1. Interview Process Is Raising Mariota's Stock—but Not Above Winston's

    As Marcus Mariota has gone from team to team being probed like an alien held at Area 51, one thing has become clear: He is a man of few words... except when it comes to football ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 days ago 67,722 reads 143 comments

  2. Greg Hardy Suspension Shows the NFL Finally Gets It

    The NFL has gotten so, so many things wrong over the decades when it comes to domestic violence. In suspending woman beater Greg Hardy 10 games on Wednesday, the league got it so, so right...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 5 days ago 100,408 reads 134 comments

  3. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Marcus Mariota the Next Blaine Gabbert?

    1. Lessons from Maurice Jones-Drew One day, during his rookie season, Maurice Jones-Drew was sleeping on a couch in the Jaguars locker room. Someone tapped him on the shoulder, waking him...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 5 days ago 424,155 reads 179 comments

  4. Smoke Screen or Reality? Sources Say Bucs Are Wavering on Winston

    This is what I know for certain: One member of the Buccaneers ownership group is increasingly nervous with the notion of Jameis Winston as the face of the franchise...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 7 days ago 135,489 reads 311 comments

  5. Eagles Signing Tim Tebow Is All About Chip Kelly's Giant Ego

    If there was an Ego Olympics, a man named Chip Kelly would win it. If you don't think the incredible, the staggering, the stunning, the insane, the eye-popping signing of Tim ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 8 days ago 252,114 reads 783 comments

  6. How Soon Should Rookies Start Planning for Life After the NFL? Now

    What I'm about to tell you has to be stated vaguely for reasons you'll understand. There was a man. He was a former NFL player. Recently, he was considering taking his own life...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 10 days ago 72,403 reads 93 comments

  7. Adrian Peterson Will Pick Up Right Where He Left Off: Dominating NFL Defenses

    Adrian Peterson is back. OK. Now what? For the moment, let's not get into whether he should be back—whether a player should be back after he did this to a four-year-old ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 11 days ago 144,344 reads 301 comments

  8. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Jameis Winston in NYC Is the Nightmare Scenario

    1. J-J-J-Jameis and the Jets Let's get this out of the way: Jameis Winston will probably be picked by the Buccaneers first overall, and whatever else you hear is probably misdirection...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 12 days ago 101,558 reads 136 comments

  9. Jameis Winston: 'The Most Investigated Player in NFL History'

    If Jameis Winston, the likely top pick in this year's NFL draft, has ever felt like he was being followed, well, it's because he was...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 17 days ago 174,702 reads 325 comments

  10. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: How Josh Freeman Earned Another Chance

    1. The story behind the comeback Allow me to introduce you to someone. Actually, this is a reintroduction. Everyone: This is Josh Freeman. Josh: This is everyone. You may think you know him...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 19 days ago 186,416 reads 211 comments

  11. NFL Declares Open Season on Team Execs with Textgate and Noisegate Punishments

    The Cleveland Browns have finally been punished for Textgate , with the team being fined $250,000 and general manager Ray Farmer being suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 28 days ago 46,136 reads 108 comments

  12. Fearing Bill Belichick Only Makes Him Stronger

    It was 2004, and the Patriots had just pounded the Colts in the postseason. Physically, thoroughly pounded them. Intercepted Peyton Manning four times. It was so pulverizing, it was almost a transformative moment in football...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 28 days ago 104,128 reads 561 comments

  13. Winston-Mariota Could Be the Next Manning-Leaf

    The off-field concerns teams once had about Jameis Winston are mostly gone. Numerous team officials say that as teams have met with Winston, he has answered every question and eradicated most doubts about his past...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 186,232 reads 405 comments

  14. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Seahawks Should Not Wait to Pay Russell Wilson

    1. Pay the man. Pay him now. No, Russell Wilson is not on the verge of a new, historic deal. Yes, he should be. ESPN.com's Terry Blount reported Tuesday that the Seahawks and Wilson were close to a new contract...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 181,229 reads 541 comments

  15. Cowboys' Greg Hardy Signing a Great on-Field Move and Terrible off-Field Move

    What the Dallas Cowboys get with Greg Hardy is an excellent player. A game changer. A dominant force. He will help them win games. He's fast, vicious and nasty. At times, he's simply unblockable...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 220,397 reads 76 comments

  16. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Rex Ryan Should Shut Up Until He Can Back It Up

    1. Rex Ryan , Please Pipe Down Rex Ryan was at it again recently. Talking and talking and talking. And talking. And freaking talking. "I feel pretty good about what we've added," he told Toronto's Sportsnet 590 ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 81,296 reads 227 comments

  17. Are the 49ers Experiencing the Worst Offseason in NFL History?

    Do you remember when the 49ers were good? I'm not talking about Montana's 49ers. I'm talking about Harbaugh's. They were monsters. They were smartly run and nasty and brilliant...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 218,107 reads 637 comments

  18. No Hope for Johnny Manziel with These Browns, Even as He Gets Better off Field

    Johnny Manziel will emerge from rehab one day soon and hopefully will be a new, better man. In fact, I am hearing from people close to Manziel this is the most optimistic they have ever felt about his future...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 183,958 reads 420 comments

  19. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Hitting the Free-Agency Jackpot

    1. Free Agency is the Greatest Show in Sports This week, as ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported , the NFL has asked several teams to keep their phone records handy in case the league needs them...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 197,981 reads 189 comments

  20. Darrelle Revis Is Just as Greedy as He Should Be

    Darrelle Revis is a mercenary. That's what people say. All he cares about is the cash. Captain Money Grab. Knock, knock. Who's there? Da Hell? Da Hell who? Da Hell, Darrelle, leave some money for the rest of us...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 131,277 reads 394 comments

  21. With Jimmy Graham, Seahawks Now Have What It Takes to Go Undefeated

    Let me say one thing first about tight end Jimmy Graham going to Seattle. What I'm about to say is not hyperbole. This is not an uber-Hot Take. It's not an overreaction. This is how I feel, and I believe it is true...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 175,911 reads 808 comments

  22. Ndamukong Suh Is Type of Rare Player Worth Massive Risk, Massive Contract

    Whichever team gets Ndamukong Suh —and at this point, it looks like it will be the Miami Dolphins who snag him—will sign a wonderful talent...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 124,562 reads 293 comments

  23. Is Chip Kelly a Genius or a 'Human Hand Grenade'? We'll Find Out Soon

    Across the NFL , coaches and team executives are calling Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly a fool, a genius, arrogant, "futuristic," a slave to a system, "someone who sees ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 157,393 reads 393 comments

  24. How Wildfire Rumor of Dez Bryant 'Videotape' Set off a Media Frenzy

    It is one of the biggest topics in the NFL right now. Bigger than Jameis Winston's draft stock, or who's getting franchised or cut. NFL insiders may still be talking about deflated footballs and the Browns texting scandal, but this is bigger..

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 141,121 reads 49 comments

  25. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Is This Draft Prospect NFL's Next 'Beast Mode'?

    1. "Marshawn Gordon" If there was one thing I heard repeatedly from scouts I trust while covering the NFL Scouting Combine, it was this: The player who isn't a quarterback who ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 161,608 reads 267 comments