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NFL attendance hits a 15-year low

More people are watching the NFL on TV. Fewer people are watching the NFL in person. According to David Broughton and Andrew Levin of Sports Business Daily, the NFL averaged 66,648 attendees at home games in 2019. That’s the lowest average since 2004. The Cowboys averaged 90,929, leading the league for 11 straight seasons. Fifteen [more]

Michael Thomas, Stephon Gilmore unanimous All-Pro selections

The Associated Press has announced the results of this year’s All-Pro voting and two players were selected as first-team choices by all 50 voters. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas got the unanimous nod after setting a new record for receptions during the 2019 season. Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined Thomas in that category. Both players [more]

Zach Thomas, Sam Mills, LeRoy Butler are Hall of Fame finalists for first time

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the modern-era finalists for the Class of 2020 on Thursday night. Seven of the 15 finalists made the list for the first time. The inclusion of first-year eligible players Troy Polamalu and Reggie Wayne was expected. They were joined by five others who previously were eligible for the [more]

Comeback player of the year: Jimmy Garoppolo

The 49ers were the sexy darkhorse pick before the 2018 season. That lasted until Week Three when Jimmy Garoppolo tore an anterior cruciate ligament. The 49ers finished 4-12. Fast forward to the 2019 preseason: No one expected anything out of Garoppolo and the 49ers. Yet, here they are: The No. 1 seed in the NFC, [more]

Offensive rookie of the year: Kyler Murray

Heading into 2019, the questions surrounding Kyler Murray included whether he would play football or baseball on the professional level. Murray said he was committed to football, which shifted the main question marks about him to his height and whether he was big enough to stand up to the rigors of playing quarterback in the [more]

NFL indefinitely suspends Rolando McClain

Linebacker Rolando McClain announced after training camp he was returning to football after the NFL conditionally reinstated him. It prompted the Cowboys to release him Sept. 2. His name hadn’t been mentioned again in almost four months until Monday. Field Yates of ESPN reports the NFL again has indefinitely suspended McClain. It likely signals the [more]

Jon Gruden: We took a step forward, won’t talk “next-year scenarios” with Derek Carr

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had his eyes on playing in Las Vegas next season when he spoke to reporters on Monday and had less interest in talking about any further questions regarding his future with the organization. Head coach Jon Gruden didn’t delve too deeply into things with Carr either. He said he saw growth [more]

Derek Carr on moving to Las Vegas: Exciting it’s time for some fresh air

The Raiders will be wearing silver and black the next time they don their uniforms, but there will be a significant difference to the name of the team. It will be the Las Vegas Raiders rather than the Oakland Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr turned his attention to the franchise’s big move while talking to [more]

Richie Incognito agrees to two-year extension with Raiders

The Raiders are headed to Las Vegas and they’re taking Richie Incognito with them. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported on Monday that Incognito has agreed to an extension with the Raiders. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media followed up with details about the pact a short time later. It’s a two-year extension worth $14 million [more]

Top 20 spots in 2020 NFL Draft order now set

Only 12 teams are still in business this morning, which means 20 of them are in full offseason mode. At least one of them’s on the clock, but perhaps two as the Bengals’ expected selection of Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow from LSU will clear the way for Washington to pick second from a strong field. [more]

Broncos hold off Raiders late rally

The Titans made it a moot point by beating the Texans. But the Raiders didn’t do the one thing they most needed to do to have a chance. The Raiders lost a 16-15 decision to the Broncos, ending their own playoff chances and their history in the city of Oakland with their late fade. They [more]

Raiders miss scoring chances on review

The Raiders don’t have much of a chance, and they’re not helping themselves at the moment. After an apparent touchdown was overturned on review, the Raiders were stopped on a fourth-and-goal try and another review. Derek Carr‘s apparent touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow was ruled down just short of the goal line, so the Raiders [more]

Raiders without Richie Incognito, Josh Jacobs today

With their slim playoff hopes on the line, the Raiders won’t be fully staffed. Running back Josh Jacobs and guard Richie Incognito are inactive for the Raiders, for today’s game against the Broncos. Both were listed as doubtful for the game, but made the trip. Also down for the Raiders are quarterback DeShone Kizer, wide [more]

2020 promises a who’s who of free-agent quarterbacks

As the 2019 regular season ends, an irregular 2020 offseason could be looming. Free agency currently promises to consist of a laundry list of quarterbacks with recognizable names. And while contracts done (and/or tags applied) between now and the middle of March could remove some of the names from the list, plenty of veteran quarterbacks [more]

Report: Texans plan to sit several starters, including Deshaun Watson

When Texans coach Bill O’Brien was asked earlier this week about resting starters, he said, “Anytime we take the field, based on what we’re all about, we’re about trying to win.” While the Texans will try to win Sunday, they will try to win with several backups on the field. Houston plans to rest multiple [more]

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