February 2020 - Football Wiretap

CBA To Go To Full NFLPA Member Vote Despite Resistance

Feb 21, 2020 3:57 PM

A vote on a proposed collective bargaining agreement will go to the full member of the NFL Players Association, even if player reps vote not to recommend approval.

A simple majority of the membership would be required to approve the CBA.

There are 2,100 players eligible to vote.

The NFLPA's executive council voted 6-5 not to recommend the proposal.

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Tags: Legal

Washington Releases Jordan Reed

Feb 21, 2020 8:30 AM

Washington has released Jordan Reed.

The tight end, 29, has never played a full 16-game season in his injury-plagued career.

Reed missed the entire 2019 campaign after suffering a concussion during the preseason.

He had 329 receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns with Washington.

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Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Tua Tagovailoa's Ideal Landing Spot Would Be With Cowboys

Feb 21, 2020 7:47 AM

If Tua Tagovailoa had the choice, he'd be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys this spring.

The Alabama quarterback said he grew up a fan of the franchise.

"We've looked at teams," Tagovailoa told NFL Network. "We've talked about teams. We've talked to teams. Somebody might trade up and you could possibly drop or you could possibly go higher. We've been talking about all those scenarios.

"If you're saying to me, if I can choose what team I want to play on, as far as my favorite team growing up, then I probably tell you the Cowboys."

Dallas holds the 17th overall pick and has Dak Prescott on the roster.

"I'm not trying to bump him. I'll learn under him," Tagovailoa said of Prescott. "I'd handle it the way that the coaches there want to handle it. Honestly, I just want to be able play again. I wouldn't mind learning under whatever guy that's the starter. Give me a whole year to rest up and then go back out and compete, but I just want to go back out and play."

NFL Network

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Draft, Misc Rumor

Marshawn Lynch Has 'Substantial Role' In HBO's Westworld

Feb 21, 2020 7:43 AM

Longtime NFL running back Marshawn Lynch has a role in the upcoming season of HBO's Westworld.

A spokesman for the network said Lynch is expected to have a "fun and pretty substantial role" in the series.

Lynch's participation in "Westworld" was reported last summer.

The season premiere is set for March 15.

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Tags: Misc Rumor

NFL Owners Vote To Accept Proposed New CBA

Feb 21, 2020 7:41 AM

The NFL's owners have voted to accept the negotiated terms of a new proposed collective bargaining agreement, sending the vote to players ahead of a potential agreement between the sides.

All 32 owners met Thursday in New York City for an update on the proposal.

The vote wasn't unanimous, but the new CBA received three-fourths majority support to pass, according to a source.

"Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations the NFL Players and clubs have jointly developed a comprehensive set of new and revised terms that will transform the future of the game, provide for players -- past, present, and future -- both on and off the field, and ensure that the NFL's second century is even better and more exciting for the fans," the league said in a statement.

"The membership voted today to accept the negotiated terms on the principal elements of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Players Association would also need to vote to approve the same terms for there to be a new agreement. Since the clubs and players need to have a system in place and know the rules that they will operate under by next week, the membership also approved moving forward under the final year of the 2011 CBA if the players decide not to approve the negotiated terms. Out of respect for the process and our partners at the NFLPA, we will have no further comment at this time."

NFLPA team player reps and the NFLPA's executive council, which had been planning a Friday meeting on the topic in Washington, D.C., are now planning to hold a conference call Friday instead of meeting face-to-face.


Tags: Misc Rumor

Sean Payton: Taysom Hill Contract More Work Than Drew Brees Deal

Feb 20, 2020 8:45 AM

Drew Brees plans to return and play for the New Orleans Saints next season.

Sean Payton told WWL Radio on Wednesday that the two sides have always wrapped up contract negotiations "in an efficient manner," so he's not worried about the quarterback.

"I think that won't be any different this time around," the coach said.

Payton, however, expects Taysom Hill's situation to be much more difficult.

"If he was unsigned prior to the league year, I would anticipate us really paying close attention to that and looking at that first-round tender," Payton said of Hill. "That'll take some time, relative to his contract because it's unique in what he's doing now and what we feel like he can be and what he can do when Drew does retire. That will probably take a little more work than the contract that Mickey [Loomis] does with Drew."

The Saints have until the start of the new league year on March 18 to tender Hill.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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

League Owners, Players Association Holding Separate CBA Talks

Feb 20, 2020 8:41 AM

The NFL's owners and players are holding separate meetings this week regarding the status of the league's collective bargaining negotiations.

Those meetings could lead to votes to approve or reject the current CBA proposal, according to sources.

Sources said that both sides are working to reach a decision by the March 18 start of the 2020 league year, but it remains to be seen if that's realistic.

All 32 NFL owners are scheduled to meet Thursday in New York City for an update on the current proposal, and sources said they could vote on whether to move ahead with it.

Three-fourths of the league's owners have to approve the CBA for it to be ratified.

National Football League Players Association team player reps and the NFLPA's executive council, which had been planning a Friday meeting in Washington, D.C., on the topic, are now planning to hold a conference call Friday instead of meeting face-to-face.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Two More Playoff Teams Expected To Be Added Under New CBA

Feb 20, 2020 8:36 AM

The NFL's current playoff structure is expected to change under the next collective bargaining agreement, according to sources.

Under the proposal league owners are pushing for, the playoff field would be expanded to seven teams in each conference (from six). The regular season would be expanded to 17 games, with the preseason reduced to three contests.

Only one team from each conference would receive a first-round bye as opposed to the two that currently do, according to sources. That would mean a revised postseason schedule that includes six games on Wild Card weekend, with three on Saturday and three on Sunday.

The changes to the NFL's playoff format would take effect for the 2020 season, assuming the new CBA is ratified beforehand.

According to reports, the league and NFLPA don't disagree on the new playoff format.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Hayden Hurst Details Suicide Attempt While In College

Feb 20, 2020 8:32 AM

Hayden Hurst says he's been battling depression throughout his life and it led to a suicide attempt four years ago.

The Baltimore Ravens tight end, who was at South Carolina at the time, drank and took pills on that night in January 2016 to the point he blacked out.

"I woke up in the hospital," Hurst said. "I didn't know what happened. I had to have a friend fill me in. Apparently, I had been drinking and went into my apartment and cut my wrist. My friend found me in a puddle of blood. He called 911."

He woke to find himself handcuffed to the bed and confined to a hospital for a 72-hour period for observation.

"If I had a gun that night, I probably would have killed myself," Hurst said. "I'm glad I only had a knife. It'd be a totally different story."

Hurst's history with mental health dates back to 2013, when he was a promising pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league system.

"The goal was always just to get blacked out," he said. "Anything, Xanax or cocaine, that made that feeling go away, I tried it. Not the brightest of ideas I ever had."

Hurst's family understands the toll depression can take. His uncle died by suicide in 2008, as did Hurst's cousin two years later.

After Hurst's suicide attempt, Hurst stopped drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

"I don't have the answers to fix all of this," Hurst said. "It's still a trial and error to this day, but I will say I have much more good days than I do bad days. I'm not this superhero that's portrayed on TV. I'm a regular person."

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Misc Rumor

Washington Picks Up 2020 Option On Adrian Peterson

Feb 19, 2020 12:24 PM

Washington has exercised their 2020 option on the contract of Adrian Peterson.

Peterson had signed a two-year deal with the team option last offseason. He'll receive a $2.25 million base salary with a roster bonus of $109,375. He carries a $3.1 million salary-cap hit.

Peterson has played in 31 of 32 games since joining Washington. 

"Going into this season, there's so much more I can do and how I can help this team," Peterson told ESPN by phone on Wednesday. "My mentality is showing the Adrian Peterson of old and not just flashes; really showing, 'Wow, this cat is on a whole different level.'"

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Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Dolphins Likely To Keep Josh Rosen

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Jason Witten Wants To Play In 2020, Open To Other Teams

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Greg Olsen Agrees To Terms With Seahawks


Drew Brees Announces He'll Play In 2020

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Tom Brady May Have Interested Teams Come To Him

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Lions Entertaining Trade Talks Involving Darius Slay

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Browns Create $13M In Cap Space By Cutting Four Players

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Joe Burrow Feels He Has 'Leverage' Entering Draft

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Teddy Bridgewater Could Sign For As Much As $30M Per Season

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Melvin Gordon Believes Philip Rivers Will Sign With Colts

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Players Pushing For 17-Game Season To Be Delayed Until 2022, 2023

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Dolphins Warming To Idea Of Drafting Justin Herbert

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Broncos, Rams Cut Scouting Combine Attendance

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Cardinals Won't Release David Johnson

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Washington Releases Josh Norman

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Lions Claim Matthew Stafford Trade Rumors Are False

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Steelers Don't Think Ben Roethlisberger Is At End Of Road

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Myles Garrett Again Alleges Mason Rudolph Used Racial Slur

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Chargers Open To Starting Tyrod Taylor At Quarterback

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Colin Kaepernick To Publish Memoir

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