April 2019 - Football Wiretap

Jamaal Charles To Retire After Signing One-Day Contract With Chiefs

Apr 30, 2019 6:45 PM

Jamaal Charles will sign a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and retire.

Charles played for the Chiefs for nine seasons and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Charles is the franchise's all-time leading rusher with 7,260 yards.

The Chiefs released Charles after the 2016 season and he played for the Denver Broncos in 2017 and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.

Charles twice had to overcome ACL injuries, in 2011 and 2015, missing 14 games in '11 and 24 games in '15 and '16 combined. 


Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

Cardinals Criticized For Inexplicably Waiting To Shop Josh Rosen

Apr 30, 2019 4:28 PM

The Arizona Cardinals were not proactive in determining the trade market of Josh Rosen in advance of draft weekend.

The Cardinals waited until they had selected Kyler Murray to initiate at least some teams in talks.

Some teams that would have been otherwise interested in Rosen didn't receive a call until after Murray was traded.

"I can't think of anyone who could have played this worse," said one of the executives. "EVERYONE knew they were taking Murray and you're drafting first overall. You have nothing to hide from anyone. They could have been quietly shopping Rosen for weeks at least."

Matt Miller/Bleacher Report

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

Exec: No Other Team Would Have Selected Daniel Jones In Top-17

Apr 30, 2019 1:53 PM

The New York Giants selected Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall as Dave Gettleman fell in love with the Duke quarterback.

Gettleman wanted to control the draft process and limit knowledge of his draft plans internally as the franchise has been known for leaks. The Giants instead leaked to multiple media members that they liked Dwayne Haskins, but also wanted to draft defensive players with their first two picks.

There's a belief the Giants panicked and selected Jones at No. 6 because they feared he wouldn't be available at No. 17.

"There is no way he was going anywhere else in the top 17 picks," said one plugged-in executive for an AFC team. "We run mock drafts and run through the scenarios and I hadn't heard of one team that wanted Jones other than them." 

The Giants missed out on one of the premier defensive players that would available at No. 6 and instead selected Dexter Lawrence at No. 17.

"The smart move is draft a pass-rusher [at No. 6] and then try to trade back up for the quarterback if you have to, but I still don't think they would have had to," said the same executive.

Matt Miller/Bleacher Report

Tags: New York Giants, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Kyle Shanahan Reportedly Not Trusting John Lynch's Decision-Making

Apr 30, 2019 1:46 PM

The scouting and coaching departments of the San Francisco 49ers reportedly have friction over the vision of the offseason.

Kyle Shanahan reportedly does not trust the decision-making of John Lynch. Shanahan wants to scheme and develop players while not being bothered by the player evaluation process.

Shanahan and Lynch signed six-year contracts before the 2017 season. There are four years remaining on both their deals, which could lead to a power struggle.

Matt Miller/Bleacher Report

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Colts Sign Spencer Ware

Apr 30, 2019 12:31 PM

The Indianapolis Colts have signed Spencer Ware.

The Colts didn't select a running back in the NFL draft.

Ware joins a backfield led by Marlon Mack. The Colts also have Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams on the depth chart.


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

Browns Interested In Trading For Gerald McCoy

Apr 30, 2019 9:15 AM

The Cleveland Browns have "ongoing interest" in trading for Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McCoy has been available for much of the current offseason.

McCoy is due to earn $13 million in 2019, $12.5 million in 2020, and nearly $13 million in the final year of his contract.

Steve Doerschuk/Canton Repository (via PFT)

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Ezekiel Ansah Meets With Seahawks

Apr 30, 2019 8:34 AM

The Seattle Seahawks hosted Ezekiel Ansah for a free-agent visit on Monday, according to a report.

Since hitting free agency, the defensive lineman has visited with the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills.

The Seahawks could use Ansah as a partial replacement for Frank Clark, who they traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mike Garafolo/NFL Network

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Eagles Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On Carson Wentz

Apr 30, 2019 8:30 AM

As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles have exercised the fifth-year option on Carson Wentz's rookie contract.

Wentz is set to earn $8.5 million this coming season. He'll make more than $20 million in 2020, the fifth and final year of his rookie deal.

The Eagles drafted the quarterback second overall in 2016.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Josh Rosen Believes He Can Be Miami's Franchise QB

Apr 30, 2019 8:27 AM

Josh Rosen, a first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals last year, believes he can be the quarterback of the future for the Miami Dolphins.

"Very rarely do you get a second chance to make a first impression," Rosen said. "It felt like I got drafted twice."

The Cardinals moved Rosen after taking Kyler Murray first overall last Thursday.

"I think I'm a really good teammate. What I've tried to do is not say or do anything extra, just kind of be me and keep my head down, and eventually the story will straighten out," Rosen said. "I think it has for the most part. Time and consistency are the best medicine to cure the narrative."

Cameron Wolfe/ESPN

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor

Vegas Predicts Browns Will Miss Playoffs

Apr 30, 2019 8:23 AM

Expectations are high for the Cleveland Browns, but one Las Vegas sportsbook doesn't have them favored to quality for the playoffs.

The SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas opened odds on all teams to make (or miss) the postseason on Sunday afternoon, with the Browns a -120 favorite to miss the playoffs (EVEN to make).

Cleveland hasn't made the postseason since 2002 and finished 7-8-1 last year (and 1-31 the previous two seasons).

Ben Fawkes/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

Mike Mayock Explains Decision To Send Scouts Home Days Before Draft
Mike Mayock felt vindicated to send Oakland's scouts home after news of the decision leaked to the media within 45 minutes.

Peter King/NBC Sports

Kliff Kingsbury Denies Insisting On Cardinals Selecting Kyler Murray
Kliff Kingsbury was prepared to work with Josh Rosen had the Cardinals decided to draft Nick Bosa at No. 1 instead of Kyler Murray.

Peter King/NBC Sports

Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins Given Best Rookie Of The Year Odds
Kyler Murray is the overwhelming favorite for Rookie of the Year.

RealGM Staff Report

Dolphins Won't Rule Out Taking QB In 2020 Draft Despite Josh Rosen
Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert are the probable best quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

NFL Claims Draft TV Coverage Breaks Record With 47.5M Total Viewers
The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft had more than 11 million viewers.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Freddie Kitchens Unfazed By Duke Johnson's Trade Request
Duke Johnson didn't report to offseason workouts with the Browns last month and has reportedly requested a trade.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

NFL May Put Tyreek Hill On Exempt List This Week
Tyreek Hill has been suspended from all team-related activities in the wake of the audio that surfaced Thursday in which he discusses abusing his son.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Sebastian Janikowski Retiring After 19 Seasons
Sebastian Janikowski is retiring from the NFL at the age of 41 after 19 seasons.


Dave Gettleman: Two Teams Would Have Taken Daniel Jones By No. 17
Dave Gettleman insists there were at least two teams that intended to draft Daniel Jones if the Giants had waited until the 17th pick of Thursday night's NFL draft.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Doug Baldwin Considering Retirement Due To Injuries
Doug Baldwin has undergone surgery on his groin and a shoulder this offseason.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Dolphins Acquire Josh Rosen From Cardinals For No. 62
Josh Rosen became expendable after the Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray with the first overall pick.


Nick Bosa Now 'Respects What Colin Kaepernick Has Done'
Nick Bosa's social media activity was a source of controversy due to several comments he made, including calling Colin Kaepernick a "clown" in August of 2016.

Matt Maiocco/NBC Sports Bay Area (via PFT)

Dabo Swinney Signs 10-Year, $93M Extension With Clemson
Dabo Swinney's deal is the largest coaching deal in college football history.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Dolphins, Cardinals Continue To Discuss Josh Rosen Trade
Miami has been doing background work on Josh Rosen for weeks, but the Cardinals still aren't prepared to give him away.

Ian Rapoport, Tom Pelissero/NFL.com

Roger Goodell Encouraged By Early CBA Talks With Union
The NFL's current deal expires in 2021.

Associated Press

Depth Of Draft Made It Easy For Colts To Trade Out Of First Round
The Colts have three second-round picks to use on Friday night after trading out of the first round of this year's NFL Draft.

Indianapolis Star

Chiefs Ban Tyreek Hill From All Team Activities
The Chiefs have banned Tyreek Hill from all team activities until more is known about an audio recording in which the wide receiver's fiancee accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers Won't OK Robbie Gould's Trade Request
Earlier this week, Robbie Gould and his agent told the 49ers that the kicker wants to be traded back closer to his Chicago home.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Washington Trades Up To Use No. 26 Pick On Montez Sweat
The Colts acquired the 46th overall pick and a second-rounder in 2020 from the Redskins.

RealGM Staff Report

Eagles Acquire No. 22 Pick From Ravens, Pick Andre Dillard
To acquire the 22nd pick, the Eagles sent the 25th, 125th and 197th picks to the Ravens.

RealGM Staff Report