VIck’s AAF role to focus on player development

1:01 AM ETMichael RothsteinESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered University of Michigan for and Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal GazetteORLANDO, Fla. -- Michael Vick was supposed to be one of the marquee names and interest points for the debut of the Alliance of American Football on Saturday night as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Legends. Instead, the former Pro Bowl quarterback is now taking on a new role -- still in the league, but away from c.. Read More

‘Hell yeah, I’m playing football again’: Welcome to the AAF

8:00 AM ETMichael RothsteinESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered University of Michigan for and Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal GazetteSAN ANTONIO -- Sione Teuhema was so busy relocating someone else's life that he missed the call potentially changing his. He and his co-worker, Jerry, had a job to complete as movers for Two Men and a Truck in Houston. Bills needed to be paid. Teuhema packed up the truck, then rode along as Jerry drove to the customer.. Read More

Inside the next potential fight between Le’Veon Bell and Steelers

Feb 7, 2019Jeremy FowlerESPN Staff Writer CloseESPN staff writer Previously a college football reporter for University of Florida graduatePITTSBURGH -- The NFL's most compelling contract saga is in a slumber. Le'Veon Bell is in a dimly lit recording studio somewhere in Miami. The Pittsburgh Steelers are debating whether to trade the most productive wide receiver of the past decade. The wounds from Bell's yearlong holdout over the franchise tag are no longer raw, allo.. Read More

Future pairing? Le’Veon Bell, Lamar Jackson connect on social media

9:29 AM ETJamison HensleyESPN Staff Writer CloseUniversity of Maryland graduate Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and sonCould television speculation turn into free-agency reality for two AFC North rivals? On Friday morning, the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport commented on how the pairing of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson "makes sense." Bell saw a tweet about a potential backfield match with Jackson and replied with a "th.. Read More

Fins’ Flores adds ex-head coach Caldwell to staff

3:57 PM ETCameron WolfeESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Broncos for two seasons with the Denver Post Graduate of the University of Houston A native of Jackson, Miss.DAVIE, Fla. -- Brian Flores officially hired 16 assistant coaches to join him in his mission to turn around the Miami Dolphins, including Jim Caldwell as his assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. Caldwell is currently the most experienced coach on the Dolphins staff and he'll be a sounding board for Flores, a first-time.. Read More

Gase’s staff with Jets doesn’t lack for family drama

6:02 PM ETRich CiminiESPN Staff Writer CloseLongtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News Syracuse University graduateAdam Gase's new coaching staff with the New York Jets contains enough potential family drama for a reality TV show. The full staff, announced Friday by the Jets, includes longtime NFL assistant Joe Vitt, Gase's father-in-law, and Blake Williams, the son of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. This is where it gets interesting. Vitt and Gregg Williams were members o.. Read More

Baker Mayfield raising expectations and attracting respected coordinators

3:37 AM ETPat McManamonESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Browns, Cleveland sports since 1998 Previously worked at Fox Sports Ohio, AOL Fanhouse, Akron Beacon Journal/ Cleveland native, proud father of two daughtersBEREA, Ohio -- The optimism machine is in overdrive for the 2019 Cleveland Browns, and none of the principals involved are hiding from it. Quarterback Baker Mayfield said Wednesday night that the hype about 2019 is warranted, and the team's new coordinators both said they cho.. Read More

Steve Spurrier ready to bring the fun to Alliance of American Football

3:00 AM ETAndrea AdelsonESPN Staff Writer Close ACC reporter. Joined in 2010. Graduate of the University of Florida.ORLANDO, Fla. -- Steve Spurrier stands among his quarterbacks, visor firmly in place, looking down at a sheet of paper filled with plays he scribbled down using a bright green hotel pen. His wife, Jerri, walks barefoot around the field at Camping World Stadium, taking in practice. She, too, wears a visor and does not miss a beat when asked whether she thought her husband.. Read More

Everything you need to know about the Alliance of American Football

7:38 AM ETMichael RothsteinESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered University of Michigan for and Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal GazetteSAN ANTONIO -- Competitive football could have been done until July, when college football media days and NFL training camps once again popped into the public eye. But the eight-team Alliance of American Football, which opens with two games on Saturday night (San Diego at San Antonio and Atlanta at Orlando), marks the debu.. Read More

CB Alford signs with Cards after Falcons release

6:57 PM ETESPN It didn't take cornerback Robert Alford long to find a new NFL home. Alford signed a three-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, two days after being released by the Atlanta Falcons in a salary-cap move. Terms of his contract with Arizona were not disclosed. He joins a Cardinals secondary led by star cornerback Patrick Peterson. Vance Joseph is the team's new defensive coordinator on first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury's coaching staff. Because he .. Read More

Stoops returns to coaching with Dallas in XFL

7:13 PM ETESPN News Services Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is returning to coaching as the head coach and general manager of the Dallas-based franchise in the new XFL league. Stoops was introduced in a news conference Thursday by Oliver Luck, commissioner of the XFL. "At first I thought it probably wouldn't be for me," Stoops said. "But through our discussions as a family, started to think this would fit us correctly." "I was also excited about starting something from the ground floor," .. Read More

Bengals hire OL coach fired by Fins in bully case

3:02 PM ETKatherine TerrellESPN Staff Writer CloseJoined ESPN in 2016 Previously covered the Saints for the Times-Picayune from 2013-2016CINCINNATI -- Bengals coach Zac Taylor defended the controversial hire of offensive line coach Jim Turner on Thursday, saying he has no problem giving Turner his first job in the NFL since 2014. Turner has not worked in the league since he was fired by the Miami Dolphins in February 2014 in the wake of the Wells report, which detailed a series of bullying incid.. Read More

Cam with a plan: ‘More dangerous’ after surgery

2:03 PM ETDavid NewtonESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Panthers, NFL for 11 years More than 25 years experience covering NFL, college football and NASCAR Joined ESPN in 2006CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says his comeback from the shoulder injury that wouldn't allow him to throw passes more than 30 yards late this past season will make him "even more dangerous.'' Newton detailed the Jan. 24 arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage and his mindset .. Read More

Chiefs GM nips Mahomes’ hoops hobby in bud

2:15 PM ETAdam TeicherESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Chiefs for 20 seasons for Kansas City Star Joined ESPN in 2013KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Like many fans of the Chiefs, general manager Brett Veach was concerned after seeing the recent viral video of quarterback Patrick Mahomes playing basketball. Veach said on Kansas City radio station 810 WHB on Thursday that he was worried enough about the franchise quarterback risking an injury that he put in a call to Mahomes' agent, Leigh Steinberg. "The .. Read More

Bold offseason predictions for all 32 NFL teams

7:00 AM ETESPN.comWhere will Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown land? Which teams will acquire a new starting quarterback? Who's trading down in the draft? We have fearless predictions for every team. Scan through all 32 teams by division, or click here to jump ahead to your team: AFC EASTBuffalo BillsThe Bills trade down and make two first-round draft picks. At No. 9, Buffalo could be an enticing trade partner for a team seeking a quarterback or looking to nab a top-tier defensive linema.. Read More

Beer and a shot: Gronk hit in head with can

10:54 AM ETESPN News Services BOSTON -- Gronk got bonked. Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots' star tight end, says he got hit in the face by a can of beer thrown during Tuesday's Super Bowl victory parade in Boston. Gronkowski told "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday that the hit drew blood, and he showed Fallon the small cut the can left near one of his eyebrows. He said: "I'm just chilling, then boom, pop, full beer can right to the face." The same thing .. Read More