22 Mar 2016, 04:41pm by Vincent Verhei
The biggest rule change approved at the NFL owners' meetings: the chop block (an offensive lineman blocking a defender below the waist when that defender is already engaged with another blocker) is now illegal in all situations. Previously the block had been legal in specific situations (outlined in this Deadspin article), but it will now be illegal in all scenarios, all over the field.
22 comments, Last at 04 Apr 2016, 11:45pm by LionInAZ
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
16 Mar 2016, 06:36pm by Vincent Verhei
For two years now, the NFL and Zebra Technologies have been monitoring the real-time position and movement of all players via microchips in the shoulder pads. So far all we've gotten out of that is "Next Gen Stats" that show us a player's top speed during a play or similar data that seems impressive, but not terribly useful.
6 comments, Last at 25 Mar 2016, 8:22pm by countertorque
15 Mar 2016, 02:54pm by Vincent Verhei
Per Adam Schefter on Twitter, the New England Patriots have traded defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick.
Jones is entering the final year of his current contract. The 2012 first-round pick had a career-high 12.5 sacks last year and 36.0 in four seasons in New England.
43 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2016, 8:31pm by CaffeineMan
14 Mar 2016, 02:12pm by Vincent Verhei
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Brian Fettner, one of Bryant's agents, told USA Today that Bryant had missed multiple drug tests after serving a four-game suspension at the start of last year.
33 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2016, 3:48pm by peepshowmopguy
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, 06:40pm by Vincent Verhei
It's almost old news at this point, but Calvin Johnson has now made it official, announcing his retirement via a statement on the Detroit Lions' website. He did not offer an explanation, only thanking the Lions and their fans for their support.
40 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2016, 7:07am by bachslunch
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
07 Mar 2016, 10:11pm by Tom Gower
Monday's start to the legal tampering period produced a lot of noise and some actual news: Howie Roseman took a look at some of what Chip Kelly did in his brief tenure as the Eagles' head personnel man, and decided those weren't players that he wanted to keep. Linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell went first, to the Miami Dolphins. Later in the day, Adam Schefter broke the big deal, DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans. Neither deal can officially be completed before the new League Year begins on Wednesday.
23 comments, Last at 09 Mar 2016, 4:22pm by MilkmanDanimal
06 Mar 2016, 11:21am by Tom Gower
It seemed likely. It made a lot of sense. And now it's official: Peyton Manning will announce his retirement Monday at a press conference in Denver. He finishes his career as the NFL leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, sack rate, game winning drives, comebacks, and internet arguments spawned over team vs. individual greatness. He topped our passing DYAR and DVOA metrics six times each in his career and had eight more seasons ranked second or third in DYAR.
273 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2016, 3:03pm by doktarr
Guest columnist Zachary O. Binney looks the effects of the removal of the "Probable" designation from the NFL's official injury reports.