February 2012 - Football Wiretap
Jets Interested In Bringing Back Braylon Edwards
The Jets are interested in bringing back Braylon Edwards, according to a source. Edwards, who signed a one-year deal with the 49ers in 2011 and was released prior to the start of the playoffs, caught 11 touchdowns in 28 games with the Jets.
Cowboys Plan To 'Take Care' Of Romo
Tony Romo isn't scheduled to become a free agent until 2014, but the Cowboys are already planning to give him a new contract. "Tony is going to play a lot more than two more years," vice president Stephen Jones said. "We are going to take care of Tony. Tony is going to be a Cowboy." The Cowboys have not yet discussed a contract extension with Romo, according to the Star-Telegram, but Jones said the only issue that needs to be fleshed out is numbers.
Report: Seahawks Pursing Mario Williams
The Seahawks are reportedly pursuing linebacker Mario Williams. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and a two-time Pro Bowler, Williams has spent the last six seasons with the Texans.
2012 Salary Cap Could Be Lower Than Expected
The new league year begins in two weeks and the per-team salary cap number for 2012 has yet to be announced. There is talk around the league that the number will be lower than expected. The number had been expected to be at least $120 million or so per team.
Bill Polian Joining ESPN As Analyst
Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. He will start March 12, the day before the free-agency period begins. "We will tap into his expertise immediately on ESPN in preparation for the upcoming NFL draft, free agency and arguably the biggest offseason story in years with the future of his former quarterback Peyton Manning still to be determined," Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer for NFL studio shows, said.
Saints, Brees Still Far Apart In Talks
The Saints and Drew Brees still remain a ways apart in their efforts to produce a long-term contract, according to sources. If significant progress isn't made soon, the Saints will be forced to use their franchise tag on the quarterback by the Monday deadline.
Dielman Set To Announce Retirement
Chargers guard Kris Dielman is expected to officially announce his retirement on Thursday. Dielman, a four-time All-Pro, was an anchor of the San Diego's line but finished the 2011 season on injured reserve because of a concussion.
Dolphins Find Cost For No. 2 Pick Too High
The Dolphins, who have the eighth overall pick, aren't too motivated to trade up to No. 2 and select quarterback Robert Griffin III. A team source told The South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Rams are asking for a bundle of picks equivalent to the value of the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Rogers Hopes He's Next To Get Deal From 49ers
Carlos Rogers hopes to follow the same route as fellow 49ers defender Ahmad Brooks, who avoided free agency with an extension earlier this week. "I'm hoping we get somthing done so I don't test free agency," Rogers told SiriusXM NFL Radio. If the 49ers can't reach a long-term contract with Rogers, they could put the franchise tag on him. The tag for cornerbacks is $10.6 million this year. Rogers came to the 49ers on a one-year, $4.25 million deal last season and garnered his first Pro Bowl berth. "As cornerbacks, we know our market value," he said.
Jaguars Won't Be Aggressive In Free Agency
The Jaguars were aggressive in free agency last year, but that won't be the case in 2012. "What took place last year won't be the case this year," Gene Smith said. "It's not a place we want to be overly active year in and year out." Last season, with the lockout, free agency overlapped with training camp. The Jaguars signed linebackers Paul Posluszny and Clint Session, safety Dawan Landry, defensive end Matt Roth and nickel cornerback Drew Coleman.
Patriots Ask Ochocinco To Restructure Contract
Chad Ochocinco is due a base salary of $3 million in both 2012 and 2013.
49ers Give Brooks $44.5M Extension
Ahmad Brooks will earn $17.5 million in guaranteed money.
Rams Confirm They're Willing To Deal No. 2 Pick
League sources have indicated that St. Louis has decided to trade the selection.
Report: Redskins Willing To Deal Multiple Picks To Rams For No. 2
The Rams will field offers for the second overall pick in April's NFL Draft and the Redskins appear very interested.
NFL Will Open 2012 Season On Sept. 5
The game will be played on a Wednesday as to not interfere with the Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Wayne, Manning May Be A Package Deal
The quarterback loves familiarity and Reggie Wayne has been with Peyton Manning for 10 of his 11 seasons in Indianapolis.
Packers Want To Keep Woodson At Corner
Charles Woodson may play a few snaps at safety for the Packers next season, but the team wants to keep him at cornerback.
Burress Wants To Join Eagles, Vick
Plaxico Burress and Michael Vick were childhood friends.
Finley's Deal With Packers Valued At $15M
The Packers signed Jermichael Finley to a two-year deal last week and the contract details have surfaced.
Brooks Close To Five-Year Deal With 49ers
The 49ers are nearing a long-term deal with linebacker Ahmad Brooks, according to league sources.
Manningham Now 50-50 On Return To Giants
Mario Manningham insists that he never said there was a "75 percent" chance he is leaving in free agency.
Browns Unlikely To Use Tag On Hillis
Cleveland would still like to sign the 26-year-old running back before the free-agent period begins on March 13.
McNabb: Peyton, Redskins Would Be Poor Fit
Donovan McNabb doesn't think Peyton Manning would mesh well with Mike Shanahan.
Rice Awaiting Baltimore's Franchise Tag
Agent Todd France met with the Ravens in Indianapolis.
Bengals Looking Towards Running Back Committee
The Bengals appear headed for a committee approach at running back in 2012 with Cedric Benson headed for free agency.
Patriots Ready To Move On From Light, Koppen
The Patriots are prepared to make significant changes along their offensive line.
Tom Heckert Had Heart Surgery
Browns general manager Tom Heckert had a good reason to miss the NFL Combine this month.
Donald Driver To Compete On 'Dancing With The Stars'
There was an internet campaign to get Driver on the wildly popular reality show.
Agent Says Scott Hasn't Received Permission To Seek Trade
Bart Scott has frustrated with his role on the Jets last season.