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NFL, NFLPA: We had “productive, constructive and beneficial” CBA talks

The NFL and NFLPA gathered for their fourth set of talks about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Wednesday and the schedule called for the meetings to last for three days. There was a change in plans, however, and the two sides wrapped things up after several hours of conversations. A joint statement from the [more]

No “bold predictions” about 2019 season for Mike Tomlin

The end of the 2018 season was not a good one for the Steelers as they missed the playoffs and saw dysfunction take center stage thanks to wide receiver Antonio Brown skipping out on practice during the final week of the year. Brown is gone in a trade to the Raiders and running back Le'Veon [more]

Ryan Switzer wants to own slot receiver role for Steelers

The last time Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown played a full season together in Pittsburgh in 2017, they combined for 3,479 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns for the Steelers. Brown then 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns by himself last year with Bell in a season-long hold out. Now both are gone and the Steelers [more]

James Conner says doctors gave him dire prognosis without cancer treatment

Steelers running back James Conner learned of his cancer diagnosis in 2015. He recently revealed that his stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caught in the nick of time. Doctors found tumors in his neck and chest, and then the news got worse. “My heart, I got tumors growing all around it,” Conner said during a [more]

Todd Gurley should be very happy with his Madden rating

We’ve spent plenty of time the past couple of days talking about players being upset with their ratings in the new Madden game, and the motivation they have drawn from it. One player who shouldn’t be upset (and in turn has no basis for extra motiviation) is Rams running back Todd Gurley. Gurley is the [more]

Vikings have a pair of receivers in the Madden-rated 90s

The Vikings’ starting quarterback may be lurking in the low 80s, but their top two receivers are among the best in the league, according to the exclusively-licensed NFL video game. The folks at Madden have made Adam Thielen a 94 and Stefon Diggs a 93 in the new version of the game. Both players are [more]

Report: Martavis Bryant files for reinstatement

A report in May said Martavis Bryant planned to apply for reinstatement in the coming weeks. Now, the receiver has. Dan Graziano of ESPN reports that Bryant has taken the official step toward returning. Bryant has worked with the NFL and NFLPA on steps needed to address his mental health issues with resources such as [more]

Aaron Rodgers’ Madden rating plummets

The full Madden ratings have been released, and a certain player with a reputation for being a tad sensitive may not be happy with the number he received. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who last year was one of seven players to get a game-high 99, has fallen all the way to 90. Still the No. [more]

Zach Mettenberger, Jonas Gray took part in this weekend’s XFL workouts

The XFL held its eighth and final showcase for players interested in jobs with team’s during the league’s reboot in 2020 in St. Louis this weekend. The first seven combine-style workouts were attended by handfuls of former NFL players and that remained the case this weekend. Former Browns first-round pick Trent Richardson and former Raiders [more]

DeAndre Hopkins is the only offensive player in Madden 20 to get a 99 rating

Antonio Brown may soon be demanding a trade from Madden. The Raiders receiver, who earned a 99 rating in the 2019 version of the game, didn’t get a 99 this year. Of four 99s in all, only one plays offense: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The other 99 ratings belong to Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, [more]

Melvin Gordon gains nothing by sitting out the full year

Last year, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell won his freedom from Pittsburgh by sitting out the entire season. This year, with Chargers running back Melvin Gordon threatening to do the same thing, some think that, like Bell, Gordon could end up forcing his way to free agency by literally doing nothing. But there’s a big [more]

Melvin Gordon: You can’t just replace a great back

Melvin Gordon isn’t in the same position that Le'Veon Bell was. Gordon is under contract. Bell wasn’t, refusing to sign the franchise tag. So while Bell could afford to sit out all season, Gordon can’t. He has to show up by the Tuesday after Week 10 to get credit for the year. Bell likely didn’t [more]

PFT 2019 storyline No. 11: After a year off, what will Le’Veon Bell do?

When last we saw running back Le'Veon Bell, he generated more than 1,900 yards from scrimmage in 15 regular-season games with the Steelers. But that was in 2017; he skipped all of the 2018 season in lieu of playing under the franchise tag for a second straight year. So now he a new team and [more]

James Washington happy to be “just thinking about playing football”

JuJu Smith-Schuster said recently that fellow Steelers wide receiver James Washington has “figured it out and got the ropes down” as he heads into his second season. Washington, who was a second-round pick last year, said his “mind was everywhere” after going through the draft process and trying to learn the Steelers offense. He wound [more]

Antonio Brown apologizes for furniture throwing incident, says charity donations made in settlement

A lawsuit against Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown over furniture throwing from a balcony was reportedly settled back in April. Brown posted a statement to his Twitter account Monday night apologizing for the “incident” and said an undisclosed amount had been donated to charity as a part of the settlement. “The legal dispute between [more]

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