The absence of Smith in a crowded San Francisco linebacking room opens the door -- if it wasn't already broken down -- for rookie LB Reuben Foster, who has been showing out in the early goings of training camp. Expect Foster to start the season in Smith's stead next to NaVorro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks.
Steelers TE Vance McDonald retires after eight seasons
Defenders will no longer live in fear of being stiff-armed to the turf by Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald. The 30-year-old veteran announced his retirement Friday.
Alex Smith: 'Crazy gifted' Dwayne Haskins needs to 'eliminate' distractions
Alex Smith, who has mentored the likes of Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Mahomes, said former teammate Dwayne Haskins can turn his career around if he cuts out the outside noise limiting his ability on the field.
Sean Payton on Drew Brees: 'He's as courageous and as tough a player as I've ever been around'
In an Instagram post earlier this week, Drew Brees' wife revealed that the 42-year-old Saints QB was playing through a torn rotator cuff and a torn fascia in his foot.
Defensive-minded Chargers HC Brandon Staley hopes to give Justin Herbert a 'dual education'
His defensive reputation precedes him, but new Chargers coach Brandon Staley wants the world to know he's excited to showcase his offensive acumen. With a hotshot QB like Justin Herbert at his disposal, it's not hard to understand his enthusiasm.
Washington Football Team to make Jennifer King a full-time offensive assistant
The Washington Football Team will make Jennifer King a full-time offensive assistant after she spent the 2020 season as a coaching intern, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday night.
Washington hires Martin Mayhew as GM, appoints Marty Hurney to high-ranking front office role
The Washington Football Team has hired Martin Mayhew as their next GM, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.
Around The NFL Podcast: Championship Sunday Preview with Bill Barnwell, Colleen Wolfe
A room filled with heroes: Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal and Marc Sessler preview NFL Championship Sunday.
Jaguars to hire ex-Lions interim HC Darrell Bevell as new OC
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire Darrell Bevell as their offensive coordinator, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo reported Thursday.
Vikings OC, longtime coach Gary Kubiak announces retirement from NFL
After 25 seasons of coaching in the NFL, Gary Kubiak has called it a career. Kubiak, who served as the Vikings offensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 2020, announced his retirement on Thursday.
Falcons hire Dean Pees as defensive coordinator, Dave Ragone as offensive coordinator
First-time head coach Arthur Smith will lean on a longtime defensive mind to coach the other side of the ball in Atlanta. The Falcons announced the hiring of veteran defensive coordinator Dean Pees, Dave Ragone as offensive coordinator and Marquice Williams as special teams coordinator on Thursday.
Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy: 'Yes, I do want to be a head coach'
With one open coaching gig left, Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy remains unsigned. As he did during last year's Super Bowl week, Bieniemy has taken being passed over time and time again in stride.
New Jets HC Robert Saleh preaches togetherness, mum on Sam Darnold's future in intro presser
The Jets introduced their new head coach Robert Saleh on Thursday, one week after announcing his hire. With Saleh's arrival to New York comes a complete change in energy and outlook from the Adam Gase era.