NFL 2019 predictions: our writers call the winners, losers and also-rans

The NFLs 100th season kicks off Thursday night. Will the Patriots repeat? Will the Raiders implode? And what can Patrick Mahomes do for an encore? This will be the year of … Nicky Bandini hating on pass interference. Making PI calls (or non-calls) reviewable is one of those decisions that makes sense on paper but subjecting this area of the game to greater scrutiny will a bit like VAR in soccer make us realize everything we dont like about the rules as they are currently written. Gabriel Baumgaertner Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. The second-year passer will finish in the top five of MVP voting and instantly become the best quarterback in franchise history once New York fans realize that shocking …

Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott signs $90m extension to become NFL’s richest back

The Dallas Cowboys and Elliott have agreed on a $90m, six-year contract extension that will make him the NFLs highest-paid running back The Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott have agreed on a $90m, six-year contract extension that will make him the NFLs highest-paid running back and suspended for six games over domestic violence allegations in 2017, Elliott still had the best per-game rushing average. But the off-field issues were part of the backdrop as the stalemate dragged on, although owner and general manager Jerry Jones said more than once he didnt consider Elliotts issues a factor as it related to a new contract. Jones jokingly said Zeke who? in response to a question from a reporter after a second straight …

‘Denied work for 889 days’: Colin Kaepernick says he’s set on NFL return

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is not ready to give up on an NFL career, saying hes still ready after two full seasons on the sidelines Colin Kaepernick last played in Week 17 of the 2016 season, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is not ready to give up on an NFL career. In a post from his Twitter account on Wednesday, Kaepernick wrote: 5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. Kaepernick, 31, shared a corresponding video in which he says hes been denied work for 889 days. He shows off a football-ready physique and appears to be closer to his playing weight listed by the 49ers at 230lbs than he was in the middle …

The NFL’s plan for an 18-game season: when ego and greed collide

The league expects to make $25bn a year by 2027. And its plans to get there show little regard for players, fans or broadcasters Even in the deeply cynical world of pro football, the NFLs latest plot to expand to an 18-game schedule rings as a blatant cash grab at the expense of its fans, broadcast partners and the health of its players. The recent proposal is as brazen as it is foolish. In short: the league has pitched an idea to host an 18-game season but limit the number of individual games each player can play to 16. Yes. You read that right. The league wants to hold a competitive, multi-billion-dollar competition that would see its best, most marketable …

‘We’re going backwards’: Eric Reid will kneel for anthem in upcoming NFL season

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick, said he will continue to protest during the national anthem in an interview published on Sunday. I havent seen that happen. At a time when the President of the United States Taking a knee: two years on, where does the NFL stand? video explainer In May 2018, Reid filed a collusion grievance against the NFL alleging he had been kept out of the league due to his political stance. He eventually signed for the Panthers in September after the season had started. Kaepernick, however, remains without a team, and some believe he would be too much of a distraction for any team that signed him. However, Reid …

Bart Starr, quarterback who led Packers to five NFL titles, dies aged 85

Bart Starr, the quarterback who helped establish the Green Bay Packers as the finest NFL team of the 1960s, has died Bart Starr, the quarterback who helped establish the Green Bay Packers as the finest NFL team of the 1960s, has died. He was 85, and had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014. We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr, read a statement from Starrs family. He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome. While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback …