September 2019 - Football Wiretap

Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick Made Antonio Brown Decision Together

Sep 21, 2019 10:46 AM

Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick made the decision together for the New England Patriots to release Antonio Brown.

"This decision was described to me as one they came together and they're aligned with," said Mike Reiss.

The Patriots signed Brown after Week 1 when he was released by the Oakland Raiders.

Brown subsequently was served in a civil lawsuit alleging sexual assault. Another accuser stepped forward subsequently and Brown also allegedly tried to intimidate her.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Seahawks No Longer Interested In Signing Antonio Brown

Sep 20, 2019 8:35 PM

The Seattle Seahawks had interest in Antonio Brown when he was released by the Oakland Raiders, but that does not appear to be the case now that he's a free agent again upon his release by the New England Patriots.

Since signing with the Patriots, there have been multiple sexual assault allegations against Brown.

“We’re pretty well set right now,” Carroll said Friday, via Gregg Bell of the News Tribune. “We kind of know where we’re going with that.”

Carroll’s reaction was similar to those of Sean Payton and Sean McVay, who were asked about their interest in Brown.

“Right now, where we are . . .I like our depth at that position,” Payton said, via Dianna Russini of ESPN. “I haven’t paid much attention. I’m focused on the guys here.”

“You always look into things,” McVay said, via quotes distributed by the team. “We evaluate, but with the situation we have specific to the receiver position, we couldn’t be happier with the guys that we do have.”

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Tags: New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Patriots Release Antonio Brown

Sep 20, 2019 4:17 PM

The New England Patriots have released Antonio Brown.

The team said they are moving in a "different direction."

Brown played one game for the Patriots, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.

New England signed the wide receiver earlier this month.

Brown is dealing with a host of off-field issues. The Oakland Raiders released him earlier this month after acquiring him in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Patriots 'Looking Into Some Things' On Antonio Brown

Sep 20, 2019 3:31 PM

Bill Belichick stopped his news conference short after fielding several questions on the topic of Antonio Brown's off-the-field issues.

"I know there are questions about Antonio. We take all the situations with our team very seriously," Belichick said at the end of an opening statement that began with his thoughts on Sunday's opponent, the New York Jets. "There are some things that we're looking into, but I'm not going to have any comment on any of the off-the-field situations or questions on that. Anything on football, I'm happy to answer."

Belichick was then asked how he balances off-field issues with Brown.

"When we work on football, we work on football," Belichick said.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Cam Newton Ruled Out For Week 3, Kyle Allen To Start For Panthers

Sep 20, 2019 3:11 PM

Cam Newton has been ruled out of the Carolina Panthers' Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Kyle Allen will start for the Panthers at quarterback.

Newton aggravated a sprained left foot in his last game.

"He's actually coming along well," Ron Rivera said Friday on a conference call. "The unfortunate part was last week he was playing on a short week and the foot didn't have time to come back, as far as I understand it. It was pretty sore. It was just one of those things where we have to wait it out and see where it is [next week].

"The one thing we don't want to do is have another setback."

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Fantasy, Injury

Ron Rivera Leaves Presser Early Amid Questions About Cam Newton

Sep 20, 2019 9:10 AM

Ron Rivera left a press conference early on Thursday when asked questions about Cam Newton.

"Cam was in meetings [Thursday]," Rivera said. "He was inside for treatment. [Kyle Allen's] preparing as if he's going to start and we'll have have more clarity tomorrow as we continue to go forward. Tomorrow we should have a good feel for where he is and we'll go from there."

The Carolina Panthers' coach left moments later.

Newton is battling a foot injury and hasn't played well this season. He didn't practice on Thursday and reports claim he was still wearing a walking boot on Wednesday.

Adam Maya/NFL

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

Artist Says Antonio Brown Sent 'Intimidating' Texts

Sep 20, 2019 9:06 AM

The lawyer for a woman who alleged sexual misconduct by Antonio Brown reached out to the NFL on Thursday after the wide receiver apparently sent what were described as threatening text messages to her client, according to a report.

Attorney Lisa J. Banks wrote the league, asking it to stop alleged conduct by Brown that she deemed as "intimidating and threatening to our client, in violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy."

The woman told Sports Illustrated that, on Wednesday night, she received a group text message that appeared to come from the same phone number Brown gave to her in 2017, when she was hired to paint a mural in his suburban Pittsburgh home.


Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Owners Propose Stiffer Holdout Penalties In CBA Talks

Sep 20, 2019 7:55 AM

Some NFL owners have proposed changes that would significantly strengthen the penalties for players who hold out in training camp in recent collective bargaining talks, according to sources.

The owners involved would like to increase the penalties for players who hold out. Currently, a team can fine a player up to $40,000 for each day of training camp missed and an amount equivalent to one week of the player's salary for each preseason game missed.

It would appear unlikely that the NFLPA would agree to changes that would hurt players' abilities to exercise their leverage in contract disputes without some significant financial concessions from the owners.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Dolphins To Start Josh Rosen At QB Week 3

Sep 19, 2019 4:03 PM

The Miami Dolphins will start Josh Rosen at quarterback in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Dolphins acquired Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason.

Miami started Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback during the first two weeks of the season.

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Tags: Miami Dolphins

Nike Drops Antonio Brown As Endorser

Sep 19, 2019 3:12 PM

Antonio Brown has lost his endorsement deal with Nike.

"Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete," a company spokesperson told the Boston Globe.

Brown has been served with a civil lawsuit alleging sexual assault.

In 2018, Brown appeared in a video called "Antonio Brown Goes Sneaker Shopping with Complex" on YouTube. In the video, Brown talks about his passion for sneakers, especially Nikes, and says he's "getting a huge Nike deal."


Tags: New England Patriots

Joe Mixon Takes Blame For Cincinnati's Slow Start

Dayton Daily News

Landon Collins Calls Dave Gettleman 'A Liar'

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Jalen Adams Calls NFL 'A Damn Joke' For Fining Him

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Jalen Ramsey Will Play For Jaguars Against Titans

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Cowboys Release Taco Charlton

RealGM Staff Report

Eli Manning Not Receiving Any Trade Interest

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DeSean Jackson Out Two Weeks With Abdominal Strain

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Melvin Gordon Says He'll Play 'Somewhere' This Season

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Jets Signing David Fales To Serve As Backup Quarterback


Two Teams Have Offered Jaguars First-Round Picks For Jalen Ramsey

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Two 20-Point Favorites Has Only Happened Once Before

RealGM Staff Report

Dak Prescott, Cowboys Close To Extension

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Chargers Sign Lance Kendricks

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Colin Kaepernick's Agent Reaches Out To Teams Needing QB

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Trevor Siemian Out For Season With Ankle Injury

Cam Newton Uncertain For Week 3 After Reinjuring Sprained Left Foot

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Steelers Host Paxton Lynch For Workout

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Giants Bench Eli Manning, Will Start Daniel Jones Week 3

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Taco Charlton Wants Cowboys To Release Him

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Colts Sticking With Adam Vinatieri As Kicker

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