February 2022 - Football Wiretap

Kyler Murray's Agent Releases Statement Detailing Offer To Cardinals

Mar 1, 2022 2:45 PM

Kyler Murray's agent, Erik Burkhardt, released a lengthy statement Monday saying they have sent a detailed contract proposal to the Arizona Cardinals.

Murray is scheduled to make about $5.4 million in 2022, with a base salary of $965,000 and a $4.5 million roster bonus that's fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year.

While Burkhardt did not provide specific details, he said Murray's proposal is "in line with the current quarterback market" but lowers his 2022-23 salary cap number to allow the Cardinals to re-sign "other deserving teammates and add additional free agents."

Burkhardt says it's now up to Arizona to make the deal, adding that "Kyler remains hopeful that the organization chooses to commit so that he can continue leading the Cardinals to further success and value for many years to come."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Browns To Explore All Options At Quarterback

Mar 1, 2022 8:27 AM

Baker Mayfield will likely be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in 2022, but the team will explore all options at the position this offseason.

Mayfield and his representatives are scheduled to meet with the Browns at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Mayfield is set to play under his fifth-year option this coming year.

He is coming off January surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

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

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Colts Propose Overtime Change For Regular Season, Playoffs

Feb 28, 2022 8:17 AM

The Indianapolis Colts have proposed a revision to the current overtime rules.

The proposal would guarantee each team a possession in overtime.

The Colts want the change made for both the regular season and playoffs.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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Dolphins Planned To Pursue Sean Payton, Tom Brady

Feb 28, 2022 8:14 AM

At one point after the 2021 season, the Miami Dolphins planned to take a big swing.

Per multiple sources, the Dolphins initially hoped to pursue Sean Payton as coach and Tom Brady as quarterback. The plan was scrapped after Brian Flores filed his lawsuit against the NFL and the Dolphins, New York Giants and Denver Broncos.

The Dolphins have since hired Mike McDaniel as head coach and Tua Tagovailoa remains the starting quarterback.

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Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor

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Chiefs Bring Matt Nagy Back As QB Coach

Feb 28, 2022 8:10 AM

Matt Nagy is returning to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fired in January after four seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bears, Nagy is now back with the Chiefs as senior assistant and quarterbacks coach.

The 43-year-old was with the Chiefs for five seasons from 2013 through 2017, finishing as offensive coordinator his final season.

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

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Ali Marpet Announces Retirement At Age Of 28

Feb 27, 2022 8:59 PM

Ali Marpet has announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 28.

Marpet is coming off his first Pro Bowl season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

"After seven formidable years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I've come to the decision to retire from the game that has given me so much," he wrote in his post. "This organization and the people surrounding it have helped not only fulfill a dream, but also helped build me into the person I am today. I've made Tampa Bay my home and I look forward to serving this community in the coming years. To the coaches and teammates, family and friends, an Instagram post simply can't express the profound impact you've had on me. I'm eternally grateful. Thank you Tampa Bay."

Marpet was due to make $10 million in 2022.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Saints Restructure Contracts Of Michael Thomas, Ryan Ramczyk

Feb 28, 2022 11:05 AM

The New Orleans Saints have moved more than $26 million in salary cap charges into future years by restructuring the contracts of Michael Thomas and Ryan Ramczyk.

New Orleans began the offseason approximately $75 million over the projected cap of $208.2 million.

Thomas' restructure is especially notable since it further indicates that New Orleans has no plans to trade him.

The Saints converted $14.6 million of Thomas' scheduled salary and roster bonuses into a signing bonus, which means they can spread the cap charges over the next five years. 

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sean McVay Won't Pursue TV Job This Offseason

Feb 28, 2022 11:05 AM

Sean McVay revealed that he won't pursue any television opportunities this offseason and is committed to remaining head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

The New York Post, citing sources, reported Friday that McVay was set to meet with Amazon next week, with Amazon possibly willing to offer him as much as five years and $100 million. Amazon will stream "Thursday Night Football" exclusively on Prime Video starting this fall.

In January, multiple league executives suggested to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that McVay could follow a similar coaching/broadcasting path to Jon Gruden, whom McVay coached under in Tampa Bay in 2008, and take a break from coaching for a lucrative TV job.

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

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Packers Restructure Aaron Jones, Clear $3M In Cap Space

Feb 25, 2022 8:33 AM

The Green Bay Packers have restructured the contract of Aaron Jones just a year after signing him to a four-year, $48 million extension.

Jones is due $8.9 million this year, which is double his cap number from last season.

The Packers have converted $3.85 million of his pay into a signing bonus, while adding two voidable years to his deal, to create just over $3 million in 2022 cap space.

The running back will remain under contract through 2024.

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

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If ESPN Can't Land Joe Buck, Al Michaels Could Become Target

Feb 25, 2022 8:28 AM

If ESPN can't pry Joe Buck away from FOX to work with Troy Aikman, they will likely pivot to Al Michaels, according to a report.

Michaels reportedly wanted Aikman to work with him for Amazon and Thursday Night Football.

With more Monday night games landing on ABC, and with the network back in the Super Bowl rotation, the job is more attractive than it was when Michaels previously passed on the gig.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Lovie Smith Doesn't Plan On Nick Caserio Being Involved On Game Day

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USFL's Contracts Will Make It Harder For XFL To Add Players In 2023

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Eric Bieniemy To Return As Offensive Coordinator Of Chiefs

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'Everything Copacetic' With Kyler Murray, Cardinals

Jane Slater/NFL Media

Aaron Rodgers Will Inform Packers Of His Decision Soon

Dianna Russini/ESPN

Multiple Teams Would Trade For Deshaun Watson Without A Settlement

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Report: Troy Aikman Poised To Leave Fox For ESPN

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

Packers GM: Never Promised To Trade Aaron Rodgers

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Saints Promote Ryan Nielsen, Kris Richard To Co-Defensive Coordinators

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Packers Want To Re-Sign Davante Adams, But Aware He Could Leave

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tom Brady To Produce, Act In Super Bowl Road Trip Movie

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J.C. Jackson Upset Over Lack Of Contract Talks With Patriots

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Chiefs Release Anthony Hitchens, Save $8.4M Against Cap

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Bill Introduced To End Tax Breaks For Stadium Builds

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Rams Expected To Hire Kentucky's Liam Coen As OC

Adam Rittenberg/ESPN

Aaron Rodgers Explains IG Post, Has No News On Future

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Aaron Rodgers Posts Vague Message About Future On Social Media

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Panthers Called Vikings About Trade For Kirk Cousins

Anthony Rizzuti/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Colbert Gives QB Mason Rudolph Vote Of Confidence

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Combine Alters COVID Policies Amid Boycott Talk

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