1. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: What Is Adrian Peterson's End Game?

    1. Peterson skipping OTAs Can anyone explain what exactly Adrian Peterson is doing? I am being told by a league source the same thing that others have been told: that he won't necessarily skip the entirety of the Vikings' volunteer workouts...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 days ago 385,164 reads 360 comments

  2. There's Plenty of Blame to Go Around for Ray McDonald's Short Stint in Chicago

    Well, good thing the Chicago Bears checked with the mom of Ray McDonald, now accused three times of violence or assault against women, among other off-field issues . Sure, she was an unbiased source of information...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 4 days ago 87,629 reads 380 comments

  3. CFL Gives Michael Sam the Opportunity That NFL Wouldn't

    Whenever you mention the name Michael Sam , what follows is a thermonuclear explosion on Twitter and in message boards. There is something about an openly gay football player that causes some people to absolutely lose their minds...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 7 days ago 68,205 reads 0 comments

  4. NFL's Ugly, Miserable, Disgraceful Year from Hell May Almost Be Over

    The NFL 's Year from Hell is almost over. I think. I hope. Fingers crossed. One way I know the league's worst 12 or so months in its history is almost complete is because we're focusing on football again...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 7 days ago 49,688 reads 261 comments

  5. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Kraft Protecting His Legacy

    1. Kraft's legacy was at stake, too Patriots owner Robert Kraft's acceptance of the Deflategate punishment was without question his way of looking out for the league first, while also respecting the power of the commissioner...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 9 days ago 74,094 reads 305 comments

  6. Meet Tom Brady's Lawyer: NFL Archenemy Jeffrey Kessler

    Mention the name Jeffrey Kessler—a key figure in the Deflategate scandal after being hired as Tom Brady 's lawyer and one of the most important men in recent league history—to ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 11 days ago 112,391 reads 284 comments

  7. Patriots' Rebuttal to Deflategate Report More Laughable Than Believable

    The Patriots released a 20,000-word tome in response to the Ted Wells report Thursday. It was actually funny. It wasn't meant to be funny. But it was hysterical...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 15 days ago 148,342 reads 943 comments

  8. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Tom Brady Will Probably Win a Super Bowl Anyway

    1. The Pats will still be great You do understand what's going to happen, right? It's predictable. It's the most predictable thing that will happen during this entire Deflategate mess...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 16 days ago 181,409 reads 888 comments

  9. NFL Deflategate Message: No Player Is Above the Rules, Not Even Tom Brady

    There is one thing you need to pay close attention to—those of you cursing Roger Goodell, cursing me, cursing the world over the NFL blasting the Patriots. It's this passage in the letter from the NFL's Troy Vincent to Tom Brady ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 18 days ago 212,017 reads 1360 comments

  10. Sources: Patriots' Reputation as NFL's 'Best Cheaters' Made Them a Target

    In the long history of the NFL , players, coaches and team executives have found the most aggressive, incredible, slick and futuristic ways to cheat. In some cases, it borders on NASA engineer-type stuff...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 21 days ago 174,503 reads 1147 comments

  11. The Psychology of the Patriots: Why Brady and Belichick Would Cheat

    Not long after the Deflategate scandal erupted last season, I asked a defensive player who has gone against Tom Brady many times a simple question: Why would someone so unbelievably, ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 22 days ago 186,240 reads 1193 comments

  12. Tom Brady's Legacy Forever Scarred by Damning Wells Report

    Tom Brady lied. That's the "more probable than not" conclusion reached by super sleuth Ted Wells, whose comprehensive, legitimate and weighty report was released Wednesday. This is the key segment...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 23 days ago 404,617 reads 2315 comments

  13. Sources: Most NFL Teams Haven't Changed Their Stances on Domestic Violence

    Police arrived at Room 3202 of the Maui Sands Hotel in Sandusky, Ohio, on November 16, and inside was a bloody towel, a broken lamp, a battered woman and another front in the NFL 's domestic violence problem...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 23 days ago 42,759 reads 109 comments

  14. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Is an NFL Quarterback Drought Coming?

    In the 2015 NFL draft, something remarkable happened, and it went mostly unnoticed. Teams drafted the fewest number of quarterbacks in more than 60 years. Sixty . Seven quarterbacks were drafted...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 23 days ago 347,357 reads 349 comments

  15. La'el Collins Undrafted: How One Team Faced Puzzle of Talent, Fairness, Murder

    CHICAGO — One team's brain trust, probably like that of teams throughout the NFL , sat in its draft room several hours before the start of the draft and wondered how exactly to handle the unprecedented case of La'el Collins...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 27 days ago 275,074 reads 193 comments

  16. With Drafting of Gregory, Cowboys Continue Dubious but Perhaps Winning Strategy

    CHICAGO — So, just to recap, the Cowboys now have Greg Hardy, Dez Bryant and Randy Gregory on the same team. Hopefully, Jerry Jones has built more into the budget for legal fees...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 28 days ago 61,244 reads 240 comments

  17. Mariota and Green-Beckham Make the Titans Relevant, and Potentially Very Good

    CHICAGO — Do you remember how good Steve McNair and Eddie George were when together on Tennessee? Do you? They were the Titans . They scared defenses. They drew media and eyeballs and ratings...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 28 days ago 76,230 reads 122 comments

  18. NFL Insiders: Jameis Winston Needs a Handler, No Matter What Bucs Say

    CHICAGO — One league official, watching how Jameis Winston on Thursday posted a photo of himself smiling before a lovely plate of crab legs, said that photo pushed him to ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 28 days ago 52,699 reads 201 comments

  19. NFL's Terrible Off-Field Year Impacts Draft, Scaring Teams Away from Risky Picks

    CHICAGO — The first day of the NFL draft was here Thursday, in the Auditorium Theater, but in many ways the draft started with the murder of a man named Odin Lloyd in Massachusetts in 2013...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 29 days ago 70,998 reads 48 comments

  20. High Picks of RBs Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon Signal NFL Mini-Revolution

    CHICAGO — Todd Gurley went from doctor to doctor and, as happens in the NFL , there was a variety of opinions. Some saw a knee that could be problematic. Some saw no issue at all...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 29 days ago 19,543 reads 34 comments

  21. Heart-to-Heart with Jameis Winston Sealed Buccaneers' Risky No. 1 Pick

    CHICAGO — The Buccaneers did it. They drafted Jameis Winston . But this was less a draft than it was a long, arduous courting. A convincing. A trial, with the Buccaneers acting as judge and jury...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 29 days ago 97,085 reads 120 comments

  22. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: The Super-Duper Draft Edition

    1. Desperation If there is one theme for this year's draft, it is this: sheer, flagrant, utter desperation. The teams at the top of the draft are tired of losing. They are tired of being punchlines...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 124,992 reads 99 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 69,309 reads 144 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 102,026 reads 134 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 427,277 reads 179 comments