April 2013 - Football Wiretap

Tim Tebow Goes Unclaimed

Apr 30, 2013 4:54 PM

Tim Tebow officially cleared waivers on Tuesday, going unclaimed by 31 NFL teams.

Tebow was waived by the New York Jets on Monday.

The Jets owe the Denver Broncos $1.53 million for the salary advance given to Tebow in 2011.

Tebow will become a free agent.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Justin Blackmon Receives Four-Game Suspension

Apr 30, 2013 4:04 PM

Justin Blackmon will be suspended four games by the NFL.

Blackmon was the fifth overall pick last year by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Blackmon caught 64 balls for 865 yards last season.

Blackmon already had two DUIs before joining the Jaguars.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Suspension

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Jaworski: Kaepernick Capable Of Becoming An All-Time Great QB

Apr 30, 2013 2:05 PM

Colin Kaepernick had an outstanding string of starts to finish the 2013 regular season and into the playoffs after taking over for Alex Smith as starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaepernick's blend of speed and arm strength showcased some of his potential. 

"I think Colin Kaepernick, in my humble opinion, he has a chance to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time…a chance," said Jaworski.

Niners Nation

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, IQ

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Geno Smith Fires Agent, Thought He Should Have Gone 1st Overall

Apr 30, 2013 1:28 PM

Geno Smith has fired his agent four days after slipping into the second round in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Smith was selected by the New York Jets with the 39th overall pick.

Smith cannot hire another agent for five days.

According to the New York Daily News, Smith thought he should have been the top overall pick.

Liz Mullen/Sports Business Journal

Tags: New York Jets, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Lions Had Ziggy Ansah Rated 3rd On Draft Board

Apr 30, 2013 1:20 PM

The Detroit Lions selected defensive end Ziggy Ansah out of BYU with the fifth overall pick.

Ansah has only been playing football for three years and started less than one full season.

General manager Martin Mayhew said that the Lions had just two players rated higher than Ansah.

The Lions also selected Darius Slay early in the season round, another player they had given a first round grade on.

"I think he's high on a lot of boards," Mayhew said. "We felt like he was a guy we should definitely target and try to get in the second round."

Justin Rogers/MLive

Tags: Detroit Lions, Draft, Draft Misc

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Ravens Scouting More Small School Prospects To Gain Edge

Apr 30, 2013 1:11 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have increased their attention to scouting players from small schools in order to improve their edge in the NFL Draft.

“For a long time we didn’t draft any small school guys, or a very, very few,” Ravens Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta said. “In the last couple of years we have drafted more. I think one of the reasons is because we really draft best available player.”

The Ravens selected defensive tackle Brandon Williams out of Missouri Southern State with the 94th overall pick, while also taking players from Harvard, Colorado State-Pueblo and Elon in later rounds.

“I think scouting, in general, has gotten better across the league. It has forced us to adapt,” DeCosta said.

Ryan Mink/NFL.com

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Draft, Draft Misc

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Freeney Lowers Asking Price

Apr 30, 2013 1:08 PM

Dwight Freeney began his free agency seeking $8 million for 2013, but has since said that he is willing to accept a deal closer to $8.5 million over two seasons.

Osi Imeniyora accepted that contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

Freeney was negotiating with the Broncos as they search for a pass rusher to replace Elvis Dumervil.

Jeff Legwold/Denver Post

Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Nassib Has More Upside, Less Cost As Backup QB

Apr 30, 2013 10:31 AM

The New York Giants have received praise for their decision to draft Ryan Nassib in the fourth round of last weekend's NFL Draft.

Nassib will backup Eli Manning at quarterback.

Nassib will earn $640,000 whereas backups such as Matt Hasselbeck will earn $5 million with the Indianapolis Colts and Matt Cassel will make $3.7 million.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Aaron Rodgers' Yearly Cap Numbers Give Packers' More Flexibility

Apr 29, 2013 12:31 PM

Aaron Rodgers' new contract with the Green Bay Packers includes a $35 million signing bonus.

Rodgers and the Packers structured the deal in a way to maximize the team's cap flexibility.

Rodgers' cap number year-by-year will be as follows:

2013: $12 million
2014: $17.9 million
2015: $18.6 million
2016: $19.6 million
2017: $20.65 million
2018: $20.9 million
2019: $21.1 million 

The deal gives Rodgers $54 million in guaranteed money.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

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CFL's Alouettes Open To Signing Tim Tebow As Backup QB

Apr 29, 2013 12:27 PM

The Montreal Alouettes own the draft rights of Tim Tebow in the Canadian Football League.

The Alouettes have Anthony Calvillo as their starter at quarterback, but the franchise is open to signing Tebow as their backup.

"He would be in a learning program behind Anthony," the source said.

Montreal would give Tebow an opportunity to practice and develop as a quarterback, an option that is not readily available to him in the NFL.

Tebow was released by the Jets on Monday.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mathieu Will Receive No Guaranteed Money
Tyrann Mathieu will receive random drug tests, as frequently as once per week.

Larry Hartstein/CBS Sports

Jets Release Tim Tebow
The spent months unsuccessfully trying to trade Tim Tebow.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Mark Sanchez To Attend Monday's Voluntary Workout
Mark Sanchez's future with the Jets is now even more uncertain following their selection of Geno Smith in the second round.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Patriots Trade For LeGarrette Blount
The Patriots have acquired LeGarrette Blount from the Buccaneers in exchange for Jeff Demps and a seventh round pick.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Shaun Phillips Signs Contract With Broncos
Shaun Phillips had 9.5 sacks and 33 tackles last season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jets Acquire Chris Ivory
The Saints and Jets had been discussing a Chris Ivory trade for more than a week.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Packers Trying To Trade Desmond Bishop
The Packers also have Brad Jones, Robert Francois and A.J. Hawk at inside linebacker.

Kareem Copeland/NFL.com

Eagles Move Up To Draft Matt Barkley In 4th Round
Chip Kelly has said that a mobile quarterback is not necessary to run his system, making Matt Barkley an intriguing prospect.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Raiders Select Tyler Wilson
Tyler Wilson joins Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor on the Raiders' depth chart at quarterback.

Josh Dubow/San Jose Mercury News

Packers Agree To New Deal With Rodgers
The Packers announced a new deal with QB Aaron Rodgers on Friday that should keep him in Green Bay through the 2019 season.

ESPN.com

Study Shows More Value In 2nd Round Than 1st
A study that examines the past 13 seasons shows that second round draft picks provide 70 percent of the production of first rounders at just 40 percent of the salary.

ESPN

Jets Trying To Move Up To Draft Quarterback
The Jets considered drafting Geno Smith at No. 13.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

2013 NFL Draft First Round Picks
Luke Joeckel was one of three offensive tackles taken in the top-4, going to the Jaguars.

RealGM Staff Report

49ers Trying To Trade Into Top-15
The 49ers are not scheduled to pick until No 31.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chiefs Make Decision On Pick, Still Interested In Trade
The Chiefs are keeping the decision a secret to give teams an opportunity to acquire the pick.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Raiders Receiving 'Red-Hot' Interset In 3rd Overall Pick
The Raiders presumably would prefer to trade down to acquire additional assets as they do not own a second round pick.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Patriots Talking Ryan Mallett Trade With Multiple Teams
The Patriots would like more than a third round pick for Ryan Mallett as they have invested the past two seasons in developing him.

Greg A Bedard/Boston Globe

Jets Taking Trade Calls On Two First Rounders
The Jets are interested in converting one of their first round picks into additional assets.

Sal Paolantonio/ESPN

Bon Jovi's Son To Walk On At Notre Dame
Jesse Bongiovi was a standout in football and lacrosse at Poly Prep Country Day.

Christian McCollum/Irish Sports Daily

Lawrence Okoye Could Get Drafted Despite Never Putting On Helmet
Lawrence Okoye competed for Great Britain in the discus in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Matt Barrows/Sacramento Bee