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J.J. and T.J. Watt will meet in the NFL for Christmas Day’s Steelers-Texans game

This is going to be fun, as J.J. notes. The NFL has its third Watt brother, officially. The Steelers drafted Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt on Thursday, 30th overall in the first round. He joins Texans defensive end J.J. and Chargers fullback Derek. Show More Summary

2017 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers get a B+ for selecting T.J. Watt No. 30

Watt, the younger brother of Texans star J.J. Watt, switched to outside linebacker at Wisconsin

Steelers grab T.J. Watt with 30th overall pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt with the 30th overall pick in the draft. The brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, T.J. made a name for himself at Wisconsin last season. He started just one season for the Badgers after converting to the defensive side of the ball. Watt posted…

Washington’s Trent Murphy suspended four games for PEDs

As it turns out, Dean Blandino was only the beginning of the NFL’s Friday news dump this week. Washington announced that outside linebacker Trent Murphy was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Show More Summary

T.J. Watt to work out for Dolphins, 49ers and Saints

Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt said recently that teams have been looking at him as both an inside and outside linebacker as well as on the defensive line during workouts and he’ll have a few more teams put him through his paces this week. Watt told NFL.com that he has workouts scheduled with the Dolphins, 49ers…

Steelers visiting with Tim Williams, who has his own off-field concerns

While he hasn’t gotten the attention of a Joe Mixon, Alabama outside linebacker Tim Williams also presents a bit of a quandary for NFL teams this spring, as they try to weigh obvious production against the uncertainty created by off-field issues. But while Mixon has become the face of the topic this year because of the…

Bears pass-rusher Pernell McPhee feeling “sexier” than ever

Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee is hoping to be much healthier this year. But beyond staying on the field, he’s at least going to look better. Via John Mullin of CSNChicago.com, McPhee has dropped 25 pounds since last offseason. “I feel great,” he said. “I’m sexier, it’s a blessing and I can’t wait till the…

Washington Redskins finalize Jay Gruden's coaching staff

The Washington Redskins have hired Chris O'Hara as offensive quality control coach and given new titles to assistant head coach and offensive line coach Bill Callahan, outside linebackers coach Chad Grimm and assistant special teams coach Bret Munsey        

Rams will meet with linebacker Connor Barwin, running back Lance Dunbar

The Rams’ attempt to fortify the roster continues Wednesday with visits scheduled for free agent outside linebacker Connor Barwin and running back Lance Dunbar. Barwin, 30, played the last four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before he was released last week. The 6-foot, 3-inch, 253-pound...

Jarvis Jones signs with Cardinals

The Cardinals lost an outside linebacker on Tuesday when Alex Okafor signed with the Saints, but they gained one a short time later. Agent Greg Barnett announced on Twitter that his client Jarvis Jones agreed to a deal with Arizona. Jones was in town to visit with the team on Monday. Jones was a first-round…

Report: Saints sign Alex Okafor

Saints quarterback Drew Brees said Monday that the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together for the Saints and the team reportedly added another one on Tuesday. The Saints had free agent outside linebacker Alex Okafor in for a visit and the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that he has agreed to a contract…

Packers sign Jayrone Elliott to one-year deal

The Packers will keep outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott with a one-year deal worth $1.6 million, ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky reported. Elliott, 25, had been a restricted free agent. He made PFT’s initial Hot 100 Free Agents list because of his pass-rush ability. Elliott’s new deal comes after he visited the Steelers, who are one of several…

Colts free agent outside linebacker Erik Walden visiting the Titans

Perhaps the AFC South hasn’t been the most decorated division in football. But it’s certainly among the most intramural. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, outside linebacker Erik Walden is visiting the Titans, the latest player to look for work within the division. Walden had a career-high 11.0 sacks last year, but the Colts signed John…

Jarvis Jones reportedly visiting Cardinals

The Steelers have selected linebackers in the first round of the draft in three of the last four years, but one of those players may be moving on as a free agent this offseason. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that outside linebacker Jarvis Jones will visit with the Cardinals on Monday. A departure isn’t a…

Report: Datone Jones visiting Vikings

The Vikings have had several former Packers on their roster over the years and they’re reportedly meeting with a free agent from Green Bay on Monday. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that defensive end/outside linebacker Datone Jones will visit with the Vikings. Jones was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2013 and missed…

Saints checking out Alex Okafor

The Saints continue to sift through the pile for any and all help for their defense. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the latest look will be at Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor, who is visiting today. Okafor played through a torn biceps last year and had just 3.5 sacks, but memories of…

Report: Jets showing interest in Dont’a Hightower

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower stands out on PFT’s list of the top free agents in this year’s class because he’s ranked near the top and hasn’t signed or been given a franchise tag. The way Hightower would fit in defenses outside of New England is reportedly a consideration for some other teams, but it appears the…

Bills keep Lorenzo Alexander

Lorenzo Alexander spent a decade as a backup and special teams player before bursting onto the scene as a starting outside linebacker for the Bills last season and finishing with 12.5 sacks. And the Bills think he has another couple good years left in him. Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 reports that the Bills and…

Cardinals, OLB Chandler Jones agree to 5-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals and outside linebacker Chandler Jones have agreed to a five-year contract        

Colts sign John Simon to three-year deal

Free agent outside linebacker John Simon will sign a three-year deal with the Colts, per multiple reports. Simon had 8.5 sacks over the last two seasons as a rotational player with the Texans. He landed in Houston via a college connection with new Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel after being released in 2014 by the…

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