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Chris Simms explains why he doesn't necessarily agree with Kurt Warner's recent assessment of Hendon Hooker and the need to consider offensive nuances, and why he'd draft Hooker ahead of Anthony Richardson.

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Matthew Berry 'out' on Miles Sanders

Matthew Berry, Connor Rogers, Denny Carter and Jay Croucher discuss 2023 fantasy outlooks for several RBs in new cities including Miles Sanders in Carolina, Devin Singletary to Houston and David Montgomery to Detroit.

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Potential Commanders sale isn’t “formally” on agenda for league meetings
With the NFL’s annual meetings only days away, an agenda for the multi-day gathering has been created. To little surprise, there’s no specific item devoted to the potential sale of the...
Report: Ezekiel Elliott deciding between Jets, Bengals, and Eagles
Earlier on Thursday, free agent running back Ezekiel Elliott posted on Twitter that he’d like to wear No. 15 next year. Of course, Elliott will need a new team for that. But to this point, there...
Elijah Moore excited to play with “a legit quarterback” in Deshaun Watson
Elijah Moore is officially a Brown after the Jets traded him to Cleveland on Wednesday. That trade should put an end to the constant change at quarterback  young receiver has played through since entering...
Patriots sign punter Corliss Waitman
The Patriots have a punter. Corliss Waitman, who departed Denver this week after the Broncos signed punter Riley Dixon, signed with the Patriots today. Waitman is the only punter on the Patriots’...
Lavonte David: To come into my 12th season with one organization is rare
Lavonte David heard from other teams in free agency. But the veteran linebacker knew he wanted to return to the Buccaneers, and he knew the Buccaneers wanted him. David practiced patience, and it worked out...
Panthers tout trade to No. 1 as partial justification for price hike
The Carolina Panthers are increasing their ticket prices. The justification for doing so includes their recent move to the top of the 2023 draft. Via Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal, tickets...
Inside the Laremy Tunsil deal
Whether he truly negotiated it on his own or with the direct involvement of Saint Omni, a representative not certified by the NFL Players Association, Texans tackle Laremy Tunsil got a solid deal from the...
Calais Campbell visited with Jaguars on Thursday
Could a reunion be in order? Defensive lineman Calais Campbell took a free-agent visit with the Jaguars on Thursday, according to Demetrius Harvey of Campbell, who was released by the...
Eagles, Chiefs still top post-FA power rankings
Yahoo's Charles McDonald joins the show to break down his recently released post-free agency power rankings -- and explain why no one was able to unseat last year's Super Bowl participants.
Sean Payton’s two-back system drew Samaje Perine to Denver
Samaje Perine spent three-plus seasons behind Joe Mixon in Cincinnati. He became a core special teams player and a valuable reliever. But Perine never played more than 41 percent of the offensive snaps and...
Newsome confirms Jackson impacted by Watson
Ozzie Newsome reiterated that Deshaun Watson's contract created "some problems" for the Ravens in regards to Lamar Jackson, and Reeta Hubbard, "the NFL Chick," says it's time to get something done or move...
Commanders announce addition of Trent Scott
The Commanders have announced the signing of free agent offensive lineman Trent Scott. He can play guard or tackle and played the role of swing tackle in Pittsburgh last season, seeing action on 31...
Ezekiel Elliott wants to wear No. 15 jersey, as he did at Ohio State
We don’t know which jersey Ezekiel Elliott will wear this season, but Elliott did reveal what number he wants to wear: 15. Elliott wrote on Twitter today that he wants to go back to the No. 15 jersey...
Giants sign Amani Oruwariye, Tommy Sweeney
The Giants have added free agent tight end Tommy Sweeney, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports. Giants General Manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll have familiarity with Sweeney from their time together...
Riddick analyzes Stroud's pro day performance
Louis Riddick joins the Dan Patrick Show to recap C.J. Stroud's pro day performance and compares Stroud to Bryce Young.
Jets to re-sign Ty Johnson
The Jets are bringing back another one of their own. New York is re-signing running back Ty Johnson, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Johnson appeared in all 17 games for New York last season,...
Bryce Young declines to weigh in at Pro Day workout
As he prepares to enter the NFL, former Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young has a pair of significant red flags. One is undeniably flapping in the breeze. The other is a little more fuzzy. His height was...
Giants to sign Jamison Crowder
Once again, Jamison Crowder is set to play his home games in MetLife Stadium. But he’ll be wearing a different uniform this time around. Per Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, Crowder has agreed to a one-...
KJ Hamler out 4-6 months with torn pec
Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler has suffered a significant injury during offseason training. Hamler suffered a partiall torn pectoral and recently underwent surgery, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL...
Raiders sign Duke Shelley
Las Vegas has added to its secondary. The Raiders have signed cornerback Duke Shelley, the club announced on Thursday. Shelley spent the 2022 season with the Vikings, appearing in 11 games with five starts...
Report: Joe Judge will be Patriots’ assistant head coach, work on special teams in 2023
Last year, after Joe Judge was fired as head coach of the Giants, he was hired by the Patriots in an offensive assistant role, and he faced plenty of criticism as quarterback Mac Jones took a step backward...
Bills sign David Edwards to one-year deal
The Bills have added an offensive lineman. Buffalo signed David Edwards to a one-year contract, the team announced on Thursday. A fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft, Edwards started 10 games in his rookie...
Mecole Hardman: Playing with Allen Lazard, Garrett Wilson made the Jets attractive to me
Having signed with the Jets this week, Mecole Hardman will presumably be playing with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback in 2023. But he told reporters on Thursday that Rodgers’ presence at QB wasn...
Tony Pollard signs franchise tender
Tony Pollard is officially back with the Cowboys for 2023. The running back has signed his franchise tender, according to multiple reports. The Cowboys and Pollard have until July 17 to work out a long-term...
John Lynch: Sam Darnold was craving what we could provide
Sam Darnold landed in a solid situation when he agreed to a one-year deal with San Francisco 10 days ago. At this point, the 49ers starting quarterback in 2023 is expected to be either Trey Lance or Brock...
Will Seahawks take a quarterback with fifth overall pick?
Before and after signing quarterback Geno Smith to a multi-year deal, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made it clear that the team is in play for a quarterback with the fifth overall pick in the draft. So does...
Tom Brady’s ex-wife, Gisele Bundchen, “trusted the hype” on FTX
Retired (for now) quarterback Tom Brady has various non-football business interests. One of them imploded in a spectacularly embarrassing way last year. The FTX crypto exchange collapsed. Both Brady and his...
Halapoulivaati Vaitai takes pay cut to stay with Lions
Lions right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai will play another year in Detroit after agreeing to a pay cut. The Lions and Vaitai have agreed to reduce his base salary from $9.4 million to $3 million for the 2023...
Bears sign Dylan Cole
The Bears are adding a linebacker who should also be a heavy special teams contributor. Chicago has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Dylan Cole, the team announced on Thursday. Cole spent the...
Report: Raiders met with Bryce Young on Wednesday night
The Raiders may have signed Jimmy Garoppolo, but they’re still in the market for a long-term solution at quarterback. That’s clear from their pre-draft activities, as NFL Media’s Mike...
Will the Jets make a run at Odell Beckham, Jr.?
There’s no shortage of interest in receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. There’s a definite shortage of interest when it comes to Beckham’s financial expectations. The Jets were one of the 12 teams...
Mike McGlinchey: Russell Wilson is a Hall of Famer and Sean Payton will elevate his game
Offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey sees plenty of opportunity ahead in Denver. The former 49ers right tackle agreed to a five-year deal worth a reported $87.5 million with over $50 million guaranteed to join...
Top NFL narratives to watch for 2023 season
Mike Florio and Chris Simms open the mailbag to answer questions about next season, including whether Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson will have a better comeback year, Lamar Jackson’s future and more.
Assessing how desperate teams are to draft a QB
Mike Florio and Chris Simms play a round of “Scale of 1-10” to evaluate how badly teams in the top 10 of the 2023 NFL Draft need to select a QB, featuring the Colts, Seahawks, Lions, Raiders and Falcons.
Moreau's Saints physical leads to cancer diagnosis
Mike Florio and Chris Simms shine a light on the Saints’ medical team for doing a thorough routine physical, which led to Foster Moreau learning he has Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Stroud looks like machine at Pro Day for Panthers
Mike Florio and Chris Simms explain the delicate balance for the Panthers’ evaluation process when it comes to deciding the No. 1 draft pick and discuss takeaways from C.J. Stroud at Pro Day.
Laremy Tunsil: The Texans are going to turn it around quickly
The Texans have gone 4-12, 4-13 and 3-13-1 over the last three seasons, but left tackle Laremy Tunsil says that trend is about to change. Tunsil, who signed a new contract with the Texans this week, said he...
Jets’ reported interest in Beckham ‘very real’
Mike Florio and Chris Simms assess whether the Jets would be an ideal landing spot for Odell Beckham Jr., given Mecole Hardman, Allen Lazard and Garrett Wilson are on the roster.
PFT Draft: Best supporting cast for a QB
From weapons like A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith to Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, Mike Florio and Chris Simms reveal which teams they believe have the best assets for QBs.
Hardman takes ‘tangible talents’ to the Jets
Mike Florio and Chris Simms analyze the Jets’ move to sign Mecole Hardman to a one-year deal and discuss why it’ll be important for Aaron Rodgers to get used to working with the WR.
Jets trading Moore to Browns ‘more than fair’
Mike Florio and Chris Simms evaluate the Elijah Moore trade, where the Browns received the WR and a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft while the Jets received a second-round pick this year.
JuJu Smith-Schuster eager to play with Mac Jones in New England
New Patriots wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster says playing with quarterback Mac Jones is one of the reasons he’s excited to be a Patriot. Smith-Schuster said he liked what he saw of Jones watching...
Marvin Harrison Jr. shines at Ohio State Pro Day, but NFL rules keep him out of the draft
The main attraction at Ohio State’s Pro Day workout was quarterback C.J. Stroud, who might go to the Panthers with the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft. But the secondary attraction was a...
Ozzie Newsome: Ravens’ owner said Deshaun Watson’s contract created some problems
Since the Browns signed Deshaun Watson to an unprecedented fully-guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract last year, other owners have refused to follow suit on guaranteed contracts. And Ravens Executive...
Jalen Reeves-Maybin signs with Lions
Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin has signed with the Lions, according to his agent, Brian McLaughlin. The Texans cut Reeves-Maybin on March 16. He spent five seasons in Detroit before joining the Texans on a...
49ers agree to terms on one-year deal with Austin Bryant
The 49ers are signing free agent defensive end Austin Bryant to a one-year deal, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports. He visited with the team Wednesday. Bryant, a fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft, spent...
NFL conducting annual Competition Committee agenda preview on Friday
During the first day of free agency, the NFL released the various proposed rule changes submitted by the teams. On Friday, the NFL will conduct a conference call reviewing the proposals made by the...
After watching C.J. Stroud, Panthers’ contingent now having dinner with Bryce Young
From one quarterback to the next. The Panthers are making the rounds as they research the top quarterbacks in the 2023 draft. After trading for the first overall pick, Carolina has its choice of prospects...
Josh Jacobs, Tony Pollard, Saquon Barkley might be wise to accept franchise tenders
In a text discussion with the PFT staff regarding our recent item about Austin Ekeler‘s valid (but ultimately futile) complaints regarding the running back market, MDS made an observation that I saw...
In praising Steve Belichick, Devin McCourty speaks an unintended truth about NFL nepotism
Now retired, former defensive back Devin McCourty has removed the Stepford Patriot chip and begun speaking truth about his time in New England. In one specific story that he shared in an appearance on Chris...
Routine Saints physical results in Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis for Foster Moreau
Free-agent tight end Foster Moreau recently visited the Saints. As a result of the visit, Moreau learned that he has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “Through somewhat of a miraculous process, this free...
C.J. Ham agrees to two-year contract extension with Vikings
The Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract extension with fullback C.J. Ham, his representation, Team IFA, announced. Ham was entering a contract year, due $2.95 million in base salary and set to count...
C.J. Stroud impresses Panthers; Panthers impress C.J. Stroud
The Panthers sent 12 representatives to Columbus, Ohio, to watch C.J. Stroud throw. They took him to dinner on Tuesday night, getting to know one of the quarterbacks they are considering with the No. 1...