|Panthers sign WR Jarrett Boykin|
Former Packer gets opportunity in Carolina
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 27 2015, 3:00 pm
|Jarrett Boykin, will play for Ricky Proehl, the Panthers' receivers coach, after signing a one-year deal with Carolina on Friday. He will compete for playing time in a receiving group that includes second-year wideout Kelvin Benjamin, veteran Jerricho Cotchery, recently reacquired Ted Ginn Jr., Philly Brown and Brenton Bersin.
FFToday's Take: Boykin saw his role reduced last year in Green Bay with the emergence of rookie Davante Adams. He will have a better opportunity for playing time in Carolina but with the passing offense going through Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen, Boykin will be a long shot to make any kind of significant fantasy impact.
| Coughlin unsure if Cruz will be ready for Week 1|
Patellar tendon injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 25 2015, 1:14 pm
|Coughlin did not have anything new to say about Victor Cruz's recovery from a torn patellar tendon. He agreed with Cruz's personal goal that he'd be good to go by training camp, but said the team is "not gonna throw him to the wind, he'll work his way through." Coughlin added that he couldn't say with any confidence that Cruz would be ready for the first regular season game. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Cruz's injury is more significant than an ACL and typically requires a longer recovery time. Whenever he does hit the field in 2015, he will likely be less than 100 percent. GM Jerry Reese has already stated that he doesn't expect Cruz to make the same impact he made before the injury. Cruz tore his patellar tendon last October.
| Jordy Nelson had clean up procedure on hip|
McCarthy: "Nothing serious"
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 25 2015, 11:54 am
|Asked about WR Jordy Nelson being seen at a recent Milwaukee Bucks game on crutches, Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged that the veteran had surgery at the end of the season.
Nelson was having some problems with his hip at the Pro Bowl and a decision was made to clean up the area. McCarthy said it wasn't serious.
"He had some post-season work done," McCarthy said during the NFC coaches' media breakfast Wednesday. "He'll be fine in a couple of weeks.
"I've seen him. I'm trying to think if it's six-to-eight weeks, but really he should answer that. But it's nothing serious." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: The 6-8 week timetable means Nelson should be in no danger of missing the team's OTAs or training camp. If he's limited, then we'll revisit the "it's nothing serious" comment from McCarthy. Nelson is coming off his best season a pro (98-1519-13) and will be on the WR1 radar in fantasy drafts this summer.
| Whisenhunt: "Mariota Day 1 starter"|
NFL Draft smoke screen?
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2015, 11:00 am
|At first blush, hearing Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt say this at the annual AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday - "If (Marcus Mariota) comes to us at No. 2, he's definitely going to be the Day 1 starter" -- certainly makes us think the Zach Mettenberger era has come and gone. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Whisenhunt went on to say they were still in the process of evaluating the Oregon quarterback. It's certainly possible the Titans could take Mariota with second overall pick but this sounds like a head coach attempting to increase the value of his drafting position. The Titans have plenty of needs and are in a good spot to move down if a trade partner can be found.
|Tannenbaum comments on Wallace, Stills|
Dolphins management feels comfortable with Landry, Stills
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 23 2015, 1:45 pm
|"Mike Wallace contributed the last few years," Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. "We felt once we had Kenny Stills, it was a good opportunity for [Wallace] in Minnesota. It gives him a chance to get a fresh start and for us with Kenny Stills in our offense and where we project him with Jarvis Landry we just thought it was the right fit to do that now. "He's (Stills) played in the league. He's had a fair amount of production. His production is what it is -- it's been good. It hasn't been prolific by any stretch but we felt for what we're asking that position to do there was explosiveness. And the routes he runs well were responsibilities we felt were pretty close to what we're going to do with our offense." (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins saw an opportunity to get a younger, cheaper version of Wallace and took it. Given the comments, it's safe to assume that Landry, Stills and tight end Jordan Cameron will be the top targets for Tannehill in 2015.
|Dwayne Bowe agrees to terms with Browns|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2015, 2:45 pm
|The Browns have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with former Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, a league source confirmed for Northeast Ohio Media Group.
The eight-year veteran of the Chiefs, 30, visited the Browns Saturday and Sunday. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: This is a logical destination for Bowe as the Browns are void of receiving options with Josh Gordon facing a year-long suspension and TE Jordan Cameron now in Miami. Bowe's fantasy stats have declined every year since his high-water mark in 2010 where he posted 206.6 FPTs on a 72-1162-15 line. Bowe and Brian Hartline are penciled in as the top two receivers with Bowe's fantasy ceiling topping out as a WR3.
|Markus Wheaton has competition in Bryant|
Team high on Martavis Bryant heading into 2015
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 18 2015, 5:30 pm
|Offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who pushed hard for the Steelers to draft Martavis Bryant last year, called what Bryant was able to do during the second half of last season a “big thing” during a 30-minute Steelers Nation Unite ‘Weekly Huddle’ fan forum session on Wednesday.
“We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact,” Haley said.
FFToday's Take: This should be a nice battle during training camp but it does appear Martavis Bryant is being pegged as the team's number two receiver opposite Antonio Brown. Meanwhile, Markus Wheaton's fantasy stock is fading after being a third round draft pick in 2013.
| Jermaine Gresham diagnosed with herniated disc|
Scheduled for surgery
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 18 2015, 4:46 pm
|Free agent TE Jermaine Gresham was diagnosed today with a herniated disc, source said. He’s scheduled for surgery tomorrow. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners are still waiting for Jermaine Gresham to break out. He finished 2014 on a high note by scoring five touchdowns over the season's final six weeks. Yet his back surgery will now keep him out of action for some if not all of the 2015 season.
|Bernard Pierce arrested for DUI|
Roster spot in jeapordy
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2015, 10:40 am
|Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was arrested in Towson early Wednesday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.
Ravens team spokesman Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun: "We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously." (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: Pierce's fantasy value took a hit last season as he was playing behind Justin Forsett and Fitzgerald Toussaint most of the year. Ever since the Ray Rice incident, the Ravens have been strict with off-field conduct. DB Victor Hampton was arrested earlier this off-season on DWI charges and was released. Pierce could suffer the same fate.
|TE Charles Clay signs offer sheet with Bills|
Miami has five days to match
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2015, 7:37 pm
|The Buffalo Bills’ courtship of Charles Clay feels like it’s lasted longer than a Kardashian marriage.
Whether the Miami Dolphins’ tight end actually gets hitched to the team wooing him is now up to his current employer. The Buffalo News learned Tuesday night that Clay has signed an offer sheet from the Bills. The Dolphins now have five days under the terms of the transition tag to decide whether they want to match the offer – which The News has learned is for five years and up to $38 million, with $20 million in guarantees – or let Clay go to their AFC East rivals. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: It's being reported that the Bills offer includes $24.5 million over the first two seasons which could make it difficult to match. The deal is rich enough that it's likely Miami will let Clay go and move forward with newly signed tight end Jordan Cameron. Clay was given the transition tag by the Dolphins but won't receive any compensation if he jets for Buffalo.
|Trent Richardson finds a home in Oakland|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2015, 1:45 pm
|The Oakland Raiders will give Trent Richardson his third chance to make it in the NFL, as the team announced his signing Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed, but the former Alabama star running back will compete with Latavius Murray to be the Raiders' starting running back. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Richardson will battle for playing time with Murray and newly signed Roy Helu. It would be a shock if Richardson is anything more than a backup for Murray with Helu filling the third-down pass-catching role. For what it's worth Richardson is just 24 years old but sports a 3.3 yards per carry average for his career.
|Chargers pickup receiver Stevie Johnson|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2015, 12:48 pm
|Free-agent wide receiver Steve Johnson agreed to a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday. Johnson had visited the Chargers and Patriots since his release from the 49ers last week. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers lost Eddie Royal to the Bears and were rumored to be interested in Andre Johnson before he signed with the Colts. Stevie had three-straight 1000-yd seasons in Buffalo but posted his worst stat line in five years (35-435-3) in the 49ers run-first offense. Johnson could push WR3 value but will battle for targets with Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and newcomer Dontrelle Inman.
|Raiders release QB Matt Schaub|
Ponder and McGloin to battle for backup spot
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2015, 5:00 pm
|In an unsurprising move the Oakland Raiders announced they have released quarterback Matt Schaub.
The Raiders traded a sixth-round pick for Schaub last offseason, but the 33-year-old lost the starting job to Derek Carr before the season even started. Schaub became even more expendable when the Raiders signed quarterback Christian Ponder last week. Ponder and Matt McGloin will now battle for the No. 2 gig behind Carr. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Things aren't looking up in your NFL career if your cut for Christian Ponder. Schaub was the No.20 fantasy quarterback in 2012 but hasn't been the same player since. He'll have an outside chance at a backup job with another team but his fantasy value is nill until further notice.
|Cecil Shorts headed to Houston|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2015, 3:15 pm
|Free-agent wide receiver Cecil Shorts has agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Texans, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
Shorts, who visited with the Texans on Monday, will have a chance to start in Houston, who released longtime star receiver Andre Johnson last week. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: You can pencil in Shorts opposite DeAndre Hopkins in the Texans starting lineup. He's yet to back up his breakout performance in 2012 (55-979-7) and has developed the injury-prone tag thanks to nagging lower leg injuries. Shorts was bothered by a hamstring injury during camp last season and missed three games at the start of the season. With Hopkins expected to dominate targets, Shorts will be nothing more than a late-round flier in fantasy leagues this summer.
|Vikings release Greg Jennings|
Changes in the wide receiver corps
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2015, 1:45 pm
|Less than 24 hours after the Vikings traded for Mike Wallace, the team released Greg Jennings.
The Vikings signed Jennings to a five-year, $45 million contract two years ago. By releasing Jennings, the Vikings will free up at least $5 million in cap space. If they designate him as a post-June 1 cut, they can save $9 million in space but dead money will carry into 2016. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings lofty salary wasn't matching his production and he became expendable once the team traded for Mike Wallace. The Vikings will head into 2015 with Wallace and Charles Johnson as their top two wide receivers.
|Reggie Bush agrees with 49ers|
Didn't receive an offer from New England
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2015, 1:04 pm
|Reggie Bush and 49ers reached agreement, per sources. Bush back in California. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bush reportedly visited New England but never received an offer. He was hampered by an ankle injury last season and never had more than 12 carries in any game on his way to one of the worst seasons in his career (79-29-2; 40-253-0). He will likely serve as the third-down and two-minute drill back behind starter Carlos Hyde.
|Mike Wallace heading to Minnesota in trade|
Miami gets undisclosed draft pick
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 13 2015, 8:00 pm
|EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Friday announced they have traded for Mike Wallace, acquiring the receiver from the Dolphins for undisclosed compensation. (Vikings.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins' recent acquisition of Kenny Stills paved the way for the team to send Wallace to Minnesota. The speedy wideout will turn 29 in August and still has plenty of talent to help a scrambler like Teddy Bridgewater in his first full season as a starter. Wallace immediately becomes the most appealing fantasy receiver in Minnesota but his inconsistency caps his value to that of a WR 2/3 in most formats.
|Steelers sign former Panther DeAngelo Williams|
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 13 2015, 7:32 pm
|Running backs are all the rage right now, and Pittsburgh just scored a solid backup to add into their rotation.
The longtime Panther, DeAngelo Williams, will head north and sign on with the Steelers.
Williams announced the move on Twitter on Friday and the team added it's a two-year deal.
FFToday's Take: This is a nice add for the Steelers if DeAngelo Williams overcomes the lower body injuries that saw him miss most of the 2014. A limited workload spelling Le'Veon Bell should help the former Panther be a useful player heading into the twilight of his career yet he is merely a handcuff option for fantasy purposes.
|Roethlisberger and Steelers agree to extension|
Big Ben cashes in on huge 2014 performance
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 13 2015, 7:00 pm
|(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed on a five-year contract extension on Friday that could see 'Big Ben' to the end of his career in the Steel City.
With Roethlisberger entering the final year of an eight-year $102 million deal signed in 2008, the Steelers locked up their franchise player, assuring stability at the quarterback position.
FFToday's Take: Last season Ben Roethlisberger hit career milestones in several key statistics that also including a completion percentage above 66 percent for only the third time in his career. The increase in passing attempts should help Roethlisberger provide another nice fantasy season in 2015, just be leery of paying full price based on his career year.
|C.J. Spiller joins Saints backfield |
Saints continue roster overhaul
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2015, 1:40 pm
|The New Orleans Saints have added free-agent running back C.J. Spiller, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Spiller will join a Saints backfield that already includes Mark Ingram, who recently re-signed with the team, and Khiry Robinson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Given the Saints recent moves, their offensive philosophy is definitely shifting to a more run-oriented approach. Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills are gone while Ingram, Spiller and Robinson provide incredible dept at running back. The RBBC in New Orleans won't help Spiller's fantasy prospects however. He'll likely be more valued in PPR leagues.
|Saints purge continues, Kenny Stills traded to MIA|
Dolpins and Saints revamping receiving corps
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2015, 12:53 pm
|The Saints are apparently willing to trade everyone. A league source tells PFT that the Saints are dealing wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Dolphins, in exchange for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Interesting move considering Stills is a relatively cheap player, scheduled to earn $585K this year and $675K next year. With this move, the Saints have now lost their top two receivers from last season (Jimmy Graham and Stills). It's been reported that Miami has shopped Mike Wallace but they've yet to find a trade partner for the veteran wideout.
|Harvin meets with Bills, Patriots up next?|
Free agent wideout planning his next move
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2015, 10:39 am
|Before the Jets cut receiver Percy Harvin, the teams to watch for his services were the Packers, Chargers, and Patriots. But then the move happened, and the Bills moved quickly to bring him to Buffalo.
The two-day visit ended Thursday. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Harvin is now taking some time to plan his next move. Some have suggested that a visit to the Patriots will be happening. It could (and some would say it should), but it hasn’t been planned yet. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Harvin played under Rex Ryan with the Jets. He'd be a good fit paired alongside Sammy Watkins but his fantasy value would be limited with Matt Cassel or EJ Manuel under center.
|McFadden agrees with Dallas, $200K signing bonus|
First step in replacing Murray
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2015, 10:05 am
|Darren McFadden is at the team’s Valley Ranch complex today and has agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $5.85 million with a $200,000 signing bonus, sources said. While no one expects him to step in and replace Murray, he does provide competition at the position. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: McFadden is expected to add depth the Cowboys running back group as they look to replace DeMarco Murray's 393 rushing attempts from last season. Even with McFadden in the mix, the Cowboys could go after a top running back in the upcoming draft or make a move for Adrian Peterson should he become available.
|TE Jordan Cameron to sign in Miami afterall?|
After early reports linked him to Cleveland
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 12 2015, 8:00 pm
|After multiple media outlets reported the Browns were going to re-sign tight end Jordan Cameron comes another published report saying the Dolphins are now set to make a deal with one of the better unsigned players left on the market.
According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, the Dolphins are in the process of finishing up a deal, a Pro Bowler in 2013.
However, if Cameron were to sign with Cleveland, Clay would seemingly most be in play for Buffalo or Miami.
FFToday's Take: It appears the Dolphins will win the Cameron sweepstakes but until the ink is dry no deal is official in this year's free agency. Cameron's fantasy potential may rise a bit while operating in a better pass offense, but he will need to first prove he is back to full strength after suiting up in only ten games during the 2014 regular season. Charles Clay figures to be a decent consolation prize as the next best option at the position.
|Cromartie reunited with Revis in New York|
Cornerback follows Bowles east by inking 4-year pact
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 12 2015, 7:35 pm
|Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, who formed a stifling secondary for the Jets from 2010 to 2012, were reunited Thursday as the team reached an agreement with Cromartie.
The Jets and Cromartie agreed to a four-year deal worth $32 million. It would cap a sweeping overhaul of a secondary that turned porous for the Jets last season.
(New York Times)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets Defense/ST unit were nothing more than waiver wire fodder in 2014 but that should change with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie in the fold. A return to the top 15 fantasy units seems likely as Todd Bowles continues to re-shape the defense for 2015.
|Colts waive Trent Richardson|
Released after two seasons in Indy
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 12 2015, 7:15 pm
|INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Trent Richardson's time with the Colts is over after two disappointing seasons.
The former top-five draft pick acquired in a trade with Cleveland that cost Indianapolis a first-round pick in 2013 was waived Thursday after the running back played just one snap in three playoff games last season.
FFToday's Take: Dan "Boom" Herron's emergence during the playoffs sealed Richardson's fate. Richardson's fantasy stock is now at rock bottom after being a solid fantasy asset coming into the league as a rookie.
|Chiefs release Dwayne Bowe|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2015, 2:00 pm
|Dwayne Bowe’s eight-year tenure as a Chief has come to an end, as the team made news of Bowe’s release official on Thursday. Bowe, a 30-year-old receiver whose salary cap number is $14 million for 2015, has averaged 58 catches and 713 yards in his two seasons under coach Andy Reid. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: The signing of Jeremy Maclin yesterday and Bowe's huge cap number for 2015 made him expendable. If he's designated a post-June 1st cut, Bowe would count $9 million over the next two years. Bowe should have no trouble finding a new team albeit at a reduced salary. Given the right situation, he could have WR3 fantasy value in 2015.
|Justin Forsett staying in Baltimore|
RB had interest from ATL, WAS and OAK
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2015, 1:10 pm
|The Ravens have re-signed veteran running back Justin Forsett to three-year contract that averages about $3 million per year, according to NFL sources.
Forsett also drew interest from the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: This is a good fit for Forsett and his fantasy value. The Ravens are committed to the run and Forsett had his best season as a pro last season averaging 5.4 yards per carry while scoring eight touchdowns. He's not an ideal fit as a workhorse running back but if he ends up in that role, he could once again produce high-end RB2, low-end RB1 value.
|DeMarco Murray headed to Philadelphia|
"It was never about the money in any situation" Murray said
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2015, 1:00 pm
|DeMarco Murray, the NFL's leading rusher in 2014 for the Dallas Cowboys, is jumping ship and joining the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
"It was never about the money in any situation," Murray texted ESPN.com's Todd Archer. "If it was the money, I could've taken that a long time ago on a very high deal. It's about winning a Super Bowl and being fair." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Taking Murray at his word, it's interesting that he thinks he has better chance at winning a Super Bowl in Philadelphia than he does in Dallas. Murray is expected to get $21 million guaranteed. Ryan Mathews agreed to a deal with Philadelphia yesterday but has yet to officially sign the contract. He may chose to abandon the situation now that Murray is in the mix.
|Andre Johnson agrees with Colts|
3-year, $21 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 4:00 pm
|Andre Johnson is joining the Indianapolis Colts, the veteran wide receiver tweeted Wednesday.
Johnson was released by the Houston Texans earlier this week, ending his 12-year tenure there. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $21 million over three years. The Colts will now sport a wide receiving corps of Johnson, T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. The Colts are a pass-first offense but like to spread the ball around, especially the goaline. Johnson hasn't been a TD-machine the last four years but is a good bet to improve upon his 85-936-3 line from last season. He's in the WR2 discussion.
|Eagles agree with RB Ryan Mathews|
3-year deal, $5 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 2:08 pm
|Chip Kelly couldn't answer question about Ryan Mathews, but now he can: former Chargers RB signed a 3-year deal w/ the Eagles. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $11.5 million that includes $5 million guaranteed. There are also rumors that this signing doesn't necessarily mean the Eagles will stop pursuing DeMarco Murray. We shall see. If not, Mathews should see his fantasy value jump in Chip Kelly's high-volume offense, assuming he can stay healthy. Mathews missed eleven games last season with ankle and knee injuries. If no other backs are brought into the mix, Mathews will carry RB2 value into drafts with low-end RB1 upside.
|Andre Johnson still weighing his options|
Eight teams reportedly interested
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 1:45 pm
|Andre Johnson's first visit was with the Colts. 7 other teams interested. Taking it one day at a time I'm told sorting through things. (Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson was released by the Texans and reportedly met with the Colts yesterday. He would make a good fit for a number of playoff-caliber teams in need of veteran wide receiver help. Indianapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New England, San Diego and Carolina seem to fit the description.
|Jeremy Maclin reunites with Andy Reid|
Fantasy value takes a hit
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 1:21 pm
|Jeremy Maclin officially reunites with Andy Reid and returns to Missouri.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the 26-year-old's contract with the Kansas City Chiefs is for five years and $55 million dollars. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs will need to clear some cap space which could mean the release of WR Dwayne Bowe. Maclin missed 2013 with a knee injury then posted his first 1000-yd season last year in Chip Kelly's high-volume offense. Maclin may be the Chiefs No.1 wide receiver but he'll get no such volume in Kansas City. Andy Reid's offense doesn't typically favor one target, as a result Maclin's fantasy value takes a hit. Low-end WR2 will likely be Maclin's value this summer.
|Jets acquire QB Ryan Fitzpatrick|
Texans receive late-round conditional draft pick in 2016
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 1:05 pm
|The Houston Texans traded quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to the New York Jets for a late-round conditional draft pick in 2016, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Texans will get a conditional seventh-round pick that can become a sixth based on how much playing time Fitzpatrick gets with the Jets.|
FFToday's Take: With Houston re-signing Ryan Mallett and working on a deal with Brian Hoyer, Fitzpatrick became expendable. Fitzpatrick and Jets' offensive coordinator Chan Gailey are familiar with each from their time in Buffalo. Fitzpatrick is expected to battle Geno Smith in camp but we'd give the nod to the veteran at this point in time.
|TE Owen Daniels' fantasy value on the rise|
Agrees to 3-year deal with Broncos
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 7:00 pm
|Former Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels has agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos.
Daniels, 32, has played every snap of his nine-year career with Gary Kubiak as his coach, in Houston then Baltimore. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: The new Broncos head coach is certainly familiar with Daniels and with Julius Thomas likely on his way out of the town, there will be a vacancy of receiving yards and touchdowns at the tight end position in the Broncos offense. Daniels has had injury issues during his career and he may split targets with Virgil Green but an opportunity is available for low TE1 numbers.
|Jets release Percy Harvin|
Jets save $10.5 million on the salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 6:10 pm
|Four days after acquiring wide receiver Brandon Marshall in a now-official trade, the New York Jets made the expected follow-up move Tuesday, releasing receiver Percy Harvin. By releasing Harvin, who had four nonguaranteed years left on his contract, the Jets will save $10.5 million on the salary cap. They are not stuck with any "dead" money. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Harvin has now spent time with the Vikings, Seahakws and Jets over the last three years. Just 26 years old, he has plenty of football left but rumblings run-ins with coaches and issues in the locker room are keeping him from settling into his career. The Chargers and Patriots are rumored to have interest in his services.
|Colts, Gore agree on three-year deal|
Reportedly $7.5 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 5:45 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent running back Frank Gore. Last season, Gore started all 16 games for the third consecutive year and registered 255 rushes for 1,106 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 11 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown. (Colts.com)|
FFToday's Take: Gore flirted with Chip Kelly and the Eagles during the legal tampering period over the weekend leading to many false reports and bad analysis that a deal would be completed on today. Gore (31) is now a Colt where he'll likely share time with Dan Herron in the backfield behind Andrew Luck. He'll have mid-range RB2 value in the Colts high-powered offense
|49ers, Torrey Smith 5-year, $40 million deal |
Smith re-unites with Boldin
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 4:50 pm
|NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that wideout Torrey Smith has signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Niners, according to a source. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Smith will reunite with his former wide receiver running mate Anquan Boldin. It may surprise you that Smith is coming off his the best fantasy season of his career (total FPts) despite only 49 catches. He was very inconsistent though, and it's difficult to see him becoming anything more than a mid-level WR2 in the San Francisco run-first offense.
|Rams and Eagles swap quarterbacks|
Sam Bradford and Nick Foles
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 4:40 pm
|A high-ranking Rams official has confirmed an ESPN report that quarterback Sam Bradford is in the process of being traded to Philadelphia for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. There are conflicting reports on draft pick compensation.
If the trade is finalized, the Rams will save just under $13 million in base salary, which Bradford was scheduled to receive this year.
Foles is due to make $1.522 million in 2015, this last year of his contract.
FFToday's Take: Chip Kelly is certainly fun for the NFL. One would have to think that Kelly isn't done at the quarterback position. He's been linked to rookie Marcus Mariota in the upcoming draft and it's hard to imagine the Eagles heading into the season with Bradford as their QB1 and Mark Sanchez as their QB2. Foles is likely to be the Rams Week 1 starter but his fantasy stock has taken a hit with this move to St. Louis.
|Seahawks make big move for Jimmy Graham|
Saints receive C Max Unger plus draft picks
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 4:05 pm
|The New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks have agreed on a trade sending Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle for multiple draft picks and center Max Unger, according to league sources. The Seahawks have offered a range of picks that would include at least one future first-rounder. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wow. While this move doesn't bode well for Jimmy Graham's value its good boost for Russell Wilson. The Saints were needing some salary cap relief and there were reports that Graham may have fallen out of favor with some in the organization. A shocking move that will be further analyzed in our Free Agent Fantasy Impact series.