25 Apr 2016, 12:52pm by Aaron Schatz
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a 2-1 decision, overturning the previous overturning of Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension. The essential finding here is that in the last CBA, the NFLPA negotiated away any legal rights for players. Roger Goodell's broad discretion under the CBA means he can essentially do anything to any player for any reason at any time.
376 comments, Last at 02 May 2016, 9:56am by justanothersteve
20 Apr 2016, 05:36pm by Vincent Verhei
In surprising news, the Carolina Panthers have rescinded their franchise tag on Josh Norman, meaning that effective immediately the veteran cornerback is free to sign with any team he pleases -- and it seems a sure thing that team won't be the Panthers.
"After a number of conversations with Josh's agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable," Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said. "We have decided to rescind the Franchise Tag freeing Josh to immediately become a UFA. We thank Josh for all his contributions and truly wish him well."
51 comments, Last at 27 Apr 2016, 10:11am by Bright Blue Shorts
20 Apr 2016, 02:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, another big trade at the top of the NFL draft. The Cleveland Browns are trading the No. 2 pick in this year's NFL draft to the Philadelphia Eagles for five selections over the next two years.
The Browns get the 2016 first-round pick (No. 8 overall), the Eagles' third-round and fourth-round picks in 2016. They also get the Eagles' 2017 first-round pick and the Eagles' 2018 second-rounder. The Eagles get the No. 2 pick this year and... reports seem to disagree on whether they also get this year's Cleveland fourth-round pick or a conditional 2017 fourth-round pick.
187 comments, Last at 13 May 2016, 12:46pm by jammer2
14 Apr 2016, 07:30pm by Scott Kacsmar
The 2016 NFL schedule is released.
38 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2016, 2:16am by Jaylinsati
14 Apr 2016, 10:09am by Tom Gower
Big news at the top of the NFL draft this morning, as the Los Angeles Rams completed a trade with the Tennessee Titans to acquire the first overall pick. The Rams give up their first-round pick (15), both of their second-round picks (43 and 45), their third-round pick (76), and 2017 first-round and third-round picks. In addition to the #1 pick, the Rams got picks 113 and 177.
105 comments, Last at 20 Apr 2016, 11:31am by theslothook
10 Apr 2016, 06:25pm by Vincent Verhei
Step One: D'Brickashaw Ferguson retires. The fourth overall draft pick in 2006, Ferguson was perfectly durable, starting every game for the Jets over the next decade and making the Pro Bowl in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
44 comments, Last at 21 Apr 2016, 2:49pm by Ivarsson.se
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
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
Just in case Sunday night did not make it clear, defense rules the NFL in 2016. The best teams in overall DVOA all combine top-five defenses with below-average offenses. The Eagles now lead the league in both defense and special teams and are back to No. 1 overall.