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15 Jul 2015, 03:20pm by Vincent Verhei

Deadline Deals: Bryant, Houston, Gostkowski, Thomas Get Paid (UPDATED)

With barely an hour to go before Wednesday's deadline, a trio of franchise tag players came to long-term deals with their clubs today.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant has agreed to a five-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys worth up to $70 million with $45 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He would have made $12.8 million this season had he signed his franchise tender.

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23 comments, Last at 24 Jul 2015, 12:28am by theslothook

10 Jul 2015, 02:38pm by Aaron Schatz

Greg Hardy Suspension Reduced to Four Games

Arbitrator Harold Henderson has upheld the NFL's suspension of Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for domestic violence, but has reduced it to four games. I know a lot of people will compare this to Tom Brady's four-game suspension for DeflateGate, or Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension for a marijuana arrest. The differences do highlight the absurd inconsistency in when the NFL dcides to hand down suspensions, and how long they are. But also remember that the legal process with each suspension and appeal is different.

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22 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2015, 9:22am by scalett

09 Jul 2015, 07:37pm by Aaron Schatz

Ken Stabler Passes Away at 69

The great former Raiders (and Saints and Oilers) quarterback Kenny "The Snake" Stabler has passed away due to colon cancer at the age of 69. There was some confusion about this on Twitter earlier today, but his family has now confirmed the death. Stabler made four Pro Bowls but his career peaked in 1976. When we did the "Top 100 QB Seasons Ever" in our first book, 10 years ago, we had that season at No. 7.

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15 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2015, 3:42pm by commissionerleaf

06 Jul 2015, 01:36pm by Aaron Schatz

Giants Pull Long-Term Contract Offer for Injured JPP

In case you didn't see it mentioned everywhere else, Jason Pierre-Paul was injured this weekend in a fireworks accident. Information dribbled out slowly, but the original extreme (and apparently false) reports of "he blew off his fingers and will never play again" eventually settled into a general feeling of "he has very severe burns, possibly some nerve damage in fingers, and is likely to miss the start of the season." I think what's interesting here, past the actual injury itself, is JPP's contract status. (Click to read more.)

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45 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2015, 1:12pm by Will Allen

03 Jul 2015, 08:17am by Mike Tanier

First in War, Third in the AAFC: The Story of Pro Football's Yankees and Dodgers

Hey gang: Tanier here. Looking for a patriotic longform to read on a lazy Fourth of July weekend? Maybe one with Tom Landry, Branch Rickey and Chiang Kai-shek as major characters? How about one with links to some amazing WWII-era football film. You are in luck! Bleacher Report let me tell the story of the postwar Yankees and Dodgers, a pair of teams that helped win a war but, thanks to those mighty Cleveland Browns, lost the peace.

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5 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2015, 12:05pm by Mike B. In Va

02 Jul 2015, 02:15pm by Vincent Verhei

NFL Hands Down 4-Game Suspensions: Richardson, Gates, McClain

The NFL has suspended a number of players for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse, including Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, and Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain. (Click to read more.)

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14 comments, Last at 08 Jul 2015, 12:58pm by Mugsy

26 Jun 2015, 04:45pm by Aaron Schatz


Here's an update on a number of Football Outsiders topics: the long-awaited back-end redesign, the release dates for Football Outsiders Almanac 2015 and the 2015 KUBIAK projections, and the FOA 2015 cover contest.

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11 Jun 2015, 04:42pm by Vincent Verhei

Eagles Release Evan Mathis

LeSean McCoy was wrong. Chip Kelly is chasing good white players out of Philadelphia too.

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107 comments, Last at 24 Jun 2015, 5:38pm by theslothook

05 Jun 2015, 05:17pm by Vincent Verhei

Anthony Davis Latest 49ers Player To Retire Early

So, who or what got into San Francisco's locker room and told everyone to walk away from the game? Offensive tackle Anthony Davis, a first-round draft pick in 2010, has become the latest 49er to retire this offseason, joining Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, and Chris Borland. At 35, Smith's retirement was expected, but the departures of Willis (30), Borland (24), and now Davis (25) caught everyone in Santa Clara off guard. At least Willis and Borland let the team know their intentions before the draft.

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48 comments, Last at 31 Aug 2015, 3:24pm by Camille

02 Jun 2015, 05:15pm by Vincent Verhei

Cam Newton Signs Extension With Panthers

Quarterback Cam Newton has signed a five-year extension with the Carolina Panthers. The deal will keep Newton in Black, Silver, and Process Blue (seriously, that's what they call it) through 2020, and is worth up to $103 million, with $67.6 million guaranteed.

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69 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2015, 8:11pm by LastTitan