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Three potential landing spots for Adrian Peterson

Coming off an injury plagued 2016 season in which he only had 72 rushing yards on 37 carries, the Minnesota Vikings released running back Adrian Peterson just days before NFL free agency began. Peterson, who has spent his entire career with Vikings, had his $18 million 2017 option declined. With reality setting in that the AP era was over, Minnesota filled his spot by signing former...
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This Given Sunday 2017 NFL mock draft: Take 1

With free agency largely settled in, NFL’s team roster needs are coming into sharper focus. Most teams have filled their important needs enough that they can put themselves in a position to take the best player available that falls to them come the NFL Draft in late April. We’ll still see some reaches though, of course, as teams become desperate to fill certain spots. Below...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The best players still available two weeks into NFL free agency

NFL teams doled out a lot of cash in the first official week of free agency, making several players very rich men in signing with new teams. But even after the spectacular start to free agency and many players switching teams, there is still plenty of talent still out there. Who are the top players still available on the first full week of the NFL’s 2017 free agent season? Here...
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Everybody’s waiting on Tony Romo

On the surface, it’s rather surprising that in a league with 32 teams and fewer than 32 starting-caliber quarterbacks, Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick remain unsigned. Age-wise, both are in their prime, and they’ve both accomplished quite a bit in this league. The 33-year-old Cutler was ranked as a top-10 quarterback in terms of DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement...
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The best players still available entering the second week of 2017 NFL free agency

NFL teams doled out a lot of cash in the first official week of free agency, making several players very rich men in signing with new teams. But even after the spectacular start to free agency and many players switching teams, there is still plenty of talent still out there. Who are the top players still available on the first full week of the NFL’s 2017 free agent season? Here...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Rumors: Martellus Bennett, Oakland Raiders Have Mutual Interest

The 2017 NFL free agency market is heating up this afternoon with quite a few players already landing new deals with new teams. Martellus Bennett is one of the top free agents on the market and has made it clear that he is searching for a new home and will not be returning to the New England Patriots. According to a report from Patriots’ beat reporter Jeff Howe, Bennett and the...
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NFL free agency eve: Legal tampering period wrap-up

With NFL free agency officiating kicking off in non-tampering fashion Thursday afternoon, here’s a rundown of the key agreements and deals that have been struck since Tuesday… Lions agree to terms with offensive tackle Ricky Wagner: The 27-year-old was one of the best right tackles in the league last year, but the Ravens let him get away despite also losing a premier offensive...
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The Buffalo Bills were smart to stick with Tyrod Taylor

Last offseason, after quarterback Tyrod Taylor made the Pro Bowl while posting the NFL’s eighth-best passer rating and rushing for more yards (568) than every quarterback except league MVP Cam Newton, the Buffalo Bills gave Taylor a six-year, $92 million extension. It didn’t immediately pay off, with the 27-year-old’s rate-based statistics dropping off across the board as the...
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NFL 2017 Draft: Five Sleepers on Offense

A couple of weeks ago I posted five sleepers to consider later in the draft on defense. We’re looking at the other side of the ball today for guys that might be under the radar but are capable of making an impact for your favorite football team. As always, guys deep in the draft come flawed. They either have an injury history, a size limitation, a physical limitation, or they come...
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A pledge to stop shaming teams for selling the farm for potential franchise quarterbacks

I was extremely critical of the Houston Texans’ decision to spend $72 million last offseason on a quarterback with seven career starts and a passer rating of 86.0 on his résumé. And it turns out, a lot of us were right. Brock Osweiler doesn’t appear to be a franchise-caliber quarterback, and the Texans are likely suffering from buyer’s remorse after Osweiler posted the second...
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2017 NFL Scouting Combine Preview: Prospects with the most to prove in Indianapolis

The NFL Scouting Combine opens this weekend in Indianapolis in the event that gives over 300 prospects their biggest opportunity to prove their worth to NFL teams ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft. From medical evaluations to off the field interviews to drills and workouts, players will be put through their paces, and the results will be paramount to where they land at the end of the draft...
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Instant thoughts on Eric Berry’s massive new $78 million contract with the Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs put no interest in the risk of Eric Berry and the free agency market, with a new deal announced on Tuesday that will make their defensive leader the highest-paid safety in the league. General manager John Dorsey performing his biggest task on his list of offseason duties to work out a longterm deal that could allow Berry to retire with the Chiefs if all goes...
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TGS Offseason Preview: Seattle Seahawks

Between now and the start of the new league year, TGS has been providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In the final edition, we look at the Seattle Seahawks. 2016 record: 10-5-1 — 1st place, NFC West What’s new? They may actually finally realize that they have to invest heavily in the offensive line. Or not. Projected salary...
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TGS Offseason Preview: San Francisco 49ers

Between now and the start of the new league year in March, TGS is providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In this edition, we look at the San Francisco 49ers. 2016 record: 2-14 — 4th place, NFC West What’s new? The man pictured above (John Lynch) is rather suddenly their general manager, with Kyle Shanahan serving as the...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

TGS Offseason Preview: Los Angeles Rams

Between now and the start of the new league year in March, TGS is providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In this edition, we look at the Los Angeles Rams. 2016 record: 4-12 — 3rd place, NFC West What’s new? Top 2016 pick Jared Goff is finally the starting quarterback. Oh and they have a new head coach. He’s like 12 years...
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TGS Offseason Preview: Arizona Cardinals

Between now and the start of the new league year in March, TGS is providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In this edition, we look at the Arizona Cardinals. 2016 record: 7-8-1 — 2nd place, NFC West What’s new? Not a lot, but that could change very soon. Projected salary cap space: $32 million — Middle of the pack. Key...
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2017 NFL Scouting Combine Preview: Sleepers to watch in Indianapolis

The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine will kick off this weekend in Indianapolis with over 300 prospects headed to converge on the city with the common goal to do as much as possible to impress NFL scouts, coaches and general managers before the draft. With a plethora of star players and a sheer high amount of prospects in the player pool, there is an inevitability of players falling through...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Were the New York Giants smart to hit Jason Pierre-Paul with the franchise tag?

The franchise tag finally got some exercise on Monday, with five impending unrestricted free agents getting slapped. But while I wasn’t surprised to see Le’Veon Bell, Melvin Ingram, Chandler Jones or Kawann Short get hit with the tag, it was a little surprising to see the New York Giants tag pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul. On one hand… Pierre-Paul is a veteran Pro Bowler with...
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Cleveland Browns Draft Target: North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky

The Cleveland Browns are still searching for the answer at the quarterback position and might have a chance to find that answer in this year’s draft class. Mitch Trubisky is a name that has come up often in the draft process as a potential fit for the Browns. He has star potential and might be the quarterback to save the Browns’ franchise. Hue Jackson and the Browns likely won’t...
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2017 NFL Free Agency Preview: Tight Ends

While the group of free agents at wide receiver is deep in proven talent, the tight end position is the polar opposite. With a weak class of mostly journeyman players, this group of free agents will be defined by Martellus Bennett’s aim to earn compensation for his Super Bowl winning performance with the New England Patriots and not much else. Beyond Bennett, names such as Jack...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Free Agency Preview: Wide Receivers

NFL Free Agency opens on March 9 and This Given Sunday is previewing the free agency class position by position. This column focuses on the wide receiver position, a group that features plenty of experienced names and the intriguing Terrelle Pryor Sr. who will be looking to cash in on just one year at wideout to make for a deep class of talent. Following is a look at the top names...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

TGS Offseason Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Between now and the start of the new league year in March, TGS is providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In this edition, we look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 2016 record: 9-7 — 2nd place, NFC South What’s new? They’re coming off their first winning season since 2010. Projected salary cap space: $68 million — Only...
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2017 NFL Scouting Combine Preview: Things to watch for in Indianapolis

The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine is set for Indianapolis this week, and for a short period before free agency rolls in, the draft process will be the focus of the offseason and all of the pre-draft day storylines will be out in full force. This season no exception, with big names out of college providing the needed build-up to make the combine an exciting event and a staple of the...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

TGS Offseason Preview: New Orleans Saints

Between now and the start of the new league year in March, TGS is providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In this edition, we look at the New Orleans Saints. 2016 record: 7-9 — 3rd place, NFC South What’s new? So long as Sean Payton and Drew Brees are calling the shots, there won’t be a lot new in New Orleans. Projected...
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TGS Offseason Preview: Carolina Panthers

Between now and the start of the new league year in March, TGS is providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In this edition, we look at the Carolina Panthers. 2016 record: 6-10 — 4th place, NFC South What’s new? One year after entering the offseason fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, the Panthers are coming off a last-place...
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