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OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 21:  Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at O.co Coliseum on December 21, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Five NFL teams that improved during the 2016 offseason

Rex Ryan can claim that the Bills are the NFL’s 2016 offseason champions, but since pads aren’t worn during the offseason, that hollow title is up for debate. Offseason activities across the league ended last month with 25 teams wrapping up their mandatory minicamps. The other seven teams finished shortly thereafter. So now we can look back at free […]

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 30:  Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks at Philips Arena on March 30, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

David Ortiz helped Celtics recruit Al Horford

David Ortiz has three championship rings with the Red Sox. Tom Brady has four with the Patriots. Big Papi has one-upped Brady, however, when it comes to helping Boston’s NBA franchise lure free agents. Ortiz met with Al Horford as part of the Celtics’ sales pitch. Al Horford received advice from a Boston sports icon before […]

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures after a play in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady predicts greatness in 1994 essay

Tom Brady wasn’t always the most recognizable athlete in his family. The Patriots’ four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback posted a high school writing assignment on Facebook for Throwback Thursday. “Tommy Brady” was 17 when he handed in this essay on Oct. 19, 1994. He talked about how his older sisters Maureen, Julie and Nancy were recognized at the […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 15: Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears is tackled in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 15, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Martellus Bennett welcomes ‘Robin’ role opposite Rob Gronkowski

Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett has a very good chance of playing in his first postseason game since 2009 this season, and that’s probably a big reason why he doesn’t mind playing second-fiddle to Rob Gronkowski. “I’m super excited about it because it takes a little pressure off of me too,” Bennett told CSN New England. […]

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 28:  Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets runs for a third quarter touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Eric Decker says AFC East ‘up for grabs’ with Brady suspension

Eric Decker said on the NFL Network that Tom Brady’s impending Deflategate suspension will give the Jets a better opportunity to make the playoffs in 2016. The Jets wide receiver says the AFC East is “up for grabs” with Brady sitting out four games. Decker isn’t exactly breaking out any fancy analytics with that statement. It […]

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady makes top five on most-hated list

We’ll never really know if Tom Brady masterminded a scheme to deflate footballs. But SportingNews.com threw the book at him by naming him the fifth-most hated NFL player of all-time. If this top-40 list holds any sway, Brady will not only make the Hall of Fame but also the Hall of Hate. Ahead of Brady on the list are Michael […]

400603 06: Winning field goal kicker Adam Vinatieri hoists the Superbowl trophy February 5, 2002 following a victory parade in Boston, MA. The Patriots beat the heavily favored St. Louis Rams Sunday to win their first ever Superbowl title. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Bill Parcells almost cut Adam Vinatieri in 1996

It’s not often that a kicker can be labeled “clutch” when he makes a 31-yard field goal with a 28-point lead. That’s the situation Adam Vinatieri was in back in Week 3 of the 1996 season. According to Pro Football Talk, which cited Mike Francesa of WFAN, Patriots coach Bill Parcells told Vinatieri that he […]

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 31:  Jacoby Brissett #12 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack warms up before their game against the Clemson Tigers at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Bill Parcells praises Patriots rookie QB Jacoby Brissett

If Bill Parcells is to be believed, the Patriots might have landed themselves another hidden quarterback gem in the draft. The former Patriots coach gave the thumbs-up to Jacoby Brissett, who the Patriots drafted in the third round out of North Carolina State. “He’s a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown type player. That’s the […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  (L-R) Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #29 overall by the Arizona Cardinalsduring the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Best, worst from 2016 NFL draft

The 2016 NFL draft is in the books. All those mock drafts are a thing of the past. The names of the 253 players drafted are set in stone. Now all that’s left is years and years of Monday morning quarterbacking, starting with this breakdown of the best and worst developments of the draft. Best Robert […]

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 10:  C.J. Prosise #20 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs for a first down past Micah Thomas #44 of the Navy Midshipmen
 at Notre Dame Stadium on October 10, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Navy 41-24.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

10 underrated NFL draft prospects who could be steals

By now, you probably have a pretty good idea who you want your team to take Thursday night during the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Don’t forget, though, that there are two more days and six more rounds of the draft. Chances are your team will draft someone on Friday or Saturday who you haven’t […]

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Robert Nkemdiche #5 of the Mississippi Rebels in action against Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

10 NFL draft prospects with the most bust potential

The names of every player who could possibly be taken in the 2016 NFL draft are on the walls at 32 team headquarters around the league. The order of those names is different depending on each team’s assessment of the player. Some of those names might even have stars next to them. The fact of […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

NFL ‘likely’ to change something that doesn’t need changing

Would Roger Goodell just listen to himself? The NFL commissioner talked about how well the league’s current 12-team playoff format works, then said that it probably will change. “(It) likely will happen at some point,” Goodell told a group of Jaguars season ticket holders via NFL.com. “But we want to be really cautious because we […]

at AT&T Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

5 NFL players most likely to haunt former teams in their division

There will be a lot of interesting divisional games in the 2016 NFL season. A lot of players have changed teams this offseason, and many of them are playing for former division rivals. Some of these players have been released and were picked up by another team in their division. Some of them were signed […]

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Chandler Jones #95 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm ups prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Patriots trade Chandler Jones to Cardinals

The Patriots are giving up Pro Bowl defensive end Chandler Jones to get some help for their offensive line. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Patriots are sending Jones to the Cardinals for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick. Jones earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2015 with a career-high 12.5 […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 21: Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams returns an interception for a touchdown in the second against the Dallas Cowboys at the Edward Jones Dome on September 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

10 worst moves since NFL’s free agency market opened

Hope springs eternal for NFL teams who have landed big-ticket free agents this week. Some teams have improved their rosters and have a lot to look forward to in 2016. Some teams, however, made moves that they’ll regret. They either overpaid for players, botched negotiations with their own players or just put too much emphasis […]

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 14: at Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NFL Mock Draft heading into free agency

The 2016 NFL draft begins April 28 in Chicago. While NFL teams hit the free agent market this week, the draft is where teams really can build long-term success. With a little less than two months to go before Roger Goodell takes the podium in the Windy City, here’s a look at how the draft […]

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 23:  Matt Jones #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars fumbles after making a reception against the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Jacksonville Municipal stadium on November 23, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

10 biggest NFL Combine busts of all-time

Watching the stocks of 2016 NFL draft prospects rise and fall this week will be like watching a ticker on Wall Street. The NFL Scouting Combine begins Tuesday at Indianapolis, and it’s a safe bet that a player or two will climb up draft boards because of his 40-yard dash time, number of bench-press reps or vertical […]

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10 most memorable games in 2015 NFL season

That yawner of a Super Bowl is fading into the past and destined to get lost in the shuffle of Super Bowl memories. Now we can look at some games during the 2015 NFL season that were actually exciting. Each of the season’s 10 most memorable games were decided in the last two minutes or […]

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 13:  Offensive coordinator Adam Gase of the Chicago Bears watches as the Bears take on the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field on December 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 24-21.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dolphins owner says Adam Gase can be ‘the next Belichick’

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross didn’t want to recycle a former head coach when he set out to fill said vacancy in Miami. So he hired 37-year-old Adam Gase, a first-time head coach who he thinks can be the next Bill Belichick or Bill Parcells, according to NFL.com. The NFL’s youngest head coach, Gase comes to the Dolphins […]

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5 possible landing spots for Matt Forte

Matt Forte announced on Instagram Friday that he’s been told the Bears won’t re-sign him. The 30-year-old running back will be a hot item in the free agent market. He set a record for receptions by a running back with 102 in 2014. His 1,846 all-purpose yards were sixth in the league. Forte missed three games with a […]

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