July 2018 - Football Wiretap

Khalil Mack, Raiders Haven't Held Contract Talks Since February

Jul 31, 2018 5:02 PM

The Oakland Raiders and Khalil Mack have not held contract talks since February.

Mack enters the final year of his rookie contract, with a fifth-year option salary of $13.846 million. 

Jon Gruden has seemingly gotten off on the wrong foot with his relationship with Mack.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

Stefon Diggs Agrees To Five-Year, $72M Extension With Vikings

Jul 31, 2018 9:39 AM

The Minnesota Vikings and Stefon Diggs have agreed to a five-year extension worth $72 million. Diggs will receive $40 million in guarantees.

Diggs caught 64 passes for 849 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017. He has 200 receptions for 2,472 yards and 15 touchdowns in 40 career games.

"I love being here," Diggs said earlier this offseason. "... I love playing with the Vikings. I started here, and I've been happy all my time here. I love my teammates, I love my staff. There's no place I'd rather be than here."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor, Signing

Sam Darnold Signs Rookie Deal With Jets, Gets Bonus As Lump Sum

Jul 30, 2018 10:50 PM

Sam Darnold signed his rookie deal with the New York Jets on Monday.

Darnold was slotted to a four-year, $30.2 million deal.

The deal includes offset language, which the Jets wanted but that hadn't been part of the negotiations in recent weeks. The Jets agreed to change their position on default language regarding the guaranteed money, which had been a major sticking point. 

Darnold also becomes the first top-five pick to get his bonus at signing as a lump sum. 

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jets To Change Uniforms In 2019

Jul 30, 2018 6:34 PM

The New York Jets announced they will wear new uniforms beginning in 2019.

The Jets have worn their current uniforms since 1998.

The Jets will likely incorporate old designs into their new look.

Kirk Meyer/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Jets

Carson Wentz 'Feels Good' After First Practice Since Tearing ACL

Jul 30, 2018 11:05 AM

Carson Wentz practiced with pads on for the first time on Saturday since he tore ligaments in his left knee.

Wentz was on the field for nearly three hours.

Went'z initial recovery time was expected to be nine-to-12 months.

“I feel good,” he said. “I feel good. What my goal has been all along is to be ready Week 1. I can’t say 100 percent that I’ll be out there. But I do feel good where I’m at. At the end of the day, it’s not gonna be my call. It’s gonna be up to the doctors. But rehab’s gone really well. I felt like I’ve been right on schedule and everything. I feel good with where I’m at. At this point I just go practice and do what I can and let the doctors make the calls.”

Peter King/NBC Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Injury

NFL Tells Jerry Jones To Stop Discussing Anthem Policy With Media

Jul 30, 2018 9:40 AM

The NFL has told Jerry Jones to stop discussing the national anthem policy with the media.

Jones’ sudden adherence to league policy comes less than a week after he separated himself from NFL with his pronouncement of a team-mandated anthem policy of standing to attention with toes on the line or face the prospect of getting cut.

Players across the league have decried the comments while openly questioning how the NFL and NFLPA can have a meaningful negotiation with Jones already deciding on his team’s policy.

Clarence Hill/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tags: Dallas Cowboys

Andrew Luck Hasn't Suffered Any Setbacks

Jul 29, 2018 9:08 PM

Andrew Luck practiced fully during the first two days of training camp before being limited to just handing the ball off and doing moving-in-the-pocket drills without throwing Saturday as part of a rest day with his arm that was preplanned heading into training camp. The Colts are keeping a close eye on Luck throughout the entire process.

Luck hasn't experienced any pain, which is a significant sign.

"Jitters like before a game for that first practice. Haven't felt that way in a long time," Luck said about his first training camp since 2016. "Responding well. Name of the game for me is to improve every day. Feeling-wise. Technique-wise."

Mike Wells/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Injury

Brady Says It Is 'Ridiculous' To Link Edelman Suspension With Guerrero

Jul 29, 2018 8:38 PM

Tom Brady was asked whether he has a reaction to those who have linked his personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, to Julian Edelman's four-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs.

"I have no comment. It is just ridiculous," Brady said when asked if he felt such a connection was fair because Edelman, in addition to others, trains with Guerrero. "I'm out. See you guys."

Guerrero is also Brady's close friend and business partner.

When asked his thoughts on Patriots turmoil, Brady said, "I have no thoughts."

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots

Rams To Wear Yellow-And-Blue Uniforms For Five Games

Jul 27, 2018 9:48 PM

The Los Angeles Rams will wear yellow-and-blue uniforms in five games.

The Rams have resisted unveiling their new uniforms until they open their new stadium in 2020, but the NFL has softened their rules on wearing throwbacks.

The Rams will wear their throwbacks at home for five regular-season games, against the Vikings, Packers, Seahawks, Eagles, and 49ers.

“Since returning home to Los Angeles two years ago, we have received a lot of feedback from our fans about their love for these iconic uniforms,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff said.  “We appreciate the NFL working with us so we can celebrate even more of the history of Los Angeles Rams football over the next two years as we create our new look that will take us into our new home and the future.”

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Rams

Jake Matthews, Falcons Agree To Five-Year, $75M Extension

Jul 27, 2018 10:21 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have Jake Matthews have agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract extension.

Matthews was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Titans Sign Taylor Lewan To Five-Year, $80M Extension
A first round pick in 2014, Taylor Lewan's contract was set to expire after the 2018 season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Patriots, Rob Gronkowski Aren't Close To New Deal
Rob Gronkowski is due to make $8 million this year.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Ben Roethlisberger Cut Sugar, Carbs To Help Prolong Career
In an effort to help prolong his playing career, Ben Roethlisberger cut sugar and carbs from his diet this offseason.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Stephen Jones: Players Must Stand For Anthem To 'Be A Cowboy'
While discussing the Cowboys' position on the national anthem, Stephen Jones said in a radio interview that players should stand "if they want to be a Dallas Cowboy."


Colt McCoy Signs One-Year Extension With Washington
The one-year extension for 2019 is worth up to $7 million.

John Keim/ESPN

Julio Jones, Falcons Agree To Readjustment Of Contract
Julio Jones will now report to camp.

Jeff Schultz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mike Tomlin Done Answering Questions About Le'Veon Bell
The Steelers haven't signed Le'Veon Bell long-term and the running back remains away from the team.

Marc Sessler/NFL

Texans Won't Negotiate With Jadeveon Clowney During Season
If the Texans don't work out a contract extension with Jadeveon Clowney before Week 1, then it will have to wait until after the season.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Jerry Jones Insists Jason Garrett Isn't On Hot Seat
Jerry Jones still has confidence in Jason Garrett as the right head coach of the Cowboys.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Khalil Mack Hasn't Spoken To Jon Gruden Since Coach Was Hired
Jon Gruden recently said the team is "going to find a way to get Khalil Mack back" into the fold after Mack skipped the offseason program.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Falcons Step Up Extension Talks With Julio Jones
Julio Jones conceivably might not miss the start of training camp practices if the two sides can settle on a satisfactory adjustment to this year's income.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Bill Belichick Pressed On Why Malcolm Butler Didn't Start Super Bowl
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe attempted to engage Bill Belichick on Malcolm Butler.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Cowboys Will Continue Relationship With Papa John's
Jerry Jones owns 120 Papa John's locations.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Browns Internally Discuss Signing Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys after eight seasons in Dallas.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Falcons Extend Thomas Dimitroff, Dan Quinn Through 2022
Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn have signed extensions through 2022.

Will McFadden/AtlantaFalcons.com

Earl Thomas Won't Report To Training Camp With Seahawks
The safety recently stated through his Instagram account that he wants the Seahawks to either pay him more money or trade him.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Rams Trying To Win While Jared Goff Is Cheap
The Rams are trying to acquire top-level talent and win now while quarterback Jared Goff is still playing under a cheap contract.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Browns Sign Baker Mayfield To Four-Year, $32.5M Deal
The first overall pick in the draft is slotted at $32.5 million.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Todd Gurley, Rams Agrees To Four-Year, $60M Extension
Todd Gurley's deal includes $45 million in guaranteed money.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Julio Jones Won't Report To Camp Without Improved Contract
The Falcons have made it clear they do not intend to negotiate a new contract with Julio Jones.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com