Football Wiretap

Jamie Collins Finalizing Extension With Browns

Jan 20, 2017 12:10 PM

Jamie Collins and the Cleveland Browns are finalizing a contract extension.

The extension Collins signs with the Browns will eclipse the per-year salary of fellow linebacker Luke Kuechly.

The Browns acquired Collins from the New England Patriots on Oct. 31st for a third round pick.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

49ers Expected To Hire George Paton As GM

Jan 20, 2017 7:29 PM

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to hire George Paton for their general manager job.

Paton is expected to meet with the 49ers and soon-to-be head coach Kyle Shanahan next week.

Paton is currently with the Minnesota Vikings as assistant general manager under Rick Spielman.

The other remaining candidate for the job is Terry McDonough of the Arizona Cardinals.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Johnny Manziel Claims To Be Sober, Seeking Return To NFL

Jan 20, 2017 6:20 PM

Johnny Manziel says he has achieved and maintained sobriety without professional assistance and is seeking a return to the NFL.

In a message sent Friday to ESPN's Ed Werder, Manziel wrote, "I refuse to let my entire life of sports from the age of 4 be squandered by partying. I just got sick of it. One day I didn't like what I saw in the mirror and realized I could really help people in the position I'm in.

"I love sports, I love football and when you take something away from yourself you realize it the hard way. The happiness from doing it sober has been ASTRONOMICAL. Beyond my wildest imagination and once that continued other good things started happening in my life and it just clicked."

Manziel said Friday his next priority is playing quarterback again in the NFL. When asked his immediate goal, Manziel wrote: "PLAY FOOTBALL. A pre season game, anything I don't care what it is. Only need one team to believe in me and I'll do anything to make that a possibility."

Manziel was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Manziel faced the threat of an additional suspension as the NFL investigated whether he violated its personal-conduct policy due to a domestic violence incident. But his 2016 season effectively ended last March, when the Browns released him.


Brian Gutekunst Withdraws From Running To Become 49ers GM

Jan 20, 2017 4:18 PM

Green Bay Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst has pulled his name from the running to be named the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers.

Gutekunst has instead signed a new deal with the Packers.

Earlier this week Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf withdrew from consideration for the same job and signed a new contract.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Jim Tomsula Interviews For Job With Saints

Jan 20, 2017 4:14 PM

The New Orleans Saints have interviewed Jim Tomsula about their vacant defensive line job.

The Saints are looking to replace Bill Johnson, who was fired as part of a staff shakeup.

Tomsula went 5-11 in his one season as San Francisco 49ers head coach in 2015, and was defensive line coach there for the eight years prior.

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

Mark Gastineau Battling Multiple Brain Diseases

Jan 20, 2017 8:12 AM

Mark Gastineau, one of the NFL's most feared pass-rushers as a member of the New York Jets in the 1980s, says he's battling serious brain issues he believes were caused by concussions in football.

"When my results came back, I had dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson," Gastineau said. "Those are three things that I have."

Gastineau, 60, said he was diagnosed a year ago and he blames it on poor tackling technique.

He became a professional boxer after football. From 1991 to 1995, he fought a total of 17 professional bouts, winning 15.

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Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

Raiders File Paperwork For Move To Las Vegas

Jan 20, 2017 8:07 AM

The Oakland Raiders have officially filed their paperwork to relocate to Las Vegas.

The team's relocation to Las Vegas must be approved by three-fourths of the NFL's team owners. The vote for relocation is expected to take place on March 26-29 at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

"The application will be reviewed in the coming weeks by league staff and the stadium and financing committees," the NFL said in a statement.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal, Misc Rumor

Browns Working On New Deal For Jamie Collins

Jan 20, 2017 8:04 AM

The Cleveland Browns are close to completing a new deal for Jamie Collins, according to a source.

The Browns have made re-signing Collins a priority this offseason. They acquired him from the New England Patriots for a third-round pick midway through the season.

In just eight starts, Collins finished third on the team in tackles with 69. He also had two sacks and one forced fumble.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Le'Veon Bell Excused From Practice For 'Personal Reasons'

Jan 19, 2017 4:18 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers excused Le'Veon Bell from practice on Thursday for "personal reasons."

Mike Tomlin explained the absence and said that the Steelers would have Bell for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.

Through two playoff games, Bell has rushed for 337 yards and two touchdowns. He has averaged 5.71 yards per carry while also hauling in four passes in Pittsburgh's two victories.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

Peterson Interested In Giants, Texans, Bucs If He Leaves Vikings

Jan 19, 2017 1:46 PM

Adrian Peterson would like to remain with the Minnesota Vikings but he openly talked about other teams he would consider in free agency, such as the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers .

"I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on First Take on Thursday. "I see myself finishing off in purple. It is a business at the end of the day, so with that, things could end up differently. ... Hopefully we can work things out."

"There's a couple teams out there that I've thought about. ... New York was one of them that popped up, Tampa Bay, lot of different teams. Houston would be a good spot," Peterson said. "I'll stop right there. ... I'm just throwing random names out there."

The Vikings have a team option on Peterson for 2017 that includes an $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus. They have to decide on Peterson's 2017 option by the start of the league year and would owe him the $6 million roster bonus if he was on the team by the third day of the league year.


Tags: Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Seahawks Could Lose 2nd Round Pick For Not Disclosing Sherman Injury
Richard Sherman revealed after the Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs that he played the second half of the season with an MCL injury.

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Raiders Officially File Paperwork To Relocate To Las Vegas
The NFL's owners will vote on the matter in March.

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Andrew Luck Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
The recovery period reportedly won't interfere with Andrew Luck's 2017 season.


Jaguars Hire Nathaniel Hackett As Offensive Coordinator
The Jaguars have named Nathaniel Hackett their offensive coordinator under new coach Doug Marrone.

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Ben Roethlisberger: Patriots Are 'Dragon, We're Trying To Slay Them'
The Patriots are 16-3 at home in the playoffs under Bill Belichick.

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Seahawks Concerned About C.J. Prosise's Durability
The Seahawks are concerned about C.J. Prosise after he suffered four significant injuries after he was drafted in May.

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Davante Adams' Status In Question Because Of Ankle Injury
The Packers don't know if they'll have Davante Adams for Sunday's NFC Championship Game after he injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter last weekend.

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Kyle Shanahan To Have Final Say On 49ers' Roster, Draft
Kyle Shanahan will be the highest paid first time head coach in NFL history.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Paraag Marathe Viewed As Bigger Issue For 49ers Than Jed York
The 49ers have been dysfunctional of late but there's optimism in some circles that it could be desirable with a few tweaks.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Texans Won't Hire New Offensive Coordinator
The Texans will not hire an offensive coordinator to replace the fired George Godsey as Bill O'Brien will call the plays next season.

John McClain/Houston Chronicle

Philip Rivers Isn't Pushing For Trade To 49ers
The Chargers are leaving San Diego for Los Angeles, which has led to speculation that Philip Rivers might want to move on as well.

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Chargers Will Retain Ken Whisenhunt As Offensive Coordinator
Anthony Lynn will retain Ken Whisenhunt as his offensive coordinator with the San Diego Chargers.

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Steelers Hope To Avoid Communication Issues At Gillette Stadium
The Steelers had on-field communication issues the last time they played the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Conor Orr/NFL

49ers To Offer Head Coaching Job To Kyle Shanahan
Kyle Shanahan is in his second year as offensive coordinator with the Falcons.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jerry Jones Will Alone Decide Future Of Tony Romo
The Cowboys are most likely to trade or release Tony Romo.

Schuyler Dixon/AP

Roger Goodell Continues To Avoid Gillette Stadium
Roger Goodell hasn't attended a game in New England since the 2014 playoffs and the subsequent multi-year Deflategate battle.

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LeSean McCoy Gives Each Of His Blockers $10,000 Watches
LeSean McCoy was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career after rushing for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season.

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Ezekiel Elliott Complains About Lingering NFL Investigation
Ezekiel Elliott isn't happy with the NFL's lingering investigation into domestic violence claims made against him.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Brian Winters Signs Four-Year Extension With Jets
Brian Winters, 25, was projected to be one of the most coveted guards on the free agent market.

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Jaguars Interview Chip Kelly For Offensive Coordinator Job
Chip Kelly has interviewed with the Jaguars for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to a league source.

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