February 2019 - Football Wiretap

Kyler Murray Measures At 5 Feet, 10⅛ Inches, 207 Lbs

Feb 28, 2019 11:35 AM

Kyler Murray measured with a height of 5 feet, 10⅛ inches tall and weighed 207 pounds at the combine. Murray's hands measured 9 4.8 inches.

Murray's measurements have been one of the most important topics at the combine due to questions about whether his size will limit his NFL potential.

Murray's height would also make him one of the shortest starting quarterbacks in the league's history.

Drew Brees was 6-foot-0¼ and 213 pounds at the 2001 scouting combine, while Russell Wilson was 5-foot-10⅝ and 204 pounds at the 2012 combine. 

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc

Texans Considering Franchise Tag On Jadeveon Clowney

Feb 28, 2019 11:32 AM

The Houston Texans will consider using the franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney. 

“It’s certainly an option,” GM Brian Gaine said of using the franchise tag. “It’s not the priority, but it’s certainly an option.”

The Texans have until Tuesday afternoon to decide about using the tag. 

There have been reports that the Texans might prefer to let Clowney play out the season on the tag.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Chiefs Engaging In Trade Talks On Justin Houston

Feb 28, 2019 9:14 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have engaged in trade talks involving Justin Houston.

There are teams calling with interest in the All-Pro linebacker, who carries a $21.1 million cap hit.

Adam Maya/NFL

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Antonio Brown Not 'Angry' With Steelers, Still Wants Trade

Feb 28, 2019 9:10 AM

Antonio Brown isn't "angry" with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he has maintained his desire to be traded.

Brown is officially on the trading block after meeting with Steelers brass earlier this month in South Florida.

Both parties agreed that it's best to work on a trade, though Kevin Colbert made it clear that the team wants "significant compensation."

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Broncos Want To Have Case Keenum Return As Backup

Feb 28, 2019 8:58 AM

The Denver Broncos have a deal in place to acquire Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens when the new league year begins on March 13.

John Elway can't discuss Flacco, but did say Wednesday that his "preference'' was to get Case Keenum back as the team's backup.

Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million deal last March.

"Well, there has to be an adjustment of the contract, first of all, and that's going to be up to him,'' Elway said. "It will be up to what he wants to do there. As I told him on the phone, we're going to work with him and it's up to him what he wants to do."

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

Jets Interested In Trading Down From No. 3

Feb 28, 2019 8:36 AM

The New York Jets have interest in trading down from the No. 3 overall pick.

"Right now, we feel good at No. 3, but I'd definitely say if there's an opportunity to trade down, we would absolutely look at it," said Mike Maccagnan.

The Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 last year to select Sam Darnold. New York sent three second round picks to the Indianapolis Colts in the deal. The Jets hope to find a similar trade.

"Yeah, I think I would be open to any team that would," he said, when asked specifically about the Giants. "As long as the trade made sense to us, there's nothing that would stop us from doing that."

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Tags: New York Jets, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Giants Expect Eli Manning To Remain With Franchise In 2019

Feb 27, 2019 12:58 PM

The New York Giants expect Eli Manning to remain with the franchise in 2019.

"Well, I think Eli can help us win games, and he proved when the players around him started playing better that he can play at a very high level and help us win games, so at this point I want Eli back," Pat Shurmur said from Indianapolis. "He's back."

Asked specifically if he expects Manning to be on the team in 2019, Shurmur said, "I fully expect him [back].

"[General manager] Dave [Gettleman] will tell you I'm a body collector. I want to keep all the players we have and add new ones. I really feel that way about Eli," he said.

Manning's cap hit for next season is $23.2 million. 


Tags: New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Eagles Decide Not To Use Franchise Tag On Nick Foles

Feb 27, 2019 12:56 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles will not use a franchise tag on Nick Foles, which will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Eagles would have had to make several cuts to successfully pull off a tag-and-trade involving Foles.

The Eagles are committed to Carson Wentz at quarterback.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Falcons Plan On Keeping Vic Beasley Jr. In 2019

Feb 27, 2019 11:52 AM

The Atlanta Falcons say "the plan right now" is on keeping Vic Beasley Jr. for the 2019 season.

"I'm very excited about where I think he can go to, and we've had good conversations about the impact that he can make," Dan Quinn said of Beasley. "The biggest impact that he can make is doing it really consistently."

Beasley recorded just 10 sacks over the past two seasons.

"I think it's going to take really good preparation and really consistent play," Quinn said of Beasley becoming an impact player again. "So how do we get him to that? A lot of things are going to come into that. But if I didn't think that he could do it, I wouldn't [commit]. So that's our belief as an organization, to say, 'Hey, man, we believe you can get the job done.'"

Beasley has one year left on his contract after the Falcons exercised his fifth-year option. 

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Don't Sound Entirely Committed To Josh Rosen

Feb 27, 2019 11:36 AM

The Arizona Cardinals used a first round pick on Josh Rosen last offseason, but they may not be entirely committed to him long-term.

“Is Josh Rosen our quarterback?” GM Steve Keim told reporters. “Yeah, he is right now. For sure.”

Kliff Kingsbury is on record of saying he would use Kyler Murray with the first overall pick. But since being hired by the Cardinals, Kingsbury has tried to walk back the comments.

The Cardinals own the first overall pick.

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

Steelers Receiving Increased Interest On Antonio Brown Trade
The Steelers and Antonio Brown have mutually decided to pursue a trade this offseason.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Mark Murphy: Aaron Rodgers Has To Embrace Green Bay's Changes
Aaron Rodgers will have a new head coach this season for the first time in his career.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Randy Gregory Suspended Indefinitely By NFL
Randy Gregory returned to play in 14 games in 2018 and finished second on the Cowboys with six sacks and 28 quarterback pressures.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Bengals Shopping John Ross In Trades
The Bengals are shopping John Ross after just two seasons, according to sources.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

AAF Ratings Increase For Week Three
The Alliance of American Football's Week 3 games had significantly increased ratings over Week 2.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

49ers Place Franchise Tag On Robbie Gould
The kicker is the first player to receive the franchise designation this offseason.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Cowboys Hopeful On Opening Offer To DeMarcus Lawrence
Dallas has until March 5 to get a multiyear deal done with DeMarcus Lawrence before having to use the franchise tag.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Andrew Whitworth To Return To Rams In 2019
Andrew Whitworth notified the Rams two days after the Super Bowl that he would be returning.


Colin Kaepernick Sought $20M Deal From XFL, AAF
The XFL held talks with Colin Kaepernick about joining the league.

Michael McCarthy/Sporting News

Robert Kraft Solicited Sex On Day Of AFC Title Game
Robert Kraft visited a Florida massage parlor for sex acts on the morning of the AFC Championship Game, according to documents released by the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office.


Attorney's Office Discredits Adam Schefter's 'Biggest Name' Report
Adam Schefter previously reported there was a name bigger than Robert Kraft involved in the prostitution ring.

Diana Moskovitz, Kelly Naqi/Deadspin

Raiders Reach Deal To Play In Oakland In 2019
The Raiders are scheduled to relocate to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Ravens To Release Michael Crabtree
Baltimore signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year, $21 million deal last March.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Marshawn Lynch Likely To Play In '19 With Raiders Remaining In Oakland
Marshawn Lynch didn't have interest in playing for the Raiders had they relocated outside the Bay Area.

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Chris Boswell Will Have To Compete For Job With Steelers
Chris Boswell had a rough 2018 season and he'll have to compete to be the kicker for the Steelers next season.

Grant Gordon/NFL

Trent Richardson Scores Three TDs In AAF Game
Trent Richardson scored three touchdowns for the AAF's Birmingham Irons in a 28-12 win over the Atlanta Legends on Sunday.


Peyton Barber Has Team-Issued Tablet Stolen
Peyton Barber's team-issued tablet was stolen in Atlanta early Saturday morning, according to Buccaneers officials.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition
The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

Jeff Risdon/RealGM

Kyler Murray Admits Telling A's Of NFL Decision Was Tough
Kyler Murray could become the first athlete ever to be drafted in the first round of both sports.

Jake Trotter/ESPN

Steelers Rule Out Trading Antonio Brown To Pats, AFC North Rival
The Steelers would prefer to trade Antonio Brown to a team in the NFC.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN