Patriots training camp: Tom Brady aging but still sharp as ever
With Bill Belichick and Tom Brady each potentially entering the twilights of their respective careers, there's a palpable sense that the Patriots are all in on 2012, Albert Breer writes.
Redskins training camp: Robert Griffin III ushers in new era
Trouble? Discord? These things no longer define Washington Redskins training camp. Jeff Darlington says it's a new day with fresh-faced quarterback Robert Griffin III at the helm.
Jim Washburn: Albert Haynesworth appears 'finished'
Albert Haynesworth's NFL career appears to be over after 11 seasons, according to Jim Washburn. He would know: He's the coach who got Haynesworth's best in Tennessee.
Prison tag? Franchise designation has changed over the years
Wes Welker clearly isn't the Patriots' "franchise player." So why does he have the franchise tag? Albert Breer examines how the franchise tag has evolved over 20 years, for better or for worse.
Matt Schaub reportedly cleared for Texans camp
Matt Schaub got the green light from doctors nine months after suffering a foot injury. The timing couldn't be better for the Houston Texans QB, entering a contract year.
Stagnant salary cap could cause 'carnage' in NFL next season
Contract headaches with several star players, including Matt Forte, have been a fixture in the headlines this offseason. It could be even worse heading into 2013. Steve Wyche explains why.
Bill Belichick expert at covering up personnel mistakes
A lot of teams make personnel mistakes. The Pats just seem better than most at overcoming them. Who else would do so well after wasting money on Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth?
Detroit Lions' troubled 2011 draft class raises larger questions
The Lions threw caution to the wind in the 2011 draft. Thirteen months later, the risks have come to roost in the Motor City. Albert Breer says Detroit's issues raise larger questions about player evaluation.
Rob Sims adds weight, hopes to play next to Jeff Backus
After two seasons of playing at around and often under 300 pounds, Detroit Lions guard Rob Sims had added 20 pounds this offseason, returning to the weight he carried as a 2007 fourth round pick out of Ohio State by the Seattle Seahawks.
Plaxico Burress, Ryan Grant among best remaining free agents
We tend to overblow the significance of early free-agent signings ... and overlook the value of late additions. Jason La Canfora identifies the best players left on the open market, including Ryan Grant.
Rob Ryan expects more from Dallas Cowboys' defense in 2012
Entering the season with high expectations, the Cowboys' defense was pedestrian at best in 2011. Coordinator Rob Ryan points the finger at himself, but was he to blame? Ian Rapoport examines.
Poll: Coples voted D-lineman most likely to bust
Drafting defensive linemen is a gamble, and scouts have rated North Carolina's Quinton Coples among the riskiest prospects in this year's draft class -- but he's not alone.
Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins salary-cap hearing set
A hearing has been set for May to settle the Cowboys-Redskins salary-cap matter, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Buyer beware: Results vary on big-name defensive FAs
Mario Williams says he's not feeling pressure to perform in Buffalo, but perhaps that will change if he knows just how many directions his career can go now that he's getting paid the big bucks.
Hot 100: Plenty of draft-stock movement as pro days wrap up
How did various pro days across the country impact the 2012 NFL Draft? Just a few weeks away from draft weekend, Gil Brandt updates his top 100 prospects, and there's a surprise at receiver.
Big contract, big money? Big problems
When Calvin Johnson inked his eight-year, $132 million deal with the Lions, he became the eleventh NFL player to earn a contract north of $100 million -- but that's where the good news ends.
No more blind spending for Redskins, but where's the beef?
The Redskins' free-agency fiascos are well-documented. Although Daniel Snyder is keeping spending under control, will Washington's early signings really make a difference? Elliot Harrison examines.
NFL takes millions in cap space away from Cowboys, 'Skins
The NFL has taken away millions in salary cap space from both teams after the two NFC East clubs pushed spending into the uncapped year to save money under the cap in 2011 and '12.
Super Bowls just aren't instantly won in free agency
Free agency begins next week, but what's the true impact of the open market? Elliot Harrison looks at recent history and comes to a simple conclusion: Super Bowls aren't won after one big offseason.
Texans' Schaub fights back from foot surgery
Matt Schaub is progressing well from surgery on his injured right foot, but the healing process has not been without its ups and downs for the Texans QB, especially when it comes to airport scanners.