July 2019 - Football Wiretap

'Baby Steps' Made Toward New CBA After Three Meetings

Jul 15, 2019 8:30 AM

The NFL and NFLPA have held three meetings as they seek an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement before the start of the 2019 season.

According to a source, "baby steps" have been made toward an agreement.

Another meeting is on the schedule for Wednesday of this week.

A team source believes there is a 50/50 chance a new deal will be struck by the Sept. 5 season opener between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Misc Rumor

Grady Jarrett, Falcons Agree To Four-Year, $68M Extension

Jul 15, 2019 3:36 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract extension with Grady Jarrett.

Jarrett initially received the $15.209 million franchise tag from the Falcons.

The Falcons can now shift their attention on signing Julio Jones and Deion Jones to new deals.

Jarrett emerged as the Falcons' top defender in recent years. According to Pro Football Focus, Jarrett generated 53 total pressures during the 2018 campaign while dominating on the interior. 

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jadeveon Clowney Won't Sign Extension With Texans Before Deadline

Jul 15, 2019 12:06 PM

Jadeveon Clowney won't sign a long-term deal with the Houston Texans before Monday's deadline. No trade is in the works for Clowney either.

The Texans tagged Clowney as a linebacker rather than a defensive end. Despite being tagged as a linebacker, Clowney played most of his snaps at defensive end in 2018.

Clowney is expected to miss most, if not all, of training camp, as he still hasn't signed his franchise tender, which is worth $15.967 million for the 2019 season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Derrick Morgan Retiring From NFL At Age 30

Jul 15, 2019 8:24 AM

Derrick Morgan is retiring from the NFL at the age of 30.

The former Tennessee Titans linebacker will turn his attention to making a more significant impact outside of football.

Morgan spent nine seasons with the Titans after they selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

"My purpose in life is bigger than the game," Morgan said. "What football taught me was the power of influence. My goal is to create better and more meaningful opportunities for marginalized communities to break the cycles of generational poverty and build greater wealth and economic mobility. I feel a deep responsibility to leverage my platform for this."

Turron Davenport/ESPN

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

49ers, Robbie Gould Agree Upon Long-Term Extension

Jul 15, 2019 8:21 AM

The San Francisco 49ers and Robbie Gould have agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million fully-guaranteed deal that, including an option clause, can turn into a four-year, $19 million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed, according to league sources.

The two sides were facing a 4 p.m. ET Monday deadline.

The 49ers have an option in which they can pick up the remaining two years on Gould's contract by the 17th week of the 2020 season, per the source.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Ryan Leaf Hired By ESPN As College Football Analyst

Jul 15, 2019 8:17 AM

ESPN has hired Ryan Leaf to be a college football analyst.

The former Washington State star and No. 2 overall pick continues a remarkable comeback from drug addiction and time in prison.

Leaf will be paired with play-by-play announcer Clay Matvick and will call games mostly on ESPN2 and ESPNU.


Tags: Misc Rumor

Duke Johnson Hires Drew Rosenhaus

Jul 12, 2019 8:42 AM

Duke Johnson, Jr. signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus on Thursday.

Johnson is still seeking a trade from the Cleveland Browns.

The running back parted ways with agent Kristin Campbell earlier this week.

In June 2018, Johnson signed a three-year, $15.6 million extension with the Browns.


Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Saints Rookie Sentenced To Six Months In Jail

Jul 12, 2019 8:40 AM

New Orleans Saints rookie defensive end Carl Granderson was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday after a judge rejected the terms of his plea agreement on sexual assault charges.

Granderson was accused of inappropriately touching two women while they slept at his apartment in 2018.

He went undrafted out of the University of Wyoming while facing charges of third-degree sexual assault and sexual battery.

Granderson was also sentenced to one year in jail on the sexual battery charge, but that will be suspended with one year of supervised probation once he has completed his six months in jail.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

Melvin Gordon To Hold Out, Request Trade Unless He Signs New Deal

Jul 11, 2019 3:32 PM

Melvin Gordon will not report to training camp and plans to demand a trade if he doesn't sign a new contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Gordon and the Chargers have been unable to make progress in their negotiations this offseason.

Gordon is scheduled to be heading into the last year of his contract, a fifth-year option worth $5.6 million.

Gordon rushed for an average of 5.1 yards per carry and recorded 14 total touchdowns in 2018. He also averaged 114.6 scrimmage yards per game last season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Hue Jackson Wants Another Chance As Head Coach

Jul 11, 2019 9:13 AM

Hue Jackson wants another chance to be a head coach in the NFL.

Jackson went 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons as the head man for the Cleveland Browns.

"Oh, yeah, I mean I think I can," Jackson said. "I mean, just because the situation in Cleveland [didn't work out] doesn't mean that you can't coach. There's a lot of great coaches who came before me that coached there and went on and did great things. Sometimes, the situation is different. I think if people dig in and really take the time to look at the overall situation there, maybe they would understand it more. At the same time, I understand what narrative gets put out there, that's what people know. Hopefully, people will think back to the times when I've put myself in that position. I had to be doing something right. To go back and be a coordinator again or be a head coach, I do believe it's in my future. I've just got to go work through the process and see where it goes."

Jackson interviewed for the head coaching job with the Cincinnati Bengals and the offensive coordinator position with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason.

WFNZ Charlotte

Tags: Misc Rumor

Todd Gurley Provides Update On Troublesome Knee
A little more than two weeks before training camp opens, Todd Gurley discussed his questionable knee injury.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Albert Haynesworth In 'Dire Need' Of Kidney Donor
Albert Haynesworth is suffering from kidney failure and has taken to Instagram to announce that he is in "dire need" of a donor for a transplant.

Turron Davenport/ESPN

Texans Won't Hire GM For 2019 Season
The Texans fired Brian Gaine on June 7th.


Cardinals Select Jalen Thompson As Lone Supplemental Draft Pick
The Cardinals will lose their fifth round pick in the 2020 draft.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Jimmy Garoppolo Will Be Ready For Training Camp
Jimmy Garoppolo feels good and will be ready for training camp with the 49ers.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Duke Johnson Splits From Agent Amid Trade Request
Duke Johnson has parted ways with his agent and is currently without representation.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Raiders Sign Josh Jacobs To Rookie Contract
Josh Jacobs was the 24th overall pick in this spring's NFL Draft.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Sony Michel Aiming To Be Ready For Training Camp
Sony Michel is aiming to be ready for training camp with the Patriots in two weeks.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Carl Lawson: Aaron Rodgers Is Easier To Sack Than Most QBs
Aaron Rodgers was sacked 49 times last season and was on pace to be sacked more than 50 times in 2017 despite playing in just seven games.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Julio Jones Won't Hold Out For New Deal
Julio Jones trusts Falcons owner Arthur Blank and says he won't sit out as he awaits a new contract.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Ryan Fitzpatrick Feels He's Been Disrespected Throughout Career
Ryan Fitzpatrick is entering his 15th NFL season with his eighth team.

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Tedy Bruschi 'Doing Much Better' After Stroke
Tedy Bruschi posted on Instagram on Monday that he is "doing much better" after suffering a stroke last week.


Glover Quin 'Walking Away' After 10 Seasons
Glover Quin has decided to retire from the NFL after 10 seasons with the Lions and Texans.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Rob Gronkowski Catches Passes From Tom Brady During Private Workout
Rob Gronkowski retired from the NFL in March.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Frank Gore Won't Retire Until He 'Can't Do It No More'
Frank Gore is entering his 15th season and his first as a member of the Bills.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Mike Vrabel Reiterates Ryan Tannehill Will Be Backup
The Titans don't see any quarterback controversy between Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Randy Gregory Will File For Reinstatement
Randy Gregory is currently on an indefinite suspension by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but he will file for reinstatement within the next 10 days.

Grant Gordon/NFL

Robby Anderson Wants To Become 'Best Receiver In The NFL'
Robby Anderson finished last season strong and is ready to take another step forward with the Jets.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Tedy Bruschi Recovering From Stroke
Tedy Bruschi is recovering after suffering a stroke Thursday, his family said in a statement.


Eli Manning: I'm Not Rushing Into Retirement
The Giants have made a lot of changes this offseason, but Eli Manning says he isn't thinking much about retirement.

Rod Walker/NOLA.com