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Sticking with New England?
James Harrison showed the Patriots that he has a lot more left in him and there's no reason New England shouldn't want him back in 2018.
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Still no clarity on Gronk's playing future
Two weeks later, there has been no indication on whether Rob Gronkowski will play next season.
Report: Texans will release Brian Cushing
The Texans will release inside linebacker Brian Cushing before the league year begins March 14, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. The emergence of second-year linebackers Zach Cunningham and...
Jesse James glad Eagles won, so his catch/non-catch wasn’t decisive
The way Steelers tight end Jesse James figures, he has been asked about the catch every day since it wasn’t a catch. But he does take one bit of comfort in the way things worked out, even though his...
Momentum builds for the Jets making a run at Kirk Cousins
A report emerged Monday that the Jets will pay “whatever it takes” to land quarterback Kirk Cousins. Brian Costello of the New York Post has tried to make “whatever” more tangible....
Saints’ Austin Carr meets the man whose life he saved with his bone marrow
Saints receiver Austin Carr saved a man’s life two years ago, and at the Super Bowl, they met. The man was Roy Coe, and he was dying of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma until Carr gave Coe his bone marrow. Carr...
Silas Redd trying to pull a Jarryd Hayne in reverse by playing rugby league
Former Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne declared his intentions to come to the United States to pursue an NFL career in late 2014 and found himself as a member of the San Francisco 49ers the following spring...
Vikings make hire of Todd Downing as senior offensive assistant official
The Minnesota Vikings officially announced the addition of former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing to their coaching staff on Monday. Downing is joining the staff as a senior offensive...
Polian thinks Eagles should want a lot for Foles
Former G.M. Bill Polian said Monday that former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson should move to receiver. As it turns out, that was only the second dumbest thing Polian said Monday. Polian also said...
Dolphins could pursue C.J. Anderson again if Broncos release him
C.J. Anderson almost became a Dolphin two years ago. The Broncos, though, matched Miami’s offer sheet. Now, two years later, the Broncos could make the running back a salary-cap casualty as he has a $...
Mayfield keeps trying to avoid Manziel comparisons
Many continue to compare Johnny Manziel to Baker Mayfield. And that continues to bother Baker Mayfield. “We’re two completely different people,” Mayfield said Monday, via the Associated...
Baker Mayfield says he will not attend NFL draft
A year ago, the No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett, stayed in his hometown of Arlington, Texas, rather than attend the NFL draft in Philadelphia. This year the draft is in Arlington, and one of the draft...
Jets apparently ready to let Ben Ijalana test free agency
The Jets apparently are ready to let offensive tackle Ben Ijalana become a free agent, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports. The Jets faced a Monday deadline to exercise a $500,000 option bonus and have not done so...
Bucs hire Brenston Buckner as DL coach
The Buccaneers have hired Brenston Buckner as their defensive line coach, the team announced. Buckner will replace Jay Hayes, who Tampa Bay fired on February 9. The Buccaneers also interviewed University of...
D.J. Swearinger still insists team will miss Kendall Fuller but is “moving forward”
D.J. Swearinger probably still isn’t happy with the team’s trade of cornerback Kendall Fuller, but the Washington safety is “moving forward.” Swearinger went on a Twitter rant after...
On Lamar Jackson, Josh McCown disagrees with Bill Polian
Friday’s PFT Live included a visit with Jets quarterback Josh McCown. And it eventually became apparent that McCown is a budding draft expert. “For me that’s part of what I enjoy doing,”...
Buccaneers interview University of Miami DL coach Craig Kuligowski
The Buccaneers have interviewed University of Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski for their vacant defensive line coaching position, reports. Tampa Bay also has interviewed...
Jason Kelce on his parade speech: It wasn’t all off the cuff
The Eagles’ Super Bowl run made Nick Foles a star. The Super Bowl parade turned Jason Kelce into one. “It’s been pretty crazy to say the least,” Kelce said Monday, via David Murphy of
NBA’s all-star game fails to outdraw NFL’s
The NFL’s Pro Bowl stinks. But as long as it continues to draw an audience (and churn a profit), the NFL will continue to stage it. It definitely draws an audience, and surely churns a profit. This...
Eddie George ready to see Derrick Henry get his chance
Speculation began soon after DeMarco Murray‘s knee injury in Week 16 that the Titans could move on without him. Murray, 30, has two years remaining on his contract but with no more guaranteed money....
Team-by-team look at potential tag candidates
On Tuesday, the annual two-week window opens for applying franchise or transition tags. Every year, we look at the potential tag candidates, on a team-by-team basis. Last year, we waited until just a few...
Michael Roberts hopes for a better second season
Eric Ebron is under contract for 2018; Darren Fells is not. The Lions will have Michael Roberts to use as a second tight end, but do they trust him? Roberts, a fourth-round pick in 2017, caught only four...
Bill Polian thinks Lamar Jackson needs to move to wide receiver in the NFL
Lamar Jackson won a Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Louisville, but one Hall of Fame G.M. doesn’t think much of Jackson’s chances at the next level. Bill Polian said on ESPN today that...
Grandmother doesn’t want Rae Carruth to have custody of son
Former Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth apologized to the family of Cherica Adams for her 1999 death, and though he said he hoped to one day have a relationship with the son who was born prematurely as a...
Tebow's baseball career about entertainment
Mets' GM Sandy Alderson says he thinks Tim Tebow will play in the majors, a move that is ultimately about entertainment, not baseball.
Will more NFL players be tagged due to rising cap?
The two-week window for NFL teams to use the franchise and transition tags on players begins Tuesday, but Mike Florio doesn't expect a lot of teams to make these moves right away.
Pryor could rebound back with Browns
Terrelle Pryor had a disappointing season with Washington. A return to Cleveland could remedy that.
Blount can take his time with free agency decision
LeGarrette Blount heads into free agency with the possibility of multiple suitors, but Blount does not have to act fast to sign with a team.
Garappolo and McCarron risky as franchise QBs
We won't know just how good Jimmy Garappolo and AJ McCarron are until we see them start for at least half a season.
No reason not to open up NFL trade window
The NFL should allow trades to be made right after the Super Bowl ends, says Mike Florio. This would help teams stay out of precarious situations like the one Washington is in with its QBs.
Julius Peppers undecided, but leaning toward playing in 2018
One of the NFL’s oldest defensive players seems poised to play again in 2018. Julius Peppers, the 38-year-old defensive end who becomes a free agent next month, is leaning toward playing this year, a...
Will Rams give Tavon Austin one last chance?
It looks like the Rams will move on from Tavon Austin before the new league year begins in March, but could the Rams give the WR another chance rather than risk him succeeding elsewhere.
Patriots waiting for Gronk's decision on future
With less than a month to the start of free agency the Patriots need to know Rob Gronkowski's retirement decision soon so they can make additions if necessary.
McCourty: 'We all knew' Butler wasn't starting SB
The Patriots may have known Malcolm Butler was not starting, but that still doesn't answer why he didn't play at all.
Report: Cowboys will use franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence
The Cowboys will use the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. That was expected all along, if the sides don’t come to agreement on a...
Rams already owe Tavon Austin $5 million for 2018
As the annual lists of veterans with bloated contracts that could be terminated are compiled, one player presents an intriguing dilemma to his current team. Rams receiver Tavon Austin, widely regarded as...
Rae Carruth apologizes to family of woman he conspired to kill
Former Panthers first-round pick Rae Carruth, months away from his release from prison for conspiring to kill the mother of his son, sent an open letter to the child’s family apologizing for his role...
Jets have to decide on Ben Ijalana option
The Jets are hoping to spend big money this offseason, in their effort to find a quarterback. And while they have a sizable war chest of cap space, they’re probably going to create a little more today...
Eagles to interview Duce Staley, Mike Groh for coordinator position
Eagles coach Doug Pederson will interview Duce Staley and Mike Groh for the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position, Tim McManus of ESPN reports. Staley and Groh both will interview Monday....
Report: Jets will pay “whatever it takes” to get Kirk Cousins
The Jets apparently want Kirk Cousins. They apparently want him badly enough that they’re willing to break the bank for him. According to Rich Cimini of, the Jets are “willing to pay...
Will Garoppolo, McCarron be able to adjust once defenses see what they can do?
The 49ers made quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the highest-paid player in NFL history based on seven career starts, five in Kyle Shanahan’s system. Someone will be paying quarterback A.J. McCarron based...
Taylor Gabriel “grateful” Falcons wanted him, but free agency is “a business”
The last time wide receiver Taylor Gabriel changed teams, he didn’t have a say in where he wound up. That worked out pretty well for him. Gabriel was claimed by the Falcons in September 2016 after...
DirecTV raises price for NFL Sunday Ticket
Being a hard-core NFL fan is getting more expensive. DirecTV is raising prices on its NFL Sunday Ticket package, which is the only way to watch every NFL game. The retail price will reach an all-time high...
Pats’ struggles in dime defense made Malcolm Butler’s absence more conspicuous
More than two weeks after Super Bowl LII, the game’s biggest mystery still hasn’t been solved. It may never be. Cornerback Malcolm Butler dressed for the game, but he contributed to only one...
LeGarrette Blount on Eagles return: It’s early, so we’ll see
Running back LeGarrette Blount won his second Super Bowl in as many years when the Eagles knocked off the Patriots earlier this month and became part of a select group of players who won those Super Bowls...
Teddy Bridgewater calls 2017 “my favorite season”
Teddy Bridgewater has started at quarterback in an NFL playoff game and in the Sugar Bowl, but neither of those seasons have gone down as his favorite as a football player. Bridgewater saves that honor for...
Monday morning one-liners
Bills S Jordan Poyer is now a married man. Running through some potential replacements for WR Jarvis Landry should he leave the Dolphins. If he retired now, would Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski make the Hall of...
Devin McCourty: “We all knew” Malcolm Butler wasn’t starting
Patriots safety Devin McCourty has heard all the theories. But unlike most people wondering why cornerback Malcolm Butler didn’t play defense in the Super Bowl, he had a hint it was coming. “As...
Chiefs lineman makes it to the Olympics, as a reporter
Since there’s not a Canadian football team for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to play for, he has to settle for being a member of the media to fulfill his Olympic dream. The Chiefs offensive lineman is...
Pats give Lawrence Guy $500,000 after he narrowly misses incentive
The Eagles aren’t the only team handing out Super Bowl cookies. The other team that made it to the championship gave one of its players who barely missed a playing-time incentive the money he would...