05 Jun 2015, 05:17pm by Vincent Verhei
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.
47 comments, Last at 11 Jun 2015, 6:38pm by Raiderjoe
02 Jun 2015, 05:15pm by Vincent Verhei
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.
69 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2015, 8:11pm by LastTitan
29 May 2015, 02:45pm by Aaron Schatz
Andy Benoit, former FO writer and now Sports Illustrated NFL analyst, is looking for a third party individual fact-checker / NFL researcher. The position requires an extensive knowledge of the NFL plus the drive to double-check even the seemingly most tedious of facts and explore and expound on other facts/stats/information. (Click to read more.)
28 May 2015, 02:26pm by Vincent Verhei
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter on Twitter: "Broncos Pro Bowl LT Ryan Clady tore his left ACL during practice Wednesday and is likely to miss the 2015 season, a league source told ESPN."
Clady was a first-team All-Pro in 2009 and 2012, and a Pro-Bowler in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
32 comments, Last at 06 Jun 2015, 11:57am by SandyRiver
26 May 2015, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz
It got delayed by a lot of other things going on around Football Outsiders headquarters, but we've finally got all the FO player pages fully updated with 2014 stats. We've also updated the similarity scores at the bottom of player pages. Pretty much every player with significant playing time last season, other than offensive linemen and special teams specialists, is now listed with top ten similar players going back to either 1978 (offense) or 1997 (defense). For example, you can find that the most similar stats to A.J. Green in 2012-2014 belong to Larry Fitzgerald in 2006-2008, and the most similar stats to Jared Allen in 2012-2014 belong to Robertr Porcher in 1999-2001. (Click to read more.)
5 comments, Last at 12 Aug 2015, 2:28am by sam8899
21 May 2015, 05:53pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a good piece from SB Nation about our current No. 1 favorite underrated NFL player, Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David. The Miami high school product dreamed of playing for the U, but ended up following a winding road through community college and Nebraska to a home on Florida's other coast.
4 comments, Last at 24 May 2015, 8:42pm by chemical burn
21 May 2015, 03:50pm by Vincent Verhei
We'll just quote this Tweet from @AroundTheNFL verbatim: "Bills DT Marcell Dareus suspended first game of the 2015 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse." This is concerning an arrest in 2014. The Bills will host the Colts in Week 1 without their defensive tackle.
Dareus has released an apologetic statement through the team's PR account.
5 comments, Last at 26 May 2015, 7:49am by Kevin from Philly
19 May 2015, 06:08pm by Aaron Schatz
The NFL owners today officially voted to move the line of scrimmage for extra points back to the 15, making the XP now equivalent to a 33-yard field goal. The line of scrimmage remains the 2 for the 2-point conversion. In addition, returning a blocked kick, fumble, or interception on a point-after try will now be worth two points for the defense.
I hate this rule change so much. Why do we need to make the point-after try complicated? If you want to increase excitement, just move the line of scrimmage to the 1 to encourage going for 2-point conversions.
138 comments, Last at 26 May 2015, 3:51pm by nat
19 May 2015, 09:08am by Mike Tanier
Hey folks, Tanier here! With DeflateGate slowly eroding my sanity, I jumped at the chance Bleacher Report gave me to tell the story of the Providence Steam Roller. It was meant to just be an oddball feature about 1920s football, but I found some fun parallels with the current state of NFL football in New England.
Take the time to link and share this one. If we get lots of "reader engagement," B/R will let me write more stuff about old-timey football.
18 comments, Last at 28 May 2015, 4:37am by Dan
18 May 2015, 04:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Justin Smith is officially retiring, which everyone pretty much expected anyway. I prefer players announcing their retirement right after their actual final season more than this recently popular practice of sitting around a couple years hoping you get one last contract, then signing a one-day deal with the team you are most identified with just so you can retire.
138 comments, Last at 26 May 2015, 7:55pm by Mr Shush
Odell Beckham had the catch of the year, but he wasn't the only rookie star in 2014. We look at the catch radii for Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, and Mike Evans.