August 2018 - Football Wiretap

Browns To Inquire On Trading For Khalil Mack

Aug 31, 2018 6:48 PM

The Cleveland Browns are expected to inquire about trading for Khalil Mack.

Mack is holding out in search for a new contract with the Oakland Raiders.

The Browns passed on Mack with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday that McKenzie has fielded calls about Mack.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Geno Atkins

Aug 31, 2018 3:53 PM

Geno Atkins and the Bengals have committed to each other for the future, taking one of the biggest potential 2019 free agents off the board.

Full List of Essential 50

50. Drew Brees

49. Larry Fitzgerald

48. DeForest Buckner

47. Adam Thielen

46. Eric Berry

45. Corey Davis

44. Ali Marpet

43. Sam Darnold

42. Golden Tate

41. Geno Atkins

40. Mitchell Trubisky

39. C.J. Mosley

38. Jameis Winston

37. Landon Collins

36. Vic Beasley Jr.

35. Ryan Tannehill

34. Amari Cooper 

33. Malcolm Jenkins

32. Christian McCaffrey

31. LeSean McCoy

30. Patrick Mahomes

29. Bradley Roby

28. Dalvin Cook

27. DeMarcus Lawrence

26. Russell Wilson

25. Cam Newton

24. Joey Bosa

23. Alex Smith

22. Alvin Kamara

21. Jadeveon Clowney

20. Jarvis Landry

19. David Johnson

18. Ezekiel Elliott 

17. Khalil Mack

16. Myles Garrett

15. Deshaun Watson

14. Carson Wentz

13. Todd Gurley

12. Rob Gronkowski

11. Jalen Ramsey

10. Aaron Rodgers

9. Earl Thomas

8. Aaron Donald

7. Odell Beckham Jr.

6. Ryan Shazier

5. Tom Brady

4. Julio Jones

3. Andrew Luck

2. Jimmy Garoppolo

1. Le'Veon Bell

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Infographic

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Golden Tate

Aug 31, 2018 3:14 PM

Golden Tate has exceeded expectations on his five-year, $31 million deal with the Lions and is entering his walk year.

Full List of Essential 50

50. Drew Brees

49. Larry Fitzgerald

48. DeForest Buckner

47. Adam Thielen

46. Eric Berry

45. Corey Davis

44. Ali Marpet

43. Sam Darnold

42. Golden Tate

41. Geno Atkins

40. Mitchell Trubisky

39. C.J. Mosley

38. Jameis Winston

37. Landon Collins

36. Vic Beasley Jr.

35. Ryan Tannehill

34. Amari Cooper 

33. Malcolm Jenkins

32. Christian McCaffrey

31. LeSean McCoy

30. Patrick Mahomes

29. Bradley Roby

28. Dalvin Cook

27. DeMarcus Lawrence

26. Russell Wilson

25. Cam Newton

24. Joey Bosa

23. Alex Smith

22. Alvin Kamara

21. Jadeveon Clowney

20. Jarvis Landry

19. David Johnson

18. Ezekiel Elliott 

17. Khalil Mack

16. Myles Garrett

15. Deshaun Watson

14. Carson Wentz

13. Todd Gurley

12. Rob Gronkowski

11. Jalen Ramsey

10. Aaron Rodgers

9. Earl Thomas

8. Aaron Donald

7. Odell Beckham Jr.

6. Ryan Shazier

5. Tom Brady

4. Julio Jones

3. Andrew Luck

2. Jimmy Garoppolo

1. Le'Veon Bell

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Infographic

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Jimmy Garoppolo Signs With Jordan Brand

Aug 31, 2018 2:40 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo has agreed to an endorsement deal with Jordan Brand.

Garoppolo grew up in the Chicago area.

"Since I got in the league, it was one of my dreams to be with Jordan and it came true, so I'm pretty excited about it," Garoppolo told ESPN.

Garoppolo said he and his agency began weighing various opportunities presented by Under Armour, Adidas, Nike and Nike subsidiary Jordan in the spring, just before the Niners started organized team activities.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Sam Darnold

Aug 31, 2018 2:12 PM

While the Mark Sanchez era was short-lived, the Jets hope Sam Darnold becomes the next former USC quarterback to lead them back to relevance.

Full List of Essential 50

50. Drew Brees

49. Larry Fitzgerald

48. DeForest Buckner

47. Adam Thielen

46. Eric Berry

45. Corey Davis

44. Ali Marpet

43. Sam Darnold

42. Golden Tate

41. Geno Atkins

40. Mitchell Trubisky

39. C.J. Mosley

38. Jameis Winston

37. Landon Collins

36. Vic Beasley Jr.

35. Ryan Tannehill

34. Amari Cooper 

33. Malcolm Jenkins

32. Christian McCaffrey

31. LeSean McCoy

30. Patrick Mahomes

29. Bradley Roby

28. Dalvin Cook

27. DeMarcus Lawrence

26. Russell Wilson

25. Cam Newton

24. Joey Bosa

23. Alex Smith

22. Alvin Kamara

21. Jadeveon Clowney

20. Jarvis Landry

19. David Johnson

18. Ezekiel Elliott 

17. Khalil Mack

16. Myles Garrett

15. Deshaun Watson

14. Carson Wentz

13. Todd Gurley

12. Rob Gronkowski

11. Jalen Ramsey

10. Aaron Rodgers

9. Earl Thomas

8. Aaron Donald

7. Odell Beckham Jr.

6. Ryan Shazier

5. Tom Brady

4. Julio Jones

3. Andrew Luck

2. Jimmy Garoppolo

1. Le'Veon Bell

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Tags: New York Jets, Infographic

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Aaron Donald Agrees To Six-Year, $135M Deal With Rams

Aug 31, 2018 2:01 PM

The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to sign Aaron Donald to a six-year deal worth $135 million with $87 million in guaranteed money.

The deal is the richest ever for a defensive player.

A first-round pick in 2014, Donald was entering the final year of his rookie contract and scheduled to earn $6.9 million this season.

Donald is a three-time All-Pro.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Ali Marpet

Aug 31, 2018 10:49 AM

While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are clearly the fourth best team in a competitive NFC South and face uncertainity at quarterback over the long-term, Ali Marpet is a player they'd like long-term as he enters his walk year.

Full List of Essential 50

50. Drew Brees

49. Larry Fitzgerald

48. DeForest Buckner

47. Adam Thielen

46. Eric Berry

45. Corey Davis

44. Ali Marpet

43. Sam Darnold

42. Golden Tate

41. Geno Atkins

40. Mitchell Trubisky

39. C.J. Mosley

38. Jameis Winston

37. Landon Collins

36. Vic Beasley Jr.

35. Ryan Tannehill

34. Amari Cooper 

33. Malcolm Jenkins

32. Christian McCaffrey

31. LeSean McCoy

30. Patrick Mahomes

29. Bradley Roby

28. Dalvin Cook

27. DeMarcus Lawrence

26. Russell Wilson

25. Cam Newton

24. Joey Bosa

23. Alex Smith

22. Alvin Kamara

21. Jadeveon Clowney

20. Jarvis Landry

19. David Johnson

18. Ezekiel Elliott 

17. Khalil Mack

16. Myles Garrett

15. Deshaun Watson

14. Carson Wentz

13. Todd Gurley

12. Rob Gronkowski

11. Jalen Ramsey

10. Aaron Rodgers

9. Earl Thomas

8. Aaron Donald

7. Odell Beckham Jr.

6. Ryan Shazier

5. Tom Brady

4. Julio Jones

3. Andrew Luck

2. Jimmy Garoppolo

1. Le'Veon Bell

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Infographic

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Corey Davis

Aug 31, 2018 10:07 AM

Corey Davis enters 2018 needing to prove he'll be a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL.

Full List of Essential 50

50. Drew Brees

49. Larry Fitzgerald

48. DeForest Buckner

47. Adam Thielen

46. Eric Berry

45. Corey Davis

44. Ali Marpet

43. Sam Darnold

42. Golden Tate

41. Geno Atkins

40. Mitchell Trubisky

39. C.J. Mosley

38. Jameis Winston

37. Landon Collins

36. Vic Beasley Jr.

35. Ryan Tannehill

34. Amari Cooper 

33. Malcolm Jenkins

32. Christian McCaffrey

31. LeSean McCoy

30. Patrick Mahomes

29. Bradley Roby

28. Dalvin Cook

27. DeMarcus Lawrence

26. Russell Wilson

25. Cam Newton

24. Joey Bosa

23. Alex Smith

22. Alvin Kamara

21. Jadeveon Clowney

20. Jarvis Landry

19. David Johnson

18. Ezekiel Elliott 

17. Khalil Mack

16. Myles Garrett

15. Deshaun Watson

14. Carson Wentz

13. Todd Gurley

12. Rob Gronkowski

11. Jalen Ramsey

10. Aaron Rodgers

9. Earl Thomas

8. Aaron Donald

7. Odell Beckham Jr.

6. Ryan Shazier

5. Tom Brady

4. Julio Jones

3. Andrew Luck

2. Jimmy Garoppolo

1. Le'Veon Bell

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Tags: Tennessee Titans, Infographic

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Cowboys Trading For Chiefs OL Parker Ehinger

Aug 31, 2018 8:20 AM

The Dallas Cowboys will acquire offensive lineman Parker Ehinger from the Kansas City Chiefs for cornerback Charvarius Ward.

Ehinger was a fourth-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2016. He won a starting job as a rookie, but tore his ACL and only started in Week 17 last season.

Nick Shook/NFL

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Teddy Bridgewater Doesn't Mind Waiting Behind Drew Brees

Aug 31, 2018 8:16 AM

Teddy Bridgewater is only under contract for the 2018 season, but he's open to remaining with the New Orleans Saints and learning behind Drew Brees.

The Saints acquired Bridgewater from the New York Jets earlier this week.

"I definitely don't mind waiting," he said. "For me, I get to take advantage of this opportunity to grow as a man and as a football player.

"I've been following this offense since I was in college, and to be able to be a part of it now, it's a great feeling. You watch the tape, you look at the numbers and things like that, and you say, 'Wow.' It's an opportunity to be a part of something like that.

"I don't mind waiting. I get to learn from one of the best players to ever play this game, get to be in the room with a great group of guys, get to learn from Coach Payton. So I look forward to that."

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

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Anthem Resolution Unlikely By Week 1
The NFL and NFLPA are encouraged by ongoing discussions on the league's national anthem policy, but a resolution is not expected by the start of the regular season, according to sources.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Eric Berry
The Chiefs won the AFC West last season despite missing Eric Berry for the entire year with an Achilles injury.

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Colin Kaepernick's Grievance Case Against NFL Going To Trial
Colin Kaepernick argues that owners have colluded to keep him off any NFL roster since he hit free agency in 2017.

ESPN

Rob Gronkowski Restructures Contract With Patriots, Adds $4.3M
Rob Gronkowski can make up to $13.3 million in 2018.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Aaron Rodgers: NBA Players Have More Leverage Than NFL
Aaron Rodgers had hoped to get an opt out in his new contract, or tie his salary to a percentage of the salary cap.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen has averaged 1,121 yards over the past two seasons as the local boy has made good.

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Raiders Seeking Two First-Round Picks For Khalil Mack
The Raiders have fielded calls from teams interested in trading for Khalil Mack in recent days.

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network

Rob Gronkowski Focused On Season, Not Contract
A number of players have received lucrative contract extensions this offseason, but Rob Gronkowski isn't one of them.

Herbie Teope/NFL

Rams Restructure Andrew Whitworth, Robert Woods Contracts
The moves reportedly clear $7 million in cap space for this season, which will come in handy as the Rams attempt to sign Aaron Donald to a long-term deal.

Field Yates/ESPN

The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: DeForest Buckner
If the 49ers improve their defense and become a playoff team, DeForest Buckner will be one of their emerging stars.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald will go straight to Canton when he retires, but he remains one of the NFL's most effective wide receivers.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Drew Brees
Drew Brees continues to be one of the NFL's best QBs, but the end is still near and Teddy Bridgewater's arrival gives that a new perspective.

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Ed Oliver, Nick Bosa Headline Mel Kiper's 2019 NFL Draft Big Board
At No. 15, Justin Herbert of Oregon is the first quarterback on the board.

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

Browns Release Mychal Kendricks Following Insider Trading Charge
The Browns said they were aware of Mychal Kendricks' involvement prior to signing him to a one-year deal.

ESPN

Tyler Lockett Signs Three-Year, $31.8M Extension With Seahawks
Tyler Lockett was entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Saints Acquire Teddy Bridgewater From Jets For 3rd Round Pick
The Jets will start Sam Darnold in Week 1 with Teddy Bridgewater going to the Saints.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Aaron Rodgers, Packers Agree To Four-Year, $134M Deal
Aaron Rodgers' new deal has an annual average value of $33.5 million

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Mychal Kendricks Charged With Insider Trading
Mychal Kendricks has been charged with insider trading tied to investments he made four years ago.

Jeremy Roebuck/Philadelphia Daily News

Seahawks Acquire Brett Hundley From Packers
The Packers have agreed to trade Brett Hundley to the Seahawks for a 2019 draft pick.

Adam Schefter, Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Rams 'Very, Very Optimistic' About Aaron Donald Deal
With the regular season a little more than a week away, the Rams and Aaron Donald still have yet to reach a long-term agreement.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk