June 2013 - Football Wiretap

Lattimore Unlikely To Participate In 49ers' Camp

Jun 29, 2013 7:28 PM

Marcus Lattimore will be patient as he recovers from two major knee procedures.

Lattimore is unlikely to participate in the San Francisco 49ers' training camp in July.

"You know, we come back in late July. Been running sprints, you know, got a chance to get in there with the guys a little bit, that felt good. Probably won't do training camp. You know, just on course with the trainer and my doctor. Get a chance to practice midseason and see what happens."

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Injury

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Rice Impressed By How New Ravens 'Jelled' At Minicamp

Jun 28, 2013 3:10 PM

Ray Rice is not concerned with the transition the Baltimore Ravens have undergone during the offseason. The Ravens had a strong minicamp.

"When you lose that many people and lose guys that you've grown personal relationships with, it's hard on players, it's hard on coaches and it's hard on the organization," Rice said on ESPN's "NFL Live." "So what you do is try to rebuild. What we did was we brought in some veterans and we drafted some rookies. One feeling leaving minicamp was that our team jelled." 

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

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Kaepernick Attempting To Find Balance Between Workouts, Rest

Jun 28, 2013 3:03 PM

Colin Kaepernick is attempting to find a balance between pushing himself in workouts and ensuring he gets enough rest before the start of training camp.

“That’s the balance I’m trying to find,” Kaepernick said. “Can I get big, can I get strong and still remain flexible enough to go out and throw the ball well?”

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, IQ

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Giants' Owner To Join Cast Of 'Shark Tank'

Jun 28, 2013 3:01 PM

Steve Tisch, one of the owners of the New York Giants, will join the cast of ABC's 'Shark Tank'.

Tisch has been producing movies for film and television for more than 30 years and was an Oscar winner for producing 'Forrest Gump'.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New York Giants

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Former Jets' Backup: Sanchez Dumb While Being Dumb Off Field

Jun 28, 2013 1:47 PM

Mark Sanchez's former backup, Erik Ainge, claims to have saved him from numerous gaffes that would have become Internet and tabloid fodder.

"There were numerous times when things would happen, when things would go down, articles of clothing would be removed," Ainge said. "Mark is goofy. He played truth or dare. He was kind of awkward around girls, so he needed other people around him to help him out. I was good at that -- there were other guys who were good with that. So we'd help him out and talk him through his awkwardness. It happened to him with the 17-year-old who said she wasn't 17. Now the butt video and there's been several other issues just like that, but he's always had wingmen."

Ainge believes people often take advantage of Sanchez.

"He's been a target in college and now he's a target in the NFL," said Ainge, who now hosts a radio show in Tennessee. "Now it's become a thing to try and catch Mark doing something stupid. He's never breaking the law. Look at Aaron Hernandez. Mark Sanchez is child's play in the NFL, as far as off-the-field stuff. I'd know as good as anybody -- what Mark does off the field is child's play. He'€™s dumb about it. He's stupid while being stupid. You have to be smart while being stupid, and he's dumb while being dumb. Look at the butt video. He needs someone he trusts there when Mark wants to go streaking through his own condo."

Ainge has battled drug addiction and mental illness in his own life.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: New York Jets

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Brees: Saints Have Had First Normal Offseason Since 2009

Jun 28, 2013 1:17 PM

Drew Brees described the offseason of the New Orleans Saints as the first normal one since 2009.

"It's all about football, and that's the way we like it," he said. "This is really the first normal offseason we've had in four years. Going from that offseason after Super Bowl, which was a crazy offseason, and right into the lockout the next offseason, and last year with the bounty and the contract and with everything else.

"Really, this is the first normal offseason we've had since '09, and that ended up being a pretty good year for us, so hopefully there's some foresight in there."

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

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Peterson Ranked No. 1 In NFL's Top 100, Rodgers Drops To No. 6

Jun 28, 2013 1:15 PM

Adrian Peterson has been voted as the No. 1 player on the NFL Network's list of the Top 100 Players for 2013.

Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, Tom Brady and J.J. Watt rounded out the top-five.

"I had a good feeling without being cocky that I would be No. 1," Peterson said on the "Top 100" after show. "I kind of made that assumption with the MVP. I was like, 'Well, I don't see how I wouldn't be No. 1 knowing that I won MVP,' so I kind of put myself there."

Aaron Rodgers, widely considered the most valuable single commodity in the NFL, dropped from No. 1 to No. 6.

NFL.com

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NFL Won't Allow Any Team To Sign Hernandez Until Case Resolved

Jun 27, 2013 5:55 PM

Aaron Hernandez cleared waivers on Thursday and the NFL issued a statement about his future in the NFL.

“NFL clubs were advised today that if Aaron Hernandez enters into a player contract prior to the resolution of the charges pending against him, the contract will not be approved or take effect until Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a hearing. The purpose of the hearing would be to determine whether Hernandez should be suspended or face other action prior to the charges being resolved.”

Christopher Price/WEEI

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Hernandez Being Investigated For Double Homicide In July 2012

Jun 27, 2013 12:44 PM

Aaron Hernandez is being investigated as a possible suspect in a double murder that took place in downtown Boston in July of 2012.

FOX 25 says that “officers responded to the intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street just after 2 a.m. When they arrived, they found three people had been shot, two fatally, as they sat in a car at a traffic light.”

The men, Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, were reportedly seated in the front seat of the vehicle when a witness says that a “gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates opened fire on it. The surviving victim was in the back seat” and two in the SUV fled the scene.

According to a FOX 25 source, the men worked at a cleaning company in Dorchester and had just left a bar in the area.

Fox Sports

Tags: New England Patriots

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NFL Clears Aaron Hernandez's Stats From Website

Jun 26, 2013 11:53 PM

The NFL has removed Aaron Hernadez's stats from their website.

Hernandez was arrested and charged with homicide on Wednesday for the death of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez was released by the New England Patriots following his arrest.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: New England Patriots

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Patriots Won't Be Able To Recoup Signing Bonus From Hernandez
The Patriots have waived their right to recoup bonus money or salary through the collective bargaining agreement that they previously gave Aaron Hernandez.

James Walker/ESPN

Ausar Walcott Arrested For Fight Outside Strip Club
Ausar Walcott is a rookie linebacker for the Browns that went undrafted out of Virginia.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Aaron Hernandez Arrested On Murder Charge, Released By Patriots
Aaron Hernandez has been arrested in relation to the homicide of Odin Lloyd.

ESPN

LaVon Brazill Suspended Four Games For Substance Abuse Violation
LaVon Brazill was projected as being the Colts' No. 4 receiver this season.

Josh Katzowitz/CBS Sports

Vikings Sign Desmond Bishop
The Vikings have signed Desmond Bishop to a one-year contract.

Patrick Donnelly/Star Tribune

Lions Sign Chris Hope, Release Brian Robiskie
Chris Hope was a Pro Bowl selection in 2008 while with Jim Schwartz and the Titans.

Anwar S. Richardson/MLive

Ray Rice Comfortable Sharing Carries With Pierce
Ray Rice is confident that he will remain on the field in criticial situations.

Marcas Grant/NFL.com

Jones-Drew Won't Be Charged For Alleged Fight
Maurice Jones-Drew was accused of punching a bouncer.

ESPN

Jaworski Ranks Matt Flynn As Worst Starting QB In NFL
Matt Flynn has started just two NFL games in his career despite already being 28.

Bill Williamson/ESPN

Shaun Phillips Turned Down More Money Elsewhere To Sign With Broncos
Shaun Phillips turned down more money from a rival team in order to play for the Broncos.

Jeff Legwold/Denver Post

Maclin Hopes To Remain With Eagles Long-Term
Jeremy Maclin is entering the final season of his rookie deal and contract talks have been begun with the Eagles.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Aaron Hernandez Could Keep $2.5M Due To Contract Loophole
Aaron Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million extension with the Patriots in 2012.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Steelers Confident In Veteran Secondary
Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and Ike Taylor have played together for eight consecutive seasons.

Mark Kaboly/Tribune-Review

Giants Considering Signing Vonta Leach
Henry Hynoski is still recovering from knee surgery and the Giants may need Vonta Leach at fullback.

Ralph Vacchiano/New York Daily News

Jaguars Sign Luke Joeckel To Rookie Contract
Luke Joeckel will begin his career at right tackle.

ESPN

Seahawks Have John Schneider Signed Through 2016
The Seahawks have given general manager John Schneider an extension through 2016.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Vikings Won't Start Sharrif Floyd
Sharrif Floyd will spell Kevin Williams as his backup.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Josh Freeman At Peace Entering Contract Year
Josh Freeman is in the final season of his rookie deal with the Buccaneers and his future with the team will be determined by how he performs in 2013.

Rick Stroud/Tampa Bay Times

Anthony Hargrove Released By Cowboys
Anthony Hargrove signed with the Cowboys one month ago.

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Desmond Bishop Receives Interest From Giants, Jags, Vikings, Chiefs
Desmond Bishop was released by the Packers on Monday.

Paul Schwartz/New York Post