According to an ESPN report, the NFL and NFL Players Assocation are expected to reach an agreement that will be ratified during the July 21 league meetings in Atlanta. The report credits sources familar with the state of negotiations and quotes an unidentified owner as saying that there's "no reason to believe it won't get done."

Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel confirmed on Monday that he is retiring from the NFL and taking a job as assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio State.

In a statement released by his agent, Neil Cornrich, Vrabel announced: "After 14 years in the National Football League, I have decided to retire and accept the position of linebackers coach at The Ohio State University.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was ranked No. 1 on the NFL Network's countdown of the top 100 players of 2011. Brady finished ahead of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who finished second. Adrian Peterson, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed rounded out the top five. 

Brady was named MVP of the league for the second time in his career last season, leading the NFL with 36 touchdowns and a 111.0 rating while throwing only four interceptions. He holds the record for passing touchdowns in a season with 50, which he accomplished during the Patriots' undefeated regular season in 2007.  

The Patriots selected offensive tackle Anthony Cannon in the fifth round of the draft fully aware that he was about to begin chemotherapy treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Those treatments are coming to an end this week, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The Patriots announced Wednesday night that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will present Tom Brady on Sunday’s final edition of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players” countdown, a list compiled by a players-only vote that features the best in the game.

Ty Law believes he has one more contract in him.

Like his former teammate Willie McGinest, former Patriots cornerback Ty Law said he'd be interested in signing a one-day contract with New England and officially retiring as a member of the Patriots.

Jerod Mayo has a problem.

NORTON — Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said Monday that former teammate Jerod Mayo will be the "best linebacker in the game within two years." Speaking before his annual golf tournament at TPC Boston, Bruschi said the "sky is the limit" for the Tennessee product and former efensive Rookie of the Year.

Good news from the West Coast, where Tom Brady’s mentor Tom Martinez — who was given a dire prognosis just a short time ago — now appears to be feeling considerably better.