NFL Draft 2024 ‘The Beast’ Guide: Dane Brugler’s scouting reports and player rankings

Finally! It’s here. I’m thrilled to share this year’s draft guide with everyone. I don’t remember who first referred to it as “The Beast,” but I use that moniker as motivation to make sure this annual primer lives up to the nickname — and I don’t think I’ve let you down this year. Every NFL … Read more

NFL free-agency superlatives: The best and the most puzzling moves so far

We’ve completed four days of NFL free agency, and nearly 100 of my top 150 players have come off the board, in addition to dozens of other signings and a handful of trades. Here are my biggest takeaways from the first week of the new league year. Live updates: Free-agent news from across the NFLFA … Read more

Howe: A peek behind the scenes of the Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield deals

The three biggest names on the quarterback market were whisked off the board within 24 hours at the dawn of free agency, as Kirk Cousins, Baker Mayfield and Russell Wilson evaluated their markets and struck on their opportunities. Each had different priorities at unique stages of their careers. And as they quickly secured their next … Read more

NFLPA player survey: Dolphins, Vikings, Packers voted top 3 in overall grades, Commanders worst

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second consecutive year, the NFL Players Association on Wednesday released its team-by-team report cards, which assess players’ working conditions and environments throughout their seasons and offseasons. The Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars rounded out the top five in terms of overall grades. Meanwhile, for … Read more

NFL Scouting Combine: What we’re following for all 32 teams in Indianapolis

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Draft season kicks into high gear this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis as teams will put prospects under a microscope during private interviews, news conferences and workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Quarterbacks always dominate conversations at the combine, and this year will be no different with USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake … Read more

Man on a mission: NFL great Alan Page’s quest for justice in football and beyond

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MINNEAPOLIS — A few times each month, Alan Page visits Justice Page Middle School, one of two schools named in his honor. As the first African American to become a Minnesota Supreme Court justice and the first African American elected to a statewide office, Page goes to inspire students. In their upturned faces and wide … Read more

2024 NFL free agency rankings: Brian Burns, Saquon Barkley, Kirk Cousins lead top 150

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NFL free agency is fast approaching, offering the first window for teams to improve this offseason, provided they sign the right players. These are my rankings and scouting reports of the top 150 free agents available, shaped by a ton of film work and perspective from many years leading NFL personnel departments. This might not … Read more

Early NFL Power Rankings 2024: Chiefs reign supreme, but who’s next?

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The NFL offseason began Sunday night after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 to claim the Super Bowl LVIII title and (only slightly less importantly) the top spot in our postseason power rankings. That means that all the fan bases that have been tuning out as their teams were eliminated from … Read more

Brian Flores isn’t afraid and isn’t looking back — how about the rest of the NFL?

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Brian Flores swiveled in a chair and repeated the question. “Is there anything else I want to say? … Is there anything … Hmm … ” It was a chilled December afternoon in Eagan, Minn., and the Minnesota Vikings’ defense coordinator was seated inside his dimly lit office. His eyes, shielded by a purple flatbill … Read more

2023-24 NFL Week 18 playoff scenarios and bracket: Packers, Bills, Steelers clinch berths

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday setting off some AFC playoff dominoes. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills clinched playoff spots with the Jags’ loss. This also gave the Houston Texans the AFC South title. And later, the Bills gained the AFC East title by beating the Miami Dolphins on Sunday … Read more