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You can cross Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon off at least one team's draft board, it appears

We’ve speculated for months now that Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon, the ultra-talented runner who was seen on video punching a woman in the face in 2014, will be drafted higher than people expect. But there’s at least one team with a late first-round pick that reportedly has no designs on drafting the controversial player. Show More Summary

Monday morning one-liners

Seven questions regarding the Bills as the league meetings get underway. Was the Dolphins’ playoff berth a result of smoke and mirrors? The Patriots expect to be playing their game in Mexico City in mid-November. Running through the pros and cons of the Jets drafting LSU RB Leonard Fournette. S Eric Weddle has high hopes…

Atlanta Falcons 2017: Hey, What’s Your Problem?

We are close to wrapping up our latest series from End Zone Score. NFL free agency is in full swing. Teams continue to make decisions that will affect the franchise’s immediate future. The focus here will be on each of the 32 teams’ biggest problems. Show More Summary

“Zero percent chance” Dolphins are interested in Joe Mixon

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is making the pre-draft rounds, but those trips are more about convincing teams he can be trusted rather then whether he’s good at playing football. And it sounds like he won’t be taking that road show to Miami. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will not…

No timeline on Le’Veon Bell return, contract negotiations

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had surgery this month to repair the core muscle injury that knocked him out of the AFC title game and ginned up questions about why the team didn’t disclose the injury heading into the game after Bell said it had been an issue. The injury didn’t stop the Steelers from…

Ron Rivera thinks time off will help Cam Newton

The Panthers announced that quarterback Cam Newton is going to be out of action for a few months after making the decision to have shoulder surgery to address lingering pain from the 2016 season. The timing of the decision has drawn some scrutiny as Newton played out the string last season despite the shoulder issue.…

More talk in Cleveland of the Browns trading for Jimmy Garoppolo

Around the NFL, there’s a widespread belief that the Patriots have no plans to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and see him as not just the backup to Tom Brady in 2017 but the successor to Brady some day down the road. But in Cleveland, there’s a different view. Talk of the Browns trading for…

Halas grandchildren want to sell shares of team to McCaskeys

As ownership families age, they naturally disperse the business to younger generations. In Chicago, there appears to be some movement to consolidate some of the shares of ownership in the Bear to avoid potential future problems. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, owners are expected to vote this week on the potential sale…

Cowboys declare “method to the madness” of defensive exodus

The Cowboys weren’t what you’d call great on defense last year, but they were certainly good enough to not stop progress. But losing so many starters on that side of the ball, including nearly the entire secondary, and five total players who started at least seven games for them last year could potentially be a big…

Hue Jackson says Brock Osweiler will compete for a job, for now

The Browns traded for Brock Osweiler because they wanted a second-round draft pick and the Texans wanted to get out from under Osweiler’s contract. Osweiler’s potential contributions in Cleveland were an afterthought. But as long as he’s on the team, Browns coach Hue Jackson says Osweiler will be given the same opportunities as other players,…

NFL says injury data shows protections for quarterbacks are working

The NFL has changed several rules in recent years designed to keep quarterbacks healthier. The league thinks it now has the evidence to show those rules are working. According to Peter King of TheMMQB.com, starting quarterbacks missed a total of just 35 games in 2016, a significant reduction from the 59 games missed in 2015,…

Not much suspense left for Raiders to Las Vegas vote

NFL owners just walked into their opening session of a meeting at which they’ll decide the destination of the Raiders. And there’s not much suspense left as to how the vote is going to go. The sense of optimism as the owners walked into the Arizona Biltmore Resort was real, and no one expects anything…

NFL hires a new chief medical officer, a neurosurgeon

The NFL has hired a new top doctor to help with their concussion issue. And this time, he’s not a rheumatologist. The league announced they had hired Dr. Allen Sills as their chief medical officer, a new full-time position they’ve created. Sills was most recently a professor of neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation at…

Panthers defend letting Cam Newton play through shoulder injury

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a shoulder injury in Week 14, and last week decided to have surgery to repair the shoulder. Now the Panthers are facing questions about why Newton played the final weeks of the season after Carolina had been eliminated from playoff contention if his throwing shoulder was injured badly enough that…

Steelers planning for life after Roethlisberger

No one is taking seriously the retirement musings of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The team nevertheless realizes that he’s much closer to the end of his career than the beginning, and they’re beginning to plan accordingly. “I think we’ve been in that mindset for the last several years, that’s what this business tells us to…

John Elway, Jerry Jones haven’t talked about Tony Romo

Although the annual meetings technically began Sunday in Arizona, plenty of league personnel already have been here working on plenty of things via plenty of meetings discussing plenty of topics. During the time that Broncos G.M. John Elway and Cowboys owner/G.M. Jerry Jones spent together, however, one specific subject has not been broached. “We’ve been…

How often do teams draft QBs? Less than Jets

It took some researching, but one positive can be drawn now as it relates to the Jets and their meager quarterback situation. They’ve been trying. By one measure, like no team has. Pro Football Talk collected data over the past decade to analyze how each NFL franchise has approached the quarterback position in the draft. The Jets selected an…

Bruce Allen insists Kirk Cousins will be the Washington quarterback in 2017

For a team in a town known for politicians who speak in absolutes that are often absolutely untrue, take this for whatever you will: Washington president Bruce Allen insists that Kirk Cousins will be the team’s quarterback in 2017. “That’s why we franchised him,” Allen told CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I can’t keep up with the rumors,”…

Bears, Packers cornerbacks both arrested in Iowa

Two former college teammates who play for rival NFL teams reportedly were arrested together early Sunday morning following an incident at a bar in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall was cited under suspicion of interference,...Show More Summary

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