February 2015 - Football Wiretap

Cowboys To Use Franchise Tag On Dez Bryant By Monday's Deadline

Feb 28, 2015 5:09 PM

The Dallas Cowboys expect to use the franchise tag on Dez Bryant by Monday's deadline.

"I still think that it's probably, you know, would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag deadline," Stephen Jones said. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal."


The Cowboys were close to a "Cowboy-for-Life" deal with Bryant back in late October, but negotiations went back to square one as Bryant fired agent Eugene Parker in favor of Tom Condon, who the Cowboys front office met with this past week.

"Jerry Sr. and myself actually had a meeting with Tom Condon, his agent, Tuesday night." Jones said. "Had a good long visit."

Mark Lane/Fox Sports Southwest

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Josh McCown Signs Three-Year Deal With Browns

Feb 27, 2015 6:59 PM

Josh McCown has agreed upon a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.

By signing McCown, the Browns almost certainly won't bring back Brian Hoyer.

McCown has the inside track to start at quarterback for the Browns with Johnny Manziel in rehab.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Falcons Release Harry Douglas

Feb 27, 2015 12:30 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have released Harry Douglas.

With Douglas released, the Falcons save $3.5 million off the 2015 cap.

Douglas is one season removed from 1,000 yards but is the third option behind Julio Jones and Roddy White.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Chris Canty Released By Ravens

Feb 27, 2015 11:56 AM

Chris Canty has been released by the Baltimore Ravens.

The defensive end was entering the final year of a three-year $8 million contract signed in 2013. Cutting him saves the Ravens $2.66 million on the salary cap, per OverTheCap.com.

Canty has been considering retirement, but he's been working out regularly and intends to play.


Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Rams' QB Coach Weinke Compares Sam Bradford To Luck

Feb 27, 2015 11:55 AM

Chris Weinke was hired this season as quarterbacks coach of the St. Louis Rams and he's bullish on Sam Bradford.

When Andrew Luck was coming out of college, Weinke said the closest comparison was to Bradford.

"And I say that without knowing Sam. I'd never met Sam until this process. Looking at his physical skill set. And then obviously talking to people and understanding his mental capacity and his football IQ, and all those different things.

"Sam by far has had the best pro day out of any guy I've ever evaluated from a physical standpoint. And he was coming off an injury at that point in time. So when you look at a guy who's a pure passer of the football from a physical standpoint, he's as good as anybody I've ever evaluated."

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, IQ

Dolphins Release Brian Hartline

Feb 27, 2015 11:53 AM

The Miami Dolphins have released Brian Hartline.

The veteran wideout was due $5.9 million in 2015. The move saves Miami $3.15 million against the salary cap. The 28-year-old signed a five-year, $30.775 million contract in 2013.

Hartline's role diminished in 2014 with the emergence of Jarvis Landry, catching just 39 passes for 474 yards and two touchdowns.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Matt Hasselbeck Signs One-Year Deal With Colts

Feb 26, 2015 8:50 PM

Matt Hasselbeck has signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

The deal is worth $3 million.

Hasselbeck is Andrew Luck's backup at quarterback.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Police Responded To Dez Bryant Incident At Walmart In 2011

Feb 26, 2015 7:49 PM

The alleged Dez Bryant video is believed to have occurred in 2011 and could leak in the near future.

A report filed by the Lancaster (Texas) Police Department described the response by an officer to "an unknown disturbance" in a Walmart parking lot during the early morning of July 11. Vehicles registered to Bryant were at the scene in the parking lot, and Bryant later arrived in another car, when he was spoken to by a Lancaster PD officer.

Upon further investigation, "it was determined that there was no offense" and "all parties were advised they were free to go."

Officials from the Dallas Cowboys have been aware of this incident for some time.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

Falcons Release Steven Jackson

Feb 26, 2015 7:45 PM

Steven Jackson has been released by the Atlanta Falcons.

The move saves Atlanta $3.75 million in cap space.

Jackson signed with the Falcons before the 2013 season.

In two seasons, Jackson had 347 carries for 1,250 yards (3.6 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Adrian Peterson On Exempt List Pending Appeal

Feb 26, 2015 7:44 PM

The suspension of Adrian Peterson has been overturned.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that U.S. District Judge David S. Doty has ruled in favor of Peterson, granting an NFL Players Association motion to vacate a previous ruling by Harold Henderson.

"Petition to vacate the arbitration award was granted," Judge Doty remarked, according to Rapoport. "Case was remanded for further proceedings ... as the (collective bargaining agreement) may permit."

The NFL, however, announced Thursday afternoon that Peterson will return to the Commissioner's Exempt List, and the league will appeal the ruling made by Judge Doty to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Suspension

Adrian Peterson Reinstated Following Judge's Ruling
Judge David Doty has ruled in favor of Adrian Peterson, granting the NFLPA's motion to vacate the ruling by Harold Henderson.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Josh McCown, Bills In Contract Talks
Josh McCown has also visited the Browns, Bears and Jets this offseason.

John Wawrow/AP

Dolphins Attempting To Trade Mike Wallace
The Dolphins are not prepared yet to cut Mike Wallace as they search for a trade.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Dez Bryant Alleged Taped Incident Occurred In Wal-Mart Parking Lot
The alleged video footage was created by a surveillance camera owned and operated by Wal-Mart.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Lions Cut Reggie Bush
Releasing Reggie Bush saves the Lions $1.7 million in cap room for 2015.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Packers Release A.J. Hawk
A.J. Hawk was a first round pick by the Packers in 2006 out of Ohio State.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Schefter Has Been Investigating Dez Bryant Video Since September
The Cowboys are reportedly concerned about giving Dez Bryant a long-term contract because of the existence of the video.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Giants Release Peyton Hillis
Releasing Peyton Hillis saves New York $945,000 against the cap for 2015.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Ravens Release Jacoby Jones
Jacoby Jones was due $2.5 million in 2015, but the move doesn't save any cap space.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Rams Haven't Received Any Trade Interest In Sam Bradford
The Rams have pressured Sam Bradford to accept a reduction in his $13 million salary that counts $16.6 million against the salary cap in the contract's final year.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Inglewood Approves Plans For Rams' Stadium
The council approved the $2 billion plan with a 5-0 vote after a meeting with several hours of public comment.


JJ Nelson Believes Adidas Owes Him $100k For Fastest 40
Adidas said it would pay the top three fastest players who ran the 40-yard dash in its shoes and signed a contract to endorse the brand before they ran $100,000.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Ravens To Avoid Players With Domestic Violence Issues
Ozzie Newsome has admitted that the Ray Rice situation from 2014 will impact which players the Ravens acquire in the offseason.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Lions Comfortable With Calvin Johnson's $20.55M 2015 Cap Number
Calvin Johnson has previously said that he would do whatever he could to help keep Ndamukong Suh with the Lions.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

McShay: Jameis Winston Is 2nd Best QB Prospect In Last 10 Years
Todd McShay believes Jameis Winston is the second best quarterback prospect of the last 10 years behind Andrew Luck.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Falcons Interested In Justin Forsett
Justin Forsett played four seasons with the Seahawks and overlapped with Dan Quinn, who was hired as the Falcons' new head coach.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Rivers' Contract Unlikely To Be Impacted By Potential Relocation
The Chargers are considering moving to Los Angeles, which won't be a big issue for how Philip Rivers decides his future.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Percy Harvin Unlikely To Agree Upon Restructured Contract With Jets
Percy Harvin could find a better situation and possibly more money if he's cut by the Jets.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Jameis Winston Not Ruling Out Playing Baseball
Jameis Winston has said that it has always been his "dream" to play both sports as a professional.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Panthers Release DeAngelo Williams
The Panthers have about $6.6 million in dead money with the release of DeAngelo Williams.

Molly Grantham/WBTV