August 2009 - Football Wiretap
Vikings Owner Didn't Think Moss Would Be Traded
Zygi Wilf didn't think that the Vikings were going to trade Randy Moss when he was negotiating to buy the team. "When we were negotiating to buy the team, I had an understanding that [former Vikings owner] Red McCombs wouldn't trade anybody, especially Moss," Wilf told the Star Tribune. "But he did trade him."
Irvin Thinks QB Controversy Is Coming In Philly
Michael Irvin believes that a quarterback controversy is on the horizon in Philadelphia. "I'm not sure you're going to have to wait that long," Irvin told USA Today of the Eagles having an issues with Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.
Broncos Could Face Huge Issue At QB
The Broncos could be in trouble if Kyle Orton's finger injury keep him out of their season opener. Chris Simms, the team's backup, may not be ready to play in the opener because of a high-ankle sprain, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Steelers Give Keisel Four-Year Extension
The Steelers have finalized a four-year contract extension with defensive tackle Brett Keisel. The deal will keep him with the team through the 2013 season, and the financial terms were unavailable on Monday afternoon. Keisel has started 42 games over the past three seasons in Pittsburgh. He was entering the final year of his contract and was scheduled to earn $3.25 million.
Favre Suspects He Has Cracked Rib
Brett Favre said before Monday's preseason game that he believes he has a cracked rib. The Vikings quarterback hasn't received an official diagnosis, but has had difficulty with deep breathing. Favre wasn't listed on Minnesota's injury report.
Brady Expects To Play 'If Coach Lets Me'
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady expects to play this week if coach Bill Belichick allows him to. Brady took a big hit from Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth on Friday night and reportedly left with a sore shoulder. "I have bumps and bruises," Brady said on WEEI in Boston. "It's a physical game. Like I said, I fell a little bit awkwardly, but I'm expecting to be out there and I'm expecting to play this week, if Coach let's me. We'll just see how the week goes." New England will face the Giants on Thursday in their preseason finale.
Chargers Sign Byrd, Acquire Johnson
The Chargers added experienced depth to their defensive line on Monday when they acquired defensive lineman Travis Johnson from the Texans in exchange for an undisclosed 2010 draft choice. San Diego also signed LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd, the team's seventh-round choice this year, to a four-year contract. He continues to make progress in his recovery from an automobile accident suffered prior to the draft. In addition, the team waived wide receiver Greg Carr, tackle Dan Gay and wide receiver Rodgeriqus Smith. All three players joined the Chargers as undrafted free agents in May.
Chiefs Fire Chan Gailey As O-Coordinator
The Chiefs have fired Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator, according to an Associated Press report. The Chiefs said head coach Todd Haley would address Gailey?s status with the team after Monday?s practice.
Bruschi Retires After 13-Years
Tedy Bruschi retired Monday after a 13-year NFL career in which he won three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots, as reported by the Associated Press. ?I?m 36 years old,? Bruschi said at a news conference. ?Your body doesn?t heal as quickly.?
Tomlin Says Ben's Lawsuit Kept Steelers From Targeting Vick
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin hinted on Sunday that the team didn't chase Michael Vick hard because of Ben Roethlisberger's legal issues. "Given some of the things that my quarterback was going through, I didn't think it was the appropriate time to add another quarterback to the mix," Tomlin told NBC's Bob Costas. "He's going through somewhat of a trying time with the civil allegation, a case against him. I didn't want to do anything that was less than supportive to Ben."
Source: Pats Could Target Feeley
After cutting ties with Kevin O'Connell, sources claim that the Patriots could target A.J. Feeley.
Sinorice Moss Upset Over Playing Time
Sinorice Moss was upset after being used sparingly in the Giants' preseason loss to the Jets on Saturday.
Original Whizzinator Bought By Minnesota Bar Owner
An owner of a sports bar has purchased "The Original Whizzinator" at an auction.
Nicks May Have Emerged As Giants' Top Threat
Rookie wide receiver Hakeem Nicks may have established himself as the Giants' top target.
McDaniels Takes Subtle Shot At Cutler
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels took a subtle shot at Jay Cutler following Sunday night's preseason battle between Chicago and Denver.
Cassel Reportedly Has Sprained MCL
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel could miss two-four weeks with a strained MCL in his left knee.
Reports: Tedy Bruschi To Retire
It is being reported that Tedy Bruschi will announce his retirement at a news conference on Monday.
Young Still Tennessee's No. 2 Quarterback
Vince Young is still listed second on the depth chart of the Titans.
Broncos Intend To Keep Marshall
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels claims that the team intends to keep receiver Brandon Marshall.
Niners' McCloughan Upbeat On Crabtree
49ers general manager Scot McCloughan still believes that he'll get first-round pick Michael Crabtree signed.
Favre Will Play Entire First Half Against Texans
Brett Favre is expected to play the entire first half of Minnesota's preseason game against Houston on Monday.
Coordinator: Vick Doesn't Disrupt Eagles' Flow
Eagles coordinator Marty Mornhinweg doesn't think Michael Vick has disrupted the team's offensive flow.
Source: Patriots Cut Kevin O'Connell
The Patriots have released quarterback Kevin O'Connell in a surprise move, a source told ESPN's John Clayton.
Bengals Finally Sign Andre Smith
The Bengals on Sunday signed their top pick RT Andre Smith, ending an impasse that has dragged on a month into the preseason.
Source: No Deal Yet For Andre Smith
The Bengals still don't have a deal in place with first-round pick Andre Smith.
Cassel Leaves Loss With Leg Injury
The Chiefs lost quarterback Matt Cassel in their preseason loss to the Seahawks on Saturday night.
Quinn Outplays Anderson Against Titans
Brady Quinn outplayed Derek Anderson in Cleveland's preseason win over Tennessee on Saturday night.
49ers Punter Lee Hits Cowboys Video Boards
San Francisco punter Andy Lee hit the infamous video board in Dallas on Saturday night in warmups.
Pats: Brady Didn't Leave With Injury
The Patriots claim that Tom Brady didn't leave Friday's preseason game because of a shoulder injury.