March 2015 - Football Wiretap

Murray Asked Romo To Take Pay Cut

Mar 31, 2015 10:38 PM

Tony Romo was asked by DeMarco Murray if he was willing to take a pay cut for him to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys.

"DeMarco ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?' I said, 'I will. I would take a pay cut to go do this,'" Romo said. "I was like, 'They're going to restructure me.' That's the same thing in some ways, just for the salary cap purposes. He was like, 'OK, now we're back to being friends again.' I would take $5 million less if meant getting him back.

"He knew that. It was just funny how he was literally worried about that part of it for a week. I'm like, 'That's not the reason.' I'm like, 'Obviously I'll restructure. I would even take a pay cut.' He was like, 'OK, we can be friends again.' It's amazing what you think about in those moments."

Murray eventually signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Marcus Mariota To Skip NFL Draft Ceremony

Mar 31, 2015 7:56 PM

Marcus Mariota plans to skip the NFL Draft ceremony.

Mariota will instead watch the draft from Hawaii with his family. It is important to Mariota culturally and personally to be in Hawaii for the NFL Draft.

Mariota is expected to be the second quarterback selected.

Jameis Winston will also skip the draft ceremony.

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Jameis Winston Declares Himself Best Player In Draft

Mar 31, 2015 5:47 PM

Jameis Winston declared himself the best player in the draft and that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should take him with the top overall selection.

"Because I'm the best player in the draft," Winston said.

Tampa Bay was well-represented at the workout with coach Lovie Smith, general manager Jason Licht, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian among those in attendance.

Winston threw 102 passes, completing all but 10 of them. Most pro days feature quarterbacks making 50 or 60 throws.

"He had a great day," Licht said. "He threw a full nine innings."

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Draft, Draft Misc

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Matt Schaub Signs One-Year Deal With Ravens

Mar 31, 2015 2:52 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have signed Matt Schaub to a one-year deal.

Schaub spent last season with the Oakland Raiders.

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

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Demaryius Thomas To Skip Broncos' Offseason Program

Mar 31, 2015 12:12 PM

Demaryius Thomas will skip the Denver Broncos' offseason program.

Thomas was assigned the $12.823 million franchise tag early in March.

Boycotting offseason practices is the tactic most utilized by franchise players seeking some semblance of leverage in long-term negotiations.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Kraft Testifies Hernandez Told Him He Was Innocent Of Murder

Mar 31, 2015 12:10 PM

Robert Kraft testified that Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked whether he was involved in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Kraft spent a little more than a half-hour on the stand Tuesday at the Fall River Justice Center after being called by the prosecution in Hernandez's murder trial.

Hernandez is charged with the June 17, 2013, slaying of Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

Kraft said he found Hernandez in a weight room working out and pulled him into an adjacent office for a private talk.

"I understood there was an incident that had transpired, and I wanted to know whether he was involved, and if he was -- any player that comes into our system, I consider part of our extended family, and I wanted to get him help," Kraft said.

"What did he say?" prosecutor William McCauley asked.

"He said he was not involved," Kraft replied. "That he was innocent and that he hoped that the time of the murder incident came out because he said he was in a club."

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DeMeco Ryans Signs Two-Year Extension With Eagles

Mar 30, 2015 3:32 PM

DeMeco Ryans has signed a two-year extension with the Philadelphia Eagles worth $7.5 million per year in base value.

Ryans can make up to $10.5 million in extension and the deal includes $6.25 million in guaranteed money.

Ryans signed with the Eagles in 2012 after playing with the Houston Texans since 2006. Ryans was the 2006 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Falcons Lose 2016 5th Rounder, Fined $350,000 For Fake Crowd Noise

Mar 30, 2015 12:32 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will lose a 2016 fifth round pick for piping in crowd noise at the Georgia Dome in 2013 and 2014.

The NFL found that "Roddy White (not that one), the (Falcons') former director of event marketing, was directly responsible for the violation."

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Sam Bradford's College QB Coach Encouraged Him To Continue Career

Mar 30, 2015 12:15 PM

Josh Heupel, who was Sam Bradford's quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he reached out to Bradford to encourage him to continue his career.

Bradford had torn his ACL twice in less than a year.

"I just tried to reach out to him and say: 'Hey, I still see this in you as a person and a player. I think the best is yet to come for you. You've got to get yourself healthy and get yourself back on the field and get yourself in the right environment with the right people and the right supporting cast around you, and there's no doubt in my mind you'll achieve the things you're capable of achieving and want to achieve,'" Heupel, who is now the offensive coordinator at Utah State, told the newspaper in a telephone interview.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Bradford from the St. Louis Rams in a trade this offseason.

Bradford said in December that he contemplated walking away from the NFL because of the injuries.

"It was really tough that first week after the injury," Bradford said in December. "There was part of me for a couple days that I was done with football. I didn't want to come back, I didn't want to play, I was tired of rehabbing. I was just tired of the process. But when you step back and you are away from the game for a while, then you come back and you're in the building and you're around your teammates, I quickly realized that I wasn't done and that I wanted to come back and that I feel like I've still got a lot to prove."

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Hakeem Nicks Visiting 49ers

Mar 30, 2015 12:13 PM

Hakeem Nicks is visiting the San Francisco 49ers this week.

Nicks hasn't received any interest in the free agency market to date after catching 38 balls for 405 yards last season with the Indianapolis Colts.

Nicks has battled with injuries and drops since his 2011 season.

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

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Ray Farmer Suspended Four Games For In-Game Texts
Ray Farmer was in his first season as general manager of the Browns in 2014.

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Packers Re-Sign B.J. Raji, Letroy Guion
B.J. Raji missed all of last season after injuring his biceps during the preseason.

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Miles Austin To Sign With Eagles
Miles Austin played in 12 games last season with the Browns, catching 47 balls for 568 yards and two touchdowns.

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Kaepernick Improving Under Warner's Instruction
Kurt Warner has worked on engaging Colin Kaepernick's lower half to help him add touch.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Jets, Chargers, Buccaneers To Work Out Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota has a wide draft range from No. 1 to No. 10.

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Rams Expected To Pick Quarterback In Draft
Both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are likely to be off the board when the Rams pick at No. 10.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Panthers Sign Jarrett Boykin
Jarrett Boykin caught just three balls for 25 yards for the Packers in 2014.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Michael Sam: Closeted Gay NFL Players Have Reached Out In Support
Michael Sam was taken by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 draft but didn't make the team.

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Buccaneers Receive Trade Interest In Mike Glennon
The Buccaneers could move Mike Glennon as they're expected to select Jameis Winston first overall.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Colts Won't Extend Chuck Pagano Before Season
Chuck Pagano will enter 2015 as a make-or-break year.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Packers, Ravens Also Had Interest In Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis received interest from the Jets, Patriots, Steelers, Browns, Chiefs, Packers and Ravens.

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Potential Top-10 Pick Randy Gregory Tests Positive For Marijuana
Randy Gregory admitted he has a lengthy history with marijuana.

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Ray Rice Continues To Wait For Second Chance
There have been 16 running backs who have signed deals in the first 15 days of free agency, but Ray Rice hasn't had any reported interest.

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Chip Kelly Had Odell Beckham Jr. Rated No. 1 On 2014 Draft Board
Odell Beckham Jr. was the third receiver selected, going to the Giants at No. 12 overall behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans.

Christopher Dabe/Times-Picayune

Zimmer: Vikings Have No Plans To Trade Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson has three seasons remaining on the six-year, $96 million contract he signed in 2011.

Matt Vensel/Star Tribune

Jets File Retaliatory Tampering Charges Against Patriots On Revis
"I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots, we wanted to keep him," said Robert Kraft about Darrelle Revis.

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Buccaneers' Ownership Approves Drafting Winston Or Mariota
Jameis Winston is widely expected to be the Buccaneers' selection.

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Jets Sign Kellen Davis
Kellen Davis, a 6'7 tight end, last played in the NFL in 2013 with the Seahawks.

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LeSean McCoy Trade Took Only 30 Minutes
The Bills were shocked to learn the Eagles were interested in trading away LeSean McCoy.

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Washington Could Take Marcus Mariota At No. 5
John Clayton reported earlier this offseason that Scot McCloughan would take Marcus Mariota if he fell to No. 5.

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