May 2020 - Football Wiretap

Dee Ford Underwent 'Extensive' Knee Surgery After Super Bowl

May 29, 2020 3:47 PM

Dee For underwent extensive knee surgery following Super Bowl LIV.

Dr. James Andrew underwent the surgery on Ford's left knee.

"We were spot-on with the injury as far as diagnosing it in training camp," Ford said. "I had a severe case of tendinitis. ... With my position, that's a blown tire. I feel great right now. I'm able to actually explode off of this knee. Thinking back on it, I can't believe I played a whole season on it, and we knew at the end of the day what we had to do. It had to be surgical, but I didn't want to miss the season. We had too much going on. I didn't want to miss that. It's in the bag now, though, I'm confident in that."

Ford has said the knee (and corresponding quadriceps issue) plagued him for many of his previous six seasons in the NFL -- perhaps never more so than last season, his first in San Francisco.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Injury

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Brian Flores Releases Statement On George Floyd

May 29, 2020 3:45 PM

Brian Flores released a powerful statement on the death of George Floyd.

"I've had the privilege of being a part of many different circles that have included some very powerful and influential people of all different races and genders. The events of the last few weeks have brought some of the memories of those conversations back to light. I vividly remember the Colin Kaepernick conversations. 'Don't ever disrespect the flag' was the phrase that I heard over and over again. This idea that players were kneeling in support of social justice was something some people couldn't wrap their head around. The outrage that I saw in the media and the anger I felt in some of my own private conversations caused me to sever a few long-standing friendships.

"Most recently, I've had conversations about incentivizing teams for hiring minorities. Again, there was some outrage in the media and talks that this would cause division amongst coaches, executives and ownership. I bring these situations up because I haven't seen the same OUTRAGE from people of influence when the conversation turns to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and most recently George Floyd. Many people who broadcast their opinions on kneeling or on the hiring of minorities don't seem to have an opinion on the recent murders of these young black men and women. I think many of them QUIETLY say that watching George Floyd plead for help is one of the more horrible things they have seen, but it's said amongst themselves where no one can hear. Broadcasting THAT opinion clearly is not important enough.

"I lead a group of young men who have the potential to make a real impact in this world. My message to them and anyone else who wants to listen is that honesty, transparency, and empathy go a long way in bringing people together and making change. I hope that the tragedies of the last few weeks will open our hearts and minds to a better way of communicating and hopefully create that change."

Cameron Wolfe/ESPN

Tags: Miami Dolphins

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Mike Zimmer: Stefon Diggs Wasn't An Issue

May 29, 2020 8:25 AM

Mike Zimmer says the Minnesota Vikings didn't intend to trade Stefon Diggs, but the offer from the Buffalo Bills was too good for them to pass up.

The coach's statements echoed what Rick Spielman said earlier this month.

"If you said somebody was a pain in the butt, you probably wouldn't say him," Zimmer said of the wide receiver. "I've been around way worse guys than him, and I hope he has a great career and finishes up strong."

The Rich Eisen Show

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor

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DeAndre Hopkins: I'm Best Wide Receiver In Football

May 29, 2020 8:22 AM

DeAndre Hopkins thinks he's the best pass-catcher in football despite not having the same consistency at quarterback as some of his peers.

Hopkins will now be paired with Kyler Murray after coming over in a trade from the Houston Texans.

"I definitely think I'm the best," Hopkins said on the Jalen & Jacoby Show. "I know I'm the best. Mike's my boy. I love [Saints wide receiver] Michael [Thomas] ... but he knows if I had Drew Brees my whole career what these numbers would be. [Falcons wide receiver] Julio Jones knows if I had Matt Ryan my whole career. That's my boy. I trained with Julio, too. He knows what these numbers would be.

"Those guys are definitely blessed to be in a position where, their whole career, they had a Pro Bowl quarterback -- quarterback that they spent multiple seasons with. But I don't complain. I don't make excuses. I go out there and work."

Hopkins caught passes from 10 different quarterbacks since he was drafted by the Texans in 2013.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Matthew Judon Signs $16.3M Tender With Ravens

May 29, 2020 8:14 AM

Matthew Judon has signed his $16.3 million franchise tender with the Baltimore Ravens.

The deadline to sign tagged players to long-term deals is July 15.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta confirmed earlier this month that the sides have been talking about an extension and expressed optimism that a deal could eventually be reached.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Panthers Agree To Deal With Eli Apple

May 29, 2020 8:11 AM

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a deal with Eli Apple.

Apple had agreed to a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders on March 18, but the sides could not finalize the deal and he became a free agent again on April 2, according to sources.

The cornerback has started 51 games over his four-year career with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints.

ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Seahawks Sign Carlos Hyde To One-Year Deal

May 28, 2020 9:43 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have signed Carlos Hyde to a one-year deal.

Hyde rushed for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns on 245 carries for the Houston Texans last season.

Hyde was a second round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2014.

Rashaad Penny suffered a torn ACL last season, while Chris Carson is coming off a hip injury.

Seahawks.com

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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NFL Extends Madden Deal With EA Through 2026

May 28, 2020 8:24 PM

NFL owners on Thursday approved an extension of their Madden video game deal with Electronic Arts, continuing a relationship that has existed for 30 years.

The current contract was set to expire after the 2021 season.

The extension means that EA Sports will continue to be the league's exclusive publisher of football simulation games through 2026.

According to Electronic Arts, more than 330 million hours of the game have been played since it was released last August.

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Patrick Mahomes Opens Talks With Deal Expected To Be Tied To Cap

May 28, 2020 12:56 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have opened extension talks with Patrick Mahomes.

The deal is expected to be the first in NFL history with compensation tied to the salary cap.

Other players have tried to negotiate a deal tied to the cap but have been unsuccessful. By tying salary to the cap, Mahomes would ensure he remains amongst the NFL's most well compensated players.

Mahomes' rookie contract won't expire until after the 2021 season.

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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J.J. Watt Isn't Seeking Contract Extension

May 28, 2020 9:47 AM

J.J. Watt isn't seeking a contract extension with the Houston Texans.

Watt has two years and no guaranteed money left on his deal.

"No, I don't think that's necessary," he said. "I'm not going to sit here and demand anything. If I asked for an extension or money right now, I think that would be the wrong move."

Watt is under contract for $15.5 million in 2020 and $17.5 million in 2021.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Allegiant Stadium Site Has 15 'Active Cases' Of Coronavirus

Mick Akers/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ravens' Ronnie Stanley Wants To Be Paid Like Top Left Tackle

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Quincy Enunwa Hasn't Given Up On Playing Again

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Jadeveon Clowney Rejects Aggressive Offer From Browns

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Aaron Jones, Packers Discussing Extension

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Kenyan Drake Preparing For Workhouse Role In 2020

Kevin Patra/NFL

NFL Won't Put Dates On A Potential Return

Albert Breer/SI

D.C. Lottery To Begin Taking Sports Bets Soon

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Saints DE Noah Spence Tears ACL While Training

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Lamar Jackson To Host Informal Workouts For Teammates

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Dolphins To Convert Hard Rock Stadium Into Drive-In Theater

Darin Gantt

Jalen Ramsey Won't Hold Out Of Training Camp With Rams

Steve Wyche/NFL.com

Stephen Ross: There Definitely Will Be An NFL Season This Year

Cameron Wolfe/ESPN

Browns Considered Frontrunner To Sign Jadeveon Clowney

Jeff Risdon/USA Today

Jets Unlikely To Extend, Trade Jamal Adams In Near Future

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Devonta Freeman Says He Isn't Retiring

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Dolphins Aren't Opposed To Playing Tua Tagovailoa As Rookie

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Mike Tomlin Likes Idea Of Incentivizing Rooney Rule

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New York Allowing Pro Teams To Return To Facilities

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Troy Vincent Rails Against NFL's Launch Of PI Replay

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