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.


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

Much like the Jaguars with Dante Fowler and the Bears with Kevin White, the Ravens essentially have an extra first-round draft pick this year after Breshad Perriman missed the entirety of his rookie season with a lingering knee injury. Although Per... more

When Chip Kelly traded for Sam Bradford in Philadelphia last offseason, he noted that the only two avenues leading to a franchise quarterback in today's NFL are the early rounds of the draft and rehabilitating a former high-end starter after injurie... more

After a decade of Heath Miller's all-around excellence, the Pittsburgh Steelers are counting on recent acquisition Ladarius Green to stretch the field with his dynamic speed at tight end. The presence of future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates might ha... more

As the Browns kick around the idea of signing Robert Griffin III as a reclamation projec t and drafting another quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick, Josh McCown is left dangling in the wind. New coach Hue Jackson is making no promises regardin... more

Waiting to see where Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Fitzpatrick land, the NFL's quarterback carousel has stopped spinning over the past week. Much like nature, the football news cycle abhors a vacuum, leading to speculation that a quarterback-needy team... more

When the Rams acquired former Buccaneers safety Mark Barron at the 2014 trade deadline, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft fetched just fourth- and sixth-round draft picks in return. Six months later, the Rams thought so little of Barron'... more

Former New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle is staying in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with Randle on a one-year contract. The new deal is worth more than $3 million with $500,000... more

Hard Knocks is going Hollywood. The league announced Wednesday that the Los Angeles Rams will be the focus in the 11th season of HBO's acclaimed documentary series that delves into one NFL team's training camp. The first episode will air Aug. 9.... more

Colin Kaepernick might end up under center for the reigning champion Denver Broncos in the 2016 NFL Kickoff game, but momentum for a trade out of San Francisco has stalled over the past two weeks. General manager Trent Baalke stressed at Tuesday's... more

The Dallas Cowboys have done a remarkable job of eschewing marquee names in favor of sensible signings this month. After landing behemoth run-stuffer Cedric Thornton and productive power back Alfred Morris, the Cowboys seem set to bring on former S... more

Now that Coby Fleener is roaming in New Orleans, the Bears are gambling that the Saints might be willing to part with restricted free agent tight end Josh Hill. Hill signed an offer sheet with the Bears on Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The two AFC East tilts between the Dolphins and Bills won't lack for storylines in 2016. All-Pro pass rusher Mario Williams landed in Miami after sounding off on Rex Ryan's defensive scheme throughout the 2015 season . Not one to let a slight go... more

Things are looking up in Chicago. Bears general manager Ryan Pace has succeeded in overhauling the defense to suit Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme, building one of the league's†most improved linebacker corps . Beyond the free-agent additions, the Bears... more

Authoring the finest quarterback season in Buffalo since the end of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly's career two decades ago won't necessarily earn Tyrod Taylor a new contract as the face of the Bills franchise. General manager Doug Whaley said Monday ther... more

The Packers aren't going to grant James Jones' wish to finish his career in Green Bay . The team's brass has informed the free-agent wide receiver that there is no interest in bringing him back for the 2016 season. "They're going to go with the y... more

Once the NFL's most dangerous player with the ball in his hands, Percy Harvin has been an afterthought in free agency. Two months after director of player personnel Jim Monos conceded the Buffalo Bills were still in the dark on Harvin's plans , gen... more

While the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Colin Kaepernick's representatives spend the bulk of March engaged in a prolonged Mexican standoff, another quarterback might be entering the picture. Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Lich... more

The Cowboys know they have to improve their pass rush with Greg Hardy on the open market and second-year defensive end Randy Gregory suspended to open the 2016 season . Is Dallas desperate enough to consider re-signing Hardy after missing out on Ch... more

When coach Bruce Arians was asked at the NFL Scouting Combine last month what he learned from the Cardinals' playoff loss to the Panthers, he quipped, "Play at home ." The Patriots learned the same lesson after Tom Brady was hit 23 times in Denver.... more

The New England Patriots' recent addition of veteran tailback Donald Brown failed to send shockwaves through the NFL for obvious reasons. The former Colts first-round draft pick averaged just 3.14 yards per carry in two seasons as an afterthought... more

When news of Martavis Bryant's one-year suspension broke last weekend, casual fans wondered why the Steelers weren't interested in a reunion with free agent wide out Mike Wallace as a replacement. The answer is 2015 third-round draft pick Sammie... more

When the Tennessee Titans began their general manager and head coach searches in early January, there was an assumption in league circles that the heirs of Bud Adams would soon be putting the franchise up for sale. Despite ownership structure issue... more

The New England Patriots finally found help for their much beleaguered backfield. Former Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown signed with the Pats, the team announced on Friday. Brown's new contract is for one year, N... more

One of the Cleveland Browns' most accomplished defensive stars is in danger of missing the entire offseason. Veteran cornerback Joe Haden underwent surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday. Haden is scheduled to resume football activities during... more

The New York Jets are still holding out hope that free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick will be their starting quarterback in 2016. "He's a very good fit for us," general manager Mike Maccagnan told reporters on a Friday conference call. "Our goal eventually... more

The Cowboys aren't finished looking for backfield help after re-signing scatback Lance Dunbar on Thursday. Former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris is visiting Dallas on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. It's the first... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found a veteran linebacker to complement Pro Bowler Lavonte David and promising second-year tackler Kwon Alexander. Former Ravens star Daryl Smith has agreed to terms with the Bucs, the team announced Friday morning. T... more

East North South West After more than a week of free-agency action, it's time to take stock of what teams have accomplished thus far. We'll assign highly scientific and inarguable grades for each NFL team's free-agent haul thus far,... more

East North South West After more than a week of free-agency action, it's time to take stock of what teams have accomplished thus far. We'll assign highly scientific and inarguable grades for each NFL team's free-agent haul thus far,... more

East North South West After more than a week of free-agency action, it's time to take stock of what teams have accomplished thus far. We'll assign highly scientific and inarguable grades for each NFL team's free-agent haul thus far,... more

East North South West After more than a week of free-agency action, it's time to take stock of what teams have accomplished thus far. We'll assign highly scientific and inarguable grades for each NFL team's free-agent haul thus far,... more

Lance Dunbar is returning to Dallas. The Cowboys are re-signing the running back to a one-year, $1.75 million contract, reported's Adam Caplan. The Cowboys later confirmed the deal . Dunbar previously visited the 49ers, Seahawks and Bea... more

Seattle is turning to a familiar name to provide backfield depth in the wake of Marshawn Lynch's retirement . The Seahawks have re-signed running back Christine Michael, the team announced Thursday. The front office neglected to tender Michael a... more

Good luck stopping Tom Brady in the red zone after Tuesday's trade for skyscraper Martellus Bennett to pair with unstoppable tight end Rob Gronkowski. Over the past two seasons, Bennett and Gronkowski rank second and fourth, respectively, in... more

The Saints are starting to bring in reinforcements for their 32nd-ranked defense. New Orleans has agreed to terms with former Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis on a new contract, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Wednesday, via a source familiar wit... more

The Cleveland Browns have cut ties with their most accomplished defensive star. The Browns released veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby on Wednesday, the team announced. Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown released thi... more

The first wave of free agency lasted just 36 hours this year, with the biggest names finding new homes during the shortened "legal tampering" period. Five days after the start of the league year, just one of Around The NFL's top 20 free agents rema... more

An already stout Carolina defense is growing even stronger. Former Atlanta Falcons defense tackle Paul Soliai is signing a two-year, $7 million contract with the Panthers, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source involved in the deal.... more

When Charles Woodson rejoined the hapless Raiders in 2013, his goal was to help Oakland get out of the football darkness, bridging the gap to the next successful era. He announced his retirement in December, confident that general manager Reggie... more

Even without All-Pro tailback Le'Veon Bell, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was leading a historically prolific offensive attack for stretches of last season. With Bell returning to full health, Martavis Bryant joining Antonio Brown as the... more

The San Diego Chargers' premier defensive star of the past decade has found a new NFL home. Veteran safety Eric Weddle has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens on a four-year deal, the team announced Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport repo... more

Restricted free agent C.J. Anderson's four-year, $18 million offer sheet with the Miami Dolphins wasn't the highest deal on the table for the in-limbo Denver Broncos tailback. The Bears offered $19 million over four years, Mike Klis of KUSA in Den... more

The Chargers have found cornerback insurance with Patrick Robinson on the open market. Former Packers corner Casey Hayward has agreed to terms with San Diego , NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports, via a source informed of the deal. The contract is for... more

The Ravens are seeking veteran help for their shallow wide receiver corps. Former Minnesota Vikings speedster Mike Wallace is visiting Baltimore on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the wideout's plans. Alt... more

Jermaine Gresham is staying in Arizona. The veteran tight end is re-signing with the Cardinals on a one-year deal, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of Gresham's plans. The 21st overall pick in the 2010 draft also vi... more

Kansas City brought in a veteran wide receiver with the potential to start opposite Jeremy Maclin. Former Oakland Raiders wideout Rod Streater has agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $4.8 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via... more

The renovation of Chicago's defense continues. The Bears announced Saturday that they have agreed to terms with former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman on a three-year contract. The new agreement calls for $12 million with $6 million... more

DeMarcus Ware is staying in Denver. The nine-time Pro Bowl pass rusher has agreed to terms on a restructured contract with the Broncos, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, via a source involved in the situation. Ware received $2 mil... more

Indianapolis is going younger at backup quarterback. The Colts signed former Green Bay Packers clipboard-holder Scott Tolzien, the team announced on Friday. With 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck now retired and "The Coney Island Thrasher " Josh Freema... more

Sean Weatherspoon is returning to Atlanta. After one season with the Arizona Cardinals, the veteran linebacker agreed to terms on a one-year contract, the team announced Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, it is a one-year dea... more

Never underestimate John Elway's ability to pull the rabbit out of a hat. Thirty years after he orchestrated "The Drive " to extinguish the most realistic Super Bowl hopes in Cleveland history, Elway is locking horns with the Browns' front office i... more

After 24 hours on the open market, Jermaine Kearse is returning to Seattle. The wide receiver has agreed to terms †with the Seahawks on a three-year, $13.5 million contract, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, via a source informed of... more

Appearing at his introductory news conference for the Houston Texans on Thursday, Brock Osweiler refuted reports that his late-season benching drove his decision to leave the Denver Broncos. "Absolutely not. That's football," Osweiler replied when... more

After watching Brock Osweiler, Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan leave for greener pastures, the Super Bowl champions are in danger of losing their starting running back. Multiple teams are in a bidding war for restricted free agent C.J. Anderson,... more

Now that Brock Osweiler has defected to Houston, Colin Kaepernick sits atop the Denver Broncos' wish list at quarterback. If general manager John Elway reaches out to former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh for an opinion on the quarterback who led San... more

The Tennessee Titans continue to add much-needed help for Marcus Mariota on offense. The Titans are signing former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews to a three-year contract, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Rand Getlin report, via a team... more

The 2015 Denver Broncos proved to be one of the rare NFL teams with a roster strong enough to carry a pair of subpar quarterbacks to the Super Bowl title. Now that Peyton Manning has retired and Brock Osweiler has absconded to Houston with $72 mil... more

The Kansas Chiefs will lose two draft picks for their actions leading up to the start of the league year in 2015. Citing improper contact with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin prior to the start of free agency last March, NFL Executive Vice President of... more

The New York Jets have found their backfield replacement for Chris Ivory. The team will sign former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source informed of the deal. Forte was also reported to be dr... more

Appearing at the Florida Forum Speakers Series in Jacksonville on Wednesday, Peyton Manning touched on his unique 2015 season but stopped short of revealing his plans for 2016. Manning said it was "absolutely excruciating " to watch Denver Broncos... more

The Washington Redskins won't have to worry about the possibility that Kirk Cousins will miss offseason work as a protest against the franchise tag. Cousins accepted the organization's franchise tender on Wednesday, per agent Mike McCartney. The... more

Free agency is nearly upon us, with the market officially opening at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 9. After that? The 2016 NFL Draft, taking place in Chicago over the last three days of April. So, yes, 'tis the season for roster reconstruction! Wi... more


Working together for just over a month, Tennessee Titans new general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey have found common ground on the need for backfield help. "We want a strong, physical runner ," Robinson said at the NFL Scouting Combi... more

When Joe Flacco briefly became the highest-paid player in NFL history after leading Baltimore to a Super Bowl XLVII victory, the Ravens understood the deal was back-loaded against the salary cap to force a renegotiation in 2016. Flacco's cap number... more

Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis suggested last summer that he might opt to walk off into the sunset if the Bengals were fortunate enough to win Super Bowl 50. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, Lewis made it clear that he has no thought... more

The NFL's oldest head coach has no plans to walk away any time soon. The Seahawks are negotiating a contract extension with Pete Carroll, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a team source. Carroll, 64, is entering the final season of a... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Chicago Bears' recent decision to cut ties with Matt Forte wasn't due simply to the likelihood that the veteran running back is entering the twilight years of a successful football career. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine o... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Seattle Seahawks' starting running back job is Thomas Rawls' job to lose. Although general manager John Schneider told Around The NFL at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday that the organization intends to bring in as much... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have been running in place ever since general manager Ryan Grigson took home executive of the year honors for the 2012 season. Too often steamrolled by more physical teams, Grigson's roster now lacks impact t... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Representing the Cincinnati Bengals at the NFL Scouting Combine, director of player personnel Duke Tobin stressed the importance of suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict to Cincinnati's 2016 fortunes. Although Burfict and cornerback... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- What's a catch? Ever since Calvin Johnson became Patient Zero of the "process of the catch " rule, the qualifications for one of the sport's most basic acts has grown increasingly convoluted. It has reached the point that players... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim expressed wide-eyed wonder over David Johnson earlier this month, noting that it's "scary " to ponder how good the rookie sensation can be as he develops in his second and third seasons.... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick recently offered high praise for Jon Robinson, describing the Tennessee Titans new general manager as "an asset to any football program ." A longtime scout under Belichick, Robinson returned... more

Who holds decision-making power in the Cincinnati Bengals' front office? That has been one of pro football's biggest mysteries since owner Mike Brown acknowledged that "the ball has essentially been handed off " to a committee of power brokers comp... more

When coaches and executives take the podium at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine later this week, one of the most pressing questions will be submitted to 49ers general manager Trent Baalke: What is Colin Kaepernick's future in San Francisco? One... more

The Philadelphia Eagles continue to lock up their core players with long-term contract extensions. The Eagles signed safety Malcolm Jenkins to a new five-year deal that includes a four-year extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the... more

Don't count running back Fred Jackson among the NFL players retiring this offseason. Having turned 35 years old over the weekend, Jackson wants to continue his career in 2016, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, via a person close to t... more

If not for the their 31st-ranked defense, we would be hearing a lot more about the Jaguars as an up-and-coming playoff hopeful in a wide open AFC South. Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson led a breakout offense that scored 376 points, the second-most... more

Stephen Tulloch's five-year run as the Detroit Lions' middle linebacker is coming to a close. The Lions have informed Tulloch that he will be released after the start of the league year in March, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a sour... more

In response to Brian Hoyer's Wild Card Weekend meltdown , owner Bob McNair has made it clear that the Texans will be in the market for a quarterback upgrade this offseason. While veteran options such as Robert Griffin III and Sam Bradford have bee... more

Every year at this time, Around The NFL releases a preliminary ranking of the top free agents as well as a detailed overview of franchise-tag candidates . The problem with those lists, however, is that a disproportionate number of the premier free ag... more

Last year at this time, Philip Rivers was surprisingly mulling early retirement while nursing painful back and rib injuries. This time around, the veteran quarterback is "fired up" about the Chargers' future despite a 4-12 record in 2015. In a... more

Reminiscent of the task facing the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens four years ago, the Denver Broncos will spend the offseason making tough decisions on their Super Bowl 50 championship roster. If Super Bowl MVP Von Miller draws the fran... more

Carolina Panthers star Luke Kuechly was playing through a partially torn labrum when he made NFL history in becoming the first player to return interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive playoff games. The All-Pro middle linebacker is scheduled to... more

The Detroit Lions are cutting ties with a hometown hero. The team released veteran running back Joique Bell on Tuesday. Bell starred at Wayne State University in Detroit prior to a four-year run with the Lions. It's been a pleasure Detroit. Home... more

Theo Riddick's emergence as perhaps the NFL's most effective receiving back was an overlooked story in a lost 2015 Detroit Lions season. The former Notre Dame star set franchise records for receptions (80) and receiving yards (697) by a running bac... more

Offensive Rookie of the Year voters slighted Cardinals versatile tailback David Johnson, who garnered just one vote compared to 27 for the award's winner , Todd Gurley. Devonta Freeman was the only running back with more touchdowns than Johnson's 1... more

At 37 years old, Bill Belichick became the NFL's youngest head coach when originally hired by the Browns in 1991. At 37 years old, Adam Gase is now the NFL's youngest head coach after being hired by the Dolphins in January. Age isn't the only... more

The NFL's offseason has arrived, hopefully sparing us from overwrought takes on Cam Newton's news conference behavior and Beyonce's halftime song selection. Tuesday marks the first day that teams can place the franchise or transition tag on prospe... more

Had a potential Browns-Broncos trade not fallen through at the 11th hour early last November, perennial All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas would be celebrating his first Super Bowl victory. After speaking with Sashi Brown, the Browns' new executive vi... more

Super Bowl MVP Von Miller is ready to cash in as a free agent, with designs on becoming the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. Asked on Thursday's edition of NFL Total Access if Miller deserves to surpass J.J. Watt and Ndamukong Suh atop the NF... more

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's suspension appeal has been denied. Appeals officer Derrick Brooks has upheld Burfict's three-game suspension for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules, NFL Media's Albert Breer reporte... more

The New England Patriots controlled home-field advantage in the AFC all season until their Week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins dropped them behind the Denver Broncos. That shift in seeding played a key role in Patriots' season-ending defeat, as the... more

The Buffalo Bills reportedly plan to release Mario Williams due to a "clear, fundamental disconnect " between the pass rusher and Rex Ryan's coaching staff. Williams recently told to ESPN's Josina Anderson that he's ready for a fresh start after R... more

When the Bengals entered the postseason in early January, coach Marvin Lewis suggested Andy Dalton had a slim chance to play through a broken throwing thumb. As it turns out, Dalton could not have returned in January. Dalton indicated this week... more

Steve Smith has been one of the most explosive young wideouts in NFL history, one of the most productive old receivers in NFL history and perhaps the greatest small wide receiver in NFL history. As the 2016 Pro Bowl captains, Jerry Rice and Michael... more

Reggie Bush isn't about to let his 2015 release from the Detroit Lions and season-ending knee injury with the San Francisco 49ers put a stop to his professional football career. "I'm not retiring ," Bush told reporters Sunday, per the Detroit Free... more

NFL fans expecting high-profile retirement news Sunday evening were thrown for a†loop when Marshawn Lynch upstaged Peyton Manning. In typical taciturn Lynch style, he simply tweeted a peace emoji with a picture of his cleats suspended from a teleph... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Broncos' Super Bowl 50 championship squad was modeled after John Elway's Super Bowl XXXIII outfit, with a dominant defense taking pressure off of a declining Hall of Fame quarterback. It's no surprise, then, that Elway l... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- If Peyton Manning is going to walk off into the sunset following the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl 50 victory, the decision will take a backseat to celebration. Manning was noncommittal regarding his future plans in a post-game... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has no concerns about his team's sluggish start in the past two games. In fact, Arians stressed during Wednesday's news conference that the tight back-and-forth battle with Green Bay in the†Divisional Round of t... more

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

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

If this season is Peyton Manning's last rodeo , it's only fitting that he will have to conquer Tom Brady to reach the fourth Super Bowl of his illustrious 18-year career. The two greatest quarterbacks of the 21st century will square off for the 17t... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chip Kelly spent last offseason overhauling the Philadelphia Eagles roster with headline-generating trades and signings meant to build the organization in his image. Now that Kelly and first lieutenant Ed Marynowitz have been fired , it's natural t... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Brady tossed a pair of touchdown passes as the New England Patriots (12-2) cruised to a 33-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans (3-11) in Week 15. With Denver's loss to the Steelers Sunday, the Patriots have clinched a first-round playoff bye. T... more

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

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

The Dallas Cowboys introduced Matt Cassel to the bench after the quarterback introduced the football world to the intentional grounding interception. Cassel was pulled in favor of Kellen Moore in the second quarter of Saturday night's 19-16 loss †t... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Odell Beckham exploded for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns on seven receptions, leading the New York Giants (6-7) to a 31-24 victory over the Dolphins (5-8) on Monday night. Miami's loss means the New England Patriots have clinched the AFC East t... more

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

It's easy to imagine the fist pumps and high fives in the Tennessee Titans' personnel department after last week's 42-39 victory . The war-room plan bore plenty of fruit on offense, with key contributions from four of the top six picks in their 201... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Green Bay Packers' untimed touchdown overshadowed the biggest mystery in Thursday night's dramatic victory over the Detroit Lions. Why was Eddie Lacy an afterthought coming off the first back-to-back 100-yard games of his NFL career? Lacy d... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After dropping the game-ending interception at the end of regulation, Luke Kuechly set up a 29-26 Carolina Panthers victory over the Indianapolis Colts with an overtime interception on Monday night. Here's what you need to know: 1. It certainly w... more