Fantasy Football News & Views
Rams | Amari Cooper visits St. Louis (Wed Apr 1, 04:30 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Colin Kaepernick learning (Wed Apr 1, 01:47 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Matthew Stafford to take more chances? (Wed Apr 1, 01:43 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Jameis Winston being watched by teams (Wed Apr 1, 01:05 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Jameis Winston an elite talent? (Mon Mar 30, 05:10 PM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Washington not giving up on RG3 (Mon Mar 30, 04:57 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas will miss offseason program (Mon Mar 30, 02:12 PM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | Sam Bradford considered quitting (Mon Mar 30, 01:59 PM) [jump to this story]
Rams | St. Louis intends to draft a QB (Fri Mar 27, 01:14 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Re-sign Ben Ijalana Wed Apr 1, 05:42 PM
New York Jets OT Ben Ijalana re-signed to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, April 1.Link to story
Cowboys | Sign Efe Obada Wed Apr 1, 05:41 PM
Street free-agent Efe Obada signed with the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, April 1.
Seahawks | Jesse Williams re-signs Wed Apr 1, 05:15 PM
Seattle Seahawks DT Jesse Williams re-signed Wednesday, April 1.Jesse Williams player page
Panthers | Two players waived Wed Apr 1, 05:10 PM
Carolina Panthers OG Derek Dennis and LB Horace Miller were placed on no-recall waivers Wednesday, April 1.
Jets | Sign Jamari Lattimore Wed Apr 1, 04:56 PM
Free-agent LB Jamari Lattimore (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, April 1, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: Lattimore gives the Jets inside linebacker depth, and he can be counted on as a good player for their special teams squad.|
Jamari Lattimore player page
Vikings | Mike Kafka signs Wed Apr 1, 04:54 PM
Free-agent QB Mike Kafka (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 1, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: The Vikings needed to add another arm after trading away Matt Cassel (Bills). Kafka has bounced around the league for years and has no fantasy value, even in the deepest dynasty leagues.|
Mike Kafka player page
Texans | Nate Washington signs with Houston Wed Apr 1, 04:32 PM
Free-agent WR Nate Washington (Titans) signed a one-year deal worth $1 million, including $30,000 guaranteed, Wednesday, April 1.
|Footballguys view: The Texans needed to make a move at wide receiver since Andre Johnson is now with the Colts. Washington will compete with Cecil Shorts for the WR2 job opposite DeAndre Hopkins in 2015. Washington is likely better suited to be the team's WR3 this season. With bad QBs in place (Tom Savage, Ryan Mallett), we're not excited about Houston's passing game this year.|
Nate Washington player page
Rams | Amari Cooper visits St. Louis Wed Apr 1, 04:30 PM
Former Alabama WR Amari Cooper visited the St. Louis Rams Wednesday, April 1. The Rams possess the 10th overall pick in this year's draft.
|Footballguys view: Cooper is one of our favorite wide receivers in this draft class. Had he come out last year, we would have ranked him fourth in that all-time class behind Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham and Mike Evans. Cooper is an elite-level route-runner with the speed to attack a defense vertically. He has the nuance of a 10-year pro, and the ability to turn short passes into long gains. Cooper is likely to be the top wideout drafted, and he should be a top-10 pick.|
Broncos | Showed interest in Chris Myers Wed Apr 1, 04:13 PM
Free-agent C Chris Myers (Texans) has drawn interest from the Denver Broncos, but Denver may not be in the market for Myers anymore after trading for C Gino Gradkowski.
|Footballguys view: The Broncos should have went for Myers instead. Myers has more experience with Gary Kubiak, and he's a better player than Gradkowski.|
Broncos | Trade for Gino Gradkowski Wed Apr 1, 04:11 PM
Baltimore Ravens C Gino Gradkowski was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2016 fourth-round draft pick. The Broncos also received a 2016 fifth-round draft pick, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: It's not a bad trade--even if Gradkowski busts for the Broncos. He started 16 games in 2013 for the Ravens, but PFF graded him as the worst center in the league. Gary Kubiak (and Rick Dennison) got a good look at Gradkowski last year with the Ravens even though Gradkowski was a backup. In Denver, Gradkowski will compete for the starting center position with Manny Ramirez and Matt Paradis.|
49ers | NaVorro Bowman to return this season Wed Apr 1, 03:47 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) will return in 2015 after missing all of the 2014 season with a knee injury. Head coach Jim Tomsula said Bowman is progressing well during the rehabilitation process.
|Footballguys view: Good news for the 49ers here. Bowman will be able to participate in rehabilitation at a team facility with San Francisco staff members.|
Navorro Bowman player page
Steelers | Clifton Geathers re-signs Wed Apr 1, 02:57 PM
Free-agent DE Clifton Geathers (Steelers) was re-signed to a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Steelers fans didn't get to see anything from Geathers last year. He was signed in December, but he didn't play a snap for the team. This season, Geathers will compete for a backup job behind Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.|
Clifton Geathers player page
Ravens | Matt Schaub's elbow fine Wed Apr 1, 02:54 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Matt Schaub (elbow) said his elbow is fine, and it wasn't a factor at all in 2014.
|Footballguys view: Schaub's play has fallen off, but he's not going to blame the elbow. He'll work nicely as a reserve player behind Joe Flacco.|
Matt Schaub player page
Bears | Sam Acho added Wed Apr 1, 02:16 PM
Free-agent LB Sam Acho (Cardinals) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: The Bears continue their defensive overhaul here. We'll see how Acho fits in the team's 3-4 defense. With only two sacks over the last two years combined, it's difficult to project him doing much as a pass-rusher. Acho has turned into a better run-defender in recent years.|
Sam Acho player page
Bengals | Brandon Tate re-signed Wed Apr 1, 02:08 PM
Free-agent WR Brandon Tate (Bengals) re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, April 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Tate has never done much as a receiver on the football field. The Bengals likely kept him around for depth at the position, and so he could help out as a return man on special teams.|
Brandon Tate player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick's salary guaranteed Wed Apr 1, 02:07 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's $10.4 million base salary for the 2015 season has become fully guaranteed since he was on the roster Wednesday, April 1.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers set up Kaepernick's contract in an unusual way. He's essentially playing on one-year deals for the foreseeable future. Kaepernick is not quite in make-it-or-break-it territory, but if he doesn't improve his play he soon will be.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Cowboys | Tony Romo creates cap space for DAL Wed Apr 1, 01:50 PM
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo's restructured contract will create $12.8 million in salary cap space for the Cowboys, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Before this move, the Cowboys were right up against the cap. This extra space will be used to sign the rookie class, and diehard Cowboys fans are hoping (and praying) the team can find a way to get Adrian Peterson away from the Vikings.|
Tony Romo player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick learning Wed Apr 1, 01:47 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been working with former NFL QB Kurt Warner this offseason to become a better all-around quarterback. 'For (Kaepernick), it's finding that balance between 'When do I be a quarterback?' and 'When do I be an athlete?' And trying to find that mix between the two,' Warner said. '... So the real question is going to be, when the bullets are flying and guys are chasing after him does he revert back to being an athlete or have we made some progress in making him more of a quarterback and staying in a quarterback-friendly position to be able to make more consistent, accurate throws down the field.'
|Footballguys view: Kaepernick has not revolutionized the position like some thought he would by this time. Instead, he still makes one read and takes off to run. Kaepernick needs to show better as a passer from the pocket, and working through his progressions faster would help that.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Lions | Matthew Stafford to take more chances? Wed Apr 1, 01:43 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is capable of more in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense, and Lombardi wants Stafford to take more chances at big plays in 2015. 'Our biggest thing is, in order to win football games, you've got to first not lose them, and I thought that he played smart football, and sometimes to a fault,' Lombardi said. 'We'll look for him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football. He's got the arm to do it. He's got the receivers to throw it to.'
|Footballguys view: We're certain that more time in this offense will naturally make Stafford more comfortable. Jim Caldwell said recently that the Lions are unlikely to throw more than they did in 2014. The head coach doesn't think Stafford needs to take a huge leap forward for the offense to be successful.|
Matthew Stafford player page
NFL | Stevan Ridley could be cleared in May Wed Apr 1, 01:42 PM
Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is expected to receive clearance to return to the field at some point in May. Ridley has met with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets but is not scheduled to meet with any more teams at this point.
|Footballguys view: Ridley's getting a little bit of interest, but there's no sign that he's going to get a new contract in the near future. In fact, he may have to wait until injuries hit in training camp to get an offer from a new team.|
Stevan Ridley player page
Cowboys | Tony Romo to restructure deal Wed Apr 1, 01:41 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo will restructure his contract, which will create salary cap space for the team.
|Footballguys view: Romo wanted to restructure his deal earlier so the team would keep DeMarco Murray (Eagles). Since that didn't happen, we'll see what Dallas does with this extra space....besides sign their rookie class.|
Tony Romo player page
Jets | Stevan Ridley meeting with NYJ Wed Apr 1, 01:26 PM
Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (Patriots) is scheduled to meet with the New York Jets Wednesday, April 1, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Ridley has met with the Dolphins as well. Those are the only two known visits the veteran back has gotten on the open market.|
Stevan Ridley player page
Colts | Robert Mathis update Wed Apr 1, 01:25 PM
Updating a previous item, Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis (Achilles') has not started running in his rehab yet, but he's hoping to be ready for training camp this summer.
|Footballguys view: The Colts are likely to put Mathis on PUP to begin training camp. Owner Jim Irsay said the worst-case scenario for Mathis would be to 're-emerge' in November of this year. That means that PUP at the start of the regular season is an option too. PUP at the beginning of the year would mean Mathis would be forced to miss the first six weeks of the season. After that time, the Colts would have three weeks to determine whether or not to activate Mathis or put him on season-ending Injured Reserve.|
Robert Mathis player page
NFL | Jameis Winston being watched by teams Wed Apr 1, 01:05 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston has been secretly followed by representatives of NFL teams in order for teams to keep an eye on him, according to his quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. 'They've staged people,' Whitfield said. 'Yeah, there are teams that have staged people on different flights he had, just to kind of be in the midst - a fly on the wall. No [Jameis wasn't aware of it], but I had a team official tell me that. They were aware of another team that said they wanted to do that.'
|Footballguys view: That's a bit unusual, but not terribly shocking. The NFL is going to dig on Winston as much as possible to see if he's a player worth spending millions on. When watching film, Winston stands out because of his willingness to attack a defense vertically. Off the field, there are concerns about his character and that's why he's being followed.|
Colts | Dan Herron signs tender Wed Apr 1, 12:34 PM
Indianapolis Colts exclusive rights free-agent RB Dan Herron has signed his tender offer Wednesday, April 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: The Colts had to keep Herron around as a reserve player behind Frank Gore. Herron looked 1,000 percent better than Trent Richardson last year, but he did wear down as the season went on.|
Daniel Herron player page
Canadian League | Montreal hopes to sign Michael Sam Wed Apr 1, 12:16 PM
Free-agent DE Michael Sam (Cowboys) has a '50-50' chance to land a deal with the Montreal Alouettes, according to Alouettes general manager Jim Popp.
|Footballguys view: Sam was always a fringe player in the NFL, but he could be a solid contributor in the CFL. Montreal holds the exclusive rights to Sam since his senior year at Missouri.|
Saints | Jahri Evans receives extension Wed Apr 1, 12:05 PM
New Orleans Saints OG Jahri Evans signed a one-year contract extension Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Evans originally had a $9.6 million cap number this season, so this extension was probably to free up some of that money. He's currently recovering from offseason wrist surgery, but Evans can play at a high level when healthy.|
Saints | Kyle Wilson headed to New Orleans Wed Apr 1, 11:25 AM
Free-agent CB Kyle Wilson (Jets) will sign with the New Orleans Saints.
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick out of Boise State in the 2010 NFL draft, Wilson struggled to impress during his time with the Jets. He needed a fresh start after disappointing with his first team. With the Saints, Wilson will get a chance to prove that he can be a decent slot corner.|
Kyle Wilson player page
Dolphins | Miami not sold on Damien Williams Wed Apr 1, 10:59 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Damien Williams may not be ready to serve as the team's No. 2 running back in the eyes of the team. The Dolphins could draft a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft if they don't sign a running back soon.
|Footballguys view: This is a great draft class for running backs. Williams is likely to face competition for the backup role behind Lamar Miller in 2015.|
Lions | Breshad Perriman visiting Detroit Wed Apr 1, 10:55 AM
University of Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman is visiting the Detroit Lions Wednesday, April 1.
|Footballguys view: Perriman, son of former Lions star Brett Perriman, is an intriguing player in this draft class. He's a big receiver (6'3" 215 pounds) who can explode off the line of scrimmage and take the top off the defense. Perriman relies too much on his physical gifts, and he needs to do a better job of making crisp breaks on his routes. With proper development, he could be a star WR1 in the league.|
Dolphins | Michael Thomas signs tender Wed Apr 1, 09:25 AM
Miami Dolphins FS Michael Thomas signed his restricted free-agent tender, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Thomas played about half the season in 2014 before being put on Injured Reserve with a chest injury. He's going to compete for a reserve spot on the depth chart in 2015.|
Browns | Danny Shelton to visit Cleveland Wed Apr 1, 09:18 AM
University of Washington DT Danny Shelton will visit the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, April 1.
|Footballguys view: Shelton is a huge, disruptive defensive tackle who can control his man at the point of the play. He is incredibly strong and can create interior push against the quarterback. Shelton doesn't have multiple pass-rushing moves, but he does a good job of creating pressure with a non-stop motor.|
Cowboys | Rolando McClain re-signs with Dallas Wed Apr 1, 08:26 AM
Free-agent LB Rolando McClain re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal worth $3 million.
|Footballguys view: McClain turned his career around last year with the Cowboys. He worked well as a run-stuffer, and he also showed that he could cover. McClain can also earn $1 million in playing time incentives.|
Rolando McClain player page
Ravens | Baltimore has discussed Rob Housler Wed Apr 1, 01:07 AM
The Baltimore Ravens have held talks with free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals). The Cincinnati Bengals are also interested in his services.
|Footballguys view: Baltimore lost Owen Daniels (Broncos) in free agency, and Dennis Pitta's future is unclear after a severe hip injury. The Ravens have second-year pro Crockett Gillmore, but they could use some help at the position.|
Rob Housler player page
Bengals | Cincinnati interested in Rob Housler Wed Apr 1, 01:06 AM
The Cincinnati Bengals are interested in free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals), and he is hopeful of deciding on a team in the next week. The Baltimore Ravens have also discussed adding Housler.
|Footballguys view: The Bengals could use some tight end help with Jermaine Gresham on the open market. Housler could be a good move tight end, but he's never really played up to his potential as a pro. The Bengals have Tyler Eifert as their top tight end right now.|
Rob Housler player page
Colts | Robert Mathis hopeful for preseason Tue Mar 31, 11:20 PM
Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis (Achilles') said Tuesday, March 31, that he is hopeful of playing during the preseason. However, he said that his rehab for a torn Achilles' is going slow.
|Footballguys view: Achilles' injuries aren't quite as severe as they used to be, but it's still a serious injury that will need to be monitored closely. The Colts defense will certainly be better with a healthy Mathis on the field.|
Robert Mathis player page
Panthers | Greg Jennings not coming to Carolina Tue Mar 31, 10:18 PM
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) visited the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, March 31, and he tweeted he has a deal done. However, a source is reporting that the deal is not with the Panthers.
|Footballguys view: Stay tuned here people. No deal may be done at this time, but things could change quickly (like they always do) in this situation.|
Greg Jennings player page
Lions | Bigger role coming for Eric Ebron Tue Mar 31, 08:56 PM
The Detroit Lions are expecting TE Eric Ebron to make a big jump from his rookie season to year number two. 'Ebron's the guy we're counting on to be that (No. 3 option),' offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday, March 31.
|Footballguys view: The team needs Ebron to do more after a disappointing rookie season in 2014. Can you believe the Lions passed on Odell Beckham Jr. to draft this guy? Yeah, that's going to haunt them forever unless Ebron turns into the second coming of Rob Gronkowski. Since that's unlikely to happen, the team will at least try to get as much out of Ebron as possible. He needs to stop playing soft and show more ferocity on the field if he ever wants to play up to his potential.|
Eric Ebron player page
Cowboys | Tony Romo would have taken pay cut Tue Mar 31, 08:56 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo said Tuesday, March 31, he would have taken a pay cut in order for the team to retain RB DeMarco Murray (Eagles). 'DeMarco ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?'' Romo said. 'I was like, 'I will. I will take a pay cut to go do this.' I was like, 'They're going to restructure me and the whole thing, 'that's the same thing in some ways just for salary-cap purposes.'
|Footballguys view: C'est la vie. In the end, the Cowboys never approached Romo about a a pay cut and Murray left for a five-year deal from the rival Philadelphia Eagles. We'll see if the Cowboys draft a guy like Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) in the first round of the draft to replace Murray.|
Tony Romo player page
DeMarco Murray player page
NFL | Marcus Mariota not attending NFL Draft? Tue Mar 31, 07:53 PM
Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota does not plan on attending the NFL Draft, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: That means both Mariota and Jameis Winston (two of the top picks, and the two best quarterbacks) will both be outside of Chicago during the NFL draft. That can't really sit well with the league, especially if they go 1/2 at the top of the draft.|
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas' ankle fine Tue Mar 31, 07:05 PM
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle, Achilles') took 'about a month' to recover from an ankle/Achilles' injury that he suffered last December. Thomas said his ankle will be fine this offseason. 'Ankle will be fine, I could go out and run routes right now if I had to,' Thomas said. 'But I don't want to have any pain, I'm pretty sure I'll be good in another month or so, with the Achilles', I'll be fine, I'll be great.'
|Footballguys view: Good news for Thomas and the Broncos here. He's not yet signed, but the two sides should be able to work out a new long-term deal before the July 15th deadline for franchise-tagged players.|
Demaryius Thomas player page
Panthers | Greg Jennings signs with Carolina Tue Mar 31, 06:59 PM
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, March 31. Financial terms were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: The Panthers need help at the wide receiver position opposite Kelvin Benjamin. Jennings still has something left in the tank, and he'll provide Cam Newton with a reliable veteran presence.|
Greg Jennings player page
Bills | LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson to split third downs? Tue Mar 31, 06:05 PM
Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson could split third-down snaps. Head coach Rex Ryan said Jackson wouldn't be in on all of the third-down plays and that Anthony Dixon would also get some playing time.
|Footballguys view: We could see that happening in 2015. McCoy is going to have an incredibly large workload as the centerpiece of the Bills offense. It's wise for the team to use Jackson on third downs, and as a player who can give McCoy a breather from time to time.|
Fred Jackson player page
LeSean McCoy player page
Bears | Jacquizz Rodgers signs with Bears Tue Mar 31, 05:54 PM
Free-agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Falcons) signed an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 31.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers can give the Bears a good change-of-pace back behind Matt Forte. His signing does cut into the fantasy value of Kadeem Carey, last year's backup in Chicago. Rodgers is only a receiving back, but he can get a few yards here and there as a runner on draw plays.|
Jacquizz Rodgers player page
Chargers | Michael Huey signs Tue Mar 31, 05:33 PM
Free-agent OG Michael Huey (Redskins) signed an undisclosed deal with the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, March 31.
|Footballguys view: Huey participated in the veteran combine earlier in March. He'll compete for a reserve spot on the offensive line.|
Chargers | Chas Alecxih, Jeff Baca waived Tue Mar 31, 05:31 PM
San Diego Chargers DT Chas Alecxih and OG Jeff Baca were placed on no-recall waivers Tuesday, March 31.
Jaguars | Bradie Ewing waived Tue Mar 31, 05:28 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars FB Bradie Ewing was placed on no-recall waivers Tuesday, March 31.
|Footballguys view: The news comes on the heels of learning that Toby Gerhart is likely to play fullback for the Jaguars in 2015. Fullback is a dying position, and Ewing could have a hard time latching on elsewhere.|
49ers | Desmond Bishop re-signs Tue Mar 31, 05:19 PM
Free-agent LB Desmond Bishop (49ers) re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, March 31. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Bishop could have a chance for some playing time on special teams. He played in only two games last year for the 49ers, recording two tackles. The veteran linebacker gives the 49ers depth at a position they're short-handed in.|
Desmond Bishop player page
NFL | Jameis Winston not overweight Tue Mar 31, 05:09 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston weighed in at 231 pounds at his school's pro day Tuesday, March 31, which was the same weight he was at during the NFL Scouting Combine last month. Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said the reports that Winston had gained weight after the season ended are false. The Buccaneers are expected to take Winston with the No. 1 overall pick, but they aren't ready to firmly say that Winston will be their pick.
|Footballguys view: Weight was supposed to be an issue for Winston early on in the pre-draft process. Instead, Winston has shed the weight and kept the pounds off for a couple of months.|
Browns | Dwayne Bowe promises more production Tue Mar 31, 04:52 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe, who had zero touchdowns in 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs, vows to be more productive with his new team in 2015. He said he has plans of 'going back to the Dwayne Bowe of 2010' when he scored 15 touchdowns in a breakout season. He has scored only 13 touchdowns in four years since. Bowe said the Browns plan to use him more downfield. Bowe hasn't topped 801 receiving yards since 2012 and has dropped 31 passes in the last four years.
|Footballguys view: Promises, promises. We'll believe it when we see it. Not only is Bowe a career disappointment, he's also playing on a team with one of the worst QB situations in the league. We don't see a ton of fantasy value here--even with Bowe's vow to do more in 2015.|
Dwayne Bowe player page