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No One Makes Friends in NFL Negotiations

The recent “How do you like me now?!” interaction between Kirk Cousins and Washington GM Scot McCloughan provided a rare public glimpse at a common dance in the business of football: maintaining relationships on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, value and leverage

The Grass Is Looking Greener

Recreational and medicinal marijuana use is becoming more accepted across the country. How will those changing attitudes affect NFL players looking to manage their pain?

A Deadline But No Headlines

Unlike the NBA and Major League Baseball, the NFL trade deadline lacks much action or buzz. Two proposals on how to make it more relevant, plus thoughts on the one significant move that actually went through and the Chargers’ looming decision day about whether to stay in San Diego

Vegas, Maybe!

Even with the city prepared to fund a new stadium for the Raiders, a move to Vegas is far from a done deal. Plus, why the NFL might not be out of the woods yet in regards to the concussion settlement, and the hard-to-believe conclusion regarding Cam Newton and concussion protocol on Opening Night

Talent Means More Tolerance

Main attractions can get away with being distractions. If not for otherworldly skills, Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr. would be ex-players. But there’s a limit—just look at Greg Hardy’s foray into MMA

Should the NFL Be Worried About Ratings?

Yes, TV numbers are down early in the 2016 season. But let’s channel Aaron Rodgers and R-E-L-A-X. Marquee players might be missing and the presidential race might be stealing eyeballs, but the league’s cash flow won’t be drying up anytime soon

The CBA at Halfway, Part I

The 10-year collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011 changed the landscape of the NFL. At the midway point, we analyze just how it has affected the shifting power balance between owners and players

Trumping the 24-Hour News Cycle

Football and politics will be front and center this fall, and it’s impossible to miss similarities between two NFL story lines (Colin Kaepernick and Roger Goodell) and the Republican presidential nominee. This has nothing to do with politics, believe me

Rodgers on Roger

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers speaks out against the culture of Roger Goodell’s NFL, which is still too arbitrary when it comes to enforcing rules

More Money, More Problems

Trent Richardson’s disjointed journey in pro football highlights how financial pressures off the field can derail performance on it. Plus five thoughts on the NFL’s latest ‘conduct detrimental’ saga

Will Bosa Budge?

Breaking down the issues driving the Joey Bosa-Chargers contract standoff. Plus a look at the NFL’s problems in Canton and why owners might root for NFLPA to lobby to reduce commish power at next CBA

Up Close with Brett Favre

Here are my memories, experiences and anecdotes after working alongside Brett Favre for nearly a decade, including practical jokes on planes, a motivating fear of failure and the regular guy wearing No. 4 

Deal and No Deal

In Philadelphia, the league’s highest-spending team goes all-in on Fletcher Cox. In Denver, Von Miller 's stalemate with the Broncos goes nowhere ... for now

Do the Ads Ruin This Photo Sequence?

The NBA will allow teams to sell ads on their game jerseys, which means it’s not a matter of if but when the NFL will follow suit. Purists might take offense, but it's been in the works for years