May 2017 - Football Wiretap

Matt Asiata Signs One-Year Deal With Lions

May 28, 2017 12:48 AM

Matt Asiata has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Asiata had an extended tryout with the team during rookie minicamp two weeks ago and the Lions didn't initially sign him. After the first week of OTAs, though, the team made a move.

Asiata has played his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings, recording 361 carries for 1,259 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also showed some ability as a receiver, catching 101 passes for 722 yards and a touchdown.

"Anybody knows who has seen him work, he's a good special-teamer," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said before the minicamp. "He's tough. He's a very good pass protector and he carries the ball. He runs behind his pads. He's always been a very, very effective player in this league."

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Dirk Koetter Apologizes For '28-3' Shot At Falcons

May 26, 2017 11:36 AM

Dirk Koetter has apologized after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tweeted a '28-3' joke to the Atlanta Falcons.

"I want to sure on behalf of the Bucs organization that I apologize for whatever that was supposed to be that went out on social media yesterday," Koetter said. "That's not what our organization is about and that was totally unprofessional and not smart on our part, whoever was responsible for that. Heck, we want to be playing in the Super Bowl and we were sitting on our butt while they were playing. So we've got no room to make fun of anyone in the Super Bowl whether they won or not."

The Buccaneers' tweet to the Falcons was in response to Atlanta mocking Tampa Bay's fidget spinner promotion.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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LeSean McCoy Excited To Catch Passes In New Offensive System

May 26, 2017 11:33 AM

The Buffalo Bills are implementing a new offense and LeSean McCoy is excited to catch more passes.

"The running backs getting the ball in the passing game," McCoy said. "That's something I've been a part of, but it's been a while since I've actually got the ball a lot in the air -- we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that's been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I'm a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air."

McCoy's best season as a pass-catcher came in 2010 with the Philadelphia Eagles when he hauled in 78 receptions.

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Tags: Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor

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Chip Kelly Joins ESPN As Analyst

May 26, 2017 10:50 AM

Chip Kelly is joining ESPN as a studio analyst next season.

ESPN announced Kelly's multiyear deal Friday,

"Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective -- as a coach," Kelly said in a statement. "Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I'll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.

"Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me."

Kelly will primarily be part of ESPN2's college football coverage, though he'll also provide NFL analysis on Sundays.

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Victor Cruz Signs One-Year Deal With Bears

May 25, 2017 3:51 PM

Victor Cruz has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Cruz, 30, joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of UMass in 2010 and quickly made his mark. He starred on their Super Bowl XLVI-winning team in 2011 and had 303 catches, 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns during his time with the Giants.

The Bears were thin at wide receiver following the departure of Alshon Jeffery.

Cruz is 2½ years removed from major knee surgery and would have counted for $9.4 million against the Giants' salary cap in 2017. New York freed up $7.5 million in cap space with his release.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Andrew Hawkins Agrees To One-Year Deal With Patriots

May 25, 2017 11:31 AM

The New England Patriots have signed Andrew Hawkins to a one-year deal.

"I'm super excited about the opportunity to join the reigning football champions. I exited Cleveland, and I said it was about joining a contender and the Patriots are the contender, the reigning champs. The program is top-notch and you get the opportunity to play with the best quarterback and the best coach in NFL history," said Hawkins.

Hawkins, 31, worked out for the team last week. He most recently made headlines by earning his master's degree from Columbia with a 4.0 GPA.

The Browns had released him on Feb. 27 in a move the wide receiver agreed was best for all parties.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Richard Sherman Envisioned Himself Playing For Cowboys, Patriots

May 25, 2017 11:05 AM

A few months after winning the Super Bowl, Richard Sherman brought an unexpected intensity to a Seattle Seahawks' practice that triggered multiple scuffles. 

Sherman picked off Russell Wilson and sought to get inside the head of one of the NFL's most celebrated young quarterbacks.

"You f---ing suck!" yelled Sherman as he threw the ball back to Wilson.

Less than a year later, Wilson was picked off by Malcolm Butler on the one-yard line in Super Bowl XLIX.

Sherman has told teammates and friends that he believes the Seahawks should have won multiple Super Bowls by now. Sherman and the Seahawks are also open to a parting of ways via trade.

Sherman believes Pete Carroll hasn't held Wilson or many young Seahawks to the standard of their defense.

"He's always looking at what other people are doing," says a former assistant coach who has had many talks with Sherman. "He's made it personal. It's your fault we're not winning. It wears guys thin."

Sherman and Carroll have held several private conversations this offseason. Sherman had told friends that he allowed himself to imagine playing for the Cowboys, maybe the Patriots, hoping Lynch would come out of retirement and join him in New England. The Seahawks weren't trading Sherman, however, unless a bad team offered multiple first round picks.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Ezekiel Elliott Injures Head In 'Minor Car Accident'

May 25, 2017 8:19 AM

Ezekiel Elliott didn't participate in practice Tuesday or Wednesday after he suffered a head injury in a "minor car accident" on Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys announced.

Elliott worked off to the side of practice Wednesday as a precaution. Jason Garrett said the running back would also sit out on Thursday before returning to the field on Tuesday.

He was the passenger in a car that was rear-ended on Sunday night.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Kirk Cousins On Long-Term Deal: We'll See What Happens In July

May 25, 2017 8:14 AM

Kirk Cousins says he's in a "good place" with his current contract with Washington.

The quarterback's long-term status with Washington has yet to be addressed. The deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign a long-term contract is July 15.

"I've had very positive conversations with everybody involved throughout the process this offseason," Cousins said. "I feel like everybody is on the same page and I really have nothing further to add from what's already been said. I feel good about where I'm at, where this team is at, where my teammates are at so now it's a matter of trying to move forward and we'll see what happens come July 15. It will be a telling date as it was last summer."

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Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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John Elway Confident He'll Sign Extension By Week 1

May 25, 2017 8:09 AM

John Elway is entering the final year of his contract with the Denver Broncos, but he's confident that a new deal will be signed before the start of the 2017 season.

Elway insists that there are no issues in negotiations to remain Denver's general manager and executive vice president of football operations.

"We're continuing to work at it. I don't see any problems with that. I look forward to being here with the Broncos for a long time," Elway said.

Elway added, "I don't think there will be any doubt" that the deal will get done by the time the Broncos begin the season Sept. 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

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Brock Osweiler On Starting: 'Proof Is In The Film'
Brock Osweiler is convinced that he's a starting quarterback in the NFL.

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Browns Add Ryan Grigson To Front Office
The Browns have hired Ryan Grigson as Senior Personnel Executive.

RealGM Staff Report

Ben Roethlisberger: It Doesn't Matter How Close I Came To Retiring
Ben Roethlisberger said he's "110 percent committed" to 2017, but made zero promises about the future.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Super Bowl LV Moved To Tampa; L.A. To Host SB LVI
The NFL is delaying the Super Bowl's return to Los Angeles.

Austin Knoblauch/NFL

Seahawks To Work Out Colin Kaepernick
The Seahawks are scheduled to work out some veteran quarterbacks and Colin Kaepernick is slated to be among them, according to sources.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Patriots Restructure Rob Gronkowski's Deal To Include Big Incentives
The Patriots have restructured Rob Gronkowski's contract for the 2017 season, giving him the chance to become the NFL's highest-paid tight end through incentives.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Odell Beckham Jr. Signs NFL's Richest Shoe Deal
Odell Beckham, Jr.'s contract is a five-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $5 million a year.

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Rashad Jennings Wins 24th Season Of 'Dancing With The Stars'
The running back edged former Major League Baseball player David Ross and Lindsay Arnold for the crown in the show's 24th season.

ESPN

Cortez Kennedy Passes Away At 48
Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

TMZ

NFL Shortens Regular Season Overtime To 10 Minutes
The NFL claims the proposal was made with player safety in mind.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kirk Cousins, Washington Have 'Constant Dialogue' On Contract
While Bruce Allen remains optimistic, he knows there might not be much movement for another two months.

John Keim/ESPN

Owners Discuss Allowing Teams To Hire Coaches Still In Playoffs
The 49ers waited until after the Super Bowl to agree upon a deal with Kyle Shanahan.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tony Romo To Make Broadcasting Debut This Weekend
Tony Romo will make his CBS broadcasting debut this weekend at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

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O.J. Simpson To Receive Parole Hearing In July
O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this year after nearly a decade behind bars.

NBC News

Jay Gruden: Chris Thompson Is NFL's Best Third-Down Back
Jay Gruden is pretty confident in Redskins' running back Chris Thompson.

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Larry Fitzgerald Will Only Address Future During Camp
Larry Fitzgerald won't be answering questions about his future throughout the 2017 season.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

NFL Planning Rule Changes For Celebration Penalties
The NFL is scheduled to hold ownership meetings on Tuesday in Chicago and rule changes for celebration penalties will be discussed.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Browns Sign Myles Garrett To $30.4M Contract
The Browns have signed first overall pick Myles Garrett to his four-year, fully guaranteed rookie contract.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Calvin Johnson Didn't Like The Way Lions Treated Him Upon Retirement
Calvin Johnson doesn't like to talk about the Detroit Lions much.

ESPN.com

Former Lions All-Pro Wayne Walker Dies At Age 80
Wayne Walker played 15 seasons with the Detroit Lions and worked as the Sports Director for KPIX in San Francisco.

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