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  • 3 Teams That Should Sign Colin Kaepernick Right Now

    12 Up "Colin Kaepernick was coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career, but his political views made him radioactive in the eyes of the NFL, who has effectively blackballed the former NFC champion. At age 32, Kaepernick is by no means too old to make a comeback, as his arm..." 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

  • 3 potential breakout players for the Carolina Panthers in the 2020 NFL season

    Clutch Points "If the Carolina Panthers want to bounce back from a disappointing 5-11 season in 2019, they’ll need a few players to step up their games. While it’ll be interesting to see the beginning of a new era in Carolina under first-year head coach Matt Rhule, who on the roster..." May 30

  • Cam Newton and Patriots talked early in free agency

    Clutch Points "Since his surprising release, there has been much speculation that Cam Newton could sign with the New England Patriots. There have been multiple reports that have diffused those rumors. However, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Newton and New England talked early in..." May 30

  • Roger Goodell Releases Statement On The Murder Of George Floyd, Nationwide Protests

    Sportsnaut "Players around the NFL have stepped up to provide a voice in the aftermath of the senseless murder of George Floyd by a now-former Minneapolis police officer on Tuesday. While a certain owner has spoken up, the NFL remained quiet until Saturday afternoon. Commissioner Roger..." May 30

  • Seven classic Super Bowls coming to NBCSN, NBC this week

    Pro Football Talk "As we wait for live sports to return, why not enjoy some of the best live sports from days gone by? You’ll get to do that this week on NBCSN and NBC, with seven classic Super Bowls re-aired from Monday through Sunday. All were originally televised by NBC. It starts..." May 30

  • Matt Rhule raves about Teddy Bridgewater’s leadership

    Larry Brown Sports "The Carolina Panthers made a big splash in free agency by signing Teddy Bridgewater to be their quarterback, and their new head coach seems very happy with the move. Matt Rhule, who is entering his first year as Carolina’s head coach, raved about Bridgewater’s..." May 30

  • Poll Asks; Should NFL Change Onside Kick?

    Pro Football Rumors "More support for a rule change that would significantly diminish the onside kick’s impact on the game emerged this week. The NFL discussed a proposal that would give teams the opportunity to attempt 15-yard conversions to keep the ball, rather than try onside kicks. Although the league..." May 30

  • Examining potential destinations for free agent QB Cam Newton

    New York Post "Amid an odd NFL offseason where Tom Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Roger Goodell announced draft picks slumped over in a chair in his basement, one storyline remains unsolved: the continued unemployment of Cam Newton. Despite also-ran quarterbacks such as Case..." May 29

  • John Parry: Referee may need nudge to seek input from replay assistant

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s planned preseason “Sky Judge” experiment is designed to avoid invading the purview of the referee. Indeed, the process of consulting with the replay assistant doesn’t even begin unless and until the referee initiates it. So how will the referee even..." May 29

  • “Sky Judge” experiment won’t involve pass interference calls and non-calls

    Yahoo! Sports "A year after being burned by the unintended consequences (and ill-defined standards) of extending replay review to pass interference, the NFL hopes to avoid a similar outcome when it comes to an alternative device for preventing another Rams-Saints NFC Championship debacle. And so the..." May 29

  • Twelve players set to thrive after missing time in '19

    NFL.com "By this point in the offseason, you've heard plenty about the big-ticket free-agent signings and enticing draft choices spicing up the 2020 picture for teams across the NFL. But don't overlook another category of players whose presence on the field can make a major difference: those who..." May 29

  • Could fourth-and-15 be a bargaining chip for the next TV deals?

    Pro Football Talk "The adoption of the fourth-and-15 alternative to the onside kick may be a matter of when not if. And the “when” could be tied directly to a broader business move the NFL will soon be making. As Big Cat mentioned on Friday’s PFT Live, it’s possible that the..." May 29

  • NFL continues to misunderstand the data and analytics by tabling onside kick rule change proposal

    CBS Sports "Last year the Denver Broncos became the first NFL team to formally propose the idea of an alternative to the onside kick with a fourth-and-15 attempt. The proposal obviously didn't pass, but Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie thought about it --..." May 29

  • Patriots will regret not signing Cam Newton: Rodney Harrison

    CBS Boston "It doesn’t seem like anyone wants to sign free agent quarterback Cam Newton this offseason, but the fact that New England hasn’t added the 2015 MVP is a little disappointing to one former Patriot. NBC Sports football analyst Rodney Harrison, who delivered some big hits on..." May 29

  • John Madden advises against artificial crowd noise for games without fans

    Pro Football Talk "The best football broadcaster that the NFL has seen has provided some advice to the best football broadcast producer that the NFL has ever seen: Don’t use fake crowd noise. Sunday Night Football executive producer Fred Gaudelli shared with Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com..." May 28

  • Carolina Panthers sign veteran cornerback Eli Apple to one-year deal

    Charlotte Observer "The Panthers have signed cornerback Eli Apple to a one-year deal. The move fills a major need for the team in the defensive backfield. Prior to the signing, Carolina only had one cornerback with three-plus years of experience going into this upcoming season. While Apple won’t..." May 28

  • Roger Goodell 'Hopeful' NFL Coaches Can Return to Facilities by Next Week

    Bleacher Report "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Thursday he's hopeful coaches can return to team facilities as early as next week. However, Goodell added the league is extending the virtual offseason for another two weeks. The plan remains for the regular season..." May 28

  • Can football avoid baseball’s labor problems in the pandemic?

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is determined to play this year. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith recently provided a far less certain assessment, pegging his confidence regarding a 2020 season at a “six, seven” on a scale of 10. Coupled with a tweet from NFLPA..." May 28

  • NFL To Allow 3 Players To Return From IR

    Pro Football Rumors "On Thursday, NFL owners voted to allow three players to return from injured reserve each season, as Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. Previously, teams were capped at two IR-DTR spots each. The rule change makes plenty of sense given the current climate. And, once things go back..." May 28

  • NFL tables fourth-and-15 onside kick alternative proposal

    NFL.com "A vote on a proposal to provide a fourth-and-15 alternative to the onside kick will have to wait for another day. The league tabled the proposal during Thursday's virtual meeting, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. " May 28

  • Five NFL Players Poised For Stardom In 2020

    Sportsnaut "Just making it to the NFL is an incredible accomplishment. For those NFL players good enough to become the game’s biggest stars. As the 2020 season nears, a new group of players is poised for breakout seasons that will make them the NFL’s newest stars for years to come. We..." May 28

  • Inside the Two-Year Process That Could Finally Lead to a SkyJudge for the 2020 NFL Season

    SI "The seminal moment in the development of a coach-driven SkyJudge proposal happened in a conference room at the Indiana Convention Center on a cold February day. The group, made up of the coaches subcommittee and the NFL’s competition committee, had retiring referee Walt Anderson,..." May 28

  • NFL approves preseason trial of expanded replay official role

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL didn’t move forward with votes to add a new booth official to crews for the 2020 season, but they will experiment with a tweaked role for existing replay officials in the preseason. League owners approved a preseason trial for the proposal made by the Competition..." May 28

  • Colin Cowherd Describes Tom Brady While Explaining Why Cam Newton Remains Unsigned

    The Big Lead "Colin Cowherd is on one today. After claiming that LeBron James is the MVP because he's been so good in the first round of the playoffs throughout his career, Cowherd moved on to Cam Newton and the reason he doesn't have a job. According to Cowherd and an anonymous source,..." May 28

  • EA maintains exclusive Madden NFL license in multiyear renewal

    Polygon "Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL series will remain the only game in town for a while longer, when it comes to simulation football video games. The company announced Thursday that it has agreed to “multi-year” renewals of its exclusive licensing agreements with the NFL and NFL..." May 28

  • NFL teams are 0-104 when needing an onside kick in last two years

    Pro Football Talk "Since the NFL changed its kickoff rules two years ago and made recovering an onside kick more difficult, no team has won a game when it needed to recover an onside kick. According to Michael Lopez, director of data and analytics for the NFL, teams are 0-104 in the last two..." May 28

  • NFL, NFLPA to have ‘difficult’ discussion about ‘sharing the pain’ of lost revenue

    Sportsnaut "Pro sports won’t be the same this year. That’s something that MLB is having to wrestle with in a big way right now. And the NFL is next. Revenue is being lost in a big way already. And with the expectation that fans may have to either not attend games or attend..." May 28

  • NFL closes loophole allowing teams to kill clock with dead-ball penalties

    Yahoo! Sports "NFL owners approved a handful of rules changes during Thursday’s meeting, including one that will close a loophole that allowed teams to run chunks of time off the clock by intentionally committing dead ball fouls. The Patriots purposely committed fouls to run time before..." May 28

  • NFL closes loophole allowing teams to kill clock with dead-ball penalties

    Pro Football Talk "NFL owners approved a handful of rules changes during Thursday’s meeting, including one that will close a loophole that allowed teams to run chunks of time off the clock by intentionally committing dead ball fouls. The Patriots purposely committed fouls to run time before..." May 28

  • Nick Sundberg thinks NFL should be cautious, follow MLB and NHL's lead in preparing for 2020 season

    NBC Sports Washington "As the NFL continues to work toward creating a plan that allows the 2020 season to start in a safe and effective way amid the coronavirus pandemic, numerous players, coaches and league officials are tasked with brainstorming the best possible solution. Among them is Washington Redskins long..." May 28

  • NFL could use flat cap in 2021 due to revenue hit this season from coronavirus

    Sportsnaut "As MLB finds itself amid a labor dispute preventing the start of the 2020 season, the NFL remains on track to hold its season this fall. However, while there might be an NFL season, the league is already preparing for a significant hit to its revenue that could force the NFL to use a..." May 28

  • NFL pushes back against perception that fourth-and-15 is a precursor to killing the kickoff

    Pro Football Talk "When Commissioner Roger Goodell first floated the concept of a fourth-and-15 alternative in a Time profile from 2012, it was mentioned as a potential replacement to the kickoff. As the NFL closes in on adopting the fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick, the NFL wants..." May 28

  • 5 best moves of the NFL offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL offseason is largely behind us now that the NFL Draft has concluded. Free agency is essentially over, and while there will be a few more moves here and there, the bulk of the big ones are probably over until training camp. That means we can start to look back at what has happened in the..." May 28

  • DeMaurice Smith On Likelihood Of 2020 Season

    Mass Live "The NFL has largely projected confidence about starting its season on time and with fans in the arena despite the coronavirus pandemic, but NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith wasn’t as certain in a recent interview with Bryant Gumble on HBO. Smith, who went to the..." May 28

  • Colin Keapernick's message remains

    Yahoo! Sports "The weariness is evident on Duane Brown’s face. Over the past several years, Brown has not held his tongue on certain topics: he has at turns kneeled, raised his fist and remained off the field during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, and in 2017, a week..." May 27

  • NFL introduces alternative sky judge proposal backed by coaches

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL may be set to trial a new booth official in the 2020 preseason after all. According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, the NFL’s Competition Committee recommended an alternate proposal that led to the withdrawl of two other potential sky judge rule changes. The new proposal is..." May 27

  • Some NFL refs ‘contemplating’ not working due to COVID-19

    Sportsnaut "The NFL is preparing for a full 2020 season this fall despite the COVID-19 pandemic. While players and teams will likely be on board with any plan for football, the NFL will also need to account for another crucial party. Referees play an integral role in the NFL’s success, as..." May 27

  • Marty Hurney defends medical staff over Panthers’ handling of Cam Newton

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers waited until March 24 to release Cam Newton. The quarterback remains a free agent. The team has received some criticism for not releasing Newton earlier. Former Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert went further recently, telling Joe Person of TheAthletic.com that..." May 27

  • Ranking the 7 Best Decisions Since the End of the 2020 NFL Draft

    Bleacher Report "Some general managers have to address pressing issues after the NFL draft. Teams still have voids to fill. During an irregular offseason with virtual learning, coaches may want more veterans as insurance for inexperienced pros. Even in the late waves of free agency,..." May 27

  • NFL needs a developmental league and rebooting the XFL is the perfect fit to improve league diversity, depth

    CBS Sports "Interest in the defunct XFL is quite high, according to reports. There are dozens of motivated and qualified parties looking to purchase the league in bankruptcy proceedings with an eye to relaunching it as soon as February, according to The Athletic. Which begs one obvious question..." May 27

  • NFL makes several tweaks to wild fourth-and-15 onside kick rule proposal that owners will vote on this week

    CBS Sports "The NFL's 32 owners will be voting on a major rule change this week in the form of a fourth-and-15 alternative to the onside kick, but before that vote could happen, the NFL decided to make some slight tweaks to the final language of the rule proposal. The..." May 27

  • Why these coaches are on hottest seats in NFL

    Yardbarker "The NFL season is a long way off, but that's not stopping Yardbarker's Chris Mueller, Sam Robinson and Michael Nania from identifying coaches on the hottest seats. Matt Patricia, Lions MUELLER: Two years into his tenure as Detroit Lions head coach,..." May 27

  • XFL Could Return In 2021 Under A New Owner

    Total Pro Sports "The XFL just might not be dead yet. World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon revealed on Tuesday that he is not looking to reacquire the XFL despite recent reports to the contrary. McMahon described accusations that he using Chapter 11 process as a means to cheaply retain..." May 26

  • It’s the Simms QB top 40 list, No. 40: Tua Tagovailoa

    Pro Football Talk "The slow time was made for lists. And for the second straight PFT Live slow time we’ve begun to unveil a list that will get some people riled up. It’s the Chris Simms top 40 quarterback countdown, and we’ll be counting them down to No. 1 through the start..." May 26

  • NFL: We are not putting dates on a potential return

    Pro Football Talk "A report on Tuesday that indicated teams could hold minicamps at their facilities in June was met with a quick response from NFLPA president JC Tretter and another one from the NFL. The report said that head coaches could be allowed back at facilities next week,..." May 26

  • NFL head coaches may return to facilities next week, with minicamps to potentially follow in June

    Yahoo! Sports "With state governments eyeing an entry point for NFL franchises to resume offseason activities, sources tell Yahoo Sports that head coaches could return to team facilities as early as next week — with players potentially following in full-squad minicamps in mid to late June. The..." May 26

  • 4th-and-15 alternative shouldn’t be available to the team that is leading

    Pro Football Talk "The 4th-and-15 alternative to the onside kick, as currently formulated, would allow a team to use it up to twice per game, even if the team is leading. And that would be a mistake. The scrimmage play is being proposed primarily as a way to give the team that is trailing a chance..." May 26

  • Predicting NFL Trades That Could Still Go Down

    Bleacher Report "The NFL trade market isn't going to slow down despite the usual crawl during the summer months.  While some of the obvious trade candidates like Trent Williams have finally changed teams, the post-draft market still boasts plenty of big names, ranging from elite..." May 26

  • Ranking all 8 of NFL's divisional worst-to-first contenders: Who could make leap in 2020?

    USA Today "Even in a league known for its year-to-year volatility, parity is no longer a given in the NFL.    From 2015-18, six teams made a worst-to-first turnaround in their division. But all eight of 2018's cellar-dwellers failed to crack .500 last year, and half of them..." May 26