June 2015 - Football Wiretap

Rex Ryan More Impressed By Tyrod Taylor Than Matt Cassel

Jun 30, 2015 1:46 PM

Rex Ryan has shown greater enthusiasm for Tyrod Taylor than Matt Cassel as the Buffalo Bills try to figure out their quarterback situation.

Taylor is one of the NFL's most athletic quarterbacks, but he hasn't shown as much as a passer. The Bills may play conservatively on offense focused on the running game and possession.

EJ Manuel is also in the equation as well.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Buffalo Bills

Russell Wilson Won't Change Approach Regardless Of Contract

Jun 30, 2015 1:43 PM

Russell Wilson will give a full effort in 2015 regardless of his contract status with the Seattle Seahawks.

"Ultimately, it comes down to the play. I let my play speak for itself and let the rest take care of itself. I continue to love the game for what it is and continue to fight and continue to play no matter how much I'm getting paid, no matter if it's $25 million or if it's $1.5 million. I'll be ready to go."


Wilson is scheduled to make $1.54 million this season in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, a $2.99 million deal he signed as a third-round draft choice in 2012.

He is believed to be seeking a multiyear deal that could make him the highest-paid player the game, a five-year contract worth more than $110 million, with at least $50 million fully guaranteed.

Terry Blount/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

Michael Bennett Open To Holding Out

Jun 29, 2015 11:20 PM

Michael Bennett is unhappy with his current contract with the Seattle Seahawks and is openly considering holding out. Bennett said holding out is "definitely possible."

Bennett signed a four-year, $28.5 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) in 2014.

"I know a lot of people disagree because I don't put up all the numbers, but if you watch the games, I'm doing good things," he said. "They want me to play five positions but pay me for one."


The Seahawks also have prolonged contract talks with Russell Wilson.

Steve Wyche/NFL.com

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

Darren McFadden Feels Like Rookie Again Joining Cowboys

Jun 29, 2015 10:34 AM

Darren McFadden feels rejuvenated by the move from the Oakland Raiders to the Dallas Cowboys.

"It's great to be in Dallas," McFadden said Saturday at a football camp at Little Rock Air Force Base, per the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "I'm looking forward to getting on the field with those guys and doing great things this year. ... Definitely exciting. I tell everybody I feel like a rookie all over again.

"I just want to go out there, stay healthy and run the ball the way I know I can run the ball."

McFadden rushed for less than 3.5 yards per carry in each of the past three seasons.

McFadden and Joseph Randle will compete for starter reps.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Oakland Raiders

Russell Wilson: The Contract Will Work Itself Out

Jun 29, 2015 10:15 AM

Russell Wilson is not distracted by or worried about his contract situation with the Seattle Seahawks.

"It's not where my focus is," Wilson said, via Madison.com. "The rest will work out. The contract will work itself out. I'm excited about it and excited to hopefully be a Seattle Seahawk for a really, really long time. So, that's the goal."

It has become increasingly clear that a deal between the Seahawks and Wilson will not get done quickly or easily.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Guenther: Manziel Can Become Good QB In Right System

Jun 29, 2015 10:13 AM

Paul Guenther believes Johnny Manziel can still develop into an effective NFL quarterback.

"Honestly, I think the kid needs more time" before anyone writes him off, said Guenther.

Guenther is defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals employed a strategy similar to what LSU did while Manziel was at Texas A&M -- sealing the edge and forcing him to stay in the pocket. That accentuated Manziel's 6-foot-0, 210-pound frame, but Guenther said quarterbacks at any size can learn to operate from the pocket.

"Drew Brees did it," Guenther said. "I know Drew is a little bit thicker than Johnny but about the same height. ... I don't see any reason why he can't do it up there. [Manziel] was such a high-profile guy out of college and everyone expected what he did at Texas A&M, but it's a man's game, it's a lot different, and it takes time. You have to take your lumps a little bit."

Manziel is currently the Cleveland Browns' No. 2 quarterback behind Josh McCown.

"I think he has good feet, is obviously a threat to run it, and I think in the right system he can be a good player," Guenther said. "There was so much expected in his first game, and maybe some of that was self-warranted, but it was so much from the fan base that you have to let him make mistakes."

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns

Morris Claiborne Weighed Just 150 Pounds Following Surgeries

Jun 28, 2015 11:59 AM

Morris Claiborne lost 30 to 40 pounds after undergoing multiple surgeries last year.

Claiborne not only underwent patellar tendon surgery on his left knee in early October, but also had December surgery on his right knee to prevent potential problems with the patellar tendon.

"Man, I got all the way down to 150," Claiborne said. "I'm all the way back to 172 now, and I'm getting closer to my playing weight of 180."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant, Cowboys Renew Contract Talks

Jun 28, 2015 11:57 AM

Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys have resumed talks on a new contract.

On Friday, the Cowboys had their first face-to-face meeting with Bryant's agents Tom Condon and Roc Nation's Kim Miale in nearly four months.

Bryant has threatened to sit out the season opener, while executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged two weeks ago there is "just too big of a divide" in contract demands.

Condon recently accused the Cowboys of taking a "year-by-year" approach in regards to Bryant's status within the franchise.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

Patrick Peterson Adjusting To Life With Diabetes

Jun 27, 2015 10:01 AM

Patrick Peterson was diagnosed with diabetes last season and lowering his sugar intake was one of the most significant byproducts.

"Being as lean as I am and being a world-class athlete, you think you can get away with a lot of things," Peterson said. "And at some point in time, your body is definitely the temple and you have to make sure that you have to listen to your body. So, at this point in time, my body was like 'no more sweets,' and [you] have to put it down and slow down a little bit, so that's what it has to be."

Peterson, 24, said he was diagnosed around Week 7 last season, when Arizona played at Oakland on Oct. 19.

Peterson learned diabetes could be life threatening if it's not treated carefully.

"Talking to them definitely got me through it," he said.

Peterson called the period when he didn't know what was affecting him "very tough." It also showed on the field. Peterson allowed four of his eight touchdowns in the first seven weeks, according to Pro Football Focus.

"I'm looking at it ... I'm a world class athlete and I can't figure out what's going on with my body," he said.

More than eight months after his diagnosis, Peterson said "everything's going well right now."

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Cardinals

NFL Could Use 27,000-Seat Soccer Stadium As Temporary L.A. Venue

Jun 27, 2015 9:58 AM

The NFL has considered moving a team to the StubHub Center in Carson, California as a temporary home for a relocated team to Los Angeles.

The venue is home to the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS and seats just 27,000.

Other temporary stadiums under consideration are the Rose Bowl (where UCLA plays), the L.A. Coliseum (where USC plays) and Major League Baseball’s Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium. All of those are much larger than the StubHub Center, but all of them might also have scheduling conflicts with an NFL team.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

Jameis Winston Trying To Lose Weight Before Training Camp
Jameis Winston's weight was a topic for the media and fans earlier in the year, but he looked impressive during workouts.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Union Files Complaint Against Patriots On Malcolm Butler Punishment
The complaint by the union was filed Wednesday and done without Malcolm Butler's approval following an initial review.


Florio: Goodell's Underlings Were Out To Get Patriots
Mike Florio believes it was the failure of Roger Goodell to react decisively in the Ray Rice debacle that enabled those beneath him to seize on this Patriots' situation.

Ryan Glasspiegel/The Big Lead

Broncos Initially Asked Peyton Manning To Take $10M Pay Cut
The Broncos were never prepared to cut Peyton Manning, but were adamant about him taking a reduced salary.

Mike Kils/Denver Post

Chip Kelly Has Seen Improvement From Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow could beat out Matt Barkley for the final roster spot on the Eagles.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tom Brady Has 10-Hour Appeal Hearing
A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that "Tom Brady's greatest ally today was Tom Brady."

Rachel Cohen/AP

Report: Broncos Tried To Trade Peyton Manning To Texans
Peyton Manning's revised contract for 2015 includes a no-trade clause.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Rob Gronkowski Only Living Off Endorsement Money
Rob Gronkowski has yet to spend any of the $10 million he's earned on his contract with the Patriots over his first five NFL seasons.


Ahmad Bradshaw Receives One-Game Suspension
Ahmad Bradshaw has received a one-game suspension by the NFL following his no contest plea in May on marijuana possession.


Russell Wilson Continuing To 'Trust The Process' On Contract Talks
Russell Wilson referenced his time at NC State before transferring to Wisconsin to finish his collegiate career.

Terry Blount/ESPN

Shane Ray Predicts He'll Win Defensive Rookie Of The Year
Shane Ray was the 23rd overall pick by the Broncos.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Terrelle Pryor Claimed Off Waivers By Browns
Terrelle Pryor is ready to switch from quarterback to wide receiver.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Ted Wells To Attend Tom Brady's Appeal Hearing
Ted Wells will be available to answer questions from both Tom Brady's side and commissioner Roger Goodell.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Bengals Believe A.J. McCarron Could Become NFL Starter
Andy Dalton's six-year, $96 million contract is essentially a year-to-year proposal.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Video Appears To Show Junior Galette In Fight On Beach
The Saints are aware of a 2013 video that allegedly shows outside linebacker Junior Galette striking a woman with a belt during a group scuffle on a beach that was recorded by an onlooker.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Matt Cassel Could Be Cut By Bills Before Season
The Bills can save $4.15 million by releasing Matt Cassel before the start of the season.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Mariota Remains Only Unsigned First Round Pick
The Titans don't expect Marcus Mariota to miss training camp.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Patriots Release Fred Davis
Fred Davis joined the Patriots on a one-year deal May 11, four days after being reinstated by the NFL.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Wilson, Seahawks Not Concerned Extension Talks Will Be Distraction
Russell Wilson took out an insurance policy in case he gets badly injured playing under the final year of his rookie deal that will pay him just $1.5 million this season.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Buccaneers Using Virtual Reality To Help Develop Jameis Winston
The system helps players develop the ability to keep up with the rapid pace of the NFL.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com