June 2020 - Football Wiretap

Buccaneers Remain Uninterested In Antonio Brown

Jun 30, 2020 3:07 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain uninterested in signing Antonio Brown.

Brown played one week with Tom Brady last season with the New England Patriots and remains a free agent.

Dianna Russini/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ron Rivera: Washington Name Issue 'A Discussion For Another Time'

Jun 30, 2020 9:22 AM

Ron Rivera was asked during an interview on 670 The Score’s McNeil & Parkins Show about the controversial name of the NFL's Washington franchise.

Rivera was named the team's head coach earlier this offseason.

"I think that's a discussion for another time," Rivera said, adding that the team's name was "always part of football" when he was growing up.

"I think it's all about the moment and the timing," he added. "But, you know, I'm just somebody that's from a different era that when football wasn't such a big part of the political scene. You know, that's one of the tough things for me, too, is I've always wanted to try to keep that separate. People have wanted me to get involved in politics, you know, when I was coaching and I kept telling them, 'It's not for me to get up here and influence people.' I have my beliefs, I know what I think, you know, I support the movements, you know, support the players. I believe in what they're doing and, again, you know, I think that there are certain elements to certain things that it's all about the timing and the best time to discuss those things."

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor

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Netflix To Produce Six-Part Series On Colin Kaepernick

Jun 30, 2020 9:15 AM

Netflix has announced that Colin Kaepernick will be the subject of a six-part series produced by director Ava DuVernay.

The series, "Colin in Black and White," will explore the quarterback's high school years, showing the experiences and insights that led to his activism.

Kaepernick will appear as a narrator, with an actor playing him as a youth in the scripted drama of a Black child adopted by a white family.

"Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens," Kaepernick said in a release. "We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It's an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see."

ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

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NFLPA Directs Agents To Educate Clients On Coronavirus Risk

Jun 30, 2020 9:13 AM

The NFL Players Association has instructed agents to talk to all of their clients about risk factors that could make them more susceptible to severe illness as a result of the coronavirus.

The scheduled start of training camps is inching closer. July 28 is the reporting date for most teams.

In a letter sent to agents Monday, the NFLPA wrote, "The NFLPA is directing you to provide each of your clients with important risk factor information provided by the Centers for Disease Control that appears below, and by mid-July, you must engage each of your clients in a conversation about the vital importance of carefully reviewing this information with their personal physician. They should ask their personal doctors any and all questions they have regarding these risk factors in light of their personal medical history and their job as an NFL player. They should also discuss any risk factors with their team doctor."

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Mark Davis Wonders If NFL Needs Bubble For 2020 Season

Jun 29, 2020 1:34 PM

Mark Davis wondered on the record whether the NFL may need a bubble environment to complete the 2020 season.

“You can keep players from the fans, but you can’t keep players from the players,” Davis said in the Las Vegas Review-Journal article that focuses primarily on his complaints regarding the decision to cover the first eight rows of seats with tarps. “That could be our Achilles’ heel. Without some form of bubble, we may be asking for trouble.”

The NFL has 65 players per team along with large coaching staffs and trainers, which would make an NFL bubble incredibly large.

Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk

Tags: Oakland Raiders

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Cam Newton Considered Slight Favorite To Win New England's QB Job

Jun 29, 2020 11:16 AM

Cam Newton is a slight favorite to be named the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots for Week 1 over Jarrett Stidham, according to SportsBetting.ag.

The Patriots signed Newton to a one-year contract on Sunday.

Patriots QB in Week 1
Cam Newton -125
Jarrett Stidham +110
Brian Hoyer +1000

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: New England Patriots

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Johnny Manziel Concedes Career Is 'In The Past, Probably'

Jun 29, 2020 9:14 AM

Johnny Manziel has conceded that his football career is likely over.

The 27-year-old quarterback hasn't retired, but he hasn't received any contract offers.

"In the past, probably, is the way I'd characterize it," Manziel told Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalenche-Journal. "I've finally got to a point where I’m trying to achieve happiness in life, not happiness on the football field.

"I know a lot of people probably want me to come back and play and give it another chance, but I don’t know, as far as being a person and figuring out life as a young adult — trying to make it and figure it out — if I’ve ever been in a better place than I’m in right now. I can honestly say I’m happy and I’m doing the right things to try and put a smile on my face every day, and that means more to me than going out and grinding on a football field.'

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Adam Gase Wants Jamal Adams On Jets' Roster

Jun 29, 2020 9:09 AM

Adam Gase, commenting publicly for the first time on Jamal Adams' contract dispute and trade request, made it seem as though a trade is out of the question.

Asked if he "absolutely, positively" wants Adams on the 2020 roster, Gase said, "Yes, I want Jamal on our team."

What Gase declined to address is whether the Jets are open to extending Adams' contract before the start of the season -- the heart of the dispute.

Adams, signed through 2021, is on record as saying he wants a new deal before the regular season.

"This is a tough part of the business, when one of your best players is working through things with our organization," Gase said. "We have to figure out a way to get to a good place, which will get him back, in the right spot and ready to go."

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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DeMaurice Smith: Workouts Go Against Player Safety

Jun 29, 2020 9:05 AM

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith isn't happy that NFL players continue to work out together despite a union advisory sent out last week saying they should stop doing so.

Smith was specifically asked about social media posts from workouts by Tom Brady and Russell Wilson and said they aren't acting "in the best interest of player safety."

On June 20, Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA's medical director, issued a statement advising players to avoid working out with teammates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"They're not in the best interest of protecting our players heading into training camp, and I don't think they are in the best interest of us getting through an entire season," Smith told USA Today.

ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Patriots Fined $1.1M, Lose Draft Pick Over Illegal Filming

Jun 28, 2020 8:33 PM

The NFL has penalized the New England Patriots for their television crew filming during a Dec. 8 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, league sources said.

The Patriots have been fined $1.1 million, lost a third-round pick in 2021 and their television production crews will not be allowed to shoot any games during the 2020 season.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Patriots Sign Cam Newton To One-Year Deal

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Matt Rhule Considers Kneeling During National Anthem

Associated Press

NFL, NFLPA Having Ongoing Discussions On 2020 Roster Rules

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Gregg Williams Has Jamal Adams' Back As Safety Seeks New Deal

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Malcolm Jenkins Calls Football 'Nonessential'

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Shaq Barrett 'Still Up In The Air' About Franchise Tag

Grant Gordon/NFL

Teams Preparing As Though Camps Will Open July 28

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Ezekiel Elliott 'Normal' After Diagnosis, Concerned With Player Safety

ESPN

Cowboys-Steelers Hall Of Fame Game Cancelled

Adam Schefter/ESPN

NFL To Tarp First 6-8 Rows To Protect Players From COVID-19, Sell Ads

Ben Fischer/Sports Business Journal

NFL Attendance Will Be Determined Team-By-Team

Daniel Kaplan/The Athletic

Adrian Peterson Hopes To Play Through 2023

TMZ Sports

49ers Considered Trent Williams At Guard Had Trade Happened Earlier

49ers Web Zone

Tom Brady, Buccaneers Working Out Despite Virus Spike

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Ben Roethlisberger Opens Up On Battle With Addiction

Brooke Pryor/ESPN

Seahawks, Ravens Hold Internal Discussions On Signing Antonio Brown

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Buccaneers Hold Group Workouts Despite Positive COVID-19 Tests

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Some Teams Having 'Heated Discussions' Over Protocol 'Tier' Status

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Jenkins: Discussions Like I Had With Brees Are What America Needs

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Suspect Arrested In Sucker Punch Of Dallas Goedert

Tim McManus/ESPN