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Matthew Stafford era in Detroit likely over as star QB requests trade
Jan 23, 2021
After meetings in recent weeks in which Matthew Stafford expressed a desire for a fresh start, the Lions understood his position and plan to begin discussing trade options in the coming weeks for their star quarterback, per sources.
NFL plans to expand regular season to 17 games per team in 2021
Dec 27, 2020
The NFL is planning to expand the regular season to 17 games in 2021 -- a historic move that would generate new revenue and could at least slightly soften an anticipated drop in the salary cap next year, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport report.
Browns lose top 4 receivers for Sunday's game vs. Jets after recovery pool encounters
Dec 27, 2020
Several Browns players were in the team's recovery pool area recently with LB B.J. Goodson, who learned Saturday he tested positive for COVID-19, and the NFL had video showing at least one of those players wasn't wearing a mask correctly during another interaction, Tom Pelissero reports.
Titans fined $350K for COVID-19 violations; Raiders could be next
Oct 25, 2020
The Tennessee Titans have been fined $350,000 for COVID-19 protocol violations -- the result of a review by the NFL and NFLPA, which now have turned their attention to lapses surrounding multiple positive COVID cases with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Broncos RB Melvin Gordon dealing with strep throat, could face potential discipline from NFL for DUI
Oct 18, 2020
Broncos running back Melvin Gordon didn't make the trip to New England after being diagnosed with strep throat -- the end of a tumultuous week in which Gordon was cited for DUI, making him subject to a potential suspension and jeopardizing the remaining guarantees in his contract.
Titans could face discipline if review finds they did not follow COVID-19 protocol
Oct 04, 2020
When NFL and NFLPA officials descended upon Nashville to review the Titans' COVID-19 outbreak, it put the team in position to potentially face discipline for how they followed the jointly negotiated protocols.
An inside look at wild backstory behind Saints' last-ditch effort to sign Jadeveon Clowney
Sep 06, 2020
Making a final push late Saturday to land star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, the Saints got creative, attempting to pull off a move believed to be the first of its kind in NFL history – but couldn't get final clearance from the league.
2020 NFL Draft: Five players who could be first-round surprises
Apr 21, 2020
The unusual lead-up to the 2020 NFL Draft has opened the door for several surprise picks at the end of Round 1, Tom Pelissero writes. Which five under-the-radar prospects are generating first-round buzz as the draft draws near?
2020 NFL Draft: League execs, scouts, coaches assess QB class
Apr 16, 2020
How are top quarterback prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft viewed by the NFL? Tom Pelissero surveyed league execs, scouts and coaches from a dozen teams on this QB class. Here are their assessments and composite draft projections.
Free agent Everson Griffen says 2018 incident changed his life
Apr 10, 2020
Back in 2018, Everson Griffen's bizarre and frightening behavior became public spectacle. Now a free agent, the four-time Pro Bowler tells Tom Pelissero, "I'm happy that 2018 happened, because I wouldn't be sitting here today."
Vontaze Burfict plans to change, continue NFL career in 2020
Mar 12, 2020
Tom Pelissero catches up with pending free agent Vontaze Burfict, who is speaking publicly for the first time since being reinstated by the NFL after serving his latest suspension, one that spanned the final 12 games of last season.
NFL free agency: Byron Jones, Austin Hooper set for big paydays
Mar 11, 2020
How much loot will CB Byron Jones and TE Austin Hooper command on the open market? Ahead of free agency, Tom Pelissero talks to NFL executives and others around the league about non-quarterbacks who are in line for big paydays.
2020 NFL Scouting Combine: Biggest questions for top five QBs
Feb 23, 2020
With the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine taking place in Indianapolis this week, Tom Pelissero uses conversations with NFL evaluators and decision-makers to determine the biggest questions facing the top five QBs in this draft class.
NFL execs pick awards: Who's MVP? DPOY? Coach of the Year?
Dec 18, 2019
A panel of media members votes on the NFL's major awards, but what if the league's top talent evaluators voted instead? Tom Pelissero surveys 24 high-ranking executives on MVP, Coach of the Year and the rest of the top individual honors.
Mike Zimmer's title vision: Vikings coach ready to fight back
Sep 19, 2019
Mike Zimmer has weathered 10 surgeries on his eyes in recent years and plenty of other adversity during his quarter of a century in the NFL, but Tom Pelissero finds a man with no interest in throwing in the towel during a visit to the Vikings coach's ranch.
2019 NFL Draft: Four players who could be first-round surprises
Apr 17, 2019
There always are some surprise picks near the bottom of the first round of the NFL draft, and there's a sense the 2019 edition could have more than usual. Tom Pelissero reveals four prospects who could go much higher than you think.
2019 NFL Scouting Combine: Biggest questions for top four QBs
Feb 25, 2019
With the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine taking place in Indianapolis this week, Tom Pelissero assesses the major questions facing the top four QBs in this draft class, including the concerns surrounding Kyler Murray's hand size.
Keys to Sean McVay's, Sean Payton's differing offensive methods
Jan 18, 2019
Sean McVay's Rams and Sean Payton's Saints rank second and third in the NFL in scoring, respectively, despite using contrasting offensive strategies. Tom Pelissero provides an in-depth look at the strategy fueling each coach's approach.
NFL refs union head on criticism: 'We call what we're told to call'
Oct 11, 2018
Amidst a wave of recent complaints from coaches and players about officiating, Tom Pelissero talks to the head of the refs union about this season's unique challenges. NFLRA executive director Scott Green: "We call what we're told to call."
Vikings receivers highly encouraged by Kirk Cousins in OTAs
May 30, 2018
With less than 100 days until the 2018 season kicks off, the Vikings are already encouraged by what new QB Kirk Cousins has shown. Tom Pelissero dives into the rapport Cousins has built with his teammates and coaching staff.
A healthy Adrian Peterson eager to prove 'I'm still the best'
May 10, 2018
After playing in just 13 games over the last two seasons, running back Adrian Peterson is finally healthy and "ready to roll." Tom Pelissero gives an inside look at the veteran's current status heading into the 2018 season.
2018 NFL Draft QB rankings: Execs like Sam Darnold over Allen
Apr 24, 2018
The 2018 NFL Draft features a bevy of talented quarterbacks with different skill sets. How do they stack up against each other? Tom Pelissero spoke with officials from 15 NFL teams. Here is how they rank -- and evaluate -- each draftable player at the position.
Ben Roethlisberger still has it in the eyes of NFL executives
Oct 14, 2017
Ben Roethlisberger raised eyebrows when he said, "Maybe I don't have it anymore." Well, Tom Pelissero spoke with NFL execs from four different teams, and they disagree. Plus, answers to five key questions across the league.