October 2019 - Football Wiretap

Raiders Trade Gareon Conley To Texans For Third Round Pick

Oct 21, 2019 3:17 PM

The Oakland Raiders have traded Gareon Conley to the Houston Texans for a third round pick.

Conley struggled at cornerback during the Raiders' Week 7 loss at the Green Bay Packers.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Urban Meyer 'Absolutely' Would Take Cowboys' Head Coaching Job

Oct 21, 2019 3:16 PM

Urban Meyer revealed that the head coaching job of the Dallas Cowboys is one he would consider taking. Meyer was asked about the Cowboys in regards to speculation linking Lincoln Riley to the position.

"Pure speculation, because I know [Riley], but I don't know him like that, but that's the one [job]," Meyer said. "That's the New York Yankees, that's the Dallas Cowboys, that's the one. Great city, you got Dak Prescott, you got Zeke Elliott, you got a loaded team, and I can't speak for [Riley] obviously -- I hate to even speculate -- because I don't know him, that's really not fair, but to me, that's the one job in professional football that you kind of say, 'I gotta go do that.'"

Meyer was asked if he would take the job.

"Absolutely. Absolutely," Meyer said. "That one? Yes."

Meyer retired as head coach of Ohio State this year.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

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Jerry Jones 'Looking For Reasons' To Retain Jason Garrett

Oct 21, 2019 3:13 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have maintained the job of Jason Garrett hasn't been on the line this season and they would like to retain him long-term.

“I am looking for reasons. I’m looking for reasons to keep him,” Jerry Jones said. “It’s merited here. It’s hard to get an effective coach and get it locked in with all you have to do retool and redo. I’m comfortable. We have established some security apart from the won-loss. He represents the organization well on and off the field. You don’t have to wake up in the morning reading about it.”

Garrett replaced Wade Philips in 2010 after a 1-7 start.

Jones said last week that Garrett “would be a very sought after coach if he were out here in the open market.”

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

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Giants Not Considering Switching Back From Daniel Jones To Eli Manning

Oct 21, 2019 1:17 PM

Pat Shurmur was asked if the New York Giants are considering making a quarterback change following a disappointing performance in Week 7 by Daniel Jones.

Jones replaced Eli Manning earlier in the season and the Giants won two in a row, but have now lost three in a row.

“No. I think Daniel’s going to learn from everything that’s going on,” Shurmur said, “Just like all the other rookies that are playing are going to learn from the things that happen. But you have to learn and you have to win games. I’m well aware of that. Totally well aware of that.”

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Tags: New York Giants

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Cardinals To Work Out Jay Ajayi, Spencer Ware

Oct 21, 2019 11:56 AM

The Arizona Cardinals are working out Jay Ajayi and Spencer Ware this week.

David Johnson has been limited with an ankle injury.

Chase Edmonds entered Week 7 as Arizona's only healthy running back.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Rams COO: The NBA Is Coming To The NFL

Oct 21, 2019 11:14 AM

The Los Angeles Rams acquired Jalen Ramsey last week from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a deal that some in the NFL compare to the type of transaction now typically seen within the NBA. Ramsey sought a trade from the Jaguars over several weeks and the Rams finally traded their 2020 first round pick along with first and fourth round picks in 2021.

“The NBA is coming to the NFL," said Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff. "This [the Ramsey trade] is a similar case to those NBA deals.

“Prior team-building formulas, where you basically had guys for their careers, is pretty much over,” he said. “Think of the guys who’ve moved in the past year. Khalil Mack. Marcus Peters. Jalen Ramsey. Jarvis Landry. Laremy Tunsil—”

Bill Polian believes the younger generation of general managers are more transactional.

“I think this generation of GMs might be a little more transactional," said Polian. "It used to be not many GMs thought about taking risks. They were from a generation where their parents might have grown up in the Depression, or remembered the Depression. Life was hard enough without taking risks. Today, the idea that you can make these decisions and change your team quickly is inculcated in this generation. I’m not sure of that, but it seems to be true.”

There have clearly been a spike in trades this season.

2009: 39 trades in the calendar year, involving 50 players. Seven traded players were Pro Bowlers at least once.

2019: 54 trades (with eight days left in the period), involving 69 players. Thirteen have been to at least one Pro Bowl.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, IQ, Misc Rumor

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Drew Brees To Practice, Eyes Week 8 Return

Oct 21, 2019 8:44 AM

Drew Brees plans to practice this week and hopes he can return as early as this coming Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

"We'll see how it goes. I'd love to [play]. It's a goal," Brees said.

When asked if he considers it a realistic goal, the quarterback said, "I hope so."

The New Orleans Saints have won five straight with Teddy Bridgewater under center.

Brees has been sidelined since he suffered a thumb injury on his right throwing hand in Week 2. He had surgery Sept. 18 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Injury

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Brett Maher Becomes First Kicker To Make Three 60-Yard FGs

Oct 21, 2019 8:40 AM

Brett Maher made NFL history on Sunday night when he made a 63-yard field goal at the end of the first half of the Dallas Cowboys' win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Maher is the first kicker in league history to make three field goals of at least 60 yards.

"It's pretty cool," he said. "I didn't know [it was a record] until I got in here. That's definitely cool."

He made a 62-yarder against the Eagles last season at AT&T Stadium and a 62-yarder last week against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Stats

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A.J. Green: 0-7 Start Won't Affect Return To Bengals

Oct 21, 2019 8:36 AM

A.J. Green says the Cincinnati Bengals' 0-7 start won't affect his timeline to return from an ankle injury.

"Everybody knows what type of guy I am," Green said. "I'm not going to fake anything. I'm not going to milk anything. When I'm ready to play, you know it's time for me to go. It doesn't matter what the record (is). Nobody can hold me back when it's time to play."

Green has been out since he suffered an ankle injury during the team's first practice of the season.

It was reported on Sunday by Adam Schefter that Green is not expected to return until after the Oct. 29 trade deadline.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals

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Tua Tagovailoa Undergoes 'Tightrope' Surgery On Ankle For 2nd Time

Oct 20, 2019 11:12 PM

Tua Tagovailoa will miss Alabama's game next week against Arkansas after undergoing surgery to help repair a high-ankle sprain.

Tagovailoa is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

"Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle this morning," Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week's game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery."

Tagovailoa had the "tightrope" procedure on his other ankle following the SEC Championship Game last season and returned in time to compete in the College Football Playoff.

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

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Matt Ryan To Undergo MRI To Determine Extent Of Ankle Injury

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Baker Mayfield Fined $12,500 For Criticizing Referees

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Alvin Kamara Out For Week 7 With Knee, Ankle Injuries

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Patrick Mahomes Receives 'Best-Case Scenario' Diagnosis On Knee

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Patrick Mahomes Suffers Right Knee Injury

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Analyst: ROI On NFL TV Deal Doesn't Make Sense For ESPN

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Darren Waller, Raiders Agree To Three-Year, $9M Extension

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NFL Ratings Climb Nine Percent Since 2017

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NFL, NFLA Discuss 17-Game Season In CBA Talks

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NFL Sees No Evidence Of Tanking, Not Considering Draft Lottery

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Trent Brown Accused Of Multiple Acts Of Domestic Violence

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Saints' P.J. Williams Suspended For Two Games

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Titans Replace Marcus Mariota With Ryan Tannhill As Starting QB

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Ravens Acquire Marcus Peters From Rams

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Jaguars Trading Jalen Ramsey To Rams For Three Picks

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Michael Bennett Suspended One Game By Patriots

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Rams Trade Marcus Peters To Ravens For Kenny Young

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Russell Wilson Moves Past Patrick Mahomes In MVP Odds

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Danielle Hunter Sets Record For Most Sacks Before Turning 25

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John Harbaugh Would Prefer Lamar Jackson Not Take 'Certain Hits'

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