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  • NFL weighs moving 2024 Super Bowl from New Orleans due to potential Mardi Gras conflict

    USA Today "The NFL's expansion to a 17-game regular season could throw a wrench into the plans for one future Super Bowl site. The league is considering moving the 2024 Super Bowl out of New Orleans due to a potential conflict with Mardi Gras. New Orleans was awarded the event in..." April 03

  • NFL Sources Quickly Running Out of Nuggets Worth Sharing With Reporters

    The Big Lead "ESPN showed a replay of the 2006 Rose Bowl on Thursday night. The game that featured Vince Young and Texas holding off Pete Carroll and USC in an instant classic, 41-38. One of the biggest plays of the game was LenDale White getting stuffed on 4th and 2 to end USC's final drive...." April 03

  • NFL RedZone to air entire 2019 season in 17 consecutive days

    Awful Announcing "With most live sports suspended indefinitely thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, plenty of networks are airing old games for programming. An interesting new one there is the NFL RedZone channel (the Scott Hanson-hosted one available on most cable providers, (but not..." April 03

  • NFL medical officer: Games not feasible without widespread tests

    NFL.com "The NFL's chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, who is spearheading the league's response to the new coronavirus pandemic, said widespread testing would have to be available before the reopening of the league could be contemplated. He cautioned against assuming that earlier comments..." April 03

  • NFL owners wanted NBA-like max contracts in new CBA

    Sportsnaut "As the NFL salary cap continues to rise each season and the value of franchise quarterbacks skyrockets with each record deal, NFL owners reportedly tried to push back against it this offseason. During negotiations on a collective-bargaining agreement, team owners pushed for a measure that would..." April 03

  • Dan Quinn Explains How NFL Coaches Are Preparing For the Season Amid Coronavirus

    SI "A few hours before we talked on Wednesday afternoon, Falcons coach Dan Quinn called a noon staff meeting. During these strange days, he’s routinely scheduled those to start and end each week, to be done from everyone’s homes, but he threw this one in because he had a guest speaker..." April 03

  • Matt Ryan Weighs in on Falcons’ Free Agency Moves

    Heavy "The Atlanta Falcons have been snatching up top prospects more quickly and earlier in free agency and trade than they have in recent years. With the addition of Hayden Hurst, Dante Fowler, Laquon Treadwell and Todd Gurley, the Falcons now have 11 former..." April 02

  • Dante Fowler Eyes Michael Strahan's Sack Record After $48M Falcons Contract

    Bleacher Report "Pass-rusher Dante Fowler has big plans after signing a three-year, $48 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons. "In order to be elite, you have to put up double digits (in sacks) every year," Fowler told reporters during a conference call Thursday...." April 02

  • Concerns over physical health of players rise during pandemic

    NFL.com "This coming Monday, a handful of NFL team facilities were supposed to open to players for the start of offseason workouts. Instead, the doors will remain closed for the foreseeable future, leading to increasing questions about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on players' mental and..." April 02

  • Player workouts don’t mesh with stay at home orders, social distancing guidelines

    Pro Football Talk "NFL teams will have little or no offseason workouts in 2020. Which means that players will be working out on their own. Which means that some players won’t be content to, for example, grind away at a home gym. Players will want to get onto a football field, and they will want to..." April 02

  • NFL Competition Committee supports notion of having XFL-type sky judge

    Sportsnaut "The XFL showed just how viable and important having a sky judge can be, and now the NFL Competition Committee is interested in the idea as well. One year after the committee rejected a sky judge proposal, it is showing support for the notion of having that extra set of eyes to help correct..." April 02

  • Here are 15 realistic NFL trade candidates

    The Score "The initial rush of free agency has dried up, yet there still remains a potential for blockbuster moves. There are several players who are either on the trade block or are now expendable. Here are 15 big names who could be moved out of their current situation. Yannick..." April 02

  • NFL could allow teams one-time extension while on the clock during NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 NFL Draft is just weeks away and the league is reportedly still trying to figure out how it will navigate a virtual draft experience. Among the changes the NFL is considering to the draft structure, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, is reportedly allowing teams a one-time extension..." April 01

  • Adam Schefter Calls Out NFL for Holding Draft While 'There's Carnage in the Streets

    Mediaite "ESPN’s Adam Schefter dug into the NFL for their decision to hold the NFL Draft as scheduled starting on April 23 while “there’s carnage on the streets” amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Schefter, who’s most known for breaking NFL free agent signings..." April 01

  • How contenders can address glaring needs with top prospects

    USA Today "With free agency having reached a near standstill after two weeks, it's becoming easier to see what's missing from the NFL's contending class — as well as the teams hoping to make the jump into that tier. For some, losing a key veteran or missing out on a..." April 01

  • Expanded playoffs could make for even better Super Bowls

    Pro Football Talk "More football, in most cases, is always good. More playoff games definitely are good. But here’s one thing that may not be so good: The official expansion of the field from 12 teams to 14 places a gigantic premium on earning the top seed in each conference. The No. 1..." April 01

  • Seven NFL trades that need to happen before draft

    CBS Sports "If NFL teams have proven one thing this offseason, it's that they love making trades, and not even a global pandemic has been able to slow that down.  Over the past four weeks alone, we've already seen Nick Foles, Stefon Diggs, DeForest Buckner, Hayden..." April 01

  • Mark Davis would welcome 2022 NFL draft in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas Review Journal "The NFL soon might be circling back to Las Vegas as a site for its annual draft, perhaps as early as 2022. That’s what NFL vice-president Peter O’Reilly told reporters Tuesday on a conference call. If so, Raiders owner Mark Davis is ready to embrace it with open..." April 01

  • Ravens’ Mark Andrews: Hayden Hurst trade was “a shock”

    Baltimore Sun "When Hayden Hurst called Mark Andrews to tell him he was being traded, there were tears. The talented tight ends entered the NFL together in 2018 and last season teamed with veteran Nick Boyle to form what they called a “three-headed monster” on a fearsome Ravens..." April 01

  • Bryan Bulaga: “Disheartening” to see so many players not vote on CBA

    Yahoo! Sports "NFL players approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement earlier this year by a 60-vote margin, but that could have been different had more votes been cast during the process. Nearly 22 percent of the eligible voters elected not to cast a ballot.  " April 01

  • Former Falcons DT Jack Crawford signs deal with the Tennessee Titans

    The Falcoholic "On Tuesday evening, another piece of the recent Atlanta Falcons defensive front moved on as the Tennessee Titans signed defensive tackle Jack Crawford. He had spent the past three seasons in Atlanta. The Falcons significantly reduced his play in 2019 following..." March 31

  • Falcons QB on Backup RB’s Potential: ‘He’s Someone You Can Count On’

    Heavy "Devonta Freeman may be gone, but the Falcons still have Brian Hill. And of course, yes, Todd Gurley. But this article isn’t to shine more light on Gurley even if he does deserve it. It’s to remind the Falcons community that “B” Hill is still an..." March 31

  • Browns sign veteran DE Adrian Clayborn to 2-year deal

    ESPN "The Cleveland Browns have signed veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a two-year deal, his agency announced Tuesday. A source said Clayborn will make $5.75 million over the two years, with a max of $6.75 million in incentives. Clayborn, 31, who played in 15..." March 31

  • NFL's 'Tanking for Trevor' Campaign Shaping Up to Be a 2-Team Race

    Bleacher Report "Let's start by getting this out of the way: NFL teams do not really "tank," especially not in the hopes of landing one specific college prospect. The Dolphins did not really "Tank for Tua" last year, though they may end up drafting Alabama quarterback..." March 31

  • NFL still planning to play full 16-game season

    Larry Brown Sports "The start of the 2020 NFL season is still five months away, but there has already been plenty of speculation that the league could be forced to start later than originally scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. As of now, that is not something NFL officials have discussed with..." March 31

  • Nickelodeon will air NFL playoff game tailored to younger audience

    Deadline "The NFL’s owners have voted to expand the playoffs to include 14 teams and will add postseason games on Nickelodeon and NBCUniversal’s new streamer Peacock. The changes — which had been agreed to in the league’s latest collective-bargaining..." March 31

  • NFL Approves Playoff Expansion

    NFL.com "The NFL's anticipated playoff expansion officially passed. League owners voted to approve expanding the postseason to 14 teams beginning in the 2020 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source. The decision came during a conference call Tuesday, which..." March 31

  • The Best Potential Landing Spots for QB Cam Newton

    Bleacher Report "Cam Newton, who entered the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft and became a league MVP, a three-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro quarterback, remains a free agent. The Carolina Panthers released him last week after agreeing to sign quarterback Teddy..." March 31

  • Could NFL teams back out on free-agent agreements after the draft?

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL has been determined to not alter its offseason calendar despite the coronavirus outbreak, but that does not mean the league has been unaffected by the pandemic. For example, many free agents have agreed to contracts with teams but been unable to actually sign them. By nature, that has..." March 31

  • NFL invites top prospects to “attend” the draft remotely

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL draft in the year of social distancing will not feature players walking across the stage to shake hands with Roger Goodell. But the draft will still be a TV show, and the players will still be a part of it. NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent sent a letter to..." March 31

  • Falcons Potential Backup QB: ‘I Know I Can Make Big Plays’

    Heavy "Matt Ryan is back for yet another year as the Atlanta Falcons starting quarterback. But the QB depth chart is looking pretty good, especially with Kurt Benkert who is cleared from the injured reserve list as of two months ago. Benkert banged up his foot pretty..." March 30

  • Jordan Love has already talked with 6 teams ahead of NFL Draft

    Clutch Points "Utah State quarterback Jordan Love is one of the most polarizing and highly-debated prospects in the 2020 class. Regardless, with the NFL Draft set for April 23, the 21-year-old prospect has already talked with six teams per Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller. According to..." March 30

  • NFL teams encouraged by Tua Tagovailoa rehab process

    247 Sports "It’s been a rough few months for Tua Tagovailoa. The former Alabama quarterback’s junior season was prematurely ended with a hip injury that required surgery last November. That put a wrench in Tagovailoa’s pre-draft plans, which were mostly pushed aside as he..." March 30

  • NFLPA medical director says he's optimistic 2020 season will take place

    ESPN "NFL Players Association medical director Thom Mayer said he's optimistic the 2020 season will take place but that the union and the NFL will know a lot more in late May or early June about whether playing this season is viable. Mayer discussed the coronavirus pandemic and its..." March 30

  • Anonymous NFL GM Thinks COVID-19 Affected Free-Agent Contracts, Roster Moves

    Bleacher Report "At least one NFL general manager believes the coronavirus pandemic was responsible for fewer massive contracts this offseason. "Some owners have to be concerned there might not be football, or it might be a shortened season, and their income could be drastically..." March 30

  • NFL Owners Are Going to Ruin Football With Latest Buzz About Playoff Format

    12 Up "Leave it to Roger Goodell and the NFL owners to bring even more sadness upon us during such a difficult time. With major changes coming to the NFL starting next season, the list of grievances is expected to include two additional teams entering the postseason each..." March 30

  • Expanded playoffs vote set for Tues. conference call

    NFL.com "A new playoff structure was approved by NFL players earlier this month in the new collective bargaining agreement, and Tuesday will likely bring its final approval. In place of the NFL's traditional Annual League Meeting, which was canceled earlier this month as part of..." March 30

  • Ideal landing spots for top five remaining NFL free agents

    Sportsnaut "We’re coming up on the third week of the NFL offseason, and while many huge contracts have been handed out some top free agents are still looking for homes. Among them is a former league MVP, and three of them are former No. 1 overall picks, which is pretty wild all by..." March 30

  • Team personnel ‘angry’ with Roger Goodell over NFL Draft

    98.5 The Sports Hub "Late last week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell publicly extinguished the idea of a delayed NFL Draft after the league's GMs unanimously recommended a postponement. Goodell also made it known that anybody who questioned his decision publicly could face league..." March 30

  • Hayden Hurst Opens Up About His Darkest Moment

    The Player's Tribune "My parents drove five hours to see me. And they had five minutes to talk to me. That’s all the time the doctor would allow while I was under supervision. Five minutes. How do you explain to your parents in just five minutes that you tried to kill..." March 30

  • NFL teams begin using FaceTime to interview draft prospects

    Yardbarker "With face-to-face pre-draft meetings banned due to travel restrictions, NFL teams are getting creative in trying to reach out to top prospects ahead of the NFL Draft. Teams are using FaceTime to conduct interviews with prospects they’re interested in. " March 30

  • The Riskiest NFL Free-Agent Signings of the 2020 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Inherent risk exists in all free-agent signings. Some deals are still riskier than others, though. Free agency is the NFL's equivalent of the stock market. Each and every move is a futures investment with the hope the return is greater than the original..." March 30

  • CBS, NBC to Broadcast Two New Wild-Card Games

    SI "NFL owners are expected to vote and approve the playoff expansion on Tuesday, according to the MMQB's Albert Breer. The TV arrangements for the wild-card round will also be voted on.  " March 30

  • NFL Has 'Momentum' to Release 2020 Schedule in May Amid Coronavirus

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 NFL schedule release could be delayed by a few weeks to make extra preparations in case the coronavirus pandemic results in a shortened season.  Per NBC Sports' Peter King, there is "momentum" for the schedule to drop in..." March 30

  • Agents share how coronavirus changes impact prospects

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The 2020 NFL Draft might favor players who were able to able to attend the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, because of pro days and in-person meetings being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But some agents believe teams have all the information they need to..." March 30

  • Falcons owner suggests 16-game season could still happen, games played without fans

    Sportsnaut "As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen across the globe, the NFL is beginning to consider how the ongoing crisis will impact the upcoming NFL season. While Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is among those that still believe a 16-game season could happen, it appears that might come with..." March 30

  • Roger Goodell’s NFL Draft plan seems too good to be true

    New York Post "So, Roger Goodell says the show will go on. The NFL commissioner, in a league-wide memo distributed on Thursday, told the owners and general managers in no uncertain terms that the annual NFL draft will be conducted as scheduled from April 23-25. This, for every sports..." March 30

  • NFL Draft Virtual Contact Rules

    Pro Football Rumors "While it is obviously a low priority in the grand scheme of things, the limitations on travel and physical contact have come at an inopportune time for draft prospects and team decision-makers. With the draft still on schedule to take place at the end of April, prospects would normally be..." March 30

  • Antonio Brown Takes Ill-Conceived Swipe At Julio Jones During Instagram Live Rant

    Sportsnaut "Antonio Brown doesn’t seem to be embracing the notion that the NFL may be done with him and once again aired his thoughts via social media. This time, he took a swipe at Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones, whom many believe is the best overall receiver in the NFL. B/R Gridiron..." March 29

  • Austin Hooper reveals which team he almost signed with before Browns

    Clutch Points "The Cleveland Browns made former Atlanta Falcons tight end the wealthiest player at his position by inking him to a four-year, $44 million contract. But he nearly signed elsewhere. Hooper revealed he almost signed with the Washington Redskins before..." March 29