John Clayton joined ESPN in August 1995 as a NFL analyst and commentator and is seen, heard and read across nearly all of the company’s outlets, including NFL coverage on television, including his "Inside the Huddle" segments on SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live, and the NFL Draft. He also regularly contributes to ESPN.com, ESPN Radio and ESPN The Magazine. Clayton also has been a talk show host on KJR Radio, in Seattle, Washington, since 1990...He was the NFL and Seattle Seahawks beat writer for the Tacoma News Tribune since 1986 through 1998, and a NFL correspondent for The Sporting News since 1980...He began his writing career at the Pittsburgh Press as the NFL and Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer from 1976-1986.



2008

Backup QBs cooling off New Window
Even though Kerry Collins is doing a nice job with the 5-0 Titans, backup quarterbacks as a whole aren't faring as well as they did earlier in the season. After winning six of their first eight games,...
John Clayton | Monday, October 6

Week 5 inactives New Window
Week 5 inactive players for Sunday's games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 5

Packers won't decide on Rodgers until game time New Window
Packers coach Mike McCarthy is going to give starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers until 90 minutes before game time to see if he can play Sunday's game against the Falcons.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, October 3

Clayton: Week 5 injury report New Window
John Clayton tracks down injury updates for Week 5 of the 2008 season.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | Friday, October 3

Bills in great shape after inking Evans to extension New Window
The Bills signing of wide receiver Lee Evans to a four-year, $37.25 million contract extension leaves the 4-0 team in great shape for years to come. Center Melvin Fowler is the only starter who is an ...
John Clayton | Thursday, October 2

Bills' Evans signs four-year, $37.25M extension New Window
The Buffalo Bills made Lee Evans one of the league's highest-paid wide receivers on Thursday.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | Thursday, October 2

Clayton: Urgency sets in for Eagles New Window
Is it too early for a must-win game? Not if you're Andy Reid and the Eagles, who need to beat the surging Redskins on Sunday to keep pace in the highly competitive NFC East, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, October 2

Rodgers likely to sit out against Falcons New Window
How the Packers handle Aaron Rodgers ' injury will be fascinating. The organization, and coach Mike McCarthy in particular, won't rush Rodgers back if his shoulder isn't healthy enough to throw in a g...
John Clayton | October 1, 2008

Clayton mailbag: Coaching firestorm under way New Window
In his weekly mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the Lions, Roy Williams' future in Dallas, the Redskins' offense and more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 1, 2008

Davis, Kiffin fail to see eye to eye IN New Window
Cutting through the verbiage of Al Davis ' long-awaited rant, the difference of opinion between the Raiders owner and Lane Kiffin on who should be defensive coordinator and who should be the quarterba...
John Clayton | September 30, 2008

Source: Davis begins discussions to replace Kiffin New Window
Even though Lane Kiffin remained head coach of the Oakland Raiders long enough to meet with the Bay Area media Monday, the process of replacing him has begun.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 29, 2008

Kiffin navigating stormy waters IN New Window
Raiders coach Lane Kiffin announced Monday he's no longer going to publicly discuss his relationship with Al Davis . Kiffin is trying to get through this bye week, but Tuesday might be the biggest cha...
John Clayton | September 29, 2008

Clayton: Linehan didn't show authority New Window
Under Linehan, Rams had fallen from "Greatest Show on Turf" to "Greatest No-Show in NFL," John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 29, 2008

Week 4 inactives New Window
Week 4 inactive players for Sunday's games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 28, 2008

Clayton: Week 4 injury report New Window
John Clayton tracks down injury updates for Week 4 of the 2008 season.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | September 26, 2008

Clayton: Redskins at critical juncture New Window
Are the Redskins legitimate contenders? It depends on how they weather a critical two-game road swing, which starts Sunday in Dallas, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 25

Rebuilding of Lions can officially commence IN New Window
The weird part about the firing of Matt Millen is that rebuilding the Lions may come down to what they do with a wide receiver, the position that seemed to bring the most heat on Millen during his ten...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 24

Clayton mailbag: Schonert fitting the Bills New Window
In his weekly mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on Oakland's coaching situation, the state of the QB position, the Vikings' playoff chances and more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, September 24

Age is not an issue at QB IN New Window
Recent decisions by coaches to go with veteran quarterbacks such as Kerry Collins (Tennessee), Gus Frerotte (Minnesota), Trent Green (St. Louis) and others have suddenly made the NFL look like it did ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, September 23

Saints running out of weapons IN New Window
Tight end Jeremy Shockey's sports hernia surgery will further bottle up the Saints' offense. Without Shockey and WR Marques Colston , who's out for six weeks with a thumb injury, RB Reggie Bush become...
John Clayton | Monday, September 22

Week 3 inactives New Window
Week 3 inactive players for Sunday's games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 21

Dan Rooney still in charge of Steelers New Window
The decision by four brothers of Dan Rooney to reject the bid for the Steelers by Pittsburgh billionaire Stanley Druckenmiller is a mini-victory for the owner and his son, Art . It buys Dan more time ...
John Clayton | Friday, September 19

Clayton: Week 3 injury report New Window
John Clayton tracks down injury updates for Week 3 of the 2008 season.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | Friday, September 19

Clayton: Prime-time test keeps pressure on Rodgers New Window
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is off to an impressive start. Can he outduel Dallas' Tony Romo on Sunday night? John Clayton breaks down the best games of Week 3.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 18

Running attacks make progress IN New Window
One interesting trend -- sparked by great rookie runners such as Darren McFadden , Matt Forte , Chris Johnson and others -- is how the first two weeks have been dominated by running attacks. The 56 ...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 17

Vikings name Frerotte starter for rest of season New Window
The Minnesota Vikings, with an 0-2 start to the season, are turning to veteran Gus Frerotte to bring them out of the hole.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, September 17

Clayton mailbag: NFC on the rise New Window
In his weekly mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the Chiefs' QB situation, the Steelers' Super Bowl chances, Lane Kiffin and more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 17, 2008

Free agency not answer to WR IN New Window
The trade of wide receiver Keary Colbert by the Denver Broncos to the Seattle Seahawks is just another confirmation of how tough it has been to improve the receiver position through free agency. Colbe...
John Clayton | September 16, 2008

Kiffin can't shake speculation IN New Window
When Raiders coach Lane Kiffin met with the Bay Area press on Monday, he had yet to have his meeting with Raiders boss Al Davis. There is enough evidence to suggest Kiffin will be fired. The question ...
John Clayton | Monday, September 15

Week 2 inactives New Window
Week 2 inactive players for Sunday's games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 14

Clayton: Week 2 injury report New Window
John Clayton tracks down injury updates for Week 2 of the 2008 season.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | Friday, September 12

Clayton: McNabb, T.O. reunion highlights Week 2 New Window
In a weekend full of rivalry games, the Monday night matchup between the Eagles and Cowboys -- thanks largely to the McNabb vs. T.O. backdrop -- is clearly the headliner, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 11, 2008

Clayton: Five best rivalries today New Window
Three of the five best rivalries in the NFL today renew this weekend, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 11, 2008

Saturday injury makes for long day IN New Window
The most interesting name on the injury report Wednesday was center Jeff Saturday . Saturday decided not to have knee surgery, which would have sidelined him for 10-to-12 weeks. He was on the Colts in...
John Clayton | September 10, 2008

Former Broncos LB Wilson announces retirement New Window
Five-time Pro Bowler and former Broncos linebacker Al Wilson officially announced his retirement.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 10, 2008

Clayton mailbag: Free-agent follies New Window
In his weekly mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the Chiefs' QB situation, Reggie Bush, the strength of the NFC and more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 10, 2008

Titans' Young has MCL sprain, no time for return New Window
Vince Young has a sprained MCL, but the team wouldn't set a timetable for his return.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 9, 2008

Quarterback carousel proving to be interesting ride IN New Window
The interesting twist to the quarterback scramble following Sunday's flurry of injuries is how teams in need of quarterbacks handled visits and decisions. Tim Rattay and Chris Simms went to New Englan...
John Clayton | September 9, 2008

Short-handed Seahawks start reshaping roster New Window
Down four wide receivers because of injuries, the Seahawks have started to reshape their roster to make some moves.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 9, 2008

Jags sign veteran G Brown to bolster offensive line New Window
Veteran guard Milford Brown, signed as a backup last year who bailed out the Rams with 15 starts, agreed to bail out the Jaguars, who have lost the interior of their offensive line because of injuries.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, September 9

Jags perilously thin along O-line IN New Window
The Jaguars' draft-day decision to trade up to get pass-rushing defensive end Derrick Harvey seemed good at the time, but they might have cost themselves dearly for the season. Instead of drafting an ...
John Clayton | Monday, September 8

Week 1 inactives New Window
Week 1 inactive players for Sunday's games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 7

Broncos agree to five-year deal with LB Williams New Window
The Denver Broncos locked up their most important free agent, reaching a five-year, $32 million deal with linebacker D.J Williams on Saturday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 7

Source: Texans, OT Winston agree on $30M deal New Window
For years, the Texans have been trying to build an offensive line, using the draft and free agency. Right tackle Eric Winston, a third-round pick for 2006, has turned into a immediate hit.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, September 6

Clayton: Week 1 injury report New Window
John Clayton tracks down injury updates for Week 1 of the 2008 season.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | Friday, September 5

Pro Bowl tackle Peters rejoins Bills, ends holdout New Window
Jason Peters will end his holdout and report to the Bills on Saturday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 5

Culpepper: The QB that was New Window
The frustration that fueled Daunte Culpepper 's retirement was his resume wasn't good enough to get him into a team facility as early as March. Last year, Culpepper waited until summer before taking ...
John Clayton | Thursday, September 4

Ex-Bengals tackle Anderson gets deal with Ravens New Window
With job security in mind, former Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Willie Anderson turned down trips to Tampa Bay and San Diego and accepted a three-year, $10.5 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | Thursday, September 4

Unable to find work, Culpepper retires from NFL New Window
Daunte Culpepper has retired from the NFL.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 4

Clayton: NFC East reigns supreme New Window
Thanks to the Giants' Super Bowl upset and three other teams that can compete with anyone, the NFC East is the best division in football, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 4

Clayton: Rodgers, Packers have plenty to prove vs. Vikings New Window
John Clayton previews the best Week 1 games, including a Packers-Vikings Monday night game with plenty on the line for Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 4

Former Bengal Anderson in demand New Window
Former Bengals right tackle Willie Anderson appears to be the biggest prize from the list of players cut over the weekend. According to his agent, Terry Bolar, Anderson has limited his op...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 3

Clayton mailbag: Gonzalez is Chief asset New Window
In his weekly mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the future of Tony Gonzalez, Bryant McKinnie's suspension, Jeremy Shockey and more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 3, 2008

Steelers trade offensive lineman Mahan to Bucs New Window
A year after signing Sean Mahan to help the interior of their offensive line, the Steelers decided to go a different direction by trading him back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a seventh-round pick.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 2, 2008

Source: Ravens add Bouman to back up QB Flacco New Window
Veteran Todd Bouman, one of three veterans to work out for the Ravens Tuesday, accepted a one-year offer to sign with the team, a source said.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 2, 2008

Peters, Bills not getting close New Window
There isn't any progress in the Jason Peters holdout. The Bills and Peters have not talked for a month, according to a source. Peters remains willing to hold out into the season for a new contract. Th...
John Clayton | September 2, 2008

Lions strike deal with Rudi Johnson, release Bell New Window
Running back Rudi Johnson reached a one-year agreement with the Detroit Lions, the team confirmed Monday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | September 1, 2008

Raiders reach agreement on 1-year deal with Lelie New Window
In need of downfield speed for their passing offense, the Raiders reached a one-year agreement with Ashley Lelie.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, September 1

Clayton: Cardinals' James likes latest trends New Window
Edgerrin James believes the leaguewide emphasis on the short, safe passing game will make him a more effective running back and allow him to play well into his 30s, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, September 1

Fourth preseason game becomes expendable New Window
The way 26 teams handled their final preseason game Thursday night only adds to the campaign to extend the regular season to 17 games and to shorten the preseason to three. Looking at the official gam...
John Clayton | Friday, August 29

Marshall suspension reduced from 3 games to 1 New Window
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall had his suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy reduced from three games to one on Thursday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 28

Chargers did nothing wrong in Merriman case New Window
Perhaps the most baffling part of the Shawne Merriman story is somehow the Chargers are being portrayed as the bad guys. How did that happen? Team doctors told Merriman and his agent, Tom Condon, that...
John Clayton | Thursday, August 28

In need of lineman, Ravens acquire Bucs' Douglas New Window
In need of defensive line help, the Baltimore Ravens went back to an old friend, trading for Buccaneers defensive end Marques Douglas.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 27, 2008

Clayton mailbag: Giants' pass rush is suddenly suspect New Window
In his latest mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on Donovan McNabb, Alge Crumpler's impact on the Titans and more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 27, 2008

Strahan faced tough deadline New Window
The chance to return to the Giants appealed to Michael Strahan , but the quality of life outside of football won out. The Giants got in touch with Strahan, but it was unlikely they would have paid him...
John Clayton | August 26, 2008

Strahan, Giants open communication New Window
It should be no surprise the Giants reached out to retired defensive end Michael Strahan . Strahan tipped off through friends he would consider coming out of retirement if the price was right. The sea...
John Clayton | August 25, 2008

Clayton: Warner showed he can still play New Window
The Cardinals gave Kurt Warner the chance to compete with Matt Leinart for the starting spot, and the 37-year-old quarterback made the most of the opportunity, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 25, 2008

Clayton: Who might succeed Upshaw? New Window
Who might the NFLPA select as Gene Upshaw's successor? There are several prominent candidates, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 21

Clayton: What's next for NFLPA? New Window
The NFLPA, reeling from the unexpected death of Gene Upshaw, will move slowly on finding a replacement for him and starting talks on a new labor contract, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 21

Clayton: Gene Upshaw played game hard on and off the field New Window
As a Hall of Fame guard for the Raiders, Gene Upshaw played tough. Those skills served him well as NFLPA executive director, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 21

After holdout ends, Jackson's work begins New Window
The end of Steven Jackson's holdout was inevitable. The Rams had been wanting to make Jackson one of the highest paid running backs, but Jackson, 25, naturally wanted more. Knowing that this would be ...
John Clayton | Wednesday, August 20

Clayton mailbag: Shortened preseason inevitable New Window
In his latest mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on Rod Coleman, Alex Smith's future in San Francisco and much more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, August 20

Jags' latest offer to Harvey might not get deal done New Window
The Jaguars slightly improved their offer to unsigned first-round choice Derrick Harvey , but the adjustment may only worsen the negotiations. According to a source, Jacksonville upped its offer on a ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, August 19

Source: Vikings QB Jackson has sprained MCL New Window
An MRI revealed that Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a sprained medial collateral knee ligament during Minnesota's 23-15 victory over the Ravens on Saturday night, according to a source.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, August 17

Patriots work to fill offensive line gaps New Window
The Patriots have tried to buy some insurance policies for their offensive line, but the cost is expensive. New England has signed five veteran offensive linemen. Two of them -- Barry Stokes and Antho...
John Clayton | August 15, 2008

Patriots, safety Lynch agree to one-year contract New Window
The New England Patriots have met with nine-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch but have not signed him.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 14, 2008

Lynch must pass physical with Pats New Window
Bill Belichick 's interest in former Broncos safety John Lynch is real, as long as Lynch can pass a physical. The need for a hard-hitting situational safety was created last weekend when safety Tank W...
John Clayton | August 13, 2008

Clayton mailbag: Underdogs lead in QB battles New Window
In his latest mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on Daunte Culpepper, Steven Jackson's holdout, the outlook for the Raiders and much more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 13, 2008

Feeley should find new home soon New Window
Cut from the Miami Dolphins, 32-year-old kicker Jay Feely should find a new home before the start of the regular season. The only problem he is facing is the continued accuracy of the field-goal kicke...
John Clayton | Wednesday, August 12

Dolphins make way for rookie, cut kicker Feely New Window
The Miami Dolphins have cut kicker Jay Feely, a year after he set the team's single-season record for field goal percentage.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, August 12

Archuleta signs with Raiders, to switch positions New Window
Adam Archuleta agreed to a one-year, $730,000 contract with the Raiders and plans to start his career anew.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, August 11

Clayton: Vince Young ready to take next step New Window
The Titans' Vince Young is well on his way to becoming an elite quarterback, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, August 11

Veteran linebacker Spikes finds home with 49ers New Window
Linebacker Takeo Spikes, one of the best defensive players awaiting a job with a new team, signed with the 49ers, the team announced Sunday night.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, August 10

Steelers sign QB Leftwich to fill in for injured Batch New Window
The Steelers filled two injury-created needs Sunday by reaching agreements with quarterback Byron Leftwich and punter Mitch Berger.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, August 10

Pennington lands 2-year deal, starting job in Miami New Window
Chad Pennington agreed Friday night to a two-year, $11.5 million contract that pretty well locks him into starting, according to a source.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 8

Goodell sick of complaints about 80-man roster New Window
Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams ordering them to stop complaining about the 80-man roster. Most coaches and GMs believe the 80-man roster is a disaster because it makes it hard to keep...
John Clayton | Friday, August 8

Clayton: History working against Favre, Jets New Window
Jets fans shouldn't expect Brett Favre to deliver a championship. When Hall of Fame QBs switch teams late in their careers, the results are usually unspectacular, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 8

Clayton: This deal a downer for Favre New Window
The deal sending Brett Favre to the Jets isn't a good one for the legendary quarterback, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 7

Clayton: Questions, answers on Favre trade New Window
Favre took on Packers management and lost. Now, he must try to rediscover the itch to play football in the AFC. Here are answers to five questions involving the trade.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 7

Clayton mailbag: Vikings firmly in Jackson's corner New Window
In his latest mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on Tarvaris Jackson's mindset, the 49ers' chances, the Steelers' O-line and much more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, August 6

First-round pick Rivers signs contract with Bengals New Window
The Cincinnati Bengals signed first-round pick Keith Rivers Tuesday night, ending a 10-day holdout.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, August 5

Clayton: Five reasons Favre would start for Green Bay New Window
Here are John Clayton's five reasons Brett Favre would win the starting QB spot with the Packers.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, August 4

Clayton: Favre wins this ugly contest New Window
In this ugly battle of wills between the Packers and Brett Favre, the quarterback looks like the winner, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, August 3

Clayton: No one should be surprised by latest Favre move New Window
No one should be surprised about the latest move in the Brett Favre saga, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, August 3

Clayton mailbag: Raiders have a shot at respectability New Window
In his latest mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the Raiders' chances in 2008, Brett Favre (surprise), Donovan McNabb and much more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, July 30

Saints' top pick Ellis gets contract, ends holdout New Window
The Saints' top pick, Sedrick Ellis, ended his holdout and signed a deal on Tuesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, July 29

Packers lowballing Grant? New Window
Ryan Grant's holdout in Green Bay is particularly weird because it comes when Devin Hester of the Bears received a four-year extension that could be worth as much as $40 million. The Bears paid Heste...
John Clayton | July 28, 2008

Favre-Packer relationship on thin ice New Window
Once again, the Brett Favre -Packers relationship breakdown needs a mediator. Favre is threatening to show up at Packers camp Sunday even though he hasn't filed his reinstatement papers. The Packers ...
John Clayton | July 26, 2008

Jets carve out 5-year deal with Gholston New Window
Late-night negotiations Thursday culminated with the New York Jets reaching a five-year contract agreement with first-round draft pick Vernon Gholston that includes $21 million in guarantees.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 25, 2008

Colts' Manning missing camp after knee surgery New Window
Peyton Manning is sacked only 3.4 percent of the time he attempts a pass, but recent surgery on a bursa sac problem in his left knee has temporarily left him down for the count.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 24, 2008

McCardell waiting for call New Window
While Terry Glenn tries to resolve his injury-waiver beef with the Cowboys and Joe Horn wonders how long he'll be with the Falcons, one longtime veteran wide receiver is waiting around for the chance ...
John Clayton | July 24, 2008

Clayton: Orton's makeup suits Bears' style New Window
With the Bears once again committed to winning with defense, look for Kyle Orton to ultimately emerge as the team's starting quarterback, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 24, 2008

Clayton: It's tough to watch Packers-Favre divorce New Window
The Favre-Packers divorce is painful, John Clayton writes, and it begs the question: How much damage will be done?
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 24, 2008

Colston, Saints agree to 3-year extension New Window
The Saints and Marques Colston have agreed to a three-year extension.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 23, 2008

Bears agree to deal with first-round pick Williams New Window
The Bears reached an agreement with first-round pick Chris Williams, who is projected to be the team's starting left tackle.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 23, 2008

Clayton mailbag: Cowboys must bolster WR corps New Window
In his latest mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the Cowboys' WR situation, Jared Allen, Julius Peppers, the Chargers' health and more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 23, 2008

Smith mum on Bears QB starter New Window
Lovie Smith is going to keep the Chicago media and Bears fans guessing when it comes to who steps into the huddle as the team's No. 1 quarterback at the team's first training camp practice on Wednesda...
John Clayton | July 22, 2008

Giants deal Shockey at wrong time New Window
The weirdest part of the Jeremy Shockey trade was why the Giants waited so long to make the deal. They could have had the Saints second- and fifth-round choices in the 2008 draft. That would have put ...
John Clayton | July 21, 2008

Giants agree to trade Shockey to Saints for picks New Window
The Saints acquired Jeremy Shockey for a second- and a fifth-round draft pick in 2009.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 21, 2008

Clayton: Brewing controversies New Window
Training camp has arrived, but not without its issues. John Clayton details the top controversies not involving Brett Favre or Chad Johnson.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 21, 2008

Ruling could hasten signings New Window
The NFL Players Association won its special master grievance against the NFL management council, which should speed up the process of getting lower first- and all second-round selections signed. ...
John Clayton | July 20, 2008

Clayton: Getting Taylor worth price for Redskins New Window
Getting Jason Taylor was worth the price for the Redskins.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 20, 2008

Skins DE Daniels out for year; Taylor on radar? New Window
Washington Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels suffered an injury Sunday to his anterior cruciate knee ligament, according to a source, a potentially season-ending injury that could lead to Jason Taylor coming to Washington.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 20, 2008

Jaguars receiver Porter nursing hamstring injury New Window
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jerry Porter is expected to miss part of training camp because of a hamstring injury that hasn't healed.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, July 19

Jets ink TE Keller; Gholston remains unsigned New Window
The New York Jets have come to terms with one of their first-round choices, tight end Dustin Keller, the team announced Friday. Terms of the Keller deal weren't available.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, July 19

Redskins' second-round pick gets four-year deal New Window
The Redskins reached agreement Friday with their top draft pick, wide receiver Devin Thomas, that will allow him to report to training camp on time Saturday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, July 18

Packers, Favre passing point of no return New Window
Now that Brett Favre has taken his shots at Packers general manager Ted Thompson and the Packers may try to affect Favre's reputation with a tampering suit against the Vikings, it's going to be hard f...
John Clayton | Thursday, July 17

Sources: Pack files tampering charges over Favre New Window
The Packers have charged that the Vikings have tampered with Brett Favre.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, July 16

Timing right for Peyton's problems New Window
The Indianapolis Colts are relatively relieved about the timing of Peyton Manning 's bursa sac procedure because it eliminates a worry that he would have big problems later in the season. Doctors told...
John Clayton | Tuesday, July 15

Clayton mailbag: Chargers have golden opportunity New Window
In the first installment of his weekly mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the Chargers' chances of ruling the AFC, the Giants' chances of repeating, the Bengals' D and more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, July 15

Clayton: NFL ownership growing increasingly complicated New Window
With the recent news of the Rooney family's potentially losing control of the Steelers, will there be a transition from family ownership to corporate billionaires? John Clayton examines.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, July 15

League: Ex-Vikes DE Scott suspended 3 games New Window
Former Viking Darrion Scott was suspended by the NFL for three games on Monday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, July 14

Source: Hamlin, Cowboys close to deal New Window
The Cowboys and safety Ken Hamlin drew closer on Monday, to completing a six-year deal that will keep the team's franchise player in Dallas the remainder of his career, a source told ESPN.com. Talks ...
John Clayton | Monday, July 14

Brennan, Redskins agree to terms of 4-year deal New Window
The Washington Redskins reached a four-year deal with sixth-round draft choice Colt Brennan on Monday, leaving them with only two unsigned second-round selections six days before their first training camp practice.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, July 14

Clayton: Five suggestions for Packers GM Ted Thompson New Window
Packers GM Ted Thompson has found himself in a tough spot. He can either rectify the Brett Favre saga or potentially be the most hated man in Green Bay. What should he do? John Clayton weighs in.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, July 14

Clayton: Pack must handle Favre delicately New Window
Saturday's events only underscore why the Brett Favre situation must be handled delicately, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 12, 2008

Redskins sign WR Kelly to 4-year, $3.3 million deal New Window
The New York Yankees signed left-hander Eric Milton to a minor league contract Friday, returning Milton to the organization that originally drafted him.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 11, 2008

Ex-Charger Olivea gets one-year deal from Giants New Window
Former Chargers right tackle Shane Olivea, suspended last months for four games for violations of the NFL Substance Policy, has been reinstated and agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 10, 2008

Draft day signings delayed New Window
The push by teams to get all of their draft choices signed on time may get a little bit of a delay. The NFLPA informed agents for the remaining unsigned draft choices to negotiate cautiously while the...
John Clayton | July 9, 2008

No way out for Packers New Window
What an amazing transition for Brett Favre . In 2007, he's the king of Wisconsin again, coming off one of his best seasons. Now, he's like that unpopular relative who always threatened to show up at y...
John Clayton | July 8, 2008

Clayton: Steelers ownership Q&A New Window
News that the Rooney family must restructure their ownership of the Steelers surprised many. John Clayton looks at the issues and provides answers.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 8, 2008

Steelers try to rework ownership New Window
Don't minimize the significance of the Steelers' announcement Monday that the team is restructuring ownership. The Steelers revealed that discussions have been ongoing for two years and that club chai...
John Clayton | July 7, 2008

Clayton: With Quinn, Browns in a win-win situation New Window
A year ago, the Browns seemed to have disaster in the works at QB. Today, the Browns not only have a Pro Bowler in Derek Anderson, but a seemingly much improved Brady Quinn as the backup.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 30, 2008

Bucs' Graham agrees to 3-year, $10.5M extension New Window
Earnest Graham agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million extension that will keep him in Tampa through the 2011 season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 29, 2008

With no takers, Steelers release Davenport New Window
After shopping him for a trade, the Steelers released Najeh Davenport on Friday. According to a source, Pittsburgh had been contacting teams to determine if there was trade interest. Davenport, who w...
John Clayton | June 27, 2008

Spicer, Jaguars agree to two-year extension New Window
Paul Spicer, who was entering the final year of his contract, agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension that will keep him in Jacksonville until at least 2010.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 27, 2008

Niners beat out Rams for services of OT Sims New Window
The 49ers beat out the rival Rams for the services of former Raiders offensive lineman Barry Sims.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 23, 2008

Clayton: How the Packers got smart New Window
From the chaos that was the Packers' running game early last season, calm emerged in the form of Ryan Grant. John Clayton reviews how Grant became a star, and previews what's ahead.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 21, 2008

Bills' Lynch likely to duck jail New Window
Bills halfback Marshawn Lynch probably escaped any jail time and possibly community service time by admitting to the Erie County District Attorney's office that he was the driver in an alleged hit-and...
John Clayton | Saturday, June 21

Clayton: Jaguars spring checkup New Window
The Jaguars appear to have plenty of weapons, especially at WR, but their offensive line is a cause for concern, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, June 20

Clayton: Texans spring checkup New Window
The Texans have finished .500 just once in the franchise's history. But with the hirinig of Alex Gibbs and an improved defensive line, Houston is ready to make a serious playoff run, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, June 20

Clayton: Titans spring checkup New Window
Even though the Titans were a surprise success story in 2007, they felt the need to make a lot of changes this offseason, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, June 20

Clayton: Colts spring checkup New Window
With Marvin Harrison's knee still a question mark, the Colts are focused on developing the back end of their receiving corps in an attempt to ensure consistency in the passing game, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, June 20

Taylor unlikely to end up with Packers New Window
Don't lose any sleep over over the rumor that Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor could end up with the Packers. While the Packers have looked at the possibility of a trade, talks between the two team...
John Clayton | Thursday, June 19

Clayton: Rodgers' strong arm finally coming to light New Window
It's never easy to replace a legend. However Aaron Rodgers' strong arm is easing some of the worry over how the Packers will manage without Brett Favre, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, June 18

Bengals' Johnson to have surgery on both ankles New Window
Chad Johnson will have surgical procedures on both ankles on Wednesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, June 17

Clayton: Subpar defense real issue for Bengals New Window
It's hard to tell why Chad Johnson really wants out of Cincy. But an improved defense would make his stay better. John Clayton
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, June 16

Clayton: Bills' offense going retro New Window
Looking to get more creative and explosive on offense, the Bills have adopted some of the philosophies made famous by Sam Wyche in the 1980s and '90s, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 14, 2008

Bengals agree to 5-year extension with DT Peko New Window
Starving for positive news on a day Chad Johnson stirred up minicamp by his presence, the Bengals reached a five-year extension with one of their better young players, defensive tackle Domata Peko.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 12, 2008

Clayton: Time to trade Johnson New Window
Chad Johnson's "ailment" just emphasizes how much the Bengals need to rid themselves of the tantrum-prone receiver, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 12, 2008

Clayton: Ogden changed the game at left tackle New Window
The retirement of 11-time Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden means the NFL is losing a man who not only paved the way for running backs but also future offensive lineman, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 12, 2008

Silver lining for Lynch New Window
As much as the Marshawn Lynch hit-and-run possibilities are bad for the Bills, it's not going to change the hopes of Buffalo for this season. Lynch, if found guilty, likely wouldn't serve any jail tim...
John Clayton | June 11, 2008

Jauron addresses Lynch's issue, Peters' absence New Window
Clear skies greeted the Buffalo Bills for the opening of their mandatory camp Wednesday, but a few nasty clouds hovered around the franchise.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 11, 2008

Clayton: Rogers giving Browns much-needed nose job New Window
With Shaun Rogers flashing the ability to become a formidable nose tackle, the Browns are optimistic they'll finally field a top-10 run defense in 2008, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 11, 2008

Jones, Bears make interesting pair New Window
The interesting name to watch now that the Bears cut Cedric Benson is Kevin Jones , the former starting running back in Detroit. Jones is holding a league-wide workout toward the end of the month. He ...
John Clayton | June 9, 2008

Bears waive tailback Benson after latest arrest New Window
The Bears waived running back Cedric Benson on Monday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 9, 2008

Clayton: Strahan can make convincing case for Hall of Fame New Window
The case for ex-Giants star Michael Strahan as a first-ballot Hall of Famer is convincing, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 9, 2008

Taylor likely a no-show until camp New Window
Jason Taylor and Bill Parcells may have cleared the air during a 90-minute meeting Thursday night at a golf club, but the situation still isn't resolved. Taylor didn't promise to show up at minicamp t...
John Clayton | June 6, 2008

NFL suspends ex-Bengal LB Thurman indefinitely New Window
Linebacker Odell Thurman, released by the Bengals on May 19, has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL, the league confirmed Friday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 6, 2008

Raiders' McFadden signs six-year, $60 million deal New Window
Running back Darren McFadden reached a six-year, $60 million agreement Thursday night with the Oakland Raiders that includes $26 million guaranteed.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 6, 2008

Clayton: Today's HOF-caliber backs New Window
Plenty of potential Hall Of Fame running backs are playing today. But offensive tendencies and market trends for older ball carriers might affect statistics and candidacies, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 4, 2008

Teams get salary cap relief New Window
On Tuesday, the contracts of Mike Wahle and Dan Morgan in Carolina, Kalimba Edwards in Detroit and Brandon Lloyd in Chicago came off the salary cap books. They were pre-June 2 designees, which gave th...
John Clayton | June 3, 2008

NFL commish grants Pacman partial reinstatement New Window
Adam "Pacman" Jones and the Dallas Cowboys got what they were hoping for Monday -- a partial reinstatement of the suspended cornerback.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 2, 2008

Broncos gain short-term savings New Window
By waiting until Monday to release halfback Travis Henry , the Broncos ended up saving $1.1 million in cap room instead of suffering a $2.5 million net loss had they released him in May. On Monday, a...
John Clayton | June 2, 2008

Clayton: No. 1 WRs becoming endangered species New Window
The dearth of No. 1-caliber wide receivers is becoming the No. 1 problem for teams looking to add playmakers, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 2, 2008

Jags add depth at receiver, reach deal with Thorpe New Window
The Jaguars have reached a one-year deal with former Colts wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 31, 2008

Tight ends coach bolsters Stevens New Window
The Tampa Bay Bucs' re-signing of tight end Jerramy Stevens goes in part to faith and loyalty displayed to him by tight end coach Bob Casullo . Casullo kept pushing the organization to give Stevens, ...
John Clayton | May 30, 2008

Bears reach deal with rookie tight end Davis New Window
As the Bears assembled for the first day of minicamp Friday, they came to terms on a four-year contract with tight end Kellen Davis.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 30, 2008

Urlacher's move could pay off New Window
Brian Urlacher 's decision to attend the Bears' three-day minicamp doesn't mean he stopped his pursuit of a bigger contract -- but it could help. The Bears offered him a $5 million signing bonus and a...
John Clayton | Thursday, May 29

Clayton: Prepping for the uncapped storm New Window
Which teams would be affected most if the league can't get a new labor deal before 2010? John Clayton forecasts five of the best and five of the worst teams facing that scenario.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, May 28

Source: Bolts don't want Taylor New Window
If you had any questions about the Chargers' interest in Jason Taylor , scratch them from your thoughts immediately. The Chargers aren't interested in trading for Taylor, according to a source. With S...
John Clayton | Tuesday, May 27

Jets add depth to backfield by signing Musa Smith New Window
The Jets added more depth to their backfield by signing Ravens halfback Musa Smith.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, May 27

Vikings trade defensive end James to Redskins New Window
On Friday, the Minnesota Vikings informed Erasmus James that they planned to release him. James was an injured defensive end without a home. Now, he's a member of the Washington Redskins.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, May 27

With questions in backfield, Broncos add Pittman New Window
A few weeks ago, the Broncos toyed with the idea of signing Dominic Rhodes or Shaun Alexander, but on Tuesday, they got serious, reaching an agreement with former Buccaneers halfback Michael Pittman.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, May 27

Clayton: Seven non-moves that could prove costly New Window
John Clayton identifies seven teams that failed to improve significantly in key areas.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, May 25

Taylor dances through offers New Window
Jason Taylor will host his foundation's annual fund-raiser on June 1 in Miami. It's at the Hard Rock in north Miami with a golf tournament scheduled for June 2. Of course, that doesn't mean Taylor wil...
John Clayton | May 23, 2008

Injury-depleted Browns sign veteran CB Cousin New Window
Down two cornerbacks with the release of Kenny Wright and the potential season-ending knee injury to Daven Holly, the Cleveland Browns reached an agreement Thursday with veteran cornerback Terry Cousin.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 22, 2008

Taylor dancing out of Miami New Window
Jason Taylor danced his way into the Hollywood elite with his "Dancing with the Stars" success, but it looks as though he could be entering his last dance with the Dolphins. Dolphins coach Tony Spara...
John Clayton | May 21, 2008

Clayton: The 17-game solution? New Window
Increasing the regular season to 17 games might seem like an odd way to resolve the NFL's pending labor problems, but an additional game could smooth some of the differences between the league and the union.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, May 21

CBA gone, but long hair and conduct fines remain New Window
The CBA, long hair and conduct fines were covered in the NFL meetings on Tuesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, May 20

Cowboys give Newman, Barber new big contracts New Window
Using the salary-cap loopholes created by Tuesday's decision to have a possible uncapped year in 2010, the Dallas Cowboys locked up two of their key young players -- cornerback Terence Newman and halfback Marion Barber.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, May 20

Falcons agree to massive deal with new QB Ryan New Window
Matt Ryan agreed to a six-year contract that ESPN.com's John Clayton and ESPN's Chris Mortensen report guarantees him $34.75 million and could be worth as much as $72 million.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, May 20

Money talks: Indy host to 2012 Super Bowl New Window
After losing the right to host Super Bowl XLV to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones by two votes last year, Colts owner Jim Irsay and the city of Indianapolis improved their bid by $25 million and were awarded Super Bowl XLVI on Tuesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, May 20

Here we grow again? NFL considering 17th game New Window
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell raised the possibility of having a 17th regular-season game as an option to help settle some of the league's future labor problems.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, May 20

NFL owners unanimous, will opt out of labor deal New Window
NFL owners have voted unanimously to opt out of a labor contract, which will now expire in 2011.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, May 20

Walsh testimony didn't add much New Window
Things have been pretty predictable on the Matt Walsh front the past couple of days. Although he has tried to fill in some gaps on his videotaping with the Patriots, Walsh hasn't presented any evidenc...
John Clayton | May 15, 2008

Clayton: Top players over 30 to watch this season New Window
At 30 years old, a player's career is at a crossroads, and how successful he is can impact his team. John Clayton examines the top 10 players age 30 and older to watch this season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 14, 2008

Harrison to attend minicamp New Window
Marvin Harrison will attend the Colts minicamp this weekend, but he will not participate as he recovers from last season's knee injury. It's also unlikely he will be available for any media interviews...
John Clayton | May 13, 2008

Suggs' franchise tag grievance vs. Ravens settled New Window
Terrell Suggs' grievance against the Baltimore Ravens over whether he should be classified as a defensive end or a linebacker has been settled.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 13, 2008

Clayton: Five things we learned about Spygate New Window
The Patriots got their just desserts for stealing signals. But Matt Walsh, the media and even the Rams share responsibility for Spygate, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | May 13, 2008

Labor talks progress New Window
NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw described last Thursday's labor negotiation session with an owners' committee as a "first step in the process," according to the NFLPA Web site. ...
John Clayton | May 12, 2008

Clayton: Five surprise teams to watch in 2008 New Window
With the draft over and free agency exhausted for finding impact players, John Clayton picks five surprise teams for the 2008 season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 12, 2008

Robinson to Raiders? New Window
Koren Robinson wasn't caught by surprise when he was released by Green Bay on Friday. When the Packers used their top draft choice -- a second-round pick on wide receiver Jordy Nelson -- Robinson sens...
John Clayton | May 9, 2008

Clayton: Spygate closing with a whimper New Window
The NFL sensed that Matt Walsh had no huge revelations to offer in his stash of game tapes. What the former Pats assistant reportedly presented this week confirms that hunch, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | May 8, 2008

Rhodes happy in Indy New Window
Halfback Dominic Rhodes felt good about accepting a minimum salary deal from Indianapolis because his former Colts teammates reached out to him. Peyton Manning and other former teammates kept in tou...
John Clayton | May 7, 2008

Source: Chiefs get $8M rookie pool to pay picks New Window
The Chiefs received the largest rookie pool to pay draft choices.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 7, 2008

Clayton: Left tackles loom large New Window
Teams are placing a high premium on left tackles, who will play a vital role in shaping the league's power structure for years to come, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | May 7, 2008

Strahan likely retiring New Window
Officially, Michael Strahan is undecided about his future. But he looks and sounds like a player who is going to retire before training camp. Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce went on the radio and s...
John Clayton | May 6, 2008

Deep at safety, Bears release veteran Archuleta New Window
In a surprising move, the Bears released safety Adam Archuleta, a little more than a year after they acquired him in a trade.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 6, 2008

Protecting Eli pays: Giants' Diehl gets new contract New Window
Replacing Luke Petitgout as the Giants left tackle, David Diehl proved he was the real deal and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII. Diehl's reward is a new deal that compensates him for the important job of protecting Eli Manning's blind side.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 6, 2008

Alexander making connections New Window
Shaun Alexander 's two-day meeting with Cincinnati allowed each side to get to know each other, and it could lead to a signing down the road. The Bengals appear to be pretty well set at running back w...
John Clayton | May 5, 2008

Clayton: Five things we learned from first minicamps New Window
Is Cedric Benson's latest brush with the law the last straw for him in Chicago? Who will emerge as the 49ers' starting quarterback? After the NFL's first weekend of minicamps, John Clayton answers those questions and more.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | May 5, 2008

Expand offseason rosters New Window
The impact from the 80-man roster is really being felt as teams bring players to minicamps. As of Friday, only 362 undrafted free agents have signed or reached agreements with teams. That's little mor...
John Clayton | May 2, 2008

Bengals to bring in Alexander New Window
The Bengals are making a great public relations move by bringing in former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander for a visit Monday. He grew up near Cincinnati and is a popular player. It still might ...
John Clayton | May 1, 2008

Culpepper in limbo New Window
Daunte Culpepper will have to wait until next week at the earliest to see where he stands with the Green Bay Packers. He visited the Packers before the draft but they drafted two rookie quarterbacks, ...
John Clayton | April 30, 2008

Oft-injured Seahawks DT Tubbs has knee surgery New Window
Seahawks defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs, a former No. 1 draft choice, recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up his chronically-injured right knee.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 30, 2008

Clayton: Quarterbacks still hold the key New Window
Without the benefit of a franchise-type quarterback, a strong running game can take a team only so far, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 30, 2008

Chargers revamp front office, hire ex-GM Mueller New Window
The Chargers revamped their front office on Tuesday, hiring former GM Randy Mueller.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 29, 2008

A change in philosophy New Window
After years of trying to build their team through free agency and trade, the Redskins seem to have switched their philosophy. Under executive vice president Vinny Cerato , Washington held onto its dra...
John Clayton | April 29, 2008

Texans, free agent Weary agree on one-year deal New Window
Fred Weary's patience was rewarded Tuesday when the Texans re-signed the offensive lineman to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 29, 2008

Rhodes on the market New Window
Like Shaun Alexander , halfback Dominic Rhodes might find new job opportunities in free agency after being released by the Oakland Raiders. Twenty teams added running backs during the draft. A dozen b...
John Clayton | April 28, 2008

Raiders release Rhodes, get some cap space back New Window
Oakland Raiders notified halfback Dominic Rhodes that he is being released.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 28, 2008

Clayton: Six draft trends New Window
It was the draft to be an offensive tackle. It was not the draft to be an unhappy veteran star wishing for a new home. These were among the trends of this weekend's draft, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 28, 2008

Clayton: Day 1 winners and losers New Window
John Clayton breaks down the winners and losers from Day 1 of the NFL draft.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 26, 2008

Titans sign Roos to six-year, $43M extension New Window
The Titans locked up a big key to the future by reaching a six-year, $43 million extension with left tackle Michael Roos.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 26, 2008

Shockey deal still possibility New Window
The delay in a possible Jeremy Shockey trade is price. The Giants apparently want more than a second-round pick for the former Pro Bowl tight end. The Saints have been contemplating offering a second-...
John Clayton | April 25, 2008

Pasquarelli to be honored by pro football writers New Window
Len Pasquarelli, a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com, has been selected by the Pro Football Writers of America as the 2008 recipient of the Dick McCann Award.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 25, 2008

Clayton: As the draft turns ... New Window
In the course of an hour, BC QB Matt Ryan could lose $10 million, while Michigan QB Chad Henne could make millions. Those are just two things to watch for on Saturday as the draft unfolds, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 25, 2008

Taylor likely to remain a Dolphin New Window
Jason Taylor is dancing with the stars, but odds still favor him playing for the Dolphins this season. Bill Parcells would be willing to part with Taylor but for a No. 1 pick -- something it seems unl...
John Clayton | April 24, 2008

Chiefs on the move New Window
One of the reasons the Jared Allen trade works for the Chiefs is that the organization is completely on the same page as to where it's going. It's going young in one of the boldest rebuilding efforts...
John Clayton | April 23, 2008

Clayton: First and 10, draft edition New Window
The NFL shortened the amount of time between picks to create better TV. The change also could lead to fewer trades and some embarrassing blunders, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 23, 2008

Chiefs send DE Allen to Vikings, get 1st-round pick New Window
The Chiefs have reached agreement to send Jared Allen to the Vikings, according to sources.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 22, 2008

Dolphins, Long persevere New Window
Getting Jake Long signed to a five-year, $57.75 million contract five days before the draft wasn't easy for the Dolphins or Long's representatives. In fact, it almost didn't happen. Both sides were s...
John Clayton | April 22, 2008

Fins still have long way to go New Window
People rushed to judgment on Monday thinking the Dolphins are close to a deal with Michigan tackle Jake Long . Tuesday and Wednesday will be critical in the negotiations because Miami has to determine...
John Clayton | April 21, 2008

Bengals linebacker Thurman reinstated by NFL New Window
After being suspended for two seasons due to repeat violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman was reinstated by the NFL, the team announced Monday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 21, 2008

Clayton: Five compelling pre-draft story lines New Window
Potential trades and lingering questions regarding Darren McFadden's character have created a lot of uncertainty at the top of the draft, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, April 21

Steelers re-sign tackle Starks to 1-year contract New Window
Steelers tackle Max Starks cleared up any uncertainty about his feelings about playing for the Steelers in 2008 by signing his transition tender.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 19, 2008

Restricted period not too exciting New Window
Once again, restricted free agency is going away with a whimper. The Patriots didn't work out a tender sheet with Panthers linebacker Adam Seward so he will remain with Carolina when the restricted fr...
John Clayton | Friday, April 18

Chiefs have intriguing problem New Window
Don't expect to see anything happen quickly with Chiefs franchise player Jared Allen . If the Chiefs trade him, it could have a major impact on the draft. With the No. 5 pick, it makes sense for the C...
John Clayton | Thursday, April 17

Chiefs' franchise player Allen to visit Bucs, Vikes New Window
Defensive end Jared Allen, the Chiefs' designated franchise player, has scheduled visits with the Buccaneers and Vikings, even though he doesn't have any assurance the Chiefs would consider trading him.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, April 17

A welcome surprise: Suggs at Ravens minicamp New Window
Terrell Suggs, the Ravens designated franchise player, wanted to surprise his new head coach, John Harbaugh, with a goodwill gesture. Even though he is unsigned, Suggs stunned Harbaugh Thursday by walking unannounced into Harbaugh's first minicamp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, April 17

Cards sign free-agent LB Stewart to one-year deal New Window
Linebacker Matt Stewart, an unrestricted free agent from the Browns, signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, April 16

Johnson, Bengals near stalemate New Window
With Chad Johnson 's statements about not planning to show up at any Bengals functions this offseason, the battle lines are drawn for a long stalemate between both sides. Johnson wants a trade. The ...
John Clayton | Wednesday, April 16

Johnson leaves no room for doubt, demands trade New Window
Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson left no room for doubt Wednesday: He wants out of Cincinnati as fast as possible and he doesn't plan on reporting for any future Bengals functions -- mandatory or voluntary.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, April 16

Raiders return to familiar face, sign CB Starks New Window
The Raiders went back to an old friend to replace departed cornerback Chris Cash when they signed veteran Duane Starks to a one-year contract.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, April 15

Clayton: AFC North must play 'survivor' New Window
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has to read the new 2008 schedule and weep, while Patriots coach Bill Belichick should look forward to a magic-carpet ride to January, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, April 15

Clayton: Networks shine spotlight on NFC East New Window
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, April 15

Dolphins, Long taking shot New Window
The Dolphins are maintaining regular conversations with first-round choice Jake Long , but the sides aren't close enough to get a deal done. The interesting thing will be the Dolphins' strategy. The...
John Clayton | Monday, April 14

Groves gets clean bill of health New Window
Although a heart operation could be damaging to a draft choice's stock, Quentin Groves shouldn't be too affected by his recent procedure. In some ways, it could have helped his position because it cle...
John Clayton | April 11, 2008

Clayton: For a few more dollars ... New Window
The NFL recently spurned a chance to expand rosters. John Clayton argues that simply by expanding training camp roster limits, the NFL could have done itself a huge favor at little cost.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 10, 2008

Parcells expects No. 1 pick to sign New Window
It's pretty evident Bill Parcells expects to sign the No. 1 pick in the draft. With a new Dolphins owner coming aboard and plenty to do to reshape the roster, Parcells cannot be held hostage by a trai...
John Clayton | April 9, 2008

Chiefs might call on Vanderjagt New Window
The Chiefs worked out veteran kicker Mike Vanderjagt on Monday, and they might consider signing him. Vanderjagt, the former Cowboys and Colts kicker, made 13 of 14 field goals from 50 yards and close...
John Clayton | April 7, 2008

Clayton: Seat heating up for 5 coaches in '08 New Window
With owners having quick trigger fingers when firing coaches, several jobs may be in jeopardy at season's end, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 7, 2008

Cards' Green, Smith sign 1-year, $2.017M tenders New Window
Cornerback Eric Green and defensive end Antonio Smith signed one-year, $2.017 million tender sheets with the Cardinals.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 3, 2008

Eagles' franchise player Smith signs $4.5M tender New Window
Philadelphia Eagles starting tight end L.J. Smith eased the minds of everyone in the organization about possibly missing any time this offseason by signing his one-year franchise tag Wednesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 2, 2008

NFL owners table reseeding playoffs idea New Window
NFL owners concluded their annual meeting owners with quick passages of several proposals and by tabling the re-seeding idea for the playoffs.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 2, 2008

Vikings agree to deal with backup QB Frerotte New Window
The Vikings have reached an agreement in principle with former Rams backup quarterback Gus Frerotte.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 2, 2008

NFL tables hair issue; defensive helmet radios OK New Window
The Kansas City Chiefs' proposal to tuck or cut long hair so it doesn't hang below the nameplate on a uniform was tabled until the NFL owners meeting in May.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 1, 2008

Getting on Goodell's good side New Window
Even though Roger Goodell says he doesn't have to decide on the futures of suspended players Odell Thurman and Pacman Jones until the start of training camp, the feeling is Thurman has the best chance...
John Clayton | March 31, 2008

Walsh still working on deal for Spygate testimony New Window
Former New England Patriots videographer Matt Walsh has yet to work out a deal with the NFL in order for the league to hear if he has additional evidence involving Spygate.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 31, 2008

Clayton: Day 1 NFL meeting wrap-up New Window
The sale of the Dolphins was approved at the NFL owners meeting Monday, but there's more pressing business ahead, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 31, 2008

Titans mulling trade options New Window
The next move is for the Titans to see how much they really want to move Adam (Pacman) Jones . The Cowboys reportedly have offered a player and a seventh-round draft pick, and it would appear that the...
John Clayton | March 29, 2008

League tackling tampering issue New Window
The NFL has come up with an interesting way to stop team tampering before the start of free agency in 2009. The league is considering letting teams have a window of time before free agency to discuss ...
John Clayton | March 27, 2008

Clayton: Owners meeting preview New Window
From reseeding playoffs to wiring defensive players' helmets to offering replay review on some field goals, there are several controversial proposals for the next owners meetings.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 27, 2008

Hairy situation: NFL owners to consider hair length New Window
NFL owners will consider a proposal to ban players from having hair flow from their helmets below their names on the back of their jerseys.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 26, 2008

Seahawks, Trufant agree on six-year, $50.2M deal New Window
Marcus Trufant reached a six-year, $50.2 million deal with the Seahawks Wednesday morning that includes $20 million in guarantees. In the first three years of the contract, he will make $28 million.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 26, 2008

McFadden makes the rounds New Window
A lot of people wondered why Arkansas halfback Darren McFadden worked out for NFL teams at the Arkansas Pro Day, but the answer has more to do with McFadden getting to know scouts, coaches and general...
John Clayton | March 25, 2008

Goodell lowers boom again New Window
Commissioner Roger Goodell showed he's not going to mess around when it comes to punishment. Though the 49ers felt as though they didn't do anything wrong, Goodell found them guilty of tampering with ...
John Clayton | March 24, 2008

Utecht a good catch for Cincy New Window
The Bengals have to wait until midnight Friday to find out if they obtain the rights to Colts restricted free agent tight end Ben Utecht , but, according to a source, they don't have to worry. The Col...
John Clayton | March 21, 2008

49ers, Strickland reach one-year, $800,000 deal New Window
The 49ers maintained their cornerback depth Friday by reaching a one-year, $800,000 deal with Donald Strickland.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 21, 2008

Seahawks LB Tatupu agrees to six-year extension New Window
Seattle Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell took some criticism in 2005 for trading up in the second-round for USC middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who was considered slightly undersized and a little slow.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 21, 2008

Raiders' six-pack of deals adds up New Window
The completion of the DeAngelo Hall deal in Oakland means that Al Davis has committed $180.6 million in contracts to acquire six players. Hall, traded by Atlanta, received $70 million over seven years...
John Clayton | March 20, 2008

Raiders finalize $70 million, 7-year deal with Hall New Window
DeAngelo Hall has reached an agreement on a seven-year, $70 million deal to come to Oakland, according to a source.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 20, 2008

Thin at corner, Patriots agree to deal with Bryant New Window
The Patriots, down two cornerbacks because of free agency hits, reached agreement with another veteran, Fernando Bryant, to give them a competitive stable of coverage players.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 20, 2008

Garrard extension complicated New Window
Don't expect a fast contract extension between quarterback David Garrard and the Jaguars even though a deal could be put together quickly considering Jacksonville has more than $40 million in cap room...
John Clayton | March 19, 2008

Punter Turk, 39, gets two-year deal from Texans New Window
Matt Turk, 39, agreed to a two-year, $2.35 million deal, which included a $500,000 signing bonus, to stay in Houston.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 19, 2008

Hartwig agrees to 2-year, $4M deal with Steelers New Window
With their offensive line in transition with the departure of Alan Faneca, the Steelers found a new anchor to their line by reaching a two-year, $4 million deal with former Panthers center Justin Hartwig.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 18, 2008

Clayton: Integrity of game key issue at owners meeting New Window
With the owners meeting set to begin Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hopes owners will accept a lower standard of proof in cases involving integrity -- particularly spying, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 18, 2008

Clayton: Raiders immersed in wild spending spree New Window
Frustrated by his team's lack of success, the Raiders' Al Davis has spent a lot of money this offseason. And he's not done yet, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 18, 2008

Hall-to-Raiders deal still stalled New Window
Talks between the agent for Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall and the Raiders remained stalled for a second straight day. The problem is coming up with enough upfront money to get this deal completed. ...
John Clayton | March 17, 2008

Clayton: Top five remaining free agents New Window
Despite a flurry of signings, the free-agent market isn't completely tapped. John Clayton looks at the five best players still available.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 17, 2008

49ers waive wideout Jackson after one season New Window
The San Francisco 49ers waived receiver Darrell Jackson on Saturday after one unproductive season with the club.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 15, 2008

Texans sign linebacker Thompson to two-year deal New Window
Linebacker Chaun Thompson has signed a two-year deal with the Texans.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 14, 2008

Lions continue draft-bust fire sale New Window
It was fitting the Lions would release halfback Kevin Jones and defensive end Kalimba Edwards on the same day. Jones was a first-round choice in 2004. Edwards was a second-round pick in 2...
John Clayton | March 13, 2008

Buccaneers stay aggressive, sign 49ers' Douglas New Window
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued an aggressive off-season free agency pace by reaching a four-year deal with 49ers defensive end Marques Douglas.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 13, 2008

Alexander's future up in air New Window
The holdup in the eventual release of Seahawks halfback Shaun Alexander is the wrist injury that held him back all last season. Alexander struggled most of the season because of a broken left wrist. H...
John Clayton | Thursday, March 13

Clayton: Top 10 free-agent gambles New Window
Wading into the free-agent pool is always a gamble. But which transactions made thus far have been the biggest risks? John Clayton provides a top-10 list.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 12

Teams go back for the future New Window
One of the themes in 2008 NFL free agency was teams signing their own players. A few teams are adding a new trick this year. They are bringing back former players who left in free agency or trades in...
John Clayton | Tuesday, March 11

Fitzgerald signs 4-year, $40M deal with Cards New Window
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald signed a blockbuster four-year, $40 million contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, March 11

Walsh a whole different issue New Window
To simplify the latest info on Spygate, the best way to figure things is that Spygate and Matt Walsh, the former team videographer, should be considered separate issues. Commissioner Roger Goodell clo...
John Clayton | Monday, March 10

Green agrees to three-year, $8.9M deal with Rams New Window
Trent Green, who ended last season on injured reserve after his second concussion in 13 months, agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the St. Louis Rams on Monday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, March 10

Bell decides to stay with Lions, signs one-year deal New Window
After losing a bidding war for halfback Julius Jones, the Detroit Lions went back to their own roster and re-signed Tatum Bell.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, March 10

Jury is out on Chicago's moves New Window
Did the Bears help themselves at receiver with the signings of Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd ? That's still a huge question. As expected, the market for wide receivers was going to be thin after the ...
John Clayton | Friday, March 7

Broncos bolster linebacker corps New Window
Mike Shanahan is reshaping his linebacking corps, and the Boss Bailey signing completes the transition. The Broncos signed Bailey to a five-year, $17.5 million contract that includes $1.4 million in g...
John Clayton | Thursday, March 6

Raiders keep Rhodes New Window
Halfback Dominic Rhodes restructured his contract and will stay with the Raiders. Terms of the deal weren't available, but the move was significant. The Raiders have Justin Fargas , Rhodes and Michael...
John Clayton | Wednesday, March 5

Browns sew up new $42M contract for Rogers New Window
The Cleveland Browns moved quickly to acquire former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers after a trade with the Bengals was nixed, but the team moved just as fast in securing him to a long-term deal.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 5

Free agency no longer frenzied New Window
Maybe it was Brett Favre 's retirement or the fact some general managers were visiting college campuses for workouts, but Day 5 of NFL free agency was slow. The pace in the first 4½ days had bee...
John Clayton | March 4, 2008

Clayton: Five questions surrounding Favre New Window
Brett Favre's retirement raises a number of questions. John Clayton provides the answers.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 4, 2008

Clayton: Welcome back to the pack, Packers New Window
The Packers still could be a potential playoff team, but without Brett Favre, they are just part of the pack in the NFC.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 4, 2008

Bears send Griese to Bucs for undisclosed pick New Window
The Bears, who re-signed Rex Grossman and gave Kyle Orton a contract extension, traded backup Brian Griese to Tampa Bay for an undisclosed draft choice.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 3, 2008

Clayton: Browns among big winners in free agency New Window
John Clayton identifies the winners and losers after the first three days of free agency.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 3, 2008

Tight end Crumpler, Titans agree to 2-year deal New Window
A late push by the Tennessee Titans was able to give Vince Young a big target, tight end Alge Crumpler, to help him be more efficient at quarterback.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday March 2

Moss, Culpepper together again? New Window
Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper have discussed the possibility of finishing what they started together in Minnesota on any NFL team interested.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday March 2

NFL free agency period kicks off with frantic start New Window
Everyone expected a quick start to free agency, but the limited market of players made things ever crazier than normal Friday morning.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 29

Bruschi returning to Pats, will sign multiyear deal New Window
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi decided Thursday to return for his 13th and apparently, he wanted more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, February 28

Raiders sign DE Kelly to seven-year, $50.5M deal New Window
The Raiders signed Tommy Kelly to the largest contract even given to a defensive tackle.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, February 28

Busy Panthers re-sign key backup CB Wesley New Window
The Carolina Panthers, one of the busiest teams before Friday's start of free agency, reached a two-year agreement Thursday to retain backup cornerback Dante Wesley.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, February 28

Little restructures contract to save Rams cap room New Window
Rams defensive end Leonard Little restructured his contract Wednesday in order to save the Rams a little over $3.5 million of cap room.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, February 27

Anderson talks go to limit New Window
The Derek Anderson negotiations are taking a lot of twists and turns, but this one truly should go down to the last minute. The Browns made a big pitch by going to a shorter deal at grea...
John Clayton | Wednesday, February 27

Saints work to keep line continuity with signings New Window
The New Orleans Saints made two bold decisions to maintain continuity on their offensive line Wednesday by reaching agreements with guard Jamar Nesbit and center Jonathan Goodwin.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, February 27

Clayton: Free agency to be fast, furious New Window
With free agency about to crank up, the key will be not which players you sign, but which ones you keep, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, February 27

Owners set to blow up CBA New Window
Jerry Jones ' statements that the owners may blow up the collective bargaining agreement are more than valid. They will blow up the CBA in November. That move was destined since they signed the CBA ex...
John Clayton | Tuesday, February 26

Niners re-sign nose tackle Sopoaga, LB Green New Window
The 49ers re-signed nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga and linebacker Roderick Green on Tuesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 26

Clayton: Five combine observations New Window
The track was fast and the speeds were blazing. What else did we learn from this year's combine? John Clayton has five key observations.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 26

Fans part of combine's future? New Window
Perhaps the most interesting future change at the scouting combine could be the inclusion of fans. The move to the Colts' new home stadium next year opens up the possibility of fans being able to rent...
John Clayton | Monday, February 25

Clayton: Don't screw up the QB pick New Window
For the Dolphins and Falcons to maximize the early portion of the draft, they should follow the approach of the Cleveland Browns in last year's draft, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, February 25

Report: Dorsey injury concerning New Window
LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, considered one of the top players in the 2008 draft, said he's not concerned about his injured right tibia.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, February 24

Otah proves to be tough customer New Window
University of Pittsburgh tackle Jeff Otah didn't run a great time in the 40 yard dash but he deserves a lot of credit for trying. He's only eight weeks removed from a bad high ankle sprain. Doctors pr...
John Clayton | Saturday, February 23

One more try: Bears re-sign Grossman New Window
Rex Grossman has reached a one-year deal to remain as the starting quarterback of the Bears.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, February 23

Falcons' coach Smith mum on CB Hall's situation New Window
Falcons coach Mike Smith reacted Saturday morning to DeAngelo Hall's statements that his chances of playing with the Falcons again are "slim to none." "I heard the comment and I'm sorry DeAngelo feels that way," Smith said.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, February 23

Source: Lions d-lineman Rogers drawing interest New Window
Lions general manager Matt Millen acknowledged he would listen to offers for defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, and there is no question that there is interest.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, February 23

Pacman may have to re-petition Goodell to return New Window
Suspended Titans cornerback Pacman Jones remains outside of the Tennessee organization indefinitely and might have to re-petition NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to see when he can return to football.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 22

Vikings give Williamson OK to seek trade options New Window
The Minnesota Vikings have given wide receiver Troy Williamson the opportunity to shop himself in a trade, and there appears to be a lot of interest.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 22

Jags reach 1-year deal with backup guard Reyes New Window
The Jaguars continue to chip away at their unrestricted free agent list by reaching a one-year deal with backup guard Tutan Reyes on Friday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 22

Thomas speeding up process New Window
Apparently, Zach Thomas couldn't wait until next week. After making visits to New England and New Orleans earlier this week, Thomas -- who was scheduled to meet with Dallas and Houston next week -- de...
John Clayton | Friday, February 22

Falcons win coin toss, get No. 3 pick New Window
The Atlanta Falcons, who won only four games last season, won a coin toss Friday morning that will allow them to select third in the 2008 draft.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 22, 2008

Clayton: Rich left tackle pool New Window
As many as seven tackles at the scouting combine could be candidates for first-round draft consideration. Teams hope they can land the next Joe Thomas, the 2007 draftee who was a Pro Bowl participant.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 22, 2008

Pats, Bears take calculated risks New Window
With the transition and franchise tags taking 12 players off the market and the Colts getting a six-year, $41 million deal with tight end Dallas Clark , the Patriots and Bears made strategic gambles b...
John Clayton | February 21, 2008

Patriots do not tag Moss, but hope to re-sign him New Window
The New England Patriots did not place their franchise tag on wide receiver Randy Moss on Thursday, technically leaving Moss open to free agency on Feb. 29.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 21, 2008

CB Trufant gets franchised by the Seahawks New Window
The Seattle Seahawks placed the franchise tag on cornerback Marcus Trufant Wednesday, according to his agent Mike Sullivan.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 20, 2008

Clark, Colts get deal done New Window
The Colts went with priorities and now can settle into a quiet offseason. A day after franchising tight end Dallas Clark , they reached a six-year deal with him on Wednesday that is worth between $36 ...
John Clayton | February 20, 2008

CB Asomugha gets franchise tag from Raiders New Window
The Raiders placed the franchise tag on cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, considered one of the top potential cornerbacks in free agency.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | February 20, 2008

Steelers apply transition tag to linebacker Starks New Window
The Steelers have been trying to work a deal with right tackle Max Starks but instead of losing him in free agency, Pittsburgh has chosen to give him its transition tag.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 20, 2008

Surprise, Packers franchise tackle Williams New Window
The Packers franchised defensive tackle Corey Williams, a former sixth-round pick who would have been one of the top defensive tackles available in free agency.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | February 20, 2008

Dolphins reach three-year deal with CB Lehan New Window
The Dolphins, who cleared out nine players a week ago in Bill Parcells' first move to clean up the roster, made their first move in bringing back players by reaching a three-year deal with cornerback Michael Lehan
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 20, 2008

Coughlin deal in works New Window
Tom Coughlin 's contract extension with the Giants is not complete yet, but it has taken shape. Coughlin is expected to receive a contract extension for four years at around $5 million per year, a sig...
John Clayton | Tuesday, February 19

No deal so Colts put franchise tag on TE Clark New Window
Tight end Dallas Clark was given the franchise tag by the Colts on Tuesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 19

Steelers reach two-year deal to retain Kirschke New Window
The Steelers began work on their list of unrestricted free agents Tuesday by reaching a two-year, $2.28 million contract agreement with defensive end Travis Kirschke.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 19

Ravens franchise Suggs, but at what position? New Window
With no long-term contract in sight before Thursday's deadline, the Ravens notified linebacker Terrell Suggs he will be given the franchise tag Tuesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 19

Clayton: Pats, Colts head list of top draft evaluators New Window
Why are the Patriots and Colts consistently among the league's elite? Because they're two of the best in the business at evaluating talent, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 19

D-line to chorus line: Taylor on Dancing with Stars New Window
Miami's Jason Taylor will take part in Dancing with the Stars this season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 19

Chiefs slap franchise tag on defensive end Allen New Window
The Chiefs put the franchise tag on defensive end Jared Allen.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, February 18

Bears release Muhammad, extend Brown's deal New Window
The Chicago Bears released wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad Monday, but reached a two-year extension with defensive end Alex Brown.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, February 18

Thomas still commands attention New Window
Zach Thomas wasn't wanted any longer by the new management of the Dolphins, but he's having no problem generating interest from other NFL teams. Thomas visited the Patriots on Monday and headed off t...
John Clayton | Monday, February 18

Bengals place franchise tag on lineman Andrews New Window
Bengals guard Stacy Andrews became the third NFL free agent to receive the franchise designation.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, February 18

For Bill Cowher, the season never ends New Window
Even in March, Steelers coach Bill Cowher has a case of January Madness.
John Clayton | Wednesday, February 13

Clayton: All Day can't be stopped in Pro Bowl New Window
Vikings rookie RB Adrian Peterson refused to take it easy. As a result, the NFC rallied to beat the AFC in the Pro Bowl, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 10, 2008

Clayton: Great returners New Window
Devin Hester and Joshua Cribbs head a crowded field of the NFL's most effective return specialists, as seen by John Clayton..
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, February 9

Clayton: Free agents mull options at Pro Bowl New Window
While some Pro Bowl players are soaking up the Hawaii sun, those on the verge of free agency are fretting over their futures, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 8

Johnson's Pro Bowl starts with wrong kind of buzz New Window
Chad Johnson arrived late to the Pro Bowl, but he definitely made an impact. Unfortunately for him, it wasn't a good one.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, February 7

Eagles take Smith off the market New Window
It was a little surprising the Eagles franchised tight end L.J. Smith , but that's a sign that most teams won't let quality free agents hit the market. Smith would have been the best tight end on the ...
John Clayton | Thursday, February 7

The latest on Spygate New Window
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell revealed few extra details about what's going on with former Patriots videographer Matt Walsh , who might have evidence of spying that took place during a Rams walkthrou...
John Clayton | Thursday, February 7

Clayton: The price of 'Painsworth' New Window
After years of frustrating the Titans, Albert Haynesworth blossomed into a Pro Bowl player in 2007. Soon he'll know whether the Titans will reward him with a long-term deal or a one-year franchise tag.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, February 7

Clayton: Winslow savoring Pro Bowl New Window
To date, 17 stars have pulled out of the Pro Bowl. But despite the prospect of a possible fourth knee surgery, Browns tight end Kellen Winslow has joined five Cleveland teammates to play.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, February 6

Clayton: Top five Super Bowl XLIII contenders New Window
While the Giants will be a contender next season, there are five better bets to make it to the next title game. John Clayton explains.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 5

Clayton: Can the Giants repeat? New Window
The Giants have all the elements needed to win consecutive Super Bowls, including youth and relative roster stability. But there are some questions about the futures of key players and an assistant coach.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 4, 2008

Clayton: Giants' Manning lets instincts take over New Window
On the biggest stage possible, Eli Manning demonstrated poise under pressure and a flair for the unpredictable, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 3, 2008

Clayton: Giants' defense makes name for itself New Window
New York pressured Tom Brady throughout the Super Bowl, sacking him five times and knocking him down on 10 occasions.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 3, 2008

Toronto key to Bills' survival New Window
The five-year plan to have the Buffalo Bills play eight games in Toronto could be a savior for the franchise. The market for corporate sponsors is taped out in western New York. The Bills needed to fi...
John Clayton | February 1, 2008

Clayton: Giants' O-line worthy of accolades New Window
Although it toils in relative obscurity, the Giants' offensive line has become one of the league's elite blocking units, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 1, 2008

Clayton: This won't distract Pats New Window
While the latest spy story should make for good offseason reading, it won't affect the Patriots, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 1, 2008

Injured Burress misses second straight practice New Window
Plaxico Burress, who didn't practice Wednesday because of his chronic right ankle injury, missed Thursday's workout because of swelling and soreness in his left knee.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 31, 2008

Clayton: Super Bowl First and Goal New Window
The Patriots have not scored fewer than 20 points this season, so expect Plaxico Burress' prediction to fall short, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 31, 2008

Linehan lands Saunders New Window
Rams head coach Scott Linehan couldn't have sounded any happier after announcing the signing of Al Saunders as offensive coordinator Wednesday. Saunders had been contacted by the Raiders to come in f...
John Clayton | January 30, 2008

Coughlin, Giants talk extension New Window
The Giants haven't approached coach Tom Coughlin about a contract extension, but those talks will start soon. "We haven't talked about that," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "We'll talk abou...
John Clayton | January 30, 2008

Clayton: Youth serving Giants well New Window
After two disappointing trips to the playoffs, the Giants made a conscious decision to get younger. The move has been a key factor in New York's surprising run to the Super Bowl, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 30, 2008

Ross gets sick as unified Giants torn up by flu New Window
The Giants wore black but some players turned colors as flu ripped through the team.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 28, 2008

Skins call back Colts' Meeks New Window
The Redskins will give Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks a second interview Tuesday in Indianapolis.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 27, 2008

Fassel forced to wait New Window
Now that the Redskins have changed their offensive and defensive coordinators, it's pretty clear that Jim Fassel will end up being their head coach. Unfortunately for him, he won't know that until aft...
John Clayton | January 27, 2008

Clayton: Super Bowl First and Goal New Window
What elements could help make this the most-watched Super Bowl in history? John Clayton outlines 10 hype magnets.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, January 25

Big pay days on tap for corners New Window
Cornerbacks Marcus Trufant of the Seahawks and Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders have to be happy about the recent contracts given to Nate Clements of the 49ers and Quentin Jammer of the Chargers. The fr...
John Clayton | Friday, January 25

Holmgren returning as Seahawks coach in '08 New Window
Mike Holmgren has decided to return as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, January 22

Clayton: Eli's managing just fine New Window
Whether his critics like it or not, Eli Manning did enough good things in three playoff games to get the Giants to the Super Bowl -- and to be considered a franchise quarterback, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, January 22

Colts will get similar Dungy New Window
Colts players won't see much difference in the return of Tony Dungy . He won't do much differently than in the past. Dungy, who spent the past week deciding if he wanted to continue coaching, will s...
John Clayton | Tuesday, January 22

Mora chief in line for job in Seattle New Window
Jim Mora 's decision to pull out of the Redskins coaching job doesn't mean Mike Holmgren is going to step down next week, but it does put him in position to eventually become the Seahawks coach when H...
John Clayton | Saturday, January 19

Mora withdraws from Redskins' coaching search New Window
Jim Mora pulled his name out of consideration for the Redskins head coaching job Friday afternoon.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, January 18

Callahan set to join Jets as assistant head coach New Window
The Jets reached agreement with former Nebraska coach Bill Callahan to be the assistant head coach and be in charge of the running offense.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, January 18

Garrett is well worth the money New Window
For Jerry Jones , it was worth $3 million a year to keep Jason Garrett . Losing him would have caused a major disruption in the Cowboys offense and Jones was wise not to lose the karma that carried th...
John Clayton | Friday, January 18

Does Jason Garrett have cold feet? New Window
The one reason Jason Garrett would turn down the chance to be a head coach in Baltimore or Atlanta would be if he doesn't feel he's ready. The way he's lingering on the decision shows that perhaps thi...
John Clayton | Thursday, January 17

Clayton: Chargers-Pats turning into nasty rivalry New Window
The Chargers have confidence. They have talent. But it will still be tough to knock off the unbeaten Patriots in New England, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 17

Clayton: Chargers-Pats turning into nasty rivalry New Window
The Chargers have confidence. They have talent. But it will still be tough to knock off the unbeaten Patriots in New England, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 17

Clayton: Sparano's inside track New Window
Tony Sparano's four-year history with Bill Parcells in Dallas was a big factor in Sparano becoming the Dolphins' new head coach, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 16, 2008

Clayton: Packers' secondary has turned corner New Window
After enduring some growing pains, especially at safety, the Packers' secondary has jelled into a formidable unit, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 15, 2008

Clayton: Colts can't overcome mistakes New Window
In what could very well have been coach Tony Dungy's final game, the Colts were an undisciplined, mistake-prone bunch against the Chargers, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, January 13

Clayton: Another Grant turnaround New Window
In the span of a few minutes Saturday, Ryan Grant went from Packers goat to hero. His transformation mirrors some of his recent life experiences, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, January 12

Clayton: Chargers' Cromartie is a natural New Window
Just like Roy Hobbs in "The Natural," Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie has physical gifts and a passion for the game that make him one of a kind, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, January 11

Schwartz has inside track on job New Window
Maybe this is the time for Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz . Titans head coach Jeff Fisher , who is always good with his staff, has been pushing Schwartz as a head coaching candidate for the...
John Clayton | Thursday, January 10

Clayton: Divisional First and Goal New Window
With the exception of one star, both the Chargers and Colts should have rosters at full strength for their rematch this weekend. John Clayton analyzes that playoff matchup and the three others.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 10

Clayton: Other playoff front offices New Window
For the seven teams other than the Green Bay Packers who remain in the playoffs, what coach-general manager system works best? John Clayton offers analysis.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 10

Ex-Broncos LB Wilson can return from neck woes New Window
Former Broncos linebacker Al Wilson has been cleared to return to the field.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, January 9

Jets talk to Callahan New Window
Former Nebraska coach Bill Callahan interviewed Wednesday with the New York Jets. Even though Brian Schottenheimer 's job is safe as offensive coordinator, coach Eric Mangini wants to hire a running c...
John Clayton | Wednesday, January 9

Gibbs thinks of others New Window
The more you hear about Joe Gibbs ' life away from the game, the more you understand his decision to retire. You can understand because he is such a caring person. Obviously, he wants to spend time ...
John Clayton | Wednesday, January 9

Clayton: Job took toll on Gibbs New Window
Joe Gibbs is healthy enough to coach the Redskins in 2008, but the drain of four long seasons apparently was enough, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 8, 2008

Ryan's Raiders future? New Window
The Raiders came out with a terse statement last week that called rumors of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan being fired "inaccurate." The team said he was staying. Still, there was a lot of buzz early...
John Clayton | January 7, 2008

Clayton: Turner gives Chargers what Marty couldn't New Window
In Seattle's NFC wild-card playoff win over Washington on Saturday, Mike Holmgren showed in five plays why he's probably the most dangerous coach in the playoffs, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 6, 2008

Clayton: Holmgren's cool head, new play make difference New Window
In Seattle's NFC wild-card playoff win over Washington on Saturday, Mike Holmgren showed in five plays why he's probably the most dangerous coach in the playoffs, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 5, 2008

Ryan remains with Raiders New Window
Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said a week ago he wouldn't be out of work for five minutes before finding a job. Now, he doesn't have to worry about his employment. Al Davis and the Raiders de...
John Clayton | January 4, 2008

Clayton: NFL shifting to wide-open passing attacks New Window
What do the top seeds in this year's playoffs have in common? An elite passing attack, which is becoming a prerequisite for success, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 4, 2008

Raiders' Sapp calls it a career New Window
Warren Sapp 's retirement wasn't much of a surprise, but it's good to see a player leave the league on his own terms and playing well. Sapp should have gone to the Pro Bowl last year, but it's hard fo...
John Clayton | Friday, January 4

Clayton: Titans-Chargers will be good theater New Window
If the regular-season meeting between the Titans and Chargers was any indication, Sunday's wild-card rematch will be full of hard hits and high drama, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 3

Clayton: Parcells wants his own guy, so Cameron's out New Window
Bill Parcells wanted his own guy. And he didn't known Cam Cameron. That's why the Dolphins will have a new head coach next season, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 3

SMU eyes Martz New Window
Mike Martz , let go as offensive coordinator of the Lions, got a call Wednesday from Southern Methodist University, a school that is considering him for their head coaching job. Hawaii coach June Jo...
John Clayton | Wednesday, January 2

Clayton: Steelers piecing things together New Window
Without their best defensive end, two left tackles and a star running back, can the Steelers regroup to avenge last month's home loss to Jaguars in the playoffs Saturday?
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, January 2

Sources: Nolan tells aides he expects to be back New Window
Mike Nolan will remain coach of the Niners but will surrender personnel power.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, January 1

Cameron waits word New Window
Bill Parcells called Cam Cameron into his office Tuesday for a meeting to talk about whether he will be back for a second season. No decision appeared to be made on New Year's Day, but that's not a su...
John Clayton | Tuesday, January 1

Chargers reward GM Smith with lucrative new deal New Window
The Chargers, who made the playoffs for the third time in four years, rewarded general manager A.J. Smith with a five-year, $11 million extension that will keep him in charge through the 2014 season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, January 1

2007

NFL Week 17 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 17 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 30

Clayton: Key playoff questions for the AFC New Window
The question facing everyone in the AFC is how to stop the Patriots. While no one has supplied an answer yet, John Clayton uncovers several other important questions.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 30

Clayton: Resolutions review New Window
The NFL should be headed for a happy New Year, as trends and story lines developed that made the game more intriguing this season. But in his review of 2007, John Clayton writes there is one scary prospect looming.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, December 29

One down, one to go for Colts New Window
Now that the Colts have reached an agreement with safety Bob Sanders for a five-year, $37.5 million contract, the Colts have two months to work on a deal with tight end Dallas Clark . Just as the Colt...
John Clayton | Friday, December 28

Clayton: Week 17 injury report IN New Window
John Clayton tracks down injury updates for the rest of the games in Week 17.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, December 28

Clayton: Pats' pursuit creates dilemma for Giants New Window
T he Patriots' pursuit of a perfect regular season creates a tough situation for the Giants, who have little to gain by going all out on Saturday night, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, December 27

Touchdown mark special New Window
Tom Brady should break Peyton Manning 's touchdown record Saturday against the Giants, but the fact Brady needs that last game to do it shows you how special Manning's 49-touchdown mark was. Manning g...
John Clayton | Monday, December 24

NFL Week 16 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 16 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 23, 2007

Bills' Everett attends Buffalo's final home game New Window
Bills tight end Kevin Everett arrived at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday morning to watch Buffalo's home finale, less than four months after suffering a severe spinal cord injury on the same turf.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 23, 2007

Clayton: Giants overcome weather, costly mistakes New Window
The Giants shouldn't go too crazy celebrating their playoff berth. They have a lot of problems to fix, and not a lot of time to fix them, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 23, 2007

Clayton: Romo's blunder triggered kicking boom New Window
Tony Romo, by virtue of his botched hold in last season's playoffs, has indirectly produced the greatest kicking season in history, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, December 22

Clayton: Week 16 injury report IN New Window
John Clayton tracks down injury updates for the rest of the games in Week 16.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, December 21

Clayton: Redskins hoping to stunt Jackson's growth New Window
Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson is making progress, but he'll be tested by a Redskins defense that will likely bring plenty of pressure, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, December 21

Once-burned Blank now twice shy New Window
After being burned by Bill Parcells , Falcons owner Arthur Blank isn't making the next move as quickly as he did in trying to get the Tuna. As of Thursday, there has been no contact with Marty Schotte...
John Clayton | Thursday, December 20

Clayton: Parcells' five biggest challenges in Miami New Window
What to do with the No. 1 pick in next year's draft will be among Bill Parcells' biggest decisions as he settles into his new role in Miami, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, December 20

Clayton: Loss of Parker puts Steelers in bind New Window
What to do with the No. 1 pick in next year's draft will be among Bill Parcells' biggest decisions as he settles into his new role in Miami, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, December 20

Clayton: Depleted but undefeated '72 Dolphins New Window
When the 1972 Miami Dolphins should have seen their unbeaten season end in Pittsburgh, all the elements came together in their favor -- including unseasonably warm winter weather. John Clayton recalls covering the AFC Championship Game that year.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, December 20

Parcells thinks Dolphins closer New Window
It's pretty simple to see why Bill Parcells would void an agreement in principle with the Atlanta Falcons to take a four-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. It comes down to what team is in position to...
John Clayton | Wednesday, December 19

NFC South out of Pro Bowl New Window
The oversight of not having a single player from the NFC South make the Pro Bowl is even more baffling when you realize that the division had a 10-3 record against the NFC West. The West had 10 Pro Bo...
John Clayton | Tuesday, December 18

Clayton: Peterson's bizarre run beats Bears New Window
How good is Vikings RB Adrian Peterson? On Monday night, he beat the Bears on a play that appeared to have disaster written all over it, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, December 18

Clayton: Peterson's bizarre run beats Bears New Window
How good is Vikings RB Adrian Peterson? On Monday night, he beat the Bears on a play that appeared to have disaster written all over it, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, December 17

Dawson thriving under pressure New Window
One of the great sights of the Browns' 8-0 victory over the Bills was the kicking of Phil Dawson , who has been a star this year with his ability to make pressure kicks. Dawson made a 49-yarder on Su...
John Clayton | Monday, December 17

NFL Week 15 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 15 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 16

Clayton: Browns talk big after beating Bills New Window
The Browns have caught the Steelers, and they have momentum to boot, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 16

Clayton: Rewriting the 'script' New Window
Defenses this season are willing to take more chances with blitzes on early possessions, their way of forcing offenses to move away from the standard 15-play "script" most attacks follow.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, December 15

Clayton: Loss in Pittsburgh could ruin Jags' playoff plans New Window
A loss to the Steelers on Sunday could put a crimp in Jacksonville's playoff plans, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, December 14

The lessons of NFL's steroid policy New Window
While watching ESPN's continuous coverage of the Mitchell report, my mind flashed back to the beginnings of the NFL steroid policy. It was the mid-1980s, and the NFL had a budding steroids policy. Own...
John Clayton | Thursday, December 13

Bills caught inside revolving door New Window
Colorado State was pleased with its hiring of Bills offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild Wednesday, but that will have major consequences on the Bills in 2008. Once Fairchild leaves after the season,...
John Clayton | Wednesday, December 12

Clayton: Hottest 2008 QB derbies New Window
The fastest and most exciting way to improve a team is to get better production out of the quarterback play. Here are the five biggest QB quandaries next season, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, December 12

Clayton: Family ties make Broncos-Texans compelling New Window
Although the Broncos and Texans are on the verge of playoff elimination, Thursday night's game is compelling because of the principals involved, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, December 12

Petrino's exit is fitting New Window
The way Bobby Petrino resigned fit his 13-game resume with the Falcons. He had a failure to communicate so it was fitting he stepped down without even talking to the players. The Falcons hired Petrin...
John Clayton | Wednesday, December 12

Vick eyeing 2009 return? New Window
Some people have brought up an interesting point regarding Michael Vick . Because he's on an indefinite suspension from the NFL while he deals with the legal affairs stemming from his dogfighting scan...
John Clayton | Monday, December 10

Clayton: Sentence puts Vick's NFL career in jeopardy New Window
If he serves all 23 months of his prison sentence, Michael Vick's NFL career is in serious jeopardy, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, December 10

NFL Week 14 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 14 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 9

Clayton: Strong core carries Seattle to another division title New Window
The Seahawks have talent, but it's their strong core of veteran leaders that sets them apart from other NFC contenders, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 9

Clayton: Wiser instant replay use New Window
In the first season instant replay was voted in on a permanent basis, the NFL needs to go under the hood of the replay machine for a long review, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, December 8

Campbell eyes season finale return New Window
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell has a chance to play the final game of the season as long as he rehabs his knee injury well. No surgery is going to be needed, which is a surprise for a dislocated ...
John Clayton | Friday, December 7

Clayton: Week 14 injury report IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates for the rest of the games in Week 14.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, December 7

Clayton: Pats' ultimate trump card New Window
The key for the Steelers against the Patriots on Sunday is to get hits on Tom Brady and try to confuse him. There's just one catch, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, December 7

NFL ref weighs in on Rolle matter New Window
Mike Pereira, the NFL's vice present of officiating, came out in support of head linesman Phil McKinnely after reading the officials' report from the Monday night game between the Ravens and the Patri...
John Clayton | Thursday, December 6

Cards' Fitzgerald faces fitness race New Window
Larry Fitzgerald was limited in practice for the Cardinals Wednesday because of a groin injury, but you get the feeling he's going to try to play. It appears that Anquan Boldin will miss Sunday's make...
John Clayton | Thursday, December 6

Clayton: Desperate times for disappointing Bears New Window
A loss to the Redskins on Thursday night would crush Chicago's faint playoff hopes and prove that the Super Bowl losers' curse still exists, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, December 5

Clayton: If the playoffs started today New Window
Three-fourths of the playoffs are pretty well set, and the rest is easy to figure out, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, December 5

NFL to investigate ref remarks New Window
The NFL will investigate what might have been said by head linesman Phil McKinnely to Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle and other members of the Ravens' defense during the Monday night loss to New Englan...
John Clayton | Tuesday, December 4

Broncos' Henry wins appeal, won't be suspended New Window
Broncos running back Travis Henry won his appeal and will not be suspended.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, December 4

Trying times in Detroit New Window
Wide receiver Roy Williams ' knee injury is the latest blow to the Lions, who have fallen from playoff contenders to also-rans. During their fourth consecutive loss in Week 13, Williams suffered a PCL...
John Clayton | Monday, December 3

NFL Week 13 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 13 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 2

Clayton: Saints pay dearly for Payton's horrible call New Window
Saints coach Sean Payton made a horrible call -- and it might have cost his team a spot in the playoffs, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 2

Clayton: Where will this Eagle land? New Window
At the age of 31, Donovan McNabb is at the crossroads of his Eagles' career. With McNabb's contract running out in 2009, John Clayton examines some possible scenarios.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, December 1

Clayton: Week 13 injury report IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates for the rest of the games in Week 13.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, November 30

Clayton: Healthy Colts primed for stretch run New Window
Expect to see the real Colts now that several key players are getting healthy, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, November 30

Russell may have to play New Window
JaMarcus Russell may see his first action at quarterback this weekend but not because of any designed plan. Starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper woke up Thursday morning with a sore thigh and didn'...
John Clayton | Thursday, November 29

Turf not only Steelers problem New Window
As much heat as the Steelers are taking over the conditions of the Heinz Field sod on Monday night, they are getting more flak for not playing the national anthem. The Steelers' switchboard had nume...
John Clayton | Thursday, November 29

Clayton: GB-Dallas Injury Report IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates heading into the Green Bay-Dallas game kicking off Week 13.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, November 28

NFL works on Steelers' turf New Window
The NFL is working closely with the Steelers on their horrible turf situation, but the league had already been working with the team prior to Monday's game. The NFL recommended a resodding of the old ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, November 27

Clayton: Steelers prevail in 'horrendous' conditions New Window
On one of the worst playing surfaces in recent NFL memory, the Steelers made just enough plays to keep the Dolphins winless, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, November 27

Shanahan staying positive New Window
Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan has the amazing ability to turn nobodies into successful running backs. This week, he might be put to the ultimate test. Travis Henry , who's been out with a knee in...
John Clayton | Monday, November 26

NFL Week 12 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 12 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 25, 2007

Clayton: Browns show swagger of a playoff team New Window
Instead of looking like some lucky squad, the Browns had the look and feel of a playoff team in beating Houston, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 25, 2007

Clayton: Why the Browns are in the black New Window
The Browns have combined old offensive strategies and a previously unsung QB to spin some miraculous victories, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, November 24

Gallery late bloomer at guard New Window
Raiders coach Lane Kiffin considered moving Robert Gallery from left guard to right tackle, but he changed his mind at the last minute. Cornell Green , the starting right tackle, was lost for the seas...
John Clayton | Saturday, November 24

Clayton: Jags hoping to stay hot against Bills New Window
With the Packers and Cowboys taking care of business on Thanksgiving, here are 10 other games you'll need to watch in Week 12, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, November 23

Clayton: Week 12 Injury Report IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates heading into Week 12.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, November 23

Browns FG good but call bad New Window
On the NFL Network Wednesday, Mike Periera , the NFL's supervisor of officials, gave his review of the weird Phil Dawson field goal at the end of regulation in the Browns' 33-30 victory over the Raven...
John Clayton | Wednesday, November 21

Clayton: Thanksgiving Day games injury report IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates heading into Week 12.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, November 21

Broncos can laugh about timeout New Window
The best laugh following the Broncos' 34-20 victory over the Titans Monday night came from Denver coach Mike Shanahan . As he has done before this season, Shanahan arranged to call a timeout as the pl...
John Clayton | Tuesday, November 20

49ers bring in Tollner as consultant on offense New Window
The 49ers brought in Ted Tollner as an offensive consultant on Tuesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, November 20

Clayton: Broncos' Cutler emerging as leader New Window
Jay Cutler made several key plays on Monday night and proved he's quickly maturing into the Broncos' leader, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, November 20

Dawson's emotional rollercoaster New Window
Browns place-kicker Phil Dawson has gone through every emotion possible in the past three games. In Week 9, he won a wild game with a field goal against the Seahawks. In Week 10, he missed a field goa...
John Clayton | Monday, November 19

NFL Week 11 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 11 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 18, 2007

Clayton: Arguments on dressing 53 New Window
The 45-man active list -- as silly as it sounds -- is best for the competitive nature of the sport. It sounds illogical, but it's right.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 17, 2007

When a QB's rehab goes wrong New Window
If you are wondering how Alex Smith 's third-degree shoulder separation can lead to a forearm injury, we have the answer. According to Smith's agent, Tom Condon, trainers put Smith through a rigorous ...
John Clayton | November 16, 2007

Clayton: Week 11 injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates heading into Week 11.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, November 16

Pro Bowl: new spin to old standby New Window
There is some thought being given to playing future Pro Bowls between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, but the way the early vote totals are coming in on NFL.com, it might not be ...
John Clayton | Thursday, November 15

Clayton: Giants, Lions turn attention to wild-card race New Window
The winner of Sunday's Giants-Lions clash will take a big step toward securing a wild-card spot in the NFC, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, November 15

Cause of Freeney injury unclear New Window
The sad twist to the Dwight Freeney story is how his Lisfranc injury could have happened. Freeney thought someone stepped on his foot as he was making a spin move rushing the cornerback. But it's deba...
John Clayton | Wednesday, November 14

Pacman good for 2008 New Window
Pacman Jones ' plea agreement in Las Vegas won't change commissioner Roger Goodell 's position on his one-year suspension, but it will play a huge factor in his chances of playing in 2008. Goodell k...
John Clayton | Tuesday, November 13

Source: Freeney's foot injury could end his season New Window
The Colts already expect Dwight Freeney not to play for several weeks because of a left foot injury, but now there's reason to believe the Pro Bowl defensive end's season might be over.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, November 13

Clayton: Seahawks lean on passing game in MNF rout New Window
With RB Shaun Alexander ailing, the Seahawks adopted a pass-first mentality on Monday night. Look for the approach to stick, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, November 13

Clayton: Cromartie delivers big in first start at corner New Window
Making his first start at corner, Antonio Cromartie rewarded his coaches' faith in him by picking off Peyton Manning three times, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, November 12

Clayton: The Colts had a chance … but they deserved to lose New Window
On a night filled with head-scratching frustration and dagger-through-the heart disappointment, Tony Dungy ultimately came to one conclusion: Justice was served.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, November 12

NFL Week 10 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 10 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, November 11

By icing Brown, Bears get younger New Window
The Bears' decision to place guard Ruben Brown on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury was the most interesting move of the day. Brown has been playing hurt for a while, but what 35-year-old p...
John Clayton | Thursday, November 8

Clayton: Pressure remains high on vindicated Coughlin New Window
After weathering an early season firestorm, Tom Coughlin has the Giants riding high. But a loss to Dallas would severely hinder their chances of winning the NFC East, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, November 8

Smart Patriots New Window
The wisdom of the New England Patriots is amazing. Though it hurt to lose their own first-round choice in the Spygate incident, the Patriots had already worked out a trade with the 49ers that gives t...
John Clayton | Wednesday, November 7

Clayton: Circle Steelers-Pats on Dec. 9 New Window
New England's pursuit of an undefeated season makes its matchup with Pittsburgh the biggest game of the second half, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, November 7

Browns' Thomas hits jackpot New Window
This is the time of year a lot of the top rookies hit escalation clauses and bonuses in their contracts, and Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has hit the jackpot. With the Browns' fifth victory and hav...
John Clayton | Tuesday, November 6

More fuel for Pats-Colts rivalry New Window
The bizarre non-story accusing the Colts of pumping extra noise into the RCA Dome on Sunday illustrates the bitterness that exists between the Patriots and Colts. The Colts rightfully were furious to...
John Clayton | Monday, November 5

Clayton: Patriots stay perfect … but they aren't happy New Window
The Patriots are 9-0 and have just won the NFL's biggest regular-season game. So why aren't they happy?
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, November 4

Clayton: Colts' Addai comes up big in losing effort New Window
Even though his Colts lost to the Patriots, running back Joseph Addai produced a monster game.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, November 4

NFL Week 9 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 9 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, November 3

Reid gets NFL support, not wrath New Window
The NFL will offer support instead of disdain to Eagles coach Andy Reid , who's fighting a family crisis with two sons battling addiction problems. Eagle players may have talked about a double standar...
John Clayton | Friday, November 2

McCown is back in the pocket New Window
So much for the Daunte Culpepper experiment. Lane Kiffin said after practice Thursday that Josh McCown will regain the starting quarterback job of the Raiders. The offense has scored only two offensiv...
John Clayton | Thursday, November 1

Clayton: Pats primed to unleash offensive weapons New Window
Instead of trying to shut down Peyton Manning, the Patriots intend to outscore the Colts' QB in Sunday's showdown, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 1, 2007

Clayton: Pats-Colts is big, but it doesn't decide anything New Window
Patriots-Colts is a big game for sure, but it ultimately might mean little in the big picture, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, November 1

Jags go without Stroud New Window
Believe it or not, the Jaguars can actually survive as a defense without Marcus Stroud , who is the anchor of Jack Del Rio 's squad. The Jaguars should find out by either Friday or early next week w...
John Clayton | Wednesday, October 31

Losman not one-week wonder New Window
Don't think J.P. Losman 's second chance of starting for the Bills at quarterback is going to be a one-week thing. Dick Jauron named Losman the starter Tuesday when he found out Trent Edwards would ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, October 30

Injuries forced Belichick's hand New Window
Although it wasn't justification for going for two fourth-quarter fourth downs or calling a 35-yard bomb with a 38-point lead, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a reason for staying in a three-receive...
John Clayton | Tuesday, October 29

NFL Week 8 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 8 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 28

Clayton: Running it up: Belichick, Pats take no prisoners New Window
On Sunday, Bill Belichick kicked a Hall of Fame coach while he was down, running up the score on Joe Gibbs' Redskins, 52-7. Welcome to the Patriots' no-mercy policy.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 28

California fires keep Bolts in limbo New Window
The Chargers awaited word from San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders whether they have a chance to play Sunday's game against Houston at Qualcomm Stadium. The mayor only said Qualcomm will be closed to evacue...
John Clayton | Thursday, October 25

Clayton: Trap game for unbeaten Patriots? New Window
Before the Patriots set their sights on the Colts in Week 9, they have to deal with a Redskins team that's capable of causing a lot of problems, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, October 25

QB carousels on high New Window
The weird part of Week 8 is how many quarterback positions are in flux. Half of the six teams going into bye weeks even have quarterback issues. The Falcons are going back to Joey Harrington after ...
John Clayton | Wednesday, October 24

Ricky just wants to play New Window
Leigh Steinberg , the agent for Ricky Williams , is hopeful his client will come off the NFL's suspension list within the next week or two. The league has not hinted when it will decide whether it wil...
John Clayton | Tuesday, October 23

Dolphins lose lone bright spot New Window
The sad part about the season-ending knee injury to Dolphins halfback Ronnie Brown is it ends a great story about how Brown rebounded from a so-so offseason. During training camp, Dolphins coach Cam ...
John Clayton | Monday, October 22

Clayton: Lions' changeup throws off Bucs New Window
Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz used a little-used weapon -- Kevin Jones and the running game -- to defeat the Bucs, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 21

Clayton: San Diego's tough task New Window
The addition of Chris Chambers may extend the Chargers' championship window, but they still won't outlast the Pats and Colts, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 20, 2007

QB passing setting new standards New Window
After six weeks, quarterback efficiency is changing the way the game is being played. It's an offensive game. Scoring is up from 40 points a game a year ago to 42.3 this season. The biggest surprise i...
John Clayton | October 19, 2007

New injury setback for Broncos New Window
The Broncos had another major setback Thursday when they learned wide receiver Jevon Walker will be out another four weeks because of arthroscopic knee surgery. With Rod Smith not expected back from t...
John Clayton | October 18, 2007

Clayton: Developmental camp makes plenty of sense New Window
With rosters becoming increasingly thin, the time has come for the NFL to give teams better options, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 18, 2007

Clayton: Jaguars have a lot at stake vs. Colts New Window
The Jaguars have visions of winning the AFC South, which means they can't afford to lose to the Colts on Monday night, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 18, 2007

Warner braces to play with injury New Window
Kurt Warner has a lot of swelling in his injured left elbow, but he practiced a little Wednesday and may have a chance to play. He has torn ligaments in his left elbow, so he tried out different brace...
John Clayton | October 17, 2007

K.C. youth movement in full swing New Window
Quietly, the Chiefs are doing a nice job of rebuilding against some tough odds. The Chiefs finished last season with an old roster. Entering training camp this year, about half of their starters were ...
John Clayton | October 17, 2007

Chargers make big move IN New Window
A rather quiet trading period closed with a bang when the Chargers acquired wide receiver Chris Chambers from the Dolphins for a second-round draft choice. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith realizes...
John Clayton | October 16, 2007

Will Lions' Bell get his wish? New Window
Tatum Bell spoke to the Detroit media on Monday and expressed his interest in a trade if he's going to lose his starting job to Kevin Jones this week. The Lions have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to det...
John Clayton | October 15, 2007

Clayton: Diminutive Welker looms large for Pats New Window
Wes Welker is small in stature, but he had a huge impact for the Patriots in their convincing victory over the Cowboys, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 15, 2007

Clayton: Moss on Brady: The best QB I've had New Window
Tom Brady shredded the Cowboys' defense ... and in the process, forced even Randy Moss to sit up and take notice.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 15, 2007

NFL Week 6 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 6 games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 14, 2007

Bell asks Lions for trade over diminished role New Window
Hearing that he will come out of the bye week as a backup, halfback Tatum Bell has informed the Detroit Lions through his agent that he wants to be traded.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 12, 2007

Slim pickings at quarterback New Window
The fact that Vinny Testaverde at the age of 44 was the choice of both the Cardinals and the Panthers illustrates how bad the quarterback market is for teams scrambling for replacements for injured qu...
John Clayton | October 12, 2007

Tank Johnson itching to play New Window
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell might be giving serious thought into reducing the suspension of Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson . Johnson is on the books for an eight-game suspension, but he's ap...
John Clayton | October 8, 2007

Clayton: Chargers find their identity in Denver New Window
With their season already hanging in the balance, the Chargers respond with a blowout win at Denver.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 8, 2007

NFL Week 5 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 5 games
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 7, 2007

Clayton: Chargers find their identity in Denver New Window
With their season already hanging in the balance, the Chargers respond with a blowout win at Denver.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 7

Clayton: Fresh blood? New Window
Several of last season's playoff teams are paying the price for quiet offseasons, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, October 6

Clayton: Denver's weird scheme fails against Colts New Window
Denver's weird defensive scheme didn't faze the Colts and Peyton Manning, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 30

Colts lose Harrison, Morris; Broncos' Henry hurt New Window
Colts receiver Marvin Harrison left Sunday's game in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 30

NFL Week 4 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 4 games
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 30

Clayton: Scoring on the rise New Window
A perfect storm of officiating and strategy could lead to several passing records falling this season, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, September 29

Clayton: Denver faces critical stretch New Window
Rivalries and grudge matches abound this week, but the New England-Cincinnati Monday night matchup is the best, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 27

Hall fight a good sign IN New Window
The fact that cornerback DeAngelo Hall is going to fight his $100,000 fine is a sign this was a fair team penalty for his blowout that possibly cost the Falcons a game against the Panthers. Hall mad...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 26

Clayton: Curing what ails NFC teams New Window
John Clayton identifies a malady and potential cure for every NFC team.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, September 25

Lovie had to make QB move IN New Window
Lovie Smith had no choice but to change quarterbacks. With Tommie Harris , Nathan Vasher and Lance Briggs hurt and possibly missing games on defense, the Bears needed more out of the offense. They wer...
John Clayton | Tuesday, September 25

Russell finally in Raiders' mix IN New Window
Now that JaMarcus Russell has been put on the active roster from the exempt list, the Raiders have figured out their quarterback plans for the season. They informed Andrew Walter that they will try to...
John Clayton | Monday, September 24

Clayton: 49ers take it on the nose New Window
With All-Pro nose tackle Casey Hampton helping shut down the 49ers' running game, San Francisco was no match for Pittsburgh, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 23

NFL Week 3 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 3 games
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 23

Clayton: Eight-man fronts are all the rage New Window
Defensive coordinators are taking full advantage of the youth at the quarterback position, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 21

Unsung heroes in Everett recovery IN New Window
The news that Kevin Everett is going to be transferred from a hospital in Buffalo to Houston to begin rehab is great. Doctors are hopeful he will walk again. Lost in the story is how well the doctors ...
John Clayton | Thursday, September 20

Clayton: First and 10 New Window
Things remain unsettled for the 1-1 Bears, who face their first major NFC test when they play host to the Cowboys on Sunday, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 20

Walking wounded into Lambeau IN New Window
The Packers had 15 players miss all or portions of Wednesday's practice, making them perhaps the most injured team in the league. For the first two games, the Packers have carried the injured likes of...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 19

Reid behind McNabb IN New Window
Andy Reid did a good thing Tuesday. Despite the disappointment of the Eagles' two-game losing streak and Donovan McNabb 's struggles with his accuracy, the coach said he saw great things from McNabb i...
John Clayton | Tuesday, September 18

Seahawks give versatile DB Babineaux new deal New Window
The Seahawks rewarded versatile defensive back Jordan Babineaux on Tuesday by giving him a five-year extension worth $10 million. There are enough incentives and escalators in the deal that could make it worth as much as $17 million.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, September 18

Kickers off the mark early IN New Window
It might be nothing more than early season rust, but kickers aren't off to great starts. Adam Vinatieri of the Colts missed an extra point and a short field goal and was kicking the ball low Sunday a...
John Clayton | Monday, September 17

Clayton: Colts have just enough to beat Titans New Window
The Colts didn't play their best, but they still found a way to beat AFC South rival Tennessee, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 16

NFL Week 2 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 2 games
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 16

Clayton: My short and sweet movie career New Window
In his first -- and perhaps last -- movie role, John Clayton has a scene that is short and sweet.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 14

Clayton: Pats can survive this penalty New Window
John Clayton answers questions about the Patriots' videotaping shenanigans and the penalty the NFL assessed against them.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 14

Clayton: Belichick penalty too light New Window
Bill Belichick deserved a much stiffer penalty than a $500,000 fine and loss of draft pick(s) for videotaping an opponent's signals, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 13

Clayton: First and 10 for Week 2 New Window
After dealing with a major distraction this week, the Patriots must find a way to focus on one of the biggest games of their season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 13

Breaking down Pats' film IN New Window
In case you're wondering what advantage during a game Bill Belichick would have with taped defensive signals from opposing defensive coaches, here's the story: A photographer can take the pictures of...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 12

Browns' plan isn't a good one IN New Window
It appears the Browns have a plan to give Brady Quinn playing time this year. It's not a very good plan obviously. Cutting your opening-day quarterback less than 48 hours after kickoff is ridiculous. ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, September 11

Clayton: Goodell will treat this seriously New Window
How will the NFL commissioner rule in the Patriots "spying" incident? What advantage can a team get by taping defensive signals of an opponent? John Clayton has the questions and answers.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, September 11

Hester mostly watches offense IN New Window
Plan was 15-20 plays a game on O: In case you are wondering, the Bears only used Devin Hester on one offensive play, at wide receiver, in Sunday's 14-3 loss to the Chargers. Although the plan was to u...
John Clayton | Monday, September 10

Clayton: Smith, Leinart wake up when everybody else is asleep New Window
Alex Smith and Matt Leinart were supposed to shine on the West Coast prime-time stage. But they didn't show up until much later.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, September 10

Clayton: Chargers bottle up Bears in second half New Window
Chicago held LaDainian Tomlinson to 25 yards rushing, but the NFL's best running back found other ways to beat the Bears, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 9

Bears lose starting defenders Brown, Dvoracek New Window
The Bears defense put every bit of energy and emotion into stopping the potent Chargers offense Sunday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 9

NFL Week 1 inactive players New Window
Inactive players for Sunday's 1 p.m. Week 1 games
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 9

NFL rescinds one-game ban for Bengals' Rucker New Window
A one-game suspension of Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker has been rescinded.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 7

Cowboys' Glenn injures knee New Window
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips has ruled out wide receiver Terry Glenn for Sunday night's game against the Giants.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 7

Clayton: Owners don't realize salary-cap benefits New Window
Some owners are talking about doing away with the salary cap in 2008. But considering the surplus of cap room this season, that would be a huge mistake.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 7

Ravens pass on Leftwich IN New Window
The Ravens' decision to sign Kyle Boller to a one-year extension pretty much ends their bid to get Byron Leftwich and tells a lot. Organizationally, the Ravens are saying the ratings on Boller and Lef...
John Clayton | Thursday, September 6

Clayton: First and 10 for Week 1 New Window
Rex Grossman played in the Super Bowl last season, but he remains a point of contention in Chicago. The schedule-makers didn't do him any favors with the Bears' Week 1 opponent: San Diego.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 6

Raiders' QB race causes circus IN New Window
Lane Kiffin seemed very uncomfortable handling his unnamed starting quarterback situation on Wednesday. While it appears Josh McCown will get the start, Kiffin isn't saying whether it will be him or D...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 5

McCown plays favorite in Oakland IN New Window
Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said he would announce a starting quarterback on Wednesday, but he supposedly told the quarterbacks on Tuesday who would be the starter. Body language would indicate ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, September 4

Rice makes sense in Denver IN New Window
The Broncos' signing of former Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice shouldn't come as a surprise. Once the Broncos lost Ebenezer Ekuban for the season, they became desperate for a pass rusher even though ...
John Clayton | Monday, September 3

Leftwich market slow IN New Window
The market is moving a little slower than expected for former Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich . Conversations have begun with seven teams, but no team has yet to step up and recruit him hard. The ...
John Clayton | Monday, September 3

Clayton: Cincy loses out on Pittman but improves team New Window
John Clayton summarizes the highlights and trends from waiver claims around the NFL on Sunday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 2

Steelers, G Simmons agree on 4-year extension New Window
The Steelers made one of their key decisions along the offensive line by locking up guard Kendall Simmons to a four-year extension that will keep him with the team through 2011.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 2

Clayton: Surprisingly, Pats' Seymour to miss six weeks New Window
John Clayton summarizes the highlights and trends from a fast and furious cutdown Saturday around the NFL.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 2

Clayton: Schedule filled with showdowns New Window
The 2007 season will certainly feature plenty of matchups between the league's elite teams, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, September 1

Strahan ends holdout 9 days before Giants' opener New Window
After 24 hours of soul-searching and a conversation with general manager Jerry Reese, defensive end Michael Strahan has decided to end his holdout and report to the New York Giants.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 31

Clayton: Five sleeper teams for 2007 season New Window
Whether it's an easier schedule or an upgrade in talent, these teams should be better than expected in 2007
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 30, 2007

Clayton: Goodell's swift response predictable New Window
It will take a lot of time for the commissioner to forget how Michael Vick lied to him, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 24

Clayton: What we've learned from training camp New Window
With training camps coming to a close, John Clayton looks at 10 things we've learned this summer.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 22, 2007

Johnson agrees to five-year extension with Chiefs New Window
Larry Johnson ended his 25-day holdout Tuesday morning by working out a five-year extension that will keep him with the Chiefs through 2012.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 21, 2007

Clayton: Vick's NFL future could be bleak New Window
John Clayton answers questions regarding the football future of Michael Vick, who agreed to plead guilty Monday to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 16, 2007

Clayton: Turner sees no need to make major changes New Window
Knowing he inherited a team ready to win, new coach Norv Turner isn't changing too much about the Chargers' formula for success, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, August 13

Clayton: Observations from Chargers camp IN New Window
As San Diego looks for ways to keep LaDainian Tomlinson fresh, expect him to catch more passes this season, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, August 13

Clayton: Observations from 49ers camp IN New Window
Cornerback Nate Clements should be a very good addition in a division featuring some big targets at wide receiver, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, August 11

Clayton: Smith finally blessed with weapons New Window
Thanks to an infusion of talent offensively, the 49ers now seem ready to challenge the Seahawks in the NFC West, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, August 11

Clayton: Observations from Raiders camp IN New Window
Robert Gallery was supposed to be a franchise left tackle the Raiders could count on for years. Instead, he's been a huge disappointment, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 10

Clayton: Time not on Culpepper's side New Window
Daunte Culpepper is making a strong impression with the Raiders, but the odds are against his being ready to start by Week 1, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 10

Clayton: Observations from Cardinals camp IN New Window
As good as Larry Fitzgerald has been, he's going to be even better this year, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 9, 2007

Clayton: James, Cardinals serious about winning in 2007 New Window
Edgerrin James reported to camp in great shape, and the Cardinals as a whole appear to be shaping up as a contender, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 9

Clayton: Observations from Cardinals camp IN New Window
As good as Larry Fitzgerald has been, he's going to be even better this year, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 9

Clayton: Shanahan goes to extremes to better Broncos New Window
Never satisfied with mediocrity, Mike Shanahan his hoping his version of "Extreme Makeover" will make the Broncos a legitimate Super Bowl contender, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, August 8

Clayton: Big bodies make Broncos' D-line more imposing IN New Window
Offseason additions Jimmy Kennedy and Sam Adams are making their presence felt along the Broncos' D-line, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, August 8

Clayton: In short time, Roethlisberger shows plenty New Window
He played just one series in the Hall of Fame game, but Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger gave a tantalizing preview of things to come this year, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, August 6

Strahan: Money's not issue, but future undecided New Window
Michael Strahan says money is not the factor in deciding whether to keep playing, but he hasn't decided.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, August 5

Clayton: Rams look to maximize opportunities New Window
The additions of Drew Bennett and Randy McMichael should help the Rams improve in the red zone, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 3

Clayton: Observations from Rams camp IN New Window
With Marshall Faulk retied, the spolight is on Steven Jackson who could be poised for a monster season, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 3

Clayton: Memories that defined a Hall of Fame career New Window
As he prepares to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, John Clayton recounts the most memorable moments of his career.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 3

Clayton: Packers look to future, but Favre's future is now New Window
Green Bay may be building for the future, but the future is now for QB Brett Favre, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 2

Clayton: Observations from Packers camp IN New Window
The Packers' offensive line has gone from being a weakness to a strength, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 2

Clayton: No Glenn? No problem New Window
While Peyton Manning and the Colts were blindsided by the loss of All-Pro LT Tarik Glenn, the offensive machine keeps marching forward, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, August 1

Clayton: Observations from Bears camp IN New Window
Despite the departure of Thomas Jones, Chicago's running game should be in good hands in 2007, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, August 1

Bills deal disgruntled DT Walker to Bears for pick New Window
The Chicago Bears, for weeks looking for extra help in the middle of their defensive line, traded a fifth-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for disgruntled defensive tackle Darwin Walker.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, July 29

Clayton: Vikings placing faith in youngster New Window
Despite a difficult first day, the Vikings still feel Tavaris Jackson can lead the team to success in 2007, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, July 28

Clayton: Observations from Vikings camp IN New Window
It's not out of the question for Brooks Bollinger to enter the 2007 season as the team's starting quarterback, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, July 28

Clayton: Observations from Lions camp IN New Window
The additions of WR Calvin Johnson and RB Tatum Bell should provide a big boost to the Lions' attack, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, July 27

Clayton: Kitna, Lions confident dark days are over New Window
The Lions are convinced they can be a winner. Now they have to convince their long-suffering fans and the rest of the league, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, July 27

Browns, Thomas agree to five-year, $42.5M deal New Window
The Browns reached an agreement in principle Thursday night with left tackle Joe Thomas, the third in the NFL draft.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, July 26

Falcons sign draft pick Anderson to five-year deal New Window
Eager to grab some positive headlines in what has been a summer of Michael Vick negativity, the Falcons made sure they signed first-round pick Jamaal Anderson in time for the start of training camp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, July 25

Meachem last of Saints picks to get under contract New Window
To get his career off to a good start, Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem reached agreement on a five-year contract with New Orleans that allows him to report to training camp on time.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, July 24

Dolphins reach deal with quarterback of future New Window
Miami Dolphins second-round draft pick John Beck will be to clock in just in time for the start of rookie camp Monday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, July 23

Clayton: Patriots keep familiar veteran presence New Window
The Patriots' decision to bring back receiver Troy Brown and linebacker Chad Brown helps maintain the veteran presence on New England's roster, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 19, 2007

Clayton: Beginning of end for Vick in Atlanta? New Window
Despite Michael Vick's indictment in a Virginia dogfighting probe, the Falcons have no choice but to stand by the quarterback, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 17, 2007

Lions make franchised Redding richest DT in NFL New Window
Cory Redding, the Lions' franchise player in 2007, agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract that included $16 million in guarantees, including $13 million in signing bonus and roster guarantees.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, July 16

Grateful Freeney signs $72 million deal with Colts New Window
Dwight Freeney, the Indianapolis Colts' franchise player, signed a six-year, $72 million contract with the team Friday that includes a $30 million signing bonus.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, July 13

Two taken in supplemental draft New Window
The San Diego Chargers selected cornerback Paul Oliver in the fourth round of the supplemental draft.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, July 12

Lions, Redding making progress IN New Window
Over the past couple of days, the Lions have made significant progress in negotiations with franchise defensive tackle Cory Redding . Though Redding initially wanted to leave the Lions through free ag...
John Clayton | Wednesday, July 11

Clayton: Schedule favors these five teams New Window
After taking a close look at the 2007 schedule, John Clayton identifies five teams that could make significant improvements this season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, July 11

Johnson negotiations on hold IN New Window
Not much news to report on the Larry Johnson negotiations for a contract extension. Both sides are wisely taking a week off from talks. The Chiefs are on vacation until next week. But the pressure wil...
John Clayton | Tuesday, July 10

Freeney deal in the works? IN New Window
Of the four unsigned franchise players awaiting next Monday's deadline, Dwight Freeney of the Colts has the best chance to sign. However, there's no guarantee a deal will get done in time. Freeney is ...
John Clayton | Monday, July 9

Clayton: Look for these five to make a difference New Window
It's hard to find players who can be the difference between a good season and a great one, but here are five who could do just that this year, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 2, 2007

Hearing won't help Culpepper IN New Window
The Daunte Culpepper hearing is a strange one. Like the Steve McNair grievance a year ago, it's hard for the grieved party to win much. A year ago, McNair was banned from the Titans facility during th...
John Clayton | Friday, June 29

Clayton: Questions to ponder as June ends New Window
Can Romeo Crennel save his job? Is Matt Schaub the answer in Houston? John Clayton poses five questions to ponder as June winds down.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, June 27

Tank for sale ... cheap IN New Window
The phones initially will be quiet for former Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson , but he may be able to land some kind of a job by the time training camp starts. For that to happen, Johnson would ha...
John Clayton | Tuesday, June 26

Clayton: Summer story lines to occupy down time New Window
As the NFL hits vacation mode, John Clayton looks at five story lines that will play out between now and training camp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, June 25

Steelers agree with Hoke on contract extension New Window
The Steelers have reached a contract extension with defensive tackle Chris Hoke.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, June 21

Oliver makes his case for scouts IN New Window
Former Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver may not have wowed the 27 teams attending his workout Wednesday, but he may have done enough to earn the chance to be a reasonably high pick in the 2007 NFL suppl...
John Clayton | Wednesday, June 20

Clayton: Offense more important than ever New Window
While defense is needed to win a championship, in today's NFL you need an offense that can score points, too, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, June 20

Pacman needs new friends IN New Window
The sad part of the recent Pacman Jones story, in which he is a witness in a shooting, is that he can't shake the friends who keep putting him in positions to be in trouble. To get back into the leagu...
John Clayton | June 19, 2007

Clayton: Lewis running for the Browns now New Window
After years of running over the Browns, Jamal Lewis is hoping to have just as much success running for them this season, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 13, 2007

Clayton: Quinn working through early growing pains New Window
At Browns minicamp, Brady Quinn has looked like a rookie trying to find his way, not the team's long-awaited savior, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, June 13

Clayton: Offense starting to click in Buffalo New Window
J.P. Losman looks like a totally different quarterback than he did one year ago and that could make the Bills dangerous on offense, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, June 11

Clayton: Time for NFL Europa to take a vacation New Window
NFL Europa has had a long run, but it seems likely that the NFL will pull the plug on the league, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, June 11

Ex-Seahawk Herndon comes to terms with Titans New Window
Following a furious weeks of contacts and visits after being released by the Seahawks, cornerback Kelly Herndon accepted a three-year contract to play for the Titans.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, June 9

Rams deal defensive tackle Kennedy to Broncos New Window
After a couple years of frustration, the Rams have traded former first-round choice Jimmy Kennedy to the Denver Broncos for what is believed to be a sixth-round pick.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, June 8

Baltimore a good fit for Culpepper IN New Window
The team that makes the most sense for Daunte Culpepper once he's cut by the Dolphins is the Baltimore Ravens for several reasons. Steve McNair was acquired to make a two- or three-year run at the pla...
John Clayton | Thursday, June 7

Culpepper asks for release from Dolphins New Window
Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who initially wanted to stay and compete against Trent Green, has asked for his release, something that should happen very soon.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, June 7

Clayton: Dolphins decided to ante up for Green New Window
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 5, 2007

Clayton: Rating top offseason moves New Window
While the 49ers scored big by signing Nate Clements, the Packers really might suffer without Ahman Green. John Clayton looks at 10 of the biggest moves of the offseason and rates their impact.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 5, 2007

Goodell sets precedent IN New Window
The way commissioner Roger Goodell handled the Tank Johnson situation gave a glimpse into how he's going to rule on these conduct matters in the NFL. Though his penalties for repeat violators will be ...
John Clayton | June 4, 2007

Clayton: Suspension makes sense New Window
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was tough but fair in suspending the Bears' Tank Johnson for eight games, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 4, 2007

Vick playing waiting game IN New Window
The key words to understand what might happen in the Michael Vick dog-fighting investigation is "prove to be involved." The NFL, the Falcons and commissioner Roger Goodell really can't do much until t...
John Clayton | Tuesday, May 29

Clayton: It's all in the numbers New Window
Looking for teams ready to turn into contenders? It's easy to spot them by looking at the QB stats, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, May 24

Green seeing red with Chiefs IN New Window
Trent Green plans to attend Chiefs minicamp, but he's not a happy camper. Green will return to the Chiefs to honor his contract and try to force a trade with the Dolphins that remains sta...
John Clayton | May 21, 2007

Clayton: What we've learned so far New Window
From Brett Favre's guilt to just how athletic the Bears are to some players still not getting it, minicamps are teaching us plenty, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 21, 2007

Franchise-tagged Freeney won't miss team camps New Window
Unlike Lance Briggs, Asante Samuel and Cory Redding, Dwight Freeney doesn't mind being a franchise player.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 17, 2007

Eager Jackson excluded from Packers' minicamp New Window
Brandon Jackson felt on top of the world when the Packers made him a second-round pick on draft day.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 17, 2007

Clayton: Don't overlook these big moves New Window
Lost in the shadows were these five moves that might have huge impacts on the NFL this season, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 17, 2007

Wong turns down backup offer, will depart Texans New Window
Linebacker Kailee Wong, an original member of the Texans, announced his retirement on Wednesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 16, 2007

Keyshawn favors Raiders IN New Window
The latest twist to the Keyshawn Johnson job search is his desire to be a Raider. Johnson has told friends he's always wanted to be a Raider. The Raiders seem to have some interest, but it isn't known...
John Clayton | May 15, 2007

Dolphins looking to move on IN New Window
The decision by the NFL drug authorities to delay Ricky Williams ' reinstatement until September at the earliest should kill his relationship with the Dolphins. If Williams can come back this season, ...
John Clayton | Saturday, May 12

NFL faces tough obstacles before any 17th game New Window
NFL officials must overcome several obstacles before the addition of a 17th regular-season game can take hold.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, May 10

Clayton: NFC West rivals closing gap on Seahawks New Window
The NFC West has improved, but the Seahawks believe they've taken the necessary steps to remain on top, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, May 10

No surgery for Hawks' Spencer IN New Window
The Seahawks got the best news possible on Tuesday when they learned starting center Chris Spencer won't need surgery on his sore shoulders. Spencer visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., Mond...
John Clayton | Tuesday, May 8

Barlow, Steelers near deal IN New Window
The Steelers are looking at former 49ers and Jets halfback Kevan Barlow , and the player might be interested in Pittsburgh. Both sides are considering a one-year deal that will enable Barlow, a former...
John Clayton | May 7, 2007

Clayton: AFC big questions New Window
With minicamps around the corner, John Clayton answers the big questions facing AFC teams.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 7, 2007

Clayton: Russell already wowing Oakland teammates New Window
Although he still has to win the starting job, Raiders rookie QB JaMarcus Russell is already winning over his new teammates, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 7, 2007

Clayton: Kiffin brings hope to Oakland New Window
After a season to forget, the first day of minicamp under first-year head coach Lane Kiffin was one to remember, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 4, 2007

Clayton: NFC big questions New Window
With minicamps around the corner, John Clayton answers the big questions facing NFC teams.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 3, 2007

Clayton: Colts quietly make themselves better New Window
The Patriots grabbed the draft weekend headlines, but the Colts might have acquired the biggest impact player when they drafted Ohio State WR Anthony Gonzalez, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, May 2

Panthers make youth movement IN New Window
The Panthers didn't lose cash when they released wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson . Some media outlets have the team giving him a $3 million roster bonus, but in reality, Johnson had a $1 million roster...
John Clayton | May 1, 2007

Packers fans voicing frustration IN New Window
Packers fans are flooding chat rooms and Web sites with complaints about their team's surprisingly silent offseason. Their hope for excitement was a Randy Moss trade, but that slipped away when Moss w...
John Clayton | April 29, 2007

Clayton: It was time for Moss to go New Window
Randy Moss was traded to the Patriots for a fourth-round choice Sunday, a huge discount from the trade Oakland made to acquire him two years ago., John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 29, 2007

Clayton: Five observations from Day 2 New Window
Trent Green was hoping to be the third notable veteran traded on Sunday, but the Chiefs and Dolphins could not strike a deal, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 29, 2007

Raiders eager to unload Moss IN New Window
How desperate are the Raiders to trade Randy Moss ? They called Mike Shanahan of the Broncos. Shanahan and the Raiders have been at odds since Al Davis fired him and the Raiders shorted him several hu...
John Clayton | April 28, 2007

Clayton: Veterans could be traded on Day 2 New Window
With a number of big-name veterans on the market, Day 2 of the draft could be interesting, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 28, 2007

Clayton: Winners and losers from Day 1 New Window
The Browns got two franchise building blocks, making them big winners on the first day of the draft, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 28, 2007

Clayton: First ... and 10, NFL draft edition New Window
Al Davis set the Raiders back by passing on a QB last year. Will he do it again? John Clayton examines Oakland's plight and more in his First ... and 10.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 27, 2007

Ravens' Gregg gets $20.3M, four-year extension New Window
Ravens DT Kelly Gregg inked a 4-year, $20.3 million extension that will keep him a Raven until $2011.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, April 25

Clayton: Chiefs hold first-round Green card New Window
Although Oakland holds the No. 1 overall pick, Kansas City controls how the top of the first round will go, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, April 24

Green trade talks at standstill IN New Window
The Chiefs and Dolphins haven't talked in days about a Trent Green trade. The Chiefs' stance hasn't changed. They want a second- and seventh-rounder in exchange for the veteran quarterback. The Dolphi...
John Clayton | Tuesday, April 24

Faneca plotting exit strategy IN New Window
Steelers guard Alan Faneca is too professional to speak out about wanting to be traded, but it's pretty clear that behind th scenes he's angling to get the team to move him during the draft. Faneca is...
John Clayton | Monday, April 23

Clayton: NFL teams need to look at LBs differently New Window
NFL teams can fall into the trap of judging a LB by the scheme he played in college. Bad idea. The key is to find good players, like Ole Miss' Patrick Willis, talented enough to make the transition, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, April 23

Raiders cut veteran linemen Badger, Johnstone New Window
New Raiders coach Lane Kiffin made his first major decisions as head coach Friday when he cut veterans Brad Badger and Lance Johnstone.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, April 20

Clayton: Welcoming in a new era of left tackles New Window
There's a new breed of left tackle coming in. Guys like Joe Thomas and Levi Brown may be smaller than the old guard, but they have the potential to be just as good, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, April 20

Solving the Green stalemate IN New Window
Here's an interesting solution to the Trent Green stalemate. The Chiefs continue to ask for a second-round pick from the Dolphins in exchange for Green. That won't happen. The Dolphins are scrambling ...
John Clayton | Thursday, April 19

Sauerbrun a free agent after Patriots' offer voided New Window
A Special Master ruled Wednesday punter Todd Sauerbrun is now a free agent -- available to sign with any team -- after winning a grievance that voided the New England Patriots right to match a one-year contract he recently signed with the Denver Broncos.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | Wednesday, April 18

Bengals talk tackles IN New Window
The Bengals, who have sat out the free agency period, had a visit from Broncos defensive tackle Michael Myers on Tuesday. On Thursday, Bears defensive tackle Ian Scott comes to town. While the Benga...
John Clayton | Tuesday, April 17

Clayton: Evaluating QBs just got tougher New Window
Finding NFL-ready QBs coming out of college is tougher than ever. That's what makes the case of Brady Quinn's stock slipping even more puzzling, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, April 16

Rams sign Dolphins punter Jones to offer sheet New Window
The Rams, who have been back and forth in stalled negotiations with punter Matt Turk, signed restricted free agent Donnie Jones of the Dolphins to an offer sheet Thursday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 12, 2007

Clayton: Colts face tough road New Window
The league has once again made it difficult for the champ to repeat, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 11, 2007

Clayton: Here are 10 great matchups for '07 New Window
New England at Indianapolis is just one of the many intriguing AFC games in '07, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 11, 2007

Titans may need to draft CB IN New Window
Pacman Jones ' season-long suspension hits the Titans harder than the eight-game suspension of the Bengals' Chris Henry because Tennessee has an uncertain future at cornerback. Jones could theoretical...
John Clayton | April 10, 2007

NFL ready to announce regular-season schedule New Window
On Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET, the 2007 NFL schedule will be revealed.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 10, 2007

Raiders discuss trade for McCown IN New Window
The Raiders have zeroed in on a veteran quarterback they would like to acquire while they ponder the possibility of drafting LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell . Oakland has entered into trade negotiati...
John Clayton | Thursday, April 5

Gibbs lures ex-Cards CB Macklin to Redskins New Window
On Thursday, Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs talked Cardinals cornerback David Macklin into accepting a one-year deal with the Redskins over three other more lucrative deals with other teams.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, April 5

Clayton: Two not better than one in OT New Window
The idea of changing the overtime rules so that each team is guaranteed one possession is misguided, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, April 5

Bears cool down Briggs deal IN New Window
It's pretty clear the Bears want to slow down the Lance Briggs trade talks while the Redskins want to move quickly. By calling the Redskins and asking for more than just a swap of No. 1 picks, Bears g...
John Clayton | Tuesday, April 3

Bears turn down draft swap with Skins for Briggs New Window
A proposed trade sending the Bears' Lance Briggs to the Redskins is in trouble as the Bears have turned down the Redskins' terms.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, April 3

Counteroffer may kill Briggs deal IN New Window
Any counteroffer from the Bears that would ask more of the Redskins could be a deal breaker in the tenuous Lance Briggs trade talks. This isn't much of a negotiation. The Redskins are offering to sw...
John Clayton | Monday, April 2

Clayton: Assistants have to be prepared New Window
With many teams turning to young head coaches, assistants know they always need to be prepared for every opportunity. But it's hard to be ready for all of the obstacles a first-time head coach will have to overcome.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 28

Clayton: Overtime format staying the same New Window
Those in favor of changing the overtime format got some disappointing news on Wednesday, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 28

Clayton: Reid focuses on football, keeps private life private New Window
Just days after taking a five-week leave to tend to his family, Andy Reid is keeping the focus strictly on football, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 28

Bears say 'No' to Briggs deal IN New Window
The Bears are saying no to a Lance Briggs trade to Washington. That stand won't change during this week's owners meeting, but don't be surprised if they take the weekend and the early part of next wee...
John Clayton | Tuesday, March 27

Clayton: Instant replay here to stay New Window
Instant replay finally wore down its opponents as NFL owners voted 30-2 to make it a permanent fixture in games, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, March 27

Indy, New Orleans will open 2007 NFL season New Window
The feel-good story of last year and the defending Super Bowl champions will square off in Week 1 when the Saints travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in the NFL's first game of the season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, March 26

Dolphins passing on QB Green? IN New Window
Don't expect the Dolphins to land quarterback Trent Green anytime soon because the price is too high. Even though the Dolphins have come to a reasonable compromise on what Green could make if he becom...
John Clayton | Monday, March 26

Clayton: History of drafting WRs not kind to Lions New Window
The Lions growled at conventional wisdom, drafting WRs in the first-round in three straight drafts. That gamble didn't pay off, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 21, 2007

Committee ponders OT changes IN New Window
Give the NFL Competition Committee a lot of credit. There isn't a lot broken on the field in the National Football League, so the committee is wise in not recommending many changes for the upcoming se...
John Clayton | March 20, 2007

Skins agree to trade S Archuleta to Bears for pick New Window
ESPN.com's John Clayton has learned that the Redskins have agreed to trade safety Adam Archuleta to the Chicago Bears for what is believed to be a sixth-round draft pick that can be upgraded to a fifth-round pick.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 20, 2007

Broncos reach agreement with Browns' McKinley New Window
On Tuesday, the Broncos reached a four-year agreement in principle with Browns defensive lineman Alvin McKinley.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 20, 2007

Broncos, receiver Stokley agree on one-year deal New Window
The Denver Broncos, looking for a dependable pass-catcher, reached a one-year agreement with former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 20, 2007

Eagles snag Rams' Curtis IN New Window
Kevin Curtis' six-year, $32 million agreement with the Eagles pretty much concludes the first major phase of free agency. In two weeks, 133 players -- including 76 unrestricted free agents who moved t...
John Clayton | Thursday, March 15

Browns have 4-year deal with ex-Titans DT Smith New Window
The Browns helped their defense Wednesday night by reaching a four-year, $12 million deal with Titans defensive tackle Robaire Smith.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 14

Briggs situation gets interesting IN New Window
The Lance Briggs situation in Chicago continues to get more interesting by the day, but it's not going to change the outcome. Briggs will remain property of the Chicago Bears this season. Even though ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, March 13

Clayton: What to make of free-agent spending spree New Window
John Clayton recaps the first wave of free agency, in which guards won big and running backs played musical chairs.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, March 12

Clayton: Compensatory picks can be important New Window
With a number of compensatory picks coming their way, teams such as the Ravens and Patriots were able to be more aggressive this offseason, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, March 12

Cowboys re-sign Colombo to two-year, $7M deal New Window
A week after the Cowboys paid more than $49 million to add Leonard Davis to the right side of their defensive line, the Cowboys filled out the rest of the right side by re-signing ri
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 9, 2007

Seahawks make Jags' Grant third-highest-paid safety New Window
The Seahawks signed safety Deon Grant to a six-year deal worth in excess of $30 million a year.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | March 9, 2007

Did Bills make a good deal? New Window
While on the surface it looks as though the Bills cleaned up by getting three draft choices for running back Willis McGahee , don't applaud them until you look at the numbers. The Ravens surrendered a...
John Clayton | March 8, 2007

Rams sign four-year, $4M deal with Bears' Johnson New Window
The Rams added help for their defense by reaching a four-year, $4 million deal with Bears safety Todd Johnson.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, March 8

Browns sign former Ravens tailback Jamal Lewis New Window
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore's all-time leading rusher, broke away from the Ravens and signed with the rival Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 7

Does Dillon fit the Bills? IN New Window
So much for Corey Dillon 's retirement. Dillon, who asked for and received his release from the New England Patriots last week, will visit the Buffalo Bills Thursday with hopes of landing a job. The r...
John Clayton | Wednesday, March 7

Clayton: Early winners and losers in free agency New Window
It is probably too early to declare winners and losers in free agency, but the 49ers and Patriots look pretty good.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 7

Broncos snare TE Graham ... New Window
The Broncos outbid the Seahawks for Patriots tight end Daniel Graham in a negotiation that went well into Tuesday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, March 6

KC's Green has options IN New Window
After meeting with Chiefs president Carl Peterson, quarterback Trent Green started looking for trade options. Expect one to happen. At least two or three teams have checked in on him so there appears ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, March 6

Dolphins land former Steelers LB Porter New Window
The Dolphins didn't want to wait for Joey Porter to make a five- to six-team NFL tour.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, March 6

Seahawks reach six-year agreement with DE Kerney New Window
After two days of negotiations, the Seahawks reached agreement with Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney, considered the best remaining free agent on the market.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, March 5

Raiders' options drying up IN New Window
Monday was not a good day for people in the Raiders organization who might consider moving Randy Moss to another team in a trade. First, the Packers had to start mapping out plans to replace departed ...
John Clayton | Monday, March 5

Browns sign Steinbach to seven-year, $49.5 million deal New Window
A year ago, no one thought a guard would ever get $7 million a year but Steve Hutchinson got a seven-year, $49 million deal from the
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 2, 2007

Falcons reach six-year, $18 million deal with Mughelli New Window
On Friday, the Falcons reached a six-year, $18 million deal with Ravens fullback Ovie Mughelli that included a $5 million signing bonus. The blockbuster deal is the biggest contract
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 2, 2007

Eagles strike five-year, $12.5M deal with DE Thomas New Window
The Eagles reached a five-year, $12.5 million deal with Juqua Thomas that could be worth $1 million more per year in incentives.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 2, 2007

Free agency commences, several meetings arranged New Window
Free agency opened with an explosion of phone calls to set up visits for the 308 NFL available players.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 2, 2007

Character an issue with vets' cuts IN New Window
There was a significant theme to the 21 veteran cuts on Thursday, the eve of the start of free agency. The theme involved character. Teams were proactive in trying to clean up some of the off-the-fiel...
John Clayton | March 1, 2007

After kicking around Porter, Steelers cut him loose New Window
After two weeks of internal debate, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to cut ties with one of their most recognized players -- linebacker Joey Porter.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 1, 2007

Chargers make Neal league's highest-paid fullback New Window
The Chargers continue to take care of their core players by reaching agreement on a three-year extension with Pro Bowl fullback Lorenzo Neal.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 1, 2007

Clayton: Potential free-agent bargains and risks New Window
John Clayton identifies five potential free-agent bargains and five players who might be dangerous at big money.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, March 1

Ravens' RB Lewis is gone, for now IN New Window
Jamal Lewis may not be done with the Ravens so his release wasn't a surprise. After two off seasons, Lewis probably needed to find his value as a free agent to see where he stands. He's 27 and has tak...
John Clayton | Wednesday, February 28

Clayton: 49ers will be aggressive in free agency New Window
With a lot of space under the salary cap, the 49ers are poised to be big players in free agency this year, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, February 28

Cowboys agree on five-year deal with punter McBriar New Window
The Coywboys have reached an agreement on a five-year, $8.5 million contract with punter Mat McBriar.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, February 28

Clayton: Speed was on display at 2007 combine New Window
John Clayton checks in with a lot of winners, a few losers and more observations from an impressive 2007 scouting combine.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, February 28

Niners stay Young, keep DE around with one-year deal New Window
Defensive end Bryant Young has worked out a deal to stay with the 49ers for at least another season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 27

Steelers lock up DE Smith with extension through 2011 New Window
The Steelers reached a four-year contract extension with defensive end Aaron Smith that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2011 season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 27

Clayton: Johnson impresses at combine New Window
With Calvin Johnson leading the way, this year's class of wide receivers is big and fast, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, February 26

Clayton: Brown looking to catch up New Window
Joe Thomas is expected to be the first left tackle selected, but Levi Brown is determined to change that, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, February 24

Clayton: Russell makes a big impression New Window
JaMarcus Russell, who could be the No. 1 overall pick, made a big impression at the combine, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 23, 2007

Garcia will have options IN New Window
Even though Jeff Garcia was disappointed the Eagles didn't offer him a contract and instead gave a three-year extension to A.J. Feeley , the quarterback is still in a good bargaining position. Garci...
John Clayton | February 23, 2007

Clayton: Texans won't give Carr away New Window
John Clayton looks at David Carr's future in Houston and has more notes from the first day of the scouting combine.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 22, 2007

Lions deny Redding freedom IN New Window
Lions defensive tackle Cory Redding didn't win his plea with the Lions to let him hit the free agent market. On Wednesday, Redding was giving the franchise tag. Making matters worse, Redding was tagge...
John Clayton | February 22, 2007

Rams likely to part with Timmerman IN New Window
Though nothing is official, Rams guard Adam Timmerman is not expected to be paid a $200,000 March 2 roster bonus, making him a free agent. Timmerman has been a mainstay along the Rams offensive line s...
John Clayton | February 21, 2007

Clayton: First and 10 at the scouting combine New Window
From QB debates to the lack of RBs, here are 10 things to watch at the NFL scouting combine, writes John Clayton. • Clayton: Carr move
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 21, 2007

Gurode worthy of big contract IN New Window
The Cowboys had no choice but to do a good deal to keep center Andre Gurode . He went to the Pro Bowl last year and is one of the best young centers in the NFC. Gurode, who signed the contract Tuesday...
John Clayton | Tuesday, February 20

Cowboys reach six-year deal with No. 1 priority Gurode New Window
The Dallas Cowboys, fresh off their hiring of head coach Wade Phillips as Bill Parcells' replacement, resolved their top free agent priority by reaching agreement on a six-year deal with center Andre Gurode.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 20

Chargers add Rivera to coaching staff New Window
Ron Rivera accepted a job to be the Chargers' linebackers coach hours after learning his contract would not be extended by the Bears.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, February 19

No deal yet for Kermey IN New Window
The Falcons failed to reach a contract agreement over the weekend with defensive end Patrick Kerney . Barring a last minute miracle, Kerney plans to void the final two years of his contract Tuesday an...
John Clayton | Monday, February 19

Patriots apply franchise tag on cornerback Samuel New Window
Teams looking to help their defense suffered another major blow Friday when the Patriots took away one of the top defensive players on the market -- cornerback Asante Samuel.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 16

NFC champion Bears place franchise tag on LB Briggs New Window
The Bears ended the first big question about keeping their players by placing the franchise tag on linebacker Lance Briggs, their top priority to re-sign this offseason.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 16

Clayton: Spotting some early trends in free agency New Window
How will teams respond to having more money to spend this offseason? John Clayton previews a new era of free agency.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 16

Turner, Ryan logical for Chargers IN New Window
The closer you look at the Chargers' head coaching position, the more logic you can see in picking the 49ers' Norv Turner and the Ravens' Rex Ryan as two of the early finalists. Turner is a perfect co...
John Clayton | Thursday, February 15

Clayton: Time to stop playing musical coaches New Window
Something's got to give. The way owners are going through head coaches these days, there's just not enough new coaching talent to keep up with the demand, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thrusday, February 15

Raiders reach deals with top defenders Thomas, Sands New Window
The Oakland Raiders became one of the first NFL teams to make major moves before the start of free agency by re-signing two of their top defensive players.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, February 14

Chargers could do OK in search IN New Window
When you look at the Chargers' chances of hiring a good head coach, they have a decent chance of coming out OK in their attempts to replace Marty Schottenheimer. There are plenty of former head coache...
John Clayton | Tuesday, February 13

Clayton: Who's next in San Diego New Window
The timing makes it tougher, but here are some of the names expected to come up in the Chargers' search to replace Marty Schottenheimer, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, February 13

Clayton: Coach-GM relationship just couldn't last New Window
The Chargers bombshell regarding Marty Schottenheimer is not totally unexpected, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, February 12

Clayton: Salary cap status of all 32 teams New Window
With free agency nearing, find out how much each NFL team is over or under the salary cap.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, February 12

Cowboys' D happy to have Phillips IN New Window
Jerry Jones may not know how welcome the Cowboys defenders will be to having Wade Phillips as their coach. Quietly, they had been grumbling toward the end of the season about the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme. ...
John Clayton | Thursday, February 8

Phillips firmly in Cowboys' mix IN New Window
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't want to compete with national signing day, so he won't announce about his next head coach until at least Thursday. When he does make a decision, don't be surprised if...
John Clayton | Wednesday, February 7

Redskins work to stay together IN New Window
The Redskins made an interesting move Tuesday by extending the contract of right tackle Jon Jansen through 2011. Financially, they gave him a five-year, $23 million contract that keeps him with the te...
John Clayton | Wednesday, February 7

Clayton: Arizona game was turning point for Bears' defense New Window
Thanks to halftime tweaks made by Ron Rivera in Week 6, the Bears' defense was able to find its comfort zone, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, February 3

Clayton: The Colts will win Super Bowl XLI if ... New Window
John Clayton has been picking the Colts for three years and here are the five things they need to do Sunday to make that prediction finally come true.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 2

Clayton: Hall of Fame voters face tough task this year New Window
With a deep and talented final list of eligible candidates, it's tough to say who will be going to the Hall of Fame this year.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 2

Clayton: The Colts will win Super Bowl XLI if... New Window
John Clayton has been picking the Colts for three years and here are the five things they need to do Sunday to make that prediction finally come true.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 2

Rivera will listen to offers IN New Window
The biggest crowd at Thursday's Bears media session was at the table of defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Rivera is emerging as a possible candidate for a job in Dallas. Whether it's head coach or de...
John Clayton | February 1, 2007

Clayton: First and 10 (Super Bowl edition) New Window
So what's better to have? A great defense or a great offense? John Clayton looks at that and 10 other key questions about Super Bowl XLI.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 1, 2007

Freeney won't hit open market IN New Window
Colts general manager Bill Polian cleared up any confusion involving soon-to-be-free agent Dwight Freeney on Tuesday. Polian said Freeney won't be become a free agent. Although Freeney's contract tech...
John Clayton | January 31, 2007

Colts CB Harper about 85 percent IN New Window
The biggest injury concern is not the right thumb of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning , it's the ankle of Colts cornerback Nick Harper . Harper said Saturday he's about 85 percent. Tony Dungy only let...
John Clayton | January 28, 2007

The latest officiating trends New Window
The latest officiating trends don't favor light Cover 2 defenses, but the Colts and Bears still managed to thrive, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 27, 2007

Clayton: Colts, Bears overcame tough odds New Window
The latest officiating trends don't favor light Cover 2 defenses, but the Colts and Bears still managed to thrive, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 27, 2007

Cowboys play Wade-ing game IN New Window
Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was the first major interview request by the Cowboys for the open head coaching job. The Cowboys notified the Chargers on Wednesday afternoon that they wan...
John Clayton | January 24, 2007

Cowboys' coach search begins IN New Window
Two names that might be added to the list of candidates for the Cowboys head coaching job are Cardinals defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and Broncos assistant head coach Jim Bates. Both have co...
John Clayton | January 23, 2007

Raiders ink USC assistant Kiffin to be next coach New Window
The Oakland Raiders have hired USC offensive coordinator Lane s as their head coach.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 22, 2007

Clayton: Next stop for Parcells is HOF New Window
Whether he is really finished coaching or not, Bill Parcells next stop should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 22, 2007

Clayton: Who's next in Dallas? New Window
Bill Parcells' retirement puts the Cowboys in a tough spot as far as finding a new coach, but here are some names you can expect to see on Jerry Jones' list, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 22, 2007

Clayton: Smith, Dungy make Super Bowl special New Window
Thanks to good friends Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy, expect a classy matchup in Super Bowl XLI, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 22, 2007

Mora could have future in Seattle IN New Window
Even though his immediate duties will focus on the secondary, the Seahawks' hiring of former Falcons head coach Jim Mora as the team's assistant head coaching could have some long-term ramifications. ...
John Clayton | January 21, 2007

The search continues in Oakland IN New Window
The Raiders are saying their head coaching job wasn't offered to USC assistant Steve Sarkisian , but the fact he withdrew his name is a blow to the team's head coaching search. Sarkisian was clearly e...
John Clayton | January 19, 2007

Clayton: First and goal (championship game edition) New Window
There's history on the line in Indianapolis, while the Bears are looking to end the Saints' magical march in Chicago. John Clayton breaks down the championship games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 18

San Diego's complex scenario IN New Window
Sometimes, the good of the team trumps the good of the individual. That's clearly the story coming out of San Diego, as the Chargers decided Wednesday to keep Marty Schottenheimer as head coach in 200...
John Clayton | Thursday, January 18

Clayton: Here's why the Bears are going to Super Bowl XLI New Window
From a better performance by the defense to pounding the ball on the ground, John Clayton explains why the Bears are going to the Super Bowl.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, January 17

Dolphins' search normalizes IN New Window
The interesting turn in the Miami Dolphins head coaching search is the comfort level they have fallen into, which is a good thing. For the first week of interviews, owner Wayne Huizenga was all over t...
John Clayton | Tuesday, January 16

Foley Charging forward IN New Window
Steve Foley was on the field after the Chargers' devastating loss to the Patriots on Sunday. The San Diego linebacker's season ended early when he was shot by an off-duty police officer in September. ...
John Clayton | Monday, January 15

Clayton: Patriots teach Chargers a lesson New Window
The Chargers got schooled by the best (Bill Belichick and Tom Brady) in the art of doing whatever it takes to win in the playoffs, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, January 14

What happened to the Bidwills? IN New Window
The amazing part of the Cardinals' hiring of Ken Whisenhunt as their offensive coordinator is that the Bidwills weren't Bidwill-like in the way they did business. They were decisive and generous in ho...
John Clayton | Sunday, January 14

Clayton: Divisional playoffs injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates heading into the divisional playoffs.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 12, 2007

Clayton: NFC players under the most pressure New Window
John Clayton identifies four players in the NFC who will be under extraordinary pressure in the divisional playoffs.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, January 12

Cards going on offensive? IN New Window
The move to bring former Packers coach Mike Sherman in for a second interview could be hinting the Cardinals will go with an offensive head coach. That could cost Ron Rivera the chance to get the job....
John Clayton | Thursday, January 11

Clayton: First and goal (divisional playoffs edition) New Window
Will the No. 1 seed be a blessing or curse for the Chargers? John Clayton breaks down this weekend's divisional playoff games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 11

Sherman may be leading candidate IN New Window
Mike Sherman is an interesting fit in Arizona, and the fact he is going back to the Cardinals facility with his wife Thursday is the most interesting development in the Cardinals head coaching search....
John Clayton | Wednesday, January 10

Coughlin job looks more safe IN New Window
Tom Coughlin may keep his job after all. The Giants ownership has been in a two-day evaluation process, and as of Tuesday, the owners haven't decided whether to give Coughlin another year to coach. By...
John Clayton | Tuesday, January 9

Carroll hears Dolphins' pitch IN New Window
The fact that Pete Carroll was willing to meet Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga during a vacation in Costa Rica shows he's as interested in this job as any that has come along for him in the NFL in years...
John Clayton | January 8, 2007

Clayton: Eagles-Saints breakdown New Window
It can't get any easier than this. Here are the three things each team needs to do to win, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 7, 2007

Clayton: Seahawks-Bears breakdown New Window
It can't get any easier than this. Here are the three things each team needs to do to win, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 7, 2007

Huizenga looking for big name IN New Window
Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga tried to get a big name interested in the Dolphins job. More than most owners, Huizenga is willing to give all the football decision-making powers over to a coach. Dallas...
John Clayton | January 7, 2007

Clayton: Fates of Parcells, Owens up in the air New Window
Both the immediate and 2007 futures of Bill Parcells and Terrell Owens were left in limbo after Dallas' loss to Seattle.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, January 7

Clayton: A painful loss in more ways than one New Window
The Dallas Cowboys were setting up for a game-winning field goal when one fumbled snap ruined everything.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, January 7

Clayton: Seattle gets secondary makeover New Window
Thanks to a series of injuries, Seattle's secondary features a rookie and a guy who was employed as a loan officer four days ago.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, January 5

Clayton: Wild-card playoffs injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates heading into the wild-card playoffs.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, January 5

Shell out as Raiders' coach after 2-14 season New Window
Oakland coach Art Shell is scheduled to meet with his staff at 2 p.m. ET Friday to inform them that he's done as the Raiders' coach.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 4

Cowher steps down as coach of the Steelers New Window
Bill Cowher has stepped down as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers after 15 seasons.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 4

Falcons third team to request interview for Cameron New Window
The Atlanta Falcons became the third team to put in a formal request to interview San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator coordinator Cam Cameron.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 4

Clayton: First and goal (wild-card playoffs edition) New Window
It was easy to rush to judgment after the playoff pairing were set, but John Clayton reexamines and breaks down this weekend's wild-card playoff games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, January 4

Clayton: Cowher leaves behind a rich legacy New Window
The Steelers are entering a strange, new era, but the knowledge gained during the tenures of Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher put them in a pretty strong position, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, January 3

Clayton: Miami search likely to target assistant coaches New Window
Wayne Huizenga would love to find the next Jimmy Johnson, the kind of guy who can make all the decisions for Miami. But they just don't have that luxury, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, January 3

Saban seems Bama-bound IN New Window
It will be an upset if Nick Saban doesn't take the Alabama job by Wednesday morning. Even though he has vehemently denied he would leave for Alabama, it's probably the right choice. First, after sayin...
John Clayton | Wednesday, January 3

Cameron added to list of Cards' coaching candidates New Window
The Arizona Cardinals made a formal request and were granted permission to interview Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, January 2

Cards fire coach, extend VP IN New Window
The most interesting part of the Cardinals' firing of Dennis Green as head coach is that vice president of football operations Rod Graves got a three-year extension for picking the players in the draf...
John Clayton | Monday, January 1

2006

Clayton: Surveying coaches on the hot seat New Window
It wasn't supposed to be a big year for coaching changes. But suddenly, there could be plenty of coaching changes, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 31

Clayton: Experience at QB could be key New Window
From experience at QB to his updated Super Bowl pick, John Clayton breaks down the 2007 playoffs.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 31

Clayton: Schedule plays huge role in determining playoff teams New Window
With teams being so close on talent, schedules have become a huge factor in the hunt for playoff berths, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 30, 2006

Clayton: Week 17 injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates heading into Week 17.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 29, 2006

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 17 New Window
The Giants may not be playing for only a playoff berth; they may be playing to save Tom Coughlin's job. That's just one of the intriguing subplots of Week 17, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 28, 2006

Coughlin's walking along firing line IN New Window
Tom Coughlin is obviously fighting for his job, and making the playoffs could be important to the organization and could allow him to stay as Giants coach. One of the reasons members of the Mara famil...
John Clayton | December 27, 2006

Owens gives more than receives IN New Window
Terrell Owens wore his Santa hat during his postgame press conference Monday night following the Cowboys' 23-7 loss to the Eagles, but he wasn't in the spirit of giving. As always, Owens is only inter...
John Clayton | December 26, 2006

Vikes' Robinson called out IN New Window
Brad Childress apparently isn't going to take much criticism of his play-calling. Wide receiver Marcus Robinson took issue with Childress' play-calling in a published story over the weekend. Now, he's...
John Clayton | December 24, 2006

Vikes' Robinson called out IN New Window
Brad Childress apparently isn't going to take much criticism of his play-calling. Wide receiver Marcus Robinson took issue with Childress' play-calling in a published story over the weekend. Now, he's...
John Clayton | Sunday, December 24

Clayton: Strange season threatening old NFL axioms New Window
The unpredictable nature of this season has put some of the NFL's most tried and true axioms in jeopardy, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, December 23

Clayton: Week 16 injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates heading into Week 16.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, December 22

Bengals on the mend IN New Window
Carson Palmer did his best to make a joke about his right shoulder injury. With reporters watching Thursday, he faked hurting his shoulder while making a throwing motion. He was fine. Palmer, Chad Joh...
John Clayton | Thursday, December 21

Clayton: Painting a playoff picture New Window
With two weeks left in the regular season, John Clayton looks at the wild-card contenders and how it might shake out.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, December 21

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 16 New Window
Jeff Garcia and the Eagles can inch closer to the NFC East title when they visit Dallas, and tweak T.O. as well in a game that highlights Week 16, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, December 21

Season likely over for Browns' Frye IN New Window
Charlie Frye is listed as questionable on the Browns' Wednesday injury report with a right wrist injury, giving him some hope of being able to play. A Wednesday visit to a hand specialist in Pittsburg...
John Clayton | Wednesday, December 20

Chargers GM vindicated IN New Window
Chargers general manager A.J. Smith received a lot of criticism for making the Eli Manning trade on draft day three years ago. Manning didn't want to go to the Chargers because he and his family didn'...
John Clayton | Tuesday, December 19

Clayton: Sapp, Brady among Pro Bowl snubs New Window
The Raiders might be 2-12, but Warren Sapp is having a great season. He's just one of the players who was slighted in Pro Bowl voting, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, December 19

Bears' Johnson still awaiting word of punishment New Window
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson continued to await word Monday on a possible punishment after being arrested last week on misdemeanor weapons charges, then going to a nightclub with a friend who was shot to death.
Associated Press | Monday, December 18

Clayton: Get ready for a T.O. Christmas Carol New Window
The ghosts of Terrell Owen's past -- the Eagles and Jeff Garcia -- have bonded together to form a scary sight for the Dallas Cowboys and the NFC East, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 17

Clayton: Red zone means go for RBs New Window
Rex Grossman dispelled many doubts while leading the Bears to a rout of the Rams on Monday night.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 17

Niners lose starting center Heitmann for season New Window
San Francisco lost starting center Eric Heitmann midway through the first quarter with an apparent knee injury on Thursday night.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, December 14

Clayton: Hunt always had common touch New Window
Lamar Hunt was a billionaire who lived like the common man. Despite coming from one of the country's richest families, he wasn't tainted by his billions. And Hunt was all about sharing.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, December 14

Teams not waiting on injuries IN New Window
With only three weeks remaining in the regular season, teams don't have to be patient waiting for players coming back from injuries. That's why roster moves in these next three weeks will pick up and ...
John Clayton | Wednesday, December 13

Fishy tactics part of the game IN New Window
The NFL doesn't have any plans to investigate rumors that Dolphins coach Nick Saban may have purchased audio of quarterback Tom Brady 's cadence and protection calls. The reason is simple. A league sp...
John Clayton | Tuesday, December 12

Clayton: Rex back on top again after weeks of agony New Window
Rex Grossman dispelled many doubts while leading the Bears to a rout of the Rams on Monday night.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, December 12

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 15 New Window
John Clayton breaks down the best games of Week 15, highlighted by the Colts' playing host to the Bengals on "MNF" in a battle between teams heading in opposite directions.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, December 11

Hester sets NFL kick return record New Window
Chicago rookie Devin Hester ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns Monday night for his fifth and sixth return scores of the season, an NFL record.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, December 11

Panthers limp into final weeks IN New Window
John Fox is going to need a day or two to assess the carnage of the 2006 season. Sunday's loss to the Giants was devastating. The thought is Jake Delhomme , who missed Sunday's game with a partially t...
John Clayton | Sunday, December 10

Clayton: Ravens believe in each other on defense New Window
One big breakdown wasn't enough to derail the Ravens, who have developed a trust factor on defense, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 10

Clayton: Powerful place-kickers changing late-game strategies New Window
The improved range of kickers has coaches rethinking how they approach late-game situations, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, December 9

Redskins reward tailback Betts with five-year extension New Window
Ladell Betts considered hitting the lucrative free-agent market in 2007, but he opted to go with the safe money of the Washington Redskins.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 8, 2006

Hammy injury puts Harris in doubt IN New Window
On Sunday night, defensive tackle Tommie Harris painted a bleak picture of his injury suffered in the victory over the Vikings. He told teammates and friends on other teams he might be done for the se...
John Clayton | December 7, 2006

Panthers might be forced to change IN New Window
Jake Delhomme status for Sunday's game against the New York Giants is very much in question because of a partial tear of a ligament in his right thumb. The Panthers officially labeled Delhomme as ques...
John Clayton | Wednesday, December 6

Saints run defense has to step up IN New Window
Losing defensive tackle Hollis Thomas for four games because of a steroid suspension from asthma medication is going to hurt an already struggling run defense that is giving up 133 yards a game on the...
John Clayton | Tuesday, December 5

Saints' Thomas slapped with four-game 'roid suspension New Window
The Saints suffered a big blow to their defense Tuesday when they found out defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, who is having a career year, is being suspended for four games because he violated the league's steroid policy due to asthma medication he takes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, December 5

Good injury news for Bears' Harris IN New Window
It appears the Bears dodged a bullet with the knee injury to Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris . Lovie Smith says the injury, a knee sprain, isn't season ending. With four virtually meaningless ...
John Clayton | Monday, December 4

Clayton: Bush TD landslide buries 49ers New Window
The 49ers had no answer for Saints rookie running back Reggie Bush, who finally had his breakout game, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, December 3

Clayton: Once again, AFC reigning supreme over NFC New Window
This was supposed to be the year the NFC gained ground on the AFC, but that hasn't been the case, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, December 2

Raiders could use a leg up IN New Window
The Raiders will audition kickers because of the back injury suffered by kicker Sebastian Janikowski . Former Chicago Bears kicker Paul Edinger is the biggest name among the kickers the Raiders will s...
John Clayton | November 30, 2006

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 13 New Window
The Cowboys-Giants rematch highlights Week 13 and so much has happened since the first time they met, most of it good for Dallas and bad for New York, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 30, 2006

Texans get fast look at Gatlin IN New Window
Gary Kubiak made it sound as though Justin Gatlin 's workout with the Houston Texans was just an interesting look-see at a great, fast athlete. Gatlin, who has the world's fastest time in the 100 mete...
John Clayton | November 29, 2006

Sprinting to NFL? Texans work out Gatlin New Window
The Houston Texans worked out the world's fastest man, Justin Gatlin, on Tuesday, but that doesn't mean he's making a fast entrance into the NFL.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 29, 2006

Walsh demotion tough, necessary IN New Window
Though the decision was tough to demote offensive coordinator Tom Walsh, Art Shell needed to make a move to win back some of the frustrated Raiders players on offense. The offense simply wasn't workin...
John Clayton | November 28, 2006

Hasselbeck has to go through his own speed drills New Window
With its two stars -- Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck -- back, Seattle's ready for the stretch run, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 28, 2006

Broncos' Cutler 'excited' about QB change reports New Window
The Jay Cutler era is about to begin in Denver and the rookie quarterback says he's ready for the opportunity.
ESPN.com news services | Monday, November 27

Clayton: Ravens embarrass Steelers and love every minute of it New Window
The Ravens all but ended Pittsburgh's playoff hopes and all but guaranteed that any talk about Super Bowl contenders must include Baltimore, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, November 26

Clayton: Newsome deserves credit for Ravens' success New Window
Ozzie Newsome's smart use of the draft and free agency has the Ravens geared up for a Super Bowl run, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, November 25

Clayton: Scheduling a playoff trip New Window
With all the focus on the playoffs at this point, John Clayton breaks down the remaining schedules by division to see what the playoff picture might look like.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, November 24

How healthy is Favre? IN New Window
Brett Favre insisted he will play Monday night against the Seahawks, With 231 consecutive starts behind him, you'd have to agree. Still, his description of the nerve injury affecting his right elbow d...
John Clayton | November 22, 2006

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 12 New Window
While Indy-Philly once looked like the marquee matchup, it's a possible Super Bowl preview when the Bears visit the Patriots that highlights Week 12, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 22, 2006

Chiefs can give thanks to Herm IN New Window
Some good strategy has been used by some coaches who have to deal with the difficulties of playing a Week 11 game on Sunday and coming back for a Thanksgiving game four days later. Herm Edwards of the...
John Clayton | November 21, 2006

Clayton: Lightning strikes twice for Chargers New Window
Thanks to Philip Rivers' ability to forget, the Chargers have another win they'll remember for a long time, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | November 20, 2006

Quick hits on Week 12 IN New Window
Don't rush to judgment on Brett Favre 's elbow injury. Early reports are he should be probable for the Monday night game against the Seahawks. But it's too early to make a determination, according to ...
John Clayton | November 19, 2006

Clayton: Speed rushers taking a toll on O-linemen New Window
Offensive linemen have been dropping like flies, and John Clayton thinks increased speed on defense is a big reason why.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, November 18

WR Lelie may recoup $220,000 repayment to Broncos New Window
Ashley Lelie may be able to recoup the $220,000 repayment he made to the Broncos after an arbiter ruled in the receiver's favor.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, November 17

Surgery likely for Leftwich IN New Window
The usually cheery Byron Leftwich was a little grumpy Thursday. He refused to discuss his injured ankle, telling reporters he won't say anything about the ankle until next Tuesday. That gave everyone ...
John Clayton | Thursday, November 16

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 11 New Window
Things are heating up in the AFC West and the battle between the Broncos and the red-hot Chargers highlights Week 11, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, November 16

QB job in Green's capable hands IN New Window
Herman Edwards planned on starting Trent Green once he was cleared to practice and he was cleared for contact. Edwards even admitted during Wednesday's post-practice news conference that he was trying...
John Clayton | Wednesday, November 15

Green to start for Chiefs New Window
Herman Edwards planned on starting Trent Green once he was cleared to practice and he was cleared for contact. Edwards even admitted during Wednesday's post-practice press conference that he was tryin...
John Clayton | Wednesday, November 15

Testaverde to ease Brady's burden New Window
The Patriots' signing of 43-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde had nothing to do with injuries. If anything, the move was made for the mental health of quarterback Tom Brady. Having Testaverde arou...
John Clayton | Tuesday, November 14

Switch to Campbell makes sense IN New Window
Joe Gibbs was going to go to Jason Campbell sometime soon. After losing to the Eagles and effectively falling out of the NFC East race, the time was now. Even though Gibbs loves the way quarterback Ma...
John Clayton | Monday, November 13

Clayton: Heroes come in all shapes, sizes for Seahawks New Window
Maybe it's Nate Burleson. Or Seneca Wallace. Or Maurice Morris. Or Josh Brown. There's certainly no shortage of heroes in Seattle, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, November 12

Campbell's time getting closer IN New Window
Every Monday, Joe Gibbs assembles his assistants for a staff meeting. The subject of third sting quarterback Jason Campbell comes up. Each week, Gibbs goes around the room and has an open discussion o...
John Clayton | Sunday, November 12

Clayton: Pocket passers still producing the best results New Window
Recent QB changes might suggest that pocket passers are losing stature in today's NFL. But that's not the case, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, November 11

Glenn's 'quad injury' more serious IN New Window
Cowboys coach Bill Parcells made an interesting revelation about the injury to wide receiver Terry Glenn. Glenn missed his second day of practice with what is reported as a quad injury. Parcells revea...
John Clayton | Thursday, November 9

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 10 New Window
The Bears and Giants have emerged at the NFC's best. Their matchup in the Meadowlands highlights an interesting Week 10, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, November 9

No changes at free safety for Tuna IN New Window
Bill Parcells doesn't plan changes at free safety for now, but he reserves the right to do so if things don't improve. Last Sunday against the Redskins, Keith Davis and Marcus Coleman played free safe...
John Clayton | Wednesday, November 8

Clayton: Games to watch in second half New Window
John Clayton previews the best games of the second half, starting with a huge NFC matchup between the Bears and Giants Sunday night.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, November 8

NFL to decide Brayton discipline New Window
The NFL plans to rule Wednesday on whether to suspend Raiders defensive end Tyler Brayton, who was caught by the ESPN Monday Night Football cameras kicking Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in the gr...
John Clayton | Tuesday, November 7

Clayton: Blitz works wonders for Seahawks New Window
The Seahawks needed a lift and defensive coordinator John Marshall provided it with a blitz package that knocked the Raiders cold.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, November 7

With crack still in foot, Alexander's return still uncertain New Window
Halfback Shaun Alexander will have another X-ray of his injured foot Tuesday morning, but there is no guarantee he will be able to play in Sunday's game against the Rams.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, November 7

McGahee injury could cripple Bills IN New Window
McGahee aching: The Bills aren't saying how badly halfback Willis McGahee is hurt, but it's apparent he suffered a cracked or a badly bruised rib or ribs and could be out a week or two. The fact he ha...
John Clayton | Sunday, November 5

Clayton: Huard lifts Chiefs into playoff hunt New Window
Damon Huard or Trent Green? Huard has played so well that it's going to be a hard decision for Herman Edwards, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, November 5

Clayton: Runners must make most of time New Window
Running backs might have an easier time getting into the Hall of Fame than landing long-term contracts, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, November 4

Clayton: Week 9 injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates on all 28 teams playing this weekend.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, November 3

Bears sign center Kreutz to three-year extension New Window
Four years ago, Olin Kreutz had the opportunity to make more money by leaving the Chicago Bears and going to the Miami Dolphins. He wanted to stay a Bear.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, November 2

Eagles DT Patterson inks seven-year, $32M extension New Window
At 5-foot-11, Mike Patterson didn't tower over other top defensive tackles available in the 2005 draft, but now he can say he towers over his draft class financially.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, November 2

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 9 New Window
Colts-Patriots. Manning-Brady. It doesn't get much better than this. Indy's trip to New England highlights an intriguing Week 9, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, November 2

Blame runs through Palmer, too IN New Window
Carson Palmer did an interesting thing Wednesday -- he took the blame for some of the problems with the Bengals offense. Halfback Rudi Johnson is complaining about not getting the ball enough. A coupl...
John Clayton | Wednesday, November 1

Merriman picks good time to sit New Window
Shawne Merriman made the right move in dropping his appeal of his four-game suspension for a steroid product found in a supplement. The Chargers linebacker could have gone to a hearing next Tuesday in...
John Clayton | Tuesday, October 31

Cards making intentions clear IN New Window
The only surprise out of Arizona is that ownership continues to make statements saying Dennis Green isn't going to be fired during the season. Normally, teams and owners keep quiet on such subjects. D...
John Clayton | Monday, October 30

Simple approach helps Giants on D IN New Window
Tim Lewis needs to be credited for the simplicity he installed in the Giants defense during the bye week less than a month ago. The Giants defensive coordinator was able to hold the Bucs to three poin...
John Clayton | Sunday, October 29

Clayton: Manning, Colts still too good for Denver New Window
Denver has been stocking its defense to try to stop Peyton Manning and the Colts. It's obvious the Broncos still need some help, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 29

Jags' TE gets extension New Window
The Jacksonville Jaguars recently extended the contract of tight end George Wrighster for five years by giving him a five-year, $7.5 million contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2011 season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, October 27

Falcons RT Weiner agrees to five-year, $22M extension New Window
The Atlanta Falcons quietly resolved one of their biggest offseason issues during the regular season by reaching a five-year, $22 million extension with right tackle Todd Weiner.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, October 27

Clayton: Carr driving Texans in right direction New Window
Fans may still wish the Texans drafted Vince Young, but it's obvious that the right choice to lead this franchise is David Carr, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, October 27

Jags QB situation in flux IN New Window
While the change in quarterbacks in Dallas is grabbing all the headlines, what's going on in Jacksonville is every bit as interesting. In many ways, it's not that much different than the Drew Bledsoe ...
John Clayton | Thursday, October 26

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 8 New Window
How good is the Denver defense? We'll know more after the Broncos play Indianapolis. John Clayton breaks down that game and more in his preview of Week 8.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, October 26

Dallas asking a lot of Romo IN New Window
Although it was totally predictable and expected the Cowboys would start Tony Romo at quarterback Sunday at Carolina, here are some of the pitfalls. First, the starting offensive line remains a proble...
John Clayton | Wednesday, October 25

Seahawks' insurance provider IN New Window
Shaun King had a good workout for the Seahawks on Tuesday, but Seattle decided to go with a guy they knew better to be an insurance quarterback for injured starter Matt Hasselbeck . The Seahawks signe...
John Clayton | Tuesday, October 24

Big Ben's status unknown IN New Window
The Steelers won't know until later in the week whether quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play after suffering a concussion in Week 7. The concussion doesn't appear to be bad. Roethlisberger was on ...
John Clayton | Monday, October 23

McFarland a steal for the Colts New Window
The second-round pick the Colts gave up last Tuesday for defensive tackle Anthony McFarland may have been a bargain. Where would the Colts be without him? McFarland, despite arriving midweek, started ...
John Clayton | Sunday, October 22

Clayton: Minnesota trifecta pays huge in Seattle New Window
Steve Hutchinson, Chester Taylor and Tony Richardson -- Minnesota's three big free-agent signings -- paid off big in the Vikings' win over Seattle.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 22

Clayton: Hasselbeck injury latest blow to Seahawks New Window
Sunday's loss to the Vikings and Matt Hasselbeck's injury have to make Seahawks fans wonder if the curse of the Super Bowl loser is striking again, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 22

Clayton: Running with a lead becoming outdated strategy New Window
Improved speed on defense leaguewide has forced teams to rethink how they go about protecting a fourth-quarter lead, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, October 21

Clayton: Week 7 injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates on all 26 teams playing this weekend.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, October 20

Brown out darkens Chicago IN New Window
Losing safety Mike Brown for the season is going to be a big blow to the Bears. First, he's a leader. Second, he's a playmaker. Third, because he's getting older there is no guarantee he will be back ...
John Clayton | October 19, 2006

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 7 New Window
T.O. in prime time, the Steve Hutchinson Bowl and how the Bengals' offense can improve are just a few of the highlights of Week 7, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 19, 2006

Cardinals rattle Grossman IN New Window
So what went wrong with Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman on Monday night? After he overthrew Bernard Berrian on the first play, Grossman lost his composure. He was involved with six turnovers, i...
John Clayton | October 18, 2006

Colts stumble upon McFarland IN New Window
The Anthony McFarland trade went down -- almost accidentally -- during the final hour leading to Tuesday's deadline. Chris Polian of the Colts checked in Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. with Bucs general ...
John Clayton | Wednesday, October 17

Clayton: Despair in the desert New Window
They tried to Monday night, but the Cardinals couldn't shake their past. Only this time they're taking Matt Leinart along for the forgettable ride.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, October 17

Young gets Titans on right track IN New Window
Titans quarterback Vince Young suffered only a minor ankle injury Sunday. With a bye week ahead, Young should be fine for the Oct. 29 start against Houston. For the Titans (1-5), it was huge for Young...
John Clayton | Sunday, October 15

Clayton: No longer hamstrung, Smith burns Ravens New Window
The Panthers are unbeaten since Steve Smith's return from injury, and that's no coincidence, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 15

Ravens' McNair leaves Panthers game with concussion New Window
Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was removed from Sunday's game against Carolina with a concussion and neck sprain.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 15

Clayton: Bears set up for extended run of excellence New Window
Not only are the Bears for real, they're poised to rule the NFC North for the foreseeable future, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, October 14

Clayton: Week 6 injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates on all 26 teams playing this weekend, including the Eagles, who gave Brian Westbrook the day off Friday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, October 13

Poison pills here to stay IN New Window
Poison pills here to stay: Attempts to fix the poison pill problem like the one used by the Vikings when they signed guard Steve Hutchinson are failing. The Management Council and the NFLPA are in the...
John Clayton | Thursday, October 12

Bledsoe favors Glenn, not T.O. New Window
Watching Terrell Owens act like a spoiled baby in times when he didn't get the ball Sunday against the Eagles was so typical of him. To yell "Why am I here?" to a Cowboys coach was inexcusable. Gettin...
John Clayton | Tuesday, October 10

Offensive genius Shanahan rides defense to victory New Window
The Broncos are winning on defense -- a big change for coach Mike Shanahan.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, October 10

Clayton: Another victory for Denver defense New Window
The Broncos are winning on defense -- a big change for coach Mike Shanahan.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, October 10

Hits just keep on comin' in Motown IN New Window
The Lions' season went from bad to worse after Detroit blew a two-touchdown lead in a 26-17 loss to the Vikings. On one play early in the game, the Lions lost wide receiver Roy Williams (back) and gua...
John Clayton | Sunday, October 8

Clayton: Scary side of the game New Window
On Thursday, three NFL players provided some insight into the physical and emotional reality of pro football, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 6, 2006

Clayton: Giants keep it simple to whip Redskins New Window
A loss two weeks ago against Seattle is a distant memory for the Giants, who went back to basics, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 6, 2006

Simon's illness drains Colts 'D' IN New Window
The non-football illness that prematurely ended the season of Colts defensive tackle Corey Simon is not related to his knee injury, but it is not a life-threatening problem. According to sources, it's...
John Clayton | October 5, 2006

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 5 New Window
Forget T.O.'s return to Philly. The Cowboys-Eagles game itself means much more in a week of intriguing divisional matchups that highlight Week 5, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | October 5, 2006

Can't put Favre on ice IN New Window
Brett Favre dismissed questions Wednesday about continuing his playing streak, saying he just has a pinched nerve and a possible slight concussion. Favre said he intends to play with those injuries. "...
John Clayton | October 4, 2006

Clayton: Parcells perfect ringleader for T.O. New Window
By keeping his distance and staying out of the way, Bill Parcells is doing a masterful job of leading the Terrell Owens circus, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, October 4

Carroll a Packer mistake no more IN New Window
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the team's decision to release cornerback Ahmad Carroll was a matter of going in a different direction at cornerback. What it came down to was the Packers not liking w...
John Clayton | Tuesday, October 3

Clayton: His name says it all -- Young New Window
Vince Young's first start wasn't exactly one to remember, but looking past the rookie mistakes, it's easy to see his potential.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 1

Clayton: Just another (strange) day in the life of T.O. New Window
After a week of intense hype and scrutiny, Terrell Owens returned to the field and was, well, simply T.O. in the Cowboys' win.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, October 1

Clayton: Ten things we learned in September New Window
The AFC East's plunge and the Eagles' return to form are among the 10 things that caught John Clayton's attention in September.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, September 30

Clayton: Week 4 injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates on all 32 teams, including the Bears, who are slowly running out of wide receivers.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 29

Chargers' Kiel will return IN New Window
The San Diego Chargers will allow safety Terrence Kiel to be on the field Monday when the team returns from its game against the Ravens. Kiel was given the week off to deal with a felony charge relate...
John Clayton | Thursday, September 28

Bucs spinning QB carousel IN New Window
The fact the Bucs didn't sign any of the quarterbacks they worked out Tuesday makes you think Tampa is still trying to find a quarterback in a trade. Coach Jon Gruden said the team is going to continu...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 27

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 4 New Window
A sneak peak at some potential playoff matchups and some heavyweight defensive battles highlight Week 4, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, September 27

Patience leads Green to right call IN New Window
Dennis Green's decision to go with Kurt Warner over Matt Leinart is a classic example of how a veteran coach is better served to make a personnel decision 48 hours after the game instead of 24. Green ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, September 26

Green leaning in Leinart's direction IN New Window
Though Dennis Green on Monday didn't announce his starting quarterback for Sunday's game in Atlanta, it's pretty obvious he's leaning toward making a switch to rookie Matt Leinart. Green doesn't make ...
John Clayton | Monday, September 25

Sunday Quick Hits IN New Window
• The NFL is making a huge effort to clean up end zone celebrations and taunting. While a lot of the rules were made to stop the end zone celebrations of Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson ...
John Clayton | Sunday, September 24

Clayton: Bengals come of age in impressive victory New Window
Instead of buckling in the face of adversity, the Bengals were able to bear down and beat the Steelers, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 24

Clayton: Back on the defensive New Window
The no-huddle offense is giving defensive coordinators plenty of headaches early in the season, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 22

49ers putting plan to work IN New Window
You have to give a lot of credit to Mike Nolan and Scot McCloughan. The 49ers coach and the team's vice president of player personnel came to the franchise in 2005 with a plan that they're executing w...
John Clayton | Thursday, September 21

49ers give OL Snyder four-year, $10.5M extension New Window
The San Francisco 49ers on Thursday reached a four-year, $10.5 million extension to guard Adam Snyder, a third-round choice in 2005.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 21

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 3 New Window
John Clayton discusses the best games of Week 3, highlighted by the Colts playing host to the Jags in a key AFC South battle.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 21

Niners lock up cornerback to long-term deal New Window
The 49ers made their first move in locking up players for the future by giving a $20 million contract extension to Shawntae Spencer that will keep the cornerback with the team through 2012.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, September 20

Parting shots in Tennessee IN New Window
For Titans coach Jeff Fisher to say Wednesday quarterback Billy Volek lied to him and threw the organization under the bus, Fisher had to be steamed. Fisher is one of the most standup coaches in the l...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 20

Chargers score with Volek trade IN New Window
The Chargers made a good deal in acquiring quarterback Billy Volek from the Titans for a sixth-round pick, and the Titans were wise to move him because Volek had lost favor in the organization and was...
John Clayton | Tuesday, September 19

By George? Raiders mull options New Window
Art Shell said he would look at some outside options if he determines the Raiders need an additional quarterback because of the pectoral strain that will sideline starter Aaron Brooks for two to four ...
John Clayton | Tuesday, September 19

Sunday Quick Hits IN New Window
The Bengals might have had one of the costliest victories Sunday. Linebacker David Pollack , who has been battling injuries at the beginning of the season, suffered a neck injury that concerns the tea...
John Clayton | Monday, September 18

Clayton: Comeback win leaves Giants beaming with pride New Window
Saddled with the toughest schedule in the NFC, the Giants might have saved their season Sunday in Philly, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 17

Clayton: Replacing Branch will be difficult New Window
The Patriots didn't want to pay Deion Branch. But they're going to find out that replacing him is going to be difficult, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 15

Jets beefing up offensive line IN New Window
The Jets must have some concerns about injuries along their offensive line because they are going to sign former Dolphins offensive tackle Wade Smith . Smith was a third-round draft choice of the Dolp...
John Clayton | Thursday, September 14

Clayton: First ... and 10 for Week 2 New Window
John Clayton highlights the best games of Week 2, which is highlighted by a large number of key divisional matchups.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, September 14

Raiders already in turmoil New Window
Can things get any worse for the Oakland Raiders ? They are coming off a horrible 27-0 home loss to the Chargers. The Jerry Porter situation is becoming a major distraction. The offensive line is havi...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 13

Clayton: Merriman, Chargers dominate Raiders New Window
The Chargers' defense, led by linebacker Shawne Merriman, simply dominated the Raiders, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, September 12

Hard hit knocks out Chiefs' Green New Window
It's unclear how long Trent Green will be out for, but not having him next week against the Broncos could put the Chiefs in a big hole.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 10

Clayton: Palmer's promising start has Bengals fans breathing easier New Window
Although he wasn't Pro Bowl sharp, Carson Palmer emerged from the season opener victorious and unscathed.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 10

Clayton: Teams must find better insurance New Window
The lack of quality backup quarterbacks in the NFL gives players like Jeff George and Tommy Maddox hope.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 8

Clayton: Week 1 injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton gives injury updates on all 32 teams, including the Panthers, who might be without Steve Smith.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, September 8

Bucs struggling with patchwork OL IN New Window
Fixing the offensive line was one of the main missions of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , and they were aggressive in trying to do so. They signed veteran linemen Torrin Tucker and Toniu Fonoti and drafted...
John Clayton | Thursday, September 7

Big Ben heads short injury list IN New Window
One of the beauties of the first game of the regular season is that the injury reports are pretty clean. Only 68 players didn't practice Wednesday, which isn't bad for 32 teams. Defensive tackle Marcu...
John Clayton | Wednesday, September 6

Remember this Titan? IN New Window
Defensive tackle Robaire Smith made a bold and interesting decision Tuesday by signing a one-year deal with the Titans at the NFL minimum of $710,000 instead of going for a $1 million signing bonus an...
John Clayton | Tuesday, September 5

Clayton: It's all about the schedule New Window
Having a favorable schedule is huge in the NFL. John Clayton looks at the numbers and says the Giants and Bengals could be in trouble.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, September 5

Foley done for season; Chargers don't have to pay New Window
The San Diego Chargers have placed linebacker Steve Foley on the "non-football injury list", ending his season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, September 4

Thirty-nine draft choices released IN New Window
The final cutdown turned out to be a little tougher for draft choices than usual. A total of 39 draft choices were released Sunday when teams juggled their rosters to make waiver claims and roster add...
John Clayton | Monday, September 4

Likin' Ike: Steelers re-sign Taylor to 4-year extension New Window
Days after locking up one of their best young offensive players, Willie Parker, the Steelers gave one of their best defensive players, cornerback Ike Taylor, a four-year extension that makes him the highest-paid cornerback in team history.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, September 3

For some, three's a crowd at QB IN New Window
The biggest surprise of cutdown day on Saturday was how more teams gambled on going into the first week of the season with only two quarterbacks. Nine teams -- Baltimore, Denver, Carolina, Dallas, San...
John Clayton | Saturday, September 2

Patriots deal for Raiders wide receiver Gabriel New Window
The Oakland Raiders made the first surprise move of Saturday's final cut day by trading starting wide receiver Doug Gabriel to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft choice.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, September 2

A matter of perspective IN New Window
In some ways, Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch called the team's bluff and ended up getting better-structured contract offers than New England's. The Patriots offered Branch a three-year, $18.75 mi...
John Clayton | Friday, September 1

Patriots held all the cards IN New Window
The Patriots controlled all the cards in the Deion Branch trade discussions. It was pretty easy to figure out they weren't going to be satisfied with trade offers from other teams. The Seahawks and Je...
John Clayton | Friday, September 1

Eleventh hour for running backs IN New Window
Several running backs will be fighting for roster spots Thursday and Friday as the preseason ends in the NFL. Ron Dayne is fighting an uphill battle to make the Denver Broncos roster. Mike Shanahan ha...
John Clayton | Wednesday, August 30

Steelers' Parker cashes in with new four-year deal New Window
The Steelers rewarded starting halfback Willie Parker Thursday with a four-year, $13.6 million extension that included $3.75 million to sign.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, August 30

Clayton: Top story lines to watch in 2006 New Window
Miami has a legitimate shot to win the AFC East, writes John Clayton. And don't count out Philly in the loaded NFC East.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, August 29

Veteran quarterback Feeley cut loose by Chargers New Window
The San Diego Chargers cut backup quarterback A.J. Feeley on Monday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 28

Stallworth a smart move for Eagles IN New Window
The Donte' Stallworth trade -- he was sent to Philadelphia from New Orleans on Monday -- is much smarter for the Eagles than giving up a No. 1 or higher for Deion Branch of the Patriots. Even though S...
John Clayton | August 28

Clayton: Strong leadership, stability set Steelers apart New Window
In addition to having elite talent, the Steelers' stability and ability to handle adversity make them a threat to repeat, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, August 28

Henson's release inevitable New Window
The only reason Drew Henson wasn't cut Wednesday was because the Cowboys wanted to check out his trade value. Considering his base salaries are guaranteed, don't expect any team to make a trade. That ...
John Clayton | Wednesday, August 23

Clayton: 10 observations from camps and preseason action New Window
From impressive rookie QBs to the amazing recoveries of a number of injured signal callers, John Clayton checks in with some observations.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 23

Trade benefits all three franchises IN New Window
The three-team trade that sent wide receiver Ashley Lelie to Atlanta late Tuesday might have been one of the most difficult to put together in the past couple of years. The Broncos wanted a good first...
John Clayton | August 23

Trade benefits all three franchises IN New Window
The three-team trade that sent Ashley Lelie to Atlanta late Tuesday might have been one of the most difficult to put together in the past couple of years. The Broncos wanted a good first-day draft cho...
John Clayton | August 22

Barlow the latest 49er to be traded IN New Window
The 49ers' trade of Kevan Barlow came down mid-morning Sunday, hours before the team's preseason game against the Raiders. Barlow was scheduled to get 10-12 touches in the Raiders game. The 49ers reje...
John Clayton | Monday, August 21

Clayton: Seahawks know they need to improve New Window
The last five Super Bowl losers have been under .500 the following season. To avoid that fate, the Seahawks know they need to be even better in 2006.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 17

Clayton: Observations from Seahawks camp IN New Window
The loss of Steve Hutchinson hurt, but it hasn't forced the Seahawks to alter their offensive philosophy, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 17

Vikes' Robinson in hot water IN New Window
Koren Robinson 's biggest problem isn't just with the NFL, a league that could suspend him for a year, or the Vikings, the team that could cut him. Robinson's biggest problem could be his violation of...
John Clayton | August 16

Redskins ship WR Jacobs to Niners for CB Rumph New Window
The Redskins and 49ers swapped two former top draft choices on Monday to fill needs on both sides of the footabll. The Redskins sent wide receiver Taylor Jacobs, a second-round pick 2003, to the 49ers for cornerback Mike Rumph, a first-round pick in 2002.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 14

Clayton: 49ers' rebuilding starts on offense New Window
The 49ers' draft philosophy is to take the best player available. That has led to an influx of offensive talent, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 14

Clayton: Observations from 49ers camp IN New Window
Wearing the number T.O. made famous in San Francisco, Antonio Bryant has found a home in the 49ers' offense, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 14

Comeback derailed: 49ers center Newberry out for year New Window
Jeremy Newberry's comeback from chronic knee problems took a major setback Saturday when it was determined the San Francisco 49ers center will be lost for the season because he needs surgery.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, August 12

Clayton: Marinelli is shaking things up in Detroit New Window
The Lions needed someone to come in and shake things up and Rod Marinelli has done exactly that, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 11

Clayton: Observations from Lions camp IN New Window
An underachiever in 2005, Lions RB Kevin Jones is looking forward to a fresh start in a new offense, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 11

Bell following in T.D.'s footsteps IN New Window
Broncos running back Mike Bell is one of the most amazing stories of training camp. Although he lacks breakaway speed, he hits the hole quickly. Bell was a big fan of former Broncos running back Terre...
John Clayton | August 10

Clayton: Observations from Rams camp IN New Window
Jim Haslett is having fun again, and the Rams' defense stands to benefit as a result, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 10

Clayton: Stretch play remains big part of Colts' offense New Window
The Colts will miss Edgerrin James, but it's not a stretch to say their offense can thrive without him, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 9

Clayton: Observations from Colts camp IN New Window
Adam Vinatieri is the best closer in football, and the Colts are hoping he's the final piece to their puzzle, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 9

Clayton: Vikings ditching flash for substance New Window
The Vikings lack their usual sizzle, but new coach Brad Childress is making sure they won't lack toughness, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, August 7

Clayton: Observations from Vikings camp IN New Window
The Vikings took a chance on Koren Robinson, and the once-troubled WR is delivering on his promise, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, August 7

Clayton: Class of 2006 among the best ever New Window
Just looking at who didn't get into the Hall of Fame this year tells you all you need to know about how great the Class of 2006 is.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 4

Eagles, No. 14 pick Bunkley have 6-year, $17.5M deal New Window
Eagles first-round pick Brodrick Bunkley is ready to end a 16-day holdout Friday by agreeing to a six-year, $17.5 million deal that includes $9.775 million in guarantees.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 4

Clayton: Packers have talent to compete New Window
The Packers might not be a playoff team, but it's apparent they have added a number of talented players, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 4

Clayton: Observations from Packers camp IN New Window
What a difference a year has made for QB Aaron Rodgers, writes John Clayton in his observations from Packers camp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, August 4

Clayton: Grossman's health key to Bears New Window
With one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Bears just need to find a way to score 21 points a game, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 3

Clayton: Observations from Bears camp IN New Window
TE Desmond Clark is under pressure to elevate his game, writes John Clayton in his observations from Bears camp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, August 3

Crunching the contract numbers IN New Window
The numbers are in and, no surprise, Mario Williams , the first pick in the NFL draft, ended up coming up with the best contract. Although the contracts are complicated, it's pretty easy to see how th...
John Clayton | Wednesday, August 2

Clayton: Broncos reload offense for Super push New Window
Mike Shanahan has built a winning program in Denver and with the addition of Javon Walker, expectations are high again heading into 2006, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, August 2

Clayton: Observations from Broncos camp IN New Window
Jay Cutler looks good but likely will enter the season as the No. 3 QB, writes John Clayton in his observations from Broncos camp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, August 2

Clayton: James having fun in Arizona New Window
It's all smiles so far in Arizona for Edgerrin James, who has impressed the Cardinals with his talent and infectious attitude.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 1, 2006

Clayton: Observations from Cardinals camp IN New Window
Cornerback Antrel Rolle looks like he's ready to emerge as a star, writes John Clayton in his observations from Cardinals camp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | August 1, 2006

Clayton: Chargers believe Rivers is ready New Window
Philip Rivers has thrown only 30 passes in his NFL career. But the Chargers believe he has the talent to lead them back to the playoffs.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 31, 2006

Clayton: Observations from Chargers camp IN New Window
San Diego's defense is sending a message with its physical style, writes John Clayton in his observations from Chargers camp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 31, 2006

Taking rookie deals to the max IN New Window
Even though Vince Young signed a six-year contract with the Titans that could be worth up to $58 million, Mario Williams is still the highest-paid player in the 2006 draft. Young's contract did not su...
John Clayton | July 29, 2006

Clayton: Observations from Cowboys camp IN New Window
Terrell Owens' biggest impact might be on the Cowboys' rushing attack, writes John Clayton in his observations from Cowboys camp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 29, 2006

Clayton: All smiles with Owens in Cowboys camp New Window
There will certainly be some fireworks along the way, but for now, the T.O. era with the Cowboys is all smiles, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 29, 2006

Parcells: Davis a victim IN New Window
Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells and the organization seem to be backing safety Keith Davis , who still has a bullet in a leg from a shooting. Parcells says everything he has heard leads him to beli...
John Clayton | July 28, 2006

Packers reach $37.5 million agreement with LB Hawk New Window
The Green Bay Packers have agreed in principle to a six-year, $37.5 million contract with A.J. Hawk, the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 28, 2006

Niners make No. 6 pick Davis highest-paid tight end New Window
The 49ers have signed tight end Vernon Davis, making him the highest-paid tight end in the league.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 28, 2006

Building Ferguson's contract IN New Window
It figures that an offensive lineman whose nickname is "Brick" would start his NFL career with a contract that has some building blocks. D'Brickashaw Ferguson 's deal, which could go as long as six y...
John Clayton | July 27, 2006

NFLPA decides to suspend agent Poston two years New Window
The NFL Players Association notified the NFL that agent Carl Poston has been suspended for two years.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 28

What can Brown do for Pats? LB returns to New England New Window
Chad Brown agreed to a one-year, $810,000 deal to rejoin the Patriots, who released him during the offseason but kept in touch with him while he trained.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 27

Porter in Shell's doghouse IN New Window
Jerry Porter has emerged as the first test for Art Shell, and it appears he will be a big test. Shell kicked Porter out of his office early in the offseason because of the wide receiver's position abo...
John Clayton | Wednesday, July 26

Clayton: Observations from Raiders camp IN New Window
The Raiders are going young on their offensive line, writes John Clayton in his observations from Raiders camp.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, July 26

Clayton: Shell getting back to basics with Raiders New Window
A big part of Art Shell's job with the Raiders is restoring the faith and installing discipline and accountability.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, July 26

Clayton: Top 10 story lines of training camp New Window
Now that training camps have finally arrived, John Clayton reveals the top 10 story lines.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, July 24

Patriots agree to deals with draft picks Jackson, Mincey New Window
New England reached agreements Saturday with second-round draft pick Chad Jackson and sixth-round choice Jeremy Mincy.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, July 22

Bennett is insurance for Saints IN New Window
The news that Rams running back Marshall Faulk will miss the season because of a knee reconstruction won't necessarily speed up trade discussions with the New Orleans Saints over halfback Michael Benn...
John Clayton | July 21, 2006

Eagles reward OL Jackson with five-year extension New Window
The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the best teams in identifying good, young offensive linemen and locking them up for the future, and on Thursday night, they made center Jamaal Jackson their next star of the future.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 20

Jets' rookies starting early IN New Window
In case you're wondering, the Jets' conditioning drills for rookies from July 20-27 is only a pre-camp. The official start of camp is July 27 and the first practice is July 28. That buys the organizat...
John Clayton | Tuesday, July 18

Clayton: Bengals becoming NFL's "Jail Blazers"? New Window
The Bengals have found success under Marvin Lewis, but it's been marred by the off-field trouble of recent draft picks, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, July 17

Bengals face criticism with pick IN New Window
Don't necessarily blame Marvin Lewis if there is criticism for the selection of Ahmad Brooks in the third round of the supplemental draft. Character issues over the past couple of drafts have put the ...
John Clayton | Thursday, July 13

Bengals nab Brooks in supplemental draft New Window
The Bengals jumped in front of the 49ers and other teams to select Ahmad Brooks in the third round of the supplemental draft.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, July 13

Faulk deserves last chance IN New Window
It's not a surprise the Rams plan to put Marshall Faulk on injured reserve because of a bad knee. But it is a shame. Faulk wants to play but he doesn't know if he can because of a knee that has been s...
John Clayton | Tuesday, July 11

Clayton: Moss planning to catch more deep balls New Window
With mobile QB Aaron Brooks now leading the Raiders' offense, WR Randy Moss figures to catch more deep balls.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, July 11

Clayton: Strategies for maintaining 53-man roster New Window
While constructing a 53-man roster was a breeze, John Clayton acknowledged that the challenge comes in keeping the squad together.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 7, 2006

Clayton: The Best Team Money Can Buy New Window
John Clayton, armed with a 2,330-player database of salaries and contract terms, constructed a 53-man roster to fit under the '06 salary cap.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 6, 2006

Clayton: Things you can count on in '06 New Window
John Clayton shares 10 random thoughts, including why he has high expectations for WR Randy Moss and the Dolphins in '06.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | July 5, 2006

Clayton: Top offseason issues that need resolution New Window
It's relatively quiet right now, but there are still a few things that need to be resolved around the league.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 28, 2006

Big Ben pushing for quick return IN New Window
Ben Roethlisberger worked out at the Steelers' facility Monday, showing he is making his push to come back from his motorcycle accident and be ready for the start of training camp. You heard me right....
John Clayton | June 27, 2006

Clayton: Undrafted players face tougher road to NFL New Window
With all the information available now, fewer good players are falling through the cracks and going undrafted.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 20, 2006

Clayton: Will Williams succeed in CFL? New Window
Will Ricky Williams dominate in the CFL? Probably not. But he still should be successful, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, June 15

Clayton: Steelers relieved by positive news New Window
With the news surrounding Ben Roethlisberger's recovery mostly positive, don't look for the Steelers to be in the market for another QB.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, June 13

No motorcycle clause for Big Ben IN New Window
In case you're wondering about clauses in Ben Roethlisberger's contract, there was none inserted relating to motorcycle accidents. Roethlisberger has standard language in his contract in regard to def...
John Clayton | Monday, June 12

Ravens made it too hard for Titans IN New Window
Bus Cook, agent for Steve McNair , and Floyd Reese, general manager of the Titans, talked out McNair's future in Tennessee and that's why the trade came down Wednesday. Cook made it clear it was going...
John Clayton | June 7, 2006

Ravens to acquire Titans quarterback McNair New Window
Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair has been traded to the Baltimore Ravens, pending McNair passing a physical.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 7, 2006

Saints must march to Payton's beat IN New Window
The Saints' trade of underachieving defensive tackle Jonathan Sullivan won't be the team's last in the next few weeks. New coach Sean Payton shook up the roster Monday by trading Sullivan to New Engla...
John Clayton | June 5, 2006

Grievance won, now McNair must take Titans physical New Window
The latest delay in Steve McNair's return to the Titans facility after winning a grievance in order to return is that he has to take a physical.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 5, 2006

Low-key cap casualty day New Window
As expected, the June 1 salary cap casualty day passed without any big news. Only two veterans were cut -- Seahawks wide receiver Alex Bannister and Texans offensive lineman Matt Murphy . Murphy was m...
John Clayton | June 2, 2006

Saints get help at linebacker, sign Polley, Foreman New Window
The Saints reshuffled their linebacking corps Friday by signing veterans Tommy Polley and Jay Foreman.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | June 2, 2006

Clayton: Expansion unlikely option for L.A. market New Window
Whenever the NFL moves back to L.A., the area is more likely to get an existing franchise and not an expansion team.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 24, 2006

Clayton: Waiting game can hurt players New Window
The rule that is keeping a number of college players from practicing with their NFL teams until after graduation needs to be revisited.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 24, 2006

Clayton: McNair will have big impact in Baltimore New Window
Steve McNair is finally headed to Baltimore, where he could be the final piece of the playoff puzzle, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 24, 2006

Clayton: Steelers relieved by positive news New Window
With the news surrounding Ben Roethlisberger's recovery mostly positive, don't look for the Steelers to be in the market for another QB.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 24, 2006

Owners plan three-month process to replace commish New Window
NFL owners held an all-day meeting Tuesday in Denver to escalate both priorities, but no one can estimate how long each process will take.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 23, 2006

Bush loses numbers game; back can't wear No. 5 New Window
The NFL Competition Committee rejected the request by Reggie Bush and other players to change their uniform numbering system for the 2006 season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 23, 2006

Survey says ... IN New Window
A headhunting firm has completed a survey of what the league's 32 owners want in their new commissioner. Once that report has been distributed to the owners, the commissioner search committee can begi...
John Clayton | May 22, 2006

Owners' timetable for team in L.A. remains uncertain New Window
Twelve years have passed since the NFL was planted in the Los Angeles area. It could be another four years -- at least -- before Los Angeles gets a team.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 22, 2006

New commish, NFL in L.A. on agenda at owners meeting New Window
Among the hot topics at the owners spring meeting are replacing the commissioner and determining a stadium home in L.A.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 22, 2006

Holmgren gets handsome raise IN New Window
Mike Holmgren appears to have hit the jackpot with his new, two-year extension. Though full details aren't known, Holmgren got a raise from his $7 million salary. His two-year deal is going to be wort...
John Clayton | May 17, 2006

Teams lining up for Bennett IN New Window
Add the Kansas City Chiefs to the teams interested in trading for Saints halfback Michael Bennett . Bennett signed with the Saints to be Deuce McAllister 's backup, but those plans went the other way ...
John Clayton | May 16, 2006

Ricky to CFL not farfetched IN New Window
Though nothing is close to being done to get Ricky Williams into the Canadian Football League, the process is moving along nicely. Toronto Argonauts management is talking to Dolphins coach Nick Saban ...
John Clayton | May 12, 2006

Clayton: Teams need to let first-round WRs develop New Window
NFL teams need to learn that first-round receivers don't always have to turn into No. 1 receivers, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 10, 2006

Clayton: "Weak" becoming a strength for NFL defenses New Window
The popularity of Cover 2 defenses has teams putting emphasis on finding fast and undersized weak-side linebackers.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 10, 2006

Holmgren extension on the horizon IN New Window
Agent Bob LaMonte's Tuesday visit to Seattle could lead a contract extension for Mike Holmgren by the end of the week. LaMonte met with Holmgren a month ago to plot out a plan that could lead to an ex...
John Clayton | May 8, 2006

Clayton: Seahawks not worried about Super Bowl jinx IN New Window
The Seahawks, aggressive during free agency, don't believe they'll be the next Super Bowl runner-up to struggle mightily.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | May 8, 2006

Hamlin practices with Seahawks IN New Window
The biggest news and happiest news for the Seahawks on Friday was the presence of strong safety Ken Hamlin . Hamlin has been cleared for contact work but there isn't much contact during mini-camps bec...
John Clayton | Friday, May 5

Clayton: Plenty of questions still to be answered New Window
The NFL draft is over, but that doesn't mean all the issues around the league have been resolved.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, May 3

Harrington still a Lion ... for now IN New Window
After the Lions tried to get the best of the Dolphins by threatening to trade Joey Harrington to Cleveland, the Dolphins are turning the heat up on the Lions. They've pulled their offer of a sixth-rou...
John Clayton | Tuesday, May 2

Lelie left out in the open IN New Window
Ashley Lelie might be learning that getting what you asked for might not be the best thing. Lelie, who is entering the final year of his contract, asked Denver to trade him. The Broncos shopped him, b...
John Clayton | Sunday, April 30

Browns pass on trade with Lions for QB Harrington New Window
The Lions might trade Joey Harrington to the Browns on Sunday, despite the quarterback's wishes to be dealt to the Dolphins.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 30, 2006

Clayton: Vets sent packing during draft weekend New Window
An increase in the salary cap led to an unusual amount of trades and trade talk during draft weekend.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 30, 2006

Clayton: Eagles bring Bloom back to football New Window
Jeremy Bloom, ruled ineligible to play football during his final two seasons at Colorado, was drafted in the fifth round by Philly.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 30, 2006

Saints playing waiting game IN New Window
The Saints are waiting to see if either Mario Williams or Reggie Bush falls to them. They claim to be considering D'Brickashaw Ferguson and A.J. Hawk, but Williams still appears to be their ideal pick...
John Clayton | April 28, 2006

Bills address RB, OL needs IN New Window
The Bills reached agreement on a one-year deal with running back Anthony Thomas after agreeing to terms with former Panthers guard Tutan Reyes . That takes some of the urgency out of attempting to tra...
John Clayton | April 28, 2006

Packers listening to Walker offers IN New Window
The Packers are acknowledging for the first time that they are fielding calls for disgruntled wide receiver Javon Walker . Packers GM Ted Thompson has granted Walker permission to visit teams and migh...
John Clayton | April 27, 2006

Clayton: Teams have choice of big or small CB prospects New Window
There are so many strong CB prospects that teams have the luxury of debating whether to go tall or short in the first round.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 26, 2006

Clayton: QB mystery will shape top of draft New Window
Despite Houston's stunning choice at no. 1, it will be the top three QBs who shape the top of the draft, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 26, 2006

Clayton: Winners and losers from Day 1 of NFL draft New Window
By adding the QB of their future and a veteran WR, the Broncos were big winners on Day 1 of the draft.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 26, 2006

Clayton: OTs popular on Day 1 New Window
Because of a lack of depth, teams rushed to draft offensive tackles in the first three rounds, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 26, 2006

Clayton: Last hurrah New Window
Why return? Because Hall of Fame QBs like Brett Favre simply don't walk away after a 4-12 season, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 25, 2006

Bush's status shouldn't change IN New Window
Reggie Bush 's explanation of his parents' living accommodations during the previous season while he was at USC should satisfy the Texans. After all, the Texans aren't about to go on probation if some...
John Clayton | April 24, 2006

Clayton: Davis next in line of game-altering TEs New Window
In the mode of Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates, TE Vernon Davis brings a skill set to the NFL that should cause headaches for defenses.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 22, 2006

Agent: Giants, Arrington close to reaching deal New Window
The Giants and LaVar Arrington are close to a deal that will keep the three-time Pro Bowler in the NFC East, according to Arrington's agent, Carl Poston.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 21, 2006

Bills focused on Bunkley? IN New Window
The Bills sound as though they are focused on taking Florida State defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley with the eighth pick in the first round. Though left tackle is a need position, the Bills don't wan...
John Clayton | April 21, 2006

Bears re-thinking CB strategy IN New Window
The Bears seemed to have cooled on the idea of signing Panthers restricted free agent cornerback Ricky Manning Jr . to an offer sheet. Part of the reason could be the first-round depth at the cornerba...
John Clayton | April 20, 2006

Cornerbacks a hot commodity IN New Window
Saying that cornerbacks in this draft are being closely studied is an understatement. Fresno State cornerback Richard Marshall has been so hot that he's hardly been home. His travels started March 29 ...
John Clayton | April 20, 2006

Harrington picks Dolphins, awaits Millen's move New Window
Joey Harrington finally decided he wants Miami to be his new home. Now, he's asking Lions president Matt Millen to give him the chance to go there.
John Clayton , ESPN.com | April 19, 2006

Clayton blog - 060419 - Quick Hits IN New Window
The Broncos trade of the 22nd pick in the first round to the 49ers shows that Mike Shanahan wants to deal with volume on offense instead of isolating on one top player. It's fitting that they made the...
John Clayton | Wednesday, April 19

Clayton blog - 060418 - Quick Hits SLOTTED1 IN New Window
The more you hear out of the New York Jets , the more you get the feeling they may not take quarterback Matt Leinart . The Jets have Chad Pennington , Patrick Ramsey and Brooks Bollinger , and while t...
John Clayton | April 19

Clayton: Rookie QBs better off sitting? New Window
In most cases, teams are better off when they can sit their rookie QBs instead of playing them immediately.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, April 18

Clayton blog - 060417 - Quick Hits IN New Window
Matt Leinart 's visit to the Saints late Tuesday and Wednesday creates an interesting scenario. Even though the Saints aren't expected to draft a quarterback with the second pick after signing Drew Br...
John Clayton | Monday, April 17

No rush: Packers, Favre delay roster bonus to late July New Window
The Packers have pushed back the April 15 trigger date for quarterback Brett Favre yet again.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, April 14

Clayton blog - 060413 - Quick Hits IN New Window
LenDale White probably feels vindicated, but the revelation that he has a hamstring tear near the pelvic area could cost him any chance of getting selected in the first round. White learned this week ...
John Clayton | Thursday, April 13

Steelers reward key reserve Harrison with new deal New Window
The Steelers locked up one of their most valuable reserves by reaching a four-year, $5.5 million deal with linebacker James Harrison. Included in the deal is a $1.375 million signing bonus.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 13, 2006

Clayton blog - 060412 - Quick Hits IN New Window
The trade of 49ers wide receiver Rashaun Woods for Chargers cornerback Sammy Davis shouldn't be much of a surprise. Both were first-round disappointments. Niners coach Mike Nolan might have cut or tra...
John Clayton | April 12, 2006

Clayton blog - 060411 - Quick Hits IN New Window
The Packers say their visit from linebacker LaVar Arrington was coincidental. They say they were just looking at one of the top free agents available, not a bad move for a team with $19 million of cap...
John Clayton | April 11, 2006

Clayton blog - 060410 - Quick Hits IN New Window
The Bills' move to sign Peerless Price is a good one, but the fact they gave him a four-year, $10 million contract signifies a few things. First, it shows the Bills may not have all the faith in Josh ...
John Clayton | April 10, 2006

Clayton: Wilson's complaints about CBA are disturbing New Window
The time has come for Bills owner Ralph Wilson to stop his public bashing of the CBA extension, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 10, 2006

Clayton blog - 060406 - Quick Hits IN New Window
Here are 10 quick observations about the 2006 NFL schedule that was released Thursday. 1. The Eagles have the most penalizing closing schedule, playing three consecutive road games in the NFC East -- ...
John Clayton | April 6, 2006

Clayton: Owens vs. Eagles among top matchups New Window
Featured among the top matchups in 2006 is a certain WR squaring off against his former team twice, including Christmas Day.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 6, 2006

Clayton blog - 060405 - Quick Hits IN New Window
Here's the latest on the Joey Harrington waiting game. The former Lions quaterback has all but agreed to a two-year contract with the Dolphins. He picked the Dolphins over the Bengals. But the Dolphin...
John Clayton | April 5, 2006

Clayton blog - 060404 - Quick Hits IN New Window
Steve McNair had to feel blindsided after learning Monday he can't train at the Titans' facility until he resolves his contract problem. McNair has a $23 million cap number and has a $9 million salary...
John Clayton | April 4, 2006

Moulds headed to Texans, gets chance to 'start new' New Window
The Bills and Houston Texans have worked out their trade and informed Eric Moulds that he is going to the Texans.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 4, 2006

Chiefs sign Walls to one-year, $1.75M deal New Window
It's been a tall order trying to fix the Chiefs secondary over the past two years, but the Chiefs made a big move Saturday by reaching a one-year, $1.75 million deal with former Denver Bronco Lenny Walls.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | April 1, 2006

Clayton blog --060331 -- Quick Hits New Window
Packers general manager Ted Thompson confirmed the team again moved the triggering clause in Brett Favre's contract past Saturday to April 15, giving the Packers quarterback two more weeks to decide w...
John Clayton | March 31, 2006

Burleson heads to Seattle as Vikings fail to match deal New Window
The Vikings failed to match the seven-year, $49 million offer sheet wide receiver Nate Burleson signed with the Seahawks.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 31, 2006

Clayton blog -- 060330 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Even though Packers coach Mike McCarthy wants a decision from Brett Favre about his future no later than Saturday, the Packers are prepared to move back the April 1 deadline for a $3 million bonus aga...
John Clayton | March 30, 2006

Bills appear closer to trading away receiver Moulds New Window
Talks between the Bills and two teams are heating up to a point that an Eric Moulds trade could happen as early as Thursday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 30, 2006

Clayton: New NFC coaches lack experience New Window
All five NFC teams that hired new coaches this offseason picked first timers. QB play could ultimately decide if it was a wise trend.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 30, 2006

Jets, CB Dyson agree to five-year, $11.5 million deal New Window
The New York Jets beat out two of Andre Dyson's former teams -- the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks -- and reached an agreement with the cornerbackl on a five-year, $11.5 million deal, including $3 million in signing and roster bonuses.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 29, 2006

NFL votes to rein in TD celebrations, expand replay New Window
The NFL owners meetings concluded in Orlando on Wednesday afternoon with owners giving big thumbs up to 15 playing rules proposals by the competition committee. Player safety and player conduct headlined the long list of recommendations.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 29, 2006

Clayton blog -- 060329 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Bengals are moving to the lead in the Joey Harrington sweepstakes. Harrington flew from Miami to Cincinnati on Wednesday for a meeting with Bengals coaches. The Bengals have a chance to get him be...
John Clayton | March 29, 2006

Clayton blog (2) -- 060328 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Joey Harrington's visitation schedule seems like a rock tour. The former Oregon quarterback and classical pianist has seven teams wanting him to visit. He's in Miami on Tuesday. Then he's scheduled to...
John Clayton | March 28, 2006

Clayton blog -- 060328 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Seahawks always wanted to bring back running back Maurice Morris as Shaun Alexander's backup, but they were willing to let him test the market. When Morris didn't find any starting opportunities, ...
John Clayton | March 28, 2006

Panthers reach agreement to re-sign punter Baker New Window
The Panthers reached a two-year, $1.8 million agreement to re-sign punter Jason Baker. Included in the deal is a $400,000 signing bonus.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 28, 2006

Clayton: NFL has a poison pill problem New Window
Paul Tagliabue wants to ban the type of "poison pills" the Vikings and Seahawks used recently. But that will come at a price.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 28, 2006

Clayton blog -- 060327 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Chad Johnson of the Bengals and Steve Smith of the Panthers aren't going to have any fun with the celebration rule change being proposed by the NFL Competition Committee. By Wednesday, NFL owners have...
John Clayton | Monday, March 27

Clayton: Next commissioner faces challenges New Window
The NFL's next commissioner will have to be a combination of Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabue, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 22

Clayton blog -- 060321 -- Quick Hits SLOTTED1 IN New Window
The interesting part of the Bears' signing of Brian Griese is the commitment they are making with a five-year deal. Griese will make $6 million in the first year of the contract. Rex Grossman and Kyle...
John Clayton | Tuesday, March 21

Clayton blog -- 060320 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
That the Seahawks were on the losing end of Monday's ruling by a special master, a decision that cost them All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson , is another example of why an NFL team should not let another...
John Clayton | Monday, March 20

Seahawks pass on Hutchinson, land LB Peterson New Window
The Seahawks decided Monday not to match the seven-year, $49 million offer sheet on Steve Hutchinson, allowing the All-Pro guard to go to the Minnesota Vikings.
John Clayton and Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com | Monday, March 20

Signings: Bucs keep Hilliard; Steelers re-sign Mays New Window
The Buccaneers re-signed receiver Ike Hilliard, while the Steelers kep wideout Lee Mays on Monday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, March 20

Dolphins reach deal with former Giants CB Allen New Window
The Dolphins ahve reached a four-year, $12 million deal with Giants cornerback Will Allen.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, March 19

Clayton blog -- 060317 -- Quick Hits New Window
You can see what the Seahawks are doing by working out a trade for John Abraham with the Jets and having linebacker Julian Peterson visit. What they are trying to do is weigh options in case they don'...
John Clayton | March 17, 2006

Steelers hang on to Townsend with 4-year, $8M contract New Window
The Steelers fought off the Patriots to hang on to cornerback Deshea Townsend with a four-year deal worth $8 million.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 17, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060316 -- quick hits SLOTTED1 IN New Window
The Bucs had former Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks in for a visit Thursday. They are also trying to make arrangements to meet with Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey . The Bucs received permission W...
John Clayton | March 16, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060315 -- quick hits SLOTTED IN New Window
Stalled in trade talks with the Jets over quarterback Patrick Ramsey , the Redskins have given Ramsey permission to visit the Bucs. Ramsey lost two teams interested in him Tuesday when the Lions signe...
John Clayton | March 15, 2006

A new Hope: Titans agree to deal with Steelers safety New Window
Chris Hope reached an agreement in principle with the Titans. Terms of the deal weren't available.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 15, 2006

Packers win recruiting battle for DT Pickett New Window
In perhaps the most competitive negotiation Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers beat out the Bills and the Rams for Rams defensive tackle Ryan Pickett.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 15, 2006

Seahawks, DT Bernard agree to three-year deal New Window
The Seahawks and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard reached a three-year, $13 million deal that included a $5.4 million signing bonus.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 15, 2006

Clayton: Revised disciplinary rules favor players, not teams New Window
If Terrell Owens acts up with his next team, the new CBA ensures he won't be punished as severely as he was in 2005, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 15, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060314 -- quick hits SLOTTED1 IN New Window
Three potential starting quarterback moves happened within a couple of hours, starting with the trade of Daunte Culpepper to Miami and the signings of Drew Brees (New Orleans) and Jon Kitna (Detroit)....
John Clayton | March 14, 2006

Brees takes money, runs to Saints New Window
Drew Brees agreed to a six-year, $60 million deal with the New Orleans Saints that included a $10 million signing bonus.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 14, 2006

Decision day for QBs begins with Kitna joining Lions New Window
Jon Kitna made the first move Tuesday for what will be a busy day for NFL quarterbacks by agreeing to a four-year deal with the Detroit Lions.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 14, 2006

Clayton: Are the Vikings on course, or in disarray? New Window
First Randy Moss. Then Daunte Culpepper. Are the Vikings in disarray, or do they have a master plan? John Clayton examines.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 14, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060313 -- quick hits IN New Window
When he officially became a free agent, Jamal Lewis thought his days with the Ravens were over. Shaun Alexander , Edgerrin James , Lewis, Ahman Green and Michael Bennett headed an all-star cast of ru...
John Clayton | March 13, 2006

49ers replace Lloyd with Browns WR Bryant New Window
The 49ers swapped the potential of wide receiver Brandon Lloyd for two draft choices from the Redskins, but they replaced him with one of the best receivers left on the free agent market.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 13, 2006

Redskins continue haul with Archuleta New Window
Safety Adam Archuleta kept getting calls from his former Rams defensive coordinator, Lovie Smith, who was trying to recruit him to come to the Chicago Bears and help out his defense.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 13, 2006

Eagles sign former Saints defensive end Howard New Window
Free agent defensive end Darren Howard agreed to a six-year, $30.5 million deal Sunday night with the Eagles.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 13, 2006

Rams continue to revamp D with LB Witherspoon New Window
Will Witherspoon agreed with the Rams on a six-year, $33 million contract that includes $15 million in guarantees.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 12, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060312 -- quick hits IN New Window
The Drew Brees saga dragged on when he left New Orleans on Sunday afternoon and flew to Miami after promising Dolphins coach Nick Saban that he would pay a visit. Brees seems firm in wanting a $10 mil...
John Clayton | March 12, 2006

Chargers address safety needs, add McCree New Window
The Chargers reached a five-year, $16 million agreement Saturday night with Panthers safety Marlon McCree.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 12, 2006

Clayton Blog - 060311 - quick hits (second) New Window
The Saints may have the edge in signing San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees . But they didn't make a deal good enough to preventing him from making a visit to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Dolph...
John Clayton | March 11, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060311 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Philadelphia never was a real spot for former Saints center LeCharles Bentley . He was looking to go to his hometown of Cleveland all along. His contract hit the lottery, though. He signed a six-year,...
John Clayton | March 11, 2006

Jags nab cornerback Williams with 6-year, $32M deal New Window
Cornerback Brian Williams agreed to a six-year, $32 million deal with the Jaguars that included a $10 million signing bonus.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 11, 2006

Panthers, Foster agree on three-year, $14.5 million deal New Window
Minutes before the start of free agency, the Panthers locked up running back DeShaun Foster to a three-year, $14.5 million deal.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 10, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060310 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Priest Holmes is expected to be with the Kansas City Chiefs this fall, but not in the way you might think. Holmes restructured his contract by taking his 2006 pay from $3.75 million to $710,000 to giv...
John Clayton | March 10, 2006

Vikings lift transition tag on cornerback Williams New Window
The Minnesota Vikings lifted the transition designation on cornerback Brian Williams after a recalculation of the one-year tender based on changes in the new collective bargaining agreement.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 10, 2006

Clayton: Five potential winners in free agency New Window
NFC North foes Green Bay and Minnesota stand to be big winners when free agency finally gets under way, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 10, 2006

Clayton: Running backs lead the way in free agency New Window
With the new CBA, teams will have more money to spend. But will there be players worth spending it on?
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 9, 2006

Clayton: 10 facts about the new CBA deal New Window
One day after owners agreed to a CBA extension, teams learned of some changes and ramifications.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 9, 2006

Clayton: Owners overcome dizzying pace, agree on deal New Window
Amid a lot of fast-paced discussions and much confusion, the NFL owners eventually agreed on a deal with the NFLPA.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 8, 2006

Clayton: NFL faces the most critical day in its history New Window
Paul Tagliabue's eloquent and passionate speech set the stage for the owners essentially to decide the future of the NFL.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 7, 2006

Clayton: Uncertainty in air as owners approach meeting New Window
It's hard to get a read on which way the owners will vote in Dallas as they mull the NFLPA's latest proposal for a CBA extension.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 7, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060306 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Extending the free agency deadline again, this time to Thursday, might not be the best way to settle the labor problems, but it was the only alternative. Unable to reach a deal Sunday night, the NFL w...
John Clayton | March 6, 2006

Clayton: 'High five' owners must have support blocked New Window
The key to getting a deal done in Dallas is derailing the support of five upper-echelon owners who reject the revenue-sharing model.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 6, 2006

Packers re-sign running back Green to one-year deal New Window
The Packers re-signed running back Ahman Green to a one-year deal that is going to be worth between $3 million and $5 million.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 5, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060302 -- Quick Hits SLOTTED1 IN New Window
Just in case you are wondering, the Eagles don't have to cut wide receiver Terrell Owens until next week, and they probably won't. The team is still holding out hope of making a trade, but that obviou...
John Clayton | March 2, 2006

Raiders release DT Washington, others in salary purge New Window
The Raiders, who entered Thursday as the team most over the salary cap, released three players to save $8.8 million of cap room.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 2, 2006

Seahawks release cornerback Dyson, LB Sharper New Window
The Seahawks have informed starting cornerback Andre Dyson that he is going to be released.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 2, 2006

To start, Chiefs cut Warfield, Stills, McCleon, Barber New Window
The Chiefs started their salary cap purge Thursday by terminating the contracts of four veteran players: cornerbacks Eric Warfield and Dexter McCleon and linebackers Shawn Barber and Gary Stills.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | March 2, 2006

Brees' shoulder improves as he enters free agency New Window
The Chargers failed to reach a contract with quarterback Drew Brees, and he will hit free agency Friday as the top quarterback on the market.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, March 2

Titans begin roster purge, release tackle Hopkins New Window
The Titans began their roster purge to get under the cap by releasing veteran left tackle Brad Hopkins.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 1

Clayton Blog -- 060301 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
A special master ruled against the several teams trying to convert roster bonuses that were set aside into signing bonuses. The ruling indicated that such conversions had to be subject to the 30 perce...
John Clayton | Wednesday, March 1

Panthers cut three, including running back Davis New Window
The Panthers cleared $4.64 million of cap room Wednesday by releasing three veterans -- running back Stephen Davis, running back Rod Smart and defensive tackle Brentson Buckner.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 1

Clayton: Salary cap status of all 32 teams New Window
With free agency nearing, find out how much each NFL team is over or under the salary cap.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 1

Clayton: Great performances highlight strong combine New Window
Speedy times and outstanding player participation helped produce a very impressive '06 scouting combine, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, March 1

Clayton Blog (2) -- 060227 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
After a lot of gloom and doom over the last week, there are rumblings that progress is being made in negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue sent an e-mail t...
John Clayton | Monday, February 27

Clayton Blog -- 060227 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Vernon Davis, the tight end from Maryland, was the most impressive player during Monday's workout. The guy is a freak. He weighs 254 pounds, and he ran the best 40-yard time among the tight ends at 4....
John Clayton | Monday, February 27

Clayton: Strong draft class, vet market creates RB logjam New Window
The top RB prospects aren't just competing among themselves; they're also going up against a strong veteran contingent.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, February 25

Clayton: Linebackers ready to make instant impact New Window
Linebackers tend to be undervalued in the draft. But a large group, led by A.J. Hawk, is ready to make an instant impact.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, February 25

Upshaw tells agents to prepare for uncapped '07 New Window
NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw told a seminar of agents Friday morning to prepare for a 2006 season without a collective bargaining extension, setting up an uncapped year in 2007.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 24, 2006

Clayton: Ferguson not the only good OT prospect New Window
Former Virginia standout D'Brickashaw Ferguson leads an impressive group of left tackle prospects.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 24, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060223 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Colts cleared $1.845 million of salary cap room Thursday by releasing defensive tackle Josh Williams and quarterback Travis Brown . They needed the room after signing wide receiver Reggie Wayne to...
John Clayton | February 23, 2006

Panthers place transition tag on running back Foster New Window
The Carolina Panthers preserved the chance of keeping DeShaun Foster by placing the transition tag on him Thursday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 23, 2006

Seahawks make Hutchinson a transition player New Window
Seattle saved a little less than $600,000 of cap room by making Pro Bowl left guard Steve Hutchinson a transition player instead of a franchise.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 23, 2006

Clayton: List of possible salary cap cuts New Window
Check out the list of players who could be cut this offseason and those who already have been cut.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 23, 2006

Clayton: Levy greeted by messy situation in NFL return New Window
Marv Levy finds himself in the middle of the labor discord, after giving up retirement to take over as the Bills' GM.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 23, 2006

Upshaw tells agents that CBA talks are in standstill New Window
At an NFLPA advisory board meeting of 16 handpicked agents, NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw told them to hold off on signing new contracts or restructuring deals until March 2, the evening before the start of 2006 free agency.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 22, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060222 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
As he entered a Wednesday morning Competition Committee meeting, Colts general manager Bill Polian was optimistic he could get a deal done with wide receiver Reggie Wayne . He was right. The Colts agr...
John Clayton | February 22, 2006

Clayton: Combine will be busy on and off the field New Window
There will be plenty of action on and off the field at what should be one of the busiest combines in history.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 22, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060221 -- Quick Hits SLOTTED1 IN New Window
The figures are in. Marvin Lewis of the Bengals went from a four-year deal worth $2 million a year to a five-year deal worth $3.5 million per year. The impact of that contract is significant and shoul...
John Clayton | February 21, 2006

Broncos reach deal to keep defensive end Engelberger New Window
The Broncos reached a three-year, $5 million contract agreement with defensive end John Engelberger that can void into a two-year deal that is worth $1.6 million a year.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 20, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060217 -- Quick Hits New Window
Even though it's clear Daunte Culpepper is available in a trade, don't discount the possibility of him hitting the waiver wire. Culpepper has a $6 million roster bonus coming due March 17. Several gen...
John Clayton | February 17, 2006

Options narrow as Chargers rule out tagging Brees New Window
The Chargers have all but ruled out the possibility of placing the franchise or transition tag on quarterback Drew Brees, leaving them only two options.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 17, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060216 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Titans prevented their most important free agent from leaving by reaching a four-year, $21 million deal with Pro Bowl defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch . Included in the deal is about $15 million of...
John Clayton | February 16, 2006

Clayton: Questions and answers on CBA negotiations New Window
What's the hold up with the CBA negotiations and what happens if a new deal isn't completed soon? John Clayton addresses those questions and more.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 16, 2006

Chargers keep Feeley with $2M deal New Window
San Diego restructured A.J. Feeley's contract, giving him a two-year, $2 million contract that included a $455,000 signing bonus.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 15, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060215 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Chargers' decision to keep quarterback A.J. Feeley , whom they signed to a two-year, $2 million contract, could mean the team won't place the franchise or transition tag on injured quarterback Dre...
John Clayton | February 15, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060214 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Forget about a Ray Lewis trade. Even though the Ravens' linebacker is getting word back to the team that he wants a new contract, general manager Ozzie Newsome has a firm stance -- he's not trading hi...
John Clayton | February 14, 2006

Clayton: Pros and cons for new coaches New Window
John Clayton weighs in the good and bad awaiting the 10 coaches hired this offseason.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 14, 2006

Clayton: Pros and cons for new coaches New Window
John Clayton weighs in the good and bad awaiting the 10 coaches hired this offseason, including the Vikings' Brad Childress.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 14, 2006

Shell to return to Raiders as head coach New Window
After considering outsiders such as Ken Whisenhunt, Bobby Petrino and Mike Martz, the Raiders went with one of their own and hired Art Shell as their new coach.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | February 10, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060209 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Ken Whisenhunt left the Oakland Raiders ' facility Wednesday night without an offer to be Oakland's head coach. Thursday afternoon, before Al Davis even had a chance to produce an offer, Whisenhunt de...
John Clayton | February 9, 2006

Clayton: Seahawks might find it tough to bounce back New Window
The Seahawks have the talent in place to make another Super Bowl run, but history suggests they're in for an immediate struggle.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, February 6

Clayton: Mistakes doom Seahawks in Super Bowl New Window
Despite a fast start and an early lead, Seattle couldn't overcome its penalties, dropped passes and missed field goals.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, February 5

Clayton: Manuel's injury grounded Seahawks New Window
Injuries, especially to safety Marquand Manuel, were part of the Seahawks' downfall.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, February 5

Clayton: Five keys to a Seahawks victory New Window
Coach Mike Holmgren thinks he has his Seahawks ready for Super Bowl XL. John Clayton thinks he knows how Seattle can win.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Saturday, February 4

Clayton: Underdog Seahawks look title worthy New Window
John Clayton breaks down why he thinks the Seahawks have a slight edge over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, February 3

Clayton Blog -- 060202 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The excitement in Detroit surrounding the agreement to hire Mike Martz as offensive coordinator has been tempered somewhat. Contract talks continue between Martz and the Lions, but no deal has been st...
John Clayton | Thursday, February 2

Clayton: Steelers' D-line overlooked but productive New Window
The Steelers' D-line doesn't command a lot of attention, but frees up Joey Porter and others to make big plays.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Thursday, February 2

Deals in the works for Martz, Whisenhunt New Window
Mike Martz is wrapping up a multi-year contract with the Lions to be their offensive coordinator.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, February 1

060201 Clayton (Martz and other deals) IN New Window
Mike Martz is wrapping up a multi-year contract with the Lions to be their offensive coordinator. The job was offered on Wednesday and Martz told his agent to work out a deal. The former Rams coach hi...
John Clayton | Tuesday, January 31

Clayton Blog -- 060130 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Bill Cowher's first Super Bowl question involved his second-year quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger , and how he was being somewhat protected from the growing press corps. The Steelers landed in Detroit ...
John Clayton | Monday, January 30

Clayton: Alexander's future in Seattle still cloudy New Window
Shaun Alexander helped carry the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. But will that be enough to ensure that he remains a Seahawk?
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, January 30

Clayton: In fifth year, Hasselbeck thriving in Seattle New Window
It took him a few years, but Matt Hasselbeck has arrived as one of the NFL's best QBs in his fifth season in Seattle.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, January 30

Clayton Blog -- 060129 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
It's a good thing for Packers coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson that they're not asking Brett Favre to make up his mind this minute about playing next season. They need him, but as ...
John Clayton | Sunday, January 29

Clayton: Hamlin provides Hawks an emotional boost New Window
Despite head injuries that have kept him off the field, safety Ken Hamlin has continued to uplift the Seahawks.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, January 29

Clayton: Coaching carousel causes problems New Window
Having 10 coaching changes and so many first-time head coaches is bad for the NFL. But owners have nobody to blame but themselves.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, January 27

Clayton Blog -- 060126 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Instead of putting all their eggs in the Ken Whisenhunt basket, Raiders boss Al Davis did a smart thing in interviewing Mike Martz Thursday. He might follow through and do another smart thing if he in...
John Clayton | Thursday, January 26

Clayton Blog -- 060125 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Bills coach Dick Jauron got a later start than the Jets' Eric Mangini, but he's jumped to a significant lead in assembling his staff. Jauron beat out the Jets for former Rams offensive coordinator Ste...
John Clayton | Thursday, January 26

Clayton Blog -- 060124 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Now that word has gotten back to Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt that the Raiders are going to wait for him to be their next head coach, he is ready to interview once the Super Bowl is o...
John Clayton | Tuesday, January 24

Haslett signs on as Rams defensive coordinator New Window
The Rams have hired former Saints head coach Jim Haslett to be their defensive coordinator.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Tuesday, January 24

Clayton Blog -- 060123 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Raiders seem as though they will work the phones and make a few more contacts in their search for a head coach, but don't expect them to go fast. Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt rema...
John Clayton | Monday, January 23

Clayton: 'Underdog' Seahawks finally make Super Bowl New Window
The Seahawks, a franchise that's had to overcome a lot of adversity, managed to put it behind them this season for a Super Bowl run.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Monday, January 23

Clayton: Title games' injury updates IN New Window
John Clayton checks in on the injury status of Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson and others heading into the conference title games.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 20, 2006

Clayton: Broncos, Seahawks have defended home field New Window
Road teams have left Seattle's Qwest Field and Denver's Invesco Field without earning a single victory this season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 20, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060119 -- Quick Hits II IN New Window
Former Bills coach Mike Mularkey walked away from a head coaching job, but he's going to have no problem finding work. Mularkey is a hot name in coaching circles. He interviewed for an offensive job w...
John Clayton | January 19, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060119 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
A major fight is brewing with the New York Jets. At the moment, Jets coach Eric Mangini is considering holding offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger to his contract even though Heimerdinger was hire...
John Clayton | January 19, 2006

Redskins hire Saunders as offensive coordinator New Window
Al Saunders agreed Thursday to become the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 19, 2006

Clayton: Breaking down conference title games New Window
John Clayton previews the championship games and believes the AFC matchup will be determined by which quarterback better handles the pressure.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 19, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060118 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Lions GM Matt Millen didn't win friends the way he hired Rod Marinelli, the assistant head coach of the Bucs. He didn't call any of the other candidates involved in the process after making the hire. ...
John Clayton | January 18, 2006

Clayton: Three's company New Window
RB Shaun Alexander, the league's MVP, owes much of his success to the three-receiver sets often run by Seattle's offense.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Wednesday, January 18

Clayton Blog -- 060117 Quick Hits New Window
The Saints made a smart move in not waiting until Wednesday to hire a head coach. General manager Mickey Loomis picked Sean Payton of the Cowboys out of Maurice Carthon of the Browns, Mike Sherman for...
John Clayton | Tuesday, January 17

Clayton Blog -- 060116 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Former Vikings coach Mike Tice was the runner-up, so to speak, to Eric Mangini to coach the Jets. But Tice wowed Jets officials in the presentation he made Monday. Tice brought in a detailed plan of t...
John Clayton | Monday, January 16

Clayton: Keys to NFC title game New Window
Seattle's ability to cover Steve Smith and Carolina's ground attack will be among the key issues during the NFC championship game.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Sunday, January 15

Clayton: Divisional playoffs injury updates New Window
John Clayton checks in on the injury status of DeShaun Foster and more heading into the divisional playoffs. •  Scouts: Analysis
John Clayton, ESPN.com | Friday, January 13

Clayton Blog -- 060112 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The leading candidate for the now vacant Buffalo Bills job is expected to be former Saints coach Jim Haslett, who is also under consideration for openings with the Jets and the Lions. The Bills job op...
John Clayton | Thursday, January 12

Clayton: First ... and Goal New Window
John Clayton breaks down the divisional playoffs, in which all four games will be rematches from the regular season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 12, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060111 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Chiefs made their first significant signing of the offseason by reaching a three-year, $1.03 million deal with B.C. Lions quarterback Casey Printers, the 2004 CFL most valuable player. Printers pi...
John Clayton | January 11, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060110 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Packers could be ready to make a move on a head coach, most likely defensive coordinator Jim Bates, following Tuesday's interview. That was the seventh interview for Packers general manager Ted Th...
John Clayton | January 10, 2006

Clayton: Pittsburgh's tricks and treats New Window
The Steelers have a reputation for being conservative on offense, but no team rolls out more gadget plays.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 10, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060109 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Perhaps the most surprising part of Jets general manager Terry Bradway's news conference Monday was how cool he was to the idea of considering former Packers coach Mike Sherman for the job. Sherman wo...
John Clayton | January 9, 2006

Clayton: Keys to AFC divisional games New Window
The Pats' run defense and Pittsburgh's ability to frustrate Peyton Manning are among the keys in the AFC divisional matchups.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 8, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060106 -- Quick Hits New Window
ESPN's Chris Mortensen made the thought off the top of his head Friday that Jets general manager Terry Bradway might have thoughts of considering his close friend, Marty Schottenheimer, for the soon-t...
John Clayton | January 7, 2006

Clayton: A matter of availability New Window
Because some candidates are hindered by the playoffs, owners aren't always hiring the best prospects; they're getting the best available .
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 6, 2006

Clayton: Hasselbeck carries the load New Window
With Shaun Alexander sidelined, Matt Hasselbeck lifted Seattle to its first playoff win in 21 years.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 6, 2006

Clayton: Experience pays off New Window
With Carson Palmer injured and out of the game, the Steelers put away the more inexperienced Bengals.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 6, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060105 -- Quick Hits New Window
Talks between the Jets and the Chiefs on Jets coach Herman Edwards are stalled temporarily and that only puts the Jets in a precarious position. It benefits the Chiefs, who are willing to make a trade...
John Clayton | January 5, 2006

Clayton: First ... and Goal New Window
The Bengals aren't happy about being underdogs, John Clayton writes in his preview of wild-card weekend.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 5, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060104 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Bills president Ralph Wilson held two news conferences Wednesday, but the second was more definitive than the first. Wilson announced that Mike Mularkey will be back as the head coach in 2006. Tom Mod...
John Clayton | January 4, 2006

Clayton: Capitol connection New Window
The reunion of Miami teammates Clinton Portis and Santana Moss is a key reason the Redskins are in the playoffs.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 4, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060103 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders was the NFL's hottest coaching candidate on Tuesday. He spent five hours Monday interviewing for the Chiefs' job. He left Tuesday morning for an interview with...
John Clayton | January 3, 2006

Clayton Blog -- 060102 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Chiefs appear to be the most active during the first wave of Black Monday coaching interview calls. They made contact with Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Redskins defensive coordinato...
John Clayton | January 3, 2006

Clayton: Colts clearly the front-runners New Window
John Clayton handicaps the race to Detroit and says it's the Colts and everyone else.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 1, 2006

Clayton: Silencing the critics New Window
Joe Gibbs proved he still knows what he's doing as the Redskins clinched an improbable playoff spot with a victory over Philly.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | January 1, 2006

2005

Clayton: Future uncertain for Alexander New Window
Shaun Alexander is having his best season in the NFL. But despite that, his future in Seattle remains up in the air.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 30, 2005

Clayton: Keep the status quo New Window
There has been a renewed call for expanding the number of teams in the playoffs. That's a bad idea, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 30, 2005

Clayton Blog -- 051229 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
These aren't your father's Cincinnati Bengals . Could you believe the Bengals, once considered one of the cheapest teams in the NFL, initiated negotiations that led to Carson Palmer 's contract extens...
John Clayton | December 29, 2005

Clayton: First ... and 10 New Window
The Panthers have one obstacle left on their route to the playoffs: a bitter Falcons team that would love to ruin their season.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 29, 2005

Clayton Blog -- 051227 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
Tedy Bruschi 's left leg injury isn't a bad as it looked, but the Patriots won't give any indication of the extent of the injury until Wednesday. Bruschi injured his left leg Monday night on the punt ...
John Clayton | December 27, 2005

Clayton Blog -- 051226 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The Redskins may have gotten a major piece of good luck with quarterback Mark Brunell . His sprained medial collateral knee ligament isn't too bad. Joe Gibbs is going to list him as day-to-day and see...
John Clayton | December 26, 2005

Clayton: Up in the air New Window
While the Week 16 action took some of the suspense out of next weekend's season finales, there are still playoff scenarios to be sorted out.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 26, 2005

Clayton: Alexander the great New Window
One year after missing out on the rushing title, Shaun Alexander got the chance to put his name in the record book Sunday.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 24, 2005

Clayton: Three hours of solace New Window
The Colts' game in Seattle provided coach Tony Dungy, who watched it on TV, a brief distraction from his son's tragic death.
John Clayton, ESPN.com | December 24, 2005

Clayton Blog -- 051221 -- Quick Hits IN New Window
The team feeling the most left out from the Pro Bowl was the