April 2021 - Football Wiretap

Patrick Mahomes Ahead Of Schedule On Toe Surgery

Apr 19, 2021 10:45 PM

Patrick Mahomes indicated he's ahead of schedule following offseason surgery for turf toe.

"I think I'm progressing well,'' said Mahomes, who felt well enough recently to travel to Georgia and attend the Masters Tournament with, among others, teammate Travis Kelce. "I think I'm ahead of schedule myself. Obviously, we're trying to be cautious. We're not pushing me out there too soon. But I'm doing what I can. I've gotten out of the boot finally. It took forever. Now I'm trying to get back on the field and get that stuff working. I'm sure they'll keep me on that same pathway and that hopefully I can do some stuff by the end of the offseason.''

The Chiefs expect Mahomes to be at full strength for the beginning of training camp in July.

"He's got great flexibility in that toe,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He worked his tail off, not a real fun thing for him to do with that. It seems like a small thing, but that toe is rather large and stiff before the surgery and after the surgery, so he's really worked hard to get that right.''

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Injury

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Alex Smith Announces Retirement From NFL

Apr 19, 2021 2:00 PM

Alex Smith has retired from the NFL.

Smith was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2020 after helping lead the Washington Football Team to the NFC East title.

Smith underwent 17 surgeries to fight an infection and opted not to have his leg amputated.

 

Smith said he believes he has "plenty of snaps left in me," he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and "can't wait to see what else is possible" after 16 years in the NFL.

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Tags: Washington Football Team, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Browns Release Sheldon Richardson

Apr 16, 2021 3:16 PM

The Cleveland Browns have released Sheldon Richardson.

Richardson was due to make more than $12 million this season. Richardson signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Browns in 2019.

The Browns signed Jadeveon Clowney this week. 

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Broncos' Surplus At Receiver Makes DaeSean Hamilton Trade Candidate

Apr 16, 2021 8:24 AM

The Denver Broncos could shop DaeSean Hamilton in the coming weeks if the team continues to develop a surplus at wide receiver.

The Broncos have Courtland Sutton, who missed most of 2020 due to injury, Tim Patrick, Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler at wide receiver.

Hamilton caught 23 passes for 293 yards and two scores in 16 games.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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49ers Offered First-Rounder For Sam Darnold

Apr 16, 2021 8:16 AM

The San Francisco 49ers reportedly offered the New York Jets their first-round pick -- 12th overall -- for Sam Darnold before he was dealt to the Carolina Panthers.

According to the report, the timing of the offer is a key reason the Jets didn't accept it.

The Jets were seemingly concerned about the shoulder of Zach Wilson at the time.

The 49ers didn't wait around, instead coming to terms on a deal with the Miami Dolphins allowing them to move up to third overall.

Patrik Walker/CBS Sports

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Justin Fields Now Betting Favorite To Go Third Overall

Apr 16, 2021 8:07 AM

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is now the betting favorite to be the third overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers.

Less than a month ago, North Dakota State's Trey Lance was the favorite for the No. 3 pick.

Currently, Fields has odds of -125 for to hear his name called as the third player picked. Mac Jones is +100, and Lance is +450.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Misc Rumor

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NFL To Partner With Caesars, DraftKings And FanDuel

Apr 16, 2021 8:02 AM

The NFL is partnering with bookmakers in the U.S. for the first time.

The league on Thursday announced multi-year agreements with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel, making the sportsbook operators the first Official Sports Betting Partners of the NFL.

The partnerships are for five years, and according to a source familiar with the deals, are worth just shy of $1 billion combined.

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Tags: Misc Rumor

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Aldon Smith Agrees To One-Year Deal With Seahawks

Apr 15, 2021 1:35 PM

Aldon Smith has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. 

Smith signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys last season after being out of the NFL from 2016 until 2019 due to multiple off-field issues. 

Smith started the season strong with a three-sack outing in Week 3 against the Seahawks, but he finished the year with five sacks.

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

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Cordarrelle Patterson Expected To Sign With Falcons

Apr 15, 2021 9:01 AM

The Atlanta Falcons are hosting Cordarrelle Patterson for a visit and they are expected to sign the veteran skill player.

Patterson has spent the previous two seasons as a member of the Chicago Bears after signing a two-year, $10 million deal.

He has been used often as a running back lately in his career.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Brett Favre Wants Politics Out Of Sports

Apr 15, 2021 8:58 AM

Brett Favre doesn't want to see politics and sports mixed.

"I know when I turn on a game, I want to watch a game," Favre recently said in an appearance on The Daily Wire. "I want to watch players play and teams win, lose, come from behind. I want to watch all the important parts of the game, not what's going on outside of the game, and I think the general fan feels the same way. ... I can't tell you how many people have said to me, 'I don't watch anymore; it's not about the game anymore.' And I tend to agree."

Favre specifically complained about the issue of kneeling during the national anthem.

"It's really a shame that we’ve come to this," Favre said regarding the kneeling controversy. "Something has to unify us, and I felt like the flag, standing patriotically — because Blacks and whites and Hispanics have fought for this country and died for this country. It's too bad."

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Tags: Misc Rumor

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Seahawks Extend Team President Chuck Arnold Through 2027

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Lions, Patriots Latest To Say They'll Skip Voluntary Workouts

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Jadeveon Clowney Signs One-Year Deal With Browns

Adam Schefter/ESPN

NFL Stadiums, Facilities Hit 2 Million Vaccines Administered

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Tyler Lockett Wants To Finish Career With Seahawks

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Move By Patriots Could Give Julian Edelman Extra $2M

John Breech/CBS Sports

Broncos, Buccaneers, Seahawks To Skip Voluntary Workouts

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

NFL: Team Employees To Vaccinate Unless 'Bona Fide' Reason Not To

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

James Conner, Cardinals Agree To One-Year Deal

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Justin Fields, Trey Lance Using 49ers Drills At Pro Days

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network

Sam Darnold: Trade Talk Was 'Tough' To Deal With

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Giovani Bernard Signs One-Year Deal With Buccaneers

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Britt Reid Charged With Felony DWI

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Julian Edelman Retires From NFL

RealGM Staff Report

Jimbo Fisher: At Least 10 Teams Have Inquired About QB Kellen Mond

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Report: Eagles Could Trade Up In Draft If QB Slides

Tim Daniels/Bleacher Report

Browns Seek Second Meeting With Jadeveon Clowney

Josina Anderson/ESPN

Eddie George Named Head Coach Of Tennessee State

Turron Davenport/ESPN

JuJu Smith-Schuster Considered Signing With Chiefs

Nick Shook/NFL

Josh Allen Won't Rush Long-Term Deal With Bills

Jeff Kerr/CBS Sports