Football Wiretap

Cardinals Prepared To Keep Larry Fitzgerald Despite Huge Cap Hit

Dec 22, 2014 11:31 AM

The Arizona Cardinals are prepared to keep Larry Fitzgerald next season even with his $23.6 million cap hit.

“We have to make good business decisions,” Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website. “I don’t think it’s any secret that we said all along that it is our intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire a Cardinal. I don’t want to get into it too deep, but with planning purposes and financially, from a cap standpoint and all those sort of things, we have Larry’s [cap] number already baked into our numbers.

“Now, any kind of business decisions moving forward, renegotiations with Larry and that sort of thing, we’ve had ongoing talks with [agent] Eugene Parker and we will continue to have ongoing talks. But again, the best I can tell you is that it is our intent to keep Larry and make sure he stays a Cardinal the rest of his career.”

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Joe Philbin To Remain With Dolphins In 2015

Dec 22, 2014 4:39 PM

Joe Philbin will return to the Miami Dolphins as head coach in 2015.

The Dolphins have improved this season and just missed out on the playoffs.

"It's frustrating that we didn't make the playoffs. I feel as bad as everybody," Stephen Ross said. "But I think we're building something here, and I believe in the coach."

The decision guarantees Philbin will coach out the entirety of his four-year contract.

"Things are happening as an organization. I think everyone feels the buzz that things are changing around here," Ross said. "They say patience is a virtue, you know. But I'm expecting big things next year -- I will tell you that."

Players in the locker room, including Dolphins captain Cameorn Wake, had a positive reaction to Philbin returning next season.

"Coach Philbin is a big part of this franchise," Wake said. "He's obviously part of the success of this team. That's great news and I'm looking forward to it."

Jim Harbaugh had been linked to the Dolphins' job.

James Walker/ESPN

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor

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Steelers-Bengals Flexed For Sunday Night Football

Dec 22, 2014 4:36 PM

The NFL decided to move the AFC North showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers to primetime on NBC.

The Steelers have already clinched a playoff spot, but the Bengals need to win either against the Denver Broncos on Monday or in Week 17 for their own berth.

NBC could have also picked the game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, which will decide who wins the NFC North.

NFL.com

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Dominic Raiola Suspended One Game By NFL

Dec 22, 2014 4:33 PM

Dominic Raiola has been suspended by the NFL for one game without pay for stomping on the ankle of Ego Ferguson.

Raiola will miss the Detroit Lions' key NFC North game against the Green Bay Packers.

Raiola called the move unintentional and apologized to Ferguson after the game.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Suspension

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Jay Cutler To Start Week 17 For Bears

Dec 22, 2014 4:31 PM

Jay Cutler will start at quarterback for the Chicago Bears in Week 17 with Jimmy Clausen out with a concussion.

Clausen experienced delayed concussion symptoms on Sunday evening.

"Jay is our best option," Marc Trestman said. 

Clausen was ruled out after an examination on Monday morning.

"Jay gives us the best chance this week. So that's why he'll be out there," Trestman said. "Jay said, 'I'll be ready to go.' He empathizes with what Jimmy had gone through last night. He's ready to go. He'll be in this afternoon to get started."

David Fales will serve as the No. 2 quarterback in Week 17.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears

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Johnny Manziel Out For Week 17 With Hamstring

Dec 22, 2014 4:06 PM

Johnny Manziel will miss the rest of the season with an injured hamstring.

Manziel was inserted as the Cleveland Browns' starter before Week 15 to replace Brian Hoyer. Hoyer will be a free agent this offseason.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Injury

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Jets To Hire Charley Casserly As Consultant

Dec 22, 2014 1:57 PM

The New York Jets will hire Charley Casserly as a consultant in the event the organization decides to make any changes at head coach or general manager.

Rex Ryan and John Idzik could both be fired and Casserly would advise Woody Johnson.

Casserly is a former general manager of the Houston Texans and Washington.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets

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Trestman To 'Talk About' Starting Jimmy Clausen Again

Dec 22, 2014 1:19 PM

Marc Trestman was noncommittal about who will start at quarterback for the Chicago Bears in Week 17.

Jimmy Clausen passed for two touchdowns and an interception in the Bears' loss to the Lions. Clausen had a passer rating of 77.0 while starting for Jay Cutler.

“We’ll talk about it today,” Trestman said Monday on WBBM Newsradio 780. “I thought he had a good performance. He needed some help, he didn’t get it; had a few drops along the way, had a couple of missed assignments up front in the running game that we could have had a little bit more yardage in the run game.” 

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears

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Sherman: I'd Be Benched Giving Up As Many TDs As Patrick Peterson

Dec 22, 2014 1:01 PM

Richard Sherman doesn't believe Patrick Peterson has lived up to expectations at cornerback.

“I don’t know if he should be mentioned with [the great cornerbacks in the league]," said Sherman. "You give up eight touchdowns in a year, it’s hard to be in that discussion. At any point, if I gave up that many touchdowns, I think I would be benched. You can’t give up big plays like that and still play.”

Peterson signed a five-year, $70 million extension with the Arizona Cardinals in July, but Antonio Cromartie has been the better cover cornerback this season.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks

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Romo: Jerry Jones' Best Move Was Keeping Jason Garrett

Dec 22, 2014 12:52 PM

Jason Garrett was nearly fired after past disappointing seasons, but Jerry Jones kept him as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Tony Romo sees Jones' decision to stick with Garrett as critical to their 2014 success.

"Jason is the best head coach in the league that no one talks about," Romo said Sunday, per the Dallas Morning News. "I mean, he's really gifted at his ability to communicate to his players. He's got a great mind for the game of football.

"One of the best things Jerry (Jones) has done was just stand by him and let his system, his mantra, his philosophy play itself out. I think that you're seeing the dividends. You're reaping the rewards of having him stay in place.

"Jason is going to figure it out. He's as good of a coach as I've ever been around. He's special.''

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Dallas Cowboys

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Aaron Rodgers Doesn't Expect Calf Injury To Be Issue
Aaron Rodgers also battled through a "pretty bad" flu to complete 31-of-40 passes for 318 yards with one touchdown and no picks.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

NFL Investigating Dominic Raiola For Stepping On Opponent's Ankle
Dominic Raiola said after the game that it was unintentional.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

NFL Waiting On Better L.A. Stadium Offers
The Rams are the clear frontrunner to move to Los Angeles when the time comes, according to Jay Glazer.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

49ers, Jim Harbaugh Expected To Part Ways Quickly After Week 17
The Bears are a possibility for Jim Harbaugh, along with the Raiders, Dolphins and Michigan.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Philip Rivers May Need Offseason Back Surgery
Philip Rivers has a bulging disk in his lower back and may need surgery in the offseason.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Julio Jones To Play Week 16
Julio Jones will play in Week 16 through his oblique injury.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

DeAndre Hopkins To Start Despite Ankle Injury
Bill O'Brien will have DeAndre Hopkins available in Week 16.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

David Shaw Plans On Remaining At Stanford
David Shaw led Stanford to the Fiesta Bowl and two Rose Bowls in his first three seasons.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

DeMarco Murray To Play Week 16 With Protective Pad
The Cowboys will go to a running back by committee approach if DeMarco Murray is ineffective.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Jay Gruden 'Impressed' By Robert Griffin III's Performance
Robert Griffin finished the game 16-for-23 for 220 yards and one interception.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Eagles' Loss Clinches Playoff Berth For Lions; Cowboys In With Win
The Eagles will be eliminated if the Cowboys beat the Colts on Sunday.

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Cam Newton Cleared To Play 11 Days After Accident
Cam Newton suffered two small fractures in his back during a car accident.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Julian Edelman Won't Play Week 16 Due To Concussion
Tom Brady figures to use Danny Amendola and Brian Tyms more frequently without Julian Edelman.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Ryan Mallett Prefers To Re-Sign With Texans
Ryan Mallett will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and wants to continue working with Bill O'Brien.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Jim Harbaugh Torn Between Michigan, NFL
Jim Harbaugh first would like to see what head-coaching opportunities come available in the NFL.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

NFL Won't Relocate To Los Angeles In 2015
Roger Goodell told the Raiders, Rams and Chargers any team that is considering relocating to Los Angeles should look to 2016 instead, according to sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

DeMarco Murray Appears Likely To Play In Week 16
The Cowboys have increased optimism that DeMarco Murray will play in Week 16 despite a broken hand that was surgically repaired this week.

Igor Mello/CBS Sports

Cliff Avril Signs Four-Year, $28.5M Extension With Seahawks
Cliff Avril has been a productive pass rusher for the Seahawks.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Jay Cutler Wants To Remain With Bears
Jay Cutler signed a seven-year, $127 million contract in the offseason, with $54 million guaranteed.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

K.J. Wright Signs Four-Year, $27M Extension With Seahawks
K.J. Wright has started 54 of 58 games over four years, emerging as one of the NFL's best coverage linebackers.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com