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Raiders QB Derek Carr: 'I'd probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else'
Jun 15, 2021
The Raiders were the only team to appear on the reported wish lists for both Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson amid their discontent with their respective franchises. Derek Carr, whose job would be claimed if Las Vegas traded for one of the aforementioned NFC star QBs, declared Tuesday there's only one team he'll play for. It's the same one he's been with for his entire career.
Le'Veon Bell: 'I'll never play for Andy Reid again, I'd retire first'
Jun 12, 2021
Le'Veon Bell didn't play in the Chiefs' final two playoff games, this after maintaining a modest role upon his midseason arrival. Don't expect him to suit up for Kansas City in the future, either. The free-agent RB said he'd retire before playing for Andy Reid again.
Travis Kelce: 'The Browns and Chiefs are definitely neck and neck'
Jun 12, 2021
Travis Kelce is admittedly biased when it comes to Cleveland. It's where he's from and home to the teams he rooted for growing up. The Chiefs' All-Pro tight end is still intimately familiar with the Browns, though, and he believes they are a real challenger to K.C. for AFC supremacy.
Rams HC Sean McVay: Matthew Stafford will 'raise the level of play of everyone around him'
Jun 10, 2021
Matthew Stafford faces championship expectations for the first time in his long career. Rams HC Sean McVay believes that his new QB will respond to that pressure by making everyone around him better.
Kyler Murray still 'open' to playing baseball: 'If I ever had the opportunity ... I would definitely go for it'
Jun 10, 2021
It has been two years since Kyler Murray pledged his full commitment to playing football. He has since grown into one of the top young talents in the NFL and a franchise quarterback. With the passing of each season, the idea of him playing baseball seems more unlikely. Just not to Murray.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley to miss minicamp after undergoing foot surgery
Jun 09, 2021
More eyes than ever will be on Calvin Ridley. Just not this week. The Falcons' promising WR recently underwent minor foot surgery from Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Ian Rapoport reports. The procedure was characterized as "a little cleanup" that will keep Ridley out of minicamp but not training camp.
Falcons trade WR Julio Jones, future sixth-rounder to Titans for second- and fourth-round picks
Jun 06, 2021
Julio Jones gave the Atlanta Falcons a decade of dominance. They returned the favor by honoring his trade request. Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons have agreed to send their star wideout to the Titans, along with a 2023 sixth-round pick, in exchange for 2022 second-round and 2023 fourth-round picks.
Vikings agree to terms with former Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland
Jun 04, 2021
The Vikings have been shopping for CBs from the free-agent bin all offseason. Their latest acquisition might prove to be a bargain. Minnesota has agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $4 million with Bashaud Breeland, Mike Garafolo reports.
Titans signing former world champion wrestler Adam Coon to play OL
Jun 04, 2021
The Titans have agreed to terms with wrestler Adam Coon, who missed out on qualifying for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Tom Pelissero reports. The 26-year-old, attempting to play football for the first time since he graduated high school in 2013, will work with Tennessee's OL.
Tyrod Taylor on role with Texans: 'It's a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to go out and lead'
Jun 03, 2021
Tyrod Taylor's tenure with the Texans isn't even three months old, yet his circumstances couldn't be more familiar. While relationships with the coaching staff were a big draw for the journeyman QB, a prime opportunity to play awaits Taylor amid uncertainty surrounding Deshaun Watson.
Buccaneers QBs coach Clyde Christensen: 'I don't think' Tom Brady was 100% last year
Jun 03, 2021
Tom Brady was undoubtedly the difference in the Buccaneers' Super Bowl march last season. And he wasn't even at his best. Buccaneers QBs coach Clyde Christensen says he doesn't think TB12 was 100% last year because of a nagging knee injury.
Falcons HC Arthur Smith: 'We'll see' if Julio Jones attends minicamp
Jun 02, 2021
Tuesday wasn't really a deadline for the Falcons to trade Julio Jones. It was more so the door opening wide. While a deal isn't considered imminent, as Ian Rapoport reported, a resolution on Jones' overall tenuous status with Atlanta might be forthcoming.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: 'The only record I have my eyes set on breaking' is going 20-0
May 31, 2021
No team has won more than the Chiefs since Patrick Mahomes became a starter. Only Tom Brady has won more individually. Fittingly, Mahomes' goal for 2021 is to accomplish something that neither Brady nor any one QB ever has: lead his team to a perfect season.
Packers TE Robert Tonyan ready to 'win a Super Bowl whenever' Aaron Rodgers returns
May 28, 2021
Aaron Rodgers' relationship with the Packers has been a dominant storyline throughout the offseason. It's a dynamic that has devolved over several years and manifests in its own ways with different members of the organization. While things might be rocky between the reigning MVP and Green Bay's front office, that doesn't appear to be the case with his teammates.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: 'I'm pretty much full-go' in OTAs
May 25, 2021
Dak Prescott isn't full-go quite yet. But he's feeling like it. The Cowboys QB was an active participant for the second straight day of organized team activities and said it was a "great day" as he continued working his way back from a devastating ankle injury.
Steelers DL Cam Heyward: Ben Roethlisberger criticism blown 'out of proportion'
May 25, 2021
Steelers DL Cameron Heyward has come to Ben Roethlisberger's defense throughout the offseason, placing the onus on the team's 2020 tailspin on both sides of the ball. On Tuesday, Heyward took further exception to the notion that Big Ben won't be good in 2021.
Jaylon Smith switches to No. 9, first Cowboys player to wear it since Tony Romo
May 25, 2021
Jaylon Smith has a big jersey to fill for the Cowboys. The veteran LB switched from No. 54 to No. 9, which he sported at Notre Dame and in high school while Tony Romo donned it in Dallas. No Cowboys player has been issued the number since the QB-turned-broadcaster retired in 2017.
Joe Burrow participates in Day 1 of Bengals OTAs
May 25, 2021
The Bengals began OTAs with full attendance. All eyes were on one player in particular. Joe Burrow participated in passing drills, marking his first on-field activity with the team since tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee last November.
Buccaneers officially re-sign WR Antonio Brown to one-year deal
May 25, 2021
Antonio Brown passed his physical and signed the agreement he reached with the team last month, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero report. The veteran wideout's one-year deal is worth up to $6.25 million, with $3.1 million fully guaranteed and a $2 million signing bonus.
Seahawks WR DK Metcalf: 'We got a lot of question marks filled during the offseason'
May 23, 2021
The Seahawks have generated headlines throughout the offseason. Wideout DK Metcalf addressed several of them during an appearance on the Victory The Podcast with Doug Ellin, Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon from "Entourage."
Patriots have had internal discussions about acquiring Falcons WR Julio Jones
May 22, 2021
The Falcons have been listening to trade offers on Julio Jones for some time. Count the Patriots among those kicking the tires on acquiring the perennial Pro Bowl wideout. New England has had internal discussions about Jones, Mike Giardi reports.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes ahead of rehab schedule, to participate in OTAs
May 21, 2021
Patrick Mahomes will be back on the practice field next week. The Chiefs QB remains ahead of schedule in his rehab from toe surgery this offseason and will be a limited participant in OTAs, James Palmer reports.
Bears HC Nagy: Andy Dalton will 'get the one reps' in OTAs after strong rookie camp from Justin Fields
May 16, 2021
Justin Fields has been making a great first impression at rookie minicamp. He still has some work to do to earn first-team repetitions. Bears HC Matt Nagy reiterated Sunday that Andy Dalton will be the team's No. 1 QB when organized team activities commence next week.
Giants sign WR-turned-TE Kelvin Benjamin, RB Corey Clement
May 16, 2021
Kelvin Benjamin's comeback story continues. The Giants signed the former first-round wide receiver to play tight end following a tryout at rookie minicamp this weekend. New York also added former Eagles RB Corey Clement to its roster.
Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy: 'No reason' to think Dak Prescott won't be cleared for training camp
May 15, 2021
The Cowboys will begin OTAs in less than two weeks. The past two weeks have Mike McCarthy expecting Dak Prescott to be an active participant in them. Moreover, McCarthy believes his QB will be full-go by training camp in July.
Steelers RB Najee Harris: 'I'm going to be utilized everywhere'
May 15, 2021
Najee Harris has always stood out on film. It's largely what made him the top recruit in the country and, four years later, the first RB selected in the draft. Just a couple days into rookie minicamp, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can see exactly what has separated Harris from his peers.
Tom Brady on Buccaneers-Patriots: 'It's like when your high school friends meet your college friends'
May 13, 2021
Many of Tom Brady's closest NFL friends will be in the same building Oct. 3 as the Buccaneers take on the Patriots. The Sunday night matchup figures to be one of the most anticipated regular-season games in NFL history, but TB12 already seems to be bracing for an awkward reunion in Foxborough.
2021 NFL preseason schedule includes five national TV games
May 12, 2021
The NFL preseason is back in 2021, and there are several must-see matchups. With this year's move to 17 regular-season games, the preseason now consists of three games per team. The influx of five first-round QBs, seven first-time HCs and a one-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic should make this preseason as interesting as ever.
Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson: Starting job has 'got to be earned'
May 08, 2021
Zach Wilson is primed to be the Jets' starting QB after the organization traded Sam Darnold before the draft. The No. 2 overall pick understands the significance of the role, but it's not his primary focus as New York holds rookie minicamp this weekend.
Bears HC Matt Nagy: Everyone will know 'when it's the right time' to play Justin Fields
May 02, 2021
The Bears' aggressive trade for coveted QB prospect Justin Fields instantly cultivated a buzz unfamiliar to the franchise in years. Naturally, everyone wants to know when Fields will take the field. Matt Nagy shares that enthusiasm, but the question isn't one he's ready to answer.
49ers reveal 75th anniversary logo to be worn during draft, in season
Apr 26, 2021
The 49ers are celebrating their diamond anniversary in style. The team is commemorating 75 years of existence with a logo and patch that will be featured on 2021 draft jerseys, in-season uniforms, and game balls and coins for home games.
Myles Garrett a big believer in Jadeveon Clowney, Browns' revamped D: 'I think we'll be very scary'
Apr 22, 2021
After signing pass rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Takkarist McKinley, LB Anthony Walker and former Rams DBs John Johnson and Troy Hill, the Browns are easily better on paper. Myles Garrett believes they'll be much better come game time as well.
Presumptive No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence clarifies his drive: 'I love football as much or more than anyone'
Apr 17, 2021
Trevor Lawrence drew criticism this week in the aftermath of a Sports Illustrated cover story. On Saturday, he posted a thread on Twitter clarifying how he strongly he feels about football.
Falcons sending full allotment to Trey Lance's second pro day, have received calls for No. 4 pick
Apr 17, 2021
The Falcons could make a decision on the No. 4 pick before the draft. They'll be out in full force for Trey Lance's second pro day, Tom Pelissero reports. They've also gotten calls about trading down and are evaluating all their options.
Hurricanes DE Jaelan Phillips missed medical eval in Indianapolis after testing positive for COVID-19
Apr 12, 2021
Miami Hurricanes DE Jaelan Phillips, one of the top-rated pass rushers in the 2021 draft, was not in Indianapolis last week for medical evaluations because he tested positive for COVID-19, Ian Rapoport reports.
AFC South roster reset: Quarterback storylines define division's offseason
Apr 08, 2021
Quarterback storylines have defined this offseason in the AFC South. Adam Maya assesses where the division's four teams stand heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, highlighting top additions, crucial losses, draft priorities and more.
Saints QB Jameis Winston ready for a rebrand: 'Game manager is not a bad' label
Mar 29, 2021
As Jameis Winston prepares for a second season with the Saints, and an open QB battle with Taysom Hill, the former Bucs starter is trying to transform his style of play. The first player in NFL history to throw 30 TDs and 30 INTs in the same season wants to be a game manager.
Lions GM Brad Holmes: We're 'absolutely not' out of draft's QB market
Mar 09, 2021
The Lions trade for Jared Goff gave the impression they were settled at QB for the at least the next few years. But on the latest episode of the Huddle & Flow podcast, new GM Brad Holmes rejected the notion he's out of the QB market for the upcoming draft.
Saints create $13.4M in cap room with restructured deals for stars Demario Davis and Cameron Jordan
Mar 06, 2021
The Saints entered the offseason with the worst salary cap situation in football. They put another dent in their debt Saturday, restructuring the contracts of LB Demario Davis and DE Cameron Jordan to create $13,443,750 of cap room, Ian Rapoport reports.
Thomas Davis to sign one-day deal with Panthers before retiring
Mar 03, 2021
Thomas Davis is officially calling it a career. The former All-Pro linebacker announced on Instagram he is following through with his plans to retire after 16 seasons. But first, he will spend another day with the Panthers.
J.J. Watt: 'The one thing I want for Deshaun Watson is for him to be happy'
Mar 02, 2021
While Deshaun Watson has not publicly specified exactly what he wants at this juncture, J.J. Watt knows what he wants for his friend. It's no different than what departing for Arizona provided him -- and, perhaps not coincidentally, former Texan DeAndre Hopkins -- happiness.
Giants OT Nate Solder intends to play this year following 2020 opt-out
Feb 26, 2021
Nate Solder has made a decision about his future. The Giants will have to make one about it, too. After opting out of the 2020 season because of family concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the veteran tackle told ESPN that he intends to play this year.
Jets DT Quinnen Williams: 'I'd be disappointed' if traded by New York
Feb 25, 2021
The offseason isn't even a month old, and the Jets are set to look dramatically different next season because of their new coaching staff alone. More change could be coming at several positions. Whatever the final roster proves to be, DT Quinnen Williams wants to be on it.
Lions OC Anthony Lynn: T.J. Hockenson's 'ceiling is even higher' after Pro Bowl season
Feb 20, 2021
After registering a modest rookie season, TE T.J. Hockenson produced this past season like everyone expected upon the Lions drafting him No. 8 overall in 2019. New Lions OC Anthony Lynn believes it's just the beginning.
Sherman: Terry McLaurin would 'be special' alongside a solid No. 2 WR
Feb 20, 2021
Terry McLaurin has been a revelation since breaking into the league two years ago, producing at a high level despite constant turnover at the QB position in Washington. 49ers CB Richard Sherman believes McLaurin would be even better if he just had a solid running mate at WR.
Trevor Lawrence to undergo labrum surgery Tuesday on non-throwing shoulder
Feb 13, 2021
Trevor Lawrence isn't wasting any time preparing for the start of his pro career. Four days after throwing at his personal pro day, the presumptive top pick of the 2021 NFL Draft will undergo labrum surgery Tuesday on his non-throwing shoulder, Ian Rapoport reports.
Titans RB Derrick Henry named NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year
Feb 06, 2021
Titans running back Derrick Henry produced the eighth-ever 2,000-yard campaign, and the fifth-highest total. It all added up to Henry being voted 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, as announced during Saturday's NFL Honors ceremony.
Jamal Adams: Jets QB Sam Darnold will regain confidence 'wherever he lands'
Feb 06, 2021
With Trevor Lawrence likely no longer in play, the Jets' course of action with Sam Darnold has become more intriguing. Will they keep him? Will they trade him? Will they draft another QB in the first round? Former teammate Jamal Adams said all the speculation hasn't been easy on Darnold.
NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith: Virtual offseason, protocols produced 'smarter way of playing football'
Feb 04, 2021
With just one game left on this season's docket, the focus will soon be on protocols for the 2021 league year as the pandemic continues. Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith both addressed that topic during Thursday's annual Super Bowl press conference.
J.J. Watt seeks clarity on future with Texans heading into final year of contract
Jan 30, 2021
The Texans are at a crossroads with not only the face of their franchise -- but with their former one. While Houston has been adamant about keeping Deshaun Watson, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report the club is undecided about J.J. Watt.
Washington HC Ron Rivera cancer-free after season-long bout
Jan 28, 2021
Ron Rivera just earned his biggest victory of the season: He is cancer-free. Rivera's daughter, Courtney, broke the great news Thursday on Twitter. The Washington Football Team head coach was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer in August.
Tom Brady: I wouldn't trade anything for 20 'magical' years with Patriots
Jan 28, 2021
Having grown up a diehard 49ers fan and then seeing favorite player Joe Montana finish his career elsewhere, Tom Brady was asked if he were a Patriots fan today, how would he feel seeing himself in the Super Bowl with Tampa Bay? Brady didn't answer the question directly. But his appreciation for his former team and town is apparent.
Chargers hire Saints QBs coach Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator
Jan 25, 2021
Perhaps the biggest voice in Justin Herbert's ear moving forward has been decided. Joe Lombardi, who's spent the past five seasons coaching quarterbacks for the Saints, has agreed to terms with the Chargers to be their offensive coordinator, Ian Rapoport reports.
Aaron Rodgers on game-clinching DPI against Packers: 'That was a bad call'
Jan 24, 2021
Matt LaFleur's decision to kick a late field goal Sunday with the Packers trailing by eight points was one he immediately came to regret. But it didn't punch the Buccaneers' ticket to the Super Bowl. A pass interference call on Green Bay cornerback Kevin King did moments later.
Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask on lack of minority HC hires: It's up to each owner 'to do the right thing'
Jan 22, 2021
Despite several initiatives and incentives to hire minority candidates, only the Jets with Robert Saleh chose that course. Moreover, only the Texans vacancy remains. Count Amy Trask, the league's first and still only female to serve as a team CEO, among those who are dissatisfied with a continuing trend.
HOF finalist Calvin Johnson: 'It will feel like a slight' to not be selected first ballot
Jan 18, 2021
Lions legend Calvin Johnson was named a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist earlier this month. The biggest question is whether he will be enshrined this year. Megatron discussed his candidacy with NFL Network's Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter on the latest episode of the Huddle & Flow podcast.
Stefanski on Browns' missed opportunities vs. Chiefs: 'It stings when you don't get the job done'
Jan 17, 2021
The Browns just completed their longest season since the franchise was reinstated to the NFL. But in the aftermath of a narrow loss Sunday, coach Kevin Stefanski couldn't help but dwell a bit on what he and his team didn't do in what proved to be a winnable game against the Chiefs.
Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson? Re-ranking the 2018 QB draft class
Jan 16, 2021
The 2018 quarterback class was one of the most debated in recent memory. Those discussions rage on this weekend as three of the five first-rounders are in action. It's a slate that fittingly doesn't involve the first three to come off the board.