1. Maurice Jones-Drew's Retirement Underscores Mortality of NFL RB

    There's a saying that, in addition to standing for National Football League, the letters " NFL " also stand for "Not For Long." No players in the NFL know this better than running backs...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 64,078 reads 113 comments

  2. Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah Boosts NFL Draft Stock with Faster 40 Time at Pro Day

    It's a tough time to be a young running back. Not only has the position been devalued in recent years (to the point that no running backs were taken in the first round of the past ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 24,003 reads 27 comments

  3. Tyvon Branch Could Be Free-Agent Steal in Weak Year for Safety Position

    As teams around the NFL prepare for the start of free agency on March 10, squads on the lookout for help at running back or wide receiver are in luck...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 15,710 reads 37 comments

  4. Bills Stealing LeSean McCoy From Eagles Would Be Huge Coup for Buffalo

    There's been quite a bit of turmoil in Buffalo these past few months, with Doug Marrone's abrupt departure as head coach and Rex Ryan 's arrival as his replacement. Now, there's been yet another stunning development in Western New York...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 328,555 reads 546 comments

  5. Auburn RB Corey Grant Boosts NFL Draft Chances After Blazing Pro Day 40

    They call it "The Dash for Cash." No drill gets fans more lathered up than watching a young player tear up the track in the 40-yard dash. Fans aren't the only ones who swoon over a fast 40 time...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 9,479 reads 18 comments

  6. NFL Franchise Tag Decisions Set the Table for Wild 2015 Free-Agency Period

    The deadline for NFL teams to assign players the franchise or transition tags has come and gone. Per the teams' official websites, for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 114,268 reads 113 comments

  7. Texans' Release of Andre Johnson Would Be Unpleasant but Best for Both Sides

    The National Football League can be a harsh business sometimes. That harshness is playing out right now in Houston, where the Texans are about to part ways with a player who has been one of the faces of the franchise over the past decade...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 67,961 reads 168 comments

  8. Shane Vereen Faces Uphill Battle in Crowded Free-Agent RB Market

    New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen may be great at catching passes out of the backfield, but the 26-year-old's timing is lousy...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 13,206 reads 22 comments

  9. Brian Hartline No Superstar, but WR Has Plenty to Offer NFL Teams

    There's been a lot of talk recently that the Miami Dolphins were preparing to sever ties with a highly priced wide receiver who disappointed in 2014. Sure enough, that came to pass on Friday...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 19,679 reads 74 comments

  10. Josh McCown Signing Offers No Improvement on Browns' Brutal QB Situation

    Break out the white tape! Get that marker ready! Because the Factory of Sadness is about to undergo yet another minor change to its official uniform. No, I'm not talking about the Cleveland Browns ' new logo...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 32,336 reads 209 comments

  11. Burning Questions for NFL's Tag Deadline

    It's put-up or shut-up time. On March 2, the deadline arrives for NFL teams to assign the franchise or transition tags to players. It's a double-edged sword...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 3,502 reads 4 comments

  12. Rams Would Be Wasting Big Opportunity By Not Trading Sam Bradford This Offseason

    As the St. Louis Rams enter the 2015 season, the team faces a dilemma that's become all too common in recent years. Quarterback Sam Bradford is returning from a major injury—again...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 11,457 reads 64 comments

  13. Reggie Bush Release Further Saturates Flooded Free-Agent Running Back Market

    It wasn't that long ago when running backs were among the highest-paid players in football. As recently as 2011, the Minnesota Vikings signed tailback Adrian Peterson to a seven-year, $96 million contract extension...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 44,296 reads 69 comments

  14. Packers Must Aggressively Address ILB Position After AJ Hawk Release

    The Green Bay Packers came oh-so-close to the Super Bowl a year ago, squandering a big lead in the NFC Championship Game in the most heartbreaking manner possible...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 20,865 reads 72 comments

  15. Raiders Have Building Blocks in Place, Cap Room to Take Big Leap Forward in 2015

    The Oakland Raiders may be mulling a move back to Los Angeles, but what really needs to change isn't the team's zip code. It's the Raiders' view from the AFC West basement, a residence the Raiders have held for the better part of the past decade...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 23,773 reads 179 comments

  16. NFL Needs Better-Trained Officials, Not Gimmicky Rule Changes

    Next week in Naples, Florida, one of the most powerful cabals in the NFL will gather, a dark and mysterious group that has an immense amount of control over the league...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 9,489 reads 88 comments

  17. Where Does RB DeAngelo Williams Stack Up Among Free Agents in 2015?

    It's a hard-knocks life for running backs in today's NFL . Given the wear-and-tear associated with the position, many teams are no longer comfortable using a first-round draft pick on running backs...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 23,843 reads 29 comments

  18. If Matt Miller Had Drafted Your Team...

    "What If?" It's a game that gets played a lot at this time of year in the NFL . Over the next few months, hundreds of draftniks will publish thousands of mock drafts...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 127,068 reads 187 comments

  19. Jameis Winston Balances Cockiness, Concerns at 2015 NFL Combine

    Heading into the 2015 NFL draft, there isn't a more polarizing prospect than Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston . He is incredibly talented and successful on the field, but dogged by questions and problems off of it...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 20,934 reads 47 comments

  20. What Will It Take for Eagles to Land Marcus Mariota in 2015 NFL Draft?

    As the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine gets rolling in Indianapolis , one of this year's hottest draft rumors consists of a potential reunion between Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and his old college quarterback...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 32,241 reads 212 comments

  21. With Rookie QB Coming, Buccaneers Can't Afford to Part Ways with Vincent Jackson

    The 2014 season did not go at all according to plan for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . Free-agent quarterback Josh McCown was abysmal as the team's starter. The Bucs won only two games, earning the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft in the process...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 3,301 reads 10 comments

  22. Tagging Dez Bryant Could Send Cowboys in Tailspin; Long-Term Deal Only Solution

    As the Dallas Cowboys attempt to defend their first NFC East title since 2009, the team faces a pair of big free-agent decisions on the offensive side of the ball...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 49,256 reads 155 comments

  23. Franchise Tag a Necessary Evil for Chiefs in Negotiations with Justin Houston

    The National Football League has descended on Indianapolis for the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, and while the event's main purpose is to check out this year's rookie class, there's plenty of wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 8,438 reads 25 comments

  24. 49ers Must Move on From Frank Gore, But Aging Back's NFL Career is Far From Over

    The NFL can be a harsh business, and at no position is that more true than at running back. We're seeing yet another potential example of this playing out in San Francisco, where ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 26,099 reads 108 comments

  25. Best Landing Spots for Top Free-Agent QB Josh McCown

    It's good to be a free-agent quarterback. Even one coming off a bad season. Despite a miserable first (and only) season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Josh McCown isn't hurting for suitors in 2015...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 25,016 reads 52 comments