|Steelers sign former Panther DeAngelo Williams|
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 13 2015, 7:32 pm
|Running backs are all the rage right now, and Pittsburgh just scored a solid backup to add into their rotation.
The longtime Panther, DeAngelo Williams, will head north and sign on with the Steelers.
Williams announced the move on Twitter on Friday and the team added it's a two-year deal.
FFToday's Take: This is a nice add for the Steelers if DeAngelo Williams overcomes the lower body injuries that saw him miss most of the 2014. A limited workload spelling Le'Veon Bell should help the former Panther be a useful player heading into the twilight of his career yet he is merely a handcuff option for fantasy purposes.
|Roethlisberger and Steelers agree to extension|
Big Ben cashes in on huge 2014 performance
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 13 2015, 7:00 pm
|(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed on a five-year contract extension on Friday that could see 'Big Ben' to the end of his career in the Steel City.
With Roethlisberger entering the final year of an eight-year $102 million deal signed in 2008, the Steelers locked up their franchise player, assuring stability at the quarterback position.
FFToday's Take: Last season Ben Roethlisberger hit career milestones in several key statistics that also including a completion percentage above 66 percent for only the third time in his career. The increase in passing attempts should help Roethlisberger provide another nice fantasy season in 2015, just be leery of paying full price based on his career year.
|C.J. Spiller joins Saints backfield |
Saints continue roster overhaul
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2015, 1:40 pm
|The New Orleans Saints have added free-agent running back C.J. Spiller, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Spiller will join a Saints backfield that already includes Mark Ingram, who recently re-signed with the team, and Khiry Robinson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Given the Saints recent moves, their offensive philosophy is definitely shifting to a more run-oriented approach. Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills are gone while Ingram, Spiller and Robinson provide incredible depth at running back. The RBBC in New Orleans won't help Spiller's fantasy prospects however. He'll likely be more valued in PPR leagues.
|Saints purge continues, Kenny Stills traded to MIA|
Dolpins and Saints revamping receiving corps
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2015, 12:53 pm
|The Saints are apparently willing to trade everyone. A league source tells PFT that the Saints are dealing wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Dolphins, in exchange for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Interesting move considering Stills is a relatively cheap player, scheduled to earn $585K this year and $675K next year. With this move, the Saints have now lost their top two receivers from last season (Jimmy Graham and Stills). It's been reported that Miami has shopped Mike Wallace but they've yet to find a trade partner for the veteran wideout.
|Harvin meets with Bills, Patriots up next?|
Free agent wideout planning his next move
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2015, 10:39 am
|Before the Jets cut receiver Percy Harvin, the teams to watch for his services were the Packers, Chargers, and Patriots. But then the move happened, and the Bills moved quickly to bring him to Buffalo.
The two-day visit ended Thursday. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Harvin is now taking some time to plan his next move. Some have suggested that a visit to the Patriots will be happening. It could (and some would say it should), but it hasnít been planned yet. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Harvin played under Rex Ryan with the Jets. He'd be a good fit paired alongside Sammy Watkins but his fantasy value would be limited with Matt Cassel or EJ Manuel under center.
|McFadden agrees with Dallas, $200K signing bonus|
First step in replacing Murray
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2015, 10:05 am
|Darren McFadden is at the teamís Valley Ranch complex today and has agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $5.85 million with a $200,000 signing bonus, sources said. While no one expects him to step in and replace Murray, he does provide competition at the position. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: McFadden is expected to add depth the Cowboys running back group as they look to replace DeMarco Murray's 393 rushing attempts from last season. Even with McFadden in the mix, the Cowboys could go after a top running back in the upcoming draft or make a move for Adrian Peterson should he become available.
|TE Jordan Cameron to sign in Miami afterall?|
After early reports linked him to Cleveland
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 12 2015, 8:00 pm
|After multiple media outlets reported the Browns were going to re-sign tight end Jordan Cameron comes another published report saying the Dolphins are now set to make a deal with one of the better unsigned players left on the market.
According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, the Dolphins are in the process of finishing up a deal, a Pro Bowler in 2013.
However, if Cameron were to sign with Cleveland, Clay would seemingly most be in play for Buffalo or Miami.
FFToday's Take: It appears the Dolphins will win the Cameron sweepstakes but until the ink is dry no deal is official in this year's free agency. Cameron's fantasy potential may rise a bit while operating in a better pass offense, but he will need to first prove he is back to full strength after suiting up in only ten games during the 2014 regular season. Charles Clay figures to be a decent consolation prize as the next best option at the position.
|Cromartie reunited with Revis in New York|
Cornerback follows Bowles east by inking 4-year pact
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 12 2015, 7:35 pm
|Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, who formed a stifling secondary for the Jets from 2010 to 2012, were reunited Thursday as the team reached an agreement with Cromartie.
The Jets and Cromartie agreed to a four-year deal worth $32 million. It would cap a sweeping overhaul of a secondary that turned porous for the Jets last season.
(New York Times)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets Defense/ST unit were nothing more than waiver wire fodder in 2014 but that should change with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie in the fold. A return to the top 15 fantasy units seems likely as Todd Bowles continues to re-shape the defense for 2015.
|Colts waive Trent Richardson|
Released after two seasons in Indy
By: Jake Gordon | Mar 12 2015, 7:15 pm
|INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ó Trent Richardson's time with the Colts is over after two disappointing seasons.
The former top-five draft pick acquired in a trade with Cleveland that cost Indianapolis a first-round pick in 2013 was waived Thursday after the running back played just one snap in three playoff games last season.
FFToday's Take: Dan "Boom" Herron's emergence during the playoffs sealed Richardson's fate. Richardson's fantasy stock is now at rock bottom after being a solid fantasy asset coming into the league as a rookie.
|Chiefs release Dwayne Bowe|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2015, 2:00 pm
|Dwayne Boweís eight-year tenure as a Chief has come to an end, as the team made news of Boweís release official on Thursday. Bowe, a 30-year-old receiver whose salary cap number is $14 million for 2015, has averaged 58 catches and 713 yards in his two seasons under coach Andy Reid. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: The signing of Jeremy Maclin yesterday and Bowe's huge cap number for 2015 made him expendable. If he's designated a post-June 1st cut, Bowe would count $9 million over the next two years. Bowe should have no trouble finding a new team albeit at a reduced salary. Given the right situation, he could have WR3 fantasy value in 2015.
|Justin Forsett staying in Baltimore|
RB had interest from ATL, WAS and OAK
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2015, 1:10 pm
|The Ravens have re-signed veteran running back Justin Forsett to three-year contract that averages about $3 million per year, according to NFL sources.
Forsett also drew interest from the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: This is a good fit for Forsett and his fantasy value. The Ravens are committed to the run and Forsett had his best season as a pro last season averaging 5.4 yards per carry while scoring eight touchdowns. He's not an ideal fit as a workhorse running back but if he ends up in that role, he could once again produce high-end RB2, low-end RB1 value.
|DeMarco Murray headed to Philadelphia|
"It was never about the money in any situation" Murray said
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2015, 1:00 pm
|DeMarco Murray, the NFL's leading rusher in 2014 for the Dallas Cowboys, is jumping ship and joining the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
"It was never about the money in any situation," Murray texted ESPN.com's Todd Archer. "If it was the money, I could've taken that a long time ago on a very high deal. It's about winning a Super Bowl and being fair." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Taking Murray at his word, it's interesting that he thinks he has better chance at winning a Super Bowl in Philadelphia than he does in Dallas. Murray is expected to get $21 million guaranteed. Ryan Mathews agreed to a deal with Philadelphia yesterday but has yet to officially sign the contract. He may chose to abandon the situation now that Murray is in the mix.
|Andre Johnson agrees with Colts|
3-year, $21 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 4:00 pm
|Andre Johnson is joining the Indianapolis Colts, the veteran wide receiver tweeted Wednesday.
Johnson was released by the Houston Texans earlier this week, ending his 12-year tenure there. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $21 million over three years. The Colts will now sport a wide receiving corps of Johnson, T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. The Colts are a pass-first offense but like to spread the ball around, especially the goaline. Johnson hasn't been a TD-machine the last four years but is a good bet to improve upon his 85-936-3 line from last season. He's in the WR2 discussion.
|Eagles agree with RB Ryan Mathews|
3-year deal, $5 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 2:08 pm
|Chip Kelly couldn't answer question about Ryan Mathews, but now he can: former Chargers RB signed a 3-year deal w/ the Eagles. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $11.5 million that includes $5 million guaranteed. There are also rumors that this signing doesn't necessarily mean the Eagles will stop pursuing DeMarco Murray. We shall see. If not, Mathews should see his fantasy value jump in Chip Kelly's high-volume offense, assuming he can stay healthy. Mathews missed eleven games last season with ankle and knee injuries. If no other backs are brought into the mix, Mathews will carry RB2 value into drafts with low-end RB1 upside.
|Andre Johnson still weighing his options|
Eight teams reportedly interested
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 1:45 pm
|Andre Johnson's first visit was with the Colts. 7 other teams interested. Taking it one day at a time I'm told sorting through things. (Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson was released by the Texans and reportedly met with the Colts yesterday. He would make a good fit for a number of playoff-caliber teams in need of veteran wide receiver help. Indianapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New England, San Diego and Carolina seem to fit the description.
|Jeremy Maclin reunites with Andy Reid|
Fantasy value takes a hit
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 1:21 pm
|Jeremy Maclin officially reunites with Andy Reid and returns to Missouri.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the 26-year-old's contract with the Kansas City Chiefs is for five years and $55 million dollars. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs will need to clear some cap space which could mean the release of WR Dwayne Bowe. Maclin missed 2013 with a knee injury then posted his first 1000-yd season last year in Chip Kelly's high-volume offense. Maclin may be the Chiefs No.1 wide receiver but he'll get no such volume in Kansas City. Andy Reid's offense doesn't typically favor one target, as a result Maclin's fantasy value takes a hit. Low-end WR2 will likely be Maclin's value this summer.
|Jets acquire QB Ryan Fitzpatrick|
Texans receive late-round conditional draft pick in 2016
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2015, 1:05 pm
|The Houston Texans traded quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to the New York Jets for a late-round conditional draft pick in 2016, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Texans will get a conditional seventh-round pick that can become a sixth based on how much playing time Fitzpatrick gets with the Jets.|
FFToday's Take: With Houston re-signing Ryan Mallett and working on a deal with Brian Hoyer, Fitzpatrick became expendable. Fitzpatrick and Jets' offensive coordinator Chan Gailey are familiar with each from their time in Buffalo. Fitzpatrick is expected to battle Geno Smith in camp but we'd give the nod to the veteran at this point in time.
|TE Owen Daniels' fantasy value on the rise|
Agrees to 3-year deal with Broncos
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 7:00 pm
|Former Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels has agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos.
Daniels, 32, has played every snap of his nine-year career with Gary Kubiak as his coach, in Houston then Baltimore. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: The new Broncos head coach is certainly familiar with Daniels and with Julius Thomas likely on his way out of the town, there will be a vacancy of receiving yards and touchdowns at the tight end position in the Broncos offense. Daniels has had injury issues during his career and he may split targets with Virgil Green but an opportunity is available for low TE1 numbers.
|Jets release Percy Harvin|
Jets save $10.5 million on the salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 6:10 pm
|Four days after acquiring wide receiver Brandon Marshall in a now-official trade, the New York Jets made the expected follow-up move Tuesday, releasing receiver Percy Harvin. By releasing Harvin, who had four nonguaranteed years left on his contract, the Jets will save $10.5 million on the salary cap. They are not stuck with any "dead" money. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Harvin has now spent time with the Vikings, Seahakws and Jets over the last three years. Just 26 years old, he has plenty of football left but rumblings run-ins with coaches and issues in the locker room are keeping him from settling into his career. The Chargers and Patriots are rumored to have interest in his services.
|Colts, Gore agree on three-year deal|
Reportedly $7.5 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2015, 5:45 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent running back Frank Gore. Last season, Gore started all 16 games for the third consecutive year and registered 255 rushes for 1,106 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 11 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown. (Colts.com)|
FFToday's Take: Gore flirted with Chip Kelly and the Eagles during the legal tampering period over the weekend leading to many false reports and bad analysis that a deal would be completed on today. Gore (31) is now a Colt where he'll likely share time with Dan Herron in the backfield behind Andrew Luck. He'll have mid-range RB2 value in the Colts high-powered offense
|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, Iím told. With negotiations still ongoing ó no deals are final ó 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 receiverís 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.