|Jeremy Hill running ahead of Law Firm at OTAs|
Giovani Bernard taking first-team snaps
By: Doug Orth | May 27 2014, 3:15 pm
|Second-round pick Jeremy Hill lined up as the second team running back behind Giovani Bernard. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the starter the last two years, had no comment. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Many believe Green-Ellis is a lock to remain a Bengal in the final season of his contract, but that may not be the case. Bernard is the clear starter and Hill will be his powerful complement for the foreseeable future. Cincinnati loves what Cedric Peerman brings on special teams, meaning Law Firm may be in a battle with 2013 sixth-rounder Rex Burkhead (another young player the team likes) at a position where most teams carry no more than four players.
|Ravens rookie RB Taliaferro arrested|
Charged with two misdemeanors after taxicab incident
By: Mike Krueger | May 27 2014, 2:50 pm
|Baltimore Ravens fourth-round draft pick Lorenzo Taliaferro was arrested early Saturday morning. According to the Williamsburg Police Department, officer J.A. Wagner observed a group get into a cab and said he heard yelling and cursing among the group. Taliaferro reportedly left the scene after breaking a window, but was located about a block away. He was charged with being drunk in public and destruction of property, both misdemeanors. (Virginia Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Given Ray Rice's incident involving his then-fiancee in a casino earlier this offseason (and likely multiple-game suspension), Bernard Pierce's recovery from shoulder surgery and Taliaferro's arrest, the Ravens are hurting at running back at the moment. At this rate, Baltimore may be forced both Justin Forsett and Cierre Wood, neither of whom should make the team under normal circumstances.
|Andre Johnson skips first day of OTAs|
WR still undecided about his future, direction of team
By: Doug Orth | May 27 2014, 2:35 pm
|Andre Johnson, just as he said wouldn’t, didn’t show up at the Houston Texans first organized team activities of 2014. CBS Radio reports that Johnson has only missed training with the Texans one other time since his draft in 2003 when he held out for contract reasons for a few days.
In mid-May, Johnson told a group of reporters that he wonders if the Texans organization is still the place for him to be. He also did not attend the team's mini-camp a few weeks ago, although he was in Houston. (KHOU)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson has been the consummate pro for 12 years, but is less than pleased that Houston didn't make more of an effort to secure a more highly-touted quarterback this offseason. Johnson is unlikely to get traded even if he demands one because doing so would leave the Texans with nearly $12 M of dead money on their cap. Expect Johnson to return and maintain his status as a top 10-15 fantasy receiver with either Ryan Fitzpatrick or rookie Tom Savage.
| Romo to be on pitch count during OTAs|
Rehab from back surgery going well
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2014, 1:38 pm
|"I'm getting close," Tony Romo said. "We're just going to be smart during the OTAs and have a little bit of a pitch count but we're going to go out there each day and try to do all that we can. The guys are working hard and doing great and I think we're going to be ready." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Romo has been pacing himself after his back surgery in December but seems to be on track for participating fully in training camp. Former Lions' offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will be calling plays this season for the Cowboys. Linehan was the pass-happy OC in Detroit from 2009-2013.
|Lions going up-tempo in 2014|
OC Joe Lombardi bringing over pieces of Saints playbook
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2014, 8:30 am
|First-year Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, an offensive assistant with the Saints for seven seasons, said after he was hired that his playbook is a combination of ideas he brought from New Orleans, leftovers from the Lions’ last offense, and things Caldwell and others have added from previous stops. One tenet of the system, and something the Lions have stressed repeatedly in their off-season practices, is playing at a fast pace in order to control the tempo of the game. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions have the skill position players to shatter previous offensive team records if they can quicken the pace the way Chip Kelley did with the Eagles a year ago. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Golden Tate can all be fantasy stars in Lombardi's new offense.
|Hoyer taking first team reps at Cleveland OTAs|
Starting QB competition between Hoyer and Maziel
By: Mike Krueger | May 21 2014, 1:21 pm
|The wunderkind (Johnny Manziel) is taking third-team repetitions at quarterback for the Browns at OTAs behind former Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer and Tyler Thigpen. With a new coaching staff for everyone involved, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to win the starting job in 2014. The Browns just don’t want Manziel to think he doesn’t have to work for it, something Pettine and Shanahan have every right to guard against. (Boston.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's no surprise the veteran Hoyer (ACL) is first in line during practice over the rookie Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine has stated the job is up for grabs. We likely won't get a feel for outcome of this competition until mid-August.
|Opportunity for Giants' TE Adrien Robinson|
Penciled in as starter
By: Doug Orth | May 21 2014, 9:00 am
|After two seasons, tight end Adrien Robinson has ZERO career receptions. Robinson's currently at 270 pounds after rededicating himself this offseason. His goal is to play this season at 265.
The weight loss can be partially attributed to what the Giants want from their tight ends in coordinator Ben McAdoo's new offense. Robinson said they'll be asked to run more routes and doing it from a bunch of different spots on the field. They'll also have more opportunities to catch the football. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: With Brandon Myers leaving for Tampa Bay, the starting tight end position is open in New York. Robinson will get first crack at the job but must show he's committed to the game before being a featured player in the Giants offense. He'll be on the fantasy radar as a TE2.
|Raiders pickup former Browns WR Greg Little|
Released by Cleveland on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | May 19 2014, 6:14 pm
|The Oakland Raiders claimed wide receiver Greg Little off waivers Monday.
An inconsistent player whose flashes of excellence were often overshadowed by crucial drops and off-field drama, Little was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Little has been plagued by drops and inconsistency during his three-year career along with off-field issues. He won't have much fantasy value in Oakland looking up at James Jones, Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes on the depth chart.
|Marshall signs three-year contact extension|
Bears wideout will give $1 million to benefit mental health care
By: Mike Krueger | May 19 2014, 11:00 am
|Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has a three-year, $30 million contract extension with the team and even signed the deal on national television.
Marshall signed the contract on ABC's "The View" on Monday and tweeted that he will donate $1 million to benefit mental health care. He had one season left on his current contract for $10 million. He will get $23 million guaranteed with his new deal, a source told ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This deal will keep Marshall in Chicago through the 2017 season. He's posted back to back top 200-point fantasy seasons and is poised to make it a third. As the No.1 receiver in the Bears offense, Marshall has averaged 109 catches 1401 yards and 11.5 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He's a WR1 in all formats.
|Cowboys add RB Ryan Williams|
Former Cardinals' RB was released Monday
By: Mike Krueger | May 17 2014, 8:00 pm
|Ryan Williams wasn’t out of work for long. The former Arizona running back has agreed to terms with the Cowboys after being cut by the Cardinals last Monday. Williams went through a workout Saturday that Dallas head coach Jason Garrett called “impressive.” (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Williams has battled injuries for most of his young three-year career, appearing only in five games. He adds depth to the Cowboys running back position and will battle for snaps with Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle.
|Rams release RB Daryl Richardson|
Turf toe injury hampered running back in 2013
By: Mike Krueger | May 16 2014, 9:00 am
|From the moment the Rams drafted Auburn running back Tre Mason in Round 3 a week ago, you knew either Daryl Richardson or Isaiah Pead was in trouble. The Rams released Richardson on Thursday. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: Richardson (7th round pick) began the 2013 season as the Rams starter at running back but a turf toe injury in Week 1 derailed his season. The drafting of Mason signaled the end of the line for one of the Rams backs and Richardson's number was called.
|Browns shakeup wide receiver corps|
Sign Austin, Bennett, release Little
By: Mike Krueger | May 16 2014, 7:00 am
|The three starting receivers from last season might all be out for 2014: Little and Davone Bess have been released and Josh Gordon is facing an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy for at least the third time. In their place are veterans Miles Austin and Earl Bennett, who were signed as free agents on Thursday, and Andrew Hawkins and Nate Burleson, who were signed in March and April, respectively. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Little was a 2nd-round pick in 2011 but had a case of the dropsies during his time in Cleveland. Austin finds himself with a golden opportunity as the Browns have a shaky depth chart at wide receiver. However, Austin has been plagued during his career with hamstring injuries and had very little interest as a free agent this off-season. He'll be on the WR5 radar with extreme injury risk.
|WR Stedman Bailey hit with 4 game suspension|
Rams receiver eligilbe to play in Week 6
By: Mike Krueger | May 12 2014, 6:04 pm
|St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Bailey will be eligible to return to the field after the team's game against Philadelphia on Oct. 5. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bailey will miss the first five weeks of the season as the Rams have a bye in Week 4. The Rams are thin at receiver but this suspension kills any fantasy momentum that Bailey had. He's at best, a mid-season waiver wire addition in redraft leagues.
|Cardinals cut ties with RB Ryan Williams|
Inactive for all 16 games last season
By: Mike Krueger | May 12 2014, 3:58 pm
|Running back Ryan Williams is no longer in Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' doghouse.
That's because Williams was one of four players released on Monday, the team announced. Williams, a second-round pick in 2011, was by the most notable of the three. His three years with the Cardinals were filled with injuries. He missed his rookie season with a torn right patella tendon. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury five games into his second season. (AZCentral)|
FFToday's Take: Williams injured his knee in training camp last season and never made it back on the field. He's now eligible to be claimed on waivers by any team.
|Browns cut QBs Vince Young, Alex Tanney|
Sign quaterback Tyler Thigpen
By: Mike Krueger | May 12 2014, 3:20 pm
|Vince Young's tenure with the Cleveland Browns lasted less than two weeks.
Four days after drafting Johnny Manziel, the Browns released the 30-year-old Young. The Browns also released defensive back Brandon Hughes, defensive lineman Brian Sanford, quarterback Alex Tanney and running back Fozzy Whittaker. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns did some Spring roster cleaning today to make way for incoming rookies and undrafted free agents. Young sat out all of 2013 just signed with the Browns on May 1st. Brian Hoyer (ACL) is expected to battle Manziel for the starting QB job during training camp.
| Shonn Greene to miss OTAs after knee surgery|
Rookie Bishop Sankey second on depth chart
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2014, 5:38 pm
|Titans running back Shonn Greene recently underwent surgery on his right knee, according to sources familiar with the situation, and is expected to be held out the remainder of the team's organized team activities this offseason. Greene is expected to be back for the start of training camp in late July. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: This sounds like a minor procedure but it's still worth noting as it's the same than caused Greene to miss five games in 2013. The Titans drafted Bishop Sankey in the second round of this year's draft. He currently sits atop the fantasy rookie running back rankings as the next in line on the Tennessee RB depth chart.
|Falcons expected to use more 3-WR sets|
Atlanta to use a more traditional TE now that Gonzalez is gone
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2014, 3:10 pm
|“There’ll be a change in the type of tight end we’ll have on our roster,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We’ll have a ‘Y’ tight end, where he’ll be an inline player (lined up tight to the formation). They won’t be moving around nearly as much as what we call a ‘F.’ Tony Gonzalez was more of a ‘F’ tight end than a ‘Y’ tight end.” (Atlanat Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Levine Toilolo is expected to be the Falcons starter at TE but don't expect him to put up Gonzalez-like numbers. He'll be used more as a blocker than Gonzalez ever was, meaning the Falcons are likely to focus the aerial attack on Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas. Douglas is on the fantasy radar as a WR4.
| Bryce Brown adds depth to Bills backfield|
Spiller and Jackson heading into contract years
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2014, 7:00 am
|The Philadelphia Eagles traded running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. In return for Brown, the Bills will receive a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that can become a 2016 third-round pick. The Bills and Eagles also swapped 2014 seventh-round selections as part of the deal. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bryce Brown gives the Bills insurance for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller who are both entering the final year of their contracts. Jackson's age (33) means he likely won't be re-signed in Buffalo next season. Brown's fantasy value remains on hold as the third running back on the Bills depth chart.
|Josh Gordon facing season-long suspension|
Reportedly tested positive for marijuana
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2014, 6:30 am
|Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a season-long suspension after another failed drug test months ago, this time for marijuana, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Friday. Two sources told "Outside the Lines" on Friday that Gordon's latest violation is the result of marijuana being found during a drug test. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon served a two-game suspension last season but still led the league in receiving with 1646 yards and led all fantasy receivers averaging 16.2 FPts per game. To say this a big blow to the Browns offense would be an understatement. If the report is true, the Browns will likely be looking for help early in Round 2 of tonight's draft.
| Stevie Johnson headed to San Francisco|
Bills receive conditional 4th round pick in 2015
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2014, 3:05 am
|The Buffalo Bills will trade wide receiver Steve Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The pick can become a third-rounder based on Johnson's performance. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills picked rookie WR Sammy Watkins in the first round last night and with the addition of Mike Williams (TB) during the off-season, the Bills are ready to move on from their veteran wideout. This is a downward move for Stevie's fantasy value as he'll have to compete for targets with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Watkins, Williams and Robert Woods now sit atop the Bills depth chart at wide receiver.
| Texans asking price for the No. 1 pick|
GM Rick Smith wants to move down
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2014, 10:31 am
|Rick Smith has made it perfectly clear that the Texans are interested in trading the No. 1 overall pick in tonight’s first round.
And here’s what the Texans’ general manager is asking for, according to our John McClain. 1. Swap first-round picks this year
2. A second- and third-round pick this year
3. A first-round pick in 2015 (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: That's a steep price but a trade would also depend on what team is trading up. In 2012, The Redskins paid a big price to move up from pick No. 6 to pick No. 2 to acquire QB Robert Griffin III. The Redskins gave up No. 6, a 2012 second-rounder, plus first-rounders in 2013 and 2014. GM Rick Smith's desire to move out of the top pick will likely push his asking price down as we get closer 8 pm ET.
| Jacksonville interested in Manziel at pick No. 3?|
More draft speculation
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2014, 9:31 am
|Word's spreading among media here that Manziel is going to Jacksonville at 3. (John McClain via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smokescreen or not, it's fun to discuss the possibility. Jacksonville currently has Chad Henne starting under center and are widely considered to be looking for a QB in the upcoming draft. They've also been linked to WR Sammy Watkins and LB Khalil Mack at pick No. 3.
| Romo throws during Tuesday workout|
Dallas QB recovering from back surgery
By: Mike Krueger | May 7 2014, 9:00 am
|At this point, the quarterback (Tony Romo) is about five months removed from back surgery and recovering well, by all accounts – going as far as throw in team workouts on Tuesday. “We feel good about Tony’s health, first-hand, medically. His back is everything that we want it to be at this time,” Jones said. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: There's been quite a bit of talk about the Cowboys interest, or lack there of, in drafting a QB this week. The Cowboys obviously aren't tipping their hand. Romo (34) is expected to be ready for training camp in July.
| Chiefs looking at quarterback in first round?|
Alex Smith entering final year of contract
By: Mike Krueger | May 5 2014, 11:16 am
|Team that will consider a 1st-round QB: The Chiefs. Negotiations with Alex Smith aren’t progressing well. Must keep long-term options open. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Keep in mind, it's draft week and the time of year when misinformation is commonplace. It's quite possible the Chiefs are leaking this news in attempt to improve their draft position, likely by trading down, or to send a message to Alex Smith's agent. Smith is entering the final year of his contract.
|Spiller, Jackson entering into contract years|
Bills have decisions to make at RB position
By: Mike Krueger | May 4 2014, 9:00 pm
|Chief among those (issues) is the long-term future at running back, where both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are headed into the final year of their contracts. The Bills have performed their due diligence in looking at running backs during the pre-draft process, hosting six prospects at One Bills Drive. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson (34) will almost certainly be allowed to walk at the end of this season while an attempt to keep Spiller (27) should be expected. The market for running backs is on the decline as teams are unwilling to issue big days to the position but Spiller could sign a deal similar to Chris Johnson's ($4 million per). Expect negotiations to pick up after the draft.
| Raiders interest in TE position is minimal|
Head coach likes Rivera as foundation piece
By: Mike Krueger | May 4 2014, 7:00 pm
|While Nick Kasa remains an unknown commodity, head coach Dennis Allen recently included Mychal Rivera in a list of foundation pieces. The team’s interest in draftable tight ends should be minimal, unless they are a good blocker and could make a quick impact on special teams. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Rivera's best game last season was a five-catch 54-yard performance at Houston. Even if the Raiders choose to bypass the top tight ends in the upcoming draft, Rivera will have nothing more than low-end TE2 fantasy value in 2014.
|Browns double dip on quarterbacks|
Sign Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen
By: Mike Krueger | May 1 2014, 1:00 pm
|The Cleveland Browns have signed veteran quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen, general manager Ray Farmer announced Thursday.
Young and Thigpen both participated in the Browns' three-day minicamp, which started Tuesday. The Browns needed to add a veteran to back up Brian Hoyer. Other than Hoyer, the only quarterback on Cleveland's roster was Alex Tanney. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Young sat out last season and Thigpen played in four games for Buffalo in 2012. The Browns are expected to add a quarterback in the upcoming draft so the likelihood that both of these QBs make the final roster is slim and none.
|Geno Smith ahead of Vick in OTAs|
Head coach careful not call Smith "starter"
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 29 2014, 5:30 pm
|Without calling Geno Smith the starter, Mornhinweg said the second-year quarterback will be the first behind center, but it will vary on a daily basis.
"We're going to structure it a certain way," Mornhinweg said. "One thing I want to make sure of is that nothing impedes the young quarterback's progression. I'm talking about Geno. He progressed beautifully, and I'm talking the last quarter of the season. He played at a high level." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We'll see. Smith can be penciled in as the starting QB for now but nobody should be surprised if Michael Vick takes over the starting role in camp or in the early part of the season. Smith's best games came during the last four weeks of 2013 where he piled 186 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs.
|Falcons pickup 5th year on Julio Jones|
Jones set to make $10.176 million in 2015
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 29 2014, 4:04 pm
|The Atlanta Falcons exercised the 2015 contract option on wide receiver Julio Jones, the team confirmed Tuesday.
Jones will make $10.176 million in 2015.
Jones, 25, injured his foot in Week 5 of last season and missed the remainder of the 2013 campaign. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: That's a hefty price tag for a receiver but Jones is capable of being a top 5 wideout if he can avoid injury. Julio ranked 4th among fantasy wideouts in FPts/G before injuring his foot in Week 5. He's expected to participate on a limited basis in off-season workouts and will be one of the first wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts this summer.
|Bears' WR Morgan arrested|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 28 2014, 5:10 pm
|Bears wide receiver Josh Morgan was arrested in downtown Washington D.C., at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday and charged with one count of misdemeanor simple assault, a spokesperson for the D.C. Metropolitan Department confirmed to ESPN on Monday. WRC-TV in Washington reported that Morgan allegedly punched a valet driver in the face. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Morgan claims he didn't do anything and denied the allegations. Morgan was signed to a one-year deal by the Bears just last week but won't be a fantasy factor as the fourth or fifth receiver on the depth chart.
| Giants' QB Painter to miss 4 weeks|
Arthroscopic surgery on right knee
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 28 2014, 1:05 pm
|QB Curtis Painter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday and recovery time is expected to be approximately 4 weeks (Giants via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants added QB Rusty Smith earlier in the day. He'll replace Painter in camp allowing the Giants to have enough arms in camp. Smith spent his fours year with the Titans but has played in only three games.
|Jags GM high on RB Toby Gerhart|
240-carry season isn't out of the question
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2014, 9:11 pm
|“When you watch plays he was involved in, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry [in the NFL],” said GM Dave Caldwell. “I scouted him a lot coming out of college and had a really good understanding of him. I think he can be a really good fit for us on first and second down, in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield.” (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: Toby Gerhart is going to have a lot of RB2 fantasy appeal given his opportunity to be a two-down if not three-down back in the Jags offense. A 240-carry season isn't out of the question if he stays healthy. Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson and Delone Carter are the current running backs behind Gerhart on the depth chart.
| ATL high on Clowney or smokescreen?|
Is trading up with Houston realistic?
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 25 2014, 11:04 am
|There is enough there to keep the speculation going that the Falcons are interested in trading up in the draft, which is set for May 8-10, to land the athletically-gifted Jadeveon Clowney.
However, this could be one of those draft smoke screens with the Falcons trying to strengthen their position. They could sit tight with the sixth pick or they are trying to drive up the price for Detroit or one of the teams that want to trade up. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: The Falcons have been rumored to be interested in trading up with Houston to get the No.1 pick, perhaps to select Clowney. However, the Falcons have numerous holes to fill - offensive line, tight end, pass rusher - and probably can't afford the price of a move from pick No.6 to pick No.1. The Falcons are traveling to Columbia, S.C. today, to do more research on Clowney, who visited Atlanta on Wednesday.
| Bradshaw still recovering, neck injury|
No setbacks with foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 24 2014, 3:51 pm
|"I'm six months after surgery. I feel great," Ahmad Bradshaw said. "Getting stronger. I'm just glad to be back here and be a part of this team." But Bradshaw, 28, isn't all the way back. This surgery was hardly minor. He said his doctors fused two vertebrae in his neck, something he believes will strengthen the area. Bradshaw initially contemplated addressing the problem with rest before settling on the surgical option. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts RB was re-signed to a one-year deal this off-season and has battled injuries the past two seasons, limiting his effectiveness. He claims his chronic foot injury feels better a year removed from surgery, and has had no setbacks. Being cleared for contact will be the next hurdle in his rehab.
| Manziel on short list for Bucs|
Tampa picks 7th in first round
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 23 2014, 2:34 pm
|Johnny Manziel is on the short list of players the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considering with their first-round pick in next month's NFL draft, a league source told ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Manziel is one of at least four quarterbacks the Bucs have hosted for predraft visits. The source did not disclose how short the team's list is for its first pick. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Bucs have Mike Glennon and recently signed Josh McCown already on the roster and new coach Lovie Smith has stated that he's not opposed to taking a QB with their first pick. Manziel's evaluation and draft projection is all over the place depending on the pundit you listen to. He's been linked to the Texans with the No. 1 pick along with Cleveland and the No.4 pick.
| Terrelle Pryor traded to Seahawks|
Raiders receive a 7th round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 21 2014, 9:12 pm
|The Oakland Raiders have traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2014 seventh-round draft pick. The Raiders were expected to release Pryor Tuesday if a deal wasn't worked out. The Seahawks wouldn't have had much chance of getting Pryor had that happened, since Seattle would have been last in the waiver wire order. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks already have three QBs on the roster - Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson and B.J. Daniels. Pryor will compete with Daniels for the No. 3 job and won't be fantasy relevant in redraft leagues unless Wilson goes down with injury.
|Bengals pick up option on A.J. Green|
Star wideout now signed through 2015
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 21 2014, 2:09 pm
|Fifth-year options for Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, Bengals WR A.J. Green and Steelers DL Cameron Heyward were officially exercised today. (Albert Breer via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This was a no-brainer for the Bengals. Green is one of the top wideouts in the game and is coming off his best season as a pro (98 receptions, 1426 yards, 11 TDs). He's a fantasy WR1 regardless of format.
|49ers RB absent from offseason program|
LaMichael James working out in Texas
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 21 2014, 9:30 am
|Running back LaMichael James, whose future with the 49ers remains murky, is in Texas to train on his own at the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program, according to a source. The 49ers’ official offseason program began Monday. The first two weeks of activities are devoted to players working solely with strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama and his staff. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: There's been speculation that the 49ers RB may be traded and that James may welcome the change. He's played sparingly during his first two years in the league and with Marcus Lattimore poised to make a significant contribution this season along with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter, James is the odd man out.
| Rams drafting a QB?|
Not in the first round
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 21 2014, 7:00 am
|With less than three weeks remaining before the draft, the Rams are strongly considering taking a quarterback, and in doing so are casting a wide net at the position. The consistent signal from Rams Park is that the team wants to take a quarterback in the mid-rounds, someone who isn’t a project and could compete for a starting job in a year or two. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: "I don’t think there’s any question the Rams are taking a quarterback," said Gil Brandt, the longtime NFL draft guru. "(General manager) Les Snead has been around looking at those guys." Sam Bradford has two years left on his deal so it makes sense for Rams management to address the position in case the team wants to move on from him after 2015. The Rams reportedly will not spend a first round pick on a QB.
|Chris Johnson and Jets agree|
Joins Vick and Decker as notable free agent additions
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2014, 3:40 pm
|After a relatively conservative first month of free agency, the New York Jets made one of the splashiest moves of the offseason, reaching agreement with former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson on a two-year contract, league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: CJ2K indicated that he would make visits to other teams but that never took place. Johnson is coming off a carry low 3.9 yards per carry and will likely be in a timeshare with Chris Ivory, resulting in a hit to Johnson's fantasy value. Johnson is also recovering from "minor" knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.