Roquan Smith trade fits – 10 NFL teams with picks, salary-cap space for Chicago Bears linebacker

A premier linebacker wants a new home. Roquan Smith — widely regarded inside the league as a top-five player at his position — said in a statement that he is requesting a trade from the Chicago Bears after the front office “refused to negotiate in good faith” and “doesn’ t value” him. That clicking you … Read more

NFL owners unanimously approve $4.65 billion sale of Denver Broncos to Walton-Penner group

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — In less than an hour Tuesday in the third-floor ballroom of an airport hotel, Rob Walton and his group of investors that includes his daughter Carrie Walton-Penner and son-in-law Greg Penner were officially approved as the new owners of the Denver Broncos. And one of the league’s most successful franchises now has … Read more

New York Jets coach Robert Saleh says Mekhi Becton’s season likely over because of knee injury

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — New York Jets right offensive tackle Mekhi Becton “more than likely” will miss the entire season because of a chip fracture in his right kneecap, coach Robert Saleh announced Tuesday. Becton, 23, drafted 11th overall in 2020, still is seeking outside medical opinions, but the expectation is that he will need … Read more

Jalen Hurts watch: Game manager Hurts looks okay as Eagles run it a bunch

The Eagles’ first-team offense ran 25 plays in 11-on-11 and team drills Tuesday, in an exceptionally hot training camp practice. Jalen Hurts threw it just 12 times as the offense practiced being pinned against their own end zone quite a bit. As we do after every practice open to the media, here’s a look at … Read more

The future of NFL betting — Why player props, not point spreads, are expected to be king

In the 1940s, Charles McNeil, a Connecticut math teacher turned Chicago bookmaker, revolutionized American sports betting. McNeil is credited with inventing the point spread, which has been the preeminent way to bet on football for 80 years. The point spread represents the margin of victory of the perceived favorite in a game. A 7-point favorite, … Read more

Mekhi Becton expected to miss significant time

The Jets initially projected optimism after right tackle Mekhi Becton limped off the practice field on Monday afternoon with a knee injury. By Monday evening, it turned out that optimism had been completely misplaced. Becton suffered an injury to his knee cap and patella, unrelated to the knee injury that kept him out for most … Read more

Giants learn hard lessons in fight-filled practice

The Giants are no longer punchless. A brawl broke out Monday at practice that included punches exchanged by center Jon Feliciano and linebacker Cam Brown, offensive line coach Bobby Johnson shoving Brown in a rare break from protocol and both sidelines emptying. Tempers flared for four straight plays, beginning when Saquon Barkley lowered his shoulder … Read more

Jon Feliciano confident new unit can end Giants’ O-line woes

Jon Feliciano is finished yelling in pain, but he still has plenty of loud things to say. Can this version of the Giants offensive line — with Feliciano at center — finally be the one that ends a decade of season-wrecking underperformance? “The thing is, I think we can be really good,” he said. Any … Read more

Why Trey Lance’s offseason work was pivotal to becoming 49ers’ QB1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As it turned out, 49ers quarterback Trey Lance needed the extra time more than anyone could have anticipated. Lance, who proved himself as the starter to head coach Kyle Shanahan during organized team activities, needed every bit of the offseason to get right after a finger injury hampered his rookie year. … Read more

Raiders Hall of Fame Game Ballers & Busters

Welcome back as we kick off the 2022 season of Ballers & Busters. There was a lot of good and some not so good in the Raiders lopsided win over the Jacksonville Jaguars’ second and third teamers Thursday night. Preseason football is all about making an impression in pads that guys hope will carry over … Read more