Football Wiretap

Josh Rosen Views Tennis As Helpful In Preparation For Football

Apr 23, 2018 10:21 PM

Josh Rosen shifted from tennis to football due to a shoulder injury as a 12-year-old.

Rosen views the way tennis players will lose points, games and sets even in victory as a way in helping him prepare to play football.

"The thing about tennis that helped me a lot was because of how many points you lose," he said. "[Even] if you beat someone, 6-0, 6-0, you're going to lose quite a couple of points … so you have to move on from lost points, because it's going to happen. You have to learn how to keep moving and pushing on."

Rosen was the No. 1 player in Southern California amongst 12 year olds and a top-50 player in the country.

“I was rehabbing for a long time and realized at that time it kind of wasn’t a sport I really loved,” Rosen said of tennis in a 2014 interview with CFB 24/7. “I had to get surgery or quit the sport, and after eight months of rehab going back and forth, I didn’t know if I loved the game as much as I did before.

"I ended up moving to football full-time, and it's worked out pretty well."

Some NFL coaches see a connection between the sports, if only a thin one.

"I can see the correlation there, no doubt," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. "There always seems to be common thing between tennis, quarterbacks and golfers. There's a hand-eye thing, something in the wrist movement that carries over. Usually, if you're a good tennis player, you're a good golfer. You're a good quarterback, you're a good golfer."

Said Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien: “I’m not saying I watch a ton of tennis. But when you watch Wimbledon and see these tennis players and their ability to move side to side, attack the net, backpedal back to the baseline, it is a skill set as far as footwork goes that’s definitely transferable to football.”

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc

Seahawks Haven't Ruled Out Signing Colin Kaepernick

Apr 23, 2018 8:02 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have yet to rule out signing another backup quarterback, which could include Colin Kaepernick.

The Seahawks reportedly canceled a meeting with Kaepernick over a discussion on his anthem stance.

“I think that got blown up like that was a big marker,’’ Pete Carroll said. “I think we have been working at this thing for some time now so I don’t think that really is as telling as it came across. We’re aware of him. He’s a fine football player and there may be a place for him. We’re not sure about where that fits just yet.’’

Carroll was asked specifically about the importance of Kaepernick’s stance on the anthem.

“I think he’s continuing to work on the stuff that’s really important to his heart," said Carroll. That’s what it looks like. He’s been recognized with an award just recently. Everything’s important. We take everything into account to make the decisions that we make. It’s no different for the quarterback spot than any other spot we’re considering.”

Bob Condotta/Seattle Times

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jeffrey Lurie Talked 'Disastrous Presidency' In Meeting With Players

Apr 23, 2018 7:55 PM

During an October meeting between NFL owners, players and league executives, the subject of support for Donald Trump was mentioned by a player.

A player said it was difficult to trust the owners because they supported Trump.

Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie took exception to the statement.

“Another fact I want to throw out there: Many of us have no interest in supporting President Trump,” Lurie said, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by The New York Times. “Yes, there are some. There are some players who do, too.”

“But this is not where you brandish a group of people because they own assets in a sport we love, supporting what many of us perceive as, you know, one disastrous presidency,” he said, using a vulgarity to emphasize “disastrous,” then adding, “Don’t quote me.”

A visit by the Eagles is being planned, a White House spokeswoman said on Monday.

“We have been in conversations with the Eagles about timing and are working with them to make it happen,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary. “We hope to have something finalized in the next couple of weeks.”

Kel Belson, Michael D. Shear/New York Times

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles

Agent Expects Tom Brady To Play In 2018

Apr 23, 2018 1:47 PM

The agent for Tom Brady confirmed he expects his client to play in 2018.

Brady's status has had some degree of uncertainty this offseason.

"Tom's intentions have not changed," Don Yee said Monday. "He's consistently said he'll play beyond this contract and into his mid-40s, or until he feels he isn't playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he's been firm about."

Multiple sources said last week that Brady wasn't certain he would return.

"He customizes his preparation to each season in order to maximize his performance," Yee said. "His training methods are always evolving and getting better. The year he missed the first four games -- that month of training on his own was particularly efficient."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Ravens Sign Willie Snead To Two-Year, $7M Deal

Apr 23, 2018 11:02 AM

The Baltimore Ravens signed Willie Snead to an offer sheet last week and it will not be matched by the New Orleans Saints.

Snead was tendered at the lowest level so Baltimore does not owe any compensation for signing the wideout.

Snead's contract will be a two-year, $7 million deal with another $3.4 million in incentives.

Snead reported to the Saints' workouts last week without signing his restricted free agent tender.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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

Patriots Host Lamar Jackson, Come Away 'Impressed'

Apr 23, 2018 8:45 AM

The New England Patriots hosted Lamar Jackson on a pre-draft visit, according to sources.

The visit took place earlier this month and the Patriots were "intrigued and impressed" with the quarterback prospect.

The Patriots have the 23rd overall pick and would likely have to move up in the draft in order to take Jackson, or any of the handful of quarterbacks expected to go early on.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Tags: New England Patriots, Draft, Misc Rumor

Giants Aren't Currently Interested In Dez Bryant

Apr 23, 2018 8:40 AM

Dez Bryant has expressed a desire to join the New York Giants, but the feeling doesn't seem to be mutual.

Following his release from the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants are not interested in the wide receiver.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

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

Aaron Rodgers Buys Minority Stake In NBA's Bucks

Apr 23, 2018 8:37 AM

Aaron Rodgers, who has long expressed his love of basketball, has gotten in on the action.

Rodgers has purchased a minority stake in the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks announced the quarterback as a limited partner in the Bucks' ownership group during a playoff game against the Boston Celtics.

Rodgers is the only active NFL player to have an ownership stake in an NBA team, according to the Bucks.

"I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here," Rodgers said in a statement released by the Bucks.

"I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitelli and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks. As a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball, this is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to furthering my affinity for Wisconsin sports as a minority owner in a team I love and support."

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Misc Rumor

Future Of Kickoff To Be Discussed At NFL Summit

Apr 23, 2018 8:33 AM

The NFL is finalizing plans for a summit to continue discussion about player safety. The meeting is planned for May 1-2 at league headquarters in New York and will include a focus on the future of the kickoff.

It remains highly doubtful that the kickoff would be eliminated for the 2018 season.

A league-record 291 concussions were diagnosed last season.

The league's competition committee called for action after receiving data that showed concussions were five times more likely to occur on kickoffs than other plays, even after a series of minor rule changes designed to reduce returns.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Colts: Trading Down Shows Confidence In Andrew Luck

Apr 23, 2018 8:27 AM

The Indianapolis Colts believe that trading the third overall pick in this week's NFL Draft shows how much confidence they have in Andrew Luck going forward.

"We traded the third pick in the draft to move back to 6," Chris Ballard said. "I think that said we're pretty confident in where he's at."

Luck hasn't thrown a football since October 2017 and the Colts continue to take a methodical approach in his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury. Last month, the Colts dealt the No. 3 pick to the New York Jets for No. 6, two second-round picks (No. 37 and 49) in this year's draft and an additional second-round pick in next year's draft.

Keeping the third pick would have allowed the Colts to grab one of the top quarterback in the draft.

"[We're] very comfortable where he's at," Ballard said. "Working on his strength part of it, throwing motion. But he's in a good spot, guys. I feel good where he's at, feel good about where he's going. Keep working and getting back to playing football. His health is our No. 1 priority."

Mike Wells/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Draft, Misc Rumor

Colin Kaepernick Receives Award From Amnesty International
Previous recipients of the award include Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai.

Associated Press

Nick Foles, Eagles Restructure 2018 Contract
Nick Foles will have the ability to become a free agent next offseason.

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Seahawks Don't Expect Earl Thomas To Hold Out
Earl Thomas is skipping voluntary workouts, but the Seahawks don't expect him to hold out later this summer.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Broncos Open To Trading Fifth Overall Pick
John Elway says the Broncos are open to trading the No. 5 pick in next week's NFL Draft.

Chase Goodbread/NFL

Dwight Freeney To Retire As Member Of Colts
The Colts picked him with the 11th pick in 2002.

Mike Wells/ESPN

FOX Cherry Picked Quality Sunday Afternoon Games For Thursday Night
The NFL's Thursday Night Football schedule has been criticized in past years for lacking interesting matchups and for overall quality.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Packers/Patriots, Eagles/Rams Headline NBC's SNF Slate
NBC's typical Giants/Cowboys Week 1 game will instead be featured in Week 2.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Giants Release Brandon Marshall
The Giants will save $5.156 million by releasing Brandon Marshall.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Eagles To Host Falcons To Kick Off 2018 NFL Regular Season
The Eagles and Falcons played each other in the Divisional Round of last year's playoffs.

Jeff McLane/Philadelphia Inquirer

Browns Have Discussed Drafting Two QBs In Top-4
The Browns have long struggled to draft a franchise quarterback, so selecting two could essentially double their odds of getting the decision right.

Kevin Clark/The Ringer

ESPN Considering Kurt Warner For MNF
Carson Palmer, Joe Thomas, Matt Hasselbeck, Louis Riddick and Randy Moss have also been reported as possibilities.

USA Today

Titans To Exercise Fifth-Year Option On Marcus Mariota
This move was a matter of "when" and not "if," Jon Robinson told Nashville radio station The Midday 180.

Cameron Wolfe/ESPN

Chiefs-Rams To Play MNF Game In Mexico City
The Rams will host the Chiefs on Monday Night Football from Mexico City on November 19.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Matt Forte, Devin Hester Will Sign Contracts To Retire With Bears
Matt Forte and Devin Hester will both sign one-day contracts with the Bears on April 23 to retire as members of the organization.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Report: Tom Brady Seeking New Contract From Patriots
There is a belief that reports of Tom Brady wavering about whether to play next season are a contractual ploy.

Chris Wesseling/

Jason Garrett: Releasing Dez Bryant A 'Challenging Situation'
Jason Garrett says the Cowboys released Dez Bryant with careful consideration of a number of factors, from the wide receiver's production to his cost.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tom Brady Undecided On Playing In 2018
Tom Brady turns 41 in August and wants to spend more time with his family and there are people around him who would prefer to see him retire.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Aaron Rodgers Trying To 'Trust The Process' With Packers' Offseason
Aaron Rodgers' frustrations could impact his extension talks.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

ESPN Rules Out Brett Favre For MNF Following Audition
Brett Favre likely would have commanded a salary similar to Jon Gruden's $6.5 million.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Byron Jones Moving Back To Cornerback For Cowboys
Byron Jones flashed potential as a free safety in 2016, but regressed last season when forced to play closer to the line of scrimmage as a strong safety.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram