|Dolphins add receiver Damian Williams|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 10 2014, 7:52 pm
|The Miami Dolphins added depth to their receiver group by signing free-agent Damian Williams Thursday to a one-year, $800,000 contract, a source told ESPN.com.
Williams, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2010. He caught a career-low 15 receptions for 178 yards in 10 games last season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Williams adds depth behind Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline with and outside chance of winning the third wide receiver spot over Brandon Gibson. Very little fantasy value here unless an injury occurs to one of the starters.
| Six week recovery time for Eli Manning|
Sprained ankle still giving Giants QB trouble
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 10 2014, 3:52 pm
|Eli Manning will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle.
The Giants quarterback sustained a high ankle sprain during the season finale against the Redskins and, according to a post on the team's web site, is still "experiencing some discomfort" during the start of his offseason prep work. He is expected to be out for at least six weeks. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Manning isn't expected to participate in the off-season program which begins April 21st but should be available once mini-camp begins in late June. Manning was sacked more than any other QB last season but has been very durable during his career. He's played in every game since 2005.
|Colin Kaepernick being investigated|
Very few details at this time
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 10 2014, 1:10 pm
|Police said Thursday that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the subject of an investigation in South Florida. No charges have been filed against Kaepernick, but TMZ Sports reported Thursday that investigators were looking into an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a hotel in Miami earlier this month.
"The 49ers organization is aware of a report regarding Colin Kaepernick and are gathering facts," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, in a statement. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: There are other reports that 49ers WR Quinton Patton and Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette are also being investigated. It appears the investigation is in its early stages. More details to come...
| Reggie Wayne rehab update|
Expected to be cleared April 25th
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 8 2014, 6:29 pm
|Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne expects to be cleared to return to football activities April 25, six months after he had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "I'm way ahead of schedule," Wayne said on 1260-AM WNDE's Query and Schultz Show on Tuesday afternoon. "I will be ready before training camp. I don't think coach (Chuck) Pagano will take the leash off until training camp (but) I can't wait. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Wayne (35) is defying the age - production odds at his position by having a stellar 2012 season (106 rec, 1355 yards, 5 TDs) and a respectable 2013 (7 games, 39 rec, 508 yards, 2 TDs) before tearing his ACL. Expected to be on the field Week 1, he'll be a key target for Andrew Luck and the Colts offense but shouldn't be counted on as WR1 given his age and the relative short recovery time from his injury.
|Panthers sign another veteran receiver|
Carolina trying to rebuild wide receiver corps
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 7 2014, 6:10 pm
|The Panthers have signed free agent wideout Jason Avant to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Avant becomes the third free agent receiver to sign with the Panthers, joining former Steelers red-zone specialist Jerricho Cotchery and ex-Tampa Bay wideout Tiquan Underwood. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Despite the acquisitions, the Panthers are still searching for a viable No.1 wideout and it's likely given the pool of receivers left in free agency they won't have one in 2014. Carolina will no doubt be searching for wideouts in the upcoming draft and will rely even more on the running game (if that's possible), in 2014.
| Texans to host QB prospects|
Bortles and Manziel to meet Texans brass later this month
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 7 2014, 3:37 pm
|Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles will be among the quarterbacks coming to Houston to visit with the Texans.
NFL teams can bring in 30 players for visits.
Bortles is scheduled to visit the Texans on April 15-16. Manziel visits on April 21-22. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans will draft a Quarterback in the upcoming draft it's just a matter of what round. Some believe GM Rick Smith will use the first pick overall to take a QB and according to John McClain of the Tennessean, that QB will be Johnny Manziel. The Texans have moved on from Matt Schaub (Raiders) and have brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick as a bridge or backup to a younger signal caller.
|Texans sign RB Andre Brown|
One-year contract worth $645,000
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 7 2014, 3:09 pm
|Free-agent running back Andre Brown has agreed to a one-year contract worth $645,000 with the Texans.
Brown, 27, enters his fifth season and gives the Texans a veteran backup behind Arian Foster. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Tate (Browns) left via free agency so the Texans were in the market for a backup to Arian Foster. Brown missed the majority of last season with a leg injury but did find time 492 yards and 3 TDs in eight games, including two games over 100 yards rushing. Even with this signing, don't be surprised the Texans address the running back position in the upcoming draft.
| Bucs trade WR Williams to Bills|
Bucs receive 6th-round draft pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 4 2014, 1:06 pm
|The Buffalo Bills have worked out a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for wide receiver Mike Williams, it was announced Friday. The Bills will send a sixth-round pick in next month's draft to Tampa Bay in exchange for the four-year veteran, pending a physical. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Williams never won over head coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay and is facing off-field issues. He's reunited with former college coach at Syracuse, Doug Marrone. "Today, Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League." If Williams takes Marrone's comments to heart he's got an opportunity to be a productive, fantasy-worthy receiver in Buffalo.
|Titans officially release Chris Johnson|
Set to make $8 million in 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 4 2014, 1:00 pm
|Running back Chris Johnson was released by the Tennessee Titans on Friday, the team announced. "We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so. We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us." He was scheduled to make $8 million in 2014. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We knew this was coming and now it's official. Johnson has rushed for at least 1000 yards during his first six years in the league. There has been reported interest from the Jets, Bills, Dolphins, Falcons but with the Dolphins acquiring Knowshon Moreno, you can cross the Fins off the list. Many other teams will be interested now that trade compensation is not a factor.
|Ravens sign TE Owen Daniels|
Reunited with OC Gary Kubiak
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2014, 7:35 pm
|The Ravens have agreed to a one-year contract with former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels, a move intended to form a strong tandem with primary tight end Dennis Pitta. The transaction reunites the two-time Pro Bowl selection with former Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who was hired this offseason as the Ravens' offensive coordinator.
FFToday's Take: Daniels is familiar with Kubiak's offensive system so this a nice move by the Ravens. Pitta played in just five games last season and spent the majority of time injured with a broken leg. He'll fight for targets with Dennis Pitta and as result be on the low-end TE2 fantasy radar.
|Nate Burleson to visit Dolphins|
Miami looking for veteran wideout
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2014, 12:50 pm
|Nate Burleson hopes his career keeps swimming along.
The free-agent wide receiver will visit the Miami Dolphins. The former Detroit Lions receiver told "NFL AM" he will land in Miami on Thursday evening, as NFL Media's Steve Wyche announced during the NFL Network morning show. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Burleson is looking to sign on with the fourth team of his career (Minnesota, Seattle, Detroit) and could be a nice fit in Miami where a veteran receiver is needed. If signed, he could compete with Brandon Gibson for the No.3 role but in all likelihood would be veteran insurance for Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. Burleson started 8 games last season in Detroit but missed time due to a broken arm.
|Redskins add QB Colt McCoy|
No.3 QB behind RGIII and Kirk Cousins
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2014, 11:02 am
|The Washington Redskins have signed quarterback Colt McCoy.
McCoy signed his contract Thursday, giving the Redskins a new potential No. 3 quarterback to replace Rex Grossman. Grossman is a free agent after playing behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins the last two seasons. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: McCoy stepped on the field four times in mop-up duty for the 49ers last season. He'll serve as the No.3 QB behind RGIII and Kirk Cousins with very little fantasy value to speak of.
|CJ2K's release "a matter of time"|
Titans expected to part ways with running back
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2014, 9:18 am
|The clock continues to tick on Chris Johnson's tenure with the Tennessee Titans. The long-presumed divorce is coming, the running back's agent said, he just doesn't know when.
"I think it's a matter of time before Chris won't be with the Titans, I just don't know when," Johnson's agent, Joel Segal, said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This has been the speculation for months now as Johnson is simply too expensive. He's scheduled to make $8 million this season in a league that is trending toward paying running backs less and less. Tennessee's off-season program begins Monday so it's possible Johnson could be on the free agent market by this weekend.
|Steelers sign WR Heyward-Bey|
Third team is the charm?
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 2 2014, 1:41 pm
|Darrius Heyward-Bey, a tall and fast wide receiver who has never realized the expectations for him since the Oakland Raiders took him near the top of the draft five years ago, has joined the Steelers' corps of wide receivers. The Steelers signed him to a one-year contract today.
FFToday's Take: The Steelers have turned to free agency to fill the void of Emmanuel Sanders by signing DHB and former Saint Lance Moore. DHB's best season came in 2011 (64 rec, 975 yards, 4 TDs) but has just 70 receptions over the last two years. DHB will be running fourth on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Moore.
|Redskins, DeSean Jackson agree|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2014, 11:15 pm
|Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has agreed with the Washington Redskins. Jackson will join Washington on a three-year deal, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Redskins will pair him with a first-time head coach in Jay Gruden. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Jackson and Andre Roberts in the mix, the biggest fantasy winner has to be Robert Griffin III who now has legitimate play-makers at all three receiver spots and one of the best young receiving tight ends in Jordan Reed. With Pierre Garcon on the opposite side, Jackson will be hard-pressed to duplicate his WR1 stats from a year ago (82 rec, 1332 yds, 9 TDs). Both players see their fantasy value deflate a little with this acquisition.
| Manziel to visit Patriots|
Patriots serious about QB or just kicking the tires?
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2014, 9:07 pm
|The New England Patriots are scheduled to host quarterback Johnny Manziel on a pre-draft visit at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, a league source confirmed. The Patriots pick 29th overall in the first round and have Tom Brady (under contract through 2017) and Ryan Mallett (under contract through 2014) on the depth chart. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This is Belichek doing due diligence with a top prospect. With the Patriots picking near the bottom of the upcoming draft, a trade up would likely need to happen if the Pats were serious about taking the former Texas A&M quarterback. This is the first of several visits that Manziel has lined up with NFL teams.
|Jets add another WR, Jacoby Ford|
Ford joins Decker in wide receiver mix
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2014, 7:40 pm
|The New York Jets signed a fast wide receiver with dynamic ability on special teams -- but not DeSean Jackson. They finalized a deal Tuesday with Jacoby Ford, formerly of the Oakland Raiders. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Ford has 57 catches since coming into the league in 2010 and thanks to injuries, has spent more time off the field than on it. He'll be a backup slot receiver, return candidate for the Jets and off the fantasy radar until proven otherwise.
|Rams, Britt agree on one-year deal|
Reunited with Jeff Fisher
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2014, 7:35 pm
|The St. Louis Rams have signed former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt to a one-year, $1.4M deal, including $550,000 guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The maximum value of the deal is $2.9 million, the source said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Britt's notable off-field issues and injury question marks during his five-year career has led to a weak market for his services and a one-year incentive-based deal. He's reunited with head coach Jeff Fisher who coached Britt during his first two years in the league. He's got the talent to be a starting receiver but the risk of implosion keeps his fantasy value minimal until proven otherwise.
| Doug Martin medically cleared|
Bucs RB on track with shoulder rehab
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 31 2014, 11:41 am
|CLEARED!!!! Excited to be back y'all!! (Doug Martin via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Doug Martin took to twitter this morning to let us know that he's been medically cleared after sustaining a shoulder injury in Week 7 of 2013 that eventually required surgery. He's on track to take part in the Bucs off-season workouts which begin in late April. New head coach Lovie Smith has already stated that Martin will be the main ball carrier in 2014, making Martin a solid RB1 in fantasy drafts this summer.
|Redskins set to host DJax on Monday|
May not be willing to "break the bank"
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 30 2014, 9:00 pm
|Despite being in full agreement in the decision to pursue former Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins officials may not be willing to award the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver a highly lucrative contract, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Washington will host Jackson on Monday evening and Tuesday, according to multiple sources. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders and Bills seem to be other front-runners for the former Eagle right now. Both of those teams have more cap room and in theory could offer a bigger front-loaded contract. The Chiefs and Jets have reportedly backed off their pursuit of the star receiver.
|Steelers add Blount to backfield|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2014, 3:23 pm
|LeGarrette Blount agreed to a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers today during his visit, according to league sources. Blount, 27, also had interest from the Patriots in bringing him back, but sources say they didn't approach the financial commitment of the Steelers.
FFToday's Take: Blount will fill a backup role behind every-down back Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh. Blount's arrival won't affect Bell's status as a RB1 with upside and his departure leaves Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen as the top two options in New England.
|Raiders make it official, sign MJD|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2014, 3:01 pm
|RB Maurice Jones-Drew officially is an Oakland Raider, signing a 3-year deal with the team. Jones-Drew is going home. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With the injury history of Darren McFadden, MJD has a good chance of seeing significant action in 2014 however Jones-Drew battled injury issues of his own in 2012 and had a ho-hum season in 2013. His arrival deflates the fantasy value of McFadden and makes the Raiders backfield a headache for fantasy owners.
|DeSean Jackson released by Eagles|
Eagles unable to find a trade partner
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2014, 12:40 pm
|After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today. (Philadelphia Eagles via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We knew this was a possibility and now it's come true. The Eagles released their top receiver from 2013 just two years after signing a five-year contract extension. He was set to make $10.5 million this season. Jackson is in the prime of his career and despite his attitude and off-field concerns, will likely have a few teams (Jets, Raiders, Chiefs, 49ers, etc.) considering his services.
|Eagles sign backup QB, Sanchez|
Former Jets QB lands with Eagles
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2014, 9:55 am
|Philadelphia and the New York Jets completed a quarterback swap of sorts, with the Eagles announcing Friday they've signed Mark Sanchez to a one-year deal.
The deal comes a week after the Eagles lost Michael Vick to the Jets. Sanchez's deal is for $2.25 million and includes a $750,000 signing bonus, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The contract also includes up to an additional $1.75 million in bonuses, bringing the maximum value of the deal to $4 million. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Sanchez is recovering from a torn labrum that caused him to sit out all of last year. He's still in the rehab process but is expected to be ready for training camp in July. He'll be the backup to Nick Foles and holds little fantasy value as a low-end QB2.
|Rice indicted for aggravated assault|
Ravens standing behind their running back
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 27 2014, 7:30 pm
|Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly striking his fiancée unconscious last month. Conviction of a third-degree crime in New Jersey carries a potential prison sentence of at least three years and up to five years, and a fine that could be up to $15,000. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rice was originally charged back in February with simple assault and could be facing a suspension depending on the outcome of this case. The Ravens are standing behind their running back and insist he has a future with the team. The next court date has not been set.
|Knowshon Moreno lands in Miami|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 27 2014, 3:08 pm
|The Miami Dolphins can officially end the team's search for an all-purpose tailback.
The Dolphins have signed former Denver Broncos starter Knowshon Moreno to a one-year deal, which will likely make him the front runner to serve as Miami's starting tailback in 2014. (Sun Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Moreno was our top-rated free agent running back available and there was speculation that after finding a cool market for his services, he might return to the Broncos. Last season was Moreno's best as a pro (1587 total yds, 13 TDs) on his way to a top-five ranking among all fantasy RBs. With a weaker offense in Miami, Moreno will slip to RB2 status assuming he wins the starting job. This move ripples down to Broncos running back Montee Ball, who will now be drooled over as a breakout candidate in 2014.
|Rams add QB Shaun Hill|
Team still expected to take a QB in upcoming Draft
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2014, 3:35 pm
|The Rams have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Detroit free-agent quarterback Shaun Hill. Although the team is still expected to select a quarterback somewhere in the upcoming draft, Hill gives the Rams a veteran backup behind starter Sam Bradford. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams were linked to Hill over the last couple weeks and now the former backup to Matthew Stafford will be the backup to Sam Bradford. Hill has appeared in just four games over the last three seasons.
|70% of carries for Zac Stacy|
Head coach likes his second-year RB
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2014, 1:27 pm
|Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy's evolving role with Rams: "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy." (Jim Thomas)|
FFToday's Take: I guess the time is now? Stacy had 70.6% of the running back carries last season for the Rams and without a proven backup, he'll likely be in for a similar role in 2014. Stacy had 250 carries last season in thirteen games. He'll be a solid RB2 with upside in fantasy drafts this summer.
| Julio Jones rehab update|
Running, ahead of schedule
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2014, 8:13 am
|Falcons coach Mike Smith said wide receiver Julio Jones is running and is ahead of schedule. What’s his timetable for a full return?
"That’s a decision that’s going to be made by the doctors who did the procedure on his return to play,” Smith said. “I know that he’ll get out there as soon as the doctors give him the OK. But he’s progressing very well through his rehab. The return to play is strictly going to be a decision that’s going to be made by the medical staff. I fully anticipate that long-term he’s going to be ready to go." (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Julio injured his foot in early October, the same foot that he previously injured at the Combine. It sounds like the star receiver is on track for the off-season program and should be a training camp participant in July. Jones averaged 14.1 FPts in his five games last season, ranking him 5th among wide receivers.
| Colston's foot still an issue|
Saints wideout will have limited practice time this season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2014, 6:28 am
|Payton said Marques Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout the season, and will have to monitor his practice time this season. (Larry Holder via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Colston will have to deal with his foot problem again this season, giving him a permanent red flag next to his name of fantasy cheatsheets. Colston played in 15 games last season and finished 27th among fantasy wideouts in 2013 with 75 catches, 943 yards and 5 TDs... a step down from his previous two seasons. He'll be a WR3 in 2014 as the second option in the Saints passing game.
|DJax staying in Philadelphia?|
Receiver telling teammates he's staying
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 25 2014, 11:56 am
|In the latest twist of As DeSean Jackson Turns, the wide receiver called a few teammates on Tuesday morning to tell them he was staying with the Eagles a day after he spoke with coach Chip Kelly, a source close to the situation told The Inquirer. Last week, three NFL sources told The Inquirer that the Eagles were actively shopping the Pro Bowl receiver. There were also reports that the New York Jets, Raiders, Panthers, 49ers and Seahawks had expressed some interest in Jackson. (Philadelphia Inquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Chip Kelly is scheduled to speak with the media on Wednesday and perhaps he'll shed some light on the situation. The Eagles reportedly wanted a third-round pick for Jackson but it doesn't appear there are any takers at that price along with Jackson's salary of over $10 million in 2014. More twists and turns on this story to come...
|Jags want Gerhart to be bell-cow RB|
Coach has high hopes for former Vikings RB
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2014, 9:39 am
|I asked Gus Bradley if Toby Gerhart would be his bell-cow back. 'That's what we hope to see ... we like what we saw on tape.' (Marc Sessler via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Jags signed Gerhart to a three-year deal worth $10.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed earlier this month. Opportunity is going drive Gerhart's fantasy value this summer and he should be taken as an RB3 once mock draft season heats up. Gerhart has spent the last four seasons behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota.
| Bucs WR Williams stabbed in thigh|
Treated and released
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 23 2014, 8:00 pm
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams was hospitalized after being stabbed in the thigh Sunday afternoon in his Tampa home. Williams' brother is suspected in the stabbing and is being sought by police. The Tampa Bay Times reported Williams was treated for a relatively minor laceration at St. Joseph's Hospital and released. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The injury doesn't appear serious but Williams' off-field issues are a concern. There's a pattern here and it's disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team," new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in February. "He has to understand that." Despite signing a six-year, $40.25 million contract at the beginning of last season, Williams needs to get on a better path if he wants to have a long career in the NFL.
|Raiders expected to trade for Schaub|
Texans to get late-round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 21 2014, 9:00 am
|The Oakland Raiders will trade a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub, a league source told ESPN. Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, became expendable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders currently have Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards on the roster. Oakland had been rumored to be QB shopping with their No. 5 draft pick but this move will cast some doubt on which position they'll take with their top pick. Houston is also QB shopping with their No.1 overall selection.
|Jason Campbell to backup Dalton|
Bengals sign veteran QB to one-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2014, 9:15 pm
|The Bengals were looking for a veteran to backup Andy Dalton. They found one with a connection to the program in Jason Campbell.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Wednesday night Cincinnati signed the former Browns quarterback to a one-year deal to play behind Andy Dalton. (Cincinnati.com)|
FFToday's Take: Campbell is familiar with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson from their time in Oakland. Campbell comes from Cleveland where played roughly half the 2013 season, throwing 11 TDs and 8 INTs.
|Titans release Kicker Rob Bironas|
85.7 % for his career
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2014, 8:00 pm
|In cutting kicker Rob Bironas, the Titans are hoping to get a younger, stronger leg while saving a good chunk of money under the salary cap as well. Bironas connected on 85.7 percent of his attempts (239 of 279) over his nine seasons with Tennessee. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Bironas was set to make around $3 million this season. His average length of kickoff has dropped in recent years. The Titans will likely go with an young, unproven kicker in 2014 but aren't expected to select one in the upcoming draft.
|Eagles want 3rd-round pick for DJax|
49ers and Patriots have inquired
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2014, 6:00 pm
|The Eagles might not be actively shopping DeSean Jackson but they’re picking up the phone and listening to offers. The team has taken inquiries from the 49ers and Patriots, Gunn has learned from a league source, and notified the Pro Bowl wideout early last week that it’s not shopping him but is listening to potential suitors. Also according to the source, the Eagles are seeking at least a third-round pick. (CSNPhilly.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson had his best year as a pro in Chip Kelly's offense registering 82 catches, 1332 yards and 9 TDs and ranking 10th among fantasy wide receivers with 187.4 FPts. Jackson's me-first attitude might rub coach Kelly the wrong way but it also makes him difficult to deal... along with his contract. Jackson is owed $10.25 million in base salary in 2014.
| Cam Newton out four months|
Carolina QB will have ankle surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2014, 4:00 pm
|Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery Wednesday, the team confirmed Tuesday.
According to the team, the recovery will take up to four months, which coincides with the start of training camp. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Newton battled an ankle issue during the latter stages of the 2013 season. Rest did not cure the situation so surgery to "tighten up the ligaments" is now on the table. The timetable should allow for Newton to be back on the field for the start of training camp but he'll miss valuable time with whatever receivers the Panthers add to the roster between now and then.
|Bengals won't match offer for Hawkins |
Browns get new slot receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2014, 3:30 pm
|Former Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins waited six long years to become a Brown, but better later than never.
The Bengals announced Tuesday that they decided not to match the Browns offer to the restricted free agent. The Browns pursued him in free agency this year to fill the slot role vacated by recently-released Davone Bess. (Cleveland.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns front-loaded their offer, including a $3.8 million signing bonus and $10.8 million over the first two years causing the Bengals not to match. Hawkins is a nice addition for the Browns who need someone to take pressure off of Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron. Depending on how the QB situation shakes out, Hawkins can have WR4 value in the Browns offense.
|Manningham back in New York|
Recevier returns to Giants
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2014, 12:45 pm
|In their plan to reload for the future, the Giants have welcomed back an old friend from the past.
Mario Manningham, the team's former third-round pick will return to the team on a one-year deal, according to a person familiar with the situation. After leaving for San Francisco on a two-year, $7.375 million deal following the team's 2011 Super Bowl run, Manningham played in just 18 games, and scored just one touchdown. He ended both seasons on injured reserve with knee issues. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Manningham has been off the fantasy radar during his time in San Francisco due to injuries. Back with Giants, he'll add depth to a receiving corps that just lost Hakeem Nicks to the Colts. Manningham will have minimal fantasy value in WR5 territory as he slides in behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle on the depth chart.