February 2021 - Football Wiretap

J.J Watt's Decision Down To Bills, Packers, Titans

Feb 25, 2021 8:24 AM

J.J. Watt's time as a free agent may be winding down.

According to a report, Watt's decision is down to the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.

The former Defensive Player of the Year has also been linked to the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Tags: Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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John Lynch Has No Doubt Jimmy Garoppolo Will Be 49ers' Starter In 2021

Feb 25, 2021 8:21 AM

John Lynch made some definitive comments about the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback situation during an appearance on The Eye Test for Two Podcast.

Lynch said he has no doubt Jimmy Garoppolo will be the 49ers' starter in 2021.

The comments did come with a caveat: "If Garoppolo stays injury-free," something that hasn't happened two of the past three seasons.

The 49ers are 24-9, including the postseason, in games Garoppolo has started since he arrived in a trade with the New England Patriots. They are 7-19 over the same period when he doesn’t.

The Eye Test for Two Podcast

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

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La'Mical Perine Wants Sam Darnold To Remain As Jets Quarterback

Feb 25, 2021 8:16 AM

The New York Jets are evaluating the quarterback position this offseason, but at least one of Sam Darnold's teammates wants to see him remain the team's starter.

During an appearance on the NFL Network, La'Mical Perine said he wants Darnold to remain the team's starting quarterback.

"No disrespect to any of the quarterbacks that's in the draft, but I actually had a chance to play with Sam and was able to be in the backfield with him, so I know what he brings to the team," Perine said. "He's a great leader, man. We've just got to put good weapons around him, and he can very well succeed and be one of the top quarterbacks in this league."

The Jets have gone 13-25 in 38 games with Darnold as the starter. For his career, he's completed just 59.8 percent of his passes with 45 touchdowns and 39 interceptions.

NFL Network

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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Steelers Would Like Ben Roethlisberger To Return In 2021

Feb 24, 2021 9:50 PM

Art Rooney II acknowledged that mutual desire between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger in a statement Wednesday morning.

"Ben Roethlisberger and I met yesterday morning and we had a productive meeting" Rooney said. "We were able to discuss a lot of things that relate to where we are and where we want to go. Ben assured me that he is committed to coming back to help us win, and I told Ben that we would like to have him back to help us win a championship. We both understand that the next step is to work out Ben's contract situation."

The final year of Roethlisberger's current deal comes with a $41.2 million cap hit, although a contract restructure and extension could lower that by a maximum of about $14 million.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Marcus Mariota Given Best Odds To Begin 2021 As Patriots' QB

Feb 24, 2021 12:41 PM

The New England Patriots could go in any number of directions at quarterback in 2021. BetOnline has released odds on who will be the starting quarterback to begin the 2021 season with Marcus Mariota considered the slight favorite.

Player to take Patriots first snap in Week 1 of 2021 reg. season
Marcus Mariota 5/2
Jacoby Brissett 7/2
Jarrett Stidham 4/1
Cam Newton 5/1
Rookie Quarterback 5/1
Blaine Gabbert 7/1
Andy Dalton 8/1
Deshaun Watson 10/1
Brian Hoyer 12/1
Joe Flacco 15/1
Mike Glennon 15/1
Jimmy Garoppolo 15/1
Blake Bortles 20/1
Colt McCoy 20/1
Tyrod Taylor 20/1
Ryan Fitzpatrick 20/1
Sam Darnold 25/1
Geno Smith 25/1
Robert Griffin III 25/1
Matt Barkley 30/1
Mitchell Trubisky 40/1
Jake Dolegala 40/1
Dak Prescott 50/1
Jameis Winston 50/1
Ben Roethlisberger 60/1
Matt Ryan 70/1

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: New England Patriots, Las Vegas Raiders

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Report: Tiger Woods Was On Way To Meet Justin Herbert, Drew Brees

Feb 24, 2021 8:16 AM

Tiger Woods was on his way to meet Drew Brees and Justin Herbert when he crashed his car in a rollover accident in the Los Angeles area Tuesday, according to a report.

Woods was running late for a scheduled photo shoot with Brees and Herbert, who were playing golf.

Woods underwent hours of surgery on multiple leg injuries at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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Tags: Misc Rumor

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'Mutual' Interest Between Dolphins, Aaron Jones

Feb 24, 2021 8:13 AM

The Miami Dolphins are believed to be one of the teams that will target Aaron Jones when he hits free agency next month.

According to a report, the interest is "mutual."

Jones is coming off a second straight 1,000-yard season with a career-best 1,104 yards for the Green Bay Packers in 2020.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jason Licht On Tom Brady Extension: We'd Like To Keep This Going

Feb 24, 2021 8:10 AM

Jason Licht has indicated that an extension is possible for Tom Brady coming off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl victory.

Before the Super Bowl, Bruce Arians said he wouldn't be surprised if Brady signed an extension to keep him under contract beyond the 2021 season.

"It's a possibility," Licht told The Rish Eisen Show. "He certainly didn’t look like he slowed down any this year. That’s a possibility and we’ll have to see how that goes. ... It appears that he really had a good time this year winning the Super Bowl. Likes our organization, likes our coaches, likes our head coach and ownership and we certainly love him. Usually when you have those two things going for each other, it’s a match made in heaven so we’d like to keep this going."

Brady is set to make $25 million during the 2021 season with a cap hit of $28.375 million after earning $3.375 million in incentives.

The Rich Eisen Show

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Alex Smith: Return Put 'Wrench' Into Washington's Plans

Feb 24, 2021 8:06 AM

Alex Smith said his comeback threw a "wrench" into the Washington Football Team's plans and that he didn't feel wanted by the organization this past summer.

Smith told GQ that the organization was surprised he was physically able to play.

"They didn't see it, didn't want me there, didn't want me to be a part of it, didn't want me to be on the team, the roster, didn't want to give me a chance," Smith told the magazine. "Mind you, it was a whole new regime, they came in; I'm like the leftovers and I'm hurt and I'm this liability.

"Heck no, they didn't want me there. At that point, as you can imagine, everything I'd been through, I couldn't have cared less about all that. Whether you like it or not, I'm giving this a go at this point."

Washington is open to retaining Smith, but the team is also exploring other options at quarterback because of the question of whether Smith can remain healthy for a full season.

Smith has a $24.4 million cap hit and Washington would save $13.8 million if it released him.

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Tags: Washington Football Team, Misc Rumor

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Eagles To Release Alshon Jeffery When League Year Begins

Feb 23, 2021 9:08 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles will release Alshon Jeffrey when the new league year begins in March, according to a report.

The Eagles restructured Jeffery's contract in early January, in order to create some salary cap relief and also to speed up the timeline on making a decision on the receiver's future.

Jeffery caught 171 passes for 2,237 yards and 20 touchdowns in four seasons with Philadelphia.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jaguars Expected To Decline Option On Tyler Eifert

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Teams Believe Base For Russell Wilson Trade Would Be Three Firsts

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NFL Moves Toward 17 Regular-Season Games, Three Preseason Games

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Michael Pittman, Jr. Won't Give Up No. 11 For Carson Wentz

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Shailene Woodley Confirms Engagement To Aaron Rodgers

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Mike Tomlin Diagnosed With COVID-19

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J.J. Watt Preaches Patience As He Chooses New Team

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NFL Seeking To Double Broadcast Rights Fees

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Salary Cap Unlikely To Hit $185M For 2021

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Eagles Release DeSean Jackson

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Panthers Release Three Players To Increase Cap Space To $28.5M

David Newton/ESPN

Packers Release Veterans Rick Wagner, Christian Kirksey

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Eagles Plan To Bring In Competition For Jalen Hurts

Chris Mortensen & Adam Schefter/ESPN

NFL To Test New Position-Specific Helmet For Lineman

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Falcons Release Ricardo Allen, Allen Bailey

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NFL Increases 2021 Salary Cap Minimum To $180M

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Eagles Trade Carson Wentz To Colts

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Colts 'Aren't Budging' On Trade Offer For Carson Wentz

Zak Keefer/The Athletic

Alvin Kamara To Sponsor Xfinity Series Car At Daytona

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Jaguars Returning To Teal As Primary Home Color For 2021

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