November 2018 - Football Wiretap

Ed Oliver To Skip Houston's Bowl Game To Prepare For Draft

Nov 30, 2018 3:43 PM

Ed Oliver will skip houston's bowl game to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Oliver's decision comes a week after he told the Houston Chronicle that he intended to play in the Cougars' bowl game, despite aggravating a knee injury during the team's regular season finale against Memphis on Nov. 23. 

Oliver is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

Edward Aschoff/ESPN

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Video Surfaces Of Kareem Hunt Pushing Woman

Nov 30, 2018 3:19 PM

TMZ has published video of Kareem Hunt allegedly pushing and then kicking a woman at a hotel in Cleveland.

Hunt gets restrained by his acquaintances before the woman slapped at him. Hunt then turns around the corner and runs into a man who collides with the woman, sending both to the floor.

The NFL has yet to take any action against Hunt. It is not clear if the NFL pursued a copy of the video that TMZ obtained.

New York Post

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

Cowboys-Saints Has Biggest Thursday Night Football Rating In History

Nov 30, 2018 9:01 AM

Fox's coverage of the Dallas Cowboys' 13-10 win over the New Orleans Saints had the highest overnight rating in Thursday Night Football history.

The game had a 14.6 overnight rating.

The Saints entered the game as the No. 1 seed in the NFC while the Cowboys held first place in the NFC East.

John Ourand/Sports Business Journal

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints

Chiefs Have Three Of ESPN's Top-5 Players Under 25

Nov 30, 2018 8:51 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have three of ESPN's top-5 players under 25 in Patrick Mahomes (1), Tyreek Hill (2) and Kareem Hunt (5).

Mahomes won't turn 25 until the start of the 2020 season.

Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott rank third and fourth on the list.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, IQ

Amari Cooper: Raiders Weren't Using Me The Best Way

Nov 30, 2018 8:37 AM

Amari Cooper is thrilled to be with the Dallas Cowboys, who traded a first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for the wide receiver earlier this season.

Cooper said he "wasn't really happy in Oakland" and that the Cowboys are using him much more prolifically than the Raiders did.

"I looked at it totally different than most people looked at it," Cooper said. "[The Raiders] basically said, 'We could get a guy, who's going to contribute better than he will, in the first round.' And I didn't know how to feel about that.

"I just always felt like I wasn't really being used how I felt like I would have used me if I was the coach. So I looked at it from that perspective, not from the perspective that, 'Oh, they don't think I'm good enough' or I'm not good enough.

"I never had those questions in my mind. At all."

Cooper has been targeted on 24.4 percent of his routes with the Cowboys. The number was just 15.4 percent with the Raiders.

Kevin Patra/

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

Mitchell Trubisky Wants To Slide Better, But Will Remain Aggressive

Nov 30, 2018 8:33 AM

Mitchell Trubisky is expected to miss a second game with a right shoulder injury suffered on a hit by Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith at the end of a run in Week 11.

The Chicago Bears quarterback hasn't thrown at practice since the injury.

Trubisky said he will "continue to work on my slides and make sure they're cleaner," but that he is not going to let the injury keep him from making plays with his feet when the situation calls for it.

"I would say I've done a real good job of getting yardage for this team, creating positive plays and causing trouble for the defenses while also protecting myself," Trubisky said. "Nothing's going to change when I get back. I'm going to continue to stay aggressive and play ball the way I know how."

Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Bears, Injury, Misc Rumor

Randall Cobb: Aaron Rodgers 'Ready To Light Everybody Up'

Nov 30, 2018 8:28 AM

Randall Cobb is ready to return to the Green Bay Packers after missing six of the team's last eight games due to a hamstring injury.

Cobb has also heard all of the criticism heaped on Aaron Rodgers this year and is ready to watch the quarterback go to work.

"I'm excited to get back out there because I know with all the noise that's been said over the past week about him [Rodgers], he's getting ready to light everybody up this week," Cobb said. "It's going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to helping him out."

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Misc Rumor

Odell Beckham Wants To Reach 2,000 Receiving Yards

Nov 30, 2018 8:25 AM

Odell Beckham, Jr. reached the 1,000-yard mark last Sunday for the fourth time in his five-year career.

Beckham has 74 receptions for 1,017 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games.

"Like I said, it's not a down year. My numbers are still my numbers," said Beckham, who isn't impressed with his numbers. "I guess that is where my mindset is different than everybody else. I expect way higher of myself.

"I expect ... I'm trying to reach 2,000 yards. I'm trying to go for 20 TDs. One-hundred receptions is tatted on me. Those are goals that hopefully in my career and future, along with championships and winning, because numbers don't mean anything without winning. You can go home with 300 yards in a game with an L -- it's not going to feel good.

"So it's really all about winning, and I just feel like I could've had a better year so far but this is where I'm at. You just have to deal with that, keep pushing to keep getting better day by day, work at your craft. That is all I can really do."

No player has ever recorded 2,000 receiving yards in a single season. Calvin Johnson holds the NFL record with 1,964 yards, set in 2012.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor, Stats

Richard Sherman: I Don't Have A Relationship With Russell Wilson

Nov 29, 2018 8:18 PM

Richard Sherman said he doesn't have a relationship with former teammate Russell Wilson.

"I don't really have a relationship with Russell," Sherman said. "We were teammates. We played through a very special time for the franchise."

It was mentioned to Sherman that he knew what Wilson was capable of doing making plays outside the pocket. Sherman responded by saying that he's also seen Wilson struggle.

"Yeah, I've also seen him throw five picks in the game, so you see what he's capable of on both sides of it," he said. "You understand that he can be defended, so you go out there and give it your best shot."

Wilson threw five interception in Seattle's 2016 loss to the Packers.

Wilson praised Sherman as being "as good as it gets at corner" and said he has a lot of respect for him and how he plays the game.

"He's going to be a Hall of Fame corner," Wilson said. "He's a guy that meant so much to our football team when he was here. Just how many plays he made. ... He was always able to teach the younger guys as well.

"And so, to be able to go up against him in practice every day helped my career and just helped my understanding of the game and just confidence in everything else going against one of the best corners. ... So I'm grateful for that."

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

Ben Roethlisberger Defends 'Right' To Publicly Criticize Teammates

Nov 29, 2018 9:35 AM

Ben Roethlisberger defended his right to publicly criticize his teammates.

Roethlisberger took issue with Antonio Brown's route running on a late-game interception, rookie James Washington dropping a pass and offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner not calling JuJu Smith-Schuster's number enough on the final drive.

"I think I have earned the right to be able to do that with as long as I have been here," Roethlisberger said Wednesday, via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "and I'll just be just as critical of myself [in the media], as well."

Herbie Teope/

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers

Mitchell Trubisky Won't Play In Week 13
Mitchell Trubisky is not expected to face the Giants in Week 13, according to sources.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Buccaneers Offering Season-Ticket Holders Free Seats
Season-ticket holders received notices that they are eligible to receive two free tickets Sunday and have until Thursday to opt in to the offer.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Giants Open To Bringing Back Eli Manning As Starting QB In 2019
Eli Manning has a salary cap number of $23.2 million in 2019.

Ralph Vacchiano/

James Andrews Considers Drew Brees' '05 Surgery 'No. 1 Most Memorable'
It took three surgeons four hours to patch Drew Brees' shoulder back together.

Greg Bishop/Sports Illustrated

Carlos Hyde Frustrated With Lack Of Touches
Carlos Hyde is frustrated with a lack of touches since coming over to the Jaguars.

Florida Times-Union

Adam Thielen Has Added $3.6M To Contract Through Incentives
Adam Thielen is severely underpaid, but his production with the Vikings has allowed him to make more money through incentives and escalators.

Ben Goessling/Star Tribune

Zach Ertz On Pace To Break Tight End Catch Mark
Zach Ertz has 84 catches for 895 yards this season, putting him on pace for a historic season.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Washington Won't Play Reuben Foster Until Legal Process Concludes
The Redskins claimed Reuben Foster on waivers Wednesday, but they claim he won't play until charges stemming from his recent domestic violence arrest are resolved.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Leonard Fournette Loses Appeal, Will Sit Out Against Colts
Leonard Fournette lost the appeal of his one-game suspension and will miss Sunday's game against the Colts, according to a source.


Ravens To Start Lamar Jackson In Week 13
Baltimore has discovered a multi-faceted offensive identity around Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards.

Mike Garafolo/

Washington Claims Reuben Foster Off Waivers
Washington was the only team to put in a waiver claim for Reuben Foster.

John Keim/ESPN

Le'Veon Bell Affected By Business Tainting Purity Of Football
Le'Veon Bell had developed into one of the NFL's best players but was told his worth doesn't correlate with other great players.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Jon Gruden Hopes Doug Martin Remains With Raiders
Doug Martin has been effective since Marshawn Lynch went on injured reserve and Jon Gruden hopes he remains with the Raiders in 2019.

NBC Sports Bay Area

Leonard Fournette Receives One-Game Suspension For Fight
The league said Leonard Fournette violated its unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Andy Dalton Out For Season With Thumb Injury
Andy Dalton broke the same thumb while making a tackle on an interception return in 2015.

Joe Kay/Associated Press

Jaguars Bench Blake Bortles, Will Start Cody Kessler
Cody Kessler is 0-8 as a starter.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Cardinals Have Best Odds At No. 1 Pick In 2019 NFL Draft
The Cardinals, 49ers and Raiders will almost certainly have top-5 picks.


Jaguars Fire Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett
Doug Marrone will take a bigger role in Jacksonville's offense.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Aaron Rodgers Plots Green Bay's Longshot Path To Playoffs
Aaron Rodgers isn't giving up on the Packers reaching the playoffs this season.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

49ers To Release Reuben Foster After Domestic Violence Arrest
The woman pressing charges against Foster for Saturday night's arrest is the same woman who accused Foster of felony domestic violence earlier this year.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN