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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

  • Maurkice Pouncey Goes Off On NSFW Rant On Pending NFL CBA Deal

    CBS Pittsburgh "It doesn’t seem like one Steelers is too happy with the proposed NFL CBA that is in the works. Center Maurkice Pouncey vented his feelings on social media Wednesday morning about the new deal. WARNING: The following video contains strong language. This video is not..." 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

  • Kevin Colbert: We could have a better Ben Roethlisberger after surgery

    Steelers Depot "Not only is Kevin Colbert downplaying concerns about Ben Roethlisberger coming off season-ending elbow surgery, he believes Roethlisberger may be a better version of himself in 2020. Colbert made the bold statement speaking with the media at the NFL..." February 25

  • Antonio Brown Calls Out Former Agent On Twitter

    The Spun "Earlier this year, NFL super-agent Drew Rosenhaus terminated his contract with former New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown. Rosenhaus penned a letter to the NFLPA saying he would like to work with Brown, but won’t do so until Brown seeks counsel. The..." February 25

  • 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

  • Steelers GM expresses concern for Antonio Brown, says ‘door is always open’ to support him

    Distinct Athlete "Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert enjoyed watching Antonio Brown dominate on the field with the Steelers for years. While the relationship between Brown and the organization ended poorly, Colbert expressed his concern and offered support for Brown following a rocky..." 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

  • Ben Roethlisberger Aiming For Full Clearance By Summer

    Yardbarker "On the road back to becoming the Steelers’ starting quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger cleared key hurdles this week. After a positive medical checkup, the future Hall of Famer resumed throwing. But the 17th-year veteran remains a long way from working out with his..." 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

  • 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

  • Ben Roethlisberger Resumes Throwing

    Pro Football Rumors "Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has insisted he’s going to come back and play, and he took a big step in the right direction this week. Big Ben has resumed throwing footballs, as you can see in this video the team tweeted out.  Pittsburgh’s..." February 23

  • 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

  • Steelers unlikely to pick up Vance McDonald's 2020 option, but restructured deal could keep him in Pittsburgh

    CBS Sports "The Steelers have several personnel decisions they will have to make ahead of the start of the league's new year on March 18. Among the team's personnel decisions includes tight end Vance McDonald, whose club option would count $7,127,500 against..." 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

  • 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

  • 4 NFL Teams That Benefit the Most From Potential New Playoff Format

    12 Up "A proposed new NFL playoff format would see seven teams in each conference make the postseason. Only the top seeds in each conference would earn a bye, thus creating six total Wild Card games. This format would benefit teams on the fringe of the postseason and also..." 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

  • Under new playoff format, Steelers would have had four more playoff appearances in past 10 years

    Steelers Now "With the reports that the NFL will be adding a seventh playoff team to each conference as part of the new CBA, it makes sense to look back and see what teams could have made postseason appearances if the changes had been enacted earlier. It actually appears that if the new format..." 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

  • Bud Dupree leaves CAA ahead of free agency

    Steelers Depot "Will Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree receive a new long-term contract at any point during the offseason? It’s hard to say for sure as we sit here in late February but if he does, he’ll have new representation negotiating on his..." February 19

  • Terrell Edmunds feels Steelers defense needs to go from good to great

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers remained in the playoff race into the final weeks of the regular season despite on offense that ranked near the bottom of the league. Offensive struggles were a result of playing almost the entire year with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges at..." February 18

  • Steelers hire Ike Hilliard as receivers coach

    Steelers "The Steelers coaching staff underwent another offseason change, the most recent being the hiring of receivers coach Ike Hilliard. Hilliard joins the Steelers after serving as the receivers coach for the Washington Redskins for the past six years (2014-19), his second stint with the..." February 18