June 2019 - Football Wiretap

Chris Long: Aaron Donald Is 'Best Football Player In The World'

Jun 28, 2019 8:23 AM

Aaron Donald has become the best defensive player in the NFL, but one of his former teammates is ready to take things one step further.

Chris Long was with the Los Angeles Rams for Donald's first two seasons.

"I'd like to credit myself with being the first person to know he was going to be amazing," Long jokingly told Gus Frerotte of the "Huddle Up with Gus" podcast. "We used to joke his rookie camp that he was going to be in the Hall of Fame, but I kind of wasn't joking."

Long called Donald "the best football player in the world, in my opinion."

'Huddle Up With Gus' Podcast

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

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Peyton Manning: Von Miller Is Best Athlete I Ever Played With

Jun 28, 2019 8:18 AM

Peyton Manning played with a lot of guys during his Hall of Fame career, but one particular player sticks out in his mind.

In his retirement, Manning has focused on watching his brother Eli's games as well as those of his former teams.

"We come to all the Broncos games, so I enjoy some of the guys that I've played with, like Von Miller. I still enjoy watching him compete," Manning said. "Maybe this tells you how special he is that I'm maybe not looking at quarterbacks now; I'm watching outside linebackers and pass rushers. 

"People ask me a lot of times, 'Who's the best athlete you've ever played with?' And I say, 'Von Miller.' Just some of the things he can do physically is special. So when you come to a Broncos game and they're on defense, you find yourself kind of locked in, seeing this might be the game-changing sack-fumble play, or interception — some kind of game-changing play he can make. I like the way he handles his business and like the way he competes out there."

Jared Dubin/CBS Sports

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

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T.J. Yeldon Expects 'Heated Competition' Among Bills Running Backs

Jun 27, 2019 8:17 AM

The Buffalo Bills have a deep stable of running backs heading into training camp.

T.J. Yeldon says the team pitched him on a fight for playing time before he signed on as a free agent.

Buffalo also has LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and Devin Singletary.

"That's a blessing," Yeldon said. "Coming in my first couple years, I didn't have vets like that. Being here in this situation, I can learn a lot from those guys. It's a lot for me to take with me in my future years. It's going to be a heated competition. That's one thing they told me coming in. There's going to be competition regardless."

McCoy said earlier this month that he expects to have the "same role" as a feature back.

Buffalo News

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor

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Teddy Bridgewater Explains Decision To Re-Sign With Saints

Jun 27, 2019 8:13 AM

Teddy Bridgewater re-signed with the New Orleans Saints this offseason, bypassing the chance to sign with another club with an avenue to start.

"As a competitor you want to be out there starting and competing," Bridgewater said. "But I just sat back and I weighed my options and thought about what would be best for me.

"This is an opportunity for me to grow, continue to learn and expand my mental capacity as a football player."

Bridgewater spent the 2018 season learning behind Drew Brees, but he got a chance to start in Week 17 with the Saints' playoff position determined.

He hadn't started a game since 2015.

Times-Picayune

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

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Tyreek Hill Meets With NFL Investigators For Eight Hours

Jun 27, 2019 8:09 AM

Tyreek Hill met with NFL investigators for eight hours on Wednesday, according to a source.

It was categorized as a "very thorough interview."

Hill has been banned from the Kansas City Chiefs' training facility amid an investigation by the Kansas Department of Children and Families into possible child abuse, battery or neglect.

The wide receiver remains subject to a suspension under the NFL's personal conduct policy.

ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

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Jack Del Rio Didn't Know Jaguars Would Draft Blaine Gabbert

Jun 26, 2019 10:19 AM

Jack Del Rio says he had no idea the Jacksonville Jaguars would draft Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick in 2011.

Gabbert went 13-35 as a starter for the Jaguars.

Del Rio wasn't even in the draft room when general manager Gene Smith traded up for Gabbert.

"I had no idea we were going to draft Blaine Gabbert," Del Rio said. "No idea. In fact, I left to go get something to eat because our pick wasn't for much longer in the draft. I go and then I'm sitting there filling my plate thinking, 'Oh great, we've got a couple more hours until we pick.' Then I see, 'The Jaguars are on the clock.' I'm like, 'What the blank is going on?' I walk into the draft room, and I could see it on the faces of the people in the room. They knew how uncomfortable that was, how wrong that was."

The Jaguars moved up six spots to take Gabbert.

"He wasn't a first rounder," Del Rio added. "He wasn't a guy to trade and go up to get him ... So that was not part of coaching, that was not part of me. That was my first indication that my time there in J-ville was running short."

ESPN960

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Tom Dundon Wants $70M Back From AAF

Jun 26, 2019 10:15 AM

Tom Dundon has filed a claim in the Alliance of American Football's bankruptcy case, seeking $70 million.

The Carolina Hurricanes owner alleges that his investment happened due to "misrepresentations," and he seeks a full refund of the millions he paid to keep the league afloat for five or six weeks during its only season.

"Even though AAF executives told [Dundon Capital Partners] its contribution would get the AAF through the first season, those executives knew at the time of the execution of the Term Sheet that the AAF would likely need an additional $50,000,000 (including League revenue) on top of [Dundon Capital Partners’] investment of up to $70,000,000 to get through the first season," the document alleges. "The AAF and its executives never disclosed this information to [Dundon Capital Partners]."

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Patrick Mahomes Favored To Repeat As NFL MVP

Jun 26, 2019 10:12 AM

Patrick Mahomes is favored to repeat the NFL's MVP, per the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

Mahomes leads the pack with 4-1 odds.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is followed 13 quarterbacks:

Aaron Rodgers - 8/1

Andrew Luck - 8/1

Carson Wentz - 10/1

Drew Brees - 10/1

Tom Brady - 12/1

Philip Rivers - 14/1

Russell Wilson - 14/1

Ben Roethlisberger - 25/1

Matt Ryan - 25/1

Baker Mayfield - 25/1

Jared Goff - 60/1

Cam Newton - 60/1

Matthew Stafford - 80/1

Jared Dubin/CBS Sports

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Jalen Ramsey Done Criticizing Opposing Quarterbacks

Jun 26, 2019 10:06 AM

Jalen Ramsey has made headlines by publicly criticizing opposing quarterbacks, but the cornerback says he's matured.

Ramsey was asked on Adam Schefter's podcast if he wanted to evaluate the quarterbacks he'll face in 2019.

"You want to do this again, huh? I'm not going to do this again, but we do play some good quarterbacks this year, of course, but probably the quarterback I'm most excited for is Nick Foles," Ramsey said. "I don't have to play against him, of course. He is my teammate. He is a great teammate -- the few interactions we've had has been great. Great man, great player as well. He has nothing to prove to anybody. He's a Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP. So I hope he comes out here and he plays free and knows he has the support of everybody."

In a 2018 interview with GQ magazine, Ramsey caused a stir by belittling several quarterbacks, calling Matt Ryan "overrated" and Josh Allen "trash."

"I'm growing, man, it's Year 4 for me. It's a different me. A lot of people think they know me. They don't really know me. But hey, that's OK," he said.

ESPN

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

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Bengals Likely Lose Jonah Williams For Entire 2019 Season

Jun 26, 2019 8:19 AM

Jonah Williams will likely miss the entire 2019 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Williams was the Cincinnati Bengals' first round pick in 2019.

The Bengals expected Williams to be their starting left tackle.

ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Injury

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Amari Cooper Has Goal Of 2,000 Receiving Yards
Amari Cooper wants to do something no NFL player has ever done.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Michael Thomas Seeking $22M Annually
Michael Thomas is seeking a new deal with the Saints that would make him the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history.

Jeff Duncan/Times-Picayune

Sony Michel Progressing Quickly Following Knee Surgery
Sony Michel underwent knee surgery this offseason and he's reportedly "progressing quickly" in his rehab.

Mike Girardi/NFL Network

Tyreek Hill To Meet With NFL Officials On Wednesday
Tyreek Hill has been banned from the Chiefs' training facility while he remains under investigation for child abuse.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Brett Favre Wants Packers To Let Aaron Rodgers 'Play His Game'
Matt LaFleur plans to limit Aaron Rodgers' freedom at the line of scrimmage in his first-year as the head coach of the Packers.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

LeSean McCoy: 'It's Hard To Replace A Guy Like Me'
LeSean McCoy is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, but he's confident he'll bounce back.

PennLive

Lincoln Riley Has $4.6M Buyout If He Leaves For NFL After 2019
Lincoln Riley says he wasn't tempted to leave Oklahoma for an NFL job this offseason.

Tulsa World

Drew Brees Awarded $6M In Diamond Fraud Case
Drew Brees has been awarded $6 million by a jury in a lawsuit that claimed a San Diego County jeweler sold him overpriced diamonds.

Associated Press

OBJ: I Was Stuck At Place With Giants That Wasn't Working For Me
Odell Beckham Jr. said he believes leaving the Giants was necessary for his career.

Jacob Davey/Complex

Alex Smith On Playing Again: 'That's The Plan'
In his first interview since suffering a gruesome leg injury, Alex Smith says that he still intends to continue his NFL career.

Angie Goff/FOX5 DC

Matt Nagy Has Continually Showed Bears End Of Playoff Loss
The Bears lost to the Eagles 16-15 in a playoff game that will always be remembered for Cody Parkey’s double-doink missed field goal on the final play.

Mad Dog Sports Radio

NFL Finalizes Pass Interference Replay For 2019 Season
The NFL's Competition Committee has unanimously recommended the rule for instant replay of pass interference for the 2019 season only.

NFL.com

Washington Hopes Derrius Guice Can Extend Adrian Peterson's Career
The Redskins are hoping the presence of Derrius Guice will help Adrian Peterson last longer in the NFL.

ESPN

Gerald McCoy Unhappy Buccaneers Gave Ndamukong Suh His No. 93
Gerald McCoy is upset the Buccaneers gave his No. 93 away so quickly to Ndamukong Suh after releasing him.

ESPN

Carrie Underwood Accused Of Copying SNF Intro Song
A songwriting team has sued Carrie Underwood, the NFL and NBC, saying they stole a song and "slightly modified" it to introduce "Sunday Night Football" to viewers last season.

Associated Press

Tom Brady Working Out With Suspended Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Dec. 20 for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the league's substance abuse policy.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Fans Boo Giants Rookie Daniel Jones At Yankee Stadium
Daniel Jones attended Monday night's Yankees game and wasn't well-received by fans.

Eduardo A. Encina/Tampa Bay Times

Jets Expected To Add Phil Savage To Front Office
An official announcement is expected this week and Savage's official title hasn't been reported.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Matthew Stafford Played Through Broken Back Last Season
The Lions quarterback reportedly had some tiny fractures in his back.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Michael Thomas Expected To Become NFL's Richest WR By Camp
The Saints and Michael Thomas are making progress on contract extension talks.

Dianna Russini/ESPN