June 2018 - Football Wiretap

NFL Warns Teams On Training Camp Concussions

Jun 29, 2018 5:41 PM

The NFL has warned teams that 11-on-11 training camp drills were responsible for last year's spike in preseason concussions.

The league has stopped short of banning full-squad drills, which coaches consider essential to preparing for the contact that occurs during regular-season games. But NFL data showed that preseason concussions in 2017 increased by 73 percent, from 26 in 2016 to 45.

Jeff Miller, the NFL's executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, said Friday that he hopes the data "will inform what clubs do" when camps open. Miller said the league hopes to replicate its success in addressing a similar issue after the 2014 season. In 2015, camp concussions dropped by 33 percent.

"We didn't have a level and specificity of data then," Miller said, "but we went through a process led by our football operations to inform teams and talk to them and say, 'Hey, we noticed this data.' We brought it to their attention, and there was an effort by many of them to address the question. And we saw a drop the following year.

"Raising the consciousness level of that issue was definitely worthwhile. I don't want to take full credit for that decrease, but I think it informed what clubs did."

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Tags: Legal

Andrew Luck Continues To Throw Without Pain

Jun 29, 2018 8:23 AM

As training camp approaches, Andrew Luck is still throwing a football without pain.

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback hasn't played in a game since the 2016 season.

"No, no, no, not at all," Luck said when asked about any pain.

"I've put a lot of work in. And it's paying off. My goal is not to get to training camp and plateau. It's to keep getting better and better."

Zak Keefer/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

NFL Fines Jerry Richardson $2.75M For Workplace Misconduct

Jun 29, 2018 8:21 AM

Outgoing Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been fined $2.75 million by the NFL after an investigation into sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.

The independent investigation, conducted by former U.S. attorney Mary Jo White, substantiated the allegations against Richardson.

It also stated that the team failed to report the allegations or any resolution agreements to the league.

Richardson, 81, announced shortly after the NFL took charge of the investigation that he planned to sell the team that he and investors paid $206 million for in 1993.

He also stepped away from the day-to-day operations, naming Tina Becker the new COO.

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

Jameis Winston Officially Receives Three-Game Suspension

Jun 29, 2018 8:17 AM

The NFL has suspended Jameis Winston for the first three games of the season.

The league said its investigation found the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback inappropriately touched a female Uber driver in March 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Winston's suspension is without pay and he won't appeal.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Suspension

Tamba Hali Compares Patrick Mahomes To Brett Favre

Jun 28, 2018 8:21 AM

Tamba Hali, who has totaled 89.5 sacks in his career, had some high praise for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

"You're going to get a complete player," Hali told NFL Network's Good Morning Football. "I mean, he's a smart player. He can throw the ball. Athletically, he's gifted. You don't have to coach it.

"In practice I'd watch him just look guys off. I mean, Eric Berry, you look him off and complete the ball. He did it to Marcus Peters a lot. So, people don't know what's coming. I don't want to hype him, but I compare him to Brett Favre. He runs around the field and he throws the ball and he's just having fun."

Mahomes often drew comparisons to Favre leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft.

Herbie Teope/NFL.com

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

Nick Foles Excited To Be With Eagles For 'At Least One More Year'

Jun 28, 2018 8:16 AM

Nick Foles remains with the Philadelphia Eagles on a restructured contract, but his long-term future with the team is in question.

"I would love the opportunity to lead a team," Foles told Fox Sport's First Things First morning show. "Now, let me also say this, I'm not just going to go to a team and say, 'Hey, I want to lead this team,' and not see where they are. It's about an environment. ... So if that does come to be, I want to find the right [place], be with the right team, a team like the Philadelphia Eagles organization. They do it the right way. It's an amazing locker room with amazing leaders and coaches. I've been blessed to be a part of it. That's why I'm not running away.

"They had me under contract this year. Everyone wanted to know where I was going to be. I'm grateful to be a part of it. They restructured my deal. They wanted me there. I wanted to be there this year. We'll see what happens after the season, but I'm excited about this 2018 Eagles season. I get to wear that jersey at least one more year, and I'm super excited about wearing it one more year."

Foles has only started seven games over the past two seasons, but led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory in February.

The quarterback's restructured deal includes a mutual option for 2019.


Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

Janoris Jenkins' Brother Charged In Death

Jun 28, 2018 8:11 AM

William Jenkins, the older brother of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter after a body was found at the player's house in New Jersey.

The body was identified as Roosevelt Rene, 25, a family friend who had been living at the house.

William Jenkins was arrested on drug charges in 2006 and again in 2011. He was paroled from prison in July 2016, according to New York state department of corrections records.

Janoris Jenkins was not at home when the body was discovered and has been in Florida since the completion of Giants minicamp two weeks ago.


Tags: New York Giants, Legal, Misc Rumor

Vikings Agree To Five-Year, $72M Extension With Danielle Hunter

Jun 27, 2018 5:52 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a five-year, $72 million contract extension with Danielle Hunter.

The deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money, with a $15 million signing bonus. The annual average worth is more than $14 million, on par with fellow Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.

"I had to get this out of the way," Hunter said, acknowledging relief to have signed before training camp. "I didn't want to be bothered by anything."

Associated Press

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor, Signing

Derrius Guice Expected To Start For Washington

Jun 27, 2018 9:24 AM

Washington brought back their top three running backs from last season, but Derrius Guice is expected to be the team's starter.

The rookie has impressed early in the offseason.

Jay Gruden has also said that he's impressed with what Guice can do as a receiver.

John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor

Bears Lining Tarik Cohen Up At 'Every Position'

Jun 27, 2018 2:38 AM

The Chicago Bears have been lining Tarik Cohen up all over the field in offseason practices.

Cohen hopes to be utilized like Tyreek Hill was in Kansas City under offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, who was hired to be the head man for the Bears heading into 2018.

"I feel like if I could kick the football, he'd also want me to kick the football, too," Cohen told Jim Rome this week. "It just goes to show how many places he has me at. I've been everywhere. I've been at every position. It's crazy."

The Bears drafted Cohen in the fourth-round last year and he became the first rookie since Gale Sayers in 1965 to score touchdowns via rushing, receiving, passing and punt return in a single season.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

Body Found At Home Of Giants' Janoris Jenkins
The body was identified as Roosevelt Rene, 25, a family friend who had been living at the house in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.


Autopsy Shows 21-Year-Old Tyler Hilinski Had CTE
Mark Hilinski told "Today" that the medical examiner determined Tyler "had the brain of a 65-year-old, which is really hard to take."

Adam Rittenberg/ESPN

Le'Veon Bell: Contract Talks 'A Lot Closer Than Last Year'
Le'Veon Bell is optimistic about reaching an agreement on a new contract with the Steelers that would allow him to report to camp on time.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Dak Prescott Switches Agents, Hires CAA
Dak Prescott, who is eligible for a new contract after this season, has switched agents.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

J.J. Nelson Wants To Be More Than Deep Threat For Cardinals
The Cardinals brought in a handful of receivers this offseason as they look for a No. 2 alongside Larry Fitzgerald.


Peyton Manning: Drew Brees 'Deserves' To Break Yardage Mark
Drew Brees needs just 1,496 yards to pass Peyton Manning.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tom Brady No. 1 On NFL's Top 100 List For 2nd Straight Year
Tom Brady, Antonio Brown and Carson Wentz comprise the top-3.

RealGM Staff Report

49ers Sign Laken Tomlinson To Three-Year Extension
Laken Tomlinson started 15 games at left guard for the Niners in 2017.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Julian Edelman To Appeal Suspension
Julian Edelman's appeal of his four-game drug suspension will be heard Monday.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Browns Plan To Ride 'Hot Hand' At Running Back
The Browns have a crowded backfield with Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson and Nick Chubb.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Jim Kelly's Wife Says Latest Surgery 'Went Well'
Jim Kelly, 58, underwent a 12-hour surgery in late March to remove oral cancer and reconstruct his upper jaw.

Kevin Patra/NFL

San Antonio Gets Eighth AAF Franchise
The team will be coached by former Chargers coach Mike Riley

Associated Press

Jameis Winston To Receive Three-Game Suspension From NFL
Jameis Winston is not expected to appeal the suspension.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Martavis Bryant Hasn't Failed Or Missed Drug Test
Martavis Bryant has missed more games due to failed drug tests (20) than he has started in his four-year NFL career.

Vic Tafur/The Athletic

Saquon Barkley Has NFL's Best Selling Jersey
Saquon Barkley has yet to play a down in the NFL, but he already has the league's top selling jersey.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Report: Jameis Winston Bracing For Suspension
The NFL is still investigating Jameis Winston for the alleged incident from March 2016 with an Uber driver in Arizona.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Joe Thomas Taking His Time With Broadcasting Offers
Joe Thomas has retired from football and is likely to enter broadcasting.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Broncos' Stadium Gets New, Temporary Name
The Broncos' home will be known as Broncos Stadium at Mile High while the team continues to look for a new naming-rights sponsor.


Eric Decker Interested In Signing With Patriots
Eric Decker spent the 2017 season with the Titans.

SirusXM NFL Radio (via The Score)

NFLPA Hires Doug Whaley As Director Of College Scouting
Doug Whaley is the former general manager of the Bills.