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  • NFL Stars Send Powerful Video Message to the League in Support of Black Lives Matter

    Complex "In wake of the nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice, the NFL announced Thursday it was pledging an additional $20 million to help the fight against systematic racism.  Hours after the NFL's tweet, some of the biggest names..." June 05

  • Devonta Freeman tells Bucs to negotiate with him directly

    The Spun "Earlier Thursday morning, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians commented publicly on free agent running back Devonta Freeman on Thursday morning. “If his price tag was reasonable,” Arians said when asked if the Bucs have interest in signing Freeman. “He’s asking..." June 05

  • Kyle Shanahan: 'How the heck are there only 4 black head coaches' in NFL?

    NBC Sports Bay Area "NFL football is predominantly played by African Americans and has been for decades, yet there are very few in positions of power within individual franchises. That's especially true among head coaches and general managers. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan believes the..." June 05

  • Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan donating $500,000 to help Atlanta's black community

    ESPN "In wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was suffocated on video by a white police officer, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is donating $500,000 toward a GoFundme fundraiser he's established aimed at advancing lives in the black community of..." June 05

  • Deion Jones: Drew Brees’ apology needs to turn to action

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, a native of New Orleans, felt Saints quarterbacks Drew Brees’ apology for insensitive comments about the nationwide social- and racial-justice protests rang hollow.  Brees told Yahoo Finance that he would never support NFL players kneeling..." June 05

  • Pro Football Hall Of Fame Announces Reopening Date

    Sportsnaut "The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has been temporarily closed since mid March due to COVID-19. That is about to change. The museum announced its reopening date on Thursday. Football cans can once again enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum starting on June..." June 04

  • Union updating players today on getting back to work at team facilities

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL players’ union is updating its membership today on the next steps for reopening facilities and getting back to work. A source tells PFT that the NFL Players Association is holding a videoconference from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET today to update players on discussions..." June 04

  • What Drew Brees' remarks reveal about the NFL

    The Score "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees inadvertently showed Wednesday that if NFL games are going to be played this fall, the league better be prepared for a public-relations nightmare that likely won't go away. All because the NFL once treated protesting players as a public-relations..." June 04

  • NFL coaching staffs can return to facilities beginning Friday

    ESPN "The NFL informed teams on Thursday that coaching staffs will be permitted to return to team facilities and the maximum number of personnel allowed in those facilities will be increased to 100, beginning Friday. "As has been emphasized in previous advice on reopening facilities,..." June 04

  • Drew Brees backlash preview for NFL season?

    Yahoo! Sports "While many leaders, writers and critics have called for unity to deal with police brutality and racism, it’s clear emotions in this country remain raw, and the path to understanding each other remains murky. The recent contention surrounding Drew Brees is the..." June 04

  • Bruce Arians: Devonta Freeman’s price too high for us

    Pro Football Talk "Free agent running back Devonta Freeman said recently that he isn’t thinking about retiring, but he hasn’t found a team willing to hit his desired price to play during the 2020 season. It doesn’t look like the Buccaneers are going to be the team that..." June 04

  • 2020 NFL schedule: Ravens get huge travel-related advantage, Seahawks will fly the most miles

    CBS Sports "The travel industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but the Seattle Seahawks might be able to single-handedly revive it later this year and that's because they're going to be racking up a lot of flight miles during the..." June 04

  • Antonio Brown Rumors: Redskins, Ravens Among Fits

    Heavy "Antonio Brown remains without an NFL team, though he continues to push forward in his quest to play again. Brown will likely face disciplinary action from the NFL if a team decides to take a chance on him. In addition to the latest charges, Brown is tangled in..." June 04

  • Why it’s now unlikely Eagles actually sign Devonta Freeman as a free agent

    NJ "The Eagles had their sights on former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, but a marriage between team and player is getting increasingly unlikely. The Eagles, according to various reports, would like to sign a veteran running back to backup Miles Sanders. They..." June 04

  • Martellus Bennett Breaks Down Many Ways Racism Is Visible in NFL

    SI "Drew Brees got a significant portion of the NFL to turn against him yesterday when he ignorantly framed protests during the national anthem as “disrespecting the flag of the United States of America,” citing his grandfathers’ military service as the reason why he..." June 04

  • 9 NFL Players Set to Make a Significant Impact on Their New Teams in 2020

    Bleacher Report "NFL general managers strike deals with top free agents or other clubs via trade with the hope that their acquisitions make immediate impacts. At times, a playoff contender or a middling team just needs an extra push to get over the hump. Typically, changes at quarterback can affect a..." June 04

  • Latest On NFL Training Camp Schedule

    Pro Football Rumors "Most NFL teams should have the option of opening their facilities to players and coaches by the end of the week, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (Twitter links). While there may be exceptions, the majority of teams should receive clearance to restart operations, although some clubs..." June 03

  • From Zooms to Locker Rooms, NFL Players Can Talk Race and Racism with Respect

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, one of the true leaders in the NFL, and respected by almost everyone in it, was asked a simple question: Will the horrifying killing of George Floyd change the racial dynamics inside locker rooms? Will there be more conversations on..." June 03

  • NFL still planning to have full slate of preseason games

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL has been determined to maintain as much normalcy as possible with its offseason schedule, and fans may be disappointed to hear that the plan is to follow that approach even with preseason games. In a Zoom call with reporters on Wednesday, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean..." June 03

  • Ranking NFL's 7 Most Likely Quarterbacks to Lose Their Job in 2020

    Bleacher Report "The constant turnover at the NFL's quarterback position doesn't figure to slow in 2020.  Painting in broad strokes, teams seem to have less patience with the most important position in sports. The Arizona Cardinals quickly dumping Josh Rosen for Kyler Murray seemed..." June 03

  • NFL owners ‘watching their spending’ due to fears of revenue hit from 2020 season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 NFL season is just a few months away. Before the schedule kicks off, though, the league is bracing for difficult discussions around the NFL salary cap with team owners bracing themselves for a staggering hit to NFL revenue. While the upcoming NFL season is..." June 03

  • NFL coaches speak out against racism and injustice

    The Score "Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule wants athletes to use their voices to support social change, he said Wednesday as he addressed racism and the protests across the United States after George Floyd was killed in police custody last week. "I want to have a team full of..." June 03

  • NFL reportedly considering asking players to take salary cuts if revenue drops due to coronavirus

    CBS Sports "NFL revenues could take a serious hit in 2020 if fans aren't allowed to attend games, and if that happens, it would have some dramatic financial ramifications around the league. The biggest consequence of having zero fans in attendance is that the salary cap for 2021 would likely..." June 03

  • NFL is ordered to produce key documents in lingering concussion litigation

    Yahoo! Sports "The concussion class action against the NFL was settled nearly seven years ago. The NFL’s effort to get insurance coverage for the concussion cases continues to this day, however. Despite settlements with multiple insurance companies, a fight continues with 10 of them. And, as..." June 03

  • Draft-pick compensation, not reward, remains in play for Rooney Rule

    Pro Football Talk "When the NFL tabled potential changes to the Rooney Rule involving draft picks, comments from the Commissioner implied that, moving forward, draft picks would be used a compensation for losing minority assistants to promotions with other teams, and not as a reward for hiring a..." June 03

  • NFL players not expected to return to team facilities until training camp

    ESPN "NFL players are not expected to return to their team facilities until training camp, sources told ESPN. Most teams already have reopened their facilities on a limited basis for essential employees amid the coronavirus pandemic, but healthy players still are not allowed to..." June 03

  • NFL teams participating in #BlackoutTuesday is too little, too late

    USA Today "It was #BlackoutTuesday and NFL teams were determined not to miss it. The New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers were among the teams tweeting the stark black screen with the symbolic hashtag attached. The 49ers turned their Twitter avatar black. They and the..." June 03

  • Inside the competition that has potential to be Giants crushing weakness

    New York Post "At some point — most likely, at the very end of July or early in August — the Giants will assemble and hit the field. When they do, someone has to line up at center and snap the ball to Daniel Jones. The identity of that player is one of the unknown elements to a summer..." June 03

  • Latest Buzz Suggests NFL is at Risk of Repeating MLB's Huge Mistake in Revenue Talks With Players

    12 Up "While the NFL and its players' union haven't made any hard and fast decisions about how (or if) the season will be played this year, rumors are circulating that the league is considering a move sure to generate controversy. Per reports from NFL Media, the owners seek to cut..." June 02

  • NFL has little leverage to secure salary givebacks

    Pro Football Talk "Sometimes it pays, literally, to have an in-house media conglomerate. The NFL used its NFL-owned media outlet to float a trial balloon on Tuesday regarding the possibility that players could give back some salary in 2020, in order to “save some jobs” both this..." June 02

  • NFL says camps only at team facilities due to coronavirus

    ESPN "The NFL has decided that teams must hold training camps this summer at their main practice facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. The NFL plans to announce that plan, along with a tentative start to camps in late July. A source told..." June 02

  • Only half of NFL team owners have spoken up. Why are so many staying silent?

    Yahoo! Sports "The time for words is over. But as we’re seeing from a significant number of NFL teams, even empty words are a bridge too far. As of this writing, 16 teams had posted at minimum a statement, either under the franchise logo or with the owner’s name attached, to..." June 02

  • NFL Analyst Suggests 5 Teams That Should Trade For QB Dak Prescott

    The Spun "Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have yet to work out a longterm extension. The former Mississippi State star is currently slated to play the 2020 NFL season under the franchise tag. This is leading some to speculate about Prescott’s future in Dallas. Is it possible the..." June 02

  • NFL floats possibility of asking players’ union for salary givebacks

    Pro Football Talk "If NFL games have to be played in empty stadiums this season, league revenues will decline, and the players’ share of the league revenues will also decline, which will result in lowering next year’s salary cap. But the league is apparently planning to float the idea to players that..." June 02

  • NFL season won't start without salary cap agreement between players, league

    Sportsnaut "The NFL is still planning to forge ahead with the 2020 regular season starting on Sept. 10 between the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Whether this is a likelihood amid the ongoing pandemic remains to be seen. A lot of it will depend on how the United..." June 02

  • Can Quinn-led Falcons make good on reprieve?

    NFL.com "Members of the Falcons organization, Falcons fans around the world and those who immediately started humming 2 Legit 2 Quit when you first saw those 1990s throwback uniforms ... The Falcons are at a crossroads. There is no denying that they've been pretty much..." June 02

  • What if NFL players return to kneeling at games in 2020 season?

    Yahoo! Sports "Nearly four years ago Colin Kaepernick began sitting and later kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in 2016...." June 01

  • Where are the vast majority of NFL head coaches on the current unrest?

    Pro Football Talk "At this critical moment in American history, only three NFL head coaches have made public statements in their own names (and only their own names) about the situation. Three. Of 32. Even though the vast majority if the league’s players are minorities. Beyond..." June 01

  • Jason Whitlock Out at Fox Sports

    The Wrap "After four years, Jason Whitlock is out at Fox Sports 1 as co-host of “Speak for Yourself.” Whitlock was not on the air on Monday and had been removed from the channel guide. Whitlock’s contract expired over the weekend. " June 01

  • Undrafted rookies seeking NFL tryouts face uncertain futures

    NFL.com "Ju'an Williams' phone hasn't rung. In any other year, the former University of New Haven wide receiver might already have earned an NFL contract and would be preparing to compete for a roster spot this summer. Instead, he's just preparing for a phone call that might..." June 01

  • Top five most explosive NFL offenses in 2020

    Sportsnaut "As NFL coaches with young quarterbacks dream up schemes to confound opposing defenses, fans are the biggest beneficiaries. Big plays. Touchdowns galore. Electric playmakers. The age of explosive NFL offenses is here, and the 2020 season is loaded with potential for even..." June 01

  • Here are the 5 best remaining NFL free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "June is here and NFL free agency was already a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good players available to NFL teams looking for late offseason upgrades. Multiple Pro Bowlers are still available as free agents, whether they were cut for cap reasons or simply..." June 01

  • The NFL’s Post-June 1 Cuts, Explained

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL teams will often use contract bonuses as a way to spread out a cap hit that might otherwise be exorbitant. For example, if a player’s four-year deal includes a $8MM signing bonus, that money can be paid immediately but spread out over four years for cap purposes. This way, the..." June 01

  • Jets, Falcons, Rams, Bears To Gain Cap Room Via Post-June 1 Cuts

    Yardbarker "The Bears, Falcons, Jets and Rams will gain additional cap space starting Tuesday, as Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter) notes. The extra flexibility comes from the following releases that have been designated as post-June 1 cuts: Bears, Trey Burton:..." June 01

  • Advertisers face tough decisions on buying NFL commercial time

    Pro Football Talk "As a season of uncertainty approaches, advertisers are being leery about the prospect of buying commercial time on NFL broadcasts. Anthony Crupi of Sports Business Journal takes a close look at the situation, which is requiring decisions to be made despite so many variables that..." June 01

  • EA Sports Delays First Look at Madden NFL 2021 to Help 'Drive Change'

    The Big Lead "EA Sports has decided to delay a first look at Madden NFL 2021 that was planned for Monday. The company elected to hold off in the wake of the protests around the country over the killing of George Floyd. EA released a statement explaining the decision and saying the company would..." May 31

  • Falcons' Kaleb McGary apologizes for 'misguided' tweet about George Floyd protests

    Sporting News "Falcons offensive lineman Kaleb McGary issued an apology for a now deleted tweet he sent regarding the protests happening the United States. Protesters have gathered around the country, voicing their frustrations following George Floyd’s death in Minnesota...." May 31

  • Every NFL Team's Biggest Scapegoat of the Last Decade

    Bleacher Report "If the NFL is the ultimate team sport and football games are never won or lost on a single play, then no one player or coach should ever bear the brunt of a fanbase's ire after a defeat. If only things were that simple. It's often difficult for sports fans to take a..." May 31

  • 5 NFL Players Who Should Consider Switching Positions in 2020

    Bleacher Report "Switching positions in the NFL is one of those things that sounds a lot easier than it actually is. It seems like a tackle switching to guard or a wide receiver making the move to cornerback would be no big deal. But that's not the case. Many NFL players have been focused on a..." May 31

  • Players Coalition pleads for police to be 'courageous,' accountable

    The Score "The NFL's Players Coalition is calling on law enforcement to be more accountable following the recent deaths of George Floyd and other African-Americans. "To the many, many good law enforcement officers, we need you now more than ever," the group wrote Saturday in a..." May 31