July 2016 - Football Wiretap

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots Discussing New Deal

Jul 31, 2016 7:18 PM

Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots are discussing a new contract.

Gronkowski's agents were on hand for Sunday's practice. No deal is imminent at this point.

Gronkowski is currently playing under the eight-year, $55.23 million pact he signed in 2012. New England in March notably picked up the pass-catcher's $10 million option, which keeps Gronkowski locked in at a team-friendly amount through 2019.

Gronkowski has openly complained about his deal this offseason.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

49ers Splitting QB Reps Evenly Between Gabbert, Kaepernick

Jul 31, 2016 7:12 PM

Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are splitting reps at quarterback evenly for the San Francisco 49ers.

"We are going to split it right down the middle. I think we've got 24 reps today with the ones," Kelly said. "So (Colin Kaepernick) and Blaine (Gabbert) will split it right down the middle with the ones and twos."

Some believe Gabbert enters camp as the more likely starter for the 49ers.

Kaepernick, who underwent offseason surgeries on his right thumb and left knee in January after having left shoulder surgery in November, has a skill set that would seem to be ideal in Kelly's offense. But Gabbert has been more accurate in his career.

Tyler Dragon/NFL.com

Tags: San Francisco 49ers

Odell Beckham Jr. Suffers Minor Injury On Leg

Jul 31, 2016 7:11 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. left the practice field early Sunday after suffering "a cut or two" to his leg in a collision with teammate Janoris Jenkins.

"He's probably going to be sore for a couple days," Ben McAdoo told reporters after practice.

Beckham landed awkwardly after going up for a deep ball against Jenkins.

Beckham required attention from trainers for a few minutes after the play.


Tags: New York Giants, Fantasy, Injury

DeAndre Hopkins Ends Brief Holdout

Jul 31, 2016 4:01 PM

DeAndre Hopkins will report to camp with the Houston Texans despite his disappointment in not having an extension.

"I too am disappointed that the Texans organization has elected not to enter into contract negotiation to secure my future as a Texan," the statement read. "I have expressed my sincere position regarding my contract status and with sound mind have expressed my stands (sic) to the Texans organization.

"My focus also is on the 2016 season and to help my team reach our ultimate goal.

"Having said that I am returning to the Houston Texans to play for a Super Bowl in Houston, Texas. ... We are excited about returning to the team and grind this camp."

Hopkins is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract and is set to make $1.4 million this year.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

DeAndre Hopkins Holding Out Of Texans' Camp

Jul 30, 2016 1:10 PM

DeAndre Hopkins is holding out of training camp as he seeks a new deal from the Houston Texans.

Hopkins, who is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, did not report for the start of the Texans' camp, according to sources. He will be subject to fines of $40,000 for each day of camp he misses.

Because the Texans picked up the fifth-year option available on all first-round pick contracts, Hopkins technically has two seasons left on his deal. He also has a $445,000 roster bonus due Wednesday, the fifth day of camp, that he will miss out on if he hasn't returned by then.

Hopkins was a first-round pick in 2013, and the Texans extended their 2011 and 2012 first-round picks [J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus] as they entered their fourth seasons.

Adam Schefter, Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Andre Johnson Signs With Titans

Jul 29, 2016 3:58 PM

Andre Johnson has agreed to sign with the Tennessee Titans.

Johnson has 1,053 catches for 14,100 yards and 68 touchdowns. He ranks eighth in NFL history with receptions and ninth in yards receiving, leading active players in those categories.

Johnson played for the Colts last season, catching 41 balls for 503 yards and four touchdowns.


Tags: Tennessee Titans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Le'Veon Bell Plans To Appeal Suspension In August

Jul 29, 2016 9:09 AM

Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy by missing tests, but he plans to appeal the ruling.

Bell said he plans to appeal the suspension "sometime in August" and that he was notified of a missed test and his suspension in March.

Mike Tomlin confirmed that Bell's appeal will not be heard until the second week of August.

"I don't want to be a distraction to my teammates or to Steelers Nation," Bell added. "So I'm just going to keep moving forward and let everything handle itself."

Chris Adamski/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Suspension

Chris Clemons Plans To Retire

Jul 29, 2016 9:06 AM

Chris Clemons has informed the Seattle Seahawks that he plans to retire.

The defensive end played 13 seasons with five different teams.

The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract in April to rejoin Seattle.

Mike Garafolo/NFL

Tags: Seattle Seahawks

Tim Tebow Feels Like He Can Be An Effective NFL Quarterback

Jul 29, 2016 9:03 AM

Tim Tebow isn't giving up on his NFL dream just yet.

The quarterback, who was in camp with the Philadelphia Eagles last summer but hasn't played in a regular season game since 2012, still believes he can play.

"I mean, for me, I'm in the best shape I've ever been in," Tebow said. "I'm still young, I still feel really good. So is that something that I feel like I can be an effective quarterback in the NFL? Yeah, I really do feel like I could be. But I think at the same time, there are a lot of other things that I'm doing that I love and that I'm blessed to do."

CBS Sports Radio

Tags: Free Agent Rumor

Emmanuel Sanders 'Not Trying To Break The Bank' In Contract Talks

Jul 29, 2016 9:00 AM

Emmanuel Sanders, who appears to be the next player on the verge of a contract extension with the Denver Broncos, says he isn't shooting for the stars.

"It's not frustrating. It's actually a blessing," Sanders said of the ongoing talks. "We're talking millions and millions of dollars that I can earn just by the game that I love. At the end of the day, I'm looking forward to it, but I know you guys want to know the answers to that, where are we at.

"We're trying to find that middle ground of saying, you know what, this is a fair deal for me and for the Denver Broncos. I said it from Day One -- I'm not trying to break the bank. I want to be here. But I also want a fair deal, and I want a fair deal for the production I've been putting out, so we'll see how it goes."

Sanders is entering the final year of the deal he signed in 2014, and is scheduled to make $5.6 million this season.

Nicki Jhabvala/Denver Post

Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor

Josh Gordon Says One-Year Ban Has Changed Him
Josh Gordon did not apologize for missing last season due to multiple violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, but he did say he was "tremendously excited" to be given another chance and "g

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Eagles Sign Darren Sproles To One-Year Extension
Darren Sproles skipped all three weeks of voluntary organized team activity practices in May, but reported to the mandatory minicamp in June.


Vikings Extend Contract Of Mike Zimmer
The Vikings had an 11-5 record this past season and has gone 18-14 over two seasons.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Cowboys Face Fine For Three Suspended Players
The Cowboys will be forced to pay a fine up to $250,000 with Rolando McClain, DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory all issued league-imposed suspensions.


Rams Paying UC Irvine $10M Over Three Years To Host Camp
The Rams have an option to hold camp there for two additional years, according to a copy of the contract obtained under California's Public Records Act.

Nathan Fenno/Los Angeles Times

Broncos QBs Will Get Equal Reps As Camp Begins
John Elway has declared the quarterback competition "wide open" as the Broncos open training camp.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets Agree Upon One-Year, $12M Deal
The Jets increased their offer Wednesday from $8 million to $12 million and gave Ryan Fitzpatrick until 7 p.m. ET to take the deal or the team would be "moving on."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Hakeem Nicks Signs With Saints
Hakeem Nicks worked out for the Saints last season and again in May. But they initially opted to sign veteran receiver Vincent Brown, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tom Coughlin Hired By NFL's Football Operations Department
Tom Coughlin's exact role has yet to be announced by the league.

Jim Trotter/ESPN

Rams To Release Nick Foles
The Rams attempted to trade away Nick Foles this offseason but no deal materialized.

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

Michael Vick: Cam Newton Couldn't Beat Me In 40-Yard Dash
Michael Vick, who is looking for a job with a contender at 36, believes he's still faster than Cam Newton.

Jonathan Jones/Charlotte Observer

Kurt Coleman, Panthers Reach Three-Year Extension
The safety broke out with the Panthers last year after five seasons as a special team player and part-time starter with the Eagles and Saints.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Paxton Lynch Believes He Could Start For Broncos Right Away
Paxton Lynch believes he can compete to start for the Broncos during training camp over the next month.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Antonio Brown Will Report To Camp Hopeful Of New Deal
Antonio Brown will report to training camp Thursday, hopeful and confident his contract will be addressed before the start of the regular season, according to sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Colin Kaepernick Receives Full Medical Clearance
For the first time this offseason, Colin Kaepernick has received full medical clearance from his doctor to fully take part in practice.

Matt Barrows/Sacramento Bee

Pete Carroll Agrees To Extension With Seahawks Through 2019
Pete Carroll is the NFL's oldest coach at the age of 64.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jordy Nelson On PUP List With New Left Knee Injury
Jordy Nelson called it a "hiccup" with the left knee and insisted it was minor, but he couldn't put a timetable on his return.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Anquan Boldin To Sign With Lions
Detroit had brought Anquan Boldin in for a workout last month but did not sign him at the time.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Devin Hester Released By Falcons
It is unclear whether Devin Hester will continue his career or retire.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Doug Pederson Remains Committed To Sam Bradford As Starter
Carson Wentz remains No. 3 on Philadelphia's quarterback depth chart.

Paul Domowitch/Philadelphia Daily News