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Kevin Patra


Kevin Patra has been writing for NFL.com since 2013 after a three-year run on the NFL Network newsdesk. He is more handsome than he appears.


August

Josh Gordon doesn't want to be traded by the Cleveland Browns. The team says it has no plans to trade the receiver. Sashi Brown, the Browns' executive vice president of football operations, rejected a report from earlier this week that the team i... more

Eric Berry's return to the Kansas City Chiefs is coming soon. The Pro Bowl safety has been staying away from the team after the sides couldn't agree on a long-term contract extension last month. Berry was slapped with the franchise tag, but hasn't... more

Dan Quinn's defense was greater than the sum of its parts in 2015. After the Atlanta Falcons added speed at linebacker and safety, the unit is poised improve in Quinn's second season. It appears, however, that getting pressure on the quarterback wi... more

Ezekiel Elliott's preseason debut flashed everything the Dallas Cowboys thought the former Ohio State product could be: Fast, elusive, decisive, powerful, agile, speed to the edge, good hands and the ability to block. Perhaps the most evident aspec... more

Colin Kaepernick is on pace to finally take part in a preseason contest. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has practiced fully this week and is expected to play in Friday's tilt with the Green Bay Packers, barring a setback. Coach Chip Kelly ha... more

Matthew Stafford is at his best running a fast-paced offense that allows him to read and react on the fly. Last season, the Detroit Lions' quarterback played the best ball of his career after offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter took over midseason... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round corner Vernon Hargreaves is climbing up the depth chart. The rookie defensive back made two splashy interceptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars -- he flashed his uber athleticism on t... more

DeMarco Murray looks spryer than the rusty, turn-of-the-century ice truck we saw running last season in Philadelphia. The one-time Offensive Player of the Year is quicker to the hole, more decisive and has a better second gear in space. Murray coul... more

Stevan Ridley's struggles to return from a 2014 ACL tear continue. The Detroit Lions released the running back Thursday, the team announced. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Ridley is visiting the Colts on Friday, according to a source with knowl... more

The contract dispute between the San Diego Chargers and Joey Bosa continues with no end in sight. The Chargers now believe their first-round pick will not play a full 16-game slate in 2016. The team issued a statement Wednesday regarding negotiatio... more

Kevin White has just two receptions for a grand total of nine yards in two preseason games. Despite the nondescript start to training camp, fellow Bears receivers aren't fretting over the lack of production over a few snaps. "He's taking coaching... more

Nick Fairley's talent has never been a question. Motor, consistency and drive have been the stumbling blocks of a career left wanting. After four seasons in Detroit, Fairley is with his second new team in two years. Signed by the New Orleans Saints... more

Four NFL players have agreed to meet NFL investigators regarding performance-enhancing drug allegations stemming from a December report by Al Jazeera America. Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, Pittsburgh Steelers lineb... more

A day after Gary Kubiak named him the starter for the Denver Broncos' third preseason tilt, quarterback Trevor Siemian did not throw at practice. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Siemian did not throw Tuesday because of a sore shoulde... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to turn over every rock to improve their secondary. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers are hosting veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis on Tuesday. It's the first visit for Lewis since he was cut by the... more

An integral part of the New England Patriots' pass rush is dealing with a knee injury. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been dealing with a sprained MCL. Sheard suffered the injury in the team's first presea... more

The buzz surrounding Arian Foster during the beginning practices of Miami Dolphins training camp indicated the team believed he could be the lead running back in 2016. Yet, Jay Ajayi was named atop the depth chart, Foster sat the first preseason ga... more

Lost in his famous "The Bears are who we thought they were" rant, the late, great Dennis Green passed on one coach's thoughts on the third game of the NFL preseason. "...We played them in preseason, who the hell takes the third game of the preseaso... more

Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 draft, struggled early in the Los Angeles Rams' second preseason game, entering the contest after Case Keenum led two touchdown drives against the Kansas City Chiefs. Goff's first pass might have been... more

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is seeking help. In a statement issued by the team Saturday, the 26-year-old said he will enter a rehab facility. "After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision... more

Michael Thomas has yet to play a meaningful NFL game. Heck, the rookie has only played in one meaningless preseason game. Yet the New Orleans Saints stud has garnered approximately 45,000 hype posts. The internet ogling over the rookie is not witho... more

The Tennessee Titans quit the Dorial Green-Beckham experiment, with coach Mike Mularkey noting that it "never clicked in " for the talented receiver. Traded to the Eagles for a backup offensive lineman, DGB said Thursday night that he's "not necessar... more

The backup quarterback situation for teams like the Dallas Cowboys has led to years of handwringing. Even ardent Pittsburgh fans will admit the Steelers haven't exactly done a stellar job finding the occasional sub for Ben Roethlisberger. Thursday... more

It's bombs away by the shores of Lake Erie. For the second straight week, Robert Griffin III connected on a beautifully thrown deep pass to Terrelle Pryor. This time it was a picture-perfect 50-yard hurl for a touchdown. Pryor's conversion from... more

Here's a new one. Philadelphia Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis suffered a concussion during warmups prior to Thursday night's preseason tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers and will not play, the team announced. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported th... more

Aaron Rodgers is going to get his top target back on the practice field. Jordy Nelson passed his physical and came off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday, per the NFL's transaction wire. The Green Bay Packers receiver started on the... more

The Steve Smith Sr. return tour is starting soon. The Baltimore Ravens receiver passed a physical Wednesday and will return to the practice field "soon ," per the team. The Baltimore Sun reported Smith could practice as early as Monday . Smith bl... more

The Denver Broncos' quarterback battle continues to be the most interesting preseason competition in the NFL. Gary Kubiak won't even name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game versus the San Francisco 49ers. With Mark Sanchez startin... more

As expected, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott returned to the practice field Tuesday. NFL Media's Jane Slater reported that the rookie is participating in individual drills after dealing with a hamstring tweak. Video evidence of Elliot... more

When will Breshad Perriman's career ever get off the ground? The response to that question is accompanied by an amorphous storm cloud of uncertainty. "I wish I did (have an update)," Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, per the team... more

The rib injury for Carson Wentz was worse than originally believed. The Philadelphia Eagles announced Saturday afternoon the quarterback suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs during Thursday's preseason game versus Tampa Bay. Earlier in the da... more

A rough offseason turned worse for Packers receiver Jeff Janis. Already on the roster bubble thanks to some shaky practices and inconsistent rapport with Aaron Rodgers, Janis suffered a fracture to at least one bone in his right hand during Wednesd... more

The Sammie Coates training camp buzz quieted after a rough preseason opener Friday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver earned high praise during offseason workouts as the top candidate to earn a major role and the snaps made available by Martav... more

Three years ago, Terrelle Pryor started nine games as a quarterback. In 2014 he sat out the entire season. Now he's a starting wide receiver and looking the part. It's quite spectacular for a player to make such a drastic in-career position switch... more

For Colin Kaepernick to impress the San Francisco 49ers' coaching staff this preseason, he'll have to overcome shoulder soreness. Coach Chip Kelly told reporters Friday the quarterback is dealing with "arm fatigue." Kaepernick will be limited in... more

After an offseason of back-and-forth on Tyrod Taylor's contract, the Buffalo Bills locked down their starting quarterback. The Bills announced an extension for the sixth-year pro on Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal is for $9... more

For many veteran players, preseason games are meaningless necessities.† So while fans are ecstatic about the return of football, not everyone enjoys these preparation games. "To me, the preseason is the most over-analyzed 10 plays or whatever it... more

At first blush, the Twitter handle of New Orleans Saints rookie receiver Michael Thomas seems audacious: @CantGuardMike . But each day he seems to back up the claim. Thomas received rave reviews for his play during training camp practices, specific... more

All offseason we've been hearing the ceaseless praise for the Baltimore Ravens' backfield. The impressive performances in padless practices carried over to the first preseason game. "Our backs were dynamic," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday... more

The first preseason game didn't provide any more clarity on the Denver Broncos starting quarterback position. As Around The NFL's Gregg Rosenthal noted in his analysis of the QB battle , Mark Sanchez had an up-and-down night and Trevor Siemian look... more

The ol' "point of emphasis" got Cam Newton on Thursday night. Late in the first quarter of the first preseason game, Carolina Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein picked off a bobbled catch attempt by Ravens receiver Darren Waller and sprinted 95 yards w... more

Miami Dolphins new coach Adam Gase will run the offense that best suits his personnel, despite the catcalls for more deep throws. When asked about an offense that throughout training camp has been a series of mostly dump-offs, screens, and... more

The Tennessee Titans won a combined five games over the past two seasons. The franchise has owned the No. 2 and No. 1 overall picks in the past two drafts, respectively. Nashville natives haven't seen their team win the division since 2008. With a... more

One year ago today the headline scrolled across the TV screen in a seemingly mocking fashion: New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks after being punched in the jaw by a teammate. It couldn't be real, could it? A starting NFL quarterba... more

Jimmy Graham returned to the practice field Wednesday. The Seattle Seahawks tight end began training camp on the physically unable to perform list after suffering a season-ending patellar tendon injury in Week 12. More Jimmy Graham.... more

Life is a wacky, unpredictable amalgam of cause and effect. Take, for instance, Buffalo Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin. The speedster spent his offseason prepping for the Olympic long jump trials in early July. Throughout the offseason, coach Re... more

Austin Seferian-Jenkins got kicked out of practice by Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter in June. The tight end then went on an immature social media barrage. ASJ lost his starting gig to Cameron Brate and is currently running with the second... more

While Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian sit atop the Denver Broncos depth chart as co-No. 1 quarterbacks, only one can start Thursday's preseason opener against the Chicago Bears. Sanchez gets the nod to open the preseason, the team announced Tuesda... more

Julian Edelman left Tuesday's practice after suffering another leg injury, but the New England Patriots got some positive news a short time later Tests showed that Edelman did not suffer a setback in his return from foot surgery, two people informe... more

By many accounts, the Tennessee Titans have improved immensely this offseason, bolstering their offensive line, running game and improving a solid defensive front. The biggest influence on whether those improvements will lead to actual wins is if Mar... more

With his football career sidelined, Tim Tebow will try his luck on the diamond. Agents for the ex-NFL quarterback told ESPN that Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles to "hone" his hitting and outfield work in a sport he hasn't played... more

The 54th NFL Hall of Fame class was inducted Saturday night, pushing the total of enshrined football greats to 303. The busts of Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Eddie Debartolo Jr., Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel, Orlando Pace, Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison... more

Brett Favre has two words to describe the way he played football: All heart. The fiery gunslinger spent the first 22-plus minutes of his Hall of Fame induction speech in an emotional ringer, thanking his entire family, from his wife, Deanna, to his... more

Additional aid is arriving for a reshuffled Seattle Seahawks offensive line. The team announced it signed veteran guard Jahri Evans on Saturday and he joined the team on the practice field Sunday. The soon-to-be 33-year-old blocker earned six Pr... more

Could the Buffalo Bills be without their top two 2016 draft picks when the season opens? Second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland went down during Friday's practice with a non-contact knee injury while chasing down running back Reggie Bush. The Bil... more

At Alabama, Derrick Henry was the load that wore teams down. In the second half of games, the 247-pound freight train ground down defenders, smashed through tacklers and gobbled up yards. Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey has seen Henry -- now a... more

When Detroit Lions new general manager Bob Quinn decided to keep Jim Caldwell and his staff in place for another season, it was assumed the coach was on a tight leash. If the Lions suffered another disappointing season, it's presumed Quinn will wip... more

Ronald Leary hasn't been shy about his desire to get a starting job back. The veteran guard skipped Cowboys offseason workouts after being replaced in the starting lineup by La'el Collins last season. Leary, who started 31 games in 2013 and 2014... more

The Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a backup quarterback. When you have coach Jason Garrett taking snaps at age 50 in training camp, you know it's bleak. However, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Dallas isn't rushing to... more

Mike McCarthy relinquished play-calling duties to start last season. After a rocky stretch for the offense, which lacked continuity, the Green Bay Packers head coach took back the job. While he doesn't regret the decision, he won't be surrendering th... more

Alshon Jeffery's quest to prove he's worth a huge long-term deal is starting with a strain. Chicago Bears coach John Fox told reporters Thursday his No. 1 receiver is dealing with a mild hamstring †injury. Jeffery left Wednesday's practice with t... more

Perusing the names that compose the New York Giants' backfield, it seems like a group destined for committee work. Rashad Jennings is a career complement. Andre Williams has never found a niche in two seasons and could be cut. Shane Vereen is the m... more

The Miami Dolphins continue to install Adam Gase's offense without one of their most important receiving weapons. Second-year pro DeVante Parker will miss another day of work after tweaking his hamstring earlier in the week, the Miami Herald report... more

Leon Hall will join the New York Giants. Hall has signed a deal with the Giants that brings the veteran cornerback to the Big Apple, the team announced Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported it's a one-year deal that pays out up to $2... more

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss some workouts during training camp due to a hamstring injury. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday the No. 4 overall pick will "miss some time" with a sore right hamstring, per... more

The NFC Champions saw a starting corner return to the practice field Wednesday. Bene' Benwikere is off the physically unable to perform list and at the Carolina Panthers' padded practice, the team's official website reported. Receiver Tobais Palmer... more

Savvy veterans know how to lie in wait, then pounce on a potential job opening when their market becomes robust. With the injury to Cincinnati Bengals first-round rookie William Jackson, suddenly the market for Leon Hall is heating up. The free... more

With wide receiver Stevie Johnson set to undergo surgery on a torn meniscus , the San Diego Chargers tested out three potential replacements Tuesday. They settled on James Jones. The Chargers signed the long-time Green Bay Packers wideout to a... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' first-round pick, William Jackson, will miss the start of the season due to injury. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday that Jackson tore his pectoral muscle, per a source informed of the injury. The timeline for... more

With Jay Ajayi sidelined for a few practices due to a bone bruise in his knee , Arian Foster is clearly the Miami Dolphins' top back the next several training camp workouts. To hear coach Adam Gase tell it, Foster could remain as the team's No. 1 bac... more

The Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North in 2015. Will that year be viewed as a stepping-stone season that ultimately ends in a Super Bowl appearance or an aberration buttressed by disappointment? Your answer to that question likely depends on your... more

DeAndre Hopkins' holdout lasted just one day after the receiver reported to Houston Texans camp on Sunday. Hopkins reiterated yesterday that he still believes he deserves to get paid more than the paltry $1 million base salary he's set to earn in 2... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't had a single player record double-digit sacks since 2010, six seasons ago, when LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison both topped 10 quarterback takedowns. Linebackers coach Joey Porter believes both Jarvis Jones and Bud... more

July

No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa did not report with his teammates on Friday and missed the team's first on-field work in training camp. On Saturday, San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy voiced his displeasure with the contract stalemate. "He definitely... more

The Kansas City Chiefs want former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher around for the long haul. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports they signed the offensive tackle to a four year, $48 million extension, with $40 million guaranteed. He's now under... more

DeAndre Hopkins is staging a holdout. The Houston Texans receiver is unhappy with his current contract and did not report to training camp, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. Hopkins can be fined $40,000 for each day missed. ESPN fir... more

The Atlanta Falcons' offense is primed for a major campaign in 2016. Atlanta returns one of the top receivers in the NFL in Julio Jones, added wideout Mohamed Sanu, has a potent backfield with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, an underrated offens... more

Ben Roethlisberger is not happy about Martavis Bryant's year-long suspension. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is not only upset about missing the dynamic wide receiver on the field, but disappointed about Bryant not being completely honest abou... more

Jake Long will not join the Baltimore Ravens. Despite agreeing to terms on a contract earlier this week, Long declined to sign an injury waiver with the Ravens and thus will remain a free agent, the offensive tackle told ESPN's Adam Schefter in a... more

Darius Slay wanted to get paid like a top-seven cornerback . He got paid Friday. The Detroit Lions announced Slay's contract extension on Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Slay signed a four-year deal with the Lions worth $48 million,... more

Arian Foster signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins last week, but he won't be on the field for the start of training camp. The Dolphins announced Friday morning that Foster was one of five players who will begin workouts on the physically... more

Let's get one thing straight: Even if Jimmy Garoppolo throws for 2,000 yards, 20 touchdowns with a perfect passer rating in his four starts, Tom Brady will be under center Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. Bill Belichick said as much on Wednesda... more

The Mike Wallace nightmare is over. The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver is back on the field Friday after passing his conditioning test, the Baltimore Sun reported . Video evidence of Wallace hitting the practice field: Rise and grind. ‚??Ôł... more

Darren Sproles isn't going anywhere. The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday they agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep the running back in town through 2017. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the added year is worth... more

With the Ryan Fitzpatrick saga over in New York, Jets coach Todd Bowles stated the obvious in regards to the team's starting quarterback position. "It's his job," Bowles said. It was one of the least-surprising pronouncements of the summer, but... more

The Baltimore Ravens backfield enters training camp as a jumble of questions. Presumptive starter Justin Forsett is coming off a season-ending broken arm. Buck Allen had fumbling problems last year. Lorenzo Taliaferro hasn't proven to be a consiste... more

Alshon Jeffery enters Chicago Bears training camp playing under the franchise tag, which many players despise. The one-year pact means the 26-year-old wideout will play out the season without the security of a long-term contract. Bears general mana... more

Finally. It's the word every New York Jets fan exhaled after hearing that the six-month standoff between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Gang Green ended in a compromised one year, $12 million deal. Fitzpatrick returning to the Jets just made too much sense... more

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak continues to insist all three quarterback have a shot at the starting gig, but Mark Sanchez will get the first snaps. Kubiak said Wednesday that Sanchez will start with the first-team unit when training camp opens o... more

A day before veterans were set to report for training camp, the Los Angeles Rams rid themselves of disgruntled quarterback Nick Foles. The team announced Wednesday that it has released Foles. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapo... more

The Denver Broncos will keep two veterans on the sidelines to start training camp. Aqib Talib said last week he felt "great" and planned to be ready for camp . Alas, the Broncos will keep the corner off the field at least for the start of workouts.... more

Many NFL players enter training camp this week with just one final season on their contract. In reality, the lack of guaranteed deals means just about every player is constantly battling to prove he's worth hanging onto for another year. Arizona... more

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak might have "kind of let" players know that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback, according to defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, but that doesn't mean Paxton Lynch isn't using training camp to push himself... 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

One of Jameis Winston's offseason goals was to get in shape. By all accounts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback hit the target. Winston's father told ESPN that the quarterback has lost 20 pounds. The 22-year-old's trainer, Tim Grover, posted a... more

With Von Miller's contract odyssey finally over, the Denver Broncos can get back to focusing on repeating as the NFL's top defense. The Broncos might have lost starters Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and other backups on defense, but safety T.J. Wa... more

Last season, Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar seemed to have finally carved out a role as a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield. In the first three weeks, Dunbar compiled 21 receptions for 215 yards -- including 10 catches for 100 yards... 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

When healthy, Arian Foster provides a quick, one-cut rushing attack that can devastate defenses. Unfortunately, Foster hasn't stayed healthy in years. After signing with the Miami Dolphins on Monday , Foster hinted at what his biggest role would be... more

Six weeks after being shot in the leg , Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib is walking with a slight limp, but plans to be ready for training camp later this month. At teammate T.J. Ward's charity golf tournament on Monday, Talib told The Denver P... more

Jimmy Clausen is back on the NFL radar. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Washington Redskins worked out Clausen. Clausen started three games in 2015, one with the Chicago Bears and two with the Baltimore Ravens. He owns a 5... more

The NFL continues to search for new methods for making extra point and field goal attempts more difficult -- and thereby more exciting for viewers. One method might be to reduce the space between the field goal uprights. It's something the league t... more

With their backfield facing a plethora of questions following off-field incidents this offseason, the Buffalo Bills are looking to add a veteran. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Bills have targeted Reggie Bush to fill the void duri... more

The Denver Broncos hit June with the goal of inking three key players to long-term contracts, if possible. Two down. One to go. With Von Miller getting his massive pay day a month after John Elway locked down underrated linebacker Brandon Marshall... more

The New England Patriots will be represented in the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro. The USA Rugby Men's Sevens team announced Monday that safety Nate Ebner was one of 12 athletes to make the Olympic squad. Ebner becomes the only active NF... more

The San Francisco 49ers' defense took a hit Friday. The team announced that linebacker Aaron Lynch is suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Lynch is eligible to re... more

Justin Tucker's discontent with the Baltimore Ravens didn't last long. A day after his agent said the kicker was "disillusioned with the process " and wouldn't sign a long-term deal if a contract wasn't struck by Friday, the sides found common grou... more

Karlos Williams has more time off to get back in shape. The Buffalo Bills running back was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the team announced Friday. Williams... more

The deadline for franchise tagged players to sign long-term contracts sits one day away. Those tagged players not inked to a multi-year contract by July 15 at 4 p.m. ET will have to play under the one-year tender -- or choose to sit out the year wi... more

Year after year after year pundits have predicted Frank Gore's production would soon fall off a cliff. The 33-year-old running back hears the critics following his first sub-1,000-yard season since playing just 11 games in 2010. His 3.7 yards per c... more

DeAngelo Hall is looking forward to the full-time move to safety after spending 12 seasons mostly playing corner. Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry began tinkering with Hall at safety last season, but the move will become permanen... more

The year was 2010. The Minnesota Vikings were coming off a 12-4 season and one wayward interception from a Super Bowl appearance. Brett Favre, after one season wearing purple, planned to retire, again. It's August. Training camp has started. Jared... more

Could Anquan Boldin become the New Orleans Saints' newest possession receiver? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the Saints are the favorites to sign the free-agent receiver and are making the strongest push, per a source informed of... more

The NFL careers of Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre will be forever linked. Rodgers' ascendance to MVP immediately followed Favre hauling the Packers back into relevance after a decade of mediocrity. When they write the documentary about the 30 years... more

The heat between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals has risen to the nth degree over the last several years. With both franchises continually battling for playoff spots, their two AFC North contests each season have become heavily... more

With the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals denying Tom Brady's petition to rehear his suspension case , the New England Patriots are a step closer to starting Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback to open the season. The Pats kick off the season Sept.... more

The New York Giants' offense sits as a relative unknown as we press towards training camp. Of course, Odell Beckham Jr. returns, as does iron man Eli Manning. But few other aspects of the offense offer reliable, tangible optimism that Big Blue will... more

Braxton Miller's role with the Houston Texans appears somewhat amorphous heading into his rookie campaign. The team's plans for "multidimensional " duty means he could play in the slot, on the outside or even see time in the backfield on gadget pla... more

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman compiled a combined 1,634 yards rushing and receiving in 2015, more than 27 percent of the team's total yards for the year. He also added 14 of the Falcons' 38 touchdowns. Despite being the team's second... more

Tyrod Taylor's contract situation will likely hang over the Buffalo Bills' 2016 season, but the quarterback isn't fretting over getting paid. "The contract situation will play out. My mindset is to go out there and win games," Taylor told ESPN this... more

The Dallas Cowboys could reunite with a familiar linebacker. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Monday that the Cowboys are talking to Justin Durant about a return, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Durant started 12 games in... more

As we press closer to the start of fantasy football drafts, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has some advice regarding where you should select him. "Oh, No. 1 overall, for sure," Gurley said on NFL Network's NFL Total Access on Friday. "I... more

Sammy Watkins took a step forward in his return from offseason foot surgery. The Buffalo Bills' receiver posted a video on Instagram of himself running, with the caption: "back on top soon." While running straight ahead is a far cry from the cut... more

Throughout his nine NFL seasons, Calvin Johnson was always a quiet character. The soft-spoken Megatron has been just as mum on his reasons for retiring from the gridiron at 30. After the Detroit Lions announced in March that the six-time Pro Bowl... 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

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent a biopsy surgery Thursday after scans came back inconclusive . Jill Kelly, his wife, relayed on Instagram that the preliminary results from the biopsy showed no signs of cancer. A big thu... more

The hype surrounding Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is palpable and warranted heading into his third NFL campaign. Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree called Carr a "gunslinger" in the mold of Hall of Famer Brett Favre last month. Speaking... more

Roddy White continues to recount his final season with the Atlanta Falcons. After 11 seasons in Atlanta, White was cut earlier this offseason after putting up just 506 yards on 43 catches with just one touchdown -- his lowest totals since 2006. The... more

The New York Giants spent a shipload of cash this offseason in an effort to rebuild a limp defense and mask the faults of four straight playoff-less seasons. Eli Manning was asked Wednesday at a football camp at Kean University in New Jersey if he... more

The New Orleans Saints' desperation for defensive end aid has led them to pluck Darryl Tapp off the July free-agent scrapheap ahead of training camp. The team announced the signing Wednesday . To make room for the veteran pass rusher, New Orleans w... more

Roman Harper has spent the past decade in the NFC South. The two-time Pro Bowl safety played his first eight years with the New Orleans Saints before a two-season stint with the Carolina Panthers. Now that the 33-year-old re-signed with the Saints... more

The Stephen Tulloch saga in Detroit has finally come to an end. The Lions announced Tuesday they released the middle linebacker. The move had been expected since February , but the team had remained mum on the status of Tulloch throughout offseas... more

Some Atlanta Falcons fans were not thrilled when the team made safety Keanu Neal a first-round pick at No. 17. But the rookie has impressed the coaching staff during offseason workouts. "I'll tell you what, I've been very impressed with (Neal),"... more

Drew Stanton ranks near the top of any list of backup NFL quarterbacks. The veteran proved his worth in 2014 when he relieved Carson Palmer and won five of eight starts before suffering his own injury. A league-wide dearth at the quarterback positi... more

Since Aqib Talib exited the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound nearly a month ago , details of the case and investigation have been few and far between. On Friday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport obtained the full report on the incident that t... more

Detroit Lions rookie Miles Killebrew doesn't have a starting gig, but he does have a beer celebrating his name. Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park, Michigan, announced it created a "Killebrew IPA ," named after the Lions safety. "I guess it was... more

Buster Skrine understands playing opposite Darrelle Revis will likely incite quarterbacks to target his side of the field more often. "Bring it on," the New York Jets corner told NJ.com during minicamp . Skrine took the majority of his snaps in t... more

June

Jason Pierre-Paul will celebrate an infamous anniversary this July 4th, one year after he damaged his right hand in a fireworks accident. The New York Giants' pass rusher is hoping his mistake can be a lesson for others this Independence Day. JPP... more

Buddy Ryan won't get to see his sons Rex and Rob attempt to lay waste the the rest of the AFC East in 2016. After the legendary defensive coach passed away, Rex admitted this season means a lot for the Buffalo Bills and his own family's legacy. "Th... more

Andrew Luck's new $140 million contract made him the highest-paid player in NFL history. Despite the huge money up front ($47 million fully guaranteed at signing) owner Jim Irsay admitted it remains a team-friendly deal. "We definitely feel that w... more

Based solely on physical attributes, Dorial Green-Beckham should be the Tennessee Titans' go-to receiver. The 6-foot-5 wideout owns a Megatron-like size, speed, physicality combination. However, during offseason workouts this spring, DGB fell behin... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers released kicker Shaun Suisham after another injury setback, the team announced Friday. "Unfortunately Shaun incurred a setback in his recovery from knee surgery that won't allow him to compete in a timely manner," said Steel... more

Andrew Luck missed nine games last season and ended the year on injured reserve. Indy's quarterback, however, admitted he was playing poorly even before the injuries derailed his season. "Injuries aside, I was not playing very good football -- befo... more

The Ryan Fitzpatrick -saga continues to unfold painfully slowly in New York this offseason. Seemingly every Jets player is incessantly asked questions about how much they want the quarterback to return for a second season. During a one-on-one inter... more

It's that time of year when the hype of young players rolls out with ferocity. Here at Around The NFL we have our Making the Leap list, which looks forward to potential breakout young guns. NFL players have their own checklist of teammates they... more

Matt Ryan is hoping a narcissistic tool can help him improve in his second year in Kyle Shanahan's system. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback believes sloppy footwork was the main cause of his mistakes last season, so Ryan is using a mirror to help im... more

Last season, not only was DeMarco Murray coming off 392 carries with the Dallas Cowboys, but the running back didn't fit Chip Kelly's system in Philadelphia. Murray was a square peg not even NASA could engineer a solution to fit into a round hole.... more

Von Miller and the Denver Broncos have until July 15 to strike a long-term deal. Until then, we wait. Speaking Wednesday at his charity football camp, Miller didn't feel like discussing his contract situation. "I just think, where we're at righ... more

It's the middle of June. NFL players are on their own until training camp starts at the end of July. During this down period players take on a myriad of different activities, sports or causes. Some are more entertaining than others. Exhibit A : O... more

Cam Newton said this offseason he "hasn't peaked" as a football player. That growth must come not only on the field, but in increased maturity off it. The Carolina Panthers quarterback was denounced by many following his handling of a post-Super B... more

Thomas Dimitroff enters his ninth NFL season as the general manager of the Atlanta Falcons having missed the playoffs in three straight seasons. After the Falcons handed some of Dimitroff's power over to assistant GM Scott Pioli last year, Dimitrof... more

Adrian Peterson is a workout warrior who seems to remind us each year he can play well into his 30s. For a running back, stiff-arming Father Time becomes a yearly battle after crossing that 30-year-old mark. Peterson believes he'll lose the mental... more

As Marquise Goodwin prepares to compete for a chance at an Olympic dream, the Buffalo Bills receiver is keenly aware of his position as a two-sport athlete. Goodwin recently told The MMQB's Emily Kaplan he understand the predicament he could be in... more

Joe Flacco's recovery from an ACL tear is one of the least-talked about major injuries this offseason. Perhaps it's because he's not a running quarterback, so we take it for granted that he'll be the same when he returns. Perhaps it's because there... more

In any other receiving corps, Jamison Crowder would be getting hyped up as a potential bust-out star. The slot receiver used his rapport with Kirk Cousins to post a stellar rookie season with 59 receptions (a franchise rookie record) for 604 yards.... more

The Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA championship victory Sunday night wiped away 52-years of sports pain and failure in Northeast Ohio. Battling back from a 3-1 series deficit to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy, LeBron James and Co. also provided hope for t... more

The Chicago Bears buffered Jay Cutler last season, installing an offense that got the ball out of the quarterback's hands quickly in order to mitigate some of the bonehead decisions that have plagued his career. The Bears are saddled with Cutler fo... more

Bud Dupree started seven of the Pittsburgh Steelers' final eight games last season -- including two in the playoffs -- but his production slipped down the stretch. The rookie outside linebacker earned four sacks in his first eight games, but had ze... more

Vince Wilfork enters his 13th NFL season, his second with the Houston Texans, and the big man has no designs on hanging up the cleats soon. Turning 35 in November, the nose tackle believes he's got some good seasons left in him. Wilfork told the Ho... more

Earlier this month, Sammy Watkins wasn't sure about his recovery timetable following foot surgery and didn't know if he'd be ready for training camp. Now, the Buffalo Bills' star wide receiver has more clarity on his rehab. "For training camp, I... more

Muhammad Wilkerson remains miffed he can't get a long-term deal with the New York Jets. On Friday at his annual charity bowling event, Wilkerson wouldn't say whether he would report to training camp next month if he doesn't have a long-term contra... more

The Texans upgrades at receiver have been a hot topic in Houston the summer. Rick Smith added first-round pick Will Fuller and third-round wild card Braxton Miller. Both offer intriguing elements of speed and open-field elusiveness to complement st... more

Coby Fleener was a favored target of quarterback Drew Brees during the New Orleans Saints minicamp this week and the quarterback expects his new tight end to get open often in 2016. "We watched a lot of film on him last year, just because we played... more

Two teams have given up on Logan Thomas, but the big-armed, raw quarterback will get a third chance. The New York Giants claimed Thomas off waivers a day after the Miami Dolphins cut the 24-year-old passer, according to the NFL's official transacti... more

Cam Newton won the NFL MVP award in 2015 on the back of a masterful season in which he seemed unstoppable at times, both with his arm and feet. Exhibit R: Despite the MVP season, Newton believes he still has a lot of room to grow. "I haven't... more

Outside the Los Angeles Rams' organization, the expectation is that Jared Goff will start from the get-go. I expect him to start Week 1. Rams fans expect him to start Week 1. You, maybe, expect him to start Week 1. Goff (hopefully) expects to start W... more

Cameron Brate has developed into a favorite target of Jameis Winston and is on pace to win the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting tight end gig this season. After going undrafted out of Harvard in 2014, Brate bounced on and off the Bucs' roster his fir... more

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects both running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham, two key pieces to the Seattle's offense in 2016, to be ready for Week 1. "I absolutely think that," Carroll said, via the team's official website . "They... more

Michael Oher has gone from unwanted to locked down in one season. The left tackle signed a three-year extension with the Carolina Panthers worth $21.6 million in new money, averaging $7.2 million per year and $9.5 million in guarantees, NFL Media... more

Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett make up the most dominant tight end duo in the NFL. In terms of pure pass-catching the tandem is leaps and bounds better than the rest of the league. Despite normally being the alpha dog during his career, Benne... more

Jalen Ramsey ran on the field late last week , just two weeks after undergoing surgery on his meniscus. The video was a prelude to the rookie returning later this summer for Jacksonville Jaguars training camp. On Wednesday, Ramsey said he's already... more

The New York Jets have balked at paying Muhammad Wilkerson huge money for two seasons, despite the team's consistent public statements claiming a desire to get a deal done. The second-team All-Pro defensive lineman is getting fed up with the all-ta... more

The Buffalo Bills are keeping LeSean McCoy on the sidelines during minicamp this week and will continue to monitor the running back's snaps throughout training camp and preseason. Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday the rest of th... more

Several defensive linemen got big money contracts the past few months: Malik Jackson (6 years, $88.5 million) in Jacksonville; Olivier Vernon (5 years, $85 million) in New York; and Fletcher Cox (6 years, $102.6 million) in Philadelphia most recently... more

Reshad Jones' holdout lasted one day. The safety showed up to Miami Dolphins minicamp Wednesday after skipping Tuesday's opening session, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The MMQB first reported the news. Jones told the Miami Herald that... more

Marshall Mathers once provided his personal list of top rappers in the game, circa 2002. I got a list, here's the order of my list that it's in. It goes Reggie, Jay-Z, 2Pac, and Biggie, Andre from OutKast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas, and then me -- Till I... more

Ex-NBA player Nate Robinson tried out for the Seahawks , but don't expect a signing anytime soon, if ever. Coach Pete Carroll said the 32-year-old, three-time NBA slam dunk champion, will remain on the team's radar, but the interest appears limited... more

Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher isn't wasting time getting Jared Goff acclimated to an NFL offense. The No. 1 overall pick took first-team reps during multiple 11-on-11 periods during Tuesday's OTAs. The rookie quarterback said grasping the spee... more

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around the NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC South is below. Jacksonville Jaguars ¬Ľ†... more

While the wait for Von Miller's massive extension drags on, the Denver Broncos locked down another key piece of the defense. The Broncos announced Tuesday they signed linebacker†Brandon Marshall †to a four-year contract extension. NFL Media Insid... more

Austin Seferian-Jenkins spoke for the first time since getting kicked off the field by coach Dirk Koetter last week. The third-year pro told reporters Tuesday during the opening session of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' mandatory minicamp that he was... more

Darren McFadden's quest to fend off rookie Ezekiel Elliott for a sizable role in the Dallas Cowboys' backfield has taken a hit. McFadden injured his elbow in an accident at home and will be out a "couple months" after undergoing surgery Tuesday, c... more

The Tennessee Titans' backfield has been boasted as a "thunder and thunder" duo of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Dexter McCluster wants to add some pizazz to the combination. Jim Wyatt of the team's official website noted that McCluster can ad... more

One byproduct of Russell Wilson's explosive passing offense during the second half of last season was rookie Tyler Lockett bursting onto the scene. Always a dangerous return man in both the kick and punt game, Lockett proved he could provide a dyna... more

Jalen Ramsey's rehabilitation took a positive stride forward Friday. The Jacksonville Jaguars tweeted out a video of the No. 5 overall pick running on the field. Heading into the weekend like... Oh and by the way, that's @JalenRamsey on the fiel... more

Count Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly among those who believes it's a make-or-break season for Rex Ryan. The Hall of Fame quarterback told "The Jim Rome Show" that he thinks the Bills must make the playoffs for the coach to retain his job. "I thin... more

No one will confuse Theo Riddick for Todd Gurley. The Detroit Lions' scat back led the NFL with 80 receptions out of the backfield in 2015, earning 697 yards receiving, averaging 8.7 yards per catch. A between-the-tackles runner the 25-year-old is... more

Carlos Hyde wasn't a threat out of the backfield in his first two NFL seasons, catching just 23 passes. Under Chip Kelly that could change for the San Francisco 49ers' lead back. "He's got really, really good hands," Kelly said, via the team's... more

Contract talks with Von Miller hit a roadblock this week , so the Denver Broncos are focusing on locking down two other key players. John Elway noted last week that contract talks with receiver Emmanuel Sanders and linebacker Brandon Marshall are... more

Josh Norman didn't want to leave the comfort of the Carolina Panthers, but after the team moved on, the corner is enjoying his new digs. The All-Pro corner likes that defensive coordinator Joe Barry's defense in Washington allows him the liberty to... more

The Los Angeles Rams locked up No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. The quarterback signed his four-year contract Thursday, the team announced. As with all first-round contracts under this collective bargaining agreement, the deal comes with a fifth-year... more

Austin Seferian-Jenkins' offseason of redemption isn't going swimmingly. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end was sent off of the practice field Thursday. Coach Dirk Koetter told reporters ASJ was sent home because he "didn't know what he was doing... more

Cam Newton is ditching the dab. The Carolina Panthers quarterback told WFNZ Radio on Thursday morning he will bust out a new touchdown celebration in 2016. "I have to put that aside," Newton said of the dab, via BlackandBlueReview.com . "I have t... more

Ryan Shazier is wicked fast. The Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker displayed his speed Wednesday, besting wide receivers Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates in a 40-yard dash. Proof: There it is #Linebackers pic.twitter.com/fqvH19YwU... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered 2015 with the goal of scoring 30 points per game . They fell a little short, scoring 26.4 a contest. A few factors caused Pittsburgh to fall short, most notably Ben Roethlisberger missing games due to injury. Also... more

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay believes the team can come to terms with a new contract for Andrew Luck before training camp. "I'm still hopeful that before training camp we can get something done and I think both sides feel the sooner the bette... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have locked up another integral weapon. The team reached agreement on a three-year, $15.5 million contract extension with running back Giovani Bernard, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per a source involved... more

A cornerstone of the Carolina Panthers' franchise-building philosophy is to bulk up on pass rushers and not pay heavily in the secondary. Dave Gettleman's plan has worked brilliantly. With one of the fastest, deep front-sevens in the NFL, the Panth... more

When the Carolina Panthers drafted receiver Devin Funchess in 2015, the plan was to surround Cam Newton with a series of mammoth targets. Almost immediately that plan was dented with Kelvin Benjamin sustaining a season-ending ACL injury. Funchess t... more

Rueben Randle was a source of frustration for the New York Giants -- and fans -- during his four seasons in the Big Apple. Now with a fresh start in Philadelphia, the wide receiver is happy to move on. "Unfortunate situation. Things happen, you've... more

The San Francisco 49ers open up minicamp this week, but Colin Kaepernick won't be fully cleared for practices. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Kaepernick won't be cleared to participate in team workouts this week, per a sourc... more

Fletcher Cox returned to the Philadelphia Eagles' training facility this week in advance of mandatory minicamp, which opens Tuesday. Cox skipped voluntary organized team activities this offseason while seeking a long-term contract extension. The... more

Detroit Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker is getting tossed into the fire. Decker has spent the majority of offseason workouts at left tackle, with incumbent Riley Reiff moving to the right side. While some teams protect rookie offensive linem... more

If you are a Kansas City Chiefs fan -- or happened to be rooting for them to knock off the New England Patriots -- you were probably screaming at the television screen last January, watching Alex Smith take precious seconds off the clock while down t... more

The optimism surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars' improved defense hinges largely on 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler, who missed his entire rookie season after an ACL injury last May. Fowler has participated in every OTA session this offseason... more

The Seattle Seahawks lost their grip on claiming the top secondary in the NFL -- swiped by the Denver Broncos in 2015. Despite the dip, Richard Sherman doesn't believe the Seahawks lost a step. "We're hitting our prime, that's what I'd say," Sherma... more

Marshawn Lynch won't return to the NFL. After cryptically tweeting a picturing of cleats hanging from a telephone wire during the Super Bowl, indicating his retirement, there has been rampant speculation about whether the notoriously fickle runnin... more

DeSean Jackson is back at Washington Redskins workouts. The receiver returned for the third week of organized team activities after skipping the first two weeks. Ready to work. pic.twitter.com/QvFnnj6tvo ‚?? Washington Redskins (@Redskins) Jun... more

Jay Ajayi is keenly aware of the offseason questions about his ability to handle a heavy workload. The Miami Dolphins unsuccessfully chased C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson in free agency and added third-round pick Kenyan Drake in the draft. What Aj... more

The next step in the NFL's offseason program begins this week for seven squads. The Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers each open veteran minicam... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are one of seven teams to open mandatory minicamp this week. The difference in the minicamp from other workouts taking place this spring is the "mandatory" aspect, meaning player are subject to fines for missing sessions.... more

Marcus Mariota stands poised to make a leap forward in his second season, dragging a perennially poor Tennessee Titans squad up the standings. The Titans' brass spent the offseason bulking up to aid the quarterback in his development, but much of... more

Drew Brees' contract situation continues to hover over the New Orleans Saints as the quarterback enters the final year of his deal. In the locker room, however, the players aren't fretting about how much their leader gets paid. "Nobody deserves t... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are poised to employs one of the more explosive offenses in the NFL, they plan to also deploy a faster paced attack. Jags offensive coordinator Greg Olson said this week he plans on putting Blake Bortles in the no-huddle mo... more

The Washington Redskins boast one of the deepest pass-catching corps in the entire NFL. General manager Scot McCloughan added first-round pick Josh Doctson to complement DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, while locking up Kirk Cousins' security blan... more

Early offseason work has surely put a smile on Clay Matthews' face. The linebacker moved back to the outside after spending much of the past two years lost inside. Coach Mike McCarthy said Matthews has spent the "majority" of his snaps at outside... more

Perhaps Matt Forte got the chorus of those loathsome Bon Jovi DirecTV commercials †stuck in his head. Perhaps he's been jamming to Twenty One Pilots' latest album . Whatever the cause, the 30-year-old running back said one reason he chose to sign w... more

Tony Romo missed all but four games in 2015 after fracturing his collarbone multiple times. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback doesn't believe the injury will linger. "I understand where I'm at in my career. I also understand that -- I was hurt and ban... more

For a young receiver, earning the trust of a future Hall of Fame quarterback is vital. Saints rookie Michael Thomas already gained more than a modicum of confidence from Drew Brees. "His improvement over these six practices has been awesome," Brees... more

Organized team activities is an odd time for NFL players. Every success or failure comes with the caveat of practices being conducted in shorts, sans pads. Outside of the pads and time restraints during OTAs, teams aren't allowed to run certain typ... more

The initial reaction to hearing that the Atlanta Falcons will move Vic Beasley to strongside (SAM) linebacker is one of surprise that Dan Quinn's team would drop its best pass rusher into coverage any more times than necessary. Falcons assistant co... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should garner popularity as a team that could rise to playoff contention in the NFC. Linebacker Lavonte David has even higher goals for the defense. "I think we can be the best defense ever, to be honest. I'm going to go ou... more

Colin Kaepernick continues to show up to workouts for the San Francisco 49ers, despite not being able to practice after undergoing multiple surgeries. Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said Thursday the team is waiting for the quarterback to get... more

Welcome to Tropepalooza, a months long carnival of bloviation, hallow jubilees and trivial tributes. It's a time when everything in the football world seems bright, shiny and filled with rainbow roads reaching across the horizon. Through the endles... more

Sam Bradford went from trying to force his way out of Philadelphia to setting up a summer getaway for teammates. The Eagles' current No. 1 quarterback is helping plan a throwing session for skill-position players during the July dead-period before... more

Rob Ryan blasted the New Orleans Saints and his former boss Sean Payton last week, saying he was effectively neutered and forced to run a defense he didn't agree with. Payton responded that Ryan's claims were "silly." Former Saints defensive linem... more

When you get so used to standing on the mountain top, the view seems just slightly off from one cliff lower. The Seattle Seahawks' defense led the NFL in points per game allowed for the fourth straight season (17.3), finished first in rush yards pe... more

Sam Bradford wasn't the only quarterback peeved his team traded up to draft a signal-caller of the future. NFL Media's Steve Wyche reported Wednesday that Los Angeles quarterback Nick Foles has not participated in team-run workouts since the Rams... more

Sammy Watkins is taking it slow in his return from foot surgery. The Buffalo Bills' top receiver suffered a broken bone in his foot and had a screw inserted in April. The plan was for Watkins to be ready for training camp, but the wideout said Wedn... more

Jeff Fisher's master offensive plan is coalescing in Los Angeles. Two years ago, Fisher drafted the top rookie running back, Todd Gurley, who is expected to power the Rams' offense. This season, the coach snagged his preferred quarterback of the fu... more

After a decade in the NFL, defensive end Stephen Bowen is calling it quits. The Washington Redskins announced Wednesday that Bowen is retiring. The former Cowboys, Redskins and Jets defensive end played 128 games, compiling 176 tackles, 12.5 sacks... more

May

Kelvin Benjamin is back. The Carolina Panthers' No. 1 receiver participated in on-field workouts for the first time since tearing his ACL during last year's training camp in August. Proof: Welcome back, KB13 ū??? #KeepPounding... more

Detroit Lions starting running back Ameer Abdullah could miss all of offseason workouts. Lions coach Jim Caldwell confirmed to reporters that Abdullah had shoulder surgery shortly after the end of the regular season. "He is recovering nicely,"... more

DeMarco Murray won NFL Offensive Player of the Year for the Dallas Cowboys after toting the rock 392 times for 1,845 yards (4.7 yards per carry average) in 2014. Murray was a bulldozing freight train, carrying 45 times for more than 10 yards and 15 t... more

(Dear reader, please brace yourself for some wicked spin and classic coach speak. Thank you. ) The Dallas Cowboys selected Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft. The presumption from the moment his name was called has been th... more

The 2015 offseason MVP award went to Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams, who garnered oodles of praise from Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy. After flashing in offseason practices and the preseason, Adams was expected to explode, especia... more

Keyshawn Johnson isn't taking credit for the New Orleans Saints drafting his nephew, Michael Thomas, in the second round, but the former Pro Bowl receiver dropped some info to head coach Sean Payton before the draft. Johnson even went so far as to... more

Arian Foster remains one of the biggest names still hanging on the free-agent market after being cut by the Houston Texans. The 29-year-old running back will probably be available for a little while longer as he rehabs from an Achilles injury. "I... more

Terrelle Pryor used to be a quarterback, but hasn't attempted an NFL pass since 2013. Entering his second campaign with the Cleveland Browns as a receiver, Pryor believes he's grown so much this offseason his transformation is complete. "I don't ev... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are taking Dwight Freeney for a test drive. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Freeney will work out with the Bengals on Wednesday, per a team source. ESPN's Coley Harvey first reported the news . In add... more

The last NFL game took place 108 days ago. Most players finished their season well before that date. In the three-plus months since, while the outside world has been fretting over free agency and draft prospects, veteran players under contract have... more

When the Denver Broncos announced last week that Mark Sanchez underwent surgery on his non-throwing hand, the team indicated the quarterback was expected to miss the start of organized team activities . The quarterback then insisted he wanted to... more

Much of the offseason focus for the Indianapolis Colts has been on Andrew Luck, but there is another player vital to the offense's success in 2016: T.Y. Hilton. In 2015, the receiver broached the 1,000-yard barrier for the third straight season, bu... more

The Florida heat can wilt even the strongest people over time, so the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to try and avoid it as much as possible. New coach Dirk Koetter moved OTAs to earlier in the morning and will likely keep the two-hour practices at 10:3... more

The Arizona Cardinals hope Tom Brady is granted another chance to fight his four-game suspension. The New England Patriots quarterback would miss the season's opener on Sunday Night Football against he Cards if the suspension is upheld. On Monday,... more

Tyler Eifert's Pro Bowl injury continues to linger. The Cincinnati Bengals tight end left the Pro Bowl in a walking boot, but downplayed any long-term effects, saying at the time , "I'll be good." Months later the ankle still hasn't responded... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars got some positive news Tuesday. The team announced first-round rookie Jalen Ramsey underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee on Tuesday and is expected to return by training camp. Ramsey got a second opin... more

Tyrann Mathieu isn't positive he'll be fully healthy for the start of the 2016 season , but he hopes to get paid before then. The Arizona Cardinals and the defensive back are deep in negotiations on a long-term deal , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Bills general manager Doug Whaley shares Sammy Watkins' optimism about this season. The wide receiver underwent surgery on a broken foot earlier this spring , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported. Watkins tweeted after the news broke... more

Optimism is teeming from Jacksonville this offseason, unless you are Luke Joeckel. The former No. 2 overall pick in 2013 took snaps at both left tackle and left guard at the start of OTAs. With the Jaguars signing former Steelers left tackle Kelvin... more

Jimbo Fisher isn't comprehending the heat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking for trading up in the second round to draft former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo. When told by the Tampa Bay Times that some Bucs fans are unhappy with the move an... more

After selecting four receivers in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns cut ties with a veteran. The Browns released wideout Brian Hartline on Monday, the team announced. The move shouldn't be a surprise . The 29-year-old receiver struggled to... more

The Tennessee Titans traded up to draft Jack Conklin. Now the No. 8 overall pick is under contract. The team agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Michigan State offensive tackle. As with all first-round picks, the deal comes with a... more

The Buffalo Bills will open organized team activities Monday without their top corner. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Stephon Gilmore is staying away from OTAs as the two sides negotiate a long-term extension, according to two sources invo... more

There is nothing quite like a teammate setting wild expectations. With optimism about the 2016 Oakland Raiders booming in the Bay Area, many are beefing up their projections regarding a rise in the AFC West. Khalil Mack recently boasted the Raiders... more

Jacksonville Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey will get a second opinion on his torn meniscus this week, to determine the complete severity of the knee injury. General manager Dave Caldwell told Peter King of The MMQB this weekend that he's confident the... more

The Chicago Bears let Matt Forte walk in free agency, showing no desire to re-sign the 30-year-old running back. What's left behind is a committee composed of a bevy of question marks. Jeremy Langford showed promised as a rookie, but there are majo... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are testing out a smart dummy. A Mobile Virtual Player, a remote controlled robotic dummy, was introduced during Steelers workouts. The mobile dummies, developed at Dartmouth College, could aid in tackling development withou... more

Jalen Ramsey's knee injury could cast a cloud over the optimism that had been shining bright in Jacksonville this offseason. Depending on the results of a second opinion on his meniscus tear, the rookie could be back by the start of training camp.... more

Not everyone in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' building was a fan of Jameis Winston coming out of college. Even head coach Dirk Koetter said he initially preferred Marcus Mariota to Winston. After spending time around Winston those opinions quickly change... more

For the second straight year, the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round pick has suffered an injury in May. Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey suffered a small meniscus tear to his right knee during the second phase of on-field workouts, the team announce... more

The Atlanta Falcons are transitioning Vic Beasley from his role as a LEO pass rusher last season to SAM (strongside) linebacker. "It's off to a great start," Beasley said of the change, via the team's official website . "I just know that it's a new... more

On Monday the Denver Broncos announced Mark Sanchez underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament on his non-throwing thumb. The injury was expected to keep Sanchez out of the start of next week's OTAs . Not so fast, says Sanchez. The quarterback s... more

Back at the NFL owners meetings in March, Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan promised to build a roster that can allow a quarterback to†"be average and still be good ." McCloughan put his money where his mouth was, using his first-... more

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett might want to regurgitate at the thought of Sam Bradford trying to force a trade, but the quarterback's teammates aren't so perturbed. "If I'm cool with it, then everybody should be cool with it," No.... more

Tight ends play a critical role in Gary Kubiak's offense. From blocking in the run game, to pass catching on the bootleg, to being primary receivers in the red area, the Denver Broncos offense will rely on tight ends producing regularly. Entering 2... more

With Colin Kaepernick getting only mental reps during OTAs, Chip Kelly reiterated there is no timetable to choose a starting quarterback. A full-fledged QB battle between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert hasn't even commenced. When it does, Gabbert i... more

Andrew Luck participated fully in Indianapolis Colts OTAs on Tuesday. The quarterback said he had "no limitations" on the field. After missing nine games in 2015 due to injury, Luck now believes it's his duty to remain as healthy as possible, for... more

Most NFL players wouldn't dump on another player for trying to get paid or traded, especially a player on a different team. Most players aren't Michael Bennett. The Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman -- who continues to fight for a new contract bet... more

Darren Sproles and Fletcher Cox are both staying away from Eagles OTAs. While Cox wants a new long-term deal, Sproles is sorting through another issue. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Eagles received calls of trade interest in the m... more

The Cincinnati Bengals let veteran safety Reggie Nelson walk in free agency this season because the team trusted Shawn Williams to step into the full-time starting role. The Bengals showed their faith in dollars Tuesday. The team announced they s... more

The game clock read 1:36 left in the fourth quarter after Vontaze Burfict intercepted Landry Jones, giving the Cincinnati Bengals the ball with a one-point lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card matchup this past January. After Burfict'... more

The Denver Broncos will not have their presumptive starting quarterback in the huddle when OTAs open next week. The team announced Monday that Mark Sanchez underwent surgery over the weekend to repair a torn ligament in the thumb on his non-throwi... more

A pay cut isn't the only issue New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is dealing with this offseason. The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported Monday that Amendola is recovering from knee and ankle surgeries he underwent earlier this offseason... more

Brandon Boykin didn't last long on the Carolina Panthers' roster. The team announced Monday it cut ties with the cornerback after signing him to a one-year, $840,000 deal in March. Boykin started just one game in Pittsburgh last season after seve... more

Tom Coughlin couldn't find the ideal landing spot to continue his coaching career in 2016 after partying ways with the New York Giants -- mutual or otherwise. The soon-to-be 70-year-old man isn't giving up that he will get another chance in the near... more

Tyrann Mathieu suffered a season-ending ACL injury in December that could put the start of his season in peril, but nothing has changed about the Arizona Cardinals' desire to lock down the safety long term. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Perhaps outside of Jacksonville, no team did more to sweepingly overhaul a weak defense this offseason than the Oakland Raiders. General manager Reggie McKenzie added Bruce Irvin to his front seven along with Sean Smith, Reggie Nelson and first-round... more

Connor Cook's plummet to the fourth round of the NFL draft might have cost the quarterback a shot at a starting gig in 2016, but the rookie passer is in position to bounce Matt McGloin for the backup gig to Derek Carr in Oakland. Raiders coach Jack... more

The Hayne Plane is leaving the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers announced Sunday running back Jarryd Hayne has retired from the NFL to and will pursue playing rugby in the Olympics. It's a semi-surprising move after Hayne insisted this offseason he w... more

The Tennessee Titans bulked up the offensive line and backfield this offseason in anticipation of their smashmouth approach in 2016. The Titans hope the additions of tackle Jack Conklin, and running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry will aid M... more

It took 13 years, but Larry Fitzgerald fulfilled the promise he made to his dying mother. The Arizona Cardinals' receiver graduated from the University of Phoenix on Saturday. He majored in communications. Fitzgerald, 32, attended the University... more

Kevin White has yet to play one single, solitary NFL snap, but that didn't stop new receivers coach Curtis Johnson from heaping some weighty comparisons on the wideout. "Kevin White was one of the better receivers I've seen coming out (of college),... more

Russell Wilson gave the commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin on Saturday. Amid the advice on life, overcoming obstacle and perseverance, Wilson tossed in a bit of self-deprecation. The Seattle Seahawks' quarterback mentioned the most... more

The offseason focus in San Francisco sits mostly on the quarterback situation, yet there are a boatload of other puzzles needing to be put together under new coach Chip Kelly. On Friday, Kelly discussed many aspects of team with KNBR-AM, including... more

The most controversial 2016 draft pick inked his contract Thursday. Christian Hackenberg signed his four-year rookie deal with the New York Jets, the team announced. All inked up! We've signed draft picks QB Christian Hackenberg & WR Charone... more

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Around the NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The AFC South is below. Houston Texans Texans Projected Starters Offense QB: Brock Oswieler R... more

Michael Bennett still wants a pay raise. The Seattle Seahawks pass rusher is currently sitting out voluntary workouts in hopes the team will re-do his contract. General manager John Schneider told Pro Football Talk on Wednesday he doesn't get the... more

Melvin Gordon underwent microfracture surgery on his knee this offseason , leading to another round of questions about the running back's future after a disappointing rookie campaign. General manager Tom Telesco offered more clarity on the subject... more

The deadline for franchise tagged players to get long-term deals is July 15. Until we creep closer to that date, don't expect many new contracts to be handed out. We've kept close tabs on Von Miller's contract situation in Denver, but several other... more

NFC North NFC South NFC East NFC West With the NFL draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC South is below. Carolina Panthers ¬Ľ Th... more

Andrew Luck seemed to skate through the first three years of his NFL career. Last season, the turnovers and hits caught up with the quarterback. Luck threw 12 interceptions to just 15 touchdowns in 2015 and missed nine games due to injury. New... more

No Buffalo Bills player will ever wear No. 78 again. Team president Russ Brandon announced Wednesday morning that Bills Hall of Fame pass rusher Bruce Smith will have his number retired this coming season. While there are 30 members of the Bills... more

Tony Romo is suffering no ill-effects from offseason surgery to his collarbone. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was given a timetable of six-to-eight weeks after going under the knife on March 8 to shave down the clavicle and help alleviate stress.... more

With hybrid players becoming all the rage thanks to the success of Deone Bucannon and Mark Barron, several teams drafted rookies who could see playing time at multiple defensive spots -- for example, Su'a Cravens for the Redskins or Miles Killebrew... more

The New York Giants have searched for a second fiddle to Odell Beckham Jr. since Victor Cruz suffered a devastating knee injury in 2014. Big Blue hopes second-round pick Sterling Shepard can finally plug that spot. Eli Manning is impressed after so... more

The son of Derrick Thomas , arguably the greatest Kansas City Chiefs player in history, got a tryout with his late father's team. Running back Donnell Alexander was one of several tryout players who participated in the Chiefs' three-day rookie mini... more

Running back Derrick Henry signed his rookie contract on the first day in the Tennessee Titans building, the team announced . Henry's four-year deal is worth $5.4 million with $3.3 million fully guaranteed, a source who has seen the contract told N... more

The Washington Redskins inked first-round receiver Josh Doctson on Monday. The No. 22 overall pick was one of six draftees to sign with the Redskins. Safety Su'a Cravens, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis , quarterback Nate Sudfeld, linebacker Steven... more

The Detroit Lions' defense fell off last season after morphing into one of the best units in the NFL in 2014. The loss of Ndamukong Suh in free agency played a big part, but linebacker DeAndre Levy playing just 17 snaps all year was a massive a rea... more

The Minnesota Vikings were a missed chip-shot field goal from winning a playoff game over NFC powerhouse Seattle Seahawks. Adrian Peterson believes in 2016 the Vikes can not only win that playoff game, but much, much more. "We are going to have a... more

Word on the street was that Sam Bradford would return to work this week or next. The quarterback accelerated the timetable to Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Bradford officially returned to the Eagles facility Monday morning, per... more

Aside from shooting an endless stream of commercials that are sure to run all football season, what has Peyton Manning been doing with himself since announcing his retirement?† We know he's not planning on working in television and likely won't fi... more

The Seattle Seahawks continue to shuffle their offensive line in an attempt to plug the sieve. In the midst of rookie minicamp, offensive line coach Tom Cable told 710 ESPN the team moved 2014 second-round pick Justin Britt to center. Britt start... more

Sam Bradford skipped the start of voluntary workouts as he attempted to manufacture a trade out of Philadelphia. The quarterback's teammates believe that standoff is soon ending. Right tackle Lane Johnson told 97.5 The Fanatic on Sunday that he's... more

Russell Wilson currently sits as the only quarterback on the Seattle Seahawks' roster to throw an NFL pass. With Tarvaris Jackson still unsigned, the current depth chart sits with rookie Trevone Boykin , Jake Heaps. Vernon Adams is also at rookie... more

Even during rookie minicamp, Dez Bryant is around. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver stopped by the rookie camp this weekend, to introduce himself to the newcomers and watch them work. Bryant has also been rehabbing this offseason. The wideout... more

It's only rookie minicamp, but Jared Goff is well on his way to locking down the Los Angeles Rams' starting gig. The No. 1 overall pick has the best odds to start under center from day one , with only afterthoughts Case Keenum and Nick Foles to bea... more

With the NFL draft in the rearview mirror, Around The NFL will project starting lineups with tasty position battle nuggets for all 32 teams. The NFC South is below. Carolina Panthers Panthers Projected Starters Offense QB Cam Newton R... more

Jaylon Smith could miss all of 2016 after tearing his ACL and LCL, but the Dallas Cowboys won't give up on him having an effect on the field during his rookie campaign. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was adamant Thursday the team won't place the linebac... more

In 2015, Jordan Reed set a Washington Redskins record with 952 receiving yards by a tight end. On Thursday, he got paid. The Redskins have signed Reed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension, a source close to the player told NFL Media's Jef... more

If it wasn't clear before the NFL draft that Matt Jones would be the Washington Redskins' workhorse back, it is now. Washington didn't select a running back early in the draft, waiting to snag speedster Keith Marshall in the seventh round. Jones... more

Last season, as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, Hue Jackson entered the year with the most highly touted running back duo in Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. While Hill on balance was a disappointment in his second season (3.6... more

No one seems worried about Von Miller eventually getting a massive, and potentially record-setting, long-term contract. Whenever broached on the subject, general manager John Elway exudes confidence a deal will get done in time. Likewise, Miller... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars†stole the show †at the 2016 NFL Draft,†leaving analysts from coast to coast bellowing praises for the team's picks. The haul of Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack gave the Jags two of the top five talents in the entire draft. Addi... more

Keanu Neal agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday and became the first 2016 first-round pick to ink his deal on Thursday, the team announced . Taken No. 17 overall last Thursday, the 20-year-old Florida product boasts NFL size a... more

With the current wage scale, rookies are the best commodity in the NFL. Sure, the draft is about adding for the future, but it's also about finding that perfect fit to immediately boost an NFL team into the stratosphere. A first-year player who can... more

Some Dallas Cowboys fans love the Ezekiel Elliott selection, believing he can have a Emmitt Smith-type influence on the offense. Others scowled that the front office would eschew adding to a weak defense, especially with two defensive ends facing... more

Never shop hungry. Going to the grocery store starving might be the silliest mistake that Middle Americans commonly make. It's a rookie blunder that, unfortunately, many non-rookies make on a daily basis. When you shop hungry, it messes with your... more

Colin Kaepernick remains on the San Francisco 49ers' roster and a trade appears dim, at best. Barring the Niners outright cutting him, Kaepernick seems destined to spend 2016 in the Bay Area, which means a quarterback battle with Blaine Gabbert. In... more

Injuries in the NFL aren't surprising, they're a seemingly daily occurrence in a physically demanding sport. Injuries in the offseason, however, can strike a bizarre note. FOX Sports reports that Oakland Raiders tight end Clive Walford suffered a... more

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese took heat for what many analysts viewed as a "reach" when he selected corner Eli Apple No. 10 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. On Monday, Reese blasted those critics during an interview with Mike Francesa o... more

Don't expect to see Peyton Manning on your TV screen this fall, unless you like sitting through the same commercial 10,000 times. The New York Daily News reports , per "network" sources, Manning has no interest in pursing a TV gig for the upcoming... more

Alfred Morris was one of many veteran players aversely affected by the selection of a high draft pick. When the fifth-year back signed with the Dallas Cowboys it was assimed he'd get snaps spelling an often-injured Darren McFadden. Now, he's been... more

Last week, John Elway's search for quarterback competition shifted from veterans to a first-round rookie. After drafting Paxton Lynch on Thursday, Elway signaled the end of the Colin Kaepernick hunt and let Brian Hoyer know that they wouldn't require... more

No Seattle Seahawks player will wear Marshawn Lynch's No. 24 in 2016. General manager John Schneider confirmed Monday the team wouldn't be giving out that jersey number.† "One of my last conversations with Marshawn was that nobody was going to we... more

Kirk Cousins sounds content taking 2016 to prove to the Washington Redskins he deserves a big-money, long-term contract. Last month, Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said he told Cousins the team would take care of him if the quarterback pu... more

James Harrison will play another NFL season. The soon-to-be 38-year-old pass rusher confirmed Monday he would return for his 14th season, with an "I'm Back" picture on Instagram. I'll be 38 on Wednesday and I'm feeling just like a fine wine. Gett... more

Our annual fifth-year option tracker is live! Feel the excitement, internet. The rookie wage scale, created in 2011, requires all first-year players to sign four-year deals. Teams then have the option to exercise a fifth-year option for all first-r... more

Out of all the non-injured players selected in last weekend's NFL draft, the biggest wild card might be quarterback Cardale Jones. Jones has a massive arm, athleticism and NFL size. There are also major question marks about his accuracy and decisio... more

After rescinding the franchise tag on Josh Norman, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said optimistically that "sometimes the answer is on your roster " in regards to filling out a position of need. And sometimes you must draft to fin... more

When the Cleveland Browns drafted Cody Kessler in the third round on Friday night , our initial thought was that it ensured Robert Griffin III's place atop the depth chart. Sashi Brown disagrees with the assumption that Kessler doesn't pose a threa... more

The NFL draft is over and Sam Bradford remains on the Philadelphia Eagles' roster. A trade request is still live, however, and Bradford has skipped the start of offseason workouts. With coach Doug Pederson installing a new offense, the starting... more

Most times in Jerry Jones' life, the Dallas Cowboys owner gets what he wants. Not so during the 2016 NFL Draft. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday night that the Cowboys tried to trade back into the first round to select quarterback... more

With the Tennessee Titans laser-focused on adding an offensive tackle in the NFL draft, most assumed the team would attempt to bump incumbent left tackle Taylor Lewan to the right side. If Laremy Tunsil had been the pick, that was almost sure to ha... more

April

After moving up in the first round to draft Paxton Lynch on Thursday, general manager John Elway immediately slammed the door on a Colin Kaepernick trade. On Friday, he also told Brian Hoyer the Broncos wouldn't be needing his services. Mike Klis o... more

The Cleveland Browns stunned most football experts Friday night by eschewing more highly thought of quarterbacks to select Cody Kessler in the third round. It's been easy to skewer the Browns for their millennium-long search for a quarterback. This... more

The best moment of the 2016 NFL Draft came Friday night, when the Dallas Cowboys selected Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall pick. The Notre Dame linebacker fell from the top of the first round after suffering a knee injury during the Fiesta Bowl... more

With Tom Brady's four-game suspension recently reinstated , New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft reiterated his support for the future Hall of Fame quarterback at a draft party Friday night at Gillette Stadium. "He's a young man who is an except... more

After passing on a quarterback in the first two rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns finally tapped a future signal-caller in the third round. The Browns selected quarterback Cody Kessler with the No. 93 overall pick Friday night.... more

The Miami Dolphins might have been "comfortable " with their running back depth chart, but they were almost certain to add one in the draft. The 'Fins did so in the third round Friday night. Miami tapped Kenyan Drake out of Alabama with the No. 73... more

We have a Day 2 kicker selection in the 2016 NFL Draft! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded back up into the second round to select Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo. The Bucs traded a third-round pick (No. 74) and a fourth rounder (106) to Kansas... more

New Orleans added more firepower for Drew Brees. The Saints tapped Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas No. 47 overall on Friday night. Thomas possesses size and speed combo with upside that coaches seek in early round receivers. The nephew of... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to beef up their defense in the second round of the NFL Draft. A day after snapping up corner Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa added defensive end Noah Spence with the No. 39 overall pick. Spence, 6-foot-2 and 249 pound... more

The Cleveland Browns stayed put atop Friday's second round to snag defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah No. 32 overall. Born in Nigeria, Ogbah, standing 6-foot-4 and 273-pounds, will add much-needed pass rushing off the edge for the Browns and power again... more

Now that the Los Angeles Rams drafted their franchise quarterback in Jared Goff, the team is open to dangling two veterans in trades. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Friday the Rams are not only fielding trade offers for Nick Foles, bu... more

Jerry Jones wanted to get a backup quarterback and successor for Tony Romo on Thursday night, but couldn't close the deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Dallas Cowboys tried to trade back into the first round to draft Paxton Lynch , b... more

The Arizona Cardinals entered the offseason knowing they needed to address the defensive line. Steve Keim added another big piece Thursday night. The Cards grabbed talented but troubled defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with the No. 29 overall pic... more

The Minnesota Vikings added a big-play weapon for Teddy Bridgewater, selecting Laquon Treadwell with the No. 23 overall pick in Thursday night's first round. Treadwell became the first Ole Miss wide receiver drafted in the first round in the commo... more

Rex Ryan's love of Clemson spilled over into draft night. The Buffalo Bills selected pass rusher Shaq Lawson with the No. 19 overall pick in Thursday's first round. The edge rusher is Ryan's type of player: an active worker with an aggressive mot... more

Quarterbacks. Quarterbacks are the lifeblood of the NFL. If a team owns a franchise passer, the limits are boundless. If a team has squat under center, the search becomes all-consuming. With so many teams constantly spinning on the quarterback... more

Peyton Manning is a well-known letter writer, often penning notes to retiring teammates, opponents, those battling life-threatening illnesses or people inspiring him in any fashion. In a tribute to Manning's retirement, Gatorade filmed a commercial... more

One of the pivot points of Thursday's NFL draft will come when the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock at No. 4. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could go several ways: corner Jalen Ramsey , defensive end Joey Bosa or running back Ezekiel Elliott . The... more

CHICAGO -- Two weeks ago, Laremy Tunsil seemed poised to be the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft. Now, there is a chance he's not the first offensive tackle off the board. The Ole Miss product said Wednesday at an NFL Play 60 Clinic in Chi... more

CHICAGO -- Jalen Ramsey doesn't know what team will call his name during Thursday night's NFL Draft. He does know exactly what position he wants to play at the next level. "Corner," Ramsey replied with no hesitation when Around The NFL asked what... more

CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback room entered a precarious position after Sam Bradford requested a trade earlier this week, following the team's trade up to the No. 2 pick to select a signal-caller. Carson Wentz is the presumptive s... more

"Is Joe Flacco elite?!?" The debate regarding the Baltimore Ravens quarterback has raged in vast corners of the internet and flamed many bar discussions for years. Now the question has some polling data. In the thick of the political season, poll... more

The Chargers are making a big push to keep the team in San Diego. On Saturday, the team held a rally to help gather signatures for their downtown stadium project. Among those in attendance were Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and ex-Chargers run... more

When the New York Jets traded for left tackle Ryan Clady there were concerns about the lineman returning to form after missing all of 2015 due to an ACL tear. General manager Mike Maccagnan said Friday that Clady is healthy and ready to start in 20... more

After losing Lamar Miller, the Miami Dolphins' current running back depth chart consists of Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, Jahwan Edwards, Daniel Thomas and Isaiah Pead. According to GM Chris Grier, he's content if that's the group that enters the 2016... more

Victor Cruz hasn't played a football game since October 2014, but the New York Giants' receiver believes he's ready to return during training camp later this summer. "I'm feeling great. Workouts have been going amazing. Each day, it gets better and... more

We have more fifth-year option fun! The Atlanta Falcons exercised their fifth-year option on cornerback Desmond Trufant for the 2017 season, the team announced Friday. It's a no-brainer move for the Falcons to ensure one of the NFL's best young... more

The New York Jets' staring contest with Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to press on. Speaking Friday, general manager Mike Maccagnan said the team is intent on bringing back the signal-caller. "Our focus has always been Ryan," he said, per the team's... more

Rob Gronkowski generated a mini-stir last month when he tweeted about his contract. The New England Patriots picked up the option on the tight end's deal, which means he's under contract through 2019. At his current rate over the next four years,... more

The NFL and CFL announced Friday the creation of a joint officiating development program . In its statement, the NFL announced that beginning this summer, a group of officials will have the chance to work as part of CFL crews during preseason and... more

The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns each received massive hauls for trading away the top two picks in next week's NFL draft so their counterparts, Rams and Eagles, respectively, could draft an unproven quarterback. If teams are willing to giv... more

A Denver Broncos trade for Colin Kaepernick seemed poised to take place a month ago. Now the prospect sits in a catatonic state. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said Thursday that trade talks with the San Francisco 49ers are "dormant."... more

Dave Gettleman's decision to rescind the franchise tag on Josh Norman will have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the Carolina Panthers' offseason and could leak into the 2016 season. An already substantial hole at corner becomes crater-sized... more

Of all the 2015 first-round picks who played as a rookie, Melvin Gordon experienced by far the worst year. The San Diego Chargers running back even admits he was awful. "It was terrible. I was terrible." Gordon said of his rookie season, via the te... more

The Denver Broncos' defense lost Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan to free agency this offseason, wiping away two key playmakers on a Super Bowl champion. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. told reporters that any talk about those losses affecting the Bronc... more

In a day of twists, the Carolina Panthers provided the most unexpected turn. In a shocking move, the team rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman on Wednesday. Norman immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent. "... more

The Dallas Cowboys suffered another big blow to an already depleted defensive front. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the team and Demarcus Lawrence were notified that the defensive end faces a four-game suspension for anothe... more

"You're never going to get it. You know what you are, Romo? You're a ball in high grass. ... Lost." -- Bill Parcells to Tony Romo, 2003 . Tony Romo finally maneuvered the tall weeds, developing from undrafted rookie into the Dallas Cowboys' starti... more

The Philadelphia Eagles shipped a boatload of draft picks to acquire the No. 2 overall pick from the Browns, with the assumption they will select a quarterback. Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman said that will not change the starting g... more

The Buffalo Bills conducted their due diligence on quarterbacks leading up to next week's NFL Draft, but it won't change the depth chart. General manager Doug Whaley said Wednesday that Tyrod Taylor is entrenched as the starter. "Tyrod's our star... more

Matthew Stafford finished the 2015 season afire. In the final eight games of the year, Detroit's quarterback posted a completion rate just over 70 percent, threw for 2,179 yards with a 7.4 yards per attempt average, and 19 touchdowns to just two... more

After Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 season, Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals went through quarterbacking hell. The Cards trotted out the likes of John Skelton, Derek Anderson, Max Hall, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley, heck, even Brian... more

With the majority of teams beginning voluntary offseason workouts, we are inundated with updates on players coming off injuries. Most players returning from season-ending injuries are running or lightly working out after being on the shelf for mont... more

After a two-year journey that took him to New England and New Orleans, Brandon Browner is back in Seattle. The cornerback feels like a child on the first day of school. "I still feel like this is my first year," Browner said Monday, via the team's... more

The Denver Broncos will open up offseason workouts Monday without Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. Miller will not attend the Broncos' offseason program Monday because he has yet to sign his franchise tender and is still competing on "Dancing With The St... more

Most of the focus this offseason in Houston has been squarely on Brock Osweiler. The quarterback is not the only offseason question mark for the Texans. The health of left tackle Duane Brown will go a long way in determining Osweiler's success in 2... more

Tony Romo continues to make progress from offseason surgery on his problematic collarbone. The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback said Saturday he's been able to throw without restriction. "I can throw fully," he said, via the team's official website .... more

Saturday we celebrated the sweet 16 anniversary of the move that altered the course of NFL history. On April 16, 2000, day two of the NFL Draft, Bill Belichick -- now 64 years old -- spent his 48th birthday in the New England Patriots' war room, si... more

When the Chicago Bears open up offseason workouts on Monday, Kevin White will finally be able to fully participate. The receiver sat on the sideline his entire rookie season after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin. After we... more

The stunning trade between the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans took the NFL by storm Thursday, leaving many onlookers slack-jawed. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones -- no stranger to making big, bold draft trades -- was of dual mind on the ma... more

When John Elway won his first Super Bowl Trophy as a quarterback, he followed it up with another, giving the Denver Broncos consecutive titles in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII. Now, Elway is trying to duplicate the feat as an executive. Only one tea... more

Traditionally, NFL teams that play in London are given a bye the following week, to ensure players will be able to recover after a long flight across the Atlantic. The 2016 Indianapolis Colts will be the first team to not take a post-Europe bye. †... more

Vontaze Burfict is enemy No. 1 in Pittsburgh. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker was suspended three games for an illegal hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown -- which knocked the wideout out of Pittsburgh's playoff loss the following week. Burfic... more

The New York Giants spent enough money in free agency to sustain the GDP of a small country. Now general manager Jerry Reese must hit on his high draft picks. Giants co-owner John Mara noted Wednesday the importance of bookending a productive free... more

The Rams are moving to Los Angeles, a city of beautiful faces. To woo aloof L.A. fans, the team needed a face of the franchise at quarterback to sell. Case Keenum was not going to work, no matter how hard coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les S... more

With offseason workouts already underway, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a visit from rap mogul and entrepreneur Jay-Z on Wednesday. The hip-hop artist stopped by to meet quarterback Jameis Winston. The second-year signal-caller gave Jay-Z customized... more

Two huge pieces of the Seattle Seahawks' offense remain question marks for the start of the season. Tight end Jimmy Graham tore his patellar tendon on Nov. 29. Running back Thomas Rawls broke his ankle on Dec. 13. In an interview with KJR-AM in... more

Top to bottom, the San Francisco 49ers own one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Following a disastrous one season under Jim Tomsula, the Niners could be in for more pain as Chip Kelly retools. Many have already termed the 2016 season a "rebuilding"... more

The Washington Redskins added aid in the secondary. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports corner Greg Toler agreed to a one-year deal with the Redskins. The team later confirmed the signing. A physical corner, Toler struggled the past three seas... more

Quick, with only your memory to guide you, did Mike Evans play better in Year 1 or Year 2? Based solely on stats, Evans bumped his catches and yards, earning 74 receptions and 1,206 yards in 2015 (versus 68 and 1,051 as a rookie). However, his... more

With all the focus on Cam Newton's post-Super Bowl pouting and Cam Newton's non-dive attempt on his fumble, most ignored the nightmare day Carolina Panthers right tackle Mike Remmers experienced during Super Bowl 50. After weeks of not watching the... more

Kirk Cousins will make more than $19 million in 2016 after starting just one full NFL season. Some criticism fluttered about when the Washington Redskins slapped the tag on Cousins, paying him a boatload with so few starts, but general manager Scot... more

Dennis Pitta isn't walking away from his NFL career yet. The Baltimore Ravens tight end has decided to make an attempt at a return after twice dislocating and fracturing his hip, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source close t... more

Thanks to a young, explosive offense that is growing by leaps and bounds and several key defensive acquisitions this offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars are morphing into a trendy pick to rise in the AFC South. While the attention is good for the... more

Much of the discussion this offseason regarding the New York Giants' receiving corps has surrounded the massive need for a No. 2 wideout to pair with Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham has earned 2,755 yards and 25 touchdowns in just 27 games to begin his... more

Darlings of national television stations, the NFC East produced some of the sloppiest games of 2015. The quartet ranked squarely at the bottom of Around The NFL's offseason power rankings in 2016, in part because the division lacks potential for a... more

The New York Jets moved swiftly to fill the massive hole at left tackle created by the retirement of longtime cornerstone D'Brickashaw Ferguson. The Jets have worked a trade with the Denver Broncos for offensive tackle Ryan Clady. New York will s... more

It's been 80 days since we wrote that receiver Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement to the NFL. We're still without any resolution on Gordon's future. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that the receiver's situation is "status quo," accor... more

On Friday, we learned the surprising news that D'Brickashaw Ferguson was retiring. On Saturday, the New York Jets' stalwart left tackle for the past decade said goodbye, thanking former teammates , coaches, owner Woody Johnson, fans and many other... more

Blake Bortles said this week on NFL Network that Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are the best pass-catching duo in the NFL . Hurns isn't disagreeing with his quarterback. "We are the No. 1 duo in the league," the receiver told Mike DiRocco of ESPN... more

Trent Richardson will get another chance. The former No. 3 overall pick told the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrbiec on Thursday that he expects to sign with the Baltimore Ravens in time to start offseason workouts on April 18. "I can't wait," Richardso... more

NFL owners tabled discussions about instant replay expansion at last month's NFL Annual Meeting and will pick the up again next month at another owner's session. In the interim, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh won't stop stumping for expanded... more

After a decade without missing a game, New York Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson is hanging up his cleats. Ferguson, 32, is retiring after 10 seasons in the league, the veteran left tackle announced via Twitter on Saturday . ESPN's Rich Cim... more

Tyrod Taylor's agent, Adisa Bakari, isn't afraid to publicly stomp for his client. While the Buffalo Bills have insisted they don't want to negotiate with their quarterback through the media, that seems to be what happened Thursday. After Bills G... more

The announcement in January that Calvin Johnson was considering retirement hit many outside the Detroit Lions' locker room like a manifested anvil in a Looney Tunes film. Some within the locker room, like quarterback Matthew Stafford, said at the t... more

Justin Houston is making progress from offseason surgery on his ACL and LCL. The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker underwent surgery in February to "fix" an ALC that the team said wasn't torn, but not functioning properly . The recovery period is six... more

The Buffalo Bills continue to turn over every rock to find a franchise quarterback. General manager Doug Whaley has already†met with some of the draft's top signal-callers . The meetings cast a shroud over Tyrod Taylor, who impressed last season wi... more

The San Francisco 49ers have spent the offseason being ground in the rumor mill, with Colin Kaepernick trade buzz this offseason's topic de jour. Earlier this week, after Colin Kaepernick reported to Niners offseason workouts, NFL Media analysts... more

The Victor Cruz rehabilitation project nears its 18-month anniversary. The New York Giants receiver hasn't played since tearing his patellar tendon on Oct. 12, 2014. In 2015, he injured his left calf and missed the entire season. He still wasn't ev... more

Thomas Rawls said he plans to "be ready for camp" after having his rookie season cut short by an ankle injury. Last week, the Seattle Seahawks running back said he had yet to start running †-- an ominous omission for his offseason workout availabil... more

The Denver Broncos beefed up their defensive line by swiping a former Houston Texans starter. The team announced Wednesday it agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Jared Crick. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for $4 million.†... more

Andrew Luck experienced an injury-plagued 2015 season, with a lacerated kidney wiping out the final seven games of his season. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano recently told NFL Media's Judy Battista †that some of the hits Luck takes -- like t... more

The Houston Texans might not have met with Brock Osweiler before signing him to a big-money contract, but the quarterback isn't taking that same chance with his teammates before offseason workouts start. With the Texans not reporting for their offs... more

Darlings of national television stations, the NFC East produced some of the sloppiest games of 2015. The quartet ranked squarely at the bottom of Around The NFL's offseason power rankings in 2016, in part because the division lacks potential for a... more

The Miami Dolphins were a mess in every facet in 2015. The offense was inconsistent, the defense was a major disappointment and the coaching staffs were overwhelmed. While the offense and quarterback Ryan Tannehill have gotten the majority of the... more

J.J. Watt has been the most dominant defensive player in the league for the balance of his five-year career. Could that half-decade represent the majority of his career? Watt noted on KILT-AM on Wednesday morning that his retirement could happen so... more

While the world continues to buzz about a potential resolution to the Colin Kaepernick situation, little is being said about a 10-win quarterback who remains on the open market. It's been mostly quiet regarding Ryan Fitzpatrick for weeks. Usually a... more

Karlos Dansby has seen his share of bad teams and down seasons in 12 years since being drafted in 2004 by the Arizona Cardinals. There were the back-to-back five-win seasons with Dennis Green early in his career in the desert or the six-win season in... more

Colin Kaepernick requested a trade and has gone so far in his quest to get out of San Francisco that he's met several times with Denver Broncos general manager John Elway. The sides couldn't come to an agreement before the quarterback was scheduled... more

With three teams that could tunnel deep into the 2016 playoffs in the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, the AFC North ranked No. 1 in Around The NFL's division power rankings . It's impressive that the strength of the trio... more

Once again the Cincinnati Bengals are going through an offensive overhaul with long-time quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese taking over the reins. Zampese, who had been the Bengals' QB coach since 2003, marks the third different offensive coordinator f... more

The NFL is coming to Twitter. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday morning that Thursday Night Football will be streamed live on Twitter for 10 games in 2016. This fall Thursday Night Football will be streamed live @twitter so fans... more

Two years ago, it seemed†inevitable the NFL would expand the playoffs . Then last offseason,†the issue was tabled . At last month's Annual League Meeting, playoff expansion wasn't even one of the talking points. That doesn't mean the door is closed... more

With the path to the draft the only remaining road between us and summer football doldrums, trope season is officially in full swing. A main byproduct of trope season are updates on weight losses and gains of NFL players. Some stories are interesting... more

This week Around The NFL ranked the AFC North the top division in the NFL. Part of the reasoning stems from our belief in the resurgence of the Baltimore Ravens after John Harbaugh's team was blown off course during an injury-riddled season. A hug... more

As Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary became guaranteed this week, the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback was reportedly meeting with a potential trade partner. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Kaepernick met with Denver Broncos general ma... more

Another son of an NFL head coach earned a promotion this offseason. The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday †Britt Reid, the son of Andy Reid, was promoted to defensive line coach, after serving as assistant line coach to long-time line coach Tommy... more

The Bruce Carter free agency tour is coming to an end in New York. The ex-Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker is signing a one-year deal with the New York Jets on Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source.... more

For NFL teams, finding a starting quarterback is vital for success. Finding a quality backup is necessary insurance. And drafting quarterbacks with upside is just smart business. With a market shortage on quality quarterbacks, landing a player with... more

The Arizona Cardinals sit in an enviable position, with three running backs who, when healthy, could be starting. Combining second-year stud David Johnson, the return of Chris Johnson and a healthy Andre Ellington create a stable rotation for coach... more

The Detroit Lions added a power runner to their backfield. Stevan Ridley announced Friday on Instagram †he's heading to Detroit. "...To the Organization and city of NEW YORK I truly thank you for all the love," the former Jets running back wrote.... more

For the second straight offseason Patrick Chung is being rewarded for his play. This time he gets one year added to his contract. The Patriots signed the safety to a one-year contract extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, keepi... more

One of the most mind-twisting truths about the 2015 season that will be lost in the annals of history and in the minds of football is rookie Thomas Rawls outplaying Marshawn Lynch. Despite participating in just 13 games, the rookie running back ave... more

While Thomas Davis rightfully garnered all the attention for playing in Super Bowl 50 with screws in his arm after a fracture, it's no less impressive that fellow Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly played the entire playoff stretch with a torn labrum i... more

March

The Miami Dolphins have been scraping the barrel for some running back help. They finally dug out a prospect. Isaiah Pead signed with the Dolphins on Thursday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added that the Dolphins also brought... more

Not all deadlines spur action. As anticipated, the San Francisco 49ers opted not to cut Colin Kaepernick ahead of Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, meaning the quarterback's $11.9 million salary is fully guaranteed for 2016. Thursday marked the deadl... more

J.J. Watt won his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2015 and vaulted to a level of play only Lawrence Taylor can discuss with authority . As it turns out, Watt's season was even more badass when you consider the injuries he went throu... more

Brandon Carr remains a member of the Dallas Cowboys, nearly a month after he was expected to be cut. The cornerback plans to keep that spot on the roster. "I do, unless you guys know something I don't know," Carr said Wednesday at a charity event... more

Tony Romo announced Thursday that Tony Romo's surgery has "healed up nicely" and Tony Romo is looking forward to a "full" offseason of workouts, per Tony Romo's twitter account . The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback underwent surgery on his clavicle on... more

Almost no one expects Josh McCown to remain on the Cleveland Browns for the remainder of 2016. With the Robert Griffin III reclamation project underway, McCown sits squarely on the trade block and will likely be cut if no team is willing to part wi... more

With three teams that could tunnel deep into the 2016 playoffs in the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, the AFC North ranked No. 1 in Around The NFL's division power rankings . It's impressive that the strength of the trio... more

After losing two receivers in free agency, Cincinnati landed a wideout with a 70-plus catch season under his belt. The Bengals announced Thursday they signed receiver Brandon LaFell. LaFell was released last month by the New England Patriots afte... more

Walter Thurmond sits as one of the top remaining free agents. The defensive back could have a home already if he wanted. Thurmond, 28, has turned down offers of $4 million-plus per year as he ponders retirement, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

In the first days of free agency, many big-name, high-priced players flew off the board, creating splashy headlines. Often it's signings that flew under the radar -- propping up niche corners of the internet -- that can have the biggest influence on... more

Anquan Boldin is finally seeing some action. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Boldin visited with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, per a source informed of his plans. It's the veteran receiver's first free-agent visit. The Washingt... more

Colin Kaepernick has sat in the center of the rumor cycle for weeks. But he won't be jettisoned anytime soon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday night on NFL Network's Total Access that the San Francisco 49ers won't cut the quarterback... more

Blair Walsh's missed chip-shot field goal cost the Minnesota Vikings a playoff victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The miss was so devastating, even first-grade students felt bad for the kicker . Last week during the NFL Annual Meeting, Vikings coac... more

After jettisoning Joique Bell this offseason, the Detroit Lions have been in the market to add a between-the-tackles veteran running back. On Tuesday, they took Stevan Ridley for a test drive, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The run... more

The New Orleans Saints have added much-needed beef to their defensive line. Nick Fairley signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Monday, the team announced. New Orleans officially announced the signing later that day. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapopo... more

The first stage of the Robert Griffin III reclamation project is over after the ex-Washington Redskins quarterback landed with the Cleveland Browns. That was the easy leg of this journey. Now the hard part begins. As Around The NFL's Chris Wesse... more

If Marcus Mariota is to take the second-year leap into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks he'll need help from his receiving corps. The Tennessee Titans added Rishard Matthews this offseason. Kendall Wright has been a solid slot receiver with ru... more

When the Washington Redskins didn't attempt to bring back Alfred Morris this season, the message was clear: It's Matt Jones' backfield. Coach Jay Gruden said this week the team has confidence the second-year runner can shoulder the load. "Matt pl... more

When news dropped in January that Calvin Johnson was considering retirement, it hit many like a bombshell. Not Matthew Stafford though. The Detroit Lions quarterback, speaking at a coaching clinic for his alma mater Georgia on Friday , said he coul... more

The Tennessee Titans continue to stockpile veteran defensive assets. The Titans announced Friday they've struck a deal with ex-Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson. New chapter, same grind. I'M COMING HOME!! #TITANUP #GODWINS... more

Since being drafted No. 3 overall out of Alabama, Trent Richardson's professional career consists of a series of epic flops and failed comebacks. With the Baltimore Ravens considering another excavation of the decaying running back, Richardson is... more

The Baltimore Ravens' secondary was one of the worst units in the NFL for the balance of last season. While the back end has been the focus this offseason, owner Steve Bisciotti is zeroing in on the front end of his defense. The Ravens boast two qu... more

Perhaps the most interesting change to come from the NFL's Annual League Meeting this week in Florida was moving the touchback to the 25-yard line. Motivated by player safety, the move was made in an effort to try and induce more touchbacks. The re... more

Most of the offseason chatter emanating from the Bay Area has surrounded the status of Colin Kaepernick. Sometimes we forget it was Blaine Gabbert who finished out the season under center for the San Francisco 49ers. While Kaepernick's status remai... more

Andrew Luck finally showed in 2015 that he's not invincible. After years of taking a beating without significant injury, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback missed nine games last season. His season ended with a lacerated kidney after a brutal hit o... more

Cliché time: NFL games are won in the trenches. Most often, these coaching phrases become overused because they ring true throughout history. Thus, when setting out to improve this offseason, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer identified the on... more

As 2015 displayed yet again, a quality backup quarterback is vital for NFL teams. By December alone, 12 quarterbacks missed a combined 55 starts due to injury. The Dallas Cowboys provided the leading example of how the lack of a backup signal-call... more

As Philadelphia Eagles players found out in 2013, changes come in waves when Chip Kelly is hired. To get ready for a different type of offense and a different type of practice, San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde revamped his offseason rou... more

The Miami Dolphins continue their exhaustive effort to find a veteran running back to pair with second-year tailback Jay Ajayi. The Dolphins never seemed close to re-signing Lamar Miller, their offer sheet to C.J. Anderson got matched and Chris Joh... more

The NFL appears to be going to China. According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the NFL is working on the idea of playing a regular-season game in China for 2018, with the likelihood the Los Angeles Rams would be the home team. The Los Angeles Times... more

When Sean Payton decided to remain the head coach of the New Orleans Saints in January, a new contract was inevitable. During Wednesday's NFC Coaches Breakfast, Payton himself announced he's finally agreed to a five-year contract that will take him... more

The Washington Redskins made the playoffs behind Kirk Cousins' vast improvement down the stretch. This offseason, the questions have been about a quarterback who didn't take a snap in 2015. During Wednesday's NFC Coaches Breakfast, Redskins coach J... more

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has consistently said he doesn't draft and develop quality players to let them leave for other teams. The philosophy is why he franchise tagged corner Josh Norman. Now the GM is employing that philos... more

The prospect of defending Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett in the New England Patriots' offense has even the most prolific defensive coaches scratching their heads. When asked at Tuesday's AFC Coaches Breakfast at the Annual League Meeting, Buf... more

The Miami Dolphins hired coach Adam Gase with the main objective to improve quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Before a single offseason snap has taken place, the quarterback's confidence has already been boosted. "(Gase) has made it abundantly clear to... more

The Dallas Cowboys added a between-the-tackles runner on Tuesday. Alfred Morris signed a two-year contract with the Cowboys, the team announced Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported per Morris' agent that the deal is worth $3.5 million a... more

Will Justin Houston be ready for the start of the regular season? Kansas City Chiefs trainer Rick Buckholder told reporters Tuesday that Houston had his ACL "fixed" in February, per the team's official website . The linebacker's ACL wasn't torn, bu... more

What does Steve Belichick do for the New England Patriots? Prior to Super Bowl XLIX, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler attempted to answer that question . At the time, most Patriots staffers were mum on what job Bill Belichick's oldest son specifically... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are taking a flier on a defensive player.† The team announced it signed Tautvydas Kieras (a.k.a. TK). The interesting part: Kieras has played zero snaps of football in his life. He threw the discus in college. Exhibit A:... more

C.J. Anderson's new $18 million contract with the Denver Broncos puts him among the upper echelon of running backs. In the first year of his front-loaded four-year contract, Anderson's $6 million is alongside the likes of Jamaal Charles and Jonath... more

The Chicago Bears shopped Martellus Bennett for 18 months before they finally found a taker for the tight end. Following Wednesday's trade to the New England Patriots, Bennett -- in his family's creative fashion -- said he never worried about the... more

During his introductory news conference with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, Mike Wallace said, "I need a good quarterback ." To those with ears, it sounded like the receiver was taking a shot at his former quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. Apparent... more

Don't forget to fill your NCAA bracket out before games start on Thursday afternoon. If you need any help, you could always copy Tom Brady's strategy: // (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if... more

The Arizona Cardinals' trade of a second-round pick and Jonathan Cooper for Chandler Jones works in the long run only if the Cards can lock down the pass rusher long-term. Speaking on Wednesday, Jones said he's not thinking about a new deal, with o... more

The second-tier of free agents are starting to make the rounds and find homes. Ex-Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw fits squarely into that rank. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Upshaw will make his first visit of free ag... more

Since being hired by the San Francisco 49ers, Chip Kelly has insisted he looks forward to coaching up quarterback Colin Kaepernick. With trade winds swirling, however, his insistences on that outcome have become vague. "If he's here on April 4 , we... more

During the Baltimore Ravens' introductory news conference for newly signed Eric Weddle on Wednesday, coach John Harbaugh wouldn't delve into the plans for how he'd divvy up snaps for his glut of safeties. The team answered the question an hour late... more

The Arizona Cardinals wasted no time replacing guard Jonathan Cooper following Tuesday's blockbuster trade with the New England Patriots for Chandler Jones. The Cards announced Wednesday it agreed to a one-year deal with guard Evan Mathis. NFL... more

The Los Angeles Rams are the latest team that hopes to eek a pass rush out of Quinton Coples. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Coples agreed to a two-year deal to join L.A.. NFL Media's Rand Getlin adds the deal has a base value of $6.5 milli... more

With Martavis Bryant suspended for at least the entire 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense lost a matchup nightmare. At 6-foot-4, with 4.3 speed, Bryant was the perfect complement alongside Antonio Brown. Bryant's worth was exemplified by... more

The offensive tackle market is rapidly clearing up. The Oakland Raiders will re-sign left tackle Donald Penn to a two-year deal worth $14 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. Roughly $7 million is guaranteed in the first year... more

It seems the Arizona Cardinals are impressed by what Evan Mathis could offer their team in 2016. The former Broncos offensive guard visited the Cardinals on Tuesday and the team offered him a two-year deal, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapop... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed offensive tackle Ryan Harris to a two-year contract. The team did not announce the terms of the deal, but the Denver Post reported it's worth $3.9 million . Harris started 16 games for the Denver Broncos last... more

Jason Pierre-Paul believes he will return to form in 2016. The New York Giants' pass rusher said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters that he won't use a club after undergoing further surgery on his hand, which he famously injured during a... more

The Seattle Seahawks brought in some much-needed aid for their offensive line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday the Seahawks have agreed to a contract with guard J'Marcus Webb, per a source involved in the deal. FOX Sports first... more

The Indianapolis Colts handed tight end Dwayne Allen a four-year contract worth nearly $30 million . To some, that seemed like a hefty investment for a player with just 16 receptions in 2015. Allen recently told the team's official website he's hea... more

Miami Dolphins football czar Mike Tannenbaum aggressively overhauled his team this offseason. The Dolphins added defensive end Mario Williams, cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Kiko Alonso, safety Isa Abdul-Quddus and tackle Jermon Bushrod, amon... more

DeMarco Murray became a punch line in Philadelphia before getting his wish to leave granted in a trade to Tennessee. On Monday, the running back took responsibility for the nosedive in Philly, telling 102.5 The Game in Nashville he respects the Eag... more

Last week, a Colin Kaepernick trade seemed certain to happen . On Monday we sit in an amorphous cloud of uncertainty. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported that all's quiet on the Kaepernick front, with the Broncos holding firm in their belie... more

The NFL competition committee will meet this week ahead of annual owners' meeting, which takes place later this month in Florida. Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, noted Monday that among the issues the committee w... more

Since his return from a Chip Kelly-induced sabbatical, Howie Roseman systematically dismantled seemingly every move the former coach made wrestling away football power in 2015. Most notable among Roseman's transactions were trading the bloated... more

A couple of former Indianapolis Colts have a lot to say about a disappointing 2015 season. During his introductory conference call with the New Orleans Saints on Friday, tight end Coby Fleener noted that some players went "along for the ride " last... more

The Chicago Bears added another piece to their defensive re-building job. The team announced a two-year deal for defensive end Akiem Hicks on Sunday night. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added the deal is worth $10 million. The New England Patrio... more

John Elway wouldn't match Brock Osweiler's asking price. The Denver Broncos general manager could balk at another free agent quarterback's cost. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported last week that the Broncos reached out to Ryan Fitzpatrick'... more

The Los Angeles Rams hung onto another defensive lineman. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Rams re-signed defensive end Eugene Sims to a three-year deal worth $10 million. The contract includes $3.75 million in guarantees. The Rams draf... more

Just two years ago, Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders were the butt of NFL jokes when it came to free agency. Now they are winning the week . "It's good to see people call us and not always have to beg," McKenzie told the Bay Area News Group'... more

Chris Ivory's big payday was one of the head scratchers of the week. The Jacksonville Jaguars paid a running back with a history of injury troubles $32 million over five years with $10 million guaranteed. The money and Ivory's tendency to boom one... more

Danny Trevathan signed a big free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears on Thursday. It's a deal the linebacker never thought he'd get. The 25 year old feared his career was over in December 2014 after suffering a dislocated kneecap, the third inj... more

Fresh off inking a whopping $62.5 million contract with the New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins was asked in a conference call on Thursday what he could improve upon. The cornerback's answer was ... ummm ... interesting: "Just stop being lazy at the e... more

The biggest question following the flurry of free agent moves on the first day of the new league year is what in the name of St. Peter will the Denver Broncos do at quarterback ? With Brock Osweiler getting a huge payday in Houston and Peyton Manni... more

It pays to be a free agent wide receiver in 2016. A day after Marvin Jones agreed to a 5-year, $40 million deal with the Detroit Lions, his former Bengals teammate, Mohamed Sanu, agreed to a five-year deal worth $32.5 million with the Atlanta Falc... more

Brock Osweiler predictably earned all of the attention Wednesday after agreeing to a $72 million contract with the Houston Texans, but the quarterback was not the only big addition to Bill O'Brien's offense. The Texans also added former Dolphins... more

Tom Brady's two-year extension with the New England Patriots was finally filed after the NFL's new league year opened. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for two years, $41 million with $28 million as a signing bonus. Brady's base... more

After DeMarco Murray carried the ball 392 times with Dallas in 2014, his total dipped to just 193 totes last year in Philadelphia. After getting a fresh start with his trade to the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, Murray was in a joking mood. "I feel... more

The Oakland Raiders continue to gobble up quality, high-end free agents. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Thursday morning the Raiders and cornerback Sean Smith agreed to terms, according to a source familiar with the player's decision. NFL Media... more

Months ago, Ryan Fitzpatrick returning to the New York Jets seemed like a no-brainer. Done deal. Now? Not so much. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that there is no end in sight for negotiations, the sides are still far a... more

The Atlanta Falcons added some oomph to their defensive line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports defensive end Derrick Shelby will sign with the Falcons. The deal is for four years, $21 million, a source told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington. Th... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are keeping a couple defensive players in town. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Derrick Johnson will re-sign with the Chiefs on a three-year deal worth $21 million. In addition, the Chiefs also will re-sign Jaye Howar... more

The Lions locked down another starting defensive tackle. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Detroit re-signed Haloti Ngata to a two-year deal worth $12 million and will earn $6.25 million in the first year of the contract, per a source informed... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' trade of Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins became official Wednesday afternoon at the start of free agency and the new league year. The Eagles acquire the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 draft from the Dolp... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have secured one of their host of free agent defensive backs. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bengals have reached a five-year, $30 million contract with safety George Iloka, per a source informed of the deal. Rap... more

With Calvin Johnson retiring, the Detroit Lions added the top wide receiver set to hit the free agent market. Marvin Jones will sign with Detroit when the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The five-year d... more

The market is thinning quickly on the defensive front ahead of free agency opening Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Oakland Raiders have reached an agreement to sign former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin... more

The Miami Dolphins are tossing more money at the defensive line. Mario Williams signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Dolphins that will include $11.9 million in guarantees, sources told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday. The Dolphin... more

Tamba Hali won't change his address in 2016. The Chiefs reached an agreement with the linebacker on a three-year deal that will enable him to finish his career in Kansas City, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source involved w... more

Calvin Johnson's retirement leaves a mega-sized hole in the Detroit Lions' receiving corps. The 30-year-old wideout's production waned slightly the past few seasons due to injury, but he still was a massive matchup problem for defenses. When Meg... more

Calvin Johnson might still have gas left in the tank, but he's putting his NFL career in park for good. The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday the receiver filed his retirement papers after a nine-year pro career. Johnson's announcement comes more t... more

With the start of free agency a day away, the running back market is beginning to heat up. A position devalued over the course of the past half-decade could provide some of the biggest intrigue when free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. ET on... more

As we move towards free agency next week, locking up Brock Osweiler is becoming an earnest proposition for the Denver Broncos. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday the Broncos offered Osweiler a three-year deal that can be worth as much... more

The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a new contract with safety Andrew Sendejo, who was slated to be a free agent. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday the deal is for four years and is worth $16 million, per a source involved in the process... more

Sam Bradford played his best football down the stretch last season. After Philadelphia's Week 8 bye, the quarterback completed 68.2 percent of his passes, earned 279.9 yards per game with a 10-to-4 TD-to-INT ratio and a 97.0 passer rating. New Ea... more

Some franchise tagged players have already scampered to sign their tenders, including Kirk Cousins and Cordy Glenn. Don't expect Josh Norman to put pen to paper on his one-year, $13.952 million tender anytime soon . "I'm comfortable where I'm at. T... more

Miami's lack of salary-cap space won't keep Dolphins football czar Mike Tannenbaum from probing the market. Mario Williams visited the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the team later confirmed the visit on Twitter . The No. 7 free agent on Around The NF... more

Almost a month has passed since Peyton Manning hoisted the Lombardi trophy and told the world he planned to hug his family and imbibe while deciding whether or not to ride into retirement. Surely by now enough beer has been drank. Still we've heard n... more

With one franchise tag to wield, the Los Angeles Rams had a choice between corners Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins. The team chose Johnson. Johnson accepted his non-exclusive franchise tender from the team, but has not signed it, Johnson's age... more

During the NFL Scouting Combine, new Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase vociferously stated that he wanted to retain Lamar Miller. Just how much is the franchise willing to shell out for one of the top running backs set to hit the open market? Accord... more

New Orleans added a kicker. Veteran Josh Scobee announced on Facebook on Friday that he signed with the Saints // (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js =... more

Free agency opens in five days (FIVE DAYS!!!). With a host of teams owning massive amounts of salary-cap space -- led by the Jacksonville Jaguars inching close to $90 million in spending money -- it's a good time for players hitting the open mark... more

Jared Allen spent his final NFL days in the Carolina Panthers' locker room before literally riding off into retirement . As a guest on NFL Network's Total Access Thursday, the defensive end gushed about his experience with the Panthers. "They have... more

Sam Bradford never wanted to leave Philadelphia. He got his wish after inking a two-year, $36 million contract with the Eagles. "It's one of those things, I told you guys at the end of the year that this is where I wanted to be, I wanted to be back... more

Brandon Carr is on his way out of Dallas. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the Cowboys are expected to release the cornerback and save more than $6.38 million in salary-cap space, barring a last-minute change of mind, per two source... more

Tyrunn Walker is headed back to Detroit. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Lions are signing the defensive tackle to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million, with a chance to make $2.25 million based on play-time incentives, per a source... more

The logjam for wide receivers to enter the Hall of Fame has forced many worthy candidates to wait years to be enshrined. This time the Hall of Fame committee selected Marvin Harrison to enter, forcing Terrell Owens to wait at least another year.... more

The Carolina Panthers announced they have parted ways with defensive end Charles Johnson on Thursday. The 29-year-old pass rusher was a candidate for release due to his $15 million salary-cap hit in 2016. Carolina will save $11 million in cap spac... more

Le'Veon Bell recently posted a picture of himself running on a treadmill as he rehabs from a knee injury suffered in early November. After posting the picture, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back got some support from a surprising source: the man... more

You can put away those questions about Julius Peppers retiring. When asked by the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett †at the league's inaugural NFL Business Academy through Michigan's Ross School of Business whether he plans to play for the Green Bay... more

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Brice McCain, the team announced Wednesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported McCain agreed to a two-year deal worth $5 million. McCain was released by the Miami Dolphins... more

Green Bay Packers fans begged, pleaded and screamed for receiver Jeff Janis' role to increase as the offense struggled sans Jordy Nelson in 2015. During the season, coach Mike McCarthy stiff-armed the idea. Janis struggled with some key aspects of... more

The official wording when the Tom Coughlin-era ended in New York read that the coach stepped down from his position with the Giants. Since that time it became clear that Coughlin was forced out. It's a notion the coach more or less confirmed in an... more

The Kansas City Chiefs won't let the Comeback Player of the Year reach free agency. The Chiefs applied the non-exclusive franchise tag safety Eric Berry on Tuesday, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported.† Explaining the tag ¬Ľ The exclusive... more

Mario Williams' time in Buffalo has ended. The Bills announced on Tuesday that they have released the linebacker. The move was expected after a down season in which Williams repeatedly attacked coach Rex Ryan's defense, openly questioning his rol... more

Marshawn Lynch might be retiring from the NFL, but he's not done finding interesting modes of transportation to ghost ride. Years after Beast Mode took a cart on a spin around Memorial Stadium after a Cal victory , Lynch is now rapping from a camel... more

Despite a mediocre record, the Rams want to lock down Jeff Fisher for the next few years as they move to Los Angeles. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Rams and Fisher are conversing about†a contract extension . The coach is set to e... more

Steve Smith's torn Achilles ended what was supposed to be the veteran's retirement tour. The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver decided to return for another year after suffering what he called the worst injury of his career. On Monday, Smith said he... more

Josh Gordon -- like many who struggle to cope with life knocking them off their feet -- hit "rock bottom" during his latest suspension, according to Browns teammate Donte Whitner. The safety, however, believes the talented but troubled receiver can... more

February

James Laurinaitis might not be out of work long. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported†that the New Orleans Saints are bringing in the linebacker for a visit on Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said last week that the Saints have strong intere... more

After a decade the New Orleans Saints have decided to part ways with receiver Marques Colston. According to the league's transaction wire the Saints released the 32-year-old receiver, due to a failed physical. The Saints' all-time leading receive... more

Alshon Jeffery was never leaving Chicago this offseason. The Bears made it certain Monday, announcing they had used their franchise tag on the star wideout. Explaining the tag ¬Ľ The exclusive franchise tag is a one-year tender offer to a... more

Now that the salary cap for 2016 is set at $155.27 million , the numbers for the franchise and transition tags can be figured. The deadline for teams to franchise tag players is Tuesday, March 1. The franchise tag figures for each position are as... more

Tony Romo's offseason decision on surgery is coming to a head. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback told NFL Media's Desmond Purnell on Saturday he is "leaning toward" getting a plate inserted to reinforce his collarbone, but won't make a decision until... more

It's NFL Scouting Combine time on NFL Network! With the annual combine comes some bizarre, but entertaining comparisons. After Derrick Henry 's impressive work out, THE Network flashed a graphic showing the stud running back's closest NFL compari... more

Could the NFL cut out the final preseason game? Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy told reporters that the competition committee has had lengthy discussions this week at the NFL Scouting Combine about reducing the preseason to three games, per... more

Jamaal Charles won't be cut. Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey reiterated Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that the running back will be back in 2016. "He will be an important piece of this team moving forward," Dorsey said, via... more

Mike McCarthy wants Eddie Lacy to get in shape. He also disputes the amount of weight the running back needs to lose. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported that the team wanted Lacy to lose 30 pounds , which McCarthy now says isn't tru... more

The Denver Broncos could lock down Von Miller without wielding the franchise tag. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Broncos are poised to push for a mega long-term extension for the linebacker. Per sources, there is optimism a deal g... more

INDIANPAOLIS -- Peyton Manning still needs more time. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, John Elway said he's not pushing Manning to make a decision on retirement. "I met with Peyton a couple nights ago and we had a good talk," Elw... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- If Arian Foster's days in Houston are numbered, it won't be due to his salary. When asked point-blank if Foster would be on the roster at his current salary, Texans general manager Rick Smith said Foster's salary isn't prohibitive.... more

The NFL Players Association announced salary-cap "carryover" amounts for every NFL team on Thursday. Each of the 32 teams elected to roll over unused salary-cap space from 2015. Under the collective bargaining agreement, teams are required to spe... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The chasm between the Ryan Tannehill believers and nonbelievers is Grand Canyon-sized. On Wednesday, new Dolphins coach Adam Gase stood on the advocate's side, shouting deep praise for his quarterback. "He has the skill set you ar... more

The Philadelphia Eagles announced they released linebacker DeMeco Ryans on Wednesday. The move isn't a surprise given Ryans' age, injury history, salary and the Eagles' move to a 4-3 defense. The move will save Philly $3.5 million in salary-cap s... more

INDIANAPOLIS --Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman won't shy away from wielding the franchise tag to ensure corner Josh Norman remains a Panther. "I told you guys I don't believe in drafting, developing players for other teams," Gettle... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Doug Martin's future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remains nebulous. General Manager Jason Licht said Wednesday from the NFL Scouting Combine he plans to meet with the soon-to-be free agent running back's representatives, but admitt... more

The San Francisco 49ers announced they signed tight end Garrett Celek to a four-year contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Celek's deal can be worth up to $14 million, per a source informed of the contract. He will get $4.5 mil... more

Roddy White's future in Atlanta remains in question after compiling just 506 receiving yards and one touchdown in 2015. For his part, the receiver doesn't want to be jettisoned by the Falcons after 11 seasons. "It would be a tragedy if I had to... more

Robert Griffin III's time with the Washington Redskins is just about up. If there were any questions (there weren't) about whether the team would change gears and keep RGIII, president Bruce Allen shut them down Tuesday during an interview with XEP... more

For the second straight offseason, Jameis Winston has admitted he wants to get in better shape. During the Rookie Symposium last June, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Around The NFL he wanted to "get back skinny" before his first pro seas... more

Evan Mathis has never been shy about offering opinions regarding Chip Kelly, his former coach. A year ago, Mathis wanted to rework his deal to remain in Philadelphia. He then reversed course and asked to be released. Kelly eventually acquiesced to... more

Prepare for an offseason of tossed weights and giant tires being flipped. J.J. Watt is back in the gym. The Houston Texans defensive lineman tweeted Monday that he was cleared to begin training for the first time since undergoing surgery on Jan. 12... more

Vontaze Burfict knows his style of play needs to change. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker is suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season, following multiple violations of the player-safety policy. The latest incident came in the AFC Wil... more

James White couldn't corral several sideline passes from Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game, which could have changed the tenor of the contest, and, perhaps, history. The prevailing thought throughout New England remains that had Dion Lewis... more

Many, like New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, bemoan incoming rookies training for specific drills performed at the NFL Scouting Combine -- like the 40-yard-dash. Could those days be coming to an end? Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY repots that... more

The Detroit Lions cut Joique Bell last week , but apparently gave the running back a chance to stick around. Bell told reporters on Saturday night that prior to his release the team offered him the chance to take a pay cut to remain in Detroit. The... more

Add another name to the free agent list when the new league year opens on March 9. The Atlanta Falcons will cut defensive lineman Paul Soliai after the sides couldn't agree on a contract restructure to lower his $5 million salary for 2016, NFL Med... more

Calvin Johnson still hasn't told the Detroit Lions whether or not he plans to retire this year. Speaking on WMGC-FM in Detroit on Thursday morning, Lions president Rod Wood said he spoke to Megatron on Monday, but the receiver had not made a decisi... more

New Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has consistently said Sam Bradford is a fit for his offense if the free-agent-to-be returns. But what if the quarterback signs elsewhere? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted on Thursday that one name t... more

The Miami Dolphins are trying to make moves to free up salary-cap space. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the Dolphins are in talks to extend defensive end Cameron Wake's contract before the new league year, according to two sources... more

Jamaal Charles' torn ACL in Week 5 ended the running back's season and left the Kansas City Chiefs' offense without a wheel to spin on. K.C. then went 11-2 and made the playoffs. Behind Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, coach Andy Reid's offens... more

Offseason downtime in the NFL has a unique way of coloring memories. For Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, it's a time for optimism and remembering how his team beat up the NFL's eventual No. 1 offense and NFC champion Carolina Panther... more

The Miami Dolphins hired Adam Gase to help bring Ryan Tannehill to the next level of quarterbacking, where previous coaching staffs have failed. Last week, receiver Greg Jennings told the team's official website that previous coaches held Tannehill... more

Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins aren't close to locking up a long-term deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the sides haven't gained traction on contract talks. With the franchise tag window open, it could take th... more

The Chargers will play in San Diego in 2016 and chairman Dean Spanos sounds more dedicated than ever to finding a long-term solution. "Whatever we need to do," Spanos told the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee . "We're going to do what we need t... more

There is nothing like a day with wounded veterans to snap a football team out of the malaise of losing a Super Bowl. On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers recognized 28 wounded veterans, and their families, at Bank of America stadium. Coach Ron River... more

The respect for Jerod Mayo flowed on social media after the linebacker announced his retirement Tuesday . Mayo took on a leadership role with the New England Patriots from the moment he stepped on the field in 2008, earning the Defensive Rookie of... more

The NFL's 2016 Hall of Fame Game will pit the Green Bay Packers versus the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Aug. 7, to open the preseason slate. The decision was a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame. Longtime Packers legend Brett Favre being enshrined... more

Rashean Mathis is calling it quits. After 13 NFL seasons, the cornerback†told the Detroit Lions' official website that he has decided to retire . "(It's been) an awesome 13 years," Mathis said. "And I think it's time for me to hang up the cleats.... more

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey isn't retreating from his goal of getting quarterback Marcus Mariota to use his legs more in Year 2. It's a refrain Mularkey has preached since he took over the Titans midway through the 2015 season. On Monday,... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers boasted the top offense in the AFC and the third-best offense in the NFL. If it hadn't been for Antonio Brown's concussion, it might have been Pittsburgh, not Denver, in Super Bowl 50. After watching an explosive offense... more

The Cleveland Browns brought in Josh McCown last season in part because of his willingness to work with young quarterbacks, like Johnny Manziel. While the Manziel project is kaput, McCown reiterated that he's willing to help mentor whatever young... more

Tuesday marks the first day of a two-week window during which NFL teams can use the Franchise or Transition tag on players set to become free agents. Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling already weighed in on who is likely or unlikely to get slapped wi... more

With free agency a little more than three weeks away, rumors and reports will swirl about players set to hit the open market. Expect a lot of Internet space to be used on Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller during that time. One of the top... more

The Arizona Cardinals have been vocal about wanting to sign Tyrann Mathieu to a long-term deal. The safety wants to be around longer than just one more contract. "We're both eager, we're both interested," Mathieu told Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 91... more

Could the play that sealed the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl victory been flagged as an illegal bat? With just over four minutes remaining in the contest, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller came screaming around the edge, knocked the ball out of Cam Newton's h... more

Super Bowl champion safety Shiloh Keo was arrested early Saturday morning in Idaho on a driving under the influence charge.† According to the arrest report on the Ada County Sheriff's website, Keo, 28, was booked at 2:19 a.m. by Idaho State Police.... more

Adrian Peterson has been vocal over the years about his desire to swipe the NFL's career rushing record from Emmitt Smith. If the Vikings running back doesn't accomplish the feat, the record could stand for a long time. "If he doesn't get it, I don... more

In a world where every politician leaves something to be desired, a few New Hampshire voters cast their ballot for successful football men. Several -- presumably Patriots fans -- voted for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in the New Hampshire's preside... more

Jobs were lost in San Diego this offseason in part because a running game, featuring a first-round pick, never found traction. The Chargers fired Frank Reich and brought back Ken Whisenhunt. Whiz's first objective is to jumpstart the limp running g... more

The running back market could become saturated. We already know Matt Forte will reach free agency . It appears Doug Martin could be headed there as well. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Martin will become a free agent and test the mar... more

Cam Newton won't change. The Carolina Panthers quarterback made it very clear following the Super Bowl 50 loss that he will be himself regardless of what the nitpickers and hot-take haters think. Newton doubled-down on his message Friday, posting... more

Matt Forte confirmed what we've expected all season: the running back will hit the open market in March. The running back announced on Instagram that the Bears told him they will not attempt to re-sign him. "Despite my wishes, my days as a membe... more

Ted Thompson continues his offseason tradition of locking down his players. The Green Bay Packers re-signed veteran defensive tackle Letroy Guion, the team annonced Friday. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported it's a three-year, $11.25 million contrac... more

The Arizona Cardinals' offseason priority appears clear: sign Tyrann Mathieu to a long-term deal. Speaking with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Thursday general manager Steve Keim said locking down the safety is the goal. "It's hard to say that that w... more

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. "In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer," Blank said in a statement released by the team. "Over the last several weeks An... more

Future trivia question at your local pub: What player caught Peyton Manning's last NFL completion? If Manning retires, as most of the football world believes he will, the answer to that question will be Bennie Fowler. The wideout snagged a Mannin... more

Josh Norman is set to get P-A-I-D, paid this offseason. The All-Pro corner could become the highest paid defensive back in the NFL or he could get slapped with the franchise tag. Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman wouldn't tip his h... more

After nine seasons in Tennessee, Michael Griffin was cut Tuesday, the Titans announced. I knew one day my time would come and I cherished every minute of it. It's been real Tennessee?. Thanks for everything. #nextchapter ‚?? Michael Griffin... more

Cam Newton defiantly defended his actions in the post-Super Bowl news conference †that spawned a million hot takes. "I don't have to conform to what anybody wants. I am my own person," the NFL's MVP told reporters Tuesday, via BlackandBlueReview.co... more

Tom Brady took part in Super Bowl 50's pregame ceremony announcing every Super Bowl MVP in NFL history. The New England Patriots quarterback was booed during the display -- by a heavy Denver audience -- and in a pregame interview with Jim Gray of Wes... more

Tom Coughlin still has the coaching itch. For the first offseason in more than a decade, the two-time Super Bowl winning head coach doesn't have a team to prep. Speaking Monday on FOX News, to discuss his Jay Fund charity, Coughlin said so far he's... more

The world assumes Peyton Manning's retirement announcement is imminent -- as soon as he's done drinking all the Budweiser, of course. DeMarcus Ware, however, thinks the Denver Broncos quarterback could continue to play. Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel L... more

The Riley Cooper era in Philadelphia is over. The Eagles announced they released the wide receiver Monday, the first day teams can cut players. Cooper signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract with $8 million guaranteed†in 2014. The contract, gi... more

Cam Newton's postgame news conference spawned an overflow of hot takes after the NFL's 2015 MVP answered questions in a clipped manner and walked off after less than three minutes. The setup for the postgame interviews did Newton and the distraugh... more

Welcome to Depression Monday. Drudging through your seemingly endless workday, nursing a nagging headache, the realization washes over you: With the Super Bowl over we must wait 213 days for the next meaningful NFL game. Yuck. Instead of dwelling... more

The Denver Broncos defense steered clear of inflammatory talk in the lead up to Super Bowl 50. After the 24-10 win they talked plenty. The Broncos boasted proclamations that ranged from claiming GOAT status to calling out Cam Newton for a perce... more

About that offseason paycut for Peyton Manning... The $4 million reduction in pay for the 2015 season was a much-discussed storyline last offseason. In the end, Manning didn't end up losing a dollar. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that w... more

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware wrecked the Carolina Panthers' offensive game plan in the Broncos'†24-10 Super Bowl 50 victory †Sunday. The duo compiled 4.5 of the Broncos' seven sacks, which tied for most in Super Bowl history. Cam Newton was sacke... more

Two weeks ago Thomas Davis underwent surgery to repair a broken arm. On Sunday he played like it never happened in the Carolina Panthers' 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Davis compiled seven tackles, including one for loss, whil... more

No. 2 was greater than No. 1 in Super Bowl 50. Von Miller, the No. 2 overall pick in 2011, snagged the Super Bowl MVP award after leading a dominant Denver Broncos defense that shut down the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense and league MVP Cam Newton, th... more

The most famous Carolina Panthers fan will take part in Sunday's Super Bowl. The team announced that NBA MVP Stephen Curry banged the Panthers' Keep Pounding drum prior to kickoff. .@StephenCurry30 + #KeepPounding † Let's goooooo #SB50... more

Peyton Manning is soaking up what could be the final game of his NFL career. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Broncos quarterback was among those who addressed the team Saturday night , delivering his final message. DeMarcus Ware... more

The last all-time great to walk away from the Detroit Lions is surprised another is possibly following his footsteps. Barry Sanders said Calvin Johnson retiring would be a "big blow." "I'm just shocked, man," Sanders reporters Saturday at NFL Hon... more

John Elway could have a franchise tag dilemma after the confetti stops falling on Super Bowl 50. With Peyton Manning likely playing his final game, it's important for the Denver Broncos hang on to quarterback Brock Osweiler. However, pass rusher Vo... more

There was no debate over Brett Favre's Pro Football Hall of Fame candidacy. When it came time for the HOF committee to discuss The Gunslinger's worthiness during Saturday's marathon meeting, the debate lasted nine seconds , per NFL Media's Steve Wy... more

The game plan has been set for at least a week. The media interviews are over. The final practices and walkthroughs are taking place and the team picture is snapped. Now the wait from Saturday until Sunday's 6:40 p.m. ET Super Bowl kickoff can be... more

The Denver Broncos faced Rob Gronkowski twice, Travis Kelce twice, Antonio Gates twice, Heath Miller and Gary Barnidge, among other tight ends. Sunday they will attempt to slow Greg Olsen "We've been battle-tested going against the tight ends," cor... more

The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos are making sure all their employees can enjoy the Super Bowl festivities, not just the ones on the field. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson invited every employee to join the team in San Francisco ahead of Sup... more

Tony Romo continues to consider whether to have surgery on his injured collarbone. The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback said this week from Super Bowl 50 that he will make a decision in early March. "You weigh all of those things, but nothing is going... more

With the vast majority of the NFL cognoscenti predicting a Carolina Panthers romp in Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos aren't feeling the burden of expectations. "We just have to go out there and play football," running back C.J. Anderson said, via... more

The NFL continues its effort to encourage female involvement at every level of the sport. Speaking at the first "Women's Summit" at Super Bowl 50, Commissioner Roger Goodell applauded the progress being made. "We believe in diversity," Goodell sa... more

In an alternate universe, Antonio Brown bounced back quickly from a concussion suffered in the wild-card round on a hit from Vontaze Burfict, he played the next game, the Steelers went on to defeat the Broncos and ultimately replace them in the Super... more

As Calvin Johnson contemplates retirement from the NFL at 30 years old, The GOAT laments seeing Megatron possibly leave with gas left in the tank. "It's just unfortunate to see him (walk away) because he's around, like, 32," Jerry Rice told MLive.... more

The Carolina Panthers' receiving corps is often referred to as a bunch of no-name players. That the group is pointed to as the weakness of the NFC champions sticks in the craw of receivers coach Ricky Proehl. "It pisses me off, I ain't going to lie... more

The Denver Broncos practiced Wednesday with two key members. Broncos safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart were each limited in practice. In addition, guard Louis Vasquez (knee) was limited for the Broncos. Panthers defensive end Jared Allen (foot)... more

Like many young boys, Aqib Talib always dreamed of being a professional athlete. His insistence that dream would come true even got him in trouble once. "I was in the NFL when I was about 6 years old," Talib said as he reminisced about his daydre... more

The NFL found no issues with football inflation during the course of the 2015 season, Commissioner Roger Goodell said. Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday, Goodell covered a number of topics, including confirming that the NFL did not conduc... more

Demaryius Thomas has caught heavy, heavy criticism for his play this season. The Denver Broncos receiver struggled with drops and disappeared for long stretches, including the two postseason contests. Thomas leads the Broncos with 10 drops this sea... more

The Arizona Cardinals bowed out in a blowout loss in the NFC Championship Game to the Carolina Panthers. Coach Bruce Arians noted that merely being the second-best team in the NFL in the regular season means bupkis if you aren't playing in the Supe... more

Brock Osweiler has played the good soldier this week, facing questions about what it means to be benched for Peyton Manning, a legend likely making his final run. Osweiler has said all the right things during the frenzy of media amid Super Bowl Wee... more

Kickers might not have enjoyed the extra point being moved back to the 15-yard line, but it accomplished the NFL's goal. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday on The Rich Eisen Show that the longer PAT changed the play from an afterthought t... more

The Oakland Raiders are hoping to continue playing in the O.co Coliseum for one more year. Owner Mark Davis told the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami that he's negotiating a one-year stadium lease extension and wants his team to remain in Oakla... more

Calvin Johnson's NFL future remains up in the air. NFL Media's Nate Burleson, a former teammate of Johnson's with the Lions, said Monday he reached out to Megatron after an ESPN report surfaced pronouncing his retirement. Burleson said Calvin brush... more

Cam Newton owns the most ridiculous combination of size, speed and agility in the NFL. During Super Bowl Opening Night media festivities on Monday, Cam was asked if he was the LeBron James of the NFL. "Why can't LeBron be the Cam Newton of power... more

Thousands of media members cascaded upon Opening Night on Monday to asked innumerable questions -- some of them good, some downright embarrassing. It was Austin Denton, a 14-year-old cancer survivor, who stole the show. His interview of Peyton Mann... more

Jared Allen desperately wanted to play in the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago, but Panthers coach Ron Rivera kept the pass rusher out for precaution due to a foot injury. The veteran told NFL Media's Nate Burleson at Monday's Opening Night that... more

During Monday's Opening Night media extravaganza Peyton Manning again bashed the HGH allegations made by Al Jazeera America. "I can't speak for anybody else," Manning said of the story involving several professional athletes. "I've addressed this... more

Two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday. "After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I've had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very... more

The Carolina Panthers had full participation in practice at San Jose State on Monday of Super Bowl week. Thomas Davis, who had surgery last week for a broken arm suffered in the NFC Championship Game, was back on the field with a cast on his forear... more

Mike McCarthy said Eddie Lacy needed to lose weight . We now have a goal to track. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Packers want Lacy to lose 30 pounds. Rapoport added the running back is committed to dropping that chunk of weight thro... more

We always knew that power outages led to a spike in the birth rate nine months later. Apparently, Super Bowl victories have the same effect. The NFL released a commercial featuring Seal (!!) ahead of Super Bowl 50, which insinuates the singers are... more

Baltimore Ravens center John Urschel began his offseason program Monday: the Applied Mathematics Ph.D program at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Speaking to The MMQB's Peter King , Urschel compared starting a doctorate program at a top mathematics... more

"Welcome home, Vernon!" read a sign greeting the Denver Broncos in San Francisco for Super Bowl 50. The tight end played more than nine seasons for the 49ers, helping them reach Super Bowl XLVII. On Sunday, Davis returned to the Bay Area with his n... more

What is a catch? It's currently the most confounding question in professional sports. The NFL's desire to fix the rule led to the formation of a committee of coaches and players specifically to try and solve the problem. Despite the negative attent... more

Injuries are the biggest issue with the Pro Bowl. In a sport in which injury is more inevitable than avoidable, players attempting to dodge getting hurt leads to a less-than-stellar product. In Sunday's 49-27 blowout win by Team Irvin , tight end T... more

January

Calvin Johnson's future remains up in the air. Megatron's agent, Bus Cook, told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday there is no timetable for Johnson's decision on potential retirement . Amid rumors the Pro Bowl receiver could walk... more

More evidence mounts that Super Bowl 50 will be Peyton Manning's last game in the NFL. As NFL Network cameras caught Manning and Bill Belichick embracing after the AFC Championship Game , the quarterback acknowledges it might be the last time the t... more

The Arizona Cardinals suffered an embarrassing defeat in the NFC Championship Game . Despite the excruciating end to the season, the Cards are built for more than just a one-year run. "Oh, God. Looking at the team that's coming back versus where we... more

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera played for Mike Ditka and the dominant 1985 Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. Ahead of Super Bowl 50, Rivera plans to give his team the same advice he got from Ditka. "One of the things coach Ditka emphasized to us... more

Breathe easy, Broncos fans, your team won't be wearing orange this Super Bowl. Denver, the home team in Super Bowl 50, chose to wear white threads. "We've had Super Bowl success in our white uniforms," John Elway said, via The Associated Press .... more

The NFL continues to pile up massive TV ratings. The league announced Monday that a combined 99 million viewers watched Championship Sunday. With Peyton Manning and Tom Brady squaring off for the 17th time, the AFC Championship Game between the D... more

Thomas Davis could play in Super Bowl 50 despite suffering a broken arm in Sunday's NFC Championship Game win . The Carolina Panthers linebacker underwent surgery early Monday morning and coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Davis could play in two... more

Green Bay Packers fans have long lamented Ted Thompson's close-to-the-vest, take-few-chances approach to team building. Perhaps coach Mike McCarthy is joining the chorus. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one of the most plugged-in NF... more

The Philadelphia Eagles locked down Zach Ertz. The team announced the tight end inked a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping him in Philadelphia through 2021. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is worth $42.5... more

Bill Belichick eschewed field goal tries twice while trailing by eight points in the New England Patriots' 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos. The coach reiterated Monday morning that the score and situation dictated his decision to go for it on... more

The Denver Broncos heard all week how good Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are. It burned. Listening to critics predict a Patriots win in Denver got under the Broncos' skin, especially the defense. "We just felt so disrespected. I felt disrespected,... more

The Ted Ginn revenge game came in full force Sunday. The Carolina Panthers receiver played a pivotal role in the 49-15 shellacking of the Arizona Cardinals. After spending just one season with the Cards, the game was personal for Ginn. "I felt l... more

Not like this. Larry Fitzgerald got emotional at the podium after the Arizona Cardinals were walloped by the steamrolling Carolina Panthers, 49-15 , lamenting the missed opportunities. "It hurts to lose like this, in this fashion," he said, fight... more

Watching Tom Brady and Peyton Manning battle deep into the postseason at age 38 and 39, respectively, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has no doubts about his longevity. "There's no question, I'll be able to play for a while," the 35-year-old... more

Jamie Collins was officially questionable with a back injury, but he was made active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game. The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe first reported †that Collins was "good to go" despite the questionable status, per a source. Am... more

The Arizona Cardinals understand slowing down Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and tackling quarterback Cam Newton are paramount to pull off the road win Sunday. The keystone in accomplishing those two goals is "Moneybacker" Deone Bucannon. The conver... more

In case you somehow hadn't heard, Winter Storm Jonas is raging on the East Coast. In places like Charlotte, North Carolina, even a modicum of snow can debilitate the region. While the Carolina Panthers dealt with practicing in the winter weather... more

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe isn't hiding his feelings regarding the New England Patriots ahead of the tussle for the AFC crown . "I hate everything about them," he said, via the Denver Post . "They're always in my way. They're always i... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Championship Weekend Injuries New England Patriots OUT : T LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder), G Tre Jackson (knee) QUESTIONABLE : WR Danny Amendola (knee), TE Scott Chandler (knee), LB Jamie Collins... more

The Carolina Panthers will host the NFC Championship for the first time in franchise history. It's the furthest Carolina has advanced in the playoffs since 2005, when most of the Panthers' players weren't even in the NFL -- Thomas Davis was a rooki... more

The Buffalo Bills might not know "what's going on " with Percy Harvin, but they won't rule out bringing the enigmatic wide receiver back. General manager Doug Whaley told WGR Sports Radio 550 on Friday that he'd like to bring back the free agent... more

Andy Reid's game mismanagement continues to give amateur comedians fodder. The Chiefs' epically-slow drive in their playoff loss to the New England Patriots must have left many Kansas City fans bald. And hearing former offensive coordinator Doug... more

Gus Bradley is no lame duck. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Friday they have extended the head coach's contract for one season, through 2017. "It's an exciting day," Bradley said during a news conference. "It's been quite a process." "For a... more

Russell Wilson completed the best statistical season of his four-year NFL career, leaping over the 4,000-yard passing mark for the first time. The Seahawks' signal-caller became the first player in NFL history with 4,000-plus passing yards, 30-plus... more

New England Patriots fans hold their breath every time a defender tackles Rob Gronkowski low. Given the heart palpitations caused by such collisions, Pats fans got worked up this week when Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. described hitting Gronk... more

The Cleveland Browns' new brass still doesn't know where Johnny Manziel was prior to the end of the season. Executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown told the media on Thursday the team fined the quarterback for missing a scheduled medical... more

Of all the aspects of life Tom Brady at which excels, his quick release from the pocket ranks high. The quarterback's rapid trigger was in prime form in the Patriots' Divisional Round win. NFL Media Research charted Brady at 2.18 seconds from snap... more

As the days tick away, we inch closer to the Chargers making a decision about their future in San Diego. If owner Dean Spanos decides to join Stan Kroenke and the Rams in Los Angeles, eyes will then turn towards the Raiders -- who don't currently h... more

The biggest focal point for the New England Patriots' defense this Sunday is not Peyton Manning, but rather the Denver Broncos' ground game. In the Week 12 matchup between the two squads, Denver backs compiled 179 rushing yards. C.J. Anderson in... more

Everyone has an opinion on Peyton Manning. Wednesday night it was Brandon Marshall's turn. The New York Jets receiver appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his Project 375, which supports mental-health awareness, and compared t... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Lovie Smith and promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to the lead job. When subordinates overtake a boss, it's often defined as a coup. Koetter told NBC Sports Radio on Wednesday that speculation in league circl... more

Peyton Manning-Tom Brady XVII looked like it might never happen. When Brock Osweiler led the Denver Broncos to a overtime victory over the New England Patriots in Week 12 , some considered it the end of the rivalry between the two greatest quarterb... more

Ahead of the AFC Championship Game , the Denver Broncos tossed some scorn towards the New England Patriots. Defensive lineman Antonio Smith said it's accurate to call Tom Brady a crybaby because he whines every time a defender hits him . Linebacker... more

LeSean McCoy might be the best representation of what went wrong for Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. From their disintegrating relationship to the casting off of a talented player, he's the perfect example for Philly fans to point at when discussing Kell... more

Josh Gordon has taken a step toward a potential return to the football field. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cleveland Browns receiver officially applied for reinstatement, per a source informed of his situation. ESPN's Tony Gros... more

The Philadelphia Eagles continue to round out their coaching staff. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday the Eagles will hire former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as their quarterbacks coach, per sources informe... more

If Sunday's AFC Championship Game is close, the Denver Broncos are confident they can defeat the New England Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl. Why? Because they've done it all year. "I've been saying, of course you want to blow somebody out o... more

Jerod Mayo's season is over. The New England Patriots placed the linebacker on injured reserve †Tuesday because of a shoulder injury. It's the third straight season that Mayo's year ends on IR. ESPN first reported the news. Mayo was a rotati... more

Jim Schwartz will return to the sidelines in 2016. The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Schwartz as defensive coordinator, new coach Doug Pederson announced during Tuesday's news conference. Don Banks of SI.com first reported the news . Schwartz... more

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kicked off Championship week with the first salvo of trash talk. When asked on NBC Sports on Monday why Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is so difficult to cover, Marshall pointed at pushing. "I say 'c... more

Jordy Nelson's absence played a huge role in the Green Bay Packers' offensive struggles this season. It was evident from the team's bye week onward, when defenses played press coverage and stacked the box, knowing the slow-footed receiving corps coul... more

Following Sunday's 31-24 Divisional Round win over the Seattle Seahawks, Cam Newton said the Carolina Panthers played with their "butts tight ," watching their big lead wither in the second half. Specifically, Newton said "a lot of guys playing wi... more

Sunday afternoon's Divisional Round tussle between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers comes with a plethora of questions at the quarterback position. Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder injury isn't expected to restrict the playbook , but how mu... more

Marshawn Lynch is playing in the Seahawks' Divisional Round tussle with the Carolina Panthers. Lynch was listed as probable on the team's official injury report. Still, after not flying to Minnesota last weekend at the last minute, everyone has... more

When Demaryius Thomas takes the field Sunday afternoon , his biggest fan will be in the stadium for the first time in his NFL career. Katrina Stuckey Smith, D.T.'s mother, will be watching Thomas play in-person for the first time ever, the Denver P... more

Ben Roethlisberger has a separated shoulder. He has torn ligaments in that separated shoulder. He missed practices this week because he couldn't throw. But he is listed as active for†Sunday's Divisional Round matchup †against†the Denver Broncos. Gi... more

No risk it, no biscuit. Bruce Arians' football philosophy was on display in the Cardinals' wild Divisional Round playoff†victory over the Green Bay Packers. On offense, Arians decided to throw the ball on second down ahead of the two-minute warn... more

For the second straight postseason the Green Bay Packers were bounced from the tournament in overtime without touching the football. After a double Hail Mary drive by Aaron Rodgers to tie the game, the Packers lost a bizarre coin flip , then watch... more

Divisional Round Cheat Sheet January 15, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Divisional Round injury reports Kansas City Chiefs OUT : G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (concussion), C Mitch Morse (concussion) QUESTIONABLE : LB Tamba Hali (knee, thumb), LB Justin Houston (knee... more

Ken Whisenhunt is returning to the Chargers. The team announced Friday that Whisenhunt is the Chargers' new offensive coordinator. Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune †first reported the development.† The move had been speculated sin... more

Chandler Jones spoke to the media for about 90 seconds on Thursday for the first time since being taken to the hospital on Sunday for a medical issue. "I want to start off by saying I made a pretty stupid mistake this weekend," Jones said, via Mark... more

Ben McAdoo's offensive staff is beginning to take shape. The New York Giants new coach is expected to promote QB coach Mike Sullivan to offensive coordinator, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Fox Sports first reported the move. Sullivan... more

Chip Kelly will be an NFL coach in 2016. The San Francisco 49ers announced they hired Kelly as the team's 20th coach in franchise history on Thursday. He will be formally introduced as the team's new head coach during a news conference next week,... more

In the end, Tom Coughlin wasn't a fit for the Philadelphia Eagles. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach withdrew his name from consideration for the Eagles' head coaching job, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. ESPN first reported the news... more

As Calvin Johnson's future remains up in the air, his quarterback is taking the retirement talks sincerely. "I think, anytime Calvin says something, it's not for show, it's something serious," Matthew Stafford said on The Mitch Albom Show on WJR-AM... more

Could Tom Coughlin really be headed to a division rival? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that there are ongoing discussions between Coughlin and the Philadelphia Eagles, which could come to a head quickly, per sources involved in the situat... more

The Tennessee Titans have locked down their new general manager. Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel Jon Robinson agreed to terms Thursday to become the Titans' general manager, the team confirmed Thursday night. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Ben Roethlisberger's status for Sunday's contest versus the Denver Broncos remains up in the air as he deals with a shoulder injury. Big Ben missed practice on Wednesday and termed himself "day to day" and "hour to hour." I expect to see him on th... more

When the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks square off in Charlotte on Sunday, the matchup will pit the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense versus the No. 1 scoring defense. The Carolina Panthers led the NFL in scoring with 500 point this season. Led b... more

Justin Houston didn't look like himself last weekend after missing five games with a knee injury. The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker said the knee brace was a bigger problem than the injury. "It's doing (well)," Houston said of his injured knee on... more

Chargers owner Dean Spanos has one year to exercise his option to join the Rams in the Inglewood stadium that is due to open in 2019. It doesn't sound like he will take even a month to decide. The Chargers have seen the framework of a stadium deal... more

Rob Gronkowski was officially listed as limited in practice on Wednesday with a knee injury. Gronk had not been on the injury report since Week 14. The tight end missed one game after being knocked out of the New England Patriots' Week 12 contest... more

The Minnesota Vikings believe they've found aid for their troubled offensive line. The team is hiring Tony Sparano as its offensive line coach, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. The Vikings fired offensive line coach Jeff Davidso... more

The New Orleans Saints added two notable pieces to their coaching stable. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Saints are hiring Joe Lombardi as QB coach and Dan Campbell as assistant head coach/TE coach, according to a source informed of th... more

Jonathan Stewart's return took a big step forward Wednesday. The Carolina Panthers' lead tailback returned to the practice field for the first time since Week 14, per the Charlotte Observer . Stewart missed the final three games of the regular se... more

When Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal Sunday that cost the Minnesota Vikings a chance to advance in the playoffs, many took it as an opportunity to display outrage and vulgarity and spew hatred. First-grade teacher Judie Offerdahl of Northpo... more

The biggest cloud hanging over the Pittsburgh Steelers this week is the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben suffered torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder in addition to a sprained AC joint during Saturday's win over the Cincinnati... more

Talking got Joey Porter in hot water during Saturday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to keep him quiet. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports that the Steelers have banned the media from talki... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers interviewed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter for their head coaching position Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports. The Tampa Bay Times first reported the news. Koetter is considered the favorite to win the B... more

Davante Adams played one of his best game in a calendar year Sunday in the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Washington Redskins. Unfortunately he left early with a right knee injury that appears will keep him out of the Divisional Round. ESPN's... more

Dan Campbell will not stick around to watch another man do the job he held on an interim basis for 13 weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Campbell received his release from the Miami Dolphins on Monday and is looking at opportunities... more

DeAngelo Williams watched young backs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman combine for 183 scrimmage yards in the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-16 wild-card win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Then the veteran gushed over the young playmaking of the duo,... more

Julian Edelman is expected to make his return after missing the past seven games with a broken foot -- the Patriots lost four of those seven contests. The receiver said Monday that there is "no dipping the toe in" the waters and easing back into t... more

The Minnesota Vikings own the building blocks to remain atop the NFC North in 2016 and beyond, but they need more out of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to pull it off. Entering his second NFL offseason, Bridgewater understands he needs to work on... more

During the Denver Broncos' 34-27 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 15, Steelers center Cody Wallace smashed safety David Bruton Jr. with a late hit. It's a play that Broncos players haven't forgotten. Come Sunday, Denver defenders are planning (legal) on-... more

The Cincinnati Bengals continue to take issue with Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter's role in the unraveling end of Saturday's wild-card matchup. Porter was on the field following a vicious hit on Antonio Brown by Bengals linebacker... more

As Blair Walsh's field-goal attempt sailed wide left Sunday afternoon in Minnesota, perhaps Vikings fans weren't the only ones lamenting the loss. Carolina Panthers fans weren't thrilled at the prospect of facing a streaking Seattle Seahawks squad... more

The Houston Texans drafted Jadeveon Clowney to help win playoff games. The No. 1 overall pick stood on the sidelines during Saturday's blowout loss to the Chiefs. Clowney played in just four games as a rookie and missed another four in 2015 --... more

Blair Walsh is the face of the Minnesota Vikings' playoff failure , but he shouldn't be in the picture alone. Adrian Peterson's second-half fumble led to a Seattle Seahawks' field goal and a 10-9 lead. "It's tough," Peterson said explaining the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals found a new way to lose Saturday night with personal foul penalties on linebacker Vontaze Burfict for an illegal hit and cornerback Adam Jones for unsportsmanlike conduct. The two penalties gave the Pittsburgh Steelers 30 yard... more

Giovani Bernard exited Saturday night's wild playoff loss †with a concussion. The Bengals running back was knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier after catching a pass late in the third quarter. Berna... more

Knile Davis returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for touchdown and the Chiefs' defense pitched a shutout as Kansas City obliterated the Houston Texans 30-0 in the AFC Wild Card matchup. K.C. now will face the Patriots next Saturday in New England.... more

The NFL playoffs kicked off in incredible fashion. Knile Davis returned the first kickoff of the 2015 playoffs back for a 106-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the Texans. Kansas City went on to cruise to a 30-0 win . It's just th... more

The most vital piece of the Kansas City Chiefs' passing game went down during the team's victory . Jeremy Maclin was taken to the locker room on a cart after his knee got tied up following a reception in the third quarter. Texans' J.J. Watt injur... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Kansas City Chiefs OUT : C Mitch Morse (concussion) QUESTIONABLE : S Husain Abdullah (concussion, not injury related), L... more

Mike McCoy will not enter 2016 as a lame-duck coach. San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco announced Friday that McCoy's contract has been extended through the 2017 season. The team announced earlier in the week that it would bring back... more

It's going to be frickin' frackin' cold in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon when the Vikings take on the Seattle Seahawks. The current forecast has jumped all the way to a high of 4 degrees. We're making progress ! (To steal a line from John Candy's... more

The Packers posted the worst offensive production numbers of the Aaron Rodgers era during the regular season. Green Bay ranked 23rd in total yards per game in 2015 (334.6). The franchise hadn't ranked 20th or worse in total offense since 1991 (rank... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers were preparing as if DeAngelo Williams would be out. He will be. The Steelers ruled Williams out with a foot injury on Friday. If Pittsburgh wins in Cincinnati on Saturday , there is a chance the running back could play i... more

On the first play of his NFL career, rookie Marcus Peters jumped DeAndre Hopkins' route and picked off Brian Hoyer. The interception helped the Chiefs build a big lead they would not relinquish in a Week 1 win over the Houston Texans. After maki... more

If San Francisco 49ers fans want the team to make a splashy hire, Chip Kelly might be the best option. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Kelly met with the Niners on Thursday, per a source. CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco first repo... more

Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict remains the central figure in the vortex of bitterness felt between the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. "I hate Pittsburgh," Burfict said after practice Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . "It's not... more

Calvin Johnson might have played his last NFL snap. The Detroit Lions' receiver released a statement Wednesday stating that he's calculating his future. "Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my... more

The Washington Redskins want fans to embrace the "You Like That?!" revolution. The team will hand out towels to fans emblazoned with the phrase prior to Sunday's playoff game versus the Green Bay Packers. #YouLikeThat ?! Arrive early to #GBvsWAS... more

Bundle up, Minnesota, it's going to be cold Sunday. According to AccuWeather and Weather.com the temperature in Minneapolis will be a high of 1 degree -- not counting the 10-15 mph wind chill factor. The low sits around -9 degrees. The good news?... more

The Indianapolis Colts kept Chuck Pagano, but his defensive coordinator is heading out of town. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Colts have fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. The team confirmed the news on Wednesday.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars fired defensive coordinator Bob Babich, the team announced Tuesday. The move comes hours after general manager Dave Caldwell said to expect changes on defense. Babich, who became defensive coordinator when coach Gus Bradl... more

Rex Ryan couldn't get the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs in his first year. His job could be in jeopardy if he fails for a second time. The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reported Tuesday , citing a team source, that during Terry Pegula's 2015 post-morte... more

The search for Tom Coughlin's replacement begins expeditiously for the New York Giants. Co-owner John Mara told reporters Tuesday the hunt would be extensive. While he wouldn't name specific outside candidates, Mara confirmed that both Giants... more

89 is back and spitting fire already. Steve Smith Sr. spoke to the media for the first time since declaring that he would return to the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 -- after initially deciding 2015 would be his final NFL season. The 37-year-old receive... more

Last offseason the Bears' new regime was actively seeking to ship Jay Cutler out of Chicago. After a year together, the team is fine being married to the quarterback for 2016. "I think Jay knows that we have extreme confidence in him," general mana... more

Tom Coughlin's 12-year career in New York has come to an end. The Giants announced that the 69-year-old coach decided to step down . Prior to the announcement, quarterback Eli Manning spoke to the media about Coughlin, the only coach he's played... more

The Tennessee Titans' head coaching gig has been open for months, but there has been little groundwork for a coaching search. If that sounds odd, it should -- especially when teams like the Philadelphia Eagles waited just days to interview their fi... more

Upon Peyton Manning's entrance in the third quarter of Sunday's 27-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos offense exploded. Except it wasn't the passing game that came to life. The 20 second-half points were on the backs of run... more

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams left the stadium Sunday in a protective walking boot, but will the keep him out of Saturday's tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday on NFL HQ that Willi... more

The Houston Texans (9-7) didn't need outside help to win the AFC South, destroying the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) 30-6. It's the Texans' first division championship since 2012. Houston will host the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round. Here is... more

The first day that the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders can apply for relocation is Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that all three teams will file. It isn't a surprise t... more

No one doubts Peyton Manning belongs standing alongside the greatest football players in the history of pigskin. The rest of this season, however, he'll be standing on the Denver Broncos' sideline. Manning is officially active Sunday for the first... more

With Mike Pettine set to coach his final game in Cleveland, attention will quickly shift to the next man to take his crack at the Browns' gig. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that among those expected to be interviewed are Detroit Lions... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' search for Chip Kelly's replacement began in earnest. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Eagles interviewed running backs coach Duce Staley on Friday for their head coaching vacancy. ESPN's Ed Werde... more

Charles Woodson will end his career where it began. The 39-year-old Pro Bowl safety will play his final NFL contest Sunday when the Oakland Raiders visit the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, the same location as his first NFL game in Week 1... more

The Baltimore Ravens won't be playing in the postseason, but they are trying to disrupt the path of as many division foes as possible. Last week, the Ravens put a huge dent in the Pittsburgh Steelers' playoff hopes by beating their rival. This week... more

If you didn't expect the New York Jets' passing attack to lead them to the cusp of the playoffs this season, don't worry, you weren't the only one. Even receiver Brandon Marshall didn't think they'd be this prolific. "I knew we had a great defens... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' backfield of Doug Martin and Charles Sims has flown under the radar as the best tandem in the NFL this season. Martin sits No. 2 in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,354 on 273 carries. With a big game Sunday versus the Caro... more

Andy Dalton hopes to get some good news on Monday. The day after the Cincinnati Bengals wrap up the regular season against the Baltimore Ravens, the quarterback will take a doctor visit and hopes to get the cast off his broken thumb. "I'm hoping... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted QB Andy Dalton (right thumb), TE Ryan Hewitt (knee, illness) -- OUT; TE Tyler Eifert (concussion), QB AJ McCarron, S George Il... more

December

DeMarco Murray's plane-ride chat with Jeffrey Lurie made waves, even if the Eagles owner said it had "zero" to do with Chip Kelly being fired . Murray clearly was disgruntled throughout much of the season with his playing time and production. NFL M... more

Mario Williams is playing his final game in Buffalo on Sunday. The Associated Press reported Thursday that the Bills plan to cut the defensive end this offseason, per an unnamed source with direct knowledge of discussions. The report meshes with... more

Odell Beckham Jr. returns from his one-game suspension in the New York Giants' season finale versus the Philadelphia Eagles. While the second-year receiver said he's learned a valuable lesson, he won't change how he plays. "I don't think anything'... more

C.J. Spiller's season officially ended Wednesday. The New Orleans Saints placed the running back on injured reserve. No specific injury was announced with the transaction, but Spiller never seemed to recover from his training camp leg issues. Spi... more

The Minnesota Vikings enter Sunday's tilt in Green Bay playing its best football of the season. They've scored 38-plus points in their last two outings and took the Arizona Cardinals to the wire without their top three defensive players on the fie... more

This isn't how the season was supposed to unfold. Rocketing toward the playoffs, we were supposed to be writing this week how Andy Dalton was poised to end the playoff nightmares. Instead, the Bengals have a different postseason conundrum. Can AJ... more

Five days from now, many men could be joining Chip Kelly on the NFL coaching job market. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano appears headed toward being one of those following Sunday's season-ender. For his part, Pagano isn't planning to slink... more

Drew Brees stacked points to earn the New Orleans Saints a 38-27 home win Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars. New Orleans' defense, however, continued its inept play in the secondary. On Sunday, the Saints conceded four touchdown passes to Bla... more

This Sunday night, the Minnesota Vikings will attempt to dethrone the kings of the NFC North. Following the Green Bay Packers' blowout loss and the Vikings' dominant win, the two will square off at Lambeau Field to decide who takes a division domin... more

The Carolina Panthers' perfect season is no more. After losing to the Falcons 20-13 , their first loss in the regular season in 392 days, Cam Newton was asked if losing the undefeated season hurt. "It didn't tickle," he responded bluntly, via the... more

Sweeping your rival during a down season is enough reason for Sunday glee. Wrecking their pristine path to the playoff is the cherry on top. "It's the Steelers. We just wanted to beat them," Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams said,... more

The New York Jets' 26-20 victory over the New England Patriots, coupled with a Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-17 loss to the Ravens, gives Gang Green a win-and-in playoff scenario in Week 17. That matchup pits the Jets against their old coach, Rex Ryan,... more

Never underestimate a rival. Despite their first losing season since 2007, the Baltimore Ravens (5-10), with Ryan Mallett under center, beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) for the second time this season. The 20-17 loss put the Steelers' playoff plan... more

Could Peyton Manning be back on the field for Week 17? With controversy swirling around the quarterback regarding a report that he allegedly received HGH in 2011, which he termed "garbage ," Manning's current injury seems secondary. During an... more

Despite dealing with a torn plantar fascia, Drew Brees will start Sunday for the New Orleans Saints against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is listed as active, Brees returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday and was officially listed as... more

We sit eight days away for some major change for several NFL organizations. Jan. 3 marks not only the day many coaches will be fired, but organizational changes could be made at an even higher level. If sweeping changes are made on bad teams, the... more

The Hayne Plane is back in action. The San Francisco 49ers promoted Jarryd Hayne to the active roster from practice squad on Saturday, the team announced. The Niners placed guard Alex Boone (knee) on injured reserve. Hayne, a former Australian... more

Earlier this week Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Peyton Manning would have a "big" workout on Saturday to evaluate the quarterback's progress in his rehab from a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. The coach liked what he saw, sa... more

Dez Bryant won't play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The receiver did not travel with the Dallas Cowboys to Buffalo and has been ruled out, per the team's official website . Bryant missed practice all week while dealing with a foot injury. He... more

Vernon Davis dropped critical passes each of the past two weeks, both Denver Broncos losses. Ahead of Monday night's pivotal matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, Davis took ownership of his struggles and the part he played in the two-game skid.... more

Leonard Hankerson is going back on waivers. The New England Patriots officially waived the receiver just 10 days after claiming him from the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added that if Hankerson clears waiver... more

Doug Baldwin is officially listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, but we got some positive news Friday. The Seattle Seahawks receiver was a full participant in Friday's workout, per the team's official website . Pete Carroll said Thursda... more

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Armonty Bryant and cornerback De'Ante Saunders (practice squad) were arrested during a traffic stop early Christmas morning, the team announced Saturday . Saunders, 23, was cited for operating a vehicle under the... more

It's a big day for Peyton Manning. Earlier this week, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Manning would have a "big workout" on Saturday to evaluate the quarterback's progress in his rehab from a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot.... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Seyi Ajirotutu (ankle) WR, Byron Maxwell (shoulder) CB -- OUT, Philadelphia Eagles Maxwell didn't practice at all this week... more

Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins has been a game wrecker in the middle. After hitting the 10-sack mark, Atkins became the first player in Bengals franchise history with multiple 10-sack seasons (12.5 sacks in 2012). Ahead of... more

Cam Newton is the clear frontrunner to win the 2015 NFL MVP award. Some fans have even gone so far as to refer to it as the CaMVP. The Carolina Panthers' quarterback, however, isn't concerned with the awards race.† "It's irrelevant to me right no... more

The New York Giants need to fill an Odell Beckham Jr.-sized hole in their lineup. With Beckham suspended for Sunday night's contest against the Minnesota Vikings, Big Blue will be without the man responsible for 26 percent of their receptions, 36... more

Charles Woodson earned the Gatorade bath at the conclusion of Thursday night's Oakland Raiders 23-20 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers, the last home game for the 18-year pro. The Pro Bowl safety addressed the Oakland crowd after the win... more

The Green Bay Packers clinched a playoff berth Sunday and notched their 10th win of the season, but the offense remains a rickety wheel. Aaron Rodgers threw for just 204 yards on 39 attempts with a touchdown and interception for a passer rating of... more

Neither the Detroit Lions nor the New Orleans Saints have a shot at the playoffs. But sometimes when two mediocre products meet, it can be beautiful, like Christmas carols and snow. Here is what you should watch for in Monday night's tilt : 1. Cou... more

The Houston Texans were getting badly outplayed early Sunday afternoon by the Indianapolis Colts, turning the ball over on their first two possessions and falling into a 10-0 hole. With their season on the brink, Houston needed saving. As only the... more

Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman got after it Sunday both during and after the whistle , with the Giants receiver crossing the line at certain points. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had his own take on the Beckham-Norman battle. "You g... more

AJ McCarron made positive strides in his first career start, helping guide the Cincinnati Bengals to a road win over the drowning San Francisco 49ers. McCarron completed 15 of 21 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions and a 115.6 p... more

Antonio Brown won't come out and say it, but I will: The Pittsburgh Steelers' receiver is unstoppable. Facing the NFL's No. 1 pass defense Sunday, Brown piled up 16 receptions on 18 targets for 189 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Den... more

The Arizona Cardinals celebrated a t-shirts and hats victory Sunday night in Philadelphia, clinching the NFC West for the first time in six years. "I've got a closet full of these," coach Bruce Arians said of the division championship gear, via the... more

Rex Ryan expected to take the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs in 2015 . His team fell short, officially being eliminated from postseason contention with a 35-25 loss to the Washington Redskins. It was another disappointing week chalk full of errors... more

The Houston Texans won in Indianapolis for the first time in franchise history (1-13 historically). Brandon Weeden led the Texans out of a 10-point hole to win 16-10 in a sloppy pillow fight over the Colts. At 7-7, the Texans took the lead in the AF... more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck made a brief exit during Sunday's 16-10 loss †to†the Houston Texans because of a back injury, but managed to return before the end. Hasselbeck entered the pivotal AFC South matchup battling a severe ri... more

Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win †over the Indianapolis Colts, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Yates suffered the season-ending injury on a scramble on the final drive of the first half.†Y... more

Peyton Manning isn't healthy enough to be considered for a backup role at this point, but if he is good enough to return this season don't expect to see him holding a clipboard. Manning's injury continues to keep him sidelined, but even if he gets... more

Kellen Moore isn't a long-term answer for the Dallas Cowboys' backup quarterback quandary, but he's better than Matt Cassel. Moore threw three picks in Saturday's loss to the New York Jets, but moved the ball better than Cassel. While Moore's physi... more

Good news Patriots fans, your battle station should be close to fully operational by the time January games roll around. Tom Brady's go-to receiver Julian Edelman has been on the practice field after missing the past four games with a broken bone i... more

The Patriots have added some aid to the backfield. New England promoted fullback Joey Iosefa to the active roster Saturday, per the league transaction wire. With just two running backs -- James White and Brandon Bolden -- on the active roster, th... more

The Detroit Lions listed five starters as questionable for Monday night's tilt with the New Orleans Saints. Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Eric Ebron (illness) are questionable after sitting out practice Saturday. The team's official website expects bo... more

Even an undefeated team can't avoid the difficult questions. The 13-0 Carolina Panthers have plowed over every opponent placed in front of them during the 2015 season. Having already clinched a first-round bye, coach Ron Rivera was treated to inqui... more

Jarryd Hayne struggled with the transition from the National Rugby League to the National Football League in 2015. A preseason sensation, Hayne was cut in late October. The Hayne Plane, however, has no plans to give up on the quest to become an N... more

Several Seattle Seahawks offensive stars are injured, but the team keeps rolling towards January, plowing opponents into a snow bank along the way. The Seahawks have lost such firepower as Marshawn Lynch, Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls. Overcoming t... more

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron made mention of Tom Brady following last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers after he replaced Andy Dalton. McCarron was less comparing himself to Brady than noting other quarterbacks have gone on to h... more

Week 15 Cheat Sheet December 18, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Tom Brady (illness) QB; Scott Chandler (knee) TE; Patrick Chung (foot) S; Dont'a Hightower (knee) LB; Josh Kline (shoulder) G; De... more

Matt Hasselbeck is on track to start Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts versus the Houston Texans. The 40-year-old quarterback is listed as probable on the team's injury report with a rib injury. "Really good. Very, very encouraged," coach Chuck P... more

Ben Roethlisberger attempting to dice up the NFL's No. 1 defense is the most fascinating matchup of Week 15. The Denver Broncos lead the NFL in scoring defense (17.3 PPG), total defense (272.5 YPG) and sacks (44) this season. Since team sacks were... more

DeMarco Murray's role in Philadelphia has been drastically reduced over the past few games. Coming off a 392 carry, Offensive Player of the Year season in 2014, Murray has seen just 39 snaps and 19 carries in the past two games. Eagles RB Snaps S... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense is a bit of an enigma. Defensive coordinator Keith Butler's unit ranks sixth in the NFL against the run (88.3 yards per game) and 11th in points per game allowed (20.0), but is giving up the 31st most pass yards per g... more

Despite not playing in two games and being eased in for a third, Todd Gurley still breached the 1,000-yard barrier with two games to spare Thursday night in the St. Louis Rams' 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In just 11 starts Gurley... more

Matt Hasselbeck returned to Colts practice Thursday on a limited bases after sitting out Wednesday, but the word out of Indianapolis sounds ominous. The 40-year-old quarterback is dealing with rib separation. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Chip Kelly insisted earlier this week he wants Sam Bradford in Philadelphia for the long term. If Bradford wants a marriage with the Eagles, he's putting any proposal on hold. "Obviously, it's great to hear those things, but I don't think it real... more

Brock Osweiler will make his fifth start of the season this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Beyond Sunday sits a floating cloud of possibilities. Coach Gary Kubiak declined to name a starter for the rest of the season after Peyton Manning ret... more

Lamar Miller needs more touches . That seems like an obvious sentence from an outsider's perspective. It's also one the running back agrees with. "When I'm feeling it, I feel I should get more opportunities," he said, via the Palm Beach Post . "B... more

Bill Parcells' sayings are legendary and stick in the brain, especially the brain of an understudy like Mike Zimmer. Now the coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Zimmer is trying to avoid his squad becoming what Parcells used to call a "yo-yo" team. "... more

The quintessential irresistible force paradox will play out Sunday when the unstoppable force, Odell Beckham Jr., meets the immovable object, Josh Norman. Ahead of the matchup between the current best receiver in the NFL and the corner playing at t... more

Eddie Lacy's struggles on and off the field have landed him in Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy's doghouse at certain points during the season, but Aaron Rodgers believes the maligned running back has found redemption. Speaking to Adam Schein on Mad D... more

The Houston Texans are preparing to enter a battle against the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC South lead with T.J. Yates under center. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Texans are preparing for Yates to start after Brian Hoyer... more

The Cincinnati Bengals got a modicum of good news Monday. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters that quarterback Andy Dalton won't need surgery on his fractured right thumb. Dalton will not play in Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers, per L... more

The Seattle Seahawks are re-signing running back Bryce Brown. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Seahawks will bring back the 24-year-old runner in the wake of Thomas Rawls' season-ending ankle injury . Seahawks coach Pete Carroll l... more

Jordan Reed is the reason the Washington Redskins sit atop the NFC East. That un-nuanced take paints with a broad brush. It's also true. Sunday's 24-21 win over the Chicago Bears came thanks to Reed's hands, feet and shoulders. The tight end was... more

The blood-boiling rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals concluded its 2015 regular season edition Sunday with a romp by Big Ben & Co. Sunday's contest saw a pregame dust up , a two NSFW messages from injured Bengals corne... more

Don't look now, but the Carolina Panthers' championship-caliber defense is matched with a championship-caliber offense. After Sunday's 38-0 whitewash of the Atlanta Falcons, Cam Newton and Co. took the NFL lead in scoring at 31.6 points per game (... more

Tom Brady will have his most important target on the field Sunday night . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Rob Gronkowski will play versus the Houston Texans, according to a source informed of his condition. The tight end was not listed... more

Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed a potential game-tying field goal in the final minutes as the Washington Redskins held on for a 24-21 win at Soldier Field †over Chicago (5-8).†It was the Redskins' first road victory of the season. Here is what you n... more

All week the Steelers and Bengals talked about the bad blood between AFC North rivals . Sunday morning, the blood boiled over. Per NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati players got into some sort of pregame donnybrook before... more

Tim Hightower, not C.J. Spiller will get the bulk of the workload in the Saints' backfield with Mark Ingram on injured reserve. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that the Saints will utilize Hightower... more

Chip Kelly was intent on burying the hatchet with LeSean McCoy this week. Shady was having none of it. Ahead of Sunday's tussle between the Bills and Eagles, Jeff McLane, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reported that Kelly reached out to McCoy on Tu... more

When you've lost 23 out of 28 games, your job isn't safe. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning on NFL Network's GameDay First that longtime Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster is "very much at risk" of losing his job.... more

Jimmy Clausen will make his second start this season against the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Clausen will start Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens with Matt Schaub battling a chest injury. Schaub was officially ru... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Rob Gronkowski (knee) TE; Danny Amendola (knee) WR; Scott Chandler (knee) TE; Dont'a Hightower (knee) LB -- OUT, Josh Kline (shoulder) G -- OUT, New England Patriots Gronk returned to practic... more

The New York Giants are done with Damontre Moore. The Giants released the defensive end, the team announced Friday. Moore was waived after he got into a fight with teammate Cullen Jenkins before practice, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, pe... more

The Washington Redskins added pass-catching veteran running back Pierre Thomas, the team announced Friday. Thomas, 31, spent one week with the San Francisco 49ers earlier this year, carrying four times for 12 yards. The signing could indicate the... more

It's December. It's supposed to be cold in Green Bay. Sunday's outlook when the Dallas Cowboys travel to face the Packers at Lambeau: 57 degrees, with a 90 percent chance of rain. Fifty-seven degrees! That, friends, is not December Wisconsin foot... more

The NFL's plan to fix the catch rule is starting to take shape. A new six-member catch rule committee includes three coaches, a former executive, a former referee and a former wide receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a league... more

Kevin White's rookie season is a wash. The Chicago Bears' first-round pick will not be activated off the physically unable to perform list and his season is over, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The Chicago Tribune first reported the... more

Despite the negativity flying around Eagles' DeMarco Murray this week, the running back insisted Thursday he wants to remain in Philadelphia. "100 percent. Yes," he said when asked if he wanted to be an Eagle in 2016, per NFL Media's Albert Breer .... more

We have a Gronk sighting. Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice for the New England Patriots on Thursday. Gronk alert! Gronk is back at practice. I repeat, Gronk is back at practice! Looks like he has a brace on his knee. pic.twitter.com/OemAmrV... more

There will be no love lost between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in a pivotal matchup in the AFC North . Earlier in the week, Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro said: "We don't like them. They don't like us ." Bo... more

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a tear in his left rotator cuff. Coach Sean Payton announced the surgery a day after the team placed the starting running back on injured reserve. Ingram first... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has been mum on the reason Eddie Lacy's snaps were slashed, but the running back admitted Wednesday that he "lost track of time" ahead of missing curfew †last week. (Somewhere Ryan Mallett is nodding in agreeme... more

Rob Boras took the reins of an anemic St. Louis Rams offense from the vanilla-scheming Frank Cignetti this week, but not much will change with four games left. "We have different thoughts, but at the end of the day, we're pretty far down the road r... more

The Minnesota Vikings will be without four starters Thursday when they face an Arizona Cardinals offense that ranks first in total yards and scoring. The Vikings announced safety Harrison Smith (hamstring), linebacker Anthony Barr (groin/hand),... more

J.J. Watt is the most dominant defensive player of this generation. The runner up isn't even that close. If you want to get a close comparison for the Houston Texans' annihilator you have to go back several decades to the likes of Reggie White or... more

Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this month that the NFL is looking at how it can improve the confounding catch rule . Goodell said he's spoken to former GMs, current GMs, former players and former officials about coming together to form a pro... more

The Oakland Raiders' 34-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs all but dashed their hopes of making the playoffs. Once a 4-3 squad looking like it could make a late-season run, Jack Del Rio's team has lost four of its last five games. At 5-7, the Raider... more

On draft day 2007, the Arizona Cardinals selected offensive tackle Levi Brown at No. 5, leaving Adrian Peterson to fall to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 7. The fate of two franchises changed that day. Larry Fitzgerald was entering his fourth seaso... more

Eddie Lacy's roller coaster season continues. This year, the Green Bay Packers running back struggled through injury, looked like he bounced back with consecutive 100-yard games only to see his role slashed last week while being punished for an... more

LeSean McCoy is out to get revenge on the Philadelphia Eagles for trading him this offseason. Tuesday, the running back made sure to let Bills teammates know exactly how important Sunday's tussle is to him and asked for their help beating his former... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers demoted Jacoby Jones, taking away his return duties. On Tuesday, the team's updated depth chart listed Jones as the backup kick returner and third-string punt returner. (Who knew third-string punt returner was a thing? Whe... more

Adrian Peterson's frustration following an eight-carry, 18-yard performance in a shellacking at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks led to some critiques. While criticizing the team's play, Peterson added the Vikings were "outcoached ." While the... more

Does anyone actually want to win the NFC East? In the past two weeks, the New York Giants and Washington Redskins each had a chance to grab a stranglehold of the division . Both choked. The Redskins, Giants and Philadelphia Eagles each sit at 5-7... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sit as an intriguing playoff candidate. The Bucs, at 6-6, currently reside a game outside the final Wild Card spot, but a young team, led by Jameis Winston, has gelled with enough time to make a run. "We finished up the t... more

Monday night's NFC East showcase between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins turned out to be a slop-fest only a winner could love. Sometimes even the winner sees the warts. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a measured approach when discussin... more

The Seattle Seahawks are done with the Cary Williams experiment. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Seahawks are releasing the cornerback. The Seahawks later confirmed Williams' release. Williams signed a three-year, $18 million... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will lose playmaking rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander for the final four games of the regular season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Alexander will drop the appeal of his four-game ban for violating the league'... more

Cam Newton took a crushing blow to the helmet while coasting towards the end zone during Carolina's 41-38 win over New Orleans. Newton left briefly to get checked for a concussion after throwing a touchdown several plays following the big hit. He... more

The Minnesota Vikings remain in prime playoff positioning with eight wins. However, in two of their biggest tests of the season, they've failed miserably. Two weeks ago the Vikings got lambasted at home 30-13 by rival Green Bay Packers. Sunday, Ru... more

Despite the growing malaise by most local fans and malcontent by some towards the head coach as San Diego's season swirls down the drain, Mike McCoy's seat might not be as hot as it appears. Others on the staff might not be so lucky. The San Diego... more

When Ben Roethlisberger is healthy, the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense is the most explosive unit in the NFL. Sunday night the Steelers piled up 522 total yards of offense in a 45-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts. The win marked the fourth-consecu... more

Let's just be blunt: the St. Louis Rams' offense stinks. The unwatchable unit scored just three points Sunday, leaving even the most talented of the group confounded and dejected. "Everybody's disappointed, frustrated, embarrassed ," Todd Gurley... more

A once optimistic, 5-0 season has turned bitter cold this autumn in Atlanta as the Falcons lost their fifth straight to fall further out of playoff positioning at 6-6. The skid sparked frustration, especially for receiver Julio Jones. Despite pilin... more

Blaine Gabbert hit Torrey Smith on a 71-yard touchdown pass to give the San Francisco 49ers (4-8) a 26-20 overtime win over the Chicago Bears (5-7) at Soldier Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. The San Francisco 49ers dinked and dunked thei... more

Colin Kaepernick's disappointing 2015 season ended with him on injured reserve , but it might not be the end of his career in San Francisco. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that Kaepernick remains in... more

Eddie Lacy was disciplined for a curfew violation ahead of Thursday night's epic win over the Detroit Lions. The concern about Lacy off the field doesn't end there. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning... more

The Carolina Panthers became just the 12th team since 1966 to start 11-0, yet they continue to be overlooked as an NFL power and Super Bowl favorite. The issue some have with the Panthers is how they are winning games: with an overwhelming defense... more

Week 13 Cheat Sheet December 04, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) QB -- PROBABLE; Heath Miller (rib) TE, Pittsburgh Steelers Big Ben was listed as a full partic... more

Following the Detroit Lions' failure to stop the longest game-winning Hail Mary in NFL history Thursday night, many questions arose. Why wasn't 6-foot-5 Calvin Johnson on the field to help knock the ball down? Why rush only three and allow Aaron Ro... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have lost three consecutive games, the past two by a combined score of 90-31. Chip Kelly's squad has been a tire fire the past several weeks, but apparently you wouldn't know that if you work inside the New England Patriots... more

Scott Chandler understands his role will increase exponentially if Rob Gronkowski misses Sunday's contest and any subsequent weeks. Chandler, however, won't attempt to imitate Gronk. "I don't know that it's always that easy," Chandler said of tryin... more

The Green Bay Packers turned the table on Hail Mary history. After long being associated with the infamous "Fail Mary" back in 2012 against the Seattle Seahawks, the Pack came up with their own miraculous ending on Thursday night when Aaron Rodgers... more

New York Giants safety Nat Berhe tweeted Thursday that his cousin was killed in Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino, California. Just got word that one of my cousins was among the 14 killed yesterday, I'm so sick right now. ‚?? Nat Berhe... more

You can have J.J. Watt or Rex Ryan's entire defensive front seven, which do you take? If you want sacks, you'd better pick Watt. J.J.'s sack total: 13.5. Combined sack total of the Buffalo Bills' defensive front: 13. You read that correctly,... more

Consider Sunday's tilt between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons a loser-leaves-the-playoff-hunt match . Bucs coach Lovie Smith told his players this week that Sunday was a must-win game. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter underscored t... more

The Detroit Lions will have their biggest weapon as they attempt to sweep the Green Bay Packers for the first time since 1991. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that Calvin Johnson is expected to play in Thursday night's tussle , airing on CBS and N... more

The Denver Broncos' victory softened his frustration, but Demaryius Thomas knows he can't continue to play the way he did Sunday night. The Pro Bowl receiver caught just one of 13 targets in a win over the New England Patriots. He was charged with... more

Aaron Rodgers' struggles during the Green Bay Packers' 1-4 skid are real. The All-Universe quarterback has gone five straight games with a passer rating below 100.0, the longest slump of his career. He's averaging 6.88 yards per attempt, 24th in th... more

Matt Hasselbeck keeps playing well, posting a 4-0 record in starts for the Indianapolis Colts. Still, the 40-year-old quarterback doesn't believe in sticking with the hot hand. Hasselbeck said Wednesday he's just holding down the fort until Andrew... more

Peyton Manning's cast is off. Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that the cast came off, but the quarterback is still in a boot as he recovers from a plantar fascia injury. The cast removal means Manning can now start rehabbing, but... more

Danny Amendola returned to the practice field Wednesday. The New England Patriots receiver worked out, per WEEI , after missing last week's loss to the Denver Broncos with a knee injury. "Get out there today, run around, and will know more. (I) f... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense is out of kilter. You know it. I know it. The Packers know it. The reason behind an Aaron Rodgers-led offense being ranked No 23 in the NFL in passing is debatable. Most point to receiver Jordy Nelson's preseason ACL... more

The best J.J. Watt is a mic'd up J.J. Watt. NFL Films tracked the Defensive Player of the Year favorite during his five-tackle, two sack trashing of the New Orleans Saints in Week 12. During the pummeling, Watt had a suggestion for Saints coaches... more

The Seattle Seahawks reclaimed their rightful spot in the playoff picture this week after Russell Wilson helped lead a 39-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wilson's best game of the season earned him the Week 12 Offensive Player of the Week... more

Todd Bowles isn't feeling your 'New York rivalry' storyline this week. The New York Jets' first-year coach said Sunday's matchup with MetLife Stadium co-habitant Giants isn't a rivalry. "No, I don't think it's a rivalry because you don't play the... more

November

The worst nightmare of every New England Patriots fan was realized Sunday night as Rob Gronkowski writhed in pain on the turf in Denver. "Noooooo ! Not Gronk too!" they shouted. Luckily, the tight end's knee injury looked worse than the damage... more

Chip Kelly has no interest in returning to college. The Philadelphia Eagles coach denied rumors that the University of Southern California spoke with him about its coaching gig and said he's focused solely on his current job. "No, I've never spok... more

With a chance to bury the rest of the NFC East, the New York Giants forgot their shovels. Big Blue came out flat against the Washington Redskins on Sunday and trailed 20-0 in the fourth quarter. The Giants finally made a game of it late, thanks to... more

The Atlanta Falcons' tailspin continued with a second straight home loss. After staring 5-0, Dan Quinn's squad has lost four straight and five of its last six. Perhaps most disturbing during that stretch has been the play of quarterback Matt Ryan.... more

In the blowing snow of Mile High, Brock Osweiler got pummeled time after time by New England Patriots defenders and his receivers dropped pass after pass. Yet in just the second start of his career, the Denver Broncos quarterback made the plays to de... more

The Cincinnati Bengals (9-2) slammed their foot on the gas pedal and sped away from the St. Louis Rams (4-7) to snap a two-game losing skid in a 31-7 win . Here is what you need to know: 1. Coach Hue Jackson's offense hummed Sunday. A.J. Green cau... more

Ndamukong Suh addressed his Miami Dolphins defensive teammates on Monday. It was -- ummmmm -- interesting. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport passed along the fiery address from the defensive tackle Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning . "I'm to... more

It's not just fantasy football owners who have been frustrated with Jeremy Hill's play in 2015. The offensive coordinator is fed up as well. NFL Media's Mike Silver reported on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that Jackson called the running back int... more

The Buffalo Bills ran into some bus trouble Sunday while traveling to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes broke the news Sunday that a team bus had a mechanical issue. Hughes' play-by-play: Bus is sl... more

The Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins are two teams already looking for head coaches. Several others could join the fray once the season ends on Jan. 3. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joined NFL Network's GameDay First on Sunday to discuss some... more

Jeremy Lane returns. The Seattle Seahawks activated the cornerback to the 53-man roster and released running back Bryce Brown on Sunday. Lane broke his arm and tore his ACL on an interception return of a Tom Brady pass early in Super Bowl XLIX.... more

Tom Brady will be without another weapon when the New England Patriots take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Receiver Danny Amendola will not make the flight to Denver on Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informe... more

Thanksgiving is a holiday for gluttony. Smack in the middle of the NFL season, it's not always an easy day for some of the heaviest men on the planet -- many of whom could eat the entire banquet solo, if so desired. Tennessee Titans offensive lin... more

When Ben Roethlisberger is under center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Antonio Brown is unguardable. A precision route runner with speed and hands to make any catch, Brown is a mismatch against every defensive back in the NFL. The question entering... more

Monday Night Football will feature a clash of quarterbacks Josh McCown and Matt Schaub. Get excited, people! Schaub will start his first game since 2013 -- he's lost each of his last six games as a starting quarterback. Despite the physical... more

Brock Osweiler is under center and Gary Kubiak is running his preferred set of play calls, which means the tight end is more heavily involved in Denver. In Osweiler's first start last week, tight ends Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis were the Broncos'... more

Week 12 Cheat Sheet November 27, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Michael Floyd (hamstring) WR; Patrick Peterson (ankle) CB; John Brown (hamstring) WR -- PROBABLE, Arizona Cardinals All three... more

The two-year journey of Charles James from living out of motel on a bare-bones budget so not to burden his mother, to practice squad member, to "Hard Knocks" star, to being cut, to now starting is quite a whirlwind.† "I have motivation from that,"... more

Matthew Stafford enjoyed his best game in years during the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving offensive explosion , carving up the Philadelphia Eagles in a 45-14 win . It's clear after four games, new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter is a better match... more

The Green Bay Packers lost back-to-back games at Lambeau Field for the first time since 2008 when they fell to the Chicago Bears 17-13 Thanksgiving night . It's not just that the Pack lost to the Bears and Lions in consecutive home games, it's how... more

Josh Norman circled Thanksgiving on his calendar , eager to face Dez Bryant. The Carolina Panthers cornerback then went out and led the shutdown of the Dallas Cowboys star receiver. The two went at it from the first pass of the game, when Norman sw... more

Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes as the Detroit Lions destroyed the plummeting Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 on Thanksgiving. Here is what you need to know: 1. Any questions about Matthew Stafford's future in Detroit should be silenced af... more

The news regarding Johnny Manziel's benching continues to evolve. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL GameDay Morning that the team felt betrayed by Manziel's actions. Issue for Johnny Manziel pre-bye: #Browns wanted him to... more

As the losses pile up in Philadelphia and vultures circle in the form of anonymous sources , the future of Chip Kelly will be heavily questioned as we drive toward the end of the calendar year. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NF... more

When the Denver Broncos announced Peyton Manning would be out two weeks , they attached the "at least" modifier. Expect more than two weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL GameDay Morning that Manning is at least three wee... more

Matt Forte will return to the starting lineup on Thanksgiving night for the Chicago Bears after missing the past three games. However, he will not resume his workhorse role. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL GameDay Morning t... more

Josh Norman circled today's date when the NFL schedule came out during the offseason. No, not because he was anticipating cramming his face with stuffing or guzzling down gallons of gravy. Instead, Norman has been looking forward to his head-to-head... more

It doesn't sound good for Darrelle Revis' prospects of facing the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The New York Jets sent the cornerback home to rest Wednesday as he deals with concussion symptoms. "He just wasn't 100 percent still and the doctors won't... more

The opening weeks of Marcus Mariota's career focused almost exclusively on the rookie becoming a pocket passer. Now the coaching staff would like to get his legs more involved. "We're tinkering a little more with his running ability," interim coach... more

Like cranberry sauce or awkward family hugs, Mark Sanchez is becoming something of a Thanksgiving tradition. Sanchez started for the Philadelphia Eagles today versus the Detroit Lions. Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) sat for the second straigh... more

Marshawn Lynch missed Sunday's Seahawks win . He could be out much longer. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that the belief is Lynch's abdomen injury is a sports hernia. Lynch met with noted specialist Dr. William Meyers in... more

The injury Patrick Peterson suffered covering A.J. Green during Sunday night's win over the Cincinnati Bengals shouldn't be a long-term issue for the Arizona Cardinals cornerback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Peterson is bel... more

Mike McCoy's calescent seat in San Diego reached scalding levels following an embarrassing 33-3 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The pitchforks are out and the guillotine is sharpened, waiting for the coach. Long-time, respected Cha... more

Greg Hardy will face his former team, the Carolina Panthers, on Thanksgiving. If the Dallas Cowboys pass rusher has any latent emotions about the reunion, he wasn't revealing them Sunday. "Just a nameless, faceless opponent," Hardy said, via ESPN.c... more

At first blush, the 8-2 Arizona Cardinals are a group of grizzled veterans all enjoying Pro Bowl seasons: Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Chris Johnson, Calais Campbell and Patrick Peterson. Yet in Sunday night's thrilling 34-31 victory over the... more

Call it the Hoodie Game. Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones donned a hooded sweatshirt in Sunday's 30-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings -- an odd garment for an NFL game. The veteran's attire became a social media sensation as Jones put on h... more

If the fine folks of New York weren't aware of how good DeAndre Hopkins is, they got a first-hand lesson Sunday. The Houston Texans wideout torched Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis as part of a five-catch, 118-yard, two-touchdown day in the win over... more

Tony Romo's return sparked the first win for the Dallas Cowboys since September. To hear Cowboys players talk, it seemed as though Jesus walked and woke their season from the dead, Lazarus-style. "Romo made a difference; he made a difference," defe... more

On his 25th birthday, Brock Osweiler helped lead the Denver Broncos (8-2) to a 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears (4-6) in his first career start. Here is what you need to know: 1. Brock Osweiler ran Gary Kubiak's offense. There was nothing spectac... more

Brock Osweiler won't have an important receiving target when he makes his first career start. Denver Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders will miss Sunday's contest versus the Chicago Bears, according to the team. Sanders tested his injured ankle on... more

The New Orleans Saints fired coordinator Rob Ryan this week after watching one of the worst defenses in NFL make pedestrians look like superstars game after game this season. Speaking on NFL Network's GameDay Morning , Ryan admitted a change had to... more

The Washington Redskins torched the New Orleans Saints last week, racking up 510 total yards of offense. It was the last game for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was fired Monday. "They made my bye week turn into a bye-bye week," Ryan said Su... more

Mark Sanchez starts his first game of the 2015 season Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay First that Sanchez is expected to start Thanksgiving with... more

The New England Patriots will be without linebacker Jamie Collins on Monday night against the Buffalo Bills. The Pats officially ruled out Collins with an undisclosed illness. It will be the linebacker's third missed game with the illness. NFL Me... more

Colin Kaepernick's wayward 2015 season came to a surprising end Saturday. The San Francisco 49ers announced they placed Kaepernick on injured reserve and promoted quarterback Dylan Thompson to the active roster. Kaepernick was listed on the team'... more

The Dallas Cowboys officially moved Tony Romo to the active roster Saturday. The procedural move was expected all week as Romo returned to the practice field after missing seven games due to a clavicle injury suffered in Week 2. Romo started Sunday... more

Rex Ryan conceded this week that the New England Patriots would win the AFC East . His players, however, won't admit the division race is over. "No, man, it's never over," running back Boobie Dixon said Friday, via the Buffalo News . "We ain't go... more

The NFL's desire to expand the International Series to Mexico City continues in earnest. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported this week in his NFL notebook that the league will send a contingent to Mexico City for further evaluations of Azteca Stadiu... more

Carolina Panthers rookie receiver Devin Funchess is on track to make his first career start Sunday versus the Washington Redskins. The Panthers listed starting receiver Corey Brown as doubtful to play Sunday with a shoulder injury, meaning in all... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman returns to Seattle for the first time since suffering a gruesome knee injury in the 2013 NFC Championship game. The shredded knee cost Bowman all of 2014 and will motivate him Sunday. "I just want to... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Darren McFadden (groin) RB; Jeremy Mincey (thigh) DE, Dallas Cowboys McFadden was limited on Thursday and Friday. The Cowb... more

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable on the Seattle Seahawks' injury report ahead of Sunday's tilt with the San Francisco 49ers. Lynch sat out practices this week while dealing with an abdomen injury. He... more

The Eagles officially ruled out Sam Bradford for Sunday's tilt with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, paving the way for Mark Sanchez's first start of the season. The move was expected after Bradford suffered a concussion and shoulder injury in a Week 10 l... more

Add one more intriguing plot line to Thursday night's Tennessee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars tilt -- shown exclusively on NFL Network. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported rookie running back David Cobb will make his debut for the Titans . Cobb... more

Teddy Bridgewater hasn't stuffed the stat sheet in 2015 and classmates like Derek Carr have outplayed the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback. Yet, behind Adrian Peterson, Bridgewater has helped the Vikes scale to the top of the NFC North. Teddy has bec... more

All season Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano has insisted he would keep 32-year-old running back Frank Gore on a "pitch count. " With a 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck set to start under center the next few weeks, the Colts could ditch the snap... more

With Brock Osweiler taking over quarterbacking duties for Peyton Manning, the prevailing belief among analysts is that the Denver Broncos will finally be able to run a more traditional Gary Kubiak-style offense. However, with a first-time starter u... more

What is a catch? It's becoming eminently clear no one has a clue. On a weekly basis we as a nation deal with a mind-wrenching torture wheel trying to decipher whether a man snagged an oblong pigskin from mid air and completed an amorphous set of... more

While Peyton Manning's body and play appear to be crumbling, Charles Woodson keeps chugging along at age 39. Woodson, who had been briefly breathed as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate during his 18th season, won't rule out playing a 19th ye... more

Tony Romo is expected to start Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys after missing seven games because of a broken collarbone, sources close to the quarterback told NFL Media's Desmond Purnell on Monday. Romo is eligible to return this week, but coach Jaso... more

With Peyton Manning battling plantar fasciitis it's time for the Denver Broncos to take a long look at Brock Osweiler. Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Monday that Osweiler will start Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Kubiak said Manning won't dress as... more

Greg Hardy's tumultuous tenure in Dallas continues. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Cowboys defensive end was late to work last Thursday and missed meetings last week, per a team source. Hardy made it in time for practice an... more

For the second straight week, Tom Brady watched one of his top playmakers lost for a large swath of the season. Last week, shifty back Dion Lewis went down with an ACL injury. Sunday it was reliable Julian Edelman who left with a broken bone in his... more

The Seattle Seahawks dug a 19-0 hole Sunday night before storming back to take a fourth-quarter lead. They eventually lost that lead and the game , as Carson Palmer diced up the home team's defense . "We put out such a miserable first half of footb... more

The plan for Ben Roethlisberger to get a few weeks rest after suffering a mid-foot sprain didn't last long. Backup Ben took the field after just two series, when starter Landry Jones suffered an ankle injury. Roethlisberger's injury, suffered in We... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense has looked discombobulated, wayward and often times anemic in recent weeks. No more so than during Sunday's 18-16 loss to a Detroit Lions defense that entered the weekend ranked second-to-last in the NFL in scoring.... more

The Chicago Bears wiped out the St. Louis Rams 37-13 on the back of two 80-plus yard touchdown plays at the Edward Jones Dome. Here is what you need to know: 1. The Bears used two huge catch-and-run touchdowns in the first half to bury the St. Lo... more

In wake of the tragic events that took place in Paris over the weekend, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requested teams hold a moment of silence prior to Sunday's games. The moment of silence for the victims took place prior to the national anthems,... more

Eddie Lacy got demoted during the week and is officially inactive Sunday. The Green Bay Packers' running back was questionable with a groin injury and won't see the field versus the Detroit Lions. Coach Mike McCarthy announced this week that Jame... more

Ben Roethlisberger won't start, but will suit up Sunday. Big Ben will be active against the Cleveland Browns. NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports Roethlisberger will back up Landry Jones against the Cleveland Browns. "In case we need him," on... more

The Dallas Cowboys reached reality show levels of drama during their six-game losing skid. "It's the Real Housewives of Valley Ranch," NFL Media analyst Shaun O'Hara quipped Sunday morning on NFL Network's GameDay First . From the decision to sig... more

In wake of the tragic events that took place in Paris over the weekend, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has requested teams hold a moment of silence prior to Sunday's games. The moment of silence to honor the victims will take place prior to the nat... more

Week 10 Cheat Sheet November 13, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Ben Roethlisberger (foot) QB, Pittsburgh Steelers Big Ben was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. We don't question... more

Peyton Manning is back at Denver Broncos practice Thursday. The quarterback sat out Wednesday with what coach Gary Kubiak called a "really sore" foot injury. It wasn't a surprise to see Manning get some rest, as was the team's plan heading into the... more

"Why?" It is a question constantly asked by two distinct sets of humans: 1) adolescent children curious about how the world works; 2) beat reporters. Following his demotion from starter to backup, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was ask... more

The current version of the St. Louis Rams' offense breaks down as such: 1) Todd Gurley runs; 2) Get Tavon Austin the ball; 3) Deep heave down field from Nick Foles. Toss those three options into a can, spit one out and you're likely to have the Ram... more

The Arizona Cardinals are 1-3 the past two seasons when facing the Seattle Seahawks, their opponent Sunday night . After pulling off a 17-10 victory in a bare-fisted brawl in Seattle late in 2013, Bruce Arians' squad dropped two games to their divi... more

While the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to insist the door is "slightly ajar " for Ben Roethlisberger (foot sprain) to play Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns, the reality is that Landry Jones is set to take snaps. Jones has performed well in two re... more

The 1972 Miami Dolphins famously celebrate each season when the final NFL unbeaten falls. With a record three 8-0 teams in 2015, that champagne might be on ice longer this year. Don Shula, the '72 Dolphins' head coach, actually went so far as to sa... more

An unhappy Mike Zimmer scowled at the podium Sunday after watching his starting quarterback get bounced from the game following an illegal hit. The in-game reaction of the Vikings' coach was far more NSFW. Lucky for us, Zimmer was mic'd up for... more

With Eddie Lacy's struggles, the Green Bay Packers made a switch to their running back pecking order prior to Sunday's tilt with the Detroit Lions. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Wednesday he considers James Starks the team's No. 1 tailback, w... more

The Dallas Cowboys' losing skid hit six sans Tony Romo this week. The signal-caller is eligible to return in Week 11, which means the Cowboys must endure at at least one more game against a frisky Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad before their miracle-wor... more

Cam Newton uncorked several huge passes Sunday as the Carolina Panthers sprinted out to a huge lead over the Green Bay Packers and held on late to remain one of three undefeated teams. The quarterback's bad interception late could have changed the... more

Malcom Floyd isn't giving up on his career yet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the San Diego Chargers' receiver, who tore his labrum Monday night, will rehab and attempt to play through the injury, per two sources... more

Wes Welker's concussion history became a concern again when he signed with the St. Louis Rams on Monday. On Tuesday, the receiver dismissed those worries. "Not at all," he said when asked if he was worried when he walks on the field, via the St. Lo... more

Ben Roethlisberger was carted off the field during a game for the second time this season on Sunday after suffering a mid-foot sprain during the Steelers' 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported at the time that the... more

Lamarcus Joyner's illegal hit that knocked Teddy Bridgewater from Sunday's game -- a 21-18 win for the Minnesota Vikings over the St. Louis Rams -- brought many guttural reactions. The most notable came from NBC studio analyst Rodney Harrison duri... more

The San Francisco 49ers added another runner to their banged-up backfield. The Niners announced Tuesday they had signed free agent Travaris Cadet. Three teams had interest in the shifty back. Pierre Thomas was released in a corresponding move. It... more

With Matt Forte on the sidelines with a knee injury, the door opened for Jeremy Langford. The rookie burst through. While he didn't technically start -- coach John Fox electing to give Ka'Deem Carey the veteran's start -- he carried the load for th... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' linebacking corps suffered another blow, this one season-altering. An MRI on Monday revealed that rookie Jordan Hicks tore his pectoral muscle in Sunday's victory over the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport rep... more

The San Diego Chargers host the Chicago Bears on Monday night in a battle of two-win teams. While the season looks lost for both franchises, there are plenty of reasons to watch this tussle in Southern California -- aside from your fantasy football... more

Marcus Mariota heaved quite possibly the worst pass of his young NFL career Sunday -- a deep wobbler that should have been intercepted . Instead Saints defensive backs Keenan Lewis and Jairus Byrd collided going for the pick. The ball caromed to De... more

Antonio Brown wasn't alone on a football field catching passes Sunday. It just felt like it at times. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver caught 17 passes for 284 receiving yards on 23 targets in the 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders. All three of t... more

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano told his team "either put up or shut up" prior to Sunday's clash with the Denver Broncos. The Colts put up. Andrew Luck and the Colts' offense under Rob Chudzinski came to life, including an uber impressive... more

Rex Ryan spent six years coaching the New York Jets. Thursday night he will return to MetLife Stadium with his Buffalo Bills, but insists he hasn't thought about facing his former team. "I promise you, it's just another opponent right now," Ryan s... more

With his hand so heavily wrapped it looked like a bulky, grey mitten, Jason Pierre-Paul returned to the football field for the first time since a Fourth of July fireworks accident cost him a finger, parts of two others and the first half of the 2015... more

Marcus Mariota lobbed a beautiful throw-back touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano in overtime to earn Mike Mularkey his first win as the 2-6 Tennessee Titans' interim head coach, 34-28 , over the New Orleans Saints (4-5). 1. Marcus Mariota returned in... more

Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton is set to play in†Sunday afternoon's tilt with the Denver Broncos. The Colts' receiver, who had been battling a sprained foot all week, was listed as active by the team. Hilton, the Colts' top pass-catcher... more

The future of every coach and player in the Detroit Lions' facility is on notice after owner Martha Firestone Ford cleared out president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew this week. That includes the future of quarterback Matthew Staffo... more

Jason Pierre-Paul is back. The New York Giants announced Sunday afternoon the pass rusher is active and will play against the Buccaneers. It was a move that has been expected this week after JPP returned to practice. The pass rusher missed eight... more

The Tennessee Titans cut running back Terrance West on Saturday. The team announced the move just over two months after it traded a conditional 2016 draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for the tailback. West didn't play enough to meet conditions of... more

Matt Forte will officially miss the Chicago Bears' clash with the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. The team ruled out the running back Saturday due to a right knee injury, coach John Fox announced. Forte left last week's contest after taking a b... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line was destroyed in Week 2 by the Dallas Cowboys' defensive line. Now the Eagles will try to ward off Rod Marinelli's unit sans their best blocker. The Eagles announced Saturday that left tackle Jason Peters was... more

The reason the Tennessee Titans canned Ken Whisenhunt this week after just 23 games seemed obvious: to protect their young quarterback, Marcus Mariota. Whisenhunt has a terrible track record with young signal-callers. Yet, the main motivation for t... more

Prior to the Philadelphia Eagles' bye last week, there were deep questions about the running back rotation, namely why DeMarco Murray garnered the majority of snaps when Ryan Mathews proved the more productive runner. Ahead of Sunday night's tilt w... more

Percy Harvin is out for season after the Bills placed the wideout on injured reserve on Saturday. Bills general manager Doug Whaley foreshadowed the move Friday, telling Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News that the receiver could be put on season-endin... more

Vernon Davis joined the Denver Broncos Monday and the team has fast-tracked the tight end through the playbook in advance of Sunday afternoon's tilt versus the Colts in Indianapolis. "It's a little nerve-wracking as a coach because you don't want t... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense has sagged of late, scoring just 19.5 points per contest in the last four games, after averaging 32.0 to start the season. The reasons for the struggles are plentiful, but following last week's meager showing against... more

Week 9 Cheat Sheet November 06, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted T.Y. Hilton (foot) WR, Indianapolis Colts The wideout didn't practice all week, but Chuck Pagano said Friday he liked how H... more

With Jason Pierre-Paul practicing this week, the optimism surrounding a possible return Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has bubbled. Take, for example, Odell Beckham Jr.'s hyperbole (we assume): "A guy who has been through so much, I only... more

With the San Francisco 49ers moving to Blaine Gabbert for Sunday's tilt against the Atlanta Falcons, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst compared the signal-caller to a certain former Niners quarterback: Alex Smith. Smith, like Gabbert, was drafted a... more

Is Andrew Luck the reason Pep Hamilton was fired by the Indianapolis Colts? It's a deep question, with many facets and tangents. Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel went right to the source, asking Luck, "Do you think you got him fired? " "... more

Andrew Luck could be without his top receiving threat when he faces the NFL's No. 1 defense on Sunday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported on NFL HQ Friday morning that wideout T.Y. Hilton will be a game-time decision Sunday ahead of the Colts' clash... more

Johnny Manziel flashed moments of potential, especially in the first half, during Thursday night's 31-10 Browns loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Following the contest, Cleveland coach Mike Pettine was frugal with his praise of the second-year quarte... more

Tyler Eifert's health is one big underlying reason the Cincinnati Bengals' offense has been a consistent juggernaut in 2015. Eifert, who caught three touchdown passes in Thursday night's 31-10 romp over instate rival Cleveland Browns, has been big... more

Jason Pierre-Paul returned to the practice field Wednesday for the New York Giants in an effort to get him on the field Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "JPP is in outstanding physical condition so we feel good about accelerating him along,... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula confirmed Wednesday that Colin Kaepernick has been benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert for this week's tilt versus the Atlanta Falcons. "I met with the quarterbacks on Monday and made the decision to go with Bla... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without their starting right tackle Thursday night when they take on the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals ruled out Andre Smith due to a concussion. Eric Winston, a nine-year veteran, will likely get the start in place... more

Sticking to their modus operandi, the Chicago Bears remain mum regarding the extent of Matt Forte's knee injury. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will go into their game Monday night versus the San Diego Chargers with rookie ru... more

After watching Sunday's record-setting touchdown-fest, it was clear that Drew Brees would earn the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor for Week 8. The quarterback tied a single-game record with seven touchdown tosses, officially threw for 505 ya... more

With Steve Smith Sr. out for the season -- and perhaps his career -- the Baltimore Ravens have added a wide receiver. The Ravens signed wideout Joe Morgan, the team announced on Wednesday. They also placed Smith on injured reserve. Morgan appeare... more

The Houston Texans have lost five games, earned just three wins, own a -31 point differential and have been embarrassingly blown out twice. They are also currently tied for the best record in the AFC South. "It's not necessarily where you want to b... more

We have our first flexed "Sunday Night Football" game of the season. The NFL announced Monday it has moved the Week 11 Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals matchup on Sunday, Nov. 22, to the 8:30 p.m. ET prime-time slot on NBC. The Kansas Cit... more

Khiry Robinson's season is over. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton announced Monday that the running back had surgery on a tibia fracture Sunday night. Robinson was carted from the field during the second quarter of Sunday's 52-49 win over the N... more

Rex Ryan plans to get his starting quarterback on the field this week. "We expect Tyrod Taylor to be back , 100 percent, and ready to play on Sunday," the Buffalo Bills coach said. Taylor returned to the practice field Monday following the team's... more

Richard Sherman traveled with Dez Bryant during Sunday's 13-12 Seahawks victory, holding the Dallas Cowboys' Pro Bowl receiver to two catches for 12 yards. Sherman was glued to Bryant, who played 50 of 61 snaps in his first game since suffering a b... more

While some veterans don't want to be shipped out of town ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, others don't sound like they'd mind too much. San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has heard his name pop up in trade rumors. "It's a... more

The Denver Broncos' defense flummoxed Aaron Rodgers during Sunday night's 29-10 choke slam at Mile High. After being held to a meager 77 passing yards -- the lowest of his career in a game he's started and didn't leave due to injury -- Rodgers was... more

Kwon Alexander was an unstoppable force for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, compiling a whopping 11 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the 23-20 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons. Alexander, a rookie, played the game despite losing hi... more

With the NFL trade deadline one day away, the influx of names swirling in the rumor cyclone will increase. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Cleveland Browns have engaged in discussions about potentially trading left tackle J... more

Blair Walsh nailed a 36-yard field goal as time expired to power the Minnesota Vikings (5-2) to a 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears (2-5) at Soldier Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. Teddy Bridgewater struggled mightily for most of the... more

Matt Forte left with a knee injury in the second half of Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Forte, 29, walked to the locker room in Chicago under his own power and did not return. After the game, Bears coach John Fox told reporters he d... more

Alex Smith led the Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) on a 38-point scoring streak to bury the Detroit Lions (1-7) in London en route to a 45-10 win. Here is what you need to know: 1. Alex Smith did his best Steve Young impersonation for the London crowd.... more

October

The Hayne Plane hit major NFL turbulence. In a surprise move, the San Francisco 49ers announced Saturday they waived Jarryd Hayne and promoted running back Kendall Gaskins to the active roster from the practice squad. Hayne, a former National Rug... more

The odds Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will see the field Sunday got a whole lot better. The team announced Saturday they have activated the tackling maven to the active roster from the PUP list. Burfict was cleared to practice th... more

As Tuesday's trade deadline approaches, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte's name keeps getting tossed around. Given the Bears are in rebuilding mode and Forte is set to hit free agency in 2016, he's a logical candidate to discuss moving -- how... more

Cam Newton is likely to be missing his Pro Bowl center Monday night when the Carolina Panthers take on the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Kalil is officially listed as doubtful for the 'MNF' matchup with an ankle injury. Coach Ron Rivera said Kalil would... more

With the emergence of a rejuvenated Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington has been relegated to a minor role in the Arizona Cardinals' offense. Things could begin to change Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday the... more

Dez Bryant won't officially be active for the Dallas Cowboys until game time Sunday, but the optimism flowing from Valley Ranch is overwhelming. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told KRLD-FM on Friday that the team "feels really good"... more

Week 8 Cheat Sheet Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Dez Bryant (foot) WR, Dallas Cowboys The Cowboys are optimistic that, barring a setback, Bryant will retu... more

The woebegone San Francisco 49ers offense will be without their top running threat Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Carlos Hyde was officially ruled out with a foot injury. After bursting out in Week 1 (168 yards, 6.5 yards per carry, 2 TDs), H... more

Marcus Mariota will miss his second straight game for the Tennessee Titans. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Friday that the rookie made progress dealing with a knee injury, but the team will hold him out versus the Houston Texans. Mariota practiced on... more

Amari Cooper can catch. Amari Cooper can run. Amari Cooper can leap. Amari Cooper can toe-tap the sideline. There isn't much the Oakland Raiders' rookie receiver can't do on a football field. Every aspect of his teeming skill set was on display i... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to start Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday's pivotal division tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he has no reservations about Big Ben this week and the team is comfortable with where t... more

The Dallas Cowboys lost on Sunday, but Darren McFadden won a greater share of the carries moving forward. Owner Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday that the back has earned the right to start Sunday in Seattle, via the Dallas Morning News . "He s... more

With Arian Foster headed to injured reserve, the Houston Texans' running back situation is back to square one, but won't make any additions. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that the Texans don't plan to bring in a running b... more

Todd Gurley is the must-see show in St. Louis. The Rams running back became the first rookie with 125-plus rushing yards in three straight games since Cadillac Williams in 2005. Gurley's 433 yards in his first three starts are the fourth-most sinc... more

It's another day and another complaint about headset issues. As the Baltimore Ravens tried to furiously come back against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night , they had communication issues with the headsets on th... more

The Baltimore Ravens (1-5) travel to the desert in desperate need of victory. The Arizona Cardinals (4-2) are coming off a disappointing loss in Week 6 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With both birds craving victory, here are five things to watch:... more

The Philadelphia Eagles got some good news Monday. Coach Chip Kelly said left tackle Jason Peters should be good to go when the team reconvenes next week following the Week 8 bye. Peters was carted off the field Sunday night with what looked lik... more

Kirk Cousins got his "You like that!" moment Sunday in the Washington Redskins' come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It wouldn't have been possible without Jordan Reed on the field. The athletic tight end was Cousins' most pivo... more

For three years Andrew Luck propped up a flawed Indianapolis Colts team. Now that the quarterback is struggling, the ship is springing leaks that threaten to sink the season. "I'd say I'm frustrated up here," Luck said after Sunday's 27-21 loss to... more

Stream, stream, stream. Yahoo and the NFL announced Monday morning that the first-ever livestream football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills Sunday in London attracted 15.2 million unique viewers and 33.6 million total views.... more

The Dallas Cowboys didn't get a last-minute shot to earn a tie and force overtime with the New York Giants on Sunday . After holding the Giants on three-straight runs to force a punt, Dallas should have had about 1:30 for Matt Cassel to try and eng... more

Brandon Marshall's ponderous season continues. While the wide receiver has been spectacular for the most part in 2015, he's had a fair share of boneheaded mistakes and costly errors. During Sunday's 30-23 loss to the New England Patriots, Marsha... more

As the Indianapolis Colts' season spirals, the tension is reaching the upper levels of the organization. Following Sunday's 27-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer reported that Colts owner Jim Irsay and general... more

With more than nine minutes left in the third quarter Sunday night and the game already slipping away from the Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan Mathews planted his foot in the ground, cut through the line, dashed passed Luke Kuechly and galloped by the Caro... more

The Washington Redskins stormed back from a 24-0 first-half deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-30 on a last-minute touchdown throw from Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed. It marked the biggest deficit overcome in franchise history. Here is what y... more

Ryan Mallett's season continues to implode. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the quarterback missed the Houston Texans' charter flight to Miami and had to fly commercial to join the team, per a source informed of the situation. Mallett... more

Teddy Bridgewater led the Minnesota Vikings (4-2) to 22 straight points to defeat the Detroit Lions (1-6) 28-19 at Ford Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. Stefon Diggs isn't leaving the Vikings' starting lineup. The rookie receiver dazzled... more

Last Sunday we discussed potential NFL coaches like Chip Kelly and Sean Payton possibly diving into the college ranks . This week we flip the script. On NFL Network's GameDay Morning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted three college coaches op... more

Lately, London has been the place where struggling coaches go to get fired. Last season the Oakland Raiders fired Dennis Allen after a loss across the pond. This season, the Miami Dolphins clipped Joe Philbin after a lackluster game in London. Wi... more

With the NFL trade deadline just 10 days away -- Nov. 3 -- rumors will begin to swirl with more gusto over the next week. Speaking on NFL Network's GameDay First on Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provided us three names to watch, but noted... more

Arizona Cardinals dynamic receiver John Brown is officially listed as questionable for Monday night's tilt with the Baltimore Ravens due to a hamstring injury. Brown was limited in practice on Saturday after missing Friday's session with the injury... more

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is active and will play against the Lions today in Detroit. AP had been listed as questionable with an illness. The Vikings' running back had been listed as probable to play with a finger injury. Peterson was li... more

Ben Roethlisberger made the trip to Kansas City, but we have another sign he is likely to sit one more week. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Saturday that they have promoted Tyler Murphy from the practice. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

The Delvin Breaux phenomenon is captivating New Orleans. The cornerback's journey from local blue-chip talent, to suffering a devastating neck injury, to standout CFL player, to stud Saints cover man makes an exceptional story. The local outlets... more

It's officially official: Dez Bryant is out for the Dallas Cowboys' matchup with the New York Giants. The receiver was downgraded from doubtful to out on Saturday. Bryant didn't travel with the Cowboys on Friday. He was listed as doubtful on the... more

The New England Patriots' receiver corps is getting some firepower back ahead of their division matchup with the New York Jets. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots are activating Brandon LaFell off the PUP list on Saturday, per... more

The New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley (right shin) was added to the injury report Saturday in advance of their contest with the New England Patriots. With his status in doubt, Gang Green will bring back a familiar face.† The Jets have signed former... more

Frank Gore is 32-years-old and has 2,531 carries on his legs. In order to keep the 11-year pro fresh as the season progresses, the Indianapolis Colts have employed a snap strategy to limit Gore's plays. Colts coach Chuck Pagano clarified on Friday... more

If even a sliver of doubt that the San Diego Chargers would not apply for relocation to Los Angeles lived, it has been dashed. Mark Fabiani, point man for the Chargers' LA efforts, told The Mighty 1090 AM in San Diego that the team will indeed fil... more

The praise for Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has flowed wide and deep this season. Prior to the Raiders' matchup with San Diego on Sunday, Chargers coach Mike McCoy went so far as to compare the second-year player to his own signal-caller,... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Odell Beckham (hamstring) WR, New York Giants Beckham missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday. Tom... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are leaving the door open for Ben Roethlisberger to play Sunday versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Big Ben is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt with an MCL sprain and bone bruise. Mike Vick was ruled out with... more

Marcus Mariota will miss the Tennessee Titans' tilt with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Zach Mettenberger will get the start, coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Friday. Mariota missed the entire week of practice while dealing with a sprained MCL suffer... more

Last season the Philadelphia Eagles thumped the Carolina Panthers and battered Cam Newton, sacking him nine(!) times and forcing three interceptions in a blowout win. The version of Newton that Chip Kelly's squad will face this week is a completely... more

The Dallas Cowboys' pass rush will finally be fully operational Sunday against the New York Giants after missing one or more pieces for the first five games of the 2015 season. Rookie pass rusher Randy Gregory is expected to make his return after... more

For the second straight season, the San Francisco 49ers got embarrassed on their home field by the Seattle Seahawks. Thursday night's 20-3 blowout was especially disheartening to coach Jim Tomsula. "That game today was not what we want," Tomsula sa... more

This time the big fourth-quarter lead was safe. After blowing leads in the final stanza the past two weeks, the Seattle Seahawks didn't let up their relentless pressure en route to a 20-3 blowout road win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawk... more

Marcus Mariota missed practice on Wednesday, but the Tennessee Titans' rookie is optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday. "My knee has felt better every day. We'll see how it goes, and hopefully I'll be ready Sunday," he said, per the tea... more

Jeremy Maclin missed practice Wednesday due to a concussion, the Kansas City Chiefs†announced. Maclin exited the Chiefs' Week 6 loss versus the Vikings after suffering the blow in the fourth quarter. He did not return. The receiver needs to pass... more

Daniel Fells returned home this week after battling a life-threatening Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. In a world full of calloused causes and frozen feelings hardened by pervasive selfishness, this video of Fells' ret... more

DeAndre Hopkins is finally getting the recognition to go with his ridiculous play this season. The Houston Texans' receiver took home the Offensive Player of the Week award for Week 6 after snagging 10 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns.... more

Landry Jones likely will get his first career start with Ben Roethlisberger still rehabbing a knee injury and Mike Vick battling a hamstring tweak. While Jones helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a win over the Arizona Cardinals in his first NFL... more

Entering the bye week, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson admitted the team is still searching for the answer to Jeremy Hill's early-season struggles. "He still doesn't play like I want him to play yet, I'll be the first to tell y... more

The world got to see Odell Beckham Jr. in primetime Monday night. Beckham played against the Eagles after the New York Giants announced before the game he would be active. Beckham had been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered in last week's w... more

A day later, Chuck Pagano has no remorse about the Indianapolis Colts' misbegotten fake punt call †in the loss to the New England Patriots. "No, not at all," Pagano said Monday when asked if he regretted the decision. "Not pleased obviously with th... more

The Seattle Seahawks have flown into turbulent winds following Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers, which dropped them to 2-4 on the season. Since the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, just 14 of 168 teams to start 2-4 have made the... more

Landry Jones led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 25-13 come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Cardinals, but the question looming in the Iron City is whether Ben Roethlisberger will return in Week 7. "We're going to tape it and brace it and I'm go... more

DeAndre Hopkins' weekly display of acrobatic excitement traveled to Jacksonville on Sunday, where the wideout wowed and drove the Houston Texans to a 31-20 victory over the Jaguars. Hopkins earned 10 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns. The... more

Last season the Green Bay Packers' offense steamrolled opponents at Lambeau Field. In 2015, however, it's been more of a struggle. Sunday's 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers was the latest example of the Packers' seemingly herky-jerky offense... more

There is no questioning that Dan Campbell exudes toughness and intensity . Following the Dolphins' 38-10 win over the Tennessee Titans, the first words out of owner Stephen Ross' mouth when giving the interim head coach the game ball was: "shows y... more

There was no postgame hug between Thomas Davis and Jimmy Graham following the Carolina Panthers' 27-23 victory over the Seahawks in Seattle. Instead, the linebacker, who had predicted there would be no love lost between them, tossed some barbs Gra... more

Matthew Stafford heaved a bomb to Calvin Johnson that set up the Lions' game-winning overtime field goal for Detroit's first win of the season. Here is what you need to know about the 37-34 Lions win over the Chicago Bears: 1. Matthew Stafford pl... more

Our weekly national nightmare about what constitutes a catch continues. Prior to halftime during the Detroit Lions' 37-34 overtime win over the Chicago Bears at Ford Field, Golden Tate had a short pass knocked out of his hands as he crossed the go... more

Mike Vick makes his third start in place of Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and could be in line for a fourth next week. Week 7 represents the early window in Big Ben's timetable for a return from an MCL sprain and a bone... more

The University of Southern California's head football coaching gig will be linked to several high-profile candidates. While the early rumors have centered on Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, two other current NFL coaches will also garner a look.... more

EJ Manuel will get the start for the Buffalo Bills Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals with Tyrod Taylor nursing an MCL injury. Could Manuel keep the gig if he plays well? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay First tha... more

Tom Brady spent all week downplaying Sunday night's revenge game with the Indianapolis Colts. His father, Tom Brady Sr., however, would like to see his son to run up the score. "The main thing I want is to see them win. As long as they have one p... more

Week 6 Cheat Sheet October 16, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Andrew Luck (right shoulder) QB, Indianapolis Colts Luck was full-go on Friday, which is a great sign he could suit up Sunday... more

Dez Bryant was back on the field for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. The star receiver reported to practice for conditioning workouts while teammates went through a light, non-padded practice during their bye week, per the team's official website .... more

The Seattle Seahawks announced Thursday the team has suspended fullback Derrick Coleman indefinitely, pending further information. Coleman, 24, was booked into King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, Wash., at 1:20 a.m. on Thursday morning.... more

The news for Julio Jones keeps improving as we press towards Thursday night's kickoff between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. A day after NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon reported that Jones would play through his hamstring injury, coach D... more

Dan Campbell makes his first appearance as an NFL head coach Sunday when the Miami Dolphins visit the Tennessee Titans. The former tight ends coach, named interim last week, is feeling a mixture of excitement and nausea. "I have to be careful, be... more

Last time we saw Chris Ivory, he was bludgeoning a Miami Dolphins defense to the tune of 166 yards on 29 carries in London. Ivory doesn't just run by people, but through them. His vicious running style is highly entertaining to witness, but can als... more

It's one thing to provide an opponent's players bulletin board material ahead of a battle. It's quite another to give an entire city a rallying cry. Whether it was his intention or not, Cameron Jerrell Newton fired what will be perceived as a shot... more

The New Orleans Saints' defense has allowed 409 yards per game this season, worst in the NFL. Rob Ryan's unit has struggled with every aspect from run defense to avoiding penalties. The defensive coordinator, however, insists he can feel a turnarou... more

Rex Ryan insists he's not yet counting out Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals. "I would not rule out Tyrod Taylor as starting this week," Ryan told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday morning . "Although I know it's widely... more

The 2015 season is all but lost for Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy. Coach Jim Caldwell announced Wednesday that Levy is headed to surgery to repair his injured hip . A decision will be made in two to three weeks on whether he will head to in... more

Blake Bortles won't let a shoulder injury keep him off the football field. The Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback said Wednesday that his shoulder feels "fine" and he doesn't expect any limitations. Bortles added that he expects to practice and pla... more

Ben Roethlisberger wants to play against Bruce Arians, his former play caller, and the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday . Whether Pittsburgh Steelers doctors and coach Mike Tomlin will allow the quarterback to play remains to be seen, but he took a... more

Josh McCown is your Week 5 AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Yes, that Josh McCown. The one Cleveland Browns fans spent all summer wringing their hands over. That Josh McCown put up 457 yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing score in the... more

Julio Jones will play Thursday , but his snaps will be tracked against the New Orleans Saints. NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon reported that Jones will play Thursday night, but the Atlanta Falcons will "monitor his pitch count," according to a team... more

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn remains optimistic about Julio Jones' availability Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. Quinn told reporters he anticipates Jones playing, despite the superstar receiver dealing with a nagging hamstring inj... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers found the recipe for offensive success in 2015: ride Doug Martin. The diminutive bulldozer was spectacular in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. "They had eight men in the box. We're running it. They kn... more

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is on his way back to the field after missing three games with a concussion. The first-team All-Pro linebacker is out of concussion protocol and returned to the practice field on Tuesday. NFL Media's Rand... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are 5-0 following Sunday's dramatic, Earth-aided , overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Bengals players, however, are downplaying the achievement. "It does not mean nothing," Carlos Dunlap said, via the Cincinnati Enqu... more

The offseason of mayhem surrounding the New England Patriots, Tom Brady and deflated balls began following the AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The sides meet again this Sunday in Indianapolis. It feels like the entire B... more

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates returned from his four-game suspension in Monday night's 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He immediately fell back into his role as Philip Rivers' go-to target. Gates' presence was felt from the jum... more

Down three. Five seconds left. At the 1. Zero hesitations. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin went for the win, not the tie. Le'Veon Bell scored the dramatic 24-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers. "It was time to go to the mattresses," sa... more