Herbie Teope

Herbie Teope

Herbie Teope is a New Orleans-based writer for Around the NFL. He previously covered the New Orleans Saints for The Times-Picayune and Kansas City Chiefs for The Topeka Capital-Journal | ChiefsDigest. Teope enjoyed a 20-year active duty career in the U.S. Army before beginning his second career in sports journalism in 2006 with Time Warner Cable Metro Sports, Kansas City, Mo., where he proved anything is possible by winning a regional Emmy award.


Richie Incognito could get another shot with a new team. The Buffalo Bills released Incognito from the reserve/retired list, the team announced Monday. The transaction makes Incognito an immediate free agent eligible to sign with potential suitors.... more

New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple didn't have much success in his second year as a professional in 2017. The former first-round pick (10th overall) of the 2016 draft found himself surrounded by controversy and at odds with the coaching staff and... more

The Seattle Seahawks lost plenty of defensive firepower during the offseason. Gone are cornerback Richard Sherman, defensive end Michael Bennett, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and defensive end Cliff Avril, and their absences have the Seahawk... more

The Cincinnati Bengals took another step towards securing their entire 2018 draft class. The Bengals signed first-round pick (21st overall) Billy Price to a four-year deal, the team announced Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.... more

After building their rosters over the last few months, all 32 teams possess at least one concern heading into the 2018 season. Now that we're post-draft, let's take a look at some summer subplots. Today, Herbie Teope examines one burning question for... more

The NFL will look to settle numerous business matters in the coming days at the owners meeting in Atlanta. One matter on the table pending final decision surrounds awarding Super Bowl sites in 2023 and 2024, and two cities have emerged as the favor... more

Organized team activities kick off around the league in the coming days, but the early spotlight falls on two-high profile players in New England. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not be present for OTAs this week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapopo... more

Detroit Lions rookie Frank Ragnow provides versatility to play center or guard. Ragnow, however, will fall under the microscope leading to the start of the regular season given his draft status as the 20th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Whil... more

Free agent Junior Galette says he has entertained offers during the offseason, but there is a reason the eighth-year pro hasn't signed. The former Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints defensive end/linebacker took to Instagram over the weeken... more

The Oakland Raiders officially have the 15th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft under contract. The Raiders signed offensive tackle Kolton Miller, the team announced Friday . Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-foot-9, 309-pound Miller, w... more

The Arizona Cardinals have made a move to bolster their pass defense. The Cardinals finalized a deal with the Cleveland Browns to acquire cornerback Jamar Taylor in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick, the team announced Saturday. NFL Networ... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers know what they have in quarterback Jameis Winston as he heads into his fourth NFL season. Although offensive coordinator Todd Monken lauded Winston's leadership and physical attributes when speaking to reporters Thursday, h... more

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman took another step in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon. The veteran cornerback on Wednesday posted a short video clip on his verified Instagram account, which showed him running roughly 25 y... more

The Los Angeles Chargers are quickly emerging as an offseason darling to turn things around in 2018. Analysts are talking about the team, and even Denver Broncos general manager John Elway entered the fray by saying the Chargers might be the team t... more

Established professionals -- two currently playing, one retired -- are talking, and Cincinnati Bengals second-year wide receiver John Ross is listening. Ross, the ninth overall pick of the 2017 draft, had a rookie campaign to forget after appearing... more

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott already desires to be the best he can be as he enters his third professional season. Prescott, who's set to earn $630,000 in 2018, could set himself up for a pay raise if he plays well during the upcoming sea... more

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson could be on track to return sooner than later. Robinson, who continues to rehabilitate from the torn ACL he suffered in September 2017, received an encouraging endorsement from his head coach following... more

Alex Ruiz found himself on the receiving end of a life-changing gift from an NFL superstar. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees offered the teenager a prosthetic leg this past weekend at a flag football game in Del Mar, California, KGTV in Sa... more

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland's second go at the free-agent market has begun. Breeland is scheduled Wednesday to visit the Indianapolis Colts, followed by a Thursday visit with the Arizona Cardinals, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed. ESPN's... more

After a previous free-agent visit in Minnesota, defensive tackle David Parry officially has a new team. The Vikings struck a deal with Parry on Wednesday, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-foot-2, 317-pound Parry sp... more

One of the NFL's great running backs will receive the ultimate honor from his former team. The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey will become the third number retired in franchise history when the Bills host the Ne... more

The Indianapolis Colts could be on track to have a key member on defense back on the field. Safety Malik Hooker, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7 of the 2017 season, took to Twitter on Tuesday afte... more

Wide receiver Dez Bryant continues to mull options a little more than a month since the Dallas Cowboys released him on April 13. The Baltimore Ravens expressed interest in Bryant before the NFL draft and brought him in for a visit, but the opportun... more

The Los Angeles Rams have expressed optimism throughout the offseason that a deal would eventually get done with defensive lineman Aaron Donald. General manager Les Snead told reporters on April 5 that the team has Donald "budgeted in the budget."... more

Green Bay officially has its first-round pick in the books. The Packers signed cornerback Jaire Alexander, the team announced Tuesday morning. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Alexander's rookie contract is worth $12.1 million with a sign... more

New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers is back in the building after a short absence. Flowers, who did not participate in the voluntary veteran minicamp on April 24-26, reported for work Monday at the team's training facility, NFL Network's... more

Carolina Panthers rookie cornerback Donte Jackson entered the NFL with a reputation as a media darling from his time in college. LSU beat reporters enjoyed talking to Jackson, who often made himself available for interviews on a weekly basis while... more

METAIRIE, La. -- Saints running back Alvin Kamara stands first in line to see increased action with Mark Ingram serving a four-game suspension to start the regular season. Don't expect the Saints, however, to force feed touches to the all-purpose... more

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton emphasized Saturday following the team's rookie minicamp practice that he doesn't have current plans to bring in a veteran running back in light of Mark Ingram's pending four-game suspension .... more

Defensive tackle Terrell McClain has a new home after taking a free-agent tour with the Cowboys, 49ers and Dolphins. The Falcons on Friday signed McClain to a contract, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-foot-2, 302-p... more

Eagles coach Doug Pederson made it clear Friday that quarterback Carson Wentz has not been medically cleared. Pederson, however, expressed optimism on where Wentz currently stands as the quarterback continues to rehabilitate from knee surgery. "I... more

The Patriots' selection of versatile offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft raised questions on where he fit. Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, however, provided an answer Friday on what... more

Carolina moved quickly to add depth in the backfield one day after placing Fozzy Whittaker on injured reserve with a torn ACL . The Panthers signed running back Kenjon Barner, the team announced Friday. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Barner returns to w... more

The Washington Redskins announced the signing of seven draft picks on Thursday. Signings after the annual three-day selection process in recent years are a formality given the structured rookie wage scale. Thursday's transactions, however, are... more

Carolina is suddenly in need of running back depth. The Panthers placed Fozzy Whittaker on injured reserve with a torn ACL, the team announced Thursday. Whittaker suffered the injury Monday in a non-contact drill during Phase 2 of the offseason pro... more

The free-agent market is often about choices for players as they entertain interest from teams. For running back C.J. Anderson, fitting in with an offensive scheme played a large role in his decision to sign with the Carolina Panthers. "I just th... more

The New Orleans Saints have a hole at the running back position with Mark Ingram facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. There are notable free agents available on the open market, including... more

Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith provided good news Wednesday morning. Smith, the victim of theft over the past weekend in Athens, Ga., said in a video posted on his Twitter page that a majority of his personal belongings were recovered and... more

Offensive guard Shawn Lauvao is staying put. The Washington Redskins re-signed Lauvao to a new contract, the team announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-foot-3, 308-pound Lauvao spent the past four seasons in Washington af... more

The New Orleans Saints are without their top rusher for the first quarter of the 2018 regular season. Running back Mark Ingram has been suspended by the league without pay the first four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the three felony charges he faces from a February incident, according to the Santa Clara County (Calif.) District Attorney's Office. A preliminary hearing has been set for M... more

Carolina added a key piece to the backfield. The Panthers signed free-agent running back C.J. Anderson to a contract, the team announced Monday on Twitter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With Jonathan Stewart joining the Giants on a two-ye... more

Tight end Coby Fleener 's time in New Orleans has come to a close. The Saints released Fleener on Monday with a failed physical designation. The team classified Fleener as a post-June 1 cut, which will save them $3 million in salary cap space. Th... more

The last time Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan experienced the uncertainty of a contract extension, the discussions lingered just before the start of training camp in 2013. This time around, Ryan had a preference to avoid any outside distractions befo... more

Rookie minicamps around the league are often about teams and players finding a fit in schemes ahead of training camp. And for the Seahawks, the three days of a recently-concluded camp allowed the team to evaluate how linebacker Shaquem Griffin woul... more

Free-agent inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman officially called it a career after six seasons in the NFL. Freeman, who the Bears released in February, announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, citing his "health and family" as top... more

An expected business move on the football side of the house in Pittsburgh occurred Wednesday afternoon. The Steelers placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which effectively ended Shazier's chances to play... more

NFL kickoffs and special teams appear on track to have a different look in 2018. With safety in mind, potential changes include the likely elimination of the two-man wedge and running start for the kicking team, while allowing only three deep playe... more

Tennessee tweaked its defensive backfield Wednesday morning. The Titans agreed to terms with veteran free safety Kendrick Lewis and waived Denzel Johnson, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-foot, 205-pound Lewis enter... more

Russ Brandon has resigned as the president of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, Pegula Sports Entertainment announced Tuesday. In a statement released by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, owners Terry and Kim Pegula accepted Brandon's resignatio... more

Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett won't attend the Saints rookie minicamp on a tryout basis , after all. Instead, the former Buckeye signal caller will attend the minicamp as a bona fide member of the team. The Saints are signing Barrett... more

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan has a vision for Wembley Stadium in London. Khan, whose team has played a game overseas each season since 2013, recently placed a multimillion-dollar bid to purchase the world famous sporting arena . And the billionaire... more


The Eagles on Monday exercised a fifth-year option on wide receiver Nelson Agholor, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Agholor, whom the Eagles selected in the first round (20th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, comes off his most productive... more

Like the famous Energizer Bunny, Vikings cornerback Terence Newman keeps going and going and going. Minnesota announced Monday that Newman re-signed for his 16th professional season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound... more

Another former first-round pick from the 2015 NFL Draft class will play beyond his rookie contract. The Browns on Monday exercised a fifth-year option on safety Damarious Randall, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Randall, who the Browns... more

One of the league's top pass defenses remains intact for the short term. The Vikings exercised the fifth-year option on cornerback Trae Waynes, the team announced Monday morning. The 6-foot, 190-pound Waynes, who was set to enter the final year o... more

After using a third-round pick on Michael Gallup and acquiring the versatile Tavon Austin via trade with the Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys continue to shake up the wide receiver position. Dallas traded Ryan Switzer to the Raiders in exchange for... more

New England waited out six full rounds of the league's annual three-day selection process before adding to the quarterback room. The Patriots selected LSU quarterback Danny Etling in the seventh round (219th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. The... more

The Cowboys didn't maintain the status quo at the wide receiver position after selecting Michael Gallup in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. On Saturday, the Cowboys added another piece to the offense by shipping a sixth-round pick (192nd over... more

One of the top feel-good storylines entering the weekend produced a positive outcome. The Seahawks selected Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Griffin, who lost his left hand at th... more

Philadelphia took a chance on a player with an injury history. The Eagles selected Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. While in college, the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Sweat endured surgery t... more

Houston added another weapon for quarterback DeShaun Watson. The Texans selected Texas Tech wide receiver Keke Coutee in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound Coutee, who posted a 4.43 time in the 40-yar... more

After cutting ties with C.J. Anderson on April 16, the Broncos entered the 2018 NFL Draft in need of a running back. On Friday night, the Broncos addressed the position by selecting Oregon's Royce Freeman in the third round (71st overall). The... more

Philadelphia wasted little time to fill the void of tight end Brent Celek, whom the Eagles released on March 13. The Eagles selected South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert in the second round (49th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. There was d... more

Tampa Bay added some much-needed pop to the offensive backfield in the second round. With the 38th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers selected USC running back Ronald Jones II. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Jones joins a Buccaneers run... more

Free-agent tight end Antonio Gates continues to seek a home and it appears he won't be with the Los Angeles Chargers. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco told reporters Friday night that the team intends to move forward with it's current crop of t... more

Free-agent cornerback Byron Maxwell returns for a third tour of duty in Seattle. The Seahawks signed Maxwell to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source informed. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound... more

One of the Cowboys' all-time greats appears set to call it a career. Tight end Jason Witten is expected to retire after a 15-year playing career and join ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast booth as an analyst, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport... more

Baltimore needed to inject talent at the tight end position entering the 2018 NFL Draft. Consider the mission accomplished, as the Ravens effectively filled the need with one of the top pass catchers in the position group. With the 25th overall p... more

Bolstering the pass defense was clearly on the Packers' agenda when the team traded up in the first round with Seattle. With the 18th-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Packers selected Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander. The 5-foot-10,... more

The Dolphins had a need on defense and addressed it in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Miami selected Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th overall pick. The 6-foot, 204 pound Fitzpatrick provides versatility to play... more

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has plenty on his plate for final preparations ahead of Thursday night's draft. The Saints, however, enter the league's annual three-day selection process with a heavy heart given the absence of owner Tom Benson... more

The Denver Broncos are in prime position entering Thursday's draft to grab an impact player with the fifth overall pick. Cornerback Chris Harris, however, hopes the player isn't taking snaps from under center. "Someone who's going to come in and... more

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