Football Wiretap

Peyton Manning Decision Coming Soon

Jan 30, 2015 8:38 AM

Peyton Manning may announce his intentions for the 2015 season within the next few weeks.

"He's given a lot of thought to it," Archie Manning said during an appearance from the Super Bowl XLIX media center, aired by a Nashville, Tennessee radio station, via "My advice for him is to go through the process, get away a little bit, let your leg heal, give it a lot of thought and decide what you're going to do ... (I) think he's taken a good evaluation of where he is physically."

Manning has until March 9 to inform the Denver Broncos of his decision.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

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Nick Foles Expects To Remain Eagles' Starting Quarterback

Jan 29, 2015 8:25 PM

Nick Foles enters the offseason with an uncertain future with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Foles has been the subject of trade rumors while the Eagles have also been linked to trading up for Marcus Mariota.

Foles continues to consider himself the Eagles' starting quarterback.

"I'm still being introduced as that, but then you get asked different questions, the rumors and everything, so that is a part of it," Foles said on NFL Network. "But still getting introduced, and that's, in my mindset, that's where I'm at."

Foles plans on being with the Eagles in 2015.

"It's always about the trade rumors -- that's always the hot topic," he said. "But that's one of those things where you just have to smile about. The only thing I listen to is what (coach) Chip (Kelly) decides, and that's all I care about."

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

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DeMarco Murray: Let's See How Replacing Me Goes For Cowboys

Jan 29, 2015 8:24 PM

The Dallas Cowboys may be forced to replace DeMarco Murray in 2015 at running back, which he believes would be easier said than done.

"I would like to see how it goes," Murray said on NFL Network. "I would like to see how that plan would work for them. I don't pay attention to it. You know, I have full confidence in myself and my ability to do what I'm capable of doing. I know my talents, I know how hard I play and, you know, I know what I bring to the table. So I'm not worried about it and, you know, I don't hear it."

Murray ran for 1,845 yards in 2014.

Murray and Dez Bryant are both free agents and it will be difficult for the Cowboys to keep both.


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Seahawks Frustrated By HGH Tests During SB Week

Jan 29, 2015 8:21 PM

Earl Thomas was frustrated he had to undergo an HGH test on Thursday.

Thomas was wearing a bandage on his right arm during media access after submitting to a blood draw.

"Yesterday I said my shoulder was a 10 ... Wake up the next morning and I have a blood test for HGH .. League office distraction," wrote Thomas on Twitter.

Another Seattle Seahawks' player told ESPN that many players are mad about it.

"We are being treated like criminals, tested like people on parole," the player said.

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Tom Gamble Returns To 49ers As Senior Personnel Executive

Jan 29, 2015 5:38 PM

Tom Gamble has returned to the San Francisco 49ers as the team's senior personnel executive.

Gamble’s return to the 49ers has been expected since Dec. 31, when the Philadelphia Eagles announced a mutual parting. Gamble had been the Eagles’ vice president of player personnel since February 2013.

Gamble formerly worked with the 49ers as director of player personnel.

“Tom is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable, and respected personnel men in the business,” Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He played an instrumental role in our personnel department from 2005-2012, and is well versed in our system having played a role in its development. This familiarity, along with his many strengths, will be tremendous assets as we prepare for free agency and the draft. It is great to have Tom back with the 49ers.”

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

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NFL Claims Concussions Down 25 Percent In 2104

Jan 29, 2015 2:28 PM

The NFL claims that the rate of concussions among players fell by 25 percent this season.

Data provided to The Associated Press by the NFL ahead of its annual pre-Super Bowl health and safety news conference Thursday shows there were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season, down from 148 in 2013, and 173 in 2012, a 36 percent drop over that three-year span.


"Players are changing the way they're tackling," NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller said. "They're changing the way they play the game."

A total of 59 concussions were caused by helmet-to-helmet or shoulder-to-helmet hits this season, the league's data says, almost exactly half as many as two years ago.

"With all the technological innovations that we've had over the past few years, I'm surprised the numbers keep going down," St. Louis Rams team doctor Matthew Matava said. "Because you'd think, with more vigilance, you'd see more of any sort of condition."

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28 NFL Teams Have Hired New Offensive Coordinator In Past Two Seasons

Jan 29, 2015 11:24 AM

The carousel for NFL coordinators is far quicker than that of head coaches.

Darrell Bevell and Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinators for the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, are two of the longest tenured in the NFL.

Bevell has been with the Seahawks for four seasons, making him the second-longest-tenured coordinator in the NFC behind Pete Carmichael of the New Orleans Saints.

McDaniels and Todd Haley have been with their teams for three seasons, making them the longest-tenured offensive coordinators in the AFC.

Every other NFL team has hired at least one new offensive coordinator within the past two offseasons.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, IQ, Misc Rumor

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Eagles Hire Ed Marynowitz As VP Of Player Personnel

Jan 29, 2015 11:11 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Ed Marynowitz as vice president of player personnel.

The 30-year-old joined the Eagles in 2012 as assistant director of pro scouting and was promoted in 2013 to assistant director of player personnel.

Marynowitz will help guide the Eagles' personnel department under Chip Kelly.

"We intend to build a collaborative and competitive work environment with our coaches, one built upon trust and respect with a focus on winning," Marynowitz said in a statement. "I have had a great experience working with Chip over the last two years and the opportunity to work with him in this new capacity is one I look forward to.

"Our goal as a personnel department will be to develop a detailed process to maximize each segment of the scouting calendar in order to support and execute Chip's vision."

Marynowitz helped Nick Saban win his first two titles at Alabama.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

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Teams Working On Background Info For Adrian Peterson

Jan 29, 2015 11:08 AM

There have been at least six teams working on finding background information on Adrian Peterson.

Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is uncertain following his plea deal and suspension for child abuse.

Peterson played in just one game in 2014, rushing for 75 yards on 21 carries. Peterson now has over 2,000 carries for his career.

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Patriots' Hotel Fire Alarm Goes Off Again In Middle Of Night

Jan 29, 2015 11:06 AM

The fire alarm at the New England Patriots' hotel went off for the second time this week.

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass public relations director Stephanie Sanstead confirmed that the fire alarm went off for two minutes Thursday morning, but she denied it went off in the players' wing.

"We apologize to our guests," said Sanstead, who also confirmed that it was the second incident of the week. "We are taking this matter very seriously. We are reviewing everything."

"I slept right through it," Rob Gronkowski said of the first alarm on Tuesday. "I slept great last night. I'm glad I didn't hear it."

Tom Brady said Thursday he slept through the second alarm as well.

"I must be sleeping through it," Brady said. "I slept great."


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49ers To Hire Geep Chryst As Offensive Coordinator
Geep Chryst was previously quarterbacks coach of the 49ers.

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Tom Brady Battling Cold, Studying More Film Than Usual
Tom Brady is battling a cold and has been watching more film than usual to help prepare.

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Seahawks Don't Regret Percy Harvin Trade
Percy Harvin's sometimes rocky relationship with a few teammates came to light in the wake of the trade.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Belichick: No Coach I Respect More Than Pete Carroll
Bill Belichick admits to learning a lot from what Pete Carroll has accomplished.

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Duron Carter Close To Deal With Colts
Duron Carter played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League last season.


Eagles' Bob Bicknell Not Interested In 49ers' OC Job
Jim Tomsula and Bicknell coached in NFL Europe, but never on the same staff.

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Carroll: Marshawn Lynch Is A Treasure
Marshawn Lynch spent five minutes answering questions from the media on Tuesday.

John Branch/New York Times

Sherman: Goodell Should Have To Address Media On Weekly Basis
Richard Sherman enjoys speaking with the media, but he was defending Marshawn Lynch.

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Rob Chudzinski Staying With Colts On New Deal, Title
Rob Chudzinski was a prime candidate to become offensive coordinator of either the 49ers or Rams.

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Patriots' Hotel Fire Alarm Goes Off In Middle Of Night
The Patriots' first practice of the week will be on Wednesday.

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Drew Brees Confident Saints Identified Issues Of 2014
Drew Brees called it the most frustrating season of his career.

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Wade Phillips Interviewing For Broncos' Defensive Coordinator Job
Wade Phillips was most recently defensive coordinator of the Texans under Gary Kubiak.

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Rams' Los Angeles Plans Met With 'Quiet Applause' By NFL
Stan Kroenke is “amenable” to another team playing at the stadium.

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Charles Woodson Re-Signs With Raiders
Charles Woodson was scheduled to become a free agent this offseason.

Broncos Hire Rick Dennison As Offensive Coordinator
Rick Dennison was a Broncos assistant coach beginning with Mike Shanahan’s first season with the Broncos in 1995 through the end of Josh McDaniels' first season in 2009.

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NFL Zeroing In Deflategate Investigation On Locker Room Attendant
The attendant allegedly took balls from the locker room of the officials to another area on his way to the field.

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Goodell, Tagliabue Relationship Strained By Bountygate
Roger Goodell hasn't talked much to Paul Tagliabue since replacing him as commissioner in 2006.

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49ers, Rams Seek Interview With Rob Chudzinski
Rob Chudzinski has appeared to be the 49ers’ top candidate all along to take over the post Greg Roman held the past four seasons.

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Andrew Luck, Colts Haven't Held New Contract Talks
Andrew Luck can sign an extension for the first time this offseason.

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Rams Interested In Trading For Nick Foles
The Texans and Titans also are believed to have interest in Nick Foles.

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