15 Mar 2016, 02:54pm by Vincent Verhei
Per Adam Schefter on Twitter, the New England Patriots have traded defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick.
Jones is entering the final year of his current contract. The 2012 first-round pick had a career-high 12.5 sacks last year and 36.0 in four seasons in New England.
43 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2016, 8:31pm by CaffeineMan
14 Mar 2016, 02:12pm by Vincent Verhei
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Brian Fettner, one of Bryant's agents, told USA Today that Bryant had missed multiple drug tests after serving a four-game suspension at the start of last year.
33 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2016, 3:48pm by peepshowmopguy
10 Mar 2016, 01:07pm by Aaron Schatz
I forgot to post this story for discussion when the penalty was first announced, but the NFL announced it is taking away Kansas City's 2016 third-round pick and 2017 sixth-round pick as punishment for tampering with Jeremy Maclin during the 2015 offseason. That's right, the Kansas City Chiefs are CHEATERS!... for doing something that's against the rules but every team in the NFL does and we all know it. Apparently, Andy Reid spoke to Maclin during the "legal tampering period" when team officials are only supposed to be contacting agents, but not the players themselves.
42 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2016, 11:28am by Red Hedgehog
08 Mar 2016, 06:40pm by Vincent Verhei
It's almost old news at this point, but Calvin Johnson has now made it official, announcing his retirement via a statement on the Detroit Lions' website. He did not offer an explanation, only thanking the Lions and their fans for their support.
40 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2016, 7:07am by bachslunch
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.
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.