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Drew Brees gets new weapon at tight end
Coby Fleener agrees to five-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 11:30 pm

New Orleans
Coby Fleener agreed to a five-year deal worth a reported maximum of $36 million with the Saints on Wednesday. This will be the Saints' 2016 splash. (NOLA.com)

FFToday's Take: With Ben Watson heading the Ravens and wide receiver Marcus Colston in retirement, the Saints were in need of a weapon on offense. The Colts decided to bring back Dwayne Allen leaving Fleener the ability to peruse other options. Fleener turns 28 in September and should provide a reliable target for Drew Brees. Fleener's fantasy stock is on the rise. Watson finished 7th among fantasy tight ends in 2015.
Steelers sign TE Ladarius Green
Four-year, $20 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 10:20 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers have located their Heath Miller replacement. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer reported Wednesday night that former Chargers tight end Ladarius Green has signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Steelers, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

FFToday's Take: The Steelers have an opening at tight end now that fan favorite Heath Miller has retired. Green is above average receiver and gives the Steelers an embarrassment of offensive weapons for QB Ben Roethlisberger to choose from. While it may appear that Green's fantasy stock is on the upswing, he'll likely be overvalued on draft day given he'll be the fourth option on offense behind the Steelers running back (Bell or Williams), Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.
Victor Cruz accepts pay cut, sticks with NYG
$1.3 million base which could escalate to $5.5 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 10:15 pm

New York Giants
The New York Giants are bringing back receiver Victor Cruz for 2016, but for much less money than he was scheduled to make originally. A source confirmed Wednesday night that Cruz had agreed to a reduced salary for 2016, an outcome that has been inevitable for some time because Cruz hasn't played since tearing his right patellar tendon in Week 6 of the 2014 season. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Giants made it known they would release Cruz if he didn't accept a pay cut. As a result, Cruz now has a base salary of is $1.3 million which could escalate to $5.5 million if incentives are met. Cruz needs to establish in off-season workouts that he can be a reliable option in this offense. His durability is a serious question mark for fantasy owners.
Lamar Miller latest Texans acquisition
four-year deal, $14 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 4:25 pm

Miami Dolphins
The Houston Texans will look a lot different in 2016, primarily in the backfield. Joining quarterback Brock Osweiler in Houston will be running back Lamar Miller, per a league source. Miller will sign a four-year deal, worth $26 million. Of that amount, $14 million is fully guaranteed at signing. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Miller has averaged 4.8 yards per carry over the last two years but logged over 20 carries just once in 2015. Miller should see an uptick in usage in Houston and fantasy owners will be slobbering over his services. Expect his ADP to flirt with RB1 territory.
Jets replace Ivory with Matt Forte
30 year-old RB lands in New York
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 4:10 pm

New York Jets
Running back Matt Forte has agreed to a contract with the New York Jets, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Forte will replace Chris Ivory, who has agreed to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Forte missed three games last season with a knee injury but was still productive at 30 years of age. It remains to be seen if Bilal Powell will be re-signed, but Forte is projected to be the lead back in any committee situation. He'll be on the RB2 radar in redraft leagues this Summer.
Brock Osweiler headed to Houston
Broncos in dire need of quarterback
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 3:05 pm

Denver Broncos
I'm told QB Brock Osweiler has agreed to a deal in principle with the Houston Texans. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The moves seems like a win for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as Osweiler has shown the ability to throw the deep ball however it remains to be seen just how good of quarterback Osweiler can be. He's played in 19 games in four years with mixed results but does have one of the best young weapons in the game at his disposal. Another outside or tight end weapon to go along with a stud running back (Lamar Miller?) would help setup Osweiler for success.
Doug Martin staying in Tampa Bay
Five-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 2:32 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and running back Doug Martin have reached agreement on a five-year deal worth over $35 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Martin was linked to a number of running back needy teams prior to the start of free agency but he returns to the Bucs and will be locked into his early-down role in Dirk Koetter's offense. Martin finished second in the league in rushing yards (1402) behind Adrian Peterson (1485) and was a top five fantasy running back in 2015 despite the presence of third-down back Charles Sims.
Antonio Gates to finish career in San Diego
Two-year extension with Chargers
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 11:35 am

San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates wanted to finish his career as a Charger. It seems now he will. The tight end and potential future Hall of Famer agreed to terms Wednesday on a two-year extension, a source said. This move was long expected but significant nonetheless, helping to assure a 14th season for the franchise career leader in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: The 36-year-old tight end is back with San Diego which and should resume his role as TE1 when healthy. Gates missed five games in 2015 and still finished 11th among fantasy tight ends with 630 yards and 5 TDs. With Ladarius Green likely on his way out, expect the Chargers to sign a backup tight end.
Marvin Jones replacing Megatron in Detroit
Chose Lions over Patriots and Bengals
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 10:55 am

Detroit Lions
The Lions are going to sign Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini. The deal can't be made official until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, when the new league year begins. The agreement between Jones and the Lions comes less than 24 hours after Calvin Johnson announced he was retiring from the NFL (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Good timing for Jones who is a top prospect in a week free agent class of wide receivers. He will move right into the starting lineup opposite Golden Tate and should have a WR3 floor in the Lions offense that had the highest pass-run ratio (64%-36%) last season.
Chargers expected to land WR Travis Benjamin
Coming off best season as a pro
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 6:20 am

San Diego Chargers
I’m told WR Travis Benjamin plans to sign with the Chargers when the market officially opens tomorrow. San Diego gets a dangerous weapon. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: A good move for the Chargers who need a speedster opposite Keenan Allen now that Malcom Floyd has retired. Benjamin will have WR2 value in a better than average passing game. Benjamin is coming off his best season as a pro with 68 catches, 966 yards and 5 TDs finishing 28th among fantasy wide receivers.
Chris Ivory expected to sign with Jaguars
Jaguars on spending spree
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 8:56 pm

New York Jets
Former Jets' RB Chris Ivory is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars when new league year begins, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Jaguars are making a splash early in free agency. Reports in the legal tampering period suggest that DE Malik Jackson (DEN) and now Ivory will be headed to Jacksonville. The Jaguars will now sport a running back group of Ivory, T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson. Fantasy owners can expect some sort of timeshare with this group and the fantasy values of both Ivory and Yeldon have taken a hit.
Vikings release WR Mike Wallace
No dead money absorbed in the deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 3:45 pm

Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings never considered keeping Mike Wallace under a contract situation that called for them to pay him $11.5 million in 2016. So moments ago, they made it official by waiving Wallace. There is no dead money absorbed in the deal, meaning the Vikings just chopped off $11.5 million against their cap. And all it cost them was a receiver who caught only 39 passes for 473 yards and two touchdowns. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FFToday's Take: This move was expected, considering Wallace's lack of involvement in the offense and the fact the team could release him without any cap ramifications. Wallace should have some appeal on the free agent market as the wide receiver class is very weak.
Ravens reach agreement with TE Ben Watson
Deal can't be finalized until Wednesday afternoon
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 3:25 pm

Baltimore Ravens
With Crockett Gillmore having both shoulders operated on this offseason and Nick Boyle suspended for the first 10 games of 2016, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has talked about the importance of adding another tight end. It appears that the Ravens have done just that. According to an industry source, the Ravens have an agreement in principle with veteran tight end Ben Watson, a 12-year veteran who is coming off the best season of his career. Watson caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns while starting 16 games for the New Orleans Saints last year. (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: This two-day window of "legal tampering" doesn't allow for agreements to be reached "in principle" but it appears Watson is leaving New Orleans for Baltimore. Watson had career resurgence with Drew Brees last season, finishing as fantasy's 7th-best tight end. It's hard to imagine Watson duplicating those efforts in Baltimore. He'll be a on the TE2 radar in redraft leagues.
Calvin Johnson retires
Lions need help at wide receiver position
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 11:00 am

Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who for the past nine seasons established himself as one of the greatest wide receivers in National Football League history, today announced his retirement from the NFL effective immediately. (DetroitLions.com)

FFToday's Take: Megatron hinted at his intentions shortly after the season ended and now the decision is official. Johnson will leave as one of the best receivers ever to play in the NFL. Ho topped the 1000-yard receiving mark in seven out of his nine seasons averaging 9 receiving TDs per year. His loss leaves the Lions with Golden Tate as the only viable outside threat in the offense. Expect the Lions to address the position in free agency and/or the draft.
Saints working on deal for RB Tim Hightower
Saints backfield one to watch in free agency
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 9:51 am

New Orleans
Last year's cool comeback story isn't over. Saints working to bring back RB Tim Hightower, source said. Started 3 games after 4 years out (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Hightower is 29 years-old but was out of the league from 2012-2014. The Saints trusted him as a workhorse last season while filling in for the injured Mark Ingram, giving him 29 and 31 touches in two games down the stretch. It sounds like Khiry Robinson will be the odd man out in the Saints backfield.
Colts re-sign TE Dwayne Allen
$16 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 8:00 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Per a league source, the Colts and tight end Dwayne Allen have worked out a four-year, $29.4 million deal. He’ll get $12 million in year one, $17 million total through two years, and $22 million through three years. The includes $16 million guaranteed; it’s unclear how much is fully guaranteed at signing. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Both tight ends for the Colts are free agents and most expected the team to sign Coby Fleener but instead it's Allen that gets the deal. With Allen getting a substantial chunk of change, its unclear if the team will pursue Fleener as well. Allen has missed 23 games over the last three years with various injuries and was an afterthought\\t in the Colts passing game last season. His fantasy value hinges on Fleener's landing spot.
DeMarco Murray headed to Tennessee
Trade expected to be complete Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 6:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Tennessee finalizing deal for Eagles RB DeMarco Murray, league sources tell ESPN. Trade expected to be complete for new league year Weds (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: To say the Eagles are cleaning the Chip Kelly house might be an understatement. In addition to Murray, it appears LB Kiko Alonso and CB Byron Maxwell will be sent to Miami once transactions are allowed to made Wednesday afternoon. All three players were acquisitions made by Chip Kelly last season. Murray will give the Titans a legitimate veteran running back after trying their luck with Bishop Sankey and David Cobb the last two seasons. Murray is 28 years old and while he took a step back in 2015, he may actually find himself in a better situation if Tennessee can succeed in improving it's offensive line.
Murray, Mathews available for trade
Eagles shopping their running backs
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 1:47 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles have made it known that it's not just DeMarco Murray who is available, but also Ryan Mathews, as well, for the right price. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Getting a deal done for Murray would be difficult given his contract situation. Murray is guaranteed to make $7 million this season and most franchises prefer to go young and cheap at the position. Mathews is the better candidate of the two to be traded.
Redskins release Robert Griffin III
Active for one game in 2015
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 11:30 am

Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins have released Robert Griffin III, the 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year and one-time face of the franchise, the quarterback confirmed via an Instagram post. Griffin had lost the starting job in August and served as Washington's No. 3 quarterback all season. He was active for one game. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Redskins were hoping they could find a trade partner for RGIII but with no one calling, the release was inevitable. They traded up in the 2012 draft to get Griffin and have now released him 4 years later. He should have plenty of interest in league scrambling for quarterbacks and despite his uneven play past his rookie season, his upside is still attractive to many personnel types across the league.
NYG to release Cruz if he doesn't accept pay cut
Negotiations under way
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 10:35 am

New York Giants
Giants have informed WR Victor Cruz they will release him unless he agrees to pay cut. Negotiations under way, per source (Ed Werder on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The oft-injured wide receiver is set to count almost $10 million against the cap which is too much for a player with a significant injury history and risk. With Rueben Randle set to hit the open market, the Giants are in need of wide receiver help so a deal could still be worked out.
Peyton Manning calling it a career
18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2016, 10:26 am

Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning's Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers was indeed his last rodeo. The five-time NFL MVP is retiring, the Denver Broncos announced Sunday. The team will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Monday for Manning to discuss his stepping away from the game after 18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: A lock for the Hall of Fame, Manning will go down as one of the great quarterbacks in NFL history. He's the all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539) and passing yards (71,940). On the business side, Manning's retirement clears $19 million in cap room and makes free agent Brock Osweiler the likely starting quarterback in Denver for 2016, assuming they can sign him.
Colts will release Andre Johnson
Colts to save $5 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 4 2016, 9:01 am

Indianapolis Colts
Colts have told WR Andre Johnson that they are releasing him, per source. One more high-profile unemployed veteran. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The 34 year-old receiver didn't make much of an impact for the Colts in 2015, registering 41 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns. His release will save the Colts $5 million against the cap. Johnson reportedly wants to play in 2016 but his fantasy relevancy will likely be slim wherever he lands.
Texans release Arian Foster
Torn Achilles in October
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2016, 10:00 am

Houston Texans
Arian Foster has been told the Houston Texans are releasing him, a source close to Foster told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Foster has spent seven seasons in Houston, rushing for 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns, both franchise career highs. The 29-year-old Foster was due a $6.5 million base salary with a salary-cap number of almost $9 million for the 2016 season. By releasing him, the Texans would save around $6.6 million, according to ESPN Stats & Information. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This move was expected. One of the best fantasy running backs when healthy, Foster only played in four games last season thanks to a groin injury in camp then a torn Achilles in October. Foster won't have trouble finding a new team but it's difficult to envision him being a true workhorse at this point in his career.
Pats release Brandon LaFell, Scott Chandler
Cap savings of $4.6 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2016, 5:20 pm

New England Patriots
The Patriots have released wide receiver Brandon LaFell and tight end Scott Chandler. LaFell had one season left on his three-year deal. The team will carry $1 million in dead money for him. The team also takes a $1 million cap hit on Chandler. The cap savings between the two will be $4.6 million. (CSNNE.com)

FFToday's Take: LaFell played in 11 games last season, never scored a touchdown and never really made a fantasy impact outside of his 5-catch 102-yard performance in Week 9. The Patriots are left with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin as their top three wide receivers.
Falcons release veteran WR Roddy White
Atlanta releases 11-year veteran
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2016, 4:30 pm

Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons released wide receiver Roddy White, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver on Wednesday. White, who was selected by the Falcons in the first-round (27th overall) of the 2005 NFL draft from Alabama-Birmingham, after a slow start developed into the franchise’s most prolific receiver during the league’s evolution into more of a passing league. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

FFToday's Take: In an offense that featured running back Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones, White saw his targets dip to 69 in 2016, his lowest target total since 2006. At 34, White should be able to land a gig as No.3 receiver but his days as a premiere fantasy option are over.
Eagles, Sam Bradford agree on two-year deal
$26 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 1 2016, 5:31 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a two-year contract with quarterback Sam Bradford, keeping Bradford off the free-agent market without using the franchise tag. The deal is worth $36 million, with $26 million of that guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: There were rumors and hints that new head coach Doug Pederson may take a run at free agent Chase Daniel given their KC connection but that could have been a media ploy for Bradford negotiations. Bradford was average his first year in Philadelphia playing in 14 games with 19 TDs and 14 INTs in Chip Kelly's offense that struggled with consistency. He finished 22nd among fantasy quarterbacks in 2015 and will be firmly in QB2 territory with limited upside in 2016.
Bills doing some Spring cleaning
Team releases Mario Williams, Boobie Dixon, MarQueis Gray
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 1 2016, 1:10 pm

Buffalo Bills
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Buffalo Bills had released defensive end Mario Williams, running back Anthony Dixon, and guard Kraig Urbik, while tight end MarQueis Gray also appears to be on his way out. Gray was set to become a restricted free agent. The moves cleared up enough salary-cap space to allow the team to place the franchise tag on left tackle Cordy Glenn at $13.7 million. (Buffalo News)

FFToday's Take: Williams was at odds with Rex Ryan and his defensive scheme for most of 2015. He should be a hot commodity for teams looking for edge rushing help. Gray and Dixon are fringe offensive players that hold little fantasy value.
Redskins use franchise tag on Kirk Cousins
Would make $19.953 million under the tag
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 1 2016, 1:00 pm

Washington Redskins
A person with knowledge of the situation said that Washington will use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Kirk Cousins. The designation means that Washington for now has committed to pay Cousins $19.953 million for the 2016. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Cousins is free to negotiate with another team but the Redskins would be entitled to match any offer or receive two first-round draft picks if he leaves D.C. A long-term deal between the two can still be reached before July 15th. Cousins will be the Redskins starting QB in 2016.
Jaelen Strong arrested for marijuana possession
Texans wide receiver busted over the weekend
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 29 2016, 2:01 pm

Houston Texans
Houston Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong was arrested in Scottsdale for marijuana possession over the weekend. Strong admitted to having marijuana without a medical card. He gave police a cigar box with three marijuana cigarettes inside. (ABC15.com )

FFToday's Take: With Nate Washington set to be a free agent, Strong has (had?) a realistic chance as opening 2016 as the starting wideout opposite DeAndre Hopkins. League discipline will be coming.
Pats, Brady agree on contract extension
Pats QB locked up through 2019 season
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 29 2016, 10:07 am

New England Patriots
Tom Brady is under contract with the Patriots until he’s 42 years old. Brady and the Patriots have agreed on a two-year contract extension that locks him up through the 2019 season, Adam Schefter and Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN report. Brady is 38 now and will turn 42 in August of 2019. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Brady is basically the same age as Peyton Manning but you wouldn't know based on their play. Brady finished 2nd in fantasy scoring among quarterbacks in 2015 having his best season since 2011. Brady has previously stated that he'd like to play into his 40s. He'll be a top five fantasy quarterback consideration in drafts this summer.
Alshon Jeffery gets franchise tag
Long-term deal still in the works
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2016, 3:15 pm

Chicgao Bears
The Chicago Bears have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday. Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday that the team was trying to negotiate a long-term deal with the veteran receiver, but placing the tag on Jeffery was an option to keep him with the team. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Bears and Jeffery have until July 15th to work out a long-term deal otherwise Jeffery will make 14.4 million in 2016. Jeffery battled a series of injuries (hamstring, groin) in 2015 limiting him to nine games. He'll be a risky low-end WR1 heading into re-draft leagues this Summer.
Ravens put franchise tag on K Justin Tucker
Will make $4.5 million under the tag
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2016, 9:30 am

Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens placed the franchise tag on Justin Tucker, his agent said Friday, keeping the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history from reaching free agency. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Tuesday is the deadline for clubs to use the franchise tag. Tucker is making 87 percent of kicks for his career and set to make $4.5 million under the tag. The two sides are discussing a long-term deal and have until July 15th to get one done.
Ravens giving Trent Richardson a shot
RB expected to sign pending a physical
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2016, 10:45 am

Baltimore Ravens
Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson is expected to sign a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens pending a physical, sources told AL.com. Richardson was out of football last season, just three years after the Cleveland Browns selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. (AL.com)

FFToday's Take: Richardson was released last preseason by the Raiders and will now get a shot in Baltimore. He's a longshot to make the team and therefore isn't someone dynasty owners should be taking a flier on just yet.
Injury Dalton expected to be ready for April workouts
Broken thumb
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2016, 11:00 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
He (OC Ken Zampese) reiterated that Andy Dalton is expected to be full-go when the team resumes practicing in April, and the expectations of his offseason progression haven’t altered at all due to the injury. Zampese knows the broken thumb forcing Dalton out of his best season left a mark, but the two move forward together. (Cincinnati.com)

FFToday's Take: Dalton scored more fantasy points in 2015 than he did in 2014 and did so playing three fewer games. The emergence of TE Tyler Eifert was a huge part of Dalton's success and vaulted him to a low-end QB1 when healthy.
Injury Cards GM speaks on Andre Ellington
"I’d love to keep Andre long term, yet he’s got to stay healthy"
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2016, 10:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
While lauding Andre Ellington’s talent, Keim didn’t mince words about Ellington’s tenuous future. “Andre’s a dynamic player, there’s no doubt about that,” Keim said on Wednesday. “We love his skill set, but it’s no secret the guy has had durability problems. As an organization, you have expectations and if a guy doesn’t fulfill those expectations, you may have to move on. “Hopefully, Andre’s not in a situation where we have to move on. I’d love to keep Andre long term, yet at the same time, he’s got to stay healthy.” (Arizona Republic)

FFToday's Take: The Cardinals GM is spot on. Ellington has missed 10 games over the last two seasons with various injuries and has fallen down the depth chart as a result. He's entering the final year of his contract but comes at a cheap price ($1.6 million) so he's unlikely to be released. However, another mixed season plagued by injuries will likely lead to Ellington's departure from Arizona.
Andre Johnson likely out in Indy
Retirement next?
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2016, 9:46 am

Indianapolis Colts
Andre Johnson is one-and-done in Indianapolis. Could this be it for the star? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the veteran wide receiver has played his final down for the Colts, leaving his future unclear after 14 oft-excellent NFL seasons. Retirement is an option, but Johnson could also force the Colts to cut him, paving the way for an opportunity to continue his career. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: There's been no official word from Johnson and the Colts would eat $2.5 million in dead money if they release him. Owner Jim Irsay acknowledged last month that the team needs to get younger. Johnson will turn 35 in July. Expect T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett to be the Colts top three wideouts in 2016.
49ers sign TE Garrett Celek
4-year deal, $5M guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2016, 3:10 pm

San Francisco
The 49ers signed TE Garrett Celek to a 4-year deal worth $14M, source said. He gets nearly $5M guaranteed. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Chip Kelly likes to feature the tight end in his offense but Celek will have to battle Vance McDonald and Blake Bell for targets. McDonald is the better pass receiver of the group but Celek could see his usage increase as Kelly's blocking tight end.
Injury Romo leaning toward surgery in March
Six to eight week recovery period for
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2016, 1:00 pm

Dallas Cowboys
After three more weeks of consideration, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is leaning more toward undergoing a Mumford procedure on his left clavicle than attaching a plate over the mending collarbone, according to a source. Romo, however, has yet to make a final decision on the type of surgery he will have in March as he continues to gather facts and evaluate the benefits of each procedure that he's discussed with doctors. (Dallas Morning News)

FFToday's Take: Romo broke his collarbone twice in the span of three months and managed to only play in four games last season. While he may miss or be limited in minicamps this May and June he should be a full go by the time training camps rolls around in late July.
Rams release three including TE Jared Cook
DE Chris Long, LB James Laurinaitis also cut
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2016, 4:00 pm

Los Angeles Rams
The team released defensive end Chris Long, linebacker James Laurinaitis and tight end Jared Cook on Friday. The club later confirmed the moves. "This is the time of year when all NFL teams are faced with difficult decisions regarding their veteran players," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: The team will save roughly $25 million in cap space with the cuts while absorbing $4.7 million in dead money. Cook was set to count $8.3 million against the cap and while he's shown flashes of play-making ability he never became a consistent producer in the Rams offense.
Heath Miller calls it a career
No more "Heath" chants
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2016, 3:00 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
On Friday afternoon, after 11 NFL seasons, all with the Steelers, Heath Miller announced he was retiring. Miller, the team’s first-round draft pick out of the University of Virginia in 2005, missed only eight games in his 11 seasons. He started 167 games and helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls. He is the franchise’s all-time leader for tight ends in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569) and receiving touchdowns (45). (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FFToday's Take: Miller was a rock for Ben Roethlisberger and one the better all-around tight ends in the game. The 33 year-old had his best season in 2012 posting a 71-816-8 stat line. Second-year player Jesse James is penciled in to be the starter at TE but with the receivers and running backs the focus of targets in the Steelers offense, James will be nothing more than a TE2.