|49ers, Torrey Smith 5-year, $40 million deal |
Smith re-unites with Boldin
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 4:50 pm
|NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that wideout Torrey Smith has signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Niners, according to a source. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Smith will reunite with his former wide receiver running mate Anquan Boldin. It may surprise you that Smith is coming off his the best fantasy season of his career (total FPts) despite only 49 catches. He was very inconsistent though, and it's difficult to see him becoming anything more than a mid-level WR2 in the San Francisco run-first offense.
|Rams and Eagles swap quarterbacks|
Sam Bradford and Nick Foles
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 4:40 pm
|A high-ranking Rams official has confirmed an ESPN report that quarterback Sam Bradford is in the process of being traded to Philadelphia for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. There are conflicting reports on draft pick compensation.
If the trade is finalized, the Rams will save just under $13 million in base salary, which Bradford was scheduled to receive this year.
Foles is due to make $1.522 million in 2015, this last year of his contract.
FFToday's Take: Chip Kelly is certainly fun for the NFL. One would have to think that Kelly isn't done at the quarterback position. He's been linked to rookie Marcus Mariota in the upcoming draft and it's hard to imagine the Eagles heading into the season with Bradford as their QB1 and Mark Sanchez as their QB2. Foles is likely to be the Rams Week 1 starter but his fantasy stock has taken a hit with this move to St. Louis.
|Seahawks make big move for Jimmy Graham|
Saints receive C Max Unger plus draft picks
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 4:05 pm
|The New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks have agreed on a trade sending Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle for multiple draft picks and center Max Unger, according to league sources. The Seahawks have offered a range of picks that would include at least one future first-rounder. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wow. While this move doesn't bode well for Jimmy Graham's value its good boost for Russell Wilson. The Saints were needing some salary cap relief and there were reports that Graham may have fallen out of favor with some in the organization. A shocking move that will be further analyzed in our Free Agent Fantasy Impact series.
|Titans agree with WR Harry Douglas|
Wants to be a No.1 or No.2 receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 12:33 pm
|Former Falcons receiver Harry Douglas has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Titans, according to sources familiar with the situation. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Douglas said he wanted the opportunity to be a No.1 or No.2 receiver. He'll fight for targets with Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter and likely fill the slot role on a team that hasn't placed a top 30 fantasy wide receiver since 2011.
|Browns sign Brian Hartline, 2-year deal|
Former Miami receiver returns home
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2015, 7:45 pm
|The Browns' newest wide receiver, Brian Hartline.
(Cleveland Browns on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $6 million over two years. Hartline was released by Miami making him free to sign with any team before free agency begins on Tuesday. Hartline had two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2012 and 2013 but is moving to a fantasy black hole in Cleveland. He is currently the No.1 receiving option with Josh McCown and the rehabbing Johnny Manziel on the depth chart at quarterback.
|Gore to the Eagles, not so fast|
RB re-considering his options, Colts back in the mix
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2015, 5:52 pm
|Free agent shocker: Frank Gore reconsiders potential/pending deal with the Eagles, I’m told. With negotiations still ongoing — no deals are final — keep an eye on the Colts for the coveted services of RB Frank Gore. (Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: It should serve as a reminder to all of those who reported that a deal was complete, or would be signed on Tuesday, to be more responsible in their reports and analysis. In any case, it sounds like the Colts are back in the mix for Gore's services. Should Gore find himself in Indianapolis he would likely be the lead back in a two-man RBBC with Dan Herron.
|Texans release Andre Johnson|
End of an era
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2015, 3:20 pm
|The Texans officially released Andre Johnson on Monday, ending the wide receiver’s storied 12-year career in Houston. Johnson was informed last week he would either be traded or released. The Texans parted ways with Johnson the day before free agency begins. He is now free to sign with any team in the league. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: With no team wanting to trade for Johnson's contract, he was released... as expected. The Ravens, who are expected to lose Torrey Smith, may have an interest in the veteran wideout. DeAndre Hopkins is expected to lead the Texans in receiving this season.
|Texans sign Ryan Mallett|
Two-year, $7 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2015, 11:00 am
|Ryan Mallett and the Houston Texans have agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal that will pay the quarterback $1.75 million in guaranteed money, a source told ESPN.
Mallett will receive the guaranteed money in the first year of the contract, according to the source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans are also expected to sign Brian Hoyer although the Jets remain in the picture for his services. If Hoyer is signed then you can expect a quarterback battle during training camp.
|Torrey Smith on his way out of Baltimore|
Pens thank you letter to Ravens and fans
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2015, 10:15 pm
|These last four years have been amazing for me. The men who run the Baltimore Ravens organization have been essential to my growth. For that I say thank you! I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore. (Torrey Smith)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers are expected to sign Torrey Smith on Tuesday which would reunite him with fellow wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Smith was inconsistent in 2014 with only 49 catches and 767 yards but an unlikely 11 TDs saved his fantasy season. The 49ers run-first philosophy (7th in run-pass ratio last season) won't help his fantasy prospects but some big-play opportunities should exist given Kaepernick's arm strength.
|Maclin expected to reunite with Andy Reid|
Free agent wide receiver to sign with KC
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2015, 10:06 pm
|Receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to reunite with former coach Andy Reid on the Kansas City Chiefs once free agency officially begins on Tuesday, according to league sources. The Chiefs will need to clear salary-cap space to sign Maclin.
FFToday's Take: Maclin would be a good fit in Kansas City as he's familiar with Reid's offense so the learning curve would be minimal. However, the amount of TDs scored by the Chiefs wide receivers last season has been well documented and Alex Smith's tendency to throw short and intermediate passes will put a damper on Maclin's fantasy prospects in KC. Maclin's low-end WR1 value has just dropped significantly.
|Chris Johnson injured in drive-by shooting|
Shot in the shoulder
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2015, 10:46 am
|One man is dead and two were injured in a drive-by shooting in Orlando early Sunday morning. The victims said that an unknown vehicle pulled up beside them at the red light and opened fire into the Jeep, deputies said. The two living victims, Reggie Johnson and Chris Johnson, both 29, were taken to a hospital in stable condition. Reggie Johnson was shot in the shoulder, hand and leg, while Chris Johnson was shot in the shoulder. (Orlando Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson is said to be "OK" and recovering in a Florida hospital after taking one in the shoulder late last night. Johnson is a free agent after playing last season with the Jets.
|Randall Cobb re-signs with Green Bay|
Four-year, $40 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2015, 11:00 pm
|The Green Bay Packers finished their first order of business in free agency, reaching agreement with wide receiver Randall Cobb on Saturday, just three days before he was set to hit the open market. According to ESPN, Cobb and the Packers reached agreement on a four-year, $40 million deal. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: This is the best-case scenario for Cobb's fantasy value as it was very unlikely he would end up in a better quarterback and offensive philosophy situation. Cobb reportedly had six or seven teams interested in his services but likely gave the Packers a slight hometown discount. Cobb is coming off his best season as a pro (91-1287-12) and will be highly sought after as a high-end WR2 in fantasy leagues this summer.
|Mark Ingram staying in New Orleans|
Four-year, $16 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2015, 7:12 pm
|Saints and RB Mark Ingram have reached agreement on a four-year deal, per league source. (Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This deal ensures that Ingram will be the lead running back in the Saints offense as long as he remains healthy. Ingram led all Saints running backs last season with 226 carries but his lack of usage in the passing game and the RBBC approach in New Orleans makes Ingram more of a high-end RB2 than low-end RB1.
|Brandon Marshall heading to the Jets|
Compensation unclear at this time
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2015, 11:05 am
|Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets pending a physical, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This move marks a downturn for Marshall's fantasy value considering the quarterback situation in New York. Geno Smith has thrown just 25 touchdown passes in two seasons. In a ripple effect, Alshon Jeffery gets a rise in fantasy value and becomes the clear No.1 receiver in Chicago. This move likely means the Jets will walk on Percy Harvin.
|Colts won't re-sign Reggie Wayne|
Veteran receiver may retire
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2015, 10:38 am
|The Indianapolis Colts will not re-sign wide receiver Reggie Wayne, according to a release from the team. General manager Ryan Grigson: "His dedication and the example he set are second to none. We wish him nothing but the best in whatever new endeavor he pursues." (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Wayne spent 14 seasons with Colts, surpassing the 1000-yard mark eight times including seven-straight from 2004 to 2010. He ranks seventh in NFL history in career receptions and eighth in receiving yards. It's unclear at this time if Wayne wants to continue playing. He tore his ACL back in 2013 and was limited to 64 catches and 779 yards last season.
|Panthers sign Greg Olsen to extension|
Three-year contract extension through 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2015, 6:45 pm
|Record-setting tight end Greg Olsen has signed a three-year contract extension through the 2018 season. "Now to have this contract that guarantees that I'll play the rest of my career in Charlotte is a tremendous blessing. We're just so thankful for the team believing in me and wanting me to still be a part of this. As a team, we have a lot of special times ahead of us." (Panthers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Olsen is coming off his best season as pro, cracking the 1000-yd receiving mark for the first time in his career. He ranked fourth among fantasy tight ends in 2014 and should maintain his TE1 status as the second receiving option for Cam Newton in Carolina.
|Maurice Jones-Drew calls it a career|
Nine years in the NFL
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2015, 4:44 pm
|All good things come to an end! After much discussion my family and business team during this offseason, I've decided to retire from the National Football League. (Maurice Jones-Drew on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Maurice Jones-Drew took to Twitter to announce his retirement. His best season came in 2009 when the bowling ball rushed for 1391 yards, 15 TDs; adding 53 receptions for 374 yds and 1 receiving TD. He will turn 30 years old later this month.
|Official: Peyton Manning returning to Broncos|
Quarterback passes physical
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2015, 12:29 pm
|OFFICIAL: Peyton Manning is returning to the Denver Broncos in 2015. (Denver Broncos on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Manning passed his physical and yesterday agreed to a restructured contract that will pay him $4 million less which should help the Broncos address their free agent needs. Manning is expected to throw the ball less in Gary Kubiak's offense but with the return of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, he's still a QB1 for fantasy purposes.
|Chiefs expected to part ways with Bowe|
Scheduled to make $10.75 million this year
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2015, 10:04 am
|One player not yet on the free agent market: Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe. The expectation is that he will be, unless Chiefs can trade him. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's difficult to envision anyone trading for Bowe given his contract ($10.75 million owed in 2015) and the Chiefs would be eating a total of $9 million over the next two years if he's designated a post-June 1 cut. The Chiefs have already released WR Donnie Avery, WR A.J. Jenkins and TE Anthony Fasano.
|Pierre Thomas to be released by New Orleans|
Played all eight of his NFL seasons with the Saints
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 4 2015, 5:01 pm
|The New Orleans Saints will release veteran running back Pierre Thomas, a league source confirmed to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Wednesday. Thomas, 30, has played all eight of his NFL seasons with the Saints after signing with the team in 2007 as a little-known undrafted free agent. (The Times-Picayune )|
FFToday's Take: The Saints are reportedly $22 million over the salary cap so more cuts and contract re-negotiations are expected. The Saints currently have Khiry Robinson, Edwin Baker and Tim Hightower on the roster as Mark Ingram is a free agent. Travaris Cadet is a restricted free agent and should be back with the team, replacing Thomas as the receiving back in the offense.
|Bills to acquire QB Matt Cassel from Vikings|
Trade will involve draft picks
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 4 2015, 12:45 pm
|The Bills made a move to acquire quarterback Matt Cassel from the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday. The Bills announced that they agreed to send a package of undisclosed drafts picks to Minnesota in exchange for Cassel and an undisclosed pick. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills are looking for veteran insurance for EJ Manuel and after striking out on their attempt to acquire Josh McCown, they land journeyman Matt Cassel from the Vikings. Cassel played in three games last season completing 57.7 percent of his passes with 3 TDs and 4 INTs. Given Manuel's shaky performance the last two years, Cassel could be the Bills starting QB in Week 1.
|Eagles agree to trade McCoy to Bills|
Bills send linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Eagles
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2015, 7:00 pm
|The Philadelphia Eagles have a trade in place to send running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. In return, the Bills will send linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Eagles, the source said. The trade cannot be made official until the new league year begins next Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wow. Leave it to Chip Kelly to send the league and its fans into a frenzy. It's worth noting again, that trades can't be finalized until March 10th but it appears a deal is in place. The Bills will receive one of the league's most dynamic runners who does have some mileage on the tires but is still just 26 years old and should be the focal point of the offense for Rex Ryan. The Eagles now have a big need at running back but there will be a number of options in free agency and some intriguing prospects available in the upcoming draft.
|Cowboys re-sign WR Cole Beasley|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2015, 12:45 pm
|The Cowboys have reached an agreement on a four-year, $13.6 million deal with wide receiver Cole Beasley, according to a source. With performance incentives, he could make as much as $15.1 million off the new contract. “He’s a really interesting player,” Garrett said in January. “He’s got a lot of unique skills, he’s a hard matchup for guys, he’s hard to cover in man, he’s hard to cover in zone. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Beasley was a restricted free agent but the Cowboys chose to lock their slot receiver for the next four years. Beasley did most of his damage last season from Week 12 on when averaged 50 yards per game through the playoffs. Beasley will have his moments, but competing for targets with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Terrance Williams won't make him a consistent fantasy receiver.
|Andre Johnson given permission to seek trade|
Reduced role doesn't sit well with AJ
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 6:24 pm
|Texans gave Andre Johnson permission to seek a trade. Told him he'd have a reduced role next season. He asked to be traded or cut instead. (John McClain on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As I wrote in my Early WR Rankings article the torch was passed to DeAndre Hopkins last season and now it appears the Texans are making it official. Johnson will be 34 in July and his contract over the next two years makes it highly unlikely the Texans can find a trade partner. If released, Johnson will certainly have a market for his services. Playoff caliber teams (NE, BAL, SEA) in need of a veteran receiver would give him an opportunity.
|Broncos franchise Demaryius Thomas|
One-year tender for $12.823 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 2:10 pm
|The Denver Broncos on Monday placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. John Elway: "We will continue working toward a long-term agreement with Demaryius, who is a very important part of our team." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The non-exclusive tag means other teams can sign the talented wide receiver but would have to give up two first-round draft picks in order to secure Thomas' services. The Broncos would also have the option to match any contract Thomas receives from another team.
|Cowboys place franchise tag on Dez Bryant|
Long term deal still in discussion
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 1:50 pm
|The Cowboys have put the franchise tender on Dez Bryant, submitting the paperwork necessary to the NFL office, a source confirmed.
The move comes as no surprise. The tender prevents Bryant from hitting the free agent market in eight days and guarantees him $12.82 million for the 2015 season as the two sides continue to work on a long-term contract. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: A long term contract can still be worked out until July 15 when the franchise tender becomes permanent for the season. Bryant has three straight 1,200-yard, 12-touchdown catch seasons.
|Lions won't use franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh|
Would cost the Lions $27 million this season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 10:10 am
|The Detroit Lions will not use the franchise tag on all-pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the team announced this morning, paving the way for him to become an unrestricted free agent if a long-term deal with the team is not reached by 4 p.m. next Tuesday. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: This has been the conventional wisdom as tagging Suh would cost the Lions $27 million this season - a gigantic number that would handcuff the team in free agency. With Suh clogging up the middle, the Lions had the No.1 ranked rush defense last season. The Raiders, Jaguars and Colts have all been rumored to be interested in the veteran defensive tackle.
|Chiefs use franchise tag on LB Justin Houston|
Would make roughly $13 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2015, 10:05 am
|As expected, the Chiefs franchise-tagged star outside linebacker Justin Houston on Monday, a league source confirmed to The Star.
The source said Houston is not expected to sign the franchise tag at the moment, though it is unclear when he will do so. The two sides still have until July 15 to work out a new deal with Houston. Otherwise, Houston would have to play the 2015 season under the tag to earn an accrued year and take another step toward unrestricted free agency in 2017. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Houston may opt to not sign the tag and skip a portion of training camp as he clamors for a long-term deal. Houston led the league in sacks last season with 24 and would make around $13 million if he plays the 2015 season under the tag.
|Browns agree with Josh McCown, 3-year deal|
Hoyer not likely to be re-signed
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2015, 5:45 pm
|The Browns agreed to terms with Josh McCown, 35, on a three-year deal Friday after a bidding war between the Browns and Bills, who are now coached by Rex Ryan. McCown's signing decreases the chances that the Browns will re-sign Brian Hoyer. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The fact that there was a "bidding war" for McCown's services is good indication of just how weak the free agent quarterback class is this season. McCown is familiar with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo from their days in Oakland (2007) and is expected to serve as a mentor for Johnny Manziel. With no receiving options to speak of, McCown is nothing more than a QB2 in fantasy leagues.
|Dolphins to part ways with Brian Hartline|
Receiver coming off his worst season as a pro
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2015, 10:25 am
|According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Dolphins have said Brian Hartline will be released on Friday.
Hartline was due to earn a base salary of $5.9 million this year, the third of a five-year, $30 million contract. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Hartline is coming of his worst season as a pro (36-474-2) as he became the fourth option behind Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry and Charles Clay. With plenty of teams in need of wide receiver help (KC, CLE, CAR, JAC, NYJ, OAK) Hartline (28) should have no trouble landing a team and filling a complementary role.
|Falcons release Harry Douglas|
Falcons $3.5 million of cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2015, 10:14 am
|The Falcons are no longer wild about Harry Douglas.
PFT has learned, via a league source, that the team has released the veteran wide receiver. Douglas was set to make $3.5 million in the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Falcons in 2012. None of that money was guaranteed, so the Falcons will be able to put it toward other uses this offseason. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Douglas has filled the No.3 wide receiver role in Atlanta for several years and had his best season in 2013 (85-1067-2) while filling in for an injured Julio Jones and Roddy White. Since he was released, Douglas is free to sign with a team before the start of free agency on March 10th.
|Falcons release Steven Jackson|
Team will save $3.75 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2015, 8:00 pm
|The Falcons released veteran running back Steven Jackson today, the team confirmed. The team will save $3.75 million against the salary cap with the move. His cap number was slated to be $4.9 million and the dead money against the cap is his prorated signing bonus of $1.1 million. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson's two-year stay in Atlanta has come to an end. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry after signing a 3-year deal back in March of 2013. The Falcons will move forward with Devonta Freeman and could possibly re-sign Jacquizz Rodgers and/or Antone Smith... both are free agents. The Falcons could also look for running back help in the upcoming draft. Jackson will be 32 in late July.
|Judge rules in favor of Adrian Peterson|
Suspension overturned, eligible to be reinstated
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2015, 1:00 pm
|Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated after U.S. District Court Judge David Doty ruled Thursday in the NFL Players Association's lawsuit against the NFL on Peterson's behalf. As a result of the ruling, the Vikings might now be forced to make a decision on Peterson sooner rather than later. They can release or try to restructure his contract now, and also will be free to trade him once the league year begins March 10. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson will count over $15 million against the Vikings cap and is set to earn $12.75 million in 2015. Rumors of bad blood between Peterson's agent and Vikings management over the last couple days have fueled speculation that Peterson has played his last game as a member of the Vikings. Peterson can now be cut, traded or perhaps remain with the team at a reduced cost. Stay tuned...
|Lions release Reggie Bush|
Create $1.7 million in cap room
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2015, 6:22 pm
|The Lions released Reggie Bush today in a cost-cutting move that will free up cap room to help the team with its chief off-season pursuit, re-signing All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. By cutting Bush, who was due a $3.25 million base salary this year and had a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract, they created another $1.7 million in cap room. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Bush was signed by the Lions in 2013 and led the team in rushing with 1006 yards and added 506 yards receiving. He disappointed last season, battling ankle injuries the final ten weeks and never was a real fantasy factor. Joique Bell and Theo Riddick are now atop the RB depth chart in Detroit.
|Giants release Peyton Hillis, Mathias Kiwanuka|
Save $6 million in cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2015, 11:05 am
|The New York Giants have released running back Peyton Hillis.
The Giants announced the move on Wednesday, a day after releasing veteran defensive lineman Mathias Kiwanuka. The two moves will save the team just under $6 million in salary-cap space. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hillis played sparingly in New York totaling just 99 carries the last two seasons. His 2014 campaign was cut short by a concussion in November. Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams are scheduled to carry the load at running back for the Giants in 2015.
|Ravens not optimistic they can keep Torrey Smith|
Deep threat likely to move on in free agency
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2015, 6:00 pm
|The Ravens expressed pessimism about retaining their best deep threat (Torrey Smith) two weeks before the start of free agency. It almost sounded as if the Ravens have conceded Smith will sign elsewhere. "The difference between what we can pay Torrey and what he gets on the open market ... Mike Wallace got $10 million [actually, $11 million signing bonus from the Miami Dolphins] and I don't think anybody thinks that was a good deal," Bisciotti said Tuesday at the "State of the Ravens'" press conference. "There's always a team that has lots of money that wants to bring in playmakers. Those guys are going to get those deals. I think we're going to have to take it on the chin and move on." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's a telling quote from Ravens' owner Steve Bisciotti. The Ravens are up against the cap and likely can't match what Smith will get on the open market. You might be surprised to know that Smith is coming off a career high in fantasy points scored (standard scoring leagues) even though he only registered 49 catches and 767 yards. He saved his season by scoring 11 TDs.
|Panthers release RB DeAngelo Williams|
Likley will be designated a post-June 1st cut
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2015, 2:45 pm
|Veteran running back DeAngelo Williams told WBTV on Monday he’s been released after a season in which he was limited to six games because of injury. Williams, who turns 32 in April, is coming off his worst season as a professional. He suffered ankle and hand injuries, rushing for 219 yards on 62 carries without a touchdown. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers will reportedly save $2 million against the cap if he's designated a post-June 1st cut. Williams (32) noted that head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman indicated to him that they simply didn't run the ball enough to keep both running backs. Jonathan Stewart will head into 2015 as the No.1 running back in Carolina.
| DeAndre Hopkins had procedure on wrist|
Surgery to repair torn ligament
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 22 2015, 9:00 pm
|In an interview with KILT over the weekend, DeAndre Hopkins revealed he had offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. Hopkins, 22, also told the radio station he considers the procedure “minor,” adding that he should be back to normal in “a couple of weeks.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Hopkins was on the Week 17 injury report, listed as Probable with a wrist injury. He caught two passes for five yards. Hopkins noted that the rod and pin is set to be removed from his wrist on Saturday. Hopkins (76-1210-6) outproduced Andre Johnson (85-963-3) this past season and finished as fantasy's No.14 wide receiver.
|Falcons interested in Forsett?|
Steven Jackson expected to be released
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2015, 11:45 am
|The Atlanta Falcons will have strong interest in running back Justin Forsett if he hits the free-agent market, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Steven Jackson (31) is expected to be released and new head coach Dan Quinn is familiar with Forsett from there days in Seattle when Forsett was a backup to Marshawn Lynch. Devonta Freeman is line to see increased playing time in 2015 as both Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith will be free agents in March.
| Gurley declines knee exam at NFL Combine|
Torn ACL on November 15th
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2015, 11:30 am
|Georgia running back Todd Gurley declined to allow doctors at the NFL Scouting Combine to examine his injured knee, according to NFL Media's Mike Silver. Silver indicated via Twitter that Gurley's refusal was highly unusual, and that he would likely return to have the knee checked at some point closer to the NFL draft, which runs from April 30-May 2. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It seems suspicious that Gurley wouldn't allow the exam but if he gets checked out before the draft all will be forgiven. The former Georgia Bulldog averaged 7.9 yards per carry prior to his ACL injury in mid-November and has a shot at being taken in the first round in the upcoming draft.