July 2019 - Football Wiretap

Michael Thomas Agrees To Five-Year, $100M Extension With Saints

Jul 31, 2019 11:16 AM

The New Orleans Saints have signed Michael Thomas to a five-year, $100 million contract extension that includes $61 million in guaranteed money.

Thomas is set to make $1.148 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract. 

Thomas was one of several high-profile players holding out from training camp.

Last season, Thomas set franchise records with 125 catches and 1,405 yards while catching nine touchdown passes. 

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Holds Lead For Dolphins' QB Job Over Josh Rosen

Jul 30, 2019 11:12 AM

Ryan Fitzpatrick holds the strong early edge over Josh Rosen during camp with the Miami Dolphins for their starting quarterback job.

"It's pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way," Brian Flores said. "He's done that in a lot of areas from leadership to production on the field, to the meeting rooms to the walk-throughs. This is an ongoing competition, but right now he's leading the way."

The Dolphins acquired Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals for a late second round pick and a 2020 fifth round pick.

"It's still a competition. Every day is a competition, I think they all know that but as we stand today I think Ryan has done a really job," Flores said. "Hopefully he continues to improve and is consistent and that will help this team for sure."

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Cowboys Sign Alfred Morris

Jul 30, 2019 11:01 AM

The Dallas Cowboys have signed Alfred Morris.

Ezekiel Elliott is currently holding out in hopes of signing a contract extension. Elliott flew to Cabo San Lucas while the Cowboys began training camp.

Morris played for the Cowboys in 2016-17 and was with the San Francisco 49ers last season. 

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Saints Release Cameron Meredith

Jul 29, 2019 12:05 PM

The New Orleans Saints have released Cameron Meredith.

Meredith has been trying to return from a major knee injury in 2017.

The Saints won't save much cash or salary-cap space by releasing Meredith, who had already agreed to a pay cut of $2.1 million to stay with the team in March. He was due to receive $1.3 million in base salary, with $500,000 fully guaranteed.

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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A.J. Green Carted Off Practice Field With Left Foot Injury

Jul 27, 2019 6:10 PM

A.J. Green was carted off the field with an apparent left foot injury during the team's first practice of the season on Saturday.

Zac Taylor was hesitant to give any indication on the severity of the injury.

"We'll find out a little bit more about him later on," Taylor said. "I don't want to speculate on anything. We'll find out more."

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Fantasy, Injury

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Golden Tate Suspended Four Games For Taking Fertility Drug

Jul 27, 2019 6:09 PM

Golden Tate has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Tate said the banned substance was for a prescribed fertility medication. Tate is appealing the suspension.

"This past April, during the off-season, my wife and I decided to see a specialist for fertility planning. I started the treatment prescribed to me and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league's banned substance list," Tate said in a statement. "I immediately discontinued use, I reported the situation to the Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and general manager. I did all of this well before a failed test was even confirmed.

"Per NFL protocol, an initial suspension was imminent, but myself and the Giants organization are confident in the facts, and eagerly await my appeal to put this behind us."

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Bobby Wagner Agrees To Three-Year, $54M Deal With Seahawks

Jul 27, 2019 10:48 AM

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a three-year extension with Bobby Wagner worth $54 million with $40.2 million in guaranteed money.

Wagner negotiated the deal himself, which makes him the highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL.

Wagner was entering the final season of his existing deal.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Giants Lose Corey Coleman To Torn ACL

Jul 26, 2019 4:22 PM

Corey Coleman has suffered a torn ACL and will likely miss the entire 2019 season.

"After hearing the news of Corey, definitely a bit deflated," teammate Golden Tate said of the mood in the wide receivers room Friday morning.

Coleman likely suffered the injury during one‐on‐one drills early in practice but still participated until its conclusion.

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Mike Daniels To Sign With Lions

Jul 26, 2019 4:21 PM

Mike Daniels is finalizing a contract with the Detroit Lions.

Daniels was released this week by the Green Bay Packers.

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Ezekiel Elliott Skips Start Of Cowboys' Camp

Jul 26, 2019 4:19 PM

Ezekiel Elliott is "late" to training camp and can be subject to fines under the CBA as a non-report.

Jerry Jones tried to avoid the word "holdout" in describing Elliott's situation with the Dallas Cowboys.

"He is ah ... he's late. We have officially reported and so he's a non-report officially," Jones said.

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Saints, Michael Thomas 'Close' To New Deal
The Saints and Michael Thomas are "close" to getting a deal done that would end his unexpected holdout, according to a source.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Ezekiel Elliott Wants To Surpass Todd Gurley's Deal
Ezekiel Elliott is hoping to receive a contract from the Cowboys that will surpass the one Todd Gurley got from the Rams last year, according to a report.

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Sterling Shepard Sidelined With Fractured Thumb
Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb while reaching towards the ground to catch a low pass on Thursday.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Melvin Gordon's Holdout Could Stretch Into Season
Melvin Gordon's holdout for a new contract from the Chargers is expected to be prolonged and could last into the season, according to sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Julio Jones: 'Might Mess Around And Go' For 3,000 Yards
Calvin Johnson owns the single-season receiving record with 1,964 yards in 2012.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Julian Edelman Recovering From Broken Thumb
While his status for camp and the preseason is in doubt, Julian Edelman should be fine for the regular season.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Washington's QB Competition 'Might Come Down To The Wire'
The Redskins have Dwayne Haskins, Case Keenum and Colt McCoy competing as training camp gets underway.

NBC Sports Washington

Earl Thomas Doesn't Regret Flipping Middle Finger At Pete Carroll
Earl Thomas is standing by his decision to flip the middle finger to Pete Carroll last September.

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Titans Make Kevin Byard NFL's Highest-Paid Safety
He is entering his fourth season after being drafted in the third round by the Titans in 2016.

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Packers Release Mike Daniels
Mike Daniels was due to make $8.5 million this season.

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Duke Johnson Will Report To Camp With Browns
Duke Johnson still wants to be traded, but will report to the start of training camp with the Browns.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Jalen Ramsey Reports To Camp In Armored Truck
Jalen Ramsey wants a pay raise from the Jaguars and he's making that abundantly clear.

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Melvin Gordon Tells Chargers He Won't Report To Camp
Melvin Gordon has told the Chargers that he will not report to training camp Wednesday when the rest of the team reports, according to a source.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Andy Reid 'Comfortable' With Tyreek Hill's Return
Andy Reid says the Chiefs will welcome back Tyreek Hill when full-squad training camp begins on Saturday.

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Darius Slay, Damon Harrison To Report For Start Of Lions' Camp
Both players had skipped the Lions' mandatory minicamp last month as they sought reworked contracts.

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No New Deal 'On Horizon' For Tom Brady, Patriots
For the first time in his career, Tom Brady is entering a contract year.

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Seahawks DL Jarran Reed Suspended Six Games
Jarran Reed was suspended six games for a violation of the personal conduct policy for an incident from early 2017.

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Cowboys Remain World's Most Valuable Sports Franchise
The Cowboys, valued at $5 billion, remain the world's most valuable sports franchise, according to Forbes.

Forbes

Giants Sign Daniel Jones To Rookie Contract
Daniel Jones, the 6th overall pick, was slotted for a four-year deal worth $25.7 million fully guaranteed, which includes a signing bonus of $16.7 million.

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Falcons, DE Allen Bailey Agree Upon Two-Year, $10.5M Deal
Allen Bailey's contract will pay him $6 million this season, including $3.5 million guaranteed.

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