Football Wiretap

Ben Roethlisberger Not Pushing For New Contract

Jun 17, 2018 10:06 PM

Ben Roethlisberger is two years away from free agency, but isn't interested in seeking another major deal.

"I care about record-breaking Super Bowl wins and things like that -- that's more important to me," said Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger's five-year contract, signed in 2015, averages about $20 million per year, which was the market for top quarterbacks at the time. 

"I have two years on my contract. I'm not going to be one to sit here and worry about my contract," said Roethlisberger. "That's not my job. My job is to play football. I'll let my representation, the Steelers worry about all that stuff. To me, it's all about going out and playing now. I think there are a lot more, maybe a lot more important people who need to get their deals done now. For me to do it two years out, if it doesn't make sense for the team, I'm not going to sit here and worry about it."

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Tom Brady Feels Retirement Getting Closer

Jun 17, 2018 6:58 PM

Tom Brady said he's still motivated to keep playing but acknowledged that retirement is nearing for him.

"I think about it more now than I used to. I think I'm seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later," said Brady.

Brady, who is coming off a regular season MVP, was asked if that would be at 43 or 45 years old.

"As long as I'm still loving it. As long as I'm loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it's also (that) I think what I've alluded to a lot in the ["Tom vs. Time"] docuseries was there's other things happening in my life too. I do have [three] kids that I love, and I don't want to be a dad that's not there driving my kids to their games. I think my kids have brought a great perspective in my life, because kids just want the attention. You better be there and be available to them, or else they're going to look back on their life and go, 'Dad didn't really care that much.'"

Brady was asked if "something going on with you and [coach Bill] Belichick?"

He responded, "Umm, no. I mean, I love him. I love that he's an incredible coach, mentor for me. And he's pushed me in a lot of ways. Like everything, we don't agree on absolutely everything. But that's relationships."


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Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Odell Beckham Jr. Won't Skip Giants' Training Camp

Jun 17, 2018 9:41 AM

Odell Beckham Jr. has revealed he will attend training camp with the New York Giants as he continues to seek a new contract.

When asked Saturday if the media will see him at training camp, Beckham replied, "Yes, sir. Yes, you will."

"No holdout," added Beckham, who was working at his youth instructional camp Saturday.

Beckham is scheduled to make $8.5 million this season.

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

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Dante Fowler Motivated By Declined Option

Jun 15, 2018 9:02 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars declined Dante Fowler's fifth-year option, which has motivated the defensive end.

Fowler, the third-overall pick in 2015, had a career-high eight sacks in 2017.

If the Jaguars had picked up his option, Fowler would have earned a base salary of $14.2 million. Instead, he enters the final year of his rookie contract on a base salary of $3.6 million.

"I know how good of a player I am," he said. "I know I'm one of the best players in this league. When I go out there, I'm going to make the best of my opportunities every time. I'm working hard to have the best season of my career."

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Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Texans, Benardrick McKinney Agree Upon $50M Extension

Jun 15, 2018 8:55 AM

The Houston Texans have agreed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension with inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney.

The deal includes $21 million in guarantees.

The Texans drafted McKinney in the second round in 2015.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Joe Flacco Trying To Respond To Ravens' QB Competition

Jun 14, 2018 11:55 AM

The Baltimore Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson at the end of the first round and Joe Flacco has responded by showing up to minicamp in the best shape of his career.

"He's obviously been challenged," safety Eric Weddle said. "Drafting Lamar [Jackson] and bringing [Robert] Griffin in, it’s lit a fire under him. You can tell. It has shown."

The Ravens could conceivably look to trade Flacco in the future depending on how they feel Jackson develops, similar to the Chiefs' situation with Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes. 

The timetable could be determined by Flacco's play and Jackson's development.

"When you pick a quarterback or anybody in the first round, it means something," Flacco said last month on the drafting of Jackson.

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Matt Ryan Expects Julio Jones To Attend July Workouts

Jun 14, 2018 11:49 AM

Matt Ryan anticipates Julio Jones attending his typical July workouts before the start of training camp.

Jones has skipped the Atlanta Falcons' mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new contract.

"There's probably about 12 of us that are going to get together in the month of July, and he'll certainly be a part of that,'' Ryan said of Jones. "We'll have an extended period where we get some work together. You know, that's something that we've done in the past. The past couple of years, we were down in Miami.

"This year is a little bit later due to kind of my offseason, but we'll still have that chance to work together. And I think that will be really productive for us."

Jones is looking for a revised contract with three years and $35 million remaining. He faces a grand total of $84,425 in fines for missing the three-day minicamp.

Ryan and the Falcons agreed upon an extension in May.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Chargers Have Reached Out To Antonio Gates

Jun 14, 2018 8:46 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers have reached out to Antonio Gates about a possible reunion.

The Chargers have left open the possibility of re-signing Gates in the wake of Hunter Henry's season-ending ACL injury.

"Obviously, Antonio would be a natural fit," Tom Telesco said on San Diego station 97.3 FM. "He's someone that we have talked to. We've talked to his representatives. Sometimes, it's not just as easy as saying, 'Hey, let's just bring him back. Let's go.'"

Gates made $5 million last season and could look for a similar offer despite turning 38 later this month.

Jack Wang/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Carson Wentz Isn't Sure When He'll Be Cleared For Full Contact

Jun 14, 2018 8:41 AM

Carson Wentz participated in seven-on-seven drills last week, but isn't sure when he'll clear what the Philadelphia Eagles are calling his final hurdle.

Wentz hopes to start in Week 1, but training camp is just six weeks away and the quarterback isn't sure when he'll be cleared for full contact.

"I think the biggest thing right now is just keep pushing along until I'm cleared," Wentz said. "There's little benchmarks along the way, but there's nothing huge. As you see out here, I'm doing quite a bit. The biggest, last hurdle is going to be the contact part."

Wentz will continue to rehab and work out when OTAs are over.

"The medical staff will put those benchmarks in place for him from a health standpoint," Doug Pederson said. "Those are all things that are kind of out of our control [and] my control right now. It's just a matter of steady progression as we build toward training camp. He's going to work extremely hard over the next month, month and a half, and be ready for camp, obviously, and then we'll just reevaluate. But those boxes will all get checked, based on what our doctors and training staff will put forth for him."

If Wentz isn't ready, Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will be the team's starter.

"It's hard to say I need X to be ready," Wentz said. "I think, at the end of the day, I just need to be cleared for contact. Like you see out here, I'm doing quite a bit. I think, come camp, I'll keep progressing and doing more and more. To finally be cleared of that contact issue is really the last hurdle, and I feel I'll be ready whenever that is."

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Sam Darnold Learning Fast, Could Start For Jets

Jun 14, 2018 8:31 AM

Sam Darnold has made a strong impression with the New York Jets and could be the team's starting quarterback if he continues to absorb the playbook at his current pace.

"Are we giving him bits and pieces of the offense or are we throwing everything at him? We're throwing everything at him," coordinator Jeremy Bates said. "If he can handle it, if he can prove that he's the starter, then that will take place when the time comes."

Darnold will compete with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater in training camp.

"If you treat them like a rookie, they'll become a rookie, so we threw the whole book at him to see what he can handle and what he needs to work on -- just like the other two -- and he's done a really good job," Bates said. "Ever since rookie camp, he hasn't flinched."

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Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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Jarvis Landry Didn't Have Good Relationship With Ryan Tannehill
Jarvis Landry hasn't heard from Ryan Tannehill since he was traded by the Dolphins and the wide receiver isn't surprised.

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Patriots Shopped Rob Gronkowski In Trade Talks Prior To Draft
Rob Gronkowski only declared he would play in 2018 two days before the draft.

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Josh Gordon: Browns Have 'Best Receiving Corps' In League
Josh Gordon wants the Browns to get more respect for their talented receiving corps.

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LeSean McCoy Impressed By Josh Allen's Minicamp Performance
Josh Allen isn't a lock to start for the Bills right away as he'll have to beat out A.J. McCarron for the gig.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Greg Hardy Gets UFC Deal After KO In MMA Debut
Greg Hardy, 29, knocked out Austen Lane (2-0) in just 57 seconds in their heavyweight bout.

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Mark Ingram Insists He's 'Not Angry With My Contract'
Mark Ingram decided to skip the Saints' OTAs and offseason conditioning program, but not because he's unhappy with his contract.

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Raiders Release Christian Hackeberg
Jon Gruden was previously known as being high on Christian Hackenberg.

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Lamar Jackson Reminding Ravens Of 'Young Michael Vick'
While the Ravens are using Lamar Jackson at multiple positions during minicamp, he has impressed his teammates at quarterback.

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Rams Ordered To Pay Reggie Bush $12.5M In Damages
Reggie Bush slipped on concrete and suffered a torn lateral meniscus.

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Andrew Luck Throws In Front Of Media For First Time Since October
Andrew Luck made 20-25 throws with a high school sized ball.

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David Johnson Skips Arizona's Minicamp In Hope Of Extension
David Johnson is due to make $1.8 million this season.

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Chargers Could Feature Melvin Gordon In Passing Game
Melvin Gordon caught just 22 passes while at Wisconsin, but he's been far more productive in the NFL.

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Duce Staley Says Jay Ajayi Will Be 'The Guy' For Eagles
Jay Ajayi said earlier this offseason that he's looking forward to being a workhorse for the Eagles in 2018.

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Randy Gregory To Meet With NFL
Randy Gregory is expected to meet with NFL officials this week in New York regarding his reinstatement, according to sources.

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Julio Jones Won't Attend Falcons' Mandatory Minicamp
Julio Jones has three years and almost $35 million remaining on his contract.

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Zack Martin Agrees To NFL's Biggest Deal For Guard With Cowboys
Zack Martin and the Cowboys agreed upon a six-year extension.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Bill Belichick Brought In Kobe Bryant To Talk To Patriots
Several Patriots quickly made the connection between Kobe Bryant and Tom Brady.

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

Julian Edelman's Positive Test Due To Unrecognizable Substance
Scientists are reportedly still analyzing the substance.

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

Brandon Graham Fine With Playing Out Contract With Eagles
Brandon Graham is entering the final year of his four-year, $26 million deal with the Eagles.

Jeff McLane/Philly News

Pete Carroll: 'Fresh' Seahawks Have 2012 Feel
The Seahawks have undergone a roster overhaul and Pete Carroll is embracing the competition that comes along with that.

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