Without the Packers QB on the field every week, the NFL is a lesser product as a whole. But to the naysayers who predict the NFL's decline, I say good luck. Also, notes on the upcoming NFL owners meetings (and why Kaepernick should be invited), an opportunity for change in NFL policy and precident, a potential solution for players' social messages and more.
As we'll see when NBA free agency opens, the NFL's way of doing player business varies significantly (and is much less player-friendly) than the NBA's. From the reasons behind player trades to contract guarantees, let's dig into it.
The league has relaxed its celebration penalties, but we’ll still complain about a few killjoys come Sunday afternoons in the fall . . . plus that time a star player told me he wouldn’t show up to OTAs in Green Bay even if it meant losing a $5 million bonus
The league has reduced the extra period from 15 minutes to 10, but in the name of player safety (and strategy), why not just scrap the entire thing? Plus notes on Tom Brady’s undocumented concussion and why Colin Kaepernick still hasn’t signed on with a new team
Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey were first-round selections, proving there is little upside to playing in non-playoff bowls. Just ask Jake Butt, who fell to the fifth round after being injured
Eddie Lacy’s deal with the Seahawks is tied to weight clauses, which often end up doing more harm than good. Plus, the slow crawl of free agency, the NFL’s unused cap space, a potential Marshawn Lynch trade, the wisdom of DeMarcus Ware and more
Moneyball comes to the NFL, fullbacks are getting paid and the Cowboys are in a tough spot with Tony Romo’s salary-cap hit. Plus a look at the “golden-ticket” winners, the barely there guarantees for some veterans, and the latest dysfunction in Washington