January 2015 - Football Wiretap

J.J. Watt Named Unanimous Defensive Player Of The Year

Jan 31, 2015 11:26 PM

J.J. Watt has been named the first unanimous AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Watt collected all 50 votes from the media panel.

"It's special," he said. "It's a testament to my coaches and teammates and everything they did throughout the year. There are so many people who helped make this possible."


Watt had 20½ sacks, 78 tackles -- 29 for losses -- 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes.


Tags: Houston Texans, Personal Award

Seau, Shields, Bettis, Haley, Brown Named To Hall Of Fame

Jan 31, 2015 11:21 PM

Junior Seau, Will Shields, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown and Charles Haley have been voted into the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

Seau played 13 seasons with the Chargers, three years with the Miami Dolphins and his final four seasons with the New England Patriots. He was an eight-time first-team All-Pro selection in his career, was the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and had 64 career games with at least 10 tackles.

Shields never missed a game in his 14 seasons with the Chiefs and started all but one game of his career.

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Tags: Personal Award

Aaron Rodgers Wins 2nd NFL MVP Of Career

Jan 31, 2015 11:19 PM

Aaron Rodgers has won his second NFL Most Valuable Player award.

"I feel so fortunate to live out my dreams, year after year," Rodgers said after accepting the award on Saturday night.


Rodgers led the NFL in TD-to-INT ratio (38 touchdowns, five interceptions) during the regular season. He also finished second in passer rating (112.2) and yards per attempt (8.43) and third in touchdown passes.

Rodgers beat out J.J. Watt to win the award. Watt received 13 MVP votes compared to 31 for Rodgers.


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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Personal Award

J.J. Watt Living 'Rocky' Lifestyle In Wisconsin Cabin In Offseason

Jan 30, 2015 6:07 PM

J.J. Watt bought a simple cabin in Wisconsin for his offseason workouts. 

"It’s really minimalistic," Watt told the Houston Chronicle. "The only thing I have to focus on is training, and that’s the way I like it. There’s no frills. There’s nothing to distract you up here." 


Last offseason, Watt slept on a mattress on his friend's dining room floor while putting himself through two-a-days living what he termed a "Rocky" lifestyle.

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Tags: Houston Texans

Jennings: Everyone Within Vikings Wants Adrian Peterson Back

Jan 30, 2015 6:04 PM

Greg Jennings believes everyone within the Minnesota Vikings wants Adrian Peterson to return in 2015.

“I don’t know if he’ll be back. I can’t answer that question,” Jennings said. “But what I do know is that if he does come back, he’d be accepted with open arms. As an organization from the Wilfs on down, we all want him back. So, I mean, it’s a touchy subject and he’s been the franchise player – face of that team – for eight years. So it will be a loss, a huge loss, if we can’t get him back, and that’s the nature of this business.” 


Peterson played in just one game in 2014.

"There's people in the organization that I know hands-down love me," Peterson said in December. "I feel skeptical, of course, but that has been comforting." 

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Confident Of Agreeing To New Deal With Larry Fitzgerald

Jan 30, 2015 5:59 PM

The Arizona Cardinals are confident they will be able to agree upon a restructured deal with Larry Fitzgerald.

"Well last year, we made some changes to his contract to free up some cap space last year that got moved into 2015, so we're right now trying to work with him," Michael Bidwell said. "He and I have had conversations, and after the Super Bowl and all the dust settles, we'll sit down, and I'm confident that we'll get that worked out."

The Cardinals will ask Fitzgerald to take a pay cut from his $15 million salary, which will count $23.6 million against the cap.

"We want to see Larry retire as an Arizona Cardinal several years from now -- it's not going to anytime happen soon, 'cause he's still a great player on the field. I believe this is where he wants to be. It's where we want him," Bidwill said.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

York: 49ers Want To Put Kaepernick In Better System

Jan 30, 2015 5:58 PM

The San Francisco 49ers hope to have a more productive offense built around Colin Kaepernick in 2015.

The 49ers promoted Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator this week.

"It's not fixing Kaepernick," Jed York said. "I think Kap is an unbelievable player. He's a young guy that continues to grow and mature, but we all do."

Greg Roman was offensive coordinator of the 49ers last season.

"But with Kap you got a guy in Geep Chryst who knows him better than anybody else," he said. "You have a great guy in Steve Logan that's coming in that's going to work with him on fundamentals and to put a system that's going to put Kap in the best position to make plays.

"How many quarterbacks in this league can run 90 yards for a touchdown? I can't think of many, but you have to put Kap in position where he can make those plays and put Kap in position where we can run the ball. We can throw the ball in ways that allows him to be successful and let him be the absolute stud that he can be on the field, and that's what you're going to see from us next year. Defenses are not going to want to play against us because you're not going to know where we're going to hit you."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, IQ

Peyton Manning Decision Coming Soon

Jan 30, 2015 8:38 AM

Peyton Manning may announce his intentions for the 2015 season within the next few weeks.

"He's given a lot of thought to it," Archie Manning said during an appearance from the Super Bowl XLIX media center, aired by a Nashville, Tennessee radio station, via ESPN.com. "My advice for him is to go through the process, get away a little bit, let your leg heal, give it a lot of thought and decide what you're going to do ... (I) think he's taken a good evaluation of where he is physically."

Manning has until March 9 to inform the Denver Broncos of his decision.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

Nick Foles Expects To Remain Eagles' Starting Quarterback

Jan 29, 2015 8:25 PM

Nick Foles enters the offseason with an uncertain future with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Foles has been the subject of trade rumors while the Eagles have also been linked to trading up for Marcus Mariota.

Foles continues to consider himself the Eagles' starting quarterback.

"I'm still being introduced as that, but then you get asked different questions, the rumors and everything, so that is a part of it," Foles said on NFL Network. "But still getting introduced, and that's, in my mindset, that's where I'm at."

Foles plans on being with the Eagles in 2015.

"It's always about the trade rumors -- that's always the hot topic," he said. "But that's one of those things where you just have to smile about. The only thing I listen to is what (coach) Chip (Kelly) decides, and that's all I care about."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

DeMarco Murray: Let's See How Replacing Me Goes For Cowboys

Jan 29, 2015 8:24 PM

The Dallas Cowboys may be forced to replace DeMarco Murray in 2015 at running back, which he believes would be easier said than done.

"I would like to see how it goes," Murray said on NFL Network. "I would like to see how that plan would work for them. I don't pay attention to it. You know, I have full confidence in myself and my ability to do what I'm capable of doing. I know my talents, I know how hard I play and, you know, I know what I bring to the table. So I'm not worried about it and, you know, I don't hear it."

Murray ran for 1,845 yards in 2014.

Murray and Dez Bryant are both free agents and it will be difficult for the Cowboys to keep both.


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Tags: Dallas Cowboys

Seahawks Frustrated By HGH Tests During SB Week
Earl Thomas was wearing a bandage on his right arm during media access after submitting to a blood draw.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Tom Gamble Returns To 49ers As Senior Personnel Executive
Trent Baalke will again be working with Tom Gamble.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

NFL Claims Concussions Down 25 Percent In 2014
A total of 59 concussions were caused by helmet-to-helmet or shoulder-to-helmet hits this season, the league's data says, almost exactly half as many as two years ago.

Howard Fendrich/AP

28 NFL Teams Have Hired New Offensive Coordinator In Past Two Seasons
Darrell Bevell and Josh McDaniels are two of the longest tenured offensive coordinators in the NFL.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Eagles Hire Ed Marynowitz As VP Of Player Personnel
Ed Marynowitz will help guide the Eagles' personnel department under Chip Kelly.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Teams Working On Background Info For Adrian Peterson
There have been at least six teams working on finding background information on Adrian Peterson.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Patriots' Hotel Fire Alarm Goes Off Again In Middle Of Night
The fire alarm at the Patriots' hotel went off for the second time this week.


49ers To Hire Geep Chryst As Offensive Coordinator
Geep Chryst was previously quarterbacks coach of the 49ers.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Tom Brady Battling Cold, Studying More Film Than Usual
Tom Brady is battling a cold and has been watching more film than usual to help prepare.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Seahawks Don't Regret Percy Harvin Trade
Percy Harvin's sometimes rocky relationship with a few teammates came to light in the wake of the trade.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Belichick: No Coach I Respect More Than Pete Carroll
Bill Belichick admits to learning a lot from what Pete Carroll has accomplished.

Nick Shook/NFL.com

Duron Carter Close To Deal With Colts
Duron Carter played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League last season.


Eagles' Bob Bicknell Not Interested In 49ers' OC Job
Jim Tomsula and Bicknell coached in NFL Europe, but never on the same staff.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Carroll: Marshawn Lynch Is A Treasure
Marshawn Lynch spent five minutes answering questions from the media on Tuesday.

John Branch/New York Times

Sherman: Goodell Should Have To Address Media On Weekly Basis
Richard Sherman enjoys speaking with the media, but he was defending Marshawn Lynch.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Rob Chudzinski Staying With Colts On New Deal, Title
Rob Chudzinski was a prime candidate to become offensive coordinator of either the 49ers or Rams.

Larry Hartstein/CBS Sports

Patriots' Hotel Fire Alarm Goes Off In Middle Of Night
The Patriots' first practice of the week will be on Wednesday.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Drew Brees Confident Saints Identified Issues Of 2014
Drew Brees called it the most frustrating season of his career.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Wade Phillips Interviewing For Broncos' Defensive Coordinator Job
Wade Phillips was most recently defensive coordinator of the Texans under Gary Kubiak.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Rams' Los Angeles Plans Met With 'Quiet Applause' By NFL
Stan Kroenke is “amenable” to another team playing at the stadium.

Albert Breer/NFL.com