1. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Josh Gordon Will Be Back, but Won't Be Trusted

    1. The Gordon situation Toward the middle of last season, Josh Gordon spoke to a small group of his Cleveland Browns teammates in the team's locker room about his future. One player, who asked not to be identified, recalled his words...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 day ago 101,444 reads 219 comments

  2. NFL Using High-Profile Ex-Players to Create Culture of Respect in Locker Room

    Last week in Atlanta, something fairly significant happened —s omething that could begin to change so many things in the NFL ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 27 days ago 41,089 reads 35 comments

  3. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Are Outrageous Rookie Dinners a Form of Hazing?

    1. The $17,000 Dinner Philadelphia Eagles second-year player Lane Johnson recently tweeted a picture of a $17,000 dinner bill —y es, seventeen thousand ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 29 days ago 143,588 reads 272 comments

  4. Why Dan Snyder Won't Relent on 'Redskins,' and Why I Did

    There are many ways to begin to understand Dan Snyder and his almost pathological stubbornness in refusing to change his NFL team's nickname that many in the American Indian community and others find racially offensive...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 97,489 reads 903 comments

  5. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Give Tom Brady His Due

    1. Tom Brady If you're Brady, you are laughing today. And shaking your head. All you've ever done is win. With one exception, you went to Super Bowls mostly with schlubs at wide receiver...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 76,373 reads 393 comments

  6. Dan Marino Joining Concussion Lawsuit Changes Everything

    If you think NFL players who sued over brain injuries are just a bunch of bitter old men... If you think they're suing because they're broke... Or desperate... Or lazy...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 213,731 reads 262 comments

  7. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: NFL Again at a Crisis Point with Player Conduct

    1. Bad guys are winning the NFL image war Ray Rice faces a "significant punishment" from the NFL, according to several team officials familiar with the situation, for punching ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 117,770 reads 351 comments

  8. With Latest NFL Lawsuit, Football's Ugly Past Comes Calling Again

    The NFL 's past has come calling again. A past of abusing prescription drugs and painkillers, and a culture of coercion...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 160,000 reads 205 comments

  9. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Not Punishing Colts Owner Jim Irsay Looks Bad

    1. Irsay double standard? This offseason, Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on video dragging his then-fiancee out of an elevator. He was charged with aggravated assault...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 67,188 reads 184 comments

  10. Why the NFL Had to Act Harshly in the Robert Mathis Case

    The reason Robert Mathis gives for using Clomid, a fertility drug that's also known as a classic chemical vehicle for performance-enhancing-drug cheats, is plausible...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 87,107 reads 268 comments

  11. Aaron Hernandez Murder Allegations Show We Don't Really Know Players We Follow

    The alleged murders were brutal, cold and calculated. A car idled at a stoplight, in Boston's South End, on July 16, 2012, at about two in the morning. The passengers had no idea what was about to happen...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 182,936 reads 391 comments

  12. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Josh Gordon and the NFL's Pot Predicament

    1. Why risk everything? It is a question that has been asked repeatedly over the past few days. Asked by everyone. Asked by players in the NFL . Coaches as well. Same with owners, fans and media...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 175,499 reads 475 comments

  13. NFL Draft: Michael Sam's Kiss Brings Out the Bigots and Hypocrites

    The bigotry has come rolling in, like a fog off the coast. Dolphins player Don Jones, after the draft kiss seen 'round the world, tweeted "OMG" and "horrible...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 229,408 reads 38 comments

  14. NFL Draft 2014: Mike Freeman's Post-Draft Notebook

    If you are Jimmy Garoppolo, just drafted by the New England Patriots, this quote Friday from Bill Belichick should both thrill you and scare the hell out of you: We know what Ryan (Mallett's) contract situation is...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 118,923 reads 87 comments

  15. Josh Gordon Guilty of Not Understanding How the NFL Works

    After his latest alleged failed drug test , Josh Gordon will be labeled "dumb." Or "an addict." But Gordon isn't really either of those things. He's just guilty of not understanding the league he plays in...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 119,354 reads 600 comments

  16. Johnny Manziel Will Be Latest Addition to Browns' Quarterback Graveyard

    Johnny Manziel waited and waited. "He was paying for being a cocky a-----e," said one AFC scout. And he waited. "You guys in the media made him," said an NFC scout. "He's a media creation...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 286,774 reads 872 comments

  17. Mike Freeman's 50-Point Stance: The Expanded Draft Week Edition

    This is the 10-Point Stance on HGH. Pumped up like Jose Canseco. In this specially fat, and phat, 50-Point Stance, there is tons of draft talk—but also other NFL talk, ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 87,160 reads 117 comments

  18. NFL Scouts: Jameis Winston Is Obliterating His Draft Stock

    The story of this draft may not be Johnny Manziel. Or Jadeveon Clowney. Or whom the Houston Texans will select with the first pick. Or even Mel Kiper's hair...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 166,407 reads 577 comments

  19. Detroit Lions Attempting to Trade Ndamukong Suh? If They Are, It's Smart

    The first thing you must understand about Detroit and Ndamukong Suh is that the Lions have indeed had conversations with other teams about trading Suh. This is a fact. What is also true: It's been just talk and not even serious talk...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 months ago 141,916 reads 540 comments

  20. NFL Draft: How Wade Davis and Others Paved the Way for Michael Sam

    This year's NFL draft will be different than ever before because it will feature Michael Sam , the first openly gay player in the history of the league...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 months ago 125,454 reads 24 comments

  21. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Jones-Drew Could Lead Raiders Back to Playoffs

    1. Maurice Jones-Drew: Raiders can make the playoffs There will be the chuckles and guffaws and jokes because the Raiders always inspire jokes. But it is entirely possible Oakland could make the playoffs this coming season...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 months ago 56,401 reads 203 comments

  22. Who Is Darren Sharper? Date-Rape Allegations Raise Serious Questions

    On a cool November night last year in Tempe, Ariz., a woman awoke groggy and disoriented on a gray sectional couch, according to a Tempe, Ariz., police report...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 months ago 413,039 reads 485 comments

  23. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Attacks on Clowney Stink of Draft Propaganda

    1. All the lying One scout called this time of year in the NFL "The Bulls--- Season." And there is lots of it. So, so much. The lying about prospects. The lying by prospects, their agents, teams, scouts and coaches...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 months ago 159,941 reads 177 comments

  24. Arrest of 49ers' Aldon Smith Makes San Francisco Anything but Above Reproach

    It was June, and the Seattle Seahawks were seeing a handful of their players suspended over performance-enhancing drug use. Jim Harbaugh definitely noticed and couldn't help but puff his chest and wag his finger over the Seahawks' PED problems...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 months ago 171,280 reads 1165 comments

  25. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Expecting a Star Turn from Texans' Arian Foster

    1. A star of screens both big and small One day, not so long ago, Arian Foster was running hills. His phone rang. On the line was director Ivan Reitman...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 months ago 89,266 reads 82 comments