Jim Trotter

Jim Trotter

Veteran NFL writer Jim Trotter joined NFL Media in April of 2018. He serves in a multitude of roles for NFL Network and

Trotter previously worked at ESPN, where he covered the NFL nationally since 2014 and contributed on multiple platforms. His primary focus was on long-form storytelling, including pieces on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Atlanta Falcons standouts Julio Jones and Matt Ryan, and new Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Trotter also reported extensively on player activism and social justice.

From 2007-14 Trotter was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where his work included an in-depth look at the rebuilding of the Oakland Raiders after the passing of iconic owner Al Davis and the media's coverage of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor's death. Prior to Sports Illustrated, Trotter spent 18 years with The San Diego Union-Tribune, among them eight seasons as the lead beat writer for the San Diego Chargers and four as a national NFL columnist.

Trotter's work also includes two books on the late Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, including Junior Seau: The Life and Death of a Football Icon (2015). Currently, he is co-authoring a book with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Trotter has been a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee since 2007 and currently is president of the Pro Football Writers of America.

The Howard University graduate currently lives in San Diego.

NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints had experienced so much hardship over the previous two years -- losing in the playoffs on an improbable last-play touchdown in Minnesota , then on a blatant pass interference that was not called against the Rams -- that... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Kirk Cousins stood behind an elevated lectern after the Vikings' 21-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field and made no excuses. He had on slacks, a dress shirt and a perfectly knotted brown tie, but his soul was bare as... more

Jaylon Smith stepped on the dais wearing black shorts and a white polo shirt with "COWBOYS" stitched over the left breast. Club executive vice president Stephen Jones was seated to his right, team owner Jerry Jones to his left. The men had gathered... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Before they discussed his mobility or his arm strength, before they talked about his youth and savvy, before they got into the weeds of why they believe Kyler Murray will be a dominant pro, members of the Cardinals organization spo... more


Eighty-nine days after being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, 22-year-old Jose Bello was released late Monday afternoon from a detention center when NFL players Demario Davis and Josh Norman helped post his $50,000 bail . Bel... more

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Curtis Samuel breaks cleanly off the line of scrimmage and accelerates downfield. As he slips behind the second level of the Panthers' defense on this sticky afternoon at Wofford College, the secondary is left guessing as to whet... more

RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington is running a goal-line drill. It's getting late in practice, but not so late that the players' bodies are completely worn down. Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins lines up behind center, takes the snap and play-actions to h... more

LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. -- The streets of this neighborhood are narrow and winding, flanked by palm trees and a kaleidoscope of single-story stucco homes. They are painted in hues of green and gray, beige and coral, many of them with curved driveways... more

During a break at the annual NFL Scouting Combine in February, an impromptu discussion about the NFL's hiring practices broke out among a half-dozen African-American assistant coaches. The men had run into each other on an upper concourse in Circle C... more


ATLANTA -- So, about the supposed dearth of minority quarterback coaches and offensive coordinators ... The narrative that there is a lack of such people in the pipeline of prospective head-coaching candidates suffered what should be a crippling bl... more


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- There was a dais, a table, a chair, and a young man with something to say. Aware he was going to have to answer for controversial social media posts he had made over the last six years, including one in which he called former 4... more

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Mike Mayock's phone was steadily ringing and buzzing long before the 2019 NFL Draft kicked off Thursday night, only it had nothing to do with potential trade offers for the Raiders, who owned a league-high three first-round picks,... more

NFL executive Rod Graves has notified the league office he is stepping down to become chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, has learned. He will succeed the retiring John Wooten. "We are blessed that a young man with great ability, vision... more

In the spring of 2008, center Justin Hartwig was trying to figure out what to do. After four seasons with the Titans and two more with the Panthers, he was a free agent. Several teams were attempting to sign him, including the Steelers, but he couldn... more

PHOENIX -- Devin Bush Jr.'s hunger is reaching a critical stage. It is early March, and for the previous two months he has been living far from home, holed up in a sprawling apartment complex that looks like stacked earth-toned ice cubes. His focus h... more

Ron Rivera felt ready to be an NFL head coach. He had played nine seasons as a linebacker with the Bears before embarking on a 14-year journey to learn as much as possible as an assistant coach. He started on the ground floor as a quality control... more


The signings of safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram don't fill every need for the Baltimore Ravens, but they do address an important ingredient in any recipe for team success: leadership. "From a coach's standpoint, that's huge," form... more


ATLANTA -- There is no way of knowing whether Rob Gronkowski played his final football game Sunday night in Super Bowl LIII. The decorated tight end said himself that he won't make that decision for another week or two. But if the Patriots' 13-3... more


ATLANTA -- The letters would come by the hundreds, every year, young men looking to get their start in an NFL personnel department. Scott Pioli, then the vice president of player personnel for the New England Patriots, would read and respond to each... more

If this is Your wish for me to be a champion, I'm ready to embrace it. -- Ndamukong Suh The sellout crowd in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was roaring two Sundays ago. An NFC Championship Game that had been filled with drama and controversy was sudd... more

NEW ORLEANS -- A Saints coach walked slowly through the locker room after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams on Sunday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, his eyes still red from the emotion of finishing one win from advancing to Super Bowl LII... more

NEW ORLEANS -- Michael Thomas sat in a back corner of the New Orleans Saints' locker room early Sunday evening and rubbed lotion over his massive hands. He had just put in a full day's work, catching 12 passes for 171 yards (a franchise playoff recor... more

THERE IS A PASSION THAT BORDERS ON FURY when Michael Thomas plays football. The New Orleans Saints' All-Pro wide receiver does everything with a heightened sense of urgency, whether going full speed in a walkthrough or all out in a game. Get between... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nothing was said because nothing needed to be said. The Cowboys are firm believers that character is defined by actions, not words, so their huddle was largely silent when the offense gathered behind its 37-yard line with just und... more


NEW ORLEANS -- They began the day with their hands firmly on the steering wheel. Win their final two games and a playoff berth was guaranteed. However, on Sunday, in a game that was a microcosm of their season, the erratic Pittsburgh Steelers lost th... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- After weeks of drifting down that lonely highway known as irrelevancy, Indianapolis took the off-ramp to prominence Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium, dominating Dallas in a way no opponent has in 15 years. And while the Colts do not contro... more

PITTSBURGH -- The Chargers weren't just losing at halftime Sunday night at Heinz Field, they were being embarrassed. They had just 2 yards rushing on nine carries, were 0-for-7 on third down and trailed the Steelers by 16 points in front of a hostile... more


MINNEAPOLIS -- Stefon Diggs was making his promotional rounds at the Super Bowl last February when he bumped into Kirk Cousins on radio row. The two had never spoken before, but Diggs was eager to make an impression. He knew his Vikings were likely t... more

CHICAGO -- It would have been understandable if Akiem Hicks had preferred to stay in the moment Sunday night. He had just dominated an overmatched Vikings offensive line, tallying five tackles for loss and generally having his way in the Bears' 25-20... more

Whenever someone breaks from the norms and traditions of a profession, people are quick to react negatively. Such has been the case with Le'Veon Bell, who has chosen to sit out the season rather than play for the Pittsburgh Steelers under a franchis... more

What's in store for the second half of the 2018 campaign? With the midway point behind us, Jim Trotter offers five big questions -- and answers for each -- as we enter the final eight weeks of the regular season. 1) Will the NFC South send three t... more

NEW ORLEANS -- There are moments that define teams, moments when clubs are forced to look in the mirror and answer whether they truly believe in the things they claim to stand for, moments when they discover whether adversity produces fear and hesita... more


NEW ORLEANS -- Deep creases frame the corner of his eyes when he smiles, and his walk sometimes resembles a waddle more than a purposeful stride. But beyond that, it's hard to tell that Kenneth Johnston is five months shy of his 70th birthday. The Ba... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- Once again, Stefon Diggs' timing is perfect. He pulls his black Mercedes-Benz S550 next to Revival, one of his favorite local restaurants, and jumps out to find no wait inside. He is wearing red gym shorts, sneakers and a gold hoodie t... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- We didn't learn anything new about Tom Brady in the Patriots' wild 43-40 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday night in Gillette Stadium. Brady is Brady, one of the greatest to ever play the game. It was almost expected he would lea... more

Shaken for the second time in two months, the Los Angeles Chargers family is mourning the death of patriarch Alex Spanos, who died from undisclosed causes Tuesday morning. He was 95. His passing comes almost two months to the day after the death of... more

CLEVELAND -- No one had to remind Hue Jackson of the importance of the victory. When your team has gone nearly three full years and 17 straight games without a division win, you know the significance. But as Jackson stood in the Browns locker room Su... more


LOS ANGELES -- We know about Jared Goff, the blossoming superstar QB who threw for 465 yards and tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes in the Rams' 38-31 win over the Vikings on Thursday night in the Coliseum. We also know about Cooper... more

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- He was not supposed to be on the football field in the first place. Keenan Allen was just 6 years old, and the minimum age requirement was 7. As if that weren't reason enough for concern, he was playing up two age divisions, agai... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With 58 seconds to go in the first half Sunday night in AT&T Stadium, Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence bullied past the Giants offensive line, sacked quarterback Eli Manning and hurriedly stumbled to his feet only to find G... more

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jared Goff walked into a cramped room in the belly of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and commanded the moment without saying a word. Dressed in a tailored plum-colored suit with thin blue window panes, a patterned open-collared wh... more


COSTA MESA, Calif. -- It is midweek during training camp. The Los Angeles Chargers are nearing the end of a practice at which many veteran starters have been given the day off. That means extra reps for those on the field. The heat is not oppressive,... more

On the eve of the Super Bowl each year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's selection committee meets in a conference room to choose that year's class. The list of modern-era candidates starts with 15 finalists before being trimmed to 10 and then five.... more

CANTON, Ohio -- Bobby Beathard is standing against a rust-colored stucco wall in a private room at Gervasi Vineyard, reflecting on his upbringing in Southern California. Attired in blue jeans, a black polo shirt and black running shoes trimmed in whi... more


TRUCKEE, Calif. -- Everything about this postcard community suggests peace and serenity, from the majesty of the fir trees that stretch toward crisp blue skies to the clarity and calmness of the waters at nearby Lake Tahoe. But on this day there was... more


OAKLAND, Calif. -- The sights and sounds of economic redevelopment are seemingly around every corner. If bulldozers aren't puffing out tufts of white smoke as they move massive amounts of earth, towering cranes are swiveling from side to side, provid... more

NEW YORK -- The kickoff isn't going away for the 2018 NFL season, but it will look different. An unprecedented collaboration of owners, head coaches, position coaches, medical people and an active player and a union official took a significant step... more


OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- When the Baltimore Ravens were on the clock for the first time Thursday night, it was understood within the draft room that they were not going to go defense if they used the pick. At that point, a staffer turned to a defensive c... more

There may be no tougher job for NFL scouts than confidently predicting whether a quarterback will make a successful transition from college. The evaluation can be particularly difficult late in the pre-draft process, when teams have completed their... more

Punter Marquette King is entering his seventh NFL season. He has seen players come and go. He knows the NFL is a business as well as a game. But if he needed a reminder at how quickly life can come at you, he got it a day or two before his March 30... more

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