23 Mar 2016, 01:23pm by Aaron Schatz
So, the NFL has decided to move a touchback after a kickoff to the 25 instead of the 20. This is another move designed to reduce kickoff returns in an attempt to reduce injuries... and it is going to totally backfire. That five-yard move creates a huge incentive for squibs and pop-up kicks and other plays designed to force the return team to take the ball back from inside the 20. It also changes the math to make surprise onside kicks a better value; a failed onside now gives the other team five fewer yards.
35 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2016, 10:44pm by PatsFan
16 Mar 2016, 09:58pm by Aaron Schatz
Time for the Patriots to take another chance on a disgruntled player. The Bears have been trying to send Martellus Bennett elsewhere for over a year now, and finally found a trading partner. They'll deal Bennett to the Patriots along with a sixth-round pick, and get a fourth-rounder in return. Bennett could finally allow the Patriots to really feature their two-tight end sets for the first time since Aaron Hernandez was cut, or he could spend the entire season complaining that he's behind Rob Gronkowski for targets.
41 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2016, 10:08pm by theslothook
10 Mar 2016, 01:07pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
42 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2016, 11:28am by Red Hedgehog
08 Mar 2016, 02:21pm by Aaron Schatz
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.)
237 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2016, 3:01pm by Will Allen
01 Mar 2016, 06:38pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
77 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2016, 10:42am by Will Allen
01 Mar 2016, 01:05pm by Aaron Schatz
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:
NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE TAG
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.
29 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2016, 11:37pm by The Ninjalectual
29 Feb 2016, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
16 comments, Last at 16 Aug 2016, 4:16am by barryplab
19 Feb 2016, 05:13pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
14 comments, Last at 18 Apr 2016, 6:15am by Tanya
17 Feb 2016, 06:37pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
67 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2016, 3:14pm by Bobman
08 Feb 2016, 03:14pm by Aaron Schatz
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.)