August 2014 - Football Wiretap

Alex Boone To Sign New Two-Year Deal With 49ers

Aug 31, 2014 11:22 PM

Alex Boone is expected to report to the San Francisco 49ers by the end of Monday to end his holdout.

Boone will sign a new two-year deal to replace his old contract with an increase in salary and incentives.

The 49ers also will not be able to use their franchise tag on Boone once the new contract has expired, sources said.

Boone originally was scheduled to make up to $4 million over the next two seasons under his previous deal, sources said.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Texans Trade For Ryan Mallett

Aug 31, 2014 9:14 PM

The Houston Texans have traded for Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots, sending a conditional sixth or seventh round pick in 2015.

The Texans are entering the 2014 season with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter.

To make room for Mallett on their roster, the Texans will waive quarterback Case Keenum, a source told ESPN.

Mallett was passed on the Patriots' depth chart this summer by rookie Jimmy Garoppolo, a second-round pick who impressed throughout training camp and the preseason.


Tags: Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Michael Sam Goes Unclaimed On Waivers

Aug 31, 2014 9:11 PM

Michael Sam went unclaimed on waivers after his release by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

Sam is now to sign with an NFL team's practice squad.

Sam arrived at Rams Park on Sunday for a face-to-face exit meeting with Jeff Fisher. The meeting was postponed a day so Sam could attend Missouri's opening victory over South Dakota State.


Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Ray McDonald Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge

Aug 31, 2014 9:08 PM

Ray McDonald has been arrested on domestic violence charges.

San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol confirmed that McDonald, 29, was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a call at 2:48 a.m. PT.

McDonald ranks second among San Francisco 49ers' defensive ends in sacks, snaps and tackles since 2011.

Under the league's newly implemented personal conduct policy, a first domestic-violence offense will result in a six-game ban and a second in a lifetime ban from the NFL.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Legal, Suspension

Alex Smith Agrees Upon Four-Year Extension With Chiefs

Aug 31, 2014 9:03 PM

Alex Smith has signed a four-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs worth $17 million per season.

Smith's deal includes $45 million in guaranteed money.

The Chiefs dealt for Smith from the San Francisco 49ers for two second round picks.

“It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term,” general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here.”

Terez A. Paylor/The Kansas City Star

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

Nate Burleson Cut By Brown

Aug 30, 2014 1:19 PM

Nate Burleson has been cut by the Cleveland Browns.

Burleson has been dealing with a lingering hamstring issue and played in just one preseason game.

Burleson had 461 yards and one touchdown last season for the Detroit Lions.


Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor, Waiver

James Harrison Retires From NFL

Aug 30, 2014 1:18 PM

James Harrison has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Harrison spent 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one last year with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today," Harrison's statement said. "My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game. I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career.

"My love for the game isn't strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school."

The 36-year-old Harrison entered the league in 2002 as an undrafted free agent out of Akron. 

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

Bengals Sign Vontaze Burfict To Extension Through 2017

Aug 30, 2014 1:11 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed Vontaze Burfict to a contract extension through 2017.

Burfict led the NFL in tackles in 2013 and was eligible for a new deal because he wasn't drafted.

“Vontaze is a special talent; he has shown us that from his first day here,” Marvin Lewis said. “He is a load physically and he’s extremely competitive, but what really makes him stand out is the instinct and feel he has for the game. It’s something born in him, you can’t coach a player to naturally react the way he does in all situations. This signing is a great move for the future of our defense.”

“It’s unusual to sign a player this early in his career to a contract extension, but Vontaze is a player who merits this,” executive vice president Katie Blackburn said. “He has proven to be an exceptional find for us, and we are happy to reward him now for his accomplishments. It’s good for him and good for our team.”

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Misc Rumor, Signing

Aldon Smith Suspended For Nine Games

Aug 29, 2014 4:34 PM

Alson Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL.

Smith will be allowed to remain around the San Francisco 49ers' facility during the suspension, which was very important to the franchise.

Smith already appealed the suspension and lost, making it final.

Smith's suspension is for four games for a violation of substance abuse policy and five games for personal-conduct.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Suspension

Sammy Watkins Injures Ribs Again, Should Be Fine For Week 1

Aug 29, 2014 1:37 PM

Sammy Watkins left in the first quarter of the Buffalo Bills' preseason finale on Thursday when he reinjured his ribs.

Watkins should be available to start in Week 1 for the Bills despite the injury.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Injury

Jerome Simpson Suspended Three Games
Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games by the NFL for violating league policy on substances of abuse.

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Peterson Tells Jones He'd Like To Play For Cowboys Someday
Adrian Peterson told Jerry Jones that he would like to play for the Cowboys at the end of his tenure with the Vikings, according to an "Outside the Lines" report.


NFL Changes Domestic Violence Standards, Lifetime Ban For 2nd Offense
All NFL personnel are subject to a six-game ban for their first domestic violence offense and a lifetime ban for a second.

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Stevie Johnson Struggling To Develop Chemistry With Kaepernick
Stevie Johnson has caught just two balls for 11 yards this preseason as he's struggled to develop chemistry with Colin Kaepernick.

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Jurrell Casey Signs Four-Year, $36M Extension With Titans
Jurrell Casey is now the highest-paid player on the Titans.

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Josh Gordon Ineligible To Play In Canadian Football League
Josh Gordon has explored the possibility of playing in the Canadian Football League, but there are two roadblocks.

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Bengals Sign Vontaze Burfict To Extension Through 2017
Vontaze Burfict led the NFL in tackles in 2013 and was eligible for a new deal because he wasn't drafted.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tommy Kelly Signs With Cardinals
Tommy Kelly has signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Josh Gordon's One-Year Suspension Upheld
Josh Gordon will miss all of next year's training camp as well.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Wilson, Gordon, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Forte On #NFLRank 30-21
Russell Wilson is ranked 26th overall on offense, according to ESPN's #NFLRank.


Dimitri Patterson Suspended By Jets For Remainder Of Preseason
Jeff Idzik had said they needed time to investigate what led to Dimitri Patterson's "drastic" behavior.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Sherman Fight Led NFLPA To Investigate Seahawks' Practice
The Seahawks and Pete Carroll have received six-figure fines for violating no-contact practice rules during a supposedly non-contact minicamp practice.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Sherman Fight Led NFLPA To Investigate Seahawks' Practice
The Seahawks and Pete Carroll have received six-figure fines for violating no-contact practice rules during a supposedly non-contact minicamp practice.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Dez Bryant, Cowboys Intensify Contract Talks
Dez Bryant said Monday there is a "big chance" he and the Cowboys will reach agreement on a contract extension before the start of the 2014 season.

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Patriots Trade Logan Mankins To Bucs For Tim Wright, Pick
The Patriots have traded Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers for a draft pick and Tim Wright.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Kaepernick, Jeffery, Wilkerson, Bennett On #NFLRank 40-31
Colin Kaepernick is ranked 33 by ESPN on the list of offensive players.


D.J. Hayden To Miss First Six Games Of Raiders' Season
D.J. Hayden continues to struggle to stay on the field and will miss the first six games of the season after the Oakland Raiders placed him on the Physically Unable to Perform List.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Mark Sanchez Prefers Remaining Eagles' Backup Over Trade To Rams
Mark Sanchez would have a chance to start and play in Brian Schottenheimer's offense if he were to go to the Rams.

Tom Pelissero/USA Today

Cruz, Harvin, Foster, Welker, Gore On #NFLRank 50-41
ESPN released its sixth group of 10 players in its #NFLRank of the best 100 players on both offense and defense.