• Patriots expect both Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski to play this year

    Pro Football Talk "The fact that Tom Brady hasn’t specifically said that he’ll play this year (unless he has) likely isn’t a big deal. The fact that Rob Gronkowski hasn’t is more significant. In the end, however, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Patriots expect both players to suit up and..." April 22

  • Amari Cooper's 5th-Year Contract Option to Be Picked Up

    Bleacher Report "The Oakland Raiders reportedly will pick up wide receiver Amari Cooper's fifth-year contract option for 2019, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN. That option will pay him $13.9 million for the 2019 season, per Spotrac.com. A 2015 first-round pick, Cooper looked the part of a true No. 1..." April 22

  • Rob Gronkowski reportedly in no rush to return to Patriots, enjoying offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "Over the weekend, Rob Gronkowski seemingly gave his strongest hint of the offseason that he is planning to play football in 2018. That does not mean he is in any rush to resume working out with the New England Patriots, however. Gronkowski was at Gillette Stadium on Saturday to announce a..." April 22

  • Mike Mayock thinks Arden Key will slide into Day 3 due to off-field concerns

    Sportsnaut "NFL Network’s draft guru Mike Mayock isn’t high on the draft stock of pass rusher Arden Key, who at one point was considered to be a lock as a first-round pick. Mayock cited off-field concerns, noting he expects Key to be selected in Round 4 or Round 5 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Key recently..." April 22

  • Shane Ray expects Broncos to exercise the 2019 option on his contract

    Pro Football Talk "Although Broncos General Manager John Elway said the team has not decided whether to exercise its 2019 option on Shane Ray‘s contract, Ray expects Denver to pick it up. “I’m not concerned,” the linebacker said, via Vicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. “I love being a Bronco. John’s got a lot of..." April 22

  • Jim Mora praises Josh Rosen, says he could be Hall of Famer

    Larry Brown Sports "Former UCLA coach Jim Mora raised some eyebrows in the leadup to the NFL Draft with perceived criticisms of his college quarterback Josh Rosen, but he’s being quite clear now about what he thinks of his future. On Sunday, Mora took to Twitter to call out those who question Rosen’s talent or..." April 22

  • Browns' 67-year history shows challenges of drafting quarterbacks

    ESPN "Legendary Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown decided he had to find Otto Graham’s successor in 1952. With his first-round pick in the NFL draft, Brown chose quarterback Harry Agganis, the son of poor immigrants and a standout at Boston University. Agganis was a bit of a legend in Boston. A..." April 22

  • Bill Belichick has choice opportunity

    Boston Herald "Coming off a Super Bowl win, last year’s Patriots chose to plug some of their most significant holes with young established players, not draft picks. That meant as the 2017 draft played out, they were more bystanders than players. It was a different strategy, partly based on some of the team’s..." April 22

  • Will Bills or Dolphins jump Jets for Mayfield?

    Pro Football Talk "It’s been nearly a month since PFT explained that the league insiders suspect that the Jets will be taking quarterback Baker Mayfield with the third overall pick in the draft. With the selection process only four days away, the lingering belief that the Jets will make a beeline for Mayfield raises..." April 22

  • Giants may look to trade Ereck Flowers

    USA Today "When the New York Giants signed left tackle Nate Solder, they made it abundantly clear Ereck Flowers would then move to right tackle where he’d compete for a starting job with Adam Bisnowaty and others. Initially, it was said that Flowers took the move in stride and would continue working hard..." April 22

  • Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman worried about opposing QBs?

    Sportsnaut "It’s no secret the Los Angeles Rams feature a fearsome defense now, having added the likes of Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. The team also re-signed slot specialist Nickell Robey-Coleman, who almost seems to be feeling sorry for opposing offenses heading into the 2018 season. On..." April 22

  • Ex-Giants kicker sparks outrage by holding gun in daughter’s prom pic

    New York Post "Jay Feely’s leg wasn’t the only weapon he possessed. The former Giants and Jets kicker was photographed Saturday in a “joke” prom picture, with his daughter and her boyfriend, in which Feely has his arm around her daughter and a gun in his other hand, near the boyfriend — who wears a restrained..." April 22

  • Bruce Arians: Cardinals should take Lamar Jackson and not look back

    Sportsnaut "If Bruce Arians was still the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, you can bet he’d be banging on the table — hard, we might add — for general manager Steve Keim to draft Lamar Jackson to be the quarterback of the future. Nowadays, Arians is working on becoming an NFL analyst. He recently spoke..." April 22

  • Jaguars haven’t made a decision yet on Dante Fowler’s option

    Pro Football Talk "The Jaguars have done pretty well in the draft in recent years, but the jury is still out on the third overall pick from three years ago. And so the Jaguars admit they’ve yet to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive end Dante Fowler‘s contract. At a Friday pre-draft press..." April 22

  • Will Broncos revive run game with first-round pick?

    Denver Post "The Broncos needed a running back in the 2009 draft and used a first-round pick to get one, Knowshon Moreno, with the 12th overall pick. He did not, however, develop into the franchise back they were hoping for. Which is more the norm than the exception. Moreno was one of 14 running backs..." April 22

  • Are the Vikings better off trading up or down in the NFL draft?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In the 2010 draft, the Vikings traded out of the first round, then wound up with Chris Cook and Toby Gerhart in the second round — a cornerback who never panned out and a running back who was an extreme luxury item with Adrian Peterson in his prime. If not for the Everson Griffen pick in the..." April 22

  • Shaun Smith’s pre-game routine included two blunts

    Kansas City Star "Shaun Smith's nine-year NFL career ended with the last of his two stints with the Chiefs. Smith, a defensive tackle, had played for the Saints, Bengals and Browns before he joined the Chiefs for the 2010 season. It was his best as a pro as he played in all 16 games for the only time and had one..." April 22

  • Davis Webb has support as Giants contemplate drafting QB

    ESPN "T-minus four days until the 2018 NFL draft. It's a big one for the New York Giants. They're picking second overall and face a decision that could determine the overall success of the franchise for the next decade. To select a quarterback or not? That is the question. It will be answered soon..." April 22

  • Saquon Barkley Visited Buccanneers

    Pro Football Rumors "The Buccaneers, who hold the No. 7 overall selection in this week’s draft, are one of the most RB-needy teams in the NFL, and they would love nothing more than to see Penn State’s Saquon Barkley — widely-regarded as the most complete and dynamic running back to enter the league in a long time —..." April 22

  • Shaquem Griffin: ‘I’m not just a feel-good story’

    Tampa Bay Times "Shaquem Griffin wakes up knowing each day will be better than the last and barely able to wait until tomorrow. "It's just a whirlwind,'' Griffin said. On Thursday, he will walk the red carpet with his family, including his twin brother, Seahawks cornerback Shaquill, at the NFL draft at AT&T..." April 22

  • Josh Allen: Inaccuracy issue 'little blown out of proportion'

    Pro Football Talk "Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has enjoyed the draft process. Well, most of it. During a recent visit with PFT Live, Allen admitted that the amount of time that people have to talk about the draft on TV, radio, the Internet, etc. can become a little tiring. So I asked him what about the ongoing..." April 22

  • Jets Engaged In Mayfield-Rosen Debate?

    Pro Football Rumors "Less than a week remains until the rampant Jets quarterback rumor cycle will slow down, after the Kirk Cousins pursuit and the months-long prospect evaluations have kept the Big Apple’s AFC team at the center of many offseason news cycles. But the identity of Gang Green’s hopeful franchise..." April 22

  • Jaguars seem to be high on top draft prospect Lamar Jackson

    Sportsnaut "Momentum is building for former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson to be a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft this coming Thursday. One team that could potentially be in the market for a signal caller late in the first round are the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville did sign Blake..." April 22

  • Cowboys To Exercise Byron Jones’ Option

    Pro Football Rumors "The Cowboys are expected to exercise Byron Jones‘ fifth-year option, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter). The move will keep Jones, a UConn product, under club control through the 2019 season. Jones, whom the Cowboys selected with the 27th overall pick of the 2015 draft, played cornerback..." April 22

  • 'The Godfather of the Mock Draft' Turned Down a Job From Bill Belichick

    The Big Lead "A man named Joel Buchsbaum probably could have carried the same cachet as Ernie Adams with the New England Patriots. Adams, who is shrouded in mystery, is the Patriots’ director of football research. It’s not clear exactly what Adams does, but he’s clearly influential. Bill Belichick nearly..." April 22

  • Sam Darnold could be the sixth USC player drafted first overall

    Pro Football Talk "No college has produced more than five first overall picks in the NFL draft. But if the Browns take Sam Darnold first overall on Thursday night, he’ll be the sixth No. 1 pick from USC. Southern Cal is one of three schools to have five first overall draft picks. The others, Auburn and Notre..." April 21

  • Dez Bryant says he has offers from Super Bowl contenders

    Yardbarker "Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant will likely have to wait until the conclusion of next week’s NFL Draft to latch on with a team. Released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier in April, there has not been a lot of rumors linking Bryant to any other team recently. Despite this, the veteran pass..." April 21

  • Report: Giants front office is split on the No. 2 pick decision

    247 Sports "The New York Giants front office is reportedly not in agreement over what the franchise should do with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing some executives within the Giants organization can't understand how the franchise could consider passing on a..." April 21

  • Amnesty International honors Colin Kaepernick with top award

    Sportsnaut "Debate regarding Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem protests have not necesarily died down. Despite the fact that he didn’t suit up for a single game last season, the free agent quarterback remains the center of controversy around the NFL. Obviously, a lot of that has to do with the..." April 21

  • Saints Not Planning To Match Ravens’ Willie Snead Offer Sheet

    Pro Football Rumors "After four years in New Orleans, Willie Snead looks like he will head north. The Saints are not planning to match the Ravens’ offer sheet, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports (Twitter link), which will send the RFA wide receiver to Baltimore. The Ravens only submitted this two-year offer sheet..." April 21

  • Chiefs GM Brett Veach: Reggie Ragland 'can be a star'

    NFL.com "The price to gain a potential star linebacker apparently only cost the Chiefs a fourth-round pick. In his pre-draft news conference Friday, Kansas City general manager Brett Veach gushed over Reggie Ragland, calling the player the Chiefs acquired from the Buffalo Bills last summer a possible..." April 21

  • Rob Gronkowski: Patriots Fans Will See 'Freak-A-Leak' When I 'Maybe' Return

    Bleacher Report "New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski addressed the media at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Saturday, and while he largely avoided questions regarding his playing status, he did offer some potential hints. According to NESN's Doug Kyed, Gronk said that fans will see a..." April 21

  • Controversial ex-NFL player Greg Hardy to make pro MMA debut on UFC’s ‘Contender Series’

    MMA Fighting "A former NFL All-Pro with a controversial past will get a crack at fighting in the UFC. Greg Hardy will make his professional mixed martial arts debut on June 12 in a heavyweight matchup against Brandon Sayles on a Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series event in Las Vegas. MMA Fighting..." April 21

  • Gronk: I won’t be at Pats’ workouts, I’ve got dirt biking to work on

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t planning to show up for the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, and he isn’t shy about explaining why: Right now his focus is dirt bikes. Gronk was at Gillette Stadium today not for the Patriots but for a Supercross Foxboro event, and when asked what..." April 21

  • Colts reportedly rebuffed two trade offers for Jacoby Brissett as they wait for Andrew Luck

    CBS Sports "Last September, days before the start of the regular season, Colts sent wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to New England for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Brissett, the Pats' 2016 third-round pick, started 15 games under trying circumstances, but ended the year as a legitimate option under center while..." April 21

  • Alleged victim in Reuben Foster case could be planning to refuse to cooperate

    Sacramento Bee "The victim in the domestic violence case involving 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has hired an attorney, an uncommon move and one that legal experts suspect signals she does not plan to cooperate with the prosecution. Stephanie Rickard, who is based in San Jose, confirmed Friday that she has..." April 21

  • Tom Coughlin, Dave Caldwell lavish praise on Lamar Jackson

    Pro Football Talk "The Jaguars signed Blake Bortles to a three-year contract. Which leaves the door open for the drafting of a quarterback this year or next year. Which makes anything the team says about this year’s crop of quarterbacks even more intriguing. Especially when most teams never say much of anything..." April 21

  • Saints likely looking for diamonds in the rough with fewer picks on first two days of NFL draft

    The Advocate "Mickey Loomis has already gotten the question a couple of times this offseason, and it's sure to come up again in the days leading up to this weekend's NFL draft. Will the Saints be able to match the success of their last two drafts, the two cycles under assistant general manager Jeff Ireland..." April 21

  • Pat Shurmur planning to bring back Giants preseason tactic

    New York Post "The Giants will face the Lions on Aug. 17 in preseason game No. 2 for both teams, but it is likely they will see plenty of each other before kickoff. If new head coach Pat Shurmur has his way, there will be a series of joint practices leading up to the game, which would put the Giants in Allen..." April 21

  • Jets like draft landscape at No. 3 overall pick

    Newsday "Now that the Jets own the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft, what are they going to do with it? In the last five seasons, four defensive players were selected at No. 3 overall — Joey Bosa, Dante Fowler, Dion Jordan and Solomon Thomas — and have paid dividends for their teams. The one..." April 21

  • Vikings couldn’t land O.J. Simpson, but Ron Yary worked out just fine

    Twin Cities "With the No. 1 overall pick in the 1968 NFL Draft, the Vikings were thinking hard about a player from the University of Southern California. They ended up taking star right tackle Ron Yary. But he wasn’t the initial USC player they were targeting. The Trojans were coming off the 1967..." April 21

  • The Steelers must find a replacement for Ryan Shazier

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers have had a curious draft history with linebackers, to the beginning of Chuck Noll’s tenure and right through today. Noll coached 23 seasons, and, in that time, the team drafted two linebackers in the first round. They did not draft a linebacker in the first round in Bill Cowher’s..." April 21

  • Acquiring high-character players important to new Texans GM Brian Gaine

    Houston Chronicle "As he approaches his first draft as the Texans’ general manager, Brian Gaine said Friday that character is important to him when it comes to selecting players. Owner Bob McNair’s philosophy has been to avoid players with patterns of bad behavior because he believes they can become divisive in..." April 21

  • Giants not “currently” interested in Dez Bryant

    247 Sports "In the week since he was released by the Dallas Cowboys, free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant has expressed a strong desire to join another NFC East team in order to get back at his former team - such as the New York Giants. However, it takes two to tango, and it seems as though the Giants aren't..." April 21

  • Jets pick up Leonard Williams’ fifth-year option

    NFL.com "The New York Jets won't be letting Leonard Williams go anytime soon. The team announced Saturday morning they're picking up the young defensive lineman's fifth-year option, which will keep him in Jets green through the 2019 season (the option is guaranteed for injury only). Williams joins..." April 21

  • Mike Mayock predicts Browns will draft Sam Darnold No. 1 overall

    Ohio.com "NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock pumped the brakes on the national buzz about the Browns picking Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen first overall Thursday night instead of the longtime presumptive front-runner, Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold. “If you’re asking me for my gut feel,..." April 21

  • Derrius Guice walked back allegations of inappropriate combine questions

    Yardbarker "Some NFL teams are reportedly souring on former LSU running back Derrius Guice for a variety of reasons. Guice, widely regarded as one of the best non-Saquon Barkley backs available in the NFL Draft, alleged after the NFL Combine that he was asked very inappropriate questions in private..." April 21

  • Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch has hilarious comment about Jon Gruden

    Sportsnaut "This is pretty fun stuff. Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch teamed up with backup quarterback — and real life cousin — Josh Johnson to make this video to reveal the Raiders’ upcoming 2018 schedule. Both guys’ reactions to some of the games on 2018 slate are pretty hilarious. But, what..." April 21

  • Aaron Rodgers buys minority stake in Bucks: 'A dream come true'

    ESPN "Aaron Rodgers has long professed his love for the NBA game and the Milwaukee Bucks. In fact, he has often used the hashtag #midrange because he loves that part of the game and has referred to Vlade Divac as one of his favorite players in interviews. Now, the Green Bay Packers quarterback has..." April 21

  • Reggie McKenzie says he and Jon Gruden are on the same page in the draft

    Pro Football Talk "Who’s really calling the shots in the Raiders’ draft room, General Manager Reggie McKenzie or coach Jon Gruden? McKenzie says he doesn’t see it ever coming to a head. McKenzie told reporters Friday that after three months of working with Gruden, he’s confident that the two of them are close..." April 21