Sam Bradford: “Nothing has changed” regarding his contract

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Matthew Stafford may not be the only NFC North quarterback headed for the franchise tag in 2018.

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford also enters the last year of his contract. He told reporters on Wednesday that “nothing has changed” regarding the deal, via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Vikings could extend Bradford at any time before March. The question becomes whether he’d pull the plug on negotiations at some point before then.

The bigger question, looming for 2018, is whether the Vikings would use the franchise tag to keep him from leaving. If so, Bradford would make more than $22 million in 2018, with a 20-percent raise in 2019 and then a 44-percent raise looming for 2020.

Bradford will make $18 million this year, the second season of a two-year, $36 million deal. Last year, the Vikings paid only $7 million to Bradford, with the Eagles forking over the other $11 million before trading him.

Before that came a six-year, $78 million contract, pushing Bradford’s career earnings to $114 million through 2017. The money he has made will make it easier for Bradford to dig in and refuse subpar offers and hit the open market next year, or take the franchise tag.

From Minnesota’s perspective, committing to Bradford would mean de-committing to Teddy Bridgewater. So the Vikings will be kicking the can in 2017, and possibly in 2018.

Wednesday morning one-liners

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Veteran players on the Jets insist there will be no tanking.

Should the Bills cut DT Adolphus Washington for his recent weapons arrest?

The Dolphins are beefing up security at training camp.

Did last year’s suspension actually work in favor of Tom Brady?

The Ravens are a team under construction heading into camp.

Ex-Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins wrote a letter to Cincinnati after announcing his retirement.

And as an ex-Brown, Hawkins wrote to Cleveland as well.

Here’s what to do if you’re heading to Steelers camp.

NFL Network will have a setup at Texans camp.

Colts WR Chester Rogers is a player to keep an eye on in training camp.

Jaguars C Brandon Linder said he wanted to get his contract extension done so he could focus on training camp.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota is feeling great heading into camp.

The Broncos have announced that former head coach Gary Kubiak is returning to the team in a front office role.

Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt says he’s trying to adjust to a new playbook.

As the Chargers work out Robert Griffin III, many in Los Angeles are asking why they’re not considering Colin Kaepernick.

The Raiders hope TE Jared Cook gives them an option over the middle they didn’t have last year.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is feeling good heading into camp.

One columnist has some tough talk for Giants WR Odell Beckham.

It’s still unclear whether Eagles WR Jordan Matthews will be on the field on Thursday.

Washington CB Josh Norman says everyone believes in QB Kirk Cousins, regardless of his contract status.

Here’s a look at the Bears’ training camp schedule.

Lions RB Theo Riddick hopes to be back soon after a wrist injury.

The Packers’ Family Night usually fills Lambeau Field for a practice.

Said Vikings coach Mike Zimmer after watching the first couple practices of training camp, “They are working hard and we have got a lot of stuff in. I think practice was pretty good yesterday.”

How much should the Falcons pay RB Devonta Freeman?

Should the Panthers be concerned about C Ryan Kalil’s shoulder?

Here’s a look at the Saints’ likely roster.

It’s unfair to expect Bucs DT Gerald McCoy to be Warren Sapp.

Cardinals LB Scooby Wright made an impressive play in training camp.

Here’s what the Rams hope to accomplish in training camp.

The 49ers’ top pick, Solomon Thomas, remains unsigned.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett’s forthcoming book is titled, “How to Make White People Uncomfortable.”

Three Lions open camp on non-football injury list

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Three Lions, all of whom have an important part to play in training camp, have been placed on the non-football injury list: Punter Sam Martin, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and cornerback Teez Tabor.

Martin is coming off a very good season and is as important as anyone to the Lions’ special teams, but he suffered an ankle injury this month. Kouandjio was acquired after left tackle Taylor Decker suffered a shoulder injury, and the Lions were hoping Kouandjio could compete for the starting job. And Tabor, a second-round rookie, is expected to get significant playing time.

In addition to Decker, the Lions also put five other players on the physically unable to perform list: DE Armonty Bryant, S Don Carey, S Rolan Milligan, OT Corey Robinson and DE Jeremiah Valoaga.

PFT preseason power rankings No. 3: Green Bay Packers

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Seven years ago, the Packers barely made it to the playoffs. And then they went on the road for three straight playoff games, made it to the Super Bowl, and won the whole damn thing. Since then, the Packers rarely have had to struggle to get to the postseason, but they’ve been unable to get back to the Super Bowl.

In 2011, a franchise-best 15-1 record evaporated into a one-and-done Lambeau loss to the Giants. In 2012, another division title and a wild-card win led to a shredding in San Francisco by a quarterback now deemed to be unfit to play. The next year resulted in another division title (despite an 8-7-1) record and another home loss, this time to the same team, and the same currently-unemployed quarterback.

The Packers went 12-4 in 2014, culminating in a defeat-snatched-from-victory’s-jaws NFC title game loss in Seattle. The next year, a wild-card berth resulted in an overtime loss in a division-round game for the ages in Arizona. Last year, the Packers caught fire after a 4-6 start and made it to the NFC title game again, running out of steam in Atlanta.

This year, they again sit near the top of the stack as the season approaches. And their CEO believes that, after two NFC title-game appearances in the last three years, this time they’ll punch through, making the short trip across the border and playing for their fifth Super Bowl trophy in the Vikings’ living room. They’ll definitely get at least close. Whether they can finish the job is another issue entirely.

Biggest positive change: Ted Thompson hasn’t signed many free agents over the years, but when tight end Jared Cook made a cash grab, Thompson said sayonara and signed Martellus Bennett. While Bennett may not make a spectacular postseason catch that takes out the Cowboys in Dallas, Bennett likely will be an upgrade, especially since Bennett has had the better overall career. With Cook’s performance perhaps finally persuading Thompson of the value of having a competent pass-catching tight end (something they haven’t had since Jermichael Finley), Bennett becomes the guy who maybe can make the difference for an offense that is loaded at plenty of other positions, primarily the one responsible for throwing the football to guys like Bennett.

Biggest negative change: Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang jumped to the Lions in free agency, months after the Packers dumped guard Josh Sitton and he landed with the Bears. While some would say interior linemen are fungible, it’s not easy to let quality guys like Lang and Sitton (and center JC Tretter) leave and hope that the next man up will help keep the quarterback from being the next man down.

Coaching thermometer: Who the hell knows? The standard for Mike McCarthy doesn’t seem to be the same as it is elsewhere, where a single owner can decide in any given year (or on any given day) that the coach isn’t getting the most out of the roster. In Green Bay, it’s different. Which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on whether the individual owner would make good or bad decisions about keeping or changing coaches.

But here’s one thing that’s hard to dispute. A traditional owner likely would have pushed Thompson to push McCarthy to push defensive coordinator Dom Capers out the door. And many would say that the consistent failure of the defense to properly complement Rodgers and the offense justifies a new approach during however many years Rodgers has left.

We’d like to have a beer with . . . Mike Daniels. The underrated and outspoken interior defensive lineman would hopefully loosen up and share his insights on what’s going right and what’s going wrong with a Packers team that always gets close but can’t get over the top. Is Rodgers a good leader? Where could he do better?

When Rodgers said last year that the team lacked energy on the sideline and then said there needs to be a healthy fear of getting cut, did the players see that as a shot at McCarthy?

Who isn’t carrying his weight? Is Capers the problem?

It may take more than a few beers to get to the bottom of this one. But we’d sure love to try. Even if I’d be passed out before Daniels begins baring his soul.

How they could prove us wrong: If Bennett and Rodgers simply don’t mix (and their personalities are clearly different), that could create a layer of dysfunction that could make it hard to get through what has been an annual stretch of underachievement and adversity. And if running back Ty Montgomery can’t take the week-in, week-out   pounding now that he has made the full-time switch from receiver, they may regret letting Eddie Lacy walk — and not making a run at Adrian Peterson. Chances are, though, that they’ll still find a way to still be standing when the field is cut to eight or four. The question remains whether they can keep it together when the field gets cut to two.

Year-to-year approach may become a trend for star players

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Before NFL players would ever  miss game checks during a work stoppage, they need to show a willingness to drive a hard bargain in other ways. Here’s one way they now can, thanks to the examples set by (of all people) Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins and Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson.

Star players who attract the franchise tag may now be inclined to refuse to sign long-term deals and to play on a year-to-year basis. One source with extensive experience negotiating player contracts firmly believes that this will become the trend.

If it happens, here are a few names to watch in the near term: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack, and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Consider Stafford’s situation. With a cap number of $22 million in 2017, Stafford would be eligible for a franchise tag of $26.4 million in 2018. By rule, that would move to $31.68 million in 2019 and then to $45.6 million in 2020.

That’s a three-year haul of $103.68 million.

And what’s the risk for Stafford to go one year at a time? He’ll get $16.5 million this year in salary, pushing his eight-year haul to $125 million. Unlike Cousins and Johnson, Stafford has the money to let it ride; if he suffers a career-ending injury or suddenly loses his ability to play at a high level, he’s already set, multiple lifetimes over.

Though Mack and Donald have far less in the bank (and a far greater risk of injury), a year-to-year arrangement makes sense for them, too.

For Mack, who isn’t getting a new deal this year and thus will make less than $3 million, he can pocket $13.846 million under his fifth-year option and then do the year-to-year tag dance in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Ditto for Donald, who would make $1.8 million this year and $6.892 million next year before going year-to-year under the tag.

For all three guys, the question becomes whether they’d trade the year-to-year haul for a long-term deal that has two years of fully guaranteed money before becoming a one-way street that the team exclusively controls.

Consider the record-setting (not really) contract signed by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. He traded roughly $1 million in salary this year and the franchise tag next year for $25 million in cash flow in 2017, another $22.25 million in 2018 and then, essentially, a year-to-year option held by the team.

Consider what Carr gave up. If he’d been willing to keep his salary at $1 million in 2017, he would have been eligible for $22 million (maybe more) in 2018 under the tag, a 20-percent bump (at least $26 million) in 2019, and a 44-percent increase over that ($38 million, minimum) in 2020.

That’s at least $86 million over three years, estimated conservatively. Under his current deal, Carr will make $86.5 million over the next four years, with no fully-guaranteed money at signing beyond the first $40 million.

It’s hard to call the richest contract ever (not really) a bad deal, but it’s actually kind of a bad deal in light of the alternative. If Carr had gone year to year, he’d have more money over the next four years than he’ll have — and he wouldn’t have been tied to the team for two more years at an average of $19.7 million, which will come at a time when the market for franchise quarterbacks could be well north of $30 million per year.

Maybe Carr crunched the numbers and consciously chose to take a long-term deal that is less advantageous than going year to year. Maybe the injury guarantee for 2019 influenced him, given the broken leg he suffered last last year. Regardless, it’s reasonable to say he would have been better off going year to year.

And it’s definitely reasonable to assume that more star players will seriously consider it — and that some of them will do it.

All of them, frankly, should.

16 different players have the best-selling jersey in at least one state


You know Aaron Rodgers has the best-selling NFL jersey in Wisconsin and Marcus Mariota has it in Tennessee. But can you guess the best-selling jersey in all 50 states?

NFL Shop has released the best selling jerseys by state, and they provide an interesting glimpse into which players’ names fans are putting on their backs right now.

Tom Brady leads the way with 17 different states favoring his jersey. That includes every state in New England as well as some surprises, like Louisiana and Florida. That doesn’t mean Brady is the most popular player in all those states, just that he’s the player whose jerseys have sold the most so far this year. Drew Brees is surely more popular in Louisiana, but the fans who want his jersey already have it, while more fans are buying Brady jerseys after his latest Super Bowl MVP performance.

Up next is Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who has the best-selling jersey in 14 states. The whole West Coast is going for Lynch, as are some surprising states like Indiana and Iowa. Lynch’s return to the NFL has made his jersey a must-have for many fans.

Dak Prescott has the best-selling jersey in Texas and Oklahoma, with plenty of Cowboys fans, as well as Mississippi, where he played his college football. College football also led Clemson-turned-Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to take the jersey lead in South Carolina and North Carolina. Also owning the jersey sales lead in two states are Von Miller and Odell Beckham.

Players whose jersey sales lead in one state are Rodgers, Mariota, Adrian Peterson, Matthew Stafford, Greg Olsen, James Conner, Carson Wentz, Julio Jones and Ezekiel Elliott.

And in the biggest surprise on the map, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen has the best-selling jersey in North Dakota.

Lions could easily make peace with Calvin Johnson

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The Lions, who have faced periodic criticism in recent months from their most recent (and, frankly, rare) superstar player, hope to smooth things over with Calvin Johnson, in part by inviting him to training camp. But if the goal is to make nice with a player who was better than great, the Lions could do something far more tangible, and meaningful.

First, they could release him from the reserve/retired list. After Johnson recently made it more clear than ever before that he stopped playing because he didn’t perceive a path to a Super Bowl in Detroit, let him go find one. Sure, he’s been retired for a year, but so was Marshawn Lynch.

From Detroit’s perspective, the team got as far in one year without Johnson as it ever did in nine years with him. So let him go, if that’s what he wants. (There’s a good chance it’s not what he wants, so why not call his bluff?)

Before making the move, it could make sense to call around to see whether someone would give up a late-round pick for him (after figuring out whether he’d be interested in un-retiring), like the Seahawks got for Lynch. Regardless, now that we know that Johnson left in large part due to the lack of a light at the end of the tunnel, why not find a way for him to come back?

Second, the Lions could refund the money Johnson paid for the privilege of retiring. Though the precedent had been set by the way the Lions treated Barry Sanders in 1999, he abruptly retired on the eve of camp. Johnson left at a time when the team had a full and fair chance to try to begin filling his shoes, which they did by adding Marvin Jones in free agency.

Also, plenty of other stars have been allowed to walk away without having to cough up money paid to him years earlier. Though the Lions were within their rights, it doesn’t make it right that they reportedly had him kick back more than $1 million dollars, which is a pittance for the billion-dollar business but a big deal for a guy who wants to make whatever he was able to earn last as long as possible.

Warren Sapp doing some defensive line coaching, training

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Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp has decided to get involved passing some of his knowledge and wisdom to younger generations.

Via Kevin O’Donnell of FOX 13 in Tampa, Sapp has taken to offering tips and suggestions to defensive linemen while working with ASPI Training.

Players getting tutelage from Sapp include current Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and former Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence, who now plays for the Detroit Lions. Buccaneers defensive George Johnson also appears to be among the group working out with Sapp.

“He’s very animated,” McDonald said. “He’s no different than he was when he was playing so far as animation and energy, his excitement. It’s just a great opportunity to have him around and learn from one of the great ones.”

Sapp entered the Hall of Fame in 2013 after a career that finished with seven Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pro selections, 96.5 sacks from the defensive tackle spot and a Super Bowl ring.

Sapp said he didn’t want to get into coaching as a full-time vocation, but enjoys working with players one-on-one when given the opportunity.

“I just couldn’t imagine a head coach or a defensive coordinator yelling at me in some kind of fashion,” Sapp said. “This is the best way for me to do it. Give it to them in bits and pieces, hour, hour-and-a-half, they’ll grab whatever they can grab and incorporate it into their football game and maybe it will make them a better player.”

Matt Ryan on contract: Business part takes care of itself

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In the days leading up to the Super Bowl in February, Falcons owner Arthur Blank and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff were both asked about quarterback Matt Ryan’s contract.

Dimitroff said that a new deal for Ryan, who is signed through the 2018 season, would be on the team’s radar “in the near future” and Blank said Ryan “needs to be compensated well and he will be.” Ryan said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN, that hearing that “feels really good” and having that support makes contract concerns a non-issue for him even as Derek Carr’s new deal and Matthew Stafford’s expected one raise the pay scale for quarterbacks.

“That’s just the business side of it,” Ryan said. “I’m never worried too much about that. I’ve always tried to let the business people handle the business and for me, just try and take care of what I can control, and that’s playing good and preparing the right way. And I’ve always felt like if you do that, the business side of it will take care of itself. But certainly, those guys are deserving of what’s coming their way.”

Ryan said that no talks have started at this point and the timing could hinge on when Stafford, who shares an agent with Ryan, agrees to a deal with the Lions, but there’s not much reason to think either side is going to reverse course on their desire to continue working together given how the relationship has worked out to this point.

Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant suspended again

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The Lions brought back defensive end Armonty Bryant this season, as he was a known commodity.

And now, he’s done something else they’re used to — gotten himself suspended.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Bryant was suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

He was previously suspended four games for a PED violation and three games for a drug suspension.

Despite that, he had three sacks in five games. He may not get many more chances.

PFT preseason power rankings No. 15: Detroit Lions

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The Lions are coming off a surprise playoff season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a lot of optimism heading into 2017.

In fact, the optimism that abounded in Detroit mostly came to a halt over the end of last season, when the Lions lost their last three regular-season games to back into the playoffs and then got stomped by the Seahawks in the wild card round. Because of that, there’s not much playoff buzz around the Lions this year.

So can the Lions be a surprise playoff team for the second year in a row? Let’s have a look.

Biggest positive change: Detroit’s defense struggled all season, but the Lions think they got a lot better on draft day. First-round linebacker Jarrad Davis should start on Day One, second-round cornerback Teez Tabor will get plenty of playing time as a rookie, and fourth-round linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, fifth-round defensive back Jamal Agnew and sixth-round defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter can all provide depth. Mere regression to the mean suggests the Lions’ defense should be quite a bit better, and the infusion of young talent looks like a real positive.

Biggest negative change: The loss of starting left tackle Taylor Decker for at least the first month of the season, and possibly much more, was a huge blow. The Lions made Decker their first-round pick last year with the thought that he’d protect Matthew Stafford’s blind side for years to come. Now they may have to rely on a castoff like ex-Ram Greg Robinson or ex-Bill Cyrus Kouandjio. On the right side of the line, the Lions think they got better by signing tackle Ricky Wagner and guard T.J. Lang to replace the departed Riley Reiff and Larry Warford. But at least until Decker returns from his shoulder injury, it’s hard to see how the Lions can feel confident in their offensive line this season.

We’d like to crack a beer with . . . Matthew Stafford, to find out where the quarterback really thinks his future lies. Stafford is heading into the final season of his contract, and so far it doesn’t appear that he and the team are all that close on a new deal. Is Stafford committed to the Lions for the long haul? Or would he like to shop his services to the highest bidder in March?

Coaching thermometer: Jim Caldwell’s seat is a lot hotter than you’d expect for a guy who’s made the playoffs two of his first three seasons. He’s heading into the final season of his contract, and his boss, G.M. Bob Quinn, may want to bring in his own coach if Caldwell can’t get to the playoffs for the third time.

How they could prove us wrong: If the Lions’ offensive line can keep Stafford upright and the young players on defense make an immediate impact, it’s easy to see them being better than we’re expecting. If not, it’s easy to see them being worse.

Monday morning one-liners

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Bills offensive line coach Juan Castillo was miked for one of the team’s offseason practices.

Will the Dolphins reach a deal with WR Jarvis Landry on an extension?

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels shared his choice for which of the team’s players would and wouldn’t thrive in NASCAR.

Is Christian Hackenberg winning the job the Jets’ best-case scenario at quarterback?

Previewing the inside linebacker competition with the Ravens.

The Bengals began revealing their Top 50 players chosen by a fan vote.

Setting the stage for the latest Browns quarterback competition.

Steelers CB Senquez Golson will need to do special teams work to make the roster.

Texans WR Braxton Miller’s athletic ability has drawn admirers.

Assessing S Clayton Geathers’ impact on the Colts defense.

Kicking around a few questions about the Jaguars ahead of training camp.

The biggest question at quarterback for the Titans is at the backup spot.

Remembering Babe Parilli’s time on the Broncos coaching staff.

The Chiefs are set at key special teams spots.

Raiders P Marquette King welcomed new Warrior Nick Young to the Bay Area.

The Chargers’ new home has new security procedures.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott did another version of his kettle jump.

Broadcaster Bob Wolff, who called the Giants’ 1958 championship game loss, died at the age of 96.

Eagles training camp will look different this year.

One of the newest members of the Nationals grew up as a Redskins fan.

Getting to know the Bears running backs.

Settling on a left tackle to replace Taylor Decker is a key Lions task.

Looking ahead to the Packers’ date with Cam Newton and the Panthers.

What do the Vikings have at linebacker this year?

A psychological look at what the Falcons have to get over from last year’s Super Bowl.

TE Greg Olsen’s contract is one of the top Panthers storylines.

Who are the top 20 players on the Saints roster?

The Buccaneers are getting closer to their HBO moment.

Tight end is a spot the Cardinals could address this summer.

No long-term deal appears to be coming for franchise-tagged Rams CB Trumaine Johnson.

Breaking down the 49ers offensive tackles.

A look back at scouting Seahawks S Earl Thomas before he hit the NFL.

Sunday morning one-liners

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Will Bills DE Jerry Hughes make it to the Pro Bowl?

The Dolphins are keeping their eyes on the Patriots.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman spent Saturday with young players at his football camp.

Said former Jets QB Joe Namath of the late Babe Parilli, “When I was in grade school, there were helmets with his name on them in the Army-Navy store.”

Ravens LB Kamalei Correa hopes for less craziness this season.

No look back at the first 50 years for the Bengals would be complete without the Ickey Shuffle.

James Laurinaitis thinks the Browns defense will improve thanks to defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Said Steelers G Ramon Foster, “Consistency is going to be the key for us. We can’t have a four-game, a five-game, a six-game winning streak and then drop three in a row, that can’t happen. We have to be a team that’s consistently improving each and every week. It’s up to us to make that happen.”

Texans QB Deshaun Watson hosted a shopping event for young football players.

Who will be the Colts’ backup quarterback this year?

A look at under the radar members of the Jaguars offense.

The Titans hope Kevin Dodd can boost their pass rush.

DL Adam Gotsis is a player to watch when the Broncos get to training camp.

T Eric Fisher has become a leader on the Chiefs offensive line.

Raiders QB Derek Carr shared some of his philosophy about making tight throws.

Getting to know Chargers LB Joshua Perry away from the field.

Which Cowboys defenders could get double-digit sacks in 2017?

Assessing DT Robert Thomas’ chances of starting for the Giants.

Eagles DE Chris Long is looking forward to the return of “Game of Thrones.”

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is working with new receivers this season.

Bears DB Cre’von LeBlanc went home to Florida to host a football camp.

Lions WR Golden Tate hopes QB Matthew Stafford gets a new deal soon.

Packers fans weighed in on the increase in ticket prices.

A preview of Vikings RB Dalvin Cook’s role in his rookie season.

Falcons DE Takkarist McKinley once picked off a Russell Wilson pass, but it didn’t happen on a football field.

WR Austin Duke is trying to make the Panthers as an undrafted free agent.

How do the Saints linebackers stack up with other units in the NFC South?

Who are the top five players in Buccaneers history?

Sorting through some of the questions the Cardinals hope to answer at training camp.

Former Rams QB Kurt Warner held a lengthy conference call ahead of his Hall of Fame induction.

The 49ers have come on as sponsors of the Honor Bowl for high school players in Southern California.

What can the Seahawks expect from OL Germain Ifedi in his second season?

Friday morning one-liners


Will the Bills change things up in the running game?

Dolphins QB Brandon Doughty has worked to make his release quicker.

Patriots QB Tom Brady passed muster with the membership committee of a country club.

Former Jets QB Chad Pennington hopes current Jets coach Todd Bowles gets time to turn things around.

Former Ravens coach Brian Billick will help broadcast the team’s preseason games.

Rookie Jake Elliott hopes to get the nod as the Bengals kicker.

Browns rookie DL Caleb Brantley is focused on being consistent on the field.

The Steelers have found a new airline to take them to road games.

Texans DE J.J. Watt tried out soccer.

The consensus opinion of the Colts defense isn’t a positive one.

Former Jaguars Jason Babin and Kyle Bosworth have a real estate company helping new Jaguars players find homes.

DT Sylvester Williams has high hopes for his first season with the Titans.

Broncos tight ends are looking for a bigger role in the team’s new offense.

Chiefs K Cairo Santos took some practice kicks at Daytona Speedway.

Former Raiders stars are high on this year’s team.

Chargers WR Travis Benjamin likes to flex his culinary muscles.

Cowboys LB Damien Wilson was on track for a bigger role this season before this month’s arrest.

Will OL D.J. Fluker find more success with the Giants?

Said Eagles QB Carson Wentz, “We hope and we expect to be playing into January and then to see what happens. I think that’s the biggest thing.”

What new additions will Redskins find at FedEx Field this year?

Three questions about Bears safeties.

The Lions have RB Theo Riddick set for a big role in the passing game.

The Packers handed out a couple of big grants to local charities.

A look at CB Xavier Rhodes ahead of Vikings training camp.

Ranking 10 new members of the Falcons.

How much of a gamble is the Panthers’ signing of T Matt Kalil?

What’s in store for Saints DE Cameron Jordan this season?

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston shared his list of football leaders he admires.

Former Cardinals QB Kurt Warner is ready for his Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Predicting big things for Rams WR Cooper Kupp’s rookie season.

The 49ers Foundation will host an event at Levi’s Stadium just before the regular season.

How good will the Seahawks pass rush be this year?

Thursday morning one-liners

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Peyton Manning always admired the diehard Bills fans.

The Dolphins are walking a fine line with S T.J. McDonald.

The Patriots never lose when RB Dion Lewis plays, so he’s worth keeping around.

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be poised for a breakout season.

Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin started cashing in those free crab cakes for life.

Browns QB Cody Kessler’s grip on a starting job may not last long.

Bengals WR Brandon LaFell has more competition for a role in the offense this year.

A look at some Steelers on the roster bubble.

The Texans have built their roster with a good mix of veterans and young players.

The Colts are looking more and more like a prototypical 3-4 defense.

Taking a look at the OT competition in Jaguars camp.

Titans G Josh Kline thinks his team is doing some Patriots-like things.

Some receivers would probably prefer the Broncos’ QB competition to be a quick one.

Former Chiefs T Kevin Sampson was arrested with marijuana and a stolen shotgun.

The training camp battles to watch for the Chargers.

The Raiders have to deal with expectations now.

Cowboys DE Benson Mayowa is trying to build off last season.

Giants TE Evan Engram now carries a bit of New York with him everywhere he goes.

Eagles legend Harold Carmichael is confident in new WR Alshon Jeffery.

Washington has had its share of contractual issues over the years.

A look at the Bears’ looming QB competition.

Lions TE Eric Ebron could make the most of a contract year.

Former Packers WR Greg Jennings said coach Mike McCarthy is the problem there.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater posted some photos of himself working out without a knee brace.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman’s role in the passing game could grow.

The Panthers are fired up about “Game of Thrones.”

Hall of Famer Morten Andersen said his parting with the Saints was “distasteful.”

Buccaneers CB Brent Grimes said he considered retiring to play basketball.

The Cardinals’ turnover on the defensive line has created questions.

LT Andrew Whitworth needs to live up to his reputation for the Rams to improve.

A look at how 49ers rookie Solomon Thomas could fit in this year.

All the returns on Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy have been good so far.