Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is almost certainly tired of examining life beyond 2017, especially because there’s a real chance the future does not contain twice-franchised quarterback Kirk Cousins. FIRST LOOK AT 2017 SEASON▹ 5 most underrated WR groups▹ Marquette King doesn’t care what you think▹ How might Carr’s contract affect Dak?▹ Head Coach Power Rankings▹ Rosenthal: Titans AFC’s ‘It’ team▹ Teams that’ll disappoint, overachieve▹ MVP candidate for each team WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE …▹ Steelers | Bengals▹ Falcons | Saints | Panthers | Bucs ▹ Seahawks | Cards | Rams | 49ers ▹ Cowboys | Giants | Redskins | Eagles ▹ Packers | Lions | Vikings | Bears ‘TOP 100 PLAYERS OF 2017’▹ Biggest top-10 snub from[…]

Ben Roethlisberger publicly wrestled with retirement this offseason — and nobody bought a word of it. One former teammate, though, says the 35-year-old Steelers quarterback was honestly pondering walking away from the NFL after 13 seasons. "I got to sit down and talk to him and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously," ex-offensive lineman Willie Colon told PFT Live on Tuesday. "He’s dealt with a lot of injuries." FIRST LOOK AT 2017 SEASON▹ 5 most underrated WR groups▹ Marquette King doesn’t care what you think▹ How might Carr’s contract affect Dak?▹ Head Coach Power Rankings▹ Rosenthal: Titans AFC’s ‘It’ team▹ Teams that’ll disappoint, overachieve▹ MVP candidate for each team WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE[…]

Lions tight end Eric Ebron made one thing clear on Tuesday when speaking to reporters: He will never buy the $495 basketball sneakers created by washed-up former collegiate basketball reserve, NFL practice squad player and over-active sports dad LaVar Ball despite amassing a massive collection of rare and expensive shoes. However, he soon may have the money to make it work if he changes his mind. FIRST LOOK AT 2017 SEASON▹ 5 most underrated WR groups▹ Marquette King doesn’t care what you think▹ How might Carr’s contract affect Dak?▹ Head Coach Power Rankings▹ Rosenthal: Titans AFC’s ‘It’ team▹ Teams that’ll disappoint, overachieve▹ MVP candidate for each team WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE …▹ Steelers | Bengals▹ Falcons | Saints[…]

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon recently underwent ankle surgery. Coach Bruce Arians announced Tuesday that Bucannon’s surgery stemmed from a "lingering" issue. Bucannon was sidelined the final three games of the 2016 season due to an ankle injury. The hybrid linebacker had previously never missed a game. The hope is that the Bucannon is ready for the season opener. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Bucannon is a candidate for the physically unable to perform list, but could be ready by early September. If the 24-year-old linebacker starts the season on the PUP list, it would cost him the first six games of the 2017 season. With Bucannon out at least through training camp, the Cards should get more[…]

The world doesn’t make sense anymore, as a chaotic mixture of external and internal elements have coalesced to create the land of confusion that Phil Collins foretold a generation ago. Out of uncertainty has come the cloth and stitch manifestation of the anger, loathing and disillusion that circles us like buzzards in the barren desert. It is the male romper. Look at these idiots. What’s better than rocking a #romphim on your own at the #kentuckyderby? When you and your 7 closest friends #romptogether and redefine #derbyfashion. A post shared by Original RompHim (@originalromphim) on May 9, 2017 at 1:24pm PDT The male romper existed on a parallel cultural plane to the National Football League until Cam Newton showed up[…]

Quick: Name a team in the AFC that added more pure speed on offense this offseason than the Cincinnati Bengals. FIRST LOOK AT 2017 SEASON▹ 5 most underrated WR groups▹ Marquette King doesn’t care what you think▹ How might Carr’s contract affect Dak?▹ Head Coach Power Rankings▹ Rosenthal: Titans AFC’s ‘It’ team▹ Teams that’ll disappoint, overachieve▹ MVP candidate for each team WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE …▹ Steelers | Bengals▹ Falcons | Saints | Panthers | Bucs ▹ Seahawks | Cards | Rams | 49ers ▹ Cowboys | Giants | Redskins | Eagles ▹ Packers | Lions | Vikings | Bears ‘TOP 100 PLAYERS OF 2017’▹ Biggest top-10 snub from ‘Top 100’▹ Ike Taylor’s Rankings:▸ 100-81 | 80-71 |[…]

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman wants to establish himself as less of a defender-friendly running back in 2017. "Little things like breaking arm tackles," Freeman told reporters Tuesday when talking about what he needs to improve on. "Running through — I feel like I could get better helping our offensive linemen out. They bust their butts. They don’t get to rotate. The only time they get a break is if we score a touchdown and the defense goes on the field. But if we have an 18-play drive, they’re on the field the whole game. Helping those guys out by giving them a blow by breaking a big tackle — last year I left some runs out there. Open field,[…]

With each passing offseason, the Broncos seemed content to allow some of their best defensive linemen and pass rushers retire or depart in free agency without much of a fight. And in each instance, they have placed more faith and trust in Derek Wolfe, a player wonderfully described by Broncos longtime beat man Mike Klis as both "brutish" and "unvarnished." That is not to say Wolfe, now 27 and in the middle of a four-year, $36.7 million deal, hasn’t learned a thing or two about himself over the years. Maybe leadership suits him better now than ever. "When I see guys not doing the right thing, I’m going to tell them," Wolfe told 9News in Denver. "I’m not going to[…]

So about that rumored Brandon Graham holdout … it’s not happening. The Eagles defensive end made that crystal clear on Tuesday, tweeting out the following: pic.twitter.com/8YIZaTU5Rh— Brandon Graham (@brandongraham55) May 16, 2017 While Graham could use work on his image-cropping skills, the lineman’s words — "I was never holding out" and "I’ve never had an issue with my contract" — should put this drama to bed. Graham returned to the team’s voluntary workout program this week on the heels of a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer that he wanted a new deal. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, though, quickly reported that the productive pass-rusher was expected to rejoin the team without any demands for a new contract. Graham inked a four-year,[…]

With apologies to my current employer, wiffle ball is the greatest of all American sports. Anyone who denies this is an enemy of the state and should be treated as such. Derek Carr is a star quarterback in the NFL, which tells you everything you need to know about the might of his throwing arm. One can assume a live-armed professional athlete would make for a fine pitcher in wiffle ball, and recent tweets prove that Carr is a right-hander who can hurl with both speed and movement. Here he is mowing down a woman (likely his wife) with a cutter that would make Mariano Rivera green with envy: Who cares that it’s a whiffle ball… still got it… just[…]