Los Angeles Rams Wiretap

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

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8 NFL Owners Contributed 6.7 Percent Of Money For Trump's Inauguration

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 PM

Eight NFL owners contributed to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

According to the FEC filing, NFL owners’ $7.25 million in contributions represented nearly one of every $15 donated to Trump’s inaugural committee.

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. Ed Glazer (Buccaneers) contributed $250,000.

The $7.25 million donated to the inauguration by NFL franchise owners represented about 6.7 percent of all money contributed to the inaugural committee.

Lachlan Markay/The Daily Beast

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins

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St. Louis Sues Rams, All 31 Other Teams Over Relocation

Apr 12, 2017 4:18 PM

The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County have filed a lawsuit against the Rams and the NFL over their relocation to Los Angeles.

The plaintiffs allege the Rams and the NFL violated the standards of team relocations and breached its contract with the city.

The suit says the Rams made intentional false claims that only enriched themselves and damaged the plaintiffs. 

According to the complaint, because of the Rams move to Los Angeles, St. Louis lost an estimated $1.85 - $3.5 million each year in amusement and ticket tax collections, approximately $7.5 million in property tax, $1.4 million in sales tax and millions in earnings taxes. The suit also claims the city lost more than $100 million in net proceeds because of the move as well as hotel and property tax revenue and sales tax revenue. 

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Legal

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NFL Relocation Fees Won't Be Shared With Players

Apr 11, 2017 4:45 PM

As a condition of approving all three franchise moves in the last 15 months, the NFL individually assessed relocation fees that will each be doled out to 31 other franchises. Those fees, according to various reports, total anywhere from $1.43 billion to $1.68 billion, or a distribution of approximately $46 million to $54 million per team. 

Those fees are not directly new revenue and won't be shared with players.

The CBA specifically excludes these fees from the revenues used to determine the league’s salary cap. 

Sports Illustrated’s Jack Dickey wrote back in January: “An observer from outside the sports world could reasonably conclude that the NFL is in actuality a trade group for land barons.”

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Legal

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Rams Open To Extension For Trumaine Johnson

Apr 10, 2017 8:46 AM

The Los Angeles Rams haven't ruled out a trade, but they are also open to a contract extension with Trumaine Johnson.

The Rams placed the franchise tag on Johnson earlier this year.

Johnson, 27, was a third-round pick in 2012.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Melvin Gordon Doesn't Want Rivalry With Todd Gurley

Apr 6, 2017 12:42 PM

Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley will share Los Angeles beginning this coming season, but the pair of running backs don't want to stoke a rivalry.

"It's what you guys make it," Gordon said. "At the end of the day, we're both going out there trying to be the best back and trying to prove that we're the best back. It's not just Todd that I have to worry about -- there's a lot of great backs that I'm trying to beat and outshine.

"So there's more to focus on than just Todd. I know there's going to be a lot on that just because he's up the street from me. But I go out there and I do what I need to do, and that will talk for itself."

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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T.J. McDonald Suspended 8 Games

Mar 30, 2017 8:55 AM

Free agent safety T.J. McDonald has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2017 regular season.

McDonald, formerly of the Los Angeles Rams, violated the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

"It is very unfortunate that T.J. will miss the first eight games this season, but he and I are both looking forward to him returning to regular-season action when eligible," McDonald's agent, Andrew Kessler, told ESPN.

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Jerry Jones' Legends To Profit Immensely Due To NFL Relocations

Mar 28, 2017 2:49 PM

Jerry Jones is a large shareholder of Legends, a hospitality-marketing company that will now sell the suites, concessions and sponsorships for the Las Vegas stadium for the Raiders.

Jones played a big role in guiding the Raiders to Las Vegas, as he did for the 49ers in Santa Clara and the Rams and Chargers in Los Angeles.

Legends is expected to earn hundreds of millions of dollars due to this new stadium activity.

Some valuations of Legends has eclipsed a few NFL teams.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

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Rams Add Kayvon Webster On Two-Year Deal

Mar 14, 2017 7:43 AM

The Los Angeles Rams have added cornerback depth by agreeing to a two-year deal with Kayvon Webster, according to a source.

Webster reunites with Wade Phillips, who was his defensive coordinator the last two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

He was a third-round pick of the Broncos in 2013.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Robert Woods Agrees Upon Five-Year, $39M Deal With Rams

Mar 9, 2017 11:39 AM

Robert Woods has agreed upon a five-year, $39 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams.

The contract for Woods includes $15 million in guaranteed money.

Woods caught 51 balls for 613 yards and one touchdown last season with the Buffalo Bills. Woods was considered one of the best available blocking wide receivers.

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Kenny Britt Agrees To Four-Year, $32.5M Deal With Browns
Kenny Britt's eighth season in the NFL was his most productive, as he finished 2016 with career highs in receptions (68) and receiving yards (1,002).

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Rams Actively Looking To Trade Trumaine Johnson
The Rams are actively looking to trade Trumaine Johnson, who they recently placed their franchise tag on.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Trumaine Johnson Signs One-Year, $16.7M Tender With Rams
The Rams took Trumaine Johnson out of Montana with a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

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Tony Romo Covets Texans, Chiefs, Broncos With 49ers, Rams Interested
Tony Romo would like to join a playoff contender as Peyton Manning did with the Broncos.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Rams Want Todd Gurley To Improve Pass Blocking
Todd Gurley struggled in 2016, watching his yards per carry drop from 4.8 as a rookie to 3.2 as a second-year player, but the Rams want him to improve elsewhere.

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Rams To Hire Matt LaFleur As Offensive Coordinator
Sean McVay views Matt LaFleur as capable of helping him implement his offense and teaching former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff how to excel in the NFL game.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Marshall Faulk Maintains The Patriots Filmed The Rams' Practice
Marshall Faulk still believes that the Patriots filmed the Rams' final practice before the Super Bowl in 2002 despite no evidence that anything illegal ever took place.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Todd Gurley: 2016 Season 'Like A Nightmare'
Todd Gurley had a yards-per-carry average of just 3.2 in his second NFL season with the Rams.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Rams Now Focused On Possible Front Office Additions
With a new head coach in place, the Rams have turned their attention to improving the front office.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Chargers Abandon New 'LA' Logo
A.G. Spanos said that the team may “take another shot” at an L.A. logo “down the road,” and that the franchise is considering ways to involve the community’s voice in the process.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Wade Phillips Agrees To Become Defensive Coordinator Of Rams
Wade Phillips traditionally runs a 3-4 defense, but the Rams mainly used four defensive linemen and two linebackers under Gregg Williams this past season.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Rams Hire Sean McVay As Head Coach
The Rams have hired Sean McVay as head coach.

RealGM Staff Report

Josh McDaniels Prefers 49ers' Job Over Rams, Jaguars
The 49ers are attractive to Josh McDaniels as they don't currently have a GM, plan to be patient in their rebuild and are viewed as a marquee NFL franchise.

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Demoff: Rams Don't Need A Rebuild
The Rams went 4-12 in 2016 after a 3-1 start and will hire a new head coach this offseason.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Kyle Shanahan Believed To Prefer Broncos' Job
Kyle Shanahan could have a number of options this offseason as he's set to meet with the Rams, Jaguars, 49ers and Broncos.

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Sean McVay To Interview With 49ers, Rams
Sean McVay won't turn 31 until late in January and was 28 when he was hired for his current job.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

RealGM Staff Report

Kyle Shanahan To Interview With Rams, Jags, Broncos, 49ers
Kyle Shanahan has several years of NFL experience despite being just 37 years old.

NFL.com

Josh McDaniels To Interview With Rams, 49ers, Jaguars
Josh McDaniels is expected to interview with the Rams, 49ers and Jaguars this week.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Jeff Fisher Knew Rams Were Moving To Los Angeles In 2012
Jeff Fisher was asked multiple questions about overseeing the Oilers move from Houston to Tennessee during his interview with the Rams.

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