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Le'Veon Bell's Jets Deal Is A Good Reminder: Guarantees Are Not Always Guaranteed Le'Veon Bell's Jets Deal Is A Good Reminder: Guarantees Are Not Always Guaranteed

The Le’Veon Bell contract saga, two years and three negotiating cycles in the making, finally concluded just after midnight today. Bell will play for the Jets, for a reported $52.5 million across a max of four years, with a max value of $61 million, and guarantees totaling $35 million. There are a lot of unknown…

Anthony Barr Just Couldn't Bring Himself To Join The Jets Anthony Barr Just Couldn't Bring Himself To Join The Jets

That free-agent deal that Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr reportedly agreed to last night with the Jets? On second thought ...

This Latest Bit Of Todd Gurley News Sounds Ominous This Latest Bit Of Todd Gurley News Sounds Ominous

After months of head-scratching about what might have been up with Rams running back Todd Gurley in the playoffs and the Super Bowl, there’s finally an answer: His knee is pretty messed up.

Mike McCarthy Is Using His Free Time To Yell At High School Basketball Officials Mike McCarthy Is Using His Free Time To Yell At High School Basketball Officials

Ex-Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who was fired with four games remaining last season, can’t yell at NFL officials anymore. He’s apparently filling the void by shouting at and chasing high school basketball refs instead. And there’s video.

Nick Foles And His Dong Are Now Free To Go Elsewhere Nick Foles And His Dong Are Now Free To Go Elsewhere

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman made no attempt to yank anyone’s chain during his presser today at the NFL combine in Indianapolis: Nick Foles will not be given the franchise tag, which means Nick Foles and his reportedly gigantic hog will hit free agency. There was nothing soft about Foles’s second tenure in…

Report: NFL Will Consider Whether Celebrations Are Becoming Too Much Fun Report: NFL Will Consider Whether Celebrations Are Becoming Too Much Fun

After a season of increased scoring—Super Bowl not included—a new wave of breakout stars like Patrick Mahomes, and an embrace of the idea that, hey, maybe football can be enjoyable to watch, the NFL will discuss the possibility of reining in some of that joy during this week’s competition committee meetings at the…

Bob Costas Wants To Have It Both Ways Bob Costas Wants To Have It Both Ways

Bob Costas seemed to be speaking truth to power in a recent segment on ESPN’s Outside The Lines, detailing a lengthy backstory about power and influence and the NFL’s relationship with its broadcast partners. It was classic Costas: smooth, controlled, authoritative—all the trustworthy qualities that make him one of…

The NFL Concussion Settlement Is Getting Personal, And Weird, And Now Roger Stone Is Involved The NFL Concussion Settlement Is Getting Personal, And Weird, And Now Roger Stone Is Involved

Since its inception, the NFL concussion settlement has featured a turf battle between two groups ostensibly on the same side of the litigation: the co-lead counsel representing the settlement class of players, and plaintiffs’ attorneys representing individual players. That battle took a personal turn this week, when…

How The Patriots' Defense Put The Rams In A Trash Can

Okay, so Jared Goff looked lost and Sean McVay had no clue how to adjust and the Patriots basically needed just one touchdown drive to win another stinkin’ Super Bowl while also defeating what we all thought was the future of the NFL. So what did New England do that so panicked Goff and McVay? Mostly, they attacked…

Not Even The Lawyers Can Agree On What's Going On With The NFL Concussion Settlement Not Even The Lawyers Can Agree On What's Going On With The NFL Concussion Settlement

A judge’s order that called for a clarification of the physicians’ rules for the NFL concussion settlement will not affect the standard those physicians must use to issue a qualifying diagnosis, thus ostensibly making it easier for former players to qualify for settlement money, according to a lawyer who represents…

It's Now Even Harder For Former NFL Players To Prove They Have Dementia It's Now Even Harder For Former NFL Players To Prove They Have Dementia

PHILADELPHIA — In a ruling that will likely make it even more difficult for players with dementia claims to get paid under the terms of the NFL’s concussion settlement, a federal judge overseeing the settlement has given the NFL even more than it asked for and enforced a stricter diagnostic criteria to be used by…

The Chargers Smothered The Ravens With An "Insane" Game Plan The Chargers Smothered The Ravens With An "Insane" Game Plan

Today’s NFL might be dominated by creative approaches to offense, but the Chargers went to Baltimore on Sunday and won a playoff game with a daring and innovative blueprint for their defense.

Can Los Angeles Ever Love The Chargers? Can Los Angeles Ever Love The Chargers?

CARSON, Calif. — I had been in Los Angeles for less than 12 hours, and the first indication I got that the Chargers even existed was when two dudes at a breakfast diner overheard me talking to a server about why I was in town, which was to write a story about the Chargers.

The Jets Failed To Clean House The Jets Failed To Clean House

Todd Bowles was doomed. That much was clear seven weeks ago, after a 41-10 home loss to the Bills, who were starting a fourth-string quarterback in another lost season of their own. The question for the Jets on this Black Monday is why general manager Mike Maccagnan got a reprieve.

Alabama Football Player Stops Himself From Saying Something Interesting About Kyler Murray Alabama Football Player Stops Himself From Saying Something Interesting About Kyler Murray

When asked a question about Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams almost gave an honest answer in advance of Saturday night’s Orange Bowl.

How Are Russell Wilson And The Seahawks Doing This?

With Sunday night’s win against the Chiefs, the Seahawks improved to 9-6 and locked up a playoff spot for the seventh time in Pete Carroll’s nine seasons as head coach. This was not exactly an easy-to-predict development. Injuries and age had taken their toll, so the defensive core of the roster—Cliff Avril, Michael…

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Brian Batko did an oral history of Pitt’s 3-0 loss to Oregon State in the 2008 Sun Bowl—the “worst bowl game ever”—and it’s great fun. There’s the game-week practice that had to be cut short because the Panthers players were hungover, the punter who broke a cinder block with his hand, and…

Louis Riddick Shares His Extremely Smart Thoughts About Addiction And Mental Health Louis Riddick Shares His Extremely Smart Thoughts About Addiction And Mental Health

Louis Riddick wasn’t responding directly to fellow ESPNer Stephen A. Smith’s latest dose of stupid, but in this clip from this morning’s episode of Get Up, it certainly seemed like that’s what Riddick was doing.

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