June 2019 - Football Wiretap

LeSean McCoy: 'It's Hard To Replace A Guy Like Me'

Jun 24, 2019 9:06 AM

LeSean McCoy is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, but he's confident he'll bounce back.

"It's hard to replace a guy like me," McCoy said. "I'm a good player and I feel like now, this year, they put a lot of guys around me. The front office got me some big hogs up front. And we'll see what happens this year. I feel good and hopefully this year will speak for itself."

McCoy will turn 31 next month and the Buffalo Bills have added to their backfield this offseason.

"I use age and that type of thing to motivate me," he said. "My whole life I've kind of been the underdog. Is he big enough? Is he tough enough? Can he play in the pros? I feel like guys like myself come around every once in a while and I want to stick to that. I'm up for it."


Tags: Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor

Brett Favre Wants Packers To Let Aaron Rodgers 'Play His Game'

Jun 24, 2019 9:11 AM

Matt LaFleur plans to limit Aaron Rodgers' freedom at the line of scrimmage in his first-year as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

Rodgers has said he believes a quarterback with his experience should be able to have freedom in the offense.

Brett Favre came to Rodgers' defense this weekend, telling reporters that he's confident Rodgers will thrive regardless of the constraints of LaFleur's or any coach's system.

"Aaron will be fine," Favre said. "I think that the thing is he needs to remain the same. And I don't have to give him any advice. You know, he'll handle it well.

"The question is, how will they handle it with him. And obviously, that's very important. I mean, there's more to the team than Aaron but we all have to admit that when he's playing and playing well, which generally when he's playing he is playing well, you don't want to change what's working. There's other factors that you have to work on."

Favre continued: "I think you let him play his game and not disturb that very much," Favre said. "And it's going to be interesting to see if that happens."

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Misc Rumor

Lincoln Riley Has $4.6M Buyout If He Leaves For NFL After 2019

Jun 24, 2019 9:00 AM

Lincoln Riley says he wasn't tempted to leave Oklahoma for an NFL job this offseason.

Riley explained it's "hard to see myself leaving Oklahoma."

According to a report, Riley has a $4.6 million buyout if he leaves OU for any job, including the NFL, after the 2019 season. The buyout drops by $1 million every year until March 16, 2022.

Riley, 35, will make $6 million in total compensation in 2019.

Tulsa World

Tags: Misc Rumor

Drew Brees Awarded $6M In Diamond Fraud Case

Jun 24, 2019 8:56 AM

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

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that a Superior Court jury made the award in a fraud suit Brees and his wife filed against a La Jolla jeweler last year.

The suit claimed that Vahid Moradi improperly valued gems the Breeses bought as an investment at $15 million.

Associated Press

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

OBJ: I Was Stuck At Place With Giants That Wasn't Working For Me

Jun 21, 2019 4:06 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. said he believes leaving the New York Giants was necessary for his career.

"I can’t wait to get going," said Beckham. "I just felt with the Giants I was just stuck at a place that wasn’t working for me anymore. I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to reach my full potential there; mentally, physically, spiritually, everything I felt capable of doing, I just couldn’t see it happening there. So I think allowing me to be in an environment where I can be myself and give it a different approach, I feel like my football will benefit. I’m just excited about being able to play football again and not have to deal with all the other stuff and politics that came with my previous role."

Beckham was asked about playing with former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry with the Browns.

"I’m very excited by the culture at the Browns. It’s been building over the years, and they’ve got players over there who I just know I’m gonna click with. Jarvis is a brother of mine, and we dreamed of this moment. It’s just crazy that it’s actually happening. The percentage of people that make it to the NFL is less than 1%, so the chances of me playing with one of my brothers on the same team is a dream manifested, for sure."

Jacob Davey/Complex

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Alex Smith On Playing Again: 'That's The Plan'

Jun 21, 2019 10:19 AM

In his first interview since suffering a gruesome leg injury, Alex Smith says that he still intends to continue his NFL career.

"That's the plan," Smith said. "That's the plan. Steps. I've got to conquer some more steps before I get there. Learn to run again. That's a big one. I'm already throwing. I already feel like throwing is not a problem. I feel like I can throw. But dropping, moving around, all that kind of stuff, change of direction."

The Washington Redskins quarterback must wear the external fixator on his leg for another four to six weeks.

"Believe it or not, this thing is going to save my leg, save my bone, allow me to heal and walk again and hopefully play football again," Smith said.

Angie Goff/FOX5 DC

Tags: Washington Redskins, Injury, Misc Rumor

Matt Nagy Has Continually Showed Bears End Of Playoff Loss

Jun 21, 2019 10:15 AM

The Chicago Bears lost to the Philadelphia 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.

Rather than shy away from it, Matt Nagy has showed his team the final moments of the loss often.

"He just shows us the last seconds of the game," Tarik Cohen said. "He shows us the crowd reaction, our reaction from the sideline, and he just tells us to never forget that hurt. We want to get back to that place, but have a different outcome. That drives us and motivates us to get through the practice every day."

Mad Dog Sports Radio

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

NFL Finalizes Pass Interference Replay For 2019 Season

Jun 20, 2019 2:15 PM

The NFL's Competition Committee has unanimously recommended the rule for instant replay of pass interference for the 2019 season only.

Under the details of the final rule, pass interference reviews after the two-minute warning of each half and during overtime will be initiated by the replay official.

The replay official will only stop the game when there is "clear and obvious visual evidence" that a pass interference penalty may or may not have occurred.


Tags: Misc Rumor

Washington Hopes Derrius Guice Can Extend Adrian Peterson's Career

Jun 20, 2019 11:03 AM

The Washington Redskins are hoping the presence of Derrius Guice will help Adrian Peterson last longer in the NFL.

"Yes it can," running backs coach Randy Jordan said. "There's no question the man has taken a lot of hits, but also delivered a lot. The thing I'm trying to get them to understand: All you guys can feed off each other. It allows them to come to the sidelines and see the whole game in a different light."

Peterson has said that "it's way too early" to start thinking about how the workload is going to be divvied up in the regular season with Guice coming off a torn ACL.

The 34-year-old Peterson has set a goal of rushing for 2,000 yards in 2019.


Tags: Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor

Gerald McCoy Unhappy Buccaneers Gave Ndamukong Suh His No. 93

Jun 20, 2019 10:58 AM

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

McCoy also feels disrespected by the lack of communication he had with the team's new coaching staff.

The Buccaneers released McCoy last month after nine seasons.

"I'm one of the best players to ever play in the organization. I'm going to say it -- usually I wouldn't, but I'm going to say it. It kind of shows the respect and how they feel about me," he said on FS1's "The Undisputed."


Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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

Falcons Confident Of Signing Julio Jones To Extension Before Camp
Julio Jones has two seasons remaining on his current contract with the Falcons.

Dianna Russini/ESPN

Saints, Michael Thomas Have Had 'Some Conversations' On New Deal
Mickey Loomis says the Saints have had "some conversations" about a new contract for Michael Thomas.

Mad Dog Sports Radio

Todd Gurley's Trainer Confirms 'Arthritic' Issue With Knee
The Rams have continually downplayed any issue with Todd Gurley's knee despite missed time during the team's Super Bowl run last season.

David Richard/CBS Sports

Packers Claim TE Michael Roberts After Voided Trade
Michael Roberts failed a physical with the Patriots last week.

Logan Reardon/NFL

Josh McCown Retires From NFL, Will Join ESPN
Josh McCown is retiring from the NFL after 17 years.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Bill Belichick Not Believed To Be Anywhere Near Retirement
Josh McDaniels and Nick Caserio first became friends in college and are obvious candidates to eventually succeed Bill Belichick running the Patriots.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Nick Caserio Wants To Leave Patriots For Texans
Nick Caserio has one season remaining on his contract with the Patriots.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Alvin Kamara Still Looking To 'Prove' Himself
Entering his third NFL season, Alvin Kamara is still looking to "prove" himself with the Saints.

Adam Maya/NFL

Bruce Arians: Buccaneers Don't Need A Todd Gurley, David Johnson
His backfield includes Andre Ellington, Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones and he's content with the group.

Ira Kaufman/JoeBucsFan.com

Aaron Rodgers Wants Freedom At The Line Of Scrimmage
Aaron Rodgers doesn't seem happy that new coach Matt LaFleur's offensive system provides little freedom at the line of scrimmage.

Mike Silver/NFL

Ben Roethlisberger Ready For 'Normalcy' After 'Crazy' Years
Ben Roethlisberger is ready for some "normalcy" with the Steelers are a few dramatic seasons.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

NFL Suspends Rico Gathers For One Game
Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Texans No Longer Pursuing Nick Caserio For GM Job
The Texans could enter the 2019 season without a general manager, splitting up duties between Bill O'Brien, Jack Easterby and the scouting department.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Dak Prescott's Agent Has 'Broached' $34M Per Year Deal
The agent for Dak Prescott, Todd France, has reportedly asked the Cowboys for a massive contract extension.

Clarence Hill/Fort Worth Star-Telegram