March 2014 - Football Wiretap

Report: DeSean Jackson, Redskins Have 'Done Deal'

Mar 31, 2014 11:41 PM

DeSean Jackson to the Washington Redskins is a "done deal," according to Tim McManus of 95.7 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.

Jackson met with the Redskins throughout the day on Monday.

The Redskins are Jackson's only scheduled visit, but he has received interest from other teams.

Tim McManus/95.7 The Fanatic

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Kenny Britt Agrees To $1.4M Deal With Rams

Mar 31, 2014 7:39 PM

Kenny Britt has agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the St. Louis Rams.

Britt's deal could increase to $2.9 million with incentives.

Jeff Fisher was with the Tennessee Titans when Britt was drafted.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jackson's High School AD, Counselor Refuse Gang Allegations

Mar 31, 2014 1:16 PM

DeSean Jackson's high school athletic director and counselor came to his defense against allegations of gang affiliations.

"DeSean is a great guy -- he was a sweet kid when he was in high school, always very polite and respectful with me," said Debbie Hughes, Jackson's counselor at Long Beach Poly, according to the Press Telegram. "There was no gang activity with him. He wasn't in a gang. That's not to say other students weren't, but DeSean definitely wasn't one of them."

Rob Shock, the Poly AD added: "Every single year during his bye week he comes back and talks to the kids and goes to a game. He's always had a big heart -- it just feels like somebody out there is trying to tear him down. ... DeSean hasn't done anything, he hasn't committed any crimes."

Former Poly coach Raul Lara was quoted in the NJ.com story as saying Jackson "started to hang around some not-so-good people" after his father died, said his comments were taken out of context and had nothing to do with gang affiliations. 

"Gangbanger, what the hell is that about? He's not a gangbanger," Lara told the PressTelegram.com. "All I was saying was that it was a tragic part of his life when his father died," Lara said. "He's not a gangbanger, I don't know where they're getting that from, and I didn't say that he was. I was close with his dad and I know that when his dad passed it really hit him."

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles

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Titans Unlikely To Pick Up Option On Jake Locker

Mar 31, 2014 1:04 PM

The Tennessee Titans aren't likely to pick up the option year on Jake Locker's contract for 2015.

The Titans could consider giving Locker a new contract after the 2014 season, but they clearly don't trust him enough to pick up his option now.

The Titans have Charlie Whitehurst as Locker's backup and they could look at the draft for another quarterback.

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

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Cowboys Want Morris Claiborne To Get Stronger In Offseason

Mar 31, 2014 1:00 PM

The Dallas Cowboys hope to get better play at cornerback in 2014 in the form of an improved Morris Claiborne.

“We feel like he is a guy who is very talented and still needs to grow and develop,’’ head coach Jason Garrett said. “He has certainly shown flashes of the player that we drafted with the sixth pick of the draft a couple of years ago. He has a very good feel for covering guys and just plays that position at a high level. We have a lot of confidence in Mo.’’

The Cowboys want Claiborne to get physically stronger.

David Moore/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, IQ

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Jets Interested In Chris Johnson

Mar 31, 2014 12:55 PM

The New York Jets are interested in Chris Johnson.

The Jets have a need at running back with Chris Ivory.

The Tennessee Titans are hoping to be able to trade Johnson before being forced to release him.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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

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Ryan Clark Visits Seahawks

Mar 30, 2014 12:54 PM

The Seattle Seahawks hosted Ryan Clark for a visit on Friday, but he left without a deal.

Clark has also drawn interest from the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.

Clark may be an odd fit for the Seahawks considering how infrequently Chris Maragos played last season behind Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Woodson: Al Davis Would Have Signed DeSean Jackson

Mar 30, 2014 12:52 PM

The Oakland Raiders have interest in signing DeSean Jackson, a move that Charles Woodson endorses.

"Bring him in, I think he would look good in the Silver and Black," Woodson told KGMZ-FM last week, per ESPN.com. "Of course I know the business side of it, but I've watched this guy and what he is, is a dynamic football player."

Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.

"There is no question in my mind that this is the type of player that Al would bring in," Woodson said. "You hear about the off-field stuff but I don't think Al would concern himself with that too much. I think Al would do his homework. But I think he would take a serious hard look, and if there was an opportunity I think he would bring that guy in.

"DeSean can stretch the field, and we know how much Al loved having guys that can stretch the field. So I don't think there is any question he would bring him in."

NFL.com

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jets Have Lowest Cash Payroll In NFL At $86.1M

Mar 30, 2014 12:49 PM

The New York Jets currently have the lowest cash payroll in the NFL at $86.1 million.

Their once-top-heavy cap has thinned to the point where only three players have cap charges of at least $7 million -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson ($11.7 million), Nick Mangold ($7.2 million) and David Harris ($7 million).

John Idzik has systematically dumped many of the Jets' highest salaries.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets, IQ, Misc Rumor

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NFL 'Not There Yet' On L.A. Proposals

Mar 30, 2014 12:47 PM

An NFL team in Los Angeles remains a far off possibility despite uncertain situations for the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.

“We’ve been very open that if we had the right opportunity to be back in Los Angeles with the right formula — meaning a stadium — most importantly,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We know there are millions of fans who want a team there. We would love to do that, but it has to be successful.

“We are going to do it right if we are going to do it. There are different proposals out there and different opportunities, but not one that we are focused on and can say that we have the right solution yet. We’re not there.”

Mark Davis, owner of the Raiders, has talked openly about Los Angeles as a possible future home.

The Bills have a stadium lease that runs through 2022, and for the next six years it will cost $400 million to break that lease. But it only costs $28 million to break the least in 2020.

Jim Thomas/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills

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DeSean Jackson To Meet With Redskins On Monday
DeSean Jackson would be an interesting fit as the deep threat for Robert Griffin III beside Pierre Garcon.

Dianna Marie Russini/NBC Washington

LAPD: DeSean Jackson Isn't Gang Member
Detectives in Los Angeles were interested in DeSean Jackson's ties to reputed members of the Crips when they investigated separate gang-related homicides in 2011 and 2012.

David Gambacorta/Philadelphia Daily News

Rams Open To Trading 2nd Overall Pick
The Rams traded the second overall pick in 2012 to the Redskins.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Raiders, Chiefs Appear To Be Frontrunners For DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson and the Raiders have mutual interest.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Steelers Sign LeGarrette Blount On Two-Year Deal
LeGarrette Blount rushed for 772 yards and scored seven touchdowns last season for New England.

Aaron Wilson/Baltimore Sun

Maurice Jones-Drew Signs Three-Year Deal With Raiders
Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are expected to share snaps at running back.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Bills Interested In Trading Up For First Overall Pick
Doug Whaley and the Bills own the ninth overall pick.

Dan Pompei/Bleacher Report

DeSean Jackson Has Already Received Interest From Six Teams
The Eagles were unable to trade DeSean Jackson when they shopped him for multiple weeks.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bills' Relocation Becomes Easier After 2019
The price for moving the Bills drops to $28.4 million after the 2019 season.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

49ers, Seahawks, Jets Previously Pursued DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson is one of the NFL's most talented playmakers at wide receiver, so it will be interesting to gauge his market in light of reports of his off-field issues.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Eagles Release DeSean Jackson
The Eagles have released DeSean Jackson.

RealGM Staff Report

Manning Didn't Want To Make More Money Than Brady
Tom Condon believed he could command $25 million per season for Peyton Manning.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Eagles Troubled By DeSean Jackson's Reputed Gang Connections
DeSean Jackson has reportedly continued to associate with reputed Los Angeles street gang members who have been connected to two homicides since 2010.

Eliot Shorr-Parks and A.J. Perez/Bergen Record

Jones-Drew To Meet With Raiders
Maurice Jones-Drew grew up near Oakland and attended De La Salle.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Patriots, Vince Wilfork Agree To Three-Year, $22.5M Deal
Vince Wilfork suffered an Achilles injury during the first month of the 2013 season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Ray Rice Indicted On Aggravated Assault, Could Carry 3-5 Year Sentence
Ray Rice was involved in an incident in Atlantic City in February with his fiancée.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Knowshon Moreno Signs One-Year, $3M Deal With Dolphins
Knowshon Moreno had been a relative disappointment after being a first round pick by the Denver Broncos, but had an excellent 2013.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

McShay Gives Manziel Last First Round Pick Grade
Todd McShay ranks Johnny Manziel 21st overall and behind Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.

Todd McShay/ESPN

Brian Orakpo Signs $11.45M Franchise Tender With Redskins
By signing the tender, Brian Orakpo and the Redskins will be able to negotiate without the threat of a holdout.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Rivera: Panthers Can Make Up Steve Smith's Production In Aggregate
Not all receptions are alike and Steve Smith was fourth in the NFL among wide receivers with 15 missed tackles last season.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com