May 2012 - Football Wiretap
Philbin: Dolphins QB Race Is 'Very Close'
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said there is no clear leader in the clubhouse yet in the team's three-player quarterback race. "I think it's very close," Philbin told Joe Rose on WQAM. "I think it's very close. I think they all bring different attributes to the table. I will say that the room itself, the quality of the individuals in the room, I think is excellent." The Miami Herald wrote earlier this week that Matt Moore looked better than rookie Ryan Tannehill at Tuesday's practice, although Moore was far from perfect. The newspaper suggested Tannehill struggled. David Garrard -- who seems destined to be the No. 3 quarterback -- is home this week with his wife after his house suffered storm damage over the weekend.
Owens Gets $50 Severance From Allen Wranglers
Terrell Owens is getting ready to sue his former team, the Dallas-based Allen Wranglers, for wrongful termination, according to TMZ.com. The wide receiver was booted from the team for alleged contract violations. The Wranglers then insisted Owens return the 2012 Jeep Cherokee he had been given, sending an eviction notice, and writing a check for the receiver's ownership share in the team which turned out to be for $50.
Ravens Hoping Suggs Can Return Late In Season
Terrell Suggs still hopes to play a role on Baltimore's defense this season despite a partial tear of his Achilles tendon. The Ravens aren't sharing Suggs' confidence publicly, but Don Banks of SI.com reports that they are holding out hope that he can contribute something to the team before the year is out. They hope that Suggs can return as a situational pass rusher in the final weeks of the regular season.
Percy Harvin: Shoulder 'Feels Great'
Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin feels good as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. "I feel great. No limitations. Got all my strength back. It's just precaution," said Harvin, who had surgery in April. "They don't want me to fall or do anything crazy right now during these drills. Hopefully next week I should be back out here." Harvin caught 87 passes for 967 yards and six touchdowns last season. He also finished third on the team with 345 yards rushing and returned a kick for a touchdown.
Nicks: 'No Doubt' He'll Play In Opener
Hakeem Nicks has no doubts that he'll be on the field for the Giants when they kick off the 2012 season. Nicks said his surgically repaired broken toe is feeling good and that he hopes to beat the 12-week timetable for recovery given by the team. He underwent surgery on the fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot last Friday after suffering the injury the day before.
Kirk Cousins Signs With Redskins
The Redskins have signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a rookie contract. According to sources, Cousins received a four-year, $2.57 million deal. He was the seventh pick in the fourth round. A three-year starter at Michigan State, Cousins is the school's all-time leader in completions (723), passing yards (9,131) and passing touchdowns (66) and was expected to be a second or third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Von Miller Shoots Down Fake Twitter Trade
Broncos linebacker Von Miller has shot down a fake Twitter trade that went viral on Wednesday night. The fake tweet claimed that Denver was trading Miller to Pittsburgh for Casey Hampton.
Jason Babin Plans To Run With Bulls
Eagles defensive end Jason Babin said he plans on running with the bulls in Spain this July. "It's kind of a rite of passage," Babin said after his first OTA on Wednesday. "It's a stamp. I guess in my brain I have a figurative man card that's got certain punches that need to be punched out." One may question whether running with the bulls in Pamplona, where a few have suffered significant injuries and sometimes death, is proper behavior for a professional football player. "Everyone thinks it's dangerous and hazardous," Babin said. "But it's not, if "done correctly and soberly." "Bulls can't turn the corner on cobblestone, so as long as you're on the inside you're going to be alright," he added. "I broke the tape down like game film."
Romo Throws Out First Pitch For Rangers
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday's Mariners-Rangers game. "Hopefully he hits the target," reliever Mike Adams said prior to the game. "It's really awesome. It's a cool thing, especially coming from one of the Cowboys players and a premier quarterback. That's neat."
Harbaugh: 49ers Didn't Chase Manning
Jim Harbaugh insists that the 49ers intended to use Alex Smith as their quarterback even while they examined the possibility of signing then-free agent Peyton Manning. Harbaugh addresses what he says is the "erroneous perception that we were flirting with Peyton Manning." The coach called the reports silly and phony, then spoke at length about his and the team's ongoing support for Smith. "I've said it all along, Alex Smith has been our quarterback," Harbaugh said. "There's no scenario other than Alex choosing to sign with another team that we would have considered him not as our quarterback. It's time to set the record straight. "Alex Smith is our quarterback, was our quarterback and (we) had every intention of always bringing him back." San Francisco was among a handful of teams looking at Manning earlier this offseason.
Peyton, Receivers Struggle At OTAs
Peyton Manning and Eric Decker stayed late after a sloppy practice Wednesday, working an extra 15 minutes.
Kiwanuka: Umenyiora 'Should've Been Taken Care Of'
Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka understands why teammate Osi Umenyiora is frustrated.
Kordell Stewart Retires Seven Years After Last Game
Former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart retired on Wednesday, seven years after last stepping on an NFL field.
2013 Pro Bowl Will Be Held In Hawaii
There will be a Pro Bowl in 2013 and it will be held in Hawaii.
Fans Set Up Website To Fund Brees Contract
The Saints and Drew Brees appear to still be far apart on talks regarding a long-term contract.
Report: Giants, Umenyiora 'Very Far Apart' In Talks
It is being reported that the Giants and defensive end Osi Umenyiora are "very far apart" in contract talks.
Asher Allen To Retire At 24
Vikings cornerback Asher Allen informed the team last week he will retire, coach Leslie Frazier revealed Wednesday.
Brian Banks Says He Has NFL Tryout
Several teams are willing to give Brian Banks a chance to fulfill his dream of playing pro football.
Jones: Cowboys Aren't Dealing Jenkins
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reiterated that he has no intention to trade disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins.
Tuck Lobbies For Umenyiora Contract
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has come out in support of teammate Osi Umenyiora, who is seeking a new contract from the team.
Griffin III Had Best-Selling Jersey In May
It's likely a sign of how excited Redskins fans are by the addition of a quarterback who could stop the revolving door.
Larry Fitzgerald Wants To Lose Five Pounds
Larry Fitzgerald may not look like it, but the Cardinals wide receiver wants to lose five pounds.
Samuel Talks Big Plays With Falcons
Asante Samuel talked about making big plays during Atlanta's first full-squad practice this offseason on Tuesday.
Hakeem Nicks Aims For Training Camp
Hakeem Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot Thursday during New York's second organized team activity workout.
Newton Says He Was 'Bad Teammate' During Rookie Season
Cam Newton says he was a bad teammate during his Rookie of the Year season, but his fellow Panthers say he just needs to trust them more.
IFL Team Releases Terrell Owens
Owner Jon Frankel said the receiver's ownership stake has been terminated because he violated his contract.
Giants Aren't Considering Plaxico Burress
Hakeem Nicks recently had foot surgery, but that doesn't mean the Giants are considering a reunion with Plaxico Burress.
Roethlisberger Sees Progress In Offense
The Steelers are implementing a new offense, but Ben Roethlisberger says things are running smoothly during Organized Team Activities.
Dolphins Will Be Featured On 'Hard Knocks'
After a drawn-out process, HBO has decided to showcase the Miami Dolphins on this summer's version of "Hard Knocks."