July 2017 - Football Wiretap

Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer Overworked Arm Before Last Season

Jul 20, 2017 9:52 AM

Bruce Arians says Carson Palmer dealt with a fatigued throwing arm last season.

Palmer had an up-and-down 2016 campaign.

"He's one of the hardest working dudes I've ever been around, so we have to pull the reins back on him," Arians told The Rich Eisen Show. "Last year, he came in to September, he had already wore his arm out by overthrowing all summer. We found a nice regimen, [and by] November and December he was playing as good as he's ever played."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Adam Jones Receives One-Game Suspension From NFL

Jul 21, 2017 2:15 PM

Adam Jones has been suspended one game by the NFL for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy.

Jones' suspension stems from his January arrest at a hotel in downtown Cincinnati. He allegedly pushed a security guard, poked him in the eye and refused to comply with law enforcement officers.

Jones pleaded guilty in May to the obstruction charge. He was sentenced to two days in jail, which had already been served.

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Suspension

Jets Agree To $22.3M Deal With No. 6 Pick Jamal Adams

Jul 21, 2017 8:31 AM

The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a four-year, fully-guaranteed $22.3 million deal with sixth overall pick Jamal Adams.

Adams will also receive a $14.3 million signing bonus.

Only four first-round picks from this year's NFL Draft remain unsigned.

Max Meyer/NFL

Tags: New York Jets, Draft, Misc Rumor, Signing

Cowboys Re-Sign Justin Durant

Jul 21, 2017 8:28 AM

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to re-sign veteran linebacker Justin Durant.

Durant played in 13 games last season for the Cowboys after he was signed just before the start of training camp.

The Cowboys are in need of depth at the position.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Panthers Agree To $45M Extension With Trai Turner

Jul 20, 2017 11:01 PM

The Carolina Panthers have agreed upon a four-year, $45 million extension with Trai Turner.

Turner will receive $20.5 million in guaranteed money and the deal also includes a $15 million signing bonus.

Turner was in talks with the team throughout the summer.

Turner was a third round pick in 2014 and is a two-time Pro Bowler.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor, Signing

Panthers Release Michael Oher

Jul 20, 2017 10:58 PM

The Carolina Panthers have released Michael Oher.

Oher has been in the NFL concussion protocol since last September.

Earlier in the day, he gave right guard Trai Turner a four-year, $45 million extension with $20.45 million guaranteed.

Oher is guaranteed $900,000 as part of injury protection benefits. His release saved the Panthers $1.69 million toward the salary cap. 

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Chris Johnson Re-Signs With Cardinals

Jul 20, 2017 8:13 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to sign Chris Johnson to a one-year deal.

Johnson was placed on injured reserve last season after suffering a groin injury in Week 4 that required surgery. He wasn't chosen by coach Bruce Arians to return late in the season, and he finished with 95 rushing yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.

Johnson will be David Johnson's backup.


Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Ike Taylor: 'Strong Possibility' Le'Veon Bell Holds Out

Jul 20, 2017 9:48 AM

Ike Taylor, a former teammate of Le'Veon Bell, believes there is a "strong possibility" the running back will hold out.

Bell is seeking a long-term deal from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have reportedly offered Bell a deal worth $12 million annually.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

Police Suspend Investigation Involving Ezekiel Elliott

Jul 20, 2017 9:42 AM

Police in Dallas have suspended their investigation into an alleged assault that reportedly involved Ezekiel Elliott, citing a lack of witnesses.

The Dallas Police Department said in a statement that it "made several attempts to contact the victim through various ways but at this time have not been able to make contact."

According to the police report, the incident occurred at a Dallas bar late Sunday night and left a 30-year-old man hospitalized with a nose injury.

An NFL official said earlier this week that the league is aware of the situation involving Elliott and "looking into it to understand the facts."


Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

James Conner Has NFL's Second-Best Selling Jersey

Jul 20, 2017 9:39 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie James Conner ranks No. 2 among all NFL players on the Dick's Sporting Goods' jersey report behind Tom Brady.

Conner captivated college football by overcoming Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015 while at Pitt.

The Steelers drafted the playmaker in the third round, No. 105 overall.

"It's a dream come true," Conner said about staying in Pittsburgh. "They gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, and they are going to get a hard worker and a great football player."

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Ravens Partner With Tech Firm To Practice Against Holographic Players
Virtual reality also could help reduce head trauma injuries, which are under increasing scrutiny by former players and the league.

Jeff Barker/Baltimore Sun

Le'Veon Bell Seeks Contract Of No. 1 RB + No. 2 WR
As Bill Barnwell points out, combining the money for both LeSean McCoy and Michael Crabtree would put Le'Veon Bell at $47.2 million over three seasons.

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Mike Williams May Need Season-Ending Back Surgery
The Chargers remain uncertain about when Mike Williams initially injured his back.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bears Sign Mitchell Trubisky
Mitchell Trubisky was the second overall pick.

RealGM Staff Report

Kirk Cousins' 2018 $34.5M Franchise Tag Would Be 20 Percent Of NFL Cap
Kirk Cousins is playing the 2017 at the franchise-tag salary of $23.94 million, which is 14.3 percent of the cap.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Kyle Juszczyk, Ndamukong Suh Have NFL's Most Outsized Contracts
Ndamukong Suh ranks second on Bill Barnwell's list at 80.4 percent over baseline.

Bill Barnwell/ESPN

Lions, Matthew Stafford Expected To Reach New Deal Soon
Matthew Stafford is entering the final year of a three-year, $53 million extension, but is expected to reach a new deal with the Lions soon.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Marty Hurney Meets With Panthers About GM Job
The Panthers fired Dave Gettleman and Marty Hurney is expected to be named the team's interim GM.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Lions' Armonty Bryant Suspended Four Games
The pass rusher was suspended twice last season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs (four games) and violating the league's policy on drugs of abuse (three games).


Matt Ryan Not Worried About Details Of Next Contract
Matt Ryan still has two seasons and $35 million remaining on his five-year, $103.75 million extension.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Washington Wanted Six-Year Deal With Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins was offered a six-year contract from Washington with four of those seasons not guaranteed, according to a source.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Le'Veon Bell On Lack Of Contract: I Just Gotta Get Better
The Steelers couldn't come to an agreement on a long-term deal with Le'Veon Bell before Monday's deadline.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Washington Offered Kirk Cousins $53M In Fully Guaranteed Money
Washington detailed their multi-year offer to Kirk Cousins this offseason after they were unable to come to an agreement.

John Keim/ESPN

Steelers Unable To Agree Upon Long-Term Deal With Le'Veon Bell
Next year, the Steelers can tag Le'Veon Bell again at around $14 million or re-sign him.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Out-Of-Home TV Ratings Could Reverse Signs Of NFL's Decline
Fox saw a 40 percent increase in viewership when factoring in out-of-home ratings.

John Ourand/Sports Business Journal

Philip Rivers Hopes To Play At Least Four More Seasons
Philip Rivers hopes to still be playing for the Chargers when they open their new stadium for the 2020 season.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Lions Invite Calvin Johnson To Training Camp
Calvin Johnson has expressed displeasure over the past few months with his departure from the club upon his retirement in March 2016.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Panthers Fire Dave Gettleman As GM
Dave Gettleman had been general manager of the Panthers since 2013.

RealGM Staff Report

Ezekiel Elliott Involved In Incident At Dallas Bar
A 30-year-old man said he was physically assaulted but could not identify who assaulted him.


Broncos, John Elway Making Progress On Deal
Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Broncos and John Elway are making progress toward an extension that would keep him in Denver for the foreseeable future.

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