April 2020 - Football Wiretap

Brandin Cooks Takes Being Traded Three Times As Sign He's Wanted

Apr 30, 2020 9:18 PM

Brandin Cooks doesn't view being traded three times in six NFL seasons "as a negative."

Cooks has been traded by the Saints to the Patriots, by the Patriots to the Rams, and by the Rams to the Texans.

"The way that I look at it, I take it as a positive and that I'm wanted, and that I'm valued at a high level still," Cooks said Thursday. "You look at all of the trades, they all were for a first-rounder, and this one, going for a second-rounder. To be honest with you, I'm blessed to be able to go around and play with so many different teams and different quarterbacks and different organizations.

"... So I don't think of it as a negative. I look forward to it. I'm a guy that adjusts pretty quick, and wherever I go, like I tell people, I'm going to ball. So I'm not worried about that."

Los Angeles signed Cooks to a five-year, $81 million contract before the 2018 season.

Sarah Bishop/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans

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NFL Interested In Saturday Games If College Football Season Canceled

Apr 30, 2020 3:28 PM

The NFL have discussed the possibility of moving some games to Saturdays this season if college football postpones its entire season.

The NFL has even had preliminary discussions with its broadcast partners about the idea. 

The NFL plays stand-alone games on Thursdays and Mondays already. The NFL already schedules Saturday games after the college regular season concludes in December.

College football has more uncontrollable variables and crowd attendance is more important for its revenue than the NFL.

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

Tags: Legal

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Bengals Release Andy Dalton

Apr 30, 2020 11:24 AM

The Cincinnati Bengals will release Andy Dalton after nine seasons with the career.

Dalton was the Bengals' primary starter since he was a second round pick in 2011. Dalton led the Bengals to the playoffs in five seasons.

The Bengals drafted Joe Burrow first overall and will supplant the 32-year-old Dalton.

The Bengals tried to trade Dalton before he was released. Dalton finished 2019 with a Total QBR of 40.1, which ranked 27th out of 30 qualifying quarterbacks

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Adam Vinatieri, 47, Wants To Return For Another Season

Apr 30, 2020 9:07 AM

Adam Vinatieri wants to kick for an NFL team in 2020.

Vinatieri, 47, hopes to extend his career to a 25th professional season.

He's currently a free agent after spending the last 14 years with the Indianapolis Colts.

It would appear as though the Colts have moved on. They have Chase McLaughlin and Rodrigo Blankenship on their roster.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Colts View Michael Pittman, Jr. As 'Vincent Jackson-Like'

Apr 30, 2020 9:03 AM

The Indianapolis Colts didn't have a first-round pick last Thursday, which meant the No. 34 selection was their first.

They used the pick on Michael Pittman, Jr., who Chris Ballard said was "Vincent Jackson-like" in a pre-draft meeting.

"Every time I watch him, I like him better. He's big, he's a build-up-speed guy, he can finish on the deep ball, he wins 50-50 battles. I just think the guy's gonna be a good football player in this league," Ballard said of the wide receiver.

Jackson had had six 1,000-yard seasons and five seasons with at least seven touchdowns between 2008 and 2014.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Rob Gronkowski Says He Was Joking About Having Buccaneers' Playbook

Apr 30, 2020 8:57 AM

Rob Gronkowski said during a media event on Saturday that he's had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playbook for four weeks, predating the trade that sent him from the New England Patriots last week.

He walked those comments back on Wednesday night.

"This is seriously a story?" Gronkowski said on Twitter. "Lol! I was just joking around with Sage [Steele] as I was pretty much the whole time that time when I was co-hosting the show [with Barstool Big Cat]. Wowsers, my co-hosting skills on point!! Lol!! I actually just received my team-issued Surface today from the Bucs and it's still in the package, and hoping it is all pictures and drawings. I'm pumped to open it one day hopefully soon and follow the arrows to learn where to run too. Gronk run Gronk catch ball. No playbook needed. Hehe."

The tight end made his original comments during the Bud Light Seltzer "Drafterparty."

After Steele pointed out that Joe Burrow has been studying the Cincinnati Bengals' playbook for weeks, Gronk said he's had the Buccaneers playbook for four weeks.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Clay Matthews Filing Grievance Against Rams

Apr 30, 2020 8:50 AM

Clay Matthews is filing a grievance against the Los Angeles Rams over $2 million in unpaid guarantees, according to sources.

Matthews and Todd Gurley, who were released by the team in March, have publicly vented their frustrations over non-payments.

The linebacker's two-year deal with the Rams included $5.5 million in guarantees, and he is still owed a $2 million roster bonus.

A source involved said the Rams could argue that language in the contracts of Gurley and Matthews allows a short-term deferral of payment for tax purposes.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

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CFL Seeking Federal Assistance Amid Pandemic

Apr 30, 2020 8:46 AM

Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday that Canada is working with the Canadian Football League on potential financial assistance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie told the Canadian Press that the league is seeking $150 million in federal assistance -- $30 million immediately and potentially up to $120 million more if it has to cancel its season.

"The CFL has approached us about support," Trudeau said. "We know it's important to them, we know it's important to many Canadians, and those discussions are ongoing."

The CFL hasn't made a definitive call on what it plans to do, but it has already moved the start of its regular season from June 11 to, at the earliest, July.

ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Telvin Smith Charged With Unlawful Sexual Activity With Minor

Apr 29, 2020 10:10 PM

Telvin Smith was arrested on Wednesday and charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.

A law enforcement source told ESPN that Smith is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl multiple times, both at his home and in his vehicle, in August and September. The girl told a friend and a family member what happened after the first encounter with Smith.

Smith has more solo tackles (441) than any other player since he entered the NFL, and his 581 total tackles ranks fourth in that span.

"The Jaguars are aware of the report involving former linebacker Telvin Smith," the team said in a statement. "The club is unable to comment further on this ongoing investigation."

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Suspension

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Brett Favre: Let's Just Say Aaron Rodgers Was Surprised By Love Pick

Apr 29, 2020 3:17 PM

Brett Favre spoke with Aaron Rodgers following the Green Bay Packers' decision to select Jordan Love in the first round of last week's draft.

“I’m not going to talk about all that we talked," Favre said. "He was, let’s just say surprised, they went that direction.”

Favre went through the same situation with Rodgers during the final seasons of his career with the Packers.

"He has every right to be disappointed, if he is," added Favre.

Rich Eisen/NFL.com

Tags: Green Bay Packers

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Roger Goodell Requested Salary Reduced To $0

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NFL May Delay Schedule Release Beyond May 9

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Chiefs Remain Favorites To Win Super Bowl LV

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Adam Gase Hints Jets Could Add More Offensive Additions

New York Post

NFL: Tom Brady's Visit To Tampa OC Didn't Violate Rules

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Chargers Were Prepared To Select Tua Tagovailoa At No. 6

Cody Benjamin/CBS Sports

Chiefs Release Dustin Colquitt

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Packers Were Determined To Trade Up For Jordan Love

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Eagles May Use Jalen Hurts At Running Back

Mike Garafolo/NFL Network

Patriots Still Showing No Interest In Cam Newton

Jeff Howe/The Athletic

Chase Young Thinks He May Still Be Growing

John Keim/ESPN

Texans Exercise DeShaun Watson's Option, Hoping For Long-Term Deal

Sarah Barshop/ESPN

Giants Place Rare UFA Tender On Markus Golden

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

NFL Could Delay Season By Six Weeks With Super Bowl At End Of February

John Ourand, Ben Fischer/Sports Business Journal

Chiefs Want To Sign Patrick Mahomes, Chris Jones To Long-Term Deals

Jelani Scott/NFL.com

NFL Draft 'War Room Cams' Highlighted Lack Of Diversity

Jason Reid/The Undefeated

Cam Newton Could Prolong Free Agency Seeking Starting QB Job

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Trevor Lawrence Considered Big Favorite To Go First In 2021 NFL Draft

RealGM Staff Report

Bill Belichick: Patriots Not Drafting QB 'Wasn't By Design'

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Matt LaFleur Believes Aaron Rodgers Will Be 'Great Mentor'

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