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Nick Shook

Nick Shook

Nick Shook has contributed to NFL.com since 2014, writing for Around The NFL, CFB 24/7, Behind the Offensive Line, Greatness on the Road, Oklahoma Drill, Path to the Draft and additional assorted content. He also makes occasional appearances on the Around The NFL Podcast and gets more excited about a pulling guard than a kid on Christmas.


July

Welcome back! In case you couldn't tell by the droplets of sweat gathering upon your brow, summer is here. Training camp is merely days away. The dog days of the preseason are near (don't all groan at once). More than 2,800 players are going to f... more

NFL Media's Oklahoma Drill series presents exclusive, quick-hitting one-on-one interviews with players and coaches from around the league. No nonsense -- just football experiences directly from the source. Zach Ertz Tight end, Philadelphia Eagl... more

Terrell Owens doesn't want any part of ceremonies in Canton, Ohio , but he wants in north of the border. The 44-year-old former All-Pro, who is less than a month from being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, wants to add an extra chapter... more

The tag deadline arrived and passed without so much as a whimper. The four players who received the franchise tag this offseason and hadn't yet negotiated a long-term deal didn't accomplish such a task by Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Those players:... more

NFC North NFC South NFC West NFC East AFC East AFC North AFC South Training camp is quickly approaching, which means it's time to preview the most exciting part of the summer. With camps opening later this month, Jeremy Bergma... more

We're about 15 months into Tony Romo's retirement, and after a stellar first season in the broadcast booth, he's cruising at an enviable altitude. But does that give him the right to see into the future? It's a joke, of course -- everyone has a r... more

NFC West NFC North NFC South NFC East AFC East AFC North AFC South Training camp is quickly approaching, which means it's time to preview the most exciting part of the summer. With camps opening later this month, Jeremy Bergma... more

Godspeed might be captained by someone who made his name in a sport other than football, but they shouldn't be taken lightly. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson's squad proved as much Sunday, romping to a 38-12 win over former NBA Slam... more

Mike DeMarteleire had a man open down the sideline. Had he driven the ball down the field when he threw it, he'd likely have a long completion, if not a touchdown. Instead, it was intercepted. The Code Red quarterback learned that lesson again, b... more

Michael Vick's headlining run with the American Flag Football League is over after one tournament game. The quarterback's Roadrunners squad fell to Ocho, 26-13, in the second half of Saturday night's doubleheader action at Fifth Third Bank Stadium... more

If you came to Kennesaw, Georgia, or NFL Network looking for thrills, you got them on Saturday. Fighting Cancer defeated Primetime, 35-14, in Saturday night's first half of an AFFL semifinals doubleheader at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw,... more

One third of the Atlanta Falcons' new, tantalizing trio of receivers just put his pen to paper. First-round selection Calvin Ridley signed his rookie contract Thursday, the team announced. The agency representing Ridley, SportsTrust Advisors first... more

For the first time in, well, quite some time, the Jacksonville Jaguars are entering a season with significant expectations. Much of the responsibility of handling and attempting to live up to those expectations falls on the shoulders of quarterback... more

June

The "Top 100 Players of 2018" is complete. Another year of rankings has come and gone. And without a doubt, the final results will be used as bulletin-board material for some But what about the guys the players missed? And the players ranked too hi... more

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team And then there were 10. We're down to the best 10 football players on earth. Got chills? You aren't alone. We aren't going to spoil to... more

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team Well well, what do we have here? Typically, when a star player's team fails to make the postseason, we see his ranking suffer within a r... more

For a stretch of time late last season, it felt as though the final weeks of the season would be Paxton Lynch's last stand in Denver. After Denver opted to sign Case Keenum instead of drafting another quarterback, Lynch received new life with the... more

Being a rookie in the NFL is unknown territory for each and every new entry to the league. There's the new city. New teammates. New playbook and coaches. And about 10-12 games in, the rookie wall. Considering all of these factors, as well as where... more

In case anyone was worried about Odell Beckham's continuous contract problem, they can rest easy after what happened Saturday. No, Beckham didn't get a new deal. But he did guarantee his attendance for training camp, per NFL Network's Kimberly Jone... more

Imagine this: It's a balmy late-spring (June 14 is technically still spring) day. Your team's rookie guard and veteran defensive tackle get into a bit of a tussle, a good old-fashioned offseason scrap. In the process, the same team's high-priced le... more

Laquon Treadwell isn't the only receiver from his draft class feeling the heat this offseason . One day after new teammate Jarvis Landry said Cleveland could have an "unstoppable" receiving corps, Browns wideout Corey Coleman is under pressure impo... more

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team We're now inside the final 30 of the Top 100. This is where we enter elite company. These players are in the highest tier of the le... more

The lure of a championship can change career paths for many across multiple sports. It can also keep key players around in situations in which they'd otherwise depart. Consider Brandon Graham's situation to be the latter. The veteran defensive end,... more

Tom Brady ended his prolonged absence from Patriots activities this week, but hasn't revealed anything further about why he was missing. Brady was back in Foxboro for Patriots minicamp and spoke with reporters Thursday, answering a variety of quest... more

Former All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens has publicly declined his invitation to attend the Aug. 4 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Owens made the announcement Thursday via an official statement. "I am so grateful... more

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team With this group of stars, I've uncovered a peculiar trend. New sensations seem to consistently land in the 30s. Welcome to the new and... more

John Dorsey continues to reshape Cleveland's roster in his image, and his latest addition comes at a familiar position: linebacker. The Browns signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a one-year contract worth more than $3 million, NFL Network Insider... more

Rob Gronkowski shaved his head for charity Sunday. He also alleviated concerns about his status going forward. "We've got mandatory minicamp this week. So I'll be there this week ," Gronkowski told reporters, per WBZ-TV. "I'll be full go. I'm looki... more

Drew Brees turned 39 in January, but if you looked at his statistics, you wouldn't know it. The quarterback posted his best passer rating since his 2013 season, posted his lowest interception total since 2004 and logged his highest completion perce... more

A charity softball game took a serious turn Saturday when Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews took a line drive to the face. Matthews, who was pitching to Packers offensive lineman Lucas Patrick in the Green & Gold Charity Softball Game, was... more

The deed has been done. Hue Jackson has taken the plunge. It wasn't an icy Lake Erie -- having just been there myself, I imagine it was rather warm and muggy, the type of humidity that makes you sweat just from existing in it -- but it was indeed t... more

There are those who peaked in high school, and there are those who bloomed later in life. Consider Delanie Walker to be the latter. Coming off another Pro Bowl campaign, which happened to be his third-best season in his career, the Central Missou... more

Michael Crabtree finds himself with some new surroundings. The Texas native is as far east as he's been in his career, he's with his third team in the past five seasons, and he might even be trying crabcakes for the first time. Most importantly,... more

May

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team This group has the most character of any revealed thus far. At No. 41, we find the league's Comeback Player of the Year, a wideout who expl... more

For the last few years, there's been a defined order at the quarterback position in Pittsburgh. QB1: Ben Roethlisberger. QB2: Landry Jones. That situation had a wrench thrown into it in April when the Steelers selected Mason Rudolph in the third... more

Terrance Williams was adamant in professing his innocence after being arrested on suspicion of public intoxication Saturday in Frisco, Texas. The lawyers and courts still have to fulfill their parts of the legal process, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jo... more

Josh Rosen was lauded (sometimes in a backhanded fashion) as the draft's most pro-ready quarterback. Logically, that should have made him the No. 1 pick. Who doesn't want the quarterback best suited to succeed early? That's not how this works, as... more

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team A year ago, we'd have scoffed at how this group shook out. Case Keenum was a journeyman backup with occasional starts under his belt at bes... more

Julio Jones isn't expected to be in attendance for Atlanta's organized team activities on Monday, and it's not a big deal -- or is it? Jones was in and out of OTAs last offseason with no detriment to the Falcons, and the situation appears similar t... more

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team Super Bowl runs can be a fickle beast. Take this group, for example. On one hand, we have a tight end in Zach Ertz who had what some would... more

The date is set. The showdown all of Northeast Ohio has waited for is finally near. First, the tale of the tape: The reigning champion Name: Erie Position: Lake, of the Great variety Height/weight: 9,910 square miles of surface area, 2... more

An 0-16 season might be considered a lost one to most. Turns out the most recent one -- Cleveland's winless trudge through 2017 -- is bringing an unexpected asset to the reigning AFC champion. This is according to longtime New England Patriot Dev... more

Lost in football exile for nearly two years, Sammie Lee Hill has been granted new life. The veteran defensive tackle was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. Hill was twice suspended in 2016, first for four game... more

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team We have our largest freefall in this year's Top 100, and to no one's surprise, it's injury-related. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Odell Bec... more

Mike McCarthy's quarterback situation is as solid as possible at the top, but he's welcoming a fresh face to the depth chart. That fresh face, former second-round pick DeShone Kizer, has earned quite a compliment from the coach, who thinks Kizer ha... more

Michael Griffin is making one last trip to Nashville as a professional football player. The 33-year-old safety is signing a one-day contract Monday to retire as a member of the Tennessee Titans, the team announced in a media advisory Sunday. Draf... more

Joe Thomas' retirement brought an end to a legendary career and created a massive void at left tackle for the Cleveland Browns. They took a step toward addressing that Sunday, signing second-round pick Austin Corbett to a rookie contract. Cleveland... more

NFC East AFC East NFC West AFC West NFC North AFC North NFC South AFC South Why provide instant grades on the selections of prospects who have yet to take an NFL snap? Well, you're reading this, aren't you? Considering the... more

It's the football BOGO: Win a Super Bowl, add a year to your contract. That's the deal Doug Pederson is enjoying after the Philadelphia Eagles picked up the option on his contract Thursday, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per sources informed... more

NFC East AFC East NFC West AFC West NFC North AFC North NFC South AFC South Why provide instant grades on the selections of prospects who have yet to take an NFL snap? Well, you're reading this, aren't you? Considering the... more

Recent news that Jason Witten was considering retirement came as a shock. Now that it's official , it's time to reflect and line him up for future recognition. The greatest tight end to play the game (don't @ me), Tony Gonzalez, came strong with a... more

NFC East AFC East NFC West AFC West NFC North AFC North NFC South AFC South Why provide instant grades on the selections of prospects who have yet to take an NFL snap? Well, you're reading this, aren't you? Considering the... more

Another draft is in the books, but this one was a little odd in terms of the trenches. Most classes contain a premier tackle or two who can rise as high as No. 1 (Eric Fisher was the most recent, in 2013). This year's group didn't have a bonafide s... more

Moritz Boehringer is getting a second shot in the NFL. The former sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings is back in the league after the Cincinnati Bengals added him to their roster via the league's International Player Pathway program, the team... more

NFC East AFC East NFC West AFC West NFC North AFC North NFC South AFC South Why provide instant grades on the selections of prospects who have yet to take an NFL snap? Well, you're reading this, aren't you? Considering the... more

April

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team How much is a 5-0 mark as a starter worth? Ten places in the Top 100, evidently. Fresh off his dream-like start to his 49ers career, Jimmy... more

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 Team-by-team Grab the pitchforks and torches -- Minnesota's messiah isn't in the top 10. Heck, he's not even in the top 50, or the top 75. That's rig... more

With the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey. In a draft thin on tackles, McGlinchey goes a bit higher than expected but in a logical pairing with the 49ers, who just backed a B... more

Antonio Callaway has been described as a first-round talent, but his off-field history has been heavy enough to drag him out of the first 32 picks. Tuesday's news doesn't help his case. Callaway's agent confirmed Tuesday the receiver's drug test... more

Dez Bryant is out in Dallas, and he isn't returning. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones assured as much in speaking with reporters Tuesday. "We need to move on knowing that we don't have Dez," Jones said. They'll begin doing so with this week's draft, w... more

Welcome. We're here to interrupt your daily dose of Saquon Barkley/Josh Allen/Sam Darnold/Bradley Chubb debates to focus on the less-heralded but just as (if not more) important big fellas. Most drafts are stronger at tackle, or at least have more... more

It took a little while, but Josh Rosen's former coach has officially returned to the quarterback's corner. Jim Mora Jr. made headlines about a month ago on NFL Network's Path to the Draft when he endorsed USC's Sam Darnold -- not UCLA's Josh Rose... more

Joe Haden's arrival and performance in Pittsburgh all came as a pleasant surprise in 2017. After all, he was supposed to be lining up for the team located 90 minutes northwest of the Steel City. But when Cleveland deemed him too expensive and his i... more

For the second straight year, we have a little bit of history to go with your turkey. Instead of gravy, it's the New Orleans Saints who will host a divisional contest for the Thanksgiving night prime-time game. They'll meet the Atlanta Falcons, wit... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars led the Nike uniform revolution five years ago with a unique, somewhat controversial look, capped by a two-toned helmet. Say goodbye to excess, Jacksonville. The club ended its State of the Franchise event Thursday with... more

We're operating in an age of excess when it comes to football uniforms, but there's hope for the minimalist faction: Better days might be ahead. The Miami Dolphins stated as much with their new uniforms, which they released with a tasteful sizzle v... more

J.J. Watt stepped up in the face of tragedy to lead a massive effort to help the city of Houston recover from one of the most devastating hurricanes the U.S. has ever seen. Watt was honored for his efforts by the NFL, which gave him the Walter Payt... more

Dez Bryant wasn't bashful about why he thought the Dallas Cowboys decided to move on from him . Stephen Jones, on the other hand, didn't see things as clearly. "I think it's always difficult because Dez was an amazing player for us ," the Cowboy... more

Every player is asked the same question by at least one reporter at the NFL Scouting Combine: Who do you compare yourself to in the NFL? Responses at this year's combine included LSU's Derrius Guice seeing Beast Mode in himself, and N.C. State's Br... more

Philip Rivers isn't getting any younger, but make no mistake: The 2018 Los Angeles Chargers are his team. The quarterback's coach said as much with the draft 10 days away and a crop of signal-callers available for selecting. "Philip, he's still... more

Dez Bryant hasn't been the player he was when he signed a lucrative contract with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. As a result, he's no longer a Cowboy . One of the greatest Cowboys to ever play the position shed some light on it during an appearance on... more

If Brandon Scherff was unsure of how his employers felt about him, that's likely no longer the case. The Washington Redskins picked up Scherff's fifth-year option on Monday, the team announced, more than a year before he'll play his fifth professio... more

The Rams have spent plenty of capital on roster improvements this offseason in an obvious attempt to win it all. Those moves haven't included a new deal for Aaron Donald. That's no worry to coach Sean McVay, who spoke for the organization Monday on... more

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

The Miami Dolphins have a starting-caliber quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, but that isn't precluding them from at least exploring the prospects at the position in the draft. Miami is evaluating and hosting quarterbacks Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield,... more

Bradley Chubb made his resume harassing passers in the ACC while at N.C. State. He might soon become an even bigger name in the nation's largest media market. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday on NFL Up To The Minute the New York Giants... more

The Arizona Cardinals invested $20 million in Sam Bradford for one season. They're doing their best to ensure they get at least 16 games out of him in 2018. New Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said as much Tuesday in speaking with reporters, stre... more

The Jets are aiming for depth with their wide receiving corps, adding another journeyman with potential on Monday. New York signed former Vikings receiver Charles Johnson on Monday, the team announced . Johnson signed with Carolina a year ago,... more

AFC QUESTIONS NFC QUESTIONS The 2018 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. As we hurtle toward the offseason's marquee event, Nick Shook examines one pressing question for each AFC team. Baltimore Ravens:... more

Matt Nagy made a name for himself as an offensive coordinator under Andy Reid in Kansas City, which meant devising different ways to take advantage of a short-to-intermediate passing game. Nagy became quite the schemer by his final season in Kansas... more

DeSean Jackson has weighed in on what his quarterback needs to do for their Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be better in 2018. Jameis Winston is aiming to be himself, but an improved version -- and to prove Jackson's true value in the process. Winston t... more

Two days after trading away Brandin Cooks, New England has secured his replacement. The Patriots signed wide receiver Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the deal. New England late... more

It took more than seven months, but Kony Ealy is a Dallas Cowboy. The defensive end signed with the Cowboys, the team announced. Ealy spent the 2017 season with the New York Jets, who claimed him off waivers after the New England Patriots cut him... more

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

Les Snead isn't finished wheeling and dealing. The Los Angeles Rams have acquired receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick in a trade with the New England Patriots, the team announced via its official site . The Rams are sending their first-r... more

Clive Walford is going from a crowded tight end room to one in need of a veteran. Less than a week after being released by the Oakland Raiders , the fourth-year pass-catcher has been claimed by the New York Jets, the team announced Monday afternoon... more

We're less than a month away from the draft, which means dinner expenses are about to get pricey. In a draft class stocked with quarterback talent, two of the the presumed top four signal-callers are hitting the road for meetings with teams picking... more

March

Free agency 2018 included some murmurs involving the New Orleans Saints. Would Drew Brees leave? Did Ndamukong Suh want to leave South Beach for the Big Easy? In the end, neither happened -- but the Saints aren't hurting. Fresh off an 11-5 season... more

We might be looking at the twilight of kickoffs in the NFL. Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, told reporters Wednesday that despite recent rule changes aimed at enhancing safety, injury data reveals that kic... more

Johnny Manziel's return to pro football might still seem like a longshot, but he's definitely working toward his goal, no matter how lofty. The former first-round pick threw at a scouting showcase for the second time in as many weeks Tuesday, servi... more

The league's most controversial rule is getting a rework this offseason, and coaches are coming away from the week's owners meeting in Orlando, Florida, with a variety of opinions on the matter. Saints coach Sean Payton decided to take the instruct... more

Kevin Colbert isn't concerning himself with Le'Veon Bell's much-discussed long-term contract aspirations, and for good reason: There's no need to at this point in time. The Steelers GM intimated as much during a one-on-one interview with NFL Networ... more

Jamal Adams is excited about the future of his New York Jets after just one professional season. A rather large defensive tackle stands to make him even more excited. After reports emerged that the Jets had become a serious suitor of Ndamukong Suh... more

Like my colleague Jeremy Bergman wrote Thursday, #ComebackSZN is in full swing . If you haven't bought your Money Manziel apparel, there's still time. There's also time for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback to make a return to pro football.... more

It might be late March, but flip your calendars forward, Miami: Brocktober is coming. Brock Osweiler signed with the Miami Dolphins on Friday, the team announced. Osweiler has created a football odyssey of sorts for him in recent years, going fro... more

Tramon Williams is returning to Green Bay and a new Packers organization. Three years after Williams left Green Bay to sign with the Cleveland Browns, the veteran cornerback has signed with the Packers, the team announced. Williams inked a two-year... more

One of the leaders of Philadelphia's Super Bowl-winning squad has gone under the knife. Safety Malcolm Jenkins recently underwent a procedure to repair ligaments in his left thumb, NFL Network's Steve Wyche reported. Jenkins described the procedure... more

Tom Johnson is heading west. The veteran defensive tackle signed with the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced. Johnson's deal is for one year and worth up to $2.7 million, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per a source informed of the deal.... more

Christian Kirk is skilled at giving the standard line: I'll be happy with whatever team drafts me . But the Scottsdale, Arizona, native wasn't bashful when asked how he'd feel if his hometown team grabbed him in the 2018 NFL Draft. "Without a dou... more

Richard Sherman's free-agent tour included just one stop, and was completed with zero agents. The corner represented himself in contract talks with the San Francisco 49ers, signing a three-year, $39 million deal that has since been torn to shreds... more

Joe Thomas is moving on from professional football, and he wants you to know that while yes, the frequent losses took their toll, he never lost his sense of humor. The six-time All-Pro made sure of that Monday by setting the tone of his retirement... more

Tavon Austin was drafted to be the Rams' X-factor, and while he flirted with the role from time to time, he never fully filled it. It seemed after a year in which Los Angeles turned to other options to stock its receiving corps, Austin was on his w... more

Jordy Nelson said his goodbyes to Green Bay less than 48 hours ago, and now he has his new team. The former Packers wideout is headed to the Bay, signing a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders worth $15 million ($13 million guaranteed), NFL Netwo... more

Malcolm Butler can be accurately referred to as a Super Bowl hero. But in that same breath, he must also be called a Super Bowl scapegoat of sorts. Sure, Butler's benching in Super Bowl LII wasn't his decision, so it's unfair to blame him for New... more

They've met, they've hashed out details and they're all but a collection of signatures from being united. Teddy Bridgewater is joining the New York Jets. The details on Teddy Bridgewater's contract: $500K signing bonus, $500K workout bonus, $5M bas... more

Ndamukong Suh is headed out of Miami. The five-time Pro Bowler was released by the Dolphins, the team announced Wednesday , after just three seasons of a six-year, $114 million contract. His tenure in South Florida began with fanfare, as Miami back... more

While the Jets look to add a young quarterback via free agency, they're keeping a wise veteran for another season. New York has re-signed Josh McCown to a one-year deal, the quarterback's agent announced via Twitter . NFL Network's Mike Garafolo... more

Less than a week after creating a void at corner via trade, Carolina is using free agency to fill it. The Panthers are expected to sign cornerback Bashaud Breeland, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo adds the dea... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are adding to their Andy Dalton protection unit. The Buffalo Bills have agreed to trade left tackle Cordy Glenn to the Bengals, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Good Morning Football's... more

An interesting twist has emerged from Minnesota's intriguing situation at quarterback. While most have their eyes trained on Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Kirk Cousins, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday the Vikings have called to inq... more

Oh, how a quarterback can change everything. Not too long ago, San Francisco was considered a cellar-dwelling franchise devoid of talent with a long road ahead to relevance. The 49ers were without a franchise quarterback, and fresh off two seasons... more

Tampa Bay is keeping one of its promising pass-catchers. The Buccaneers have re-signed tight end Cameron Brate to a six-year, $41 million deal, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported , per a source informed of the situation. Of the $41 million, $18... more

Richard Sherman's free-agency tour began with the San Francisco 49ers, and it won't extend beyond the Bay Area. The veteran cornerback has agreed to a three-year deal with the 49ers worth $39 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The... more

Once trades become official Wednesday, Aqib Talib will be off to the West Coast to begin a new chapter in his career with the Los Angeles Rams. He'll be joining a secondary that features another newcomer in cornerback Marcus Peters (also acquired v... more

Sam Shields is giving it another go, and he's heading west to do so. The veteran cornerback signed with the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced Thursday . According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, it's a one-year contract worth a little more... more

Baker Mayfield was predictably bold in his statements at the NFL Scouting Combine, drawing the ire of some in the process. The former Oklahoma quarterback got an opportunity to defend himself on Wednesday on NFL Total Access . "I'm gonna be who I... more

The franchise tag deadline passed and a fresh crop of players are set to get paid for one season, but one team had to maneuver to fit all of its salaries under the cap. Pittsburgh and wide receiver Antonio Brown agreed to a contract restructuring t... more

The tag deadline has come and gone, and with it arrived a fresh batch of players whose contract situations will be worth monitoring for various reasons in the next month(s). We collected a roundup of all tag action below, including who did and didn't... more

Baltimore is using its minimal amount of cap space to keep a promising player around for another year. The Ravens signed defensive end Brent Urban to a one-year contract, the team announced . NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the contract i... more

Allen Robinson spent almost all of last season out of his Jaguars uniform, relegated to the sideline due to injury. His time in Jacksonville might be finished altogether. The Jaguars did not use the franchise or transition tag on the wide receiver... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Minkah Fitzpatrick sits atop Mike Mayock's safety rankings for the 2018 draft class, but the Alabama defensive back said Sunday he wants to prove to the NFL he can play multiple positions. It's one of his main goals during the NFL... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Vita Vea stepped to the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine and declared his desire to make teams aware of who he is as a player and as a person. He did quite a job with reporters on Saturday. Vea, a 6-foot-4, 347-pound defensive... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- As a projected high first-round pick, Bradley Chubb knows his time in the limelight is coming in less than two months. He's aiming for an even loftier goal once he actually joins an NFL team. When asked Saturday at the NFL Scouting... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- One day after his teammates defended him in speaking to reporters , Josh Rosen took the podium. The main takeaway? He gets it , and he isn't about to change for anyone. "I'm not going to present a fake image of myself," Rosen told... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Baltimore's prolonged issue at receiver is nearing its fourth season, and much of it can be traced back to (but not solely blamed on) Breshad Perriman. The Ravens chose the speedy wideout out of Central Florida with the 26th pick of... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scott Quessenberry has blocked for Josh Rosen for two seasons at UCLA. As Rosen's center, Quessenberry has naturally gotten to know his quarterback better than almost anyone. He's tired of hearing the negativity surrounding his... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Derrius Guice spent the early portion of his media availability Thursday making his case for his receiving skills, which were rarely on display during his time at LSU. But when asked to compare himself to a current NFL player, a pit... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Laquon Treadwell's first two seasons in Minnesota have left a lot to be desired. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn't running from that fact. When asked Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine about the receiver, Zimmer was blunt. "Laquon... more

February

The Jaguars extensions keep coming, and the latest is the biggest. Jacksonville has signed quarterback Blake Bortles to a three-year contract, the team announced . NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the contract is worth $54 million, includ... more

Jacksonville's leadership triumvirate produced a trip to the AFC Championship Game in its first season together, and is being rewarded for its efforts. The Jaguars handed out contract extensions to head coach Doug Marrone, general manager Dave Cald... more

Ryan Shazier's road back from a serious spinal injury has included plenty of rehab and occasional visits to the Steelers, including appearances at the team's facility and late-season games. The linebacker's latest stop on his journey was a sit-dow... more

Andrew Luck has become somewhat of a football Sasquatch. The quarterback hasn't thrown on an NFL field in over a year. His Colts floundered through much of the 2017 season without him. Discussions surrounding Luck's status turned from physical ailm... more

Despite months of little-to-no movement on contract negotiations, Jarvis Landry has often stated his desire to stay in Miami . The Dolphins used their lone tool to wipe away negotation-driven stress -- at least in the immediate future -- and ensure... more

Tennessee is welcoming a new coach into its fold, but won't be doing the same at the kicker position. The Titans have agreed to terms with Ryan Succop on a contract extension, the team announced on Tuesday. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported the... more

AJ McCarron is heading toward employment freedom. McCarron has won his grievance against his current team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and will become an unrestricted free agent with the new league year in March, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport report... more

The Jets have their new offensive coordinator, and he's coming from inside the building. New York promoted quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator as part of a trio of coaching changes the team announced on Wednesday . Rick Denniso... more

It's only right that on Valentine's Day, Bobby Hart found his new job. The offensive lineman signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday, the team announced . Hart played his first three seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants, who select... more

AFC WEST NFC WEST AFC SOUTH NFC SOUTH AFC EAST NFC EAST AFC NORTH NFC NORTH With the 2017 NFL campaign in the rearview, draft season's about to kick into high gear. But before we completely shift over to the Class of 2018,... more

Washington has all but bid adieu to its promising quarterback , but it's a step closer to seeing another budding star return to the field. Redskins safety Su'a Cravens has officially applied to the NFL for reinstatement off the reserve/left squad l... more

The Indianapolis Colts are doing their best to ensure Edwin Jackson is not forgotten. Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay announced Monday a $25,000 gift to establish the Edwin Jackson Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the Colts linebacker who was killed... more

AFC WEST NFC WEST AFC SOUTH NFC SOUTH AFC EAST NFC EAST AFC NORTH NFC NORTH With the 2017 NFL campaign in the rearview, draft season's about to kick into high gear. But before we completely shift over to the Class of 2018,... more

Trapped in the abyss of C.J. Beathard and Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch took a cross-country shot in acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo. The franchise isn't leaving the next step up to chance. San Francisco signed Garoppolo t... more

AFC WEST NFC WEST AFC SOUTH NFC SOUTH AFC EAST NFC EAST AFC NORTH NFC NORTH With the 2017 NFL campaign in the rearview, draft season's about to kick into high gear. But before we completely shift over to the Class of 2018,... more

AFC WEST NFC WEST AFC SOUTH NFC SOUTH AFC EAST NFC EAST AFC NORTH NFC NORTH With the 2017 NFL campaign in the rearview, draft season's about to kick into high gear. But before we completely shift over to the Class of 2018,... more

Canada's hero is returning to the NFL. Wide receiver DeVier Posey has signed with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Tuesday . Posey, an Ohio State product, became a Toronto legend when he caught a 100-yard pass for a touchdown in the 105t... more

Much of this season was missing a familiar element: the capitvating greatness of Aaron Rodgers. A broken collarbone sidelined Rodgers for a good portion of the campaign, and when Rodgers returned, it was for a failed last-ditch attempt to preserve... more

An unexpected quarterback just led his franchise to its first Super Bowl victory. Houston is hoping it can witness a similar story unfold in the near future. The franchise's literal first steps toward glory happened on Monday, when quarterback De... more

The Super Bowl is over. The silly season is upon us. Why not kick it off with questions about a potential quarterback controversy in Philadelphia? Nick Foles won Super Bowl LII Most Valuable Player on Sunday night after leading the Philadelphia... more

On their way to Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots had to deal with a little adversity. New England lost key pass-catcher Rob Gronkowski before halftime of the AFC Championship Game and endured, edging the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Patriots... more

Larry Fitzgerald opened his NFL Network appearance on Sunday by joking he was trying to get Kurt Warner to return for a couple of more years under center. What Arizona ends up doing at quarterback could go a long way toward determining Fitzgerald's... more

The Super Bowl hasn't kicked off yet, but we're already in the thick of "who's angling for a new contract?" season. At the top of the list: Odell Beckham. The Giants star wideout has held onto some incredibly high expectations for his future... more

Doug Pederson faces his first Super Bowl appearance since his Green Bay Packers took home a title more than 20 years ago. On the eve of Super Bowl LII, he called in an old friend with a unique perspective to offer. Brett Favre, Super Bowl XXXI... more

The Chargers missed Keenan Allen so much in 2016, they spent their first-round pick on a receiver. Turns out, all they needed was some time . A year after playing in just one game, Allen's journey to redemption received its topper when he was nam... more

Aaron Donald didn't lead the NFL in sacks, tackles, or forced fumbles (almost). It doesn't matter. Donald is the best defensive player in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle was officially crowned as such on Saturday when he was named... more

Hop on an airplane and travel to a different climate. Chances are, you'll get a little sick in the process. Neither the Eagles or Patriots drastically changed climates in leaving the Northeast for Minnesota, but one of the teams caught a bug on the... more

Isaac Bruce has made his case. He made it on the field. In the last few months, he's made it with his mouth , too. Hours from the announcement of the newest Pro Football Hall of Fame class, Bruce stated his case yet again, with an added air of... more

The Detroit Lions proved correct the popular thought of football being a pass-first game in 2017. Detroit finished seventh in points scored (410) and 13th in the NFL in yards per game (337.8), despite finishing dead last in rushing with 76.3 yards... more

Tyrod Taylor learned in 2017 to make sure he looks out for himself when he has the chance. Benched in the middle of a playoff run, Taylor returned a half later after his replacement, rookie Nathan Peterman, crashed and burned in his starting debut.... more

Football is again on its annual grand stage. Millions around the world will watch the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles, and watch multi-million-dollar commercials in between the action. Long runs, touchdown passes and acrobatic... more

Von Miller's Broncos once defeated Tom Brady in an important postseason contest. On the doorstep of another Super Bowl berth, Brady's Patriots were cut down by Miller, DeMarcus Ware and the rest of a swarming Broncos defense that ended up harassin... more

Deshaun Watson temporarily lit the league on fire with his play in 2017 before a knee injury cut his season short. That's just a small bump in the road Watson envisions for himself -- which includes surpassing the achievements of one Tom Brady. "... more

Kansas City's agreement to trade Alex Smith ensured one theory: Kirk Cousins will soon be on the move. But in a league in which nearly a third of its teams are in need of a signal-caller, where might the quarterback be headed? Denver Broncos... more

Once upon a time, a pre-planned parade route inspired an underdog New England Patriots team to pull off a stunning upset in the Super Bowl. Apparently, at least one member of the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles doesn't care much for history lesson... more

January

As we approach an intriguing offseason for the Jacksonville Jaguars, a new wrinkle has been added into the situation surrounding the franchise's starting quarterback. Blake Bortles underwent wrist surgery last week to fix an issue he dealt with dur... more

Super Bowl LII brings New England, football's most dominant franchise in this millennium, to the game's biggest stage yet again. It's the eighth time it has happened for the Tom Brady-led Patriots. For this group of coaches, it very well could be t... more

The Eagles have landed. Philadelphia's team plane touched down at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on Sunday ahead of Super Bowl LII. The championship game will be played between the Eagles and New England Patriots on Feb. 4 at U.S. Ban... more

Football's most scrutinized hand is now stitch-free. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his 12 stitches removed from his right hand earlier this week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported . Brady had played against Jacksonville with the stitch... more

Fresh off a 5-11 campaign, John Elway is entering a pivotal offseason for his Denver Broncos. First and foremost for the executive VP is the quarterback position, which desperately needs addressing. Denver owns the fifth pick in a draft touted as b... more

Carolina's search for its next general manager is set to start this week. The Panthers will begin interviews for the vacant permanent position, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. The Panthers are... more

Rob Gronkowski was back at Patriots practice on Saturday, six days after suffering a concussion in the AFC Championship Game. The tight end took part in the portion of New England's practice open to the media, NFL Network's Omar Ruiz reported. Desp... more

Pat Shurmur opened his Giants career by backing Eli Manning , Giants franchise quarterback with two Super Bowl rings to show for his efforts. Smart man. Likely buoyed by the show of support, Manning expressed excitement to get to work with his ne... more

Luke Falk is wrapping up his successful week early to say his final goodbyes to a former teammate. The former Washington State quarterback withdrew from the Senior Bowl on Friday to return to Southern California to attend the Saturday funeral for T... more

Pat Shurmur couldn't even get through his expressions of gratitude before the lights went out on him. Here's to hoping that isn't an omen for his career with the New York Giants. "And we're off, huh?" Shurmur joked as the lights came back on.... more

Buffalo's starting center is calling it a career. Eric Wood, 31, is retiring from football because of a neck injury that was diagnosed during his end-of-season physical, the team announced Friday. Wood's retirement news conference is scheduled for... more

Pittsburgh's drama-filled season ended earlier than most expected -- so early that one Steeler considered skipping the Pro Bowl because he was still too upset about the loss. "After the [Jacksonville] game, I didn't know if I even wanted to come fo... more

Though the winner of the game ultimately didn't make it to Minneapolis, New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis still feels as though his team left another trip to the Super Bowl on the field at U.S. Bank Stadium. Loomis said as much while spending his... more

New York officially has its new leader of Big Blue. The Giants have hired Pat Shurmur as head coach, the team announced on Monday . "We are pleased to welcome Pat to our organization and look forward to the leadership he will provide for our team... more

Case Keenum's wild and unexpected ride came to a sudden end with Sunday night's loss in the NFC Championship Game. That's often how the playoffs are: unforgiving, abrupt and for scores of players, fleeting. The quarterback hasn't even had 24 hou... more

Adam Thielen's near-touchdown summed up the night -- and the season's end -- in one play. Almost, but not quite. Fresh off a miraculous finish, the Vikings hit Philadelphia looking for more magic and an NFC crown. They left with the hat, but no... more

Tom Brady is 7-0 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in playoff games. But these aren't your granddaddy's Jaguars. Jacksonville brings about as menacing a defense as you'll see in football, and undoubtedly the one with the largest bite of the four... more

Tennessee has found its new leader. The Titans have hired Mike Vrabel as the franchise's new head coach, the team announced on Saturday . Vrabel previously coached with the Houston Texans from 2014-16 as linebackers coach, and spent 2017 as the Tex... more

Atlanta's season ended in disappointing fashion, topped off by a peculiar play call on fourth and goal. Immediately (and understandably), thousands of index fingers extended in the direction of offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian . On Thursday,... more

Much hulabaloo has been made of Tom Brady's hand injury . Is he OK? (Yes.) Who was the teammate who ran into his throwing hand? (It hasn't been revealed.) Will he play on Sunday? (He's expected to.) Did I write that lede just to use hulabaloo? (Yes... more

Joe Thomas still isn't ready to decide on his future. The perennial All-Pro and future Hall of Fame left tackle said Wednesday he remains on the fence about whether he'll return to the Cleveland Browns in 2018. Thomas suffered a torn triceps in... more

The sunny optimism of a Gulf Coast training camp didn't last long for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dirk Koetter's second season fizzled with a 5-11 finish, bringing with it trash bags and vacation plans for his Buccaneers. A top-10 offense in yards ga... more

These Jaguars haven't been here before, and they aren't exactly keeping quiet. Clearly feeling himself and his teammates, cornerback Jalen Ramsey grabbed the mic at EverBank Field late Sunday and told fans welcoming the Jaguars home that the team w... more

Ken Norton Jr. is reuniting with Pete Carroll. With Kris Richard on his way out of Seattle, Norton is returning to the Seahawks as the team's defensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday. Norton served as the team's linebackers coach from 2010... more

Well, well, what do we have here? So much for that Steelers-Patriots rematch. Jacksonville rolled into Pittsburgh, punched the Steeelers in the mouth and managed to dance around the ring long enough to emerge victorious. The method wasn't surprisin... more

It's pretty safe to say, at 32 years old, Darrelle Revis isn't going to rediscover his better, Revis Island version of himself. But for a cornerback who joined a team in the final quarter of the regular season, he feels as though he did well enough... more

Calais Campbell has served as Jacksonville's defensive catalyst this season, his first with the franchise. But who knew he could see the future? Campbell chatted with NFL Network's Tom Pelissero about the tilt between the Jaguars and Steelers las... more

Pittsburgh is going home earlier than most expected, and plenty of Steelers fans will likely spend much of the offseason second guessing the team's coach. Trailing 42-35 with 2:18 to play and two timeouts remaining, Mike Tomlin elected to onside ki... more

Steve Sarkisian joined the Atlanta Falcons with the daunting task of replicating one of the most explosive offenses in league history. He did a decent job in 2017, enough for the Falcons to qualify for the postseason and score an upset win over the... more

Doug Pederson knows he doesn't have a game-changing quarterback. Fortunately for the Eagles, he realized this before it was too late. Pederson adjusted his play-calling late in the first quarter after two drives proved what we already knew --... more

The Divisional Round is considered by some (including yours truly) as the best weekend in football. The league's best teams are all battling for a shot to make the conference championship game and move one step closer to football's greatest stage.... more

The sweeping changes are almost complete in Green Bay. Green Bay hired Joe Philbin as offensive coordinator and Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday . Philbin returns to Green Bay after spe... more

Joe Haden's exit from the Cleveland Browns was unceremonious, unsurprising and for a team that ended up going 0-16, unnecessary. Haden was a cap casualty on a team that had a surplus of cap space. Asked to take a pay cut by former Browns GM Sashi B... more

Listeners of the Around The NFL Podcast will almost instinctively recite the one truth they know about Kai Forbath: "Kai's Kai." But Vikings fans can't be as certain about the kicker as their team returns to the playoffs this weekend for the first... more

Marcell Dareus' revenge tale became complete with last weekend's victory over his former team. But for the defensive tackle, it's just the beginning of what he views as the brightest portion of his professional career -- and he couldn't be more... more

Ah, Wild Card Weekend, home of wild things, but not Where the Wild Things Are . No, instead of giant-faced fantastical animals, we have big-game action from big-time players. Pitted against history and raucous crowds, road teams defied expectations... more

The Eagles are the NFC's top seed and were the darlings of the league until Carson Wentz was lost to injury. Now that they're riding with backup quarterback Nick Foles, the prevailing thought ahead of Saturday's Divisional Round meeting with the... more

Tyrod Taylor left Buffalo's 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars after he suffered a concussion late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's wild-card game. Bills coach Sean McDermott confirmed Taylor's concussion and said he was placed in the protocol... more

The Steelers are getting their most important weapon back in time for their first playoff game. Wide receiver Antonio Brown (calf) will be at full strength for Pittsburgh's divisional contest next week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported . H... more

The what-if game is a dangerous (and unnecessary) one, but in the aftermath of a close playoff finish, it's often inevitable. Kansas City fans were left with only that to play for the next six months after Saturday's loss to the Tennessee Titans.... more

Alex Smith has battled the stigma earned by his early career struggles for much of the last decade and throughout his tenure with the Chiefs. Saturday night's result won't quiet the uninformed doubters. Individually, the quarterback had yet anothe... more

Jon Gruden's contract -- a mammoth one -- is still being worked out, but with a number like $100 million and multiple reports packing his backs for the Bay Area, ESPN decided to acknowledge the news. ESPN broadcaster Sean McDonough opened Saturday... more

Playoff time is a wonderful time, even if you're the team that snuck in by the skin of its teeth and the tripping up of a few contenders. You're in -- it doesn't matter how you got there. For the purpose of this space, though, it does matter, becau... more

A year after finishing 13-3 and reaching the divisional round of the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys are spending the postseason at home. To owner Jerry Jones, that isn't acceptable -- and some of it has to do with the play of wide receiver Dez Bryant... more

Two neck injuries that sidelined key Seahawks might spell the ends of their careers. That's the sentiment Seahawks coach Pete Carroll conveyed during his Tuesday appearance on KIRO-AM when speaking about defensive end Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor... more

With the front office situation suddenly in flux in Houston, Bill O'Brien spoke to reporters on Tuesday and offered a little insight. The Texans coach answered questions about his future, discussions with owner Bob McNair and the general manager... more

Matthew Stafford will soon welcome his third head coach during his career in Detroit. He's hoping a new offensive system doesn't come with him. The quarterback was one of two Lions to give their endorsement for retaining offensive coordinator Jim B... more

Michael Bennett isn't ready to walk away from the game. Whether his next snap comes with the Seahawks or another team isn't as certain. The 32-year-old defensive end expressed his desire to continue playing after Seattle's Week 17 loss to the Arizo... more

Kareem Hunt's rookie season included a hot start, and the regular season portion of it came to a close with a strong finish and a rushing title. Turns out, the former Toledo Rocket wanted that last part badly enough to make a hard sell on his coach... more

We've done it. Pat yourselves on the backs. We've reached the end of another regular season. Week 17 brought a stark contrast in games. Some -- Dallas 6, Philadelphia 0, for example -- meant little, while others came down to the wire and determined... more

The Bears are in the market for a new coach, but their general manager is sticking around for the long haul. Chicago has extended the contract of GM Ryan Pace through 2021, president and CEO Ted Phillips announced on Monday. Pace has been with the... more

Quinton Dunbar's unlikely pro career has reached another impressive milestone. The receiver-turned-cornerback has received a contract extension from the Washington Redskins, the team announced on Monday . Dunbar's agent told NFL Network Insider Ian... more

December

Much of 2017's struggles in Indianapolis can be traced back to one massive void under center. While Jacoby Brissett has performed admirably, he's no Andrew Luck. The result of Luck's season-long absence (and a defense that lost its best player to i... more

Green Bay is a team with hope standing on its sideline in the form of a man who usually dons a No. 12 jersey. But in the meantime, the Packers aren't all that threatening. Against Pittsburgh in Week 12, some of that had to do with struggles in... more

November

It's been quite some time since the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams played a meaningful game after Halloween. In Week 11, we finally got a new, relevant chapter between the two division leaders. In perhaps the most unexpected outcome, the Vi... more

August

Pro Football Hall of Fame A look at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village project, set to be complete in 2020. In its early days, journeying through the Pro Football Hall of Fame was more like taking a stroll. Enter through the front doors of... more

David Baker is a man you cannot miss -- and surely cannot forget. Baker -- once called the "New Tower of Power" by Sports Business Journal -- lumbers down a hotel hallway in Houston on a Saturday in February with a message and camera crew in tow .... more

March

The combine has come and gone, and the numbers are in. We've seen men in tights run through countless drills and tests, watched them bench press 225 pounds as many times as their bodies allowed and have even had one team play a card game with prospec... more

October

Kansas City dominated Oakland in the second half on Sunday, shutting out a Raiders offense that has shown a penchant for second-half explosions. Few plays epitomized this superiority more than Dontari Poe's score from one yard out. For as long as... more

August

Sammie Lee Hill's attempt to find work might have just gotten more difficult. The veteran free-agent defensive tackle has been suspended four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

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