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SEATTLE - My first thought when I heard about the NFL's offer of a workout to Colin Kaepernick – completely out of the blue, choosing voluntarily to thrust one of their biggest headaches back into the spotlight – was one of deep but well-earned cynicism. It sure felt like a setup. In the words of Kaepernick's agent, Jeff Nalley, "something didn't smell right." And after seeing the bizarre way ...

Thursday, November 21, 2019
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A healthy Tua Tagovailoa would have been a worthy selection with the top overall pick in next April's NFL draft. Even those who argue Chase Young or Jerry Jeudy will eventually be recognized as the best player in this draft class (I'm included) can agree with that. Unfortunately, a dislocated hip and two minor ankle surgeries the past two seasons make Tagovailoa the wild-card this draft ... Read more

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

CHICAGO - Mitch Trubisky seemed hurt. And not just a sore hip kind of hurt either. As the Bears quarterback stepped into a white tent outside the visitors locker room at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum late Sunday, he just seemed crestfallen. There was no way around it. Trubisky had pulled the brim of his Bears baseball cap down low. The woe in his voice was obvious. The backpack slung over ... Read more

Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football - I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues - and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster. Follow me on Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the week. Here are my best bets off the waiver wire for ... Read more

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Had the Bears media relations staff managed to tell NBC right away why Mitch Trubisky was sidelined late in Sunday night's loss to the Rams, maybe the narrative would have been different in the final minutes. "For whatever reason, here's Chase Daniel," "Sunday Night Football" announcer Al Michaels said, as caught off-guard by the backup's entry into the game as everyone else, observing ... Read more

Former Miami Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum said the New England Patriots are a realistic landing spot for Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a season-ending hip injury on Saturday. Tannenbaum, the Dolphins' Executive VP of Football Operations from 2015-18, laid out how the potential top pick in April's NFL draft could wind up on the defending Super Bowl champions after ... Read more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Panthers owner David Tepper is open to Cam Newton staying in Charlotte next season. Tepper spoke to local media Monday and said that no decision has been made regarding Newton's future or if he'd have surgery, but that, if healthy, he wanted the quarterback to stay in Charlotte and that it would be the best thing for both sides. Newton was placed on injured reserve two weeks ... Read more

Kirk Cousins might be the most interesting boring guy in America. Sunday afternoon, he led the Vikings to a historic comeback victory, then referenced "The Office"; the slang word "basic"; his own infamous taunt of "You like that!"; acting like a "CEO"; living at "high altitude"; and being "well-compensated." There is more to like about Cousins than ever. In the past nine days, he has slain ... Read more

MIAMI - The phrase "hedging one's bets" is gambling parlance that has broadened to more general use. It basically means doing something to offset a potential future loss. The Miami Dolphins have cause to do that right now. And the opportunity is right in front of them, about as obvious as a neon sign blinking in a dimly lit barroom. You may have heard the name. Colin Kaepernick. Bear with me ... Read more

BEREA, Ohio - Coach Freddie Kitchens knows the Browns have faced adversity virtually every week this season. The crises haven't just been about clown shoes, missed connections on the field and a tough second year for quarterback Baker Mayfield. They have included the death of Chris Smith's girlfriend in a car accident as the defensive end was driving, chest surgery for co-captain Christian ... Read more

Chicago's most debated hip injury occurred with 30 seconds to play in the second quarter Sunday night at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky took off while trying to move the Bears into field-goal range on third down. He charged to his right to make one would-be tackler miss and danced backward as another fell at his feet, but finally Rams cornerback Troy Hill and ... Read more

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Nick Foles was trying to stay positive Sunday in the aftermath of a terribly negative situation. It was an ad-lib response by the Jaguars' quarterback to a question about whether his timing might have been off against the Indianapolis Colts, given his two-month layoff from game action. He went through fairly typical player-speak about watching film and the team sticking ... Read more

Monday, November 18, 2019

LOS ANGELES - The Bears' 17-7 loss to the Rams on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum was filled with misses. Missed kicks. Missed catches. Missed throws. And one big missed opportunity by the Bears (4-6) to build a winning streak and keep a glimmer of a playoff hope alive. It started with Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro, who missed both of his field goal attempts in the first quarter. He ... Read more

DETROIT - Dear Martha Firestone Ford: This isn't acceptable. Your Detroit Lions, the organization that makes you a boatload of cash every year - sucking money out of the pockets of decent, hard workin' folks who deserve better - are struggling something awful. Just like always. Your team has lost six of its past seven games, all hope is gone and the season is all but over. This isn't ... Read more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - You've seen it before: A bad movie where one talented actor is trying his best to salvage some terrible material. That's what it looked like Sunday: Carolina's 29-3 loss to Atlanta was the bad film, and Christian McCaffrey the actor who deserved better. The Panthers are in serious danger of wasting one of the greatest individual years any of their players have ever had. ... Read more

Jay-Z seemed to take issue with the way Colin Kaepernick's workout for the NFL unfolded Saturday. The rapper and mogul believed Kaepernick turned his "legitimate workout" into a publicity stunt, according to XXL. Jay-Z pressured the NFL into hastily putting the workout together in order to repair his own public image, according to Dan Patrick - Jay-Z said he "took a reputational bullet" after ... Read more

Friday, November 15, 2019
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I'm not sure the Miami Dolphins fully understand what it means to tank after they won for the second straight week. Fortunately, three of the four teams who will currently draft before the Dolphins have drafted a quarterback within the past two seasons. Unfortunately, the Texans and Steelers keep winning, which means the two first-round picks Miami acquired (in exchange for Laremy Tunsil and ... Read more

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TAMPA, Fla. - It's his first season with the Bucs but Bradley Pinion is already looking for ways to connect with the community. He saw Buffalo Bills kicker, Stephen Hauschka and his wife post on social media their new "Hauschpups" program, where they help dogs at a local shelter get adopted by paying their adoption fees for every field goal Hauschka makes at the Bills' New Era Field. And then ... Read more

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Jets CEO Christopher Johnson broke his 182-day silence by confirming a Daily News report that he has no plans to fire Adam Gase. The team's acting owner, who took shelter amid the team's nightmarish first two months, made it clear that Gase will be back in 2020 despite growing unrest from a frustrated fan base at the team's poor play and lack of competitiveness during their 2-7 start. "I ... Read more

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CHICAGO - The Bears will be guilty of quarterback negligence if they don't send someone to Atlanta for Colin Kaepernick's free-agent workout Saturday. The team, with starter Mitch Trubisky and veteran backup Chase Daniel combined, ranks 30th in the NFL in passing yards per game at 181.7 and tied for 30th in yards per attempt at 5.0. At this point, anything short of due diligence for a position ... Read more

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be featured in a private workout Saturday arranged by the NFL and to be held in Atlanta. In a memo sent to all 32 teams Tuesday and obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the league alerted general managers, head coaches, and player personnel directors that there will be a workout and interview of Kaepernick at Atlanta Falcons headquarters. There will be a ... Read more

Monday, November 11, 2019

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers paid homage Sunday to the winners of Super Bowl XIV, with thousands of fans cheering their aging heroes who shuffled onto Heinz Field at halftime. The Los Angeles Rams, meanwhile, held a different kind of Super Bowl reunion. They brought back their Super Bowl LIII offense. That team that mustered three points against the New England Patriots in February ... Read more

CHICAGO - He has been around so long, it's easy to forget how long Matthew Stafford has been around. But then he plays for the Lions, and in a franchise beset by misery, it's hard to forget the guy who makes sure you lose a little less. This organization lost 16 games the year before Stafford arrived. And when he couldn't play Sunday against the Bears because of broken bones in his back - ... Read more

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Lost in the snow flurries and the bellowing roar of the crowd at Lambeau Field, one overwhelming fact about the Carolina Panthers cannot be ignored: They did this to themselves. There will be calls to blame the officiating from Sunday's game, an eventual 24-16 Green Bay Packers victory - and there certainly were questionable penalties. But for the Panthers, who have struggled ... Read more

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CHICAGO - For a month now, Matt Nagy has promoted the idea that one win can provide the kind of spark his team needs to turn the season around. As much as the Bears coach would have liked to speak it into existence, his team had to go out and find a way to capture success after losing four straight games, each seemingly more frustrating than the last. The slide challenged faith in the ... Read more

Thursday, November 07, 2019

CHICAGO - To improve his body language, Mitch Trubisky last week studied the television copy of the Bears-Chargers game at the behest of coach Matt Nagy - who got the idea from his mentor, Chiefs coach Andy Reid. Perhaps this week Reid can suggest Nagy watch Sunday's nationally televised Ravens-Patriots matchup to see how a team maximizes the talent of an athletic quarterback. The Ravens ... Read more

SAN DIEGO - The London Chargers? Bollocks, said a heated Dean Spanos, in American English and with much salt Tuesday in Orange County. Responding Tuesday to a published report that he's considering relocating the Chargers to London - yes, the London in England - Spanos unloaded to football beat writers assembled at the team's digs in Costa Mesa. "We're not going anywhere," he said, among other ... Read more

After a 26-23 loss Sunday in Kansas City in which Kirk Cousins threw three touchdowns but misfired on half his passes and the Vikings offense stalled on two key fourth quarter drives, Cousins offered a lengthy dissection on what led to his uncharacteristic inaccuracy in the game - giving more than just a glimpse, but a pretty long look, into his process, his hips and why he thought passes were ... Read more

The NFL's leading passer is dealing with another back injury, but he said Wednesday it won't impact his availability for games. Matthew Stafford, who leads all quarterbacks with a 312.4 yard-per-game average, was a limited participant in Detroit Lions practice Wednesday with what the team called a "back/hip" injury. Stafford struggled late last season while playing through a back injury, and ... Read more

CHICAGO - It was the Bears' 100th season celebration last summer in Rosemont. Mike Adamle was with all the other former players gathered in a room, some the same as always and others mere shadows with faraway eyes. "I'd see this guy I played with and I'd hug him, and he'd hug me, and we'd both walk off in different directions going, 'Who the hell was that?' " recalled Adamle, once an ... Read more

Did the Dolphins just tank at tanking? I guess we can't accuse them of that anymore after they beat the Jets pretty handily on Sunday. Unless, they've put in so much work to make themselves bad ... they're just inherently bad at everything now, including tanking, the one thing they intended to be good at. Such a tangled web. Regardless, the Bengals are the NFL's lone winless team and ... Read more

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Goodbyes are never easy. But for the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton, a breakup is - and should be - coming. It pains me to say this, because Newton has entertained us all for nine years. But I think we've already seen the last two games of Newton's career with Carolina. They were the first two of this 2019 season, when he was a shadow of himself, playing on a bum foot in ... Read more

The Jets reached the midpoint of their season at 1-7, with a resounding thud of a loss to the Dolphins - a team that is obviously trying to lose games for a high draft pick this year. It's a remarkable low point for a team that entered the season hoping to show improvement. So how did it get so bad? Here are the eight people who are most to blame for the Jets' nightmarish start. ___ 8. Joe ... Read more

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

BALTIMORE - As New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walked through the tunnels of M&T Bank Stadium before Sunday night's game against the Ravens, he crossed paths with a familiar foe. But when Brady, 42, saw former Ravens safety Ed Reed, 41, there was nothing but love between the quadragenarians. "Oh, man!" NBC cameras captured Brady saying during the "Sunday Night Football" broadcast as ... Read more

PHILADELPHIA - DeSean Jackson will have surgery to correct a core muscle injury Tuesday morning, a source close to the Eagles wide receiver said Monday. The team later would release a statement confirming the surgery. A timetable for Jackson's return hasn't yet been set, but even if he were to be available this season, it might not be until the playoffs, if the Eagles were to advance that far. ... Read more

If the Dolphins don't win another game this season, they still will have a very good chance to land the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. But their chances become very tenuous if they win another game. And even if the Dolphins lose their next six games, they would be eliminated from contention for the top pick if the Cincinnati Bengals keep losing every week and Miami beats them Dec. 22 at Hard ... Read more

CHICAGO - Bears coach Matt Nagy held his traditional day-after-game news conference Monday at Halas Hall, sifting through the details and the emotions of his team's fourth consecutive loss, a 22-14 defeat against the Eagles in Philadelphia. At 3-5, the Bears have hit the midpoint of their season with their playoff chances fading and with more wins than only four NFC teams - the Redskins, ... Read more

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo (pronounced "Young Way Coo") moved from South Korea to the United States in the sixth grade. He was already a fine young soccer player. "I didn't know what football was when I first moved here," Koo said. "During lunch and recess, they were playing touch football. That's how I got into it." Some future recruiters must have been classmates. "I ... Read more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As summer changed to fall, and now fall to winter, one murky question has lingered over Bank of America Stadium: What do the Carolina Panthers do with Cam Newton, their franchise quarterback? Newton has missed the past six games with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, and after visiting with renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday, he's expected to miss ... Read more

PHILADELPHIA - It was unbelievable. As in, you actually could not believe what you were seeing. After just four snaps, DeSean Jackson was hurt, again. He'd missed almost seven full games with a partially torn abdominal muscle, but there he was, a $9 million Porsche, back in the shop after a quick lap around the block. Same problem: bad undercarriage. As it turns out, they hadn't even given him ... Read more

If it's Monday, it must be time for Jerry Rice to predict a Super Bowl championship for the 49ers. Yes, this year's 49ers. Appearing Monday on ESPN's "First Take," Rice - whose zeal for his former team makes you wonder if he's angling for an appointment to the club's public relations staff - started slowly, hawking his new book "America's Game." Then he got to the meat of the matter. "They're ... Read more

Just 24 hours ago, it seemed unlikely that the Panthers' next opponent would be coming off a loss heading into Week 10. But this is the NFL, and the now 7-2 Green Bay Packers lost (badly) to the 4-5 Los Angeles Chargers. With the Panthers looking to stack wins of their own once again, how exactly did the Chargers take care of business against Aaron Rodgers & Co.? Can Carolina repeat their ... Read more

MINNEAPOLIS - The calendar changed to November, we set the clocks back and now the sky - like the leaves - is falling. The Vikings in September were in panic mode. In October they were the best team ever - Super Bowl, homeboy. And now here we are again, with nothing in between, back to questioning everything after a frustrating (though not fatal) 26-23 loss at Kansas City. This emotional ... Read more

BEREA, Ohio - The clown shoes made a statement, just not the one Odell Beckham Jr. intended Sunday. Beckham continued to flaunt NFL uniform code regulations on Sunday at Denver, wearing a pair of white cleats decorated with a "Joker" movie theme, while fellow Browns receiver Jarvis Landry sported a gold pair with a shade of orange lighter than the team's primary color in their "Color Rush" ... Read more

Monday, November 04, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - The best throw that Carson Wentz made Sunday didn't matter. That's the best you can say about it. It didn't matter. The Eagles were leading by five early in the fourth quarter, and they were starting to wobble after the Bears had scored two quick touchdowns. And now it was third-and-11 on the Eagles' 25-yard line, and there was Bears linebacker Roquan Smith charging after Wentz ... Read more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Danielle Hunter played the entire sequence perfectly. Well, almost perfectly. On a game-winning kick, Hunter hurtled the line at the snap, lunged at the kicker and grazed the football with his fingertips, causing the ball to rotate sideways. Didn't matter. The ball still cleared the uprights. The close-but-not-close-enough finish served as the final frustration in a ... Read more

Even after all that mess - after all the silly penalties and all the fundamental failures and a first-half offensive showing that looked like it was being run by the Peanuts crew - the Bears were somehow still alive deep into the fourth quarter Sunday. A little less than 9 minutes remained at Lincoln Financial Field. A mini-rally was underway. And the Bears, trailing by just five points, had ... Read more

PHILADELPHIA - It has become a weekly ritual, a professional obligation Mitch Trubisky continues to handle with grace amid deepening frustration. The Bears quarterback trudges to the lectern in defeat and earnestly answers questions about the latest wave of offensive futility and a season spiraling further downward. Sunday's session after the Bears' 22-14 loss to the Eagles was standard, save ... Read more

Sunday, November 03, 2019

This tongue-in-cheek observation made the rounds during the football offseason: If you have ever shaken the hand of the Los Angeles Rams' Sean McVay, you're undeniably qualified to be an NFL head coach. In a copycat league, McVay is the cat to copy. With that in mind, it's worth taking a look at a couple of Rams assistant coaches now running teams of their own. Halfway through their rookie ... Read more

History! I have been at these NFL picks in the Miami Herald since 1991 - that's 29 seasons - and last week's 15-0 record straight-up was my first-ever perfect week. (Where's my welcome-to-the-club from Don Shula and his '72 Perfectos?) I stumbled in an OK 7-8 against the spread, nailing another Upset of the Week with Chargers' win at Chicago ("Aawwk!"), and a second outright upset hit with ... Read more

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