April 2012 - Football Wiretap
McCoy Reports To Work With Browns
Colt McCoy, who was on the trade block after the Browns drafted Brandon Weeden last week, reported to work with the team on Monday. The Browns expect McCoy to be back on the team despite rumors that eventually went nowhere over the weekend.
Moss Reports To 49ers With Roster Spot In Doubt
Randy Moss didn't attend the first two weeks of San Francisco's offseason program, but he arrived Monday in time for the first on-field coaching session. Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports that coach Jim Harbaugh suggested Moss spend the first two weeks at home. "It was eye opening," Moss said. "Today was the first day and we were moving so fast. Today felt like we'd been out here for a week or two." He will have to get up to speed fast. Barring injuries in front of him, Moss will have a difficult time just making the 49ers.
Driver Will Take Pay Cut To Remain In Green Bay
Donald Driver is 37 years old and coming off his least productive season in a decade, but he wants to keep playing and remain with the Packers. The wide receiver will take a pay cut in order to do so. "The organization knows what I've done on and off the field, and they want to keep me around as long as possible," Driver told WISN-TV. "If that means sitting down and taking pay cuts to stay around, then you take pay cuts to stay around. I've always said it's not about the money for me anymore. What I'm pushing for is for my legacy to stay around in the state of Wisconsin and around the world forever. So the money's not a big issue."
Sorgi To Work Out For Raiders
The Raiders are bringing in quarterback Jim Sorgi for a tryout. Sorgi's agent, Matt Brei, said the veteran will work out for Oakland on Tuesday. The Raiders are looking for a veteran backup quarterback to play behind starter Carson Palmer.
Case Keenum Says He's Going To Texans
Houston quarterback Case Keenum says he plans to sign with the Texans. The six-footer donned a Texans shirt and baseball cap on Monday and said Houston has told him they will sign him. Keenum finished his career as the Football Bowl Subdivision's career leader in yards passing (19,217) and touchdown passes (155), and he's the only FBS
Stevie Johnson To Have Groin Surgery
Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is scheduled to have "very minor" surgery to repair a groin injury that nagged him for most of last season. Agent C.J. Laboy confirmed Monday that the surgery is scheduled to take place in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Johnson announced the news himself on his Twitter account, noting he wants to be 100 percent healthy heading into the season.
Eagles Believe They 'Overplayed' McCoy
The Eagles seem prepared to back off the number of carries given to LeSean McCoy this coming season. "I probably overplayed (LeSean) McCoy a little bit, even though he doesn't want to hear that. As he continues to get older and have the number of reps under his belt that he does, you'll want to back off the number of reps that he does," Reid said over the weekend. McCoy started 15 games for the Eagles and carried the ball 273 times for 1,309 yards and a league-best 17 touchdowns in 2011. He also caught 48 passes for three touchdowns and 315 yards.
Harnish Had Deal With Chargers Before Colts Drafted Him
The Colts made Chandler Harnish the final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, as known as Mr. Irrelevant, apparently stealing him from the Chargers. "Late in the seventh round I'm very depressed. ... I was getting calls from like the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, just a bunch of teams were (calling) -- and I'm talking to my agent every three minutes," the former Northern Illinois quarterback explains. "It looked like we were about ready to set up a free agency deal. I was ready to go to San Diego. ... "They wanted the decision 10 minutes after they could put the deal on the table, and this was still at pick 240," Harnish says. "So there were still 13 picks to go. And they put the deal on the table that they wanted me to be a free agent and I had to say 'yes' to it. ... We tell San Diego we want that deal. Well, my agent tells the Colts, 'Hey, he's going to San Diego if you guys don't draft him with your last pick.' So, because of that, the Colts were like, 'We want him. We want to take him before he goes to free agency, and then he goes to San Diego.'"
Umenyiora Protests Perception That He's A 'Greedy Pig'
Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora says he isn't happy that the team offered him only "half" the guaranteed money it recently gave to fellow defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka. "They offered an extension -- guaranteeing half of what they just gave 'Kiwi' guaranteed," Umenyiora wrote to The Star-Ledger on Sunday. "And I'm a greedy pig for turning down half of what they just gave 'Kiwi.' Lol." Kiwanuka received a three-year extension from the Giants last week that included $10.95 million in guaranteed money.
Jets Had Eye On Bruce Irvin, Who Seattle Took One Pick Before
The Jets had interest in Bruce Irvin, who the Seahawks drafted with the 15th overall selection, one pick ahead of New York. Many analysts felt Seattle reached on the West Virginia defender. After the Seahawks took Irvin, they received a good-natured call from the Jets cursing them out for taking the player they wanted. One general manager called Irvin the "hottest player in the draft."
Wilson Is Highest-Drafted QB By Seattle Since 1993
The Seahawks drafted Rick Mirer with the No. 2 pick in 1993.
Reid Explains Reasoning Behind Samuel Trade
Andy Reid has addressed the reasoning behind the trade that sent Asante Samuel to the Falcons for a seventh-round pick.
Titans Moving Away From Run-First Offense?
The Titans drafted a receiver in the first round to pair with Kenny Britt, while Chris Johnson struggled in 2011.
Patriots Draft Rugby Player For Special Teams
New England drafted Nate Ebner, a special teams standout at Ohio State, in the sixth round (197 overall).
GM: Dolphins Have No Plans To Part With Long
The Dolphins plan to hold onto Jake Long despite a report suggesting that his time with the team may be ending soon.
Holmgren Insists Browns Weren't Duped By Vikings In Trade
The Browns badly wanted Trent Richardson, so they traded up to ensure they'd be able to draft him.
Colts Expect To Sign Luck 'Swiftly'
The Colts expect to sign first overall pick Andrew Luck to a contract sooner rather than later.
Roethlisberger Pleased With O-Line Additions
Ben Roethlisberger has already talked with the newest Steelers first-round draft pick, offensive guard David DeCastro.
Cowboys Still Willing To Deal Mike Jenkins
The Cowboys are still shopping Mike Jenkins in a trade, but there have been no serious suitors as of Sunday afternoon.
Chris Polk Agrees To Join Eagles
Washington running back Chris Polk has agreed to terms with the Eagles on a contract.
Bengals Give Vontaze Burfict A Chance
The Bengals have agreed to terms on a contract with Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict, according to a source.
Browns Tried To Engage Colts In Talks For Luck
Mike Holmgren reportedly had two conversations with Indianapolis, with one of the talks lasting five minutes.
Reese: Robinson Is JPP Of Tight Ends
The Giants love the potential of tight end Adrien Robinson, out of Cincinnati.
Lions Agree To Terms With Kellen Moore
Kellen Moore has agreed to terms with the Lions as a rookie free agent, according to sources.
Giants Say They've Made Offers To Umenyiora
Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the team has offered Osi Umenyiora an extension for two straight years in hopes of keeping him.
Colts Make Chandler Harnish Mr. Irrelevant
Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish was taken with the 253rd and final pick of the draft on Saturday.
Dawkins To Retire With Eagles, Have Jersey Retired
The Eagles will honor Brian Dawkins by retiring his jersey during their nationally televised Week 4 game against the Giants.
Griffin III Will Wear No. 10
Washington wide receiver Jabar Gaffney wore the number last season.