|Ravens put franchise tag on K Justin Tucker|
Will make $4.5 million under the tag
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2016, 9:30 am
|The Baltimore Ravens placed the franchise tag on Justin Tucker, his agent said Friday, keeping the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history from reaching free agency. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tuesday is the deadline for clubs to use the franchise tag. Tucker is making 87 percent of kicks for his career and set to make $4.5 million under the tag. The two sides are discussing a long-term deal and have until July 15th to get one done.
|Ravens giving Trent Richardson a shot|
RB expected to sign pending a physical
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2016, 10:45 am
|Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson is expected to sign a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens pending a physical, sources told AL.com. Richardson was out of football last season, just three years after the Cleveland Browns selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. (AL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Richardson was released last preseason by the Raiders and will now get a shot in Baltimore. He's a longshot to make the team and therefore isn't someone dynasty owners should be taking a flier on just yet.
| Dalton expected to be ready for April workouts|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2016, 11:00 pm
|He (OC Ken Zampese) reiterated that Andy Dalton is expected to be full-go when the team resumes practicing in April, and the expectations of his offseason progression haven’t altered at all due to the injury. Zampese knows the broken thumb forcing Dalton out of his best season left a mark, but the two move forward together. (Cincinnati.com)|
FFToday's Take: Dalton scored more fantasy points in 2015 than he did in 2014 and did so playing three fewer games. The emergence of TE Tyler Eifert was a huge part of Dalton's success and vaulted him to a low-end QB1 when healthy.
| Cards GM speaks on Andre Ellington|
"I’d love to keep Andre long term, yet he’s got to stay healthy"
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2016, 10:00 pm
|While lauding Andre Ellington’s talent, Keim didn’t mince words about Ellington’s tenuous future.
“Andre’s a dynamic player, there’s no doubt about that,” Keim said on Wednesday. “We love his skill set, but it’s no secret the guy has had durability problems. As an organization, you have expectations and if a guy doesn’t fulfill those expectations, you may have to move on. “Hopefully, Andre’s not in a situation where we have to move on. I’d love to keep Andre long term, yet at the same time, he’s got to stay healthy.”
FFToday's Take: The Cardinals GM is spot on. Ellington has missed 10 games over the last two seasons with various injuries and has fallen down the depth chart as a result. He's entering the final year of his contract but comes at a cheap price ($1.6 million) so he's unlikely to be released. However, another mixed season plagued by injuries will likely lead to Ellington's departure from Arizona.
|Andre Johnson likely out in Indy|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2016, 9:46 am
|Andre Johnson is one-and-done in Indianapolis. Could this be it for the star? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the veteran wide receiver has played his final down for the Colts, leaving his future unclear after 14 oft-excellent NFL seasons. Retirement is an option, but Johnson could also force the Colts to cut him, paving the way for an opportunity to continue his career. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: There's been no official word from Johnson and the Colts would eat $2.5 million in dead money if they release him. Owner Jim Irsay acknowledged last month that the team needs to get younger. Johnson will turn 35 in July. Expect T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett to be the Colts top three wideouts in 2016.
|49ers sign TE Garrett Celek|
4-year deal, $5M guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2016, 3:10 pm
|The 49ers signed TE Garrett Celek to a 4-year deal worth $14M, source said. He gets nearly $5M guaranteed. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Chip Kelly likes to feature the tight end in his offense but Celek will have to battle Vance McDonald and Blake Bell for targets. McDonald is the better pass receiver of the group but Celek could see his usage increase as Kelly's blocking tight end.
| Romo leaning toward surgery in March|
Six to eight week recovery period for
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2016, 1:00 pm
|After three more weeks of consideration, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is leaning more toward undergoing a Mumford procedure on his left clavicle than attaching a plate over the mending collarbone, according to a source. Romo, however, has yet to make a final decision on the type of surgery he will have in March as he continues to gather facts and evaluate the benefits of each procedure that he's discussed with doctors. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Romo broke his collarbone twice in the span of three months and managed to only play in four games last season. While he may miss or be limited in minicamps this May and June he should be a full go by the time training camps rolls around in late July.
|Rams release three including TE Jared Cook|
DE Chris Long, LB James Laurinaitis also cut
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2016, 4:00 pm
|The team released defensive end Chris Long, linebacker James Laurinaitis and tight end Jared Cook on Friday. The club later confirmed the moves.
"This is the time of year when all NFL teams are faced with difficult decisions regarding their veteran players," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement
FFToday's Take: The team will save roughly $25 million in cap space with the cuts while absorbing $4.7 million in dead money. Cook was set to count $8.3 million against the cap and while he's shown flashes of play-making ability he never became a consistent producer in the Rams offense.
|Heath Miller calls it a career|
No more "Heath" chants
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2016, 3:00 pm
|On Friday afternoon, after 11 NFL seasons, all with the Steelers, Heath Miller announced he was retiring. Miller, the team’s first-round draft pick out of the University of Virginia in 2005, missed only eight games in his 11 seasons. He started 167 games and helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls. He is the franchise’s all-time leader for tight ends in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569) and receiving touchdowns (45). (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Miller was a rock for Ben Roethlisberger and one the better all-around tight ends in the game. The 33 year-old had his best season in 2012 posting a 71-816-8 stat line. Second-year player Jesse James is penciled in to be the starter at TE but with the receivers and running backs the focus of targets in the Steelers offense, James will be nothing more than a TE2.
|Lions release Joique Bell|
Save $2.5 million in cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 17 2016, 8:58 am
|Joique Bell predicted a bounce-back season for himself this fall after battling injuries much of last year. If that's going to happen now, it won't be with the Detroit Lions.
The Lions cut Bell today, saving $2.5 million in cap space and saying good-bye to one of their best rags-to-riches stories.
(Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Bell was coming off Achilles and knee injuries in 2014 and struggled to gain any consistency rushing for just 311 yards and scoring four touchdowns. The Lions will move forward with Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner in the backfield.
|Redskins, Cousins break off contract talks|
Franchise tag could be coming for Cousins
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 16 2016, 1:00 pm
|Redskins and QB Kirk Cousins have broken off contract talks, per team source. No further talks scheduled. (Adam Schefer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: And so it goes in the world of contract negotiations. Cousins is more than likely going to be the Redskins quarterback in 2016 either via a new contract or a one-year franchise deal. Teams have until March 1st to designate their franchise player.
|PHI not expected to use franchise tag on Bradford|
Teams can begin tagging players today
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 16 2016, 8:30 am
|The Birds aren't expected to use the 2016 tag, today or at all before the March 1 deadline, to ensure the retention of their most prominent free agent, quarterback Sam Bradford. They still might sign Bradford, but they don't seem wed to him to the extent that they're willing to dedicate $20 million or so of their 2016 salary cap to the notion. (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: Bradford is likely to be signed but at yearly figure below the $20 million that comes with the franchise tag. Head coach Doug Pederson might prefer other options to Bradford but with a thin QB free agent market his options are slim. Look for Bradford to be the starting QB in Philadelphia in 2016.
|Mariota to run more in 2016?|
Mularkey wants to see more Mariota on the ground
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 16 2016, 7:30 am
|"We’re not going to run him like they run Cam Newton with some of these designed counter plays and things up the middle that are gonna expose him by any means, but I think he’s such a threat in the run game for defenses. It just gives you an advantage." (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Marcus Mariota only had 34 rushing attempts in 12 games but sported a healthy 7.2 rushing average. Head coach Mike Mularkey recognizes the running threat Mariota possesses so look for more designed runs in 2016 which should boost his fantasy ceiling. He'll be in the low-end QB1 discussion if a viable outside receiver threat emerges in Tennessee.
|Difficult to see Wallace remaining in Minnesota|
Team can cut WR without any salary cap ramifications
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2016, 9:45 am
|Is there any chance that the Vikings will actually keep Mike Wallace around? “I would like him back,” Zimmer said. “I just love the kid.” But he also acknowledged that the future is uncertain for Wallace, who is set to make $11.5 million in 2016. The Vikings can release him without any salary cap ramifications. (Stat-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings could also ask Wallace (39-473-2) to take a pay cut but with him underperforming his nearly $10 million salary last season and being an odd fit for the Vikings offense, it would be surprising to see him released. Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright (slot) appear to have solidified their roles in the offense, but a second outside receiver remains a priority.
| Rodgers feels "great" after knee surgery|
Knee scope in mid-January
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2016, 8:30 am
|Less than a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back playing golf and says the knee feels “great.” Rodgers said he had a “scope” performed on his knee soon after the Packers’ 26-20 overtime loss Jan. 16 at Arizona in the NFC divisional playoffs (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers had a clean of a prior injury and the procedure isn't expected to limit him during off-season workouts. “It feels great. It’s nice to not have any clunking around or anything, so it was good.” The return of Jordy Nelson should give fantasy owners confidence to rank Rodgers in the top among quarterbacks in 2016.
|Whisenhunt looking to improve SD's running game|
Rivers led the league in pass attempts last season
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2016, 7:00 am
|Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is dead set on jumpstarting a rushing attack that has been dormant in recent years. The Chargers made a number of coaching changes on offense as only one coach remains in the same position heading into 2016.
A major reason for that change was a need to improve the ground game. The Bolts ranked under 13th in the NFL under Whisenhunt in 2012, yet fell to 30th and 31st the past two seasons.
FFToday's Take: The Chargers OC would like a more balanced attack in 2016 but that's easier said than done. San Diego ranked 28th in run/pass ratio (37%-63%) last season as Philip Rivers led the league in pass attempts (662). Rookie RB Melvin Gordon battled injuries and fumbling problems and the ground game never got on track. If the Chargers are able to improve their rushing efforts, Gordon will likely the be the beneficiary.
|Bears moving on from Matt Forte|
Jeremy Langford penciled in as starter
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2016, 11:30 am
|"Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end. I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency." (Matt Forte on Instagram)|
FFToday's Take: Forte took to Instagram to reveal what we've been speculating since the season came to an end. The Bears will move on from Matt Forte and head into the off-season with Jeremy Langford penciled in as the lead running back. Forte will be on the top running back options in the free agent market and makes sense for teams like New England, Baltimore, and Dallas.
|Marvin Jones: "No hometown discount"|
Bengals' free agent excited to test the waters
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 9 2016, 8:30 am
|Marvin Jones was back in his home state at the site of Super Bowl 50 to speak publicly for the first time about his impending free agency. And, he let the Bengals and the league know he’s open for business.
“I'd like to be back, but at the same time I am a free agent - no hometown discount, definitely not - but I'm a free agent,” Jones told NFL Media. “It wouldn't be good for me not to test the waters a little bit. So it's just an exciting process."
FFToday's Take: The free agent market for wide receivers will be a thin group with Alshon Jeffery, Travis Benjamin and Jones three of the biggest names available. Jones increased his reception (65) and yardage total (816) but couldn't repeat his 10-TD performance from 2014 making him more of a WR3 this past season. His talent makes him an ideal No.2 wideout and could be miscast as a primary target.
|Eagles release WR Riley Cooper|
New regime makes quick move on Cooper
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 9 2016, 7:00 am
|The Eagles released wide receiver Riley Cooper, one of the players most closely associated with former head coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles announced the decision Monday, the first day they were permitted to make the move.
FFToday's Take: The Eagles signed Cooper to a five-year, $22.5 million contract prior to the 2014 season but never became fantasy relevant finishing 62nd and 91st among receivers the last two seasons. He'll be a low priority for receiver need teams once free agency opens up in early March.
|McCoy involved in altercation at night club|
Off-duty officers injured in incident
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 8 2016, 10:00 am
|Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy and former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley were involved in an altercation with three off-duty Philadelphia police officers at an Old City nightclub this weekend. Just before noon on Monday, the Bills released the following statement: "We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time." (CSNPhilly.com)|
FFToday's Take: At this point no arrests have been made but a police investigation is on-going. Stay tuned...
|Peyton not ready to make retirement decision|
Will wait a few weeks before making an announcement
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 8 2016, 7:00 am
|Fresh off the Denver Broncos' victory in Super Bowl 50, quarterback Peyton Manning tells TODAY he's going to enjoy his victory for a few weeks before deciding whether he will continue his career. "I'll keep doing it for a few more weeks, and then, at the appropriate time, I think I'll make a decision," Manning said. "I have to tell you, though, I'm very much at peace with it." (Today.com)|
FFToday's Take: With another Super Bowl victory under his belt it would be a shock if Manning didn't hang it up. His skills have been in obvious decline the last two seasons and its highly unlikely he'll get another opportunity to go out on top. Brock Osweiler is the favorite to be the Broncos starting quarterback in 2016.
|Marshawn Lynch retires during Super Bowl|
Twitter pic of cleats suspended from a telephone wire
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2016, 8:00 pm
|NFL fans expecting high-profile retirement news Sunday evening were thrown for a loop when Marshawn Lynch upstaged Peyton Manning.
In typical taciturn Lynch style, he simply tweeted a peace emoji with a picture of his cleats suspended from a telephone wire, suggesting he's hanging them up for good. Although Lynch offered no official announcement, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per two sources informed of his plans, that the Seahawks have been informed of the 29-year-old power back's intention to retire. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Speculation and rumors of Lynch retiring have been circling since the Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs. The running back made it official(?) with a Twitter picture of cleats hanging from a wire. His departature elevates the fantasy stock of Thomas Rawls who will be in the low-end RB1 conversation in drafts this Summer.
|Norman to shadow Demaryius Thomas after all?|
Struggling WR might see more of All-Pro CB than expected
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2016, 7:20 pm
|Josh Norman intimated that he would be facing Demaryius Thomas and not Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It would be a minor surprise if Norman locks onto Thomas in Super Bowl 50, if only because DT has only six catches for 52 yards and no scores in this year's playoffs against much worse competition than Norman. If Norman does shadow Thomas, look for a heavy dose of Sanders all game long.
|Details emerge regarding latest Manziel incident|
QB reportedly threatened life of ex-girlfriend, self
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2016, 7:10 pm
|The ex-girlfriend of NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel told police that the Heisman Trophy winner told her "shut up or I'll kill us both" after forcing her into a car, hitting her and dragging her by the hair.
On Thursday, News 8 learned harrowing details of last week's alleged assault of Colleen Crowley by Manziel, who is currently on the Cleveland Browns roster, but is not expected to return next season. After News 8 broke this story Thursday afternoon, Manziel denied wrongdoing in a published report. (ABC Dallas)|
FFToday's Take: Per the report, the ex-girlfriend said she thought Manziel was on drugs or maybe having a psychotic break. Whatever the case may be, it is clear he has no business being on a football field anytime soon. The Cleveland Browns are expected to part ways with the 2014 first-rounder when the new league year begins on March 9.
| Randall Cobb diagnosed with punctured lung|
WR wonders if microphone didn't lead to bizarre injury
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2016, 6:55 pm
|Randall Cobb can't say for certain, but the Green Bay Packers wide receiver can't help but wonder if being mic'd up for the team's NFC divisional playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals contributed to the lung injury he suffered during the first quarter.
"I didn't break a rib, I didn't fracture a rib, which is really abnormal, to puncture a lung without that. But I was mic'd up for the game, and the battery for the mic was on my shoulder pads. I landed flush on my back during the catch, and I punctured my lung. I'm not saying it was (because of being mic'd up). There's no way to prove that. But it's kind of crazy that I punctured a lung without breaking a rib," Cobb said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Cobb, who was initially diagnosed with a bruised lung, asked to go back in the game before the Packers' training staff chose to monitor him in the locker room; they eventually took him to the hospital before halftime. He stayed in the hospital overnight and was released the next day. The 25-year-old Cobb is expected to participate fully in offseason workouts and makes for an interesting buy-low target coming off a disappointing 79-catch season in which he managed 829 yards and six touchdowns.
|Murray on the way out in Philly?|
Eagles, RB "not in a good place"
By: Doug Orth | Feb 4 2016, 6:50 pm
|A coaching change hasn't improved the situation for Eagles RB DeMarco Murray. Even with Chip Kelly being sent packing and the hire of coach Doug Pederson, the former NFL rushing leader and his team are not in a good place.
In fact, Eagles and Murray appear headed toward a stare-down regarding his future with the organization, according to several sources informed of the situation. The division boils down to: Murray's unsuccessful 2015 campaign during which he rushed for only 702 yards, the Eagles' lack of conviction that he's the right back and the massive contract Murray signed last offseason. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: A trade is probably out of the question for Murray, who signed a five-year, $40 million deal last offseason. Also working against Murray is his age (he'll turn 28 in mid-February and injury history. Furthermore, Ryan Mathews is a more-than-capable back when healthy and about half as expensive as the ex-Cowboy. If Murray is still on the Eagles' roster next season, he will likely be sharing carries with Murray and should be considered no more than a low-end RB2.
|HOU and OAK to play in Mexico City next season?|
International series could expand
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2016, 9:03 am
|The Texans are expected to play a regular-season game against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City next season. Owner Bob McNair and president Jamey Rootes have told the league for a couple of years how much they would like for the Texans to be involved in the international series, preferably in Mexico City because they have a growing fan base in Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders stadium deal is in flux so it makes sense for them to give up a home game. A Mexico City game hasn't been announced by the league but it appears to be a strong possibility.
|Jets sign Dri Archer to reserve/future deal|
New York looking to get faster on offense
By: Jake Gordon | Feb 3 2016, 8:10 pm
|FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets have signed speedy running back-kick returner Dri Archer to a reserve/future contract. The versatile Archer, who has also played wide receiver, was a third-round draft pick by Pittsburgh out of Kent State in 2014. He was waived by the Steelers last November. Jets coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan recently said they want the team to be faster next season, and Archer fills the bill. (AP-Sports)|
FFToday's Take: New York's backfield may undergo a makeover this offseason. The team is expected to watch Chris Ivory get his raise from another organization, and Steven Ridley and Bilal Powell are UFAs. Zac Stacy is signed through the 2016 season but isn't part of the team's long term plans. This is one backfield fantasy owners will need to monitor throughout the offseason.
|Peyton Manning will need hip surgery in future|
Nothing imminent as Peyton downplays his latest health concerns
By: Jake Gordon | Feb 3 2016, 5:55 pm
|On Wednesday, Peyton Manning revealed that he eventually needs to undergo hip replacement surgery, according to a doctor who was kind enough to break the news to the aging quarterback. (CBSSports.com)|
FFToday's Take: Peyton Manning downplayed this report by deeming it something he will need to do at "age 52" but the fact remains that he will be another year older and his body is clearly wearing down. Nonetheless, there are certainly going to be NFL teams interested in him if he is physically able to play the position in 2016.
| Who will be the QB in Cleveland?|
Rookie QB class may need time to develop
By: Jake Gordon | Feb 3 2016, 2:02 pm
That's the question at quarterback (again) for the Cleveland Browns now that they have made it clear they will move on from Johnny Manziel in March.
To answer the question, remember the words of owner Jimmy Haslam the evening of the season finale: "We do have the No. 2 pick in the draft."
There are three quarterbacks considered worthy of a high draft pick. The Browns could stay at No. 2 and take one, or they could trade down and hope to take one.
FFToday's Take: Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch and Carson Wentz headline the QB Class of 2016. All three possess quality long-term potential but will require a bit of development before being adopted as useful fantasy signal callers. The more conservative approach for the Browns will be to turn their attention to a useful stopgap veteran via free agency or trade while they develop a rookie chosen outside the first round.
|Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco|
QB prefers New York as landing spot
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2016, 5:40 pm
|The Daily News has learned that embattled 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco after a forgettable 2015 that included on-field struggles that resulted in a benching midway through the season and a coaching change after it. The Jets are his preferred destination, according to sources. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Even though San Francisco just signed Kaepernick to a new deal last season, the structure of the contract doesn't guarantee Kaepernick's 2016 salary (11.9 million) until April 1st, meaning he could be traded or released. The Jets have stated they are interested in re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick so this move seems unlikely at this time. Stay tuned...
|TE Zach Miller wants big contract|
Reportedly seeking $5 million per year
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2016, 1:45 pm
|here have been some robust pay days for tight ends since the end of the season and while those deals are out of the realm of what Zach Miller could command, the veteran is still seeking a big contract. Miller, who had a breakout second half of the season for the Chicago Bears, is asking for $5 million per year in a new contract, sources with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune. Unless that target figure drops in negotiations, it’s difficult to imagine a deal getting done before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in March. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: A veteran, Miller didn't sniff the regular season from 2012-2014 and now wants a sizeable pay increase after seven-week resurgence while Martellus Bennett was hurt. The Bears were rumored to be shopping Bennett last off-season so there is some merit for the club bringing Miller back, but it would likely be at a lower price than Miller and his agent are currently floating.
| Arian Foster cleared for light running|
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2016, 1:00 pm
|In another step of progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, Texans veteran running back Arian Foster has been cleared to jog by doctors. The four-time Pro Bowl runner turns 30 in August. He tore his Achilles in October against the Miami Dolphins. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foster will hit the dreaded 30-year-old mark in August and has always been a big injury risk for fantasy owners but he's also been a big producer when on the field. He's entering the final year of his contract, rehabbing from a significant injury but and isn't a lock to be back with Houston in 2016.
|Gates wants to stay in San Diego|
Chargers TEs set to be free agents
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2016, 7:00 am
|Antonio Gates spent all 13 years of his NFL career in San Diego. It would be a major upset if there isn't a 14th.
The Chargers want Gates back. He wants to retire a Charger, and all indications are he isn't ready for retirement yet.
"This is the type of team I would love to finish my career with. To make a long story short, I'd love to finish my career here. I know one thing: we're going to fight despite whatever we're going through. We'll see how it goes." (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Gates and Ladarius Green will be unrestricted free agents if they are not re-signed by March 9. Gates was suspended the first four games of 2015 and posted his lowest output since 2003. If's he's back with the Chargers he'll be on the low-end TE1 radar in fantasy drafts this Summer.
|Ivory done in New York?|
Ran for AFC-high 1,070 yards in 2015
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2016, 7:50 pm
|Chris Ivory's appearance in the Pro Bowl on Sunday night may have been his final game in a New York Jets uniform. He will be an unrestricted free agent next month, and the indicators suggest he will sign elsewhere. Ivory is coming off his most productive season, including an AFC-best 1,070 rushing yards, but there are three factors working against his return: his age (28 next month), his late-season decline, and the Jets' tight salary cap situation. The Jets have seven starters heading to free agency, and Ivory probably is no higher than fourth on the priority list. With only $14 million in projected cap space (a loose projection at this point), there's no way to retain every good player. (ESPN New York)|
FFToday's Take: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, DE Muhammad Wilkerson and NT Damon Harrison are the three players that some expect to be higher on the priority list than the ex-Saint. Ivory is expected to seek at least $4 million per year and should have a fairly robust market for his services, even in what should be a good crop of free-agent runners - one that might include Doug Martin, Lamar Miller and Matt Forte.
|Peyton has told friends he intends to retire|
Has yet to tip his hand publicly, however
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2016, 7:40 pm
|In a not-so-private moment, Broncos QB Peyton Manning told Patriots HC Bill Belichick that 2015 may be Peyton’s last rodeo. In much more private moments, Manning reportedly has been more definitive.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Manning has told close friends that he’ll retire after Super Bowl 50. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: This doesn't qualify as breaking news, but rather another reminder that one of the all-time greats will probably be playing his last game on Sunday. The 18-year veteran will turn 40 next month and his body appears to be breaking down after an injury-plagued season in 2016. Win or lose in Super Bowl 50, it will likely mark the end of the road for the five-time NFL MVP. As such, one of Denver's top offseason priorities will likely be locking up Brock Osweiler long-term.
|Spiller a good bet to remain on the roster?|
Will be cheaper to keep than to cut prior to June 1
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2016, 7:25 pm
|C.J. Spiller's first year in New Orleans was a flop, partly because of a minor knee surgery he underwent during training camp. But if the Saints cut him before June 1, he will actually count more against the cap ($5.3 million) than if they keep him. So there's a good chance they'll give him another summer to regain his spark. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Mark Ingram, Spiller, Khiry Robinson and Tim Hightower among others on the roster, the expectation is the Saints will be able to "downsize" at running back this season. There is still much mystery as to why Spiller became such an afterthought in his first year in New Orleans. An injury-free offseason will be huge for Spiller, who could be a late-round fantasy value this summer if he is able to seize the Darren Sproles/Pierre Thomas role many thought he might earn last year.
|Calvin Johnson tells Lions he plans to retire|
Club holding out hope he returns
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 31 2016, 5:19 pm
|Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and a close circle of friends before last season that 2015 would be his final year in the NFL, and he delivered the same message to coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended, sources told ESPN. The Lions have not given up hope that Johnson could change his mind, but one person who knows Johnson well said, "He's pretty content with his decision."
FFToday's Take: We heard reports earlier this month that Johnson may hang up his cleats and it appears it may actually happen. Johnson has had back to back down seasons for his standards, battling various ankle and leg injuries. Though he was inconsistent, Johnson finished 10th among fantasy receivers in 2015.
| Rodgers knee surgery considered minor|
"Cleanup of an old injury"
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2016, 11:30 pm
|Aaron Rodgers underwent knee surgery within days of the team's Jan. 17 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he confirmed to ESPN on Friday night. One source described the surgery as a minor scope and a "cleanup of an old injury."
Rodgers told ESPN that he is "doing well" and "recovering on schedule."
FFToday's Take: Rodgers won't be playing in the Pro Bowl as a result of the surgery but he should be ready for off-season workouts in April. Rodgers had his worst fantasy season since taking over as the Packers starter in 2008 (minus his injury-shortened 2013 season) but he still managed to finish 12th among fantasy quarterbacks in 2015. He'll be a QB1 in drafts next summer.
|Chargers staying in San Diego for 2016|
Could be in L.A. in 2017
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2016, 7:34 pm
|Chargers chairman Dean Spanos said Friday that the team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season but has an agreement with the Rams to move to Los Angeles if a long-term stadium solution to remain in the city isn't worked out. The Chargers have a one-year window that ends on Jan. 15, 2017, to move to Los Angeles as the second team at the Inglewood project, which is set to be completed by the 2019 season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Spanos has stated that he wants to remain in San Diego and will attempt to work out their stadium issues with the city but having an agreement in place with the Rams gives the indication the team will likely relocate to Los Angeles in 2017. Stay tuned...