• J.J. Watt agrees to six-year, $100 million deal with the Texans

    Houston Chronicle "When Texans defensive end J.J. Watt signs his six-year, $100 million contract extension that includes $51.876 million guaranteed, he will become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. Watt’s extension surpasses the previous record set by former Texans defensive end Mario Williams,..." September 02

  • Derek Carr wins Raiders' starting QB job

    San Francisco Chronicle "The offensive linemen are always the first to know. The Raiders' big grunts said they could smell something was cooking Thursday night when the first-team linemen were in the starting lineup - even though it was the fourth preseason game. It was Derek Carr's audition, and Monday afternoon head..." September 02

  • How ESPN erred in its report on Michael Sam's showering habits

    SI.com "After viewing and re-viewing Josina Anderson’s report last Tuesday about Michael Sam’s showering habits -- a report that produced apologies from multiple ESPN staffers including a non-apology apology from Anderson and a flood of bad press for the network -- I kept thinking about the following..." September 02

  • 11h
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    By the way, the @MTLAlouettes of the #CFL own the rights to DE Michael Sam. They have reached out to him, no word yet though.

  • As 2012 draft QBs approach paydays, Russell Wilson could become NFL’s highest-paid player

    Washington Post "Entering the 2012 NFL draft, talent evaluators buzzed about a quarterback crop that brimmed with talent and promise. Stanford’s Andrew Luck stood at the head of the class with Baylor’s Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III, close behind. Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M was often discussed as..." September 02

  • 49m
    Cris Carter @criscarter80

    Jim Irsay will probably get suspended a year and a heavy fine.

  • No-fer! Victor Cruz deems opener against Lions a ‘must-win’

    New York Post "After what the Giants went through last season, Victor Cruz isn’t afraid to label this year’s season opener a must-win game. An ugly 0-6 start in 2013 all but guaranteed the Giants a second consecutive year without a playoff berth, which is why Cruz and others said Monday that it’s crucial Big..." September 02

  • Dallas Cowboys DT Henry Melton ‘excited and ready to go’ as he prepares for first game since last September

    Dallas Morning News "When the Cowboys face San Francisco in the season opener Sunday, Henry Melton is expected to play for the first time in 350 days. “I am excited,” the Cowboys defensive tackle said. “It’s going to be my first game week in almost a year.” Almost 12 months have passed since Melton tore the..." September 02

  • Jarvis Landry gets first shot to become Dolphins' primary returner

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Jarvis Landry is extremely close to earning a prominent role with the Miami Dolphins as a rookie. But the former LSU receiver Miami selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft hasn't unseated Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline or Brandon Gibson for one of the top receiver spots. He's..." September 02

  • Mathias Kiwanuka thinks Giants have one of the best defenses in NFL

    Newark Star-Ledger "The way that veteran defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka sees it, the Giants had a good defense last season. They finished eighth in the NFL in total defense. With some new and healthy pieces, they should be improved this year. Better than eighth would make them one of the top defenses in the..." September 02

  • Chip Kelly's Eagles thriving with Reid Era holdovers

    CSN Philly "We’re now two years removed from the Andy Reid Era. Chip Kelly has come in, cleaned house, gutted the roster, brought in his own guys. All that remains on his record-setting offense from his predecessor is four starting offensive linemen, an all-pro running back, one of the best tight ends in..." September 02

  • Carroll concerned with Packers RB Lacy

    ESPN.com "Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said there is one big difference in the Green Bay offense they will see Thursday night compared to the one the Seahawks saw two years ago. It’s running back Eddie Lacy, the second-year player out of Alabama. “He a hammer,” Carroll said. “It’s all the stuff..." September 02

  • Cardinals GM Keim on Daryl Washington: 'Out of sight, out of mind'

    CBSSports.com "The Cardinals were clearly not pleased with linebacker Daryl Washington's year-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, writing in an unusually-terse statement that "It's completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position." It appears general..." September 02

  • Rex Ryan on Stephen Hill's release

    North Jersey "Coach Rex Ryan bristled slightly when asked if the Jets gave up too soon on third-year wide receiver Stephen Hill. Ryan, speaking for the first time since Hill was waived Saturday, said, "We certainly didn’t give up on Stephen or anybody else. We provide the opportunity to make the team and..." September 02

  • Alex Smith wanted deal prior to season

    ESPN.com "Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Monday he didn't want to go into the season without a contract extension. He won't have to after signing a four-year extension a day earlier. "I was really hoping that it would get done before [the start of the regular season]," Smith said. "I didn't want to..." September 02

  • Jim Caldwell not sure why Michael Sam is out of an NFL job

    Detroit Free Press "It’s been more than 24 hours since Michael Sam cleared waivers and the openly gay defensive end still hasn’t found a job in the NFL, but Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said today he doesn’t think that’s because of Sam’s sexuality. “I doubt that seriously,” Caldwell said at his press..." September 02

  • Alex Smith, Chiefs deal worth $68M

    ESPN.com "The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Alex Smith to a four-year contract extension that will keep him as their quarterback for the long term, sources told ESPN on Sunday. ESPN and various media reports have the extension worth about $68 million. The Kansas City Star was the first to report the..." September 02

  • 15h
    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

    Breaking: Raiders players have been informed that the team is making the switch at QB and starting Derek Carr over Matt Schaub

  • 17h
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Rams claimed QB Case Keenum on waivers, per team official. Rams spent a lot time researching Keenum past 24 hours.

  • Redskins' RG3: 'We fixed what we had to fix'

    CSN Washington "Robert Griffin III is ready for the regular season to get started. “We did a good job in OTAs and training camp and through the preseason,” he said. “Now it counts. This is when all the work you put in in the offseason comes to fruition.” Griffin and the first-team offense were not as..." September 01

  • 22h
    Tom E. Curran @tomecurran

    Ron Gronkowski a go for Sunday he confirms. #patriotstalk

  • Bills announce six team captains, none named EJ Manuel

    CBSSports.com "The Bills announced their team captains Monday, and of the six players selected to wear the "C" on their jerseys, none are named EJ Manuel, the team's 2013 first-round pick. Maybe it's not terribly unusual for a second-year player to be overlooked for the honor, even if they're the starting..." September 01

  • 18h
    Terez A. Paylor @TerezPaylor

    #Chiefs GM John Dorsey said they will continue to negotiate with Justin Houston. “It’s one step at a time,” he said.

  • Jimmy Johnson: Jerry Jones 'comes across as a rich a--hole' in profile

    Port Arthur News Online "ormer NY Times Pulitzer Prize winning writer Don Van Natta, who is known in these parts for authoring the definitive book on Babe Zaharias — Wonder Girl — has distinguished himself again with a lengthy piece for ESPN The Magazine on Jerry Jones. Titled Jerry Football, it’s a very fair and..." September 01

  • Michael Sam not picked up by NFL team, Bills' Eric Wood tweets 'Blame ESPN'

    New York Daily News "At least one Buffalo Bills player thinks he knows why Michael Sam did not catch on with an NFL team after being cut Saturday. Eric Wood, an offensive lineman for the Bills says to "Blame ESPN" in response to a reporter wondering why Sam didn't catch on after a solid preseason..." September 01

  • Reggie Wayne on Peyton Manning: 'He's my brother. He's the enemy'

    USA Today "Week 1 of the NFL regular season begins in earnest soon and no one has to tell the Indianapolis Colts what that means. PEYTON MANNING! PEYTON MANNING! PEYTON MANNING! The Colts open Sunday at Denver, and that means another go-around with Manning, face of the Broncos franchise today, face of..." September 01

  • Ray McDonald released from jail, says 'truth will come out'

    CBSSports.com "Sunday's big news centered around 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald, who was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. The San Francisco lineman was finally released on Sunday afternoon and, according Azenith Smith of KTLU.com, is claiming the story being..." September 01

  • Irsay’s plea deal puts him in line for suspension

    Pro Football Talk "After Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested for driving while impaired, some thought the NFL would hold him to a higher standard by suspending him before his case was finalized. Irsay’s plea deal, which apparently will be finalized on Tuesday, means that any discipline will be imposed after the case..." September 01

  • 1d
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Ryan Mallett has been traded to the #Texans, source says

  • 1d
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    49ers holdout G Alex Boone is expected to report to San Francisco in next 24 hours with a reworked 2-year contract, per league sources.

  • Chargers show interest in NT Vickerson

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Chargers have little experience on their defensive line depth. It's possible that soon could change. The team has expressed in former Broncos nose tackle Kevin Vickerson, sources said Sunday. The 31-year-old has started 43 career games, including 25 the past two seasons. It would be..." September 01

  • Ex-Ravens offensive lineman Ryan Jensen diagnosed with severe sleep apnea

    Baltimore Sun "Offensive lineman Ryan Jensen hadn't felt like his normal self for a long time. He was visibly groggy from a lack of sleep. He was more irritable than usual. And he didn't feel as energetic as he needed to be on the Ravens' practice field. It turned out there was a reason why. Jensen..." September 01

  • Elway on Welker: 'One step at a time'

    ESPN.com "Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, who suffered a concussion in the team's Aug. 23 preseason game against the Houston Texans, will increase his activity level when Denver returns to practice Monday as he continues to progress in the league's concussion protocol. Welker ran some routes, in shorts..." August 31

  • 1d
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Here is the booking info for #49ers DT Ray McDonald, who was arrested this morning pic.twitter.com/XMbpoHxxyk

  • 1d
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Michael Sam has not been told of any teams that claimed him on waivers. Appears he went unclaimed. Now free to sign with a practice squad.

  • Michael Sam expects “a long and successful career”

    Pro Football Talk "Shortly after he was released by the Rams, Michael Sam said he sees today as just a minor setback. Sam wrote on Twitter that he still believes he’s going to make it in the NFL, even if he didn’t make the Rams’ 53-man roster after today’s final cuts. “I want to thank the entire Rams..." August 31

  • 2d
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Asked Champ Bailey's agent Jack Reale if his client wants to continue playing: "Definitely and he is fully healthy now."

  • Bon Jovi out of group bidding for Bills

    New York Post "Jon Bon Jovi has been chucked from the group, The Post has learned. The rocker and the deep-pocketed Toronto-based sports team owners who are bidding for the Buffalo Bills have parted way, sources close to the situation said Friday. The remaining entities in the group — Larry Tanenbaum,..." August 31

  • Stephen Hill’s agent disappointed in Ryan and Idzik, thinks Browns will be interested

    Pro Football Talk "The Jets cut wide receiver Stephen Hill, a 2012 second-round pick, on Saturday and Hill’s agent Alan Herman was less than thrilled with the team’s decision. Herman argued that the team’s quarterbacks and offensive schemes were to blame for his client’s struggles in his first two seasons. Hill..." August 31

  • Michael Sam released by St. Louis Rams

    NFL.com "Michael Sam might still make a 53-man roster, but it didn't happen Saturday. The St. Louis Rams released the seventh-round pick Saturday, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported, per a source. The pass-rusher was one of the final cuts as the Rams trimmed the roster to get under the 53-man limit by..." August 31

  • 2d
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Saints released WR Robert Meachem and CB Champ Bailey.

  • James Harrison announces his retirement from football

    CBSSports.com "Three days after James Harrison met with the Cardinals but failed to agree on a contract, the linebacker announced that he has retired from football. "I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today," he wrote on his Facebook page. "My love for my family and the need to be there for..." August 31

  • 2d
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Broncos cut DT Kevin Vickerson, which reminds me of what I heard from Denver. They love DT Marvin Austin, who has been better than expected

  • Buffalo Bills are signing QB Kyle Orton

    NFL.com "EJ Manuel could face competition at quarterback in Buffalo after all. The Buffalo Bills are signing free-agent quarterback Kyle Orton, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, per a source informed of the deal. The journeyman quarterback was last with the Dallas Cowboys, who released..." August 30

  • Browns cut WR Nate Burleson

    ESPN.com "The Cleveland Browns cut wide receiver Nate Burleson on Saturday, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. Burleson, who had been dealing with a lingering hamstring issue, only played in one preseason game. He caught one pass on two targets for 27 yards in the preseason finale." August 30

  • Mike Pettine on Johnny Manziel Week 1 reps: 'Something we'll discuss'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Browns rookie Johnny Manziel made a strong case for some playing time in Pittsburgh with a typical Johnny Football effort in Thursday night's 33-13 victory over the Bears. "It's something we'll discuss,'' said coach Mike Pettine. "I don't know if that's necessarily something just because of..." August 30

  • Colts WR Da'Rick Rogers' TD celebration could cost him roster spot

    ESPN.com "If getting blown out wasn’t bad enough, Indianapolis Colts receiver Da'Rick Rogers added to the embarrassment when he tried to punt himself off the roster. Rogers caught a 7-yard pass from quarterback Chandler Harnish in the fourth quarter when the Colts were down 28-0. Rather than hand the..." August 30

  • 49ers lose Aldon Smith for 9 games

    ESPN.com "San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. Smith was sentenced in July to 11 days of work release in a Santa Clara County (Calif.) court after his September 2013 arrest for drunken driving. It was his second..." August 30

  • Jones proud of himself for resisting the urge to draft Manziel

    DallasCowboys.com "It an understatement to say Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones caused a stir in the sports world Thursday. An in-depth profile of Jones, written for ESPN and published Thursday afternoon, quoted Jones on a variety of incendiary topics – both from the present and the distant past. Those..." August 30

  • 3d
    Damond Talbot @drocksthaparty

    Expect the Bills to put in calls for Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder. Bills are searching for a #2 who can push EJ