Editor’s note: This timeline, that was originally published on March 6, 2018, has been updated with Wednesday’s news that Aldon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal. ALAMEDA, Calif. — Perhaps the only things bigger than Aldon Smith‘s tantalizing gifts on a football field were the demons that haunted him off
Things are steadily returning to normal for former Alabama quarterback and projected top-10 draft pick Tua Tagovailoa, who went through four months of rehab to repair a broken hip and recently returned to the field to run through drills and throw a football again. “I’d say I’m 100 percent right now,” Tagovailoa said during an
Twenty-to-one. Those were the New England Patriots‘ odds to win the Super Bowl entering last season’s playoffs. They were the longest Super Bowl odds the Patriots had faced in a decade. Flash-forward three months: Tom Brady is in Tampa Bay, while Bill Belichick remains in New England with an uncertain quarterback situation and an uninspiring
The Cleveland Browns have signed veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a two-year deal, his agency announced Tuesday. A source said Clayborn will make $5.75 million over the two years, with a max of $6.75 million in incentives. Clayborn, 31, who played in 15 games with the Atlanta Falcons last year, will be entering his
The NFL plans to start its 2020 season on time in September, multiple executives said Tuesday, despite a global coronavirus pandemic that has shut down sports around the world. “That’s our expectation,” executive vice president/general counsel Jeff Pash said during a media briefing. “Am I certain of that? I’m not certain I’ll be here tomorrow.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After a 2019 season in which the New England Patriots finished last in the NFL in receptions and targets to tight ends, according to research by ESPN’s Stats & Information, what has the club done to address the position this offseason? [Insert sound of crickets]. There has been no movement, other than
NFL Players Association medical director Thom Mayer said he’s optimistic the 2020 season will take place but that the union and the NFL will know a lot more in late May or early June about whether playing this season is viable. Mayer discussed the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the NFL during an appearance
Free-agent safety Eric Reid wants the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement invalidated over language added after ratification of the pact earlier this month. He is calling for an investigation and a re-vote. In a letter to the NFLPA on Monday, Reid’s lawyers said language posted on the players association’s website after passage of the agreement
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As the major new addition to the Baltimore Ravens‘ defense, Calais Campbell needs to beat such offensive tackles as Jack Conklin and Alejandro Villanueva in the AFC North. Campbell’s biggest battle, however, is against his age. At 33, Campbell is the second-oldest defensive lineman currently under contract. Only New York Jets
There are deals to be found in NFL free agency‘s bargain bin. It’s just a matter of finding them. That’s what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did with Shaquil Barrett last year. They paid a discount price — one year, $4 million — for a part-time player who flourished in a new system and larger role,
The Washington Redskins, who have already unloaded their top two corners from last season, turned to a division rival to help fill a void, signing veteran Ronald Darby, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Darby signed a one-year deal worth $4 million. The Redskins cut Josh Norman before free agency and traded corner Quinton Dunbar.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. Gilmore “not surprised” at Brady’s departure: When reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore was talking on the other end of the telephone late last week, he wasn’t alone. His son, Sebastian, kept calling out to him to
BACK WHEN THE conversation about NFL quarterbacks began and ended with Cam Newton, back when he was leading the Panthers to the Super Bowl and winning the league’s MVP and causing a Concerned Mom to write a letter to the editor claiming the local quarterback’s touchdown celebrations were sending her preteen daughter down the road
Bobby Hebert Sr. — the father of former New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert — died Saturday at the age of 81 after testing positive for the coronavirus. Hebert Jr., a Southern Louisiana native, works as an analyst for WWL Radio in New Orleans. He and his wife, Jojo, said in a
6:00 AM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Todd Gurley is gone. So are Dante Fowler Jr., Cory Littleton, Clay Matthews, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Eric Weddle and Greg Zuerlein. That’s seven key
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After checking what the market had to offer, defensive end Shelby Harris has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos. The deal is for a guaranteed $2.5 million with the potential for $725,000 of additional incentives, a source confirmed to ESPN. As the 2019 season drew to a
Having had 10 missed field goals in 2019 for the Los Angeles Rams, veteran kicker Greg Zuerlein and the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million deal with $3.5 million guaranteed, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Todd Archer on Friday. The move reunites Zuerlein, 32, with John Fassel, his special-teams coach with the Rams
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Michael Brockers‘ deal with the Baltimore Ravens fell through over an issue with his ankle, and the free-agent defensive lineman swiftly rejoined the Los Angeles Rams on a similar deal on Friday. This represents the first major complication in the NFL’s decision to proceed with free agency during the coronavirus pandemic.