Fantasy Football News & Views
Browns | Cleveland likely to draft quarterback? (Thu Feb 11, 06:28 PM) [jump to this story]
Texans | Quarterbacks of interest to Texans (Thu Feb 11, 05:28 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | C.J. Anderson ready to be bell-cow RB? (Thu Feb 11, 03:23 PM) [jump to this story]
Saints | Drew Brees' money guaranteed (Wed Feb 10, 04:22 PM) [jump to this story]
Titans | Tennessee interested in Doug Martin? (Wed Feb 10, 03:24 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Calvin Johnson's body not holding up (Wed Feb 10, 01:56 PM) [jump to this story]
Colts | Andrew Luck's new deal to be 'shocking' (Wed Feb 10, 01:39 PM) [jump to this story]
Panthers | Russ Purnell let go Fri Feb 12, 10:57 AM
Carolina Panthers assistant special teams coach Russ Purnell will not be retained, according to a source.Link to story
Bears | Jeremy Langford in line to start Fri Feb 12, 10:54 AM
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford figures to start in 2016 after the team informed RB Matt Forte Friday, Feb. 12, they have no intentions to re-sign him.Link to story
Jeremy Langford player page
Bears | Matt Forte headed elsewhere Fri Feb 12, 10:28 AM
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte has been informed by the Bears that they will not attempt to re-sign him this offseason.Link to story
Matt Forte player page
Packers | Letroy Guion agrees to extension Fri Feb 12, 09:36 AM
Green Bay Packers DT Letroy Guion agreed in principle to a three-year, $11.25 million deal, a source said Friday, Feb. 12.Link to story
Letroy Guion player page
Cardinals | Carson Palmer receives guarantees Fri Feb 12, 09:25 AM
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's $7.15 million base salary and $6.35 million roster bonus are fully guaranteed Friday, Feb. 12.Link to story
Carson Palmer player page
49ers | Anquan Boldin's deal voids Fri Feb 12, 09:15 AM
San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin's 2016-18 contract years voided Friday, Feb. 12, which means he'll be an unrestricted free agent March 9.Link to story
Anquan Boldin player page
Panthers | Two Panthers set free Fri Feb 12, 08:59 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery and SS Roman Harper's contracts voided Thursday, Feb. 11, and it's unclear if either will continue playing. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman added three voidable years on the contracts for Harper and Cotchery when he signed them two years ago to spread out their bonus money and lessen the salary cap hit. As a result, the Panthers will carry a combined $2.25 million in dead money for Harper and Cotchery on the 2016 books.Link to story
Jerricho Cotchery player page
Roman Harper player page
Buccaneers | Doug Martin to hit the market? Fri Feb 12, 12:08 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin isn't close to agreeing on a contract extension, and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay times believes Martin will test the free agent market.
|Footballguys view: There have been reports about the Titans being interested in Martin if he is available. Martin had a resurgent season in 2015, and if he's healthy Martin could once again finish as a top-10 fantasy RB.|
Doug Martin player page
NFL | Derrick Henry compared to former bust Thu Feb 11, 09:49 PM
Alabama RB Derrick Henry was compared to retired RB Curtis Enis by former NFL personnel man Bryan Broaddus, who said Henry's game tape shows a big back that can't create his own running lanes.
|Footballguys view: It's always tricky scouting Alabama running backs. It looks like T.J. Yeldon is going to be a good one, but Eddie Lacy has had problems (although he's flashed) and Trent Richardson was a complete bust. Henry is a large back, but he lacks creativity to create his own space. Even though he's a big runner, Henry has build-up power in order to run over people.|
Chargers | Melvin Gordon to catch more passes? Thu Feb 11, 09:35 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's pass-catching ability impressed offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt this past season.
|Footballguys view: Gordon can make big plays in space, and that's why he can stand out as a receiver. He's a fast back who had a disappointing rookie season. We're not writing off Gordon, and with the right system he could flourish for the Chargers.|
Melvin Gordon player page
Browns | Cleveland interested in Brock Osweiler? Thu Feb 11, 09:21 PM
Denver Broncos impending free-agent QB Brock Osweiler could be pursued by the Cleveland Browns. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway believes the Browns are Denver's top competition for Osweiler.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are likely done with Johnny Manziel, so they are going to be in the market for another passer. Osweiler might get a "thank you" deal from Denver as the team couldn't have made it to the Super Bowl without the young QB leading them to key victories in the second half of the season. We think he'll get a contract in the neighborhood of three-years and $30-35 million.|
Brock Osweiler player page
Titans | Eric Berry could be FA option Thu Feb 11, 08:24 PM
Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent SS Eric Berry could be a top target for the Tennessee Titans if he hits the free-agent market this offseason.
|Footballguys view: We think Berry stays with the Chiefs, but money talks. If the veteran safety makes it to the open market, there will be more than a few teams interested in adding him.|
Eric Berry player page
Jaguars | Coach wants Marcedes Lewis back Thu Feb 11, 08:10 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said he hopes the team will be able to re-sign impending free-agent TE Marcedes Lewis this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Lewis is a great blocker and seriously underrated as a receiver. With starter Julius Thomas having a lengthy injury history (he's never played a full 16-game season), it would be wise for the Jaguars to lock down a good reserve tight end who can also work in two TE sets.|
Marcedes Lewis player page
Bengals | Reggie Nelson could return Thu Feb 11, 08:09 PM
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent FS Reggie Nelson is expected to be one of the players the team tries to re-sign this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Nelson can make plays against the run, and he's not afraid to mix it up close to the line of scrimmage. We feel confident the Bengals will keep him around in 2016 and beyond.|
Reggie Nelson player page
Colts | Dwayne Allen should be gone Thu Feb 11, 07:47 PM
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent TE Dwayne Allen is expected to sign with a different team this offseason. Allen was targeted just 29 times in 2015 and would still have to compete with TE Coby Fleener if he stayed in Indianapolis.
|Footballguys view: Neither Colts tight and was all that spectacular, and Allen was the lesser of the two. Will a change of scenery help? We are not sold, but it's worth keeping an eye on.|
Dwayne Allen player page
Coby Fleener player page
Bills | Charges coming for LeSean McCoy Thu Feb 11, 07:41 PM
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy will be facing charges for an alleged nightclub assault he was involved in Sunday, Feb. 7. McCoy is part of an ongoing investigation and the district attorney's office wanted to be thorough before it determined possible charges. McCoy's lawyer said the running back would turn himself in if he is charged.
|Footballguys view: This looks pretty bad for Rex Ryan's top running back. McCoy has had a rough last 365 days - being ejected from Philadelphia, being hurt during the season (his first in Buffalo) and now this. We don't know for sure what the future holds up, but it seems very likely that one thing it holds will be an NFL suspension.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Steelers | Pittsburgh may pursue Eric Weddle Thu Feb 11, 07:33 PM
San Diego Chargers impending free-agent SS Eric Weddle is expected to receive interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Weddle should be a hot commodity. The Steelers will definitely have competition for his services.|
Eric Weddle player page
Colts | Coby Fleener to return? Thu Feb 11, 07:27 PM
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent Coby Fleener is expected to be retained by the Colts this offseason. Fleener should be the favorite to be re-signed ahead of fellow impending free-agent TE Dwayne Allen, in the opinion of Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star.
|Footballguys view: Fleener is at best a decent NFL tight end, but has very little value in fantasy. We don't expect that to change much. But in order to have any chance, quarterback Andrew luck must have a bounce back 2016.|
Dwayne Allen player page
Coby Fleener player page
Browns | Cleveland likely to draft quarterback? Thu Feb 11, 06:28 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is the starting quarterback for the Browns as of now. QB Johnny Manziel will be on his way out next month, too, which causes Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer to believe the Browns will take a quarterback with their No. 2 overall pick, namely California QB Jared Goff or North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz.
|Footballguys view: Given the Browns track record with first round quarterbacks, one would imagine whatever choice they make is likely to be the wrong one. All kidding aside it, they need a long-term answer and any of the top three quarterbacks should be good. Of course, they also need help on offense of line, wide receiver, and all over the defense. Theoretically there's no wrong way for them to go.|
Josh McCown player page
Johnny Manziel player page
Seahawks | Sign two Thursday Thu Feb 11, 05:30 PM
The Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent WR Jeff Fuller (Dolphins) and RB Cameron Marshall (Dolphins) to undisclosed deals Thursday, Feb. 11.Jeff Fuller player page
Texans | Quarterbacks of interest to Texans Thu Feb 11, 05:28 PM
Updating a previous report, North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz and Memphis QB Paxton Lynch are among the quarterbacks the Houston Texans are interested in leading up to the NFL Draft. Michigan State QB Connor Cook and Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg are other possibilities.
|Footballguys view: Making the playoffs has resulted in hurting the Texans chances of getting a top quarterback in the NFL draft. It doesn't make it impossible of course, however they're not in the best of positions. One of the above quarterbacks should be there for them, but will he be the right guy? The Texans could also attempt to trade up and grab the guy they want. Whatever the case they are desperate for a legitimate starter under center.|
NFL | Carson Wentz the next Cam Newton? Thu Feb 11, 05:22 PM
North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz has emerged as an elite quarterback prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft, and he could be used in the NFL similarly to how the Carolina Panthers use QB Cam Newton. 'Designed quarterback runs, powers, draw plays, some of the zone-read things, that lead me to believe a creative offensive coordinator could implement some of those things for him to take advantage of his unique athleticism for a guy his size,' NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks said.
|Footballguys view: There's a long way to go in the draft process, so whether Wentz continues to be people's top option or not is to be determined. It would be interesting to see another team embrace a quarterback with the skill sets of Wentz and Newton fully, but the North Dakota State product is raw and will have a decent learning curve. That said, so did newton. If a team follows the same pattern as the Carolina Panthers, that could give Wentz time to develop into a good starter.|
Raiders | Re-sign Nate Allen Thu Feb 11, 05:05 PM
Free-agent FS Nate Allen (Raiders) re-signed with the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Feb. 11.Link to story
Nate Allen player page
Texans | Houston to run more in 2016? Thu Feb 11, 04:55 PM
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster may be utilized more next season after team owner Bob McNair said the Texans need to get the running game going again.
|Footballguys view: This is a reversal from the rumors during the playoffs that Foster was on the outs in Houston. Of course, this could be an effort on the part of the front office to drum up trade value before they cut him. Foster has been too banged up so despite his obvious talent, we're not as excited as we used to be for his fantasy value. A different venue would of course change that as well.|
Arian Foster player page
Texans | Duane Brown recovering well Thu Feb 11, 04:26 PM
Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (quadriceps) is coming along well in his rehabilitation process. Brown is recovering from season-ending surgery for a quadriceps injury he suffered in the final game of the season. Brown is wearing a leg brace but he is off crutches and the injury is healing well.Link to story
Broncos | C.J. Anderson ready to be bell-cow RB? Thu Feb 11, 03:23 PM
Denver Broncos impending free-agent RB C.J. Anderson thinks he can be a bell-cow running back after rushing 23 times and catching four passes for 100 total yards from scrimmage in the Super Bowl. 'You know, we chose to go the two-back route and we chose to split time with me and Ronnie (Hillman) and just try to get a change of pace. You know, keep defenses off balance. But I mean if they want me to touch the ball 25 times, 27 times, 28 times, either way whether it's all carries or carries and catches I believe I can handle it always, whether it's being a third-down back catching the ball out of the backfield or picking up the blitz and also being first- and second-down just every-down back,' Anderson said.
|Footballguys view: There have been moments when Anderson has looked great and others where he has looked pedestrian. An ankle/toe injury in Week 1 derailed Anderson's season, and fantasy owners who took him early were left scrambling. For what it's worth, we think he has the potential to be "the man" but he needs to be consistent. Until we see the consistency, we'll have that nagging doubt that he might only be a decent - never great - running back both in the NFL and fantasy.|
C.J. Anderson player page
Colts | Matt Hasselbeck likely to play again Thu Feb 11, 02:01 PM
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck said Thursday, Feb. 11, he's strongly leaning towards playing in 2016.
|Footballguys view: He proved he's a solid backup, so someone will give him a shot.|
Matt Hasselbeck player page
Giants | Martin Mayhew hired by Giants Thu Feb 11, 12:15 PM
Former Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was hired by the New York Giants as director of football operations/special projects Thursday, Feb. 11.
|Footballguys view: The Lions have a spotty track record in player acquisition (both draft and free agent) though it has been better over the last few years. We'll see if Mayhew can help embattled GM Jerry Reese.|
Redskins | Kirk Cousins awesome down the stretch Thu Feb 11, 11:30 AM
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was 195-for-275 (70.9%) for 2,429 yards, 20 touchdowns and three interceptions in nine games from Week 8 to the end of the season.
|Footballguys view: Washington is going all in on Cousins, and given that the alternatives are few and far between, they kind of have to and hope that this Cousins is the real Cousins. We're not totally sold, but the numbers at the end of the season look very good.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Bills | No LeSean McCoy decision Thursday Thu Feb 11, 10:20 AM
Updating an ongoing story, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy isn't expected to be served a warrant for his arrest Thursday, Feb. 11, a high-ranking police official told ESPN's Mark Schwarz. McCoy is part of an investigation into an alleged nightclub assault against off-duty police officers Sunday, Feb. 7.
|Footballguys view: Chip Kelly didn't seem to get much right, but dumping LeSean McCoy might have been his rare smart move. McCoy had a decent season when not hurt, but between the injuries and now the headaches, we're not sure what his status will be with the Bills next season. Of course, if he's in jail, that's a moot point.|
LeSean McCoy player page
NFL | Rashard Robinson drawing interest Thu Feb 11, 01:32 AM
Former Louisiana State CB Rashard Robinson has been drawing a lot of interest and intrigue from NFL executives. He is expected to be measured over 6-feet-2 inches and run at the 40-yard dash in the 4.3-4.4 range at the NFL Scouting Combine. He has also been invited to participate in LSU's pro day.
|Footballguys view: Robinson's issues include him having to leave LSU once and getting suspended indefinitely in 2014 at Texas A&M. If a team is going to roll the dice on him, they will need to know he can handle the work off the field as well as on it.|
NFL | Trevone Boykin invited to combine Thu Feb 11, 01:31 AM
Texas Christian QB Trevone Boykin has received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine and he will be working out with the quarterbacks. According to sources, Boykin has also been doing receiver work during his combine preparation, but there are no current plans for him to run routes or catch passes at the combine or his pro day at TCU.
|Footballguys view: Boykin is another guy whose off-field issues are a problem (he was arrested for a bar brawl and suspended for his team's Alamo Bowl appearance) but the trickier aspect is his game. Is he a receiver or can he make it as a quarterback? Teams might be leaning towards him as merely a signal caller, since there are no plans for him to run routes, but there are a lot of miles yet to go in this process.|
NFL | Myles Jack likely to go early Thu Feb 11, 01:29 AM
UCLA LB Myles Jack is expected to be taken early in the first round of the NFL Draft. He is labeled as a rare athlete with good athleticism, intensity and versatility with the ability to play all three downs.
|Footballguys view: Jack is an exciting player who also played some offense as a Bruin. He's going to focus on defense at the next level though, and could be a terror at the WILL position for the right team.|
Cowboys | Jalen Ramsey is tops for Dallas Thu Feb 11, 01:29 AM
Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey is the team's top player on the board heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: It's a tad early to lock that down, but they do need help in the secondary. Despite rumors to the contrary, we don't expect a quarterback early though.|
Jets | Matt Forte an unlikely option for Jets Wed Feb 10, 06:40 PM
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte probably won't be pursued by the New York Jets in free agency despite the Jets having three impending free-agent running backs of their own.
|Footballguys view: We think Forte is not going to return to the Bears, but it sounds like the Jets are looking somewhere else. Perhaps they want to get Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell back on the team. We think at least Powell should return to the Jets in 2016.|
Matt Forte player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick rehabbing elsewhere Wed Feb 10, 06:30 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) is rehabilitating his surgically repaired shoulder in Colorado as opposed to San Francisco's team facility.
|Footballguys view: Kaepernick seems to be done with the 49ers...there's no telling if the team is done with him. If he's available, there would be a few teams interested in giving Kaepernick a second chance.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Saints | Re-sign Austin Johnson Wed Feb 10, 06:17 PM
New Orleans Saints exclusive-rights free agent FB Austin Johnson re-signed to a one-year contract Wednesday, Feb. 10.Link to story
Austin Johnson player page
Broncos | Two more sign Reserve/Futures deals Wed Feb 10, 05:56 PM
Denver Broncos RB Kapri Bibbs and TE Nick Kasa signed Reserve/Futures contracts Wednesday, Feb. 10.
|Footballguys view: We think Ronnie Hillman moves on in free agency. That means Bibbs could get a shot to move up the depth chart for the Broncos. He's a good runner with a proven nose for the end zone. Dynasty owners should be all over the young runner in a Kubiak system.|
Nick Kasa player page
Broncos | Jordan Taylor signs Reserve/Futures deal Wed Feb 10, 05:52 PM
Denver Broncos WR Jordan Taylor signed a Reserve/Futures deal Wednesday, Feb. 10.
|Footballguys view: Taylor has good size and leaping ability. He's faster than defenders think, and Taylor could be used effectively in the red zone. In super deep dynasty leagues we have a lot of spots saved for Taylor.|
Bengals | Andy Dalton not throwing yet Wed Feb 10, 05:40 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (thumb) said he is able to throw, but will hold off on doing so for a little bit longer. 'Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it,' Dalton said. 'I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now. I have plenty of time now to get 100%.'
|Footballguys view: There's no need to rush Dalton back. He should be ready to go by the time the offseason programs begin after the draft.|
Andy Dalton player page
Broncos | Release Jace Davis Wed Feb 10, 05:23 PM
Denver Broncos WR Jace Davis was released Wednesday, Feb. 9.
|Footballguys view: Davis has been on three teams (Ravens, Texans, Broncos) during his brief time in the NFL after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Colorado in 2014. He's big and physical, but perhaps Davis just isn't fast enough to make it in the NFL.|
Saints | Drew Brees' money guaranteed Wed Feb 10, 04:22 PM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees' had $10.85 million of his $20 million salary guaranteed Wednesday, Feb. 10, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Brees isn't going anywhere people. He's likely to see his contract restructured so the team can reduce Brees $30 million cap number.|
Drew Brees player page
Eagles | Najee Goode re-signs Wed Feb 10, 03:37 PM
Philadelphia Eagles LB Najee Goode signed a one-year deal Wednesday, Feb. 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Goode was going to be a restricted free agent, but the Eagles wanted to get this deal done now. He'll return in 2016 as a reserve linebacker and key special teams player.|
Najee Goode player page
Titans | Tennessee interested in Doug Martin? Wed Feb 10, 03:24 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent running back Doug Martin may draw interest from the Tennessee Titans this offseason, in the opinion of Terry McCormick of TitansOnline.com.
|Footballguys view: The Bucs would love to keep Martin around--especially after his resurgent year in 2015. New Titans general manager Jon Robinson is coming off a fresh stint as director of player personnel with the Buccaneers, so he and Martin are acquainted.|
Doug Martin player page
Giants | Jon Beason retires Wed Feb 10, 02:52 PM
New York Giants LB Jon Beason announced his retirement Wednesday, Feb. 10, after the Giants released him.
|Footballguys view: Beason was a first-round pick (25th overall) for the Panthers in 2005. When healthy, Beason was a playmaker and an impact player on defense. He was traded to the Giants in 2013, but injuries have robbed him of his effectiveness. Beason made it to the Pro Bowl three times, and he was once named All-Pro.|
Jon Beason player page
Lions | Calvin Johnson's body not holding up Wed Feb 10, 01:56 PM
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's body and injuries are the main reason he is contemplating retirement, according to WR teammate Golden Tate. 'But his body just isn't holding up. With his body type, and how he plays the game, he plays at a high level all the time for a bunch of years,' Tate said.
|Footballguys view: Johnson needed weekly knee drains in 2013 in order to play, and he missed three games and was used as a decoy in two other games with a high ankle sprain in 2014. Johnson also battled ankle injuries this year.|
Calvin Johnson player page
Colts | Andrew Luck's new deal to be 'shocking' Wed Feb 10, 01:39 PM
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is in the final year of his rookie contract, but team owner Jim Irsay expects extension talks to begin in the coming months.
|Footballguys view: We have a feeling the "shock" will be the high price. Per Spotrac.com, Aaron Rodgers have the highest average annual salary of any QB at $22 million a year. We could see Luck get a deal that pays him around $23-25 million annually.|
Andrew Luck player page
Saints | Dannell Ellerbe restructures Wed Feb 10, 01:01 PM
New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe restructured his contract Wednesday, Feb. 10, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Injuries have forced Ellerbe off the field for most games over the last two years. He was set to count $5.9 million against the cap in 2016, and there's no way the Saints were going to pay him that price.|
Dannell Ellerbe player page
Giants | William Beatty cut Wed Feb 10, 12:08 PM
New York Giants OT William Beatty was released Wednesday, Feb. 10, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Beatty suffered a torn pectoral last May, and he missed the entire 2015 season. The Giants are cutting veterans to free up cap space, and this Beatty move saves them about $4.1 million.|
Giants | Jon Beason let go Wed Feb 10, 11:58 AM
New York Giants LB Jon Beason was released Wednesday, Feb. 10.
|Footballguys view: Reports are now coming in that Beason has retired.|
Jon Beason player page