June 2017 - Football Wiretap

Eagles Waive Dorial Green-Beckham

Jun 30, 2017 1:23 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have waived Dorial Green-Beckham.

The Eagles made the move after signing Dane Evans to a three-year contract.

Philadelphia didn't have a place for Green-Beckham with Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Matthews, Torrey Smith, Bryce Treggs, Nelson Agholor and rookie Mack Hollins, among others on their depth chart at wide receiver.

Green-Beckham was a second round pick in 2015.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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NFL Wants To Play Game In China In 2019

Jun 30, 2017 8:55 AM

The NFL is targeting 2019 to play a game in China, moving back previous plans to stage a game in 2018.

NFL Executive Vice President/International Mark Waller told Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal that league could consider kicking off the 2019 season -- its 100th anniversary -- in China.

"It may make better sense to look at that game as an opportunity to celebrate our hundred years, in the event we can pull it off and as a way to look forward to the future," Waller said.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Thomas Davis Wants Extension Before Training Camp

Jun 30, 2017 8:51 AM

Thomas Davis would like a contract extension from the Carolina Panthers before the start of training camp.

"That's something all players in the last year of their deal, especially for guys who have put up the numbers I've put up and played the way I've played the last few years, you'd hope something get worked out," Davis said. "We're not actively talking now, but hopefully we can do something before training camp happens."

Davis is entering the final year of his contract. The Panthers don't have a strong history of rewarding players with extra money later in their careers. DeAngelo Williams, Jordan Gross and Steve Smith have all departed.

"From a football standpoint and a community standpoint, Charlotte is always going to be home for me, and that's my mindset," Davis said. "I feel like there are a lot of people within our organization who feel the same way about me. But at the end of the day, it is a business and I understand that. Whatever happens moving forward there won't be any hard feelings from me. But I definitely plan on extending my career beyond this year.

"Hopefully that would never come to fruition with me that I would have to play for another team. That's not something that I look to do. And hopefully we can get something worked out here soon in terms of a contract extension. I don't think you'll find a player who cares more about the organization or a team than I do the Carolina Panthers. It goes above and beyond being a football player. I totally embrace the 'Keep Pounding' motto and it's part of my lifestyle and everything I do."

Chris Kroeger/WFNZ

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

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Brett Favre Entertains Idea Of Becoming Coach, GM

Jun 30, 2017 8:46 AM

Brett Favre told ESPN Wisconsin's Wilde & Tausch on Thursday that he has thought about returning to the NFL as a general manager or coach.

"That type of stuff has crossed my mind," he said. "Because it's no different to me than coaching. It's being involved in the game in some aspect."

Favre spent two years coaching at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, after he retired.

"When I coached high school football for two years, it really wasn't on my radar," Favre said. "My dad did it for many, many, many years, [but] I thought, 'I just don't have anything left in the tank from a competitive side. What type of coach would I be?'

"I always thought I would be a good coach, but I didn't know if I had the effort in me. Well, I did. I'll tell you what, it was a joy. The competitive spirit came right back. It was obviously different than playing, and so I had a lot of fun."

Jason Wilde/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Khalil Mack Will Have To Wait Until 2018 For Extension With Raiders

Jun 29, 2017 8:14 PM

The Oakland Raiders will be unable to extend Khalil Mack until 2018.

The Raiders signed Derek Carr to a contract extension earlier this month and followed it up with a five-year, $56 million extension with Gabe Jackson.

Mack's contract will be too big for the Raiders to fit under their cap.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

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Raiders Sign Gabe Jackson To Five-Year, $56M Extension

Jun 29, 2017 8:13 PM

The Oakland Raiders have signed Gabe Jackson to a five-year, $56 million contract extension.

Jackson's annual salary of $11.2 million is the third highest in the NFL amongst guards.

Jackson was taken with the No. 81 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft following the Khalil Mack and Derek Carr selections.

Jackson was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2016.

NFL.com

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Chip Kelly: Colin Kaepernick Worked Hard, Never A Distraction

Jun 29, 2017 8:08 AM

Chip Kelly says Colin Kaepernick was a model quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers last season.

"He came to work every day, extremely diligent in terms of his preparation, in terms of his work ethic," Kelly told Adam Schefter on the reporter's podcast. "I really enjoyed Kap. I've talked to Kap three or four times since. I think he's a really good player and a really good person, and I really enjoyed coaching him."

Kelly added that Kaepernick's decision to kneel for the national anthem was never a distraction to the team.

"He explained to all the players his thought process and mindset of what he was doing," Kelly said. "And there were some players that agreed with him and some players that didn't agree with him. But after that point, we heard from the outside about what a distraction it is, except those people weren't in our locker room and it never was a distraction. [Kaepernick] never turned it into a circus or whatever people think."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

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Karlos Williams Suspended For At Least One Year

Jun 29, 2017 8:04 AM

Karlos Williams, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills before the 2016 season following a promising rookie campaign, has been suspended by the NFL for a period of at least one year after a third substance-abuse violation, according to a league source.

Williams already had one game left on a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

He is a free agent after being waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.

Field Yates/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Clinton Portis Mulled Murder After Losing Fortune

Jun 29, 2017 8:01 AM

Clinton Portis contemplated killing one of his former financial managers after losing millions of dollars in various investments.

In a Sports Illustrated story, Portis recounted a night four years ago in which he sat in a car outside a building, holding a gun and awaiting one of the managers he felt had ruined him financially.

The former NFL running back made $43.1 million in his nine-year career, but most of it had either been spent or lost through investments or, as one lawsuit asserted, bank withdrawals without his consent.

An anonymous friend talked him out of committing murder.

Portis' financial plight became public in 2015 when he filed for bankruptcy.

John Keim/ESPN

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David Irving Suspended Four Games For PED Violation

Jun 28, 2017 7:47 PM

David Irving of the Dallas Cowboys has been suspended four games for a performance enhancing drug violation.

Irving started two of 16 games for the Cowboys in 2016 and had four sacks.

Irving signed his exclusive free-agent tender earlier in the offseason and is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2017 season. 

ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

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Andrew Luck Still Not Throwing, Not 'Sullen Or Morose'
Andrew Luck is still not throwing, but he remains unconcerned.

Brody Miller/Indianapolis Star

Drew Brees Launching Co-ed Youth Flag Football League
Drew Brees is launching a co-ed youth flag football league that he hopes will grow into a safer alternative to tackle football across the country.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Latavius Murray Motivated By Dalvin Cook, Expects To Start
Latavius Murray expects to start for the Vikings despite the presence of rookie running back Dalvin Cook.

ESPN

Trumaine Johnson Won't Sign Long-Term Deal With Rams By Deadline
Trumaine Johnson signed his franchise tender with the Rams on March 6, guaranteeing himself a 2017 salary of $16.742 million that will make him the NFL's highest-paid cornerback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tamba Hali Wasn't Pleased With John Dorsey's Exit
Tamba Hali was among those shocked, and upset, when the Chiefs and John Dorsey parted ways last week.

Conor Orr/NFL

Terrell Owens, Michael Vick To Debut Flag Football Venture
Terrell Owens and Michael Vick will be among the players involved in the debut of the American Flag Football League in San Jose on Tuesday night.

Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group

Arthur Blank Expects New Deal For Devonta Freeman Soon
Devonta Freeman is going into the final year of his rookie contract and is due to make $1.797 million in 2017.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Tom Brady Voted NFL's Best Player
Tom Brady has been voted the NFL's top player in the NFL Network's annual top-100 poll voted upon by fellow players.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Nick Fairley Out For 2017 Due To Heart Condition
Nick Fairly signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Saints in March.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

ESPN's NFL Deal Were Modeled On Subscribers Staying Flat
ESPN viewed the pay-TV business as mature and did not expect growth, but they also saw no signs of cord cutting or subscriber losses.

John Ourand/Sports Business Journal

Derek Carr: I'll Give It To Marshawn Lynch On 1-Yard Line
Derek Carr is excited to play with Marshawn Lynch and says he'll gladly hand the ball to the bruiser near the goal line.

David Ely/NFL

Paxton Lynch Making Push To Be Broncos' Starting QB
Paxton Lynch is challenging Trevor Siemian for the starting quarterback job in Denver.

Lakisha Jackson/NFL

Louis Riddick Denies Chiefs Called Him About GM Opening
Louis Riddick has denied a report that the Chiefs reached out to him about their vacant general manager job.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Cam Jordan: Saints Are Ready To Win Super Bowl
The Saints have put together three consecutive 7-9 seasons despite a terrible defense.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Vikings Support Michael Floyd's Kombucha Tea Defense
The Vikings reportedly support Michael Floyd's claim that any alcohol present in drug tests he took while under house arrest came from drinking kombucha tea.

ESPN

Dolphins Wanted To Sign Peyton Manning After Ryan Tannehill Injury
Adam Gase worked with Peyton Manning during their time together with the Broncos.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Chiefs Part Ways With John Dorsey
The Chiefs made the decision not to extend John Dorsey's contract beyond the 2017 season.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Devonta Freeman Was 'Supposed' To Be Super Bowl MVP
Devonta Freeman believes he lost the chance to be named MVP of this past Super Bowl.

ESPN

Andy Reid Agrees To Extension With Chiefs
Andy Reid owns a career regular season record of 173-114 (.602).

RealGM Staff Report

Derek Carr, Raiders Agree Upon Five-Year, $125M Extension
Derek Carr is now under contract through 2022.

ESPN