27 Feb 2017, 07:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Antonio Brown is gonna get paid. It's a four-year deal at $68 million, but front-loaded. That's interesting because it should help the Steelers keep Brown all four years. It will be $18.5 million the first three years, $12.5 million in 2020. Brown is the best wide receiver in the game -- you can argue Julio Jones, though I'll still take Brown. Our stats absolutely love him. He was No. 1 in DYAR in both 2014 and 2015, two of the top ten seasons in DYAR history. He had an off-year in 2016 and still finished No. 7. Also, he makes the NFL fun.
2 comments, Last at 8:08pm by MJK
27 Feb 2017, 01:56pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a running thread to discuss announcements on franchise tags. The Cardinals have kicked things off by tagging Chandler Jones, which will put Calais Campbell on the open market. The unofficial announcements so far have included Chicago allowing Alshon Jeffrey to look elsewhere and Kansas City planning to tag Eric Berry instead of Dontari Poe. (Click to read more.)
5 comments, Last at 9:43pm by Tom Gower
24 Feb 2017, 04:22pm by Vincent Verhei
The NFL has announced the compensatory picks in the 2017 draft based on 2016 free agency losses. Big winners this year are the Bengals, Browns, Broncos, and Chiefs, who get four extra draft picks each. The Seahawks also deserve notice -- they only get two compensatory picks, but both are in the third round. They are the only team with two third-rounders.
Starting this year, compensatory picks can also be traded, so this is potentially a big story for all teams.
7 comments, Last at 2:22pm by Noah Arkadia
16 Feb 2017, 04:59pm by Tom Gower
Great X & O piece today by Matt Bowen, breaking down 20 plays run by NFL teams that other NFL teams should probably steal. Obviously, not every team is going to run the Titans' or Patriots' QB sweep, but there's a lot of good stuff in here. I'm particularly fond of the Seahawks' 3 Mable to deal with trips.
7 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2017, 12:23pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible
09 Feb 2017, 01:11pm by Aaron Schatz
In case you didn't see this at ESPN or catch him talking about it on Twitter, Brian Burke's model of Hall of Fame chances using neural networks is kind of fascinating. This article talks about the HOF chances of top current players; Matt Ryan basically would have gone from "almost no chance" to "almost assured" with a Super Bowl win. It also discusses which HOF QB and RB are outliers, starting with Floyd Little and the newly elected Terrell Davis. Davis seems to suggest a change in voting trends to make running backs more like quarterbacks.
21 comments, Last at 24 Feb 2017, 9:00pm by Pen
05 Feb 2017, 06:15am by Scott Kacsmar
Just what the internet needed: another Super Bowl LI preview, this time from Scott Kacsmar.
9 comments, Last at 09 Feb 2017, 7:56am by MC2
04 Feb 2017, 08:48pm by Scott Kacsmar
The NFL Honors reveals the award winners for the 2016 season.
12 comments, Last at 12 Feb 2017, 7:09pm by Theo
04 Feb 2017, 08:38pm by Scott Kacsmar
The 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is revealed.
77 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2017, 8:36pm by anon76returns
02 Feb 2017, 02:25pm by Aaron Schatz
Football Outsiders is seeking a new Technical Director to help complete a long-awaited upgrade to Drupal 8 and then maintain our site afterwards. (Click to read more.)
02 Feb 2017, 01:28am by Tom Gower
Late night breaking news: Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has decided to retire and join Barstool Sports. Just 29, he cites his third knee surgery in four seasons as one of the reasons to make the move now. He had a bit of a down year by our numbers in 2016, but has been one of the better punters in the league and also a pretty darned good kickoff man.
6 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2017, 2:19pm by ansum
The Vikings and Lions need linemen, the Packers ponder secondary concerns, and the Bears look to finally move on from Jay Cutler.