|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.
|Ravens giving Trent Richardson a shot|
RB expected to sign pending a physical
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2016, 10:45 am
|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.
| Dalton expected to be ready for April workouts|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2016, 11:00 pm
|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.
| 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
|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.”
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|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2016, 9:46 am
|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
|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.
| Romo leaning toward surgery in March|
Six to eight week recovery period for
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2016, 1:00 pm
|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
|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
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
|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.
|Lions release Joique Bell|
Save $2.5 million in cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 17 2016, 8:58 am
|Joique Bell predicted a bounce-back season for himself this fall after battling injuries much of last year. If that's going to happen now, it won't be with the Detroit Lions.
The Lions cut Bell today, saving $2.5 million in cap space and saying good-bye to one of their best rags-to-riches stories.
(Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Bell was coming off Achilles and knee injuries in 2014 and struggled to gain any consistency rushing for just 311 yards and scoring four touchdowns. The Lions will move forward with Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner in the backfield.
|Redskins, Cousins break off contract talks|
Franchise tag could be coming for Cousins
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 16 2016, 1:00 pm
|Redskins and QB Kirk Cousins have broken off contract talks, per team source. No further talks scheduled. (Adam Schefer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: And so it goes in the world of contract negotiations. Cousins is more than likely going to be the Redskins quarterback in 2016 either via a new contract or a one-year franchise deal. Teams have until March 1st to designate their franchise player.
|PHI not expected to use franchise tag on Bradford|
Teams can begin tagging players today
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 16 2016, 8:30 am
|The Birds aren't expected to use the 2016 tag, today or at all before the March 1 deadline, to ensure the retention of their most prominent free agent, quarterback Sam Bradford. They still might sign Bradford, but they don't seem wed to him to the extent that they're willing to dedicate $20 million or so of their 2016 salary cap to the notion. (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: Bradford is likely to be signed but at yearly figure below the $20 million that comes with the franchise tag. Head coach Doug Pederson might prefer other options to Bradford but with a thin QB free agent market his options are slim. Look for Bradford to be the starting QB in Philadelphia in 2016.
|Mariota to run more in 2016?|
Mularkey wants to see more Mariota on the ground
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 16 2016, 7:30 am
|"We’re not going to run him like they run Cam Newton with some of these designed counter plays and things up the middle that are gonna expose him by any means, but I think he’s such a threat in the run game for defenses. It just gives you an advantage." (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Marcus Mariota only had 34 rushing attempts in 12 games but sported a healthy 7.2 rushing average. Head coach Mike Mularkey recognizes the running threat Mariota possesses so look for more designed runs in 2016 which should boost his fantasy ceiling. He'll be in the low-end QB1 discussion if a viable outside receiver threat emerges in Tennessee.
|Difficult to see Wallace remaining in Minnesota|
Team can cut WR without any salary cap ramifications
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2016, 9:45 am
|Is there any chance that the Vikings will actually keep Mike Wallace around? “I would like him back,” Zimmer said. “I just love the kid.” But he also acknowledged that the future is uncertain for Wallace, who is set to make $11.5 million in 2016. The Vikings can release him without any salary cap ramifications. (Stat-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings could also ask Wallace (39-473-2) to take a pay cut but with him underperforming his nearly $10 million salary last season and being an odd fit for the Vikings offense, it would be surprising to see him released. Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright (slot) appear to have solidified their roles in the offense, but a second outside receiver remains a priority.
| Rodgers feels "great" after knee surgery|
Knee scope in mid-January
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2016, 8:30 am
|Less than a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back playing golf and says the knee feels “great.” Rodgers said he had a “scope” performed on his knee soon after the Packers’ 26-20 overtime loss Jan. 16 at Arizona in the NFC divisional playoffs (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers had a clean of a prior injury and the procedure isn't expected to limit him during off-season workouts. “It feels great. It’s nice to not have any clunking around or anything, so it was good.” The return of Jordy Nelson should give fantasy owners confidence to rank Rodgers in the top among quarterbacks in 2016.
|Whisenhunt looking to improve SD's running game|
Rivers led the league in pass attempts last season
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2016, 7:00 am
|Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is dead set on jumpstarting a rushing attack that has been dormant in recent years. The Chargers made a number of coaching changes on offense as only one coach remains in the same position heading into 2016.
A major reason for that change was a need to improve the ground game. The Bolts ranked under 13th in the NFL under Whisenhunt in 2012, yet fell to 30th and 31st the past two seasons.
FFToday's Take: The Chargers OC would like a more balanced attack in 2016 but that's easier said than done. San Diego ranked 28th in run/pass ratio (37%-63%) last season as Philip Rivers led the league in pass attempts (662). Rookie RB Melvin Gordon battled injuries and fumbling problems and the ground game never got on track. If the Chargers are able to improve their rushing efforts, Gordon will likely the be the beneficiary.
|Bears moving on from Matt Forte|
Jeremy Langford penciled in as starter
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2016, 11:30 am
|"Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end. I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency." (Matt Forte on Instagram)|
FFToday's Take: Forte took to Instagram to reveal what we've been speculating since the season came to an end. The Bears will move on from Matt Forte and head into the off-season with Jeremy Langford penciled in as the lead running back. Forte will be on the top running back options in the free agent market and makes sense for teams like New England, Baltimore, and Dallas.
|Marvin Jones: "No hometown discount"|
Bengals' free agent excited to test the waters
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 9 2016, 8:30 am
|Marvin Jones was back in his home state at the site of Super Bowl 50 to speak publicly for the first time about his impending free agency. And, he let the Bengals and the league know he’s open for business.
“I'd like to be back, but at the same time I am a free agent - no hometown discount, definitely not - but I'm a free agent,” Jones told NFL Media. “It wouldn't be good for me not to test the waters a little bit. So it's just an exciting process."
FFToday's Take: The free agent market for wide receivers will be a thin group with Alshon Jeffery, Travis Benjamin and Jones three of the biggest names available. Jones increased his reception (65) and yardage total (816) but couldn't repeat his 10-TD performance from 2014 making him more of a WR3 this past season. His talent makes him an ideal No.2 wideout and could be miscast as a primary target.
|Eagles release WR Riley Cooper|
New regime makes quick move on Cooper
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 9 2016, 7:00 am
|The Eagles released wide receiver Riley Cooper, one of the players most closely associated with former head coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles announced the decision Monday, the first day they were permitted to make the move.
FFToday's Take: The Eagles signed Cooper to a five-year, $22.5 million contract prior to the 2014 season but never became fantasy relevant finishing 62nd and 91st among receivers the last two seasons. He'll be a low priority for receiver need teams once free agency opens up in early March.
|McCoy involved in altercation at night club|
Off-duty officers injured in incident
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 8 2016, 10:00 am
|Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy and former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley were involved in an altercation with three off-duty Philadelphia police officers at an Old City nightclub this weekend. Just before noon on Monday, the Bills released the following statement: "We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time." (CSNPhilly.com)|
FFToday's Take: At this point no arrests have been made but a police investigation is on-going. Stay tuned...
|Peyton not ready to make retirement decision|
Will wait a few weeks before making an announcement
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 8 2016, 7:00 am
|Fresh off the Denver Broncos' victory in Super Bowl 50, quarterback Peyton Manning tells TODAY he's going to enjoy his victory for a few weeks before deciding whether he will continue his career. "I'll keep doing it for a few more weeks, and then, at the appropriate time, I think I'll make a decision," Manning said. "I have to tell you, though, I'm very much at peace with it." (Today.com)|
FFToday's Take: With another Super Bowl victory under his belt it would be a shock if Manning didn't hang it up. His skills have been in obvious decline the last two seasons and its highly unlikely he'll get another opportunity to go out on top. Brock Osweiler is the favorite to be the Broncos starting quarterback in 2016.
|Marshawn Lynch retires during Super Bowl|
Twitter pic of cleats suspended from a telephone wire
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2016, 8:00 pm
|NFL fans expecting high-profile retirement news Sunday evening were thrown for a loop when Marshawn Lynch upstaged Peyton Manning.
In typical taciturn Lynch style, he simply tweeted a peace emoji with a picture of his cleats suspended from a telephone wire, suggesting he's hanging them up for good. Although Lynch offered no official announcement, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per two sources informed of his plans, that the Seahawks have been informed of the 29-year-old power back's intention to retire. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Speculation and rumors of Lynch retiring have been circling since the Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs. The running back made it official(?) with a Twitter picture of cleats hanging from a wire. His departature elevates the fantasy stock of Thomas Rawls who will be in the low-end RB1 conversation in drafts this Summer.
|Norman to shadow Demaryius Thomas after all?|
Struggling WR might see more of All-Pro CB than expected
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2016, 7:20 pm
|Josh Norman intimated that he would be facing Demaryius Thomas and not Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It would be a minor surprise if Norman locks onto Thomas in Super Bowl 50, if only because DT has only six catches for 52 yards and no scores in this year's playoffs against much worse competition than Norman. If Norman does shadow Thomas, look for a heavy dose of Sanders all game long.
|Details emerge regarding latest Manziel incident|
QB reportedly threatened life of ex-girlfriend, self
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2016, 7:10 pm
|The ex-girlfriend of NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel told police that the Heisman Trophy winner told her "shut up or I'll kill us both" after forcing her into a car, hitting her and dragging her by the hair.
On Thursday, News 8 learned harrowing details of last week's alleged assault of Colleen Crowley by Manziel, who is currently on the Cleveland Browns roster, but is not expected to return next season. After News 8 broke this story Thursday afternoon, Manziel denied wrongdoing in a published report. (ABC Dallas)|
FFToday's Take: Per the report, the ex-girlfriend said she thought Manziel was on drugs or maybe having a psychotic break. Whatever the case may be, it is clear he has no business being on a football field anytime soon. The Cleveland Browns are expected to part ways with the 2014 first-rounder when the new league year begins on March 9.
| Randall Cobb diagnosed with punctured lung|
WR wonders if microphone didn't lead to bizarre injury
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2016, 6:55 pm
|Randall Cobb can't say for certain, but the Green Bay Packers wide receiver can't help but wonder if being mic'd up for the team's NFC divisional playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals contributed to the lung injury he suffered during the first quarter.
"I didn't break a rib, I didn't fracture a rib, which is really abnormal, to puncture a lung without that. But I was mic'd up for the game, and the battery for the mic was on my shoulder pads. I landed flush on my back during the catch, and I punctured my lung. I'm not saying it was (because of being mic'd up). There's no way to prove that. But it's kind of crazy that I punctured a lung without breaking a rib," Cobb said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Cobb, who was initially diagnosed with a bruised lung, asked to go back in the game before the Packers' training staff chose to monitor him in the locker room; they eventually took him to the hospital before halftime. He stayed in the hospital overnight and was released the next day. The 25-year-old Cobb is expected to participate fully in offseason workouts and makes for an interesting buy-low target coming off a disappointing 79-catch season in which he managed 829 yards and six touchdowns.
|Murray on the way out in Philly?|
Eagles, RB "not in a good place"
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2016, 6:50 pm
|A coaching change hasn't improved the situation for Eagles RB DeMarco Murray. Even with Chip Kelly being sent packing and the hire of coach Doug Pederson, the former NFL rushing leader and his team are not in a good place.
In fact, Eagles and Murray appear headed toward a stare-down regarding his future with the organization, according to several sources informed of the situation. The division boils down to: Murray's unsuccessful 2015 campaign during which he rushed for only 702 yards, the Eagles' lack of conviction that he's the right back and the massive contract Murray signed last offseason. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: A trade is probably out of the question for Murray, who signed a five-year, $40 million deal last offseason. Also working against Murray is his age (he'll turn 28 in mid-February and injury history. Furthermore, Ryan Mathews is a more-than-capable back when healthy and about half as expensive as the ex-Cowboy. If Murray is still on the Eagles' roster next season, he will likely be sharing carries with Murray and should be considered no more than a low-end RB2.
|HOU and OAK to play in Mexico City next season?|
International series could expand
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2016, 9:03 am
|The Texans are expected to play a regular-season game against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City next season. Owner Bob McNair and president Jamey Rootes have told the league for a couple of years how much they would like for the Texans to be involved in the international series, preferably in Mexico City because they have a growing fan base in Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders stadium deal is in flux so it makes sense for them to give up a home game. A Mexico City game hasn't been announced by the league but it appears to be a strong possibility.