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Conor Orr

Conor Orr

 

Conor Orr is a writer and reporter for Around The NFL and NFL.com. He was previously the lead NFL writer for The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, where he covered the Jets and Giants. His work has also appeared on NBC Sports and in The Daily Orange, the best student newspaper in America.


October

Joe Thomas' consecutive snaps streak (unofficially at 10,363), believed to be the longest in NFL history, ended on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Thomas, the team's stalwart left tackle, left in the third quarter with a triceps injury and mis... more

DeShone Kizer's one week learning period did not take. The Browns benched Kizer for the second time in three weeks Sunday, giving Cody Kessler the nod with roughly nine minutes to play in the third quarter of their 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennes... more

Patience with injuries could soon pay off for the Minnesota Vikings. Teddy Bridgewater (knee) could return as early as Week 10, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on GameDay Morning Sunday. The former first-round pick, who lost his entire t... more

NaVorro Bowman is jumping right into the starting lineup. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the longtime 49er, who recently battled his way out of San Francisco and onto the Raiders' roster, will be among Oakland's starting 11... more

Brett Hundley wants Green Bay Packers fans to believe. "I've been doing this my whole life," Hundley said, via ESPN.com . "Aaron [Rodgers] is a Hall of Famer, and I want to be a Hall of Famer one day. I will lead this team. We're all going to have... more

Those with a critical eye on Dallas' 2017 schedule, offseason departures and performance in the draft could have made a reasonable argument for a Cowboys regression this season. The wildcard in any scenario was quarterback Dak Prescott who, with or... more

The Chiefs (5-1) will look to shake off their first loss of the season on Thursday night against the stumbling but talented Oakland Raiders (2-4). Here's what we're watching for as the Chiefs face the Raiders at 8 p.m. ET Thursday on CBS, NFL Netw... more

As expected, cooler heads prevailed between Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Giants head coach Ben McAdoo. The cornerback, who left the team's facility last week after a tense conversation with his coach and earned himself an indefinite suspension, is... more

Here's a sign that the NFL season is flying by: We're already at the point on the 2017 football calendar where Lions tight end Eric Ebron is having to defend his numbers (13 catches, 102 yards, 1 touchdown). "It hasn't been the best," Ebron told th... more

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has found himself in the familiar, unenviable position of defending an offensive coordinator. Baltimore is currently 29th in yards, 31st in passing yards and 29th in passing touchdowns. Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg h... more

Sometimes, a win heals wounds faster than expected. Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's "indefinite" suspension is over and he'll return to the team's East Rutherford facility after Tuesday's off day, the team announced. The Giants... more

Teddy Bridgewater will soon hit the practice field. More than a year after his gruesome knee injury, which led many around the NFL wondering whether the former first-round pick would ever play a down of football again, Bridgewater was cleared by Dr... more

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo may have a similar range of facial expressions to Lions head coach Jim Caldwell , but there was no mistaking his relief on Sunday after his winless team stunned the Broncos in Denver. "We talked about [how no one gave u... more

The only thing that has gone precisely according to plan this year for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin? The situational usage of outside linebacker James Harrison, who was unleashed down the stretch of Sunday's upset win over the previously undefeate... more

A hobbled but defensively stout Pittsburgh Steelers team (4-2) edged the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-13 , in a battle at Arrowhead that handed K.C. its first loss of the season. Here's what we learned: 1. The NFL universe can be a series of macabre eve... more

The Jets (3-3) gave the Patriots (4-2) all they could handle on Sunday in a 24-17 New England victory at MetLife Stadium as Tom Brady set the NFL regular-season record for wins with 187. Here's what we learned: 1. With 8:31 to go in the fourth qua... more

A back injury believed to cost Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr anywhere from two to six weeks will only sideline him for one. The Raiders (2-3) announced on Friday that Carr (back) was a full participant in practice. NFL Network Insider Ian... more

New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo is not just trying to survive the most arduous week of his professional career. He's trying to turn it into an advantage. After losing wideouts Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall for the season, after dealing with t... more

In a move that almost certainly will kick a Saints turnover into karmic existence Sunday, it's worth noting the New Orleans are one turnover-free game away from setting an NFL record. In fairness to ESPN reporter Mike Triplett, he acknowledges the... more

The Carolina Panthers cloak their offense in various distracting shifts and position changes in order to protect quarterback Cam Newton and throw off opposing defenses. On Thursday night in a loss to the Eagles, a game in which Newton threw three... more

Nolan Carroll is heading to the market. The Cowboys released the cornerback Wednesday. The 30-year-old veteran was in just the first of a three-year, $10 million deal he signed back in March. He spent the previous three years in Philadelphia. The... more

The premiere NFL matchup of Week 6 happens to come on a weekday. The Eagles (4-1) visit the Carolina Panthers (4-1) in Charlotte to determine momentary supremacy in the NFC. According to NFL Research, this is just the fourth time in four years where... more

The roller coaster ride in East Rutherford is not over yet -- not even close. New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo announced Wednesday the team will suspend cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Rodgers-Cromartie has started four of the Giants' five... more

We're a week into the NFL's second quarter and, while the playoffs are still months away, some fan bases are already shifting their focus to the offseason and beyond. Three teams (Giants, Browns and 49ers) remain winless. Two teams (Chargers and Bear... more

In Pete Carroll's egalitarian, post-Chris Carson backfield, there is no first- or second-string anymore. Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls will be treated the same. "We're just going to keep working our guys and keep rolling with both really worthy guys,... more

The Saints provided an unexpected blip on the transaction radar Tuesday by dealing future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals in exchange for a conditional late-round pick in 2018 . As in every deal, some stand to benefit a lit... more

Tom Brady was not seen at Patriots practice on Tuesday during the portion open to media. We now know why. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Brady suffered an AC joint sprain in his non-throwing shoulder during a win over the Ta... more

The Giants saw their top-four receivers all go down amid a gruesome loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the most severe of which is a season-ending ankle fracture to top playmaker Odell Beckham. In a series of posts on their official Twitte... more

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger questioned himself and his abilities after a horrid, five-interception performance against the Jaguars on Sunday. Specifically, that meant saying "maybe I don't have it anymore ," in a terse post-g... more

Salvaging a potential free agency disaster, the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday traded future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals. The two teams announced the trade Tuesday, and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports... more

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones rushed 19 times for 125 yards and a touchdown on Sunday in his first "featured" opportunity as starter Ty Montgomery rested his broken ribs. The beauty of emerging from an uncertain, log-jammed depth chart... more

With about 10:50 to go in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Steelers-Jaguars game, rookie running back Leonard Fournette passed into the open field with only Pittsburgh safety Mike Mitchell in his line of sight. Mitchell, according to Fournette, had b... more

The Miami Dolphins on Monday accepted the resignation of offensive line coach Chris Foerster after an undated video of the coach consuming a white, powdery substance and claiming he was taking it just before a meeting surfaced online Sunday. "I am... more

The worst-case scenario has arrived for the New York Giants. With four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter against the Chargers, Odell Beckham Jr. landed awkwardly after attempting to catch a high slant pass and left the field in a trainer's ca... more

Already working their way through a dysfunctional offense, the Giants watched their top receivers go down on a single drive Sunday. Brandon Marshall was carted off the field after attempting an acrobatic sideline grab with just a few minutes to go... more

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is going back to the drawing board. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the future Hall of Fame back hasn't been pleased with his numbers through four games (45 carries for 151 yards and... more

Consider Giants head coach Ben McAdoo off the hot seat for now. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that the 0-4 head coach is not at risk of any brash mid-season firing after stumbling to a disappointing start. "Ben McAdoo i... more

Marcus Mariota's availability on Sunday †against the Dolphins will come down to a pregame checkup. That's the latest from Titans coach Mike Mularkey on his injured quarterback, who is listed as questionable on the team's injury report with a hamstr... more

The more people outside the Steelers' organization find outrage in Antonio Brown's sideline display of frustration last week, the more it seems the people inside the organization have already talked about it, digested it and moved on. Some evidenc... more

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has seen a lot of football over his 80 years, but perhaps nothing quite like Sunday's loss to the Texans. A rookie quarterback helping his team put up 57 points is difficult to forget. "Well, you... more

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is still not quite ready to get back on the playing field, but that doesn't mean he's missing workouts. An ESPN report from the scene in Oakland Thursday noted that Carr "went through stretch and threw the ball at th... more

Going winless over the first quarter of the season is different than going winless over the first quarter of the season in New York when the team had Super Bowl aspirations. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul understands this, and went big pict... more

With Marcus Mariota's hamstring injury serious enough to make head coach Mike Mularkey think twice about his backup situation, the Titans have dipped into the pool of available quarterbacks for depth. Former Browns first-round pick Brandon Weeden h... more

Steelers wideout Antonio Brown's sideline Gatorade jug toss was a display of frustration grand enough to ensure that all of Brown's coaches and teammates would probably be asked about it sometime this week. Ben Roethlisberger, who missed an open Br... more

Anyone analyzing the 0-4 Giants could close their eyes, toss a dart at the roster and make a somewhat convincing argument that this person is partially to blame for the stunning start. On Monday, the New York Daily News mentioned Brandon Marshall... more

In four games so far this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) have had an 11-catch, 182-yard game and a 10-catch, 110-yard game from Antonio Brown and a 35-carry, 144-yard, two-touchdown performance from Le'Veon Bell. And yet, in the naval-gazing... more

While stars like Alex Smith and Justin Houston have helped the Chiefs (4-0) stay unbeaten through the first quarter of the season, Monday night's tight win over the Redskins came down to a pair of previously unsung heroes: Wide receiver Albert Wilso... more

In my Sunday game review of Deshaun Watson's record-setting performance against Tennessee, I noted that the most impressive development in his game over three weeks has been the professional-grade, tight-window passes that have helped the Texans ext... more

After watching his offense sputter for four weeks, Bears head coach John Fox is making a change at quarterback. The Bears are handing the reins to No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning. ESPN... more

While the Jets still have the most difficult part of their schedule remaining, there were few analysts or fans that expected the team to be sitting even at 2-2 after four weeks. Sunday's overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars -- a team that ju... more

After acquiring Stephon Gilmore in free agency this offseason and pairing him with the likes of Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Malcolm Butler, the New England Patriots came as close as any club to forming an all-star secondary on paper. But thro... more

The Raiders might have avoided a significant setback on Sunday. Following the team's 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that quarterback Derek Carr's back injury did not seem serious. "I think he just got ro... more

The Denver Broncos' defense put on another stellar performance in a 16-10 win over division-rival Oakland. Here's what we learned... 1. The Derek Carr injury will obviously set the tone for this week in Oakland. The Raiders made a slight upgrade... more

Bills head coach Sean McDermott has Buffalo riding high after a stunning†23-17 win over the previously undefeated Falcons in Atlanta. Here's what we learned ... 1. This is rookie head coach Sean McDermott's signature win on the season. The Falcon... more

After losing to a white-hot Texans team, the Titans now have to deal with the prospect of an injured quarterback. Marcus Mariota did not come out with the Titans' first-string offense to start the second half after suffering a hamstring injury. He... more

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hobbled off the field just before halftime Sunday with what looked to be a minor hip issue. When Atlanta emerged after the break, the star receiver was still in the locker room and he did not return as the Falcons... more

September

While it's misleading to call Sunday's Giants-Buccaneers matchup a showdown between top end 2014 draft class receivers Odell Beckham and Mike Evans, it will be interesting to see them one drive after another. Thanks to the market size he plays in... more

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is already setting a lofty bar for quarterback Deshaun Watson. "I saw him do it in college, but this is the NFL," Hopkins told the Houston Chronicle . "So, of course I'm impressed. I haven't seen a... more

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis cannot remember an offseason day recently where he wasn't prodded by one of his friends around the league about remaining in Jacksonville. After a decade of service, why not look to join a bona fide Super Bowl contend... more

For another week, it's Case Keenum under center in Minnesota. The Vikings will be without Sam Bradford (knee) on Sunday when they take on the Lions in Detroit, head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Thursday . Keenum went 25-of-33 for 369 yards, t... more

One hamstring injury and two healthy scratches later, where do the Jaguars stand with former second-round pick T.J. Yeldon? "We love T.J.," head coach Doug Marrone said, via ESPN.com . "We think he's an outstanding football player. Right now we fee... more

Randall Cobb is on his way back. The Packers receiver told NFL Network's Omar Ruiz that he's "optimistic" he'll play on Thursday Night Football against the Bears this week. Cobb missed Sunday's overtime win over the Bengals with a chest injury.... more

This weekend's Vikings-Lions game will not be without its fair share of subplots. One involves some honest thoughts from the mind of Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who doesn't seem to have much respect for the work ethic of Detroit left tac... more

Andrew Luck's return to practice is at least a week away. Despite some initial optimism that Indianapolis' franchise quarterback would be joining his teammates this week, head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Wednesday that Luck is at least a f... more

The 1-2 Arizona Cardinals are still unrecognizable to their counterparts from 2015, but head coach Bruce Arians thinks quarterback Carson Palmer is giving the team a chance to revisit their recently dominant past. "I don't think our quarterback cou... more

A statement released on Odell Beckham's touchdown celebration antics by team co-owner John Mara earlier this week was significant by Giants standards. But if anyone expected quarterback Eli Manning to also express his disappointment, they'd should t... more

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's path to the field is becoming clearer. Head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Monday that Luck (shoulder) is "progressing well" and that he could join practices this week. Luck has not worked out with the team... more

With 16 seconds remaining in the third quarter Sunday, the Jaguars, already leading 37-0, busted out a fake punt from their own 35. It was a success, with Corey Grant rumbling all the way to Baltimore's 3-yard line. An expected scuffle ensued betwe... more

Of all the high-profile offensive slumps that have popped up during the first three weeks of the NFL season, the one marring Pittsburgh has to be the most surprising. That seems to be the sentiment among the Steelers' best players as well. "We're... more

After a powerful pregame display of unity from both teams in the face of comments made by President Trump on Friday, the Jaguars obliterated the Ravens, 44-7, in what was one of the most lopsided victories in franchise history. Here's what we learne... more

Rob Gronkowski has worked his way back up the medical ladder after exiting Sunday's win over the Saints with a groin injury. On Wednesday, he was listed as a non-participant in practice and a limited participant Thursday. But Friday, he said he fee... more

Cam Newton is not the winningest quarterback in Panthers history -- yet. The Charlotte Observer uncovered an interesting, hidden-in-plain-sight nugget this week when talking to Newton and Jake Delhomme, who are tied for the franchise lead in victo... more

Fresh off a monstrous, 113-yard, three-touchdown performance †against the 49ers, Rams running back Todd Gurley was feeling good. Good enough to let NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin know on the set of Thursday Night Football that the Cowboys were... more

Bills receiver Jordan Matthews has some advice for fans of the team and analysts of the sport alike. Give their passing game some time. "You're going to [need to] get a little bit of a bigger sample size, if that makes sense," Matthews said, via... more

Faced with a familiar back-against-the-wall position known well to Cleveland Browns coaches over the past decade, Hue Jackson has decided to empower wideout Kenny Britt instead of lamenting about his injured wide receiver corps. With 2016 first-rou... more

Four days after being carted off the field with what appeared to be a very serious ankle or leg injury, Broncos rookie left tackle Garett Bolles made a stunning return to practice. As seen here, via the Denver Post on Thursday, this is the same pla... more

Two weeks into his broadcasting career, CBS analyst Tony Romo has already established himself as one of the game's most distinct voices -- thanks in part to the prestige portion of his act. In addition to the breezy digestion of complex schemes an... more

Jaelen Strong will remain in the division. The Jaguars announced that they have claimed the wideout on Tuesday. Strong was released by the Texans on Monday. The 2015 third-round pick was suspended for the first game of this season after violating... more

The Carolina Panthers bid farewell to tight end Greg Olsen on Tuesday (for at least the next month and a half). The three-time Pro Bowl tight end was placed on injured reserve with a broken foot, the Panthers announced . "He broke the fifth metat... more

The NFL's official game book confirmed an occurrence that puzzled some Steelers fans Sunday: James Harrison logged no snaps in the club's 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Head coach Mike Tomlin did not treat that as an indictment of the... more

The Titans were conditioning 2016 second-round pick Derrick Henry to be their power back all preseason, and the fruits of their labor were evident in Sunday's physical win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Henry carried the ball 14 times but averaged... more

Is Latavius Murray in Minnesota's plans for the near future? After two games, the former Pro Bowler has just nine snaps, which is third behind Dalvin Cook (88) and Jerick McKinnon (33). Murray has five rushes for 12 yards to his name so far. "I t... more

The Carolina Panthers joined the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants in Week 2 as yet another team struggling to protect their premiere quarterback. Cam Newton was sacked six times and hit seven times by the Bills' defense, which initially prodded... more

The first two weeks of the NFL season have been kind to the Detroit Lions. The team is sixth in points for and seventh in total defense. They're third in turnovers, second in interceptions and fourth in passing yards allowed. In a league where fort... more

Monday night's loss to the Detroit Lions exposed some of the deeper issues brewing beneath the surface in New York. Yes, left tackle Ereck Flowers is struggling mightily and allowed three sacks to Lions player of the game Ezekiel Ansah. But ...... more

After a surgical, dart-slinging performance against the Saints to open the season, Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford hit the injury list with a cartilage issue in his knee. Head coach Mike Zimmer complicated the return timetable a bit after Minnesot... more

The Chicago Bears are not moving on from Mike Glennon just yet. "I don't think anybody ... without even seeing the tape yet that you can pin that on the quarterback," Bears head coach John Fox said after the team's 29-7 loss to the Buccaneers in w... more

It took 19 NFL games for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to have his first underwhelming performance in the league, which made Sunday an interesting case study in how Dallas' most important figures reacted to their top playmaker being shut down.... more

Already in need of help to spruce up their offense, the Carolina Panthers sustained a massive blow on Sunday. Tight end Greg Olsen told reporters that he broke his foot in the first half of Sunday's 9-3 win over the Buffalo Bills in Carolina.... more

The Dallas Cowboys walked into a buzz saw Sunday afternoon in a lightning-delayed, 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos in Colorado. Here's what we learned ... 1. It's strange how Cowboys-esque of a win this was for Denver. With six minutes to go in t... more

A plucky Eagles team led by Andy Reid disciple Doug Pederson couldn't topple the mentor himself in Kansas City on Sunday. Here's what we learned from Sunday's 27-20 Chiefs win... 1. Pederson was visiting former sensei Andy Reid but seemed far mor... more

How long does it take a star defensive player to work his way back into the starting lineup after an offseason holdout? About a week, apparently. Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday that Aaron Donald would get the start on Sunday aga... more

The Raiders wanted left tackle Donald Penn to show up in Oakland and end his training camp holdout as a show of good faith before negotiations on an extension could take place. That good faith has been rewarded. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Jacoby Brissett has taken over in Indianapolis. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the former Patriots backup, acquired via trade just ahead of the team's season-opening loss to the Rams , has forced Week One starter Scott Tolzie... more

Jadeveon Clowney's athleticism was not a secret heading into Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. But after just one quarter, it was placed in its proper perspective. With 4:46 to go in the first, Clowney picked up a John Ross fumble cau... more

An incredible moment is taking place just 30 minutes northeast of the Browns' Berea, Ohio, facility. The Cleveland Indians have won 22 straight games, which is a modern baseball record. They have two more consecutive wins than the 2002 Oakland Athl... more

It wouldn't seem outside the realm of possibility for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to stun the football world in Week 1 with a dominant defensive performance only to add one of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history back to his roster. Unfortunately... more

Last Sunday against Pittsburgh , Browns head coach Hue Jackson sent rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer back on the field for his second series with no wide receivers split out. Kizer was directly under center. Two tight ends, Seth DeValve and Randall... more

In the business world, CEOs have non-compete clauses in their contracts which prevent them from amassing a stockpile of company secrets and leaving to go work for a competitor. In the NFL, it's simply part of the standard operating procedure. Redsk... more

With his offensive line squarely under fire, Seahawks assistant head coach and position coach Tom Cable acknowledged the porous performance against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday but, for now, plans on starting with the same lineup against the... more

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will be suspended for the next 10 games. Cushing, who violated the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, served a four-game suspension for the same infraction back in 2010. At the time of the firs... more

Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula needs to come with a new bag of tricks on Sunday. Former Panthers power back and current Buffalo Bill Mike Tolbert just got done ratting him out. Mike Tolbert on helping #Bills study #Panthers : "There's a... more

Ben Roethlisberger is the winningest quarterback in Cleveland since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999, which makes him uniquely qualified to analyze a Browns roster that has changed forms so many times before Roethlisberger's eyes over the ye... more

The Colts have a decision to make at quarterback, but haven't committed to one just yet. Head coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday that he's yet to decide between recently acquired Jacoby Brissett and Week 1 starter Scott Tolzien. Brissett came in tow... more

Sean Spence is back in Indianapolis. After singing with the Colts in March and getting cut in early September, the former Steelers third-round pick ended up being the corresponding move on Wednesday when the club placed offensive lineman Denzelle G... more

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz did his best to downplay a Philadelphia Inquirer report about his supposed interest in head coach Doug Pederson's job. The report, which is grounded in both Schwartz's relationship with vocal Pederson criti... more

One underwhelming debut from Le'Veon Bell later, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is trying to cut off the obvious question before it festers: Was Bell's camp absence at the root of his ho-hum performance? "You can sing that Le'Veon Bell camp song all yo... more

Sunday Monday Another Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader is behind us. Here's a recap of what we learned from the doubleheader of games, which included a tough Minnesota return for Adrian Peterson and blocked kick on a last-minute... more

The Denver Broncos survived their home opener by a fingertip, besting the Chargers 24-21 in a wild, late-night affair.† Here's what we learned from the game... 1. If you went to bed a little early, it's a scene worth watching even if you know the... more

The surprisingly efficient Minnesota Vikings zipped past a New Orleans Saints team still in search of their complex offensive rhythm, 29-19 , in Minneapolis on Monday. Here's what we learned... 1. At this point it's beyond cliché to liken Sam Bra... more

With Odell Beckham (ankle) missing Sunday's game, fans inside AT&T Stadium were deprived of his pre-game, one-handed catch variety hour and perhaps any of the spectacular grabs that might have carried over into the actual game. Worry not, said Cowb... more

When a coach is as synonymous with his offense as Ben McAdoo, losses like the 19-3 one the Giants suffered on Sunday night to the Dallas Cowboys have the tendency to be taken personally. That's why it's no surprise the typically monotone McAdoo we... more

The last time we saw this collective Bengals offense, it was an encouraging Week 3 preseason performance where the combination of Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon, John Ross and A.J. Green looked like they might be able to produce something special in Cincinna... more

In a chippy, defensive affair, the Green Bay Packers slid by an offensively quiet Seattle Seahawks team, 17-9.†Here's what we learned ... 1. Cue those who like to refer back to deep reads on the Seattle Seahawks that hint at some unease between th... more

A new-look Redskins offense did not have enough cohesion to survive a relentless onslaught of blitzes and a gun-slinging Carson Wentz on Sunday in a 30-17 loss to the Eagles. Here's what we learned ... 1. I loved the way both teams started this ga... more

Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was carted off the field Sunday with a dislocated right ankle, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources. Rapoport added X-Rays were negative, but he'll have an MRI to check for ligament and tendon damage s... more

Kyle Van Noy will stick around New England for a while. After getting dealt to the Patriots midway through last season, the former Lions second-round pick logged a sack, a forced fumble and two pass breakups in seven appearances with the Patriots.... more

The Panthers are listing quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) as questionable heading into Sunday's season-opener against the 49ers. Newton underwent shoulder surgery in late March and began throwing three months later. While Newton missed a good port... more

New Orleans Saints long snapper John Dorenbos is having heart surgery to correct an aortic aneurysm, head coach Sean Payton told reporters on Friday. "It's a pretty serious condition that will require surgery," Payton said, via the team's official... more

Ahead of Adrian Peterson's return to Minnesota on Sunday, there should be no hard football-related feelings between the future Hall of Fame back and the city he played in for 10 years. Peterson may have sealed the deal on Thursday by detailing his... more

The Colts will be without quarterback Andrew Luck for at least a week and potentially more. Barring an unexpectedly quick Jacoby Brissett takeover, quarterback Scott Tolzien will lead Indianapolis out of the tunnel for the foreseeable future. Colts... more

One of the most stunning components of the Patriots' 42-27 loss to the Chiefs was the team's decision to opt out of the highly successful Tom Brady short-yardage sneak and twice hand the ball off to new power back Mike Gillislee on fourth-and-1... more

Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley may not have been the first player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he may be leading the way in wise decisions. McKinley saved himself years of unnecessary frustrations -- and messages from anonymous Twi... more

Patriot Subaru aims to bring Belichickian strategy to the workplace. (Photo courtesy of Patriot Subaru) If there is a New England Patriots-type dynasty in middle-tier auto sales, then such a powerhouse exists on Portland Road in Saco, Maine,... more

It might seem odd to see such a loaded Patriots team continue to lament the loss of one player -- in this case, wide receiver Julian Edelman -- no matter how good that player is. On Wednesday, a little more than 24 hours ahead of the team's... more

With just two days until the 2017 NFL season kicks off, Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent. Different gestures, displays of solidarity and signals of protest have arisen during the national anthem by other players during preseason games in 2017,... more

People might not want to hear it, but 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman is on a truth-telling mission. The three-time Pro Bowler has apparently had enough of getting overlooked, including next to a rookie on his own team. Bowman has been one of the 4... more

Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall is either a master of deadpan humor, a massive fan of former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick or is still interested in slighting Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, Chad Henne and Matt Moore. When asked on... more

Like the Jets, who have also been accused of tanking the 2017 season, Bills players have come out strong against the idea that they're punting on this year in hopes that next season is better. "I think it's hard for any organization to prepare for... more

Titans wideout Corey Davis will be working his way into Marcus Mariota's progression slowly. How slowly? "There won't be a [snap] count," Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said Monday, via ESPN.com . "We'll have him in on specific situations and se... more

There are few players in the NFL that could skip the team's entire training camp and resume a yeoman's workload. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell claims he is one of those people. "I'm working hard for 30 carries, whatever it may be, 30 touches... more

Leave it to Bill Belichick to make some serious noise on cut down day. The Patriots dealt third-string quarterback and 2016 third-round pick Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for former first-round wideout Phillip Dorsett, the Colts announc... more

The Browns acquired wideout Sammie Coates from the Steelers on Saturday for next to nothing. In a rare intra-division swap between rivals, Pittsburgh sent the former Auburn standout to Cleveland along with a seventh round pick in the 2019 draft, bo... more

An excess of talent at any position -- even kicker -- can get trade talks going on cut down day. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Panthers were receiving calls on kicker Graham Gano. The 30-year-old has been on Carolina's... more

When Bill Cowher was a defensive coordinator for the Chiefs back in 1991, he was a few months off a head-coaching interview in Cleveland with a more defined eye on his future. Even three decades ago, every coach in the NFL knew which other coaches we... more

August

A first-round pick from the 2015 draft is on the move. Despite needs across their own offensive line, the Detroit Lions traded guard Laken Tomlinson, the No. 28 overall pick in the 2015 draft, to the 49ers, the team announced Thursday. NFL Networ... more

The closer the Seahawks get to cut down day, the more active they'll be on the trade market. Operating with a glut of talent at several positions, Seattle has been gauging the returns they might get for cornerback Jeremy Lane, running back Alex Col... more

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A personal prediction for the 2017 season: A lot of fans will end the season knowing the name Robert Saleh than they did at the beginning. The San Francisco 49ers might not be a playoff team this year, but Saleh, the team's defensive coordinator, w... more

NEW YORK -- This is Tony Romo's new world: 19th floor of CBS' headquarters in Manhattan, sitting at a round table next to broadcast partner Jim Nantz. He's wearing a grey sport jacket. His hands are resting comfortably on his knees. His back, so of... more

NEW YORK -- There were four teams that Tony Romo honed in on before ultimately deciding to become a broadcaster for CBS. That's what the former Cowboys quarterback said Wednesday at a network talent availability, less than two weeks ahead of his... more

Over the last few days in Seattle, the hype for safety Earl Thomas has reached a new high. While head coach Pete Carroll can be counted on to say something positive about any of his players at any moment, it was the slightly more measured defensive... more

The Cleveland Browns are moving on from Joe Haden. After surveying the trade market for potential partners this week, the team opted to simply cut their star corner, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The Browns made the move official on... more

During a Tuesday news conference, both the Lions and Matthew Stafford painted a picture of friendly contract negotiations before agreeing on a five-year, $135 million extension†late Monday night . So amenable were talks that it doesn't sound like... more

Ahead of this weekend's roster cut down period, plenty of teams are gauging the trade market for desirable veterans. The New York Jets, with running back Matt Forte, are no different. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday, via sources w... more

The Joe Flacco throwing program is on track. After aggravating his back in late July , the Ravens quarterback opted for the safe route, missing all three of the team's preseason games to date. The cautious approach led to some uncertainty as to whe... more

Cyrus Kouandjio is back on the market. The former Bills second-round pick, who fizzled out in Buffalo and recently got the chance to compete for the Lions' left tackle job this summer, was released on Tuesday morning. The 24-year-old started 24 ga... more

AFC East NFC East AFC North NFC North AFC West NFC West AFC South NFC South As we hurtle toward the regular season, check out our division-by-division primers highlighting players and storylines to watch in 2017. Conor Orr... more

A few weeks ago, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Andrew Luck was progressing in his throwing program. From offseason surgery, it has been a long grind to reformulate his throwing motion and increase the strength in his throwing shoulder.... more

After three preseason games, the Bengals might be proving some people skeptical of their offense in 2017 wrong. "We can be electrifying," rookie second-round pick Joe Mixon said, via the team's official site . "We've got a lot of home-run threats.... more

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is getting a little breathing room on his deal. With a contract originally set to expire after the 2018 season, Harbaugh got his pact extended a year through 2019, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, pe... more

A high-profile clear-out in Buffalo continued on Monday when the team dealt 2016 second-round pick Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick. The Bills made the move official, via their website Monday afternoon . Ragla... more

For the first time, NFL general managers and coaches will have to cut their roster down from 90 to 53 players in just one day after previously going through two separate cut down periods (90 to 75 and 75 to 53) in two weeks. While this is a benefit f... more

We have some definitive words on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. After weeks of I don't knows surrounding Flacco's back issue and when exactly the quarterback would return to the field, head coach John Harbaugh was able to lay down something concre... more

How long would the Aaron Donald holdout have to last before the Rams decide he cannot play in the team's regular-season opener? "I think it's hard to put an exact date on that right now," Rams coach Sean McVay said, via The Los Angeles Daily News .... more

Welcome to Buffalo, the quarterback ghost town. That's a phrase borrowed from rookie passer Nathan Peterman, who is currently the only healthy quarterback on the roster. Both Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates are in the club's concussion protocol. Taylor... more

Vikings safety Harrison Smith's review of Sunday night's defensive performance against the 49ers was pretty simple. "Terrible," Smith said, via the Star-Tribune . "You know, we kind of turned it on after we got hit in the mouth a few times. You can... more

On Sunday, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown before hopping into the stands and waving his arms in the air. It could be a fond memory that will have to last Bengals fans for a few weeks. NFL Netw... more

On Saturday, Bills star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus got himself sent home prior to the team's preseason matchup against the Ravens for violating club rules. On Sunday, head coach Sean McDermott addressed the situation with reporters, but did n... more

The Patriots let go of Kony Ealy after just five months on Saturday, but the former second-round pick isn't going very far. Ealy was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Sunday, the team announced . NFL Network's Jane Slater reported the Cowboys, Gi... more

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Six teams wrapped up their third week of the preseason on Sunday. The Chicago Bears beat the Tennessee Titans, while the Cincinnati Bengals fell to the Washington Redskins, and the Minnesota Vikings b... more

Longtime 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was released on Friday . By Sunday afternoon, he already had another team requesting a visit. The Green Bay Packers are kicking the tires on Brooks, a 33-year-old two-time All Pro, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapo... more

When two franchises reboot and move to the same city, the push for undecided fans is a critical part of each team's growth. So does Chargers coach Anthony Lynn feel the heat of a soon-to-be simmering rivalry with the neighboring Rams? "Not really... more

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has stated his intention to return to Pittsburgh in about a week †--†just in time to prepare for the team's regular season opener against the Browns in Cleveland. When he does, it seems like there won't be too man... more

The Donald Penn holdout is over. The Raiders left tackle appeared at practice Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . The 34-year-old veteran, set to make $5.8 million this season, was staying away from camp until the team agreed to p... more

Tired of asking Ravens head coach John Harbaugh when Joe Flacco will return, Baltimore area reporters tried offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on Wednesday. His answer doesn't exactly cut through the haze surrounding the quarterback's back issu... more

Larry Fitzgerald is getting the ball rolling on Anquan Boldin's Hall of Fame candidacy. "I believe so," Fitzgerald, a long-time teammate of Boldin's, told ESPN.com . "Every place he's gone, I feel like he's been the best receiver on that team. He's... more

Brock Osweiler's inside track to win the Browns' Week 1 starting job is looking a little less certain now. Adding to the already simmering quarterback drama in Cleveland, head coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday that rookie DeShone Kizer would st... more

It's nowhere near a guarantee, but Lions head coach Jim Caldwell at least sounds mildly positive about getting top pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah back for Week 1. Ansah (ankle) remains on the team's physically unable to perform list, but according to... more

It has been easy to become enamored with the 2017 crop of first-round rookie quarterbacks so far this preseason. But after two games, Texans coach Bill O'Brien is remaining steadfast in his plan from Day One. Tom Savage is the starter, Deshaun Wats... more

The Colts are standing by their man. Despite scoring zero first quarter points in the preseason opener against the Lions and zero offensive points in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday , Indianapolis' coaching staff isn't worr... more

The Browns' circle of kneeling players before Monday night's game against the Giants has been called a lot of things over the past 12 hours. Tight end Seth DeValve, believed to be the first white NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, cal... more

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday An aggressive Browns defense headlined the on-field action Monday night in a 10-6 win over the visiting New York Giants, though the rest of the league was watching one player on the opposite... more

A group of nearly a dozen Browns players knelt in a huddle together or placed their arm on a player kneeling during the national anthem Monday night. Several photos of the Cleveland sideline showed receiver Kenny Britt, linebacker Jamie Collins, ru... more

New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham left Monday night's game after taking a hard shot directly to his left leg, but did not sustain any serious injuries. The team's top offensive weapon was drilled by Browns corner Briean Boddy-Calhoun as he came... more

Le'Veon Bell's training camp and preseason absence might be nearing its end. The league's most versatile running back will likely return to Pittsburgh sometime next week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Total Access Monday. "[He's]... more

The NFL is close to finalizing a deal that would extend the tenure of Commissioner Roger Goodell through the 2024 season, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Monday, citing a person informed of the talks. Goodell, 58, succeeded Paul Tagliabue in... more

Ravens receivers are now apparently referring to injured quarterback Joe Flacco as Weapon X -- Baltimore's top secret key to unlocking the offense. From ESPN on Sunday : "Top-secret, baby! Top-secret," wide receiver Mike Wallace said of Flacco.... more

The first week of the preseason gave us some of the most enjoyable rookie quarterback play we've seen in a warmup in quite some time. Everyone from Mitchell Trubisky to Bills fifth-rounder Nathan Peterman created some memorable moments, generating a... more

The Seahawks are keeping the nerve center of their offensive line happy. Center Justin Britt signed a three-year extension Thursday with the Seahawks, the team announced . The pact is worth $27 million, with Britt earning $13.25 in the first year o... more

Already reeling from a series of disastrous injuries, the Indianapolis Colts have been dealt another devastating blow. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Thursday that center Ryan Kelly, the team's 2016 first-round pick and arguably its best offensi... more

The Falcons have one of the five best running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers in football. But hey, it's time to get excited about the possibility that they'll give the ball to defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Poe, if you'll remember, was used... more

The one downside to having an NFL legend for a father is that, when you get kicked out of your own team's practice, he's probably going to hear about it. A frustrated Kyle Long was booted from Chicago Bears practice Tuesday after starting multiple... more

Did Cleveland left tackle Joe Thomas just break the biggest story of Browns camp? "I think they're grooming Brock [Osweiler ] to be the starter Week 1," Thomas told reporters Wednesday, via Cleveland.com . "I don't expect DeShone Kizer to be the... more

Less than a month before the start of the regular season, Al Riveron knows there is plenty to work on. As of last Friday, a review of all preseason games up to that point had already been completed. There were the test runs of the league's adjusted... more

Eagles personnel executive Howie Roseman has been behind some of the most eye-opening moves in football over the past decade. Last week's trade , which netted the Eagles former Bills second-round pick Ronald Darby but also saw Sammy Watkins shipped t... more

After Christian Hackenberg's preseason debut, the Jets are defining expectations for the 2016 second-round pick. "Basically, he's a rookie," offensive coordinator John Morton said, via the New York Post , on Tuesday. Head coach Todd Bowles later... more

Two weeks into the NFL preseason, some players made it clear that they will continue to utilize the national anthem before games to raise awareness for various social issues. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett talked to NFL Network's Steve Wych... more

NFL players beware: It's staged anger season in the league. Bills guard Richie Incognito referred to it as a "butt chewing" by new head coach Sean McDermott, who stopped practice Monday and ripped into his players. The Buffalo News described it th... more

The Lions' worst fears regarding defensive end Kerry Hyder have been confirmed. Hyder is done for the season with a torn Achilles, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday. Hyder sustained the injury early in Sunday's preseason win over... more

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman displayed concussion-like symptoms at practice on Sunday . On Monday, head coach Dan Quinn announced Freeman is in the concussion protocol and ruled him out for this weekend's preseason game against the Steelers.... more

Jay Cutler's on-field debut could be less than a week away. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase strongly hinted to reporters Monday that he would start Cutler against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. Matt Moore was 1 of 1 for five yards with the startin... more

The Ravens made another change at quarterback Monday, though not the one coaches, team officials and ownership discussed heavily over the past few weeks. Baltimore is swapping West Texas A&M product Dustin Vaughan with journeyman Thad Lewis. Lewis,... more

The Bills dealt one of the most potential-packed receivers of the last decade, and in part of their hefty return package received the productive Jordan Matthews from Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the Bills may have to wait a while before seeing him... more

Kicker Roberto Aguayo was released by the Buccaneers on Saturday in what had to be one of the most difficult decisions of general manager Jason Licht's career. Licht put himself way out there, trading up and selecting Aguayo in the second round of... more

A murky return timeline for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck became a little clearer Sunday following a pair of comments made by the team's owner and general manager. Speaking to the team's broadcasters Sunday, general manager Chris Ballard said that... more

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday The Detroit Lions rolled over the injury-ravaged Colts, 24-10 in each team's respective preseason opener Sunday in Indianapolis. In a largely defenseless, high-scoring affair, the Seattle Seahawks throt... more

The Cowboys and Cardinals whetted our appetite for football during last week's Hall of Fame game -- a precursor to this weekend's full slate of preseason action. Here's one thing we're watching for in each of the games going down this weekend (all... more

Brett Favre expected more out of the Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay, but just not from Aaron Rodgers. "Obviously, Aaron has carried the team for a long time; that's not going to change," Favre told ESPN's Rob Demovsky . "That in itself is not enoug... more

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger flirted with retirement this offseason, and again upon his arrival to training camp. While some, including NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala , noted that this could be a motivational ploy, the team's management t... more

The Jets' offense is currently in a state of disarray. But that won't stop 2016 seventh-round pick Charone Peake from keeping the faith in the team's injury-ravaged receiving corps. "There definitely is a 1,000-yard receiver [on the team]," Peake t... more

The immediate scouting report after Texans rookie Deshaun Watson's pro debut? Some good, some bad, according to coach Bill O'Brien. "He is a smart and distinctive player," O'Brien told reporters after Houston's 27-17 loss to the Panthers on Wednes... more

Patriots legend Vince Wilfork, whose weight was always more accurately ballparked by announcers who referred to him as the three hundred-and-something pound defensive tackle, was apparently never too heavy for Bill Belichick. At Wilfork's retireme... more

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant could be getting good news on his potential reinstatement soon. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the twice-suspended receiver is simply "waiting for the doctors and the counselors,... more

Jay Cutler's un-retirement sparked some familiar feelings on Sunday. Embarking on the swan-song season(s) is a time-honored tradition in the NFL. We allow ourselves to think that a veteran player could recapture his old magic in a new place just one... more

Back in 2010, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers took the league by surprise with the odd 'Psycho' front defense. That year, led by the 1-5-5 nickel package, Green Bay finished second in sacks, fifth in passing yards allowed and second in poin... more

It seems no one really knows exactly when Andrew Luck will return to practicing and playing for the Colts, but don't necessarily expect him to start the season on the physically unable to perform list. Colts general manager Chris Ballard told NFL... more

Like the waning seasons of your once-favorite premium television series, the one-sided feud between former Jets teammates Sheldon Richardson and Brandon Marshall is limping to a forgettable end. Richardson, who has taken a few veiled shots at Mars... more

Did Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor just have his Kirk Cousins You Like That?! moment in Buffalo? According to ESPN.com , Taylor "led the first-team offense on a nine-play, 70-yard drive during a 1:25-minute drill," culminating with a score. After... more

After two weeks of training camp, Tom Savage still seems to hold the lead in Houston's quarterback battle. As expected, the veteran will start against Carolina in Houston's preseason opener Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network ). Despite rave rev... more

Jay Cutler began his Miami Dolphins tenure the only way he could. Having not practiced or played in months, the recently unretired quarterback made a dry joke about getting back into peak physical condition during a brief session with reporters on... more

The Broncos have laid out their quarterback plan for the first two preseason games. Trevor Siemian will start under center against the Bears this Thursday (8 p.m. ET on NFL Network ) while 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch will start the following... more

Retirement in the internet age is nothing like the stuffy press conferences of old. So it should not come as a surprise that Vince Wilfork, one of the greatest nose tackles -- and personalities -- in NFL history, went out with a bang on Monday. The... more

After losing out on the Jeremy Maclin sweepstakes, the Bills have finally gotten on the board with a veteran wide receiver. Anquan Boldin is signing a one-year deal to join Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins in Buffalo, Good Morning Football 's Peter... more

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he does not have to name a starting quarterback yet between Jay Cutler and Matt Moore, but seems to be allowing us to read between the lines. "You'll know when I release the depth chart," Gase told reporters Monda... more

Following a joint practice between both Los Angeles-based teams, Rams head coach Sean McVay came away impressed enough with Todd Gurley to call him "violent." He added, via ESPN.com : "He did a great job of getting it out into the open field and... more

Brock Osweiler will get the first crack at Cleveland's wide open quarterback battle. The Browns named the veteran QB1 heading into Thursday's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Monday . Cody Kessler will come i... more

Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney already has an uphill climb as he works his way back into Carolina's front office. Thankfully, he won't have to worry about one of his stars holding out for a new contract. Former first-round pick Star... more

The Dolphins struck a one-year deal with quarterback Jay Cutler worth as much as $13 million, giving them a significant amount of capital committed in salary-cap dollars to the position for 2017. Injured starter Ryan Tannehill is responsible for... more

Another season, another rocky start for Falcons third-year cornerback Jalen Collins. After serving a four-game suspension in 2016 for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Collins was hit with a 10-game suspension to st... more

Donald Penn and the Raiders continue to maintain their distance from one another. Speaking Sunday on Inside Training Camp Live , NFL Network's Michael Silver said he spoke with the valued left tackle recently and noted that Penn is still determined... more

Jay Cutler is back. The 34-year-old put off early retirement and the broadcasting life to sign a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday. On Monday, the team made the announcement official. Cutler's... more

Apparently, Derek Carr is on the Jim Irsay-Andrew Luck plan in Oakland. Just like the Colts owner is already eyeing multiple Super Bowl wins for his franchise quarterback, so too is Carr with the Raiders. "Win a Super Bowl," Carr told the Last V... more

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has made the all-too-important Week 1 declaration. Despite missing all of camp thus far with a nagging toe injury (Reed is still on the Redskins' physically unable to perform list), the star pass catcher has zero dou... more

As the Ravens' backup quarterback saga twists and turns , the team does not yet have a firm timetable for the return of entrenched starter Joe Flacco. "We know he's getting better every single day," Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com †on Saturday. "Obviou... more

Football made its triumphant return on Thursday night, culminating in a 20-18 Cowboys win in the Hall of Fame Game. While the matchup was not rich with regular starters, there were still plenty of takeaways and a few highly anticipated NFL debuts.... more

The race is on for 30 sacks. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's prediction (for the second year in a row) that Khalil Mack would register 30 sacks in a season seems to have touched off a legitimate discussion about the number between the two NFL pla... more

Bills owner Terry Pegula sees big things ahead during the Sean McDermott era. "My expectation is that we earn some respect on the field," Pegula told reporters Wednesday, via ESPN.com . "I believe that that's important. Then wherever it falls, it f... more

The Texans' offense sustained a major hit on Wednesday. Wide receiver Will Fuller, the team's 2016 first-round pick, broke his collarbone during practice, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. ESPN first reported the development. Per Rapopor... more

Rams defensive end Dominique Easley might have sustained a knockout blow to his playing career. Having already suffered a pair of torn ACL injuries in college , Easley made it through 16 games (no starts) with the Rams in 2016, logging 3.5 sacks, 2... more

While the Ravens conduct their own fan and alumni surveys to help them decide whether or not to sign quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a growing list of players inside the locker room have made clear that they have no problem with it . "I mean, I welco... more

Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson has just made a very important promise to those of legal drinking age in Philadelphia. "I have a lot to prove to this city," Johnson said Sunday, via ESPN.com . "I think if we have a few big years and make the playo... more

The Bengals are already in midseason form when it comes to practice intensity. While training camp scuffles are par for the course this time of year -- especially when soreness sets in and the heat ramps up -- the one that took place Tuesday aftern... more

Two years after a holdout forced the Seahawks to play a pair of games without Kam Chancellor, the franchise and their star safety have come to terms on a new pact. Chancellor signed a three-year, $36 million contract extension Tuesday with $25 mill... more

When the Jets traded Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay back in 2013, they did not hesitate to pass off the iconic No. 24 jersey. Between his first and second stints in New Jersey, the team allowed a parade of forgettable players to don the same uniform.... more

Lost in the Colin Kaepernick-Ravens saga was the fact that the Ravens had someone they believed was a solid backup option in Ryan Mallett. But during the team's flirtation with the Pro Bowl free agent, the Baltimore Sun reported that Mallett hurled... more

July

The Jets have done their best to resist the "tanking" label attached to their offseason after the club jettisoned the remainder of their core veterans like Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. On Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell... more

Does Frank Gore regret joining the Indianapolis Colts back in 2014? "I thought I was one of the missing pieces they needed to get them over the top," Gore said Monday, via CBS 4 in Indianapolis . He added: "Coming in and what it was and going... more

Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Branden Albert is hanging up the spikes. After a bizarre offseason during which Albert was traded by the Dolphins to the Jags before skipping offseason workouts in hopes of acquiring a new deal, the former Chiefs... more

Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams responded well to a recent epidural shot to help repair a herniated disc in his back, leaving general manager Tom Telesco optimistic that Williams could avoid surgery. However, head coach Anthony... more

Jets camp has unfolded as expected thus far. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson seems intent on keeping a cheeky feud with former teammate Brandon Marshall at the forefront . Players are resisting the narrative that they're part of a tanking team .... more

Los Angeles Rams star defensive lineman Aaron Donald is digging his heels in for a contract extension. But that doesn't mean he's enjoying this holdout. "Oh yeah, it's killing him right now," Rams teammate Michael Brockers said Sunday, via the Los... more

As is often true early in training camp season, the biggest stories are centered on the players who aren't there. Colleague Chris Wesseling summarized this beautifully during his Friday What We Learned roundup, covering both the Aaron Donald and Don... more

The Tennessee Titans have their first-round pick under contract. Wide receiver Corey Davis agreed to terms on his rookie contract Saturday, the Titans announced. Earlier Saturday, NFL Network Ian Rapoport reported the two sides were closing in on a... more

An unfortunate side effect of Colin Kaepernick's silence during free agency has been speculation regarding his desire to sign as a backup and confusion about his possible asking price. Citing sources familiar with Kaepernick's thinking, NFL Network... more

Eagles running back Ryan Mathews remains in a holding pattern. The former first-round pick, who rushed for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns over his two seasons in Philadelphia, is still dealing with the lengthy rehabilitation that comes with having a... more

Former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis might have been out of sight to the NFL world this offseason, but he was not out of mind. Despite an offset language situation in his deal with the Jets that would essentially force him to play for fre... more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is still doing his best to ease concerns about his surgically repaired shoulder -- the one which has yet to throw a pass. "I would say that there's no reason to freak out," Luck told reporters Saturday .... more

Minor tweaks and injuries are an inevitable part of training camp. But for the Buffalo Bills, it's still not easy to see it happen to their best defensive player. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus injured his hamstring Friday, according to the club.... more

If a complicated contract extension between the Atlanta Falcons and running back Devonta Freeman doesn't go down, the 25-year-old star is taking measures to protect himself. NFL Network's Michael Silver reported Friday on Inside Training Camp Live... more

The Rams now officially have a holdout on their hands. Star defensive tackle Aaron Donald did not report with the rest of his teammates, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Friday . The 26-year-old, who is under contract through the 2017 s... more

There is no guarantee Ben Roethlisberger plays beyond 2017. The five-time Pro Bowler's reasons are wide ranging. From a desire to spend more time with his family to the hope that he'll avoid serious long-term injuries, he laid out a compelling case... more

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin earned himself another year of employment in Pittsburgh. Tomlin's win total triggered a vesting option in his deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, citing a source informed of the situation. He'll n... more

An upbeat and definitive Sammy Watkins met with reporters to kick off Bills camp Thursday and one of his central messages was clear: Stop asking him about the nagging foot injury that torpedoed his 2016 season. "My job is really to get back in shap... more

Is the possibility of back surgery completely off the table for Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams? Speaking to reporters Thursday, general manager Tom Telesco seemed to signal as much while noting that the team hopes Williams' back issue clea... more

On Thursday, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh brought up the possibility of signing Colin Kaepernick to help offset the team's rapidly depleting quarterback depth chart. Early Friday morning, the Ravens signed quarterback David Olson, for... more

Back in 2014, the Oakland Raiders signed tackle Austin Howard to a five-year deal worth $30 million in hopes that he could anchor their high-powered offensive line from the right side. Three years, a handful of injuries and a few personnel shufflin... more

With the rest of the NFL gearing up for another season of Patriots dominance, Steelers corner Ross Cockrell might have come up with the most measured response to a team that is certainly good enough to finish the regular season undefeated. "That's... more

Orlando Franklin is a Saint. After a quick visit in New Orleans, the former second-round pick decided to make Louisiana his temporary home Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Franklin bounced from the Broncos to the Chargers where... more

Erik Walden logged 11 sacks last season at age 31, but it wasn't enough production to create a ton of buzz this winter in free agency. That changed on Thursday when Walden signed with the Tennessee Titans, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.... more

Quarterback competitions are the premium television of training camp: a drama that often lingers for weeks, with potential plot twists dotted all throughout. The new crop of quarterbacks selected in the 2017 NFL Draft didn't quite have the... more

The Baltimore Ravens have a glaring need at the quarterback position, and Colin Kaepernick is on their radar. Head coach John Harbaugh admitted as much Thursday, speaking after a training camp practice where he had just two healthy quarterbacks. As... more

Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel, perhaps known better for his pursuit of a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology than for his three seasons in the NFL, is officially hanging up the helmet. The team released a statement Thursday... more

Hearing a head coach say the sky is the limit for an already established star player is standard training camp fodder. However, when that coach is Andy Reid and that player is do-everything tight end Travis Kelce, some ears might start to perk up.... more

Exactly one year ago, the Baltimore Ravens attempted to light a fire under wide receiver Mike Wallace by publicly admitting that he failed the conditioning test to open training camp . This year, Wallace went out of his way to make sure there was n... more

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent rotator cuff surgery just four months ago, so it's not a surprise that his first throws during a live team practice received mixed reviews all around. "I thought Cam looked very good," Panthers coach Ron Ri... more

All of a sudden, the Denver Broncos are staring at a much thinner depth chart at the running back position. Devontae Booker will begin camp on the physically unable to perform list with a wrist injury he suffered back in minicamp, according to NFL... more

Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins has flourished despite a pronounced lack of stability at the quarterback position in Houston over the years. In 2015, he became the only receiver in NFL history to log 100 yards receiving in a game with four different... more

Heading into training camp, there are the blockbuster storylines that will follow certain teams throughout the summer and beyond. There are also the tiny odds and ends that could end up being a much larger headache than originally expected. This is... more

On Tuesday, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey told the world he received the good news he'd been "waiting for." Pouncey was cleared by a specialist to return to football activities. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Pouncey passed his phys... more

The New York Jets are returning serve on those accusing the team of tanking. "People make all these predictions and stuff, and things go the opposite way," running back Matt Forte told The New York Post at a charity event held inside the Billie Je... more

La'el Collins is finally getting paid. The Cowboys offensive lineman agreed to a two-year contract extension Tuesday worth $15.4 million, a source informed of the deal told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Collins, 23, can now roughly recoup his lost s... more

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians doesn't seem interested in replacing his backup quarterback, Drew Stanton, but Stanton isn't resting easy with former first-round pick and ex-49ers starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert on the roster. "You guys see t... more

The Chargers are giving Robert Griffin III a look this week. Some might wonder when a team will extend Colin Kaepernick, a player with an arguably more well-rounded skill set who was relatively healthy in 2016, the same opportunity. It calls to mi... more

Despite the emergence of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott last season, Dez Bryant knows he still embodies the Dallas Cowboys. When asked by NFL Network's Jane Slater about those who question his commitment to the team after Bryant showed up late to... more

AFC North AFC West AFC South AFC East NFC East NFC North NFC West NFC South It might feel like the dog days of summer for football fans, but the 2017 campaign is rapidly coming down the pike. With training camps opening lat... more

The Bengals have not been shy about publicly discussing the immense effort they put into a pre-draft evaluation of eventual second-round pick Joe Mixon. The running back, shown on camera back in 2014 punching a female University of Oklahoma student... more

The most recent news on Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was a continuance of the unknown, or as The Star Tribune put it at the end of June: "Maybe, just maybe, we will see Bridgewater make an astonishing comeback at some point this season."... more

AFC North AFC West AFC South AFC East NFC East NFC North NFC West NFC South It might feel like the dog days of summer for football fans, but the 2017 campaign is rapidly coming down the pike. With training camps opening lat... more

Fans of deadpan humor and mostly above average quarterback play in Chicago will not be the only ones who miss Jay Cutler as he pursues a career in broadcasting. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who has more sacks against Cutler than any other... more

Rookie quarterbacks pinball through their first season so rapidly that defining incremental progress is difficult. For Deshaun Watson in Houston, that means not really knowing when he's ready to start. In that way, having a coach be the ultimate... more

Long-time NFL quarterback Mark Brunell is living proof that a relentless, rigid Tom Coughlin regime can succeed in Jacksonville. Now, as Coughlin enters his first training camp as executive vice president, Brunell is expecting a tangible improvemen... more

With more than 10,000 rushing yards in his career and nearly 5,000 receiving yards, three-time Pro Bowl running back Warrick Dunn helped set the stage for this generation of dual-threat backs currently carving up the NFL. So in his mind, who is the... more

Before the summer break, Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said the battle between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian was still even. From the perspective of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, it doesn't really matter which one takes home the opening day s... more

AFC North AFC West AFC South AFC East NFC East NFC North NFC West NFC South It might feel like the dog days of summer for football fans, but the 2017 campaign is rapidly coming down the pike. With training camps opening lat... more

Even with a few weeks left of summer break, some players can't stay away. While the luster has worn off publicized offseason voluntary workouts, glamorized by the Manning brothers during their spring passing sessions at Duke or then-Jets quarterba... more

The Kirk Cousins contract dilemma has puzzled many an analyst and team executive alike. Apparently, that bewilderment extends to at least one former teammate as well. "I don't know, man," Pierre Garcon said Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio when asked i... more

A year after the level and severity of hits taken by quarterback Cam Newton became the season's underlying story in Carolina, the team is trying to change that narrative for 2017. Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera... more

Despite the 2016 rise of the Raiders, the Chiefs quietly won the AFC West last season and beat Oakland twice in the process. In each win the Chiefs put up at least 300 yards. Coming off a bye on Oct. 16, they topped 400 yards of total offense, logged... more

If there is a single player on the Giants who had a problem with Odell Beckham skipping offseason training activities, they have yet to speak up. On Monday, star defensive tackle Damon Harrison offered the strongest counterpunch in Beckham's favor... more

Leave it to Giants defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison to make the Eli Manning -LeBron James comparison we've all been waiting for. On Good Morning Football †on Monday, Harrison had just sidestepped a conversation about the NFL Network's†Top... more

There is an additional pressure on Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell as he approaches the negotiating table with exactly one week left to sign a long-term deal before playing the season under the franchise tag: A handful of other running backs are... more

How does a savvy veteran get a leg up on the playbook? If you're on the Giants, just FaceTime Eli Manning. Wideout Brandon Marshall posted a snippet of his conversation with the Giants quarterback Thursday -- a short clip that showed Marshall... more

The Arizona Cardinals will look quite different in 2017. Bruce Arians' unit was turned over more than any team in the NFL this offseason, according to a deep data dive done by Jason Fitzgerald at Over The Cap, a site devoted to salary-cap analysis... more

Bears legend Brian Urlacher, like current Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, was a little surprised by the selection of a quarterback at No. 2 in April's draft. "I don't know what the identity of the team is right now," Urlacher told CBS Radio, via th... more

The arrival of a $25 million per year quarterback came and went without much sticker shock from the rest of the NFL. But that also means the days of a $30 million per year quarterback aren't too far ahead. Oregon Live theorized that Tennessee Tit... more

Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky says he is behind starter Mike Glennon "all the way." He made as much clear in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio last week . But what about the people calling the shots? Last week on NFL Total Access,... more

As training camp draws near, a 31-year-old cornerback with seven Pro Bowl nods still toils in plain sight without a team to call home. Darrelle Revis is currently working out in Florida, according to Bleacher Report . As was expected, the offset... more

June

Is there a second act for Brett Favre in the NFL? The Hall of Fame quarterback on Thursday was asked about a potential path into coaching or personnel. He said he was surprised at how quickly the competitive spirit flooded his psyche again when he... more

Derek Carr's robust contract ($25 million per year) has once again turned the spotlight on the NFL's most important position. But for almost two thirds of the league, the quarterback is not the best player on his own team. Here's a look at 19 teams... more

Derek Carr's robust contract ($25 million per year) has once again turned the spotlight on the NFL's most important position. But fo... more

NFL legend Bruce Smith has no doubt Browns No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett will be successful. But he also knows there's a fine line between a good career and an unforgettable one. Smith wants to help with that. "He's going to be successful," Sm... more

Even with Tony Romo out of the building, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott maintains he had a strong relationship with the departed franchise legend. "I mean, Tony did an amazing job of helping me out. I think that's what Tony realized is that, he... more

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett didn't take kindly to a segment on Good Morning Football back in early April when it was suggested he might be a downgrade from Jared Cook in Green Bay . Bennett further explained his stance on Wednesday. "I'm... more

Ravens standout linebacker Zach Orr announced Wednesday†his intention to return to the NFL on Good Morning Football† after he was forced to briefly retire due to a congenital spine condition . With his football career seemingly on the verge of being... more

For the latest non-update on Andrew Luck's shoulder rehab, we head to Indianapolis. "It's going really well, it's feeling better and better every week," Luck told reporters Tuesday following his Change The Play program camp for kids, via the... more

Before the Chicago Bears broke camp for the summer, one of their new receivers, Markus Wheaton, said the team boasts one of the more underrated receiving corps in football . While a player should believe that about his team, a lot of moving parts ne... more

Dallas Cowboys third-year cornerback Byron Jones isn't worried about being an elder statesman on a depleted defense with low expectations. That's mostly because he's high on a pair of players Dallas fans have yet to see on the field. On NFL †Tota... more

The Seahawks, Broncos, Vikings and Texans have cornered the dream team defense market for the past year or two, but the Patriots won't be far behind in 2017. The tandem of Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler is up there with the best cornerback duo... more

The Falcons' embrace the suck strategy this offseason was brilliant because it anticipated the current media landscape so well. Every player was going to be asked about it, and every player needed to remain positive, humbled and resilient. Enter... more

The parting of ways between the Kansas City Chiefs and general manager John Dorsey last week shocked the football world . Inside the building, it also made some waves. "From a subjective opinion, I wasn't too pleased," Chiefs veteran linebacker T... more

New York Giants guard Justin Pugh thinks the Odell Beckham offseason mini-drama might have been unfair to the star wideout. "Odell, I've been with him for three, four years now. I know how he is," Pugh said on NFL Network's†Good Morning Football †o... more

New Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton has faith in the unknown. "I think we definitely are underrated," Wheaton said of the Bears' receiving corps, via CSN Chicago . "We've come in and worked to get to where we wanna be. We will get there,... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said he doesn't care that his $25 million per year deal will be quickly surpassed by a handful of NFL quarterbacks with expiring contracts looking to top the market. His main concerns? Take care of his team a... more

Is Sammie Coates the odd man out in Pittsburgh? "It's going to be like that until we get to camp -- it's going to be a good fight," Coates told ESPN.com . "It's a great room, great guys. There will be competition all year." Coates looked to be tu... more

The New York Giants' steadfast support of Odell Beckham continues. Team co-owner and president John Mara told local radio station WFAN on Thursday that "I wish we had another dozen players like him." "He knows that he's got to mature and learn to... more

The Chiefs are making a change at general manager. On the same day they extended head coach Andy Reid, the club announced that they would "part ways" with John Dorsey, shocking the football world and throwing the near future of their already-thin... more

For those Raiders fans who believe money changes everything , you might want to read on. In the wake of Derek Carr's hefty five-year, $125 million deal signed Thursday , the NFL Research team did some digging. How have some other modern day quarter... more

The NFL's richest man now resides in Oakland. The Raiders reached a deal with Derek Carr on a five-year, $125 million extension with $40 million fully guaranteed, $70 million in total guarantees and a $12.5 million signing bonus, according to NFL... more

Here's a strange Super Bowl LI take from one member of the Atlanta Falcons: "I don't want to make this no competition thing with me and my quarterback. I'm just talking about from based off that [Super Bowl] game. Let's [say] it like this: if I wou... more

For NFL coaches, the summer break is a time for reflection. How might our season have gone differently if we had passed there instead of running the ball? If I had that call back, would I do it all over again? All teams have strengths and weakness... more

Derek Carr is not yet the richest player in NFL history. The Raiders quarterback is progressing toward a deal that could potentially make him the league's first $25 million man ,†as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this month, but... more

Saints defensive end Cam Jordan has a little issue with the most recently revealed portion of NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2017 list. While he was diplomatic toward Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who came in at No. 14, he was bewildered by... more

One of the side effects brought on by building for the future is that it's often synonymous with tanking. The Jets are believed to be positioning themselves for a Big Three quarterback in the 2018 draft based on recent veteran cuts, but that doesn't... more

Former Patriots and Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan thought the part of his life he was hiding would eventually lead to his downfall. Thankfully, his story has a positive ending. O'Callaghan, who has been out of the league since 2011,... more

Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels doesn't take kindly to cherry picked stats depicting his unit as weak. When told Green Bay had the league's 31st-ranked pass defense a year ago on NFL Total Access Monday night, Daniels responded with this:... more

On paper, there's no question the New York Giants should be harder to cover this year than last year. Odell Beckham should just now be rounding into his athletic peak, Brandon Marshall should represent a decent upgrade over the departed Victor Cruz a... more

The newest member of the Titans made the absolute best of a bad situation. Eric Decker was a late release by the woebegone Jets earlier this month, took one visit to his now-hometown Tennessee Titans in Nashville and signed a contract with a team... more

After missing out on the Jeremy Maclin sweepstakes, the Buffalo Bills had to go back to the drawing board at wide receiver. But is it possible they had an attractive option already on the roster? "I'll tell you the guy that's really stood out has... more

For most incoming rookies, it's safe to say that we cannot make a sound judgement before the pads come on. But for Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound behemoth, that might ring especially true. "The first day in pads, it... more

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn have made a strong, public push this spring to emotionally distance the team from their heartbreaking Super Bowl collapse. And while their efforts have been more than commendable, so... more

The Redskins' new head of personnel has made his feelings clear about Kirk Cousins, and he wants the quarterback in Washington for the long haul. "In the worst way," senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams told NFL Network's Steve W... more

One half of Jacksonville's promising young cornerback duo is on the mend. Jalen Ramsey went under the knife to repair what the team is calling a "core muscle injury that developed during organized team activities." According to NFL Network's Mike... more

The Devonta Freeman contract saga -- if one can call it that -- heads into the summer break without a resolution. Approaching the final year of his rookie deal, Freeman has been discussing, but not really demanding, a new deal since NFL Network's... more

Any Browns quarterbacks coach over the years should have earned some form of hazard pay. The man currently in the role, David Lee, is looking at a group of three potential starters (Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer and Brock Osweiler ) and attempting to g... more

The Jets are heading into the break with a quarterback battle looming. That's what head coach Todd Bowles told NFL Network's Kimberly Jones on Thursday after the club's final mandatory minicamp practice. "I don't look at anybody as the frontrunne... more

For some NFL teams, summer is beginning a little early. The Texans and Rams both announced Wednesday night that they would be forgoing the final day of minicamp in order to give their players a jump start on the real offseason -- a month-long dead... more

Jordan Howard is looking to make the transition from one-year wonder to top-of-the-league running back. "I'm definitely trying to be the No. 1 rusher in the league this year," Howard told the Chicago Tribune †on Wednesday, just a few months after... more

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski plans to hang around for a while. "Until they kick me out," he said, via CSN Bay Area . At 39, the former first-round pick has big plans for the autumn of his career, including a move to Las Vegas whenever the... more

Jared Goff is hoping an extra 10 pounds makes a difference. The second-year quarterback put on the weight this offseason during what he told ESPN.com was normal training. Goff did say, though, that adding weight during his time at Cal made him stro... more

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has the unenviable task of not only rebuilding his throwing mechanics this offseason, but also convincing those around him that it will be worth the wait. In a session with reporters in Jacksonville on Wednesday,... more

Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook came to the NFL after rewriting almost every significant rushing record at Florida State set by retired legend Warrick Dunn. Does he have his eye on some other iconic records at the next level -- perhaps the franchise mar... more

While Jets head coach Todd Bowles is not the person who should have to answer for the club's recent personnel purge, he was subjected to a pressing line of questioning pertaining to the current state of affairs. Why would the Jets be gutting vetera... more

Odell Beckham Jr. cleared the air on Tuesday. In his highly anticipated return to team-sanctioned activities, Beckham told reporters that he was not holding out during the team's voluntary minicamp or sending a message about a new contract. "I wa... more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has his marching orders for mandatory minicamp this week. "Just observe," Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Tuesday, via The Indianapolis Star . Pagano added: "The next step is getting to the point... more

The Redskins' front office picture is becoming clear. Three months after firing former general manager Scot McCloughan, the club announced their new leadership structure Tuesday morning with franchise legend Doug Williams taking the lead personnel... more

Texans quarterback Tom Savage has the unenviable task of being the guy this spring and summer while simultaneously fending off a first-round pick in Deshaun Watson, for whom the organization traded up in the draft. The good news for Savage is that... more

Jeremy Maclin is headed to Baltimore. The 29-year-old Pro Bowl wide receiver made his choice between the Ravens and Bills on Monday, opting to join quarterback Joe Flacco and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on a two-year contract. Mornhinwe... more

With the quarterback market thinning out rapidly, the Saints jumped on a prospect they've always had an eye on. Former Giants fourth-round pick Ryan Nassib is expected to sign with New Orleans, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The... more

For a second straight year, Packers veterans get to hit vacation mode early. Head coach Mike McCarthy announced the decision Monday, continuing a policy that excuses veterans with a certain level of experience from the team's mandatory minicamp. Th... more

Odell Beckham is back, as promised. The Giants wide receiver is at the team's East Rutherford facility to take a physical on the eve of Tuesday's mandatory minicamp, according to a source familiar with Beckham's schedule. Beckham's arrival at the Q... more

While it seems like Odell Beckham will be attending Giants mandatory minicamp this week, two other star players around the NFL are far less certain to do so. Franchise tagged Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell and Rams star defensive tackle Aaron... more

The return of Marshawn Lynch has been a lucrative one. The Raiders running back had the top selling jersey for the month of May, according to NFL Shop . Lynch edged out Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, young Cowboys stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott... more

The Jeremy Maclin sweepstakes is nearing its end. The Pro Bowl wide receiver is expected to decide between the Ravens and Bills on Monday, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 29-year-old was a surprise cut by the Kansas City Chiefs... more

Detroit Lions left tackle Taylor Decker is looking at a lengthy recovery. The budding star offensive lineman underwent surgery for a torn labrum this week and received a recovery timetable of four to six months, a source informed of the situation t... more

A key piece of the Jaguars' offensive line is finally on his way. Doug Marrone told reporters Friday that Branden Albert, who came over via a trade from the Dolphins but held out of voluntary workouts in search of a new contract, promised the Jagua... more

Lions wideout Golden Tate is making his case for a new deal. I hope I'm one of the next ones to get extended..... big plays can come in all shapes and forms huh? https://t.co/Rsw1jBRPWU ‚?? Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) June 9, 2017 While the gr... more

Odell Beckham might be an enigma to the Giants right now, but new teammate Brandon Marshall seems to get it. "I have spoken to him, and I guess my message to him is just keep being awesome. Keep rockin' out," Marshall told TMZ.com . He added: "He... more

Colts owner Jim Irsay still expects at least two Super Bowls from Andrew Luck. According to the Indianapolis Star , the owner emphatically "doubled down" on his previous edict that foreshadowed more Super Bowls in the next decade or so than the Col... more

Could a Super Bowl win make Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer a Hall of Famer someday? Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks it would put him in the conversation. "Well, statistically, if you put a ring on his finger, he probably has a chance to... more

The Jeremy Maclin visit tour is in full swing. After visiting†Buffalo on Tuesday †and Wednesday , Maclin visited with the Ravens on Thursday, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The 29-year-old, who played with the Chiefs for the past two sea... more

Less than a month ago, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians declared †receiver John Brown was back to looking like John Brown again. On Wednesday, he declared that Brown had a hamstring issue. NFL Network's Omar Ruiz said Arians broached the topi... more

Shareece Wright might want to check with his new employer to see if they expense transportation. The new Buffalo Bills cornerback posted on Twitter on Tuesday the details of an Uber trip he took from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to 1 Bill... more

Earlier this week, former Patriot Donte' Stallworth told ESPN.com that the 2017 New England squad is deeper than the 2007 juggernaut -- the one that nearly completed an undefeated run through the entire season. While there is no Randy Moss, the dizz... more

The Giants' co-owner and top decision-maker wants Odell Beckham, Jr. to be in East Rutherford for a long time. Fan asks John Mara if #NYG talked long-term deal on @OBJ_3 . Not yet, but: "Obviously we want him to be a Giant for the rest of his care... more

After deciding to†move on from two of their best veteran players Tuesday, the New York Jets received this grim assessment from an executive of another team: From an NFL exec- "I think the Jets might have the worst roster I've seen in a decade."... more

The Jets have not been shy in aggressively parting ways with franchise legends over the past two years. Veteran linebacker David Harris is the latest cog in their 2009 and 2010 AFC title runs to fall by the wayside. The Jets released the 33-year-ol... more

How many wins was new head coach Adam Gase and a new culture worth to the Miami Dolphins last year? According to the team's assistant head coach Darren Rizzi, who has been with the Dolphins in some fashion since 2010, the new coach-culture combo le... more

One of the most prominent free agents left on the board has made a decision. Veteran pass rusher Elvis Dumervil signed with the San Francisco 49ers, the team confirmed Thursday. After much thought & prayer I have decided to join the @49ers ! I lo... more

The Panthers are down a starting cornerback for at least a month. James Bradberry , the team's 2016 second-round pick, suffered a wrist fracture that will put him in a cast for six weeks.Despite the injury, Bradberry was back on the field at organ... more

Despite the selection of Leonard Fournette in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Jaguars running back Chris Ivory doesn't see any writing on the wall. "One thing about it, people and everybody are going to have their opinions," Ivory said, via... more

With a noticeable amount of high-profile players opting out of voluntary workouts this spring, the Dallas Cowboys are lauding their near perfect attendance. According to ESPN.com , "during the two sessions open to the media so far, every player has... more

Panthers first-round pick Christian McCaffrey has yet to really take the field in Carolina, but Luke Kuechly is already signing up other linebackers to cover him during practice. "He's going to be a nightmare for us," Kuechly told the Charlotte Obs... more

Cortez Kennedy will be with the Seahawks in spirit all season long. On Friday, the club decided to make the No. 96 helmet decal -- Kennedy's number throughout his 11-year Hall of Fame career with the Seahawks -- a permanent fixture for 2017. Seattl... more

Whether or not Seattle Seahawks players and coaches agree with ESPN's recent deep dive into their team's post-Super Bowl loss psyche , the piece started a lot of conversations about one of the NFL's best teams. Warren Moon, a team radio broadcaster... more

The last time we heard from Johnny Manziel in a serious football sense -- and not just for "distracting" Odell Beckham -- was when NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported in March the Saints were potentially interested in the former first-round p... more

Redskins linebacker Zach Brown is out on a revenge tour this season. "I'll make other head coaches pay for not drafting me or picking me up," Brown, who signed a one-year deal worth up to $4.65 million back in April, told ESPN's John Keim . "I feel... more

At one spot defensively, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano feels way ahead of the curve. "Our defensive line, the way we're set up, I'm talking about our three interior guys, our nose, our three and our five technique, I feel like we're ah... more

After drafting safeties with their first- and second-round picks this year, the Jets no longer had a need for 2014 first-rounder Calvin Pryor. The depth and change in defensive direction allowed for Thursday's trade, which sent Pryor to the Clevela... more

May

A little more than a week ago, I wrote a post exploring whether the Browns would actually keep Brock Osweiler as their third quarterback. But life comes at you fast. On Wednesday, Browns head coach Hue Jackson talked up the former Texans divorce... more

Even a Christian Hackenberg hype piece doesn't sound like a hype piece. A New York Post column from Wednesday features a quote from Sheldon Richardson saying that the much maligned former second-round pick has a "cannon" for an arm. Unfortunately,... more

Former second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been turning heads at Jets organized team activities thanks to his significant weight loss and renewed focus. His secret? "I just quit drinking and quit eating McDonald's when I was hammered,"... more

Fulfilling great expectations requires great accountability. That's why Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith is already speaking out in camp. "With the players that we have I just think as a team we should be further than we are," Smith said, via ESPN's... more

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart does not seem concerned about the presence of a highly drafted rookie who happens to play the same position as he does. "Stop talking about that. Who cares?" Stewart said Tuesday to ESPN.com on whether... more

Two years ago, Gary Barnidge was a 1,000-yard tight end worthy of a three-year contract extension. This spring, he's in the middle of a process roundly known and disliked by former productive veterans: Waiting out the rest of the NFL for another cr... more

Last year, the thought of pairing Drew Brees with former second-round pick Coby Fleener was enough to generate the latest round of what-if hype for the Saints' offense. After 50 catches on 81 targets for 631 yards and three touchdowns, expectation... more

Like a good cereal box decoder ring, the Tony Romo "retirement" from the NFL is a mysterious gift that keeps on giving. Earlier this month, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team had "no succinct plans" for a Romo retirement ceremony at this poin... more

In a few sentences, Giants co-owner John Mara might have perfectly summed up the Colin Kaepernick situation from a team's perspective. The former 49ers quarterback, who made headlines around the world for his decision to kneel during the national a... more

Even as a 30-year-old speed receiver, DeSean Jackson is still turning heads. "I mean, how old is he?" Bucs wideout Adam Humphries told Pewter Report . "He runs so smooth, take the ball he caught [deep ball over Vernon Hargreaves last week], he make... more

Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon is ready to take on Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook. "Don't count me out," McKinnon told the St. Paul Pioneer Press . "That's always my goal [to start]. I'm competitive. I think it will be a good way to evaluate... more

For football fans in the spring, anything is possible. For Eagles fans in the spring, that means believing in the arrival of 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor. In two seasons, Agholor has 59 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns. One of t... more

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will be back in Minnesota next weekend, and hopes to start coaching soon after. He told reporters as much on Friday, saying that he has a doctor's appointment on June 5 where he hopes to receive a clean bill of health... more

Former Eagles and 49ers coach Chip Kelly has resurfaced in a surprising, non-coaching role. According to ESPN, Kelly will be a studio analyst for the sports network, mainly on ESPN2 for "college football pregames, halftimes and studio wraps each... more

When given the forum, new Giants receiver Brandon Marshall on Thursday once again decided not to fan the fire started by former Jets teammate Sheldon Richardson. Richardson called out Marshall indirectly during a session with reporters earlier this... more

In one of the most predictable offseason updates thus far, Steelers rookie first-round pick T.J. Watt appears ahead of the curve, described by the team's official site as "about as focused a rookie as you will ever see." "You have to be smart about... more

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is ready to turn the page. While he's still suspended for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse , Martin is back at offseason training activities. On Thursday, he met with reporters for the first t... more

Free-agent wide receiver Victor Cruz did not get the ball much over the second half of the 2016 season because the Giants didn't want him to have a good year, therefore making Cruz easier to release at season's end. That's the theory Cruz cooked up... more

The city of Nashville is currently engulfed in Predators fever. Amid the hockey team's quest for its first Stanley Cup win, Titans tight end Delanie Walker is paying close attention to how his hometown treats a winner. Might the football team be ne... more

Whether Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas arrived in Miami a better player or not remains to be seen. But he knows he's coming to his new team as a better person. "I became a much, much better person in the last two years," Thomas said, via ESPN.com... more

As the Denver Broncos approach training camp, one of their greatest assets remains on an expiring contract. John Elway, the general manager and executive vice president, is still working on a new deal but told The Associated Press this week that he... more

A taxing, 6-6 tie between the Seahawks and Cardinals in late October last year served as one of the stronger arguments in favor of a shorter 10-minute overtime period. As Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told the team's website Wednesday , the team wasn'... more

For the first time since being traded to the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Brock Osweiler offered some extended comments about the strange situation he finds himself in. After telling NFL Network's Steve Wyche two months ago that he has "no news"... more

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott did not practice Tuesday or Wednesday after he suffered a head injury in a "minor car accident" on Sunday night, the team announced. Elliott worked off to the side of practice Wednesday as a precaution, NFL Netw... more

While the regular season is still months away, the on-paper prognostication season is in full swing. Following free agency and the draft, the power structure in a few divisions might have changed significantly. That's why we're here to re-rank the... more

Cyrus Kouandjio's time in Buffalo is over. A month after the 2014 second-round pick was found "undressed in a field" in Elma, New York , Kouandjio finds himself on the free-agent market. Kouandjio started five games for the Bills last season and... more

The Atlanta Falcons decided to replace one of the best offensive coordinators in franchise history with a bit of a wild card this offseason. Surprising the football world, they tapped former USC and University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisi... more

Is the Chargers' No. 7 overall pick Mike Williams already behind the eight ball? Head coach Anthony Lynn sounded a tiny bit concerned about his first ever first-round pick in Los Angeles, who injured his back two weeks ago and still remains sideli... more

Medical tents will be a permanent fixture on NFL sidelines this season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the development at the Spring League Meeting on Tuesday, a few months after the small, mobile units gained popularity at the college le... more

Embattled Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson had a chance to make 2017 a clean slate between himself and an organization that was, up until a few weeks ago, trying to trade him. Instead, he used one of his first public speaking opportunities... more

In a move that improves chances for roster longshots but also intensifies a frantic, end-of-preseason period for head coaches and general managers, NFL owners on Tuesday voted to eliminate the first cut-down period forcing teams to trim their roster... more

The closer we get to training camp, the closer the Browns get to confronting a very real question: What are they going to do with Brock Osweiler? Despite the sentiment that Osweiler's experience as a sometimes-above-replacement-level starter in the... more

Former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley didn't take any parting shots on his way out. In an interview with Sirius XM on Monday, the long-time Bills executive said that he enjoyed his brief stint working with new head coach Sean McDermott a... more

Calvin Johnson is not salty about his relationship with the Lions, but that doesn't mean he enjoys talking about the franchise he spent nearly a decade with before retiring. Johnson spoke about his relationship with the franchise this past weekend... more

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is taking a short recovery break on the eve of Tuesday's offseason training activities. The team announced Zimmer's leave of absence on Monday. Zimmer had an eighth eye surgery recently, according to the club. He init... more

The dogfight for offseason practice repetitions is real in the NFL, which is why the Rams are hoping to make the best of a bad situation. Without Tavon Austin (wrist) this spring, two of the team's rookie wideouts -- Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds -... more

Terrell Owens has another lobbyist in his corner for a Hall of Fame bid -- and he's one of the most respected receivers in recent NFL history. Calvin Johnson told the Detroit Free Press this weekend that the mercurial Owens , twice boxed out of the... more

Don Yee, the agent for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, said on Friday that his client was not diagnosed with a concussion during the 2016 season, but thanked those around Brady for staying concerned about his well-being. "Tom was not diagnosed with... more

Former Bills head coach Rex Ryan never got to see his final second-round pick, Reggie Ragland, take the field in a regular season game thanks to an early August ACL tear. Now Ragland, who was cleared by the team's medical staff a little more than a... more

The opening of the new joint Rams and Chargers stadium in Inglewood, Calif., has been delayed until 2020. Both clubs confirmed the one-year push back on Thursday, releasing statements that cited an unexpected amount of rainfall for a delay in... more

Alex Smith continues to be a blessing for the Kansas City Chiefs. When addressing successor Patrick Mahomes on Wednesday, Smith told reporters that he understands the business quite well -- enough to know that the writing may be on the wall if he... more

Before Rams head coach Sean McVay was an NFL wunderkind, he was a deviously effective high school triple option quarterback in Georgia. ESPN.com has video , which shows the bantam teenager whipping around the edge and turning himself upfield. McVay... more

The NFL on Wednesday responded to comments made by Gisele Bundchen , the wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who said earlier in the day on CBS This Morning that her husband had a concussion last year and that "he has concussions pretty much. We... more

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has lofty financial expectations from general manager Thomas Dimitroff. "I want to be the best," Freeman told ESPN.com . "I want to be elite paid. Whatever that is, that's where I want to be -- straight up." H... more

Lions tight end Eric Ebron made one thing clear on Tuesday when speaking to reporters : He will never buy the $495 basketball sneakers created by washed-up former collegiate basketball reserve, NFL practice squad player and over-active sports dad LaV... more

Should safety Tre Boston end up playing well for the Los Angeles Chargers this season, the team has a random man at a gas station to thank. Boston, who was deciding between the Chargers, Bills and Steelers in free agency, told reporters the wild st... more

With each passing offseason, the Broncos seemed content to allow some of their best defensive linemen and pass rushers retire or depart in free agency without much of a fight. And in each instance, they have placed more faith and trust in Derek Wol... more

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman wants to establish himself as less of a defender-friendly running back in 2017. "Little things like breaking arm tackles," Freeman told reporters Tuesday when talking about what he needs to improve on. "Running... more

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is almost certainly tired of examining life beyond 2017, especially because there's a real chance the future does not contain twice-franchised quarterback Kirk Cousins. On Monday, he verbalized those thoughts for what... more

One Bengals rookie is doing his best to fight back against the perception that he's injury prone. First round receiver John Ross, who had meniscus surgery and ACL surgery in 2015 and labrum surgery this past March, has grown tired of defending hims... more

New Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph will let summer competition determine the team's pecking order at running back. "Absolutely. I mean, every position on our football team is going to be competitive and that's the way you want it every year... more

New Bills general manager Brandon Beane doesn't seem to imagine a scenario where he'd need to use it, but he does have final say over the team's 53-man roster. Team owner Terry Pegula confirmed what NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted a few days... more

Can Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott be an even larger part of Dallas' offense in 2017? According to ESPN.com , that is the hope of team owner Jerry Jones. Jones is guessing his star running back will be more involved in the passing game after... more

Another day, another under-the-radar value extension for the New England Patriots. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the team and center David Andrews have agreed to a three-year extension, bypassing Andrews' restricted free agency yea... more

Given the frequency and varying weight of offseason reports, most teams let news about themselves go by unaddressed. On Thursday, the 49ers wanted to put an end to a report that they might be interested in trading star linebacker NaVorro Bowman.... more

The Eagles' boom or bust additions at wide receiver this offseason have left many wondering whether Philadelphia can make the Doug Pederson offense come to life in its intended form. Count versatile tight end Trey Burton among those who have high... more

Tony Romo conspiracy theorists, it's time to don your tin foil hats. Sports business industry types, it's time to pick up a pen and paper and take some notes. Dallas owner Jerry Jones was asked this week when he'll have a DeMarcus Ware-type farewel... more

The Panthers gambled on Julius Peppers' continued age-defying ability when they signed him to a one-year deal in March . After a few workouts, they believe the 37-year-old looks just as good as the last time he was in Carolina -- back in 2009. "J... more

Michael Floyd's short foray into unemployment has ended. The maligned former first-round pick signed with the Minnesota Vikings after a quiet free agency, the team announced Wednesday. Floyd, 27, most recently played with the New England Patriots.... more

Mothers, don't let your children grow up to be NFL scouts. On Good Morning Football on Wednesday, Titans general manager Jon Robinson heaped praise on first-round pick Corey Davis, saying that the 6-foot-2 Central Michigan standout "had just one... more

The NFL has a new team atop their officiating department. Alberto Riveron was named the senior vice president of officiating, the league announced Wednesday morning, filling the role vacated by former officiating head Dean Blandino. Russell Yurk,... more

Will the New York Jets win at least six games this coming season? Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson certainly thinks so. "The team will definitely be positive and do more things better than we did last year," Wilkerson said Tuesday, via NJ.com . "I... more

While Tony Romo prepares for a career in broadcasting, the Dallas Cowboys are preparing their locker room to hear a new, unifying voice from the quarterback position. "Dak [Prescott ] has earned that," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten told The Dalla... more

While the Chiefs seem intent on waiting at least a year to debut 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes in live, regular-season action, the Kansas City Star dropped an interesting nugget about the rookie's relationship with head coach Andy Reid during... more

In just one interview as a professional broadcaster, former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler showed he wasn't going to be afraid to weigh in on the people and culture he recently left behind . On Tuesday, Cutler's future play-by-play partner at FOX, Ke... more

What is former Jets quarterback Mike Vick's take on the team's 2017 season? "Man, good luck," he told NJ.com , reportedly amid laughter. "I don't even know who the quarterback is going to be. Good luck. I know there are three of them." Vick, hims... more

Among the top-tier running backs in this year's draft class, Florida State standout Dalvin Cook represented the great unknown. Asking a position coach this time of year for clarity is often unreliable. Relentless optimism underscores the period bet... more

Everyone in Houston is super excited about the Tom Savage era. Especially Tom Savage. "I'm super ready," Savage said Monday, via the Houston Chronicle . "It's going to be a battle. I can't tell you how excited I am." Added J.J. Watt, an unofficia... more

So far, the Chiefs and Alex Smith remain simpatico following the club's decision to trade up and draft Smith's eventual successor. Smith maintained during the draft process that the Chiefs were transparent. On Monday, the team's general manager rev... more

Life is all about who you know, and thankfully for Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas, he knows Peyton Manning. According to the Palm Beach Post , before trading for Thomas this offseason, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen picked up the phone a... more

After building some momentum offensively this offseason with the signing of veterans like Adrian Peterson and Ted Ginn, Jr., the New Orleans Saints just took a major step backward. Starting center Max Unger recently underwent surgery on an injured... more

Have you ever wanted to own previously-worn athleisure items that were sweated upon and laundered by a one-time Pro Bowler? Well, residents of De Pere, Wisconsin, welcome to your halcyon days. Former Packers running back Eddie Lacy is kicking off... more

After graduating college, I cannot remember calling anyone "sir" without the intent of sarcasm, but football is a sport full of faux formalities and strange power structures which might explain why new Giants quarterback Davis Webb found himself in a... more

AFC East NFC East AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South Former NFL player/scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2017 NFL Draft, spotlig... more

Look out, CBS. FOX now has a new quarterback in its arsenal, too. The network is inking former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to a broadcasting deal, according to Good Morning Football 's Peter Schrager. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo first reported Cut... more

Bears guard Kyle Long said his first thought when the Bears drafted quarterback Mitch Trubisky was what he was going to say to current supposed starter Mike Glennon. Long told the Chicago Sun-Times that he settled on this: "I saw Glennon, and I... more

Most football players recovering from injuries feel fine this time of year -- three months before any sort of live contact situation. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who broke his leg at the end of the 2016 season and underwent surgery at the end... more

A good portion of the Falcons' brain trust came from the New England Patriots' management tree -- an underrated subplot to last year's crushing Super Bowl defeat. While general managers have less to do with week-to-week competition, Falcons general... more

AFC East NFC East AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South Former NFL player/scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2017 NFL Draft, spotlig... more

Ben Roethlisberger's thoughts of retirement haven't scared many around the Steelers yet. In fact, one of his long-time offensive linemen doesn't think he should be considering it at all. "Not yet from my perspective, man," Steelers guard Ramon Fost... more

Forgive Oakland Raiders fans who are perhaps the least bit curious if their new star running back, who retired on a whim two years ago via Instagram during Super Bowl 50, is 100 percent on board with his latest foray in the NFL. Worry not, Raiders... more

AFC East NFC East AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South Former NFL player/scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2017 NFL Draft, spotlig... more

Could we be seeing a Jed York-Jim Harbaugh reunion anytime soon? Almost certainly not with the 49ers -- York has made clear his infatuation with new head coach-general manager duo Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch. But perhaps at the dinner table over... more

Undersized and overmatched, Justin Forsett had plenty of reasons to give up on becoming a full-time NFL starter. He was drafted and cut by the Seahawks, signed and cut by the Colts and re-signed by the Seahawks before seeing his contract expire. Shor... more

Still riding a post-draft high from this past weekend, San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York appeared on Good Morning Football †on Wednesday and lauded the working relationship of his new power structure atop football operations. The embattled executive... more

For the first time in his ownership tenure with the Jets, Woody Johnson is green-lighting a youth movement. "If you want to go to the promised land, you have to go in a certain direction," Johnson told ESPN Radio on Tuesday . "I think this is a... more

Adrian Peterson is a member of the Saints now. Needless to say, he's relentlessly optimistic about the prospect of working with Drew Brees, he's fine with splitting carries and his knee gives him no pain. Such is life during the pre-preseason; the... more

The Browns started the offseason professing their faith in 2016 third-round pick Cody Kessler, and it seems as though they might just go into Week 1 with Kessler as their starting quarterback. Executive vice president Sashi Brown said in a radio... more

Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht is garnering praise for the assembly of this current Bucs roster which, on paper, seems to give the franchise the best chance of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. But as he's learned in a... more

AFC East NFC East AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South Former NFL player/scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2017 NFL Draft, spotlig... more

After using their first two picks in the 2017 NFL Draft on safeties, the Jets have opted not to pick up the fifth-year option on former first-rounder Calvin Pryor, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. This is not a surprise given that... more

Since drafting first-round safety Jabrill Peppers, the Browns have attempted to answer the question that no other team could: How will he be used? "He's football player, a very dynamic player," Browns head coach Hue Jackson said, via the team's off... more

With 48 hours left until the deadline, the Jacksonville Jaguars finally decided to exercise the fifth-year option on quarterback Blake Bortles, the club announced on Monday morning. "This is a smart business decision for the team for several reason... more

Both the Browns and Titans seemed to come out of the 2017 NFL Draft with considerable value. They were stocked with additional ammo thanks to blockbuster trades for the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks last year. Both teams will be historically behold... more

Just two days ahead of the fifth-year option deadline, the Dolphins have made clear their plans to stick with offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James. The Dolphins picked up James' fifth-year contract option †Monday. James, 24, started all 16 games at right... more

April

After every household name disappears off the draft board -- an occurrence that usually happens somewhere after round three for the casual football fan -- we tend to think the rest of the picks don't matter. Of course, we're reminded how untrue that... more

Though he was not selected until the back end of the 2017 NFL Draft, Michigan tight end Jake Butt will find himself in an offense perfectly suited to his skills. The Denver Broncos selected Butt with the first pick of Saturday's fifth round, No. 14... more

A day after it was revealed that the Redskins were trying to deal running back Matt Jones , the Redskins took a running back early in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. With the 114th overall pick, Washington took Oklahoma's Samaje Perine , a... more

The Patriots and Brandin Cooks are settling in together just fine. New England on Saturday exercised Cooks' fifth-year option, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 2014 first-round pick was traded to New En... more

Upon selecting quarterback Ryan Nassib a few years ago in the fourth round, Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he hoped Nassib would never have to take a snap. He didn't, and Eli Manning's emergency backup moved on. That led to the selection... more

The first drafted quarterback of the John Lynch-Kyle Shanahan era is now official. The 49ers selected Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard with the 104th pick late Friday night. The grandson of Super Bowl winning general manager Bobby Beathard, C.J. thr... more

The Giants went into the 2017 draft flirting with the possibility of drafting Eli Manning's successor. For now, it seems like they'll settle for a developmental backup to compete for a spot behind the NFL's iron man quarterback. California quarte... more

The return of Martavis Bryant from suspension could be looked at as a draft pick in itself. But the Steelers weren't resting on their laurels in this year's draft -- not with a veteran quarterback to satisfy. Enter Southern California's JuJu... more

The Panthers' interest in running back-receiver hybrids apparently spilled into Friday's second round. Carolina selected Ohio State slash player Curtis Samuel with the 40th overall pick less than 24 hours after taking Stanford's pass catching runn... more

The Raiders selected Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley with the 24th overall pick in Thursday night's NFL draft, and did so comfortable with the due diligence they performed on the cornerback. That's what general manager Reggie McKenzie told The... more

The Redskins may have been following a draft battle plan partially laid out by former general manager Scot McCloughan, but are also quietly shopping one of the first picks the general manager made back in 2015. According to NFL Network Insider Ian... more

Deshaun Watson's emotional evening culminated in the 12th overall selection of Thursday night's first round. But as expected, the hard work is just beginning. Despite sacrificing nearly all of their high-end draft capital in 2018 to clear out the... more

Consider new Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky among those surprised he was selected No. 2 overall by Chicago on Thursday night. "The commissioner went to the stand and he said my name and I couldn't believe it," Trubisky said on a conference cal... more

New Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes logged plenty of firsts after getting picked 10th overall by Kansas City on Thursday night. He was the first Texas Tech quarterback to come off the board in the top 100 since 1989, when the Chargers picked Bil... more

PHILADELPHIA -- Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said that his younger brother, Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J., was better than he was at the same point in their careers. T.J. fell all the way to No. 30 on Thursday, but the Pittsburgh Steelers wer... more

PHILADELPHIA -- There is at least one NFL prospect every winter whose stock explodes during an electric pre-draft season. Enter Temple's Haason Reddick, a former walk-on at the ascending Owl program, who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with t... more

PHILADELPHIA -- Desperate to improve their depleted receiving corps and pair A.J. Green with another deep-ball wide receiver, the Bengals selected Washington wide receiver John Ross with the No. 9 overall pick on Thursday. Ross, who broke the 40-ya... more

PHILADELPHIA - In a move that aids both a struggling quarterback and an offensive line in transition, the Tom Coughlin-led Jaguars bolstered their power running game with the No. 4 overall pick Thursday night, selecting Leonard Fournette out of Louis... more

Alex Snyder began modeling his game after Tom Brady at age 10. (Photo courtesy of Tim Jenkins) PHILADELPHIA -- There are easily identifiable cultural benchmarks across all sports that alter the way a generation plays and approaches the game.... more

PHILADELPHIA -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said representatives from 14 different cities attended the draft site in Philadelphia this week to scout out a potential 2018 bid. He downplayed an ESPN report suggesting Dallas was the favorite to ho... more

PHILADELPHIA -- Around midnight on Oct. 25, 2013, Johnathan "Rudy" Ford surged awake in the team hotel. Just hours before he and the Auburn Tigers were to take on Florida Atlantic during his freshman year, Ford felt an unsettling in his stomach. O... more

PHILADELPHIA -- The night before the draft might be the most fitful sleep any person tangentially associated with the NFL has in their lifetime. For executives and coaches, it's about landing the player atop their board. For fans, it's the rush of re... more

Most established quarterbacks don't go into the final season of their deal without consideration for a new one. Sam Bradford is not like most established quarterbacks. "Honestly, I try not to think about it too much just because I don't have a wh... more

As the Titans prepare for the NFL draft on Thursday, a lack of communication between the club and running back Derrick Henry continues. Head coach Mike Mularkey on Tuesday confirmed that he still has yet to speak with the running back. Henry missed... more

Jay Cutler isn't done with the NFL yet. That's the word from Cutler's agent, Bus Cook, who did his best to swat down retirement rumors with a statement to ESPN on Tuesday. "Jay wants to play football," Cook told ESPN . "He never has mentioned... more

The secretary's name and place of employment remain a secret for Greg Gabriel even to this day, seven years after he departed his last NFL job as the director of college scouting for the Chicago Bears. During the draft's most intense moments, his... more

Jake Long, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, is hanging up the helmet. The soon-to-be 32-year-old tackle announced his decision on Twitter on Monday, almost nine years to the day after he was picked above defensive end Chris Long and Falcons... more

At nearly every twist and turn of his young career so far, the Giants have stood behind receiver Odell Beckham. On Monday, they continued that trend by picking up the receiver's fifth-year option, NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reported, per a source... more

In a pivotal draft that could help the franchise ease its Super Bowl hangover, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is carefully constructing his board to avoid major character flaws flagged by ownership. But that doesn't mean he's picking all ch... more

The Los Angeles Rams released a fun video Thursday night of new head coach Sean McVay, general manager Les Snead and executive vice president Kevin Demoff receiving "the call" from NFL Senior Director of Broadcast Michael North revealing their 2017... more

We will not get a chance to hear Tony Romo call a Cowboys game until at least Nov. 5. Based on the network listings for Dallas' schedule, which was released Thursday night on NFL Network, the Cowboys only have two games televised by Romo's new... more

Thanks to the retirement of wide receiver Steve Smith, the Baltimore Ravens now have a shortage of quick-witted, trash-talking wide receivers. Mike Wallace understands the void, and plans to fill it. "I just have to curse a couple more people out... more

Easiest Schedules Toughest Schedules Schedule release day in the NFL is rarely met with a cacophony of cheers from the league's head coaches. That's because winning games in the NFL is not easy. No matter how the schedule breaks down, it wil... more

Colin Kaepernick has been named one of the world's most influential people. Time magazine placed the quarterback on its prestigious list of the planet's 100 most influential individuals of 2017, which was revealed Thursday. Kaepernick, who sparked... more

The most clear-eyed Browns fans have spent the pre-draft process dreaming of a scenario where Cleveland selects consensus top prospect Myles Garrett at No. 1, then uses its second first-rounder (No. 12) to swoop in and nab the top quarterback on the... more

AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC East NFC East With the 2017 NFL Draft around the corner, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are breaking down the biggest areas of need... more

Hello Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone. Goodbye ping-pong tables and divided locker rooms. In one of the more time-tested offseason tropes involving new head coaches and management, the Jaguars have opted to haul the ping-pong table out of their locke... more

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not attend Wednesday's Super Bowl LI celebration at the White House. "I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today," the quarterback said in a statement released Wednesday mor... more

Expectations are high for the 2017 Tennessee Titans, but don't ask linebacker Brian Orakpo about that. "We have work to do, man," Orakpo told reporters Tuesday, via the team's official website . "What do I look like, a sucker? We have work to do.... more

AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC East NFC East With the 2017 NFL Draft around the corner, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are breaking down the biggest areas of need... more

A Browns trade for Jimmy Garoppolo has been considered without merit for some time now, as the Patriots simply don't want to part ways with their potential successor to Tom Brady . However, it would make sense that any new life in talks between... more

Denver Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders sees big numbers on the horizon. The word "pass-happy" was thrown around Monday at the team's facility in Denver despite a bit of a mystery at the quarterback position. Trevor Siemian enters the season as the... more

With the Oakland Raiders' near future in flux, their star defensive player has adjusted one of the club's iconic phrases to suit their current situation. "Just win now," Mack said, via the Mercury News with a play off former owner Al Davis' Just W... more

AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC East NFC East With the 2017 NFL Draft around the corner, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are breaking down the biggest areas of need... more

Texans star pass rusher J.J. Watt has arrived at voluntary workouts set to reclaim his role as the NFL's John Cena. However, this time, he does so with a different perspective. After rushing back from a herniated disc a year ago, which cost him 13... more

Consider Derek Carr a fan of the potential Marshawn Lynch-Oakland Raiders experiment. "I think it would be awesome just to have him around," Carr told NFL Network's Steve Wyche Monday in an interview which aired on Up To The Minute Live . "He's a g... more

For the Rams, it's shape-shifting season in Los Angeles. The arrival of a new coaching staff means potentially new positions for some of the Rams' more notable players. According to the team's official site , 2014 second-round pick Lamarcus Joyner... more

AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC East NFC East With the 2017 NFL Draft around the corner, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are breaking down the biggest areas of need... more

Staring down the prospect of losing yet another one of their defensive cornerstones, the Carolina Panthers acted Monday by signing star defensive tackle Kawann Short to a five-year deal, according to the team's official site. NFL Network Insider Ia... more

One of the advantages to being an unemployed veteran this time of the year is that the tedious minutiae of organized team activities is beyond you. Teams are rolling with their current crop until after the draft before reassessing their needs and hit... more

Coming off his most significant week of pre-draft workouts and meetings since the NFL Scouting Combine in March, top tight end prospect O.J. Howard has one visit left before the draft begins on April 27 -- the Atlanta Falcons. He'll head to Georgia... more

Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice president of officiating and a longtime operative in the league's instant replay department, is leaving his post for a network television position, according to a league memo obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian... more

The Titans have parted ways with their longest-tenured player. Cornerback Jason McCourty was officially released by the Titans on Monday. The 29-year-old twin brother of Patriots safety Devin announced the move Thursday on the pair's shared Twitter... more

In the scattershot moments when Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decides to let his guard down and give the rest of the world a glimpse into his personal life, philosophies, fears and goals, it's difficult to boil down a wide-ranging conversation i... more

Now-retired safety Antrel Rolle played with two of the NFL's most notoriously withdrawn quarterbacks in Eli Manning and Jay Cutler. But when asked about Cutler's shortcomings, Rolle noted one difference between the two. "He was a little bit more la... more

As it stands right now, 2016 second-round pick Myles Jack will be a three-down linebacker for the Jaguars this season after spotty situational duty last season. "I tried to show flashes when I could," Jack, a consensus first-round pick before quest... more

Are the Patriots still looking for running back help or are they merely trying to troll the rest of the AFC East? According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, New England recently hosted Bills running back Mike Gillislee on a visit. This is... more

If NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly was in charge of the Browns, he would ensure Hue Jackson remained the head coach through the team's rebuild. The former NFL general manager believes coaches under pressure are more prone to drafting a quarterba... more

The after-the-fact injury admission has become a natural part of spring football workouts. Players who had a down year often admit,†yes that injury you'd been asking me about all season really did hurt but I couldn't say it at the time. Enter Br... more

One of the best free agents remaining on the market still has an offer on the table from his former team, but now he's taking visits elsewhere. After weeks of inactivity, former Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins visited with the Colts on Tu... more

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has heard those of you out there comparing his career to Tony Romo's. "We're not deaf or blind to those comparisons," Rivers told KLSD-AM in San Diego this week (via ESPN.com ). "I've heard that many times over th... more

Injuries to Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (ankle, back) and A.J. Green (hamstring) came to define what was a regressive season for coach Marvin Lewis' team in the AFC North last year. But as we inch closer to the start of their offseason workouts,... more

New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine isn't among those lining up to trash free-agent cornerback Darrelle Revis. In fact, he still expects his former teammate to land on an NFL roster this year. "At the beginning of the year he had some troubles,"... more

Cleveland Browns beware: If you don't draft Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick this April, he vows to take it out on you for the next decade. "I'm just gonna make plays and bring a good atmosphere to your organization,... more

For three more NFL teams, "Phase One" begins Monday. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams all start the first leg of their offseason training activities a week ahead of the NFL schedule. Teams with a new head coach were perm... more

Desperate for more help in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' secondary, the Los Angeles Rams have turned to one of the more experienced cornerbacks left on the open market. Nickell Robey-Coleman, the 25-year-old slot corner who came up as an... more

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has spent the better part of a decade without the type of big-body, 6-foot-5 receiver that can change his fortunes in the red zone. And on Thursday, when discussing new acquisition Brandon Marshall, he made sure to... more

Marvin Lewis will be entering the final year of his Bengals contract without the promise of a new deal coming. "I don't anticipate anything happening," Lewis told ESPN.com . The last time Lewis neared lame-duck status , he agreed on a one-year... more

Six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans might†have said his goodbyes to New Orleans (again), but that doesn't mean he's saying goodbye to the NFL. "I had a good season last year, we did a lot of good things, and I'm just waiting for that phone call, r... more

In the days following Tony Romo's retirement, fans and media have been stuck in a dog-chase-tail game where they try and properly contextualize the quarterback's career. Is Romo a Hall of Famer? Is Romo the best quarterback in Cowboys history? Is... more

The atmosphere is ripe for a running back rivalry in Los Angeles, but fellow 2015 first-round picks Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon don't seem interested in sizing each other up now that they'll be playing for the same city. "It's what you guys make... more

A Marshawn Lynch comeback just got one step closer to reality. The heralded power back met with head coach Jack Del Rio at the team's facility Wednesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. If Del Rio signs off on Lynch, all of the red tape... more

While it was likely understood, Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin needed to fully relinquish his desire to be a head coach in Jacksonville and focus on his over-arching management responsibilities. But will the inclination still be ther... more

Former NFL wideout Chad Johnson , who is now the guy in your local YMCA pickup league who keeps his own cumulative statistics, made a brief return to the football field recently to battle with Antonio Brown. Their shenanigans unfolded on social med... more

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is back. "This was my first time actually sprinting and actually doing full movement things," Taylor, who had groin surgery shortly after the 2016 season, told the team's official site after voluntary workouts on Mon... more

Tony Romo has chosen retirement. Despite interest from at least one playoff-ready NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys legend and four-time Pro Bowler retired from playing on Tuesday and was officially released by the team. Romo will work for CBS this se... more

The Buffalo Bills are hard at work crafting their new identity under freshly-minted head coach Sean McDermott, and after one workout as a non-participant, it seems Sammy Watkins will be part of that process. "Sammy looks good," McDermott told repor... more

Tony Romo will go down as one of the best quarterbacks in Cowboys history -- not an easy feat considering the franchise's good fortune with signal callers over the years. Unlike predecessors Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, Romo did not win a Super B... more

NFC: North East West South Ranks AFC: North East West South Ranks The power structure of the NFC East seemed to shift dramatically last year with the emergence of two Dallas Cowboys rookies: quarterback Dak Prescott a... more

In what appears to be the next step toward Tony Romo moving on from Dallas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has reached out to all 31 NFL teams letting them know that "they are permitted to contact Tony Romo or his agent to schedule a workout, visit or... more

Jerome Bettis, a running back who defied father time far longer than others, thinks Adrian Peterson still has "it." "Oh, he definitely still has it," Bettis said in an interview on NFL Network's†Up To The Minute on Monday. "We gotta look at a runn... more

Now that the NFL draft is a traveling roadshow, could one of the next stops be Green Bay, Wisconsin? The Packers have submitted proposals to host each draft between 2019 and 2021, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . At the Annual League... more

The Browns value draft picks in the vein of noted team builder Jimmy Johnson, and Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta's vague title allows him the leeway to rethink a lot of football's old fashioned methods as he tries to help rebuild the Cleveland... more

March

The Saints traded in Brandin Cooks for an older, supposedly tougher model this offseason, and Saints head coach Sean Payton is just fine with that. "I made this comment: I think this guy has played better in the middle to the back half of his caree... more

The tight end position is in demand, and business is booming for top prospect O.J. Howard. In the next week, Howard has an on-campus workout scheduled with the Carolina Panthers, followed by visits with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bear... more

Bruce Arians isn't scared of overworking his star running back. "He's still too young to overuse," Arians said of David Johnson on Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. He added: "I want to have 30 touches out of him, if possible, becau... more

Chris Odom is hoping a team gives him a chance in the NFL after a late-career surge at Arkansas State. (Butch Dill/Associated Press) In between workouts back home in Arlington, Texas, Chris Odom was left to ponder his place in the vast expanse... more

While it might be some standard offseason trope material to some, the Chicago Bears don't feel they're far away from contending again. "Going back to a lot of the changes, we've had a lot of change," coach John Fox said at the Annual League Meeting... more

Seeking help adjusting to the Los Angeles market, the Chargers have turned to a franchise legend for assistance. Five-time Pro Bowler LaDainian Tomlinson will become a special assistant to ownership, the Chargers announced Thursday. Tomlinson, who... more

After the draft, the hard work begins for the Super Bowl contending Raiders: Find a way to sign quarterback Derek Carr to a long-term extension while still leaving some money in the pot for Khalil Mack and Gabe Jackson. "He knows what we're trying... more

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is ready for some real talk when it comes to franchise quarterback Cam Newton. "He's gonna have to rebuild his confidence. I mean, he was shook. Let's be honest. I'm not going to lie about that," Rivera said... more

It isn't just the Texans and Broncos who apparently want Tony Romo. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, both CBS and FOX have expressed interest in hiring the quarterback as a football analyst for next season, and he's mulling offers fro... more

This might have not been the most comfortable morning to wake up as a franchise quarterback drafted in the early 2000s. The talk around the Annual League Meeting this week in Phoenix was centered on heir apparent discovery for some of the best pass... more

Teddy Bridgewater is back on the field. In an uplifting post sent to his private Instagram account followers Tuesday, Bridgewater provided the first evidence of himself throwing the ball and moving around since sustaining a horrific dislocated knee... more

Thanks to some salary-cap maneuvering, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will remain in Dallas for life. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the four-year contract extension through 2021 -- which Witten signed Tuesday and was first reported... more

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch was happy with the team's return to prominence this season, but thought they might have wasted an opportunity to win another Super Bowl. His opinion, interestingly enough, was buoyed by some intel from Patriots owner Rob... more

The Giants held up their end of the bargain and offered Packers CEO Mark Murphy $100 to fix the hole Odell Beckham Jr. punched into the wall at Lambeau Field last January, according to The Daily News . "I made an offer to Mark Murphy to pay for the... more

Miami Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum is pleased with the team's offseason so far, and he isn't trying to stay in lockstep with the Patriots after years of trying do so with the Jets. "Look, all you can do is control your own team... more

Over the past few seasons, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has talked about playing until he's 50 years old , playing until he's 45 years old and playing into his early 40s . Now, the team's ownership is also giving a window into their 39-year-old... more

The word Raiders legend Tim Brown was looking for was bittersweet but he settled for something else. When asked about the Raiders' impending move to Las Vegas, it was really all he could come up with. "Is there such a word as happy-sad? I think th... more

The pro day is often a collegiate athlete's last rite of passage before graduating on to the NFL. But for Malik Hooker , he still feels like he's part of the Ohio State family. "It hasn't hit me yet," Hooker told NFL.com just after the Ohio State p... more

From a bird's eye view, some former NFL players could tell Marshawn Lynch was running out of gas. "Here's the thing. I was looking at Marshawn in Seattle. As a football player, I don't know Marshawn personally, but I thought his tank was empty," Na... more

Bruce Allen, president of the Washington Redskins, broke his public silence Sunday surrounding the firing of general manager Scot McCloughan. Speaking in Phoenix at the Annual League Meeting, Allen noted that McCloughan, who was let go two weeks a... more

Not much has been heard from the best interior defensive linemen left on the market, Johnathan Hankins. According to NFL Network's Kimberly Jones, it isn't for a lack of effort from the Giants. #NYG continue to offer Johnathan Hankins a multi-year... more

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman very much believes in this year's draft. So much so that he was willing to rationalize the trade of Kony Ealy to the Patriots, which essentially netted him a second-round pick eight slots higher than t... more

Former Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil was reunited with his brother, Panthers center Ryan, in free agency this offseason. But he arrived in his new destination without a Twitter account. "After playing in Minnesota, I just got rid of my Twitte... more

Has Cleveland Browns franchise stalwart Joe Thomas changed his tune on selecting a franchise quarterback? "I know that Mitchell Trubisky is probably the guy that has the most upside potential in a pro-style offense in the NFL, and I don't see thos... more

Ever the optimist, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks this will be a good season to be a Green Bay fan. But is there still some work left to do in free agency? "We probably need a couple more pieces on defense before the season starts, but... more

Could the Johnny Manziel comeback tour now have an ounce of credibility? NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the wayward quarterback and former Browns first-round pick was spotted with Saints head coach Sean Payton at breakfast durin... more

Peyton Manning, in a public appearance at the Las Vegas Adobe Summit on Wednesday, did his best to downplay all the juiciest rumors surrounding his life after football. For the record, he says he is not looking to run a football team or represent t... more

Torrey Smith was able to escape what he called two "terrible" seasons with the 49ers and land a job with the Philadelphia Eagles fairly quickly in free agency. His former teammate, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has not been so lucky. On his Twitte... more

The NFL Competition Committee will have a busy agenda next week when it meets in Phoenix for the Annual League Meeting, according to NFL vice president Troy Vincent. One provision the group is exploring in particular could have a profound impact on g... more

As the Patriots continue to overhaul and upgrade their weapons on offense, one of their homegrown pieces might give them the most hope heading into 2017: Second-year wideout Malcolm Mitchell. The Georgia product slowly earned Tom Brady's trust over... more

When Shaquill Griffin was starting to play competitive sports as a young child, his father, Terry, called him "the sleeper," because people would never see him coming until the last minute. He is a 6-foot tall defensive back from the University of... more

Retired running back Marshawn Lynch is mulling an NFL return, but it only would be as a member of the Oakland Raiders, according to reporting over the past few days by†NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo . NFL Network's... more

Geno Smith is resurfacing in the place where it all started: New York. The Giants signed Smith to a one-year contract worth $2 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported . Smith likely will be brought in as training camp competition. Smit... more

The stacked veteran running back market just received a jolt of intrigue: the potential reintroduction of Marshawn Lynch. "Beast Mode" is being looked at as a potential option for the Oakland Raiders, a source informed of the team's interest told N... more

The Buccaneers are not sitting idly by as 2016 second-round pick Roberto Aguayo works out his struggles in real time. After a rookie season durign which he went a league-worst 22 of 31 on field goals, Tampa Bay management responded over the weekend... more

The NFL on Monday released a statement confirming that a joint operation between the league, the New England Patriots' security team and the FBI recovered quarterback Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl LI jersey. The uniform top, which had an assessed v... more

After yet another winter and spring where the Jacksonville Jaguars spent lavishly in free agency, quarterback Blake Bortles is trying to hold up his end of the bargain. In what has amounted to a make-or-break year for the former No. 3 overall pick,... more

After meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Alabama's pro day and the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, top tight end prospect O.J. Howard is going back to the grind. The quiet times are likely aided by the overwhelming positivity that has underlined... more

File the following under general managers will not rule anything out before the draft. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco was asked Thursday on NFL Network whether or not he might be in the market for Philip Rivers' successor in the upcoming dra... more

Former Giants pass rusher Damontre Moore signed with the Dallas Cowboys this week, making it his fifth NFL team in four years. The former third-round pick was selected out of Texas A&M by the Giants in 2013. For most people, this will barely regist... more

Could there be a new No. 89 in Oakland? New Raiders tight end Jared Cook, who has worn No. 89 each year since his rookie season in 2009, doesn't sound like a player unprepared to purchase his digits off Oakland's former first-round pick. "I don't... more

Kony Ealy played with some top-flight defensive linemen in Carolina, which allowed the situational rusher to maximize his opportunities on the field. But in New England, he's especially excited to work with Patriots 2015 fourth-round pick Trey Flow... more

As Dontari Poe's free agency tour continues, one NFL head coach is hoping he left the right impression on the former first-round pick. "He was taking one more visit, so hopefully we'll have some news here in next day or so," Falcons head coach Dan... more

New Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 2,317 yards and 20 touchdowns over his first two seasons, not to mention 77 catches for 684 yards and four touchdowns. But because he plowed through an injury-riddled 2015, got significantly injured i... more

Brandin Cooks has no ill will toward the New Orleans Saints for putting him on the trading block and sending him to New England. "Well, first of all, once I found out about it I was thankful for the opportunity to play in New Orleans and the opport... more

Moments after his legal issues were cleared up in a Pittsburgh area court Wednesday, former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis shifted his focus toward the football field and described a player who is lighter and healthier than the struggling veteran th... more

Julius Peppers didn't return to Carolina for the Derek Jeter treatment. "We haven't really talked about that," Peppers told local radio station WFNZ-AM on Wednesday, via The Charlotte Observer when asked about his role on the Panthers. "I can say... more

The Bengals have a decent amount of salary-cap space but have defined their offseason by watching some of their most talented players walk in free agency. Outside of the Dre Kirkpatrick re-signing, players have seen valued teammates like Kevin Zeit... more

Upon signing with the Jaguars, Calais Campbell was sold on their bedrock of young talent and viewed himself as the final piece of the puzzle. Before that? He didn't even get a chance to speak with head coach Doug Marrone or executive vice presiden... more

DeMarcus Ware says he turned down a $9 million offer to play football in 2017 with a team he would not name. That's what the all-world pass rusher told the MMQB upon his decision to retire after 12 NFL seasons and 138.5 sacks. Ware said his mind... more

The best free agent remaining on the board is close to making his decision. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower likely will decide between the Jets and Patriots on Wednesday, with the strong likelihood being that he chooses to return to New England, accor... more

Jarvis Jones is leaving Pittsburgh. The former first-round pick visited the Cardinals on Monday and signed with them Tuesday, the team announced. Jones, 27, took the field in 14 games last year, logging a sack and an interception. Phased out by t... more

After sampling nearly all the veteran running back talent on the free-agent market, the Seahawks decided to sign Eddie Lacy on Tuesday. Lacy's representatives, Sports Trust Advisors, announced on Twitter he has agreed to terms with team. NFL Networ... more

A short time after lobbying for a return to Minnesota on his Snapchat page, two-time Pro Bowl receiver and return man Cordarrelle Patterson decided to sign with the Oakland Raiders. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Patterson's deal wi... more

We have arrived at the second wave of free agency. A manic, unpredictable, big-spending frenzy highlighted the opening of the 2017 league year, but in a lot of ways, the best is yet to come. One marquee quarterback could be on the move, while anoth... more

Washington's new wideout, Terrelle Pryor, wasn't exactly panicking about the Redskins' quarterback situation upon his arrival. He's seen worse in Cleveland. "I don't want to say it was my first priority because at the end of the day you want to b... more

Nick Foles is back in Philadelphia. A few weeks after the Chiefs declined to pick up his option, the wayward starter is making his way back home on a two-year contract, according to the club. The Eagles made the transaction official †Monday morning... more

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is trying to close the book on the Brock Osweiler era. "I think (general manager) Rick Smith's statement said it all," O'Brien told the Houston Chronicle . "We wish Brock the best, but we're moving on." The... more

The Packers offensive line is breaking up. Just a few days after the Browns nabbed center JC Tretter, the Lions inked guard T.J. Lang to a three-year deal. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the deal averages $9.5 million with $19 mil... more

Former Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has already spoken with the Bears, Redskins and Raiders this offseason, but his heart may still be in Minnesota. On his Snapchat account Saturday night, Patterson posted a series of messages which inclu... more

A couple of AFC South teams could be looking to upgrade their respective defensive lines. In what would make one of the most obvious pairings of the free agent season, the Colts are bringing in former Chiefs first-round pick Dontari Poe for a visit... more

We're no longer solely working off Adrian Peterson's lengthy list of ideal destinations. The Seattle Seahawks broke the ice and brought in the All-Pro running back for a visit on Sunday, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. For those wh... more

After a decade in Pittsburgh, Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons is flying south. The Miami Dolphins inked the productive and versatile linebacker to a two-year, $12 million deal, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 30-year-old was... more

Robert Griffin III is done in Cleveland. A day before his $750,000 roster bonus was due, the team let the former NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year hit free agency, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The team later made the announcemen... more

Contrary to popular belief, Malcolm Butler's agent would like everyone to know that he's not asking the Patriots for the moon. "The Patriots haven't approached Malcolm about his contract since last year, and anything that says he keeps asking for t... more

If new Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall was on the team last year, would the much ballyhooed boat incident in Miami ever have taken place? "You know what? No, it doesn't happen. Well, I can't say that because everyone is different, but I woul... more

The Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns stunned the football world on Thursday just as the new league year opened, swinging an NBA-style trade that sent quarterback Brock Osweiler and a 2018 second-round draft pick to the Browns, who will simply eat... more

The marriage between Mike Glennon and the Chicago Bears has been sealed. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback officially joined the Bears on a three-year deal Friday, the team announced. His contract includes $18.5 million in guarantees, sou... more

DeSean Jackson has found a new home in Tampa Bay. In what seemed like the perfect union all along, Jackson has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers, the team announced Thursday. The deal is for three years and $33.5 million, including $20 million in... more

While the rest of the football world awaits some resolution on Washington's front office situation, the team continues to watch free agents walk out the door. Defensive tackle Chris Baker, No. 27 on Around The NFL's top free agents list is joining... more

In what is becoming a recurring theme in free agency, one of the best cornerbacks on the open market will likely land with the New England Patriots. Former Bills first-round pick and 2016 Pro Bowler Stephon Gilmore is expected to sign with the Patr... more

Upgrading a haphazard offensive line was a crucial part of Cleveland's free agency game plan in 2017, and they have thrown some serious money around on Day 1. The Browns took care of their own first, re-signing 2014 second-round pick Joel Bitonio t... more

On Wednesday, Jaguars owner Shad Khan made clear that 2016 and the few years prior under his watch were unacceptable. A little more than 24 hours later, his team has landed one of the most exciting young players in free agency. According to NFL... more

The Browns are on the board. With more than $100 million in cap space to spend, Cleveland went after and got former Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt. The wideout's deal is worth $32.5 million over four years, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapo... more

A huge market might not develop for former Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles this offseason but, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, he won't need one. There is "strong mutual interest" between the four-time Pro Bowler and the Seat... more

Less than 24 hours before the start of free agency, the Bills have the market on fullbacks cornered. Earlier Wednesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Buffalo agreed in principle with Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco on a four-year... more

New Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin was brought in to fire up the base during the team's state of the franchise address on Wednesday. His weapon of choice? A pretty intense Bruce Lee anecdote. Here it is, in all its glory: "Bruce... more

While Jaguars owner Shad Khan has championed the patient rebuilding of Jacksonville over the past four years, he has sharpened his tone of late. Soon, he expects to see a winner in Florida. "Before I continue, I do want to emphasize that this is th... more

In one of the more stunning twists of the early free agency period, former Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has jumped across town to join the New York Giants, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The development was first reported by... more

Torrey Smith was released by the 49ers after two terrible seasons on Tuesday, allowing him the chance to select his next destination via free agency. It should come as no surprise that he did not enjoy his time in the Bay Area under head coaches Ji... more

Washington might be losing a lot of its best offensive players from 2016 to free agency, but it will remain loaded at tight end. After a pleasantly surprising comeback season last year, the Redskins have signed Vernon Davis to a new deal, the team... more

New 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan continues to eye the best talent he coached in Washington. As NFL Network's Michael Silver noted Tuesday, Kirk Cousins is the crown jewel of that pipeline, but NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday... more

Post-combine reflections: O.J. Howard John Ross T.J. Watt O.J. Howard heard about all the NFL Scouting combine horror stories leading up to his week in Indianapolis, but he came away with the same cool, collected demeanor with which he... more

As the NFL glides into the first day of negotiations in free agency, one of the major dominoes could already have his preferred destination in mind. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Mike Glennon has his... more

For teams with a seriously injured superstar, the offseason workout Instagram post serves as a beacon of hope for the following season. Behold, Seahawks fans: Earl Thomas is jogging for the first time since he broke his leg in early December. Fir... more

A bit of cozy, impromptu interview stole viewers' hearts on NFL Network Sunday when New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick visited Mike Mayock and Rich Eisen in the booth during the combine telecast and Belichick was connected via headset wit... more

The Titans remain optimistic about the prognosis of their star quarterback, Marcus Mariota. Head coach Mike Mularkey said at the combine this week that Mariota, who broke his right fibula at the end of December and is currently spending time at his... more

The Seahawks made an interesting, if slightly under-the-radar move this offseason by signing former Vikings kicker Blair Walsh. Walsh, who missed a kick that would have pushed the Vikings into the divisional round of the playoffs but instead lifted t... more

Earlier this week at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he had not spoken with Tony Romo since the end of the season. Owner Jerry Jones, however, told reporters this week that he has had "one extended" visit... more

Former Jets center Nick Mangold was hoping to convince the Jets he could stay. "I was hoping there was going to be a negotiation of some sort to get something worked out," Mangold told The New York Post . "But when you're told, 'Hey, we're cutting... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dolphins head coach Adam Gase's blunt style took center stage this week at the NFL Scouting Combine. After a year of honing his personal style, Gase is establishing himself as a hybrid between some of his previous mentors like Nick... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here at the NFL Scouting Combine, general managers typically spend a portion of their time meeting with the representatives of their soon-to-be free agents. Talent takes priority, which is why so much of the chatter leaking out of the... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Jaguars are not bailing on quarterback Blake Bortles. Over the last two days at the NFL Scouting Combine, their decision-makers have made that extremely clear. But that does not mean they'll trip over themselves to sign Bortles... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hype surrounding the Los Angeles Chargers is already nearing a fever pitch. The combination of an energetic, new head coach and the defensive rookie of the year will do that for a team. But the more we learn about the health of... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Browns head coach Hue Jackson essentially stuck to legalese when speaking about Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III. The team owes Griffin a $750,000 roster bonus in less than two weeks, and may or may not be including him in thei... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- New 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watched the second half of Atlanta's Super Bowl loss the day after. "Mainly with the second half to watch through it so I could ... when you see things live, you want to make sure watching the tape... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts aren't rushing Andrew Luck back onto the field. Though it was not a surprise revelation Wednesday, new Colts general manager Chris Ballard said that he spoke with Luck but preferred to keep their conversation private. Luck... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians doesn't seem as down on this class of quarterbacks as others. "I see, so far, five to six really good arms," Arians said Wednesday. "Guys with good stature and my job is to find out more and... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's been two years since Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone opted out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills, which started his wayward journey back into the driver's seat of an NFL franchise. Now that he's had time to reflect... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown jokingly accused a reporter Wednesday of asking a "backdoor Garoppolo" question during his media session here at the combine. This came after several other (failed) attempts at prodding the... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Falcons coach Dan Quinn is taking a relentlessly positive approach to the 2017 offseason after arguably the most heartbreaking loss in NFL history. Unprompted, Quinn acknowledged that reporters would probably ask him about the 35-28... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The decision to keep or cut Tyrod Taylor before the March 11 deadline is not Sean McDermott's to make alone. But he feels he is in lockstep with general manager Doug Whaley as they grind through the process. "We are absolutely in... more

February

At least one other NFL head coach not named Jason Garrett expects Dak Prescott to continue his high level of play in 2017. "I'm not even talking or discussing sophomore slumps," Saints head coach Sean Payton said on KESN-FM in Dallas earlier this... more

Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu might be guilty of wishful thinking, but he doesn't think the Falcons should be defined by their performance in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI. "I mean, it's however you guys want to interpret it as. Us as a... more

The Minnesota Vikings have big fish to fry at the moment, like figuring out what they want to do with Adrian Peterson, fixing their patchwork offensive line and determining what future, if any, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has with the club. But o... more

Whatever the Vikings are planning to do with Adrian Peterson, they're not saying publicly. According to ESPN.com , general manager Rick Spielman has not spoken to Adrian Peterson or his representatives yet. The team has until March 9 -- the beginni... more

A year after negotiating his own deal in free agency, Broncos offensive tackle and former first-round pick Russell Okung finds himself back on the market. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Broncos have declined to pick up the optio... more

Veteran free agent Josh McCown is watching the quarterback carousel as closely as anyone, and the teams looking for signal callers have an eye on him, too. In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, McCown said that "four or five teams" h... more

Lost in the Browns' miserable 2016 season was the fact that former first-round pick Danny Shelton played quite well. And this offseason, he went under the knife to repair a nagging wrist injury that he felt was holding him back. @bodieondacorner... more

The broken right fibula sustained by Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota got lost in the shuffle a bit nationally, especially with the dominant Oakland Raiders losing Derek Carr to a broken leg around the same time. But Mariota, and the Titans' brass... more

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was roundly praised for the coaching staff he was able to put together in Los Angeles. The luring of former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley to be defensive coordinator and the retaining of offensive coordinator Ken... more

Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth has been synonymous with the Cincinnati Bengals since his arrival with the team 12 years ago back in 2005. But that might not be the case moving forward. "Cincinnati's been wonderful and it's been something that... more

No general manager would say, "We prefer to build our team through veteran free agency," but the first few weeks of the free agency period are still some of the most important on the NFL schedule. With a handful of moves -- adding Dominique... more

The Oakland Raiders will go as quarterback Derek Carr goes. The end of the 2016 season made that perfectly clear. But the future is looking bright for the one-time 2016 MVP candidate, who suffered a broken fibula less than two months ago. On NFL†To... more

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is reveling in the team's fifth Super Bowl title. "Think about the eight days I had. We had Elton John perform at a party. We have the Super bowl where from the depths of depression we go to the elation of a victory," Kr... more

LeGarrette Blount works in New England. He's productive there, he's seemingly at peace there, and he wins Super Bowls there. So naturally, the 30-year-old running back would prefer to remain with the Patriots should the free agency winds take him t... more

Captain Munnerlyn is advocating for nickel cornerbacks everywhere. "They are finally realizing that it's a big position," he said, via ESPN.com . "You're playing nickel 80 percent of the time of the game. If teams gameplan you, they might not do th... more

New San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch clearly missed the competitive drive that comes with working for an NFL team. But he will also miss the stability a life on football's periphery provided him. Speaking to reporters after his... more

With a brand-new general manager learning the NFL's business side, the San Francisco 49ers will have to figure out how their first-time head coach will split his time with John Lynch this offseason. On Friday, that first-time coach, Kyle Shanahan,... more

Kyle Shanahan left a team armed with Matt Ryan, Taylor Gabriel, Mohamed Sanu, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and the best wide receiver in football, Julio Jones. Now in San Francisco, his list of professional-grade weapons includes Carlos Hyde and... more

Who says a general manager can't affect a team's bottom line before his first draft or free agency? While he's waiting, John Lynch is working the phones and closing season ticket deals in San Francisco. How do you seal the deal to make a #49ers... more

At 32, former 49ers star linebacker Patrick Willis does not seem to regret his early retirement from the NFL one bit. "That inclination (to play) only comes for a split second," he told The Mercury News . "And then it's, 'Nope, nope, I'm cool.'"... more

What is the meaning of all this? The Giants been making some interesting moves. ‚?? Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) February 16, 2017 The only moves made by the Giants so far were salary cap-cutting measures. The team released beloved wideout... more

The Broncos re-hiring of Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator might have been the best non-head coaching move by a new staff this offseason, in part because of McCoy's flexibility as a playcaller and Denver's uncertainty at the position. In a recent... more

Dipping your toes into the which receivers should make the Hall of Fame debate seems like a good way to get screamed at by a Twitter egg these days, so, presented without much of an opinion, here is what Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner said abo... more

The 2016 NFL season just ended -- but the 2017 NFL season is coming. As the NFL Scouting Combine nears, NFL.com looks forward by looking backward, grading the 2016 rookie class for each team and identifying what the front office should focus on this... more

Put the key in the ignition. It's time for some offseason quarterback news. According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Chiefs are "likely to pass on Nick Foles' option for 2017." This would make the former Eagles standout and Rams bust a free ag... more

As new coaches often do, Anthony Lynn is rejecting the parts of his public perception that tie him to unsuccessful coaches and accentuating the ones that link him to the more successful mentors of the past. In a recent interview with ESPN, the Los... more

On one hand, it's a reflection of the Browns' current state that their top offseason priority is a quarterback turned wide receiver who caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. On the other, it is a reflection of their current st... more

The 2016 NFL season just ended -- but the 2017 NFL season is coming. As the NFL Scouting Combine nears, NFL.com looks forward by looking backward, grading the 2016 rookie class for each team and identifying what the front office should focus on this... more

The offseason is a time for healing, and Seattle's best pass rusher opted to go under the knife. Defensive end Cliff Avril posted on Instagram Tuesday that "Surgery was a success!!! God is Good!!! Now my wife has three babies to take care of lol... more

The Baltimore Ravens' most significant offensive upgrade so far this offseason was the addition of former 49ers and Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who will be serving as the team's assistant head coach and tight ends coach. And in an effor... more

Have we seen the last of Victor Cruz and the Giants? The team announced Monday they have released the former undrafted free agent turned star wideout. NFL Network's Kimberly Jones, citing a source close to the receiver, said Cruz was doing "ok" upo... more

Contrary to claims elsewhere, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might actually have the best words and he debuted another set of them this weekend in an interview with 103.3 FM in Dallas. No longer talking about circumcising the mosquito , Jones was... more

In the aftermath if Super Bowl LI, inactive Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd tweeted pictures of himself kissing the Lombardi Trophy with the caption Talk about a 180. #believeinyourself #SuperBowlChampions," and another, two days later, that re... more

The 2016 NFL season just ended -- but the 2017 NFL season is coming. As the NFL Scouting Combine nears, NFL.com looks forward by looking backward, grading the 2016 rookie class for each team and identifying what the front office should focus on this... more

Immediately following the Patriots' overtime victory in Super Bowl LI, a portion of Falcons fans were wondering why James White's winning touchdown carry was not reviewed. It was a sentiment echoed by Falcons receiver Julio Jones himself, who calmly... more

New Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley had more than a few options after he was let go by the Jaguars in December, but the talent level in Los Angeles was especially rich. While Bradley would never admit that's the reason he chose the team o... more

The 2016 NFL season just ended -- but the 2017 NFL season is coming. As the NFL Scouting Combine nears, NFL.com looks forward by looking backward, grading the 2016 rookie class for each team and identifying what the front office should focus on this... more

Jets receiver Brandon Marshall doesn't see himself as a salary-cap casualty. The 32-year-old wideout is scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2017 -- a relative bargain for a receiver capable of putting up 100-plus catches and 1,500 yards in a season l... more

The Atlanta Falcons are making some alterations to their defensive coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Richard Smith is being replaced while defensive line coach Bryan Cox is being let go by the team, a team source informed of the moves told NFL... more

They forgot about DeSean. In an Instagram post made moments after the completion of Super Bowl LI, the Washington Redskins signaled the end of the 2016 season and beginning of the 2017 season. It featured tenured stars Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, Jo... more

Brian Billick was holed up in that Mobile, Alabama, hotel suite for the better part of a week back in 1999. Like a young, disheveled Don Corleone, he preferred the solitude to the horde of favor-seeking companions -- in this case, assistants from oth... more

Tom Brady was more than happy to accept his fourth Super Bowl MVP award, though he had his own ideas on who should have taken it home. "I think James White deserves it," Brady said of the Patriots running back. "It'd be nice for him. It took a real... more

Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted to make one thing about Tom Brady clear on Monday: It is personally aggravating to the head coach to imply that Brady somehow worked harder or longer simply to make it to this point and exact revenge on the NFL... more

Anyone who has ever covered an NFL game or watched one in a crowded area of luxury suites and boxes knows that the post-event elevator is a fickle creature. Sometimes, the elevator comes right away and you are whisked to your destination. Sometimes... more

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman may have taken over any trademarks for The Catch uttered anytime soon. In what may have been the greatest individual play made by a wide receiver in recent Super Bowl history (Giants receiver David Tyree being the... more

For the better part of three quarters, NFL legend Dwight Freeney was a big part of the beat down. His spin move pass rushes were helping knock Tom Brady to the ground and fluster the mechanical Patriots offense. But at the end of the night as New... more

Barring any future incidents from pass rusher Aldon Smith, the Raiders' defense is about to get a whole lot better in March. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, that is the expected reinstatement timetable for the former first-round pick... more

Why have we been hearing so much about a Jimmy Garoppolo trade? Because Tom Brady isn't going anywhere anytime soon. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Patriots expect Brady, who is 39 years old, to play at least another three to fi... more

If Tom Brady wins a Super Bowl on Sunday against the Falcons, is he without question the greatest quarterback in NFL history? On GameDay Morning, NFL Network's Marshall Faulk said the question is more complicated than people might think. Here's a... more

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is preparing for a Super Bowl on Sunday night. But he's also putting together a quarterback wishlist for his next gig: Head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted Sunday... more

Fear not, Falcons fans. The nerve center of your offensive line will start Sunday night against the Patriots. Center Alex Mack (fractured leg) will be business-as-usual for opening kickoff despite a painful injury sustained two weeks ago against th... more

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to escape from the injury reporting mini-controversy involving cornerback Richard Sherman without much of a penalty. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Seattle knew it should have simply listed Sherman'... more

This season saw Bill Belichick waltz through the regular season without his legendary quarterback for 25 percent of the games. It saw Dan Quinn lead a team that was beaten down a year ago by a crippling losing streak all the way to the Super Bowl.... more

The 2015 Comeback Player of the Year award was hard to forget for many reasons . Hearing Devon Still and his incredibly inspirational daughter Leah present Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry with the honor after Berry fought his way back from Hodgk... more

Saints head coach Sean Payton, leader of a consistent 5,000-yard-per-season passer, stated the obvious about his team on Friday. They need help on defense. "We have to improve our defense," Payton said on Good Morning Football . "I was just asked... more

What could the Cowboys do with Tony Romo that would make Dak Prescott happy? "Whatever makes him happy," Prescott told Nate Burleson on Good Morning Football †on NFL Network on Friday. "If he wants to play, he still got another year, couple years i... more

MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- Friday is Red and Black day at Morristown High School in support of a once-unassuming 1989 graduate who surprised some of his former teachers and coaches by becoming the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Ask anyone about Dan Qu... more

Even though Broncos players have repeatedly professed their confidence in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch this offseason, it seems the trappings of good television require an effort to get them to discuss Tony Romo, a quarterback who could potentiall... more

Outside of getting a Super Bowl ring, Reggie Wayne might have had the greatest Patriots experience of the Bill Belichick era during his 11 days with the club back in 2015. The Patriots signed the future Hall of Famer to a deal that included a $450,... more

Rams general manager Les Snead and executive vice president Kevin Demoff crafted the NFL's version of a buddy cop comedy this offseason when they paired 31-year-old head coach Sean McVay with surly, 69-year-old defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.... more

Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn't going anywhere. "I got a few more (years) at least," Brees said on Good Morning Football †on Thursday when asked how much longer he was planning to play in the NFL. "When you first get into the league you think... more

Texans owner Bob McNair said the obvious when talking about receiver DeAndre Hopkins on Wednesday. "Certainly we're going to work on (an extension) and see if we can get that taken care of," McNair said, via ESPN.com . "It's certainly our intention... more

Recent shifts in the Raiders' plan to bring the franchise to Las Vegas made them a heavy topic of conversation †Wednesday during NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's annual Super Bowl week news conference. On Monday, billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Ad... more

While Tom Brady's legacy is being celebrated this week by fans, media and leaders of the free world alike, there are some who feel like the former sixth-round pick would have remained that way had it not been for a fortuitous call back on January 19,... more

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn learned a lot from his former mentor, Pete Carroll. But the most important takeaway might have been "be yourself." "I never wanted to make Seattle East or anything," Quinn told reporters at the podium Wednesday. "I want... more

J.J. Watt is back. The NFL's hardest-working defensive end descended from his perch on Hustle Mountain to give a declaration on Wednesday, speaking to the media for the first time in a long while. Watt was placed on injured reserve back in Septemb... more

During the 2016 offseason, receiver Brandon Marshall was a broker of sorts for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets, begging the two to get back together. Once Fitzpatrick started struggling, Marshall took on the role of Titanic captain, assur... more

Patriots defensive end Chris Long almost became a Detroit Lion this past offseason. "Coach (Jim) Caldwell was awesome throughout that whole free agency process," Long said, via The Detroit Free Press . "They showed me a lot of respect that I didn't... more

January

Steelers president Art Rooney II does not think wide receiver Antonio Brown has crossed over into detrimental to the team status. At least that was the sentiment conveyed in an interview given to local reporters on Tuesday, in which Rooney mention... more

Is Larry Fitzgerald any closer to determining his future in the NFL? The Cardinals wide receiver is either a "couple more days" or "weeks" of mulling away, according to an interview with the team's official site on Tuesday. Fitzgerald did say he... more

The Falcons entered Super Bowl week on a high note, but like all teams this time of year, not everyone is healthy. Head coach Dan Quinn told reporters Tuesday that both center Alex Mack and wide receiver Julio Jones were limited in practice Monday,... more

The Patriots adjusted to the loss of linebacker Jamie Collins via trade, but I can't help but wonder if they will miss the versatile defender in a Super Bowl matchup against the Falcons, a team that can fluster offenses with their dual-threat running... more

By now, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels should not have to justify staying in New England. It has become increasingly clear that only the perfect job would spark his interest, and the 49ers, Rams and Jaugars were certainly far from it.... more

Look out, Patriots. Eli Manning has picked up his cell phone. The Giants quarterback and noted killer of Patriots Super Bowl fun has apparently reached out to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in an attempt to lend some advice ahead of Super Bowl Sunda... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The AFC held off a heavily favored NFC, 20-13 , to win the Pro Bowl here at Camping World Stadium. Here's what we learned from the game: 1. Seattle Seahawks players don't plan on coming to the Pro Bowl every year. Understandably,... more

The San Francisco 49ers stunned the football world Sunday night by naming Hall of Fame finalist John Lynch as their new general manager following weeks of secret courtship. Lynch's deal with the 49ers will be for six years -- the same contract len... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Apparently, Broncos general manager John Elway has conditioned his players to get excited about free agency. Speaking to reporters this week, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris was answering a question about his transition into the... more

The Colts opted to make a change at general manager relatively late in the hiring cycle when they dismissed Ryan Grigson †on Jan. 21, but they quickly developed an eye for his replacement after a brief period of soul searching. Eight days later,... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was especially proud of a versatile Kansas City defense this season, which overcame several injuries and an extremely competitive division to earn a first-round bye. The unit finished seventh... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bills pass rusher Lorenzo Alexander knows of one surefire way to beat the Patriots. "Play them without Tom Brady," he said, laughing, after Pro Bowl practice on Saturday morning. The Bills defeated New England back on Oct. 2 -- t... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The classic conference vs. conference Pro Bowl has returned, capping off a week where the Skills Challenge also made a comeback here in Orlando. Goofy and Mickey Mouse have been waddling around the Wide World of Sports complex all we... more

The NFL will look into whether the Steelers improperly withheld running back Le'Veon Bell's groin injury from injury reports, a league source told NFL.com on Friday. Bell, who exited Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots with the inju... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Consider Bills veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams impressed with the new Bills regime. The 33-year-old veteran and five-time Pro Bowler has already heard from head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier,... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub interviewed for two head coaching vacancies this offseason -- one with the Los Angeles Chargers and the other with the Denver Broncos. That marks four head coaching interviews... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ty Montgomery is expected to make the full-time transition to running back this coming season, which was welcome news for at least one of his offensive linemen, who saw Montgomery as a natural all along. "He's a natural runner," Pa... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been a fan ambassador of sorts this week at the Pro Bowl, buzzing from crowd to practice, signing autographs and taking pictures. He's doing so on a knee that has been subject to much d... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Backed up against the wall, Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton resembled a dodgeball Micky Ward. Plucky and undersized, he fended off Patrick Peterson, Mike Evans, Thomas Davis, Gerald McCoy and Ezekiel Elliott as the rest of his teammates... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It's easier for Titans running back DeMarco Murray to share the spotlight with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott these days now that Murray's own career is back on track. Murray called Elliott shortly after he was drafted and of... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- After a down season in Carolina, veteran linebacker Thomas Davis watched the team lose another one of its best weapons. This time, it was defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who was hired as the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills.... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cornerback Stephon Gilmore made his first Pro Bowl this season, coincidentally the same year he becomes a free agent. Down here at the Wide World of Sports complex, more than 1,000 miles from Orchard Park, he knows he's done everythi... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The sudden retirement of Norv Turner and promotion of Pat Shurmur to Vikings offensive coordinator last season -- a role that Shurmur gained permanently this week -- finally had former first-round pick Cordarrelle Patterson at ease.... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said his staff will be off next week and will return to headquarters the Tuesday after the Super Bowl to begin preparations on the 2017 season. That means no substantive talks have occurred yet about the... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The greatest gift Kirk Cousins gave himself since entering the NFL was the ability to compartmentalize, and take every season and moment for what it is. Here at the Pro Bowl, a few weeks after capping a year with 4,917 passing yards,... more

Bills general manager Doug Whaley thinks the Bills could be just one player away from a playoff run. But he thinks they're a few more players away from sustained success. According to the Buffalo News , Whaley's comments came in an effort to clari... more

After two seasons in New York and four games against the New England Patriots, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has come to a conclusion about Super Bowl-bound coach Bill Belichick: He's not the only good coach in the building. Speaking on Tuesd... more

Looking back on it now, Matt Hasselbeck's fondest memory of Pro Bowl Skills Challenge greatness was seeing his grey-blue Seahawks jersey fly across the grass field in Hawaii during the 40-yard dash, neck and neck with some of the NFL's fastest player... more

NFC's Unsung Heroes AFC's Unsung Heroes The NFL Pro Bowl is coming up this weekend , which means some the league's best players will be in Orlando to celebrate their excellent seasons in style. But that also means a bunch of players who pave... more

The Washington Redskins made official their hire of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky on Monday morning , and also announced the signing of a familiar face to run the defensive line. Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula has re-emerged after a year... more

In a development that should surprise no one, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had no idea the Atlanta Falcons had defeated the Packers prior to starting their conference championship game against the Steelers. "No, I mean I didn't even know th... more

The Steelers have played the boom or bust game with their complementary receivers outside of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell all season. On Sunday night against the Patriots in Foxborough, with Bell injured and Brown trapped in tight coverage, it tu... more

If Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was looking for a performance that would silence the criticism of his postgame social media tour de force from a week ago in Kansas City, he did not find it in Foxborough on Sunday. This is not to say that B... more

For the first time since 1998, the Atlanta Falcons are going to the Super Bowl. Thanks to a beautifully dominant 44-21 beat down of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome, Matt Ryan and Co. left no question as to which team was best.†... more

The Curt Schilling "bloody sock" game is a vital, if controversial, part of Boston sports lore. But over in Foxborough, the stage is set for the broken ankle game, allowing Martellus Bennett the chance to crawl his way into New England sports vernac... more

Should Tony Romo play elsewhere next season, the Broncos would make plenty of sense. They are a veteran-heavy team with talented receivers who may be one quarterback away from the Super Bowl, just like they were when Peyton Manning arrived in 2012.... more

The 49ers appear poised to hire their next head coach, Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Do they also have their eyes on the next franchise quarterback? According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, "don't be surprised if the 49ers ma... more

In his perfect world, Packers general manager Ted Thompson would remain as close to anonymous as possible. But every now and again -- barely above the league's minimum requirements -- he speaks to a reporter or a group of assembled media. The peek be... more

Former Ravens and Panthers wideout Steve Smith isn't coming out of retirement to play. And apparently, he won't do it to coach, either. With Carolina Panthers receivers coach Ricky Proehl stepping down earlier this week, Panthers fans were partiall... more

The Ravens are losing one of their best young defensive players to retirement. Linebacker Zach Orr is hanging it up at the age of 24 because of a congenital neck/spine condition, the Ravens announced Friday. The Ravens met with Orr to make sure he... more

Fresh off being named Pro Football Writers of America Executive of the Year, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had to confront an uncomfortable reality about this offseason: There's a lot of work to do, and some of the franchise's best players... more

When any player during championship week comments on their opponent, it often comes off feeling disingenuous, or at least a little hollow. The main goal is not to rile anybody up more than they already will be on Sunday. But when Patriots players t... more

Steelers-Patriots Packers-Falcons Background Green Bay limps into the NFC title game after gutting out one of the best playoff thrillers in recent NFL history against the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers might be playing Sunday without one of... more

Without Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell still put up 81 yards off 21 carries in his previous matchup against the Patriots to go along with a team-high 10 receptions for 68 yards. New England might as well throw out that tape... more

For his first act, Titans general manager Jon Robinson took the No. 1 pick in the draft and spun it into a multitude of valuable selections, including two in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Titans won nine games in 2016, which was the most... more

The last time Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was at Gillette Stadium, he came away heated after some on-field communication system problems. "We were listening to the Patriots' radio broadcast for the majority of the first half," Tomlin said back... more

The Anthony Lynn era in Los Angeles got off to a slightly inauspicious start when the new head coach referred to his team quickly as the San Diego Chargers. But in the following moments, a well-prepared, passionate head coach, if one that the genera... more

NFC's Unsung Heroes AFC's Unsung Heroes The NFL Pro Bowl is coming up , which means some of the league's best players will descend upon Orlando to celebrate their excellent seasons in style. Unfortunately, a bunch of other players who helpe... more

Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant isn't walking through the team facility door in Pittsburgh before the AFC Championship Game, but he has at least laid the groundwork for a comeback next season in 2017. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Earlier this week, Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin talked about coming to grips with the season being over . It's a feeling those of us not playing can never understand because, despite Seattle's overwhelming talent advantage on paper moving forward,... more

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was not going to go as far as tight end Travis Kelce, who suggested that Sunday's referees were not qualified to work at Foot Locker . However, he too disagrees with the holding call handed to Eric Fisher in the waning mom... more

This is going to be a long, arduous offseason in Dallas thanks mostly to their impending decisions at quarterback. On Monday, head coach Jason Garrett wanted to keep those discussions at arm's length for at least a little while. He was asked if Dak... more

At least one of the Ryan brothers has emerged from a grim December in Buffalo to interview for a coaching position in 2017. The Redskins confirmed Monday that they spoke with Rob Ryan for their defensive coordinator vacancy. Ryan, 54, last served a... more

Moving forward with Brock Osweiler at quarterback in 2017 would not be an inspiring choice from head coach Bill O'Brien and the team's personnel staff. That may be why O'Brien sidestepped questions about the future of his signal caller on clean out d... more

While the Jaguars did not necessarily make a splash with their head coach hire, the offensive coordinator opening could be drawing some serious attention. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday former Eagles and 49ers head coach Chip Kell... more

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien wasn't definitive on his quarterback situation Monday, but he minced no words when it came to A.J. Bouye, the team's star corner set to hit free agency. "Free agency's tough and I can tell you that we want A.J. Bouye... more

With one available head coaching job remaining, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has taken his name out of the running. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, McDaniels is "stepping back" in order to focus on New England's... more

People enjoy playing Madden NFL 17 for different reasons. Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, given his team's 36-20 playoff loss to the Falcons this weekend, enjoys the video game because it's all in his hands. "I was up at 3:30 this morning... more

The NFL might have quietly said goodbye to one of its all-time greats Saturday night. Seahawks return man Devin Hester told reporters following the loss to Atlanta that the playoff game was probably his last. "I told my wife that this is pretty m... more

The NFL is just one Cowboys loss away from a Tony Romo news takeover. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay Morning †on Sunday the Cowboys' "No. 1 priority this offseason is trading Tony Romo. Barring retirement, which I understa... more

The Dallas Cowboys have the best backup quarterback in the league. Heading into their most important game of the season against the Packers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, they are not afraid to use him. "Dak (Prescott), you see a quarterb... more

The Steelers had better enjoy their roster and salary cap as presently constructed -- because things are about to get expensive. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, receiver Antonio Brown could get a deal that "eclipses the $15 million t... more

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett wasn't going to take a question about Seattle's pass rush lightly. After Saturday's 36-20 Divisional Round playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Bennett reportedly stopped FOX Q13 reporter Bill Wixey in the mid... more

Though it was expected, hearing Vince Wilfork confront the very real possibility of retirement on Saturday night was still tough for Texans and Patriots fans alike. "No emotions and I will take my time and think about it. I think I have played my l... more

At least Earl Thomas admitted he was being salty. The injured Seahawks safety witnessed his team falling to the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday afternoon and, presumably, saw the Patriots edge the Houston Texans in Foxborough later on that night. The... more

The 2015-16 Patriots saw their season end at the hands of the Denver Broncos in Colorado last year. A little less than 365 days later, they begin their playoff push looking decidedly better and much harder to stop given the caliber of opponent in the... more

Tom Brady is arguably the greatest NFL quarterback of all time, and Aaron Rodgers is one of the all-time greats. But which player on his own presents the biggest matchup problem for a defensive player? Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins joined GameDay F... more

Behind closed doors, the Texans feel the same way about head coach Bill O'Brien as they claim to in public . In short: He's not going anywhere. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that "Texans brass has made it clear to teams during... more

Being a successful head coach in Buffalo also means securing -- and maintaining -- the blessing of franchise icon Jim Kelly. Rex Ryan did that well at the outset of his short tenure , but obviously failed to keep the confidence of arguably the grea... more

The Broncos are putting together a pretty inspiring offensive staff to boost defensive-minded head coach Vance Joseph. The team announced Friday that former Chargers coach and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will run the team's offense and... more

Two years ago, former Bills head coach Rex Ryan stepped to the microphone and delivered a laundry list of promises in his traditional carnival barker style. Friday, the day that the Bills introduced Sean McDermott as their head coach, was a little... more

Aaron Rodgers will face the Cowboys on Sunday without the services of his No. 1 receiver. Jordy Nelson (ribs) was injured in last Sunday's win over the Giants and will not play this weekend, according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Nelson wi... more

A naturally curious mind, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has expressed some skepticism about a two-team NFL market in Los Angeles. The former USC head coach has a unique connection to Los Angeles, having arguably been the last coach in any sport to tr... more

Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula are thrilled with their new head coach, former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. They are not, however, happy with the perception that has formed about their organization in the wake of Rex Ryan's firi... more

Steelers-Chiefs Texans-Patriots Seahawks-Falcons Packers-Cowboys Background Their October matchup, a 26-24 Seahawks victory in Seattle , produced a fantastic amount of offense -- nearly 700 total yards between both teams -- and some... more

Players and coaches at the University of Central Florida remembered well the "George O'Leary forecast," a routine assessment done jokingly by the staff to gauge, in advance, how surly their notoriously cantankerous head coach might be on a given day.... more

Sean McDermott has been hired as the Buffalo Bills' new head coach. The Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator was officially named 20th head coach in Bills franchise history Wednesday. The Buffalo News first reported the strong likelihood that... more

A great deal of Jaguars decision makers are set to address reporters on Thursday, including owner Shad Khan, newly-minted head coach Doug Marrone, general manager David Caldwell and president Mark Lamping. But after reading the official press releas... more

Finishing just a game out of the playoffs a year after a dismal 5-11 season is not good enough for Ravens fans. "The pitchforks are out," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told reporters on Tuesday, via the team's official site. However, he doesn't th... more

The Raiders are making a change at offensive coordinator after a season in which they had one of the league's best offenses. Bill Musgrave is "not expected to return" to Oakland in 2017, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. Musgrave's... more

Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery guaranteed Chicago would win the Super Bowl in 2017, a prediction that was taken seriously enough to land itself in the hands of NFL.com's resident humorist, Dan Hanzus . But some of his teammates aren't laughing.... more

Amid a breakout season at wide receiver, Terrelle Pryor found himself becoming the NFL's Christian Laettner . His Browns teammate, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, tried to explain on Tuesday why everyone hates on the soon-to-be wealthy quarterback... more

The Jaguars are off and running with a new head coach , Doug Marrone, and a restructured front office which includes former Giants and Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. Many questions remain, but one in particular comes to mind now that they've ado... more

Texans coach Bill O'Brien isn't saying Houston has to be perfect to beat the Patriots. But they're going to have to come pretty close. "We have to play good, sound, fundamental football," O'Brien said Monday, via the team's official site . "They're... more

When coaches try unconventional plays in big situations and the call works out, they are praised. Their decisions are endlessly dissected when they don't. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Seahawks' 38-yard... more

The Seahawks rumbled over a punchless Lions team in Seattle on Saturday night, 26-6, advancing into the divisional round of the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years where they'll take on the Falcons in Atlanta. Here's what we learned... 1... more

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien doesn't seem like a man who is planning on changing jobs any time soon. On Saturday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported , citing several sources, that "many" of the six teams currently looking for a head coa... more

The Houston Texans got exactly what they needed from quarterback Brock Osweiler and flexed their muscle on defense in a 27-14 playoff-opening win over the Oakland Raiders in Houston Saturday. Here's what we learned... 1. I, along with many oth... more

Missing the playoffs in 2017 would not automatically trigger the firing of Jets head coach Todd Bowles, according to owner Woody Johnson. "No, I really don't like mandates because they normally don't work -- lines in the sand, whatever," Johnson sa... more

The one advantage of a potentially insignificant quarterbacking matchup between the Texans and Raiders on Saturday is that it might highlight two of the best young defensive players in the league -- Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack and Texans defensive... more

Ever since the moment Houston pivoted back to Brock Osweiler as their starting quarterback, Osweiler has tried to live by a credo that sounds good in theory. "I told myself, 'If you get an opportunity to go back in, just go have fun,'" Osweiler sai... more

Raiders-Texans Dolphins-Steelers Lions-Seahawks Giants-Packers The Backstory The last time these teams met , back on Nov. 22 in Mexico City, Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler was still hanging tooth-and-nail onto his status as t... more

The Bears opted to retain head coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace (and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio) despite a three-win season, which left only two very important questions left on the docket.... more

Are the Colts heading into a disappointing offseason intact, or is everyone simply waiting on them to make some significant changes? According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the feeling among Colts players is that they could be coached harder and... more

Should Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater not be able to play in 2017, Sam Bradford will be the team's starting quarterback. Head coach Mike Zimmer wanted to make that clear on Tuesday. "I think Sam has played great this year, No. 1," Zimmer s... more

Jim Caldwell will coach the Lions next season. The team confirmed the news on Twitter , ending what little speculation there might have been about Caldwell's future in Detroit. The 61-year-old is now 27-21 over three seasons with the Lions, includi... more

Is former Eagles and 49ers coach Chip Kelly destined to return to college football? At the least, he would not rule it out. "I evaluate all jobs individually," Kelly told FOX Sports on Tuesday . "I wouldn't rule anything out." Kelly wanted to m... more

It's almost time for the Falcons to play in the postseason, which means it's also time to ask quarterback Matt Ryan about an irrelevant statistic that has nothing to do with their January 14 matchup against either the Seahawks (if they win Saturday)... more

It was no secret that the Jets were going to have to make some major changes to their coaching staff this season after a 5-11 season. On Tuesday, we found out the scope of their reorganization. According to the team, offensive coordinator Chan Ga... more

The Texans made the only choice they could at quarterback. Brock Osweiler will be under center against the Raiders this Saturday, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. With Tom Savage still in concussion protocol, Houston has little wiggle room. Th... more

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman blamed a disappointing 2016 season on a rash of injuries, but also wanted to make sure he pointed the finger at himself. Despite his unwillingness to get into the Josh Norman situation outside of noting that... more

For the first time in the Super Bowl era, it appears a rookie quarterback will be making his first start in an NFL playoff game. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Oakland Raiders are moving forward with "the expectation that " Conn... more

The Jaguars have exactly four months to decide whether or not they'll pick up the fifth-year option on former first-round quarterback Blake Bortles. As of right now, Bortles is in the dark as to whether or not that will happen (or what, exactly, a... more

Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian says he's going under the knife to repair his non-throwing shoulder. According to KUSA-TV in Denver , which described the surgery as "minor" and "elective," Siemian will not miss any of the club's offseason progra... more

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was arrested in on suspicion misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges early Tuesday morning in Cincinnati, a spokeswoman with the Hamilton County (Ohio) Justice Center confirmed to NFL.com. Jones later was ch... more

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley began his end-of-season news conference by admitting what everyone already knew: A 7-9 record was not good enough for ownership. However, that was not the main curiosity from reporters, who probed the embat... more

Adrian Peterson wants to retire someday with the Minnesota Vikings. The future Hall of Famer stated as much Monday, telling reporters that his mind set is directed toward finding a way to make that happen. "I would love to finish my career here w... more

A year after making the Pro Bowl in 2015, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor found himself in an unenviable game of organizational ping pong this season, which eventually led to him watching the season finale on the sidelines. The Bills classified his... more

Based on how quickly Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels got a handful of interview requests , it seems like he'll finally leave the New England Patriots this year after a few offseasons of flirting in the coaching market. Tom Brady has... more

On Feb. 7, 2016, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak lifted his first Super Bowl title as head coach, leading Denver to a resounding victory over the Panthers in Santa Clara. Less than a year later, he is on his way out. According to NFL Network Insider Ia... more

Steve Smith confirmed our worst fears: He's finally hanging up the cleats. The animated veteran, who gained mass appeal in his later years thanks to an ever-present competitive fire and quick sense of humor, officially confirmed his retirement afte... more

Tony Romo will get his warmup. The most talked about backup quarterback in football is expected to play on Sunday against the Eagles, sources informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Romo successfully lobbied to play a serie... more

The decision to play quarterback Tony Romo in the season finale Sunday against Philadelphia was initially viewed as a complicated one that involved injury concerns, ego, confidence and what it truly takes for a veteran to get ready after months away... more

December

One of the NFL's all-time greats is playing his final game Sunday. Colts linebacker and pass-rushing specialist Robert Mathis announced his plans to retire after Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 35-year-old is just a half sack b... more

While Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett seems to enjoy himself everywhere, his contract situation was a point of contention for him at times . The 31-year-old defensive end has seriously out-played the four-year, $32 million deal he signed back... more

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis thinks his future in New York will come down to whether or not those in charge of his team have any "class." "Would I love to be here? Yes," Revis told the New York Post . "Will I be back? That's a great question. My... more

Simple math dictates that Bears head coach John Fox and his staff should consider themselves on the hot seat heading into one of the biggest weeks of change on the NFL calendar. However, the seasoned veteran is talking like his entire staff will... more

We've already seen three head-coaching changes before the end of the season, which could either mean a sign of dark times ahead or a new trend in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles released Chip Kelly before Week 17 last year in order to conduct meeti... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching search is underway. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the team interviewed former Giants and Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin Wednesday. The role, per Rapoport, could be for the head coaching job or as... more

Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn held his first news conference Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the team decided to fire head coach Rex Ryan and assistant head coach Rob Ryan. And while it contained some awkward moments -- Lynn accidental... more

The 2016 Dallas Cowboys are nothing short of an NFL phenomenon; the perfect combination of time, place, luck, talent, scheduling and opposition strength. And while it might not be wise to compare contemporary phenomena with phenomena of the past, D... more

Only in the NFL can a coach go from being asked about the top award in his profession to potentially being in danger of losing his job over the course of a few weeks. Such is the case with Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who, after building a significant... more

The Patriots and Giants have not clinched playoff berths together since 2011 -- the same year of their epic Super Bowl rematch. Should they be destined to meet again, Giants wideout Victor Cruz doesn't think the Patriots want to see them. "They d... more

One of Rex Ryan's best defensive players has spoken -- and he uttered a familiar refrain about the former head coach and his scheme being too complicated for players to grasp. "I feel like we should've been just more aggressive on defense ... becau... more

Brandon Marshall has been the voice of reason for the woebegone Jets all season long, and Tuesday might have been his finest moment. Perhaps it was a moment of sheer frustration, or maybe it was just the peak of his clairvoyance. When Marshall was... more

Rex Ryan began his short tenure with the Buffalo Bills by tapping a live microphone at his introductory press conference and asking rhetorically if it was on. "Because it's getting ready to be on," Ryan said. "And that's the truth." Less than two... more

The Ravens have been eliminated from playoff contention, but that doesn't mean Eric Weddle regretted his decision in free agency. "I would do it 100 times over again," Weddle said, via the team's official site . He added: "Baltimore, it's been an... more

For Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, there is no internal monologue or debate when it comes to the prospect of resting his starters on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. "We can only inactivate seven players, so this isn't like a preseason game... more

Dallas' best news on Monday night had nothing to do with an emphatic win over the Detroit Lions. It came from these three words uttered by left tackle Tyron Smith after the game: "I'm all right," which he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after... more

For as innovative as the Lions offense has been this season, many are wondering if they simply turned away from the running game too soon in Monday night's 42-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Lions running back Zach Zenner had 10 carries for 64 yard... more

Should the Jaguars hire Tom Coughlin, there is at least one player in the locker room who would welcome the move. Cornerback Prince Amukamara spent his first five NFL seasons with Coughlin in New York. Now a member of the Jaguars on an expiring con... more

Football fans rejoice: This will not be the end of the Steelers-Ravens rivalry featuring Terrell Suggs. The 34-year-old outside linebacker was adamant about not retiring after Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers . The game effectively closed t... more

The Patriots (13-2) throttled a sleepwalking Jets team, 41-3 on Saturday afternoon in Foxborough from the opening whistle. Here's what we learned... 1. What did we expect? Bill Belichick does not sleepwalk through football games, but there was ev... more

Over the course of a long NFL season, sometimes players get tired and make mistakes. Perhaps the same could be said about television analysts? Steelers legend and four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Terry Bradshaw blasted the franchise's curre... more

Marshall Faulk doesn't appreciate the rapidly-rising market value of NFL quarterbacks. Following a Michael Silver piece on NFL†GameDay Morning about the looming Kirk Cousins contract dilemma, Faulk eyed a sheet of the league's highest-paid quarter... more

Might we be witnessing the last games of Larry Fitzgerald's prolific career? According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals wideout is "mulling whether or not he wants 2016 to be his final year." At 33, Fitzgerald is still one of the... more

For a second straight season, Cardinals do-it-all defensive back Tyrann Mathieu will end the year on injured reserve. Arizona announced the move on Friday, with safety Trevon Hartfield taking his place on the 53-man roster. Mathieu has yet to play... more

The week prior to a non-rivalry NFL game is full of baseless, complimentary platitudes hurled from one side to the other about how good player X is or why player Y is dangerous and we need to stop him. But as far as those platitudes go, this one fr... more

Almost exactly a year ago, the Bills announced coach Rex Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley would return in a bizarre end-of-year statement that was meant both as a sign of stability and a warning shot to the boisterous coach to get his team in ge... more

Deep down, the Giants seem to believe there were two reasons they lost to the Eagles 24-19 on Thursday Night Football . The first served as the company line from head coach Ben McAdoo, who said that the team didn't perform well enough in "all thre... more

A.J. Green expects to be back just in time to torture the tightrope-walking Texans as they attempt to stumble into the playoffs. Green confirmed the news himself on Thursday via the Cincinnati Enquirer . Saturday night's prime-time showdown airs... more

We may have a new slogan for the Tom Savage era in Houston: Have some fun and go rip it. The new starting quarterback said as much Wednesday in preparation for his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night. "It's a great... more

Leave it to Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. to perfectly encapsulate the Baltimore-Pittsburgh rivalry. In an interview with reporters Wednesday, he called it "professional hatred." "Our fans hate them, their fans hate us," he said, via ESPN.... more

The Pro Bowl is a strange animal among NFL players. Some mock the game's lack of competitive flair and others find ways to skip it altogether. But for those who didn't get in? It can end up being an affront to them personally (that's why we created... more

Calvin Johnson is one of those historically good athletes who will need to spend the next five years of his life assuring those around him that he won't return to professional football. Cue his most recent interview with ESPN.com: "I'm not coming... more

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was cleared from concussion protocol a little less than a week ago, but we did not see him on the field against Washington on Monday night. The particularly jarring nature of his injury has spawned a thousand differen... more

Did Vikings running back Adrian Peterson come back a bit too soon? The 30-year-old told reporters on Wednesday that he was not sure he'd be able to suit up for Saturday's divisional matchup against the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin. He was officia... more

Just as Linus van Pelt spends hours awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin every fall, those of us interested in the head coaching industry await the yearly appearance of our favorite, seemingly mythical winter creature: The Jon Gruden returning t... more

While it packs a little less gusto than other famous Jets guarantees over the years, the one rookie first-round pick Darron Lee made over the weekend is a welcome promise to beleaguered Gang Green fans everywhere. Lee is confident the Jets' defense... more

While the firing and hiring of an NFL head coach has become a routine part of the sport's ecosystem, it's easy to lose sight of the people behind the actions on both sides of the table. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who let go of head coach Gus Bradley... more

The votes are in. The Pro Bowl's 2017 roster is set and, like every year, it serves as a tremendous honor for players who have toiled all season in search of recognition. It is also prone to leaving off some guys who had unbelievable seasons -- and... more

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell had one of the more honest and open post-firing news conferences Monday a day after the team fired coach Gus Bradley; one in which he actually addressed a specific candidate that has been connected w... more

Gus Bradley said his goodbyes to Jacksonville. During a farewell press conference Monday, less than 24 hours after he was officially let go by the club , the team's former head coach lamented the fact that he will not be around to see the rebuild... more

Under normal circumstances, the 49ers (1-13) would be far and away the worst team in the National Football League. Thankfully for coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke, the Browns decided to undergo a massive rebuild this year. That doe... more

At 5:53 p.m. ET Sunday night, a second head coaching vacancy opened up. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that they'd parted ways with Gus Bradley after three-plus seasons , 14 wins and 48 losses. They join the Los Angeles Rams in the early hunt for... more

In a fantastic low-scoring, cold-weather affair, the Giants (10-4) clinched their first 10-win season since 2010 and kept their slim hopes of a division title alive with a†17-6 win over the Detroit Lions. Here's what we learned ... 1. Eli Mann... more

The Eagles are not planning on making any destructive decisions this offseason. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the team likely will not make any major changes this winter. This means that we can count on coach Doug Pederson being ba... more

Despite his uneven play over the years and the market he's toiled in for over a decade, I feel Eli Manning has been a largely sympathetic figure in the eye of sports media and teammates. Two Super Bowl trophies will buy an awful lot of equity. On S... more

We've heard the Tony Romo-Dak Prescott debate from just about every angle. But how about from a Super Bowl winning head coach who benched a quarterback en route to the playoffs? While the scenario isn't exactly the same, NFL Network's Brian Billick... more

The Dolphins trucked the Jets, 34-13 , en route to their first winning season in almost a decade. The playoffs are still very much in their line of vision. Here's what we learned... 1. This is not another Fire-Todd-Bowles hot take. What we saw... more

While nothing in the NFL is guaranteed -- especially when it comes to recovery from a serious knee injury -- the possibility that Dallas could add a top five talent to its reborn defense in 2017 should be terrifying for the rest of the division. Ow... more

Adrian Peterson is back -- officially. The Vikings' star running back is active for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Defensive tackle Toby Johnson was waived Saturday after Minnesota officially activated Peterson off injured reserve.... more

Despite Arizona's playoff odds dipping to a microscopic one percent according to Football Outsiders' latest projections, there's something else for Cardinals fans to root for when the team takes on New Orleans on Sunday. Running back David Johnson,... more

Because NFL coaches are not the type to turn around and say 'You know what? That actually wasn't the best idea' we got another day of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll defending a fake punt late in Thursday's game that injured Jon Ryan and kicked the head... more

Maybe the 35th time is the charm. According to ESPN, the Colts will be starting their 35th different offensive line combination in front of Andrew Luck on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The Colts are third in the league with 40 quarterback s... more

The Lions can potentially clinch their first division title since the 1993 season this weekend against the Giants (find out how here ). For those of us old enough to remember Wayne Fontes, Barry Sanders, Rodney Peete and Erik Kramer, it doesn't see... more

The NFL regular season is coming to an end, but in a lot of ways it feels like we are just getting started. Each week, the importance of certain games rises exponentially, leaving us with a few excellent matchups down the stretch. As we prepare for... more

No one expected Vikings coach Mike Zimmer to take it easy on his team during their recent skid. As it turns out, he doesn't think his injury-ravaged team is playing up to their ability. "We're losing. Yeah, I'm tired of it. I'm tired of losing, I'm... more

Jim Fassel admits he's having a hard time focusing on the road. Less than 48 hours before his son, John, coaches his first game in charge of the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night in Seattle against the Seahawks, Fassel picks up a call before someone... more

As hard as it is to believe, we've reached Week 15, which means there are a fresh set of playoff scenarios ready to unfold this weekend. Obviously, there is a lot at stake this weekend for the Dallas Cowboys, who are trying to overcome their second... more

The Panthers are headed to Washington to check out cornerback Josh Norman's new digs next Monday, and chances are his ouster from Carolina will come up at some point this week. Panthers coaches and coordinators tried to get out ahead of the bluster... more

With the Ravens (7-6) firmly in second place in the AFC North , coach John Harbaugh knows the scenario from here on out: just win. "Yes, absolutely, we know where we stand and the situation we are in. And that we basically have to win three games,... more

In a move that reflected both his appreciation for the both theology and fine cinema, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio settled on a theory as to why a Derek Carr pass seemingly died in the wind against the Chiefs last Thursday . "The angel in the... more

The Rams stunned the football world on Monday afternoon, firing long-time head coach Jeff Fisher just a few months after handing him a two-year contract extension. Just last week, Fisher confirmed he signed that deal before the start of the 2016 seas... more

The Dolphins entered Monday expecting the worst, and left it with incredible news. Believing that quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's victory over the Arizona Cardinals, they were relieved to find that the former first-round... more

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones didn't want to talk about anything but Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor after a 23-10 win over Cleveland on Sunday. He also didn't want to say anything nice, either. Like a good public speaker, he used visual cues. Jon... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' biggest regular-season win in nearly five years ended with a head shake. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant's face was plastered on the TV screen as officials met to discuss whether or not he caught Dak Prescott's fra... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants (9-4) made it a stunning clean sweep of the Dallas Cowboys (11-2) on Sunday night with a 10-7 victory . The Cowboys go back to the drawing board with one glaring weakness -- the second-best team in their... more

The Eagles (5-8) gave the Washington Redskins everything they had, but a lack of depth across the offensive line and cornerback finally took its toll in a 27-22 loss to their division rivals. Here's what we learned: 1. The Redskins (7-5-1) live t... more

Early this week, I wondered aloud whether or not the Cowboys would actually play backup Tony Romo in a meaningless game should Dallas keep rolling. On Sunday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport provided the answer. "I talked to a team source this... more

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman has a unique take on his roller coaster 2016. "It's the wildest thing," Norman told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo this weekend ahead of the team's game against Philadelphia. "It's like being on Noah's Ark. Every animal... more

Jets coach Todd Bowles is likely safe. That's the word from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, who noted on Sunday that, barring a late-season collapse where the team clearly quits on Bowles, he will be retained. Rapoport could not say the same fo... more

The Giants (8-4) and Cowboys (11-1) close out a deep slate of Sunday games at MetLife Stadium this weekend, giving the most talked-about team in football the chance to avenge their only loss of the season in prime time. Here's what we're watchin... more

The Cowboys left receiver Lucky Whitehead at home in Dallas for missing yet another team meeting. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, missing meetings has been a recurring issue for the Dallas receiver. They've decided to punish him by... more

There's no heat between Raiders coach Jack Del Rio and Chiefs coach Andy Reid, despite what seemed like some minor evidence to the contrary Thursday night. Both coaches said there was nothing to a seemingly chilly interaction after their midfield... more

A month-long suspension for Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs begins Sunday. Saints coach Sean Payton announced the development Friday, noting that his former first-round pick will miss the re... more

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is officially a game-time decision. Coach Dan Quinn said as much Friday, noting that his best offensive player needs to test out his turf toe full-speed on the field before the game. The Falcons (7-5) are nearing... more

Life is good for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He's putting up insane numbers during his rookie season and playing on the best team in football. Now, he's getting props from (another) NFL legend. Though this one might mean a little m... more

What is going on in Buffalo? The Bills seem to have rapidly soured on quarterback Tyrod Taylor, or are at least being extremely cautious when addressing their quarterback amid a down year. This week, general manager Doug Whaley would not say whethe... more

Every cornerback is the best cornerback. Because the position has taken on a life of its own over the years, and fans' understanding of man defenses and true cover corners has changed, we find ourselves often having the debate about who is No. 1 qu... more

The Jets (3-9) will be lucky to get out of this season without any permanent scars. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was asked about the team's lack of sacks heading into Sunday's game against the 49ers (1-11) and, even though he insisted it was no... more

The Patriots (10-2) and Ravens (7-5) have both been accused of bending the rules just slightly to fit their needs over the years, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh doesn't see a similarity. "You're right. I don't want to get into all that," Harbaugh t... more

Of the 12 teams projected to reach the playoffs, half finished last season with losing records (seven if you count the tied-for-first-place Tennessee Titans). We bring you this information to inspire hope -- it may be over for this season, but a fant... more

Some coaches in the NFL have reached the beginning of the end. By now, owners looking to make a coaching change have started reaching out to search firms or panels to do some background work on potential replacements. Those going the more tradition... more

While many suspect the Dallas Cowboys have the upper hand in Sunday night's premiere matchup at MetLife Stadium, consider this: Rookie quarterbacks don't normally play well against Eli Manning. In Manning's 14 NFL seasons -- 193 regular season game... more

After watching film of the Jets' 41-10 thrashing at the hands of Indianapolis on Tuesday morning, coach Todd Bowles decided effort wasn't the issue. "We got effort, we just didn't play with much intelligence last night," Bowles said†about mistakes... more

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has gone under the knife. The Pro Bowl pass rusher, who is having a resurgent season with the Giants, posted a picture of himself from the hospital early Wednesday morning. According to NFL Network Insider Ian... more

As quickly as the Colts built up momentum for the stretch run, the wind was taken out of their sails. Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was hit with a four-game suspension, according to an announcement made by the league on Tuesday. Jackson was found to b... more

Here's a question that, six or seven months ago, would have sounded absolutely absurd: Would Dallas actually use Tony Romo in a "mop-up" game at the end of the season? The scenario: Dallas continues to roll and clinches their first-round bye. There... more

Packers linebacker and shoo-in Hall of Famer Julius Peppers isn't sure if 2016 will be his final run. "I'm not saying that I don't want to play next year," Peppers said, via PackersNews.com . "I'm not saying that I do. I'm just saying that right no... more

Rex Ryan is not trying to box himself into a statement he'll make in December but potentially regret the following April. After Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor posted another subpar performance against the Raiders in Oakland, Ryan was asked if he co... more

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is just as concerned about his team's mental health as he is their suits and ties. "You are concerned about that, the mental health of the team," Rivera said less than 24 hours after a 40-7 loss to the Seahawks (via t... more

Giants wideout Odell Beckham got caught up in smile-gate over the weekend , one of the most unfortunate trends of this season in which players are criticized for minor displays of emotion on the sideline or after the game when they see their friends.... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- While the Jets were in one locker room Monday night listening to their frustrated coach explain just how badly they got their butts kicked, the Colts were experiencing a rare moment of euphoria amid a difficult and uneven sea... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The scene played out like bad improv theater. Jets coach Todd Bowles, fresh from saying the Jets got their "asses kicked" 13 different times (we counted), noted that 2015 fourth-round pick Bryce Petty would start the remain... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ryan Fitzpatrick's night came to an early end against the Colts on Monday night. The Jets benched their journeyman quarterback for the second half of New York's 41-10 loss . Trailing 24-3 heading into halftime and 31-3 shor... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In quite possibly the most embarrassing performance of the Todd Bowles era, the Jets were pounded, 41-10 by the now tied-for-first-place Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. Here's what we learned... 1. We'll g... more

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was described as "fuming" Sunday night after a loss to the Steelers in which he was not targeted once . Monday morning, amid a visit with Good Morning Football, it seems cooler heads have prevailed. "After the ga... more

The Cowboys (11-1) are in the playoffs. Dallas clinched a spot on Sunday after the division-rival Redskins (6-5-1) lost to the Cardinals in Arizona, 31-23 . They are the first team this year to punch their ticket. After taking care of business i... more

The Rams hit hard in groups, but Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount isn't all that impressed with their solo tackling skills. Blount busted loose on a 43-yard touchdown Sunday to open up scoring amid a 26-10 blowout win. The Rams' edge defende... more

The Patriots (10-2) pounded a lethargic and ammo-less Rams team, 26-10, on Sunday to give Tom Brady career win No. 201. He surpasses Peyton Manning as the winningest quarterback in league history . Here's what we learned from the Patriots' victory... more

It's Paxton Lynch to the rescue in Denver. Despite the Broncos' hopes that quarterback Trevor Siemian could play through a left foot sprain this weekend against the Jaguars, the team will turn to their rookie first-round pick for the second time th... more

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas missed his first ever regular season game last weekend with a hamstring injury, and did what pretty much any one of us would do. He went to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch his team lose to the Buccaneers. "I was into it,"... more

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn't think Carolina's poor season has anything to do with karma. Seahawks corner Richard Sherman suggested as much earlier this week, noting that Newton stole a 12th man flag from a Seahawks fan in Charlotte last... more

Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin seemed like a shoo-in to get a head coaching job two years ago. Thanks to Detroit's success this year, his name has resurfaced among a list of viable candidates for 2017 openings. "I'm not even worried abo... more

Saints wideout Brandin Cooks hasn't taken his cold streak lightly in New Orleans. He followed an eight-target, seven catch performance against the Carolina Panthers back on Nov. 17 with a no-target, no catch performance against the Rams a week ago... more

November

The Patriots were without their two best players at practice on Wednesday. Quarterback Tom Brady (right knee) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (punctured lung) were not spotted by reporters during local media access, according to The Boston Globe . Wid... more

The literature is typically sent out around the three-quarter mark of the season, when frustrated NFL owners realize their team is not making the playoffs and they've exhausted enough resources behind their current head coach, general manager or both... more

The Steelers -- and the fun police -- have finally gotten to receiver Antonio Brown. "Yeah, we (talked to him about his end zone dancing celebrations)," Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday on KDKA-FM in Pittsburgh . "He knows, we all know. Coach Tomlin... more

We finally have a window into why a rookie running back averaging nearly five yards per carry has only been handed the ball more than 10 times in a game once this season Derrick Henry, the Titans' battering ram, tied a career high with 60 yards aga... more

Niners general manager Trent Baalke was quick to shoulder the blame. Before the team lost by a touchdown to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, dropping them to 1-10 on the season, Baalke told KNBR-AM in San Francisco earlier this week that the on-field... more

While the Patriots have garnered a cruel reputation for cutting or trading players who are about to receive a big payday, they are also excellent at rewarding their own loyal role players. The latest example: The team and tackle Marcus Cannon agree... more

Is Adrian Peterson on his way back? The Vikings All-Pro running back was seen running off to the side at practice Tuesday, NFL Network's Stacey Dales reported . The 31-year-old went through a battery of tests over the weekend that opened the door f... more

Just as Lions coach Jim Caldwell is getting some much-deserved credit, he's deflecting it back on his football team. "You have to attribute it more to team, willingness, preparation, toughness, grittiness all the way across the board at every skill... more

Niners coach Chip Kelly subscribes to the no medals for trying theory. When asked about moral victories after Sunday's 31-24 loss and how players have credited themselves with not packing it in amid a one-win season and 10-game losing streak, Kel... more

Cooler heads have prevailed in an on-field and, later, Twitter spat between Redskins corner Josh Norman and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. "I'm really not trying to talk about that, but I wish I never did what I did, but that's OK because it's over w... more

Don't ask the Dolphins (7-4) about the sixth seed in the playoffs. They didn't know they were in as of Monday, and they don't want to know. "We haven't really talked about it, we just talked about being 1-0 this week because this is our next game,"... more

Lost in the shuffle of Miami's sixth-straight win Sunday was the fact that opposing quarterback Colin Kaepernick actually had a hell of a game. Kaepernick was 29-of-46 passing for 296 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed the... more

The true mark of a good NFL team is not sweating the small stuff and the Seahawks (7-3-1), after scoring just five points in a stunning loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, are not sweating it. "We all knew that was not us, only scoring three points... more

While decline is an unfortunate but natural part of any athlete's game, Darrelle Revis' sudden turn for the worse has been depressing for Jets fans to say the least. After another tough outing on Sunday in a 22-17 loss to the Patriots, Revis was a... more

The Houston Texans may be having the least enjoyable first place run in recent NFL history. Their confidence took another hit on Sunday with a 21-13 home loss to the San Diego Chargers, dropping their record to 6-5. The Texans are 29th in points,... more

While some coaches distance themselves from an underperforming team, Browns coach Hue Jackson seems to have gotten more emotionally involved than ever with his 0-12 club. After Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Giants, a game that saw Cleveland hang arou... more

The surging Giants edged out their sixth win in a row on Sunday, this time over a plucky but woefully overmatched Browns team, 27-13. Here's what we learned: 1. It won't bother the Giants (8-3) that, in the last two weeks, they were pushed back... more

The Browns want another chance to see Robert Griffin III at quarterback before the season ends. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted on NFL†GameDay Morning Sunday that unless rookie quarterback Cody Kessler returns from a concussion and gets on... more

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman responded to Dez Bryant on Friday via NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and expressed a level of surprise in the heightened drama, but for some former NFL players, Norman let it get far enough himself. On NFL †GameDa... more

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is shouldering the blame for Arizona's lackluster 2016 season, but Kurt Warner doesn't think he's getting much help. "I look at the wide receivers," Warner said Sunday on GameDay Morning. "I mean, John Brown, at... more

Will a slightly hampered Tom Brady struggle against the Jets on Sunday ? NFL Network's Michael Irvin thinks so. Citing the quarterback's last performance against the Jets on Dec. 27 -- Brady threw for 231 yards, one touchdown and one interception... more

We're almost a month away from the end of the 2016 regular season, which for some coaches means an unfortunate end to their current employment situation. Who should be especially worried? According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on GameDay F... more

The banged-up Indianapolis Colts (5-6) put up a surprisingly formidable performance, but still fell to the AFC North's sleeping giant, the Pittsburgh Steelers, 28-7 in the Thanksgiving finale Thursday. Here's what we learned... 1. Say what you... more

The Colts came into Thursday night's game knowing that they would be without Andrew Luck. Then came an in-game injury to center Ryan Kelly (shoulder). Then an in-game injury to Vontae Davis (groin). The T.Y. Hilton in-game injury though? That was j... more

The Bears don't think quarterback Jay Cutler is done for the season just yet. Coach John Fox said that Cutler's right shoulder injury is "not season-ending, contrary to the reports you hear." He added that he is not sure if Cutler will definitely b... more

Is Robert Griffin III making a comeback in 2016? Griffin practiced Wednesday with the Browns for the first time since the opening week of the season. Griffin was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder issue back on Sept. 12 -- a day after a... more

In NFL years, it's been a long time since Doug Marrone was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. But this Sunday is the first time he's returning to Buffalo with his new team -- the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year, Jacksonville beat Buffalo in Londo... more

Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley isn't worried about a significant workload for running back Le'Veon Bell on short rest. "He's a young guy, and he wants (the ball) all the time," Haley said Tuesday, via TribLive.com . "I haven't ever seen... more

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has officially been knighted by the king of Gunslingers. "I thought (Cousins) played outstanding (Sunday night) and has played outstanding this year," Brett Favre said on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week, via The... more

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has 88 wins against divisional opponents since buying the Cowboys back in 1989. In that time the division has seen stretches of dominance from just about every team. So, heading into a Thanksgiving afternoon showdown again... more

Will Sammy Watkins be on the field Sunday? The former Bills first-round pick, who has spent his three-year career in Buffalo in stretches of both injury rehab and on-field brilliance, could see some time against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bills coac... more