|Chiefs know who No. 1 pick will be -- Thu Apr 25 11:30 am --|
GM and head coach on same page
|The decision on which player the Kansas City Chiefs will pick at No. 1 has been made, with general manager John Dorsey telling ESPN that he and coach Andy Reid are in 100 percent agreement. That assumes they don't trade the pick as three or four teams inquired about the selection Wednesday, and Dorsey told ESPN the plan is for the Chiefs to keep their decision secret -- even after they're on the clock -- to give other teams one more opportunity to offer a trade for the No. 1 overall pick. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Chiefs will attempt to keep the pick a secret right up until draft time. The conventional wisdom has been that Kansas City will take OT Luke Joeckel but the tide has been turning toward Eric Fisher over the last 24 hours.
|Dolphins shopping WR Bess -- Wed Apr 24 8:00 pm --|
Cleveland could the landing spot
|Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland annually points out that no player on his roster is off limits in a trade, especially during the NFL draft.
That might explain why multiple reports claim receiver Davone Bess, a six-year veteran, could be traded on the eve of the 2013 NFL draft. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Dolphins have shopped Bess to numerous teams. TFY Draft founder Tony Pauline tweeted on Wednesday night that one of his sources told him he's 99.9 percent certain Bess will be traded to the Cleveland Browns for a mid-round pick. (Sun Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: Bess is entering the final year of his contract and the additions of Mike Wallace (PIT) and Brandon Gibson (STL) to go along with the re-signing of Brian Hartline make Bess ideal trade bait. Should he land in Cleveland, Bess would battle David Nelson for the third-receiver role behind Josh Gordon and Greg Little.
|RB Andre Brown signs tender with NYG -- Tue Apr 23 1:00 pm --|
One-year $2.02 million
|Running back Andre Brown has signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender with the New York Giants, a league source told ESPN.
Brown will return on the one-year $2.02 million tender he received from the Giants. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Brown is coming off a broken leg in 2012 and is expected to play second fiddle to David Wilson. He's worth a late-round flier as insurance for Wilson owners and will have RB2 value should Wilson go down with an injury.
|Revis to negotiate contract with Bucs -- Sun Apr 21 9:45 am --|
Jets could get pick No. 13 in the first round
|After months of trade speculation, the New York Jets are prepared to desert Revis Island.
The Jets have given written permission to star cornerback Darrelle Revis to take a physical and negotiate a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, league sources said Sunday morning. The development is the likely precursor to a blockbuster trade that is expected to include the Bucs' first-round pick (13th overall). The Jets already own the ninth pick. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Compensation for the trade is unclear at this time, but it's expected that the Jets would at least receive Tampa's first-round pick this year (No. 13 overall). Revis is coming off an ACL injury that occured 6 months ago and has just been given medical clearance to begin running.
|James Harrison signs with Bengals -- Fri Apr 19 5:20 pm --|
Long time Steelers LB joins division rival
|Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, Harrison's agent told the Bengals' official team website. The agreement is a two-year deal, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Harrison, 34, will stay in the division after refusing to take a pay cut in 2013. He was scheduled to make $6.57 million. Harrison played in 12 games, averaging 7.5 FPts per game last season rankings 39th among fantasy linebackers.
|Seahawks re-sign kicker Hauschka -- Fri Apr 19 2:50 pm --|
12th-rated fantasy kicker in 2012
|Kicker Steve Hauschka re-signed with the Seahawks, the team announced Friday.
Hauschka, 27, spent the last two years with the Seahawks after getting cut by the Denver Broncos. He has made 86 percent of his field-goal attempts (49 of 57) since joining the Seahawks with a long of 52 yards. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Hauschka finished 2012 as the 12th rated fantasy kicker, averaging 7.4 FPts per game. He injured his calf during the wild card round of last years playoffs and was ultimately put on IR. He'll be a borderline K1 in fantasy drafts this summer.
| Stevie Johnson out with back issues -- Wed Apr 17 5:45 pm --|
Misses two minicamp sessions
|Receiver Steve Johnson missed the Buffalo Bills' first two voluntary minicamp practices because of a sore back. Calling the injury a "mild strain" Wednesday, Johnson says he felt a tweak while warming up before the team's first practice a day earlier.
He'll be re-evaluated to determine whether he can practice in the final minicamp session Thursday.
FF Today's Take: And we're off and running with our first voluntary minicamp injury note for 2013! This doesn't sound like anything serious. Johnson did miss a majority of last year's minicamp with a groin injury.
| Hernandez had shoulder surgery -- Tue Apr 16 11:00 am --|
Patriots tight end should be ready for training camp
|Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had shoulder surgery about two weeks ago but will be ready for the start of training camp in July, a league source said. The surgery, which a source said was a minor scope, will keep Hernandez out of off-season practices. He could be ready for the June mini-camp, but that's a ways off. (Boston Globe)|
FF Today's Take: Hernandez owners shouldn't panic as it appears he will be in no danger of missing the start of the season. It should be noted however, that Hernandez has been somewhat injury-prone, missing games in each season of his three-year career... including six games last season.
|Browns sign kicker Shayne Graham -- Mon Apr 15 8:10 pm --|
Replacement for Phil Dawson
|The Browns have signed free agent kicker Shayne Graham, a potential replacement for Phil Dawson. (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: Graham was solid for the Texans last season and finished fifth among fantasy kickers with 138 FPts, making 81% of his field goals. The Browns lost veteran K Phil Dawson to the 49ers in free agency.
|Bengals re-sign RB Bernard Scott -- Mon Apr 15 5:00 pm --|
Coming off knee injury in 2012
|The Bengals have re-signed three players, including reserve running back Bernard Scott, who missed most of last season because of injuries. The Bengals also reached deals with slot receiver Andrew Hawkins and safety Jeromy Miles. (AP)|
FF Today's Take: Scott battled hand and ankle injuries last season before going on IR in October with a knee injury. He will be in the mix for backup duties with Cedric Peerman behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
|Steelers match Sanders' offer sheet -- Sun Apr 14 6:00 pm --|
Pittsburgh retains starting wideout
|The Steelers, deciding they could not lose another veteran receiver, today matched the one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet Emmanuel Sanders signed with the New England Patriots five days ago.
That keeps Sanders for at least one more season in Pittsburgh, but he can leave as an unrestricted free agent next year if they do not come to a longer-term deal. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )|
FF Today's Take: Sanders is currently penciled in as a starter opposite Antonio Brown but the Steelers may seek wide receiver help in the upcoming draft. The Patriots may also been in the wide receiver market at draft time as Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins are currently the projected top three wideouts.
|Jets interested in Chris Ivory -- Sat Apr 13 8:00 pm --|
Saints running back potential trade candidate
|Running back Chris Ivory remains the only unsigned restricted free agent for the New Orleans Saints, and the reason is that he's testing his options. The bruising tailback visited with the New York Jets on Friday, according to a source. The Saints issued Ivory a second-round tender, which would be a one-year, $2.023 million contract. (Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: If Ivory signs an offer sheet with the Jets, the Saints would have five days to match or receive the Jets second-round draft pick. Instead, the Jets would likely work out a trade agreement with the Saints for a later-round draft pick. Ivory's fantasy stock would climb if he moves to New York, where he would likely be the lead back in a committee along with Mike Goodson.
| Garcon not likely to be 100% in 2013 -- Fri Apr 12 12:20 pm --|
Redskins receiver has avoided surgery on toe
|Wide receiver Pierre Garcon said in a televised interview Thursday that heíll be sufficiently healthy to play for the Redskins in the 2013 season but he still might not be at full capacity. "I canít say Iíll be 100 percent, but Iíll be back out there helping the team in any way possible." (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: To this point, Garcon has opted not to have surgery on the torn ligament in his toe as doctors have told him there is no guarantee that surgery will fix the issue. Garcon is capable of being productive in the Redskins offense and will be sought after in fantasy drafts this summer but the injury flag will prominently displayed next to his name.
| MJD: Back at full speed by June -- Thu Apr 11 8:00 pm --|
Jaguars RB recovering from Lisfranc fracture
|The Jacksonville Jaguars running back (Maurice Jones-Drew) is on the mend from a season-ending Lisfranc fracture in his left foot and told NFL Network, "I'm feeling good." "I just got back to Jacksonville a couple weeks ago from school, just have been rehabbing every day and getting used to the offseason program," Jones-Drew said in an interview on Thursday's "NFL Total Access." "I'll be back at full speed by probably the end of May, beginning of June. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: MJD missed all but 6 weeks last season and is expected to be Jacksonville's workhorse in the backfield in 2013. Given the timetable, he should be a full participant in the Jaguars training camp.
|Raiders add RB Rashad Jennings -- Thu Apr 11 12:05 pm --|
Former Jaguars RB to backup McFadden in OAK
|The Raiders on Thursday confirmed the signings of running back Rashad Jennings and safety Reggie Smith, moves first reported earlier this week. Jennings, 28, started six of the 10 games he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. He spent his first three NFL seasons with the Jaguars as a backup to Maurice Jones-Drew. (Bay Area News Group)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings showed flashes in 2010, averaging 5.5 yards per carry as MJD's backup but fell flat when given the starting opportunity last season averaging a lowly 2.2 yards per carry on 101 attempts. He'll split time with all-purpose running back Marcell Reece and won't be anything more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
|Eagles trade RB Dion Lewis to Browns -- Thu Apr 11 11:00 am --|
LB Emmanuel Acho headed to Philadelphia
|The Browns have traded 2012 sixth-round linebacker Emmanuel Acho to the Eagles for reserve running back Dion Lewis, a league source confirmed for the Plain Dealer. Lewis (5-7, 193) was a fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011 out of Pittsburgh. In two seasons, he's appeared in 24 games, rushing for 171 yards on 36 carries (4.8 average) and two touchdowns. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: Lewis became expendable after the emergence of Bryce Brown. Lewis will battle Montario Hardesty for a backup role behind entrenched starter, Trent Richardson.
|Patriots sign WR Sanders to offer sheet -- Wed Apr 10 12:45 pm --|
Steelers have five days to match, or receive 3rd round pick
|The New England Patriots on Wednesday signed Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet, a league source said. The source said the offer sheet is a one-year deal. The Steelers have five days to decide whether to match the offer or let Sanders go to the Patriots and receive a third-round draft choice from New England in return. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Steelers have a dicey cap situation which may push them into taking the 3rd round pick from New England and letting Sanders go. That would leave them very thin at wide receiver with Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress as the top three wideouts. Wide receiver will be a priority for Pittsburgh in the upcoming NFL Draft.
|Seahawks add Quinn to backup Wilson -- Tue Apr 9 8:00 pm --|
QB played in 10 games for KC last season
|The Seahawks announced they have agreed to terms with Brady Quinn on a contract, bringing him in to compete for the backup job behind starter Russell Wilson. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Quinn's season in KC last year was one to forget, throwing 2 TDs with 8 INTs, averaging an embarrassing 7.2 fantasy points per game. He'll be off the fantasy radar in 2013.
| Another surgery likely for Gronk -- Sun Apr 7 2:10 pm --|
Infection in arm has Gronk's Week 1 status in question
|New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "very likely" will require a fourth surgery on his left forearm, this one to remove the plate inserted in the arm in order to ensure an infection has been eradicated, two sources told ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. If another surgery is required, the estimate for a recovery would be about 10 weeks. Depending on when the surgery can be performed, which would be determined by whether the infection is completely eradicated, Gronkowski's availability for the start of the 2013 season could be affected. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: We won't know if Gronk's Week 1 status will be in jeopardy until further examination of his arm is complete but this does likely mean that the Patriots tight end will miss at least a portion of training camp. Gronk is the premiere tight end in fantasy football but we won't downgrade his stock until more information becomes available.
|K Akers will replace Hanson in Detroit -- Fri Apr 5 11:00 pm --|
Akers battled hip injury in 2012
|One day after Jason Hanson retired after 21 NFL seasons, the Lions found his replacement, agreeing to terms with six-time Pro Bowler David Akers. Akers, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers last month, visited the Lions on Tuesday. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Akers was the top fantasy kicker by a mile in 2011 but turned in his worst season a pro in 2012 missing 13 kicks while battling a hip injury. Assuming his hip is healed, Akers should have plenty of opportunities in Detroit and be a top shelf K1 in drafts this summer.
|Jaguars, Massaquoi reach agreement -- Fri Apr 5 3:30 pm --|
Will be Jaguars No. 4 receiver
|Four days after he visited Jacksonville and was offered a contract, free agent receiver Mohamed Massaquoi agreed to terms with the Jaguars on Friday.
Massaquoi, who also drew interest from the New York Jets last month and visited the Houston Texans this week, becomes the eighth receiver on the Jaguars roster. (Florida Times Union)|
FF Today's Take: The Times-Union suggests that Massaquoi would be the fourth receiver on the depth chart behind Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon and slot man Jordan Shipley. Massaquoi is coming off an injury-plagued season (hamstring, knee) in Cleveland that limited his production to 17 receptions and zero touchdowns.
|Broncos still searching for RB help -- Fri Apr 5 9:00 am --|
Ahmad Bradshaw remains on the radar
|Both Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee are coming back from injuries. The Broncos believe McGahee is showing some wear and tear at this point in his career. He'll turn 32 during the upcoming season. By the time training camp opens, the Broncos will have at least one more back who they believe could take carries as a potential starter in the offense. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Denver has kicked the tires on Rashard Mendenhall (ARI), Shonn Greene (TEN) and Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw is coming off foot surgery in January but still remains an option. The Broncos also worked out Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell and could take a running back high in the 2013 draft.
|Panthers agree with WR Hixon -- Wed Apr 3 8:00 pm --|
|The Panthers have their No. 3 wide receiver.
According to a league source, Carolina agreed to a one-year deal with WR Domenik Hixon on Wednesday. Hixon caught 39 balls for 567 yards and two touchdowns last year for the New York Giants. (Charlotte Observer)|
FF Today's Take: Hixon will be penciled in as the No. 3 receiver behind Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. Hixon has been plagued by ACL and ankle injuries during his five years with Giants but has been productive when healthy. The Browns and Raiders reportedly had interest in Hixon also.
|Carson Palmer traded to Arizona -- Tue Apr 2 2:29 pm --|
Signs a new two-year deal
|Quarterback Carson Palmer was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday in a deal that includes the swap of 2013 draft picks and a conditional pick in 2014. Palmer, 33, also agreed to a new contract with the Cardinals. The team did not disclose terms of the quarterback's deal, but league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the restructured contract is for two years and worth $16 million. It also gives the Cardinals an out after one year if the situation does not work out. Palmer was due to make $13 million this season. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Cardinals sent a sixth-round pick (176th overall) to the Raiders in exchange for Oakland's seventh-round pick (219th overall). The Raiders will receive for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft if Palmer starts 13 games for Arizona in 2013. This isn't a long-term solution at the position but Palmer is QB2 with upside given the open style of offense Bruce Arians like to run.
|DHB headed to the Colts -- Mon Apr 1 10:00 pm --|
|Former Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Heyward-Bey will likely lineup on the outside opposite Reggie Wayne with T.Y. Hilton manning the slot. This is likely a situation where Hilton will have the bigger fantasy impact with DHB a borderline WR5.
|Colt McCoy traded to San Francisco -- Mon Apr 1 8:30 pm --|
Will backup Colin Kaepernick
|The Browns sent the 25-year-old quarterback (Colt McCoy)along with a sixth-round draft pick to the Niners for a fifth- and seventh-round selections, a source told the Plain Dealer.
All the picks are for this year's draft. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: McCoy was the Browns' starter in 2010 & 2011 before serving as Brandon Weeden's backup last season. Cleveland signed Jason Campbell a week ago to backup Weeden making McCoy expendable. McCoy will have little fantasy value behind Kaepernick in San Francisco
|Matt Flynn traded to Oakland -- Mon Apr 1 11:10 am --|
For 2 undisclosed draft picks
|The Oakland Raiders have an agreement in principle to acquire quarterback Matt Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks for two draft picks -- one in the 2014 draft and a conditional pick in 2015, according to league sources.
FF Today's Take: Word on the street is the Raiders are also trying to trade Carson Palmer to the Cardinals which would pave the way for Flynn to start for Oakland in 2013. Flynn's is scheduled to make $5.25 million in base salary this season.
| Gabbert preparing for camp battle -- Sun Mar 31 7:00 am --|
Jacksonville QB rehabbing from shoulder/forearm injuries
|Blaine Gabbert underwent surgery for a torn left labrum in late November and was cleared by James Andrews two weeks ago to increase his activity.
Of greater concern was the right forearm injury ó just below the elbow on the inside part of the arm ó sustained in the opening drive of the Houston game when Gabbert was hit by cornerback Danieal Manningís face-mask.
When the Jaguars are allowed to do on-field work with the coaches in mid-April, Gabbert will be able to participate.
FF Today's Take: Gabbert will battle Chad Henne for the starting QB job in Jacksonville. There is also speculation that Jacksonville may take a QB with the 2nd pick in the upcoming draft. Gabbert has compiled a 54% completion percentage during the first two years of his career.
|Kevin Kolb era begins in Buffalo -- Sat Mar 30 10:00 pm --|
Two-year deal worth maximum of $13 million
|The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a two-year deal worth a maximum of $13 million with quarterback Kevin Kolb, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Saturday night. The move gives the Bills another starting-caliber QB after they released Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this month. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Tarvaris Jackson on the roster, Kolb would be the expected starter in 2013 assuming the Bills don't take a quarterback with the eighth pick in the draft. Kolb has battled injuries the last two years and never got a firm footing in Arizona. He'll be a QB2 with minimal upside in Buffalo.
| Hunter expected to be ready for camp -- Fri Mar 29 11:00 pm --|
49ers RB recovering from Achilles injury
|Four months after he sustained a torn Achilles, Kendall Hunter has resumed running and will be back for the start of training camp, a source close to the 49ers running back said today. (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Hunter was averaging 5.2 yards per carry before his injury in late November and should regain his place on the depth chart behind Frank Gore provided his recovery progresses as planned.
|Speculation on Flynn trade continues -- Fri Mar 29 10:00 pm --|
Oakland likely landing spot for Seahawks QB
|The Seahawks are nearing an agreement to trade their backup quarterback (Matt Flynn) to the Raiders. There was no announcement nor confirmation from either team, and the deal may not be finalized until next week. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: The Seahawks have been shopping Flynn's services and various media reports have speculated that the QB will end up in Oakland very soon. The Raiders are expected to part ways with Carson Palmer unless he accepts a pay cut. Palmer is set to make $13 million this season.
|Big pay day for Romo -- Fri Mar 29 4:40 pm --|
$55 million guaranteed
|To clear salary-cap space and lock up their franchise quarterback, the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo reached an agreement on a blockbuster six-year extension worth $108 million, making him the highest paid player in franchise history, according to league sources. Romo will receive $55 million guaranteed from the Cowboys, $3 million more than Flacco got from the Ravens. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Romo, 33, is now locked up through the last productive years in the NFL. He finished as the 7th best fantasy QB in 2012 and as the 9th best fantasy QB in 2011. With solid receiving options at his disposal he'll be a valued QB1 in drafts this summer.
|Patriots add receiver Jenkins -- Thu Mar 28 5:35 pm --|
Former Viking headed to New England
|The New England Patriots have signed free-agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins, the team announced Thursday night.
Terms of the deal are not yet known. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Jenkins was released by the Vikings this off-season and will join a revamped wide receiver corps in New England that includes Danny Amendola and Donald Jones. He'll be a fringe fantasy prospect and will likely be on the roster bubble in training camp.
|DHB leaves Indy without contract -- Wed Mar 27 9:00 am --|
Former Raiders wideout to visit Detroit today
|The Darrius Heyward-Bey road trip has come and gone. He was in Indy yesterday and is in Motown today. When the Colts confirmed for me Heyward-Bey visited Tuesday and no further comment would be made, you start to think about whatís next. (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: DHB is known for his speed but also shaky hands. Should he land in Detroit he would be an intriguing fantasy prospect that would benefit from the Lions pass-happy offense.
|Browns sign QB Jason Campbell -- Tue Mar 26 9:00 pm --|
|They (the Browns) signed Jason Campbell, 31, to a two-year contract Tuesday night to provide the competition they've been seeking for incumbent Brandon Weeden. What this means for the future of Weeden, and backups Colt McCoy and Thad Lewis is anyone's guess at this point. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: Campbell spent last season with the Bears as Jay Cutler's backup but hasn't been fantasy relevant since 2010 when he started 12 games for the Raiders. He'll likely push Brandon Weeden in camp for the starting job. This move could also spell the end for Colt McCoy in a Browns uniform.
|Finley staying with the Pack -- Mon Mar 25 4:30 pm --|
$8.25 million base salary for 2013
|Ten minutes after the deadline passed, Jermichael Finley announced the news himself.
The tight end is staying in Green Bay.
"Ecstatic 2 b back w @packers. Best place on earth," Finley tweeted. "Thank u 2 my agents & family @blakebaratz @Jhart5266. I appreciate all that u do. #pack."
The Packers will pay Finley's $3 million roster bonus due Tuesday and stick to his $8.25 million base salary for 2013. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: In the end, the Packers chose to keep Finley at his currently salary instead of releasing a young, talented tight end into the market. Finley has been inconsistent at times but does represent a big matchup problem for opposing defenses. He'll be a part of the corps of weapons for Aaron Rodgers that also includes Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones. Coming off a two-touchdown season, he'll be a low-end TE1 in 2013.
|Browns aren't pursuing Winslow -- Mon Mar 25 10:00 am --|
Tight end finding a dull market
|Despite what former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. said today on NFL Network, the Browns are not interested in signing him and haven't contacted anyone about doing so.
Winslow said today he's heard from the Browns and Panthers, but if he did hear from anyone within the Browns organization, it wasn't about them bringing him back for a second stint with the club. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: This likely a case of Winslow attempting to drum up a market for himself. The Browns recently signed TE Kellen Davis (CHI), Gary Barnidge (CAR) and already have Jordan Cameron in the mix. Winslow has chronic knee issues and won't be on the fantasy radar even if he signs with a team this off-season.
|Arians comfortable with Stanton at QB -- Mon Mar 25 7:00 am --|
Cardinals likely to start season with Stanton at Quarterback
|Question: As a coach, do you ever look at (your quarterbacks) and think to yourself, "Maybe we wonít find one this year?" Do you ever think in terms like that?
Answer: No. Weíve already found one. We found one that I trust, and I feel very comfortable with. Whether we find another that I feel more comfortable with is yet to be seen, but I feel very comfortable with Drew Stanton as a starter, being able to win, go to the playoffs and win the championship. (Arizona Republic)|
FF Today's Take: Stanton backed up Andrew Luck last season in Indianapolis where Arians was the offensive coordinator. Arians has stated that he'd like to name a starter early in camp which favors Stanton over Brian Hoyer or any rookie the Cardinals may take in the draft.
|Dumervil headed to Baltimore -- Sun Mar 24 4:30 pm --|
Five-year deal $35 million, $8.5 million in year one
|Elvis Dumervil, one of the best defensive ends in Broncos history, has agreed in principle to a multiyear contract with the Ravens, according to two NFL sources. Dumvervil's departure brings an end to one of the most bizarre transaction debacles in NFL history.
FF Today's Take: The Broncos were forced to release Dumervil because an agreed upon contract could not be executed in time (2 p.m. March 15). As a result the Broncos took a $4.89 million cap hit. Dumervil is expected to play outside linebacker with Suggs on the opposite end in the Raven's 3-4 defense.
|Similar role expected for S. Moss -- Fri Mar 22 2:30 pm --|
Shanahan likes veteran receiver on third down
|"I liked the way Santana Moss played last year," coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday at the ownerís meetings. "He came in in excellent shape. I think he was a big part of our offense. Thereís a big upside to Santana next year because heís very familiar with our offense. He did a great job in our third-down package. I expect him to come in in the same type of shape and make the same plays he did last year."
FF Today's Take: Moss finished 2012 with 41 catches, 573 yards and 8 touchdowns. A healthy Pierre Garcon will likely cut into Moss' TD totals in 2013 making the 33 year-old veteran a WR5 value with marginal upside.