October 2017 - Football Wiretap

Browns' Trade For A.J. McCarron Rejected By NFL Due To Late Submission

Oct 31, 2017 7:01 PM

The NFL rejected a submitted trade of A.J. McCarron from the Cincinnati Bengals to the Cleveland Browns.

The Bengals notified the league of the proposed trade at 3:55 p.m. ET, and the Browns notified the league shortly after 4 p.m. ET. Because the Browns were late, the league denied the trade. 

The Browns protested the NFL's decision but it was rejected.

The proposed compensation for McCarron would have been a second- and third-round pick in 2018.

The Bengals also tried to trade McCarron in the offseason.

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Bills Acquire Kelvin Benjamin From Panthers

Oct 31, 2017 4:16 PM

The Buffalo Bills have acquired Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Russell Wilson Renegotiates Contract For Duane Brown Trade

Oct 31, 2017 11:49 AM

Russell Wilson renegotiated his contract to allow the Seattle Seahawks to trade for Duane Brown.

Wilson converted $6.26 million of his salary to a bonus and prorated it over the remaining three years to create $4.1 million in room. Wilson was immediately paid $6.26 million instead of receiving it over the rest of the season.

Brown gives Wilson his best left tackle in several seasons.

Andrew Brandt/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

Dolphins Willing To Trade Jarvis Landry

Oct 31, 2017 10:56 AM

The Miami Dolphins traded away Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles and could make another big deal before the deadline as Jarvis Landry is available.

"Jarvis Landry is available for the right compensation. Not giving him away though," wrote Armando Salguero.

Landry and the Dolphins have been unable to agree upon a long-term contract.

Armando Salguero/Miami Herald

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Bill Belichick Thought He Could Win Super Bowl With Jimmy Garoppolo

Oct 31, 2017 10:39 AM

While Tom Brady wants to continue playing until he's 45, the timeline of how much longer Bill Belichick will remain head coach of the New England Patriots is less certain.

Belichick's friends give him two or three more years, which would be long enough to ensure his two sons, Stephen and Brian, are secure in their jobs as Patriots' assistants.

Belichick even told friends for the past year that he wanted to coach Garoppolo as a starter and he was confident he could win a Super Bowl with him.

The Patriots traded Garoppolo to the 49ers before the deadline, which was a move that surprised people close to Belichick, Tom Brady and Garoppolo.

Tom Junod and Seth Wickersham/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott 'Victim Of Over-Correction' By Goodell

Oct 31, 2017 10:16 AM

Jerry Jones continued to defend Ezekiel Elliott against the NFL's decision to suspend him for six games after they lost a judge's ruling on Monday.

"With the knowledge I have, the circumstances aren't treating [Zeke] fair," said Jones.

Elliott is a "victim of an over-correction" by Roger Goodell, according to Jones.

Jon Machota/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

Eagles Acquire Jay Ajayi From Dolphins

Oct 31, 2017 9:26 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded a fourth round pick to the Miami Dolphins for Jay Ajayi.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jimmy Garoppolo Not Expected To Start In Week 9

Oct 31, 2017 8:20 AM

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to give Jimmy Garoppolo some time before they make him their starting quarterback.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo from the New England Patriots on Monday for a second-round draft pick.

San Francisco is 0-8 and will face the Arizona Cardinals this week. They have a bye in Week 11, which could mean we won't see Garoppolo behind center until Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Broncos Won't Commit To Trevor Siemian Going Forward

Oct 31, 2017 8:15 AM

The Denver Broncos won't commit to Trevor Siemian at quarterback after their third-straight turnover-filled loss.

After Denver's 29-19 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, Vance Joseph was asked if he would consider making a change at quarterback.

"I'm going to watch the film [Monday] night and [Tuesday], like most coaches would do, and see," Joseph said. "[Monday] our defense played winning football in my opinion, our offensive line blocked, we ran the ball for 177 [yards] and the pass pro was better. It all fell back to turning the ball over five times, that's insane."

According to a source, if the Broncos do make a change it will likely be to former first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

Ezekiel Elliott Loses Attempt At Injunction

Oct 30, 2017 11:40 PM

Ezekiel Elliott lost an attempt to block his six-game suspension Monday when U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied a request for a preliminary injunction after hearing arguments from the NFL and NFLPA.

With the ruling in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Elliott's six-game suspension would again be in effect and he would be ineligible to play until the Cowboys' game against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 17.

In her ruling, Judge Failla said "the NFLPA has failed to demonstrate a substantial question warranting the extraordinary remedy of injunctive relief or a balance of hardships that decidedly weighs in its favor."

Elliott received the six-game suspension on Aug. 11 for violating the league's personal conduct policy relating to domestic violence allegations by a former girlfriend. He was never charged with any crime by authorities who investigated the allegations.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Fantasy, Suspension

Texans Trade Duane Brown To Seahawks
John Schneider said the Seahawks are inheriting Duane Brown's current deal from Houston, which runs through 2018.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

49ers Acquire Jimmy Garoppolo From Patriots For 2nd Rounder
The 49ers owned two second round draft picks in 2018 and traded their own to the Patriots.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Pete Carroll Refuted Trade Rumor Directly To Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham is making $7.9 million this season, which would be a lot of money for a new team to take on.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Jaguars Interested In Trading For Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson hasn't played in an NFL game since January of 2016.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Surgeons Working To Save Zach Miller's Leg
Vascular surgeons were called in to repair Zach Miller's leg, which includes grafting tissue from the other leg to repair the damaged artery.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Ezekiel Elliott Confident He'll Play Remainder Of Season
Ezekiel Elliott will be in New York on Monday to attend a preliminary injunction hearing that could decide whether he remains on the field for the rest of the season or is forced to miss the next six

Todd Archer/ESPN

Andrew Luck Seeking More Opinions On Shoulder
Andrew Luck is seeking more opinions to figure out why his surgically repaired shoulder is "not progressing as expected," according to a Colts source.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Matt Forte Questions Play-Calling After Jets' Third-Straight Loss
Matt Forte questioned the team's play-calling after the Jets saw their losing streak hit three games on Sunday.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Colin Kaepernick Hasn't Been Invited To Discussions With NFL
Colin Kaepernick hasn't been invited to meet with the NFL.

Jeremy Stahl/Slate

Two Teams Approach Lions On Trading For Rights To Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson announced his retirement in March of 2016.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Seahawks Have Discussed Duane Brown Trade With Texans
The Seahawks have a need at left tackle and Duane Brown recently ended his holdout.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jerry Jones Leading Group Of 17 Blocking Roger Goodell's Extension
The NFL needs 24 owners to approve the replacement of Roger Goodell and owners are skeptical there would be enough support for it.

Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter/ESPN

Video: Top-10 Prospects For 2018 NFL Draft
With the college football season past the halfway point, the top-10 prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft are coming into focus.

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Matt Nagy Could Be Colts' Top Coaching Candidate
Matt Nagy is currently offensive coordinator of the Chiefs under Andy Reid.

Tom Pelissero/USA Today

Jaguars Acquire Marcell Dareus From Bills For 2018 6th Rounder
Marcell Dareus is a two-time Pro Bowler at defensive tackle.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Texans' Players Considered Walkout In Response To McNair's Comments
The Texans' players were upset about comments made by Bob McNair.

Aaron Wilson/Houston Chronicle

B. McNair Apologizes For 'We Can't Have Inmates Running Prison' Remark
Bob McNair made the remark during last week's meeting between a group of owners and players about ongoing protests during the national anthem.


TV Execs Voice Concern On How NFL 'Lurches From Crisis To Crisis'
A recent Morning Consult poll revealed that the NFL's net favorability has dropped to 11 percent from a high of 56 percent in May.

Seth Wickersham, Don Van Natta Jr./ESPN

Aaron Rodgers Has '13 Screws' In Collarbone
Aaron Rodgers is in a sling after breaking his collarbone two weeks ago against the Vikings.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Steelers Don't Want To Run Sneaks For Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger wants to run more quarterback sneaks at the goal line, but the Steelers don't want to put him in harm's way.

Chris Adamski/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review