February 2016 - Football Wiretap

Jeff Fisher, Rams Discussing Extension

Feb 29, 2016 7:46 PM

Jeff Fisher and the Los Angeles Rams are discussing a contract extension.

Fisher has just one season remaining on his current contract.

Members of Fisher's coaching staff are also in talks about possible extensions. The deals are not yet finalized but the expectation is that they will get done.

Fisher took over as Rams coach in 2012, signing a five-year deal worth about $35 million after a year away from football. 

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

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Jaelen Strong Arrested On Marijuana Possesssion Charge

Feb 29, 2016 7:44 PM

Jaelen Strong was arrested on a marijuana charge over the weekend in Scottsdale.

Strong was riding in a black Maserati when police observed that there was no visible license plate and conducted a traffic stop.

According to the report, when officers made contact with Randall they detected a strong marijuana odor "coming from the inside of the vehicle."

"All of the occupants were questioned about the odor, if they had marijuana in their possession, and if they had a medical marijuana card," according to the police synopsis. "Strong admitted that he was possession of some marijuana and advised that he did not have a medical marijuana card."

The Houston Texans later released this statement:

"The Houston Texans are aware of the incident regarding WR Jaelen Strong in Scottsdale, Ariz. We are disappointed in the choices Jaelen made to put himself in this situation. We will have no further comment at this time."

Tyler Dragon/NFL.com

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Bears Use Non-Exclusive Tag On Alshon Jeffery

Feb 29, 2016 4:30 PM

The Chicago Bears will use the non-exclusive tag on Alshon Jeffery.

The Bears and Jeffery have been unable to agree upon a long-term deal.

The two sides can still agree upon a long-term deal by July 15th.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Report: Peyton Manning To Announce Retirement

Feb 29, 2016 2:17 PM

Peyton Manning will announce his retirement by the end of the week, according to two sources.

Manning will turn 40 on March 24th.

The Denver Broncos would like to move on from Manning and it's implausible for him to sign with another team for one season.

Woody Paige/Denver Post

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

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Jets To Use Franchise Tag On Muhammad Wilkerson

Feb 29, 2016 2:15 PM

The New York Jets will use their franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson.

Wilkerson has been one of the NFL's best defensive linemen since he was a first round pick in 2011.

If Wilkerson plays under the one-year franchise tender, he'll make $15.7 million in 2016.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Colts Moving On From Matt Hasselbeck, Will Have Josh Freeman As Backup

Feb 29, 2016 2:14 PM

The Indianapolis Colts won't bring back Matt Hasselbeck in 2016.

Hasselbeck was 5-3 as a starter last season, helping the Colts stay in the playoff picture without Andrew Luck.

The Colts plan on having Josh Freeman serve as the backup at quarterback to Luck next season.

ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Tom Brady Signs Extension With Patriots Through 2019

Feb 29, 2016 12:25 PM

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season.

Brady had two years left on his contract, paying him $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017. Brady's salary-cap charge for 2016 was scheduled to be a team-high $15 million, and the extension will likely lower that number.

 

Brady turns 39 in August, and the new deal gives him the chance to play into his 40s, something he has expressed an interest in doing.

Dianna Russini/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Von Miller Unlikely To Reach Long-Term Deal With Broncos By Deadline

Feb 28, 2016 12:18 PM

Von Miller is not expected to reach a long-term deal with the Denver Broncos before Tuesday's deadline for teams to use franchise tags.

If no deal is reached, Miller would get the Broncos' franchise tag.

The Broncos and representatives for Miller have been trying to negotiate a long-term deal. Executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway met with Miller's agent, Joby Branion, on Friday at the combine.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Chargers Open To Trading Down From No. 3

Feb 28, 2016 11:56 AM

The San Diego Chargers are open to trading down from the third overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Chargers don't have a young quarterback but Philip Rivers signed an extension last offseason.

San Diego hasn't owned such a high pick since 2004 when they had the top overall pick and traded away Eli Manning in a deal for Rivers.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Paxton Lynch 'Spooking' Teams With Shoulder Issue

Feb 27, 2016 1:53 PM

The medical records of Paxton Lynch have caused some teams to get "spooked" over his shoulder.

"I had an issue with my left knee and my right knee and an issue with my AC joint. When I hurt my AC joint back in my redshirt sophomore year of college in Cincinnati, I didn't realize that I had, I think they said it was just a small fracture in my clavicle," Lynch said. "So that popped up on the X-ray, but it was healed. But there was just some like piece of the bone I guess just floating around in there. So it spooked a team or two, I think, and that's why they requested the MRIs and all that.

"But I mean I didn't miss a game or a practice or a single throw 'cause of it, and none of those injuries bother me today. I'm 100 percent, so I was more than willing to do what they need me to do."

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

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Tony Romo Expected To Have Plate Implanted In Collarbone
Tony Romo is expected to undergo surgery within the next two weeks.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Joe Flacco, Ravens Working On Restructured Contract
A new deal could reduce Joe Flacco's cap number by as much as $9 million.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Pete Carroll, Seahawks Negotiating Extension
Pete Carroll is entering the final season of a three-year deal he signed after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Anthony Davis Applies For Reinstatement To NFL
The 49ers own the rights to Anthony Davis and he does intend to play for them again.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Eagles Listening To Trade Offers For DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray remains unhappy with the Eagles but trading him will be difficult.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

NFL Sets 2016 Salary Cap At $155.27M
The NFL has set their salary cap for the 2016 season at $155.27 million.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Washington Holding Robert Griffin III Trade Talks With Multiple Teams
Washington picked up Robert Griffin III's $16.15 million option for 2016.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Washington To Use Tag On Kirk Cousins
The franchise tag for the quarterback position would be worth $19.6 million while the transition tag would be worth $17.5 million.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

NFL Discussing Reducing Preseason To Three Games
The Packers will play five preseason games this year because of its participation in the annual Hall of Fame Game.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Jamaal Charles Remains Part Of Chiefs' Plans
The Chiefs could have saved $5.3 million, with no dead money, by cutting Jamaal Charles.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Ravens Use Franchise Tag On Justin Tucker
Justin Tucker will earn a salary of $4.5 million if he plays under the franchise tag.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Colin Kaepernick Seeks Trade From 49ers
Jed York and Trent Baalke appeared to purposely alienate Colin Kaepernick midway through the 2015 season after a 2-6 start.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Chip Kelly Excited About Colin Kaepernick
Chip Kelly is accustomed to getting questions about Colin Kaepernick as he received it multiple times during a tour of military bases last week in Europe, Africa and Afghanistan.

Cam Inman/San Jose Mercury News

Browns Hint Josh Gordon Will Be Welcomed Back
Josh Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Jason Pierre-Paul Files Suit Against Adam Schefter, ESPN
Jason Pierre-Paul has filed a lawsuit against Adam Schefter and ESPN for posting his medical records on Twitter.

Kevin Draper/Deadspin

Bears, 49ers, Giants, Rams, Raiders Amongst Teams With Most Space
The Bears, Jaguars, Rams, Giants, Raiders, 49ers and Buccaneers have the most cap flexibility in the NFL heading into the offseason.

ESPN

Chiefs, Eagles, Broncos Considered Top Spots For Robert Griffin
Robert Griffin III will be released by Washington by March 9th.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Eagles Release DeMeco Ryans
The Eagles will save $3.5 million with the release of DeMeco Ryans.

Phil Sheridan/ESPN

Peter King Earns $1.2M Per Year
Peter King runs his own spinoff site under the Sports Illustrated umbrella called the Monday Morning Quarterback.

Shane Newell/Peninsula Press

Buccaneers Optimistic On Re-Signing Doug Martin
Doug Martin had an outstanding season in 2015, rushing for 1,402 yards in his walk year.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk