May 2019 - Football Wiretap

Texans Release Ryan Griffin Following Vandalism Incident In Nashville

May 18, 2019 8:34 AM

The Houston Texans have released Ryan Griffin.

Griffin is facing charges of vandalism and public intoxication for allegedly punching out a front window in a hotel last month in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Texans also selected tight end Kahale Warring out of San Diego State in the third round.

Police say Griffin, 29, was arrested for his own safety rather than given misdemeanor citations.

Griffin had 24 receptions for 305 yards last season with Houston and has 136 career receptions and seven touchdowns in six seasons.

Field Yates/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Adam Gase's Passive-Aggressive Power Struggle Led To Maccagnan Exit

May 17, 2019 6:33 PM

New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson had reservations about retaining Mike Maccagnan as general manager after the season.

But the firing of Maccagnan is believed to have been triggered by Adam Gase winning a passive-aggressive power struggle.

Gase tried to distance himself from the Jets' draft decisions even before it began. Gase rarely gave input on trade possibilities or prospects. Gase never fought for or objected to any of Maccagnan's picks.

Gase was believed to have been angered by Maccagnan not seeking his opinion on any decisions during organizational discussions.

“It pissed Adam off,” a team source said. “Mike didn’t want him to speak up too much. It’s a weird philosophy.”

Maccagnan didn't want the Jets' scouts influenced by Gase's opinion. 

Gase will now essentially hand pick the next general manager of the Jets.

“I don’t think he wants to screw a lot of people over,” one Jets employee said of Gase. “Because he feels like he already kind of did that.”

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

Ravens Sign Shane Ray, Michael Floyd

May 17, 2019 10:46 AM

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to sign Shane Ray and Michael Floyd to one-year deals.

Pass-rush and wide receiver are considered the two biggest needs for the Ravens.

Ray played just 33 percent of the Broncos' defensive snaps last season, finishing with one sack.

Floyd had 10 catches for 100 yards and one touchdown last season for Washington.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings Are Discuss Extension

May 17, 2019 9:06 AM

Talks between the Minnesota Vikings and Kyle Rudolph on a contract extension are ongoing, but the negotiations haven't gained any momentum.

The two sides haven't ended talks, according to a source.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Scott Pioli Resigns As Falcons' Assistant GM

May 17, 2019 9:03 AM

Scott Pioli has resigned as assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons.

"After careful consideration and ongoing dialogue with Thomas [Dimitroff, the Falcons' GM] over the past year, I have decided to step away from my position as the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons to pursue other potential opportunities," Pioli said in a statement. "I want to thank both Arthur [Blank, the Falcons' owner] and Thomas for bringing my family and I here in 2014."

Pioli did not specify which opportunities he plans to pursue.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Patrick Peterson Suspended Six Games For PED Violation

May 16, 2019 12:53 PM

Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 season for a violation of the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy.

Peterson has dropped his appeal and will serve the suspension.

Peterson is an eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Suspension

Official NFL Draft Twitter Account Posts Desire For Lottery

May 16, 2019 10:20 AM

In the wake of the craziness that was the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday night, there has been talk about reform involving other leagues.

The NFL's official draft account expressed their desire for change.

"Hey, NFL, we want a draft lottery, too," the league's draft account tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

It's unlikely the NFL will ever implement a lottery unless they are able to prevent tanking.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

Dak Prescott Wants 'To Be A Cowboy Forever'

May 16, 2019 10:15 AM

Dak Prescott could sign a multiyear deal with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason and the quarterback has made his intentions known.

"I mean, I want to be a Cowboy forever," Prescott said. "I think the people that are doing the deal feel the same way, so to me, it's no rush. I know it will get done."

Prescott is set to make $2.02 million in the final year of his four-year rookie contract. The Cowboys selected him with a fourth-round pick in 2016.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jets Trade Darron Lee To Chiefs For Sixth-Round Pick

May 16, 2019 10:12 AM

The New York Jets have agreed to trade linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick, according to a source.

The move came just hours after Mike Maccagnan was fired as general manager and coach Adam Gase was elevated to interim GM.

Maccagnan picked Lee in the first round of the 2016 draft with the 20th pick.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Kareem Hunt: I Won't 'Mess This Up' With Browns

May 16, 2019 10:09 AM

Kareem Hunt says he made a mistake and plans to make the most out of his chance with the Cleveland Browns.

"I know I am not going to mess this up again," he said on the first day of the team's OTAs.

Hunt signed with the Browns in February after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs when a video surfaced of Hunt, 23, shoving and kicking a woman at his Cleveland residence in 2018.

He will miss the first eight games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Ryan Isley/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

Patriots Sign Jamie Collins
The Patriots traded Jamie Collins to the Browns in 2016.


Adam Gase Opposed Jets Signing Le'Veon Bell
Adam Gase made the argument that he didn't want the Jets to spend a lot of money on any running back.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah Emerges As GM Candidate For Jets
Daniel Jeremiah replaced Mike Mayock as the head draft analyst of the NFL Network when Mayock became general manager of the Oakland Raiders.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jets Fire Mike Maccagnan As General Manager
Adam Gase will be interim general manager of the Jets.

Adam Schefter, Jeff Darlington/ESPN

Dwayne Haskins Preparing Like He'll Be The Starter
Dwyane Haskins will have to beat out Case Keenum and Colt McCoy to start for the Redskins in Week 1, but the rookie is preparing to do just that.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Ravens Sign Joe Horn, Jr. After Tryout
The Ravens have signed wide receiver Joe Horn, Jr. to their 90-man roster after an impressive tryout at rookie minicamp earlier this month.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Dion Jordan Faces 10-Game Ban For Using Adderall
The free-agent defensive end has been suspended three times in the past, including for an entire season.


John Urschel Has No Interest In Analytics Job With NFL Team
John Urschel was accepted into the PhD program for applied mathematics at MIT in 2016.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Bill Belichick To Serve As Patriots' De Facto Defensive Coordinator
The Patriots hired Greg Schiano for the role, but he stepped down suddenly approximately a month later.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Steve Keim Never Communicated With Josh Rosen Before 2019 NFL Draft
Josh Rosen only learned of Arizona's intention to select Kyler Murray one minute before the pick was announced when he received a call from Kliff Kingsbury.

Rich Eisen/

EJ Manuel Retires From NFL
EJ Manuel was a first round pick by the Bills in 2013.

Field Yates/ESPN

HBO's Hard Knocks Down To Four Potential Teams
The 49ers, Giants, Raiders, Lions and Redskins are eligible to appear on Hard Knocks.

Jared Dubin/CBS Sports

Geno Smith To Sign With Seahawks
Geno Smith is expected to compete with Paxton Lynch for the No. 2 quarterback job behind Russell Wilson.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Odell Beckham Will Take Part In OTAs With Browns
While with the Giants last year, Odell Beckham, Jr. took part in seven voluntary workouts.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Joe Flacco Will Get All First-Team Reps At OTAs
The Broncos drafted Drew Lock in the second round last month, but they appear committed to Joe Flacco for the 2019 season.

Grant Gordon/NFL

Doug Baldwin Announces Retirement From NFL
Doug Baldwin indicated in a long series of posts on Twitter that he is retiring from the NFL.


Eagles To Sign Cody Kessler
Cody Kessler was released by the Jaguars last week.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Aaron Rodgers Confirms Cameo On 'Game of Thrones'
Aaron Rodgers has confirmed via Instagram that he made a cameo appearance on Sunday night's episode of "Game of Thrones."

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Washington Impressed With Dwayne Haskins At Rookie Minicamp
Dwayne Haskins may have a chance to start immediately for Washington.

John Keim/ESPN

Giants Sign Mike Remmers
Mike Remmers expects to play right tackle for the Giants.