April 2019 - Football Wiretap

Raiders Send All Scouts Home Ahead Of Draft Amid Internal Mistrust

Apr 19, 2019 12:28 PM

The Oakland Raiders have sent all of their scouts home for the weekend and they're not expected to return before the draft.

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock made the decision. The belief is Gruden and Mayock don't know who to trust and wanted to clear their draft room.

Mayock is conducting his first draft with the Raiders.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Von Miller Has Sights Set On 20-Sack Season

Apr 19, 2019 8:48 AM

Von Miller has a goal of posting a 20-sack season for the Denver Broncos.

Miller also wants to break Bruce Smith's all-time sack record of 200. To get there, Miller knows he'll need one massive season.

"I feel like I haven't even made it halfway yet," Miller said. "I'm going on nine [seasons]. We had Bruce Smith at our pass-rush summit and I talked to him about it a little bit. He played 20 years and averaged 10 sacks a season. That's right where I'm at with it. Hopefully I can get one of those 20-sack seasons. If I can get one of those in, it'll put me ahead of the pace. I'm still feeling good. I told [Bradley] Chubb today, 'I'm old but I'm still good. I still feel good out there. I still look good, Chubb?' And he was like, 'Yes.'

"As long as I'm still going and as long as I'm still playing first and second down, and rushing the quarterback on third, then I'm good. Whenever I start slipping to third down, then you know Von is on the way out. But I think that's a long way away for me."

Miller's career-high is 18.5 sacks.

Broncos

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Jaguars May Use Drones To Shade Stands On Sunny Days

Apr 19, 2019 8:44 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars may use drones to help make fans more comfortable during hot and sunny home games.

Shad Khan said he's seen proposals to use drone-powered "artificial clouds" that may be used over stadiums in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup.

"It's very futuristic but it could be very cost-effective only on the days you need it," Khan said. "I don't know how feasible it is, but as an engineer when I saw it I thought boy that would work very well for us."

It is unclear whether the technology has ever actually been deployed anywhere, or whether it is just an idea.

First Coast News

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

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Giants Focused On Best Players: 'Can't Draft For Need'

Apr 19, 2019 8:40 AM

The New York Giants have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in in the first round of the NFL draft and they are focused on drafting the best player available.

"I'm just telling you: I'm not going to force a pick," Dave Gettleman said. "You can't draft for need. You'll get screwed every time. You'll make a mistake."

There will be no exceptions, even for a quarterback.

"No," Gettleman insisted. "No special category."

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Washington Signs Matt Ioannidis To Three-Year, $21.75M Extension

Apr 18, 2019 4:30 PM

Washington has signed Matt Ioannidis to a three-year extension worth up to $21.75 million.

The deal came together over the past two weeks and sped to a conclusion the last two days. 

Ioannidis recorded a career-high 7.5 sacks last season and now has 12 for his career.

John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Josh Rosen: It's My Duty To Prove Cardinals Wrong If They Ship Me Off

Apr 18, 2019 4:28 PM

Josh Rosen admits the uncertainity of his future with the Arizona Cardinals has bothered him.

The Cardinals are considering selecting Kyler Murray, which would then lead to a trade of Rosen.

"I think the season probably went as poorly as it could possibly go," Rosen said from an RV. "But within that, I had an unbelievable time. I think when people talk about, like, you can't listen to criticism or you can't read articles, you have to be aware of what's going on to a certain extent. So I definitely understand the situation.

"It's annoying, but it is what it is. Football's a business, and I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions. We won three games, and each one of those wins -- to me, it felt like we won the Super Bowl. And that feeling is so intoxicating, and that's why I just want nothing more than to be part of a team next year and have the same opportunities to go out and compete."

On Tuesday, new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Rosen has been "phenomenal" through the offseason and has been the first one to show up to offseason workouts. General manager Steve Keim said he has had "good dialogue" with Rosen and called the quarterback a "pro's pro."

"I think the best advice I've ever gotten in life, from so many different people, is control what you can control," Rosen said. "And whatever decisions are made, it's my duty to prove them right if they keep me and prove them wrong if they ship me off."

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Tom Coughlin Appears To Violate Rules On Voluntary Workouts

Apr 18, 2019 2:03 PM

The NFL declined to comment on comments made by Tom Coughlin about the absences of players for voluntary workouts with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“We’re close to 100 percent attendance — and quite frankly all of our players should be here,” said Coughlin.

From Article 21, Section 5(a) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement: “No Club official may indicate to a player that the Club’s offseason workout program or classroom instruction is not voluntary”

“All our players should be here” represents an in-plain-sight indication that the sessions aren’t voluntary.

The union pushed back twice in 2017 against aggressive efforts from Coughlin to get around the rules.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Legal

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Rob Gronkowski Dented Lombardi Trophy With Bunt

Apr 18, 2019 8:29 AM

The New England Patriots tweeted out a video of Rob Gronkowski at the Red Sox's Opening Day ceremony last week.

In the video, Gronkowski is shown using the Lombardi trophy as a bat. Julian Edelman delivered a pitch to the tight end, who squared up for a bunt.

The ball connected with the trophy and made a dent.

Grant Gordon/NFL

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Panthers Create $7.24M In Cap Space By Restructuring Luke Kuechly

Apr 18, 2019 8:24 AM

The Carolina Panthers have created $7.24 million in cap space by converting $9.05 million of Luke Kuechly's base salary into a bonus.

The Panthers had very little cap space before restructuring the linebacker.

Field Yates/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

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Russell Wilson: No-Trade Clause 'Sealed' Seahawks Deal

Apr 18, 2019 8:21 AM

Russell Wilson says agreeing on a no-trade clause helped finalize his contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks this week.

"We talked about the idea of a no-trade clause just because we really wanted to be here," Wilson said. "That was the thing we were really excited about and that's kind of what sealed the deal for us."

Wilson agreed to a four-year, $140 million deal that makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history. It includes $107 million in guarantees, according to a source.

Wilson called Seattle "a special place" and "home for us" as he shot down the rumors that had surfaced while his future was in apparent limbo that he wanted to play elsewhere.

"The guys I've always admired in sports, the guys that played at [their] locations for 15 to 20 years, guys like Derek Jeter, I want to be like that," Wilson said. "I want to be remembered in that sense of what we want to do here in Seattle. So, we're just getting started."

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Patriots To Host Steelers Week 1 On Sunday Night Football
The Patriots will raise their second Super Bowl banner in three seasons and third in five seasons.

Jeff Howe/The Athletic

Cowboys Having 'Active Discussions' With Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper
Earlier this offseason, the Cowboys extended DeMarcus Lawrence.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Zach Miller Retires 1 1/2 Years After Gruesome Leg Injury
Zach Miller suffered a catastrophic injury in Week 8 of the 2017 regular season that nearly cost him his left leg.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Cardinals Claim They Haven't Decided On No. 1 Pick
The Cardinals have the first overall pick in next week's NFL draft, but Steve Keim said a decision on whom Arizona will pick has not been made.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Chargers To Wear Powder Blues As Primary Home Uniform
The Chargers wore powder blues from 1960 until 1974 and then brought them back in 1994 for the NFL's 75th anniversary.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Patriots Agree To Sign Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas spent the end of last season with the Texans.

Field Yates/ESPN

Jason La Canfora: Cardinals All-In On Kyler Murray
Kliff Kingsbury was on record praising Kyler Murray before he became head coach of the Cardinals.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Video: How Contracts For NFL Quarterbacks Have Increased
New contracts for Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson have raised the annual average to $33.5 million and $35 million per season.

RealGM Staff Report

Pat Shurmur Expects Giants To Draft Defensive Starters
The Giants have 12 picks in this year's draft, including two first round selections.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

NFL Will Release 2019 Schedule Wednesday Night
The NFL will announce the 2019 schedule on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Russell Wilson Agrees To Four-Year, $140M Extension With Seahawks
Russell Wilson's annual average of $35 million per season eclipses Aaron Rodgers' extension signed last year.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Todd Gurley Remaining Cryptic About Left Knee
Todd Gurley said only that he is "feeling good" after some offseason travel and two months of rest.

Greg Beacham/Associated Press

Carson Wentz Admits Stress Fracture Hasn't Fully Healed Yet
Carson Wentz said he has been cleared for some football activity.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Peyton Manning To Host 30-Episode Docuseries On ESPN+
The project will air on ESPN+ and be divided into five chapters.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Eli Manning Expects Giants To Select QB In Draft
The Giants own the sixth and 17th picks in the first round of the draft.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Jadeveon Clowney, Texans Aren't Close On New Deal
Jadeveon Clowney won't be involved when the team starts its offseason program on Monday.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Nate Sudfeld Signs Tender With Eagles
Nate Sudfeld has signed his second-round restricted free agent tender and will participate in the start of offseason programs with the Eagles.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Russell Wilson Won't Sign Long-Term Deal With Seahawks Beyond April 15
Russell Wilson could play year-to-year under the franchise tag or potentially be traded by the Seahawks.

Peter King/NBC Sports

Saints, Titans Had Legitimate Interest In Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown was a target for the Saints and Titans.

Jeremy Fowler, Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Seahawks Believe Russell Wilson Would Like To Play Elsewhere
Russell Wilson could drive a harder bargain on his contract with the Seahawks than he would another team.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk