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Saints stressing character, culture with roster additions

From Sean Payton to Mickey Loomis to Drew Brees and other veteran leaders, the New Orleans Saints have consistently stressed the need to improve intangibles such as leadership and locker-room culture in the wake of last year’s 7-9 season. Payton...Show More Summary

Gary Kubiak's play-calling will be rooted in Peyton Manning's comfort

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Gary Kubiak has said the Denver Broncos’ new playbook on offense is ready to go and waiting for its formal installation when the Broncos begin their offseason work April 13 at their suburban Denver complex. And Kubiak...Show More Summary

Roundtable: What to do with points after touchdowns

The NFL owners tabled a vote for changing the point-after touchdown attempt for 2015 until their meeting later this spring in San Francisco, but change appears to be on the way. With the almost automatic nature of the extra point, the NFL wants to come up with a way to make the play more competitive. Show More Summary

Mel Kiper to Jets: Don't duck QB Marcus Mariota

So here we are, exactly five weeks to the draft, and the Marcus Mariota speculation continues to build. Would the New York Jets select the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback if he's available with the sixth pick? Our man Mel Kiper Jr. Show More Summary

Lions have options in replacing Reggie Bush

The Detroit Lions need to add a running back. There was little question of that even before the team cut Reggie Bush earlier this offseason. What type of back the Lions are targeting remains in question. While it would seem logical to...Show More Summary

Brian Quick making progress but still no timetable

PHOENIX -- The St. Louis Rams had plenty of reasons to re-sign wide receiver Kenny Britt to a two-year contract, not least of which that he's the most productive wideout the team has had since 2008 in terms of receiving yards. But keeping...Show More Summary

Browns center Alex Mack on cautious rehab plan

CLEVELAND – Alex Mack stands tall inside the Browns’ weight room on a dreary March day, wearing team workout gear and sporting a thick beard. He’s ditched the crutches and the wheeled cart he once used to support a shattered left fibula. He’s looking like a 6-foot-4, 311-pound Pro Bowl center again. Show More Summary

Marcus Mariota's disadvantage might not be so big

TAMPA, Fla. -- A lot has been made of the fact that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has virtually no experience operating under center. It’s a valid point. The only time Mariota took snaps from under center in college was when theShow More Summary

Dan Quinn not panicking over nickelback spot

The Atlanta Falcons entered free agency with thoughts of upgrading the nickelback position. Right now, they find themselves without a reliable or experienced third cornerback to fill such a role. Last season, Robert McClain, Josh Wilson and Javier Arenas competed for time at the position. Show More Summary

Pittsburgh Steelers re-sign wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers added depth at wide receiver when they brought back another one of their free agents. The team re-signed Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract. The former first-round draft pick caught just three...Show More Summary

Jim Caldwell believes Matthew Stafford continues to make progress

Jim Caldwell walked down a hallway in the Biltmore Hotel this week during the NFL owners meetings when someone started speaking with him. In the midst of the conversation, the unnamed person asked the Detroit Lions head coach if he needed...Show More Summary

Should Randy Gregory's failed drug test scare off the Jaguars?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The NFL draft has always been a crap shoot. No matter how good a player is in college and how well he interviews and tests at the combine, there’s no way to be certain what kind of pro they’ll be. Some players are...Show More Summary

Falcons release statement on passing of minority owner John Imlay

The Atlanta Falcons released a statement Thursday offering their thoughts on minority owner John Imlay, who died of a massive heart attack Wednesday at the age of 78. Here is the entire statement: Everyone at the Falcons and across the...Show More Summary

Jay Gruden on RG III's confidence, offseason goals

PHOENIX -- Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden recognizes it’s not just about Robert Griffin III. Everyone on their roster must improve. Every other quarterback must take steps in a positive direction. When a franchise wins a combined...Show More Summary

Randy Gregory should remain on Falcons' draft board

The news of the day, so far, is draft prospect Randy Gregory's admission to the NFL Network's Kim Jones that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine. Gregory, from Nebraska, is one of the top-flight pass-rushers the Atlanta Falcons have kept a close watch on through the draft process thus far. Show More Summary

Jay Cutler the starter, but competition open

Chicago Bears coach John Fox called it "all an open competition" Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings when asked whether there was any scenario in which he envisioned Jay Cutler competing for the starting job at quarterback. “I would...Show More Summary

Sizing up the Giants at linebacker

PHOENIX -- When J.T. Thomas racked up 12 tackles and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the Jaguars' Week 13 victory over the New York Giants, he likely didn't realize the extent to which he was trying out. "Thomas played very well against us," Giants coach Tom Coughlin recalled Wednesday. Show More Summary

Babatunde Aiyegbusi journeys from Poland with NFL dream

Babatunde Aiyegbusi may never play a down in the NFL, but he can lay claim to victory simply for the fact he was in the United States on Wednesday for a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings. Every year NFL scouts scour the country looking...Show More Summary

Chip Kelly: NFL draft is 'silly season'

PHOENIX -- Whenever Chip Kelly talks about Marcus Mariota, it qualifies as news. Not earth-shaking news, maybe, but news nonetheless. The Philadelphia Eagles' head coach talked about the Oregon quarterback Wednesday. Mostly, Kelly discussed the reasons he isn't likely to be able to draft Mariota. Show More Summary

What did we learn about the Cleveland Browns at the NFL meetings?

PHOENIX -- What key things did I learn from spending time with the Cleveland Browns at the NFL owners meetings? 1) The Browns feel strongly that Josh McCown "stabilized" the quarterback position. Stabilized. General Manager Ray Farmer, coach Mike Pettine and owner Jimmy Haslam all used that word. Show More Summary

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