Football Wiretap

Patriots Won't Trade Jimmy Garoppolo This Offseason

Apr 23, 2017 8:53 PM

The New England Patriots have no plans to trade Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

With Tom Brady planning to play for several more seasons, the Patriots figured to explore his trade market.

The Patriots haven't come off their asking price for Garoppolo.

New England could conceivably use the franchise tag on Garoppolo next offseason even if he remains their backup quarterback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Browns Contemplating Selecting Mitch Trubisky At No. 1

Apr 23, 2017 7:17 PM

The Cleveland Browns are still contemplating selecting Mitch Trubisky with the first overall pick.

Myles Garrett is the consensus top prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Browns also own the 12th overall pick but are unlikely to be able to pick Trubisky there.

The San Francisco 49ers could even select Trubisky at No. 2.

Mark Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Taylor Gabriel Signs Tender With Falcons

Apr 22, 2017 4:00 PM

Taylor Gabriel has signed his second round tender with the Atlanta Falcons worth $2.8 million.

Gabriel said in February that he wanted to stay with the organization "forever".

Gabriel had a breakout 2016 season at wide receiver.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Raiders Remain Interested In Acquiring Marshawn Lynch

Apr 21, 2017 7:08 PM

The Oakland Raiders remain interested in acquiring Marshawn Lynch from the Seattle Seahawks.

"At some point you'd like to know and prior to the draft is that point," Reggie McKenzie said Friday during a media conference to preview the draft. "Our door is open and we're not shutting the door until that time, pretty much.

"Never going to say never, but the door is still open."

There's the issue of Lynch's rights still being owned by the Seattle Seahawks and Lynch, should he be acquired by Oakland, agreeing to more of an incentive-based contract since his current deal has him due a salary cap number of $9 million in 2017 and a base salary of $7 million in 2018.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Seahawks Don't Expect To Trade Richard Sherman

Apr 21, 2017 9:33 AM

The Seattle Seahawks will continue to listen to offers for Richard Sherman, but they no longer anticipate moving the cornerback.

"Right now, I don't think the odds (of a trade) are very good," John Schneider told KIRO-AM in Seattle. "But if somebody comes cruising along and something happens, and we do something, it happens."

The Seahawks have been in contact with Sherman about the process.

"We have constant communication with him. I talked to him this evening," Schneider said. "So it's cool. Everything's fine. I just think that the only reason we would do it is to basically create some cap room and try to become a younger football team. But that's just one option."

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tony Romo Will Call Two Cowboys Games For CBS

Apr 21, 2017 9:29 AM

Tony Romo will call a pair of Dallas Cowboys games in his first season as an analyst for CBS.

Romo will work the Nov. 5 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cowboys in Dallas alongside Jim Nantz.

Romo and Nantz will be back at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day for Chargers-Cowboys.

Those are the only two Cowboys games that CBS will broadcast this season.

Barry Horn/Sports Daily

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

Aaron Hernandez Planned Suicide 'For Weeks'

Apr 21, 2017 9:24 AM

Aaron Hernandez planned his suicide for quite some time, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

The former New England Patriots tight end planned the act "for weeks." The report indicates that Hernandez had given "most of his personal belongings to fellow inmates and covered the floor of his cell in soap," which would prevent him from saving himself if he decided to got against his plans.

The report also says three notes were left in his cell. It had been reported that no letters were left behind.

Daily Mail

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Rams, Chargers To Play Three Home Games On Same Day At Same Time

Apr 20, 2017 8:27 PM

The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers will play three home games during the 2017 season on the same day and at the same time.

The Rams will play their home games at the Coliseum, while the Chargers will play at the StubHub Center in Carson.

The Rams and Chargers will eventually play in the same stadium in Inglewood.

Neither the Rams or Chargers will host a night game this season.

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers

Aaron Hernandez's Brain Donated For CTE Study

Apr 20, 2017 6:37 PM

The death of Aaron Hernandez has been officially ruled a suicide. Authorities say investigators found three handwritten notes next to a Bible inside the maximum-security prison cell where Hernandez was found hanging early Wednesday. There were also no signs of a struggle and he blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks.

Authorities say Hernandez's brain is being turned over to university researchers now that they've ruled his death in prison a suicide.

Officials say the brain will be released to Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center in accordance with the wishes of Hernandez's family.


Tags: New England Patriots

Patriots To Host Chiefs For NFL's Opening Game Of 2017

Apr 20, 2017 3:59 PM

The New England Patriots will host the Kansas City Chiefs for the first regular season game of the 2017 season.

The Patriots and Chiefs were each playoff teams last season with New England winning the Super Bowl.

The New York Giants will also play at the Dallas Cowboys during the opening week of the season, while the Green Bay Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots

ESPN Wants Better Monday Night Football Slate In 2017
There are 256 games in a season and if the league puts more marquee games on ESPN, that means CBS, FOX and NBC will have fewer big games.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Browns Have No Plans To Trade For Veteran Quarterback
The Browns have no plans to trade for a veteran quarterback, according to Sashi Brown.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Phil Simms Staying With CBS, Moving To 'NFL Today'
Phil Simms was serving as the lead color analyst for CBS with Jim Nantz but was replaced this offseason by Tony Romo.

John Ourand/Sports Business Journal

Netflix Not Interested In Broadcasting Live Sports
Revenues increased by 35% for Netflix, while the service added 5 million new members.

Rimma Kats/eMarketer

8 NFL Owners Contributed 6.7 Percent Of Money For Trump's Inauguration
Robert Kraft (Patriots), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Woody Johnson (Jets), Bob McNair (Texans), Shahid Khan (Jaguars), Stan Kroenke (Rams) and Dan Snyder (Washington) each contributed $1 million.

Lachlan Markay/The Daily Beast

Tom Brady Skips Patriots' White House Visit
Tom Brady decided not to attend the New England Patriots' visit to the White House.

Rachel G. Bowers/Boston Globe

Patriots Sign James White To Extension
James White finished first in receiving touchdowns (five) and third in receptions (60) and receiving yards (551) among NFL running backs.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

DeAndre Hopkins Building Bond With Tom Savage
Tom Savage is projected to start at quarterback for the Texans after Brock Osweiler was dumped in a trade with the Browns.

Aaron Wilson/Houston Chronicle

Mike Gillislee Signs Two-Year Offer Sheet With Patriots
The Patriots have signed Mike Gillislee to a two-year offer sheet worth $6.4 million, according to sources.


Aaron Hernandez Found Dead In Prison Cell
Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and was acquitted of a double murder just two days ago, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday.


Malcolm Butler Signs Tender With Patriots
The tender was at the first round level and carries a salary of $3.91 million for 2017.

Field Yates/ESPN

Buccaneers Chosen For HBO's Hard Knocks
The Buccaneers will be the team featured in the 2017 edition of Hard Knocks.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Mercedes-Benz Stadium May Not Be Ready For Start Of Falcons' Season
The "decommissioning" and demolition of the Georgia Dome have been put on hold.

Tim Tucker/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Matthew Stafford Interested In Extension With Lions
Matthew Stafford will make $16.5 million this season and a franchise tag in 2018 would cost $26.4 million.

Dave Birkett/Detroit Free Press

Carson Wentz Says Mechanics Work Was Minor
Carson Wentz's mechanics were a popular topic after his rookie season with the Eagles.

Les Bowen/Philly News

DeMarco Murray: Tony Romo 'Still Has Something Left In The Tank'
DeMarco Murray still believes that Tony Romo can play football at a high level, but he also sees success in the quarterback's future as a broadcaster.

Jason Wolf/USA Today

Derek Carr Cleared For Offseason Training Program
Derek Carr's surgically repaired right fibula is healed enough that the Raiders quarterback will be a full participant in the team's offseason training program.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Buccaneers Exercise Fifth-Year Option On Mike Evans
In just three seasons, Mike Evans has totaled 238 receptions, 3,578 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Andrew Luck Says Shoulder Issues Began In 2015
Andrew Luck and the Colts decided against surgery at the end of that season because they felt like rehab was the best route to go.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Panthers Sign Kawann Short To Five-Year, $80M Deal
Kawann Short said he wanted to remain with the Panthers even if it meant the franchise tag.

Adam Schefter/ESPN