1. Why Shaq Thompson Is the Swiss Army Knife of the 2015 NFL Draft

    In today's NFL , versatility is key—especially on defense. With teams passing the ball more and more, size has become much less important at the safety and linebacker positions than athleticism and coverage ability...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 13,025 reads 34 comments

  2. Bears Are Best Fit for Ray McDonald to Salvage NFL Career

    They call Chicago "The Windy City," and the winds of change are certainly gusting at Soldier Field in 2015...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 22,313 reads 60 comments

  3. Which Teams Gained Most from NFL-Awarded Compensatory Picks?

    It's found-money day in the NFL . The close of business at Monday's owners meetings in Phoenix involved the awarding of compensatory picks, given annually to teams who lost players to free agency the year before...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 77,453 reads 102 comments

  4. Losing Starting Job to James Harrison Would Cement Jarvis Jones as Draft Bust

    Back in 2013, the Pittsburgh Steelers used their first-round pick on Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 57,691 reads 117 comments

  5. Envisioning the New-Look Buffalo Bills Offense in 2015

    During his time as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens and the head coach of the New York Jets , Rex Ryan has developed a reputation as one of the NFL 's top defensive minds...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 21,733 reads 61 comments

  6. Browns Offer Ideal Opportunity for Dwayne Bowe to Rejuvenate NFL Career

    It wasn't that long ago that Dwayne Bowe was considered one of the NFL 's best young wide receivers. Three 1,000-yard seasons in a span of four years. Fifteen touchdown catches in 2010...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 24,491 reads 105 comments

  7. Is Bernard Pierce Worth an NFL Roster Spot After Arrest, Release from Ravens?

    After enduring the fallout from the Ray Rice fiasco last year, the Baltimore Ravens have adopted a new hard-line stance. Run afoul of the law, and your spot on the team is in serious jeopardy...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 18,194 reads 33 comments

  8. What Does the Future Hold for Philip Rivers?

    For the past nine seasons, the San Diego Chargers have been led by quarterback Philip Rivers . The 33-year-old member of the famed " QB Class of 2004 " has guided the Chargers ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 20,079 reads 115 comments

  9. Boise State Pro Day Last Shot for Jay Ajayi to Stake Claim as NFL Draft's Top RB

    It's been drowned out a bit by the free-agent feeding frenzy of the past week (and what a week it was), but the march toward the 2015 NFL draft in Chicago rolls on...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 10,257 reads 34 comments

  10. Tramon Williams Joining Browns Boosts Secondary but Poses Troubling Questions

    After a quiet first week of free agency, the Cleveland Browns are taking things up a notch. The Browns signed a pair of veteran defenders on Monday, including cornerback Tramon Williams ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 25,780 reads 105 comments

  11. NFL Free Agency 2015: Grades for Friday Signings and Trades

    Everything must GO! It's the rallying cry of hundreds of cheesy TV commercials—and apparently the 2015 New Orleans Saints. There's hasn't been a bigger mover and shaker in free agency this year than Mickey Loomis and the Saints...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 42,149 reads 106 comments

  12. Saints' Fire Sale Sign of Preparation for Life After Drew Brees

    I'm about to say something that will undoubtedly classify as blasphemy in the Crescent City. It's going to send more than one reader scrambling to the comments to say all sorts of ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 30,666 reads 125 comments

  13. NFL Free Agency 2015: Grades for Thursday Signings and Trades

    DeMarco, whoa whoa whoa whoa. Heading into the third day of NFL free agency 2015, the biggest name left on the open market was undoubtedly Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 87,393 reads 82 comments

  14. Antonio Cromartie Signing Completes Jets' CB Overhaul, Puts Them All-In for 2015

    There are a few teams across the NFL who are most certainly not messing around in free agency in 2015. Philadelphia Eagles Grand Poobah Chip Kelly seemingly can't go a day without making a huge move...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 39,339 reads 250 comments

  15. NFL Free Agency 2015: Grades for Wednesday Signings and Trades

    They say that the waiting is the hardest part. Well, Tom Petty said it, anyway. Miami Dolphins fans were singing along with Petty Tuesday...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 178,577 reads 141 comments

  16. NFL Free Agency 2015: Grades for Tuesday Signings and Trades

    Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. After three days of legal tampering that saw the rumors and speculation flying fast and furious, 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday marked the official beginning of the 2015 league year...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 519,391 reads 543 comments

  17. Is Brandon Flowers to Chargers the Steal of Early Free Agency?

    We see it all the time in the National Football League. Every year, free agency kicks off with a bang, as the top available players hit the jackpot with wildly lucrative contracts...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 23,080 reads 40 comments

  18. Re-Signing Brandon Graham Best Move Eagles Have Made So Far in Free Agency

    It's been a rough couple of days for the Philadelphia Eagles , at least in the court of public opinion...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 20,911 reads 47 comments

  19. Eagles' Reported Offer to Byron Maxwell Epitomizes Free-Agency Overspending

    It happens every year. For some teams, it's a matter of too much cap space burning a hole in their pockets. For others, it's a matter of panic borne of a glaring need at another position...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 355,856 reads 440 comments

  20. The Sports Tax Man Breaks Down the Financial Ins and Outs of NFL Free Agency

    On March 10, the free-for-all begins, when the floodgates open and free agency kicks off across the NFL . There's already been a boatload of speculation regarding potential destinations for this year's top free agents...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 8,659 reads 6 comments

  21. Dolphins Would Be Making Major Mistake by Breaking Bank for Ndamukong Suh

    On Saturday, the floodgates opened across the National Football League. Well, sort of. Teams can't yet sign on the dotted line with players, but with the "legal tampering" period ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 16,894 reads 63 comments

  22. Seahawks Swimming Against Current with Marshawn Lynch Extension

    Every year in the Pacific Northwest, thousands of Pacific salmon swim upstream, making the long trek from the ocean to the rivers where they were spawned...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 108,382 reads 204 comments

  23. How Much Does Reggie Wayne Still Have to Offer NFL Teams?

    The NFL can be a very harsh business. We're seeing that play out in a big way this week. Former franchise cornerstones like New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 26,747 reads 51 comments

  24. 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 4 months ago 64,081 reads 113 comments

  25. 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 4 months ago 24,054 reads 27 comments