Football Wiretap

Derwin James, Chargers Agree To Four-Year, $76.4M Extension

Aug 17, 2022 2:51 PM

Derwin James and the Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to a four-year, $76.4 million contract extension.

The deal has an average annual value of $19.13 million and resets the safety market, making James the highest-paid safety in NFL history.

James agreed to the deal one day after Chargers coach Brandon Staley described the star safety as an "impact player" and the "heartbeat of our defense."

"When I see him, I'm like, 'That's a defensive back,' because he can play anywhere," Staley said Tuesday. "He can play either safety spot, he can play corner. ... He can rush the quarterback and make an impact as a blitzer, he can make an impact in man-to-man coverage, and then he can make an impact in zone defense, whether he's playing low or high -- and he's our signal-caller and the heartbeat of our defense."

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Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor, Signing

Report: Jets Not Interested In Trading For Jimmy Garoppolo

Aug 17, 2022 8:41 AM

The New York Jets aren't currently interested in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo, according to a report.

Garoppolo is still looking for a new team and the Jets have some uncertainty surrounding Zach Wilson, who underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.

As things currently stand, the Jets are prepared to start Joe Flacco in Week 1 if Wilson isn't ready to return.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Tags: New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tyrod Taylor May Get Some First-Team Reps With Giants

Aug 17, 2022 8:38 AM

The New York Giants might give Tyrod Taylor some first-team snaps this summer, Brian Daboll said.

However, Taylor remains the clear-cut backup to quarterback Daniel Jones.

"Yeah, he'll get, as we get going here in terms of preseason games, we'll talk about whatever we think is best," Daboll said. "But I have full confidence in Daniel. And I have full confidence in Tyrod in what his role is. Each day we sit there and evaluate the guys, but will he get a few reps here or there? He might."

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

Aaron Rodgers Frustrated With Drops, Mistakes By Young WRs

Aug 17, 2022 8:34 AM

Aaron Rodgers has already lost his patience with the Green Bay Packers' young wide receivers.

"The young guys, especially young receivers, we've got to be way more consistent," Rodgers said. "A lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, running the wrong route. We've got to get better in that area."

The criticism wasn't directed at Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb or Sammy Watkins.

"It's coming up," Rodgers said of the regular season. "Yeah, it's coming up. It really is. We're going to play our best guys when the season starts. And whoever those guys are, those guys are going to get the reps. It's the guys I trust the most and the guys the coaches trust the most. A lot of it is just the simple responsibility in the offense. Way before body positioning and movement and throw, and all that stuff, are you in the right spot at the right time? Are you running the right route?"

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Misc Rumor

Zach Wilson's Knee Surgery Deemed Successful

Aug 17, 2022 8:31 AM

Zach Wilson's arthroscopic knee surgery was deemed a success, with no surprises from the original diagnosis, according to sources.

Wilson was diagnosed with a meniscus tear and a bone bruise after a non-contact injury last Friday night in the New York Jets' preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sources originally indicated a two-to-four week recovery for the quarterback.

The meniscus required only a "trim," one source said -- as the Jets expected. 

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets, Injury, Misc Rumor

Eagles Trade J.J. Arcega-Whiteside To Seahawks For Ugo Amadi

Aug 16, 2022 9:12 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to the Seattle Seahawks for Ugo Amadi, according to sources.

A second-round pick out of Stanford in 2019, Arcega-Whiteside has struggled in his three seasons with the Eagles. The wide receiver has just 16 receptions in his career.

Amadi mostly played nickel in three seasons in Seattle after being drafted in the fourth round in 2019. 

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Report: Jimmy Garoppolo Ignored 49ers During Offseasons

Aug 16, 2022 9:08 AM

Jimmy Garoppolo remains a member of the San Francisco 49ers despite persistent trade rumors and the team's plan to start Trey Lance at quarterback this season.

Reports have surfaced that don't paint Garoppolo's tenure with the franchise in a positive light.

Garoppolo "disappeared" in most offseasons -- including in 2018, after he signed his five-year, $137.5 million deal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Once he left that press conference nobody heard from him for weeks and weeks," an unnamed 49ers assistant coach on the 2018 staff said. "He didn't return calls, he didn't return texts — he basically just vanished. And we were looking at each other going, 'What just happened.'"

Mike Silver/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Carl Nassib Agrees To One-Year Deal With Buccaneers

Aug 16, 2022 9:05 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Carl Nassib to a one-year deal, according to a source.

The move comes after outside linebacker Cam Gill suffered a Lisfranc injury in Tampa Bay's preseason opener Saturday.

Nassib spent the last two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders. Before that, he started 17 of 29 games in a two-year stint with the Buccaneers.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

NFL Warns Teams About Tampering During Roquan Smith Trade Talks

Aug 16, 2022 9:00 AM

Roquan Smith wants the Chicago Bears to trade him after failed contract talks, but the league has warned other teams about how they go about courting the linebacker.

Smith has publicly requested a trade, but the league reminded teams Monday that any contact with Smith, or a person claiming to represent the Pro Bowler, constitutes tampering.

The warning comes a week after Roger Goodell disciplined the Miami Dolphins for prior "impermissible" communications with Tom Brady and Sean Payton, who were under contract with other teams.

It also comes days after ProFootballTalk reported that "a person purporting to represent Smith has been calling other teams in order to gauge potential trade interest." 

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Amazon Expects 12.5M Viewers For Thursday Night Football

Aug 15, 2022 12:53 PM

Amazon is telling potential sponsors it expects to attract 12.5 million viewers on Thursday Night Football.

Amazon could be using total viewers rather than average viewers. reports that some potential sponsors are “concerned” about the smaller audience. As a result, Amazon is touting “first-party data on consumers that could provide added value.”

Thirty-second commercials currently reportedly are generating roughly $500,000 for Amazon, less than the average of $635,439 that Fox earned in 2021.

Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk

Mike Tomlin: Kenny Pickett Showed 'Good Things To Build On'

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Colts Won't Play Jonathan Taylor During Preseason

Kevin Hickey/USA Today

Lamar Jackson To End Extension Talks Once Season Begins

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Saleh: Jets 'Not Out Of The Woods' Until Outcome Of Wilson's Scope

Joe Burrow Makes Training Camp Debut

Soldier Field Playing Surface Subject Of Criticism

Zach Wilson Expected To Miss Two To Four Weeks

Kirk Cousins Tests Positive For COVID-19, Will Miss Sunday's Game

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Report: Deshaun Watson Would Accept Eight-Game Ban, Pay $5M Fine

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Browns Could Have Interest In Jimmy Garoppolo

Jets Agree To Two-Year, $22M Deal With OT Duane Brown

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Matt Patricia, Joe Judge Share Playcalling Duties In Preseason Opener

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Adam Shaheen Fails Physical; Trade To Texans Off

D.J. Bien-Aime/ESPN

James White Announces Retirement From NFL


Tony Pollard Working As Slot Receiver For Cowboys

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tom Brady Away From Buccaneers For Personal Reasons

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tua Tagovailoa On Dolphins' Interest In Tom Brady: 'I'm Still Here'

Marcel Louis-Jacques/ESPN

Jameson Williams Gets Matthew Stafford's No. 9 With Lions

Eric Woodyard/ESPN

Jakeem Grant Out For Season With Torn Achilles

Jake Trotter/ESPN

Kyle Shanahan Hasn't Heard Of Trade Talks Involving Jimmy Garoppolo

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk