January 2020 - Football Wiretap

Ryan Fitzpatrick Will Play In 2020 After Briefly Thinking Retirement

Jan 31, 2020 4:49 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick briefly considered retirement but he will return for his 16th NFL season in 2020.

Fitzpatrick is under contract with the Miami Dolphins for 2020. Fitzpatrick has an $8 million contract in 2020 with $4 million guaranteed.

Miami has shown interest in Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

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Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor

Andy Reid Brought In Donovan McNabb To Address Chiefs

Jan 31, 2020 7:39 AM

Andy Reid brought in Donovan McNabb to address the Kansas City Chiefs before Thursday's practice.

The pair spent 11 years together with the Philadelphia Eagles and lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

"He's been there and done it," Reid said of McNabb.. "He's been in the league, played a long time. It was good hearing from him."

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

Frank Gore: I Can Still Play

Jan 31, 2020 7:34 AM

Frank Gore has logged 15 NFL seasons, but he may not be done yet.

Gore said he feels good physically, but just needs to find a good fit.

"I'm going to wait til March and see what team really wants me," Gore said. "I still feel good. I know I still can play. It's just gotta be right."

Chris Simms/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Sammy Watkins Might Sit Out 2020 Season To 'Chill Out'

Jan 31, 2020 7:30 AM

Sammy Watkins is considering a number of options for his future, including sitting out the 2020 season.

"If it suits me and my family and [meets] my needs, for sure," Watkins said Thursday when asked about possibly renegotiating his contract as the Kansas City Chiefs. "But I'm really in a different space right now. I don't know what I'm going to do. If we win it, I might chill out. I might sit out a year. You just never know.

"Not retiring, but I might just want to rest up and chill. I don't know. I don't want to say I'm going to do something, but you never know. I might want to go somewhere else and create another Super Bowl team. So it's just all about how I'm feeling. I've got to sit down with my family, my parents and grandparents and everybody and just see what I want to do."

Watkins would be entering the third and final season of his contract with the Chiefs in 2020. He is scheduled to make $14 million next season, but none of it is guaranteed.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

Greg Olsen Parts Ways With Panthers, Still Wants To Play

Jan 31, 2020 7:25 AM

Greg Olsen and the Carolina Panthers have mutually agreed to part ways after nine seasons.

The veteran tight end, however, says he's still interested in playing football.

"At this time I have not closed the door on any potential career options," Olsen wrote on Twitter. "I still have the love of football in my heart and will explore all opportunities presented to me."

David Newton/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Josh Jacobs, Kyler Murray Given Equal Odds Of Winning Offensive ROY

Jan 30, 2020 3:59 PM

According to the odds at SportsBetting.ag, the Offensive Rookie of the Year honor is a tossup between Josh Jacobs and Kyler Murray.

Jacobs and Murray are both listed at +100.

Murray was the early favorite but Jacobs finished the season with 242 rushes for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns.

In the Defensive Rookie of the Year category, Nick Bosa is an overwhelming favorite at -5000.


Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Las Vegas Raiders

Browns Hire Alex Van Pelt As Offensive Coordinator

Jan 30, 2020 3:30 PM

The Cleveland Browns have hired Alex Van Pelt as offensive coordinator.

Van Pelt spent the past two seasons as quarterback coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Van Pelt played quarterback for 11 seasons in the NFL, with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Jake Trotter/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

Dak Prescott Confident He'll Sign New Contract With Cowboys

Jan 30, 2020 3:10 PM

Dak Prescott is confident he will agree to a new contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

The two sides have held discussions on a new deal since the end of the 2018 season, but they remain apart on terms.

Prescott will be an unrestricted free agent on March 18.

"I'm confident a new contract is coming. I'm confident in my agent and my team and I'm confident in the Cowboys that something will get done," he said in the interview with ESPN's Sage Steele, when asked how close he was to agreeing to a new contract.

Asked why he and the Cowboys couldn't agree to a new contract before the start of last season, Prescott said, "There's a lot of variables that go into it."

"There's a lot of things that have to come into play when you're talking about a contract. Never just look at the money, never just look at what people see or the attention-grabber. There's a lot of details to it," he said. "There's people that know that handle that, so I'm leaving that up to my agent and I have all the confidence in both sides."

Sage Steele/ESPN

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

Chiefs, 49ers Were NFL's Fastest Teams In 2019

Jan 30, 2020 11:36 AM

The Kansas Chiefs were the NFL’s fastest team this season with ball carriers averaging a top speed of 13.34 mph, according to NextGen Stats compiled by SportRadar.

The San Francisco 49ers were right behind them at 13.32 mph.

“If we do line up for a relay, they’d probably win,” Niners safety Jimmie Ward. “But one thing about it, this is football. There’s such a thing as a helmet and shoulder pads. And we hit. We are very physical with how we hit.”

Tyreek Hill and Raheem Mostert are the fastest players on their respective teams.

Josh Dubow/Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers

Roger Goodell: Rooney Rule Needs To Be Evaluated

Jan 30, 2020 8:30 AM

The NFL's latest hiring cycle resulted in no major minority hires and Roger Goodell admitted on Wednesday that the league's Rooney Rule needs to be evaluated.

"Clearly, we are not where we want to be on this level," Goodell said. "We have a lot of work that's gone into not only the Rooney Rule but our policies overall. It's clear we need to change and do something different.

"There's no reason to expect we're going to have a different outcome next year without those kinds of changes and we've already begun engaging in those changes. Not just with our diversity committee, not just with the Fritz Pollard Alliance, but others. And trying to figure out what steps we could take next that would lead to better outcomes. It's clear we're all committed to doing that, and we have to make those changes. We will have a series of meetings which we've already scheduled over the next month to get that kind of dialogue going, to continue the dialogue to try to determine what are the solutions so we can have those better outcomes."

Art Rooney II said earlier this month that the NFL planned to examine the rule this offseason.

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Tags: Misc Rumor

Jamal Adams, Jets Begin Talks On Extension

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Browns Part Ways With Three Executives


Patrick Mahomes Wants To Spend Entire Career With Chiefs

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Roger Goodell Hasn't Thought About Retiring Yet

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Mitchell Trubisky Underwent Surgery For Partially Torn Labrum

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Tyreek Hill Wants To Try Out For Olympic Team

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Extension For Patrick Mahomes May Be Year Away

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Bears To Sign CFL Cornerback Tre Roberson

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bill O'Brien Given General Manager Title By Texans

Kristie Rieken/Associated Press

Rob Gronkowski Has No Regrets On Retiring, Won't Rule Out Return

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Chiefs Comfortable Potentially Not Extending Patrick Mahomes In 2020

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Dante Scarnecchia Retires From Job As Patriots' O-Line Coach

Christian Fauria/WEEI (via PFT)

NFL Working With Law Enforcement On Social Media Hacks

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George Kittle Has Played With Torn Labrum Since 2018

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

$6.8B Could Be Bet On Super Bowl LIV

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Tom Brady Texted Jimmy Garoppolo Ahead Of Super Bowl LIV

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Report: Chargers Have 'Moved On' From Philip Rivers

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Browns Hire Andrew Berry As General Manager

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Drew Brees Will 'Give It A Month Or So' Before Deciding On Future

Amie Just/NOLA.com

Russell Wilson Asked Drew Brees To Start For Him In Pro Bowl

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