April 2017 - Football Wiretap

Titans Have Offers For No. 5 Pick, May Move Down

Apr 26, 2017 8:08 AM

The Tennessee Titans have multiple offers for the No. 5 pick and are considering moving down.

The Titans traded the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams so they could take Jared Goff last year. They then traded back up with the Cleveland Browns to select Jack Conklin.

In addition to the fifth pick, the Titans have No. 18 and an extra third-rounder. They do not have a second-round selection.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Browns Have Discussed Trading Up With Three Teams In Top 8

Apr 26, 2017 8:19 AM

The Cleveland Browns, who own the No. 1 and No. 12 picks, have had discussions with at least three teams in the top eight about moving up.

The Browns are in need of a franchise quarterback and are expected to take Myles Garrett first overall. They could use the 12th pick and other assets to improve their second selection in order to take a quarterback.

Michael Silver of the NFL Network speculates that the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers could move a pick to Cleveland.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

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

Sean Payton: Adrian Peterson Will 'Complement' Mark Ingram

Apr 26, 2017 8:14 AM

Sean Payton doesn't foresee any issues figuring out how to use both Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram at running back.

The New Orleans Saints agreed to a two-year deal with Peterson on Tuesday.

"I think the role will be very clear and defined," Payton said. "He's someone that certainly will complement Mark. Those guys are different in some ways and yet we feel like we've added another quality player."

For his part, Ingram is saying all the right things about the addition of Peterson.

"I am all about winning, so if that's what helps us win -- I am all for it," Ingram said on a conference call. "Obviously (Peterson) is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I can learn a lot from him."

Nick Shook/NFL

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

Vince Young Working Out For CFL's Roughriders

Apr 26, 2017 8:04 AM

Vince Young is participating in a three-day minicamp with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

"I'm just happy to be playing football," Young said.

Young, 33, hasn't played in an NFL regular season game since 2011, but he's hoping to earn an invitation to the Roughriders' preseason camp.

Riders head coach and general manager Chris Jones says it's an open competition for starting quarterback, and Young is one of five quarterbacks in camp.


Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

LeGarrette Blount, Giants Have Mutual Interest

Apr 25, 2017 4:47 PM

The New York Giants and LeGarrette Blount have mutual interest.

A deal could be agreed upon before the draft.

Blount would be a good complement for the Giants alongside Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Martavis Bryant Conditionally Reinstated By NFL

Apr 25, 2017 4:45 PM

Martavis Bryant has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL.

Bryant had been suspended for the entire 2016 season for multiple violations of the league's policy against substances of abuse.

"Martavis Bryant has followed the protocol and has been conditionally reinstated by the National Football League," steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. "We appreciate that he has taken the necessary steps in an effort to get his personal life in order. We also understand this is just the beginning as he works to return to the team and meet all of the conditions of his reinstatement.

"We look forward to working with Martavis to ensure that he is mentally and physically prepared to contribute to our efforts on the field, while also maintaining the proper balance to keep his life in order off the field."

Nick Shook/NFL.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Jay Cutler Has No Plans To Retire

Apr 25, 2017 4:41 PM

Jay Cutler remains a free agent but his agent insists he doesn't want to retire.

"Jay wants to play football," agent Bus Cook said. "He never has mentioned retirement to me. Jay Cutler, as far as I know, is ready to play and wants to play, and his skill set is as good as any quarterback in the league."

Cutler had been with the Chicago Bears since 2009.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Steelers Have No Information On Martavis Bryant Reinstatement

Apr 25, 2017 9:15 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have no information about Martavis Bryant's potential reinstatement.

"We have not gotten word on Martavis Bryant," Kevin Colbert said. "We have no information. We have no idea if we'll get information [before the draft] or not. We have to operate under the assumption that, until he is here, he is not here."

Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season because of multiple failed drug tests.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

Adrian Peterson, Saints Finalize Two-Year Deal

Apr 25, 2017 9:11 AM

The New Orleans Saints have finalized a two-year, $7 million deal with Adrian Peterson.

The deal includes $3.5 million guaranteed in 2017.

"I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints," Peterson said in a statement to ESPN. "I'm really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit. Additionally, my wife and family added their confirmation with the same feelings. On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit.

"They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well. I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute. I also did a lot of homework on the defense as well. While I know that injuries have played a role in performance, I also see areas of potential with a lot of younger guys having the ability to step up. Lastly, it goes without saying that the Saints have an amazing fan base and I look forward to making them proud and creating everlasting memories."

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Bills Decline To Match Patriots' Offer For Mike Gillislee

Apr 24, 2017 4:15 PM

Mike Gillislee will join the New England Patriots after the Buffalo Bills decided not to match a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet on Monday.

New England will send a fifth-round draft pick to Buffalo as compensation for the restricted free agent.

Just a year ago the Patriots signed Chris Hogan to a three-year, $12 million offer sheet which the Bills declined to match.

In addition to Gillislee, the Patriots have James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead at running back.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Adrian Peterson, Saints Moving Towards Deal
Adrian Peterson could sign for approximately $3 million-plus for 2017.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Jabrill Peppers Tests Positives For Diluted Sample At Combine
Jabrill Peppers is widely expected to be a first round pick.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jake Long Announces Retirement From NFL
Jake Long was the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dolphins.


Patriots Likely To Keep Malcolm Butler
Malcolm Butler signed a one-year, $3.91 million tender with the Patriots last Wednesday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers Considering A Quarterback With No. 2 Pick
The 49ers are strongly considering a quarterback with the second overall pick this week, according to several sources.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Packers' Coaches 'Incensed' T.J. Lang Was Allowed To Walk
The staff was "incensed" that Ted Thompson allowed T.J. Lang to get away in free agency, according to a report.

Bob McGinn/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patriots Won't Trade Jimmy Garoppolo This Offseason
New England could conceivably use the franchise tag on Jimmy Garoppolo next offseason even if he remains their backup quarterback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Browns Contemplating Selecting Mitch Trubisky At No. 1
The Browns also own the 12th overall pick but are unlikely to be able to pick Mitch Trubisky there.

Mark Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Taylor Gabriel Signs Tender With Falcons
Taylor Gabriel said in February that he wanted to stay with the organization "forever."


Raiders Remain Interested In Acquiring Marshawn Lynch
The Raiders remain interested in acquiring Marshawn Lynch from the Seahawks.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Seahawks Don't Expect To Trade Richard Sherman
The Seahawks will continue to listen to offers for Richard Sherman, but they no longer anticipate moving the cornerback.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tony Romo Will Call Two Cowboys Games For CBS
Tony Romo will work the Nov. 5 game between the Chiefs and Cowboys in Dallas alongside Jim Nantz.

Barry Horn/Sports Daily

Aaron Hernandez Planned Suicide 'For Weeks'
Aaron Hernandez planned his suicide for quite some time, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

Daily Mail

Rams, Chargers To Play Three Home Games On Same Day At Same Time
The Rams and Chargers will eventually play in the same stadium in Inglewood.

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

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


Patriots To Host Chiefs For NFL's Opening Game Of 2017
The Patriots and Chiefs were each playoff teams last season with New England winning the Super Bowl.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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