July 2016 - Football Wiretap

Eugene Monroe Announces Retirement From NFL
Eugene Monroe was the only active player to support taking marijuana off the NFL's banned substances list.


DeAngelo Williams Has No Sympathy For Patriots
DeAngelo Williams has no sympathy for the Patriots, who will be without Tom Brady for the first four games of the season because of suspension.

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Larry Fitzgerald Has 'A Lot Of Good Football Left'
Larry Fitzgerald, who entered the NFL as a first-round pick in 2004, says he has a lot of football left.

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Jameis Winston Has Lost 20 Pounds Ahead Of Camp
Jameis Winston was heavily criticized entering the 2015 draft for being overweight and out of shape.


Odell Beckham: Josh Norman 'Relevant Because Of Me'
Josh Norman, who battled with Odell Beckham as a member of the Panthers last season, signed with the Redskins this offseason.

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Ezekiel Elliott Tops NFL Jersey Sales
Ezekiel Elliott has sold more jerseys than any other NFL player over the past three full months.

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NFL To Hire Chief Medical Officer
Roger Goodell wrote the new position is aimed at continuing and expanding upon initiatives and expert resources that are "designed to accelerate science, identify new technologies and means of preven


Giants To Induct Tom Coughlin Into Ring Of Honor
The Giants plan to honor Tom Coughlin by inducting him into the franchise's Ring of Honor just months after they replaced him as head coach.

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Talks Between Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick Could Drag Into Preseason
Talks between the Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick on a new contract have stalled and it doesn't appear as though the two sides will negotiate anytime soon.

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Study Reveals White Coaches Dominate Offensive Positions
White coaches overwhelmingly fill the offensive positions associated with advancement to the head coaching ranks, according to a study of 2016 NFL coaching staffs.

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NFL Data Chips Won't Measure PSI In Footballs
The NFL plans to use data chips in footballs this summer to provide information that could lead to changes on the field, but measuring the PSI of the balls won't be one of the measurements.

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Johnny Manziel Apologizes To Fans, Vows He'll 'Be Back'
Johnny Manziel has issued an apology to his fans on Twitter and is vowing to return to professional football.


Charles Tillman Retires After 13 NFL Seasons
Charles Tillman was a second round pick for the Bears in 2003 and was one of the leaders of their excellent defense for many years.

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Justin Durant Signs One-Year Deal With Cowboys
Justin Durant played for Dallas in 2013 and 2014.

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Bills Interested In Reggie Bush
The Bills are interested in Reggie Bush and have made a contract offer to the running back.

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Arian Foster To Sign One-Year Deal With Dolphins
Arian Foster worked out for Miami on Monday and had been scheduled to also met with the Lions.

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Randy Moss Joins ESPN's Countdown
For the past three years, Randy Moss worked as a NFL analyst for FOX Sports on the Sunday morning FOX NFL Kickoff pregame show, among other programs.

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Arian Foster To Work Out For Dolphins, Lions
Arian Foster tore an Achilles in Week 4 last season, and hasn't played all 16 games since 2012.

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NFL Denies Claim Roger Goodell Tried To Stop HBO's Ballers
The NFL has gone on record denying that Roger Goodell personally called Mark Wahlberg in an effort to stop production of HBO's Ballers.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Jahvid Best Is First Ex-NFL Player To Qualify For Summer Olympics
Jahvid Best will become the first former NFL player to participate in the Summer Olympic Games after being approved to represent St. Lucia in track and field next month in Rio.


NFL Finalizing Data-Chip Football Testing
The NFL is finalizing plans to insert custom-made data chips into the game balls used in the 2016 preseason and Thursday night regular-season games, according to a league source.

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Nate Ebner Selected To U.S. Rugby Team For Rio Olympics
Nate Ebner has become the only active NFL player to qualify for the Rio Olympics and will represent USA Rugby.


Eagles Expect Carson Wentz To Begin Season As 3rd String QB
Doug Pederson expects the Eagles to have Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel atop their depth chart at quarterback.

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David Amerson, Raiders Agree Upon Four-Year, $38M Extension
David Amerson was named Pro Football Focus' Most Improved Player in 2015.

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Aaron Lynch Suspended For First Four Games Of 2016
Aaron Lynch has 12 1/2 sacks and 61 tackles in two seasons with the 49ers.


Karlos Williams Suspended For First Four Games Of 2016
Karlos Williams had a breakout rookie season in 2015 for the Bills at running back, complementing LeSean McCoy.


Muhammad Wilkerson Agrees To Five-Year, $86M Deal With Jets
Muhammad Wilkerson was unhappy about the potential of playing under the franchise tag without a long-term deal.

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Kirk Cousins To Play 2016 Under Franchise Tag
Kirk Cousins becomes the second quarterback to play under the franchise tag.

John Keim/ESPN

Justin Tucker Agrees To Four-Year, $16.8M Deal With Ravens
Justin Tucker is the second most accurate kicker in NFL history.

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Von Miller, Broncos Agree Upon Six-Year, $114.5M Deal
Von Miller's deal contains $70 million in guaranteed money.

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