March 2019 - Football Wiretap

Cowboys, Dolphins Discussing Robert Quinn Trade

Mar 20, 2019 8:29 AM

The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins are discussing a possible trade centered around Robert Quinn, according to sources.

Quinn would have to agree to any possible deal.

The Dolphins have been shopping the pass rusher this offseason. They are reportedly willing to eat some of the $11.8 million he's owed in 2019.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Texans Sign A.J. McCarron

Mar 20, 2019 8:20 AM

The Houston Texans have signed A.J. McCarron to a one-year, $3 million deal to serve as Deshaun Watson's backup.

Watson was backed up by Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb III in 2018.

Sarah Barshop/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Vontaze Burfict Agrees To One-Year Deal With Raiders

Mar 20, 2019 7:38 AM

Vontaze Burfict has agreed to a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders worth up to $5 million.

Burfict will reunite with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who held the same role with the Bengals from 2014 to 2017.

Burfict downplayed any lingering tension with former AFC North rival Antonio Brown.

"We're on the same team," Burfict said. "It's one goal. It's all positive, man. He's a great player. ... I'm going to approach him just like I do all my other teammates. ... There's nothing negative here. We're on the same team. We're trying to win a championship here.

"Honestly, we might be the closest friends on the team, you know what I mean? So, just got to go along with it, and I can't wait to meet him."


Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Clay Matthews Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Rams

Mar 20, 2019 7:29 AM

Clay Matthews has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Rams on a two-year contract. Matthews is coming off a five-year, $66 million contract with the Green Bay Packers at the age of 32.

Matthews registered only 3.5 sacks last season, the lowest single-season total of his career. 

Matthews will likely play some at inside linebacker this season despite primarily playing as an outside linebacker and edge rusher during his career.


Tags: Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Robert Kraft Offered Plea Deal In Prostitution Case

Mar 19, 2019 6:05 PM

Robert Kraft and 24 other men have been offered a plea deal to drop charges for soliciting prostitution. 

Kraft and the other men would have to review the evidence and admit they would have been proved guilty at trial.

A letter sent to Roger Goodell that was signed by 19 survivors of sexual abuse and 60 organizations that fight sexual exploitation urged him to ban Kraft from the NFL if he is found guilty of soliciting sex.

Kraft pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation. His court date is set for March 28.


Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

Randall Cobb Agrees To One-Year, $5M Deal With Cowboys

Mar 19, 2019 5:52 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to sign Randall Cobb to a one-year, $5 million deal.

Cobb was limited to nine games in 2018 due to a hamstring injury.

Cobb's best two seasons ame in 2014 and 2015.

Jay Glazer/The Athletic

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Fantasy, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Martellus Bennett Won't Come Out Of Retirement

Mar 19, 2019 4:56 PM

Martellus Bennett will remain retired despite Michael Bennett's trade to the New England Patriots.

"I would love to play ball with my brother; it would truly be a dream come true. But my biggest dream is to change lives with my creativity and that is what I am currently doing," Bennett said in an Instagram post.

Bennett had returned briefly to the Patriots in 2017.


Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Kyler Murray Meeting With Kliff Kingsbury, Steve Keim

Mar 19, 2019 4:49 PM

Kyler Murray is meeting with Kliff Kingsbury and Steve Keim in Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Murray is the favorite to be picked by the Cardinals with the first overall pick despite the team selecting Josh Rosen last year at No. 10.

Adam Schefter reported teams made overtures into Rosen's availability at the combine.


Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

ESPN Meets With Peyton Manning About Monday Night Football Job

Mar 19, 2019 8:38 AM

ESPN met with Peyton Manning on March 11 to discuss a job in the Monday Night Football booth. ESPN is searching for a replacement for Jason Witten.

There is no word on Manning's level of interest in a broadcasting job.

Manning already works for ESPN on Detail, which airs on ESPN+.

ESPN previously had interest in Manning for the Monday Night Football job last year.

Marisa Guthrie/Hollywood Reporter

Tags: Misc Rumor

Jaguars Have 'Full Confidence' In Leonard Fournette

Mar 19, 2019 8:35 AM

Leonard Fournette had a forgettable 2018 season, but Tom Coughlin insists the Jacksonville Jaguars still have "full confidence" in the running back.

Fournette missed seven games with injuries and was suspended for another game by the Jaguars.

"With Leonard, a prepared Leonard coming into camp with a mindset that he discussed and we talked about … I have full confidence in him,” Coughlin said. "He does have some things he’s got to prove when he comes back about his preparation, but he’s a young, young player, he loves football, had an outstanding year, had a very disappointing year, and I think he wants to — we want him to be a great player and I think he’s in the same mindset."


Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

Dave Gettleman: Giants Can Win While Building
The Giants are building a new roster, but Dave Gettleman says they can still win games while doing so.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Blake Bortles Reaches Deal With Rams To Backup Jared Goff
The Rams have reached an agreement with Blake Bortles on a one-year deal to serve as Jared Goff's backup.


Haloti Ngata Announces NFL Retirement From Top Of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Haloti Ngata went to the Pro Bowl five times and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Raiders Given Best Transaction Award By MIT For Khalil Mack Deal
The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at MIT honored the Raiders with the Best Transaction award, calling it the best move any franchise made in 2018 in any sport.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Drew Rosenhaus Unsure If Rob Gronkowski Will Retire
Rob Gronkowski's agent says economics won't be a factor in whether he plays or retires in 2019.

Peter King/NBC Sports

Earl Thomas Nearly Agreed To One-Year, $12M Deal
The undisclosed team was confident an agreement with Earl Thomas would be reached.

Peter King/NBC Sports

Saints Sign Nick Easton To Boost Offensive Line
The Saints have agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal with guard/center Nick Easton, according to a source.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Bills Had No Interest When Giants Called About Odell Beckham Trade
After a trade for Antonio Brown fell through, the Bills received a call from the Giants on their interest in Odell Beckham Jr.

Peter King/NBC Sports

Dolphins Add Ryan Fitzpatrick On Two-Year, $11M Deal
The contract includes incentives that could increase the value of the deal to between $17 million and $20 million, according to a source.


Steelers, Mark Barron Agree Upon Two-Year, $12M Deal
Mark Barron was the starting inside linebacker for the Rams.


Johnny Manziel Joins AAF's Memphis Franchise
The quarterback will report on Sunday. Memphis is 1-5 on the season.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Saints Surprised By Max Unger's Retirement
Max Unger has decided to retire, leaving a large hole in the middle of the Saints' offensive line.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

49ers Were Unwilling To Trade No. 2 Overall Pick For Odell Beckham Jr.
The 49ers had interest in trading for Odell Beckham Jr. both during the 2018 season and again in the offseason.

Jay Glazer/The Athletic

Glazer Sensed Giants Planned To Take Best OBJ Offer By Certain Date
Jay Glazer explained his reasoning on the Odell Beckham Jr. prediction.

Jay Glazer/The Athletic

Tyler Eifert Agrees To Re-Sign With Bengals
Tyler Eifert has never played in a full 16-game season.


Chargers Sign Tom Telesco To Multi-Year Extension
The Chargers signed Tom Telesco to a multi-year contract extension at the completion of last season.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Golden Tate: Giants 'Not As Far Off As People Think'
The Giants aren't undergoing a complete rebuild, according to new wide receiver Golden Tate.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Colin Kaepernick Interested In Dolphins' Job
The Dolphins only have Jake Rudock and Luke Falk on their depth chart at quarterback.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Tyreek Hill Under Investigation For Allegedly Breaking Son's Arm
Tyreek Hill is under investigation for a battery incident in which a juvenile is listed as the victim.

Steve Vockrodt, Brooke Pryor/Kansas City Star

Titans Acquire Ryan Tannehill From Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill's new contract is for $7 million for one season and is fully guaranteed.

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