Misc Rumor - Football Wiretap

Patriots Acquire Josh Gordon For 5th Round Pick

Sep 17, 2018 3:25 PM

The New England Patriots have acquired Josh Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns for a fifth round pick. If Gordon isn't active for 10 games, they will get a late round pick back from the Browns.

The Browns made it known over the weekend that they were planning to release Gordon if they couldn't trade him.

Gordon also had interest in the Cowboys and 49ers.

Gordon's strained hamstring is not serious and he's expected to play in Week 3 against the Lions.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

DeSean Jackson On Ryan Fitzpatrick: 'You Can't Take The Hot Man Out'

Sep 18, 2018 8:49 AM

DeSean Jackson isn't among those that believe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a quarterback controversy.

Jackson believes Ryan Fitzpatrick should be the team's quarterback going forward, even when Jameis Winston returns from suspension.

"He's been on fire right now," Jackson told the NFL Network. "With the way the team is rallying behind him and just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it. You can't take the hot man out. You got the hot fire right now. It's like NBA Jam. We used to play NBA Jam -- whoever's got that hot fire shot, you got to keep shooting, man.

"It's not my decision but I'm sure [coach] Dirk [Koetter] and [offensive coordinator Todd] Monken and the guys that make those calls, they'll make sure they stay on fire until that fire is out."

The Buccaneers are 2-0 and Fitzpatrick currently leads the NFL in passing yards (819) and passer rating among starting quarterbacks (151.5), and ranks second in touchdown passes (eight) and third in completion percentage (78.7).

Austin Knoblauch/NFL

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

Tom Brady Not Ready To Place Expectations On Josh Gordon

Sep 18, 2018 8:44 AM

The New England Patriots traded for Josh Gordon on Monday, but Tom Brady isn't going to place unrealistic expectations on his new receiver.

"You know, I hate to make projections and expectations. That's not fair," Brady said. "I've never met Josh personally, just like I hadn't met some of the guys that have come in the last couple weeks. So we'll see how it goes this week and hopefully he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role that he can find for himself on the team."

Brady pointed out that it will take time to develop chemistry with Gordon.

"Any time you get someone in the middle of the season, there's obviously a lot of things that have happened that have got the team to a certain point that they weren't a part of," Brady said. "So you know, I'm not sure how many of those things matter, but you'd like to try to get up to speed as quickly as possible and it's really up to the individuals... You know all these things need to play themselves out. I'm not going to project anything. I'm just going to try to go be the positive, enthusiastic leader that I am and try to be a great quarterback and try to embrace whoever's on the team. And we've all got to play a lot better than we played yesterday and that's really where our focus should be."

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Andy Reid Credits Alex Smith For Patrick Mahomes' Fast Success

Sep 18, 2018 8:39 AM

Patrick Mahomes has been incredible for the Kansas City Chiefs through two games and Andy Reid credits someone no longer on the team.

"I will come back to last year and being in that room with Alex [Smith], having that opportunity to see how he worked," Reid said. "For a young guy, that's invaluable. Alex was not one who was going to hide anything or play games with him or anything like that. He kept it all out in the open and was secure enough, that wasn't a problem. He came into a good situation with Alex and I said that was priceless for him. There's no way he could repay Alex with having that experience. That was phenomenal."

Ready to turn to Mahomes this season, the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins. Smith then signed a big deal with his new team.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

Kevin Durant Jokes He'd Join Sean McVay, Rams 'Anytime'

Sep 18, 2018 8:33 AM

A day after Kevin Durant joked on Instagram that he'd love to join the Los Angeles Rams, Sean McVay said he has a role in mind for the two-time NBA champion.

"I bet he'd be pretty dangerous in the red zone on some of those jump balls," McVay said.

The Rams are 2-0 after a 34-0 beating of the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.

"If he thinks about wanting to do that, we'll welcome him," McVay said of Durant. "He can come kick it with us anytime he wants."

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

Washington Signs Breshad Perriman

Sep 17, 2018 5:14 PM

Washington has agreed to sign Breshad Perriman.

Perriman was a first round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015.

The Ravens waived Perriman before the start of the 2018 season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Denver's Phillip Lindsay Sets NFL Rookie Record

Sep 17, 2018 8:38 AM

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay set an NFL record on Sunday, becoming the first undrafted free agent ever with 100-plus scrimmage yards in each of his first two games.

Lindsay had 14 carries for 107 yards on Sunday.

"He is a good football player, not only as a running back, but as a guy who covers kicks for us and as a guy who catches the football for us," Vance Joseph said. "He's the total package football player. He's been really impressive."

Lindsay has out-touched fellow rookie Royce Freeman 32-to-23 through Denver's first two games.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor, Stats

Steve Wilks Hints At Changes After Cardinals Shut Out

Sep 17, 2018 8:32 AM

The Arizona Cardinals could be headed for changes after the team's 34-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

"I'm not going to sit here and say right after the game what we're going to do from a personnel standpoint," Steve Wilks said. "But I will say this, everybody will be evaluated."

Sam Bradford struggled, going 17-for-27 for 90 yards and an interception. Through two games, the quarterback has just 243 passing yards.

Wilks says he didn't consider pulling Bradford for rookie Josh Rosen on Sunday.

"Well, I think when you look at the climate of the game and how it was going, I don't know if it was going to make a major difference there because, again, it just wasn't one guy," Wilks said.

"It was several on both sides of the ball in all three phases. Again, we'll evaluate personnel moving forward and seeing exactly what we're going to do next week as far as putting the best guys on the field."

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Vontae Davis Shocks Bills By Retiring At Halftime

Sep 17, 2018 8:25 AM

Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis abruptly retired at halftime of the team's 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Davis said he meant no disrespect to his teammates and coaches, but that physically, he could no longer play at the standard he set for himself.

"[He] pulled himself out of the game," Sean McDermott said. "He communicated to us that he was done."

After the game, Lorenzo Alexander expressed his displeasure with the timing of Davis' retirement.

"I never have seen that," Alexander said. "Pop Warner, high school, pros. Never heard of it. Never seen it. It's just completely disrespectful to his teammates. ... He didn't say nothing to nobody. I found out going into the second half of the game. They said he's not coming out, he retired. That's it."

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor

Clay Matthews: Roughing Passer Flags 'Out Of Control'

Sep 17, 2018 8:18 AM

Clay Matthews has been flagged twice for roughing-the-passer in the Green Bay Packers' first two games.

On Sunday, Matthews was flagged for a hit on Kirk Cousins, whose deep throw was picked off by Jaire Alexander -- a play that would have given Green Bay the ball back with 1 minute, 37 seconds on the clock and a 29-21 lead.

Instead, the Minnesota Vikings tied the game with 31 seconds left in regulation. The game would end in a tie.

"I have so many emotions running through as far as what a terrible call it was," Matthews said. "At the same time, I don't know what else to do. I don't know. You let me know. You tell me. Did I put pressure on him? I thought I hit him within his waist to chest, I got my head across, put my hands down. To call it at that point in the game is unbelievable.

"Last week, OK, shame on me. This week, that's unbelievable. The worst part is, we'll probably send it in and you know what they're going to say? They'll find fault on me because they're going to agree with the refs. I don't know. It's a difficult call to call.

"You see how it changed the game. I know there's an emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, but it's gotten out of control. I don't know what else to do. It's frustrating because Jaire's interception, that's game [over], right? Instead, they go down and score, overtime, this and that.

"We had opportunities to win the game, no doubt about it, but frustrating to allow a call which I feel like I did the right thing to influence the game. I don't know. I'm trying to bite my tongue, but I obviously don't agree with it."

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Misc Rumor

Josh Gordon Hopes To End Up With 49ers, Cowboys
Josh Gordon will be released or traded by the Browns.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Le'Veon Bell Remains Leery About Heavy Workload
Le'Veon Bell recently had a conversation with Maurice Jones-Drew and expressed his concerns about being overused in what will almost certainly be his final season with the Steelers.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson Wants To Play Three, Four More Years
Adrian Peterson is the starting running back for the Redskins at 33 years old and he doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon.

John Keim/ESPN

Mychal Kendricks Signs One-Year Deal With Seahawks
After being released by the Browns following charges of insider trading, Mychal Kendricks is signing a one-year deal with the Seahawks.


Leonard Fournette Doesn't Need To Practice In Order To Face Patriots
Leonard Fournette didn't practice on Wednesday as he continues to nurse a sore hamstring.

Phillip Heilman/Jacksonville

Panthers Have Contingency Travel Plans Because Of Hurricane Florence
The Panthers are paying special attention to Hurricane Florence, which could alter their travel plans in the coming days.

Jourdan Rodrigue/Charlotte Observer

Drew Brees: Baker Mayfield 'Can Be A Lot Better Than Me'
Drew Brees is among those that feel Baker Mayfield has a very bright future in the NFL.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Raiders Want Derek Carr, Amari Cooper To Spark Offense
The Raiders managed just 13 points in their Week 1 loss to the Rams, but Jon Gruden believes the offense can easily be sparked.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Johnathan Hankins Signs One-Year Deal With Raiders
Johnathan Hankins had 44 tackles and two sacks while starting all 15 games that he appeared in for the Colts.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chris Carson May Have Emerged As Seattle's Lead Running Back
The Seahawks gave Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny equal time at running back in Week 1, but that may not be the case moving forward.

Seattle Times

Steelers Remove Le'Veon Bell From Depth Chart
James Conner, who had nearly 200 total yards in Week 1, is now listed as Pittsburgh's No. 1 running back.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Doug Baldwin Expected To Miss 'A Couple Weeks'
Doug Baldwin could miss at least a couple weeks because of his latest knee injury, according to the Seahawks.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Martavis Bryant Signing One-Year Deal To Return To Raiders
The Raiders previously cut Martavis Bryant on roster cut-down day with concerns about a possible league-imposed suspension.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Patriots Sign Corey Coleman, Bennie Fowler
Corey Coleman entered the NFL as a 2016 first-round draft choice of the Browns.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Jets Claim They Knew Matthew Stafford's Signals
The Jets claimed they knew Matthew Stafford's signals after they intercepted him four times on Monday night.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Rams Planned To Acquire Khalil Mack, Trade Him In 2019 Offseason
The Rams planned to sign Khalil Mack and then deal him away in the offseason.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Aaron Rodgers: I'm Playing Next Week
Aaron Rodgers briefly left Sunday night's game against the Bears with a knee injury.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Dez Bryant Trolls Cowboys After Season-Opening Loss
Dez Bryant, who hasn't signed on with an NFL team yet, spent a good part of Sunday trolling the Cowboys on Twitter.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Weather Delays Make Titans-Dolphins Longest Game Ever
The game lasted seven hours and eight minutes due to two lengthy lightning delays.

Cameron Wolfe/ESPN

Rob Gronkowski Strongly Resisted Possible Trade From Patriots
The Patriots discussed Rob Gronkowski in trades this offseason, and at one point, a deal seemed close, according to a source.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network