|Titans agree with QB Fitzpatrick -- Mon Mar 18 9:30 pm --|
Tennessee gets younger at the backup QB position
|The Titans moved quickly to secure Hasselbeck's replacement, agreeing to terms with former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on a two-year contract. (The Tennessean)|
FF Today's Take: As we mentioned earlier, Fitzpatrick (30) was a logical replacement for the departed Matt Hasselbeck (37) and will give a veteran presence behind Jake Locker. Fitzpatrick threw 24 TDs and 16 INTs for Buffalo last season and finished as the 17th ranked fantasy QB.
|Hasselbeck to sign with Indy, Tuesday -- Mon Mar 18 9:20 pm --|
Will backup Andrew Luck
|It didn't take long for veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to find a new team.
Hasselbeck plans to sign with the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. With the Colts, the 37-year-old Hasselbeck would serve as a backup to Andrew Luck. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Hasselbeck was released earlier in the day by Tennessee after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a restructured contract. Hasselbeck has very little fantasy value and Luck is entrenched as the Colts' starting QB.
|Titans release veteran QB Hasselbeck -- Mon Mar 18 4:30 pm --|
Couldn't agree on restructured contract
|BREAKING: The Titans have informed veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck he’s being released, according to sources. (Jim Wyatt via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Hasselbeck was due $5.5 million in 2013 and the two sides couldn't agree on a restructured contract. Tennessee will be in the market for a backup QB behind Jake Locker. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a likely choice.
|Saints sign TE Ben Watson -- Mon Mar 18 2:40 pm --|
Replaces David Thomas
|New Saints TE Benjamin Watson looks like an obvious fill-in for David Thomas. He could do a little pass-catching, a little blocking and maybe even line up at fullback here and there. Watson can actually still be a sneaky offensive threat even at age 32. He caught 49 balls for 501 yards and three touchdowns last year with the Cleveland Browns. He probably won't be targeted as often in New Orleans, but he could still score a few times as Thomas did in the past. (The Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Any potential target for Drew Bees is worth noting and while Jimmy Graham will command attention at the position, Watson is a capable tight end and will be a fantasy factor should Graham miss games due to injury.
|TE Myers agrees with Giants -- Sat Mar 16 7:00 pm --|
Former Raiders' tight end replaces Bennett
|TE Brandon Myers has agreed to sign with the Giants. (Mike Garafolo via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Myers finished 9th among tight ends in standard scoring leagues and 6th in PPR leagues last season outproducing the likes of Dennis Pitta, Brandon Pettigrew, Kyle Rudolph and the man he replaces, Martellus Bennett. Myers will give Eli Manning a reliable target over the middle and will an intriguing fantasy TE prospect for 2013.
|Patriots release Brandon Lloyd -- Sat Mar 16 2:00 pm --|
Receiver due $3 million option bonus
|The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, the team announced Saturday. Lloyd was due a $3 million roster bonus this weekend. The Patriots were open to keeping Lloyd with a reduced salary. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Patriots will save $4.9 million against the cap, but will be hit with $2 million in dead money. There is a chance Lloyd will be brought back at a reduced cost but as of now the Patriots have parted ways with their top two wideouts from last season.
|Vikings agree with Greg Jennings -- Fri Mar 15 7:15 pm --|
|Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has reached an agreement with the Minnesota Vikings, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings appeared in eight games last year due to a hamstring injury and turned in his worst season as a pro (36 rec, 366 yds, 4 TDs). The Vikings had little choice but to sign Jennings after trading away their main receiving threat (Percy Harvin) to the Seahawks. He'll be the focus of the Vikings passing offense next season but will have a hard time cracking WR1 territory without significant improvement from QB Christian Ponder.
| Beanie Wells, Steelers don't ink deal -- Fri Mar 15 3:35 pm --|
Pittsburgh likely scared off by RB's knee injury
|When the Arizona Cardinals released Beanie Wells last weekend, it was reportedly in part because they were not optimistic about the state of his right knee. The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted Wells for a Friday visit, but a signing isn't likely to be forthcoming. One source tells the Post-Gazette that Wells was found to have a "bad wheel." Although Wells did miss lose half of the 2012 season to a turf toe injury, it's a good bet that the knee is the "wheel" in question. Still just 24 years old, Wells has plenty of time to salvage what has been a disappointing career since being drafted 31st overall in 2009. A signing may be on hold, though, until his troublesome knee shows signs of returning to full health later in the offseason. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Knee injuries are a running back's worst nightmare, and Wells could be in tough to find a team willing to take on the risky proposition of signing him. As for the Steelers, their backfield remains a bit of a question mark. They still have Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, but it should come as no surprise if Pittsburgh targets a running back in one of the first few rounds at the upcoming draft.
|Ravens' Dennis Pitta drawing interest -- Fri Mar 15 3:30 pm --|
TE a restricted free agent but could still be moved
|As a restricted free agent, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was tendered at a cost of $2.023 million prior to the start of free agency. With Pitta getting the second-round tender, the former fourth-round draft pick has been the subject of preliminary inquiries from NFL teams that are interested in him, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation. (Baltimore Sun)|
FF Today's Take: Pitta isn't the sexiest fantasy tight end out there, and while he may lack the flare of Jimmy Graham or the raw power of Rob Gronkowski, he gets the job done. The 27-year-old hauled in three touchdown passes in four postseason games and was a significant factor in the Ravens' offense in 2012.
|Pats, Lloyd could restructure deal -- Fri Mar 15 3:20 pm --|
WR may not be going anywhere after all
|When news broke of the New England Patriots hosting wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on rare restricted free-agent visit, the natural reaction was that Brandon Lloyd's roster spot is in jeopardy. It turns out Lloyd might have found a way to salvage another year with the Patriots. With a $3 million roster bonus due this weekend, Lloyd appears to be willing to return at a reduced salary. The sides have entered into talks to restructure Lloyd's salary, sources tell ESPN. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Perhaps the Patriots aren't prepared to decimate their receiving corps. Lloyd fills the role of a rangy outside threat, a vital change of pace for an offense that likes to throw the ball over the middle so frequently.
|Woodhead signs with Chargers -- Fri Mar 15 3:15 pm --|
RB to play complementary role to Ryan Mathews
|Another former New England Patriot is heading to the AFC West. Running back Danny Woodhead signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers, the team announced Friday. Woodhead follows slot receiver Wes Welker to the AFC West after Welker formally signed with the Denver Broncos on Thursday. Woodhead, 28, had 301 rushing yards and 446 receiving yards for the Patriots in 2012 as well as seven total touchdowns. (USA Today)|
FF Today's Take: Woodhead teetered on the edge of fantasy relevancy this past season in New England, and could see more touches in a less crowded Chargers' backfield. The 28-year-old had a career-high 40 receptions in 2012, and evidently has added value in PPR leagues.
|Cardinals send Kolb packing -- Fri Mar 15 12:15 pm --|
QB was due $2 million roster bonus Saturday
|Unable to reach an agreement on a restructured contract, the Arizona Cardinals have released quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb's future in Arizona became even cloudier Wednesday when the team agreed to a three-year contract with quarterback Drew Stanton. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Cardinals have struggled mightily at the QB position and Kolb was no exception. Playing in 15 games over two years in Arizona, Kolb completed 58% of his passes with 17 TDs and 11 INTs. This move paves the way for Arizona to select a QB in the upcoming draft. Brian Hoyer and Drew Stanton are currently on the roster.
|Miami replaces Fasano with Keller -- Fri Mar 15 11:30 am --|
Dolphins sign former Jet, Dustin Keller
|Former Jets TE Dustin Keller reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Dolphins were in need of a tight end after losing Fasano to the Chiefs. Keller is a capable receiver but missed 8 games last year due to injury. If he can shake the injury but, he'll be an intriguing fantasy prospect with Mike Wallace opening the middle of the field from the outside.
|Donald Jones, new target for Brady -- Fri Mar 15 11:15 am --|
Patritos sign former Bills receiver Donald Jones
|Patriots signed former Bills WR Donald Jones. (Adam Schefter)|
FF Today's Take: Jones was a restricted free agent but wasn't tendered a contract so no draft pick compensation was due. He's worth keeping an eye and may be worth a late-round flier should he make the roster. At best he'll be a fourth receiving option behind Gronkowski, Hernandez and Amendola.
|Steven Jackson agrees with Falcons -- Thu Mar 14 4:25 pm --|
Perfect for team and fantasy
|Reports: Rams free-agent RB Steven Jackson has reached an agreement with the Falcons. (Fox Sports via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This was a likely landing spot for Jackson along with Green Bay. He'll get the starting job and be a better fit for the Falcons offense due to his pass-catching abilities. He'll share time with Jacquizz Rodgers but should get the bulk of carries on the goaline. He's shaping up as a solid fantasy RB2 for 2013.
|Cassel to compete with Ponder in MIN -- Thu Mar 14 4:00 pm --|
Vikings sign veteran for QB competition
|Matt Cassel wasn't out of work long after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday as the quarterback has agreed to a contract with the Minnesota Vikings, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Cassel will compete for the starting job with incumbent starter Christian Ponder, the source said. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Cassel's best effort came in 2010 (3116 yds, 27 TDs, 7 INTs). Since then he has been a turnover machine throwing 21 INTs to only 16 touchdowns. The Vikings will need to add a receiver before either Cassel or Ponder is can be considered by fantasy owners.
|Chiefs part ways with Matt Cassel -- Thu Mar 14 10:45 am --|
|Chiefs released QB Matt Cassel. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Chiefs tried to trade Cassel but found no takers likely because no team wanted to take on his contract. The Vikings could use a veteran QB behind Christian Ponder and have been rumored to be interested. Cassel is off the fantasy radar.
|Pats sign Amendola to replace Welker -- Wed Mar 13 7:55 pm --|
Ex-Rams' WR to fill the role of slot receiver in New England
|The New England Patriots didn't value Wes Welker. They viewed him as a role player that was replaceable. Now they have replaced him. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Patriots have reached a five-year, $31 million agreement in principle with wide receiver Danny Amendola. The new deal includes $10 million guaranteed. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Amendola probably stands to benefit from his change of scenery more than any other free agent in this year's class. The hard-working 27-year-old will be thrust into a pivotal role where he will receive a healthy dose of targets from one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. His health, which has been an issue in the past, is the only thing standing in his way of fantasy stardom.
| S-Jax, GB signing talks heating up -- Wed Mar 13 7:40 pm --|
A three-year deal is rumored to be in the works
|Rashard Mendenhall and Reggie Bush found homes in free agency Wednesday. Steven Jackson doesn't want to get left out in the cold when the game of musical chairs at running back stops spinning. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Wednesday that the Packers and running back Steven Jackson have been talking about a three-year contract. Demovsky cautions that doesn't mean a deal is done or a deal will get done, but clearly there is strong mutual interest. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Packers' and their Aaron Rodgers-led offense are pass-oriented, but Jackson could still factor in as a fantasy-worthy back. The bruising back is versatile enough to run defenders over on a rush up the gut or to step outside and make a catch in the flats. He would make for a welcomed addition to a Packers' backfield that has been filled with inexperience and uncertainty in recent years.
|Chiefs sign Donnie Avery -- Wed Mar 13 7:30 pm --|
WR could line up opposite Dwayne Bowe
|Not content to rest after a day on which they completed a trade for a starting quarterback, signed his backup as a free agent and also acquired two other veterans, the Chiefs agreed to terms with former Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery today. Avery is a faster receiver who would be a good mix with Dwayne Bowe on the other side. Speed has been an element missing from the Chiefs’ receiving group. Avery caught 60 passes for the Colts last season. (Kansas City Star)|
FF Today's Take: Avery isn't a star but he's a sure-handed receiver and a precise route-runner. Look for the 28-year-old to register receiving yardage totals in the 600 to 800-range in 2013.
|Shonn Greene signs with Titans -- Wed Mar 13 7:00 pm --|
Jets now shallow at RB
|The New York Jets suffered another free-agent loss, as leading rusher Shonn Greene finalized a contract Wednesday with the Tennessee Titans. The deal is for three seasons and $10 million, league sources told ESPN. The Jets didn't see Greene as a fit in their new West Coast system and didn't make a strong push to re-sign him. The Titans targeted him because of his bruising running style, which they believe will be an ideal complement to that of Chris Johnson. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: This signing comes as a knock to the fantasy value of both Greene and Johnson. Greene could poach a number of Johnson's red zone touches, particular near the goal line, thereby limiting CJ2K's fantasy value. Greene's fantasy value drops as he's likely to receive far fewer overall touches than he did in New York.
|Wes Welker, new weapon for Peyton -- Wed Mar 13 5:00 pm --|
Two-year deal worth $12 million
|Agreed to terms on a 2-yr deal with Wes Welker. Excited to have Wes join the Broncos. His production & toughness will be a great asset! (John Elway via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: From one hall of fame quarterback to another. Welker gives the Broncos a triple-threat in the passing attack. Eric Decker's fantasy value takes a hit here along with the production from the Broncos' tight ends. Downgrade the fantasy value of Welker also. It's also hard catching 100 passes with Demaryius Thomas on the outside.
|Cardinals nab RB Mendenhall -- Wed Mar 13 1:45 pm --|
|And Cardinals reached an agreement in principle on a one-year deal with former Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Cardinals were in the running back market after releasing Beanie Wells yesterday. Mendenhall tried to come back last season after tearing his ACL in early January of 2012. He never rushed for more than 50 yards in any game. He'll get a crack at the starting job in Arizona and will be reunited with Bruce Arians.
|Reggie Bush heading to Motor City -- Wed Mar 13 1:15 pm --|
4-year deal with Lions
|The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Reggie Bush and will introduce the running back at a a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The 29-year-old Bush proved that he can be an every-down tailback in Miami, rushing for 2,072 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons with the Dolphins. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Bush stayed healthy enough to play in all 16 games last season which was a big reason why he finished 14th among fantasy RBs. With Mikel Leshoure still in the mix and likely to get goaline carries, Bush's value will be greatest in PPR leagues.
|TE Cook agrees with St. Louis -- Tue Mar 12 5:45 pm --|
Rams get a weapon for Bradford
|Former Titans TE Jared Cook scores a five-year deal with Rams. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Rams are expected to lose slot man Danny Amendola via free agency so it was imperative they fill the void. Cook is a pass-receiving tight end should become a prime target in the Rams passing attack. He'll have an opportunity to reach his ceiling in St. Louis and will be an intriguing fantasy pick in 2013.
|TE Fasano signed by KC -- Tue Mar 12 5:10 pm --|
Chiefs pickup backup tight end from Miami
|The Chiefs have reached agreements with free agent tight end Anthony Fasano and defensive end Mike DeVito. Fasano, 28, has played seven NFL seasons, the last five with Miami, where he caught 41 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns with the Dolphins last season. (Kansas City Star)|
FF Today's Take: Fasano will be paired with the oft-inured Tony Moeaki. Neither will have much fantasy value unless one is thrust into a clear starting role.
|Mike Wallace headed to Miami -- Tue Mar 12 4:25 pm --|
Agreement reached, pending a physical
|Mike Wallace is indeed on the verge of becoming a Miami Dolphin, I'm told. He's taking a physical. The sides have reached an agreement. (Jeff Darlington via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The deal is reportedly for 5 years/$65 million with $30 million guaranteed. The Dolphins may have overpaid but Wallace is a speedster and will help threaten the defense allowing Hartline and Bess to work underneath. This is a downgrade for Wallace's fantasy value into low-end WR2 territory.
|Bills release QB Fitzpatrick -- Tue Mar 12 4:10 pm --|
QB signed a multi-year contract less than two years ago
|Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills have parted ways as the team released the veteran signal caller Tuesday. (BuffaloBills.com)|
FF Today's Take: Fitzpatrick signed a multi-year contract less than two years ago. The Bills signed Tarvaris Jackson to a one-year deal last month but will be shopping for a QB in free agency or via the draft. The Bills have the 8th pick in the first round.
|Jets keep Santonio Holmes -- Tue Mar 12 1:30 pm --|
Wide receiver agrees to restructured contract
|Jets WR Santonio Holmes' has agreed to a restructured contract and will remain with the team for the 2013 season. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Holmes battled foot problems last season and didn't play a snap past Week 4. His guarantee for 2013 ($7.5) forced the Jets to keep his services. On a team in rebuilding mode, Holmes will be a very risky WR3 in fantasy drafts this summer.
|Tony Gonzalez will return in 2013 -- Tue Mar 12 12:30 pm --|
Retirement put on hold for Falcons tight end
|Tony Gonzalez has informed the Atlanta Falcons that he will return to play in the 2013 season, the tight end told FoxSports.com on Tuesday. "After discussing it with my family and really, truly struggling with this decision I informed the Falcons I would like to return for one more shot," Gonzalez told Fox Sports. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: As we speculated in this space a month ago, "despite talk of retirement, don't be surprised if he conveniently misses a portion of off-season workouts and ends up on the field in Week 1". It appears that is what will happen.
|Dwyer, Redman get tendered -- Tue Mar 12 12:15 pm --|
Steelers can now match any offer received in free agency
|The Pittsburgh Steelers have tendered offers to four restricted free agents, including running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman along with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The offers give the Steelers the right to match any offer sheet the players may receive from other teams during free agency. Dwyer has already signed his sixth-round tender, worth $1.323 million. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Rashard Mendenhall exiting via free agency, Dwyer and Redman will likely share duties at running back for the Steelers in 2013 unless the Steelers pursue a free agent running back or address the position in the draft. This is a fantasy situation will have more clarity by the time training camp comes around in late July.
|Jets add Garrard to QB mix -- Mon Mar 11 6:00 pm --|
QB missed the last two seasons with back and knee injuries
|The 35-year-old David Garrard, who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2010, joins Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElory and Matt Simms on the roster. Tebow is expected to be released and not part of the quarterback competition, according to sources. New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg admitted that Sanchez will have every opportunity to resurrect his career in his version of the West Coast offense.
(New York Daily News)|
FF Today's Take: Sanchez will get every opportunity to remain the starting QB. Brady Quinn is also a candidate to join Garrard in pushing Sanchez in training camp. After missing the last two seasons with injuries, Garrard is off the fantasy radar.
|Cardinals release Beanie Wells -- Mon Mar 11 4:20 pm --|
LaRod Stephens-Howling likely to depart in free agency
|Starting running back Beanie Wells was released on Monday, and backup LaRod Stephens-Howling is likely to land elsewhere in free agency. Wells was due a roster bonus of $1.3 this spring and scheduled to make $1.157 million in salary. (Arizona REpublic)|
FF Today's Take: Wells never gained much traction in Arizona. He suffered numerous injuries and played in only eight games last season. Look for Arizona to put the full court press on Reggie Bush once free agency opens tomorrow. Wells' value is limited due to his stone-hands but will find a job, likely in a committee role.
|Boldin traded to San Francisco -- Mon Mar 11 4:10 pm --|
For 6th-round pick
|Anquan Boldin traded to 49ers for a sixth-round pick. (Aaron Wilson via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Boldin will need to pass a physical before the trade can be completed but it appears he will be headed to the 49ers. Ravens will save $6 million against the cap. The 49ers now have a legitimate WR corps with Michael Crabtree, Boldin and Vernon Davis. Boldin's fantasy value remains unchanged by this move. He finished 31st among fantasy wideouts last season making him an average WR3 in leagues starting three wide receivers.
|Harvin headed to Seattle -- Mon Mar 11 1:30 pm --|
Vikings acquire Seahaws first round draft pick (#25 overall)
|The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, sources confirmed to ESPN.
The trade is expected to include the Seahawks' 2013 first-round draft choice being swapped to the Vikings, sources told ESPN.
It also is contingent on Harvin agreeing to a new contract and is expected to be finalized in the next 48 hours. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Seattle's offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, was the OC in Minnesota when the Vikings drafted Harvin in 2009. This will be a boost for the Seahawks offense and the fantasy prospects of QB Russell Wilson. Harvin was on his way to being a top 5 fantasy receiver before an ankle injury and clashes with Vikings management derailed his 2012 season. He'll be Seattle's WR1 in 2013 and a low-end fantasy WR1 if he can keep his head on straight.
|Giants put first-round tender on Cruz -- Mon Mar 11 1:00 pm --|
Restricted wideout is a hot commodity
|New York Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters Monday the team, as expected, will place a first-round tender on the dynamic slot receiver. Mara also said the team has made Victor Cruz "a very substantial offer," enough to make the 26-year-old pass-catcher a "very wealthy young man," according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: The tender means that any team attempting to sign Cruz will have to give up a first-round draft pick to the Giants. The steep price typically kills the RFA market but with a number of teams interested in Cruz's services this could be a unique situation.
|Dolphins in hot pursuit of Wallace -- Mon Mar 11 7:00 am --|
Receiver expected to get $10 million+ per year
|The Miami Dolphins spent part of their weekend courting wide receivers. As had been suspected for a while, the team contacted Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the talks were to remain private, said the team expects to put forth an offer that will be in Wallace's price range. (USA Today)|
FF Today's Take: Various media reports have a Wallace / Miami marriage close to the alter. The Dolphins are desperate for a speed wide receiver and at this point it would be an upset if Wallace doesn't end up with the Dolphins.
|Boldin on shaky ground in Baltimore -- Sun Mar 10 11:40 am --|
Ravens as veteran wideout to take $2 million pay cut
|The Ravens are attempting to lower the $6 million salary of the three-time Pro Bowl selection, and it could lead to his release by the start of the free agent signing period Tuesday if talks continue to be unsuccessful, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation. At one point Friday the Ravens were on the verge of releasing Anquan Boldin, and he had prepared a statement thanking the fans for their support during his time in Baltimore, per a league source. However, team officials remain hopeful of working something out with Boldin, 32, who carries a $7.53 million salary-cap figure. (Baltimore Sun)|
FF Today's Take: The Ravens have very little cap room to work with and are under the gun to make some difficult roster moves. With Joe Flacco and their situation at linebacker (Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe) their top priorities, Boldin may have to be released. Stay tuned.
|Bush won't return to Miami -- Sun Mar 10 11:30 am --|
Three teams interested in veteran running back
|Reggie Bush’s days with the Dolphins appear to be over. As expected, the market for Bush has proved to be strong, with three teams contacting Bush’s representation on the first day allowed, according to a source close to the running back. However, the Dolphins are not one of those teams showing interest, and Bush categorically will not return to the team in 2013, the source added. (Miami Herald)|
FF Today's Take: We've expected that Bush would be wearing a different uniform in 2013. The Lions and Cardinals have reportedly shown interest and appear to be the most likely landing spots. The Lions are comfortable moving forward with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas with Miller having higher fantasy value in RB3 territory.
| Jacoby Ford progressing toward return -- Fri Mar 8 10:20 pm --|
Speedy WR missed entire 2012 campaign
|It might not seem like much, but Raiders receiver Jacoby Ford put on cleats last week for the first time since August. "I was extremely excited," Ford said. "Extremely." Ford missed all of last season when a sprained foot turned out to be a much more serious Lisfranc injury and he needed surgery in September. The same injury caused the fourth-year receiver to miss eight games in 2011. Ford is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and will "definitely" be back for training camp, he said. "It's not quite 100 percent, but it's coming along really well," Ford said. "I am back to running routes and feel pretty good about my straight-ahead full speed. And I have been cutting on it." (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Speed kills and Ford definitely has the wheels to burn defenders down the field, but he's been injury prone and inconsistent over his brief career. To make matters worse, the Raiders' quarterback situation is a bit of a mess right now. Steer clear of Ford in 2013 until he shows he is healthy and ready to contribute.