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  • NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith confident players will approve CBA

    Yahoo! Sports "On Wednesday, some NFL stars expressed displeasure or downright outrage over the NFL’s proposed collective bargaining agreement. On Thursday, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said he didn’t mind those star players speaking..." February 27

  • Steelers’ Kevin Colbert endorses NFL Combine going to prime time

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The first workouts of the NFL Combine began Wednesday with the bench press inside the Indianapolis Convention Center. The fun stuff starts Thursday. For the first time, the workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium will be conducted in prime time, with NFL Network providing seven hours..." February 27

  • NFL teams extremely encouraged by Tua Tagovailoa’s hip exams

    Larry Brown Sports "Tua Tagovailoa is on schedule to be cleared by doctors well before the NFL Draft, and teams that are looking for a quarterback have to be excited about the way the former Alabama star’s rehab has gone. Tagovailoa’s surgically-repaired hip was examined by multiple teams at..." February 26

  • Roger Goodell Could Be Losing Power in New NFL CBA

    12 Up "For all those NFL fans finding it difficult to embrace the league's proposals under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, well, this reported element of the deal might just make that task a shade easier. While answering the questions of fans on Twitter, ESPN insider..." February 26

  • NFL Players Association president Eric Winston: Players won't rush vote on collective bargaining agreement proposal

    USA Today High School Sports "The morning after the NFL Players Association's board of representatives met and voted 17-14 to approve the proposed collective bargaining agreement, a full player body vote likely won't happen this week, with a date still yet to be set. Discussions among the players..." February 26

  • Aaron Rodgers 'One of the Biggest Objectors' to NFL's Proposed CBA

    Sporting News "The NFL released a statement Thursday announcing owners have accepted terms for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The statement reads as follows: Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations, the NFL Players and clubs have..." February 26

  • Could NFL have a Monday night playoff game beginning next season?

    WEEI Boston "Part of the new NFL CBA proposed by the owners last week was expanding the playoffs.  An extra team would make the playoffs in each conference and then only the No. 1 seed would receive a bye, meaning there would be six total games on Wild Card Weekend. According to NBC..." February 26

  • NFLPA reps vote to send proposed CBA to full membership for approval

    NFL.com "The NFL Players Association board of representatives voted to send the collective bargaining agreement proposal approved last week by the NFL owners to its membership for a vote, NFLPA executive director George Atallah said in a tweet late Tuesday night. The development came..." February 26

  • NFL Won't Comment After CBA Meeting With NFLPA Wraps Up

    Sportsnaut "The NFL and NFLPA’s executive committee met for more than four hours in Indianapolis on Tuesday in an attempt to hash out the final details of an impending collective bargaining agreement. Said meeting came after NFL owners approved a new CBA agreement. It also came mere..." February 25

  • Replay review for pass interference currently lacks the votes to survive

    Pro Football Talk "Replay review for pass interference needs 24 votes to survive. Which likely means it’s not surviving. According to Judy Battista of the NFL, an annual postseason survey from the NFL Competition Committee resulted in 21 teams being against making the rule permanent and 17 teams..." February 25

  • Meeting Between NFLPA & League Underway

    Pro Football Rumors "A meeting between the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) representatives and owners has begun in Indianapolis, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post. The owners recently approved a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which would add a seventh team to the playoffs in each..." February 25

  • Vonn Bell’s brother, Volonte, killed in car accident in Tennessee

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "A man killed Sunday night in a multi-car crash in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area was the brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, according to multiple media reports in the area. Volonte Bell, 29, worked as an assistant basketball coach at Chattanooga State and Red..." February 25

  • Alshon Jeffery landing spots: Five teams that could trade for Eagles receiver in 2020 free agency

    CBS Sports "Three years after cementing his Philadelphia legacy during the Eagles' Super Bowl run, Alshon Jeffery could be on the verge of a premature exit from the city. Injuries and on-field regression have mostly relegated the former Pro Bowler to pedestrian production since..." February 25

  • Ravens open to trading Hayden Hurst; here are five potential landing spots

    CBS Sports "Less than two years after drafting him 25th overall, the Baltimore Ravens appear open to trading tight end Hayden Hurst, according to multiple reports, with a handful of teams already rumored to be after the South Carolina product. The Florida Times-Union's Eugene..." February 25

  • Predicting next year's 'Ryan Tannehill': Teddy Bridgewater?

    CBS Sports "When it came to the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year for the 2019 NFLseason, Ryan Tannehill of the Tennessee Titans was the easy choice. Just one year ago, the Miami Dolphins traded him to the Titans to serve as Marcus..." February 24

  • Signs Point Toward Interconference Matchups For 17th Game

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL hasn’t provided the NFL Players Association with many/any details regarding how a 17th regular-season game would be implemented. On Monday, Packers CEO Mark Murphy shared one very important aspect of the extra game with Mark Maske of theWashington Post. Via Maske, Murphy..." February 24

  • Competition committee admits new PI rule was 'not great' in 2019

    The Score "The NFL's competition committee isn't thrilled with the results of the experimental rule to make pass interference reviewable. During the 2019 season, calls were largely left up to the officiating office in New York to handle, resulting in just 24 of 101 reviews being..." February 24

  • Landing Spots for Derek Carr if Raiders Choose to Trade Him

    The Big Lead "At 28 years old, Derek Carr is an enigma of a quarterback. While he has made three Pro Bowls (2015-2017) and thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of the past two seasons, he is still prone to rookie-like mistakes, such as in Week 14 this season against the Titans when he threw the ball away..." February 24

  • NFL player leadership divided on proposed CBA, could vote Wedneday

    The Score "NFL player leadership continues to be divided over the notion of a 17-game regular season ahead of an upcoming vote on a proposed new collective bargaining agreement, sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Players were split into three categories when discussing the proposal,..." February 23

  • Darren Sproles Says He's A Hall Of Famer, 'I Feel Like I Am'

    TMZ "Darren Sproles says he deserves a bronze bust in Canton someday ... straight-up telling TMZ Sports he's a Hall of Famer. "I feel like I am," Sproles says. "But it's not for me to choose." FYI ... Sproles' ex-teammate and All-Pro..." February 23

  • Coaches pushing for sky judge, league office is skeptical

    Pro Football Talk "As more and more calls get missed by the officials on the field even when they’re apparent to everyone watching on TV, the idea that the NFL should add a “sky judge” has grown more popular: If we can see on TV that the officials on the field missed something, why not have an..." February 23

  • Don't know Marlin Briscoe? Too bad. You owe him if you're an NFL fan

    USA Today "You owe Marlin Briscoe. Especially if you’re a fan of the Arizona Cardinals, the Baltimore Ravens, the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seattle Seahawks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or that team in..." February 23

  • 5 NFL players who could be cut before free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "Long before the new league year arrives and the frenzy that is free agency gets underway, NFL teams will need to tinker with their rosters. They will be releasing players and/or adjusting contracts in an effort to secure as much salary cap space as possible. As a result, the already..." February 22

  • Report: NFL will let stadiums operate 'betting lounges,' still prohibiting actual gambling

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL will allow some of its stadiums to have betting lounges starting this season, a significant step as sports gambling continues to grow in popularity across the country, according to Sports Business Daily. There’s just one problem: The league won’t actually..." February 22

  • Impact of CTE doctor's tattered legacy is buried in the details

    The Score "A few weeks ago, the Washington Post published a detailed takedown of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist and neuropathologist widely credited with discovering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and the inspiration for the protagonist played by Will Smith in the 2015 film..." February 22

  • CBA Notes: Funding Rule, Marijuana, Fines

    Pro Football Rumors "The momentum toward a new CBA took a blow on Friday, but all hope is not lost, as the two sides have agreed to meet at the combine next week. As we await more word on where exactly the players union stands, here’s the latest on what was in the most recent..." February 22

  • NFLPA player representatives delay vote on collective bargaining agreement proposal

    USA Today "After a lengthy day of discussions, the NFL Players Association’s 32 player representatives elected not to vote Friday on the proposed collective bargaining agreement presented to them by team owners on Thursday.  According to a statement issued by the players'..." February 21

  • Here are the Saints' options for Taysom Hill with another Drew Brees contract looming

    Sporting News "The last time we saw Taysom Hill in action, he was the Saints’ most versatile player in their wild-card playoff loss to the Vikings. He completed a 50-yard pass and rushed four times for 50 yards. He caught a 20-yard touchdown pass. He also played 27 snaps on special teams,..." February 21

  • Here's an NFL Quarterback Carousel That Makes Sense

    The Big Lead "NFL free agency seems like it's going to be crazier than usual this year because there are so many starting quarterbacks who could be changing teams this offseason. Guys who have been played their entire careers for one franchise could be headed elsewhere for one reason or another. What if..." February 21

  • New CBA proposal won't make every team play internationally in 17th game, per report

    CBS Sports "The NFL owners approved a collective bargaining agreement proposal Thursday, a vote that is now in the hands of the players. The main topic of conversation regarding the new CBA is the addition of a 17th game to the schedule, the first time the league would expand the schedule since..." February 21

  • CBA vote will go to full NFLPA membership

    ESPN "A vote on the proposed collective bargaining agreement will go to the full membership of the NFL Players Association, even if player reps vote not to recommend approval, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano on Friday. A simple majority of the membership would be required to approve..." February 21

  • CBA would hand most discipline decisions to neutral decision maker

    Pro Football Talk "NFL players who think Commissioner Roger Goodell has too much disciplinary power may be pleased by one portion of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that owners have approved and players will soon vote on. The union informed players today that part of the offer on the table is to..." February 20

  • Changing the NFL Playoff Format Is a Terrible Idea

    The Big Lead "Last night, Adam Schefter dropped a bombshell report that the NFL playoff field might be expanding under the new CBA. If an agreement is struck, the changes would be instituted this season. As with the proposal for a 17-game season, the main motivation behind such a change is more..." February 20

  • NFL ownership approves terms of potential new CBA

    NFL.com "NFL owners approved the terms of a potential new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association, the league said in a statement following the owners' meeting in New York on Thursday. The statement read, "Following more than ten months of..." February 20

  • Teddy Bridgewater Not Biggest Name on NFL FA QB Market, but He Could Be the Best

    Bleacher Report "A 27-year-old quarterback with a 22-12 lifetime record as a starter will hit the free-agent market in one month. He's a potential savior for a team that needs a franchise quarterback but doesn't have the time to draft and groom one. This shouldn't just be the..." February 20

  • NFL teams could lose ability to use franchise tag this year

    Yardbarker "Reports that the NFL and NFLPA might be closing in on a new collective bargaining agreement came as a surprise earlier on Wednesday. Among the topics, the NFL is planning for a 17-game regular season and a new playoff format to start next season. However,..." February 20

  • New CBA will complicate free agency for Cowboys, Titans, Buccaneers

    Pro Football Talk "Good news for all teams, a new CBA quite possibly will be in place before the start of the 2020 league year. Bad news for a small handful of teams, a new CBA quite possibly will be in place before the start of the 2020 league year. If the new league year begins without a new labor..." February 20

  • Sean Payton believes Taysom Hill's contract negotiation will 'take a little more work' than that of Drew Brees

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took longer this time around to make a decision regarding his football future, but coach Sean Payton doesn't foresee much changing in how his new contract gets done, he said on WWL Radio on Wednesday. "Every time that subject has come..." February 20

  • Which teams can afford to wait for Tom Brady?

    Pro Football Talk "It’s one thing to subtly express interest in Patriots quarterback Tom Brady now, weeks before free agency opens. It’s quite another to pursue Brady once March 18 arrives and other quarterbacks get gobbled up by other teams while the #TommyVanityTour unfolds over the..." February 20

  • NFL’s playoff expansion plan is everything you can ask for

    New York Post "Sometimes more is too much; other times more is still not enough. Sometimes more is … just more. More NFL is inevitable because the NFL, for now, is king and royalty does not retain the throne by magnanimously decreasing all that’s stashed in the overflowing..." February 20

  • NFL world blasts proposed new playoff format

    Sportsnaut "It looks like ongoing talks between the NFL and NFLPA surrounding a new collective bargaining agreement are heating up.  One of the items included is an expansion of the regular season to 17 games. Meanwhile, it appears that both sides are in agreement to add a seventh team..." February 19

  • 3 Biggest Issues With Proposed New NFL Playoff Format

    12 Up "The NFL has decided for no reason to mess with perfection and attempt to change the playoff format in the newest CBA to allow a seventh team to enter the mix. Expanding the playoffs from 12, a perfect number of teams to admit from a group of 32, makes little sense at face..." February 19

  • NFL making major changes to playoffs in 2020

    Larry Brown Sports "Major changes are coming to the NFL playoff format under the proposed new CBA. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL is set to expand the playoffs to seven teams in each conference, reducing the first-round byes from two teams to one and essentially adding an extra Wild..." February 19

  • Owners, players could vote on new CBA by end of week

    The Score "NFL owners and NFL Players Association representatives could vote on the proposed new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by the end of the week, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN. All 32 owners are scheduled to attend a meeting Thursday in New York City, while the NFLPA reps have a..." February 19

  • Funding rule remains one of the biggest impediments to a new CBA

    Pro Football Talk "Bad news, the antiquated funding rule is one of the last impediments to a new labor deal. Good news, the antiquated funding rule is one of the last impediments to a new labor deal. It’s good news because it means that an agreement has apparently been reached on far bigger..." February 19

  • Michael Thomas Posts Heartfelt Message For Drew Brees

    The Spun "Earlier Tuesday afternoon, star quarterback Drew Brees gave New Orleans Saints fans something to cheer for. Brees announced his decision to return to the gridiron for the 2020 NFL season. His decision comes early enough in the off-season for the Saints to plan accordingly. New Orleans..." February 18

  • Report: Saints likely to place a first or second-round tender on Taysom Hill

    Clutch Points "Drew Brees announced he will be playing in 2020. That means the New Orleans Saints likely have their quarterback for the upcoming season. It also means they are now in a weird situation with both Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill. A situation that might see them not bring..." February 18

  • Saints' Taysom Hill content with role behind Drew Brees: 'I'm in no hurry to leave'

    The Score "Taysom Hill isn't crafting an exit strategy from the New Orleans Saints following news Drew Brees will return in 2020. Hill, an impending restricted free agent, previously declared his desire to become a starting quarterback and said earlier in February..." February 18

  • Five Realistic Free Agency Destinations That Could Work For Teddy Bridgewater

    The Big Lead "Drew Brees has officially announced he will return for the 2020 NFL season. This means that Teddy Bridgewater's time in New Orleans is most likely over. Bridgewater is a veteran who made a Pro Bowl and took a team to the playoffs. Last season he filled in admirably while Brees was injured..." February 18

  • Stefon Diggs Trade: Raiders Headline 3 Best Fits for Vikings WR

    Heavy "Since early in the 2019 season, Stefon Diggs hasn’t been too shy about wanting a trade from the Minnesota Vikings. The main reason he wanted out seemed to be because of his lack of production with quarterback Kirk Cousins. He started to get the ball more and the trade..." February 18