June 2021 - Football Wiretap

Kyler Murray Still 'Open' To Playing Baseball

Jun 11, 2021 8:45 AM

Kyler Murray hasn't completely closed the door on his baseball career.

"I still hold on to the three-sport title," said Murray, who was discussing his gaming exploits. "If the time came where I got to do what I wanted to do, which, I don't know, but I'm leaving it open. I think I can still play, for sure, but we'll add the gaming on to that. Don't shortchange me, please."

Murray is the only athlete to ever be selected in the first round of the MLB and NFL drafts. The Oklahoma product was scheduled to report to spring training with the Oakland Athletics in 2019 but ultimately opted to drop baseball upon winning the Heisman Trophy and becoming a top quarterback prospect.

"I know everybody around (the organization) probably feels different about it," Murray said. "But me personally, I played the game my whole life. If I ever had the opportunity, for sure, I would definitely go for it. What are we talking about? I'm sure anyone asking me about it would (take that opportunity) too. I'm not trying to start anything. I'm just talking."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Mark Murphy: Aaron Rodgers 'A Complicated Fella'

Jun 12, 2021 2:10 PM

Mark Murphy invoiced the late Ted Thompson as describing Aaron Rodgers as “a complicated fella.”

Speaking at an event at Lambeau Field, Murphy made a halting remark indicating that Thompson, who drafted Rodgers, considered Rodgers to be “complicated.”

“I’m often reminded though of Ted Thompson, as most of you know, just a great general manager, passed away this past year — excuse me, earlier this year, often talked about Aaron, that he’s a comp — and it wasn’t just Aaron, a lot of different players. He would say ‘He’s a complicated fella.’ So, I’ll just say that,” Murphy said, via NBC 26 in Green Bay.

Thompson died in January and therefore isn't here to explain what he meant.

In that same answer without a sense of self-awareness, Murphy said, “the less both sides say publicly, the better.”

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bruce Arians: 'If You Want To Go Back To Normal, Get Vaccinated'

Jun 11, 2021 8:48 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted a clinic to increase vaccine accessibility among the team's players, personnel and family members this week.

Bruce Arians said his goal is to provide his players with a chance to get vaccinated if they so choose, with the hopes that most of his team will be vaccinated.

"There's going to be a long line over there right now," Arians said. "I better have a (long line) after today. We were pretty short up until now, but hopefully we have a pretty good line today."

Tampa Bay is making vaccines available to "whoever wants to get one." Vaccination pace among players remains a talking point across the league.

"If you want to go back to normal, get vaccinated," Arians said Thursday. "Eighty-five percent is what we're shooting for, and I think everybody is tired of meeting out here and eating outside and doing all those things we had to do last year. It's still a personal choice, but I don't see a reason not to be vaccinated."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Julio Jones: I'm A Team Guy, Not Stat Guy

Jun 11, 2021 8:40 AM

Julio Jones isn't bothered by the assumption that he'll receive fewer targets with the Tennessee Titans.

Jones averaged 9.85 targets over his 134 starts for the Atlanta Falcons.

"At the end of the day, you want to create a winning culture. However you need to do it, you have to get the job done. My whole career, I've never been a stat guy. I'm a team guy. Whatever they need from me I'm going to do, and I will enjoy playing my role at a high level," Jones said.

Even though he has "never been a stat guy," Jones has posted some eye-popping numbers over his 10-year career. Jones' career totals of 848 receptions, 12,896 yards and 60 touchdowns are already Hall of Fame-worthy.

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Tags: Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

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WFT To Have Open Competition For Starting QB Job

Jun 11, 2021 8:37 AM

Even if Ryan Fitzpatrick enters training camp with a firm grip on the starting job, Ron Rivera says the Washington Football Team will hold an open competition for the position.

Washington also has Taylor Heinicke, Kyle Allen and Steven Montez as quarterback.

"It's going to be a good competition," Rivera said. "I look forward to it. It's going to push our football team and make our football team better. I just feel that going into this knowing we have a proven guy there that has the ability to lead us, but again, we have a guy in Taylor that shows us he can do it. They are going to compete, they are going to push, and I'm looking forward to it."

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Sean McVay: Happiness With Matthew Stafford No Slight To Jared Goff

Jun 11, 2021 8:33 AM

Sean McVay was asked Thursday what he thought of Matthew Stafford.

"I think I've been very happy," McVay said. "Everybody says, 'Man, you just seem like you're in a better mood this offseason,' and I said, 'You're damn right I am.'"

Those comments came in the early afternoon. By early evening, following the Los Angeles Rams' final mandatory minicamp practice, McVay did not appear so pleased.

"I hate that I even have to say this, but I think I made a comment that was definitely taken out of context," McVay said as he opened his post-practice news conference, seemingly surprised that reports mentioned the departure of Jared Goff in conjunction with Stafford's arrival and the shift in McVay's mood.

"I am very excited. I am in a good mood because of the confidence that I have in this team. But by no means is that a slight to anybody, you know, like Jared, who has done a phenomenal job for the last four years here."

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

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Russell Wilson Didn't Request Trade, Voiced 'Unfortunate Frustrations'

Jun 10, 2021 8:59 PM

Russell Wilson spoke with reporters on Thursday for the first time since his public criticisms of the franchise led to speculation he could be traded from the Seattle Seahawks. 

"Obviously I love Seattle, I love playing here," Wilson said. "I've had a great career here so far. I've always wanted to play here for my full career obviously. I think there was some unfortunate frustrations after the season. Obviously you want to win it all and do it all and do everything you can. I think everybody on our team does. You want to win it, and I think unfortunately I think it got a little blown out of proportion a little bit."

Wilson voiced his frustrations about his pass protection and perceived lack of say in personnel moves relative to other top quarterbacks.

Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, told ESPN that he would only accept a trade to one of four teams. Wilson has a no-trade clause. 

"I did not request a trade," Wilson said. "I've always wanted to play here, and the reality is, I think calls were getting thrown around, this and that, and I think that's just a reality. But I think at the end of the day, the real reality is that I'm here and I'm here to win and I'm here to win it all."

 

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Amari Cooper Could Miss Start Of Training Camp

Jun 10, 2021 8:50 AM

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper may not be ready for the start of training camp due to an ankle injury, according to a report.

It is not viewed as a major injury, but an "irritation" in his ankle that came to be roughly two weeks ago and it has kept Cooper from being able to run.

Cooper, 26, had 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns in 2020.

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Todd Gurley Visiting With Ravens

Jun 10, 2021 8:47 AM

Todd Gurley is visiting with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, according to a report.

Gurley, 26, previously worked out with the Detroit Lions as he seeks a new home. The running back was born in Baltimore.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Former Teammate: Deshaun Watson Wants To Play For Broncos

Jun 10, 2021 8:44 AM

Deshaun Watson wants to join the Denver Broncos, former teammate Kareem Jackson said on a podcast.

Watson requested a trade from the Houston Texans before multiple lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior were filed against the quarterback.

"I've got a great relationship with Deshaun," Jackson, who plays for the Broncos, told former NFL player Aqib Talib on his "Catchin' Fades" podcast. "I've been talking to him the last couple of weeks, man, and like, all he's been telling me is like, 'Jack, just tell 'em, like, that's where I want to be.' ... He's like, 'I want to be in Denver.'"

Watson is scheduled to make $10.5 million in 2021 on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. Because of the contract extension he signed in September 2020, Watson's salary jumps to $35 million in 2022.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dak Prescott To Join Jordan Brand As Only Quarterback

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Calvin Ridley Underwent Minor Foot Surgery

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49ers Cancel Remaining OTAs, Minicamp

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Sam Darnold Still Deciding Whether To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

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Jordan Love 'Definitely' Ready To Start Week 1 For Packers If Needed

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David Tepper Seeks Outside Funding To Replace Panthers' Stadium

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Saints Will Build Offense Around QB Who Wins Starting Job

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Giants Taking Saquon Barkley's Recovery Slowly

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Aaron Rodgers' Packers Teammates: We've Got His Back

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Julio Jones To Wear No. 2 For Titans

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49ers Lose Justin Skule, Tarvarius Moore To Season-Ending Injuries

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Mason Rudolph Preparing To Eventually Start For Steelers

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Former Giants Coach Jim Fassel Dies At 71

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Navy Won't Let CB Cameron Kinley Play For Buccaneers

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Aaron Rodgers Won't Participate In Green Bay's Minicamp

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Ja'Wuan James Files $15M Grievance Against Broncos, Signs With Ravens

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Gus Edwards, Ravens Agree To Two-Year, $10M Extension

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Nick Saban Signs Extension With Alabama Through 2028

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Ravens Want To Make J.K. Dobbins 'Viable Weapon' In Passing Game

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Russell Wilson Heads To Seattle For OTAs

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