Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Mar 2016, 01:07pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Penalizes Kansas City Two Picks for Tampering

I forgot to post this story for discussion when the penalty was first announced, but the NFL announced it is taking away Kansas City's 2016 third-round pick and 2017 sixth-round pick as punishment for tampering with Jeremy Maclin during the 2015 offseason. That's right, the Kansas City Chiefs are CHEATERS!... for doing something that's against the rules but every team in the NFL does and we all know it. Apparently, Andy Reid spoke to Maclin during the "legal tampering period" when team officials are only supposed to be contacting agents, but not the players themselves.

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42 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2016, 11:28am by Red Hedgehog

08 Mar 2016, 02:21pm by Aaron Schatz

2016 Free Agency Discussion Thread

This is our open thread to discuss all the free agent movement, trades, cuts, and other news for the first few days of free agency after the new league year officially starts on March 9 at 4pm EST. (Click to read more.)

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237 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2016, 3:01pm by Will Allen

01 Mar 2016, 06:38pm by Aaron Schatz

Eagles Re-Sign Bradford for Two Years

Sam Bradford was a disappointment in Chip Kelly's offense last year, but what could he do in a more conventional West Coast Offense? The Eagles are going to find out, as they will bring back Bradford as their starting quarterback for the next two years. Adam Schefter reports that the deal is worth $36 million total, $26 million guaranteed. Click here for some Bradford commentary from Cian Fahey's new Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue.

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77 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2016, 10:42am by Will Allen

01 Mar 2016, 01:05pm by Aaron Schatz

Tracking 2016 Franchise Tags

The deadline for teams to designate a franchise-tag player is 4 p.m. Eastern on March 1, so here's your place to keep track and discuss as top free agents get tied to their teams for another year. Here's your list so far:

Baltimore: K Justin Tucker
Chicago: WR Alshon Jeffery
New York Jets: DE Muhammad Wilkerson

Miami: DE Olivier Vernon

We're expecting tags on Kirk Cousins, Cordy Glenn, Trumaine Johnson, Von Miller, and Josh Norman, but these have not been officially announced as of noon.

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29 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2016, 11:37pm by The Ninjalectual

29 Feb 2016, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Speed Score 2016

Keith Marshall of Georgia sets a record at 126.9, while Derrick Henry and Ezekiel Elliott also come out remarkably high. But more importantly, this whole running back class does well in Speed Score, with only two running backs under 95.

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16 comments, Last at 16 Aug 2016, 4:16am by barryplab

19 Feb 2016, 05:13pm by Aaron Schatz

Rams Cuts: Long, Laurinaitis, Cook

Not everybody gets to go to Los Angeles. The Rams today found themselves $23 million in cap room by cutting three starters: defensive end Chris Long, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, and tight end Jared Cook. Before I looked, I honestly didn't realize how little production Long had the last two years: just four sacks, and just 11 games started. Laurinaitis is a useful player, but often a prime example of why raw tackle totals are not a good way to rank linebackers.

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14 comments, Last at 18 Apr 2016, 6:15am by Tanya

17 Feb 2016, 06:37pm by Aaron Schatz

Peyton Manning, Sexual Assault and a Little Healthy Skepticism

The general rule at Football Outsiders is that we stay away from posting Extra Points on player off-field behavior until that behavior is going to affect what happens on the field. We try to stay away from sensationalizing huge controversies, whether that's sexual assault charges or alleged drug use or Deflategate. When Shaun King decided to disinter allegations against Peyton Manning from nearly 20 years ago, I really, really didn't want to go there. However, I think our old friend Mike Tanier wrote such a good piece today on the complexities of this story that I decided I had to point our readers to it.

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67 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2016, 3:14pm by Bobman

08 Feb 2016, 03:14pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Madden 16 Ultimate Team for Super Bowl 50

Here's our announcement of the four men who starred in Super Bowl 50 and will be new Football Outsiders-branded elite players for Madden 16 Ultimate Team this weekend. (Click to read more.)

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04 Feb 2016, 03:41pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: February 4

It's the final Off The Charts Podcast of the season, the Super Bowl preview episode! Scott Spratt and Aaron Schatz go through all the numbers to look at Carolina-Denver matchups, plus some discussion of the anxieties that come with rooting for a team that will be favored in the Super Bowl for the first time ever.

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31 Jan 2016, 09:34pm by Aaron Schatz

Sources: Calvin Johnson Has Told Lions He Will Retire

I never quite know at what point we should be posting news of the "sources report" variety. I usually prefer for a trade or retirement or cut to actually be announced. But at this point there have been enough reports that Calvin Johnson is going to retire that I think we can consider this one on the up-and-up. Johnson is still playing at a high level -- he was eighth in DYAR and 16th in DVOA among wide receivers this year -- and the Lions are going to miss him significantly on the field.

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77 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2016, 3:12pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible