August 2012 - Football Wiretap

Kellen Clemens Released By Rams

Aug 31, 2012 9:39 PM

The St. Louis Rams have released Kellen Clemens.

Clemens was important in helping Sam Bradford learn Brian Schottenheimer's offense.

Albert Breer/ (via Twitter)

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Bears Continue New Commitment To Special Teams In Roster Choices

Aug 31, 2012 9:37 PM

The Chicago Bears have continued to be aggressive in upgrading their special teams unit.

In the offseason, the Bears signed Eric Weems to help Devin Hester with returns.

Chicago also kept Jeremy Jones and Patrick Trahan with an eye on special teams.

The Bears assume their offense will be improved, which has caused them to place a greater significance on field position.

John Clayton/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, IQ

Saints Find Another Obscure RB In Travaris Cadet

Aug 31, 2012 9:31 PM

The New Orleans Saints have continued their trend of finding obscure running backs with this year's edition being Travaris Cadet making the regular season roster.

Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory were similar finds in past seasons.

New Orleans will have Thomas, Cadet, Ivory, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles on the roster to begin the season.

Cadet was excellent in the preseason and the Saints could deal a running back from a position of strength before the deadline. Ingram and Sproles are virtually untouchable for the Saints.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, IQ

Broncos Encouraged By Moreno's Progress In Return From Injury

Aug 31, 2012 9:28 PM

The Denver Broncos and John Elway are encouraged by the progress by Knowshon Moreno in returning from an ACL injury he suffered last November.

“He’s carrying more weight, and he’s come back strong,” Elway said Friday.

Moreno will be one of four running backs on the Broncos' roster to begin the season, joining Willis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball.

“When you look at the full package, we were excited about where Knowshon was, and how he ran the ball and continued to get better throughout camp,” Elway said.

Lindsay Jones/Denver Post

Tags: Denver Broncos, IQ

Curtis Painter Cut By Ravens

Aug 31, 2012 9:20 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have cut Curtis Painter.

Painter started several games last season for the Colts.

Tyrod Taylor will backup Joe Flacco at quarterback for the Ravens.

Adam Schefter/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Adrian Hamilton Cut By Cowboys, Could Quickly End Up Elsewhere

Aug 31, 2012 9:13 PM

The Dallas Cowboys cut Adrian Hamilton on Friday.

Hamilton, who went undrafted out of Prairie View A&M, exhibited good ability in rushing the quarterback. But the Cowboys parted ways with Hamilton due to his inability to contribute on special teams.

Hamilton was impressive enough in getting to the quarterback, however, that he could end up quickly on another team's roster.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Patriots, Packers, Giants, Steelers Have Been NFL's Smartest Spenders

Aug 31, 2012 9:10 PM

The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints have been the smartest spenders in the NFL over the past five seasons, according to a study by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg calculates how much teams spent per win and added bonuses for playoffs wins and championships.

1. New England Patriots
2. Green Bay Packers
3. New York Giants
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
5. New Orleans Saints
6. Baltimore Ravens
7. Indianapolis Colts
8. San Diego Chargers
9. Atlanta Falcons
10. Philadelphia Eagles
11. Arizona Cardinals
12. Tennessee Titans 
13. New York Jets
14. Dallas Cowboys
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Chicago Bears
17. Jacksonville Jaguars
18. San Francisco 49ers
19. Houston Texans
20. Minnesota Vikings
21. Denver Broncos
22. Cincinnati Bengals
23. Seattle Seahawks
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Kansas City Chiefs
26. Miami Dolphins
27. Buffalo Bills
28. Cleveland Browns
29. Washington Redskins
30. Oakland Raiders
31. Detroit Lions
32. St. Louis Rams 


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Vikings Release Sage Rosenfels

Aug 31, 2012 9:03 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have released Sage Rosenfels in what was a surprising move.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson will be the Vikings' third-string quarterback behind Christian Ponder and Joe Webb.

The Vikings agreed to a deal with Rosenfels in March with $500,000 in guaranteed money.

Jeremy Fowler/Pioneer Press

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Panthers Acquire Colin Jones From 49ers

Aug 31, 2012 7:19 PM

The Carolina Panthers have acquired special teams star Colin Jones from the San Francisco 49ers for a seventh round pick.

Jones was a sixth round pick out of TCU in 2011.

Carolina showed interest in signing Jones last season when he was on the 49ers' practice squad.

Jones finished the season with eight tackles and seven "big plays" as graded by special teams coordinator Brad Seely.

Matt Barrows/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Dolphins Listening To Offers For Matt Moore

Aug 31, 2012 5:27 PM

The Miami Dolphins have taken calls from teams asking about Matt Moore.

Moore is currently backing up rookie Ryan Tannehill. As of Friday afternoon, injured veteran David Garrard was also still on Miami's roster.

The Dolphins will lack a proven quarterback behind Tannehill if they move Moore.

Marc Sessler/

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

NFL Resumes Talks With Referees
The NFL and its locked-out officials met Friday in an attempt to end their labor battle, according to more than one source.


Deion Branch, Hoyer Among Players Cut By Patriots
The Patriots surprisingly cut Deion Branch and Brian Hoyer on Friday.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

DeMarcus Ware Considered Retirement After 2009 Injury
DeMarcus Ware strongly considered retirement in 2009 when he had a serious neck injury.

Peter Schrager/GQ

John Skelton To Start For Cardinals In Week 1
John Skelton finished the 2011 season strong and won the Kickoff Week slot from Kevin Kolb.

Adam Caplan/Sirius (via Twitter)

Seneca Wallace Released By Browns
Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy were ahead of Seneca Wallace on the depth chart.

Adam Schefter/ESPN (via Twitter)

Risdon's 32 Fearless Predictions For 2012 NFL Season
As Kickoff Weekend is nearly upon, RealGM's Jeff Risdon delivers 32 predictions of what to expect from the 2012 NFL season.

Jeff Risdon/RealGM

Practice Squad Players Earn $5,700 Per Week
Players on NFL practice squads earn a minimum of $5,700 per week.

Andrew Brandt/ESPN

Dolphins Cut 2011 4th Rounder Clyde Gates
Clyde Gates ran an excellent 40 at the combine, but was a raw prospect.

Armando Salguero/Miami Herald (via Twitter)

Cowboys Want To See Better Production From Orlando Scandrick
Orlando Scandrick was signed in 2011 by the Dallas Cowboys on a five-year, $27 million contract extension.

Tim McMahon/ESPN

Raiders' Loss To Seahawks Reveals Lack Of Depth
The loss demonstrated the lack of depth on the Raiders as they remake the roster under new general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Jerry McDonald/Oakland Tribune

Kraft: Brady 'Better' Than Montana
Robert Kraft might be biased, but he believes that Tom Brady is better than Joe Montana was during his playing days.

Jets Score First Touchdown On 37th Drive, Finish Preseason Winless
The Jets scored their first touchdown of the preseason on Thursday night when Greg McElroy connected with Terrance Ganaway on a six-yard score.

Dan Hanzus/

Cowboys Acquire Ryan Cook From Dolphins
The Cowboys have acquired offensive lineman Ryan Cook from the Dolphins.

Ian Rapoport/

Garrard Unlikely To Survive Dolphins' Roster Cuts
David Garrard isn't expected to survive cuts on Friday as the Dolphins and the rest of the NFL get their rosters to the league maximum.

Pro Football Talk

NFL May Delay Loomis Suspension In Wake Of Hurricane Isaac
Roger Goodell is willing to postpone the eight-game suspension of Saints general manager Mickey Loomis until after Week 1, according to a league source.

Alex Marvez/FOX Sports

Man Falls To Death At Reliant Stadium
A man attending the Texans-Vikings preseason finale fell to his death while horse-playing on an escalator near the northeast side of Reliant Stadium.

CBS Houston

Dalton Fine After Suffering Scary Arm Bruise
Andy Dalton appears to have escaped serious injury despite leaving Thursday night's preseason finale against the Colts early with a bruised arm.


'Mr. Irrelevant' Leads Colts Past Bengals
Chandler Harnish threw a 42-yard TD pass to Dominique Jones to give the Colts a 20-16 win over the Bengals on Thursday night.

Adrian Peterson Likely Game-Time Decision For Opener
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday that running back Adrain Peterson will probably be a game-time decision for their opening league game next week.

Chargers Encouraged By Influx Of Veteran Free Agents
A.J. Smith decided to add more than a dozen veteran free agents to the Chargers' roster.

Bill Williamson/ESPN