October 2016 - Football Wiretap

Patriots Trade Jamie Collins To Browns

Oct 31, 2016 5:55 PM

The New England Patriots have traded linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a draft pick.

The trade is for a third-round compensatory pick if the Browns are awarded one. If the Browns don't get that pick from the league, the trade is for a fourth-round pick, the source said.

"In the end, we did what we thought was best for the football team. There are a lot of things to take into consideration. I'm sure we could bring up a lot of points to talk about, but in the end, that's really the bottom line," Bill Belichick said on sports radio WEEI when asked about the trade.

Collins' four-year rookie contract will expire after the season, and he was at one point asking for what one league source described to ESPN's Adam Schefter as "Von Miller money."


Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Doug Pederson Wants Eagles To Be More 'Aggressive' After Loss

Oct 31, 2016 7:57 AM

After Sunday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys in overtime, Doug Pederson wants to be more "aggressive" in his play-calling for the Philadelphia Eagles going forward.

The Eagles held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before the Cowboys forced overtime and then scored on the first drive of the extra period.

Philadelphia punted to Dallas rather than attempt a 54-yard field goal with 6:34 left in regulation. The kick would have given the Eagles a 10-point lead again. Caleb Sturgis had hit 17 straight field goals, including a 55-yarder just before halftime.

"(I) felt comfortable doing that, making that decision," Pederson said. "The thing is, field position at that time is critical. [Sturgis] did kick the one before half, which was an excellent kick with no time left on the clock. Had we executed on the third-down play, we would have been in a little better position to kick the field goal at that time and we just didn't execute on the play before."

Pederson talking about learning lessons from the loss, and he said: "I think just, for me, staying aggressive, No. 1."

Dave Zangaro/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles

Wade Phillips Taken To Hospital After Scary Hit

Oct 31, 2016 7:50 AM

Wade Phillips was released from a Denver-area hospital Sunday night after the Broncos defensive coordinator was taken from the sideline on a backboard during the team's 27-19 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Phillips was knocked to the ground during cornerback Bradley Roby's interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. He was strapped to a backboard following the play as a precaution and taken to a local hospital.

"Everything I've heard is he's great," Gary Kubiak said. "He's fine, he's upbeat, he watched the end of the game. We've been in contact with Lori, his wife. He talked to me before he left the field."

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos

Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott Will Start Against Browns

Oct 31, 2016 7:46 AM

Dak Prescott will start for the Dallas Cowboys against the Cleveland Browns next week.

"Tony's [Romo] not ready to play," Jerry Jones said after the Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime on Sunday night.

Tony Romo has had one limited practice since suffering a compression fracture in his back Aug. 25 against the Seattle Seahawks, throwing in the scout-team 7-on-7 drills.

Romo should do more in practice this week.

"That's subject to Jason Garrett making the decision, but as far as the health issue is concerned of Tony, there's no need in pushing it that fast," Jones said of a possible return to game action this week. "That's more about Tony's health than any of the other issues we want to all give."

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

Santa Clara Threatening To Take Over Levi's Stadium Operations

Oct 30, 2016 9:07 PM

Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor told NBC Bay Area that if the 49ers do not agree to turn over financial documents disclosing how they spent taxpayer money, the city may be forced to take over stadium operations.

"If they don't cure the breach, we are going to take steps to take back management of the stadium," Gillmor told NBC Bay Area.

An audit presented to the Santa Clara City Council on Thursday showed that the 49ers organization has not shared budget documents with the city — something that is required by the stadium contract. An independent auditor told NBC that taxpayer funds may have been used to "reseed the field several times."

On Sunday, the 49ers fired back in a statement of their own:

"The Mayor's accusations that money is going from the City's General Fund into the stadium are false and irresponsible. As the Mayor surely knows, since she voted for the agreements, the stadium does not use general fund money. In fact, funds are flowing into the General Fund from the stadium. The 49ers Stadium Management Company has generated over $5.5 million for the City's General Fund over the last two years, plus an additional $2 million in fees to the City. On top of that, another $2 million has also gone to the Discretionary Fund.

"The successful management of Levi's Stadium by the 49ers Stadium Management Company has allowed the Santa Clara Stadium Authority to reduce its outstanding debt by over $200 million since opening, and fund over $16 million in cash reserves. Those figures do not even include the significant increase in sales and hotel tax revenues generated by the stadium, hotels and other local businesses that will contribute to the Santa Clara General Fund on an annual basis as a direct result of the ongoing operation of Levi's Stadium."

Katie Dowd/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: San Francisco 49ers

Cam Newton To Contact Roger Goodell About No-Calls

Oct 30, 2016 8:04 PM

Cam Newton said he plans to talk to Roger Goodell about the no-calls he has been receiving on what appear to be hits to the head.

"It's really taking the fun out of the game for me -- honestly, it really is," Newton said. "At times, I don't even feel safe. Enough is enough. I plan on talking to commissioner Goodell about this. It's not fun, and I don't know what I have to do."

Newton said the breaking point came in the second half of the Panthers' 30-20 victory over Arizona on Sunday when he took a hard shot to the knees. 

"I could have torn an ACL. That was the breaking point for me," Newton said.

Newton used the words "bullcrap" and "horsecrap" in reference to his conviction that officials aren't making calls when he's hit in the pocket. Newton said other quarterbacks in the league get those calls more often.

"I showed a lot of frustration today, and I apologize to the referee I was talking to. But I don't think there's a person that can go through what I go through and keep their head, you know what I'm saying? Hits to the head, that's one thing, but when you're not protected in the pocket, that's another thing. It became the story of my life ever since I came in; it's always, 'Oh, we missed that, I'm sorry.' That's bullcrap -- that's bullcrap."

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers

Michael Bennett Undergoes Surgery, Could Sign Extension With Seahawks

Oct 30, 2016 4:38 PM

Michael Bennett will miss between two and three weeks following surgery for a cartilage issue. Bennett has been tremendously durable during his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks.

Long considered one of the most undervalued players in the NFL, Bennett is currently playing on the four-year, $32 million deal he signed back in 2014. 

Bennett and the Seahawks could discuss an extension in the coming weeks.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Injury, Misc Rumor

Josh Gordon Exits Rehab Facility, Hopes To Resume NFL Career

Oct 30, 2016 4:32 PM

Josh Gordon has been released from his rehab facility in New Hampshire where he spent the past 30 days.

It is said to be the most intensive treatment that he has gone through, and Gordon is doing "a lot better," one source said.

Gordon is now waiting for the NFL to determine whether he can rejoin the Cleveland Browns. For the time being, Gordon remains suspended, and it's unclear whether the league plans to reinstate him.

The Browns have moved on from Gordon and are looking to trade him.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor, Suspension, Trade Rumor

Chiefs Lose Alex Smith, Spencer Ware To Concussions

Oct 30, 2016 4:25 PM

Alex Smith and Spencer Ware left the Kansas City Chiefs' Week 8 game against the Colts due to concussions.

Smith left the game in the first quarter to be checked for a possible concussion. He returned later in the half after being cleared. Smith eventually left for good when pushed to the turf in the third quarter at the end of a scramble.

Ware played the first half but didn't return to the game after that. 

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Injury

Texans Urge Brock Osweiler To Relax, Target DeAndre Hopkins

Oct 30, 2016 1:36 PM

The Houston Texans still believe in Brock Osweiler, but they want to help him get comfortable in the new offense.

Specifically, the Texans want Osweiler to relax and target playmaker DeAndre Hopkins more.

Hopkins has consistently thrived for the Texans despite up-and-down quarterback play from a number of different starters in his career.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Tags: Houston Texans

Eagles Still Exploring Trade For Wide Receiver
The Eagles have been linked to Torrey Smith of the 49ers.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Ezekiel Elliott Could Face Suspension For Domestic Violence Incident
Ezekiel Elliott could face a lengthy suspension if the NFL's current investigation finds he has violated the league's domestic abuse policy, according to sources.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Jaguars Fire Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson
Quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett will take over playcalling duties.

Mike DiRocco/ESPN

Ben Roethlisberger Asked Tom Brady For Jersey After Week 7 Game
Ben Roethlisberger had never asked another NFL player for his jersey until the Steelers played the Patriots last Sunday.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Darrelle Revis Admits His Body Is 'Breaking Down'
Darrelle Revis has admitted that age is beginning to catch up with him on the football field.

Nick Shook/NFL

Clay Matthews Fined $18,231 For Hit That Broke Hoyer's Arm
Ryan Matthews led with the crown of his helmet on the hit.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Jamaal Charles Out For Week 8 With Knee Soreness
Spencer Ware has 35.9 percent of Kansas City's total yards in 2016.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Michael Bennett Out For Week 8, Might Need Surgery
Michael Bennett hasn't missed a game since joining the Seahawks in 2013.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

C.J. Anderson Placed On IR, Likely Out For 2016
C.J. Anderson had a minor arthroscopic procedure to repair the meniscus in his right knee Thursday.


Aldon Smith Has Applied For Reinstatement
Aldon Smith's one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy ends Nov. 17.

Vic Tafur/San Francisco Chronicle

Vikings, Brad Childress Deny Claim Of Past Bounty System
The Vikings and former coach Brad Childress have denied allegations that the team had a bounty system in 2008-09 that was similar to the one allegedly run by the Saints.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Jaguars Won't Make Coaching Change After Latest Loss
The Jaguars won't make a coaching change despite back-to-back embarrassing losses.

Mike DiRocco/ESPN

C.J. Anderson To Undergo Surgery On Right Knee
C.J. Anderson is out indefinitely.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Glover Quin Investing 70 Percent Of His NFL Salary
Glover Quin and his family lived on the remaining 30 percent, approximately $6,000 per month and $72,000 per year over the first three seasons of his career.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Goodell: NFL Has Made 'Tremendous Progress' On Domestic Violence
Roger Goodell believes the NFL is moving in the right direction on handling issues of domestic violence despite significant public criticism on the Josh Brown case.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Texans Fan Starts GoFundMe Page To Buy Out Brock Osweiler
Brock Osweiler has played poorly in his first half-season with the Texans and fans are already having buyer's remorse.

Dan Hanzus/NFL

No Truth To Alshon Jeffery Trade Rumors
Don't expect Alshon Jeffery to be moved ahead of the Nov. 1 trade deadline.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Jordan Matthews: Wentz-Prescott Could Be New Manning-Brady
When the Eagles and Cowboys face off on Sunday night, rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott will be on center stage.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

C.J. Anderson To Have Knee Evaluated, Will Miss Time
C.J. Anderson missed practice on Wednesday to have his right knee evaluated to determine how much time the Broncos running back will miss.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Jaguars Owner Met With Players, Coaches After Loss To Raiders
Shad Khan met with Jaguars players and coaches on Monday night in the wake of his 54th loss since he purchased the team in 2011, according to sources.

Mike DiRocco/ESPN