March 2010 - Football Wiretap

Ex-Teammate Caldwell Believes Tebow Is A Second-Rounder

Mar 31, 2010 8:17 PM

Bengals wide receiver Andre Caldwell sees Florida quarterback Tim Tebow as a second-round pick. Caldwell played with Tebow for two seasons with the Gators. He doesn't think Tebow will either be an elite passer, but praised his work ethic and said he would take his former teammate in the "late second round" if he was the general manager. "He needs time," Caldwell said. "He needs to sit behind one of those good quarterbacks for about three years because I know he?s going to put in the work and the effort to be a great quarterback. He?s going to learn. I don?t think he?s going to be an elite passer ever. But he?s a playmaker. He?ll get the ball there. He probably can?t make the prettiest looking passes. But he?s going to use what he has to his advantage. Running. Scrambling. Making passes. He?s got a strong arm and I think he can make the throws, but they may not be the prettiest."

NFL.com

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

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Dez Bryant Defends Himself Against Critics

Mar 31, 2010 8:13 PM

Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant is defending himself against critics as the NFL Draft draws closer. "I'm not the type of person that will try to confront somebody, but now I feel like it's gone too far. It's gone too far," Bryant said. "I ain't never got in trouble with nobody. I never said anything. I don't say anything wrong to nobody. I'm friendly. This here is too far. "What do this got to do with me playing football? Even if I did forget my cleats, what do that have to do with me playing football? I don't think it has anything to do with me playing football."

NFL.com

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

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Raiders Could Ask Russell To Take Paycut

Mar 31, 2010 8:10 PM

The Raiders may ask quarterback JaMarcus Russell to take a pay cut if they end up acquiring a high-profile quarterback like Donovan McNabb, according to the San Jose Mercury News. However, Russell has said that he won't accept a pay cut.

San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

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Gaither Signs One-Year Tender With Eagles

Mar 31, 2010 8:00 PM

Restricted free-agent linebacker Omar Gaither has signed a one-year tender offer from the Eagles. Gaither started the first three games of last season for Philadelphia at middle linebacker, but was benched in favor of Jeremiah Trotter in Week 5.

ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor

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McCoy Looks Accurate In Workout

Mar 31, 2010 7:58 PM

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy threw all sorts of passes in a workout for NFL scouts on Wednesday. "I've been waiting for this day a long time," he said. "I thought I went out there and killed it today." McCoy showed off his healed right shoulder, completing all 46 of his passes in a controlled workout.

ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

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Source: Rams Workout Colt McCoy

Mar 31, 2010 7:55 PM

The Rams will hold a private workout with Colt McCoy before next month's NFL Draft, according to a league source. St. Louis is expected to take Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick, which makes their interest in McCoy noteworthy.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Draft Misc

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Joey Porter Says Officer Struck Him

Mar 31, 2010 7:04 AM

Cardinals linebacker Joey Porter has accused a California Highway Patrol officer of unlawfully striking him. The incident took place on the night Porter was arrested on charges of drunken driving, battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest. Porter's allegation is under investigation in the context of the whole incident, Sgt. Larry McGuire said Tuesday.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Legal

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Criminal Charges Against Holmes Dropped

Mar 31, 2010 7:02 AM

Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes will not be charged in connection with a March 7 altercation that left a woman with a cut above her right eye. Orlando police Sgt. Barbara Jones said Tuesday that the case has been closed since Anshonae Mills declined to press charges. Mills claims that Holmes threw a glass of liquor at her after the two argued over a seat in a VIP room. According to the report, investigating officer Damon Barnes witnessed Mills "smiling" and "rubbing Holmes' face" after the two talked outside Rain nightclub.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Legal

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Eugene Signs Tender With Oakland

Mar 31, 2010 6:59 AM

Raiders safety Hiram Eugene has signed his restricted free agent tender to return to the team next season. Eugene has been a part-time starter the past three seasons for Oakland.

Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Signing

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Elam Signs, Retires With Broncos

Mar 31, 2010 6:55 AM

Kicker Jason Elam will sign a one-day contract with the Broncos so he can retire as a member of the team. Elam played 15 seasons with Denver from 1993 to 2007 and shares the NFL record with Tom Dempsey for the longest field goal.

ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Texans, Ryans Agree To Deal
DeMeco Ryans is now under contract through the 2015 season.

ESPN

Philadelphia No Longer Shopping Vick
Of their three quarterbacks, the Eagles may be least willing to trade Michael Vick.

ESPN

Source: No Frontrunner For McNabb
Trade talk involving Donovan McNabb could last until late April.

ESPN

Sources: Raiders, Eagles Haven't Discussed McNabb
The Raiders may not be as close to landing Donovan McNabb as ESPN is reporting.

Oakland Tribune

Raiders Getting Offers For 8th Pick
Oakland is getting calls about the eighth overall pick.

San Francisco Chronicle

Sources: Patriots Have Dinner With Tebow
Tim Tebow is making the rounds.

Boston Herald

Tennessee Signs Cornerback Hill
Tye Hill is a former first-round draft choice.

ESPN

Eagles Re-Sign Hobbs, Gocong To Tenders
Ellis Hobbs and Chris Gocong have signed one-year deals.

ESPN

Sources: Cowboys Aren't Shopping Barber
Marion Barber isn't being shopped by Dallas.

ESPN

Weaver Wants McNabb In Philadelphia
Leonard Weaver wants the Eagles to let Donovan McNabb play out the final year of his deal.

NFL.com

Report: Bradford Could Refuse Pre-Draft Contract With Rams
St. Louis is believed to be leaning towards Sam Bradford.

Pro Football Talk

Aaron Smith: Roethlisberger Won't Be A Distraction
Ben Roethlisberger's off-field issues don't concern his teammates.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Scout: Kolb Better Suited For Eagles Than McNabb
Kevin Kolb doesn't have Donovan McNabb's arm strength, but he is more accurate.

Philadelphia Inquirer

McNabb Doesn't Interest San Francisco
The 49ers aren't looking to acquire Donovan McNabb.

ESPN

Maualuga 'A Different Guy' After Rehab
Rey Maualuga spent a month in rehab following a DUI.

ESPN

Seahawks Sign Special Teams Star Morey
The Seahawks have signed a special teams ace in Sean Morey.

NFL.com

Chargers, Vasher Agree To Two-Year Deal
The Chargers have bolstered their secondary.

NFL.com

Cardinals Re-Sign Steve Breaston
The Cardinals have re-signed five players.

Yahoo! Sports

Holmes Says He Didn't Throw Drink At Nightclub
A woman claims that Santonio Holmes threw a glass at her.

ESPN

Tebow, Jim Kelly Have Dinner Together
Jim Kelly may be trying to sell Tim Tebow and the Bills on each other.

ESPN