Football Wiretap

Raiders' Relocation Vote Expected Next Week

Mar 22, 2017 10:53 AM

NFL owners are expected to vote at next week's meetings whether to approve the Oakland Raiders' relocation to las Vegas.

One owner, who wished to remain anonymous, told ESPN's Dan Graziano that a vote next week is "more probable than not."

In January, Raiders owner Mark Davis filed an application to move the team to Las Vegas in time for the 2020 season.

The Raiders are proposing to build a $1.9 billion stadium near the Strip.

A new stadium in Las Vegas is not expected to be completed until 2020. The Raiders have two more years on their lease at the Oakland Coliseum but likely will have to play at a temporary facility in 2019.


Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal

Kamar Aiken Signs One-Year Deal With Colts

Mar 22, 2017 8:43 AM

The Indianapolis Colts have signed Kamar Aiken to a one-year deal.

Aiken led the Baltimore Ravens with 75 catches for 944 yards and five touchdowns in 2015, but followed that up with just 29 receptions, 328 yards and one score this past season.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Reuben Foster Taken Off Draft Board Of Team With Top-15 Pick

Mar 22, 2017 8:39 AM

At least one NFL team has removed Reuben Foster from their draft board in the wake of a heated argument between the Alabama linebacker and a hospital worker at the Scouting Combine, according to a report.

That club holds a pick in the top-15.

"He already had immaturity, issues with life skills. This is the same guy," a team evaluator said of Foster. "We're not in the market."

Foster is widely considered the top linebacker in this year's draft class.

Chase Goodbread/NFL

Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

Dolphins, Kiko Alonso Agree Upon Four-Year Extension

Mar 22, 2017 8:28 AM

The Miami Dolphins have signed Kiko Alonso to a four-year contract extension.

"It means everything," Alonso said. "This is where I want to be. I'm just excited that it's official that I'm staying here."

Alonso led the Dolphins with 115 tackles last season. Miami gave Alonso a first-round tender earlier this month to prevent the linebacker, a restricted free agent, from exploring his options with other teams.

James Walker/ESPN

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Solomon Thomas Goes To 49ers At No. 2 In Half Of Major Mock Drafts

Mar 21, 2017 6:23 PM

Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas is expected to be selected by the 49ers by nine of 17 major mock drafts.

New general manager John Lynch played at Stanford.

Thomas had 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss last season, including a sack in the Sun Bowl.

Daniel Mano/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Cam Newton To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Mar 21, 2017 3:03 PM

Cam Newton will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder at Carolinas Medical Center on March 30. The injury occurred against the San Diego Chargers in Week 14 of last season. Newton finished the game, and the following week, an MRI revealed a partially torn rotator cuff.

“It is well-documented and well-researched that overhead throwing athletes commonly have wear and tear to their rotator cuffs,” head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. “As a result of the MRI, we modified all of Cam’s work in the weight room and on the field for the final three weeks of the season.”

Newton did not miss any snaps in the remaining three games, and after the season concluded, a number of MRIs were performed to monitor his progress. Newton also saw a rehabilitation specialist in Atlanta who was in daily contact with Vermillion.

“We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March,” Vermillion said. “Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage – the strengthening stage, the throwing stage – he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing.

“As a result, Dr. Pat Connor (head team physician) felt the most prudent procedure would be to arthroscopically repair the shoulder.”

Newton has missed just three games in six NFL seasons. 

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Injury

Marshawn Lynch's Agent Unsure If He'll Return

Mar 21, 2017 1:46 PM

The agent of Marshawn Lynch is unsure if he will come out of retirement to join the Oakland Raiders.

The Seattle Seahawks own the NFL rights to Lynch and he'd have to petition the NFL to return and then be released or traded.

“Well, in all sincerity, Marshawn’s been in Canada,” agent Doug Hendrickson told KNBR Monday. “I’m due to see him this week. So he and I have not spoken about this at all. So it was the media who took the ball and ran with it. He’s one of the most unique guys I’ve ever been with in my life.

“Marshawn, it wouldn’t shock me if he says, 'Hey, I want to play.’ It wouldn’t shock me if he says, 'Nah, I don’t know where this came from. I don’t want to play.’ ”

According to Hendrickson, money won’t be the biggest issue with regard to a comeback.

“He doesn’t spend any of the money he’s made. He’s got a lot of money,” Hendrickson said. “He does miss football. No question. He loves the game of football. He’s 30. But until I meet with him this week, you know, I don’t know what his mindset is. He’s the kind of guy that can shift by the hour.”

Jerry McDonald/Oakland Tribune

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

Patriots, Saints Haven't Discussed Malcolm Butler Trade

Mar 21, 2017 7:54 AM

The New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints haven't discussed a trade centered around Malcolm Butler, according to a report.

The Patriots won't negotiate until Butler signs his restricted free agency tender.

It had been reported that the two teams considered adding Butler to the trade that sent Brandin Cooks to New England earlier this month, but the deal was completed without the cornerback.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Tags: New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Donald Trump Takes Credit For Colin Kaepernick Being Unsigned

Mar 21, 2017 7:47 AM

President Donald Trump has taken credit for the fact that Colin Kaepernick has not signed with a team since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers three weeks ago.

Trump said he read an article about NFL owners' fears about signing Kaepernick and said, "They don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?"

Trump added that he wanted to share this with "the people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag."

Kaepernick famously took a knee during the national anthem before 49ers games last fall to protest what he said was oppression of people of color, leading to dozens of athletes in multiple sports following with protests of their own.

In the midst of explaining his actions to reporters, Kaepernick called then-candidate Trump "openly racist."


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

Tom Brady's Super Bowl Jersey Found In Possession Of Media Member

Mar 20, 2017 8:08 PM

Tom Brady's stolen jersey from this year's Super Bowl has been recovered after being found in the possession of a member of the international media.

The jerseys were found in Mexico and currently are being authenticated by authorities, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

The Mexican Editorial Organization (OEM), a major newspaper publishing company, has identified the man allegedly involved in the case as Martin Mauricio Ortega, who was a director of one of its newspapers, Diario La Prensa, until he resigned last Tuesday.

"I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved. I know they worked hard on this case -- and it is very much appreciated. Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience," Brady said in a statement released via his agent, Don Yee.

Darren Rovell, Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots

Jets Sign Josh McCown To One-Year Deal
Josh McCown's deal is worth $6 million and is fully guaranteed.

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Saints Close To Signing Manti Te'o
Manti Te'o, who turned 26 in January, has missed a combined 26 games in his four previous NFL seasons.


Ben Roethlisberger 'Leaning Towards' Return In 2017
Ben Roethlisberger, 35, has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career.

Nick Shook/NFL

49ers Remain Open To Bringing Back Colin Kaepernick
The 49ers currently have Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley as options under center.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Ray Rice Hasn't Given Up On Continuing NFL Career
Ray Rice would still like to play football and believes that he could help an NFL team.


Blake Bortles Working On Quicker Release, Other Tweaks
Blake Bortles has spent the last two months working on his mechanics at 3DQB in California instead of worrying about whether the Jaguars view him as their quarterback long-term.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Dwight Clark Reveals ALS Diagnosis
Dwight Clark is best known for his leaping touchdown catch during the NFC Championship Game in 1982.


Saints Bring In Chase Daniel For Visit
The Saints have Luke McCown, who will make $1.5 million in the final year of his contract, but Chase Daniel is five years younger.

Adam Caplan/ESPN

Jared Cook Wants To 'Bribe' Amari Cooper For No. 89
Jared Cook has worn No. 89 throughout his NFL career and would like to continue to do so with the Raiders.

Jimmy Durkin/Mercury News

Chargers Won't Rule Out Drafting Quarterback
While the Chargers are thrilled with Philip Rivers, they won't rule out drafting his potential successor in this spring's NFL Draft.

Conor Orr/NFL

Rex Ryan Signs Multi-Year Deal With ESPN
It remains to be seen if Rex Ryan will replace current talent as reports have indicated that ESPN will be cutting payroll in the coming months.

New York Daily News

Giants Sign Geno Smith, Josh Johnson
Geno Smith was a second round pick by the Jets in 2013.

Jordan Ranaan, Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jason Pierre-Paul Agrees To Deal With Giants With $54M Guaranteed
Jason Pierre-Paul will average approximately $17 million per season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Sean Payton Explains Why Saints Interested In Malcolm Butler
Malcolm Butler visited the Saints on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Colin Kaepernick Receiving No Interest Despite QB-Needy Teams
Players of Colin Kaepernick's caliber usually get multiple shots but there are a number of factors working against him.

Mike Freeman/Bleacher Report

Raiders Considering Marshawn Lynch Through Trade Or Release
The Raiders would have to either acquire Marshawn Lynch in trade with the Seahawks or after his release.

Adam Schefter & Josina Anderson/ESPN

Eddie Lacy's Contract With Seahawks Includes Seven Weigh-Ins
There is a $385,000 weight clause in Eddie Lacy's contract with the Seattle Seahawks that is based on the running back hitting specific benchmarks on seven separate occasions, according to a source.

Field Yates/ESPN

Jets Expected To Sign Morris Claiborne
Morris Claiborne is expected to sign a contract with the Jets, according to a league source.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Patriots Believed To Genuinely Want To Keep Jimmy Garoppolo
Some think that the Patriots could even use the franchise tag on Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018 and not as a precursor to a trade.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Vikings Rule Out Re-Signing Adrian Peterson
Rick Spielman said he texted Adrian Peterson at 1 a.m. on Thursday morning and informed him of the Latavius Murray deal.