Football Wiretap

Chris Long Considering Eagles' Restructured Offer

Mar 21, 2018 10:51 PM

Chris Long is considering whether he will continue his playing career.

Long is considering an offer from the Eagles in which his base salary would be increase from $1 million to nearly $4 million guaranteed.

Long also pondered retirement after the 2015 season.

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Panthers Receive $2.5B Bid To Purchase Franchise

Mar 21, 2018 7:39 PM

Bidding for the Carolina Panthers has reached $2.5 billion.

Fanatics owner Michael Rubin is one of the bidders but he's reportedly not willing to go that high. Rubin's potential partners include Sean Combs and Stephen Curry.

Sources close to the process could not confirm to ESPN that the $2.5 billion is accurate. The Panthers are valued by Forbes at $2.3 billion. 

Jerry Richardson put the Panthers up for sale following an NFL investigation into allegations of sexual and racial workplace misconduct.

David Newton, Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Legal

Falcons Unsure If Matt Ryan Extension Is Close

Mar 21, 2018 5:02 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are still a long ways from having an extension with Matt Ryan.

“I couldn’t even put a [timetable on it]. I don’t know how close we are,” Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I can’t. We talk about it and it seems like things are right around the corner.”

Jimmy Garoppolo is earning $27.5 million per year on his deal with the 49ers while Kirk Cousins is receiving $28 million per year from the Vikings.

Ryan has been expected to sign a deal in the six-year, $180 million range.

“I understand that there is no real rush on it right now,” Dimitroff said. “It’s not like we are worried about free agency. The only rush on it is getting everyone comfortable so that we can continue to focus on the upcoming season.”


Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Marshawn Lynch Will Stay With Raiders After Taking $500k Pay Cut

Mar 21, 2018 9:29 AM

Marshawn Lynch restructured his contract with the Oakland Raiders one day before his $1 million roster bonus was due on Sunday.

The new package includes a $500,000 reduction in his base compensation.

Lynch’s base salary has dropped from $4 million to $2.5 million, with a separate $1 million roster bonus due on the 11th day of the league year.

Lynch traded $500,000 for a full and clear commitment that he’ll get at least $4.5 million this year.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

Browns, Giants Reportedly Work Out Josh Rosen

Mar 21, 2018 8:09 AM

The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants worked out UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen on Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to a report.

Both teams are expected to attend USC's pro day on Wednesday to get a look at Sam Darnold.

The Browns hold the No. 1 and No. 4 picks, while the Giants sit at No. 2.

Bruce Feldman/SI

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Draft, Misc Rumor

Ndamukong Suh To Visit With Raiders

Mar 21, 2018 8:04 AM

The Oakland Raiders will host Ndamukong Suh for a free-agent visit on Wednesday, according to a report.

Suh met with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday.

After being cut by the Miami Dolphins last week, Suh has also met with the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans.

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

John Fox Joins ESPN As Studio Analyst

Mar 21, 2018 8:01 AM

ESPN has hired John Fox to work as a studio analyst.

Fox, 63, has coached the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

Richard Deitsch/The Athletic

Tags: Misc Rumor

Saquon Barkley Doesn't Work Out At Penn State Pro Day

Mar 21, 2018 7:58 AM

Saquon Barkley didn't work out at Penn State's pro day after he learned that no NFL running backs coaches would be in attendance.

Barkley will, however, soon begin visiting with teams ahead of the draft.

He had planned on working out Tuesday.

"I woke up this morning and that was the game plan," Barkley said of doing the workouts, "but then when I realized there wasn't a running backs coach here, I figured there was no point for me to run routes or do drills."

Adam Rittenberg/ESPN

Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

Matthew Slater Re-Signs With Patriots On Two-Year Deal

Mar 20, 2018 9:42 PM

Matthew Slater has agreed to re-sign with the New England Patriots on a two-year deal.

Slater was a fifth round pick by the Patriots in 2008.

Slater took a free agent visit to the Steelers last week.

Slater is one of the Patriots' inspirational and spiritual leaders. He's also a perennial Pro Bowl player, having been selected to play in the game in each of the past seven seasons.

RealGM Staff Report

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

Richard Sherman Defends Contract He Negotiated

Mar 20, 2018 7:09 PM

Richard Sherman defended the way he negotiated his contract with the 49ers.

"It was really important to me," said Sherman, who served as his own agent. "I think that a lot of times in our league there are players that have the ability to do that and have the ability to structure their own deals and really take advantage of just being in control of their own destiny.

"There are great agents in our game that take care of our players, make sure our players are ready for life after football, their finances, whatever the case may be. And then there are some agents who negotiate a deal in 2006 and don't talk to their client again until 2010, and that's the thing we're trying to avoid and I'm trying to avoid.

"I didn't feel like I needed an agent. I felt like I knew contracts well enough and I felt like coming off the Achilles [injury], there's going to be negotiation points, there's going to be give and takes on both sides and I felt comfortable with that."

Sherman's deal could be worth as much as $39.15 million over three years, but it would effectively only pay him that much if he returns to his All-Pro form after suffering a right Achilles injury.

Sherman received a $3 million signing bonus and also has a $2 million roster bonus he will receive if he can pass a physical before Nov. 11.

"The biggest misconception is that it's a bad deal," Sherman said. "If I'm basing it just going off my last year [of the deal] in Seattle, and you compare it, I got no money guaranteed and I'm coming off a ruptured Achilles. What security do I have there? ... That's really all that I wanted. And [if] I play at the level that I'm capable of, I feel security in the upcoming years and I feel comfortable with that and I'm great with it."

Sherman believes he's been held to a double standard compared to agents who do team-friendly contracts.

"I think the thing I'm most frustrated about is all the people that were so high on bashing this deal refuse to bash the agents that do awful deals every year," Sherman said. "There are agents out there that do a $3 million fully guaranteed deal that look like $50 million deals. When a guy gets cut after two weeks or after a year and the guy only makes $5 million off a $50 million contract, nobody sits there and bashes the agent.

"... So I think that this was just one of those things where the agents feel uncomfortable with the player taking the initiative to do his own deal. That obviously puts a fire under them, it makes them more accountable for their actions because more players will do this."

Sherman said he has heard from "a lot" of players around the league who intend to negotiate their own contracts.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

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

Mike Pouncey Agrees Upon Two-Year, $15M Deal With Chargers
The Chargers were the only team Mike Pouncey visited as a free agent.

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Broncos Reportedly Never Made Offer To Kirk Cousins
The Broncos were in the market for a quarterback as free agency begin, but Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that they never made an offer to Kirk Cousins.

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Bills 'Not Ready' To Move Up In Draft For Quarterback
The Bills have the assets to move up in next month's NFL Draft for a quarterback, but they aren't yet ready to make such a bold move.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Jonathan Martin Faces Five Charges Over Threatening Instagram Post
Jonathan Martin faces five charges stemming from an Instagram post in which he appeared to threaten a shooting at his old high school.

Ari Gilberg/New York Daily News

Colts, Eric Ebron Agree Upon Two-Year, $15M Deal
Eric Ebron was released by the Lions on March 14.


Orlando Scandrick Signs Two-Year, $10M Deal With Washington
Orlando Scandrick was released by the Cowboys on Saturday upon his request.

John Keim/ESPN

Gotham Chopra Doubts Tom Brady Will Play 4-5 More Seasons
Gotham Chopra had a high level of access to Tom Brady as he made his "Tom Vs. Time" docuseries.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Nate Solder: Shame On Me If My Money Only Helps My Family
Nate Solder signed a four-year, $62 million contract with the Giants.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Richard Sherman: Pete Carroll's Philosophy More Built For College
Richard Sherman suggested Pete Carroll's culture might be better suited for college football than the NFL.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Vikings-Eagles Will Reportedly Open 2018 Season
The NFL hasn't released the 2018 schedule, but the first game of the season will reportedly have the Eagles hosting the Vikings.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Ndamukong Suh Will Visit With Rams
Ndamukong Suh was released by the Dolphins last week -- three years after he signed a record six-year, $114 million contract.

Jordan Schultz/Yahoo! Sports

Eli Manning Secures $5M Roster Bonus From Giants
Eli Manning receives a $5 million roster bonus from the Giants for being on the roster on the fifth day of the 2018 league year.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Cowboys Release Orlando Scandrick, Save $3M Against Cap
The veteran cornerback will count $1.6 million against the cap in 2019.


Patriots To Acquire Cordarrelle Patterson From Raiders
The teams are expected to swap late-round picks in the deal as well.

Barstool Sports

Vinny Curry Agrees Upon Three-Year, $27M Deal With Buccaneers
Vinny Curry's deal with the Buccaneers contains an $11.5 million injury guarantee.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Jets Agree To Trade Up From No. 6 To No. 3 With Colts
The Jets will send two second round picks (Nos. 37 and 49) along with their 2019 second round pick to the Colts.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Patriots To Sign Jeremy Hill
Jeremy Hill will join Rex Burkhead, James White and Mike Gillislee in New England's backfield.

Field Yates/ESPN

Eagles Release Vinny Curry
The Eagles weren't able to find a trade or come to an agreement on a contract restructure, so they've released Vinny Curry.

Mike Garafolo/NFL Network

Vikings Sign Sheldon Richardson To One-Year Deal
The Vikings' projected front four in 2018 is Danielle Hunter, Linval Joseph, Richardson and Everson Griffen.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Michael Crabtree Lands Three-Year, $21M Deal With Ravens
The contract carries $11 million in guaranteed money and could be worth up to $20 million over the first two years.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN