December 2017 - Football Wiretap

John Mara Would Like Giants To Keep Eli Manning In 2018

Dec 13, 2017 3:24 PM

John Mara would like the New York Giants to bring back Eli Manning in 2018.

Manning was benched for one game this season before the Giants fired Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese.

Mara said, however, that the Giants' new general manager and head coach will be involved and that a quarterback could be drafted.

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Tags: New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Roger Goodell Will Retire As Commissioner After 2023 Season

Dec 13, 2017 12:48 PM

Roger Goodell's five-year extension to remain NFL commissioner will be his final deal.

Goodell will spend parts of the next five years working on identifying and grooming his successor. 

Goodell's deal expires after the 2023 season.

Goodell replaced Paul Tagliabue as commissioner in 2006. Tagliabue was 65 when he stepped down from his post and Goodell will be approximately the same age.

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Tags: Legal

Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Dec 13, 2017 12:30 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense after Week 14. In an indication of how much turnover there's been in parts of the NFL, none of those five teams (Rams, Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Chargers) made the playoffs in 2016.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Steelers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.

The Seahawks, who have consistently been one of the NFL's top teams in DVOA during the Russell Wilson era, are just outside the top-10 in both categories.

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Nick Foles: Eagles Won't Change Offense Without Carson Wentz

Dec 13, 2017 8:24 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles have no plans to alter their offense in the wake of Carson Wentz's season-ending ACL injury.

Doug Pederson and Nick Foles have both declared that no radical changes will be made.

"We're going to run this offense," Foles said. "Nothing is going to change. ... I've always been a gunslinger, just let it rip. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to play loose, count on the guys, lead this team. There's no other place I'd rather be. That's why I came back here."

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

Aaron Rodgers Says He's Cleared To Return

Dec 13, 2017 8:19 AM

Aaron Rodgers announced on Instagram Tuesday night that doctors have medically cleared him to return to the field for the Green Bay Packers.

On Monday, Mike McCarthy said Rodgers underwent tests to determine how much his surgically repaired right collarbone had healed.

"It's been a long road from that day to this, but I'm happy to say I've been medically cleared to return. Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks and a big thank you to Dr McKenzie and our incredible training staff," Rodgers wrote.

The Packers will face the Carolina Panthers this weekend. At 7-6, they remain in the NFC playoff picture.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Larry Johnson Fears He's Suffering From CTE

Dec 12, 2017 6:34 PM

Larry Johnson believe he is now suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disorder linked to more than 100 former football players.

Johnson is dealing with anxiety, paranoia, the occasional self-destructive impulse, which are consistent with CTE in past victims.

Johnson is now 38 years old and retired from the NFL in 2011.

Johnson set an NFL record in 2006 with 416 carries and was a two-time Pro Bowler.

Like Aaron Hernandez who suffered from CTE, Johnson has a history of erratic behavior and violence: He has been arrested six times, and several of the incidents involved Johnson physically assaulting women. 

“Blank spots” are what Johnson calls the empty spaces in his memory, and there are seemingly more of them every year.

Johnson says years ago he was diagnosed him with type-1 bipolar disorder, a condition he blames on head injuries.

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

NFL Projecting 2018 Salary Cap Between $174M-$178M

Dec 12, 2017 5:26 PM

The NFL is projecting a salary cap for 2018 between $174.2 million and $178.1 million.

The final number will be determined in the spring.

The salary cap for the 2017 came in at $167 million.

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Patriots To Sign Kenny Britt

Dec 12, 2017 4:02 PM

The New England Patriots are finalizing a deal to sign Kenny Britt.

Britt was released last week by the Cleveland Browns.

Britt gives the Patriots additional depth at wide receiver.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Aaron Rodgers, Packers Facing Difficult Decision On Week 15

Dec 12, 2017 1:19 PM

Aaron Rodgers' status for Week 15 remains uncertain.

Rodgers underwent the all-important first CT scan to determine how his fractured collarbone is healing on Monday, but there is not a definitive determination on his status.

Rodgers is pushing hard to play after he's practiced for the past two weeks.

The decision was described as a "risk/reward" proposition as it has yet to fully heal.

Rodgers chose a surgical procedure involving two plates and 13 screws as an aggressive way of accelerating healing and protecting his throwing shoulder. I

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Fantasy, Injury

Steelers Place Ryan Shazier On IR

Dec 12, 2017 1:13 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have played Ryan Shazier on the reserve/injured list due to a spinal injury he suffered last Monday.

Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6 in Pittsburgh, a surgery performed by UPMC neurosurgeons and Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon.

“Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during the remainder of this season,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “However, even off the field Ryan will continue to be one of our team leaders. We know his spirit and positive outlook will help him to continue in his recovery, as well as serve as an inspiration to our team.”

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Injury

Colts Violated NFL Policy By Sending Non-Players To Clear Snow
The Colts violated an NFL policy when they sent sideline personnel onto the field to remove snow from the area where a kick would be lined up in order to help Adam Vinatieri get better footing.

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NFL Won't Punish Seahawks For Actions Against Jaguars
No members of the Seahawks will be suspended for their actions at the end of Sunday's game against the Jaguars, according to a league official.


49ers Waiting Until Offseason To Discuss Contract With Jimmy Garoppolo
The 49ers can use the franchise tag on Jimmy Garoppolo, which means there is a lack of urgency on their end.

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Josh McCown Out For Season With Broken Hand
Bryce Petty will start for the Jets in place of Josh McCown to finish the season.

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Carson Wentz Has Torn ACL, Will Miss Rest Of Season
Carson Wentz suffered the injury while diving into the end zone in an eventual win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon.


LeSean McCoy: Trade By Eagles 'Was Wrong, Weird'
LeSean McCoy is on the verge of becoming the 30th player in NFL history to gain 10,000 yards rushing for his career.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Jameis Winston Denies Rift With Dirk Koetter
Jameis Winston is denying a report that a rift has developed with Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter.

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Ben Roethlisberger Becomes First QB With Three 500-Yard Games
Ben Roethlisberger threw for more than 500 yards against the Ravens on Sunday night, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to record three such games.


Verizon Signs $500M Annual Deal With NFL
The deal is worth an average of nearly $500 million, which nearly doubles the current $250 million per year Verizon is paying.

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Jerry Jones Attempted To Delay Goodell Extension By Six Months
Jerry Jones spent the past few weeks trying to build support to delay or derail Roger Goodell's contract.

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Eagles Fear Carson Wentz Tore ACL
Carson Wentz came up limping after absorbing multiple hits on a touchdown run that was negated by a holding penalty.

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C.J. Fiedorowicz May Retire Due To Recurring Concussions
C.J. Fiedorowicz's contract extension has a de-escalator if he's cut due to a pre-existing condition such as a concussion.

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Browns' Top Priority Is Finding Quarterback
The Browns have passed on opportunities to draft Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in successive drafts.

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Browns Release Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt has 18 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns this season.


Russell Wilson Believes He Has Edge With 'Limitless Mind'
Russell Wilson works with a brain coach, Trevor Moawad, a renowned mental trainer.

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Jets OC Endorses Josh McCown As Starter In 2018
Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the Jets for the remainder of the season and perhaps beyond that as well.

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Drew Brees Blames TNF For Saints' Injuries
Drew Brees was critical of playing on Thursday nights after the Saints lost six players to injury in a loss to the Falcons.

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Browns Hire John Dorsey As General Manager
John Dorsey has worked in NFL player personnel for 26 years.

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Michael Bennett, Alex Smith Headline 2017 Walter Payton Award Nominees
The NFL has released their list of nominees for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

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Josh Rosen Denies Report He's Made Decision On Declaring For Draft
Josh Rosen is expected to be a top pick in the draft if he declares.

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