Football Wiretap

Raiders Acquire Christian Hackenberg From Jets

May 22, 2018 5:37 PM

The New York Jets have traded Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional draft pick.

The move came hours after Hackenberg made critical comments about the coaching staff to reporters. He said the past two seasons were "frustrating" because he didn't "get any information from anybody on how to fix that and how to address" mechanical flaws.

Hackeberg was a second round pick in 2016 out of Penn State. The Jets have since traded up to select Sam Darnold with the third overall pick.

Hackenberg served as the fourth-string quarterback in 2016 and the third-stringer last season. 

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

NFL Considering 15-Yard Penalty For Kneeling During Anthem

May 22, 2018 5:28 PM

NFL owners have discussed assessing a 15-yard penalty for players kneeling during the national anthem.

Owners also discussed having the home team decide whether they want players on the field during the anthem at all.

The NFL is being sued by Colin Kaepernick as they are being accused of colluding against him following his anthem protests during the 2016 season.

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Legal

Eagles Release Mychal Kendricks

May 22, 2018 3:47 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have released Mychal Kendricks.

Kendricks spent six seasons with the Eagles and is expected to receive considerable interest in free agency.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Ryan Tannehill To Fully Participate In Dolphins' OTAs

May 22, 2018 10:01 AM

Ryan Tannehill will participate with no limitations in the Miami Dolphins' 10 days of OTA followed by a three-day mandatory minicamp.

Tannehill tore his ACL in August of 2017.

Jay Cutler replaced Tannehill last season as the Dolphins went 6-10.

"I've seen a guy that's very confident," Adam Gase recently said, via The Palm Beach Post. "I know he's excited to get back out there. I know us as coaches, we're excited to have him out there. He's just really smooth with the operation that we've been able to do as far as what we're doing in practice or those throwing sessions. It just feels smooth."

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Tags: Miami Dolphins, Injury

Myles Garrett Aiming For More Playing Time This Season

May 22, 2018 8:36 AM

Myles Garrett is healthier and stronger than he was last year, which he believes will allow him to have more of an impact on the Cleveland Browns.

"I wanted to get in better condition, so I can be out there and make plays, create turnovers," Garrett said.

Garrett missed the first four games of the season with a high-ankle sprain. He also missed one game with a concussion. According to Pro Football Reference, he played 518 of 1,068 snaps (48.5 percent) last season. Ten of his Cleveland teammates played more snaps.

"Being healthy this year, it’s really about my confidence," Garrett said. "Being able to be more mobile, not have anything hold me back, it's helped me, not only bring me confidence, but bring my teammates confidence knowing that I'm always going to be out there, always going to be working and there’s not going to be any hindrances for this year."

Nate Ulrich/Akron Beacon Journal

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

Richie Incognito Reverses Decision On Retirement

May 22, 2018 8:31 AM

Richie Incognito informed the Buffalo Bills that he wants to play again, according to a source.

The offensive lineman retired in April.

The Bills released Incognito from the reserve/retired list, making him a free agent now able to sign with any team.

Incognito was placed on the retired list April 12, two days after Incognito informed the NFL Players Association in a tweet that he was "done" playing football. The 34-year-old later told The Buffalo News that he made the decision for health-related reasons, saying, "My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me."

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Marcus Peters: Rams Need To Pay Aaron Donald

May 22, 2018 8:27 AM

Marcus Peters is new to the Los Angeles Rams, but he quickly developed an opinion on Aaron Donald's contract situation.

"Pay the man," Peters said after the team's first OTAs.

Donald did not report for voluntary OTAs because of an ongoing contract dispute. Sean McVay said that he doesn't anticipate seeing Donald until a resolution is reached.

"It is something that we want to get resolved," McVay said. "As far as a timetable, don't really have any dates on that."

Donald, who turns 27 on Wednesday, is entering the fifth year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to earn $6.89 million, but he is seeking to become one of the highest-paid players in the league.

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

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

Le'Veon Bell Won't Report To OTAs With Steelers

May 21, 2018 7:21 PM

Le'Veon Bell plans on skipping the Pittsburgh Steelers' organized team activities.

Bell remains unsigned after the Steelers used the franchise tag on him for the second straight season.

Bell didn't report until September after the two sides were unable to agree upon a long-term contract.

Bell could earn $14.5 million on the tag, which he considers his contractual floor for a per-year payout on a long-term deal.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Fantasy, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Multiple Teams Considered Colin Kaepernick As Starting Caliber QB

May 21, 2018 2:13 PM

Multiple NFL teams viewed Colin Kaepernick as a starting NFL quarterback in 2017 and continue to view him in that way, according to a source.

Internal franchise documents generated as part of the free agency evaluation process as part of Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL show this viewpoint to be the case.

The more difficult part of Kaepernick's case will be whether coordination can be proven.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Legal

Dalvin Cook 'Ahead Of Schedule' In ACL Rehab

May 21, 2018 8:46 AM

Mike Zimmer says Dalvin Cook is making great progress in his rehab from the torn ACL that cut short a promising rookie season.

"He's done really well," Zimmer said. "He's ahead of schedule. We're excited about where he's at."

Cook will have limited involvement in organized team activities this week. The Minnesota Vikings plan to be cautious with Cook this summer but the goal remains for him to be full-go by training camp.

Adam Maya/NFL

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Injury, Misc Rumor

Junior Galette Considering Retirement
Junior Galette has listened to offers as a free agent, but the defensive end/linebacker is considering retirement this offseason.

Herbie Teope/NFL

J.J. Watt To Pay For Funerals Of Santa Fe Victims
J.J. Watt will pay for the funerals of those killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Sarah Barshop/ESPN

Nashville Expected To Host 2019 NFL Draft
The NFL is expected to name Nashville the host of the 2019 NFL draft at this week's owners meetings in Atlanta, according to league sources.


Johnny Manziel Signs With CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Johnny Manziel has been out of football since the 2015 season.

RealGM Staff Report

Julio Jones Wants Updated Contract
Julio Jones' salary ranks eighth amongst wide receivers.

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Cardinals Acquire Jamar Taylor From Browns
Jamar Taylor was originally set to make $4.5 million in 2018.

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Terrell Owens Doesn't Know Why Cowboys Haven't Fired Jason Garrett
Terrell Owens said he finds it "mind-boggling" that Jason Garrett remains the team's head coach.

Dallas News

Gambling Could Renew NFL's Push For 18-Game Season
The NFL dropped a push to expand the regular season to 18 games when an argument was made for player health and safety.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Only 76 Draft Picks Remain Unsigned
Quenton Nelson, the sixth overall pick by the Colts, is the highest selection to have signed.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Buccaneers OC: 'We Chose To Suck' In Red Zone
Todd Monken, Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator, isn't shy about his feelings on the team's struggles in the red zone last season.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Eagles Invited To Visit White House In June
The Eagles have been invited to celebrate their Super Bowl LII victory at the White House on June 5.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Browns To Be Featured On 'Hard Knocks'
Cleveland is coming off an 0-16 season and drafted Baker Mayfield first overall.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

David Johnson Aiming For 1,000/1,000 Season
A wrist injury limited David Johnson to just one game last season, but he's now fully healthy.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Panthers Finalize Terms To Sell Franchise For $2.275B
The Panthers have finalized terms to sell the franchise to David Tepper for $2.275 billion.

Judy Battista/NFL

Bashaud Breeland Visiting With Cardinals, Colts
Breeland had a $24 million agreement with the Panthers nullified by a foot injury.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Dak Prescott Aspires To Be Best QB In Cowboys' History
The Cowboys' best three quarterbacks are Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Tony Romo.

NFL Owners To Vote On Whether To Make All Ejections Reviewable
A replay review will be required for all ejections, whether they result from a violation of the helmet rule, throwing a punch or any other flagrant act.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Rams Remain Optimistic About Reaching Deal With Aaron Donald
Les Snead told reporters on April 5 that the team has Aaron Donald "budgeted in the budget."

Herbie Teope/NFL

Dez Bryant Doesn't Regret Passing On Offer From Ravens
Dez Bryant remains available on the free agent market, but the wide receiver says he doesn't regret passing on an offer from the Ravens.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Brandon Graham Has Ankle Surgery, Could Miss Workouts
Brandon Graham is recovering from right ankle surgery and could miss the Eagles' spring workouts, according to sources.

Tim McManus/ESPN