September 2021 - Football Wiretap

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar To Headline Super Bowl Halftime

Sep 30, 2021 5:48 PM

The NFL has announced that Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lamar are each natives of the Los Angeles area.

“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre said in a statement. The seven-time Grammy winner added that their halftime performance will an “unforgettable cultural moment.”

The Super Bowl was last played in the Los Angeles area in 1993 at the Rose Bowl, which featured a halftime performance by Michael Jackson.


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Panthers Will Have Same Offensive Plan With CMC

Sep 30, 2021 9:24 AM

The Carolina Panthers will be without Christian McCaffrey because of a hamstring injury, but Matt Rhule says the offensive plan will remain the same.

Chuba Hubbard is expected to get a majority of the work in CMC's absence.

"Obviously, you can't replace the production of Christian McCaffrey,'' Rhule said. "But those other players, they've been waiting for their opportunity. Who knows what they can do when given an opportunity.

"I don't think it's fair, right, to Sam [Darnold] and to the offensive line to go away from what we've been doing. We've been working on it for a long time."

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

Josh Gordon Not Expected To Play For Chiefs In Week 4

Sep 30, 2021 9:21 AM

Josh Gordon isn't expected to play for the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, a few days after signing with the team.

"It's gonna take awhile," Andy Reid said. "It's probably not gonna be this week."

Gordon, 30, was reinstated from suspension for substance abuse problems on Monday. He signed with Kansas City's practice squad on Tuesday.

The wide receiver has been suspended six times in his career, including for the entirety of three seasons (2015, 2016, 2020).

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

Melvin Gordon: Broncos 'Know We Can Be Special'

Sep 30, 2021 9:18 AM

The Denver Broncos are 3-0 for the first time since 2016 and Melvin Gordon believes the team is just getting started.

"We believe that we can be special. We're not just saying it," Gordon said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "You know, I think that's the difference: We were just saying it last year. We actually believe that we can be special. We know we can be special."

While the Broncos are undefeated, they've faced a trio of teams that are winless through Week 3 -- the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

Jay Glazer Hints Something May Be Close On Deshaun Watson Front

Sep 30, 2021 9:11 AM

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is hinting that developments may be coming on Deshaun Watson's future.

Glazer reported on Sunday that the Houston Texans may be softening their stance regarding the expectations for a trade of the quarterback.

On Wednesday, Glazer tweeted: "Keep your eyes on this situation."

The Miami Dolphins have often been linked to Watson in trade rumors.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Patriots' James White Expected To Be Out For Season

Sep 30, 2021 9:06 AM

New England Patriots running back James White is expected to miss the rest of the season with a hip injury, according to sources.

White immediately rolled over and grabbed for his right hip after after a 6-yard gain in this past Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

"James is the quiet leader. Obviously not having a guy like that hurts as a team," Devin McCourty said. "He had gotten off to a great start, and you just hate to see the long road to recovery that comes with being injured, but he's one of the toughest people I've been around. I know he'll bounce back."

Entering Sunday's game, White led the Patriots with 12 receptions for 94 yards. He had 38 yards on 10 carries this season.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

Gayle Benson Outlines Plan To Keep Saints In New Orleans

Sep 30, 2021 9:03 AM

Gayle Benson and New Orleans Saints officials have outlined the team's long-term succession plans in detail for the first time.

The plan is that the franchise would be sold with the goal of keeping the team in New Orleans and distributing the proceeds to charity.

The arrangement, which has been approved by the NFL, is similar to what happened after Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson died in 2014 and the team was later sold to Terry and Kim Pegula.

"I can't take it with me," said Benson, who replaced her late husband Tom Benson as owner in 2018 and has no heirs of her own. "God gives us gifts, and this is a gift. I am a steward for this [organization]. And we help other people with it. My wish is to scatter all the good and gifts that God and Tom have given me to this city and community."

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

Kyle Shanahan Surprised Some Were Expecting 49ers To Use Two-QB System

Sep 29, 2021 9:29 PM

Kyle Shanahan suggested people misinterpreted his intentions when he previously indicated the San Francisco 49ers would use a two-quarterback system with both Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance.

“Trey’s our backup quarterback,” Shanahan told reporters. “This isn’t the preseason. We’re not just going back and forth all the time. Trey goes in for specific plays or things we want to do. Trey week in and week out, he gets better each week the more reps he gets on scout team. But there’s not a big decision going into that each week. We put in a game plan for our starting quarterback, the backup needs to be able to do all of that if he gets hurt. And what’s cool about Trey is because of his different skillset we always keep him alive with a couple of plays on situations.”

Shanahan was asked why he changed his mind on using both quarterbacks more extensively.

“I didn’t change my mind,” Shanahan insisted. “We have put him on the field. We do it in situations. You can go with whatever you want what I say in training camp and you can expand on that or not. But I think I was asked coming off the field of our third game if we’d see this in the regular season, I said, ‘Probably not.’ So, I think a lot of words have been put in my mouth with some of that stuff or exaggerated pretty big. So, I pretty much keep it pretty real to everyone, but I don’t just tell everyone the answer. I have no problem with you guys overdoing that and Detroit working on that extremely hard. But I’ve been pretty consistent with what I’ve said.”

Garoppolo doesn't like the two-quarterback system and he continues to have the locker room behind him. The 49ers have decided to continue featuring Garoppolo unless he gets injured. 

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers

New Book Details Power Dynamics Between Brady, Kraft, Belichick

Sep 29, 2021 3:24 PM

A new book by Seth Wickersham called "It's Better To Be Feared" revealed the inner workings of the New England Patriots that dominated the NFL from 2001 to 2019. The book specifically illuminates the power dynamics between Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. 

Wickersham writes that Brady ultimately left New England not only because both Belichick and Kraft refused to commit to him until his stated goal of playing until age 45, but also because he wanted to be with a franchise that welcomed his input. 

"Tom Brady had been curious if there was another way of winning, and while nobody was arguing that Bruce Arians was a better coach than Bill Belichick, or even close, the seamlessness of Brady's proficiency and performance was making his former coach's methodologies look antiquated, even silly," the book says. "It was better to be feared -- but was it necessary?"

As examples of what the dynasty wrought, Wickersham writes that Kraft once called Belichick the "biggest f----ng a--hole in my life."

In 2018, the trio were trying to set aside grievances in order to remain victorious. 

"Brady was tired of taking team-friendly deals with no input into how the money saved was spent -- and still wanted a long-term contractual commitment," Wickersham writes. "Belichick told associates that every organizational decision now was in support of Brady, geared toward pleasing him and making him successful -- and that Kraft meddled with the team, sometimes with opinions, sometimes with restrictive budgets.

"As for Kraft, in late September, he was in Aspen [Colorado] for a conference and bumped into a few friends in the hotel lobby early one morning. He told them he was leaving later for Detroit, where the Patriots were playing their next game. 'I hate leaving here,' Kraft said. 'You leave here and you leave some of the most brilliant people you've ever met. You pick up so much knowledge from all these brilliant minds. And I have to go to Detroit to be with the biggest f-----ng a--hole in my life -- my head coach.' "

"Bill was an idiot savant," Kraft told a confidant, according to the book, alluding to Belichick's reputation before he hired the former Cleveland Browns coach in 2000. "I gave him this opportunity."


Tags: New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

Colts Seeking Trade Of Marlon Mack

Sep 29, 2021 9:23 AM

The Indianapolis Colts and Marlon Mack have mutually agreed to seek a trade, according to a report.

Mack has become the odd man out at running back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.

The fifth-year man rushed for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019 as the Colts' primary rusher.


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Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tom Brady Hints At Playing One Or Two Years Beyond 2022

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Report: Bears Sign Purchase Agreement For Arlington Heights Location

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Steelers Not Ready To Hit 'Panic Button'

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Lions Release LB Jamie Collins After Exploring Trade

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Richard Sherman Signs With Buccaneers

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Jalen Hurts Takes Blame For Eagles' Blowout Loss To Cowboys

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Bears Considering All Three QBs For Week 4 Start

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Giants Sticking With Jason Garrett As Offensive Coordinator

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Tom Brady: Return To New England Not A Time To Reminisce

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Josh Gordon Agrees To Sign With Chiefs

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Panthers Acquire CJ Henderson From Jaguars

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Giants LB Blake Martinez Suffers Torn ACL

Andy Reid Taken To Hospital For Dehydration

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Fans Boo Lions Owner At Calvin Johnson's Ceremony

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Aaron Rodgers Top Choice For Trade Was 49ers

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NFL Hopes Apple Wins Rights To Sunday Ticket

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Christian McCaffrey Out Multiple Weeks With Hamstring Injury

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Ezekiel Elliott Embracing Shared Role With Tony Pollard

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NFL Plans Monday Night Wild Card Playoff Game

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Lamar Jackson Misses Practice With Illness, OK For Week 3

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