March 2013 - Football Wiretap

Ravens Want Suggs, Dumervil, Upshaw On Field Together

Mar 31, 2013 6:07 PM

Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees is envisioning a scenario with Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw all on the field together.

"He'll be in competition as an outside 'backer out there," Pees said of Upshaw. "That's where we'll start him out. But the other thing is that you can't have too many pass rushers, and we can find a way to get them all on the field now. We can scheme up some things to get all those guys on the field."

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Misc Rumor

Martin Mayhew Running Out Of Time With Lions

Mar 31, 2013 6:03 PM

Martin Mayhew enters this season with the Detroit Lions feeling a sense of urgency.

"Let me just say this," Mayhew said.

"When you win four games, you better have a sense of urgency about it. Certainly, I had a great sense of urgency about this offseason, but I wouldn't categorize it as not having a great sense of urgency in the previous offseasons. I just think we came into it with a great sense of urgency about getting better."

The Lions have one winning season in four years since Mayhew took over the full-time general manager role.

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor

Bengals, Andre Smith 'Not Close' To New Deal

Mar 31, 2013 5:57 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals and Andre Smith are "not close" to a new deal, according to a report.

Cincinnati decided back in 2011 not to pay an option bonus that would have stretched his first-round contract from four to six years.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Won't Overpay For Palmer In Trade

Mar 31, 2013 11:24 AM

The Arizona Cardinals are interested in landing Carson Palmer, but they won't overpay the Oakland Raiders for the veteran quarterback.

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reported that the Cardinals will deal for Palmer "only if it doesn't cost them much."

Arizona is looking to swap late-round draft picks with Oakland, "possibly conditional on how, or if, Palmer plays."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Gabbert Plans To Fight For Starting Job With Jaguars

Mar 31, 2013 11:22 AM

Blaine Gabbert knows he won't enter training camp as the team's unquestioned starter, but he plans to fight for the job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He is 5-19 after two years as the starter.

The Jaguars are expected to draft a quarterback to compete with Gabbert.

"The best guy is going to win," Gabbert said. "That's why this sport is so intriguing to people and so fun to be a part of. The competition is daily. Every practice will be a mini-game. You need to put your best foot forward regardless of the situation. That uncomfortable feeling is a good feeling and that's why good teams are successful -- because they have that competition.

"It's going to be a blast."

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Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

Flynn Trade To Be Finalized Soon

Mar 31, 2013 11:19 AM

The Oakland Raiders are expected to soon finalize their acquisition of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn.

It was reported late last week that Oakland was close to landing the veteran in a trade.

The two teams have haggled over draft-pick compensation.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jets Could Draft Running Back

Mar 31, 2013 11:16 AM

The New York Jets signed Mike Goodson this offseason, but they could still draft a running back in the later rounds of the draft.

Le'veon Bell, a back out of Michigan State, conducted a private workout with New York.

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Tags: New York Jets, Draft Misc

Sources: Bills, Kolb Agree On Deal

Mar 31, 2013 12:21 AM

The Bills have agreed to a two-year deal worth a maximum of $13M with quarterback Kevin Kolb, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Saturday night.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Browns Taking Look At Domenik Hixon

Mar 30, 2013 3:06 PM

Domenik Hixon may have found a suitor in the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have "mild interest" in Hixon, according to a league source. The 28-year-old wide receiver spent the past six seasons in New York.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Eagles Sign 6-Foot-7 Wide Receiver

Mar 30, 2013 3:03 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed 6-foot-7 wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah.

Momah recently clocked a 4.4 40-yard dash.

A recipient of a three-year deal, he spent all of last season recovering from a knee injury suffered at Boston College as a senior in 2011.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Signing

Geno Smith Hopes Chiefs Have 'Legitimate Interest'
The Kansas City Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick.

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Dolphins Sign Grimes To $5.5M Deal
The Miami Dolphins have signed Brent Grimes to a one-year, $5.5 million deal.


Watt Hits Five BP Home Runs With Astros
J.J. Watt took batting practice with the Houston Astros on Friday.

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Report: Palmer Likes Cardinals, 49ers As Landing Spots
Carson Palmer reportedly has some potential landing spots on his mind if his time with the Oakland Raiders really is over.

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Bills Will Work Matt Barkley Out In Los Angeles
The club will also check out former USC wide receiver Robert Woods.

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Mike Jenkins Will Visit Raiders, Bills
Mike Jenkins has an offer on the table from the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he will continue to shop for a new team.

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Amendola, Brady To Begin Working Out
Danny Amendola, who signed with the New England Patriots earlier this month, will soon begin catching balls from Tom Brady.

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McNabb Doesn't Approve Of Romo's New Contract
News of Tony Romo's new six-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys isn't sitting well with Donovan McNabb.

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Bills Have Interest In Kevin Kolb
The report doesn't indicate if Kevin Kolb will visit Buffalo, but rather the team is "interested in kicking the tires."

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Raiders Appear Close To Adding Matt Flynn
The "imminent" trade involving Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn appears to be with the Oakland Raiders.

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Romo Gets Seven-Year Deal, More Guaranteed Than Flacco
The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement on a seven-year contract with Tony Romo that clears up cap space and locks up their quarterback.

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Cowboys Can't Place Tag On Romo In 2014
Tony Romo's contract with the Dallas Cowboys was structured in a way that prevents the team from applying their franchise tag in 2014.

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Childress Reunites With Reid In Kansas City
Brad Childress will be the team's spread game analyst and work on special projects.

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Crabtree Lost Vision Following Super Bowl Hit
The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver was targeted on the team's last three plays of Super Bowl XLVII.


Gronkowski Would Accept Gay Teammate
Rob Gronkowski says he would be accepting if he had a gay teammate on the New England Patriots.

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Redskins Re-Sign Fred Davis
He had met earlier in the week with the Buffalo Bills and was reportedly being courted by the New York Jets.


Raiders Have 'Legitimate Interest' In Matt Flynn
The Oakland Raiders appear to be getting more and more interested in Matt Flynn.

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Source: Steelers To Sign Bradshaw If He Passes Physical
The 27-year-old running back has undergone three known surgeries on his right foot, as well as procedures on his left foot and both ankles.

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Colts Acquire Stanley Havili From Eagles
Stanley Havili gives the Colts their first true fullback in years and should help the offense under first-year coordinator Pep Hamilton.

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Source: Patriots Sign Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins, 30, has played the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after starting his career with the Atlanta Falcons.

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