May 2019 - Football Wiretap

Buccaneers Release Gerald McCoy

May 20, 2019 6:52 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will release Gerald McCoy.

The Buccaneers elected not to pay him the $13 million he was owed for the 2019 season.

The Buccaneers may attempt to sign Ndamukong Suh as his replacement.

McCoy was the third overall pick by Tampa Bay in 2010 out of Oklahoma and is a six-time Pro Bowler.

Rick Stroud/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Reuben Foster Believed To Have Suffered Torn ACL, Additional Damage

May 20, 2019 6:02 PM

Reuben Foster is believed to have suffered a torn ACL plus some concerns about possible artery damage in his leg.

The injury is reportedly very serious.

Foster was claimed off waivers by Washington following multiple legal issues with the San Francisco 49ers.

JP Finlay/NBC Sports

Tags: Washington Redskins, Injury

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Ben Roethlisberger Accepts Blame For Criticizing Antonio Brown

May 20, 2019 4:49 PM

Ben Roethlisberger accepted blame for criticising Antonio Brown during the 2018 season.

"I took some heat, and deservedly so, for some of the comments on that show and especially toward him," Roethlisberger told the outlet. "I genuinely feel bad about that and I'm sorry. Did I go too far after that Denver game? Probably ..."

Roethlisberger expressed contrition for his post-Week 12 comments on 93.7 The Fan, including his observation that Brown should have run a flatter route on a late-game interception and that he wished he had thrown the ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster at the goal line instead.

"That's the thing about media and social media, as soon as you say 'sorry' it only goes so far. You can't take it back," Roethlisberger said about his comments. "And I wish I could, because if that's what ruined our friendship and relationship, I'm truly, genuinely sorry about that."

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Colts Sign Chad Kelly

May 20, 2019 2:48 PM

The Indianapolis Colt have signed quarterback Chad Kelly.

Kelly has a history of off-the field issues.

Kelly was kicked off Clemson's football team for arguing with coaches during the spring game in 2014. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after he was arrested for a bar fight in 2014. Kelly was in another fight at his brother's high school football game in New York in October 2016. Videos showed Kelly being held back by the coaches.

Kelly was released by the Denver Broncos in 2018 after being arrested for criminal trespassing.

Kelly is the nephew of Jim Kelly.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Vikings' Mark Wilf: 'We Expect A Lot Better Season'

May 20, 2019 8:11 AM

The Minnesota Vikings missed the playoffs this past season despite high expectations.

The core of the roster remains intact and ownership is expecting much more success.

"We expect a lot better season, and we're working hard every day," co-owner Mark Wilf said. "I know our coaches, and staff, and players are working hard and getting ready for the season."

Kirk Cousins is entering his second season with the Vikings after an average first year.

"I think a year under his belt here in Minnesota and his familiarity with everything is going to bode well," Wilf said. "He's doing great. We expect a lot out of him as well as our whole team."

Sid Hartman/Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor

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Colts Have Shrunk Draft Board Under Chris Ballard

May 20, 2019 8:07 AM

The Indianapolis Colts didn't consult a huge draft board this year, despite having six of the first 135 picks last month.

Chris Ballard says the team has steadily shrunk the size of their draft board over the course of his tenure.

"I'd say this year we had 170 players on the board which is way down from where it was before," he said. "I think last year we were at 220, I can't even remember the number from my first year. But yeah, it makes it easier to navigate when you have fewer names that you know fit what you want. I think when we really get it right, and we get it down to about 125, 150, that's when we'll have really honed down exactly what a Colt is for our schemes. And not only from a player perspective, how he's going to fit on the team, but also from a character perspective."

Albert Breer/SI

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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Browns GM, Coach Attend Kareem Hunt's Baptism

May 20, 2019 8:03 AM

John Dorsey and Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns attended Kareem Hunt's baptism ceremony Sunday in support of the running back, who is trying to turn his life around.

Hunt's baptism took place at True Vine Baptist Church in Cleveland.

He told reporters last week that he was "looking forward [to the baptism] so I can feel reborn."

Hunt signed with the Browns in February after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs when a video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman at his Cleveland residence in 2018. Because of that altercation, Hunt will miss the first eight games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

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Chris Long Retiring After 11 NFL Seasons

May 19, 2019 8:33 AM

Chris Long is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL.

Long spent much of the offseason weighing whether to retire or play another season. 

The Eagles released a statement congratulating Long, saying, in part, "He will always be part of the Eagles family."

"There aren't many players who can say they won back-to-back Super Bowls and the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award," the Eagles said. "There's no question that his work ethic combined with his unique talent made him into one of the greatest of this era's professional athletes. We're very thankful Chris chose to play for the Philadelphia Eagles."

Tim McManus/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Texans Release Ryan Griffin Following Vandalism Incident In Nashville

May 18, 2019 8:34 AM

The Houston Texans have released Ryan Griffin.

Griffin is facing charges of vandalism and public intoxication for allegedly punching out a front window in a hotel last month in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Texans also selected tight end Kahale Warring out of San Diego State in the third round.

Police say Griffin, 29, was arrested for his own safety rather than given misdemeanor citations.

Griffin had 24 receptions for 305 yards last season with Houston and has 136 career receptions and seven touchdowns in six seasons.

Field Yates/ESPN

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

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Adam Gase's Passive-Aggressive Power Struggle Led To Maccagnan Exit

May 17, 2019 6:33 PM

New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson had reservations about retaining Mike Maccagnan as general manager after the season.

But the firing of Maccagnan is believed to have been triggered by Adam Gase winning a passive-aggressive power struggle.

Gase tried to distance himself from the Jets' draft decisions even before it began. Gase rarely gave input on trade possibilities or prospects. Gase never fought for or objected to any of Maccagnan's picks.

Gase was believed to have been angered by Maccagnan not seeking his opinion on any decisions during organizational discussions.

“It pissed Adam off,” a team source said. “Mike didn’t want him to speak up too much. It’s a weird philosophy.”

Maccagnan didn't want the Jets' scouts influenced by Gase's opinion. 

Gase will now essentially hand pick the next general manager of the Jets.

“I don’t think he wants to screw a lot of people over,” one Jets employee said of Gase. “Because he feels like he already kind of did that.”

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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Ravens Sign Shane Ray, Michael Floyd
Pass-rush and wide receiver are considered the two biggest needs for the Ravens.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings Are Discuss Extension
Talks between the Vikings and Kyle Rudolph on a contract extension are ongoing, but the discussions haven't gained any momentum.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Scott Pioli Resigns As Falcons' Assistant GM
Scott Pioli did not specify which opportunities he plans to pursue.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Patrick Peterson Suspended Six Games For PED Violation
Patrick Peterson is an eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Official NFL Draft Twitter Account Posts Desire For Lottery
In the wake of the craziness that was the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday night, there has been talk about reform involving other leagues.

RealGM Staff Report

Dak Prescott Wants 'To Be A Cowboy Forever'
Dak Prescott could sign a multiyear deal with the Cowboys this offseason and the quarterback has made his intentions known.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Jets Trade Darron Lee To Chiefs For Sixth-Round Pick
The move came just hours after Mike Maccagnan was fired as general manager and coach Adam Gase was elevated to interim GM.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Kareem Hunt: I Won't 'Mess This Up' With Browns
Kareem Hunt says he made a mistake and plans to make the most out of his chance with the Browns.

Ryan Isley/ESPN

Patriots Sign Jamie Collins
The Patriots traded Jamie Collins to the Browns in 2016.

ESPN

Adam Gase Opposed Jets Signing Le'Veon Bell
Adam Gase made the argument that he didn't want the Jets to spend a lot of money on any running back.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

NFL.com Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah Emerges As GM Candidate For Jets
Daniel Jeremiah replaced Mike Mayock as the head draft analyst of the NFL Network when Mayock became general manager of the Oakland Raiders.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jets Fire Mike Maccagnan As General Manager
Adam Gase will be interim general manager of the Jets.

Adam Schefter, Jeff Darlington/ESPN

Dwayne Haskins Preparing Like He'll Be The Starter
Dwyane Haskins will have to beat out Case Keenum and Colt McCoy to start for the Redskins in Week 1, but the rookie is preparing to do just that.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Ravens Sign Joe Horn, Jr. After Tryout
The Ravens have signed wide receiver Joe Horn, Jr. to their 90-man roster after an impressive tryout at rookie minicamp earlier this month.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Dion Jordan Faces 10-Game Ban For Using Adderall
The free-agent defensive end has been suspended three times in the past, including for an entire season.

ESPN

John Urschel Has No Interest In Analytics Job With NFL Team
John Urschel was accepted into the PhD program for applied mathematics at MIT in 2016.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Bill Belichick To Serve As Patriots' De Facto Defensive Coordinator
The Patriots hired Greg Schiano for the role, but he stepped down suddenly approximately a month later.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Steve Keim Never Communicated With Josh Rosen Before 2019 NFL Draft
Josh Rosen only learned of Arizona's intention to select Kyler Murray one minute before the pick was announced when he received a call from Kliff Kingsbury.

Rich Eisen/NFL.com

EJ Manuel Retires From NFL
EJ Manuel was a first round pick by the Bills in 2013.

Field Yates/ESPN

HBO's Hard Knocks Down To Four Potential Teams
The 49ers, Giants, Raiders, Lions and Redskins are eligible to appear on Hard Knocks.

Jared Dubin/CBS Sports