|Ravens sign WR Mike Wallace, two-year deal|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2016, 2:20 pm
|The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a contract with free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, a source confirmed to ESPN. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the deal is for two years and is worth $11.5 million.
The Ravens are expected to announce the signing Tuesday during a news conference. The deal was reached after Wallace had spent the day visiting the Ravens' facility.
FFToday's Take: After finishing as a top-20 fantasy receiver in 2014 with Miami, Wallace fell flat in Minnesota with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback finishing 75th among fantasy receiver. Moving to the Ravens offense that will take more deep shots should allow Wallace to regain some fantasy relevance in 2016.
|Bears re-sign TE Zach Miller, two-year deal|
Martellus Bennett entering final year of contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2016, 8:00 pm
|the 31-year-old tight end Zach Miller re-signed with the Bears, finalizing a two-year deal that will keep him in Chicago. Miller enjoyed a career year with the Chicago Bears in 2015, recording 34 catches, 439 yards and five touchdowns. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Martellus Bennett remains on the team but trade speculation has surrounded him ever since last season. If he leaves, Miller could have low-TE1 value. He posted 18 catches while averaging 70 yards over the last three weeks of 2015.
|Bryant accepts one-year ban, drops appeal|
Agent: "This is the biggest cry for help I've ever seen"
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2016, 2:30 pm
|Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is accepting a one-year suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy for multiple new violations following a previous suspension from the league, according to league sources.
Bryant had originally planned to appeal the suspension, but instead will start serving the suspension, which will span an entire calendar year under NFL rules governing suspended players.
(National Football Post)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant was suspended four games last season and reportedly missed multiple tests. According to one of Bryant's agents, the Steelers wide receiver is suffering from depression. Bryant's No.2 receiving role will likely be filled by Markus Wheaton with Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates also in the mix. Wheaton will have the highest fantasy value of the three receivers.
|Martavis Bryant facing season-long suspension|
Appeal has been filed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2016, 2:30 pm
|Martavis Bryant, the Steelers’ talented but troubled wide receiver, is facing a full-season NFL suspension in 2016 for again violating the league’s substance abuse policy, two sources confirmed to DKPittsburghSports.com this morning and a third this afternoon. Bryant and his agent, Tom Santanello, have filed an appeal. (dkpittsburghsports.com)|
FFToday's Take: This would be a significant loss for the Steelers offense. Bryant was suspended four games last season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The dynamic playmaker is an important part to the Steelers offense. Newly acquired tight end Ladarius Green and wide receiver Markus Wheaton would likely fill the fantasy void if Bryant was to miss any time.
|Broncos acquire QB Mark Sanchez from Eagles|
7th-round pick in 2016
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2016, 2:25 pm
|The Denver Broncos have acquired quarterback Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional draft pick, the teams announced. The draft pick headed to Philadelphia is a seventh-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and multiple reports.
FFToday's Take: After losing Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to the Texans, the Broncos are in scramble mode at the quarterback position. Expect Sanchez to compete for the starting job with another acquisition. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick are likely candidates.
|Browns release Johnny Manziel|
22nd pick in 2014 NFL Draft
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2016, 11:30 am
|The Cleveland Browns on Friday waived quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel, whom the Browns selected with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, appeared in 14 games with eight starts over two seasons. (Cleveland Browns)|
FFToday's Take: Manziel's off-field issues are well known and his release was expected. It's unlikely any team is going to take a chance on Manziel until he gets his personal life cleaned up. Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Connor Shaw are the current QBs on the Browns roster.
|WR Chris Hogan to sign offer sheet with Pats|
Bills would have five days to match
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2016, 9:30 am
|Barring a late snag, Bills RFA WR Chris Hogan will sign a 3-year, $12M, heavily-guaranteed deal to join #Patriots. BUF has 5 days to match (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Since Hogan is a restricted free agent, the Bills would have five days to match the offer but other reports suggest it may be tough for the Bills to do so. Hogan's been a third receiver in Buffalo the last two seasons and hasn't shown any eye-popping numbers (36-450-2 in 2015). He'll compete for targets with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin.
|Lamar Miller hoping for heavier workload|
Miller iexpected to have larger role as a centerpiece
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2016, 10:00 pm
|Lamar Miller had grown weary of being underutilized in the Dolphins' offense. Miller, 24, averaged 12 carries and three catches per game for a total of 15 touches per game last season and 14 carries, two catches and 16 touches per game two years ago. "I've been following Houston for a while now. I know in this offense, they get their running backs involved. I just wanted to be a part of that." Miller is expected to have a larger role as a centerpiece of a reshaped offense led by new quarterback Brock Osweiler and Pro-Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Miller's biggest game last season came against the Texans when he rolled up 175 rushing yards, 61 receiving yards and 2 TDs. With Arian Foster out of Houston and Bill O'Brien's propensity to run the ball (13th & 2nd in run-pass ratio last two seasons), Miller should be in the RB1 discussion in redraft leagues.
|Drew Brees gets new weapon at tight end|
Coby Fleener agrees to five-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 11:30 pm
|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
|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
|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.
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
|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.
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
|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.
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
|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|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 2:32 pm
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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.
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 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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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.
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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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.
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
|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 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.
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
|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.
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
|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
|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.