April 2011 - Football Wiretap

Texans Make Rice's Cheta Ozougwu 'Mr. Irrelevant'

Apr 30, 2011 11:16 PM

Rice defensive end Cheta Ozougwu is this year's Mr. Irrelevant after the Texans took him with the 254th and final pick of the NFL draft Saturday. The "irrelevant" moniker is traditionally given to the last pick. "It's a big relief," Ozougwu said. "I'm blessed to have this opportunity. No matter what was going to be the outcome, whether it's free agency or being the last pick or being a fifth-round pick, I just wanted the opportunity to play the game."


Tags: Houston Texans, Draft Misc

Eagles, Patriots Have Trade History

Apr 30, 2011 5:10 PM

The Eagles and Patriots have a strong history of making draft-related deals. The Patriots and Eagles have made a trade in every single draft since Bill Belichick took over in New England. Philadelphia got the 194th pick from New England for the 193rd pick on Saturday afternoon.

Pro Football Talk

Tags: New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Draft Misc, Trade Rumor

Patriots Take Cannon After Cancer Diagnosis

Apr 30, 2011 5:01 PM

The Patriots have chosen offensive lineman Marcus Cannon out of TCU in the fifth round of the NFL draft. Cannon learned last week that he has a treatable form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to a report, but that didn't deter the Patriots. New England chose the 358-pound Cannon with the 10th pick of the fifth round which they obtained on Friday in a trade with Houston.


Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Targeting Hasselbeck?

Apr 30, 2011 4:58 PM

The Cardinals may be eyeing a run at quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, according to The National Football Post. The report is that Arizona has an "understanding" with veteran Marc Bulger, who has been linked to the team. Sources have said the Cardinals are quietly hoping that they can make a run at Hasselbeck in free agency assuming he doesn't return to Seattle.

National Football Post

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Trade Rumor

Hasselbeck Not Returning To Seattle?

Apr 30, 2011 4:54 PM

Matt Hasselbeck's time with the Seahawks may be over. ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said on Saturday's NFL Draft broadcast that "Matthew Hasselbeck is not going back" to Seattle.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated (via Twitter)

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor

Lewis Helps Boy After Mother's Suicide

Apr 30, 2011 4:53 PM

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is helping a 10-year-old boy whose mother drowned herself and three children by driving a van into the Hudson River. The surviving child, La'Shaun Armstrong, will be at a Manhattan fundraiser of the United Athletes Foundation on Saturday night in New York. Lewis reached out to the child as soon as he heard about the April 12 tragedy. The boy escaped through a van window. La'Shaun's mother reportedly was distraught over an argument with her boyfriend.

Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Misc Rumor

Tebow: Broncos 'Believe In Me'

Apr 30, 2011 4:50 PM

Tim Tebow is confident in his place with the Broncos because he believes the team's front office believes in him. "I believe in them, and they believe in me," Tebow told ESPN Saturday. Tebow made three starts as a rookie with Denver in 2010. Broncos executive John Elway described himself as being Tebow's "biggest fan" because if he justifies the first-round draft pick former coach Josh McDaniels spent on him.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

2011 NFL Draft, Day 3 Results

Apr 30, 2011 12:10 PM

The final day of 2011 NFL Draft is here. Stay tuned to RealGM.com for up-to-minute updates on Saturday's selections. Fourth Round (98)1. Panthers - Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia (99)2. Seahawks (from DEN via NE) - K.J. Wright, OLB, Mississippi State (100)3. Bills - Da'Norris Searcy, S, North Carolina (101)4. Bengals - Clint Boling, OG, Georgia (102)5. Browns - Jordan Cameron, TE, USC (103)6. Cardinals - Sam Acho, DE, Texas (104)7. Buccaneers (from WSH via PHI) - Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee (105)8. Redskins (from HOU) - Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska (106)9. Vikings - Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa (107)10. Seahawks (from DET) - Kris Durham, WR, Georgia (108)11. Broncos (from SF) - Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma (109)12. Titans - Colin McCarthy, ILB, Miami (FL) (110)13. Cowboys - David Arkin, OG, Missouri State (111)14. Dolphins - Edmond Gates, WR, Abilene Christian (112)15. Rams - Gregory Salas, WR, Hawaii (113)16. Raiders - Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State (114)17. Jaguars - Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union (115)18. 49ers (from SD) - Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State (116)19. Eagles (from PHI) - Casey Matthews, ILB, Oregon (117)20. Giants - James Brewer, OT, Indiana (118)21. Chiefs - Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado (119)22. Colts - Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse (120)23. Eagles - Alex Henery, K, Nebraska (121)24. Jaguars (from NO) - Christopher Prosinski, S, Wyoming (122)25. Bills (from SEA) - Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson (123)26. Ravens - Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana (124)27. Browns (from ATL) - Owen Marecic, FB, Stanford (125)28. Raiders (from NE) - Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington (126)29. Jets - Bilal Powell, RB, Lousville (127)30. Texans (from CHI via WSH) - Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech (128)31. Steelers - Cortez Allen, CB, Citadel (129)32. Broncos (from GB) - Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State (130)33. Titans (Compensatory) - Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson (131)34. Packers (Compensatory) - Davon House, CB, New Mexico State Fifth Round (132)1. Panthers - Kealoha Pilares, WR, Hawaii (133)2. Bills - Johnny White, RB, North Carolina (134)3. Bengals - Robert Sands, S, West Virginia (135)4. Chiefs (from DEN via TB) - Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa (136)5. Cardinals - Anthony Sherman, FB, Connecticut (137)6. Browns - Buster Skrine, CB, Chattanooga (138)7. Patriots (from HOU) - Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU (139)8. Vikings - Brandon Burton, CB, Utah (140)9. Chiefs (from DET) - Gabe Miller, OLB, Oregon State (141)10. Packers (from SF via DEN) - D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas (142)11. Titans - Karl Klug, DE, Iowa (143)12. Cowboys - Joshua Thomas, CB, Buffalo (144)13. Texans (from WSH) - Shiloh Keo, S, Idaho (145)14. Falcons (from STL) - Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State (146)15. Redskins (from MIA) - Dejon Gomes, S, Nebraska (147)16. Jaguars - Roderick Issac, CB, Middle Tennessee State (148)17. Raiders - Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee (149)18. Eagles (from SD) - Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh (150)19. Browns (from NYG via MIN) - Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh (151)20. Buccaneers - Ahmad Black, S, Florida (152)21. Texans (from IND via WSH) - T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolain (153)22. Jets (from PHI) - Jeremy Kerley, WR, TCU (154)23. Seahawks (from KC via DET) - Richard Sherman, CB, Stanford (155)24. Redskins (from NO) - Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska (156)25. Seahawks - Mark LeGree, S, Appalachian State (157)26. Lions (from BAL via SEA) - Douglas Hogue, OLB, Syracuse (158)27. Rams (via ATL) - Jermale Hines, S, Ohio State (159)28. Patriots - Lee Smith, TE, Marshall (160)29. Bears - Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho (161)30. Eagles (from NYJ) - Julian Vandervelde, OG, Iowa (162)31. Steelers - Christopher Carter, OLB, Fresno State (163)32. 49ers (from SF) - Daniel Kilgore, OG, Appalachian State (164)33. Ravens (Compensatory) - Chykie Brown, CB, Texas (165)34. Ravens (Compensatory) - Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State Sixth Round (166)1. Panthers - Lawrence Wilson, OLB, Connecticut (167)2. Bengals - Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford (168)3. Vikings (from DEN via CLE) - Demarcus Love, OT, Arkansas (169)4. Bills - Chris White, ILB, Mississippi State (170)5. Vikings (from CLE) - Mistral Raymond, S, South Florida (171)6. Cardinals - Quan Sturdivant, ILB, North Carolina (172)7. Vikings - Brandon Fusco, OC, Slippery Rock (173)8. Seahawks (from DET) - Byron Maxwell, CB, Clemson (174)9. Dolphins (from SF via GB) - Charles Clay, FB, Tulsa (175)10. Titans - Byron Stingily, OT, Louisville (176)11. Cowboys - Dwayne Harris, WR, East Carolina (177)12. Redskins - Evan Royster, RB, Penn State (178)13. Redskins (from HOU) - Aldrick Robinson, WR, Southern Methodist (179)14. Packers (from MIA) - Caleb Schlauderaff, OG, Utah (180)15. Ravens (from STL) - Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech (181)16. Raiders - Richard Gordon, TE, Miami (FL) (182)17. 49ers (from JAX) - Ronald Johnson, WR, USC (183)18. Chargers - Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut (184)19. Cardinals (from TB via PHI) - David Carter, DT, UCLA (185)20. Giants - Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State (186)21. Broncos (from PHI via DET & DEN) - D.J. Smith, OLB, Appalachian State (187)22. Buccaneers (from KC) - Allen Bradford, RB, USC (188)23. Colts - Chris L. Rucker, CB, Michigan State (189)24. Broncos (from NO via NE) - Mike Mohamed, ILB, Cal (190)25. 49ers (from SEA) - Colin Jones, S, TCU (191)26. Eagles (from BAL) - Jason Kelce, OC, Cincinnati (192)27. Falcons - Matt Bosher, P, Miami (FL) (193)28. Eagles (from NE) - Brian Rolle, OLB, Ohio State (194)29. Patriots (from NYJ via PHI) - Markell Carter, DE, Central Arkansas (195)30. Bears - J.T. Thomas, OLB, West Virginia (196)31. Steelers - Keith Williams, OG, Nebraska (197)32. Packers - Rick Elmore, DE, Arizona (198)33. Giants - Tyler Sash, S, Iowa (199)34. Chiefs - Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi (200)35. Vikings - Ross Homan, OLB, Ohio State (201)36. Chargers - Steve Schilling, OG, Michigan (202)37. Giants - Jacquian Williams, LB, South Florida (203)38. Panthers - Zachary Williams, OC, Washington State Seventh Round (204)1. Broncos (from CAR via GB) - Virgil Green, TE, Nevada (205)2. Seahawks (from DET) - Lazarius Levingston, DE, LSU (206)3. Bills - Justin Rogers, CB, Richmond (207)4. Bengals - Korey Lindsey, CB, Southern Illinois (208)5. Jets (from ARI) - Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama (209)6. Lions (from CLE via SEA) - Johnny Culbreath, OT, South Carolina State (210)7. Falcons (from DET) - Andrew Jackson, OG, Fresno State (211)8. 49ers - Bruce Miller, DE, UCF (212)9. Titans - Zach Clayton, DT, Auburn (213)10. Redskins - Brandyn Thompson, CB, Boise State (214)11. Texans - Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State (215)12. Vikings - De'Aundre Reed, DE, Arizona (216)13. Rams - Mikail Baker, DB, Baylor (217)14. Redskins (from MIA) - Maurice Hurt, OG, Florida (218)15. Packers (from JAX via MIA) - Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina (219)16. Patriots (from OAK) - Malcolm Williams, DB, TCU (220)17. Cowboys (from SD) - Shaun Chapas, FB, Georgia (221)18. Giants - Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland (222)19. Buccaneers - Anthony Gaitor, CB, Florida International (223)20. Chiefs - Shane Bannon, RB, Yale (224)21. Redskins (from IND) - Markus White, DE, Florida State (225)22. Ravens (from PHI) - Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech (226)23. Saints - Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh (227)24. Jets (from SEA via PHI) - Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado (228)25. Rams (from BAL) - Jabara Williams, OLB, Stephen F. Austin (229)26. Rams (from ATL) - Jonathan Nelson, CB, Oklahoma (230)27. Falcons (from NE) - Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina (231)28. Dolphins (from NYJ via DET via SF via GB) - Frank Kearse, DT, Alabama A&M (232)29. Steelers - Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech (233)30. Packers - Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State (234)31. Chargers - Andrew Gachkar, OLB, Missouri (235)32. Dolphins - Jimmy Wilson, DB, Montana (236)33. Vikings - Stephen Burton, WR, West Texas A&M (237)34. Eagles - Greg Lloyd, ILB, Connecticut (238)35. Buccaneers - Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho (239)36. 49ers - Michael Person, OT, Montana State (240)37. Eagles - Stanley Havili, FB, USC (241)38. Raiders - David Ausberry, WR, USC (242)39. Seahawks - Malcolm Smith, OLB, USC (243)40. Saints - Nathan Bussey, OLB, Illinois (244)41. Panthers - Lee Ziemba, OT, Auburn (245)42. Bills - Michael Jasper, DT, Bethel (TN) (246)43. Bengals - Jay Finley, RB, Baylor (247)44. Broncos - Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma (248)45. Browns - Eric Hagg, S, Nebraska (249)46. Cardinals - Demarco Sampson, WR, San Diego State (250)47. 49ers - Curtis Holcomb, CB, Florida A&M (251)48. Titans - Tommie Campbell, S, Cal (PA) (252)49. Cowboys - Bill Nagy, OG, Wisconsin (253)50. Redskins - Christopher Neild, DT, West Virginia (254)51. Texans - Cheta Ozougwu, DE, Rice

Andrew Perna/RealGM.com

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc

Harbaugh: 49ers Plan To Re-Sign Smith, Let Him Compete

Apr 30, 2011 11:56 AM

The 49ers plan to re-sign quarterback Alex Smith and allow him to compete for the team's starting job, according to coach Jim Harbaugh. San Francisco drafted Nevada's Colin Kaepernick with the 36th overall pick on Friday. "The plan for Alex is unchanged," Harbaugh told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. "Everything we said from the very beginning: We want to get the best players on our roster that we possibly can and throw out the balls and let them compete. "Alex has the ability and the license to be the starting quarterback -- same thing I said about (outside linebacker) Aldon (Smith) yesterday. Same goes for Colin. Guys will run on their own gas. We believe in competition and earning your positions around here. With Alex, we are rowing and we're not going to miss a beat. Nothing has changed."


Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

White Has Plans For Falcons Rookie Jones

Apr 30, 2011 11:53 AM

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has plans for rookie Julio Jones, who the team traded up to draft in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. White posted a video welcome for Jones on Twitter on Friday. The veteran says he can't wait to "interact" with the rookie. White then noted he likes doughnuts on Fridays and hamburgers on Wednesdays.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Market For Kolb Is Shrinking
A number of teams in need of a quarterback selected one in the first two days of the NFL Draft.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Brady Breaks Labor Silence
Tom Brady is the NFL's highest-paid player.

Boston Herald

Original Member Of 49ers Gregory Dies At 92
The team said Garland Gregory had been battling a brief illness that was not disclosed.

Associated Press

Jones Excuses Bryant From Practice Facility
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Friday night he didn't speak with wide receiver Dez Bryant and blamed himself.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN.com

49ers Trade Up To Draft QB Colin Kaepernick
The 49ers traded up on Friday night and selected Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick with the No. 36 overall pick.

Oakland Tribune

Payton Expects Bush To Be With Saints
Sean Payton plans to have Reggie Bush on his roster when the 2011 season begins.

RealGM Staff Report

Tampa Bay Selects Bowers With 51st Pick
Many believed Da'Quan Bowers was among the top prospects in this year's NFL Draft.

RealGM Staff Report

Court Restores NFL Lockout
The decision restored the NFL lockout as the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft unfolded on ESPN.

Associated Press

2011 Draft Friday Night Results
The Patriots may have picked Tom Brady's successor in Ryan Mallett, who they grabbed with the 74th overall pick.

Andrew Perna/RealGM.com

Ravens Want Pick For Trade Mess With Bears
The Ravens felt they had a deal in place with the Bears on Thursday night, but Chicago never confirmed the deal to the league.


Vikings Remain Interested In McNabb Despite Drafting Ponder
Donovan McNabb is still expected to become a Viking whether it be through trade or his release.


Six Teams Looking For QBs Entering Second Round
Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Mallett are the most prominent quarterbacks left on the board.

Jason La Canfora/NFL.com

Fitzgerald Excited By Drafting Of Peterson
Larry Fitzgerald says the Cardinals needed a cornerback like Patrick Peterson to compete with the league's elite.

Michael Silver/Yahoo! Sports

Sources: Players Expect Stay Of Nelson's Ruling
The NFL lockout may not be lifted until Monday at the earliest.

Michael Silver/Yahoo! Sports

Could Mallett Fall Into The Third Round?
Ryan Mallett may not be taken early on Friday night.

Rob Rang/CBS Sports

Marshall Among Players At Miami's Complex
Brandon Marshall was stabbed by his wife with a kitchen knife less than a week ago.

Associated Press

Bengals Wanted 32nd Pick From Packers
Cincinnati would probably have drafted Andy Dalton had they acquired the 32nd overall pick from Green Bay.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN.com

Goodell Understands Boos Heard At Draft
Roger Goodell understands the frustration of the NFL's fans.


Newton Ready For Scrutiny That Comes With Being Top Pick
Cam Newton reported to the Panthers on Friday for his first day on the job.

Associated Press

Brady 'Cool' With Ryan's 'Hating'
Tom Brady is OK with Rex Ryan's assertion that the Patriots QB is the most hated man in the country.