February 2013 - Football Wiretap

NFL Salary Cap At $123M

Feb 28, 2013 9:58 PM

The NFL salary cap will be at $123 million for the 2013 season.

In addition to the $3.936 billion in total spending allotment in 2013, another $200 million in cap space has been carried over from past years.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Stafford, Lions Initiate Extension Talks

Feb 28, 2013 3:56 PM

The Detroit Lions have begun discussing an extension with Matthew Stafford.

"Matthew Stafford is our quarterback, and we hope is our quarterback for a long time," Lewand said, via MLive.com. "The reason to explore a contract extension with Matthew is to fulfill that goal of having him be our quarterback for a long time. It's not a short-term look at the salary cap.

"That's the wrong way to look at that. When you look at extending somebody like Matthew, he's not going to take less money to extend. That's a very short-term focus to look at."

Stafford will earn $12 million in 2013, but his cap hit is at $20.3 million.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor

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49ers Not Presently Interested In Pursuing Revis

Feb 28, 2013 11:09 AM

The San Francisco 49ers are not interested in pursuing a trade for Darrelle Revis at this time, according to source.

The New York Jets are contemplating a trade of Revis this offseason.

Revis will require a new deal by next offseason.

The 49ers' trade of Alex Smith to the Chiefs this week put them in prime position to make a major secondary trade.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Geno Smith Drawing Interest From Raiders At No. 3

Feb 27, 2013 7:40 PM

The Oakland Raiders are interested in selecting Geno Smith with the third overall pick, according to sources.

The Raiders already have Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor on their roster.

The report could be a smokescreen to trade down.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Cowboys Save $4M Against Cap With Restructured Ware Contract

Feb 27, 2013 7:37 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contract of DeMarcus Ware.

The Cowboys converted $5 million of Ware's base salary into a signing bonus to save $4 million against the cap.

The Cowboys intend to restructure the contracts of approximately 12 more players by Mar. 12.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

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Texans Could Draft Quarterback

Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM

The Houston Texans have a fairly settled situation at quarterback with T.J. Yates and Case Keenum backing up Matt Schaub.

But the Texans could still use a pick on a quarterback in the draft.

“I think in this league, you’re always looking for that young quarterback that you think is going to be a 10-, 12-year player in this league and be very successful,” Kubiak said.

Nick Scurfield/HoustonTexans.com

Tags: Houston Texans, Draft

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Chiefs Agree To Trade For Alex Smith

Feb 27, 2013 12:03 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade for Alex Smith with the San Francisco 49ers.

The deal cannot become official until Mar. 12.

The 49ers will get a No. 2 pick in this year's draft and a similar pick in 2014, according to a source that spoke with Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News.

Smith lost his job as starting quarterback of the 49ers to Colin Kaepernick following a concussion. Kaepernick quickly ended the controversy with several signature performances and eventually led the 49ers to an appearance in the Super Bowl.

With this bold trade, Andy Reid is clearly gambling his success with the Chiefs on the performance of Smith.

The Browns, Cardinals and Jaguars were the other teams believed to be interested in trading for Smith.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jeff Demps Returning To Track

Feb 27, 2013 1:20 AM

Jeff Demps will return to track and field, less than one year after participating in the Olympics.

Demps signed with New England last Aug. 17 and began practicing with the team during its joint training camp practices with the Buccaneers. 

Demps was a running back and return specialist while at Florida.

Shalise Manza Young/Boston Globe

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Raiders In Talks With Mike Holmgren

Feb 26, 2013 6:25 PM

The Oakland Raiders are in discussions with Mike Holmgren about taking a prominent leadership role within the organization.

Reggie McKenzie is the current general manager of the Raiders.

Holmgren most recently had an advisory role with the Cleveland Browns.

John Clayton/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

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Lions Have 'Real' Interest In Reggie Bush

Feb 26, 2013 4:02 PM

The Detroit Lions have 'real' interest in Reggie Bush this offseason.

The Lions had hoped Jahvid Best would fill their hybrid running back role, but has suffered a series of concussions.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals Exploring Trade For Alex Smith
The 49ers have told other teams that a deal for Alex Smith is “effectively complete.”

Kent Sommers/Arizona Republic

Stafford Has NFL's Largest Cap Number At $20.82M
Matthew Stafford has the largest cap number in the NFL at $20.82 million.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

49ers' Stadium To Be Entirely Powered By Sun On Game-Day
There will be a net zero to the grid due to solar panels.

RealGM Staff Report

Steven Jackson To Opt For Free Agency
Steven Jackson is scheduled to earn $7 million in salary for the 2013 season.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Flacco's Tender Drops By $800,000 Due To Brady Deal
Joe Flacco's franchise tender has been lowered by more than $800,000 due to Tom Brady's new extension.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Brady Signs Extension With Patriots Through 2017
Tom Brady will be 40 in 2017.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Jets Hope To Restructure Santonio Holmes' Contract
Santonio Holmes has an $11 million base salary for 2013.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Manti Te'o Runs Below Average 40-Yard Time For ILB
Manti Te'o ran a disappointing 4.81 40-yard dash on Monday at the NFL combine.

Sean Jensen/Chicago Sun-Times

Jets One Of Nine Teams To Interview Matt Barkley
Matt Barkley was a four-year starter at USC, replacing Mark Sanchez in 2009.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Eagles Release Cullen Jenkins
Cullen Jenkins agreed to a restructured contract with the Eagles last offseason.

RealGM Staff Report

49ers Have Trade For Alex Smith
The 49ers have a deal nearly in place for Alex Smith with speculation that it is the Chiefs.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Star Lotulelei Diagnosed With Heart Condition
Star Lotulelei, a defensive tackle out of Utah, had been a projected top-five pick.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Packers Consider Franchise Tag On Greg Jennings
The franchise tag on Greg Jennings would cost $10.4 million for the 2013 season.

Larry Hartstein/CBS Sports

Harbaugh: Tim Brown Should Be Ashamed For Super Bowl Allegations
Jim Harbaugh was a coach for the Raiders that season.

Bob Glauber/Newsday

Sheldon Richardson Considers Himself Top Prospect In Draft
Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle out of Missouri, believes he is the top prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Harbaugh: 49ers Have Best QB Situation In NFL
The 49ers will start Colin Kaepernick at quarterback next season and at least appear willing to keep Alex Smith if they are unable to find a trade.

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Packers Send Defensive Coaches To College To Figure Out Read Option
The 49ers gained 579 yards against the Packers in their playoff game.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

JaMarcus Russell To Throw To Fitzgerald At Pro Day
JaMarcus Russell now weighs less than 300 pounds as he contineus his NFL comeback.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

NFL Proposing Revisions To Offseason Schedule
The revised calendar would make football relevant over a longer period with one big event each month in the offseason.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Seahawks To 'Listen To Everything' On Flynn
Matt Flynn is a luxury for the Seahawks considering Russell Wilson is entrenched as starting quarterback.

Will Brinson/CBS Sports