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Green Bay says it could host a draft as big as Philadelphia’s
Philadelphia saw an enormous turnout for this year’s NFL draft, with the league claiming 250,000 people attended the three-day outdoor festival surrounding the event. But a crowd that big doesn’...
Bengals think Andre Smith can be a “terrific” guard
The Bengals lost two starting offensive linemen as free agents this offseason, leaving them with openings at left tackle and right guard as they built their team for the 2017 season. They filled one of...
Friday morning one-liners
A look at how S Micah Hyde fits with the Bills. The Dolphins have set their schedule for training camp. LB Shea McClellin’s playing time could drop with David Harris joining the Patriots. A trip...
NFL players support protesting Texas youth team
Much like Colin Kaepernick, the Beaumont Bulls paid a price for their protest. But unlike the unemployed-for-no-valid-reason quarterback, the Bulls are getting some NFL backing and are back on the field....
Deshaun Watson calls his work ethic a lifestyle
The Texans drafted former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in the hopes that he’d be the same kind of leader in the NFL that he was in college, where he led his team to a national championship. The...
Browns see improvement from 2016 fourth-round pick Ricardo Louis
Wide receiver Ricardo Louis was one of 14 draft picks to make the Cleveland Browns last season. However, Louis, a fourth-round pick out of Auburn, had some difficulty making the transition to the NFL and...
Family suing Broncos Stadium after deadly fall last October
The family of a man who died in a fall at the stadium formerly known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High last October is suing the Metropolitan Football Stadium District seeking an unstated amount of...
Jeremy Kerley isn’t fond of former Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jeremy Kerley isn’t going to mince words when it comes to his opinion on Chan Gailey. Kerley played under Gailey with the New York Jets in 2015. It was his worst...
Who are the best five quarterbacks in the NFL, right now?
With Derek Carr getting paid, the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL are set. Based on the disputed (but widely recognized) “new money” analysis, they are: (1) Carr; (2) Andrew Luck; (3)...
Woody Johnson nominated for Ambassador to UK, with brother set to run Jets
The Jets confirmed Christopher Johnson will become chairman and CEO if the Senate confirms Woody Johnson as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain. President Donald Trump nominated the Jets owner on Thursday, 153...
Raiders, who have yet to announce Derek Carr deal, call Friday press conference
The Raiders have yet to officially announce Derek Carr has a new deal, but they have called a press conference for 10:30 a.m. PT on Friday at the team facility. Although the team doesn’t specify the...
Patriots announce David Harris signing, cut DeAndrew White
Linebacker David Harris is officially a member of the Patriots. Word of Harris’ agreement with the defending champions came on Wednesday, but the move was announced by the team on Thursday along with...
Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert competing to backup Carson Palmer
The Cardinals will have an interesting training camp battle between two players they hope never see the field. Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert will compete for the job behind starting quarterback Carson...
Report: Amazon to charge $2.8 million for TNF ad packages
Those who hope to advertise their goods and services during Thursday night games streamed by Amazon now know what it will cost. It’s still not clear to the rest of us what they will get. According to...
What’s next for John Dorsey?
Despite today’s news of his ouster in Kansas City, there’s a chance John Dorsey will be landing on his feet, sooner than later. In January, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dubbed...
Tyrunn Walker under investigation for sexual assault
The Rams’ decision to cut defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker today came just moments before news broke that he is under investigation in a sexual assault case in Louisiana, where he grew up and previously...
Chiefs hope to replace John Dorsey by the start of training camp
When the Chiefs hired coach Andy Reid and then hired G.M. John Dorsey, many assumed that Reid had the same setup he enjoyed in Philadelphia, where he ran the show. In Kansas City, that wasn’t —...
Kenny Vaccaro not satisfied with career so far
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro has been versatile and productive in his four seasons. But it’s not what he wanted or expected. Vaccaro has yet to make All-Pro or even the Pro Bowl, goals for this season...
Rams, Chargers to hold joint practices
Los Angeles has two teams now and they will start to get to know each other this summer while waiting for construction on the stadium they plan to share to be completed. The Rams and Chargers announced...
Rams waive defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker
The Rams released defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker on Thursday. They signed Walker in March to serve as a backup to Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. Walker signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent...
More negative leaks emerge about Colin Kaepernick
The big wheels of the anti-Kaepernick machine keep rolling. In an item that sounds a little like our recent PFT item but that in many ways is fundamentally different, Albert Breer of shares...
Chiefs fire G.M. John Dorsey
In a surprise announcement at what is ordinarily the slowest time of the year in the NFL, the Chiefs have fired General Manager John Dorsey. The Chiefs issued a statement saying Dorsey is out. “I...
Saints sign Ryan Ramczyk
Add the Saints to the list of teams with all of their draft picks signed. The Saints moved into that column on Thursday by announcing that first-round tackle Ryan Ramczyk has signed with the team. Ramczyk,...
John Mara says Eli Manning has “a lot of years left”
In 2014, Giants co-owner John Mara said Eli Manning was still “in his prime and still has a lot of good years left.” Three years later, Mara has repeated the same. “We think he’s got a lot of...
Andy Reid signs extension with Chiefs
The Raiders signed their quarterback to a contract extension on Thursday and one of their AFC rivals has done the same with their head coach. The Chiefs announced that they have reached agreement on a new...
Darren McFadden embraces backup role with Cowboys
Darren McFadden never lived up to expectations as the fourth overall pick in 2008. In seven seasons with the Raiders, McFadden had only one 1,000-yard season as he missed 29 games with 15 different injuries...
Cowboys confident Jeff Heath can fill Barry Church’s shoes
Jason Garrett refers to Jeff Heath as one of the players “who always shows up” when the Cowboys give him chances. To that end, the Cowboys plan on giving Heath more chances this season. They...
Former Colts coach Frank Kush dies at 88
Former Colts and longtime Arizona State head coach Frank Kush has died at the age of 88. Kush coached the Colts from 1982-84, which made him a first-hand witness to both the team’s move from Baltimore...
John Mara: I wish we had a dozen players like Odell Beckham
Odell Beckham’s absence from voluntary offseason workouts hasn’t turned Giants owner John Mara against him. Mara said today on WFAN that he had a “great conversation” with Beckham...
Sammie Coates expecting “good fight” for receiver spots in Pittsburgh
After the Steelers drafted wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of this year’s draft, Martavis Bryant tweeted that the rookie would be replacing Sammie Coates in the team’s...
Looking at the coming waves of quarterback deals
When it comes to quarterback contracts, the player’s circumstances tend to have much more relevance to the final numbers than the broader market at the position. On Thursday, Raiders quarterback Derek...
Derek Carr gets $40 million guaranteed at signing
The Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr have agreed to a five-year extension that is worth up to $125 million over the life of the deal. As any longtime follower of NFL contracts is well aware, however, the...
Cam Newton is a great leader, unless he isn’t
Cam Newton makes people stupid. And sometimes, he makes them say things which are the opposite of things they said previously. In a classic case of late-June hot-takery, former NFL defensive lineman Booger...
Andy Dalton: Players aren’t thinking about Marvin Lewis’ contract situation
The Bengals have employed Marvin Lewis as their head coach since 2003 and they’ve kept him in the organization with a series of one-year extensions in recent years, but that’s not the case this...
Cowboys' Elliott wants to rack up receiving yards
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wants to follow his role model, Marshall Faulk, by increasing his receiving yards this season.
What would Tom Brady get, if he pushed for top dollar?
The Derek Carr contract raises plenty of questions regarding the deals to come for plenty of quarterbacks. But not for Tom Brady. While the Patriots could find a way to funnel some extra cash to the most...
Best of PFT: Derek Carr now top-paid player in NFL
The Oakland Raiders reportedly handing Derek Carr the biggest contract in the NFL highlights Thursday's PFT Live.
Derek Carr pushes bar $271,000 higher
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is now the highest paid quarterback in league history. Sort of. Under the so-called “new money” analysis, Carr’s five-year, $125 million extension has a...
Tom Brady tries some sumo training in Japan
Tom Brady is known for constantly seeking new offseason training methods and this week he looked in an unusual place: A sumo stable. Brady, who is on a promotional tour in Asia, worked out with the 355-...
Raiders and Derek Carr deal is done, per Carr himself
Derek Carr said we’d hear it from him first. And now we have. The Raiders quarterback played reporter Thursday morning, confirming via Twitter that his contract is finished. He promised us as much...
Dirk Koetter won’t necessarily be saving a seat for Doug Martin
At a time when Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has received plenty of praise for his work during the offseason, his coach has opted for pragmatism regarding the things that will, or won’t, happen...
Eric Ebron must step up in 2017
Eric Ebron is excited about the tight end additions the Lions made in the offseason, but with the new guys in place, Ebron's job might not be secure.
Seahawks expecting fierce RB competition
The Seahawks have a group of running backs that have failed to stay healthy throughout their careers, which is something that needs to change in 2017.
Falcons' Freeman must move on, or get out
Devonta Freeman would be a negative influence on the Falcons if he's still dwelling on the Super Bowl loss.
Manning needs to get memorabilia case resolved
Eli Manning needs this memorabilia fraud case to go away and the plaintiffs could be using the distraction as leverage.
Florio: NFL behind society on LGBTQ acceptance
Former Patriots and Chiefs tackle, Ryan O'Callaghan recently came out, which leads Mike Florio to explain why he's looking forward to a day when a story like this isn't news.
Pope Francis nearly tries on Cowboys helmet
Pope Francis nearly tried on a helmet that Jerry Jones brought for him and offered a message on teamwork.
Patriots are in it for the ring, not the money
David Harris joins a group of established veterans on the Patriots who prioritize winning the Super Bowl over getting a larger paycheck.
History, legacy drive Patriots to greatness
Expectations are high for the New England Patriots but no other team has the ability to overcome the physical toll and mental burden of the game like them.
Panthers should pay Olsen for future, not past
The past performance of Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen should not impact what he's making right now.
Alterraun Verner thinks he’ll find a team this summer
When last we heard about free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner, he was working out for the Jaguars in hopes of finding a home for the 2017 season. That workout did not result in a contract and a report...
Roger Goodell shows his face in New England
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may be the most hated man in New England, but he was able to make it through the Boston airport unscathed. Goodell was able to walk through Logan International Airport without...
Do the Falcons have a Devonta Freeman problem?
When we had the opportunity last month to have a 70-minute conversation with Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff (the video is embedded in this item), one of the areas of inquiry focused on the presence of...
Falcons expect experience to pay off in tougher defense
The Falcons defense didn’t wind up with impressive rankings compared to the rest of the league last season, although any hand-wringing about that was rendered fairly moot by the fact that the Falcons...
Thursday morning one-liners
Bills CB Kevon Seymour is making a good first impression. Dolphins G Jermon Bushrod has the support of his coaches. The Patriots now have plenty of options at LB after signing David Harris. Perhaps Jets...
Which teams have faced ridiculously high expectations?
In the same way that the abrupt decision of the Jets to cut linebacker David Harris created the impression that the Jets are taking a nosedive in 2017, the abrupt decision of Harris to join the Patriots...
At 83, Sonny Jurgensen will slow down but not stop
Sonny Jurgensen was a Hall of Fame quarterback whose NFL career spanned 18 seasons, and now his career calling football on the radio in Washington has doubled that length. But at age 83, Jurgensen is not...
Tramon Williams says he wanted out of unstable Cleveland environment
Cornerback Tramon Williams was released by the Cleveland Browns in February after spending the last two seasons with the club. Williams started 22 out of a total 27 games played for the Browns over that...
Seahawks expecting fierce competition at running back in training camp
The Seahawks are still searching for an answer in their backfield in the post-Marshawn Lynch era. Seattle struggled to find consistent success on the ground last season as injuries to Thomas Rawls, C.J....
Eric Ebron feels Lions’ additions at tight end will help him maximize production
With the additions of Darren Fells in free agency and the selection of Michael Roberts in the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have added some heft to their tight end position behind starter Eric Ebron. Ebron,...
Byron Jones provides steady hand in Cowboys secondary
The Cowboys lost Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in free agency. Those four contributed 39 starts, 254 tackles, five interceptions and 28 pass breakups last season. The Cowboys...
Could Tajae Sharpe be on the bubble in Tennessee?
Titans receiver Tajae Sharpe could be going from Week One starter in 2016 to off the roster in 2017. As explained by Jason Wolf of the Tennessean, the guy who contributed as a fifth-round rookie a year ago...
Plenty of receiving duos are great; which is the best?
Offenses that boast a pair of high-end receivers have a tremendous edge, because it’s impossible to double-team both of them. On Wednesday, former Colts punter and Barstool Sports contributor Pat...
Rams waive DB Brian Randolph
The Rams waived defensive back Brian Randolph, leaving them with 85 players on their roster. Randolph signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tennessee last offseason. He...
Darryl Tapp gets snaps at DT in Nick Fairley’s absence
If Nick Fairley’s heart condition keeps him out this season, the Saints might tap into Darryl Tapp’s versatility. Tapp, despite his size, saw some snaps at defensive tackle in 2014 when Fairley...
Whitney Mercilus has figured out how to get to the QB
It took awhile, but Whitney Mercilus has figured out how to get to the quarterback: Any way possible. Mercilus made 18 sacks his first three seasons combined. Not bad, but not what the Texans expected after...
All quiet regarding Gareon Conley case, for now
Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley should soon learn whether he will, or won’t, be charged with sexual assault in Ohio. After the first-round rookie met with police in early May, Conley’s lawyer...
Ron Jaworski says he’s “in limbo,” unsure if he has a future on ESPN
Ron Jaworski’s name has been included in some reports about ESPN’s recent round of layoffs, but Jaworski himself says he doesn’t know if he’s done at ESPN or not. Jaworski appeared...
Jaguars claim offensive lineman Demetrius Rhaney
The Jaguars claimed offensive lineman Demetrius Rhaney off waivers from the Rams. The Jaguars released rookie offensive lineman Parker Collins to make room for Rhaney.   Rhaney originally was a seventh-...
Lorenzo Mauldin charged with misdemeanor assault
Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin faces a civil suit from a man who alleges Mauldin attacked him at a New York City nightclub in April and he’s now facing criminal charges as well. According to multiple...
Ezekiel Elliott wants to follow in Marshall Faulk’s cleat marks
Ezekiel Elliott wants to be more like Marshall Faulk. The Cowboys running back, who led the league in rushing as a rookie, wants his growth to follow that of Faulk. Elliott calls the Hall of Famer a...
Letroy Guion arrested for drunk driving in Hawaii
Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion has found trouble behind the wheel of a car again. Already facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy, Guion could now face personal...
Eli Manning memorabilia trial delayed
Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been sued in New Jersey by three collectors who claim he knowingly allowing memorabilia to be fraudulently sold as game-used, but the trial date in that matter has been...
What will it cost to keep Derek Carr from going the Kirk Cousins route?
Of all the players who could have decided to let their rookie contracts expire and play year-to-year since the NFL and NFL Players Association made it considerably more expensive to franchise-tag for a...
Derek Carr on new deal: Nothing done yet
Derek Carr replied on Twitter to a report that a deal is close to being finalized with the Raiders. “Nothing done yet… trust me you will hear it here first,” Carr wrote. Adam Schefter of...
Report: Raiders, Derek Carr close to deal worth $25 million per year
The Raiders are close to finalizing a deal with Derek Carr that will pay the quarterback $25 million per year, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Per Schefter, the sides still are finalizing language, but...
Pope Francis: Teamwork and fair play needed off the field as well as on
Pope Francis welcomed a contingent from the Pro Football Hall of Fame to the Vatican on Wednesday for what the Hall calls the first such meeting for an American sports organization. The group, which...
Dak Prescott ranked higher than Tony Romo ever was in top 100
Tony Romo’s supporters have even more ammunition in arguing the former Cowboys quarterback was underrated and underappreciated during his 14-year career. It took Dak Prescott exactly one season to...
Jeremy Maclin says torn groin hampered him last year
If Jeremy Maclin looked like he was a step slow last year, there may have been a reason. The Ravens wide receiver said during Adam Schefter of ESPN’s podcast that he played last season with a torn...
Minor League G.M. apologizes for trolling Tim Tebow
If you haven’t heard, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has been playing minor league baseball. Tebow, who still plays for the Class A Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies recently traveled to Charleston for...
Ryan O’Callaghan: NFL teams would accept a gay player
Former Patriots and Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan didn’t come out when he was an active player. But he’s sure that if a player does, he’ll be accepted. O’Callaghan...
Eric Decker’s incentives may not be difficult to reach
Eric Decker’s one-year deal with the Titans keeps looking better than expected. After more than two days of silence regarding the value of the contract (which caused many to believe it wasn’t a...
David Harris deal with Patriots has base value of $5 million
We learned that linebacker David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots after visiting with them on Wednesday and that New England’s offer for Harris was worth more than the Jets...
Darren Sproles quietly has had a special career
The video of Darren Sproles running rings around opponents on a youth football field confirms he’s been performing at a high level for a very long time. It’s nevertheless easy to overlook the...
Todd Gurley, Rams offensive line communicating better than in 2016
Among the many things that went wrong for the Rams last season was running back Todd Gurley’s failure to build on his rookie season. Gurley ran for 1,106 yards on 229 carries as a rookie, but dropped...
Theft and battery charges against Matt Elam dropped
Matt Elam’s in less trouble than he was previously, but he still doesn’t have a job. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, grand theft and domestic battery charges against the former...
Eric Decker gets $3.85 million for one year, plus possible incentives
The fact that the initial reports of receiver Eric Decker’s deal with the Titans included no financial details created the distinct impression that it wasn’t a very good deal. Judged against...
Best of PFT: Is Jared Goff a bust for LA?
On Pat McAfee's final day on ProFootballTalk Live, Jared Goff leads the worst NFC quarterbacks list.
Patriots offered David Harris more than the Jets did
The specific details of the contract to be signed by linebacker David Harris with the Patriots inevitably will come out. For now, they’re not. But here’s what we know, per a source with...
O'Callaghan: NFL teams would accept gay players
Former NFL player Ryan O'Callaghan talks about why he chose to publicly come out now and the lengths he went to to hide his sexuality as a professional athlete.
David Harris signing with Patriots
The Jets cut linebacker David Harris as part of their offseason purge of veterans from the roster, but it looks like they’ll still be seeing him twice during the 2017 season. Adam Schefter of ESPN...
Who is NFL's best wide receiver duo?
Giants superstar Odell Beckham Jr. says New York's wide receivers will be trouble, but what is the best one-two punch in the NFL?
There's value in tanking for New York Jets
Even though Sheldon Richardson doesn't think the Jets will tank this season, they probably should based on next year's NFL draft prospects.
Spencer Ware emerging as a leader for the Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is gone. So is Jeremy Maclin. Alex Smith may be, sooner than later. So where will the leadership come from in Kansas City? One person ready to take the reins will be running back Spencer Ware...
Greg Olsen on contract: Business should reflect productivity
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is under contract through the end of the 2018 season, but his desire for another deal became a topic during last week’s minicamp. Olsen was asked if he hoped the Panthers...
Landry prioritizes Dolphins over his contract
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is prioritizing his team by saying he won't negotiate contract extensions once the season starts.
Applaud Warren Sapp for donating brain
Warren Sapp deserves praise for his decision to donate his brain for CTE research after he passes away.
Dave Gettleman: Panthers “feel like this is 2015 all over again”
The Panthers spent last offseason talking about trying to avoid the Super Bowl hangover. They did not avoid the Super Bowl hangover. But Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman thinks an offseason spent...
Sproles breaks ankles in Pop Warner highlights
The Philadelphia Eagles released ridiculous highlights of running back Darren Sproles in Pop Warner to celebrate his 34th birthday.
Fowler's offseason changes crucial for Jaguars
Dante Fowler has made offseason adjustments that could have a major impact on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Eagles' passing attack needs improved running game
The Philadelphia Eagles added weapons on the outside this offseason, but a successful rushing attack will be crucial to the passing game's overall production.
Freeman can't seem to let go of Super Bowl LI
The Falcons should be alarmed at the fact that Devonta Freeman is still focusing on Super Bowl LI and not on the upcoming season.
Norv Turner not ruling out a return to coaching at some point
Norv Turner’s taking a year off, sort of, but he won’t be far from football. The longtime coach won’t be on a sideline in the fall for the first time since 1975, but he’s staying...
Cliff Avril deserves praise for Haiti houses
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril fulfills his promise to build a house in Haiti for each sack he had in 2016 and deserves praise for his positive actions.
Lawson comfort level high in new Bills system
The Buffalo Bills first-round pick of 2016, Shaq Lawson, feels more comfortable in the new Buffalo Bills system and that's great news for Bills fans.
Spencer Ware must pick up leadership slack
With Jeremy Maclin and Jamaal Charles gone, Kansas City Chiefs' Spencer Ware has a leadership opportunity that he cannot waste.
Hall wants to stay in NFL with front office role
It will be interesting to see if Washington Redskins' DeAngelo Hall can handle the front office grind after spending many years on the gridiron.
Bettors expecting very little from New York Jets
The New York Jets' over/under has been very popular with bettors, as people expect them to win less than five games.
Cousins, Redskins stalemate won't break until July
Kirk Cousins' contract negotiations with the Washington Redskins will require both sides to find a little bit of common ground in order to get a long-term deal done.
O.J. Simpson's parole hearing will happen July 20
O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is approaching this July. Will the famous ex-NFL player be released?
Browns' Kizer could be starting QB week one
DeShone Kizer's roller coaster experience at Notre Dame will help him close the gap on current starting QB Cody Kessler in the Cleveland Browns' open competition for the starting position.
Michael Vick: The NFL has done a great job on player safety
Not every retired NFL player is criticizing the league over concussions. Michael Vick said this morning on Mike & Mike that he believes the league is sincere about reducing brain injuries and that...
Stafford deal has major business upside for Lions
Detroit Lions owner Rod Wood is making a shrewd business decision by releasing that they want to make Matthew Stafford the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.
Eagles trying to build a running offense
The Eagles hope they drafted their franchise quarterback last year in Carson Wentz, but this year they think the best way to help him develop is not to ask him to do too much. Toward that end, Eagles...
Devonta Freeman: Super Bowl will always play in back of my head
At the end of offseason workouts, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said that he and his teammates have put their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots behind them and shifted their focus to what’s in front of...
Shaq Lawson plans on getting back to player he was in college
Shaq Lawson’s rookie year started with a shoulder injury that kept him from working out with the Bills during training camp, the preseason and the first six games of the regular season, which meant he...
Ravens owner OK with playing the week after London trip
Once the Ravens knew they were playing in London this year, they asked the league to not give them their bye week the following week. It wasn’t because they didn’t need it after the long road...
Former Ravens and Giants linebacker shot and killed
A former Ravens and Giants linebacker was shot and killed in Reno Sunday. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Ryan Jones was among three men shot, and he died at the scene. Police aren’t commenting...
Wednesday morning one-liners
Bills DE Shaq Lawson says he needs to get back to being what he was in college. Says Jason Taylor of having Jimmy Johnson present him at the Hall of Fame, “He took a chance on an undersized defensive end...
James Bradberry, Daryl Worley feel better prepared for year two with Panthers
Cornerbacks James Bradberry and Daryl Worley had large shoes to fill as rookies as they attempted to fill the vacancies created by the departure of Josh Norman and retirement of Charles Tillman last season...
Cliff Avril fulfills pledge to build homes in Haiti for every sack totaled last year
After Hurricane Matthew savaged the country of Haiti last October, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril pledged to build a home in the country for every sack he managed to total last season. Avril...
Mike Daniels stands up for Packers’ defensive performances in 2016
By standard statistical measures, the defense of the Green Bay Packers had its struggles last year. Green Bay finished 22nd in overall defense, 21st in points allowed and were 31st against the pass as...
DeAngelo Hall eyeing future front office role after playing career is over
Washington Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall will suit up for his 15th season in the NFL this fall. The 33-year old defensive back took a pay cut to ensure he’d get the chance to stay with Washington as...
Who has the best 1-2 punch at receiver in the NFL?
Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has kept the pressure on himself, and his teammates, by boasting about the problems the wideouts will give defenses in 2017. Which inspired this question of the day for...
Suspension will cost Khyri Thornton more than $300,000
Khyri Thornton’s suspension will cost him more than $300,000. Thornton, suspended for the first six games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, will lose $247,058 in salary during...
Talk of possible Kirk Cousins deal is “noise” until the middle of July
Much has been said in recent weeks about the negotiations between Washington and franchise-tagged quarterback Kirk Cousins. From dramatic reports on the suddenly positive tone to percentage-based...
Rams sign five rookies, have all 2017 draft picks under contract
The Rams were one of two teams with multiple unsigned 2017 draft picks when Tuesday began, but the Raiders are the only team in that category now. The Rams announced that they have signed five of their...
Shawne Merriman readies Chargers rookies for “things out of left field”
Shawne Merriman spoke to the Chargers rookies Tuesday, telling them to be ready for the unexpected in the NFL. “I came in with hype and a persona,” Merriman said to the rookies, via the team website...
Brett Hundley could start somewhere in 2018
The Packers once served as a quarterback farm system. They developed and then traded Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell and Aaron Brooks for draft picks. For the first time in 17 years, since they sent Brooks to...
Charles Tapper expects to contribute to Cowboys pass rush
As the Cowboys continue to hunt for a consistent pass rush, Charles Tapper has become the forgotten man in the list of defensive ends expected to contribute in Rod Marinelli’s rotation. The Cowboys...
O.J. Simpson has a July 20 parole hearing
The Juice will soon find out whether he’ll be getting loose. Adam Wells of NBC News reports that Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson will have a parole hearing on July 20. He could be released as...
Rod Wood comfortable making Matthew Stafford highest-paid player
Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said last weekend that he’s confident that the Lions will be able to reach agreement on a contract extension with quarterback Matthew Stafford. Given the going rate for...
Darren Sproles has been making defenders miss for a quarter century
Eagles running back Darren Sproles turns 34 today, which is ancient for an NFL running back: Sproles and Frank Gore are the only 34-year-old running backs currently under contract to any NFL team. So...
Warren Sapp announces intention to donate brain for research
Research regarding the impact of brain injuries in football and elsewhere will continue decades into the future, and one of the best defensive linemen in league history will be helping the effort. Hall of...
Jerry Jones among group set to meet Pope Francis
Jerry Jones and a group from the Pro Football Hall of Fame have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. It begs the question: Will Jones ask the Pope to bless his football team? According...
Globetrotters draft Tim Tebow and Wonder Woman
If the minor league baseball thing doesn’t work out, Tim Tebow has a shot to make it in another sport. Tebow was among the players “drafted” today by the Harlem Globetrotters, which serves...
Report: Justin Gilbert suspended for one year
Little has gone right during cornerback Justin Gilbert’s career since the Browns made him a first-round pick in the 2014 draft and that won’t be changing in 2017. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media...
Adrian Peterson’s seafood allergy hasn’t stopped him from enjoying city’s food
Despite his seafood allergy, Adrian Peterson has seen his body fat rise since he arrived in the city known for its good food. The Saints running back said he has “been tearing … up”...
Khyri Thornton suspended for six games
The Lions re-signed defensive tackle Khyri Thornton ahead of restricted free agency this offseason, but he won’t be part of the lineup for the first game of the 2017 season. The NFL announced on...
NFL releases calendar for 2017-18, with draft site still TBD
The NFL released its 2017-18 calendar Tuesday. It still must decide where to hold the 2018 draft on April 26-28, with the site listed as TBD on its schedule. The Cowboys and 13 other teams are interested in...
Marshawn Lynch giving free haircuts for good grades
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t giving back to his hometown simply by making the team’s final year or two in Oakland more exciting and entertaining. He’s also providing a service...
Corey Coleman not charged in New Year’s Eve assault
The brother of Browns receiver Corey Coleman was one of two men indicted on assault charges for a New Year’s Eve altercation in the building where Coleman lived. Coleman was not indicted, but a...
Rams cutting Demetrius Rhaney
The Rams drafted offensive linemen with their first and last picks of the 2014 NFL Draft, but neither one is going to be on their roster for the 2017 season. Tackle Greg Robinson, who was the second overall...
Jonathan Cooper favorite to win LG job with Cowboys
The Cowboys drafted left tackle Tyron Smith with the ninth overall choice in 2011, center Travis Frederick 31st in 2013 and right guard Zack Martin 16th in 2014. Right tackle La’El Collins was...
Sheldon Richardson says there will be no tanking on his watch
Don’t tell Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson the team is tanking this season. “Tanking for what?” Richardson responded when asked about it by Told that some think the Jets...
Former NFL lineman Ryan O’Callaghan announces he is gay
For years, Ryan O’Callaghan worried what people would say. By the time he said it, the fact he was keeping his true problems a secret nearly led to his death. The former Chiefs and Patriots offensive...
Maybe the Cowboys G.M. should introduce the Cowboys owner for the Hall of Fame
What follows is a joke. Sort of. Maybe. Possibly not. With Cowboys owner Jerry Jones turning the announcement of the person who will present him for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame into a reality show of...
Vegas bettors see the Jets as the NFL’s big losers
As the offseason wears on, people who put their money behind their opinions are getting more confident that the Jets will be really bad. The Jets’ win total was set at five at the Westgate in Las...
Former Bears wideout Marquess Wilson signing with Jets
The Jets got rid of all the receivers with big contracts, so they need some receivers. According to a tweet from his agents, former Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson is signing with the Jets. Wilson has...
Report: DeShone Kizer closing gap on Cody Kessler
There’s an open quarterback competition in Cleveland. And if all things are equal, it makes sense to put the guy with the most potential on the field. That could eventually be happening, and by...
Vic Beasley expecting more attention from blockers this year
Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley took a big jump in his second NFL season as he went from four sacks as a rookie to leading the league with 15.5 of them last year. Beasley’s production as a pass rusher...
Best of PFT: Gronk's incredible $100k bar tab
Rob Gronkowski lived up to his frat boy persona with an unbelievable $100,000 bar tab.
FOX hires Ray Lewis
Eventual Hall of Famer Ray Lewis hasn’t had immediate success in broadcasting. His second chance to stick in the business will come via FOX. Michael McCarthy of reports that Lewis has...
Roger Goodell: Relationship with Robert Kraft “was never strained”
Maybe peace in the Middle East is possible, after all. With NFL commissioner Roger Goodell already making nice with Steelers wideout and fine-victim Antonio Brown during a trip to Israel, he’s also...
Jarvis Landry won’t talk extension during regular season
Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is heading into the final year of his contract, but that didn’t stop him from attending both the voluntary and the mandatory portions of the team’s offseason...
Still no resolution to Ezekiel Elliott investigation
As the NFL embarks on its annual five-to-six-week period of minimal activity, the time for the NFL to resolve the long-lingering Ezekiel Elliott investigation has arrived. If he’s going to be...
Sam Bradford enjoying closer relationship with Mike Zimmer
At this point last season, Sam Bradford was expected to be the starting quarterback for the Eagles but Teddy Bridgewater’s injury and the presence of Carson Wentz in Philadelphia combined to lead to a...
Gronk’s casino bar tab could be of interest to the NFL
Gronk being Gronk is always good for a laugh or two, but if Gronk being Gronk at a casino nightclub with $100,000 in booze bought and paid for by the casino as some sort of a premeditated organic marketing...
Bob Quinn “confident” deal gets done with Matthew Stafford
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said recently that he has not been paying much attention to contract matters this offseason, but plenty of other people have been keeping an eye on Detroit as Stafford...
49ers hope Eric Reid thrives in new role
The rebuilding San Francisco 49ers are looking to unearth talents within their roster and they hope former first rounder Eric Reid can reach his potential in a new position.
Jerry Jones greatest businessman in NFL history
Jerry Jones is the best owner in the NFL and might entertain something crazy like presenting himself into the Hall of Fame, according to Charean Williams.
Lions' Matt Stafford won't max out on new contract
The Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford wants a new contract but he's willing to sacrifice money in order to build a strong team around him.
Harbaugh proving balance is possible for coaches
Baltimore Ravens' John Harbaugh is learning to enjoy his offseason by not focusing entirely on football, which could make him a NFL coach for longer.
Kirk Cousins, Le'Veon Bell facing new deadline
Kirk Cousins and Le'Veon Bell, who are both currently franchise tagged, have been give a little more time to work out long-term deals.
OBJ not helping Giants by raising expectations
Odell Beckham Jr. says the New York Giants' wide receiving corps is in for a big year, but this kind of talk really only hurts the team at this point.
Mike Shanahan couldn't keep Kyle from coaching
Kyle Shanahan is the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but if his dad Mike had his way, he wouldn't have been coaching at all.
Training camp still important for Anquan Boldin
Even though he's a veteran NFL wide receiver, Anquan Boldin sees the importance of training camp and hopes to sign with a new team before it gets underway.
Will Bryant make Steelers' offense unstoppable?
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is getting rave reviews this offseason, which could mean big things for Pittsburgh's offense.
Jon Gruden could be great on 'Hard Knocks'
Jon Gruden has seemingly worked his way onto "Hard Knocks" and Pat McAfee says his personality should be an entertaining addition to the show.
Almost-QB Pat McAfee conducts Madden draft
NFL players playing out of position is common in Madden, but what about real life? Pat McAfee and Mike Florio draft their favorites.
Competitive nature impacts concussion reporting
After Robert Kraft and Jerome Bettis' comments on concussions, former Colts punter Pat McAfee sheds light on why players don't self-report concussions.
Osemele giving coach anxiety over insane vacation
Oakland Raiders' Kelechi Osemele is having an incredible vacation and giving Jack del Rio major anxiety over his risky activities.
Roger Goodell pops up on...Snapchat?
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on Snapchat with a happy Antonio Brown, but with the new celebration rules, Brown might not be happy for long.
How to improve the NFL draft
The NFL draft isn't lacking in excitement, however, a draft lottery could be an interesting option for the league.
Gronkowski's bar tab sets extreme example
Rob Gronkowski's bar tab is impressive, but also sets an extreme example for other NFL players.
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen hedged on entering draft
There was a point when Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen seemed set on entering the 2017 NFL Draft. But it quickly turned, and opinions from NFL General Managers didn’t seem to affect his decision. In a...
NFL could stop tanking with a draft lottery
Tanking has been the subject of a great deal of conversation in the NFL this offseason, with allegations that the Browns wanted to be the worst team in the league last year so they’d get the first...
Packers think move to slot will lift Damarious Randall
The Packers made Damarious Randall a first-round pick in the 2015 draft and promptly moved him from safety to cornerback in a shift that hasn’t paid too many dividends in Randall’s first two...
John Harbaugh learning to relish his breaks from football
There’s no question Ravens coach John Harbaugh remains a competitor. But the 54-year-old coach also has learned to appreciate the rare breaks he gets from his job, along with the everyday moments he...
Robert Kraft says football is safer than ever
Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis and Patriots owner Robert Kraft are both on a tour of Israel that included a visit to a neurotechnology company that wants to improve the ways doctors diagnose...
Tuesday morning one-liners
Bills coach Sean McDermott likes the fight he’s seen from CB Leonard Johnson. Dolphins coach Adam Gase was a guest at Jay Cutler’s retirement party. The Patriots have high hopes for their...
Which players would you want to play out of position?
On Monday’s PFT Live, former Colts punter Pat McAfee said that he was one Curtis Painter injury away from playing quarterback during one of Indy’s many losses in the 2011 season. On Tuesday...
Logan Ryan, wife trade wedding gifts for animal shelter donations
Logan Ryan has a pair of Super Bowl rings and a big free agent contract, so he didn’t need a waffle iron. So when the Titans cornerback got married in April, he and his wife asked that guest donate to...
Antonio Brown gives Roger Goodell a thumbs-up for celebrations
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has earned himself some good will with the players after the league changed its celebration rules. Goodell and Steelers receiver Antonio Brown appeared together in a brief...
Former Bengals linebacker J.K. Schaffer pleads no contest to assault, public indecency
Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker J.K. Schaffer pleaded no contest to charges of assault and public indecency following an incident at a church in February. According to Cameron Knight of the Cincinnati...
49ers safety Eric Reid embracing new role in secondary
49ers safety Eric Reid is excited about the potential of his new role in Robert Saleh’s defense. According to Nick Wagoner of, Reid is going to be expected to play closer to the line of...
Anquan Boldin happy to wait until training camp to sign
Receiver Anquan Boldin remains a free agent with just over a month before training camps are set to open across the NFL. After catching 67 passes for 584 yards and eight touchdowns last year for the Detroit...
Seahawks’ DeShawn Shead “making great progress,” still not expected for start of season
Seahawks cornerback Deshawn Shead tore an ACL in his knee during Seattle’s Divisional Round playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons in January. Shead was unable to participate in any of the team’s...
How would you improve the NFL draft?
With the NBA (and NHL) draft looming and with Pat McAfee back in studio for Tuesday’s PFT Live, here’s a draft-related question of the day: What would you do to improve the NFL draft? Answer...
Wisconsin man files suit for Bears’ sideline ban on Packers’ garb
A Packers fan has filed suit against the Bears for a dress code he claims violates his free-speech rights by prohibiting him from wearing Packers’ attire on the sideline. Russell Beckman of Mount...
Mike Shanahan tried to steer Kyle from coaching profession
Mike Shanahan tried to steer his son from coaching, something Kyle Shanahan said he will follow his father in doing with his own son. “I lived and died football, and my grades suffered a little bit for that...
Titans have added Super Bowl experience to their roster
The Titans continued to add veteran leadership to their young roster with the signing of Eric Decker. Tennessee, though, hasn’t signed just any ol’ veterans. Decker became the fourth free agent...
Tyrod Taylor becoming vocal leader in Buffalo
Tyrod Taylor has become a vocal leader in Buffalo, a role that doesn’t come naturally to the quarterback. It’s part of Taylor’s effort to prove to the new coaching staff that he’s...
Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty to DUI
Troubled Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor has another conviction on his record. Taylor pleaded guilty to DUI with injury or property damage today. He had been arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol...
D’Onta Foreman hopes to drop a few pounds before camp
Texans rookie D’Onta Foreman got his contract out of the way over the weekend. Now, he’s working on losing some weight. “That’s one of the things I want to do is try to tighten up a...
Jerome Bettis feels “taken advantage of” by the NFL on concussions
Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis thinks the NFL did players a disservice by failing to deal honestly with them about concussions. “You definitely feel as though you were taken advantage of in a...
Saints add Chris Watt at center
Saints center Max Unger hopes to be ready for the regular season after having foot surgery this offseason, but hopes can go unrealized and the team added to their other options on Monday. The Saints...