April 2022 - Football Wiretap

Tom Brady Says He's Undecided On Retirement

Feb 1, 2022 10:18 AM

Tom Brady publicly said he is not yet decided on whether he will retire or continue playing in 2022.

"Sometimes it takes some time to really evaluate how you feel and what you want to do," Brady said on the latest episode of his "Let's Go!" podcast with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray, released Monday. "I think when the time's right I'll be ready to make a decision one way or another, just like I said last week."

Asked if he has a timeline, Brady said: "I don't know. I'll know when the time is right. Like I've always said, I'm very blessed to play as long as I have. As things have gone on in the later parts of my career ... there's a lot of interest in when I'm going to stop playing. I understand that. When I know, I'll know. When I don't know, I don't know. I'm not going to race to some conclusion about that."

ESPN reported on Saturday that Brady has already decided to retire, but that he would not update the NFL's postseason games.

Don Yee, his agent, said in a statement Saturday sent out to media members that "I understand the advance speculation about Tom's future. Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what's being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon."

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Vikings To Interview Jim Harbaugh On Wednesday

Feb 1, 2022 4:55 PM

The Minnesota Vikings will bring Jim Harbaugh for an interview on Wednesday.

Harbaugh and the Vikings spoke on Saturday to gauge his interest in the job.

Harbaugh left the San Francisco 49ers for Michigan after the 2014 season. Harbaugh is coming off his most successful season at Michigan. 

Tom Pelissero/NFL Media

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Matthew Stafford Calls Super Bowl Run 'Long Time Coming'

Jan 31, 2022 8:15 AM

After spending 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford is finally going to the Super Bowl in his first year with the Los Angeles Rams.

Stafford was 0-3 in playoff games with the Lions. He's won three postseason games to get the Rams to Super Bowl LVI this month.

"Long time coming, you know? Spent a lot of years in this league and I've loved every minute of it," Stafford said. "I feel blessed to be able to play in this league for as long as I have but I sure am happy for this opportunity for not only myself but, really, so many guys in that locker room that deserve this too. And that's what it is, it's an opportunity to go out there and win another one."

Sean  McVay was asked how Stafford has risen to the occasion this postseason.

"I think he's played like he's capable of," the coach responded. "Risen? I think he's played like we thought he would. No moment's too big for him, I can tell you that much. He's elevated everybody around him. We got one more, we know it's gonna be a great challenge."

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

Jimmy Garoppolo: Emotions 'Hit Pretty Hard' After Likely 49ers Finale

Jan 31, 2022 8:11 AM

The San Francisco 49ers held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but ended up falling 20-17 to the Los Angeles Rams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Afterward, Jimmy Garoppolo admitted he was dealing with a lot of emotions in what could very well be his final game with the 49ers.

"[The emotions] hit pretty hard in the locker room," Garoppolo said. "I think these next couple of days it will really start to settle in a little bit. Emotions are high after a game win or loss, and it's one of those things you've got to be glad it happened, smile from it, and think about the good things. We'll see what happens in these next couple days, weeks, whatever, but I love this team. Just the fight and the battle in this team throughout the entire year has been really impressive. I love those guys."

San Francisco traded a second-round pick for Garoppolo in 2017 and then signed him to what was at the time a record-breaking five-year, $137.5 million contract.

Garoppolo has one year left on his contract, but the 49ers traded up to draft Trey Lance with the third overall pick last spring.

"I love Jimmy," Kyle Shanahan said. "I'm not going to sit here and make a farewell statement or anything right now. There's a lot of stuff on my mind. Jimmy has battled his ass off, he battled today and he did some unbelievable things today. I love coaching Jimmy."

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rams Installed As 3.5-Point Favorites In Super Bowl LVI

Jan 31, 2022 9:15 PM

The Los Angeles Rams have opened up as 3.5-point favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. 

The Rams opened as -170 money-line favorites to win the game straight up at Caesars Sportsbook, and the over/under total was set at 50.5 points.

The Super Bowl will take place Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, the home of the Rams.

David Purdum/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Misc Rumor

Patrick Mahomes Takes Blame For Loss To Bengals

Jan 30, 2022 8:42 PM

Patrick Mahomes is taking the blame for the Kansas City Chiefs' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game.

The Chiefs led 21-3 before the Bengals stormed back to win 27-24 in overtime.

Mahomes was 18-of-21 for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, but he stumbled thereafter. He was just 8-of-18 for 55 yards and two interceptions while being sacked four times in the second half and overtime.

"They just had a spy on me, for the most part, and I've usually done a good job getting around that guy, but they had a good game plan," Mahomes said.

"They were doing a lot of similar stuff in the first half, we were just executing at a higher level. They stayed with it. But I mean, I gotta be better. I mean when you’re up 21-3 at one point in the game, you can’t lose it, and I put that on myself."

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Misc Rumor

Bears Hire Green Bay's Luke Getsy As Offensive Coordinator

Jan 30, 2022 8:36 PM

The Chicago Bears have hired Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy as their offensive coordinator.

Getsy, 37, joins the staff of new head coach Matt Eberflus, who was hired last week.


Tags: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Misc Rumor

Bengals Headed To First Super Bowl In 33 Years

Jan 30, 2022 8:33 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals stormed back against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, winning the AFC Championship Game and punching their ticket to the Super Bowl.

The Bengals won 27-24 in overtime to earn their first trip to the Super Bowl in 33 years. Cincinnati trailed 21-3 at one point.

The comeback is tied for the largest ever in a title game during the Super Bowl era. The 2006 Indianapolis Colts also rallied from 18 down to win the AFC title against the New England Patriots.

Ben Bay/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Raiders Hire Josh McDaniels As Head Coach, Dave Zieger As GM

Jan 31, 2022 8:16 AM

The Las Vegas Raiders will hire Josh McDaniels as their new head coach. The Raiders also announced Dave Ziegler as general manager.

Both McDaniels and Ziegler join the Raiders from the New England Patriots.

The 44-year-old Ziegler, the New England Patriots' director of player personnel, replaces Mike Mayock, who was fired earlier this month.

McDaniels was previously head coach of the Denver Broncos for two seasons. McDaniels accepted the Indianapolis Colts' head-coaching job in 2018 but then decided not to take it. 

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Las Vegas Raiders, Misc Rumor

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Apr 1, 2022 7:03 AM

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Tags: Gambling, Stats

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Vikings To Speak With Jim Harbaugh On Coaching Job

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Report: Tom Brady Will Retire After 22 Seasons, 7 Super Bowls

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Josh McCown Considered Favorite For Texans' Job

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Report: Tom Brady Could Announce Retirement In Coming Days

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Giants Hire Brian Daboll As Head Coach

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Aaron Donald: The Only Thing I'm Lacking Is A Championship

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Patrick Mahomes Can Become Youngest QB To Start Three Super Bowls

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Mike McCarthy Told He'll Remain Head Coach Of Cowboys In 2022

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Raiders To Interview Josh McDaniels

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Bears To Hire Matt Eberflus As Head Coach

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Dan Quinn Decides To Remain With Cowboys As Defensive Coordinator

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Ben Roethlisberger Announces Retirement From NFL


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Mike Singletary Says He Vetoed Ben Roethlisberger Trade To 49ers

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Sean McVay: Kyle Shanahan Isn't In My Head

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Chiefs Fans Donate $255,000 To Buffalo Children's Hospital

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Bills GM Would Like League To Revisit OT Rules

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Broncos Hire Nathaniel Hackett As Head Coach

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Ravens To Hire Mike Macdonald As Defensive Coordinator

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