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Goodell urges Tampa to keep bidding for Super Bowls, too

Five cities competed this week for a trio of Super Bowls. The two losing cities got the NFL’s equivalent of a participation ribbon: A personal letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell urging them to keep bidding for future Super Bowl. In addition to New Orleans, Tampa also has received a “good job/nice try/get ’em next time” missive…

Winston eating better, estimates he’s lost 18 pounds

Four weeks after teammate Johnathan Banks said he went from “fat” to “looking like a defensive back,” Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston shared some details of how he’s dropped an estimated 18 pounds over the last three months. Winston told ESPN.com he’s focused on portion control in his diet, has avoided late-night snacks and has tried…

Teammates seeing more leadership from Geno Smith

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets are expected to agree eventually on a contract that will make Fitzpatrick the starting quarterback. But until that gets done, Geno Smith is running the first-string offense. And teammates think he’s showing the kind of leadership qualities they need to see. Jets receiver Brandon Marshall has previously said Smith is…

What Each Top 25 Team Is Hoping for Between Now and Fall Camp

Summer doesn ’t officially begin until June 21, but for college football teams, summer is as good as here. Spring practices have wrapped up across the nation, and so have spring semester classes. It’s a time for college coaches to take...Show More Summary

Haloti Ngata ready to be a veteran leader in Year 2 in Detroit

When Haloti Ngata was traded from the Ravens to the Lions last offseason, he stayed in Baltimore for much of the summer, his family still lived there, and it took him a few months before he was really a fit in the Lions’ defense. This year, however, Ngata signed a new contract, moved his family…

Making Sense of Expectations for the 2016 NFL Rookie Wide Receiver Class

Expectations can be funny. They often warp our perceptions on any number of subjects. The 2016 wide receiver draft class will likely suffer from outsize expectations despite being a very talented group. It's like when you haven't seen the latest critically acclaimed film. Show More Summary

Saturday one-liners

They’re already calling 5-6 Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant “Mighty Mouse.” (Don’t tell UFC flyweight champion Demertious Johnson.) Here’s a closer look at the Bills’ nepotism-free coaching staff. Patriots CB Darryl Roberts hopes to rekindle those Malcolm Butler comparisons. Show More Summary

Terrance Knighton, Patriots DT, Plans to Recruit Kevin Durant to Celtics

The New England Patriots' newest defensive tackle, Terrance Knighton, wants to see a big name join him in Boston this summer. But he won't be playing on a football field. This week, Knighton told reporters, per Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com,...Show More Summary

Power Ranking College Football's 10 Best QB Depth Charts for 2016

It's not enough to just have one good quarterback in college football. In order to ensure sustained success in the current season and beyond, teams need multiple capable passers who can step in at a moment's notice. With the possibility of an injury always looming, teams can't afford to be thin at this critical position. Show More Summary

Under-the-Radar NFL Breakout Candidates in 2016

While everyone is focused on NFL draft prospects and second-year fantasy players, there are plenty of athletes already in the NFL who are poised for breakout seasons despite many overlooking them in surface-deep analysis. Some players may benefit from new coaching staffs, while others could see new opportunities left by outgoing free agents. Show More Summary

Broncos’ Brandon Marshall at OTAs without a contract

The Brandon Marshall who plays for the Jets is skipping Organized Team Activities even though he’s under contract, but the Brandon Marshall who plays for the Broncos is at OTAs even though he doesn’t have a contract. Marshall, a starting inside linebacker in Denver, is a restricted free agent who has not signed his one-year,…

The Jets are finding willing media participants for their Fitzpatrick P.R. push

On Friday, reports began to surface that the Jets offered weeks ago to free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a three-year contract that would pay out $12 million in the first year. Curiously omitted from those reports were the rest of the details regarding the offer — details that would say plenty about its overall quality. Let’s set aside for…

Native American activists criticize Washington Post poll

The Washington Post poll that supporters of the local NFL team’s name believed would end the debate has potentially reinvigorated it — along with sparking a new debate over whether there should even be a debate about the propriety of the name. On Friday, a group of Native American leaders and activists (i.e., not “white…

Sean Payton explains that loss of a week of OTAs isn’t a big deal

Friday’s appearance on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio from Saints coach Sean Payton focused initially on the then-fresh claims from former Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan that he wasn’t running the unit when he was, you know, running the unit. (Payton called that notion “silly.”) It also would have been silly not to take…

Reported Fitzpatrick offer pales in comparison to most starting QBs

When the Jets leaked word that they’re offering free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a contract that would pay him $12 million this year, the clear implication was that it’s a good offer. The reality is that, for a starting quarterback in today’s NFL, it’s not a good offer. According to the salary database Spotrac, there…

Cowboys say they turned down trade offers for McFadden, Morris

After spending the fourth overall pick in the draft on running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys fielded calls about whether they wanted to trade one of their veteran backs. But they said no. That’s the word from Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, who says teams called asking about trading for Darren McFadden or Alfred…

College Football Countdown: No. 90 UCF

Orlando Sentinel college insider Matt Murschel ranked all 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country entering the 2015-16 season. The Sentinel staff takes a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 128 to our projected No. 1 team. Today at No. 90: UCF Coach: Scott Frost...

Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Can Crash the NFL Playoffs in 2016

When it comes to NFL relevance, you can bet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tired of theirs only coming once the on-field action ends and the draft projections begin. The last time the Pewter Pirates made the playoffs? 2007. The last time...Show More Summary

How Hybrid Defenders Are Changing Modern NFL Defenses

The NFL is an ever-changing entity comprised of intelligent people who have dedicated their lives to discovering the slightest tactical advantage on game days. Games are often decided on a small handful of plays that turn the tide for one side. Show More Summary

AP Source: Jets' Offer to Fitzpatrick for 3 Years

A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Jets made a three-year offer to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in March that includes $12 million guaranteed in the first year.

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