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FILE - At left, in a Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Atlanta. At center, in an Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck speaks during a news conference following the team's NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, in Indianapolis. At right, in an Aug. 2, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly watches teammates warm up at training camp in Charlotte, N.C. Life in the NFL is short. The recent retirements of three of the game's best 30-and-under stars -- Gronkowski, Luck and Kuechly -- could be coincidence or the start of a worrisome trend. (AP Photo/File)

Column: 'We Don't Like to Draft a Guy Who's Too Smart'

Jan. 25, 2020 2:39 AM EST

Last week, nearly two decades after his death, straight-talking Giants front-office boss George Young finally got elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It seemed only fitting for a guy who took the long view on everything. Back when most teams asked potential draft picks just a handful of questions, Giants...

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Vikings pick up 5 additions to Pro Bowl, including Cousins

Jan. 21, 2020 3:54 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have five additions to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, giving them eight players in the all-star game for their highest total in 10 years. The NFL announced Tuesday that quarterback Kirk Cousins, defensive end Everson Griffen, fullback C.J. Ham, linebacker Eric Kendricks...

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) runs past Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Panthers LB Kuechly retiring after 8 seasons in NFL

Jan. 14, 2020 10:30 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring from the NFL after eight seasons. The 28-year-old Kuechly made the surprising announcement Tuesday night in a video posted on the team’s website. He said, “I think now is the right chance to move on." Kuechly was...

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) speaks to members of the media following an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Big decisions loom for new Panthers owner David Tepper

Dec. 30, 2019 2:19 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are in need of leadership and direction on and off the field as they prepare for an uncertain future. Over the next few weeks and months Panthers owner David Tepper will have some major decisions to make that will directly impact the long-term future of the team...

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) and defensive tackle David Onyemata (93) celebrate Brown's fumble recovery against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Saints finish 13-3 but miss out on first-round bye

Dec. 29, 2019 11:39 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It turns out 13 wins weren't enough to earn the New Orleans Saints a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. The runaway winners of the NFC South will have to win an extra game if they hope to reach the Super Bowl. They'll be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and host the Vikings next...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) speak following an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

McCaffrey races into NFL history in Panthers' down season

Dec. 29, 2019 6:26 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey has made a habit of writing down goals before every season. One of those was becoming the third player in NFL history to record 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season after coming up just short last year. McCaffrey reached that milestone...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Saints won 38-28. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Going for it: Saints could clinch 1st-round bye

Dec. 28, 2019 6:04 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Don't tell Sean Payton the Saints' chances of earning a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs are a long shot. New Orleans' 13th-year coach said his team if preparing to go all out Sunday to beat the Carolina Panthers in the regular-season finale, knowing full well his team still needs...

Panthers-Colts Preview Capsule

Dec. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EST

CAROLINA (5-9) AT INDIANAPOLIS (6-8) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE - Colts by 6 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Panthers 6-7-1, Colts 6-6-2 SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 5-1 LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Colts 29-26, Nov. 2, 2015 LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Falcons 40-20; Colts lost to Saints 34-7 AP PRO32 RANKING...

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young poses with the The 2019 Bronko Nagurski Award before the awards banquet in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Ohio State's Chase Young wins Nagurski Award

Dec. 9, 2019 10:11 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ohio State defensive end Chase Young won the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation's top college defensive player on Monday night. Young was the nation's most dominant player on defense this season, recording 16 1/2 sacks and forcing six fumbles in 10 games for the Buckeyes. His...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen speaks to members of the media following an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Panthers to stick with Allen at QB instead of playing Grier

Dec. 9, 2019 3:06 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, NC. (AP) — The Panthers have lost five straight games and are out of playoff contention, which would appear to be a perfect time to get a look at rookie third-round draft pick Will Grier. But that won't happen — at least not this week. Interim coach Perry Fewell said Monday the...