Football Wiretap

Aldon Smith Has Applied For Reinstatement

Oct 28, 2016 8:11 AM

Aldon Smith has applied for reinstatement to the NFL, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie says.

Smith's one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy ends Nov. 17. He is out of rehab, according to sources, and McKenzie said that Smith is working hard to return to the Raiders pending a meeting with Roger Goodell.

"Aldon is doing well," McKenzie said. "That situation is going to be totally up to the league because he's been in the program and they've monitored him. It's up to Goodell to say, 'Yea, nay or when.' And he could say no to everything. ... That part is out of our hands.

"The league will take everything into consideration and Aldon will have to meet with Goodell at some point."

Vic Tafur/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Raiders

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C.J. Anderson To Undergo Surgery On Right Knee

Oct 27, 2016 8:46 PM

C.J. Anderson will undergo surgery to determine the extent of damage to the meniscus in his right knee.

Anderson is out indefinitely.

Whether Anderson has a full or partial tear in the meniscus will be determined during the arthroscopic procedure, and a repair could be made. A full tear would almost surely end his season, and a partial tear could mean a four- or five-week absence.

Anderson suffered the injury during an 11-yard run on the last play of the first quarter of the Broncos' 27-9 victory over the Houston Texans Monday night.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Fantasy, Injury

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Vikings, Brad Childress Deny Claim Of Past Bounty System

Oct 28, 2016 8:06 AM

The Minnesota Vikings and former coach Brad Childress have denied allegations that the team had a bounty system in 2008-09 that was similar to the one allegedly run by the New Orleans Saints.

Former Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks made the claims in a new book about Brett Favre by author Jeff Pearlman.

"It was part of the culture," Hicks said, according to an excerpt. "I had coaches start a pot and all the veterans put in an extra $100, $200, and if you hurt someone special, you get the money."

Team team's response: "There is no truth to it."

Childress, who now works as co-offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, said, "I had a great opportunity to coach a lot of great people there, including Artis Hicks, at the Minnesota Vikings. I have too much respect for the Wilf family [and] professional football to have anything to do with a bounty system. I'm going to let it stand at that."

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor

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Jaguars Won't Make Coaching Change After Latest Loss

Oct 28, 2016 8:02 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars won't make a coaching change despite back-to-back embarrassing losses.

After the team's 36-22 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night, owner Shad Khan said, "Actions speak louder than words. Very little for me to say." He later added that Gus Bradley would not be fired.

A source close to the team confirmed that Bradley will not be fired. The coach is 14-41 in four seasons.

Mike DiRocco/ESPN

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

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Glover Quin Investing 70 Percent Of His NFL Salary

Oct 27, 2016 12:56 PM

Glover Quin is a Pro Bowl safety with the Detroit Lions and he's saving 70 percent of his take-home each season to invest in well-known, publicly traded companies.

Quin and his family lived on the remaining 30 percent, approximately $6,000 per month and $72,000 per year over the first three seasons of his career.

Occasionally, Quin had a higher budget if he got what he called “unaccounted-for” money for doing an appearance that wasn’t planned. He and his wife would use that money on vacations and other potential luxuries they didn’t initially budget for. Other than that, it was always about the plan.

“I’ve always trusted in the plan and never really let other people sway me away from it,” said Quin, now a safety on the Detroit Lions. “I like to call it tunnel vision. It’s not good to have tunnel vision on the field, because you need to know what’s going on around you, but when you’re in life, especially in this field, you need to have tunnel vision, because you see so many guys around you buying cars, buying jewelry, doing this, spending money, talking about the money that they spend.

“And you’re sitting there like, ‘Man, I’m living off this much money every month, and this cat spending this much money every day.'"

When his contract expires after the 2017 season, Quin will have earned more than $21 million, before taxes, in his eight-year career. Quin estimates that his private portfolio could match the money he's made in the NFL.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions

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Goodell: NFL Has Made 'Tremendous Progress' On Domestic Violence

Oct 27, 2016 10:47 AM

Roger Goodell believes the NFL is moving in the right direction on handling issues of domestic violence despite significant public criticism on the Josh Brown case.

“What you see here is a policy that’s evolved,” Goodell told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “We’ve learned a lot, but these are complex matters. When you talk to the domestic violence experts, these are difficult matters to deal with. You have rights, you have families that you have to be concerned with, privacy issues. Yes, you want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to address these [alleged incidents] when they happen, but you also want to deal with them to prevent them from happening. I think we’ve made tremendous progress. Can we make more and will we make more? Of course.”

Goodell said Brown’s one-game suspension at the start of the season was solely for one incident that the NFL had information about.

“Here’s the issue, the discipline that occurred on the one game was for the event on May of 2015,” Goodell said. “That was the only one that we were able to get of all the different things that we’ve heard. The decision was made by our team after we had the evidence to be able to support the one game. We knew we would get challenged [by the NFL Players Association] and we were able to uphold it.”

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New York Giants, Suspension

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Texans Fan Starts GoFundMe Page To Buy Out Brock Osweiler

Oct 27, 2016 8:02 AM

Brock Osweiler has played poorly in his first half-season with the Houston Texans and fans are already having buyer's remorse.

The Texans signed Osweiler to a $72 million deal, with $37 million guaranteed, this past offseason.

A disgruntled Texans fan has started a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising enough cash to buy out Osweiler's contract.

"I am a die hard Texans fan and we need to get rid of Brock Osweiler or we're not going anywhere. He is a waste of 72 million and for a dollar a day we can get him out and make DeAndre Hopkins happy," the fan wrote on the page.

As of Thursday morning only $205 had been raised.

Dan Hanzus/NFL

Tags: Houston Texans

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No Truth To Alshon Jeffery Trade Rumors

Oct 27, 2016 7:55 AM

Don't expect Alshon Jeffery to be moved ahead of the Nov. 1 trade deadline.

There have been no talks between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles on a trade for Jeffery and reporter Ian Rapoport pointed out that it's "essentially unprecedented" to trade a franchise player because the new team cannot sign the tagged star prior to the start of free agency.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jordan Matthews: Wentz-Prescott Could Be New Manning-Brady

Oct 27, 2016 7:51 AM

When the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys face off on Sunday night, rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott will be on center stage.

Jordan Matthews believes Wentz-Prescott could be the NFL's next great rivalry.

"Peyton [Manning] and [Tom] Brady, that's an extremely high honor to be mentioned with those guys," Matthews said.

"I have spoken highly of Carson and know that he could be named with those guys just with more years of playing. And I have a high respect for Dak, too. … You're talking about a guy who is a poised quarterback, he knows what it means to be a leader, he knows what it means to be game-planned for. And I feel like Carson is the same way. The thing I love about Carson is he has that same ability but he also has a chip on his shoulder. So you're talking about two guys that could potentially be like a Brady and Peyton rivalry. The only difference is, you're going to get this two times a year, and possibly playoffs."

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys

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C.J. Anderson To Have Knee Evaluated, Will Miss Time

Oct 27, 2016 7:47 AM

C.J. Anderson missed practice on Wednesday to have his right knee evaluated to determine how much time the Denver Broncos running back will miss.

Anderson's right knee buckled slightly during an 11-yard run on the last play of the first quarter on Monday night.

"He came in really sore [Tuesday]," Gary Kubiak said. "So we're trying to evaluate exactly where he's at right now."

"Basically we're getting a second opinion,'' Kubiak added. "We hope to know some time [Thursday] afternoon."

Anderson has 437 yards rushing this season to go with four rushing touchdowns.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Injury

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Jaguars Owner Met With Players, Coaches After Loss To Raiders
Shad Khan met with Jaguars players and coaches on Monday night in the wake of his 54th loss since he purchased the team in 2011, according to sources.

Mike DiRocco/ESPN

NFL's Best Teams Don't Have Balance Of The Past
Eight of the current top 10 teams per DVOA have clear issues on one side of the ball or other.

Danny Kelly/The Ringer

Donte Moncrief Hopeful Of Returning For Week 8
Donte Moncrief began the season as the Colts' No. 2 wide receiver behind T.Y. Hilton but injured his shoulder in Week 2.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Tony Romo Throws At Practice For First Time Since Injury
Tony Romo's throws were anywhere from 5-25 yards in length and had good velocity.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Ben Roethlisberger Throws At Practice, Hopes To Play In Week 9
Ben Roethlisberger threw some passes during practice on Tuesday and remains hopeful that he'll be healthy enough to play when the Steelers come out of their bye in Week 9.

Nick Shook/NFL

Jay Cutler: John Fox Has No Choice But To Back Me
Jay Cutler believes that John Fox now has no choice but to support him as the starting quarterback for the Bears after Brian Hoyer's injury.


Russell Wilson, Ciara Announce Pregnancy
A few months after the couple was married, Russell Wilson and Ciara have announced that they are expecting their first child.

Associated Press

Texans Not Considering Benching Brock Osweiler
The Texans have scored just one touchdown in three road games.

John McClain/Houston Chronicle

Chip Kelly Hasn't Heard From Any Schools
A newspaper in Oregon reported Chip Kelly would be willing to consider a return to the school.

Kevin Lynch/San Francisco Chroncile

Giants Release Josh Brown
The Giants said that they were "misguided" in its previous attitude toward Josh Brown.


MNF Down 24 Percent From 2015 After Week 7
Sunday Night Football is down 19 percent and Thursday Night Football is down 18 percent.

Michael Mulvihill/Fox

Rams To Give Jared Goff Snaps With First-Team Offense
Still, Jeff Fisher insists that the plan doesn't mean the Rams will start the No. 1 pick over Case Keenum.

Myles Simmons/Rams

Hue Jackson: Browns Will Not Trade Joe Thomas
With a week to go before the trade deadline, Joe Thomas has been mentioned often in rumors.

Conor Orr/NFL

Thomas Rawls Aiming To Return To Seahawks On Nov. 7
Thomas Rawls will run this week and prepare to play the following week, according to Pete Carroll.

Jayson Jenks/Seattle Times

Brock Osweiler 'Not Surprised' By Boos In Denver
Brock Osweiler, who was booed by fans in Denver each time he came onto the field Monday night, said he was not surprised by the crowd's reactions to his return.

Sarah Barshop/ESPN

49ers, Eagles In Talks On Torrey Smith Trade
Torrey Smith has 13 catches so far in 2016 after catching 33 balls in his first season with the 49ers.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Arian Foster Retiring At Age 30
Arian Foster was a four-time Pro Bowler and led the NFL in touchdowns and yards from scrimmage in 2010.

RealGM Staff Report

Browns Won't Trade Joe Thomas Before Deadline
The Browns are clearly in rebuilding mode but aren't interested in trading Joe Thomas, who they almost dealt last season to the Broncos.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Geno Smith Tore ACL In Right Knee
Geno Smith started for the Jets in Week 7 after continued struggles to start the season from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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Tyrann Mathieu Rails Against Cardinals' Offense After Tie
Tyrann Mathieu was frustrated with the Cardinals' offense and special teams after the team tied with the Seahawks on Sunday night.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN