March 2016 - Football Wiretap

Vernon Davis Signs With Washington

Mar 31, 2016 4:44 PM

Vernon Davis has agreed to a one-year deal with Washington.

In 10 seasons, Davis has caught 461 passes. Davis finished last season with 38 receptions for 395 yards with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos.

Washington particularly likes the blocking ability of Davis.

Scot McCloughan drafted Davis while with the 49ers.

"He's in great shape. He's a football player and is one of those guys that has never really been injured because his genetics is so incredible," McCloughan said during the NFL owners meetings on March 22. "He can block, he can run, he catches."

John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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J.J. Watt Had Five Torn Core Muscles During 2015

Mar 31, 2016 4:42 PM

J.J. Watt had five partially or fully torn muscles in his core area during the 2015 season.

Watt underwent surgery on both sides of his body.

Watt had partially torn left and right abdominals and a partially torn right adductor longus. He also had a fully torn left adductor longus and a fully torn left adductor pectineus, which are two of the three muscles that connect the pelvic bone to the left thigh bone.

Watt broke his hand on Dec. 9 and played three games with a club cast.

Watt didn't miss any games due to injuries.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans, Injury

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Chiefs Sign Spencer Ware To Two-Year Extension

Mar 31, 2016 12:46 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Spencer Ware to a two-year extension worth $3.6 million in 2017 and 2018.

The deal can be worth up to $9.6 million based on yards and touchdowns.

Ware gives the Chiefs depth at running back.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Chip Kelly Alienated Eagles' Scouts Almost Immediately

Mar 30, 2016 3:33 PM

Howie Roseman took responsibility for the Philadelphia Eagles' decision to select Marcus Smith in the first round of 2014, but the decision sparked a feud that eventually ended with Chip Kelly's firing.

Roseman and the Eagles' scouting department had minimal input over the three drafts during Chip Kelly's tenure as head coach.

"Right before that draft, the scouts set the board," the person said Tuesday. "Then Chip got a hold of it and totally turned it around. Scouts had no say at all in that draft. Anybody that Chip didn't want, that player's card got removed from the board and thrown in the trash. Those guys were never even in the discussion.

"Almost immediately, you had a lot of scouts looking around and wondering, 'Why am I even working? Why the hell are we even here?' We put all of this work in, put the information in and Chip changed everything and took whoever he wanted to take."

The source said Kelly's unorthodox approach to draft night immediately alienated several members of the front office and scouting department.

Kelly and Tom Gamble had a semi-functional collaboration. 

"The Eagles brought in some of Tom's guys to make some changes in the scouting department, and Howie's guys were kind of pushed aside a little bit," the person said. "Howie really wasn't listened to. Chip would listen to Gamble, but he wouldn't listen to Howie. It just wasn't a good relationship.

"Everything hit the fan after that (2014) season. Chip left town almost immediately. Howie fired [Gamble] and then Chip gets hold of it, comes right back to the building and put his foot down [to owner Jeffrey Lurie].

"I knew right there it was the beginning of the end for Chip. He did everything he wanted. He had to win and win big to hold onto his job after that season. Meanwhile, Howie was away from personnel decisions, preparing to be back in charge, if that chance ever came."

Matt Lombardo/NJ Advance Media

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers

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Mark Ingram Agrees To Restructured Contract With Saints

Mar 30, 2016 2:30 PM

Mark Ingram and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a restructured contract.

Ingram was slated to make $3 million in base salary in 2016; now he'll make $765,000, with the remaining $2.235 million converted to signing bonus.

Ingram's salary cap number would grow by $745,000 in 2017 and 2018. His cap number will now be $5.245 million in 2017 and $6.245 in 2018.

Evan Woodbery/Times-Picayune

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

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Jared Goff Working Out For 49ers

Mar 30, 2016 11:54 AM

Jared Goff will work out for the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday.

Chip Kelly was also present for Goff's pro day at Cal two weeks ago.

The 49ers own the seventh overall pick.

Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert currently remain on the 49ers' depth chart at quarterback.

NFL.com

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Chargers Believe They Can Build Downtown San Diego Stadium By 2022

Mar 30, 2016 11:53 AM

Officials from the San Diego Chargers believe they can build a new football stadium downtown to be ready by 2022.

The stadium would be municipally owned by a new Joint Powers Authority, which would be created to run the stadium and all non-football entertainment events, including concerts, the report said.

The proposed 65,000-seat downtown stadium would call for the Chargers to apply $650 million in private funding toward the new venue, which would include a $300 million contribution from the NFL.

The Chargers previously said the downtown venue would "create an unparalleled entertainment and sports district" to host Super Bowls and provide a home for Comic-Con.

If the ballot measure for a new stadium fails, the Chargers could join the Los Angeles Rams in a stadium in Inglewood scheduled to open in 2019.

ABC 10 News

Tags: San Diego Chargers

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Buccaneers Would Like To Trade Or Extend Mike Glennon

Mar 30, 2016 11:41 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would like to either extend the contract of Mike Glennon or trade him.

Glennon is one of the NFL's better backups at quarterback.

"We're open to discuss things, we have been open, we've been talking to a lot of teams," Jason Licht told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio last week. "That's dwindled now to a few teams. We're still talking.

"At some point we're going to make a decision whether or not we're going to keep him. He's a super asset for us now. And when I say keep him, keep him now -- try to keep him long-term, extend him for a couple years. Having a backup quarterback that we think has starting ability is a huge asset for us."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Karlos Dansby To Sign With Bengals

Mar 29, 2016 2:44 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals will sign Karlos Dansby.

Despite plenty of time in the 3-4 defense, Dansby will find work in Cincy's 4-3 scheme. 

While Rey Maualuga and Vincent Rey are under contract at middle linebacker, Dansby is an upgrade over A.J. Hawk for a defense that also must account for Vontaze Burfict's three-game suspension.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Ted Wells' Firm Demands Retraction From NY Times On Behalf Of NFL

Mar 29, 2016 2:22 PM

The law firm of Ted Wells has sent a letter to the New York Times demanding a retraction of their story linking the NFL to the tobacco industry.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison sent the letter on behalf of the NFL and Wells is a partner in the firm.

Wells was the "independent" deflate-gate investigator. 

There were two key parts to that Times story, which centered around the long-running concussion controversy. One was that the NFL used flawed concussion research from 1996 through 2001, omitting more than 100 concussions in its findings. 

The other important part of The Times' story was the supposed connection to the tobacco industry, and that is what seemed to draw most of the NFL's ire. 

Times sports editor Jason Stallman told Politico that he sees "no reason to retract anything."

Frank Schwab/Yahoo! Sports

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49ers To Keep Colin Kaepernick Unless They're 'Blown Away' By Offer
Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million base salary will be fully guaranteed for 2016 on April 1st.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Jets Lead NFL In QBs Selected In Draft Since 1999
The Jets have drafted the most quarterbacks in the entire NFL since 1999 with 10.

Cork Gaines/Business Insider

Packers Sign Jared Cook To One-Year, $3.6M Deal
Jared had 142 receptions for 1,786 yards and eight touchdowns at tight end over the past three seasons for the Rams.

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Nick Fairley Signs With Saints
Nick Fairley spent last season with the Rams.

Jared Dubin/CBS Sports

Hue Jackson Completely Believes In Browns' Experimental Front Office
Hue Jackson joined the Browns as head coach after serving as offensive coordinator of the Bengals.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Husain Abdullah Retires With Health Concerns As Primary Factor
Husain Abdullah suffered five concussions in his seven-year career.

ESPN

Arian Foster Meeting With Dolphins
Lamar Miller signed with the Texans this offseason, the former team of Arian Foster.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Saints Match Josh Hill's Offer Sheet With Bears
Josh Hill's deal is worth up to $7.5 million over three years, with $3.25 million guaranteed.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Jim Caldwell Expects Breakout Season From Ameer Abdullah
Ameer Abdullah received a lot of hype in the preseason but couldn't maintain a consistent level of production in the regular season.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Matthew Stafford Could See NFL Wearing On Calvin Johnson
Matthew Stafford admitted duplicating Calvin Johnson's explosiveness and production would be difficult.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Washington 'Gambling' On Matt Jones As No. 1 Running Back
Washington is prepared to have Matt Jones carry most of the load at running back.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

NFL Buys Ads On New York Times To Provide Rebuttal To Report
Ads were even displayed on the very article in question itself.

Nick Niedzwiadek/New York Times

Chip Kelly 'Impressed' By Improvement Of Blaine Gabbert
Chip Kelly has consistently spoken highly of Colin Kaepernick, but he's also praised the improvement of Blaine Gabbert.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Jets, Browns No Longer Interested In Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick is left with the Broncos as his only remaining logical suitor.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

NFL's PAC Has Given Money To Lawmakers Investigating Concussions
Michigan Republican Fred Upton, the committee chair, announced in December lawmakers would conduct a broad review of concussion research this year.

Elliott Almond/Mercury News

Nate Washington Signs With Patriots
Nate Washington caught 47 passes on 95 targets last season for 658 yards after signing a one-year deal with Houston.

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Robert Griffin III Signs Two-Year Deal With Browns
Robert Griffin was the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year and has since struggled with injuries.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

NFL Omitted More Than 100 Concussions From Studies
Some retired players have likened the NFL's handling of its health crisis to that of the tobacco industry, which was notorious for using questionable science to play down the dangers of cigarettes.

Alan Schwarz, Walt Bogdanich, Jacqueline Williams/New York Times

Rueben Randle Signs One-Year Deal With Eagles
Rueben Randle had eight touchdown catches this past season, but only one game over 100 receiving yards.

ESPN

Roger Goodell Won't Return Patriots' Draft Picks
The NFL stripped the Patriots of a 2016 first-round draft choice and 2017 fourth-round draft choice.

Mike Reiss/ESPN