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  • Cash-over-cap becomes viable solution for coming 2021 salary-cap crunch

    MSN.com "The NFL Players Association wants agents to collude in order to get the best deals for their clients in 2021. As recently explained, that won’t work. Here’s what will: The NFLPA’s suggestion that agents aggressively push teams to use contract devices aimed at..." February 27

  • Mac Jones: 5 teams who are a perfect fit for Alabama QB in 2021 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Alabama quarterback Mac Jones is considered a consensus first-round prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft, but where he lands will largely determine how successful his pro career is. That’s the case with almost any quarterback, yet it’s especially so in Jones’ case. Lacking..." February 27

  • Four of seven new coaches had only one interview in the 2021 cycle

    Yahoo! Sports "Seven teams, nearly a full fourth of the league, changed coaches during or after the 2020 season. Those seven teams requested a total of 58 interviews. Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press has obtained the internal NFL football operations list of 2021 head coach..." February 27

  • Every NFL Team's 2021 Offseason To-Do List

    Bleacher Report "The NFL offseason is a three-step process each franchise must undertake to put the best version of the team on the field the following campaign. First, general managers and decision-makers must address internal obstacles. Those involve potential contract extensions and restructures,..." February 27

  • Amazon likely to produce own broadcasts in new NFL deal

    Larry Brown Sports "It looks likely that Amazon will land “Thursday Night Football” as part of the league’s new television rights package. That, in turn, sounds like it will bring some new voices to NFL TV broadcasts. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Friday that Amazon will..." February 27

  • Super Bowl to return to ABC after network strikes new deal with NFL

    Larry Brown Sports "There has not been a Super Bowl broadcast on ABC in 15 years, but that drought is set to come to an end following a new agreement between the NFL and ABC/ESPN parent company Walt Disney Co. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reported on Friday that Disney and the NFL..." February 26

  • Conflicting Reports Emerge On Disney, NFL Media Rights Deal

    MSN.com "Earlier this week, it was reported that NFL was seeking a 100 percent increase on TV rights from all of its network partners. This immediately led to Disney refusing to pay double the price. Fast forward a few days later, and we now have conflicting reports on the..." February 26

  • Hiring Rate of Coaches of Color Nearly Doubled for Open Jobs in 2021

    Bleacher Report "The NFL's hiring rate of coaches of color for open coaching positions nearly doubled from 18.8 percent in 2020 to 34.6 percent in 2021, per a report from the Associated Press' Rob Maaddi detailing the league's recent 61-page demographics study.  In..." February 26

  • NFL Free Agency: Are Elite WRs Worth Splurging On?

    Bleacher Report "Most of the chatter surrounding the hyped 2021 NFL impending free-agent wide receiver class has focused on recent Super Bowl champion and one-time 1,300-yard wideout Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, three-time 1,100-yard Chicago Bears veteran Allen Robinson II and physically enticing..." February 26

  • Identifying Every NFL Team's Dream Draft Target in 2021

    Bleacher Report "Leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, every team will assemble a big board to navigate the selection process. Among the prospects, coaches and general managers have their favorites. Unless a team has the No. 1 overall pick, the unpredictable nature of the draft doesn't provide any..." February 26

  • NFL teams reportedly expect salary cap to soar in 2022

    Sportsnaut "The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the NFL, costing the league billions of dollars in lost revenue, hurting television ratings and sidelining countless players and coaches. The fallout from the pandemic will significantly impact the upcoming 2021 season, but there’s a..." February 25

  • NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith tells agents to 'collude' on offers to ensure teams not limiting salaries with reduced cap`

    ESPN "NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told NFL player agents Thursday that they should work together during the upcoming free-agency period to ensure that teams aren't taking advantage of the reduced 2021 salary cap to limit player salaries, a source who was on the videoconference told..." February 25

  • 14 NFL stars who could be cut over the next few weeks

    USA Today "Names like J.J. Watt, Kawann Short and DeSean Jackson have already been added to a deep free-agency class. We still have nearly a month to go before the NFL's new league year begins (March 17), so there is still plenty of time for more big-name players to join them as teams..." February 25

  • 5 NFL Teams That Should Trade for Russell Wilson

    Complex "The NFL offseason just began and we’re already seeing some of the biggest names across the league rumored to be on the move. We’ve never seen NFL stars try to use their weight to influence where they land like we’ve seen in the NBA for a long time. However..." February 25

  • Raiders, Dolphins Among Teams Linked To Russell Wilson

    Bleacher Report "Representatives for the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson have reportedly "broached" the idea of a trade with the team's front office amid the quarterback's rising frustrations. Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mike Sando and Jayson Jenks of The Athletic..." February 25

  • Free agent J.J. Watt has offers from multiple NFL teams

    ESPN "Free agent defensive lineman J.J. Watt has received contract offers from multiple teams, league sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini. Multiple sources told Russini that the most lucrative offer Watt currently has on the table is believed to be worth between $15 million and..." February 25

  • Should NFL come up with a different word for “fines”?

    Pro Football Talk "While discussing the differences between Tyreek Hill‘s use of the deuces when running to the end zone and the direct placement by Antoine Winfield, Jr. of the deuces in Hill’s face during the Super Bowl, I had an idea. The NFL punishes such behavior with a system of..." February 25

  • 2021 NFL free agency: Colts' Jacoby Brissett among 10 most underrated veterans set to hit open market

    CBS Sports "This year's NFL free agent market is littered with big names, from Dak Prescott to Allen Robinson to Chris Godwin. That's not even including the half-dozen quarterbacks who could still be moved via trade, or the high-profile veterans -- from Teddy..." February 25

  • Here Are The Top Landing Spots For Allen Robinson

    CBS Sports "When the 2021 NFL offseason officially kicks off, teams in need of wide receivers should not go hungry. This year's free agency class is chock-full of proven starters, from the Lions' Kenny Golladay and the Texans' Will Fuller to..." February 25

  • A.J. Green Very Unlikely To Be Back With Bengals?

    Pro Football Rumors "When he last spoke about his future, A.J. Green made it clear he knew there was a chance he was playing his last games in Cincinnati. It sounds like it’s no longer just a chance, it’s a foregone conclusion. While going through the Bengals’..." February 24

  • Three Quarterbacks Steelers Should Sign to Compete With Ben Roethlisberger

    The Big Lead "The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger are working together to take the steps required for Roethlisberger to suit up again this year. When Big Ben expressed his desire to return, Steelers management balked because of Roethlisberger's enormous cap hit and they..." February 24

  • The Ideal Target for Every NFL Team in 2021 Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "It's never wise for an NFL team to build its foundation through free agency. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a good argument against this idea by building a Super Bowl roster with free agents like Leonard Fournette, Shaquil Barrett, Ndamukong Suh, Antonio Brown and, of..." February 24

  • Disney, NFL have a gap of more than $1 billion per year in their initial positions

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL works toward extending all TV deals for another 10 years, the network with which the league must do the most work is ESPN. Disney, the parent company of ESPN and ABC, has balked at the NFL’s demands. According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, the NFL..." February 23

  • 5 most valuable NFL franchise tag candidates teams must retain in 2021

    Sportsnaut "The NFL franchise tag isn’t used by every team each year, but it can be a convenient way to retain star players who front offices can’t work out a long-term contract with. On an expensive, one-year price tag, the player and team can buy some time while the player still..." February 23

  • Cam Newton is definitely better than plenty of starting quarterbacks

    Pro Football Talk "Soon-to-be-free-agent quarterback Cam Newton recently declared that there aren’t 32 quarterbacks better than him. He’s right. On Tuesday’s PFT Live, Simms and I went through all 32 teams and identified several starting (for now) quarterbacks who..." February 23

  • Without new CBA or last July’s deal, 2021 salary cap would have been $160 million

    Yahoo! Sports "A year ago this week, the NFL Players Association was inching toward a final vote on a proposed 10-year labor deal. Fair questions and concerns can be raised about some of the specific terms, including the agreement by the union to stage 17 regular-season games per year, which is expected to..." February 23

  • JJ Watt NFL free agency conspiracies continue with cryptic tweet

    Clutch Points "JJ Watt is keeping the fans muddled as he navigates his first free agency. Watt tweeted “Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell” on Tuesday morning, essentially giving football fans a whole lot of nothing. Watt’s Twitter has been a gold mine over..." February 23

  • OL Nick Easton Has Spoken With 4 Teams, Including Saints

    Pro Football Rumors "Offensive lineman Nick Easton became one of the first veteran cap casualties of the offseason when the Saints released him nine days ago, but the cut could end up working to his advantage as he’s now been able to get a head start on free agency.  Easton has..." February 23

  • Deshaun Watson Would Approve Trade To Only Three Teams

    Total Pro Sports "In late January, it was reported that Deshaun Watson requested to be moved out of Houston just hours after the team named David Culley as the team’s new head coach. Watson has had zero communications with the Texans front office to further show that he is willing to play..." February 23

  • Five NFL stars who SHOULD be traded this offseason

    NFL.com "Which headlining NFL players could be dealt in the coming months? The league's trade season has unofficially commenced, with some big-name quarterbacks relocating. And there's a buzz that this could only be the beginning. A feeling that this particular offseason --..." February 23

  • Some Black NFL assistants question whether they got real interviews for head-coaching jobs

    Pro Football Talk "In 2003, when the NFL established the Rooney Rule that requires a minority candidate to be interviewed for every head-coaching vacancy, there were three Black head coaches. In 2021, there are also three Black head coaches. Some Black assistant coaches see a lack of progress as..." February 23

  • Inside the dual legacies of NFL players' union boss DeMaurice Smith

    ESPN "TWO OPTIONS FOR extending the NFL season were in play in fall 2019, and DeMaurice Smith seemed defiant in the face of one of them. Smith, the veteran executive director of the NFL Players Association, was standing before a room of players, part of his annual tour of locker rooms to deliver..." February 23

  • 5 impending under-the-radar NFL restricted free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2020 season has reached its conclusion with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Attention will now turn to the league’s offseason, which promises to be every bit as interesting as the last one, due to COVID-19. One thing that will not..." February 23

  • NFL moves toward 17 regular-season games, three preseason games

    Pro Football Talk "Last year, the NFL secured the ability to expand the regular season to 17 games. The league is moving closer to officially implementing a 17-game schedule for 2021. Via Mark Maske of the Washington Post, expansion of the regular season is “not yet certain,” but..." February 23

  • Window to use NFL franchise tags opens on Tuesday

    Yahoo! Sports "Tuesday marks an important day on the NFL’s offseason calendar. It is the first day that teams are allowed to use the franchise or transition tag on impending unrestricted free agents. The window will remain open until March 9. Most teams will likely wait until closer..." February 23

  • Kawann Short has heard from a few teams since being released

    USA Today "Following the NFL announcing the $180 million salary cap floor for the 2021 season, teams have gotten busy making the necessary moves to keep themselves out of financial trouble. The Carolina Panthers wasted no time, releasing two key veteran players in defensive tackle Kawann Short and free..." February 23

  • Here are 4 ways not having the NFL combine will affect prospects and evaluators

    CBS Sports "While prudent planning by the league, the cancellation of the 2021 NFL combine is a bummer for many. For prospects, their opportunity to showcase how big they hit the genetic lottery in front of national audience, gone. For fans, no widespread introduction to the incoming draft class and five..." February 23

  • NFL Free Agents 2021: Buying or Selling Top Players Coming off Injury

    Bleacher Report "NFL teams are almost always searching for bargains in free agency. This will definitely be the case in 2021, as the salary cap is set to drop for the first time since the 2011 lockout. One way teams may look to save cap space is by betting on players coming off of..." February 22

  • NFL Trade Packages to Create the Next Great Offenses

    Bleacher Report "In Super Bowl LV, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers proved a formidable defense could still be a key factor in a championship run. Yet we cannot overlook the fact that nine of the top 10 scoring offenses made the playoffs with the 10th-ranked Las Vegas Raiders as the only..." February 22

  • Here's the top 5 ideal Sam Darnold trade scenarios

    Sportsnaut "It’s looking more and more like a Sam Darnold trade will be the next domino to fall following the blockbuster Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz deals. Various reports indicated recently that the New York Jets are asking for a second-round..." February 22

  • NFL Asking Networks to Pay Double to Broadcast Games in Contract Talks

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is looking to double the price tag for its broadcast rights, according to CNBC's Alex Sherman.  Sherman wrote that the league "is in active discussions" with NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN (which is owned by Disney) regarding a 100 percent increase..." February 22

  • Optimism grows for full NFL stadiums in 2021

    Pro Football Talk "As the nation begins to make real progress when it comes to beating back the pandemic, the National Football League has a growing sense of optimism that stadiums will be full during the 2021 season. From the availability of vaccines to signs of potential herd immunity, some believe..." February 22

  • 5 free agents the New England Patriots should target this NFL offseason

    Sportsnaut "Coming off their first losing season since 2000, the New England Patriots are going to have a ton of work to do during NFL free agency. They need a new quarterback, multiple receivers and a proven running back. More than anything, the struggles we saw from Bill Belichick’s squad..." February 22

  • Cam Newton: There aren’t 32 quarterbacks better than me

    Boston Herald "Cam Newton is rarely, if ever, a dull interview. Recently, the Patriots quarterback, who is set to hit free agency next month, took part in a discussion with Brandon Marshall, Chad Ochocino and Fred Taylor in an episode of the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast, which is set to air on..." February 22

  • J.J. Watt: You’re gonna have to give me a second to choose a new team

    Cleveland.com " J.J. Watt, who still has the Browns on his list of possible landing spots, has kept his sense of humor during the frenzied sweepstakes for his services. When a fan asked him on Twitter Sunday night, ‘you wanna sign somewhere or nah?’, Watt tweeted a funny..." February 22

  • Top 25 potential big-name cap casualties in the NFL

    CBS Sports "The 2021 NFL offseason promises lots of big-name movement, thanks to an unprecedented quarterback trade market and a top-heavy free agent class featuring young stars like Dak Prescott and Chris Godwin. But the pool of available veterans could -- and likely..." February 22

  • NFL Salary cap most likely won’t hit $185 million

    Pro Football Talk "When the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed recently to increase the minimum salary cap from $175 million to $180 million, the adjustment sparked speculation that the final number would be higher than the previously-expected limit of $180 million. Per a league source with knowledge of the..." February 21

  • Shrinking NFL Salary Cap Will Create Wild 2021 Offseason for Teams

    Bleacher Report "Financial realities are setting in for NFL franchises after a pandemic-stricken season brought revenue losses that will affect each organization's roster-building capabilities. "Biggest story right now is how low the salary cap will go and when will teams find out," an..." February 21

  • The Most Intriguing NFL Free Agents on the Market in 2021 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The NFL's 2021 free-agency period could be one of the most interesting in history. Sounds like hyperbole, yet the unknown status of the league's salary cap could mean even superstar players have to settle for one-year deals of the prove-it variety until things get back to..." February 20

  • Could NFL salary cap lead to superteams in 2021?

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL salary cap is set to fall in 2021, which is bad news for free agents hitting the market this offseason. It could lead to some unforeseen consequences that could hurt league parity instead of help it, too. ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported on Thursday that the 2021 salary..." February 20