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
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
01 Mar 2016, 08:36am by Mike Tanier
Hey folks! It was great seeing Aaron Schatz, Andrew Healy, Doug Farrar, Bill Barnwell, Will Carroll Brian McIntyre and other Football Outsiders new and old at this year's Scouting Combine! Here's the annual Forty Awards red carpet show. It's a hop,skip and jump around Bleacher Report to find my daily notebooks if you just couldn't get enough Combine coverage.
25 Feb 2016, 06:23am by Vincent Verhei
John Breech at CBS Sports has run the numbers on strength of schedule for 2016. These are based on win-loss record alone, not DVOA or even point differential, so it's the simplest methodology possible. We'll get a more accurate reading on each team's schedule this summer in Football Outsiders Almanac 2016, but this might point out an early look at which teams are likely to improve or decline in 2016.
20 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2016, 7:26pm by LionInAZ
23 Feb 2016, 06:12pm by Cian Fahey
Cian Fahey, author of the weekly Film Room column at FO, has a new book out with a deep dive analysis of NFL quarterback performance in 2015. The Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue charts 16,800 pass attempts and discusses 35 quarterbacks: every single player who attempted 250 passes during the 2015 season as well as quarterbacks of note Colin Kaepernick and Johnny Manziel. It costs $9.99 and can be purchased from Cian's own "Pre-Snap Reads" website or here at Football Outsiders.
10 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2016, 3:31pm by vkviratkholi711
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
The 2015 Saints were the worst defense we have ever measured, and Brandon Browner set a single-season record for penalties, so it's no surprise to see him at the bottom of the coverage tables.