Football Wiretap

Colin Kaepernick Meets With Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch

Feb 22, 2017 6:19 PM

The San Francisco 49ers hosted Colin Kaepernick for a meeting on Wednesday.

“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” John Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Kyle Shanahan were hired in their new roles.

Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.

“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.

“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s a real good place.”

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Philips Rivers Says He'll Always Be 'Playing For San Diego'

Feb 22, 2017 8:17 AM

Philip Rivers drew a standing ovation at the San Diego Hall of Champions dinner on Tuesday night, telling the audience, "I hope that you can always see me as [a San Diego Charger]."

The Chargers are relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles.

"It really was special over the last decade," Rivers, 35, said. "The only regret I have is not winning it all while we were here. It's something we always wanted to do and get done for this community and for our team."

"It has been very special to be a San Diego Charger," he continued. "And I hope that you can always see me as that.

"I know it'll be different, but just know that ... I'll play like crazy and fight like crazy, as a Los Angeles Charger, just like I did for you guys. And I know y'all can respect and understand that. But I hope you also know that I will always be playing for San Diego as well."

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Rivers said he took into account the team's potential move to Los Angeles when he decided in 2015 to sign a contract extension through 2019.


Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

Tom Brady's Stolen Jersey Valued At $500,000

Feb 22, 2017 8:13 AM

Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl LI game jersey is valued at $500,000 according to a Houston police report.

The New England Patriots quarterback couldn't find his jersey in the locker room after a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Houston's NRG Stadium.

Police are classifying the theft as a first-degree felony.


Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Bears Begin Seeking Trade For Jay Cutler

Feb 21, 2017 7:09 PM

The Chicago Bears have actively begun seeking a trade of Jay Cutler.

Chicago are trying to acquire draft compensation for Cutler and talks are expected to accelerate heading into the combine.

While Cutler's contract does not include a no-trade clause, there remains a widespread belief that a deal will require both Cutler and the Bears to agree on the suitor.

Cutler has little incentive to play for a noncompetitive team given the lack of any guaranteed money in his current contract

Jeff Darlington/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

DeShaun Watson Hearing He'll Be A Top-Five Draft Pick

Feb 21, 2017 4:44 PM

DeShaun Watson says people are telling him that he'll be a top-five pick in the NFL Draft.

"I'm hearing that. First round, anywhere in that range, top 10, top five, just depends on what the teams say," Watson said.

Watson will perform at the NFL Scouting Combine next month.

Chase Goodbread/NFL

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Misc Rumor

Giants Expect 2-3 More Years From Eli Manning

Feb 21, 2017 4:41 PM

The New York Giants have begun to think about life after Eli Manning, who they expect to have at quarterback for another 2-3 years.

The Giants have begun to see a decline in Manning, Bob Glauber of Newsday told Pro Football Talk.

Manning is signed through 2019, at salaries of $13 million, $10.5 million, and $11.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

DeSean Jackson: Return To Eagles Would Be 'Great Story'

Feb 21, 2017 4:38 PM

DeSean Jackson says that if he leaves the Washington Redskins in free agency he wants to play for a "great quarterback" and that re-joining the Philadelphia Eagles would be a "great story."

Jackson spoke at length to ESPN's Adam Schefter on the reporter's Know Them From Adam podcast.

The wide receiver played his first six NFL seasons with the Eagles before he was released by then-coach Chip Kelly.

"It definitely is a great story or ending, I guess you could say," he said.

"Starting your career somewhere then going to a division rival team [and] having the possibility of maybe going back. You just kind of think about all of that when you start somewhere maybe you could finish it. There is just a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It all sounds good, but you really never know until the final decision is made," he said.


Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Panthers Release Mike Tolbert

Feb 21, 2017 4:35 PM

The Carolina Panthers have released Mike Tolbert, creating $1,725,000 in salary cap space.

Tolbert, 31, last offseason signed a two-year, $3.3 million deal with $700,000 guaranteed.

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

Pat Shurmur Focused On New Offensive Approach For Vikings

Feb 21, 2017 7:31 AM

The Minnesota Vikings struggled offensively last season for a number of reasons, including the loss of Teddy Bridgewater for the season, a dinged-up Adrian Peterson and the resignation of Norv Turner at midseason.

Pat Shurmur is now working to rebuild the Minnesota offense over the course of an entire offseason.

"There will be things we do where we’ll be able to operate differently. Some of the plays will look different maybe in special situations," Shurmur said. "But the key thing is that we have to do a better job of running the football in all situations, and I think that will be a focal point.

"From an offensive standpoint, you have to be able to score points so we need to be more efficient running the ball, hopefully more explosive, and then when we get in there close we have to score points."

The Vikings finished last season ranked 28th in the league in total offense, averaging just 315.1 yards per game. They ranked 23rd in points per game with 20.4 points per game as well.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers Will Be Patient At Quarterback

Feb 21, 2017 7:26 AM

Kyle Shanahan says the San Francisco 49ers will be patient in their search for a franchise quarterback.

Shanahan has been linked to Kirk Cousins, who he coached with the Washington Redskins.

"You're not trying to commit everything to one year," Shanahan told KNBR-AM in San Francisco. "Yes, you want to win right away. That's the goal of everybody. But you don't want to do that at the expense of hurting your future.

"You don't want to gamble. You want to be aggressive in everything, but you got to do what's right. You have to build your team the right way and that's what I mean by being patient."

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Kirk Cousins Won't Sign New Deal Before Franchise Tag Applied
If he's tagged, Kirk Cousins will rush to sign it, adding $23.94 million to the $19.95 million he earned last year.

Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk

Dolphins Acquire Julius Thomas From Jaguars For Branden Albert
Julius Thomas will restructure his contract upon completion of the trade.

James Walker/ESPN

Victor Cruz Visits With Panthers
Victor Cruz, who was released by the Giants last week, visited with the Panthers over the weekend.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Jaguars Release Jared Odrick After Just Two Seasons
Jacksonville signed Jared Odrick to a five-year contract worth $42.5 million with $22.5 million guaranteed in March 2015.

Mike DiRocco/ESPN

Kyle Shanahan May Bring Jacob Tamme To San Francisco
After catching 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns with the Falcons, Jacob Tamme is a free agent.


Chiefs, Texans Could Be Favorites For Tony Romo
If the Cowboys release Tony Romo, there is already a list of teams that are rumored to be potential destinations.

Peter King/TheMMQB

Dolphins, Jaguars Working On Branden Albert-Julius Thomas Trade
It was reported last week that the Dolphins planned to cut Branden Albert, but that didn't happen when Miami found interest in him.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cameron Wake Signs Two-Year, $19M Extension With Dolphins
Cameron Wake overcame adversity last year by bouncing back from a season-ending Achilles injury in 2015 to lead the Dolphins with 11.5 sacks.

James Walker/ESPN

Louis Riddick Was 'Very, Very Close' To Taking 49ers GM Job
Louis Riddick told ESPN Radio that he was close to becoming the next general manager of the 49ers.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Jeff Triplette Resigns As President Of NFLRA
The NFL Referees Association has announced that Jeff Triplette has resigned as president of the organization.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Mike McCoy: I Can Make Denver's Quarterbacks Better
The Broncos re-hired Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator and he believes he can make the team's quarterbacks better.

Conor Orr/NFL

Steelers Aren't Saying Whether They'll Franchise Le'Veon Bell
Le'Veon Bell can become an unrestricted free agent on March 9 and the Steelers aren't saying whether they'll keep him from the open market.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Dolphins May Not Release Branden Albert After All
It was reported on Thursday that the Dolphins would cut Branden Albert, but they appear to be backtracking on the decision.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Pittsburgh Police Investigating Altercation Involving Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis' attorney, Blaine Jones, said in an email to WTAE that he was the victim and sought medical treatment.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Dolphins To Release Branden Albert, Mario Williams
The Dolphins plan to release Branden Albert, Mario Williams and Earl Mitchell, according to sources.


Antonio Brown, Steelers Already Discussing Contract Extension
Antonio Brown has one year remaining on a five-year, $42 million deal.

Gerry Dulac/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Report: Patriots Not Expected To Trade Jimmy Garoppolo This Offseason
While Jimmy Garoppolo is the subject of trade rumors this offseason after his impressive performance during the suspension of Tom Brady, he could remain with the Patriots.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Tony Romo Expected To Be Released Not Traded
Tony Romo believes he can start for two or three more seasons despite turning 37 and his injury history.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Tom Brady, Patriots Hold 'Very Early' Talks On Extension
Tom Brady has a cap hit of $14 million in 2017 and cap hits of $22 million in 2018 and 2019.

Jeff Howe/Boston Herald

Texans Unlikely To Use Franchise Tag On A.J. Bouye
The Texans have historically eschewed using the franchise tag.

Aaron Wilson/Houston Chronicle