May 2017 - Football Wiretap

Jonathan Stewart On Losing Carries To Christian McCaffrey: Who Cares?

May 31, 2017 9:06 AM

Jonathan Stewart isn't worried about losing carries to rookie Christian McCaffrey with the Carolina Panthers this coming season.

"Stop talking about that. Who cares?" Stewart said. "We want to win the Super Bowl, right? That's the bottom line. It's not about people getting carries. It's not about people getting catches or touchdowns.

"It's about what can you contribute to get us to the Super Bowl."

The Panthers used the eighth overall pick on McCaffery earlier this month.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

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Andy Dalton: A.J. Green Is 'Better Than 'He's Been'

May 31, 2017 9:02 AM

A.J. Green hasn't been slowed by the hamstring injury that prematurely ended his 2016 season during the Cincinnati Bengals' OTAs this month.

Green is entering his seventh season, but Andy Dalton believes he's ready to reach new heights.

"I would say he's better than he's been," Dalton said. "It's the best shape he's been in, probably. He's fast, he's big. He's been doing it all. Even if you said he was the same, that's really good."

Bengals

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Misc Rumor

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Matt Jones Wants Washington To Release Or Trade Him

May 31, 2017 8:56 AM

Matt Jones isn't in the Washington's plans, which is why he hasn't yet attended their voluntary workout sessions.

The running back wants to be released or traded. Washington has no plans to release Jones.

Jones opened the 2016 season as Washington's starter, rushing for 460 yards in the first seven games. He was sidelined by a knee injury, then lost his starting job to rookie free agent Rob Kelley. He was inactive for the team's final nine games.

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Tags: Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Torrey Smith: Colin Kaepernick Didn't Commit Crime

May 31, 2017 8:51 AM

Torrey Smith says his former teammate is being blackballed and treated more harshly than players in the league who have committed crimes.

New York Giants co-owner John Mara recently said that he received a number of "emotional" letters from fans saying that if any Giants players protest the way Kaepernick did, by kneeling during the national anthem, they would never come to another game.

"I heard he's one of the best owners in the league, so I don't want people to think I'm disrespecting this guy. I'm not," Smith said. "But it's just the fact that he commented about people, the fans, being mad about that but you just had a [kicker] on your team who you were trying to hold onto for dear life until it was too late."

Smith was referencing Josh Brown, whom the Giants re-signed despite a domestic violence allegation against him. They ultimately released Brown in October.

"People are accepting and willing to [forgive] people when they beat the hell out of women, sell drugs, do whatever and commit all kinds of crimes and you're able to forget that," said Smith, who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles. "I'm a believer in second chances. I believe in second chances for a guy like [Bengals rookie] Joe Mixon, even though I'm an advocate against domestic violence.

"But I think you have to be open-minded to know that [Kaepernick] did not commit a crime, he didn't hurt anybody, he didn't do anything. It was a protest, and now people are kind of locking him out or don't want to support anybody that's associated with him when you're willing to support people who beat women, do all kinds of other crazy things. It just doesn't make sense."

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Christian Kirksey Signs Four-Year, $38M Extension With Browns

May 30, 2017 7:27 PM

Christian Kirksey has agreed upon a four-year, $38 million extension with the Cleveland Browns.

The deal contains $20 million in guaranteed money.

Kirksey led the Browns in tackles last season.

Kirksey joins fellow linebacker Jamie Collins and guard Joel Bitonio as young players the team retained.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Derek Carr Won't Discuss Extension With Raiders During Camp

May 30, 2017 7:26 PM

Derek Carr has given the Oakland Raiders a deadline of training camp to discuss a contract extension.

Carr will break off talks and play the 2017 season under the final season of his rookie contract if the two sides are unable to agree upon an extension by the start of training camp.

"I wouldn't even answer my phone," Carr said Tuesday, following the Raiders' open-to-the-media OTA practice. "The money isn't the thing that drives me. ... What drives me is making sure I'm giving everything that I have with my abilities, and making sure that we win. And I don't want anything distracting my thought process at all.

"Now, that's not a jab, or anything like that. That's just me saying I'm not going to deal with anything that's not helping me just focus on winning."

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Seahawks Unlikely To Sign Colin Kaepernick

May 30, 2017 7:18 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are unlikely to sign Colin Kaepernick.

The Seahawks have been the only team to express interest in Kaepernick this offseason.

Despite starting last season for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick has received little to no interest in free agency.

Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season, but he's said he won't do so again in 2017.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Adam Vinatieri Has No Plans To Retire

May 30, 2017 9:52 AM

Adam Vinatieri is the oldest player in the NFL at age 44, but he has no plans to retire.

"Yeah, you know I still love the game as much as I ever have," Vinatieri said. "It's fun running out onto the field. It's much more fun playing in the playoffs. Cleaning out your locker the first week of January is not a whole lot of fun and it always leaves a lousy taste in your mouth. I still love running out onto the field. I still think I can help our team win games and why not keep going?"

The Indianapolis Colts' kicker turns 45 on December 28. By the end of the season, he'll become just the eighth player in NFL history to play at age 45.

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Cowboys Haven't Given Away Tony Romo's Locker

May 30, 2017 9:45 AM

The Dallas Cowboys have yet to give away Tony Romo's locker.

They also haven't assigned anyone his No. 9 jersey.

Jason Garrett has re-arranged the team's locker room, but even with a 90-man roster Romo's locker remains vacant.

The Cowboys don't retire numbers, but no one has worn Roger Staubach's 12 or Troy Aikman's 8.

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Michael Vick Hasn't Discussed One-Day Retirement Deal With Falcons

May 30, 2017 9:44 AM

Michael Vick has clarified recent statements regarding his retirement, saying he has not spoken with anyone from the Atlanta Falcons about signing a one-day contract to retire with the team.

"Well, I haven't talked to anybody about it specifically," Vick said. "It's something that I've really been thinking about trying to get done. I was asked the question the other day -- is that what I want -- and I said, 'Yeah.'

"So, yeah, I think in due time, it's something that can potentially happen."

Vick has maintained a close relationship with Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who invited him to attend the final regular-season game at the Georgia Dome.

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Chad Johnson: Roger Goodell 'Asked My Advice' On Celebration Rule
Chad Johnson says he's one of the reasons the NFL announced a looser policy on celebrations this week.

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Matt Asiata Signs One-Year Deal With Lions
Matt Asiata had an extended tryout with the team during rookie minicamp two weeks ago and the Lions didn't initially sign him.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Dirk Koetter Apologizes For '28-3' Shot At Falcons
Dirk Koetter has apologized after the Buccaneers tweeted a '28-3' joke to the Falcons.

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LeSean McCoy Excited To Catch Passes In New Offensive System
The Bills are implementing a new offense and LeSean McCoy is excited to catch more passes.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Chip Kelly Joins ESPN As Analyst
Chip Kelly will primarily be part of ESPN2's college football coverage, though he'll also provide NFL analysis on Sundays.

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Victor Cruz Signs One-Year Deal With Bears
Victor Cruz is 2 years removed from major knee surgery.

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Andrew Hawkins Agrees To One-Year Deal With Patriots
Andrew Hawkins most recently made headlines by earning his master's degree from Columbia with a 4.0 GPA.

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Richard Sherman Envisioned Himself Playing For Cowboys, Patriots
Richard Sherman believes Pete Carroll hasn't held Russell Wilson or many young Seahawks to the standard of their defense.

Seth Wickersham/ESPN

Ezekiel Elliott Injures Head In 'Minor Car Accident'
Ezekiel Elliott didn't participate in practice Tuesday or Wednesday after he suffered a head injury in a "minor car accident" on Sunday night, the Cowboys announced.

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Kirk Cousins On Long-Term Deal: We'll See What Happens In July
Kirk Cousins says he's in a "good place" with his current contract with Washington.

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John Elway Confident He'll Sign Extension By Week 1
John Elway is entering the final year of his contract with the Broncos, but he's confident that a new deal will be signed before the start of the 2017 season.

Associated Press

Brock Osweiler On Starting: 'Proof Is In The Film'
Brock Osweiler is convinced that he's a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Browns Add Ryan Grigson To Front Office
The Browns have hired Ryan Grigson as Senior Personnel Executive.

RealGM Staff Report

Ben Roethlisberger: It Doesn't Matter How Close I Came To Retiring
Ben Roethlisberger said he's "110 percent committed" to 2017, but made zero promises about the future.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Super Bowl LV Moved To Tampa; L.A. To Host SB LVI
The NFL is delaying the Super Bowl's return to Los Angeles.

Austin Knoblauch/NFL

Seahawks To Work Out Colin Kaepernick
The Seahawks are scheduled to work out some veteran quarterbacks and Colin Kaepernick is slated to be among them, according to sources.

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Patriots Restructure Rob Gronkowski's Deal To Include Big Incentives
The Patriots have restructured Rob Gronkowski's contract for the 2017 season, giving him the chance to become the NFL's highest-paid tight end through incentives.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Odell Beckham Jr. Signs NFL's Richest Shoe Deal
Odell Beckham, Jr.'s contract is a five-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $5 million a year.

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Rashad Jennings Wins 24th Season Of 'Dancing With The Stars'
The running back edged former Major League Baseball player David Ross and Lindsay Arnold for the crown in the show's 24th season.

ESPN

Cortez Kennedy Passes Away At 48
Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

TMZ