Helmet tour: Seeking safest possible head protection

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — There probably never will be a perfect football helmet. That doesn't mean manufacturers won't chase that goal. A tour of the Riddell headquarters makes that ...

Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler to Arizona to begin 4th round

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The third and final day of an NFL draft as memorable for the scene, the music and the passion of the folks in Nashville began Saturday with Arizona selecting Iowa State wide re...

Blockers and defensive backs go early in 2nd round of draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The defensive big guys dominated the opening round of the NFL draft. So in Round 2, it was time for the guys who have to block them to take center stage. Five...

Loading up in the trenches a now thing for NFL teams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — NFL teams showed some preference for quarterbacks, as always, and an infatuation with players who protect them and disrupt them during the first round of the draft. ...

Murray taken 1st in NFL draft, followed by Bosa and Williams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defying NFL custom and at least temporarily creating a quarterback quandary, the Arizona Cardinals led off the NFL draft Thursday night by selecting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler ...

From cozy get-together to huge event, NFL draft has soared

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bert Bell had been burned and sought a way to get even. His creation, the NFL draft, has become an industry unto itself and the league's third-most popular an...

Roger Goodell, with Sean Payton's help, gets it right

PHOENIX (AP) — Roger Goodell got it right. NFL fans rarely feel that way. Right now, they should. Many times, perhaps most of the time, the NFL commissioner is doin...

NFL owners vote down potential onside kick change

PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners voted down a proposal to replace the onside kick with one play from scrimmage, and tabled a suggestion to require each team to have one possession in overtime regardless of w...

Review of penalty calls on table when NFL owners meet

Reviewing penalty calls, including pass interference, will be among proposals NFL owners will hear to expand replay when they meet next week in Phoenix. Greater use of replay has bec...

Another receiver megadeal: Giants trade Beckham to Browns

While the free agency spending frenzy runs wild, the Giants and Browns found a way to overshadow it Tuesday night: a trade of Odell Beckham Jr. New York is sending its star receiver ...

Bell, Foles play offense, but defense could rule free agency

NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest names — Le'Veon Bell, Nick Foles, Teddy Bridgewater — play on offense. Unquestionably, though, defense is the area with the most depth in this year's free...

NFL at 100: Another labor stoppage looms in 2 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight years ago at this time, when the NFL was hitting a mere 91 and counting, discord between players and owners reached such a fevered state that the league locked out the union. ...

NFL At 100: Finding labor peace always a tortured process

NEW YORK (AP) — Lombardi Trophy. TV contracts. New stadiums. Huge profits. Those are some two-word phrases that mean the most to NFL owners. Another that should be ...

NFL salary cap jumps $11 million to $188.2 million

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's salary cap will jump $11 million next season to $188.2 million. In the ninth year of the 10-year labor agreement, the cap moves up from $177.2 million. It h...

Goodell has wide-ranging powers to fine or suspend Kraft

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has wide-ranging powers to discipline teams, coaches, players, and, yes, owners. Pending the completion of police investigations in Florida — and likel...