July 2020 - Football Wiretap

Texans 'Working Hard' To Sign Deshaun Watson To Extension

Jul 31, 2020 2:55 PM

Bill O'Brien revealed on Friday that the Houston Texans are "working hard" to sign Deshaun Watson to a long-term extension.

Watson made less than $3.8 million in 2019, which was just 4.88% of the Texans' cap. He is scheduled to make $4.4 million during the 2020 season.

"Deshaun is a great player, an even better person, and we want him here for a long time," O'Brien said. "... I know that we're working hard. We're not going to really talk about it in the media, but obviously we feel so strongly about him and the future of him in this offense, in this organization, and we want him here for a long time."

Patrick Mahomes signed a 10-year, $503 million extension earlier this month as a fellow member of the 2017 draft class.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Antonio Brown Suspended For First Eight Games Of 2020

Jul 31, 2020 2:40 PM

Antonio Brown has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 season.

Teams with interest in Brown have wanted to know how long he'd be suspended for if they signed him.

Brown will be allowed to participate in training camp if he is signed.

The Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens are among the teams interested in signing Brown.

Robert Klemko/Washington Post

Tags: Fantasy, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Suspension

ESPN Picks Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick For MNF Booth

Jul 31, 2020 2:38 PM

ESPN will have Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick handle announcing duties for Monday Night Football this season.

ESPN had Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland in the booth last season.

Jim Nantz, Ian Eagle and Kevin Burkhardt are potential free agents in the coming future. Philip Rivers is a candidate for color analyst duties after Drew Brees signed a pre-contract with NBC.

Riddick has publicly lobbied for the Monday Night Football job in the past.

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

Cowboys Still Confident Deal With Dak Prescott Will Get Done

Jul 31, 2020 9:23 AM

The Dallas Cowboys missed the deadline to get a long-term contract done with Dak Prescott before the 2020 season, but neither side seems concerned.

In his first comments since the July 15 deadline came and went, Stephen Jones suggested talks between the two sides were amicable.

"We had a great visit with him at the deadline. We pushed to try to have a few more changes here and there to see if we could get it done," Jones said. "But he's got such a great outlook on the Dallas Cowboys, our football team, and he's ready to go out and win a Super Bowl, which would only create more value for him, more value for the Cowboys.

"So we're fired up about it and still have nothing but 100 percent belief in Dak and his future with the Cowboys, and that we can ultimately get a deal done. He's special. As Jerry and I have said, we are 110 percent behind him, and ultimately feel like we'll get this done."

Prescott will play 2020 under the $31.4 million franchise tag.

"I don't want to use 'close' in terms of negotiations. You either get a deal done or you don't," Jones said. "We didn't quite get it done. I wouldn't put blame on either side. It's just one of those things, when you're talking about a deal as big as this is -- for our team, not just for Dak but our entire team, the ramifications that it has -- we certainly want to get it done right. I know he's respectful of (owner) Jerry (Jones) and myself of what we're trying to get accomplished, just as we are with him."

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Patrick Mahomes Takes Note Of No. 4 Rank In NFL Top 100

Jul 31, 2020 9:17 AM

Patrick Mahomes has taken note of his No. 4 ranking on The NFL Network's Top 100 players of 2020.

Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP, took the top spot. Mahomes also ranked behind Russell Wilson and Aaron Donald.

Shortly after the results were revealed, Mahomes tweeted an emoji that shows a pencil writing on paper, which appears to be his way of saying he's taking note.

Mahomes recently signed the richest-valued contract in American professional sports.

The 24-year-old was the MVP of the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, making him the first quarterback in NFL history to win a league MVP and Super Bowl before turning 25.

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

Jamal Adams Plans To Retire With Seahawks

Jul 31, 2020 9:13 AM

After months of fighting, sometimes publicly, with the New York Jets over his contract and future, Jamal Adams is thrilled to be with the Seattle Seahawks.

"When I got the call, honestly, I broke down in tears of joy," Adams said of last weekend's trade. "A lot of mixed emotions. I'm gonna miss a lot of the guys over there. But at the end of the day, man, this was my calling. This was where I need to be."

Adams has two years left on his rookie contract. The massive haul, including two first-round picks, that the Seahawks gave up appears to indicate long-term interest in the safety, but a new deal won't be reached in 2020.

"The plan is to retire here," the 24-year-old said. "This is my plan. But obviously, those things handle themselves. When all you have to do is just go on the field and perform, do the right things on and off the field, and those things will take care of itself, man. So I'm very excited to be here. I know the rest of the guys are excited to have me, and the coaching staff, and everybody else. So again, man, we'll worry about that when the time comes."

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

Bills Send Rookies Home After Positive COVID-19 Tests

Jul 31, 2020 9:08 AM

The Buffalo Bills sent rookies home from the team's facility Thursday as a response to five positive coronavirus tests this week.

"As we were informed by medical experts as training camp opened, we expected to have positive tests for COVID," the Bills said in a statement to ESPN. "With 5 since the beginning of the testing period last Tuesday, we decided to take a disciplined, proactive and preventative approach to hopefully eliminate additional cases within our team."

The Bills' rookies first reported on July 21 to begin testing.

Under the NFL's training camp mandate, players must register three negative tests in a five-day span to enter the facility. Although teams are not required to shut down their facility for a positive test, the Bills chose to minimize risk by sending players home for the day.

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Tags: Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor

LeSean McCoy, Buccaneers Agree To One-Year Deal

Jul 30, 2020 7:10 PM

LeSean McCoy has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"He's very excited to play with established vets like [Tom] Brady and Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] in trying to win another championship," Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN.

McCoy will compete for time with Ronald Jones and Dare Ogunbowale at running back.

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

Dr. Allen Sills 'Cautiously Optimistic' About NFL's 2020 Season

Jul 30, 2020 2:57 PM

Dr. Allen Sills may be the most critical member of the NFL community for the 2020 season as the league's chief medical officer.

Sills said this week that COVID-19 will likely remain a factor throughout the 2020 season, but the league has protocols to keep players, coaches and staff safe.

“I remain cautiously optimistic because we’ve spent a tremendous amount of time and energy with these protocols and preparing, trying to mitigate risk to the best that we can,” Sills told the Houston Chronicle. “At the same time, we have to realize that this is going to be hard. This is going to be really hard because this is a tough opponent. This virus is a highly contagious virus, and it remained very endemic across our country.

“It’s going to be a real challenge for us at every level of the league, but our teams are very committed to this. I know our players are very invested, as are all of our coaches and staff. We’re all going to put our very best foot forward to try to mitigate risk and see if we can carry forward and coexist with a virus. As much as we’d like it to go away, I think it’s clear that it’s unlikely to be eradicated at any time in the very near future.”

Houston Chronicle (via Michael David Smith/ProFootballTalk)

Tags: Legal

NFL Still Doesn't Have Signed Agreement Revising CBA

Jul 30, 2020 9:19 AM

The NFL and NFL Players Association struck a deal on a revised Collective Bargaining Agreement five days ago, but the formal agreement hasn't yet been signed.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, "lawyers" have held up the signing of the document.

That likely means attorneys for both sides are haggling over precise language in the agreement.

For players, that means they'll have more time to decide whether or not they are comfortable playing in 2020. The deadline to opt out doesn't come until seven days after the agreement is signed.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Misc Rumor

Eagles' Lane Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Tim McManus/ESPN

Lions Place Kenny Golladay, T.J. Hockenson On COVID-19 List

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Nate Solder Opts Out Of 2020 Season Citing Family Concerns

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Damien Williams Opts Out Of 2020 Season

Josh Alper/ProFootballTalk

John Lynch, 49ers Agree To Contract Extension

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Lamar Jackson 'Still Hoping' Ravens Sign Antonio Brown

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Tua Tagovailoa Passes Physical, Will Practice Without Limitations

Cameron Wolfe/ESPN

49ers Optimistic About 'Tricky' Extension For George Kittle

The Athletic

Player Opt Out Deadline Will Be Aug. 4, At Earliest

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

NFLPA: 21 Players Have Tested Positive At Camps

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Devin Funchess Opts Out, Cites Family's Health

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Seahawks Will Wait Until 2021 To Extend Jamal Adams

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Joey Bosa, Chargers Agree Upon Five-Year, $135M Extension

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Bruce Arians To Wear Mask, Face Shield On Sidelines

Nick Shook/NFL.com

Aaron Rodgers Doesn't Expect To Finish Career With Packers

Kyle Brandt/NFL.com (via The Score)

NFL Still Hasn't Considered Creating Market Bubbles

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Marquise Goodwin Opts Out Of 2020 Season

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Austin Ekeler Feels 'Somewhat Like A Lab Rat'

TMZ Sports

Jets Playing To Win, Not Punting On 2020 Season


Russell Wilson Pushing For Seahawks To Sign Antonio Brown

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