Tuesday January 19th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NFL Playoffs advance to the conference championship games this weekend with the Denver Broncos hosting the New England Patriots in the AFC and the Carolina Panthers hosting the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC.

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.

• The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced the hiring of Doug Pederson as their new head coach. Pederson had served as the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.

• New Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson said the team is open to trading the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

• Chat Sports: Grading the 2016 NFL coaching hires

• Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is contemplating retirement despite having one year left on his contract, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.

• New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul announced on Instagram that he underwent another surgery on his damaged right hand.

• Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called out running back Eddie Lacy, saying he needs to lose weight this off-season, reports NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus.

• Chat Sports: Power ranking the four remaining NFL teams

• Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown wrote a thank you note to fans for their support this season, declaring “we will be back next year.”

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