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Russell Wilson: Signed, Sealed Seahawk

After an off-season of brinksmanship, the Seattle quarterback has signed an extension making him the second-highest-paid player in the NFL

What Russell Wilson Wants

Russell Wilson’s deadline for striking a new deal with the Seahawks is Friday. Warren Moon, a friend of Wilson’s and a former franchise quarterback himself, shed some light on the motivations behind Wilson’s contract demands

The NFL’s First Female Coach

Bruce Arians and the Cardinals are giving Jen Welter the opportunity to work as an assistant linebackers coach during the team’s training camp, meaning the 37-year-old psychologist will become the first woman coach in league history 

SpongeBob as QB, or Why Swedish Football is Unique

Two hours west of Stockholm, the Orebro Black Knights are coached by the son of a Super Bowl hero. Here’s how Randy Beverly Jr. rediscovered his love of football and why a cartoon character is helping ensure the game’s global growth

An American in Milano

After getting canned by the Jets following more than a decade as a scout, Joe Bommarito found a job coaching football in Italy. Here’s the story of imaginary fishing lines, halftime smoke breaks and the passion of playing for, well, pizza

The Eurobowl Faszination

The MMQB went on a European vacation to see where, how and why American football is being played overseas. We begin with the continent’s Super Bowl

The Football Life of a Special Needs Dad

Over the past decade, Digger O’Brien, an Emmy award-winning producer for NFL Films, has learned to cope with the fact that his autistic son will never love the game the way he does. But in life—just like in football—gameplans often change

The Next 32: The Men in Line to Become Bosses

The MMQB sought out the guidance of 24 respected football minds—agents, coaches, scouts, plugged-in reporters and front office executives—to compile a list of those who might become NFL head coaches. Remember, it’s an unscientific study of something that cannot be studied in a scientific way

Giving Kickers the Boot

Moving the PAT back 13 yards is a band-aid. It’s time for some rules changes that will lead to fewer kicks and more football

Think Outside the Box

Branded a “box safety,” Landon Collins tumbled out of the draft’s first round. The Giants were all too happy to trade up and grab him at the top of the second, and now they plan to help Collins prove what he’s been saying all along: He’ll have no problem covering in the pass-happy NFL

Fixing the Most Boring Play in All of Sports

At the NFL owners meetings in San Francisco, 24 of 32 votes are needed to turn the point-after touchdown from the ultimate gimme into must-see TV. A close look at the three proposals on the table, and my pick for the best idea

La’el Collins: ‘Never Before Has This Happened’

A first-round talent out of LSU, La’el Collins became radioactive just days before the NFL draft when his name was linked to a double homicide in Baton Rouge. The inside story of how his agents tried to salvage his stock, and the winding journey that put him across the table from police detectives and Jerry Jones

Can Jimmy Garoppolo Handle the Heat?

With Tom Brady suspended (for now) for the first four games, a 2014 second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois will lead the Super Bowl champions into the 2015 season. Who the heck is this guy?

Hell Hath No Fury Like …

... a Boston sports fan scorned? After the NFL handed down the harshest penalties ever imposed on a franchise, The MMQB shipped up to Boston to capture the pulse of the city where the Patriots were recently feted with a confetti-strewn parade. Are they on to Super Bowl 50?

Ted Wells Strikes Back

Ted Wells doesn’t usually talk to the media after he releases a high-profile report. On Tuesday, he made an exception. Wells fiercely defended the report that led to stern punishments in the Deflategate scandal. In the ugly battle between the NFL and its reigning champion, the independent investigator has now chosen a side

Ten Questions for Tom

Seemingly everyone in America has spoken out regarding the Deflategate punishment—except Tom Brady himself. Time for the Pats QB to stand up and state his case. Here’s what I’d ask him

The NFL Drops the Hammer, and Sends a Message

The severity of the NFL’s Deflategate punishment for Tom Brady and the Patriots was one of the harshest rebukes ever to an alltime great player, and a signal to the other 31 teams that it does not play favorites. Brady and the Pats must now weigh their options

Did Brady Cheat? The NFL Has a Big Decision to Make

The long-awaited Ted Wells report is heavy on circumstantial evidence that Patriots employees, at the behest of Tom Brady, purposefully deflated footballs before the AFC title game. But with no smoking gun, Roger Goodell has to rule on an all-time great whose legacy is on the line

The Pope, the Problems and the 2015 Schedule

Assigning dates to the 256 NFL games is a complex process. And that’s before a plea on behalf of the pontiff. Here’s how four men and 136 computers navigated approximately 50 ‘must-have’ conditions to nail down this fall’s football slate