NFL’s highest-paid players at every position — and who’s up next

Kirk Cousins set a benchmark for quarterbacks, but Aaron Rodgers is primed to raise the bar even higher. Bill Barnwell breaks down the biggest contract numbers by position and forecasts who is in line for bigger paydays.
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Barnwell: Three options to fix the NFL’s catch rule

OK, fine, the catch rule was interpreted correctly in the final minute of the Patriots’ win over the Steelers. But the rule is still bad. Here’s how the league can make it better.
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Barnwell: Ranking the NFL’s best and worst potential coach openings

A super-talented 22-year-old quarterback and a few defensive stars? The Texans’ job is intriguing if Bill O’Brien doesn’t return. Bill Barnwell sorts the coaching jobs that could come open in 2018.
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Contender kryptonite: Biggest weaknesses on NFL’s top 14 teams

The pass rush in Kansas City. A weak link along the offensive line in Philadelphia. Run defense for New England and Atlanta. The NFL’s best teams all have at least one hole heading into the postseason.
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Ranking NFL’s most likely playoff crashers from 11-1

It’s not rare to see a team sneak into the playoffs after a monster late-season run, and the Chargers already are making a move. Here are the 2017 candidates.
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Overexposure, Not Anthem Protests, Blamed for NFL’s Ratings Woes

Media executives are rallying around an explanation for the NFL’s declining TV ratings: too much football available in too many places. Meanwhile, there is no evidence of a red-state boycott over national anthem protests.
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Barnwell: Time to worry about NFL’s five preseason favorites?

Barnwell: Time to worry about NFL’s five preseason favorites?
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NFL’s New Marketing Campaign Channels Hollywood Blockbusters

The NFL is taking a page from Hollywood in unveiling its new multi-platform brand campaign to welcome in football season. Complete with commercials, movie-style posters and the tagline “Let the Show Begin,” the NFL is honing in its consistently above-average television ratings and modeling its campaign to match the fanfare of suspenseful blockbuster trailers. “When… Read more »

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Anatomy of a collapse: How the Jets turned into the NFL’s worst team

Anatomy of a collapse: How the Jets turned into the NFL’s worst team
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Division power rankings: From top to bottom, AFC West is NFL’s best

Division power rankings: From top to bottom, AFC West is NFL’s best
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From $35.28 to $371K: NFL’s smallest, biggest performance bonuses

From $ 35.28 to $ 371K: NFL’s smallest, biggest performance bonuses
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