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Bucs want McCown to be starter
Newly signed QB gets coach's confidence
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2014, 2:30 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
So much for a quarterback controversy. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Bears quarterback Josh McCown to a two-year deal on Wednesday, and coach Lovie Smith wasted no time anointing McCown the starter for 2014. “There has to be a starting spot, a starting point, starting person that goes out there first and at quarterback for us, that’s going to be Josh,’’ Smith said Wednesday. (Tampa Tribune)

FFToday's Take: McCown was serviceable as Jay Cutler's backup in Chicago but we'll see if he's up to the task of being a starter in Tampa. The Bucs don't have the offensive firepower or proven offensive guidance. He's a QB2 with upside.
Pierre Thomas gets 2-year extension
Saints keep leading running back in the mix
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2014, 11:30 am

New Orleans
Pierre Thomas' extension keeps the running back under contract with the Saints through 2016, Smith said. Thomas initially was thought to possibly become a salary cap casualty, as his cap number for 2014 would have been $2.9 million, or trade bait. (Times-Picayune)

FFToday's Take: The biggest benefit for the Saints is the fact that Thomas' cap number for this season is reduced. Thomas led the Saints in rushing with only 549 yards but also had 77 receptions for 513 yards and 5 total TDs. He will compete with Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram for touches in 2014.
Decker visiting Jets on Wednesday
Top wide receiver free agent on the market
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2014, 9:00 am

New York Jets
Top free-agent receiver Eric Decker will meet with the Jets on Wednesday, NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported. The Jets have a desperate need to add playmakers at the skill positions. A putrid corps of receivers in 2013 got even less star studded after the team jettisoned Santonio Holmes. (

FFToday's Take: Right now, the Jets have Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and David Nelson as their top wideouts. They may be the most WR-needy team in the league.
Chargers sign RB Donald Brown
Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead still on roster
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 10:30 pm

San Diego Chargers
The Chargers have struck in free agency. After more than seven hours passed quietly, they agreed to terms Tuesday night with Donald Brown, sources said. The former Colts running back joins San Diego on a three-year deal worth $10.5 million, $4 million of which is guaranteed. (Union Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead are entering the final year of their contracts. Brown gives the Chargers more of a complete back as Woodhead is more of a receiver and Mathews more of runner. This three-headed monster will likely give fantasy owners fits in 2014.
Gerhart, Jags agree on three-year deal
$4.5 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 9:30 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have found a new running back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday night that Toby Gerhart has signed a three-year deal worth $10.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed, according to a source informed of the deal. (

FFToday's Take: The former backup to Adrian Peterson lands in Jacksonville where he is now penciled in as a starter with only Jordan Todman on the roster. Longtime Jaguar Maurice Jones-Drew is not expected to be back with the team. Given the stagnant nature of the Jags offense, Gerhart is more of an RB3 even as a feature back.
Miles Austin released
Designated a post-June 1st cut
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 6:45 pm

Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have also decided to part ways with veteran wide receiver Miles Austin and will designate him as a post-June 1 cut, according to a source. Releasing Austin saves the Cowboys $5.5 million against the cap, but they don’t get the credit on those savings until after June 1. That money will likely go toward the Cowboys signing their draft picks this year. (Dallas Morning News)

FFToday's Take: Austin's breakout season was in 2009 (81 catches, 1320 yards, 11 TDs) but hasn't come close to those numbers since. He's battled chronic hamstring injuries and will likely have to prove his worth on a one-year deal with another team.
Colts re-sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 6:00 pm

Indianapolis Colts
The Colts’ commitment to a running game took one additional step Tuesday as Ahmad Bradshaw was signed as an unrestricted free agent. Bradshaw started two-of-three appearances in 2013 before a neck injury ended his season. (

FFToday's Take: Bradshaw has had serious foot problems throughout his career and added a neck injury this last season. He'll head into 2014 as Trent Richardson's backup as Donald Brown (free agent) isn't expected to return.
Raiders re-sign McFadden
One-year, $4 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 5:35 pm

Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders have re-signed running back Darren McFadden to a one-year, $4 million deal, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It was believed that the Raiders were intent on keeping Rashad Jennings but instead Jennings is headed for New York and McFadden is back on a one-year deal. Expect the Raiders to add another running back soon.
Rashad Jennings headed to Giants
Ex-Raider could be starter in New York
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 5:30 pm

New York Giants
The Giants wasted little time addressing their contingency plan at running back, agreeing to terms with former Raiders running back Rashad Jennings. Jennings, 28, rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns last year as a member of the Raiders. He has a career average of more than four yards per carry, which should help the Giants depleted running back corps. (Star-Ledger)

FFToday's Take: The Giants will re-sign RB Peyton Hillis to a two-year deal and David Wilson (neck) is under contract. Andre Brown is the odd-man out in this situation meaning Jennings should be a significant contributor in 2014 and could easily be the starter Week 1.
Jags trade QB Gabbert to 49ers
Jags receive 6th round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 5:10 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
GM Dave Caldwell traded Blaine Gabbert, the 10th-overall pick in the 2011 draft, to San Francisco on Tuesday for a sixth-round pick in May’s draft and a conditional pick in 2015 based on playing time. (Florida Times Union)

FFToday's Take: Gabbert never grabbed ahold of the starting job in Jacksonville due to injury and poor play. His acumen as an NFL QB is in question but he will have an opportunity to rejuvenate his career in San Francisco under head coach Jim Harbaugh, in a run-first offense.
Titans add WR depth with McCluster
Three-year deal, $12 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 4:20 pm

Tennessee Titans
Going into free agency, Dexter McCluster didn’t get a lot of attention but his acquisition by the Titans provides a hint of what new coach Ken Whisenhunt plans to do on offense. He can line up in the slot and create matchup problems. McCluster should solve the Titans’ problems in the punt return game. (The Tennessean)

FFToday's Take: McCluster will fill the slot role for Ken Whisenhunt's offense and play a significant role on special teams but it's unlikely he'll be much of a fantasy force... a WR5 at best.
Bucs add former Giants' TE Myers
Two years, $4 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 4:15 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted absolutely no time in signing their first free agents of the offseason, adding defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (formerly of the Seahawks) and former Giants and Raiders tight end Brandon Myers. (The Pewter Plank)

FFToday's Take: Myers didn't come close to his 2012 season with the Raiders when totaled 79 catches for 806 yards. Even if new coach Lovie Smith favors Myers, he'll be a weak TE2 with the Bucs if he shares targets with fellow TE Tim Wright.
Redskins keep WR Santana Moss
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 4:00 pm

Washington Redskins
Wide receiver Santana Moss, right guard Shawn Lauvao and inside linebacker Adam Hayward each agreed to contracts with the Redskins in the minutes following the 4 p.m. start to the new league year. Moss, who spent the last nine seasons with the Redskins, agreed to a one-year contract to return to the team. (Washington Times)

FFToday's Take: Moss caught 42 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns out of the slot last season. He'll assume that role again in 2014. Andre Roberts (ARI) is rumored to be close to a free agent deal with the Redskins
Broncos, Caldwell agree on deal
Two years
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 3:00 pm

Denver Broncos
The Broncos have reached an agreement with backup receiver Andre Caldwell on a two-year contract, according to a team source.Caldwell, who turns 29 next month, was the Broncos' No. 4 receiver last season; he was the No. 5 receiver in 2012. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Caldwell will only become fantasy relevant if the Broncos suffer an injury in the receiving corps or Eric Decker walks in free agency. Caldwell had 16 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns last season.
49ers re-sign K Phil Dawson
Two-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 2:40 pm

San Francisco
Now that Phil Dawson has re-signed with the 49ers for two more seasons, he'll have to learn the nuances of kicking in their new $1.3 billion home. Dawson, after 14 seasons with the Browns, proved a phenomenal pickup last spring for the 49ers. He totaled the second-most field goals in 49ers history (32), including a franchise-record 27 in a row at one point. (San Jose Mercury News)

FFToday's Take: Dawson tied for 6th (Justin Tucker) among fantasy kickers in 2013 with 140 F/Pts. He'll be a kicker worth grabbing in the last round of your fantasy draft in 2014.
Lions re-sign Joique Bell
Three-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 12:45 pm

Detroit Lions
Joique Bell always wanted to be in Detroit, and coming off the best season of his career, the Lions had no interest in letting him leave. Bell agreed to a three-year, $9.3-million contract today, with $4.3 million in guarantees. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Bell will once again share the workload with Reggie Bush and given the contract he signed, it's clear that Bell will be a significant factor in the Lions offense this season. Bell rushed for 650 yards and 8 touchdowns and chipped in 547 yards receiving in 2013.
Redskins looking for WR help
Kenny Britt and Andrew Hawkins on the radar
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 7:30 am

Washington Redskins
Looking to surround quarterback Robert Griffin III with more weapons, the Redskins have made inquiries on free agent wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Kenny Britt, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: With Josh Morgan and Santana Moss both free agents, the Redskins will need to be active in free agency and perhaps the draft addressing their need at WR. Britt has dealt with numerous injuries and off-field issues during his five years in the league but would be worth a flier on a one-year contract. Hawkins is best suited as a slot receiver and is a restricted free agent of Cincinnati.
InjuryWR Dobson to miss 2-3 months
Surgery to repair stress fracture
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2014, 7:00 am

New England Patriots
Aaron Dobson will miss 2-3 months after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot, a league source said Monday night. Dobson, the Patriots’ second-round pick in 2013, could miss valuable practice time with Brady and his teammates during organized team activities and minicamp, which begin in late April and conclude in mid-June. (Boston Globe)

FFToday's Take: Dobson originally suffered in the injury in Week 12 last season and finished the year with 37 catches, 519 yards and 4 touchdowns. He'll compete for a starting WR spot in 2014 provided he has no setbacks this Summer.
Bears release RB Michael Bush
Cut after two years into four-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2014, 6:30 pm

Chicgao Bears
The Bears on Monday released running back Michael Bush, a long-anticipated move that clears significant salary-cap space but leaves the team without a proven backup to starter Matt Forte. It saves the Bears $2.85 million for 2014 and clears $1.85 million in cap space. (Chicago Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Bush never carved out a significant role in the Bears offense behind Forte. Bush had 63 carries for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. Expect Chicago to address the running back situation in free agency or the upcoming draft.
Mendenhall leaving the NFL
RB telling people he plans to retire
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2014, 6:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Former Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall was tired of living a "private life in the public eye" as an NFL player, which included being called racial slurs online, he wrote in his most recent blog for Huffington Post in which he explained why he retired at 26 years old. "I just kind of wanted to disappear," Mendenhall said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Mendenhall is an unrestricted free agent and never fully got on track in Arizona last season rushing for 687 yards, 8 TDs and a 3.2 average. He suffered a torn ACL in 2011 and battled a toe injury in 2013. The Cardinals are expected to increase the workload of Andre Ellington in 2014.
Cassel back in Minnesota
QB will re-sign with Vikings
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2014, 8:00 pm

Minnesota Vikings
One month after opting out of his previous contract, Matt Cassel is coming back for two years and $10 million. The signing was confirmed by two NFL sources. The contract Cassel opted out of was a two-year deal he signed in 2013 that was worth $3.7 million per season. His new contract is worth $10 million over two years, according to (Minneaplis Tribune)

FFToday's Take: The deal can't be completed until free agency begins on Tuesday but Cassel will be wearing purple in 2014. The Vikes are also likely to be looking for QB help in the upcoming draft but not necessarily in the first round. Christian Ponder is likely headed for a backup role.
Sproles released by Saints
Shakeup in running back corps
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2014, 7:00 pm

New Orleans
The team released veteran receiver Lance Moore in the latest move to get under the salary cap. Running back Darren Sproles is apparently gone too. Shortly after reports surfaced that the team would cut him, he wrote a goodbye to fans via Twitter on Friday night. "Thank you New Orleans for your support over the past 3 years! I will always be forever grateful. WhoDat," Sproles wrote. (Times-Picayune)

FFToday's Take: The Sproles move hasn't been made official yet but it is expected to happen soon. Moore and Sproles were being shopped in the last couple days but both will hit the free agent market on March 11th. The moves help the Saints get under the $133 million salary cap. With reports of Pierre Thomas on the trade block as well, Khiry Robinson should be a name fantasy owners get used to.
Jaguars re-sign QB Chad Henne
Two-year contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2014, 11:30 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars and quarterback Chad Henne have agreed on a two-year contract, the team announced Friday. The deal comes four days before the beginning of free agency and one day before Henne could have begun negotiations with other teams. Henne started 13 games and threw for 3,421 yards and 13 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 2013. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Blaine Gabbert has had a difficult time remaining healthy giving Chad Henne an opportunity to play the last two years. Speculation is the Jaguars could use their No.3 draft pick on a quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel) but you can pencil in Henne as the projected starter for now.
Lance Moore leaving the Saints
Saints expected to cut wide receiver today
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2014, 8:00 am

New Orleans
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore's tenure with the Saints has apparently come to an end, one day after reports surfaced he was on the trading block. "Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!," Moore tweeted early Friday morning. (Times-Picayune)

FFToday's Take: Moore's release isn't official but is expected by the end of the day. Releasing Moore would save the team around $2.5 million. He'll hit the free agent market but isn't likely to make a big splash. Moore finished 79th among fantasy wideouts in 2013 (4.4 FPts/G) with 37 catches, 457 yards and 2 TDs.
Eagles release Jason Avant
Save over $3 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 4 2014, 3:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant. Avant, 30, has spent his entire eight-year career with Philadelphia and developed into a reliable receiver for the Eagles. The 6-foot Avant had 38 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns last season. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Eagles have re-signed Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin this off-season and this move saves over $3 million against the cap in 2014. Avant will look to sign with a team that needs a veteran leader in the receiving corps. His fantasy value is hovering in WR5 territory at best.
49ers re-sign Anquan Boldin
Two-year deal, $12 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2014, 3:00 pm

San Francisco
"49er fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you that I'm returning to San Francisco," Anquan Boldin wrote on "Looking forward to joining my teammates, coaching staff and fans to bring back another championship to the Bay Area. Let's go after our Quest For Six." Instead of going into free agency for the first time in his 11-year career, Boldin reportedly agreed on a two-year deal that pays $6 million annually, or the same amount he earned last season in his 49ers debut. (San Jose Mercury News)

FFToday's Take: Boldin is set to make $9 million guaranteed. This is a good move for the 49ers as their main receiving weapons (Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis) are all returning for Colin Kaepernick. From a fantasy standpoint, Boldin's 2013 numbers (85 rec, 1179 yds, 7 TDs) aren't likely to be repeated provided Crabtree can remain healthy. He'll be a low-end WR3 in redraft leagues.
InjuryPeyton Manning cleared for 2014
Annual physical reveals no issue with neck
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2014, 11:30 am

Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning has been fully cleared following physical. No neck issue. He's officially ready for 2014. (Mike Klis via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Per his contract, Manning takes a yearly neck examination. Now that doctors have cleared him for 2014, his $20 million salary becomes guaranteed. Manning will be one of the top QBs taken in fantasy drafts this summer.
Saints place franchise tag on Graham
Long-term deal unable to be reached
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 6:00 pm

New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints placed the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham on Friday, a team spokesman told | The Times-Picayune. The move was an expected one, as the two sides have been unable to work out a long-term deal despite months of talks. Graham and his agent are expected to file a grievance through the NFL Players Association, contending Graham should be paid as a wide receiver, not as a tight end. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

FFToday's Take: The two sides couldn't come to a long-term agreement so Graham has been given the non-exclusive franchise tag meaning, Graham can negotiate with other teams, but the Saints will have the right to match. If they don't match, the Saints would receive two first-round picks as compensation.
Rice officially released by Seahawks
Move expected
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 5:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks today made official long-anticipated, and already well-reported, moves to release receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant. Rice was due to make $17.5 million over the next two years, and a salary cap hit of $9.7 million for the 2014 season (with 2.4 million in dead money, meaning an additional cap savings with this move of $7.3 million). (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: This move was a expected and a no-brainer given Rice's contract situation, production on the field and expected cap savings. Rice suffered an ACL injury in late October and will need to prove his health on a one-year deal in 2014.
Jets tag Kicker Nick Folk
Made 33-of-36 field goals in 2013
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 4:30 pm

New York Jets
We have placed the franchise tag on placekicker Nick Folk. Folk in 2013 enjoyed arguably his best season in seven seasons as a pro and four seasons with the Jets. He remains among the NFL's most accurate fourth-quarter kickers of the past 25 seasons. (

FFToday's Take: Folk started the season making 23 straight field goals without a miss and is now 80% for his career. He made 33-of-36 field goals in 2013 and will make a fine selection in the last round of your fantasy draft in 2014.
Eagles re-sign Maclin, 1-year deal
Free agent WR staying in Philadelphia
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 4:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have agreed to terms with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on a one-year contract. "Jeremy is an ideal player for our scheme with his combination of size, speed, strength and route-running ability, in addition to his dynamic playmaking talent," said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. "We're happy to see him rehabbing well and to get him under contract for the 2014 season." (

FFToday's Take: Maclin missed all of 2013 after tearing his ACL in training camp but is expected to be ready for training camp. He will battle Riley Cooper for targets and the starting receiver spot opposite DeSean Jackson. Both Maclin and Cooper will have a negative effect on each other's fantasy value unless one of them gains the upper hand in Chip Keely's offense. Low-end WR3 value for each as the off-season continues.
Ravens, Pitta agree on 5-year deal
$32 million, according to league source
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 12:30 pm

Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with tight end Dennis Pitta, the team confirmed. The contract is worth $32 million, according to league sources. Pitta and the Ravens got the deal done before Monday's deadline to use the franchise tag. (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: Pitta played the final four games of 2013 after dislocating hip in late July. He'll be a low-end TE1 with moderate injury risk heading into 2014.
McCown wants to stay in Chicago
Free agent QB prefers to stick with the Bears
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 7:00 am

Chicgao Bears
Josh McCown's overwhelming desire is to remain a Bear and he would like a multiyear deal that will give him and his family some stability. Now it's up to Emery and McCown's agent, Mike McCartney, to make the numbers work for both sides. (Chicago Tribune)

FFToday's Take: McCown would easily find another job elsewhere as a backup but his chance of succeeding as a starter in a place like Jacksonville or Minnesota isn't worth the risk. The Bears are comfortable with him a backup behind Jay Cutler so look for a deal to get done.
Eagles re-sign WR Riley Cooper
Five years, $25 million
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2014, 9:00 am

Philadelphia Eagles
A day after locking up left tackle Jason Peters, the Eagles signed two more of their own players when they reached a new deal with free agent wide receiver Riley Cooper and extended the contract of center Jason Kelce on Thursday. Cooper’s deal is for five years and is reportedly worth $25 million. Guarantees are not known at this time. (The Intelligencer)

FFToday's Take: It's been reported that Cooper will receive $10 million guaranteed. Cooper was a deep ball threat last season, averaging 17.8 yards per catch and finished as the No.24 fantasy wideout. He currently sits as the Eagles No.2 wideout but contract negotiations are ongoing with Jeremy Maclin.
Steve Smith uncertain of 2014 role
Panthers evaluating receiver position
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2014, 1:00 pm

Carolina Panthers
While Steve Smith’s career in Carolina is still unclear, it is clear the team is trying to figure out how big of a role, if any, the most tenured Panther will play for the team in 2014. "We’ve got free agency that’s coming up that we’ve got to look at as well. There’s a lot of things that are really going to be there that are really going to make some things tough for us. How big a role he has for us is to be determined. We’ve got a lot of things to decide." (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: Smith is on the downside of his career and the Panthers are in need of wide receiver talent. Smith is likely to remain on the team in 2014 due to his contract situation but expect a free agent to be added and possibly another taken in the upcoming draft. He'll be a low-end WR3/WR4 in re-draft leagues.
Lighter workload for Charles in 2014
Knile Davis to see more action
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2014, 9:00 am

Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid answered some questions from reporters Thursday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. One of the topics was the possibility of reducing the workload on running back Jamaal Charles. Reid indicated the Chiefs intended to do that by playing Knile Davis more than they did last season, when he was a rookie. In the regular season the Chiefs gave the ball to Davis 81 times between pass receptions and handoffs. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Charles totaled 329 touches in fifteen games last season and led all fantasy running backs with 312.1 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. Reid's talk of involving Knile Davis (leg) more in the offense makes sense but Charles will continue to be the go-to-guy in this offense and will be one of top players taken in re-draft leagues this summer.
Panthers restructure Stewart's contract
Panthers RB sticking with team
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2014, 8:00 am

Carolina Panthers
The Panthers restructured the contracts of three veterans - center Ryan Kalil, running back Jonathan Stewart and linebacker Thomas Davis - in moves that created about $7.25 million in cap space. The Panthers are approximately $29 million under the projected cap of $132 million. Stewart, who has missed more than half of the past two seasons with injuries, had his base salary reduced from $1.5 million to $785,000, according to the NFLPA salary figures. (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: The Panthers should be heavily involved in free agency and are likely making room to re-sign defensive end Greg Hardy. Stewart is not a candidate for release given the huge cap hit the Panthers would take as a result (-$13.6M net loss in dead money).
TE Fred Davis in more trouble
Arrested for DUI a day after being suspended
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2014, 9:00 pm

Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was arrested Thursday afternoon in Fairfax County and charged with driving under the influence, a Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson confirmed. The arrest comes just a day after Davis was suspended indefinitely Wednesday by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: It's been a bad week for Davis who is set to become a free agent next month. Davis was suspended 4 games in 2011 after failing a drug test. He'll need to get his life straightened out before even thinking about making an impact on the field.
Lynch pleads guilty to reckless driving
Avoids trial for DUI charge
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2014, 6:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will plead guilty Friday to reckless driving instead of going to trial on a DUI charge stemming from an arrest in Oakland in 2012. Lynch will have to pay a $1,080 fine, attend six driver-safety classes in California and will also receive two years’ probation. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Lynch blew a .08 at the scene and it remains to be seen what if any punishment will be handed out by the league. Lynch was suspended 3 games back in 2009 due to a gun charge.
InjuryRichardson has shoulder surgery
Minor procedure shouldn't affect off-season workouts
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2014, 3:00 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Colts RB Trent Richardson underwent shoulder surgery following the season, per source. Told it was “just a scope.” Shouldn’t hurt offseason. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Richardson lost his starting job to Donald Brown late in the season and as a result will have to battle in the preseason to gain it back. The Colts gave up their first round pick in this year's draft for the former Browns' RB.

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