May 2019 - Football Wiretap

Ndamukong Suh Agrees To One-Year, $9.25M Deal With Buccaneers

May 23, 2019 5:14 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to sign Ndamukong Suh to a one-year, $9.25 million contract.

Suh spent last season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Suh will replace Gerald McCoy on the defensive line for the Buccaneers.

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

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Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Bengals, Colts Interested In Gerald McCoy

May 23, 2019 11:37 AM

Gerald McCoy has received interest from multiple teams since he parted ways with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week.

McCoy has heard from the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Adam Gase Calls Jets Trading Le'Veon Bell 'Ridiculous'

May 23, 2019 11:16 AM

Adam Gase dismissed the possibility of the New York Jets trading Le'Veon Bell.

Gase was reportedly against the signing of Bell in free agency. Gase is now interim general manager following the firing of Mike Maccagnan.

“That’s ridiculous,” Gase said.

Gase emphasized that Bell is a “great person,” who has been in “constant contact” with him regarding Bell’s offseason training regimen.

“The contract was what it was,” Gase said. “Everybody can criticize contracts all you want. He’s here. I’m excited, the players are excited, the coaches are excited.”

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dak Prescott Submits Counteroffer To Cowboys

May 23, 2019 8:38 AM

Negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott are going well, according to Jerry Jones.

"I'd generally say going well," Jones said. "These things never have a definitive answer. Because you never know if you've done it until you've done it."

Prescott is entering the final season of his rookie contract and is reportedly targeting a extension worth at least $30 million per year.

The quarterback recently said that he and his team have submitted a counteroffer to the Cowboys.

"I can't really say on that. It's one from each side," Prescott said of how close the two sides were on compensation. "So yeah, it's my first time doing this. Ask me in a few years and I'll know I'll be able to tell you we sent this one, they sent this one, we're about to get it done. But right now, I'm learning the process too and letting my team handle their business."

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Kyle Rudolph Says Vikings Have Offered Five-Year Extension

May 23, 2019 8:35 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have offered Kyle Rudolph a five-year contract extension, the tight end has confirmed.

Rudolph said his agent and the team are working through negotiations.

He is currently slated to make $7.5 million in 2019 and previously said he doesn't plan to take a pay cut.

The Vikings drafted Irv Smith in the second round last month.

Chris Tomasson/St. Paul Pioneer Press

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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NFL Asks Teams To Stop Oklahoma Drill

May 23, 2019 8:31 AM

The NFL has asked teams to stop using some high-impact drills at training camp practices, including the Oklahoma drill.

The decision stems from the league's ongoing effort to reduce concussions. The recommendation came in response to data that showed a high rate of concussions during the early part of training camp in recent years.

Competition committee chairman Rich McKay said, "I think some of the coaches were a little defensive at the start, and probably the biggest advocates at the end."

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

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NFL Draft Headed To Cleveland, Kansas City

May 23, 2019 8:27 AM

The NFL has awarded the 2021 draft to Cleveland and the 2023 draft to Kansas City following an owner's meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida.

The 2020 draft was previously awarded to Las Vegas.

The league was not ready to move on bids for the 2022 draft, saying about 20 cities are interested in hosting that year.

The league said last month that more than 600,000 people attended the draft over the three days in Nashville, eclipsing the 250,000 who attended in Philadelphia.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Praises Chemistry In Steelers' Locker Room

May 23, 2019 8:25 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster likes what he sees in regards to chemistry as the Pittsburgh Steelers began organized team activities this week.

"The chemistry is on point," Smith-Schuster said. "Everyone is on the same page. Everyone is communicating. There's really no -- how do you say? -- drama in our locker room."

Smith-Schuster replaces Antonio Brown as Pittsburgh's No. 1 option in the passing game.

He said the Steelers' locker room is full of veterans who know their role. That won't stop him from providing a youthful bite.

"Being a young guy in a room, being 22, I feel like a French bulldog, you know, just barking at everybody,'' he told reporters. "At the same time, they've got dogs, too, so they can bark. I like that role.''

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

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Peyton Manning Unlikely To Become GM Without Ownership Stake

May 22, 2019 7:00 PM

Peyton Manning has been linked with several franchises in a front office role similar to John Elway with the Denver Broncos. Most recently, Manning has been linked with the New York Jets.

Manning reportedly won't take a front office job without an ownership stake.

"The whole thing about Peyton Manning, I do not see that happening," writes Jay Glazer. "Manning is not going to be a GM somewhere and work for team presidents, he’s going to be part of an ownership group. I could see him wanting a little equity."

Jay Glazer/The Athletic

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Garoppolo Making Progress In Return From ACL

May 22, 2019 11:59 AM

Jimmy Garoppolo participated in individual and 7-on-7 drills with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, but skipped team drills. Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL on Sept. 23.

Garoppolo will not be cleared for full team work until training camp in part because the team doesn't want to risk having defenders around Garoppolo's legs during offseason work.

"I think he's handling it as well as he can," Kyle Shanahan said. "He's getting used to it. It's just a long process when you recover from an ACL, and he gets as much work as he can get in. I know he'd love to be out there for every rep, but he knows that he can't, so he's trying to make the most of his 7-on-7 and do as much work in every other aspect as he can."

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Injury

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CBA Talks Described As Positive And Optimistic
Two negotiating sessions focused on extending the NFL's current Collective Bargaining Agreement have been described as "cordial" and "amicable" by multiple sources.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Dean Spanos: New Deal For Philip Rivers 'Will Happen'
Chargers owner Dean Spanos is guaranteeing a new contract for Philip Rivers.

Gilbert Manzano/Orange County Register

Derek Carr Annoyed By Rumors Raiders Would Draft Quarterback
Derek Carr was confident the Raiders wouldn't draft a quarterback this offseason, but he was still bothered by the speculation that they would.

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Andrew Luck Sits OTA With Calf Strain
Frank Reich told reporters after the session that Andrew Luck suffered the injury while training with the team.

Andrew Walker/Colts.com

Ndamukong Suh Agrees To One-Year Deal With Buccaneers
Ndamukong Suh will replace Gerald McCoy at defensive tackle.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jared Veldheer Tells Patriots He Will Retire
Jared Veldheer signed with the PAtriots this month.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Julian Edelman Agrees To Two-Year, $19M Extension With Patriots
Julian Edelman, 32, had 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games in 2018.

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Landon Collins: Giants Made Series Of 'Culture Change' Moves
Landon Collins is a three-time Pro Bowler and signed a six-year, $84 million deal with Washington in March.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Malcolm Jenkins Skipping Start Of OTAs
Malcolm Jenkins didn't report to voluntary workouts with the Eagles and he's still not reporting.

Howard Eskin/WIP

Bills, Jerry Hughes Agree Upon Two-Year, $23M Extension
The deal is worth up to $23 million and includes $19.5 million guaranteed, according to a source.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Buccaneers Release Gerald McCoy
The Buccaneers elected not to pay Gerald McCoy the $13 million he was owed for the 2019 season.

Rick Stroud/Tampa Bay Times

Reuben Foster Believed To Have Suffered Torn ACL, Additional Damage
Reuben Foster was claimed off waivers by Washington following multiple legal issues with the 49ers.

JP Finlay/NBC Sports

Ben Roethlisberger Accepts Blame For Criticizing Antonio Brown
Ben Roethlisberger said Antonio Brown should have run a flatter route on a late-game interception and that he wished he had thrown the ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster at the goal line instead.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Colts Sign Chad Kelly
Chad Kelly has a history of off-the field issues.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Vikings' Mark Wilf: 'We Expect A Lot Better Season'
The Vikings missed the playoffs this past season despite high expectations.

Sid Hartman/Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Colts Have Shrunk Draft Board Under Chris Ballard
The Colts didn't consult a huge draft board this year, despite having six of the first 135 picks last month.

Albert Breer/SI

Browns GM, Coach Attend Kareem Hunt's Baptism
John Dorsey and Freddie Kitchens of the Browns attended Kareem Hunt's baptism ceremony Sunday in support of the running back, who is trying to turn his life around.

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Chris Long Retiring After 11 NFL Seasons
Chris Long spent much of the offseason weighing whether to retire or play another season.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Texans Release Ryan Griffin Following Vandalism Incident In Nashville
Ryan Griffin had 24 receptions for 305 yards last season with Houston and has 136 career receptions and seven touchdowns in six seasons.

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Adam Gase's Passive-Aggressive Power Struggle Led To Maccagnan Exit
CEO Christopher Johnson had reservations about retaining Mike Maccagnan as general manager after the season.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News