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  • Air Force draftee Austin Cutting cleared to sign with Vikings, play in the NFL

    Twin Cities "Long snapper Austin Cutting, a seventh-round pick by the Vikings in April’s draft out of Air Force, has been cleared to play in the NFL, a source told the Pioneer Press on Thursday. A decision was reached Wednesday, although the Air Force Academy has yet to make any..." July 18

  • Pre-Week 1 CBA Deal No Longer Goal?

    Pro Football Rumors "A three-day conference turned into a one-day summit this week, with the NFL and NFLPA’s latest round of CBA negotiations ending earlier today. The sides also may be moving their target date to have this process wrapped up. While a new CBA being agreed to before Week 1..." July 17

  • 10 NFL players poised to take big leap in 2019

    Sportsnaut "Summertime is here, and football season is, too. It’s the best time of year for those of us who eat, sleep and breathe this game. It’s also the time of year when young NFL players start to set themselves apart as particularly special for their respective teams. With that..." July 17

  • Vikings running back Roc Thomas suspended by NFL

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings running back Roc Thomas has been suspended for three games without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Thomas, 23, was sentenced to three years probation in May after pleading guilty to a felony charge of marijuana possession. A Jan. 16 search..." July 16

  • The Biggest Concern for Every NFL Team Before the Season Begins

    Bleacher Report "Fanbases would rather not talk about it—and head coaches rarely acknowledge these thoughts to the media—but every NFL team goes into the regular season with major concerns. The offseason brings new hope, but coaches and front-office executives should always..." July 16

  • An Updated Look at the 2020 NFL Free-Agent Class Ahead of Training Camp

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 NFL free-agent class has the early look of a juggernaut capable of reshaping the league as fans know it.  Granted, plenty of time has to pass before the floodgates open, and along that journey, extensions and other happenings will prevent the 2020 class from..." July 15

  • Top 100 players as voted by our NFL crew

    CBS Sports "After going through our positional Top 10s over the past several weeks, you know we had to do a staff Top 100 here at CBS. (Not to be confused with Pete Prisco's Top 100, which can be found right here.)  This list was arrived at the same way as those: our panel of voters..." July 15

  • 11 potential NFL player holdouts, ranked from most to least likely to happen this summer

    SB Nation "When NFL training camps opened in July 2018, many of the league’s biggest names steered clear. Le’Veon Bell, Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Earl Thomas all refused to show up due to qualms with their contracts. Bell never reported, opting instead..." July 15

  • NFL rumors: Would NFL actually give TV rights to Amazon, Netflix or DAZN? Here’s what Roger Goodell thinks

    Awful Announcing "The NFL’s broadcast rights deals end in 2022, and the league is already starting to think about what those negotiations might look like. Compared to the last round of rights negotiations, the NFL has more possible suitors for their product in the form of various streaming..." July 15

  • 10 NFL rookies set to surprise this season

    Sportsnaut "We previously looked at 10 high NFL Draft picks from this year’s class set to disappoint as rookies. While that was a negative look at some of the best-known youngsters, we’re now going in a different direction. The Arizona Cardinals need wide receiver help. This..." July 15

  • The fans seem to want to stick with 16 games

    Pro Football Talk "With the sudden proliferation of stories about the NFL’s desire to expand the season to 18 games, we decided on Friday to get scientific. Or as close to scientific as social media allows. A Twitter poll asked you, the reader, to vote on four options for the length of a..." July 15

  • Report: NFL at impasse with DirecTV over Sunday Ticket package

    Larry Brown Sports "NFL fans have been able to catch every out-of-market game the league offers for more than two decades now with DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket package, but it is possible that arrangement may have an expiration date of two more seasons. Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic reports that the NFL..." July 12

  • Sources: NFL shelves full-time officiating program

    ESPN "The NFL has put its full-time officials program on hold as part of ongoing labor talks with the NFL Referees Association, multiple sources said Thursday. Barring a turn in negotiations, the decision means the NFL will revert to its previous structure of using a full roster of..." July 12

  • Four of five unsigned first-round picks are represented by CAA

    Pro Football Talk "Last July, five of seven unsigned players in the top 10 were represented by CAA. This year, four of five unsigned first-round picks are represented by CAA. One reason for this? CAA typically represents a lot of first-round picks. Another reason for it? CAA drives a hard..." July 12

  • NFL Has Reportedly Discussed Absurd Rule Change Involving 18-Game Season

    12 Up "The NFL's collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2021 and major changes could be on the way. The league and the NFLPA are looking to negotiate a new labor deal and are reportedly using these consultations to potentially inquire about expanding the regular season to 18..." July 11

  • Ex-NFL RB Trent Richardson, QB Conner Cook To Take Their Talents To The XFL

    Total Pro Sports "Former National Football Players Trent Richardson and Conner Cook have plans to show off their talents once again to make a case to get back into the league. In the final showcase in St. Louis for the XFL, the former NFL RB and QB will be participants to get their feet into the..." July 11

  • 11 potential NFL player holdouts, ranked from most to least likely to happen this summer

    SB Nation "When NFL training camps opened in July 2018, many of the league’s biggest names steered clear. Le’Veon Bell, Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Earl Thomas all refused to show up due to qualms with their contracts. Bell never reported, opting instead..." July 11

  • Who's the Early Favorite for No. 1 in 2020 NFL Draft?

    Bleacher Report "Every football fan wants to know two things—which NFL team will have the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 draft and which player it will select. We can't know either one this early, but thanks to Super Bowl betting oddsfrom Caesars (current as of Wednesday,..." July 11

  • 4 NFL Underdogs No One is Giving Enough Credit to Entering 2019

    12 Up "The NFL season is right around the corner which presents the usual suspects as favorites. The New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams are the odds on favorites to win the Super Bowl, but these four teams might just shock the world next..." July 11

  • 5 NFL Coaches Who Will End Up on the Hot Seat in 2019

    12 Up "Anyone will tell you the NFL stands for "Not For Long," and nothing could be more true for the league's head coaches. With constant reshuffling and the next forward-thinking coach always out there to be snatched up, there are bound to be plenty of coaching shake-ups this year...." July 11

  • 11 NFL Draft Picks Remain Unsigned

    Pro Football Rumors "Roughly 4% of this year’s draft picks have yet to sign their rookie contracts, as shown in PFR’s tracker. So far, 243 of this year’s 254 selections have inked their deals. Here’s the complete breakdown, sorted by round: First Round..." July 11

  • 1 Move Every NFL Team Should Make Before the 2019 Season Begins

    Bleacher Report "The wait for NFL football is almost over, folks. The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos face off in the Hall of Fame Game on August 1, which will officially kick off the 2019 preseason. That's mere weeks away. Most significant offseason moves have already been made...." July 09

  • Have the Minnesota Vikings Gone from Overrated to Underrated?

    Bleacher Report "One year ago, the Minnesota Vikings were one of the most talked-about teams in the NFL. They were coming off an appearance in the NFC Championship Game and had signed free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract. The purple..." July 09

  • 10 NFL veterans who could be surprising training camp cuts

    Sportsnaut "Every summer, young players come seemingly out of nowhere to provide value to their teams, while subsequently making notable veterans training camp cuts. It’s the latter group we’re focusing on here. These 10 NFL veterans have done big things in the past but could be..." July 08

  • The 3 best and 3 worst relocations in NFL history

    SB Nation "Loyalty is a rarity in the NFL. Players, coaches, and executives change homes every year after either exhausting their usefulness in one location or searching for greener pastures. And that ever-shifting landscape isn’t limited to people. In the past three years, we’ve..." July 08

  • NFL Youngsters Who Could Still Blossom into Stars

    Bleacher Report "Every young player enters the NFL with dreams of becoming a star. It's especially true of players drafted in the first couple of rounds as an invitation to the draft brings with it an expectation that stardom is just around the corner. For some, that's exactly what..." July 07

  • Muhammad Wilkerson, Corey Liuget remain top unsigned free agents

    Pro Football Talk "Free agency in the NFL has slowed down — and effectively stopped for the top players, as we haven’t heard so much as a peep about any interest in the top remaining free agents in recent weeks. The two best available free agents in our Top 100 listare both defensive..." July 07

  • 10 NFL players with most to prove in training camp

    Larry Brown Sports "Before long, all 32 NFL teams will officially report to training camp in preparation for the 2019 regular season. It will be the beginning of a quest for Super Bowl LIV, and everyone should legitimately feel like they have a chance. That extends to the players — both rookies and..." July 04

  • Predicting Where Top Remaining NFL Free Agents Will Sign

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is stuck in the doldrums of the dead period nearly four months after the start of its new league year, but pro football's version of free agency isn't complete.  Training camps are set to start later this month, and inevitably, attrition will occur...." July 03

  • 10 young NFL players under the most pressure this season

    Sportsnaut "We already know that established quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Drew Brees will be facing a ton of pressure. It’s also logical to believe that high-priced free-agent signings will also be under a lot of pressure. There is, however, another group out there...." July 03

  • NBA's Spending Spree Has NFL Players' Attention

    Bleacher Report "NFL players have been doing a lot of thinking about their NBA counterparts...and they're not happy, a 40-yard dud, and Canton may need to get a bigger stage this year. All that and more in this week's 10-Point Stance. 1. More money, more problems Texans wide..." July 03

  • One major issue the Vikings must fix before training camp

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a lackluster season in 2018. They finished 8-7-1 after a trip to the NFC Championship game the season before. The Vikings added Kirk Cousins to the tune of $84 million guaranteed. He was supposed to be the missing link on a championship ready team...." July 02

  • Eight NFL teams set to exceed expectations in 2019

    Sportsnaut "On an annual basis, NFL teams that are expected to tank end up making a playoff push, while hyped teams fall by the wayside. It’s this first group we’re focusing on here. Not all the teams we’re about to discuss are necessarily expected to compete for the..." July 02

  • Report: NFL, NFLPA trying to hammer out new CBA before 2019 season begins

    Sportsnaut "The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and NFLPA is set to expire following the 2020 season, but the two sides have been working hard to avoid a strike. Dan Graziano of ESPN reports the ongoing discussions “are set to intensify in July in an effort to..." July 02

  • Issue of stadium credits hovers over CBA talks

    Pro Football Talk "At least three rounds of Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions have been held, and the process (we’re told) will continue in mid-July. Although there has been, and will be, plenty of discussion regarding specific issues that may or may not be resolved or changed in the next labor..." July 02

  • 8 NFL quarterbacks who will disappoint in 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL has been a quarterback’s league for many years now, and teams typically go as far as their QB will take them. For franchises like the New England Patriots, that is a comforting feeling. For others like the Denver Broncos who are facing uncertain situations at the position, it..." June 30

  • 10 late-round NFL rookies who could shine in 2019

    Sportsnaut "Being selected early in the draft is great, but the league is full of late-round picks who excel beyond anyone’s expectations. Of course, everyone has been reminded quite often that GOAT Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick. A bit more recently, NFL record-holder George..." June 27

  • Top 10 most overpaid NFL players

    The Score "Unless you're a superstar, it can be difficult to earn a big-money deal in the NFL. It's a wonder these players, who either benefited from a great season or as free agents on the market, were able to nab a contract well beyond their value. Here are the top 10 most overpaid NFL..." June 27

  • NFL Players Trying to Avoid the Bust Label in 2019

    Bleacher Report "It takes at least three or four seasons to properly evaluate an NFL draft class. So this fall, it's make-or-break time for prospects from the 2016 and 2017 NFL drafts who underwhelmed over their first few seasons. It's too late for a few highly touted prospects, many..." June 26

  • 5 Wide Receivers Who Could Record 1,000 Receiving Yards for the 1st Time in 2019

    12 Up "When we think about wide receivers, the first names that cross our minds are Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, and Odell Beckham Jr. As well known as those names are, these five receivers who have never topped 1,000 yards in the NFL may just be the unexpected difference..." June 26

  • The NFL's 10 Most Important Players Entering 2019

    Bleacher Report "Everyone knows that Tom Brady is important. So important that it's hardly worth talking about. So are Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and the other veteran franchise quarterbacks. So are big-name/big-play/big-mood receivers like Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr.,..." June 25

  • 10 most expensive starting defenses in the NFL

    Sportsnaut "A saying as old as the NFL itself is that defense wins championships. The question is, does spending money on defense win those championships? The New England Patriots have won a lot over the last two decades. They also have one of the NFL’s most expensive starting defenses. On..." June 25

  • NFL Rumors: Is in-season 'Hard Knocks’ on the way for HBO?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The upcoming season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series should be a doozy, going behind the scenes during training camp for the Oakland Raiders. On a team that has Jon Gruden as coach and players like Antonio Brown,Vontaze Burfict and Richie Incognito on the..." June 25

  • Could legalized gambling be key to avoiding NFL strike?

    Sportsnaut "For a couple of years now, the NFLPA has publicly recommending NFL players save up for a strike following the end of the current collective bargaining agreement. The current 10-year deal between the NFL and NFLPA will come to a conclusion following the 2020 season. There are..." June 24

  • NFL players who could hold out of training camp

    Sportsnaut "There are some interesting situations unfolding around the league that could lead to NFL players holding out of training camp, and potentially even the regular season. From a disgruntled star left tackle who reportedly wants to be traded to a superstar receiver who is looking to set a..." June 24

  • NFL Might Only Keep Pass Interference Review Changes for 2019-20 Season

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is allowing reviews on pass interference calls and non-calls starting in the 2019 season, though it may not extend beyond that.  According to the NFL Football Operations, the league's competition committee voted to only enact the changes for next season,..." June 20

  • NFL analyst could see 49ers replacing Jimmy Garoppolo with Kirk Cousins

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Last season didn't go as planned for the Minnesota Vikings or the San Francisco 49ers, albeit for different reasons. After signing quarterback Kirk Cousins in the offseason, the Vikings stumbled to an 8-7-1 record, missing the playoffs one year after going to the NFC..." June 19

  • NFL rumors: Is DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket heading to streaming service? Amazon, ESPN, DAZN in the mix?

    Newark Star-Ledger "There could be some major changes coming with the NFL’s extremely popular Sunday Ticket package with DirecTV. It could be heading to streaming, per Awful Announcing, with some candidates to take it on..." June 19

  • Four Former NFL Stars We Actually Wish Were Coming Out of Retirement

    12 Up "Brett Favre sent shockwaves throughout the football world on Tuesday, as a post from his official Instagram account revealed that the Hall of Fame quarterback would return for the 2020 season. Well, that wasn't the case, as the post was subsequently deleted, with..." June 19

  • Every NFL Team's Biggest Red Flag Heading into 2019 Season

    Bleacher Report "With the 2019 NFL draft and the bulk of free agency now in the past, the time for plugging major holes has passed. There are still some quality free agents floating around—and the trade market is still open—but most of the big moves that will be made this offseason have..." June 17