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Nate Burleson to visit Dolphins
Miami looking for veteran wideout
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2014, 12:50 pm

Miami Dolphins
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.
Redskins add QB Colt McCoy
No.3 QB behind RGIII and Kirk Cousins
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2014, 11:02 am

Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins have signed quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy signed his contract Thursday, giving the Redskins a new potential No. 3 quarterback to replace Rex Grossman. Grossman is a free agent after playing behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins the last two seasons. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: McCoy stepped on the field four times in mop-up duty for the 49ers last season. He'll serve as the No.3 QB behind RGIII and Kirk Cousins with very little fantasy value to speak of.
CJ2K's release "a matter of time"
Titans expected to part ways with running back
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2014, 9:18 am

Tennessee Titans
The clock continues to tick on Chris Johnson's tenure with the Tennessee Titans. The long-presumed divorce is coming, the running back's agent said, he just doesn't know when. "I think it's a matter of time before Chris won't be with the Titans, I just don't know when," Johnson's agent, Joel Segal, said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This has been the speculation for months now as Johnson is simply too expensive. He's scheduled to make $8 million this season in a league that is trending toward paying running backs less and less. Tennessee's off-season program begins Monday so it's possible Johnson could be on the free agent market by this weekend.
Steelers sign WR Heyward-Bey
Third team is the charm?
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 2 2014, 1:41 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Darrius Heyward-Bey, a tall and fast wide receiver who has never realized the expectations for him since the Oakland Raiders took him near the top of the draft five years ago, has joined the Steelers' corps of wide receivers. The Steelers signed him to a one-year contract today. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FFToday's Take: The Steelers have turned to free agency to fill the void of Emmanuel Sanders by signing DHB and former Saint Lance Moore. DHB's best season came in 2011 (64 rec, 975 yards, 4 TDs) but has just 70 receptions over the last two years. DHB will be running fourth on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Moore.
Redskins, DeSean Jackson agree
Three-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2014, 11:15 pm

Washington Redskins
Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has agreed with the Washington Redskins. Jackson will join Washington on a three-year deal, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Redskins will pair him with a first-time head coach in Jay Gruden. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: With Jackson and Andre Roberts in the mix, the biggest fantasy winner has to be Robert Griffin III who now has legitimate play-makers at all three receiver spots and one of the best young receiving tight ends in Jordan Reed. With Pierre Garcon on the opposite side, Jackson will be hard-pressed to duplicate his WR1 stats from a year ago (82 rec, 1332 yds, 9 TDs). Both players see their fantasy value deflate a little with this acquisition.
NFL Draft Manziel to visit Patriots
Patriots serious about QB or just kicking the tires?
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2014, 9:07 pm

New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are scheduled to host quarterback Johnny Manziel on a pre-draft visit at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, a league source confirmed. The Patriots pick 29th overall in the first round and have Tom Brady (under contract through 2017) and Ryan Mallett (under contract through 2014) on the depth chart. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This is Belichek doing due diligence with a top prospect. With the Patriots picking near the bottom of the upcoming draft, a trade up would likely need to happen if the Pats were serious about taking the former Texas A&M quarterback. This is the first of several visits that Manziel has lined up with NFL teams.
Jets add another WR, Jacoby Ford
Ford joins Decker in wide receiver mix
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2014, 7:40 pm

New York Jets
The New York Jets signed a fast wide receiver with dynamic ability on special teams -- but not DeSean Jackson. They finalized a deal Tuesday with Jacoby Ford, formerly of the Oakland Raiders. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Ford has 57 catches since coming into the league in 2010 and thanks to injuries, has spent more time off the field than on it. He'll be a backup slot receiver, return candidate for the Jets and off the fantasy radar until proven otherwise.
Rams, Britt agree on one-year deal
Reunited with Jeff Fisher
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2014, 7:35 pm

St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams have signed former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt to a one-year, $1.4M deal, including $550,000 guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The maximum value of the deal is $2.9 million, the source said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Britt's notable off-field issues and injury question marks during his five-year career has led to a weak market for his services and a one-year incentive-based deal. He's reunited with head coach Jeff Fisher who coached Britt during his first two years in the league. He's got the talent to be a starting receiver but the risk of implosion keeps his fantasy value minimal until proven otherwise.
Injury Doug Martin medically cleared
Bucs RB on track with shoulder rehab
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2014, 11:41 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CLEARED!!!! Excited to be back y'all!! (Doug Martin via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Doug Martin took to twitter this morning to let us know that he's been medically cleared after sustaining a shoulder injury in Week 7 of 2013 that eventually required surgery. He's on track to take part in the Bucs off-season workouts which begin in late April. New head coach Lovie Smith has already stated that Martin will be the main ball carrier in 2014, making Martin a solid RB1 in fantasy drafts this summer.
Redskins set to host DJax on Monday
May not be willing to "break the bank"
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 30 2014, 9:00 pm

Washington Redskins
Despite being in full agreement in the decision to pursue former Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins officials may not be willing to award the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver a highly lucrative contract, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Washington will host Jackson on Monday evening and Tuesday, according to multiple sources. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: The Raiders and Bills seem to be other front-runners for the former Eagle right now. Both of those teams have more cap room and in theory could offer a bigger front-loaded contract. The Chiefs and Jets have reportedly backed off their pursuit of the star receiver.
Steelers add Blount to backfield
Two-year contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2014, 3:23 pm

New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount agreed to a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers today during his visit, according to league sources. Blount, 27, also had interest from the Patriots in bringing him back, but sources say they didn't approach the financial commitment of the Steelers. (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: Blount will fill a backup role behind every-down back Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh. Blount's arrival won't affect Bell's status as a RB1 with upside and his departure leaves Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen as the top two options in New England.
Raiders make it official, sign MJD
Three-year contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2014, 3:01 pm

Oakland Raiders
RB Maurice Jones-Drew officially is an Oakland Raider, signing a 3-year deal with the team. Jones-Drew is going home. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With the injury history of Darren McFadden, MJD has a good chance of seeing significant action in 2014 however Jones-Drew battled injury issues of his own in 2012 and had a ho-hum season in 2013. His arrival deflates the fantasy value of McFadden and makes the Raiders backfield a headache for fantasy owners.
DeSean Jackson released by Eagles
Eagles unable to find a trade partner
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2014, 12:40 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today. (Philadelphia Eagles via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We knew this was a possibility and now it's come true. The Eagles released their top receiver from 2013 just two years after signing a five-year contract extension. He was set to make $10.5 million this season. Jackson is in the prime of his career and despite his attitude and off-field concerns, will likely have a few teams (Jets, Raiders, Chiefs, 49ers, etc.) considering his services.
Eagles sign backup QB, Sanchez
Former Jets QB lands with Eagles
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2014, 9:55 am

Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia and the New York Jets completed a quarterback swap of sorts, with the Eagles announcing Friday they've signed Mark Sanchez to a one-year deal. The deal comes a week after the Eagles lost Michael Vick to the Jets. Sanchez's deal is for $2.25 million and includes a $750,000 signing bonus, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The contract also includes up to an additional $1.75 million in bonuses, bringing the maximum value of the deal to $4 million. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Sanchez is recovering from a torn labrum that caused him to sit out all of last year. He's still in the rehab process but is expected to be ready for training camp in July. He'll be the backup to Nick Foles and holds little fantasy value as a low-end QB2.
Rice indicted for aggravated assault
Ravens standing behind their running back
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 27 2014, 7:30 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly striking his fiancťe unconscious last month. Conviction of a third-degree crime in New Jersey carries a potential prison sentence of at least three years and up to five years, and a fine that could be up to $15,000. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Rice was originally charged back in February with simple assault and could be facing a suspension depending on the outcome of this case. The Ravens are standing behind their running back and insist he has a future with the team. The next court date has not been set.
Knowshon Moreno lands in Miami
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 27 2014, 3:08 pm

Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins can officially end the team's search for an all-purpose tailback. The Dolphins have signed former Denver Broncos starter Knowshon Moreno to a one-year deal, which will likely make him the front runner to serve as Miami's starting tailback in 2014. (Sun Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: Moreno was our top-rated free agent running back available and there was speculation that after finding a cool market for his services, he might return to the Broncos. Last season was Moreno's best as a pro (1587 total yds, 13 TDs) on his way to a top-five ranking among all fantasy RBs. With a weaker offense in Miami, Moreno will slip to RB2 status assuming he wins the starting job. This move ripples down to Broncos running back Montee Ball, who will now be drooled over as a breakout candidate in 2014.
Rams add QB Shaun Hill
Team still expected to take a QB in upcoming Draft
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2014, 3:35 pm

St. Louis Rams
The Rams have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Detroit free-agent quarterback Shaun Hill. Although the team is still expected to select a quarterback somewhere in the upcoming draft, Hill gives the Rams a veteran backup behind starter Sam Bradford. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FFToday's Take: The Rams were linked to Hill over the last couple weeks and now the former backup to Matthew Stafford will be the backup to Sam Bradford. Hill has appeared in just four games over the last three seasons.
70% of carries for Zac Stacy
Head coach likes his second-year RB
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2014, 1:27 pm

St. Louis Rams
Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy's evolving role with Rams: "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy." (Jim Thomas)

FFToday's Take: I guess the time is now? Stacy had 70.6% of the running back carries last season for the Rams and without a proven backup, he'll likely be in for a similar role in 2014. Stacy had 250 carries last season in thirteen games. He'll be a solid RB2 with upside in fantasy drafts this summer.
Injury Julio Jones rehab update
Running, ahead of schedule
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2014, 8:13 am

Atlanta Falcons
Falcons coach Mike Smith said wide receiver Julio Jones is running and is ahead of schedule. Whatís his timetable for a full return? "Thatís a decision thatís going to be made by the doctors who did the procedure on his return to play,Ē Smith said. ďI know that heíll get out there as soon as the doctors give him the OK. But heís progressing very well through his rehab. The return to play is strictly going to be a decision thatís going to be made by the medical staff. I fully anticipate that long-term heís going to be ready to go." (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

FFToday's Take: Julio injured his foot in early October, the same foot that he previously injured at the Combine. It sounds like the star receiver is on track for the off-season program and should be a training camp participant in July. Jones averaged 14.1 FPts in his five games last season, ranking him 5th among wide receivers.
Injury Colston's foot still an issue
Saints wideout will have limited practice time this season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2014, 6:28 am

New Orleans
Payton said Marques Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout the season, and will have to monitor his practice time this season. (Larry Holder via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It sounds like Colston will have to deal with his foot problem again this season, giving him a permanent red flag next to his name of fantasy cheatsheets. Colston played in 15 games last season and finished 27th among fantasy wideouts in 2013 with 75 catches, 943 yards and 5 TDs... a step down from his previous two seasons. He'll be a WR3 in 2014 as the second option in the Saints passing game.
DJax staying in Philadelphia?
Receiver telling teammates he's staying
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 25 2014, 11:56 am

Philadelphia Eagles
In the latest twist of As DeSean Jackson Turns, the wide receiver called a few teammates on Tuesday morning to tell them he was staying with the Eagles a day after he spoke with coach Chip Kelly, a source close to the situation told The Inquirer. Last week, three NFL sources told The Inquirer that the Eagles were actively shopping the Pro Bowl receiver. There were also reports that the New York Jets, Raiders, Panthers, 49ers and Seahawks had expressed some interest in Jackson. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Chip Kelly is scheduled to speak with the media on Wednesday and perhaps he'll shed some light on the situation. The Eagles reportedly wanted a third-round pick for Jackson but it doesn't appear there are any takers at that price along with Jackson's salary of over $10 million in 2014. More twists and turns on this story to come...
Jags want Gerhart to be bell-cow RB
Coach has high hopes for former Vikings RB
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2014, 9:39 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
I asked Gus Bradley if Toby Gerhart would be his bell-cow back. 'That's what we hope to see ... we like what we saw on tape.' (Marc Sessler via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Jags signed Gerhart to a three-year deal worth $10.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed earlier this month. Opportunity is going drive Gerhart's fantasy value this summer and he should be taken as an RB3 once mock draft season heats up. Gerhart has spent the last four seasons behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota.
Injury Bucs WR Williams stabbed in thigh
Treated and released
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 23 2014, 8:00 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams was hospitalized after being stabbed in the thigh Sunday afternoon in his Tampa home. Williams' brother is suspected in the stabbing and is being sought by police. The Tampa Bay Times reported Williams was treated for a relatively minor laceration at St. Joseph's Hospital and released. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The injury doesn't appear serious but Williams' off-field issues are a concern. There's a pattern here and it's disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team," new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in February. "He has to understand that." Despite signing a six-year, $40.25 million contract at the beginning of last season, Williams needs to get on a better path if he wants to have a long career in the NFL.
Raiders expected to trade for Schaub
Texans to get late-round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 21 2014, 9:00 am

Houston Texans
The Oakland Raiders will trade a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub, a league source told ESPN. Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, became expendable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Raiders currently have Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards on the roster. Oakland had been rumored to be QB shopping with their No. 5 draft pick but this move will cast some doubt on which position they'll take with their top pick. Houston is also QB shopping with their No.1 overall selection.
Jason Campbell to backup Dalton
Bengals sign veteran QB to one-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2014, 9:15 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals were looking for a veteran to backup Andy Dalton. They found one with a connection to the program in Jason Campbell. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Wednesday night Cincinnati signed the former Browns quarterback to a one-year deal to play behind Andy Dalton. (Cincinnati.com)

FFToday's Take: Campbell is familiar with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson from their time in Oakland. Campbell comes from Cleveland where played roughly half the 2013 season, throwing 11 TDs and 8 INTs.
Titans release Kicker Rob Bironas
85.7 % for his career
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2014, 8:00 pm

Tennessee Titans
In cutting kicker Rob Bironas, the Titans are hoping to get a younger, stronger leg while saving a good chunk of money under the salary cap as well. Bironas connected on 85.7 percent of his attempts (239 of 279) over his nine seasons with Tennessee. (The Tennessean)

FFToday's Take: Bironas was set to make around $3 million this season. His average length of kickoff has dropped in recent years. The Titans will likely go with an young, unproven kicker in 2014 but aren't expected to select one in the upcoming draft.
Eagles want 3rd-round pick for DJax
49ers and Patriots have inquired
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2014, 6:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles might not be actively shopping DeSean Jackson but theyíre picking up the phone and listening to offers. The team has taken inquiries from the 49ers and Patriots, Gunn has learned from a league source, and notified the Pro Bowl wideout early last week that itís not shopping him but is listening to potential suitors. Also according to the source, the Eagles are seeking at least a third-round pick. (CSNPhilly.com)

FFToday's Take: Jackson had his best year as a pro in Chip Kelly's offense registering 82 catches, 1332 yards and 9 TDs and ranking 10th among fantasy wide receivers with 187.4 FPts. Jackson's me-first attitude might rub coach Kelly the wrong way but it also makes him difficult to deal... along with his contract. Jackson is owed $10.25 million in base salary in 2014.
Injury Cam Newton out four months
Carolina QB will have ankle surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2014, 4:00 pm

Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery Wednesday, the team confirmed Tuesday. According to the team, the recovery will take up to four months, which coincides with the start of training camp. (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: Newton battled an ankle issue during the latter stages of the 2013 season. Rest did not cure the situation so surgery to "tighten up the ligaments" is now on the table. The timetable should allow for Newton to be back on the field for the start of training camp but he'll miss valuable time with whatever receivers the Panthers add to the roster between now and then.
Bengals won't match offer for Hawkins
Browns get new slot receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2014, 3:30 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
Former Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins waited six long years to become a Brown, but better later than never. The Bengals announced Tuesday that they decided not to match the Browns offer to the restricted free agent. The Browns pursued him in free agency this year to fill the slot role vacated by recently-released Davone Bess. (Cleveland.com)

FFToday's Take: The Browns front-loaded their offer, including a $3.8 million signing bonus and $10.8 million over the first two years causing the Bengals not to match. Hawkins is a nice addition for the Browns who need someone to take pressure off of Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron. Depending on how the QB situation shakes out, Hawkins can have WR4 value in the Browns offense.
Manningham back in New York
Recevier returns to Giants
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2014, 12:45 pm

New York Giants
In their plan to reload for the future, the Giants have welcomed back an old friend from the past. Mario Manningham, the team's former third-round pick will return to the team on a one-year deal, according to a person familiar with the situation. After leaving for San Francisco on a two-year, $7.375 million deal following the team's 2011 Super Bowl run, Manningham played in just 18 games, and scored just one touchdown. He ended both seasons on injured reserve with knee issues. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Manningham has been off the fantasy radar during his time in San Francisco due to injuries. Back with Giants, he'll add depth to a receiving corps that just lost Hakeem Nicks to the Colts. Manningham will have minimal fantasy value in WR5 territory as he slides in behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle on the depth chart.
RB Starks re-signs with Packers
Two-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2014, 12:25 pm

Green Bay Packers
Free agent running back James Starks has re-signed with the Green Bay Packers on a two-year deal, a source confirmed late Monday night. Through hamstring, toe and knee injuries, the 2010 seventh-round pick has been a rugged, productive back in Green Bay. When healthy, he's a decisive, slashing runner Mike McCarthy values. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: Starks has had trouble staying healthy but will return to the Pack in a backup role behind Eddie Lacy and will be first off the bench ahead of Johnathan Franklin. Starks received interest from a couple other teams including the Steelers who are looking for a change of pace back behind Le'Veon Bell.
James Jones headed to Oakland
Former Packers' WR joins Raiders
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2014, 4:30 pm

Oakland Raiders
The Raiders added a productive veteran to their wide receiving corps Monday with the addition of James Jones. Jones, 29, played seven seasons for Green Bay, catching 310 passes for 4,305 yards and and 37 touchdowns as a target for both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. (Inside Bay Area)

FFToday's Take: Jones will likely crack the starting lineup but his fantasy value remains steady given the punchless offense and lack of a proven QB in Oakland. Rod Streater led the team in receiving last season with 60 receptions and 888 receiving yards.
Cowboys sign QB Brandon Weeden
Former Browns QB headed to Dallas
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2014, 3:00 pm

Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys added another quarterback to their roster Wednesday, signing Brandon Weeden to a two-year contract, multiple sources confirmed. Weeden, who also talked with Baltimore and Cincinnati last week, will make $570,000 in 2014 and $660,000 in 2015. Cleveland, the team that released him earlier this month, still owes Weeden $2.1 million in guaranteed money. (Dallas Morning News)

FFToday's Take: The 30 year-old QB may backup Tony Romo (back) as Kyle Orton, who remains under contract, is contemplating retirement. The Cowboys carried only two quarterbacks last season. Weeden will only have significant fantasy value if Tony Romo is injured during 2014.
Seahwaks re-sign K Hauschka
Three-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2014, 12:30 pm

Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed kicker Steve Hauschka to a three-year contract worth $9.1 million, sources confirmed Monday. The deal includes $3.3 million in guaranteed money, according to sources. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Hauschka finished 4th among fantasy kickers in 2013 with 143 FPts. He'll be a solid K1 in 2014.
Emmanuel Sanders signs with DEN
Three-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2014, 2:45 am

Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos have signed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a three-year contract, the team announced. Sanders' deal is worth $18 million, with $6 million guaranteed, the receiver said in a text to ESPN's Josina Anderson. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Broncos would like Sanders to be able to play both in the slot and the outside receiver position. He'll replace Eric Decker and has WR2 upside in the Broncos offense. Sanders reportedly had agreed to terms with Chiefs but continued shopping his services, a tactic that is causing a stir among front office types around the league.
Browns add RB Ben Tate
Two-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2014, 3:15 pm

Cleveland Browns
The Browns filled the void they've had at running back since they traded Trent Richardson last season by signing former Texans running back Ben Tate on Saturday. The deal is for two years and worth about $7 million, sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FFToday's Take: The Browns have basically been without a running back since they traded Trent Richardson to the Colts. Tate battled a rib injury last season but will be penciled in as the Week 1 starter with only Dion Lewis (broken leg), Edwin Baker and Fozzy Whitaker round out the Browns running back group. Tate will have RB2 fantasy upside.
Edelman returns to Patriots
Led team in receiving last season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2014, 3:10 pm

New England Patriots
Julian Edelman agreed to return to the New England Patriots on Saturday after testing the open market. Edelman had re-signed with the Patriots last offseason, taking a one-year deal worth a shade over $1 million if he reached all incentives (which he did). (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Pats needed to get this deal done and they did. Edelman led the Patriots last year with 105 receptions, 1056 yards and 6 TDs and finished 18th among fantasy wideouts. He likely won't repeat those numbers in 2014 without injuries to other key members of the Pats receiving corps. He's a WR3 with WR2 potential in PPR leagues.
Titans release QB Fitzpatrick
Charlie Whitehurst will backup Jake Locker
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2014, 2:45 pm

Tennessee Titans
The Titans have officially informed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick he's been released. (Jim Wyatt via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Charlie Whitehurst was signed earlier this week and will be the backup to Jake Locker. Fitzpatrick started nine games last season and shouldn't have a difficult time catching on with a new team considering the lack of depth in the QB free agent class. Fitzpatrick is 31 years old.
Lions keep TE Pettigrew
Four-year, $16-million deal, $8 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2014, 8:21 am

Detroit Lions
Brandon Pettigrew agreed to a four-year, $16-million deal with the Lions on Thursday that includes $8 million guaranteed. Heís en route to Detroit this morning to take a physical and sign his contract. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Pettigrew has been on a slippery slope downward the last two seasons and fell to 41 catches, 416 yards and 2 TDs in 2013. With all the receiving weapons in Detroit, Pettigrew will check in as a low-end TE2 for 2014.
Arians reels in RB Jonathan Dwyer
Former Steelers RB signs with Cardinals
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2014, 9:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Defensive end Al Woods signed with the Tennessee Titans, halfback Jonathan Dwyer signed with the Arizona Cardinals and tight end David Johnson signed with the San Diego Chargers. (Post Gazette)

FFToday's Take: Dwyer and Bruce Arians are connected through their time spent with the Steelers so this signing is one of familiarity. The Cardinals were in need of another running back after Rashard Mendenhall decided to retire. Dwyer is expected to backup Andre Ellington in 2014.