|Falcons expected to use more 3-WR sets|
Atlanta to use a more traditional TE now that Gonzalez is gone
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2014, 3:10 pm
|“There’ll be a change in the type of tight end we’ll have on our roster,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We’ll have a ‘Y’ tight end, where he’ll be an inline player (lined up tight to the formation). They won’t be moving around nearly as much as what we call a ‘F.’ Tony Gonzalez was more of a ‘F’ tight end than a ‘Y’ tight end.” (Atlanat Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Levine Toilolo is expected to be the Falcons starter at TE but don't expect him to put up Gonzalez-like numbers. He'll be used more as a blocker than Gonzalez ever was, meaning the Falcons are likely to focus the aerial attack on Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas. Douglas is on the fantasy radar as a WR4.
| Bryce Brown adds depth to Bills backfield|
Spiller and Jackson heading into contract years
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2014, 7:00 am
|The Philadelphia Eagles traded running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. In return for Brown, the Bills will receive a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that can become a 2016 third-round pick. The Bills and Eagles also swapped 2014 seventh-round selections as part of the deal. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bryce Brown gives the Bills insurance for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller who are both entering the final year of their contracts. Jackson's age (33) means he likely won't be re-signed in Buffalo next season. Brown's fantasy value remains on hold as the third running back on the Bills depth chart.
|Josh Gordon facing season-long suspension|
Reportedly tested positive for marijuana
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2014, 6:30 am
|Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a season-long suspension after another failed drug test months ago, this time for marijuana, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Friday. Two sources told "Outside the Lines" on Friday that Gordon's latest violation is the result of marijuana being found during a drug test. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon served a two-game suspension last season but still led the league in receiving with 1646 yards and led all fantasy receivers averaging 16.2 FPts per game. To say this a big blow to the Browns offense would be an understatement. If the report is true, the Browns will likely be looking for help early in Round 2 of tonight's draft.
| Stevie Johnson headed to San Francisco|
Bills receive conditional 4th round pick in 2015
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2014, 3:05 am
|The Buffalo Bills will trade wide receiver Steve Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The pick can become a third-rounder based on Johnson's performance. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills picked rookie WR Sammy Watkins in the first round last night and with the addition of Mike Williams (TB) during the off-season, the Bills are ready to move on from their veteran wideout. This is a downward move for Stevie's fantasy value as he'll have to compete for targets with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Watkins, Williams and Robert Woods now sit atop the Bills depth chart at wide receiver.
| Texans asking price for the No. 1 pick|
GM Rick Smith wants to move down
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2014, 10:31 am
|Rick Smith has made it perfectly clear that the Texans are interested in trading the No. 1 overall pick in tonight’s first round.
And here’s what the Texans’ general manager is asking for, according to our John McClain. 1. Swap first-round picks this year
2. A second- and third-round pick this year
3. A first-round pick in 2015 (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: That's a steep price but a trade would also depend on what team is trading up. In 2012, The Redskins paid a big price to move up from pick No. 6 to pick No. 2 to acquire QB Robert Griffin III. The Redskins gave up No. 6, a 2012 second-rounder, plus first-rounders in 2013 and 2014. GM Rick Smith's desire to move out of the top pick will likely push his asking price down as we get closer 8 pm ET.
| Jacksonville interested in Manziel at pick No. 3?|
More draft speculation
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2014, 9:31 am
|Word's spreading among media here that Manziel is going to Jacksonville at 3. (John McClain via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smokescreen or not, it's fun to discuss the possibility. Jacksonville currently has Chad Henne starting under center and are widely considered to be looking for a QB in the upcoming draft. They've also been linked to WR Sammy Watkins and LB Khalil Mack at pick No. 3.
|Romo throws during Tuesday workout|
Dallas QB recovering from back surgery
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2014, 9:00 am
|At this point, the quarterback (Tony Romo) is about five months removed from back surgery and recovering well, by all accounts – going as far as throw in team workouts on Tuesday. “We feel good about Tony’s health, first-hand, medically. His back is everything that we want it to be at this time,” Jones said. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: There's been quite a bit of talk about the Cowboys interest, or lack there of, in drafting a QB this week. The Cowboys obviously aren't tipping their hand. Romo (34) is expected to be ready for training camp in July.
| Chiefs looking at quarterback in first round?|
Alex Smith entering final year of contract
By: Mike Krueger | May 5 2014, 11:16 am
|Team that will consider a 1st-round QB: The Chiefs. Negotiations with Alex Smith aren’t progressing well. Must keep long-term options open. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Keep in mind, it's draft week and the time of year when misinformation is commonplace. It's quite possible the Chiefs are leaking this news in attempt to improve their draft position, likely by trading down, or to send a message to Alex Smith's agent. Smith is entering the final year of his contract.
|Spiller, Jackson entering into contract years|
Bills have decisions to make at RB position
By: Mike Krueger | May 4 2014, 9:00 pm
|Chief among those (issues) is the long-term future at running back, where both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are headed into the final year of their contracts. The Bills have performed their due diligence in looking at running backs during the pre-draft process, hosting six prospects at One Bills Drive. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson (34) will almost certainly be allowed to walk at the end of this season while an attempt to keep Spiller (27) should be expected. The market for running backs is on the decline as teams are unwilling to issue big days to the position but Spiller could sign a deal similar to Chris Johnson's ($4 million per). Expect negotiations to pick up after the draft.
| Raiders interest in TE position is minimal|
Head coach likes Rivera as foundation piece
By: Mike Krueger | May 4 2014, 7:00 pm
|While Nick Kasa remains an unknown commodity, head coach Dennis Allen recently included Mychal Rivera in a list of foundation pieces. The team’s interest in draftable tight ends should be minimal, unless they are a good blocker and could make a quick impact on special teams. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Rivera's best game last season was a five-catch 54-yard performance at Houston. Even if the Raiders choose to bypass the top tight ends in the upcoming draft, Rivera will have nothing more than low-end TE2 fantasy value in 2014.
|Browns double dip on quarterbacks|
Sign Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen
By: Mike Krueger | May 1 2014, 1:00 pm
|The Cleveland Browns have signed veteran quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen, general manager Ray Farmer announced Thursday.
Young and Thigpen both participated in the Browns' three-day minicamp, which started Tuesday. The Browns needed to add a veteran to back up Brian Hoyer. Other than Hoyer, the only quarterback on Cleveland's roster was Alex Tanney. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Young sat out last season and Thigpen played in four games for Buffalo in 2012. The Browns are expected to add a quarterback in the upcoming draft so the likelihood that both of these QBs make the final roster is slim and none.
|Geno Smith ahead of Vick in OTAs|
Head coach careful not call Smith "starter"
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 29 2014, 5:30 pm
|Without calling Geno Smith the starter, Mornhinweg said the second-year quarterback will be the first behind center, but it will vary on a daily basis.
"We're going to structure it a certain way," Mornhinweg said. "One thing I want to make sure of is that nothing impedes the young quarterback's progression. I'm talking about Geno. He progressed beautifully, and I'm talking the last quarter of the season. He played at a high level." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We'll see. Smith can be penciled in as the starting QB for now but nobody should be surprised if Michael Vick takes over the starting role in camp or in the early part of the season. Smith's best games came during the last four weeks of 2013 where he piled 186 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs.
|Falcons pickup 5th year on Julio Jones|
Jones set to make $10.176 million in 2015
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 29 2014, 4:04 pm
|The Atlanta Falcons exercised the 2015 contract option on wide receiver Julio Jones, the team confirmed Tuesday.
Jones will make $10.176 million in 2015.
Jones, 25, injured his foot in Week 5 of last season and missed the remainder of the 2013 campaign. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: That's a hefty price tag for a receiver but Jones is capable of being a top 5 wideout if he can avoid injury. Julio ranked 4th among fantasy wideouts in FPts/G before injuring his foot in Week 5. He's expected to participate on a limited basis in off-season workouts and will be one of the first wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts this summer.
|Bears' WR Morgan arrested|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 28 2014, 5:10 pm
|Bears wide receiver Josh Morgan was arrested in downtown Washington D.C., at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday and charged with one count of misdemeanor simple assault, a spokesperson for the D.C. Metropolitan Department confirmed to ESPN on Monday. WRC-TV in Washington reported that Morgan allegedly punched a valet driver in the face. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Morgan claims he didn't do anything and denied the allegations. Morgan was signed to a one-year deal by the Bears just last week but won't be a fantasy factor as the fourth or fifth receiver on the depth chart.
|Giants' QB Painter to miss 4 weeks|
Arthroscopic surgery on right knee
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 28 2014, 1:05 pm
|QB Curtis Painter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday and recovery time is expected to be approximately 4 weeks (Giants via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants added QB Rusty Smith earlier in the day. He'll replace Painter in camp allowing the Giants to have enough arms in camp. Smith spent his fours year with the Titans but has played in only three games.
|Jags GM high on RB Toby Gerhart|
240-carry season isn't out of the question
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2014, 9:11 pm
|“When you watch plays he was involved in, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry [in the NFL],” said GM Dave Caldwell. “I scouted him a lot coming out of college and had a really good understanding of him. I think he can be a really good fit for us on first and second down, in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield.” (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: Toby Gerhart is going to have a lot of RB2 fantasy appeal given his opportunity to be a two-down if not three-down back in the Jags offense. A 240-carry season isn't out of the question if he stays healthy. Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson and Delone Carter are the current running backs behind Gerhart on the depth chart.
| ATL high on Clowney or smokescreen?|
Is trading up with Houston realistic?
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 25 2014, 11:04 am
|There is enough there to keep the speculation going that the Falcons are interested in trading up in the draft, which is set for May 8-10, to land the athletically-gifted Jadeveon Clowney.
However, this could be one of those draft smoke screens with the Falcons trying to strengthen their position. They could sit tight with the sixth pick or they are trying to drive up the price for Detroit or one of the teams that want to trade up. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: The Falcons have been rumored to be interested in trading up with Houston to get the No.1 pick, perhaps to select Clowney. However, the Falcons have numerous holes to fill - offensive line, tight end, pass rusher - and probably can't afford the price of a move from pick No.6 to pick No.1. The Falcons are traveling to Columbia, S.C. today, to do more research on Clowney, who visited Atlanta on Wednesday.
|Bradshaw still recovering, neck injury|
No setbacks with foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 24 2014, 3:51 pm
|"I'm six months after surgery. I feel great," Ahmad Bradshaw said. "Getting stronger. I'm just glad to be back here and be a part of this team." But Bradshaw, 28, isn't all the way back. This surgery was hardly minor. He said his doctors fused two vertebrae in his neck, something he believes will strengthen the area. Bradshaw initially contemplated addressing the problem with rest before settling on the surgical option. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts RB was re-signed to a one-year deal this off-season and has battled injuries the past two seasons, limiting his effectiveness. He claims his chronic foot injury feels better a year removed from surgery, and has had no setbacks. Being cleared for contact will be the next hurdle in his rehab.
| Manziel on short list for Bucs|
Tampa picks 7th in first round
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 23 2014, 2:34 pm
|Johnny Manziel is on the short list of players the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considering with their first-round pick in next month's NFL draft, a league source told ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Manziel is one of at least four quarterbacks the Bucs have hosted for predraft visits. The source did not disclose how short the team's list is for its first pick. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Bucs have Mike Glennon and recently signed Josh McCown already on the roster and new coach Lovie Smith has stated that he's not opposed to taking a QB with their first pick. Manziel's evaluation and draft projection is all over the place depending on the pundit you listen to. He's been linked to the Texans with the No. 1 pick along with Cleveland and the No.4 pick.
| Terrelle Pryor traded to Seahawks|
Raiders receive a 7th round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 21 2014, 9:12 pm
|The Oakland Raiders have traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2014 seventh-round draft pick. The Raiders were expected to release Pryor Tuesday if a deal wasn't worked out. The Seahawks wouldn't have had much chance of getting Pryor had that happened, since Seattle would have been last in the waiver wire order. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks already have three QBs on the roster - Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson and B.J. Daniels. Pryor will compete with Daniels for the No. 3 job and won't be fantasy relevant in redraft leagues unless Wilson goes down with injury.
|Bengals pick up option on A.J. Green|
Star wideout now signed through 2015
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 21 2014, 2:09 pm
|Fifth-year options for Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, Bengals WR A.J. Green and Steelers DL Cameron Heyward were officially exercised today. (Albert Breer via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This was a no-brainer for the Bengals. Green is one of the top wideouts in the game and is coming off his best season as a pro (98 receptions, 1426 yards, 11 TDs). He's a fantasy WR1 regardless of format.
|49ers RB absent from offseason program|
LaMichael James working out in Texas
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 21 2014, 9:30 am
|Running back LaMichael James, whose future with the 49ers remains murky, is in Texas to train on his own at the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program, according to a source. The 49ers’ official offseason program began Monday. The first two weeks of activities are devoted to players working solely with strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama and his staff. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: There's been speculation that the 49ers RB may be traded and that James may welcome the change. He's played sparingly during his first two years in the league and with Marcus Lattimore poised to make a significant contribution this season along with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter, James is the odd man out.
| Rams drafting a QB?|
Not in the first round
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 21 2014, 7:00 am
|With less than three weeks remaining before the draft, the Rams are strongly considering taking a quarterback, and in doing so are casting a wide net at the position. The consistent signal from Rams Park is that the team wants to take a quarterback in the mid-rounds, someone who isn’t a project and could compete for a starting job in a year or two. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: "I don’t think there’s any question the Rams are taking a quarterback," said Gil Brandt, the longtime NFL draft guru. "(General manager) Les Snead has been around looking at those guys." Sam Bradford has two years left on his deal so it makes sense for Rams management to address the position in case the team wants to move on from him after 2015. The Rams reportedly will not spend a first round pick on a QB.
|Chris Johnson and Jets agree|
Joins Vick and Decker as notable free agent additions
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2014, 3:40 pm
|After a relatively conservative first month of free agency, the New York Jets made one of the splashiest moves of the offseason, reaching agreement with former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson on a two-year contract, league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: CJ2K indicated that he would make visits to other teams but that never took place. Johnson is coming off a carry low 3.9 yards per carry and will likely be in a timeshare with Chris Ivory, resulting in a hit to Johnson's fantasy value. Johnson is also recovering from "minor" knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
|Flynn back with the Pack|
Meeting with Giants didn't happen
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 15 2014, 3:08 pm
|Matt Flynn, the backup quarterback who helped save the Green Bay Packers last season after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, will return to the team.
He reached an agreement on a new contract with the Packers on Tuesday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Flynn was reportedly scheduled to meet with the Giants today but that meeting never materialized. Flynn spent 2008-2011 as Rodgers' backup and will return to that role in 2014. Head coach Mike McCarthy has hinted that he would like to keep three QBs on the roster to start the season, meaning Scott Tolzien's roster spot could be safe.
|WR Brandon Lloyd rejoins 49ers|
33 year-old spent last year out of the league
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 15 2014, 12:38 pm
|Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is returning to the NFL after a year hiatus and joining the 49ers, who drafted him in 2003.
Lloyd, 33, signed a one-year contract Tuesday and will look to bolster a unit featuring Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree as starters. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Lloyd has bounced around the league including stops in San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and New England before spending last season out of the league altogether. Lloyd will be insurance for Crabtree and Boldin, holding WR5 value until he gains a prominent role in the offense.
|Chris Johnson visiting the Jets|
Three other teams also express interest
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 15 2014, 9:59 am
|Free-agent running back Chris Johnson is visiting the New York Jets on Tuesday, team sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. It marks Johnson's first visit since being cut by the Tennessee Titans on April 4. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We've heard the CJ2K to New York rumors for weeks now so the visit isn't much of a surprise. ESPN is also reporting the Bills, Dolphins and Falcons have also expressed some form of interest in the former 2000-yard rusher. Johnson rushed for 1077 yards on 279 carries in 2013 (3.9 ypc) but finished 9th among fantasy running backs with 202.2 FPts thanks to 10 total touchdowns (4 receiving).
|WR Sidney Rice cleared|
Free agent able to participate in football activities
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 14 2014, 1:33 pm
|WR Sidney Rice has been cleared for football activities by Dr. Andrews, per league source. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Rice is still looking for a job after injuring his knee (ACL) in late October. He's been linked to the Panthers and a possible return to the Seahawks isn't off the table. The 27 year-old has been injury prone during his career and will likely get just a one-year deal wherever he lands.
|Freeman, Flynn to workout of Giants|
Giants need arm for camp with Eli (ankle) recovering
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 14 2014, 11:34 am
|Josh Freeman & Matt Flynn expected to work out for NYG tomorrow. Both to arrive in town today. (NFL Network)|
FFToday's Take: With Eli Manning (ankle) on the shelf for six weeks the team will need an arm during OTA's and mini-camp. With Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib already on the roster, the Giants may be working out these veterans in case of a QB emergency.
|Dolphins add receiver Damian Williams|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 10 2014, 7:52 pm
|The Miami Dolphins added depth to their receiver group by signing free-agent Damian Williams Thursday to a one-year, $800,000 contract, a source told ESPN.com.
Williams, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2010. He caught a career-low 15 receptions for 178 yards in 10 games last season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Williams adds depth behind Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline with and outside chance of winning the third wide receiver spot over Brandon Gibson. Very little fantasy value here unless an injury occurs to one of the starters.
|Six week recovery time for Eli Manning|
Sprained ankle still giving Giants QB trouble
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 10 2014, 3:52 pm
|Eli Manning will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle.
The Giants quarterback sustained a high ankle sprain during the season finale against the Redskins and, according to a post on the team's web site, is still "experiencing some discomfort" during the start of his offseason prep work. He is expected to be out for at least six weeks. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Manning isn't expected to participate in the off-season program which begins April 21st but should be available once mini-camp begins in late June. Manning was sacked more than any other QB last season but has been very durable during his career. He's played in every game since 2005.
|Colin Kaepernick being investigated|
Very few details at this time
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 10 2014, 1:10 pm
|Police said Thursday that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the subject of an investigation in South Florida. No charges have been filed against Kaepernick, but TMZ Sports reported Thursday that investigators were looking into an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a hotel in Miami earlier this month.
"The 49ers organization is aware of a report regarding Colin Kaepernick and are gathering facts," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, in a statement. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: There are other reports that 49ers WR Quinton Patton and Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette are also being investigated. It appears the investigation is in its early stages. More details to come...
|Reggie Wayne rehab update|
Expected to be cleared April 25th
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 8 2014, 6:29 pm
|Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne expects to be cleared to return to football activities April 25, six months after he had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "I'm way ahead of schedule," Wayne said on 1260-AM WNDE's Query and Schultz Show on Tuesday afternoon. "I will be ready before training camp. I don't think coach (Chuck) Pagano will take the leash off until training camp (but) I can't wait. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Wayne (35) is defying the age - production odds at his position by having a stellar 2012 season (106 rec, 1355 yards, 5 TDs) and a respectable 2013 (7 games, 39 rec, 508 yards, 2 TDs) before tearing his ACL. Expected to be on the field Week 1, he'll be a key target for Andrew Luck and the Colts offense but shouldn't be counted on as WR1 given his age and the relative short recovery time from his injury.
|Panthers sign another veteran receiver|
Carolina trying to rebuild wide receiver corps
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 7 2014, 6:10 pm
|The Panthers have signed free agent wideout Jason Avant to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Avant becomes the third free agent receiver to sign with the Panthers, joining former Steelers red-zone specialist Jerricho Cotchery and ex-Tampa Bay wideout Tiquan Underwood. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Despite the acquisitions, the Panthers are still searching for a viable No.1 wideout and it's likely given the pool of receivers left in free agency they won't have one in 2014. Carolina will no doubt be searching for wideouts in the upcoming draft and will rely even more on the running game (if that's possible), in 2014.
| Texans to host QB prospects|
Bortles and Manziel to meet Texans brass later this month
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 7 2014, 3:37 pm
|Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles will be among the quarterbacks coming to Houston to visit with the Texans.
NFL teams can bring in 30 players for visits.
Bortles is scheduled to visit the Texans on April 15-16. Manziel visits on April 21-22. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans will draft a Quarterback in the upcoming draft it's just a matter of what round. Some believe GM Rick Smith will use the first pick overall to take a QB and according to John McClain of the Tennessean, that QB will be Johnny Manziel. The Texans have moved on from Matt Schaub (Raiders) and have brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick as a bridge or backup to a younger signal caller.
|Texans sign RB Andre Brown|
One-year contract worth $645,000
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 7 2014, 3:09 pm
|Free-agent running back Andre Brown has agreed to a one-year contract worth $645,000 with the Texans.
Brown, 27, enters his fifth season and gives the Texans a veteran backup behind Arian Foster. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Tate (Browns) left via free agency so the Texans were in the market for a backup to Arian Foster. Brown missed the majority of last season with a leg injury but did find time 492 yards and 3 TDs in eight games, including two games over 100 yards rushing. Even with this signing, don't be surprised the Texans address the running back position in the upcoming draft.
| Bucs trade WR Williams to Bills|
Bucs receive 6th-round draft pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 4 2014, 1:06 pm
|The Buffalo Bills have worked out a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for wide receiver Mike Williams, it was announced Friday. The Bills will send a sixth-round pick in next month's draft to Tampa Bay in exchange for the four-year veteran, pending a physical. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Williams never won over head coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay and is facing off-field issues. He's reunited with former college coach at Syracuse, Doug Marrone. "Today, Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League." If Williams takes Marrone's comments to heart he's got an opportunity to be a productive, fantasy-worthy receiver in Buffalo.
|Titans officially release Chris Johnson|
Set to make $8 million in 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 4 2014, 1:00 pm
|Running back Chris Johnson was released by the Tennessee Titans on Friday, the team announced. "We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so. We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us." He was scheduled to make $8 million in 2014. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We knew this was coming and now it's official. Johnson has rushed for at least 1000 yards during his first six years in the league. There has been reported interest from the Jets, Bills, Dolphins, Falcons but with the Dolphins acquiring Knowshon Moreno, you can cross the Fins off the list. Many other teams will be interested now that trade compensation is not a factor.
|Ravens sign TE Owen Daniels|
Reunited with OC Gary Kubiak
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2014, 7:35 pm
|The Ravens have agreed to a one-year contract with former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels, a move intended to form a strong tandem with primary tight end Dennis Pitta. The transaction reunites the two-time Pro Bowl selection with former Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who was hired this offseason as the Ravens' offensive coordinator.
FFToday's Take: Daniels is familiar with Kubiak's offensive system so this a nice move by the Ravens. Pitta played in just five games last season and spent the majority of time injured with a broken leg. He'll fight for targets with Dennis Pitta and as result be on the low-end TE2 fantasy radar.
|Nate Burleson to visit Dolphins|
Miami looking for veteran wideout
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2014, 12:50 pm
|Nate Burleson hopes his career keeps swimming along.
The free-agent wide receiver will visit the Miami Dolphins. The former Detroit Lions receiver told "NFL AM" he will land in Miami on Thursday evening, as NFL Media's Steve Wyche announced during the NFL Network morning show. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Burleson is looking to sign on with the fourth team of his career (Minnesota, Seattle, Detroit) and could be a nice fit in Miami where a veteran receiver is needed. If signed, he could compete with Brandon Gibson for the No.3 role but in all likelihood would be veteran insurance for Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. Burleson started 8 games last season in Detroit but missed time due to a broken arm.