January 2014 - Football Wiretap

Winslow Won't Receive Suspension For Synthetic Marijuana Possession

Jan 31, 2014 2:10 PM

Kellen Winslow will not be suspended under the NFL's substance-abuse policy after being found in possession of synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana is not on the NFL's list of banned substances.

"Our drug policy is one that has strict and well-defined drugs that are banned," union boss DeMaurice Smith said, via NJ.com. "If they are not on the list, they can't serve as the basis for discipline." 

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Tags: New York Jets, Legal, Suspension

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Edelman Unsure On Future With Patriots

Jan 31, 2014 2:07 PM

Julian Edelman is unsure if he will be re-signed by the New England Patriots.

Edelman became Tom Brady's most valuable receiver following the season-ending injury to Rob Gronkowski.

Edelman became the Patriots' replacement for Wes Welker that the team expected Danny Amendola to be.

Marcas Grant/NFL.com

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Rodgers: Ben McAdoo Will Do Great Job As Giants' OC

Jan 31, 2014 2:05 PM

The New York Giants hired Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator this offseason.
McAdoo was previously quarterbacks coach of the Green Bay Packers.
“He’s a great coach," said Aaron Rodgers. "He’ll do a great job. I’m sad to see him go but he’s a talented young coach who works his tail off.”

Ebenezer Samuel/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, IQ

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Jason Pierre-Paul Won't Need Surgery On Shoulder

Jan 31, 2014 2:03 PM

Jason Pierre-Paul will not need surgery on his shoulder.

Pierre-Paul sat out the end of the 2013 season to rest his severe shoulder injury.

Pierre-Paul is continuing his rehab efforts and will have a follow-up with Dr. James Andrews in six weeks.

“If there were a game right now, I could play,” said Pierre-Paul. “At the end of the day next (season), I know I’m going to be 100% going into next season, and training camp, and minicamp - whatever - OTAs. And I’ll be all that for all that.”

Ebenezer Samuel/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Giants, Injury

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Rams' Owner Buys Possible Stadium Site In Los Angeles

Jan 30, 2014 8:55 PM

The owner of the St. Louis Rams has purchased a 60-acre parking lot located between the Forum and Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.

Wal-Mart originally owned the land, but sold it after failing to receive public approval for a store. Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, is a former board member of Wal-Mart and husband of one of Bud Walton's daughters.

Los Angeles has been without an NFL franchise since after the 1994 season.

This marks the first time an NFL owner has purchased land in Los Angeles capable of accommodating a stadium.

Los Angeles already has two other competing NFL stadium proposals, with one next to Staples Center and the other in the City of Industry.

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles times

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Legal

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Seahawks Want To Make Manning Move, Hold Ball Longer

Jan 30, 2014 3:34 PM

Peyton Manning has been hit less than any other passer in the NFL this season, which has been a result of his quick passes and a strong offensive line for the Denver Broncos.

Pete Carroll said Thursday that the Seattle Seahawks "need to move" Manning early, but coordinator Dan Quinn pointed less to the pass rush and more to Seattle's potent man-to-man and press coverage as the best way to keep receivers out of open spaces.

Said Quinn: "If we can hold that extra click, that's what we know is important to us."

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, IQ

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Michael Vick 'Absolutely' Expects To Start Somewhere In Week 1

Jan 30, 2014 3:25 PM

Michael Vick believes he will be starting somewhere in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season.

"Absolutely," he replied. "I can't see no other way."

Vick was asked if the New York Jets could be an option.

"I don't know," he said. "Who knows? What I am is really excited about the opportunity to play again in 2014 and that's what's important."

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Seahawks Believe They've Turned Corner On PEDs

Jan 30, 2014 3:21 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have endured more performance enhancing drug suspensions than any team in the NFL, and reached a turning point when Bruce Irvin received a ban in the spring.

"It's just a saying. Guys are accountable 24/7," Richard Sherman said. "Guys have to be accountable for their actions. Guys have to always abide by the rules, which we only have three: take care of the team; no whining, no complaining; and be early."

Said Sherman: "Those are the simplest rules ever. But guys have really embraced it this year and really taken care of one another, made sure that we kept one another out of trouble and made good decisions all year long. That's what it came out to. It came out in a meeting earlier in the season with all the nonsense that was going on, and guys really made a point to correct the mistakes that other guys had made and make sure they're accountable for their actions."

Sherman won his appeal for a four-game suspension in 2012.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Seattle Seahawks

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Kaepernick Hopes New Contract Allows 49ers To Still Keep Everyone

Jan 30, 2014 3:06 PM

Colin Kaepernick is entering the final season of his original four-year deal and could sign an extension with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.

“I think it’s a balance,” Kaepernick said Thursday morning. “You want to be paid fairly for what you feel like you’re doing in comparison to your peers. But at the same time, you have to realize that if we want to get Anquan Boldin back, if we want Donte Whitner to come back, we’re going to have to make moves to get them back and there has to be room for everyone.

“And that’s something that I’m going to let my agent and the organization try to figure out. But, hopefully, it’s a (situation) where we can assemble the best team that we need.”

Kaepernick's focus this offseason will be on improving his game and not on his contract.

“To me, I’m trying to focus on what I need to do to get ready for next season and improve myself so I can help improve this offense and ultimately help win the Super Bowl,” Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick will work on his all-around game and not just his ability as a pocket passer.

“I think pocket passing is something is something that’s overlooked as far as what I do,” Kaepernick said. “I think people see me running around and they see me throwing on the run. They see me running down field and that’s just what he does.

“When you step up in the pocket and make a normal throw, it gets overlooked because you’re not running around. To me, it’s something, yes, you want to get better at that. I want to get better at throwing on the run, going through progressions quicker, I want to get better at everything. But I don’t think that (pocket passing) specifically is being addressed.”

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Larry Fitzgerald Willing To Restructure Deal

Jan 30, 2014 3:01 PM

Larry Fitzgerald will make $12.75 million in 2014 and even more of that annually over the final four seasons of his current deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Fitzgerald will have a cap figure of $18 million.

Fitzgerald expressed some willingness to redo his deal to give the Cardinals some flexibility.

“Absolutely. If that’s what needs to be done, that’s what needs to be done,” Fitzgerald said in an interview with Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Kaepernick: Sherman's The Goat If I Throw Pass One Foot Farther
Richard Sherman made a great pass deflection on Colin Kaepernick's ball to Michael Crabtree.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Rams To Hire Gregg Williams As Defensive Coordinator
Jeff Fisher assumed duties calling the defense midway through the 2013 season.

RealGM Staff Report

Seahawks Have Eight Of Top 10 Players In Super Bowl
Earl Thomas is the third ranked player in the Super Bowl behind Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman.

Mike Sando, Matt Williamson/ESPN

Jahvid Best Sues NFL, Helmet Maker Over Concussions
Jahvid Best was a first round pick in 2010 and is now out of football after suffering a series of concussions.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Notre Dame To Spend $400M Rennovating Stadium
The plan includes increasing capacity from 80,795 to more than 84,000.

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Coordinator: Sherman Has 'Extreme Recall'
Richard Sherman almost obsessively watches film to prepare for games.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Cowboys Promote Rod Marinelli To Defensive Coordinator
Rod Marinelli was defensive line coach of the Cowboys in 2013.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Ron Rivera Signs Three-Year Extension With Panthers
The Panthers came off a 2-14 season when Ron Rivera replaced John Fox.

David Newton/ESPN

Peterson: Vikings Found 'Perfect Guy' In Turner As OC
The Vikings have struggled with the passing game throughout most of Adrian Peterson's career.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Cowboys Hire Scott Linehand To Call Plays
Bill Callahan called plays last season for Jason Garrett's offense.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Pete Carroll Voted NFL's Most Popular Coach With Players
Pete Carroll is perceived as the ultimate players' coach.

Terry Blount/ESPN

Skittles Signs Endorsement Deal With Marshawn Lynch
Skittles will create a 'Seattle Mix' with only blue and green colors.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Callahan Likely To Leave Cowboys If Linehan Hired
The Cowboys are discussing hiring Scott Linehan to become their playcaller on offense.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Chris Johnson To Undergo Surgery For First Time In Career
Chris Johnson has missed just one game in six seasons, but his production has fallen off.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Ravens Want To Assemble Offensive 'Dream Team' Around Kubiak
Gary Kubiak has become the favorite to become offensive coordinator of the Ravens.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Agent: Richard Sherman Receiving Surge Of Endorsement Offers
Richard Sherman already earns more in his endorsements with Beats by Dre and Nike than his $550,000 salary with the Seahawks.

Mike Coppinger/NFL.com

Charles Tillman To Enter Free Agency
Charles Tillman could potentially move to safety.

Mike Coppinger/NFL.com

Demaryius Thomas Hopes For Matchup Against Sherman
The Seahawks don't typically move their corners around to match up with a specific receiver.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Dolphins Hire Dennis Hickey As GM
Dennis Hickey had previously served as director of player personnel for the Buccaneers.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Jimmy Graham Doesn't Want Franchise Tag
The franchise tag last season at wide receiver was $10.5 million, compared to $6 million at tight end.

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