| Jamaal Charles expected to miss OTAs|
Should be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 18 2016, 4:00 pm
|“Hopefully, I can be cutting coming up soon,” said Jamaal Charles, whose career 5.7-yard average per carry is the best for any running back since the AFL/NFL merger.
He expects to be ready to roll for the start of training camp in July, but probably won’t be cleared for contact during organized team activities later this spring.
“That’s too fast to do something only five months out of surgery,” Charles said.
Instead, he’ll work on mental reps, rehabbing the knee and gaining upper-body strength. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Charles is rehabbing from an ACL injury suffered October 13th against the Bears and said he hopes to begin cutting soon. While he's expected to miss OTAs he should be ready to roll coming training camp in July. The Chiefs have signed Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware to contract extensions.
|Percy Harvin calling it quits|
Retirement for the 27 year-old receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 14 2016, 6:03 pm
|Wide receiver Percy Harvin has told the Buffalo Bills that he's retiring, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday.
Harvin, 27, had played for three teams since the start of the 2014 season and has seen his production dip since posting career highs in catches (87) and receiving yards (967) for the Minnesota Vikings in 2011.
FFToday's Take: Since last October, Harvin's been on the fence about playing football. At the time, he was considering retirement due to a number of injuries including knee and hip ailments. The Bills voided the final two years of his deal making him a free agent. While Buffalo reportedly were open to bringing the 27-year old receiver back, it appears Harvin has chosen to end his career.
| Rams acquire No.1 pick from Titans|
Rams in position to get their QB of choice
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 14 2016, 10:34 am
|The Tennessee Titans have traded the No. 1 pick in the draft to the Los Angeles Rams in a blockbuster trade.
Tennessee will send the top selection along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles' first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams' first- and third-round picks in 2017.
FFToday's Take: The Titans received a haul of draft picks including two second round picks this year and a first next year. With Case Keenum penciled in as the current "starter" the Rams are now in position to take a quarterback, with Jared Goff or Carson Wentz the likely targets. The NFL Draft is two weeks away.
| Goff over Wentz for Cleveland at No.2?|
Browns expected to take QB with second pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2016, 9:45 am
|I believe Jared Goff will be drafted before Carson Wentz, barring a trade of the first-overall pick. And if new Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton gets his way, it will be Goff and not Wentz who that team uses with the second overall selection. (Jason La Confora - CBS Sportslin)|
FFToday's Take: La Confora is hearing that many in the Browns organization prefer Goff over Wentz but it's by no means a unanimous call. While the Browns are likely to take a QB with second pick, it sounds like the coaching staff prefers Goff while the scouts in the organization prefer Wentz. With roughly two weeks to go until the NFL Draft we can expect more stories like this that may or may not represent the true feelings of the organization.
|Patriots re-sign LeGarrette Blount|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 12 2016, 10:56 am
|LeGarrette Blount re-signed with the Patriots this morning. He's back. (Jeff Howe on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Blount played in 12 games for New England last season averaging 4.3 yards per carry while scoring 7 TDs. He'll be a hit or miss RB3 in fantasy circles with rushing-only value in New England's short-to-intermediate passing attack.
|No decision yet on discipline for LeSean McCoy|
NFL review is ongoing
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 12 2016, 9:38 am
|NFL has reached no decision on potential pending discipline for Bills RB LeSean McCoy, per NFL official. Review is ongoing. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: A report yesterday indicated that McCoy isn't likely to face any discipline from the league for his involvement in a bar fight this past February. No charges are expected to be filed in the case and while the league has handed down suspensions in similar circumstances, it sounds like McCoy has a good chance of avoiding any league punishment.
|Josh Gordon's potential reinstatement delayed|
NFL wants 60-90 days of no red-flag tests
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 12 2016, 9:21 am
|Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Josh Gordon’s potential reinstatement will be delayed until the NFL has seen that he can go 60 to 90 days without a red flag drug test. Gordon, who is currently suspended and has been for more than a year, appeared to be close to reinstatement until someone leaked the news yesterday that he has failed another drug test. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: So you're telling me there's a chance. Gordon is teetering on his NFL career becoming history. He needs to submit clean, non-diluted samples for over the next three months in order to resume his career. Given his history, the chances of Gordon making a significant contribution in 2016 are shaky at best.
|Hightower re-joining Saints backfield|
Handcuff material for Ingram owners
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 8 2016, 11:45 am
|Running back Tim Hightower is re-signing with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
The two sides met last week and have agreed to initial terms on a new contract. Hightower played in eight games for New Orleans in 2016, rushing for 375 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 129 yards.
FFToday's Take: Hightower filled in nicely for an injured Mark Ingram allowing the team to let Khiry Robinson move on in free agency. Even though Hightower is closing in on 30 years age, he spent three-plus years out of the league due to a knee injury. He'll be handcuff material for Ingram owners.
|Scott Chandler knee surgery, will miss 2016|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 2 2016, 12:29 am
|Another knee surgery yesterday. This game gives and takes. This surgery will take me out of next season, and probably keep me from playing again. (Alissa Chandler on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Scott Chandler entered the league in 2007 and has spent time with the Chargers, Bills, Cowboys and most recently the Patriots. He worked out for the Colts earlier this off-season but it sounds like his career is over.
|Redskins sign TE Vernon Davis|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2016, 12:10 pm
|The Washington Redskins have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran tight end Vernon Davis, a source told ESPN's John Keim on Thursday. Davis was acquired last November by the Denver Broncos, who gave up a sixth-round pick in April's draft as well as a sixth-round pick in 2017 in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. He finished last season with 38 receptions for 395 yards between the two teams. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: While Davis has pass-catching ability the Redskins are likely more interested in his blocking ability as Jordan Reed will be featured as a receiving weapon in the offense. Davis' fantasy value is minimal unless he's thrust into a starting role due to a Reed injury.
|49ers won't release Kaepernick before deadline|
$11.9 million salary becomes guaranteed April 1st
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2016, 9:27 am
|April 1 deadline, when Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary becomes guaranteed, is moot. 49ers are not releasing him before then. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kaepernick trade rumors have been running rampant for weeks now along side reports that the 49ers plan on keeping the 28 year-old quarterback. His 2016 salary becomes guaranteed on Friday and it appears that 49ers have no plans to release him today. The QB needy Broncos have interest in a trade, but want Kaepernick at a reduced salary. Even though he wants out, Kaepernick may be sticking with Chip Kelly in San Francisco in 2016.
|Green Bay signs TE Jared Cook|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2016, 10:45 am
|The Packers have agreed to terms with eighth-year tight end Jared Cook, who will sign his contract Monday pending a physical, a league source confirmed. Although the Packers offered a two-year deal, the two sides eventually settled on a one-year deal could total $3.65 million with incentives, USA Today reported. (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams released Cook this off-season and he reportedly had interest from Atlanta, Chicago and Carolina. He'll play a complimentary role in the offense along with Richard Rodgers. It sounds like the Packers are wanting to feature the tight end more this season down the middle of the field. Even so, Cook's fantasy value will likely be hit or miss given the amount of weapons in the offense. He's on the TE2 radar for redraft leagues.
|Browns sign Robert Griffin, two-year deal|
Browns could still draft QB with No.2 pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2016, 12:45 pm
|Robert Griffin III was sold on Cleveland as soon as his meeting with Browns head coach Hue Jackson and associate head coach Pep Hamilton was complete.
Griffin, a free agent, made it official Thursday when he signed with the Browns. “I'm excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,” Griffin said. “Coach Hue and Pep, I had a great meeting with them. I really believe in what they preach and how they can help not only me as a player but this team win games and that's what we're all about."
FFToday's Take: ESPN is reporting this is a two-year deal. There's still a strong possibility the Browns take a quarterback with the No.2 pick. It's likely RGIII could start Week 1 even with a rookie QB in the mix but his fantasy value on a team lacking playmakers will be in the tank. He's nothing more than a QB2 for now.
|Eagles add Rueben Randle to receiving corps|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 23 2016, 5:00 pm
|Rueben Randle is switching teams in the NFC East, as the wide receiver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Randle had spent his first four NFL seasons with the New York Giants, who selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft out of LSU.
FFToday's Take: While inconsistent, Randle finished as a WR3 the last two seasons helped by his 8 touchdowns in 2015 (57-797-8) and respectable yardage total in 2014 (71-938-3). He'll likely be the third receiver in Philadelphia behind Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor and as a result, his fantasy value takes a hit. He's on the WR4/5 radar in redraft leagues.
|Bears sign TE Josh Hill to offer sheet|
Saints have 5 days to match
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2016, 4:30 pm
|Bears have signed Saints TE Josh Hill to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent. New Orleans has 5 days to match. (Brad Biggs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's reportedly a three-year deal for the Saints tight end that never lived up to his early pre-season hype in 2015. Since Hill was an undrafted free agent, the Saints will get no draft pick compensation if they choose not to match the offer sheet. The Bears recently resigned Zach Miller as their starting tight end. Hill will be a player to keep an eye on as pre-season practices begin this Summer.
|Cowboys sign Alfred Morris|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2016, 10:30 am
|Former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris will sign a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, his agent confirmed to ESPN.
The deal is for two years, worth up to $5.5 million, including $2 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
FFToday's Take: Morris rocketed into the league with a monstrous rookie season in 2012 (1613 yds, 13 TDs) but his production has slipped every year since. His 763 yards and 1 TD last season ranked him 45th among fantasy running backs as he struggled to fit into Jay Gruden's offense. The Cowboys should provide an upgrade to Morris' fantasy stock and he'll compete with Darren McFadden for snaps.
|Case Keenum will start for Rams|
Foles to be high-priced backup
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 21 2016, 10:39 am
|G.M. Les Snead, appearing Monday on NFL Network, said that Case Keenum will be the starting quarterback “at the beginning of the season.” It also creates a potentially awkward situation in the quarterback room, where Keenum will make roughly $3 million in 2016 and backup Nick Foles will make more than $12 million. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Interesting comment from the Rams GM but it's still early in the off-season and much can happen before early September. Foles and perhaps a quarterback drafted in the first round (15th pick) could also be the Week 1 starter. In any case, the starting quarterback for the Rams can be avoided by fantasy owners.
|Browns showing interest in RGIII|
Former Redskins QB visits Browns Friday and Saturday
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 21 2016, 9:27 am
|The Browns remain interested in quarterback Robert Griffin III after meeting with him Friday and Saturday, a source told cleveland.com. "We are going through our process,'' Jackson said. "We're going to be very diligent in what we are doing -- trying to make sure that we put the right quarterbacks on our football team and in that quarterback room. And that's one of my biggest responsibilities and also one of our organization's biggest responsibilities." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns have lost key players this off-season and are shaping up to be the worst team in the league in 2016. Trading for Colin Kaepernick appears to be a secondary option at this point as its rumored the 49ers want a 2nd round pick in return. The Browns desperately need a quarterback upgrade over Josh McCown and Austin Davis.
|Green Bay re-signs James Starks|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2016, 10:08 am
|The Green Bay Packers and running back James Starks have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $6 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Caplan. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Starks is back filling the No.2 role in Green Bay's backfield and while Eddie Lacy certainly had his difficulties in 2015, he's still penciled in as the starter. Starks played in all 16 games last season and was an adequate fill-in while lacy battled injury and conditioning issues.
|Chris Johnson sticking with Cardinals|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2016, 4:24 pm
|The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms on a one-year deal with running back Chris Johnson on Thursday, keeping their Johnson & Johnson backfield intact for another season.
Johnson had recently visited the Miami Dolphins but left without a contract.
FFToday's Take: The veteran Johnson enjoyed a nice season with the Cardinals before fracturing his leg in Week 12. His lack of involvement in the passing game put a damper on his fantasy value and now he'll play second fiddle to the more versatile David Johnson. Chris will be a handcuff to David in 2016.
|Martellus Bennett headed to New England|
Bears to receive draft pick compensation
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2016, 7:12 pm
|Wheeling and dealing continues: Bears are trading TE Martellus Bennett to Patriots for draft-pick compensation, league sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bennett was on the trading block last year but a deal never materialized. The Patriots have made two tight ends fantasy viable in the past so it's not out of the question that Bennett could be option No.3 in the passing game behind Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman. He'll have TE2 value in redraft leagues with huge upside as injury insurance for Gronkowski. Bennett's departure vaults Bears tight end Zach Miller into low-TE1 value.
|Broncos retain C.J. Anderson, match Miami offer|
Four-year, $18 million contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2016, 4:07 pm
|Broncos have informed RB C.J. Anderson they are matching Miami's offer sheet, per source. He stays in Denver. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins offered Anderson a four-year, $18 million contract but the Broncos have matched the offer meaning Anderson will stay in Denver. Ronnie Hillman remains a free agent so its unclear if the Broncos want to use Anderson a workhorse type back or as part of a committee. For now, Anderson should be viewed as the No.1 option in the Denver backfield.
|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.