... more

Which teams are fielding the league's best offensive lines, and which clubs are suffering from not being able to rely on the front five? Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling identifies the five best and five worst O-lines through Week 5 of the regular se... more

Where does the MVP race stand at the quarter mark of the 2019 NFL season? Yes, it's wildly premature to ask such a question, but Chris Wesseling's up for the challenge nonetheless. Here are the top 10 candidates for the league's top individual award,... more


At this time a year ago, Adrian Peterson's dip in the fountain of youth inspired Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling to identify the afterthought acquisitions making early impacts for their new teams. Through three games this September, it's a pair of... more

Think about breathing. Now exhale and inhale naturally for the next 60 seconds. It won't happen until that persistent nagging sensation vacates your mind, freeing your body's vital organs to operate without the unwanted stress of overthinking. Th... more

Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling is poring through the Week 1 game film, reinforcing assessments gleaned from preseason action, training camp reports and inside scoops to compile a list of 2018 afterthoughts already serving notice that this season wi... more


At the end of each of the past two seasons, avid football watcher Chris Wesseling has unveiled his eye-test All-Pro team in a side-by-side comparison with selections inspired by Next Gen Stats. So the man has some experience in judging the best of... more

Once upon a time, I relished preseason football for the opportunity to study incoming rookies, veteran running backs and aerial attacks developing chemistry. Those days are gone. With Rams head man Sean McVay leading the way, more and more coaches... more

Training camps swing open with the familiar storylines covering big-ticket offseason acquisitions and head-coaching changes. Once the practices heat up over the ensuing week or two, another collection of old faces begins to resurface in new places. T... more


THINNEST POSITION GROUPS DEEPEST POSITION GROUPS The free agency frenzy and 2019 NFL Draft are deep in the rearview. By the end of next week, training camps will be open across the league. So now is a perfect time to assess areas of roster de... more

DEEPEST POSITION GROUPS THINNEST POSITION GROUPS The modern NFL is routinely explained through one widespread cliche: This is a quarterback league. Furthermore, fantasy has only increased the overall emphasis on the individual. But football,... more


Advanced metrics, traditional statistics and game-film observations agree: the Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Patriots and Steelers boasted the NFL's highest-flying offenses in 2018, with the Colts, Chargers and Falcons floating in and out of the picture... more


Tom Brady has yet another understudy. The Patriots selected Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham with the No. 133 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon. Since Brady collected the second of three career NFL Most Valuable Player aw... more

Chicago has identified a replacement for Jordan Howard after dealing the power back to Philadelphia last month. The Bears traded up with the Patriots to select Iowa State running back David Montgomery with the No. 73 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Dr... more

Philadelphia wasn't finished bolstering a beleaguered backfield after trading for former Bears power runner Jordan Howard last month. The Eagles selected Penn State running back Miles Sanders with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Fr... more

John Elway has identified his next field general of the future. The Broncos traded up with the Bengals to select Missouri quarterback Drew Lock with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday night. That choice came one spot after Elwa... more

The apple of Buffalo's eye fell into the organization's lap after all. The Bills selected Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Enamored with Oliver, the team's brass spent the... more

New general manager Mike Mayock has thrown the draft's first curveball, as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport predicted earlier this week . The Raiders selected Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on... more


Gang Green has found an outlet for the money saved when free-agent linebacker Anthony Barr opted out of a deal with New York in favor of a return to Minnesota. The Jets are set to sign former Steelers star Le'Veon Bell to a four-year, $52.5 millio... more

A week after Dave Gettleman insisted he did not sign Odell Beckham just to turn around and trade him, the Giants general manager has dealt the franchise's superstar wideout to a team on the rise. New York had traded Beckham to Cleveland in exchange... more

UPDATE: On Friday morning, Bills general manager Brandon Beane released a statement saying the team is no longer pursuing a trade for Steelers receiver Antonio Brown . "We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the... more

Top 101 free agents FA by team FA by position Original Top 101 NFC needs AFC needs The free agency market officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on March 13. Before signings start taking over your news feed, Chris Wesseling provides three... more


ATLANTA -- Tom Brady led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive to lift New England over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, with the 13-3 final standing as the lowest outcome in Super Bowl history. Here's what we learned as the Patriots tied the... more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck decisively beat out Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson to earn 2018 Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year honors at Saturday's NFL Honors . L... more

"We're still here! We're still here! We're still here!" Set to watch Bill Belichick and Tom Brady stand in the Super Bowl spotlight for the ninth time, the football-watching world is dealing with a nasty bout of Patriots fatigue. Beyond the chea... more


Rex Burkhead plunged into the end zone from two yards out to put the finishing touch on Tom Brady's surgical opening drive in overtime, propelling the Patriots to their NFL-record eleventh Super Bowl appearance. Bill Belichick will lead his team to a... more

Marcus Lattimore fielded an Alshon Jeffery ricochet for an interception that thwarted Nick Foles' latest bid for storybook heroics in January. Here's what we learned in Sunday's showdown at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a hard-fought 20-14 Saints vict... more

The Eagles will travel to New Orleans to face the top-seeded Saints after scraping past the Bears in a 16-15 thriller at Soldier Field. Here's what we learned from Philadelphia's stirring NFC Wild Card round comeback: 1. Cody Parkey confiden... more


With one week left in the 2018 NFL season, Chris Wesseling takes stock of the MVP race, assessing his top 10 picks for the award. 1) Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs Drew Brees has thrown 32 touchdown passes this season. Philip Riv... more

The nature of football doesn't lend itself to statistical analysis with the same expediency of baseball, which features a one-on-one showdown between pitcher and batter at the heart of the sport. Because all 11 teammates on both sides of the ball are... more

All-Rookie Team: Defense Offense With yet another spectacular performance in Week 14, Giants superstar Saquon Barkley is beginning to pull away from undrafted Broncos dynamo Phillip Lindsay and scorching Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in... more

Derrick Henry enjoyed the night of his life, setting a new Tennessee Titans (7-6) franchise record with 238 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 30-9 throttling of the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) to kick off Week 14. Here's what we learned on Thurs... more

All-Rookie Team: Offense Defense Saquon Barkley versus Phillip Lindsay is hardly a fair fight. One of the most hyped college prospects of the past decade, Barkley made the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine his personal showcase en route to the dra... more


As the reeling Jets and cratering Cardinals race to the bottom of the standings and the top of the 2019 draft board , they can look to the NFL's Executive of the Year field for prime examples of dramatic transformations in just one year. Chicago's... more

Rookie sensation Lamar Jackson will have a chance to lead Baltimore to a third consecutive victory. The Ravens plan to start Jackson against the Falcons this Sunday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, via sources informed of the situation. Thi... more

One of the most iconic images in pro football lore reflects a battered and beaten Y.A. Tittle, fallen to his knees with blood trickling from his balding brow. Up to that point in September of 1964, Tittle was the most successful "old" quarterback in... more

Russell Wilson found an open Ed Dickson for the game-winning touchdown to cap off the Seattle Seahawks'†thrilling 27-24 comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 11. Here's what we learned on Thursday Night Football : 1. Taking advantage... more

The 2017 NFL season was unfortunately marred by a litany of injuries to established superstars and promising newcomers, too often leaving viewers pining for excitement and excellence. Now that the majority of those players are not only healthy but al... more

The Browns ensured yet another in a seemingly endless string of lost seasons when they stayed the course with overmatched head coach Hue Jackson last winter only to cut the cord by Halloween . The ongoing drama behind the scenes belies a promising de... more

Making his NFL debut on the national stage, undrafted quarterback Nick Mullens tossed a trio of touchdown passes to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 34-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the kickoff to Week 9. Here's what we learned on Thursday N... more

Eight weeks into the 2018 NFL campaign, here is my Midseason All-Pro Team, comprised of first-half studs who have made a significant impact at their position thus far: OFFENSE Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs The art of quarterback... more


Featuring a field-goal offense in a touchdown league, the Cowboys bolstered their anemic aerial attack with Tuesday's blockbuster trade for former Raiders wideout Amari Cooper. A receiving corps that was once a league-wide laughingstock now has a ch... more

Striking gold in the free-agent market can accelerate -- or even eliminate -- the rebuilding process for NFL franchises. The Chicago Bears stand atop the NFC North thanks not only to the Khalil Mack blockbuster trade, but also to an overhauled rece... more

The Buffalo Bills are hoping rest will cure what ails their rookie quarterback. A second opinion from Dr. James Andrews confirmed that Josh Allen will not require surgery to repair his sprained elbow, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, via a sou... more

Powered by a trio of Carson Wentz touchdown passes, the Philadelphia Eagles cruised to a 34-13 victory over the division-rival New York Giants in Week 6. Here's what we learned on Thursday Night Football : 1. Buoyed by a few lucky breaks, the Eagl... more

The NFL's offseason trade tsunami extended into the preseason when the Raiders shipped Khalil Mack to Chicago in a surprise blockbuster. Had Seahawks safety Earl Thomas not suffered a broken leg late last month, the Chiefs were set to pull off th... more

Inimitable Los Angeles Times sportswriter Jim Murray once quipped that Rickey Henderson, the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history, crouched so deeply at the plate that his strike zone was "smaller than Hitler's heart ." While that image perf... more


The Khalil Mack blockbuster aside, it hasn't been a banner year for big-ticket offseason acquisitions. Among the veteran field generals switching allegiances in March, Sam Bradford and Tyrod Taylor have already been yanked in favor of their respect... more

San Francisco 49ers faithful are beseeching the football gods to spare their freshly-minted franchise savior. The Niners fear quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered an ACL injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 38-27 loss to the Kansas City... more

If you thought Kansas City's juggernaut offense had peaked with back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for new quarterback Patrick Mahomes, guess again. Leading the Chiefs to the end zone on each of his five first-half possessions, Pa... more

Breathing life into a desperate home crowd after taking over for concussed starter Tyrod Taylor, Browns rookie Baker Mayfield led Cleveland to a thrilling 21-17 victory over the New York Jets in Week 3. Here's what we learned on Thursday Night Footb... more

When I watched Chargers rookie Derwin James crashing the backfield over and over against the Bills in Week 2, visions of former Pittsburgh All-Pro Troy Polamalu danced in my head. Combining natural instincts, rare athleticism and uncanny timing, Jame... more

Vic Fangio's swarming Chicago defense sacked Russell Wilson six times and forced a pair of fourth-quarter turnovers to seal the Bears' 24-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. Here's what we learned on Monday Night Football: 1. Sebas... more

Led by a trio of A.J. Green touchdowns, the Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead and held on for a 34-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens (1-1) in Week 2. Here's what we learned on Thursday Night Football : 1. Playing without... more

It's a long-held pro football axiom, particularly among descendants of the Bill Walsh coaching tree, that a receiving corps should resemble a starting five on the basketball court. A quarterback doesn't want to be handed a collection of power forward... more

Not so long ago, it was fairly easy to categorize NFL defenses as 3-4 or 4-3, depending on the coordinator's scheme and how many players he deployed at the line of scrimmage. In recent years, though, there's been a shift toward hybrid schemes that al... more

Rookies have led the NFL rushing in each of the last two seasons, with Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott taking the crown in 2016 and Kansas City's Kareem Hunt coming out on top in 2017. Denver's Royce Freeman will have a chance to follow suit this year. C... more

Might the Browns end up replacing retired legend Joe Thomas with an undrafted rookie at left tackle? Cleveland coach Hue Jackson is certainly open to the possibility, telling reporters Monday that former West Georgia star Desmond Harrison is a cand... more

Veteran defensive end Brian Robison's farewell tour with the Vikings has been grounded. Minnesota is set to release Robison during Saturday's final cuts, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The 35-year... more


Now that Rams' stalwart Aaron Donald has set the market for defensive superstars, it's decision time for Oakland and All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack. Will the Raiders open the coffers for a contract on par with Donald's? Or will they start giving m... more

With both sides entrenched in their positions regarding the final year of Earl Thomas' contract, there's no indication that the three-time All-Pro will be on the field when Seattle opens the season at Denver on Sept. 9. The Cowboys aren't the only... more

Jameis Winston's strong showing in preseason action won't guarantee repossession of the starting job when he's reinstated from NFL suspension in Week 4. Although Winston has shined to the tune of a 126.9 passer rating in August, Buccaneers general... more

Brett Hundley and Teddy Bridgewater aren't the only signal-callers on the trade block this week. As teams put the finishing touches on their quarterback rooms in time for the regular season, a pair of backups are available. The Steelers' Josh Dob... more

Odell Beckham and Aaron Rodgers both hit the jackpot with mega contracts this week, with Aaron Donald soon to follow . So where does that leave the Raiders and 2016 Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack? General manager Reggie McKenzie has fie... more

Saints coach Sean Payton may have finally landed his quarterback of the future. The Jets traded Teddy Bridgewater and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick to New Orleans on Wednesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the... more

One week after signing a contract extension , veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews is ready to return to the field. The Titans activated Matthews from the physically unable to perform list, the team announced Sunday. Former Ravens receiver Micha... more

For the second time in four years, a veteran wide receiver has opted to hang up his cleats after spending his August in New England. Patriots wideout Eric Decker announced his retirement in an Instagram post Sunday: A post shared by EricDecker... more

Thrust into the spotlight following the recent release of mentor and franchise legend Jon Ryan, rookie Michael Dickson stole the show with a stunning display of punting artistry in the Seahawks' dress rehearsal Friday night. Already leading the... more

Pacman has found a new home. After working out for Denver on Sunday, veteran cornerback Adam Jones has signed with the Broncos, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, via sources informed of the situation. The t... more

After generating a dismal 41.9 completion rate in his first three preseason games, Ravens rookie Lamar Jackson's passing ability was called into question. Would Baltimore have to keep journeyman backup Robert Griffin III around as a third quarterba... more

If the first three preseason games are any indication, the Kansas City Chiefs will counterbalance a feeble defense with a dangerous big-play offense this year. Second-year signal-caller Patrick Mahomes threw for 196 yards and a 112.5 passer rating... more

Redskins coach Jay Gruden was eager to take his new running back for a spin Friday night. Signed off the street earlier this week, Adrian Peterson started with Washington's first-team offense and plowed through the middle of Denver's defense for se... more

The best laid plans of Hue Jackson got off to a rocky start in Cleveland's third preseason game Thursday night. Veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor, anointed the Browns' starter and team leader, suffered a left hand injury in the middle of the first... more

The Cleveland Browns have gotten a positive update on the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Rookie cornerback Denzel Ward was forced out of Thursday night's win over the Eagles when his torso bent awkwardly on a tackle of tight end Zach Er... more

Reacting to a string of glowing reports out of training camp, Vikings fans and inquiring fantasy football minds want to know when tailback Dalvin Cook will make his 2018 preseason debut. We have an answer. Cook is planning to play Friday night v... more

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and former Cowboys personnel maven Gil Brandt are one step closer to joining the NFL's ultimate pantheon. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday that Bowlen and Brandt have been nominated as contributor finalists... more

The Dallas Cowboys escaped a recent injury scare with All-Pro guard Zack Martin. They won't be as fortunate with the anchor of their celebrated offensive line. Veteran center Travis Frederick announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with... more

Adrian Peterson is returning to football for the first time since suffering a season-ending neck injury in mid-December. After putting the four-time All-Pro through a tryout on Monday, the Washington Redskins have signed Peterson, NFL Network Insid... more

In the aftermath of rookie Derrius Guice's crushing season-ending ACL injury , coach Jay Gruden's initial response was to spurn the veteran free-agent market in favor of the younger tailbacks already on Washington's roster. After watching Samaje P... more

The Los Angeles Chargers' aberrant injury luck shows no signs of abating. Having already lost tight end Hunter Henry and cornerback Jason Verrett to major injuries, the Bolts learned Sunday that safety Jaylen Watkins' initial test results revealed... more

The NFL's safety market continues to fall on hard times. The Bengals have released strong safety George Iloka, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, via sources informed of the situation. The team later made th... more

Overlooked and underappreciated, the Tennessee Titans aren't used to the national spotlight. That might change if exciting young talents such as second-year wideout Taywan Taylor continue to flash the playmaking ability on display in Saturday's... more

Having already fielded draft-day trade offers for Jacoby Brissett, the Colts had to know the interest in their prized backup quarterback would only increase once face-of-the-franchise Andrew Luck proved he was healthy again in training camp. It co... more

Josh Gordon isn't out of the water just yet. The Browns announced Saturday that the veteran wide receiver is returning to the team after missing training camp to handle personal issues. Placed on the active/non-football illness list, Gordon can now... more

Orlando Scandrick has found a new home. The veteran cornerback signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, via a source informed of the situation. The team later made the news official.... more

Baker Mayfield's box score might not impress Browns fans, but the rookie flashed plenty of potential in Friday night's 19-17 loss to the Bills. Mayfield entered the game late in the second quarter after entrenched starter Tyrod Taylor generated on... more

Josh Allen is forcing his way to the front of the Bills' quarterback competition. After AJ McCarron suffered through four consecutive three-and-outs to begin Friday night's 19-17 win over the Browns, Allen directed scoring drives on all three of hi... more

Teddy Bridgewater is threatening to crash the Jets' coming-out party for franchise savior Sam Darnold. With the anointing oils out in full force, Darnold played the entire first half of Thursday night's 15-13 loss †to the Redskins, taking a step ba... more

The reigning Super Bowl MVP crashed hard in his 2018 preseason debut. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was forced out of Thursday night's 37-20 loss after taking a hit to his throwing arm on a strip sack by Patriots veteran Adrian Clayborn. Foles... more

Lost in the recent news of rookie running back Rashaad Penny's finger surgery is the rebirth of 2017 training camp sensation Chris Carson. As high as the Seahawks are on Penny's potential, it's fair to wonder if they would have targeted the San Di... more

Struggling to master the Raiders' playbook, Martavis Bryant spent the early portion of training camp sequestered in Jon Gruden's proverbial doghouse . Now the former Steelers wideout has found a new home in Gruden's cathouse. Asked if he has a go... more

Donald Penn is staying with the Raiders on a restructured contract. The veteran left tackle has agreed to terms on a small pay reduction , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The new deal actually incr... more

Paxton Lynch has hit a stumbling block in his battle to keep the Denver Broncos' backup quarterback job. The 2016 first-round selection was demoted to the third-team offense in Monday's practice on the heels of an abysmal performance in the preseas... more

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz might beat his No. 1 receiver back to the starting lineup. Due to the timing of his shoulder surgery following Super Bowl LII, Alshon Jeffery is no lock to be ready for the NFL Kickoff Game versus the Falcons on Sep... more

The Indianapolis Colts' suspect wide-receiver depth took a severe hit in the preseason opener. In a conference call with local reporters, coach Frank Reich revealed that sixth-round draft pick Deon Cain is out for the season after tearing his ACL i... more

Much like his Houston counterpart Thursday night, Patrick Mahomes' preseason debut as the Chiefs' starting quarterback turned out to be anticlimactic. Assuming the offensive reins with Alex Smith now in Washington, Mahomes completed just five of s... more

Josh Allen took the field to a chorus of cheers and nearly sent Buffalo's New Era Field into paroxysms of excitement on his first preseason pass. Entering Thursday night's game after halftime, the Bills' first-round draft pick promptly dropped back... more

Deshaun Watson completed his first pass attempt since tearing his ACL last November, but Texans fans will have to wait at least another week for a deeper evaluation of their franchise quarterback. Watson played just one series versus Kansas City in... more

Already shedding his knee brace and stamped ready for Week 1 action, Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook has been a prominent member of this summer's optimism all-stars . Judging by the stream of glowing reports emanating from Vikings camp, Cook h... more

Dolphins coach Adam Gase had a little fun with reporters earlier this week, listing veteran acquisition Frank Gore and promising third-year back Kenyan Drake as co-starters on the first official depth chart of training camp. "I wouldn't look too m... more

After cutting ties with Dez Bryant and losing Jason Witten to retirement, the Dallas Cowboys' patchwork receiving corps will enter the upcoming season under the media microscope. A case can be made, however, that quarterback Dak Prescott might act... more

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt joins Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham -- among others -- in a star-studded field of Comeback Player of the Year candidates this season. To hear coach Bill O'Brien tell it, though,... more

Starring at the back end of a loaded Jacksonville defense, playmaking cornerback Jalen Ramsey was overshadowed by pocket-crashing pass rusher Calais Campbell in last season's Defensive Player of the Year discussions. Listening to testimonies from... more

DeSean Jackson is on notice in Tampa. When the Buccaneers arrived for camp last summer, the speedy deep threat was billed as the missing piece that would complete the offensive puzzle. This time around, Jackson is in legitimate danger of losing his... more

Not long after taking the reins from Bruce Arians, new coach Steve Wilks cited the Cardinals' overhauled offensive line as the strength of the team in 2018. That assessment has come into question with Wilks' announcement Monday that starting cente... more

Donning a gold jacket for his personal Pro Football Hall of Fame celebration in Chattanooga, Terrell Owens gave a speech Saturday that addressed his absence from the official enshrinement ceremonies in Canton. "I want to address the elephant in the... more

The Patriots will have to dip into their backfield depth for the start of the preseason. Rookie running back Sony Michel underwent a minor procedure to drain fluid from his knee, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, via a source info... more

From the ashes of a dreadful 2017 season, owner Jim Irsay envisions a "great renaissance" in Indianapolis this year. Driving that unbridled optimism is Irsay's excitement over the Colts' revamped aerial attack. Now that innovative new coach Frank... more

Now that Frank Gore is in Miami and veteran running back Robert Turbin is suspended for the first four games of the season, the competition for carries in the Colts' backfield is wide open. Although promising rookies Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkin... more

Now that Richard Sherman is in San Francisco, Earl Thomas is withholding his services and Kam Chancellor's football future is in doubt, the Seahawks are kicking the tires on a veteran defensive back. Former Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Croma... more

Baltimore's top offensive lineman is returning to the field for the first time since suffering a fractured ankle early in the 2017 season. The Ravens activated Marshal Yanda from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list after the veteran guard p... more

Tennessee has settled on a replacement for Johnathan Cyprien in the wake of the starting safety's recent ACL injury . The Titans have agreed to terms with former Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro, the team announced Saturday . The No. 15 overall pick i... more

It's not that Ndamukong Suh wants to hurt Sam Bradford. He simply has a message he's been sending since the St. Louis Rams opted for the Oklahoma quarterback at No. 1 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Still holding a serious grudge over his draft... more

While Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have been established as one of the league's most productive receiving tandems, the Broncos have struggled to find a reliable third option in the aerial attack going back to the end of the Peyton Manning er... more

Now that C.J. Anderson is in Carolina and Jamaal Charles is out of work, the Denver Broncos' backfield is one of the few around the league still in search of a lead dog. Although 2016 fourth-round draft pick Devontae Booker is penciled in atop the... more


The Redskins opted against turning their starting job over to Colt McCoy upon Kirk Cousins' departure, but they are still showing their appreciation for an extension of the head coach in the quarterback room. Washington has agreed to terms with McC... more

There will be no shortage of storylines leading up to the Steelers' regular-season opener versus the division-rival Browns. Ben Roethlisberger revealed Thursday, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that former Cardinals coach and new C... more

Even though his competition failed to stake a strong claim to the starting job in offseason practices, rookie quarterback Josh Allen will open training camp at the bottom of the Bills' depth chart. "We're going to pick up where we left from OTAs at... more

The Atlanta Falcons might just have a drama-free training camp after all. General manager Thomas Dimitroff announced late Wednesday night that wide receiver Julio Jones will report for the start of training camp on Thursday. The Falcons have agr... more

The free-agent safety market is moving again, just in time for training camp. Former Chargers and Panthers safety Tre Boston has agreed to terms with the Cardinals on a one-year contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source info... more

Jadeveon Clowney has the rest of the summer to hammer out a contract extension with the Houston Texans. General manager Brian Gaine told NFL Network's James Palmer on Wednesday that he has a policy against negotiating contracts during the NFL seas... more

The opening of 49ers training camp on Wednesday brought glad tidings for an All-Pro cornerback returning from multiple Achilles tendon surgeries. Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that Richard Sherman has passed his camp physical and will avoid the... more

Now that Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley have secured lucrative long-term deals from the Los Angeles Rams, inquiring football minds wonder where that leaves Aaron Donald. Absent a new contract, Donald is withholding his services for the start of tra... more

Don't expect a resolution in Earl Thomas' contract impasse with the Seahawks. The six-time Pro Bowl selection will not be reporting to Seattle's training camp on Wednesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the... more

The New York Jets' franchise-shifting quarterback is notably absent as rookies report for the opening of training camp. Darnold is not among those first-year players present Tuesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed... more

Ever since a late-season ESPN report detailed alleged tension within the organization, the New England Patriots have spent the past six months denying that there is rift in the working relationship between coach Bill Belichick and his players,... more

The Bears' first-round draft pick is noticeably absent as rookies report for the start of training camp, but the team's big-ticket free-agent acquisition should be ready to go when the veterans join in next week. Coach Matt Nagy said Thursday that... more

Thinnest position groups Deepest position groups Stars are great, but depth drives championships, especially in football, where a string of bad injury luck can quickly reduce an apparent roster strength to a liability. With the 2018 season on... more

Hours after former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman suggested that the organization is in disarray , another member of the famed Legion of Boom secondary stated that he wants out Seattle. All-Pro safety Earl Thomas has ratcheted up the rhetoric... more

Veteran offensive lineman Jeff Allen's Texans career is over after just two years in Houston. The Texans released Allen from the reserve/physically unable to perform list with an injury settlement, the team announced Friday. Allen missed the fina... more

When training camps open later this month, one of the offseason mysteries left to solve is whether All-Pro safety Earl Thomas will suit up for the Seahawks in September. Dallas' refusal to part with the No. 50 overall pick might have scuttled cha... more

After starting 109 of a possible 112 games with the Texans, Eagles and Rams over the past seven years, veteran pass rusher Connor Barwin has been left to languish on the free-agent market this offseason. The 31-year-old is in no rush to find a new... more

Deepest position groups Thinnest position groups Stars are great, but depth drives championships, especially in football, where a string of bad injury luck can quickly reduce an apparent roster strength to a liability. With the 2018 season on... more

The calendar has flipped from June to July, signaling vacation time for NFL players, coaches and executives. Meanwhile, football fans are left to ponder questions left answered throughout free agency, the draft and offseason practices. The Around... more


If the reigning Super Bowl champions have a weakness this season, it's at the second level of Jim Schwartz's defense. Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the first game of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct poli... more

Veteran offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy's Buccaneers career is over after just two years in Tampa. Sweezy was released Friday, the team announced. He is still working his way back from a broken bone in his leg sustained late in the season, NFL Netwo... more

In his NFL debut season, Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson finished just one snap away from tying Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu for the league lead in playing time. Mike Mularkey's coaching staff put a lot on the rookie's plate, asking him to cover ins... more

New coach Steve Wilks' policy of opening all positions to competition means that rookie Josh Rosen is not relegated to longshot status for the Cardinals' starting quarterback job. While Rosen does have the opportunity to state his case with a stro... more

After propelling Philadelphia to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history, Nick Foles was offered a prime opportunity to lead his own team in another city. The Eagles, likewise, could have parlayed their backup quarterback's playoff heroics i... more

When the Bears hired former Kansas City offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to fill their head coaching vacancy, second-year scat back Tarik Cohen immediately began to envision himself in the role of Chiefs multi-purpose All-Pro Tyreek Hill. While Nag... more

Tony Romo's transition from the gridiron to the broadcast booth exceeding even the loftiest expectations. Perhaps the most trusted NFL game analyst since John Madden, Romo even earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Sports Personality in his firs... more

Is Pittsburgh Steelers franchise player Le'Veon Bell planning to sit out training camp for the second consecutive summer? After placing No. 5 on NFL Network's The Top 100 Players Of 2018 , Bell said he is optimistic about reaching an agreement on... more

When Quenton Nelson fell to Indianapolis at No. 6 overall in this year's draft, general manager Chris Ballard described the organization's first-round decision as the "easiest " he has ever experienced. After watching the former Notre Dame star up... more

After starting more than 100 games over eight seasons at cornerback, Kareem Jackson is transitioning to a new position. When veteran safety Andre Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this month, the Texans looked to their surplus of... more

The beleaguered offensive line and backfield took the brunt of the blame for last year's offensive woes in Seattle. A disappointing season from wide receiver Tyler Lockett certainly didn't help matters. Returning from a devastating Christmas Eve... more

The Texans have finalized a bit of financial housekeeping before the NFL's summer break. Houston signed linebacker Benardrick McKinney to a contract extension, the team announced Thursday. The new deal is worth $50 million over five years with $21... more

It wasn't long ago that Bruce Arians' Cardinals boasted the NFL's premier receiving corps led by Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown. Now that Fitzgerald is the last man standing in the wide receivers room, new coach Steve Wilks is left... more

While the Rams' star-studded secondary has stolen the offseason spotlight,'s Gregg Rosenthal recently suggested it's the other Los Angeles team that boasts the league's deepest cornerback corps. In order to fulfill this year's lofty... more

Featuring a pair of offensive masterminds in a West Coast matchup that dates back to the 1940s, the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are shaping up as the NFL's next great rivalry . While reigning NFL Coach of the Year Sean McVay is being... more

The Bengals' one-year gamble on oft-injured tight end Tyler Eifert is off to an inauspicious start this offseason. Surprised by Eifert's inability to take the field for this week's minicamp, a frustrated Marvin Lewis acknowledged Wednesday that th... more

The Vikings' salary-cap specialists were just getting started when they handed quarterback Kirk Cousins $84 million in full guarantees at the start of the league year. They have since signed middle linebacker Eric Kendricks to a $50 million extens... more

Houston's offensive line is shaping up as one of the biggest questions marks among NFL position groups this year. As if protecting quarterback Deshaun Watson's blind side wasn't enough of a concern following last October's trade that sent Duane Br... more

Even with second-year standout Alvin Kamara and a host of young tailbacks on the roster, the Saints are interested in adding a veteran following the news of Mark Ingram's four-game suspension to open the 2018 season. Former Chiefs All Pro Jamaal... more

The NFL rumor mill is working overtime in New England this offseason, churning out so many tall tales that Patriots owner Robert Kraft feels compelled to set the record straight. As Rob Gronkowski angles for a new contract , the latest balderdash c... more

Now that former All-Pro tailback Doug Martin is in Oakland, the Buccaneers are counting on second-round draft pick Ronald Jones to lead their backfield in 2018. Whereas Martin earned the Muscle Hamster moniker for his compact, tackle-breaking style... more

Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther recently revealed that the Raiders have a plan in place to get Khalil Mack caught up as quickly as possible once the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year rejoins his teammates. As it turns out, that plan will... more

Sean McVay captured NFL Coach of the Year honors while leading one of the most dramatic franchise renaissances in NFL history, wrestling control of the NFC West away from Seattle in his debut season with the Rams. What does the league's latest... more

If not for the fractured leg that ended Chris Carson's season in early October, it's fair to wonder if the Seahawks would have targeted San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny with their first-round draft pick . It's easy to forget that Carson w... more

The NFL has encountered controversy over its catch rule and the implications of instant replay since the early 1980s . It wasn't until Calvin Johnson's game-winning touchdown was overturned in 2010, however, that the league's "process of the catch"... more

The Browns might have bolstered their backfield with the additions of veteran Carlos Hyde and rookie Nick Chubb, but that doesn't mean Duke Johnson is being phased out of the offense. Johnson agreed to†a three-year, $15.6 million contract extension... more

While No. 5 overall pick Bradley Chubb is already opening eyes in Denver, the team's 2015 first-round choice has fallen on hard times. A wrist injury that sidelined Broncos pass rusher Shane Ray earlier in the week will require surgery , NFL Netw... more

For the second time in three years, the Baltimore Ravens are facing NFL discipline for violating offseason workout rules under the league's collective bargaining agreement. The Ravens will forfeit their final two organized team activities †this wee... more

While the Indianapolis Colts' defense is in the early stages of a comprehensive overhaul, new coach Frank Reich's offense has a chance to take the league by surprise if Andrew Luck is healthy and the major offseason acquisitions come through. One o... more

The Bills are taking their time with Josh Allen, easing the rookie quarterback into the rotation behind AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman. The same can't be said for Buffalo's other first-round draft pick. When general manager Brandon Beane traded up... more

San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark passed away Monday at the age of 61, his family confirmed. An All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion, Clark was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) , or Lou Gehrig's disease, in March of 2017.... more

Jimmy Garoppolo may have opened more eyes with his short-lived turn atop the NFL's salary hierarchy than he did with his sensational showing to salvage San Francisco's 2017 season. Critics contend that Garoppolo remains unproven, his success mere... more

Bobby McCain has developed into one of Miami's most reliable defensive backs. Now the former fifth-round pick is being rewarded. The Dolphins signed McClain to a four-year, $27 million contract , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a s... more

Six weeks after his release from the Dallas Cowboys , a deliberate Dez Bryant is still looking for a new NFL home. Don't expect that to change anytime soon. After speaking with sources close to the free-agent wide receiver's situation, NFL Netwo... more

Leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, Broncos pass rusher Von Miller offered high praise for N.C. State star Bradley Chubb. "He's Khalil Mack and Von Miller put together ," Miller raved. Little did Miller know that he would soon line up alongside Chu... more

Now that the NFL's offseason calendar has flipped to June, the Dolphins find themselves awash with salary-cap space tied to Ndamukong Suh's February release. The first order of business is to reach deals with the 2018 draft class, starting with th... more


Still looking for a new NFL home as the offseason calendar flips from May to June, Adrian Peterson has identified his hometown Houston Texans as a "dream " destination. Although the Texans have yet to reciprocate that interest, starting running bac... more

The star-studded Rams aren't the only Los Angeles organization facing high expectations in 2018. Despite falling just shy of the playoffs last year, the Chargers have been anointed the AFC West's "team to beat " by none other than Broncos legend Jo... more

Signed to a three-year, $42 million contract , wide receiver Allen Robinson is the centerpiece of the Bears' revamped offense . Until this week, though, teammates and coaches had yet to glimpse Robinson's potential. The former Jaguars star practice... more

Since taking a low-cost flier on Teddy Bridgewater in the early days of free agency, the Jets traded a treasure trove of draft picks to draft Sam Darnold as the quarterback of the future. Darnold is now being heralded as the long-awaited franchise... more

Now that Seattle's celebrated Legion of Boom defense has started to crumble, it's natural to wonder if the dynasty window has closed with just one Lombardi Trophy in the Pete Carroll era. If not for Malcolm Butler's history-altering interception... more

The Packers aren't bringing in Dez Bryant, but they are adding another physical target for Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay signed former Jacksonville tight end Marcedes Lewis on Thursday to a one-year, $2.1 million contract, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero... more

Entrenched as the starter in Baltimore for the past decade, Joe Flacco approached the 2018 NFL Draft†unworried about the prospect of his organization selecting a new quarterback. In the wake of the Ravens' trade up to draft Louisville's Lamar Jac... more

It's safe to say Brandin Cooks has made a strong first impression on his new coach. The Rams' official Twitter account caught a candid Sean McVay at this week's practices, offering giddy praise for the speedy wideout acquired from the Patriots in... more

When franchise player Le'Veon Bell withdrew his services for the start of training camp last summer, Antonio Brown emphasized how much the Steelers need him on the field. After Bell skipped the start of offseason training activities on Wednesday,... more

The Los Angeles Chargers continue to be one of the NFL's most snakebit teams. Third-year tight end Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday's practice, the team announced. Coach Anthony Lynn originally downplayed the severity of Henry's injury... more

New Monday Night Football analyst Jason Witten neglected to check with the superstar quarterback when he predicted last week that former teammate and current free agent Dez Bryant will end up in Green Bay . Aaron Rodgers made it clear Tuesday that... more

Oakland's eyebrow-raising offseason just got more interesting. The Raiders have acquired third-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg from the Jets in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019, New York coach Todd Bowles announced... more

After six seasons in Philadelphia, Mychal Kendricks is looking for a new home. The Eagles announced Tuesday they have released Kendricks. The timing of the transaction is a head-scratcher, with middle linebacker Jordan Hicks recovering from Achil... more

The Eagles' linebacker depth took a big hit on the first day of organized team activities. Veteran Paul Worrilow suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday's OTAs, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. He is done for the 201... more

The Panthers spent last offseason hyping Cam Newton's potential evolution away from designed zone-read runs and toward the swashbuckling passing style of Ben Roethlisberger. A year later, new offensive coordinator Norv Turner is invoking the name... more

Since arriving in Arizona as Bruce Arians' replacement, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has preached the gospel of the ground attack. Wilks plans to lean heavily on All-Pro tailback David Johnson, who will join a crowded field in this year's Comeback... more

After adding respected offensive coach Matt Nagy and a passel of weapons for second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears have become a trendy pick to follow in the 2017 Rams' footsteps as a franchise poised for a renaissance. While former... more

Suspended defensive end Randy Gregory is hoping for a return to the Cowboys in 2018. Gregory submited his application for NFL reinstatement on Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The red f... more

Add another name to the list of Super Bowl champions rehabilitating from surgery. Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham is expected to miss offseason practices after undergoing surgery to his ankle earlier this month, reported. Graham wen... more

Just days after taking the field for the first time in rookie minicamp, Tennessee's top draft pick is ready to sign on the dotted line. The Titans have signed No. 22 overall pick Rashaan Evans, the team announced Wednesday . The four-year contract... more

Good luck dissecting the Patriots' backfield pecking order now that Dion Lewis is in Tennessee. New England's first-round investment in Sony Michel suggests the rookie will be featured immediately, but he'll get plenty of competition from passing-d... more

Now that leading receiver Jarvis Landry is in Cleveland, the Dolphins' offense is in search of a new focal point. After leading the NFL with 444 rushing yards over the final five weeks of last season, third-year running back Kenyan Drake is a prime... more

Prior to last month's draft, All-Pro running back David Johnson predicted the Cardinals will boast the NFL's top offense this season if Sam Bradford stays healthy. Now that first-round draft pick Josh Rosen has arrived as Arizona's quarterback of... more

The Colts are taking a painstakingly deliberate approach to Andrew Luck's shoulder rehabilitation this offseason, but there's reason for more optimism this summer than last. After speaking with team sources, NFL Network's Charley Casserly reported... more

Now that Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and their combined 14 Pro Bowl selections are out of the picture, the Cowboys need Ezekiel Elliott to shoulder even more of the offensive load this season. After flirting with the NFL rookie rushing record in 2016,... more

After playing 172 games over 12 years without a postseason appearance, free-agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall might be on the verge of joining a perennial playoff contender. Marshall met†with the Seahawks on Wednesday, NFL Network's Mike Garafo... more

Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard isn't finished overhauling his offensive line after adding a pair of guards in the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Colts signed†veteran tackle Austin Howard , the team announced on Wednesday. I... more

Kurt Warner won't become the first Pro Football Hall of Famer to match hockey legend Mario Lemieux's feat of returning to game action following enshrinement. The former Rams and Cardinals quarterback made waves Monday night when he joined the St. L... more

The Super Bowl champions haven't finished reshaping their roster for the 2018 season. Free-agent running back Terrance West visited the Eagles on Tuesday, per The Baltimore Sun. This is West's first known visit since free agency opened two month... more

The fortunes of an NFL franchise can pivot with the whims of the football gods in a matter of seconds. A routine sack ends the golden-armed quarterback's career . A franchise savior falls into the general manager's lap at the trade deadline. The f... more

How does one judge the effectiveness of an offense? The Jaguars finished sixth -- above the Super Bowl champion Eagles -- in total yards last season . On the other hand, Jacksonville placed 19th in Football Outsiders' weighted offense metric and 14t... more

Coach Marvin Lewis recently balked at the idea that John Ross was a draft "miss " after a nightmare rookie season which came and went without a single catch. Lewis isn't alone in his belief that Ross is poised for a breakout campaign now that he's... more

When the Browns hired Hue Jackson away from the Bengals two years ago, it was his offensive scheming and play-calling that stood at the forefront. After starting his Cleveland career with an unprecedented and ignominious 1-31 record, though, Jackso... more

One year after "seriously " contemplating retirement , Ben Roethlisberger is struggling with the Steelers' decision to draft Mason Rudolph as his heir apparent . Roethlisberger has made it clear that Rudolph won't see the field anytime soon, statin... more

When Derwin James slipped to the Chargers at No. 17 overall, the Florida State safety was widely acclaimed as one of the draft's early-round steals . If the Ravens hadn't traded out of the No. 16 spot, however, James wouldn't have landed in Los Ang... more

After joining Pete Carroll's squad for the most successful five-year run in franchise history, defensive end Cliff Avril's Seattle career is over. The Seahawks waived Avril with a failed physical designation, the team announced Friday. Four games... more

The Jets released Bryce Petty on Thursday, leaving three quarterbacks ahead of Christian Hackenberg on the depth chart. Two years into his career, the 2016 second-round draft pick has yet to throw an official NFL pass. Is there reason to believe... more

Kirk Cousins' reign as the NFL's highest-paid player lasted less than two months. The Falcons have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Ryan on a five-year, $150 million contract extension with $100 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero... more

The reigning Super Bowl champions have added a veteran wideout after bypassing the position in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Eagles signed wide receiver Markus Wheaton to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. A third-round pick by Pittsbur... more

While Browns coach Hue Jackson has made it clear that top draft pick Baker Mayfield will start his career as Tyrod Taylor's backup, the Jets are taking a different approach with their own first-round quarterback. Appearing on Wednesday's edition o... more

Over the past 40 years, per NFL Research , fewer than a handful of guards have been selected as high as the Colts chose Quenton Nelson at No. 6 overall. Inside NFL war rooms and front offices, the interior of the offensive line simply doesn't stack... more

Now that Denver's draft has come and gone without a marquee quarterback addition, general manager John Elway insists former first-round pick Paxton Lynch has a new lease on life with the Broncos. Although Lynch has faceplanted in multiple opportuni... more


Ever since Earl Thomas' late-December trade invitation , Dallas fans have been harboring dreams of a secondary led by the All-Pro safety. As it turns out, the Seahawks and Cowboys did indeed talk trade during the 2018 NFL Draft. Appearing on Mond... more

After drafting Mason Rudolph as Ben Roethlisberger's heir apparent, general manager Kevin Colbert revealed that the Steelers graded the Oklahoma State star on par with the best quarterbacks in this year's draft class. They weren't alone in evaluat... more

Ozzie Newsome acknowledged getting "emotional " as he phoned in the final draft pick of his storied career as Baltimore's general manager. Time will tell if Newsome has set the stage for the Ravens' return to playoff contention under longtime assis... more

Blaine Gabbert has competition for Tennessee's backup quarterback job. The Titans selected Washington State quarterback Luke Falk with the No. 199 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In other words, general manager Jon Robinson -- formerly Bill... more

Gang Green has found a replacement for former Pro Bowl defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson. The Colts have traded defensive end Henry Anderson to the Jets in exchange for the No. 235 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Indianapolis announced Satur... more

Dallas has found a prospect to groom as franchise legend Jason Witten's successor. The Cowboys selected Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz with the No. 137 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Amid reports of Witten's impending transition to the... more

The first kicking specialist is off the board. The Seahawks traded up with the Broncos to select punter Michael Dickson with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Denver will receive picks Nos. 156 and 226 as compensation. Dickson was n... more

Cleveland is taking a chance on a talented prospect riddled with question marks. The Browns traded up with the Patriots to select Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway with the No. 105 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. New England will receive p... more

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has drafted the son of a franchise icon. The Ravens selected Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown with the No. 83 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Brown's father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, was a... more

Pittsburgh has drafted a developmental quarterback for the second consecutive year. The Steelers traded up with the Seahawks to select Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph with the No. 76 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Seattle received the... more

Chicago's front office has provided promising young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with yet another new toy. The Bears traded up with the Patriots to select Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller with the No. 51 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. New... more

The draft pick acquired in New England's Jimmy Garoppolo trade is leaving with former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to Detroit. The Lions traded up with the Patriots to select Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson with the No. 43 overall pick i... more

New general manager Dave Gettleman continues to upgrade Eli Manning's surrounding talent. The Giants selected UTEP guard Will Hernandez with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. A dominant run blocker with a notable nasty streak, Hernan... more

Ozzie Newsome sent waves throughout the NFL with the final first-round pick of his legendary career as Baltimore's general manager. The Ravens traded up with the Eagles to select Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 overall pick in... more

After trading down with the Packers, Seattle has thrown the mock drafts for a loop. The Seahawks selected San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Penny was not widely regarded as a first-roun... more

Martavis Bryant is finally getting his wish for a change of scenery. The Steelers have traded Bryant to the Raiders for the No. 79 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh announced Thursday night. A frustrated Bryant requested a trade last Octobe... more

Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane is burning up the phone lines Thursday night. The Bills traded up with the Ravens to select Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Beane will also receiv... more

Denver is reloading for a fearsome pass rush to rival the Super Bowl 50 edition. The Broncos selected N.C. State edge rusher Bradley Chubb with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Regarded by many scouts as the consens... more

The Jets' bold trade up to No. 3 in the 2018 NFL Draft left a division rival in an unenviable checkmate position. Should the talent-starved Bills sacrifice their stockpile of draft capital to follow New York's lead, trading up for a top-five pick... more

The top-secret plans of the tight-lipped Browns are setting the tone for the rest of the 2018 NFL Draft. John Dorsey hasn't even told his wife who Cleveland will select with the No. 1 overall pick, the general manager revealed to NFL Network's St... more

The Ravens wanted Dez Bryant but settled for Willie Snead. Baltimore has indeed shown the most interest in signing Bryant, but the two sides couldn't agree on contract length, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via a source infor... more

Rob Gronkowski isn't leaving the gridiron for the big screen, the squared circle or the dirt-bike track. Gronkowski will return to the Patriots for a ninth season in 2018, the All-Pro tight end announced via Instagram on Thursday. "I met with coa... more

For all of the pre-draft smokescreening, there's little advantage to publicly discussing draft intentions this time of year. That is, Marvin Lewis opined Tuesday, unless the organization is picking first . Much has changed since Lewis' Bengals --... more

Ever since the Jets positioned themselves to land a quarterback with a bold move up to the No. 3 spot , the draft spotlight has shifted to Buffalo. Will the Bills cash in their stockpile of picks by trading up to select a quarterback with one of t... more

Released by the Eagles in the wake of a recent arrest, former Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley has found a new NFL home. The Oakland Raiders announced Monday they are signing Worley. Drafted No. 77 overall in 2016, Worley started 25 games in two... more

Out of a job after Denver upgraded to Marquette King, punter Riley Dixon is on the move. The Broncos traded Dixon to the Giants in exchange for a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick, the team confirmed on Monday. New York was in the market for... more

Dumped by the Cowboys, Dez Bryant has expressed a desire to join an NFC East rival, preferably the Giants . Now that veteran wideout Brandon Marshall has been released and Bryant is working out with Odell Beckham, it's natural to wonder if Big Bl... more

Don't expect the Seahawks to trade Earl Thomas during next week's NFL Draft. That's the message from Seattle coach Pete Carroll, who appeared Thursday on KJR Seattle's Dave Softy Mahler Show. Thomas' absence from the start of the team's offseaso... more

Don't look for Dwight Freeney to latch on with a Super Bowl contender this year. After 16 NFL seasons, Freeney is signing a one-day contract to retire with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Thursday. Selected No. 11 overall in the 2002... more

Shortly after the 2017 season ended, Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells suggested the Giants would have to consider a quarterback at the top of the draft due to Eli Manning's advanced age. When a prime opportunity arises for a contingency plan at the... more

Earlier this week, Brandon Marshall advised Dez Bryant that there's "no room " for the former Cowboys star in New York's crowded wide receivers room. Now the Giants have decided there's no room for Marshall. After months of speculation, general... more

An automobile crash could cost the Buccaneers one of their starting linebackers for the beginning of the 2018 season. Speaking to local reporters Thursday, general manager Jason Licht revealed that second-year linebacker Kendell Beckwith underwent... more

While the offseason has brought unprecedented speculation about Tom Brady's future in New England, owner Robert Kraft recently noted that "neither side " has an issue with the future Hall of Famer's contract. "If it becomes an issue," Kraft added,... more

Amid persistent reports that the Seahawks will listen to trade offers for Earl Thomas, the All-Pro safety is doing little to quell speculation about a future outside of Seattle. Thomas was not present for the start of the team's offseason workout... more

After weeks of trade speculation, Jordan Howard is locked in as the Chicago Bears' lead back. Asked Tuesday if Howard would be the team's featured running back for the upcoming season, new coach Matt Nagy replied, "Absolutely, yeah ." "That's the... more

If one of the NFL's major offseason storylines is whether Nick Foles will be traded, a related question is whether the reigning Super Bowl MVP harbors a burning desire to leave the Eagles for a starting opportunity. After all, this is a quarterback... more

Dez Bryant might not get his wish to clash with the Cowboys twice a year by joining an NFC East squad , but he is drawing interest from a potential playoff contender. Baltimore has shown the most interest in Bryant since he was released by Dallas l... more

Cowboys 2015 first-round draft pick Byron Jones is switching positions -- again. Jones revealed Monday that he's returning to cornerback after spending the past two years at safety, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. After flashing potential as a... more

Now that the Vikings have added Kirk Cousins to bolster the offense, they are turning their attention to nucleus players on the other side of the ball. Minnesota signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a contract extension Monday . The new deal is wort... more

Bruce Arians has provided further evidence to suggest All-Pro defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was released in March for scheme rather than performance reasons. Appearing on Thursday's edition of NFL Up to the Minute , NFL Network's James Palmer rela... more

Former No. 3 overall draft pick Dion Jordan is returning to Seattle for another season. The restricted free agent signed his $1.9 million tender Thursday, the Seahawks announced. Jordan, 28, is poised for an increased role after closing out last... more

Vontaze Burfict will sit out Cincinnati's season opener for the third consecutive year. The NFL confirmed Thursday that Burfict has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy on... more

The Giants likely will be without star safety Landon Collins until training camp. The right forearm that Collins broke in late December isn't healing as quickly as hoped, and the two-time Pro Bowler says he'll need to undergo surgery to plate the b... more

In a recent poll conducted by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, three of five NFL executives chose the Cardinals as the franchise most likely to trade up in the draft for a quarterback. Don't tell that to David Johnson. The All-Pro tailback believe... more

NFC: NORTH EAST WEST SOUTH RANKS AFC: NORTH EAST WEST SOUTH RANKS Our Roster Reset series takes a division-by-division look at where things stand across the league heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. Chris Wesseling exam... more

Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack was a no-show for Monday's voluntary workouts , leading to the obvious inference that the absence is contract-related. Slated to earn $13.846 million under the fifth-year option of his rookie pact, Mack is in the mar... more

As Tinsel Town's Showtime Rams dominate the NFL's offseason news cycle, inquiring minds want to know how the organization will squeeze Aaron Donald's impending mega contract into a salary cap suddenly saturated with star power. General manager Les... more

After missing the entire 2017 season with a mysterious, lingering injury to his throwing arm, Andrew Luck is appealing to the Indianapolis faithful for patience as the Colts assemble for Phase 1 of their offseason program. Toiling through an... more


Odell Beckham has managed to steal the spotlight at an Annual League Meeting which features a long-awaited change to the NFL's vexing catch rule. The Giants aren't shopping their superstar receiver, but they are keeping the phone lines open . Wha... more

Deshaun Watson took the league by storm last season, pacing all NFL quarterbacks with 19 touchdowns prior to tearing his ACL in early November. Considering the Texans' smashing success in averaging 39.0 points over a five-game span leading up to... more

Just five months after signing Alec Ogletree to a lucrative new contract extension , the Rams turned around and traded the star linebacker to the Giants. What did Los Angeles' brass see down the stretch last season that inspired the sudden about-f... more

Blake Bortles will have a new backup after veteran clipboard-holder Chad Henne defected to Kansas City. Cleveland is trading Cody Kessler to Jacksonville in exchange for a 2019†conditional seventh-round draft pick , both teams announced Wednesday.... more

Whether it's labeled retooling or rebuilding, the Dolphins are undergoing another in a long line of renovations after losing their No. 1 receiver, Pro Bowl center and most dominant defender, respectively, in Jarvis Landry, Mike Pouncey and Ndamukong... more

The Annual League Meeting has generated a soap opera with the potential to linger throughout the offseason. Is the Giants' relationship with one of the sport's uniquely talented players beyond repair? General manager Dave Gettleman is attempting... more

The Eagles have identified their replacement for deep threat Torrey Smith, who was†recently traded to Carolina. Philadelphia has agreed to terms with former Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace on a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The... more

The 49ers escaped from pigskin purgatory when Bill Belichick gift-wrapped Jimmy Garoppolo as a ready-made franchise savior at last year's trade deadline . At the time of Garoppolo's Bay Area arrival, though, coach Kyle Shanahan was hardly set to... more

The Patriots have an insurance policy after losing long-time left tackle Nate Solder to the Giants. New England has agreed to terms with LaAdrian Waddle on a one-year contract , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of th... more

Dez Bryant has yet to sit down with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to discuss his future with the franchise. Now that the first wave of free agency has come and gone without a marquee wide receiver landing in Dallas , however, Bryant is working to impro... more

Following his failed attempt to reunite with his brother on the Patriots' roster, free-agent tight end Martellus Bennett is unsure if he will play football in 2018. "Right now I'm just living life and trying to figure out what I want to do next ,"... more

After a weekend dalliance in Pittsburgh, the most decorated special teams star of his generation is returning to New England. The Patriots are re-signing Matthew Slater to a two-year contract, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, via a source info... more

The Jaguars are trading in their veteran tight end for a newer model. Jacksonville is releasing Marcedes Lewis, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.†Mark Long of the Associated Press first reported the move. The... more

Broncos stars spent the past two months pining over a quarterback who never officially received an offer from their organization. While Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller proclaimed he was "all-in 100 percent " for the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, genera... more

The Los Angeles Chargers have bolstered their offensive line with one of the NFL's most decorated centers. The Bolts have agreed to terms with former Dolphins star Mike Pouncey on a two-year contract, the team announced Monday. NFL Network Insider... more

The Texans have added another playmaker for their star-studded defense. Houston has signed former Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, the team announced Friday night. The deal is for one year at $7 million , NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reporte... more

Former Ravens center Ryan Jensen is set to become one of the highest-paid interior linemen in football. The Buccaneers have signed Jensen to a four-year, $42 million deal with $22 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, via a sou... more

The Bears aren't about to let an NFC North rival poach one of their key players. Chicago is matching Green Bay's offer sheet for cornerback Kyle Fuller, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source close to the situation. The deal calls... more

After landing Kirk Cousins to lead their offense, the Vikings have reeled in a big fish for their talent-laden defense. Minnesota announced Friday that they signed former Seahawks and Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. NFL Network Insider I... more

The strength of Todd Bowles' 2018 roster figures to be the defensive backfield. The Jets are re-signing cornerback Morris Claiborne to a one-year, $7 million contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situatio... more

The Jaguars are fulfilling their plan to upgrade the talent surrounding quarterback Blake Bortles. Jacksonville has agreed to terms with former Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a two-year, $10 million contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapo... more

Michael Crabtree's Oakland career is over after three productive seasons. The Raiders released Crabtree on Thursday afternoon. Although Jon Gruden expressed optimism over Crabtree's prospects in mid-February, the new coach was noncommittal when... more

Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz's NFL career has reached a premature conclusion. Houston placed Fiedorowicz, 26, on the Reserve/Retired list, the team announced Thursday. The No. 65 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Fiedorowicz is hanging up... more

Miami wasted no time in finding a replacement for Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey. The 49ers are trading center Daniel Kilgore to the Dolphins, San Francisco announced on Thursday. The deal includes a swap of late-round draft picks, NFL Network Inside... more

The Lions are throwing in the towel on their 2014 first-round draft pick. After failing to find a trade partner for Eric Ebron, Detroit released the fifth-year tight end, the team announced Wednesday. A product of the previous regime which select... more

Whereas Jordy Nelson's release can be attributed to a decline in ability, the Cardinals set Tyrann Mathieu free primarily because of scheme fit and salary-cap permutations. New Arizona coach Steve Wilks is a product of the Carolina system, which... more

Baltimore's extreme makeover in the wide receivers room has cost Jeremy Maclin his job. The Ravens announced Maclin's release from the team on Wednesday just hours before the start of free agency. Signed to a two-year, $11 million contract last... more

The Titans aren't finished adding former Patriots stars. Hours after reaching agreement with cornerback Malcolm Butler, Tennessee is set to sign tailback Dion Lewis to a four-year contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source... more

A day before the official onset of free agency, the quarterbacks dominoes are falling into place. With Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum and Sam Bradford effectively off the market, the Jets are prepared to roll the dice on former Vikings... more

Former Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is reuniting with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in Green Bay. The defensive lineman is signing with the Green Bay Packers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported . Wilkerson will play under a one... more

After playing under the Rams' franchise tag for the past two years, Trumaine Johnson has finally cashed in with long-term security. The Jets are set to sign Johnson to a deal worth approximately $15 million annually, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapopor... more

Change happens quickly in the NFL. Yesterday's star is in today's discard pile. Just two years ago, Jordy Nelson led the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns. Prior to tearing his ACL in 2015, he was among the league's premier playmakers, making magic... more

Malcolm Butler won't be following former New England coordinator Matt Patricia to Detroit, but he is staying in the Patriots' extended family. The Titans are set to sign Butler to a five-year deal worth more than $61 million with over $30 million i... more

The Packers' transition from Ted Thompson to Brian Gutekunst has brought about a change in philosophy. Whereas Thompson was extreme in his aversion to throwing money at veterans on the open market, Gutekunst has vowed to take an "aggressive " appro... more

The Rams' overhauled defense may have taken center stage in the week leading into the new league year, but Friday belongs to the Browns. Just hours after landing wide receiver Jarvis Landry from Miami, Cleveland has pulled the trigger on two more... more

A mortal lock for the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team, Richard Sherman took the mantle from Darrelle Revis as the defining cornerback of his era. Since he entered the league in 2011, the erstwhile Seahawks superstar leads all players in interceptions (32... more

While the Seahawks are tearing down a historically great defense, the reigning NFC West champions are reloading to ensure their standing atop the division. The Rams and Broncos have finalized a deal that will send veteran cornerback Aqib Talib to... more

New coach Mike Vrabel is turning his backfield over to Derrick Henry. The Titans have informed veteran running back DeMarco Murray that he will be released, the team announced Thursday. When Tennessee restructured Murray's contract to facilitate... more

San Francisco has already rewarded Jimmy Garoppolo's center with a new contract . Now the organization is taking care of the freshly minted franchise quarterback's go-to receiver. The 49ers have agreed to terms with Marquise Goodwin on a three-year... more

While Aqib Talib's roster spot is in jeopardy as the NFL's new league year approaches, fellow Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris is staying in Denver. The Broncos have exercised Harris' 2018 option , a source informed of the situation told NFL Netwo... more

TOP 101 FREE AGENTS FA BY TEAM FA BY POSITION ORIGINAL TOP 101 AFC NEEDS NFC NEEDS The free agency market officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on March 14. Before signings start flying fast and furious, Chris Wesseling provides three bi... more

Tuesday's deadline came and went without a Redskins franchise or transition tag, officially signaling impending free agent Kirk Cousins' freedom to choose his next NFL team. As the NFL Scouting Combine closed up shop Monday, Cousins' next destinat... more

With the NFL's new league year set to dawn in the next two weeks, the potential deconstruction of Seattle's historically great defense threatens to make headlines throughout the offseason. The careers of strong safety Kam Chancellor and defensive e... more

Coach Doug Pederson understands he can't keep everyone from his Super Bowl LII roster, but the Eagles have no intention of parting with their premium quarterback insurance. While Philadelphia has fielded calls from teams interested in trading for... more

Might Jimmy Graham be headed back to the Big Easy? Months after dangling Graham's name in trade talks at the midseason deadline, the Seahawks are expected to part with their Pro Bowl tight end in free agency, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.... more

Tavon Austin will be in the market for a new team after five years with the Rams organization. The Rams will either trade or release the former No. 8 overall draft pick, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed of the situation.... more

Last week's release of former All-Pro Doug Martin leaves the Buccaneers with only Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers as experienced running backs. Asked at the NFL Scouting Combine if the position is a priority heading into the new league year, co... more


INDIANAPOLIS -- Cardinals fans should brace for a major philosophical change on offense under new coach Steve Wilks. After watching Bruce Arians' aggressive aerial attack for the past five years, Arizona faithful will have to get used to a run-orie... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- For all of the offseason buzz over the prospect of new Raiders coach Jon Gruden jumpstarting quarterback Derek Carr's stalled career, the biggest mystery on Oakland's offense is enigmatic wideout Amari Cooper. The former No. 4 overa... more

In the wake of Monday's news that impending free agent Case Keenum is unlikely to draw the franchise tag in Minnesota, attention immediately turned to Kirk Cousins. If aggressive suitors such as the Jets and Broncos push their money to the center... more

After taking five visits on his February free agency tour, former Colts cornerback Vontae Davis has chosen his new team. The Bills are signing Davis to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday night. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports t... more

Count NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as a fan when it comes to one of the most polarizing prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. Speaking to reporters on a conference call Monday, Mayock touted Josh Allen as the "biggest-arm quarterback" he's seen... more

The NFL has awarded 32 compensatory picks in the 2018 NFL Draft to 15 teams. Who are this year's big winners? Start with the Bengals, Cowboys and Packers, each of which have received four additional draft picks. Cincinnati has added picks in th... more

Due to the ever-expanding salary cap and a wave of aggressive young general managers, many league insiders expect this offseason to be marked by an increase in trade activity . Although the Denver Post recently speculated that veteran wideout Emma... more

Scheduled to reach free agency next month, Drew Brees has already emphasized his desire to remain in New Orleans as long as the Saints will have him . To that end, Brees' representatives are expected to meet with the team at the upcoming NFL Scout... more

Josh Gordon is no closer to reaching free agency after rejoining the Cleveland Browns for five games late last season. Gordon will enter the 2018 league year as an exclusive rights free agent as opposed to a restricted free agent, NFL Network Insid... more

Where does Marshawn Lynch stand in the eyes of the NFL's highest-paid coach? Although Jon Gruden stated last week that he's "counting on " Lynch as the leading ball carrier, the Raiders' new on-field boss also conceded that the 31-year-old back's r... more

Three months after his release from the Colts, veteran cornerback Vontae Davis is drumming up interest as a free agent. Davis is meeting with the Bills on Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.... more

One of the byproducts of Jon Gruden's reunion with the Raiders is the increased likelihood that aging veterans such as Marshawn Lynch and Michael Crabtree will remain in Oakland for another season. When Lynch came out of retirement to play in the B... more

Now that Jimmy Garoppolo is locked in as the face of the franchise for the next half-decade , the 49ers are taking care of his trusted battery mate . San Francisco has signed center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year contract extension through the 202... more

After coaching regular-season MVP candidate Carson Wentz and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in Philadelphia last season, new Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo suddenly finds himself in the unfamiliar position of leading Minnesota's search for... more

When John Elway set his mind on upgrading the Broncos' quarterback situation in 2018, Alex Smith seemed to be in play as a potential trade target . While the Browns and Cardinals lost out to the Redskins for Smith's services, NFL Network Insider Ia... more

Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell isn't alone in his newfound confidence that a long-term agreement will be reached to solidify his future in Pittsburgh. Speaking to local reporters Wednesday, Steelers president Art Rooney II echoed Bell's sentime... more

If Colts general manager Chris Ballard is going to make good on his declaration that the "rivalry is back on " with the Patriots, he needs to nail his backup plan after Josh McDaniels left him at the alter . To that end, Ballard is lining up a fres... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brandon Graham forced a Tom Brady fumble, thwarting the New England Patriots' chance for another epic playoff comeback in a rollicking Super Bowl LII bout . Here's what we learned in the Philadelphia Eagles' first ever Super Bowl victo... more

At an age when Joe Montana and Peyton Manning had retired from football, Tom Brady is bolstering his already overwhelming case as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. The Associated Press chose the New England Patriots star as the 2017 Most... more

"Relentlessly, the machine stomps on!" In John Malkovich's dramatic rendering of the AFC Championship Game preview, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are cast as twin Goliaths, stomping their annual 100-yard path to football immortality. It's a... more


After a three-year audition in Washington, Kirk Cousins is finally ready for a taste of freedom. In light of Tuesday night's news that the Redskins have agreed in principle to a trade that will install Chiefs star Alex Smith as the new face of the... more

Darren Sproles is prepared to follow the Steve Smith blueprint in rebounding from serious injury for an NFL swan song. Expressing a desire to go out "on my own terms ," Sproles told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that he's leaning toward returni... more

Dean Pees' retirement lasted less than a month. The former Ravens defensive coordinator is returning to the NFL to join forces with one of his favorite former players. Pees will take over as new coach Mike Vrabel's defensive coordinator in Tennes... more

When Bill Belichick looks across the field Sunday , he will see a former pupil leading the ferocious Philadelphia defense. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz got started on his NFL coaching career as a research assistant and scout under Beli... more

If Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is looking forward to the next chapter in his coaching career, his quarterback hasn't noticed. "It's interesting. He and I have been so in the moment," Brady told NFL Network's Willie McGinest at Sup... more

The Patriots' dynasty was born out of one of the strangest scenes in football history. Less than a day after Bill Parcells abandoned the Jets' throne to his hand-picked top lieutenant, Bill Belichick stunningly scribbled his resignation as "HC of the... more

AFC Championship Game NFC Championship Game Tom Brady connected with Danny Amendola on a toe-tapping touchdown late in the fourth quarter, leading New England to yet another electrifying comeback in the postseason to set up a Super Bowl meet... more

Jaguars-Patriots Vikings-Eagles The Backstory Aloha, Mr. Hand ! Just as surfers in Hawaii stand guard endlessly, month after month, for the definitive wave, football fanatics across the land lie in the lurch, awaiting a chink in the migh... more

The New England Patriots scored five consecutive touchdowns from the start of the second quarter through the early fourth, cruising to a 35-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Here's what we learned in Satur... more

Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass went through a leaping Julio Jones' hands on a broken play, preserving a 15-10 victory for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Here's what we learned in Saturday's NFC nail-biter: 1. This w... more

Titans-Patriots Falcons-Eagles Jaguars-Steelers Saints-Vikings The Backstory All four of the Divisional Round matchups feature established quarterbacks building or polishing Hall of Fame resumes versus question marks on the opposin... more

After closing out the season in promising fashion with a 9-3 record over the final 12 games, the Los Angeles Chargers have opted for stability in the coaching ranks. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and defensive coordinator Gus Brandley are... more

Brees sliced and diced Carolina's secondary, throwing for 376 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 31-26 shootout victory over the Panthers in the NFC's Wild Card Weekend showdown. Here's what we learned on Sunday: 1.... more

The Green Bay Packers are staying in-house to fill their vacancy at general manager. The Packers are promoting director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to function as Ted Thompson's successor in the GM role, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom... more

Titans-Chiefs Falcons-Rams Bills-Jaguars Panthers-Saints The Backstory It's been a long time between postseason appearances for both teams. Sunday will mark 17 years and 6,574 days -- the longest active playoff drought across the f... more

If the Oakland Raiders are determined to reunite with Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden as their next head coach , there are no league rules that will stand in their way. The head of the diversity group that works with the NFL on its hiring... more

It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been lov... more

After delivering the "most devastating loss " of Terrell Suggs' lengthy career in Baltimore, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis assured reporters of his desire to return for a 16th season in Cincinnati. Following up in Monday's news conference after speak... more

The Dallas Cowboys will enter the 2018 offseason facing the possibility of an extensive offensive overhaul. While the futures of play-caller Scott Linehan and nominal No. 1 receiver Dez Bryant are in question , veteran tight end Jason Witten inten... more


The Titans have earned a postseason berth for the first time since the 2008 season. Tennessee staved off a comeback attempt by first-place Jacksonville, ending a three-game losing skid with a 15-10 victory in Week 17. The Titans' gain is the Char... more

The NFL's free-agent market will be missing its headliner at wide receiver this coming offseason. The Green Bay Packers signed Davante Adams to a four-year contract extension worth $58 million , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, via... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) clinched a first-round playoff bye, dismantling the Houston Texans (4-11) in a one-sided 34-6 affair to close out Week 16. Here's what we learned on Christmas Day: 1. Facing an injury-depleted Texans defense, Ben... more

This Christmas Day is extra-special for Houston Texans guard David Quessenberry. Promoted to the active roster last week after a three-year battle with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma, Quessenberry made his long-awaited NFL debut Monday in a... more

The Seattle Seahawks (9-6) converted a trio of turnovers into touchdowns, keeping their playoff hopes alive while ending the Dallas Cowboys' (8-7) postseason dream in Week 16. Here's what we learned in Seattle's 21-12 victory over Dallas: 1. Ear... more

Dion Lewis churned out a career-high 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 29 touches to lead the (12-3) New England Patriots to a 37-16 victory over the (8-7) Buffalo Bills in Week 16. Here's what we learned in Sunday's NFC East tilt: 1. Losing... more

Devonta Freeman overcame a pair of fumbles to pound out a season-high 194 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, leading the Atlanta Falcons (9-5) to a 24-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10) in Week 15. The Falcons held on for the win aft... more

Riding a career performance from Todd Gurley, the Los Angeles Rams raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 42-7 dismantling of the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15. Here's what we learned in Sunday's crucial NFC West showdown: 1. Los Angele... more

Panthers cornerback James Bradberry forced a Geronimo Allison fumble, preserving (10-4) Carolina's 31-24 victory over the (7-7) Green Bay Packers in Week 15. Here's what we learned in Sunday's nail-biting NFC clash: 1. Facing a 31-17 deficit and... more

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt gashed Los Angeles' defense to the tune of 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading the Kansas City Chiefs† (8-6) †to a 30-13 victory over the Chargers† (7-7)† in a crucial Week 15 clash. Here's what we learned in... more

Brock Osweiler came off the bench to generate three touchdowns, leading the Denver Broncos (5-9) to a 25-13 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts (3-11) in Week 15 . Here's what we learned during Thursday night's action : 1. It's fair to w... more

Indianapolis Colts tight end Brandon Williams was carted off early in the second quarter of Thursday's 25-13 loss †to the Denver Broncos after suffering a concussion . A core special teamer, Williams was on the receiving end of a helmet-to-helmet h... more

Cam Newton shook off a fourth-quarter interception to Andrew Sendejo, juking the Minnesota safety on the next drive en route to a 62-yard run that set the stage for Jonathan Stewart's game-winning touchdown leap. Here's what we learned in the Carolin... more

Deion Jones intercepted Drew Brees in the end zone, thwarting a potential Saints game-winning drive and preserving a 20-17 victory for the Atlanta Falcons (8-5) over New Orleans (9-4). Here's what we learned in the exciting kickoff to Week 14's acti... more

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was hospitalized after suffering a back injury during the first quarter of Monday's 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, multiple team sources told NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. In a statement... more

Steelers kicker Chris Boswell drilled a 38-yard field goal as time expired, leading Pittsburgh (10-2) to a 23-20 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) in a bone-jarring Week 13 clash. Here's what we learned in Monday night's action:... more

Case Keenum stayed hot, completing 25 of 30 pass attempts in leading the Minnesota Vikings (10-2) to a 14-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons (7-5) in a tightly contested matchup of NFC playoff contenders. Here's what we learned on Sunday: 1. When... more


Alfred Morris enjoyed his finest rushing performance in four years, leading the Dallas Cowboys (6-6) to a 38-14 victory over the Washington Redskins (5-7) in Week 13. Here's what we learned in Thursday night's action: 1. Break out the defibrillat... more

Rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White intercepted Alex Smith in the two-minute drill, preserving a 16-10 victory for the Buffalo Bills over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12. Here's what we learned in Sunday's action: 1. Averaging nearly 33 points... more

Blair Walsh's 52-yard field-goal attempt fell inches shy of the crossbar, allowing the Atlanta Falcons to cling to a 34-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in a nail-biting spectacle of big plays to close out Week 11. Here's what we learned from Mo... more

After falling behind by 15 points late in the fourth quarter, the white-hot New Orleans Saints rallied for a pair of late touchdowns and an overtime field goal to pull off a thrilling 34-31 victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 11. Here's what... more

Antonio Brown hauled in three touchdown passes to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2) to a 40-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans (6-4) in Week 11. Here's what we learned in Thursday night's action: 1. Thanks to three consecutive touchdown drives... more

The Saints remain one of the NFL's hottest teams, extending their winning streak to seven games. Mark Ingram led the way with three of New Orleans' franchise-record six rushing touchdowns, resulting in a 47-10 dismantling of the Buffalo Bills on Sun... more

Jimmy Graham hauled in a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. Here's what we learned on Thursday night: 1. The Seahawks overcame shaky pass protection, a dysfunctional gro... more


A swarming Baltimore Ravens defense returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in a 40-0 rout of the Miami Dolphins to kick off the NFL's Week 8 slate. Here's what we learned from Thursday night's action: 1. The Dolphins (4-3) might have ent... more

Joe Flacco suffered a concussion after taking a brutal hit from Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso late in the second quarter of the Ravens' 40-0 win †Thursday night. Flacco had clearly given himself up by sliding at the end of a 9-yard scramble... more

One day after perennial All-Pro Joe Thomas was lost for the season , the NFL's other prospective all-decade left tackle saw his season end. Jason Peters sustained an ACL and MCL tear during the Eagles' over the Redskins on Monday Night Football , N... more

The Philadelphia Eagles maintained the NFL's best record (6-1), riding four Carson Wentz touchdown passes to a 34-24 victory over the Washington Redskins (3-3) in Week 7. Here's what we learned in Monday night's action: 1. Courtesy of back-to-bac... more

Drew Brees' offense was unstoppable in the second half, scoring on four consecutive possessions to spoil Brett Hundley's Lambeau Field starting debut. Here's what we learned in the New Orleans Saints' 26-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week... more

After losing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a fractured collarbone in the first quarter, the Green Bay Packers fell to the Minnesota Vikings in a 23-10 one-sided affair. He's what we learned in the Week 6 NFC North showdown: 1. Sporting a fully hea... more

The Green Bay Packers' championship hopes are on hold. Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in the first quarter of Sunday's 23-10 loss at Minnesota. There's a "chance " the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player could miss the rest of the season,... more

Even with three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt sidelined last season, the Houston Texans managed to finish atop the NFL's total defense rankings with a career year from linebacker Whitney Mercilus. Now that both star defenders have los... more

Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams for a 12-yard touchdown to cap a one-minute drill and lead the Green Bay Packers to a thrilling 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Here's what we learned in Sunday's rematch of last season's NFC Divisional Round... more

Todd Gurley's career day paced the NFL's top-ranked scoring offense as the upstart Los Angeles Rams came from behind to topple the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. Here's what we learned in the Rams' 35-30 victory : 1. The reigning NFC Offensive Player of... more


The New Orleans Saints knocked the Carolina Panthers from the ranks of the unbeaten, cruising to a 34-13 victory on the road. Here's what we learned in the NFC South grudge match: 1. The Panthers finally encountered a legitimate aerial attack aft... more

The Tennessee Titans scored on five consecutive drives to open the second half, pulling away from the Jacksonville Jaguars and cruising to a 37-16 victory . The two teams are tied atop the AFC South with twin 1-1 records. Here's what we learned: 1.... more


Bolstering a draft class reduced to just four players this past offseason, the Patriots invested more heavily than any other team in undrafted free agents. If the preseason opener is any indication, that investment could pay dividends on the 53-m... more

It's happening again. Back in 2011, teams at the top of the draft undervalued J.J. Watt, allowing the three-time Defensive Player of the Year to slide to the Texans with the No. 11 pick. If early signs are any indication, a similar misevaluation... more

The Los Angeles Chargers will open the season without one of their best defensive starters. Middle linebacker Denzel Perryman is expected to be out until midseason after sustaining a torn ankle ligament in the preseason opener, NFL Network Insider... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' first-round draft pick is practicing for the first time since training camp opened. Rookie wide receiver John Ross went "all out " in 11-on-11 drills Monday, per Geoff Hobson of the team's official website. The former... more

All 32 teams are in action this week, beginning with a matchup between the the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers. Wednesday's tilt marked the highly anticipated NFL debuts of two first rounders. Carolina prevailed 27-17 . Here's what we learned... more

Martavis Bryant has reached the next stage in his bid to return to NFL game action. The Steelers wide receiver has been informed by the NFL that he is now permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games, general... more

When Carson Wentz faltered down the stretch last season, his surrounding talent took the brunt of the blame. The Eagles' anemic wide receiver corps, specifically, was singled out as one of the league's least productive units. Eight months later,... more

Letroy Guion's nearly four-year run in Green Bay is over. The Packers released the veteran defensive tackle, general manager Ted Thompson announced Tuesday. Guion, 30, had started 35 of 44 games over the past three years after defecting from the... more

If you blinked in northern Ohio over the weekend, you missed a potential changing of the guard at quarterback. To the surprise of anyone tracking reports out of Berea, coach Hue Jackson announced Monday that Houston outcast Brock Osweiler will star... more

After spending the first week of camp seemingly smiting the Baltimore Ravens, the football gods struck the Houston Texans and both Los Angeles clubs on Wednesday. Second-year speedster Will Fuller broke his collarbone during practice, a major bl... more


The first week of training camp wouldn't be complete without the concomitant holdouts. As the Rams report for duty, All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald is withholding his services in search of a life-changing contract. One of the NFL's quietest... more

Prematurely dismissed as an injury-prone draft bust early in his career, Jadeveon Clowney went on to dominate Houston's two playoff games en route to his first Pro Bowl selection. A scary thought for opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks: What... more

For all of the leverage Kirk Cousins has accrued via the franchise tag over the past two years, he might just take a backseat to Drew Brees in setting a new quarterback market next offseason. While the Saints dodged that unappetizing prospect wit... more

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is reuniting with one of his favorite quarterback prospects. The Bills have traded Cardale Jones to the Chargers in exchange for a conditional draft pick , Buffalo announced Wednesday. Jones' staunchest supporters left... more

Blame Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco for the unrealistic expectations placed on rookie quarterbacks in today's NFL. Prior to the last decade, it was customary for highly touted first-year quarterbacks to learn at the knee of a battle-tested signal-caller... more

While the Cleveland Browns opened training camp with an open competition at quarterback , the Chicago Bears will entertain no such notion at football's most important position. "Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback ," general manager Ryan Pace... more

After airing his grievances via Twitter over the weekend, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali switched social media gears Tuesday to Facebook Live in an effort to diffuse the situation. The twelfth-year veteran, a respected team leader, origi... more

Kenneth Dixon's meniscus tear is more extensive than the Baltimore Ravens originally believed. The second-year running back is expected to miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing surgery to repair his medial meniscus on Tuesday, NFL Network... more

The Denver Broncos have rewarded executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway with a new contract. The two sides have reached an agreement on a new five-year deal that will keep Elway in Denver through the 2021 season,... more

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians recently singled out last year's season-opening loss to the Patriots as the key to Arizona's disappointing 7-8-1 record in 2016. Although Chandler Catanzaro took the brunt of the blame for a missed field goal in a two-... more

The Indianapolis Colts will open training camp with their franchise quarterback on the sideline. General manager Chris Ballard announced Monday that Andrew Luck will be placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The roster move became... more

Training camps are set to open next week, which means it's time for veteran wideout Anquan Boldin to find a team for the 2017 season. Boldin is scheduled to visit Buffalo on Monday, the team announced. With precious little experience behind No. 1... more

Baltimore wide receiver Michael Campanaro remains one of the NFL's most snakebitten players. Campanaro was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the Ravens announced Friday. The 2014 seventh-round draft pick is still dealing with... more

One of the great mysteries of the 2017 NFL offseason has been Bill Belichick's plan for Jimmy Garoppolo's future. With Garoppolo fans populating the front offices of the quarterback-needy franchises holding early-round draft slots, the Patriots sto... more

Every member of the 2017 quarterback class is under contract. Following the Wednesday lead of Bears signal-caller Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs became the last of the quarterback draft picks to sign on the dotted line. Kansas... more

After spending the offseason prescribing a heavy workload for dual-threat David Johnson, the Cardinals are building backfield depth as they prepare for training camp. Arizona re-signed veteran tailback Chris Johnson to a one-year contract, the te... more

In light of first-round draft pick Mike Williams' potentially lingering back injury , the Los Angeles Chargers could use a positive update on Keenan Allen's quest to recapture No. 1 receiver form after missing 15 games with an ACL tear last season.... more

When franchise player Le'Veon Bell failed to reach agreement on a new contract with Pittsburgh early this week, he emphasized that he's "worth more " than the Steelers were offering. Just how much more? Ike Taylor, a former teammate of Bell, rep... more

The Cardinals' disappointing showing in 2016 was a tale of two seasons for Carson Palmer. By midseason, coach Bruce Arians felt compelled to defend his quarterback . Palmer was struggling behind an injury-ravaged offensive line while wideouts Micha... more

Bolstered by a pair of veteran free-agent additions and a trio of early-round draft picks, coach John Harbaugh fully expects the Ravens to "put a great defense on the field " in 2017. Four months removed from signing a $54 million contract extensio... more

Lions president Rod Wood recently suggested he's comfortable making Matthew Stafford the highest-paid player in the NFL if that's what it takes to find common ground on a new contract. Set to enter the final season of a three-year, $53 million... more

Now that Darrelle Revis has abdicated the throne and Richard Sherman is fresh off the trade block , the NFL's lockdown cornerback crown is up for grabs in 2017. Los Angeles Chargers corner Casey Hayward, a first-time Pro Bowl selection last season... more

Coach Bruce Arians recently attributed the Cardinals' disappointing 2016 showing to subpar performance in close games . One factor that Arians failed to mention was Tyrann Mathieu's inability to recapture All-Pro form after returning from his seco... more


The upstart Tennessee Titans are emerging as a trendy favorite in the AFC South, thanks in large part to a renovated receiving corps featuring veteran Eric Decker and the rookie duo of Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor. For all of the attention on the... more

The Arizona Cardinals failed to draft a quarterback in April, leaving the organization's future at the mercy of Carson Palmer's desire to continue playing beyond 2017. When the 37-year-old contemplated retirement this past winter, it wasn't for t... more

Kyle Shanahan's aerial attack has always featured a physically dominant split end such as Andre Johnson, Pierre Garcon or Julio Jones. Slot receivers, on the other hand, have rarely taken on starring roles in Shanahan's decade of running NFL offens... more

At this time last offseason, Byron Leftwich was just settling into his post-playing career as a coaching intern with the Arizona Cardinals. Head coach Bruce Arians was initially unsure if he would have the services of Leftwich beyond last summer.... more

In a span of four years, Kendall Wright regressed from leading the Titans with 94 receptions in 2013 to falling completely out of Tennessee's wide receiver rotation by the end of the 2016 season. To hear Wright tell it, the Titans' coaching staff... more

The Patriots recently restructured Rob Gronkowski's contract to keep the All-Pro tight end happy with a chance to earn a serious pay hike this season. Might the Panthers consider a similar raise for their own star tight end? After earning a Pro... more

Cam Newton's surgically repaired shoulder and the arrival of a pair of dynamic rookie playmakers have dominated the headlines in Carolina, shifting less pressing concerns into the background. One of those forgotten storylines is former Defensive... more

At least one opposing coach believes Carson Wentz's NFL ceiling is leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history . If Wentz is going to realize his prodigious potential , though, he must fix the obvious mechanic... more

Before they left San Diego, the Chargers spent the summer of 2016 embroiled in a contentious contract standoff with first-round draft pick Joey Bosa. The Bolts have now ensured that their first summer in Los Angeles since their 1960 AFL debut camp... more

The New York Jets' 2017 housecleaning has seen a host of marquee names jettisoned in favor of a blatant rebuilding effort . If the team is willing to cut ties with proven wideouts such as Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, it's worth wondering why... more

When New England deemed Jimmy Garoppolo untouchable in trade talks early this offseason, the NFL cognoscenti were left to wonder what Bill Belichick's plan is going forward. Are the Patriots willing to devote $24 million to their backup quarterbac... more

Six years ago, Tiki Barber was met with crickets in his attempt at an NFL comeback as a 36-year-old running back. Former Buffalo Bills star Fred Jackson hopes to avoid a similar fate in his quest to continue his career at the same age. Jackson... more

Now that Elvis Dumervil has signed with the San Francisco 49ers , Dwight Freeney could be the next veteran pass rusher to land a new contract. In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio last week, the 37-year-old free agent revealed that he has remain... more

As steadfast as the Houston Texans have remained in their support of Tom Savage as the starting quarterback , first-round draft pick Deshaun Watson is already gaining ground. While acknowledging strong offseasons for Savage and veteran backup Bran... more

Christine Michael has resurfaced in another NFL city. The Indianapolis Colts announced Thursday the signing of peripatetic running back, released by the Packers early last month . A preseason sensation , Michael ended up leading the Seahawks in... more


For all of the "28-3 " memes and obligatory Super Bowl hangover narratives , the Falcons are riding high with a loaded roster and high hopes this offseason. After dominating the NFC playoff field , Atlanta added to an already strong talent base wit... more

For all of the consternation over Colin Kaepernick's ongoing unemployment , another high-profile quarterback has been an afterthought this offseason. Five years after arriving on the scene as one of the most dynamic rookies in NFL history , Robert... more

After years of dominance by the defenses of Seattle and Denver, NFL offenses spent last season exposing every alleged dominant defensive unit as paper tigers. Expect that trend to intensify in 2017, as the league's most explosive offenses treated t... more

Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn't shying away from grandiose expectations this season. After signing veteran defensive backs Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr in free agency, Baltimore followed up with four draft picks on defense in the first two days... more

After watching the Chargers audition quarterback prospects over the past couple of months , Philip Rivers has been "rejuvenated" by his organization's 2017 draft class. The Bolts' decision makers failed to bring in competition in the form of an... more

No team has lost more games than the Jaguars' 63 over the past five years. After witnessing general manager Dave Caldwell's enduring rebuilding project, it can be jarring to hear that expectations are suddenly soaring in Jacksonville. Appearing o... more

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim spent the past few months stressing the importance of finding a successor to Carson Palmer at quarterback. The need was so obvious, Keim acknowledged with a wink, that his 4-year-old son even recognized it .... more

Although several veterans were on the trade block , the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a New York Jets blockbuster. That means Eric Decker should remain the headliner in a wide receiver corps missing Brandon Marshall. The question is what... more

After the first two days of the 2017 NFL Draft, general manager Jason Licht made it clear that suspended running back Doug Martin is back in the organization's good graces . Tampa Bay didn't address the backfield until taking a flier on Jeremy McNi... more


The Lions have found their replacement for departed backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky. Detroit selected University of Miami signal-caller Brad Kaaya with the No. 215 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Kaaya started all 38 games in three years at M... more

After addressing the defense on Thursday and Friday, the Colts finally bolstered their backfield on Saturday. Indianapolis selected South Florida running back Marlon Mack with the No. 143 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mack bypassed his sen... more

The 2017 NFL Draft has seen 107 names fly off the board, including a common-draft era record 26 defensive backs in the first three rounds. Not even half over, though, the draft still has 146 players to be selected on Saturday. With that in mind, he... more

The Texans have tabbed a Lone Star State hero as their next backfield horse. Houston selected Texas running back D'Onta Foreman with the No. 89 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Texans will end up with the reigning Davey O'Brien Award Winne... more

The Ravens stopped Tim Williams' draft slide in the middle of the third round. Baltimore selected the Alabama outside linebacker with the No. 78 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The landing spot comes as no surprise, as general manager Ozzie... more

Orlando Scandrick's nine-year career in Dallas could be nearing its end. The Cowboys are shopping the veteran cornerback at the outset of the 2017 NFL Draft's third round, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the... more

Four picks into this year's draft haul, the Browns have finally landed a quarterback. Cleveland selected Notre Dame star DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Kizer is the first quarterback selected in the second ro... more

The Cardinals are building a speedy, versatile defense. Arizona traded up with Chicago to select Washington safety Budda Baker with the No. 36 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Cardinals will also receive the Bears' No. 221 overall selection... more

Browns executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown acknowledged last week that a draft-weekend trade for Jimmy Garoppolo was an extreme long shot. That didn't stop Cleveland from following through on the determination to make one last run at... more

Sheldon Richardson remains on the trade block . Entering the second night of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have been making calls regarding a potential trade of the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport report... more

How valuable is a franchise quarterback? Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi used to tell his cronies that football is the perfect team sport with the exception of one glaring imbalance -- the quarterback is too important . It's no secret that sust... more

The Texans have identified their quarterback of the future. Houston traded up from No. 25 to select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Texans also surrendered their 2018 first-round pick to th... more

Cam Newton will have a fun new toy to ride sidecar in Carolina's offense. The Panthers selected Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. After breaking Hall of Famer Barry Sanders' single-season... more

The 49ers are building a monstrous defensive line for new coordinator Robert Saleh. After trading down one spot with Chicago, San Francisco selected Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 49er... more

The same dynamics that depressed Adrian Peterson's market in free agency are working in Christian McCaffrey 's favor at draft time. As a one-dimensional power back allergic to the ever-expanding shotgun formation , Peterson is viewed as a dinosau... more

Draft week has arrived. As of Monday morning, the NFL's lying season has escalated to full-throttle mode. Smokescreens, baits-and-switches and posturing are the order of the day, as teams attempt to manufacture demand for their draft slot. It's no... more

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raised a few eyebrows around the league when he predicted in December that 2016 second-round draft pick Jaylon Smith will be a "key part " of Dallas' defense this season. The former Notre Dame standout did not practice or... more

Tony Romo's abrupt retirement didn't just cost Houston a potentially massive upgrade at quarterback. Romo's decision to leave the gridiron for the broadcast booth might have also cost the Texans an appearance in the NFL Kickoff Game, which will... more

The storylines surrounding the two Super Bowl LI teams have diverged over the past two months. After hoisting their second Lombardi Trophy in three years, the Patriots are seemingly determined to enter win-now mode. After splurging on wide receiver... more

Hoping to end a quarterback drought that has now reached epic proportions , the Browns entered the new league year determined to make a run at promising Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo. By the time Cleveland's front-office operatives began ramping... more

Now that the Patriots have signed restricted free agent Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet, the ball is in the Bills' court. Will Buffalo match the two-year, $6.4 million deal for a backup running back? "Mike's a good player," coach Sean McDermott... more

Washington's wide receiver corps is a position in transition after losing veteran starters DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency. If former Browns wideout Terrelle Pryor delivers on his braggadocio, though, the Redskins' offense will be i... more

Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler aren't the only borderline starting quarterbacks still in search of a job . Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick told the New York Daily News early this week that he's working out and excited for his next opportunity . "Once t... more

The annual draft serves as an unofficial deadline for players languishing on the trade block since the start of the NFL's league year. Once the draft gives way to offseason minicamps in May and June, there's little incentive to unload a proven vetera... more

If you suspected the Patriots' recent backfield machinations cast doubt on the future of Super Bowl LI hero James White, think again. New England has agreed to terms with White on a three-year contract extension, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Malcolm Butler has given up hope of a big pay day ahead of Friday's deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets. Butler has signed his one-year tender from the Patriots, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. The first-roun... more

New England is preparing to poach another restricted free agent from its AFC East rival in Buffalo. The Patriots extended a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet to Bills running back Mike Gillislee, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a s... more

After languishing on the open market for five weeks, former Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins finally cashed in. Hankins has agreed to terms with the Colts on a three-year contract worth up to $30 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Pot Roast is done. Free-agent defensive tackle Terrance Knighton told ESPN on Wednesday he's retiring as a player in order to pursue a career in coaching. The 330-pound behemoth with the colorful sobriquet of "Pot Roast" started 96 games ove... more

Nothing will be handed to Carlos Hyde by the new regime in San Francisco. That was the message from general manager John Lynch, responding to a question about a recent report claiming that the 49ers are ready to "give up " on the No. 57 overall pic... more

If the Redskins aren't confident in their ability to sign Kirk Cousins to a new contract, they might be tempted to select a quarterback in the early rounds of the upcoming draft. Does that mean Cousins will be available for trade when the 2017 NFL... more

For as much promise as Pittsburgh's defense showed in the second half of last season, the Steelers know they need help in the secondary. Appearing on Monday's edition of NFL Total Access , NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that general manag... more

In a rare bout of candidness from an NFL executive, Seahawks general manager John Schneider acknowledged that his organization is open to the idea of trading Richard Sherman. The star cornerback has confirmed that both sides are listening to offe... more

Can Doug Martin salvage his career in Tampa? Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine early last month, general manager Jason Licht and coach Dirk Koetter were noncommittal on Martin's future with the team. Now the Buccaneers are prepared to give hi... more

Now that Tony Romo has left Houston holding the bag at quarterback , might former Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien tempt New England into softening the stance that Jimmy Garoppolo is off the table in trade talks ? "Of course Bill O'Brien would love... more

Now that Tony Romo is out of the picture , the Denver Broncos' quarterback job is up for grabs between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. Although coach Vance Joseph has preached an open competition between the incumbent starter and the 2016 first-... more

Adrian Peterson has scheduled his third visit of free agency. The former Minnesota Vikings running back will meet with the New Orleans Saints next week, NFL Network's Heath Evans reported, via a source informed of the team's plans. Peterson visit... more

NFC: North East West South Ranks AFC: North East West South Ranks Atlanta ended Carolina's unprecedented three-year run of NFC South hegemony, riding the league's most unstoppable offense to the Super Bowl. Now that... more

Is CBS taking an ill-advised gamble in handing Tony Romo the coveted lead analyst position held by just four men (Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, John Madden and Phil Simms) since the 1960s? Romo's direct transition from the gridiron to a top broad... more

Now that Tony Romo has left the gridiron for the broadcast booth , questions arise about another recently retired quarterback legend. Over the past year, social media has been awash in speculation over Peyton Manning's next career move. Will he t... more

Now that Adrian Peterson's visit to New England has come and gone without a contract , it's fair to wonder about the Patriots' plans for a power back. Was this simply an exploratory meet-and-greet session? Were the two sides unable to find common g... more

The Eagles have added depth on the defensive line after losing Bennie Logan in free agency. Philadelphia has acquired defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and the No. 99 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft from Baltimore in exchange for the draft's No. 7... more

At this time last month, Denver was viewed as the prime landing spot for Tony Romo. As much confidence as general manager John Elway and new coach Vance Joseph have professed in young quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, the Broncos wo... more


Carson Wentz's rookie-year game film is sporadic enough to inspire belief that his career could go in several different directions. After leading the Eagles to a sensational 3-0 start, he was hailed as the next great franchise quarterback, destined... more

The Vikings have found insurance for Teddy Bridgewater at backup quarterback. Minnesota has signed former Rams quarterback Case Keenum, the team announced Monday . Keenum's contract is for one year and worth $2 million, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo... more

Are the Steelers adding a secret weapon in their quest to catch up to the Patriots as an AFC superpower? Appearing on Thursday's edition of Up to the Minute Live , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that suspended wide receiver Martavis Brya... more

Sharrif Floyd is fighting to save his football career. The Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle has yet to recover from nerve damage that occurred during September surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported,... more

The sand is running through the hourglass in Adrian Peterson's quest to find a perfect fit in free agency. With a loaded tailback class ready to arrive on the scene during next month's draft, the already-thin market for an aging, one-dimensional... more

Free-agent safety T.J. McDonald has encountered a major setback in his search for a new team. McDonald has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Ab... more

Signed away from the Bengals earlier this month , Rex Burkhead will become the first Patriots running back since 2010 to earn more than $2 million in a season. The addition of Burkhead is interesting beyond the fact that his 2017 cap hit ($3.15... more

Are you ready to be sucked into Todd Gurley as a trendy bounce-back candidate in fantasy football? The 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year suffered through what he conceded was a "nightmare " second season under the dubious leadership of Jeff Fisher... more

The Tony Romo saga could play out for the entire offseason. Speaking Tuesday at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated his only timetable for a resolution on Romo's future is "before training camp ," according to... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is returning to New England. Speaking Tuesday at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Goodell confirmed that he plans to attend the Patriots' 2017 NFL Kickoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Breaking with... more

After a month filled with uncommon franchise-tag intrigue and relentless trade rumors , the Washington Redskins are presenting a unified front in their renewed commitment to Kirk Cousins. In a Tuesday interview with 980-AM in Washington , team... more

Although Ben Roethlisberger has yet to definitively announce his plans since broaching the possibility of retirement in late January, the Steelers are proceeding as if their franchise quarterback will be under center in Week 1. Just two days after... more

After their teams squared off in the Super Bowl four years ago , John Harbaugh's Ravens traded postseason hero Anquan Boldin to Jim Harbaugh's 49ers. Now John is open to bringing Boldin back to Baltimore. "I know he loved it in Baltimore, and I l... more

Now that Kenny Stills†has a new contract in Miami , the question in the Dolphins wide receivers room is when Jarvis Landry will receive a deserved pay increase. Landry is due to earn just under $900,000 in the final year of his rookie contract. I... more

Mike Glennon has company in Chicago's quarterback room. The Bears have signed Mark Sanchez to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. Sanchez tossed two interceptions on just 18 attempts with the Cowboys last season, appearing in just three g... more

Chris Wesseling has had it up to HERE with the faulty football logic he's seen flying fast and furious lately. Below, he thoroughly -- if a bit crankily -- debunks some of the more galling popular fallacies that have taken root. Colin Kaepernick i... more

While the NFL world obsesses over Colin Kaepernick's inability to find a starting job two weeks into free agency, Jay Cutler is running headlong into the same log jam on the quarterback market. Although the Jets were viewed as Cutler's most likely... more

Restricted free agent Malcolm Butler and the Saints have mutual interest in a long-term relationship on the heels of last week's meeting . The problem is the Patriots hold all of the cards. Butler's agent has exchanged proposals with New Orleans... more

While the football world anxiously awaits Tony Romo's fate, the Cowboys are making other moves at quarterback. Dallas announced the re-signing of journeyman Kellen Moore, the NFL's lone left-handed quarterback . The Cowboys aren't finished at t... more

If Marshawn Lynch is going to reciprocate the Raiders' interest and come out of retirement to play for his hometown team, the first step is to convince the Seahawks to relinquish their rights to his services. Although Lynch is staying in shape and... more

The New York Jets have identified their replacement for Darrelle Revis. The Jets are signing former Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne to a one-year deal worth more than $5 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed... more

New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has found an outside linebacker to pair with Robert Quinn in Los Angeles. The Rams on Thursday announced the signing of former Eagles pass rusher Connor Barwin. The contract is for one year at a maximum value... more

Oakland is adding to an already explosive offense. The Raiders have signed former Green Bay tight end Jared Cook to a two-year, $12.2 million deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The Raiders later... more

The Arizona Cardinals spent the 2016 offseason enjoying life as football's crossover star, basking in the attention from Amazon Prime Video's documentary hit while ostensibly prying open a multi-year Super Bowl window with a loaded roster. Now B... more

Dan Quinn got his wish . The Falcons have agreed to terms with former Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe on a one-year, $8 million contract , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the deal. The new pact can reach $10 milli... more

After losing Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson, the Minnesota Vikings rewarded a key member of their wide receiver corps with a new contract. Restricted free agent Adam Thielen has agreed to terms on a three-year extension, NFL Network's Mi... more

The cupcakes didn't cut it . After flirting with the Jets and Steelers in free agency, Dont'a Hightower is re-signing with the Patriots, the linebacker's agent announced on Wednesday. The new contract is worth $43.5 million over four years with $1... more

The rich are getting richer -- and more versatile. The Patriots announced Tuesday the signing of former Bengals running back Rex Burkhead. New England coach Bill Belichick places a premium on versatile players with special teams ability. Burkhea... more

Now that the smoke has cleared and Kirk Cousins has signed his exclusive rights franchise tender to remain in Washington for the 2017 season, both sides appear to be content to let the trade rumors fade away. Appearing on ESPN's Know Them From Ada... more

Davon House is returning to Green Bay. The veteran cornerback has agreed to a one-year contract with the Packers that's worth roughly $3.5 million , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The timing is... more

New Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard continues to add reinforcements for a defense in desperate need of an overhaul. The Colts have agreed to terms with former Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt on a two-year contract , NFL Network... more

Now that DeMarcus Ware is retiring, there is perhaps no authority more qualified to weigh in on his NFL impact than current Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Phillips was the Cowboys' head coach from 2007 through 2010, as Ware averaged 15 s... more

One of the premier pass rushers of the past decade is calling it a career. Free agent DeMarcus Ware announced Monday that he is retiring from football at age 34. It's time .... ‚?? D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) March 13, 2... more

The Los Angeles Chargers aren't finished retooling their beleaguered offensive line. After signing Russell Okung to protect Philip Rivers' blind side, the Bolts released veteran tackle King Dunlap, the team announced Monday.†Good Morning Football... more

After weeks of rampant rumor and innuendo, Kirk Cousins appears to have accepted his fate as the Redskins' quarterback for the 2017 season. Cousins intends to sign his $23.94 million franchise-tag tender soon, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport repo... more

Russell Okung is staying in the AFC West. Two weeks after the Broncos declined Okung's 2017 option , the veteran left tackle signed with the Chargers on a four-year contract, the team confirmed Friday. Okung's deal is worth $53 million†with $13.25... more

The Miami Dolphins are making Reshad Jones one of the highest-paid safeties in the league. The Fins have signed Jones to a five-year, $55 million contract extension with $35 million in guarantees, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a s... more

The Vikings have found much-needed offensive line help after missing out on new Lions tackle Ricky Wagner. Minnesota is signed former Detroit tackle Riley Reiff to a five-year, $58.75 million contract ($26.3 million guaranteed), NFL Network Insi... more

The New Orleans Saints have found a replacement for veteran free agent Jahri Evans on the offensive line. The team signed former Lions guard Larry Warford on Thursday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported †Friday that Warford's deal is worth $... more

The Dolphins and Kenny Stills have reached an eleventh hour agreement. Stills is returning to Miami on a four-year, $32 million contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the prospective deal. The new pact includ... more

With Martellus Bennett due to leave for greener pastures, the Patriots have identified his replacement as Rob Gronkowski's sidekick. The Colts are set to trade tight end Dwayne Allen to New England, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a... more

The Ravens are initiating a youth movement at outside linebacker. Veteran pass rusher Elvis Dumervil was released by the Ravens on Wednesday. The move will save Baltimore $6 million in cap space. NFL Network's Steve Smith first reported the... more

With tackle Riley Reiff and guard Larry Warford poised to reach the open market, the Detroit Lions are retooling their offensive line. The Lions have agreed in principle with former Ravens right tackle Ricky Wagner, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport... more

One of the tight ends poised to cash in on the open market won't make it to free agency after all. The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with Jack Doyle, the team announced Tuesday. The new deal is for three years at $19 million with another $2... more

Adrian Peterson might be willing to give New England a team-friendly deal in free agency , but the Patriots are not atop his list of desired landing spots. The Raiders and Seahawks are Peterson's preferred destinations , NFL Network's Stacey Dales... more

Now that the NFL's two-day negotiating period has opened, inquiring football minds want to know if the Patriots will consider parting with backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the right price. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last week tha... more

Less than 24 hours before the NFL's window opens for negotiations with prospective free agents, the biggest name on the trade market remains in limbo. Appearing on Monday's edition of NFL Total Access , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport emphasized tha... more

Are the New England Patriots a realistic landing spot for impending free agent Adrian Peterson? Citing a source close to the veteran running back, the Boston Herald reported Sunday that Peterson would consider accepting a team-friendly contract f... more

Chris Wesseling has had it up to HERE with the faulty football logic he's seen flying fast and furious lately. Below, he thoroughly -- if a bit crankily -- debunks some of the more galling popular fallacies that have taken root. If you're wonderin... more

The Redskins, Cowboys and 49ers are flirting with the idea of an unprecedented three-team quarterback blockbuster. The three organizations could soon discuss a trade that would send Kirk Cousins to San Francisco, Tony Romo to Washington and draft-p... more

Alfred Morris is on borrowed time in Dallas. The Cowboys will try to trade the veteran backup to running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday. Morris, 28, is due to collect $1.2 million in the final season of the... more

A mainstay on New England's offensive line for the majority of this decade, Sebastian Vollmer's football career is in jeopardy. The Patriots will release Vollmer, who is contemplating retirement due to lingering hip pain, NFL Network Insider Ian... more

DeAndre Hopkins' disappointing 2016 season hasn't diminished his value in the eyes of the Houston Texans. Due to collect $7.915 million after the AFC South champions exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie contract last offseason, Hopkins is... more

Needs for NFC teams Needs for AFC teams The free agency market officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on March 9. Before signings start flying fast and furious, Chris Wesseling provides three big needs for each AFC team (listed in alphabetical order):... more

Travis Kelce made news Wednesday beyond coach Andy Reid's commentary on the tight end's reality TV career . Reid disclosed that Kelce underwent surgery to "clean up" his shoulder after the Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs. The procedure was... more

This year's quarterback market is driving the offseason intrigue. Beyond belle of the ball Tony Romo and forbidden fruit Jimmy Garoppolo, Cincinnati backup AJ McCarron is expected to draw interest from QB-needy organizations. Asked Wednesday ab... more


Hours after the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs cut ties with their franchise rushing leaders , the New York Jets are moving on from their greatest defensive star in franchise history. The Jets have informed cornerback Darrelle Revis of h... more

Will Tony Romo close out his NFL career in Peyton Manning fashion? As the clock ticks toward the new league year, the odds of the Dallas Cowboys ultimately releasing Romo to choose his own destination appear to be increasing . On Tuesday's editio... more

After a decade-long run as the face of the Vikings franchise, Adrian Peterson will become a free agent for the first time in his superlative career when the new league year kicks off on March 9. Peterson was due to count a prohibitive $18 million... more

The Redskins have enacted phase one of the Kirk Cousins conundrum. Washington placed the exclusive franchise tag on the quarterback, the team announced Tuesday. Tag! I'm it! ‚?? KirkCousins (@KirkCousins8) February 28, 2017 By opting for... more

The Chiefs have rewarded one of the key cogs in their ground attack with a lucrative long-term contract. Kansas City finalized a†five-year contract extension with right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, his agent announced Tuesday. A source with know... more

This year's free-agent market is going to be short on high-end pass rushers. Hours after the Cardinals and Giants applied the franchise tag to Chandler Jones and Jason Pierre-Paul, respectively, the Chargers did the same with their own star outsid... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have been fielding persistent questions about their quarterback situation since mid-January. With Alex Smith under center, the Chiefs' .793 winning percentage is the NFL's best since the middle of the 2015 season. That salien... more

Chandler Jones is the first player to draw the franchise tag this offseason. As coach Bruce Arians suggested in early January , the Cardinals have prevented the star outside linebacker from reaching the open market, announcing the application of th... more

Ryan Tannehill will be available for the entirety of the Miami Dolphins' offseason program after missing the last three regular-season games and the postseason with a severe knee sprain. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported late last month tha... more

What is Jay Cutler's football future if the Chicago Bears are unsuccessful in their quest to trade the veteran quarterback leading up to the new league year on March 9? If he is left without an attractive home once the offseason's game of quarterb... more

It's no secret that Tampa Bay is in the market for a wide receiver with declining veteran Vincent Jackson's contract expiring in the coming weeks. If the Buccaneers can pair a dangerous deep threat with Pro Bowl wideout Mike Evans and emerging tigh... more

Martellus Bennett understands he will have to leave New England to cash in as a Super Bowl champion . Now it appears he might just be one-and-done with the Patriots. Bennett will indeed test free agency , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

After setting several franchise passing records across eight seasons in Chicago, Jay Cutler's time with the Bears is nearing its end. The Bears have been shopping their starting quarterback since mid-January , when they informed Cutler of their... more

In a sport tilted toward quarterback value, the 2017 offseason is shaping up as one of the most interesting in recent years. In Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and Jimmy Garoppolo, three of football's top 25 quarterbacks could be on the move after sitting out... more

Julius Thomas is Miami-bound after all. The Jaguars are trading the veteran tight end to the Dolphins, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the pending move. Per Rapoport, it's expected that the Jaguars will receive... more

Now that he's overseeing his own roster in San Francisco, Kyle Shanahan seemingly has been connected to every quarterback he has coached along the way. Perhaps the most popular theory is that Shanahan will make a serious run at free agent Kirk Cous... more

It's Miami's time of year. What better place to find solace from Winter's misery than beautiful South Beach in February? What better place for an available NFL player to set himself up for life than Dolphins headquarters in March? Perennially a... more

While the offseason spotlight shines on Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo, there's another intriguing trade target flying under the quarterback radar. AJ McCarron has made it clear that he wants a chance to play , and the Bengals are expected to test... more

Might Falcons wideout Taylor Gabriel follow in Patriots postseason hero Chris Hogan's 2016 footsteps as a restricted free agent who sought greener pastures? As far as Gabriel is concerned, he is content to stay in Atlanta. "Of course, I want to b... more

Among the hurdles to a Tony Romo trade is the fact that the Dallas Cowboys' veteran quarterback has started just four games over the last two years. How long has it been since the other 31 teams were afforded a long look at Romo? Peyton Manning wa... more

Chris Wesseling has had it up to HERE with the faulty football logic he's seen flying fast and furious lately. Below, he thoroughly -- if a bit crankily -- debunks some of the more galling popular fallacies that have taken root: Shady's revenge on... more

Acquired on the cheap from the Oakland Raiders in 2013, Carson Palmer has been a godsend for the Arizona Cardinals organization. Now that the 37-year-old quarterback has reached the twilight portion of his career, though, it's incumbent upon the... more

The Giants' Monday releases of veteran running back Rashad Jennings and franchise icon Victor Cruz didn't occur in a vacuum. New York's front office is freeing up salary-cap space, with designs on preventing impending free agent Jason Pierre-Paul... more

Released by Cleveland early this week , veteran quarterback Josh McCown still cares enough to heartily endorse Patriots trade candidate Jimmy Garoppolo as the ideal solution to the Browns' long-standing quarterback woes . If the Browns have desig... more

When the Bills fired Tyrod Taylor's biggest booster in the building and benched the quarterback for the season finale, it was natural to assume both parties would welcome a clean break in 2017. Looming over the next month is Taylor's weighty $30.... more

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman played the starring role in NFL Network's excellent Super Bowl LI edition of Sound FX . Although the recap of New England's epic comeback started slowly, along with the offenses of the Patriots and Falcons, th... more

Terrell Owens was understandably outraged as the most controversial Hall of Fame snub at NFL Honors last Saturday night. One of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, Owens ranks second in career receiving yards and third in career touchdown... more

Chris Wesseling has had it up to HERE with the faulty football logic he's seen flying fast and furious lately. Below, he thoroughly -- if a bit crankily -- debunks some of the more galling popular fallacies that have taken root: Stop the Brady vs.... more

HOUSTON -- The greatest quarterback of all time capped off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, leading an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the opening possession of the first Super Bowl overtime. Here's what we learned in the New Englan... more

HOUSTON -- Oakland Raiders star Khalil Mack, a hybrid outside linebacker-defensive end, captured his first career Defensive Player of the Year award at Saturday's NFL Honors ceremony. With three-time winner J.J. Watt out of the picture due to bac... more

HOUSTON -- The Falcons won't be starstruck †lining across from Tom Brady in Super Bowl LI, but they do have a healthy respect for one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. For all of Brady's previous playoff feats, Atlanta's players and coac... more

HOUSTON -- Dwight Freeney languished on the open market until August, hoping the Cardinals would reciprocate his interest in a reunion. After flirting with the idea of retirement the previous year, Freeney would return for a 15th NFL season only i... more

HOUSTON -- It's easy to overlook Taylor Gabriel. Undrafted out of tiny Abilene Christian University in 2014 and discarded by the woebegone Browns in early September, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound Taylor will be the smallest player in Super Bowl LI. Jus... more

HOUSTON -- The switch flipped in early October. Atlanta's backfield was already in fine shape with Pro Bowl tailback Devonta Freeman carrying the load. After watching speedy No. 2 back Tevin Coleman gallop through Denver's championship defense for... more


Is Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson ready to veer from his long-standing aversion to building his roster with a significant investment in free agency? After reaching the Divisional Round without a Super Bowl appearance for the fifth t... more

Is it time to chisel Matt Ryan's likeness into a coveted spot on the Mt. Rushmore of Bill Belichick opponents ? Asked about the Atlanta Falcons quarterback on Thursday, Belichick lavished praise on his Super Bowl LI adversary, outlining the qualiti... more

Ryan Tannehill's season-ending knee injury overshadowed a promising stretch run for the Miami Dolphins' young wide receivers. The trio of Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills each finished with more than 700 yards, combining for 2,606 ya... more

Despite the recent upheaval in an underperforming backfield, the Green Bay Packers might just opt to stay the course in 2017. Speaking at Thursday's season-ending news conference, coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that converted wideout Ty Montgomery w... more

Carson Wentz has hired a quarterbacks coach to improve his lapsed mechanics. The Philadelphia Eagles' second-year signal-caller will work with 3DQB's Adam Dedeaux this offseason, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday. This is a... more

Chris Wesseling has had it up to HERE with the faulty football logic he's seen flying fast and furious lately. Below, he thoroughly -- if a bit crankily -- debunks some of the more galling popular fallacies that have taken root: Stop discrediting... more

Dan Quinn has been in Kyle Shanahan's shoes before. At this point in the season two years ago, then-Seahawks defensive coordinator Quinn was preparing for Super Bowl XLIX after word leaked that he was planning to accept the Falcons' head coaching... more

After a successful debut campaign as the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year , Rams running back Todd Gurley suffered through a miserable second season. Mired in an inept Los Angeles attack, Gurley clearly regressed as a playmaker, finishing with th... more

Ladarius Green's 2016 season was delayed by persistent headaches and ended prematurely due to another in a string of concussions . While Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger plans to contemplate retirement this offseason, his tight... more

Cleveland's front office is keeping impending free agent Jamie Collins off the open market. The Browns have agreed to a four-year contract with Collins, the team announced †Monday. Collins' new deal is worth $50 million ($26 million in guarantees)... more

A football world openly pining for a marquee Super Bowl matchup between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers discovered Sunday that Matt Ryan is nobody's consolation prize. Twice in the past two years, FOX analyst Troy Aikman has stated that Rodgers is play... more

The New England Patriots will become the first organization to play in nine Super Bowls after Sunday's convincing 36-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Here's what we learned: 1. It's safe to say Bill Belichick a... more

Long before Calvin Johnson decided to walk away from football, Julio Jones had been stating his case as the best receiver on the planet. Jones authored perhaps his most definitive statement as the engine that made the Falcons' unstoppable offense... more

Michael Floyd has been banished to the Patriots' bench for the AFC Championship Game. Floyd and rookie punt returner Cyrus Jones are among New England's inactives versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Acquired on waivers from the Cardinals in... more

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is no longer "contractually tied " to general manager Ryan Grigson. Speaking at Saturday's news conference to announce the firing of Grigson, owner Jim Irsay confirmed that Pagano will remain the team's coach f... more

Five years after earning NFL Executive of the Year honors and one year after signing a contract extension, Ryan Grigson is out as Colts general manager . The story of Grigson's five-year tenure in Indianapolis is one of immediate success followed b... more

The end came suddenly for a Steelers defensive nucleus that finished in the top five for an astonishing six consecutive years from 2007 through 2012. As perennial standouts such as Troy Polamalu, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith and Ike Taylor reached th... more

Future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez is stumping for his former quarterback. Appearing on Thursday's edition of NFL Total Access , Gonzalez pointed to Matt Ryan's improvement as one of the primary differences between this year's Atlanta Falcons and t... more

Steelers-Patriots Packers-Falcons Background A conference championship matchup of this magnitude has the full cachet of a heavyweight title bout during the prime of Muhammad Ali's career. The duel for a ninth Super Bowl. Since Ben... more

After rushing for just 72 yards over three games in an injury-marred season, Adrian Peterson made it clear he wants to finish his career with the Vikings. With a hefty non-guaranteed salary due to count $18 million against the salary cap, though,... more

Seattle is adding cornerback insurance in the wake of the ACL injury sustained by DeShawn Shead in the team's season-ending playoff loss at Atlanta. The Seahawks are signing former Titans cornerback Perrish Cox, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo report... more

The Antonio Brown apology tour continued Wednesday when the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver addressed his Facebook Live video following the team's 18-16 playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown has taken no umbrage at Mike Tomlin's... more

Chris Wesseling has had it up to HERE with the faulty football logic he's seen flying fast and furious lately. Below, he thoroughly -- if a bit crankily -- debunks some of the more galling popular fallacies that have taken root: Why you don't insu... more

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is expected to become the San Francisco 49ers' next head coach, according to NFL Network's Michael Silver. According to sources familiar with both parties, it is almost certain that Shanahan will accept t... more

Now that the Chargers are fleeing San Diego , inquiring football minds want to know: Is Philip Rivers onboard with the idea of spending the remainder of his career in Los Angeles? The cagey quarterback mulled retirement after the 2015 season, let... more

The Baltimore Ravens are in the market for a quarterback. With backup signal-caller Ryan Mallett set to reach free agency, general manager Ozzie Newsome wants to upgrade his insurance policy behind starter Joe Flacco. "You saw over the weekend wh... more

The New York Jets are working to solidify their offensive for the next starting quarterback. The Jets signed right guard Brian Winters to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Monday. Winters' new deal is worth nearly $8 million †per y... more

Dash Pass Left . That's the name of the play that freed tight end Jared Cook for a 35-yard toe-dragging catch to set up the game-winning field goal in Sunday's Divisional Round Packers victory , NFL Network's Randy Moss reported from Green Bay on... more

Coach Bill O'Brien is staying in Houston for the 2017 season. The same can't be said for offensive coordinator George Godsey. The Texans and Godsey have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced Monday. "I'm grateful for the tireless work... more

If there was one hiccup in the Atlanta Falcons' Divisional Round victory over the Seattle Seahawks, it was the sight of a slightly hobbled Julio Jones on the sidelines as the fourth quarter played out. Although Jones aggravated his late-season toe... more

Steelers safety Sean Davis deflected Alex Smith's two-point conversion attempt, preserving Pittsburgh's 18-16 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Here's what we learned in Sunday's game: 1. Le'Veon Bell and... more

Mason Crosby drilled a pair of field goals over 50 yards in the final 98 seconds, leading the Green Bay Packers to a thrilling 34-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Here's what we learned in Sunday's game:... more

Leading MVP candidate Matt Ryan riddled Seattle's secondary for 338 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a convincing 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Here's what we learned in Saturday's... more

Steelers-Chiefs Texans-Patriots Seahawks-Falcons Packers-Cowboys Background The Steelers' Week 4 victory over the Chiefs was so long ago that James Harrison claims to have no recollection of the lopsided affair. It's just as well... more

While the Rams are spinning their wheels in a perpetual rebuilding effort, their new neighbors boast a roster strong enough to crash the playoff party in a Los Angeles debut season. The Chargers' 9-23 record is the most misleading in the league ov... more

Although the Baltimore Ravens opted to retain embattled offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, they are determined to fix a rushing attack that was abandoned for the majority of the 2016 season. Former Bills and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Ro... more

Chris Wesseling has had it up to HERE with the faulty football logic he's seen flying fast and furious lately. Below, he thoroughly -- if a bit crankily -- debunks some of the more galling popular fallacies that have taken root: Texans have "a dam... more

As Le'Veon Bell was slicing and dicing Miami's defense last week, CBS analyst Phil Simms christened the sinewy Steelers running back "The Great Hesitator." Bell's trademark patience has captured the football world's imagination, standing as the sy... more

As of a month ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were excited about the prospect of a Jamaal Charles return just in time for a Super Bowl run . So why did the team opt to pull the plug on the star running back's season a couple of weeks later? Writing... more

The New York Giants are set to begin the search for Eli Manning's successor. "We always think about every position, but Eli is 36," general manager Jerry Reese conceded, via the New York Daily News, in Monday's season-ending press conference. "We h... more

Ben Roethlisberger will dispense with the injury drama this time around. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is downplaying the late-game injury that landed him in a walking boot after Sunday's wild-card round victory over the Miami Dolphins.... more

The Baltimore Ravens offensive coaching staff never trusted the ground attack during a 2016 season that established a new single-season franchise low for rushing attempts. Although the tandem of Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon proved capable of mov... more

The New York Giants' vaunted defense had no answers for a transcendent Aaron Rodgers in the final 33 minutes of Sunday's season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers. If their playoff itinerary had extended just one more week, though, the Giants wou... more

Aaron Rodgers showed MVP form on Sunday, tossing four touchdown passes in a sublime performance to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 38-13 victory over the New York Giants in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Here's what we learned: 1. New York'... more

At an age when most pass rushers have long since been put out to pasture, pocket-crashing Steelers linebacker James Harrison led a swarming Pittsburgh defense that battered Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore and bottled up power back Jay Ajayi in Sunday... more

Giants-Packers Lions-Seahawks Raiders-Texans Dolphins-Steelers The scribes and talking heads tasked with covering this mouthwatering matchup have failed us this week. Football's cognoscenti have been waylaid by tedious finger-waggin... more

The Green Bay Packers have a secret weapon. You know that Aaron Rodgers is playing at the height of his powers, running the table for an improbable entrée to the MVP race . You probably also know that Jordy Nelson's midseason return to 2014 form... more

After overseeing an Atlanta Falcons attack that shattered franchise records for points and yards, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will have his pick of head coaching opportunities this January. Although Shanahan is also set to meet with the R... more

AFC playoff picture NFC playoff picture With postseason play beginning this weekend , Chris Wesseling takes a straightforward look at the defining traits of each AFC playoff team. 1) New England Patriots Biggest strength: Bill Belichick a... more

Tyreek Hill's 95-yard punt return versus the San Diego Chargers led to AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the third time this season. The NFL's fastest player has exceeded 22 mph several times, per Next Gen Stats, leaving Kansas City... more

Connor Cook will make his first career start in the Oakland Raiders' Wild Card round matchup with the Houston Texans. On a conference call with Houston media, coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that the third-string quarterback will be under center with... more

When Kendall Wright arrived in Tennessee as a 2012 first-round draft pick, he brought along lofty comparisons to Steve Smith and Santonio Holmes. Five years later, he's saying his goodbyes after spending his final Titans game on the bench as a hea... more

The most venerated member of Houston's top-ranked total defense will consider hanging up his cleats after the Texans' postseason run. Veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork told reporters Tuesday that he will consider retirement for the first time... more

Fired by the San Diego Chargers after Sunday's season finale, former head coach Mike McCoy has no plans to take a sabbatical year away from football. "I'll be coaching somewhere next year ," McCoy said Monday, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I... more

Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo will have company on the quarterback trade market this offseason. Bengals backup signal-caller AJ McCarron said his goodbyes Monday "just in case" 2016 is his final season in Cincinnati. Per The Cincinnati Enquirer,... more

Coach Ron Rivera emphasized last week that Cam Newton will have to change his playing style as the Carolina Panthers offense "evolves" next season and beyond. "We want him to last 10 more years," Rivera explained. "We have to find ways to change.... more

The Arizona Cardinals are not about to let impending free agent Chandler Jones fly the coop after surrendering a second-round draft pick for his services last offseason. Coach Bruce Arians made it clear Monday that the disruptive outside linebacke... more

The Arizona Cardinals are breathing a sigh of relief after receiving the test results from David Johnson's knee injury sustained in the season finale . Coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that Johnson was diagnosed with an MCL sprain that will... more

Now that Miami is set to open the postseason in Pittsburgh might the Dolphins starting quarterback return to lend a spark? Ryan Tannehill is three weeks removed from a Grade II MCL sprain and partially torn ACL suffered in the team's Dec. 11 victor... more

The San Francisco 49ers will enter the 2017 season with their fourth different head coach in four seasons. The team announced the firings of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke following Sunday's 25-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.... more

The Atlanta Falcons reached the end zone on all five first-half possessions, dismantling the New Orleans Saints and securing the NFC's No. 2 seed in a 38-32 victory . Here's what we learned: 1. Matt Ryan directed one of the most extraordinary... more

The Arizona Cardinals started the new year in depressing fashion. Star running back David Johnson was carted to the locker room late in the first quarter of Sunday's game after suffering an apparent left knee injury versus the Los Angeles Rams.... more

The (14-2) New England Patriots secured the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC's postseason with a convincing 35-14 victory over the (10-6) Miami Dolphins in Week 17. Here's what we learned: 1. The superior team controlled thi... more


Panthers Broncos After losing five of its first six games to start the season, Carolina never pieced together the hot streak that would have pushed them back into contention in the NFC playoff race. The Panthers were then officially eliminate... more

Panthers Broncos Denver's loss at Kansas City last week ensured that both Super Bowl teams from the previous season would fail to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003 . The Broncos and Panthers organizations still boast the fron... more

Now that the Denver Broncos have been eliminated from playoff contention, they are putting their defensive leader on ice. Veteran linebacker DeMarcus Ware was placed on season-ending injured reserve †because of a ruptured disc in his back, Broncos... more

True to his persona to the end, a reflective Steve Smith told reporters Wednesday that there's an "89 percent " chance Sunday's game will be his last in an NFL uniform. Once Smith is ready make the official announcement, will he let bygones be byg... more

This year's MVP discussion has been the most meandering in recent memory. Should the Cowboys' dynamic rookie duo split the award? Is Dallas' dominant offensive line even eligible? Should Tom Brady be disqualified for "cheating" (preposterous)? Does D... more

When Ezekiel Elliott gave way to Darren McFadden for the final 20 minutes of Monday night's victory, the supposition was that the Dallas Cowboys were abandoning any effort to give their MVP candidate a legitimate opportunity to break Hall of Famer E... more

Cam Newton's 77.5 passer rating is the lowest by a reigning MVP since former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair posted a 73.1 mark in 2004. His 45.3 completion percentage since Week 11 is the third-lowest by any quarterback in a six-game span... more

A trio of Cowboys stars accounted for a season-high six touchdowns to lead Dallas (13-2) to a 42-21 victory over the Detroit Lions (9-6), wrapping up the 2016 finale of "Monday Night Football." Here's what we learned: 1. The Lions (9-6) entered t... more

The Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) exploded for three touchdowns in the first quarter, cruising to a 33-10 victory over the Denver Broncos (8-7) in Week 16. Sunday's results clinch a playoff berth for the Chiefs as well as the Miami Dolphins, eliminating... more

The Raiders (12-3) ended the playoff hopes for the Indianapolis Colts (7-8) with a 33-25 victory , but Oakland lost its quarterback for an indefinite period on Saturday. Here's what we learned in the Week 16 clash: 1. Just when it seemed the Raide... more

Just when it seemed the Oakland Raiders were gaining momentum for a Super Bowl run, they lost their MVP candidate and team leader to a season-ending injury. Just hours after the Titans saw franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota go down with a fractur... more

The Green Bay Packers extended their winning streak to five games with a convincing 38-25 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. Here's what we learned: 1. The white-hot Packers have emerged as the sleeping giant no Super-Bowl hopeful wan... more

The New England Patriots have designated rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett to return from injured reserve, officially eliminating any remaining chance of a Rob Gronkowski reappearance during the postseason. Why did Bill Belichick opt to burn his o... more

Eagles safety Terrence Brooks intercepted Eli Manning's 63rd pass of the game, staving off a last-minute New York Giants (10-5) comeback attempt in Philadelphia's 24-19 victory Thursday night. Here's what we learned in the kickoff to Week 16: 1.... more

The frustration that sparked last Sunday's post-game shouting match between the Broncos defense and offense does not extend to quarterback Trevor Siemian. Although Denver's offense has scored just one touchdown in the last 10 quarters , Siemian i... more

Former Broncos and Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has hovered around the periphery of NFL vacancies over the past few Januaries, waiting to be coaxed back into the game should the ideal circumstance arise. Back in July of 2014, Shanahan emphasiz... more

As Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald addressed their football futures in the past few days, no one bothered to ask if coach Bruce Arians would return for another season with the Arizona Cardinals. Arians has been hospitalized with health issues o... more

Not all rookie classes are created equal. Some years, Sam Bradford wins by default as a league-average quarterback on a 7-9 Rams outfit. Other years, Robert Griffin III's spectacular NFL debut edges out equally deserving young quarterbacks such as An... more

The star linebacker tandem of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis fueled the Carolina Panthers' three consecutive NFC South titles from 2013 to 2015. As Davis reaches the twilight years of his brilliant career and coach Ron Rivera holds Kuechly out of ga... more

After a Week 15 loss to the Saints dropped the Cardinals to a disappointing 5-8-1, Carson Palmer confirmed that he expects to return to Arizona for another season in 2017. While the veteran quarterback is not yet pondering retirement, wide receive... more

The Washington Redskins' playoff hopes took a severe blow after falling to the Carolina Panthers†26-15 †on†Monday night. Here's what we learned in the Week 15 finale: 1. In a sloppy performance, the Redskins (7-6-1) failed to take advantage of the... more

Coach Gary Kubiak insists "there's no division" between the Denver Broncos' offense and defense after Sunday's postgame shouting match between the offensive line and defensive backs. One Denver player told NFL Network's Mike Silver that the locker-... more

Two-time Super Bowl winner Jimmy Johnson believed the worst stance an NFL head coach could take was a refusal to admit a mistake -- because then he has to confront it every day. After two months of watching Brock Osweiler hold the Houston Texans'... more

The New England Patriots (12-2) clinched their eighth consecutive AFC East title and earned their seventh straight first-round bye in the postseason, pounding out a 16-3 victory over the rival Denver Broncos (8-6) in Week 15. Here's what we learned:... more

The Indianapolis Colts kept their playoff hopes alive, bulldozing the Minnesota Vikings in a lopsided 34-6 victory . Here's what we learned in the Week 15 showdown: 1. Good luck figuring out Chuck Pagano's dual-personality Colts squad. The one... more

The Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC West title for the third time in four years, manhandling the woebegone Los Angeles Rams in a 24-3 victory . Here's what we learned on Thursday Night Football: 1. The Rams tend to drag the Seahawks down into th... more

The NFL is looking into the New York Giants' sideline use of walkie-talkies during their Week 14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the league's plans. The hand-held communication de... more

All last week, Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton referred to Indianapolis' divisional showdown with Houston as "Game 7 ." After losing to the Texans with first place on the line, the disappointing Colts are in danger of missing the playoffs for a sec... more

With five losses in the past seven games, Rex Ryan is on the hot seat in Buffalo. Bills players have made it clear this week, though, that they want their head coach to remain in place next season. "As players, we support our coach...If it was up... more

Speaking Wednesday at the Winter League Meeting in Irving, Texas, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed †there are no acceptable stadium solutions on the table in either San Diego or Oakland. The NFL will continue to work with those cities, Goo... more

Michael Floyd's disastrous 2016 season has cost him a job. The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that they have released the wide receiver in the wake of Monday's arrest on drunken driving charges. Floyd was previously arrested in 2011 for dri... more

At its highest level, football is about survival. Even in an era of heightened concussion awareness, with new rules designed to promote safety, injuries take their toll on the sport's premier players. J.J. Watt's back injury prevented the Texans star... more

Le'Veon Bell crashed the league's MVP party with his own personal snow festival in Buffalo, becoming the first player this season to outgain an opponent by himself. Since the Steelers began running their offense through Bell at midseason, the... more

The Dolphins have added veteran quarterback insurance in the wake of Ryan Tannehill's knee sprain . Former Texans signal-caller T.J. Yates signed with Miami on Tuesday. Yates announced the transaction on Twitter earlier in the day: #FinsUp ‚... more

The New England Patriots exploded for 496 yards against the league's No. 1 defense, staving off a Baltimore Ravens comeback attempt for a 30-23 victory on Monday night. Here's what we learned in the Week 14 finale: 1. Relegated to a dink-and-dunk... more

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan was noncommittal after Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers when asked about his quarterback plans for Week 15 . After reviewing the game film, Ryan told reporters Monday that Tyrod Taylor will remain the starter be... more

The Green Bay Packers played their best game of the season in a lopsided 38-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14. Here's what we learned: 1. Putting the offensive handwringing of October and the defensive meltdowns of November in the... more

Safety Rashad Johnson jarred the ball loose from tight end A.J. Derby, thwarting a potential game-tying field-goal drive and securing a 13-10 victory for the Tennessee Titans (7-6) over the Denver Broncos (8-5) in Week 14. Here's what we learned:... more

The Kansas City Chiefs took control of the AFC West with a 21-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the severe cold of Arrowhead Stadium. Here's what we learned in Thursday night's Week 14 kickoff: 1. Andy Reid's club manhandled Oakland's... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are sitting on a secret weapon if they lock up a playoff berth in the next few weeks. Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles is eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 17 after undergoing surgery to trim his meniscus e... more

As one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league, Marcus Mariota has the Tennessee Titans in a three-way tie atop the AFC South. Since Week 6, no quarterback has posted a higher passer rating (117.7) or accounted for more touchdowns (23) while the... more

Four years ago, the Baltimore Ravens made an in-season change at offensive coordinator, squeaked into the playoffs and walked away with the Lombardi Trophy. Can they pull off a similar feat this season? No one doubts a smashmouth Baltimore defens... more

With the final stretch of the 2016 NFL season upon us, the Pro Bowl picture is shaping up. Before fan voting ends on Dec. 13, Chris Wesseling takes a look at the players who most deserve to make the Pro Bowl for the first time. Of course, it's no... more

The Carolina Panthers' top defensive star is closer to returning to the field. Luke Kuechly was a limited participiant in practice Wednesday. It was the first time the linebacker has practiced since leaving the Panthers' Week 11 victory with a... more

What's wrong with September sensation Carson Wentz? After roaring out to a passer rating over 100 in three of his first four NFL games, Philadelphia's rookie quarterback is the league's lowest-rated passer since Week 6. The Eagles' offense has go... more

Former Heisman Trophy winner and Chicago Bears' first-round pick Rashaan Salaam was found dead Monday night in Boulder, Colo. He was 42. Boulder police told the University of Colorado there were no signs of foul play. Salaam rushed for 2,055 yard... more

Justin Forsett is reuniting with Gary Kubiak in Denver. The Broncos have claimed Forsett off waivers from the Lions, the team made official Tuesday. Might Forsett contribute as soon as this week's game at Tennessee? Rookie Devontae Booker is... more

If the Atlanta Falcons are going to hold off the surging Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the NFC South, they will have to do it with a hobbled Julio Jones. Coach Dan Quinn revealed Monday that a turf-toe injury sidelined the All Pro wide receiver in th... more

Propelled by Thomas Rawls' long-awaited return to dominant rookie-year form , the Seahawks enjoyed their first 40-point game since November of 2013 in Sunday night's lopsided victory over the Panthers. Although Rawls averaged 108.0 yards as a star... more

Le'Veon Bell became the first running back this season to rush for 100 yards versus the improved Giants' defense, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a convincing 24-14 victory over New York in Week 13. Here's what we learned: 1. The Steelers have... more

Joe Flacco passed for a season-high 381 yards and four touchdowns, leading the (7-5) Baltimore Ravens to a lopsided 38-6 victory over the (7-5) Miami Dolphins in Week 13. Here's what we learned: 1. Baltimore entered Week 13 with an imbalanced tea... more

Will Darrelle Revis' nightmare season spell the end of his New York Jets career? Citing sources close to the 31-year-old cornerback, the New York Daily News reported Thursday that Revis has essentially "tanked" this season because he's no longer... more

Kyle Wilber forced a fumble from punt returner Adam Thielen, setting up Dez Bryant's go-ahead touchdown in the Dallas Cowboys' 17-15 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football. Here's what we learned in the kickoff to Week 13:... more


As the Giants prepare for a rare interconference showdown at Pittsburgh this weekend, inquiring minds want to know: Will the G-Men unleash Odell Beckham on punt returns as the Steelers do with their own All-Pro wide receiver, Antonio Brown? With pr... more

The Patriots aren't underestimating the NFL's lowest-ranked scoring offense in advance of this week's matchup with the Rams. Even if rookie Jared Goff needed three months to displace Case Keenum as Los Angeles' starting quarterback, New England coa... more

A wise old man on the barstool next to me once said the NFL season doesn't truly begin until Thanksgiving. Now that the year's final month is upon us, we can shed the lowly (49ers, Jaguars), the unfortunate (Bengals, Jets) and the woebegone (Panthers... more

Although Sammy Watkins enjoyed a successful return to game action in Buffalo's Week 12 victory over Jacksonville, the Bills' No. 1 receiver isn't out of the woods just yet. Team trainers pulled Watkins out of Wednesday's practice after he experienc... more

The unprecedented coaching conundrums and bizarre final 20 minutes in Kansas City's Week 12 victory over Denver overshadowed a dominant return to form by Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston. Nine months removed from ACL surgery, Houston almost... more

The NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons' most glaring weakness is about to grow even more fragile. Doctors have confirmed that the pectoral injury to Desmond Trufant requires surgery . The Falcons announced Tuesday that they have placed the Pro Bowl... more

The Green Bay Packers ended their four-game losing streak, keeping their playoff hopes alive with a 27-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. Here's what we learned on Monday Night Football: 1. Along with his sterling showing at Atl... more

Struggling wideout Nelson Agholor wasn't the only notable inactive for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. Right guard Brandon Brooks was held out of Monday night's 27-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers after being hospitalized with an illness earl... more

Coach Todd Bowles is not ready to throw in the towel on the 2016 season following the New York Jets' hard-fought Week 12 loss to the New England Patriots. Bowles announced Monday that veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starting quarterback... more

Rookie wideout Malcolm Mitchell beat Darrelle Revis' coverage for a pair of touchdowns, leading the New England Patriots† (9-2) †to a nail-biting 22-17 victory over the New York Jets† (3-8) †in Week 12. Here's what we learned: 1. Each of the prev... more

Speedy wideout Taylor Gabriel raced to the end zone on a pair of brilliant catch-and-runs, leading the Atlanta Falcons (7-4) to a 38-19 victory over the Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1) in Week 12. Here's what we learned: 1. Entering the season, Arizona... more

Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan is going to pay for doubting Kirk Cousins' value as the face of the franchise this past offseason. Entering Thursday's marquee showdown at Dallas, Cousins boasted the highest passer rating of an... more

A month ago, Landon Collins was emerging as the obvious candidate to capture the Pro Football Writers of America's Most Improved Player of the Year award . After helping spark the New York Giants' five-game winning streak, the second-year safety is n... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have put an emphatic end to their midseason doldrums, winning twice in a five-day span to reclaim first place in the AFC North. "We've been playing a lot better ," All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell told NFL Network's Aditi... more

When the Cardinals travel to Atlanta this weekend, the NFL's highest-octane 2015 offense will be staring longingly across the field at the league's premier offense in 2016. After finishing as the MVP runner-up for last year's NFC West champions, Ca... more

For the third time in four years, the Arizona Cardinals are getting precious little return on their first-round draft investment. Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, the team's top draft pick in 2016, has been a healthy scratch the past two games af... more

Roster building through free agency is all too often a recipe for disappointment in the modern NFL. As the Raiders, Giants, Redskins and Bills have proven this year, though, organizations that once struggled to post winning records can use the talen... more

Eddie Lacy's much-anticipated bounce-back season is officially over, leaving the rotund running back's Green Bay future up in the air. At his Wednesday press conference, Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled out the possibility of a 2016 return for La... more

Dion Jordan is back on the Miami Dolphins' radar. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft is expected to practice Wednesday for the first time in nearly two years, reports the Miami Herald. Jordan has been cleared to practice after spending... more

Buoyed by a pair of long touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the 8-2 Oakland Raiders pulled off a 27-20 comeback victory over the 6-4 Houston Texans in Mexico City. Here's what we learned during the Week 11 edition of Monday Night Football: 1. Bogg... more

Watching Steve Smith haul in his 1,000th career catch on Sunday, it's natural to wonder if the ageless wide receiver might consider delaying retirement for a second straight year. Still playing at a high level at age 37, Smith filled a highlight r... more

A nightmare-inducing season for the Chicago Bears has brought more frightening news to coach John Fox. Jay Cutler is undergoing tests for a shoulder injury sustained in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported, vi... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' offense is in dire straits after Sunday's 16-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills. As if All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green's strained hamstring wasn't bad enough, tailback Giovani Bernard suffered a torn ACL during the game, Bengal... more

Russell Wilson led a big-play offense, hauling in the first ever touchdown pass by a Seattle quarterback as the Seahawks cruised to a 26-15 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11. Here's what we learned: 1. This is Seattle's time of year.... more

Andrew Luck converted a third-down pass to T.Y. Hilton late in the fourth quarter, icing a 24-17 Indianapolis Colts victory over the surging Tennessee Titans. Here's what we learned in the Week 11 AFC South tilt: 1. Through two quarters, Luck was... more

The Carolina Panthers won Thursday night's game but lost their star linebacker. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Friday that Luke Kuechly is in concussion protocol following a hit late in the fourth quarter of the Panthers' 23-20 victory over the N... more

The New Orleans Saints' kicking woes resurfaced again late in the first half of Thursday Night Football . After Carolina Panthers rookie Vernon Butler blocked a Wil Lutz field-goal attempt, star linebacker Luke Kuechly scooped the ball off the tu... more

Indianapolis has won 10 straight matchups versus Tennessee, dominating a weak AFC South over the past half-decade. Colts coach Chuck Pagano understands, though, that this week's showdown with the surging division-rival Titans will be the toughest o... more

A field of 94 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 was condensed to 26 candidates on Wednesday during NFL Network's Gold Jacket Semifinalists special. The 26 semifinalists will be trimmed to 15 finalists in early January. T... more

When the Panthers released Steve Smith back in March of 2014 , the controversial decision sent shock waves throughout the Carolinas. The greatest player in franchise history had planned to play one more season with the Panthers before hanging up his... more

The beginning of every league year brings newfound hope in the form of veteran free agents. Whether your team is rebuilding its roster or adding a few missing pieces for a playoff run, the infusion of proven talent promises that this year will be bet... more

The Arizona Cardinals have rewarded Jaron Brown with a semblance of security while the wide receiver recovers from a season-ending ACL injury . Brown signed a contract extension with the team on Wednesday, per agent CJ LaBoy. The team announced th... more

Carolina's Week 10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs couldn't have been more painful . The Panthers dominated total yardage, Cam Newton converted a string of third downs and the defensive line shut down Alex Smith's aerial attack. Before All-Pro safet... more

Since erupting for more than 125 rushing yards in each of his first four NFL starts, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has reached the century mark just once in 17 games. The 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year broke free for more runs of... more

Jason Witten and Tony Romo are longtime teammates, close friends and road roommates. Once upon a time, Terrell Owens famously accused "his quarterback " of only having eyes for the All-Pro tight end in Dallas' aerial attack. Of Witten's 1,064 ca... more

The Seahawks have become reliant upon Russell Wilson's magic . When an injury-ravaged Wilson limped into Arizona for a mid-October 6-6 tie on Sunday Night Football , Seattle's offense was dysfunctional. Minus Wilson's unparalleled elusiveness, the... more

Kiko Alonso returned a Philip Rivers interception for a 60-yard touchdown, propelling the Miami Dolphins a 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Week 10. Here's what we learned: 1. On a day when Rivers reached the 300-touchdown club and byp... more

The Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) dusted off Ryan Mathews and a power-rushing attack, grinding out a 24-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons (6-4) in Week 10. Here's what we learned: 1. The Eagles designed their game plan to control the clock and keep... more

Coming back from two knee surgeries, scatback Dion Lewis is an intriguing wildcard for the New England Patriots offense in the second half of the season. Lewis returned to practice in late October and was activated off the PUP list Saturday for... more

After trailing 7-6 at halftime, the Baltimore Ravens scored three second-half touchdowns to run away from the Cleveland Browns in a 28-7 victory to kick off the NFL's Week 10 slate. Here's what we learned Thursday night: 1. The final numbers look... more

The Arizona Cardinals have been one of the NFL season's biggest surprises, plummeting from the NFC Championship Game to a losing record after nine weeks. Carson Palmer's aggressive downfield aerial attack has been reduced to an afterthought, unable... more

Before Sheldon Richardson was the "odd man out " of the New York Jets' defensive front, he was a subject of trade discussions with the Dallas Cowboys. As the trade deadline approached last week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Jets we... more

The Browns are in danger of authoring the second 0-16 season the NFL has ever seen. Come January, the talent-starved, woebegone 49ers will have to decide whether to hire their third head coach in three seasons. And yet, the Jaguars might just be the... more

Antonio Brown has his head coach's support after pleading with the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers receivers to "step in, step up and make plays " when he faces double teams. "It's important we get consistent contributions from guys not named Anto... more

The Seahawks and Bills treated the football world to the most entertaining prime-time showdown of the year, as Seattle hung on for a 31-25 victory in a game that came down to an end-zone throw on Buffalo's final play. Here's what we learned: 1. L... more

The Los Angeles faithful's "We want Goff! " chants are falling on deaf ears. Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed during Monday's press conference that Case Keenum will remain the starting quarterback versus the New York Jets in Week 10. Jared Goff began... more

The Indianapolis Colts held off a furious Aaron Rodgers comeback attempt late in the fourth quarter, hanging onto a 31-26 upset victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 9. Here's what we learned: 1. A more intense Colts squad simply outplayed t... more

Carson Wentz and Jordan Matthews failed to hook up on a fourth-down end-zone fade, leaving the New York Giants (5-3) with a 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) in Week 9. Here's what we learned: 1. It was fitting that Philadelphia's... more

Jameis Winston missed the first snaps of his nascent NFL career after suffering a knee injury late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's 43-28 loss to the Falcons. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' second-year quarterback took a punishing hit from... more

Are the Tennessee Titans finally prepared to unleash preseason sensation Derrick Henry? With star running back DeMarco Murray nursing a toe injury, coach Mike Mularkey indicated the plan is to increase his rookie power back's workload at San Diego... more

Will Ben Roethlisberger be under center when the Steelers travel to Baltimore for their divisional showdown on Sunday? Roethlisberger is just two weeks removed from meniscus surgery , but the Ravens firmly believe he will be leading Pittsburgh's of... more

The NFL's hottest quarterback will soon be adding another weapon to his arsenal. The New England Patriots are holding out hope that running back Dion Lewis will be ready to re-join the backfield rotation for next week's showdown with the Seattle... more

With the schedule flipping from Week 8 to Week 9, we've reached the midpoint of the 2016 season -- which means it's time for Chris Wesseling to present his Midseason All-Pro team: MIDSEASON ALL-PROS: OFFENSE MIDSEASON ALL-PROS: DEFENSE... more

With the schedule flipping from Week 8 to Week 9, we've reached the midpoint of the 2016 season -- which means it's time for Chris Wesseling to present his Midseason All-Pro team: MIDSEASON ALL-PROS: OFFENSE MIDSEASON ALL-PROS: DEFENSE... more

The Seahawks are adding a former New York Giants third-round draft pick for depth with Pro Bowl defensive lineman Michael Bennett sidelined for a few weeks . Seattle has signed defensive end Damontre Moore, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reporte... more


Rookie power back Jordan Howard exploded for 202 yards and a touchdown, leading the Chicago Bears to a 20-10 upset victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8. Here's what we learned on Monday night: 1. Fantasy footballers have to be pulling the... more

From the outside looking in, Monday's Jamie Collins trade was the most stupefying of the Bill Belichick era because of the timing. Why would the AFC's overwhelming Super Bowl favorite trade its best defensive playmaker at midseason? As it turns... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are cutting ties with a recent second-round draft pick. The team has waived cornerback Johnthan Banks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source with knowledge of the situation. After starting 37 of 48 game... more

Mohamed Sanu hauled in five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown on the Falcons' game-winning drive, leading Atlanta to a 33-32 comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers in a Week 8 thriller. Here's what we learned: 1. No Randall Cobb, no Ty... more

Tom Brady tossed four touchdowns in the first three quarters, leading the New England Patriots to a convincing 41-25 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 8. Here's what we learned: 1. Brady should have had a fifth touchdown pass, but a wide ope... more

Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray played starring roles as the Tennessee Titans raced out to an early lead and cruised to a 36-22 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars to kick off Week 8. Here's what we learned on Thursday Night Football: 1. The... more

Teams in the market for a veteran wide receiver in advance of the Nov. 1 trade deadline shouldn't count on Chicago Bears impending free agent Alshon Jeffery as a realistic option. Appearing on Wednesday's edition of Up to the Minute Live , NFL Netw... more

The Jared Goff watch is in full bloom in Los Angeles. One week after NFL Network's Steve Wyche reported that the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft would begin seeing increased practice reps , the Los Angeles Rams provided a strong hint that Goff... more

Arian Foster announced his retirement early this week, closing the books on one of the most productive careers by an undrafted running back in modern NFL history. Among all players with a minimum of 1,000 touches since 2010, per NFL Research, Foster... more

Two days after getting their struggling ground attack back on track in a victory over the Texans, the Broncos are bracing for the absence of their starting running back. C.J. Anderson is expected to miss at least a few weeks with a bone bruise in... more

Bill Belichick wasn't finished working the phones after trading for linebacker Kyle Van Noy on Tuesday. New England traded tight end A.J. Derby to Denver, the Broncos announced later that afternoon. The Patriots will receive a fifth-round draft pi... more

Brock Osweiler has led the fewest touchdown drives of any starting quarterback this season. In the Texans' Monday night loss at Denver, the former Broncos signal-caller posted one of the lowest single-game yards-per-attempt figures in modern NFL his... more

For the third consecutive year, New England traded for linebacker depth in advance of the NFL's trade deadline. The Patriots acquired third-year linebacker Kyle Van Noy from the Detroit Lions. Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Patriots will also... more

The Broncos got back on track following a two-game losing streak, stifling former Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans' offense in a 27-9 victory Monday night. Here's what we learned: 1. The Denver faithful let out a hearty je... more

In the market for a deep-threat wide receiver, the Philadelphia Eagles have reached out to former coach Chip Kelly's new organization. The Eagles and San Francisco 49ers are in discussion about a potential trade involving wide receiver Torrey Smith... more

Rendered a non-factor in Miami's offense amid Jay Ajayi's emergence as a burgeoning superstar , veteran running back Arian Foster announced his retirement Monday. Foster made his Dolphins debut as the Week 1 starter, but was waylaid by the latest i... more

The Cleveland Browns aren't the only team issuing denials that their star tackle is on the trade block. Speaking to reporters Monday, San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly denied any knowledge that left tackle Joe Staley is available in advance of... more

Coming out of LSU in 2014, Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry drew comparisons to former Steelers great Hines Ward for his strong hands, run-after-catch physicality and the ability to get open with consistency in the middle of the field. After Sunday'... more

Falcons coach Dan Quinn's fourth-down gamble backfired, shifting the San Diego Chargers' 2016 fortunes with a 33-30 overtime victory over Atlanta in Week 7. Here's what we learned: 1. Don't count Mike McCoy's squad out of the AFC West race after a... more

Philadelphia's defense took advantage of the Minnesota Vikings' injury-ravaged offensive line in Week 7, as the Eagles (4-2) defeated the NFL's last unbeaten team in a convincing 21-10 victory. Here's what we learned: 1. The Vikings and Eagles ent... more

The Arizona Cardinals expect to have their starting quarterback for Sunday night's clash with the Seattle Seahawks, but their deep-threat receiver's status is more cloudy. Although Carson Palmer is listed as "questionable" with a hamstring injury,... more

Tony Romo won't be in the lineup , but the Cowboys will have plenty of reinforcements when they return from the bye in Week 8. On Friday's appearance with Dallas' KTVT, per The Dallas Morning News , owner Jerry Jones said he expects the trio of wid... more

Davante Adams corralled a career-high 13 passes for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 26-10 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 7. Here's what we learned: 1. As it turns out, we haven't seen the last of Jay... more

After nearly four years without a 100-yard rusher, Frank Gore finally broke the most infamous streak of the 2016 season in last week's dumbfounding collapse versus the Texans . That accomplishment is little solace to the 33-year-old running back,... more

The Cowboys enter the Week 7 bye on a high note, riding the remarkable rookie duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to the top of the NFC East. What inquiring football minds want to know is how Dallas' brass will handle a delicate quarterback... more

The Dolphins are bracing for the loss of one of their premier defensive standouts. The fear in Miami is that Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones tore his rotator cuff in Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport repo... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for Week 7 versus the New England Patriots. Roethlisberger underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday via a team... more

Earl Thomas intercepted a pass off of Julio Jones' fingertips, setting up Steven Hauschka's go-ahead field goal as the Seahawks escaped with a 26-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Here's what we learned: 1. The interception was the first targe... more

Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown, leading the New England Patriots to a 35-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6. Here's what we learned: 1. Controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides o... more

San Diego's rookie draft class played a starring role Thursday night, leading the Chargers to a 21-13 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 6. Here's what we learned: 1. Qualcomm Stadium exhaled a collective sigh of relief when C.J. Anderson's... more

The San Diego Chargers have yet to offer a public vote of confidence for coach Mike McCoy in the wake of the team's devastating string of blown leads to open the season. But did McCoy help save his job with the Chargers' 21-13 win over the Denver... more

Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles was a non-factor in his 2016 debut, gaining just 7 yards on two rushing attempts in last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The four-time Pro Bowler expects to have a bigger role this week ve... more

The awakening is upon us. As fantasy analyst Matt Harmon pointed out last weekend, the early portion of the 2016 NFL season suggests we are in the midst of the year of the wayward-soul running back . Prominent prodigal sons such as Christi... more

Ryan Tannehill's job might be safe in Miami , but that same leeway doesn't apply to the starting left tackle and left guard from the Dolphins' Week 5 loss to the Titans. The team has waived offensive linemen Billy Turner, Dallas Thomas and Jamil... more

Embattled rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo shook off a pair of missed field goals to drill the game-winner from 38 yards out, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 17-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers in a wild and wacky NFC South showdown Monday ni... more

The NFL's top-ranked offense won the much ballyhooed battle versus Von Miller's swarming defense, as the Atlanta Falcons (4-1) toppled the Broncos from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 23-16 victory in Denver. Here's what we learned: 1. It's a sh... more

Breshad Perriman's 23-yard touchdown was overturned on replay review with 30 seconds remaining in the game, preserving a 16-10 victory for the Washington Redskins over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. Here's what we learned: 1. The Ravens appeared... more

Of all common football injuries, the patellar tendon rupture has long offered the lowest rate of recovery to pre-injury effectiveness. The patellar tendon anchors the thigh's quadriceps muscle to the shin, allowing the knee to flex and extend. Beca... more

This week's marquee matchup features the NFL's highest-scoring offense versus the dominant defense of the past two seasons. The question on the mind of 4-0 Denver Broncos fans as they prepare to square off with the 3-1 Atlanta Falcons: who will be... more

There's nothing like a fruitless trip across the pond for forced introspection. The latest London loser to wonder where it all went wrong, the Indianapolis Colts have already fired two players while fielding criticism of high-profile members of th... more

The NFL veered away from recent trends in the first quarter of the 2016 season. The marquee quarterbacks took a backseat, with Peyton Manning retired, Tom Brady suspended for four games, Cam Newton struggling, Aaron Rodgers still trying to prove last... more

Rob Gronkowski has managed a paltry one catch for 11 yards since returning from a hamstring injury in Week 3, leading frustrated fantasy owners with poor life skills to hound the All-Pro tight end in search of answers. If Gronkowski is healthy eno... more

The recent NFL tradition of heads rolling upon the losing team's return from London continued on Tuesday. A pair of starters on Indianapolis' 30th-ranked scoring defense have lost their jobs. The Colts released cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wa... more

The Arizona Cardinals' depth will be tested after losing a couple of key contributors during their Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals placed running back Chris Johnson and defensive back Tyvon Branch on injured reserve, the team... more

The Minnesota Vikings' swarming defense limited Odell Beckham to the lowest output of his career, stifling the New York Giants' offense in a convincing 24-10 victory Monday night. Here's what we learned in the Week 4 tilt: 1. Since making his deb... more

Terrance West displaced Justin Forsett as the Ravens' starting tailback in Week 4, generating Baltimore's first 100-yard rushing performance since October of last season. Although West proved to be a significant upgrade, growing stronger as Sunday'... more

With Carson Palmer in the locker room for concussion evaluation, Rams linebacker Mark Barron intercepted backup quarterback Drew Stanton to seal a 17-13 victory for the Los Angeles Rams over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. Here's what we learned:... more

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones each established career highs and franchise records, eviscerating the Carolina Panthers' inexperienced secondary in a fireworks display that resulted in a 48-33 Atlanta Falcons victory Sunday. Here's what we learned: 1.... more


A.J. Green was uncoverable against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, hauling in 10 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown as the Cincinnati Bengals cruised to a 22-7 victory in Week 4. Here's what we learned: 1. With veteran cornerback Byron Ma... more

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters is on the Pittsburgh Steelers' radar after capturing AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Wednesday. The league's most dangerous cover man, Peters intercepted a pair of passes for the second consec... more

Former second-round draft pick Justin Hunter won't realize his potential in Miami. The Dolphins have released the fourth-year wide receiver, the team announced on Wednesday. Claimed off waivers from the Tennessee Titans in early September, Hunte... more

Terrelle Pryor torched Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant for a 50-yard touchdown in preseason action, serving notice that his transition from quarterback to wide receiver shouldn't be disregarded as a novelty act. Three games into his position... more

J.J. Watt will have to wait until next season to make a serious run at an unprecedented fourth NFL Defensive Player of the Year award . The league's dominant defensive force re-injured his back during Houston's Week 3 loss to the New England Patrio... more

The Dallas Cowboys will have to do without a key starter on their celebrated offensive line. Second-year guard La'el Collins has torn a ligament in his foot, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the injury. A second... more

Joique Bell has found a new home in the NFC North. The former Detroit running back has agreed to terms with Chicago, Bell announced Tuesday on Twitter . Bell, 30, was released by the Lions in February after averaging an inefficient 3.5 yards per... more

The Chicago Bears will see a changing of the guard in their backfield this week. Already losing work to rookie Jordan Howard, starting tailback Jeremy Langford is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks with an ankle injury sustained in Sunday... more

Atlanta's backfield tag-team of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combined for 296 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Falcons to a 45-32 shootout victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Here's what we learned: 1. Matt Ryan is... more

Stacking up one impressive performance after another, Carson Wentz is streaking out to a comfortable lead in the Offensive Rookie of the Year race. Wentz tossed a pair of touchdowns en route to his first 300-yard performance, leading the Philadelphia... more

Denver found an aerial attack on Sunday, with Trevor Siemian tossing four touchdowns to lead the Broncos (3-0) to a 29-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals (1-2). Here's what we learned: 1. Cincinnati's defense keyed on C.J. Anderson and the gr... more

This edition of the Houston Texans was supposed to be different. Three times in the past five years, the Texans have captured the AFC South crown only to prove they couldn't hang with the class of the conference in postseason action. The first tw... more

Has any quarterback inspired loftier trade reviews than Carson Palmer? Immediately after cajoling the Cincinnati Bengals into parting with Palmer for first- and second-round draft picks in October of 2011, Hue Jackson -- then of the Oakland Raiders... more

Cleveland fans are all too familiar with feelings of lamentation for franchise saviors bypassed by the Browns. A native of northern Ohio, Ben Roethlisberger watched his hometown team eschew his obvious talents in favor of tight end Kellen Winslow... more

When Percy Harvin became the first slot receiver to win the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2009, he was the exception to the prevailing wisdom that the position was solely the domain of smaller, shiftier wideouts unable to survive outsid... more

Adrian Peterson's loss is Ronnie Hillman's gain. With Peterson on the shelf, the Minnesota Vikings signed Hillman on Wednesday, coach Mike Zimmer announced. An 11-game starter with the Super Bowl champions last season, Hillman was released by the... more

The deck continues to stack against Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Wide receiver Donte Moncrief will miss the next four to six weeks with a fractured shoulder blade, coach Chuck Pagano revealed in Wednesday's press conference. The inju... more

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has already seen promising results after shortening Carson Wentz's delivery and streamlining his footwork. Now Pederson wants his rookie quarterback to concentrate on protecting the rest of his body. As... more

Might the Packers be adding a much-needed speed element to their ailing offensive attack? Free agent running back C.J. Spiller is visiting Green Bay on Tuesday, reported ESPN's Adam Caplan. The Packers have an open roster spot and a need for... more

For the second straight game, Carson Wentz had the look of a quarterback solution for the Eagles. The hotshot rookie led Philadelphia to a convincing 29-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Here's what we learned: 1. Fans of the Bro... more

Jay Cutler's night ended prematurely in the Chicago Bears' 29-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. The Chicago Bears quarterback was ushered to the locker room at the end of the third quarter after suffering a right thumb injury. Cu... more

With a lifetime's worth of financial security hanging in the balance, Kirk Cousins is under as much pressure as any quarterback this season. After tossing three interceptions and missing a host of open receivers through two games, he's facing incr... more

Sunday's victory over the Indianapolis Colts was costly one for the Denver Broncos. Star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware suffered an ulna fracture near his elbow, coach Gary Kubiak revealed after the game. Ware is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday and i... more

Von Miller led a ferocious Denver defense that accounted for two touchdowns in the Broncos' 34-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2. Here's what we learned: 1. The Colts simply don't have the talent on either side of the ball to knock... more

Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes in the driving rain to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 24-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Here's what we learned: 1. With rangy linebacker Ryan Shazier leading the way, the Steel... more

Protesting the unflagged helmet-to-helmet blows absorbed by Cam Newton in the season opener, Panthers coach Ron Rivera drew comparisons to the NBA's desperate Hack-a-Shaq strategy to contain behemoth Basketball Hall of Fame center Shaquille O'Neal.... more

Three New York receivers topped 90 yards apiece to lead the Jets to a 37-31 shootout victory over the Buffalo Bills in a wild Thursday night game chock-full of big plays and momentum swings. Here's what we learned: 1. Reminiscent of last week's l... more

Less than two months after Brett Favre headlined the 54th Pro Football Hall of Fame class , the nominees for the 55th class have been revealed. Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson leads the list of first-year eligibles for th... more

Could recently cut cornerback Tharold Simon come back to haunt the Seattle Seahawks with a division rival? The Arizona Cardinals claimed Simon off waivers on Wednesday, the team announced. The Cardinals have been seeking veteran help at the posit... more

Thomas Rawls has reclaimed his spot atop the Seattle Seahawks' backfield depth chart. Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Wednesday that Rawls will start versus the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The plan all along was for Rawls to replace retired superst... more

The NFL's opening Sunday saw Lamar Miller as the only player to reach 100 rushing yards. While rushing production is down around the league in an increasingly pass-heavy era, the role of pass-catching running backs continues to expand. Week 1 brou... more

After watching Case Keenum author one of the least effective season openers of the 21st century, Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that he had no plans to change his starting quarterback for Sunday's home opener versus the Seattle... more

The fallout from the Carolina Panthers' Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos centered on a series of helmet-to-helmet hits absorbed by Cam Newton. Coach Ron Rivera intimated that his quarterback doesn't receive the same "veteran favoritism" as other... more

The 49ers boast the largest margin of victory in Week 1 after dismantling the Los Angeles Rams on†Monday night, while the Steelers showcased their potent, exciting offense in a victory over the Redskins. Here's what we learned from Monday's two gam... more

Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks in a 12-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Here's what we learned. 1. Kept out of the end zone for 59 minutes, Russell Wilson responded to Ryan Tannehill's 86-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive with his own... more

The Raiders rallied to beat the Saints 35-34 behind Derek Carr's heady play and a gutsy two-point call from Jack Del Rio. Here's what we learned: 1. Credit goes to Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who opted for the winning two-point conversion with jus... more

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining, salvaging a 21-20 Denver Broncos victory in the 2016 NFL Kickoff. Here's what you need to know: 1. Carolina controlled the Super Bowl 50 rematch until a... more

Trevor Siemian will make his first professional start in Thursday night's 2016 NFL Kickoff. If not for a few twists and turns last month, it could have been Case Keenum starting for the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl 50 rematch with the Carolina... more

J.J. Watt briefly considered life without football after undergoing surgery to replace five muscles in his lower abdomen last January. Watt had already been battling through a groin injury for six or seven weeks when he tore the core muscles so sev... more

After missing the majority of August, Tyrann Mathieu and John Brown are noticeably absent from the Arizona Cardinals' Week 1 injury report. Returning from a December ACL tear, Mathieu sat out the entire preseason docket. Still, coach Bruce Arians h... more

In a bizarre span of five days, Justin Forsett has gone from the top of Baltimore's depth chart to out of work to Week 1 starter versus the Bills. After re-signing an apparently ceremonial two-year, $6 million contract with the Ravens on Monday, Fo... more

Armed with an exceptional dose of leverage, Drew Brees imposed a negotiating deadline that succeeded in spurring action for a lucrative new contract. Brees and the New Orleans Saints agreed on a contract extension Wednesday, NFL Network Insider Ian... more

Jimmy Garoppolo might not be the next Tom Brady, but his Week 1 opponent sees similarities to another household name of the past decade. During Wednesday's conference call leading up to the Sunday night opener, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians... more

It seems so long ago when Tony Romo was vying with Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt for the 2014 MVP award. The ensuing 20 months have seen Romo doubled over in pain as often as he's reached the end zone. When an increasingly brittle Romo broke a bone... more

Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't ready to break out the anointing oils for Cardinals running back David Johnson. The Arizona braintrust spent the offseason lavishing unusually lofty praise on their uniquely talented second-year star . Head co... more

Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz couldn't draw up a more fitting opponent than the Cleveland Browns for his NFL debut on Sunday . Still in search of their 25th starting quarterback since being awarded a new franchise in 1999, the... more

After drawing raves from the opening of training camp, Arian Foster has finally pulled ahead of Jay Ajayi on the Miami Dolphins' Week 1 depth chart . Citing Foster's edge in experience, consistency and knowledge of the offense, coach Adam Gase name... more

For the third consecutive summer , the Jacksonville Jaguars are picking up steam as a trendy pick to graduate from also-ran to playoff contender. With the addition of talented starters such as former Denver Broncos playoff hero Malik Jackson, thoug... more

The Cardinals' injury-ravaged secondary is ready for reinforcements after turning Texans quarterbacks Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage into preseason all-stars last week. Two weeks after graduating from the physically unable to perform list to the a... more

Brace yourselves for Case Keenum versus Blaine Gabbert when the Los Angeles Rams open the season on Monday Night Football . If Jared Goff had even a slim chance of overtaking Keenum for the Week 1 quarterback job, Thursday night's performance in th... more


The Indianapolis Colts' first-team offense has scored just six points in three quarters this month. After watching the Philadelphia Eagles' front seven run roughshod over the Colts' perennially beleaguered offensive line in the third preseason game... more

All-Pro defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is expected to be available for the Arizona Cardinals when they do battle with the New England Patriots in the season opener of Sunday Night Football. The same can't be said of speedy wide receiver John Brown,... more

Heading into the 2016 campaign, Around The NFL is taking a closer look at each division over the course of this week. Which storylines -- and players -- will define the coming months within each of the league's eight sectors? Check out the NFC West e... more

Heading into the 2016 campaign, Around The NFL is taking a closer look at each division over the course of this week. Which storylines -- and players -- will define the coming months within each of the league's eight sectors? Check out the AFC West e... more

The Dallas Cowboys are interested in a quarterback with Cleveland Browns ties, but it's not Josh McCown. In need of an experienced backup with Tony Romo sidelined for two months , the Cowboys will work out free agent signal-caller Austin Davis on... more

There are moments when the fortunes of an NFL franchise can pivot on one play. In the wake of Teddy Bridgewater's dislocated knee and torn ACL , however, coach Mike Zimmer won't allow his Minnesota Vikings to lapse into a moment of self-pity. "We... more

Bruce Ellington won't get the chance to fulfill the fantasy football community's overly optimistic projections in Chip Kelly's offense this season. The San Francisco 49ers placed the third-year wide receiver on season-ending injured reserve, the te... more

James Jones is back on the market. Four weeks after Jones signed on with San Diego , the Chargers have released the 32-year-old wideout, the team announced Monday. Jones never got comfortable with the offense of coach Mike McCoy and offensive... more

The Broncos are shopping veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez, with the Cowboys as an obvious target. Denver has contacted Dallas to gauge interest in a trade for Sanchez, NFL Media's Jane Slater reported, via a source informed of the talks. While t... more

Now that Trevor Siemian has won Denver's quarterback competition , Mark Sanchez's future with the organization is up in the air. Releasing Sanchez would save the Broncos $4.5 million while recouping the conditional seventh-round draft pick that was... more

In spite of themselves, the Dallas Cowboys are finally set up to weather the quarterback storm while Tony Romo's increasingly brittle body recovers from yet another crushing blow . Since handing Kyle Orton a $5 million signing bonus to act as prem... more

Embattled Buccaneers rookie Roberto Aguayo kept the wolves at bay in the third preseason game. Tampa Bay's second-round kicker drilled a pair of field goals and three extra points without a miss in the first half of Friday's contest versus Clevela... more

The Carolina Panthers are toying with the idea of adding experience to their greenhorn secondary. Free-agent safety Donte Whitner is flying to Charlotte for a Friday workout , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source informed of the visit. In... more

The Seahawks understand they are going to miss Marshawn Lynch as the bruising tackle-breaker setting the tone for the past half-decade of near-dynastic NFC dominance . Ever since Thomas Rawls outshined Lynch last season, though, coach Pete Carro... more

Last year at this time, the Cowboys were still trying to figure out how Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden were going to replace reigning Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray. Two weeks before the start of the 2016 season, Dallas' backfield... more

Don't count J.J. Watt out for the season opener just yet. One week after coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged that Watt was in jeopardy of missing the season's first two games , the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is poised to return to the pra... more

When the Carolina Panthers rescinded Josh Norman's franchise tag in April, conventional wisdom suggested general manager Dave Gettleman would use the savings toward a new contract for 2015 breakout star Kawann Short. Although Short reported to... more

As if the Wednesday statement released by the San Diego Chargers wasn't emphatic enough, president of football operations John Spanos followed up by unloading on the representatives for No. 3 overall draft pick Joey Bosa. Spanos pulled the Charger... more

One week after his surprising trade to Philadelphia , enigmatic wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will have an opportunity to climb the Eagles' shaky depth chart in Saturday's preseason game versus the Colts. Coach Doug Pederson told reporters... more

Through two weeks of preseason action, no rookie has been more scrutinized than Roberto Aguayo. The second-round draft pick has already missed an extra-point try and a pair of field-goal attempts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, misfires he concedes... more

The Colts' defense is in dire straits. Concerns over the front seven's ability to generate a pass rush have been trumped by a rash of injuries in the secondary, leading Indianapolis to take a flier on a veteran free agent who has drawn little inter... more

Recovered from last week's fatigue in his throwing arm, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is expected to make his 2016 preseason debut Friday night versus the Packers. Kaepernick returned to a complete practice Monday, throwing an array of short a... more

Keenan Lewis was a star under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in his first season with New Orleans back in 2013. Now that Dennis Allen is running the defense, the Saints have cut ties with the veteran cornerback. Is it the change in coordinator th... more

Expect the Denver Broncos' quarterback competition to continue into the third preseason game without a clear frontrunner. In his debut as a preseason starter Saturday night, Trevor Siemian marred an otherwise solid performance with a pick-six when... more

The Dallas Cowboys are out of the veteran quarterback market. After watching rookie Dak Prescott's dazzling preseason debut last week, owner Jerry Jones told the Cowboys broadcast team Friday evening that he's satisfied with his quarterback depth... more

The Chicago Bears spent the offseason prescribing a "hot hand " approach to their post-Matt Forte backfield. After two preseason games, Jeremy Langford has emerged as the clear-cut featured back. Until Jacquizz Rodgers entered in the second quart... more

Immediately after the new league year's free agency and draft period, Around The NFL handed out awards for the best performances by scouts and general managers during the roster-reconstruction phase of March and April. Three months later, offseason... more

Will J.J. Watt be recovered from back surgery in time for Week 1? That's the question hanging over the Houston Texans' preseason in an AFC South that suddenly seems hyper-competitive . Although Watt has yet to miss a game in his five-year career,... more

Jimmy Garoppolo started slowly and finished in strong fashion for the second straight week. Although a spry-looking LeGarrette Blount succeeded in moving the chains in the first quarter, Garoppolo couldn't establish a rhythm until he led a... more

Immediately after the new league year's free agency and draft period, Around The NFL handed out awards for the best performances by scouts and general managers during the roster-reconstruction phase of March and April. Three months later, offseason... more

Immediately after the new league year's free agency and draft period, Around The NFL handed out awards for the best performances by scouts and general managers during the roster-reconstruction phase of March and April. Three months later, offseason... more

Carson Palmer recently opined to NFL Media's Gil Brandt that Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson would be a top-10 pick if the 2015 NFL Draft was held this summer. If the relentless stream of praise emanating from the desert is any... more

Immediately after the new league year's free agency and draft period, Around The NFL handed out awards for the best performances by scouts and general managers during the roster-reconstruction phase of March and April. Three months later, offseason... more

The Denver Broncos have lost a starter on the league's top-ranked defense. Veteran defensive end Vance Walker will likely miss the entire 2016 season after tearing his right ACL in Monday morning's practice, the team announced. Walker was expecte... more

Hours after coach Rex Ryan noted that Leonard Hankerson was "horrible" in the preseason opener, the Buffalo Bills have cut ties with the nomadic wide receiver. Hankerson was released on Monday, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, via a source famili... more

Former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley is receiving long overdue interest for the game's highest honor. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Monday that Easley has been selected as a senior finalist. As Seattle's first defensive superstar, Easley... more

Nobody's laughing at "exotic smashmouth " now. Mike Mularkey's vision for the 2016 season was realized in the Tennessee Titans' preseason opener when the "Thunder and Thunder " backfield of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry combined for 167 rushing... more

The Dallas Cowboys welcomed Jared Goff to the NFL on Saturday. Whereas rookie counterpart Dak Prescott dazzled while operating behind pro football's dominant offensive line and throwing to a pair of veteran wideouts, Goff struggled with a subpar... more

Dak Prescott did all he could in the Cowboys' preseason opener to silence the cries for a veteran insurance policy in Dallas. Displaying remarkable poise for a fourth-round rookie, Prescott tossed a pair of touchdowns on his first two NFL possessio... more

The Dallas Cowboys conducted a little business in advance of Saturday's preseason opener at Los Angeles. The team has agreed to terms with center Travis Frederick on a six-year contract extension that will make him the highest-paid center in the le... more

Following the 2016 NFL Draft, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht touted No. 39 overall pick Noah Spence as "one of, if not the, best pure pass rusher " available. Spence teamed with former Giants defensive end Robert Ayers to spearhead a swarmi... more

Andre Johnson and Anquan Boldin recently found new NFL homes in Nashville and Detroit, respectively. Might Marques Colston be the next veteran free agent to be signed after a silent offseason? The New Orleans Saints' all-time leader in receptions (... more

The San Diego Chargers will have to play the 2016 season without Stevie Johnson. The veteran wide receiver has learned that surgery to repair a meniscus tear will prevent him from suiting up this year , the team confirmed Thursday. NFL Media Inside... more

Will it be Tom Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo under center when the New England Patriots take on the New Orleans Saints in Thursday's preseason opener? The early signs point toward Garoppolo playing with the first-team offense to prepare the backup... more

The Miami Dolphins are adding veteran depth for their beleaguered cornerback corps. The team signed former 49ers and Redskins corner Chris Culliver, the team announced Wednesday, and placed him on the physically unable to perform list. His contract... more

The New England Patriots took center stage on Tuesday, but did they win, lose or draw? Safety Nate Ebner was the big winner, helping USA Rugby to a 26-0 victory over Brazil as Patriots coaches and teammates met to cheer on their football teammate.... more

The Patriots' pass-rushing depth was dealt a blow on Tuesday. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich tore his triceps in Tuesday's scrimmage versus the Saints, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the injury. Although the muscl... more

Preseason games can be incredibly misleading, particularly in the evaluation of quarterback play. Leery of tipping their regular-season plans, defensive coordinators roll out vanilla schemes. The defensive pressure is less intense, the passing window... more

Amari Cooper slammed into the proverbial rookie wall last December, failing to top 20 yards in three of the last four games of the season. Battling a foot injury that nearly led the Oakland Raiders to shut him down for the season , Cooper still man... more

When the Cleveland Browns signed Robert Griffin III back in late March , the glaring concern was whether the surrounding talent was strong enough to enable reputed quarterback whisperer Hue Jackson to succeed with his hand-picked reclamation project... more

Late last season, Bruce Arians became the latest legend to have his NFL career memorialized with an episode of "A Football Life ." Future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald seems like a mortal lock to join him in receiving that honor in the... more

Franchise legend Larry Fitzgerald has already linked his future NFL plans to those of Carson Palmer. Now the team is putting it in writing. Arizona has rewarded the two aging stars with one-year contract extensions, the Cardinals announced Frida... more

Marcus Mariota's most impressive attribute through one NFL season has been the nonchalant recognition by teammates and coaches that the Tennessee Titans already boast a bona fide franchise quarterback and special talent as the face of the organizat... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have found veteran quarterback insurance for Alex Smith. The Chiefs have signed Nick Foles, the team announced Friday. The Cowboys and the Vikings had also extended offers to the former Los Angeles Rams quarterback, according... more

Former Browns and Titans castoff Terrance West isn't just pushing for a roster spot in Baltimore. He's building a strong case to surpass Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen as the Ravens' top running back. Through a week of training camp, the Baltimo... more

When Tharold Simon first surfaced on the national radar, it was in the scapegoat role as Tom Brady victimized the second-year Seahawks cornerback for a pair of touchdowns in Super Bowl XLIX. Simon went on to miss the bulk of the 2015 season with a... more

Since Tony Romo displaced Drew Bledsoe in October of 2006, the Dallas Cowboys are 78-49 (.614) with their starting quarterback in the lineup and a woebegone 7-20 (.259) when forced to turn to the backup. The Cowboys have only themselves to blame fo... more

Meeting Arizona legend and American patriot John McCain wasn't the best experience of Tyrann Mathieu's memorable Tuesday. The senior United States Senator and former presidential nominee was on hand at Cardinals practice to congratulate Mathieu on... more

Desperately in need of a legitimate pass rusher, the Falcons are bringing in one of the most productive sack artists of the 21st century. Veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney agreed to terms with Atlanta on Tuesday, the team announced. Freeney chos... more

In the span of three years, Tyrann Mathieu has gone from NFL draft pariah to franchise cornerstone in Arizona. The Cardinals have agreed to terms with the NFL's most versatile defensive back on a five-year, $62.5 million extension averaging more... more

This past offseason was different for the perennial NFC superpower Seahawks. Two years ago, they were flying high off of the first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history. Last year, they spent the offseason reeling from a devastating last-minute Supe... more

The record-breaking 2007 Patriots offense boasted the greatest deep threat and slot receiver of the 21st century, bolstered by a pair of veterans who went on to 10-year NFL careers in Donte' Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney. This year's receiving corps... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' recent dalliance with free agent Greg Hardy doesn't mean the defense is lacking in pass rushers. Starting with 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler, the Jags boast more talent up front than they've had in years. Although... more

When Nick Foles was granted his release from the Los Angeles Rams last week, speculation immediately turned to a reunion with Chip Kelly in San Francisco. Speaking on KNBR-AM's "Murph and Mac Show" Monday morning in San Francisco, Kelly made it cl... more


The Houston Texans have been a trendy Super Bowl sleeper this past offseason, in no small part because they boast two of the NFL's top 20 players in defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. As the team reported for training camp... more

Has Tre Mason played his last down for the Rams? The backup running back was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list Saturday after failing to show for the start of training camp. Mason did not participate in Los Angeles' offseason program. Coa... more

Wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt after Saturday's practice, Michael Bennett was critical of fellow NFL players who he believes have remained silent on social issues. The popular Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman singled out some of the league's... more

Now that Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets have found common ground , the Chargers' contract stalemate with first-round draft pick Joey Bosa looms as the tedious business story threatens to overshadow the on-field show in training camp. Standing firm o... more

Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan feels rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson's pain. McCloughan arrived at training camp sporting a hand wrap courtesy of the Achilles' tendon soreness that kept Doctson out of organized team activiti... more

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons is hanging up his cleats after 13 seasons with five different NFL organizations. Clemons has informed the Seahawks that he intends to retire , NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed of... more

Indianapolis Colts fans have yet another reason to believe breakout campaigns are on the horizon for talented young wide receivers Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett. Early in training camp, per the Indianapolis Star, it's "unmistakably clear " tha... more

Change happens quickly in the NFL. Two offseasons ago, Nick Foles was basking in the glow of a Pro Bowl MVP award after posting the best single-season touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history. Just after Rams camp opened last summer, Foles... more

The NFL's top scoring offense is growing stronger. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is "healthy and ready to go " for Carolina Panthers training camp after missing the entirety of the 2015 season with a torn ACL , per NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon.... more

Colin Kaepernick is healthy just in time for his training-camp battle with Blaine Gabbert. For the first time since undergoing three surgeries, Kaepernick received medical clearance from his Colorado doctor to practice, sources with knowledge of t... more

Two days after signing general manager John Schneider to a new deal , the Seattle Seahawks are extending coach Pete Carroll's contract. The team has reached agreement with Carroll on a new pact that will run through the 2019 season, the team announ... more

While defensive tackle Kawann Short remains at a contract impasse with the Carolina Panthers, veteran safety Kurt Coleman has landed a new deal. The Panthers signed Coleman on a three-year extension, the team announced Wednesday. NFL Media Insider... more

Andre Johnson is back in the news for the first time since his release by the Indianapolis Colts in February. The 35-year-old wide receiver visited the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of... more

Franchise player Eric Berry won't be the only Kansas City Chiefs defensive star missing from the start of training camp . Coach Andy Reid told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't expect outside linebacker Justin Houston to participate in camp. Hou... more

There's reason to believe Andrew Luck was never fully healthy at any point in a disappointing 2015 season. He missed two early-season games with an injury to his throwing shoulder, played through torn cartilage in two of his ribs and went down with... more

The situation on the Dallas Cowboys' defensive front seven continues to grow ever bleaker. Defensive end Randy Gregory, already suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, is enrolling into a treatment program as he faces the prospect o... more

The Baltimore Ravens are adding veteran depth for their overhauled offensive line following the recent release of Eugene Monroe. The team has agreed to terms with veteran tackle Jake Long, NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed o... more

The NFL's offseason doldrums are in full effect, leaving Operation Odell Overload to drive the pre-training camp news cycle. Taking yet another potshot against nemesis Josh Norman earlier this week, Beckham singled out Cardinals All-Pro Patrick... more

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano's seat was so persistently hot last season that he was moved to remark in December, "They can fire you but they can't eat you ." After a season of well-documented in-fighting with general manager Ryan Grigson,... more

Tyrod Taylor isn't the only Buffalo Bills star set to reach free agency in 2017. Standout cornerback Stephon Gilmore will play out the final year of his rookie contract this season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. Gilmore skipped... more

In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series , we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or jumping from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in the... more

The Houston Texans' most valuable asset is in danger of missing the entirety of training camp. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt underwent surgery to repair his herniated disc on Wednesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, v... more

The verbal slap fight between Odell Beckham and Josh Norman continues unabated. During a Facebook Live chat with Business Insider reporter Scott Davis on Thursday, Norman was asked about Beckham's potshot in an upcoming issue of GQ about the Redski... more

Matt Spaeth's long run with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over. The team announced Thursday that Spaeth has been released with the designation of failed physical. "Matt never fully recovered from knee surgery that occurred this past offseason, and h... more

Thirteen years after initially joining the Arizona Cardinals as a first-round pick in 2004, Larry Fitzgerald has reached the year-to-year stage of his Hall of Fame career. When Fitzgerald acknowledged in May that he has "no idea " if this season wi... more

The Baltimore Ravens have as many question marks as any team in the NFL leading up to the 2016 season. Does the wide receiver corps have enough playmakers? Will the overhauled offensive line pay dividends? Are the pass rushers entering an irreversi... more

In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series , we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or vaulting from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in th... more

The Denver Broncos and Von Miller are working toward a new contract leading up to the July 15 deadline for franchise players. The two sides have exchanged multiple proposals within the past few days, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, via a source w... more

In Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" series, we spotlight emerging players to keep an eye on in 2016. Whether rising from no-namer to quality starter or vaulting from standout to superstar, each of these individuals is poised to break through in the... more

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

The Denver Broncos and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller are talking contract again, with just 10 days to go before the July 15 deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals. Members of the team's brass, including general manager John Elway, reach... more


David Johnson set a franchise rookie record with 13 touchdowns last season. Not bad for the Cardinals' fallback option on the 2015 NFL Draft's second day. In the Amazon Prime video series All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals , whic... more

Last season, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry became just the fifth defensive player to win The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year award -- one year after Rob Gronkowski broke ground as the first tight end to capture the award . Sinc... more

Might Josh Ferguson emerge as this year's version of Thomas Rawls, an undrafted rookie who goes on to outshine one of the most respected running backs of the past decade ? A dual purpose threat at Illinois, Ferguson was one of the premier receiving... more

Entering his sixth NFL season, Doug Baldwin has already earned his third professional contract. The Seahawks signed Baldwin to a four-year, $46 million contract extension Tuesday that will keep him under contract through the 2020 season, NFL Media... more

NFL senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch has informed the NFL Players Association that the players named in the December Al Jazeera America report alleging performance-enhancing drug use are set to be interviewe... more

As much as it might stagger the imagination of a 21st century football fan, quarterbacks weren't always atop the NFL's salary-structure food chain. Back in the late 1970s, Hall of Fame running backs O.J. Simpson and Walter Payton were the highest-pai... more

Last season was Tyrann Mathieu's coming out party as one of the NFL's most valuable defensive stars . For the first time in his four-year career, the versatile Arizona Cardinals defensive back's greatness has been recognized by his peers. Mathieu... more

If Charles Tillman is going to return from knee surgery to play a 14th NFL season, it will only happen in Charlotte. Tillman emphasized Saturday that the Carolina Panthers boast a "unity and respect" among the players and coaches that made it a... more

Once viewed as a key building block in Oakland, D.J. Hayden has been relegated to an afterthought in the Raiders' revamped secondary this offseason. Although the team recently declined the fifth-year option on Hayden's rookie contract, coach Jack D... more

Former No. 1 overall draft pick Jake Long is searching for a new NFL home after playing just 11 snaps in four games with the Atlanta Falcons last season. A four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Miami Dolphins early in his career, Long believes he h... more

Trent Richardson's NFL comeback has hit another stumbling block. The Ravens running back is expected to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery for a pre-existing injury, reports Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. This news comes three weeks after... more

The Carolina Panthers have rewarded Ron Rivera for his second NFL Coach of the Year award and a 17-2 record in 2015. Rivera signed a new three-year, $19.5 million extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of Rivera'... more

The attention has been lavished upon the wrong wide receiver at New York Giants headquarters this offseason. While local and national writers alike document each and every Victor Cruz vow to recapture pre-injury form , second-round rookie Sterling... more

Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris raised a few eyebrows late last month when he suggested that Trevor Siemian has a legitimate chance to start the NFL kickoff game in September. As the Denver Broncos wrapped up their offseason program on Tuesday, c... more

After months of haggling , the Philadelphia Eagles and star defensive lineman Fletcher Cox have found common ground on a lucrative new contract. Cox has agreed to terms on a six-year extension that will keep him in the City of Brotherly Love throug... more

Three-time slam dunk champion Nate Robinson is bidding to join Minnesota Vikings legend Bud Grant as the second athlete in history to play in both the NBA and the NFL. After washing out with the New Orleans Pelicans and going unclaimed on waivers l... more

While the AFC South is on the rise , the Tennessee Titans are generally viewed as an afterthought, at least a year away from joining the frisky trio of the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars as legitimate challengers for the... more

The San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks took center stage this week, with Blaine Gabbert emerging as the "heavy favorite " to win the starting job despite Colin Kaepernick's long-awaited return to the practice field. Although Kaepernick refused to dis... more

The New Orleans Saints have received bad news in their bid to escape the cellar as the NFL's worst defense. Second-year pass rusher Hau'oli Kikaha has been diagnosed with a torn ACL , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via source who has spok... more

Super Bowl MVP Von Miller has rejected a contract offer that would have made him the NFL's highest-paid defensive star. The Denver Broncos pass rusher turned down an offer that included a total value $114.5 million , reported NFL Media's James Palm... more

Looking for a great football read this summer? Our resident bibliophile Chris Wesseling gives us his 10 football books to put on your summer reading list.† 1. A Fan's Notes, Frederick Exley, 1968 Four decades before it became customary... more

Blake Bortles is better than Andrew Luck. That is this year's wisdom from the hazy legion of NFL players casting ballots for NFL Network's The Top 100 Players Of 2016 countdown. Bortles made his Top 100 debut this week, appearing at No. 56. Luc... more

Dez Bryant is ready to return to the field after undergoing January surgery to repair a foot injury that hounded the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver throughout the 2016 season. Bryant is ready to†progress to football drills †but needs final approval... more


DeMarcus Ware's back troubles are flaring up again. The Denver Broncos' star linebacker was held out of practice again on Tuesday after missing the first set of organized team activities last week. "Same thing. Back is bothering him," coach Gary... more

With two Super Bowl appearances, a Lombardi Trophy and a slew of NFL records in his four years with the Broncos, Peyton Manning now ranks with Reggie White and Drew Brees as the best free-agent signings in pro football history. Manning not only gre... more

Boasting perhaps the NFL's most improved roster , the Jacksonville Jaguars are a trendy Cinderella pick to graduate from perennial AFC South doormat to division champions in 2016. The defense could have as many as six new starters . The offense is... more

Former Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno isn't ready to hang up his cleats just yet. Still just 28 years old, Moreno hasn't played a down in the NFL since tearing his ACL with the Dolphins in October of 2014. The form... more

Don't hand the Dallas Cowboys' lead running back job to Ezekiel Elliott just yet. Incumbent starter Darren McFadden has been the first back through drills in offseason practices while Elliott adjusts to NFL game speed. Even if the Cowboys' prefe... more

Dennis Pitta has found a new level of confidence in his bid to resume his NFL career after fracturing and dislocating his hip twice in two seasons. At this time last year, Pitta was just†hoping to get back on the field . Now that he's practicin... more

It has been seven years since Chris Johnson became the sixth player to join the exclusive 2,000-yard rushing club. The veteran running back still harbors grand illusions for his NFL twilight years. Reborn in Arizona, Johnson believes he can team wi... more

Sam Bradford has come under fire for skipping the start of the Eagles' offseason program and trying to facilitate a trade to Denver last month. After Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett questioned whether teammates would want to play with... more

Former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren announced his retirement in January of 2015 after learning that the 49ers did not reciprocate his interest in returning to the sidelines in San Francisco. Like many coaches who were retired by the l... more

Signed to be a dynamic outside complement to power back Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller was a free-agent flop in his first season with New Orleans. Spiller was unable to recapture pre-injury form following mid-August arthroscopic knee surgery, averaging... more

Shaq Lawson isn't the only former Clemson defensive star to go under the knife this month. Tennessee Titans second-round draft pick Kevin Dodd underwent preventative foot surgery Thursday morning, the team announced. The 6-foot-5, 277-pound out... more

Martavis Bryant's unique combination of size, speed and freakish athleticism prompted Ben Roethlisberger to suggest in January that it was time for the Steelers wide receiver to "become the best in the world ." Two months later, Bryant's prodigiou... more

Ben Roethlisberger's newest offensive weapon was sidelined for the Steelers' first offseason practice on Tuesday. Speedy tight end Ladarius Green is recovering from surgery to repair an ankle injury that dogged him throughout the second half of the... more

Marcus Mariota was the NFL's least efficient passer on deep balls as a rookie. If the Tennessee Titans are going to produce more explosive plays this season, enigmatic second-year wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will have to be featured in the... more

Discord is afoot on the NFL's most ballyhooed offensive line. Cowboys guard Ronald Leary has requested a trade out of Dallas, NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt reported, via a source informed of the situation. A starter in 2013 and 2014, Leary lost h... more

Eddie Lacy's streamlined body was on open display Tuesday for the first time this offseason. After the Green Bay Packers' first public practice of the new league year, Lacy said, via, "I think I look good ." Although Lacy's listed weight... more

The Los Angeles Rams have been trying to solve their quarterback riddle since early in the 2015 offseason, when general manager Les Snead insisted that "deleting " Sam Bradford was not the answer. Less than a month later, Bradford was summarily shi... more

This story was originally published in May 2015. The NFL as we know it owes its existence to a series of innovations that took place decades ago in Cincinnati. So why aren't the Bengals widely revered for their role in the history of the game? The... more

This story was originally published in August 2015. British novelist Louis de Bernières once described the untamed force of love as a "temporary madness," erupting like a volcano before subsiding. What is it about an iconic professional sports... more

The San Diego Chargers made rubbish of four months' worth of mock drafts when they†threw a curve ball at the rest of the NFL with the selection of Ohio State pass rusher Joey Bosa at No. 3 overall. As it turns out, the Bolts had been eyeing Bosa s... more

Veteran kicker Connor Barth lost his roster spot earlier this month, the fallout from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decision to trade up for Florida State star Roberto Aguayo in the draft's second round. Aguayo was one of an astonishing seven Buccanee... more

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin made news a couple of weeks ago when he pleaded with coach Pete Carroll to take recently retired Marshawn Lynch's uniform number out of the rotation going forward. General manager John Schneider has sin... more

The Dallas Cowboys have their latest backfield star under contract. The team announced Wednesday that No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott has signed his four-year rookie deal with an option for the fifth season. The first four years are fully guara... more

Former New England Patriots first-round draft pick Dominique Easley has found a new NFL home. The Los Angeles Rams have signed the third-year defensive tackle to a one-year contract , NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, via a source familiar with the... more

The rise of analytics in professional football ushered in the devaluation of ball carriers a half-decade ago, relegating starting running backs to the fringes of team payrolls alongside specialists such as kickers and punters . Mega contracts at th... more

Zach Mettenberger is reuniting with Ken Whisenhunt. The San Diego Chargers claimed Mettenberger off waivers from the Tennessee Titans, the team announced on Tuesday. The Bolts had the No. 2 waiver priority behind the Browns. Now the offensive... more

Stressing that he re-signed with Philadelphia hoping to find stability, Sam Bradford acknowledged Tuesday that he skipped the Eagles' initial offseason practices due to frustration with the organization's trade for No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz.... more

Now that Colin Kaepernick has lost his ill-fated leverage play with John Elway and the Broncos, he's forced to overlook his own trade request and return to the 49ers for a quarterback competition with Blaine Gabbert. Despite Kaepernick's rocky... more

With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror, the NFL's roster reconstruction period is giving way to offseason workouts and minicamps. That doesn't mean there are no hidden gems left to be discovered, though. Chris Johnson entered the... more

Any conversation of the NFL's most underappreciated stars must include San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen. Entering the league in 2013, Allen became just the eighth rookie over the past two decades to record 1,000 receiving yards. Prior... more

Four-time All Pro Adrian Peterson is commonly viewed as the NFL's premier power back, but is he the most complete running back in the league? New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes that honor belongs to new teammate Matt Forte. "Th... more

Was Sam Bradford's ill-fated pre-draft trade request merely a power play to join the Super Bowl champions?In a Wednesday appearance on†The Rich Eisen Show , agent Tom Condon confirmed that the goal was to place Bradford in Denver once the Philadelph... more

The NFL is eager to spread American football to the far corners of the globe. On the heels of an expanded commitment to the United Kingdom and a return to Mexico City this year, the league has designs on Germany in 2017 and China in 2018 . Aga... more

The Cleveland Browns raised eyebrows after bypassing more highly regarded quarterback prospects to select USC's Cody Kessler in the third round of the draft. "You've got to trust me on this one," new coach Hue Jackson explained, responding to crit... more

Minutes into his first NFL minicamp practice in May 2015, Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pass rusher Dante Fowler's rookie season ended†after he tore his ACL . Jacksonville's 2016 draft class avoided that scare this time around, as the Jaguars jo... more

Now that Josh Norman is no longer on the payroll, the Carolina Panthers have the salary-cap space to reward other young stars with long-term contracts. To that end, the Panthers have begun extension talks with defensive tackle Kawann Short, NFL Me... more

The Tennessee Titans are rewarding Delanie Walker for the first Pro Bowl season of his 10-year career. The team announced a two-year contract extension for Walker on Friday. The new deal is worth $14.7 million with $8.2 million in guarantees, NFL M... more

We have long needed a name to describe NFL's free agency and draft as a single entity, kicking off the new league year. "Offseason" doesn't fit the bill because this period doesn't encompass organized team activities and minicamps, which dominate the... more

Laremy Tunsil is a millionaire after all. The Miami Dolphins signed the 2016 NFL Draft's No. 13 overall pick to a four-year contract, the team announced on Friday. As is the case with all first-round picks, the deal comes with a team option in the... more

In social media circles, the day before Cinco de Mayo has become an unofficial holiday for Star Wars devotees: May the 4th Be With You . Former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask shared a quick story to honor the occasion, tweeting a photo of Darth Vade... more

When it comes to NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2016," there's plenty of room for argument. So as the list is unveiled, NFL Media's Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling, Maurice Jones-Drew and Ike Taylor will be sharing their own takes on the top 100... more

Left tackle Cordy Glenn is the first franchise-tagged player to land a long-term contract this offseason. The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms with Glenn on a five-year contract , the team announced Tuesday. The mega deal is worth up to $65 milli... more

The New Orleans Saints are rewarding one of the NFL's most promising young offensive linemen. Left tackle Terron Armstead signed a five-year extension that will keep him in New Orleans through 2021, the team announced on Tuesday. The new deal is... more

Veteran backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski is returning to Pittsburgh. The Steelers re-signed Gradkowski to a one-year deal, the team announced Monday. Gradkowski is expected to compete with Landry Jones for the No. 2 job behind starter Ben... more

Veteran safety Antrel Rolle's stay in Chicago lasted just one season. The Bears released Rolle on Sunday, a source informed of the Bears decision told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The team announced the move later on Sunday, along with the rele... more

When Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau was running the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense, it was exceedingly rare for a rookie to earn a starting job. That's no longer the case under Keith Butler, who altered the defense with more zone looks after taking over f... more

Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson was describing Alabama running back Derrick Henry in late February when he said, "We want a strong, physical runner ." The surprise isn't that Henry landed in Nashville. It's that Henry was selected in... more

After the top two picks in Thursday night's draft, the Ravens knew the Chargers would select Joey Bosa and the Cowboys were listening to offers for the No. 4 overall pick. "San Diego is taking Bosa," assistant general manager Eric DeCosta announced... more


The first three rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft saw 98 names fly off the board, addressing a bevy of needs for the league's 32 teams. Not even half over, though, the draft still has 154 players to be selected. With that in mind, here are a handful of... more

In a standoff with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, Gang Green have added to their quarterback room. With the No. 51 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg. This marks the fourth consecuti... more

The Cowboys shocked the NFL by adding another marquee name to their roster. With the No. 34 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Dallas selected Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith. The stunner was not just that Smith was drafted so early in the second rou... more

The 2016 NFL Draft will be remembered as the year of the slide. Linebackers Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith , viewed as perhaps the top two talents available, plummeted due to knee injuries which could have long-lasting effects on their NFL careers.... more

San Francisco has drafted a first-round defensive lineman out of Oregon for the second straight season. With the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected Ducks defensive tackle DeForest Buckner . The pick reunites Buckner with f... more

The San Diego Chargers threw Thursday night's first curve ball. With the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Bolts selected Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. San Diego's front office did a commendable job of smokescreening, as persist... more

Prior to the infamous 2013 class , conventional wisdom held that offensive tackles were the safest investments in the first round of NFL drafts. That's no longer the case. Left tackles, in particular, have fallen on hard times since inspiring Mic... more

The Miami Dolphins were unsuccessful in a series of attempts to sign or trade for established running backs last month. Now that draft week is upon us, the team's brain trust claims to be comfortable with a backfield led by 2015 fifth-round pick... more

The Denver Broncos will become just the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and enter the following season without their top two quarterbacks. General manager John Elway also has lost two key starters from a defense he hailed as†the best... more

Upon returning from the Pro Bowl in February, Jameis Winston set out to transform his body , armed with a new understanding of the commitment level of the game's top quarterbacks. Mission accomplished. Teammates took note of Winston's streamlined... more

After drawing the interest of nearly a dozen NFL teams last week, Josh Norman's final decision came down to the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints. Speaking at his introductory news conference Monday, Norman explained that he opted for the... more

The New England Patriots can't count on a successful appeal of Tom Brady's suspension, which was reinstated Monday †for the first four games of the 2016 season. Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, told NFL Network on Monday tha... more

Now that he has departed Carolina for the nation's capital , Josh Norman will likely face a stiffer test than any NFL cornerback in September. The Washington Redskins draw three of the league's five best wide receivers in Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant... more

Did the Houston Texans do Brian Hoyer a favor by setting him free prior to the 2016 NFL Draft? Although general manager Rick Smith was unable to find a trade partner for Hoyer after signing Brock Osweiler in March, he believes he could have extra... more

The Titans recently swindled the Rams out of a franchise-altering harvest of draft picks one year after Tennessee and Tampa Bay rejected similar windfall offers from a desperate Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. All four organizations acted in respons... more

Kansas City will not recoup the two draft picks forfeited for violating the league's Anti-Tampering Policy in their March, 2015 recruitment of free agent Jeremy Maclin. The Chiefs' appeal of anti-tampering sanctions was denied by NFL, NFL Media In... more

Brian Hoyer is free to compete for a starting job in another NFL city. The Texans have released the veteran quarterback , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. Shortly after Houston handed the offensive... more

Brandon Browner is reuniting with the "Legion of Boom ." The free-agent cornerback will re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday on a one-year deal, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source involved in the deal. Browner earned a P... more

Charles Johnson was one of the best bargains in free agency, turning down more money to re-sign with the Carolina Panthers on a one-year, $3 million deal. Johnson recently told's David Newton that he nearly fired Drew Rosenhaus over the n... more

When the 2016 NFL schedule was released last week, Dan Hanzus listed the Week 7 matchup between the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos as the top "revenge " game of the season. It's a chance for Brock Osweiler to show Denver's coaching staff that th... more

After wrestling with the decision for months, Percy Harvin is walking away from football. The free-agent wide receiver has informed the Buffalo Bills of his decision to retire, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of Harvi... more

The Los Angeles Rams will become the first NFL team in 25 years to hold the No. 1 draft pick after winning at least seven games in the previous season. Running in place on an annual hamster wheel of mediocrity, the Rams had no choice but to swing... more

Aaron Rodgers' 2015 season was a study in transitory transcendence inevitably regressing to the mean through little fault of his own. Coming off a brilliant 2014 MVP campaign and playing without reliable go-to target Jordy Nelson, Rodgers raised h... more

After missing all but one quarter of the 2014 season, Tyler Eifert rebounded with his first Pro Bowl nod in 2015. The Cincinnati Bengals tacitly acknowledged Eifert's growing value as one of NFL's most effective red-zone weapons , exercising the... more

Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall is one of the most recognizable names languishing on the open market one month removed from the start of free agency. The nine-year veteran visited the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys in mid-Marc... more

Shortly after challenging Eddie Lacy to streamline his body in January, Packers coach Mike McCarthy expressed "great confidence " that the rotund running back would report to offseason practices in better shape. Appearing on Tuesday's edition of N... more

Second-year cornerback Jalen Collins has encountered a setback in his push for playing time with the Atlanta Falcons. The No. 42 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2016 regular season f... more

After failing to reach the postseason in eight years with the Rams, veteran defensive end Chris Long picked the right spot to spend the twilight years of his NFL career. Long turned down more money elsewhere to sign a $2.375 million contract with... more

One of the best stories of the 2015 NFL season will carry over to 2016. Veteran running back Tim Hightower is re-signing with the New Orleans Saints , reports Katherine Terrell of The Times-Picayune. Out of the league since 2011, Hightower not on... more

Since moving to Baltimore in 1996, the Ravens' guiding draft philosophy has been "stay true to the board." That philosophy has served Ozzie Newsome well, starting with his debut draft in which he bypassed trouble-prone running back Lawrence Phillip... more

Although Doug Baldwin tied for the NFL touchdown receptions lead in a breakout 2015 season, he's no longer the highest-paid wide receiver on the Seattle Seahawks. Teammate Jermaine Kearse signed a three-year, $13.5 million deal last month, edging o... more

Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is adding another impact player to a free-agent haul that already includes guard Kelechi Osemele, cornerback Sean Smith and linebacker Bruce Irvin. The Raiders have signed former Bengals safety Reggie Nelson,... more

New coach Chip Kelly recently touted the depth of the San Francisco 49ers' offensive personnel, starting with Carlos Hyde as "one of the really good young running backs ." Although Hyde's second NFL season ended prematurely due to a stress fracture... more

While the Bengals are turning to their offseason program to "exorcise " demons from their devastating playoff loss in January, the Steelers are still wondering if that hard-hitting game cost them a chance at Super Bowl 50. Playing without All Pro... more

Former Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan made news last week when he insisted that Robert Griffin III must return to a read-option offense to resurrect his career. New coach Hue Jackson punted Wednesday when asked if the Cleveland Browns fee... more

Powered by the talented young wide-receiver duo of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, the Jaguars' offense generated their second-most points of the 21st century last season. On a recent edition of the Move The Sticks Podcast , NFL Media analyst Dani... more

After a half-decade as the NFL's doormat division, the AFC South has finally climbed out of last place in Around The NFL's offseason power rankings . With intriguing young quarterbacks in place, three of the four organizations made our list of franch... more

The Seahawks won their contract staredown with Kam Chancellor last summer after the hard-hitting safety missed two months of practice and the first two games of the regular season. When the Seattle front office refused to adjust Chancellor's contr... more

Former Buccaneers and Bills wide receiver Mike Williams is attempting a comeback after falling out of the NFL last season. Williams is working out for the Bengals on Tuesday, per Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The former Syracuse star a... more

The San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick are exercising patience in their staredown with Denver Broncos general manager John Elway. Although Kaepernick has met twice with Elway in the past two weeks, the quarterback has informed the Broncos th... more

The Raiders aren't finished overhauling a defense that finished 22nd in both yards and points in 2015. Former Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson will visit Oakland, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the free age... more

The AFC West placed third in Around The NFL's recent division power rankings . A strong case can be made that this is the NFL's toughest division, featuring the reigning Super Bowl champions and no cupcakes. Even with quarterback concerns and a def... more

Brandon Weeden has earned another shot in Houston after leading the Texans to a pair of key victories in the AFC South race last December. The Texans re-signed Weeden, the team announced on Friday. The new deal is for $4 million over two years, NFL... more

When veteran defensive end Charles Johnson accepted less money to stay in Carolina after visiting Tampa Bay, new Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter realized the Panthers have built an exemplary NFL program worth emulating. Koetter recently acknowl... more

After a half-decade as the NFL's doormat division, the AFC South has finally climbed out of last place in Around The NFL's offseason power rankings . With intriguing young quarterbacks in place, three of the four organizations made our list of franch... more


Robert Griffin III met his Washington Waterloo in January 2013, collapsing in a heap at the 5-yard line of FedEx Field 16 games into his career. Just 11 months later, coach Mike Shanahan pulled the plug on a bewildered Griffin †during... more

Percy Harvin will play football in 2016. The question is whether he will return to the Buffalo Bills, as general manager Doug Whaley recently intimated . Harvin is definitely planning to play this season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

When Mario Edwards was placed on season-ending injured reserve last December, the Oakland Raiders were concerned that the neck injury might place the promising rookie defensive end's career in jeopardy. The freak injury occurred when Edwards twist... more

The AFC West placed third in Around The NFL's recent division power rankings . A strong case can be made that this is the NFL's toughest division, featuring the reigning Super Bowl champions and no cupcakes. Even with quarterback concerns and a def... more

Placed on the trade block as Browns coach Hue Jackson attempts to resurrect Robert Griffin III's career , veteran quarterback Josh McCown is now on John Elway's radar in Denver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday's edition of NFL T... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht recently acknowledged that backup quarterback Mike Glennon is available for the right price leading up to next month's draft. Understanding that Glennon might opt to seek greener pastures when his r... more

At one point in Philadelphia, Chip Kelly had collected an astonishing eight former Oregon Ducks players on the Eagles' roster. If he plans to follow the same route in San Francisco, the plan isn't starting with Kansas City's all-purpose dynamo,... more

The 2015 Packers posted their lowest points per game, yards per game, yards per play and third-down percentage of the Aaron Rodgers era. Although Rodgers was saddled with the slowest collection of wide receivers and tight ends in football, per Nex... more

Since the end of the 2015 season, the Cleveland Browns have released their highest-paid wideout and watched their most effective wide receiver sign with the San Diego Chargers. With Dwayne Bowe and Travis Benjamin out of the picture, new coach Hue... more

Mike Wallace lasted just one season in Minnesota, turning in the least effective season of his seven-year career. Do the Vikings view their 2015 trade for Wallace as a disappointment now that the veteran wide receiver is plying his craft in Baltim... more

After re-signing Adrian Clayborn, reuniting with Sean Weatherspoon and luring Derrick Shelby away from Miami, the Atlanta Falcons aren't finished upgrading their defensive front seven. The team announced Friday that former Ravens linebacker Courtne... more

Josh Norman's memorable Week 15 matchup with Odell Beckham was so over-the-top intense that it led directly to a new automatic ejection rule for repeated unsportsmanlike conduct. "I hope I pulled back the mask on who this guy really is," Norman... more

Anquan Boldin has been languishing on the open market as one of the few remaining marquee free agents available. Although Boldin has stated that he would "love " to re-sign with the 49ers, general manager Trent Baalke revealed this week that he ha... more

When Arizona included guard Jonathan Cooper in their trade for pass rusher Chandler Jones last week, the seventh player selected in the 2013 NFL Draft seemed like an afterthought throw-in overshadowed by the Cardinals' second-round pick heading to N... more