Football Wiretap

Jon Ryan Released By Seahawks, Signs With Bills

Aug 21, 2018 9:54 AM

The Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign Jon Ryan.

Ryan was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Monday as Michael Dickson was set to be their punter.

Ryan will compete for the punter job with Colton Schmidt.

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Tags: Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Aaron Rodgers Says He Isn't At Odds With Packers Over Contract

Aug 21, 2018 8:30 AM

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have discussed a new contract for months. A deal hasn't yet materialized, but that doesn't mean the quarterback and team are at odds.

Rodgers told ESPN's Wilde and Tausch that he still believes an agreement can be made that benefits both sides.

"I don't think they would want to nickel and dime me, and I'm not trying to screw them," Rodgers said. "This is a partnership. That's the only way this is going to work, and the best way things work in this situation is we're in this together. If they make that financial commitment, that's what they're saying. And also there's an expectation I'm going to play well, and that's my side of the bargain."

Rodgers is due $20 million this year and $21 million next year under his current contract.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Andrew Luck 'Very Encouraged' Despite Sloppy Outing

Aug 21, 2018 8:23 AM

Andrew Luck came out of Monday night's preseason game between the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens "very encouraged."

It was just his second game in 19 months. The Colts' offense sputtered in their first five series in the 20-19 loss at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I told someone after the game, 'I'm sort of happy to get sacked by [Terrell] Suggs, a legit sack,'" Luck said. "I landed on my right elbow sort of reminiscent of how I injured my shoulder a couple of years ago [in Week 3 of the 2015 season]. I didn't feel anything. Didn't give it a second thought. That's a big deal for me, being able to lose that thought bubble."

Luck was 6-of-13 passing for 50 yards, with an interception along with being sacked twice in 23 plays.

The first-team offense gained a total of 44 yards. Luck referred to their performance as being "sloppy" several times during his postgame media session.

"We turned the ball over, [and] my experience tells me that protection at times was not great," Frank Reich said. "We just didn't find a rhythm for him. I felt maybe there were one or two throws that weren't his best throws, but overall, it's usually not as bad as you think or as good as you think. Still have a confidence in a direction we're headed offensively."

Mike Wells/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

Trevone Boykin Suspended Following Domestic Violence Investigation

Aug 21, 2018 8:15 AM

The NFL has suspended quarterback Trevone Boykin for the first game of the 2018 season, according to a source.

Boykin was released by the Seattle Seahawks in March following a report that he was under investigation for alleged domestic violence. He denied the allegations in a statement to the NFL Network.

He was on Seattle's practice squad last season.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor, Suspension

NFL Had 71 Of TV's Top-100 Telecasts In 2017 Compared To 22 In 2007

Aug 20, 2018 3:40 PM

The NFL accounted for 71 of the 100 most-watched telecasts in 2017.

In 2007, that figure was 22 out of 100.

While NFL ratings have declined in recent years, they have done so at a rate far below that of most programming.

Michael Mulvihill/Fox Sports

Tags: Legal

Philip Rivers Still Commuting To Practice From San Diego

Aug 20, 2018 3:31 PM

Philip Rivers is again commuting from his home north of San Diego to the Los Angeles Chargers' practice facility in Orange County.

"Worked great last year," said Rivers.

Rivers has a driver and a $200,000 luxury SUV equipped with two captain chairs, a 40-inch TV and video apparatus. 

“It averaged about an hour and six minutes in the morning. Maybe 90 minutes at night, you know, when there was more traffic. But that’s okay. Just popped in third-down or red-zone [tape to analyze], and I’m good to go.”

Peter King/Football Morning in America

Tags: San Diego Chargers

Cowboys Preferred Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook Over Dak Prescott

Aug 20, 2018 3:25 PM

The Dallas Cowboy had both Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook ahead of Dak Prescott on their board in 2016.

The cowboys spent 67 minutes late in the first round trying to move up to draft Lynch, offering their second and fourth round picks (34 and 101 overall) to Seattle for No. 26. Denver offered 31 and 94 overall, so Seattle asked the Cowboys to make it 34 and 67.

Jerry Jones was second guessing the decision the next day.

“I’m second-guessing the hell out of myself for not giving the three. I have always paid a premium for a premium. So many times my bargains have let me down,” said Jones to Peter King at the time.

The Cowboys then tried to trade up to draft Cook, but the Raiders jumped over Dallas.

Peter King/Football Morning in America

Tags: Dallas Cowboys

Adrian Peterson Agrees To Sign With Washington

Aug 20, 2018 2:38 PM

Washington has agreed to sign Adrian Peterson.

Peterson spent last season with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals.

Washington lost Derrius Guice for the season with a torn ACL.

Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo/

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jets 'Impressed' With Sam Darnold, Open To Dealing Teddy Bridgewater

Aug 20, 2018 11:52 AM

Mike Maccagnan, in an interview with New York radio station WFAN, said Sam Darnold is "exceptionally impressed" with the rookie quarterback.

The New York Jets also have Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown on the roster, fueling speculation that Bridgewater could be traded. Maccagnan did nothing to squash the rumors.

"There's nothing to stop us from keeping three [quarterbacks], and there's nothing to stop us from keeping two," said Maccagnan, basically confirming there's a "for sale" sign on Bridgewater.

Bridgewater, who has impressed in two preseason games, is only 25 with a $5 million base salary, plus incentives.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Christian Kirk Turning Heads In Camp With Cardinals

Aug 20, 2018 8:50 AM

The Arizona Cardinals are looking for a solid No. 2 wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald.

Christian Kirk, the 47th overall pick out of Texas A&M, has turned heads. He had four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.

"That's for sure the goal," Kirk said. "Anything less than that, I would be wrong if I didn't have those expectations. I've said from Day 1 I wanted to be a primary contributor."

Kirk has impressed Arizona's staff throughout camp.

"I said this a while back -- this guy comes to work as a pro every day," Steve Wilks said. "You watch him in individual work, (he's) full speed. Special teams, full speed. He creates that mindset of practicing as how he wants to play. It is a great confidence booster for him to have the game that he had."

Herbie Teope/NFL

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Jon Gruden: I'm Not Making $100 Million
Jon Gruden is denying a report that he received a 10-year, $100 million contract from the Raiders.

Peter King/Football Morning in America

Bengals Release Safety George Iloka
George Iloka was stunned by the decision, according to a league source.

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

Jarvis Landry Called Out By Bills For 'Dirty' Block
A number of Bills defenders called out Jarvis Landry for what they categorized as a "dirty" block on rookie cornerback Taron Johnson in Friday's preseason game.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Adrian Peterson To Meet With Washington
Adrian Peterson could give Washington depth at running back.

John Keim/ESPN

Chiefs Sign Orlando Scandrick
Kansas City lost five of its top six cornerbacks from last season, including Marcus Peters.


Josh Gordon Returns To Browns
The Browns said they never lost trust in Josh Gordon.


Carson Wentz To Resume 11-On-11 Team Drills
Carson Wentz has not been ruled out from opening the 2018 season on Sept. 6.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Zack Martin Suffers Knee Injury
Zack Martin signed a six-year extension in the offseason with $40 million in guaranteed money as he has emerged as one of the NFL's best guards.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Julio Jones, Under Armour Part Ways
Julio Jones was spotted wearing Air Jordans on Friday.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Seahawks Surprisingly Release Marcus Smith
Pete Carroll said "some personal reasons" factored into Marcus Smith's release.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

AJ McCarron Fractures Right Collarbone
AJ McCarron signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Bills in the offseason.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Patriots Lose 1st Round Pick Isaiah Wynn With Torn Achilles
Isaiah Wynn was expected to be the Patriots' starting right tackle.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

New WR Deals Significantly Below Megatron's 2012 Extension
Calvin Johnson's inflated average per year is $23.8 million compared to just $18 million for Antonio Brown.

Jason Fitzgerald/OverTheCap

Dez Bryant 'Trying To Work Some Things Out' With Browns
Dez Bryant is visiting with the Browns and told the team's radio station that the two sides are trying to determine whether it's a good fit.


Nick Foles 'Optimistic' After Shoulder Strain
Nick Foles left Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots with a right shoulder strain.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Saquon Barkley Making Progress After Hamstring Injury
Saquon Barkley said that if there were a playoff game today, you would see him on the field.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

John Elway: Colin Kaepernick Had His Chance To Join Broncos In 2016
The Broncos attempted to trade for Colin Kaepernick in 2016 before his anthem protests began.

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ESPN Working To Bring Chris Berman Back For More NFL Duties
The reduction of Chris Berman's role was spearheaded by ex-ESPN president John Skipper.

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

Broncos May Pursue Veteran Quarterback
The Broncos might look to add a veteran quarterback to serve as the backup for Case Keenum.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Demaryius Thomas 'Passionate About' Remaining In Tunnel During Anthem
Demaryius Thomas chose to stay in the tunnel during the national anthem prior to Saturday night's preseason game, breaking from Von Miller's assertion in May that the Broncos would stand as a team.

Nicki Jhabvala/The Athletic