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Jamal Adams draws “unbelievable” review for offseason work
The offseason has not been filled with positive stories about the Jets, but there’s at least one exception to the overall tone around the team heading into the 2017 season. Safety Jamal Adams was the...
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Monday morning one-liners
Bills S Jordan Poyer is happy to be able to play after last year’s kidney injury. Special teams work was a big reason why DB Michael Thomas got a new contract with the Dolphins. A look at some of the...
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Mets G.M. on Tim Tebow: “We recognize this is not a usual circumstance”
The traditional stats might not seem to merit a promotion, but the Mets are seeing things in Tim Tebow to justify moving him up a level in their minor league system. Despite hitting .220 for the  low-A...
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“Annoyed” by hearing about Antonio Brown’s work ethic, Joshua Dobbs now witnesses it
Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs used to hear a lot about receiver Antonio Brown. Now Dobbs understands why. Tennessee coach Butch Jones previously coached at Central Michigan, where Brown played college...
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Charcandrick West raves about Patrick Mahomes’ arm strength
Chiefs running back Charcandrick West has caught some practice passes from rookie first-round quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and he’s feeling it in his hands. West told NFL Media that it forced him to...
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Raiders taking pride in a new, cleaner image
The Raiders have an image, and they know it. To be honest, they cultivated it for a long time, and successfully. But as a new team prepares to move to a new city in a few years, they want to make sure the...
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Cam Jordan: Saints are ready to win Super Bowl now
Saints quarterback Drew Brees raised eyebrows when he told PFT Live in March that his team is “very close” to getting back to the Super Bowl. One of his teammates has now taken the next step....
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NFL uses eye-tracking technology to improve game presentation
The NFL has decided to take steps aimed at improving the TV presentation of its games, with specific focus on pace. To do that, the league actually went to the homes of fans to “replicat[e] the game...
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Report: Dorsey decision fueled by concerns over communication, management style
Typically, the reasons for the firing of a G.M. are clear, either because the team has stunk or the organization has clumsily leaked the reasons in advance of the move. In Kansas City, it’s still not...
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Vacation (not really) starts tomorrow
It’s vacation time here at PFT. Which means, basically, nothing. The work never stops because the news never stops and, frankly, none of this is really work. So as I embark on a four-week mandatory...
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Should NFL hold its draft before free agency?
The question was posed during Thursday night’s NBA draft in the form of a Twitter poll, and NFL fans who are typically reluctant to change embraced the idea by a 12-point margin: Hold the NFL draft...
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Mark Cuban hopes to emulate Jerry Jones
Two of the highest-profile American sports owners run their teams in Texas, where everything that’s bigger includes the egos of business moguls. But there seems to be no negativity between Dallas...
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Dede Westbrook has clear goals to achieve “at the beginning of the season”
While he stopped short of reprising the Randy Moss vow to “rip up” the NFL, fellow Biletnikoff Award winner Dede Westbrook seems to have a plan for his rookie year. And he apparently plans to...
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Terrelle Pryor working out with Antonio Brown
Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is still relatively new to wide receiver and his preparation for his first season at the position in Washington includes work with one of the best wideouts in the league. Pryor...
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Aaron Rodgers hires CAA to handle off-field interests
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has made plenty of money on the field but apparently not as much as he’d like to make away from it, has made a change in his representation for the purposes of...
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Dak Prescott uses celebrity to give back
Dak Prescott was the third quarterback on the team’s depth chart this time last year. The Cowboys expected Prescott, a fourth-round pick in 2016, to spend the season behind Tony Romo and Kellen Moore...
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Tim Tebow gets a promotion from the Mets
Tim Tebow’s baseball career has taken another step. According to Teddy Kulmala of The State newspaper, the former NFL quarterback has been promoted a level in the Mets organization. Tebow has been...
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Cam Newton: A Super Bowl ring is the one thing missing from my life
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is motivated by just one thing. A Super Bowl ring, Newton told high school players at a 7-on-7 tournament he hosted, is what drives him, and the only thing he’s seeking...
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A year later, no clarity on Peyton Manning’s next move
The annual Manning Passing Academy has generated plenty of sound bites and speculation regarding the status of retired quarterback Peyton Manning. It started with family patriarch Archie spilling the beans...
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Louis Riddick: I haven’t heard from Chiefs about G.M. opening
Sunday morning brought a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media that the Chiefs have reached out to ESPN analyst Louis Riddick about setting up an interview for the General Manager vacancy they created by...
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Steelers expect “great deal of improvement” from tight ends
Before the 2016 season, the Steelers signed Ladarius Green as a free agent in hopes of keeping the tight end position as a key one in the wake of Heath Miller’s retirement. Green missed a lot of time...
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Report: Chiefs want to interview Louis Riddick for G.M. opening
The Chiefs made waves last week with the surprising announcement that they had dismissed General Manager John Dorsey after four years with the team. The team’s co-directors of player personnel Mike...
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Sunday morning one-liners
Five questions for the Bills to ponder heading into training camp. Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi did well after contact last season. Patriots C James Ferentz’s father was on Bill Belichick’s coaching...
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Paxton Lynch may be making his move
As Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch brace for a training camp/preseason battle for the starting job in Denver, Lynch apparently received a boost as the team commenced its final break of...
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Remember Carr’s crack at the Seahawks
The fine fellow who runs the @OldTakesExposed account on Twitter has received a gift that may keep on giving. (Unrelated to the dumb sh-t I say on a regular basis.) With Raiders quarterback Derek Carr...
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Gettleman “frustrate[d]” by media reaction to Kelvin Benjamin’s weight
One of the headlines from Charlotte in the early days of the offseason program related to the size of the body of Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Now that Benjamin apparently is in shape, Panthers G.M....
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Ex-Giant Matt Mitrione knocks out MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko
Matt Mitrione got his start as a professional athlete in the NFL, but he’s had a lot more success in MMA. Mitrione, who played nine games as a defensive end for the Giants in 2002, earned the biggest...
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Koa Misi waiting to be cleared after neck surgery
Linebacker Koa Misi took a pay cut to stay with the Dolphins this offseason, but he never made it on the field for the team. The expectation in March was that Misi would be cleared to return from neck...
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Bakhtiari bemoans Green Bay’s constant close calls
On one hand, the Packers should be happy that they contend every year. On the other hand, they should be upset that they keep knocking on the door but can’t kick it in. Put left tackle David Bakhtiari...
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Vikings support Michael Floyd’s kombucha tea defense
When it comes to his effort to avoid jail for violating the terms of his house arrest, Vikings receiver Michael Floyd has an ally: His employer. According to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press,...
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Colts may hit more in camp, despite being “scared to death” of injuries
After seeing his team miss too many tackles last season, Colts coach Chuck Pagano says he may work more on tackling in camp. Pagano said he’s still as concerned as ever about keeping players healthy...
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Saturday one-liners
Seven more veteran Jets could be dumped after the 2017 season. Dolphins K Andrew Franks thinks he could “kill it from 65” without wind. The Patriots will have several public practices during...
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Bill O’Brien: Clemson’s sophisticated offense helped Deshaun Watson
NFL coaches often say that college football offenses don’t really get quarterbacks ready to play at the next level. But Texans coach Bill O’Brien says that’s not the case with his rookie...
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Broncos still haven’t re-sold stadium naming rights
The Denver Broncos continue to play in a stadium that may as well be known as Vandelay Industries Park. And there’s no indication that this odd dynamic will be ending any time soon. As noted by 9news....
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Kerley wishes teams would ask him about Kaepernick
One of the biggest problems with the various leaks to the media of assumptions and narratives and opinions about Colin Kaepernick is that many of those who are whispering to willing reporters have done no...
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Before football, Larry Ogunjobi was so obese his parents feared he’d die
Browns rookie defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi weighs in at 305 pounds — which is a whole lot less than he weighed when he first started playing football. Ogunjobi was a 350-pound teenager whose main...
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Derek Carr: I’ll give it to Marshawn on the 1-yard line, not throw it
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has brought up a painful memory for Seahawks fans. After signing his new contract on Friday, Carr said that he doesn’t think his status as the NFL’s highest-paid...
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Tavon Wilson seeks to throw out suits against him
Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson denies he punched a former girlfriend during an altercation last year, according to TMZ. Per TMZ, Alanda Jackson, the mother of Wilson’s 3-year-old, has filed suit...
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Archie Manning: Adam Gase reached out to Peyton after Ryan Tannehill was injured
At a time when many are wondering whether recently-retired quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jay Cutler would return to the NFL if a starter gets injured during the upcoming season, it turns out that last year...
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Lakers G.M. compares Lonzo Ball to NFL’s best quarterbacks
Typically, new players who arrive in a given sport are compared to other great players from that same sport. For reasons neither obvious nor apparent, the General Manager of the L.A. Lakers has compared the...
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Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott not resting on their laurels
Dak Prescott won 13 games and offensive rookie of the year honors. Ezekiel Elliott won the rushing title and earned six MVP votes as a rookie. Both were ranked among the top-14 players in the NFL Network...
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Derek Carr wanted to leave money for teammates
Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie now wants to sign some of quarterback Derek Carr’s teammates, and Carr wants to be sure McKenzie can. “The main thing that I could just remember was all along the way, I...
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Packers spend offseason working on defending the pass
The Packers concentrated on the passing game — and defending the pass — during 11-on-11 work during the offseason. Mike McCarthy had reasons for reducing the number of run calls. The Packers...
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Andy Reid could move into the NFL’s Top 5 in coaching wins
Andy Reid isn’t usually named among the great coaches in NFL history, but perhaps he will be by the time he serves out his newly extended contract. The Chiefs and Reid have just agreed on a new five-...
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Prosecutors appeal decision to void Aaron Hernandez murder conviction
When Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison earlier this year, he was still appealing his conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd and that led a Massachusetts judge to void the conviction under the legal...
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Michael Bidwill has concerns about having NFL team based in UK
Cardinals President Michael Bidwill expresses doubt the NFL will have a team based in the UK in the near future. Bidwill, in London this week assessing facilities at Wembley and Twickenham ahead of the NFL...
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Derek Carr wants to splurge at Chick-fil-A
Derek Carr should seek a marketing deal with Chick-fil-A. He gave the fast-food restaurant a shoutout Friday during a press conference officially to announce his new deal with the Raiders, getting it plenty...
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Federal appeals court seems to accept evidence of CTE in living patients
One of the most widely-accepted realities of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy has been undermined by one of the highest courts in the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, one of...
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Vikings hire new strength and conditioning coach
The Vikings were left with an open slot on their coaching staff earlier this month when strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar left the team in order to work for the United States Tennis Association...
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Bronson Kaufusi ready to contribute after missing rookie season
The Ravens drafted defensive end Bronson Kaufusi in the third round last season, but they have yet to see him on the field. Kaufusi broke his left ankle early in training camp and missed all of last season...
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Maliek Collins wants to be next great DT in Rod Marinelli’s system
With Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in the same draft class, Maliek Collins got overshadowed and overlooked. But the defensive tackle quietly had a successful rookie season, which has defensive...
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With Derek Carr signed, Reggie McKenzie moving on to other extensions
At the start of a Friday press conference to discuss quarterback Derek Carr’s contract extension, General Manager Reggie McKenzie called it a “big day” for the organization. McKenzie also...
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Raiders make Derek Carr’s five-year contract extension official
It’s official: Derek Carr will be the Raiders’ franchise quarterback through the remainder of their time in Oakland, and when they move to Las Vegas as well. The Raiders announced today that...
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Best of PFT: Why doesn't Cam Newton get respect?
Cam Newton continues to divide opinion among NFL fans despite his incredible achievements with the Carolina Panthers.
Get ready to see Jamison Crowder in various roles
Washington’s plans for receiver Jamison Crowder don’t simply include making him a full-time starter. The team also intends to deploy him in multiple different ways. “I’ve said all along Jamison...
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Robert Kraft on Deflategate: “I don’t hold grudges but I never forget”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week that his relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft “was never strained” despite the #Deflategate investigation. Kraft may not be reading...
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CFL QB Bo Levi Mitchell hopes for NFL chance
It has been a while since the NFL has seen a quarterback make a successful jump from the Canadian Football League, but it certainly isn’t without precedent. Warren Moon, Jeff Garcia and Joe Theismann...
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Drew Stanton thinks NFL has a QB development problem
Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton entered the league as a second-round pick of the Lions in 2007 and has spent the last decade serving as a backup in Detroit, Indianapolis and Arizona. Stanton has seen a...
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NFL’s OTT service could let it cut out the middleman
While Amazon may indeed become a key part of the NFL’s immediate future when it comes to the so-called OTT broadcasting of games, there’s another option that the league quietly is considering:...
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Tom Brady has best odds of winning 2017 NFL MVP
Tom Brady is favored to win his third NFL MVP, but there are plenty of candidates who could claim the award.
Kap's on-field stats prove he should have job
The latest report regarding Colin Kaepernick is that he didn't stay late to prepare for games at the 49ers practice facility in 2016, even though he had a 16-4 TD-INT ratio.
Tom Brady is the 2017 MVP favorite
In his 17 NFL seasons, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been named NFL MVP only twice. (Loser.) He’s nevertheless the odds-on favorite to win it again. Via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the...
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Dalton's future could change if Lewis gets fired
Andy Dalton said the Bengals aren't thinking about Marvin Lewis' contract situation, but Mike Florio thinks that needs to change.
Robert Kraft: Amazon deal shows where NFL is headed on TV
Amazon will stream NFL games to its Prime subscribers this season, which represents a new source of revenue for the NFL, but a small one: Although the precise amount of money Amazon has paid for NFL deals...
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NFL needs to make major change to offseason format
The NBA holds its draft before their free agency period and Mike Florio thinks this is a concept that could be applied to the NFL.
It's time for Odell Beckham Jr. to mature
Giants' owner John Mara said he wished he had a dozen players like Odell Beckham Jr., but Mike Florio says that's not true because Beckham still needs to grow up.
Cam Newton's leadership comes under fire again
Cam Newton's impact as the leader in Carolina has once again been questioned due to a former teammate's recent comments.
Deshaun Watson is already ahead of the game
Deshaun Watson believes his work ethic is a lifestyle, which means he's ready to become a leader in Houston.
Cardinals stuck with mediocre backup QBs
The Arizona Cardinals are stuck with two uninspiring options at backup quarterback and that might be down to mishandling their strategy at the draft.
Falcons still trying to get over SBLI loss to Pats
Devonta Freeman's comments prove that the Atlanta Falcons are still struggling to get over their Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots, according to Brady Quinn.
Johnson's UK ambassador role could affect Jets
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is set to be the UK ambassador and Mike Florio wonders how that will affect the struggling franchise.
Who are the NFL's top five quarterbacks?
Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers might not be the highest-paid quarterbacks but Mike Florio explains why they are the top two quarterbacks in the NFL.
Roger Goodell deserves credit for draft demand
While Roger Goodell gets a lot of criticism, one thing he can definitely take credit for is the increased demand from cities to host the NFL draft.
Chiefs fire John Dorsey in bizarre situation
Kansas City Chiefs' odd decision to fire John Dorsey moments after extending Andy Reid's contract leads to questions about who is in charge of the team.
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’...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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)...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 —...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 TheMMQB.com shares...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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-...
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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...
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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...
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New England fans need to let Goodell grudge go
Robert Kraft isn't mad at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, so neither should Patriots fans.
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.
Derek Carr should thank Kirk Cousins for deal
Even though there is an injury risk, Oakland Raiders' Derek Carr is investing in his future now and could end up in a similar situation to Kirk Cousins.
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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-...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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