June 2012 - Football Wiretap
Kelly Hopes Tebow Causes 'Turmoil' With Jets
Jim Kelly doesn't understand why the Jets brought in Tim Tebow, but the Bills legend is glad they did. Kelly, who starred in Buffalo from 1986 to 1996, said he's wishing for "so much turmoil in training camp" that all of a sudden New York's locker room "is coming apart." "They open with the Buffalo Bills first game of the season in the Meadowlands (MetLife Stadium), so this could be very exciting," Kelly said on the NFL Network.
Cowboys Have More Than $7M In Cap Room
The Cowboys may be done making moves this offseason, but that isn't because they don't have any cap space remaining. Dallas has $7.18 million in cap space at the moment, according to figures released by Pro Football Talk. That number factors in the $5 million penalty the team incurred a few months ago for operating outside of the "spirit of the rules" when giving Miles Austin a front-loaded deal during the uncapped 2010 season.
Ruling On Brees' Franchise Tag Expected Soon
Drew Brees should know within a week if he'll collect nearly $4 million more than the NFL says he's due if he's franchise-tagged for a third time in 2013. The Saints quarterback, who was represented by the NFL Players Association, had an hour-long grievance hearing before arbitrator Stephen Burbank on Wednesday in Philadelphia. The hearing was to gain clarity on the interpretation of franchise-tag rules and the contract's total value, and Burbank said he'd rule on the issue within a week, according to a league source.
Is Favre Trying To Get Back In Green Bay's Good Graces?
Brett Favre tarnished the beloved reputation he earned during 16 seasons with the Packers with multiple retirements and comebacks, including runs with the Jets and Vikings. It doesn't appear that he can ever fully return to the status he had during the height of his career, but the quarterback may be trying to get back in Green Bay's good graces. Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that Favre has departed from his past stance of saying little about his successor, Aaron Rodgers. In a recent interview on NFL Network, Favre had nothing but praise for Rodgers. "Aaron Rodgers, I knew when I left, this guy has all the tools," Favre said. "He can beat you with his feet. He's got a great arm, extremely accurate, handles the cast around him perfect."
Report: NFL May Relax Blackout Rules
The NFL will give teams flexibility to avoid television blackouts this season, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The league will allow games to be broadcast in their local markets with as few as 85 percent of tickets sold.
Raiders Targeting Cedric Benson
Cedric Benson is still on Oakland's radar, according to a report. ESPN's Adam Schefter has suggested that the Raiders could float an offer to Benson just before training camp, or soon after it opens.
Urlacher: If Healthy, Bears Best In NFC North
Brian Urlacher is tired of hearing people fawn over the Packers and Lions. "It's perfect, and just the way we like it," Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune. "If you look at what we did last year before Jay (Cutler) got hurt, we won five in a row. When Jay went down, you saw what happened after that. When we're healthy, I don't see a better team in the NFC North. "Last year, Green Bay and Detroit were in the playoffs, so they should be talking about them. I don't know if they got any better in the offseason, but I know we got better."
Source: Tomlinson's Comments Show Why Chargers Didn't Win
LaDainian Tomlinson's recent comments about preferring a spot in the Hall of Fame to a Super Bowl ring say a lot about his career, according to a source. "That's why the Chargers could never win the big one," the source said. "L.T. was selfish and a selfish leader. They had all the talent in the world and should have beaten the Patriots [in 2006], but they couldn't do it because they had too many guys like L.T. and he was the ringleader." "LaDainian was a great player, but he was never a champion and he never behaved like one," the source added.
Spiller Thinks Bills Are Super Bowl Contenders
The Bills lost nine of their last 11 games last season, but C.J. Spiller is optimistic about their chances in 2012. Buffalo hasn't made the playoffs since 1999, but the running back has his sights set higher. "We split with New England [last year]," Spiller said. "We had the Giants on the ropes. We are close to being a Super Bowl team." He didn't stop there. "Every year we expect to win and make the playoffs and make a run, but we don't just want to make the playoffs, we're trying to get to the Super Bowl," Spiller said. "Why get to the playoffs if you're not trying to win the Super Bowl? That's the ultimate and that's what we talk about is being champions. If you're not trying to be a champion as we say, 'You're in the wrong business.'"
Falcons Agree To Deal With Chris Hope
The Falcons have agreed to terms with safety Chris Hope. Hope started 109 games in 10 seasons with Pittsburgh and Tennessee.
Report: Weeden Holding Out For Fourth Guaranteed Year
Brandon Weeden is holding out for a fourth guaranteed year on his rookie contract, according to league sources.
Forte Coy On Reporting To Bears
Matt Forte and the Bears have until July 16 to agree on a multiyear deal.
Report: Shiancoe Turned Down Seahawks
Visanthe Shiancoe rejected a one-year, $1.2 million offer from the Seahawks earlier this offseason.
Goodell Memo: L.A Could Get Team By 2013
Roger Goodell has laid the ground rules for NFL franchises considering relocating to Los Angeles.
Pitcock: Teams Fear Video Game Addiction
Quinn Pitcock claims that if he was into drugs or alcohol, teams wouldn't think twice.
Might McNabb Fit With Cardinals?
Donovan McNabb says he's about 80 to 90 percent sure he'll play next season and speculation regarding potential suitors has increased.
Schwartz, Lions Agree On Extension
The contract, according to a source, is for multiple years.
Carter Wants Long-Term Deal From Patriots
New England is looking to sign him to something closer to the low-cost one-year deal it signed him to last season.
Raiders Expecting A Lot From Jack Crawford
The Raiders are expecting production from defensive end Jack Crawford, who they drafted in the fifth round of April's NFL Draft.
Griffin III Hosting Players-Only Passing Session
Robert Griffin III has revealed that some of his new Washington teammates will fly to Waco, Texas for a players-only passing session.
Brees: Fans Are 'Tired' Of Bounty Case
Drew Brees let off a little steam on "Late Show with David Letterman" on Thursday night.
Broncos Pledge $50,000 To Wildfire Relief
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen also encouraged the team's fans to help provide relief in any way they can.
Jaguars Could Play Game In London By 2013
The Rams-Patriots game is the only one the league is playing there this season.
Burleson Fine With Helping Young Take His Job
Nate Burleson says he's fine with mentoring young wide receiver Titus Young, who could eventually take his job in Detroit.
McNabb Eyes Three Teams, Puts Chances Of Return At 80-90 Percent
Donovan McNabb says there's "an 80 to 90 percent chance" he'll play this season.
Vikings Sign Jeff Charleston, Release Terrell Resonno
The Vikings have signed DL Jeff Charleston to a one-year deal.
Dawson To Receive Rozelle Award
Former Chiefs quarterback Ken Dawson is being honored as this year's recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-TV Award.
NFL Shifting Kickoff Time Of Second Games
To ensure fewer fans miss any of the action on the field, the league is shifting the start time of its Sunday TV doubleheaders.
Avril: Unfair To Label Lions As Troublemakers
Cliff Avril said that it's unfair to label his team as troublemakers for just a few guys getting in trouble.