|Eagles agree to trade McCoy to Bills|
Bills send linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Eagles
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2015, 7:00 pm
|The Philadelphia Eagles have a trade in place to send running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. In return, the Bills will send linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Eagles, the source said. The trade cannot be made official until the new league year begins next Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wow. Leave it to Chip Kelly to send the league and its fans into a frenzy. It's worth noting again, that trades can't be finalized until March 10th but it appears a deal is in place. The Bills will receive one of the league's most dynamic runners who does have some mileage on the tires but is still just 26 years old and should be the focal point of the offense for Rex Ryan. The Eagles now have a big need at running back but there will be a number of options in free agency and some intriguing prospects available in the upcoming draft.
|Cowboys re-sign WR Cole Beasley|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2015, 12:45 pm
|The Cowboys have reached an agreement on a four-year, $13.6 million deal with wide receiver Cole Beasley, according to a source. With performance incentives, he could make as much as $15.1 million off the new contract. “He’s a really interesting player,” Garrett said in January. “He’s got a lot of unique skills, he’s a hard matchup for guys, he’s hard to cover in man, he’s hard to cover in zone. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Beasley was a restricted free agent but the Cowboys chose to lock their slot receiver for the next four years. Beasley did most of his damage last season from Week 12 on when averaged 50 yards per game through the playoffs. Beasley will have his moments, but competing for targets with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Terrance Williams won't make him a consistent fantasy receiver.
|Andre Johnson given permission to seek trade|
Reduced role doesn't sit well with AJ
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 6:24 pm
|Texans gave Andre Johnson permission to seek a trade. Told him he'd have a reduced role next season. He asked to be traded or cut instead. (John McClain on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As I wrote in my Early WR Rankings article the torch was passed to DeAndre Hopkins last season and now it appears the Texans are making it official. Johnson will be 34 in July and his contract over the next two years makes it highly unlikely the Texans can find a trade partner. If released, Johnson will certainly have a market for his services. Playoff caliber teams (NE, BAL, SEA) in need of a veteran receiver would give him an opportunity.
|Broncos franchise Demaryius Thomas|
One-year tender for $12.823 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 2:10 pm
|The Denver Broncos on Monday placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. John Elway: "We will continue working toward a long-term agreement with Demaryius, who is a very important part of our team." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The non-exclusive tag means other teams can sign the talented wide receiver but would have to give up two first-round draft picks in order to secure Thomas' services. The Broncos would also have the option to match any contract Thomas receives from another team.
|Cowboys place franchise tag on Dez Bryant|
Long term deal still in discussion
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 1:50 pm
|The Cowboys have put the franchise tender on Dez Bryant, submitting the paperwork necessary to the NFL office, a source confirmed.
The move comes as no surprise. The tender prevents Bryant from hitting the free agent market in eight days and guarantees him $12.82 million for the 2015 season as the two sides continue to work on a long-term contract. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: A long term contract can still be worked out until July 15 when the franchise tender becomes permanent for the season. Bryant has three straight 1,200-yard, 12-touchdown catch seasons.
|Lions won't use franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh|
Would cost the Lions $27 million this season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 10:10 am
|The Detroit Lions will not use the franchise tag on all-pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the team announced this morning, paving the way for him to become an unrestricted free agent if a long-term deal with the team is not reached by 4 p.m. next Tuesday. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: This has been the conventional wisdom as tagging Suh would cost the Lions $27 million this season - a gigantic number that would handcuff the team in free agency. With Suh clogging up the middle, the Lions had the No.1 ranked rush defense last season. The Raiders, Jaguars and Colts have all been rumored to be interested in the veteran defensive tackle.
|Chiefs use franchise tag on LB Justin Houston|
Would make roughly $13 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 10:05 am
|As expected, the Chiefs franchise-tagged star outside linebacker Justin Houston on Monday, a league source confirmed to The Star.
The source said Houston is not expected to sign the franchise tag at the moment, though it is unclear when he will do so. The two sides still have until July 15 to work out a new deal with Houston. Otherwise, Houston would have to play the 2015 season under the tag to earn an accrued year and take another step toward unrestricted free agency in 2017. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Houston may opt to not sign the tag and skip a portion of training camp as he clamors for a long-term deal. Houston led the league in sacks last season with 24 and would make around $13 million if he plays the 2015 season under the tag.
|Browns agree with Josh McCown, 3-year deal|
Hoyer not likely to be re-signed
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2015, 5:45 pm
|The Browns agreed to terms with Josh McCown, 35, on a three-year deal Friday after a bidding war between the Browns and Bills, who are now coached by Rex Ryan. McCown's signing decreases the chances that the Browns will re-sign Brian Hoyer. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The fact that there was a "bidding war" for McCown's services is good indication of just how weak the free agent quarterback class is this season. McCown is familiar with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo from their days in Oakland (2007) and is expected to serve as a mentor for Johnny Manziel. With no receiving options to speak of, McCown is nothing more than a QB2 in fantasy leagues.
|Dolphins to part ways with Brian Hartline|
Receiver coming off his worst season as a pro
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2015, 10:25 am
|According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Dolphins have said Brian Hartline will be released on Friday.
Hartline was due to earn a base salary of $5.9 million this year, the third of a five-year, $30 million contract. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Hartline is coming of his worst season as a pro (36-474-2) as he became the fourth option behind Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry and Charles Clay. With plenty of teams in need of wide receiver help (KC, CLE, CAR, JAC, NYJ, OAK) Hartline (28) should have no trouble landing a team and filling a complementary role.
|Falcons release Harry Douglas|
Falcons $3.5 million of cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2015, 10:14 am
|The Falcons are no longer wild about Harry Douglas.
PFT has learned, via a league source, that the team has released the veteran wide receiver. Douglas was set to make $3.5 million in the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Falcons in 2012. None of that money was guaranteed, so the Falcons will be able to put it toward other uses this offseason. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Douglas has filled the No.3 wide receiver role in Atlanta for several years and has his best season in 2013 (85-1067-2) while filling in for an injured Julio Jones and Roddy White. Since he was released, Douglas is free to sign with a team before the start of free agency on March 10th.
|Falcons release Steven Jackson|
Team will save $3.75 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2015, 8:00 pm
|The Falcons released veteran running back Steven Jackson today, the team confirmed. The team will save $3.75 million against the salary cap with the move. His cap number was slated to be $4.9 million and the dead money against the cap is his prorated signing bonus of $1.1 million. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson's two-year stay in Atlanta has come to an end. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry after signing a 3-year deal back in March of 2013. The Falcons will move forward with Devonta Freeman and could possibly re-sign Jacquizz Rodgers and/or Antone Smith... both are free agents. The Falcons could also look for running back help in the upcoming draft. Jackson will be 32 in late July.
|Judge rules in favor of Adrian Peterson|
Suspension overturned, eligible to be reinstated
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2015, 1:00 pm
|Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated after U.S. District Court Judge David Doty ruled Thursday in the NFL Players Association's lawsuit against the NFL on Peterson's behalf. As a result of the ruling, the Vikings might now be forced to make a decision on Peterson sooner rather than later. They can release or try to restructure his contract now, and also will be free to trade him once the league year begins March 10. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson will count over $15 million against the Vikings cap and is set to earn $12.75 million in 2015. Rumors of bad blood between Peterson's agent and Vikings management over the last couple days have fueled speculation that Peterson has played his last game as a member of the Vikings. Peterson can now be cut, traded or perhaps remain with the team at a reduced cost. Stay tuned...
|Lions release Reggie Bush|
Create $1.7 million in cap room
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2015, 6:22 pm
|The Lions released Reggie Bush today in a cost-cutting move that will free up cap room to help the team with its chief off-season pursuit, re-signing All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. By cutting Bush, who was due a $3.25 million base salary this year and had a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract, they created another $1.7 million in cap room. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Bush was signed by the Lions in 2013 and led the team in rushing with 1006 yards and added 506 yards receiving. He disappointed last season, battling ankle injuries the final ten weeks and never was a real fantasy factor. Joique Bell and Theo Riddick are now atop the RB depth chart in Detroit.
|Giants release Peyton Hillis, Mathias Kiwanuka|
Save $6 million in cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2015, 11:05 am
|The New York Giants have released running back Peyton Hillis.
The Giants announced the move on Wednesday, a day after releasing veteran defensive lineman Mathias Kiwanuka. The two moves will save the team just under $6 million in salary-cap space. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hillis played sparingly in New York totaling just 99 carries the last two seasons. His 2014 campaign was cut short by a concussion in November. Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams are scheduled to carry the load at running back for the Giants in 2015.
|Ravens not optimistic they can keep Torrey Smith|
Deep threat likely to move on in free agency
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2015, 6:00 pm
|The Ravens expressed pessimism about retaining their best deep threat (Torrey Smith) two weeks before the start of free agency. It almost sounded as if the Ravens have conceded Smith will sign elsewhere. "The difference between what we can pay Torrey and what he gets on the open market ... Mike Wallace got $10 million [actually, $11 million signing bonus from the Miami Dolphins] and I don't think anybody thinks that was a good deal," Bisciotti said Tuesday at the "State of the Ravens'" press conference. "There's always a team that has lots of money that wants to bring in playmakers. Those guys are going to get those deals. I think we're going to have to take it on the chin and move on." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's a telling quote from Ravens' owner Steve Bisciotti. The Ravens are up against the cap and likely can't match what Smith will get on the open market. You might be surprised to know that Smith is coming off a career high in fantasy points scored (standard scoring leagues) even though he only registered 49 catches and 767 yards. He saved his season by scoring 11 TDs.
|Panthers release RB DeAngelo Williams|
Likley will be designated a post-June 1st cut
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2015, 2:45 pm
|Veteran running back DeAngelo Williams told WBTV on Monday he’s been released after a season in which he was limited to six games because of injury. Williams, who turns 32 in April, is coming off his worst season as a professional. He suffered ankle and hand injuries, rushing for 219 yards on 62 carries without a touchdown. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers will reportedly save $2 million against the cap if he's designated a post-June 1st cut. Williams (32) noted that head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman indicated to him that they simply didn't run the ball enough to keep both running backs. Jonathan Stewart will head into 2015 as the No.1 running back in Carolina.
| DeAndre Hopkins had procedure on wrist|
Surgery to repair torn ligament
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 22 2015, 9:00 pm
|In an interview with KILT over the weekend, DeAndre Hopkins revealed he had offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. Hopkins, 22, also told the radio station he considers the procedure “minor,” adding that he should be back to normal in “a couple of weeks.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Hopkins was on the Week 17 injury report, listed as Probable with a wrist injury. He caught two passes for five yards. Hopkins noted that the rod and pin is set to be removed from his wrist on Saturday. Hopkins (76-1210-6) outproduced Andre Johnson (85-963-3) this past season and finished as fantasy's No.14 wide receiver.
|Falcons interested in Forsett?|
Steven Jackson expected to be released
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2015, 11:45 am
|The Atlanta Falcons will have strong interest in running back Justin Forsett if he hits the free-agent market, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Steven Jackson (31) is expected to be released and new head coach Dan Quinn is familiar with Forsett from there days in Seattle when Forsett was a backup to Marshawn Lynch. Devonta Freeman is line to see increased playing time in 2015 as both Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith will be free agents in March.
| Gurley declines knee exam at NFL Combine|
Torn ACL on November 15th
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2015, 11:30 am
|Georgia running back Todd Gurley declined to allow doctors at the NFL Scouting Combine to examine his injured knee, according to NFL Media's Mike Silver. Silver indicated via Twitter that Gurley's refusal was highly unusual, and that he would likely return to have the knee checked at some point closer to the NFL draft, which runs from April 30-May 2. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It seems suspicious that Gurley wouldn't allow the exam but if he gets checked out before the draft all will be forgiven. The former Georgia Bulldog averaged 7.9 yards per carry prior to his ACL injury in mid-November and has a shot at being taken in the first round in the upcoming draft.
|Gruden names RGIII starter for 2015|
Matt Cavanaugh will be quarterbacks coach
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2015, 4:45 pm
|Despite a tumultuous third NFL season in which he missed significant time because of injury, returned and got benched, then was re-inserted into the lineup for the final two games, Robert Griffin III will enter the 2015 campaign as the Washington Redskins’ starting quarterback, Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Gruden also said he'd like to see improvement from Griffin who is coming off his worse season as a pro (1694-4-6). Griffin was benched after Week 12 and there was some speculation that the Redskins would pursue other options at quarterback in 2015. He'll be a QB2 in re-draft leagues this summer.
|Cardinals and Fitzgerald close to new deal|
Wide receiver scheduled to make $16 million in 2015
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2015, 9:22 am
|Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals are closing in on a multiyear deal that would enable the veteran wide receiver to finish his career in Arizona, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josh Weinfuss. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald's $16 million price tag is too expensive for the veteran who's production has declined in recent years. His two touchdowns in 2014 were the lowest season output of his career. Michael Floyd led the team in receiving with 841 yards and 6 touchdowns.
|Chiefs release receivers Avery, Jenkins|
Kansas City expected to re-work receiving corps
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 17 2015, 1:30 pm
|The Chiefs officially began their remolding of their 2015 roster on Tuesday, as the team formally announced the release of receivers Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins on the eve of the annual scouting combine. By releasing both, the Chiefs created approximately $4.8 million in 2015 cap room. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: No Chiefs receiver finished in the fantasy top 60 at the position in 2014. Dwayne Bowe led all Chiefs receivers with 754 yards and he may be a salary cap casualty as well. Bowe is due $11 million next season.
|Wes Welker not ready to retire?|
"Just getting ready for 2015"
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 16 2015, 6:10 pm
|Contrary to a report last week, Broncos receiver Wes Welker is not mulling retirement.
Welker, who ranks 20th all time among receivers with 890 career catches, said Monday he intends to play on.
"Just getting ready for 2015," Welker told The Denver Post via text. FoxSports.com cited sources in its report on Feb. 10 that Welker was considering retirement.
"Never ever came out of my mouth," Welker said.
FFToday's Take: Fox's report last week or this week's report in the Denver Post don't paint a clear picture. The Broncos are likely to move forward with Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and Welker has battled concussion issues the last two years. He'll be a free agent on March 10th and attempt to catch on with a team in need of help in the slot.
|McCown visits Bills, leaves without contract|
No salary terms discussed
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 16 2015, 4:00 pm
|Free-agent quarterback Josh McCown visited the Buffalo Bills today, but left without a contract.
The Bills did not even talk salary with McCown's representative, according to a league source. McCown has at least one and maybe two other visits with NFL teams lined up, the source said.
FFToday's Take: McCown is open to sign with any team because he was released by the Bucs but its certainly not a good sign that money wasn't even discussed. The Bills have only EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel on the roster. Given the weak free agent market for quarterbacks, McCown will likely have other options either in a starting or backup role.
|Jets decline option on Chris Johnson, free agent|
Set to become free agent on March 10th
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 14 2015, 2:00 pm
|The Chris Johnson the Jets signed a year ago wasn’t up to his old standards, so they decided not to keep him around for another year.
The team announced they weren’t picking up the option on the veteran running back’s contract, meaning he’ll be an unrestricted free agent on March 10. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry in New York but the cap savings of $3.5 million coupled with mediocre production won't get a veteran running back re-signed these days. Chris Ivory and Daryl Richardson are the top two running backs on the Jets depth chart.
|Ahmad Bradshaw cited for marijuana possession|
Court date schedule for February 17th
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2015, 4:30 pm
|According to Preble County court records, Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw was cited for marijuana possession and following too close.
Troopers stopped Bradshaw last Thursday on the westbound side of I-70.
His passenger was arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession.
Their next date in court is February 17. (WDTN.com)|
FFToday's Take: Bradshaw was the fantasy running back to own in Indianapolis last season before breaking his leg in Week 11 and being placed on IR. He is set to become a free agent next month after playing on a one-year deal last season for the Colts.
|Steelers expect two-game ban for Le'Veon Bell|
August arrest on marijuana charges
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2015, 11:00 pm
|Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season as a result of his August arrest on marijuana charges, sources told ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bell was sentenced to 15 months probation and will have his driver's license suspended for 60 days and is subject to a two-game ban under the leagues substance abuse policy. Josh Harris and change of pace Dri Archer are the current backups to Bell on the Pittsburgh roster.
| Buccaneers release QB Josh McCown|
Jameis Winston going No.1 in the upcoming draft?
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2015, 6:00 pm
|The chances of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafting a quarterback with the first pick in the 2015 draft appeared to increase substantially Wednesday when the team released 2014 starter Josh McCown. (Tampa Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: McCown started 11 games in 2014 but completed just 56.3 percent of his passes and had a TD:INT ratio of 11:14. McCown was scheduled to make $5 million in 2015 and leaves Mike Glennon as the only QB currently on the roster. The team has been rumored to favor Florida State QB Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota in the upcoming draft.
|Giants officially part ways with RB David Wilson|
Clear $1.3 million in cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2015, 3:55 pm
|Running back David Wilson didn’t play for the Giants in 2014 after aggravating a serious neck injury he suffered in 2013 and announced he wouldn’t resume his playing career, but the former first-round pick still took up space on the Giants salary cap because he was still on their roster. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Wilson will be free to sign with any team once he clears waivers but his neck condition caused him to announce his retirement in early August last year. Wilson was a first-round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
|Brandon Marshall's status in Chicago unclear|
GM and Coach made no assurances
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2015, 1:42 pm
|Brandon Marshall said he met with new general manager Ryan Pace and new coach John Fox on Jan. 21. He understood why they assured him nothing about his future with the team, given their priorities to finalize the coaching staff and familiarize themselves with the scouting staff. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's likely Marshall will remain in Chicago but nothing is set in stone. Marshall (31) just signed a four-year deal in May but the Bears could save $7.7 million in cash and nearly $4 million in salary cap money if they release the veteran receiver before March 12th. Marshall battled injuries in 2014 including a sprained ankle and a collapsed lung and broken ribs against Dallas in early December.
|Wes Welker considering retirement|
33-year-old receiver set to be a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 10 2015, 3:00 pm
|The 33-year-old wide receiver, who is slated to become a free agent next month, is considering retirement after several years of head injuries and declining production, sources have told FOX Sports. One of the sources said no final decision has been made, though Wes Welker has told concerned friends, family members and associates he's at least giving serious thought to walking away.
FFToday's Take: Welker is coming off his worst statistical season since 2005 with 49 receptions, 464 yards and 2 touchdowns ranking him 83rd among fantasy wideouts in 2014. Welker suffered his third concussion as Bronco this past preseason.
|Peterson working on reinstatement |
Judge expected to rule on suspension in early March
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 10 2015, 10:30 am
|Adrian Peterson is working in Minnesota to maintain joint custody of his 4-year-old son and fulfill league commissioner Roger Goodell's conditions for reinstatement. U.S. District Judge David Doty is expected to decide by early March whether to uphold or overturn Goodell's suspension. Goodell said Peterson cannot apply for reinstatement until April 15. (TwinCities.com)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson has been attending counseling sessions and complying with other requirements in hopes of getting reinstated prior to the start on the league year on March 10th and before teams have spent the bulk of their free agent dollars. Peterson's contract with the Vikings includes $12.75 million for 2015 and even though Vikings management has stated they would like to keep the star running back, his status with the team remains unclear given the price tag and potential public relations impact.
|Rams promote Frank Cignetti to OC|
Official announcement coming next week
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2015, 8:27 pm
|The St. Louis Rams are staying in-house for their next offensive coordinator.
Although an official announcement is not expected until next week, the team confirmed Thursday night that coach Jeff Fisher is promoting quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to offensive coordinator.
FFToday's Take: This will be Cignetti's first opportunity to run an offense in the NFL. The Rams were rumored to be interested in Kyle Shanahan, Rob Chudzinski and Adam Gase for the OC position but all took other positions. Cignetti will have his hands full given the lack of consistency at the quarterback position. The Rams have ranked 23rd and 27th in passing offense the last two seasons.
|Johnny Manziel enters rehab facility|
Browns QB getting treatment
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2015, 10:35 am
|Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who's been photographed partying from coast to coast since the day he was drafted, entered a treatment facility Wednesday and is getting the help he needs, according to a family friend and advisor. "Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate, and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Manziel's partying was displayed on social media during the year including a photo of him and rolled up dollar bill in a bar bathroom. Manziel also missed a team meeting late in the season and admitted to partying the night before. He's got a long way to go if wants to make himself into a starting quarterback in the NFL.
|Seahawks offer Lynch contract extension|
Seattle having a change of heart?
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 1 2015, 9:15 am
|On the heels of another dominant season for the running back nicknamed "Beast Mode," multiple sources tell me Seattle has made Marshawn Lynch an offer on a huge contract extension that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for years to come.
The deal is believed to include more than $10 million for Lynch in the 2015 season alone. Lynch currently is slated to make $5 million in 2015, the final year of what originally was a four-year, $31 million deal. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Rapoport goes on to say that the Seahawks believe Lynch has outplayed his contract and want to reward him for his work. This is a turnaround from the prevailing wisdom that Lynch would be allowed to walk at the end of his contract or perhaps releasing him at the end of this season. Lynch is the workhorse of the offense and the team and perhaps management is afraid of losing such a key piece to the team. Stay tuned...
|Jags GM optimistic on return of Justin Blackmon|
Jags hope to receive more clarity before NFL Draft
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 30 2015, 3:00 pm
|On if he would welcome back suspended receiver Justin Blackmon if he’s reinstated:
“Absolutely. As a matter of fact, I’m very optimistic. I think he’s paid his dues. I think he’s got his life together. I think he can be a role model for people who have gone through hard times. We’re waiting for him.” (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Speaking at the Super Bowl festivities, Jacksonville owner Shad Khan seems positive about Blackmon who is currently suspended infinitely and it remains unclear when he will apply for reinstatement. Allen Robinson (foot) and Cecil Shorts (free agent) are currently sitting atop the depth chart.
|Peyton to make decision "in a week or two"|
Dad addresses son's health in interview
By: Doug Orth | Jan 29 2015, 8:50 pm
|Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning said Thursday that he expects Peyton Manning to decide on whether he plays in 2015 “maybe in the next week or two." Archie Manning made his comments during an appearance from the Super Bowl media center touched on Peyton Manning’s impending decision as well as the quarterback’s right thigh injury he suffered in December.
“He’s given a lot of thought to it," Archie Manning said. “My advice for him is to go through the process, get away a little bit, let your leg heal, give it a lot of throught and decide what you’re going to do … [I] think he’s taken a good evaluation of where he is physically." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: As much as Denver has stated it likes Brock Osweiler, it probably goes without saying the Broncos would like to get one more year out of Manning. The hiring of HC Gary Kubiak should mean the offense is balanced while new DC Wade Phillips is a good bet to get more out of Denver's defense than new Raiders HC Jack Del Rio could.
|At least six teams possibly interested in AP |
Return to Minnesota up in the air
By: Doug Orth | Jan 29 2015, 3:25 pm
|If there were no legal issues, Adrian Peterson would be back in Minnesota. But now it is far less certain. The Vikings would like him back -- they've made that fairly clear -- but Peterson might not be entirely comfortable returning to Minnesota.
At least a half-dozen teams have done some background work on Peterson in the event he becomes available, per league sources. Both the Seahawks and Patriots have proved that running the football is key to winning championships. There will be a team, maybe even the Dallas Cowboys, that wants to make Peterson the centerpiece of its offensive attack next season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson has a $15.4 M cap number in 2015 and Minnesota may have seen enough from Jerick McKinnon that the Vikings might be willing to part with their aging 29-year-old back (30 in March). As Schefter suggests, Dallas would be a prime landing spot if the Cowboys do no re-sign DeMarco Murray - which is a distinct possibility. Along with Ndamukong Suh, expect Peterson's uncertain status to dominate the headlines in the coming weeks.
| Mariota shaping up to be No. 1 pick?|
Bucs could be drawn to mobility, character of Oregon QB
By: Doug Orth | Jan 29 2015, 3:05 pm
|Many NFL executives and scouts believe Florida State's Jameis Winston is the best pro quarterback prospect in this draft. Of course, teams still have three months to dig into Winston's past and see what they can uncover. Plus, there's a real sense that Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. So for now, Mariota shapes up as the most likely No. 1 pick. But there are still three months of combine work, pro days, interviews and investigations to go. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Winston is widely recognized as the most "pro-ready" quarterback while Mariota has very little experience taking snaps under center. With that said, Mariota brings no red flags off the field and is a great athlete - two areas he enjoys a significant advantage over Winston. New OC Dirk Koetter - the former Falcons' play-caller - is a creative offensive mind that might enjoy the lack of headaches Mariota is unlikely to create. Expect this debate to be hashed out ad nausem over the next three months.
|Wade Phillips joins Broncos as DC|
Beats out Bengals defensive assistant Vance Joseph
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 28 2015, 9:00 pm
|Wade Phillips is back in the NFL.
The Broncos have agreed to terms with Phillips, who will join Denver as defensive coordinator, the team announced. Phillips first told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport of the news, adding that he is "excited about it."
FFToday's Take: Phillips once again joins Gary Kubiak as defensive coordinator in Denver. Phillips turned the Texans defense into a top ten unit after joining Kubiak on Houston's staff in 2011. Now he will try to repeat that success in Denver as the team continues to build around Von Miller.