Dynasty News You Can Use - Week 16
by Jeff Tefertiller
December 18th, 2012

The season is winding down, but dynasty owners are keeping a close eye on all of the football news. This article can serve as a place to catch you up on the recent football news as it relates to dynasty leagues. We will look to identify some winners and losers. Keep a close eye on the Footballguys.com news page for the up to date news.

The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch stated his opinion that Michael Vick will not return to the Eagles in 2013. There was a thought going around that the quarterback could restructure his contract, but Domowitch stated that "we can safely rule out" rule out the option. Even with Nick Foles going through rookie struggles, Vick is not an option for 2013. It will either be Foles or a new acquisition.

A topic which has frequently been mentioned in this column is the Buffalo Bills quarterback situation. Buffalo general manager said this past week, "Let me say this: I think there's a time that in the era that you're in and the development of your team, there's a time when you can move up a round to take a quarterback ... And I think the time's now for us ... We need a good, young quarterback, and we're going to do our best to get him." The one thing we should glean from this blurb is the notion that the Bills are not happy with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Buffalo has plenty of holes to fill in the draft and the Bills need to start at the quarterback position.

After being out of action for several weeks, the Arizona Cardinals finally placed quarterback Kevin Kolb on injured reserve. He has been an unique fighting a rib and cartilage injury for more than half the season. This is Kolb's second injury-plagued season. With a huge salary owed in 2013 ($11 million according to Rotoworld), it is hard to imagine Kolb being back in the desert next season. The Arizona quarterback job will turn over in the offseason. As Kolb has missed time, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley have shown their inability to be the future starter. This could be a destination for Michael Vick or Alex Smith, assuming each makes it to free agency.

The Miami Herald reported that running back Reggie Bush is "a little uneasy and unsure" about his ability to re-sign with Miami in the offseason. Bush said "it's getting pretty late" to begin those negotiations. Per the running back, "I'd love to say here ... but part of me says, well, there's nothing been on the table quite yet ... It comes down to who needs me, who wants me, and obviously money," Given his age (27 years old), the free agent marketplace might be soft for Bush's services. Few teams will lay out big money over several years for a running back who will turn thirty during the contract. The DeAngelo Williams deal has caused many organizations to go with younger, more inexpensive options.

Last week, the Buffalo Bills placed running back Fred Jackson on injured reserve with a knee injury. This is second knee injury this season for a back turning 32 years old in a couple of months. Jackson is under contract at a reasonable rate next year and should be back with the Bills, splitting time with C.J. Spiller. Hopefully, by then, the coaching staff will use Spiller more and utilize Jackson as complementary ball carrier.

As of late last week, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings had not passed his concussion tests. This means he has been suffering the symptoms for at least two weeks without the ability to move forward. The Jaguars running back position has been decimated by injuries with Maurice Jones-Drew and Jalen Parmele already on injured reserve. Jennings is a free agent after the season and will likely be playing elsewhere next year. He would provide valuable depth at the position for a team like Green Bay or Arizona.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette quoted veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings as saying he is "absolutely" preparing for the possibility of playing elsewhere next year. Per the article, the Packers and Jennings' agents have had no talks about a contract extension. Jennings said, "That means something. I don't think we're dumb. I don't think we're naive." In the article, he noticed the trend of the Packers organization not re-signing free agents. With Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb already on the roster, it would be an upset if Green Bay entertained the idea of bringing Jennings back.

In a Buffalo New article, Bills general manager Buddy Nix stated that the team will pursue a "big time outside receiver" in the 2013 NFL draft. Buffalo drafted speedster T.J. Graham this year and want to add a dominating receiver. It will be difficult on a team with so many holes, including quarterback. Drafting a receiver before upgrading the quarterback position would be putting the proverbial cart before the horse.

In a recent Kansas City Star article, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel stated that veteran receiver Steve Breaston has been a healthy scratch most of the last half of the season because he does not understand the offense. When asked on the topic, Breaston responded, "Me? ... They didn't tell me that. I wouldn't go as far to say I don't understand the offense. I just know that, personally, I do know the offense. ... I'm just trying to stay out of the way. I don't understand this, either." The rib injury to Dwayne Bowe could open the door for more playing time for Breaston. He is under contract for a few more years, on another poor Kansas City personnel move, so this situation should be interesting to watch play out.

Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew missed the game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday with what has been disclosed as a high ankle sprain, according to the Detroit Free Press. While Tony Scheffler started in his stead, he is not a replacement for Pettigrew's prowess in the red zone. If this really is a high ankle sprain, suffered against Green Bay in week fourteen, we may have seen the last of the big tight end for the remainder of the season.

Last year, when the Miami Dolphins drafted Missouri tight end, Michael Egnew, many had high hopes the athletic tight end could contribute immediately. But, a recent article in the Miami Herald stated that the Dolphins believe he can contribute in the near future. The article's writer, Barry Jackson, opined that Miami would acquire another tight end in the offseason with Anthony Fasano an impending free agent. Charles Clay is a player to remember, as he is making plays in the H-Back role at the present.

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