May 2021 - Football Wiretap

Packers Reportedly Offered Aaron Rodgers Huge Contract

May 7, 2021 9:08 AM

At some point this offseason, the Green Bay Packers tried to patch their relationship with Aaron Rodgers by offering him a huge contract.

According to a report, the Packers offered to make Rodgers the NFL's highest-paid quarterback.

The report doesn't say when the offer came, but only that it happened in "recent months." Ultimately no deal was reached because Rodgers turned the offer aside.

Making Rodgers the league's highest-paid quarterback would mean a deal worth more than $45 million per year.

The Athletic

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

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Eagles Claim Kerryon Johnson Off Waivers

May 7, 2021 8:42 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have claimed Kerryon Johnson off waivers.

Johnson was a second round pick in 2018 by the Detroit Lions. 

Johnson joins a suddenly crowded Eagles backfield that includes Miles Sanders, rookie Kenny Gainwell, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott.

ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Bears Being Courted By City Near Chicago

May 7, 2021 9:11 AM

The Chicago Bears may be thinking about relocating to Arlington Heights, a suburb roughly 30 miles outside of Chicago.

The city has 326 acres available where a new stadium could be built. The team has been playing at Soldier Field since 1971.

During an interview last week, Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes revealed the the Bears were "seriously considering" a move to the site. 

"Certainly, the Arlington Park site is available and we would consider the Chicago Bears a great fit for that particular site," Hayes said. "I think the Bears are seriously considering it because it's such a unique piece of property. It has so much going for it in terms of its location in the northwest suburbs where a lot of their audience is."

A Bears executive didn't deny that the team was mulling a possible move when asked about it by Crain's Chicago Business last week.

John Breech/CBS Sports

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

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Colts' Kwity Paye Becomes First 2021 First-Rounder To Sign

May 7, 2021 8:59 AM

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye has become the first 2021 first-round pick to sign his rookie contract.

The Colts signed five rookies on Thursday.

Paye is set to account for approximately $2.4 million in 2021, per Over The Cap's rookie pool estimations.

Nick Shook/NFL

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Draft, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Ex-Teammate: Aaron Rodgers 'Conflicted' About Future

May 7, 2021 8:56 AM

Former Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn says he has talked with Aaron Rodgers since the news broke last Thursday of the quarterback's unhappiness with the organization.

During an appearance on "The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio," Kuhn said he wouldn't disclose the exact details of their conversation but painted a picture of a quarterback who is evaluating all aspects of the situation and hasn't made up his mind.

"He's conflicted because this man loves to play the game of football, this man loves to be a Green Bay Packer and this man truly sees careers," Kuhn said during the interview. "He's watched friends leave, he watched Brett Favre's career toward the end. He's watched all these things play out in front of his eyes; he's taken notes throughout his career. He's seen some situations that didn't feel were done or finished the way that they could or should have.

"He's just trying to take his earned destiny within his own hands. To that effect, I actually admire him because not many players in the NFL have that opportunity. I sure as heck didn't. I played until everybody told me 'you can't play anymore,' and it's a humbling feeling. Aaron Rodgers has an opportunity to take a little bit of that power."

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dolphins Reach Deal With Jason McCourty

May 7, 2021 8:51 AM

The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Jason McCourty, according to a source.

Miami also released team captain and starting safety Bobby McCain.

McCain was due a $6.4 million non-guaranteed salary this season.

ESPN

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Frank Ragnow, Lions Agree To Four-Year, $54M Extension

May 6, 2021 1:57 PM

The Detroit Lions and Frank Ragnow have agreed to a four-year, $54 million extension that makes him the NFL's highest paid center.

Ragnow was a first round pick in 2018.

"He is a foundational piece because Frank is a guy that plays the game the right way," GM Brad Holmes said. "He's everything that we look for and what we want as a Lion."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Lions Release RB Kerryon Johnson

May 6, 2021 9:06 AM

The Detroit Lions are releasing Kerryon Johnson.

The running back was a second-round pick in 2018. He became somewhat expendable when the Lions drafted D'Andre Swift at No. 35 in 2020.

Johnson ran for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons. He also has 61 career receptions for 527 yards and three scores.

Last year, he had 181 yards rushing and two scores on 52 carries, and had 19 receptions for 187 yards receiving and a touchdown.

ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Packers Exploring QB Options For OTAs, Training Camp

May 6, 2021 9:02 AM

The Green Bay Packers have begun exploring quarterbacks they can add to their roster for organized team activities and training camp, according to sources.

As things currently stand, Jordan Love is the only other quarterback on the roster aside from Aaron Rodgers, who reportedly no longer wants to play for the team.

Brian Gutekunst acknowledged after the draft that Green Bay would need to add more quarterbacks, but one source says the Packers' search has branched out to include veteran signal-callers as well.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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

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Buccaneers Re-Sign Blaine Gabbert To One-Year Deal

May 6, 2021 8:59 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal.

According to a source, Gabbert's deal is worth up to $2.5 million.

Last season, Gabbert, 31, completed 9 of 16 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions as Tom Brady's backup.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Brian Callahan Sees Joe Mixon As Every Down Back

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Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: I Never Really Had Any Heart Issues

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Dak Prescott: I Could Play In A Game Right Now

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Matt Rhule On Passing On QB: I Just Believe In Sam Darnold

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Casey Hayward Signs With Raiders

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Jimmy Garoppolo 'More Than Happy' To Help Trey Lance

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Alejandro Villanueva Agrees To Two-Year, $14M Deal With Ravens

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Dave Gettleman: Daniel Jones 'Should Really Make A Major Stride'

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DK Metcalf To Sprint At USATF Golden Games

Cody Benjamin/CBS Sports

Washington Signs Record-Tying RB Jaret Patterson

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Patriots Decline Sony Michel's Fifth-Year Option

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Cowboys Decline 2022 Option On Leighton Vander Esch

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Kyle Shanahan Details Why 49ers Selected Trey Lance

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Packers Haven't Held Aaron Rodgers Trade Talks

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NFL Moves Up Deal With Amazon For Thursday Games To 2022

RealGM Staff Report

Vikings Tried To Trade Up For Justin Fields

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

Group Of 49ers Called Kyle Shanahan To Tell Him They Were Alive

Kevin Patra/NFL

49ers Sought Frank Gore's Advice On No. 3 Pick

Jim Trotter/NFL

Report: Aaron Rodgers 'Intrigued' By Raiders

Jordan Dajani/CBS Sports

Seahawks, Richard Sherman Have Been In Contact

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